My list of #fearless Pinays 2014

Last November, Whisper – the leading sanitary pad – held the Whisper Fearless Fair at the Enderun Tent. It was an action-filled afternoon highlighted by the acrobatic performance of the DLSU Animo Squad, the All-Girls Division Champions of the 2014 South East Asian Cheerleading Open; and the pole dancing doyennes from Pole Cats Manila. Then prominent Filipino race car driver Michele Bumgarner drove by in the open field and spoke about how she conquered a male-dominated industry through determination and confidence in her ability.

Anyway, I was asked who would come on top of mind when the phrase “fearless Pinay” is mentioned. It was quite hard putting a list, not because I couldn’t think of anyone, but because most Pinay women wield power in their personal lives, survive the worst of situations and are therefore finetuned to be fearless! When it comes to specific people, here are my choices:

Miriam

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is the first one to cross my mind, and am sure most people would agree. She first shot to national consciousness as Immigration Commissioner in the late 80s and was best remembered for her line: “I eat death threats for breakfast.” Even now that she’s battling Stage 4 lung cancer, Miriam’s chutzpah is undiminished. She continues to voice her strong opinions on matters of national interest and even launched a bestselling book recently, aptly titled ‘Stupid is Forever.’

Leni Robredo - waiting for a bus

Congresswoman Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur makes my list because of her viral ‘Waiting for a Bus’ photo that made the rounds of the internet recently. In this country where officials run around in SUVs and with countless bodyguards in tow, Leni’s gesture to take public transport sans security staff makes me hope for a new generation of politicians not hung up on abuse of power. Of course, my impression is that she’s already fearless dealing with things after the untimely death of her husband and succeeding him in politics.

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9 peso tempura at SumoSam on Dec. 23!

If you love Japanese food, mark Tuesday, December 23 on your calendar because this is the time when SumoSam celebrates its ninth year anniversary and offers Ebi Tempura at a price busting P9 or nine pesos per order!

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The caveat is that the promo will run only from 4pm to 6pm on Dec. 23 in SumoSam branches. Not only that, participating branches will have one winner who will get a one year supply of ebi tempura for free! Just make sure you fill up an info sheet with your name, address and contact details to participate in the raffle. Winners will be able to claim their free ebi tempura every week from January 1 to December 30, 2015….how neat is that? :)

The second promo happens at the EDSA Shang-ri La Mall branch. SumoSam will be on the lookout for diners who share the same birth date (December 23, 2005) and are also named Sam. Nine winners will be picked and they only have to show a copy of their NSO birth certificate to qualify for one year free ebi tempura.

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H&M Robinsons Manila opens December 20!

We’ve announced earlier in this space that H&M Robinsons Manila is opening today, December 17. Apparently, there’s a delay. However, shopaholics can heave a sigh of relief that the waiting will not be much because the store will be unveiling its full fashion showcase on Saturday, December 20!

Doors open at 11 am and close at midnight so there will definitely be plenty of time to shop. After the launching day, normal operating hours will be observed, namely from 10 am to 9pm.

H&M’s December openings for both its SM North EDSA and Robinsons Manila stores comes at an auspicious time since the Christmas shopping season is at its peak. As expected, a lot of treats await shoppers.

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Bibingka pancake & new items on IHOP menu

For a limited time this holiday season, IHOP Philippines is adding a Filipino touch to their scrumptious international offerings.

The girls and I were at the IHOP Mall of Asia branch yesterday, tried the Bibingka Pancake (P225) which was served atop a banana leaf, and liked it.This one differs from the traditional Pinoy rice cake in terms of flour used. There’s a twist to the usual recipe with the addition of muscovado sugar in between the pancakes. Toppings include whole duck eggs, shredded parmesan, cheddar cheese and dessicated coconut. Definitely worth trying when you dine at IHOP this season.

Bibingka pancake

The pancake is best served with the Malagos Hot Chocolate (P145) which uses all-natural, single origin beans grown and harvested by Davao farmers. I don’t know if something was missing in the preparation, but the drink was sort of diluted and not too chocolatey. I prefer my hot choco to be rich and have a certain degree of viscosity ;)

Malagos hot choco

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Banzai MOA holiday selection

Banzai: The Great Authentic Japanese Buffet at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex presents an international menu for its Christmas 2014 selection. This is aside from their usual offerings of sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, tempura, tonkatsu, yakitori, ramen, takoyaki, and many more.

We spotted porchetta or rolled pork belly baked to tenderness, after being rubbed with rosemary, garlic and other seasonings. If lechon can’t be had, this can be a good alternative.

pancetta

A group of friends can share a platter of Chilled Seafood among themselves. Feast on super-fresh prawns, mussels, and clams to start or finish your hefty Banzai meal.

seafood

It’s not Thanksgiving but…. there’s also Turkey! Oven-roasted, bread-stuffed and served with sauce derived from the turkey’s own juice.

turkey

(Photos courtesy of Banzai MOA)

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Christmas goodies at Bizu!

Whether dining in, ordering for takeaway, or catering for a party, you can never go wrong with Bizu. I’ve always liked this restaurant and patisserie for being tasteful, classy and impeccable in their preparation.

