February 28, 2014

House of Kipling Opens at SM Clark

The House of Kipling - the new Kipling concept store opened its third store in the Philippines last February 27, 2014 at SM Clark Pampanga.   

Select Media and Bloggers were first treated to an Italian lunch, followed by a mini fashion show featuring Kipling's Spring 2014 Collection. 

Then a tour of The House of Kipling, SM Clark Pampanga where guests are greeted with warm, homey interiors made from an eclectic mix of natural and clean textures, surrounded by the signature tile wall with the iconic monkey print. The color palette plays along the shades of taupe and greys, plus an occasional pop of orange and pink. Inside the House of Kipling, Flemish inspired wall tiles and “Kipling Monkey” table legs bring to life the playful spirit and the European heritage of the brand. 

Nestled on sleek ceramic and wooden frames, drawers and gondolas are the store’s main attraction – the hottest collection of handbags, totes, carry-alls, backpacks and luggage in various shapes, sizes and prints. Nearby are clusters of colorful mirrors helping customers envision themselves strutting away with their favorite Kipling bags. Bright, polychromatic poufs are likewise on hand offering a comfortable seating should customers get a little tired from bag fitting and shopping. 

Reflecting Kipling’s desire to encourage discovery and exploration, the concept store also features a ‘Whimsy Wall’, where ideas, inspirations, special moments, and messages can be posted and shared so the store and customers can connect and become an engaged community. 

The House of Kipling has put together all these elements and details to allow shoppers to have a personal and intimate feel of Kipling bags, which will be their companions as they work, play and travel. Come visit the monkey at its new concept stores at SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City, SM Clark in Pampanga and The District North Point in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

February 27, 2014

Dawn Jimenez for UNO's 92 Issue

For UNO's 92 issue, Dawn Jimenez gets down, dirty and simply delicious for her cover shoot. With her sexy lingerie, Dawn nibbles ever so gently or sometimes fiercely on a luscious piece of chocolate in the photos.

She wasn't afraid to get all wet and lathered in chocolate for this UNO cover either. Dawn, with a sweet smile that could melt the hardest heart or chocolate, is actually a lover of zombie movies, even the low-budget ones, a fact that will surely get many a guy's attention.

Her willingness to be daring however paid off, as Dawn scored her first cover for UNO and an upcoming role in the ABS-CBN afternoon teleserye Moon of Desire.

UNO magazine is available in all leading bookstores and magazine stands nationwide.

February 26, 2014

Kipling’s 2014 Collection - SoSalsa and PartyLicious

If you're into stripes now is the best time to get a Kipling bag. Kipling's Spring 2014 Collection, namely SoSalsa and PartyLicious collection, presents  vibrant deckchair stripes.

Joana, a ‘petite’ shoulder bag that’s perfect for all your little essentials
in the daily cha cha cha of city living

Alezia is a spacious shoulder tote with removable strap.
You’ll be feeling the orange crush with key style Partylicious in Dazzling Beige. Zigzag chevron accents and a cute tassel front zipper complete the carnival vibes of this summer-ready shopper. 

PartyLicious is the bag to bring a whole lot of sunshine to your daily look. With its signature removable shoulder strap and functional fabric this bag is perfect for women on the go.

February 24, 2014

Goodbye and Thank You Doc Mon

I started working at the age of 17 from food chain, to undergarments, to telecoms and  more.  If there's one company I'm most thankful for, it is Medicard Phils, Inc. The company honed me from recruitment,  training, and then in marketing. It is also the company where I worked the longest, before finally choosing a full time career as mom and wife.

Today I join my peers, former colleagues and bosses and the Montoya family as we all mourn the passing of Dr. Nicanor D. Montoya, the Founder and Father of MPI. 

Goodbye and thank you, Doc Mon! We will miss you...

