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AntSarap Bakeshop No More

I just learned the other day that the bakeshop/coffee shop owned by my high school batch mate closed down already and is now a "BBQ/sisig resto". 
I went there one afternoon after a tiring shoot I had, to try some it's yummy food listed on their menu.
But unfortunately, almost 75% of those listed were not available for consumption. It was actually disappointing. But still not losing hope, I ordered a cake and asked for some latte (next was a frappe but no avail). So I settled with a can of soda.

Beautifully laden menu.. But UNFORTUNATELY, 75% on the list aren't available. 
Very neat and nicely arranged place. 

The cakes.. I just hope not all of these are "PANGAT". LOL For they sure all looks so delish! The front. Sad to say, it's no longer a coffee shop.. :(
The time I was there, I am with few foreigners. They also, was dismayed upon learning that the things they wanted to order weren't available that time. One of those even got mad, left the place with so…

North Pole Wreath Giveaway (US and Canada Only)

Welcome to the North Pole Wreath GiveawayHosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & GiveawaysSponsored by: Christmas Forest Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a North Pole Wreath. This is open to US & CAN, 18+ and ends 12/10/2013 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! Remember you can't win if you don't enter.
Good Luck, Thanks for entering! Entry-Form Disclaimer: Please note that SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize.

Rapid Ramen Cooker Giveaway (US Only)

Welcome to the Rapid Ramen Cooker GiveawayHosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & GiveawaysSponsored by: Rapid Ramen
The Rapid Ramen Bowl is a square shaped microwavable bowl in the same dimension of a block of ramen noodles. Simply place the noodles in the Rapid Ramen Bowl, add water to fill line, and pop in the microwave for 4 minutes. When finish take out with the two heat resistant handles, and the ramen noodles cook perfectly just the way you like them in minutes!

Now for the giveaway: Two lucky people will win a 2-Pack Rapid Ramen Cookers. This is open to US, 18+ and ends 12/13/2013 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! Remember you can't win if you don't enter.
Good Luck, Thanks for entering! Entry-Form
Disclaimer: Please note that SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways and Life in an Island Paradise are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize.

Book Review: The Seacrest By Aaron Paul Lazar

Title: The Seacrest Author: Aaron Paul Lazar Copyright: 2013 First Edition: August, 2013



This book is full of emotion. I can totally relate to Finn's character. So much in-love at the very young age. But then, situation calls for them to both part ways while still madly in love.
I found the book well written, beautifully edited and a smooth read. I highly recommend this story if you like a beautiful hard to gain romance, twists and turns, coves, blueberries, horses and sensual sex. Giving it a rating of 4 stars. 
They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.Finn McGraw disagrees.He was just seventeen when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart—and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he’s never forgotten her.Now, ten years later, he’s got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives o…

BLOGAPALOOZA MAKING NOISE

Written By: Evo Joel Contribida
More than 500 Bloggers in Metro Manila and other Cities and Provinces convened at the second venture of BLOGAPALOOZA, a business to blogger  networking event last Nov 16 at the SM Aura Convention Hall 1 in Taguig City starting from 11am down to 9pm, the said event is organized by Vince Golangco of WhenInManila.com and Francis Simisim and Anton Diaz of OurAwesomePlanet.com




This gathering of bloggers also features person who manage to become popular and earn money tru blogging and social media, like Philip The Lifestyle guy, YouTube sensation turn Actor/Comediane MikeyBustos , Bogart the explorer and the boys of Boys Night Out who share experience in Podcasting.
Plus it gives away a lot of freebies and prizes courtesy of different participating brand from restaurants, café’s to salon, to digital apps down to different brand of wellness products.  One thing is clear in this event, that Blogging or rather the social media kind of way is the next platform …

FragranceNet.com $50 eGift Card Giveaway

My SweepsBes City'sHoliday Gift Guide & Giveaway 2013



Sponsored by....
 Disclosure: I received a free product for review purposes. The opinions I have shared are honest, and my own.   

