Saturday, March 31, 2018

History might have left some wounds in the heart of Filipino people during the Japanese regime, but they swiftly heal as most of us, Pinoys are now embracing the rich culture that is genuinely Japanese. 

We can't deny the fact that all of us, from kids to the kids-at-heart go crazy over a lot of Japanese anime such as Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Cardcaptor Sakura and a lot more when they aired to our local television networks. Ask Filipino travelers about their bucketlist and Japan is surely one of the top three. Filipino hearts were captured by Hello Kitty, Sadako scared us all but we enjoyed the movie,  matcha is a craving and we get inspirations from cherry blossoms - from decors to scents. Truly, the Japanese-Filipino friendship is getting a tighter bond as each nation learns to trade in tradition, culture, and experiences.



Filipinos love for anything Japanese was once again proven when Hakata Ikkousha, the ramen franchise from Fukuoka, Japan; opened Ikkousha Ramen, its first Metro Manila branch on March 3, 2018. The place was jampacked with customers excited to try this new ramen in town. The store was filled with diners while there were still a lot of people who were waiting for their turn outside of the store. Hakata Ikkousha Manila, the second Ikkousha branch in the Philippines (the first was in Cebu) is located at the Upper Ground Flr. Expansion Wing of the Festival Mall Alabang, Muntinlupa City. They offered buy one get one on all ramen on the day of its grand opening which really became a hit among the people from Muntinlupa and nearby cities.



Aside from the buy one get one treat for the first 300 bowls, two soft opening days, during which 100 bowls of ramen were served daily, were held on the 26th and 27th of February. 

The core of Ikkousha’s menu is the tonkotsu ramen, also known as Hakata ramen, after the place in Fukuoka City known for this ramen style. Its defining characteristic is its tonkotsu broth, which is made by simmering pork bones for many hours. The result is a thick, creamy soup base – almost milky in its consistency and color – that is flavorful as well as rich in collagen. 


Furthermore, the noodles served in Ikkousha branches are produced in Ikkousha’s own noodle factory. Each bowl of ramen is topped with carefully seasoned and tender slices of cha-shu (braised pork). The ramen comes in several varieties: the classic tonkotsu; tonkotsu black, which has mayu (black garlic oil) for a more intense flavor; God Fire, the spicy variant that comes in four spice levels; and shio tonkotsu, which combines tonkotsu and shio (salt) broth for a lighter-bodied soup base.


Hakata Ikkousha will surely continue to delight the palate of the Filipinos and it will further strengthen the influence of Japanese in the local culinary scene because what they serve is authentic Japanese.

Southern peeps, you are lucky enough to have an easy access to the best ramen in town. 

For more updates, pls. visit Ikkousha FB - https://web.facebook.com/ikkoushamanila/

Friday, March 30, 2018

Fair people look more attractive and lovelier which is why a lot of people are continuously craving for whitening products. That is also the reason why a lot of whitening products - antioxidants, glutathione - spring up like mushrooms in every corner of the streets and they are selling like hot cakes up until now. But not all whitening products are the same -  not all are safe and effective. Here's one brand that you could trust for its safety and performance.

CRYSTAL WHITE is a Japan made Skin Supplement Antioxidant and glutathione is the vitamins for your skin you never knew you needed. It is the only SKIN SUPPLEMENT that has a lot of health benefits while at the same time serves as antioxidant and whitening.

Crystal White, 100% made in Japan
  • It can help regulate bowel movement and it aids in constipation.
  • It helps give you a better sleep. 
  • It contains resveratrol which helps in giving you a toned body because it can help burn fats. 
  • It has grapeseed that protects the cells from being damaged due to sun exposure.
  • It contains L-cystein which interferes with tyrosine in releasing dark pigment in your skin.  
Crystal White contains seven (7) (mostly organic) ingredients to help your skin achieve its full potential, leaving your skin healthy, vibrant and glowing. It’s made in tablet form to avoid the risk of residues and for faster absorption. Its active ingredient is a converted form of Glutathione for faster results.

A tablet of Crystal White is 250mg, and must be taken 3 tablets a day. It must be taken after a meal, and preferably after breakfast. Results can be seen after 2 weeks to a month of use depending on your skin’s way of reacting.

Beauty Queen Nina Robertson, Crystal White ambassador

What are the Benefits and Contraindications?

L-CYSTEIN - provides a function for melanin ( this is the converted form of Glutathione). L-cystein supplements must not be taken in combination with intake of cyclophosphamide, prednisone, azathioprine, isosorbide, and nitroglycerin and in diagnosed cystinuria.

HITHIONE GLUTATHIONE - antioxidant and skin lightening that reduces biological oxidation.

VITAMIN C – Most potent antioxidant that protects the body from immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease and acts as skin whitening.

GRAPESEED EXTRACT- Abundant in Vitamin C which makes skin resilient and regulates/activates metabolism function of the skin. It also reduces inflammation, stabilizes collagen and elastin and acts as natural antihistamine in the protection and healing of connective tissue.

Resveratrol - has strong anti-oxidant effect as anti-aging.
Must not be combined with Warfarin, Heparin, antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel, dipyridamole.

Polygonatum Odoratum – Powerful anti-oxidant effects as whitening.

Saxifraga Stonolifera – contains arbutin which is well known for its melanin degradation action. Arbutin as whitening effectively reduces existing pigmentation.

