Saturday, March 23, 2019

Caitlin's No Ordinary Meals

“Caitlin’s No Ordinary Meals”
Sun.Star Davao, March 23, 2019

“Nomnomnomnom”, the satisfied sound one makes when happily chewing delectable dishes became the inspiration for a young entrepreneur’s food venture.

No Ordinary Meals or NOM is best known for its mouth-watering party trays, packed meals, and catering. It recently opened its commissary along Mayon St., Davao City.

“We stick to our motto as much as we can. We believe that no meal should ever be ordinary, it should be an experience; hence the name, No Ordinary Meals”, NOM’s Caitlin Go Yao explains.

Caitlin, an AB English Literature graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University, has enjoyed cooking since she was a kid. “At our college dorm, our only food options were cafeteria food and fast food. Then, I found out we had a kitchen pantry in our dorm that no one used. So, every Sunday I would buy groceries and cook my meals for the week in the pantry. That way, I saved my allowance and I was able to eat healthier food”, she fondly recalls.

She loved cooking so much that she enrolled in a culinary course at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management International School (ISCAHM).

After having her internship at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino and working as chef and manager at various restaurants, she started selling banh mi sandwiches and granola from home. “I eventually expanded to cooking for small dinner parties and such. I decided to finally open the NOM commissary because I saw the demand for our food and our home kitchen just couldn’t hack it anymore”, Caitlin divulges.

Uncomplicated comfort food

“We are a small team being so young a business. NOM is run by me and I have two kitchen assistants, Ana and Roland, with a lot of help from my Yaya Nenet, family, and friends. My boyfriend Paul also helps us out a lot when he is in town. He is a cook as well”, she shares.

Caitlin describes NOM as “uncomplicated comfort food”. “We don’t really stick to a particular cuisine. It’s a mishmash of whatever is good. We have a few items that are geared towards an Asian palate, others towards western cuisine and some are dishes that I learned from my Yaya Nenet, family, and friends. I also picked up a few ideas from traveling and watching a ton of Mukbang shows (videos of people eating lots and lots of food)”, the Stella Maris Academy of Davao alumna reveals.

NOM’s main sellers are the children’s bentos, packed meals, and crew meals. It also offers breakfast packs, rice toppings, and snack packs.

“Our main line though are party trays, which we thought would be a good idea for today’s busy lifestyle. We observed that big parties are not common anymore and household help is getting harder to come by. So, our party trays come in disposable containers and different sizes”, she discloses.
           Greatest hits

Among NOM’s bestsellers are its Mango Kani Salad which is mixed greens served with mangoes, half-moon cucumbers, kani and their signature mango dressing; and NOM Nachos, deep fried corn tortilla chips topped with pico de gallo, pickled daikon and carrots, spring onions and Korean chorizo crumbles served with nacho cheese sauce and a special Japanese crack sauce.

Other greatest hits include Beef Salpicao, US beef Tenderloin lightly sautéed in NOM’s signature blend of spices and topped with toasted garlic for that umami punch; Chicken Teriyaki, charcoal grilled chicken thighs brushed with NOM’s Teriyaki sauce, topped with sautèed shitake mushrooms and ramen egg; and Creamy Baked Salmon which is Norwegian Salmon baked to perfection with a cheesy crust and served on a bed of mixed vegetables. NOM’s Chorizo and Rose Pasta, as well as Bibimbap, are favorites of clients, too.

NOM also sells frozen food (good for two to four people) for those looking for convenient meals. Menu changes weekly and prices range from 300-500 pesos. In addition, it sells salad dressing by the jar.

As a chef and entrepreneur, Caitlin values the important lessons she has learned along the way in running a food business. “It’s not just about cooking good food. 

There’s a lot of math, management, and science to it. My biggest takeaway would probably be that quality and service have to always be top-notch!”, she imparts.

