Monday, August 18, 2014

First artisan chocolate experience with Villa Del Conte

I am a chocoholic! My sweet tooth can't live without it.

Every time I see luxurious chocolate brands, I know I'll get to taste it real soon. It turned to be true. With luck, I won from Villa Del Conte's Facebook page. I got a Villa Del Conte Grande box filled with assortment of praline sticks and praline balls with different fillings.
Why I Love Chocolates?
My life is chocolate-enriched!
Chocolates awaken my senses, boost my spirit and ignite my mind.
Giving magical bliss and delight to my heart.
Chocolates are my healthiest indulgence!
The vitamins that my soul and my body needs. 
Making my day delicious, my night heavenly and my life perfectly sweet.
- Czaroma Roman, winning answer :)
Wow! These Villa Del Conte's cioccolato are authentic artisan chocolates from Padova, Italy. Now, I'll get to taste these without even going to Italy.

Claimed my box at Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

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Thank you Villa Del Conte!
My box of sweet treats in its elegant packaging. So beautiful and classy, making it perfect for gift-giving.

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Grande box 500 g Php 1680
I didn't wait to get home to open my treasure.

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I opened my box and saw these wrapped goodies that looked like jewels. They handed me a catalogue to know more about Villa Del Conte and see what's inside each wrapper, but I choose the excitement of not knowing what I'll get.

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Praline balls and Praline sticks
I love my Villa Conte chocolate treat!

I find the Pralines Balls truly amazing for its luscious chocolate taste. The Praline balls come in dark and milk chocolate with hazelnut, macadamia cream, caramel cream, cacao cream and coffee cream fillings.

I enjoyed the refreshing uniqueness of the Praline Sticks. It makes me love fruity-filled chocolates, which I'm not usually fond of. The Praline sticks comes with orange cream, strawberry cream, watermelon cream, banana cream, mint cream and blueberry cream fillings.

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Each bite is filled with sumptuous flavors with a melt-in-your-mouth goodness. They are indeed chocolatey and have an exceptionally rich and decadent texture. It truly gives me that happiness-in-a-bite-feeling!

Even my family take pleasure in tasting these authentic Italian chocolates. That's my best way of eating chocolates - sharing it with everyone.

Thank you Villa Del Conte for that first truly exquisite and authentic Cioccolato experience.

"May your life be dipped in chocolate." - Villa Del Conte blessing
Grab a Villa Del Conte ciocollato and get a taste of Italy - and heaven in every bite!

Villa Del Conte
Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Books For Less Warehouse Sale

I always have a blast going to warehouse book sales!

This time, my sister and I decided to check out Books For Less Warehouse Sale.

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Whooaa we can't believe that almost all books are 10 pesos each!

Books of all kinds - novels, papebacks, reference books, atlas, fiction, non-fiction, etc. are all over the place. I don't mind the dusty place since it's a treasure trove.

This is like the best kind of ukay-ukay for books. Hunting for bargains is such a thrill. I know that bookworms, book hunters, bibliophiles and bibliogeeks would agree with me, right?

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book haven! where will you start?
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checking out the fiction titles (credits to my sister for all the pics) 
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look at those piles of children's books 
My sister and I spent more than an hour picking out books for our kids. The place is happiness!

filling our boxes with books
Here's our book haul. I got all these books for only 340 pesos!

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love all these :)
My sister got 40 books and spent only 400 pesos! Such a good deal.

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my nephew will enjoy all these :)

It's a 1-month long warehouse sale that runs until August 31, so I'm definitely going back for more. I know my sisters and kids would tag along. Buti na lang, the warehouse is less than 15 minutes away (without traffic) from where we live.

So, see you at the warehouse! This book bargain is something you don't want to miss!

We were told that they replenish books daily, so you can always get to have great finds everyday.


The warehouse is located in Mercedes Avenue, Pasig City. It is just right after Robinsons Supermarket and East Raya Condominium. The warehouse is in front of La Consolacion College.

