Crazy over “Crazy Rich Asians”

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Yellow 💫

Kris Aquino attended the Hollywood CRA Event. And she did not disappoint! The girl in yellow stood out on the emerald carpet, and owned it. Philippines, represent!

We all might also want to watch the movie, since it’s 100% on Rotten Tomatoes 🙂

*Update: it’s 93% on rotten tomatoes now 8-25-18. still not too shabby, and, has topped the US Box Office for 2 weeks now.  not too shabby indeed.

Here, I’ve compiled gushing writes from all over social media:

There is, however, someone who may outshine them all. Chris Pang, who plays Colin Khoo in the movie (he’s the one getting married), calls her the true “Crazy Rich Asian”. That would be Kris Aquino, arguably the most famous woman in the Philippines. My ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, called her the most beautiful woman in the movie. You will love her scene. Cannot wait to see what she wears tonight.

Kris Aquino made her Hollywood red carpet debut for the premiere of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on Tuesday (August 7), and it’s safe to say it will never be forgotten.

Because i live in a country where I am called FilChi, Chinoy, Intsik, and, sadly never really Filipino, I say YES to this! @allymaki

Yes. “We are all one. We are storytellers.”

And, about the movie soundtrack :

Excerpt from Chu’s letter “From being called the word in a derogatory way throughout grade school, to watching movies where they called the cowardly people yellow, it’s always been a negative connotation in my life,“ he wrote. “That is, until I heard your song. For the first time in my life, it described the color in the most beautiful, magical ways I had ever heard: the color of the stars, her skin, the love.”


It’s a Woman’s World 💃🏻

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March 5-6, 2018

In celebration of the International Women’s Month, we joined the 10th Filipina Entrepreneur Summit at the World Trade Center at the Filipina Mentor ME CAFE for the first largest onsite 1-on-1 Go Negosyo mentoring session. Organized as a platform for conversation and consultation with mentors from different sectors. It will brought together a compelling roster of mentors, experts and practitioners to help inspire, equip and empower entrepreneurs. I sat in as mentor for the zone on marketing and branding a businees.

And woman! It was inspiring, uplifting and FUN 💃🏻

Knowing it was going to be a one-on-one activity, I prayed and kept praying that i’ll be able to mentor and bless the person who’ll be assigned to my table. knowing that we were all gathered, each for a special reason that God has assigned for us, therefore i let God do all the work, and give Him back all the glory.

And, as if i’m not used to God’s awesome grace, i’m still in awe at His amazing ways. Surely enough, God brought me entrepreneurs whose business concerns were the same as my experiences, and He, of course, kept me inspired so i can mentor in the best way i can, so much so that, each idea becomes a breakthrough, and an exciting business proposal. So, there’s a food cart business sprouting out from a homegrown siomai and burger patty business,  a new packaging idea for fried pastillas, marketing collaterals for turmeric tea and peanut brittle, and unli-rice for a planned mall food cart, and a lot more ideas, i am constanly filled to brim, and I thank God for it always

The Petticoat, Cupcakes & the Vanilla Ice Cream Pastry

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When I look at this collection, this song comes to mind:
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad
My Favorite Things
sung by  Julie Andrews
Songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein / Richard Rodgers

Storing Christmas 🎄📦

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Imagine. I’ve just started “cleaning and storing Christmas”.  Which means I still have parties, reunions and post-Christmas hangover. And it’s almost Valentine’s. 😳

Decorating for the holidays is a favourite activity in our family. It’s fun and exciting and we look forward to it every year.  It can be a pretty intimidating task to shop for everything at once and to put decorations up around the home.  So we collect, save, and store decors so we can reuse them.  Which actually is a more daunting task after the holidays.

It takes a while for me to clean,pack and store, because i still go through the special notes and cards we received, to check if we sent out enough gifts, and remembered to thank everyone who sent us holiday cheer.

And so, I found this Christmas card. Neatly tucked under my pile of things-to-do.  So, allow me to make a special mention to make up for this belated thank you note.

Thank you, Jewelmer!

from jewelmer

Going back to post-holiday tidying…. We have collected and reused Christmas ornaments through the years. To save time and money, we decorate every year by keeping the Christmas ornaments and reusing them when the holiday season comes again.

