30 August 2015

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0



I am no gamer and I initially had no idea what Disney Infinity is all about. The last time I held a Play Station was probably back when I was in high school. But as a mom of a boy, I definitely got excited upon learning more about this latest game. Basically, Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunities to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. It is the only game where you can play with Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters together in one experience. 

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0

A few days ago, Disney Interactive announced that the Star Wars™ universe will join Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel in Disney Infinity 3.0 – the latest installment of the best-selling “hybrid toy / video game” of 2014. What is awesome about including Star Wars in the latest Disney Infinity installment is that it is a franchise that covers all ages - not only today's kids, but also 80s and 90s kids. 

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0

Disney Infinity 3.0 promises to deliver kids and families with a wider breadth of content and variety of gameplay than ever offered from Disney Infinity, including:  
Three Star Wars Play Sets, one set in the timeline of Episodes I-III, the second set during the original trilogy, Episodes IV-VI, and the third based on Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ 
Additional Play Sets offering distinct gameplay and environments, including a Disney•Pixar Play Set based on the upcoming film Inside Out, and a Marvel Play Set featuring Hulkbuster Iron Man, Ultron, and other Marvel characters
A fully enhanced Toy Box with two new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games, Toy Box Speedway (kart racing) and Toy Box Takeover (action-adventure) 
More figures of fan-favourite characters from across The Walt Disney Company, like Mickey and Minnie, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy, Mulan and Olaf, among many others.

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Tons of characters to choose from!
Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures are included in the Disney Infinity 3.0 starter pack

Each of the Star Wars Play Sets offers distinct experiences, with varied gameplay, environments and characters.  The Star Wars™: Twilight of the Republic Play Set takes place in the height of the Jedi’s powers, where players will use the Force™ and Lightsabers™ in epic battles and master their combat skills alongside Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Darth Maul.  The Star Wars™: Rise Against the Empire Play Set will take players on galaxy-spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, piloting X-wing fighters or the Millennium Falcon to fight stormtroopers, or exploring and partaking in land-based missions on planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor.  Additionally, fans will have the unique opportunity to play with all of the Star Wars characters in all of the Star Wars Play Sets.

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Anger, Disgust, Joy, Sadness, and Fear of the movie, Inside Out
Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Olaf!

Disney Infinity 3.0 will also introduce an all-new, 3-D Toy Box Hub that will make it easier for players to choose from a wider selection of gameplay experiences — including platform, racing, and farming simulation games.  Two new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games will bring action-adventure gameplay in Toy Box Takeover and kart racing in Toy Box Speedway, where kids and families can play with popular Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters together in a structured setting. Basically, this is where you could play all characters since Play Sets are limited to the particular characters specified for each of them.

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Enjoy kart racing in the Toy Box Speedway
Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0

During an event held last week, we were joined by Mr. Jason Moffitt, a producer at The Walt Disney Company in its Interactive Media division to discuss in detail what the Disney Infinity 3.0 has to offer - from the Play Sets, Toy Box Mode, Toy Box Expansion Games, and more. He also mentioned that Disney Infinity 3.0 is being developed by Avalanche Software in partnership with Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo and United Front Games to improve your gaming experience. Disney Infinity 3.0 will be available for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ system from Nintendo, PC and iOS and Android devices.

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack will be available from 1 September at a suggested retail price of PHP 2,999.00. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack will include the Disney Infinity 3.0 Base and video game software, the Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices. Other Disney Infinity 3.0 Play Sets, figures, and Toy Box Expansion Games will be sold separately.

Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0
Enjoy Star Wars, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel Characters in the All-New DISNEY INFINITY 3.0

For additional information, please visit www.disney.com/Infinity and www.youtube.com/disneyinfinity, join the Disney Infinity Facebook Community (www.facebook.com/disneyinfinity) and Google+ community (plus.google.com/+DisneyInfinity), and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disneyinfinity) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/disneyinfinity).

XO, Mish


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29 August 2015

Easy Bridesmaid Dresses Shopping at PickWeddingDresses



I have noticed lately that more and more couples have worked on personalizing their weddings.  They make sure that each and every detail of their wedding should be in line with the color motif or the theme of their wedding. There is just this implied need to make everything perfect and organized for these modern couples. I guess this obsession shown by couples to personalize their wedding is due to the latest trend in documenting the wedding nowadays.  What used to be a simple wedding photo before has now become quite complicated with the way weddings are documented lately, by way of the same day editing of the wedding video, prenuptial photos, and more. Going back, this particularity to detail, of course, is not limited to the venue, flowers, and other decor, but also to the clothes worn during the celebration. 


Bridesmaids’ dresses have indeed become better and trendier as time passes by. More couples have definitely decided to come up with the same color and design for their bridesmaids to have that uniform look, by having a designer made them or by buying them from a local boutique, than have them pick out dresses of a particular color which eventually do not really match one another. While purchasing designer dresses and buying from local shops seem to be plausible options, another option available for couples is to have their bridesmaid dresses made by an online retailer.


