A new, healthy menu at Lung Hin

Healthier Options at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin

Discover classic Cantonese cuisine with a new twist: Marco Polo Ortigas’s Chinese restaurant, Lung Hin introduces a brand new light yet flavorful menu.

Lung Hin has been known to serve only the most authentic dishes–Carlos and I became instant fans of this restaurant when we dined here a few months ago. The dishes here are so good! And now, they are even better as their menu now offers healthy alternatives without sacrificing its authentic flavor.

Starting off with a culinary masterpiece: Steamed Shrimp Balls with Dried Scallops, which is light and tasty, and consists of only the freshest seafood. Then, there is the Deep Fried Tofu with Seaweed Salad, a crowd-favorite starter that combines shredded taro, cabbage, and carrot, with thin slices of seaweed on top and Japanese Tofu, drizzled with special sesame dressing. Another bestseller: the Bean Curd Roll, is reinvented as minced pork, garlic chives, and special XO sauce is combined and deep-fried to perfection. And taking seafood another level is the Stir-fried Crystal Prawns, which is one of my favorites. To add, they have an interesting take on Cantonese Spareribs–a deep fried version seasoned with Black Vinegar Sauce, which perfectly complements the tenderness of the spareribs. Other healthy and authentic dishes include Poached Live Garoupa with Mushroom, Sauteed U.S. Scallops with Fresh Ginsend and Black Fungus, and Chilled Drunken Shrimp.

Seriously, now is the time to indulge in these superb culinary masterpieces at Lung Hin, located at the 44th floor of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila (open for lunch and dinner). To know more about Lung Hin and the other signature dining outlets of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, visit www.marcopolohotels.com. Follow the hotel on Facebook: facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila and @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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As you know, I love super relaxed clothing. It is cool and easy, and you can move with ease. Having a baby definitely changed my style choices, as I don’t think I can last in anything too tight/short/constricting anymore. That’s why I am obsessed about Weave Clothing (check out their site: http://www.weave.com.ph). They carry stylish and comfortable designs that are well-made and are well-priced. The top and pants I am wearing are both from Weave, while the slip on sandals are from Kaanas (bought it on Shopbop via Shipping Cart). The bag is a favorite (it goes with everything I own): a Mini Antigona from Givenchy.

Trending Now: Visit Camarines Sur

I was four months pregnant with Tristan when we shot this episode. I remember being so tired and sleepy the entire trip, I practically napped whenever I could. I’m glad it didn’t show in this episode because Cam Sur is such a beautiful place and I wanted to do it justice. After watching this again, I actually want to go back. There is so much to do and so many gorgeous beaches to visit!

More photos from Theo’s Birthday

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Happy birthday to THEO!!!:) Belo Baby was so sweet that they sent Tristan a cake as well, since the birthday boys were born only three days apart. Patty sent me these wonderful photos by Happy Folks and I just had to share them. And yes, I just realized there are no photos of Theo here! If you want to see more photos of the super fun party (and of the adorable celebrant THEO, click HERE. It was such a happy event!❤

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My Shipping Cart Experience

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It is the last leg of SALE SEASON everywhere in the world, and all my favorite online stores have been slashing their prices everyday! This is the perfect time to shop, as most stores are now on 70%, 75% and even 80% off. I’ve been on my phone non-stop since the sale began (I go through the apps of my favorite stores), checking out good deals and discovering new items on the SALE page. So far, I am incredibly happy with my purchases. I’ve been able to buy the designer items I’ve been eyeing for months at really amazing prices. You really cant beat the prices online. I’ve been able to purchase bags, shoes and clothing that would normally sell for 4x the price here in Manila. I love online shopping!

I have to admit, I don’t really shop like this all the time. I mean I would totally pick out what I like and click CHECKOUT when I’m done shopping but I’d never push through with the transaction. What used to stop me was the expensive shipping costs. It is just too exorbitant to send anything from the U.S. to the Philippines using the store’s courier. Whatever discount I get from the sale is lost to the shipping costs, which is like paying full price for the items I got.

That is all in the past now, because SHIPPING CART is now here! I have been going crazy, shopping and shipping (I am on my third box) and I am so happy whenever my boxes arrive. Seriously, it feels like Christmas, because these are exactly what I want and I was able to buy them at a super nice price. Ahhhh! It is shopping without guilt, because I got great deals for these wonderful things.

So, of course, I wanted to share my experience with you because surely you are wondering how it works. Shipping Cart is a fairly new online shipping service and still not a lot of people know about it. The service allows you to ship goods from your favorite U.S. online retailers and ship them to your address in the Philippines. My friends have been asking me non-stop about my experience with them, which is why I thought of sharing it here on my blog.

I’ve written a step-by-step guide on how to use Shipping Cart, from logging in to receiving your box. It is so easy!

STEP ONE: When you register for an account at http://www.shippingcart.com, you get a free Shipping Cart U.S. address and telephone number you can use as your delivery address when you checkout purchases from U.S. online stores. This is the information you’ll use for your shipping details so make sure you get it right. Based on experience, the best shopping sites I’ve ordered from are Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Asos and Shopbop. Unfortunately, Net-a-porter does not allow freight forwarding and Barneys does not allow different countries for your shipping address and credit card info address.

