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:


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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.  


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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


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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.  


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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.     


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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!  


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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


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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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19 March 2019

Rambla Cocina Moderna in Salcedo

You'll find a little piece of Barcelona, Spain in Rambla Cocina Moderna.  Their restaurants are designed with an open kitchen and a cocktail bar, where you can see and interact with the chef and bartender and it is named after one of the most famous streets in Barcelona.

Specializing in Spanish food with Mediterranean influences, one of its owners explains, "In Catalunya, we have much more influence from France, Italy, and Greece.  But of course we also have some Spanish influence."  So, the purely Catalan group wanted to express the Mediterranean roots of its native cuisine, which is very different from the cuisine of the interior regions of Spain.

Six years later The Bistronomia Group (from which Rambla is under, together with their other famous restaurants Las Flores, Tomatito and BCN), under the leadership of three young and passionate food and beverage entrepreneurs Sergi Rostoll, Dani Aliaga and Uri Singla, now opens their second branch in Salcedo Village, Makati.



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09 February 2019

A sleek new kitchen tool you'll love: The Asvel Rice Dispenser from Japan

Do you like clean lines in terms of design?  Or perhaps, do not like bulky kitchen tools?  Popular home care brand, Asvel from Japan has come up with modern and clean aesthetics to their rice dispenser line, and it is perfect for today's modern kitchens.  

But apart from it's modern design, it also has innovative functions:  It has measuring functions, drawer type rice bins that are compact enough and are perfect to use in modular kitchens.  More importantly, it has air tight rice stockers to protect the rice from moisture, dust and insects from creeping in, keeping your rice fresh and clean at all times. 


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