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

Nespresso for home now in the Philippines!
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Sadly, I never learned how to drink coffee.
When I was in college I asked my dad to teach me how to drink coffee, but he said, “Don’t even start.”
So I never did. The only coffee I enjoy now is by Haagen-Dazs.
Maybe that’s why I’m always sleepy.
I’m okay with not drinking coffee, but I started to have coffee envy when Nespresso came out with these cute little machines with shiny coffee pods.


Lots of Filipinos own Nespresso machines, but for many years they had to buy their machines and pods abroad. Now here’s the good news: Nespresso is now available online through
On August 11, you can also buy them at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la Plaza and Abenson’s BGC.
A customer hotline (02 477-7870) will connect consumers with Nespresso Coffee Specialists, who can answer questions and receive orders.

“Now you can have Nespresso coffee without leaving your home and have it delivered right at your doorstep,” said Melissa Valdez, Brand and Marketing Head at Novateur Coffee Concepts Inc., which distributes Nespresso in the Philippines.
The brand has been in the Philippines for a number of years, selling only to businesses and institutions.

Since its creation in 1986, Nespresso has redefined and revolutionized the way millions of people enjoy their coffee today, shaping the global coffee culture and becoming the reference for portioned coffee or coffee pods.
For many, Nespresso is part of a stylish and cosmopolitan lifestyle. You know you’re in a good hotel if you see a Nespresso machine in your room.

Nespresso at Four Seasons HK

Nespresso at the Four Seasons Hong Kong

Nespresso at Four Seasons HK

Only 1-2 percent of the world’s coffee crop meets Nespresso’s strict quality and aroma profile requirements for its Grand Cru coffees. These rare coffees, from the world’s most well-renowned coffee growing regions, are crafted into exceptional blends and single origin coffees, specially developed to suit every taste preference.
The Grand Cru coffees are available in 24 blends, each one featuring a distinct aroma profile, and hermetically sealed in aluminum capsule which preserves the freshness and aromas of the coffee against damaging factors, such as light, air and humidity and ensures that all aromas are protected until extraction in the consumers’ cups.

Nespresso cups

According to Valdez, the coffee doesn’t come in contact with oxygen until after the machine pierces the pod.
Valdez said the most popular flavors in the Philippines are Arpeggio (rich and creamy) and Livanto (round and balanced).

Nespresso will be making home machines available in the Philippines.
The Ezzenza Mini (PHP 6,500) is perfect for small homes or condo units. Offering two programmable cup sizes, the Essenza Minimachine creates perfect coffee just the way you like it. Choose from two shapes and three colors to suit your taste.


The Pixie (Php 13,900) with premium metal slide panels, is energy efficient, and has a compact and minimalist design.


The Inissia (Php 14,000) includes the Aeroccino milk frother, which steams or froths milk at the push of a button.

Inissia red

The other machines include the Citiz (Php 14,000)


and the top of the line Latissima Touch (Php 26,000).

Lattissima White

Those with smaller machines can also purchase the easy to clean Aeroccino milk device.

AEROCCINO milk device

Nespresso machines are equipped with a unique technology that delivers an optimal equilibrium between the right water temperature, quantity and speed, along with the optimal extraction pressure, creating the perfect cup every time. Each parameter has been calculated with great precision to ensure that all the aromas from each Grand Cru can be expressed, giving it body and creating a dense and thick crema, the sign of ultimate coffee quality. Crema is the foam that forms at the top of coffee.

Here’s more exciting news: Nespresso will open its first ever Nespresso Boutique in the Philippines in December.
Before then, shop online at

A look inside Noteworthy—the newest stationery wasteland at Greenbelt 5
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I’ve always loved stationery. Back in the ’70s we collected stationery and traded them as they were rare in Manila. I think we had to buy them from PX stores (imported goods stores) or from the US.

I still collect stationery! I have boxes of them that I actually use. That’s why I still write notes. Not everything needs to be digital!
If I don’t write notes, my handwriting will be crap and I’ll have no reason to buy stationery.

