Saturday, March 18, 2017

Downy #NeverFade window on display at PureGold

To commemorate the launch of the new, upgraded Downy Parfum Collection, Downy Philippines unveiled put up a window display at PureGold QI Central Branch last March 10. The window display features two mannequins, one wearing an elegant red dress washed with Downy Parfum Collection, and the other in a grey dress sprayed with expensive perfume.

"We want to let PureGold shoppers to smell and prove for themselves that the new Downy Parfum Collection gives freshness that lasts longer than expensive fragnances on fabric," said Shreyas Subbaraya, head of shopper marketing at Procter and Gamble Philippines during its media unveiling on March 16th.

The latest Downy Parfum Collection features an upgraded formula of its flagship sophisticated scents: Passion, Mystique, Romance, and Fusion. "The upgraded collection has the highest-ever intensity of perfume oils and the best dual perfume capsules technology in Downy's history in Asia," added Mr. Subbaraya.

Shoppers can go to Downy scent selector booths in the leading PureGold branches to choose the Downy scent that suits them best. Those who purchase P 100 worth of Downy Parfum Collectuon at these branches will be get a chance to win a full year's worth of Downy.

The #NeverFade window display at PureGold QI Central Branch can be seen until March 18 while the one at PureGold Shaw Boulevard is available for viewing from March 24 - 31, 2017.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Citi forges partnerships with leading digital retailers in its aim to be leading digital bank in the Philippines

Citi, the leading global bank, continues its aggressive bid to be the number one digital bank in the country with the launch of new digital partnerships, products and services last Mar h 16, 2017 in an event held at Discovery Primea.

 Citi Philippines latest digital innovation comes in the form of online credit card application and approval program, a first in the Philippines.

David Stoughton, Director for Credit Payment Products, briefed members of the media this morning, and said their clients can expect to get credit approval online, after they complete the simplified application form and submit digitized copies of required documents.

“We were one of the first banks to launch an online presence and also one of the pioneers in attracting customers through our website,” recalled Stoughton. “At that time, we were only capturing the information online when they apply, but the processing still takes place offline including the credit review. With this latest service, we are excited to break new ground for the industry and deliver another innovation for the Filipino consumer.”

Apply online and get a digitized reward too!

With the digitized application and approval process, a client will know in minutes if he or she is qualified for a Citi credit card. “This is a game changer as we continue to look at our products and services, and accelerate digitization to deliver remarkable client experiences,” said Stoughton.

Citi also digitized its rewards – clients who prefer to submit applications through promotion booths in shopping centers or travel exhibits because of attractive turn-in gifts will be pleased to discover they won’t be missing out just because they will do it online.

From now until April 30, complete an application online and receive an electronic voucher you can redeem for an Auntie Anne’s pretzel and iced tea. Upon approval, clients who are getting their first Citi credit card and make a purchase of P20,000 or more within 60 days are also eligible to get a Fitbit Charge 2 fitness wristband.

On average, Citi announced a new digital innovation or partnership fortnightly in the last 12 months across Asia. During 2016, Citi announced strategic partnerships in leading digital ecosystems across the region. Some of these included Alipay and WeChat in China and Line in Thailand and Taiwan. The bank also formed digital credit card partnerships with the likes of Airbnb and Uber in various countries. The bank’s social media followers in Asia grew from 3million to over 10million during 2016.

In the Philippines, its regional digital partners include: Booky, an offline restaurant finder; Zennya, the world’s first spa on-demand app; Lazada, the leading online shopping mall in the country; and Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, to name a few.

In the country, Citi’s ongoing promotions with leading travel sites including Asiatravel (grab 12% off on hotel bookings until June 30, 2017); Agoda (get 10% off on hotel accommodations year-long); Expedia (enjoy 8% off until October 2017); and Airbnb (on first stay, get P1,800 off until November 15, 2017).

Beyond travel, expect to also enjoy exclusive discounts when shopping online with Citi credit cards.

“In our drive to digital, we have also become the credit card brand that online and mobile retailers prefer. This initiative presents a bright outlook in a country which greatly embraces the growth of online shopping and lifestyle,” added Stoughton.