No Ordinary Meals (NOM) is located at Door 109, Davao Proluxe Building along Mt. Mayon St. (near Sampaguita Inn), Davao City with mobile number (0999)5005529. E-mail address: Follow No Ordinary Meals on Facebook. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

“Summer after summer”
Sun.Star Davao, March 9, 2019

Here is the list of the 2019 Davao City kiddie summer activities!
A more comprehensive line-up can be viewed via my blog at
Learn, explore, and have fun. Enjoy the break!


COURSES OFFERED: Creative Drawing, Oil Pastel, Sketching, Clay Sculpture, Cartoon and Comic, Glass Painting, Acrylic Painting, Poster Color Painting and Water Color Painting
SCHEDULE: Mon-Sat, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. By appointment (Lunch break 12nn-1pm)
SPECIAL OFFER: Deco art, Cultural box, Mixed media program.
SPECIAL PROMO: 5% discounts for 24 lessons/5% sibling discounts.
NOW AVAILABLE: Birthday party package
CONTACT: GLOBALART DAVAO, 301-E Palma Gil St., Bo. Obrero Davao City (near Central Convenience Bajada) Tel. no. (082) 221-9980 or cell no. 0923-4814333 (Sun); Messenger: Globalart Davao

WHAT: Summer Art Class
Teaching Creative Painting
Acrylic/Water Color & Oil
Class is limited to 12 students only.
Schedule: May 6-10-Watercolor painting class
May 13-17 Acrylic & Oil painting class
FEE: Available upon request
VENUE: Morning Light Art Gallery and Shop, Lim Building Quirino Avenue
CONTACT: MEAN TAN GUINOO, Tel. 2858818 or visit Morning Light Gallery and Shop


FOR KIDS: Art and Crafts Workshops (6 sessions, P3,500); Cupcake and Cookie Decorating (2 sessions, P 1,800); Sewing for ages 7 to 12 yrs old (10 sessions P 8,500); Polymer Clay Art (2 sessions, P 1,600); Accessory Making (4 sessions, P 2,500); Junior Fashion Designer (5 sessions, P 3,500)
FOR ADULTS: 4-Day Basic Hair and Makeup Workshop (P8,000); 4-Day Basic Hairstyling Workshop (P8,000); Silk Screen Printing Workshop (1 session, P850); 4-Day Couture Embellishment Techniques (P 8,000); 6-DayNC II Review (P 5,000); Basic Industrial Sewing (12 sessions, P 12,500); Basic Pattern Making (12 sessions, P 12,500); Basic Draping Techniques (12 sessions, P 12,500)
CONTACT:  FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND ARTS (FIDA), Valencia Corporate Center, Jacinto Ext. cor. Arellano St., D.C. (Beside Central Bank and Mercury Drug)/Tel. 286817/0917-3271069



WHAT: Private Lessons - Voice, Piano, Guitar, Violin (12 sessions)
FEE: P6,800
WHAT: Music Theatre (Kids & Teens): Acting classes, voice lessons, ensemble singing (18 sessions)
FEE: P8,200
WHAT: Ensemble Class - Voice, Guitar, or Violin (12 sessions)
FEE: P4,500
WHAT: Musikids for kids ages 3-5 yrs. old (12 sessions)
FEE: P4,200
CONTACT: MUSIKADEMY, 209 McPod Bldg, MacArthur Highway, Matina; Landline 2336776; SMS 0905-2727642; Email; Website; Facebook


WHAT: Music classes for voice, piano, flute, violin, drums, beat box, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, saxophone and melodione
WHEN: classes starts on March 18- April 2, 2019 / Recital Date - April 3, 2019 (BATCH 1) BATCH 2 - April 4 - 18, 2019 / Recital Date - April 19, 2019 BATCH 3 - April 22 - May 7, 2019/ Recital Date - May 8,2019
WHERE :Door1, 143 V.Mapa St., Davao City fronting Crafters Haven of JDEG Bldg. NOTE : 12 sessions / 1 hour per session. FEE: PhP 3,600 (voice, piano, bamboo flute, violin, drums, beat box, guitar, bass and ukulele); PhP4,300 (saxophone & Flute). Full payment upon enrollment
CONTACT/VENUES: JDR16 MUSIC TUTORIAL, The Shoppes, Purok 34, Diversion Road Maa Davao City. For more details, call/text Teacher Jay: 09159009718, 09465539076.

