Monday, June 4, 2012

Krispy Kreme's Butterfinger Delights

I love chocolates. It is my ultimate comfort food. I guess it has something to do with the sugar rush that just lifts up my mood. A big plus is the happy childhood memories that every bite brings. When I was a child, happiness was balikbayan boxes smelling of that distinct “imported” smell, a mixture of Dove soaps, Folger’s coffee and packages of chocolates! My favorite chocolate bar is Snickers. I love it up to now! I love how I bite into the caramel, nougat and nuts… ah! Pure bliss. Another favorite was the Butterfinger. I just love the crispy, crunchy and peanut buttery taste!

Imagine my joy when I found out that Krispy Kreme was featuring Butterfinger as its latest 75th birthday present to all! Presenting… the Butterfinger doughnuts and Butterfinger chillers.

Imagine Krispy Kreme’s soft, melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts and refreshingly smooth chillers made extra special by rich chocolate, peanuts, and the crispy, crunchy and peanut-buttery taste of Butterfingers—that’s what the Butterfinger doughnuts and chillers are all about. Available now, these latest additions to Krispy Kreme’s line of premium products allow everyone to enjoy the sweet, peanut-buttery goodness of Butterfingers through two products. Happiness!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Unlimited Pizza at Papa John's every Tuesday!

Everybody loves a good helping of pizza. Guess what, you can enjoy Unlimited pizza from Papa John's. Just add P50 for Unlimited drinks! That's every Tuesday from today til July 24, 2012 only! No Sharing and No Leftovers.

Choices of pizza include Pepperoni, Hawaiian, Garden Special PLUS and a featured pizza of the week. Get your fill and be happy at Papa John's.

Rock of Ages The Musical

Before the movie spectacular, is the musical that has had 5 Tony award nominations, now comes to the Philippines, starring Mig Ayesa. I would like to extend my support for SJCS batch '89 for making part of this happen. They will have a special running of Rock of Ages on June 22, 2012, which features songs from the 80's like "We Built this City", "Can't fight this feeling" and a whole lot more.

Mig Ayesa is once again happy to take on Stacey Jaxx's boots and sing his heart out! See to know why this is such a huge hit in Broadway. Buy now and you might even get the 10 + 1 promo.

For inquiries on tickets you may email or call / text 09228307172.
Prices are P2,000, P1750, P1,500, P900, P700.
Click HERE to visit SJCS batch '89 Facebook account.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Get to win P50,000 with Adidas

Who doesn't love taking pictures? Here's your chance to put those amateur photography skills to good use! Adidas Originals is all about expressing your individual style. If you own adidas Originals, shoot and upload a picture of yourself rockin’ an original look. Or try on our latest collection and pimp it up on our unique photo stage in-store.

The top 10 submissions with the most votes will each win Php50,000 worth of adidas gift certificates! Contest ends June 10, 2012, 12MN.

So join up and show your original street style with Adidas.  Shoot yourself in-store on our photo stage and be instantly rewarded with limited edition adidas sticker packs.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Back To School Mall Sale at Robinsons Malls

It's that dreaded time of the year again... for parents at least. Vacation is almost over, and its time to ready those bags and uniforms for the opening of classes this June! Going back to school means tuition fee expenses, not to mention school supplies, shoes, bags, socks and other expenses. Thankfully, Robinsons malls are having a mallwide sale on May 18 (til midnight) and May 19 - 20 (regular hours). Get the best deals for your children's supplies and save up to 70% on all you need to start the school year.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Make your own Havaianas May 10 - 14, 2012 The Rockwell Tent

It's time for us to get creative! Customize your own pair of Havaianas by choosing your desired sole and strap combination, choose your pins to suit your style and approach the friendly staff of Havaianas to assemble your own creation.

After which you can purchase your own creation and even get freebies! The event offers soles and straps for adult sizes only. Soles offered are Top, Slim, Fit and MYOH Estampas in Top and slim styles. Straps offered are Top, Top Metallic, Slim and Fit.