February 23, 2014

Occasions of Joy's 4th Year Anniversary Outreach at Jose Fabella Center

This blog just turned 4 last February 20.  Occasions of Joy's 4th Year Anniversary was celebrated with a book and food drive  at Jose Fabella Center and a program for the kids and their parents. My former storytelling teacher, Sir Jay Menes (President of Storyhouse Philippines) did storytelling. My kumpare, Ricky Quinsay (President of Salamangkeros) did magic and funny tricks. And the most anticipated part, "picture-picture" by Funlipix.

Mother Teresa once said,“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” For this I thank all my friends, namely, Star Orjaliza, Filsyn Sempio, Carolyn Torre, Jen Naga, Louie Osabel, Jennifer De-Leon Baetiong, Lanie Juan, Lace Llanora, Olga Joson Espino, Tony Whittaker, Fe Darilay, Shirly Balgua, Walter Bread, Tang, Karla De Quiros, and Alvin-Jannet Salazar of Funlipix.

Sir Jay Menes - President of Storyhouse Philippines

Ricky Quinsay - President of Salamangkeros

Mandy Hale quoted,“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” For this, thank you Sir Jay, Pareng Ricky, Ate Jo, Jomes, Lyn, Nuts, Mama, John and Alvin and Jannet for sharing your time and giving your best effort for Jose Fabella Center.

With Kuya Ricky of Salamangkeros and Sir Jay of Storyhouse
With Nora of www.morethanjustasahm and Lyn of www.momshugcom.blogspot.com
With Ate Jo
With Funlipix owners - Alvin and Jannet Salazar
With Cheerful Jes Bautista, Registered Social Worker, who assisted all my inquiries.

 “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
― Albert Pike

February 22, 2014

Hurom Slow Juicer

HUROM Slow Juicer is a juice extractor that uses the patented Low Speed Technology System (LSTS) to extract juices. The method of extraction is masticating and pressing, using the screw-like auger as a mortar and pestle. The action crushes and presses the food, releasing its deep-seated nutrients and enzymes. It also breaks up more of the phytonutrients, resulting in a richer colored juice that retains more vitamins and minerals. The slow RPM ensures that the cellular structure of fruits and vegetables is kept intact, eliminating oxidation and separation. Thus, it preserves the precious enzymes and nutrients that are closest to its natural form, as well as your food's delicious flavor.So what's with all the hype?- Squeezes the fruit slowly thus preserving the oxidation and destruction of the fruit's natural enzymes- The slow squeezing of the fruits results in nutritionally potent juices packed with natural enzymes and vitamins.

Why buy HUROM Slow Juicer?
1. The patented Slow Squeezing System (SSS) quickly, yet gently extracts juice from raw foods while preserving the cellular structure of those foods and delivering 4x the absorption rate of crucial vitamins and minerals.
2. Efficiently processes a variety of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, leafy greens and soybeans to create delicious juices, milks, sauces, marinades and baby food quickly and effortlessly. 
3.  Dual-stage juicing results in more juice and drier pulp. 
4.  Easy self-cleaning feature
5.  Small, compact design. 
6.  Energy-efficient: 150W

For more details on this product, contact: Claire Lim - 0916-9891475

February 21, 2014

Be a Lifeline

Back in 1992, I was supposed to be a kidney donor for my mother. Unfortunately, she passed away in 1993. So when AJ called me for an advocacy campaign by DOH for Lifeline, a campaign on organ donation I immediately confirmed even if the venue is far from my place. I wanted to learn about this campaign because I wanted to do what I wasn't able to do for my Mama.

What really does organ donation entail?

"The statistics for organ donation and transplantation in the country, albeit saddening, are not surprising. Because, after all, how can families even find room to think of such options when someone they love, with a beating heart and still warm to touch has just been declared brain dead?" shares Dr. Antonio Paraiso, Program Manager of the DOH-Philippine Network for Organ Sharing and Founder of the Human Organ Preservation Effort (H.O.P.E)

Dr. Antonio Paraiso, Program Manager of the DOH-Philippine Network for Organ Sharing and Founder of the Human Organ Preservation Effort (H.O.P.E) during the press conference at  Romulo Cafe yesterday, February 20, 2014.

