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Mother’s Day 2015: Afternoon Tea Buffet in Tagaytay at Discovery Country Suites

May 10, 2015 (Sunday) is officially Mother’s Day – good opportunity to treat ourselves, family and our own moms to something special and most of all, create new bonding memories.

Of all the usual places in Tagaytay (the only place she allows me to treat her), I’ve never taken my mom to Restaurant Verbena  in Discovery Country Suites. I’ve never been myself until this weekend with my spouse.  Read: I thought the place was exclusive to hotel guests, the place has this high end exclusive look to it but now I know it’s friendly to walk-in customers. Well, time to impress our families by choosing Verbena Restaurant of Discovery Country Suites!

This is their Mother’s Day setup for May 9-10 Mother’s Day weekend. The afternoon tea dessert buffet is Php 850 per person.

Cakes: Red velvet, strawberry shortcake,  hummingbird cake (banana, pineapple spice cake).


Cookies
: homey chocolate chip cookies in two versions, soft and crunchy.


Muffins:
blueberry muffins and more in perfect bite sizes.


Chocolate Marquise

This is the signature dessert of Discovery Suites. Make this your prelude if you are planning or saving for a staycation in this country style boutique hotel.


Hot buns featuring local Benguet strawberry jam and Tagaytay pineapple jam


Fancy cupcakes with different flavors and frostings

Comforting brownie squares

And more including this sweets drawer, nice to have for kids.

Did I say impress-ive? My mom’s the hardest person in the world to satisfy and her approval is gold. Like all moms her attention to detail and her heart at work is excellent. The strawberry shortcake reminds me of my mother’s pineapple upside down cake. So much so I asked how it was made.

There is no secret ingredient to the perfect melt in your mouth sponge cake, the pastry chef (Rhea) would never take a shortcut to beating the egg whites, then the yolks, and being focused on this dessert until it is excellently made.

The nice setup is like a fancy kiddie party for moms, one we or our own moms must have wished for when we were young but didn’t have. Of course the site is in Tagaytay so expect nice gentle breeze while your family enjoy celebrating Mother’s Day.

Restaurant Verbena also offers a special lunch and dinner menu for Mother’s Day, May 9-10. Among all dishes, I will recommend the strawberry fields salad and the bacon wrapped roast beef in truffle oil and mushroom.


Strawberry Fields Salad

Bacon wrapped roast beef stuffed with truffle mushroom

You can have your lunch at Restaurant Verbena and follow it with the afternoon tea buffet, or stay for dinner after the buffet. Lots of choices and activities to make your day more exciting.

Mommy Lace tip: Note that FREE head massage comes with the afternoon dessert buffet. Make sure you reserve ahead of May 9-10 to have a stress-free celebration: dcsrsvn@discovery.com.ph or call (02) 529-8172.

How do you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day? Share your tips, ideas and even recommended places to celebrate.

Happy mother’s day! We deserve a break

It’s that time of the year again and like birthdays, mother’s day makes me feel old but happy. I am celebrating my 2nd year as a mom as Ashton turns 2 this May. I still consider myself a newbie mom and realized that being a mom is not an easy feat. We all have moms but we don’t realize how much courage, faith, and hard work it is to raise kids until we become mothers ourselves. My message to everyone and to my son Ashton is that mothers are human too, not created equally, and are imperfect. I have yet to hear about a “perfect” mom who never made mistakes. Most of all, hardworking moms need to work like men and it’s our love for our children that gives us super power strength.

This mother’s day, I salute my fellow moms out there and wish that all moms become like you. Loving, caring, hardworking, and make smart choices for their children. Mother’s day also remind me of children who grew up without moms, are orphaned, or who have irresponsible parents. I pray everyday that children around the world experience a mother’s loving care and I salute every generous moms out there who extend their love to other kids and not just their own.

Fantastic moms, you deserve a break today. Happy mother’s day! :)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Being a mom is a very special gift that is unparalleled by any other present in this world!

I thank God for giving me the opportunity to raise, yes, a man that came from my womb. It is a challenge and great responsibility, I wish Ashton will grow up a gentle, caring, hardworking, and responsible man. That would be the ultimate Mother’s Day present. It’s so rare to find such a man these days and I swear on my own grave I would try my best to raise a good man.

I also like to greet my sister Joni, who everyday inspires me to be the best mum in the world. I look forward to the day I work as fast as she does. She told me once, when you are a mom, you have to work as if you are the only person in the room. No more depending on others or waiting for others to do something. Just do it!

And of course our mom who inspires me everyday to make lots of money like she did as a single mom to three girls.

Happy Mums Day everyone! <3

Home and Living: Mother’s Day Wishlist

This will be my first Mother’s Day as an actual mom and even I don’t know when the exact date for the occasion is. What I know are a list of things I wish for which could also translate to the best things you can give your own mom and wife, or even wedding anniversary gift ideas.

1. A relaxing day – we love our babies but wish someone can let us have ME time. Maybe dads can mind the babies during Mother’s Day and actually let moms get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

2. A pleasant surprise – it could be a nice well-made breakfast, flowers, a printed framed photo of us and the baby, or just a cup of hot coffee to great us in the morning. I can’t believe how busy moms can be, whether working or not and a pleasant surprise can give us that much needed energy to continue our roles.

3. A quick practical getaway – this one will make my heart jump. Imagine waking up in the morning with breakfast served and an announcement that you are off to your favorite spa or hotel. It could even be a getaway inside the house, yes! With the correct arrangements, you can transform a room into a spa haven. Book for a home massage for your wife and setup the room with relaxing music and soothing scents.

4. Lastly, a fabulous dinner with dessert – don’t forget the coffee. I wish I don’t have to cook for mother’s day and I want a hearty steak meal! Ooh lala, a glass of my favorite mojito which I haven’t had for two years now (breastfeeding) would be awesome.

Happy Mother’s Day Wishlist

I might be getting overly excited about being a mommy but friends told me I am “in” for today’s Mother’s Day celebration and I have been a mom for 8 months already :) Just for fun and this will also serve as my things to buy (soon), I’ve listed down some things I and other expectant moms would wish for should a genie appear right in front of them.

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1. Air conditioner that is an energy saver and filters germs (for the baby) – we saw one of these during the LG launch last year. I am not sure how much this will cost now.  Also, I would love to bask in a cool environment because it is just  so hard to bear the heat for preggers like me.

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2. A new laptop for Daddy Az. His laptop is acting up, maybe from over use. It is our little money-maker and he is in dire need of a new one. I would love for him to have an Acer laptop like mine, I just don’t have much faith in the current brand he is using. Or, I can wish for several cheap hard drives for him to assemble his own desktop computer where he can work on big files, uploads, and blog faster.

3. My third wish is for us to be able to finally move houses. This week, Az and I have been left alone for some days and we’ve managed quiet well (and peacefully). I can take care of house work in my own time, take care of the Daddy’s needs, and rest whenever I need to. The Daddy has been wonderful providing for our needs and working hard, while I do my share of good housekeeping and cooking for (the three of) us.

For this I would need to: –

– apply for an Internet connection and telephone line

– apply for a satellite cable TV subscription

– clean the entire house and move our things

And I think I would be able to do this only after I give birth, some say moving to another house while pregnant is not good (superstitions). Yet, I want to be there as soon as possible so we can learn to decide on our own and try our own ways of doing things.

So mommies out there, think about good things today because you deserve it! :) Happy Mother’s Day!