25 September 2014

National University Pep Squad donates to SM Cares for Yolanda Survivors

I was a cheerleader myself (from way back) and a huge fan of the UAAP Cheerleading Competition, as well. So imagine my excitement when I was invited to attend the National University (NU) Pep Squad's thanksgiving celebration for bagging the championship at the 77th UAAP Cheerdance Competition. I usually watch the competition on TV, but seeing the winner of the competition live and up close is just more exciting!

During the thanksgiving celebration, the NU gymnasium was filled with students and professors, together with SM executives to personally meet the champions. Applause and cheers welcomed NU Pep Squad during the repeat performance of their winning performance. Let me say that their routine and execution was flawless! 

As a preview of their amazing performances, here is a clip of their jaw-dropping and heart-stopping group stunting performance:

The overwhelming support from their alma mater led the NU Pep Squad to donate a portion of their prize winnings to the Yolanda survivors through SM Cares Yolanda Housing Project. This is their way of giving back to the community and helping those who are in need. It was also a great news that made the entire NU community more proud of their Pep Squad. 

(L-R) Deborah Sy SMFI Executive Director, Carmen Linda Atayde SMFI Executive Director For Education Program, National University Pep Squad,  Teddy Ocampo National University President, Jun Gaw National University Pep Squad Team Manager and Renato Ermita Jr. National University Vice President

SM Cares is committed to build 1,000 houses to help Yolanda survivors. These houses are designed to be disaster-resilient with concrete ceilings and plenty of ventilation. 

Congratulations, NU Pep Squad! :)

XO, Mish

21 September 2014

Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party

It was indeed a #ThrowbackThursday for everyone during the 1980s-themed zumba party by Posh Nails Hand and Foot Spa which was held at Plana Forma in Centris! Though I'm a 90s baby, I definitely had a great time dressing up in fun neon colored clothes while zumba dancing to 80s music. Aside from helping everyone lose some calories in a fab way, the zumba party also served to launch their newest products and services, including their Whitening Manicure + Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX

Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party

Before we get to know this latest service from Posh Nails, let me share to you first some photos I was able to capture during our fun-filled and colorful zumba party: 

Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party
Super love this cute setup of Sweet Nest Candy Buffet! Also had tons of their sour tapes. :p
Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party
Juice or Tea? These options from Pure Jus and Serenitea will surely keep you hydrated without all of the unnecessary calories.
Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party
Super chic and yummy cupcakes from Gypsy Girl ♥
Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party
And its time to work it out!

So what exactly is the Whitening Manicure and Pedicure powered by GlutaMAX? It is an advanced product designed to eliminate stains and keep your nails and skin lighter, smoother, and more youthful. Here’s how it works: 

Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party

1. Decide on the procedure you would like to have done.
This service comes with a price tag of P675 if it’s for the feet and P600 if it’s for the hands. If you opt to have both your hands and feet treated, the cost will be a total of P1, 275.

2. Enjoy a cup of coffee.
Posh Nails has paired a cup of Nice Day Coffee White with your procedure. This 5-in-1 coffee mix contains glutathione and collagen and is designed to lighten the skin, making it more radiant with continued intake. The amino acids in the glutathione have antioxidant properties, improve your immune function, and help your body metabolize toxins and carcinogens. The glutathione also prevents your skin from producing melanin, keeping it lighter. Collagen, on the other hand, keeps your skin hydrated.

3. Get scrubbed.
Now your hands or feet are undergo an exfoliating scrub, but the type used for this procedure is particularly invigorating, the better to reveal whiter, smoother skin that glows. It sloughs off dull skin to reveal the newer, brighter layer beneath, which has a more even complexion.

3. Relax as you get your hand or foot spa.
Don’t you just love the sensation as your nails are given a full cleaning that leaves your tips and toes feeling fresh? To top it off, you’ll get a quick hand or foot massage that will leave you feeling deliciously boneless.

4. Go through the nail whitening procedure.
This is a three-step process, and you’ll already have gone through the first with the scrub. Next up is the Whitening Lotion Powered by GlutaMAX. This advanced product made with premium skin lightening essentials brightens and smoothens out the skin, restoring its youthful vibrancy. It contains SPF 15, Vitamin B3, glutathione, and Algowhite, and it was carefully formulated by a dermatologist so that it would be both safe and effective. 