Purchase on one MYOH pair with one or more happiness pins. P100.00 will be donated to Operation Smile Philippines! See you then! Click HERE for more info.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Poor Customer Service from Canon Makati

I would like to express my disappointment over the poor customer service of Canon in Paseo De Magallanes in Makati. A few weeks ago, our Selphy CP780 printer suddenly stopped working. We have been using it for more than a year already and had no problems with it. Suddenly, it just stopped working, a few months after its warranty has expired. Hubby went to the Canon service center. They received it and got hubby’s contact information saying they’d just contact us once they find out what’s wrong. After two days, we got a text saying “Good day MR. BERTO. This is MJ from Canon. We would like to inform you that your CP-780SLVR with reference #XXXX is now on quotation amounting to Php 6,760. If you wish to proceed with the repair, feel free to call us at 8849000 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm. Thank you and have a great day.” Hubby called the number they gave, expecting a detailed explanation about printer’s problem, probably an enumeration of the parts that needed to be replaced. We didn’t expect what he heard next. When he asked what EXACTLY was wrong with the unit, the girl on the other line couldn’t explain it, opting to cop out with the standard excuse nowadays, “call center lang po kasi kami, yan lang yung binigay na info ng company”. She then proceeded to inform us that if we want, they are offering to sell us a brand new CP800 unit, which currently sells for P7,800, for only P6,760 (same as the repair cost)! Is this a marketing ploy? We understand that there are cases when repair costs can be expensive, and they can run up to the cost of a brand new unit. We understand that. What we don’t understand is why they can’t explain to us exactly what is wrong with our unit, what exactly are the things they need to do/parts they need to replace to run up a bill that would cost us P6,760. Instead immediately push us into buying a new unit at a discounted price. Hubby kept on telling the girl that he doesn’t want a new unit, he just wants to have our unit repaired. The text we received said that “if you wish to proceed with the repair, call”, so we called but instead of a repair diagnosis and recommendation, we get a sales pitch. A detailed diagnosis is a standard operating procedure in the customer service industry, hubby should know, he’s been in that industry for years! If the call center agent couldn’t answer the technical stuff regarding the repairs, she wouldn’t even connect us to someone who could. That’s why we found it so frustrating!

Our family has been using the Canon brand for so long. We have digicams, DSLRs and printers. We have been urging friends who were planning to buy gadgets to choose Canon because their service centers are accessible. And then we get THIS kind of service??? Argh!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Free Pizza, Tacos and Ice Cream!

BPI Real Thrills!!! FREE!

Free Pizza from Pizza Hut! Free Blizzards from Dairy Queen! Free tacos from Taco Bell! Just shop anywhere, with minimum spends P2,000, P6,000 and P12,000.

Get the following treats with your everyday spend.

Pizza Hut - 1 Personal Supreme line Pan Pizza or 1 Spaghetti Bolognese without meatballs
DQ - 2 Dilly Bars or two (2) 5 oz. Cones
Taco Bell - Any 2 Affoda-bells

Pizza Hut - 1 Regular Supreme line Pan Pizza or 2 Regular Spaghetti Bolognese with Meatballs
DQ - 5 Dilly Bars or five (5) 5 oz. Cones
Taco Bell - Any 5 Afforda-bells

Pizza Hut - 1 Family Sumpreme line Pan Pizza or 1 Family Spaghetti Bolognese with Meatballs
DQ - Five (5) 9 oz. Regular Blizzard or Ten (10) Dilly Bars or Ten (10) 5 oz. cones
Taco Bell - Three (3) Grilled Stuff Burritos or any three (3) Fiesta Platters.

