Reblogged: How To Know When You’ve Found “The One”

When I first dated Tom, just by talking to each other I already felt that he is “The One”. Maybe I’m just lucky or maybe I’m attuned to opportunities that come my way. Of course our relationship is a work in progress. Love, communication, respect and having fun are essential to a happy marriage. We don’t have the perfect marriage but we continue to work on our relationship and it doesn’t seem so hard because we love each other.

I came across this article online and I totally related to it. Read and learn and be open to opportunities:

How To Know When You’ve Found “The One”

Here are some clues that you’ve found “The One”:

Unexplainable feeling. We always hear people say that you just know it when you’ve found the one. When you ask someone how they knew they were with their soul mate, they’ll often respond that they can’t quite explain it but they “just knew”. You can’t put your finger on it, but there’s a feeling you get when you’ve hit the nail on the head. If you have to ask, you probably haven’t found it yet.

You get each other. If you and your partner just get each other, they could be the one. When you understand each other without having to work at it, you’re definitely on to something. It’s easy to be around someone who gets you and understands your personality without having to try too hard.

It’s easy. Some people in your life take a lot of effort to be around. Maybe you feel like you need to entertain them or work hard to make conversation. When you’ve found “The One”, it’s just easy. You can hang out and do anything and still have fun. Being together is effortless and enjoyable without either of you having to be “on”.

You fit into each other’s lives. Even when you’re both busy, do you easily fit into each other’s lives? If you are able to blend your friends together, spend time with each other’s families and just generally “fit” together, chances are you’ve found something special.

People are happy for you. If you’ve found “The One”, chances are it shows. You’re probably happy and giving off a positive, relaxed energy. People around you like your friends and family love seeing you this way and can tell that the relationship is good for you. They’re happy for you because they can sense how happy you are.

You are best friends. You know you’ve found “The One” when you become best friends. Are they the first person you want to call when something good happens? When something bad happens? When something funny happens? They should be your “go-to” person for just about everything.

You’re there for each other no matter what. Do you and your partner support each other through thick and thin? Do you have their back and do they have yours? If so, then they could definitely be “The One”. When you’re able to support each other through all of life’s ups and downs, highs and lows, you’ve definitely got a good thing going.

For singles, now that you know when the person is going to be “The One”, it’s time to start to meeting prospects. Like what I always say, waley si prince charming sa loob ng balur. Lumabas ka! LOL

Meet new people and go outside of your circle. Tom was waaaay out of my circle and if I didn’t go out with him (I was initially apprehensive to go on a date with him, read our love story here), I wouldn’t have found “The One”.

To those who already found their soul mate, never let go and keep them for life.

Happy dating!

Maison Epperson: Dining Room Progress

Everyday, Maison Epperson is looking more like a home than a warehouse. Hallelujia!

However, a lot of our stuff is still displaced and after a month of unpacking 52 million boxes (LOL), I realized that some of our excisting furniture and decor do not fit our new house anymore.

Progress has been slow particularly in our formal dining room. I feel that the only permanent fixture is our new copper pendant lights. I’m not sure about the rest of the furniture.

So far, this is how our dining room looks like:

Tom Dixon Copper Pendant Lights, MOs Design; sideboard, vintage; silver chaffing dishes, wedding gifts; brass coral fruit bowl, Rustan's; dining table legs, thrifted; bench, stools and tempered glass top were gifts from friends way back (thank you KC Concepcion, Tim Yap & Maureen Disini woohoo!)

Some of the furniture are temporary. For now, we are using what we have and making them work in our space. Ideally, we want at least 6-8 chairs for our dining table. We also need a cool piece of  artwork on the wall (Tom is working on that) and I want to change the color of the vintage sideboard to white lacquer with brass cabinet pulls. I’m still thinking if I should put a rug or not. Let’s see.

What I do love about our dining area is the beautiful daylight that pours in throughout the day. Very, very light lang ang feeling. Where we used to live, it was always dark and we had to leave the lights on from morning till night time. In our new house, we only get to use the pendant lights at night. Big savings on electricity — YAY!

They say a house is a work in progress, that being said, excuse me while I work my butt off to make my dreams come true.

The Importance of Self Awareness

Growing up with parents working abroad made me self reliant at a very young age. When most of my friends were physically and emotionally guided by their mothers & fathers, I learned from experiences. Of course my parents were never amiss in giving me some advice and wisdom and I never felt that I was neglected but because they were not physically present most of the time, I relied on my instincts, valued criticism/feedback and learned from my mistakes. They were good exercises in developing self awareness.

