#DOI2015: Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival

Aside from all the Christmas festivities, there’s one more thing that many Filipino children look forward to every December – Disney On Ice! And this year, so many little princesses will be begging their parents to buy tickets real early.  Believe me, tickets will run out fast!

Elsa and Anna are making their debut here in the Philippines this December! Of course, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven will be joinng them in a magical winter adventure. My little girl’s so excited to watch the Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome. Heck, even my little boy wants to go because he has a crush on Anna (ssshhhh….don’t tell him I let you know ;D).

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Aside from featuring Disney’s Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time Frozen, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will also feature three Disney royal adventures.

“This year’s Disney On Ice is truly magical with Disney properties that are packed with heart and personality. We have princesses that are exuberant and strong-willed, but we’ve also expanded the roles of spirited supporting characters, so that they’re more prominent in the show,”

∼Nicole Feld, Producer, Disney On Ice 2015∼

Princess Ariel, Rapunzel, and Belle will captivate us not just with their beauty but also their bravery, wit, and humor.  They will make us giggle and laugh with comical segments that give the Disney fairy tales we have grown to love a new twist we would love even more.

A Magical Festival

Exhilarating. Amazing. Fantastic. Fabulous. I could go on and on with a whole slew of adjectives but nothing could even come close to how awesome this year’s Disney On Ice will be!  Magical lighting effects, dazzling costume designs, spectacular props and stage designs, and jaw-dropping stunts will definitely make the Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival the most amazing show you’d ever seen.

You really, definitely, absolutely wouldn’t want your kids to miss this, so get your tickets now. Ticket prices range from P175 (General Admission) to P2,200 (Patron VIP). Buy your tickets via TicketNet online or call 911-5555 for more details.

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(Click here to read about Disney on Ice 2014 Dare to Dream)

(Click here to read about our Very First Disney On Ice Experience)

 

 

Via Mare: 40 Years of Splendid Cuisine and Fond Memories

It has often been said that one of the best ways to know and understand the history and culture of a nation is through its local cuisine.  Food, more than just providing nourishment for the body, can tell you how people have evolved and how a nation has developed through centuries. While there are many restaurants that serve Filipino cuisine, there is none as “historic” as Via Mare.

The past 40 years is not only the story of a restaurant,
it is a story of the Filipino people.
∼ Chef Glenda Barretto ∼

The Living Legacy of Filipino Food

This September, Via Mare is celebrating its 40th year serving our favorite Filipino dishes that always remind us of home. Since the Via Mare Seafood Specialty Restaurant opened its doors on the 5th of September 1975, Via Mare has continued to be the country’s premier restaurant and catering company and has brought global recognition to Filipino cuisine.

For 40 years now, Via Mare has always been the first choice for hosting state dinners for heads of states and dignitaries, high-profile weddings of illustrious families, and gala dinners for famous celebrities and international events. It has had the privilege of serving Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis during their Papal Visits. It was the trusted caterer for the 1996 APEC Summit and the 2007 ASEAN Summit.  The glorious aroma of Via Mare’s dishes has wafted through the dining halls of Malacañang Palace time and again.

For 40 years now, Via Mare has continued to serve us our favorite comfort food that evoke memories of our childhood years. The Via Mare Oyster Bar is where we all go to for the freshest and most succulent oysters.  For our much craved bibingkas, kare-kare, arroz caldo and puto bumbong, we head over to Café Via Mare.

At 40 years, we have shown the world and most especially our fellow Filipinos, what Filipino cuisine is all about – it is about the freshest of ingredients cooked in influences of our ancestors and the rich heritage of the Filipino nation, sprinkled with the love and affection of a Filipino chef.

 

Comfort Food All Day Long

Although it has evolved through the years to reach a wider clientele, Via Mare continues to serve our family favorites with the same fresh ingredients cooked with love following recipes passed through generations. Café Via Mare, the country’s first authentic Filipino café, offers Filipino breakfast, lunch, dinner, and merienda.