FACTS ABOUT GLUTATHIONE AND SKIN SUPPLEMENTS

SKIN SUPPLEMENTS are products that are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for treatment for specific medical conditions. GLUTATHIONE, often referred to as “Mother of all anti-oxidants,” protects against chronic oxidative stress that can cause cancer, neurodegeneration and range of other diseases. Replenishing glutathione levels can slow the aging process.

ADDITIONAL PRODUCT INFO

Be the next Crystal White ambassador

Crystal White is currently in need of an ambassador and ambassadress for the brand. He & She should epitomize the beauty that this product may bring. Not only this improves the physical appearance but also helps in the improvement of emotional, and personal well-being of oneself.

Crystal white is looking for distributors nationwide. Minimum order required is 10pcs for P1,450.00 each. A dealer form should be accomplished to qualify.
SRP of Crystal White in the market is P1,950.00 4.
The areas of distribution are all Dermcare and Belle La Peau branches and will soon launch in some e-commerce sites such as BeautyMNL, and Shopee.
Crystal White will soon launch its Crystal White Cream and Crystal White Glutathione soap to complete the line.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter is fast approaching. Do you already have a place to go for that special date where the whole family will enjoy and create memorable experiences?

The newly opened luxury hotel in Bonifacio Global City invites guests to experience new beginnings and start new traditions with their exciting Easter offers.

It’s a fun-filled weekend affair as Grand Hyatt Manila celebrates the season of new beginnings with the exceptional Hop-over Brunch Buffet, an adventurous Grand Easterland party and egg-hunt activity, as well as a special Easterrific Staycation offer extended to all guests.


On Sunday (1 April 2018), the Easter bunny begins a brilliant brunch tradition as it merges the scrumptious offers of The Cellar with the fresh and abundant spread of The Grand Kitchen. The mouthwatering food crawl of Executive Chef Mark Hagan, aptly called the Hop-over Brunch Buffet, is available from 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM for PHP 2,400 nett per person.

The restaurant concept allows diners to experience a culinary journey that begins with the appetizing charcuterie, cheeses and small plates of The Cellar at 11:00 AM and then flows into the mother of all kitchens, where a selection of flavorful dishes and cuisines are served ala minute, fresh, hot and customized to guests’ liking. An additional rate of PHP 600 nett indulges guests to unlimited pours of red and white wines as well as the signature Grand Hyatt Manila House Lager, while champagne drinkers are treated to a 50% off per bottle of bubbly.

Children are invited to put on their best Easter-themed hat and head out to the Garden Pavilion from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for the exciting Grand Easterland bash, where they can enjoy different activity stations to keep them entertained as they discover happy moments with Hershey’s chocolates.

For PHP 1,500 nett, little tots may enter the Easterland where the fun begins with an array of tasty munchies and drinks, and continues on with stimulating booths such as arts and crafts, face-painting and cupcake decorating to name a few. The adventure continues on to a traditional egg-hunt where prizes will be given away together with the best Easter Hat award, a couple of amazing raffle prizes including an Easterrific Staycation at Grand Hyatt Manila and yummy Hershey’s-filled lootbags for all egg-hunters.

To continue the celebration of the well-loved Easter holiday, the luxury hotel in Bonifacio Global City extends a special staycation rate from now until 6 April 2018. Without having to leave the metro, families may enjoy a resort-like escape by relishing the serene and breathtaking sunset-view from the panoramic windows of the rooms, or by spending a family-day under the sun, frolicking in the vibrant turquoise infinity pool at the outdoor space on level 6.
Under the Easterrific Staycation offer, the classy yet cozy Grand King room may be availed for a minimum of two nights, at a special rate of PHP 9,500 ++ inclusive of buffet breakfast for two adults and two children five years old and below. Grand Hyatt Manila welcomes new traditions for exceptional Easter celebrations.

Grand Hyatt Manila is located at 8th Avenue, corner 35th Street Bonifacio Global City Taguig. For reservations or inquiries, please call +632 8381234 or email manila.grand@hyatt.com.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Although most of us like going out in the sun, the fact is that the rays can do a lot of damage if you’re not careful. If you’re tired of squinting and practically burning your eyes out every time you’re outside, perhaps it’s time to find some really cool shades. Fortunately, at Apparel Candy, you can get fashion sunglasses wholesale.

Why Shop Wholesale?
For many people, the process of buying sunglasses is that they go to the store, try a bunch of different frames, and then wind up paying way too much for a pair. However, when you buy glasses wholesale, you have a much better experience. Why?

Eyewear for protection
  • More Affordable: Do you want stylish frames without paying the high price for a designer name? At Apparel Candy, you can get a dozen high-quality sunglasses at a much lower cost. In fact, most of these glasses are less than $5 per unit, making it a smarter choice.
  • Tons of Designs: If you’re worried that shopping at a discount means that you have to settle for sunglasses that don’t look good, you can stop worrying. Apparel Candy has dozens of different frames and lenses that will make you look chic while still being practical.

Another reason that shopping wholesale is a good idea is that you can buy extras for your friends and family. Not only that, but losing or damaging your glasses is never a problem. We’ve all been in a situation where we set our sunglasses down and forgot about them when we had to leave. When you buy in bulk, you can just replace them with a new pair as soon as you get home.

So, as you can see, Apparel Candy is the place for getting your next pair of sunglasses. Don’t let the sun damage your eyes - choose either a classic or retro design and start walking around with confidence.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ColorManila, the country’s number one fun-run organizer, conquered Laoag’s Sand Dunes in Ilocos Norte, with its sold-out CM Paradise Run, which took place last weekend. The event was held in cooperation with Ilocos Norte’s 1st District Senior Board Member Ria FariƱas, who is a known fitness buff.

