Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AngelSkin Lightening Bar Worked for Me

Last month, I received a set of skin soaps from Angel Skin. Honestly speaking, It's my very first time to hear the brand, but I'm still eager to try out and discover how effective their soaps are. Here are the products that I got:

 1. Skin Lightening Bar

Formulated with:Glutathione and Gigawhite

Best for: Normal skin
Benefits: Helps lightens age spots, discoloration and dark complexion; gives an overall brightening glow
Price: P140.00
Available in selected Watsons Stores

2. Skin Lightening Bar

Formulated with: Kojic Acid and Gigawhite
Best for: Normal skin
Benefits: Helps lightens age spots, discoloration and dark complexion; gives an overall brightening glow.
Price: P140.00
Available in selected Watsons Stores

3. Skin Clarifying Bar

Formulated with: Tea Tree Extract & Salicylic Acid
Benefits; Helps lightens age spots, discoloration and dark complexion, gives an overall brightening glow
Price: P140. 
Available in selected Watsons stores

4. Transparent Facial Cleansing Bar

Formulated with: Glycerin & Vitamin E
Best for: Normal to sensitive skin
Benefits: Helps nourish and cleanse skin without the common skin product irritants; moisturizes
Price: P140.00
Available in selected Watsons stores

Among the 4 soaps I received, I decided to try out the Angel Skin Skin Lightening Bar with Glutathione & Gigawhite.  My goal is to try it out for 10 days and then blog the outcome. 

The very first time I lathered the soap on my face, I felt a slight tingling sensation on the sides of my nose. When I felt that, I washed my face with water immediately. I actually felt a bit scared that I might experience some irritation. I observed my face for a few minutes after I washed and I'm happy to say I didn't suffer any irritation whatsoever. My skin actually felt a bit smoother, so I decided to continue using it. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Yes to More Discounts with the Free VAT Campaign of Travelbook.ph!

Do you love traveling but feel that your earnings are never enough to cover the cost? Do you always feel worried about the continuous price hikes on commodities? Are you one of those who complain about the high tax rate charged in the items and services you need?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you answered “yes” in any of these questions. Because among our neighboring countries, we, Filipinos, are the highest-paying taxpayers.

While well-performing ASEAN countries like Singapore and Malaysia are able to tone down Value Added Tax (VAT) charges at the minimum, the Philippines remains as the South East Asian country with the highest VAT of 12% in the ASEAN. Apart from this, the Philippines also ranks second in corporate income tax and personal income tax. Now that almost all purchases made are topped with tax, many Filipinos are struggling so hard to earn enough just to cover all their expenses.With that, Travelbook.ph, the leading online travel agent (OTA) in the country, wants to ease such burden.

Just this July, Travelbook.ph launched its Free VAT Campaign wherein they shoulder the 12% VAT on all hotel bookings made by their customers.“Every Filipino deserves the best experience when they travel. And at Travelbook.ph, we believe that it should start at the very moment that they do their actual bookings,” says Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of the leading OTA.

All the customers have to do is to sign up at www.travelbook.ph and choose among the 3,300 affiliated hotels of Travelbook.ph for their trip. Travelers, then, will see that the VAT on their hotel bookings has been deducted from the total cost of their transaction. What’s more interesting is that on top of the deducted VAT, additional discounts may still be applied.

With all the stress and problems in life that Filipinos normally encounter, Travelbook.ph would like to give them more opportunities to travel so they can unwind and explore.

“What we want to do is more of a public service instead of business. We have a heart for the customers and we do necessary actions to express that we care. That is how Free VAT campaign is born,” Mr. Nakazawa adds.
With this latest offer from Travelbook.ph, everyone can now get hassle-free and pocket-friendly trips! So book now at www.travelbook.ph to start the best travel experience you can ever have!

This campaign might end without prior notice to the public.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Forti-D: Your Serious Protection Against Vitamin D Deficiency

We’ve all heard about the importance of Vitamin A (for eye sight), vitamin B (for growth), Vitamin C (for the immune system), but what about Vitamin D? Vitamin D plays an important and serious role in our health, too.

