By Deedee M. Siytangco
“Laughter is the Fireworks of the Soul.”– John Billings
The 8th Philippine International Pyro-Musical Competition show that lighted up Manila Bay for five consecutive Saturdays evenings may be over (last night was the finale featuring Australia and the Philippines) but the beautiful images linger.
Thanks to SM Mall of Asia in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, the city of Pasay, Microtel by Wyndman, Sunsilk, and SMDC for staging this annual spectacular. We enjoyed the different-themed musical sounds and pyro patterns from the deck of XO ‘46 Heritage Bistro of S’Maison right next to Mall of Asia (MOA). We also went through their menu’s Filipino offerings while gasping in awe at the beautiful sights in the sky with the lighted Ferris wheel serving as a guide post.
Each participating country (Germany, China, Canada, UK, and Australia, and exhibitor Philippines) showed their best from two other manufacturers set to musical themes. The fireworks lit up the sky and best of all, there was no smoke pollution!
The street facing the Ferris wheel and other rides were lined with families eager to enjoy the fresh breeze and the show. There were areas in MOA that had paying guests, but the general non-paying public enjoyed themselves. With summer months upon us, we wish there would be more wholesome family activities in the area!
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Tomorrow, my family will remember with prayers of thanksgiving my beloved Sonny, the daddy of my four children and lolo to three grandchildren on his birthday. He should be turning 78 had he not been called home by his Creator. I ask our readers especially those who knew him to pray for him and all the poor souls.
Now, in our country, moringa oleifera (malunggay) are consumed by breastfeeding mothers to increase breast milk supply. This has been the practice for centuries. I remember I did too, many years ago. Several medical studies have shown its effectiveness in boosting breast milk volume in nursing mothers. But, some mothers have experienced low supply of breast milk due to their fast-paced lifestyle.
Now, nursing mothers need not chew malunggay leaves anymore. Natureearth has formulated the M2 Malunggay, Okra, Luya Concentrate Tea Drink that is available at Robinson’s Supermarkets.
To help more nursing mothers, “M2 Padede Mom Meet-Up” sponsored by Natureearth will have the whole afternoon of workshops, presentations, guest speakers, and freebies for expectant and lactating mothers on March 21 at the Ace Waterspa Hotel in Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Included topics on: “Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition for Nursing Mothers” (Dr. Galvez Tan); “Learning to De-Stress Through Reiki” (Deanne Hernandez),; “Power meals and recipes with Malunggay (Zonito Torrevillas-Tamase and “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) breast massage by Rebecca Roble, adopting the all-natural-antibiotics by Dr. Beth Micaller of Philippine Institute of Naturapathic Sciences (PINS) all to encourage and induce more breast milk production.
Natureearth, makers of M2, together with MPFI Moringaling Foundation Philippines, which is both headed by Zonito Tamase, have worked hand-in-hand to help many lactating mothers on March 21, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to empower lactating mothers, not just in improving breast milk production, but also in encouraging them to enhance their MOMtrepreneurial skills through Kaliza.PH, a recently launched Filipino online shopping company. For registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 63 917 798 2887 or 02 504 1497.
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At a recent lunch with Conrad Hotel’s GM Harold Feuratieim and their special guest chef, Jereme Leung, touted Asia’s Master Chef, we were given a taste of what Chinese gourmet cuisine is all about. It wasn’t fusion, it was just, well, a beautiful culinary experience.
As the amiable, Hongkong-born Jereme explained, his style is not fushion, but more like getting a rural girl and giving her a complete makeover, complete with makeup, hair style new clothes. Still her but on another level. It’s taking inspiration from traditional regional recipes but making them his own creations, also in style and presentation. To me, it meant nothing you can recognize but lifted to another dimension. Saying that, we thoroughly enjoyed his special menu at the grand private dining room of Conrad’s China Blue restaurant with a magnificent floor-to- ceiling view of Manila Bay.
He served truffle-infused green apple and shitake mushroom salad, a crispy bean curd cone, fluffy chicken, and pork adobo spring rolls for starters; Abalone, smoked duck, agarius mushroom, and spinach wanton in bonito consomme; the tender-est, tastiest braised beef short ribs, yunan tiang xing grains and homemade noodles, added fresh local lobsters (Conrad supports Sustainable Seafoods project with other five star hotels like Sofitel, Novotel, etc) in his own XO sauce, and a gaggle of tiny desserts like coconut flavored black glutinous rice ice cream, crisp cereal crust, and black sesame sauce, and Chinese petit fours. Since they came in pretty small portions, they satisfied but did not gorged us.
Jereme has his own China Blue restos in China and Singapore and in other Conrad properties. He claims he doesn’t cook in his own house but loves street food, like in his home base in Singapore. He also went around here in Manila tasting street food fare and found most of them good.
Before our media lunch Jereme had been presented in a gala one-night dinner in Conrad’s China Blue. Of course it was full house and “standing ovation” for his culinary masterpieces. And oh, yes, the hotel is awesome, makes you feel you are at sea with his wide, high-ceiling halls and cruise-ship interiors!