People who would put their feet into the shoes of those who have chose to say no to organ donation would understand how it isn't anyone's idea of comfort, especially in such time of grief. "However, what we are continuing to advocate is the very essence of breathing life to losses--of carrying on with their stories by being lifeline to others," says Paraiso. "Organ donors are referred to as lifeline because just one can let up to 50 people who were once captives of organ failure, see, walk, breeze through life again."

Unlike countries such as Spain, Singapore and Denmark where all citizens are considered as lifeline unless one declares disagreement, the reverse holds true in the Philippines where consent is needed before one can donate organs. A deeper understanding of Republic Act No.7170 or the Organ Donation Act of 1991 would shed light to the weight of what being a lifeline details.

Any individual at time of brain death, through the consent of the immediate family (spouse, sibling, child, parent, or guardian), may become an organ donor and allow the harvesting of all any part of his/her body for donation. However, any individual who has signed an Official Organ Donor Card while living, will at time of brain death, be considered a citizen who has left a legacy".  On top of this, any individual with an Official Organ Donor Card automatically becomes a priority recipient candidate should he/she be the one who would require an organ  transplant throughout the course of his/her life.

More than ticking a box.

In this light, the Department of Health (DOH) and its partner organizations aim to continue the advocacy and awareness of organ donation as it pushes for the Philippine Organ Donor and Recipient Registry System.

More than just building a national registry or organ donors, the organizations have placed their bids to break two Guinness World records of "Most People to Sign up as Organ Donor" for One (1) Hour Single Site and Eight (8) Hours Single Site. On top of this, the Philippines has been given the green light to establish new records for the One (1) and Eight (8) Hours Multiple Sites--making it a national campaign.

This is set to happen this February 28, 2014 at six sites: Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Track & Field, Sta. Mesa Manila and Quezon City Circle, Quezon City in the National Capital Region (NCR); RTMC, San Fernando City, La Union, L. Mamba Gym, Tuguegarao City in Cagayan; JMR Coliseum, Naga City in Camarines Sur; and Almendra's Gym, Davao City in Davao del Sur. The event will officially start at 9-10AM for the one-hour category and at 9AM-5PM for the eight-hour category. This event is targeted to break India's 2013 records of having 2,755 pledged organ donors in a single site in one hour and 10,450 pledged organ donors in a single site spanning eight hours.

Registrants will be allowed to consent donations of vital organs including kidneys, lungs, heart, liver and pancreas, and even tissues such as corneas, bones and skin. "With high hopes, this attempt to break the Guinness World records will help expedite positive awareness about organ donations in the country," states Paraiso. "By securing their stand as lifelines, every pledge garnered on this day will be regarded as a legacy. People will live on. A new heart can begin pumping for another, a pair of lungs can take breaths for more, and all other organs can start changing  the lives of many.

At the end of the talk, my friends and I learned a lot about Lifeline and its mission so we whole-heartedly signed to be an organ donor.

Photo courtesy: Nora of www.morethanjustasahm.com

February 20, 2014

Share Your Pizza Stories with California Pizza Kitchen

Pizza is one of the foreign food that is warmly embraced by the Filipinos. I'm sure that many, if not all, have a story to tell.  One of my most love California Pizza Kitchen stories is my date with my son Rafael. El loves pizza since he was a little boy. Now that he is 11, he still asks me to bring him at CPK for our bonding.  Photos of our old bonding will be posted soon once I find it from the pool of  photo albums.

California Pizza Kitchen invites pizza lovers everywhere to share those pleasurable moments in a storytelling campaign with two main stars:  you and your CPK pizza.  Just grab a bite of your favourite CPK pizza in any size, any flavour at home, at the park, in the office, by the pool, at the tennis court, by your car, or even in a famous landmark.  Show how much you enjoy your CPK pizza by taking a selfie or a groupie with family or friends.  

Starting February 24, upload your pizza story snapshot or short video to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.  Add the hashtags #MyPizzaStory, #EveryPizzaTellsAStory and #CPKPhilippines.  To get a free treat from your friends at CPK, like CPKPhilippines on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share the link of your pizza story to mypizzastory@cpk.com.ph with your full name, mobile number, date of birth and your favorite CPK location.