Vitamin D Deficiency is strongly linked to Chronic Diseases such as Cancer, Heart Failure, Diabetes, etc. This is because studies show that 36 of our organs and tissues are regulated by Vitamin D, including our heart, lungs, brain, and bones, which just proves that Vitamin D is a much-needed vitamin as much as the others. 

At my age of 36 and my liking to sweets, I am very prone to Diabetes so I seriously need my Vitamin D. Sometimes, I would walk in the mornings to get the morning sunshine as much as possible saying it’s a great source of the said vitamin. But most of the time, we can’t see the sun in the morning especially nowadays that it’s the rainy season. In other words, not all get the sufficient Vitamin D requirement they need. In fact, 7 out of 10 Filipinos are Vitamin D Deficient (based on a study conducted with Hi-Precision Diagnostics, where 8200 Filipinos from key cities in the Philippines were tested for Vitamin D Deficiency)

Vitamin D-Deficiency happens because:

1. It’s hard to get enough Vitamin D from the sun (indoor lifestyle, clothing, skin color, aging, and use of umbrellas or sunscreen limit Vitamin D absorption)

2. It’s difficult to obtain from food (RDA of Vitamin D is equivalent to 40 eggs / 8 glasses of milk / 800g of salmon / 2 cans of tuna flakes every day)

I do love eating scrambled eggs, but eating 40 eggs is just impossible or even drinking 7 glasses of milk a day. Thankfully, Unilab (my trusted healthcare brand) understood the importance of Vitamin D and has developed Forti-D. 

Just 1 Capsule of Forti-D a day gives your daily requirement of 800IU of Vitamin D.

Start serious protection today with Forti-D

For more information about Forti-D, you may visit the following sites: 

Seryosong Proteksyon, Simulan Ngayon!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Natural is Still Best to De-Stress Your Tress

Striking a life balance is no easy task to do. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous to achieve. Can you imagine how overtaxing it is to juggle between your career and providing for your loved ones?

Studies have shown that stress is commonly caused by interrelationships, such as having to deal with work issues and family-related complications. If left unresolved over time, it could lead to immune deficiency, which later on, might cause other parts of our body to show signs of disruption like hair loss.

Many of us could attest to that. It’s like always autumnal equinox whenever we experience chronic hair fall, most especially at the prime of stress. At its peak, our white blood cells attack no less than the follicles, thus causing alopecia. What’s more, anxiety could drive your mane into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluvium.

Stress experienced by the body or beyond our coping resources could trigger hair loss symptoms, which, if not addressed properly, could result to early baldness. Worried about this? Fret no more. You can beat it simply by relaxing, eating or flexing some muscles.

Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you feel that you are over your head in dealing with anxieties, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge.

Let’s get physical to de-stress. It helps release endorphins, or what is known as the happy hormones, that can be beneficial in relieving the tension.

How about rewarding yourself? Watch the timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair as the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY musical premieres at The Theatre at Solaire on August 10. Read more on http://www.novuhair.com/2017/07/novuhair-natures-answer-to-hair-loss-supports-west-side-story-musical-at-the-theatre-solaire/

Eat more fruits and veggies. Having these as a staple in your diet will bolster your immunity from disease, which in turn, knock out stress. We can all benefit from the vitamins and minerals of the healthy food we consume.

It’s best to complement these simple regimens with a topical solution that’s safe to keep your crowning glory at its robust state. NOVUHAIR, nature's answer to hair loss, is made up of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help remedy stress-related hair loss and promote healthy tress and scalp.

The challenge in preventing these mane problems is to keep your locks healthy with proper care and let it grow naturally sans subjecting your hair to temporary relief with the use of harmful chemicals. Go natural.

NOVUHAIR contains natural extracts, herbal oils and essences, such as lavender that is also known to relieve stress. It also has a scent that leaves a calming effect.