Online shopping for bridesmaid dresses is definitely one of the best options for a couple, especially those who are on a limited time and budget. With just a click of your mouse, you could pick, order, and pay for your dream bridesmaid dresses without hassle. No need to drive to and from the designers’ shop or boutique. All you have to do then is to wait for the items to arrive at the time specified during the placement of your order.


Another perk of shopping online is the number of choices that you have. There are currently tons of online retailers that offer bridesmaid dresses and one of them is Pickweddingdresses. Bridesmaid dresses at Pickweddingdresses are definitely affordable and not as expensive as designer bridesmaid dresses. You do not need to sacrifice quality and style because these dresses are available on a made to order basis only and are available in a huge selection of colors to match your wedding theme and motif. Visit Pickweddingdresses to see their entire bridesmaid dresses collection!

XO, Mish


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27 August 2015

The Artistic Language of Chocolates in Books, Film and Music



Chocolates have the power to speak to the soul. They symbolize so many things and emotions, as well as narrate different stories and time. Essentially, these are the reasons why they have been a favourite subject in film, literature and music. 

The two adaptations of Roald Dahl’s 1964 masterpiece Charlie and the Chocolate Factory could easily fall under the most sought after works about chocolate. The 1971 adaptation starred Gene Wilder and was directed by Mel Stuart, while the 2005 version directed by Tim Burton featured Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. 

In the movie, one can find many interpretations of chocolates. The chocolate bar with a golden ticket signifies Charlie’s hopes and dreams, as well as the idea that good things come unexpectedly in small packages.

From personal desires and dreams, chocolates are depicted as treats with magical powers in the 2000 adaptation of the novel Chocolat.  It narrates the story of a young mother Vianne Rocher, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, a subdued village, with her six-year-old daughter.

There, Vianne opened a small chocolate store called La Chocolaterie Maya. Her confectionary masterpiece began changing the lives of the townspeople who used to give up worldly or sensual pleasures during Lent. Through chocolates, she was able to help a troubled woman gain confidence, and a violent husband turn into a better man.

Meanwhile, the romantic and passionate symbol of chocolates is depicted on Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate, which had its film adaptation in 1992. The title came from the Spanish line “como agua para chocolate,” which expresses anger or strong desires.

From novels and films, chocolate also comes as a favourite symbol in music. One example is Chocolate by the famous English rock band The 1975, who already rocked the grounds of Manila twice – March 2014 and January 2015.

Romance, fun, passion, adventure, dreams and pleasure—chocolates can really mean a lot of things. However, one chocolate brand knows that there is a chocolate for every personality, for every mood, and for every occasion.

Premium artisanal chocolate Villa del Conte

Premium artisanal chocolate Villa del Conte offers a wide range of sweet treats, from praline balls and praline sticks, to chocolate bars and candy coated ovicinis. And with every chocolate, comes a special message that you want to say.

Visit Villa del Conte at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. You can treat yourself or surprise someone today. As what the 1994 film Forrest Gump says, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get!”

For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101. Go to http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/ to know more about Villa del Conte, or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh, Instagram: http://instagram.com/villadelconte, and Twitter: https://twitter.com/VilladelConte.

XO, Mish


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20 August 2015

McDonald’s Shake Shake Fries are Back!



McDonald’s gives customers another snacking experience they can look forward to with the return of the Shake Shake Fries!

Well-loved for satisfying cravings, Shake Shake Fries can now be enjoyed by McDonald’s customers in three (3) exciting flavors—the spicy yet oh-so-sweet BBQ, the melt-in-your-mouth doubly-delicious Cheesy Butter, and the savory flavor of cheesy tomato Pizza—making each snacking experience different every time.


Customers can get a free upgrade to Shake Shake Fries with every purchase of any medium or large value meal with fries. They can also opt to go for the perfect sweet and savory combination of Shake Shake Fries together with the refreshing and creamy Coke McFloat. For those who prefer to enjoy it on its own, Shake Shake Fries ala carte is also available for only P65.

Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer! The Shake Shake Fries is available in all McDonald’s stores nationwide through Dine-In, Take-Out, Drive-Thru and via McDelivery.

Loving the Shake Shake Fries? Share your Shake Shake Fries experience on Facebook, facebook.com/McDo.ph, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram with #ShakeShakeIt. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com.ph.

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18 August 2015

Essilor backs Philippine co-chairs to 2015 Social Impact Summit



Essilor Vision Foundation, under the Essilor Group, is focused on the importance of healthy vision in sports and in helping individuals with intellectual disabilities work towards generating acceptance and inclusion in the community. True to this commitment, the Essilor Vision Foundation backs the Philippine co-chairs to the 2015 Special Olympics Social Impact Summit. 

