(PR) The new Kings of the Road: Cyclists rule the road with BGC Cycle Asia

Filipino riders geared up for thrilling bike action around the roads in Metro Manila last Nov. 21 to 22 for the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines. Close to 2,000 cycling enthusiasts joined the event which featured exciting and challenging categories for children, adults and families.

The event, in its third edition this year, is a part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities. It was brought here in the country by organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Cycle Asia and Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

“We are excited to continue an active year of sports for Sunrise Events, Inc. with our team-up with BGC and our international partner, Cycle Asia, the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines made it possible for Filipino families to participate in sports activities as exercise to promote their health and ensure a wholesome lifestyle,” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, CEO of Sunrise Events Inc.

Prior to the ride events, the entire family were entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, the Official Residence of the BGC CycleAsia Philippines for 2016.

The fun cycling action started in the morning of Saturday, November 21 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge ride and followed by The Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. This day proved to be a fun bonding activity for parents and kids complete with post-event ride activities such as the bull ride and kiddie inflatables. 

On Sunday, November 22, were the Adult Ride categories. The event was kicked-off by the Ride with Robbie with Australian former PRO cyclist and three-time Tour de France green jersey sprinter’s classification winner Robbie McEwen. It was followed by the 40km Challenge Ride and the 20km Community and Foldies Community Rides.

According to Mr. Manuel Blas II, Head of Commercial Operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., “The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro. This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city. Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program which will be launched in the near future.”

With Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as the title sponsor,and with the valuable support of Taguig City, BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted a number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner), 2Go Express, (Official Courier and Logistics Partner), Ascott Bonifacio Global City (Official Residence) and others including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife, Storybook.ph, Skippy’s bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix. Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+ Action are the event’s media partners while Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners.

For more information, check out the BGC CycleAsia Philippines official website, http://www.cyclephilippines.com.ph.

NEO N81: Laptop or Tablet? Why not both? 


The husband and I are currently looking for a new laptop which we can use for our freelancing gigs. Right now, we are trying to determine what use we’ll have for the laptop in order for us to maximize it. 

If you’re the type who love using your gadget for work and for pleasure, consider the NEO Shift N81. 

NEO, one of the local laptop brands in the market, recently launched its laptop and tablet hybrid with dual platform technology for an ease in performance and productivity. With Shift N81, play games and work on your files as you enjoy Android 4.4 Kitkat and Windows 10 interface in one device.

 If you’re the type of person who want to be trendy and professional at the same time, this gadget will best suit your lifestyle. With its 8.9” IPS Touch screen display and 16.2mm thinness, its sleek and trendy design can get you going, anywhere. Its detachable keyboard is really convenient.

NEO Shift N81 is powered by 1.33 GHz Quad-core Intel Z3735F Processor Baytrail platform which performs well and runs intensive apps and games. It also has 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash Storage that you can multi-task with your games and workload. The device, also, has a built-in sim card slot so you can access 3G and your social media sites.

(Press Release) 

Review: Delicious Diet PH (Calorie-counted meals delivery) 

As long time readers of this blog may know, one of my frustrations in life is my constant battle with the bulge. I used to be very skinny when I was in university but that went away when I started working.

I tried literally everything to lose weight. I signed up for a fitness program, I shunned rice and Coke but the results have been pretty unreliable for the start. I also tried  I will lose a pound or two only to regain twice of that. Desperate to regulate what I eat, I signed up for week’s worth of trial of Delicious Diet PH.

Delicious Diet PH is one of the emerging “nutritious food delivery” companies, an industry that has become ubiquitous lately. Perfect for busy bodies like me, these food delivery start-ups does not only assures me of the day’s grub, but also assures that I will be noshing on a healthy, delicious well-balanced meal. 

For example, my sedentary lifestyle dictates that I should b more partial to a 1,200 calorie diet. This is because my minimal physical activities dictates that my body can only burn a small amount of ingested calories. 


With Delicious Diet, the food is delivered fresh everyday, I think even before 8AM. Each pack is composed of your breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner each contained in a microwave-safe container. Breakfast is usually a choice of bread or a rice meal while lunch and dinner is usually organic rice and viand or pasta. 