Prior to the sold-out event, Farinas was quoted as saying, “Thrilled that this is finally happening in Ilocos! Mark your calendars and start training with your family & friends for Colormanila’s Paradise Run at the Laoag Sand Dunes!”



ColorManila VP Justine Cordero says, “This is the first time that we brought ColorManila to Laoag, and we are very happy that this has become successful, we are also thankful to our local government unit partners. We are looking forward to doing more events here in Laoag.”

The CM Paradise Run - Laoag leg, gave the runners an early feel of a summer escape to the beach or to paradise, with the various color stations adorned with palm trees, hammocks and garlands, which only served as a perfect backdrop to their selfies with friends and family.

After the race, thousands of runners got to experience the freshest and newest mixes of the DJ’s at ColorManila’s trademark CM Color Festival, where the color powder was thrown in the air as the participants danced and grooved to the music of DJ’s on stage.

Atty. Karen Jimeno was one of those seen enjoying the run, and also on stage during the CM Color Festival.

ColorManila’s next Paradise Run will be held in Laguna on April 8, 2018, which will be held at Greenfield, its official venue partner.

It will have three (3) race distances, 3K, 5K and 10K. As for the kits, runners for both events can choose from the Deluxe Kit, Rockstar Kit and the Superstar Kit.

The Deluxe Kit, which is priced at P750, comes with a dri-fit shirt, sunglasses, race bib, color packet and a finisher’s medal.

While the Rockstar Kit, priced at P1,050, comes with a dri-fit shirt, sunglasses, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag and headwear.

Finally, the Superstar Kit, priced at P1,500, comes with a dri-fit shirt, sunglasses, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag, headwear and a finisher’s singlet.

ColorManila will also have its CM Glitter Run in Dagupan, co-presented by CSI Mall on April 8, 2018. Dagupan is also one of ColorManila’s biggest markets, with one of its events having a sold-out event with 3,000 runners previously.

It will have three (3) race distances as well, 3k, 5K and 10K, with 3 race kits to choose from, Deluxe, Rockstar and Superstar Kit.

The Deluxe Kit, priced at P950, comes with a drifit shirt, race bib, color packet, and a finisher’s medal.

The Rockstar Kit, priced at P1,500, comes with a drifit shirt, race bib, sunglasses, drawstring bag, headwear, color packet and a finisher’s medal.

While CM Glitter Run’s Superstar Kit, priced at P1,850, comes with a drifit shirt, race bib, sunglasses, two (2) drawstring bags, headwear, color packet, finisher’s medal and a foldable water bottle.

Registration is still ongoing for both the CM Paradise Run - Laguna leg and the CM Glitter Run Dagupan. For more information, visit www.colormanila.com.


ABOUT COLORMANILA:

ColorManila encourages everyone to run, and to illustrate to non-runners how enjoyable the sport is, we bring out the real fun in the ‘fun’ run, through a color festival. We are the paintbrushes, and You are the Paint. We carry the palette but You make your own Strokes. You become the human canvas, as we literally bring out your most energetic and happiest hue.

You are the Color, the human Canvas. You are the bits and pieces of this kaleidoscope. Because life is not a competition. Rather, it is a race where you run at your own pace, where you throw high-fives to people, where you carry all the colors of your experiences. We make this as the most exciting fun run ever, that you’d want to do it over and over again. We want to give you that unique kaleidoscope experience every time!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sometimes no matter how hard we try to be frugal and to save for the rainy days, unexpected things happen. There comes emergencies, unavoidable circumstances that need our immediate attention. That is life and those mishaps are given. Good thing we are offered with many options on how to deal with these unforeseen circumstances and some of these options is just a few clicks away.



Lendgreen, a duly licensed financial services company in Wisconsin USA offers a fast and easy way to get the money you need especially for emergencies. They can approve your loan in as fast as few seconds and they offer an easy way to apply online and get up to $1500 of loan in your bank account as soon as the following day. In case money is required the same day, they offer wire transfer service for your convenience. Lendgreen is the go-to service to get the cash you need quickly.

What are the types of loans that can be availed in Lendgreen?

When you avail of a loan, you must do it for a certain important purpose and not just to acquire money for wants. Here are four categories which you need to understand before making a loan.

Unsecured Loans
These are the types of loans that don’t require that any collateral. It is approved based on the credit history or current income of the individual seeking the loan. Interest rates tend to be higher, though.


Secured Loans
A secured loan is one in which the lender requires assets or property – a car, a home, or some other asset - as collateral. Before the loan is finalized, assets must be appraised first. In the event of failure to pay back the loan, the lender might seize the asset.

Opened-end Loans
These types of loans, let the borrower to continuously make a loan on an ongoing basis. You borrow against a set credit limit, and as you pay the balance back the credit available to you is replenished.

Closed-end Loans
Closed-end loans are one time loans that cannot be borrowed again once repaid.
Here are few reminders you need to be aware of before making transactions with Lendgreen.

1. Lendgreen loans are designed to assist you in meeting your short term borrowing needs and are not intended to be a long term financial solution.

2. The Annual Percentage Rate (“APR”) as applied to your loan will range from 720% to 795% depending on your payment schedule, pay frequency, loan term, and the amount of your loan.

3. Late payments and non-payment may result in additional fees and collection activities as described in your loan agreement and as allowed by Tribal and applicable federal law.

