[a BANAPPLE a day]

Jill had no classes last Friday.

So, it was another day-out for us, as we headed to our fave mall in Taguig. 

It was past 10 am when we left the house. We took off without taking our breakfast so we decided to have brunch instead. I wanted something light to eat & since I just started on a self-imposed salad diet, I took my daughter to Banapple to try their salads & sandwiches. 

Banapple is a country-style bakery cafe that is famous for their pies & cheesecakes.

[design peg series : UNDER-THE-STAIRS SPACES]

Do you have odd or unused spaces under your stairs? Maximize the use of these areas by converting them into any of these.



[color peg series: GRAY]

The color gray is an unemotional color. It is detached, neutral, impartial and indecisive - the fence-sitter. From a color psychology perspective, gray is the color of compromise - being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors. The closer gray gets to black, the more dramatic and mysterious it becomes. The closer it gets to silver or white, the more illuminating and lively it becomes. Being both motionless and emotionless, gray is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world. The color gray is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite. - Color Psychology

The color gray provides that certain calmness to your interiors. And when you inject a happy color here & there, you break the monotony. Just like beige, gray is classy & classic.



[SG part deux 2013 : UNIVERSAL STUDIOS]

Universal Studios Singapore was one of the 2 places we looked forward to seeing when we planned our trip to the Lion City.  Here's how our day tour went.

We never expected it to be that crowded. :( The line going to Sentosa via the Sentosa Express & the cable car was so long that hubby decided to get off the line & take a cab. But the first cabbie we approached refused to take us there. 


It was a long stretch leading to the Marina Bay Sands hotel complex.


[when the CHEATING happens in the KITCHEN]

Are you adept in the kitchen? Or are you one of those who are still finding their way around that place?

Well, if you're more of the latter, then these cheat sheet infographics I found online will help you through those measurements, conversions & other techniques you need to know when you're in that food prep space of yours.



[SPArty with the TSN ladies on their 1st]

The invite that I got from D of The Soshal Network (TSN) for their sparty was something I couldn't say 'no' to. The thought of having a nail spa time with the TSN ladies, P, S & D to celebrate their 1st anniversary along with other mommy blogger friends got me all excited. ;)

So, I had to block off that Saturday so I wouldn't miss it.

On that day, I was an early bird at St. Nails. ;) Cai came in soon after, then Sha, Marsy & Em arrived one after the other. Fleur was there at past 4pm with her Anika.

We immediately settled into one of their comfy wing chair & ottoman sets. We were made to choose from their spa services menu.

I went for the Foot Paraffin (with pedicure) & Hand Paraffin (with manicure).


plastic wrapped hand over a hot tub
of scented paraffin

complimentary rubber slippers

While I had my nails done, I had this plateful of cold cuts, cheese & a savory pasta dish.

This is the spruced-up buffet table where I got the delicious  food.

I liked the choice of finishes for the interiors: translucent onyx sheet for the reception counter wall, vintage machuca tiles for the floor, exposed wood beams for the ceiling, bare concrete for the walls & the nail polish drips for the wall piece.

From where I sat, I saw Marsy & Sha busy IG-ing while being  pampered. And that's P of TSN.

I got to sit next to Cai. Glad to have met the 'Donya' of Paper Chic Studio  during the party. ;) That's Em to her right.

Anika also had her nails done in blue & pink.

As 'kikay' 

as her mom, Fleur, the younger sister-bestie I now have. ;) 

The three kiddos had a fun time dancing with their Tita P. Junior versions of the TSN ladies? ;) 

St. Nails also handed out a lolli-cake each for the guests. 

After the 'guess-who-said-the-movie-lines' game by P, S & D, we had our group pictures taken.

via mommyfleur

via mommyfleur

And to these fab, generous & gracious TSN ladies,

via mommyfleur

our BIG thanks!;) 

Keep those witty, humor-tinged posts coming for many years more. Because for us, your readers, you make this complicated world a 'hilarious' place to be in. =)


Hugs too from me for giving me this. Glad to have joined, shared & eventually won one of your blogversary package giveaways. Till the next one... ;)

[KOREAN fried chicken the easy way]

I bought this from a recent trip to the supermarket.


[PEP TALK FOR TODAY series: #75]


[PEP TALK FOR TODAY series: #74]



[app find : HAIR SALON 2]

Actually, it was my youngest who got me into doing this. ;)

[a hot cup of CHEKHUP while waiting]

When I am done with my errands & still have lots of time in the afternoon, I make sure I am in my daughter's school at least an hour earlier than dismissal. It gets me a choice parking slot that way. ;)  But waiting, at times, can be a tad boring.:( So to make it feel like not a chore, I either bring our mobile wifi with me for some net-surfing or buy something to sip & nibble on.

Like this hot cup of Chekhup Malaysian coffee, which I later discovered comes out not freshly-brewed but in a 3-in-1 coffee mix. :(  But never mind that. The yummy taste matters. :)


[the tale of the FLOWER CROWNS]

Before, it was only worn at weddings.


Now, the flower crown has evolved into a fashion statement. It is  a versatile headpiece that can 'romanticize' any look - casual or formal.



For me, the home section of Metro Gaisano will never run out of neat home decor ideas. Just take a load of these latest fab finds.

*White plant holders

Greening your spaces has never been this pretty. ;) Think: your potted plants perched on top of bistro chairs, carts, tricycles or bicycles.


[make a DASH for the CAMILLIANS]

Calling all health buffs, run enthusiasts  & peeps with generous souls.

Let us literally 'go the distance' to help the Camillian missions for the sick. Participate in this 'fun run for a cause' which will happen two Sundays from now.

To join, 'like' their Facebook page, register at any Chris Sports Outlet & Fitness & Athletics (BGC) from 22 June till 13 July 2013 &; make a DASH for the CAMILLIANS on 14 July 2013 at the UP Academic Oval.

All the details are here.