Monday, December 21, 2015

Watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Gateway's new Dolby AtmosCinema

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I can't think of a more perfect way to watch Episode 7 -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens than in a Dolby Atmos cinema. I got that wish when I experienced the new Gateway Dolby Atmos Cinema for the Star Wars' press screening, ahead of the December 17 worldwide screening.

Araneta Center executives at the ribbon cutting

Star Wars characters grace the occasion

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bring the family to Meralco's Liwanag Park this Christmas season

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Looking for some place to bring the family this Christmas aside from the malls? Check out Liwanag Park, Meralco's annual Maliwanag ang Pasko tradition on the grounds of Meralco's head office in Ortigas. The lighting up of the park fronting the main building has been an annual tradition for years and a popular Christmas destination for families and tourists in Metro Manila.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Homemade layered coffee is now easy with Nescafe Red Mug Machine

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Most of the time, when I'm in a cafe, I order cappuccino or a latte. I love the froth and the creamy mix of the coffee. At home, however, I almost always have to make do with 3-in-1 coffee because I do not know how to replicate the cappuccino or latte.

Not anymore!!!

I have my very own Nescafe Red Mug Machine that now allows me to prepare my very own, homemade foamy cappuccino, layered Latte, and more!!! I can make myself a Mocha, an Americano, and create other coffee creations using soluble coffee and Nescafe's Coffee-Mate, of course.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star DC Comics sneakers are a comic fan's dream come true!

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It finally happened - a dream come true!!! Some of my fave comic characters are now featured in Converse's Chuck Taylor All Star DC Comics sneaker line! Batman, Superman, Justice League and….for the ladies….Wonder Woman!!! Yay!

The Converse store at EDSA Shangri-la mall

Monday, November 9, 2015

Dunlopillo mattresses help Moms cope with lack of sleep

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Moms can relate to this -- taking care of our children and our family is a 24/7 task and many times, we lose a lot of sleep. Whether it is the demands of a breastfeeding baby, caregiving a sick kid, helping schooling kids, and attending to a million and one other things that mothers do, we know that sleep becomes a very precious commodity.

And where do we spend at least 1/3 of our lives? IN BED!!!

That means our choice of mattress is not just important. It can be life-changing!!!

At an intimate gathering of mommy friends, we met some celebrity moms -- model-turned-Mom Kelly Misa, blogger Cat Arambulo, and host/emcee Patty Laurel -- who shared their experience with their young ones and how important a choice of mattress was to help them cope with lack of sleep. Top of mind for them - Dunlopillo.

(L-R): Kelly Misa, Cat Arambulo, and Patty Laurel

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wellness goodness from Mott's Apple Juice

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In an attempt to keep making healthy choices, I consciously try to stay away from artificial beverages. This means ordering fresh fruit juices most of the time instead of powdered drinks or carbonated beverages.

And yet, when it came to fresh fruit juices, I always had this image of fresh fruits being blended right there and then. I never really thought of real fruit as coming from a bottle. But then, I got invited to the Mott's Apple Juice event and my good friend, Janice Villanueva, founder of Mommy Mundo, happened to be its brand ambassador. Of course, I know and trust Janice's good judgment and know that all she wants for her family is the best by making her own healthy choices.

My mommy blogger friends with Janice Villanueva (in yellow)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Knorr's Lutong Nanay Nutrition Program helps moms prepare more nutritious food for their families

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There are at least 5 million malnourished children in the Philippines. 

That was a statistic from the Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the DOST. Considering we are a population of about 100 million people, that is a scary 5% of the population that is not getting enough of the right nutrition. With children, malnutrition is especially critical because their brains and bodies are still developing and to lack the proper nutrients at this stage means they miss a very crucial window in their lives to develop to their full potential.

So it was quite inspiring to find out that Knorr was launching a Lutong Nanay Nutrition Program that aimed to make nutritious meals accessible for every child. The program is a 3-step model of Feed Teach and Make It Last.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sneak Peek of the Starbucks 2016 Planners and Starbucks Cards

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It's that time of the year again when Starbucks collectors await the Christmas collection. So I won't delay any further and give you a sneak peek of the 2016 Starbucks Planner, Starbucks Cards (yes, there are more this year than ever before!), and Starbucks tumblers.

