Wednesday, April 25, 2012

…Because a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Give Mom a Caricature from Marriott Manila

If there’s one person that has a penchant for delicious, gourmet meal, that’s mom. For someone who cooks up a meticulous meal for the family, it’s no wonder why she has discerning taste buds. With this, there’s surely no other venue where she can indulge and celebrate her love for good food other than Marriott Café. Bring the whole family for Sunday Brunch, where it offers an upscale but a cozy venue to enjoy a promise of bigger, better, and heavier selections for brunch. And not to mention, everything gourmet!

With 17 stations including Cru Steakhouse and chocolate room for only P2, 500 net per head, Marriott Café got everything what a family would crave for from the healthiest greens, house-made pasta, savory steaks, to well-crafted cocktails.

To pay tribute to the woman that matters most, for every minimum of P12, 000 net worth of receipt is entitled to an instant free caricature for mom! Since we believe that whatever hat she wears, mom is always at her most beautiful. On Mother’s Day, we’re adding a dose of cuteness with an exclusive souvenir caricature of her on Sunday Brunch.

And if the whole gang is in the mood to celebrate the day for dinner, Marriott Café offers Ocean Surf exclusively for this Sunday of mother’s day for only P1850 net per head. We know how most moms enjoy getting their hands dirty on rock lobster, crabs, oysters, clams, and shrimps.  That’s why our spread is stocked up only with the freshest and tastiest selections, whether it’s enjoyed as is or have our chefs make an exciting twist from it.

What’s lovely about this buffet is that, it’s not only about shells and seafood. The spread is pumped up with big slabs of beef and lamb slices from the carving station and other delicious options from the rotisserie.  Swing by at the Chinese Station for authentic dim sums, pork barbeque, marinated chicken, and Beijing style duck. The dessert station decks out as well large array of choices both for sweet toothed and weight watchers.

While for some who plans to go in an intimate, classy venue serving decadent dishes, Cru Steakhouse is the first in mind when making dining decisions. It’s also a venue of choice if you want to be settled in fine dining style of ambience with hands on service and pleasant staffs, who are very much adept on wine pairing too. For mother’s day, sous chef Rej Casanova whips up a surefire hit four course menu: Baby rocket salad with pan fried scallops, mushroom consome, grilled grain fed Australian ribeye with sautéed baby carrots & potato dauphinoise and creamy mushroom sauce or duo of baked mahi mahi and grilled jumbo tiger prawns, capped off with poached cranberries fresh apples vanilla bean ice cream—all these at P4, 000 net per head.

Sitting between your loved one while enjoying a perfectly composed and polished meal is always a great thing; but if it’s added with a weekend break in a snazzy hotel, whose mom wouldn’t love the idea? With this in mind, on offer is the special Mother’s Day room package. Spend a leisurely overnight stay in the deluxe room for only P9, 888++ single/double, inclusive of Marriott Café breakfast buffet for two with P1,000 worth of credits at Quan Spa and Jessie Mendez salon.

Discover Marriott Manila’s exciting take in celebrating Mother’s Day. From the world-renowned service, dining, and accommodation, it’s no wonder why it’s a favorite spot of every fun-loving family.

For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.


An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

For The Record: Maia's First Haircut

Ok, I know she's 4 & it's about time. Time for my daughter's first haircut.

After 4 years, we finally decided that it was time to cut Maia's hair.

I positively adore my daughter with a head full of curly hair at the ends, mine is more like a tangled mess. I was hesitant to cut her locks and I am quite obsessed with the cuteness of  her long, naturally curly hair.  But her hair has gotten way too long, it was getting a bit unruly and her hair were all over her face. Although I was never  too lazy to deal with her tangled mess, it seemed like it was awfully time-consuming because I had to spend almost 30-45 minutes on just untangling and brushing her hair and I had to condition her hair everyday to get it tangled-free. Sadly, her hair has gotten a bit out of hand and out of control! Besides, she asked for it. I was really surprised to hear her say, "Mommy, I want to cut my hair. It's hot!"

