Friday, April 30, 2010

Chocolate Appreciation 101 at Heavenly Chocolates

Mrs. Martinez and I attended Chocolate Appreciation 101 at Heavenly Chocolates last April 24, 2010. We opted for the 7pm session since we both work on Saturdays.

Cocoa powder on a plateWe were ushered to the second floor of Heavenly Chocolates along Roces Ave. where Choco-vangelist Marga Manlapig was going to hold the workshop. I didn't even know there was a second floor inside the tiny café.

Marga started us off by sharing the history of chocolates. We were surprised at how cacao beans was once used as currency in South America. In fact 4 beans could buy you a rabbit for dinner, 100 would get you a slave, and 10 would get a man a wife. Hmmm... luckily we did not live during those chauvinistic times.

A tiny cup of Ecuador Hot Chocolate at Heavenly ChocolatesWe were served two tiny cups of hot chocolate to taste, the first being a single-origin Mexico. Single-origin simply means that the chocolate was made from beans in one region. The Mexico hot chocolate was okay, a tad on the sweet side but definitely a lot better than those instant powder variety we get from the supermarket. Next up was the much hyped up single-origin Ecuador, which is actually what I'm holding up there. Marga told us that Ecuador chocolate is the bad-ass of chocolates since it doesn't have any sweetness and carries a bit of nicotine flavor. The reason for this being tobacco and cacao grow side by side in Ecuador, so the flavors kind of rub off on each other. I actually liked the Ecuador hot chocolate better than the Mexico hot chocolate. I felt it tasted just right -- deeply rich and not too sweet.

Mendiants au Lait avec Cardamome at Heavenly ChocolatesMarga whipped out Mendiants au Lait avec Cardamome next, which is actually Ghana milk chocolate with cranberries, pecans, and almonds infused with cardamom. These are traditionally made in France as a Christmas dessert, but we all got to eat a piece. She proceeded to tell us how much the Japanese love and hoard Ghana chocolates, which is actually one of the sweetest varieties.

Marga Manlapig at Heavenly ChocolatesMarga then started to get ready for a chocolate truffle-making demo. She was going to make vodka-infused truffles.

Sachi Nama Chocolate in Coffee at Heavenly ChocolatesA tray of coffee-flavored Sachi Nama Chocolates was passed around for us to try as Marga started rolling out truffles. Sachi Nama Chocolates can give Royce Nama Chocolates a run for the money as they are just as smooth, rich, and creamy yet cost over a hundred pesos less than Royce per box.

Marga Manlapig rolls out truffles at Heavenly ChocolatesWe watched as Marga rolled out one truffle after another.

Vodka-infused chocolate truffles at Heavenly ChocolatesI had one big vodka-infused truffle and stopped there. I was driving after all and Marga warned us that we could get intoxicated. Besides, I'm not really into alcohol since I'm allergic.

Thus ended our Chocolate Appreciation 101 workshop with Marga Manlapig at Heavenly Chocolates. :)

Heavenly Chocolates
127 Roces Ave. cor. Tomas Morato, Quezon City

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Live Right with Nutrilite!

This May 1-2, 2010, Nutrilite* will be holding its first ever Health and Wellness Expo at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig City.

Live Right with NutriliteThis two-day event will start by 1pm this May 1, 2010.

Numerous activities are in store for attendees. There will be an Energy Zone for exercises and games. Workouts like Plyometrics, Yogilates, and Cardio Hiphop will be demonstrated by fitness experts. Meanwhile, games like Futsal, Badminton, and Ultimate Frisbee will be exhibited by athletes.

Guests can learn more about Nutrilite products at the Live Right Zone. Free nutrition consultation, BMI (Body Mass Index) reading, and cholesterol-testing can also be availed of. There will also be Wii Fitness games that guests can try out.

The best news? Registration is FREE.

*Nutrilite is a vitamin brand by Amway.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

No service from HP Philippines!

My Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527 died last October 2009. It was 2.5 years old. I bought a very well-researched replacement -- HP Mini 311, a small netbook which was powerful enough for my blogging needs. It can run Adobe Photoshop and multi-task decently for something so tiny. I can even play some games on it since it has an Nvidia Ion graphics card. I got it for a good price too -- P18,500 converted from the US dollar price.