Once this step is done, your nails will be covered in Cuccio Sicilian Nail Whitening Paste, which is formulated for extreme cleansing and nail brightening and works on both artificial and natural nails. It thoroughly cleanses your nail beds, whitens free-edges, and is non-abrasive so that yellow stains can be brushed away and stains from dark polish, smoking, colored food and dye, and more can be removed.  The paste contains tea tree oil, which serves as a natural antiseptic.

5.  Pick your polish.
Once your nails have been treated, you can glory in your newly brightened nails and have them coated in a clear polish or done up in French tips, or you can choose from the wide selection of imported polish available at Posh Nails and have your tips and toes painted in any color that strikes your fancy.

Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party
Thank you so much for having me, Posh Nails and GlutaMAX! ♥

This zumba party was extremely fun! And I also cannot wait to try out Posh Nails' Whitening Manicure and Pedicure powered by GlutaMAX. This latest service is now available at all 25 Posh Nails branches nationwide.

Posh Nails Launches New Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX with a Throwback Zumba Party
The girls with Ms. Marcie :)

To learn more about this as well as other products and services offered by Posh Nails Hand and Foot Spa, visit their websites and social media accounts:

Website - www.PoshNails.com.ph 
Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/POSHNAILS.HandandFootSpa
Twitter - @PoshNails_

XO, Mish

19 September 2014

Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet

Filipino's love for selfies is undeniable. We could just strike a pose anytime and anywhere. Thus, Ipanema, the premium Brazilian flip flop brand, wanted to take this passion into a whole new level - by taking an #IpanemaSelfeet! Instead of highlighting our faces, it is time to feature our pretty feet while wearing our super comfy and stylish Ipanema flip flops! Ipanema wanted you to be bold and adventurous and to capture these memorable moments with a selfeet.

 Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet
Getting to know Ipanema's latest campaign at Tres Restaurant in SM North!

As part of the Ipanema Selfeet campaign, a series of mall events called IpanemaSelfeet Sunday will be held on Robinsons Ermita in Manila on September 21, Ayala Center in Cebu on October 12 and Abreeza Mall on November 16. If you’re in the mall where the event is happening, just take your Ipanemaselfeet, upload your photo on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #IpanemaSelfeet and present it to the Bambu or Ipanema Store to get up to 20% discount on your purchases.

Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet
Mr. Patxi Elizalde of  Ipanema Philippines explaining to us their latest campaign

The Ipanema Selfeet Sunday events will have stations complete with Ipanema flip flops and fun backgrounds worthy of even the most demanding selfie aficionado. These backgrounds are not your ordinary sea, sand, and summer-y ones. These could go as extreme as fire, waterfalls, buildings, outer space, roller coaster, and more! Open to the public, the event will also feature the latest collection of Ipanema, celebrity appearances and entertainment, games and a chance to win free Ipanema flip flops, as well as discounts from the Ipanema store.

Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet
Everyone can't wait to have their #Selfeets taken at the Ipanema store at SM North Annex

The fun continues online with the #IpanemaSelfeet contest on Facebook and Instagram. Simply upload your Ipanemaselfeet on Instagram or on the Ipanema Philippines Facebook page with the official hashtag, #IpanemaSelfeet and get a chance to win discounts on Ipanema flipflops! Also at stake is a special accommodation at Punta Fuego in Batangas. :) 

Anyway, here are some of the cutest products at the newly opened Ipanema concept store at SM North Edsa Annex that are #IpanemaSelfeet perfect:

Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet
Sparkly classy pairs that first caught my attention!
Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet
And bright and colorful ones!
Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet
These adorable slippers for baby girls are my favorite too!

Of course, we didn't miss our chance to take our own #IpanemaSelfeet during the event. With fashionable designs inspired by the vivid and colorful Brazilian lifestyle and its signature buttery soft sole, Ipanema flip flops are the perfect companion for any adventure -- whether it is to a dream destination or just within the city. No matter where you go, your feet will definitely take you farther in comfort and style.

