Monday, December 30, 2013

Syoss Giveaway | Win a trip to Tokyo! #SyossTakeMetoTokyo

Konnichiwa! Oh my, belated posting, but better late than sorry... here's a must-join, not-to-be-missed easy peasy giveaway from Syoss!

Win a trip for two to Tokyo any Syoss product! Joining is super easy! 
Be the lucky one to win a trip for two to Tokyo, Japan.

Here's how...

1. Like the FB Page of Syoss Philippines.
2. Register in the Giveaway Application Tab (that says Join Now!) in the FB Page.
3. Upload a creative photo with any Syoss product (in the App please!)...meaning take a selfie/selca with any Syoss Product.
4. Tell us why you love Syoss hair care products.

Chiaki Kuriyama for Syoss. She's the Japanese actress best known for here roles in Battle Royale, and Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film Kill Bill: Volume 1 as Gogo Yubari.
Rediscover my Syoss Hair affair here, and here too. Syoss is a brand that is close to my heart (super! I'm turning Korean Japanese, I really think so! ;-D) so please support! ;-D Start your Syoss Hair Affair now, and get the chance to win a trip for two to one of the world's fashion capital...Tokyo, Japan.

Choose from any of the following Syoss Hair Care variants (Syoss Repair Therapy, Moisture Intensive Care, Anti-Dandruff Control), Syoss Styling products, and Syoss Colors, available on all your leading supermarkets and department stores.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Police Eyewear Celebrates 30th Yr with the KPop Collection and Local Brand Ambassadors

Annyeonghaseyo! ^_^ Truly, the first ever eyewear brand that registered into my brand consciousness is Police. I still remember my Dad having a coveted pair of Police sunglasses. And yes, he did a show and tell that it was the eyewear worn and endorsed by Bruce Willis. Yes, he's such a die-hard fan of the brand and the movie. That, plus the 30th Year Celebration was held in a Korean Restaurant (KPub in the Fort), the celebration is not to be missed!

A Look Back at 30 Years of Police Eyewear. Founded in 1983, Italian brand Police has made a name for itself in providing cutting edge eyewear. The brand has introduced iconic style that crossed borders and represented generations. In the early 1990's, Police introduced the rock and roll lifestyle and urban fashion to its line of eyewear. In 1993, Police made another splash with the introduction of the iconic blue mirrored lens. Hollywood picke up on the Police lifestyle trend in the late 1990's and early 2000's by having Global Brand Ambassadors, Bruce Willis, George Clooney, David Beckham, and Antonio Banderas. 
Following the success of the Younique Campaign launched in 2010, with the youth also becoming a focal point of the brand, Police is partnering with local talents to represent the Police Lifestyle in the Philippines. Featuring, David Guison, Roxanne Barcelo, and Will Devaughn, the brand ambassadors embody what Police is all about-- youthful, cutting edge, and adored by many. 
For its Police Look Beyond 30 campaign, the brand features the BeYounique Designer Sunglasses Collection. Also, the exclusive Collection by Yoshi Gohara. 
Personally, for a Korean Drama Fangirl like yours truly, a more compelling reason to get myself a pair of Police sunglasses pronto is...

Police in Korea. From iconic aviators to trend-setting blue tinted eyewear, Police is unstoppable by riding on the Hallyu wave. 
Annyeong Dong Hae. Saranghaeyo Lee Min Ho. I swear, I saw Lee Jun Ki in the AVP too, I was too overwhelmed to shoot. Hah. 
Together with Police's 30th Anniversary line, the brand is set to unveil the Police K-Pop Eyewear Line. Omo! Daebak!

Police KPop Sunglasses Collection Source: Police Eyewear Ph Page

The Police K-Pop sunglasses line embodies the innovative Korean fashion sensibility. The line updates the iconic Police appeal with new colored lenses while adding sophisticated look and K-Drama feel. So stay tuned! Cheers!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

SPIRAL BUFFET | Staycation at Sofitel Manila Part 2

Hello December! Bonjour! Mabuhay! Now that I survived another stage of busyness, I'm officially in "Holiday Mode"! Let's kick off my beloved month ever with a (super belated) post of our favorite, best ever buffet destination...Spiral in Sofitel Manila. Let's eat! Bon appétit!

