Series: The Big Transition Part 2

Series: The Big Transition Part 2

Brand Ambassadors

As I have said in my previous blog, Kris and I were so blessed to be chosen as brand ambassadors of Lea & Perrins brand.  It was an awesome experience for me and Kris but what’s even greater is what goes with that experience. During our interview with Popoy Roderos, the Senior Brand Manager of Heinz, where Lea and Perrins belong, I mentioned that I will be attending a cooking class (half day course) at the Academy for International Culinary Arts. (You know, just sharing my interest in cooking and stuff). On the day we were shooting the commercial he asked me if I really wanted to go to culinary school. So I said yes with all of my heart. And he goes like “I’m not promising anything but we are looking at the possibility of sending you there.”  Whoa! Did I hear it right? Yes I did. Going to a culinary school is but once just a dream. I know it’s not a promise but it’s enough to tickle my imagination.

Vision Board
Two years ago, I have this vision board up on the wall of our bedroom. That’s where I put pictures of the big things I am praying for. So I have there the pictures of our dream house and… guess what, the class schedule of CCA (Center for Culinary Arts) that I printed out. I told Kris about it but he knew that I am exploring a lot of things and discovering my passion so apart from not having enough finances to send me there, he wants me to be sure of what I want and to really pray for it. In passing I told myself “if only someone could sponsor my schooling…”.  So that CCA schedule was just pinned there while my vision board accumulates a lot of other things needed to be prayed about. I forgot about it after a while but the desire to attend culinary school someday, remains.

The Perfect Plan
Knowing that desire in my heart, Kris inquired from Phil Global Hospitality Institute last February. His family is going into the hospitality business and he’s thinking maybe it’s the best time for me to go. So we’re like weighing our finances and see if we can pull it through.

But God’s plan is way better…in fact always perfect.

In March, Popoy Roderos called Kris and told him that he wants us to check the Istituto Culinario (IC) in Greenhills. So we did. Chef Chris Bautista, IC’s Department Head, toured us around their campus. It was great to be there. I really felt ecstatic.

After that tour, Popoy Roderos contacted Kris again and told him the great news. Heinz and IC entered into a partnership that will send both Kris and I into cooking classes starting April to August. Whoa! How great is that?!  I am going to culinary school with Kris.  Learning is going to be so much fun with him.

The Perfect Timing
I’ve been wanting this for the longest time. I am praying for it right from the heart.  It was not given to me right away but never did I give up on this dream. I waited…like I always do.

Thank you Lord for always making my dreams come true. You are always perfect on timing. And You are always true to your promises.

Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him…

We were provided with our IC's bag complete with kitchen tools.
Thrilled to be in our chef's jacket
We learned the art of making stock on our first week.
I appreciate clear soup better that takes long hours to cook to attain a certain appearance.
Beef Consomme Brunoise & Porcini and Barley Soup
Cream of Mushroom Soup & Potato and Leek Soup
Reviewing for our first test.
Our Lea & Perrins TV Commercial

Our Lea & Perrins TV Commercial

“Lord, when I get a project, I hope there’s no other man involved. Or if there is, I hope it’ll be Kris.”

That was exactly what I was pondering on the day before my birthday when I was called for a casting of condiment commercial that’s specifically looking for a mom who knows how to cook.

Being the ever supportive husband that Kris is, he and Isaiah drove me that afternoon to the agency. After my VTR, the caster, who is by the way very amiable, asked me what I cook. I said “My husband loves my caldereta”  to which she asked another question if my husband knows how to cook also and if he’s with me. Apparently, they were looking for a real life couple so they took a VTR of Kris who was outside playing with Isaiah.

Weeks have passed. And just when we thought we never made it to that casting, the agency called saying we were shortlisted for the condiment commercial. I was excited but don’t know what to expect. In fact, I don’t feel like going anymore to the final casting because I was so stressed with the articles that I have to submit that same day. Thankfully, I managed to finish work.

When we arrived at the Production House in Makati, we met the other two talents who were paired as a couple. There was also the Director and the rest of the production crew. It felt intimidating. But after a good take called by the Director I felt like it was ‘that easy’. Shortly after that, we drove to meet with the client in Ortigas. Kris and I felt at ease with them. They were warm and very accomodating. Everything felt so surreal. I felt so good but I knew I have to guard my feelings so I was praying not to want the things that God doesn’t want for us.

After meeting with the client, we were told to go back to Makati to have a workshop with the Asst. Director. In a particular scene where I need to act all by myself I felt so awkward without Kris on my side. And I thought we’re not going to make it because of that. Much more when the Asst. Director asked all four of us, talents, if it’s okay for us to be paired with the opposite couple. There was a feeling struggling inside me that if it’s not Kris then I have to say no. I knew I’m going to have a long night waiting for the client’s decision. But one thought made me at peace. If getting those roles were part of God’s plan for us then no one and nothing can stop it.

So the next day came. My phone beeped. It was a message of congratulations from our casting agency. We made it and we will represent Lea and Perrins like how God planned it for us.

Philippians 2:13 …for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.


