Patty B

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I remember the first time I “saw” Patty. I was googling reviews for Louis Phillip Kee because I was looking for a new salon to try a short hairstyle that I wanted for myself. I came to a blog and the writer was Patty AND she had the hair I wanted. It was short, clean and stylish. I loved her review because it was honest but it packed a lot of info, including the salon’s contact details.

I never went to to Louis Phillip Kee’s salon but I kept coming back to Patty’s blog.

I remember the first time I “talked” to Patty. I was watching Pororo and Friends and for the life of me I could not figure out what was going on with Pororo and his gang so I tweeted, “Pororo and friends, are you all on drugs?” Patty answered back with something like “Yes they all seem high!!” and I was so surprised. I checked her profile, and it was the blogger I followed. I followed her back and tagged each other in online conversations.

I remember the first time I met Patty. It was a SoMoms event and I finally got to meet her! She was part of the second batch of moms but you’d never know it. There were no awkward introductions and she felt right at home with the group. We went together to events and talked so much more in our Facebook group. I told her how much she inspired me for facing the monster that is cancer with such grace, humor and yes, style. She wrote about her battle separately in her blog but then linked it up to her main blog because she had so much more to talk about outside of Cancer. Patty even opened up an online shoe store “YellowBird” while she was in recovery.  She kept a consulting business on the side too. Her relationship with her daughters is extraordinary. She celebrated her oldest’s debut and cheered her on during the finals of the dance competition. She doted on her youngest daughter who is just as wacky and witty as she is.

There was still so much to do. There was still so much life to live.

I am not ready to bid you farewell, Patty. The news that woke me up this morning is so hazy. I cannot believe how soon it is. I am not ready yet.

But I know you are, dearest Patty. You are a woman clothed in grace. Your fears are so small compared to your faith.

I can only wish to be half the woman you are Patty. Idol kita! You are a woman of strength, substance, style and sensibility. I will miss your stories and your funny zingers. I will miss just being around you. I will miss you. I miss you.

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I can’t bring myself to bid you goodbye yet. It’s just too definite. It’s just too soon.

I know you will be around. I will always remember you when I hear Bruno Mars’ Treasure or Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. They are your songs. I will imagine your dance steps and know that in that moment everything was alright. And whenever I make lamutak Noah, I will make extra lamutak for you. Pati extra singhot because you loved doing that to Noah.

Oh Patty :( I can’t believe it.

But I hope you know that you have always been loved by us and by my family. We will always pray for you. Please pray for us too when you’re not too busy living it up with your dad in Heaven.

Thank you for being who you are Patty. I love you so much.

Fun Find: Pull Apart Cakes from Swell Sweets!

Swell Sweets Pull Apart Cake Review Manilamommy

I follow a few bakers on Instagram whom I have already ordered cakes and goodies from. One of those who I follow is Gel Colet who owns Swell Sweets. I am a big fan of her veeeery awesome Calamansi pie and brownies. Last Halloween I ordered Halloween-themed sugar cookies for her for the annual DSAPI Halloween party and Gel graciously gave three boxes of brownies pa for the party!

Gel is a talented baker and I love that she has a variety of goodies in her shop. She not only does wonderful fondant cakes but she also has other creations that would make birthday and other special occasions even more fun.

Enter the pull apart cake! I saw it on Gel’s feed and I was just so taken by the concept. It’s a cake that you literally pull apart and eat. It’s actually a group of cupcakes either shaped into a special character or made into a box (much like a sheet cake) and decorated with icing and other edible decor.

Gel has made several of these cakes and they are just adorable!

A photo posted by Swell Sweets (@swellsweets) on

A photo posted by Swell Sweets (@swellsweets) on


A photo posted by Swell Sweets (@swellsweets) on

For David’s birthday celebration at his school, I figured that the pull apart cakes would be perfect for the kiddos and it won’t be a hassle to bring  since it just like a huge ake. It’s also a great alternative to individual cupcakes.

I ordered a 16 piece Spider-Man pull apart cake for David and gave Gel pegs for possible designs. We just texted each other and she sent me the invoice when we both agreed on a design and flavor. I chose chocolate cupcakes for the birthday boy.

The day came and I got the cake as promised and it was so cute! Spidey was front and center as promised!

