Saturday, December 24, 2016

Entertaining Performance from Le Grand Cirque

We  were blessed to be able to watch Le Grande Cirque in Araneta Coliseum a day before Christmas. We arrived very early to the venue because we overestimated the traffic conditions coming from Paranaque. So since we had an hour to spare, we ate a simple lunch at Mang Inasal that’s just walking distance from the admission area of the coliseum. 


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mister Donut Makes Coffee Bonding Moments Available Anytime, Anywhere

Nothing brings people and conversation together the way coffee does. When we think of a really nice, long heartfelt chat with an old friend, we think of spending hours of quality time over coffee. In this ultra modern world were internet and technology have dominated our lives, the times when we get to really bond and be personal with people who are special to us are treasured now more than ever. Coffee has become iconic, and has played a big part in this generation’s most treasured moments, hence the proliferation of a whole gamut of café’s and posh coffee shops.

Mister Donut recognizes our longing to connect personally, have fun, and to cherish relationships over freshly brewed coffee. And we should not be limited to a commercial setting. Coffee moments could be anywhere; at the beach under the moonlight, at a picnic with children laughing and romping about, at a college dorm on thesis night, or just at your own living room, in front of the TV on a rainy afternoon.

Known for its world-famous brewed coffee, Mister Donut is now allowing us to enjoy and savor the best of coffee bonding moments anywhere, anytime with the Drip Coffee.


It is basically Mister Donut dark roast ground coffee individually packed in filtered sachet. To make the perfect brew, one just needs a coffee mug, Mister Donut Drip Sachet, and freshly boiled water.

Here are the simply steps to follow:

1. Tear open the packaging.
2. Open the drip coffee sachet and get the drip coffee filter bag.
3. Carefully tear along the dotted lines to open the top part of the drip coffee filter bag.
4. Spread the hangers and place onto the coffee mug rim.
5. Slowly pour hot water on the ground coffee. Wait for the water to pass through the filter before pouring hot water again.
6. Continue pouring hot water until water in the mug already touches the lower tip of the drip bag. Stop pouring water.
7. Drain the water in the coffee filter by lifting the hangers and let all the water pass through.
8. Discard coffee filter bag after use.
9. Enjoy your hot and fresh Mister Donut Drip Coffee.

The Drip Coffee is available at selected Mister Donut stores for only P 30 per sachet. So those aromatic coffee moments we so deserve are now just a sip away, and we can easily share anytime, anywhere.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Give The Gift Of Health This Season With Bewell-C


In our haste to come up with the best Christmas gift this season, we tend to forget that every person’s well-being will always be on top of the list, thus, a gift of wellness is something that will be well-received.

Have a Total Lifestyle Transformation in Elken Way, Now in the Philippines

After a year ago of arrivalin the Philippines, the newest leading Malaysian direct selling company Elken has continuously roll out its goal - to provide world-class quality products with holistic approach in health, beauty, well-being, and business opportunities not just for Asian country citizens but now specifically to all Filipinos.

Friday, December 2, 2016

LRT1 Spreads The Christmas Spirit With The #PaskuhansaLRT1 Selfie Contest


The spirit of Christmas can definitely be felt at LRT1, as it rolls out its Filipino Christmas themed train to bring joy to commuters, which is expected to run until December 31, 2016. Decked out with traditional Filipino Christmas decorations that feature capiz parols, garlands, and a three-dimensional belen – or nativity scene, among other, the #PaskuhansaLRT1 train became an instant hit among LRT1 riders as it made their commute more enjoyable.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christening Event in Gloria Maris Eastwood Branch

Last Saturday, we got invited to a Christening event by one of my husband's friends. My dear hubby was made the godfather or "ninong" of the child.  Traveling from Paranaque to Christ the King Church in Ortigas was worth it because it's really delightful to see little ones being baptized and become members of the Catholic Church. 

After the Christening, we went to Gloria Maris in Eastwood Mall branch where the reception was held. I have been to Gloria Maris in Alabang before, but I was a bit surprised how simple but elegant the Eastwood branch is.

As we entered the restaurant, the kids got distracted right away by the huge aquariums filled with shrimps, fish, and crabs. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Prayer to St. Michael, the Archangel

St. Michael, the Archangel, pray for us

When I was in high school, I always have a picture of St. Michael in my wallet and thankfully, no harm has happened to me in the entire duration of my young life up to this day. I want to dedicate this post to a prayer to St. Michael, the Archangel: 

St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in the day of battle, 
be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do though, O Prince of the heavenly host, 
by the power of God, cast into hell, Satan, and all the other evil spirits, 
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. 
Amen. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tea Time with Teasenz

 

I am not much of a tea person, but I do rely on tea whenever I want drink a relaxing beverage or something to help with my digestion. At first, I was contented with the ready-made teas that can be bought in the supermarket, but I never thought that there's something better. Authentic, farm-fresh tea  is readily available for purchase online and that is through Teasenz!

