When I was a kid we used to live in this neighborhood

1oth St cor. Hemady

This was our house


This was our gate


We used to spend afternoons playing patintero and going up and down this slide—well, not me, because I had vertigo. I used to love the swing, which isn’t there anymore.


It was the ’70s. We had a simple life and we were happy. Well, we still are, but I can’t help but think of those days.

Where we used to play

There was no such thing as food delivery or fast food. Even french fries were unheard of.
What we did have was the Magnolia ice cream cart that passed everyday, whose arrival was made known by a bell.
And there was the guy who sold bread on a bicycle that had two large tin drums attached on either side. We would run out as soon as we heard his horn or “potpot”.
So we called the bread he sold “potpot.” It was a soft yellow bread with margarine slathered on top, and a sprinkle of white sugar. It used to cost five centavos a pop. I remember my cousin Ricky loved food and would buy one peso worth—for 20 pieces of bread. They were delish.
And this is where we stood and bought potpot.


When our family moved to Greenhills in 1974, there was no more potpot.

Our old house

But I never forgot the taste. It would haunt me sometimes. I tried to look for it in bakeries everywhere—including the Baguio market—to no success.
The most amazing thing—Jay and I met up at Trinoma earlier to attend a media launch and were on our way to Megamall to buy balloons. Traffic was so bad. We ended up crawling somewhere in Kamuning.
I saw an interesting sign


Jay mentioned he had seen this bakery featured on TV as one of the country’s oldest existing bakeries.
Established in 1939—it made me think, what if they still had their old recipes? Could they have potpot inside?
We took advantage of the stalled traffic, got down from the car and walked over to this charming little store


I actually saw something that looks like it could be potpot and costs five pesos each! I asked Jay to buy two.


There was a girl behind the counter manually assembling these paper bags and stamping them in green ink. So nostalgic!


Just like the cold bottles of Coke in the chiller


There’s the bread. It’s 5-peso ensaymada.


Which I took in the car and bit into with my eyes closed. I was once again in the ’70s.


And I loved it. Jay is too young to know, but he said the bread was remarkably soft. We are so coming back.
Kamuning Bakery is at 43-A Judge Jimenez St. corner K-1st Kamuning, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. 929-2216
You can read about it here.

8 winners of swag bags are here!

Hello! I just picked out 8 winners of swag bags from last week’s promo!

Jasmin M. Veloso of Cubao, Quezon City
Blessilda Imee Birang of Las Piñas City
Nina Morfe of Mandaluyong City
Marijoe V. Yu of Sampaloc, Manila
Leslie Charmaine Cruz of Parañaque
Marjorie S. Reyes of Parañaque City
Candice Tansipek of Pasig
and Glenda May Quitain of Pasay City

Please expect an email from me on how to get your prize.
To see the prizes, click here.

Time for a giveaway!

Once again I am swimming in swag I would like to share with you (and clean up my place at the same time).
But first, a word from our sponsors.
A few months ago I met the people behind Human Nature, the brainchild of Gawad Kalinga volunteers Anna Meloto-Wilk, Dylan Wilk and Camille Meloto, who had a burning desire to do something more for the country.
Anna and her husband’s passion for the environment, combined with Camille’s skills as a freelance make-up artist and work in a cosmetics company, have resulted in the Human Nature brand, launched in November 2008.
Today, it has become the country’s leading trail-blazing social enterprise, which has sold almost 3 million products through its network of 16,000 dealers and 19 branches all over the country.

HUman nature

Human Nature employs Gawad Kalinga residents as part of its full-time staff. Products are 100% made in the Philippines, with raw materials sourced as much as possible locally.
All raw materials are thoroughly researched to ensure that they are naturally derived, not processed using environmentally toxic processes, and do not become toxic when released into the environment.
It also uses recyclable bottles to minimize its impact on the country’s overburdened landfills.

HUman nature

Human Nature is available through Human Nature dealers and branches, Rustan’s Supermarket and Shopwise. Its mineral makeup line called Love Minerals is the only Philippine-made cosmetics brand stocked by Beauty Bar. Human Nature is also distributed in the U.S. and Singapore, with more plans of expansion on the way.

HUman nature

To know more about Human Nature products, contact a Human Nature dealer, or find out how to be a Human Nature dealer, go to http://www.humanheartnature.com or call 931-5787.

On to our giveaway!
Human Nature have me 8 boxes to give away to 8 lucky readers (one per winner)

Human Nature

It contains a canvas tote bag

Human nature

and some of Human Nature’s bestselling products (each winner will get this set).
My son loves the “tarsier shampoo”.

Human Nature

Goody Philippines is throwing in some hairbrushes (one random brush per winner, sorry you can’t choose!)

Goody brushes

You know you want these EOS lip balms (one pack of four flavors per winner. Just keep them away from ants—they love the smell!).
Available at French Macaroons online boutique.

EOS lip balms, four flavours

Here’s a new slimming product for those who can’t resist the sweet drinks.
Carb Trim iced tea mix is Unilab’s latest offering, which contains white kidney bean extract to help eliminate unwanted carbohydrates that eventually turn into body fat.
Launching soon in the Philippines, be the first to try them out if you win. (two per winner)

Carb Trim iced tea mix

All these will be packed in a random Rootote bag given by Rootote Philippines. (one bag per winner—sorry you can’t choose!) More on Rootote’s latest products in another entry.


To know more about the sponsors, click here:
Human Nature
Goody Philippines
French Macaroons
Carb Trim Iced Tea
Rootote Philippines – check out their ongoing sale!

How to join:
1. Open to anyone with a Philippine address.
2. To join, just fill in this form. Please do it only ONCE.
3. Promo period is September 30 – October 3, 2011 at 11 PM.
4. Winners will be chosen via random electronic lottery and announced in this blog and on Facebook.
5. Please do not make kulit on Twitter and Facebook kung may winner na and who is the winner. I’m super jam-packed until next week, but I will announce the winner shortly after Monday. Thank you very much!

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