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

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.

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.

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.