Monday, January 23, 2017

Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students Exhibit at SM North EDSA

How's your 2017 going so far? We're already about a month in, and I hope everyone's been enjoying the fresh start this new year has given us. Anyhow, as we've bid the past year good bye, we'll also be in for the Chinese New Year. And being a Chinese-Filipino, I find it fascinating how this big Chinese occasion has nicely integrated to our Filipino culture.

Chan Lim Chinese Painting Workshop

Will you be enjoying tikoy this coming CNY? Go on a food tour in Manila's China Town? Or perhaps learn about feng shui and how to increase your luck? Why not check out and learn more about Chinese painting the next time you go malling?

This year, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students has partnered with SM City North EDSA to hold a special exhibit. From January 15 to February 12, you can view and enjoy more than 300 artworks -- from painted porcelain plates, scrolls and even oil paintings, at SM North's The Block Atrium.

A Crash Course in Chinese Painting

Before the official opening of the exhibit, media guests and bloggers were given a basic workshop on Chinese painting. You can just imagine my excitement, since I've always been a fan of this art form!

Dr Alex Chan Lim Chinese Painting Demo
Dr Alex Chan Lim Chinese Painting On-the-Spot Painting

We first watched Dr. Alex Chan Lim do an on-the-spot Chinese painting demonstration. Despite the number of the people gathered around him, the flash of lights and sounds of cameras, he was able to paint an orchid, and even make a beautiful landscape piece. Every flick of his brush looked effortless, but it became apparent when it was already our turn that Chinese painting isn't as easy as he made it seem.

Chan Lim Chinese Painting Workshop at SM North EDSA

Each table of eight had an instructor, and we were told that Chinese painting can be learned by anyone... As long as the person is willing to learn. Students of the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students come from different walks of life, with varying degree of art exposure. Some has already been acquainted with painting but in a different medium or style, others are enthusiasts trying it out for fun, and there are also those who have zero background in art.

Chinese Painting Workshop

Although I love art, it has been many, many years since I've last drawn nor painted. However, holding the Chinese brush (also called "mo pit") has inspired me to give traditional art a go again. We were taught how to paint the bamboo, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

I seriously enjoyed the workshop and trying my hand at using the Chinese brush. Although I'm far from good, I'm actually considering taking Chinese painting up as a new hobby!

Opening of the Exhibit

After the crash course in Chinese painting, dance groups showcased their talents as they graced the stage in colorful outfits. We also witnessed the not just the lion dance, but also the dragon dance! Now I'm very positive my Year of the Rooster will be quite lucky.

Chinese Dance Performance at SM North
Chinese Dance Performance at SM North The Block
Mr Robin Padilla at Chan Lim Exhibit SM North EDSA

Mr. Robin Padilla also graced the event to congratulate the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students for the opening of the exhibit, as well as to greet the Chan Lim patriarch a happy birthday.

Happy 80th Birthday!

Chan Lim Patriarch celebrates 80th birthday
Ribbon Cutting at Chan Lim Exhibit Opening in SM North

This year, Mr. Chan Lim, the family's patriarch, celebrates his 80th birth year. This is a very auspicious milestone in the Chinese culture. And with this, all the art exhibits during this year will be highlighting this event -- with eight exhibits specifically-themed to celebrate the felicitous family occasion.

Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students Exhibit

With the ribbon cut, the exhibit is finally open! I've already had my first viewing of the exhibit, and it's definitely a beautiful one! I didn't take a lot of photos since paintings are better appreciated when viewed in person than on the screen.

Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Paintings
Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Paintings at SM North

If you'll be finding yourself in SM North EDSA until February 12, I urge you to take a trip to The Block Atrium and enjoy seeing the beautiful artworks of 43 talented artists from the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students.

And in case you're interested to take up a new hobby, the Chan Lim family who is sought after in Chinese brush painting also conduct art classes in their Pasig City family studio. You may email them at or view more of their artworks at

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lutong Bahay: Pasta Puttanesca with Contadina + Giveaway!

We've made it through 2016, everyone! But I think I got out of it fifteen pounds heavier. Haha! I'd love to put all the blame to the festive eating I've been indulging on throughout the holiday season. But really, I know I wanted it. (ര̀ᴗര́)v

Anyhow, one of which I just couldn't resist whenever I see on the dining table is pasta. It's a dish I've loved since a kid, and one I've experimented on loads of times. So before the year 2016 ended, I was just so happy to have received a gift pack from Contadina.

