Back-to-School Checklist and Jolly’s Baon Ideas

While some students were already back at school, my kids are still at the house still waiting for classes to start next month. That means they still have 2 weeks to wake up late, play, complete their assignment or just get bored. As for me, this means we still have 2 more weeks to prepare school.

This school year will be my tween’s last year in her primary years. She’ll be a high-schooler next year and that story deserves another post :). Its “Hello primary years” for my son as he will be first grader this school year and thankfully has the same schedule during his kindergarten years — morning session and will only spend 5 hours of school activities. Sure enough our early morning chaos like the constant nagging and fighting will definitely resume. Part of our morning routine to making sure they have eaten their breakfast before going to school and that they provided with snacks (baon) in case they get hungry.

Since, it is back to school time! We’ve been checking the back to school list and so far we’ve done notebook & shoe shopping, bag fixing, uniform fittings, looking for lunch boxes and water bottles that are leak-proof, checking for new baon menus and everything school stuff.

Here is our Back-To-School Checklist:

  • Books – should be covered and labeled
  • Bags – check theirs from last years
  • School Uniforms – check for lost buttons, broken zippers or torn pocket
  • Inner Wears – check if it still fits
  • Shoes and Socks – last year’s shoes might no longer fit
  • School Supplies – notebooks, pens, pencil, crayons or rulers
  • Get the kids haircuts
  • Completely accomplished summer assignments
  • Baon (Snack) Boxes / Lunch Boxes – last year might still be usable
  • Baon (Snack) / Lunch Menu – varied options to add excitement

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I’m also excited with going back to school because this is again an opportunity for me to prepare their school lunches and snacks. My way of showing my care despite being busy at work. While I make sure I give them home-cooked meals for their snacks and lunches, I run out of ideas. Good thing we have biscuits and ready-to-drink drinks to give them. However, if I give them the same baon combination, expect the biscuits to be untouched sooner. They hated the same combination.

Thankfully, Jolly Eats of Fly Ace Corporation introduced me with Lotus Biscoff Biscuits and Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk Drinks. Aside from the fact the biscuit is my namesake, the kids like it so much that they already consumed it even before the start of classes. This is definitely an addition to our snack options.

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Disclaimer: I received Jolly Eats Products mentioned above. No other compensation received and opinions are my own.

5 Summer Bedroom Commandments

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Summer has an effect on every room in the house, but none more so than the bedroom. Good for other side of the world as they feel these heat during summer days. But for tropical countries, it has a big impact all year round. The higher temperatures and longer daylight hours will impact your sleep patterns and your overall comfort if you don’t do something about it. After all, summer isn’t all picnics and rainbows, especially when the mercury hits the high 80s and 90s. Thankfully, there are a few simple rules anyone can follow to ensure that summer is as comfortable as possible. And, they are all available below.

Rule #1: Let There Be Darkness

Obviously, natural light is a major part of summer and something everyone should try and incorporate as much as possible. Still, there is a time and a place for light and it isn’t at night when you’re going to sleep. Too much brightness will keep you awake during the evening and affect your sleeping patterns. And, a lack of sleep is the enemy as it affects everything from your energy levels to your mood. Just ask any new parent! By keeping the room dark during the night time, there is no need to get less than seven hours sleep. Installing thick curtains is without a doubt the easiest and most effective trick.

Rule #2: Stay Cool

There is nothing worse than going to bed and sweating under the covers. Of course, throwing the covers off and lying there naked is always an option. But, it’s quite basic and a little bit too much for those people with body issues. So, you need a way to regulate the temperature, especially during the night. Start off by changing the bed sheets and going with something thinner. Silk covers are light and don’t retain heat as well as other materials. Also, wash the sheets regularly as everything from dead skin to dog hair can make an impact.