This year, our home had 3 Christmas Trees.

Our first White Christmas tree

our small vintage tree, decorated with repurposed vintage toys that my kids collected through the years, mostly from happy meals, mall arcades and amusement parks.

Inspired by this vintage wreath

and our 20 year old tree that we have spray painted since my kids refused to retire it much less give it away

To save decorations well,  here are some useful tips and tricks for Christmas and holiday storage that we have culled from several sites dedicated to take the art of spring cleaning a new level.


See the 10 ways to properly store away Christmas decorations below in order to preserve your holiday trinkets, make them easy to transport, and keep them bright and fresh for years to come.

1. Storing Christmas Linens

Before storing linens, it’s important to clean them, as stains oxidize over time. One way to store your holiday linens is in a suitcase, to keep away the risk of moisture damage. You can also keep your Christmas towels, rugs, and blankets on an unused shelf in your linen or personal closet. To keep away moths and keep your linen smelling wonderful, you can put one or two lavender scented dryer sheets between the linens. Although this method of storage takes up space in your home, it will prevent linens from developing stains, poor scents, holes, and other nasty surprises when they are pulled out the following year. Remember to also never store Christmas linens in a garage, attic, or place that isn’t climate controlled.

Keep wood pulp like tissue paper, newsprint, and cardboard away from linen, because it releases gases that ruin the fabric and turn it yellow. Remove objects like labels, tags, and safety pins which can also discolor and damage linen. You should also be aware of certain materials like plastic, masking tape, and hangers, which can release gases or degrade into materials that make linen sticky or rusty.

2. Storing Christmas Wreaths

Containers that you use to store your wreaths must be able to preserve its shape throughout the year. Many storage methods smash or damage wreaths—especially attachments like extra bows and decor. Look for wreath storage that is large enough to truly preserve the shape and ornaments of the item so that it will be usable for years to come. You can also keep wreaths hung up in your closet with a closet organizer that holds several hangers. The wreaths will easily slide onto the rod which will prevent them from getting flat or ruined.

3. Storing Christmas Trees

Although the box your artificial tree came in may seem like the perfect one to repack it in for storage, this is usually not the best idea for preservation. In fact, the cardboard boxes begin to deteriorate, making them more prone to insect infestation. Try a commercially available Christmas tree bag or Christmas tree box to protect your tree. There are also convenient tree bags with wheels, big and strong storage bags for large trees, and bag sets that split up the weight of the tree. With endless options, you can choose the best Christmas tree storage option that personally fits your needs and home.

4. Storing Christmas Ornaments

Special ornaments often benefit from being stored in the boxes that they originally came in. You can also store smaller ornaments in clean and dry egg cartons. Plastic ornaments that are not fragile may also be stored in plastic sandwich bags and tightly organized in a box or bag. Additionally, there are nifty containers and storage boxes available to neatly and securely store holiday ornaments in, which can help to especially protect fragile or glass decorations.

5. Storing Christmas Candles

Wrap candles in old socks or knee-high stockings to prevent scratching. Candles can also be wrapped in cellophane to prevent any type of melting or color transfer. Plastic wrap and wax paper should not be wrapped in candles, as they can easily stick to the candle when they get warm. Make sure to store Christmas candles away from heat, like in the attic, basement, or other areas that can melt them.

6. Storing Christmas Pictures for Reassembly

Take pictures to remember the way you set up your decorations before you take down your Christmas ornaments. This is also a great way to get other people to help you decorate for the holiday, whether it’s family or friends. You can keep the photos digitally on your computer, phone, or in the cloud, and share them with Santa’s elves when the occasion arises. Alternatively, you can go old school and get them printed so you can physically hand them over. After you have some photos, take everything down in the reverse order in which it was put up. You can then store your pictures in a handy holiday organizing notebook. This might also make for a nice picture album if you add or change to the decor at all over time.

7. Storing Decorations and Planners

Don’t pack away your holiday planning notebook. You will need this notebook during the year to keep track of recipes, address changes, gift ideas, and gifts purchased. Store your holiday planner on a bookshelf in a space that’s out of the way but that is also accessible throughout the year. Although this may not seem necessary for non-planners, the holiday notebook can help you remember how and where you have stored everything, along with organizing your budget, Christmas cards, traditions, and more.

