Thursday, October 27, 2011


Follow @DockersKhaki_PH and win!!!


October - Dockers, the brand that has defined khaki pants for more than 25 years, is now on twitter!
In an effort to continue engaging its consumers through social media, Dockers launched DockersKhaki_PH twitter account. Following the Dockers twitter account will give fans updates regarding the latest Dockers fashion as well as event and promotions that they can join.

As a sign of gratitude to all its fans, Dockers will be giving away three of their newest and hottest 10-year Alpha Khaki when they reach 1000 followers.

Simply be a follower of Dockers on twitter and form part of the first one thousand tweeps who will have the chance to win one of the Alpha Khakis.
Winners will be determined via raffle and announced through Dockers twitter account, so follow Dockers now!

The Dockers® Brand has embodied the spirit of khaki for more than 25 years. Since their introduction in 1986, Dockers® has been perfecting khakis—and the essential goods to go with them—for men and women all over the world. No compromises in quality. Just versatile, essential style. Day to night. Monday to Sunday. Wearing the pants has never looked so good. For information on Dockers® and its products, visit


Regional Flavours of Spain at Gaudi and Tapella 

Take time to explore the alchemy of Spain as Gaudi and Tapella brings Flavours de Espana, a month-long food festival featuring Spain’s most famous regional cuisines.

Spanish and Filipinos same passion for good eats are a huge part of its exciting culture—great meals over good conversation remain both preference for feasts. For this type of epicurean experience, Gaudi and Tapella offers a set menu from Spain’s different regions only P599++ per head.

From today until October 31, both restaurants highlight the northwest and south of Spain, Andalucia and Basque. Evidently, the common staple for both regions are meat and seafood but the difference lies in their unique preparation. For a rich experience of Basque, start off with chistorra (basque chorizo on baguette slice) and viruta (Serrano ham with alioli on baguette slice). A Basque cuisine is certifiably known for tomatoes and sweet or hot red peppers, the purrusalda (Basque potato and leek soup) is a tasty combo pair, followed by the freshest assorted greens--ensalada de la casa (tossed greens drizzed with house dressing). And for the much-awaited main course, it’s an amazingly tender and generous serving of estofado de cordero (lamb stew with potatoes),not a fan of lamb? Then have abonito con tomate (fresh tuna in tomato and pepper sauce) a diet-friendly option of refreshing tuna drizzled with tomato and peppercorns. To cap off the meal, it’s a decadent serving of arroz con leche (creamy rice pudding with cinnamon) velvety and thick, this will surely leave the palate asking for another plate.
Andalucia of the South is something not to be missed too. The historic Islamic influence in its cuisine gives this region a unique culinary identity with the use of olive oil, garlic, and wine as the most important native ingredients. For a truly appetite-inducing starter, croquetas variadas dos salsa (mushroom, salami, and ham croquetas with romesco and alioli dip) is a favorite delicacy brimming with rich palatable dip. The soup, is an interesting take on tomatoes— gazpacho (fresh tomato and vegetable soup) served cold but delightfully heartwarming. The salad is truly Mediterranean in taste as it is filled with healthy greens and other freshest produced. For the main highlight, paella marisco (fish and seafood paella) is tummy-filling and never boring with its appetizing blend of shapes and colors. Another Mediterranean main course option is the pollo moruno (Moorish chicken with couscous) especially marinated that gives a zestful zing to its flavor. End it light and sweet with tocino del cielo, deemed as the heavenly egg custard of Spain.
Moving on from October 3 to 31, Gaudi and Tapella guide guests to Catalan, rightfully known as the Mediterranean flavor of the northeast.  As the cuisine of this region is infused with olives, garlic, onions, tomatoes, nuts, and dried fruits, the meal from start to finish offers a delightfully refreshing sensation of flavors. The crujentes de jamon (Serrano ham and cheese bites and in phyllo pastry) and ondarza (fried camembert with rapberry sauce) is great choice for a truly-Catalan starters. For a simple yet flavorful soup, sopa de cebolla (onion soup) remains a classic warm up with a certified twist of Span. Feast on ensalada de la casa (Tossed greens drizzled with house dressing) followed by parillada de carnes con patatas pobre y pimientos (assorted grilled meats with stewed potatoes and pimientos) a mix of sweet and savoury ingredients, and a mark of the inventiveness of Catalan cuisine. Or opt for the fideua (seafood noodle paella), brimming with the delicious goodness of seafood, but using unique short pasta called fideua. Chef’s recommendation for dessert is no other than profiteroles con leche (cream puff with vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate). These lovely puffs are complete with worth-relishing dessert indulgence— airy, light, and cloyingly sweet.