WHAT: Musical Theater Arts Workshop with Ms. Pinky Marquez
SCHEDULE AND FEE: Available upon request
CONTACT:  CENTER FOR BRIGHTER BEGINNINGS, Road 7, Doña Vicenta Village, D.C./Tel. 2242188



WHAT: Various Summer Programs for Kids, Teens, Adults and Young Professionals
COURSES: Teens Poise, Personality Development and Modeling (8 years old and above); Powerful Speech for Elementary, High School, College and Professionals; Theater Arts (acting, singing and dancing)
SCHEDULE: April 23-27, 2019 (5 sessions, Monday-Friday, 1pm-4pm)
FEE: Available upon request
CONTACT: JOJI ILAGAN CAREER CENTER FOUNDATION, INC., Gov. Chavez Street; Tel: 2275602; 0917 577 7336;,


COURSE: Summer Boot Camp for Kids & Teens with Chef Remy Cuenca
SCHEDULE: April 12-13 / May 3-4, 2019 (Friday and Saturday) Time: 8:00am- 12:00pm
FEE: Early Bird Rate: 3500 Regular Rate: 3800 [inclusive of all signature apron, bandana, ingredients, recipe handouts, and certificate] This is a group hands-on workshop.
CONTACT: GOURMET BITES, Ilustre St. (Across Limso Hospital), D.C. Call 2957178 or text 09331310100 or message them directly on their FB page


COURSE: Culinary Summer Program for Kids, Teens and Adults
WHAT: Young Executive Chef (ages 13-18 y.o.)
SCHEDULE: Batch 1 - April 22-27, 2019, 9:00 AM -12:00nn
Fee: 7,000php
WHAT: Kids Culinary Boot Camp (ages 7-12 y.o.)
SCHEDULE: Batch 1 - April 22-27, 2019, 9am-12nn
Fee: 7,000php
WHAT: Senior Chef De Cuisine (18 y.o. and above)
SCHEDULE: Batch 1 - April 22-27, 2019, 9am -12nn
FEE: 7,000php



WHAT: I-Sayaw’s 5th Summer Dance Workshop offers Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop and Jazz SCHEDULE: Starts on April 1, 2019 (Monday). Culminating activity is on May 23, 2019 (Thursday) at Abreeza THEME: Beatles Classics to Classics
COURSE: Ballet class for 3 yrs. old, teens and adults. Ballet Beginner 1 and 2; Secondary; Advanced Levels and Fitness Ballet; Tap 1 and 2; Hiphop 1 and 2; and Jazz 1 SCHEDULE: Available upon request. Students are assessed before finalization of the schedule that will suit them.
VENUE: I-SAYAW DANCE STUDIO, Unit 207 McPod Bldg. (Beside Ateneo High School, fronting MTS), McArthur Highway, D.C.

WHAT: LCB Summer Dance Workshop 2019 with culminating recital on July 13,2019 (3pm and 7pm) SCHEDULE: Batch 1: April 1-May 18 Batch 2: May 31- July 13 2019 
COURSES OFFERED: For kids and teens-ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acting and voice; For adults-belly dancing, hiphop, jazz and tap FEES: Adult classes: 1,800 monthly + 200 registration fee Kids and teens PhP 15,000 all dances + acting and voice. No recital fee but students are given allocation of 10 tickets each for matinee and gala recital show (considered sold) 1 dance + acting and voice= P10,000 