4. Lendgreen is not available in some parts of the United States. Contact their Customer Care team customercare@lendgreen.com for more info.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

In every Filipino design, tradition is a vital element. What we saw and experienced, stories we heard from generation to generation and the ideas we get from cultural arts like dance, music, filmmaking and the like; influence our sense of art.

Tradition is, in fact, deeply engraved to the Filipino soul that its qualities can be seen substantially evident in local designs that are progressive and moderne. Most Filipino art today depicts stories of things of the past incorporated with the artist’s style - and for some, conformity to contemporary aesthetics.


A grand tablescape by Casa Ibarra

Ibarra’s Party Venues & Catering knows tradition well and has envisioned a place where every Filipino can enjoy its elegance and taste. They deliberately thought of combining it with great food and service, and one has the makings of a memorable gathering of family and friends.

With this realization, just November of 2017, the company has unveiled Casa Ibarra, its grandest and largest events venue that ultimately embodies the Filipinos rich tradition and love for elegant gatherings.

Located at the MOA Complex in Pasay City, Casa Ibarra brings everything great multiple generations of clients have come to expect from Ibarra’s. The venue’s interior design is unique through the use of different elements like wood, capiz, raffia fabric and Mindanao’s traditional T’nalak weave. These native materials can be found throughout the building’s design, accents of its Filipino identity. 

Celebracion en Casa Ibarra featuring the best dishes - from appetizers, to the main course and desserts

On the second floor is Sala de Amor, which boasts of six huge capiz chandeliers made of approximately 20,000 capiz shells each. Lighted onyx pillars hold up this grand ballroom fit for 350 guests. A grand stairway on the side lights up dramatically step by step as a debutante, or bride and groom, or birthday celebrant or special guest, make their entrance. The Alegria and Hermosa Function Rooms both can accommodate as much as 140 guests for each, or can be combined for a larger party on the ground floor.

Like a sizable four-story Filipino house from the Spanish period, Casa Ibarra’s architecture stands out almost immediately in its rather business-looking location. The facade has a porte-cochere, where guests can be dropped off safe from the elements. Its balcony can host more intimate gatherings, and can be set-up for a wedding ceremony with as much as 80 guests.

At the threshold of being a one-stop shop for a wide range of wedding elements along with Casa Ibarra’s design and the exemplary quality of the services it offers, we as a company take pride in our claim of being one of the most sought-after brands in the venues and hospitality industry.

Hence, to further strengthen our identity, Casa Ibarra just held its biggest event since its grand launch. This event was aimed to propel its name to greater heights and to help potential clients find the wedding elements that are best suited to their preferences - the Celebracion en Casa Ibarra!

The Celebracion en Casa Ibarra or the Celebracion was a whole day event that showcased the glamour of both modern and traditional weddings through a Bridal Exhibit which includes a Grand Food Tasting and a Gala night that featured the exclusive launch of the internationally-celebrated bridal designer, Mr. Francis Libiran’s Mon Amour Collection.

Mon Amour, Francis Libiran's newest bridal collection and Naked Pattiserie, one of the partners

Over 26 of the country’s top-notch wedding suppliers have participated in the event and 20 Mon Amour bridal gowns were displayed and ramped-up by international models on a grand runway.

Surely, this event has lived up to its purpose and was successful in etching the “Ibarra’s” name to Filipino minds as the top choice of venues for holding weddings, debuts, christenings and other celebrations. Thus, creating the idea of Ibarra’s being the Filipinos’ Home for Celebrations.

Potential clients can also choose from Four (4) other venues under Ibarra’s Party Venues and Catering Specialist namely: Ibarra’s Garden –Ermita, Manila, Plaza Ibarra – Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Bella Ibarra – Quezon Avenue, Quezon City and Villa Ibarra in Tagaytay.

Partner with Ibarra today and make your celebrations en grande!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

mySlim launched the perennial showbiz A-lister Erich Gonzales as the new endorser last Mar. 21, 2018 in Seda Vertis North. Erich as the new face of the brand, underscores the new meaning of sexy that mySlim has helped define. With this move, mySlim cements its stand of encouraging women to see beyond weight loss regimens, fad diets, and even expensive and often dangerous aesthetic interventions. 

Erich, the Blood Sisters star with mySlim executives

mySlim believes that Erich is a perfect ambassador because of their similar journey. mySlim is a brand that came from a little-known company that simply proved too good a product to stay obscure. The bottom line: mySlim works, the brand’s staying power, loyal customers, and the bevy of beautiful brand endorsers who have represented the brand over the years are proof positive.

Erich Gonzales has enjoyed the success that she has while remaining true to herself. She has never had a gimmick or played an angle. Her breakthrough TV role on the sleeper hit Katorse was more about her skills as a thespian than about her undeniable good looks, as was her first hit movie, the acclaimed indie film Paano Ko Sasabihin? At 27, Erich is already a showbiz veteran who has enjoyed a long and fruitful career, a career based on substance, despite her obviously considerable style. 

The beautiful set-up on the stage of the mySlim launch

In the media event, Erich stressed out the importance of self-love and self-confidence, which is gained from having a positive outlook in life and of course a healthy body and lifestyle.

Most people consider fit synonymous to sexy, but while the two do seem to overlap, these are two very different things. Sexiness is mostly about aesthetics, whereas fitness is about good health and well being. Those who look sexy are not necessarily fit, but those who are truly fit, are always as sexy as they can possibly be. mySlim has always been about achieving true sexiness through fitness.

