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Last week’s Coffee Break gave us the chance to chat with globally recognized and multi-awarded social entrepreneurs Reese Fernandez and Mark Ruiz on their greatest endeavor to date: loving each other. (Nuuucks!)
Download this episode on nmfnetwork.tv or via iTunes. 

Last week’s Coffee Break gave us the chance to chat with globally recognized and multi-awarded social entrepreneurs Reese Fernandez and Mark Ruiz on their greatest endeavor to date: loving each other. (Nuuucks!)

Download this episode on nmfnetwork.tv or via iTunes. 

{Imbento Meals} Spiced pork and buttered couscous
Ola! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? To say that the past month has been a whirlwind is an understatement. I must confess that Project Happy Home isn’t going too well. Not because we’re low on good vibes but because the recent state of consecutive events hasn’t been too forgiving — it’s been a hodge podge of work obligations and Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. There’s hardly been time to attend to domestic tasks BUT today, I got to squeeze some imbento cooking in so cheers to that.
This recipe is going to look really loose because well, it was. I just added as I went, tasting the outcome every few minutes. The husband enjoyed the final dishes — good enough for me! As with all things I usually prepare, this recipe is easy breezy. Here goes:
Spiced Pork
1/2 kilo liempo 8 red onions (sliced) Fresh tarragon Cumin Paprika Salt Pepper Sesame oil Olive oil Water
Steps:  1. Marinate the pork using salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Let sit for at least an hour. 2. Heat pan and sautee all onions.  3. When onions slightly lose their form, toss the pork and tarragon in. 4. Add water when the meat browns. Simmer.  5. Add more spice as you please.
Buttered couscous
Couscous Water/ stock Salt
1. Boil 3 cups of water or chicken stock. Add 2 to 3 pinches of salt.  2. Add 2 cups of couscous into the boiling water 3. Wait for 4-5 minutes until couscous is light and fluffy. 4. Scoop a dollop of butter on top.
Et voila! You’re done. Next time, I’ll be cutting the meat more evenly and adding more onions. Let me know how your version goes. xxx
PS Happy 1st of December!

{Imbento Meals} Spiced pork and buttered couscous

Ola! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? To say that the past month has been a whirlwind is an understatement. I must confess that Project Happy Home isn’t going too well. Not because we’re low on good vibes but because the recent state of consecutive events hasn’t been too forgiving — it’s been a hodge podge of work obligations and Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. There’s hardly been time to attend to domestic tasks BUT today, I got to squeeze some imbento cooking in so cheers to that.

This recipe is going to look really loose because well, it was. I just added as I went, tasting the outcome every few minutes. The husband enjoyed the final dishes — good enough for me! As with all things I usually prepare, this recipe is easy breezy. Here goes:

Spiced Pork

1/2 kilo liempo
8 red onions (sliced)
Fresh tarragon
Cumin
Paprika
Salt
Pepper
Sesame oil
Olive oil
Water

Steps:
1. Marinate the pork using salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Let sit for at least an hour.
2. Heat pan and sautee all onions.
3. When onions slightly lose their form, toss the pork and tarragon in.
4. Add water when the meat browns. Simmer.
5. Add more spice as you please.

Buttered couscous

Couscous
Water/ stock
Salt

1. Boil 3 cups of water or chicken stock. Add 2 to 3 pinches of salt.
2. Add 2 cups of couscous into the boiling water
3. Wait for 4-5 minutes until couscous is light and fluffy.
4. Scoop a dollop of butter on top.

Et voila! You’re done. Next time, I’ll be cutting the meat more evenly and adding more onions. Let me know how your version goes. xxx

PS Happy 1st of December!

Amidst our country’s recovery from tragedy, we get another in your face reminder of how short and precious life is. 

And that at the barest minimum, we must love our loved ones right.

Amidst our country’s recovery from tragedy, we get another in your face reminder of how short and precious life is.

And that at the barest minimum, we must love our loved ones right.

