02 December 2019

A Sheraton Christmas

All decked out in red, white and gold, The Sheraton Manila Hotel is all dressed up for the Christmas season, inviting everyone to come home and gather during the most wonderful time of the year.  The hotel has festive, locally-inspired decor this time of year, perfect for your holiday staycations and after-dinner Christmas photos.

Don't forget to check-out the Christmas goodies they have prepared at their gingerbread nipa hut, just a few steps away from the Christmas trees.  It will surely delight family and friends, just in case you forgot to bring a gift for your Christmas get-together.

You can also purchase their special gift tags, valued at just Php 25.00 per piece (or Php 200.00 for 10 pcs.), where 100% of the proceeds will go to charity.  This year they have partnered with Save The Children, helping less fortunate children in times of crisis.


Vaseline Lip Balms from Korea

New beauty find alert: I love these Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Balms from Korea!  They help lock in moisture for beautiful healthy looking lips.  It also has a non-stick and non-greasy formula, which provides the perfect base for your favorite lippie.

I was sent four variants by Vaseline Philippines to try: aloe vera, original, cocoa butter, and rose.  I love that they are lightly scented and are easy to carry around in your purse (unlike the ones in mini tubs) for a quick touch up.  Plus, the packaging is sturdy, and I feel like the contents are much more than the average lip balm.  My favorite among the four?  It would have to be the rosy lips variant!  


The Alley by Vikings at BGC

The Alley by Vikings brings their street-inspired, food-hall-you-can experience in Bonifacio Global City.  It is their third branch aside from their UP Town Center and Cloverleaf branches, bringing the dining experience much closer to people who are near the BGC area.  

You will easily find a cuisine that you've been craving for here, with cuisines ranging from American, Japanese, Chinese, Italian to our very own Filipino classics, the only problem you'll have perhaps is what to eat next.  There are 14 food stations (Antipasto Blvd., Just Steak a Minute, Frituen Batsoy, Hegz, Hunneycomb, Buono, Lost & Pound, Hao Chi, New York Pizza, O'Sean Eleven, Street Wok, Yatay and Lasap.  Not to mention the "balut" vendor that goes around to offer warm duck eggs, the "taho" and the "dirty ice cream" that are familiar to all of us.  

So, I suggest that you bring a hearty appetite when you come to The Alley, wear buffet ready clothes and a gusto for your all-time favorites, and a sense of food adventure for things you have not tried yet.

Here's a sneak peak of The Alley at BGC:

First stop, Japanese cuisine


25 November 2019

Monga Taiwanese-Style Fried Chicken

Popular Taiwanese restaurant chain Monga Fried Chicken has finally arrived in the Philippines.  Brought to us by the Vikings Group, the first Monga branch is located at the Lower Ground of SM Megamall, Building A.

Monga is named after Taipei's Cultural district Wanhua which was previously known as "Monga".  They have restaurants across their home country Taiwan, in the U.S.A. and in Canada.

What is popular on the menu? Monga is best known for their Taiwanese-style fried chicken which are bigger than your hand or perhaps as big as a person's face!  The thick 2 cm. chicken cutlets are marinated in honey before being fried coated in a wet batter.  It is available in four flavors: The King (salt & pepper seasoning), Hot Chick (home made chili powder), Taiker (Japanese sauce & seaweed powder) and Chee-z Signature (cheese & tomato sauce or special chili) and priced from Php 189.00 to Php 209.00 depending on the flavor.

Also on the menu are Monga nuggets, Monga crispy chicken, Monga chicken wings, Taiwanese-style popcorn chicken, fries in three flavors (signature, seaweed and plum), fried broccolli, fried king oyster mushroom, fried chicken skin and Monga rice.

Of course a Taiwanese restaurant will not be without milk tea.  They have Black Dragon (brown sugar bubble) milk tea and Green Dragon (brown sugar bubble and matcha) milk tea.  Plus other tea variants as grapefruit green tea, orange green team milk foam green tea, milk foam oolong tea, jasmine green tea and oolong tea.

