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Restaurant Review: Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden

A stone-throw away from Marikina’s Shrine of the Our Lady of the Abandoned, Rustic Mornings changes its name and switches to a reservation-only resto, “Isabelo Garden” from 4pm onwards.

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Book Review: “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes

It has been my habit to read the books first before viewing the film adaptations.  And there wasn’t a time that I loved the movie more than the book.  So let’s make this clear that I am reviewing the book and not the film relative to the book.  As of this writing, I haven’t seen the film.   Read more

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How I Handle Every Soup Craving

How I Handle Every Soup Craving

I grew up as a soup-lover.  I remember, as a child, that whenever I didn’t like food, the elders would beg me to at least, eat rice with the viand’s soup.  

As I came of age, food became one of my indulgences.  As a pre-teen, Pizza Hut’s mushroom soup was a staple to all my meals.  Come teenage years, I finally learned the art of fine dining.  Never was there a time that I skipped the soup – carefully spooning the chowders away from me in conformity with table etiquette.  There were absolutely no exceptions to my soup indulgence – even the free soup that was offered with budget meals in Manila’s student meal.   Read more

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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

And he did it again – Mr. Mitch Albom never fails to tug his readers’ heartstrings.

My first good cry with an Albom was with Tuesdays with Morrie, followed by The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The big difference is that this is the first Albom I’ve read since becoming a parent. And I never knew I’d cry this much. Read more

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Give Patriotism and Secosana Bags a Chance…

I’ve once asked my husband to take me to Greenhills before Christmas comes as I wanted to have a “Class A” Coach.  He shrugged off the idea and reasoned out that there are other brands which I can afford the original.  I also brought up the idea of bringing him and my son to the US for a vacation, hopefully next year.  This means that we have to save up for their “show-money” for their visa interview.  Read more

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Reviewing My First Condo Investment

At the tender age of 25, I got a big break in my career.  With worth three-months-pay of liquid savings in the bank, I wanted to make myself proud by investing on my first ever real-estate.  I already had my insurance policies in place then.  I told myself that my splurges in clothes shopping are of no value at all and I needed to put my money somewhere with value.  Read more