The great 11-11 sale @lazadaPH: Coocaa 40-inch internet TV at P13,990!

All over the world, November is shoppers’ month. If the US has Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Asia has 11-11. Originating in China, November 11 is when people storm e-commerce websites for a sale frenzy. Thankfully, our corner of the world won’t be left behind because Lazada at lazada.com.ph, the Philippines biggest internet shopping site, has got the following treats in store for 11-11: hourly raffles, hourly flash sales,killer deals, surprise gifts, product launches… all at generally rock-bottom prices. In short, it is Lazada’s biggest sale of the year! :)

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Among the featured merchants which will be featured in a one-hour flash sale on 11-11 is Coocaa, a brand of Smart LED TV. Exclusively available online, it had a hugely successful launch in China’s Alibaba.com in 2013 where the sales of 56,272 TV units in one day was good enough to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

We spotted this 24-inch Coocaa TV which will be sold in Lazada’s 11-11 sale for only P5,990. The bigger 40-inch model will be at P13,990 and representatives said this is already the lowest price in the market for a smart TV in its category.

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Sangobion Go Love Life Part 2: a shopping spree + giveaway!

Barely two months to go before 2014 comes to an end, and if there’s one thing that ‘empowered’women adhered to, it’s the mantra to GO LOVE LIFE! Sometimes we are so engrossed with the pressures of daily living – bills to pay, chores to do, a family to take care of – that we forget to give attention to the one thing that matters most: ourselves. Good thing my favorite iron supplement Sangobion launched a social media to encourage women to allot precious ‘me’ time in their busy schedules. Because our individual selves are our best gift to our loved ones!

Through the Sangobion Facebook page, the brand encouraged women from all over the city to take a 15-day challenge, submit a pledge to change for the better and vow to take better care of their health by taking Sangobion everyday.With ferrous gluconate as its main ingredient in a chocolate-scented capsule form, the supplement claims to makes women strong enough to fight off fatigue, dizziness, paleness, lack of focus and concentration. Not to mention, it has Vitamin C, Folic acid, Vitami B12, Copper, and Manganese sulfate to build healthy red blood cells and immune system.

We already wrote in this space how Sangobion treated winners to a beauty makeover last August 16 from Shu Uemura. In the continuation of the promo, another batch of 40 ladies were fortunate enough to go on a shopping spree at SM Aura last Oct. 18. They went to their favorite merchants in the mall to choose different outfits to suit their taste and personality. So here they are –

Sangobion shopping winners

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#RememberHaiyan : P&G reports on Project Hope

Yesterday, we were huddled in a conference room in Makati City watching a documentary on the victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) which ravaged eastern Visayas last year. Today, November 8, we say a prayer on the first year anniversary of that catastrophe and remember the countless lives (and livelihood) that were lost. The question on everyone’s minds is: how are the affected and surviving families coping 365 days after Yolanda? How are they rebuilding their lives?

Do watch this short film with me, and spare 12 minutes of your time, to glimpse into the lives of some residents in Leyte province who were affected by Yolanda and how they faced the difficult task of starting anew:

Anna Legarda Locsin, Communications Head of multinational company Procter & Gamble, noted that a calamity of immense magnitude as Yolanda taught the world of the Filipinos’ “tremendous strength to move forward after so much loss.”

Thankfully, rehabilitation efforts in badly-stricken areas like Leyte got a much-needed push from the private sector. Locsin said P&G immediately implemented Project Hope together with its distributor partner in the Visayas, Dranix East.

P&G, along with the personal contributions of its employees, donated a total of P100 million products, cash and safe drinking water in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda. But the best manifestation of the help is, perhaps, the orange-colored Project Hope stores. Approximately 3,000 of these stores could be found in the major roads, tent cities and even the most remote locations of Yolanda-hit areas in Leyte.

Inititial Hope Store model by P&G and Distributing Partner Dranix

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Catering by Claudia’s of the Romulo Food Group

Most of us look forward to Christmas because of parties, gifts, food-laden tables and the general atmosphere of merriment. It was just timely that we were introduced recently to Catering by Claudia’s which is the catering arm of the Romulo Food Group. This chain also includes Romulo Lounge, Claudia’s Kitchen, Cerchio and Tito Chef.

Catering by Claudia, owned by the husband-and-wife team of Enzo and Sandie Romulo-Squillantini, is inspired by the historic career of the family patriarch, General Carlos P. Romulo, who was the first Asian President of the United Nations General Assembly.Formal affairs hosted by the good general were always much awaited by their international guests because of their varied and delectable selections.

Decades later, this is the same tradition being carried over by third generation Romulos. They describe their offerings as “truly representative of the international palate with a touch of the discriminating Filipino taste.”

The Catering by Claudia event we attended was a mind-boggling buffet filled with more than 50 dishes, not to mention such innovative drinks as dayap green tea, tamarind with chili & honey, minted kamias crush. Here were just some of those which caught our attention:

Appetizer – crispy aubergines with salted egg, onions and tomato in spicy lemon mayo caponata.

Crispy aubergines with salted egg, onion & tomato

Roasted Kalabasa and Carrot soup, scented with cumin and served with crostinis.

Roast calabaza and carrot soup

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H&M unveils line in support of Unicef’s All for Children

Am a huge fan of the H&M kids’ line. Saw a lot of Hello Kitty cute stuff at their recent opening and it was adorb!! Starting October 30, H&M also unveiled its All for Children collection in selected stores worldwide and this is something worth looking at for parents like me who would like to indulge in some retail therapy while contributing to a good cause. Approximately 25% of sales from this collection will go towards supporting UNICEF’s early childhood education and development efforts throughout the world.

All for Children by H&M echoes the kids’ active lifestyle mixed with an environmentally-friendly ‘going back to nature’ theme. We spotted this attractive poncho with a hood that resembles an owl.

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How about a glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt with bat wings?

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The accessories are equally fun and include beetle-shaped bags, gorilla gloves, faux-fur raccoon’s tail and a headlamp with fox’s eyes.

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Kids’ costumes at Halloween 2014 in Manila

A surprising turn: I seemed to be more excited with Halloween this year than Christmas which is now 55 days away! Blame it on The Toddler who likes to a) dress up and b) eat candies like there’s no toothache tomorrow. Am mostly an onlooker and I really like Halloween for the creative effort and variety behind all the costumes. I can’t even imagine how some people make a ‘career’ out of it, even the adults.Manila’s Halloween parties are the most fun there is.

For Lucia, the fun started with a Trick or Treat event in my workplace. We just picked out a ‘goddess’ costume in SM and modesty aside, she looked so dainty in it. It was quite daunting since they visited close to 20 offices but the rewarding part was that she brought home lots of goodies that will put Willy Wonka to shame, lol.

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Next, we were invited to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time Night-O-Sphere party at SM Aura to rock on with Finn, Jake, Marceline the Vampire Queen and other famous cast in CN shows.

Since it’s quite boring to wear the same outfit twice, I picked out a cheongsam from the kids’ pile of unused clothes and luckily it fit Lucia. Here she was posing with a kid wearing a Robin outfit…

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It was at the Adventure Time bash that I happily snapped away with my phone camera because the kids dressed up as their favorite characters.

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Halloween 2014

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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.

Chef Jessie

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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Rexona Run

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 –

Galaxy Note 4

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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