Another Lovely Blog Award


During the summer, I was surprised to receive “A Lovely Blog Award.” Little did I know that a few months later, I will be getting another one. I don’t think that I necessarily deserve it, infact, it is humbling to be given such recognition. I am grateful though for the honor so thank you so much Sherin of Kuk’s Kitchen for bestowing this on me.


I discovered Kuk’s Kitchen through Daily Food Buzz. When I visited her site, I fell in love with it because of the many lovely Indian recipes she features there. I love Indian cuisine so this was a wonderful find for me.  Do check out her blog not only for the amazing Asian food she offers but for her lovely photography too!

There are certain rules to follow when you receive the award, such as:   

  • Link back to the person who
    nominated you.

  • Add “The One Lovely Blog
    Award” to your post.

  • Share 7 random things about

  • Pass the award onto 15
    nominees and let them know. (I need more than 15 but that’s the rule!)

Now for the 7 random things about me: (I must admit I have shared this previously but for those who don’t know any of this yet, this is for your benefit!)

1. I
grew up in an island called Marinduque, one of the 7,107 islands of the

2. I am a lawyer by
profession but currently a happy stay-at-home mom.

3. I used to work for
the Philippine Senate and the Supreme Court.

4. Before I took up law,
I was once a TV producer in one of the local networks in Manila.

5. I met
my British husband in London while I was studying at Oxford.

6. By God’s
grace, I have been able to travel and visit over 130 cities in 26

7. I love to sing as much as I love to cook. Our neighbors in
Manila were both my willing and unwilling audience for the longest

8. I need to add one more  — I am a follower of Christ.

Finally, here’s my list of noteworthy and truly excellent blogs. I love them all and they serve as my inspiration in making my blog even better.


1. Once a Mom Always a Cook
2. Walking on Sunshine
3. Sumptuous Spoonfuls
4. Giangis Kitchen
5. The Fountain Avenue Kitchen
6. Knead to Cook
7. From Valerie’s Kitchen
8. Pentole e Fornelli
9. The Food Geek Diary
10. Moore or Less Cooking
12. Flour Me with Love
13. Eat Love and be Merry
14. Sherry’s Cafe Vita
15. A’lil Country Sugar

Thanks for visiting Manila Spoon!


Last updated on October 1st, 2019 at 03:02 pm



  1. October 6, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    Oh Abby, I'm so envious, you've been very well traveled! Would love to visit 26 countries – what was your favourite?

  2. October 6, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    Wow, that's difficult Jen! Let me try – Sydney is my fave city because it's surrounded by lovely beaches. Cape Town in South Africa is breathtaking but sadly too dangerous. Sossusvlei in Namibia is amazing and so are the game parks. Of course, I love the Canadian Rockies, too. In Europe, you can't go wrong with London and Paris but I particularly enjoyed Switzerland. In Asia, I enjoyed Tokyo and love to go back to Thailand and of course, my motherland. Do travel when you get the chance. There's so many lovely countries to visit. Sorry, I got carried away! Thanks for coming over!

  3. October 6, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    You are so thoughtful! So great to learn more about you and to be the recipient of this lovely award! Thank you!!!

  4. October 6, 2012 / 10:19 pm

    Hi Ann, the pleasure is mine! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. October 7, 2012 / 12:07 am

    Thank you Abby for being so kind! I'd love to have traveled to so many places 🙂 Congratulations on your award as well…you truly deserve it ♥

  6. October 7, 2012 / 12:41 am

    You're welcome, Lisa! Appreciate your sweet words, too! Thanks for coming over.

  7. October 7, 2012 / 1:19 am

    Oh my! I am so honored. Thank you so much. It sounds like you have had a wonderful life full of education and travel. What a wonderful life for a woman. And I hope I didn't just sound bias, but it is still difficult for a woman in this world. I am so glad that we have connected Abby. I am a follow of Christ too. Thank you again.

  8. October 7, 2012 / 1:44 am

    Many thanks, Angie! The Lord has been gracious! So lovely to know that we share the same faith. So glad you stopped by, too!

  9. October 7, 2012 / 2:37 am

    Dear Abby,

    Thank you so much for this award and including me in such a fabulous group! I am so impressed by what you have accomplished and where you have traveled and am exceptionally impressed that you are a stay at home Mother with a wonderful blog! So happy that we have met through the blogging world and I look forward to your posts! Best of Luck! Nettie <3

  10. October 7, 2012 / 2:50 am

    Hi Nettie! Grateful that you stopped by here and am blushing as I read your very kind compliments! Thank you so much for your sweet words and am so happy to have met you too!

  11. October 7, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Dear Abby,
    Thank you so much for including me in such a wonderful group of bloggers. I am truly honored. Thank you for sharing with all of us your life journe, you are an inspiration to all of us. I am thankful that I have met you through blogging and look forward to continuing sharing the journey in the blogging world with you.
    From my heart again thank you. Giangi

  12. October 7, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    Hi Giangi, thanks! You are too kind. I am equally grateful that I have met you through blogging especially knowing that we share a similar experience. You've been a blessing to me! May the Lord bless you always!

  13. October 8, 2012 / 2:51 am

    You are too sweet and kind to include me! I love your blog and I love your page! So happy we have gotten to know each other through blogging! Here's to many more years of sharing recipes with each other! Thanks!

  14. October 8, 2012 / 3:14 am

    Thanks, Lois! Same here. I really appreciate your friendship. Am so glad to have discovered your page and blog! You've been an inspiration and really deserve the award!

  15. October 9, 2012 / 1:27 am

    Thank you so much for including me in this list of wonderful bloggers Abby! I look forward to getting to know you better and following along with your posts 🙂

    • October 9, 2012 / 4:29 am

      The pleasure is mine Valerie! Love your blog and thanks for stopping by!

  16. October 16, 2012 / 4:38 pm

    Congratulations Abby. Your blog is beautiful and your recipes are so appealing and always ones I want to try. You deserve this award!

    • October 16, 2012 / 4:58 pm

      Awww! Margaret, you are so sweet! Thank you so much, I am truly humbled by all this and give to the Lord the glory for I am but an instrument. Glad that you find manilaspoon helpful! Have a great week!

  17. October 19, 2012 / 5:37 am

    Thank you so much, Abby! I am so sorry for my delayed response, I don't know how this comment got overlooked. I am truly honored to be chosen for this award. You inspire me as well and I am so very glad we connected. Have a lovely weekend. xo Audra

    • October 19, 2012 / 7:29 pm

      No problem at all Audra! Just so happy to have met you and love to be always in touch!

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