Because of the erratic APEC week, my meals covered two weeks, with a few days picked in between weeks of Nov 16 to 20 and Nov 23 to 27. I open to have meals delivered in the office than at home. 


My meals for the first week included: 

  • Chicken tocino and organic rice; tofu steak served with organic rice for lunch (see above), a cookie and lastly, beef and  snow peas stir-fry with organic rice for dinner. 
  • Grilled vegetable sandwich, Lemon yogurt chicken and organic rice for lunch, Mississipi mud pie brownie and pan-grilled fish with soy ginger sauce with organic rice for dinner 

For the second week:  


with the to-die-for Mississipi brownies

 So, is having meals delivered worth it? Here’s a quick review: 

What I love about Delicious Diet: 

  • Prompt delivery – I go to work really late and have the food always ready for me 
  • Food is, indeed, delicious – I love the Tofu Steak and the stir-fries in their menu. However, I find the grilled chicken a bit bland. 
  • Their Mississipi brownie is to die for – this was one of the best brownies I tasted and would have loved to  buy these separately. The brownies are gooey and tasty. Perfect for afternoon tea. 
  • Serving size is  just right  to fill you up. 

Areas for improvement: 

  • I think there should be labels on the packaging on what we are eating or the day. I know there’s a menu published online but not everyone will revert to the DD Facebook page to check what they’re eating 
  • I wish their meals will have more vegetables – I am a big fan of crisp greens and that’s my usual comment whenever my meals arrive. 

Will I recommend Delicious Diet? 

Yes. It’s a good investment for your health. At PHP1,800 per week, it’s a nice thing to have especially if you’re trying to watch what you eat but don’t have enough time to prepare your own meals. 

Will I order again for the succeeding week? 

I am interested to order, but I am thinking about trying other calorie-counted meals delivery provider. Not because I don’t like Delicoous Diet but because I am curious to try out others for comparison purposes. 
Disclosure: this is not a paid post. I paid for my week’s worth of food delivery. 

SeaFair ’15 – A unique outdoor boat show slated December 05-06 at SM by the Bay


Boating, marine and water sports are events that are not familiar to Filipinos in spite the country being surrounded by water. 

Legworks Events aims to change the way Filipinos sees waterspouts and marine activities with the staging of the SeaFair 2015 –an extraordinary outdoor boat and yacht exposition in the Philippines. 

 The prestigious event- a spectacular gathering under one roof of every member of the boating, marine, and water sports enterprise in one extraordinary 2-day exposition will be held on December 5-6, 2015 at SM by the Bay, SM Mall of Asia showcasing the best of the maritime and nautical industry.

 “SeaFair 2015 will hold simultaneous events and water-related activities, which will allow participants and guests to feel and experience the awe of a marine lifestyle, said Eymare Bacasmas-Po , one of the organizer of the extraordinary boat show event.

Exciting activities like Yacht Cruises with private seminar sessions was lined up along the pristine waters of Manila Bay.

Highlights include the Seafair Poker Run. Boats of different make, outboard engine power and various hulls will compete in a game of chance completing three checkpoints and five poker cards to determine the best hand and winner. Race will be from SM by the bay to Corregidor completing a total of 52 nautical miles.

“Another highlight of the event will be the convergence of all yachts to form in the middle of SM by the Bay Seaside area and shall have simultaneous cocktail parties where you could literally hop to each Yacht and enjoy its individually themed revelry. Yacht party shall ensue in the middle of the sea which culminates the night”, added Geraldine Castillo, the assigned Marketing Head of the humungous event.

“A regatta competition which will bring some of the country’s finest Regatta competitors shall be held together with a Dragon Boat competition, from which guests will have the chance to see the basics of Dragon Boating, a fastest growing sport from which the country is feared internationally after its recent slew of commendations garnered abroad”, added Neo Patawaran, Creative Director for Legworks.

 There will also be water simultaneous beach sports activities like the highly anticipated beach volleyball and beach tennis showcasing the national team players and top notch players in their respective fields, as well as a Helicopter City Tour, which shall give guests an aerial view of the event and the metro.

Also included in the line-up of activities are the much-hyped Foam party on ground and Sands by the Bay party with surprised well known DJ’s to paint the town red.

Peripheral activities include:

Display booths of the coolest water sport gear and accessories, the freshest nautical apparel and marine equipment will be displayed and purchased in this expo. 

