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Ms Bubbles goes to Cirque Du Soleil

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July 20, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Patricia Torres and I agree to meet up at her house to go to her Bubble Show in Museo Pambata. I was alalay for the day.  We brought her car and she drove us to Manila.

Important note: THERE WAS NO BUBBLE SHOW. I had gotten us tickets to Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai as a late birthday gift. She had no idea.

July 20, 2011
6:00 p.m.
We get to Museo Pamabata (which is in need of major renovation, by the way) and we park on the other side, near Manila Ocean Park and the Cirque tent. Patricia was in pigtails. See video.

July 20, 2011
6:15 p.m.
We decide to get our pictures taken near the tent just for fun.  After taking my picture, I hand her my clutch with the Varekai tickets on top. Reaction:


Happy Ms Bubbles ♥

The Grand Chapiteau. Beeeyutiful.

We weren’t allowed to take photos inside.  This was the tent of the receiving area.

Even the heavens cooperated. Sigh.

July 20, 2011
9:30 p.m.
Photo after the show:

UUUgleh. It was that AWESOME.

HAPPY GIRLS!!!!!! Tricia’s winner line: “I’m so happy I married you!!!”

Belated happy birthday, wifey!!!!!!!!! Lovelovelove!!!♥


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07/22/2011 at 4:23 pm

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My father, the cassava man

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I knew that when my dad ended his 19-year love affair with advertising the house would never be the same. I would always find him tinkering around the house, finding things to repair and decorate. He took our antique sewing machine, broke it apart, turned one half into a table top and the other half into a table base. He was always at antique shops looking for “new” furniture to add to the house. Thank God my mom–a professional artist–had some sense to bargain with my dad so our house wouldn’t look like a museum.

A few years later he got into insurance. His friend was one of the head honchos so he gave it a shot. In a span of 6 months he was already considered “Rookie of the Year” because he had surpassed everyone else’s quota. Six months later he found himself bored again so he left.

Shortly after, it was ice cream. Turns out one of the owners of FIC (Fruits in Ice Cream) is my dad’s cousin. My mom also does all the logos, advertisements and shoots for FIC since they started so I guess you can say that they try to keep some things within the family. (Side note: the bowls and utensils you see on all the ads are most likely ours haha) Given that, my dad decided to get a couple of FIC franchises and put 2 booths in SM North, 1 in Landmark and partnered with Wham Burger. I think we supply the ice cream for their shakes.

At this point I am really starting to think that I am my father’s daughter. We’re both either fickle, headstrong or we just really want to fuel our own ideas as much as we can while we still can.

Back to my dad. Now that the ice cream business has been up and running for a few years now, he’s found yet another thing to obsess about: CASSAVA.

A-WHATTA, you say? Yes. My dad woke up one morning and decided to scour every cassava-serving establishment and try their products. He was not satisfied. He met up with his friend and, after weeks of discussing, they decided to start making their own cassava. They got a friend to start concocting cassava recipes and, being the family who loves and supports him, we tried every single batch. We were having cassava every day for months. They were all very good, don’t get me wrong, but I really had to stay away.

Months after the cassava hype, we were served less and less of it. They had found the recipe! My dad mentioned he was already supplying for DEC, the Chinese convenience store. Yay for him! He also told me about a little kitchen they opened somewhere in the San Juan area. Oh, and he also mentioned that if I wanted to, I could offer it to mommies as an alternative to birthday cupcakes. UHM, NO.

I didn’t have a party yesterday so after church I decided to go with them to the kitchen in San Juan.
KITCHEN BA YAN???? I was so shocked. It was a real store!

Magazine Feature. They say I look like my dad. Can you tell?

A new batch was being made.  This one’s the special cream that goes on top of the cassava. Mmmmm. Fatness.

Cassava mixture

Voila! Freshly baked cassava creme!

Box of 6

I tried the cassava with langka. Sarap! They also have macapuno.

with de sister

Drop by our store at P. Guevara!

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07/21/2011 at 1:21 pm

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The Hills Are Alive!

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Last June 24 and 25, Resorts World Manila together with The Ultimate Entertainment Inc. held auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music.  I hadn’t auditioned in so long so I felt quite rusty, but I knew I would be stupid to pass up this opportunity.  Alongside Disney movies, Sound of Music was a staple in our VHS player when I was growing up.  I remember being so fond of the do-re-mi carriage scene (the one with all the counterpoints) that I attempted to take down the lyrics manually (wala pang google noon), pausing and rewinding it for parts I didn’t write fast enough.  Safe to say it was this show that got me hooked on musical theatre.

Gotta love Julie Andrews.

I grew up wanting to be a Von Trapp.