And now that the ‘holidaze’ are here, the choices at Bizu shops are getting richer, more sinful and unbelievably irresistible. If only to honor the season, we must forget about dieting and resolve to get healthy again in March 2015…why not??!! :)

Bizu’s version of Porchetta should be on every holiday table. This is slow roasted pork belly with crispy crackling skin, and then stuffed with herbed truffle risotto. Sauce on the side.

Porchetta with Truffle Risotto

Of course, if I had my way, I’d go for their 10-Hour Roast Beef Belly which is melt-in-your-mouth tender and juicy …. my favorite in Bizu-catered events! For this season of plenty, there’s also the Yuletide Pork Crown Roast which is filled with a hearty stuffing of apples, chestnuts and sausages. The golden brown Whole Turkey Roast is plump and juicy and comes with apple, chestnut and sausage stuffing along with a duet of cranberry sauce and pan gravy.

What would Bizu be without desserts? Nothing is more homey and Filipino than ensaymada. Bizu has the following flavors: Dark Chocolate, Classic Cheese, Almond Praline and Ube, Cheese and White Chocolate.

Ensymada

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Kiddie OOTD for the holidays with @SMKidsFashion

A few weeks ago, my daughters and I attended our very first Christmas party courtesy of SM Kids Fashion. We enjoyed it very much. For starters, there was lots of food served at Todd English Food Hall in SM Aura….

Todd English

Mmmmm, the pizzas and macarons at Todd English were g-o-o-d! So I ate lots in behalf of my daughter. LOL

Macarons

The kids were also made to write their wishes on a piece of paper and hanged it on a tree.We were thrilled because after the event, their wishes came true…we received lots of shopping vouchers. Yay!

Free or not free, we’ve always loved shopping at SM for the girls’ clothes because their selections are always trendy yet very affordable. Here’s the OOTD I set up for my youngest, Lucia. She’s wearing SM from head toe. And I say: why not? From bags to trinkets to costumes and shoes, everything could be found in the kids’ section of SM stores!

The dainty pink headband she’s wearing was only P79.75 from SM. The white top with flower applique is P299.

Lucy

I made sure the blouse was paired with a lavender-colored skater skirt (P399.75) which seems to be in vogue these days. The good thing with SM: they’re always up-to-date with what’s fashionable!

Lucy

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H&M to open in SM North Edsa & Robinsons Manila before Xmas!

After successfully launching in Mega Fashion Hall, Robinsons Magnolia and SM Makati, H&M Philippines is opening Stores No. 4 and 5 before Christmas.

Doors open for H&M SM North Edsa Friday, December 12 while for the Robinsons Manila branch, it’s next Wednesday, December 17!

H&M Philippines announced that fashion fanatics can look forward to a lot of great deals on these dates.The first 100 customers will receive umbrellas, while the first 300 customers can look forward to a tote bag each. There will also be up to 50 per cent discount on selected items. A top fashion editor will also be selecting the top 20 most stylish customers who will fall in line on opening day, and they will be receiving gift cards worth 2500 Php each under the promo #HMLOVESPH.

The two new stores are ultra-spacious, each spanning approximately 3,000 square meters.They will showcase the complete H&M line which does not only include apparel for women men, teenagers and kids. H&M SM North & Robinsons Manila will also showcase selections from H&M Sport,Mama, H&M Home,and H&M+.

Am most excited viewing selections from H&M Home since I don’t seem to have noticed this offering of theirs in stores abroad. H&M sent these photos, the stuff is exactly what you need to make a lovely home, at prices that won’t break the bank.

H&M Home

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Wardrobe wishlist: #StarWarsXFoldedandHung

It seems that everyone is now in a shopping frenzy with two weeks to go before Christmas. Since that’s the case, we highly recommend a visit to Folded & Hung stores to check out their just-released Star Wars collection.

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Yoda, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker on these statement tees…. why not? It’s the epitome of coolness!

Star Wars x F&H

There was a fashion show to launch the collection last Saturday in Megamall. The black and white pieces look very classy. On the other hand, the colorful ones with the Star Wars characters and galaxy explosion patterns are just about eye-catching and edgy. Whether young or old, we’re sure you’d proudly wear these clothes on the street.

Star Wars x F&H

We didn’t see F&H image model Angel Locsin strut the show, but here’s her official poster for the collection…

Angel - Star Wars x Folded  & Hung

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Eight Forbes Town Road & NailGanic Lounge

Skyscrapers are rising in the metro! One that has been unveiled to the public recently is Eight Forbes Town Road, a 53-storey finished condominium project by Megaworld Corp., the country’s leading real estate developer. The building is adjacent to Burgos Circle in the Fort and is part of the five-hectare township that’s called Forbes Town Center (where the Bellagio Towers, Forbeswood Heights and Forbeswood Parklane are located). Megaworld says the inspiration for the whole strip is Bugis, Singapore but with how things are shaping up, Forbes Town Center is destined to become even better.

Back to Eight Forbes Town Road: this condominium is a mixed-use complex combining food, retail, office and residential spaces. The apartment owners here must be so lucky as everything is in one place. At present, only a few shops are open like this Starbucks on the ground floor….

Starbucks

There’s a branch of Robinsons Selections here and it’s really good. I think it’s a new supermarket segment of Robinsons offering gourmet and deli products.

Robinsons Selections

What to love: the extensive array of ready-cooked, take-out food!

Robinsons Selections

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