Food brands from our sponsors and exhibitors will also be part of this spectacle as well as sampling and hosting of luncheon to satisfy the gastronomic delights of the discriminating few.

For more information you may contact: Geraldine Castillo at 515-9903/ 587-4446, +63 917 824 5025.
(Press Release) 


Must-try: Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant Makati does Chinese food best

Now that it’s almost Christmas, invitations to reunions, family gathering and get-together a will undoubtedly multiply. Finding the perfect place for a gathering is another story. Malls are usually crowded; food from usual places all taste the same and usually, gatherings would require large servings at consumer-friendly places. 

The Lucky Rainbow  Seafood Restaurant located in Don Bosco Road (in front of CitiMotors and a block away from Waltermart) provides an exciting and delicious experience for you and your family and friends. The year-old restaurant, with a capacity for more than 200 people, provides authentic and deliciously cooked Chinese food, without the MSG.

On a recent trip to the restaurant, we had the pleasure of sharing the dinner with Mr. George To, one of the brains behind Lucky Rainbow. 

Mr. George To

Mr. To shares that Lucky Rainbow was borne out of th desire of his group to provide an authentic Chinese dining experience, with consistent quality and attractive price points. Lucky Rainbow was the product of that initiative. In fact, Lucky Rainbow in its location in Makati was already the third branch, with the first in Ongpin, Manila and the second brand in Banawe, Quezon City. 

The Makati location is convenient and accessible, with major transportation hubs located nearby. For events and celebrations that needed bigger rooms, Lucky Rainbow had several VIP rooms which one can rent at a consumable price. 

The interiors are all Instagram-worthy. With opulent displays of Chinese lanterns, grand arches, high ceilings, ornately embroidered table clothes, clothe napkins and curtains, as well as restaurant-personalized plates. It’s a place that is intended to impress. 

The food is of course, note-worthy:


Fried Garlic Chicken Wings – PHP280 (3 pcs)

Dinner began with a plate of crispy-fried garlic  chicken wings. Cooked golden brown, with the breeding just the right amount of salty-spicy and not too thick to overpower the meat inside. The chicken as juicy and tender.

Fried Pork Belly with Special Sauce – PHP280 (3 pcs)

Second course was the Pork Asado. This one was also a keeper but not being a fan of the fattier parts of the pig, I decided to skip this after a piece or two. This is best served with mantao. 

After the two dishes came a succession of dumplings including Hakaw, Siomai and the XiaoLong Bao. 


XiaoLong Bao – PHP168 (6 pcs)


Hakaw – PHP108 (4 pcs)


Siomai – PHP98 (4 pcs)

The XiaoLong Bao is to-die-for: the wrapper is tender to the bite; while the soup inside is savory and warm. As soon as you bit into a piece, the soup immediately floods your mouth. It’s a nice starter for a hearty meal. Lucky Rainbow’s version of the XiaoLong Bao is one of  my favorite versions. Tasty, hearty yet not too filling to ruin an otherwise sumptuous meal.    

By this time, thoughts of dieting and keeping my meals under 1,200 calories has already literally jumped out of the window. Meanwhile, Lucky Rainbow has also started parading some of its best dishes – present bloggers in the dining table knew that they are in for a sweet, sweet treat: 


Fried Lapu-Lapu in special mango sauce – PHP1320 (700 grams)

Next served is the Fried Lapu-Lapu in special mango sauce. My co-bloggers loved this and this was immediately consumed right after we took a photo of it. In the interest of full disclosure, I cannot comment on the taste because I didn’t eat this. I am not a big fan of fish dishes hence I opted to pass on this. But one things for certain, my co-bloggers loved it. This was immediately consumed and finished even before the rest of the dishes was served. 



Lechon Macau Cold Cuts – price ranges from PHP600-PHP1500 (S-L)

The Lechon Macau cold cuts platter features an assortment of Chinese cold cuts from the Century Egg, to the roasted chicken made two ways and the Lechon Macau, among others. The chicken and the Lechon Macau were both tender and juicy to the bite. The skin on the Lechon was thin but very crispy. Also a must-try. 


