• Pinay Uprising: Getting Woke

    I stumbled upon what I thought was just a nice afternoon show celebrating Filipina women artists but ended up in the what turned out to be an activists’ meeting. I should’ve gotten a hint from the title of the show, of course – “Pinay Uprising.” But it wasn’t just some generic feminist gathering, in fact, it honed in on something super specific – the Philippines. The event was meant to foster “empowerment in the Filipino community and advocate for women’s rights.” The organizers of the event were Malaya: a US Movement Against Killings and Dictatorship and for Democracy in the Philippines. According to the organizers, the name “MALAYA” (Filipino for…

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    Craving Connection: New events, new website, my new creative agency

    Have you noticed a wave of creative breakfast meetings, retreats and conferences? It’s like the bigger, more expensive trade show-type conferences have given way to more intimate, often free to attend, gatherings. It is almost as if, in this plugged in, digital world of ours, people are craving a more personal, IRL connection. Can you feel it? Recently, I attended a Connecting Things event in Irvine, which was a screening of the documentary “Love and Bananas.” I had attended another event of theirs over a year ago, when the guest speaker was filmmaker Bayan Joonam from Soul Pancake. There was not much interaction at that one. There was a big…

  • Miramonte Resort and Spa : Desert Escape

    “I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence, something throbs, and gleams…” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince We headed out to Indian Wells on a Saturday afternoon. It had been a hectic morning, and the sun was blazing, the traffic, late star, hectic morning made for a grumpy crew. The short 2-hour ride from OC felt longer. When we arrived at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa, bathed in the familiar desert heat, we switched to vacation mode. Lying at the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Miramonte immediately puts one in a relaxed…

  • Can’t Miss Summer Events in Orange County

    When you are fortunate enough to live in a beach town with an endless summer, actually going to the beach is not the high point of the season. At least not for me. Since we can go to the beach any time of the year, even daily, there are other things we most look forward to during the summer months. Summer in Orange County means longer days, fun in the sun and special annual events that make living here extra special. I personally look forward to the following every year: the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, Hotel Irvine’s Backyard Movie Nights, the OC Fair and the VANS U.S. Open…

  • Creative Inspiration Abounds at Monthly Social Media Breakfast

    When thinking of ways to do community outreach, beyond digital means for my new client, SOCO and the OC Mix, I decided to put together two of my favorite things: Social Media and Breakfast. Thus was born the first SOCO Social Media Breakfast, a collaborative gathering of social media managers, influencers, creatives and SOCO super fans. The idea was to gather like-minded people to share tips and tricks about social media, bring questions to the table and network. What happened was so much more – it was a creative burst of energy. Not only were new personal connections made but also awesome collaborative photos! During our first meeting, Portola Coffee…

  • Entrepreneur Series: Davion Tran from Paderia Bakehouse

    First off, let me tell you that I love baked goods! So a year ago when someone asked if I’d be interested in crafting a media release about a brand new bakery in town, I was all over it. I was dying to try out their malasadas and ensaymadas, the latter which has a special place in my heart being a Filipino confection. Turns out, I knew one of the founders, Davion Tran, through our close-knit Orange County social media circles. But wait, wasn’t he a personal trainer? This made the store even more intriguing. A month before Paderia Bakehouse’s opening, the buzz was already building and Instagram foodies all…

  • Miramonte Resort Lunch at Farmhouse at Roger's Garden

    Having a Moment with Miramonte at Roger’s Garden

    When I received the invitation to learn more about the renovated Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Roger’s Gardens, I was all over it. First, because I was familiar with Indian Wells from past visits to Palm Springs and the desert and second because I had heard so many good things about Farmhouse. So imagine my delight when, in addition, to the fabulous setup, I found myself in the company of some of my favorite bloggers. The Farmhouse restaurant is set in the magical Roger’s Gardens in the heart of Newport Beach. Technically, Corona del Mar. The restaurant boasts a farm-to-table, field-to-fork dining experience with super…

  • Entrepreneur Series: Jeff Seery of Illuminate Face and Body Bar

    In a small shopping center in Newport Beach, near a Gelson’s grocery and a Nekter Juice Bar, I attended the opening of Illuminate Face and Body Bar. Illuminate is a luxury med spa that combines medical services and wellness rituals that help clients feel beautiful from the indie and out. Oh look… a kombucha bar.  And crystals! This already felt different from other med spas I’d visited.  As I wandered through the treatment rooms, I saw the latest med spa technology and was greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. There were many people at the opening, so I was fortunate to actually meet Founder and Co-owner Jeff Seery. He…

  • World Fabulous Drag Brunch

    Enjoy World Fabulous Drag Brunch at House of Blues Anaheim

    The World Fabulous Drag Brunch takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the House of Blues in Anaheim. On November 4th, the show will be partnering with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT) Center of Orange County. Members of the LGBT Center OC will be at House of Blues Atrium from 10-11am to share information about the Center and opportunities for donating and volunteering. Live entertainment by world-famous drag queens and a delicious Southern-inspired brunch buffet? Yes, please! I recently attended the World Famous Drag Brunch at the House of Blues of Anaheim and had a rollickin’ good time. Gia Gunn, actress, cosmetologist and reality TV…

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    Let Your Soul Soar at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch

    Celebrate Sundays at the new House of Blues in Anaheim. Enjoy a delicious buffet and live music at the world-famous Gospel Brunch. Where can you feed your appetite and your soul at the same time? Answer: The House of Blues in Anaheim on Sundays during their Gospel Brunch! I had the opportunity to attend the World Famous Gospel Brunch recently and let me tell you, it was awesome. Fun fact: The House of Blues was founded by Isaac Tigrett and first opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992. Here in Orange County, the House of Blues relocated from its Downtown Disney location to its current brand new home at the Anaheim…