I have to say though that when my parents were living with us in the Philippines, they were great in bringing up my siblings and me. In fact, they were progressive thinkers who encouraged us to dream big, nurture our passions, think for ourselves, empowered us by teaching us how to cook and eat healthy and made us feel loved. We had a good foundation and we love our parents.

I believe that it’s through experiences that we gain wisdom which is also developed by being self aware.

I read an article online about self awareness that is helpful and powerful in changing for the better. Allow me to share it with you:

Self Awareness

Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.

We might quickly assume that we are self aware, but it is helpful to have a relative scale for awareness. If you have ever been in an auto accident you may have experienced everything happening in slow motion and noticing details of your thought process and the event. This is a state if heightened awareness. With practice we can learn to engage these types of heightened states and see new opportunities for interpretations in our thoughts, emotions, and conversations.

Why Develop Self Awareness?
As you develop self awareness you are able to make changes in the thoughts and interpretations you make in your mind. Changing the interpretations in your mind allows you to change your emotions. Self awareness is one of the attributes of Emotional Intelligence and an important factor in achieving success.

Self awareness is the first step in creating what you want and mastering yourself. Where you focus your attention, your emotions, reactions, personality and behavior determine where you go in life.

Having self awareness allows you to see where your thoughts and emotions are taking you. It also allows you to see the controls of your emotions, behavior, and personality so you can make changes you want. Until you are aware in the moment of the controls to your thoughts, emotions, words, and behavior, you will have difficulty making changes in the direction of your life.

Self Awareness in Relationships
Relationships are easy until there is emotional turmoil. This is the same whether you are at work or in your personal life. When you can change the interpretation in your mind of what you think you can change your emotions and shift the emotional quality of your relationships. When you can change the emotions in your relationships you open up entirely new possibilities your life.

Having a clear understanding of your thought and, behavior patterns helps you understand other people. This ability to empathize facilitates better personal and professional relationships.

Develop Self Awareness

Self awareness is developed through practices in focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior. It isn’t learned from reading a book. When you read a book you are focusing your attention on the conceptual ideas in the book. With your attention in a book you are practicing not paying attention to your own behavior, emotions and personality.

Think of learning to be mindful and self aware as learning to dance. When learning to dance we have to pay attention to how and where our feet move, our hands and body motion, what our partner is doing, music, beat, floor space, and other dancers. Self awareness isn’t learned from books and the Tango isn’t either. In my years of study and working with clients I have discovered many useful techniques that accelerate the learning. I have incorporated these techniques into the Self Mastery audio course. The first four sessions are available free.

In the process of these sessions I am not telling anybody what to believe, how they should think, or what they should do. I am basically sharing with people exercises in raising their self awareness. When you become more self aware you instinctively begin to see aspects of your personality and behavior that you didn’t notice before.

If you have an emotional reaction of anger or frustration, you notice many of the thoughts and small triggers that build up towards those emotions. You also notice moments when you can change the interpretations in your mind, or not believe what we are thinking. In this heightened awareness you instinctively make better choices in your thought process long before an emotional reaction or destructive behavior.

Making changes in your behavior is much easier to do when you catch them early in the dynamic, before the momentum of thought and emotion has gathered steam. The changes in your mind, and behavior become simple and easy steps when you develop self awareness.

Do yourself a favor and watch this short video (less than 3 min.) It’s life-changing:

Practical Tools for getting rid of the emotional drama in your life:

• Stop emotional reactions
• Change core beliefs
• Quiet the criticizing voice in your head
• Develop communication and respect in your relationships and Create Love and Happiness in your life

I believe that when we are not self aware, we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes. Also, we tend to be inconsiderate and worse, we become a total ass to other people.

In a nutshell: Self awareness is the path to self mastery, self mastery is the way to happiness

PDI’s Thumbs Down: “Bad Behavior at Closing Time”

In vino veritas is a Latin phrase that translates “in wine [there is the] truth.”

I found this article in my IG feed:

Thumbs Down, Sunday Lifestyle, Philippine Daily Inquirer

, 2:18 am | Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Bad Behavior at Closing Time

We are big believers of The Waiter Rule – that you can see a person’s true character by the way they treat people in the service industry – so were horrified to hear about an ugly incident in a bar lounge at a five-star hotel in Makati.

At around 3 a.m., a server approached the last remaining customers as they were closing and asked if they would like to move to a table he had reserved from them at the hotel lobby which would be open 24/7. The group, which included a government employee who fancies himself a diplomat, a businessman, a socialite and another lady friend were still drinking wine.

Infuriated, the businessman who had already complained when the house lights were switched on, started haranguing the server, shouting and telling him he was arrogant.