Here are some photos during their recent launch:


24 November 2019

SeaKing celebrates their 20th year

SeaKing was established in 1999 by the very enterprising Uy siblings.  They first started with a small start-up capital, and growing their own bangus from their fish farm.  Even with their success, they are proud to admit that they were the first ones who deboned bangus for their own seafood business.  

Now, 20 years after, SeaKing has grown into a huge 20,000 square meter processing plant with a capacity of 20 tons per day serving customers not only from the Philippines but also to other parts of the world such as North America, Japan, Korea and the Middle East.  Their customer portfolio is composed of an impressive 1,500 count which includes groceries, restaurants and hotels both locally and around the world.  

At the helm of the Sea King empire are siblings (from left to right): Shirley (as Corporate Secretary), Nancy (as Corporate Treasurer), Jennifer (as President) and Jeffrey (as Chief Operations Officer)


Flair at The Fifth Rockwell

The Christmas season is here, and if there's one sure thing that I look forward to during this time of year, is to visit lifestyle bazaars that feature not only established brands but also up and coming businesses that feature new products in the market.  One bazaar I look forward to is the Flair at The Fifth Rockwell.  This year, they are featuring 200 fashion and lifestyle brands, so it would definitely "arms day" when you shop.  Here's a sneak peek at some of the participating brands:

Baked goodies from Boulangerie 22
This year, they are also featuring their jam crates (3 jams in a crate), for just Php 799.00.  You can also have the labels personalized, which is perfect for personalized gifts or even corporate giveaways.


13 November 2019

MBaldemor x beabi Floral Symphony Collection

I can still remember the very first time I stepped inside the beabi store in Greenbelt 5.  For a neat freak like me, it is a wonderland!  A store where I can spend some good time in, looking for instant storage solutions, bag organizers and travel accessories.  Now celebrating their 10th year, beabi marks this milestone with the release of their 3-piece bag collection featuring the works of renowned Filipino artist, Manuel Baldemor.  

Dubbed as the MBaldemor x beabi Floral Symphony Collection.  The bags come with matching pouches and are each designed with floral paintings of Manuel Baldemor that have only been exhibited abroad.  With this collaboration, beabi hopes to bring Baldemor's art to a wider audience while combining functionality, aesthetics and art.

The tote bags are of 3 different types, fine one that can best fit your lifestyle.  Each priced at just Php 2,495.00, it is a real bargain for a work of art that doubles as a bag.

Featuring the MBaldemor x beabi bags (from left to right): 
Amazing Grace, Flowers Speak from the Heart and Flowers are a Joy Forever.  

"A simple flower... has a certain peace and tranquility you can take into yourself," Baldemor said.  "They are universal, and a symbol of love and peace.  They speak directly to our hearts and have their own secret and unspoken language if diplomacy."

Mr. Manuel Baldemor signs his masterpieces.

Mr. Manuel Baldemor flanked by beabi owners Winni Go and Willin Chan

My chosen MBaldemor x beabi bag!  
Isn't it pretty?

Happy 10th year Anniversary Beabi!

Get yours now!  The bags will only sell for a limited time, until stocks last at all Beabi stores and at:

27 October 2019

Little Dapitan at Cloverleaf

If there's a season that we Filipinos are very well known for, it would have to be how we celebrate Christmas season.  We go all out when it comes to this season, from Christmas decorations, tablescapes, even in the gifts that we give to show our appreciation for the people we love.  One known go-to place for all our Christmas needs would have to be Dapitan Arcade in Quezon City.

This year, there is a curated version called Little Dapitan, located just across the Ayala Cloverleaf mall.  They have their own parking area and it houses the best of Dapitan Arcade handpicked just for you.  I was able to check it out, and recently was able to shop for some gifts for Christmas as well.  Here are some unique finds you'll see at Little Dapitan:    

A detailed nostalgic musical Christmas carousel that will be a perfect addition to your little Christmas village!
Retails for Php 4,000.00 


16 October 2019

La Vita Ristorante Italiano

I can still remember the first time Mickey and I went to Italy.  It was a magical place with beautiful monuments that would leave you in awe of its majesty, as well as its history.  The locals are very friendly, and also very family oriented just like us Filipinos.  They love to gather around food, and as the saying goes, "every nonna in the family is a good cook".  