I remember flipping when my mom told me Maria Von Trapp was a real person. Found this just recently. *tear*

On the day of the audition, a bunch of us made our way to Resorts World, not knowing where to go exactly.  We decided to go to the Newport Performing Arts Theater, assuming auditions would be somewhere close by.  We entered the theater and were greeted by this:


Thank God there were maintenance people there to give us directions and stop us from falling to our knees in awe.

We got to the venue, signed up, waited, waited some more and finally, we were up.  And just like that, we were done. It was nerve-wracking alright, but not as much as the part that came next: waiting for their call.

After 1 audition, 2 callbacks and lots of waiting…

I was cast as Sister Sophia!!!!!!!  Yayyyyyy!!!! Even better, I’ll be working with a bunch of people I loooove to bits. Double yayyyyy!!!

“Sister” Carla and MAIN Postulant Mikkie ;p


Shows will run from Oct-Dec at The Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World.

I am beyond overwhelmed. God is good.♥ ♥ ♥

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07/18/2011 at 3:16 pm

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Still here.

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It’s me again. Still alive, I promise. You know the feeling when all you want to do is write and write until you’ve juiced all your thoughts and memories out? It’s as though every single thought, no matter how trivial, had to be chronicled. I’ve had those days. The past few weeks, however, gave me no room for that. Turns out there are also days when all you need to do is be in the moment and soak up on the world. I’ve been on sponge mode the past few weeks and am just about ready to be squeezed. (sounds so wrong) I can’t wait! Soon. 🙂

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07/07/2011 at 10:28 am

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My mom mentioned a few days ago that a bunch of her friends (on separate occasions) have been congratulating her for seeing my name mentioned in Lea Salonga’s article.  I dismissed it and told her it must have been from last year’s article.  Thinking that her tweet was more than enough,  I didn’t think she’d write about it anymore..

I don’t think I’ve ever flipped out this much on a tweet.

And then just a few minutes ago, at around 2 in the morning, I decided to google it JUST IN CASE there really was one:


Excerpt taken from:
Why hubby wanted to meet Angel Locsin
By: Lea Salonga
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Read the full article HERE

Speaking of which …

My little princess celebrated her 5th birthday with a tea party, with family and a few friends. The guests decorated hats, cookies and cupcakes, got glitter tattoos, played games (even us grown-ups did!) and partook of wonderful merienda fare.

Special thanks to Clowning Around (and their fearless leader Jill Peña) for creating such a wonderful atmosphere for everyone, and to amazing ninang Steffi Inocentes for helping out with our invites and loot bags.

Happy birthday, Nicole! Oh, where have those years gone, time flies way too quickly!




Dear Lea, I doubt you’re ever gonna read this, but thank you for adding oomph to my otherwise lackadaisical week. Oh, and I LOVE YOU. See you next year!!!♥

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06/23/2011 at 2:28 am

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Friendship Over

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Look what finally got here…

Hello, babies. ♥ ♥ ♥

I intend to finish all these before season 2 starts.


I FINALLY got CIV 5 to work on Andie.

SIMS + CIV5 = Kalimutan muna ng friendship



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06/22/2011 at 12:11 am

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New Idol

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I know someone told me that Kate Middleton’s family was involved in party planning but I didn’t pay much attention to it.  Then came the royal wedding (which I missed completely, by the way), what with all the beautiful gowns, funny looking hats and cute flower girls.  I only got to see the video days after and while watching I kept asking myself who the gorgeous maid of honor was.  I knew that a “Pippa Middleton” was to be the Maid on Honor but I never saw her until the day I caught the video.

my reaction: “YAN si Pippa?!”

She thoooo purrrty. *googly eyes*

So I googled her after watching the wedding and found this:

HOMAYGAD.  She’s a reaaaal party planner ngaaaa!!!! *kilig*

The Middleton family runs Party Pieces, a UK-based party planning company that encourages do-it-yourself parties for all ages.  Their website is structured much like an online shop, but everything party related. It’s like an ebay for party-planning moms.  SOO CUTE.

They also have an online party magazine called “The Party Times” which is run by–you guessed it–Pippa.

“Carole Middleton founded Party Pieces in 1987 after finding it difficult to source fun, simple party products for her children’s parties. Now more than 23 years on the company is still going from strength to strength”

AND THEY ALSO STARTED IN 1987, like Clowning Around.  OMG.  Tita Ella is my Carole Middleton.  I knew it.

One day I shall make contact.  There’s a “Feature Your Party” section on the magazine and my new wish is to one day be in it. LEVEL UP. Hahaha.

Oh, and becuase I feel so close to her already, I hope that rumors of her breaking up with her long time beau are true so she and Prince Harry can get together for realz. ❤


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06/17/2011 at 2:23 pm

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