Essilor backs Philippine co-chairs to 2015 Social Impact Summit
Essilor Philippines marketing executive Edwin Sunga and marketing manager Jinky Navo

Social Impact Summit, formerly known as Global Youth Activation Summit, is a six-day international convention that enjoins 120 youth leaders from 30 countries to generate critical social change around the pressing issues facing people with intellectual disabilities.  It will be held in conjunction with the Special Olympics World Games at Los Angeles, California. 

Essilor backs Philippine co-chairs to 2015 Social Impact Summit
Special Olympics Philippines national executive director Kaye Samson

Philippine representatives Brina Maxino and Sashi Montaňa proactively shared their experiences as delegates in the 2013 Global Youth Activation Summit in South Korea. Through the summit, they learned how to educate and motivate people into advocating acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Because of their active involvement in this advocacy for years, they have been elected as co-chairs for this year’s Social Impact Summit. 

Essilor backs Philippine co-chairs to 2015 Social Impact Summit
Special Olympics 2015 Social Impact Summit co-chairs Brina Maxino (left) and Sashi Montaña

“Every person with disability can change the world, and I am very excited to be part of this journey,” said Brina Maxino. “We look forward to meeting other young people whose ideas can help people with intellectual disabilities develop their abilities, nurture their talents, and live with dignity and respect,” added Sashi Montaňa.

Essilor backs Philippine co-chairs to 2015 Social Impact Summit
Lions Club of Manila representative Valentin Tio (left) and Chairman George Yuquico

Brina and Sashi’s presentation “Eye Can Play: A Healthy Eyeffair” uses an “edutainment” approach to help Special Olympics athletes, their caregivers and their families learn more about the importance of healthy vision. Supported by Essilor Vision Foundation, Eye Can Play has notched the Top 5 spot in the summit, granting $3,000 for the Philippines and earning accolades from the organizers and sponsors of the 2015 Special Olympics.

Essilor backs Philippine co-chairs to 2015 Social Impact Summit
Special Olympics Philippines team guardians Mac Palafox-Pascua (left) and Winston Maxino

 “Essilor Vision Foundation has been a proud sponsor of Special Olympics for more than a decade by providing prescription eyewear, protective eyewear, as well as visual counselling for Special Olympics athletes,” said Essilor marketing manager Jinky Navo. “We are honored to be supporting the 2015 Social Impact Summit particularly with our Filipina co-chairs in the lead.”

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16 August 2015

Minions-Inspired



Every Friday, Zack's school holds a FUNtastic Friday event where they play and have activities for all preschool students. Recently, they held a Minions party where everyone has to come in Minions costume, even their teachers. Since I was the one who brought him to school, I decided to don a Scarlet Overkill-inspired look while Zack was the Minion. :p

On Mommy: Banana Republic top, Forever 21 pants, Scarlet flats from Zalora

I was told about the costume on short notice so we weren't able to prepare well. Had they told me days before, I would probably have come up with a head gear and suspenders to make him look more like a Minion lol! Nevertheless, I was relieved that he already has blue pants which are close to the denim jumpers the Minions were wearing. We only bought a cheap shirt at the mall since he does not have any yellow shirts.

On Zack: Random shirt, Benetton Kids pants, Nike shoes

I am extremely happy that Zack is having fun at school. He likes his teachers. He likes playing with his classmates. He's learning his lessons very quick and he's starting to become more independent. He surprises me most of the time with his progress. We wanted to enroll him at a different school initially and I was heartbroken when I was told to wait one more year before enrolling him there. We just accidentally encountered his present school and eventually decided to give it a try. Who would have thought that it would actually be the perfect school for him? Life indeed has weird and unintelligible ways in leading us to where we really should be.

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13 August 2015

When In Infanta - Day Trip Photodiary



My family and I seem to be into spontaneous road trips recently. A few weeks back, we went to Infanta, Quezon for a day trip and here are some of the photos that we took during the trip. Honestly, these pictures do not give justice to the actual view the Marikina-Infanta Road has to offer. Everything was extremely picturesque! And whenever you see clouds around you, it feels like you're in heaven. It's kind of scary though to travel at night and whenever it's raining because there aren't lights in the mountains and the place is very prone to landslide. Nevertheless, this piece of heaven is only a few hours away from Metro Manila which makes the trip definitely worth it! Enjoy!

When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
Had breakfast at Pranjetto Hills
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
Hello, Infanta!
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
Queen Cakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
Swimming at 1pm is not a great idea. Got my feet burned from the sand. The little boy enjoyed though.
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
Boats to Polilio Island
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
Jariel's Peak! We were supposed to have lunch here. But it was packed with riders. We had to come back in the afternoon. We had fried frog legs and a rabbit dish. 
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes
When In Infanta Quezon Jariels Peak Pranjetto Hills Queencakes

"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it." -Jules Renard

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