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page, Novuhair Official, and follow on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call NOVUHAIR hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online through lazada.com.ph and regaloservice.com.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mister Donut's Buy One Take One Promo!

Buy 1 dozen donuts and get 1 box of Smidgets for FREE! This promo is available from July 28-30 only so hurry to your nearest Mister Donut branch now!

Finding the Right Family Car

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Recently, we just purchased a vehicle that could fit our family of 8. Well, actually it’s my sister who has a major contribution to it, so she has the last say of what kind of vehicle we should buy. But she also wants our whole family to fit in it making it our official family car.

When it comes to big groups, the first vehicle that comes to our minds is a van. The problem is that my sister didn’t want a van. She said it’s hard to drive onto and it lacks class because she will also use it going to the office once in a while. She wanted something stylish or something that has a wow factor in it. So before I divulge the vehicle that she purchased, allow me to share with you the steps we did before she did the purchase:

1. Know your budget and be firm with it. We were very firm about the budget we have so whenever we talk to a car salesman, we tell them upfront the budget that we are willing to use and what cars are available that would fit 8 people. That instantly narrows down our choices saving us time.

2. Reading the vehicles’ flyers/brochures that include information of the vehicle’s safety features, number of seats, and more. Of course, going to each car shops is exhausting. So to save time, gather each of the brand’s brochures usually found in the malls or on the roads. When we got home, that’s when we did our reading and canvassing where we’re relaxed and free to discuss the pros and cons of the cars with the whole family.

3. When we finally narrowed down some vehicles that we like and fits our budget, that’s when we went to its designated shop and try out the vehicle itself. We made sure the whole family gets to sit inside the vehicle, try out the seat belts, ask if they’re comfortable especially the kids (5 and 9 years old), and such. We asked the salesman what happens to the vehicle if we suddenly had a collision and he did answer them in detail including the air bag features, which was a plus for us.

So that’s a summary of what we did before purchasing a car. Hopefully, it gave you some insights. In the end, it all boils down to what vehicle is good for the family which my sister also liked, so we chose the Chevrolet Trailblazer. It looked really pretty inside and out, plus everyone can fit in it. We also liked its features so it's our family's choice. 

Are you thinking of buying your own car? Try to check out www.cars.com where you can canvass and compare vehicles of your liking. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lookna – A Great Way To Advertise Your Legit Business

For many small businesses, cost is a major barrier when it comes to marketing and advertising. Many of the popular methods we know (like radio, TV, magazines and newspapers) are often too expensive for small businesses.

In a world where a 30-second advert slot on radio and television can cost hundreds of dollars, it’s difficult for small businesses to cope. That’s why big companies with advertising and marketing budgets that run into thousands and millions of dollars dominate the billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Because most small businesses cannot find the customers they need to remain in business, many small businesses starve and die because they cannot sell enough products and services.

Despite these difficulties, how come there are still a couple of businesses which start very small but are able to attract enough customers to remain in business?
Research has shown that these smart businesses and entrepreneurs use several taken-for-granted methods that many of us have learned to overlook. Some of them are amazingly simple and will cost you nothing. Some of the others will cost you a little, but not enough to bore a hole in your pocket.

Thanks to the internet, there are now more free, cheap and interesting advertising options for small businesses. Since more people now spend more time on the internet, it only makes sense that you follow them there. Online advertising is the way to go! However, it is important you know that online advertising will work best for your business if you have a website for your business. 

Lookna is a fraud-free hyperlocal search engine for local businesses. We provide fair and equal advertising opportunity by providing leverage to small scale business to compete with giant advertisers. We want to make advertisement fair and square to all business owners. We all know that those who have the power and funds win in an advertising competition, making it hard for small-scale business owners to compete in a fierce gameplay. We provide FREE advertising services where you can showcase your products and services. There will be no funds depletion, making your ads visible ALWAYS. There is also no bid competition to make it on the top, so there is no more overspending just to keep it up with giant advertisers. 