HP Mini 311I got my HP Mini 311 in November 2009. It's now April 2010. It's been flashing me the Blue Screen of Death in the office. That's right -- only in the office for some reason. It works perfectly everywhere else. It's like the damned thing is possessed. BSOD in the office, perfectly fine when I turn it on at home on the same day.

Sometime last week I called the HP Service Hotline. They asked for my serial number and told me my unit was under warranty. I told them I bought it from the USA. They said HP support is global. Good for me right?

Well, I brought my unit to the HP Service Center in Makati City today. Guess what, they told me HP USA just issued a memo last Monday stating that they will no longer support HP units bought from the US and Canada. Given this, if your HP is from either US or Canada not only are you not getting any warranty, you are also not getting any service even if you're willing to pay for it. You read that right -- even if have the money, it won't do you any good because HP Philippines can no longer service US and Canada bought units. They can however service units bought from Southeast Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.

I guess unless I bring my unit to the US I'll never know what's causing the BSOD. I can understand not being able to avail of the warranty, but to not get any service despite being willing to pay?

So there you have it folks, albeit HP computers are a lot cheaper when bought from the US or Canada, you're not getting any service if you bring it to the Philippines.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pringles Seaweed, Soft-Shell Crab, and Grilled Shrimp!

During my recent trips to the supermarket, I've had my eye on three cool new Pringles flavors: Seaweed, Soft-Shell Crab, and Grilled Shrimp.

Kids love Pringles Seaweed, Soft-Shell Crab, and Grilled Shrimp flavors!I first tasted Soft-Shell Crab flavored Pringles a couple of months ago. I picked it up because it seemed the most interesting of the three. I was not disappointed, the chips tasted eerily like crab. We had a chance to try out all three flavors last week.

Pringles Seaweed ChipI think I like Pringles Seaweed best. Check out that green-colored chip. It's lightly seasoned with white pepper and paprika. It's hard to stop eating once you start. The Grilled Shrimp chips are pink, while Soft-Shell Crab sports the normal original Pringles color. All the variants have one thing in common: they're all very tasty!

Pringles Seaweed is da bomb!I think my daughter agrees with me about Pringles Seaweed... she finished most of what's in the canister!

Pringles Flavors of the SeaFor some cool summer snacking, check out Pringles' Flavors of the Sea in Seaweed, Grilled Shrimp, and Soft-Shell Crab. Available at leading supermarkets and priced somewhere around P58+ - P70 each depending on where you buy. I bought my first canister of Soft-Shell Crab Pringles before from Hi-Top Supermarket for P58+. :p

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

A light lunch at Kitchen's Best Home Patisserie

Hubby and I stumbled upon this quaint little café near the end of Pasong Tamo Extension one weekend. It had very simple exteriors with a sign that said "Kitchen's Best Home Patisserie". We saw it while looking for the Suzuki showroom.

Mediterranean Beef at Kitchen's Best Home PatisserieAnyhow it was right about lunch time so we decided to give it a try. It isn't often that we'd scour Pasong Tamo Extension for some place to eat so we thought we might as well pick the most um, obscure establishment. Upon the waiter's recommendation hubby ordered the Mediterranean Beef (P245, pictured above). The menu described it as flavorful strips of sirloin beef secretly marinated in herbs and spices. We were disappointed. There wasn't really anything special about the marinade, in fact Chowking's Beef Tapa tastes better than this and it's less than 1/3 the price. I say they'd better forget the secret and come up with something else.

Croque Monsieur at Kitchen's Best Home PatisserieMeanwhile, I settled for their best-selling sandwich, Croque Monsieur (P240, pictured above). It actually tasted good. I loved the cheese-encrusted crisp toast and the French ham inside. I feel that it's just way overpriced because the ham was all of a couple of millimeters in thickness (or should I say thin-ness?). Besides, I can probably do this at home with a couple of bread slices, cheese, ham, and some carbonara sauce which I can get straight from a pack.

Banana Toffee Pie at Kitchen's Best Home PatisserieAh but hubby and I couldn't give up just yet. We had to find out why there were so many people crammed into this little hole-in-the-wall. We ordered a slice of Banana Toffee Pie (P85) for dessert. Oreo cookie crust, banana slices, chocolate toffee, whipped cream, and a bit of caramel make up this "award-winning" pie. It was heavenly. Even hubby who's generally not fond of dessert took a few bites off this yummy creation. Maybe they should concentrate on cakes and pastries instead.