But what really shocked me was how differently their cuisine was interpreted back home.  In Italy, their cuisine was much simpler, made only with a few fresh ingredients.  The pasta and dough are all made from scratch, even the pizza sauce.  Also, the secret to a good pizza is the use of a traditional brick oven.  I guess this is just one aspect in the many facets that make up how authentic Italian cuisine should be made - simple, fresh, and cooked with love.  

Back in Manila, I sometimes wish I can travel back to Italy if only to have a taste of authentic Italian cuisine again.  What a nice surprise when I was recently invited to the opening of La Vita Ristorante Italiano at The Podium, I was transported back to this beautiful country through their dishes.  Here are some photos at the intimate launch and the authentic Italian dishes by Executive Chef Maurizio Gibillino.

Literally surprised by Marj when we arrived.


06 October 2019

Our Staycation Experience at Sheraton Manila Hotel

If there's something Mickey and I look forward to when the weekend comes, it is the chance to unwind, to press the restart button, so we can face a new week 100% revitilized, .  We had the chance to do just that when we had a hotel staycation at the newly opened Sheraton Manila in Newport City, Pasay.  It is located right across NAIA 3 terminal, and would also perhaps be a good place for travellers to stay in before or after a flight.

01 October 2019

Sun Soft Idol sa Linis!

These Paras Boys have both grown up so fast and so maturely right before our very eyes.  Kobe had his first taste of independence early on when he left for the U.S. to study and to play for his college basketball teams. He is now back to suit up for the U.P. Fighting Maroons for UAAP Season 82.

While Andre has since started his career as a celebrity and has now lived independently on his own.  Both of them have shared that during these times, they had their fair share of household duties and it is quite refreshing that they are not embarrassed at all to admit this.  It makes us somewhat realize that like us, they also have adulting moments they have to face amid their busy schedules and despite the celebrity status.  

Kudos also to their dad Benjie, also a U.P. Fighting Maroon and PBA legend in his own right and a celebrity, as he guides his grown children through adulthood and all the responsibilities that come with it.

Whether in basketball or in doing household chores, laban lang!  Sun Soft, ang bagong idol sa linis introduces their new Sun Soft Paradise powder detergent, Sun Soft Heavenly fabric conditioner and Sun Soft Zesty Lemon dishwashing liquid to help you with your cleaning needs. 


30 September 2019

Serenitea x Sesame Street Limited Edition Umbrellas

Before the explosion of milk tea shops around the metro.  People have always bought Frappuccino blended coffee drinks, whether during business meetings, friends catching up with each other, and even individuals just killing time while surfing the net, you will find a cup beside them.  

But the market demanded for new alternative refreshing drinks, and Serenitea Philippines was there to answer the call.  They started operations back in 2008 and grew to more than 50 shops in just 10 years. They were the first to offer brewing tea with an option to customize sweetness levels.  Filipinos embraced it, and Serenitea helped pave the way for other tea shops in every corner.

I find myself going inside Serenitea usually after a long walk, or after a full day of activities.  It has been one of the places where a cup of tea - whether with fruits, milk, lattes, or perhaps even to try their newest specialty drink is enough to put a kick back in my step.  But let's admit it, sometimes a drink can't satisfy hunger, and it's a good thing that Serenitea offers small snacks on it's menu.

Now that the monsoon rains has come and it seems that it's not going to go away soon, there is no reason to match the mood of a gloomy weather.  Perhaps one of the things that can change a rainy day mood to a better one, apart from our Serenitea favorites, are these cute transparent limited edition Sesame Street umbrellas from Serenitea.


28 September 2019

Sheraton Manila launches plant-based dishes using produce from their very own Sheraton Farm

What!? "Our lunch menu were all made of plant-based ingredients?" Mickey asked me.  "I swear if you didn't tell me that they have prepared an all plant-based dishes, I wouldn't have known totally", he continued.  I agree with him as they really taste good, how can plant-based ingredients taste like real meat?

The secret starts by using only the freshest ingredients, and the only way Executive Chef Kiko Santiago can certify its freshness is by having their own farm.  That's right, Sheraton Manila has its own vegetable farm in partnership with Nurture Farmacy, in Amadeo, Tagaytay.

