Tummy troubles and Yin & Yang

It started it Hong Kong. I don’t know if it was all the bone marrow + steak + fresh orange juice I drank like water + the best salted caramel chocolate by Jean-Paul Hevin.
But by the time I was on the plane to Manila, I had diarrhea. It’s a good thing I carry a medicine kit. I took Diatabs and made it on the 90-minute flight home without doing a Gerard Depardieu on the plane.

Bone-in ribeye

Craftsteak’s bone-in ribeye and roasted bone marrow

Grilled bone marrow

When I got home, I had food hangover so I tried to recreate roasted bone marrow without the help of my chef husband.

Roasted bone marrow

It tasted like heaven! But perhaps undercooked.
I didn’t know you’re supposed to “soak the cleaned bones/marrow in cold salted water in the fridge overnight or up to 24 hours,” like Market Man says.
I had the worst stomach ache the next day. I spent a harrowing time on the toilet, like I’m giving birth, sweating buckets and praying to God to save me, help me.
The next day I ate crazy things like ice cream and I ended up pooping an alarming green foam (sorry).
Then there was this feast at Mamou—twice. The most sinful steak in Metro Manila.

Mamou steak

I can’t tell you what happened next in the toilet for three days. Only I’ve been really sick, I decided to give up meat for a while. I’ve also given up Coke for the last six days and counting. I’m going to have a wellness checkup at St. Luke’s during this coming long weekend.
Yesterday I visited my friend Princesse Fernandez at the Yin & Yang shop at the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Yin & Yang at Mandarin

Princesse, her mom, and aunt are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I talked to them about my medical problems and asked if they had anything that would help. They suggested two strands of crystals (I can’t remember what they’re called). The third strand is obsidian, to ward off negativity, which I’ve worn for a month and actually worked.
I decided to go ahead and buy the two health strands.


The reason for this blog post is for the first time in a month, I woke up with no stomach ache.
I swear to you, 30 minutes after I wore the bracelets, my stomach started to calm down. As Paris Hilton would say, it’s amazing! When I took them off, I felt weird again. So I slept with the bracelets and feel OK this noon.
Princesse also gave me a feng shui reading on my house and explained why money and good people have been coming in steadily this year.
This I didn’t know—our house faces the Northwest = wealth, while our headboard faces the Northeast for romance!!


In January 2001, Princesse gave me a pink fertility egg a couple of months after I got married.
While my doctor seriously doubted I could conceive  due to retroverted uterus, multiple cysts and  myomas, I missed my period soon after receiving the egg. That same year I had Ben. Two years later I had Markus.
I thought of giving the egg to my cashier friend at Metrobank who had been trying to conceive for six years.
When I saw her again about five years ago, she already had a daughter.
I told her to pass on the egg to someone else in need.
I’m so Catholic and old school, that’s why it took me a while to accept things feng shui. But I can tell you now the universe is so complex, so many things going around we cannot explain. When religion and science don’t have answers, there’s this thing called feng shui that doesn’t hurt to try.
You can consult with Princesse at Yin & Yang at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. She is seriously one of the nicest persons you’ll ever meet.

Yin & Yang is open Monday to Saturday from 1-7 PM at the Mandarin Oriental Manila
Call 752-5882 or email yinyangmandarin@yahoo.com.

Pepper Lunch Megamall now open!

Pepper Lunch just opened its 6th branch in the Philippines on the ground level of SM Megamall A.

Pepper Lunch Megamall

Designed by Takatoshi Kimachi of Goldeneye Creative, I have to say this is one of the cutest Pepper Lunch branches ever, with its Japanese black ceiling and Scandinavian wooden floor.

Pepper Lunch Mega Mall

Pepper Lunch Mega mall

Pepper Lunch Mega Mall

Tucked in the corner of Megamall A, you’ll find us right next to Bonchon Chicken and very near the newly opened SM Supermarket where Powerbooks used to be.
The A side is where you’ll find shopping staples such as National Bookstore, Bench, Watson’s, Toy Kingdom, and Forever 21.
So when you’re done shopping, relax your heels and take a seat at Pepper Lunch to enjoy our Shake-Shake salads, sizzling steaks, pepper rice and teriyaki dishes, plus unique desserts.

Pepper Lunch
Beef Pepper Rice

Pepper Lunch double salmon
Double Salmon

beef teriyaki
Beef Teriyaki

Pepper Lunch
Hamburger Steak

Molten milk chocolate cake
Molten Milk Chocolate Cake

Pepper Lunch Philippines now open at Rockwell, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, Alabang Town Center, Robinson’s Place Ermita, and now at SM Megamall-A.

Katie Holmes transforms into Jacqueline Kennedy

Katie Holmes takes on the role of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the History Channel‘s first ever docudrama, The Kennedys, which premieres September 19-22 at 9 PM.
“I worked as hard as I could because I loved her,” said Katie, who spent many evenings practicing Kennedy’s accent.

