Monday, June 26, 2017

Zark’s: Upgrading Your Burger Experience

“We did a study and found out that during that time, walang casual dining burger joint. So, I filled the gap sa market, yung need sa market na I think may potential mag scale up. Hindi naman ako nagkamali. Sinimulan ko yung Zark’s.”, Zark recalls.

Young entrepreneur, Rolandrei Viktor “Zark” Varona, found the middle ground in offering hamburgers that truly satisfy even the most gargantuan appetites, yet at prices that do not break the bank. 
Rolandrei Viktor “Zark” Varona with his popular Zark's Burger dishes
It began eight years ago on a casual stroll along the Malate area, Zark discovered a vacant 20- sqm. commercial space along Taft Avenue. At that time, the former OFW, who had just concluded a two-year stint in the kitchens of a cruise ship already owning a franchise for a noodle shop that unfortunately did not work. After six months, he revisited the spot and knew that the location held much potential. The concentration of a young market gave him the idea to put up a burger joint. Everything was history!

 Fresh. Huge. Great. 

Consistent with Zark’s Burgers’ tagline “Fresh. Huge. Great.” The burgers come out fresh in huge servings, offering a great and filling dining experience with a sporty theme in mind. 

Zark’s taking burgers to the next level with its all-new burger offerings starting at Php109! 

The New Orleans favorite, Ragin Cajun, is your pick for something spicy! 

Ranch Time, for burgers topped with Zark’s version of Cajun dressing. 

Floyd Chicken Sandwich is boneless deep-fried chicken oozing with garlic cream cheese in six different herbs and spices. 

Sloppy J wins with its homemade chunky meat sauce. 

What made Zark’s famous? 

The Deep-Fried Bacon Wrapped, quarter pound deep-fried cheeseburger with their signature Barbeque Rhum sauce. 

Luther Burger, double cheeseburger with two bacon strips sandwiched in honey-glazed donuts. Thunder Mac & Cheese, burger topped with mac & cheese and bacon strips. 

Jawbreaker, triple cheeseburgers with two slices of spam and bacon strips smothered in cheese sauce. 

Tombstone, eight all-beef patties, four slices of stacked American cheddar, topped with overflowing cheese sauce. 

More of Zark’s Burgers

The burger market seems to have embraced Zark’s wholeheartedly! There are currently 32 branches nationwide -- with four currently in Visayas. With eight more opening including Davao and Cagayan de Oro. Expansion in the North furthers as a new store in Clark opens, going forward by city. This is the pace that Zark prefers for the growth of all his company-owned branches. 

“I think it’s really the value for money. The principle is to be fair, not only with my suppliers, not only with my team members, but also with the customers. I don’t want to rip them off, ganun yung values ko. I give them the values sa ibabayad nila. And I think they appreciate (naman) what we serve to them.” 

“I think it’s the right time for us to announce to everyone that we are here; we’re taking the Zark’s brand to the next level and we’re the number one casual dining burger joint.” 

“We have developed a system, built our own commissary, strong and competent management team. Along with that, yes. We are opening our doors for franchising.” For franchising inquiries, please feel free to contact

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Head of the family: Not Just a Provider But a Father

Imagine working in a world where time seems to just past by and where almost everything changes instantly. Think of having to keep up with an environment where it costs a lot to stop or even slow down for a while. Sound taxing, right? What more of prioritizing the welfare of everybody in the household on top of it all. 

But every head of the family doesn’t mind about it. Fathers are said to be the pillars of our homes. They toil sun up to sun down to give our needs and desires.

Some of them go abroad with tears in their eyes because they will be physically separated from their families. However, there is a certain joy in their hearts knowing that they will be able to provide for their loved ones back home.

To honor these gallant paternal men and let them feel how extraordinary they are and important their sacrifices are for their families, Father’s Day has been a yearly universal event. As we mark again this special occasion on Sunday, June 18, 2017, our applause and recognition will never be enough to show them how grateful we are to have them in our lives. 

Our dads, together with our moms, take good care of us the moment we’re born. They are the ones who provide everything we need for our everyday lives. From infancy up to adulthood, they feed and clothe us. 

As we take our initial baby steps, our patriarchs guide and lead us in the right direction. When we stumble and fall, they assist us to rise and move on. In times of danger or any threat, they shield us from any harm.

All of these, they do out of unconditional love. Their selflessness, though, has its own toll. Working tirelessly could lead to high levels of stress constantly and problems not only mentally, but physically, too. So better watch out for the signs. 

Has tatay been constantly complaining about losing strands and strands of his hair everyday? Or maybe has he been searching for a way on how to get them to grow back?

