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Four Days to Go ’til Christmas!

And the countdown continues…


Are you still thinking on what to cook on Christmas eve? Let me think and share some for you. These are common but at least can contribute…somehow…haha!


  • All-time MENUDO! My favorite!
  • Kare-Kare
  • Mechado
  • Pansit Guisado
  • Embutido
  • Hardinera
  • All-time lumpiang shanghai/shanghai rolls
  • Hamonado
  • Lechon Paksiw
  • Lechon Kawali
  • Cordon Bleu
  • Salpicao
  • Caldereta
  • Garlic-Buttered Shrimp
  • Black Pepper Crab
  • Grilled Liempo/Fish
  • Barbeque

These are just suggestions. Feel free to add more and comment below.


One of the importance of celebrating Christmas is also to have a bonding and cherish memories with our friends, families and loved ones. We, Filipinos, love food. We can have great memories over food. 🙂 But whether you have lots of dishes to share with or few, the most important thing is we are all happy, complete and blessed.


Prayers to all the sick people, that they may recover the soonest and may they enjoy this holiday season with their families.


May your Christmas be decorated with cheer and filled with love. Have a wonderful holiday!



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MCDonald’s Secret Menu Revealed!

Good news especially to the McDonald’s fans out there! In this blog, I’ll be sharing with you the secret menu that you can order at McDonald’s.


What’s this secret menu all about? Simple, these are sets of menu that McDonald’s can offer to their customers which are not listed or showing from their overhead menu at their restaurants/food chains. How to? Just directly order at their cashiers and mention the secret menu that you would like to try. THAT’S IT!


So, here’s where you can choose from:


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Beat Christmas Rush with Villa del Conte Gift Boxes

Beat the Christmas rush and simplify your holiday gift shopping with the Villa Del Conte Minusculo gift boxes!


These elegantly designed gift boxes are filled with delightful Villa Del Conte chocolates that your clients, friends and loved ones will surely enjoy. The Villa Del Conte Minusculo gift boxes come with either:

  • 5 pieces of pralines at P295, or
  • 6 pieces of pralines at P340

These are available for advanced orders. Get these Minusculo gift boxes at all Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-La Mall, Resorts World Manila, SM Megamall and Robinsons Magnolia or contact 893-2575.


To know about Villa Del Conte and its other tempting chocolate creations, follow Villa Del Conte on Facebook @VillaDelContePh, Twitter @villadelconte, and Instagram account @VillaDelContePh, or visit


Posted in Health, Lifestyle, Tips & Ideas

5 Effective Strategies to Prevent Dengue

Prevent dengue this rainy season!


The rainy season is definitely a refreshing respite after the blistering summer. However, it also comes with several illnesses and diseases and the most dreaded of all is dengue. Dengue is caused by a tiny bite of an infected mosquito but this little bite can cause serious health problems and could even mean death if not treated immediately.


“Due to the wet season, dengue-carrying mosquitoes lurk everywhere. As of now, there’s still no vaccine for dengue fever so the best course of action is prevention. You can do this by applying mosquito repellent, removing breeding grounds of mosquitoes and most importantly, keeping the immune system strong,” says Dr. Montoya, MediCard president and CEO.


To avoid serious health complications that dengue brings, MediCard, a leading HMO provider, gives a rundown on how to prevent it this rainy season:

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A Day with Dad


Dapat lang we make dad feel loved on Father’s Day!


He is a provider, a hero, and a friend all wrapped into one—he is dad. And there’s no better time to show our dads how much we appreciate them for being the pillar of the family than on a day specially dedicated to all the fathers out there.


Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, encourages us to express our love to our dads with the Dapat Lang advocacy campaign, where it emphasizes the importance of doing the right thing for the family, for others, and society as a whole.

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Top 5 Out of Office Reply Templates

It’s a public holiday today in the Philippines for the commemoration of the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.



Last Friday, one of my  not so new (^_^) colleague at the office asked me on what I can suggest to put in her out of office reply email for the coming holiday on Monday (today). So now, I’ve come up with this blog post to share with you some ideas on what to write in your professional out of office email replies.


