One of my recent food find is Manna Specialty Bakery at Esteban Abada, the street parallel to Katipunan in Quezon City. I can say that their breads are not of the ordinary and will really bring heavenly gastronomic pleasure to you. Surely. Their all-natural homemade breads will really win you.

We got the Blueberry Focaccia (Php 75), Cheddar Dill Focaccia (Php 65) a big Whole Wheat Loaf (Php 75) and Apple Butter (Php 100) that came in a glass container. Everything was superb!

So that you know when and what to order/ grab some bread love, they provided a Bread Sched!

In the shop, they have a cork board where you can post stuff. They also sell some native bags which costs from anywhere around 120-150 pesos.Not bad!

~Manna Specialty Bakery~
Casa Baronesa Building
86 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, QC
Tel # +632-4348033
Cel # +63922-8348033

The WHITE HAT – Italian Frozen Yogurt company’s third CELEBRITY-FOR-CHARITY event resumes this October 25, 2008 (SATURDAY) with TV-PERSONALITY Patricia “Shaan” Bermudez-Hizon and EX-PBA PLAYER & husband Vince Hizon as their special guests.

The famous couple will be wearing THE WHITE HAT uniforms as they serve customers for the day in an effort to raise money for their charity foundation called “EVERYDAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY FOUNDATION”. For almost 8 years, EIYBF has provided a way for people to share their blessings with the needy. It encourages people to celebrate their own birthdays not just through the usual way of splurging on a big party with friends & family, but to also share the greatest gift of LOVE, to the less fortunate.

EIYBF gathers donations (cash donations, old and new toys, books, clothes, etc.) to give to the less fortunate from the celebrant, the celebrant’s family and friends, and from companies and corporations. But more than just the gifts and donations, the celebration is also about building a “relationship” between the children and the volunteers who instantly become big brothers and big sisters. For the elderly, the volunteers become part of the family.

Also, once a year, EIYBF organizes a special day camp for orphans and children who are cancer patients to give them a day of happiness. This event is participated by many volunteer celebrities.

“We’re very glad to be part of the Hizon’s charity fund drive,” says Eric Chao, marketing manager of THE WHITE HAT. “We try our best to make customers feel extra special when they come to our store by serving them the best –tasting yogurt from Italy made from fresh milk in a clean hygienic environment. Our yogurt is guaranteed to have live active yogurt cultures (called Probiotics) which promote health. We also give our customers a selection of more than 21 healthy premium toppings. And then, on these special events, customers can get to support worthy charity organizations because 50% of their purchase amount will be donated directly to the chosen foundation of our guest celebrity servers.”

So if you have a big heart and a big appetite, drop by THE WHITE HAT at the Mall of Asia on October 25 (Saturday) and help make a difference

The White Hat store locations:
SM Mall of Asia - 2/F Entertainment Mall (South wing) Across NIKE
Robinsons Ermita - 4/F Midtown Wing (new area) Across MOVIEWORLD
Website: www.thewhitehat.comph

Hi guys! Right now my bus is probably on its way to Naga. I I’ll be away starting tonight until the 23rd. As the title says, I’m off to Caramoan, Camarines Sur! :) Please pray for us. Don’t worry, I’ll bring lots and lots of pasalubong…stories and photos to share to all of you! :D Take care y’all.

I bought one of these cute head-dress/costumes.
Which one? Well, you better watch out for my post on that! :P


Enchanted Kingdom’s Celebrating its 13th year of Magical Fun. There will be a Fireworks Competition on October 25, a kick-off anniversary bash “Enchante” this October 26 and Spooky Halloween treat, where kids and teens alike can enter EK for free if they come in their fantasy-themed costumes, on October 31-November 02.

I just can’t get enough of the good aromatic yummy tea, so I got myself a stash from all over the place. Yeah, you’re right! I am a self-confessed tea addict. I love tea! Sue me! :P


As I am of Chinese descent, it’s no surprise that we’re all tea drinkers. Chinese restaurants = Service Tea galore. And we’re no exception to that rule. And now, my obsession with Jasmine, Oolong, Black, Green, Chai, English Breakfast, and a lot more… oh I forgot Ms. African Sunrise from CBTL, will not go away anytime soon. :)

Photo from Jeric Pena

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Our SLO or Service Learning Option for my Public Administration 161 (Ethics and Accountability) opened realities to me. For the last two Saturdays of August, I have conducted leadership-training seminars to underprivileged Grades 4-6 elementary students of Nayong Tsinoy, a resettlement/ former GK village created by the Federation of the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Ascoville, Caloocan City.