Perhaps one of the most famous fares of Spain, worth waiting is the Flavours of Castillan from October 10 to 31. Food here usually gets a high regard for its diversity and sophisticated preparation especially on its stews, asados, and large assortments of desserts. Chorizo al vino (chorizo stewed in red wine) prepares the palate with truly worth-relishing meals to come, with its tasty balance of spices drenched in olive oil, paired with tortilla de pimientos (traditional Spanish omelet with peppers). Soup is simple but delicate in flavor, sopa de ajo (poor man’s garlic and bread soup) followed by the aromatic pollo al ajillo (chicken in garlic and olive oil) or gambas al ajillo (shrimps sautéed in olive oil, garlic and chili). To conclude the hearty meal, it’s the well-known family dessert recipe, flan dela abuela (grandma’s Spanish leche flan).

Make lunch or dinner a family affair at Gaudi and Tapella, where the experience will take anyone to Spain’s most note-worthy regions. After all, it’s the company that truly completes the treat for a family of discerning foodies. For inquiries and reservations, please call 757.2710 and 856.0473.
Gaudi is located at the Ground Level of cosmopolitan Serendra in Taguig while Tapella at Ground Level of Greenbelt 5. Both restaurants offer a patio for those who want to be seen and the large booths inside good for power talks and intimate chats. Surrounded by top Business offices, theatres and high end shops, it makes an ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable lunch or a romantic dinner.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Employee to entrepreneur.  Yes, I am dreaming to become one.  So I was really glad to be given the chance to attend a preview of PHILIPPINE SME & FRANCHISE EXPO 2011 (PHILSME 2011) with the man himself MR. ARMANDO “BUTZ” BARTOLOME, Franchise Guru of the Philippines last week at Freska RCBC.

We get to here from the experts and the newbies in the business, particularly from the small and medium enterprises.

We were just given a peek on what's going to happen on the expo but I think this will be the first time that I will be going to a one-stop expo wherein expo goers will not just go and seek for franchise carts or stalls but they will also be given the chance to hear from the said people we were able to meet.  Hear their success stories and inspire us especially the OFWs, students, employees like me. (",)

So try to be there on the expo if you are looking for business? You want to expand your business? Wanna form new strategic alliances? Wanna know faces behind entrepreneurs in the business industry?  Well, here's the place to be...  PHILIPPINE SME & FRANCHISE EXPO 2011 (PHILSME 2011).

TRADE ADVERTISING EXHIBITIONS & CONVENTIONS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (TRADECON, INC.) EVENT.  In cooperation with the FRANCHISE INSTITUTE OF THE PHILIPPINES (FIP) headed by MR. ARMANDO “BUTZ” BARTOLOME Franchise Guru of the Philippines, TRADECON will be staging its 3rd Exposition on Small Medium Enterprises, Franchising, Direct Selling & Business Opportunities dubbed as PHILIPPINE SME & FRANCHISE EXPO 2011 (PHILSME 2011) to be held at the PICC FORUM OF THE PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER (PICC), CCP COMPLEX,  Roxas Blvd. Pasay City, Manila on October 27 -29, 2011 with 120 SME & Franchise Businesses on display targeting over 8,000 visitors during the three-day expo.

PLUS get to meet Pinoy Dream Academy Scholars Bunny & Chivas to perform at the event.

Bunny Malunda, Butz Bartolome, Chivas Malunda

Monday, October 24, 2011

Things to do and Places to go on Halloween: Free Tarot Card Reading at NACI Greenhills

It's going to be a spooktacular night at NACI Comfort Food and Dessert Bar as the Esoteric Society of the Philippines (formerly known as the Spirit Questors of the Philippines) gives out free tarot card/oracle readings. Everyone is invited to dine and experience a spine-tingling night, available for sale is Michael Duque’s book entitled “Quest beyond existence” for only Php270. Free reading is on October 30, 2011 from 6pm to 11pm. If knowing the future is not your thing, simply delve into the unknown by engaging our spirit questors in a meaningful conversation about the mystical. Ask and your questions will be answered!

Naci Comfort Food and Dessert Bar:
2F, Fox Square Building Connecticut St. Greenhills San Juan.