Rule #3: But Be Prepared

Summer isn’t always red hot, and there are days when the mercury will hit rock bottom. Seriously, it’s like the winter is back with a vengeance. When these days occur, and they will, keeping cool won’t be so important. In fact, you’ll be so cold that getting warm is the main priority. The good news is that keeping warm isn’t an issue with a closet full of goodies. With thicker sheets, warmer PJs, and a nice blanket all ready to go, you won’t feel the cold any near as much.

Rule #4: Use Light Colours

Because of the season, there is no need for dark, matte colours. To be honest, they are miserable and don’t fit in with the atmosphere. What you want is a room which imbues all the great features of summer, which is why the colour scheme is so important. Light, bold hues are much more summery and will make the room more practical. Just sitting in it will boost your mood and make you fall in love with the season all over again.

Rule #5: Bring The Outside In

Finally, try and use outdoor elements to add contrast to the room. Summer bedrooms can get a bit samey as everyone follows similar rules. By being different, the sense of originality will flow throughout your boudoir. Plus, the sights and the smells will only add to the summery feel.

Expo Mom #TeamMom Reaches Out to Mommas in the Visayas

We are stronger together. That’s what moms have come to realize when faced with the multitude of issues and concerns that come with motherhood.

When a mom has a group of mothers behind her, the business of taking care of the everyday just seems easier. She has an ear that would listen to her worries, a smile that would brighten up her mood, and a hand that would hurry along the accomplishment of important tasks.

In celebration of its tenth year anniversary, Expo Mom pays tribute to #TeamMoms all over the country. Expo Mom #TeamMom 2017 kicked off with a three-day event at the Glorietta Activity Center in May. Next month, Expo Mom #TeamMom goes on a nationwide roadshow starting off at Ayala Center Cebu on June 17, 2017;

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and then moving on the week after to The District North Point in Negros on June 24, 2017.

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Expo Mom #TeamMom will not only bring in the most modern mommy and baby products and services to the Visayas, it will also be a wellspring of parenting trends, mommy solutions, and inspiring advocacies.

Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home will serve as co-presentors of the Cebu leg of Expo Mom #TeamMom. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, Babyzone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Modern Mama. Detox Bar, a mompreneur business based in Cebu, will also be joining Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom.

The onstage program of Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom 2017 will shine the spotlight on Cebu’s #TeamMoms. Groups of mommas who are mompreneurs, travel bugs, and yoga practitioners will share stories of how they have helped each other grow to become better persons and better mothers through the years. There will also be games, educational talks, and entertainment numbers throughout the event.

Caltrate Plus joins Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom as a major sponsor, together with Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home as co-presentors. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, BabyZone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Vpharma. Footsie Tootsie, a mompreneur business based in Negros, will also be joining Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom. As with the Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom’s onstage games and talks, the Negros leg will feature local #TeamMoms who have supported each other in their motherhood journey. Among others, there will be #TeamMoms of homeschooling and breastfeeding mommas. Expo Mom’s tenth year anniversary celebration also includes a Grand Giveaway. Share your #TeamMom story on social media, and get the chance to win for you and your #TeamMom some awesome prizes. Click this link for more details. Expo Mom is the banner event of Mommy Mundo, a community of moms dedicated to making motherhood easier, happier, and more fulfilling for every mom. Mommy Mundo is your ultimate #TeamMom. Through its carefully curated selection of events and activities, Mommy Mundo has given valuable support and encouragement to moms all over the country in the areas of healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, active parenting, and mompreneurship.

Tips for a Glowin’ You by Watsons PH

Watsons Philippines partnered with the best of the brands in the country to help everyone achieve a glowing and fairer complexion inside and out. No matter how much we take good care of our body and health, we can’t help but be affected from other factors like from the environment; pollution for one can cause uneven acne and dark spots and too much intake of process foods which is filled with sugar and additives can somehow have significant contribution in our health. Then there’s attitude, our mental view, on every challenges we faced. Stress contributes to a dull sagging skin.

Watsons Philippines recently held #watsonskeepitglowin event to raise awareness and remind everyone to take care of our skin.

