Posted in Giveaways, Personal

The Drama and July 2017 Top Commenter of the Month Winner

Every year, we experience typhoon here in the Philippines. And now, it’s the time of the year when typhoon comes to “visit” us.

 

So, just last week, a typhoon came by which was named as “Gorio”. Classes from pre-school to college were suspended from Wednesday to Friday. Some parents got mad because the announcement of suspension of classes were delayed and most of the students were stranded in going home either because of flood or heavy traffic. Well, good for us that we did not experience this, HOWEVER, there’s another annoying thing that I’ve experienced…

 

Drama #1

On Wednesday, my aunt sent me a text message that our telephone has no dial tone. Our landline is one important communication tool for us because as a working mom, it’s me and my sons’ way to get in touch with each other. Our family members’ mobile numbers are stored in our telephone so that they can just press each number on whom my kids want to call or talk with, especially during “emergencies”. And, without dial tone, how can we communicate AT ANY MOMENT that we or they wanted to? They cannot borrow my aunt’s mobile anytime ‘coz she’s also using it and another thing is that, they are not allowed to because they often accidentally deletes either contacts or important messages. You know, KIDS!

 

So, I called our service provider’s customer service. I guess it took around 8-10 minutes before I get hold to talk to a CSR. I was hoping for a tech visit within the day but the schedule given was Friday. OKAY, looks like I don’t have a choice!

 

On Thursday, my aunt told me that the technician came and our telephone’s dial tone issue get fixed. Cool!

 

Drama #2

On Friday, I wasn’t able to go to office (also as advised by our HR) because of the strong typhoon and the wind was so mad too! And the bad thing? The dial tone went off again and this time also our INTERNET CONNECTION! Geez-a-whiz!!! That can’t be! How can I work from home if we don’t have internet service? Screwed! So, I called our service provider’s customer service AGAIN. But this time, it took 15-20 minutes before I get hold of a CSR. After some basic troubleshooting, my problem wasn’t fixed. He scheduled a tech visit for me. I asked him if it can be scheduled within the day ‘coz I badly needed to work, and he said yes.

 

I waited forever, no technician came.

 

How was I able to work? I stole a portion of our neighbor’s WIFI connection. (THIS IS NOT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, LEARN TO ASK.) And yes, I’m just pretty much lucky that their WIFI is not password protected. I barely got internet service (in and out) being sooo close to my room’s window which is the nearest place I can setup to “get” connected. I “somehow” survived.

 

Drama #3

Saturday came, this is the day that you, my readers, are waiting for. Announcement of my giveaway winner! And the drama? My internet connection is not yet fixed and my neighbor’s WIFI is out. What’s left for me is my mobile which is only has a FREE Facebook access. Poor me!

 

And for one more time, I called for a technician. As the CSR checked my account, I’ve found out that the scheduled tech visit that was given to me isn’t last Friday but Monday! That’s insane! Giving false information to your subscribers isn’t just acceptable! And yes, of course, I was MAD. Who wouldn’t be? Then, as a resolution, tech visit was moved to Sunday. Okay, fine. It’s the earliest schedule that the CSR could give me.

 

I don’t have a choice but to send out an announcement on my Facebook page that the announcement will get delayed. (Really sorry guys!)

 

Sunday came, internet connection was finally fixed! But since it’s a family day, I spent the whole day with my kids and family, stayed at my mom’s house for almost the whole day after going to mass.

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Posted in Events, Food & Drinks, Lifestyle, Recipes, Workshops

#Recipe of the Day: Boeuf Bourguignon

 

Last Saturday, I had the privilege to watch (LIVE!) the cooking demo of Chef Xavier Btesh, at the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center in Makati.

 

Chef Xavier was born and raised in Paris and spent the earlier part of his career training under renowned chefs before he went on to become a consultant chef for various businesses and eventually published his own cookbook Les Petits Diners de Xavier which sold more than 40,000 copies across Europe.

 

When you’re a French chef, people come to you and they tell you about 3-star, 4-star Michelin chefs, truffles, and foie gras. But I keep telling people, this is not the food we eat daily,” he says. “I know that Filipinos love their family-style and we’re the same in France, we have family-style as well. I want to show the way we eat at home.”

 

Now, I’m sharing with you one of the recipes he taught us during the cooking demo. It’s called:

 

Boeuf Bourguignon

 

According to Chef Xavier, this is similar to our “adobo” but a French version. Just switch the vinegar with wine and there you’ll have a French stew.

 

What you’ll need:

2 mugs beef chunks

1 pc onion

1 pc garlic clove, peeled

1 tsp tomato paste

4 pcs button mushrooms or 2 pcs Portobello mushrooms

2 pcs carrots, peeled and sliced

1 espresso cup bacon chunks

1 ½ mugs beef broth

2 tsps white flour

1 tsp dried/fresh thyme

1 pinch clove powder

2 mugs GOOD red wine

salt and pepper to taste

½ espresso cup butter, melted

 

Instructions:

 

Set a frying pan on med-high heat. Place in half your butter, and saute your onions and bacon. When onions turn translucent, transfer onion and bacon to a cast iron pan on high heat along with the rest of the butter. Add the chunks of the meat and toss well. Sprinkle flour, and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the beef broth, wine, and all the other ingredients except the mushrooms. Mix well. Reduce to a very low heat and cook for 3 hours, stirring every once in a while so that your ingredients won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. After 2 ½ hours, add your mushrooms. If the sauce reduces too much, add a bit of wine or broth. After 3 hours, your iconic French stew will be ready!

 

 

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Posted in Food & Drinks, Lifestyle, Promos

Get a FREE Sakura Tonkatsu Set at KATSU SORA

Katsu Sora opens in Glorietta 4!

