A week before Vicki Belo’s wedding to Hayden Kho, I attended a dinner for author Kevin Kwan hosted by National Book Store at the Raffles Makati.
(I saw Piolo at the Belo clinic and noticed that his facial mole had grown. I asked Dr. Belo if it should be removed, and she said Piolo didn’t want.)
Anyway, out of all the guests, celebrities and socialites in the actual wedding—guess who was being talked about most? In my circle, it was Korina Sanchez Roxas.
Everyone is just amazed how stunning she looks at 52.
If your little boys and girls want to be chefs in the future, Pepper Lunch is holding Little Chef workshops this month.
The workshops, open to kids ages 7-12, will be held at Pepper Lunch stores where the kids will be taught everything the Pepper Lunch way—from greetings to assembling their own favorite meal at the restaurant.
The Pepper Lunch Little Chef workshops are being launched along with the Pepper Jr. meals, the restaurant’s version of kiddie meals. They are dishes created specially with kids’ appetites and tastes in mind. Aside from Baby Ribeye Steak (Php 320) and Teriyaki Chicken (Php 245), other dishes are Hamburg Steak with Cheese (Php 220) and Beefy Spaghetti (Php 220).
The workshop costs only Php 399. Aside from the cooking lesson, the kids will get a certificate of attendance, a completion badge, name tag, mini apron, chef’s hat, and a pair of gloves. Of course, the child’s Pepper Jr. meal is included in the fee.
There will be four sessions on three dates in two Pepper Lunch locations:
September 9 – Shangri-La Plaza
September 16 – Rockwell Power Plant Mall
September 23 – Rockwell Power Plant Mall and Shangri-La Plaza
The sessions will be at 11 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM.
There will only be 10 slots for each session.
The kids will be supervised by Pepper Lunch staff during the workshops. The staff will also be responsible for cooking the meals.
Aside from assembly and cooking, there will also be games and a short lecture on how the dishes are assembled and cooked. A prize will be awarded to the most properly assembled dish.
The kids need to be accompanied by an adult during the workshops.
To register your kids, go to the Pepper Lunch branch that you’ve chosen for them to attend. You just need to fill out an application form. Hurry, as slots are limited!
Finally, a chuva-approved hotel opens in Tagaytay.
And by that, I mean a place I could actually stay in because it has modern bathrooms with clean lines. For me, bathrooms are everything. If I’m not comfortable in my hotel bathroom, I’d rather stay home.
There is seriously a lack of chuva-approved hotels in the Philippines, that’s why I was very excited when I learned about Anya Resort from my friend Alexei Villaraza, who arranged a special tour for us.
Anya Resort opened last July 2017, and is just one of three Philippine hotels included in the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It is managed by Anya Hospitality Corp.—a partnership between Roxaco Land and Fuego Hotels.
We drove to Tagaytay on a Tuesday morning, 11 AM and got there around 1 PM. Not bad.
You drive through this bamboo-lined road
and arrive at this resort
Frankly, I was shocked at the security we had to deal with. The gated community is heavily guarded so if safety and security are your concerns, then you’ll be happy there.
Exclusivity, privacy, and space are at the core of the Anya philosophy, said Joe Escalambre, Sales Director at Anya Resort & Residences who welcomed us upon arrival.
From the main building, which houses the reception area, three restaurants, and two function rooms, you can walk to your room or take a golf cart.
The hotel was busy when we arrived. There was a large group from Max’s, I saw my friend Mark de Joya, and cute couple Audee and Kristel Villaraza, who were just checking out.
“What we loved most were the little surprises. The resort knew I was celebrating my birthday, and they made is feel special was through small, repeated surprises,” he shared.
“Normally, resorts have a standard 2 PM check-in time. Anya does not practice this. You can check-in and check-out anytime through your Lifestyle Assistant. We arrived at 9:30 AM and it was great knowing we still had a fully day to enjoy the amenities.”
“There was a security personnel standing outside of our suite the entire time. At first, we found this odd, but seeing a security detail whenever we would step out gave us a good sense of safety. He didn’t follow us. He just guarded the perimeter area,” said Audee.
Units at Anya Resort have been sold to investors from Php 11 million for a studio to Php 21 million for a one-bedroom. The rooms are enrolled in a lease-back program where they are rented out as hotel rooms. Right now, they have a special rate ranging from Php 5,200-Php 6,900.
Joe gave us a tour of the two room types.
