Monday, December 31, 2012

The Road Trippers Visit the Cafe Lupe at the Park



Cafe Lupe at the Park, Manila
I always remember Luneta as a place where my parents used to bring me when I was a kid.  It was a happy place because of its huge playground. So  gladly said yes when Mommy Jinkee invited us to spend  the  Christmas Party of The Road Trippers at the newly opened Cafe Lupe at the Park. It's like coming back home after a few years :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Blackbeard's Seafood Island - Have you Boodled Lately?

Blackbeard's Seafood Island at Robinson's Magnolia
Blackbeard's Seafood Island, the group that created and brought you the original Boodle Feast, is celebrating 8 years of Extreme Bonding with the opening of its 22nd store in Robinson's Magnolia. We were the first ones to experience their newest "Boodle Feasts" that are truly invented for a great bonding experience.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MMFF Pick: Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako


I believe it has always been a tradition for Enteng movies to invade the Metro Manila Film Festival. And this year is no exception, for they have fused three powercast into this awesome movie. Two years ago, the boyfriend and I enjoyed the film, and I'm pretty sure that this year will not be an exception. From the combined forces of Agimat and Enteng Kabisote in 2010, Vic Sotto and Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. teams up with Ms. Judy Ann Santos in the adventure-packed movie, "Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako". 

Smart Life Holiday Shopping Spree with Samsung Digital Appliances

Press Release from Samsung Philippines:


In the spirit of this season of gift giving, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) is sponsoring a nationwide shopping spree.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Must Watch: Sisterakas



With the Phenomenal Box-Office Star Vice Ganda, Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, and Comedy Concert Queen AiAi delas, what could possibly go wrong with this movie? This Star Cinema and Viva Film’s Official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival will probably make you laugh so hard that you would invite all your family and friends to watch it with you. Of course, you would want to share joy to everyone right?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last Minute Shopping? Tutuban is the Place to Be!


Living near Divisoria has its perks. And this Christmas season, you can share the joy and gifts even on a budget. And the smartest, merriest way to go? Tutuban Night Market at the Tutuban Center! 

With its year-long night market, Tutuban Center offers numerous suggestions that range from holiday party outfits to unique Christmas gift suggestions. Get numerous choices from their home accents, kitchenware, colorful accessories, gadgets, clothes and adorable knick knacks that will definitely lighten up your holiday spree. There are a lot of items for fashion, home and even food, when you go to their newly renovated Tutuban Center’s Food Street.



Friday, December 14, 2012

Have A Merry Christmas with the Araneta Center's Exciting Activities


Have you been to the Farmer's Plaza lately? If you are frequent in the area, you have definitely seen the Belen that depicts the birth of Jesus Christ. For 20 years, it has been a tradition for the Araneta Center to put up the traditional Filipino Christmas icon to let us see the true meaning of the holidays.But aside from the Belen, a lot of activities are cooking up at the Araneta Center. Read more to know about their exciting events:

Chorale Competition

From November 17 to Deember 23, be serenaded by the different chorale groups as they sing the lovely Christmas carols every weekend. Fireworks display is also in the works every Fridays and Saturdays and you can let your kids meet Santa Claus at Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmer's Plaza every Fridays to Sundays from December 1 to 25.


Disney on Ice Presents: Princesses and Heroes

Do you love the classic fairy  tales? Relive the Disney magic this December 25 to January 3 by seeing your favorite princesses Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana and their charming princes on ice. See their graceful dances and even their friends plus a lot of their adventures on ice.

Get your tickets now by logging on to www.ticketnet.com.ph or call (02)911-5555.

Isn't it amazing? Araneta Center is really the place to be this Christmas. Know more about their other events and promos by visiting their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/AranetaCenter and Twitter @AranetaCenter.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sony Lifestyle Glimpses to an Unbeatable Work of Art


Whoever hasn't heard of Sony, probably isn't one of the cool kids. I remember asking my Dad to buy me a Walkman when I was in high school so I could listen to my Moffatts tapes and thought it was a dream come true. Fast forward to present time, the company just keeps evolving with regards to their products that they launched three gadgets that would create more colors in our lives.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

MOSSIMO Launches “Mossimo is California Cool!”