The first thing you need to know even before seeing the planners is that this is the first year that Starbucks is actually tying up with partners on the planners, cards and tumblers. Unlike previous years when Starbucks collectibles were exclusively Starbucks, this time the loved brand pairs up with exciting brands to make the collectibles even more, well, collectible!

The 2016 Starbucks Planners

For the first time in the history of Starbucks planners, Starbucks pairs up with Moleskine to bring the Moleskine look to all four of their planners. Moleskine is the heir and successor to legendary notebooks used by artists and thinkers like Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Bruce Chatwin. The well-known Moleskine design is brought to Starbucks planners in a straightforward manner with lots of space for notes.

The paper is acid-free. That means it can last for decades without turning yellow with age. At the same time, each planner allows you to contribute to the advocacies of non-profit organizations such as Teach For the Philippines (TFP) and Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).

For Moleskine fans, this is definitely something exciting to look forward to and it is coming November 2, 2015.

Arla: Natural Dairy Goodness for Filipino Homes

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Arla Foods from Denmark recently brought their Arla dairy products to Asia, specifically to the Philippines.  So…you may think…what's different about these dairy products? After talking to some of Arla's executives, learning about the unique way they process their dairy products, and finding out how they care for the farmers (and even the cows!!!), discriminating buyers like you and me will probably want to check them out. Read on...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

GlaxoSmithKline announces the new winners in its Search for the Winners Against Asthma (SWAA)

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Back in February 2015, I attended a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) event where they announced that they were launching a Search for the Winners Against Asthma (SWAA). This nationwide search meant to find young achievers 30 years old and below who were outstanding in their respective fields despite suffering from asthma. The search was meant to portray hope that asthma, although a chronic disease, could be overcome in different ways.

Here is my February post covering the search's launch.

Meet the winners!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Starbucks' Autumn Dash of Adventure brings new beverages, food items and an awesome Starbucks Card

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Autumn is a time of change as leaves start falling in preparation for winter and eventual rebirth in spring. This is also the time when Starbucks comes out with its autumn offerings and hold your breath because here are their adventurous offerings for beverages, food items and a really awesome Starbucks Card that you should collect.

The Starbucks Anniversary Collection

The very first Starbucks opened in 1971, 44 years ago. In celebration of its anniversary, Starbucks launched several items as an anniversary celebration.

Below is the Starbucks Anniversary Blend created in 1996 to commemorate Starbucks' 25th anniversary. Paired nicely with it is the bronze and silver Starbucks tumbler.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Earth Kitchen is now in Bonifacio Global City!!!

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After two fruitful years in the White Plains area, Earth Kitchen is opening its second branch in Bonifacio Global City! Located at the Bonifacio High Street area, a vibrant and busy district, surrounded by yoga and fitness studios and teeming with office employees and BGC residents, Earth Kitchen offers farm-to-table delicious and healthy menu items.

Among the restaurants in that area that I had tried, Earth Kitchen was different in that it readily brought the rural into the urban setting with such perfect blending.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Enjoying the Art of Taking Time with Swift Premium Corned Beef and Hand Lettering

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The company of friends. A sumptuous, specially-designed Spanish dinner menu by Chef Chin Gallegos of Pio's Kitchen. Intimate, hand lettering session with popular hand-letterer Abbey Sy. All these were served up to us in one evening by Swift Premium.

Pio's Kitchen, located at Sct. Reyes corner Sct. Fuentabella (in front of Piagetian Learning Center) looks like one of the residential houses in the vicinity. But unknown to many of us, it had been turned into a private restaurant by the Gallegos couple, with Chef Chin holding intimate events here by arrangement.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Scholastic Readers Cup helps build a nation of readers and gives recognition to academe's heroes of education

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A nation's global standing can be measured in many ways. Some will look at economic data; others will gauge a nation's infrastructure progress. But there is another way to check just how far advanced a nation's citizens are, and that is LITERACY.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

What it was like to make a Yellow Cab Dear Darla pizza + an extended promo from Citi Credit Cards

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I can now say that I have prepared my very own Yellow Cab Dear Darla pizza!!!

