July 29, 2010

Edsa Shangri-La Hotel's The Bakeshop

Why I like going to Edsa Shangri-La is mainly because I love the place! Had my wedding reception here last September 11, 2000 (more on this next blog)

Second reason is because of The Bakeshop. They sell delicious pastries and even chocolates.

What else is best about The Bakeshop? Pastries are at 50% off when clock strikes 8pm. 25% off from 6pm to 7:59pm. Cakes are at 30% off.

TOUGH Jeansmith

Tough Jeansmith was launched in Manila last July 28, 2010, at the Atrium, Shangri-La Mall. The show showcased the urban utilitarian flair of Tough Jeansmith. Unique denim pieces complemented by layered tops. With the introduction of Tough Jeansmith in the country, entrepreneurs, artists, fashionistas, and unique individuals now have a staple supply of their favorite uniquely

PMAP's Bianca Valerio, a top model in her own right, hosted the event. Providing the cool, sexy vibe was DJ Yoshi.

Absolut Vodka Girls

Posing with spunky international television host, Joey Mead, (one of the Tough Jeansmith Ambassadors)

With Trixie Reyna, Web Moderator of Cosmo.ph

With Rovilson Fernandez

John Avila

Tough Jeansmith's Ambassadors: Patti Betita (Sr. PMAP Model), Manolet Dario (music meister), Joey Mead, Luke Jikain (top male model), and Atoy Llave ( global entrepreneur)

Philippine ALLSTAR gave the urban vandal street dance performances throughout the event.

Models donned Tough Jeansmith. The denim designs are industrial and hardwearing yet comfortable and stylish enough to fit any business or street style activity you may love doing. The brand is unique, sexy and modern.

The fashion show was directed by Jacky Quintos (center, in white) COO of Primer Group

Toast to you, Mr. Jacky Aquino.

With Mr. Careless Whisper, Cris Lawrence

Manila Bulletin's Deepa and Mark


Tough Jeansmith was the first private Bauhaus label. It was originally launched in HongKong in 1994 and has been satiating the discriminating tastes of Tough Jeansmith afficionados in Mainland China, Macau, Taiwan, Russia, Singapore, UAE, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Thailand, and now Philippines. Shops are located at Shangri-La Plaza, Trinoma, Brat Pack Greenbelt 5 and Robinson's Place Manila. Primer Group is the exclusive distributor of Tough Jeansmith.

July 28, 2010

Johnsons & Johnsons Bedtime Routine

Sleep is one of the most important factors in releasing growth hormones, most especially for very young babies.While your baby sleeps, her little body produces 3x more growth hormones.

The good news is there is a way to promote better sleep for your baby: through a consistent nightly bedtime routine.

Learn more about the JOHNSON´S® Baby Bedtime Routine, clinically proven to stretch your baby´s sleep by as much as 23%.

In addition to the JOHNSON´S® Baby Bedtime Routine and products, there are countless other ways you can help your baby fall asleep and even share bonding moments in the process!

Sharing with you our Johnson's & Johnson's Bedtime Routine.

I knew that sleeping promotes growth hormones. I have 5 siblings, 3 of them are taller that the other 3 (including me!) because when we were younger they sleep longer than us, the shorter ones. So when I gave birth to twins Julia and Rafael in 2002 (Juan followed in 2006) I vowed to have them sleep longer for them to grow taller. But for little kids who likes to explore their new world, it is a bit hard to make them sleep. As a mother, I find ways on how to help my kids sleep early. I read tons of parenting books and baby magazines to give me ideas.

Therefore our bedtime routine was born:

First, drinking a glass of milk or 2 maybe, if my kids ask for more . Drinking a warm glass of milk can soothe nerves and relax muscles putting you off to sleep immediately. Milk is a good source of calcium which is needed to form healthy bones and teeth.

Second, quick bathe/shower with warm water using Johnson's Baby Bedtime Bath. Although one of the main benefits of the external use of water is keeping our body clean, it's curative properties has been known for centuries, warm water relaxes and soothes the body. Johnson's Baby Bedtime Bath has a lavender scent that releases natural calm essences.

Third, book reading or storytelling. Foremost, reading to your kids encourages speech and language development and helps children learn literacy skills in an enjoyable manner. It also helps strengthen the bond between a mother/father and child. When kids are cozy and comfortable, reading aloud to them can lower their stress or energy level, that will eventually lead to sleeping.

Fourth, touch therapy (accompanied by a classical music) using Johnson's. Touch therapy is used in the form of massages. We are now moving forward in the age where touch is considered a therapy and it has proved to be curative in migraines, stress and to improve the overall quality of life. Touch therapy is beneficial to children. When a mother touches her child to massage her/him she builds a sense of security with the child. This helps the child to sleep better thus growing and developing better. Relaxing classical music reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate, and may have positive effects on sleep via muscle relaxation and distraction from thoughts. For my kids back and chest I use Johnson's Baby Bedtime Oil. For their hands, arms, legs and feet I used Johnson's Baby Bedtime Lotion. Johnson's has been in the business for a long time, they have proven their quality and worth. I remember as a child when there was just one kind (the white one)of Johnson's baby powder,this brings back the memory of my beloved, dearly departed mom, placing Johnson's Baby Powder on my perspiring back. I also cannot erase the Johnson's No More Tears tag line. Now Johnson's has created a nightly routine clinically proven to help your baby fall asleep easier and sleep through the night better, thanks for this, the JOHNSON'S BABY BEDTIME line: powder, lotion, oil and bath.