30 April 2016

Enjoy up to 80% off at the Great Brazilian Madness Sale in SM Megamall

Beat the summer heat in style and enjoy 80% off on your favorite footwear brands at the Great Brazilian Madness Sale happening at the SM Megamall B, Megatrade Hall 3.

From April 29 to May 1, 2016, enjoy a wide range of footwear style and selection with Ipanema’s colorful and trendy flip flops, Grendha’s sophisticated yet playful sandals and wedges or Rider’s after-sport and adventure footwear.

So be chic and fashionable this summer season and swing by the Great Brazilian Madness Sale!

XO, Mish


A Joy-ful Friday with Free Chicken McMcMcDo

“Joys” of all ages enjoyed a special treat from McDonalds Philippines during the first ever Chicken McDo Day held last April 22.

To celebrate this joyful day, everyone named “Joy” or any of its variations (Joi,” “Joyce,” “Joice,” and “Joyann”) were treated to McDonald’s best-tasting Chicken McDo for free. What’s more, each Joy was allowed to bring one companion who also received a free 1pc Chicken McDo with Rice as they dined and bonded at McDonald’s.

A long Joy-ful line outside a McDonald's store

A joyous atmosphere was present in close to 30 participating stores across Metro Manila as thousands of Joys happily savored the new and improved Chicken McDo made juicier and tastier with just the right crunch.  Marinated, breaded, and fried to a golden perfection, the Chicken McDo makes every dining moment satisfying. Always served hot and fresh, the Chicken McDo is best paired either with the World Famous Fries, Corn Cup, or the new Creamy Mushroom Soup, and a regular drink.

29 April 2016

Get your feet happy and pretty this summer with Skechers Sandals Promo!

Love wearing sandals that are ridiculously comfy? Keep your feet looking stylish while enjoying instant comfort and all-day support with Skechers Cali Sandals! The line offers a wide selection of wedges, sporty, and casual sandals that feature Yoga Foam cushioned footbeds and a flexible traction outsole—making them perfect for long travels, city tours, and beach trips!

As a special summer treat, Skechers is pampering your feet further with a FREE Foot Spa from Posh Nails! Avail of this with every purchase of any of their Women’s Sandals! No just that, you can also get 15% off on Skechers Women’s Sandals for every purchase of the Fetish Service from Posh Nails—an ultra luxurious package for the hands and feet that includes soak, spa, scrub, manicure, paraffin dip, pedicure, and finished with a massage.

27 April 2016

Free Yellow Cab Pizza with Citi PayLite

Grab a free 18-inch Yellow Cab pizza when you PayLite at least P25,000 using any of your Citi credit cards from now until June 30, 2016. Choose among Yellow Cab’s New York’s Finest, NY Classic and #4 Cheese pizza flavors and have it delivered right at your doorstep for free.

To avail of the offer, log on to your Citibank Online account and get your Citi PayLite Redemption ID. Then, simply call the Yellow Cab Pizza delivery hotline to place your order but be ready to share your Citi PayLite Redemption ID, delivery address and charge slip details (last 4 digits of the Citi Card, IPP Sale/Installment tag, transaction date, approval code "APRCODE", transaction amount and "Customer Copy" tag).

Finally, when the Yellow Cab delivery rider brings you your free pizza, just show your Citi card and surrender the valid original customer copy of your charge slip.

Redemption is valid up to August 31, 2016 from Mondays to Fridays. To know more about this delicious deal, visit www.citibank.com.ph/yellowcab or call the 24-hour CitiPhone Hotline at 995 9999.

XO, Mish


25 April 2016

The food we eat: Is your child safe from toxins?

The food we eat may have toxins that can pose serious health risks particularly among our children who are most vulnerable.

To provide for the increased demand for food, conventional commercial farming resort to artificial growth-promoting hormones and synthetic pest control substances such as pesticides and herbicides for faster production of crops, meat and dairy products. While adults have developed immune system to help fight these toxins, children are defenseless because of their immature organs and systems.

“Several studies have linked the harmful effects of chemical residues in food to pesticides. These chemicals are increasingly found in the food we eat and have been linked to the rising incidence of developmental disorders among children such as autism and ADHD, immune disorders such as allergy and asthma, as well as metabolic disorders leading to obesity and type 2 diabetes in later life,” said Edwin Feist, Chairman and CEO of ANTECH, Inc., the distribution and marketing partner of the largest global producer of organic food, HiPP Germany.