Out of deference to the customer, the servers gave the group an additional ten minutes. When they were reminded once again that the bar was closed and that the lobby was still open, the socialite and the businessman started screaming at him and calling him names.

The businessman left but his companions stayed. The server once again told them that the bar was closed. The “diplomat” asked for more time while the socialite completely lost it, shouting, “What is your f***ing problem?” When the server told her he couldn’t go home without cleaning up, the socialite continued screaming and then spat at him, her saliva landing on his clothes.

The group refused to leave even after another hotel employee told them that the housekeeping department was about to clean the place. They left almost two hours after closing time.

Sources say this isn’t the first time the group has done things like this. When not rude to waiters, the “diplomat” has also been known to make amorous advances towards the wait staff. He had actually been banned from another hotel bar, proving that he is a repeat waiter offender.

I normally don’t blog about stuff like this but I know the waiter involve. I feel for him. I was once in the service industry and I had my share of rude and arrogant clients. It’s dishearting. No matter what state people are in or what social status they belong to this kind of attitude should not be tolerated. We all make mistakes. We are human but like what I always say, self-awareness is an important skill to acquire (yes, it is a skill and not an inherent ability) because it is an attitude that will help you face problems better and get along with people well. It’s essential for ones growth and to change for the better. To be self-aware is to be emotionally intelligent.

A gentle reminder: Bawal po ang dumura (ew.)

Gardening: Planting Basil + Bonus: Frittata Recipe

Eto na ang gardening portion ng “Jenni Epperson Lifestyle,” hahaha!

Our new house has a lot of space to grow plants. We have a tree lawn, front yard and backyard. Tom and I are excited to do some gardening. Even when we were living in our previous condo, we grew herbs in potted plants. There’s always space to grow your own plants.

When it comes to planting or growing potted plants, our mantra is: Grow what you need.

Using fresh basil leaves can transform ordinary meals into culinary treasures!

Fresh basil leaves are a staple in our kitchen. We use it for making pasta sauce, pizza and for garnishing.

I made my Basil, Cheese & Onion Frittata for last Sunday’s brunch. The basil leaves were from our garden. Fresh basil not only tastes better than dried, it actually tastes different, almost as if it were not the same herb.

Basil plants are easy to grow. Whether you plant them in the garden or grow them in pots all they need is the morning sun.


• When watering, avoid getting the leaves wet as the leaves can spot. Of course if it rains, you have no control over it. Just prune the leaves.
• To plant the basil in the garden, dig holes spaced at least 6 inches apart. Place the roots in the holes and place soil around the stems. Pat down soil around the plants to eliminate air pockets.
• If you want to plant the basil in a container, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate the number of plants you’re growing; they need to be planted 6 inches apart, since they grow quite large.

We haven’t done that much in our garden. We only started planting basil, calamansi and chili and they are doing quite well. Having our own compost (this is key when growing an organic garden) helps our plants grow healthy. My husband and I will soon go on a trip to buy plants. Tune in!

Basil, Cheese & Onion Frittata recipe:

Ingredients: 10-12 fresh eggs; 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese; 2 tbsp olive oil; 8-10 fresh basil leaves, julienne and a sprig for garnishing; 1 onion, chopped; a pinch of cayenne pepper; salt and white pepper to taste; spring onions, chopped

Easy peasy:

PRE-HEAT oven to 250 degrees; BEAT eggs, in a bowl until blended. ADD all the remaining ingredients, mix well. OIL the pan/dish. POUR IN egg mixture in a baking pan or iron skillet or ovenproof dish; BAKE for 35 to 35 minutes or until egg mixture is set and top golden. LET STAND for 5 min. or until eggs are completely set and no visible liquid egg remains. GARNISH with spring onions and fresh basil leaves. SERVE with a smile! :)

On My Desk

Tom and I are couch-hunting for our family room. Looking for the right one is not easy. There are many factors to consider: style, material, durability, comfort, price, color, etc.

It’s important to look for something the whole family will like and is true to our lifestyle. We’re not in a rush to purchase a new sofa but if I don’t get one soon, my husband will become a permanent fixture on the floor, haha!

Since my husband and I are currently sharing a desk in the office, we’ve been passing to each other decorating books and learning all about settees, Chesterfield’s, tuxedo sofas and sectionals.

Tom made one thing clear though, we are not getting designer Diane Von Furstenberg’s famous Salvador Dali Lips sofa.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, what’s your dream couch?