For reservations, call 726 7266 or visit

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nathan’s Ridge Run with a Different Route, Tagaytay Highlands

Tired of running on BGC pavement and SM Mall of Asia grounds when running?  Well, a breathtaking view of nature overlooking the lush greeneries of Tagaytay, an uphill road course through rolling hills, and never-before-opened running areas set the Nathan Ridge Run apart from your common fun run.

Slated for November 20th at the Tagaytay Highlands, the race is organized by renowned multi-sport accessory brand Nathan Performance Gear (Nathan), who will challenge Filipino runners in a unique test of athleticism, endurance and environmental advocacy.

Nathan will provide participants access to previously off-limits tracks, resulting in a fresh, challenging and steep uphill road course meant to push the limits of each runner. While in the venue, runners can also take advantage of several exclusive perks, including access to some of Highlands’ amenities and discounts. 

The Nathan Ridge Run features three race divisions for the beginner to the elite with its 5K, 10K and 21K road distances. Runners are set to get their hearts racing for health and for nature. Beginners can hone their craft and endurance, while veteran athletes can improve their level of game. 

In the spirit of greener practices, the use of environmentally harmful plastic cups will be ditched in favor of free Nathan handheld sports bottles included in the race kit or the racers’ own hydration gear. Runners can use innovative bottles such as the Nathan Quickdraw Plus, which provides them easy access to hydration while on-the-go.
  Runners can park, refill, hydrate and go for gold. Simple and efficient, the Quickdraw Plus is best for keeping dehydration at bay; no need to wait until the next check point to replenish, and no need to use harmful disposables.

Instead of the typical water stations you see in most city races, where plastic cups are lined up for the taking and disposed of as soon as runners are sufficiently hydrated, Nathan will be setting up conveniently placed refilling stations in different points of the road.

After our company fun run on November 5, I am also considering Nathan's. (",)  Hope you could also join, guys!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Belle de Jour Power Planner 2012 Fresh-Off-The-Press

Hey, bellas, do you wanna be one of the first ladies who will get fresh-off-the-press Belle de Jour Power Planner 2012?  Well, here's the squeal IT girls!

The BDJ 2011 Planner will be launched on October 16, 2010 (2 p.m.) at Eastwood Mall Open Park, Quezon City. No idea of the price yet but I know for sure it is worth the price!  As I remember, for the girls who attended the BDJ Fair last year, we got a certain amount of discount.  I was able to buy my BDJ 2011 Planner for only P480 at the launch but (in malls, it costs around P550).  See the big difference!

You will surely enjoy the event, guys and gals.  Belle De Jour Power Planner supporters will also enjoy perks and freebies at the fair.  Last year, there were free facial from Clarity, free lunch from Greenwich, free photo sessions, free glitter tattoos, and free samplers and other freebies from Ace Water Spa.  And of course, I will never ever forget my bungee jump experience last year!!!  CONQUERED ONE FEAR, thank you BDJ!!! (Note:  These are aside from the coupons that you will get from the planners.)

The event is not just about freebies, girls.  After I have attended the fair, Bellas like me were very happy to meet new friends, learn new things and feel more confident after the affair.  I am sure Belle de Jour will again, this year, arrange exciting activities and a wide range of fair talks wherein speakers will talk about fashion and beauty, girl empowerment and a lot more.


  • Sing your heart out with Redbox!
  • Get your fortune told via Tarot Card reading!
  • Liberate your style at Azta's Style Clinic! 
  • Get fancy feet with nail art, capture moments on the photobooth station and pick prizes from Fitflop and Flipsters!
  • K-Pop Makeovers + Free Hug and Pose with Missing-U mascots from Etude House!
  • Bungee Jump and soar through great heights!
  • Bottoms up! Drink up with with Sober Club.
  • Make yourself over and get makeup tips with Pure Beauty/MUD!
  • Gourmet away! Create delightful desserts and quick dishes with Enderun. 
  • Stay one step ahead! Get vaccinated with Affinity Health & Wellness.
  • Bring out your inner sparkle with Glitter Tattoo!
  • Play Strip The Guy with The Strip
  • Pop the Balloon with Browhaus! 
  • Pick a prize through pachinko with Ace Water Spa.
  • Put your freshest face on! Try the Facial Skin Analyzer with Athena and Carbtrim.
  • Catch yourself on-cam with Lightspire!
  • Get tangled on the Twister Floaters!
  • Book your next getaway with Ticketport and Adams Travel!
  • Get an image boost from John Robert Powers!
TRY OUT TEMPTING TREATS from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, CarbTrim, Selecta Gold Series, Bizu, Magnolia Drinks, Tanduay Rhum and Fiesta Bites

SHOP AND PLAY with Goody, Jellybean, Leyende, Artwine, Sinude, Suelas, Sole Sisters, Stylo Mylo, F*ART, and The Bling Project (accessories).

