Entries by thebusyqueenp

A Grand Salute to Teachers

  Many children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, or engineers. Some who are artistically inclined see themselves as sculptors, pianists or painters.  Still others desire to be beauty queens, racecar drivers or even  poets. The beauty of youth is such that one feels anything and everything can be achieved. But nobody ever became anybody just […]

Take Me Back to Mario’s

An old favorite attracts a new generation of diners. I remember Mario’s back in the 80’s.  Situated at the very heart of Tomas Morato, it was the citadel of all celebrations.  My most unforgettable memory, however, was waiting for almost an hour for a table on Valentine’s Day.  My boyfriend then (husband now)I agreed it […]

All Dolled Up

 I don’t see it being sold now in toy stores, but back in the day all the little girls played with paper dolls. Our pulp mannequins normally came with a stand so we could dress them up easily with paper clothes, of course. I remember being so obsessed with precision cutting. My blunt edged scissors […]

Eyes Wide Shut

  Did you know that the hours of uninterrupted sleep you get each night weighs heavily  on how long you’ll live?  Research suggests that a person who regularly gets less than seven hours of nocturnal slumber is likely to experience negative effects on his cardiovascular, immune, endocrine and nervous systems.  Side effects of sleep deprivation […]

A Feast of the Islands’ Flavors

  If there’s one thing that majority of Pinoys can’t live without –it’s Filipino food.  It’s a common practice for our kababayans to stuff their luggage with tuyo (dried fish), bagoong (shrimp paste) and taba ng talangka (crab fat) when they visit their relatives abroad.  Some hand carry polvoron, chocnut, dried mangoes and other delicacies […]

Ready… Sushi…Go!

From the playful branding to its exciting fusion sushi rolls, this proudly Filipino developed concept store will have Pinoys turning Japanese! Sushi, noun, a Japanese dish consisting of rolls of vinegar-flavored  cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables or egg.  This definition of the popular pop-in-your-mouth appetizer (or entreé, if you […]

Soothing Soujourns

Had a stressful day?  Wish you can be somewhere else at the blink of an eye?  Feel the need to just leave all your cares and worries behind?  Yes, yes, yes! We’ve all had days when we desperately want to turn the “off” button.  Shop closed. Self on auto vacation mode.  And no matter how […]

Corndog Chronicles

I love corndogs!  During my freshman year in Ateneo, lunch consisted of corndog and a tall cup of grape slushie.  This was my staple meal for a whole year – maybe even two.  It’s hard to find a well cooked corndog.  I like it medium battered, with a jumbo hotdog inside and deep fried to […]

The Zest for Success

 Dressed in a red jersey dress,  Michelle Asence Fontelera greeted me with  a big smile, beso and a hug, “Paulyne, you’re looking fab! Glad you could make it.”   It was the 15th anniversary of local fragrance brand Zen Zest and  its  beautiful CEO was busy receiving guests to the by invitation only afternoon affair at […]

Lovely Lunettes

  Living in a tropical country has its challenges.  The heat index just won’t abate for majority of the year  and the weather really dictates what outfit you should wear for the day.  Light make-up or no make up is advisable in the summer as you literally start to sweat the minute you get out […]