“We are focused on becoming the world’s leading digital bank, and we will continue to leverage on our global network for strategic partnerships even as we develop and deliver digital products and.”

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Watch out for Lazada’s 5th Birthday Surprise this March 21 to 23

Online shopping malls such as Lazada, makes our lives much easier with its effortless and super convenient shopping platform.

With a record high 91% market share in the Philippine e-Commerce category, no other Philippine e-commerce platform comes close to Lazada, with 6.3 million items under a wide variety of categories.   Nowhere else will you find  thousands of products across categories including health and beauty, home and living, fashion, mobiles and tablets, consumer electronics electronics, travel, toys, grocery items, and even pet goods.

As  the country’s dominant online shopping  destination, it  shows no sign of slowing down .  Lazada has been able to guard and grow e-commerce in the Philippines in the 5 years.

To celebrate its 5th anniversary, Lazada Philippines will be holding its biggest online shopping party of the year. Brands, sellers and other e-commerce partners are joining Lazada to surprise shoppers with all the perks of online shopping.

With a lot to celebrate, the company officially launched on Tuesday, March 14, its biggest shopping event of the season dubbed as ‘Lazada’s 5th Birthday Surprise Sale' at the Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati City.

Starting with hot deals and preorders to whet the appetite of eager shoppers, Lazada’s birthday celebrations will peak on March 21 - 23.   From March 21-23, Lazada will be showering online shoppers with sitewide discounts of up to 90%, low denomination Peso Sales, and time based Flash Sales. There will also be exclusive offerings from its most popular brands, and raffle prizes like vacation packages and real world treats.

Shoppers can join the celebrations on or download the official Lazada shopping app on Android or iOS.

Convenience and service are best in class with 24/7 access via website or mobile app, free shipping around Metro Manila and nationwide with a minimum purchase of P1,000, and free returns. Lazada also innovated through a wide variety of payment options, including credit and debit cards, and the highly popular cash-on-delivery option.

For this sale’s top deals, Lazada will be offering a Delsey 4-wheel trolley for only P3,507, JBL on-ear headphones for only P699, and Nyx Lip Lingerie for only P490. Further, there are also VR Box 3D Glasses for only P95, Keds sneakers for as low as P999, and assorted Nestle Dolce Gusto capsule packs with a free Nestle Dolce Gusto Oblo machine for only P3,400.

For freebies, Lazada will be raffling off a free trip for two to Taiwan from KKDay. Foodie customers also get free subscriptions worth P1,500. Finally, every minimum purchase of P1,000 gives a P10 discount on FamilyMart’s famous Twirl.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Satisfying Buffet at Cabalen plus a Giveaway!

Many people patronize buffet-style restaurants because these dinners allow them to taste a wide variety of dishes.  I love going to buffets as I get to have more of my food favorites and get to discover new ones  at a very affordable price.

I usually go to Cabalen to satisfy my cravings for Filipino food. Cabalen's eat-all-you-can buffet is  priced at P 298 per head on regular days ;  P499 per head on weekend lunch. Cabalen buffet  has expanded to include  Japanese and Chinese food in Cabalen’s Mall of Asia, Megamall, and Ermita branches (P 398).

I went to SM Megamall branch this time for their  Filipino-Asian Buffet.   The place was  jampacked with people.

Their salad station  shines the spotlight on garden-fresh veggies, Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, watercress, onions, and parsley combine with your choice of  drizzled dressings.

They even had different salad concoctions and offer a selection of vegetable tempura!  The crispy kang-kong and okoy is a must try,  I like the tartar dip that goes with it.

They also have great Filipino viand to choose from like Kare-Kare (tripe cooked in peanut sauce), Lechon (roasted pork), Pinakbet (sauteed mixed vegetables), Beringhe (Pampanga's version of paella), Ginataang Kuhol (golden apple snails are cooked in coconut milk), Sisig, Dinuguan (pork stew) and other Filipino trademark foods.

They have Tofu, Pork, Chicken and Bangus Sisig which they serve in small iron skillets upon order.

I had several servings of  my favorite Kare-Kare.   Cabalen makes it from scratch and I love how tender the tripe stew is!  It goes well with their in-house bagoong, which has the right mix of saltiness and sweetness.

