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Must see: Michael Kors suitcase six pairs of shoes!
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Here’s a great gift for fans of Michael Kors shoes.

Michael Kors has just launched the Michael Kors Jet Set 6 Shoe Collection for Spring 2015.

There are six pairs in the collection: the Irving sneakers, Odessa platform sandals, Kristen mid-heel sandals, jelly sandals, Somerly wedges, and Walton ankle boots—all in multiple colors.

If you want to go all out, a specially designed luxe croc-embossed designed with compartments will be available for sale at select stores.


Michael Kors. Jet Set Six_Collection Image


Michael Kors says these are “the season’s must-have pairs to take everywhere you need to go, from St. Barths to Shanghai.”

The collection will debut at MichaelKors.com as well as Michael Kors stores in the US, Asia, Europe and South America in Spring 2015.

A new edit of the Jet Set 6 collection will be released in the following fall and spring seasons.


Michael Kors. Jet Set Six_Suitcase


In the Philippines, Michael Kors is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI)—a member of The SSI Group—and is located at The Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Newport and Bonifacio High Street Central Square.




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Singapore two years later (Part 1)
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I have a love-hate relationship with Singapore. I used to go there a lot and it was there that I first experienced Pepper Lunch, which changed my life forever.

But ever since Japan granted me a three-year VISA, I started going to Japan more whenever I can.

The last time I was in Singapore was Valentine’s Day, 2013.

I find it amazing how Singapore Airlines has changed in two years

The business class seats are HUGE! The seats are so wide they give you two kinds of pillows


Singapore Airlines


It’s not a flat bed but you can stretch


Singapore Airlines


My legs aren’t long enough but it’s good to have a place to rest them


Singapore Airlines


I can charge my gadgets. Look, there are two USB, plus one universal outlet (110 volts only)


Singapore Airlines


There’s a dedicated drink holder that’s out of harm’s way


Singapore Airlines


A place to park your bag


Singapore Airlines


and shoes


Singapore Airlines


The food was OK. Jeroen was surprised I ate on the plane cause I rarely do. Can’t say no to chicken rice.


Singapore Airlines


Changi Airport is still beautiful and spacious


Changi airport

Changi airport


At the Grand Hyatt Hotel We got a room upgrade at the old wing. This was a good bed with freezing aircon (nice)


Grand Hyatt Singapore


This opens up to the bathroom. Sorry, I find the sink outdated


Grand Hyatt Singapore


I like the spacious dressing table, but the lighting is bad for makeup and the stool is way too low #chuvaproblems


Grand Hyatt Singapore


Separate shower and toilet. No need for bathtub


Grand Hyatt Singapore


Nice little walk-in closet


Grand Hyatt Singapore


Spacious retro-modern suite


Grand Hyatt Singapore

Grand Hyatt Singapore


The office chair is a bit outdated (read: matigas) #morechuvaproblems


Grand Hyatt Singapore


Other than those little things, we did enjoy our stay!

I had chicken rice everyday. If you ask me, my favorite is the roast chicken by Sergeant at ION Orchard or Food Republic. I wish Sergeant would come to the Philippines! We have nothing like it in Manila and there is nothing like chicken rice in Singapore.


Sergeant chicken rice

Sergeant chicken rice


Another store I wish we had in Manila is Kikki K, the Australian stationery store. There’s a nice branch at ION Orchard


Kikki K.

Kikki K.

Kikki K.


COS at ION Orchard is a must-stop for basic minimalist clothes


COS at ION


(Up next: IKEA)




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How to win 2 million in shopping points through Watsons and your rewards card
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“Can we go to Watsons?” I told my friend Grace while at Megamall last Saturday. “I need to buy feminine wash and tealights.”

“Hmmmm…is something happening tonight?” Grace winked.

“Uh no…I just ran out, that’s all.”


Watsons win 2 million promo


I love Watsons. And if you’re like me, it is nearly impossible to go to Watsons without buying an item or three.

If are like me, you’ll also love Watsons and The SM Store’s Beauty Section’s exciting Shopping Madness Promo which gives shoppers the chance to win over P2 million in shopping points!

To join, you must have an SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards or Primo Card.


SM cards


Then you need to buy any product with the Qualifier Sticker.


Watsons win 2 million promo

Watsons win 2 million promo

Watsons win 2 million promo

Watsons win 2 million promo

Watsons win 2 million promo


Every Php 500 single receipt purchase from Watsons or The SM Store Beauty Section (inclusive of one qualifier) entitles the cardholder to one raffle entry. Once you present your rewards card to the cashier, you are automatically qualified for the E-raffle. No need to text or fill out forms. I love this!