Haha So true, it's so freakin hot this summer, so hot I'm strongly considering having a Britney Spears moment and shave all my hair off. Yikes! Can't blame my babycakes if she wants a fresh new do! Oh, and lest I forget, she wants the Lady Gaga's hot pink hair. Uhmmm.. I had to skip that part though. I don't know where she  found out about her. I'm just glad she didn't see Katy Perry's blue hair, Rihanna's red hair or Nicki Minaj's green hair. :) Oh yes, I think the Power Rangers are back! :)

Still, my little girl's first haircut got me really excited. After all, getting my daughter's first haircut  was a good way to feel like I'm doing something with my life without actually having to.
Yay for my baby girl on getting her first haircut!! Such a big girl! :) 
I know a baby's first haircut can be a challenge because new places like salon and strangers like hairdressers can be scary for kids. Especially when that stranger has a pair of scissors! Kids are a little frightened about their first trip to the salon, but it is all part of growing up. Most of them would cause mayhem but it’s not like our kid will go out the salon without getting his/her hair cut.

But that's not always the case. My daughter's first haircut was a breeze. We went to a regular salon rather than a kiddie hair salon because I was confident Maia's not going to throw a tantrum and besides, she was the one begging for a haircut. Everything went well, prolly because she's already 4 and she was just as excited as I was. I never had to struggle to get her in the chair.. There's no screaming, no squirming and absolutely no wiggling. Yay!

I guess for those moms who are going to have her kid's first haircut soon, it's better to prepare your little ones (especially the toddlers and terrible twos) before cutting their locks by pretending at home first and then when you get to a nearest kid-friendly salon, you can try to make that first haircut moment a wee bit more fun and exciting by playing with them or by bribing them with a few pieces of chocolates. Most of the kid salons are decorated with toy cars for baby to sit in and they have TVs and games to keep them distracted during the "first cut". Make sure you bring them there at your child's happiest time of the day and he/she's not cranky, fussy or squirmy. You don't wanna get stressed out, do you? If you think you can handle the cutting and trimming on your own, then go ahead. But if not, go with a pro. Just make sure to check what is your preferred hairstyle for your kiddo and check if the hair stylist/hairdresser won't style your tot's freshly cut hair into curtains, or a Mohawk or that Bieber hair. :)

At first, I was afraid she will lose those lovely curls because I have friends whose  kids had their curls cut too short and then they never grow back the same, so I didn’t want that to happen... her curls are just too gorgeous for me! So I asked the hairdresser what length would be best for her. She said a little below the shoulder would be fine and she won't lose her curls. I was also thinking of what hairstyle will suit her but nooooo, Lady Gaga's hair is not an option.

She's hyper happy with her first snip.. That blow dryer gave that wild windblown look right after the haircut! Pretty darn cute! Loved it!

So there, the ends are still a bit curly yet her hair is much shorter now. This meant less tangles for me!  I got almost 6 inches cut off of Maia's hair. I'm glad it's still curly because I like it curly and I'm sure my girl's gonna rock her new do.

However, it's just sad that I got a comment from someone who said she wants the longer hair more, about keeping it long and not losing her curls, yaddy-yaddy-yadaa.... and that was in front of my daughter. I don't want my daughter to feel bad or get upset about it. Seriously, how can someone be so insensitive? I'm just glad my little girl didn't really care about that crude comment. After all, it's not worth the aggravation.  She loves her new shorter hair and I'm glad she's making her own decisions. I could get all sentimental or a bit sad but really? I'm not gonna ridiculously mourn about the loss of her curly hair. I really don't care if she lose her curls, it'll grow back for sure! If not, it's ok...

 A child's worth or beauty is not about how long or short her hair is, or how straight or curly it is. We just simply need to stop basing one's self-worth on appearance.

Trust me whether long or short, curly or straight hair... it's perfectly fine with me. As long as she's smiling, she's beautiful to me. ;) She looks absolutely beautiful no matter what.

Of course, it's one of her firsts! And our child's first anything is always a memorable and exciting experience. I'd be fibbing if I said I didn't shed a tear...  and I did save a memento.
 I took this short video, as well as some photos of the "cutting part"  moment, and I didn't forget to set aside a lock of hair. It seems silly but each and every milestone is precious to me.  I saved a piece of her hair for memento 'cause I believe her itty bitty curly hair is my lucky charm! :) True enough, it brings good luck because I instantly received good news right after her haircut. :)

Now her unruly, overly thick hair is tamed for the moment, let's see how long it'll stay that way. Any bets? Haha I can see how much my daughter loves her hair right now because she keeps on flipping her hair back and forth... and yes, she still wants Lady Gaga's pink hair. I'm guessing she has a serious addiction to Lady Gaga at the moment.

As for me, I can't wait until my hair is long enough for a messy high bun. I'm almost there. :)


There’s Something About Karylle’s Smile

I've heard singer-actress-host Karylle has a lot of reasons to smile lately... 

