Posts

Showing posts from August, 2015

Would you be kind enough to Lend a Paw to shelter pets?

Image
Pet lovers are invited to join and support the "Lend A Paw" campaign of Purina and Alpo for the benefit of the shelter cats and dogs of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS.) You do not need to worry about having to shell out any cash as a donation but  A picture of you and your pet can help change the lives of these shelter pets. All you need to do is post a photo on Instagram of you and your pet/s holding hands, using the hashtag #PurinaLendAPaw2 and tagging 3 friends to do the same. Every valid post will then be matched by Purina with a bowl of ALPO or FRISKIES that will be donated to PAWS. Source: https://www.facebook.com/nestlepurina.ph This is open to all pet lovers in the Philippines,18 years old and above.   We just have to make sure that the following criteria should be followed when posting photos: All photo/video entries must be originally taken by the pet owner. Photos/videos must be clear and contain wholesome images. Offensive/obscen

Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant is NOW OPEN! + Giveaway

Image
Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant has finally opened in Robinsons Magnolia. They are famous for serving authentic seafood and Chinese cuisine for those craving for an authentic taste. My family is actually very particular whenever we visit a Chinese restaurant because there is really a difference when you get your Chinese food from "so-called chinese restos."  According to Andrea Joyce Ng-Wen,    “Xilaimen means happiness in Chinese and that is what they want their customers to experience." Their goal is to create an ambiance of joy while serving good food because she believes that a beautiful ambiance is the key for loyal customers to have an exquisite dining experience.   Here are some of the dishes that you can enjoy at the restaurant. Mixed Seafood with Polonchay Soup Pan Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Lapu-Lapu in Egg White Sauteed Fried Crabs with Sotanghon Elephant Shell with Broccoli Flower in XO sauce Spicy Frog Legs Lechon Macau Yang

Duterte May Run For President, What's Next?

Image
Having a fab, happy and fun lifestyle is not just limited to shopping, food and travelling. In order to have a great life, we must also have a good society governed by honest and strong leaders. As a lifestyle blogger, you might be wondering why an I writing about this. Well, this is just about sharing my thoughts and realizations about the upcoming elections in 2016.  I have been a registered voter since 2004 who never really cast an actual vote. Yes, I have my voter's ID but come election day, I don't find the reason to go the precinct, fall in line and endure the heat just to fill up a ballot. It is not that I do not care at all but honestly, I haven't found a leader worth supporting. I found no leader worthy enough for my time, to make me fall in line and endure the heat while I can just simply enjoy the day off at home. I just felt that whoever gets elected will just give us the same results.  Now, I realized that if I keep on doing the same things I do, then,

4 signs that the Philippines is hooked to #Aldub

Image
The latest craze involving Eat Bulaga's Kalyeserye entitled "Aldub" is a superb hit. It involved an onscreen love affair between Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza or known as Yaya Dub who never met personally. It gives us "kilig" moments and super funny antics from Wally as Lola Nidora, Paolo as Tinidora and Jose as Frankie.  It is no surprise that people whether #TeamBahay or #TeamOffice has changed the way how they spend their lunch break. The TV ratings in terms of audience share has gone really high exceeding historical records. However, there are other signs that they are really taking the nation by storm.  1. Prof. Randy David's review about #Aldub.  Prof. Randy David is a known journalist and sociologist has talked about #Aldub. With his regular column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Prof. Randy David talked about Dubsmash, its uses and Yaya Dub. I have always believed that if Prof. David talks about it then there must be a sociological

Finding our perfect home involved different emotions INSIDE OUT!

Image
Relocating to a new place and finding our perfect home in Bacolod brought Val and me different emotions.  Source: Disney Pixar There was JOY and excitement for a new adventure. I was thrilled about getting our perfect home and ecstatic to start decorating.  A new neighborhood to meet new friends and a lot of places to explore.  Though we were able to visit this city a couple of times, there are so much things we are looking forward to.  Source: Disney Pixar However, moving away also brought us SADNESS. It means that we're going to miss our old house, our friends and family. I am going to miss the events in Metro Manila, our favorite restaurants, food and stores.  Source: Disney Pixar There was also FEAR that what if we can't find our perfect home.  We were also scared that maybe it was not a right decision to relocate. What if life is going to be difficult and opportunities would be so few. There was FEAR of the unknown and the possi

Vikings Bags Awards at WOFEX 2015 and Guess Where is Their Next Branch?