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Filipinos are heavy breakfast eaters.  Our breakfast table would often have big baskets of pan de sals or huge platters of rice with an assortment of ulam (viand).  Everyday, Café Via Mare serves  fresh pan de sal grilled with corned beef, Vigan longganisa, Laguna cheese, or queso de bola. Our favorite breakfast rice meals can be enjoyed any time.  Ask for the Altanghap(ALmusal, TANGhalian, HAPunan) menu when you’re craving for tapa, smoked bangus, tuyo flakes, or tocino.

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My kind of breakfast! Grilled pandesal with kesong puti and a warm cup of Tsokolate. 🙂


 

For lunch and dinner, Café Via Mare has an array of salads with native greens, our Filipino favorties – crispy binagoongan, kare-kare, sinigang, and comfort food like arroz caldo and tokwa’t baboy.

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Ensaladang Pako , P220
Healthy and fresh bunches of crisp fern leaves with tomatoes, salted egg and shrimps with a simple refreshing vinaigrette

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Pinais na Alimasag, P 380

My new favorite!!! I love crab, I love coconut.  This blue crab shell stuffed with crabmeat and young coconut, cooked in coco cream is definitely something I’d order again and again and again.

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Crispy Binagoonan, P 325

This deconstructed pork binagoonan may not be served the traditional way but all the flavors we love are there.

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Tortang Alimasag, 195

This crabmeat omelet served with fried vegetable eggroll is for you if you love crab but dislike having to flake the meat off the shells. 🙂

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Rellenong Bangus, 560

This stuffed whole milkfish with savory tomato sauce will surely remind many of so many cherished family gatherings.

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Arroz Ala Cubana, P 285

Ground beef cooked in sofrito with raisins and snow peas. Served with fried egg and plantain. Yummy!

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Sinigang na Hipon, P 320

My ultimate comfort food! Fresh shrimps in tamarind broth with vegetables. My tummy would have its fill of this any day of the week.

 

I do believe that no Filipino has only three meals per day.  We all love having our morning and afternoon meriendas.  At Via Mare, we can have our native puto bumbong, palitaw, and guinataang halo-halo anytime of the day.  When the day gets really hot, we can always cool down with a huge serving of halo-halo and guinomis.

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Two meriendas that remind me so much of childhood afternoons with family and friends. I wish they will soon have a sampler platter like this available soon!

 

 

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Via Mare is definitely part of our country’s history and culture.  It has served us for 40 years and I’m sure it will continue to serve for hundreds of years more.  This is our generations legacy to the Filipinos of the next generations.

 

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To find the Via Mare restaurant nearest you and to know more about their menu and products, visit www.viamare.com.ph.  Like ViaMarePH on Facebook  to stay updated on promos and offerings.

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Start Your Wellness Journey with Robinsons Supermarket

I LOVE WELLNESS! Well, who doesn’t? All of us strive to be always in the pink of health. We go to the gym. Do Pilates, yoga, crossfit and other fitness activities.  We buy the best juicers we can afford so our family can enjoy fresh fruit and veg juices right in our own homes.  We make sure that we serve our family healthy dishes cooked using the freshest ingredients. Understanding how important good health is to the Filipino families, Robinsons Supermarket has made a commitment to provide healthy selections at affordable prices.

Robinsons Supermarket has definitely gone a long way since it was established in 1985.  It is now the second largest supermarket chain in the country and the FIRST major retailer to promote health and wellness. Part of its WELLNESS COMMITMENT is to help more Filipinos make healthier choices and make it as convenient as possible.

To encourage more people to start their wellness journey, Robinsons Supermarket launched the WELLNESS CARAVAN a few years ago.  Every year, the caravan is set in different branches of Robinsons Supermarket.  Shoppers are treated to fun games, product booths, and freebies as they are encouraged to embark on their journey to wellness.

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Last weekend, the Wellness Caravan was at Robinsons Supermarket Metroeast and I was able to join the fun.  I did all five activities to complete my stamp card so I could claim a free I♥Wellness ecobag with goodies inside.  I also checked out a few of the product booths offering free samples.

Heart On the Move

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I pedalled like crazy for a cup of fresh watermelon juice! I wish I had a bike like this at home. 🙂

Box Your Mind

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Proud to say that my mind is still sharp. I finished this set in just a few seconds!

Dare To Touch

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Oooooo….what’s inside the boxes?! Careful with the last box!