The best marketing and advertising strategy to increase the number of customers is to advertise at Lookna. More customers mean more sales. More sales mean more profits. And profits are always good news for any small business!

Furthermore, Lookna is an advocate of fair ads distribution. Your ads are seen by users or searcher based on keywords, keyword phrases, price and location you entered in when you listed your business. 

Lookna also keeps your information secure through data encryption and strict safekeeping in their database. You are assured that whatever information you submit upon sign up will never be shared or sold to third party partners. 

Have you been having any difficulties with advertising and marketing your products and services? Try Lookna today while it’s still free and experience a safe advertisement platform that aims to provide businesses a secure and fair marketplace. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Manila Ocean Park and Hotel H2O Experience 2017 (Part 2)

When we returned to our room after a tiresome tour around Manila Ocean Park, upon opening the door, we were all stunned to see drops of water leaking from the ceiling of our room! I forgot to take a picture because I was busy talking to front desk over the phone about our dilemma. 

After their maintenance guy confirmed the leak, we were informed that we will be transferred to another room, the Aqua Room Supreme. I started to think that the leak was a blessing in disguise because I've always wanted to stay in the Aqua Room Supreme with my family, but it's just not within our budget. I remained calm and told the front desk to give us 30 minutes to repack our things, while deep inside, I was screaming "Yahoooo!". When the bellboy arrived, he assisted us with our things and guided us to our new room. It took us about 3 minutes to walk along the hallway because the room is farther from the front desk compared to our original room. So as we were walking, the bellboy was assuring us that our room is going to be bigger and better.  

The Aqua Room Supreme

The Aqua Supreme Room
My children were very excited to see the new room. It's definitely bigger. It has a bigger aquarium, bigger space, and bigger work desk. The bed, however, is still the same queen sized bed. 

It has a bathtub!
One of the biggest assets of the room is its bathtub. My kids got excited seeing it and they immediately jumped in to test it even without water yet. It was fun seeing them take a bath, but it's pretty exposed for adults to take a bath there. My husband and I just used the separate shower during bath time. 

The Bath area (The sink/toilet/shower recess)

We settled in for the night enjoying our new room. 

Manila Ocean Park (2nd Day Tour)

Yexel's Toy Museum
The first thing we visited on the 2nd day is Yexel's Toy Museum. There were lots of unique toys being displayed such as Lord of the Rings collectibles, Star Wars statues, Marvel character statues, and a whole lot more. It really brought out the kid in ourselves. After the tour, there's a toy shop where you can buy some toys as souvenirs. 

Birds of Prey
We went to the "Birds of Prey" and we saw plenty of Philippine hawks inside. Taking pictures are strictly prohibited so I wasn't able to take a picture unless you're willing to pay the staff to take a photo of you. We went there at around 11AM and it's an open area so it was pretty hot at that time, but seeing the majestic hawks was just awesome. It's still worth the visit for me. 

The Sea Lion Show
The Sea Lion Show started at 4:30PM and it was a bit hot because we were facing the sun as we watch the show, so be sure to bring an umbrella/cap or anything that can cover your eyes or head. The show was okay. The seals showed some synchronized swimming and some tricks for entertainment. Well, the kids were happy so we're happy. The show's duration was about 30 minutes only. 

We weren't able to visit the All-Star Bird Show and the Penguin Talk Show because we missed the time, and so we decided to go around the vicinity and do a little shopping instead. 

Manila Ocean Park is not only a place for fishes and marine life, but it's also a place for "tiangge" shopping. We all enjoyed looking around and ended up buying some fidget spinners, hair clips, and other toys for the kids. 

And since we're spending our last moments in Ocean Park, we're taking selfies in every corner of the place before the sun sets.  We went back to our room afterward and spent more staycation time to savor every last minute. 

Overall, our stay was satisfactory. The kids enjoyed the fishes, the birds, the seals, the hotel, and there were lots of food choices in the vicinity so there's always something to eat for everyone (e.g. Potato Corner, Wendy's, Sisig, etc.). It's definitely a nice place to bring your entire family to. Thank you, Manila Ocean Park and Hotel H2O, for an awesome summer ending. 