Kitchen's Best Home Patisserie
Unit 5B Building B, Karrivin Plaza,
2316 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

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RainbowBrush in the Philippines + a contest for kids!

Today I discovered a fun new toy for my forever antsy kids -- RainbowBrush! This could be the solution to the constant "Mommy, I'm bored!" or "Mommy, what can I do?" that I'm always hearing from my son and daughter this summer.

Animetric gives Rainbowbrush a spinZhazhiki Import Export Corporation, exclusive distributor of RainbowBrush and other educational toys, games, and activities, invited a small group of mommy bloggers to a special demo session.

RainbowBrushRainbowBrush are non-toxic and water-based markers that you can snap together and blend to create a wide variety of art effects. RainbowBrush is available in sets of 3 to 5 colors. All you need is some paper and you're good to go. It was quite a lot of fun to play with even for us moms! RainbowBrush comes off surfaces with just water so it's pretty low maintenance. They drew some patterns using RainbowBrush on the restaurant wall and it cleaned up in a jiffy with a damp cloth.

RainbowBrush markersSnap them together or pull them apart in different combinations for endless possibilities!

RainbowBrush Alphabet Edition SetRainbowBrush Alphabet Edition (P999.75, pictured above) comes with an instructional book which teaches basic and advanced drawing techniques using the RainbowBrush.

To give you a better idea of what you can do with RainbowBrush, check out the video below:

It's so cool, don't you think? I can't wait to have my kids try it out! :D

Here's a bit of good news for my dear readers...

RainbowBrush will be holding an art contest every Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm from May 1 to May 29, 2010 at Toy Kingdom SM Megamall. There will be three categories with matching themes.
  • 5-7 years old - Mother's Day Greeting Card Theme
  • 8-10 years old - Beach Experience Theme
  • 11-13 years old - Anything Wildlife
Awarding of the winners will be held on May 30, 2010. There will be one winner per category for a total of three winners, and the prize will be...

RainbowBrush Name Painting Art Set
...a RainbowBrush Name Painting Art set worth P1,299.75!

Now what do you have to do to join?
  1. You can walk in the event. Every P300 peso purchase of Zhazhiki products (RainbowBrush, Crayola, Yoropen, Zipbin, Geddes Crayons, Mic-o-Mic) entitles one child to register for the contest.
  2. You can pre-register through Animetric's World by emailing your child's full name and age to Pre-registration reduces the purchase requirement from P300 to just P100 worth of products. I will send you a confirmation email when I receive your details.
  3. Purchases made within the whole month of May 2010 are qualified for the promo.
  4. All contest materials and supplies will be provided at the venue, no need to bring or present anything except your proof of purchase / receipt.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Johnson's Body Care + Bayo = Soft Look Collection

I attended Johnson's Body Care and Bayo's Soft Look Collection launch last April 20, 2010 at Encore (formerly Embassy Superclub).

Sarah Meier-Albano hosts Johnson's Body Care and Bayo's Soft Look Collection Fashion ShowThe event was hosted by Sarah Meier-Albano. I was shocked at how skinny she was. I mean, it's one thing to be model-thin and quite another to be sporting the anorexic look complete with the sunken cheeks and spindly legs. It's such a waste because she's a very pretty girl. Anyhow, I'm getting off topic...

Martina top from Bayo and Johnson's Body Care's Soft Look CollectionEncore was transformed into a catwalk for Johnson's Body Care and Bayo's Soft Look Collection. This particular line-up is designed to show off a woman's soft, smooth, and radiant skin. That's the Martina top (P1,495) up there.

Maegan draped top and Bella high waisted skirtThe clothes are comprised of soft, wispy, and flowing fabrics in light colors -- predominantly white, beige, and taupe. That's the Maegan draped top (P1,345) and the Bella high waisted skirt (P1,345).

Maureen corset top and Marsha high waisted dhotiI honestly don't see chubby people fitting into these silhouette-framing pieces. That's the Maureen corset top (P1,245) and Marsha high waisted dhoti (P1,496). I'm not putting down those of above average weight since I'm one of them, I'm just being realistic. I wonder if moms who have trouble going back to pre-pregnancy shape like me can wear any of these clothes?

Chelsea pirate blouse and Anya paperbag shortsThe sheer, lightweight, and flowing fabrics are perfect for summer. That's the Chelsea pirate blouse (P1,595) and Anya paperbag shorts (P1,345).

