Friday, April 18, 2014

“Innocence In Time” Book Launching

Last  April 13, 2014 witnessed the launching of the “Innocence In Time” at the SM Center Pasig Health Hub Activity Area.
Ms Mary of the Leasing Department, led the book launch activity of a homegrown talent and avid SM Pasig customer, Ms. Chai Castro Galapon as she shared her masterpiece.

Guests and book owners won prizes in the raffle sponsored by Philips Avent, Dippin Dots, D’ InPLAYtables, Pink Parlour, CD-R King, PazzoRollio, Sweet Life Coffee, Claytoons Polymer Clay, Manulife, Walter Bread, Krispy Kreme, Adflix Manila and Books on Demand.

Chai started writing the book in February of 2011 and finished it by the end of August the same year. It was shelved because the budding author no publishing experience and still has to learn the rudiments on how to go about having her book published. Hence, it got published only now.
This fiction, short story book is available in over 30 online bookstores that includes Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Adlibris and You have the option to get it on paperback, e-book and Kindle copy.

"Innocence in Time" can be purchased at the Sweet Life Coffee in Greenwoods Executive Village for 190 pesos.

Please support this endeavor. For every copy of the book sold, the author pledges to donate P 20.00 to a worthy cause.

Your kind generosity will help augment medical expenses of Chai's fellow mommy friend, Heart Calimlim, for the latter’s Baby Yvan (who suffers from pulmonary dysplasia).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Godiva Natural Skincare

Flawless, porcelain skin appeals to most people that almost everyone are always in the search for the elixir of youth to achieve this. Many products in the market today do lay claim on its efficacy to regenerate and revitalize the skin, and as good remedy for wrinkles and skin aging.

My sensitive skin is of the oily type so I don’t really patronize facial creams and body lotions. I have low tolerance for that oily, sticky feel on skin. But since I’m not getting any younger, I need to find a quick fix to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enlarged skin pored and age spots. My skin appears to get dryer as I get older. Throughout the years, I was contented with just using a mild facial cleanser and a mild baby soap for the body. Using any product with a strong, active ingredient would be detrimental to my skin as it often causes inflammation, rashes and breakouts. But since I’m not getting any younger, I need to find a quick fix to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and age spots. My skin appears to get dryer as I get older.

I was excited when I got my hands on the Godiva skin care pack sent in for review. I was hoping then to find my perfect skin care routine in the Godiva Natural Skin care line that include:

LicoWhite™ Whitening Soap
LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Cream
LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Toner
LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion
LicoWhite™ Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant


LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Wash and LicoWhite™ Whitening Soap

I got to give it to Godiva for coming up with a hypoallergenic cleanser that soothes and softens the skin without drying it. My skin appears to be more supple and elastic after using LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Wash (P 85) for the first time. Its non-greasy, gentle formula looks promising and appears to be suitable for my sensitive skin.

While other commercial formula would foam, this doesn't. I guess it is due to that fact that is it free from chemicals. Godiva only uses natural ingredients. Godiva products are Paraben-free and makes us of Licorice extract as its a natural whitening ingredient. Their formulation promises whitening effect that will last a long time.

Anyways, the herbal subtle smell is pleasing and it washes off easily. The fine lines on my face somewhat smoothened out after one week of continued used. My skin tone evened out as well. Ideal for dry skin!

Similarly, using LicoWhite™ Whitening Soap on my body help do away with my dry skin problems. There seems to be a healthier glow to my skin as it appears to be more supple. I am thankful to Godiva for amazingly good results.

LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Cream and LicoWhite™ Whitening Toner
Once the skin is cleansed, the next step is toning it using Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Toner. After using the facial wash, I went on to apply the Facial toner. It is so mild that there is no stinging and drying after effect as it cleans the skin pores. Most commercial facial toners do sting upon application. It effectively takes out residual dirt and I love its pleasant smell.

LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Cream (P 120) is the third step. Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Cream is a scent-free, non-sticky product. It is appears to be heavy on my combination skin that borders on oily type. It is best suited for dry skin. Though heavy in consistency, it glides on smoothly on my skin and this makes it easy to spread it evenly.

What is good about this cream is that it doesn't clog my pores nor cause breakout.
Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion with SPF15 helps even out skin discolorations caused by sun exposure, ageing and pregnancy by keeping the skin soft and smooth. It contains Glabridin, a powerful skin whitening ingredient from licorice extract that is proven to be effective.

It has non-greasy feel is easily absorbed by my skin there appears to be no visible difference before and after skin application.

It comes in a 100ml bottle (P 120.00) and 6ml sachet (P 8.00).

Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant is at par with the commercially available anti-perspirant brands when it comes to efficacy. There is noticeable whitening of my underarms after a week’s use. I’m sure that it will surely whiten my underarms completely over time.

It contains Glabridin from licorice that works as a whitening ingredient to lighten dark underarms faster. It gives a sticky feel upon application though. It comes in a 40ml bottle (P 79.00) and 4ml sachet (P 8.00)

The Godiva Natural Skin care line is indeed a product that I will actually use continously. It evened out my skin tone, made blemishes and imperfections less noticeable. I really like how my face and body appears to be more fresh, hydrated and radiant.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Food Trip Overload at Vikings

We came in early at 6PM at the restaurant and slowly made our way to try out great food selections. It was kind of hard to decide which ones to indulge in as there were over 150 dishes that spans across Japanese, Chinese, Western, Italian, Korean, local regional favorites, seafoods etc. The international buffet spread it offers seem to cover every guest’s whims.

