Having Faith

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


What does it mean to have faith?  Honestly, I'm all new to this *faith* thing.  I mean I grew up Catholic, and I took it for granted.  I never realized that having a relationship with God was something I should prioritize.

I mean I prayed, but not everyday.  I would recite the rosary every so often because it was something I believed in.  But only during times of trials do I feel that I needed to pray.

I honestly wonder why that is always most often the case.

They say that when you find yourself alone and faced with difficulties - that's the only time we pray.  I admit - that was how my faith was started.  I remember it was last 2006 that I suddenly felt the urge to pray.  Honestly, it was a last resort.  I didn't know what to do and I realized that I needed a higher being to calm my mind down.  It was 2006 that we experienced hardship, something I never thought would happen, happened.  It was then that I started my journey of faith.

I am very proud to say that since then, I've never missed a Sunday Mass - well the only exceptions were when I was in GeLai (the Fil-Chi tradition of resting for a month without going out) but I heard TV Mass.  I find that whenever I hear Mass, I feel a positive vibe.  That somehow things aren't as complicated as I thought they were.  I feel a certain lift - I can't explain it, but I do.

There are times that I cry during Mass - and I can't explain the surge of emotions.  There are times too that I feel so happy that I cry happy tears.  I feel overwhelmed with emotions - I can't explain it.

I have friends and family members who I sooooo admire because their faith is very strong.  Someday, I would like to have the same strength in faith that they have.  It's really admirable.

I guess I realized that having faith somehow helps us cling on to something that is beyond our control.  I always tell myself - Tiwala lang!  But it's hard too you know, hanging on to something.  I realized too that if you let it go and offer it to God, He will make something possible.  He will do something to uplift you.  It may not be what you want nor asked for but it's something you will need (that you don't know you need).

To the 2 K's in my life.  Both your faith in the Lord is admirable.  I can't even tell you how much I am in awe of your faith in Him.  I wish your faithfulness to Him will rub off on me.  I see the calm in your lives and I want that too.

To L, despite the challenges you face, you have showed me (and everyone) how strong you are and how you get your strength in Him despite the rough patches.

I wish I found my faith sooner - but I guess everyone has their own journey to their faith.  

Sorry, did this post make sense?  hahaha!!:)

Have a good Tuesday.

(Multitasking.. Meeting and blogging.  Hahaha!!)

Garage Sale ALERT! #ClosetCleanoutSale2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Yes, it's happening again!

Come and visit the #ClosetCleanoutSale2016 happening this Saturday - May 28, 2016 at the West Hall of the Corinthian Garden Clubhouse.  Entrance is FREE!!  Just mention to the guard that you are going to the garage sale at the Clubhouse!  Gates will open at 8am till 1pm.

Hope to see you there!!

BELO Baby Instagram Contest + Giveaway!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

The #BELOBaby Hair and Body wash is a staple in my kids' bath time.  I'm so happy to have a product that is locally made that is gentle and *hiyang* on my kids' sensitive skin.  I can't emphasize enough how happy and relieved I am because it's available locally.  Gone are the days that I worry for  a supply and settle for something less!  Now - we have the BEST!  (Read about my initial post here)

#BeloBaby products are crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms.  I have said time and again that I use products that help keep my kids skin be rash free and I'm so glad that I found that from a local brand.  Just a few days ago, my sister in law complimented Kailee's skin saying it's *makinis* and I told her that I owe it all to #BeloBaby 's Hair and Body wash.  Something I need to emphasize is that #BeloBaby products have natural ingredients with zero chemicals.  That is something great, especially for a Pinoy product.  I'm so happy that they made the effort to make this for us Pinoys.  Finally a local product that is made especially for our kids!  That's a giant leap if you ask me!!

Right now, #BeloBaby is having a contest on Instagram:

 The mechanics for this is simple - JUST POST A PHOTO OF YOUR BABY with at least one (1) Belo Baby product (the most creative and memorable of course!)  don't forget to tag @belobabylove and #BeloBaby !  They will choose three (3) winners and these winners will get gift packs from #BeloBaby and a photo session with your child!  This IG contest will run until June 3, 2016 - so hurry!!!

So aside from this IG contest of #BeloBaby -  I'm giddy with excitement because I can finally share with three (3) of YOU (my readers!) gift packs from #BeloBaby!  Yes, you can finally try for yourselves the #BeloBaby products I have been raving about!

To join the giveaway on this blog, simply leave the following details on the comment section of this blogpost:
a)  Name
b)  Valid Email address
c)  Share this on your social media pages *Get a chance to win a gift pack from #BeloBaby + @candishhh http://candishhh.blogspot.com/2016/05/belo-baby-giveaway-instagram-contest.html*
d)  URL of your social media shares

I will choose three (3) winners, 2 from Metro Manila (you need to pick up your prize in Makati) and 1 anywhere in the Philippines, serviceable by LBC.

