6 Hacks for a Chic Life

 

 

When I wrote my book CHIC: Tips on Life, Style, and Work, I shared stories about my life and my home. I gave tips on travel, food, fashion. I had no idea my publishers would give the book its title. To be chic is something I never attempted to attain. I always felt very under-chic myself. It’s a big word. All my life, I’ve always worked with what I have. But I did learn a few tricks along the way – from my mother, my friends, and the world that I move around in. And at my age, I know that being “chic” doesn’t just mean fashion or style. It’s how you live.

Last Christmas, I had an unplanned little get-together in my home. I was not prepared at all – no catered dishes, no fresh flowers, no nothing. So I rushed to S&R and tried to find things that would help “chicify” my tablescape. We somehow achieved it.

But living a CHIC life isn’t all about appearances. It is also about the invisible and smart choices you make – the ones that give you and your family a lot of comfort, good health, and an ease that seems so natural. It takes effort though.

Here is my attempt to share with you some tricks for an apparent chic home. Most of the tips I share contain products that will be on sale at the  S&R Members’ Treat on September 27, 2017 until October 01, 2017 in all S&R warehouse clubs nationwide!

 

1. Use pedestal trays, glass domes, and wooden blocks for instant chic on your table.

 

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Store-bought baked goods and cold-cuts look instantly chic when placed on glass pedestal trays. Glass domes make cupcakes look instantly chic. Holiday cookies double up as colorful decor to spruce up your table.

 

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Holiday cookies from S&R

 

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These cookie tins are always good to have in your pantry. They’re good for “just in case” and unplanned entertaining at home. They also make pretty gifts. I love cookie tins — I use them as storage containers. These are on sale at the S&R Members Treat.

 

 

2. Aim for a healthy breakfast. Ok, so we love our bacon and corned beef. But we consciously limit them to a few times a month. We make an effort to start the day right with fruit or green juice, plus our cereals and grains. Here’s an example of a recipe I shared in my book.

 

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Chia seed pudding. You can use yoghurt, milk, or coconut or almond milk. Store it in the fridge over night. They’re nice and chewy the next morning.

 

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Overnight oats make for great breakfast or healthy snacks. Just layer oats, yoghurt, flaxseed, chia seed, and top off with fruit or maple syrup.

 

Chia seeds, flaxseed meal, oats, yogurt, and maple syrup. Its so good. I made it for my snack tomorrow but it tasted so good, Soph and I ate it tonight as dessert. #daphneskitchen
We’re Canadian and we love our maple syrup. The kids love overnight oats.

 

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Watch out for Dad D Pak Quick Oats at the S&R Members Treat sale. Oh look, they’re from the Canadian Prairies. Yay.

 

 

3. Use non-toxic laundry detergent. Since I am making a huge effort to detoxify our home – for my kids who have asthma, and for myself with possible hormone issues – I carefully choose our laundry products. This means less bubbles and no artificial scents. It takes a while to convert the whole household to believe in such products. We’ve been programmed to believe that bubbles equals cleansing. But really, bubbles just mean there’s a lot of detergent in the product. Luckily we have these in Manila now, via S&R.

 

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Here’s what I use at home. It isn’t cheap. So I stock up on them when they are on sale.

 

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Speaking of sale… Yay! These are included at the S&R Members Treat.

 

 

4. Always have spreads and good quality syrups at home.

 

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You can use them as snack toppings, or if you’re like me, I actually try to make homemade ice cream. Spreads and syrups do well as flavouring on dairy ice cream. Or you can simply use them as bread or biscuit spreads, or coffee flavouring.

 

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Heads up! Fundelina and Bickford’s are on sale at the S&R Members Treat event.

 

 

5. Fancy, not so fancy chips. I honestly am not a big junkfood snacker. I can do without potato chips with its salt and artificial flavouring. But if it has sea salt, herbs, natural flavour, and definitely no MSG, then I’ll take them.

 

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I discovered these fancy chips in S&R, I got hooked. These root chips seem to be the healthier choice – sweet potato, cassava, purple potato. Yum.

 

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These are good. Original Taro Chips. Look for them at the S&R Members Treat. (packaging may be different).

 

 

6. Chic people ride bikes. Or maybe not. Sometimes. Well, in a perfect world, we would all be wearing minimalist-style clothing and biking to and from work — like in Japan or the Netherlands. My husband is quite the bike guy. He is well-respected by his bike peers, (quite the connoisseur, I hear). So naturally our girls are growing up as bikers too.