Capture Your Next Adventure With #IpanemaSelfeet
Here's my #IpanemaSelfeet with my new Ipanema Mystic Jewel Flip Flops! 

Ipanema flip-flops and slippers are available at Ipanema stores in SM City Lucena, SM Clark in Pampanga, Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro, Bambu, Shoe Salon, and leading department stores like SM Department Store, Robinsons Department Store, Rustan’s Makati and Landmark

PS. Don't miss out on the first Ipanema Selfeet Sunday this September 21 at Robinsons Manila! Hot teen tandem James Reid and Nadine Lustre aka JaDine will be there! :)

XO, Mish

Get Discounts on Outdoor Gear with Outdoor Promos

I definitely love spending time outdoors. I find it just nice to take some time outside of our stressful everyday lives and be at one with nature. It is not every day that we get to relax and enjoy the things that we sometimes take for granted. So before the winter season comes, I suggest that it is time to enjoy the nice weather we currently have for one last time. It could be a simple out of the town trip or an extravagant camping trip. Of course, the preparation for these kinds of activity must be well thought of.

Photo from rgbstock

I am sure everyone will agree that shopping for necessary equipment for an outdoor activity, such as a camping or fishing trip, takes so much time and effort. Thankfully, we could now do almost everything online. There are tons of shops in the Internet that offers equipment and gadgets necessary for an outdoor trip and they offer these in very competitive prices. With just one click, we could now get any outdoor gear that we need!

It is likewise necessary that the gear that we have for an outdoor trip must be complete. It is for us to fully enjoy our trip without hassle. However, with so much equipment necessary for just one trip, the amount to be spent is expected to be quite huge. Luckily, there are online shops such as OutdoorPromos.com that offers huge discounts on outdoor gear such as clothing, footwear and more. With that, you will be shelling out less money for your gear and more money for your trip itself.

Shopping for outdoor gear need not be stressful or expensive. It could easily be done at the comforts of our homes and quickly during our free time. Moreover, the quality of the products to be purchased need not be sacrificed by buying cheap products as we could get these quality outdoor gears affordably with all these huge discounts from Outdoor Promos. Happy shopping!

XO, Mish

18 September 2014

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

Christmas is just around the corner and I know that most kids are already excited as early as now for the presents that they might receive this year. I actually sometimes wish that I could become a kid again so I could enjoy the newest toys offered nowadays. It sometimes amazes me how technology has entirely changed the concept of play. Anyway, I was invited to a toy trade show of Bankee Trading Inc. a few days back to check out their latest products. These items are definitely just in time for the gift giving season which is less than 100 days away!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

This mommy's favorite: Leap Frog!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

My little boy loves the Letter Factory CD we got from Leap Frog and it was amazing how he was able to learn the alphabet through that. I cannot imagine how fast could he learn with Leap Frog's other products. The latest product that they are offering is the Leap Pad XDi which has a large hi-res screen and Wi-Fi ready yet safe for kids.

For the boys:

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

If your kid loves toy cars, Ban Kee carries different kinds of toy cars (and trucks) for you to start an entire collection. Among the brands that they carry are Tomica, Road Rats and Cat Toy Trucks (which I could still remember very well seeing in the toy stores when I was a kid).

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

Another favorite: Little Tikes! This brand exudes the perfect combination of fun and learning. They've got not only outdoor toys, but musical toys, play sets and more!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

With regard to character action figures, they've got the Big Hero 6 action figues (which I think are not yet available in stores!), kiddie gadgets from Disney and Spiderman sets.

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

I am not sure where to put this Jump-o-lene at home, but upon seeing it, there was an urge to take it with me. It's just too cute! :)

For the girls:

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

Hello Kitty madness!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

Of course, the loom band fever has not died just yet! Artsy loom band items such as Loom Twister and Cra-Z-Loom are still in demand at Ban Kee. But if you prefer something new, your kid could try out Loopdedoo spinning tool to make accessories. These are perfect for making friendship bracelets! As for me, I'd go with the most amazing ice cream maker I've seen from Petit Cuisine! Too cute, but it effectively works!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