Baking: One of The Things I Love Doing

Baking: One of The Things I Love Doing

Do you sometimes wake up in the morning wanting so much to do something right away? It’s like fueling that urge in you to really wanna do it after putting if off for quite a while.

That’s exactly what I felt like doing this morning. I skipped everything else, except giving the little boy his breakfast and here’s what came out of that fancy.

My  first mini vanilla cupcakes.

I’m glad my little boy liked it that he kept asking for one after another. Now can’t wait for the big man to taste it as well.

I got the recipe here. You might wanna try it too. For the buttercream frosting check it here.

Volunteer Weekend

Volunteer Weekend

It’s almost a couple of weeks ago when Kris and I signed up for Volunteer week in our local church. It always feels good to be part of a team that utilizes us in areas where we are good at, because it always hones our specific skills.

I remember how Kris and I both decided that we don’t want to just sit around and be served. That was back in 2008 when we were still attending Victory Fort. Fortunately that time, a church was planted in the heart of Greenhills. So we moved there and signed ourselves up in the Ushering Ministry. We were both delighted as we met a lot of good friends. After a few months, we decided to move in Victory Pioneer where we became part of the same ministry. Friendships took place one after the other.  We involved ourselves in a lot of trainings and seminars, established our Victory groups and created relationships.

So as I was saying, we signed up again to be volunteers. This time, I signed up for Communications ministry where I hope to be utilized in areas such as writing.

Kris on the other hand, joined the Music team. It was his second year now after Ushering team.

We are both excited on how we are going to be utilized in this season of our lives. It always feels great to belong but to serve and make use of your full potential is just way too satisfying.

Make Things Happen

Make Things Happen

I’ve resolved to be productive everyday. Gone are the days when I just give in to idle rests. When I just succumbed to bed and cover my face from the light of the afternoon sun and join my son in his peaceful nap.

There are just too many things to do…all things wonderful to learn, to create, to experience, and to explore. It’s such a waste of time not to plunge myself into all these things.

Books are lined up on my table, waiting to be read.

Leadership Materials

History of the ‘human manual’ is waiting to be digested.

Abraham's Lineage

The old camera is waiting to be clicked away to capture all the nice and the beautiful.

Kris' 2005 Canon 350D

I would love to write about it afterwards, express my thoughts like so many others who inspired me with their respective passion.

Passion.

It was once so vague. I can’t grasp it with my limited wisdom of life. But the resolution made to make each day yield something worthy gave birth to a number of discoveries… all leading to what I love to do best.

It’s wonderful.

Life is wonderful when we choose not to give in to what will not make us utilize our full potential. Life is good when we discovered that there are too many good things than just lying around waiting for something to happen.

We make things happen… we get our body moving and uncover all the amazing things God has created for each one of us.

 

My Yummy Valentine

My Yummy Valentine

In the past six years that Kris and I were together, I don’t remember doing anything really special for him on Valentine’s Day. And though we’re not big on V-days, Kris never fails to treat me for a nice dinner in romantic and exclusive dining places. So this year, I thought it’s my turn to do something really nice for him in what I do best – cooking!

Cream dory with lemon butter sauce
Lechon Paksiw

It’s always been a joy to create something for my big man. His appetite is just so good.

Fruit and leafy salad with strawberry vinaigrette
Buttered Vegetables

And though he doesn’t consistently rate my food with the highest score of ten because he’s meaning to always allow a room for improvement – it is the more that I do it ‘best’ the next time around…and I am just thrilled that tonight, he loved everything I prepared for him.

Apple Salad inspired by Red Box

Kris, my Sweet, my Valentine… you are and will always be the perfect guest in our sweet abode.

How handsome you are, my beloved! Oh how charming – Song of Songs 1:16

Fruitful Week

Fruitful Week

I started the week with a women’s group meeting where we had a really good discussion and sharing about the life of biblical character named Hagar. It has always been refreshing to spend time with the girls and know their thoughts about a certain facet of life.

On a different topic, Monique, one of the girls from the group needed help with the print layout of her Yoga class. She basically asked for Kris’ help but he had a full schedule so I offered to do it myself. This was my first time but yeah, I was confident enough to offer my services. I’m glad that Monique liked my work. It honed my artistic skills that I never knew I have. Thanks to my husband for always pushing me in discovering my potential.

Towards the end of the week, Kris and I made a short trip to ‘Human Nature’ in Quezon City. This is a company that produces organic personal care products. I was given an item back in December, used it and liked it. So I ‘googled’ it and discovered all the wonderful things about it. I believe so much in the product and advocate their philosophy ‘Pro Philippines, Pro Poor, ProEnvironment’. I’ll blog more about it soon.

On that same day, I assisted Kris in doing his errands. And one of those was to attend his MMDA Traffic Court hearing. We were apprehended by an MMDA traffic officer back in December 28 on our way to our friends in Merville. I’m proud that Kris really took time for this hearing so as to call the attention of the authorities to that so-called ‘catch basin’ of these MMDA officers.

Kris got favorable response and we are looking forward for them to improve their traffic signs.