 

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Sophia and Lily love their bikes. Stella is still transitioning to a big bike.

 

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I’ve always been riding a bike. I even had a horrible accident when I was 8 years old which left me with 16 stitches across my forehead. That’s in my book, by the way. I never stopped loving biking, but now I just do it for leisure because I’m terrified of too much sun exposure (my skin). Here’s a photo of me biking in the Google campus in California a few years ago. My husband thinks I liked biking there just because it felt like the entire outdoors had an air conditioner on — around 19 degrees. I think so.

 

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Patrick’s bicycle-themed cake.

 

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At the S&R Members Treat, this Schwinn Volare 1300 road bike is on sale.

 

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you liked my little list that I made. Let me know if you have suggestions for other lists I can compile for you.

The most eagerly anticipated S&R Members’ Treat is happening this September 27, 2017 until October 01, 2017 in all S&R warehouse clubs nationwide!

S&R Members will get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals, Buy 2 Take 2 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R items – from grocery staples like breakfast essentials, baon goodies, yummy baked goodies, imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances – exclusive to all S&R members.

S&R currently has 13 warehouse clubs nationwide:

BGC (Taguig City)Aseana (Pasay City), Congressional (Quezon City), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Cebu, Pampanga, Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and the recently opened; S&R Commonwealth (Quezon City)

Doors will open as early as 08:00AM until 09:00PM!

For more information S&R Membership Shopping on Facebook, S&R Official on Instagram, and S&R on Twitter

 

 

 

Abuela’s

 

 

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Had a lovely lunch at Abuela’s Restaurant in Makati. My friend Vicky Tensuan and her cousins finally opened a home for that famous prime rib I tried a couple of years ago.

Abuela’s serves heirloom dishes originally created by the grandmother of Marianne Lacson Campillo and interpreted by her husband Chef Marco Legasto. The grandmother, Eduarda Cuyugan Lacson, had an inherent love for cooking that stemmed from her Capangpangan roots. Marriage took her to Bacolod where she settled and lived an idyllic life while holding fort in the kitchen.

 

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I particularly enjoyed this pochero, served in a  modern minimalist way. The broth comes separately in a small carafe.

 

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My fave. Pochero, topped up with roasted tomato.

 

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The callos was excellent. I don’t normally eat callos. But this was so, so good.

 

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Our lunch group – Rica de Jesus of Heart 2 Heart, Preview magazine’s Jacqui Salonga, Abuela’s Vicky Tensuan, and Mega’s EIC Peewee Isidro

 

Chefs Marco Legasto and Yoshimi Igarashi
Chefs Marco Legasto and Yoshimi Igarashi. Chef Marco graduated from IHMES Isle of Man in the UK, while Chef Yoshimi from Hokkaido, Sapporo Japan was trained in Hotel Nikko. He spent the past 17 years heading Benkay outlets in Mexico, Paris, Myanmar and the Philippines.

 

Bone Marrow Mushroom Rice
Bone Marrow Mushroom Rice

 

Mila's Roast Chicken
Mila’s Roast Chicken

 

Jojo's Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce
Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce

 

Lengua Estofado by Lilibeth
Lengua Estofado by Lilibeth

 

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The menu was designed and hand drawn by Vicky Tensuan who also owns Whisk Designs.

 

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The Abuela’s Roast Beef platter that I blogged about a couple of years ago is back! It comes with sauce of your choice and sides on a ceramic platter ready to be taken home and served.

 

For more information on Abuela’s, check out their Facebook Page.

Abuela’s is at 104 Aguirre St, Somerset Millennium Makati Building, Legaspi Village, Makati City.  Tel 02 805 2713 or 0917 853 8881

 

Flame at Discovery Primea

 

 

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US Black Angus Rib Eye Steak at Flame, Discovery Primea

 

One rainy Friday night, Patrick and I had a rare date at Flame in Discovery Primea. FLAME is Discovery Primea’s modern European restaurant on the 16th floor of the hotel. An interesting space, FLAME is the newest creation under the partnership of General Manager David Pardo de Ayala and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco.

