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.

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