James Deakin is a man who wears many hats. Who doesn’t recognize him? He’s a TV anchor, event host, motoring advocate, blogger, and social media personality. But with his multifaceted persona and the hectic schedule that he keeps, it’s his being a family man, a loving husband and father to three kids, two boys and a girl, that he values the most. It is no wonder then that Technomarine chose to honor James, a truly exemplary dad, this Father’s Day.
“Time, it’s the most precious commodity,” Deakin relates when asked about the biggest challenge of being a father. “The harder you work, the more successful you become, the more time becomes precious. So it gets very hard to find that balance.”
His daily schedule can become as erratic as the next, starting as early as 5 am. As someone who doesn’t keep a regular office job, making time for his family is indeed a challenge, one that he doesn’t back down from. But there are compromises, he admits, especially since he has to work to earn a living for his wife and his growing brood.
I can still remember nung bata pa ako na hinihintay ko buwan-buwan yung pag-uwe ni “mame” sa Lucena (Quezon Province). Laking lola kami ni kuya kasi nagtatrabaho sina mame sa Maynila, hindi naman kami maisama agad doon kasi wala naman titingin sa amin o maghahatid papasok sa school. Every end of the month or first week ng month, umuuwe sina dade at mame sa probinsya para bisitahin kami ni kuya, mag-iwan sa mga lola ng panggastos, saka magbigay sa amin ng pangbaon sa school. Two days lang sila palage, tapos aalis na. Tapos, malungkot na ulit…wala na ulit akong kasamang mommy sa loob ng isang buwan. Magbibilang na naman ng maraming araw hanggang makabalik sila.
Ang bilis ng panahon, ngayon, ako na yung nanay. May dalwang chikitings na ako na naghihintay sa akin sa pag-uwe galing sa trabaho. Sila naman yung naka-abang ngayon at naiinip sa paghihintay sa ‘kin. Minsan, sasabihan pa ako na ‘wag na akong umalis, ‘wag nang magtrabaho. Kung pwede lang sana… hehe.
The brightest gift for mom is within your reach this Mother’s Day.
My Diamond offers a 45% discount on all jewelry from May 2 to 13, 2018 at all My Diamond stores nationwide! You can choose an 18k white gold ring with six pieces 0.54 carat diamond surrounded with 109 pieces of 0.64 diamonds from the Dream Collection, sliding diamond bangles of 18k white gold with 174 pieces of 1.25 carat diamonds or 14k white gold with 119 pieces of 0.77 carat diamonds, or classic baguette pave bangle of 14k white gold with 71 pieces of 1.44 carat diamonds.
This Mother’s Day, give something completely precious to someone who is truly diamond worthy with jewelry pieces from any My Diamond concept store in:
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“I’m getting old.” *sad*
I’ve been suffering from lots and lots of different ailments these past few months. Two of my major complaints are from my head and back.
Then I came across a “to-the-rescue” product at the department store in SM City Molino. It’s Relief Hot Compress. Hmmm, interesting!
The product costs Php 199 if you have an SM Advantage Card. However, if you don’t have one, I am not sure if it’s Php 399 or Php 499…but somewhat in that price range. Price-wise, it’s pretty amazing with an SM advantage card. Alright, let’s proceed with my honest review…
I bought the colored brown hot compress. It looks like a pillow but feels and looks like a stuff toy. It’s very handy, easy to bring anywhere. It has liquid inside. I am not sure if it’s water or any other liquid. I haven’t mentioned it yet, but, it’s an electronic hot compress. So, from the word “electronic” itself, I’m sure you get an idea or first impression that it’s rechargeable. If that’s what you think, YOU GET IT RIGHT! It’s very fast and convenient than the traditional heat compress. I think you only recharge it for about 10 minutes. Just plug it and wait for the indicator light to turn off then you can readily use it. This electronic heat compress helps a lot with relaxation. To be fair, it retains the heat for 30-40 minutes. It good enough to provide short term relief to your backache, dysmenorrhea or sore muscles.
There’s no need to worry about spilling. I’ve been using this product for more than 1 month now and I never experienced spilling of the the liquid inside. I’ve only found two disadvantage of this product:
- It smells a lot of burnt electric wire right after recharging. Sometimes, that bad odor lasts for 5-10 minutes.
- You cannot control the temperature.
This is my short/simple review. So far, it does its job very well. I can give you an update after a few more months upon using this product.
