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Keepsakes from China

A magnet featuring the Terracotta Warriors, a pair of cozy socks, and pack of delicious dried fruit tea

Gifts from a thoughtful friend: a magnet featuring the Terracotta Warriors, a pair of comfy socks, and pack of delicious dried fruit tea. She knows me well. :)

My friend recently came back from a trip to Beijing and Xi’an.

Beijing is the current capital of the People’s Republic of China and is home to the famed Forbidden City.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City. From

Xi’an is one of the four great ancient capitals of China, it’s most famous attraction being the awe-inspiring collection of Terracotta Warriors and Horses of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

First pit of terracotta warriors. From

First pit of terracotta warriors. From

I definitely have these two on my travel bucket list.

Scenes from Bicol

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Pancit Bato. Delicious. Can be eaten on its own.

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Mayon Volcano on a cloudy morning. No lava spotted.

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Gumamelas from a local garden

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Railroad sign

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An older version of the town’s railroad signs

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Train tracks

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Tricycles in the foreground. Mayon Volcano in the background.

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Mayon Volcano

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Missing the GO

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Busy market day

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Dried fish

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Locally made knives, scythes, scissors, etc.

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Woven mats

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A market stall

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More dried fish

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Pancit Bato, a local specialty

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A typical street scene

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Same view, different frame

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A closer peek at Mayon Volcano

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Mayon Volcano and the town

Did a little bit of traveling over the weekend with the family. Here are a few shots of the busy provincial town of Polangui, Albay, Philippines. Enjoy!

6 Beds to Sink Into

In honor of today’s bed weather, here are six awesome beds I would love to sink into.


Beautiful, relaxing colors


Sweet and comfy


Awww … Just like a warm hug ….


Where dreams sail you away


I can stay in bed the whole day reading a good book.


Stay and dream.

If only I can stay in bed the whole day today. I can only dream for now …

Keep safe and dry, everyone!

Postcards from Friends

Hellos from Bangkok and LA

Hellos from Bangkok and LA

I love receiving postcards from friends from wherever they are. These definitely put a smile on my face. :)

Thinking of sending our family (my husband, my kid, and I) postcards when we travel. Just a little something to capture the moment. Who knows, this might become a family tradition. I will try this idea on our next trip.

Dinner with the Girls

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For a working mom like me, me time is precious. The time for myself reenergizes me and puts me in the right mood to be a better wife and mother. My me time could either be a solitary drive, a pampering session at the spa or salon, a meal all to myself, a date with a cup of hot tea and a good book, a night watching the telly, a yoga session, or it could be time spent with good friends.

This night was a night with the girls. I just love it when we all get together to let our hair down, have a glass of wine or two, and catch up on each other’s lives.

This was a fun night filled with good food and laughter. Good cheer all around. <3

Hap Chan Tea House

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Red lanterns

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Delicious Ceylon house tea

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Noodles with lobster balls

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A closer look at those lobster balls

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Yang Chow fried rice

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Shanghai rolls

Because I love Chinese food, it was a given that I was one happy diner. Plus the staff were super nice, too. Two thumbs up! :)

Suelas Beauchamp in Rose Gold


Suelas Beauchamp


In Rose Gold

I love ballerina flats, especially when they’re of soft, supple leather in an attractive nude hue. This is why I am in love with my new pair from Suelas. They are a bit loose, as they don’t carry half sizes in my size range, but all their other qualities make up for this flaw.

To check out other Suelas designs, visit their online shop here.

Bath & Body Works Tuscan Melon Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

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Bath & Body Works Tuscan melon deep cleansing hand soap

With micro beads for deep-cleansing action, and a sweet, fruity scent that transports you back to summer. :)

Pork Buns, Coffee, and Tea at the Quezon City Food Festival

We have good news—we are part of the first-ever Quezon City Food Festival on Maginhawa Street this coming Saturday, October 11!

Web's Food House's pork buns

Web’s Food House’s pork buns

My husband Web makes great food, and for this event, he will be preparing these sumptuous Taiwanese pork buns called gua bao, otherwise known as Tiger Bites Pigs. Imagine this: tender braised pork belly nestled in a soft and fluffy steamed bun,  topped with fresh cilantro, crunchy cucumbers, and ground peanuts, and made complete by the most heavenly sauce. It is rich, it is flavorful, and the textures are amazing.

It is street food heaven in a bun!







My husband has teamed up with his sister, who makes rich brewed coffee and delicious tea—the perfect accompaniment to these pork buns.

Cafe du Jour makes great coffee and tea.

Cafe du Jour makes great coffee and tea.

Please invite your friends. We can’t wait to serve you. See you all there! :)

Web’s Food House’s Pork Buns

Web's Food House's pork buns

Web’s Food House’s pork buns

Did you know that pork buns originated in Taiwan? Gua bao is so rooted in Taiwanese culture it even has a nickname: hu yao zhu, or Tiger Bites Pig.

Today we have food for the brain. In a few days, we’ll have food for the tummy. See you at the Quezon City Food Festival on Maginhawa Street on Saturday, October 11.  We will be making these delicious Tiger Bites Pigs for you. :)


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