Sheraton Manila invited us to a tour and witness the ribbon cutting of their 300 square meter farm.  Now, this is really sustainable farm to table dining concept.  Sheraton Manila made sure that the farm sits on a tillable land that remain untouched for seven years at least.  This ensures a fertile soil that has all the major nutrients for plant nutrition.

Here are the plant-based dishes made with ingredients sourced here at Sheraton Farm. They are available for a la carte in S Kitchen, and in-room dining until the end of October 2019 (however, Sheraton Manila is considering to make these as staples on their menu, as they continue to improve their culinary selections).  While some people might think that healthy-eating can be expensive, the hotel has made these dishes affordable and good to share; appetizers start at Php 360.00 and entrees at Php 640.00 to Php 690.00 only. 


My Ayumi 5D Eyelash Extension Experience

I have naturally short and sparse lashes.  Quite a bummer if you ask me.  Because of this, I began to look for mascara that is thickening and lengthening, but these can be quite heavy and unnatural looking.  So, I got to a stage where I just quit the mascara altogether and just kept my natural lashes with my make-up routine.  But somehow, I feel I can still take it up a notch if I can have natural-looking lashes that were a bit curled.  

Recently, I got to try 5D lashes from Ayumi Japanese Eyelash & Nail Art Salon - They are Dot 1101 Japan's only partner in the Philippines for eyelash extensions.  They use the same techniques and products, ergo clients are assured of getting the same quality lashes.


15 September 2019

TRESemmé Runway Ready 2019: Color The Runway

Classic meets Contemporary.  The PICC, built in 1976 and designed by L.V. Locsin, was the setting for the launch of the New TRESemmé color care range.  It is inspired by this season's trend of bold hair color, with two different collections under the new TRESemmé Pro-Color Series: Color Radiance and Blonde Brilliance.


01 September 2019

Philippine Sustainability Month 2019 at Manila Marriott Hotel

All Aboard!  As international, local hotels and suppliers come together to be a force of change for the good, during the Philippine Sustainability Month 2019.  Glad that these hotels and suppliers have committed to create a positive and sustainable impact as they do business.  With these big steps of change, there is a better future for all of us and our planet.

Hats off to Manila Marriott Hotel for phasing out plastic bottles in their rooms and replacing it with refillable glass bottles, and also to Sheraton Manila Hotel in launching their Green Meetings Program.  They are replacing water bottles with water pitchers with slices of fruit in them.  They are are also using organic produce from their very own Sheraton Farm, and will introduce plant-based dishes soon on their menu!

Here are some photos during the opening of the Philippine Sustainability Month 2019:

Sustainable Tuna
mango and avocado puree, balsamic and shallots
from Hilton Manila


18 August 2019

Black Scoop Cafe, Eastwood City

My new neighborhood Cafe, Black Scoop Cafe Eastwood, checks all the boxes!  Let me tell you why.  It is a quaint cafe that seats about 30 people max.  They have an extensive line of drinks from milk teas, fruit teas, frappes, lattes, chocolate drinks and other specialty drinks like Thai milk tea and Pei Pa Koa with grass jelly. 

They also have food served in the cafe from pancakes, pasta dishes, buffalo wings, sandwiches, rice meals, and more.  You have a lot of choices with price points that are affordable and hence allows you to binge a little or a lot, depending on your mood.

My favorite seats are the wing chairs by the window.  They're so comfortable, we tend to stay longer than we normally would. Truth be told, we've been back several times already during weekends, Black Scoop Cafe has definitely become one of our favorite weekend lunch spots. 


The New Cream Silk Hydra Fresh

A modern Filipina's typical day is packed with busy schedules and activities that if there is one thing that certainly has to be to be on point, it would have to be our hair.  But the combined elements of heat, humidity and sweat and a long gruelling day sometimes weighs down our hair and worse, our scalp and hair may get greasy by the end of the day.