Every selfie or groupie will be rewarded with classic personal pizza favorite – Five Cheese + Fresh Tomato, The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza or Untraditional Cheese.  A CPK Pizza Voucher will be emailed to them complete with details on how to redeem their prize.  A participant will only be rewarded once regardless of the number of selfie or groupie entries.  Submissions will be accepted until April 13, 2014. 

The Original BBQ Chicken Our legendary BBQ sauce, smoked Gouda, 
red onions and cilantro transform this original to iconic 

Five Cheese + Fresh Tomato Cheese pizza—all grown up. Sliced tomatoes, basil, fresh Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, smoked Gouda, Mozzarella and Pecorino Romano. 

Untraditional Cheese Always a good standby. Mozzarella and fresh Mozzarella.

CPK’s eight branches in Metro Manila are located at the Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, Greenhills Promenade, Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, W Global Center in Bonifacio Global City, Eastwood Mall, and SM Mall of Asia. Two years ago, CPK opened in Harbor Point Mall in Subic, its first branch outside the metro.  

For the latest news and updates, join and follow the CPK Philippines community on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CPKPhilippines) and Twitter & Instagram (@CPKPhilippines).

February 19, 2014

Wonderful Wednesdays: Patience is a Virtue

Although I know friends and relatives who suffered from the agony of waiting for their line to be transferred but to no avail, I took the words of PLDT that it will only take 2 to 3 weeks for our line to be transferred. 

John and I almost switched to Globe but because we like our line, we waited and waited and waited. After three months, exactly today, our telephone line and internet has been transferred in our UK house! I couldn't be happier! Indeed, the line "patience is a virtue" is true. 

I'd like to thank my friends, Lyn and Nora for unselfishly lending their hands. Lyn allowed me to use her portable landline, while Nora updated my blog and FB.  If not for Lyn's telephone, I wouldn't be able to connect to family, friends and clients. If not for Nora's help, I'll be left with a lot of pending posts for this blog. What we did? Using Lyn's portable landline, Nora and I communicated. I told her my thoughts and she brilliantly executed all that I wanted to write.

Nora's desktop
Lyn's portable landline

If you are transferring to a new place and is thinking of retaining your line, think again for it's easier to get a new line than what we opted to do. You would not want to experience what we experienced.

For now, I'll savor the night by writing down my thoughts to share with you in the coming days. 

I miss you all my dear readers...

"Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, 
losses and disappointments;  but let us have patience 
and we soon shall see them in their proper figures."
- Joseph Addison

February 18, 2014

Harnn's Auburn Aromatic Oil Perfume Review

I am sick.  The cause is allergy from dust and paint.  All kinds of perfume and colognes make me sneeze, except for Harnn's Auburn Aromatic Oil Perfume because the smell is peaceful, calming and uplifting.  And because the  fragrance Alcohol free, it is safe even for kids.

The key ingredients' (Bergamot Fruit Oil, Orange Flower Oil, Sandalwood Bark Oil) aroma blends well with each other. Bergamot relieves stress, depression, insomnia, skin disorders and digestive conditions. It is also useful for infectious wounds, as an insect repellent and for cystitis. Orange is anti-bacterial, anti-depressive, anti-septic, a deodorant and an aphrodisiac. Orange Blossom is also very useful in skin care; it rejuvenates the complexion and improves very dry or mature skin. While Sandalwood induces a feeling of deep peace. Sandalwood is also anti-infections, a decongestant, anti-depressant, a sexual tonic and an aphrodisiac. It has been used in the healing process of major burns victims, due to its antiseptic properties.

Ayurvedic practice of using colors to restore the natural balance of body's Chakra points,  thus helps in healing my sick body.

There are other blends of Aromatic Oil Perfume, visit HARNN Greenbelt 5 and feel the sense of tranquility that I feel each time I use Auburn Aromatic Oil Perfume.