Welcome to Spiral! Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s legendary flagship restaurant – Spiral is as one of the most dynamic interactive dining destinations in Asia Pacific.
Part of our last sem break escapade was a lunch buffet in Spiral. The new Spiral boasts of 2,500 sq m is divided into 21 dining ateliers. In France, an atelier is an artist’s special workshop, and in Spiral it is where secret recipes are masterfully prepared right before your very eyes.  The range of cuisines is expansive and the attention and detail to each dish has the focus of an artisan. 

1 of 21 Ateliers is the (1) French Stove. Here is where every dish is meticulously prepared, and authentic French dishes are a labor of love. Savour home-made seared foie gras, luscious roasted meat and carving, seafood, grilled food and regional French cuisines that will surely impress every gourmand.
A look at Spiral's 21 Dining Atelier... (2) Salad and Appetizer, (3) Rotisserie, (4) Pecking Duck Rolls from the Pecking Duck Oven, (5) Chocolaterie, (6) Steam Baskets, (7) Wood Fired Oven, (8) Hot Japanese, (9) La Patisserie, (10) La Boulangerie, (11) Chinese Wok, (12) Creamery
The (13) North Indian Atelier boasts of its authentic Tandoori Ovens imported from India.
Explore the wonders of the seven seas at the (14)  L’Ecailler. Oyters, Prawns, Lobsters, Crabs, Salmons, and more.
Amazing! And we're just getting started...every so often, I have the pleasure of dining at Spiral, and every time, things just keep getting better!

The (2) Salad and Appetizer Atelier of Spiral shows off a wide range of fresh locally grown produce, and organic colorful vegetables that are freshly picked from Spiral's very own garden, that will be tossed for you by the chefs with your choice of home made salad dressings. And now, new addition to the set up are mix of greens, and vegetables that are beautifully and practically contained in a glass, for easy tossing. Shake and Go, easy peasy! My son had two rounds of these! I'm a happy mom!
Olé!Tapas Selection in the (2) Salad and Appetizer Atelier.
(15) Sushi and Sashimi Sushi is a raw bar with all the fresh sushi and sashimi prepared the sushi chefs.  Japanese rituals abound at this cold stone counter. Temakis and nigiri are in abundance.  
To our delight, there was even Seafood Paella! Yum!
We love the (16)  L’Epicerie, simply put the Meat and Cheese lovers haven.
Feast from a wide variety of premium aged hams, charcuterie, and smoked fish. Pair them with olives, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, sauces and condiments for a real gourmet experience. 
Play favorites. Now, you can buy it, and take it home. 
Because most stuff in Spiral you cannot truly get enough, some of your favorite and popular goodies per atelier, are for sale...nicely packed, and conveniently located at the counter, so you can just ask the chef about it. Enjoy Spiral 2 Go!

Since it's now the happiest time of the year, festive Santa Chocolate Figures are crafted at the (5) Chocolaterie. 
Nothing in Spiral is ordinary and boring. Look how classy, and luxuriously the chocolates and candies are stored with the vintage, chest drawers. Just Beautiful. 
Pralines. In Spiral's (5) Chocolaterie, Chocolates are the stuff sweet dreams are made of. 
Thank you Sofitel Manila, Jane and Blessy, for having us. You have pampered us with so much luxuriousness. And now, Chase can only think of Spiral every time he's asked where to treat him. Oh my! Level up!
And there are more ateliers, nothing is ordinary in Sofitel, so you have to try and to see for yourself my beloved (17) Korean, (18) Thai, (19) Churrasco (Steak all you can!), (20) Asian Noodles, and last but not the least (21) Filipino. Mabuhay! 

Among of already many dazzling things, Spiral also boasts of La Veranda, which is an indoor lounge that opens to an outdoor terrace leading to the iconic lagoon-shaped pool the hotel is famous for and its Six spacious (luxurious) private rooms outfitted with plush leather sofas and large dining tables. And much, much more praiseworthy features.


For family diners, who would rather not take their little ones in the Spiral Dining area, you can bring them to the Sofitel Kids' Tent. Here are fun activities (free and paid) to keep your child entertained while you enjoy the ultimate "me" time at Spiral.

Spiral Manila truly is the happiest buffet destination ever. Cheers!

