Tuesday, January 19, 2016

British School Manila EYFS and KS1 Production Present Christmas with the Aliens

Last month, The British School Manila was filled with Christmas cheer. It had a Christmas shop open all week for the children to buy their families and friends gifts for the holidays and the Main Hall was transformed into a festive theatre. 

BSM began the celebrations on Thursday morning, 03 December 2015 with the EYFS and Key Stage 1 show ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ by Nikki Lewis. The traditional Christmas story is retold to some alien visitors who become stranded on earth and meet a group of schoolchildren rehearsing their Christmas play. This show was performed by Year 1 and 2 children after many weeks of rehearsals and lots of hard work. The children made BSM very proud with their fantastic acting and singing of great songs such as “Where am I?” and “A Star Kept Shining.

BSM's Nursery and Reception children were twinkling stars, dressed in spangly silver and gold. They entertained the audience with their wonderful performances of the traditional Christmas Songs ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’, ‘Little Donkey’ and the ever popular ‘Feliz Navidad.

This was a spectacular way to begin the festivities at BSM culminating in the rapturous applause at the finale, of its ever supportive community. BSM’s youngest children in school not only sang beautifully and looked amazing in their costumes but they also delivered their lines with confidence and panache, testament to the practice and hard work put in by the students guided by their teachers to get to this level of performance. The EYFS and KS1 production reminded everyone what Christmas is all about: bringing everyone together regardless of differences.

The British School Manila (BSM) is a highly regarded co-educational British international school established in 1976. The School is proud to uphold the high standard of the British education system and it take full advantage of its multi-cultural setting. It is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and also a member of The Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA) and The Independent Association of Prep School (IAPS). 

At present 900+ students aged 3-18 are on BSM’s roll and 35 nationalities are represented. British children make up 33%, Filipino 22%, Canadian 9%, Australians 8% and American 6% of the total population.

Monday, January 11, 2016

New Year of the Fire Monkey at Manila Pavilion Hotel

Let the Lunar New Year pace in gracefully at acclaimed dining outlets of Manila Pavilion Hotel as you celebrate new beginnings and round off the successful year behind. Reward your loved ones with Manila Pavilion’s well known Oriental dinner buffet feast as our newly appointed Executive Chef Giovanni Sias redefines buffet focusing on quality and freshness. A decadent Chinese New Year and Spring Dinner temptations await.

A spread of luxurious dim sum stunners, noodles representing long life and have an exchange of Nian gao (tikoy) would certainly entice your family get-together for Php1200 nett, Friday and Saturday, 6:00PM-10:30PM and Sunday Brunch from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

Throw a memorable family reunion and mark your 2015 achievements with a feast of sumptuous buffet spread. Treat your friends and family to auspicious dishes presented with a signature contemporary twist for a season of luck and prosperity.

The dinner buffet spread offer a true splendor of oriental favorites for Php1200 nett on February 8, 2016 at 6:00PM and be welcomed with a the traditional Lion and Dragon Dance, Coin Shower and enjoy delectable goodies.

For further information or to make a reservation, please call Manila Pavilion Hotel at (632) 5261212 or message via Facebook. Alternatively, bookings can be made online at www.waterfrontpavilionmanila.com Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

Monday, January 04, 2016

How I Do More With Less During the Holidays

As soon as I hear Christmas songs whether at the malls or from my neighbors loud radios I get excited. Maybe because I always look forward to seeing different lights and decors. Although I want  that every year I'd decorate our Christmas tree differently, this Christmas I decided to recycle.

My mother and daughter happy about a golden-themed Christmas tree.
Got this 8-foot Christmas tree from Divisoria sidewalk for P2,000 (including the decorations) in November 2013. You'll hate me for asking discount (tawad) if you're the vendor but my reason is you will never give me a  price you will not at least break-even. Got this very cheap because the vendor was about to go home and she did not want to bring this back the next day to sell again. Too costly for handling and transportation. So it's a win-win situation for both of us. I told her, I had no intention of buying a Christmas tree just yet and this huge as I was 8 months pregnant and carrying it alone in Divisoria crowd might make me deliver my baby right there and then. Ha ha, of course that was exaggerated! Persistent the vendor was stingy me bought it at a packaged price. So this Christmas I've saved money and effort in buying and thinking of another set of decorations.