Watsons win 2 million promo


The prizes come in the form of shopping points—tax free—that may be redeemed at Watsons, The SM Store, SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore Market, SM Appliance, Ace Hardware, Toy Kingdom, Our Home, Surplus, Kultura Filipino, Baby Company, Sports Central, Forever 21, Uniqlo, Suiteblanco and selected branches of Adidas, Nike and Levis.


SM Advantage is a loyalty program that rewards members with points every time they shop at Watsons or other SM retail establishments. You can redeem your accumulated points at any of these establishments. If you aren’t a member yet, you can get the SM Advantage membership kit at any cashier counter of select Watsons stores for only Php150.

If you are already a member, continue using your SM Advantage card at Watsons to qualify for Shopping Madness and their monthly promotions and special offers.


SM Prestige Card


To check your SM Advantage points online, go to www.smadvantage.com.ph.

To know more about the promo mechanics, go to https://www.facebook.com/WatsonsPH.




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Lost money and thoughts on the Hsieh family
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Last week my friend Lia lost her wallet with 18 thousand pesos inside. To make her feel a bit better, I gave her a Kate Spade wallet I had barely used.

“Sorry for your loss,” I told Lia.

“It’s OK, maybe the one who found it needs the money more than I,” she said.

Lia didn’t really blame anyone but herself. She thinks she may have dropped it at the parking lot on her way to the car.


Last year I met a person (itago natin siya sa pangalang “Sandra”) who works in an IT training facility on Shaw Boulevard. We talked about a service she could render for me and she offered a price of 55 thousand.

I deposited 27,500 to her account (I have the deposit slip) on April 12, 2014. It is now February 8 and she has not rendered any service promised to me.

I have asked her repeatedly to refund if she cannot do what she promised. She then asked for payment terms and a discount and I agreed to a 20% discount. I have not seen a peso though.

Well, I guess some people really have no problem about taking someone’s money and spending it without actually working for it. I don’t get it.

This person has caused me a lot of grief and false expectations. How I wish the amount were 5 thousand—easy to forget. But 27,500 reminds me how dumb I was to have trusted a complete stranger.

I have thought about writing her employer, but can’t find the energy to do so. So I’ve decided to let God handle it and move on.




Which comes to an event on February 5, where a Taiwanese couple killed their three children and ended their own lives. From what I have gathered through Viber threads and news items, the family had been having financial difficulty. The wife had expressed suicidal thoughts two years ago. Two weeks ago she asked a doctor for strong sleeping pills, but only got mild ones.

On the day of the murders, the couple allegedly mixed the sleeping pills into their food and fed the two sons first (they were both Xavier boys).

They told the maid not to touch the food. Then they picked up their 18-year-old daughter from school. When they got home they fed her the food. When the kids were asleep, they wrapped their heads in plastic and bound their hands and feet in case they woke up.

And then the parents committed suicide. The father was supposedly last to go. He left a suicide note in the kitchen sink with instructions to have their bodies cremated and ashes sent to relatives in Taiwan.

It was the maid who found the note in the morning and alerted the neighbour who called the cops.




All the parents are talking about it and are feeling really sad. It makes me wonder if some people are really desperate for money, is it what causes them to steal from the cash register, scam people, or borrow money and not pay them back?

As for Sandra, I have given up hope that she will ever refund my money. All she has to do is do what she promised and I will even pay the balance. I can only wish she is doing this out of desperation.

It makes me wonder if Karma will get back to her or good Karma goes to me. I do pray she has a conscience and doesn’t scam any more people.


As for the the Hsieh family, I pray for God’s divine mercy. I wish there had been another solution. I wish the children had been spared. I hope it will never happen again.


Sources:

http://rp1.abs-cbnnews.com/

http://www.journal.com.ph/

http://focustaiwan.tw/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net

http://www.tempo.com.ph/




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Tried and tested: How to clean your gadgets using Pledge
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Some people think it’s hard to give me a present. Yes, but sometimes just give me something useful and big, and I’m happy. Like this package I got last December from SC Johnson.


Cleaning products


Most of the stuff I already knew. Then there’s I discovered and really liked: the Pledge anti-static electronics cleaner.


Pledge electronics cleaner


I used to buy all these expensive gadget cloths and cleaners abroad. Now all I need is Pledge and any tissue paper that doesn’t disintegrate. Here’s how my Mac looked before: really gross


How to clean your gadgets


I have no idea how that drip stain got there. I looks like milk


How to clean your gadgets


Sprayed it with Pledge electronics cleaner and used a Kleenex tissue at my office


How to clean your gadgets


Et voila!


How to clean your gadgets


Sorry for being strange…


How to clean your gadgets


Look at my clean iPad


How to clean your gadgets


You can buy this at the supermarket, like Rustan’s. Thank you SC Johnson! I lovett.