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Here are some of the brands that graced the event. These products are available at Watsons Philippines stores.

MX3 capsule and coffee mix which is derived from a mangosteen fruit made into dietary supplements for easy availability.

It is best to have at least get your body moving as some ambassadors share their exercise moves.
Ruffas Gutierrez (ambasadress for Cosmo Skin) and Karylle (ambasadress of Belo) shares their testimonies on how these brands help them achieve a glamorous immaculate complexion skin.

The best tip (because I find it inexpensive for me :D) is to drink lots of water, have a good night sleep and always smile though your heart is aching. Some positive outlook :)

Thanks SM City Cebu and SM Watsons Philippines for the invitation.

Simple Summer DIY For House Renovation

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Summer is almost over in this side of the world while it just started in the other side of world. That means, there’s still plenty of time to start renovating. After all, the sun is shining (hopefully) and the sunlight lasts longer. Plus, no one wants their pad to look like it’s about to fall to the ground in the summertime. The good news is that it doesn’t have to if you know the DIY tricks of the trade. Yep, you can transform your home into something special with a little bit of knowledge. And, there’s no need to expend a boat load of energy.

Here are the DIY tasks you need to know about this summer.

A Coat Of Paint

The weather isn’t very nice to the exterior of your home. In fact, it’s downright rude the way it batters it into submission with a mixture of wind, rain, and hail. No wonder it doesn’t look it’s best! Of course, it’s an easy fix thanks to a DIYers best friend: paint. Paint is glossy and fresh, and it imbues these qualities on everything it touches. That means that a lick of the stuff can go a long way in the aesthetic stakes. Indeed, it can make your house look and feel brand new from the outside. All you have to do is pick a nice color and get to rolling. It might take a few days/weeks, but it will last until next summer.

Window Cleaning

Paint isn’t the only thing that looks dirty and grimy. Windows are also a culprit because the glass is easy to sully. All it takes is a splash of rainwater or someone’s filthy hands and the damage is done. What’s even worse is that everyone can see it as the windows are a focal point of any property. But, there’s no need to panic and call the window cleaner. Instead, just get a bucket of warm soapy water and a cleaning cloth. You might need a ladder, too, to clean the hard to reach areas, but they aren’t difficult to find. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom because the water should trickle down and help keep everything clean.

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Outside Storage

In the autumn and winter months, it’s okay to clutter the outside of the property. For one thing, no one cares when the weather is dark and miserable. It’s not like you’re using your garden or backyard, is it? Plus, homes just never have enough storage space, and the garden is as good a place as any. When the weather changes, so should your mentality. The exterior of your property is not only a place to enjoy and relax, but it’s also a statement. As a result, the clutter needs to go as soon as possible. Start by throwing away the junk you don’t need any longer, and put everything else in the shed. If you don’t have one, move it inside where there is space. And, if that isn’t possible, make room!

Garden Makeover

Speaking of your garden, it’s time it had a makeover. The reason is simple: your garden is the first thing people see when they roll past the house. Although clearing away the clutter is a good start, it is only the beginning. To make your garden sparkle, you need a deck because it’s both beautiful and practical. Don’t worry because it isn’t as hard to build as it sounds when you have George Hill Timber on hand. Then, focus on the plants and flowers. Nothing says a summer garden more than an array of vivid colors and contrasting materials. Also, don’t forget to give the grass a trim. After all, you don’t live on the African grasslands!

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Gutter Repairs

Although you hope the summer is going to be rain-free, it isn’t the case. Lots of times over June, July, and August, the rain hits hard, and the gutters need to be ready. If they aren’t, the entire house can feel the house of Mother Nature. Thankfully, looking after the guttering isn’t a difficult task. The main job is to clear it out every once in awhile so that the gunk doesn’t build and cause structural damage. Yes, that does mean you’re going to have to get your hands dirty! If it does break, you should clog the leak as soon as possible. Unless it’s necessary, don’t remove the guttering because it’s a huge job. Instead, patch it up and cover the cracks.