It is a good thing that my favorite hair conditioner brand, Cream Silk, has launched a new conditioner line aimed to address our hair's needs.  The new Cream Silk Hydra Fresh is Cream Silk's lightest conditioner, it is infused with Hydra-Collagen Technology that deeply hydrates every strand and locks in moisture to keep hair feeling fresh all day long.  Its water-based and easy-rinse formula is designed to condition hair without the heavy and greasy feel.  It is available in Fresh and Hydrated for oily and greasy hair, and Fresh and Bouncy for limp and flat hair.


10 August 2019

Eatogether Food Hall by Vikings at Capitol Commons

There is a new dining concept introduced by the Vikings Group recently, it's their newest food hall, Eatogether.  There are three words to remember: Load, Tap and Eat.  To experience dining at the food hall, you must first load at least Php 200.00 worth of Pay Credits on your Vikings Card.  Make food choices among the diverse food selections at any food stall that you like, tap the Vikings Card to pay for your order, then Eat and enjoy the food together with friends and family.

It's quite a fun concept, especially for people who like to try different cuisines all at the same time under one roof.  Also, Eatogether has a relaxed and casual vibe.  The food hall is easy to navigate, has plenty of well-spaced seating areas, whether for 2 or 200 people.  I also love the interior design of the space, it matches it's very youthful brand, with witty phrases in neon lights perfect for that precious Instagram real estate on your profile.  

The food hall is comfortable which allows you to linger longer with friends.  Plus, if you are a bit adventurous, play a game or two on the beer pong table or try the tequila train for a fun night.  There are also popular beats played by the DJ for you and your friends to dance to.  Eatogether is really a fun place to be at!

Let me take you on a tour in these photos:


09 August 2019

Marry Me at Marriott 2019

It is absolutely a beautiful fantasy turned into reality, the moment you walk into a Marry Me at Marriott event.  Expect no less than a feast of the senses and allow yourself to go through the motions of a beautiful wedding from beginning to end.  After all, a wedding is one of the most unforgettable and happiest moment in a couples life, and it symbolizes the start of a journey together as one.  

This year marks the 7th year of Marry Me at Marriott, and I must say that they have become the authority when it comes to weddings, whether intimate or grand.  Let me take you through this year's celebration in these photos:

As you enter the Marriott Grand Ballroom, you'll see this beautiful photo wall created by no less than Gideon Hermosa.  I absolutely loved the lights that seemed to appear like fireworks and the 3-D set up of romantic flowers, willowy leaves and candelabras.  It makes for dreamy photographs, and beautiful memories of your wedding that your guests can keep and also share on social media, and perhaps add your wedding hashtag as most couples being wed do nowadays.  


27 July 2019

Vice Gandoll Brow Collection

Vice Cosmetics recently launched their Vice Gandoll Brow Collection.  The venue for the launch was literally dressed-up like a pink doll house inside and out, guests were requested to come in fun pink doll-like attire, there were pa-kilay stations where guests were encouraged to try the new brow collection, a huge pink doll box to take pictures in and get this, the buffet was also filled with food in pink tones.  It was so fun!  There was also a DJ that played music, as we socialized, took photos and tried the products before the program began.  Here are some photos during the launch:

Videos played on the TV monitors on how to use the new Vice Gandoll Brow products


25 July 2019

Keep Clothes New for Longer with Comfort Care Detergent and Fabric Conditioner

Isn't life better in brilliant colorful clothes?  Especially when they're brand new, clothes are at its brightest, free from roughness, bobbling, retains its perfect shape and has no yellowing.  Personally, I'd love to keep my clothes looking like they're still brand new, for as long as I can.  During the recent launch of the new Comfort Care detergent and fabric conditioner, it is possible to keep our clothes new for longer.

Here are 5 tell-tale signs of clothes aging:
  • Yellowness - The new Comfort Care Detergent is composed of a special blend of stain-removing, cleaning and brightening agents to prevent yellowing so that your white clothes stay white.


24 July 2019

Ben's Cookies now in Manila!

With origins from Oxford, England, these freshly baked, soft and gooey cookies from Ben's Cookies are now in Manila!  Created by chocolate cookbook author, Helge Rubenstein, she named it after her son, Ben.  She first started with a small shop at the Oxford Market 36 years ago.  Now, these cookies are well-loved around the world with stores in New York, Dubai, Bangkok, Korea, Singapore and now at The Podium, Ortigas Canter in the Philippines!