Amanda tiered dressTen complete outfits make up Johnson's Body Care and Bayo's Soft Look Collection. That's the Amanda tiered dress (P1,795). I'm curious as to how these clothes would look on a normal person and not these lean, lithe, and lengthy lasses. This limited edition collection will only be available in Bayo stores until June 15, 2010.

Want to see for yourself? The Johnson's Body Care and Bayo Soft Look Collection fashion show is happening again tomorrow April 24, 2010 at the Atrium of Robinsons Galleria. Show starts at 3pm!

Mara top and Shai tulip skirtBuy any piece off the Soft Look Collection at Bayo and get a free 100ml Johnson’s Body Care Lotion. Plus get a 20% discount on the 200ml or 400ml of the Lotions/Washes for every succeeding purchase at Watsons.

Alternatively, buy the 200ml/400ml Johnson’s Body Care Lotion or Wash at Watsons and get 10% off of any of the Soft Look Collection at Bayo.

Promo runs from April 9 to June 15, 2010.

Participating Bayo Branches: Ayala Center Cebu, Eastwood City, Gateway Mall, Greenbelt 5, Greenhills Shopping Center, Market Market, Robinson’s Galleria, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and Trinoma

Johnson's Body Care is available in 3 variants:
  • 24-Hour Lasting Moisture
  • Melt Away Stress
  • Naturally White
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Sony Ericsson's "I-Share Ang Saya" Campaign

Sony Ericsson officially turned over a unique mobile education van to UNICEF last April 20, 2010. It was the culmination of their "I-Share Ang Saya" Campaign.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Education VanSony Ericsson's "I-Share Ang Saya" campaign was launched in November 2009. Visitors to "I-Share Ang Saya" exhibits in SM Malls were introduced to Sony Ericsson's mobile entertainment models -- Satio, Aino, and Kita. Buying these phones allowed patrons to help contribute to the UNICEF Mobile Education and Child Protection Program. Mall goers were also given an opportunity to help via cash donation bins.

UNICEF Country Representative Vanessa Tobin and Sony Ericsson General Manager Dennis ManzanoSony Ericsson and Ericsson jointly donated P1 million for the UNICEF program. A unique mobile education van is the result. The van is equipped with a laptop, mobile broadband access, and other communication equipment to facilitate sessions on the streets to be administered by street educators and social workers. The van was officially turned over to UNICEF Country Representative Vanessa Tobin (pictured above) during the event.

I say it's a stepped up version of 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida's "pushcart classroom". It's good that big companies are also trying to do their share in the betterment of our society.

Letter Day Story live at SM The Block
Guests were treated to live performances from the bands Letter Day Story (pictured above) and Eevee.

I saw some Sony Ericsson representatives going around demonstrating two new cellphones, namely the Elm and the Vivaz. Unfortunately, they didn't approach me so I wasn't able to see the phones up close.

I've been a Sony Ericsson user for a long time now, my last three cellphones have all been from SE. I was very happy with my Sony Ericsson z600i until it got stolen, and I replaced it with a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 which I unfortunately regret. My X1 hangs at just about every opportunity and there seems to be a scarcity of apps for it. For the same price I could've availed of an Apple iPhone deal from Globe.

Hopefully the Elm, Vivaz, and the Xperia x10 I've been hearing so much about are all better than my x1.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mom takes on the Sony DCR-SX43 Handycam

Sony let me test drive their Sony Handycam DCR-SX43 some weeks ago. Now I'm unlike most moms who want to chronicle just about every waking moment and milestone on video. I don't like lugging around unnecessary equipment and I have no interest in making home movies. This is one of the reasons why I'm blissfully happy with my ultra slim and portable Sony Cybershot TX-1, which can also take excellent quality videos should the need arise.

Sony Handycam Model DCR-SX43Sony Handycam Model DCR-SX43Anyhow, my last memory of handling a Handycam was back in my college days some 15 years ago. I remember it being a bulky black thing which I had to bring to school via its equally bulky storage case (I was a Communication major at the Ateneo so our school projects included videos and short films). Surprise surprise, Sony DCR-SX43 fit perfectly in the palm of my hand (see photos above). It was quite nice to hold. I popped in a 2GB Sony memory stick and I was good to go, albeit it can also accomodate SD cards.

Taking photos with the Sony DCR-SX43Being a mom, of course my first test subject was my own child. My daughter gamely posed as I took trial still photos (yes, photos) with the Sony DCR-SX43.

