SM City North EDSA celebrates the Year of The Rooster with an exhibit of plates and scrolls by the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students. This celebration also coincides with the 80th birthday of the family’s patriarch, Jose Chan Lim.
The passion of Chan Lim lies in oil and watercolor. Most of his art are on his canvas, but he has also forayed into other media such as porcelain plates, Asian lanterns and fans to infuse Western techniques into the traditional Eastern art.
“Rice paper” is used for the scroll painting. This is sourced outside the Philippines. Porcelain plates, on the other hand, are glazed and baked. They take in pride in being the only ones who do this process.
The Chan Lim Family of Artists has been engaged in the arts for close to half a century. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are currently engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies.
The Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibit will be available at the SM The Block Atrium until February 12. This exhibit is one year in the making, you should really drop by to see. For art enthusiasts, they also offer art classes conducted in the family studio located in Pasig city. You may e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rate starts at 6,000php for 10 sessions.
After running with a friend last time, we we were thinking of a place to dine and chill. Of course, we wanted a place which offers healthy dishes for (feeling) healthy people like us. My friend suggested Pastaholics, and having heard about the resto for a while, I of course did not argue.
The funny thing is, we’ve been living in Fairview for a while now and I haven’t tried this resto -which is just a walking distance from where we used to live!
Situated along Dahlia Street, Fairview, Pastaholics is a small restaurant where people go to eat good food and chill. Pasta is one of their specialties (hence the name), but they also serve other salad, steak, pizza, rice meals and burger, too.
Since my friend and I just came from a run, and it was 7:00 in the evening when we came, we went with the healthy option.
People also give reviews about their drinks (especially La Bella). Sadly, when we went there, they were out of the good drinks. They only had the Lychee drink. I asked if it was natural, they said it was powdered, so we just got water.
When we got there, there weren’t a lot of people yet. After 15 minutes, the seats and tables were full. There was just one server so she was coming back and forth the kitchen getting and giving the orders. When we needed water refill, we couldn’t locate the server. I even knocked on the kitchen to look for her. The place was small so that’s probably why there was just one server, but I think they could have done better by having the server visible at all times. Or maybe a bell at the counter would work to get attention. 🙂
All in all, it was a good experience.. And I would recommend the place to you. Food’s tasty and healthy. It’s also a good place to celebrate events, too, since it’s cozy. It feels homey.
Everyone’s excited about Miss Universe 2017. Pageant enthusiast or not, we have to admit that we are looking forward to seeing who gets to be the best in long gown, best in swimsuit, best in talent, best in Q&A. The competition not only declares the most beautiful; it also displays confidence, wit, talent and creativity.
As part of displaying the candidates’ creativity, 19 candidates lent their time and talents by participating in producing customized Converse sneakers. These customized pairs of shoes are to be auctioned for the Positive Auction Foundation. This is a foundation supported by the Miss Universe organization which is devoted into helping individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families, particularly those who are displaced from their employment due to the HIV phenomenon.
The candidates who participated are:
Ms. Angola – Luisa Baptista
Ms. Belgium – Stephanie Goldof
Ms. Belize – Rebecca Rath
Ms. Brazil – Raissa Santana
Ms. Bulgaria – Violina Ancheva
Ms. Cayman Islands – Monyque Brooks
Ms. Costa Rica – Carolina Duran
Ms. Germany – Johanna Acs
Ms. Guatemala – Virginia Argueta
Ms. Iceland – Hildur Maria
Ms. Mexico – Kristal Silva
Ms. Netherlands – Zoey Ivory
Ms. Nicaragua – Marina Jacoby
Ms. Panama – Keity Drenan
Ms. Paraguay – Andrea Melgarejo
Ms. Philippines – Maxine Medina
Ms. Russia – Yuliana Korolkova
Ms. Thailand – Chalita Suansane
Ms. Uruguay – Magdalena Cohendent
Miss AngolaMiss BelizeMiss BrazilMiss BulgariaMiss Cayman IslandsMiss Costa Rica
Miss IcelandMiss MexicoMiss NetherlandsMiss NicaraguaMiss PanamaMiss PhilippinesMiss RussiaMiss ThailandMiss Uruguay
A silent bid auction will be held for beauty pageant patrons and Chucks collectors to get the chance to own these personalized chucks. Bidders may submit their bids, names and contact details through the information officer in the mall exhibit of the shoes or through a private message at the Converse Facebook page. Starting bid for all pairs is at 50USD.
The personalized pairs may be seen at the exhibits in the following dates and venues:
February 3-5: Robinsons Antipolo
February 10-12: Robinsons Bulacan and Marquee Pampanga
February 17-19: Robinsons Isabela and Robinsons Ilocos Norte
February 24-26: Robinsons Tacloban and Robinsons Cebu
March 3-5: Gaisano Mall of Davao City and Gaisano Mall of Digos
March 10-12: Gaisano Mall of Tagum and Gaisano Mall of Toril
March 17-19: Gaisano Mall of General Santos
Which one’s your fave? I already have my top 3 picks and being a fan of pageants, auctions and Chucks I’m also thinking of joining the bid myself.
I love hosting events. When I was younger, I hosted events for fun and for well..money. Teehee. I love planning.. Doing details and stuff. It is a venue for me to exercise my oc-ness, if you know what I mean. 😀
Last December, my family hosted our annual family reunion. Of course we had to do the brainstorming before the event. It was fun, a little stressful, but I’d like to believe it was a success.
Part of the planning was thinking of a souvenir. We have to have something to remember the event. It was a family reunion, after all.
