Best Food Forward 2012

Best Food Forward 2012 is  a gastronomic event filled with exciting treats for foodies and their families. 

The two day (March 34-25, 2012) event was participated by various food concessionaires offering all sorts of delectable goodies from appetizers to main course meals to desserts to pastas and pastries and a whole lot more. It was surely a feast of eyes and tummy for everyone who choose to visit the BFF 2012. 

Aside from the usual food trip, there are also cooking lessons and other activities for the kids and the whole family as they feast through the goodies all around. 

It was indeed a perfect arena for foodies who would want to discover something new and extraordinaire. The cakes are my fave picks for their kind of experimental treats just like the Siling Labuyo Chocolate from Choco ATBP. 

But the Sinigang na Corned Beef from Metro 1771 made me want to try experimenting the same mix for our usual dinner. I hope the kids would like that too :)

The success of BFF 2012 makes the BFF 2013 all the more awaiting and exciting and promising really...(^_^). 



SUPLADO TIP: Kung malakas makipagusap sa cellphone ang katabi mo sa bus, tingnan mo ng masama at sabihan mo ng, "Ituloy mo lang yung usapan niyo, nakikinig ako eh!

While it is true that there are people who are already born Suplado, I firmly believe that Suplados can also be made. You just need to arm yourselves with the right tools and tricks of the trade. I strongly agreed with Ramon Bautista in the recently concluded Stanley Chi's Suplado Tips Book Launch at NBS Shang, "Ang librong ito ay mas maganda pa sa Hunger Games, mas mura pa, may sukli ka pa pambili ng Value Meal. Hahahah!"

Nah, for just a good laugh, I suggest that you guys grab a copy of this book. Most of the tips and stories I'm sure you can relate a lot. Perci and I just had a good time while skimming through the text. 

Gone are the days when I was FORCED to finish, Dante's Inferno in two days, Homer's Iliad and The Great Gatsby in a day just to cope up with an exam for World Literature. I admire people who's got humongous patience to go over every chapter of Harry Potter, Twilight or Hunger Games. I wish I could also have the guts to say na "Hindi maganda yung Panday, Hindi parehas sa book! (Yeah, I can brag if I've read it! Wait! May book nga ba yun?LOL!)

Reading books was the last thing I'd do to kill time but this one, I finished in one sitting. Short and straight to the point. No ifs no buts, just plain fun, perfect over a cup brewed coffee and choco-glazed donuts over Starbucks to complete the pa-sosyal drama. Yikes!

If you haven't read the HUNGER GAMES(like me), you might just want to have some defense-mechanism by being suplado  suplada. 

And I just remembered Perci muttering last night over his extruded belly and baby fats, "Di na'ko sexy, Magiging suplado nalang ako..."

WHY? Because Suplado is the new sexy! (^_~)



First off, Thanks to Nuffnang, Schick and Banana Boat for the special screening :) 

I never really liked posting movie reviews but yeah, this one is different. I just got to keep some memory keeping for now. I say the Hunger Games movie was just plain laudable. I love the plot, the action scenes, the story and its morale, the characters and the seamless integration of CG effects within the entire movie.

I have never read the book but just watched the trailer before viewing it...just so I may have an idea what the story will be all about and yeah, I find the not-reading-the-book-before-watching-the-movie advantageous. The excitement of the scenes within the plot is just so fresh. The anticipation and the giving in to such anticipation gave me much of the enjoyment while watching the entire film.

Now I must say that I love the GIS integration in the movie. Since I am into geographic information systems, the controlled environment which served as the battlefield of the Hunger Games was more of a dream geovisualization project that I would want to have for my researches. The tracking system, the maps and the inclusion of 3D elements into the system, the god-like manipulation of the environment... just plain perfect for my future simulation projects.:) The computer graphics was seamlessly integrated in the plot.   Nothing fancy on the 3d-models or animation and effects but a plain complement to the twists and turns in the story itself.

I love how the story attacks the different aspects of human nature and culture:

The politics of the Hunger Games  

The social classes and their stratification

The futuristic view of survival of the fittest

The Bigger Brother than Big Brother himself

The fancy of public affection and adoration

The overcoming of your own fears

The test of true love

The self-sacrifice and self-denial and selflessness

The strength of the underdogs

Hate spoilers? I won't discuss nor elaborate this further. I just strongly suggest that you go get a pair of tickets and watch it together with your dear one. Perfect love story encapsulated in a witty politically, socially environmentally, physically and emotionally touching plot. 