According to Erick Armigos, brand architect of Vida Nutri-Science, makers of mySlim, “In a country that consistently ranks among the best in the world in Gender Equality, especially in the work place, the sexy Filipina is one who embodies what it is to have self-worth and who takes care of her body for the sake of health and fitness, and not just to look sexy.” 

mySlim 200ml Yerba Mate drink, Php90.00

Vida Nutriscience, made sure that their product was designed using the best, safest, and most effective ingredients that will complement a healthy lifestyle. MySlim contains Yerba Mate, Carnipure, and Palatinose which are potent ingredients that help you burn unhealthy fat and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Yerba Mate is a potent and safe detoxification agent and metabolic stimulant that is similar to, but more powerful than coffee and tea. Clinical studies prove that it helps lessen fat absorption by improving insulin sensitivity, giving your body an added fat burning boost without adversely affecting muscle mass when you exercise regularly.

The reason we become overweight is that the human body burns carbohydrates before it burns fat, this is a logical evolutionary phenomenon. Carbohydrates cannot be stored, they can only be burned or lost. Fat, on the other hand, CAN be stored. This phenomenon allows us to not starve to death in the event that we can’t eat for periods of time in excess of 12 – 15 hours. The side effect is that because we rarely ever go that long without a meal in modern times, we end up storing way too much fat. 

Erich flaunting her sexy, beautiful curves in a billboard

Carnipure, a form of L-Carnitine enables the conversion of fat into metabolic energy and reduces metabolic stress. This gives the body the ability to burn fat during workouts, even when there is still an abundance of energy from carbohydrates.

mySlim also contains Palatinose which is a powerful metabolic booster that makes the most out of your routine exercises. It’s a type of carbohydrate that supplies glucose, our body’s preferred energy source. Palatinose helps sustain the body’s energy supply by breaking down slowly which gives our body more glucose over a longer period of time..

The science behind mySlim ensures a safe and effective way to achieve weight loss and overall fitness, especially when partnered with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. mySlim works best for people like its new endorser Erich Gonzales who, despite managing a busy lifestyle, still takes time to eat right and to exercise. 



mySlim is available in three product variants: ready-to-drink, powder drink, and food supplement. mySlim is available in Mercury Drug, Watson’s, and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.vidanutriscience.com or mySlim’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mySlimPH.


AboutVIDA

VIDA Nutriscience, a leading distributor of health, beauty and wellness products in the Philippines. Established in 2004 initially as a supplier of raw materials for various multinational companies, the company eventually extended its client base to include some of the most trusted multi-level marketing companies here and abroad. VIDA is one of the first companies in the country to develop commercial Glutathione supplements. Vida currently distributes a growing range of premium health and wellness products that are available in major drugstores across the country.

Friday, March 23, 2018

There is a plethora of articles on what to give your loved one for her birthday, for Valentine’s Day, for Christmas, etc. You can find a few really worthy ideas. However, it’s useful to know what a woman wouldn’t like to receive as a present. A bad gift can convey the wrong message and ruin that special occasion or even your relationship. Gifts symbolize your attitude to your loved one, so your girlfriend or wife expects to receive something beautiful, meaningful, and romantic. It’s always better to learn from other men’s mistakes. We asked women on our site meetwife.com about the worst gifts ever received, and here is what they answered.


Kitchen utensils and home appliances
Even if your woman has dreamed about a slow cooker, a multifunctional blender, or new ovenware, she wouldn’t like to receive any of it as a gift for a special occasion. And there is an explanation. Stuff like this falls under the category “household necessities”, so those should be the planned purchases that don’t require a special occasion. Around 15% of women rate such presents as the worst gifts of all time.

Cheap jewelry
More than half of the surveyed women wouldn’t like to receive cheap and tasteless jewelry. And it’s not surprising. Self-respecting and tasteful girls and women just don’t wear bijouterie. Even if they do, it’s never an easy choice, and they prefer to choose that stuff on their own. Also, cheap jewelry can be regarded as a sign of man’s neglectful attitude. Yes, many women believe that if a man has serious intentions, he’ll give valuable gifts.

Clothes of the wrong size
Giving clothes is not a crime, you may think. You leave a box with a gorgeous dress on her dress, she finds it, puts it on, and you go to a fancy restaurant. This is quite romantic, but reality is harsh: men pick the right size only in films. It will be a failure either you choose a smaller or a bigger size. Give clothing only if you know her size for sure, otherwise you’ll remember that dress as one of the worst gifts to give your girlfriend.

Anti-wrinkle, anti-acne, anti-cellulite creams
Women are very conscious of their appearance. They want to stay young and beautiful at all costs and men are not supposed to know in what ways. If a woman receives some beauty product from her man as a present, she’ll think that he thinks she has some problems with that body part. Even if a woman ironically speaks about her imperfections, no one else can do the same.

Scales
Another present regarded as one of the worst gifts to give. And it’s an offensive hint, by the way. Women tend to look for the hidden meanings of things. Even if your girlfriend mentioned that she would like to have those cool scales to control her fat and muscle mass, this is the item she should buy herself.

Soft toys
Soft toys are also on the list of the worst gifts to give your girlfriend. Although this is not a bad present itself, women say a Teddy bear will please only an inexperienced girl who is not spoiled with men’s attention. More adult women consider it too unserious.

Money
While money is among the worst gifts to give your girlfriend, your wife will not be against such a gift. Instead of some useless trifle, any married women would like to receive a pack of notes. However, it’s not the case with girlfriends. She will think that you just didn’t want to spend time on the searches for a gift, which means you don’t care about her much.