Sometimes, a short-term solution is just as effective as a long-term one.

Tips for Having a Relaxing Home

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How do you feel when you walk into your home? Do you feel calm, happy, and relaxed? If not, this could be a sign that you need that it is time to make a few changes. In today’s frenetic and fast-paced world, it is more important than ever before to create a home that is peaceful and serene so that you can recharge your batteries after a difficult day at work. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Add plants around the home – There are many different reasons why plants are important. Firstly, this is a great way to bring nature into your home, which will create a tranquil and beautiful environment. Not only this, plants help to re-oxygenate and clean the indoor air. You’ll feel much clearer and more relieved because plants can help to eradicate the noxious off-gasses from many products around the home.
  • Create technology zones – When you are relaxing after a hard day at work, it is unlikely that you want to hear the PlayStation competing with children’s cartoons competing with Drake’s newest album. It is important to have rooms that are simply about relaxing, meaning technology is banned! By having designated areas for different activities, you can move from one activity to another with grace and ease.
  • Positive vibes only – What makes you smile? No doubt there are memories that make you feel happy. Add items around the home that will remind you of the great times you have had with your family and friends.
  • Soft furnishings – Soft, plush furnishing is a must if you are to create a peaceful and relaxing environment. You are never going to be able to unwind if you are uncomfortable. Of course, you may not want to spend fortunes on changing your sofa and your chairs, and you don’t need to. Why not opt for a luxurious throw and some striking Versace throw pillows to go with it? Team with a lavish designer rug for relaxation at its very finest.
  • Use colour wiselyColour impacts you on a physical, psychological, and emotional level. Studies have shown that colour can influence your energy levels and your mood. You need to bear this in mind when decorating your home. After all, you won’t be able to relax in a room that is painted a harsh red shade. Blue is a great choice because it helps to reduce tension and calm a person’s mind. It is often used in bedrooms, as it helps people to drift off to sleep. Other relaxing colours include grey, earthy greens, pale pink, and violet. Although if you choose violet, don’t go for a hue that will seem too drab, as this will generate a cold environment.
  • Consider all rooms – Finally, all corners of your home need to be designed with relaxation in mind. Don’t ignore the spare bedroom or the bathroom. They will only end up frustrating you whenever you enter the room if they aren’t as calm and peaceful as the rest of your property.

Tips To Save Yourself and Your Family Time

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When you’re a busy mom, you can often feel like you’re running at a mile a minute (and on empty). To say that life can be tough is an understatement. But just because it’s tough, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a challenge. In fact, there are ways that you can make life fit into your business schedule and not the other way around. If you want to be able to enjoy more time with your family after work, and not focus on all the other jobs you have to do at home, here are some of the ways you can speed things up.

Fun Plans

First up, let’s make time for those super fun plans you always mean to make. When you get in from work, you want to relax, not start planning and organizing and arranging, right? So, you need to make this as quick as possible. Be sure to plan your fun activities in advance – definitely by weeks, by months too if you can. Then, you have more things to look forwards to throughout the year. Whether it’s a playdate with friends or a trip to the zoo with family. Spend an hour or so each month or every few months booking in plans and then forget about it until you need to add more.

Cleaning

Unfortunately, cleaning is just one of those chores that have to get done – especially if you like living in a clean and tidy home. But, it doesn’t mean that you have to spend lots of time each week doing it. If you’re super busy and the budget allows it, hire a cleaner. For a small fee each week, your home will stay spotless and your time is freed up to spend with family. If that won’t work for you, make up a cleaning schedule and stick to it. That way, you can spend more time with your kids.

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Checkups

Then there are those regular health checkups that we all know we need to make (and attend) but always forget about. So, now you’re going to book everything a year in advance and mark it on the calendar. Job done! From your routine doctor appointments at the local clinic to your dental checkups at somewhere like Care Family Dental, by booking in advance, you just have to turn up.