Australian Abalone Chicken Fried Rice – PHP480 (S), PHP720 (M) and PHP1200 (L)

Mr. To shared that the Australian Abalone Fried Rice is one of their restaurant’s best sellers. The rice is a perfect complement to the vials served to us, the abalone complementing the chicken and the rice. 

However, it must be my pleibian taste or because I haven’t tasted abalone yet but I would gladly prefer my good old Yang Chow fried rice (also available at Lucky Rainbow) anytime. 

Sweet and Sour Pork – PHP320(S), PHP480(M), PHP800(L)

The Sweet and Sour Pork is easily one of my favorites out of all the dishes served during the dinner. Unlike other sweet and sour pork dishes, the breading for Lucky Rainbow’s version is thin and not over-powering . The bite is crunchy but the meat inside is soft and juicy. The sauce is a perfect balance of sweet and sour. 
At this point, to say we were already stuffed is an understatement. With diets thrown out the window, the bloggers were already overwhelmed with the sumptuous dishes in front of us. While the others seemed to can’t get enough of the Lapu-Lapu dish, I was still busy picking through the cold cuts and the sweet and sour pork. But no, Lucky Rainbow is not done yet. 


Squid with XO Sauce – PHP420(S), PHP630(M) , PHP1050(L)


Salt & Pepper Spare Ribs – PHP320(S), PHP480(M), PHP800(L)


Fried Suahe with Salted Egg Yolk – priced according to gram, PHP450(300g), PHP900(600g) and PHP1350(1kl$

And then came the Fried Suahe crusted with salted egg yolk. If there’s a line-up of food being served in heaven, I am sure the fried Suahe is one of the things served by our Lord. Oh where do I even begin? The crust composed of the mashed salted egg is worth foregoing the spoon and fork and licking your fingers after. The Suahe inside is fresh, plump and juicy. If you’re not looking after your blood pressure – I’d say go ahead and indulge. 

Do you know how good this is? If ever you find yourself in death row and are asked about your last meal, I recommend you ask them to call Lucky Rainbow and order a kilo of this marvel. IT.IS.THAT.GOOD! 

 Of course, what’s Chinese dining without the Peking Duck?  

Peking Duck – PHP2400 (whole) , PHP1200(half)


Peking Duck diced and served with lettuce

Lucky Rainbow’s duck is cooked just right and very juicy. It is usually served two ways, sliced and wrapped in lumpia wrapper and with special sauce or served chopped and sautéed with singkamas, bell pepper and carrots. The later is usually served with fresh crisp iceberg lettuce leaves, similar to the samgyupsal of Korean cuisine. This is the serving I prefer. 

To cap off the delightful feast, we were served th a platter of fresh fruits. 


Mixed fruit platter – PHP420(S), PHP630(M) and PHP1050(L)

KamikazeeGirl’s verdict: If you are tired of the usual eat-all-you-can smorgasbord and would want a more intimate but elegant feast, try Lucky Rainbow HongKong Seafood Restaurant in Makati. 

The ambience is elegant and good for high-brow events and intimate family gatherings. Lucky Rainbow is open for events and functions, and is very accessible to all- with an easily-reachable location in Makati. 
Lucky Rainbow – Makati branch 

2224 Patriarch Bldg., Pasong Tamo cor Don Bosco, Makati City 

Tel: 478-1385/751-8183

Mobile: 0906-336 6146
Disclosure: Our dinner is courtesy of the owners of Lucky Rainbow. This review is written according to my own biases and opinions. This is not a paid post.


Put your words into action: Run for Integrity set on December 12

It’s easy to say that we love our country: a few keystrokes and a well hash tagged campaign can easily build steam. But how do you show it? 

In spite of what other people say about the traffic, the pollution, the natural chaos of things – I always believed that the Philippines is one hell of a beautiful country, with people and resources available to bring it to greatness. Our country has so much potential, so much to give but the sad part is that it is often unrealized — often times, because of the corruption, the lack of discipline and the lack of empathy towards other by us, it’s own people. 

Integrity Initiative – spearheaded by the Makati Business Club, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AMCHAM), the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and the Financial Executives of the Philippines (Finex) –  with its aim to push Integrity and it’s importance in every Filipino is staging the historic Integrity Rub in December 12, 2015 at the CCP Complex in Pasay City. 

But, how do you even define Integrity? 