Statuette
A statuette should be on top of the list of the worst gifts for women. Most women consider it to be a meaningless present. Yes, it can be beautiful, but it’s useless. Of course, if it’s something original and brought from another country, your woman will appreciate it. But if she wanted that chain with a pendant and you give her a statuette, disappointment is guaranteed.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What is your idea of a #Curvalicious woman?
Right in time for the International Women's Month, Whisper Philippines - a brand of feminine care trusted by most Filipinas - launched the Curvalicious Movement to help empower women from all walks of life and encourage them to be bold and daring in accepting life's challenges.


During the launch, the new Whisper jingle "Curvalicious" performed by Nadine Lustre was also introduced along with the new pink Whisper Cottony Soft. Nadine was joined by her loyal BFF's Keana Valenciano and Laureen Reid during the entire event.

Nadine Lustre for Curvalicious Movement

Spunky, independent, passionately creative - that's how most people, whether fans or people who know her well, would describe the multi-talented star Nadine Lustre. No wonder, she is the lady to lead the pack at the recent Whisper Cuvalicious Coming Out Party.


Known as a brand that has long championed women empowerment, Whisper celebrates the modern woman who is fearless, fierce, and playfully bold through its #ChooseCurvalicious movement.

On March 20, at Valkyerie Night Club, Bonifacio Global City, Nadine fierce and stunning as ever commanded the stage with her performance of the new Whisper Anthem, Curvalicious. Like many of Nadine's songs, it was supercharged with groovy beats and empowering lyrics.

"I have always been about being myself and doing what I feel is right and close to my heart," reveals the actress-singer. "The Whisper Curvalicious woman embodies who I want to be so I really wanted to contribute in a bigger way and work on the new anthem with them. I love that we share the mindset that every girl should be able to feel empowered and confident, any day and every day."

Being a star is no easy feat. Like many in the industry, Nadine has had her share of critics and naysayers. Despite this, she has maintained that she is a force to be reckoned with. Passion fuels her as she keeps focus finding ways to be a positive influence on those around her.


"Pag totoo ka sa sarili mo, mararamdaman ng mga tao na mahal mo talaga yung ginagawa mo. People will gravitate toward what is authentic and fueled by passion. That's how you'll be able to inspire and encourage others. Through my work, I want people to be unafraid to be strong, confident, and beautiful," Nadine added.

"Tonight, I am happy that the crowd is responding well to the song, kinikilig ako!," she gushes.
"Leading Whisper's #Curvalicious movement is such a great honor.Despitee all the challenges I've faced, I've done what I can to continue saying yes all day. Beyond being the face of the brand, I really want to be an inspiration  for other girls -- to be the spark that will move others, women for women," she added before heading back to the party and dancing the night away.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sponsor: Top9Rated

Host: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Top9Rated.com is running a giveaway that appeals to all kids!

The prize is a Kids Digital Video Camera with the ability to record video and take images!

Huge, old digital cameras are a thing of the past. The PowPro is designed especially for kids, with it’s rough and ready design, it can withstand the heavy hand of any child. Enable your kids to create a new chapter of their lives by recording vacations or events from their eyes. Download the video onto your computer for amusement in 10 years time!  

Prize:

Powpro Pro DVC-7CAM Kids Digital Video Camera with Ergonomic Design! ($36.99 RV)

Additional Digital Video Camera Information:
Powpro kids digital camera comes with three replaceable batteries, and it will automatically turn off without any operation to preserve battery life. Comes with built-in photo frames, an ergonomic design (making it easy to carry and portable to use), and can support an external SD card up 32G (not included). Intended for ages 3 to 9 years. 
Open To US & Canada entries and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 3/22 9:00 AM EST through 4/14 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I frequently shop online but I usually only buy non-perishable items like clothes and beauty products. The prices online are similar to the mall prices, sometimes even cheaper. Also, browsing through catalogues online is less tiring because you don’t need to walk around. It’s like retail therapy without the strenuous work. So when I heard about Honestbee, I was really curious. I found out that they not only are a food delivery app, but also do grocery delivery. As an avid fan of online shopping, of course, I had to try it out for myself!


The app looks simple but is very user-friendly – something that online shoppers will appreciate. Signing up was as easy as 1-2-3. Fill up the account details and you’re ready to go. Entering your address is similar to ride-sharing apps where you have to pin your address, which was a nice touch. When you sign up, you also get a referral link that you could share with your friends and family. This way, you’re not only helping them save 500 pesos, you get 500 pesos off too when they sign up. It’s a win-win situation.

There are a variety of stores to choose from in the app but the one that really caught my attention was their “Deli and International Grocery” section. I know I’m getting my money’s worth whenever I order things that I won’t usually find at the nearest grocery store. Some of the delicacies you’ll find include gourmet cheeses, assorted pastries, and premium cold cuts; all these become accessible to me through Honestbee.ph I don’t regret signing up and I would surely recommend this to everyone I know.


You can download the app at :

https://www.honestbee.ph/en/
https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/id1001581823?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.honestbee.consumer&hl=en

Monday, March 19, 2018

For us, an ideal family getaway is within a place that gives the whole family an avenue to enjoy. Maybe the first that will come to your mind might be Boracay, Puerto Gallera and Baler. Those places offer a lot of activities that each and every member of the family will truly enjoy.

What if I tell you there is a place in Metro Manila that can be an ideal place for a family vacation?