Swell Sweets Spiderman Pull Apart Cake


The cake was not heavy and it was packed tight so the cupcakes wouldn’t move around the box. There was a black ribbon around the cake which served to bind the whole thing.  Also, look at that icing *drool*


Spiderman Pull Apart Cake

We delivered the cake along with home cooked spaghetti which we packed in individual cardboard spaghetti boxes (found in your suking tindahan) so that we won’t have to worry about paper plates. We also brought utensils and orange juice in foil packs.

When I took out of the cake for David’s candle blowing, the kids were amazed not only because of Spidey but they got so excited when I told them that they could take the cake apart! They couldn’t wait! Di pa nag-b-blow si David may ibang kumukupit na ng cupcake hahaha


Kuya at School

So after David blew his candle, the kids took the task to heart and was so happy “destroying” the cake and getting their own piece to munch on. I brought bags to put the cupcakes in when they couldn’t finish it but some kids asked for seconds.  Some even asked for extra cupcakes pa for their siblings (it was so sweet when David’s classmate asked me if she could get a cupcake for her own Kuya who has a sweet tooth!)

Clean-up was super easy, I just took the box out with the remaining cupcakes and we shared with the school’s security guards.

Spiderman Pull Apart Cake Swell Sweets

This was definitely a great cake to bring to a school celebration and I was happy I chanced upon it in Swell Sweets. It’s easy and practical and most importantly DELICIOUS!

Swell Sweet’s Pull Apart Cakes come in the following sizes and prices:

9 pieces –  Php 1,000
16 pieces – Php 1,800
25 pieces – Php 3,000

You can arrange for pick up but if you want the cake delivered here are the rates:

QC – Php 500
Pasig – Php 600
Mandaluyong – Php 700
Taguig – Php 700
Makati – Php 700
Alabang/Paranaque – Php 700

To contact Swell Sweets:

sms/whatsapp/viber       09175367827
instagram                        @swellsweets

3 Reasons to Book Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay

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Our Halloween this year was spent with good friends from the blogging community as part of Oreo’s Trip or Treat event. Dan and I filed our vacation leaves, Noah skipped his therapy for the day and David was absent from school and we all hied off to Tagaytay for a fun day (and night) at Hotel Kimberly.  I only heard about the hotel from friends who all gave us positive feedback. They were also telling us about the petting farm, which I really didn’t think much of.  When we finally got to Tagaytay and to Hotel Kimberly, I was really happy with the venue and I felt that we finally found THE place that’s a great fit for our family in Tagaytay.  When we arrived and toured the venue, both me and Dan were asking each other, “Bakit di natin alam to?! Ang ganda pala dito!!”

Before I share with you the 3 reasons why we will choose Hotel Kimberly the next time we stay Tagaytay, there’s one thing that this hotel doesn’t have – a view of the Taal volcano. Not having the view though was not a deal breaker for us because we can go out of the hotel anyway to get the view. But as a family with a pre-schooler and a toddler here the three things in Hotel Kimberly that we appreciated the most:


The hotel is at Amadeo Road, Barangay Kaybagal North, Crisanto M. De Los Reyes Ave, Tagaytay. Coming from the highway, turn right at Petron, just follow the signs and in 5-10 minutes you will reach the hotel.


I love that the hotel is away from the highway so the area is quieter. However, all the major attractions/destinations in Tagaytay, like the Sky Ranch are just 5-10 minutes away. The hotel has two swimming pools – one for the adults and a wading pool for kids, a petting zoo and a playground area that the kids really enjoyed. It’s a relaxing retreat after a hectic day of driving and sightseeing.

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Hold On to Your Christmas Bonus!! The iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 is Coming!


Guys, nagamit nyo na bonus nyo? I haven't yet pero malapit ko na syang magastos because I just ordered the  iPhone 6  (I can't wait to get it because my iPhone 4 is close to quitting on me) BUUUT Smart Bro just announced the availability of iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2. There is no exact date on the launch but what is sure is that Smart will carry both iPads! Soooo decisions decisions! Here's a the iPad Air 2   And here's the iPad Mini 3 You can now register for the iPad … [Continue reading]

Easy Bento: Christmas Charaben Made with Love and Cheez Whiz!

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2 Sundays ago I trekked all the way to Alabang to attend another session by The BentoMommas. This session is special because we were doing the Christmas themed bentos! The event was generously sponsored by Cheez Whiz and I loooooved the theme because Christmas is my favorite holiday! The BentoMommas taught us to make a snowman and a reindeer. I came in a bit late to the session but I was able to catch up right away and I made the snowman charaben in more or less 15 minutes. I realized that if … [Continue reading]