Wednesday, May 18, 2016

An intimate lunch with Mega Creations Premium Sardines

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My kids may be carnivores but when it comes to seafood, we are a heavy sardine-eating family. It is something that everyone looks forward to especially during breakfast and we take it in different ways - with pan de sal or with eggs and rice. So how could I say no when Mega Creations invited me to an intimate lunch with its owners and team to try its premium sardines product? Besides, it's always a pleasure to return to Pio's Kitchen, knowing how good Chef Chin's specialty paella (regular and negra) is.

The four Mega Creations Premium Sardines

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My comfy, foldable Butterfly Twists were perfect for an artsy walking tour afternoon

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A saying goes, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating".

Let me tweak that a bit and say, "The proof of truly wearable shoes is in the walking!"

And that's exactly what the people behind Butterfly Twists made a group of us do one pretty humid afternoon at Bonifacio High Street (BHS) to launch their Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. They challenged us to do an artsy walking tour around BHS wearing our very own pairs of Butterfly Twists.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Awesome lighting solutions with Orbik

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What kind of lights do you use at home?

Lighting experts now strongly recommend the shift to LED bulbs. These may be more expensive than the bulbs we have been used to but their life is so much longer than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs (up to 3x longer!). The standard also these days is no longer the number of watts but the lumens (the amount of light visible to the eye). LED bulbs may have a low number of watts and yet its emitted lumens is far brighter than incandescent bulbs.

Orbik is a new lighting brand that gives homeowners different lighting choices and designs for a wider choice of lighting effects throughout your home. Although it was the first time for me to hear about the brand, I found out by talking to the owners that it is already available in different hardware shops.

At the Orbik event, I got to go around to see the different ways their LED bulbs can be used.

Even a 3-watt Orbik bulb emits as much as 230 lumens

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Starbucks' 2016 Summer Offerings are Here!

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It's summer and what a hot, hot summer it is! That's why as I'm writing this, I am sitting comfortably in one of the armchairs at a Starbucks outlet, drinking one of the summer offerings of Starbucks - the Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino. Yay! I loved this the first time it came out and now I'm sooooo glad it's back. But there's not just one, but two, summer beverages.

The Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino is one that will easily evoke images of summer outings with family and friends at the beach. It is made of roasted marshmallows, sandwiched with chocolate between graham crackers. The Summer Berry Panna Cotta, on the other hand, combines Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a layered frappuccino beverage topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

BlueWater Day Spa launches new brand ambassadors as well as their Balinese Four-Hand Massage

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BlueWater Day Spa is that oasis in the city known for its unique spa treatments that come from different international origins. I was at a recent event of theirs to reintroduce their brand ambassadors, launch new ambassadors, as well as show us their latest massage treatment.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

An open letter to OFWs: iRegalo lets you care for your loved ones' health from a distance

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Dear kababayan Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW):

Distance won't matter anymore. You can extend your love and care for your loved ones' health care in the Philippines with iRegalo, a service that lines up comprehensive health care packages -- medical, dental, and eye care -- that you can purchase to meet your family's specific healthcare needs.

You may ask...why would I even use iRegalo when there are remittance centers?

1. Sending money or gift items take time (It is estimated to take about 60 days if item is sent by ship).
2. Balikbayan boxes run the risk of mishandling at the postal or Customs end and many times, are charged additional Customs fees.
3. Delayed shipments mean you also miss the occasions when you want to extend help or send gifts.

iRegalo is still expanding its services but its foremost priority now is to allow OFWs to provide healthcare to your loved ones. iRegalo has arrangements with over 350 clinics nationwide to provide medical, dental, and eye care.