Tip: Weekdays are the best. Be there early.

see, it is a warehouse!
check the map

Books for Less Warehouse Sale
August 1 to 31, 2014 (except Sundays and holidays)
643 Mercedez Ave. Bgy. San Miguel Pasig City
For inquiries call 633-8554 or (0917) 630-9999

Monday, July 28, 2014

My giant Toblerone 4.5 kg bar

For a chocoholic like me, owning a giant Toblerone bar is a wish come true! I really love the creamy goodness of this Swiss chocolate.

I first saw a 4.5kg Toblerone bar during their Say it Sweeter with Toblerone promo at Toblerone gift hubs at the malls. Joined that previous promo, but I didn't have luck that time.

This time, I won in their #MakeSomeonesDay Facebook promo!

My winning entry:

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"Good Job my pretty froglet on your musical theater showcase! so proud of you!"

I gave my daughter a Toblerone bar after her performance. The "Good Job" words are perfect enough to show that I'm proud of her.

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excitement over our giant bar!
Of course, I got to share triangles with my family, and saved some for my cousins too.

A 4.5 kg bar is real!

ready for the first triangle :)
one triangle slice is so huge!

Thank you Toblerone Pilipinas for the super-sized enjoyment with this giant Toblerone bar!

Do you also want a 4.5 kg Toblerone bar?

You can still join their weekly contest. There's even a grand prize where you can get to win a trip to Switzerland! Join the contest HERE!



I always loved Toblerone bars!
It gave me sweet memories, happy moments and unforgettable times.
Somehow, snippets of my life stories are written in those unique triangle bars.
Something significant and memorable.
Toblerone bar, you will always be part of my lifetime happiness!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Philippine Holidays List 2015

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Regular Holidays, Special Non-working Days and Special Holidays for year 2015 had been declared by MalacaƱang Palace.

Mark your calendars! Here's the offiial list of nationwide holidays for 2015:

Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day - January 1 (Thursday)
Maundy Thursday - April 2
Good Friday - April 3
Araw ng Kagitingan - April 9 (Thursday)
Labor Day - May 1 (Friday)
Independence Day - June 12 (Friday)
National Heroes Day - August 31 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day - November 30 (Monday)
Christmas Day - December 25 (Friday)
Rizal Day - December 30 (Wednesday)

Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year - February 19 (Thursday)
Black Saturday - April 4
Ninoy Aquino Day - August 21 (Friday)
All Saints Day - 1 November 1 (Sunday)
Additional special (non-working) days - January 2 (Friday) and
December 24 (Thursday)
Last Day of the Year - December 31 (Thursday)

Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary - February 25 (Wednesday)

Source: Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014:

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Time to plan ahead. We'll be enjoying 8 long weekends in 2015!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Instincts and soulful connection

"Intuition is seeing with the soul." - Dean Koontz
Just writing and sharing my thoughts in free verse.... something that I miss doing.

For today.
My intuition does make sense.
Contemplating between pinkish red or blue violet,
The latter won.

A thought flashes thru while on the way.
Dismissed thinking it was senseless,
Suddenly it became real.

My hunches were true!
Or was it nudges?
Destined to be?
Or the universe heard my subconscious?

How weird the world works.
That fleeting moment.
Not expecting anything or simply avoiding.

Just remained to be cool strangers or perhaps acquaintances.
What's on your mind?
Mine remains but wanting to know.
Oh well, leave it there.

Voices that doesn't' use words but speak.
Or that soulful connection,
Only hearts can understand.

Of that same place somewhere.
What seemed like a last savory remained to linger.

A day to be remembered.
Now, eyes meeting when things had changed.
Smiles of acknowledgement and nothing more.

All these and realizations.
Simply fragments of time.
When intuitive abilities became powerful.

Like a behind-the-scene-thing that gets played out.
Not wanting nor expecting but gets real.
Something hard to describe or explain.
They do not come often, but they do come.

#innersense #soreal

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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