Did I miss something in my review? Do you have questions about our stay or something you need to clarify? Do send me a message or comment it below.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mejie Coffee: The Slimming Coffee with Collagen

Slimming coffees are not new to the market. I have tried a few slimming coffees before, but this is the first time I've tried a slimming coffee with collagen. So it's supposed to slim you down and gives you great skin and other benefits, too.

Here's the product information about the Mejie coffee:

MEJIE Coffee Plus Collagen is the first product that contains 3 Active Ingredients for weight loss plus making your skin young using Japanese Hydrolyzed Collagen raw materials. MEJIE Coffee Plus Collagen also uses natural sweeter called Stevia. To give you more description of the main raw materials of our coffee.

Active Ingredients: 

Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a popular weight-loss supplement. People say it blocks your body's ability to make fat and it puts the brakes on your appetite. It could help keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check, too. You'll find it in bottles on the shelf at the store as well as mixed with other ingredients in diet products.
How It Works
The active ingredient in the fruit's rind, hydroxy citric acid, or HCA, has boosted fat-burning and cut back appetite in studies. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. It also raises levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which may make you feel less hungry.

helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.

It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.

Hydrolyzed Collagen is the missing link in supplying amino acids like glycine, proline and lysine that are required by the body to build connective tissue to regulate cell growth. It will benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth.
Improves Health of Skin and Hair.
Reduces Joint Pains and Degeneration.
Helps Heal Leaky Gut.
Boosts Metabolism, Muscle Mass and Energy Output.
Strengthens Nails, Hair and Teeth.
Improves Liver Health.
Protects Cardiovascular Health.

Stevia is an intensely sweet, natural sweetener that is harvested from the stevia reb Audi ana plant.
Research indicates that stevia sweeteners do not contribute calories or carbohydrates to the diet and do not affect blood glucose or insulin response.
Just pour the sachet contents into a sip and add 180ml of hot water. Stir well and Mejie Coffee plus collagen is ready to be served.
Just pour the sachet contents into a cup and add 180ml of hot water. Stir well and Mejie Coffee plus collagen is ready to be served.

I do admit I have a sweet tooth so anything that's not sweet is a big adjustment for me. So at first sip of Mejie Coffee, there was a very slight bitterness and I could also taste the collagen which proves that there is indeed collagen in my coffee.  But after a few more sips, my taste buds got used to the unique coffee taste. I finished the whole cup and I actually felt full. 

Right now, I'm on my 2nd day drinking Mejie coffee after meals because it's been a habit of mine to drink coffee after breakfast or lunch, or sometimes both. It didn't give me any side-effects or whatsoever as of today. As for my eating urges, nothing much has changed as of now, but I do feel a little bit more alert and energetic. I plan to continue drinking the coffee and finish the whole box to see the results.

Reminders: Please do not drink this coffee if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffering from any illnesses. Please consult your doctor first for your own safety. 

Mejie coffee is available in Lazada and Asian Sky Mall (www.asianskymall.com).
For more information, you may check their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/asianskymall

Friday, July 7, 2017

How To Spend A Long Weekend in Cambridge

This post is originally posted by   on May 27, 2017 on CalculatedTraveller.com (https://www.calculatedtraveller.com/blog/long-weekend-cambridge/)

A trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a journey through history, art galleries, museums, and higher learning. Throw in some shopping and some good eats, and you have the perfect long weekend getaway.


Image via Flickr by Michael Hicks

No trip to Cambridge is complete without a visit to Harvard University — the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Famous alumni of this prestigious university include John F. Kennedy, Barak Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. Tours, both guided and self-guided, are available. You can choose among a number of Cambridge hotels that will keep you close to the sights and attractions you enjoy.

