Live. Work. Play. Learn. Shop…. in one place! #iloveMKH

Am a city girl at heart. I love the bustle, vibe, energy and opportunities of living in a cosmopolitan place. Perhaps when I get much older, I could think of retiring near the mountains or the sea. However, circumstances dictate that Manila is our home right now because this is where work is and where the kids study.

In the ideal world, your workplace, residence and recreation facilities will co-exist in one area so that you won’t have to cope with the stresses of urban living such as traffic and long commutes. It seems this is no longer just a dream with leading developer Megaworld Corp.’s thrust in building masterplanned township communities. It’s a complete lifestyle concept where residents can Live, Work, Play, Learn and Shop in one dynamic, delightful environment!

A fine example is McKinley Hill, Megaworld’s largest township development with a landbank of 50 hectares in the prime spot that’s Fort Bonifacio. Continuously escalating land values and rental rates give investors the highest return for their buck.

Located in this area are: 4 foreign embassies (South Korea, UK, United Arab Emirates and Qatar), 3 international schools, 15 office buildings (including BPOs), and 90 restaurants/ commercial stores. When fully developed, McKinley Hill will be home to 34 residential condominiums, 482 residential lots and 4,716 apartments…aside from all those mentioned above.

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Through the #iloveMKH media tour recently, bloggers like us were given a glimpse of the Mediterranean design and taste of European living that McKinley Hill offers.

“It’s a holistic lifestyle with all the elements of Live, Work, Play, Learn and Shop present right within the community itself,” pointed out Ms. Nicole Adarme, Head of Marketing Communications for Megaworld at the Fort. ” We are advocating a relaxed and convenient way of life, and there’s no better way to do this than through an immersive experience so that bloggers can inspire others and share what it’s like to live here.”

For the LIVE component of the tour, we stopped by The Venice Luxury Residences which consists of seven towers at 22 to 31 storeys each.Only two towers have been built so far but it will dazzle with its Venetian architecture when completed, as there will be gondolas and a Grand Canal with a mall …. just like in Venice!

The Venice Residences

The Venice

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Photos of storm Mario submerging Manila in flood

We didn’t see this coming!!!
Most of us in Metro Manila were awakened with thunder and lightning brought about by Storm Mario (international code name: Fung-Wong) loud that I thought it was the Apocalypse! With my Girl Scout mentality, I was planning escape plans in my head should the situation get worse (because the thunder was giving me nightmares in my half-awake state). But thankfully, I live in an area where the streets don’t get flooded (even during the worst of Ondoy). Even more thankful when we woke up to find out that classes were suspended, and so was work in government offices.

In the meantime, it was sad to find these photos on my Facebook timeline. Red rainfall alert has been hoisted over Metro Manila, Rizal and Bulacan because of the torrential rains. Again, so pathetic that the warning only came when some of the areas were already submerged in floods…..!

Marikina City

Only the roof of cars could be seen in this spot in Marikina City which is notorious for being a low-lying area.(photo via @MarikinaPIO)

EDSA as a river

The main thoroughfare of EDSA was a virtual river (via @tontonico on Twitter)

There was massive traffic too, particularly in the north direction.

traffic-edsa NB

In Quezon City, chest-deep flood waters at the intersection of E. Rodriguez and Araneta Avenues….

Araneta Ave-E Rod intersection

A residential area in Mandaluyong City…


For the residents in the affected areas, this was the situation when the water got inside their houses. For some others, it was worse

water getting inside

People can be seen carrying their belongings to safety… clothes, appliances, pets or whatever they can bring to higher ground (image courtesy of Photoville International / Mark Hirah Adalia)

man carrying luggage

Let’s pray that this storm doesn’t dump any more rains and we’ve seen the worst of it.

Here are the flight diversions and/or cancellations announced by the Ninoy Aquino Airport as of 7am today, September 19. For updates, follow @naia_miaa on Twitter


Manila International Book Fair 2014


Bookworms unite! The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) – the biggest and most awaited book event in the country – will be held from tomorrow, September 17 up to the 21st at the SMX Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For bibliophiles, this is a good chance to see what local and international publishers have to offer in terms of their latest titles. And if you get lucky, you might meet your favorite authors too!

Senator Bam Aquino, a self-confessed book lover will lead the opening ceremonies on Sept. 17 at SMX. The event’s publicist provided a short bio of the senator where it was stated: “at the age of six, Aquino had already read Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’. Among his favorite books are Paolo Coelho’s Fifth Mountain, John Carlin’s Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, Malcolm Galdwell’s The Tipping Point, J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Stephen King’s The Shining, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

There are a total of 150 exhibitors in MIBF which is celebrating its 35th year. Some of these include the biggest publication houses. They will be displaying books from various genres – from bestsellers to textbooks, graphic novels and general references. Likewise, there are scheduled book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and literary events.

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Urbanears Plattan giveaway! #annalyn10years

After a resounding response to my Mi earphones giveaway last week courtesy of @lazadaPH (we have a winner here), another reader will be lucky to bring home these gorgeous Urbanears Plattan headphones courtesy of our friends from Digits Trading Philippines!

Urbanears Plattan

(note: item may not be the same color as the one shown in the photo, but retail price stated remains at P2,950).

Urbanears Plattan headphones are a delight if you want to enjoy your music in complete style and fashion. You wouldn’t be ashamed being seen in these – whether you’re in the coffeeshop, school, office or gym – because they’re eye candy. Most important of all, they deliver outstanding quality sound. Construction is solid, and it can be folded to the size of your hand for convenience and portability.