It's true! One of our family's favorite pizza brands, Yellow Cab, gave me this chance. They made me don an apron, wear a hair net, put on gloves, and make my own healthy Dear Darla pizza!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Introducing…a rebranded My Starbucks Rewards, new Starbucks cards, and lots of promos!

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The second half of 2015 is starting off with a lot of new and exciting stuff from Starbucks. Hold your breath because July 28, 2015 is when they introduce a whole range of new items - a rebranded My Starbucks Rewards program, 4 new Starbucks cards (including the second Pilipinas commemorative card, and a slew of promos that go with the launch.

Whew! Let's get to them one at a time. Read all the way down to see all the promos waiting for you!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Alpabasa is the winner of the 2015 Pharmaton Life Changers' Challenge

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Several months ago, I attended the launch of the search for Pharmaton's newest Life Changers. Pharmaton was looking to award PhP 1 million to the best social enterprise idea that would have a significant life-changing impact on the community it aimed to serve.

Recently, I attended its Finals Night and watched as 9 inspiring social enterprise groups made their final pitches to the judges before the final decision was made. That honor, with PhP 1 million seed money for their social enterprise idea, went to Oras Na Para sa Alpabasa - a group of 3 young lady educators with a huge vision but needing funding support. Congratulations!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Review: Cleaning with the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop

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I clean my own room and for health purposes, I try to walk around barefoot as often as I can. So it is really important to me that my floors are kept clean. Recently, I was sent a new, innovative kind of mop to try - the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop.

I've actually tried a couple of different types and brands over the years. I started with those cloth mopheads but they easily tore off and thinned out. Besides, they were not exactly absorbent. Most times, it would just make turn the floor dirt into wet clumps but it would transfer the clumps from one place to another as you moved the mop back and forth. I needed a broom to sweep up all the damp clumps to finish off the cleaning.

Next, I shifted to a more expensive kind, the one that had sponge-like mop bristles. This was more dirt-absorbent and came with a plastic bucket. But still, after a while, it would thin out as the sponge strands would come off due to wear and tear.

The Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop which arrived at home was HUGE!!!

My first thought: It looks like my vacuum cleaner!

Monday, June 29, 2015

UK's Costa Coffee is here in the Philippines!

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Dispel the myth. Londoners do not just drink tea. They love coffee as well.

Last week, I got a chance to experience what UK's #1 coffee is all about as Costa Coffee made us experience it firsthand during their soft launch for bloggers.

The first ever Costa Coffee store is at Eastwood Citywalk 1, near the Activity Center. That's not too far from me. They will be opening up 4 more stores very soon -- Robinsons Ermita, Tera Towers, Bonifacio Global City, and Robinsons Antipolo.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Qualimed opens in UP Town Center

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In spite of the fact that Katipunan is densely populated with residential houses and condominiums and home to at least three major schools and a few smaller ones in the periphery, as well as numerous eating places, I always wondered why it sorely lacked one thing for decades -- a decent, modern diagnostics and healthcare facility.

Not anymore though!

With the opening of the UP Town Center and its mall facilities, the QualiMed Health Network, a network of clinics, surgery centers, and hospitals, owned by Mercado General Hospital, Inc. in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc., has put up a Qualimed clinic in its mall area to service the area.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Magnum Manila's pop-up store says goodbye with a brand new menu

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You know that feeling when something you know is bound to come to an end actually comes to an end?

It was a day of mixed emotions for all of us at the media event. We recalled how, just over a year ago, we were in this same place celebrating the opening of Magnum Manila's pop-up store, enjoying the menu prepared for us by Chef Him Uy de Baron as well as the chocolate creations by award-winning pastry chef Miko Aspiras. And now this same group gathered once more to bid goodbye to Magnum Manila as it prepares to close its doors on July 26, 2015.

Magnum logo made from pop sticks

Read my post last year on Magnum Manila's opening.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

On the 1st International Day of Yoga, Waves of Peace will flow from Manila to Mindanao, Mindanao to Manila

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Last Dec. 11, 2014, the United Nations (UN) declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This move was supported by 175 countries, the highest record number of declarations and co-sponsors of any UN General Assembly Resolution.

Globally, yoga communities are organizing different events to celebrate the first celebration. In the Philippines, one yoga community's intention is to send waves of peace to Mindanao, with Mindanao doing the same for Manila.