Please check out this very cute video of Baby Scarlett

So, they call it - Invisible Socks

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I confess that I don't wear socks as much, simply because I don't fancy closed shoes very much.  It was only last year, during our London vacation that I got to appreciate wearing closed shoes!  I bought a pair of FitFlop closed shoes and I was looking for a nice pair of socks to use it with.  Unfortunately the only ones I saw (and eventually bought) are those nylon (stockings-like) ballet flats socks.  I don't know what you call them - Hahaha!  So I bought them and used them the whole trip.  Thing was it would sometimes crumple up while I walk and so I needed to adust it from time to time (Take off the shoes to fix the fit of the socks).

I'm quite the late bloomer.  It was just recently that I realized how socks can help make shoes more comfy.  I realized that only last year during a trip to Tokyo!  Hahaha..  So whenever I was to wear closed shoes, I wanted to wear socks - thing was, the right kind of socks for the different kinds of shoe we have.

The generation now is quite lucky because there are all sorts of socks around!  During my time, we would need to fold the front part of the socks to make our socks look and be *ankle* length!  Hahaha!!

A few days ago, I saw a High School friend post pictures of sock in her FB page:

Apparently, these are called INVISIBLE SOCKS!  Hahaha..

I really got interested because I just bought my first pair of Paez shoes in white!  So before wearing it, I'm quite ceremonious - hahaha!!  Everything needs to be in order.  First, since it's white - I didn't want the shoes to be dirtied easily, so I bought a Nano spray.  I already sprayed it last Sunday.  Hahaha!!  Next order was which socks to wear - I was ready-ing my old socks, and then I saw the picture above!!!


I messaged my friend Steph and inquired.  She said these socks are at P90.00 a piece.  Ladies socks have these different colors:

I got 2 white and 2 nudes.  I was planning to get in grey and blue!  But then thought, I wasn't going to wear them everyday!  hahaha..  So I told her that I wished there were socks like those for kids - she said she will have!  Yahoooo!! :)  It has been ages since I wanted these kinds of socks for the kids!  Finally, there will be!!  Her stocks will arrive next month!  I'm so excited!  They will cost P80.00 a piece for kids size.

So if any of you are interested in this kind of socks - please send my friend an inquiry (and please make an order too!

Steph Ngo

Barbie, You can be ANYTHING Event on May 29, Sunday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Barbie would like to empower you and invite you tho their *You can be ANYTHING* event happening next Sunday - May 29 at SM Mall of Asia!!

Customers have to purchase at least P1000 worth of any Barbie merchandise at participating stores from April 29 to May 29. They have to present their receipt/s (single or accumulated) to our representatives in the registration area of the event to get 1 Pink Passport.

This pink passport will be your “event pass” have it stamped every time you go to the different booths.

When you complete all activities, you will be included in the raffle!  

It will be very exciting as there will be lots of giveaways and prizes on the said event.

WOW #SoftShellCrabsPH!!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Yummy yummy yummy, I've got LOVE in my tummy.

I heard Phoebe Buffay say it in Friends and true enough, I've got YUM in my tummy.  All thanks to #SoftShellCrabsPH!!

I am a fan of crabs.  I looove love love crabs.  And so when I was breastfeeding Kailee, I noticed that she'd get all itchy when I ate crabs.  So I was a on a crab diet, for a while.  I really couldn't resist!  (I'm so sorry Kailee!!) and I went as far as dumping my pumped breast milk - GUILTY!!

Ask my Panget, his family, my family, my friends, my helpers even my kids - they all know how much I love love loooooove crabs.  So when an opportunity to cook Soft Shell Crabs came, I grabbed it immediately.

I have a confession - I have this thing of needing to be in the mood to cook.  I can go on months with ignoring the kitchen.  But when I get my groove back, there's no stopping me.  For the past few days, I have been experimenting on deep frying.  Last Monday night, I used Olive Oil to make stove-top popcorn, and it wasn't good.  Hahaha!  The next day, I thought I wanted to make Maling chips.  I bought a small Maling to test.  Then while rummaging through the drawers, I found a mandoline!  Apparently, Maling (Luncheon Meat) cannot be mandoline-d!  Hahaha..  So, it gave me an idea, since Connor and I were on a french fries frenzy - why not make homemade potato chips!!  It was such a success and I was so happy!  So when I got home this afternoon - I was seriously thinking of what else to fry.  I then remembered SOFT SHELLED CRABS!!!

