My Pre-Debut Shoot of my Daughter

Part of planning the upcoming debut of my daughter was her photo shoot.

Who would be a reputable photographer near our place can take this family momentous event of my daughter?

My daughter asked me that she liked me to be her photographer.  Thanks for that reminder.

Am I really license enough to take those pre-debut shots for my daughter? Yes, I am a hobbyist and this would be my first time to shoot this kind of angles for her.

I might give it a try and the way to experiment it is to my family.

I have directed some of her posts and picked beautiful spots in Nurture Spa Tagaytay as our venue.

These are some my shots and let me know what you think if I am capable enough to be the photographer of my daughter.

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My Pre-Debut Shoot with my Daughter by Ruel Umali of www.ruelumali.com

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My Pre-Debut Shoot with my Daughter by Ruel Umali of www.ruelumali.com

My Lego Ferrari Collection with Shell

Eversince, I love LEGO.  Maybe because building those miniature worked those imagination that  I can have one.

Even I am aged right now, the LEGO mini figures delighted me.

Maybe this is the reason I support the campaign of Shell when they launched a new promotion  in collaboration with Ferrari and the LEGO Group.

The campaign not only refresh my childhood memories but the collaboration of Shell, Ferrari and Lego that represents the joint passion of invigorating imaginative fun of  playing those toys again.

The new Shell promotion introduces six exclusive LEGO models that are based on some of the most iconic vehicles in Ferrari’s motoring history. This exciting promotion brings together three of the most global brands in the world and celebrates over 60 years of passion for performance between Shell and Ferrari.

Spanning decades of motoring heritage – covering truck, road and track vehicles – the models designed by the LEGO Group illustrate the innovative and passionate nature of the Shell technical partnership with Ferrari.

For every Php 1,500 worth of single or accumulated purchase of Shell V-Power Nitro+ Racing, Gasoline, or Diesel, customers get a chance to collect any of the six LEGO model Ferrari cars or LEGO Minifigures for only Php 140 each, while filling up with Php 1,500 worth of single or accumulated purchase of Shell FuelSave Unleaded or Diesel gives customers a chance to purchase a model for only Php 180.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer Cafe Blooms Opening

Designer Blooms celebrates its 20th anniversary with the launching of their first fresh flower shop cafe called Designer Blooms Cafe.

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Designer Cafe Blooms

Designer Cafe Blooms

Located at Molito Mall near Alabang Town Center graced by family and friends. I was fortunate to be invited to cover the said event last October 27, 2012.

A family owned business headed by sisters, Marie Grace and Issa Garcia-Sicam, the concept of the said cafe marries the beauty of flowers and warmth of comfort food.

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The whole design interior of the place got those light feeling, modern yet well lighted place with the fresh flowers surrounded – a comfy and inviting spot for a coffee or a quick meal.

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Designer Cafe Blooms

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We were feast by a wide array sampler of their food.

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                                                                     Organic Tea

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     Potato Chips to munch

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                                           Greek Salad Medley topped with edible flowers 

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                                                                                    Mom’s Potato Salad

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                                                                                            Tomato Arugula

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                                     Bruchetta with Mushroom Salpicao, Tinapa Mousse

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                                                                      Gaspacho Shooters

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                                                      Oen Face Jalapeno Burger Sliders

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                                                                                  Fresh Garden Panini

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                                             Fish Cakes with Garlic Aioli and Mango Salsa

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                                                                                 Corn on the Cob Skewer

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                                                                                  Chicken Bacon Skewer

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                                                                          Ravioli in Flower Pasta

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                                                                                           Panna Cotta

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                                                              White Chocolate Cheese Cake

Overall, I enjoyed my fine dining here at Designer Cafe Blooms – a sublime floral creations with charming atmosphere yet enjoying a gorgeous meal.

 

Designer Cafe Blooms

Address:

Molito Commercial Complex, Ayala Alabang
Contact Nos: (632) 512-0353
Email Address: designerbloomscafe@gmail.com

For more information, visit their Facebook page –  http://www.facebook.com/DesignerBloomsCafe

Feeding Your Appetite with Gumbo Restaurant

For the SM Megamall Food Sale, our preferences to visit were extra-ordinary food to pig-out.  When we were starting to do some look-out, Gumbo is our first choice.

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Gumbo Restaurant is located at Mega Atrium area of SM Megamall at the 2nd floor. This was my first time to dropped by to this area where places of food to eat were a lot of selection.

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Since this is a Food Sale, we made it a point to be early on the said restaurant considering it is also Friday and anticipating the long weekend ahead. There would be many people around who would really avail it.

Gumbo is a sister company of Burgo’s Restaurant serving “New Orlean Food Taste”.   Famous are Jambalaya and Cajun dishes.

Expect a colorful ambiance around even it is small with waiters/waitresses wearing those colorful hair dress and beads to feel those New Orlean Mardi Grass.

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What I will be sharing with you is a some sort of photo essay on the dishes I have tasted with Gumbo.  These food were also highly recommended by their restaurant supervisor and considered to be best-sellers.

While waiting for our food to be served, a FREE appetizer of sliced bread  and olive oil were served to us.

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Banana Bracer and Watermelon Shake were the preferred refreshing beverages for the whole meal.  I enjoyed more the Watermelon Shake, not to sweet and fresh in taste.  Price each is P 155.00.
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Clam Chowder for starter is very thick soup and a bit salty.  The bread served as a bowl can be also eaten as a partner in the soup.  Price is P 145.00.

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Four Season is a bunch of fruit salad like slices of kiwi, orange, grapes and peaches with slices of ham tossed in lettuce topped with vinaigrette.  All fresh and among the dishes, this is what I enjoyed more.   Price is P 425.00.
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Big servings for  Calamares for P 395.00 – chunk slices of squid rings dipped in tartar sauce and has those crispiness in each bite.

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Seafood Jambalaya is a free dish one can avail in the SM Megamall’s Mega Food Sale.  It is like a paella with the mix of all those seafood and spices.  Overall, bit salty for me.

 

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I enjoyed more the taste of Bourbon-Style Baby Back Ribs surrounded by barbeque sauce especially if it goes with mash potato and mixed vegetable.  The servings of mixed vegetable is crunchy and all fresh to my taste buds.   Price is P 595.00.

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Grilled Chicken in breast is too thick for eating.  But the white sauce that comes with it and combination of lemon juice, asparagus and tomato salsa made this dish remarkable in its taste.

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Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience with Gumbo especially the resto staffs were very accommodating with your need.

Next time, would come back to try pizza and pasta combination.

Till then!

Visit: 

Gumbo
Mega Atrium – 2/L Mega Atrium Bldg.
SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City
Website: http://www.gumbo.com.ph
Telephone Nos: (+632) 635-3015, (+632) 635-9571


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