Saturday, December 10, 2016

Empress in Mommy Mode

In between the hustle is an Empress in mommy mode. I love carrying Zuri on my waist this way and showing off my growing 5 months belly in a fitted dress, walking around the mall looking like a MILF - that's half meant ;) But seriously, I feel that the time you put into thinking and caring for your little ones, the unconditional love you give and being so protective of them make you one hell of a sexy being. I used to think of motherhood like a super boring life, totally cutting you out of your freedom, and some sort of a big trap - that's why I never took planning of having kids or marriage seriously. That thinking changed big time when I became a mother. Motherhood is actually so cool I couldn't believe why I waited this long to be one. The unconditional love & selflessness you give, the patience you learn, the maturity and wisdom you acquire, the confidence you exude just feels so amazing & rewarding. And this is me, Zuri and growing baby Avery at SM Aura taking photos of this mesmerizing Xmas display posing like everyone else and breaking some rules. Zuri wanted to see more, so she walked beyond the velvet rope - until the guard told us off - of course I didn't stop Zuri from entering as I thought kids should be allowed to touch those animal displays. Plus I'm not really good at saying 'no' to Zuri,  I want her to have the coolest experience always. [This dress is available @sly.boutique] @zurisiwa @averyzoesiwa

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Real Vina Morales

VINA MORALES - what can I say? You've successfully shocked me w/ ur scandalous drama last night & proven what people say abt u, that u are  LOW LIFE PALINGKERA. I once lost my cool & class over ur cyberbullying act a year ago - when u humiliate me & my child, instigating this social media BS. I thought that by replying would show I was tough, that I was fighting for my child. Well I regretted all of that - such a waste of time & just way too low for my standards. What u did last night at @bank.bar trying to provoke me & humiliate me (again) by picking a fight in public when I was minding my own business w/ my friends, coming to our table, taunting me like you're someone who live in the slums, shouldn't really be what a 41 year old celebrity & a mother shld be doing - especially someone who talks about God so much like u do. To ur big disappointment, I didn't react & just ignored u. Why? Bec I will not repeat dealing w/ a low life again - not worth it. I also have two children to think about & words of God I listen to - I take my bible study very seriously. So NO darling, I will not & will never stoop down to that level w/ u & react violently just to prove a point. I made peace w/ Marc & very happy about that - I will not let ur tantrums go between our parenting again. If ur problem w/ me is ur tainted reputation - don't forget u started everything w/ ur malicious comments on my IG - woman up & accept ur mistake. But if u'd rather choose to be like an uneducated person who only know how to pick physical fights bec u can't converse intelligently & privately when there are conflicts, I really feel sorry for u - u have a lot of growing up & bible studies to do. I've put everything behind, focused on my two angels & enjoying my life - u should too. U hv a child, relationship &  a wonderful career - be grateful for it. I forgive u despite everything & I'm happy that I could finally say this to u. I'm ready talk peacefully next time we see each other again, but only if u can speak like a lady too. God showed me kindness, humility & self-control. I wish he shows you these too bec I'm finally at peace w/ myself & extremely happy -even being a single mother. @vina_morales

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winning Move

A few weeks ago I was so clouded by my anger all I could think of was sue someone. I spent so much time thinking through the whole process & preparing myself for a long legal battle. I showed fearlessness & nobody could stop me - not my mom, not any family member, my closest friends nor people I look up to can do anything. In my head I was fighting for my child & it was the right thing to do. This bravery speaking about an absolutely embarrassing subject made me some sort of a hero for helpless, resource-limited single mothers so I felt I did something valuable. Then I went to my first bible study not knowing it would help calm me down. It helped delay suing but I still negotiated hard - I wanted to get what I want to prove not only to everyone but myself I was right & that my daughter will get only the best. But just a few days ago, I decided to let it all go. I made peace with the father of my child, agreed to everything he wanted & finally signed our agreement - with a compromise totally against what I was fighting for. I let go of my ego, my anger, & my strict principles. I surrendered everything that I thought & felt I & my daughter deserved.  I chose peace over being right. There was a voice that said no need to force things, everything will be okay. I followed it, and in that instant, blessings came in various forms. While it wasn't easy, it was simultaneously liberating. This choice gave me a new kind of freedom & confidence you can't get any other way. I wouldn't advice everyone to do the same but if you can choose a more peaceful way of sorting things out, do it. Remember, walking away can also be a winning move. Have a blessed Sunday and may you all find peace in your hearts and find the next best move you need. #empresstalk