It has been in my freezer for about a month or so.  I have been undecided and I needed to feel that urge and confidence to try and cook the soft shell crabs.  I can't explain what triggered by curiosity, but I thawed it and with my friend Jones' advice to deep fry it.  I thought to myself - GO DO IT!

My friend Jones suggested to put flour and some salt.  And that's exactly what I did:

But before I coated the crabs in flour - I had to do a little cleaning like cut out the eyes and take out the gills and the gender parts.  Yaya Ga did all of those and was commenting how soft the shell was, I think they don't have this in the province.  Hihi..

Watch it fry..........

And in a few minutes (it felt like seconds) here's the finished product:

It was crispy, tasty, JUICY, and perfect!  I never knew it was this easy to cook!  Hahaha..  My Panget was excited and was also impressed.  It was LOVE at first bite.  I didn't even get to season the crab!  And it was sweet and very very tasty.  I wish we had more!  Hahahaha..  Well, I'm saving them for another day (where I will be the only one eating it.  Bwahahahahahaha!!!)

If you're interested to cook one, then head on to their Facabook Page - Soft Shell Crabs PH.

They have recipes and tips on how to cook Soft Shell Crabs.

Oh, if you're wondering on the price - it's P130.00/100 grams.  1 Kilo usually gives your around 13 to 15 pieces of Soft Shell Crabs.

Thank you #SoftShellCrabsPH for making it available to us in Manila!! :)  I always thought that Soft Shell Crabs were only abundant in Thailand.  Thank goodness, it's available HERE!!!

Thanks Jones!!

Now, let's ALL ORDER!!

Soft Shell Crabs PH
Text/Call +63 929 963 1170 or +63 917 389 2287

Election Fever Giveaway!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I'm going to be a bit PATRIOTIC today.

Last Monday, we did something historic.  We voted for someone we believed it.  My choice may not be the winner, but I will place my FULL SUPPORT to the president-elect, because I respect the mandate of the people.

I hope we can all move forward and do our parts in making the nation great.  Change begins in us.

In line with this - I am feeling very positive.  I can't explain it and so I want to share the positivity by hosting a GIVEAWAY!!

Here they are:

There will be two (2) winners and these winners will NEED TO PICK UP these prizes in Quezon City.  Please do not ask me to ship to you for free.  Kindly do your part, as you've already won, right?  If you are from the province, you can still join as long as you can authorize someone to pick up the price in Quezon City.

So, what are the mechanics?

Leave the following details on the comment section:
a)  LUX or Innisfree (pick only ONE)
b)  Name
c)  Valid Email Address (one that you open OFTEN)
d)  URLs of your Social Media Shares (FB & Twitter) @candishhh is giving away Lux Body Washes and an Innisfree Sample Kit!  Join NOW! http://candishhh.blogspot.com/2016/05/election-fever-giveaway.html
e)  Answer this:  What changes are you willing to do to make our country better?

You have until Saturday - May 14 to join!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Basilur Tea, Manuka Honey & Gifted.PH

Friday, May 06, 2016

Mother's Day is just around the corner!  It comes only once a year - and so I feel that every Mother's Day we NEED to make our moms feel special and extra loved.  What is just one day a year to make them feel MORE special, loved and pampered?

Here are some gift ideas for Moms!

Basilur Tea
I'm more of a tea person that a coffee person.  And so when I received this beautiful gift box, I was over the moon!  This is #BasilurTeaPH x Designer Blooms collaboration for Mother's Day.  Isn't that the prettiest?  Flowers + Tea, perfect!

I am LOVING the Paris tea and having it everyday.  You can take it hot or cold, it's fragrant, refreshing and fruity!  I look forward to my morning with

This is available online at

Manuka Honey
Honey has sooo many known benefits.  What more Manuka Honey!  Manuka Honey has an anti-microbal property that sets it apart from natural raw honey.  I honestly, didn't know that!  Now that I am aware of Manuka Honey's special property, all the more I am convinced to try its products!  Bee Healthy Trading curated a Mother's Day gift pack to make us moms feel special and appreciated.

Health is wealth and any (natural) health related gifts are much much appreciated.


I am so very bad in giving gifts.  Yes, that's the truth!  And so when I came across Gifted.Ph, it was heaven sent!  I knew that this is the perfect medium of gift giving for me.  You have about 80 establishments to choose from and whats great is that - you don't need to go out of your house to gift one!  No need to drive, park and walk!

Convenient right?

So there you have it!  Some ideas to make your gift giving decision a bit easy.

If budget is a problem then - just hug your mom/s and tell them you love them and how much you appreciate them and their sacrifices for you.  Simple enough??

Happy Mother's Day!!