Just a few days ago I received a 1.7 FL oz bottle of Vera Wang's eau de parfum spray fromFragranceNet.comto review, and I was very excited to to receive it. I had sprayed a sample of it on me while sing in Macy's Department Store, but that was over a year ago, and I had forgotten how it smelled. 

Vera Wang's eau de Parfum has a very light, but long lasting fragrance. It's very noticeable, yet it's not over powering.  I have warn perfumes in the past that were so strong,  you could smell me coming from a half a block away. I had this happen to me a few years ago when on my way to do some shopping. When I arrived near the front of the store a guy said to me, "Ma'am I smelled your perfume way before you got here!" Lol That gengentleman didn't seem to mind the loud…

BABY& FAMILY EXPO 2013 and GOLDILOCKS bond 10,000 Families

No birthday celebration seems complete without a cake. The perfect birthday cake is the one that makes them happy - tasty decorated cake with a candle stuck in the middle. Every birthday celebration is an event to celebrate a milestone in your child’s life. Providing the perfect birthday cakes is a source of stress for some parents but with Goldilocks through the Baby & Family Expo Philippines 2013 on December 06-08, 2013 at SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, parents will now discover how to make their child’s birthday a memorable one.



In every Filipino family, celebrations like birthday, anniversary or graduation are best celebrated with a cake. Recently, Goldilocks introduced an addition to their bakeshop products - 'Decorate your Cake.' During the Family Olympics, happening on the second and third day of the Baby & Family Expo, young children ages 5-8 years old will unleash their creativity skills in the Decorate your Cake challenge. Together with th…

Farm Rich Free Product Coupons Giveaway

Welcome to the Farm Rich Free Product Coupons GiveawayHosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & GiveawaysSponsored by: Farm RichFarm Rich products have been setting the standard for delicious, easy-to-prepare food the whole family loves and craves for.
Farm Rich foods taste like nothing else because they're made like nothing else, with 100% real ingredients like real cheese, high-quality meats, and fresh vegetables. Our snacks, appetizers, and breakfast foods are quick-frozen and carefully packaged so busy families can prepare great-tasting food within minutes.
From early-morning breakfasts to midnight snacks, we're proud to say Farm Rich® products have become synonymous with high quality and great taste.
Products offered:
Cheese Sticks
Mini Pizza Slices
Mozzarella Bites
Philly Cheese Steaks
Stuffed Pretzel Bites
Marinara Stuffed Mozzarella Sticks
Mini Quesadillas
Jalapeno Peppers
Mushrooms
Original French Toast Sticks
Cinnamon Sprinkle French Toast Sticks
Mini Bacon Chees…

Combating Climate Change by Using Cloth Diapers

It's almost 4 months that we're exclusively using cloth diapers for my baby Moirah, and I can proudly say that never a single moment we think about disposable diapers. No matter how enticing their offers are, I still don't care, as long as we are using cloth diapers, never a gain will I try to let my daughter use disposable ones.
Imagine how many moms are still using disposable diapers for their babies. That being the case, imagine how many spoiled nappies to be thrown, imagine that those things will not degrade nor be dissolve for more than 500 years. Imagine this dump trailer full of soiled nappies. Mother Earth will sure cry for help!
In my own little way, I know I am helping Mother Nature. Along with the moms I know that are also using cloth diapers.

Little Caesars Pizza Prize Pack Giveaway

Welcome to the Little Caesars Pizza Prize Pack GiveawayHosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & GiveawaysSponsored by: Little CaesarsHow do you spontaneously celebrate the great convenience and value of a HOT-N-READY pizza? With a High 85 of course. Pick up a large HOT-N-READY Classic for $5 or a DEEP!DEEP! Dish for $8. Plus tax at part. locations. You can connect with Little Caesars Pizza on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a $25 Little Caesars Pizza GC & XL Hoodie. This is open to US, 18+ and ends 12/06/2013 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! Remember you can't win if you don't enter.
Good Luck, Thanks for entering! Entry-Form Disclaimer: Please note that SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize.