 To put it simply, integrity means honesty and being guided by doing what is right. Obviously, it’s easy to say that this is what the government needs, but my opinion is – integrity is something that every Filipino should practice and take into heart. 
This is the same purpose of the event. Dubbed “I Run for Integrity: I Am Part of the Solution” the event calls on all sectors of society to participate in this important step towards building a culture of integrity in the Philippnes. It is expected to bring together 5,000 representatives and runners from the government, business, youth, civil society, the academe, church and media towards the common goal of being part of the solution in fighting corruption. 

Now on its third year, the event comes in the heels of the highly successful 2011 and 2012 runs, which unites a total of 12,000 runners. ECCP organized this year’s run in support of the Integrity Initiative, a private sector-led campaign that aims to promote common ethical standards among all sectors. 

Runners can choose to participate in 3K, 5K and 10K categories. Registration can be made at Chris’ Sports branches in Glorietta 3, Mall of Asia, Market! Market! and SM Megamall until December 4 only. Late registration is until December 7 or until race kits lasts at the ECCP office in Makati. Registration fee is at PHP550, while a group of 10 participants can avail of the 10+1 package. Accomplished runners get to bring home a “I Run for Integrity” shirt, baller band and tokens from event sponsors. Special prizes await top finishers. 

Proceeds from the run will fund programs being conducted by Integrity Initiative for nation building and to fight corruption. 

The Integrity Initiative was established in 2009 by the Makati Business Club and the ECCP . It operates on the principle of inclusion and collective action, and works on making the Philippines a leader in promoting an ethical business environment while eliminating negative practices. Since its inception, a good progress has been made against corruption and unethical business practices, with 2,000 company chief executives, 1,500 DPWH contractors, 42 high government officials and 140 business organizations have already signified support to the Integrity Initiative and signed the Integrity Pledge. 


How do you know if you’re ready to invest in a condo? 

One of the things that I spend time daydreaming on is owning my own condo unit. I do not even want a car- owning a vehicle is something I just consider when there’s no GrabCar in sight. But having my own condo unit? I daydream of it the same way I daydream about the lotto – consistently and continuously. 

My Pinterest and Instagram feed is full of pegs for my living room, bathroom, master’s bedroom and kitchen. I trawl Architecture Digest the same way I trawl Buzzfeed. Whenever I see a really good furniture, I automatically think where to put it in my future house. 

Thing is, after more than 10 years of working I am no where near my dream of owning b my own unit. Maybe I am too conscious and too cautious when it comes to taking a step forward and availing a unit. I have asked and consulted a lot of developers and still bide my time.

Real estate website MyProperty.ph has formulated these 10 questions you should ask yourself to be certain that now’s the time to upgrade from renting to owning a condo. 

1. Do you have a stable source of income?

Buying a property through a home loan means taking on the responsibility of making monthly amortizations. This means you need to have a job that not just earns you enough to make regular payments on time, but also one you’re confident you’ll keep for a long time. If you’re in a career or industry that’s known to be unstable, or if you just started working for a new company, there’s a pretty high risk you might lose your source of income and miss monthly loan payments.


2. Have you saved enough for a down payment? 

The down payment for a property doesn’t come easy for everyone. In most cases, it’s 20%—an amount that can either be small or large depending on the price of the property and your monthly income. If your income allows you to comfortably set aside a certain amount, then good for you. If not, there’s nothing wrong with waiting a little longer to save; what’s important is that you’re able to put together the amount without it making a sudden huge dent in your current budget.

3. …and still have enough left over to tide you everyday?

You don’t want every single centavo going to condo payments. What if someone ends up in the hospital and you have no other resources to tap? You also need to think about the other costs involved in keeping your new home up and running (utilities, maintenance fees, and association dues). Remember that you have to eat, too. You can only truly say you’re financially prepared when you’ve factored in all of these and the payments toward the condo, and you still have some money for a nice emergency fund (worth at least six months).

4. Do you have your priorities straight?

Being realistic about your wants and needs for your dream home helps you narrow down your options, so budgeting your finances should be easier, too. You may want a spacious condo, but a few months down the road, can you spare the time, money, and effort to maintain it? Your smile might be fading at the idea right now, but it’s better to consider these factors now than feel stuck later.