Some premium items/samples/discount coupons and freebies from bazaars.
Many tend to overspend during the holidays season since this is the time for 13th month pay and perhaps bonuses. We delay buying things we want until we have the money in December and then after New Year we will realize we are empty handed. Here's the thing. Set a budget and spend only how much it is. I suggest going to bazaars as this is the perfect place where you can find the best deals. You can compare prices. Most of all you get to sample new products, get premium items and freebies. Also,some bazaars are being organized for a cause. So you get save money and help in a way.

One of the gifts I've received.

While recycling gifts is a No No for some, I realized that it's practical nowadays especially if what you've received is a consumable or you have more than one of it and/or will not have use of it. Before I sent these recycled gifts to my friends, of course I made sure they will like it by asking beforehand if they use it or considering buying one. Hey, its Christmas and receiving something no matter how small will always be a pleasure. I was surprised my friends liked so much the whitening soaps and lotions I gave them which made me conclude Filipinos love to have a fairer skin! Ha ha..So there I saved shopping time and money again. But wait! I also prepared something for my kids' Ninongs and Ninangs. Be it pens, USBs, mugs, they liked the exchange gift idea!

Do you notice promo bundles are a lot during holidays season? Me, I always look out for these whenever I do groceries. Saves me a few pesos but hey it's still savings! I only buy what my family and I need though. Spaghetti is a Christmas dish favorite so this bundle must have been sold out even before eve. Another thing about doing groceries, I make sure I avoid the holiday rush by buying gradually what I will need for the dishes I will prepare. I've experienced buying on Christmas and New Year's eve and shelves were almost empty and lines are long at the checkout counter. Supermarkets will not restock since some goods will be slow moving after the holidays. But for the fruits I will put on the table, this one I do in a rush. He he..I buy just before the wet market closes on New Year's Eve. Much cheaper.

When you're a mother, especially if a working one, you want to make sure you always get the best value for every peso you spend. You will save every centavo possible. You will appreciate every freebie you get whether it's a simple plate or a cup. These savings will help you save more and hopefully make an investment for the future.

Reading the rules of this park where I run after office hours.
And to start 2016, I commit to a healthy lifestyle by adding a regular jog or run at least twice a week after office hours. Another savings for me because gym rates aren't affordable considering my current pay.

Of all the savings I've shared I think I can say I #DoMoreWithLess and I live it up.

These are just a few, how about you? I'd like to know how you #DoMoreWithLess

This blog post is in support of the #DoMoreWithLess advocacy led by Electrolux Philippines.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Gary V on Novuhair: Putting Energy into Prevention

​Nothing describes Gary Valenciano quite like his moniker “Mr. Pure Energy,” He 
is the very image of youthful vibrance, whether onstage or not. That’s why it 
shouldn’t come as a surprise that he values the way he looks the same way that 
he values the core of who he is: a prayerful, faithful husband, dependable father, 
and an outstanding entertainer. 

​Part of what makes Gary stay young-looking is his head of hair. What many 
people don’t know is that, like all other men his age, Gary once worried about 
hair thinning and hair loss. That’s why, at the first signs of the problem, Gary 
sought to find ways to prevent it from becoming worse. 