22 July 2019

A Delicious Start To Your Day with Quaker Oats

These days, everyone is always in a morning rush, but even before our day gets even more hectic, we all definitely shouldn't miss our first and most important meal of the day, breakfast.  This meal is supposed to break our overnight fast, and as such, we should also take in the right nutrients and energy we need to take on our daily tasks.  

Although there may be times when we would either skip it or take a quick, unhealthy bite.  There really is no need to do either, as we can start our day right with a quick serving of Quaker Oats in an insulated tumbler, just add hot water and we're good to go.  Also as a supergrain, Quaker Oats contains fiber to help keep you full longer, protein to give you energy, and beta-glucan to lower cholesterol for your heart health.


21 July 2019

VICE Little Ponies Limited Edition Mini Good Vibes Lipstick Set

Ever wished you had a teeny tiny version of your favourite lipstick shade for a quick touch-up while you're out for a night out on the town?  Fret not, as Vice Cosmetics recently released mini-versions of their Good Vibes lipsticks!  The 4-piece limited edition set sells for just Php 395.00.  Quite a steal right?  Plus, it will surely fit your small but glam night out bag!


20 July 2019

Hakata Ton-ichi at Japan Town, Top of the Glo

Are you the type of person who rewards herself (or himself) with a hearty meal during lunch breaks, or dinner after a nice productive day at the office? Let's admit it, eating a good meal everyday can also put a strain on your wallet.  But I have good news for you.  Mickey and I were recently invited to try newest ramen place in town, Hakata Ton-Ichi.  You'll find them at Japan Town at The Top of The Glo (4th level Glorietta).  I particularly love that you can get their signature Ton-Ichi Ramen for just Php 180.00.  So, if you're hungry (or worse, hangry), and on a budget, this would definitely fill your stomach and meet your lunch or dinner budget.

Hakata Ton-Ichi is a ramen shop conceptualised specifically with the busy and hard-working folks in mind (just like you and me!).  Because after all, there is nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of ramen after a long, gruelling day.  But unlike other ramen chains that charge a premium for their best bowls, Hakata Ton-Ichi serves the same rich flavours at an affordable price.  Their aim is to serve the city's hard-working folks with great-tasting ramen not as a rare luxury but as a necessary comfort.

What else is on the menu? Apart from the solo ramen and ramen sets, they also have curry rice options, rice bowls, sushi, salad, an assortment of side dishes you can order and a good selection of drinks.  


13 July 2019

Chill Nights, A Beautiful View and Great Food to Match at Penthouse 8747 in Makati City

It was a weeknight invitation, but I just had to go and check-out The Penthouse 8747 at the B.A. Lepanto Building in Makati City.  It was also a decent walkable distance from where my office was, so I decided to just take a leisurely walk going there.  I crossed thru Ayala Triangle, and just a stone's throw away, the building is right there in front of me.

At the lobby, a lady greets me, and holds a key to an express elevator that opens to a floor just below The Penthouse 8747.  Just one more flight of stairs and you can hear music playing, a smile from their staff who leads you inside, and when the doors open, it shows you a beautiful view of the Makati Skyline just before day turns into night.

The Penthouse 8747's chic interiors are reminiscent of the Art Deco era, with couch seating areas that are spread across the entire length of the space, that makes it a comfortable place to hang out in even until the wee hours of the morning.  

If you want to get near the view, there are also bar stools, near the glass terrace.  This area has the best seat in the house if you ask me.  The place embraces al fresco dining, so be sure you are comfortably, but chicly dressed right for it.     


12 July 2019

Stock Investing Made Easy via The 2 Trade Asia App

Have you tried investing money on the stock market?  I have tried this first years ago when a big oil company placed some of their company's shares on the stock market for an Initial Public Offering (IPO).  I watched my stocks grow faster than I could ever imagined!  Nowadays, do you know that you can now invest stocks via the 2 Trade Asia app?  How convenient, right?  You no longer have to go to a bank to buy or cash in your stocks, plus you can simply trade through your mobile phone whenever and wherever!