Promo is from April 18 - July 15, 2012. Redemption is until Sept. 13, 2012.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Markdown Madness at Eton Centris 2012

Markdown Madness at Eton Centris
up to 70% off
May 1 - 6, 2012

Looking for a place to shop with lots of items sold on sale? Shop at Eton Centris on May 1-6 2012. Get big discounts on selected items of up to 70% off!  Grab your favorite Skechers, Ecko, Zoo York and other great deals on your favorite wear.  See you then!  Enjoy the best deals in town!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Plum Lowerpro Terraclime 100

Last Sunday I was able to use my latest photography goodie on a shoot. My latest purchase was a Lowepro Terraclime 100 - Recycled Fabric Bag. The color? Plum! Ok so technically it is not my favorite color because it looked like a washed out purple, but it was fine. describes my bag as a protective bag perfectly suited to the eco conscious, fashion savvy individual looking to carry a digital SLR plus 1-2 lenses . It reduces environmental impact by virtue of its materials and construction - over 95% of the pouch is made entirely from recycled fabric. With internal zip pockets, a soft padded camera wrap for extra protection, double hook closure & shoulder strap it really does perform. A full complement of features, great looks & environmentally friendly.....fabulous!

What I really like about it is it bigger than my old crumpler bag. It has enough space to accommodate my lenses and other stuff like 2 phones, a small wallet, small makeup kit, receipts… without the cumbersome partitions. It is just a spacious bag with a padded camera wrap to secure your dslr or lenses. Berto suggested this bag and I loved it.

I do look forward to more shoots with my newest buddy, the plum colored LowerPro Terraclime 100.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fly to Boracay with Figaro Summer Boracay promo

My friends and I planned on spending a weekend in July in Boracay. We were supposed to celebrate our 18th anniversary of friendship on the white sands of the Boracay beach. However, plans were changed when one of our barkada wanted to beg off since her sister from the US is coming at around that time. 

No reason for you guys not to go anyway. Here is a special promo that gives you guys a chance to experience the best of summer of Figaro, fly to Boracay and enjoy the hot summer at White House Beach Resort for FREE only from Figaro Coffee company.  Every P600 food and drink purchase entitles customer to a raffle entry.

Promo period is from March 30 to May 30, 2012.
**Airfare not included.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom

This is a late post, but let me share with you my affordable and effective beauty find just the same. A few months ago, I was supposed to meet some friends for breakfast, sadly though I forgot my kikay (make-up) kit. I had to rush over to Mercury Drug in Greenbelt, Makati for some emergency kikay supplies like face powder (dual foundation please, for maximum coverage), eyebrow pencil, blush and lipstick. I would have preferred to go to Watson’s but the mall wasn’t open yet. Fortunately,  I got everything I needed except for the lipstick. I couldn’t meet my friend pale-lipped, I had to make do with the next available choice, a lip balm.  I found the Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom hanging by the cosmetics rack. I was a little apprehensive at first, but I figured that Maybelline made it, so it must be ok. Besides, it was really affordable at P99 only!

It’s a color changing lip balm that appears white while in the tube, then upon application to the lips, changes color. Maybelline offers two shades: Pink Blossom and Peach Blossom. I chose the pink shade since I was feeling girly that time.  When I applied it on my lips, it didn’t taste and smell funny, the way some lip balms do, plus it wasn’t oily or clumpy at all. After a while, my lips felt smooth and moisturized. I loved it! I was an instant convert! My only comment was that the shade was a bit too pink for me, but other than that, it was perfect!

Since then, I already finished off a tube, so I decided to get another one, this time in peach. It still lavished my lips with moisture, however it didn’t add much color to my lips. Unlike in the pink shade, I looked pale.  Note to self: finish this tube soon and buy the pink blossom again!

I highly recommend the Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom, not only to busy working moms like me, but also to kikay teens and tweens who are not yet allowed to wear makeup. The price is budget-friendly and it does a wonderful job. Go ahead and try it!

Sale: 15% off on all Watsons Label products!!

BDO Rewards cardholders you're in luck!!

