Food, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

Friendly Desserts :)

Brownies. Cakes. Cookies. Cupcakes. Macarons. The dessert list evolves and goes on, but one thing’s for sure: I’ll always love ’em all! Haha! I actually credit my love for sweets to my late mother who was so passionate about baking. In fact, our Christmas season equated to “fruitcake season,” and I grew up to the smell of freshly-baked whatnot all year round. What started as a passion, then turned into a business. In 2001, my mother eventually pursued opening an actual bakeshop just near our house. Unfortunately in 2003, we lost her to cancer. And as much as we wanted to, we couldn’t continue the business anymore. But that was THEN.

I still plan on resurrecting my mother’s bakeshop in honor of her. Someday, the world will once again be able to taste her pastries and sweet treats through her recipes that we, as a family, treasure.

But since I’m still in the process of acquiring baking (even cooking) skills (ahem!), I just made it a personal advocacy to support people I know who share the same passion as my Mama.

So in this entry, I’ve included three of my friends who found their passion for baking, and I hope you also get the chance to taste heaven through their creations! 🙂

Tiny’s Desserts

My friend Tiny (or Tinah as some call her) and I go all the way back to high school. Now, we’re workmates! Of course I’m talking about our day jobs (which is my dream job, btw! hehe!) because as I’ve mentioned earlier, I can’t bake nor cook to save my life! At least not yet! =))

Anyway, even before Tiny decided to make her passion an actual business, I was already lucky enough to sample some of her baked goodies.

From her eggcheflan (yes, it’s leche flan inside an egg shell!) to her brownie cupcakes, I know that I’ll order for some more!!! 😉

Moist Chocolate Brownies

Moist Chocolate Brownies

For more information on how to order from Tiny’s Desserts, click here.

Gracefully Sweet Blessings

Stock analyst by day, baker by night (or during the weekends). That’s my friend Grace.

I met Grace through my Light Group from #FeastMakati, and I’ve witnessed how her passion slowly turned into a business. She specializes in customized cakes, but I’m pretty sure she can bake anything! I can’t wait for what’s in store for her and her budding cake business!

THE Blueberry Cheesecake that Grace shared to our Light Group! #happytummy

THE Blueberry Cheesecake that Grace shared to our Light Group! #happytummy

For more information on how to order from Gracefully Sweet Blessings, click here.

True Riches Cupcakes

Ah, don’t let the name fool you. True Riches Cupcakes don’t just serve cupcakes, they serve anything and everything under the sun that can be baked! They can even provide desserts for parties and whatnot. And the interesting part? My friend and former officemate Cha (the owner) is actually a software developer by day! O diba?!

Aside from the cupcakes, I recommend you try TRC’s flavored Cookie Shots and French Macarons:

Cookie Shots

Cookie Shots

heart-shaped French Macarons

heart-shaped French Macarons

For more information on how to order from True Riches Cupcakes, click here.

And those are just three of the people I know who are using passion as fuel to their own successes. I’m sure you also know people who do the same. Let’s all support them together! 😀

Gathered Thoughts, Money (and Crafts)

My Ramble to the Universe about Making My Dreams Come True :)

Someday, my dreams will come true.

I know it sounds a little corny, so okay. Someday, OUR dreams will come true. Better? 🙂

Of course I know that in order to do so, 99% definitely has to come from hard work. And as I’m preparing myself for that “battle,” I believe it also doesn’t hurt to somehow let the “universe” know what these dreams are — and that’s where I’m allotting the remaining 1%. After all, generations have claimed that The Secret was part of their successes. Ahem!

So here I am, claiming my life-long “dreams,” using the medium I know best: the written word.

But what exactly are my dreams? Well, there are A LOT! But for now, I’ll be focusing on these two because they’ve been the constant ones on my mind lately: financial independence and business.

Financial independence
Saving up is hard to do. Trust me, that has been a dilemma of mine even before I started working.

I’m a big spender. There, I said it! 😐

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not really the typical shopaholic who “loses” money by buying stuff at expensive stores. You’d be surprised to know that the NUMBER ONE thing that makes me “lose” money is FOOD! (Okay, maybe it’s not that surprising considering the number of pounds I’ve gained for the past several years! HA HA HA). Point is, I spend a lot of money on FOOD and DRINKS (check out the hashtag #MikaChiongEatsAndDrinks on Instagram! #shamelessplug) that it’s not good anymore. Finance- and health-wise.

I know that my love affair with FOOD is forever but lately, I’ve been trying to change some of my ways — beginning with my savings. Again, don’t get me wrong. I have savings. It’s just that I’ve set an amount as my “emergency fund” goal years ago and up to know, I still haven’t reached it on my own. When I say “on my own,” inheritance and whatnot NOT included. So yeah, I still have a long way to go when it comes to my finances.

BUT, I’m thankful that my eyes have been opened to the fact that there’s another way to be financially independent beyond my savings account in the bank: INVESTMENTS.