Rates and Reservations:

Lunch Rate at Net Price  (Monday to Saturday): Adult Php 2431.94 /Kid Php 982.60 
Sunday Brunch: Adult Php 3,991.81 / Kid Php1842.38 Net 1596.73 

Dinner Rate at Net Price (Sunday to Thursday): Adult Php 2,800.41 / Kid Php 1596.73
                                    (Friday to Saturday): Adult Php 3,046.06 / Kid 1596.73

Prices are subject to change without prior notice. For reservations and inquiries, please call (632) 832.6988 and (632) 551.5555 ext. 6988, or email fbreservations@sofitelmanila.com


To book a table, visit the official website of Spiral Manila. Every so often, there are promotional Spiral lunch vouchers to boot, so like the Spiral FB Page now!

Disclaimer: We had the privilege of being gifted with complimentary lunch buffet at Spiral. But given the wide range of food choices from the 21 Dining Ateliers, if you are up for a luxurious treat and indulgence, the adult rate of Php 2500 is totally worth it. Promise! I swear! If I'm up to some spending, like we usually do for special occasions (because you ought to know we love to party!), Spiral is it! Last time, we paid about Php 2000 for just 100g of wagyu steak per person, the Hot Japanese atelier of Spiral offers teppanyaki all you like, that, and a whole lot more, the buffet rate is totally worth it!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Oryspa Shopping | Shop Online at Zalora Philippines

I absolutely adore Oryspa. I am an ardent customer. I can't get enough of the Meditaion Balm, Massage oils, and more! So when I had a Zalora Philippines Gift Voucher to spend online, Oryspa is it!

My First Zalora Box. Sorry, it's blurry! Can you tell? #ExcitedMuch ^_^
Packed securely, bubble-wrapped and all. Comes with an additional discount voucher, and a freebie (sachet of Downy Mystique). Item was delivered the next day. I love, love, love, the Cash on Delivery (COD) option. Haha, brings back happy memories when we were such avid buyers of Home TV Shopping Network, either they bring a manual credit card receipt to sign, or pay in cash. And I guess, paying in COD evokes a feeling of fair trade, you only pay, when you get the items. It adds an extra layer of guarantee. Since my voucher was not enough to cover the item in full, I opted to pay the balance in cash. No frills.
Oryspa Travel Kit contains Chili Oil, Solid Perfume, Meditation Balm, Beauty Oil, Face and Body Wash, AM Blend Shampoo and Conditioner for Php 900.
Apart from Meditation Balm, I also love the Oryspa Chili Oil. Perfect match. And Yay! Finally, I can try the Beauty Oil and The Face & Body Wash. A couple of days on them, just loving them. Review post soon (will try!)  
You're all definitely coming with me! ^_^ #OryspaPH #RiceBran
I love online shopping! The unboxing part makes me giddy, feels like I'm opening a gift! So yes, Zalora delivers!


Friday, November 15, 2013

SOFITEL LAUNCHES DONATION DRIVE #ReliefPh #YolandaPh

Sofitel Manila kicks off a fundraising campaign aimed at soliciting 5 Million Pesos for the victims of super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Help raise funds that will help to deliver relief goods to the provinces ravaged by monstrous storm surge and massive flooding.
With the onslaught of the monster typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) several days ago, luxury hotel in Manila Sofitel Philippine Plaza today launches a donation drive, accepting monetary donations for the families and victims of the devastating event.
Help rebuild homes and send basic goods to the super typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines
 Last week, the Philippines has been ravaged by one of the worst disasters ever recorded in recent history, destroying shelters, demolishing livelihood, killing thousands and displacing countless more. With the enormous storm surge and massive flooding, it is estimated that more than 2.1 million families or 9.3 million individuals have been affected by super typhoon. It is feared that more than 10,000 people may have died in Tacloban city alone. The amplitude of the devastation is getting bigger and bigger as authorities assess areas affected by the horrifying storm surge. 
This is the second major disaster in the Philippines in just a span of four weeks after the powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol and Cebu on 15th of October. Barely recovering from the wrath of the recent massive earthquake, these provinces are also affected by the most powerful natural calamity in the world.  
The huge challenge now is to assist these affected provinces to recuperate from such destruction and to provide all the victims with basic necessities like food, water, medicine, clothing and shelter. Help rebuild homes and send basic goods to the super typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.
Here's how you can take part of Sofitel Manila's #ReliefPH drive,  please help us rebuild the lives of #Yolandaph survivors in the devastated provinces. Donations are accepted via bank deposit at:

Account Name: Philippine Plaza Holdings, Inc. /Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Current Account No. 3131-0393-78
Bank of the Philippine Islands - Vito Cruz-Maytubig Branch

Cheers! 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Enjoy VIP Philippines Samsung Application 2013

As some of you may know, I made a big switch to Samsung. And yes, I'm cooking up a post on my crossing over to the other side. The open line unit Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a Lifestyle Pack. One of which is the Enjoy VIP Philippines app. But please take note, the application you can download for free is not the full membership or subscription. Meaning, you cannot use the vouchers just yet.