Our objective was to be able to teach them or at least show and give them inputs (based on their own basic knowledge and understanding of their surroundings) what it is to be a leader and a team member. We gave them several activities that would ultimately gauge, show, and teach them all about leadership and the skills and values (like cooperation, peace and unity among themselves and to others) that would make them better persons.



I felt that some of the activities we had weren’t really in line with their age level and ultimately didn’t impact them (as much as it would impact, say, a high school or college level student). But even with that constraint, we managed to pull through and cut across that problem with more explanations and other activities on our part.


During one of our activities, we were shocked to find out that these kids, at that early age, have knowledge on what’s happening in our country. We did an activity which made them portray current situations on relationship among peers, relationship or status in their family, in school, in their community, and in our country.


To our surprise, some of what they portrayed are: their fathers beating up and shoo-ing off suitors of their “ate-s” (older sisters) and “tomadors” and “sugarols” (alcoholics and gamblers) wrecking havoc on the streets, and the war in Mindanao. It came to a point that we had a hard time leveling, relating and explaining to them those situations and where those situations lie in the grander scheme of things of being a leader.




But even with such social perspectives in these kids’ (as young as 10 year-olds) minds, I guess I was thankful that some of them acted out something good they see in society - friends helping each other when one of their other friend is sick.




After everything we did, Teacher Mia, the head teacher/volunteer there, debriefed us. She was very thankful of what we have done, and that she hopes that we continue to do these kinds of things because according to her, “it gives hope and promise for these kids’ future.” It is with these little acts of kindness and sharing our time and talents (despite everyone’s busy academic schedule)  she holds the hope of a brighter and better future for the country and for the less fortunate people.


I was touched and moved by her words. This for me was more than enough to make all the exhaustion (from preparing, going there, and delivering the activities) go away.


Recently, we had our assessment in class, and our professor asked us if we see that these kids will be the hope of our future. Honestly, I really don’t know if these kids will be among those people who’ll result to stealing or street rambles (God forbid) or become leaders in their own communities.




The fact is that there are a lot of impovirished kids here in the Metro (What more in the provinces, right?) But what makes me keep on hoping, that indeed there will be future for these kids and for the Philippines, are the people who continue to go out of their comfort zones and continue to make a difference in the lives of our less-fortunate brothers and sisters. One small act of kindness may go a long long way in the hearts of these kids.


I really feel happy and fulfilled after everything. I nearly didn’t want to go through with the Service Learning Option, and opt to just make a policy paper, but after everything, I am glad I did. From start until the end – from the trainings we went through with Eduk Inc. to the actual output we delivered and when we carried out our plans and did our best in making an impact and being the difference to these kids – we came out better individuals, who are more aware of the situations of these people.


My hope is that other schools consider giving Service Learning Options to their students. It’s through these activities we open our hearts, minds, and actually act out and live out what we learn inside the four walls of our very comfortable learning institutions.



No it’s not time for the UP College Admissions Test, in fact, it just ended more than a month ago. It’s the recently talked about UPCAT - The Movie! I got this from an email from Thea; then her sister Tiffy, and a lot other people did the viral messaging, and now it’s famous, at least in the internet world!:)

So what is this talked about film? It’s about two teenage boys who believe that passing the UP College Admissions Test is the passport to their dreams. They each have different views in life, and different goals they want to achieve - just like many other UPCAT passers now studying (who have studied) in UP.

I guess this film wants to connect with the students, and the alumni and give somewhat of a reality check for each UP student/faculty and staff/alumni regarding their hopes, goals and dreams, and where they are right now.

Here’s the first ever trailer-video I saw:

And this is from Director Roman Carlo Olivarez:

UPCAT is a 2008 Cinema One Originals film with Happy Endings Films in cooperation with Bigtop Media Productions and Digitrax Sound Productions. It’s original content and direction is by Direk Roman Carlo Olivarez.


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