May 2019 - The Super Momma
If there is one thing that I look up to my way of parenting is none other than my mom. I felt like she was successful the way she brought us up because I am where I am now all because of her. There is no other way to cherish mothers and make them special at least on their special day that is--Mother's Day. 

On Mother's Day, let us make our moms special by treating her like a queen. And let us celebrate mother's day, none other than SM Supermalls. "SM knows how hard it is to be a mom, which is why we've come up with fun and memorable activities that celebrate our beloved supermoms who have been there for us since the very beginning," said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for marketing. 

SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing, Jonjon San Agustin




During the Digital Media Conference, celebrities shared how they cherish their moms on how they were raised and at the same time reminisce their motherhood journey with their children. 










SM Supermalls prepared alot of exciting activities for us mommies which we can enjoy together with the entire members of the family: 

1. Sumptuous Meals. Dine with mom and get special deals with Mom's Treat this May 3 to 12, 2019. 

2. Countless shopping options. Surprise your moms with goodies made for and by moms at Mom's Corner this May 3 to 12, 2019. 

3. Beauty and Wellness. Whether it's a luxurious spa date or simple makeover, give them what she deserves this May 10 to 12 with Mom's Day Out wellness treats. 

4. Tributes to mom. This mother's day, take her and the whole family out to celebrate the Holy Mass and get a Special Blessing for Mom. Show your overflowing love for mommies online. Post a photo of your mom on the #VoteForMom promo post on SM Supermalls Facebook Page or send an e-card via the QR Code posted on www.supermalls.com/voteformom for a chance to win P5,000 worth of SM Gifts Certificates!

5. Exciting activities. On May 10 to 12, take flower filled photos at That's My Mom Photo Spots and ass these colorful snapshots to your scrapbook or photo album! Celebrate Mom's Day like no other at the Youtube FanFest Moms Edition from May 17 to 18 happening at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall for exciting and informative talks and workshops, and fun performances and activities with their favorite creator moms. 

6. Fun Errands. Treat mom to moments of peace by checking off a few errands and chores from her to-do list. Make her life a little easier by doing the groceries at SM Hypermarket, or paying the bills at The SM Store Customer Service, or even doing laundry!


Don't miss the chance to #VoteForMom this Mother's Day at SM Supermalls! For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com

To all the fellow mommies there, Happy Mother's Day to all of you! 
No matter how much you might love your job, there's no question that a well planned vacation is always a good idea. Our minds and emotions need a break from the hectic pace of work and the non-stop demands that can come with it. Yet just getting away isn't always the best way to take a vacation. While we do need a break from the intense demands we experience at work, that well-earned time off can be used in a variety of ways that can enrich us. This is why many people today are choosing to take active vacations that have a fun yet educational aspect to them.


Learning a Delicious New Skill

Many people tour Europe with the intention of learning a lot about the cultures and art of cities like Rome and Paris, and there's a fine tradition of people taking in art tours while in those cities. Some vacationers like to take things even further, though, by learning the finer aspects of French or Italian cuisine while visiting those countries. This is why a Culinary vacation Tuscany or in the French countryside is an idea that's catching on.

A culinary vacation is one that allows a traveler to get an in-depth feel for a region's cuisine, while learning to cook using ingredients that are locally grown. Sauces cooked using natural, local ingredients have a freshness and flavor that's unlike anything you might buy in a store, which is why culinary vacations are so stimulating (and also delicious). Savoring a freshly made gourmet dish in the region in which the recipe was first created is an experience like no other, and a culinary vacation can also include a wealth of other cultural aspects, like learning the region's language and studying the area's art history.




Why not let that Hawaiian vacation wait a while? Consider a truly compelling vacation idea, and get immersed in the food of the area you want to visit. Without a doubt, it's a delicious choice!
                