According to the hair loss statistics conducted by Statistic Brain in the year 2016, 40 percent of men experience noticeable mane vanishing as early as age 35. And as per the American Hair Loss Association, there are a couple of different factors that cause excessive hair fall, one being extreme degree of stress.

Nutramedica Inc. introduced a revolutionary product that aims to address this problem: NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss. Being the only topical scalp lotion in the country that is made from 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients all working synergistically, it’s perfect for all the heads of the family out there, be they biological or not.

NOVUHAIR is proven effective and safe to help prevent and stop the progression of hair loss and, at the same time, help promote locks’ growth. Simply spray a liberal amount of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto the scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes. Voila, it penetrates deeply into the roots, which helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the natural moisture of the hair. 

Still have no idea on what to give him on his big day? Well, NOVUHAIR might not be the most expensive gift to impress him, but the most valuable present he could ever have. This nature’s answer to hair loss provides him the chance to be ahead already in preventing his “crowning glory” from receding in the near future. 

So, head on to all leading stores nationwide and get a dose of this breakthrough product. NOVUHAIR is also available in shampoo and conditioner formats to further complement the benefits of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion. NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. You may also order NOVUHAIR online at For inquiries, you may call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit

Friday, June 16, 2017

MERRIES, Japan's #1 Diaper Brand, is now in the Philippines

Finding the perfect diaper for your baby's needs can be a frustrating – and sometimes painful process, as a wrong choice can lead to your baby's discomfort, leakages, and even health concerns.

Babies’ skin has only about ½ the thickness of adults' and is very delicate, which is why they need a diaper that provides extra care and comfort. It's a good thing that Merries   Diapers,  Japan's   #1 baby diaper   brand for   10consecutive years, are now available in the Philippines!

Why do smart moms choose Merries Diapers? Because it offers seven (7) features and benefits:
*Tape type features·

  • Soft Poo Leak Guard·Color 
  • changing wetness indicators·
  • Excellent Absorbency and Long Lasting Dryness·
  • Exceptional Breathability·
  • Ultra Soft and Fluffy Surface that is gentle to baby's delicate skin·
  • Soft reusable magic seal·
  • Merries Bunnies cute designs

    Merries diaper is gentle to the babies sensitive skin as the material is so soft from the inside and out while quickly absorbing urine before the skin gets wet, thus preventing rashes and leakage.  With a triple layer air-through system(tape type) and airy waist channel (pants type) that releases the heat and moisture inside the diaper, Merries diaper keeps babies’ skin dry and comfortable as they play and sleep.

    Merries diapers are available in Tape type for newborns to toddlers up to 14kg, and Pants type for toddlers and kids from 6 to 22 kg.  Get a free small tape pack when you purchase 10 packs of Merries Diaper at any participating stores from now until November 8, 2017. Check out Merries Philippines website and social media Pages for more details.‘

    Merries brand is the #1 sales in Japan for 10 consecutive years  [#1 by brand in Japan Baby Diaper market in term of Sales Value share, based onresearch SRI data of INTAGE Inc., Japan from Jan. 2007 to Dec. 2016. (total of tape-type and pants-type)].

    Merries Diapers are distributed in thePhilippines by Vibelle Distribution, Inc. and are exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati, Rockwell, Shangrila, Ayala Cebu, Seda CDO and inShopwise Festival Alabang, Sucat, Sta Rosa Laguna.

    To get more information and updates about the brand visit follow Merries at Facebook: Merries Philippines and on Tnstagram & Twitter:@merriesph‘

    ************Released by: Vibelle Distribution, Inc.Contact person : Shane Bajar, Brand AssistantContact numbers : 751-5478 local 109 / 0917-870-8826Email address : /

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Travel and Tour Operators Meet 2017 by Zoomanity Group

On June 29, 2017 from 9AM to 2PM at Makati Sports Club, Makati. More than 300 Travel and Tour Operators will be in one roof for the yearly Zoomanity Group event.

Zoomanity Group is composed of different theme parks and Restaurants in the Philippines like Zoobic Safari, Zoocobia, Zoocolate Thrills, Paradizoo, Residence Inn, Misono Japanese Restaurant, Jinsei, Nanten, Midori and Yakitori Daitokyo. 

Zoomanity group is the leading company in theme park industry under the Yupangco Group of Companies. Envisioning world class, innovative and enjoyable facilities from Northern to Southern Philippines by providing the best tourist destination and nature educational experiences with the facilities that is uniquely designed to provide enjoyment to visitors of all ages. 

A tour operator typically combines tour and travel components to create a package holiday. They advertise and produce brochures to promote their products, holidays and itineraries.

