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Starbucks Introduces Mouth-Watering Espresso Confections this New Year

Espresso lovers! Give in to Starbucks Philippines' newest heavenly treats. Beginning January 9, you can enjoy these two mouth-watering confections: Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble which combines all the goodness of espresso, milk, mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup. This is topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, Starbucks Sea Salt and brownie bits.

You will also love the Chestnut White Chocolate Truffle, a combination of Starbucks signature espresso, chestnut flavor and white chocolate sauce. Topped with whipped cream and chestnut drizzle.

Both espresso confections are available in hot, iced and blended formats.


Jolly Desserts for the Holidays: Jolly Creamy Corn Maja Blanca and Jolly Lychee and Peaches a la Creme

I am a desserts monster. Ever since, I  have always loved to prepare desserts for family occasions and even on ordinary days when I just feel like cooking something for my family.

This year is no exception and I thought of something special~~ something divinely white with bright yellow things inside. Haha. They're both soft, sweet and firm, enough to give balance to the rich, sumptuous dishes of pork, beef, chicken, and fish we will be indulging on during parties in celebration for Christmas and New Year.

These two recipes are very easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes each to prepare.

JOLLY CREAMY CORN MAJA BLANCA is my version of a favorite Filipino dessert mainly made of coconut milk. It is likened to a coconut pudding, and it is a popular sweet treat during parties and occasions in many Filipino households here and abroad.

JOLLY LYCHEE AND PEACHES ala CREME is a creamy fruit gelatin dessert recipe which I created in lieu of mango and fruit cocktail that I usually put. You may use or add any fruit of your liking as substitute.



 4 cups coconut milk
1 cup fresh milk or evaporated milk
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup condensed milk
3/4 cup white sugar
4 tbsp. toasted grated coconut (or ground peanuts)


1.  Pour the coconut milk in a cooking pot and let it boil.


The CBTL Giving Journal 2017

My gray Giving Journal for 2017 =)

every redemption of the journal goes a long way!

It's the holiday season once again and amidst the happy Christmas carols and get togethers with friends and family, it is also a wonderful time to share our gifts and treasures with our brothers and sisters who need them the most.

This year the popular coffee shop chain, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) is continuing its legacy in helping others with the launch of The Giving Journal for 2017.

CBTL patrons can start their Giving Journey by collecting stamps. Each stamp consists of 12 circles with corresponding purchased drink assignment. All of the 12 stamps must be collected in one stamp card to redeem the journal. A box of CBTL capsules earns 2 stamps while any CBTL Single Serve beverage System purchase will instantly give the customer one Giving Journal.


Handuraw Sa Baul at Malagos Garden Resort

With fellow bloggers and Ms.Charisse Puentespina,  managing director of Malagos Resort (photo credits: Ian Garcia)

It was a spooky kind of Saturday night when I decided to sign up to witness Handuraw sa Baul last October 29 at Malagos Garden Resort in Calinan. It was a one-day event that aims to showcase Philippine music, arts, and horror on Hollow’s Eve through many different activities mounted for the entire celebration.

Actually it was my first halloween event, a bit hesitant at first coz I easily get scared with spooky and halloween stuff. But since I'm going to be with my bloggers friends and I was also bringing along my daughter Mikkie, I thought this was going to be an interesting night. And it really was. After an hour travel from Davao to Calinan, we arrived at the venue at almost 7pm. We were in time for the  Davao Ngilngig Filmfest 2016 which featured hair-raising  horror short films of budding Davao filmmakers.

(Below is a short video clip I got from the Ngilngig Filmfest)

with fellow blogger/vlogger friends Emafe and Pal and my daughter Mikkie

Spooky desserts for a spooky night

Earlier that day, the audience witnessed a 
live poetry reading, Art Symposium, Live Painting and Pumpkin Carving Contest.


Kilay Goals with Beauty Reveal

A catchy hugot quote from a brownie box about "kilay" 
Some men will never understand why us girls think that our eyebrows or kilay mean serious business. But of course, it's because they define a women's (also men's) face, her mood and over-all appearance.

Here in Davao, that goal to achieve the perfect eyebrows do not stop. I recently attended a discussion with the people behind Beauty Reveal led by Kaye Garino, to help women get the look they had always wanted!
Beauty Reveal has partnered with other beauty experts in the industry such Permanent Makeup Ph, Eyebrow Embroidery Manila and Royal Vanity for bringing the trend and training here in Mindanao. They introduced the latest techniques for the lips and eyebrows which are using high-end U.S and UK approved products from BIOTOUCH, a trusted U.S brand of permanent makeup supplies.
Kaye Garino of Beauty Reveal as she shared her beauty expertise on eyebrows
If you are hesitant because you have sensitive skin, Ms. Garino vouched that their products and services are safe.
You can now be more proud of your lips and kilay and be confident enough to post  "i woke up like this"  and "wake up with make up" Instagram photos at the most reasonable price.

Moreover, you will feel safe knowing that you are not risking yourself to unsanitary and unknown brands.

Interested? Get prettified by permanent make up services of PERMANENT BEAUTIFUL by Kaye G. And if you want to have your eyebrows done or if you want to be trained on eyebrow stranding, or embroidery, feel free to contact Ms. Kaye at these numbers: 09163404048 / 09257701919