Three years ago, I remembered my son telling me he wanted to be a Chef when I asked him what he wanted to be when he grows up. I did not influence him of anything and out of the blue, he just told me, he wants to be a master of the kitchen. He is a picky eater, he doesn't like vegetables and fruits and limits himself to more protein food that I serve him during mealtime. I may probably be a pushover mom for wanting him to eat vegetables and fruits, but I am doing this because I know it is for his own good. 


One way of encouraging children to eat and try something new to their palates is to let them prepare their own meals. The reason why I want to involve my eldest in the kitchen. He knows how I exert effort in preparing their meals that is why, he tries his best to eat whatever I serve him, only that he would limit what he eats to all protein. It is quite frustrating, but, I know soon I will be able to let him. 



Last Saturday, my son had the chance to experience cooking with the Chefs at Makati Diamond Residences as organized by San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center. In its 24th year, its aim to instill a love and appreciation for food and cooking while introducing various San Miguel Purefoods Products that can help in preparation ease and enhance skills of young budding cooking enthusiasts. 

"If kids are much more involved in food preparation, then they truly get encouraged to eat more, which promotes good nutrition, plus they learn cooking early, a very important life skill" says Llena Tan-Arcenas, the Community Services Manager of San Miguel Pure Foods. 


The kids were taught how to prepare 5 kid friendly recipes that they surely enjoyed during their kitchen camp

Nachos Afritada

(Purefoods Chicken Afritada and Magnolia Cheddar Cheese)



Pulled Pork Tacos

(Purefoods Pulled Pork BBQ Pinoy Style and Magnolia Cheese Squeeze)



Quick Meaty Spaghetti 

(Dari Creme, Monterey Ground Pork, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs Jumbo and Magnolia Cheezee)



Flower Pot Cakes

(Magnolia Devil's Food Cake, La Pacita Graham Crackers, Magnolia Cream Cheese and Magnolia All Purpose Cream)

Chicken Tinola 

(Used Magnolia 3-way Chicken Ginger Based)


Meet the fun and talented chefs of San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center under the supervision of Pamela "Chef Pam" Obieta together with the MDR chefs.



Graduation Photo


Kids and the Chefs


My son had fun together with the other kids. I hope San Miguel Purefoods Corp., continues to do this every year and instill the values to more kids and learn the most important life skill which is cooking. 

What about you, what is your favorite Purefoods product?






Ever since I became a fur parent, I now understand of how our pets can give invaluable joy in our lives. They become part of our family and have a place in our hearts. We treat them like our children, much like how we take care and give love to our children. 



Now that I have pets, I have now to consider them wherever we go. There were limitations as to where we go including our out of town getaways. I always have to consider the hotels/accomodations we book if they are pet friendly or else, I would veer away from them. Now that more families have pets, I guess it is a high time for establishments to be pet friendly. 

The Ascott Limited’s Somerset Olympia Makati celebrated its first Puppy Hour last April 30, 2019. In line with the international celebration of pet month, Somerset Olympia Makati celebrated the value of pet ownership that brought together dog owners, bloggers, and a non-profit organization in raising awareness for a good cause.

The participants had a chance to tour around the facilities of the serviced-residence together with their dogs as Somerset Olympia Makati is the first pet-friendly property of The Ascott Limited in the Philippines.

Ms. Susan Salcedo, The Ascott Limited Philippines’ City Manager said, “Because there are only a few pet-friendly properties in the hospitality industry in our country, Somerset Olympia Makati offers a home for your pets”.

“Moreover, we are not just your mere serviced-residence because our service is perfect for those travelers or families who would not want to leave their pets in the corners of their homes” Salcedo added.

The said event also discussed the current state of the lives of military working dogs (MWD) and contract working dogs (CWD) in the Philippines through the invited guest speakers and founders of Hound Haven Philippines, Maxin Arcebal, CEO and Chelsea Pecson, COO.

The success of Puppy Hour was made possible by its partners namely Fur Magic, Sleeky, St. Roche, Nutram, Bow House, Pet Express, Vitality, and Whole Pet Kitchen.

THE ASCOTT LIMITED

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