WHAT: Urban Dance for kids ages 3-7 years old
SCHEDULE: April 22 – May 17, 2019, Monday to Wednesday, 9am-10am
FEE: PhP2,500
CONTACT: ANGELS AT WORK, N. Torres cor. Vinzon Sts., Bo. Obrero, D.C./Tel. 2250208


WHAT: Summer Enrichment Class for ages 2-5 years old
SCHEDULE: April 10- May 17, 2019; M-F/ 9-11 am
FEE: P7,000 inclusive of snacks and materials
CONTACT: ANGELS AT WORK, N. Torres cor. Vinzon Sts., Bo. Obrero, D.C./Tel. 2250208

WHAT: Handwriting Without Tears Program
SCHEDULE AND FEE: Available upon request
CONTACT:  CENTER FOR BRIGHTER BEGINNINGS, Road 7, Doña Vicenta Village, D.C./Tel. 2242188


WHAT: SUMMER LEARNING CAMP: SUMMER ZOOFARI (for children ages 2-3 years old)
SCHEDULE: Module A: April 3- April 26, 2019; Module B: May 6- 24, 2019 (15 Sessions per module @ 2 hrs per session)
TUITION FEE: Php 3,000.00 (1 module) Php 5,500.00 (2 modules)
SCHEDULE: Module A: April 3 – April 26, 2019; Module B: May 6- 24, 2019 (15 Sessions per module @ 2 hrs per session)
TUITION FEE Php 3720.00/month
WHAT:  MATH/SINGAPORE MATH/ ENGLISH ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (for children ages 3 - 12 years old)
Number of Sessions: 8 sessions/month
Math: Php. 1860/month
English: Php. 1860/month
Singapore Math: Php. 2500/month
CONTACT: GALILEO ENRICHMENT CENTER-DAVAO, 27-A Dacudao Avenue, D.C./Tel. 2210268; (0932)8008118; (0922)8501650

WHAT: Kiddie Fun Time for 1.5 – 3 years old.
SCHEDULE: 10:00am– 12:00nn 1st batch -- May 6 – 10 3rd batch – May 20 – 24 2nd batch -- May 13 - 17 4th batch – May 27 – 31/ 5 sessions/10 hours (Monday-Friday
FEE: Php 2,500.00 (inclusive of materials)
WHAT: Multi-Sensory Reading for 3 – 7 years old
SCHEDULE: 10:00am – 12:00nn May 13 – 31/ 5 sessions/10 hours (Monday-Friday)
FEE: Php 6,000.00 (inclusive of materials)
WHAT: Multi-Sensory Math for 3 – 7 years old
SCHEDULE: 1:30pm – 2:30pm May 20 – 31, 2019/ 10 sessions (Monday-Friday)
FEE: Php 3,500.00 (inclusive of materials)
WHAT: Writing Enhancement Program for 3 – 7 years old
SCHEDULE: 3:00pm – 4:00pm, May 20 – 31, 2019/ 10 sessions (Monday-Friday)
FEE: Php 3,500.00 (inclusive of materials)
WHAT: Kiddie Fun Arts and Crafts for 4 – 7 years old
SCHEDULE: 2:00pm– 4:00pm 1st batch -- May 6 – 10 3rd batch – May 20 – 24 2nd batch -- May 13 - 17 4th batch – May 27 – 31, 2019/
/ 5 sessions/10 hours (Monday-Friday)
FEE: Php 2,500.00 (inclusive of materials)
CONTACT: TENDER YEARS, #7 Gemini St., Dona Vicenta Vill., D.C./Tel. 2244884; 0933-850-5356