Vacations

We all want to go on regular vacations, but the thought of finding a week to do it in, finding a hotel and booking everything can be a little bit too much. So, to make it easier, why not book a break at the same place each year? Especially while your children or young. You could even think about buying a vacation home so that you don’t even have to make standing arrangements each year.

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And then there’s the dinner. Planning meals can drive a mom mad, but it doesn’t have to. Find yourself some crock pot recipe inspiration and sort everything in the morning before work. Then, when you get in, you’ll just have to prepare a salad or some rice and serve up. Easy peasy!

The Ultimate Ways To Relax After Work


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After a busy day at work, you can often feel as if you need to enjoy the ultimate indulgence when you get home. For some people, helping their kids with homework and getting to bed will always be all they need. But, if you find yourself needing more, then there are other ways that you can kick back and relax with your family after work. With summer  just around the corner, your evenings get lighter and longer, meaning there’s a lot more time for relaxation after work, as well as on the weekends. So if you’re stuck for ideas, try one of these on for size.

Movie Night

Everyone loves a movie night. But they can also be a really great way to unwind with your family when work is done. Whether you’ve got older kids and you all fancy making pizza and watching the latest comedy on a Wednesday night, or you spend Friday nights staying up a bit later with your little ones, you get to spend quality time with your family in the evenings and unwind. You’ve also got the option of having movie night at the weekend, or reserving it for you and your husband alone.

Family Dinner

For some people, making sure the family sits down together every night is the most important part of their day. And it can be for a very good reason. Not only do you get to enjoy a lovely meal together, but you can talk to your kids and your husband and forget all about the busy day at work you just had. If you’re always stuck for recipe idea, these family favorite ideas can work a treat. Then, your family dinners will start to get a little more exciting.

Working Together

Okay, so the idea of working even more when you get off work might put you off, but this isn’t strenuous work at all – it’s the kind you and your kids will love. Perhaps more suitable to the weekends than evenings, but a great way to relax with your family is to spend productive time with them. Whether you want to get out into the garden and plant some vegetables and flowers or bake up a storm in the kitchen, you can find yourself relaxing and having a great time all at once.

Pamper Evenings

Every girl loves to pamper – some men too. So, isn’t the most amazing relaxation idea an evening full of pampering? Even though a night with a face mask and painting your nails might not be the best idea for the entire family to enjoy, but you can all certainly have a great time in the hot tub. Even if it’s something just you and your husband enjoy when the kids have gone to bed, you can find a wealth of hot tub reviews online to help you decide on the right one.

Having Fun

And of course, there’s always the super fun family activities that we all know and love. Again, this one might be more appropriate for the weekend, rather than an evening, but a day out rollerskating or at the beach could exactly what you need to get your mind firmly off of work!

Spending Summer

As the seasons change, so do our lives. Whether it is summer, autumn, winter, or spring, we look to make positive resolutions that better the lives of ourselves and our family. There are ways to improve the relationships with our families at the start of every season, so with summer still on us, let’s take a look at four activities and habits that you can share with your family.

Personal Paradise

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside of it. Utilising nature is one of the best ways to enjoy your time spent outside for the development of your children. However life’s simple luxuries are not important to only children, but adults as well. We sometimes get lost juggling between family and job or work responsibilities that we forget to enjoy the fresh air and greenery around us, and there is no better place to do this than in your own garden.

Your home garden is the perfect place for you to wind down and clear your mind after a long day of hard work. One of the most important parts of an enjoyable and well-defined outdoor living space is furnishing it comfortably to suit your style with items such as Bridgman garden furniture. Fill it with life and a natural perfume scent to match by planting vibrant flowers and fruits. Landscaping and adding stone pathways or ponds are also things you may be able to consider, but they are fairly costly renovations that need to be planned in advance in order to be ready by summer.

