Halloween in Eastwood City!

This 2014, we’re targetting Eastwood City as the place to celebrate our Halloween holidays. I like its open spaces, specialty shops, assortment of restaurants, not to mention the fact that the whole place is pet- and family friendly!

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It’s particularly interesting that Eastwood is offering Halloween Food Bizarre, where restos offer limited edition Halloween dishes, from now until Nov. 2.

Spotted: Momo Café’s ‘deliciously devilish’ Eyeball Meatball in black ink cappellini pasta…

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Classic Halloween cupcakes from Jack’s Loft!

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On the other hand, Pho Hoa has Creepy Mango Crepe while Slappy Cakes has a yummy Pumpkin Batter Set,best paired with cream cheese frosting. Meanwhile Early Bird Breakfast Club is serving up their R.I.P. Pastries goes well with coffee.

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Win free GCs to Chef Jessie Rockwell Club!

November is just around the corner and we can almost feel the excitement in the air because soon…it’s the much-awaited Christmas season!!! Before you go into the frenzy of buying gifts, decorating your homes, planning vacations or attending parties, indulge yourself in a meal at one of the finest restaurants in the metro. That’s right, we’re giving away two gift certificates worth P1,500 each at Chef Jessie Restaurant in the exclusive Rockwell Club of Makati City.

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With its resort-style atmosphere, Chef Jessie boasts of an international menu that aims to please the palate and fill hunger pangs. We recommend the chef’s specialties like the salmon caviar pie, balut surprise, burgers, pan-fried goose liver salad and baked cheesecake. Or choose any of the dishes that suit your fancy.

This giveaway is for Metro Manila residents only and winners must be willing to pick up their prize in Makati City. To join, follow our usual mechanics via Rafflecopter.

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Rexona #RunToYourBeat2014 highlights & photos!

An estimated 10,000 (or more) people participated in today’s Rexona Run 2014. The last time I joined was in 2011 and this activity has definitely improved by leaps and bounds. The bigger turnout means I could not even find parking in the open grounds. Going around Mall of Asia made me late for the unholy 3:45 a.m. gun start. Best to take a taxi or call an Uber service next time :)

Rexona Run 2014 was simply awesome and extraordinary because of the presence of the music-themed tunnels, namely Retro, Hip Hop and EDM. It was like being transported into another world as people went through the tunnels, and stopping for a photo-op was in order. The coolly-decorated areas, with sounds blaring from popular artists, were simply a feast for the the eyes and the senses!

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I didn’t stay long enough to witness this guy propose to his girlfriend in the post-run program. But it certainly made news. “Will you run with me for the rest of my life? And I promise, like Rexona, I won’t let you down'” Hahaha. Swak! (photo courtesy of @rexonaph on Instagram)

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7 things about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung’s best phone of the season landed in Manila yesterday…oh wait, it’s not just a phone but a phablet.There was a long line among consumers who wanted to get first dibs of the much-acclaimed Galaxy Note 4 at the Mall of Asia. They were either walk-ins or reserved online, and the first 4 to make the web reservation even got their device for free. We say yay! because Samsung Philippines announced the introductory price for the Note 4 is at a hefty P37,990, for those not availing of a telco plan.

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Industry watchers expect the Galaxy Note 4 to compete head-to-head with the iPhone 6 Plus. There’s a loyal band of Samsung users, however, specifically those who have used the Note from the beginning. And they will surely put this gadget on their Xmas wishlist. Here’s our first look of the glistening beauty and the icons you can find on the homescreen –

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Here are just 8 top features of the Galaxy Note 4 which you probably didn’t see in previous Note incarnations:

1. The 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display – this is specially recommended if you put a premium on web-browsing and e-booking. The ultra-high resolution of texts, images and videos make everything come alive!

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Manila’s cheapest: Erra’s $1 ramen in Malate

I’ve turned my back on Malate (also known as Manila’s tourist belt) a long time ago because it’s dirty, crowded, decaying and full of petty thieves. It’s still dirty, decaying, crowded and full of petty thieves but since am based here for work again now, I have to psyche myself up to appreciate its ‘character’ :)

For instance, I vowed to myself to explore Malate before more of its old spots are torn down to give way boring malls and real estate developments. Only in Manila will they demolish valuable pre-War buildings like the Army & Navy Club, Admiral Hotel, Michel Apartments and soon, the Philamlife Auditorium. It is just condemnable!!!

Anyway, what I like about this area is the food. The restos are far from fancy but they’re superb. One of these places, Erra’s Ramen in Malate, is becoming legendary for its piping hot bowls of ramen which are affordable for every Juan.Just look at the menu…

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It’s not even a restaurant per se but a cart within a roadside eatery that also serves tapsilog and assorted beer chow. The place is open round-the-clock and is crowded on most nights.

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I would not have taken Erra’s seriously if I had not known that it’s owned by a Japanese. They even have noodle-making machines at the back.

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EverydayMe : beauty freebies, health tips & more!