When it comes to fashion and true blue American apparel, Mossimo is definitely one of the top-notch brands. And this 2013, they bring us "Mossimo is California Cool!", a new store format that's sure to be more cutting edge to give you a completely new shopping experience.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Elton John Goes to Manila


Can you feel the love tonight? This Saturday, December 8, feel the love and get serenaded by Sir Elton John at the Araneta Coliseum. For this one-night only rendezvous, I'm pretty sure that you would reminisce to his famous songs that inspired us to love and live.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Have a Feline Holiday with Hello Kitty at SM City North EDSA



It's a Hello Kitty Christmas at SM City North EDSA! From November 10 to January 6, have fun with the Hello Kitty characters as they show you their village. Take your picture with their houses filled with their stuff and see Daniel, Mimmy, Kitty's Mama, Papa, Grandpa and Grandma. This very adorable display is located at the second floor of The Block.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Dairy Queen and Araneta Center Holds Dress Me Up 2: Black Forest Style



Last month, Araneta Center, together with participating brands from Gateway Mall made us bloggers become stylists for a day. It was an exciting event that featured the Bb. Pilipinas winners and that was an opportunity I never thought I was able to pull. This November, ACI and Dairy Queen teamed up to create a Black Forest inspired fashion event – which featured the Dairy Queen’s Black Forest collection.  Fashion and DQ’s Blizzard created the perfect classic blend this holiday season.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

STING: Back to Bass



Anyone here doesn't know Sting? I'm pretty sure that my generation listened to his songs while growing up. His most memorable song for me is "Every Breath You Take" and all these years, he has contributed many valuable things for the music industry and even in charitable causes. That's why I'm excited for his Back to Bass Tour this December 9, now moved at the Araneta Coliseum.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Acer Rocks with Windows 8 Devices


Acer has been around for more than 30 years and helped us grow from one technology to the other. That is why they keep on developing top of the line computers, and this season is not an exception. Launched at Crowne Plaza Galleria in Ortigas Center, a night of technology and fashion was able to "See. Touch and Experience" Acer.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Meralco Opens Liwanag Park to the Public


Everytime the Meralco Compound lights up, that's when I know Christmas is coming sooner. Last November 20, the Liwanag Park opens again, bringing its light displays and attractions like Christmas figures made of scrap copper wire, a mini train ride for visitors, the Toy Town and a bazaar. A popular landmark every holiday season, it is open to the public everyday until January 6, 2012 from 6-10 P.M.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note II Meets the Younghusband Brothers



Still thinking of the perfect gadget this Christmas? Well let the Younghusband brothers, Phil and James tell you. With their Battle of the Bros videos, the Samsung Galaxy Note II lets them experience how to be completely creative. Now that the Ultimate smartphone you'll ever need!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Second UNIQLO Store Opens at SM City North EDSA


Mark your calendars shopaholics! The second Uniqlo store in the Philippines opens this November 16 at the SM City North EDSA, The Block and they will already be having an opening sale. Japan's leading global fashion brand moves to the North and we are just so excited for it to open this weekend.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Centerstage Opens its New Home at SM Mall of Asia

Let's sing the night away at Centerstage KTV - MOA
I love KTV! If you're frequent to my Facebook wall, you would notice how many Starmaker competitions I've tried in my life. So when I found out the Centerstage KTV is opening at SM Mall of Asia, I accepted the invitation and even tried to join their first Centerstage Idol Challenge. 

But before telling about the contest, let me introduce you to my (now) favorite place in the world, the Centerstage KTV. Opening its third branch (after Timog and Jupiter, Makati), they have been a home for inspiring divas and rock stars since 2007. What I loved about their KTV rooms are how spacious and comfy they are. Adding the best KTV sound system in the market, you will surely feel like a true blue singer (if you still aren’t) inside Centerstage.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Araneta Center’s Giant Christmas Tree Lights Up This November 9



I can feel that Christmas is just around the corner. But what is Christmas without the dancing lights, the mistletoe or a giant Christmas Tree? Luckily for us, we wouldn't have to wonder. Because on November 9, the Araneta Center, together with Coca-Cola, will finally light its giant Christmas Tree. See the details below for this exciting festivity!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Forbidden City: Chernobyl Diaries



SM Cinexclusive brings us Chernobyl Diaries this November for a fright and a half. Last Monday, we were invited to the Advance Screening to this terrifying movie, brought by the creator of the Paranormal Activity films.

Chernobyl Diaries is an American flick about six tourists who wanted to experience an extreme adventure. Abandoned for more than 25 years, Uri, the tour guide, takes them to the city of Pripyat, the former dwelling of the workers of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor. Before their adventure started, Ukranian guards have already forbidden them to enter the city due to unmentioned problems, but went through the guided trip via a special entrance.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Will Top Senatoriable Chiz Escudero Be Re-elected This 2013?