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Simple solution to a slow Mac with a graphics problem
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For the last week or so I’ve been suffering from a really slow Mac, so bad that I actually thought of buying a new one. The only thing that stopped me aside from the price, is that the new Macs don’t have a CD drive which I need.

I thought the slowness had something to do with my upgrade to Yosemite or that my Mac might have gotten a bug.


slow mac


If your Mac is saying it has a graphics problem, here’s a simple solution I found online:

1) Just find your Library folder, open the Logs folder, and delete everything in it.

You’ll be surprised how many thousands of files will go to trash. Mine had more than 5,000 files to delete.

2) When you empty your trash, choose Empty Trash because Secure Empty Trash will take years to complete.


After this simple procedure my Mac is now back to normal. Thank God!!

Just wanted to share in case anyone is having the same problem. What a life/sanity saver.




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Bomberg: Audacity and rebellion in a Swiss watch
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Bomberg is a Swiss watch brand that looks at time-keeping from a different perspective.

While other brands from Switzerland bank on tradition, Bomberg is all about youth, modernity and breaking free.

Bomberg describes itself as a “young Swiss company that infuses the watchmaking world with a good dose of audacity and rebellion.


Bomberg watch


Bomberg recently launched two of its most popular collections in the Philippines—the iconic 1968 and the BOLT-68. Bomberg Philippines brought in all 50 models from the two collections (25 for each for the 1968 and 25 for the BOLT-68).

“We went for Bomberg because of its unique design,” said Andy Bulanadi of Bomberg Philippines.

“The look of the watches is very edgy—it’s for young urban professionals who work hard and like to go out during the weekends.”


Bomberg watch


Antonio Quarta, sales director of Bomberg, presented the brand to select media during its launch in the Philippines. “Bomberg dares to reinvent its products and rewrite its codes of communication,” he said.


Bomberg watch media dinner

Bomberg watch media dinner


The 1968, Bomberg’s most iconic model, is characterized by its unconventional design. The timepiece has a very unique look: an asymmetric case, crown and pushers positioned at 12 o’clock as a bullhead, two large counters and a sporty strap. The unconventional choice of positioning the hands in the 1968 adds to the timepiece’s distinctive look. The dial has a tachymeter, day date and different way of displaying hours and minutes–the minutes are in the outer “ring” and the hours in the inner “ring.” The 1968 has smaller models that women can wear.


Bomberg watch


The BOLT-68, on the other hand, can be used as a wristwatch and as a pocket watch with the buttons and the crowns placed at 12 o’clock. The face of the chronograph model features three counters plus the date while the GMT version shows a second time zone at three o’clock. Using a bayonet system with a trigger guard—an exclusive system patented by Bomberg—the time-keeping module can be detached from the base. Now a pocket watch, the BOLT-68 has a chain with links that are oversized, with the two snap hooks visible from end to end.


Bomberg watch


Bomberg timepieces are androgynous. Bulanadi said while the watches are big and have a masculine feel, women love the BOLT-68 because of its dual usage.

“Bomberg timepieces are a modern day reinterpretation of classic watch making,” he added.


Bomberg prices start at P27,000 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 1, Powerplant Mall Rockwell, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Glorietta 4, SM North EDSA, Eastwood Mall, and Robinsons Place Manila branches of Washington.




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Fun food meets Lego at Spectrum's Awesome Sunday Brunch
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When I was growing up, one of the things I really enjoyed was going to hotel buffets with my family—usually on special occasions.

Now that I have my own kids, we go to them more often—sometimes when there’s a special deal, something to celebrate, or on weekends when we feel like it.

One of our top three hotel buffets in Manila is Raffles Makati’s Spectrum—first because Raffles is our family’s favorite staycation hotel in Metro Manila, and second because Spectrum has a nice buffet spread that’s not too wide and confusing and has a selection that our Dutch relatives can relate to (read: AFAM friendly).


Last Sunday we were extra excited to go because of the Lego Awesome Sunday Brunch that’s on until March 2015.

Upon entering, a special display of Lego goodies will welcome you at the kitchen window.


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


At the entrance you’ll see a unique LEGO replica of the Raffles Makati.


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


The Spectrum chefs really went all out with their Lego-inspired desserts and more


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


My son Ben loved the dark chocolate Lego figures


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


A I loved the chocolate cake and mousse topped with chocolate Lego figure—my dessert for cheat Sunday


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


I did skip the bread and butter section even though it looked so good


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


I started instead with a great combination of lechon skin and paella. I love that they didn’t chop the lechon into small pieces babuyan style. You can cut your own skin using the tongs provided.


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


Here’s the real reason why I love Spectrum—crispy salmon skin rolls!! I’m still thinking about it. I regret not having more


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


There are salad, cheese, ham, sushi, and seafood bars


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


A carving station


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


Lots of Asian dishes


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


and kid-friendly food


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


On the second floor, there’s a special Lego play area where kids can join a Lego competition while watching The Lego Movie.


