Thursday, November 26, 2009

HBC's Tatak Exclusibo Sale (Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2009)

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Last night, bloggers were treated to a preview of HBC's yearender sale from Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2009 during which time, clients can purchase their products at significant discounts.

My girls have been buying HBC products in the past but frankly, I knew very little about it since I have been sticking to well-known foreign brands for my skin care considering I have sensitive skin and probably also hesitate to try new products.

But since the event was very close to my home, I decided to be adventurous and go to find out more about HBC. My girl C2 was with me and when we got to the HBC shop, we immediately began checking out the goods. I was not disappointed. Based on the short video that was shown to us and from going around the HBC shop for a first-hand look at what they were offering, I was delighted to discover the following:

- they carried hypoallergenic products
- their Allue line was just for tweens and teens, packaged in really cute girly designs (it made me wish my girls were little again)
- their body care line contains local ingredients known to be good for the skin like gugo, calamansi, henna and coconut oil
- their San San line is an anti-aging makeup line which also had SPF protection and vitamins!
- their price was very affordable (in fact, significantly less than the foreign brands I buy)

I still have to try the products I came home with last night but if they work for me, there is no reason I won't continue using these in the future. After all, being expensive does not always make a product that much better. And when we buy HBC, we are actually buying PINOY.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Taste Korean Food Festival (Nov. 19-23, 2009)

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In the 80s I had the chance to live in South Korea for 5 months due to work. An assistant and I did computer audit work for an oil company and a multinational bank. I fell in love with Bibimpap, a complete meal in itself consisting of ground beef and various vegetables, together with a fried egg as rice toppings together with a special Korean hot sauce. Coming back to Manila, one of the first things I did was to try to find a Korean restaurant. I could not find any at all.

Fast forward to today in 2009. Look everywhere and you see Korean culture around us. There are so many Koreans in different parts of the country studying English, engaging in business, and many other activities. Korean restaurants, Korean hair stylists, Korean groceries abound everywhere. It seems that the Koreans have been able to integrate in some way with the Filipinos.

Last Friday, I came across a Korean food festival at the Atrium of Shang Plaza. The Korean culture through its food is available for everyone to see and taste test till Monday, Nov. 23.

I was able to interview Mr. Park Hyun Mo, the Co-Chairman of the 60th Anniversary of Korea-Philippines Diplomatic Relationship who gave this background of the festival.

Here are pictures I took at the festival. Go visit the festival this weekend and get a chance to taste real Korean food.