Happy Monday

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetThis Happy Monday post is dedicated to a lovely lady who I met during the Negros Trade Fair over the weekend. She took the time to let me know that she’s an avid reader of this site and especially enjoys reading my Happy Monday posts during lunch break at work. It’s interactions with readers like these that inspire me to keep updating this site as often as possible. Thank you for making my Sunday just a little brighter!

I know that I had a few weeks of lull last month, but I hope the last few very photo heavy posts make up for it. If you haven’t already, please be sure to like the site’s Facebook page for updates on new posts. I promise I’ve got a few coming up!

Till then, here are some fun links from around the web:

So cool! Recipes suspended in air. 

Top 10 grilled cheese sandwiches in Manila

27 books to read to kids before they grow up. 

Why does everyone look hotter in sunglasses

Childhood taste preferences are set in infancy. 

A super heart-warming story from 9/11. 

My friend Chinie’s hilarious experience with bullet coffee. 


FLOW SurfYogaSamba Retreat

A few weeks ago, I received the most wonderful message in my email inbox. I was invited to spend a weekend trying my first FLOW retreat. The best part? I was welcome to bring my son Fin with me! This was the poster attached to the message:

FlowsurfyogasambaFor those that have never heard of these retreats, FLOW describes themselves as “Boutique three-day weekends that will spark your spirit and leave your body and mind relaxed and revitalized! Learn Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga, surf and samba. Nourish your body with delicious meals and raw food snacks.”

FLOW has held retreats in Cebu, Danjugan, La Union and even as far as Bali, Indonesia. Prices and activities vary depending on the location, but you’re guaranteed that you’ll leave these weekends with new friends, healthy discoveries, and a fully recharged battery of energy for your day-to-day life. Here are photos from my FLOW experience that was held in picturesque Windward House in Batangas.

windwardhouseMy super efficient wedding planners Monica Eleazar-Manzano and Denise Gonzales-Bernardo are two of the three ladies who founded FLOW. These women live and breathe an all-natural life and are always glowing without a dab of makeup.

afterlight-4Monica after teaching her sunrise morning yoga class. Watch my interview with Monica here about her water birth experience.

afterlight-19Denise getting ready to demonstrate how to make the perfect detox morning drink.

One of the first things that FLOW gives you is an adorable tote bag filled with goodies you can try during your weekend. These items vary depending on the retreat being held.





bafterlight-2 bafterlightWe were offered an afternoon demonstration on how to juice vegetables and fruits, dry skin brush, and oil-pull. More on oil-pulling in a future blog entry.




afterlight-17We had a stand-up paddle boarding session with SUP distributor/ instructor Tonio Legarda.


bafterlight-20I’m not vegetarian, so I was a little apprehensive to spend a whole weekend having nothing but vegetarian food from morning to night. Needless to say, I worried over nothing. Each meal served at the retreat was tastier than the one before it. Denise Celdran of Edgy Veggy did an excellent job of giving us greens that were so fresh and an assortment of dishes filled with color and flavour.








afterlight-3The retreat also gave us time for our own reflections and relaxation. Many of us would use these free hours to chat, read, or just lounge by the pool. Fin and I included.





windwardhouse7FLOW retreats are offered in only the prettiest of locations. This retreat was a stone’s throw from powdery beaches and other dream houses.





afterlight-9One of the best parts of this retreat was getting to meet so many people with such colourful stories. Even though our  retreat was all women, FLOW retreats often include men as well. Guys, don’t be intimidated to sign up.

afterlight-21Check out the Facebook page of talented photographer Stephanie Dandan.

afterlight-2Thank you so much, FLOW for giving Fin and I the opportunity to have such a wonderful weekend! We can’t wait to join the next one!

For those interested, FLOW is having two more events this year in Bohol and La Union. You can find all details through their:

Website | Facebook Page | Instagram


Danjugan Island at the Negros Trade Fair 2014

It’s that time of the year once again where I invite everyone to come to the Glorietta Activity Center this weekend to help save an island.


Danjugan is a a lush 43-hectre marine sanctuary located in Negros, Philippines. My husband’s family has worked very hard to make sure that the island goes untouched and local plants and animals can thrive. There are no resorts on the island, no electricity, and water is collected from the rain. It is raw beauty in its purest form. Trust me when I tell you that it is one of the most beautiful places you will have a chance to see in the Philippines.

pinoyimg-1There are many ways you can help preserve this island for future generations:

1. You can visit the island. Danjugan is open for day tours or overnight stays. This is as close to nature as you’re going to get.

2. You can sponsor a marine camp. Danjugan hosts marine camps for public school kids to educate them on the importance of preserving our environment. The island’s team believes that these children will be the future leaders of their community and many them have already gone on to become marine biologists and environmental warriors.

3. You can sponsor a marine camper. If sponsoring an entire camp is a little over your budget, you are also welcome to sponsor just one child.

4. You can buy products at the Negros Trade Fair this weekend. Here are some of the adorable products that you can purchase. All proceeds will go towards preserving Danjugan.

Handmade key-chains: 

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photo 2Note cards with works of artists who donated to Danjugan’s cause: 

photo 4-4Eco bags: 

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photo 5-2Clay jewelry: 

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photo 2-2Shirts for eco-warriors big or small:  

photo 1So please head to the Glorietta Activity Center this weekend and stop by the Danjugan booth. Please be sure to say hello if you see us there!


For more information on Danjugan Island, please visit their:

Website | Facebook Page

All product photos taken by Carlo