24 April 2016

Iconic hitmaker ONEREPUBLIC to perform at the return of the award-winning MTV MUSIC EVOLUTION MANILA on 24 JUNE 2016

MTV Music Evolution Manila is back for more fun again in the Philippines! Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines reprises its collaboration with MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), and marks the return of MTV Music Evolution Manila to the Philippines on Friday, 24 June 2016. This will be the second year the award-winning* show will be held in the Philippines and in 2016, the one-night only live music event will celebrate pop music like never before – enabling fans to experience and discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence that keeps fans moving. MTV Asia reveals its first act, iconic international pop band and prolific hitmaker, OneRepublic, who returns to the Philippines for its second performance since 2013. 

“Stoked to be going back to Manila again! We can’t wait to meet everyone for an awesome dance party at MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016!” – OneRepublic

Despite starting their career as an alternative rock band, OneRepublic has emerged as one of the biggest pop bands over the last decade, integrating dance influences successfully in several of their international iconic pop hits like its smash “Counting Stars”, “Secrets”, “Feel Again”, “Love Runs Out” and more. The band has a sound signature recognizable everywhere by its legions of fans, with their music played in clubs, including club remixes. OneRepublic has also collaborated with world acclaimed DJs such as Alesso. The band has recently been in the studio recording their 4th album.

23 April 2016

When in La Union - The Circle Hostel

I wanted to make just a single blog post for my recent La Union escapade, but I feel like it would be too long. So I decided to focus more on the place where we stayed at in this blog post and the activities we had on the other post. Anyway, I rarely travel nowadays, except when I visit my grandmother at Nueva Ecija. It's just hard for me to take a leave from school for leisure. But when I was invited to visit The Circle Hostel at San Juan, La Union, I didn't think twice. I badly needed a breather from my stressful life.

Welcome to The Circle Hostel!

We left Manila at 8:30 in the evening on a Friday. Surprisingly, it wasn't that traffic going to NLEX. We arrived at San Juan at a little before 3 in the morning. I think it used to take longer than that to get to La Union but the TPLEX and SCTEX made the trip faster. The trip from Urdaneta exit to San Juan took some time because we weren't sure of the directions. But upon reaching San Juan, locating The Circle Hostel was quite easy. 

Not your ordinary front desk

The Circle Hostel, a known budget friendly eco-hostel, is quite an artwork. It was dark already when we arrived so I wasn't able to see how colorful the place was until I woke up in the morning. Upon waking up and seeing all the colors surrounding me, I am sure that the next 24 hours would be awesome. There's so much positivity and life at The Circle Hostel that the guests give, which comprises mostly young adults.

Mornings at The Circle Hostel

22 April 2016

Indulge on the coolest Hut Feasts this summer with Pizza Hut!

Pizza Hut, the country’s well-loved pizza brand, makes summer great for both your tastebuds and wallet with its “Kayang Kaya Sa Tag-Araw-Araw” Hut Feast promo! 

For as low as P299, you can enjoy your all-time favorites of overloaded Pan Pizzas,  mouth-watering pastas, appetizing soups, crunchy salads, thirst-quenching drinks and more in the convenience of any of the 170 airy, cool and clean Pizza Hut restaurants across the country. Choose from 12 Hut Feasts: 4 Meals for Two persons, 4 Meals for Four, 2 Meals for Six, and one Meal for Eight or more. All meals start at P150 per person.

For just P299, enjoy your all-time favorites this summer with Pizza Hut’s Hut Feasts!

You, your family and your friends can also get in on the food fun without the harsh sun by ordering your Hut Feast set meal to go or having it delivered right to your doorstep! You can choose to enjoy Hut Feast A, which includes Bacon Cheeseburger Personal Pan Pizza, Hawaiian Supreme Personal Pan Pizza, 2 Baked Spaghetti Bolognese, 2 cream of mushroom soups and 2 regular Pepsi. For P619, a family of 4 can share in Hut Feast B, with 1 Family Italian Delight Pan Pizza, 2 Baked Spaghetti Bolognese, 2 Baked Spaghetti Carbonara, 1 baked cinnamon sticks and 4 regular Pepsi. Hut Feast C is great for small pizza parties, with 1 Family Hawaiian Supreme Pan Pizza, 2 Spaghetti Bolognese, 2 fried chicken with rice, 4 cream of mushroom soups and 4 regular Pepsi available for just P749. 