If you are a BDO Rewards cardholder then this is your lucky day!  Get your favorite Watsons label products such as wet ones, floss, hand lotion, liquid hand soap and more at 15% off!!  Promo is valid from April 1 to June 30, 2012!  So its time to stock those supplies!

Flowers on Mother's Day with Krispy Kreme

A day of Flowers on Mother's Day with Krispy Kreme

Thinking of getting your mom something sweet and special this mother's day? Show your mom how much you love her by getting her a box of Krispy Kreme flower-shaped doughnuts.

On it's 75th birthday, Krispy Kreme honors every mom by releasing its first-ever flower-shaped doughnuts.  Made especially for all mothers out there, these melt-in-your-mouth treats come in three fun and festive colors that are sure to bring a smile on everyone's face - 3 colors to liven up that smile, pink, yellow and white.

Krispy Kreme's flower-shaped Mother's Day doughnuts are only available from April 13 to May 31, 2012. Hurry and get to a store near you.  Grab a bouquet before they wither away!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's Burger Day at Chili's

Here's some good news for burger lovers out there! 

It's Burger Day at Chili's
P120 on all Big Mouth Burgers!
April 24, 2012 only!

Now on it's 5th year of Burger Day at Chili's! Except Burger Bites.  Not valid To Go or delivery.  One (1) burger per guest. From 11 am - 2pm, 6pm - 12am, and at Rockwell 11 am - 2pm, 6pm - 9pm. 

Visit Chili's on April 24.  Eat your heart out at the following branches.  2nd Level Greenbelt 5, Greenhills, T. Morato, Rockwell,

Spot Top 10 Everything Food List

Months ago, I was searching for a basic accounting book at National Bookstore. ( I know it's a shame, an accounting graduate looking for an basic accounting book). I needed it since we are now proud owners of a photography business, and i am the unofficial bookkeeper. Anyway, I found the book I was looking for and on my to the cashier, this book, Spot Top 10 Everything Food List grabbed my attention. It's just perfect for hubby and me! I just knew I had to purchase a copy!

I love how lists are categorized according to dishes like Top 10 Bulalo, Fresh Lumpia, Tapsilog etc. I also love how they provide important information like restaurant branches, locations and the most important information, the prices. That way, there will be no surprises for patrons who'd want to give the dishes a try.

Hubby and I have decided to try and go through the list. We will go to the recommended restaurants and order the recommended dishes only, so our budget will not be too compromised. Just so we can form our opinion, whether we agree or disagree with its standing in the book.

Hmmm.... sounds like a plan. =)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cortal SQR Run and Fly Away with pain

Join the Run with Cortal SQR

Cortal SQR, the pain reliever from Pharma-Rex Inc. that gives the safest and quickest relief from body pain through its advanced formulation of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol, invites everyone to join the “Cortal SQR Run and Fly Away from Pain” running event.

For the benefit of the academic scholars of the AMY Foundation, the fun run will be held on May 27, 2012 along Roxas Boulevard, stretching from the cities of Manila to Pasay City.

A Chance to Win Xian Lim through my favorite McFloat treat

Xian is now my official local celebrity crush ever since I heard him in RX 93.1's The Morning Rush with Chico, Delamar and Ginoboi. Ok, so it's not really Xian Lim's heart you'll win but something really good too: A Samsung Galaxy Tab!

All you have to do is just order your favorite McFloat for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab. You get some relief from this summer heat, and you get a chance to win a real cool gadget too!

Go to your nearest Mc Donald's branch or order via, get a peel card for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab.  Promo is until May 31, 2012.

I don't know about you, but I'm definitely joining!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

External Hard Drive Woes

I discovered the wonders of the external hard drive five years ago, when I owned my first laptop. It was a lowly entry level NEO laptop with 30GB storage space. Having a baby, I was addicted to taking her and our family’s pictures. So in no time at all, the 30GB was full of baby pics. It was also around the same time when I discovered the joys of digital scrapbooking. I installed Photoshop in my laptop but sadly it won’t run. Apparently the memory and storage space wasn’t enough to run a memory hogging application like Photoshop. I was then forced into upgrading the memory and getting an external hard drive to accommodate my overflowing files.