The objective of the Travel and Tour Operators Meet is to acknowledge the contribution of these different companies in the tourism sector by the award-winning entrepreneur, Robert Laurel Yupangco, the CEO of Zoomanity Group. Tourism is an important sector for the Philippine economy. The country is known for having its rich biodiversity as its main tourist attraction. Its beaches, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots are among the country's most popular tourist destinations.

3rd Foor, Yupangco Building, 339 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Makati City, Philippines

Mobile: 09166299381 (Zoolit Booklets Inquiries Only)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How To Apply for A Postal ID in Paranaque

Just last week, I decided to apply for a postal ID simply because I needed another government ID to use for identification. Thanks to my brother who previously applied for a postal ID, he gave me a few tips on what to bring before actually going to the postal office to prevent delays.

Paranaque Central Post Office

Before going to Paranaque Post Office, here's what I submitted and you need to bring: 
  • Very important: Baranggay clearance. I went to our local baranggay office first to apply for a baranggay clearance and they processed it quickly in 10 minutes. I paid P20. This is needed for proof of residency. If you don't have this, they will simply send you home to get one first. 
  • One photocopy and the original NSO copy of your birth certificate
  • One photocopy and the original SSS or Passport or Driver's License. 
  • One photocopy and the Certified True copy of your Marriage Certificate (for married applicants)
  • Filled up application form ( form available on site)
  • Bring 504.00 pesos for the ID fee. 
Make sure you know your SSS/GSIS number, TIN number, and height in cm. because you'll be writing these in the application forms. 

Here's the official poster of the requirements for further clarification:  

Click the picture for its bigger size

The step-by-step process of the ID application: 

Yes, you read it right. The official application fee for the Postal ID is P504
I actually went on a Wednesday and the place was quite relaxed; not much people around the area. There were probably four of us applying for an ID at that time. I think it took me just an hour to finish the whole process; 20 minutes for filling up the 2 forms.

Paranaque Post Office
It's been a week since my application and I'm still waiting for my ID to be delivered to my address.  I will update this blog post once I got my ID. 

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

#FamFirstAtSM : Awesome Summer at SM Supermalls

This summer has been one of the most distinctive and memorable summers I have experienced yet thanks to SM Supermalls. I am also thankful that we have an SM branch just around the corner, the SM BF Paranaque, that we can go to in a blink of an eye.

Our Happiest SM Moment/s

It's really hard to specify which SM moment was our happiest, but allow me to enumerate some awesome highlights we did that made our summer vacation a blast. 

1. The Do-It-Yourself Cake in a Jar Making session in SM BF Paranaque. SM BF Paranaque announced some summer activities they have in store for their customers and one of the those I've attended was their "Do-It-Yourself Cake in a Jar" session, which was specifically for Mother's Day. I also brought my daughter with me thinking it would be a good idea to tag her along. This was the first time we attended a learning session together. I have to say this is one of the most fun and educational sessions I have attended because, first,  I have learned how to make a cake a jar that I can use for either personal use or for event giveaways. Second, my daughter and I both learned something together and had fun while applying what we have learned! 

2. The Johnson's Active Kids Playcation in SM Southmall. My kids and I went to SM Southmall  just a week ago to participate in Johnson's Active Kids Playcation center. The best part is kids can play in this area for FREE, but for a limited time only. Gosh, my kids just can't stop running around and trying out each of the play areas like there's no tomorrow. Well, I guess that's the best part about being a kid. They play like there is indeed no tomorrow - no worries, no responsibilities, just pure, unconditional fun. My son claims this is the best SM summer moment for him so I included this on my list. 

3. Nailaholics Foot Spa date with hubby in SM BF Paranaque. My husband is a very busy man and works during night shifts so he's mostly sleeping during the day. But during our wedding anniversary last May 24, he surprised me by treating me to a foot spa in Nailaholics in SM BF Paranaque, which he never, never, ever does. I was thinking it was probably because it was our 10th year wedding anniversary so he thought of something extraordinary for us. As a woman and as a wife, this is one of my best summer SM moments because it was so relaxing for me like all my stress just gradually disappeared as one of the staff was massaging my foot. Plus, it's also a one-of-a-kind date with my one and only. 

It's Definitely #FamFirstatSM

SM BF Paranaque is just #aroundthecorner for us so we're almost always here 
Admit it. Regardless of what the season is, whenever we need something such as an attire to wear, school materials for the kids, a gift for someone, a tie for hubby, or whatever our family needs, we would instantly go to SM and start looking for those things. If one of our kids started feeling blue, we would suggest that we'll take them to SM to make them feel better. That's two obvious reasons why it's #FamFirstatSM. Even if there's no occasion at all, hearing me say, "Tara! SM tayo!" instantly excites my kids. I can get them to take a bath instantly with no fuss and they will get dressed on their own in a flash. That's because it instantly gives them the idea that they're going to have a great time and they're excited to see what's new and what's in store for them at the mall.

