Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students Exhibit at The SM The Block Atrium

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.

Happy 80th birthday, 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. 

Mr. Alex Chan Lim interacts with us during the guided tour.
We were also privileged to be accompanied by the patriarch himself during the exhibit tour.

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 Rate starts at 6,000php for 10 sessions.

Have a happy artsy-fartsy weekend, everyone! 


Post Workout Eatout: Pastaholics

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. 

Cute, cozy tables and chairs.

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.

Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of the menu!
My order: Grilled Chicken Breast in Herb Pesto Sauce, with Veggies
My friend’s order: Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet in House Steak Marinade, with Mashed Potato

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. 

  • Location: 2nd Floor, Dahlia Commercial Complex, Fairview, QC
  • Price: Approximately 200php per person (but if you’re not gonna order a lot 150 is good!)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm
  • Wifi: No
  • Contact Nos.: 023514908/+63 9162807527

    Miss Universe Candidates Make Personalized Chucks for Charity 

    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 Angola

      Miss Belgium
      Miss BelizeMiss BrazilMiss BulgariaMiss Cayman IslandsMiss Costa Rica

      Miss Germany

      Miss Guatemala
      Miss IcelandMiss MexicoMiss NetherlandsMiss NicaraguaMiss Panama
      Miss Paraguay
      Miss 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. 

      Stay tuned on Converse’s Facebook page for more of #ConversePHx65MissUniverse.

      Üprint by Reggie: Your One-Stop Shop for Your Printing Needs

      I love hosting events. When I was younger, I hosted events for fun and for 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.

      Üprint by Reggie respects your own creativity and design.
      Yep. I am proud to be a Dayrit!

      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 “rush fee” 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.


      Facebook: Reggie Gaile Rosales-Catacutan (they recommend contacting them here for faster transaction)

      A Road Trip Kind of Anniversary: Bataan, Subic and Clark

      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. 

      At SCTEX, my favorite expressway in the PH to date.

      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.

      My boys being..well, boys.

      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.

      Reminders while inside the museum

      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. 

      Oops.. Can’t go higher than that. Haha.
      Feeling carefree with my mini me!

      But of course. A twofie with the hubby is a must!

      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 Byahe ni Drew. 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.

      I ordered Hu Tieu, which they sell for only 50php!

      Aside from the Hu Tieu, I also ordered Banh Mi, which they sell for 35php. They used traditional Filipino buns instead of the French buns. It is good for sharing.
      I can’t really remember this, my apologies! It’s a salad with vegetables and meat, and it was good too!

      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!