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Top Grocer Picks: Delimondo Corned Beef

2 Oct

I am not so fond of corned beef, but I have to make an exception just for this one. I know processed food is not so healthy, but sometimes when I have cravings for something salty, I reach for DeliMondo Corned Beef from the grocery shelf. This has become my go-to comfort food. It only comes in two variants: Ranch Style, and Garlic and Chili. I personally like the Garlic and Chili because it is tastier, more flavorful, and just because I’m Bicolana, I really want the ZING!



What makes it so different from our all-time favorite Purefoods? I like the long shreds and big chunks of beef. And yes, it has that distinctive flavor that’s really unique to DeliMondo. The meat is juicier and tastier. The quality is really more premium and not commercial, therefore, price is also on the higher end. Per 380g can costs around P153. You can come across DeliMondo in Rustan’s branches, Metro Gaisano Supermarket, and S&R. This has been the brainchild of Katrina Ponce-Enrile, yes, of JPE clan.


I specially have it prepared by my cook/chef Yaya Tess with either sauteeing it in red or white onions depending on the taste I like for that day. I just have to pair it with tuyo, daing (Bisugo variety) and brown red rice. You can either have it with your fried or steamed white rice (I’m sure it is even more delicious and hearty), with crackers, wheat or white bread, or better yet, your hot pandesal!

So, go ahead… crave some today. You’ll get addicted, just like me! Enjoy…


Life is Amazing!




10 Most Inspiring Women

12 Aug

I have personally handpicked the 10 most inspiring women from the world of film, music, politics, fashion, sport, and more. The list is a mix of celebrities and everyday heroes I look up to for their particular work and/or character. They may or may not be the most influential but I draw my inspiration from them and I hope you will, too.

These are my top 10 most inspiring women, in no particular order of importance:

#1. Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah is an American media proprietor (Harpo Productions), talk show host, actor, producer, and philanthropist. She is the world’s first self-made billionaire. She rose from being unimaginably poor to being one of the most influential and loved personalities in America. Her charity work is beyond impressive – she’s founded a school in South Africa, as well as Oprah’s Angel Network, which gives educational grants, and she personally donated $10m to rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina, just one of the few causes she’s supported. Her multi-award winning talk show centers on inspiring and helping people, remarkably making some of her guests become celebrities. I honor her for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.

#2. Margaret Thatcher

Love her or loathe her, the “Iron Lady” changed the way women are viewed in politics. She is the first and only female Prime Minister that UK has ever seen and the longest-serving politician of the 20th century. I honor her for her uncompromising politics and leadership style. I greatly admire her courage, determination, and strong will. My favorite quote from her is this: “You do not follow the crowd because you’re afraid of being different. You decide what to do yourself, if necessary, you lead the crowd, but never just follow.”

#3: Madonna

After 30 years in showbiz, this American singer-songwriter, actress, author, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist is still as popular, driven, and talked about as ever before. She is still the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and is referred by international press as the “Queen of Pop.” Her ability to constantly reinvent herself whether in her music, fashion, and in her image meant she’s never fallen from grace, never boring, and she’s shown women like me that it’s ok not to act our age. 

#4. J.K. Rowling

From being a struggling single mom to a billionaire author/philanthropist, this British novelist’s story is truly remarkable. The Harry Potter books and ensuing movie franchise captured the imaginations of children and adults all over the world. The books have sold over 400 million copies translated into dozens of languages and have become the best-selling book series in history. Her rags-to-riches life story has inspired me to pursue my passion against all odds.

#5. Miriam Defensor Santiago

She is a Judge-elect of the prestigious International Criminal Court in The Hague, and a member of the Senate of the Philippines, serving her third term. She is a prominent lawyer, former well decorated trial judge, a former Asian Nobel Prize Laureate, and lecturer on the constitutional and trial law. Her outspokenness, charisma, and flamboyant personality with witticisms and humor cause malls to close down for the day and cause traffic to stop anywhere she goes. She is well loved for her pick up lines and memes. I admire her for her courageous and brilliant crusade against corruption in the country. While not everyone can appreciate her honesty and strong opinions, undeniably I am inspired by her as a feisty force to reckon with in the Senate. She is a living legend in Philippine politics, the Iron Lady of Asia, the Miriam Magic.

