Today is My 50th birthday01:30 AM Wednesday May 27, 2015 |

It’s midnight and it’s now official. Today is the XXX time that I am celebrating my 50th birthday. Because I am such a liar and denial queen, my mind could no longer tell my real age. Pati asawa ko, idinamay ko na rin sa denial ko. Ask him about my age, he’s trained to lie… read more

Juicy Couture12:58 AM Wednesday May 27, 2015 |

My daughter gave me this very pink Juicy Couture shopping bag as soon as the clock struck midnight. Happy birthday mommy gift. M——“May I open this tomorrow so I have something to…. open?” O——“yes”. M——“Is this a dress?” O——“No”. M——“Kasi my stomach (waistline) is not very….. inspiring”. O——“I thought of that”. M——“Thank you anak”.

Bottega Veneta or Saint Laurent05:02 PM Tuesday May 26, 2015 |

Edmund and I went out before 1 pm and came back around 4 or 5 pm. I found this Bottega Veneta paper bag on my bed. My son’s handwriting. He already paid for a bag when we were in Budapest and now,  he’s giving me another gift. I thought it’s a Bottega Veneta wallet.  Yves… read more

Flowers and Cake from FPG03:07 PM Tuesday May 26, 2015 |

Officers of FPG Insurance Co. Inc., formerly Federal Phoenix Insurance, dropped by this morning with a big bouquet of fragrant flowers and blueberry cheese cake. This smelled so good when I opened the box. I went out for lunch from 12:45 – 1:30 pm. When I came back, my room was amoy bulaklak. The stargazer… read more

Urban Farming03:02 PM Tuesday May 26, 2015 |

My daughter has embarked on urban farming. She has a classmate from Ateneo whose family is into farming. They sell ready mix soil, seeds, pots, in boxes for P150. Oyen ordered 4 kinds- sunflower, basil, and two boxes of marigold This’ what keeps her inspired these days, watching her plants grow. Mom——-“Anak, pwede na itong… read more

Stomach Flu02:42 PM Monday May 25, 2015 |

Oyen had stomach flu last week. Edmund also complained na kumukulo daw tyan nya. It was my turn yesterday. I couldn’t identify where I got it but the last meal I had (Saturday night) was a large bowl of Chicken Miso Ramen from a restaurant in SM Megamall. Edmund had pork but didn’t have any… read more

Grand desserts02:38 PM Monday May 25, 2015 |

Eating ice cream in grand fashion is what New York Cafe is all about. There is nothing different or spectacular with the refreshments and desserts here, it’s just the ambience and experience that make it special. Ordered by someone trying to diet. The four of us, minus me the photographer, @newyork cafe ice cream medley…. read more

New York Cafe Tempting Menu01:55 PM Monday May 25, 2015 |

Oyen sent an online reservation request directly to New York Cafe for a table of 4 in March but up to the time we were leaving for Budapest, no confirmation had been given. This restaurant is very popular that’s why their dinner time is always booked months in advance. Our tour coordinator suggested that we… read more

Tips to Avoid Debilitating Heat12:27 PM Monday May 25, 2015 |

Nahihingal ako sa init. A few times I felt I was going to faint. Kahit nasa bahay lang ako, even with aircon, iba pa rin ang pakiramdam. Unless my face is right in front of the aircon vent. Next year I will stay in a cooler town or city from April to May. Like a… read more

New York Cafe01:41 PM Saturday May 23, 2015 |

The New York Cafe is not in Manhattan but in Budapest. This restaurant is very popular to tourists and has become a destination in itself. History: Commissioned by the New York Insurance Company, The New York Palace was built according to the specifications of Alajos Hauszmann, Floris Korb and Kalman Giergi. On October 23, 1894,… read more

OMB blog Tweets #1310:08 AM Saturday May 23, 2015 |

OMB blog Tweets #13 1. These two are very old bags. I bought the black Lancel in Galeries Lafayette, Paris 14 years ago for US$350. The Christian Dior– I bought in Galeries Lafayette but in Marseille, France for about $400 also during that same trip. FVR was no longer president but he went to Paris… read more

Hungarian Sausages, Caviar, Foie Gras03:09 PM Friday May 22, 2015 |

April 27, 2015 The Market Hall has only two floors. After shopping for souvenirs on the second floor, we went down to the ground floor to look for sausages, drink, exchange money, etc. The main floor has all the fresh vegetables, dried mean, caviar, foie gras, wild board, duck, Hungarian sausages, fruits, etc. This place… read more

Shopping at the Market Hall01:22 AM Friday May 22, 2015 |

April 27, 2015 Monday, 2 pm After a quick lunch of bread and cold cuts, our group split, kanya-kanyang shopping. The souvenir items were on the second floor of the Market Hall opposite the food stalls. My sister was able to buy a leather bag made in Florence, Italy. Russian dolls are sold in every… read more

Market Hall Food Stalls12:45 AM Friday May 22, 2015 |

April 27, 2015 Monday 1 pm I skipped the morning tour to the Parliament. I was tired of walking the day before and I just wanted to rest this morning. I also didn’t eat breakfast. I just stayed in the room till noon. I took a cab from Sofitel to catch up with the group…. read more

Everyday Buffet at Sofitel11:59 PM Thursday May 21, 2015 |

April 25-29 It was buffet everyday at Sofitel. First day was exciting, after that, it’s all the same. Sauteed button mushrooms Smoked salmon Few tiny pieces of dried pineapple fruit for dessert juices From the first morning to the last, all I ate were button mushrooms, quiche, smoked salmon with lots and lots of lemon,… read more

OMB Tweets #1202:13 PM Wednesday May 20, 2015 |

OMB Tweets #12 1. I was craving for champorado and tuyo. I asked Antonia to cook some. She did. I didn’t see any milk on the table. I asked her if we still have evaporated milk. She said there’s a can in the ref. She opened the ref and took the can of evap. A——–“Matagal… read more

Nelly Favis Villafuerte12:12 PM Wednesday May 20, 2015 |

It’s been twenty years since I last interacted with Atty. Nelly Favis-Villafuerte, wife of former governor and congressman Luis Villafuerte, Sr. from Camarines Sur. Her son Luis Raymund (LRay) Villafuerte, also became governor of Camarines Sur. I no longer recall when and how we exactly met, if we were introduced or what. She was with… read more