Some of you have already called my attention to this. My photo host changed their system so most of the photos from my older blog posts seem to have disappeared. I'll try to fix it ASAP. Sorry about that!

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Apr 20, 2014

My Birthday Giveaway (part 1): Win a Customized Canvas Print of Your Favorite Photo!

You know it's summer when your social media feed is filled with getaways, out of town trips or staycations.  And thanks to technology, it's easy to capture every detail of the best memories we share with our loved ones.  The downside of everything becoming digital is that we forget to print out these photos.  Which is why I always appreciate gifts that reflect these moments such as this canvas print of myself walking along one of the beaches of Dos Palmas.

And lucky us, Kanvas Inc is giving away one 12x12 canvas print with wooden frame (similar to mine) to a lucky reader of Joei & Me!  Of course, the winner gets to choose the photo he or she wants to have printed.

Consider this as the first part of my birthday giveaway.  My birthday isn't until May but I'll be having more giveaways in the days to come ;)

How to join the Kanvas giveaway?  Just follow the instructions via the Rafflecopter below:

Aside from framed canvas prints in different sizes, Kanvas also makes customized canvas clocks such as this.  Nice huh? :)

For product prices and other information, check out Kanvas' official website.  Goodluck!  And may the odds be ever in your favor ;)

Apr 18, 2014

Miraculous Infant Jesus dela Providencia.

If you're from the South and wondering what to do on Good Friday or Black Saturday, you can visit the Miraculous Sto Nino de Providencia in BF Resort Village. I learned about it while we were doing Visita Iglesia yesterday with my mom and her friends. Tita Norma Tanwangco, one of mom's friends, said she wanted to pass by the Sto Nino that was crying oil. I haven't heard of it so I wanted to see it as well.

Apr 16, 2014

Palm Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas.

If you're thinking where you can go this Holy Week, I suggest Palm Beach Resort (formerly La Frondosa) in Laiya, Batangas. This is where T and I stayed when we attended the Mind Body Soul's finance & yoga retreat a few weekends ago. It's only a few hours drive from Manila so less moolah and preparation are needed.

Apr 15, 2014

Just Thai in Molito Alabang.


Coming from Cebu, I thought I wouldn't make it to the invitation of fellow book club member Patty Cuyugan and Kathy Ngo of Just Thai in Molito Arcade because of the delays in the flight schedules. After finally landing in Manila, I was so drained and sleepy but I really wanted to go. So, I decided to take a quick shower in the hope of waking my almost-already-sleeping brain.

Mar 31, 2014

The First Mind Body Soul Finance & Yoga Retreat.

I've been curious about finance lately so when I got invited to Mind Body Soul, a finance and yoga retreat, I was so game! Yes, you read it right. Yoga and finance. The two don't usually mix but organizer Garet Bacani, who's in the finance industry, explained why she thought of putting the two together. Since she leads a hectic life, like most of us do, she had to find a way to de-stress. And that's when she started practicing yoga.

Read my previous blog post:

The retreat was held last weekend at Palm Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas (I'll blog about Palm Beach Resort separately). I was doubly happy that T came with me even if he wasn't feeling well.

Transportation, as well as accommodation and all meals, are included in the package rate but T and I brought our own car. Here we are wearing our Look See sunglasses (check out @LookSeePH on Instagram) on our roadtrip to Laiya.

Mar 27, 2014

My Three-Oh in Boracay: Prelude.

Note: I wrote a few blog entries for travel writing class last year and forgot to publish it. So think of this as an extended Throwback Thursday blog post. In my travel writing class, my professor and classmates were all Americans or Europeans so I had to describe places that are already known to us since we're in the Philippines. I'll just try to do some tweaking here and there :)
Named as the “No.1 Beach Destination” by, “Top Destination for Relaxation” by and the “Best Island in the World” by Travel +Leisure magazine, I can think of no other place to spend my 30th birthday but on the island of Boracay.

Spot the photo bomber.

Mar 24, 2014

Nestle Temptations Flavors of the World: Dutch Speculoos.


Like everyone else, I've been so into the cookie butter craze! So when something arrived on my doorstep with the words "Dutch Speculoos" beside my name, I got excited. And when I opened the bag that came with the letter, I saw...

Mar 20, 2014

The Food Club Manila in Bluebay Walk.

I always see the neon signage of The Food Club: Your Lifestyle Buffet whenever I drive along Macapagal Boulevard. Buffet? Of course I wanted to try it! When it opened to the public, I've been bugging T to go but we just couldn't find the time. So when our team decided to have some sort of lunch bonding, we had it here. I'll just mention everyone's opinion as I go along.

Mar 19, 2014

IBA World Baker's Fair.

I recently learned about iba, the world's leading international trade fair. Having been established 65 years ago, it's a great venue for gathering information and establishing business contacts in the world of bakery, confectionery and snacks. It happens every three years and the next one is on September 12 to 17, 2015 in Munich, Germany.

Lucky for the us, Fairs and More Inc (FMI), iba's official partner in the country, brought the organizers to the Philippines for a dialogue about what's to be expected with iba 2015. The event was held in Manila Marriott Hotel and was joined by Mr. Peter Becker, Chairman of the German Bakers' Confederation; Mr. Michael Wippler, Vice President of the German Baker's Confederation; and Ms. Cathleen Speerschneider, project manager of the iba.  T's sister Michelle attended the event for me since she's a baker and knows more about these things than I do ;)

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