Kian’s death is bothering me
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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.

Get your Gelatofix at the Fort
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Not too long ago I was having a conversation with a well-known dessert chef, who lamented the lack of dessert places in the country. He said dessert restaurants are really popular in Australia, while over here, Filipinos are afraid of desserts and prefer to split an order amongst themselves.
True enough, when my friends and I go out to lunch or dinner, we usually get stuck in the same place or perhaps move to another place for coffee.

Dessert lovers will be pleased to know a new place has opened at the Fort.
Gelatofix, a restaurant concept from Singapore, specializes in gelato or Italian ice cream.
Gelato is made fresh every day with ingredients such as chocolate, avocado, pistachio, strawberries and mangoes. There are 16 flavors every day.
Among my favorites are Salted Caramello, Caffe Italia, and Fior di Latte (a must-try!).


But it’s not just a dessert place. It offers savory and sweet dishes with gelato incorporated into some of them. For instance, the Garden of Passion salad consists of greens and a scoop of Fior di Latte gelato, which they let us try during the grand opening.

ice cream salad

“Gelato is at the heart of Gelatofix. We want to offer the full Italian gelato experience. It’s not just a place where you can get scoops of gelato. If you look at our menu, gelato is everywhere. That’s what makes us different,” said Von Lacorte, Director at Gelatofix Philippines.


Gelatofix’s philosophy is to give everyone a place where they can “hang their hats,” which is the Italian way of saying “take a break.”

Kryz Uy
With blogger Kryz Uy at the opening

Gelatofix’s gelato was created by two of the world’s top gelato chefs—Gelato World Cup Champion Master Chef Filippo Novelli and Gelatofix Master Chef David Chang—who are also behind the cafe’s over the top gelato creations.

“We only use the most natural ingredients. We are known for having the smoothest and creamiest Italian gelato,” said Wilson Lim, Executive Director, International Business for Singapore’s Commonwealth Capital Group.

Wilson Lee
Wilson Lim flew in from Singapore for the opening of the BGC store

Gelatofix is particularly proud of Novelli’s Gelato Sushi, an ingenious mix of oil, gelato, and other flavors.

sushi ice cream

Another signature Gelatofix creation is the Magic Boxx, made of two cuts of toasted bread.
The first toast layer has buttery cubes of bread and mangoes topped with Boston creme, while the second box is filled with Gelatofix’s warm chocolate sauce.
On the side is a bowl with two scoops of gelato and fruits. Perfect for sharing!

Mango Toast (Magic Boxx)

Gelatofix also serves soups, main dishes and beverages, like Spaghetti Prawn Apricot, Risotto Al Funghi, Barbecue Ribs, Beef Pot Roast, Crispy Pork Belly, Rosemary Chicken and Bangus Belly served with rice and egg.


bangus belly
Bangus Belly

At Gelatofix, gelato is included or infused in many of the dishes and drinks, including the frappes, tarts and biscuit plates.


Choc Biscuit Piatti 2

Lacorte said Gelatofix Philippines will open one more cafe this year and five next year. Abroad, Gelatofix has locations in Cambodia, Kuwait, Maldives and Qatar.
Gelatofix is at BGC Corporate Center, 30th Corner 11th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
To know more, follow them on or Instagram @gelatofixphilippines

Winners: Chuva’s gadget giveaway
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Happy Saturday!
I’m about to choose three winners via
There were 465 entries to my latest giveaway.

Here are the three winners:
Cyrus Tabilin of Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan
Jerry Culala of Bago Bantay Quezon City
Ryan Bautista of Sta. Cruz, Manila

Wow, I’m amazed! Three male winners!
Each one will get prizes featured HERE.


Thank you all for downloading my app!!


Winners, please check your email to verify your shipping address. Thanks for joining.
Till next time 🙂

Join @chuvaness gadget giveaway
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Time for a giveaway!
Most of my giveaways are for girls. This one is different because even men can enjoy the prizes. Well, most of them anyway. 🙂
There will be three winners of exciting prizes. Each set of prizes is worth about Php 15,000, so read carefully if you want to join!

It includes two iPhone cases from the A Shop.
This iPhone wallet case is by Ideal of Sweden (Php 1,700)

iPhone cases

These gorgeous iPhone cases are also by Ideal of Sweden (Php 2,160). Thank you A Shop!

iPhone cases

Two of the cases are for iPhone 7 while the other one is for iPhone 7 Plus.
A Shop is my go-to-place for anything Apple-related, including gadgets, accessories and repairs. The knowledgeable and dependable Apple reseller has branches at Ayala Avenue, Makati; Eastwood Mall; and Glorietta 3, Makati.

