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Shell FuelSave Driving Challenge for Mommy Bloggers

Last month, I took part in one of the most interesting and funnest blogger events I’ve been to in a while. Shell Philippines gathered 8 driver moms (tsupernanays!) for a challenge not too unusual from what we actually do on a daily basis. We did the Shell FuelSave Driving Challenge!

Shell FuelSave Driving Challenge for Mommy Bloggers(Photo courtesy of Shell Philippines)

The challenge: To plan an 8th birthday party for 10 kids with all the works – food, cake, games, prizes, favors, decor. We had to drive to these places: Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt area, and The Powerplant Mall.

The budget: Php3000.00

The time limit: 2.5 hours

The ride: a sleek Ford Fiesta Sports Plus hatchback (we got the hot Chili Orange unit!)

The goal of the Shell FuelSave driving challenge is to test how efficient the mommy drivers were with regard to route planning (which route saved more time?), driving (who saved the most gas?), and of course, budgeting (how far can we stretch the budget??).

At the end of the challenge, the team that topped in terms of fuel, time and cash savings + creativity wins. The bottom line is savings. Continue reading Shell FuelSave Driving Challenge for Mommy Bloggers

Breakfast at Antonio’s | Tagaytay Road Trip

My friend, Cookie, bought some Deal Grocer vouchers for Breakfast at Antonio’s. So it was the perfect excuse to go on a road-slash-food trip. We finally made the Tagaytay road trip happen!

Breakfast at Antonio's tagaytay road trip

Our itinerary included the Mahogany Market and Bag of Beans. But first stop: Antonio’s.

The first time I went to Breakfast at Antonio’s, I was with hub and the kids. We did not eat though, only ogled at the beautiful place. LOL. I forced husband, however, to promise me we’d go back for a romantic dinner date. To date, the promise is yet to be fulfilled.

Anyhoo….

Breakfast at Antonio's tagaytay

Upon entering the doors of Antonio’s, we were greeted with this wonderful anteroom that had one wall full of family pictures of, I presume, Antonio. I think this room sets the mood for the rest of the restaurant – beautiful and elegant, yet warm and welcoming.

Continue reading Breakfast at Antonio’s | Tagaytay Road Trip

iMom: Philippine Blog Awards 2010 Best Home & Parenting Blog

My blog is this year’s Best Home & Parenting Blog! I know, right? I still can’t believe it too! I was not expecting to win anything last night at the Philippine Blog Awards.

philippine blog awards 2010 best home & parenting blog award imomonline

Photo From the Philippine Blog Awards Facebook Page

Anyhoo… So I was really stumped and kinda fumbled when I got up on the stage for the, uhhh, acceptance speech! (ZOMG, who would ever think I’d be doing crazy stuff like this one day??) Continue reading iMom: Philippine Blog Awards 2010 Best Home & Parenting Blog

My Adarna Food and Culture experience

I’ve heard about Adarna Food and Culture before, and planned several time to go and see what the raving is all about. Adarna is very near my area of residence, and it won’t take 20 minutes for me to get there. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting that fact.

Until one day, Anna Manila and I planned to meet. She suggested Kanin Club, but I remembered my horrendous experience with my family there recently, where we had to wait over a hour for our orders that never came! (The waiters kept saying our food was coming, but when we saw that other tables who got there after us were being served ahead of us, we decided to get up and go to the resto next door instead because most probably some genius staff forgot to relay our orders. My kids were already groaning and whining!)

Anyhoo, back to Adarna… Oh, it was a lovely date! I plan to bring my kids there one day soon, because lunch at Adarna isn’t just lunch. It’s a cultural experience. So many beautiful things all around you – demijohns on shelves, old memorabilia on Pinoy pop culture, intricate dishes, bowls and vessels (no vintage enamel cookware on display though), old photos and posters, beautiful light fixtures, so many old stuff that will remind you of lola. It’s a visual feast! It would be good to bring the kids there so they see how beautiful and rich Filipino culture and food are.

Check out my article and photos at the Buhay Pinoy section of The Philippine Online Chronicles.

Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo in Baguio City

I finally had a reunion date with my childhood BFF, Padma, whom I’ve not seen since the 1986 EDSA Revolution. I had to use a calculator to count – 24 years! We set the date at Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo, a newly opened fine dining restaurant at the top of Session Road, right below SM City.

Hill Station is in one of the oldest buildings in Baguio, Casa Vallejo. I’m trying to go back as far as I can remember, and back then (wasn’t too long ago, heh!), Casa Vallejo housed a dance studio, some government offices, as well as the hotel. I’m not too sure if the hotel was still operational then. (I was too young to care.) Sadly, through the years, the building was neglected.

Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo Baguio CIty

So it was great news to me when I heard Casa Vallejo was being restored and relaunched as a boutique hotel, and that a wonderful restaurant would soon open there -Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo.

Okay, I’m lost now. Back to the reunion date… Continue reading Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo in Baguio City