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
Being tailor-made for the young ones, Kidz Gear can be adjusted to fit little heads perfectly as early as two years old.
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.
“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…
PBB Teens Fourth Pagotan, Mariz Stella, Fifth Pagotan,Vickie Rushton and Axel Torres…
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 –
Ruffa Gutierrez and daughters Lorin and Venice –
Tim Yap and Sophie Sumner of Britain’s (and America’s) Next Top Model
The good-looking siblings Frank, Saab and Maxene Magalona –
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.
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.
The ceremonies for Miss World Philippines 2014 are going on at the MOA Arena as we speak. Though we never get to cover this event like we do the annual Bb. Pilipinas, our bets are on that Candidate No. 19 Valerie Weigmann will win the crown that will be left vacant by Megan Young tonight. (Although it’s tough shoes to fill since tonight’s winner will also have to bag the Miss World title bagged by Megan in Bali, Indonesia last year)
Like Megan, the 24-year old Valerie has showbiz roots, being known for her participation in Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus. Her biography also lists her as a model, host for the noontime show Eat Bulaga and an owner of a German-Turkish restaurant in Makati known as baam.
This photo of Valerie in her official Facebook page –
Update: the 5’8″ stunner Valerie was named Best in Swimsuit, Best in Long Gown and Miss Fashion Runway in the ongoing ceremonies: Photo via @joryrivera on Instagram
I had fun attending a cooking class at Enderun Extension last month and having a hands-on experience cooking Beef Tenderloin Rossini with Pan Seared Foie Gras on a bed of risotto.
Last September 27, Chef Martin Kaspar, one of the owners of L’Entrecote in Burgos Circle and also an instructor in Enderun, staged a cooking demo at The Maya Kitchen in Makati.It was very interesting since the students learned how to cook restaurant-quality food and it’s not so difficult after all. The chef’s recipe for Beef Stroganoff has cognac and it adds a unique twist to the dish.
Read the recipe after the jump and find out how you can be one of 3 winners of our giveaway of a cooking class at The Maya Kitchen (P1,500 value each).
Preparing a child’s baon (or lunchbox in common parlance) is undoubtedly a part of parenthood. Sometimes we get up in the wee hours of the morning just to get things ready. It is a manifestation of love and a showcase of one’s creativity. What every mom wants in a lunchbox is of course healthy food, variety of choices and maybe a burst of colors to make the food more attractive for kids to eat.
And now, lunchbox preparation has entered the mainstream with Glad Kitchen’s Design Your Kid’s Baon – a creative competition that’s sure to elevate food preparation into an art. Just follow these simple rules in the poster, the official FB page is at http://www.facebook.com/GladKitchen/
It was that weekend we were checked in Astoria Plaza and nothing seemed to go well. The wifi was (forever) not working in the hotel and our Kapitolyo food trip went sour as there appeared to be coordinated bad service in that dingy place called Three Sisters and Charlie’s Grind & Grill next door. A trip to the civilized confines of Shangri-La Mall was definitely in order.
This mall has one of the best curation of restos in the metro, so if you want to play safe with your hard-earned moolah, dine here! The Shang’s East Wing has gotten so much buzz because of the excellent food choices. We decided to train our tastebuds on the menu of Akira which is the newest teppanyaki restaurant in town.
Akira is part of the growing chain of dining places owned by actor Marvin Agustin and his business partners (which also includes Banzai in MOA ). The complete name is: Akira The Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki. The sushi part escaped me, but I don’t mind coz we were going to have Wagyu for dinner!
All that beef, majestic glorious beef that melts in the mouth and makes you feel you’re in heaven….my oh my!
But that’s getting ahead of the story. Watching the chef doing a teppanyaki show where he performs with knives, like they do in Benihana, is one of the attractions at Akira. I made sure I filmed it for posterity:
This is a rather late post on the pre-opening dinner I attended for Ippudo Philippines’ first branch in SM Megamall last September. Anyway, it was one of the most raved about restaurant openings by celebrities and social media personalities alike. Maybe Manila is really ramen-crazy or Ippudo had an excellent publicist but having tried it myself, I can say it deserves all the buzz!
Ippudo’s maiden branch in Manila is located on the third level of SM Megamall’s newest & hippest wing called Mega Fashion Hall. It’s a 200 square meter space and seats approximately 79 people.The design is very hip and classy.
My friends have been telling me that they’ve been trying to eat at Ippudo but the lines are always long! I feel lucky to be among those invited to taste it beforehand, but it seems I want more of the ramen goodness. You see, I was only able to taste one variety out of three – the Akamaru Shinaji ramen. They also served five kinds of their side dishes and for sure, these were enough to fill me up….
It was the day after storm Mario. People in Manila weren’t particularly in high spirits because of the floods that affected the city.I was just happy and thankful that my family was safe! Lady luck seemed to be on my side too, if only because I had a date with two of my most energetic friends that weekend, and they were treating me…yahooo!
First stop was the Midas Hotel & Casino in Roxas Boulevard for breakfast. Their food selections were worthy of a hotel with a classy display of Hermes and Celine bags at the lobby. It was just too bad that they were clearing the place for lunch when I arrived, LOL. I love breakfasts, but on some days I can never be a morning person. Glad these two lovelies saved some buffet treats for me: Ziggy to my left, and Maricel at right….
The second appointment was the one I was most excited about because there was going to be a beauty makeover session at Ziggy’s spanking new salon. I’ve known her personally since her days in Louis Philip Kee and Salon Privat so we were ecstatic with the news that she was going to have her own. Z Salon on the second floor of Paseo de Magallanes looked awesome and cool, there will even be a billiards bar beside it….
The reception area with its array of products from Kérastase, the premier choice of hair professionals.
It’s good when you have somebody you know and trust to take care of your appearance, especially your precious tresses.As a hair stylist, Ziggy Hermosura works so efficiently and fast, something that can only be gained from long years of studying at the Toni & Guy and Vidal Sassoon academies in London. Like an expert, she cut the ends of my long hair as she said that I was already looking like a hippie. Then did some precise layering and put in side bangs.