GET A CHANCE TO WIN RAFFLE PRIZES from: Ace Water Spa, All Flip Flops, Bayo, Beauty Bar, Browhauys, F*Art, Flipsters, Flyshades, Get Laud, Good, Michellis, Nivea, Pet Express, Promod, Parfois, Purebeauty, Serenitea, Shujikida Salon, Sinude, SM GTW, SM Ladies, Sole Sisters, Suelas, The Ramp, The Strip, Browhaus, Affinity Health And Wellness!

SWAG Samples  from: Ace Water Spa, Athena, Beauty Bar, Garnier, Goody, Nivea, Pet Express, and Yves Rocher.

PROGRAM to be hosted by Issa Litton

ENTRANCE         Php 50 - 100% of Entrance Proceeds will go to the students of Scuolla dela Guioia (Tondo children) and SKR Program (Romblon scholars)  First 1000 pre-registered guests get SWAG from BDJ brand partners: EMAIL-



Tuesday, October 11, 2011


The annual coffee festival happens every October since 1997 when President Fidel V. Ramos declared it as Coffee Month.  The Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) has published the activities that coffee stakeholders can look forward to:

COFFEE ORIGINS at Greenbelt 5 Gallery, Ayala Center
October 7-16, 2011
Free coffee everyday!

October 15, 2011

Dates to be announced, visit Philippine Coffee Board on Facebook

October 13, 2011

Call 8131028/ 090888231218
Follow us on
Find us on facebook: Philippine Coffee Board

Friday, October 7, 2011

UNO Magazine: Human Nature Photography Exhibit Benefits Manila Shrine Club

UNO Magazine together with MAKE UP FOR EVER invited the bloggers to have a sneak peak on what will happen on October 7, 2011 for UNO's Human Nature Photography Fashion Show at Genting Club, Resorts World.

I arrived late for this preview so I was not able to see it from scratch.  The two makeup artists were almost done on the models left side.  But still, I was amazed.  WOW!  A human canvass.  The model portrays a sea creature.  Detail by detail, I was really a witness on how painstakingly the model and the makeup artists go together for this human masterpiece.

Why did I only show half?  Well, dear readers, come this October 7, as I said, UNO will reveal the human nature masterpiece.

The event will showcase the photographs of GT Toledo, president of IlustradosPH, a group of young photographers, stylists, make-up artists and the like, zeroing in on the basic elements of nature: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water. These photographs will then be brought to life by make up artists of MAKE UP FOR EVER through body painting. The show promises to be an extravaganza of Filipino ingenuity through art.

This is also a fundraising event supported by the Manila Shrine Club for the benefit of burned and crippled children. The Manila Shrine Club supports children up to 18 years old with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft palate. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Figaro Releases New Frost and Latte in Stores + Coffee Art

I know Christmas is near once I see cherries, berries, and mint on the coffee shop menu.  I am really waiting for this quarter of the year because I really love the Christmas-y feel these coffee drinks bring.  But wouldn't it be much tastier if we add a Filipino twist just like what Figaro did?

If you frequent my blog, I have posted many times about how I dearly love the dark cherry mocha frappe of the other brand.  Yes, yes, I still love that but Figaro Coffee Company gave me an option with their new Banana Berry Delight Frost, a double, fruity and refreshing mix of strawberry and bananas with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (I promise you'll taste vanilla, not a cream!) on top sprinkled with banana chips bits and strawberry syrup drizzle.  It's more of a banana split taste with a twist because of the chips bits.  Every time I take a sip, I always get some bits and I try to sink them between my teeth.  One more thing good about this drink is it is much cheaper than my Christmas drink.  P145 for a glass of banana split madness.

Banana Berry Delight Frost

And for those who prefer hot coffee. Figaro has the newest Raspberry Latte concoction that is added to their Latte Love family.  Before you'll take a soundy slurp of your latte, you'll enjoy first the latte art on top of your coffee's froth.  At first, I really don't wanna take a sip because I do not want to ruin the coffee art.  I wish they could have a frost version of this drink.  You'll get it for only P110.

Figaro Blissful Berry Drinks