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Of Cupcakes and Cakes

In any birthday celebration, the cake usually takes center stage. The celebrant’s candle blowing is marked as one of the event’s highlights. Warren’s celebration was no exception. Since we had a circus or carnival party theme, I decided to have a simple powder blue cake accented by a circus elephant for Warren. This was done by my good friend Anna of Sweet Fusion Manila. She likewise did all the cupcakes and the lolliballs.
Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

I bought the cupcake tower from RM Boxes and had the cupcake toppers and striped linings printed by Souvenirlab.

Do you have a cake inspiration? What’s your baby’s 1st birthday party theme? Share them with us! 🙂

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in My Simple Life, Shop, Simple Eats


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Simply Shop: Zonta Carnivale Bazaar

As you know, I am a veteran in the bazaar scene. I’ve been joining bazaars for more than 10years already. It’s been a pretty good sideline for me every Christmas. I’ve also organized bazaars for more than 5years. Since I recently gave birth, there was no time to promote a bazaar. Hence, we didn’t organize one and instead we just participated. There are a few bazaars that’s been in the running for a few years. Better to join bazaars with a track record already as you would know what to expect in terms of sales. Aside from St. James, we didn’t join bazaars that ran for more than 3 days. We didn’t have full time staff and we prefer to get a different crowd every weekend, which is good for our items. Anyhow, Zonta Carnivale Bazaar is the last bazaar we joined for the year.

The Zonta bazaar is organized well. The bazaar was designed with a Carnivale theme in mind. Huge masks decorated the entrance of each tent. Ceiling was designed with multi-colored swags and lighted with big glass jars.

There were also LOTS of activities for the shoppers or passers by. People can watch the frisbee competition happening in the nearby field which was sponsored by Zonta. Kids can join the art classes or watch the puppet show (enjoyed the Hansel and Gretel puppet show). Flowing from the Carnivale theme, there were also carnival entertainers – fire eaters, jugglers, and others.



The placement of the food area was also very intuitive. They were placed at the far end of the football field or at the tail end of the bazaar. In other words, before you can reach the food area, you would have gone around the bazaar area. Good for sellers! There were interesting food finds also at the food area.

1. Downtown Philly Steak – Thought this was a good idea. Food trucks in the US have this same idea and it clicked. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t up to par. The meat wasn’t tender and seasoned well.



2. USDA certified beef tapa – Heard it was good so I gave this a try. The beef used is definitely good quality. It was seasoned well. Combined with the egg and garlic rice, this is my idea of a good breakfast.


For shops, here are some of the interesting items I found –

1. Temp Alert – A patented patch is attached to the clothes and changes color once heat or fever is detected. Bought a 3 piece set for Warren (onesie, pajama and long sleeve overall suit) for Php995.00 only. They also have other baby products such as the Agoo Pads and teething wipes. Yellow Mustard Seed:


2. Cienta Shoes – Ranging from Php1200 – Php1500, these shoes are trendy. Nice gifts for moms who want their kids to be fashion foot forward. Cienta Kids Shoes: http://www.cientashoes,ph

3. Ylla Shoes – Made from Abacca and soft cow leather, these shoes are super comfy. The flats are just Php995.00. Ylla Shoes:


4. Organizers – For the travel buffs. These organizers are space savers. They have shirt (Php400), pants (Php400) and underwear organizers (Php300).



5. Convertible Kimonos / tops – La Tercerra offers fashionable tops. Just put it over a plain tee and you’re all set for the office or for a party.Add them up on facebook via La Tercera Online.


6. Yoga mats, straps and bags – For the yoga enthusiast, this store is the one for them. They carried these cute yoga items and tote bags.


7. Cute Tote Bags – Aren’t these cute? Comes in tons of designs. For just PHP300.00, these are ideal gifts for kids and teens and for the kids at heart. 🙂


8.T-shirts – There were tons of uber cute t-shirts to choose from. Couldn’t help but take a picture of this one for Hubby. 🙂


9. Sailboat / Raceboat – I would have gotten this for you DAD but since you’re afraid of the water and flying, I didn’t buy it! 🙂 For PHP2.8M, this sailboat comes with living quarters. Sail the seas with this baby. 🙂





Posted by on December 18, 2011 in Shop


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Shop: Greenmeadows Bazaar and Zonta Bazaar

Last bazaar weekend! We’ll be joining 2 bazaars again – The Zonta Bazaar at the Cuenca Community Center and the Greenmeadows Xmas Rush Bazaar. Catch us there!

Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar

The Greenmeadows Xmas rush bazaar offers FREE Gift wrapping (includes gift wrapper, gift tag and labor). Simply get a stub from us when you purchase. Also, raffles will be given every hour! The bazaar has over 120 stalls to choose from so you’d definitely get your Christmas rush shopping completed. See you all there!

Greenmeadows Xmas Rush Bazaar

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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Business, Shop


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Shop: Key Ring Holder

Look what I found at The Container Store!

Simply attach the bird house to any wall using the provided permanent adhesive. Put your keys on the swallow keychain (also comes with a whistle so perfect for female drivers in case) and place the swallow onto the bird nest when you get back to avoid misplacing them inside your bag.

UNIFUNKT currently has this available in a very cute packaging for only PHP120.00 and it comes in a variety of colors – Pink, black, white, blue, yellow, green, orange and more! Bird houses come in white and brown. Catch UNIFUNKT at the Greenmeadows bazaar and at the Alabang Cuenca Bazaar this weekend. Last weekend to finish your Christmas shopping! 🙂

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Business, Shop


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Shop: Cute Fashion Baby Ideas

These ones are SOOOO cute!

Source: via Jo-An on Pinterest

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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Business, Shop


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Simple Eats: Gustare

Tucked in the corner of W Hotel at Fort is a baking kitchen owned by Ginny Reyes, Gustare. Ginny Reyes just recently launched her cake book entitled The Cake Station. Photos were taken by renowned photographer Neil Oshima. Book is definitely world class. When I saw a copy at Fully Booked, I was amazed and surprised to find out that it was made by a Filipino.

My brother and I were scheduled to meet at Gustare last Friday. When I entered, I was surprised to find a long single wooden table laid out with racks and refrigerators surrounding it. Since my brother wasn’t there yet, I decided to wait outside and saw a friend of mine who is working with Ginny on another endeavor, Tully’s. We were then introduced. Chatted for a good 30minutes before my brother arrived.

The restaurant or food service industry is not something new to me since my dad owns a restaurant but there’s a huge difference between managing a restaurant and being the actual chef / baker and owning your business. The passion and the art you put in is different. It’s not just about dthe dollar and cents or about the bottom line. My brother and I chatted with Ginny over her impossible Cake and New York Cheesecake.


I think Impossible cake should have been called Incredible cake instead. I was told the recipe is in her book. It was a combination of Leche Flan on top and very moist chocolate cake at the bottom.

Would go back to try her Strawberry Pavlova next!

What is your idea of a perfect dessert? Are you the fruity type? Chocolate-y? What would you like to have in your dessert?


Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Shop, Simple Eats


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Shop: La Vista

So, I’ll definitely be at the La Vista bazaar this weekend! Filled with 180 or so bazaaristas, this will be another shopping venue for those Christmas gifts I haven’t bought yet. Have you made your Christmas shopping list yet? I’m recently discovering a LIST program called ToDo360 in iPod. It’s a free application that syncs up with google calendar.

Will post pictures of great and unique finds at the bazaar once it concludes. If you happen to be in the area, drop by the UNIFUNKT booth at stall #26. See you there!

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Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Business, My Simple Life, Shop


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