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An Apple a Day

With summer just around the corner, now would be a great time to alter your diet. As tempting as grabbing a bowl of ice cream may sound during the hotter months, try curving your desires to a more healthy choice. Everyone’s favourite fruits and vegetables are in season during these months including apples, bananas, strawberries, oranges, and more! Do not miss out on eating the refreshing healthy foods you enjoy while they taste the best. There are lots of unique ways to prepare meals and snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables in mind for your family.

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Around the World

The start of summer signals the closing of schools. Your children are free from drowning in homework assignments and after school activities are over for the next few months. Spending time with your family is made easier so take advantage and go on a vacation together. Travelling to see sites as a tourist, attending amusement parks or special events, or going to beaches, camping trips, and cruises are all family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy.

Reflect and Learn

Recall previous resolutions you and your family made and bring them back to life this summer. Reflect on how your goals went for the spring season and how you can revitalise and improve them in the coming months. Share them with your family and work together to accomplish the new obstacles. Coming together and discussing what everyone would like to accomplish over the summer season can spark new creative ways you and your family can move forward.

My Fat Bastard Wine Tasting Experience

I’m not familiar with wines. A sip of it is already enough for me especially if the smell is too strong or the taste is too bitter (locally described as “aplod”). And because wines easily gives my head a spinning sensation, one glass is well sufficient for me.

Then, there’s this invitation from Carlo of Kalami Cebu and Carlo of Maverick Ideas. Since the invitation is still open hours before the event, out of curiosity I impulsively asked to join the event and also requested if I can bring with me my husband (coz really need a guardian in case I can’t manage myself when I get tipsy)

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Fat Bastard Wine Tasting was held at the second floor of D+B Wine Shop which is located at Crossroads Banilad, Cebu City. D+B Wine’s idea is to bring the best wines here in the Philippines for the Filipinos to be familiar with and of course enjoy a glass or two. They offer a wide variety of wines and for this night, they feature Fat Bastard Wines. The wine testing was held at the second floor of D+B Wines Shop.

I’m glad I joined as I gained new knowledge about wines.

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What I learned:

  • That there’s this Swirl –> Smell –> Sip steps to taste the wine:
    Swirl – Give your glass a little swirl, circles in the air, for the wine to incorporate with the oxygen. This wine and oxygen combination adds flavor to the wine.
    Smell – Stick your nose at the mouth of the glass and smell the wine. Smell the wine’s aroma to be familiar with the wine.
    Sip – Take a sip, letting the wine spread inside the mouth before swallowing.
  • Wine’s descriptions are associated with femininity:
    Notice the streaks of wine that roll down the side of the glass when it is swirled, they are described as legs. Legs that are smooth or light. :) Also, then wines are described as having a fruity or fresh aroma just like a scent of a woman. And then there’s smooth or round or bouquet and I don’t remember which part of wine was it described.
  • Hold the glass in the stem. Holding the bowl part of the glass warms the wine.
  • White wines are best paired with salads or white meat.
    Red wines are best paired with red meat and chocolate cakes.
  • As wine complements the dishes, the flavor varies when you drink it before, during and after the dish is eaten. Europeans drink wine as a food since pairing wine with the food creates pleasure unlike Filipinos that drink to booze 😀

What I drinked:

For the white wines, D+B Wines Shop offered Fat Bastard’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. I was able to finish a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Not too strong to me and definitely I like the taste. I tried the second glass of  Chardonnay but was consumed only half of it. I still prefer the Sauvignon Blanc. Hhmn, the mommy in me want to indulge this wine after work. How is that?
For the red wine, Merlot and Pinot Noir was offered and it was hubby’s favorite. According to him, it taste different from wines he tasted without that sour taste. Taste just right and expensive, he said. He planned of bringing me back here in D+B Wine Shop for a date…I wonder when :)

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Wine is indeed pleasurable and I think a glass of wine did have an effect on everyone as everyone gets comfortable with each other through the night.

Thank you for the lovely evening Fat Bastard Wines and D+B Wines Shop.