Laptop: Apple
Mobile power cord: Fuchsia electric fabric power cord (YAY! No more broken power cords!) from one of Greenbelt 1′s gadget/phone accessories shops
Books: Domino: The Book of Decorating by Domino Editors, Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, Dara Caponigro & Fashion House by Megan Hess
Coffee cup: Porcellane Tognana

Amazing Readers: Teacup Cake Fans

I get a kick out of my amazing readers every time they try my recipes!

This time, Aryanna’s 70-Second Microwave Teacup Cake dessert gets some lovin’ from some of my IG followers:

From @ianaperalta:

Woohoo! Love the food shot, @ianaperalta! The white ramekin looks chic. I think it’s great that you personalized your recipe by adding Choc•Nut! Brilliant. I suggest adding Nutella or peanut butter next time to serve as the teacup cake’s frosting plus it makes the whole dessert gooey.

From @mcvien96:

This is why I love sharing my recipes—for your loved ones to enjoy! Extra points to @mcvien96 for adding marshmallows and colorful M&M’s to the recipe. Try topping it with vanilla ice cream next time and let me know if you like it.

Thanks guys for tagging me on IG. Keep them coming!

Big Flavors, Great Value Steaks & More!

My friend Paolo Paraiso invited Tom and me to Dillinger’s 1903 Steak & Brew for lunch. We were happy to oblige as we were craving for steaks.

Seeing the facade of the restaurant at the 3rd level of Greenbelt 3 (right beside Red Box), one will be reminded of those bars seen in gangster films with a modern twist.

The resto was named after a notorious American bank robber John Dillinger who was born in 1903.

Customers are welcomed with black, wooden interiors, intimate lights, sleek bar stand, and cozy ambiance.

The bar houses all sorts of alcohol and wines that are purchased locally and internationally.

Dillingers 1903 offers home-cooked American cuisine. Let’s order!

Tom ordered a brewski. Props for serving it in a proper beer glass, chilled and served with a smile by our server Paul.

Our server suggested we try one of their House Specialty, Stuffed Shrimps.

It’s got crabmeat and mozzarella coated fresh medium sized shrimps with marinara sauce dip and served with lemon wedges. The crabmeat is fresh so extra points for that. It’s a good appetizer and 2-3 people can share this dish.

Next, we had Salpicao. Their version of the classic Spanish tapa-cubes of beef tenderloin in a piquant olive oil and garlic based sauce. This is quite spicy so it’s very good for beer chow.

We normally don’t order soup for lunch but according to our waiter, it’s a must-try. We had the Clam Chowder.

This hearty soup is creamy with fresh clams, bacon, potatoes, onion, celery and carrots served in a bread bowl. So good! The bread was crusty and flaky, perfect to tear and dip in the soup. This was Tom’s favorite.

Now for some serious Buffalo Wings. The chicken wings are fried to perfection tossed with their secret buffalo sauce, served with blue cheese dip. I’m not much for chicken wings but I like this. The flavor is quite tangy but the blue cheese dip balances it with its salty and creamy texture.

Now on to the pastas… The Seafood Pasta was OK. The flavor is light and the noodles are aldente.

Their Truffle Pasta was yummy! My daughter will like this since it’s drenched in truffle oil and smothered with cheese.

Time to meat!

I like their Grilled Pork Chops. The chops were grilled tender and juicy served with spicy soy-vinegar sauce. Extra rice is a must!

We also ordered the Ribeye Steak. It’s USDA Black Angus Ribeye grilled to your preference served with a choice of red wine or Bearnaise sauce. The meat was big and can be shared between 2 people. For P750.00, it’s good value.

Jaw-dropping moment

Dillinger’s pièce de résistance: Tomahawk Steak. This beast is 42oz. bone-in Ribeye Steak, seasoned and grilled, served with red wine-demiglace sauce. If you are a steak monster, you could probably finish it in one sitting but this monstrosity of meat is perfect for the whole family or group of friends (3-5 people can share). The price is only P2,995.00 + and we were impressed with the size and flavor!

Hindi lang pang pamilya, pang barangay pa! Haha

Marbling madness

Check out the proportions of Tom’s hand and the Tomahawk Steak!

I lava, lava this cake!

And to cap off our PG-levelz lunch (LOL) we had Dillinger’s Molten Lava Chocolate Cake. It is the only dessert they serve and it’s the only one you’ll need. So yummy! Best paired with brewed coffee.

In case you’re wondering if Tom and I finished the food, we didn’t. We had a lot of leftovers for takeout.

Dillinger’s 1903 Steak & Brew food are impressive both in taste and price. Their dishes such as the USDA Black Angus Rib-Eye Steak and the Grilled Pork Chops are priced reasonably. It’s a good place to have a family lunch or meal sharing with friends.