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines recently held a launch for its latest project EverydayMe.com.ph which is envisioned to be an online community of women. It is designed to give tips and information on how to survive a multi-tasking, multi-faceted life as a modern Filipino woman. You know the drill: we aren’t just moms or wives these days, we also double, triple (or even quadruple!) as corporate slaves, entrepreneurs, community organizers, bloggers or whatever you can think of.

Actually, I was thinking to myself: “oh no, not another website!” But since it’s backed up by a giant multinational company like P&G, expect to get MORE, not just tons of informative materials about how to come up with the best costume ideas for Halloween or massage your face to prevent ageing. By more, we mean freebies and giveaways. For instance, newly-registered users of the site can get as much as P900 discount on P&G products just by signing up.

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Here were some of the beautiful people we saw at the launch held at the Conservatory of the Peninsula Manila. Dainty dresses are very much in!

Model Kim Jones(also known as Mrs. Jericho Rosales) looked elegant in an off-shoulder floral design.

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Stylist and blogger Jenni Epperson opted for a more casual look. We love how this shade of green (and the unexpected pairing with blue flats) is so cool on the eye.

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P&G brand communications manager Anna Legarda Locsin …

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Kidz Gear wired headphone for the little ones!

The ‘ber months are here and during this time, mothers like me are already training our eyes on the best gifts to give the young ones. Christmas is for them after all, they’re the ones most excited about those colorfully-wrapped boxes under the Xmas tree.

Toys, clothes and gadgets easily top the list of most-desired items year after year. If the gadgets are there, could the accessories that enhance their enjoyment be not far behind?

I don’t know why I was thinking of the merry holiday season when I got the Kidz Gear headphone over the mail recently. Last Saturday, I was giddy with excitement when I gave it as a present to my four-year old daughter Lucia, albeit prematurely. Christmas Eve feels like an eternity away. But happiness can’t wait, and I saw it etched on her face as she road-tested the thing.For the record, this was her first headphone :)

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Being tailor-made for the young ones, Kidz Gear can be adjusted to fit little heads perfectly as early as two years old.

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#TeenWeekPH2014 makes kids future-ready

Now on its second year, Teen Week PH 2014 had a fun launch recently and I do like the whole concept of empowering teens to be ‘future-ready.’ SM Aura’s SMX Convention Center Hall 2 was jampacked with students from different schools in Metro Manila who excitedly joined activity booths and hobnobbed with today’s most famous influencers.

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“Because we wanted to truly make the campaign for teens and by teens, this year’s activities were developed with the help of the teens through a crowd sourcing method done on the #TeenWeekPH Facebook page,” shared Mar Corazo, Project Head and Rexona Brand Manager. “Through this, we gave teens the opportunity to have a say and choose what activities they would like to happen in this year’s #TeenWeekPH.”

The booths had different topics for each day of the week such as #MoveUpMonday, #TransformTuesday, #WorkItWednesday, #TransformThursday and #FutureFriday.

There were oodles of celebrities at the TeenWeekPH launch and here were just some of those we spotted:

Unilever Teenfluencers Laureen Uy, Elmo Magalona, Slater Young, Nicole Andersson and Verniece Enciso

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PBB Teens Fourth Pagotan, Mariz Stella, Fifth Pagotan,Vickie Rushton and Axel Torres

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Celebrities flock to H&M Philippines opening preview!

The maiden H&M Philippines flagship store is opening tomorrow, October 17 in SM Megamall and so far it’s the year’s most awaited event among Manila’s fashionistas! In fact, a lot of people were already lined up at the Mega Fashion Hall as early as today. We were able to attend the exclusive VIP party last night where Manila’s socialites and celebrities paid homage to Sweden’s much-loved fashion brand.

Here’s a photo spread of the beautiful people we saw at the red carpet.

Sam Pinto –

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Bela Padilla

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Ruffa Gutierrez and daughters Lorin and Venice –

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Tim Yap and Sophie Sumner of Britain’s (and America’s) Next Top Model

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The good-looking siblings Frank, Saab and Maxene Magalona –

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Search for Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians is on!

The Philippines lags behind other Asian countries when it comes to the perceived quality of Math and Science Education. In the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report for 2013-2014, the Philippines was ranked 96th out of 142 countries. This is far behind the ranking of Indonesia (No. 35), Japan (No. 34), Malaysia (No. 27) and Taiwan (No. 11). Hong Kong and Singapore have better rankings too.

To motivate the new generation to seek excellence in math skills, Sharp Calculators has banded together with the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR),Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG), Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), and Philippine Council of Mathematics Educators, Inc. (MathTEd) to launch the very first search for the Ten Outstanding Youth Mathematicians (TOYM) in the National Capital Region.

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Outstanding youth who will get the TOYM award will be the first batch of Sharp Calculators’ Youth Ambassadors who will spearhead school tours and math symposia Winners will receive plaques of excellence, cash prizes and gifts from Sharp Calculators.

Seen during the launch of the competition were: (from left) Lucero Ong, AVP of Sharp Calculators; Dr. Jose Balmaceda, president of the Math Society of the Philippines and Julie Lim, VP- Sharp Calculators.

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