The one bedroom (101 to 127 square meters) has a living room and kitchenette
and a spacious bathroom
The studio is 49 square meters and has either one king-sized or two double beds, plus a daybed for a third guest.
Plus the beautiful bathroom
The rooms also have balconies and terraces.
Next we toured the three dining outlets.
Heading Anya Resort’s food and beverage department is Relais and Chateau-recognized chef Emmanuel Stroobant, who writes books, appears on TV, and owns restaurants in Singapore.
Samira is the all-day dining restaurant while Anila is a cafe and wine bar.
Amra is a deli that serves pizza, pasta and sandwiches that you can enjoy by the poolside.
Anya Resort represents the second phase of the 7.2-hectare Anya Resort & Residences development in Tagaytay City. The first phase comprises residential lots, which the owners can develop in accordance with three different house designs. The third phase will offer 134 residential units in 10 low-rise condominiums.
P.S. If you’re bringing a driver, Anya can help you arrange his accommodation at a nearby lodging for Php1,000 per person/per night, inclusive of two meals.
Finally, a chuva-approved hotel in Tagaytay. If only one would open up in Baguio, that would be perfect.
Universe, make it happen!
Anya Resort is at Buenavista Hills Road, Barangay Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay City Telephone
Manila (632) 657.1640
Cavite (046) 419.8040
Hotline (0998) 577.9999
I first heard it from my hairstylist: a grade 11 boy was framed and killed for peddling drugs. His name is Kian de los Santos.
I keep seeing his name on Twitter. Everybody is angry and we have yet to hear from the President. I want to see the President denounce it on TV, say that it was wrong and it needs to stop.
I believe Kian is innocent, but even if he weren’t, does the kid deserve to die?
I have a son in the 11th grade.
I’ve been so bothered by it that I had to remove Twitter from my phone.
The last time I got really affected was when I saw this picture taken by Raffy Lerma last July 2016.
You can read about the death of Michael Siaron HERE.
The photo haunted me for nights. I couldn’t sleep. Whenever I would talk about it with my husband, he didn’t want to have any of it. It bothered him so much.
I couldn’t stop thinking of it—of her—so I contacted Raffy Lerma on Instagram where I follow him.
I told Raffy I wanted to meet the widow Jennilyn Olayres.
A few days later I received a text from Jennilyn and asked my friend Dinna to come with me to the province to meet her.
We drove to a far away SM Mall and waited at the food court. Then Jennilyn texted me she was already there. I found her with her pregnant sister-in-law and my first instinct was to hug her and cry. She hugged me really hard but did not cry.
We sat at the food court, though nobody was hungry. She told me her story with Michael. They were not married, but they lived together and she loved him. He was a drug user but he didn’t harm anyone but himself.
It was close to midnight when it started raining cats and dogs. He decided to take his father-in-law’s sidecar since people took more rides when it was raining. He figured he could make a few bucks.
Before leaving Jennilyn at home, he gave her his last 80 pesos so she could have something to eat.
Not too long after there was a commotion in the neighborhood. She heard something had happened to Michael. At first she thought he had a vehicular accident. She ran out, and when she got to the crime scene, the place was filled with onlookers, police, photographers and cameras.
At first they wouldn’t let her across the cordon, but she fought her way in.
“Ako ang asawa!” she yelled at them.
She found his body, cradled it and cried for help but nobody took them to the hospital. She thought he still had a chance but he was already dead.
Dinna asked why her leg was around his body. She said she was trying to cover him because they kept taking photos.
I cried while she told me the story. It felt like she was the one comforting me.
I wanted to see her because I wanted to give her some money to help her get by, even for a few weeks. She accepted it, then we hugged and said goodbye.
I have not seen her since. Her entire family and many neighbors have fled the city because they are scared to die.
Now Kian is dead.
This afternoon I was walking in the mall with Dinna and I told her the world is changing—can you feel it? Even my life is painful. You can feel it in the air. It is so thick. I cannot take it.
I decided to disable Twitter on my phone. I cannot take the world right now with the Andy Bautista and UBER, Charlottesville, Barcelona, Trump and the massacre in Bulacan.
I can feel everything even though I am mostly at home.
I don’t really know what is going on in the world. I am freaking out and I want to clear my head.
I didn’t vote last May 2016 because I didn’t think anyone was worth voting for.
Knowing our President, he’s not going to do something about Kian and I cannot take it. Something is very wrong with the world. I don’t know what to do except pray.