“Modern European cuisine is about cooking techniques, ingredients and flavor associations, rather than hard and fast rules. It is a style of cooking that experiments with ideas and influences from many different countries, reflecting the global palate of today’s diners. Restaurant FLAME balances familiarity and originality, comfort with surprise, local with global,” says GM Ayala.

 

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This “living chandelier” at the entrance of the restaurant is stunning.

 

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I love these air plants!

 

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The interior was conceptualized by Design Worldwide Partnership. There is an expansive marble-top open kitchen surrounds the entire restaurant.

 

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We had the US Angus Rib Eye steak. It warns you that it’s good enough for two. But in my world, it’s actually good enough for 4! It was excellent.

 

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Patrick also had the “Take Out” Lobster Fried Rice – with pork, citrus jasmine rice, egg, and lobster remoulade. Unfortunately, my shellfish days are over. About three years ago, I developed an allergy towards shellfish and other farmed fish. Oh my. But this looked so so good!

 

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Dinner menu

 

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I enjoyed the olive oil infused with garlic, rosemary, peppercorn and lemon.

 

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I’m not a big dessert person. But give me chocolate soufflé any time. This is their Hot Chocolate Souffle – with Colombian coffee foam, caramelized bananas, and vanilla ice cream. So good.

 

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Other menu highlights: Pan-Roasted Duck Breast Pumpkin Puree, Charred Leeks, Radishes, Spiced Honey Glaze

 

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Taleggio – Homemade Apricot and Cherry “Mostarda”

 

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“Quezo de Bola & Hamon” Inspired by Massimo Bottura Textures of Cheese, Glazed Ham and Gelée, Asparagus

 

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With Mildred A. Amon, Director of Marketing Communications.

 

Flame is a lovely dinner spot. I really enjoyed the food and the space. I felt like I was transported to a very cosmopolitan city. The dining area allows for the creation of smaller spaces for more intimate parties. They also have an interesting lunch menu, you may view all the current menus here.

This brings me back to Discovery Primea’s wonderful restaurant on the ground floor – Tapenade.

 

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Last February, my family had a staycation at Discovery Primea. Sophia celebrated her birthday at Tapenade.

 

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We had a semi-private dining space at Tapenade.

 

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It was a rare occasion that both my parents were in town.

 

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We loved this — Stone-baked feta cheese with tomatoes, capers, Greek Metaxa brandy and honey

 

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The Salad Room was a hit. I was happy with that alone. But grateful that we also had incredible mains and other goodies.

 

 

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New at Tapenade, the Mediterranean Grilled Platter includes an indulgent selection of specialty skewers, with the freshest Beef, Lamb, Chicken, and Prawns. Traditional Mediterranean sides of tabouleh, pita, cucumber raita, and spiced rice complete this abundant platter.

 

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Good news, Tapenade Salad Room has Throwback Thursdays. Every Thursday, they’re rolling back the clock to when you first fell in love with The Salad Room. They’re throwing back to the original price of Php 620++!

 

Restaurant Tapenade’s Salad Room offers the freshest salad bar in Makati, filled from top to bottom with healthy greens, fresh oysters, exotic cheeses, and so much more. All your favorites, and new additions will be available, at the original price. Throwback Thursdays at Restaurant Tapenade. Available for Lunch and Dinner

Click here for more information on Tapenade’s current menu.

 

 

Prêt-a-PorTea at Raffles Makati

 

 

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We were invited by Raffles Makati to try their “New York State of Mind”, the fourth in its Prêt-a-PorTea series, with the legendary Tiffany & Co. at the Writers Bar. My girls and I love afternoon tea. So we took them up on the offer and made a date of it. We dressed up in our lovely clothes on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and had a mommy and daughters day.

The Prêt-a-PorTea sweet and savoury creations are inspired by Tiffany and the Big Apple.

 

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I can’t tell you enough how much joy it brings me to be able to spend slow days with my three daughters. I savour every moment.

 

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The kids had cold chocolate drinks.

 

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It’s not high tea if there are no scones and clotted cream.

 

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With my three little women.

 

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Savoury teacup sandwiches like bagels and lox, pastrami, mini-hotdogs, and soft pretzels were served.

 

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I loved this mini bagel with lox.

 

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Macarons and cupcakes designed with that trademark robin’s egg blue.

 

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So much loveliness – the iconic Tiffany Blue Box caramel cake, a white-chocolate bracelet inspired by Tiffany’s iconic T collection, bite-sized apple coated in chocolate-caramel, a sweet take on the Big Apple, and the famed cronut.

