Inday puts the final nail in the coffin (we hope), Part 1
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“Instagram is the new jologs.” —Carlo German

Hopefully, Gretchen Barretto’s contrived speech in yesterday’s The Buzz will be the last we’ll hear of the Barretto saga.
But before we post the video, many people have been asking, what exactly triggered the very public family feud?
It seems to have started in the jeje’s new social medium, Instagram.
Instagram used to be a cool and novel app, until it became available to Android, and was no longer exclusive to better educated Apple users (no offence, I am an Android user too).

As early as April 13, I became aware of the brewing Barretto feud when Fashion Pulis posted these screen caps which are no longer existing on Instagram.


Gretchen was apparently reacting to a troll’s Instagram hating on her niece Julia.
Gretchen seemed to assume the troll was none other than her youngest sister Claudine.
These comments triggered the official war when their mother Inday pledged allegiance to Claudine in an open letter published in Ricky Lo’s column in the Philippine Star.

(To be continued)

How to brainwash your kids’ musical taste
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When I was a kid, we used to hang at my dad’s music room and listen to The Carpenters and Sergio Mendes on his hifi stereo, with matching bulky headphones.
When I was older, I’d hear his Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan from his hi-tech speakers, till I ended up borrowing his CDs and knowing the songs by heart.
Now my dad simply gives me an iPod with thousands of his songs. I love Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach along with Tears For Fears and Depeche Mode.

This summer my sons have been hanging out in my room the whole day, playing Minecraft. So I started playing Tears For Fears music videos, to hopefully brainwash them into liking my kind of music. 🙂

Tears for Fears

I told them I nearly married Roland Orzabal—the one my son Ben described as “buck-toothed.” LOL

Roland Orzabal

I was kidding of course.
“But mommy, don’t you find him ugly?”
“No. I really don’t. Talent is better than beauty. Besides, beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” I said.
My husband just shook his head.
To add to that craziness, I do the Mad World dance, which never fails to make Markus, 9, crack up.

Then there’s the Change dance which is like a mini-workout

Ben and I then fell into a discussion when I told him Tears For Fears was the greatest band on earth. He quickly said they can’t be because Psy it.
Say hwatt??
I was horrified. I cannot stand Psy anything.
“His music is insignificant,” I told Ben. “It’s just a fad song. It won’t matter years from now.”

But how can you explain that to an 11-year-old who knows that Psy has the numbers. His YouTube channel alone has 2,572,486,091 views as of this minute, while Tears For Fears doesn’t even have an official YouTube channel.
How sad if you compare this:

to this:

I know. I can’t win.
But I’m not gonna stop until they start humming along. Then we move on to Depeche Mode, Lotus Eaters, etc…

Visayan food festival at the Mandarin Oriental’s Paseo Uno
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The Visayan region’s delicacies take center stage at the Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s Paseo Uno from May 6-12, 2013.
Chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing, renowned for representing Iloilo’s famous culinary scene, will prepare signature dishes in the lunch and dinner buffets, such as Kadios, Baboy at Langka—more popularly known as KBL (a tangy soup made with kadios beans, pork and jackfruit, soured with batuan seeds)

Kadios, Baboy at Langka

Chicken pancit molo

Chicken Pancit Molo

Lukon na may Aligue kag Paho, or fresh Aklan prawns with crab fat in garlic and scallions

Lukon na may Aligue kag Paho

Chicken Inasal—Iloilo’s most popular chicken dish, made even more special with Chef Pauline’s basting sauce, and a Batchoy station where guests can add their favorite ingredients to suit their taste.
A spread of traditional Ilonggo desserts and beverages are included in the daily buffet price of PHP 1,990+ or PHP2,450+ for the Luxury buffet—available for dinner on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday lunch.

Chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing

Chef Pauline trained at the Culinary Institute of America, New York, and the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump’s New York). In Iloilo, she operates four popular food establishments and a successful catering business.

For inquiries or reservations, call Paseo Uno at 750-8888 or email

How to get Slim at Home
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“Only in the Philippines” used to be a term of ridicule. But nowadays, it can be a good a thing. A very good thing.
Last night this house manager was treated to a Lipo-Cavitation and Radio Frequency session care of Slim At Home.
Here’s what I walked into last night at 8 PM—my study room had been transformed into a spa with candle and funky iPod music.

Slim at Home

Wow. I’ve always wanted to do this, but find it too expensive, even with those online deals.
I once tried a similar service at home, but found it too messy and sticky with the plastic cover they put on my bed. Plus the technician kept scorching me. I just wanted each session to end.

Slim at Home was great! With aircon and darkened the room, I laid down on a massage bed with my tummy on top of a small metal plate, and slipped into pampering relaxation.
The initial noise doesn’t bother me. The whole session took about two hours. I didn’t sleep but checked my phone, read for a little bit, closed my eyes and thought how lucky I am.

lipocav for thighs

The first procedure was Lipo-Cavitation—a non-invasive method that directs high-energy ultrasound waves to fat cells beneath the skin. The ultrasound waves cause microbubbles in and around the fat cell, eventually causing the cells to rupture, release, and be expelled through the body naturally.

Lipo cavitation machine

This was followed by RF or Radio Frequency waves, which produce heat to rearrange and stimulate the formation of collagen fibers to tighten and renew the skin.

RF machine

Check out before and after pictures (obviously this is not me or my underwear)

Before and After our Advance Lipocavitation and Thermaslim P

Got back fat? Say goodbye after many treatments, improved diet, and exercise.

patient results waistline

After doing my thighs, we did my face—however I do not recommend this to anyone.
The treatment was brief (about four minutes) but the sound was too much to endure. I felt like I was going to be deaf or blind. I wanted it to end! But I also wanted to see if it would work.
After the treatment it felt like I had bionic ears! I could actually hear the crumpling of tissue paper—who the hell hears that? I was so freaked out.
Today my hearing is not yet 100% but getting there. Not sure if this is due to my cough, but I really don’t want to go through it again.

Overall, I love the whole idea of Slim At Home and highly recommend it. It will take time before I see results because you’re not supposed to do it everyday. Every four days is recommended.

Different treatments and packages can be customized according to your needs and budget, along with easy and convenient modes of payment.
Customers can also request an initial visit from Slim At Home doctor who will make sure you’re fit for treatments.
For questions, contact Slim At Home owner Happy Ongpauco-Tiu at (0917) 890-1225. Or book through Aileen at 0917-885-SLIM (7546).
To know more about the complete range of treatments, go to or like them on Facebook.

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