I’ve been hearing about life insurance, mutual funds, stocks, etc. since time immemorial and the more I learn about them, the more I’m convinced. After I reach my “emergency fund” goal, I won’t put my money in my savings account anymore. Instead, my hard-earned money will all go to investments — life insurance, mutual funds, stocks, property, even travel. In that order. So if you’re one of my friends reading this and I’ve been turning down some social invites lately, I apologize. Know that the aforementioned types of investments are my priority right now. 😉

I’m not YET an expert when it comes to explaining about these types of investments (like I said, I’m still learning!), but if you’re interested to start investing as well, I recommend you contact the following people:

Thz-z “Zay” Pandosen of Sun Life – 0917-3125395

Enzo Toledo of Philam Life –

As for me, I just hope and pray that all my investments go very well. Are you listening, Universe? 😛

Ah, probably “the most challenging” on my list of dreams. Sigh.

In relation to my dream of being financially independent through my investments is THIS another type of investment: business.

Why “the most challenging” for me?

Well for one, I’m no business graduate which kind of results to this: I’ve no idea how I can start one! (Okay, maybe I’ve an idea but it’s easier said than done. If you know what I mean.)

Also, unlike my other investments, I dream of businesses (yes, plural!) that go beyond profit. Aside from earning, I also want to focus on PASSION and PURPOSE. Meaning, it’s not just me and my money that are at stake. In fact, there’s no “me” anymore. That’s going to be replaced by WE. Pressure much!!!

Anyway, I just try to make myself believe that at least I have the yearning to do so. I’ve pretty much already thought of what my businesses would be (including their names, but I won’t disclose those for now). They are:

-a pastry shop (in honor of my late mother and of course, my love for desserts); and

-a nail spa (in honor of my kikay-ness! haha!)

I don’t want to dwell into details but now that this plan of mine is out in the open, yes, I’m looking for business partners! So if you’re also into my business ideas, drop me a line immediately! No kidding! 😀

As for the Universe, I don’t want to be an employee forever. By that, I don’t mean I have to resign from my day job. Instead, allow me to be a hybrid. Or in the world of “slashies,” something that gives me the right to put “Employee / Business Lady” on my Instagram profile! Mwahahahahaha!

P.S: Just because my “big” businesses are still ideas for now, doesn’t mean I’m not “open for business.” This is another #shamelessplug on my part but if you need help with the written word, know that I do freelance editing/proofreading/writing of articles, academic essays, and whatnot. E-mail me at for details and spread the word! Thaaanks!

And there you have it. Don ‘t hate. Rest assured that if you get to make your dreams come true, I’ll be happy for you too! 🙂

*all together now* Lez do t’is!

Another pursuer of dreams,


There’s A New “It” Phone in Town!!!

First thing’s first.  At the end of this blog post, I’ll be giving away a FREE PHONE!!!  *palakpakan*

Yes, you’ve read that right.  But patience is a virtue, my friends.  So before that, let me introduce to you…

DTC Mobile

(photo courtesy of DTC Mobile)

DTC Mobile was established just last year (2011) by DTC Mobile Distribution Inc.

It “was established to provide the telecommunication needs of Filipinos.  DTC Mobile is designed not only with superior-quality, guaranteed durability and trendy fashion, but aims to be the best user-friendly mobile phone which suits users of all ages from all walks of life, at a very reasonable price.”

It’s true because their handsets range from Php888-Php2,888 only.  Having said that, drop by their official website to know more about DTC Mobile. 😀

Anyway, the brand carries the following phone units: Classic Bar, Qwerty Phone, and TV Phone.  PLUS, I believe that Android, Tablet, and Touchscreen models are already in the works!  So unlike other more expensive phone brands, you really can’t go wrong with what DTC Mobile has to offer! 😉

DTC Mobile’s First Era Units (photo courtesy of DTC Mobile)

Now, on to the fun part — the free phone!!!  Thanks to our friends from DTC Mobile, I’ll be giving away a GTV1 Stark phone:

Click the image to know more about the GTV1 Stark.

How to join?  Just follow these three simple steps:

Step 1- Click the Facebook LIKE button below this post, as well as the one on the DTC Mobile Facebook page.
Step 2- Get FIVE (5) of your friends to click LIKE, too, on both!!!
Step 3- Send your name, the names of your 5 friends you asked to click both of the LIKE buttons, and 1 mailing address to on or before March 9, 2012.  (Open to Philippine residents only.)


And that’s it!  The winner will be notified via e-mail.  I repeat, you have until MARCH 9 (Friday) so I think that’s enough time to keep LIKING and SHARING the DTC Mobile Facebook page.  See, I told you it’s that simple! 😉

In the mean time, you can already buy your own DTC Mobile handsets by visiting any Mega One Phones and Gadgets Shop.  Also, DTC Mobile kiosks are located at:

-Robinsons Lipa (soon to open)
-Robinsons Metro East (soon to open)
-SM Bacoor
-SM Batangas
-SM Bicutan
-SM Calamba
-SM Dasmarinas
-SM Fairview
-SM Masinag
-SM San Lazaro (soon to open)
-SM Southmall (soon to open)
-SM Sta. Mesa
-SM Taytay

With DTC Mobile, we can truly attest that our voice IS their passion!  Thaaank yoouuu! 🙂 🙂 🙂

This is a sponsored post.