 

Everybody’s favorite premium tonkatsu is now in Makati! Katsu Sora, the Japanese restaurant that offers authentic tonkatsu and a diverse selection of high-quality Japanese dishes, is set to open its ninth branch at the ground floor of Glorietta 4 on July 26, satisfying cravings and stirring more excitement among food enthusiasts all over the metro.

 

Visit the newest branch at the grand opening and enjoy a free Sakura Tonkatsu set with every order of any two Katsu Sora sets. Gather your friends and family and indulge in any of Katsu Sora’s premium pork – Iberico, Shimofuri, Kurobuta, and Sakura. Each of which is guaranteed of the highest quality: tender, juicy and an outstanding flavor.

 

Get a free Sakura Tonkatsu set with every order of two Katsu Sora sets when you visit Katsu Sora’s newest branch at Glorietta 4 on July 26.

 

Katsu Sora takes pride in its wide variety of options at the buffet bar. Make your own salad with a variety of ingredients and explore as many salad mixes as you want with 12 salad dressings to choose from. You may also fill your bowl with a hearty serving of either Awase Miso or Shin-su Shiro Miso soup. For the health-conscious ones, worry no more as Katsu Sora serves brown rice.

 

Experience authentic tonkatsu and a host of other Japanese meals at Katsu Sora.

 

For more information, visit http://katsusora.com/.

 

 

 

Posted in Beauty, Food & Drinks, Health, Lifestyle

5 Best Foods for Glowing, Healthy Skin

I’m 34, a mother of two, and I still feel really young.

 

 

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Your skin is the window to your overall health. If you feel like your skin is dull and dry, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at what you’re eating because the state of your skin is largely a reflection of your diet. Achieve healthier, younger-looking skin by eating food rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E, and essential fatty acids, among others.

 

“The skin is the largest body part of the body and one of the most vital ones. Aside from using skincare products, you can take better care of your skin by eating food that are beneficial for the skin such as salmon, berries, and green tea. In addition to eating right, healthy skin can be achieved through regular exercise and adequate sleep,” says MediCard president and CEO Dr. Nicky Montoya.

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Posted in Family & Parenting, Food & Drinks, Health, Lifestyle

Healthy Way to Satisfy Hunger and Food Cravings of Pregnant Women

I understand the feeling… I’ve been there!!!

 

When you’re pregnant, you tend to crave for MORE food. It’s actually normal to crave during that time, but what if you can’t stop craving for… JUNK FOODS?!

 

Eating junk foods while pregnant should be a MAJOR thing because you ALWAYS have to consider your health as well as the growing baby inside you. Disregarding it could lead to the following:

  • swollen feet (pagmamanas)
  • crazy blood pressure results
  • constipation
  • less nutrient intake (because you become already full after eating junk foods and then you won’t eat healthy foods anymore)
  • health disorders for the baby
  • gestational diabetes

 

But now, there’s a great news for mom-to-be out there! Unilab has come up with CRAVE HEALTHY!

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Filinvest Alabang Inc. wins BCI Asia Award anew

PRESS RELEASE

 

For the second year in a row, Filinvest Alabang, Inc. (FAI) was hailed as one of the 2017 BCI Asia Awards’ Top Ten Developers in the Philippines in ceremonies held recently at the Shangri-La Fort.

 

FAI, Filinvest Development Corporation’s arm that specializes in townships and high-end residential developments, is the company behind Filinvest City in Alabang, the premier master-planned central business district (CBD) that is transforming living and working in the south and its neighboring locales. It is also the moving force behind the Parkway Corporate Center in Filinvest City, the first office condominium under the WorkSpaces by Filinvest banner that offers office units for sale in a dynamic, premium location.

Both projects exemplify FAI’s ability to take on a diverse development portfolio, recognizing its expertise in undertaking master-planned communities of varying scales and concepts.

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Posted in Beauty, Health, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Want to be Truly Healthy and Beautiful? Start Each Day with Athena

Being healthy and beautiful boost our confidence more. So how do we keep ourselves fit and beautiful? I’ll let you know as we go on… 🙂

 

 

Women like us, who’s always “on-the-go”, seek to strike a balance between work and personal time to be able to enjoy life to the fullest. That’s why we need to stay fit and attractiveto look good and feel good whenever we can. We have unique need that only us, women, can truly understand.

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Posted in Lifestyle, Promos

Take home Php10,000 worth of P&G products from Citi Credit Cards

Here’s a prize that’s sure to come in handy. Citi credit card holders now have a chance to take home one of 10 gift packs worth Php10,000 each from Procter and Gamble with Citi’s Swipe for a Million raffle promotion. Simply use your Citi credit card to earn one raffle entry, no minimum spend required.

 

 

You can also take home Php50,000 worth of Shell fuel vouchers, or better yet, Php1,000,000 cash credits! Plus, get a chance to win other lifestyle prizes instantly at www.winwithciti.com.

 

Swipe now until August 15, 2017 and be an instant winner!

 

To learn more about this draw and other special promotions exclusive to Citi cardholders, log on to www.citibank.com.ph.

Posted in Health, Lifestyle

GAOC opens in Filinvest City, Alabang

Southerners can now have access to the highest standards in dental care as Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the leading dental clinic in the Philippines, and one of the best in South East Asia, opened its 8th branch in the central business district south of Metro Manila – Filinvest City, Alabang.

 

With the clinic’s signature elegant and inviting ambiance, patients of the Alabang branch will feel welcomed and relaxed in the new satellite clinic that offers two treatment rooms and one mini-operating room.

 

For more details, go to www.gaocdental.com or follow GOAC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gaocdental, Twitter: www.twitter.com/gaocdental, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/gaocdental. Or personally visit GAOC at the G/F Unit 106 to 107 2301 Civic Place Bldg., Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City or book an appointment at 804-4262 or 0917-122-4262.