I’ll go back next time with the whole fam bam and maybe share another Tomahawk Steak. The kids are gonna get a kick seeing the big-ass meat!

Dillingers is located at: 3rd Level, Greenbelt 3; Esperanza St. corner Makati Ave., Ayala Center, Makati, Phone Number (+63 2) 621-6790

Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 4:00am

Parties, Catering

Add to Cart: Versace Bright Crystal Absolu

I love perfume and perfume bottles as they are both functional and decorative.

The latest elixir to add to my perfume tray in my budoir is the Versace Bright Crystal Absolu.

The flacon is in fuchsia pink with Versace’s signature Medusa emblem on the bottle cap. I think the diamond-like design is beautiful.

I tried Versace Bright Crystal Absolu—and to me, it smells like pomegranate lemonade with a hint of powdery freshness. It’s not overwhelming or old lady smelling. It’s very sensual, light and the scent lasts a long time (around three hours). Perfect for our tropical weather.

Top Notes: Frozen accords, Pomegranate, Yuzu; Heart Notes: Lotus, Magnolia, Peony; Base Notes: Amber, Musk

I also find that Versace Bright Crystal Absolu is quite concentrated so a little spritz goes a long way. Best to apply it after you shower. Spritz some on your skin after drying off and before putting on your clothes. Your skin will absorb the scent better, and you won’t run the risk of staining your clothes.

Run to your nearest beauty counter and add this to your shopping cart!

Available at leading department stores

New: Zit Zapper Foundation + Lippies

Good news for teenagers (and grown-ups too) who suffer from acne! Happy Skin has a new foundation that is also a pimple buster! Hooray!

Read on:

From their best-selling Happy Skin Second Skin (SS) Cream comes this new addition to the brand’s ever-growing roster: Happy Skin Zit Zapper Second Skin Cream (P1,299) and New colors of Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippies (P499 each)

Photo taken using Instagram

Fight Zits While Looking Good

True to Happy Skin’s quest to produce skin-caring makeup, they’ve decided to address the number one skin woe of acne. The brand’s co-founder Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez enumerates the product’s strengths: “Happy Skin Zit Zapper Second Skin Cream has three powerful ingredients: grapefruit extract, which is rich in antioxidants and effectively prevents sebum oxidation that triggers pimples; yoghurt extract, which minimizes the growth of acne bumps, and it’s also a skin brightener that lightens acne scars, all while infused in an oil-control cream powder formula to keep the unwanted shine and give skin a healthy radiance!”

“We created the Happy Skin Zit Zapper Second Skin Cream because we wanted to give women a product that allows them to actually look good while zapping zits!” says co-founder Rissa Mananquil-Trillo . “This works immediately to reduce redness, pimple size, and swelling. The Salicylic Acid treats unwanted zits, skin looks magically better the moment you apply it thanks to its oil-control powder finish and special bright up powder,” she assures.

HAPPY SKIN Zit Zapper Cream Silicone Free Foundation for Acne Prone Skin 1 - P1,299 each

Zapping Those Zits With A Double-Letter Cream

The Happy Skin Second Skin Cream has been touted to be heaven-sent. Women, from no-fuss career chicks to beauty sophisticates, love the super-wearable non-silicone foundation. The like how the naturally-pigmented cream glides seamlessly on skin, without clogging pores. It’s become the perfect product to satisfy the popular no-makeup makeup fascination of Filipinas. The new Happy Skin Zit Zapper (ZZ) Cream “is part of the Second Skin Cream family, but caters more to women with acne-prone skin,” says Jacqe. “We all know that silicone can clog the pores and may cause pimples, so we specially created Happy Skin ZZ Cream to be the Holy Grail foundation of those with pimple woes.”

HAPPY SKIN Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies 2- P499 each

Pucker Up With Fresh Lippies
Entering prime dresser space and invading vanity kits all around are also fresh new shades of Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies. Happy Skin Lippies have developed quite a following, with women swiping, smacking, and stashing these chubby pencils of rich, hydrating color. It seems that women can’t get enough of them. The secret to their successful colors? Hues that look good with any skin color or lip tone.

I really like Happy Skin’s Lippies. They have fabulous colors and the texture is top-notch. I’ve given Rissa and Jacque some lipstick name ideas like “Tea Time”, “Ladies Who Lunch” & “Me-Time”. Let’s see if they make the cut for their next Lippie colors.

Happy Skin is available at Rustan’s Makati and Shanri-La; Beauty Bar; Plains & Prints

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