Christmas is a time full of traditions: exchange gifts, simbang gabi, caroling, family reunions, and a lot of eating!
Of course there is Noche Buena. Every family has their own tradition when it comes to the food served, from elders’ specialties to store-bought favorites.

But why not try something new this year, something that can potentially be a new tradition?
With Danes Cheese Ball, you can create a lot of tasty holiday treats. This creamy cheese ball has a rich cheddar taste that can make any dish – pasta, salad, meat – more special.

You can even have it on its own. Create your very own cheese platter with slices of Danes Cheese Ball and just add a variety of biscuits and crackers, grapes, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolates – and you’re ready to wow the family or your guests.

I recently created one with my eight-year old daughter Sadako, and she enjoyed eating (mostly the cheese slices) from the board. I think we just started a new tradition; I can’t wait to create another chees…


We all know that probiotics are good for us. These live microorganisms help maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract, aiding in digestion and defending the body against illness.
This is why Yakult is still alive – and has competition! This is why yogurt remains to be popular. This is why probiotics can be seen in a lot of products lately.
The good news for parents is that there is now Erceflora ProbiBears, a supplement that has not just Lactobacillus acidophilus but also Bifidobacterium lactis. The former treats infant colic and helps improve immunity while the latter helps ease bloating and flatulence. Together they help prevent gut problems such as diarrhea, an upset tummy, and other digestive illnesses.
What’s good is that Erceflora ProbiBears have the right amount of probiotics your child needs every day.

And oh, they taste good! I myself tried one and it doesn’t taste like medicine at all. It’s like cookies and cream-flavored chocolate, and Sadako ag…


Sadako and I recently got invited to the #CheezWhizCheeseventions event of Cheez Whiz and of course we said yes!
Before the program started, Sadako had some time to be part of fun activities.

She was tasked to spread Cheez Whiz on bread, and it was so cute to see her focused and competitive even if she was JUST SPREADING CHEEZ WHIZ ON BREAD.
She had to pose beside a standee of Cowcium (love the name!), the Cheez Whiz mascot.

And she had to write something on the freedom wall (she doodled, actually).

After all those she got a goodie bag. She took a peek and said wow when she saw all the Cheez Whiz products inside because she loves anything cheese so much.

The main activity was a cooking demo with Chef DJ Santos plus Bettinna Carlos and her daughter Gummy.

The first dish was a ham and cheese sandwich tower. Sadako customized hers to look like Rapunzel’s tower, complete with Rapunzel’s hair – made of Cheez Whiz, of course.

The second one was much simpler – cupcakes topped with Cheez Whi…


I rarely cook at home for Sadako. It’s always someone else – or dine-out/take-home/delivery.
So when I actually do I make sure it’s special and it’s something she likes. Plus it should be easy!

Eden recently sent us a goodie basket containing comfort food ingredients and I am so excited to make some yummy snacks for the family.
Mac and cheese is one of Sadako’s all-time faves, while sardines sandwich is something I don’t get to regularly eat but sounds really good.

I really hope they Sadako will like what I’ll prepare coz nothing says I love you like home-cooked comfort food. Buti na lang they look easy to do. Check out the recipes below.
3 tbsp, butter 2 tbsp, flour 2 cups milk 8 oz, shredded Eden cheese 2 cups, elbow macaroni
Heat oven to 350F. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add flour and stir until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk then bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a simmer over low heat for 5 minutes or until it thickens. A…


It was Mother’s Day last week so I want to share with you this touching Mother’s Day video from Solane. I don’t wanna spoil it for you so just watch. Suggestion: ready some tissue or your hanky.

Are you crying right now or ARE YOU CRYING RIGHT NOW???
I know I am ugly crying right now!
It’s so sweet and touching and beautiful and relatable and sad and inspiring all at the same time.
I love the message of the video; it’s so simple but it’s so strong: FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE, GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION.
I’m sure a lot of people can relate to it, especially parents. Whether it’s assembling that LEGO spaceship composed of thousands of pieces just to put a smile on your kid’s face, or working overtime for five days straight just to earn extra money for the family, or even something supposedly simple like cooking your little ones’ favorite sinigang na baboy just coz they have a sudden craving for it, you do it – no matter how difficult or tiring it is – for the ones you love.

I myself can rel…


Last year Sadako discovered slime through watching slime videos on YouTube.
Naturally she wanted me to buy her slime – all the time.
At first I had a hard time looking for the stuff.
I found this small tub of Noisy Putty in Fully Booked and while it was entertaining because it made all these fart sounds, it wasn’t the super stretchy kind that Sadako saw in a lot of the YouTube vids she watched.
Toy Kingdom/Toys ‘R Us didn’t have any, too; all they had was kinetic sand. However, they had this DIY slime kit that we bought and tried at home, but it was an epic fail.
One day my officemate told me she saw some slime in UP Town so I told her to buy me some for Sadako. The next time I saw her she handed me these small cheap-looking tubs of slime (well, they were cheap). I judged them instantly and thought Sadako would just try them for a minute and then throw them away. As it turned out, they were exactly like the slime she saw on YouTube!
Eventually Sadako wanted us to make our own slime…