Hands full from joining relief efforts left and right. Ito ang tinatawag na sulit na pagod. 
Let me just quickly share ChannelGood’s and The Curious Studio’s fundraising initiative: The Goody Bag. It’s a canvas eco-tote that has the different provinces affected by Yolanda/Haiying (Bohol, coming up!) printed on them, designed by none other than the talented and wonder-hearted Wiji Lacsamana of The Curious Studio.
For only P250, you get the chance to have 100% of your purchase donated directly to families affected by the recent supertyphoon.
To order, fill up this form. You may also visit www.facebook.com/GoodyBagPH for more details. #BangonPilipinas

Hands full from joining relief efforts left and right. Ito ang tinatawag na sulit na pagod. 

Let me just quickly share ChannelGood’s and The Curious Studio’s fundraising initiative: The Goody Bag. It’s a canvas eco-tote that has the different provinces affected by Yolanda/Haiying (Bohol, coming up!) printed on them, designed by none other than the talented and wonder-hearted Wiji Lacsamana of The Curious Studio.

For only P250, you get the chance to have 100% of your purchase donated directly to families affected by the recent supertyphoon.

To order, fill up this form. You may also visit www.facebook.com/GoodyBagPH for more details. #BangonPilipinas

Coffee Break makes it to Season 2, whee!
I’ve long been a fan of podcasts but I never would have thought I’d be hosting one. I mean, sure, I did use to have this big dream of hosting Game Plan — may panahong athletic ako, promise, mahirap man paniwalaan, haha — when I was in college. Somehow though, I convinced myself between then and now that I’m meant to play a support role behind the scenes. This must have also been my way of getting accustomed to my responsibilities at work where we serve to highlight other people or projects and their respective messages. 
Anyway, I digress. Sometime this year, Anna, Bianca, Lynn, and I were given the chance to co-host a podcast for New Media Factory. The really funny thing about it was that the offer came at a time when we were all kidding about the laugh and love fiesta that our group chat gives us day in and day out, we should start a show.
Long story short, we now have a podcast of our own produced by New Media Factory. Every Tuesday at 6pm, we get together to talk about our takes on current events, advocacy concerns, and well, life in general. Season 1 was great fun for us: from deciding what to talk about to learning how to actually be in front of the camera as co-hosts. We kid about having 10 viewers but surprisingly, our numbers hit thousands each episode. Thousands! Not too bad for newbies and definitely lots of room for improvement which we’re determined to work on.
I was asked by a friend who was aware of my difficulty in being in front of the camera on why I choose to stretch myself. Honestly, these 3 girls are lovely, lovely hearts I’m honored to call friends and would jump at the chance to spend time with. That alone is reason enough.
On a more mission-oriented note, having a platform to share thoughts and information is a privilege I don’t take lightly. I always say that I will take every opportunity to share the good things that I know because at the very least I believe that this is a form of service whose value cannot be underestimated. I suppose this is why I am so enamored by the responsibility of working in the field of media.
Most of our guests are people I have always drawn inspiration from and I sometimes have to stop my jaw from dropping and just staring during the show. In the photo above, we have Maria Ressa. Other guests we’ve had were Gang Badoy, Leon Flores, Sec. Lucille Sering, Karen Davila, Tim Yap, Carlos Celdran, Pochoy Labog, Atom Araullo, Heart Dino, Mayor Pie Alvarez, and Dr. Bryan Lim. Such delight to have them share their time and thoughts with us!
We begin Season 2 with writer, host, and model Vicky Herrera who shares all about her project, Change Clothes. On top of the undeniable fact that she’s an absolute darling of a being, she goes on and talks about how giving back to the community starts now, where you are, and with what you have. No viewing link yet but will post here as soon as it’s uploaded on New Media Factory and in iTunes.
If you’re looking for a steady Tuesday date, do catch us every week at 6pm by logging in to nmfnetwork.tv. If you have suggestions on what you’d like us to talk about — current issues, advocacies, or anything, really! — as well as who to guest, do send me an email or a tweet. Yay! x

Coffee Break makes it to Season 2, whee!

I’ve long been a fan of podcasts but I never would have thought I’d be hosting one. I mean, sure, I did use to have this big dream of hosting Game Plan — may panahong athletic ako, promise, mahirap man paniwalaan, haha — when I was in college. Somehow though, I convinced myself between then and now that I’m meant to play a support role behind the scenes. This must have also been my way of getting accustomed to my responsibilities at work where we serve to highlight other people or projects and their respective messages. 