20 April 2016

Meat-free Adobo and Tinola? Quorn re-created Filipinos’ favorite everyday dishes in this year’s Madrid Fusion

Quorn, a deliciously healthy meat alternative, proved that eating healthy does not need to entail sacrificing taste at the recently concluded Madrid Fusion Manila 2016.

The first and only Asian edition of Madrid Fusion, the biggest and most important international gastronomy congress in the world brought together the most acclaimed avant-garde chefs from across the globe last April 7 to 9, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Chef Robby Goco’s Meat-Free Imam Bayildi (left) and Chef Florabel Co-Yatco’s Meat-Free Tinola (right) featuring Quorn products win the hearts of this year’s Madrid Fusion attendees, as they showcase brilliant flavors, minus the calories and cholesterol.

This year’s theme was coined as ‘The Manila Galleon: East Meets West’, expanding the gastronomic conversation between two very diverse parts of the world.

18 April 2016

UNIQLO set to open 6 new stores

“We are thrilled to announce that UNIQLO will open four new stores in Luzon by May and two new stores in Visayas by June as we continue to bring high-quality and innovative clothing to Filipinos.” says Katsumi Kubota, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Philippines. 

Joining UNIQLO stores in Luzon are branches in UP Town Center in Quezon City, Solenad 3 in Nuvali, Laguna, Evia Center Vista City in Daang Hari Road, Cavite City, and SM City Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija.

UNIQLO is also expanding in Visayas with new stores in Iloilo City and Bacolod City, in addition to existing branches in SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City Cebu. 

17 April 2016

Safety tips in the kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the home. It is where family members cook and share food together. Being the busiest area of the house, however, it is also where accidents and injuries commonly occur. In fact, most home fires start in the kitchen.

To prevent accidents, it is important to keep the kitchen safe and clean at all times. Solane, the country’s favorite cooking gas, provides the following safety tips:

Keep your kitchen organized. Designate specific areas in the kitchen for cooking, eating and storage of food ingredients, utensils, and all other necessities. Put knives and other potentially dangerous objects and substances away from children’s reach. Keep flammable materials and substances, like curtains and cooking oil, away from the stove.  Install a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher for emergencies.

16 April 2016

Watch Disney Channel's newest TV series "The Lion Guard" this April 17

It is undeniable that we all used to love The Lion King, especially for people like me who grew up watching it. The epic storytelling of Disney’s “The Lion King” continues with “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” a television movie event that premiered 20 March, 11am on Disney Channel in Southeast Asia. The movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of The Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie leads into “The Lion Guard” television series, which will premiere on 17 April, 8.30am on Disney Channel.

Last week, me and several mommy bloggers and their kids were able to watch the first two episodes of this new series. And I am sure that your kids will surely love this one! Set in the African Savanna, “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar” follows Kion as he assembles the members of the Lion Guard. Traditionally, The Lion Guard comprised of the bravest and strongest lions in the Pride Lands. However, Kion defies tradition by calling upon some of his friends who typically wouldn’t have made the cut.

14 April 2016

Indulge in Villa del Conte’s summer flavors

Savor the taste of summer as Villa del Conte brings you its fruit-flavored chocolates! Go bananas this sunny season with Villa Del Conte’s milk chocolate with banana cream filling; beat the heat as you bite the refreshing milk chocolate with watermelon cream filling; and freshen up with the taste of citrusy dark chocolate with orange cream filling.

Enjoy these sweet treats at Villa del Conte stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, SM Megamall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. 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


13 April 2016

Watch: Office Workers had the Best Reaction with Liquor Giant's Summer Surprise

JOHNNIE WALKER, the world’s #1 Scotch Whisky brand, inspires Filipinos to make this summer their most memorable one with its #JohnnieSummer campaign. To launch the campaign in the country, JOHNNIE WALKER brought summer to the city with a surprise stunt that had unsuspecting office and mall goers in for a treat. With a push of a button, the elevator doors opened to reveal a summer party complete with dance music, beach balls, and the red hot Johnnie Walker Squad. 