#6. Lea Salonga

This Womanity Awardee for the Arts has been making Filipinos proud ever since she earned critical acclaim for her first international role as Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, which earned her a Tony and Olivier awards for her work in musical theater. She has also been recognized as a Disney legend for the voice she lent for numerous Disney films. She is currently a Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and a judge of The Voice Philippines. I greatly admire her for breaking through as a Filipino artist in the international broadway and musical theater.

#7. Lelia Ojano and Melinda Yusay

My two moms share this spot as they both inspired me in so many ways. They are both 72, still strong, and raised us well. They both have adversities in their childhood, and came out as victors. They have courage, strong will, determination, sacrifice, and dedication to their vocation. They passed on good values to us and they showed us love in so many ways. They made us feel that we didn’t lack anything even if we didn’t have everything. They have undoubtedly helped us to define our own lives and live it meaningfully. We became good citizens and good parents because of their example.

#8. MaZenia De la Cruz

She is the mother of Rafe Totengco, a celebrated New York-based Filipino designer who specializes in women’s shoes, handbags, and small leather goods. Tita Zen, as we fondly call her, is a young woman trapped in an old lady’s body (she’s now 73). Her zest for adventure brings her to the most unlikely places like the Machu Picchu, hiking in the mountains of Canada with her friends, or exploring Europe on her own with her big, heavy photography paraphernalia. I admire her for her open-minded, non-judgmental attitude, always seeing the good side. She is a perennial student, at the ripe age of 70, still studied Photoshop, Adobe, and Web Design. She keeps herself busy with Tai-chi, ballroom classes, and doting on her grandchildren and children. She is always on the go, never tires, and has full of energy and spirit. Now, that’s what I call living the life.

#9. Gloria Viola

This unassuming former teacher we call Tita Glo, has been leading Marriage Encounter seminars since the 1980’s together with her husband Tito Del. She has braved countless hours of road trips to the far-flung North because of her mission to help couples with their marriage. Her strong love and soft heart for the orphans prompted her to open her house for abandoned babies and later to adopt one even in her 60s. Her selfless love and untiring dedication for the mission is a difficult act to follow. I admire her zeal for the Lord, her love for the orphans, and her commitment for the mission.

#10. Lorna Verano

She is a life coach, a great mother, and remarkable stateswoman who became the 3rd Filipina next only to Cory Aquino and Imelda Marcos to have ever addressed the General Assembly in the United Nations. I admire her for her strong will, honesty, and courage. She has a strong opinion about everything, and she is never wont to follow. Her zest for life is extraordinary, you will be amused to find that she can beat you in target shooting, ballroom dancing, and Zumba! She will always be “forever 38. 

What makes these women inspirational? Certainly not fame, more like a sturdy inner self, overcoming adversity, making the world change, and doing it all to better humanity.

Tell me, who inspires you the most?


Life is Amazing!


Top 15 Books I Love That Will Always Stick With Me

8 Aug

I am reminded of the note that was passed on to me in Facebook way back in 2009. 

Here are the rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. I’m interested in seeing what books you choose.  

Well, here’s mine…

My Top 15 Books I Love That Will Always Stick With Me:
1. Devotional Bible – for its endearing life and love story of God and His people
2. Didache or Daily Bread – for its daily devotions to inspire me and others
3. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – for its life-changing Law of Attraction and Positive Thinking concepts

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery – for its lesson: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
5. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman – for its practical advice on showing people your love by speaking different love languages
6. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – for its greatest lessons in life from a dying man

7. No Wonder They called Him The Savior by Max Lucado – for its thought-provoking explanation of the cross and its grace
8. His Needs, Her Needs by Dr. Willard Harvey – for its revolutionary building an affair-proof marriage recommendations
9. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – for its value of raising my financial IQ, turning me to be an entrepreneur leading me to enjoy my financial freedom

10. 10 Weeks to a Better Marriage – for its practical week-on-week guide for new couples in their marriage
11. Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – for its life lessons of people who significantly made an impact in life
12. The Millionaire Next Door – for its insight into the life and habits of real millionaires

13. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War – for its strategy and tactics in warfare, and I discovered in life as well
14. Gary Larson’s The Far Side “There’s A Hair On My Dirt: A Worm’s Story” – for its surreal comic depiction and comparison of insects and animals to humans

15. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – for its ‘final talk’ on what really matters more in life
There… I have so much more to add, but in the span of 15 minutes to think, this list is my top of mind.
What’s yours?
Life is Amazing!

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