Vote Wisely! (Photo Credits: http://www.gophoto.it
I am not a person who dwells too much about politics. But I am always vocal about who I want and do not want to vote. I base my decision on their platform, and what they can do to help the country, regardless how big or small it is. Three years ago, I said that I voted for Adel Tamano. Sadly, he didn’t win, but now, I am thinking of including one of the most popular senators who is up for re-election, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Freeway x Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco NACS Holiday 2012


Freeway pays homage once more to the Philippine Artists as they launch the 100th year Celebration of National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco with their beautiful collection, the National Artist Collectors’ Series. Last October 18, the media, fashion and art enthusiasts all gathered at The Row, Glorietta 1 to commemorate a great talent that is purely Filipino. 

Monday, November 05, 2012

To Pop This Pill or Not?


Headaches are THE WORST! Whenever I feel something bad, I always have this need to take a pill just to stop it and go on with my life. One of my officemates would even take a leave when her migraine occurs. So as I "googled" the best pill to take, I happened to see the Saridon commercial above. I thought it was real funny, yet very violent, especially for children. But if that ad could amuse, and invite me to try their product, then I could be one of its "markets". 

Apparently, Ms. Janette Toral's article on Drug Safety had me on a complete halt from popping this pill. Based from http://saridon.thefilipinodoctor.com/faq.php, the ingredients of Saridon consists of 250mg Paracetamol, 150mg Propyphenazone and 50mg  Caffeine. And while I adore caffeine and its products such as coffee, I can't help but get worried about the Propyphenazone content in the drug. 

Even in its Wiki definition, Propyphenazone and even Saridon is already banned in other countries. What I could not understand is how they can get away with selling the product, without prescription necessary, amidst the fact that its causing health related problems already.

My Mom, who is a nurse, refers to MIMS if she needs a certain drug. According to its page, Propyphenazone's drug reaction includes hypersensitivity reactions; nephrotoxicity, nausea, drowsiness, coma and convulsions on large doses. Would you want to have your headache gone, only to be replaced with these side effects? I know I don't!

I hope the the Department of Health and its manufacturer, Bayer would regulate drugs like Saridon. Or even answer as to why its cheaper and easily bought in spite of its side effects. After all, we would want to lessen the pain, instead of triggering another one that would blow up to our face so easily. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Suddenly Its Magic Opens Today, October 31

Suddenly It's Magic Cast
Before the long weekend starts, why not start your vacation with a feel good romantic comedy, Suddenly It's Magic? I felt so privileged that I was invited again to their press conference last Monday, and in awe that I saw Thai Superstar Mario Maurer for the second time. And of course, I was enthralled to meet Erich Gonzales again, now with the whole cast of the movie.

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Can Be Body Beautiful at Any Age with Wacoal


As a working girl in (almost) late twenties, my body has developed in full bloom as the years passed. I was skinny at first, then age has gotten into me that I went from medium to large. Little did I know, Wacoal products will make my body beautiful at any age. Their lace undergarments are comfortable and perfect for the corporate dresses and LBDs that I always wear to work. Its fun and experimental, just perfect for lil' ol' me. :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Live Healthy with The Sandwich Guy

TSG Megamall
Its been six years since I've been working in the Metro Manila, so I can't help but have lunch at fast food chains where there's a lot of grub and fat. Good thing I found an alternative to my quick lunch out with THE SANDWICH GUY at the Lower Ground floor of SM Megamall Building A. So goodbye to my unhealthy food choices from now on. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Be the Number 1 Fashionista with Uniqlo’s UNIQSTYLE


Uniqlo's UNIQSTYLE now rolling!
Are you fashion savvy and a fan of Uniqlo’s collections? If you belong on these two categories, then they are looking for you! Be the next Uniqlo Fashionista and win awesome prizes from the brand that is truly “Made for All”.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

BDJ Fair: Limitless and 2013 Planner Launch

BDJ Girl for 7 years and counting :)
Seven years, six planners. I must say that Belle de Jour witnessed a big part of my life. Did you know that I started to buy my BDJ planner at CBTL Greenbelt in 2007? Yes, I was one of the girls who lined up after office hours because I was intrigued as soon as I read it from Cosmo. Then in 2008, I attended their first rendezvous at The Ramp, Glorietta, where I met my fellow BDJ girls. And I guess that’s where the fun ignited. So it’s only fitting that I HAD to attend this year’s BDJ Fair, LIMITLESS at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall last October 14, to buy my planner for the coming year and get my constant companion – maybe until forever!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumping my Kicks with the Foster the People Live in Manila