Christmas with Contadina

Contadina is a premium brand of Italian-inspired products under Del Monte which carries different varieties of pasta sauces, canned tomatoes, olive oils, pasta, and more. And I'm just happy that it has made its way to the Philippines, with Food Network program host, gourmet and domestic goddess Ms. Nigella Lawson as its endorser.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chibo Okonomiyaki: A Taste of Osaka in Manila

Hello foodie friends! It's been a while since I last posted a restaurant review. I've been a bad blogger in 2016, but I hope to turn the tables around this new year! How's 2017 greeting you, by the way? Hope everyone's oozing with optimism and getting a fresh start. Anyhow, I'll be working on heaps of backlogs, but I'll be throwing in fresh content from time to time. Now, onto the review! ♪(゚▽^*)ノ⌒☆

Back in September, my good friends Berylle and D, invited my partner and I for a double date. Being the foodies that we are, how could we not oblige? It was also our first time at the then-newly opened S Maison, so new map unlocked! Hue hue!

Chibo Okonomiyaki at S Maison Conrad Mall of Asia

Chibo Okonomiyaki is a famous chain specializing in teppanyaki and okonomiyaki founded in Osaka back in 1973. With over 40 years of experience under its belt, it has already become a household name in Japan. And now, it has found its way to Manila as it opened its first Philippine branch in S Maison at Conrad Manila, Mall of Asia Complex.

#PiattosTime: My Chicken Katsu with a Twist

Like many young adults from my generation, I can't deny that I'm more dependent on the internet than other mediums for both information gathering and entertainment. However, it's nice to take a break from the usual routine from time to time, and enjoy something different -- something that destresses and inspires at the same time.

In my case, you can probably guess it. It's mostly food.

PiattosTime Chicken Katsu

The few hours a day that I don't work or sleep (or waste away on the internet), I'm either cooking, eating, or watching food-related shows. And while I love watching cooking videos on Youtube, there's something more special when catching a show on the television.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

5 Ways to Treat Yourself This Christmas

Christmas is a joyous time. There is so much to look forward to and enjoy -- from time with your family and friends, to time off work or school. Even if you are studying an online course, such as learning a new language or perhaps a masters in social work online, you can let yourself have a break. However, we all know how stressful it can get. There are gifts to buy, food to prepare, houses to decorate, you may need to organize family visits, and you may have a busier time at work. All of this coupled with the nights getting darker and the days colder can make December a trying time, despite all its cheer.

Treating yourself is a great way to perk yourself up, to make sure you are ready to give yourself and your loved ones the Christmas you and they dream of.

Invest in Your Future

If you’re unhappy with work and would like a career change, or you’re just stuck in a bit of a rut and need a boost, this is a great time to make some changes and do something about it. With so many options, from courses run by your workplace, to online degrees such as online MSW programs, there couldn’t be a better time to return to education and make a better future for yourself.

Visit a Spa

Take a real break from it all. Forget the shopping and the planning, go and get a massage. This is a really great way to relax and take some time for yourself. You might find you come out of it with a much clearer plan, and find a new enjoyment for winter time.

Get a Christmas Hair Cut

Whether it’s a new style or color or just to freshen up, there’s something about having our hair done that makes us feel great. It’s one thing that busy lives often don’t allow us to do as often as we’d like. Just clear some space in your diary and book an appointment. You’ll feel great, and know you’ll be going into the party season looking amazing.

Buy Yourself a Gift

Treat yourself to something new, whether it’s a new outfit for a party or for Christmas day, or a book you’ve been wanting. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but buying something for yourself, just because you want it, can make you feel amazing. This is more so than ever at a time when you are more focused on making other people happy and buying the right things.

Go on a Vacation

Why not take a proper break? If you can get away for a few days, do it. A vacation is always a brilliant way to recharge and get a fresh perspective. If you hate winter, get some winter sun. If you love it, try a skiing holiday to really embrace the season. You’ll probably be able to pick up some good presents while you are away as well.

Giving yourself a bit of time to yourself will help you enjoy all that the winter season has to bring. Sometimes stress can ruin our excitement. Don’t let this happen to you.

Have a happy holiday season!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Connect Lounge: Afternoon Tea Time at Marco Polo Manila

If there's something f&b-related that would define me, it's definitely tea time! While my folks and the boyf love their coffee, and my little sister loves her hot chocolate, I on the other hand love my tea. Sometimes, a little too much, if I may say so.

Most of my closest friends and loved ones have bear witness to my relationship with this timeless affair. I can have tea in the early morning, noon, evening, and even just before bed. But one I've always been excited about is having tea and tea-paired goodies on an afternoon. There's just something special about enjoying tea and snacks a la British royalty while chatting the afternoon away. It's laid-back, it's intimate, it's a treat to the palate, and it involves tea and goodies -- just my kind of thing!