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/JohnnieWalkerPhilippines/videos/1034783103263011/

For Filipinos, summer is an exciting time to go out of town and make memories with friends and family, but the reality remains that not everyone can leave their jobs on a whim and enjoy summer as much as they want to. Most of their summer days are just like any other, spent in front of their computer screens, dreaming of far-off destinations and idyllic vistas.

11 April 2016

How to Get the Instagram-Worthy Summer Glow with Shopee

Summer is here and almost every girl desires to have that Instagram-worthy summer glow. However, getting that look without spending a fortune can be a real challenge. Thankfully, the beauty game can be won with creativity, resourcefulness, and a little help from Shopee.

Since its launch last year, Shopee has become Southeast Asia’s newest marketplace app that offers a diverse range of retail merchandise. This includes beauty products from hard-to-find local products to “all the rage” international brands, such as LASplash, Makeup Revolution, and Innisfree. With the wide assortment of beauty products, Shopee buyers can easily create the summer look they have always dreamed of.

With the wide assortment of beauty products available on Shopee, buyers can easily create the summer look they have always dreamed of.

“At Shopee, we want to help every girl become stylish and chic by providing them with a variety of beauty products, combined with hassle-free transactions and the best mobile shopping experience. We want all Shopee users to look their best and achieve their signature style while staying on budget,” says Macy Castillo, Shopee Philippines Head of Commercial Business.

10 April 2016

Join Superdudes for a VIP Workshop at Century City Mall

If your kids love being fun and super, then they'll truly have a super summer as Century City Mall hosts Superdudes, live at the mall’s fifth level Event Center on April 16! 

Superdudes is a funny and quirky children’s book created by Stevie Nicholson, a member of the well-loved Australian children’s musical group Hi-5. The book, with illustrations by Nick Rudich, focuses on capturing the imagination of children in a playful and engaging way and is based on the philosophy that absolutely anyone and anything can be Super!

Meet Flutterby, Pencil Pirate, Bubble Trouble and Superdudes creator Stevie Nicholson at Century City Mall on April 16

09 April 2016

BlueWater Day Spa introduces its Newest Brand Ambassadors

When it comes to pampering and relaxation, BlueWater Day Spa is one of the leading chains of day spa in the country that offers all that at premium quality. Aside from its enticing selection of pampering as well as slimming and beauty treatments, BlueWater Day Spa has been able to maintain its lead by by continuously coming up with innovations to keep their customers happy. And with a mind set for nothing but the best, the people behind the BlueWater Day Spa pair up with the country's most popular and loved celebrities to be their newest brand ambassadors.

It was at Luxent Hotel a few days back where such introduction to the media and bloggers was made. And it was Mr. Francis Simisim of BlueWater Day Spa who started off the program by welcoming everyone to the event and by proudly presenting the newest faces of BlueWater Day Spa. 

The growing BDWS family!

As we all know, BlueWater Day Spa has built a good reputation by partnering with some of the country's most beautiful faces. With that, BlueWater Day Spa introduced its current lineup of brand endorsers starting from the freshest faces from Mercator talent agency, which includes Brazilian hearthrob and host of the event, Fabio Ide. Also included are Sam Adjani, Philippe Escalambre, Mark McMahon, Amadeo Leandro, Brent Javier, and Bianca Guidotti.

08 April 2016

Have a taste of New York at LES Bagels

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word "bagels" is New York simply because it is a popular breakfast item there. A few years back, I stayed in New York for the entire summer vacation. A week would not pass by without having bagels with cream cheese for breakfast. You could get them in bulk at supermarkets but it's always best to buy them fresh from local delis and bakeries. When I got back to Manila, I was extremely disappointed not to find any place that offers bagels with the same quality. Luckily we now have delis and bakeries here in Manila that offer authentic bagels and the like, such as LES Bagels.

LES Bagels New York Deli and Bakery or Lower East Side Bagels is the newest deli and bakery that offers New York's favorite breakfast staples - bagels, deli sandwiches, and bagel sandwiches. These are guaranteed to make you feel like you're having breakfast at the Lower East Side as their name suggests. Anyway, I visited their Podium branch a few weeks back to try them out.