WHAT: Toddler’s Playgroup 1: Age: 2-3 yrs.old. Activities include Skills Readiness Play and Creative Arts
WHAT: Children’s Playgroup 1: Age: 3.1 - 5 yrs.old. Activities: Stories, Cooperative Play, Arts and Crafts
WHAT: Kid’s Arts and Crafts: Age: 5-8 yrs. old. Activities: Creating usable art from simple materials
WHAT: Little Einstein: Age: 6-10 yrs old. Activities: Science experiments
WHAT: Skills Tutorials (Reading, Writing, Math): Age: 4-8 yrs.old
WHAT: Zumba Dance Exercise: Age: 5-10 yrs. old
FEE: P4,200 plus P150 registration fee (inclusive of materials)
SCHEDULE: Batch 1:   April 4, 2019 – April 30, 2019/Batch 2:   May 2, 2019- May 24, 2019
CONTACT: BRIGHT SEEDS PRESCHOOL, Dona Vicenta Road, Dona Vicenta Village, D.C. (near Chowking, across Victoria Plaza); Tel. 3003286; (0917)5400988


WHAT: Blasting Off to Stockbridge Space Camp!
COURSES: SMARTCUBS (6mos to walking), PLAYPHONICS (walking to 2's).
MOON EXPLORERS (Literacy and Numeracy; 1.6 to 3yo), PHONIC ASTRONOMERS (Introduction to phonics and reading; 3 to 5yo), ROCKET READERS(Reading; 5 to 7yo), ASTRONAUTS IN TRAINING (Science Technology Engg and Math; 5 to 7yo), GALAXY WRITERS (Writing; 3 to 7yo), KARATE (3 to 10yo), BALLET (3 to 10yo)
SCHEDULE AND FEE: Summer classes from June 17- July 12, 2019. Fees available upon request.
CONTACT: STOCKBRIDGE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, Maa road, Davao City, 0922 250 1491, (082) 327-6590,


WHAT: Summer Learn to Swim Program of the Blue Marlins Swimming Club with Coach Abdul BM (American Swimming Coaches Association Life+Member Level 4) in full cooperation with Brokenshire Hotels, Resorts and Convention Center for 6 years old and above
SCHEDULE: Batch 1 - March 19-30; Batch 2 - April 2-13; Batch 3-April 16-27; Batch 4-April 30-May 11; Batch 5-May 14-25; Batch 6 May 28-June 28, 2018; Time: Morning: 6-7am; 730-830am, 830-930am, 930-1030am; Afternoon: 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm; 10 meetings for one hour (Mon-Fri). 1st day orientation for every batch.
FEE: P3,600 (basic); P3,600 (advanced beginner); P3,700 (advanced scientific), P3,900 (scientific competitive)
VENUE: Brokenshire Resort, Madapo Hills, D.C.


WHAT: Swimming lessons for Basic, Advanced and Competitive, Triathlete and Open Water Courses for all ages
SCHEDULE/FEE: Available upon request


SCHEDULE: April 2, 2019 - June 4, 2019 -Tue.Thur.Sat 10am-12pm (5-8 yrs old) -T.TH.S 1pm-3pm (9 and above)
SCHEDULE: April 1, 2019 - June 3, 2019 - Mon.Wed.Fri. 9:00am - 10:30am (5-8 yrs old) -Mon.Wed.Fri. 11:00am-12:30 nn (9 yrs old and above)
SCHEDULE: April 1, 2019 - June 3, 2019 Mon.Wed.Fri.- 1pm-3pm (8 yrs old and above)
FEE: Early Bird Price (Pay and reserve on or before March 18, 2019): 2 months - 3,500Php (Reserve with a down payment of 50% on or before March 18, 2019) Regular Price: 2 months - 3,800Php (2,000Php per month) 2 gives, 1900 per month or full payment)
2856028; 09227923588

SCHEDULE: @ Fit Series Studio Kids and Teens Class (5-17 y/o) M-W 10:30am-12nn Start Date: April 1, 2019
FEE: Monthly Fee: Php 1,800 Whole Summer Class Package: Php 3,500 Registration Fee: P500 inclusive of study booklet
CONTACT: HOLIDAY GYM, F.Torres St., D.C./Cell. number: 09297560556

