I started having anxiety attacks a few nights ago because of our Europe. We’re leaving on Monday for Amsterdam with two kids, a yaya, Jeroen and myself. Our youngest has no passport yet and will be taken care of by friends and relatives.
A lot of things are making me nervous, a huge part of it has to be the weather forecast.

Weather forecast

25-26 degrees is what I’m used to at home. In order to fall asleep, I need 22-23 degrees, while my kids need 16 degrees and are looking forward to the cold weather.
My friend Ginggay left for Europe last week and sent me this message:


I am really scared of Winter weather, especially in Spring. I hate bundling up because I can’t move. I literally get frozen. I look so haggarda. I can’t deal. I don’t know what to pack.
Last Thursday night I took the boys shopping at Zara, Gap and Debenhams for long-sleeve tees and warm jackets.
Yesterday I went looking for a jacket for Yaya Bhing. Rajo Laurel correctly advised me to check out the Greenhills tiangge, where I scored a North Face overrun for Php 1,100 and a scarf for Php 150—both in black of course. (North Face jackets cost Php 10,000-12,000 each at Shangri-La Plaza.)
I bought a cute little Dowell rice cooker at Abenson’s for Php 650 (so cheap!), plus tons of microwaveable Japanese rice at the Konbini store.
Dowell rice cooker, 3 cups

I bought a travel iron, collapsible hamper and lots of electric adapters at True Value.
I’ve chosen my reading material, filled out the immigration forms and all that.


Tomorrow I shall pack my clothes and shoes and on Monday all the rest of odds and ends I’m going to need on a two-week trip.
I already miss Manila. Times likes these I really know where my heart belongs and it is in a warm place called home.

The Cherry Princess

Once upon a time, in 19th Century Paris, there was a princess known for her porcelain complexion. She turned pink whenever she was complimented, that the most graceful cherry tree with pure white petals was named after her.

Hortense de Beauharnais

It’s cherry blossom season in Japan.
So important is the tradition of flower viewing that the Japanese have forecasted the blooms to start opening this March 31st in Tokyo and April 2nd in Kyoto and Osaka.

*Cherry blossoms*  blooming!

To celebrate the season, L’Occitane of France brings the cherry tree into blossom in a limited-edition collection called the Cherry Princess, containing cherry extract from the Luberon region in Provence.

Eau de Toilette (Php 1,950) blends the juicy scent of cherries with a delicate floral softness, while
Hand Cream (Php 495) is enriched with nourishing shea butter, is lightly perfumed, and leaves hands soft and supple

Cherry Princess EDT 50ml_Php 1950Cherry Princess hand cream 30ml_Php 495

Solid Perfume (Php 495) is a delicate fragrance you can take with you at all times

Cherry Princess solid perfume 10ml_Php 495

Silky Body Gel (Php 1,450) is a velvety soft moisturizing body gel that melts into your skin
and Pearlscent Shower Cream (Php 1,250) turns into foam when wet, gently cleans the skin, and leaves a lingering scent.

Cherry Princess body (gel) lotion 250ml_Php 1450Cherry Princess shower cream 250ml_Php 1250

In the Philippines, L’Occitane is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati • Rustan’s Shangri-La • Rustan’s Alabang • Rustan’s Cebu • Power Plant Mall, Rockwell • TriNoma Mall • Greenbelt 5.

Tutti fruity!

Sorry I can’t help it! I’m so excited to read the new issue of Yes! magazine. It looks juicy inside.
I am torn between reading it now or packing it for the plane trip—which is this coming Monday.
But I don’t think I can wait that long.
This month KC Concepcion is on the cover, showing off her new home. (Verdict: I like the kitchen.)


In other news, I just had to stop and scan this for you. This is not your normal Gluta-C ad


I nearly fell off the bed when I saw this girl’s name in print: Apple Cherry Chico


Like I said, sorry, I can’t help it!!

Shop and win prizes at True Value’s private sale

True Value holds a Private Sale this March 29, 2012 at the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell from 11 AM-6 PM only.
All True Perks members, Robinsons-Cebu Pacific MasterCard holders, Go! Mastercard holders, and Robinsons Shop Card holders are invited to come and shop to their heart’s content.
Non-members may sign up for any of the participating cards at the store.
Enjoy up to 70% off on great finds.

The first 100 customers will get a free Greener Options bag, while biggest spenders will take home the following prizes:
• Biggest spender gets a 10-piece patio set and gazebo
• 2nd placer gets a Delonghi deep fryer and Kenwood blender
• 3rd placer gets a Black & Decker food processor

You can also win a Breville Meal Maker, a Moen tub shower set, car care items, LED lighting set, a VEATU faultless lock set or True Value shirts during hourly raffle draws.
Free popcorn, coffee and other snacks will be served.


Eat and win 2 tickets to Taking Back Sunday

You know you’re old when you no longer care or know about the new music that’s coming along because, well, you’re happy with the songs you know, especially the songs of your youth.
Here comes a band I have never heard of up till tonight: Taking Back Sunday performs at the Sky Dome in SM City North Edsa this April 13, 2012 at 8 PM.


Now my friend Jude is giving away two Gold concert tickets at the Frazzled Cook.
From March 26 to April 09, 2012, each minimum SINGLE RECEIPT TRANSACTION of Php 1,000 at the FRAZZLED COOK, entitles customer to win 2 GOLD TICKETS (worth Php 3,180 each) to be raffled off on April 09 at 6 PM.
Winners will be notified via email.
For reservations call the Frazzled Cook at 782-5980 or 725-3354.

Concert tickets are also available at Ticketnet.

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