Image
I have always believed that behind every delicious dish is an excellent cook. With my favorite buffet restaurant that offers widest selection of sumptuous cuisine then there must more an just an excellent cook.  Vikings Group Chefs Jonathan Jota, Anton Abad, Mark Wilhelm Ragudos, Jennifer Gumboc, Don Aries Jerome Duenas, Joel Mondelo, Mark Reyes, Charles Andrei Santos and Raphael De Jesus won top honors for the country and their restaurants Vikings, Niu by Vikings and Four Seasons Hotpot City.  Yes, award winning chefs are behind the incredible feast we enjoy whenever we visit.  The chefs spent four days battling the best of the best at the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) of the World Food Expo 2015 (WOFEX) which is the only World Association of Chef’s Society (WACS) endorsed competition in the country. This competition is  an avenue for Filipino chefs to gauge their skills against chefs from other countries, and gain international recognition for their culinary expertise. 

Bacolod Blog Series: You've never been to Bacolod if you've never been here!

Image
I have always believed that every place has one iconic spot that almost all tourists visit. One where you should take the "mandatory" shots. Places such as Merlion Monument in Singapore, Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Magellan's Cross in Cebu and The Ruins for Bacolod. The Ruins in Bacolod was a mansion built in the early 1900s by the Lacson family, one of the famous clans in the sugar industry here in Negros Occidental. The largest structure in the area that has a beautifully landscaped garden and a 4-tier fountain that added to its majestic view. Photo by Jeric Tancontian For more than 100 years, this structure in a 900+ sq meter property still stands firm and provides a picture perfect background to all visitors. They are also one of the favorite venues for a prenuptial shoots. Aside from taking pictures and enjoying its rich history, one can also relax and have coffee in their Mediterranean cafe.  TIP: The best time to visit is actually aroun

5 Things Why You Need to Experience Subic Bay Yacht Club

Image
Subic is one of the easy escapes from the busy and crowded Metro Manila. It approximately takes a 3 hour drive via NLEX. Whenever we hear about Subic, we immediately think of Ocean Adventure and Zoobic Safari as our primary destinations.  Definitely, those two should be part of your itinerary however, I would highly suggest that you also experience the Subic Bay Yacht Club.  Subic Bay Yacht Club is all about experiencing the good life. A luxurious and elite experience that even if we don't get to do it everyday, it would definitely be a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience.  For years, this place was a membership only facility which means that it was exclusive to those who have the 6 digits for the fee. The luxury and exceptional experience were only limited to those with fortunes. However, today, the premiere marina is extending their membership to non members to feel, enjoy, eat and have the a great experience at the club.  It is located North West of Manila and is set

Bacolod Blog Series: Calea Pastries and Cakes

Image
Bacolod City is now officially our home! After our "epic journey" traveling by land, we have finally settled down. (Hooray!) More details on the road trip, here.   Now, our next stop is to explore this place and since Masskara Festival will be celebrated in a few months specifically in October. I have decided to create a blog series featuring our latest discoveries in this beloved city.  I love sweets and I'm really crazy for desserts. So, my first featured post is all about Calea Pastries and Cakes.  Whenever you mention where's the best place to have cakes, locals would immediately mention this place. Known as "the home of the country's best cheesecakes", Calea Pastries and Cakes should be on top of your itinerary whenever you visit Bacolod.   They offer a wide selection of cheesecakes, imported chocolate cakes, refrigerator cakes and muffins which will make you go gaga on what to choose.  Here are some of our favorites. Stra

Rainy Day: What to Wear?

Image
Today is my dad's 67th birthday. We were supposed to go out to celebrate but it was raining really bad due to Typhoon Ineng. The roads are flooded and since we stay at our farm, it's actually very muddy. Despite all of that, I love the rain. I love wearing jackets, sweatshirts and boots to keep me warm. Working in a call center also made me consider jackets, coats and sweatshirts a staple in fashion. There are actually different kinds of coats/jackets ranging from wool to waterproof depending on your preference but I highly suggest that we choose the ones that can be worn on rainy days and even mild weather. We should never forget to bundle up especially during the BER months since our immune system drops when it's too cold. Being sick is not cool. Online shopping communities like  eBay ,  Kaymu , and among others have a wide range of cozy items like coats, jackets, hoodies, boots, thermal leggings, and mo

