Christmas is a time full of traditions: exchange gifts, simbang gabi, caroling, family reunions, and a lot of eating!
Of course there is Noche Buena. Every family has their own tradition when it comes to the food served, from elders’ specialties to store-bought favorites.

But why not try something new this year, something that can potentially be a new tradition?
With Danes Cheese Ball, you can create a lot of tasty holiday treats. This creamy cheese ball has a rich cheddar taste that can make any dish – pasta, salad, meat – more special.

You can even have it on its own. Create your very own cheese platter with slices of Danes Cheese Ball and just add a variety of biscuits and crackers, grapes, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolates – and you’re ready to wow the family or your guests.

I recently created one with my eight-year old daughter Sadako, and she enjoyed eating (mostly the cheese slices) from the board. I think we just started a new tradition; I can’t wait to create another cheese…


I grew up drinking Tang orange juice.
I drank it with my merienda. I had it for my baon. We prepared punch bowls of it for birthday parties.
And I’m so happy it’s still around! Can you believe that Tang has been around for 46 years???

That’s how good the product is. And because the brand knows how to innovate, there are now 16 different Tang flavors for us to enjoy.
There are new flavors like mango, pineapple, dalandan, pomelo (perfect for pomelo gin!), mixed berries, and guyabano, which is my current favorite.

However, orange will forever be special in my heart because one sip of Tang orange juice instantly brings me back to my childhood days when my late lola was still alive and would prepare me a cold refreshing glass of it.
I’m happy that my daughter can enjoy the same exact drink that I enjoyed when I was her age – and she’s not just limited to orange.

The good thing is that because Tang is made with real fruit extracts, it has vitamins A, B2, B3, C, iron, and folate so Sadako…


We all know that probiotics are good for us. These live microorganisms help maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract, aiding in digestion and defending the body against illness.

This is why Yakult is still alive – and has competition! This is why yogurt remains to be popular. This is why probiotics can be seen in a lot of products lately.
The good news for parents is that there is now Erceflora ProbiBears, a supplement that has not just Lactobacillus acidophilus but also Bifidobacterium lactis. The former treats infant colic and helps improve immunity while the latter helps ease bloating and flatulence. Together they help prevent gut problems such as diarrhea, an upset tummy, and other digestive illnesses.
What’s good is that Erceflora ProbiBears have the right amount of probiotics your child needs every day.

And oh, they taste good! I myself tried one and it doesn’t taste like medicine at all. It’s like cookies and cream-flavored chocolate, and Sadako ag…


I rarely cook at home for Sadako. It’s always someone else – or dine-out/take-home/delivery.

So when I actually do I make sure it’s special and it’s something she likes. Plus it should be easy!

Eden recently sent us a goodie basket containing comfort food ingredients and I am so excited to make some yummy snacks for the family.
Mac and cheese is one of Sadako’s all-time faves, while sardines sandwich is something I don’t get to regularly eat but sounds really good.

I really hope they Sadako will like what I’ll prepare coz nothing says I love you like home-cooked comfort food. Buti na lang they look easy to do. Check out the recipes below.
3 tbsp, butter 2 tbsp, flour 2 cups milk 8 oz, shredded Eden cheese 2 cups, elbow macaroni
Heat oven to 350F. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add flour and stir until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk then bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a simmer over low heat for 5 minutes or until it thickens. A…


Sadako and I recently got invited to the #CheezWhizCheeseventions event of Cheez Whiz and of course we said yes!

Before the program started, Sadako had some time to be part of fun activities.

She was tasked to spread Cheez Whiz on bread, and it was so cute to see her focused and competitive even if she was JUST SPREADING CHEEZ WHIZ ON BREAD.
She had to pose beside a standee of Cowcium (love the name!), the Cheez Whiz mascot.

And she had to write something on the freedom wall (she doodled, actually).

After all those she got a goodie bag. She took a peek and said wow when she saw all the Cheez Whiz products inside because she loves anything cheese so much.

The main activity was a cooking demo with Chef DJ Santos plus Bettinna Carlos and her daughter Gummy.

The first dish was a ham and cheese sandwich tower. Sadako customized hers to look like Rapunzel’s tower, complete with Rapunzel’s hair – made of Cheez Whiz, of course.

The second one was much simpler – cupcakes topped with Cheez Whi…


It was Mother’s Day last week so I want to share with you this touching Mother’s Day video from Solane. I don’t wanna spoil it for you so just watch. Suggestion: ready some tissue or your hanky.

Are you crying right now or ARE YOU CRYING RIGHT NOW???
I know I am ugly crying right now!
It’s so sweet and touching and beautiful and relatable and sad and inspiring all at the same time.
I love the message of the video; it’s so simple but it’s so strong: FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE, GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION.
I’m sure a lot of people can relate to it, especially parents. Whether it’s assembling that LEGO spaceship composed of thousands of pieces just to put a smile on your kid’s face, or working overtime for five days straight just to earn extra money for the family, or even something supposedly simple like cooking your little ones’ favorite sinigang na baboy just coz they have a sudden craving for it, you do it – no matter how difficult or tiring it is – for the ones you love.

I myself can rel…


December is such a stressful time for me.

At work, we usually have a lot of events that we need to mount, plus there's a lot of Christmas parties to attend -- to think that the month doesn't have a lot of work days.

When it comes to Sadako, she has some exams before the Christmas break, the school Christmas party, plus a lot of people to give gifts to.

And then there's Christmas shopping for gifts for everyone else, wrapping them (which I enjoy, actually), and trying to meet and spend quality time with everyone: family, friends, batchmates.

Because of all these, plus the weather and the tendency to overeat and/or pig out on all the sinful stuff, getting sick is very possible.

This is why I try to always be extra cautious this time of the year and remind myself to be healthy.

One thing I do is regularly take Berocca. Packed with Vitamin B complex, ascorbic acid, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, it helps me get more out of my day because it helps enhance mental and physical pe…