Anyway, I digress. Sometime this year, Anna, Bianca, Lynn, and I were given the chance to co-host a podcast for New Media Factory. The really funny thing about it was that the offer came at a time when we were all kidding about the laugh and love fiesta that our group chat gives us day in and day out, we should start a show.

Long story short, we now have a podcast of our own produced by New Media Factory. Every Tuesday at 6pm, we get together to talk about our takes on current events, advocacy concerns, and well, life in general. Season 1 was great fun for us: from deciding what to talk about to learning how to actually be in front of the camera as co-hosts. We kid about having 10 viewers but surprisingly, our numbers hit thousands each episode. Thousands! Not too bad for newbies and definitely lots of room for improvement which we’re determined to work on.

I was asked by a friend who was aware of my difficulty in being in front of the camera on why I choose to stretch myself. Honestly, these 3 girls are lovely, lovely hearts I’m honored to call friends and would jump at the chance to spend time with. That alone is reason enough.

On a more mission-oriented note, having a platform to share thoughts and information is a privilege I don’t take lightly. I always say that I will take every opportunity to share the good things that I know because at the very least I believe that this is a form of service whose value cannot be underestimated. I suppose this is why I am so enamored by the responsibility of working in the field of media.

Most of our guests are people I have always drawn inspiration from and I sometimes have to stop my jaw from dropping and just staring during the show. In the photo above, we have Maria Ressa. Other guests we’ve had were Gang Badoy, Leon Flores, Sec. Lucille Sering, Karen Davila, Tim Yap, Carlos Celdran, Pochoy Labog, Atom Araullo, Heart Dino, Mayor Pie Alvarez, and Dr. Bryan Lim. Such delight to have them share their time and thoughts with us!

We begin Season 2 with writer, host, and model Vicky Herrera who shares all about her project, Change Clothes. On top of the undeniable fact that she’s an absolute darling of a being, she goes on and talks about how giving back to the community starts now, where you are, and with what you have. No viewing link yet but will post here as soon as it’s uploaded on New Media Factory and in iTunes.

If you’re looking for a steady Tuesday date, do catch us every week at 6pm by logging in to nmfnetwork.tv. If you have suggestions on what you’d like us to talk about — current issues, advocacies, or anything, really! — as well as who to guest, do send me an email or a tweet. Yay! x




October Make-up Picks
How weird is it that 2013 is ending in a couple of months? Gah! The year is flying me by extremely quickly with the past couple of months being filled with a surprise opportunity after another. This means muscling through a lot of work thus the lack of time to sit and write here. No complaints though! Busy is a blessing. I’ll catch up with you all soon enough but thought I’d pop in for a bit to share the frontrunners of my makeup finds as of late.The Face Shop Smart Capsule Control CC CreamMy mom got this during our trip in Hong Kong through a Buy 1, Get 1 deal. Since she only has 1 face to prep (talaga?!?), she gave one to me. I was skeptical at first because when swatched on my hand, the cream gave a white cast which is something I run away from in makeup. It’s supposed to blend into the perfect color for your skin tone but unless my skin is really grayish, I’d say it wasn’t that successful.The high SPF and the lightness of its texture made me keep using it though. Soon enough, it seemed to blend well on my skin. Not sure if that’s me changing my standards though, haha. I also love that after I place it, it has a very slight mattifying effect; my skin doesn’t get as oily/ shiny as it would through the day without. I now wear it as a base on most days but on more formal occasions, I swipe my Lush Tinted Moisturizer in Dark Pink over it. Makeup, in general, seems to last longer when I have the CC cream on.As for its skin-improving capacity, I didn’t notice drastic improvement but I also have no negative effects to speak of. I’d say this is a product I will get to empty and would happily repurchase unless a better recommendation comes or if my mom spots another Buy 1, Get 1 deal. Hee hee. Dolly Wink Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Chocolate Brown 

I’ve been finding my Shu Uemura Hard 9 Eyebrow Pencil in Seal Brown a little bit too harsh on me so I thought I’d find a lighter, warmer shade to work with. This Dolly Wink is another Hong Kong purchase because really, who can get out of a Sasa store unscathed?