5. Do you have a firm grip on your debts?

We all incur some sort of debt, but not everyone does a good job of keeping them from blowing up. Ideally, you will have been able to eliminate all your consumer debt, but as long as you’re able to stay on top of your credit cards, car loan, and any other things you need to pay regularly, then you’re doing OK.
6. Can you think like an investor?

Your priority might be having a unit to live in now, but should things change a few years down the road, it would be nice to know that the unit you’ve purchased has the potential to earn you a sizeable profit should you lease it out or put it up for sale.


7. Have you suppressed your inner Martha Stewart long enough?

Renting a home means giving up a lot of things, such as your absolute freedom to decorate. Sure, you can probably talk your landlord into drilling a few holes in the wall for your precious photos, but what if your desire to be creative can’t be limited to that? Having your own condo means you can personalize it as much as you want without worrying about security deposits.


8. Do you know how to fix a leaky faucet?

… or unclog a drain, or repair a door lock? When you were just leasing a unit, you were comforted by the fact that you could count on the landlord to take care of things should anything need repairing. Once you’ve made the switch from renter to owner, you’ve only got yourself to rely on. How ready are you to fix signs of wear and tear? Or are you willing to shell out money to pay someone to do them for you?

9. Are you getting ready to settle down?

Did you and your significant other recently tie the knot? Or are you about to have your first child? If you’re starting a family soon, chances are you’d want a stable form of residence, something that a rental may not offer. Belonging to a two-income family means you’re even more assured that you’ll be able to make your monthly payments should one lose their job. Also, with a child on the way, you’re most likely thinking about leaving them with something (like a property) when they’re older.


10. Do you relish living in the same place for a long time?

To those who find themselves jumping from one city to another, renting is the most sensible option, but if you’ve been renting in the same neighborhood for quite some time, there’s a reason for it. It could be that it’s close to everything that matters to you, it’s safe, or it’s generally comfortable. In any case, it would be smarter to start putting your rent money toward your own condo from here on out, especially if you see yourself living in the same place for another five years or more.
ABOUT MYPROPERTY.PH – Established in September 2010, MyProperty.ph is a leading Philippine real estate online and print brand that brings property buyers and sellers together. The website’s main offerings are listings of pre-selling properties and properties for sale and for rent. Both website and magazine also provide relevant and updated industry news and information for its clients and 

Skin regimen update: when “household” name brands deliver 

25 forever

I don’t look like it, but I am already an oldie. While I’d like to believe that I am a toughie, I get all kilig when people mistake me for a recent college grad or at best, someone in my early 20s. 

Thing is, I don’t want to grow old myself and wished I could have stopped time when I was 25 years old but life doesn’t work that way. Hence, I am a little OC when it comes to skin care. In fact, I am not even a fan of skin procedures and has yet to experience a facial. I don’t like complicated procedures done on my face hence I have stayed away from any kind of treatment which may be done in my face. 

When I was younger, my only skin care regimen is washing my face in the morning and before I sleep and I wasn’t even doing that religiously. Sometimes I fall asleep in make-up after a heavy day at work – this is not recommended and will wreck havoc on your skin. 

Lately, I have started to build my own skin care routine based on the things I think in need. I did not consider only one particular brand and instead picked items here and there from various lines, basically whatever works best for me. I mixed up local brands and newbie players in the market and didn’t event considered price points. Bottom line is, I always believed that it’s a wonder to find skin care products that works best for you. So when you do find it, stick to it and your skin will thank you. 

Facial cleanser 


I discovered Innisfree’s line of facial wash and cleansers on my last trip to Seoul almost a year ago. One of my best discoveries is their Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam and its Scrub variant, both of which I have been using religiously since then. I am now on my third tube, which was bought for me by a colleague in Shanghai during her vacation there. For now, I have been getting my fix for this particular cleanser from out of the country since I can’t find an InnisFree branch near me here in Makati.

The best thing about this particular cleanser is how it cleanses the face. A pea-sized cleanser can go a long way and cleanses the face really well. After every use, my face feels cleans and smooth and without the oily residue one feels after a day with gunk on your face. It is economical too, a tube can last me six months. I am now down to my last tube and hopefully, I can pick a new supply when I visit Taipei next week. 

Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Cleansing Foam retails for 70 Chinese Yuan or PHP517 pesos each. 