So what more are you waiting for , join this giveaway via Rafflecopter and complete the mechanics for winning:

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Art exhibit at Chef Jessie in Rockwell Club

scattered nebulae

This whole month of September ‘Scattered Nebulae,’ an art exhibit by dermatologist cum artist Dr. Monina Macam is on show at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

This is the third exhibit by Macam whose first two series Flowers in Bloom Part 1 and Part 2 depicted flora not in their natural form but with distortions in vivid colors.

This time, in Scattered Nebulae, the form is completely removed with free, energetic strokes and drips running across the canvas drenched in bold dramatic shades.

Macam’s foray into art started in 1997 when she played the role of muse for masters Cesar Legaspi, Onib Olmedo, Solomon Safrid and Efren Samson.

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Krispy Kreme Cadbury doughnuts!

Krispy Kreme PLUS Cadbury chocolates….who can resist?

This box of delightful treats sure made me smile when I arrived home and saw it on our kitchen table. Thank you KK Delivery! :)

Krispy Kreme Cadbury Doughnuts

With September being the International Chocolate Month, Krispy Kreme rolls out these limited edition, definitely worth trying Cadbury doughnuts in different flavors –

Fruit & Nut is a chocolate doughnut dipped in white chocolate with chopped toppings of Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut!

Chocolate Mud Pie has a chocolate kreme filling dipped in dark chocolate then topped with crushed Oreo and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.

Chocolate and Biscuit is topped with checkered chocolate ganache, chopped Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and sprinkled with graham cracker crunch.

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Anti dengue campaign launched

Rainy days are here, and it’s during this season that moms like me go on a full alert. Somehow there seems to be a higher incidence of diseases like flu, diarrhea and pneumonia when the rains come. Of course, there’s also the much dreaded dengue – a viral disease caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is common in a tropical country like the Philippines.

It is very timely that the Department of Health (DOH) together with the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) and pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline have banded together in spearheading a campaign called “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue: A Dengue Fever Awareness and Education Program.” An important component of this program is bringing dengue prevention and information to the grassroots level, with special focus on barangays in Metro Manila which have a high incidence of the disease.

Show in photo (from left): Jeoffrey Yulo, GM of GSK Consumer Health Care, Evelyn Perez of the DOH Infectious Diseases Committee and Dr. Sally Gatchalian, PPS secretary.

Jeoffrey Yulo GM GSK Consumer Health, Evelyn Perez  DOH Infectious Deseases Committee and Dr Sally Gatchalian, PPS Secretary

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All set for 2014 Oktoberfest @SofitelManila

Oktoberfest, the biggest festival in the world, is set to rock Manila on the weekend of October 17 and 18. The action happens at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent. This year’s celebration hopes to equal, if not surpass, last year’s record where about 4,000 guests drank 30,000 liters of beer, consumed 1000 kilograms of sausages and 300 kilos of pork knuckles…in just two days!

Here are the photos of the Oktoberfest launch we attended in Sofitel two days ago. ’twas just a preview of the actual festival but how fun!

Oktoberfest means beer and food and more beer! The men in their Lederhosen costume and women in dirndl are so dainty to look at…


Beer pouring

Proceeds from the sale of this year’s Oktoberfest tickets (at P3,300 for non-members) will go to the welfare projects of the German Club Manila.


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Xiaomi Redmi 1S Flash Sale @LazadaPH + giveaway!

Today I was a very happy bunny because I finally got my hands on the Xiaomi Redmi 1S personally delivered by no less than (ahem!) the young and dashing Inanc Balci, co-founder and CEO of LazadaPH.

with Lazada CEO Inanc

On the table: the Redmi 1S (in blue silicone case), Mi Power Bank and Mi earphones which we will ALL be giving away here on How exciting!!!

But first the important announcement: the much in-demand Xiaomi phones are presently exclusively available only at Lazada Philippines..if you can find them in the gray market, they might be sold at higher prices.That is why, it is advisable to join Lazada Flash Sales when they happen. Fortunately, there’s one happening on September 12 where the Redmi 1S will be sold at a budget-friendly price of only P5,599!


First look at the Redmi 1S acclaimed by tech reviewers as presently the best budget smartphone in its class:

Redmi S

Mr. Balci revealed that the feedback to their flash sales has been crazy, to say the least. For those who want to get first dibs on the Redmi 1s, it is a MUST to register before midnight of September 11 (Thursday) to qualify for the Sept. 12 Flash Sale. As they say on the website, “registration does not guarantee the purchase of a Redmi 1S” but it does help to have the fastest fingers :)

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COCA Restaurant in SM Aura Premier is one year old!

SM Aura Premier is my favorite among the SM concrete slabs in Metro Manila and there’s no surprise there: it’s their ‘showcase’ mall. It seemed only yesterday when we met Sarah Jessica Parker live for the Aura opening in May 2013 and time indeed flies so fast!

One of SM Aura’s pioneer establishments, COCA Restaurant, recently celebrated their first year anniversary. But instead of doing so with a bang, the resto chose to give back by partnering with the international non-profit Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y). This group is involved in giving less fortunate, educated youths of society become more productive by giving them access to employment. In this case, Coca sponsored the internships of several adults endorsed by LP4Y.

Photo shows (from left): Ludovic Ducuing of LP4Y, John Gabayeron, Alvin David Silvana and Aurelie Garancher.

Coca 2

The COCA anniversary and thanksgiving dinner was a simple affair where everyone sampled the house specialty “suki” which is the Thai variant of hotpot or shabu-shabu. One couldn’t possibly visit the resto without tasting this. Sorry the picture here looks blurred due to all the steam coming from the boiling soup :)


COCA Roast Chicken in all its glory, with Khao Man Gai sauce (P550)…

Coca chicken

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