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Baguio Garden Wedding at Mama’s Table by Chef Vicky Tinio

A few months back, my sister got married in a Baguio garden wedding at Mama’s Table along Ambuklao Road. It was one of the most beautiful and intimate weddings I have ever been to.

At the helm of Mama’s Table is Chef Vicky Tinio, who lovingly and expertly handled the fine details of catering for my sister’s wedding.

The wedding ceremony was held at the garden of Chef Vicky’s home, under the pine trees, and overlooking the serene mountains of the Cordilleras.

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The all-new Red Ribbon Black Forest Cake

Hi everyone! So. Where did the days go? I wake up and it’s December! Anyway, Red Ribbon has really gotten into the Christmas Spirit this year, making the season all about giving. Plus, the all new Red Ribbon Black Forest cake is unveiled.

Are you done with your Christmas shopping? I thought I was early this year, having accomplished 2/3 of my Christmas list by November. And then I stalled. So here I am, two weeks before Christmas, with the rest of the list still unfinished. Bummer.

As for the Christmas menu, my side of the family usually has one big Christmas Eve dinner. I leave most of the planning to my able sisters – thank God for them. Each of us get assignments. This year I’d be lucky if I get assigned the dessert.

Red Ribbon black forest cake

Why? Because Red Ribbon has created a better, chocolatier Black Forest Cake. The all-time favorite now has more chocolate shavings, creamier chocolate filling, and chocolatier cake. It’s going to be heaven for chocolate lovers like me. The Red Ribbon Black Forest Cake will make the Noche Buena spread even more delightful. Continue reading The all-new Red Ribbon Black Forest Cake

Christmas decor ideas | It’s the most wonderful time

Sure, I like Christmas. But this year, I think the Christmas spirit possessed me. Actually, I found lots of inspiration from my job at Balsam Brands. My mind is flooded with Christmas decor ideas.

And so I decided to decorate a little bit more than usual. First things first – our 13-year-old tree looked so tired so I decided to retire it and got an 8-foot replacement.

Yep, our home has never been so Christmassy. Here are some Christmas decor ideas.

christmas decor ideas wreath with flowers gold bowDaughter Patch revamped the old wreath – she took out everything and glued red paper roses (from Dapitan Christmas Market) instead. She finished off with a nice golden sinamay bow.

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Double dose of funny quips

In this blog, there’s a category I dedicated to V called “V Quips”. It’s all about her witty and funny remarks.

Well, she doesn’t stand alone now in the funnies category. Nate’s vocabulary and speech talents have grown in the recent months by leaps and bounds.

Here’s a couple of the duo’s recent riot lines.


V, memorizing a Bible verse for Christian Education test. She quotes a verse in Isaiah, with feelings and actions: “All the grasses may wither and the flowers may fall, but your word shall remain forever.” (imagine her dramatic way of talking and acting.)

She pauses, with an discontented look. “Hmmmm, you know, Mom, it should be: All the grasses may wither and the flowers may fall, but your word shall remain for all. That sounds better, right? It should rhyme…”


(I posted this on my Facebook profile, but I wanted to share it here.)

I hear Nate getting back from his afternoon walk with the neighborhood kids. He races up the stairs and into our bedroom where I was napping. With twinkling eyes and that adorable smile (this little boy will break a lot of hearts), he gives me two gumamela flowers:

Nate to me: “For you! Put it on your ears… I know you love pink… Don’t let it die!”

And the punchline, with a half-wink (he still can’t do a full wink): “Papa never give(s) you flowers…”

All together now: *aawwwwww*

Enter, Miss V to burst the bubble… “You know,  sioti (little brother), Mom’s favorite color is blue. She hates pink.”

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Parker – before and after

My bunso, Parker, has grown in leaps and bounds in the past months. We got him in March when he was just almost 3 months old – cute and cuddly. Today, he is a few days over 9 months. Still cuddly, but no longer cute. He is BIIIIIIIG!

I thought I’d share this before and after photo below. Both pics were taken by daughter Patch. On the left was when Parker first visited the village park in March. On the right was a photo taken a few days ago at the same park.

Even if he slobbers and drools and could almost knock us down when he jumps on to us… even if he chewed on the car’s mudguard (please not the tires, or else should we get big, thick ATV Tires??) and all the table legs’ corners, aaaack, we don’t regret having Parker one bit.

Parker is a sweet little big boy. I look forward to coming home because he would always run towards the gate when he hears me honk. Parker looks forward to hub’s coming home more than anyone else though. That’s because Hub, and only he, lets Parker chew on his arm!

Hay, time flies. 🙂