Monday, June 15, 2015

'Tis the Sip 'N Go Season at Starbucks with new beverages and a promo!

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This summer is just one of the hottest I've ever experienced. Good thing there are a few things that go well with the hot summer and that includes two of the latest frappes from Starbucks.

They're introducing the Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino and the Caramel Triple Coffee Jelly Frappuccino till July 27, 2015.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Monggo goodness with Knorr pork cubes

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Superfoods are now becoming popular among health buffs because of the extra boost in nutrients that they give. I've been buying chia seeds and quinoa for some time now to mix them in smoothies and other dishes. But frankly, I cannot buy these in large quantities because they are usually expensive and available only in select health stores and weekend markets.

But guess what! A childhood favorite, which is very inexpensive and locally grown, is also a superfood! MONGGO!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

60 Years since its Film Debut and Singin' In the Rain is Coming to Manila!

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My generation and the generation before me loved Gene Kelly. He was the "crush ng bayan" (heartthrob). And he ranked up there alongside Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in musicals with dancing. One of the most loved musicals that showcased Gene Kelly's dancing ability was Singin' In the Rain.

Now, even the millenials will relish the experience of Gene Kelly's dancing because the UK production is coming to Manila, specifically Solaire, on August 20, 2015.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ladies, put on your Power Pout over Cervical Cancer!

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I attended this event on cervical cancer hosted by GSK because I had two adult girls and wanted to learn more about cervical cancer and the vaccine.

A cervical cancer survivor shares her story

Monday, June 1, 2015

Zenutrients launches its Argan Skin Salve-ation

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I've long been a user of Zenutrients' deodorant roll-on made from tea tree so when my friend Tin invited me to Zenutrients' main branch to check out their new Argan oil line. I immediately said yes.

Arriving at the place, I was delighted to find a store unlike the usual brick and mortar ones. Just look at this facade. It makes you feel like you're about to enter the forest or some kind of wonderland.

Braun and Severin's Afternoon Bites with Mommy Bloggers

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When you get an invitation like this, you can be sure that the afternoon would be fun, fun, fun. And indeed it was! Mommy blogger friends took time off from family responsibilities to gather for some much needed ME time with our host, Colombo Merchants Philippines, exclusive distributors of the German brands Braun and Severin.

Mom blogger friend Mish helped organize the event.  The whole function room atop one of the condominium units at BGC turned out to be beautifully and tastefully bedecked for the occasion. One could not miss the details - beautiful summer flower arrangements on each table, dainty table decor, classy tableware in hues of ivory, browns and yellows, a specially made table card with the menu for the afternoon, recipe sets for each of us containing instructions on how to prepare all the food we would be having, a matching USB stick with more product information, and more! The whole place was just eye candy despite it being an intimate gathering.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - a leading financial comparison website in the Philippines

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If you are familiar with Agoda (a hotel comparison site) and Skyscanner (flights, hotel, car rental comparison site), then you must know that this is the way now to find out how products and services fare across different providers instead of going to each and every provider. Comparison sites allow you to just go to one site and see how different products from different providers fare when placed side by side. These sites are usually independent, free to users, and objective.

Now, meet the leading financial comparison website in the country -

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Moms Switch and Save at Watsons

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The afternoon turned out to be one I totally enjoyed as a Mom. I had an afternoon to shop around Watsons at SM The Block with mom-to-be, host, and Watsons celebrity store supervisor-for-the-day, Patty Laurel-Filart.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

LEGO, the blocks of my kids' childhood, is now in the Philippines!

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LEGO is now in town!!!

The original building blocks brand just opened its doors to the Philippines. Located at Park Triangle, 11th Avenue corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City (same building as Kidzania), the first LEGO Certified Store promises to bring creativity back to a childhood that is now dominated by electronic games. My kids, especially my boys, grew up with LEGO blocks and I remember how quickly they learned to put things together. When they grew older, they started putting together other kinds of construction sets but LEGO was always the foundation that taught them to be creative with blocks.

The interiors of the LEGO store

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mondelez Philippines 'glocalizes' products to bring delicious moments of joy

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If you think you have never heard of Mondelez Philippines, try this…

Tang, Eden Cheese, Oreo, Cheez Whiz, Toblerone, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Halls, and Tiger Energy Biscuits.