8. Storing Christmas Lights

Do away with the tangled mess of the years past by organizing your Christmas lights before you pack them.

First, make sure to dispose of any lights that have been damaged or are not working properly. This is just one way for you to save yourself storage space. Then, you can wrap holiday lights around coffee cans, cardboard pieces, Pringles cans, or even a handy-dandy hanger. Conveniently package these in a large box, bag, or container for the next year.

9. Storing Away With Labels

Save yourself time next year by thoroughly labeling your Christmas decorations. First, you can get organized by making a detailed inventory on the outside of each box.
Then, you can number the boxes so that you’ll know how many you have (i.e. Box 1 of 12). Labeling the boxes this way also lets you order them according to the sequence in which they should be unpacked. You can also make note of your labeling system inside of your holiday planner. If you don’t want to make your own labels at home, there are printable Christmas storage labels available online and sticker labels available at arts and crafts stores. You can use your holiday planning notebook to outline how many boxes you will have and what each of them will contain before organizing the boxes themselves.

more organising tips in the next.

in the meantime, stay happy😊

A Box of Chocolates

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“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

That’s exactly what I had in mind while listening to my classmates’ life stories during our high school reunion, last weekend.

Some of us will float through a lifetime, just above water, safely passing through. Taking minimum or no risks, making minimum or no mistakes, no struggles, no drama and no pain.  And then, some of us, mostly the crazy ones,  will go on a wild journey, innovating life. Pursuing passions, developing interests, taking risks, making major mistakes, getting hurt, struggling hard and still honouring the vitality and time we’ve been given.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what road you took. It actually doesn’t even matter where you’ve been, what matters is that you had the courage to continue, to take that step forward in your heart’s direction. So never look back except to gratefully say “Thank You Life”. The Life Scars are badges of honor, and we wear them proud.

on my end, let me quote Paulo Coelho in his tweet couple days ago :

Any story about life is a beautiful story.  Telling your story, allows other people to take that journey with you, and it is a selfless act. To trust that you will not be judged and to hope that your story will inspire.

We define success in different ways. The fact that you’re able to tell your life story,  is a success story.

And if, your story now, still isn’t your kind of story, remember we have a loving God, who will make your story right for you.

Our happy reunion was a reunion of good friends ,and, it. seemed. like. old. times.

It so warms my heart just thinking about it now.


swim with 🐬🐬🐬
– G

P.S. and Cheers! 🍸🍾
baby beth cecile edna eva leling penny susan thudz
benedict jimson ricky sonny vic
Special P.S.
Quoting cecile, our” best success story awardee”, as she puts it aptly :
MIA: Aleli Uy ( Australia); Wilson Chua (USA), Nida Lim (USA). Gubert Tan (USA), Elena Pardilla (LC) , Lanlie America (LC). Jofre Silvala (Heaven)

Thank you, Jofre.

Half the Sky 🌸 

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Pure Virgin Coconut Oil Soap with Loofah


“Because your skin is the largest organ in your body, what you put on your skin soaks in” – Miranda Kerr

Our VCO SOAP + Loofah is a Premium All- Natural Mild soap made with Organic pure Virgin Coconut oil. It is rich in Vitamin E and Antioxidants to gently smoothen and revitalize skin, has natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of lauric acid and is free from fragrances and titanium oxide. We threw in small loofah slices for gentle exfoliation to brighten your skin , scrub off toxins and give your skin a massage to make it supple and glowing.

What excites us more is our collab with the Gat Uban Weavers of Mauban in Quezon Province for the handwoven soap cases made of Buri.

Gat Uban Weavers of Mauban Quezon Philippines shown here with the Senior Tourism Operations Officer, Ms. Anie M. Calleja.

There is a forthcoming book, written by Ms Anie M. Calleja, entitled “Nilala: Tradisyunal na Industriya at Sining ng mga Kababaihan” (loosely translated it means “Nilala: Traditional Industry and Art of Women”), that delves on the history of weaving in Mauban and Quezon. It is being readied for printing by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. With a recognition from the National Book Development Board for preserving Filipino Culture and Arts.