My first external HD was a 320GB Fujitsu. I excitedly transferred all our pics there. It conked out on me after a year. Words cannot describe my frustration when this happened. I’d rather not go back to that dark place =(. Next I went and bought a 500 GB shock proof Buffalo external Hard Drive. That lasted for more than a year, then suffered the same fate. Because I was afraid of it crashing again, I was able to back up most of my files by burning them into DVDs (thankfully!).

It was around this time when we opened our photobooth and photography business, and I had to get a new (and improved) laptop from Acer. It had a faster processor, a higher memory and storage capacity and better video card. I bought it through Bpi Madness in Glorietta Mall, and I was pleasantly surprised that the purchase came with lots of freebies like bags, memory upgrade, Smart Bro internet stick, a wifi router and a Samsung 500GB external hard drive! (wow, talk about a great deal!) This gadget came in wonderfully attractive colors, I got the sparly blue one.  I was apprehensive in using the Samsung External HD since they were relatively new in the storage industry, but eventually I did use it. It has been 2 years since then, and it‘s still working! I love it! Thank you Samsung for laying my storage fears and worries to rest!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tips to Find The Perfect Makeup Foundation for You

I have never been good with makeup. I've always been interested, and I've been using them for the longest time, but I never really put that much effort to try and come up with the best makeup products for me. Working in the corporate world, I sort of have to wear makeup since I face lots of people everyday. All those years of peering into the mirror and applying make up, I realize one thing,  my skin is not perfect! My skin has always been oily, and thanks to this article Tips to Find The Perfect Makeup Foundation for You, I was able to get tips to find the foundation that's perfect for my skin type and enough to cover up my skin flaws. =)

I'm off to the store later to do some shopping, wish me luck!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I need to go on a diet

A few days ago I noticed that when I took off my skirt, the garter left a mark along my belly. A sure sign that I need to lose weight and go on a diet! Hahaha. The garter was seriously pushing against my skin already that it caused some redness and abrasion! Argh!

Note to self: less carbs, less sweets, more exercise, more water, less sodas (even diet sodas!)

I really need to get some pounds off, time to dust off the Wii and dance to some Zumba music!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bar Exam Passers 2011: Congrats to the New Lawyers!!

Results for the Bar Exams held last November 2011 were released a couple of days ago, and LOTS of new lawyers passed! 1913 to be exact. Wow! Congratulations to everybody!

31.95 percent of the 5,990 law graduates who took the test passed! Apparently this is tthe second highest passing rate since 2000. It is substantially higher than 2010's 20.26 percent.

Another issue here is that no UP Law graduates made it to the top ten. In the 2010 bar exams, three UP grads made it to the magic ten. I guess UP Law will have to up their game.

Two graduates of San Beda College law school were among the top ten, the only other school with more than one graduate on the hallowed list.

Raoul Angelo Atadero from Ateneo Law School emerged on top with 85.536 percent score.

Others in the Top 10 are:

2. Luz Danielle Bolong (Ateneo Law School) - 84.5563
3. Cherry Rafal-Roble (Arellano University) - 84.4550
4. Rosemil Banaga (Notre Dame University) - 84.1226
5. Christian Louie Gonzales (University of Sto. Tomas) - 84.0938
6. Ivan Bandal (Silliman University) - 84.0901
7. Eireene Xina Acosta (San Beda College) - 84.0663
8. Irene Marie Qua (Ateneo Law School) - 84.0575
9. Elaine Marie Laceda (FEU-DLSU) - 84.0401
10. Rodolfo Aquino (San Beda College) - 83.7276

Here's the whole list of Philippine BAR Exam Results - November 2011

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thanks Tita Cory

I saw this banner in Manila, a greeting for Tita Cory (Former President Corazon Aquino) for her birth anniversary last January 25. 