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Humility

I don't really like posting stuff abt God or showing my spiritual side - it's a very sensitive topic & alienates some people - some (in my world) even think you're weird, uncool or even brainwashed by religion. But I want to share this bec it was a very moving &  enlighhtening day for me. I was invited to my very first bible study yesterday -  thanks to my dearest friend @tetrodriguez06 who was relentless w/ inviting me. The topic was Humility. I'm not the most humble person & have a very big ego. I could also be  very competitive bec I hate losing. I rarely back down when provoked & rarely listen to my parents bec I always thought I knew better. My success & material desires are beyond normal. So it definitely struck many chords in me. This is not a life-changing story. It just made me question myself & pushed  me to reflect on who I am as a person, mother, daughter,  friend, business partner & even as a lover. I know many struggle w/ this virtue bec we live in a superficial, materialistic, ego-filled world, where everything must be all about us - our desires, successes, happiness & ultimately, our decisions. We don't want to feel pain so we chase life's most pleasurable things & put up this shield to look & feel good, but Humility is compromised & you suddenly feel incomplete. It said that to be truly happy & fill that incompleteness, that void in your heart, one must fill it w/ something more powerful & intangible. It's not our family, partner, money or material things that will make us content. It said only God who can fill that void. Many religious people will say - of course, duh - but how many of you really understand this faith & apply virtue of Humility in your lives everyday? I don't & I know I lack this virtue, but like anything else, I'm open to exploring it & learning more about it bec I think there's more to gain than lose. At the end of the study, I felt something very powerful slowly filling the void I was never aware of & some desires melting away. May you also all find wisdom to light and true happiness today. Happy blessed Sunday everyone! Love, Empress

Friday, October 7, 2016

Empress of Zulu

I wrote this action-packed, power-hungry, decadent & sexy comic book series brought to life by artist Andrew Villar, Book 1 launching November 19 & 20 at the KOMIKON 2016 - attended annually by thousands of people. We only have 5 full pages for advertisement spaces so hurry and email me if you're interested to be a sponsor at empress@slyempire.com. Printing mid-October. #empressofzulu #powersexwarroyalty #avisiwa #andrewvillar 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

iTrulli Fashion Food & Wine

First of, thank you to my friend, a brilliant lawyer & restaurateur Gale Atienza for the 5-hour debauchery & a very productive meeting at her Italian restaurant & concept store iTRULLi. I can't get over their Chicken Confit & now craving for it! That medium rare Angus Beef topped with fresh Rosemaries paired with fabulous, quality Italian wines was HEAVEN. Also, their Bottarga Pasta is a 'must-try' dish. You'll definitely be seeing me more here for my business meetings. A very special treatment await my guests at iTrulli - a welcome drink and a complimentary dessert - when you mention my name AVI SIWA for bookings or walk ins -- just take a selfie & tag me when you do. For wine lovers & restaurants who want to carry quality wines, I highly recommend them as they import the largest selection of exceptional Italian wines, you can get the best pricing for bulk orders through the Empress, just send my assistant Reeze  reeze@slyempire.com for pricelist or tasting schedule. Last note, they also hold Wine Education for 6pax and up - same perks above apply. 💋🍴✨🍷🎷🎸 #foodie  #foodporn #gourmetfood #italianfood #italiangourmet #italianlifestyle #wineconnoiseur #winecellar #winelover #winetasting #wineeducation @itrullifashionfoodwine 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Anyone Can Cook