On my bedside I keep a notepad and pen for ideas and to-do lists. Yes, I am old school in many ways.
National Book Store is my happy place. It’s a good thing I collaborate with them because I know their stock so well. I drop by very often to look at what’s new.

Recently I walked into Noteworthy at Greenbelt 5 and found all my favorite stationery brands in one place. I just knew it had to be an NBS store, and it is!


It carries Itoya from Tokyo, a 112-year-old brand that offers Color Chart, leather goods and office accessories in bright and happy colors, plus the Romeo line of elegant pens and dark leather goods.


Caran d’Ache has writing instruments and an assortment of pencils, pastels, fiber-tipped pens and paints for art.


Sheaffer has pens and its trademark luxury fountain pens (which you can have engraved) while Filofax offers organizers, notebooks and refills.


Other brands include






Rhodia, and more.


There’s a corner for workspace essentials such as staplers, punchers, scissors and paper clips.


You can even order personalized inked stamps.


If you can’t resist nice pens like me, then you’ll be happy that they carry an assortment that includes my favorite Sarasa Clip.


A crowd-drawer at Noteworthy is the Paper Bar which allows you to customize notebooks. Just choose a cover, page inserts, and a spine. Have it assembled. Then have your name, initials, or short message stamped on the cover.


Noteworthy is located at Level 2, Greenbelt 5 in Makati (right next to Swatch).
To know more, follow @noteworthy.mnl on Facebook and Instagram.

Flying back in the midst of #GorioPH
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Among all my my phobias, the fear of flying is one I wish I didn’t have.
I have narrowed down my worst phobias to three:
1) Fear of flying
2) Fear of bathrooms/toilets
3) Fear of confrontation

I’m famous for #2 and I don’t want to discuss #3 right now. So this entry is about #1, fear of flying.
I was in Tokyo last week with the hubby just for a brief holiday. I needed it.
It was so hot I tell you. July in Tokyo is hot and rainy. But I’m happy to have met some really cool friends and shop a little bit.

Our flight going back was on Thursday night, 6 PM, from Narita.
On Wednesday night I was already concerned that there was a monsoon rain/typhoon named Gorio in Luzon, and that classes were cancelled. Needless to say I was very anxious that night.
I was able to pack our luggage (4.5 pieces) on autopilot before sleeping. I prayed a lot and monitored the weather over Twitter, making kulit my friends and followers to update me.
The following day my husband and I left the hotel at 12 noon and arrived at Narita at 2:30 PM.
I had three hours to kill before boarding at 5:30 PM.
I went shopping for an hour before meeting my husband at Japan Airlines’ Sakura Lounge.

JAL lounge

I simply love the JAL Lounge. I think it’s better than the Cathay Pacific Lounge in HK.
Design is much simpler. I want my living room to look like this.

JAL Lounge

We boarded at 5:30 PM. No flight delays. The typhoon was headed toward Taiwan in the north west. This was the path of Gorio. Note that we were flying home on July 27.

Gorio PH

Based on this map of Japan (green) and Philippines (orange), I figured we would feel turbulence around the Mariana trench in between the two countries.

Japan and Philippines

So I kept my eye on the flight tracker on the TV screen.
We were told in advance to keep our safety belts on due to expected turbulence. So I did just that and prayed a couple of rosaries with 1/2 Rivotril (tranquilizer).
I didn’t fall asleep but I was calm. I noticed that from 36,000 feet, our altitude went up to 38,000 feet. It was one of the smoothest flights I had ever taken. We only had a few seconds of turbulence before landing and that was that.

Japan Airlines flies a small plane between Narita and Manila and the Business Class may feel coffin-like, especially when you’re fully reclined. I can’t imagine how cramped Economy is. But the smoothness of what should have been a bumpy ride was worth it and that’s something I’ll always remember.
Thank you for bring us back safely to our kids.

Japan airlines business class