Friday, November 25, 2016

L'oreal Paris Sparkling Visible Color in Golden Nude Brown


I have never used any hair coloring ingredient on my hair - ever! I was always scared of the result. I remember that one episode from the cartoon, Anne of Green Gables, where she colored her hair green and it destroyed her hair so she ended up cutting it short. After watching that episode when I was young made me avoid all hair coloring chemicals altogether. 

But now that I'm 35 years old, I'm more open to anything new. To start my very first hair coloring journey, I decided to try out L'oreal Paris Sparkling Visible Color in Golden Nude Brown. 

L'oreal actually has 2 types of brown hair coloring, the Golden Nude Brown and the Ashy Nude Brown. Here's a guide that can help you choose which color that suits your skin tone:


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Goldilocks Menu and Price List

I always look for Goldilocks menu online and their price list, so when I finally got a hold of their flyer a few weeks ago, I decided to post pictures of them here in my blog to help people who are also looking for Goldilocks price list online. Enjoy!

Click on the image to see the bigger picture. 


I apologize for the photo quality. The price list was really small. 







You're welcome! :) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines Celebrates 90 Years of keeping Filipinos Smiling

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines celebrates 90 years of operations in the country, providing generations of Filipinos with quality brands for oral care, personal care and home care such as Colgate, Palmolive, Tender Care, Gard, Axion and Ajax.

The Palmolive Company Philippines was established in 1926 with an office in the Binondo district of Manila with just five employees. Products sold during those days included Pompeia cosmetics, Octagon laundry powder and Crystal White laundry bar.

It merged with Peet Brothers the following year and with Colgate Company in 1928. Popular products such as Colgate Ribbon dental cream and Cashmere Bouquet toiletries were added to the product range along with Palmolive soaps, pushing accelerated growth for the next few years. Products at that time were delivered to stores by carabao or horse-drawn carts.


Active Life Chicago PT

The Philippines has always been lagging in a lot of things such as fashion, infrastructure, and medicinal breakthrough. It is also one of the reasons why people in the upper class travel abroad to have their pains and illness get treated. The Philippines still lack the latest technology and an advanced know how on what really works and what doesn’t. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stylish Fashion from StyleWe

I love looking through numerous shopping sites online, but only a few of them really impress me with their selections, and one of those few is StyleWe.  StyleWe is an online fashion shopping platform featuring independent fashion designers. It offers a vast collection of stylish clothes suitable for all seasons including sportswear, office wear, and more. They also have a classy bag and accessories collection that you might want to take a peak. Now is the perfect time to check them out because they currently offer 20% discount to new shoppers on their website. 

Since December is just a few days away, here is a sneak peak on their coat collection like in  this picture below:  



Oh! Did I mention that StyleWe is currently undergoing a Flash Sale offering up to 80% OFF on designer fashions? I peaked and here are some of my personal favorites :
  
Umi Eason's Apricot Plain Casual Pleated Midi Dress
($43.20 from orig. price of $72)
Deep Gray Buttoned Long Sleeve Cardigan by You Tokarska
 I've always wanted a cardigan like this - the one that looks stylish even when you close it.
($47.40 from $72)

Cannci's Purple Twist Lock Cowhide Leather Casual Top Handle

($57.80 from $68)
There are still tons of items in their website that I wanted, but if I were to post them all here, my blog post probably won't end. I do admit I am not familiar with the fashion designers indicated in their website, but their designs are truly remarkable and worth buying (if only I have the budget), and this is what differentiates StyleWe from the rest of the shopping platforms online. StyleWe helps them promote their name and designs worldwide which is the best part.  

For more fabulous dresses, bags and accessories, check out StyleWe.com now to avail of their huge discounts! 