Now is that more familiar? Thought so. What was formerly a snack company known as Kraft Foods is now Mondelez Philippines. :-)

Whether you snack on sandwiches or love chocolates and flavored bites, or whether you drink tangy and refreshing drinks, Mondelez has got it. And now, they are putting to good use their global snack-making expertise while getting the best of local flavors and incorporating these into their products.

"Glocal" (from the words 'global' and 'local') is what you get when a global snacking company, that has been in the country for the last 52 years, leverages these 2 strengths.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Join the Search for Pharmaton's 2015 Life Changers (Updated!)

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Over 99% of all businesses in the Philippines are small and medium-sized enterprises and a great majority of that 99% is micro- or small social enterprises. Social enterprise is a big thing here and we should encourage it. We've seen cottage industries spring up for several decades now. Then as more Moms opted to leave the work force and stay home, the community of mompreneurs began to grow.

But one big factor has kept these micro to small social enterprises from really growing and taking off.


This is where Pharmaton seeks to close the yawning gap with its campaign, Life Changers' Challenge: Success in Numbers.

An online, video-driven, nationwide competition, Life Changers' Challenge seeks to find exceptional Filipinos whose social enterprise ideas can cause positive change in society. This challenge is open to social entrepreneurs, advocates and other relevant groups of people spearheading high-impact projects. A microsite will open up on May 12, 2015 is already up ( where social entrepreneurs can upload their videos.

Tell your friends and family who may have social enterprise ideas that they can start conceptualizing their videos starting now, even before the microsite opens up.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Scents & Sensibilities - fragrances for home and body

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My friend Maizie calls herself a "handcrafter by profession". She also has the nose for fragrances. And she has combined her hands-on craftsmanship with her passion for fragrances to create home and body fragrance products to transform what was once a hobby into a brand under the label Scents & Sensibilities.

The Project Mom Fair: Great mommy finds + an Instagram contest!

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May is coming up soon and we all know what special event happens in May -- Mother's Day! And I just got a preview of one of the exciting events scheduled for this month of Moms -- Project Mom Favorite Finds Fair, Exhibit and Mother's Day Celebration! Maybe you've already seen the Project Mom book, a collaboration between Bianca Araneta-Elizalde and Amanda Griffin-Jacob. Well, this campaign takes that further and presents special picks just for Moms.

The Project Mom book

Monday, April 20, 2015

Coming May 2015: website for all your skin concerns

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This is a heads-up for those who love to google all things about skincare.

Starting May 1, 2015, a brand new local website totally dedicated to everything you'd want to know about skin will launch and it will have not only solutions for skin concerns but lots of how-tos and product recommendations. This is

Created in collaboration with Unilever, the Philippine Dermatological Society and an editorial team of skin care experts and writers headed by Editor-in-Chief Nicole Romero, is a site for men and women. Why was it even created? Apparently, according to Google Trends, a significant number of online searches have to do with skin. Mian Datu-David, Unilever Philippines' Marketing Director for Skin told us at the event "…we saw a need for knowledge and expertise on skin care that is readily available online…We wanted to give our consumers a comprehensive site where they could find the solutions to their skin concerns."

Here are some photos to give you an idea of the content of

This is the home page.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Clara Ole will make sure everyone can cook!

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In this day of dual-income households and fast-paced living, almost no one has the luxury of time to cook -- unless your business is food or you are a chef by profession. The result? Fast food places are thriving as people drive through for one of those burgers, spaghetti or chicken pieces. Instant meals that are popped into the oven and served have also become popular. Not always healthy, mind you.

But what if you long also to have really tasty and healthier dishes that remind you of home-cooked meals? This is where Clara Ole comes in, with a wide range of pasta sauces, marinades, dips n' dressings, vinaigrettes. And they even have syrups, jams and jellies as well to pair up with dessert items!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cream Silk's #WorldClassFilipina advocacy welcomes Lea Salonga into its fold

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After Cream Silk celebrated its 30th year anniversary in 2014 by unveiling over 150 Beyond Beautiful Filipinas in partnership with 6 of the Philippines' top magazines, it is elevating it another notch in an effort to inspire Filipinas to go beyond their perceived possibilities. They created the World Class Filipina advocacy. And…to kick off this advocacy, Cream Silk chose one who hardly needs any introduction and whose achievements cannot be questioned because she is indeed world class. She's none other than LEA SALONGA!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Make headaches go away 5 times faster with Panadol

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Did you know that 7 out of 10 Filipinos suffer regularly from headaches? Nope, I didn't know.

