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.

starwars3

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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Samsung washing machines for the multi-tasking mom!

Choosing a good washing machine is, perhaps, the single best investment a mom can make for her family. Just imagine how it can cut a daunting chore in half or even our dependence on household staff. But it seems we commit some big mistakes when using our washing machines. Here are some of them:

1. Too much mechanical action can cause damage to delicate fabrics and clothes in general.

2. Putting excess detergent so clothes will be cleaner and smelling good leaves residue. This can, again, cause damage to fabrics, aside from being harmful to the environment.

3. Selecting a higher temperature wastes energy and will harm your clothes in the process.

4. Same with using the machine for a longer time to wash clothes. The longer the time, the more energy is wasted, and the higher your electric bill.

During a Samsung event recently, I was acquainted with how high tech and innovative their newest line of ‘smart’ washing machines are. For example,the digital inverter features are worth looking into. The initial cashout maybe higher for these types but one can save money, time and effort in the long term.

Samsung washing machine

Front load washers are generally deemed more efficient. Samsung ups the ante with its Fully Automatic Front Load Washer (model WW5000) that has EcoBubble Technology and a Stain Away Program. EcoBubble completely dissolves and distributes the detergent for easy rinsing, deep fabric penetration and greatly minimizes detergent residue.

Stain Away, on the other hand, is a pre-programmed cycle in the washer that helps remove common, stubborn stains. Blood, coffee, tea, wine, and make-up are just some of them. In the setting, there’s a special bubble soaking stage where frothy bubbles penetrate deep into the clothes’ fibers to loosen dirt and stains.

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PAL & Cebu Pacific cancelled flights due to typhoon Ruby

PAL poster

Photo from PAL Facebook page at facebook.com/flypal
Cebu Pacific hotline is +(632)7020888 or +(6332)2308888

Close to 70 flights of Cebu Pacific, all going to and from the Visayas and the Bicol region, were cancelled for December 7 due to bad weather posed by Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit). Passengers were given the option of free rebooking, full refund or deposit in travel fund. (all data via cebupacificair.com)

5J 333 / 334 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 339 / 340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 345 / 346 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 355 Manila – Kalibo

5J 893 / 894 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 891 / 892 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 895 / 896 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 905 / 906 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 899 / 900 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 898 / 899 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 901 / 902 Manila – Caticlan – Manila

5J 907 Manila – Caticlan

5J 625 / 626 Manila – Dumaguete – Manila
5J 629 / 630 Manila – Dumaguete – Manila

5J 521 / 522 Manila – Naga – Manila

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