I downloaded the app. I was specifically craving for Cravings' Chicken Cordon Bleu, which is offered free in the voucher. Just in case, I asked the lady from Cravings Shangri-la if I can use it, I showed the app. They said yes, but they're asking for a voucher number, or my membership number, I'm not sure how to find it! I told them it came with my phone, glad that I had a picture of my phone, so to be sure, they got my IMEI or Serial number. But I was a little bit worried because when I clicked the Use it! It tells me to register or call Enjoy.

Download Enjoy VIP Ph on Samsung Apps
What is Enjoy?
Enjoy is a loyalty and privilege card that extends discounts, gifts, and VIP perks to over 60,000 Filipino consumers. Launched in 2009, Enjoy works with over 240 premium lifestyle brands located in Manila, Cebu, and Boracay.
Here's our expired and unused 2011-2012 Enjoy Card, Discount Booklets. Sadly, there's just too much going on in the booklet. So much to see,  and so much to do. Hah. So we totally forgot about it!
I was with my son then, he ordered a Roast Beef. While waiting, I decided to give Enjoy a call. Only to be told, that I cannot use the voucher unless I upgrade my subscription for Php 995. Why not?! The meal will cost me Php 400++ anyway. I had to pay via PayPal or by bank deposit, since it will be such a hassle to go through that in the middle of our meal, the super accommodating, and very competent ladies from Enjoy, did everything online. They processed my full subscription and was billed at a later time, walked me through, step by step via SMS on how to restart my Enjoy VIP Ph app. It was accomplished before I even finished my Chicken Cordon Bleu. I love them! Thank you very much! Mighty glad I was my usual nice self, it would have been very embarrassing if it turned out otherwise. Of course, I can always pay it it full, but imagine if I was not being nice, and very demanding and sure of myself that I have the membership. Hah.

Cravings Enjoy VIP Ph Voucher: Complimentary Chicken Cordon Bleu valued at Php 425
Pho Hoa: Buy Two Get One on Noodle Soup, Rice Dishes, and Banh Mi valued at Php 385
Tokyo Cafe: Buy One Get One on Japanese Fair Dishes valued at Php 241
Anyhow, let me tell you that yes, we do like getting membership cards, coupons, etc. In the US, I saved a couple of dollars using coupons, so here, I get as much as we can, like the Bistro Card, which has T.G.I.Friday's and Italianni's in its resto group. We're on our 3rd Annual Subscription. Since, we love to dine out, and I have such hearty appetite, the Enjoy VIP Philippines Membership is very, very worth it!

For Enjoy VIP Ph, there's an opportunity in acquainting your partners that an electronic version exists. We usually had to wait, and I had to explain, and I had to show them that if I click on the "Use it!', my membership details will show. Other than that, the membership or upgrade is worth it.

Contact Enjoy VIP Ph below:

Tel. +63 2 4788888
Fax. +63 2 7509258
email: info@enjoythebest.com.ph

Giordano | Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014

Giordano makes its Philippine Fashion Week debut with a preview of its Spring Summer 2014 Collections -- Holiday Cruise and Linen Story. The collection offer sea-side glamour, and earthy appeal while staying true to its clean and casual vibe.

All aboard! Fair winds and following seas! Staged in a nautical themed store,the pop-up exhibit shows off the seafaring vibe of Giordano. 
Also at the exhibit are mannequins personally-styled by fashion bloggers namely, Aisa Ipac, David Guison, Alyssa Lapid, Tracy Ayson, Kookie Buhain, Mikyle Quizon, Dani Baretto,
Giordano Philippines debuts on the Philippine Fashion Week for the Spring Summer 2014. Held last Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia Main Atrium, Giordano’s new collections  were unveiled. Live beats provided by DJ Callum David, a.k.a. DJ Vinimal set the show sailing on a breezy summer cruise.
Providing essential and timeless fashion for all, the new collections, Holiday Cruise and Linen Story – up the Spring Summer 2014 ante with nautical elements, updated chambrays, summer linens and oxfords in crisp pastel palette.