Celebrate the joy of Easter in a magical way with Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel‘s “A Magical Easter” event. Be joined by bunnies and unicorns as they team up to make the day extra fun and enjoyable for the kids and the kids at heart.
Happening on April 1, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Alcuaz Function Room, Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel will take you to a magical afternoon for only P 799.00 per person!
A ticket pass is inclusive of an access to the Easter Egg Hunt, Magic Show, Face Paint, Arts and Crafts Corner, Snack Buffet, Egg-citing Games and Activities, and Raffle Draw. Attendees will also get loot bags filled with sweet treats and goodies from our dearest magical partners. Children ages 3 and below can also join the fun free of charge.
The event will not be possible without the gracious hearts of Lotte Fusen No Mi, Lucky Me! Curly Spaghetti, Lemon Square Cheesecake, Lemon Square Whatta Tops, Fun Ranch, Columbia’s Potchi, Frutos, Champi and Toptop, Pascual Lab’s Poten-cee Gummies, Ascof Pedia and Boostavit, Pascual Creamy Delight, Kettle Korn, Galinco’s Egg Bites and Smileys, Ricoa Mini Puffs, Cherifer, Jungle Juice, Hapee Toothpaste, Babyflo, Leslie’s Clover Chips, Cheezy and Farmer John, Jack ‘n Jill Magic Jr., Giclee Manila, and Quadro Camisa Co.
So hop on, bring the whole family, and take this joyous Easter adventure with lots of recreational activities and special giveaways and prizes!
For inquiries, please call (02) 526-1212 loc. 2318 or message the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel’s Official Facebook Page.
It’s official! Five days to go until Christmas day! I know most of you are excited and happy for this most-awaited season of loving and giving, right? I wish I am, too. So many things happened this whole year to me but God is always with me. I am so much blessed with His love.
What are your plans this Christmas? Have you bought gifts for your friends and loved ones already? Have you planned your menus for Christmas eve? If not, I would suggest you plan them NOW. It’s harder to be on RUSH on Christmas rush. Haha!
But above all, NEVER forget to thank God for all the things He has done for you and all the blessings that you received (visible or not). Your life alone is GREAT GIFT. Whatever had happen this whole year to you, KEEP the faith in HIM.
So, let’s start this countdown! I wish you all good health and prosperity. Advance MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Last Saturday, I had the privilege to watch (LIVE!) the cooking demo of Chef Xavier Btesh, at the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center in Makati.
Chef Xavier was born and raised in Paris and spent the earlier part of his career training under renowned chefs before he went on to become a consultant chef for various businesses and eventually published his own cookbook Les Petits Diners de Xavier which sold more than 40,000 copies across Europe.
When you’re a French chef, people come to you and they tell you about 3-star, 4-star Michelin chefs, truffles, and foie gras. But I keep telling people, this is not the food we eat daily,” he says. “I know that Filipinos love their family-style and we’re the same in France, we have family-style as well. I want to show the way we eat at home.”
Now, I’m sharing with you one of the recipes he taught us during the cooking demo. It’s called:
According to Chef Xavier, this is similar to our “adobo” but a French version. Just switch the vinegar with wine and there you’ll have a French stew.
What you’ll need:
2 mugs beef chunks
1 pc onion
1 pc garlic clove, peeled
1 tsp tomato paste
4 pcs button mushrooms or 2 pcs Portobello mushrooms
2 pcs carrots, peeled and sliced
1 espresso cup bacon chunks
1 ½ mugs beef broth
2 tsps white flour
1 tsp dried/fresh thyme
1 pinch clove powder
2 mugs GOOD red wine
salt and pepper to taste
½ espresso cup butter, melted
Set a frying pan on med-high heat. Place in half your butter, and saute your onions and bacon. When onions turn translucent, transfer onion and bacon to a cast iron pan on high heat along with the rest of the butter. Add the chunks of the meat and toss well. Sprinkle flour, and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the beef broth, wine, and all the other ingredients except the mushrooms. Mix well. Reduce to a very low heat and cook for 3 hours, stirring every once in a while so that your ingredients won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. After 2 ½ hours, add your mushrooms. If the sauce reduces too much, add a bit of wine or broth. After 3 hours, your iconic French stew will be ready!
The Philippines will once again play host to one of Asia’s biggest food events, the World Street Food Congress (WSFC)! And this time, the event gets bigger and better. For five full days of gastronomic adventure, foodies from around the world will get to enjoy over 35 different kinds of street food from across 13 countries. This will happen from 31 May – 04 June 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.