The Peninsula New York

If I were paying I would probably stay at the Andaz or Chambers.
But Mom likes the Peninsula, so here we are today.
We arrived at 8:30 PM or so

The Peninsula New York
The Peninsula NEw York

My sister checked us in two rooms

The Peninsula New York

This is my room (shared with my SIL)

Peninsula New York

I love these chairs

The Peninsula New York

Someone please explain the useless placemat

Peninsula slippers

The bathroom is perfect, with shower stall

The Peninsula New York bathroom

Counter sink and bath

The Peninsula New York
THe Peninsula New York

Separate toilet with door

The Peninsula New York bathroom

Luggage room and closets

The Peninsula New York

The minibar I will not touch. Ever.


Plus a view of Fifth Avenue

5th Avenue

Next, I’ll show you round the ‘hood.

What to do on a 14-hour flight to New York

It’s been 17 years since I last saw New York.
I’ve dreamt of this moment for years. I’ve been wanting to come back but scared.
Mostly I was scared of the the 14-hour flight, but I got over my fear of flying recently when I flew Cathay Pacific with the kids to Amsterdam.
Going back to New York is like seeing an ex-boyfriend I haven’t seen in 17 years.
This was me in 1995.

My student ID

I’m happy my mom invited me, my sister and SIL, to New York.
The flight to Hong Kong was a breeze. I took a nap.
Then a three-hour layover in the airport. I had Saboten for lunch, and shopping at the Disney store before boarding again.


To knock myself out, I wore the earplugs, took 1/2 Rivotril + 1 Stilnox, and prayed the Rosary.
The flight started out noisy and bumpy. I was really scared and held hands with my sister-in-law across the aisle.
Finally the turbulence calmed down and I had a light lunch before falling asleep.


I slept like a baby. When I woke up, there were four hours to go.


Then I did something I rarely do on planes. I ate more food, starting with pineapple slices




and a dimsum breakfast


One hour to go


I treated myself to some in-flight shopping. I’m a sucker for L’Occitane shea butter


Bobbi Brown ink pots


and this agnés b. kikay kit


Listen, don’t try to open any sealed makeup products in the plane because they will explode and spill out due to air pressure.
Oh, and it’s a good thing I noticed the guy seated behind my sister-in-law, only when we were nearly in New York


because he looks like the Unabomber.


So yes, I’m still a paranoid flyer. But I think I’m getting the hang of it.

A Life in a Day by Jolly Feliciano

I don’t know what is wrong with me. Part of this short film made me cry a little.
A terminally ill young boy is confined in the four walls of his hospital room. He imagines playing outside with some kids and meets a girl at the playground. He imagines being well, growing up, and then we see what kind of life he would have if only he recovers—a life most of us will have.
We’ve seen our grandparents go through it, our parents, us, and then our kids.
Since I became a mom ten years ago, it feels like my life zoomed so fast and all of a sudden I am dealing with white hair, weight gain, tiredness.
Written and directed by commercial director Jolly Feliciano, A Life in a Day is one of five digital short films or “sunshorts” commissioned by Sun Life Financial to interpret the brand’s promise that life is brighter under the Sun.

Sunshorts are all about the slices of life that makes us cherish every moment and asks the questions: Why wait to do the things you want/need to do? How do you know you’ll have time to do all of it? And how much time is enough?
I was 21 years old when I first bought life insurance from a co-worker at the Daily Globe (my first job).
I took a second policy a few years later, which I’m still paying for now. I know it’s not a pleasant thought but have you ever thought about what will happen to your loved ones if you go first?
Something to think about if you’re a parent.

Sun Life invites you to know how life can be brighter and see the rest of the Sunshorts at

To know about Sun Life’s flyaway promo to San Francisco, USA, click HERE.

Celebrate 15 years of Cibo with 1997 prices

I can still remember the first time I experienced Cibo at its very first location—near the future Landmark walkway in Glorietta 2.
Our friend was raving about Margarita Fores’ sandwiches and her price points. I ordered the chicken sandwich, which I still enjoy today. 15 years later, my kids love Cibo. It’s always Tagliata di Manzo, Aglio Rosmarino for the boys.
As for me, I’ll have a red grape shake, spinach dip, mushroom rice, four-cheese pizza, or Farfalle alla Genovese.
This August 15-21, 2012, Cibo invites you to celebrate its 15th anniversary by offering popular items at 1997 prices:

August 15: “Te Freddo at P40!”
15 AUG 2012 - TE FREDDO

August 16: “Spinaci Zola at P85!”

August 17: “Uva Nera at P50!”
17 AUG 2012 - UVA NERA

August 18: “Crema di Zucca at P95!”

August 19: “Insalata di Mare at P150!”

August 20: “Penne al Telefono at P175!”

August 21: “Tagliata di Manzo, Aglio Rosmarino at P195!”


1. Promo duration: 15-21 August 2012.
2. A chosen item from the Cibo menu will be selling at its price in 1997 for a specific day.
3. The “1997 price” is valid only on the date indicated, and for dine-in transactions only.
4. Other choices of food and/or beverages ordered, except the featured product of the day, will be sold at regular prices. A maximum of three (3) orders per transaction for Spinaci Zola, Crema di Zucca, Insalata di Mare, Penne al Telefono, and Tagliata di Manzo will be allowed.
5. No minimum purchase is required; and no bill-sharing will be allowed.
6. This promotion is available at all Cibo outlets except Cibo at the Mind Museum.
7. Prices are inclusive of 12% VAT.
8. This promotion is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions. It is also not valid for use with senior citizens’ discounts and the Magna Carta for the disabled.
Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 5367 Series 2012

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