Now for the first time I have to do it retroactively, I think I ought to grab a copy of the book and get a more intense immersion on this Hunger Games. But yeah, I don't judge the book by it's movie really! LOL!


Dear Cassy, Our life is a road to greatness and we are proud that you're traversing it EXCELLENTLY!

"While in my career I'm almost done, been stealing the limelight when I graduated with honors since age six... now it's our little girl's time to shine. Go reach farther, live the life you have imagined, extract your full potential to be the best of the best, Crème de la Crop. Excellence comes with passion and greatness comes with accountability.  Mommy and Daddy trusts that you will travel your road to greatness respectably, honorably and godly. We love you so and we're always here for you every step of the way."

Dear Cassy, 

We love you.

Our life is a road of indefinite length. We travel a kilometer of it every year and we'll never know how hard or easy is it to travel that every kilometer until we get there ourselves and wish to continue the traverse amidst any hardship. In the end, it's not how long we traveled but how we treated every kilometer with much enthusiasm and strength. Our road to life is a road to greatness and we are more than proud that you are starting it EXCELLENTLY!

Last month I am the proudest mom in the world when you won FIRST PLACE in a story-telling competition representing your school , which is also mommy-and-daddy's-alma-mater, besting eight other schools... you worked hard for it, we have always believed in you, we stayed just right behind you, supporting you and WE KNEW YOU'D WIN EVEN BEFORE THE COMPETITION STARTED!

That one great move entailed no simple task but full determination and will power to WIN and BE THE BEST. It has been one tough competition before you finally made it on top - the 3 page memorization over the weekend, the sleep-over at lola's house, the no-television and no-late night sleep, the no-cold drinks and no-sweet tooth for a week to preserve your voice, the inter-class and inter-section matches which you have all bested, and the district schools match  for which you've WON- you've been one disciplined gal just to have this KEY SEGMENT IN YOUR LIFE and everything is just all the more WORTH IT!

This winning is indeed one of the  LANDMARKS IN YOUR ROAD TO GREATNESS!  From this day on Let's mark it as Kilomemeter-5.75!  Five years and 8 months after Kilometer-Zero on your road to greatness... KINDERGARTEN, YOU WON FIRST PLACE IN THE PELES' TOMATOE STORY-TELLING COMPETITION... and mommy, daddy, brother david, lola, lolo, titas, titos, nanay, mama and everyone is having that surreal feeling that one great gal is yet again to MAKE SOME HISTORY HAPPEN in our clan!

Whew! That was one pretty long piece that you got memorized in two days. We even got researched the performances in YouTube for this performance of  a lifetime. I must admire you more for the sharp memory and the perseverance and the discipline. You are a fortress in the making Cassy dear... and the right and reliable connections really ought to be built at the right place where we needed it the most, where it all started -@HOME.

Two months from now and you'll be marking Kilometer-six on your ROAD TO GREATNESS. Looking back is always a good thing..

LANDMARK OF GREATNESS: KILOMETER-ZERO, this is where everything started. You were that small being that exactly fits my arms. Your first cry, your first smile, your first move, out of my womb, welcoming the world... I witnessed them all and I knew from then on, you're going to rise LANDMARKS in your ROAD TO GREATNESS... that of which we're so determined to share the traverse with YOU!
A year or two had passed and I have seen how we have really grown one strong and smart child in you. A few years from now, you may not be that helpless child that needs our arms to guide her walk, you may no longer be that small being that cries in need of milk or some sweet hug or some tender carrying..you may even opt to take the walk independently, but when that day comes, I'll be more than proud, somewhere five years ago from today... we have taught you how to walk, carried you at times you feel like loosing control and hugged you at time you'd need refuge...
You are our first born and from day zero 'til this day, you'll always be the sweet short-haired baby that I used to breastfeed and sing lullabies at night. From Kilometer-Zero, the traverse on the road to greatness just goes on..

When KILOMETER-1.0 LANDMARK on your road to greatness was established, we were more than excited. Your first year was crucial, you started walking on your own, you've recognized the alphabets, shapes and colors, you've shown interest in books and the arts.. you've shown traces of a brewing Einstein in the making and mommy and daddy just can't help but get heaped-up everytime...

We can't forget how you used to adore books and puzzles. You paid special attention to the mind-boggling toys which almost made us certain that you'd truly love going to school, learning, excelling... and your road to greatness is just becoming more and more promising...