The Frozen fever is also definitely not over yet! Aside from super adorable toddler Elsa and Anna dolls, Ban Kee also offers singing Olaf and singing Elsa dolls. Let me tell you that these dolls are selling like pancakes!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

Time for your check up! Doc Mcstuffins' friends are likewise present at the trade show. Aside from these cute plush toys, also available is Doc Mcstuffins super adorable dress up!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

And for the mommies to be and mommies with babies, Ban Kee offers Lamaze toys, Graco strollers and cribs, and Disney and First Years baby needs. Lamaze toys were actually my dream toys for Z when he was still a baby. :)

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014

Aside from those, they also got new products for Sofia the First, Palace Pets, Hexbug, and Gundam. I wasn't able to take photos of all of the products cause there were just too many. With this number of new toys to choose from, you'll definitely run out of options!

Latest Toys and More at Ban Kee's Tradeshow 2014
Wish I had a white blazer with me so I'd look like Doc Mcstuffins. :D

Definitely had fun at this year's Ban Kee's toy trade show! This helped me a lot on what I should get my little boy this Christmas. :)

Visit their sites and social media accounts:
Ban Kee Trading - http://www.bankee.com.ph/
Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/bankee.toys

XO, Mish

11 September 2014

Refreshing detox drink on-the-go with Tupperware Eco Bottles

Drinking more than eight glasses of water a day is already good for hydrating your system but adding a few ingredients can do more, helping to flush out harmful toxins in your body. From rejuvenating the skin to preventing high blood pressure and liver-related disease, the benefits of taking your daily dose of detox water are endless and can only be for your own good!

To make your own detox drink, simply mix two or more of the ingredients below with cool water and let it sit overnight to infuse all the refreshing flavors. Make sure that your bottle is safe and non-toxic like the Tupperware Eco Bottles which are tested and proven safe for reuse.

With Tupperware Eco Bottles, you can bring your detox drink on the go and revitalize your overall wellness anytime, anywhere. 

With Tupperware Eco Bottles, you can bring your detox drink on the go and revitalize your overall wellness anytime, anywhere.  It has a screw-on cap to prevent leaks, and an ergonomic shape for easy grip for overall convenience. 

Here are some ingredients that you can try:

Lemon or lime. Lemon is one of Mother Nature’s most effective disinfectants. Because of its amazing alkalizing properties, drinking lemon water can balance pH levels in the body in contrast to the common assumptions that it is highly acidic. More importantly, lemon water keeps the digestive system efficient, which speeds up metabolism, at the same time preventing constipation, heartburn, and gastritis. 

Berries. Berries such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries are loaded with anti-aging properties and antioxidants that slow down age-related memory loss.  They are also rich in Vitamin C which helps the body maintain healthy immune system, hair, and skin. 

Cucumber. Cucumber also contains citrulline, vitamins, and minerals that can help soothe ulcers. It can also regulate blood pressure and normalize body temperature. More than that, it is an excellent source of silica, an essential component in constructing connective tissues in the body.

Mint. Aside from giving your drink an instant refreshing flavor, mint leaves help you digest more effectively as well by relaxing cramped stomach muscles thus speeding up the metabolic rate. It is also a quick and effective remedy for nausea and respiratory disorders because of its relaxing aroma that can alleviate inflammation, irritation, and congestion.

So flush out impurities from your system and make your own on-the-go detox water with your favorite Tupperware Eco Bottle! Enjoy its healing benefits and be on your way to a healthier you!

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XO, Mish

06 September 2014

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces

I frequent Fairview Terraces almost every weekend and I have my Instagram account to prove that. However, I haven't been able to try any of the restaurants situated there (most of which sounds new to me). I know you will agree with me when I say that we have this inclination to try something out simply because of how crowded that place is. And based on my observations, one of the most packed restaurants in Fairview Terraces is the Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine Restaurant. 

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces

Before we get to the good part, let us get to know Dekada more. Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine Restaurant opened its first branch in time for last year's Independence Day. It is part of the popular restaurant group owned by Ricky Laudico, Marvin Agustin, and Raymond Magdaluyo. Dekada serves as a tribute to historic events and places and you will notice that right away from the dishes that they are serving. Currently, they have a branch at Fairview Terraces and at Glorietta 3.