The color is definitely lighter than Shu and blends with the skin very well. As for its staying power, I’m not completely sold. It fades after a couple of hours. A friend has suggested dusting powder over it so I think I’m going to try that. The spool on one end of it has made blending a dream so I have a feeling I’ll keep working with this until I find a better alternative.


EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry

Unlike other lip balms, I love, love that this doesn’t feel heavy or waxy on the lips. The flavor is also light and fresh, not overpowering at all. I also notice that if I use this 5 minutes before applying lipstick, matte lipsticks are much easier to apply and it feels like the color stays on longer, too. I kind of get the reason behind all the hype and for a price much cheaper than signature lip balms, I’d say I’m a fan, too.


Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

We’ve all heard beauty gurus talk about the-perfect-red-for-you and well, for makeup enthusiasts on a limited budget like myself, I research online and test in counters until I feel like I may have found my perfect red. 

Based on reviews and images, I had a hunch that this would go well with my skin tone and may just be the red I’m looking for. A good friend visiting from London was kind enough to get one for me. Seeing the color live (#wow, performance!?) is so much better than how it appears on my computer monitor. 

I’d like to call it a steady red. The color is definitely something you wear, and not the other way around. You know how sometimes women wear red lip color and it seems like their lips are all you can see? It’s not like that at all. It’s bold but it doesn’t get ahead of you. It’s a color I can see myself using a lot and for a long time. Definitely worth the investment.

Because I got a few shades darker, I’m now wanting to try a red with hints of pink. Mac Retro Matte in All Fired Up, perhaps? Or should I go for a nude I’ve always been wanting — Mac in Kinda Sexy? Each gives a different look and seem to be staples so I think I wouldn’t mind adding both to my makeup box. Let’s see when my shopping kaban allows. :)


Kit Kat Dark Chocolate

So this one is not anything you apply on your face but you can stuff your face with, hee hee. The 2nd trimester has me on a nonstop binge rendering myself 10lbs overweight. My OB has already instructed for an earlier gestational diabetes test so I should really be on a stricter diet but judge me, my will to stay away from chocolates is just too weak. Hay.

I know I’ve failed a thousand health goals over but as I am soon entering 3rd trimester, I can’t afford to fail again. So as of this writing, I commit to finally heed my doctor’s advice and get on the fit pregnancy road. She is allowing me minimum intake of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and low-fat chocolate milk just to satiate the craving. Calling on all the forces of the universe for help. Your mama can do this, baby love! xxx

October Make-up Picks

How weird is it that 2013 is ending in a couple of months? Gah! The year is flying me by extremely quickly with the past couple of months being filled with a surprise opportunity after another. This means muscling through a lot of work thus the lack of time to sit and write here. No complaints though! Busy is a blessing. I’ll catch up with you all soon enough but thought I’d pop in for a bit to share the frontrunners of my makeup finds as of late.

The Face Shop Smart Capsule Control CC Cream

My mom got this during our trip in Hong Kong through a Buy 1, Get 1 deal. Since she only has 1 face to prep (talaga?!?), she gave one to me. I was skeptical at first because when swatched on my hand, the cream gave a white cast which is something I run away from in makeup. It’s supposed to blend into the perfect color for your skin tone but unless my skin is really grayish, I’d say it wasn’t that successful.

The high SPF and the lightness of its texture made me keep using it though. Soon enough, it seemed to blend well on my skin. Not sure if that’s me changing my standards though, haha. I also love that after I place it, it has a very slight mattifying effect; my skin doesn’t get as oily/ shiny as it would through the day without. I now wear it as a base on most days but on more formal occasions, I swipe my Lush Tinted Moisturizer in Dark Pink over it. Makeup, in general, seems to last longer when I have the CC cream on.

As for its skin-improving capacity, I didn’t notice drastic improvement but I also have no negative effects to speak of. I’d say this is a product I will get to empty and would happily repurchase unless a better recommendation comes or if my mom spots another Buy 1, Get 1 deal. Hee hee.

Dolly Wink Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Chocolate Brown 

I’ve been finding my Shu Uemura Hard 9 Eyebrow Pencil in Seal Brown a little bit too harsh on me so I thought I’d find a lighter, warmer shade to work with. This Dolly Wink is another Hong Kong purchase because really, who can get out of a Sasa store unscathed?