Vikings' show kitchens enable guests to see how dishes were prepared by their chefs. Freshly picked salmon, prawns, squid and other seafoods to prime ribs can be custom cooked to suit individual tastes.

Their grill section offers a wide variety of meat selection for the best barbeque and grillery experience. Wagyu, Angut beef, baby back ribs, lamb shanks etc., name it and they have it.
There were lots of toppings for freshly-made gourmet pizzas. This make-your-own-pizza station is truly a come on for kids and kids-at-heart who want to have fun creating and then eating their masterpieces.
Vikings has a wide array of seafood options and you can do whatever you please--steamed, grilled, shabu-shabu or Japanese hot pot style.

Or you may opt to make your own Mongolian dish

Sushi, Sashimi, Maki experience to the max!

The desserts section were packed with an assortment of delicacies and free-flow fountains of chocolate for fondue assortment.

They also have all sortsof cakes and panacotta much to my delight!

Drink options include sodas, strawberry lemonade, blueberry lemonade, iced tea, alkaline water and coffee. Health buffs may even have their own specially concocted smoothies and fruitshakes.
Vikings happens to be a great place to celebrate your birthday. Celebrants get to eat for free, plus get a cute cake from the waiters that render a birthday song while holding an oversized Viking “Happy Birthday” placard. The Viking Hat was all over the place as there were lots of celebrations on the night we went.

Vikings offers one of the best buffets in the metro. So visit Vikings at 4th Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall.

Follow them online at @vikingsluxurybuffet or get updates through their website

Vikings Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Fun Vibe at Grillery Restaurant and Bar

The Grillery Restaurant and Bar is a business venture of brothers Edmond and Rayan Dannug. The joint is one of those Filipino-owned establishments which successfully grew from humble beginnings. From a barbeque stand, Grillery Restaurant and Bar is now a fun Filipino hangout place where friends can have animated discussions over a bottles of liquor, good music and good food.

Guests can even jam with performers on acoustic nights. And not only does Grillery offer fun vibes, it is also a perfect dining place to treat your friends and family to different specialty dishes that sure to perk up your appetite.
Edmond is picky when it comes to ingredients and in crafting food selections. He personally sees to it that the ingredients are delivered fresh and that the meat cuts are lean. Having his culinary stint in MalacaƱang serving the discerning tastes of the first family, he brings his expertise from former prestigious kitchen in concocting gustatory treats.

According to Rayan, the Grillery kitchen makes its flavorful fusion cuisines from raw spices and herbs. Their family has aversion to MSG due to allergic reactions it causes them, so diners are assured that their food feasts are all MSG-free.
Grillery Liempo (P 285 Sharing/ P 190 Solo), is a must-try. For me, there is nothing more delicious than a ½-inch thick, pork belly pieces. This mouth-watering, bone-in, grilled meat comes in tender and juicy. I can taste the “adobo” marinade that makes it savoury. It comes with a side dish of tomato, leaks and onion slices.

Chicken ala Kiev (P 250), is another favorite. This chicken roll is served hot on plain rice. Cutting a knife through its crisp, crunchy breading, reveals a buttery goodness that compliments the succulent chicken meat well. Appetizing butter flavor drips from inside the chicken fillet down on the rice while its aroma fills the air. I call it a feast of the palette!

The deconstructed Pork Binagoongan (P 270) is actually a to-share platter of four deep-fried, crispy porkchop pieces with Ilocano pakbet on top. The shrimp paste (bagoong) can be added based on individual taste.
The Balinese Fish (P 200) is another take on cream dory that I like. The perfectly done fish nuggets come in a sweet, soy paste with fresh vegetables sprinkled on top for added flavor.

We had Halo-halo Turon for dessert. This sweet treat is like a spring roll only that the contents are made of halo-halo condiments like jackfruit, nata de coco, sweet potato etc. It comes with a side dish of vanilla scoops served in glass cup (so as not to render the crunchy roll soggy upon serving). The hot-cold sweetness is such a flavorful indulgence you wouldn’t want to miss. Truly a “melts- in- your- mouth” experience!

Grillery offers other grilled specialties and platters as well, great for group bites.

Grillery Restaurant and Bar
Greenhills Town Center
Granada Street, Bgy. Valencia, Quezon City
Open daily from 5PM to 2AM

Monday, April 14, 2014

Good Housekeeping and 3M holds "Get Hooked on DIY" event

Last April 13, 2014, Get Hooked on DIY event was held at the SM Mega Mall Activity Center through the efforts of Good Housekeeping in cooperation with 3M Command™ Hooks. The home decorating workshop was hosted Angel Jacob.

The said activity is a series of home decorating and organization workshops that help individuals decorate, tidy-up and organize their homes, condominiums, kitchen, or offices using Command™ Damage-Free Hanging Solutions from 3M.
At the fair, guests were asked to visit 5 booths to watch demonstrations on how easy it is to use Command™ General Hooks, Decorative and Metal Hooks, and Picture and Frame Hangers Products at home and office.
With Command™ Decorative hooks, you can hang any accessory anywhere with no damage to your walls should you decide to remove the hooks. The hooks can be re-attached to walls or ceramic and wooden tiles using Command™ Refill Strips. Product samples were given out after covering each booth and a loot upon completion of the 5 booths.

Command™ damage-free hanging solutions lets you explore ways to organize, decorate and transform your spaces. Hooks can carry on heavy weight up to one kilo depending on hook type chosen.

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