Afternoon High Tea at Connect Lounge Marco Polo Ortigas

There are a good number of cafes and hotels in the metro that offer afternoon tea sets, and I'm just so happy that one of my favorite hotels in Metro Manila, Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas, Manila now caters to afternoon tea time enthusiasts like myself at their signature lobby lounge, the Connect Lounge on the 24th floor.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Daily Quickie: Sandwich Baon with Lady's Choice

Bringing my own proper baon to the office or when I'm on fieldwork is something a bit new to me. When I'm pressed for time in the morning, which I usually am, I'd just grab my water bottle and a packet of biscuits and that's my breakfast and morning snack in one.

It somehow makes me regret not savoring my mom and tita-prepared baon back in the day. I need not do anything much when I was a kid since either my mom or aunt will be the ones waking up early to make me not just my breakfast, but also my lunchbox before going to school. And just like a lot of kids, I used to take it for granted.

Lady's Choice Sandwiches

It's a different story now that I'm a lot older though. Although my mornings are usually a blur, I'm taking it upon myself to prepare a proper breakfast and an even proper morning snack or emergency lunch (in case I'll have to eat my proper lunch a lot later in the day).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why Yoga Pants are the Best Piece of Clothing You Probably Own

Women and girls are wearing yoga pants everywhere you turn. You see them wearing these pants at the mall, at school, and, of course, at the gym and the yoga studio. But what makes yoga pants so popular, and why do both men and women love them so much? Well, yoga pants are probably the best piece of clothing that you can own today, and listed below are just a few of the reasons why.

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They are really comfortable

When you put on a pair of yoga pants for the first time, you will completely understand what all the fuss is about. You simply can’t compare the comfort of these pants to anything else, except maybe your favorite pajama pants or your favorite pair of sweatpants. These pants fit like a glove, they move with you, and they will not squeeze in on your belly like tight jeans will.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lutong Bahay: Chicken BBQ and Cabbage Slaw

A month ago, I shared with you a bit about my childhood baon. I also showed you my own version of a quick sandwich using Lady's Choice's Roast Beef Spread. Today though, I'm back with a more interesting sandwich recipe.

But this time, I'm using the Chicken BBQ Spread. Yes, I opened my jar already! Haha!

Lady's Choice Chicken BBQ and Cabbage Slaw Cover

This recipe is actually by Lady's Choice, but as always, I added some ingredients and tweaked some to my preference. I do this with every recipe I recreate, since cooking and making food for yourself should always suit your liking. v(*’-^*)-☆ Of course, I wouldn't do it if it's a baking recipe. Haha! Unless I'm already confident in my baking skills, which I'm clearly not. Not in many, many, many years. Lol!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Maybelline New York: My #MakeConfidenceHappen Story

It's no secret that every person has his or her own set of insecurities. Whether you're a woman, a man, or of other sexual orientation, there's bound to be fears and self-doubts that will haunt us. I guess, it's human nature.

ThePurpleDoll MakeConfidenceHappen

However, I've noticed that as I grew older, I have gained more and more self-confidence. I'm not so sure if it's just me learning how to efficiently turn a blind eye to my previous insecurities. But somehow, I feel like I just learned to embrace whatever flaws I have. In the end, it's not about what other people think about us, but what we really think of ourselves that matters the most.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

S&R Members' Treat: My Shopping Wishlist

It's back! It's finally back!

If you've been an S&R member for quite a while now, you'd know how exciting this news is! In just a few weeks, we'll get to enjoy BIG savings and discounts with S&R Members' Treat.

S&R Wishlist

From September 30 to October 2, 2016, S&R Membership Shopping is treating its members to a big, BIG sale! From the regular promos and discounted items, to 50% off discounts and buy 1 take 1 offers -- this is sure to be a sweet treat for membership card holders nationwide!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Get ready for BIG SAVINGS at S&R!!!

If you've been following this blog for quite a while now, you probably know how much I enjoy spending my time doing groceries and shopping for food and home-stuff. And just like many of my friends and acquaintances, I've been a member and a fan of one of the biggest members-only shopping center in the country, S&R.

S&R September Sale

Not being biased here, but S&R is a really good place to get imported products and in bulk, at good prices. So although I used to not get the appeal of members-only shopping places, I ended up being a convert. 'Cause hey, apart from the actual shopping at S&R, I'm a big fan of their food service!