ANYONE CAN COOK.  Remember that restaurant critic Anton Ego in Ratatouille the movie? That scene where he first tasted the little chef's version of Ratatouille -- astonished at the taste and suddenly brought back to childhood memories of his mother's cooking? Well, I sort of felt that way when I first tasted @slydiet 's new dishes during our food tasting this weekend -- I was speechless and felt like a child again who could't get enough of it. I finished most of it. Despite being a Flexitarian over 10 years, eating the best tasting healthy dishes, and dining at some of the best restaurants in the world, I asked how a healthy dish could taste that good. I am so proud to have teamed up with two amazing chefs who could execute my vision of a healthy diet and more. This week, I'm tasting vegan and vegetarian dishes to be cooked by my chef partners who are as ecstatic as I am to introduce the first Flexitarian Diet in the country. While we create these amazing dishes for you, like us on FB, twitter and IG @slydiet so you're updated when we finally open in September. A little note, you have a few months to go to fit into your holiday clothes so book your diet plan with @slydiet as soon as you can. For those of you who aspire to be a chef one day, don't forget chef Gusteau's motto " Anyone can cook." And if you're building an empire like me, remember Empress' motto "Anyone can do it." Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday night and a week full of surprises & success! #slyempire #sly #empressofsly #slyph #slymanila #slyboss #slyangels #slychefs #slysignaturedishes #laratatouille

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sly Diet

I couldn't believe the new @slydiet would look this good! Thank you to my two chef partners who worked  until 5am this morning to make these sample dishes. They are the head chefs of known establishments - but I can't tell who they are until we've launched in September. But you may now start booking diet plans to reserve a spot - it's going to be limited for the first few months so hurry! Just a little history, I started this diet meal delivery in 2013 because surprise, surprise I'm a health freak, I love healthy cooking & detoxing. In 2014, I was set to launch  Sly Café at Century Mall - architectural designs completed by @kaydeegrey but I decided not to launch and risk my angel investor's hard-earned moola because the location was new and needed more foot traffic for us to sustain the business. The Universe must have heard my prayers and mantras because these two amazing chefs believed in my vision, get my concept perfectly and are investing in a Sly Diet commissary - set to launch this September. Sly Diet is inspired from a diet I've been following for the last 10 years - Flexitarian Diet. We're launching 3 Flexitarian Diet Plans - for those working out, those trying to lose weight & because I love the nightlife, we're making a special plan for those who love these occasional debaucheries. Also, we're bringing back Sly Bars & Juices to complete your Sly cravings - I know some of you missed it. While waiting for our launch, pls follow our IG, FB page & Twitter @slydiet to know when we launch and other cool things we're throwing for you. You may message me or the Assistant to the Empress @reezebosabos or email her at reeze@slyempire.com to book your diet plans. Cheers to getting sexier! And then wearing Sly Boutique after. #slydiet #slyempire


Friday, July 29, 2016

Think Big, Act Small

After being exposed in private equity deals,  dramas of multimillion companies expanding too fast and going deep into debts, and startup entrepreneurs pitching sophisticated, ROI-seductive business plans but not going anywhere, I know I'm taking the best route. Yes I think big alright, but I'm not gonna blow cash just to look like my cashflow is positive when you're actually bleeding because you couldn't pay that shiny office. What I think is crazier is entrepreneurs pitching businesses to take in expensive salaries thinking investors would miss that - trust me, they look at every detail of your numbers. I've never taken in salaries which was also a mistake - take an amount enough to sustain you.  Again,  it's experience that gets you to think this way and I have my share of failures. When you've tried and tested many business models, your ego is muted and you can actually take the staircase. You don't want to ride the elevator only to see you can't sit with them & play their game.   #thinkbigactsmall @foundrmagazine

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hello Sly Boutique!

So a little over 5 years ago I launched Sly Boutique, an exclusive by-invite showroom in Rockwell with a full production house. Clueless what a  ginormous and expensive business it was going to be, it became too stressful and hard to manage so we decided to shut it down while I explore other businesses. We even produced reality TV show and signature wine of Sly to go with it which I put on hold as I felt it wasnt the right time to do it. Because of motherhood, I had to look for a business I can manage even at home when Im taking care of baby Zuri and while I run around doing my business deals. I am very excited and proud to reintroduce Sly Boutique online  and get back in the fashion business. Please follow @sly.boutique on Instagram and sign up at www.slyboutique.com to find out when we soft launch. I look forward to seeing all your support. Thank you everyone and have a great day! #sly