01 July 2019

Sheraton Manila Hotel's Weekend Sunday Fiesta

Don't you just love weekends?  It is a time to unwind, gather with friends and family to catch up, perhaps on lost time or celebrate our life milestones whether big or small.  If you're looking for a special place to gather and eat fiesta-style over the weekend, The Sheraton Manila has just launched their Sunday Fiesta Buffet, expect a weekend of elevated Filipino cuisine feast!

Celebrating the launch of Sheraton Manila's Weekend Sunday Fiesta with the women of Sheraton Manila, General Manager Anna Vergara and Marketing Communications Manager, Hope Velasco.


The SBS Inkigayo Sandwich

Are you a sandwich person?  I surely am!  It is a quick grab and go meal for people on the go and also, not messy to eat.  There is a sandwich that has become popular among K-Pop fans, as their K-Pop idols have been seen eating and sharing it on their social media accounts with silly puns.  It is called the SBS Inkigayo Sandwich, and it started at Korea's well-known SBS music television program.  

Since K-Pop artists are not allowed to eat in the waiting areas of the popular TV program, they would then go to the 4th floor of the building to get some food to eat, and this is how the SBS Inkigayo Sandwich started to get famous.  It was also a way for fans to make friends with their K-Pop idols by discreetly inserting their phone numbers and give to their K-Pop idols.  Quite a smooth move!


30 May 2019

The Great Luxury Beauty Sale

Beauty enthusiasts, don't miss out on The Great Luxury Beauty Sale happening tomorrow, May 31 to June 2, 2019 at The World Trade Center.  Get your favorite cosmetics and perfumes from Lux Asia at 60-80% off!  


17 May 2019

Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive

Filipinas, embrace your hair color, whether it's a brilliant brown or a bold blonde, as Cream Silk, the number one hair care brand in the Philippines introduces their latest innovation for modern Filipinas who love to color their hair:  The new Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive.

It has Keratin Relaxers to tame frizz, Keratin Serum to revive chemically-treated stands, and Keratin Essence to restore extreme dullness.  It is also a sulfate-free conditioner, allowing hair color to stay on for longer, by replenishing nutrients lost from coloring.

To encourage Filipinas to embrace any hair color and bring out their ultimate vibrance, Cream Silk staged the Vibrance Studio, a content hub featuring four immersive rooms themed after the most-loved hair colors of Filipinas.  Painted with soft champagne and amber tones, the Blonde room features a prosecco bar.  The Red Room was all about making a bold statement with chic fashionable pieces.  The Brown Room was a nail lounge, where guests get pops of color to their nails to complete their looks.  Lastly, the Multitone Room, featured shades of iridescent and shiny tinsels to create an ombre effect, served as apowder room where guests leveled up their glam.


15 May 2019

Maria Health

I just recently discovered Maria Health.  They are an online marketplace for Medical Health Organizations such as Maxicare, AAGA, Konsulta MD and more.  Now, healthcare shopping can be easily done, as thru Maria Health, you can pull plans beside each other and compare which one fits your needs and budget best.  You can also choose between comprehensive and prepaid plans.

Got questions?  A team is ready to help answer your inquiries via chat or e-mail.  Thinking of giving a gift to a loved one?  How about giving them the gift of healthcare?  I'm pretty sure, they would appreciate such a thoughtful gift.  Learn more about Maria Health's simple, easy access to healthcare for all at http://bit.ly/mariahealth.


07 May 2019

The New KFC Chaco

Foodies, here's something to get excited about!  KFC launches the new Chaco!  It's a Chicken Taco, but instead of a taco shell, you get KFC's original chicken fillet with shredded lettuce, taco mayo, salsa and grated cheese on top.


04 May 2019

Tenya Philippines

Have you tried Tenya already?  If you haven't yet, here's a bit of trivia:  Tenya is the most successful tendon restaurant chain in Japan.  Tenya aims to provide high quality tendon and tempura to their customers at an affordable price.  Their founder, Mr. Yoshio Iwashita, started this mission in 1989 when he opened the first Tenya outlet in the Yaesu underground mall's Tokyo station.