Podo camera

Winners will also get Podo—a wireless, re-stickable camera that turns any surface into a photo booth. This one is made for iPhone. If you loathe selfie sticks like I do, then Podo is the better alternative.

Podo camera

How to use:

Podo is a Bluetooth connected, stick-anywhere camera that you control with your iPhone. Just stick it on a wall and get in front of it. Preview the shot on your screen, take a pic, then watch as images get transferred wirelessly to your phone.
You can buy Podo at Php 3,750 from @podoph on Instagram.

que bottles are fashionable collapsible travel bottles. The bottles have a unique spiral design that shrinks the bottle as needed. Each bottle costs Php 1,250 at

que bottle

BlueLounge CableDrop Minis are little stick-on organizers that grasp peripheral cables to keep them in place and within reach. They will keep your cables handy on the table, not on the floor.
Get them at Php 550 from @innoveeph on Instagram. Each winner will get two packs.

cable drop

The Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker is portable and stylish. The speaker has 24-hour playtime, 66-foot bluetooth range and built-in mic, dual-driver portable wireless speaker with low harmonic distortion and superior sound. I bought them for $36 from Amazon.

Anker speaker
Anker speakers

Each prize will be delivered to the winners in a sturdy brown train case from Korea.


How to join:

1) You must have a Philippine delivery address.
2) You must have an Instagram account (set to public).
3) Follow the following accounts on Instagram:

4) Download the Chuvaness app from Google Play or the App Store. Take a screen shot of the app on your home screen.

5) Post the screen shot of the Chuvaness app on your Instagram account and tell your followers to go to to find out how to join #ChuvasGadgetGiveaway.
Don’t forget to tag:


6) Register for the electronic raffle HERE.

Contest runs from August 12-17, 2017.
I know it looks complicated, but I only need three winners who know how to follow instructions 🙂
Three winners will be chosen via and will be informed via email.
Winners will also be posted on this site.
Upon email verification, winners will receive their prizes via courier.
If I don’t hear back from you, I’ll pick another winner 🙂

Sent from my iPhone

Your kids will break your stuff
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I have no idea if my kids read my blog. I know they follow me on Instagram to make sure I don’t post their photos, but not sure about this site.
Blogging isn’t as popular since Instagram happened.

Again, I seem to have given birth to myself.
My dad hardly ever got mad at me. The few times he did, it was truly my fault because I plugged my dad’s electronics—which were mostly 110 volts—into 220, thereby destroying them.
Oh, it made him so mad. That’s why to this day I don’t want to buy anything that’s only 110 volts.
I destroyed many of his things.

Your kids will destroy your things.
Oh yes they will.
My son (who shall not be named) was a chubby little baby on my lap who couldn’t even talk when he put his stubby little finger on my Mac keyboard and decided to pull out the letter N.
This was back in 2003….
We were not rich then. I had no choice but to replace the whole keyboard and it cost Php 3500 and it hurt.
Now my son is a teenager and he loves to “borrow” my laptop.
In the beginning he used to actually borrow it, but later on he just assumed I would say yes. He would creep over to my bedside in the dark and ask for my computer. It was hard to say no. Sometimes my laptop would disappear while I was sleeping and I would find it the next day in another room.

So two days ago I found my laptop in the study room, which transported itself while I was sleeping. When I turned it on, the screen was ruined. It had dark vertical stripes on the right, which revealed a crack pattern when pressed down.


I can’t tell you how my heart was broken. So yes, I got mad at him. He claimed innocence and blamed it on the maids. But I blamed him anyway because he didn’t put it back safely on my bedside.
Someone had apparently shut the laptop screen with headphones sandwiched between the screen and the keyboard.
That’s what we concluded when I took it to the shop. I found out a new screen may cost around Php 40,000 to replace. What’s even sadder is the repair will take 3 to 4 weeks.
I decided to buy a new laptop while repairing that one. Cost: Php 107,000—a downgrade from my broken laptop.

So yes, your kids will break your stuff. It will cost money. It will make you mad.
It made me scream louder than my dad ever did. But like my dad I couldn’t stay angry for long. I just couldn’t.
For how can you stay angry when all you can remember are really stubby little fingers?

Ben and Markus