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Images from the miniseries show the actress wearing almost exact replicas of some of the late first lady’s outfits.
They were created by costume designer Chris Hargadon in collaboration with Holmes, who “came with a lot of research under her belt and had certain likes.”

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The costume designer said he also relied on meticulous research, extensive photographs,and film images of “one of the most documented families in the world,” to recreate many of the styles in the fashion icon’s wardrobe.
He scoured the United States and Canada and shopped online through vintage dealers for fabrics that helped him achieve authentic looks.

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Mike Sweeney

The controversial eight-part miniseries was initially pulled from airing in the U.S. after complaints from the Kennedy family.
The stormy epic examines John F. Kennedy’s time in the Presidency (including the Kennedys’ alleged womanizing) up to his assassination in 1963.
It also tells that story of a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own

The Kennedys

Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy
Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy
Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson as Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Chris Diamantopoulos as Frank Sinatra
Charlotte Sullivan as Marilyn Monroe
Diana Hardcastle as Rose Kennedy
Kristin Booth as Ethel Kennedy
Serge Houde as Sam Giancana
Enrico Colantoni as J. Edgar Hoover
Don Allison as Lyndon B. Johnson
Gabriel Hogan as Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

Guilty pleasure!

The nice thing about being huli sa balita or last to know, TV-wise, is you get to download the entire season in one go.
Vuze.com changed my life. Before Vuze, I didn’t even know how torrents worked.
So after the watching the entire first season of The A-List New York in three nights, I was looking for another thing to watch.

Then I overheard Bea Ledesma and JR Isaac talking about the suicide of one of the “real husbands” of Beverly Hills.
I had also picked up in the comments section of this blog that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are mega rich, unlike their New York counterparts.
So I downloaded the entire Season One and watched five episodes last night. I am hooked!
And here’s what I think: they make the New York housewives look poor and skanky!

L-R: Kim Richards, Taylor Armstrong, Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer

AS for the Beverly Hills housewives, here are my impressions:
This is a good picture of Lisa Vanderpump. She’s English and I find her accent jirita (annoying). I also find her boring.
Reminds me of: Catherine Zeta Jones.


At first, Taylor Armstrong looks really stunning, until you realize she’s too thin, her cheeks and temples are sunken. I had never seen sunken temples until she had them injected with fillers. I’m scared of her collagen lips.


It was Taylor’s estranged husband Russell who committed suicide last Monday at the age of 47. R.I.P.


Adrienne Maloof seems like the richest one of all. I find this woman bonggang-bongga (fabulous) with their hotel, casino, basketball team, etc.
She has a husband who adores her but whom she makes deadma (ignores) most of the time.
Reminds me of: Mariah Carey x Joycelyn Wildenstein.


I find Camille Grammer the most stunning of all even though she’s some kind of slutita. She’s a great dancer. I think she’s a threat to every woman because she loves to hang around men and vice versa. I wonder how she keeps her marriage to Kelsey Grammer intact.
Reminds me of: Felicity Huffman


For me, the train wreck of the show is Kim Richards. I became very interested to watch because of her. I had grown up with Kim Richards movies like Escape to Witch Mountain and Return to Witch Mountain, where she was so cute.

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Kim Richards

And now I’m scared every time she’s on the screen. She looks exactly how I don’t want to grow old, with her pained expression and scary waist length hair. But oh, she has the best-looking kids! Her sister Kathy, by the way, is the mother of Paris Hilton—do you see a resemblance? (Read: shokot)


Finally, there’s Kyle Richards, who tries to keep her sister Kim in check as a promise to their mother on her death bed. Her husband and children adore her. I would say she has it good.
Reminds us of: Demi Moore

Kyle Richards


So now you know why my eyebags have eyebags. Can’t wait to see the rest.

To know more about them, click here.

Kenkoy goes Solo

After featuring Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life last year, Solo highlights Tony Velasquez’s Kenkoy in its Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia collection.


Antonio “Tony” Velasquez created Kenkoy way back in 1929.
Long before there were movie stars in the Philippines, there was a pop icon named Francisco Harabas, more popularly known as Kenkoy.
As Tony Velasquez described him, “He is always pusturyoso.” He was a debonair and his trademark fashion was Western influenced—decked in suspenders, patent shoes, a double-breasted suit, baggy pants, a sailor hat, and slicked back hair.


Kenkoy became a popular comic strip in the country because of the character’s wit, humor, antics, colonial way of thinking, and carabao English.
It gained such a massive following that it was adapted into movies in the 1950s-’60s and a musical in the early ’90s.


Now, Solo’s Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia takes the iconic Kenkoy comic strip and puts it on “his and hers” graphic tees, polo shirts, woven tops and dresses, long-sleeve shirts, shorts, necklaces, sling bags, watches, vanity sets and lighters that will hit Solo stores in September.
Each Memorabilia Series item will have its own bio-tag of Tony Velasquez and its own unique packaging.



Read more about Tony Velasquez here.


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