September 1, 2014

First Day of September

It's the first day of September.  It only means the start of Christmas season in the Philippines as Christmas songs are played on radios. September also means the start of many get together, reunion office celebration. With those events comes food! Lalaki naman ang mga tiyan. 

To all my friends out there, here's an ab exercise I have been doing for a long time. I've tried hundreds of ab exercise but this is the only one I stick to, though pinaka madali, It brings result if done properly and frequently.

All you need: Yoga mat, 1 lb dumb bell and a lot of determination.

Always start with a warm up:

If pressed with time, do the quick workout

The best ab workout is the full workout. 
Do this at leat 3 times a week and you'll be happy with the result

August 31, 2014

Magnum Manila

We were very excited when Magnum Manila opened earlier this year at SM Aura. Julia, Juan and Rafael waited for the time when they can get to make their own Magnum Ice Cream on stick.  We, especially Rafael, were excited to try the savory dishes of Chef Him Uy de Baron because Che Him is Rafael's favorite Chef.

We headed this Sunday and our excitement melted when long line welcomed us.  Magnum staff politely asked us if we're willing to wait but for a take out only. We were not able to dine in and enjoy our first ever visit to Magnum Manila.

We almost backed out, nevertheless we continued to wait for our turn at Make Your Own Magnum Dessert Bar.  P100 per order.

Steps of Make Your Own Magnum

Step two: Choose three from a delicious range of classic, special, and experimental toppings. 
Step two: Choose from Magnum Vanilla or Magnum Infinity Chocolate-Caramel
Step three: Pick your coating  (Magnum Classic (Yellow - Milk Chocolate), Magnum White (Brown Color - White Chocolate), or Magnum Infinity Dark (Dark Brown Color - Chocolate)

Step four: Drizzle it with milk or chocolate

Step five: Set and serve with the M Chocolate Coin.

In their wall, "A day without pleasure is a day lost". 
We say, a day of traffic on a Sunday, with just a stick of ice cream is not pleaurable at al!

If you want to enjoy Magnum Manila, visit on a weekday, between, 10am to 3pm.

August 30, 2014

Travel in Style

A very good friend is finally moving to the next chapter of her life in another part of the world.  John and I have been scouting the best travel bags for them to use. 

We found Samsonite and Rimowa for them to travel in style.  Both shops are located in Shangri-La Plaza.

Samsonite Black Label Store, Shangri-La East Wing, Mandaluyong City
Rimowa - 2nd Level, Shangri-la Plaza MallShaw Blvd. cor. EDSA Mandaluyong

SAMSONITE  is an American multinational luggage manufacturer and retailer, with products ranging, for the most durable and innovative, luggage, business cases, backpacks and travel accessories. 

Phyton, P32,250

For the little ones, P10,000+

Optimum, P16, 950

Whether traditional aluminium cases or light luggage made of the high-tech material polycarbonate, the RIMOWA design is unmistakable due to the groove structure of its case shells. An innovative approach and exceptional demands when it comes to quality are just a couple of the aspects that make RIMOWA one of Europe's leading luggage manufacturers. 

Salsa Deluxe, P35,8000

August 29, 2014

Use Credit Card Wisely

The first time I had a credit card was in 1999. I bought a gold necklace at P15,000.  The next month, the bill arrived with a note to pay minimum amount of P550. I paid P550. The next month and the next. When I calculated, I realized that the interest was not going down. I'm still paying the interest for the whole amount of P15,000 even if I already made 6 months payment. On the seventh month, I paid the remaining balance and had my credit card closed.

Six years ago, my friend Zen, convinced me to get a credit card since she knows we purchase a lot of stuff.  I refused and told her about my bad experience with my previous card. Zen told me that all I need to do is pay the full so as not to accumulate interest.  I've been enjoying the perks and privileges of credit card ever since then. An example below, for every P3,000 purchase at any shop using Metrobank credit card, we get to choose from Cheetos, Doritos, Oreo and C2 for free at Robinson's Supermarket.

Use credit card wisely. Here's how:

1.  Pay the bill in full each month.  If you can’t pay in full, you shouldn’t be charging it for you'll soon find yourself clobbered by interest payments on a ballooning balance, as well as interest.

2. Check the terms and conditions that will determine your overall cost.

3.  Limit yourself to one major card with a credit limit you can handle so you don't go nuts when the bill arrive.

4.  Always keep your credit-card account number and the phone number of the creditor’s service line at home and in your wallet so you can call them any time the need arise.

5. If your card is lost or stolen, contact the bank immediately to cancel the account.

6.  Save your receipts for checking of any discrepancies with your monthly credit-card statement.

7.  Avoid late charges by paying before the due date.

8. Don’t give your credit-card number to anyone over the phone who pretends to be from your credit card company.

9. Don’t make any additional purchases with the card until the balance is zero.

10.  If you don't have enough fund, cut your credit cards and have it closed to avoid impulsive shopping and more problems in the future.

I used to have 7 credit cards, I closed the other 5 and retained BDO and Metrobank.

August 28, 2014

GoodHousekeeping at 16

I started reading Goodhousekeeping when I was 25. This is the only magazine I continuously buy for 16 years now because the magazine tackles everything from family matters, health issues, work and career, fashion and beauty, and a lot more.  

GH makes me feel great about my age as they feature women of all ages in Look Good Section.  I particularly like the makeover, and hoping to be the next mom makeover for I need a new look as I embrace the life  at 40s (seriously!).