Our small hours with the family at SM BF Paranaque 
After going to SM countless of times for so many years, what we really like best in SM Supermalls either as a family or individually is that there is always something in store for each and every one of us. As you walk around the mall, there will be something for daddy such as men's clothes and accessories, gadgets, car accessory stores, hardware stores, etc. For mommy, there are appliances stores, women clothing and apparel, jewelry, salons, and of course, there's the supermarket. For kids, you can expect plenty of indoor playgrounds in SM Supermalls, kiddie events, toy stores, kiddie salons, and more. If you're going as a group or as a family, there are lots of restaurants that offers group meals (with discounts) and movie theaters to choose from inside the SM Supermalls. What's more is that SM always has seasonal events, contests or promos for us to make our SM experience more thrilling and spectacular.

For more updates about SM Supermalls' fun family activities and events, visit and follow its official social media pages on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram ( ms_official/); and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber ( and Snapchat. You may share your Super Summer moments inside the SM Supermalls by posting your photos on social media and adding the hashtag #SuperSummerAtSM2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

5 Tips for Adventure Seekers to Charlotte, North Carolina

This post is originally posted by Bram Reusen on May 23, 2017 on Travel.Experience.Live
Charlotte, North Carolina, is conveniently surrounded by a wealth of amazing national parks, scenic drives, and world-class hiking destinations. If you’re staying in Charlotte for an extended period of time, such as a week or more, you’ll definitely want to head out and visit one of these beautiful places.

Below, I’ve listed five absolutely awesome destinations for adventure near Charlotte. Many of them require some driving, which is why I’ve noted that these trips are ideal if you’re using Charlotte as a base during your holiday. Make sure to visit Discovery Place Nature (previously known as the Nature Museum), too, while you’re there. It’s a great introduction to the wildlife and nature in the region. There are several excellent hotels near the museum.

Sunset at Raven's Roost Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway - Adventure Near Charlotte, North CarolinaOVERLOOK ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

5 Destinations for Adventure near Charlotte, North Carolina

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

The most popular of all U.S. national parks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park receives more than 10 million visitors every year. Situated at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this exceptional park features diverse plant and animal life, historic homesteads, picturesque waterfalls, and great hiking.

2. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia

Winding for 469 miles (755 kilometers) along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America’s greatest drives. It connects Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks and is the most visited unit in the National Park Service system. You can drive a short section of it or spend a few days exploring the Blue Ridge. There are historic sites, panoramic overlooks, and hiking trails.

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia - Adventure Near Charlotte, North CarolinaMABRY MILL, BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

3. Congaree National Park, South Carolina

A relatively unknown national park, South Carolina’s Congaree National Park lies less than two hours south of Charlotte. It’s a rather small park, ideal for an afternoon visit. Protecting the largest floodplain forest in the Southeast, Congaree is characterized by wetlands, swamps, and woods. Walking the boardwalk and exploring the floodplain in a canoe are the two main things to do there.

4. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

The furthest destination from Charlotte on this list, Shenandoah National Park lies at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The fastest route will get you there in about 4.5 hours, so this is a destination for an overnight trip. Shenandoah’s star attraction is Skyline Drive, a 105-mile (169-kilometer) mountain road that cuts across the park from south to north. Lined with no fewer than 75 overlooks and numerous trailheads, it’s definitely a recommended thing to do.

Black bear with cubs, Shenandoah National ParkBLACK BEAR WITH CUBS, SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

5. Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia

Grayson Highlands State Park lies in the southwestern corner of Virginia, just across the border from North Carolina. Getting there takes about 2.5 hours, so it’s an ideal day trip from Charlotte. What sets this particularly photogenic place in Virginia apart is its mountain meadow landscapes, its herds of wild ponies, and the truly magnificent hiking opportunities.

Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia GRAYSON HIGHLANDS STATE PARK, VIRGINIA

Where to Stay in Charlotte?

Charlotte, as the largest city in North Carolina, is home to many great hotels. After your adventurous outing, whether it’s a day or overnight trip, you’ll want to be able to take a nice shower and get a good night’s sleep. Pretty much all districts have a fine selection of accommodations to offer, but consider focusing on the hotels near the Amtrak StationCharlotte Convention Center, or Carolinas Medical Center.
Have You Ever Visited Any of These Amazing Destinations for Adventure near Charlotte?