​“I first noticed the hair loss in the shower, after I toweled my hair dry. Then one 
day, my team of hairstylists noticed that my hair was thinning, too. That’s when 
they told me to look for the product that Fanny Serrano was using, a product 
called NOVUHAIR,” remarked Gary on his journey to regaining control over his 
hair loss.
​NOVUHAIR is a topical scalp lotion that is a unique combination of 14 different 
natural ingredients and essential oils for a healthier hair and scalp. One of 
the factors of hair loss, according to studies, is stress, something that Gary 
experiences on almost a daily basis. Other factors include hereditary disorders, a 
persistent illness, major surgery, hormonal problems, childbirth & delivery, 
medications, infections, pollutants, and even excessive exposure to sunlight. And 
contrary to popular belief, hair loss is as much a problem for women as it is for 
men. In many cases, hair loss may be prevented or alleviated through early 
detection. In the case of Gary, his decision to try NOVUHAIR to prevent his 
symptoms from worsening made a big difference, and within a few months, he 
saw remarkable results.
​Gary shares his experience with NOVUHAIR as he tells the story of their family 
hair history: “Hair loss runs in our family, too, even if it sometimes skips a 
generation. My brother and grandfather both lost their hair, but my dad still has a 
full head of hair at 87. I just wanted to make sure I take control of my symptoms. 
Now, I use NOVUHAIR everyday, and I’ve noticed that I don’t shed as much hair 
as I did before, especially after toweling my hair dry. And my hairstylists noticed 
it, too. I love using NOVUHAIR because it has this minty, cool effect that makes 
me feel like my hair is always clean and fresh.”

​“In less than a month and half, I already saw results even if I was told to wait 
three to four months before I can see a difference. The effects on me were much 
faster. There were fewer strands on my white towel, which basically was within 
the normal boundaries of hair loss for an average person. Before using 
NOVUHAIR, I used to shed more.” This is due to the fact that NOVUHAIR 
penetrates deep to help rejuvenate, nourish, & maintain moisture in the scalp and 
hair. By improving the blood circulation in the scalp, NOVUHAIR helps stimulate 
hair growth and aid in preventing further, excessive hair fall, while also improving 
the overall appearance of the hair.

​“I never endorse a product that I did not experience first. I have to make sure it is 
really effective. With Novuhair, I can say that it has really contributed to my 
peace of mind and overall well-being. And, heads up, as Novuhair is now part of 
my daily routine, which includes prayer, diet, and medication. God has truly lived 
up to his promise in my life, and as he says in Psalm 92:14 ‘I will keep you fruitful 
even in old age. Fresh and green.’ I am very happy now that Novuhair is a part of 

NOVUHAIR, Nature’s Answer to Hair Loss is available in all Mercury Drug outlets, 
Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug & Manson Drug, Metro Gaisano Pharmacy, 
The Landmark (Makati & TriNoma), J Centre Mall (Cebu), KCC Malls (Gen. Santos City 
& Koronadal City), NCCC Malls (Palawan & Davao), Gaisano Malls (Davao & Gen. 
Santos City) and online at www.regaloservice.com and www.lazada.com.ph. For 
inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. 


Monday, December 07, 2015

Indulge Your Gastronomic Cravings with Quezon Buffet

After the success of their first concept buffet, Guevarras, Gruppo Guevarras Inc. (GGI) has opened its doors in Quezon City aptly named Quezon Buffet. Carrying GGI’s vision, Quezon Buffet undoubtedly exudes with high caliber dishes at very affordable rates. Quezon Buffet showcased variety of gastronomic fares that will surely suit everyone’s palates. It merges the comforts of home and gourmet delicacies by catering our country’s cuisines.

Nestled in the heart of Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, Quezon buffet carries an ambiance of an old-world charm and rustic appeal. GGI upholds their commitment in reminding the general public especially the younger generations about our county’s greatest heroes; as well as preserving our culture through local cuisines.

Savor Your Appetite

Quezon Buffet is being developed as haven for delectable cuisines that every Filipino would crave for. Highlighting Filipino-Spanish heritage that embodies classic food that includes roasting stations, various meat dishes, seafood, grains and noodles, fresh salads, flavorful soups and dessert selections. Much of the inspiration behind this effort came from their collective ideas to acknowledge the deep historical connection during President Quezon’s era, and this is through sustainable cooking of exquisite dishes. Here are some of their noteworthy specialties that will stimulate your cravings.

