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Sumptuous Lunch at Makati Shangri-La Manila December 2016

The Sun Life Philippines Thanksgiving Lunch for Media and 2016 Sinag Awarding at Makati Shangri-La Manila was a successful event. It was held last December 14, 2016 at the popular hotel in Makati City.

Obviously, I'm very pleased with the Strawberry Timbale on Almond Crisp, Vanilla Sauce served during the event since it's so delectable. It's not too sweet - perfect for me. It's eye-catching and one of the best things we had during the event.

Strawberry Timbale on Almond Crisp, Vanilla Sauce

I had so many things to do at that time but I made sure that I attended the event. It was my first time this year and I learned a lot.

For the main course, the tasty Blackened Lapu-Lapu Steak, Potato Timbale and Baked Vegetables was served to the guests. I really liked it.

Blackened Lapu-Lapu Steak, Potato Timbale and Baked Vegetables
Before the event started, I roamed around the lobby of the hotel. I used to do this every time I visit this place. By looking for the restroom, I dropped by their awesome holiday decoration.

Aside from that, I took a photo of my favorite part of the lobby. That's the staircase near the entrance. I'm so in love with this corner of Makati Shangri-La Manila lobby.

Here are the winners of the Sinag Award 2016 Digital Category. Congratulations!

I had so much fun. I'll continue supporting Sun Life Financial Philippines since I really love the way they increase awareness on financial literacy across the country.

Tag Media and Pinoy Blogger Christmas Party 2016

The year-end party with Pinoy Blogger and TAG Media & Public Relations was very successful as it was attended by more than 50 bloggers. Although it was a busy day for me, I still attended the party since I want to meet my friends there.

I was so lucky to meet again Pauline Cueto since I've been planning to collaborate with her for my upcoming book. I really need someone of her age to cast amazing melody to the story of my novel.

Daiana Menezes and Pauline Cueto
Obviously, I had so much fun during the party. My partner and I won the banana eating contest. Even though I was not proactive in joining all the games, I still had a chance to cooperate with other bloggers. 

Aside from meeting Pauline Cueto for the third time, I had a photo opportunity with Daiana Menezes who is promoting her latest show, The Fiercest of Them All, which will be aired soon through GMA Network.

The guests also love the food and drinks at the venue, which is Misono Japanese Restaurant at Jupiter Street, Makati City. I had a chance to cook Dakgalbi with the chef of the restaurant.

Here are the things that I got after the party. I wasn't lucky enough to bring home the major prizes but I'm really grateful for all these things. Thank you TAG Media and Pinoy Blogger for the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas Party.

How To Accommodate a Guest Despite Having a Busy Schedule

My place isn't a queen's lair so it's obviously simple and small. My husband and I decided to rent an apartment near Bonifacio Global City in Taguig so I can go to work quickly and safely without going through the horrible traffic in the metro. It's also my studio for blogging and book writing. One day, a friend of mine told me that she needed to stay in my place since her friend didn't confirm about the plan to stay in Quezon City. Well, I approved the request since my husband is away to manage the family business and I was alone.

We had so much fun! So how did I complete the task to be the host despite my busy schedule and well-set budget? It's simple. I stayed true to my stock knowledge in accommodating a guest for less and without stress. Here are things that I prepared to make it a reality.

1. Think about food preparation and other related necessities.

Obviously, one of the most important things to prepare before the arrival of the guest is food and drinks. I just tweaked how I usually spend my allowance and made sure that we will have something to eat and clean water supply. Since I'm really busy, I really don't prepare food at home. I just have a rice cooker and I purchase food products in my favorite supermarkets. I prepared a menu for the 4-day stay of my friend. I also prepared drinking water and snacks for both of us. It was easier than guessing what to buy for daily meals.

2. Choose a minimalist style at home.

Lately, I've been thinking about having a minimalist interior design at home to save space and to have a perfect studio for blogging. I rearranged the place before the arrival of my guest. For easier organization, I have five sections of the place such as pantry, dining, bedroom with closet, bathroom and study area. I have no other things aside from my personal belongings and work paraphernalia so it was easy for me to clean and organize the place.

3. Have a mental note of possible activities.

Before my friend's arrival, I already have an idea of her plans for the travel escapade. Based on her schedule, I planned an itinerary and matched it with my own work time. As a result, we were able to have a city tour and dinner together before I attended to other activities in the office and for my blogging duties. It was also the time that our team participated the TaskUs Lip Sync Battle. I was part of the video and live presentation. By the way, we won! Thanks to the support of our friends. Imagine my busy schedule at that time.

Aside from that, I took photos of my boss for the TaskUs Dress Your TL Contest wherein I also helped in styling her as a mafia prior to the pictorial. With all these activities, I was lucky to have perfect timing to take care of my guest at the same time.

4. Offer guidance about anything.

You'll always be remembered because of the things that you share to others, especially passing on wisdom. It's my favorite part of the hosting process. While I provide guidance for my guest, I also learn from her. I want to share my experiences to share lessons and inspire my guest. In return, I was able to see love and life from the perspective of a millennial. Isn't it amazing?

5. Take photos to keep the memories.

We had a lot of photos during her stay in my place.We also had tons of pictures at Venice Grand Canal Mall at McKinley hills. At that time, the Gondola Ride isn't available so we just roamed around the place for picture-taking opportunities.

Lastly, we had a peek of the holiday decor at SM Aura. It was an awesome concept, which is bringing the forest alive for all the guests. The Christmas lights and festive ornaments completed the look for all of us to see and enjoy.