Kumori Bakery now in the Philippines

By Dinna Vasquez

There is cheesecake as we know it and there is Japanese cheesecake, which is less dense than the traditional version, meaning it’s lighter and fluffier.
Kumori, a Nagoya-based bakery, is known for its Signature Hanjuku Cheese, which is half-baked and individually wrapped. Each bite is soft and velvety with just the right amount of sweetness that the Japanese have perfected.

Signature Hanjuku Cheese

The Relish Group, which owns Wee Nam Kee and Osaka Osho in the Philippines, has opened two Kumori stores at the basements of Landmark department store and SM Makati.
Linfred Yap, managing partner at The Relish Group, says not many Filipinos knew about Kumori when they first came here.
“They would look at the store, buy a cheesecake and eat it on the spot. More often than not, they would buy a box to take home. Many of our customers are regulars who come here just to buy the cheesecake, which also has a chocolate flavor.”

Toyohashi Pudding

Also very popular among Filipinos are the Toyohashi Pudding in single serve cups (the original variant tastes like a crème brulee), and Krone, a Danish pastry that’s filled with vanilla custard.
Those who like savory breads can try the Salmon Bonito, which has a salmon filling drizzled with teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with bonito flakes, or the Parmesan Cheese Bun.
The bakery also sells whole cakes including Tofu Cheesecake, Light Double Cheesecake and Saku-Saku Chocolate Cake.

Salmon Bonito
Salmon Bonito

Parmesan Cheese Bun
Parmesan Cheese Bun

Tofu Cheesecake
Tofu Cheesecake

Light Double Cheesecake
Light Double Cheesecake

All the ingredients used by Kumori, except the eggs, are imported from Japan. Everything, according to Linfred, is made from scratch.
Linfred says Kumori in the Philippines will offer more breads and pastries in the future. In November, Kumori will open a 100-square-meter outlet in SM North Edsa where people can sit and enjoy sandwiches and other light savory fare aside from cakes and pastries.


Peach Brioche
Peach Brioche

To know more about Kumori in the Philippines, go to https://www.facebook.com/kumoriph.

Register now for the 2016 elections. Deadline: October 31

Ever since I became a registered voter in San Juan, I never missed an election. Or so I thought.
Until May 2013 when I tried to vote and was turned away.

Halalan app

I was so frustrated but nobody could help me. So I went home to my village in Pasig and found out there was a precint in our clubhouse. Not only that, it was air-conditioned and civilized (read: konting tao).
Wow, it was like a business class lounge compared to the sweat and chaos of the Greenhills precint.
I made a mental note to switch. After all, I’ve been a Pasig resident for the last 12 years.
Well thank God for Twitter, I kept seeing these reminders to get registered before October 31, 2015.

reminder to vote

Last night I stayed up late checking out the Comelec website for requirements.
To be sure, I photocopied my passport, marriage certificate, and proof of billing.
I asked Dinna to come with me to Pasig City Hall because Dinna has high EQ and I don’t.
We got there around 4 PM and took the lift to the 5th floor. I found the Comelec window and told them my situation:
1) I was disenfranchised from San Juan.
2) I got married and had a new surname.
3) I wanted to register in Pasig.

The blonde lady smiled and gave me forms to fill out.
I looked for a table and did the paperwork (bring a pen and clipboard!). Then I went to a room where a man checked my form and told me where to sign and what I missed.
In the same room, I lined up briefly to have my picture taken and my fingerprints in biometrics.
I went back to the first man for my thumbprints. He gave me a claim stub.

I said, “When can I come back for my ID?”
He said, “Years.”
“Yung totoo?”
Me: “So how do I vote? What do I show?”
Man: “The claim stub.”


Oo nga naman. This is the third world. It does take years to get things done.
But yes, I did something good. I registered to vote. Don’t know yet who to vote for but I want to be ready and I want to be part of it. You should too.

Deadline is October 31, 2015.
Go and make sure you’re registered. It took me 30 minutes. Make sure your papers are complete. Make sure your bladder is empty (cause the restroom stinks). Bring a pen, a clipboard, and wet wipes to wipe the ink off your fingers. And don’t forget the paperwork.
PS. Wear makeup if you want a nice photo.