StyleWe


Friday, November 18, 2016

Silvertone Acoustic Guitar



Are you looking for the right guitar suited for beginners or simply for guitar enthusiasts? Look no further! The silvertone acoustic guitar is the perfect guitar pack for beginners or for everyone. It has features suited for aspiring guitarists such as full size steel string dreadnought, mahogany stained back and sides, chrome 12 to 1 ratio capped tuning machines, and more. Complete package includes gig bag, extra strings, strap, chord chart, pitch pipe , and picks.  You may check the product at musiciansfriend.com. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Toy Kingdom Gift Ideas 2016

We were in SM Southmall last weekend and my son wanted to visit Toy Kingdom, so off we went. It usually takes him 15-25 minutes to look around and find a toy he wants so while waiting, I decided to take some random pictures of the toys being displayed including their prices.  I know some people just don't have the time to canvass around the store and look for a toy they want or a gift they need so I hope this post could help somehow. 

Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Afternoon Snack in Burgoo

We were all strolling in SM Southmall last weekend and my sister craved for some burgers. When I saw  the "Burgoo" sign, I told her, "Look, Burgoo! I have never dined there before," so she graciously welcomed the idea of us having burgers there and some snacks. I was quite excited.

Burgoo in SM Southmall

Monday, November 7, 2016

Doodles Paw Couture: The Affordable Way to Pamper Your Loved Pets



 Doodles Paw Couture

 History

Doodles Paw Couture is founded 2006 by owner and pet couture designer Ms Bernie Alfonso-Leytte. Doodles Paw Couture is a pet apparel and accessories manufacturer and retailer.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Kathryn and Liza’s Kitchen Best Friend

The kitchen used to be a scary place for young people and cooking was a daunting task reserved for mothers and household helps. But technology played a role in guiding people around the kitchen. Nowadays, new cooks search online for cooking videos or check out “food hacks” to be able to produce any dish they want that they can, in turn, show off on social media.

Young celebrities Kathryn Bernardo and Liza Soberano also enjoy cooking for their loved ones. They are the newest tandem to endorse AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. Apart from what can be found in the Internet, Kathryn and Liza became more confident cooks because they can rely on a brand of seasoning to make delicious home-cooked dishes by bringing out the natural goodness of food. Experienced cooks or kitchen newbies can make AJI-NO-MOTO® their best friend in the kitchen – an ally in serving nourishing and enjoyable dishes for the whole family. 

The new AJI-NO-MOTO® TV Commercial features three (3) dishes to show the versatility of the product in making all kinds of dishes delicious. Among the dishes are the Omurice, a Japanese-inspired meal composed of rice and omelet, Kathryn’s Adobong Puti recipe, a different take on the classic adobo without soy sauce and the all-time favorite comfort food Beef Nilaga.

AJI-NO-MOTO® can be widely used in a variety of dishes because it has no smell or specific flavor of its own and can therefore be used to enhance the original flavor of food. This is a safe and quality product that is made from natural crops like sugar cane, corn or cassava and manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. AJI-NO-MOTO® enhances taste of food by providing umami taste. Umami is the fifth basic taste also described as rich, savory and ‘malinamnam’ derived from food rich in glutamate like tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, ham and seafood. 

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Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, AJI-SINIGANG® Cube, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® SEASONED CRUMBS®, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix and “amino Fres-C” Instant Drink Mix.

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OMURICE


INGREDIENTS:

Rice Mixture:
1½ tbsps vegetable oil
¼ cup     garlic, peeled, mince
¼ cup             onions, peeled, minced
½ cup             ground pork
½ cup         frozen carrots
¼ tsp         ground black pepper
2 cups             cooked rice, short grain
1 teaspoon         soy sauce
1 teaspoon         AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
Egg Mixture:
1 tablespoon     vegetable oil 
3 pieces eggs, small, beaten
1/8 teaspoon     pulverized black pepper
1/2 teaspoon AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
1/8 teaspoon iodized salt

PROCEDURE:

Rice Mixture
1. Heat oil in a pan, sauté garlic and onions for one (1) minute over low heat.
2. Add ground pork and cook until brown.
3. Add carrots and black pepper.
4. Add rice and stir-fry for another minute over medium heat.
5. Add soy sauce, mix well.
6. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning and mix well. 
7. Remove from fire, mound the rice on plate then set aside.
Egg Mixture
1. In a bowl, beat the eggs until the whites and yolks are well combined.
2. Add pulverized black pepper.
3. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, mix well.
4. Heat oil in a pan and fry the egg mixture.
5. Remove fried eggs out of the pan and mold it well on top of the rice.
6. Serve with catsup.

