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29 April 2012

Tiffy: Cadia from Healthy Options

I know, I know. It's the middle of January already and I still haven't said my greetings. I've come a long way from when I used to text everyone on my phonebook my holiday greetings. 

Happy New Year! 

So far, I've checked some blogs and their New Year's resolutions and I haven't seen one that I particularly want to copy. So far I only have one resolution: always be on time. To anything. 

I received so much love and random presents for Christmas that I really can't complain. I was especially happy when my family received this gift from someone. It's from Healthy Options.

We also got a package last Christmas with Cadia snacks as well and I'd have to say that it's a favorite of mine. It's a family favorite, actually!

So far, we've eaten the Cadia All Natural Cheddar Cheese Baked Curls and the Cadia Organic White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn. Finished in a day.

The baked curls contain a lot of calories though. 170 kcal per serving and the whole pack contains 7 servings. I deliberately ignored looking at the nutrition label on the popcorn.

27 April 2012

Homeschooling Conference to Take Place in May

The Philippine Homeschool Conference will be on May 19, 2012 at 5/F St. Francis Square, Julia Vargas Ave. cor Bank Drive, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City with the theme “Laying a Strong Foundation”.  International speaker Debra Bell a homeschooling authority in the U.S. and best-selling author, and our own inspirational speaker and author Bo Sanchez are slated as keynote speakers.   The event will be honored by the presence of  Dep Ed officials like Atty Tonisito Umali, Asst. Secretary for Legal & Legislative  Affairs.
To know more about the Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) or how to register for the Conference, and/or email

24 April 2012

Royal Family: Mochi Series

Royal Family: Mochi Series

Taiwan brand Royal Family is now available in the Philippines (has been for a while now, actually). The brand features their bestselling mochi series.

When my friends and I found out that my friend's family is the one who are importing these from Taiwan, we ordered some to give away last Christmas season.

Since it was fairly new that time, my friend gave me a couple of boxes for free!

Mochi and green tea? YAY.

Green tea mochi

I'm also a big fan of sesame anything so I'm hoping to buy this next:

Royal Family Mochis are currently available at these locations:

1. Rustan's Supermarket MAKATI
2. Rustan's Supermarket ROCKWELL
3. Rustan's Supermarket GREENBELT
4. Rustan's Supermarket MAGALLANES
5. Rustan's Supermarket SAN ANTONIO
6. Rustan's Supermarket SHANGRILA
7. Rustan's Supermarket CORINTHIAN HILLS
8. Rustan's Supermarket KATIPUNAN
9. Rustan's Supermarket GATEWAY
10. Rustan's Supermarket TOMAS MORATO
11. Rustan's Supermarket FAIRVIEW
12. Shopwise LIBIS
13. Shopwise ALABANG
14. Landmark MAKATI
15. Landmark TRINOMA
16. Ken Gift Express Store at Market Market

For orders:

18 April 2012


by Nicole

Looking for organic food? I've got just a place for you!

Jojiberry is a small store located at Crossroad 77 Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Scout Reyes, Quezon City, Philippines. Here in Jojiberry you can buy organic fruits and veggies -  freshly delivered lettuce, potatoes, carrots, turmeric (oooh, I haven't eaten this one yet! Or maybe I have?), ginger, baby arugula, sweet basil, beans, onions, eggplants, squash, tomatoes, papaya. . . etcetera, etcetera. They also sell free range eggs, yogurts, pastas, a lot of healthy snacks like healthy cookies, biscuits, and nuts. They've got tomato sauces in bottles too! I bought one and I finished it in just 2 days ha ha!

The list of the good products you can buy here goes on and on. You can also buy fresh fruit shakes here! I like their blueberry shake! And yes, they use real blueberries not the powdered ones.

What really caught my attention in this store are these chocolates! There are two types of chocolates in the world - the poisonous ones (usually those milk chocolates) and the healthy ones (dark chocolates).  Okay, not all dark chocolates are healthy though. How to know if that dark chocolate is healthy? Look at the percentage of cacao in it - the higher, the healthier. Check this article by Reader's Digest for dark chocolate's health benefits.