Giveaways: 10 Days of Christmas

Free sign up with pay option
Starting December 2, we will have a giveaway starting each day until Dec. 11. ($550 in prizes).
If more sponsors are added, no anything charges will be made, I will just ask you if you want to participate on that specific giveaway.
To get your free link you must post the promotion announcement (co-hosts are not require if you are co-hosting the 10 giveaways), you will have the option to select which giveaways you want to be part of.
Free link Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.   Get your promotion announcement here

Here are the pay options: Co-host for all the giveaways $15.  (you are saving $35) Include:  2 co-host pages, up to 10 links on the RC (no google links)
Co-host for each giveaway $5.00 (in case you don't want to be a co-host for all the giveaways) For example you maybe want to co-host only a few giveaways and get free links for the other giveaways!! 
Co-host page $3.00 (Co-host page are only to get more traffic to your blog and will help with your number,…

$299 Riiviva Microderm Kit Giveaway (US and Canada)

Sposored by: Riiviva
Hosted by: NYSavingSpecials


One Lucky winner will win  a $299 Riiviva Microderm Kit

The first and only FDA-registered handheld rechargeable microdermabrasion tool available for home-use. Riiviva Face, via a gentle diamond tipped abrasion, resurfaces the outermost layer of skin. Then, using a small vortex vacuum, it cleans away unwanted dead skin cells




Riiviva will have a 4-day sale event, ofering 30% off our entire store, free shipping
Details Novermber 23 to 29
US and Canada resident
All entries are optional
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Disclaimer: Life in an Island Paradise is not responsible for the awarding of the prize.  Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.  If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email the host at nysavingspecials@gmail.com

Pinoys Love Videoke

Videoke is a very popular form of entertainment in the Philippines. An entertainment in which novice singers or just anybody who wants to consider singing, sing alongside with recorded new music utilizing a microphone. On video, the voice of the original singers are taken out or muted and the lyrics are shown with corresponding moving cursors and transforming text shades so that 1 can easily stick to the song. These serve as a manual to successfully supply the song. It can be in a basic Tv with an attached player or it can also be a videoke device wherein you press the corresponding buttons to enter the variety of your song and then play it.


That being said, having a good set of microphones like best astatic microphones makes you sound so good in singing while having fun using videoke. :)
In our family, who only a few loves to sing, it's always a plus having a videoke machine rented for a birthday event. My youngest brother is the one who loves to sing and is always enjoying the …

Orchestra, Anyone?

Watching August Rush sometime last week made me love to listen to more orchestra-tic music! Who wouldn't? I love how those musical instruments joined together can make a very lovely sound! It feels so good, really.

Big percussion gives me thrill!

Violins are enticing! Enhances the moods (positively).




Now, it made me feel sad that orchestra is not really a "thing" here in the Philippines.

But anyways, would really be great if one of my kids be interested in joining or even learning musical instruments.

Before I had this thick song book that have the notes of every beautiful old songs I've known, but someone borrowed it but didn't return it. It could've been a good start to learn playing musical instruments like the violin or guitar.

Now, I wonder if I they're selling some exceptional Hal Leonard products here in the Philippines?

Building Your Child's Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is one of those character traits that ensures a child will develop into an emotionally healthy, assertive adult. However, because your children attend school with their peers, they're exposed to numerous incidents of peer pressure every day, which can challenge their self-confidence. So, what's a parent to do?
Although some of these incidents at school have positive effects on your child's psyche, the child who gets a healthy boost of self-confidence at home will fare far better when it comes to handling the influences of peers.
These strategies can help you cultivate self-confidence in your child:
1. Allow children to do tasks and duties themselves. Even though you might prefer to follow along behind your child as he makes his bed, straightening the off-center pillows and fixing the bedspread that's draping on the floor on one side, it's important for your child to feel he performed well in a task you assigned. 
* Stifle your internal urges to cor…

