Manila International Book Fair 2014

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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…

Prost!

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.

Prost!

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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 annalyn.net. 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!

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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.

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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 :)

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

Coca chicken

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Rambla in Rockwell : a taste of Barcelona in Manila

In my photo archives was that sublime experience I had dining in Las Flores at the Fort last year. Somehow I got too lazy and busy and never got to blog about it. Now that I dined in Las Flores’ sister-restaurant Rambla last week, I will not let the opportunity pass. With no less than Spanish chef Pepe Lopez at the helm, I love how these two restos really made me appreciate authentic Spanish food in the heart of Manila!

ramblaPH

ramblaPH

Rambla is presumably named after that street in Barcelona famous for its cafés and shops.For tapas, a must-try is the resto’s interpretation of the Spherical Olive. This was originally created by chef Ferran Adria of the (now closed) 3-star Michelin resto elBulli. Only P45 apiece, this olive marinated in EVOO is a fine example of molecular gastronomy.Just one bite and it was truly magical how the whole thing melts and wonderfully explodes in the mouth ;)

Spherical olive

Octopus carpaccio with hummus (P495) ..it tasted as beautiful as it looked.

octopus carpaccio

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#EatOutManila: online resto reservations in just 3 clicks!

Eat Out Manila is a newly-launched online reservations system for Manila’s top fine dining restaurants. Basically, what this means is that you don’t have to fall in line anymore or make telephone calls to make a booking for some of the city’s most sought-after tables. All you have to do is just to log on to their website at eatoutmanila.com or access the mobile app which is initially available through the Apple iTunes store and soon in Android.

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Inaki Lamata

Inaki Lamata, co-founder of Eat Out Manila, said the site is based on an internationally-recognized restaurant reservations system that is operational in US, Europe and Asia.Diners will be able to lock in a table of their choice in real-time, which is much like choosing a seat in an airplane.

“The motivation behind this app springs from personal experience. With the growing list of things you can do remotely through your mobile phone, we thought it’s about time we had something for table reservations from which a food-loving country such as the Philippines will greatly benefit,” Lamata noted.

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