Ms. Anie is the compleat public servant, and a true servant leader.  She has brought Mauban’s tourism industry to where it is now with pure grit, persistence and growth mindset.  That tourists who are now lining up at the Mauban port to get to Cagbalete Island,  is a testament to how Anie helped shape the landscape of tourism in Mauban. The island is now a must-go-to tourist destination. And through sustainable Tourism, Anie has transformed Mauban into a vibrant community of entrepreneurs.

” But isn’t this what we all should aspire to be? A servant of the people but first and foremost a servant of God ”

– g🐳

The Christmas Countdown

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We can’t believe it! It’s just a little more than a month before CHRISTMAS! And our elves have been working so hard the whole year, so we thank all our dear dear friends and partners for making our workshop happily busy in 2016.

Visit: Beauty MNL for the Christmas Soaps on this page and so much more.  They ship for us  till Christmas!  While our elves take a break to party with other elves and Rudolph.

1 John 5:11 this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Our Soap Story

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What’s there to love about The Soap Farm?
Everything !
Because now, you can satisfy your sweet tooth minus the calories with our unique range of yummy artisan soaps, handcrafted with all-natural ingredients for your bath time pleasure. Enthrall your little ones with a handful of gummy bear soaps, or gift friends and family with yummy-scented pieces made to look like their favorite confections.

What on Earth are We here for?
The creative team behind this delightful brand isn’t only passionate about creating the perfect bath time experience; we are also passionate about entrepreneurship, skills training  and  glorifying God by blessing others.

As you read this, The Soap Farm continues to provide livelihood programs for urban poor women by teaching them basic soap making and entrepreneurial skills.

The Soap Farm Philippines is a brand name under the company Zeep Marketing and Distributions. We are a fresh and invigorating family run business based in Lucena  City, Quezon Province, Philippines and we are dedicated  bringing you  a unique range of handcrafted bath & body care products made from all natural ingredients.

Grace says:

My grandmother  was always a great inspiration to me as I was growing up.  Even a simple baking lesson from her would be turned into a wonderful creative adventure!  In 2005,  when I went full time into soap making  I found out that my grandmother used to make soaps using ash during the World War.  In our frequent summer vacations in Perez , Quezon, she also taught me about herbs, what they could be used for, the benefits and healing properties, which even included onion skins, orange peels, and heated calamansi . My grandmother would sew pajamas for us her grandkids and make beautiful embroidered designs on pillow cases. Those are one of my “happy thoughts” I just love that era, when life was a slower pace, and strangers would smile and say hello in passing, and when products were handmade with a lot of love and quality . This is my inspiration for The Soap Farm, to bring that era into your homes with a modern twist.
More recently we are becoming increasingly interested in Fair Trade products and providing livelihood for the Urban poor women in our community through skills development.

What skills? We teach them soap making and basic costing.  Some become our soap makers on call, while others continue to make soap making an entrepreneurial venture and their source of livelihood to support themselves and their families.

Grace says more:

Why women? Because “Women Hold Up Half the Sky”**1 and  “Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population…unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.”  ***2
” When women are empowered and educated, they educate their children and keep them out of a life of poverty. If they can support themselves they won’t have to sell their children into bondage to put food on the table. If a woman receives an education then she has the potential to transform her community. “***3
We hope to take this advocacy further by introducing entrepreneurship in our countryside with the staunch belief that entrepreneurship can break the cycle of poverty in my community and our country.
Therefore it gives us great pleasure to introduce our wide range, of unique and wonderful hand crafted  products which uniquely represent the  wonderful culture of Quezon and the Philippines.
We’re out to prove that indeed, Bath Time is more FUN in the Philippines.

Our Mission
-To create beautiful artisan soaps that are of the highest standards in quality and design.
-To provide training and employment for women in the urban poor communities of Quezon Province.

Our Vision
-To inspire people with our story.
-To empower women.
-To help break the cycle of poverty through skills development, knowledge management,  and entrepreneurship.
-To make Lucena city and Quezon province the destination for Artisan Soaps in the Philippines. In short, Make Quezon the SOAP CAPITAL of the Philippines

1. Mao Tse Tung,
2. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (N. Kristoff & S.WuDunn)