WHAT: SUMMER BADMINTON 2019 (Beginners & Advance)
SCHEDULE: • 1st batch - April 1-12 • 2nd batch - April 22- May 3 • 3rd batch - May 6-17 • 4th batch - May 20-31 • 5th batch - June 3-14 • 6th batch - June 17-28 • 7th batch - July 1-12 • 8th batch - July 15-26 Monday to Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm Start Date: April 1, 2019
FEE: Php 1,500.00/student (Inclusive if 1 souvenir shirt, shuttlecock, court & trainer's fee)
CONTACT: ROCELYN PO Asst. Coach: JUDE OLAYTA For inquiries & reservation, contact 0933.869.2313

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Patty's 18th: A rustic Bohemian vibe

“Patty’s 18th: A rustic Bohemian vibe”
Sun.Star Davao, February 23, 2019
I slightly started panicking, which I think was necessary, because procrastination and cramming are the top words in my dictionary”, laughs the Davao Christian High School Grade 12 student. “So, my mom and I finally got to sit down after New Year’s Day and we thought of how we wanted things to go”, she shares.

Patty, as she is fondly called, relates that she has always been attracted to the aesthetic and vibe of flowers, faded Polaroid pictures, fairy lights, vintage stuff, and pretty much anything that made her feel cozy and comfortable.
“I wanted my special day to reflect the things that I really loved, so I went to the ever-amazing Pinterest to look for inspiration, and soon found that the suitable word to describe the whole aesthetic is “Rustic Bohemian”, says Patty.
“Since I already decided that I wanted my party to be outdoors, this theme was definitely the most appropriate one because not only did it showcase the things that I really loved and adored, but it was also well-matched for outdoor events!”, beams the eldest daughter of Dr. Richard Tesoro Mata and Erika Soriano-Mata.
Starry, starry night
On the day of her outdoor birthday celebration at The White House Fusion Cuisine, the sky was leaden with overcast. “When we arrived at the venue, it started drizzling a bit. We were all very worried, but I kept my faith and trusted the Lord. Thankfully, the rain clouds went away, and the clear night sky showed up with the stars and the moon shining brightly!”, recalls Patty.
This simple but meaningful experience inspired Daddy Richard, to share during his toast that God will allow Patty to see the rain and the clouds for a while, but at the perfect time, He will answer her problems. “It doesn’t mean that if you still see the problem after you’ve prayed, He didn’t hear your prayer. He did, and He will always answer your prayers in His perfect will and timing”, he muses.
And, what a glorious answered prayer it was as Patty’ 18th birthday celebration was everything she imagined it to be and so much more.

Rustic Bohemian feels

The talented Leni Hernandez and her dynamic EJH Events team imaginatively channeled the rustic Bohemian vibe through the backdrop, centerpieces, fairy lights, and wooden tables and chairs. The Matas’ trusted cake maker and family friend Emily Lim-Cimafranca expertly created a beautiful naked cake daintily decorated with daisies and baby’s breath. 

Patty’s flowy blush pink gown by Davao designer Windel Mira tastefully featured peachy floral embellishments and sequins. The debutant’s favorite part about her dreamy attire was that the long skirt was detachable. It made it easier for her to dance to pop music with her nine roses who included her dad, younger brother Richardo Angelo, and DCHS batchmates.

Khael Fortalejo was a lively and engaging emcee who kept the flow of events smooth and fun-filled. Veering away from the usual debut traditions, entertaining childhood games were played by the guests.

“I am forever grateful for everyone who made my birthday as splendid as it was, and for everything that God has blessed me with to make the day possible. I’m not really used to people doing stuff for me and see them going out of their way. I felt like I was drowning in love!”, gushes Patty.

Special thanks to Kethley Uy for the debut photos. Subscribe to Patty’s YouTube channel: Patricia Angela.
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