It's just within Pasay City in the place called The Selah Garden Hotel.

Nature at Selah - the garden and gazebo which can also act as a function place

Selah is an 82-room boutique hotel offering a lot of amenities and activities for all ages.

Selah offers a comfortable stay at any of the rooms they offer. They have the very affordable Bunk which is only P800.00 / head / night. The whole area can be shared by up to 6 or up to 8 persons, each person provided with their own bed.

For a family or a group looking for a larger space at a reasonable price, Selah has the Fantabulous Loft at P6,700.00 per night. It has 3 queen-sized beds and a roll-away which can accommodate up to 8 persons.

Welcome to our room at Selah; video of the entire room in my Youtube Channel

If you are a couple who wants to get a quick escape from the city life, they have the Flagship Room which is only P3,200.00 per night.

All the rooms come with a buffet breakfast for two, air-conditioned rooms, WIFI access and more amenities.

At the middle of the hotel are an oasis and a relaxing garden which the whole family will love for its natural setting. The infinity pool is always inviting every guest to take a dip. It also serves as a classroom for scuba diving. In the garden is a swing perfect for kids and the kids-at-heart. Want something extreme? Try the high ropes. Glide through the zip line course, walk on air through hanging bridges, climb up high through the wall, and rappel downward too.

Infinity Pool which changes its colors at night and the high ropes for something extreme

Selah offers function rooms too for corporate events and family celebrations.

We really had a memorable overnight stay at Selah. Most of the hotels we've checked-in inside the metro offers only rooms and food for the family but not physical activities that will set our spirits to a higher level.

I personally love the warmth and hospitality each and every staff showed us. They are always ready to help you with a smile.

The spacious gazebo that lets you enjoy fresh air

So if you are looking for a place to relax, chill and unwind but don't want to experience the stress of booking a flight or a bus ride, Selah is the best place for you.

To know more about Selah, its offerings and promotions visit:

Selah website - http://www.selahgarden.com/index.php

Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/theselahgardenhotel/

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Consumers want access to all the choices possible. We feel disappointed if we missed out on products that might just be better than the one we've chosen. On the other hand, too many choices can paralyze our ability to make a decision and sometimes lead us to choose the easy option or worse not make the decision at all.




When we’re trying to decide on a new footwear or an OOTD, choice paradox isn’t going to affect too much; but when deciding on a new lock for our home or office door, choice paradox can be very dangerous. We don't just grab the first lock we see just to have the decision over and done with because a bad choice could lead to precarious situations.

So, how do we choose the right lock brand and type for our home or business without becoming overwhelmed with the choices? What factors do we have to consider before buying one?

Design and style



Selecting the right design for our locks is a great way to give our home a new look and extend our home's personality. Choose the design and style in the same way that you would approach any other interior design task. Consider what your overall theme is and the design of the room it will be used in.


Quality, durability, and reliability

The durability and strength of locks in harsh, dirty, remote, or infrequently used locations is of great importance. A quality and durable lock does not necessarily mean a strong key or vice versa. The durability of locks is not only tested when exposed to weather or used on a day to day basis. Durability and reliability are primarily about situations in extremely harsh environments and situations and when locks may not be used for very long periods of times.



Safety, security, and technology

This is the most crucial when choosing for locks because safety that locks offer extends from the safety of the general public to the safety of private property. An electronic lock may not always offer the best security because technology also has pitfalls. Whether you are choosing a mechanical or an electronic lock make sure these locks serve a vast range of needs. Choose the one that is innovative and unique in delivering safe and developed locks.



From these factors, I actually find it hard to name a brand to trust to when it comes to locks that we want to use in our home. I am guilty of going after the price merely when looking for locks. Being a "wais" Mom, I have always thought that locks should be affordable and that I should not shed too much Peso in a single lock. It's just a lock, a piece of metal for the door so the cheaper the better. Until I attended the Kwikset Roadshow which entirely changed my perceptions about a lock.

I have realized that locks are something that we should take into priority because it safe keeps the home and the entire property and the lives of everyone inside the premises and the price should be the last thing to consider when buying for a lock.



Kwikset, the leading residential lock manufacturer headquartered in Orange County California USA is making homeowners feel safe since 1946. Its products have been existing in the Philippines for about 3 decades or more, but I have never heard and was not aware of this brand before.

Kwikset offers contemporary design and style to fit any layout of your door - be it interior or exterior.
Their door hardware comes in a variety of decorative finish choices that coordinate with other design elements in the home. Their finishes are sure to bring you design inspirations to make your home uniquely yours.

Kwikset lock's durability, strength, and reliability cannot be questioned. Few known lock brands along with some Kwikset locks were put into a chemical test by submerging them in ammonia. After few minutes, the more popular lock brands (in the Philippines) went under chemical changes. They easily oxidized, they look like they were burned, but the Kwikset locks did not change at all.

Door locks were also put into a stress or strength test. The representative from Kwikset allowed the guests to hit brand X lock and Kwikset lock with a hard mallet. Brand X was easily detached from the door in just a few hits but surprisingly, the Kwikset lock was not even broken or ruined after 2 guests hit the lock several times. It just got some dents and few bruises but it is still firmly attached to the door.




Kwikset's safety, security, and technology are unmatched. It was proven during some series of tests at the event. During one of the tests, picking tools are used to manipulate the components of the lock device, which requires a high level of skill and practice. Guests tried to unlock 2 unknown brands and they easily did it, but when they tried it to Kwikset's lock, they found it hard no matter how much they tried. This is because Kwiset uses the patented side-locking bar technology. It is a recent innovation from Kwikset which is an improvement on the traditional pin and tumbler design, which is vulnerable to lock-bumping attacks.