CELEBRITY FAMILIES TO BE AWARDED AT THE BABY & FAMILY EXPO 2013

The biggest family event of the year, Baby & Family Expo Philippines 2013, happening on December 06-08, 2013 at SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, will be recognizing celebrity families, parents and kids who have been a great inspiration and role model to Filipino families in the first ever Golden Family Awards. The awarding ceremony is scheduled on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 6pm.
The Golden Family of the Year will be awarded to celebrity parents Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo and to daughter Johanna “Yohan Lois" and son Juan Luis "Lucho." Their on-screen love team developed to an off-camera relationship. Four years after, wedding bells were finally heard. Despite rumors, their relationship stayed strong. Aside from their successful showbiz career, Judy Ann and Ryan still managed to be hands-on parents. When it comes to enforcing discipline to their kids, they prefer to handle it on a case-to-case basis instead of imposing cardinal rules. Both p…

DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?

During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question.
She said, "How do I know if I married the right person?"
I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said,
"It depends. Is that your husband?" In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?"

Let me answer this question because the chances are
good that it's weighing on your mind.

Here's the answer.
EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with
your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked
their idiosyncrasies.

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a
completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love...

Because it's happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, "I was swept of my feet." Think about the
imagery of that __expression. It implies that you were just standing
there; doing …

Hardys: It Gets Better with Time

I am blessed with the best sets of friends. I've been with them since time immemorial! We've been through ups and downs and we stuck together. 




And now that most of us already have families, we have less time to see each other. Specially that they're working outside Palawan area. But we make it a point that when they're in the city we meet and spend some quality time along with our kids/family. 

Time has made us all mature and change a little, but I am thankful that our friendship remains the same. In fact it gets better by the years. I am not rich or famous, but with these people I have as friends, I could not ask for more. 

See, things get better over time, just like Hardys – after 160 years, it just keeps getting better. Established in 1853 – 160 years of wine making experience, pioneers of quality blending techniques and with over 3000 awards in the last decade. 
It's always nice to celebrate special events/occasions with the best friends you have and the best wine…

Helping #YolandaPH's Victims via GCASH

Help the victims of Super Typhoon by donating via GCash, simply dial *143# > GCash > Donate.


Talking about Percussion

I was once fascinated with big drums, how they create loud base sound! At first it sounded a scary one, but as time goes by I started to like the feeling of nervousness while listening to the sound it created. Heart pounding sounds is such a thrill for me. The louder, the better. It really excites me.

Bongos and Big Drums are the ones I like! Oh, before I forget, I was once a member of a Drum and Lyre Group in my former school. Of course, my instrument is Lyre! :)

And now I wonder how they create cool innovative percussion mallets that helps in producing great sounds?!


It's just too bad that my daughter's school doesn't have a Drum and Lyre group, unlike those in the public schools. She'll be missing the fun of playing the lyre/xylophone. Unless I'll buy her one. LOL

Ceelin Plus: For A Healthier and Taller Kid

As a parent, I would always want my kids to be at the top of their health.

That's why as much as possible I'll try my very best to protect them against sickness. I gave them vitamins that will boost their immune system. 
The best that I can give them is Unilab's Ceelin Plus!
Eversince I had Yzabel, her pediatrician prescribed Ceelin Drops as her vitamin. So I also gave it to my youngest duaghter. 
Now, she's already 7years old, I give her Ceelin Plus, for a better health and and strong resistance.
In a two months time, my little one will be taking this too! 
As per indicated in its packaging, Ceelin Plus uses the unique ZincPlus technology of PediaTech that ensures the stabilized combination of Vitamin C and Zinc. 
Plus it also provides  a delicious taste having a fruity Apple flavor, without the atringent taste of Zinc. 
With better health and boosted immune system, I am confident that my kids will always be in good health.

According to health experts, Vitamin C forms part of …