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THAI CRISPY GARLIC PRAWNS

THAI CRISPY GARLIC PRAWNS

With the temperature at a sweltering 38ºC, Snooki...

 
OLIVE’S GINATAN

OLIVE’S GINATAN

Ginatan is always a welcome treat for merienda. Th...

 
TUNA SISIG

TUNA SISIG

Here’s Merly’s healthy twist on this popular p...

 
BURGER STEAK WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY

BURGER STEAK WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY

A former colleague, Malen, moved to Jakarta where ...

 
FROM SCRAPS TO SOUVENIR

FROM SCRAPS TO SOUVENIR

Older kids, teens, practically everyone will enjoy...

 
JELLO CHEESECAKE

JELLO CHEESECAKE

No-bake cakes are delightful, more so since we add...

 
HOMEMADE GUAVA JELLY

HOMEMADE GUAVA JELLY

Oh, the luscious fruits of summer and the gracious...

 
KALABASA LECHE FLAN

KALABASA LECHE FLAN

Working in the garden can be so rewarding for the ...

 
 

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Be inspired!

We aim to spark creativity through tried and tested ideas from friends who share what they do best.
Be inspired with family recipes, arts, crafts, and gardening projects for fun and profit.
Because working from home need not be a chore.
Be dynamic and productive as we engage, reinvent, and stretch ourselves.
We'd love for you to share your ideas too.

About the Author

Joy Manalac is a writer with an extensive background in Marketing Services and Communications. She studied Communication Arts at St. Paul College Manila.

She wrote the corporate stories in “Simply Delicious,” the 50th anniversary cookbook of Liberty Commodities Corp. In 2016, this bagged 1st prize in the “Gintong Aklat Awards ” and 3rd prize in “The International Gourmand Awards," likened to the "Oscars" for the food industry.

She likes to write short and crisp lines, taking to heart her late Dad’s advice to write simply. What she loves most about writing is the cadence. As a tip, she suggests for writers to find their rhythm. There is melody in the play of words and phrases – the pace, lilt, and sway that lend music and grace.

Joy loves to tinker in her garden that needs a lot of tending. She enjoys the company of school chums who are keen about plants, coffee, and cakes. She takes inspiration from two spirited sisters, Monica and Zita . She can cook with a cookbook on hand and can craft with just enough nudge from Zita.