Foster the People Concert Poster (photo credits: http://www.philippineconcerts.com)
It was a fair Saturday afternoon and was hanging out with the boyfriend when I received a text from Az of http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com, if I would want to cover the Foster the People concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum that night. Too bad that I only know of one song, but I still said yes because concerts will always be my thing. Held last October 6, Foster the People Live in Manila was presented by Midas Promotions, Dayly Entertainment and Karpos Multimedia. 


I arrived at the coliseum at 7PM and was seated at the Upper Box, though alone, I enjoyed my “me time” listening to their hits. Their first song was Miss You, and the crowd sang altogether with vocalist, Mark Foster. I loved how the band has so many fans and their glow sticks lighted the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The other members of the band are Mark Pontius for drums and Cubbie Fink playing the bass. 

Mark Foster singing in the moment (Photo credits to Bruce Casanova of Araneta Center)
Their setlist includes Life On The Nickel, Houdini, Broken Jaw, I Would Do Anything For You, Waste, Love, Call It What You Want, Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls), Warrant and Helena Beat. When they left the stage, the people were asking for more, so they went back and sang Ruby and their most popular song (and the only one I know by heart), Pumped Up Kicks.

Foster the People  (Photo credits to Bruce Casanova of Araneta Center)
Most of the people around me are teenagers and students and they know the lyrics by heart. Good thing I didn’t feel out of place because the Araneta Coliseum is so cozy. Their extreme transformation in terms of their facility is wonderful especially for people who enjoy concerts like me. For someone as OC as me, I needed to feel comfortable when it comes to an event venue and they didn’t fail my expectations. I must say that I enjoyed watching the concert alone. And I am definitely crossing that out of my bucket list. 

The stage is so cool! (Photo credits to Bruce Casanova of Araneta Center)
Till the next concert! How about you? Have you visited the newly transformed Smart Araneta Coliseum? Share your latest experience at the #NoOtherVenue :)

Suddenly Its Magic: Worlds Apart and Cupcakes



Star Cinema, maker of quality films, releases its new offering this October 31, that presents Thai superstar Mario Maurer and Philippine sweetheart, Erich Gonzales. I’m really excited to see this film since I fell so hard with Mario’s rom-com movie in Thailand, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. This time, Star Cinema shows us how Filipino and Thai culture can complement each other, and how these two on-screen lovebirds work out their chemistry, despite different backgrounds.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Red Crab Alimango House Launched at Lucky Chinatown Mall


The Red Crab Alimango House opens its doors to the Chinatown area at the 2nd Floor of the Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo. I was so excited when they invited me to their launch because I cannot, for the life of me, resist seafood. So much more when I found out that they have so many sumptuous choices in eating crabs and other dishes. 

Access the MOVE with Meralco

Meralco's SIX helpful apps
Meralco goes interactive. With the chaing times, they have also started an app that makes them connect with the interactive Filipinos through the recently launched MeralcO Virtual Engine (MOVE). This free app, which you can easily download at any apps store, has six functions that provide round the clock access to Meralco’s services and directory. And they can be accessed via smartphones or tablets.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Get Your Belle de Jour Power Planner at the BDJ Fair: LIMITLESS this 14!


Its barely a week and I can  finally get my 2013 Belle de Jour Power Planner.And this year, lots of fun, prizes, fashion and exciting activities are in store for us bellas at the SM MOA Music Hall this October 14 from 10AM to 10PM. I cannot wait for this whole day affair. But as we count the days, here's the first look to your favorite planner.

The BDJ Fair has the interesting line-up of guest speakers and fun activities, but I'm more excited to check out the latest editions of the BDJ Power Planner, Navi: Your Lifestyle Navigator, and the newest babies – the everything is possible planner and newest edition of the BDJ FMN notebooks! The best part is: They will all be available at the fair for 20% off! Can you believe it? So mark your calendars now 

Belle de Jour Power Planner


The Belle de Jour (BDJ) Power Planner is especially made for the Pinay fashionista achiever. The term Belle de Jour (bel duh zhoor') is French fashion lingo for "It" girl, and we have redefined it to mean the modern day
renaissance woman who dares to achieve her goals, lives her dream life, makes a difference in her community, all while doing everything in great style.