To know more about voter registration, click HERE.

Yaya Dub triggers sold-out MAC lipstick

Watch out Kris Aquino. There’s a mega endorser in town and it’s not you (and it’s not Sharon, hehe).
She can sell anything from canned sardines to MAC lipstick.
She’s not an It Girl. She has no showbiz lineage. And she didn’t even try.

Like many teens today, she grew up on technology. She also happens to be gifted in creating viral Dubsmash videos.
Eat Bulaga‘s new golden girl is Maine Mendoza, also known as Yaya Dub or 1/2 of Kalyeserye’s phenomenal love team, AlDub.

Earlier while watching Eat Bulaga, I noticed that almost all the girls in the audience were wearing bright red lipstick and found it very strange. I knew it had to do with Yaya Dub whose lipstick shade, quite frankly, bothers me.
But makeup addict Dinna Vasquez told me Maine was wearing MAC Cosmetics’ Ruby Woo, according to makeup artist Krist Bansuelo who did her makeup for a recent TV commercial.

Yaya Dub Yaya dub comments

Said Dinna: “Ruby Woo is one of MAC Cosmetics’ iconic shades. The cool-toned red isn’t easy to wear. It has MAC’s Retro Matte formula, which can be very drying. But if you want attention-getting lips, Ruby Woo is the way to go.”
After Krist Bansuelo used the shade on Maine Mendoza, many of her fans wanted their own tube of Ruby Woo.

According to MAC sales people, Ruby Woo is sold out in most of the brand’s 14 branches because of Yaya Dub.
Women would come in and ask, “Which one is Yaya Dub’s lipstick?”
Ruby Woo was a difficult shade to find even before Yaya Dub, and now it’s almost impossible to find.
Dinna’s hint: If Ruby Woo is out of stock and you want something close, Russian Red is the exact dupe but in a different finish.

Anne Hathaway, Ruby Woo
Anne Hathaway wears Ruby Woo

MAC Cosmetics is located at Rustan’s Makati, Alabang, Cebu and Shangri-La; SM Makati; SM Megamall; The Block, SM North Edsa; SM Mall of Asia; Trinoma; Eastwood Mall; SM Aura; Robinsons’ Place Magnolia and Ermita; Rockwell Powerplant Mall.

Belo Medical Group is top Botox and Juvederm clinic in the Philippines

As far as Botox and Juvederm dermatological fillers are concerned, Belo Medical Group once again proves they’re on top of the game, as Dr. Vicki Belo, Founder and CEO of Belo Medical Group, recently received an award from Allergan Healthcare Philippines for being the number one account for Botox and Juvederm in the country.

Vicki Belo receives Allergan award

Dr. Belo received the recognition from Marcus Tan, Business Unit Head for Facial Aesthetics and Neuroscience of Singapore Malaysia and Philippines, Yinyee Tai, Senior Marketing Manager for Botox, Jiamin Chung, Medical Manager for Facial Aesthetics and Ceejay Jornacion, Sales Manager.
The awarding was held last week at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.

Vicki Belo receives Allergan award
L-R: Jia Min Chiung, Medical Affairs Manager for Facial Aesthetics of Allergan, Dr. Raj Acquilla, Global Key Opninion Leader and Master Class Trainor for Facial Aesthetics, Marcus Tan, Yinyee Tai.

These recognitions are a testament to Belo’s unparalleled medical expertise in the field of beauty.
Belo Medical doctors undergo training both internationally and locally as specialists from around the world go to Belo to train its doctors.
Dr. Raj Aquilla, Masterclass Trainer, UK Ambassador and Global Key Opinion Leader in Facial Medical Aesthetics was also in town to train Belo doctors.

Vicki Belo receives Allergan awardL-R: Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dr. Vicki Belo and DJ Tony Toni of Boys Night Out

In order to be globally recognized, Belo Medical Group is equipped with only the best medical practices, services and technologies from around the world.
To know more about their services, go to http://www.belomed.com/.

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