 

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The kids were so charmed by the setting, they kept taking pictures. Each of the Tiffany-inspired afternoon tea three-tier pastries is good for two people. It includes other treats like the classic New York cheesecake and all-American favorites, like the lemon meringue pie, creamy strawberry-shortcake, and sour-cherry whoopee pie.

 

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Me and Lily

 

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Making memories with my lovelies.

 

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Again, those Tiffany blue boxes and a reminder of the Big Apple.

 

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My bookworm girls were in heaven at the Writers Bar.

 

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OOTD info, Stella’s dress from Gingersnaps, shoes from Melissa. Lily wears a dress from her big sister’s closet and Saltwater sandals.

 

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My not so little Sophia now wears Just G (a subsidiary of Gingersnaps). Her purse is a hand-me-down from me, a cute Kate Spade bag. Her sneakers are from Paez shoes.

 

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Raffles Makati’s  “New York State of Mind” Prêt-a-PorTea series.

 

You may enjoy this delicately designed afternoon tea from September 1 to November 30, offered from 2:30PM to 5:30PM daily at Php 1500++ for two. Add a glass of champagne at Php 900++ for a sparkling afternoon. For more information and reservations, please call the Raffles Makati Restaurant Reservations at +632 795 1840, or email dining.makati@raffles.com.

 

 

S&R Members’ Treat

 

 

 

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Are you ready for this? Every year, I look forward to this Members’ Treat Sale at S&R. It is fun and crazy and totally worth it. The deals are incredible. A couple of years ago I was able to do my Christmas shopping. Not only were groceries on sale, but also gift items and housewares were marked down or on two-for-one. This is one of their biggest sales where they offer 50% off on items and even Buy 1 Take 1 deals.

Mark your calendars, this year Members’ Treat Sale is on  September 30 to October 02, 2016 nationwide. The sale takes place in these locations: S&R BGC, S&R Aseana, S&R Congressional, S&R Alabang, S&R Shaw, S&R Cebu, S&R Pampanga, S&R Davao, S&R Imus, S&R Nuvali, and S&R Davao.

 

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I took this shot a few years ago.

 

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I like going to S&R during mornings, usually after my Pilates class. This was a regular shopping day, not a Member’s Treat Sale.

 

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Also taken during a lean time.

 

I’m sure you have your own strategy for hitting this Members’ Treat Sale. Do you go on the first day? Do you go morning, midday, or near closing time? Do you go alone so you focus? Or do you bring the whole family? Do you meet up with other mommy friends? The way I do it is I go alone so I can concentrate, haha. My husband is a minimalist when it comes to shopping. I also come with a general gift list because those Buy 1 Take 1 deals are really amazing. Then I like sending updates on my chat groups with my cousins and mommy friends. They do the same. We let each other know what the best deals are. If I need reinforcement (an extra cart), I ask my driver to come in so we have two carts. There, that’s my strategy.

I am wishing that these things are on 50% off –  household cleansers, toilet paper, organic chicken stock, quinoa, chia seeds, chopped garlic, Chicago mix popcorn, Christmas tins of anything, and other surprises like coffee tumblers, lunch boxes, flashlights, bath mats, towels. My wish list can go on and on. I can’t wait til S&R releases the official list of items on sale. But I am also open to surprises.

 

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Here’s a little teaser of some of the items that are going to be on sale on September 30 to October 2: UP Baby Wipes, Irish Spring Soap, Tresemme Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner, Suave 2 in 1 Professional Shampoo and Conditioner, Scope 1.5L, Dove Rough Patch Lotion Tube, Pantene Hair Spray, Dial Kids Hair and Body Wash Berry, White Rain Kids 3 in 1, Colgate Kids Mouthwash Bubblegum, UP Baby Wipes, Irish Spring Soap, US Vanilla Marble Ring Cake, US Double Choco-chip Creme Ring Cake, US Apple Raisin Creme Cake, Ben & Jerry Chunky Monkey, Ben & Jerry Chocochip Cookie Dough, Ben & Jerry New York Fudge Choco, Ranch House Angus Rib-eye Steak, Ranch House Beef Short Ribs, and Ranch House Angus Strip Steak.

See you at the S&R Members’ Treat Sale!!

 

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