Here’s “my” top 5 O-O-O replies that you can use:



Thank you for your message. I am currently out of the office with no email access. I will be returning on (date of return). If you need immediate assistance, you may reach me at my mobile – (your mobile number).


But of course, you don’t want to be bothered while you’re on a holiday, right? In this case, you may also assign those who need immediate assistance to your colleagues based in other offices (other countries) who can also do the same thing (or has the knowledge/authority to perform such task/s).



I will be out of office on (date) returning (date of return). During this period, I will have limited access to my email. If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact (contact’s name) at (contact’s email).


or, you can use this one:



I will be out of office today. If you need immediate assistance while I’m away, please email (contact’s name and email address).


You can also be polite enough and utilize this template, too:



Thank you for your email. Your message is important to me and I’ll respond as soon as possible. Thank you.


And if you are so-workaholic and you think you can have a time to check your emails intermittently, you can try this:



It’s a public holiday and I’m out of office. However, I will be taking period breaks to check my emails occasionally while I’m away. If this matter isn’t time -sensitive, rest assured that I’ll respond when I’m back in the office. But, if this is an urgent request, please resend any messages that require my immediate attention with a subject line of “URGENT: (original subject)”


Bonus FUNNY and UNIQUE out of office email:


Thanks for your email. I’m currently out of the office, returning on [date]. I’ll respond to your message then.

While I won’t be quite as far as Neptune, I will still be completely disconnected from my inbox until my return. So, if you require immediate assistance, please send your email to [contact’s name] at [contact’s email].


So, there you have it. TURN ON your out of office replies now and have a good break.


Happy Independence Day, Philippines!




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Father’s Day Gift Idea by TechnoMarine

Any man can be a FATHER but it takes someone special to be a DAD.



Show your dad how much he is loved with TechnoMarine!


This coming Father’s Day, give your dad a timeless gift from TechnoMarine, one which perfectly embodies his tough  and strong nature, yet also captures his passion to live deeper.


Photo shows UF6 models, combination class and adventure.


With 30% discount on selected men and unisex TechnoMarine watches, dad can finally feel how much he is appreciated and respected. Let this Father’s Day be a special occasion to honor dad and reward him of his enduring love and efforts with TechnoMarine.


This promo runs from June 1 – 18, 2017.


Visit TechnoMarine boutiques at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier, TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, and all MyDiamond boutiques nationwide, or follow TechnoMarine on Facebook: and follow them on Instagram @technomarineph.



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Get Better in Conversation by Avoiding the Word “VERY”

“VERY” is an extremely used adverb. Let’s give it a break! There are a lot of words you can use to replace the adverb ‘very’ which can definitely broaden your English communicating skills.


‘VERY’ needs some rest, too!



Instead of saying “very noisy”, try to use DEAFENING.

The firecrackers were so deafening that made my ears tingle.



You can simply say BASIC, right?

The procedure is basic. You can follow it without other’s assistance.



If you’re referring to an extreme fear, use TERRIFIED instead of the two words “very scared”.

She’s terrified of these terrorist attacks.



Say, you have watched a great performance and wanted to commend it as a ‘very powerful’ performance, try to use COMPELLING.

It was a compelling performance. I love it!



Yes, this means one has a great deal of money but in place of this, you can say WEALTHY. As simple as that but avoiding the word “very”

They should dig deep from the wealthy men for charity.

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The Ultimate Guide to Pass a Phone Interview


A good CV is not enough to get you a job. Most of the companies want you to go through phone interview first. If you have applied for a job, ALWAYS be ready ’cause your phone might ring any time for an interview.


Here are some tips to ace a phone interview:



Be prepared! This is a REAL interview! NEVER let your interviewer feel that they are interrupting what you are currently doing. Impress your interviewer so that you can make it to the next step.




Do some research. “Google” the company. Check what and how they are doing. Read about them in the news and scour their website. These are vital so that you will have more confidence during the interview.




Go to a quiet room. Take out all distractions including television. Don’t just put it on mute. Turn it off! You have to focus on the interview alone. Do not shuffle papers on the background. Close the window to block out street sounds.


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