07 April 2016

Make long days delightful with McDonald’s new merienda items

Do you have to deal with unexpected scenarios that make your day longer than usual? Last minute calls that you have to take; long lines to get a ride going home; or a sea of hazard lights that will cost you another hour or two? No need to worry because McDonald’s offers more reasons to help you get through them with its new merienda items.

Get through the day even if it’s not going according to plan with McDonald’s new Smoky Cheeseburger and World Famous Fries now offered with Nacho Cheese or Honey Mustard dip.

Savor your favorite Cheeseburger made of 100% pure beef patty and American style cheese now topped with sweet caramelized onions and a special smoky sauce. 

If you think the World Famous Fries couldn’t get any better, try the new Fries Dip in lightly-spiced Nacho Cheese or sweet Honey Mustard flavors.

06 April 2016

How to Keep Yourself Cool this Summer

The weather seems to be getting hotter and hotter everyday. It's such a torture to just even step outside of the house. While the heat is tormenting our daily lives, there are ways by which we could relieve such feeling. Anyway, I have compiled several simple and easy tips on how you could keep yourself cool this summer!

1. Drink up!

Nothing beats cooling off by staying hydrated! 8 glasses of water is recommended daily, but exceeding that would definitely be helpful especially since we sweat more. You may also devour on shakes and fruit juices, but be cautious of extra sugar since most of them may contain syrup. Anyway, you may try out this Spinach and Mango remedy, a healthy alternative from Agape Pastries and Tartines.

04 April 2016

New in from NewChic.com

I rarely do outfit posts lately because I became more focused on events, food, and travel. But I think I should go back and do more of them because new pairs of shoes just came in from a lovely sponsor, Newchic.com! If you haven't heard of Newchic.com, it is a new online shop from Guangzhou, China that offers the latest and most fashionable clothing for women. Of course, they offer these in very affordable prices.

Among the numerous products at Newchic.com, I had my eyes set on their footwear. Well, I actually wanted to buy a dress at first, but when I saw their footwear collection, I suddenly changed my mind. I was looking for strappy sandals for summer and white sneakers for school and they have both products on hand. The best thing about my Newchic haul? Both costed only a little over $30, including shipping to the Philippines!

Shopping at Newchic is really simple. The website is easy to use and the products are organized well. You may pay via Paypal or credit card. I used Paypal to pay for the balance from the shipping fee. Anyway, the items I chose took around a month for these items to arrive and it took a longer time for our local post office to inform me that the products are already here, hence, the late blog post.  

03 April 2016

Nippon Paint sponsors upcoming UAP National Convention

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines recently inked an agreement with United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) to sponsor the upcoming 42nd National Convention slated on April 21-23, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The National Convention is UAP’s annual premier event featuring exciting, educational and entertaining activities that showcase Philippine development in urban planning and infrastructure.  

Themed “Filipino Architects in a Rapidly Evolving World”, the event will feature a series of seminars and workshops on professional and technical development and industry trends, including a talk on the latest and most advanced colour trends and coatings solutions by Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines. In photo during the contract signing are (L-R) Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines General Manager Michael Chung; UAP Secretary General Nina Bailon-Arce; and Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines Senior Marketing Manager Bernice Bobadilla.

XO, Mish


02 April 2016

Ipanema with STARCK: Ipanema introduces shoe collaboration with Philippe Starck

There are tons of things to love about Brazilian shoe brand Ipanema. Their footwear comes in numerous designs that would fit everyone, whether you prefer a girly, classy, or artsy footwear. Each Ipanema flip flops have buttery soft soles that would make you want to wear them all day long. And of course, these sturdy flipflops are to last a long time. I have mine for two years now and it's still good as new! This year, there's more reason for us to love Ipanema as they launch their newest shoe line. 

Ipanema with STARCK: Ipanema's shoe collaboration with world-renowned designer Philippe Starck

For this newest collection called Ipanema with STARCK, Ipanema has teamed up with world-renowned creator Philippe Starck. The Ipanema with STARCK collection features a collection of flats, flip flops, and sandals in four distinct designs, offered in a myriad of colors. These dynamic sandals are inspired by various possible lifestyles and moods to recognize all dimensions of the modern woman, such as arty, glamour, nature and sophisticated chic.