Food Porning: Berry Mix Medley Cheesecake

There are times that I thought of naming this site “chronicles of gaining weight” because that would some up the first half of my 2014. I know I was too busy engaging in so many things but looking back I could only recount the food I’ve eaten and the people I was with 🙂


Just this weekend mom bought 2 kilos of ripe mango from a friend and so we thought of making a dessert out of it. Naturally mango float was what everyone had in mind so we planned on buying graham today. But while my brother was busy finishing his float, I used the extra graham and shifted to a different dessert.


I made a yogurt cheesecake shot from ingredients we had at home. This is a modification of Nestle’s Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake found at


I came across this recipe while browsing through Facebook during my “me time” moments 2 weeks ago during an out of town training. And since then my sweet tooth couldn’t let a day pass by without bugging me about it.


1st Layer:  1 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup melter butter, 2 tbsp white sugar

2nd Layer: 1 cup philadelphia cream cheese, 1 cup yogurt, 3 tbsp sugar, gelatin melted in milk

Topping: strawberry jam

Best served in shot glasses but if not available, salad bowls like this will do.


I did 2 trials for this. For both I omitted the corn syrup (in the original recipe, see link above) as it was not available. I only used plain strawberry jam for the topping too.  For trial 2, I omitted the gelatin and milk mix as I was in a hurry to finish it.


Oh boy I just had my first bowl  tsk tsk!!!


PS. in a RUSH?

Layer 1: graham cracker crumbs

Layer 2: Cream cheese

Layer 3: Yogurt

Layer 4: Strawberry Jam


Rediscovering Duka Bay

This was supposed to be my last blog for 2013 but the internet connection was too slow so I finished uploading photos at exactly 12:16AM here in the Philippines, that means this is technically my first post for 2014.

I couldn’t think of anything more precious than the company and love of a family. Every moment spent with them is surely something I value and I am very thankful for.

My 2013

Life is full of surprises. My 2013 has been a wonderful year and what better way to wrap it up than embracing new blessings in my life. Just this November 6, 2013, I got officially hired as a Pharmacist for an international beauty, health and lifestyle retailer. It was a career move that I did not plan but I am very much happy for. Although it meant lesser time with my family as I had to go on duty 6 times in a week, I look at the fulfillment I am getting from my new workplace. That is why all the more that I am making up for those times that I missed family dinners etc.  My sister also got married last December 6, the grand opening day of the branch I am employed at. I did not make it to her wedding but even with islands apart I made sure they felt my support. So for today I am sharing outfit post as the whole family rediscovers Duka Bay on my one-day off.


















And I couldn’t get by the last leg of my 2013 if not with the all out support and unconditional love of my B.

1524969_10152488864493084_1067686730_n“where your treasure is, there your heart will also be”.


Thursday Thrift: Floral x Polka Dot

Thursday Thrift: Floral

I know it’s not a Thursday but I was caught up at work last week that I failed to post this look. I have always been a fan of finding fashionable pieces at an insanely low price and so I did not think twice on buying this floral shorts.SAM_6995This interesting floral print is very light to wear. It is perfect for a stroll at the mall or even for travelling. It is stretchable and has pockets too. This for only Php 150 🙂1I paired it with my long time polka dot razer back top that I had for Php 100 🙂 I used it for a quick meeting I attended on a windy night so I put on my fave yellow jacket.SAM_6996SAM_7016SAM_7015




Over the weekend I had my dose of Jesus experience. We, the province of Agusan del Norte, were fortunate to have hosted the annual regional conference of the CFC-Singles for Christ of Northeastern Mindanao. It was yet another astounding encounter for me. SAM_7112

The past days have been challenging as I experience emotional roller coaster over my career, Christian service and life in general. Definitely I will not go over the ABCs of my life but for those of you who also have their “fig tree” moments allow me to share what He reminded me this weekend:

“Jesus recognizes us for who we are, what we’ve been through, and where we are now.” 

When God created man He said that we were made in His own image and likeness. He never said that to anyone else, not to the pigs, the trees nor the sky. Primarily it is because we are the only ones He created to have the capacity not only to look like Him, but also to love like Him and be loved by Him. He loved us so much that even when He created the universe, He had us in mind. Imagine if God made man before making the sun or the earth, then we would be lost in darkness and space. Makes so much sense right? As one of the conference speaker said we would have cried to the Lord “Ah Lord, asan po ako? Ang dilim” (Lord where am I? It’s so dark).

The love of God is universal yet it is entirely unique and personal. So wherever you are right now and whatever you are doing, let me just remind you, YOU are God’s beloved 🙂

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CFC-Singles for Christ Regional Conference 2013

Anchor Verse: “We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19

Theme: Beloved

Official Photos at


Random Friday: Scribble Shopping (Wish List)

Scribble Shopping

I think that next to window shopping, doodling is the next best thing. This is my first fashion sketch ever and I am quite surprised on how relaxing and fulfilling it has been for me.

photo 1I felt like I really did wear this beautiful piece that I have been dreaming over for weeks. This top in particular is from lovebonito.

photo 2This see-through bodycon skirt is off white in color and has gold dot details. I randomly came across it at Instagram. And that’s a vintage gold watch 🙂

How did my drawings go? Happy Friday 🙂


A Rusty Sundate

A Rusty SundateLAST HURRAH

It was our last quality time together as a family last Sunday before my sister heads back to Cebu. I convinced them all to watch the UAAP Cheerdance Competition while having our afternoon snack. We first dropped by Margie’s Bakeshop (coffee shop) and Pan de Pugon to buy some foodies 🙂


Weekend, if ever I have one, is my time to detox and pamper myself. I work for a community drugstore so I get to serve customers the whole week. The drugstore I work for fronts a hospital so most of our customers are irritable watchers deprived of sleep, emotionally drained and financial challenged. It takes so much patience and a bag of charisma to satisfy (if not please) these group of individuals. But this Sunday (Sept 15) I get to play the “customer” role, only that I am not irritable at all. As the manager of the drugstore at the same time I know for sure how toxic it is attending to every customer’s complaints, most specially if it is about service rendered.

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fwp1Congratulations to UP Pep Squad by the way 🙂