Tree Top Adventure presents "Asia Leaders Forum: Social Media Marketing"

Image
The " "Asia Leaders Forum: Social Media Marketing" is happening on August 23, 2015 at Subic Bay Yacht Club and will feature power speakers to discuss:  1. Personal Branding 2. How to choose Bloggers for campaigns?  3. Social Media Responsibility  4. How do marketing managers become the brand ambassadors of their own company. 5. How to sustain and maintain the relationship with bloggers? .  6. How to effectively convert likes into sales? We believe that social media marketing is very important and leaders should consider its relevance in business growth. Participants would be able to understand what social media marketing is really all about and the ins and outs of social media for businesses. This event is organized by TAG Media and Public Relations. For more information you may contact 09166299381 or email your inquiry to maria@asiaecommerce.ph . Don't forge to visit their website,  http://www.asiaecommerce.ph for other events in   p

Online Game Alert: JustRollit --- Play and Win Real Money

Image
Are you a fan of "The Millionaire's Game" or the "Monopoly"?  Did you have fun playing board games when you were younger?  Have you been worried that you lost the dice because someone threw it really hard and the game can't continue?  Do you dislike cleaning up or sorting the paper money after playing the game?  If you said yes to it, then, you will love the newest online game, Just Roll it brought to you by the Game Club Philippines.  Be a character of your choice, travel the world and build a real estate empire by purchasing properties. Collect rent from other players who get to land or visit your property and #justrollit.  The main objective of the game is to grow your empire, get all the money of the other players until they go "BANKRUPT."  Technically, the game is somewhat familiar like the similar board games I have mentioned earlier however, what makes it unique are character's special abilities to manipul

Enervon Prime “Seniors on Tour” Travel Promo: No One is Too Old for An Adventure

Image
My dad is turning 67 tomorrow and w ho says 67 is too old for a new adventure? Definitely, Not Enervon Prime!  Unilab's adult nutritional drink that has protein and other essential nutrients, Enervon Prime has a very exciting promo for all adults age 50 and up to have the chance to travel with two friends or family members to a domestic or international destination—for free! Joining is easy: you only need to buy P500 worth of Unilab’s Enervon Prime adult milk variants, upload the proof of purchase, choose from the list of destinations, and share a video why you like to travel to your chosen destination. You can log on to www.enervonprime.com to register and send your entry. You can also find in the website the list of supermarkets where the Enervon Prime Seniors on Tour video booths are set up so you can submit your entry. A family member may send an entry on behalf of the senior. Two seniors will be chosen to win any of the tour packages in Cebu,

Top 5 reasons why you should visit Mrs. Graham's

Image
Val and I were in Tomas Morato area and decided to look for a place to hangout while waiting for our dinner appointment. Since traffic was bad, we decided to just find a place near the vicinity. A cozy place caught my attention and we decided to check out Mrs. Graham's.  And guess what? I immediately fell in love with it. Here are top five (5) reasons why you should visit Mrs. Graham's:  1. They offer the best french macaron in town. Not to mention they have a lot of flavors to choose from. My faves are the salted caramel and ensaymada.  2. Aside from macarons, they also offer cakes and coffee.  3. They offer board games that you can enjoy for free. Val and I spent the afternoon playing "Snakes and Ladders" which I believe is a great change.  4. They have free wifi. I guess all establishments should offer that now.  5. Lastly, they have awesome decorations. They provide the perfect ambiance for hanging out with friends. T

More Companies Join The Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 including Lamudi Philippines

Image
The Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 is scheduled on November 25, 2015 at the SMX Aura, Taguig, Philippines wherein it will be participated by o ver 15 local and international high level speakers and more than thirty event sponsors. It will also be a good venue to network since it will include an hour speed networking.  Among the high level participants is Lamudi Philippines. It is the leading online real estate website in the Philippines with over 90,000 properties and 1,000 brokers and developers online aiming to help consumers find their perfect home with a click of a button while helping brokers and developers expand their market reach.   Lamudi is globally established in 30 countries and is part of the Rocket Internet Group of companies, the largest incubator of online start ups in the world with headquarters in Berlin and over 100 ventures across 50+ countries. Same company behind Zalora, Lazada, Zalando and Groupon.  Lamudi Philippines acquired MyProperty.ph in April 2015.