Emulsion and cream 


I only swore by two brands of facial cream and emulsion: The Face Shop and Avon. 

My morning routine is after the facial wash, I will put on my The Face Shop Olive Essential Emulsion before my make-up. This non-sticky lotion keeps my skin moisturized and hydrated, and feeling smooth and softer after every application. I love that this facial lotion doesn’t feel too heavy on my face and that I feel my skin breathe even with the make up on. 

This is a gift from my brother and his wife, but I believe this retails for about PHP595 in your local The Face Shop branches.

My first make-up when I was in college was a simple face powder from Avon, and it’s a brand that I grew up with. Even with limitless brands within my reach, I have never forgotten to order Avon from any colleague who sells its products part-time. For me, Avon is like the sweet, glamorous auntie you can count on for make-up advice. 

Recently, I am crazy with Avon’s Anew Anti-Aging Line. I am currently using Anew Aqua Youth Gel Cream as my night cream. What I love about this product is that it spreads smoothly and easily, without being greasy or heavy on the face. If you haven’t noticed, I have a thing against greasy products. The Anew Aqua Youth Gel Cream helps me keep my skin moisturized and smooth. After application each night on my face and my neck, I wake up to a supple, softer and smoother skin the next morning. It’s a good routine which I am happy to share with my future daughter. 

Buy Anew Aqua Youth Gel Cream for PHP399 in any of your trusted Avon ladies. 
Facial Masks   

I recently wrote about how I love Facial Masks and considers them my guilty pleasure. I recently discovered the brands Beauty Buffet and Skin Recovery at Watsons and was able to use it last week. Between two, I love Skin Recovery Green Tea and Collagen Mask more because my face felt more refreshed, soft and clean after I have used it. However, I see now harm in continually trying both brands, considering the low price point of Facial Masks. 
My idea of a great evening actually is having one of these masks plastered on my face while I draw, paint, practice my calligraphy or blog. That’s my very simple idea of relaxation. Whenever I get the chance to do that, I always fall asleep a happy girl. 

Both sells for less than PHP50 at any Watsons branch near you. 

 This blog was actually the result of a recent consultation with a beauty consultant who mentioned that I have young looking skin. While I am not artista-level beautiful and my weight leaves much to be desired of, one thing I am always proud of is my skin and how young I looked. I never experienced the need for a derma and haven’t done any facial yet so I am glad that this probably means I am taking care of my face well. In my industry where public relations meant constantly meeting and reaching out to people, a beautiful and well-maintained appearance helps a lot. 

I have recently bought two new products to add to my daily routine:  


Because I love masks, I am currently trying their Botanical Effects Facial Mask for normal skin and their Mary Kay Oil Matifier. I will definitely give feedback as soon as I have strated using these products. I already tried the mask and was taken aback how snug it felt as soon as I applied it to my face. The mask is in a heavy cream form, which I didn’t like as much. In spite feeling like applying white cement on my face, I must say that my skin felt fresh and smooth after I managed to wash the gunk off my face. 

Teqube offers gadgets based on the Filipinos’ digital lifestyle

Teqube is staking its claim on the growing gadget market by opening its own concept store   and gadget store in the market, offering accessories and decides based on consumer lifestyle preferences. 

A member of the  Tao Group of Companies, Teqube continues to find ways to reach consumers and present offerings to answer their digital requirements. The store currently houses leading handset brands like Lenovo, Nokia, LG, and even offers cellphone accessories. 

Located at the 3rd Level, Arcadia Building, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, this new addition is designed to be fun and welcoming. They can ask Teqube’s friendly gadget consultants to check out live units and devices that they can enjoy.

To further sweet the deal, Teqube will be raffling off 10 Teqube Bluetooth speakers work P1,200 for 10 consecutive days starting on November 13, 2015. For minimum purchases starting at P7,000, Teqube is raffling off the opportunity to purchase a Lenovo A269i For only P20.00. This offer is open to the first 20 customers of Teqube from November 13 to 15, 2015 only.

“Our new store in Laguna brings to life our mission of delivering the following to our customers: innovation, quality, and customer experience. Just like in any of our stores, we have our customers’ needs in mind when the store was conceptualized. We want to have a hub for them to fully experience the products and experience the lifestyle fit to their needs,”  Angela Gutierrez, Business Head for Tao Tech Retail.