Lutong Bahay: Matcha Cheesecake by Chef Edward Mateo

Ahh... Matcha! Although I can't remember when I first had a taste of matcha, I can proudly say that I've been a fan of this Japanese green tea powder for quite a while now. Matcha latte, matcha ice cream, matcha panna cotta, or anything matcha in general -- I have a strong penchant for ordering.

But today, I'm not here to just gloat about another matcha dessert. How about we learn how to actually make a Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake? And from the Modern Dessert Prince, Chef Edward Mateo of Royal Patisserie, nonetheless.

Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake


For the crust
  • 1 cup crushed Graham
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

For the cream cheese batter
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 225g heavy cream
  • 1 cup refined sugar
  • 2 pcs. large egg
  • 2 tbsp. matcha green tea powder
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

Breville Mixer & Oven

  1. Preheat the Breville Smart Oven™ at 150C.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all ingredients for the crust until well-combined.
  3. Press the crumb mixture over the bottom of a 8-inch springform pan wrapped in foil.
  4. Using the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro™ and the Scraper Beater attachment, cream the cream cheese and matcha green tea powder until smooth.
  5. Add only half of the cream and mix until smooth. Then, add the other half and mix again until you have a smooth, creamy mixture.
  6. With the mixer on light mixing speed, beat in the eggs one at a time. Wait until the previous egg is just barely mixed into the batter before adding the next one.
  7. Mix in the sugar and flour for about 1 minute until incorporated.
  8. Pour the mixture over the pan and spread it into an even layer against the sides of the pan.
  9. Bake using bain marie method for about 1 hr and 30 minutes.
  10. Once baked, cool for 2-3 hours, and add decorations as desired. Enjoy!

Eating your favorite matcha dessert is a treat. But making your own matcha green tea cheesecake is a sweeter pleasure! And while baking might not be easy, it can be perfected with lots and lots of practice and trial and error. It's also a good thing that this recipe is from the Prince of Modern Desserts himself, so we know that even if we mess up a little, outcome will still be good! v(°∇^*)⌒☆

So give it a try if you're also a fellow matcha lover! Let's satisfy our matcha cravings with Chef Edward Mateo's help and Breville!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Huawei P9 Food Adventures: Gringo, Hello Kitty Cafe & More!

I love food. I love taking pictures. And I love taking pictures of food!

If you've been a reader for quite a while, chances are, you've probably noticed how I always try my best to use either my Canon dslr or my Fujifilm mirrorless camera to take photos of food, places, my OOTD, and other things which I post here on the blog. Granted, lugging around a proper camera isn't always comfortable. But I just can't shake off the feeling that I won't get the shots I wanted if I only rely on my phone's camera...

Gringo Baby Back Ribs and Southern Spice Chicken

And that holds true until I met Huawei P9. I'll be making a review and run-down of its specs on a separate blog post. But for now, I just want to share with you how my food blogging has changed and will change.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Daily Quickie: Lady's Choice Roast Beef & Chicken BBQ

Ahhh... I've been on a stricter diet the past few months, but I still make sure to indulge from time to time. And one of the things I like to enjoy on my cheat days would no doubt be carbs! From rice and pasta, to pastries and breads, carbohydrates don't only make me feel full, but also leave me feeling happy after indulging in a few.

Lately though, I've been rediscovering my love for sandwiches. Whenever I eat out and see sandwiches on the menu, whether it be a sub, a club, or an Italian deli sandwich, I just can't seem to shy away from ordering.

Lady's Choice Chicken BBQ Spread

But of course, it won't be practical to always run to the nearest sub or deli place to get my fill. So whenever I want to have a sandwich and quick, it's still better to make one on my own. Good thing, Lady's Choice now offers two more variants -- the Roast Beef Spread and the Chicken BBQ Spread!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lutong Bahay: Creamy Chicken Adobo

Chicken adobo is one of the most loved Filipino dishes of all time; a staple in every Filipino's dinner table. It's been one of my favorite home-cooked dishes growing up, and is definitely one that many people can consider a taste of home.

Of course, as a very famous Filipino dish churned out by many Filipino kitchens, we can be sure that each household has their own version of adobo. Like ours, for instance, is more on the sweet side. But I've also been to relatives' and friends' houses where I was served with a more pungent adobo, and even a really spicy adobo.

Creamy Chicken Adobo

Recently, I've discovered another way of enjoying chicken adobo. It might be a little surprising for those who haven't been too adventurous with their adobo yet. But I can assure you, this is good stuff that might even become a staple in your own home!

Creamy Chicken Adobo Recipe with Nestle Cream

Today, let me take you on a journey to another interesting but just as delicious version of adobo, Creamy Chicken Adobo.
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