STEP TWO: Once your items are accepted at your Shipping Cart address, they will be queued for processing. Processing consists of inspection, weighing, and photography. Once this process has been completed, you will receive an email that your items are in your Shipping Cart dashboard.

STEP THREE: You may now select which items you want to shop to your preferred Philippine address, how you want to ship (via Air Cargoor Sea Freight), how much you want to insure your shipment (Shipping Cart offers up to US$500 for free), and what safe payment option (Credit Card, LBC Over-the-Counter or Paypal) you prefer.

STEP FOUR: When you’re done paying, your items will be queued for consolidation and shipping. You will receive a tracking number via email once your box ships out, which you can use to know the status of your shipment via the tracking tool on the website.

STEP FIVE: Now all you need to do is wait for your box to arrive to your front door.

I love this service. I have never encountered a problem with Shipping Cart. My packages always arrive in a proper box, and the things inside are arranged neatly and are in excellent condition. I don’t think I would risk buying expensive items if I didn’t trust the company (I would seriously cry if I lost any of my orders), and all the boxes I ordered always arrived right on schedule. So far no delays! Click on to www.SHIPPINGCART.com to have your own box sent.

VelaContour at Marie France


After regularly going to Marie France these past couple of months, I am happy to announce that I have now reached my target weight! I cannot be more thrilled about this. My weight loss has been quite a journey, as I seemed to have gained more weight when I started breastfeeding (I know, for most of you mommas it’s the opposite–most really lose weight from breastfeeding) as BF makes me so hungry all the time! It has been super difficult for me to diet as I noticed the difference with my milk supply. It is either Tristan complains that my milk doesn’t make him full or he latches on to me for a long time (there was one time he latched for an hour), which probably meant my supply wasn’t enough. I stopped dieting after those instances, and chose to eat right instead.

I made little changes here and there: opted for brown rice instead of white as well as wheat bread over white bread, lessened the butter and the cream, curbed the sweets (chocolates and sugary treats), lessened the salt and canned/preserved food, and upped the fruits and veggies. Like when I’m hungry, I go for an apple (or two) instead of chips and dip, and a salad instead of fried chicken and rice. It has been hard, but I’m seeing results so I know it is all worth it. You really do shed pounds from making good food choices. Not abruptly, of course, but you do it in a healthy way, like 2-4 pounds a week!

Of course, aside from changing my eating habits and exercising, Marie France has helped me so much! What I love about the program is it helps you lose weight but doesn’t do it drastically or painfully. There is no surgery in Marie France, nor does it allow you to go on a crash diet. Initially, they will have you consult with a doctor and even a nutritionist (if they think you need it) and they will assess your weight, check which parts need fat reduction and toning, and help you come up with a target weight. I found this method helpful, as I have a goal to reach, and it isn’t impossible. Also, their machines really help erase stubborn fat in areas that would take you years to remove.


One of my favorite machines at Marie France is the VelaContour. VelaContour uses Electro-Optical Synergy (ELOS) that combines infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency (RF) together with skin contouring action through positive and negative procedures. So what the infrared light does is it increases circulation so that energy stored in fat becomes available for burning. Then, the bi-polar RF concentrates on the fatty areas pre-heated by the infrared so that it is focused only on the target area. Lastly, the positive and negative pressures stimulate connective tissues to replace fat mass with lean mass. It also improves lymphatic drainage to increase metabolism. Doesn’t it all sound so wonderful? Hahaha. And all you have to do is lie down and relax.

What makes the new VelaContour different is: (1) it has small and large applicators simultaneously attached to the machine, making it easier to treat an area alternately, (2) it uses higher power for deep tissue heating without additional skin warming, and (3) it is done only once a week and delivers fast and visible results.

Clinical studies have shown that an average circumferential reduction of 1 to 3 inches on the treated area can be expected. Aside from this, a gradual smoothening of the skin’s surface and a noticeable decrease in cellulite will also be seen. VelaContour also improves circulation and relieves muscle aches. In fact, the treatment itself is relaxing, just like a warm, deep tissue massage. Other than mild redness and a feeling of warmth on the treated areas, there is absolutely no downtime. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the VelaContour treatment.

Most patients who benefit from this new technology are mothers like me who have gained weight during pregnancy. VelaContour can help get rid of the stubborn post-pregnancy fat, cellulite and extra inches the safe and easy way.

With today’s modern technology, one does not need to go through the risks of liposuction and other forms of surgery, nor endure the pain of needles and incisions, and the hassling delay of would-healing and downtime. With VelaContour, one can easily lose the excess inches safely and effectively, with no added worries and health risks.

Call 894-2639 (BODY) today for a free consultation.

Happy 1st Birthday, Theo!

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Tristan’s little buddy, THEO just turned ONE, and the Baby Barangay kiddos were all too happy to help him celebrate at Gymboree Westgate, Alabang. It was a happy day indeed, as all his guests played and explored to their little hearts’ content. Tristan needed a few minutes to warm up to all the music, bubbles and playthings, but soon enough he was playing with his bestie, Juano. This is such a great way to celebrate your kid’s birthday, I highly recommend it as Gymboree has teachers to facilitate a playgroup and the area is super fun and safe. Almost everything is padded!

Happy birthday Theo! We love you so much, little guy.❤

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