Makes 2-4 servings

Nutrition Information: Calories: 457    Carbohydrates: 44g    Protein: 14g   Fats: 25g

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ADOBONG PUTI

INGREDIENTS:
½ kilo chicken, adobo cut
½ cup vinegar  
1/3 cup garlic, peeled, crushed  
1 piece bayleaf, crushed
¼ teaspoon peppercorn, cracked
½ cup water
½ cup cooking oil for deep frying
1 teaspoon AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
1 tablespoon refined sugar
1 teaspoon     iodized salt
PROCEDURE:
1. Combine chicken, vinegar, garlic, bayleaf, peppercorn and water in a pot.
2. Let boil and lower heat. Simmer until tender.
3. Drain the chicken pieces from the broth.
4. Heat oil in another pan and deep fry chicken pieces. Return to the broth.
5 .Simmer until liquid has been reduced to half.
6. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami seasoning and sugar. Simmer for one (1) minute.
7. Add salt and mix well.
8. Serve hot.

Makes 4-5 servings

Nutrition Information:      Calories: 461   Carbohydrates: 5g   Protein: 18g     Fats: 41g

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NILAGANG BAKA  


INGREDIENTS:
2 ½ liters  water 
1 teaspoon  black peppercorns
2 pieces  onion, medium-size, chopped
½ kilo  beef shank, cut into serving pieces       
2 pieces          corn, cut into five per piece of corn
2 pieces  potatoes, medium-sized, peeled, quartered
½ piece    small cabbage, quartered
1 ½ teaspoons  AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
1 tablespoon      iodized salt 
PROCEDURE:
1. In a casserole, put 2½ liters of water; add peppercorns, onions and beef. 
2. Boil beef until tender.
3. Add corn and potatoes; boil for 2-3 minutes.  
4. Add cabbage, mix well.
5. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning and simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Add salt and mix well.
7. Serve hot. 

Makes 4-5 servings

Nutrition Information:  Calories: 195    Carbohydrates: 21g    Protein: 21g    Fats: 3g



Friday, November 4, 2016

Does a Spouse Monitoring Software Work for Everyone

Xnspy is a comprehensive monitoring app, which works well as a spouse monitoring software too. At a certain stage in some marriages, people start suspecting their spouses of cheating. Because it is a sensitive matter, so putting away all doubts by making sure of things may be a good idea. This is a simple product description of Xnspy:



It is a comprehensive monitoring software, which works on all kinds of Android and iOS devices. It offers features that allow users to monitor any target device remotely. For monitoring a target jailbroken iOS and Android, users have to install the app manually. For target non-jailbroken devices, users will find the non-jailbroken version available too.


It is offers features that anyone can need in order to see what a target person says and shared using his or her smartphone. You may be a parent, employer, or a spouse trying to save your marriage.

Here are some things I noticed with the app:

Pros
·         Compatible with all versions of Android and iOS
·         Works completely in stealth mode (undetectable)
·         Consumes minimum memory and doesn’t affect other applications’ performance
·         Subscription billing lets you automatically re-subscribe every month

Cons
·         A minimum of 1-month subscription is mandatory
·         Requires iOS credentials for No-Jailbreak devices
·         Requires one-time access to target device for installation
Please continue reading to know how the features of this app benefit spouses, but also work for everyone else.

Features Useful as a Spouse Monitoring Software


Access to Call Logs and Contacts
People who use this app can access the call logs and contacts on their target device. They can also set alerts for specific numbers. This way, whenever those contacts call the target device, the app alerts the users.

Screening of SMS/IM Chats
Xnspy offers its users complete access to messages sent/received via the target device. Tapping someone’s text messages was never easier! Users can also access IM chats on different apps including iMessage, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Viber, LINE, and KIK. Users can also set alerts for words used by the target person in messages. This makes it easier for people to know if the target mentions red-flagged words.

View Images/Videos on the Target Phone
Using the Spouse monitoring software allows users to see all photos and videos on the target device. No matter what kind of device the target person uses, you can remotely copy the images and make screenshots too. In case you want to confront your cheating spouse, you will need backup.

Tracking of Emails & Internet Browsing History


Xnspy has an email tracking feature, which makes it possible to see all sent and received emails. Sometimes, tapping someone’s text messages is not enough. You need to check their emails as well. The Gmail app installed on the target device is very accessible for the app. So, you can see the browsing history and bookmarked websites too.

Geotracking & Geo-fencing
This app comes with the GPS (Global Positioning System) inbuilt. It allows users to know where the target device is at any time. If the target person has the smartphone with him or her, users can track their location. Cheating partners cannot keep their whereabouts secret anymore. In fact, the geofencing feature allows users to watchlist specific places. Whenever the target device enters or leaves those places, the app alerts the user.