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces

Before I fell in love with Dekada's dishes, the interior of the restaurant first caught my attention. I have noticed that it is filled with modern and historic details - from the intricately designed lights in the ceilings, photos of our national heroes, and witty and inspiring posters. I believe that you won't miss this place because they have this huge Dekada sign fronting the mall's main entrance.

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces

As regards the dishes, Dekada's are not your ordinary Filipino dishes. They made sure that you won't be able to have this dishes in any other Filipino restaurant despite the similarities in denomination. And my photos do not do these food any justice because they are definitely yummier than they appear in the photos.

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Sikatuna (Shrimp and Davao Pomelo Salad) - P278

The first dish that we had was the Shrimp and Davao Pomelo Salad. This one has shrimp, Davao pomelo, quail eggs, and celery, among others. I actually have never had this combination before and it was surprisingly great. All of the ingredients are guaranteed fresh, too.

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Agustino (Bagoong Rice) - P328

I love how Dekada's fried rice platters can be a meal by itself. This Bagoong rice has shrimp paste on it plus grilled liempo, green mango slices, and scrambled eggs on top. The grilled liempo is very tasty while the green mangoes compliment well the adequate saltiness of the rice.

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Gomburza (Ox-Tail and Tripe Kare-Kare) - P348

This Kare-kare is just wow! I have noticed how other restaurants skimp on their ingredients (hence, less meat and more veggies), but Dekada's Kare-kare is loaded with very tender ox-tail and tripe parts! I love how the sauce is very rich, too. 

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Franciscano (Dilis Rice) - P268

This Dilis rice platter is definitely my favorite. I probably took two or three servings of this one cause it's just that good. The combination of the rice, scrambled eggs, and dilis is perfect. It is reminiscent of a great breakfast meal. And yes, I'd eat this one on its own.

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Seguela (Crispy Pata) - 669

Dekada's Crispy Pata is the bomb! Boneless crispy patas have become a trend nowadays and I now know why. Nothing's put to waste with this dish as you get to eat every single thing. Dekada's Crispy Pata is just super yummy! It comes with this equally yum soy sauce dip. And I love how the pork skin noisily cracks inside my mouth as I munch on it. 

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Sakay (Bicol Express) - P298

Initially, I couldn't figure out how this dish could be denominated as Bicol Express until I tasted the sauce. I am used to Bicol Express being sauteed so this dish was quite a surprise. But it was a good surprise cause the combination of the crispy pork and the bicol express sauce is really good. Plus, the sauce is not too spicy for my liking.

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Rizal (Lechon Manok) - P298 for half, P578 for whole

Every Filipino meal is just not complete without lechon manok! And if I could describe Dekada's Lechon Manok in just one word, it would definitely be tender. The meat's juicy and tasty and it melts in your mouth. 

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Puto Bumbong with Cheese - P148 for 4 pcs.

It's been a while since I last ate Puto Bumbong and it indeed brought nice memories from my childhood. Dekada's Puto Bumbong is very dense. I love how this dessert is smothered in butter and you could have it with cheese, muscovado sugar, and coconut. 

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
Proclamation No. 1081 (Buko Halo-halo Espesyal) - P138

When this Buko Halo-Halo Espesyal dessert came out of the kitchen, I became excited and giddy. All the colors in it are just too pretty! I actually had fun preparing this dessert. I had mine with lots of milk!

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine at Fairview Terraces
EDSA (Milo Godzilla) - P168

Another favorite of mine is the Milo Godzilla drink which could pass off as a dessert. I actually did not drink it until I finished eating. This one has the right amount of sweetness which I absolutely love!

I love how Filipino dishes could make us reminisce of our good childhood days. And having that experience at Dekada makes it extra special. After spending time for lunch at Dekada, I now know why this place is always packed. It has great food and nice ambiance. But more importantly, it helps you reminisce about good old memories and create tons of great new ones!

Visit Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine:
Upper Ground, Fairview Terraces
Contact details: 621-4153
Operating hours: 10:00AM -9:00PM (Mon-Thu)
10:00AM – 10:00PM (Fri-Sun)

XO, Mish