Summer Family Fun Day with MOTT'S!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Cool off this summer and enjoy these activities lined up by Mott's Apple Juice.
Happening on Saturday - May 7 at the Bonifacio High Street

The program will officially start at 3 PM but you and your family can enjoy a lot of family bonding moments  through these activities set-up as early as 10am on the same day.

  • Mott's Hoops ( a basketball shoot game for dads & kids)
  • Lifesize Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Giant Ring Toss 
  • Mottie's Giant Ladders & Slides
  • Enjoy our Brand Partner's Booth Own activities (Jolly, Al Dente, Lotus, Great Leap , Hobbes & Landes & Crayola)
  • Acoustic Band
  • Meet & Greet with our Brand Ambassadors: Janice & Gary Villanueva, together with their kids
  • Meet & Greet our Twin Mascots
  • Nutritional Talk 
  • A chance to win special prizes upon purchase of Mott's 100% Apple Juice on-site
See you there!

#NeverAgain - Marcos. NEVER AGAIN

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I honestly DO NOT UNDERSTAND why people still vote for the Marcoses.  I don't want to make insults to persons because that's not how I am.

I remember when I was growing up - the EDSA Revolution happened.  It was a happy moment for me because there were no classes!  It was only years later that I realized what that revolution meant to all of us.

Maybe because I grew up in the 80's and so the memories were still raw.  You can easily relate to certain matters.  Issues are still and will still feel relevant to you.  We were asked to read books - Dekada 70 by Lualhati Baustista.  Made to watch *A Dangerous Life* to make us aware of the things that happened during Martial Law.  So we can be aware and LEARN from it.

I was so shocked to learn that so many people are actually voting for BBM.  What the FUCK?  I mean seriously - WTF?

Pinoys they say forgive and forget easily.  The forgiveness part - yes, we should all learn to forgive but we should #NEVERFORGET what happened during that time.

Contrary to what people think of the Marcos Regime - Marcos did a good job for only 4 years.  It was after that re-election that he became something else.

I asked my mom about Martial Law.  She said everything was okay, except of course if you were speaking against the government.  TV was controlled, media was controlled.  She said they didn't know what life was outside Martial Law because there were no news!  They were very careful of their actions and what they said in public because it can be taken against them.  Everything was controlled.

Everyone who protested or were talking against the government were all taken into custody.  Tortured and interogated.  Some victims have lived to tell the tales.  Some died in a mass grave somewhere we don't know.

Imagine, in this day and age.  ALL your Facebook posts/status messages will be monitored.  If they find something offensive with what you posted - YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.  You cannot complain about the government's inefficiencies.  YOU HAVE NO OPINION ON EVERYTHING.

Is that the kind of life you want?
I think not.

We have always thought how kawawa China is because Facebook is not allowed and that everything is censored.  Do you also want that for your country and citizens too?

Think about it.

Think about it HARD.

I think the teachers nowadays are oblivious to the damages and sins of the Marcoses during Martial Law.  Maybe because they never heard stories of it nor do they feel it has any relevance now.

Watch this video.

I'm sure a LOT will say - these people are victims because they fought the government.  Well, aren't we all supposed to fight for what is right?  Our government is there to PROTECT us and not cause FEAR in us.  FEAR is what happened during Martial Law.

Do you want to be AFRAID again?

I sure don't!


Starbucks' ELECTION DAY treat - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Being a citizen of one of the few countries that enjoys democracy, you have the right and the responsibility to take part in the election that will shape the future of this nation. Would you let this opportunity pass by?

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the voter turnout in the 2010 presidential election decreased to 75.04% from 76.99% in 2004 presidential election. This year, Starbucks Philippines’ hopes to increase voter turnout and encourage registered voters to exercise their right and enjoy the freedom to choose the country's next leaders.

On May 9, you have the right to vote for the candidate that embodies your values and aspirations. Keep your voice heard and choose the next leader that will steer our country in the right direction.
In this light, Starbucks Philippines, in its mission to encourage registered voters to exercise their right to vote, launches the Care to Vote campaign that will treat Filipinos who will vote on May 9 to a One For You, One to Share (Buy One, Get One) promotion on its featured Macchiato beverages, Roasted Caramel Macchiato and Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato.

“Starbucks strives to inspire and nurture the Filipino community even by simply encouraging people to vote. In our little way, we want to reward all the registered voters who exercise their privilege and right,” said Starbucks Philippines head of marketing Keith Cole.

To avail of the promotion, just show your voting finger with indelible ink to the Barista when you order any featured Macchiato beverage to redeem the complimentary featured Macchiato beverage. Promotion runs in all Starbucks Philippines stores that are open on Election Day, May 9 from 7am to 5pm.

With Starbucks, you can now enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend while taking part in building a better nation.