A lot of their essential ingredients and equipment come from Japan to ensure that they provide the best tasting products, they can offer their customers.  Aside from Japan, Tenya can now be found in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and now, in the Philippines.


23 April 2019

Vice Cosmetics Duo Foundation

Hey ladies!  Have you found the right foundation shade for you?  Great news, as Vice Cosmetics just launched their Duo Foundation in 8 buildable and blurring shades, that can either be for set or dry application.  It also has SPF, comes in an oil-control formula and wonderfully priced at just Php 245.00.  I think it's a steal, and great to use for everyday basic make-up.

Made for every Filipina, choose from eight shades: Tisay, Chesa, Putinamez, Kinesa, Shade ni Vice, Moreyna, So Pinay! and Flawless.  I'm sure you'll find a shade that is perfect for you.  Don't forget to try the swatches at select SM Beauty and select Watsons counters!


06 April 2019

Thai Basil, Boracay Island

Lately, I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos before sleeping at night.  I was surprised when I saw a lot of foreign travel vloggers compare Philippines vs. Thailand "Which is best to travel?" videos.  Two southeast asian countries with a lot to offer.  I even heard before my former expat officemates discuss where they would like to retire, and it is between these two countries.

The two categories that got me intrigued about their comparison videos was Food and Nature.  I already had a hunch on who will win in those two categories, and I was right.  The Philippines win in the nature category because of our world class beaches and 7,107 islands.  However, Thailand gets the vote for the food category.  Looking at the comments section of the videos, there was a lot of respect between Filipinos and Thai.  One comment said "I'm Thai, but I think beaches from the Philippines are beautiful, I hope one day I can go there", another said "My family is from the Philippines, and we all love Thai food".  

As we were planning for our trip to one of the best islands in the world, Boracay island (Conde Nast Traveler 2018 Readers Choice Awards), to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  We were invited by good friend, Karen Elizalde, owner of Thai Basil restaurant, at D'Mall.  We scheduled it on the latter part of our seven day vacation.  After eating buffet breakfast and dinner at our hotel for several days, it made our taste buds dull.  When the day arrived, we didn't eat breakfast and saved our appetite for lunch.  An E-trike ride and 10 minutes later, we arrived at Thai Basil restaurant at D'Mall.

We were greeted by Restaurant Manager Jenifer Paddayuman.  I get to order what I like, and Mickey orders his favorite dishes.  The first order to arrive at our table was Tom Kah Gai (hot and sour soup with coconut milk and chicken), sharing size.  The smell of the soup wafted as it is being served, and it will surely whet one's appetite.  The first taste of the soup made us stare at each other, "this is seriously good stuff" Mickey said.  He jokingly said that he remembered the scene at the Walt Disney movie Ratatouille, when Anton Ego, world renowned food critic made his first bite at the Ratatouille dish served to him, it transported him back to his childhood days when his mom cooked it for him.

This time, Mickey and I were transported back to Thailand.  What is this restaurant's secret?  We didn't know until we met the chef after dining in.  He was a young Thai chef, this is the reason why we are tasting 100% authentic Thai food.

Here are some of the food we enjoyed at Thai Basil Boracay:  

Tom Kah Gai
Hot and Sour Soup with Coconut Milk and Chicken
Php 340.00


03 April 2019

Love Beauty and Planet's new Hair and Body Products

I'm so excited to see the new Boracay this summer 2019. While I was preparing my toiletry kit, and on the search for a good sunscreen, I came across an article which introduces a new category called "Reef Safe" sunscreen products. Research says some of the chemicals found on some traditional sunscreens are the cause of irreparable coral bleaching. It's chemical pollution and not global warming according to environmental experts.

It's a good thing that there are now many companies who continue to raise awareness about the impact of ingredients on products to our happy planet.  What great timing when I was recently invited by Unilever on it's product launch of Love Beauty and Planet - an eco-beauty brand introducing hair and body care products.  The brand name speaks for itself.

This summer, they are introducing two new scents.  The Coconut Oil and Ylang-Ylang collection, and the Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower collection.

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