Discover Wellness

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Spell “I Love Wellness”. Quite an easy task if not for the difficulty of finding the right balls from the tub.

Love Your Home

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Whew! I thought I wouldn’t get a stamp for this task. Folding shirts is not that easy. 😛

Yey!  Got all five stamps on my card.  Quickly headed off to the customer service area to claim my I♥Wellness bag.

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Get healthy freebies like this for a minimum purchase of 3,000 pesos inclusive of featured products.

Before going out for lunch, I visited three of the product booths offering wellness checkups, fun games, and free samples.

Breeze

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Managed to stick two balls on the shirt. Yey!

Dove Moisture Test

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My skin was a bit dry. Need to slather on lotion every night again.

Ponds Skin Age Test

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Oh-em-gee!!!! My skin’s age is in the 40s. This was a wake up call for me!  Time to slather on moisturizer and sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY.

 

The Wellness Caravan was at Robinsons Supermarket Metroeast for only two days but fresh and healthy food is available all year round. The Health & Wellness section carries a rich variety of nutritious food. The Healthy You exclusive line of healthy products, the ready-to-eat Healthy Selections station, and the make-your-own-salad station all make it much more convenient to eat healthy and stay healthy.

The Wellness Caravan was at Robinsons Supermarket in Tagaytay during the first weekend of August.  Check out what Mommy Levy had to say about it (click here).  This weekend, the caravan will be in Meycauayan Bulacan. And on the last weekend of August, it’ll be in Cabanatuan.

Want to know where the next Wellness Caravan will be? Follow Robinsons Supermarket in their social media sites and be updated with the caravan schedule and their latest promos.

website: www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph

Facebook: Robinsons Supermarket Official

Twitter: RobSupermarket

Cool Finds at The Robinsons Red Hot Sale 2015

Don’t let the August rainshowers dampen your spirits! Head on over to the Robinsons Mall nearest you for some retail therapy.  Even frugal moms like me would score plenty of cool finds at The Robinsons Red Hot Sale 2015!

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Last Saturday was the perfect mix of business and leisure for me. We were invited to check out what the Red Hot Sale has to offer and I got to spend the entire afternoon eating, shopping, and being pampered. I’m sure you’re excited to know what’s on sale so I’m not going to bore you with how my day went and just show you my awesome finds!

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A Glimpse of Pope Francis

An hour-long drive across Metro Manila, a tricycle-ride from Lucky Chinatown to Jones Bridge, a 20-minute walk from Jones Bridge to Padre Burgos Avenue, and a 30-minute wait along the street – all for a few seconds of watching Pope Francis pass by.   Our less than 3-hour sojourn is really nothing compared to the hours many Catholic faithfuls endured to catch a glimpse of the Pope and to listen to him as he officiated Mass and delivered inspirational messages.

My mom’s fervent desire to personally see the Pope and my Catholic friends’ willingness to endure long hours of waiting is definitely understandable; but, what’s a non-Catholic doing among the throngs of devotees yearning to see the Pope? Simply All For the Love of Mom!  🙂

My Mom’s a devout Catholic and I knew how much she’d love to see Pope Francis.  Although I was quite worried about the crowd and the long walk we had to take, I didn’t want her to miss the chance of seeing the beloved Pope in person.

Contrary to what I expected, our adventure (more like a pilgrimage for my mom) was quite a pleasant experience.  The weather was perfect with the cloudy sky and cool air and the crowd was not as thick as I feared.  My mom was filled with immense joy when she saw the Pope.  Tears of joy streaked down her face as it beamed with happiness.  The long walk was definitely worth it!

A dear friend of mine shared with us a media brief so we arrived at Anda Circle just several minutes before the Pope passed. If we had followed the schedules listed on popular websites, we would have waited there for more than a couple of hours.  To our dear angel (you know who you are), THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Here are the photos taken by my husband using his Samsung S4.

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These sacristans from Laguna who had been waiting there since 7am were kind enough to make space for us so the kids could stay right in front to see the Pope. The police officers in our area were also very pleasant and even exchanged a few good laughs with us. 😀

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Pope Francis’ charisma reminds me so much of the affable Pope John Paul II

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Yes, we were THIS close to the Pope!

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