Each day I see your smile, the mom in me just can't be more than overjoyed. You're active and superb and bubbly ever since and we just can't help but capture all those snapshots of those giggles and babbles.

At kilometer 1 is a landmark of greatness always worth going back. The small fingers and toes, the playful smiles, the many faces, the exploring hands... You are all the more becoming a SUPERSTAR IN OUR EYES - All eyes are on you, all attention is on you... watching over you and looking out for your next REMARKABLE AND GREAT MOVE!

From kilometer-one, the traverse on the road to greatness just goes on...


March-on! Rock-on! It was Mother's day of 2010 at church, you sing a song for Mommy and for once... I can't say a thing. All I did was just to stare in awe. The small creature that fits exactly in my arms some few years back is that same grown-up standing in front of the stage, singing and making just another performance for me. I can't believe how you've grown fastly right before our very eyes. If I could slow down time, I'd probably would.

You sing just astoundingly. You entertained us all. The innocence, the voice, the confidence, the love - everything is just emanating in your song. (And daddy, just then again is one proud stage dad..)

And just as you hit two goals in a day on Mother's Day of 2012. At the mall, you competed with 30 other kids for a coloring competition. It's more of the exposure and learning social skills that we want for you and brother David. I love that you get to mingle with other kids that day... and winning is more of a bonus or icing in the cake... but nonetheless... YOU WON THE GRAND PRIZE and we're just as elated!

The traces of the love for the music and the arts like Daddy is just so obvious in your KM 3.75 LANDMARK OF GREATNESS. Daddy is just so proud to be a mentor of a protege daughter like you dear Cassy.

From kilometer-3.75, the traverse on the road to greatness just goes on...

Two more years and landmarks after landmarks on the road just keeps building up on our way. Every landmark is a trail-sign, a point of beginning, a point of reference, a point of direction. Just so when you find yourself somehow lost, look at these and you'll gain the inspiration to move on.  All the birthdays, all the smiles and triumphs, we shared them all together at home. You know however far you may have gone along the road to greatness, you'd always keep missing our home sweet home ...
Our home - mommy and daddy and dear brother David. 

More than the skills and the knowledge and talents, what we want nourished and nurtured in you is your love for each other. We want you both to grow together in love and trust. The travel on the road to greatness is always sweeter when you have someone to be with you hand-in-hand. David is your side-kick and he will always be on-guard. He maybe smaller but we're sure HE CAN PROTECT YOU BIG SISTER CASSY :)

Kilometers 4 and 5 and the traverse on the road to greatness just goes on...

But just as there are landmarks in your road to greatness, there are also some pitstops. Time for some change gears, time for some renewing and time for some reflections. A time wherein you're challenged enough and your racing tires are about to give up. That's when you can always be sure we'll stay around.

A few months after your 5th birthday, you got dengue. It was your third pit stop since kilometer zero. The second is on mommy and daddy's 6th anniversary and it couldn't be that untimely as that.

Kilometer 5.25 and the agony of waiting for your speedy recovery while watching you lying sick in the hospital bed is just insurmountable. The worries and the pain of every needle pricked into your delicate skin and that every tear that comes out from your eyes hurts us more. I know you've grown stronger now my dear.  You have shown great courage when you have been confined three times. Amidst dengue or urinary tract infection or convulsion, you still managed to play, study your lessons and even smile. I admire you for such strength and we are made even stronger knowing that our child knows very well how to battle the challenges that comes her way. 

Kilometer 5.25 and the traverse on the road to greatness just goes on...

 and just then on your KILOMETER 5.75, you're EVEN STRONGER TO OVERCOME and BE THE WINNER JUST AGAIN! That winner's smile tells it all. The bacon on your neck which you have just brought home is a sweet addition to the landmarks of greatness that you keep on building on you road of life.  Graduation is drawing near and we just can't help but stand in awe, waiting for the final results... yet another LANDMARK OF GREATNESS IS YET TO UNFOLD. You're class FIRST HONOR and we can't wait for the OVER-ALL EXAM RESULT. March on, live-on, excel more, achieve more... Kilometer 5.75 and the traverse on the road to greatness just goes on...

Your skills and wit are far more beyond our own achievements. You have started quite young and you have made a GOOD AND IMPRESSIVE START! Whatever path you choose to take in your road to greatness, be an artist like Daddy, be an engineer like mom, or take an exactly different path , you know that we are just right by your side, to support you... always.

