A recommendation site. A gratitude and appreciation journal.

Ube Cookies from Batanes


Ube cookies from Batanes


Holiday pasalubong from my sweet friend, Lucre


Thank you for the thoughtful gift, Lucre!

My sweet friend Lucre recently came home from her holiday in the beautiful Batanes group of islands in the Philippines. This sweet taste of Batanes made me excited to visit the place all the more. Based on photos and stories from friends who had been there, the place is breathtakingly gorgeous. I can hardly wait!

Grand Momma’s Kitchen

2014-11-22 (7)

The counter


Our table

2014-11-22 (1)

Another view of our table. All set for the shower.

2014-11-22 (2)

Our special guest, Rudolph

2014-11-22 (3)

Shelving with lots of cute brick-a-brack

2014-11-22 (4)

The centerpieces. Too sweet!

2014-11-22 (5)

Our server who never complained despite our group’s noise

2014-11-22 (23)

Grilled cheese

2014-11-22 (6)

All set.

We recently held our friends’ wedding shower in Grand Momma’s Kitchen, and the interiors did not disappoint. The place was picture-perfect. The food could still be improved, but the friendliness of the staff and the prettiness of the interiors certainly make up for it.

Artsy Cafe


The interiors. Love the “Hangry” sign.

2014-11-23 (1)

Inside looking out.

2014-11-23 (2)

Cozy country-meets-Parisian cafe feel

2014-11-23 (5)

How adorable is this cow milk jug?

2014-11-23 (11)

The facade of Artsy Cafe

2014-11-23 (14)

We loved the cow so much that we had to order more coffee. Moo love!

Artsy Cafe is a super cute place that serves good food to match. Definitely the perfect place for me to hang out with friends or celebrate with the family. The cutesy, artsy vibe definitely shrieks me. I’m already dreaming of having a party here. Love love love. <3

(Artsy Cafe is located in 36 Maginhawa St. UP Village, Quezon City.)

Red Skater Dress

Red skater dress

My dress crush

I’ve been crushing on this red skater dress for so long now that I can’t even remember where I got the photo in the first place. Love the cut, love the color, just plain love, love, love the dress. Where can I find a nice, affordable one?

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

Serye Cafe Filipino

2014-10-16 (3)


2014-10-16 (4)

Ampalaya with beef and tausi

2014-10-16 (5)

Crispy pata

2014-10-16 (6)

Serye’s special coffee

2014-10-16 (7)

Turon a la mode

When it comes to Philippine cuisine, Serye is one of the established names that come to mind, and for good reason. They have been serving consistently good Filipino dishes with well-loved, home-cooked flavors but with a bit more flair.

The highlight of our last stop at Serye was their “something-berry” blend (I apologize, I forgot the name). It was so good. I must go back if only to find out what this special blend was.

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

2014-10-26 (31)

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

2014-10-26 (2)

Mayon Volcano on a cloudy morning. No lava spotted.

2014-10-26 (9)

Gumamelas from a local garden

2014-10-26 (12)

Railroad sign

2014-10-26 (13)

An older version of the town’s railroad signs

2014-10-26 (15)

Train tracks

2014-10-26 (16)

Tricycles in the foreground. Mayon Volcano in the background.

2014-10-26 (17)

Mayon Volcano

2014-10-26 (18)

Missing the GO

2014-10-26 (19)

Busy market day

2014-10-26 (20)

Dried fish

2014-10-26 (21)

Locally made knives, scythes, scissors, etc.

2014-10-26 (22)

Woven mats

2014-10-26 (23)

A market stall

2014-10-26 (24)

More dried fish

2014-10-26 (25)

Pancit Bato, a local specialty

2014-10-26 (26)

A typical street scene

2014-10-26 (27)

Same view, different frame

2014-10-26 (28)

A closer peek at Mayon Volcano

2014-10-26 (29)

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

2014-10-14 (1) 2014-10-14 (6) 2014-10-14 (7) 2014-10-14 (8) 2014-10-14 (14) 2014-10-14 (20) 2014-10-14 (21) 2014-10-14 (22) 2014-10-14 (28) 2014-10-14 (29)2014-10-14 (30)

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


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,029 other followers