Little champions



Crazy-amazing things are happening to me.

At the same time it’s beginning to feel like real work. In a good way. But I still insist on my non-negotiables – being there with the kids during their chosen activities. I just want to be around them. Yesterday though, I had to tape Cocktales. So Sophia had a substitute take her to voice and theatre. I mothered via remote-control and iPhone. It wasn’t so bad. I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

In between the shoot and a work-related event, I had a couple of hours to kill. So I went home (for just half an hour) and hugged the three rabbits. Then I went to the launch of Samsung Smart TV. There I realized that I am not the only mother struggling with balancing. In my table were very successful women all aiming for the same things I am… work-life balance. There was even a top executive dad who admitted he needed lots of time with his kids. It was a nice feeling.


Needed hugs so I went home and got 3 doses. Then back to work. #motherhood
In between work, I went home and got 3 doses of the best hugs in the world.


Baby #ballet will still be part of my life for the next 3 years. Cute.
We were late during the first day of Lily’s ballet class. I vow to be a bit more organized.


Today is going to be one of those days again. Lily’s ballet lessons, admin stuff for school, first day of delivery of Daphne Furniture in its new home. I’m already planning the next round of summer activities. We’re doing swimming and ice skating. These activities are as much a commitment by the parents as it is by the child. I am amazed at parents who have committed their kids to sports or arts – to the extent that their kids excel and progress. It is not easy making it to practice and sessions on time.

To all parents, not just moms, I found this video via my sister Hanni who also struggles with making breakfast, sending her boys to Tae Kwon Do and making it to the GO Train to get downtown in time for work. To my Mom and Dad who gave me all the lessons and events I wanted to do growing up – ballet, tennis, art, painting, swimming, yearbook camp – plus my brother and sisters’ activities – rowing, camping, trumpet, violin, soccer, tennis. Even though none of us ended up excelling in any of these fields, we learned the greatest lessons. That of giving our own kids the confidence to try and learn new things and hopefully find their own passions.

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Titanic 100 years ago today



My 9-year old daughter Sophia woke me up this morning and reminded me that today was the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking. She has read every Titanic fact book we’ve found and remains fascinated with every single detail about the ship. I wish we could bring them to Singapore to see the Titanic exhibit this summer, but that’s not going to happen. Last night, at our dinner party my friend Raymond Lee, a film maker, reminded me to watch James Cameron’s Titanic again. Despite the cheese factor, it remains one of my favourite films. I want to see it in 3D.

Tonight, HISTORY™ premiers its documentary, TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED at 8pm. Here’s the press release. (Gentle reminder that also tonight at 9:30pm, my new show Cocktales airs on AksyonTV. Hope you can catch that too.)


Titanic Art Card


As the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking approaches, a team of scientists, engineers, archaeologists and imaging experts have joined forces to answer one of the most haunting questions surrounding the legendary disaster: Just how did the “unsinkable” ship break apart and plunge into the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912?

TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED, premiering Sunday, April 15 at 8pm on HISTORY, will document this most recent mission, unveiling astonishing pieces of never-before-seen wreckage and presenting the expedition’s unexpected findings as well as definitive answers.


In 2010, HISTORY joined the world’s top underwater experts in this most recent expedition to the wreck site, one that completed the most thorough and exhaustive study of the wreck ever made. The undertaking, which included the leadership participation of RMS Titanic, Inc., the salvor in possession of the wreck site, yielded unprecedented new discoveries and the first comprehensive map of Titanic’s watery grave – the entire fifteen square-mile patch of ocean floor where Titanic came to rest – helping to solve the century-old puzzle of what went wrong and to determine who or what was responsible.


TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED tells the exclusive story of this expedition. In addition to the mapping of the entire site, the special will also reveal for the first time the complete picture of the breakup and sinking by use of a virtual hangar. Applying the techniques of a space shuttle or aircraft accident investigation (mapping the site and reassembling the pieces in a hangar), the team of experts will create a virtual holographic reconstruction of the wreck site in a hangar. No other anniversary show has the exclusive story of this unique expedition and its startling revelations.


In the twenty-five years since the wreck was located, no one has ever explored and mapped the entire site – none has had all the keys to understanding what could have truly happened on that fateful night – as nearly half the area remained unseen and unknown, and significant portions of the ship, which could reveal how it broke, were missing. Now, after 100 years, every inch of the entire site is finally known, and every piece of the ship documented exactly where it landed on the ocean floor a century ago.


In TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED, viewers see newly discovered pieces of the ship for the first time, follow the expedition’s new finds, and will come to learn the definitive story of how the ship broke apart. The event special will answer the biggest questions about Titanic: did she have a fatal flaw, and if so, who or what was responsible? By the end of TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED viewers will finally know the whole story, finally laying the Titanic to rest.


While other anniversary programs tout best-guess theories and land-based speculation, TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED presents new findings based on real-world hard evidence gathered on-site to deconstruct the disaster and show exactly how the ship broke apart. From this analysis, we’ll find out who or what was at fault and who or what has been blamed unfairly.


This will be the definitive story of the tragic sinking of Titanic.




TITANIC: MYSTERY SOLVED will premiere April 15, 8pm on HISTORY
(SkyCable Ch 25; Cablelink Ch44; Dream Ch 30; Destiny Cable Ch 57)

Repeat airings:
16 April (Mon): 1am, 9am, 8pm
17 April (Tues): 2pm, 11pm
18 April (Wed): 7pm
20 April (Fri): 10pm
21 April (Sat): 2pm
23 April (Mon): 2pm
28 April (Sat): 7pm
29 April (Sun): 3am, 10am



My first episode of Cocktales



Here are some snippets from my shoot last week.


The show is named after Vic Agustin’s long running column, Cocktales, which can now be found in the Interaksyon portal.  This is Cita Revilla’s first talk show, though she may look very familiar to many. Cita comes from the famous and beautiful family of the Revilla sisters.


My first episode with Vic and Cita. I wore K & Company and the necklace I made for myself (rock crystal and white gold).


We had BIR Commissioner Kim Henares. It’s tax time!


I wore the dress Hindy Tantoco made for me last year when I went to the LV opening. I wore my own jewelry.


These diva lights are the best.


They give this twinkly ring-effect around the eyes.


Hope you have a good day today!






I hope you all had a happy Easter.

This season marks many new beginnings for me. Here is the first one – a new show within the TV5 network. I’m joining veteran news journalist Vic Agustin and co-host Cita Revilla in the lifestyle, society and business talkshow, Cocktales. The show’s title comes from Vic’s business/political column.

We’ve just done one episode and I already love the work, the team, my co-hosts. I was just thinking how much I miss a live talkshow format then this offer came about. Talkshows are so much fun to do. It demands a different skill and method of storytelling. Though Cocktales isn’t live (it’s taped), it keeps me very challenged. I hope you can try to catch it and eventually make it a habit to watch the show every Sunday night at 9:30 pm on AKSYON TV (Uhf 41, Cignal 1, Skycable Digibox 59, Destiny 7).

Here’s the promo plug for last night’s episode. In case you missed it, there’s a replay the following Sunday at 12noon. I hope you can watch it and let me know what you think. (Apparently the video doesn’t show up in some cases. I apologize. I uploaded it on Flickr. There’s no YouTube channel yet. Please try viewing it in your laptop.)



Those wondering about Urban Zone, please watch this video I published last week. Thanks!