Indoor still photo using a Sony DCR-SX43The Sony DCR-SX43 can take still photos in VGA mode only. Notice the huge difference when compared to the first shot which I took with my Sony Cybershot TX-1. Well what do you expect people, it's VGA resolution only not even 1 megapixel... so no, this definitely won't replace your digicam any time soon. That photo above was taken indoors.

Earthlingorgeous on the Sony Handycam DCR-SX43If you take the Sony DCR-SX43 outside to shoot photos, the result is a lot better. The photo is markedly smoother, brighter, and less grainy but it still won't replace your digicam. That's fellow blogger Earthlingorgeous up there, hehe.

I took the Sony DCR-SX43 with me to Anvaya Cove to capture a few scenes. My house is rather dull and boring so I opted to record an out-of-town trip instead. Of course, the video clip above has been uploaded to youtube so it's no longer in its original format... the actual video is much clearer.

Sony Handycam DCR-SX43 front viewThe Sony DCR-SX43 is very easy to use even for a non-video person like me. I didn't even look at the manual as it's very intuitive. That mode button up there is all you need to press to switch between still photo and video mode.

Sony Handycam DCR-SX43 side viewMeanwhile, that button up there which is perfectly placed for your thumb is all you need to press in order to shoot, record, or stop. Wonderfully simple isn't it?

The Sony DCR-SX43 comes with an AC adaptor, a rechargeable battery pack, an AV cable, a USB cable, and a CD-ROM containing application software. It retails for P22,999.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gurts by Pancake House

Sometime last week, my son and I were waiting for his turn at the ophthalmologist in Medical City. He was patient #11, but when we got there the doctor was still looking at patient #2. Since it was going to be a long wait I suggested that we go down first and find someplace to hang out.

Gurts frozen yogurt in Crispy Brazo De Mercedes at Pancake HousePancake House was the first establishment we came across when we went down the ground floor. My son said he was hungry so we decided to go inside for a little snack. We had omelets -- nothing really exciting. But then I was being called by the colorful Gurts menu on our table. Gurts is Pancake House's frozen yogurt. There were a lot of interesting concoctions but at last we decided to share a cup of Crispy Brazo De Mercedes (P125, pictured above).

Crispy Brazo De Mercedes by GurtsOur frozen yogurt was generously topped with sweet, sticky, and chewy pastillas (Filipino milk candy) chunks, light and crispy meringue, and powdered sugar. I was actually afraid that it might be too sweet but I thought it was worth trying since it was the most unique creation in the menu.

It was sooo yummy. The sweet toppings complemented the froyo's tartness perfectly. The yogurt's texture was quite thick and creamy. A good way to enjoy it would be to incorporate both the yogurt and some of the toppings in every spoonful.

The yogurt is 98% fat-free but the toppings are not. Try it at a Pancake House near you! :p

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Starbucks Earth Day 2010!

Celebrate Earth Day at Starbucks on April 22 and 23, 2010!

Starbucks Earth Day 2010On these two days, Starbucks will take P40 off the price of your beverage if you bring your own tumbler instead of using disposable cups. One tumbler used in place of a disposable cup can help reduce millions in paper and plastic consumption.

Some points to remember:
  • Bottled water and pre-packed juices are not included in this campaign.
  • While you don't have to use a Starbucks tumbler, it is recommended that you bring a tumbler that has proper insulation for cold and hot drinks.
  • The P40 off cannot be combined with other offers or marketing promotions, complimentary vouchers, and other discounts.
During Earth Day last year, my hubby and I had a business-related meeting in Starbucks at Rockwell Drive. We brought our own tumblers, and so did the people we had the meeting with! :D

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Healthy summer skin with Neutrogena!

Neutrogena whisked off a handful of beauty and lifestyle bloggers to Anvaya Cove last April 16, 2010. It was a day of great learning, fun, and friendship.

Anvaya Cove with NeutrogenaAnvaya Cove was the ideal backdrop for getting to know more about healthy summer skin and the Skin Safety Campaign of the Philippine Dermatological Society.