The store is divided into different lifestyle modules. The Power Play fits those who are looking for products that provide performance that they can rely on wherever they go. Huawei Y3c, Lenovo A328, Samsung J1, LG Leon, Microsoft Lumia 535 are featured in this section. 

For music buffs, Teqube recommends the Sound Vibe module where they can find Lenovo A319, Lenovo A7000, OPPO Mirror 5, Sony C4, and LG Magna.

Selfie addicts will enjoy  Lenovo Vibe Shot, Lenovo S90, Lenovo Vibe X2, Nokia Lumia 930, and LG G4 to choose from. While mobile gamers will like Lenovo Phab Plus, Lenovo A5000, Lenovo P70, LG G4, and Oppo R7 Lite as featured in the Game On module. 

The new store has a free Wi-Fi and also offers a gadget on demand service, which means, if it’s not in their store, Teqube will purchase it for you. For those who are spending P15,000, they can check the units at the unboxing area so they can have a better appreciation before they purchase.



 (Press Release)

Filipinos and their love affair with the Lechon (Or why Pinoys love to have Lechon at parties)

The “poging” lechon that captured the audience during the 2015 Blogapalooza

Find any Filipino get-together- whether here or abroad- and more than likely, you’ll find a roasted pig, skin gleaming reddish-brown and heavenly smell wafting through the air as it gets chopped, glorious, glorious skin turned to bite size pieces.

The Lechon (as it is called in the local parlance) is always the star of any buffet table, transcending geography (you are likely to find a Lechon in La Loma as you will in any Filipino gathering in the USA), social status, waistline, gender or showbiz affiliation.

(photos from Manong’s Lechon Cebu)

The Lechon is the kind of food that overcomes dietary restrictions, turning pseudo-vegetarians with just one bite of the crispy, juicy skin and the tender meat attached to it. Paired with ice cold Coke and a plate of piping hot rice, it’s the quickest way to food heaven.

In spite the so-called health concerns about the Lechon (too much of it guarantees a trip to the Heart Center), just what makes it tick and capture the heart of every true-blue, cholesterol-loving Pinoy? 

They say that our love of Lechon traces its roots to the times of the Soanish conquistadores here in the Philippines. 300 years of Spanish rule in the Philippines meant fill assimilation of not only the Roman Catholic religion brought by Spaniards but also of their culinary, social and cultural influences. In my mind, no one will ash no to a hot and juicy suckling roast pig magnificently displayed on the table.

Filipinos love to eat and knows how to truly appreciate good food. We find camaraderie and build a sense of community by eating and by bonding by sharing food. Our appreciation of good food and our sense of plenty equates the word “feast” with the Lechon. Any grand feast is not the same without it.

So what constitutes a good Lechon? On top of that is the crispy glistening red-brown skin. Break off a piece and you hear the unmistakable crack. In parties, this is what goes first as guests often jostle for the skin. The flesh should be flavorful and juicy, tender to the bite. While it is standard to eat Lechon with the sauce, a good Cebu Lechon can be eaten without as the flavors and  spices are enough for a superb dining experience.

Cebu lechons are considered as the country’s best-tasting lechon. This is often attributed to their use of the perfect combination of herbs and spices during the roasting period. The combination of herbs and spices often vary, depending on the lechonero (the person cooking the lechon). For some, it is a closely-guarded secret and the reason for an authetic Cebu lechon experience.

In Manila, finding an authentic Cebu lechon is very tricky. There are only a few merchants who provide the real delicious deal. Some even resort to ordering their lechon from Cebu and having it flown in Manila.

For an authentic Cebu experience, you may contact Manong’s Lechon Cebu at (632) 4756875, 0932-8805600 (Sun Mobile) and 0927-7839920 (Globe). No need to worry about picking up your order, Manong’s Lechon delivers door-to-door within Metro Manila for a minimum fee. Look for Roland Panares and ask for the delivery charges.

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Disclosure: This post is my entry to Manong’s Lechon Cebu blog contest. I was lucky to have a taste of their lechon during the recently-concluded Blogapalooza 2015 at the One Esplanade and attests that it is one of the best I’ve tasted. Since a few pieces of lechon is not enough for a fun dining experience — I am trying my luck if this post can win me one whole De Leche.