Kwikset also introduced SmartKey deadbolts and locks which also feature side-locking bar technology. The technology is also central to the SmartKey’s ability to be rapidly and easily re-keyed. With the re-key technology, you will no longer need a locksmith to change your keys. With just your current key, the re-key tool and your new key, you can change the key that will operate your lock.




Kwikset's Kevo, an innovation which combines security with convenience; is a technology used on smart locks which enables keyless entry. Kevo is powered by a smartphone and a Bluetooth to remotely lock or unlock your home anytime, anywhere.

If these features still won't convince you that Kwikset is one of the very few brands that can be trusted when it comes to locks, then let me also share that Kwikset is ANSI/BHMA Certified. This means that their products are tested and audited and provide the buyer with a certain level of quality assurance. The certification leads to higher design specifications and manufacturing procedures, resulting in a higher-quality product. Therefore, all Kwikset products meet ANSI Grade III or above.

For enhanced security, we must not settle for anything less. We should always choose something that will give superior performance. Remember that locks are prevention for future harm and it's the key to our peace of mind, thus your choice for a lock always matters.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Mom's favorite place is the kitchen. This is where she perfectly seasons every dish with love, wholeheartedly cooks with passion and she does everything inside the kitchen with a smiling heart. Really, one of the  biggest joys of being a mom is  to be able to whip up delicious, nutritious meals that delight every member of the family. 

As the world celebrates Women’s Month, Mega Prime Quality canned vegetable line is bringing a wider and more exciting array of products that will not only satisfy everyone, but will also help turn moms into savvy chefs and homemakers. 

GMA 7's primetime queen and a savvy homemaker

Mega Prime Quality introduced its initial line of easy-open canned vegetables including Whole Mushrooms, Pieces and Stems Mushrooms, Whole Kernel Corn, Cream Style Corn, Green Peas in 2016. Since then, it has expanded its products to Garbanzos, and canned fruits and canned sweet preserves: fruit cocktail, peach halves and nata de coco. Each can of Mega Prime contains ingredients that are meticulously harvested and processed to preserve the authenticity of their taste and flavor. Whether you’re making a quick dinner for your tired kids after a full day at school, or creating a special dessert that will surely get the little ones excited, you can depend on Mega Prime to provide you with the quality ingredients you need. Mega Prime’s products are a testament to Mega Global Corporation’s commitment to offer only innovative, high quality, and affordable products to Filipino families.

To let more mothers know about Mega Prime’s new offerings, Marian Rivera Dantes, previous endorser of Mega Mushroom and Corn and the epitome of a modern, successful mom, has been named as Mega Prime brand ambassador once again, this time representing the entire Mega Prime Canned Vegetables and Fruits line. 

The new line of Mega Prime's products now come in easy open cans

As the Mega Prime ambassador, Marian will also be the first-ever member of the Prime Mom Club, an exclusive social community of moms who understand the needs of start-up moms and help them become successful homemakers through relevant and meaningful activities and knowledge-sharing. Prime Mom Club aims to make the lives of homemakers much easier by helping them whip up great meals by providing premium ingredients that can transform simple dishes into spectacular ones using Mega Prime products. 

During the launch, Marian was asked few questions:

Q : "What dish using Prime products do you usually cook for your family"
Marian : "It depends on the weather. On summer days, I love making halo-halo using Prime's nata de coco and corn; but during cold weather I love to cook mushroom soup for them."

Q : "How would you define a Prime Mom?"
Marian : "A prime Mom is someone who loves herself first before others because how can she give love to others if she herself doesn't know how to?"

Marian with her manager and the execs from Mega Prime Quality after the contract signing

In addition, Prime Moms enjoy a host of privileges, such as the opportunity to be part of Mega Prime Exclusive events, a Special Prime Mom Club ID, a monthly newsletter compiling exciting recipes and many chances to receive special gift items and products from Mega Prime. Prime moms will also be invited to join regular get-togethers where they can discuss relevant and timely home-making topics and listen to seasoned speakers and field experts to discuss a variety of topics that moms would find useful.

The Prime Mom Club is open to all moms aged 25-35 years old who want to learn recipes, tips, and the like, while being able to connect with like-minded moms. Sign-ups may be done online or on-ground during its various activities and events.

“Marian is the perfect example of a prime mom – she is family-oriented, inherently smart, always resourceful and above all, endowed with a beautiful soul. She knows how to juggle the demands of her chosen career and raising a loving family – attributes which she has clearly shown as a brand endorser of Mega Prime. As we celebrate Women’s Month, we would like to inspire mothers to emulate Marian’s example by partnering with her again as we launch the Prime Mom Club. In so doing, we hope to be a partner of mothers as they prepare delicious, nutritious meals for their families,” says Marvin Tiu Lim, VP for Sales and Marketing of Mega Global Corporation. 


“Sobrang excited ako na kasama ako sa Prime Mom Club. For me kasi, it’s important for us first time moms to connect, share our experiences and learn from each other. Gusto kong i-share yung mga alam ko lalo na sa kusina at masaya kasing mag-try ng recipes na nagwork for other mommies. I really hope na madaming mommies ang sumali sa Prime Mom club,” says Marian.

With Prime Mom Club and Mega Prime’s new products, whipping up nutritious, great tasting meals for the family has become quick, easy, and fun.

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