Her self-produced Roadtrip album just turned Gold, hosting stint in Showtime, post-Valentine concert Love and Laughter with Christian Bautista was successful, Best Actress nomination from the Monte Carlo Festivals for The Kitchen Musical, and the Best Performance Bronze Medal and Best in Writing Gold Medal the series got from the recently-concluded New York Festivals.

With these, it seems that it is the most opportune time to release her latest single from Roadtrip – I’ve Found My Smile Again. This is the third single after the upbeat OMG and the sweet, sincere Basically. Aside from record stores, Roadtrip can be downloaded at mega-shop for all your music download needs, also boasts of exclusive downloads made for MyMusic Store supporters only. It also has a library of thousands of songs and albums for you to choose from.
The song talks about having a reason to “smile” again.
The music video, helmed by ace photographer Raymund Isaac, had its premiere last April 23 on MYX.

“I am really thankful that Raymund agreed to direct this video,” says Karylle. “I really love it. Raymund is a genius!”
On the other hand, Karylle is still ecstatic in the recent win of The Kitchen Musical at the New York Festivals (Gold Medal for Best Writing and Bronze Medal for Best Performance).
“We are all very happy to have won the New York Festivals,” says Karylle. “I was in touch with our director before the awards. Honestly, it didn't cross my mind that we would win but on the day of the awards, I kept praying that we would win.”
Karylle is also nominated in the Best Actress category at the Monte Carlo Festivals.
She recounts," I didn't really want to believe it, since I didn't hear from our TKM group. When I saw the nominations list, I was in disbelief seeing the likes of Tina Fey, Juliana Marguiles, among others to be among the other nominees.”
The Kitchen Musical also emerged as an intermedia-globe Gold Award winner at the 2012 WorldMediaFestival, a global competition for modern media that honours and celebrates excellent solutions in Corporate Film, Television, Web and Print productions on an international scale.
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Cool Window Shades for a Hot Summer’s Day

This just in: From PAGASA- Temperature across RP may get hotter in the coming days, summer heat expected to peak this May. 

Whoa! I guess I'm going to invent window shades that will go down when the sun comes up then. Perfect for those hot summer days. 

Summer is the season of beaches, tropical breezes and infinite possibilities.

Nonetheless, summer’s heady sizzle can get too much to handle for urban dwellers like me who are either at home or in the office. With the intense and almost head-cracking heat outside, you’ll definitely crave for cover from the sun’s burning rays.

But don’t fret. With the Duette® honeycomb shades made by Hunter Douglas, the world’s leading manufacturer of fashionable and elegant window coverings, one minute, you’re basking in the sensations of summer but by the next, you’re already keeping cool and refreshed indoors. Cover your windows with Duette® honeycomb shades and have the best of both worlds.  

Indulge your personal style as you customize Duette® honeycomb shades for your living and working spaces. Choose from a large selection of pleat sizes, fabric choices and lifting systems designed to meet your needs. It comes in specialty shapes to fit any window, covering almost any window, from circles to large sliding glass doors. Also, it will be hard to find shades that are more convenient to use, as Duette® has several innovative and unique lifting systems available including the patented EasyRise® with itseasy-to-use loop system.
More importantly, Duette® is environment-friendly, boasting of the highest energy-efficiency rating for honeycomb shades in the industry.  

Manufactured by Hunter Douglas, one of the most prestigious brands in window coverings and treatments, the hugely popular Duette® honeycomb shades are practical and affordable.

Consider these benefits of the Duette® Honeycomb Shades:

They are energy-efficient shades that reduce heat flow at the window and a fabric-covered headrail standard with EasyRise™ and standard control.

It also has specialty shapes that can conform to any form like arches, angles, circles, hexagons, and octagons. These shades are also GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®, a product certification program for low-emitting building materials, furniture, furnishings, finishes, cleaning products, electronics and consumer productsand is also GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification ProgramSM certified, another product certification program for low-emitting building materials, furniture, furnishings, finishes, cleaning products, electronics and consumer products used in areas where children and sensitive individuals reside. The Duette® Honeycomb Shades also passed the NFPA 701 Small Scale Flammability testing, plus the Easy Rise™ continuous cord loop and cord tensioner anchor cord at the side of the window for safety.

Duette® honeycomb shades are available only at Home Mavericks, G/F 926 Arnaiz Ave. (Pasay Rd.),Makati City, Philippines 1223 (across New World Hotel) Tel: 02-8449549 / 5142667,  24-Hour Hotline: +63.917.MAVERCK (628.3725), or