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


A pop-up store also sells Lego toys on special sale. Bring cash and take advantage of the 30% discount!


Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet


Don’t miss this if you have Lego-obsessed kids who love food!

The Awesome Sunday Brunch is on every Sunday of February and March 2015 at Spectrum, Raffle Makati from 12 noon to 3 PM.

Price: Php 2,777 for adults, while children ages 6-12 enjoy 50% off brunch.

For more information, call 795-1840 or 555-9840, or email dining.makati@fairmont.com.


To know more, click HERE.




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Win 2 million worth of shopping madness with your SM and BDO cards
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Not all plastic cards are created equal.

Most of us all have a collection of shopping/membership cards in our wallets, but did you notice that some cards are more beneficial than others, and some are completely useless?

One of my most used cards is SM’s Prestige Card which I can use not only at SM department stores and supermarkets, but also SM Appliance, Ace Hardware, Toy Kingdom, Our Home, Surplus, Kultura, Baby Company, Sports Central, Forever 21, Uniqlo, Suiteblanco, Savemore, and selected Levis, adidas and Nike stores.


SM Prestige Card


If you have an SM Advantage, Prestige, or any of the BDO cards below, you can join SM’s Win P2,000,000 Shopping Madness promo. All you have to do is purchase a minimum of Php 500 at any of the stores mentioned and your entry is automatically registered in the raffle (no need to text or fill out slips of paper!).


SM cards


There will be draws on February 6, February 20 and March 6.

Every draw date, 88 winners will get shopping points ranging from P1,000 to P100,000.

The grand raffle draw will be on March 23 when 91 shoppers will receive P1,000 shopping points each; 10 winners will get P10,000 shopping points each; four winners, P50,000 each; and two winners, P100,000 each.

The grand prize, which will also be drawn on March 23, 2015 is P1 million in shopping points!


Promo is open only to SM Advantage Card members with permanent cards.

SM Advantage Card is a loyalty program that allows you to earn points while shopping. Every Php 200 purchase is equal to 1 point. Accumulate those points and eventually, they are good as cash for future purchases.

(The good news: You can also convert your points to Asiamiles.)

The 20% prize tax for prizes P100,000 will be shouldered by Watsons. Promo period is until March 7, 2015.


To know more about the SM Advantage Card and its rewards, click http://www.smadvantage.com.ph/




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Are Coke and chocolate causing my migraines?
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The older I get, the more frequent my migraines.

Migraines have been such a part of my recent life that I got used to it. If you are close to me you have probably seen me wearing a cool gel patch on my head. (Cool gel pads and Biogesic are always in my bag.)

A few days ago I got sick after eating my favorite strawberry eclair from PAUL. It started with a slight headache, which escalated to a migraine after snacking on Coke and Chippy. (sorry)

I ended up with stomach cramps and nausea. I decided to do something about it.


My friend Mel Ongsue had convinced me to take a food intolerance test at home. Basically a med tech will go to your house and take some blood. Ten days later you will receive an email or hard copy result that looks like this:


HP


Those highlighted in red are not good for me!


food intolerance


Never mind the fig, squash, caseign, beans—I can live without those.

But what does eliminating the following mean for me?


Milk — say no to ice cream, milk shakes, fresh milk, leche flan, butter, cheese

Cola nut — no more COKE???

Wheat — no to bread, Kikkoman, pasta, flour, pizza

Egg whites — no more cake, cookies, fried eggs

Corn – no to corn flakes, Chippy, pop corn


So basically my snacking life is over.

Last Wednesday I started my new diet. It has been kind of tricky choosing what to eat. Instead of Coke, I had orange juice. Instead of chocolate, I had dried mango.

And guess what? I didn’t get a migraine! It was very strange because migraine usually creeps up on me after merienda. And while waiting for my migraine to set it, it didn’t.

Today is my third day of this diet plan, and as I write this I am dying to reach out for a Coke and Chippy. I am asking the cook to make banana cue instead.

To be honest with you, I’m not sure how long I can do this. I know I’m going to reach out for a Coke one of these days, but for now I am willing to try and see I can stick to it and lose weight in the process.


Not too long ago I asked God to help me stop drinking Coke, and here is my answer.

Be careful what you pray for.

P.S. The test is quite expensive at Php 15,000. But if you are suffering from headaches, bad skin, or depression, or bad stomach and you can’t stand it anymore, it might be worth investing in a food intolerance test.

Call 741-7777 to book a home test or go to a Hi-Precision branch near you.


food intolerance food intolerance


To know more, go to https://www.hi-precision.com.ph/




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