What happened at St. Luke’s, Part 3

Let’s have a look at that itinerary again

St. Luke's itinerary

After our lunch at Bizu, I was off to the mammogram, which I thought would be nothing as I had had one previously at Makati Med in 2005.
Mind you, I did not have a pleasant experience at Makati Med. The breast clinic is really old and unfriendly.
I wouldn’t call St. Luke’s breast clinic friendly either, but at least the machines are super high tech.
This was Makati Med’s breast clinic in 2005 (I’m guessing it hasn’t changed)

waiting at the breast clinic

This is St. Luke’s, Bonifacio Global City


I consider myself lucky to be flat-chested. I feel no pain doing mammo, even as they stretch and flatten my already flattened chest to a pancake.
It was the ultrasound scan that got to me. The scanner is super high tech, I can’t describe it. It’s like a robotic scanner that goes on top of a stretchy film on top of your breast. This one scared me to death because they kept repeating one area and the technician wouldn’t talk to me, even when I asked for a clue. I prayed my chaplet many time. I started to imagine scenarios, and thought particularly about my friend Rita who recently survived a mastectomy at St. Luke’s.
This one was particularly draining. After the mammo, I asked my wellness guide Erika if I could go back to the room for a rest before the next procedure.
Ok, I wanted to cry. I found Jeroen back in our room having a break before his prostate scan, and I just broke down and freaked out.
I think I had only 40 minutes to rest before Erika picked me up for my PAP smear and transvaginal ultrasound, which was not that scary.
After this I really wanted to go home at this point, but I was only halfway done.

(to be continued)


I’m in Hong Kong. I left a lot of work on backlog to relax.
My life kind of slowed down after October 1 and 2 when I had my medicals done at St. Luke’s. I still have to finish that entry, by the way.
I’m here at the Four Seasons with my husband and father-in-law


I had the most amazing nap on this bed


You already know how I feel about this bathroom. Bubble bath every night :)


The Dutch are enjoying the complimentary Nespresso in the room :)



Here’s the Internet connection. Unfortunately it’s ethernet once again. There’s something wrong with the WIFI that’s slightly annoying (everything else is good).


What’s super cool is there’s someone taking care of the Four Seasons Twitter that’s really efficient

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First meal I really enjoyed was the shrimp cooked in salted egg + fresh orange juice at Crystal Jade at the airport.
I wonder when Manila will ever offer decent food choices in its airports?


My favorite salted caramel in the world


No sharing, no leftover


City Super is a must


Ribeye for Jeroen at Craftsteak


New pots for Pepper Lunch


Just a little bit of wagyu and crab legs for grilling at the World Trade Center somewhere




Clams sauteed in white wine, onions, and butter


Peking duck at Cuisine Cuisine!





Pan fried sea bass in soy sauce and leeks


and that’s all for tonight :)

They’re baaack

The new Pepper Lunch Rockwell reopened today after a month of renovation, because renovation is good!
Aside from the very Japanice look and spanking new furniture and interiors, expect better ventilation and airconditioning while enjoying your favorite Pepper Lunch dishes.

Pepper Lunch Rockwell

Yes, you are not in Tokyo

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We start each day with a morning prayer

Morning prayer

Does it feel like a very chic classroom?

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So cool, you have to see!

The new Pepper Lunch Rockwell

Pepper Lunch now open at Rockwell-Powerplant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenbelt 5, Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Place Ermita, SM Megamall A, and Alabang Town Center-Corte delas Palmas.


Muji treats and opening this October

Not very fond of drugstore/supermarket varieties, here’s what I look for in hair products:
I prefer mild scents, natural ingredients, nice price, and if I’m lucky, great packaging.
All these come in Muji haircare products. I was surprised how affordable they are.
The minimalist packaging fits our shower stall and I love that it’s refillable.

in the bathroom

This October, a special haircare promo will be available in all MUJI stores.
Save 20% for every pair of MUJI shampoo and conditioner.
Every purchase of 400ml bottles of MUJI shampoo and conditioner of the same variant saves you 20% from the original total amount of the two bottles. Choose from five variants:

1. Mild Natural: Contains aloe to soothes the scalp and strengthen hair. Good for normal to dry hair.

2. Mild: A mild soap solution that’s perfect for sensitive scalps and fine hair.

3. Five Fruits: Infused with peach, pomegranate, raspberry, grapefruit and apple extracts.
Recommended for oily hair, this variant helps revitalize dull and dry hair and stimulate hair growth.

5 Fruits Shampoo5 Fruits Conditioner

4. Seven Herbs: Infused with rosemary, matricaria (sunflower), sage, peppermint, thyme, jojoba and lavender extracts, these herbs are known to stimulate growth of healthy hair, leaving it shiny and moisturized. Good for dry hair.