Recording of Phone’s Surroundings
Another interesting and notable feature of the app, according to me, is its ability to record surroundings. You don’t have to make a call to know what the target person is doing and you don’t need to eavesdrop behind walls and doors any more. You can record conversations happening in the background of the target device and listen to them later.

Complete Remote Access to Target Phone
In extreme cases, if your spouse or the target person is non-compliant with your requests to refrain from the wrong things he or she is doing, you may have to take things in their hands. This Spouse monitoring software allows you to lock the target device remotely without the need to seize it. You can block installed apps, and even wipe of the entire data on the device.

I definitely recommend using this software in everyday life. You can make your marriage work by taking necessary precautions earlier in time. You can also use it for child monitoring or employee monitoring.

Our First Halloween Party Experience at the Bellevue Hotel

I don't remember how long I have been wondering about what it's like to attend a Halloween party inside 5-star hotels because their tickets are very expensive. They range from Php800 and up - each! That's why when we got 2 tickets for Bellevue Hotel's Monster Misfit Halloween Party this year for free, I was so excited! 

 October 29 came and we arrived at the hotel at 1PM. Registration is required and it was such a delight that we were instantly given freebies after registering (2 bottles of Nature's Spring Iced tea and 2 pieces of granola bars). 

Our so-called passports for the event. The rewards card has one purpose: We have to visit all their sponsors' booths and get our card stamped before we can get our loot bags. 

Here are a few pictures before we were allowed to enter inside the grand ballroom:


Free milk samples from Arla. I loved both flavors of chocolate and strawberry milks!

Inside the Grand Ballroom:

I was breathless when we entered the grand ballroom. Every kid would be in awe just seeing those beautiful and extravagant balloon decors. Oh, and we didn't have to worry on where to sit because the number on our tickets are our designated seat numbers. 

Our table (with free candies)
 The invitation says the party starts at 1PM, but the program starts at 2PM so we have a lot of time to spare and to explore the place. It's also a good time to get those stamps completed before the program starts. 

Candy Buffet!!!
We're required to come here and get our candies so we can get our loot bags at the end of the event.
Another candy buffet sponsored by Jack TV and 2nd Avenue.
Again, we're required to visit their booth and get their treats so we can get our loot bags which I really don't mind doing. 
Inflatable slide and playhouses for the kids! Yup, this is included in our rewards card that we need to visit. My little one really enjoyed the place. The kids can stay here if they want until the event ends.

When my little one got tired, I took the chance to take her to the mini parlor so they can fix her hair. She was eating marshmallows so she's behaved the entire time they were doing her hair.
Here are some pictures of the snack buffet. The snack buffet opened while we were at the mini parlor. When we got back inside, believe it or not, all the cupcakes were g-o-n-e! I was mortified. What I was able to eat was a rainbow doughnut and some candies plus an iced tea. I wasn't able to wait for the cupcakes to be replenished because we needed to leave early due to a trick or treating event (that our village sponsored) that we needed to attend to. (huhu *cries in the corner*):

 




 








There are still lots of food that I wasn't able to take a picture of like their pasta, chicken, other food viands and other desserts. They also offer unlimited ice cream for everyone. (*cries again in the corner*)

Since we had to leave by 2:30, we weren't able to participate in the program. We already completed our stamps so I thought we could already get our loot bags. When I went outside, the person-in-charge was actually reluctant to give us our loot bags because they were meant to be given after the event. But I explained to them my dilemma and, in the end, they allowed me to go, but the loot bags were placed inside a paper bag so the other guests won't notice.

So we got home and I decided to take a quick picture of what we got:

These are the freebies we got from the booths (dinosaur and tumbler not included).

This is what's inside our loot bag!
The blue circle in the middle is actually an Avent breastmilk storage cup.
Okay, now that I've attended a Halloween party from an extravagant hotel, is it worth it to buy a ticket next year?

Each ticket is worth P990 nettt each person. If you were to leave early like we did, it's definitely not worth it. But if I had stayed at the very end of the party, enjoyed the buffet, and my kid actively participated in games then it might be a different story. We could have gotten lots of prizes. Bellevue Hotel is also quite generous in giving out prizes - even consolation prizes. They also had a costume contest for the kids where the winners may get Php1,000 worth Timezone cards and overnight gift certificates for Bellevue Hotel, Bohol. *sigh*

Another thing I want to give credit to Bellevue Hotel is their tight security. Guards are always watching the entrance/exit of the venue so no kid can exit without an adult. Good job, Bellevue! 
 

Any thoughts, comments, reactions? Please leave a comment below this post.