The color is definitely lighter than Shu and blends with the skin very well. As for its staying power, I’m not completely sold. It fades after a couple of hours. A friend has suggested dusting powder over it so I think I’m going to try that. The spool on one end of it has made blending a dream so I have a feeling I’ll keep working with this until I find a better alternative.


EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry


Unlike other lip balms, I love, love that this doesn’t feel heavy or waxy on the lips. The flavor is also light and fresh, not overpowering at all. I also notice that if I use this 5 minutes before applying lipstick, matte lipsticks are much easier to apply and it feels like the color stays on longer, too. I kind of get the reason behind all the hype and for a price much cheaper than signature lip balms, I’d say I’m a fan, too.


Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella


We’ve all heard beauty gurus talk about the-perfect-red-for-you and well, for makeup enthusiasts on a limited budget like myself, I research online and test in counters until I feel like I may have found my perfect red. 


Based on reviews and images, I had a hunch that this would go well with my skin tone and may just be the red I’m looking for. A good friend visiting from London was kind enough to get one for me. Seeing the color live (#wow, performance!?) is so much better than how it appears on my computer monitor. 


I’d like to call it a steady red. The color is definitely something you wear, and not the other way around. You know how sometimes women wear red lip color and it seems like their lips are all you can see? It’s not like that at all. It’s bold but it doesn’t get ahead of you. It’s a color I can see myself using a lot and for a long time. Definitely worth the investment.


Because I got a few shades darker, I’m now wanting to try a red with hints of pink. Mac Retro Matte in All Fired Up, perhaps? Or should I go for a nude I’ve always been wanting — Mac in Kinda Sexy? Each gives a different look and seem to be staples so I think I wouldn’t mind adding both to my makeup box. Let’s see when my shopping kaban allows. :)


Kit Kat Dark Chocolate


So this one is not anything you apply on your face but you can stuff your face with, hee hee. The 2nd trimester has me on a nonstop binge rendering myself 10lbs overweight. My OB has already instructed for an earlier gestational diabetes test so I should really be on a stricter diet but judge me, my will to stay away from chocolates is just too weak. Hay.


I know I’ve failed a thousand health goals over but as I am soon entering 3rd trimester, I can’t afford to fail again. So as of this writing, I commit to finally heed my doctor’s advice and get on the fit pregnancy road. She is allowing me minimum intake of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and low-fat chocolate milk just to satiate the craving. Calling on all the forces of the universe for help. Your mama can do this, baby love! xxx
With all the recent disheartening news on taxi dangers, seeing this award displayed in my cab ride was a welcome change. Meet Kuya Domeng, father of 3 girls and long-time driver, recognized for returning his client’s belongings containing US dollars, 20k pesos, credit cards, and important documents. “Hindi naman sa akin yun, bakit ko itatago. Takot ko lang sa Diyos. Maraming masasamang loob, pero marami pa rin naman yung mabubuti.” Good vibes, Pilipinas. A blessed Sunday to all 😊

With all the recent disheartening news on taxi dangers, seeing this award displayed in my cab ride was a welcome change. Meet Kuya Domeng, father of 3 girls and long-time driver, recognized for returning his client’s belongings containing US dollars, 20k pesos, credit cards, and important documents. “Hindi naman sa akin yun, bakit ko itatago. Takot ko lang sa Diyos. Maraming masasamang loob, pero marami pa rin naman yung mabubuti.” Good vibes, Pilipinas. A blessed Sunday to all 😊

Got these babies from Char of @goodfoodcommunity. Not a big fan of banana save for saba (and señorita — which I always mistake for prinsesita, toink) Thought all saba had the same kind of yummy but this one from their community of farmers in Tarlac tasted just way more wonderful in ways I didn’t know banana possible 👍 If you’d like to get to know more about where your food comes from and who toils daily to make sure you get the best of the harvest, head over to www.goodfoodcommunity.com :)

Got these babies from Char of @goodfoodcommunity. Not a big fan of banana save for saba (and señorita — which I always mistake for prinsesita, toink) Thought all saba had the same kind of yummy but this one from their community of farmers in Tarlac tasted just way more wonderful in ways I didn’t know banana possible 👍 If you’d like to get to know more about where your food comes from and who toils daily to make sure you get the best of the harvest, head over to www.goodfoodcommunity.com :)