Dr. Loverna Suratos of the Philippine Dermatological Society with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SunblockDr. Loverne Suratos, MD, FPDS was our resource person for the day. Dr. Suratos is the Public Relations and External Affairs Committee Chairman of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS). She shared with us the importance of protecting your skin from sun damage. Here are some key points:
  • You need a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 daily, because exposed skin can get sun damage from activities such as driving or walking outdoors if unprotected.
  • You need to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure to give your skin time to absorb it.
  • Avoid harmful rays from 9am to 4pm. It used to be 10am to 3pm, but this has since been adjusted since our ozone layer isn't what it used to be.
  • Re-apply sunblock every two hours if you're swimming or engaging in an activity that causes you to perspire a lot. Even waterproof sunblock washes off eventually.
  • It takes 1/2 tsp of sunblock to effectively protect your face (including your ears), 1/2 tsp for each arm, and 1 tsp for each leg.
Dr. Suratos also shared the Philippine Dermatological Society's advocacy, the Skin Safety Campaign. Basically, the PDS aims to educate Filipinos about the importance of seeking professional help or skin treatment only from dermatologists accredited by the PDS. I urge you to watch the 30-second video below:

That TVC was so morbid and creepy that all of us in the room reacted instantaneously. Dr. Suratos told us that it's actually based on a true story of a woman who had a full body peeling at a seedy salon. She died from poisoning because the "cosmetologist" applied way too much phenol, a highly potent peeling agent. When they extracted her blood at the hospital, it had the color and consistency of chocolate, we were told.

Remember dear readers, a "facialist", "therapist", "cosmetologist", etc. IS NOT a dermatologist. The only person you should entrust your skin to is a PDS-accredited dermatologist. Treatments from spas which involve non-invasive procedures like massaging and scrubbing are okay, but serious stuff like laser procedures (warts and hair removal), chemical peeling, pricking, and injections among other things should only be done by a PDS-certified dermatologist. It may sound elementary, but a lot of people are actually lured in by affordable treatment packages being offered by salons and beauty centers that do not even have a dermatologist on board.

Neutrogena bloggers at Anvaya CoveHealthy Summer Skin at Anvaya Cove was Neutrogena's first ever out-of-town event. I consider myself fortunate for being given the opportunity to be part of it. It was really more like a girls' day out albeit we all learned a lot during the course of the day.

Animetric at Anvaya Cove with NeutrogenaAs for me, I'm already a regular sunblock user from way back since I'm obsessed with keeping my complexion the way it is in terms of color and texture. I can even say that applying sunscreen is the best anti-aging ritual you can engage in. Studies show that constant sun exposure without protection causes those lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Prevention is always better than cure so make it a habit to slather on the sunblock!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Waterlight LotionAlthough Dr. Suratos and other PDS-accredited dermatologists cannot endorse products, she advised us to stick to the known brands so you can be sure of getting proper protection.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Waterlight Lotion SPF 50+ PA+++ (P460, pictured above left) and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ PA+++ (P509.25, pictured above) are available in leading department stores and supermarkets nationwide.

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KFC's new offerings -- Creamy Tomato Pasta and Chewy Cheese!

I got to try the new KFC Creamy Tomato Pasta Bowl some days ago when hubby and I went on a collection trip.

KFC Creamy Tomato Pasta BowlI was very hungry that day since I skipped breakfast. I found the pasta bowl a bit small for someone so hungry and I was actually tempted to order two, but I just decided to order another one of KFC's new products, KFC Chewy Cheese.

KFC Creamy Tomato Pasta BowlKFC's Creamy Tomato Pasta Bowl is actually spaghetti topped with a blend of tomato and white sauce, hence that orangey color. Chunks of KFC's Original Recipe chicken and grated parmesan cheese crown this dish. It's pretty good, but if you're very hungry, the serving is on the small side so you'll need to order two or order something else. One order costs P76.

KFC Chewy CheeseTo satisfy my hunger, I decided to order KFC Chewy Cheese, which KFC has been actively promoting on Facebook. KFC Chewy Cheese are breaded mozzarella cheese nuggets that are deep fried to a crisp.

KFC Chewy CheeseI was kind of disappointed with KFC Chewy Cheese. It was not as gooey or stretchy or chewy as they made it out to be. It's not bad, but it's not good either. An order ala carte costs P50. You probably have to order the optional salsa dip (another additional P10 if I remember correctly), because it's bland when eaten on its own.

We had this meal at KFC Congressional, which is overall not a very good branch since the air-conditioning is insufficient and the floors were wet without as much as a warning sign -- I almost slipped with my entire tray since I was wearing Crocs.

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