Celebrity Chef Behind Quezon Buffet

Corporate chef Kalel Chan is the chef behind various fine-dining and high-end restaurants. Considered as one of the Top 10 good-looking chef, Kalel is surprisingly charming and down to earth. He goes for innovative fusion cooking that adds creativeness to his masterpieces. Chef Kalel is always eager to discover new trends in culinary industry and adapts them in his food creations.

Quezon Buffet, A place Like Home

Exuding with elegant ambiance, Quezon Buffet incorporates classic lines and Art Deco pieces into its interior, creating a classic touch. The backdrops are great for photo-taking which is a known Filipino past time in every family gatherings, an intimate date with your special someone or the perfect bonding tick with your friends. Quezon exudes a classy vibe, from its spacious façade, soft lightings, to minimalist interiors of black and white tones. The woodworks and sparkling chandeliers – blends the antiquated with cosmopolitan and classic, as well as the convenience of modern life. The walls are well-themed with photos of President Quezon through the years, giving customers a nostalgic ambiance.

Quezon Buffet gives a convenient and cozy vibe as the dishes are arranged per station and are neatly presented. The whole place can accommodate close to 200 persons, with spacious function rooms that can accommodate 30-35 persons, respectively. Complementing the dishes, the place is satisfying as the service is generally noble. Their service staff are nice and friendly, accompanying customers from the front lobby up to their seats. They depict one of the good traits of every Filipino, which is being hospitable to guests. Resembling President Manuel Quezon whose name will always be in the hearts of every Filipino, Quezon Buffet is the epitome of this man by serving finest and mouthwatering dishes and yet very affordable price across the board. The extraordinary experience of tasting distinct local flavors will surely worth a visit. 

Just like in any traditional fiesta or festivity, Quezon Buffet truly offers a mixed dining experience for all ages!

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Sweeter Christmas With Biscoff Biscoveries

It's the sweetest time of the year again and making the holidays even sweeter is Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee, Biscoff. An original from Belgium, Biscoff is spreading its sweetness in Manila. Long known as the perfect partner for any coffee break, Biscoff is now also being introduced as the perfect culinary partner.
Just in time for the holidays, Biscoff gives away easy to make, do-it-yourself recipes that are perfect for the holiday season. Whether to use as gifts or as holiday party treats, Biscoff offers delightful bites that everyone will enjoy making at home.
Rice Crispy Treats with Biscoff Spread

With only 15 minutes preparation time, Rice Cripsy Treats with Biscoff Spread is easy to make and has minimal ingredients.


· 3 tablespoons butter

· 1/3 cup of Biscoff spread

· 1 10 oz. package of about 40 regular marshmallows or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows

· 6 cups rice crispy cereal


1. Melt butter and Biscoff Spread in large non-stick saucepan over low heat.

2. Add marshmallow and stir until completely melted.

3. Mix in rice crispy cereal, stir until well coated.

4. Spread the mixture using a buttered spatula or waxed paper evenly into a 13x9x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.

5. Cut into 2-inch squares when cool.

No-Bake Biscoff Bars

A unique treat to give away during the season because of its right mix of creamy and crunchy, this will surely be a hit.


· 2 cups powdered sugar

· 2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs

· 1 cup melted unsalted butter

· 1 cup Biscoff spread

· 1 ½ large dark chocolate bars

· 4 tablespoons Biscoff spread


1. In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. In a separate bowl, mix the butter and a cup of Biscoff spread, pour over the dry ingredients, and mix to combine.

2. Press the crust into a 9x9 pan that’s lined with parchment paper for the ease of removal later. Use a pastry roller or hand-press into pan.

3. Next, break the chocolate bar into bite-size chunks. Place in a small microwave – proof bowl and cover with the 4 tablespoons of Biscoff. Microwave in 30-second segments, stirring in between until smooth. Pour over the Biscoff layer and use an offset spatula to smooth over.