May we never forget the things she and her family has done for our country. 

Thanks for caring Tita Cory, thanks for everything!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to the Best Father in the World!

Happy Birthday to the Best Father in the World. Thanks for everything!
I Love You Pipits!

Dear dad,
On this special day
I'd just like you to know,
Thank you for all the ways
You taught me to grow.
Thank you for your discipline
It's helped me to be strong
In making life decisions
All the day long.
Thank you for your humor,
It's put a smile on my face.
It's helped me impart laughter
In many a needed place.
Thank you for your tenacity
it's helped me stay focused
On what is right, and what is wrong
And avoiding lots of jokers.
Thank you for your Love.
In doses big and small
It's carried me throughout the years
And it's made me,
Oh so tall.
                                                                              ~ D. Alsup

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~Clarence Budington Kelland

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Long Overdue Purple Havaianas

Last Saturday, I met with some good friends from college. We were supposed to go on a cruise along Manila Bay and then go for dinner afterwards. Too bad we got stuck in the traffic jam along EDSA. We were supposed to be at the Folk Arts Theater at 4:30pm, but we were still in Estrella at 4:15pm. Tsk tsk tsk. It was only then that I remembered that there was also an international fireworks show in MOA and that is most probably the cause of the horrific traffic. I should know, we experienced this kind of traffic last year, when we went to watch the pyrotechnic display for the first and definitely last time. Travel from Makati to Manila alone took us 3 hours! Argh!

We decided to postpone our cruise, and just have dinner in Makati instead. Me and my friend, whose birthday falls in January, treated the rest of the barkada. I must admit though, I don’t feel the birthday vibes anymore, quite understandable since I celebrated my birthday last November! Haha.

Anyway, seeing my friends was a blast, as always! Chika to the max from the car to the restaurant to the coffee place… we never ran out of stories...and laughter! Plus, I got a long overdue gift from them: a purple and silver Havaianas slippers, my favorite color combination! Thanks guys!

Will post more pics of our dinner date next time.

Craving For Some Fried Chicken?

Guess what? Our favorite chicken restaurant is having another promo, you can now have your favorite Max's regular Fried Chicken for take-out at only P299.00 A whopping P76.00 discount!

This exciting Max's take-out promo is from Feb. 20 - March 31, 2012. Hurry now!

Satisfy that craving for sarap to the bones chicken, gather the whole family head out to any branch of Max's restaurant now!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Drinks for P100 only!

Specialty coffee and tea purveyor, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, reinforces its claim as the preferred café chain in the country by opening its 42nd store right at the heart of Pasay City.

Located at Two E-com Center in the Mall of Asia Complex, the new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store will be serving customers their full selection of specialty coffee and teas by February 18.
Coffee is a necessity and yes it is part of every Filipino's daily diet. Some can't even start their work day without coffee. That's how Filipinos love their coffee.

In line with its debut, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® branch in Two E-Com Center will be holding a special promotion that will run from February 18 to 24, 2012 only. During the promo period, customers can come to the store from 12:30 to 1:30 in the afternoon and purchase their favorite drink for only P100.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Heart's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you had a great time spending it with loved ones!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Themed Baptism Celebration

Kiddie parties often have themes adapted from famous cartoon or story book characters. This has been a trend for some time now. When my little one celebrated her first birthday our party's theme was Sesame Street. Admittedly, the little one was too young to choose her party theme, so her loving momma stepped and chose it for her... ok ok... so sesame street characters are my favorite... =)

I was pleasantly surprised however when we witnessed an adorably themed Baptism in Sanctuario De San Antonio in Forbes Park Makati.

Casie in Wonderland was lovingly conceptualized by the little angel's doting parents. Here are some wonderful pictures taken by BK Pixels Photography.

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