 Whatever achievement, whatever pitfalls or whatever challenges- rest assured that you've got one reliable company to back you up. Mommy, Daddy and David will always be right here for you Dear Cassy.

And when you've reached something greater than all these things (for which I'm 100% sure you'd do!) please do look back and reminisce. 
-Remember the ice cream weekend and the holiday breakfast at the park. 
-Remember the lunch out and instant joy ride to Technohub, Seaside walk at MOA, tons of fun at Market Market and the rendezvous at Bayview Park.
-Remember our picnic at mommy's school at UP. 
-The swimmings at Bulacan, Remedios, Deparo and at our own inflattable pool at home. 
-Remember all the tickets and coins that we got after the basketball, roulette, and Indiana Jones at Tom's World. 
- The bowling, the food trips, the games and the rides.
- The Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja bonding at night. 
- The big screen bonding at the movie house (with matching poop and pee time!) with Kung Fu Panda, Green Lantern, Iron Man and many more. 
-The anniversaries, the birthdays, the monthsary and valentines and christmases and new years and holy weeks and every holidays that we're blessed to spend TOGETHER.
-The Saturday church practice, the Sunday church service and the mid-week and holiday bondings at Church. 
- Your first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth birthdays and the birthdays to come - all of them we've spent and will be spending at home - TOGETHER and COMPLETE. 
-Remember the "Barney's I love  you song" that we used to sing together while walking to home from our car parking. 
- The snakes and ladders, the story time and the prayer time before sleeping.

 Remember all those things and more and you'll never ran out of reasons to remind you of how lucky you are to have a family like this. YOUR ROAD TO GREATNESS was made even greater with a family that has always been there to support you! How our travel to our roads to greatness couldn't have been sweeter and more victorious without each other's presence. 

Go reach farther, live the life you have imagined, extract your full potential to be the best of the best, Crème de la Crop. Excellence comes with passion and greatness come with accountability.  Mommy and Daddy trusts that you will travel your road to greatness respectably, honorably and godly. We love you so and we're always here for you every step of the way. 

I know you'd be reaching farther and spanning more kilometers in your road to greatness... but please don't forget to look back, come back and celebrate with us... AT OUR OWN SACRED SPACE -@HOME!


Summer is hotter with Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotion, Schick, & Nuffnang


 I have been waiting for this summer for 10 long years...!!!
Along with the thrill of the summer heat is the celebration of Me and Perci's 10 year adventure together. So for this once in a lifetime celebration, we would really want something extra-ordinary- a ROAD and FOOD trip with JUST THE TWO OF US!

Just in time for the brake-in  period of our new car, we are planning to traverse the road from KM-0 to KM-700+ of Sorsogon. Along the way, we would surely be coming across great sight of beaches and native restos that we would surely take the pleasure of indulging! Everything, every move, every sweet moment and every adventure would definitely be documented... and shared in my Nuffnang BLOGS... for us to have a way of looking back, after another 10 years, 20 years, 30 years... and MORE!

Advance Happy 1st Decade Honey! I am so looking forward to this kind of Nuffnang Summer together with YOU!

And for this kind of rigorous, once in a life time adventure, showing some skin can't definitely be more gorgeous and liberating than with the use of a shaving expert...“Schick. Free your skin.”

Yeah I know, it's one travel craze and also a hype of the summer heat... we would definitely have the best Sunscreen at hand...“Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotion. We’ve got you covered.”


My PLDT Telpad + Landline + DSL Plan Review

What I've got is a PLDT-Telpad S7 Slim with plan P1849 DSL connection.

For the landline, I think it would just serve its purpose of providing incoming and outgoing local calls and so I wouldn't put so much of my review on it. I have not experienced any line disconnection or service interruption for this first few months so I really haven't felt much of a hassle so far. Simply put, the landline works as expected and I'm OK with it.

Next up, I would want to post my reviews on the Telpad unit that I've got - the PLDT Telpad S7 Slim. Based on the microsite, the following are the specifications of the S7 Slim

Our PLDT Telpad S7 Slim has been primarily used as multimedia player on-board our car. It's been a month since we have been using the unit and  here are the things that we have been using it for.