I wish I had a better seat, for better photos/angles... 
Giordano Spring Summer 2014 Men's Collection. Assortment of Breton tops, paired with oxfords and linen shorts. 
Giordano Spring Summer 2014 Women's Collection...chambrays, Breton Tops, Linen shorts, Aztec, Navajo, and Nomadic prints. 
 Giordano classic wardrobe essentials...polos, solid tees, button-down shirts, jeans and khakis. Photo Credit: MegaStyle.Ph

I look forward to the collection. I love the wide selections of chambray and the Breton tops. Overall, the look is very Parisian chic and sassy. ^_^ Oui, these are great assortment of look that I can pull off. I can't wait to shop at Giordano.

So Ji-Sub (my love! from Master's Sun, Cain & Abel) for Giordano Philippines
Go to Giordano Philippines fanpage on Facebook, or follow GiordanoPH on Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Staycation at Sofitel Manila Part 1

Bonjour! Mabuhay! Oh, it's good to be back! My last post was a couple of weeks back (as always, majorly busy!), so far the fanciest thing we did was a luxurious sleepover at Sofitel Manila.  C'est Magnifique! It's short but oh so sweet, grand staycation! Let me tell you why...Welcome to Sofitel Manila!

View from our room is the Sofitel Manila's signature facility, the exquisite lagoon-shaped pool, and the iconic Manila Bay. 
Our hotel stays are good mix of personal and work-related sleepovers. So more or less, we have our favorites. Lucky that I've been going to Sofitel for a couple of events already. At one occasion, I even had the pleasant time touring the Imperial Residence. Amazing! I'm looking forward to a nice sleepover as well. The last sembreak weekend was a good day to indulge. When we checked-in, I was surprised to be told that our accommodation was upgraded to Luxury Club Room, meaning we get an access to the Club Millésime Lounge, plus enjoy several more perks.

We were the Guests of the day!  My son was so happy, he marveled at how lucky we were! 
Instead of checking-in at the front desk, we were ushered by our very own butler, Mr. Romy, to the Club Lounge. We were feeling mighty special!

Club Millésime Lounge at the 10th Floor. Here, checking-in and out can be facilitated .
Complimentary Food and Beverage at the Club Lounge. Since we had lunch reservations at the Spiral, we saved indulging on the great selection of snacks in the Club Lounge for later.  
Our floor. 11th Floor. Same floor as the Imperial Residence. Smells so nice and clean.
My boys. Our home for the night...Sofitel Manila Luxury Club Room.
Sofitel's Signature MyBed. My son adores hotel stays, he fondly calls them fancy living. 
Welcome Treats. Plus a personalized card.  #FeelingSuperSpecial
My son's Travel Diary. He had the greatest time! Will tell you more about it. 
Our Little Prince. Living the life indeed. First order of business, indulge in the candy treats prepared for him. 
Our room comes with a private balcony with the view of the pool and Manila Bay, and a work desk.  
Mini Bar. Coffee and Tea Unlimited. Yay! ;-D
To the bathroom, off we go...

The bathroom is spacious, and comes with a separate bath area, comes with a rain shower. Except, to my excitement, I actually forgot to request a room with a bath tub. 
Another reason I look forward to our stay, and to my hubby's annual business conference stay in the hotel is because of the hotel guest bathroom amenities, had Hermes and L'Occitane then, that he obligingly albeit halfheartedly brought home. More nights, more of them.. Hah. This time around, it's another  French brand.

Oh wow! Les Notes de Lanvin for Hotel Guest Bathroom Amenities. 
More Lanvin. Plus my Toiletry Kit and my skin care must haves. #ShuUemura #Innisfree #VictoriasSecret #BenefitCosmetics #Luview
Obviously, we don't travel light! For an overnight stay, we're bringing tons of things. And one bag was all for my stuff. Hah. #TheNorthFace
More bags. More shoes. #Nike #Bass #ToryBurch #FlipFlop #TheNorthFace #KateSpade
Next, I'll show you Spiral, let's feast! Cheers! ^_^

Merci beaucoup! ^_^

About Sofitel Manila...

Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 130 addresses, in more than 50 countries. Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, Fiji Islands or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”.  

Discover Sofitel on www.sofitel.com
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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!