Filipino-Asian Buffet includes Maki sushi, vegetable rolls and california rolls. Chinese favorites, including siomai and steamed rice!

I also took fancy on their Lechon Kawali. The crispy pork cutlets that are tender and moist. Biting into these meat cracklings was heavenly!

They also have a handful of grilled fishes and the real Kapampangan burong hipon (shrimp with fermented rice) or  burong aligue (crab fat with fermented rice) that  gives texture to these dishes.  A couple of steamed vegetables like eggplant, ampalaya, okra etc. completes the experience.

They have chocolate fondue, fruits, puto and kakanin for your sweet cravings.

If you like Halo-Halo, youshould try out their Guinumis  selection, Guinumis is a Filipino dessert similar to Halo-Halo. It  is a beverage mix made from coconut milk, toasted pinipig, sago and gulaman. 

Overall, my buffet experience was good and satisfying.  Now for the giveaway:

The Cabalen chain of restaurants has been the standard for excellent Filipino food.  And as Cabalen celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and it is sponsoring a giveaway for my loyal followers! One loyal follower of Lucky Finds gets a chance to win Buffet Passes for Two

1. Like and tag Lucky Finds Facebook Page.
2. Like and tag Cabalen's Facebook Page.
3. Follow Cabalen's Instagram account.
4. Follow Lucky Finds account on G+.
5. Share this blog giveaway on Facebook using the hashtag #Cabalen3Dekada.
6. Post your link, email  and username (Facebook and Instagram) in the comment section below.

This giveaway is  open to Metro Manila residents and will end 12NN on April 10, 2017
The winner must claim their prizes at their  head office located at #54 JP Rizal St. corner Aguado St., Project 4, Quezon City (near Katipunan LRT Station).

UPDATE:  The guveaway has ended and JEDA was drawn as winner

3/F Bldg B, SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hearty All-day Breakfast at Denny's

When Denny's Manila opened its doors last October 2016 via The Bistro Group, it caused a massive stir in social media. Denny's is America's 24/7 diner famous for their affordable all-day breakfast menu and people have been anticipating the grand opening of their first flagship restaurant in Manila.

I joined in the Zomato meet up to sample some of their breakfast lineup. I love their take on Bourbon Bacon Burger (P 525).   It is a hand-pressed beef burger with bourbon glaze,  topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions burger.  It comes with seasoned fries, which were the best I've had in a while.

The French Toast Slam (P 385)  are two French toast slices with two eggs, two bacon and two sausages.

Waffle Slam (P 385) is a perfectly-done golden waffle. It comes with servings of two eggs, two bacon strips and two sausages.

Quesadilla (P 395) is one of my favorites!  The flour tortilla is filled with roasted seasoned chicken, crumbled sausage, bell peppers, onions plus loads of melted American cheese.  It comes with ranch dressing on the side.

Choco Overload Pancake (P 395)  makes a complete breakfast  as it comes with two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two strips of bacon and hash brown. The fluffy pancakes is a sight to behold with with hot fudge on top and peanut butter sauce drizzle.  When I took a bite, I was surprised to find white chocolate and chocolate chips in inside! 

Grand Slam Wich (P 395) is another favorite of mine!  It is great sandwich packed with flavor.  This Slamwich is made with scrambled eggs, crumbled sausage, bacon, shaved ham and American cheese. The freshly toasted bread is served with fries.

Denny's Asian Salad (P 395) is a heap of romaine lettuce tossed with cucumber, carrots, and grapes, topped with shredded nacho chips and grilled chicken breast strips.

Cajun Shrimp (P 385)  are shrimps mixed with bell peppers andseasoned with Cajun spice.  It is   served with cilantro pilaf rice, topped with parsley and a lemon wedge.

Aside from heir hearty toasts, slamwich, pancakes, skillets, and burgers,  I also noticed a lot more variety on the menu.  Their all-time menu items include  Pinoy favorites like Arroz Caldo, Tenderloin "Bistek Tagalog", Beef Tapa, Crispy Bangus Belly, Pork and Chicken Adobo meals designed by Chef Josh Boutwood.

Check it out soon.

G/F Uptown Parade
9th Avenue Corner 38th Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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