Divi Day

One of my favorite things about running ManilaBaby Shop is Divisoria day. We source the materials of the bags ourselves including the lining, the zippers, and all the nuts and bolts that make up our bags. We’re hands on and sourcing materials is one of our favorite things to do.


We went back to our suki cloth supplier a few weeks back and I decided to take pics of Divisoria while I was there using my phone.

Divi is fascinating. The energy is frenetic. It’s abuzz with people trying to buy, sell, negotiate– anything to make ends meet. Street children and the homeless weave in and out of he busy alleyways trying to eke out a few pesos for a meal. Street vendors sell an assortment of things, which makes me wonder if some of them are fenced or not. Old abandoned buildings and shiny new malls are within walking distance of each other. The decrepit buildings give a sense of foreboding of what these new shiny malls could be give or take a decade.


I rubberneck like a tourist every time we’re in Divi because there is so much to see (and buy) in this place.


But we move on and go about our business. We’re just like anyone else here in Divi who are busy making ends meet.


See you soon Divi!

Philippine Holidays for 2015

It’s here!!! The list of Philippine Holidays for 2015 is here yahoo!! It is official and it has been proclaimed under Proclamation No. 831 section 2014 (click  here for the official announcement)

2015 is starting off with a long 6-day weekend because Dec. 30 (Tuesday), 31 (Wednesday) 2014 and January 1 (Thursday) and 2 (Friday) are all holidays.

Here’s the list.  I arranged the days so they’ll all be in order. I counted and there are 8 long weekends in 2015!

2015 Philippine Holidays

Not included in this list are the dates of the Muslim holidays of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha 2015 which shall be announced in the future by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) :)

If you want to see the remaining holidays for 2014 click here.

I think we’ll go back to Boracay or maybe try Bohol naman!

Happy vacation planning!

Recess by Chef Chris Locher: Where the Familiar Becomes Extra Special

Recess by Chef Chris opened last November of 2013 and is located in Jupiter St., Makati. If you are familiar with the famous panizzas in C Italian Dining in Pampanga well you’re in for a treat because Recess by Chef Chris serves these roll-up pizzas in new variants alongside familiar dishes that are well-loved and executed wonderfully.

I tried out the resto with Tiff, Conci and Patty during our lunch break. Us four are all working girls in Makati and so a lunch meet-up was perfect to try out this resto.

For starters, we had the Recess Salad. It was a light salad of mixed greens, grapes, apples slices, oranges, cherry tomatoes, and caramelized almonds. They were tossed with a grape seed oil dressing that brought all these fresh and light flavors together.


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Recess Salad Php 390


Next up were the Originals by Chef Chris! These are actually the Panizzas but they are calling them Originals here in Recess for business and official reasons ;) We tried out two kinds. The first is the Platinum.  A classic pizza flavor with tomato sauce, cheese, angus beef, bacon, pineapple and mushrooms. To eat the Original (or a Panizza) you have to tear off a strip of the pizza, then you take a bit of arugula, a bit of alfalfa sprouts then you roll it up and then you devour! Haha :D


Recess by Chef Chris Jupiter Avenue

Platinum PT 78 – Mini (good for 2-3) is 400; Regular (good for 4-5) is 790

We also had the Tito, which is part of Chef Chris’ Pinoy Originals and is a definite must-order!! What’s not to like in a pizza that has smoked bangus, tomatoes, red egg and onions. The red egg is wonderfully creamy and has melted into the cheese sauce perfectly. The bangus provides a smoky contrast to the creaminess and the onions give a nice kick. Roll a slice up with arugula and alfalfa sprouts and you have a perfect meal in a roll-up. It’s soooo good. This was one of my absolute favorite dishes that afternoon.

Recess by Chef Chris Jupiter Avenue

Tito – Mini (good for 2-3) is 400; Regular (good for 4-5) is 790

We tried a few more dishes but the standouts (other than the Tito) that afternoon were:

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On Learning New Things and Learning Always

David and Noah house June 2014

Kuya is now in big school.  He is wonderfully enjoying every moment but he hates when school is out and yaya is not there to fetch him. He will cry AS IN. We have to teach David that waiting time is playing time or that he can go to the library or the mini-garden. We have to always tell him that yaya and the driver are on their way. Traffic is bad but they will be on their way. But still he cries. I hope this is just a phase. I was already doing 2nd trips in grade school because I loved hanging … [Continue reading]

Quick Reviews: 5 New Items for your Shopping List


You know you're a mom when a trip to the grocery is one of the highlights of the week. I love doing the groceries, it's a form of retail therapy but in this case everybody in the house is happy hehe :D Here are 5 things that I've tried, tested and tasted :D If you see them in the grocery aisle or freezer, why don't you give these guys a second look? I also have a short list of pros and cons per item too so I  hope it helps :) 1) Myra Vita Glow BB Cream - Php 99.00 Pros: Very budget … [Continue reading]