I came accross Üprint by Reggie while looking for ref magnets on instagram for a friend. Her friend was getting married and they were specifically looking for ref magnets as giveaways. I inquired and got the answers that I needed, and reported back to my friend.
Then my niece celebrated her birthday last year. Being the bibo kid that I am, I told my sister-in-law about the shop and she liked the idea of giving ref magnets as giveaways. She ordered from the shop and I was told they had a smooth transaction.
Then came the reunion. It was my turn to think of a giveaway. Because my sis in law didn’t have a problem ordering from them, I suggested ref magnets to my sibs and they went for it. 🙂
Ref magnets start at 15php, individually packed with resealable plastic and paper backing. If with pillow box and or accents, cost would be 25-30php.
The only problem that we had was the holiday rush. I ordered the magnets last December (our reunion was Dec 30th) so it was a really busy month. I kind of gave them short notice.. Like I only sent them the design days before the reunion. Also, we mostly communicated through facebook messenger and I think it would have been better if we talked through sms instead because sometimes she wasn’t online when I was, and vice versa. Aside from that, finding a courier was a problem, too. Using LBC or other trusted couriers will not guarantee getting the products on time. Thankfully, there is an express service such as Grab Express. We went with it, as suggested by Üprint. We paid 219php for the delivery fee.
I can recommend getting them as a supplier because they were easy to talk to. They didn’t even put “rushfee” and they happily accepted my order even if I gave them such short notice.
Aside from ref magnets, Üprint by Reggie also make customized mugs, business cards, notepads – basically anything with prints.
You may view their works in instagram and facebook.
Last December 7th, Hans and I celebrated our fourth anniversary. Just like that, we’re on our fourth year!
Four years. Wow. I know what some of you may say we’ve got a long way to go. And we do have more to learn. So much more to experience. So much to understand.
But to still be married and in love with each other at this day and age for 4 years (we’ve been in a relationship for 7 years now- 3 years as bf/gf, 4 years as a married couple) is only through God’s grace.
I meant to do this post earlier but December was a very busy month for me (for all of us, I assume?), hence the late post. Nevertheless, here’s how the three of us – yep, Seth included- celebrated our special day. ❤
It was a beautiful day. What made it more beautiful was it was my rest day (suprisingly, and I believe it was God because I didn’t request for that day to be my off). Hans and I didn’t plan anything because we didn’t know my schedule yet plus no one would be left to take care of Seth. So when we woke up and greeted each other (which Hans did better btw, he woke me up at 12 midnight to kiss and greet me) we both decided to do a road trip and just go somewhere near.
So we both did our research: we live in the countryside (Central Luzon) so South would be too far. Hans said,”let’s go to Bataan!”. I of course seconded right away because anywhere with him is already a treat, going somewhere else is cherry on top (can I get an ‘awwww’, please? :p).
Yep. Unplanned road trips are the best.
One thing about Hans and I is that we both love history. We love going to museums, doing long walks (maybe that’s just me lol) and long talks (oops that’s me again).
So first stop: Mount Samat National Shrine.
Mount Samat National Shrine (Dambana ng Kagitingan) is located near the Summit of Mount Samat in Pilar, Bataan, Philippines. It was built to honor and commemmorate the Filipino soldiers who fought during World War II.
Museums have this particular effect on people: they take you to where they want to take you. At Mt. Samat Museum, I was taken back to war time. I felt chills (literally), and Filipino pride. It was an awesome moment and I was glad I got to share it with my boys.
Outside the museum is a cross where you can go to through a lift. Unfortunately, when we visited, the lift was under maintenance so we weren’t able to use it. We attempted to climb going to the cross but because Hans and I are both afraid of heights, we climbed only until we can, and took a picture there.
There are also shops around the shrine, as well as a field. Entrance fee to the shrine is 20php/person. It is open from 8am-5pm daily.
We arrived at the shrine around 11am so after our tour we were already hungry. Time for lunch!
Next stop: Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an
We used Waze throughout our trip. We had a little difficulty finding Loleng’s (although it can be found in Waze) because the streets were a little narrow plus there was a construction nearby.
But we found it! Yey!
We learned about this place from ByaheniDrew. Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an is located in Barangay Binaritan in Morong, Bataan. According to the television show, Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an is a humble roadside eatery run by a Filipina who used to work in a refugee camp. It has been delighting people with Vietnamese noodles for over 15 years.
Loleng used to work at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC), where she learned to cook Vietnamese dishes. Her specialties are Hu Tieu, a savory noodle soup and Banh Mi, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with meat and fresh basil. You may read more about Loleng’s Hu Tieu-An here.
Aside from Vietnamese dishes, Loleng’s also serve Filipino dishes like Lomi, Pinoy-style spaghetti, shanghai, and pancit palabok. I tried ordering pancit but I was told they only come in big sizes (bilao) and that it would take a long time, so I just ordered spaghetti for the little one.
Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an is open from 7am am to 9am, everyday.
After Loleng’s, we also stopped by Subic Bay (near the Subic Bay Airport), and we just gazed at the beach. It was beautiful. We also did a stopover at Puregold Subic, where we bought Seth’s favorite “teddy bear cookies”.
Last stop: Clark Picnic Grounds
Nothing beats watching sunset to end the day! We stopped by Clark Picnic Grounds for a while to watch the very beautiful (albeit fast) sunset that day. We were able to catch the sunset but only for a short time because it started to drizzle.
That’s it! That was the most inexpensive, spontaneous anniversary celebration we’ve experienced. It wasn’t that extravagant, it wasn’t fancy.. But it was how we both wanted it to be: memorable, historical, and beautiful, like how anniversary celebrations should be.
How do you usually spend your anniversary? Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share!