El Cafe de la Pedrera11:49 PM Thursday May 25, 2017 |

May 4, 2017 Cynthia Nakpil, our tour organizer, reserved a long table for our group at El Cafe de la Pedrera, in Casa Mila, another building designed by Antoni Gaudi. The restaurant is located on the ground floor and second floor. It large extra large glass windows which allows a nice view of the trees… read more

Casa Batllo Gaudi and Casa Amatller11:31 PM Thursday May 25, 2017 |

May 4, 2017 Barcelona Our morning walk was shorter than the walking tour. From our hotel, we just walked to Passeig de Gracia to see one of Antoni Gaudi’s famous masterpieces, a private residence, the Casa Batllo. This was a building built originally by the owners but in 1904 Gaudi completely renovated the building. It… read more

Paul the Fashionista and Maison Margiela11:07 PM Thursday May 25, 2017 |

Fashionista is defined as 1) a designer of haute couture 2) a devoted follower of fashion. Paul Chuatico embodies the (2) and he is my new fashion icon. Paul is the president and owner of New Canaan Insurance Agency, one of the biggest in the country. In my opinion he is the reason why designers… read more

The Elusive Pregnancy10:41 PM Thursday May 25, 2017 |

MC got married in 1988. We’re about the same age, give and take a few months. My birthday is May 27 (oh this Saturday, and M’s is I think in August). She and her husband tried everything possible to have a baby. For more than 10 years, they were so busy going to fertility clinics,… read more

Santa Clarang Pinung-pino10:31 PM Thursday May 25, 2017 |

Many childless couples go to Obando, Bulacan to ask for the intercession of San Pascual Baylon and Santa Clara to have children. They dance on the streets during the town fiesta in May while singing the Santa Clarang Pinung-pino. Santa Clarang pinong-pino. Ang hiling ko po ay tupdin ninyo Pagdating ko po sa Obando Magsasayaw… read more

Duchess’ Views on Egg Freezing10:12 PM Thursday May 25, 2017 |

I wish to share with you the insights of OMB reader Duchess on social egg freezing. ———————————————————————– Hello, OMB! I am a regular silent reader. But not anymore this time. I can’t keep my silence on this particular post about egg freezing. For the benefit of your readers who are humble practicing Catholics, or anyone… read more

Continuation of Walking Tour11:51 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

May 3 or 4, 2017 (Continuation of walking tour in Barcelona) Now we know where we inherited the idea of old giants or higantes. From the Spaniards. There are several fiestas or festivals around Spain that parade higantes around town. This is like what we have in Angono, Rizal and in other parts of our… read more

Holy Mass, Paella Dinner, La Paradeta11:38 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

May 3/4, 2017 Barcelona There was no pre-arranged dinner for this evening which was good because my sister, Bong, and I had to look for a specific store. We walked more than 50 blocks back and forth looking for that store which we didn’t find. The address on Google was wrong. We found a store… read more

Hermes and Birkin11:16 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

A few years ago, I sat beside a socialite lady at the party of Johnny Litton. She came from an old rich landed clan and she is married to an investment banker She was so pretty and well put together that night. From her hair down to her shoes. She deserved to be on the… read more

Spanish ceramic tiles10:47 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

I have always wanted to have a colroful kitchen back splash made of handpainted Spanish or Italian tiles. More than 8 years ago, I found some really nice ones in San Francisco but the costs were prohibitive at $1,500 – $5,000 per set depending on the size and design. I was also worried of potential… read more

Condom, Pregnancy, R as in Giraffe09:36 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

May 18, 2017 Manila I went to Watsons at the Venice Mall to buy Concore. There were two older women occupying the counter at the pharmacy section. Tila mga balikbayan. Ang tagal nila, taking, their sweet time. I must have waited for at least 15 minutes. I was growing impatient I wanted to ask what… read more

Buddy’s Filipino Restaurant09:08 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

May 18, 2017 Manila I sent the driver to get some errands. While waiting I went to Venice Mall to grab some food and to kill time. It was past 3 pm and no lunch yet. I spotted a nice looking giant couple standing at the entrance of this Buddy Filipino Restaurant so for curiosity’s… read more

Social Egg Freezing08:03 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

Social Egg Freezing is the term used for freezing of eggs for future fertilization / pregnancy. GROWING TREND HERE AND ABROAD: Single women over 35 who anticipate late marriage but who wish to keep the option of having children. RISKS TO THE MOTHER 1. Incidents of complications is 5% which includes bleeding, distortion of ovary…. read more

Egg Freezing03:03 PM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

Gone are the hypes over stem cell treatments. The new buzz is EGG FREEZING. Female eggs. Not the male beklogs. In Spain, it’s becoming a trend for single women from ages 30 – 40 to freeze their eggs for future pregnancy. Because of active careers and / not finding the right one, women can now… read more

Sa mga Naghahanap ng Mangkukulam08:23 AM Tuesday May 23, 2017 |

From an OMB reader: “Need mangkukulam, much better kung mambabarang. can only provide the picture of the victim. will pay 4K. 25% payment before the ritual, will pay the rest lest the results were proven effective (much better kung maging bedridden na mangyayari”. —————————————————————————– Hindi ko akalain na napakarami palang naghahanap ng mangkukulam. Mga galit… read more

Samsonite handcarry10:11 PM Monday May 22, 2017 |

May 4, 2017 Barcelona I bought Oyen a Samsonite handcarry at El Corte Ingles. This particular model sells for P18,000 in Manila. I was able to buy it in Barcelona for Euro 199 less tax refund. That’s almost 70% cheaper. El Corte Ingles is the number one department store in Barcelona. It also has a… read more

El Born Minyo Gelateria11:26 PM Sunday May 21, 2017 |

May 4, 2017 Barcelona There was no dessert served at Tapeo, instead, our group walked to El Born Minyo Gelateria for our dessert. I had sore throat when I was in Barcelona and yet I couldn’t resist eating ice cream.