7 Herbs Shampoo7 Herbs Conditioner

5. Seaweed: For frequent hairwashers, the seaweed extracts maintain a healthy scalp and develop shiny, healthy hair. Good for colored hair that requires daily maintenance.

Seaweed ShampooSeaweed Conditioner

Here’s more:
For every pair of socks or stockings or each handkerchief, enjoy 50% off your next purchase of the same item.

Muji Right Angle Socks Good fitted 90 Degree Angle Socks

From October 15 onwards, selected food items will be offered as “Buy 1, Take 1 at 50% off.”
Stock up on pea and corn snacks, chocolate-covered peanuts, dried fruit mix, dried squid, lemon and strawberry marshmallows, and more.

061 - Food from Muji!

Then on October 14, Muji opens its fourth store in the Philippines at SM Mall of Asia.
With a floor area of more than 400 square meters, the store is located on the ground level of the Main Mall.
In the Philippines, MUJI is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with stores at Bonifacio High Street, Rockwell Powerplant Mall, Greenbelt 3, and soon at SM Mall of Asia.

The convenience of CBTL

What a disaster! My father-in-law arrived from Holland to a house with no coffee.
I’m no coffee drinker, so I had no way of knowing we were out.
In 2007, my father-in-law gifted us with a Philips Senseo coffee machine which we’ve been using for the last four years.
Coffee pods are normally ordered through Amazon and shipped through my friend Cedric or Johnny Air.


So for the past two days my husband and his dad have been finding other ways to have coffee, such as taking out Starbucks or going to the mall. Luckily my friends from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sent over the new CBTL Single Serve Beverage System, plus two kinds of coffee and one kind of tea for us to try.

CBTL gifts



Setting up was easy. I did it without looking at the manual (I know it’s bad). But with Opa’s help and experience, we got it to work. First cup was a flop (too watery) and second cup was nice!
Just fill the back reservoir with water, turn it on, shoot a coffee capsule in the slot, wait for water to boil, choose the size of cup you want


and voila!


CBTL™ is an easy to use, single serve beverage system that combines the taste and quality of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® with the finest Italian technology and design perfected by Caffitaly System.
One capsule is all you need to create a single serving to savor, and one touch is all it takes to brew fresh espresso, brewed coffee or tea.
Can’t wait to try the other flavors—or rather my father-in-law and husband will.


Machines are affordably priced at Php 13,750, while a box of 10 capsules costs only Php 400.


The greatest thing about capsules is that coffee stays fresh for a long time because it is individually vacuum-sealed.
Capsules are easily available at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores—no need to travel, make bilin, or order online, while the complete line of CBTL™ products are available at select Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores:
Alabang Town Center
Bellagio Square – Tomas Morato
Bonifacio High Street
Eastwood Mall
Forbestown – Burgos Circle
Four Seasons Salcedo
Greenbelt 3
The Promenade – Greenhills
Mall of Asia

To know more, go to http://www.cbtl.com.ph/.

Clothes horse

My first baby was born almost a month after 9/11.
When the second plane hit the one of the Twin Towers, I remember holding my tummy and thinking, what kind of world am I bringing this child into?
When Benjamin was born on October 9, 2001, my life was never the same again. For the first time I felt a kind of love I have never felt for anything or anyone in the world, and a kind of fear that I might lose him, that he might get sick, that his life depended on me. But I got over it. Can you tell this is my son?

Newborn Ben

It is with deep regret that my son had blond hair and blue eyes for a very short period only.

When Ben was a blond

This was Ben at four months. Ten years later he gets detention in his school—and enjoys it because they gave them “fun” activities such as fixing bags, books and picking up garbage!

Ben, 4 months

Yesterday my son turned 10 years old. I am really blessed to have a son who is in love with me. (I know because he told me earlier. )
When the titos and titas asked what he wanted for his birthday, Ben said clothes. For once he didn’t ask for toys. So I took him and his brother to Zara, where we spent a small fortune.
The boys love Zara, Debenhams, and Gap, and it doesn’t hurt that mommy is a stylist who can guide him with his choices.

Photo taken after a full meal at Cibo :)

I was wondering what made him decide at such a young age that he was into clothes and shoes. I figured it was his obsession with Woozworld, a virtual world where coolness is measured by one’s clothes and possessions.



Both my boys and their cousins are into this game. I give them a monthly allowance of Wooz money so they can make purchases and buy and sell in their virtual stores.
The boys are only allowed to use the computer when there’s no school the following day, so usually Friday after tutor, Saturday and part of Sunday.
Woozworld has saved us money because now they’re not interested in toy stores, which is a relief.
On days they can’t Wooz, there are Legos, Playmobils, board games, books, and basketball to pass time.


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