These healthy chocolates sold in Jojiberry are made by Theo Philo - proudly Filipino! And why did they catch my attention? Because they've got crazy flavors! Where on earth can you buy a dark chocolate with siling labuyo or green mango and salt?

I bought the one with green mango and salt and I really thought I would throw up because I was thinking that the flavours won't go together BUT I WAS WRONG! The flavours were so interesting! Once you take a bite of it, first you'll taste the chocolate then as it melts in your mouth, you'll then get to taste the mango and lastly the salt! It was so cool! 

Theo Philo Artisan Chocolates
65% Dark Chocolate with Green Mango and Salt
(Php 95.00)

They also have milk chocolates with organic Batangas coffee, calamansi, pili nut and pinipig. How awesome could that get? "By the Philippines, For the Philippines, OF the Philippines"! YEAH! :D

Jojiberry also sells supplements, books about health and many other products for you to check out yourself! Get healthy. Visit Jojiberry! :D

Oh by the way, before I forget, for the chefs/cooks out there who are having a hard time finding saffron, they've got saffron here!

Address and Telephone Number
4th Floor Crossroad 77 Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Scout Reyes, Quezon City, Philippines

16 April 2012

Krispy Kreme 75th Birthday: Make Mother's Day Special

On its 75th birthday, Krispy Kreme will be releasing its first-ever flower-shaped doughnuts for the mothers out there. These doughnuts are only available from April 13 to May 31, 2012

14 April 2012

Therese in the Philippines: Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking

Intro: You probably don't know this, but I went home to the Philippines last month. In the span of the 9 days that I was there, I tried 5 new restaurants around the metro, and I even went out of town! Therefore, let me take a short break from my Taiwan posts and in my next few entries, I am going to write about the new places I've been to in and around the metro!

We hadn't tried Yugoslavian food before so when I saw a deal in one of the Groupon sites I was a member of, I immediately told my family about it. According to what I saw on the Internet, reservation is required. We went there one Thursday lunch, and we were the only ones there.

Since we were told that servings were huge, we decided to just order a few dishes to share. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Goulash - The classic beef stew of the Balkans. | PhP 250

We had 2 orders of the goulash and had them split it 5 ways. This was the perfect mix of salty and spicy. The beef was tender and it melted in your mouth. The pasta was also cooked al dente. Yum!

Stuffed Pljeskavica - The burger stuffed with mozzarella, served with rice or fries. | PhP 320
 I liked this because it was stuffed with mozzarella!

Cevapici - The signature Serbian sausages made from spiced ground beef. | PhP 280
This dish was a bit too salty for me. Plus, I think it's sort of the same with the dish above, except that it didn't have cheese.

Batak - Boneless chicken thigh, grilled to perfection, topped with melted mozzarella. | PhP 290
I liked this dish the most because the chicken was indeed grilled to perfection. Plus, it was topped with a generous serving of mozzarella! Yummy!

Palacinke - Traditional Serbian crepes filled with Nutella | PhP 120
I think it can be said that anything with Nutella is delicious, right?

Apple pie
This wasn't on the menu, and we just asked the server if they had other desserts. Normally, I don't like to eat apple pie but this one is different. It was spot on!

Ground Floor Maripola Building, 109 Perea Street, Legaspi Village Makati 1500
Reservation is required, please call +63.917.547.4188 or +632.846.0744
Restaurant hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm daily

08 April 2012

Therese in the Philippines: UniversiTEA

Milk teas are so popular in the Philippines right now that different branches are opening left and right! I remember when Happy Lemon's Rock Salt with Cheese drink became popular, and when I heard about it, I also wanted to try it.

Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to drop by any of their branches. Luckily, this milk tea shop in the University of the Philippines Diliman offers the same drink (and for a cheaper price at that)! My friends and I tried this a month before I left the Philippines (so that was around June).

This one is the Cocoa Rock Salt with Cheese drink. It costs PhP 60, if I remember correctly. It was my first time to try the rock salt with cheese, and I must say, it's yummy! I drank it without the straw, of course! It's better enjoyed that way.

It's located somewhere beside Lutong Bahay (near Shopping Center), in JP Laurel Street. They also have branches in Taft and Legarda. You can check out their Facebook page.
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