Tokyo Eats
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It’s been only three days since I arrived Sunday night and I’m already missing Tokyo.
Two years ago Sayoko treated me and Jeroen to lunch at the Mandarin Oriental where her friend Chef Syun Hirota was a chef.

Chefs Syun Hirota, Jeroen van Straten, Sayoko Hokazono

Last week, Sayoko invited me, Grace, Cedric, Joey, and Aka-san to dinner at her home where Chef Syun prepared dinner for us, and here’s what he made: fancy “home fries


A fancy mushroom “pizza” on layers of pastry dough—he makes it look like art


Some fancy corn fritters, cause everything he makes looks fancy 🙂


Plus the one of the best steaks I have ever had. I didn’t get a chance to photograph the finished product but I think you can tell the quality of the Matsuzaka beef. It was cooked to perfection and served with steamed rice and Japanese soy sauce.

Chef Syun

The following night we had dinner at a magical place called Uoshin which is a few minutes’ walk from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
This outdoor izakaya is always packed. Luckily Joey had made reservations for our group of five.


We ordered mostly seafood. Everything was delicious! My favorite was the Hokkaido crab, which you don’t have to work for. Just look at the presentation. Best eaten with sweet Japanese vinegar.

Hokkaido crab

This is Michelle, the only Filipino waitress at the restaurant. Try to look for her, she’s just lovely.


Our dinner companions Joey and Taichi

Joey and Taichi

Oh, and we took a train to Daikanyama for a night cap. Here’s Joey buying our tickets.


Tsutaya book store at Daikanyama T-site is the most magical book shop in the world!!


We had drinks and dessert at the Anjin Library & Lounge on the second floor, where I had the most delightful vanilla ice cream ever!!

Anjin Library & Lounge

The following day I was back for lunch with Cedric and his parents at my happy place, Barbacoa restaurant in Roppongi Hills

Cedric and parents

Cedric loves his greens and his meats too.


This is my favorite Brazilian Cheese Bread called Pão de Queijo—party in my mouth!!
Extra serving please!


And the best Brazilian pudding—too bad I only discovered it now. This beats any leche flan


Beautiful Coke bottles for me and Cedic’s dad


I ate so much. I’m just glad I didn’t gain weight because I walked so much during the trip.
That said, I can’t wait to go back with my boys in December. Tokyo is love!

Fashion Can Serve this October 13 at Raffles Makati
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Breast cancer is close to my heart because I lost two good friends to breast cancer: Penny Ong and Chinky Santiago. I thank God my dear friend Rita Nazareno is still alive and doing well, five years after being diagnosed.

Pretty Penny in 2014

Patient Rita in 2010

Rita is proof that there’s life after breast cancer.
Now Rita is one of ICanServe Foundation’s members.

Since it was established in 1999, ICanServe Foundation has become one of the biggest and most influential foundations for breast cancer in the Philippines.
Run by passionate cancer survivors, ICanServe’s mission is to support women with breast cancer through early detection breast exams and community-based programs that extend medical support and empower women through education and information.

The women of ICanServe Foundation: Fundraising Committee Head Bettina Osmeña, Chairman of the Board Libet Virata, President Tang Singson, Bibeth Orteza, Malou Fores, Camille Samson, Sabrina Panlilio

On October 13, 2016, ICanServe will present Fashion Can Serve at the Raffles Makati. The fundraising event aims to benefit its Ating Dibdibin program.
Participating are some of the country’s top designers, models, and muses, and breast cancer survivors with their friends and family.
The stories of triumph and survival will be interpreted by designers Randy Ortiz, Dennis Lustico, Patrice Diaz, Rosanna Ocampo, Mark Bumgarner and Patty Ang.

Dennis Lustico, Randy Ortiz, Patty Ang, Rosanna Ocampo and Mark Bumgarner
L-R: Dennis Lustico, Randy Ortiz, Patty Ang, Rosanna Ocampo and Mark Bumgarner

Bringing light and authenticity to the show, surgeons and doctors together with real breast cancer survivors and their “breast friends” will serve as models and muses as they walk down the ramp beside them.
These include Bibeth Orteza and her son Rafa Siguion Reyna, Beth Romualdez and her daughter Via Reyes, sisters-in-law Margarita and Malou Fores (who are both survivors), Amanda Luym and her close friend & cousin Cacay Moras-Server, Chuchu Madrigal and her daughter Alex Eduque, and Frances Yu and sister Crickette Tantoco.

Malou Fores
Malou Montano Fores

– Breast cancer survivor Frances Yu and sister Crickette Tantoco
Breast cancer survivor Frances Yu and sister Crickette Tantoco

Breast cancer survivor Beth Romualdez (R) and daughter Via Romualdez-Reyes
Breast cancer survivor Beth Romualdez (R) and daughter Via Romualdez-Reyes

Breast cancer survivor Amanda LuYm and cousin Cacay Moras-Server
Breast cancer survivor Amanda LuYm and cousin Cacay Moras-Server

Also participating are Rita Nazareno, Olive Lamasan and MeAnne Solomon.
Former Miss World Megan Young, Iza Calzado, and Heart Evangelista will be lending their star power to the cause.
Fashion Can Serve is on October 13, 2016 at the Raffles Makati.
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How to win one of 20 Mercedes-Benz cars from NANKID!
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For children three years and above, NESTLÉ Research Center has developed NANKID¼ OPTIPRO¼ FOUR and NANKID¼ OPTIPRO¼ HW FOUR—the only preschool milk with optimized protein, a high quality, lower quantity milk protein that supports age appropriate weight gain and optimal development.


Ditas Sagarbarria, Scientific and Medical Relations Officer of Nestlé Philippines, said milk is okay but you can do your child more good by giving him milk with protein that is optimized.
“Proteins are one of the most important nutrients for your child’s growth and development, and contribute to the building of the brain, muscles, and body. The quality and amount of proteins your child gets today can also help build a nutritional foundation for life,” said Sagarbarria.
The right amount of protein can help prevent obesity. Since small children should be taking lower quantities of protein, parents need to balance this by giving their kids quality digestible protein.

As a special treat to NANKID OPTIPRO FOUR and NANKID OPTIPRO HW FOUR consumers, Nestlé is giving away 20 Mercedes-Benz electric powered cars worth Php 50,000 each.
Buy limited edition packs of NANKID OPTIPRO FOUR and NANKID OPTIPTO HW FOUR and find the special code inside.
Text the code to 2600 and your child could be on his way to driving his or her own Mercedez-Benz SLS AMG Roadster electric-powered children’s car.
Promo runs from September 15 until November 15, 2016.
Watch this!

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Kanye West and adidas Originals drop YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 this September 24th
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Last February 2016, the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 made its debut at the YEEZY SEASON 3 presentation at Madison Square Garden.
This September, the world’s most sought-after shoe by Kanye West and adidas Originals returns with a flash of color.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2_2 (1)

The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 is crafted with premium materials that fuse together adidas’ technology with Kanye West’s unmistakable aesthetic.
THe upper is composed of Primeknit in three hues of yarn, while a streak of solar red bears the mark ‘SPLY-350’.
A semi-translucent rubber outsole and TPU sidewalls create a striking effect while providing superior traction.
Its midsole utilizes adidas’ innovative BOOSTℱ technology to create a durable, shock-resistant, responsive sole. At the same time, the breakthrough Primeknit material leverages adidas’ most advanced digital knitting techniques to fit like second skin.

The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 will hit stores globally on September 24th, 2016 and will retail for Php 11,495.

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