1. For playing songs while on board the car.
2. For watching Naruto episodes every Friday.
3. As Bible and notepad for notetaking at church during Sundays.
4. As a camwhoring device when our kids are just on the mood for picture-picture.
5.As my little daughter's voice recorder when practicing for her solo singing performance for graduation.
6. For gaming- Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Paper Toss, PapiBlocks-line-drive-jump-mount-river-wall, Wordsearch, Talking Tom, NinJump, Zombie Dash, Smurf's Village
7. For checking out Twitter, Facebook and e-mail updates and typical Google Searches.
8. As GPS receiver on-board our travel.
9. For downloading more games and games and games at the Play Store (previously Android Market).
10. More more more capabilities when the Telpad is online...or even offline. More capabilities really when you've got one powerful OS running in your system. I'm Android biased ever since Eclair and so having it non-upgradeable to Gingerbread is not that big deal for me.

Now for some more observations:
1. The published 8GB memory is a combined  internal SD card and internal tablet storage.                                                                 - Currently we are using it as a multimedia player for the car and so Perci has just archived lots of Albums in it. The available internal SD card memory is only 446 MB but lagging is not yet an issue.

The sensitivity of the touchpad is not at all affected and the applications still loads at expected normal loading time.

2. We haven't checked on the 180 hours or 7.5 days standby time but all I can say is that the battery lasts for 2 days without charging with a full load of Music and Video playing and gaming while Wi-Fi is turned ON and GPS Location and  Bluetooth is turned OFF.

3. The speakers are pretty decent and loud enough. It gives out a clear sound that lets us understand the lyrics of the song and the movie conversations clearly. For the same mobile applications and usage, we are using an LG Optimus 2x before and we just can see the difference in terms of the clearer and more audible sound of the Telpad.

4. The weight and dimensions of the Telpad is my only rant since it's really so big and even though I already have a big hand, I still am having problems holding the Telpad firmly when I get to use it for typing.

Other than that.. In terms of performance and published specifications the Telpad S7 Slim has SO FAR been performing SO GOOD.

Now lastly, I will be posting some snippets for checking the published speeds of our current P1849 DSL plan which is supposedly up to 1mbps.

Here are the results from Speedtest.net:

Out of three tests, the best stats are with my download speed at 0.82 Mbps or 839kbps  which is nearly at par with the published 1Mbps speed but my upload speed is only0.26Mbps or  266.24kbps which is very low. Also I have noticed that but those rates are really very far below the  global average which is 9.94 Mbps.

And the following is a capture from Pingtest.net. 17 ms (millisecond) ping time with 3ms jitter is fairly fast. It's graded B* and I'm already good with that.

Concluding this review, I must say that for my purpose of basic navigation and multimedia playing with the Telpad, I say it would simply serve it well. Now for the speeds of the DSL, I hope it can be improved further, not just for PLDT but for all broadband internet providers as well. Liberate our speeds you guys! :)


John Lloyd OFFICIALLY celebrates 6 years of head-ache free partnership with Biogesic

It's John Lloyd's 6th year with BIOGESIC! His signature "Ingat" has truly made a mark to most of us as he continually lead the way to proving the safe and effectiveness of the Number 1 trusted brand for fever and headache - Biogesic. 

And to celebrate his 6th year of partnership with the Doble Sigurado Brand along with the unparralleled success of John Lloyd and Angel Locsin's "Unofficially Yours", Biogesic has thrown a thanksgiving lunch last Feb 29th at Annabel's Tomas Morato. The event was commenced by a sumptuous meal and then a contract signing between John Lloyd and Biogesic plus a short question and answer portion for John Lloyd and the audience.

Now everything's OFFICIAL- "Ingat"!

Facebook Page Messaging Now on Trial mode

This morning I got quite curious when I get to visit a Facebook Page and get notified that there is indeed a new settting for Facebook Pages wherein consumers can now send a private message to the admin of the Facebook page.

It's nice. What I like about this feature is that it doesn't require a consumer to be a member of the Page or LIKER of the PAGE to be able to send a private message. It's pretty neat and simple and also is a good avenue to send product inquiries, rants and raves. Just another brilliant way to handle product after sales and customer sales.

Also I have learned that last February 2011, Facebook has already removed the "Send Updates" option for Facebook Pages, and for me as that's VERY GOOD. Those updates seems to irritate me a lot before when I get to receive lots of notifications from pages that I've liked. It's really spammy so I'm just happy they got such an update.

Just another thing that I'm actually repulsive of having is the Facebook Timeline. I think that one is pretty mandatory and soon all the pages and the profiles will be in Timeline Mode. I don't know but I don't really seem to like it. It seems so cluttered to me. Oh well, soon enough my profile will be transformed to Timeline and I have no choice but to get the hang of it and yeah, accept it...or just another compelling option -Delete Account. (^_^)