All pages reflect the uniqueness of the BDJ Girl. The BDJ Power Planner includes time-management principles to help BDJ Girls manage their life better, articles and affirmations to inspire them to live life to the fullest and over Php20,000 worth of coupons - to remind them of work-life balance.

NAVI: Your Life Navigator


Who wouldn't want to see the world? Inspired by the traveler who embraces uncertainty, NAVI: Your Life Navigator, reminds us about the importance of going places and belonging in those places. On their fourth year, NAVI 2013 encourages us to ask the important questions and to be patient with getting answers, while still keeping our life goals in check. With its low-key travel-themed design, inspiring travel articles, and plenty of space for notes every week, NAVI 2013 is the must-have planner for men and women who want to keep moving forward in life.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE


Imagine what you would do every day if you tell yourself that everything is possible? everything is possible is about simplifying life by creating concrete goals and breaking them down into achievable steps. Pick from our inspiring quotes to use as your mantra, and maximize our much-loved time management-based layout to help you be mindful of anything, big or small, as a real possibility. With its minimalist clean design, everything is possible is the planner for anyone itching for a fresh start.

FORGET-ME NOT
Our BDJ Forget-Me-Not line is the ultimate companion to the BDJ Planner. Purchase one or all of these handy pads separately, for the endless things you need to write down.

--- CREATE/INSPIRE


Take a moment to write things down and never let a brilliant idea go to waste. CREATE/INSPIRE is your perfect idea pad.

--- DARE/ACHIEVE


Start with a clear agenda, organize your thoughts and assign tasks easily with DARE/ACHIEVE, your go-to pad for meetings.

---SAVE/DO


Keep your cash in control and be on top of your tasks with SAVE/DO, your dual-purpose pad for tracking cash and to-dos.

Check out the newest releases of the Belle de Jour team at the 2012 BDJ Fair: Limitless! at the SM MOA Music Hall on October 14 with their discounted Fair Prices! Are you Bellas excited? I sure am! :)

Know more about the different BDJ Fair activities and sign up details here: http://on.fb.me/SNFueP
Like them on Facebook: facebook.com/BelledeJourPlanner
Follow them on Twitter: @BDJBuzz
Visit their website: www.belledejourpowerplanner.com

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Shop Early for Christmas with Freeway, Ensembles and SOLO


I can't believe that Christmas is getting nearer again! But one thing's for sure, the holidays are sure to be fashionable with Freeway, Ensembles and SOLO around, especially with their Pre-Holiday Sale starting September 27. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ultimate Fun and Food Experience at SM City San Lazaro's 3-Day Sale


It's good to be back at SM City San Lazaro - and even on a 3-Day Sale! During my college days, this is one of the closest malls at my school so in between breaks, my friends and I would go there to shop or eat. And since its also near our house, my family often go to this mall to dine and basically buy groceries and stuff. And today is no exception to do so, because they have affordable deals that you can still get now!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

SM CITY San Lazaro Takes Charge at the 3-Day Sale Weekend


Hello Manila! After the successful 3-day Sale at SM City Manila and SM Sta. Mesa, SM CITY SAN LAZARO now takes the center stage this payday weekend. Happening this September 28, 29 and 30, enjoy great great discounts from their participating brands and even their restaurant choices!

San Miguel Beer Gives You 7,107 Reasons to Celebrate with Oktoberfest!


San Miguel Beer invites you to the biggest beer festival in the country this Friday, October 28 at the Aseana City, Macapagal Boulevard. Fun, party and so many happenings will take place that day as we celebrate this yearly gathering. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Please Vote for Us at Araneta Center's Dress Me Up Contest!



The days unfold so fast and its the end of September in a few days already. And do you know what's best about the weekend? Its going places where you can find great sales and discounts. Lucky for us, Araneta Center got that covered, and the best part is, you can participate in so many activities they they have to offer.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Triple Your Food Trip at Tokyo Grill, Kung Fu Kitchen and Seafood Island at SM Manila



Last week, we embarked on not one, but three food trips at the SM City Manila with the newest restaurants – SumoSam’s Tokyo Grill, Kung Fu Kitchen and Blackbeard’s Seafood Island. My Asian food trip that Sunday definitely tickled my Pinoy taste buds.

Samsung Helps Recent Habagat Victims






And now for more good news! You do know I love Samsung that much right? It’s nice to know that a company this big also has a big heart. 

Read more about their activities for the victims of the monsoon rains that hit the Philippines:

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