Entries by thebusyqueenp

The Suit of Champions

  Soccer moms, baseball moms, basketball moms – these are how mothers who chaperone their sons to practices and games of their  chosen sports are called.  Then there’s us – the swim moms.  I must say that we are a different breed.   Being a swim mom requires a tremendous amount of patience and an endless […]

Signature Scents for a Cause

  Scents evoke memories of persons, things, places and even feelings.  Psychologists say that we make these connections very early on when we first smell a certain fragrance. This is the reason why we associate most scents with our childhood.  The smell of freshly baked brownies remind us of  weekend visits to grandmother’s house.   Some […]

Freedom vs Justice

 My 12 year old boy M is the biggest fan of Ironman. Behind the ironsuit is Tony Stark ,the ultrasmart megabillionaire  scion of his equally brilliant inventor father, Stark Industries founder Howard Stark.  M has always been fascinated with Tony’s intelligence,  witty one-liners and I-don’t-care-what-the world-thinks-of-me attitude.  He has a whole collection of Ironman toys […]

What the Cool Kids Wear

I’m quite sure a lot of moms have the same dilemma as I do.  We see clothes that would look absolutely adorable on our kids (never mind the price tag), we make them fit it in the store (or just buy them off the rack having been suddenly overcome by shopping euphoria), then we go […]

Novel Delights at Mabuhay Palace

In search of  new flavors to try?  Mabuhay Palace at the Grande Dame currently has a month long offering of novel gustatory delights that are guaranteed to  whet your appetite.  Sharing their culinary innovations, the people behind the famous Chefs Gallery of Sydney are now in town as  Manila Hotel’s featured guest chefs.  Gourmet masters […]

Les Miserables – A Celebration of the Human Spirit

Born in 1985 from the genius collaboration  of  visionary producer Cameron Mackintosh, composer Claude- Michel Schönberg and lyricist Alain Boublil,  the opus Les Miserables is presently hailed as the longest running musical in the world.   Inspired by Victor Hugo’s 1861 classic  novel, the show which according to Mackintosh first opened to lukewarm review, is the […]

Clothes, Cotton Candy and Cupcakes

  It’s vacation time! My 4 year old daughter could not contain her excitement as I showed her the invitation to my event.  It had colorful donuts, gummy bears, lollies and a big slice of cake.  “I want to go! I want to go, “ she jumped up and down.  So early last Saturday morning, […]

Pucker , Pout and Pose with Lip Define

  A quick look inside my mini make up kit will reveal the barest essentials.   Brown eyeliner, pressed powder,  a four palette blush on and a slightly frosted scented reddish pink lipstick.  For decades, I would only wear make-up when there was an absolute need for it like graduations, my wedding , or on my […]

Her Madjesty, Madonna

  I remember several years ago when everybody who had anything to say gave their two cents worth about Lady Gaga’s impending concert.  The religious, the hateful and the fans took to social media to get their messages across. I watched that show and was impressed at how immensely talented she was.   I even brought […]

No to Manic Mane Days

  My driver shakes his head and looks at me disapprovingly.  With my hair still wet and uncombed , I climb into the car hurriedly and give him the address to the venue of my interview.   His actions are not lost on me.   He with the perfectly pressed barong and slicked back hair with all […]