Harvard Square Hotel is conveniently located three blocks from the University. With a hotel this close, you can pretend you’re an Ivy League student living on campus but without having to share a dorm room. While you are playing student, strolling through Harvard Yard, check out the rare books at Houghton Library, find some culture at the Harvard Art Museum, stop into the COOP for some Harvard U souvenirs, and grab a bite at Mr Bartley’s Burgers.


Image via Flickr by Tony Webster

Home to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the contemporary, deconstructivist style of the Frank Gehry-designed Ray and Maria Stata Center contrast the traditional architecture of the buildings of Harvard. The unique exterior and interior design has received much criticism — positive and negative — so form your own opinion while you’re there. This isn’t the only place to find creativity on campus; MIT is home to some fabulous art galleries as well as many outdoor art installations to fill your Instagram feed.

Image via Flickr by SoeLin

Whether staying in a historic or a contemporary hotel near MIT, you can be in the middle of all the action at hotels near Kendall Square. This 10-acre redevelopment includes restaurants, shopping, 2.5 acres of open space, an outdoor concert venue, a farmers market, and canoe/kayak rentals by the river. Where to eat? Why not pack a picnic or enjoy an outdoor patio meal?


Image via Flickr by A.M. Kuchling

Welcoming over 130,000 visitors each year with a collection of over 1 million objects that explore the concept of idea-innovation-invention, the MIT Museum archives the history of the MIT and holds the largest collection of holograms in the world.

Should you wish to consider hotels near the MIT Museum, Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT is one example that’s a few blocks away, next to University Park Common. When it comes time to eat, I’ve heard great things about Craigie on Main, the James Beard award-winning French bistro run by Chef Tony Maws. Alongside its regular menu, Craigie on Main also offers five-course tasting menus as well as brunch on Sunday.


Image via Flickr by spi516

Cambridge sights are plentiful, but Boston is across the Charles River should you wish to explore further. Davis Square is a great neighbourhood to call your home away from home since it’s midway between both cities, and you can find a good variety of Davis Square Hotels.


Featured Image (top) via Flickr by Tony Webster

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pororo Multivitamins for Kids!

Do your kids love Pororo? Well, mine do. Do you want your kids to stay healthy and strong? Well, I do, too. That's why I'm really thankful for discovering the Pororo Multivitamin Chewable tablets for kids (and adults, too)!

What are the Pororo Multivitamin tablets?

Pororo Vitamin C Plus is the NO. 1 multivitamins in Korea. It is KFDA and FDA Approved. Pororo. It contains Vitamin C, Lactobacillus, Calcium, Xylitol, Vitamin D. Adults can take 3 chewable tablets per day. It actually tastes like fruity candy with a very slight sour taste (due to the vitamin c) that as you chew it, you will taste the slight sweetness that surely your kids will love.

I thought it was good timing that I found out about these tablets because it's already school time and my kids need all the protection they need from sickness. Its packaging is also very convenient because each tablet is individually packed. It can easily be placed inside my son's front pocket so he can take one tablet in school anytime he wants. 

 Let me just share with you one funny story. I actually got 2 sheets of Pororo Multivitamins just laying on the table for 5 hours from the time they were delivered.  Then when I finally had time to take a picture of it, only a few tablets remain! My husband and my son said they took some tablets and ate them immediately because they were so yummy. My son got attracted to the Pororo design at first thinking that it was candy of some sort, but he became more delighted when I said they're multivitamins and that they're good for him. :)

Avail this product in LAZADA, SHOPEE, ASIANSKYMALL or visit www.asianskymall.com.ph

Regular price: P450 of 30s Tabs 
Promo price: P120 of 30s tabs

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 franchise@zarksburgers.ph

For more information about Zark’s Burgers, follow them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/ZarksBurgersPH/

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 www.lazada.com.ph. For inquiries, you may call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit www.novuhair.com.

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 : merries@vibelle.com /shane.bajar@vibelle.com

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 www.smsupermalls.com and follow its official social media pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls), Twitter (https://twitter.com/smsupermalls), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/supermo ms_official/); and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber (http://chats.viber.com/SMsupermalls) 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