Entries Posts

Pregnancy Diary: 22 Weeks

Post Content

Pregnancy Diary: 22 Weeks and 3 Days
Pregnancy Diary: 22 Weeks and 3 Days (August 8)

Taken after attending St. Luke’s Mom 101 and Breastfeeding 101. That was a really fun and informative event especially for first time moms like me. I will digest what I’ve learned and hope to share it here in the following weeks.

Just three days ago, I felt baby’s kick. Not exactly baby’s first kick because I have been feeling it for the past couple of days BUT it’s the first time Daddy Darlan felt it in my tummy too! For the past couple of days, I’ve been trying to grab his hand and placed in my tummy in the hopes that he’s going to feel it too but most of the time either baby would stop kicking or my B’s too sleepy to feel it in his hand. But couple of nights ago was different! Baby kicked once and Daddy already felt it! I’m just so happy to be sharing my belly fluttering aka baby kicking with my B!!!

baby’s size:

Flaugnarde

my mood:

Elated to share my baby kicking with my B!!!

my symptoms:

Swelling. I cannot wear my engagement and wedding rings anymore as well as my closed shoes.

Bloating. Although I feel hungry, my stomach feels full in a not so nice way.

Breast engorgement. Breast pain. Tender breasts. ‘Nuff said!

Backache. This affects my lower back, but the pain is already traveling upwards.

White discharge. Since I could not find a longer and wider pantyliner, I’ve been layering my trusted liner.

Abdominal / pelvic cramping. Feels like cramps during PMS.

Leg cramps and insomnia are still some of the persisting symptoms.

Pastry Overload

Post Content

Pastry Overload at the Launch of Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines. I had the privilege to meet the world-renowned pastry chefs – Chef Jean Louis Arnaud and Chef Niklesh, amongst other multi-awarded pastry chefs.

This is to share more luscious pastry photos from the eye of my iPhone. I dare you not to salivate!

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron
Petit Four Strawberry Macaron

Assorted Petit Four
Assorted Petit Four

Heavenly chocolate desserts buffet spread
Heavenly chocolate desserts buffet spread

Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts, NOW in the PHILIPPINES

Post Content

World-renowned Pastry Chefs Open Pastry and Bakery Academy in the Philippines

Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines Grand Launch with Chef Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean Louis Arnaud
Chef Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean Louis Arnaud at the Grand Launch of Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines

World-renowned pastry chef Jean Louis Arnaud leads a group of acclaimed international chefs in opening a Philippine branch of the region’s top pastry school – the Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines – this August 5 in Makati City.

The educational institution that they are establishing in Manila is a sister-school of the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia, which Chef Jean co-founded with premier pastry chef Niklesh Sharma. Another branch of the school was recently opened in India. Incidentally, this year, Chef Jean is one of the judges for the World Food Expo (WOFEX) competition here.

Assorted Petit Four
Assorted Petit Four

Chef Niklesh, the Academy’s managing director, shared that many students, including Filipinos, go to Europe or the United States to undergo pastry training, where the courses can be very expensive.

“We feel the Philippines is a great destination to open up an academy looking at the number of Filipinos working in hotels within and outside the Philippines. We want to provide organized and structural training for students looking for a career in the hotel industry, pastry shops, and those who want to put up their own businesses,” he further said.

The training at the Academy, according to Chef Niklesh, prepares students to world-class skills Manila has never seen before. “We can provide an even higher level of training here at 40% of the cost students spend in other local pastry schools. In the next six to nine months, our students can be at par with seasoned hotel pastry chefs in the Philippines,” he said confidently.

Petit Four Strawberry Macaron
Petit Four Strawberry Macaron