It could be our terrible summer heat here or just plain stressed out lifestyles but whatever is the cause, having a massive headache is definitely not fun and results in a wasted day with lots of unproductive down time.

Not with Panadol with Optizorb.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Collectible Must-Haves: Starbucks Relief Mug Set

When you get something wrapped like this from Starbucks, you know that this won't be just an ordinary unboxing day.

And true enough, this was an extra special package that arrived because inside it was the set of 2 Starbucks Relief Mugs featuring Manila and Cebu!!!

These mugs are part of a limited edition series from Starbucks, this time in the form of sculptured mugs. These are not universally available so giving them away to foreign guests would be perfect souvenirs. Of course, because we also love our own country, they're great conversation pieces at home too.

The mugs are microwavable and dishwasher-safe aside from being great collectibles. Both mugs go for PhP 550 if bought in Starbucks stores around the country, but at the NAIA 1 outlet they retail for PhP 625.

To help you decide which one to get, I'll tell you a bit more about each one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tempur: A whole world of difference in sleep softness

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Not all pillows and mattresses are made the same and you just need to lie down on a Tempur pillow or bed and you will know what I mean.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mandaue Foam's MF Lifestyle furniture line is for any lifestyle and for anyone

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The name Mandaue Foam has always been associated with foam mattresses. And I thought that was all there was to them so I wondered why they were building this huge building along Shaw Boulevard. Did they need such a huge mattress showroom? Well I soon got my answer when I needed a mattress and decided to go get mine from their newly opened building.

To my surprise, I was met, not by stacks of mattresses, but by beautiful furniture for all kinds of rooms. All 3 floors of them! Foam mattresses were no longer their main source of business. They had expanded into lifestyle furniture!

It was just a matter of time before Mandaue Foam would introduce their MF Lifestyle furniture line to Metro Manila and I was glad to finally get to learn more about how a simple foam mattress manufacturer from (where else?) Mandaue City, Cebu, evolved into a lifestyle furniturer manufacturer.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner: The fastest weapon against hair damage

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Women nowadays do so many things with our hair that we are really setting it up for damage -- frequent hair coloring, curling, straightening, daily blow drying, and so on. Our scalp receives pile after pile of chemicals that make our hair strands dry, frizzy and brittle.

Pantene has launched its Pantene 3 Minute Miracle conditioner and it's the newest secret weapon for damaged hair of all lengths and types.

Friday, February 6, 2015

GSK continues the fight by launching the Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015

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The battle to win against asthma will never end. In the Philippines, over 10 million cases have been documented of people with asthma and it remains the most common chronic childhood disease. Children who suffer from asthma are oftentimes over-protected by parents and their activities are curtailed so as not to trigger an asthma episode.

I grew up with asthma in the family. My own asthma was not very bad but my sister's was worse. All my kids also had childhood asthma. An aunt on my husband's side died from an asthma attack. Asthma cannot be taken lightly as it can be fatal. But the good news is that it can be controlled.

Last year, GSK went on an all-out campaign to fight asthma.

Read my post on how one can still lead a great life even with asthma.

Aside from their brand ambassadors, Arnel Pineda of Journey and actress Kim Chiu, GSK now has a new brand ambassador -- Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez.

I had been following Michael's journey all the way to the Olympics and knew that he indeed was an asthmatic. In past interviews, I remember Michael saying that the cold skating rink actually helped improve his health. His mom, who would accompany him to all his trainings and competition, was fully supportive of his sport and told Michael that she would rather "spend the money on skating than in the hospital".

The Search for Winners Against Asthma

This year, GSK is taking the fight against asthma further by launching the Win Against Asthma Today advocacy campaign aimed at increasing awareness and amplifying efforts to spread information about the risks of asthma and how it can be controlled.

This time, they are looking for young asthmatic achievers who can show that one can live and pursue one's passions in life despite having asthma.