4. Allow toset for at least an hour before cutting.

With these Biscoff Biscoveries, the holidays will really be a treat.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Try Peppermint Kids Salon and Spa Boutique and You Might Win P50K Worth of Services

While I was browsing on my FB feeds early this morning I took notice of Joy's quick invite and immediately I expressed my interest in joining a SPAmpering session at Peppermint Kids Salon and Spa Boutique. It's in SM Aura and since I work in BGC, it's just a BGC bus ride away or I can even walk from the office.

What a good way to end 2015 and begin 2016 because I can win P50,000.00 worth of services by joining Peppermint Kids Salon and Spa Boutique Bloggers Writing Contest. You too can also join. Check this out:

Here are the Mechanics:

1. The contest is open to all bloggers, no niche in particular, with active blogs that have been updated within the past one year.

2. Create a blog entry describing your experience at Peppermint Kids Salon and Spa Boutique. It may be in a story-telling form of either yours or a kid/s you brought to the salon for service.

3. You must share at least one particular service you or your kid/s companion/s had availed.

(Services like Kid's Hair Salon, Kids' Spa and Massage, Braids and Kids' Makeup, Nail Art and Nail Care, Private Room for the Family, Salon Party, Photo Booth)

4. You must share the current promo the salon has.

(One Year Membership with Unlimited Haircut for P2,500.00 only)

5. Blog entries must be supported by proper photo/s (photo/s has to be originally yours.)

6. Your blogs must be shared in your social media accounts, thus your profile must be set to public.

7. Make sure to tag Peppermint Kid Salon and Spa Boutique on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PeppermintSalonSmAura/

8. Make sure to use the hashtag #PeppermintKidSalonAndSpaBlogs

Contest Duration. All blog entries must bu published between December 2 to December 17, 2015.

Announcement of winners. Winners will be announced on December 29, 2015 via the Facebook page of Peppermint Kids Salon and Spa Boutique.

Criteria for Judging. The blog will be evaluated against the following criteria:

1. Creativity – how you find the service and the facility and how well you were able to tell your story in a way that you encourage your readers matters.

2. Engagement – more likes and comments in your blog entry will have better chance of winning

3. Uniqueness – you can pin up a poem, a comic strip or even a Vlog

4. Content – you must share at least one particular service you or your kid/s companion/s had availed, and the current promo the salon has.

5. Page Plugin – The Facebook Social Media “Page Plugin” should be included in the blog entry (refer to Annex “A” for the guidelines to using the Social Media Page Plugin.)

Restrictions. Peppermint Kids Salon and Spa Boutique upholds credibility hence, grabbing of someone else’s photos is a no-no! (Watermarked photos are okay.)

Terms and conditions

Once the blog is posted, it is requested that you keep your blog entry for at least a year so it can also be cross-shared to Peppermint Kids Salon and Spa Boutique's social media sites.

For the winners, when using the Gift Certificate, they must first make a call for appointment to ensure that you will be properly accommodated.

Reminders. Please abide strictly by the rule of “no appointment, no service.”

Saturdays and Sundays are “high traffic” days. There could be quite a queue before you or your kids are serviced. It is best to arrive early during weekends for your appointments or to schedule your appointment on a weekday.


Guidelines to using Facebook's Social Media “Page Plugin”

1. The Social Media Page Plugin can be configured via the following URL:


2. The values of the entry fields shall be as follows:

Facebook Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/PeppermintSalonSmAura/

Width: At least 300 pixels

Height: At least 400 pixels

Use Small Header: Unchecked

Adapt to plugin container width: Checked

Hide Cover Photo: Unchecked

Show Friend's Faces: Checked

Show Page Posts: Checked

3. Copy and paste the generated code into your blog post:

a) Include the JavaScript SDK on your page once, ideally right after the opening


b) Place the code for your plugin wherever you want the plugin to appear on your page.

Screenshot – data entry fields:

Screenshot – the Social Media Page Plugin will appear like this in your blog entry: