Monday, October 31, 2011

Unboxing the Sony NEX-5N Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera!

I recently bought myself a Sony NEX-5N interchangeable lens camera after some months of deliberation. I got a loaner unit of the Sony NEX-5K for review from Sony Philippines last summer and I really loved it. So after some serious thought I decided to order the newest model from the US. I got it for US$699, which is the SRP over there. Here in the Philippines, the SRP is P44,000. The difference is almost P14k. O_O

Sony NEX-5N Compact Interchangeable Lens CameraAnyhow, the camera didn't come with a memory stick so I did not unbox it right away. I waited till I was able to buy one so I can use it right after unboxing.

Sony NEX-5N Compact Interchangeable Lens CameraSony NEX-5N Compact Interchangeable Lens CameraSony NEX-5N Compact Interchangeable Lens CameraI'm chronicling every step of the unboxing so I can put everything back inside if needed.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Foldabots Toy Book 4 launch with Jomike Tejido and K-Zone!

Time really flies. I still remember taking my son to Powerbooks in Greenbelt for the launch of the first Foldabots Toy Book a few years ago. He's an avid K-Zone magazine reader and he'd cut up and assemble the free Foldabot in every issue.

Foldabots Toy Book 4

This year, we're already up to book 4!

Foldabots Toy Book 4

The event host was clad in a Foldabots costume.

Foldabots Toy Book 4

Of course, Foldabots creator Jomike Tejido was there.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Starbucks Christmas Food and Drinks 2011!

Before anything else I just want to say that this is my first post using my new Sony NEX-5N camera. Hehe. I got it just a couple of weeks ago because I ordered it from New York. But enough about that... I'll talk about the cam in another post. :p

Since I've went on ahead and featured the Starbucks Planner 2012, I'll continue on with some of the food and drinks Starbucks Philippines has in store for everyone this holiday season. :)

Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roll at StarbucksFirst of all there's the Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roll (P50, pictured above). It's served with butter and jam. I like it because it has the taste and texture of foccacia bread but none of the oiliness. One roll is quite filling and it goes really well with a cup of hot coffee.

Turkey & Chicken with Apple Stuffing on Whole Wheat Walnut Bread at StarbucksThen there's Turkey & Chicken with Apple Stuffing on Whole Wheat Walnut Bread (P140, pictured above) for a touch of thanksgiving. It's a mix of sweet and savory with a bit of crunch.

Glazed Ham with Apricot Spread on Multi-grain Bread at StarbucksGlazed Ham with Apricot Spread on Multi-grain Bread (P140, pictured above) is my favorite savory offering this year. The ham tastes just like the honey ham we'd have at my mom's house in the US during Christmas time. There's yummy gooey mozzarella cheese too. This is actually just half a serving. I want to go back to Starbucks and have some more already. XD

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie at StarbucksThis is a returning favorite from last Christmas... the White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie (P55 per piece, pictured above). I love cookies from Starbucks because they're always nice and chewy, just the way I like 'em.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Starbucks Planner 2012 -- Philippine edition!

Got a sneak preview of the 2012 Starbucks Planners last night thanks to the good folks over at Starbucks Philippines.

2012 Starbucks Planner PhilippinesInstead of the usual three designs we see every year, there's now five. Well it's actually just one design but it comes in five different wood finishes: Poplar, Bamboo, Cherry, Spruce, and Oak. Not only that, it's also packed with a free sleeve which doubles as something you can put other stuff in.

Starbucks Planner 2012 Philippines

We got to take home Oak and Spruce.

Starbucks Planner 2012 Philippines

Each planner now comes with a serial number too for security reasons.

2012 Starbucks Planner Philippines

Unboxing one reveals the entire package wrapped in plastic.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shu Uemura x Wong Kar Wai Holiday Collection 2011

I spent last Friday night at Opus in Resorts World. People who know me know that I hate going out on a Friday night because of the insane traffic. RW is far from where I live to boot. But this is Shu Uemura, my most favorite beauty brand of all time... so how could I say no, right? :D

Shu Uemura Wong Kar Wai Holiday Collection 2011Opus was transformed into a make-up atelier for Shu Uemura x Wong Kar Wai. Wong Kar Wai is a renowned film maker from Hong Kong who's collaborating with Shu Uemura for a limited edition make-up collection this holiday season.

Shu Uemura Wong Kar Wai Holiday Collection 2011

We had wine and canapes while waiting for the main program.

Shu Uemura Wong Kar Wai Holiday Collection 2011I took the opportunity to go over the make-up table and check out the goods. These premium edition Dance in Glitter false eyelashes are absolutely to die for!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bo's Coffee SM Megamall

Had a return trip to Bo's Coffee at SM Megamall when I did a feature about local coffee places. Good thing I got to try food and drink that I haven't had before. :D

Bo's Coffee SM MegamallFirst there was Espresso (P95, pictured above) and Biscotti (P100 for a pack of 12 pcs.). Personally I like dipping Biscotti in hot coffee. The Espresso is deep and rich. The slightly sweet, nutty, and crunchy Biscotti is the perfect match for it. This is hands down the best Biscotti I've ever had. :)

Bo's Coffee SM MegamallIf Espresso is too strong for you, you can opt for Caffe Americano (P110) with Big Breakfast (P280, pictured above). Big Breakfast is comprised of toast bread slices, corned beef, scrambled eggs, links, and bacon. Caffe Americano is good old-fashioned brewed coffee without the frills. Yummy and filling! :D

Bo's Coffee SM MegamallFor a sweet snack or dessert there's Caffe Mocha (P110) and Lemon Meringue Pie (P90, pictured above). The pie has a light citrus taste and airy texture. It's also not overly sweet. Meanwhile, the coffee has a nice touch of chocolate.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bobbi Brown 10-Step Beauty at Studio SnR!

I took part in Studio SnR's Bobbi Brown make-up workshop last Oct. 15, 2011. I posted about the registration and enrollment a while back. I'm just really so determined to learn all kinds of make-up techniques. In fact, I just enrolled in another course for January 2012. This is actually Studio SnR's 2nd Bobbi Brown workshop. :)

Bobbi Brown Studio SNR Makeup WorkshopBefore anything else, we had to get ourselves swatched to that we'll know what our correct shade of foundation is. This is usually tricky for most people as we usually end up with something lighter or darker than our neck. A good thing to try would be the stripe test (pictured above on Shen). Get three shades that are closest to your face and neck and then swatch one stripe from each. Blend one at a time. The shade that "disappears" into your skin without a trace is your perfect shade. I'm a Beige, and that applies for all the Bobbi Brown foundation lines. :D

Bobbi Brown Studio SNR Makeup WorkshopThe pre-requisite for Bobbi Brown's 10-Step Beauty is skin care. My face was cleansed and moisturized prior to make-up application. Eye cream was applied too so that concealer would go on smoothly.

Bobbi Brown Studio SNR Makeup WorkshopStep 1. Corrector / Concealer - Concealing dark undereye circles, pimples, and other flaws is the first step in applying make-up the Bobbi Brown way. We used the Corrector and Concealer combo featured in Bye Bye Dark Circles. Thank goodness they confirmed that I bought the right shades. You put on the orangey corrector first to cancel out the dark areas and then top with concealer to lighten and "lift" the area.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fontana Leisure Park in Pampanga!

We spent the weekend at Fontana Leisure Park in Pampanga a couple of weeks back. One of our friends had a membership which allowed us to avail of special discounted rates for accommodations and recreational facilities.

Fontana Leisure Park PampangaWe got a Standard 3-Room Villa for around P5,500+. It's something like 50% off the regular rate. We stayed there with some friends so it's really good value if you're splitting costs. The villa is a bungalow with 24/7 centralized air-conditioning. There's only one TV and it's located in the living room.

Fontana Leisure Park PampangaThere's a bar and kitchenette which comes equipped with a kitchen sink, a small refrigerator, and complimentary consumables like coffee, tea, and sweeteners. There's actually a small room in the kitchen area with a single bunk bed and its own toilet (in addition to the 3 bedrooms) in case you brought along your driver or helper.

Fontana Leisure Park PampangaThere are 3 bedrooms with queen-sized beds, closets, night tables, and complimentary bottles of water. One of the three is the master bedroom and has its own bathroom. The bed is not big enough for a family of four and can only accommodate 2 adults and one child tops.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sony love.Christmas 3-day Consumer Treat! (SALE!!!)

I dropped by the Mega Tent in Ortigas yesterday to check out Sony's love.Christmas 3-day Consumer Treat. Unlike most tent-based sales, entrance is FREE!

Sony love.Christmas 3-day Consumer Treat!It's a special pre-holiday sale featuring really drastic markdowns on several items. Aside from the bargains, there are also live performances, contests, raffles, and other activities.

Sony love.Christmas 3-day Consumer Treat!I was surprised to find Sony Blu-Ray DVD players marked down from P30k to P4k. You can actually get a Sony Blu-Ray DVD player for as little as P3k.

Sony love.Christmas 3-day Consumer Treat!Then there's the Sony NEX-5K, the camera Sony graciously lent me for my US trip last summer. It's currently selling for US$599, so the P27,199 price tag is already quite comparable.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base + FOTN (attempt at Korean style)

Since I'm in my experimental Korean phase in terms of make-up, I visited Skin Food and bought a couple of products last week. Everything in the store sounds so yummy when you read the names aloud.

Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base ReviewThe products are kind of pricey and so I couldn't really haul in too many. I settled for Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base (P975, pictured above) and Skin Food Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder. For the purposes of product review however, I'll talk about Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base in this post (I'll get to the powder in a future post).

Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base ReviewSkin Food Lime Secret Shine Base is a liquid highlighter with a pearly finish. According to the bottle it gives pink and gold highlights plus a natural glow to your complexion. You can wear it alone or under foundation / BB cream.

Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base ReviewSkin Food Lime Secret Shine Base ReviewThe shimmery white liquid has a rather thin and fluid consistency that is much lighter than liquid foundation or even lotion. It actually feels nice on the face.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pre-Christmas Toys and Games Warehouse Sale 2011 from Oct. 21-23, 2011!

Christmas is fast approaching and if you're like me, you probably have a loooong list of kids to give gifts to. Why not give them educational toys and board games like Monopoly, Game of Life, and Cluedo?

TIP: I usually give a nice board game to siblings to they can all share and play together while I get to save. :P

Gentle Star Trading Corporation Warehouse Sale 2011Anyways, you might want to check out Gentle Star Trading's Warehouse Sale happening tomorrow and all throughout this whole weekend. It's in Mandaluyong City and so the venue is pretty central. They accept all major credit cards too so you don't need to bring gobs of cash.

For more information, you can call 638-8630 or 631-4395.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cold Spoon Frozen Yogurt in Angeles City, Pampanga

We took a quick dessert stop at Cold Spoon Frozen Yogurt during our trip back home from Fontana a couple of weekends ago. I've heard so many good things at this place so I was quite excited to finally try it.

Inside Cold Spoon Frozen Yogurt PampangaIt's a quaint and cozy place, perfect for chillaxing with friends. There's free wi-fi connection too.

Cold Spoon Frozen Yogurt PampangaThere are a lot of tables and chairs. My guess is the place can accommodate around 40-50 people tops.

Inside Cold Spoon Frozen Yogurt PampangaMy daughter ordered a medium sized cup of plain frozen yogurt (P90, pictured above). She doesn't like toppings and flavored yogurt variants. She always has her froyo plain.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Laneige Make-Up Workshop Series with Min Hyuk Park (or how to do make-up the Korean way!)

I was invited to participate in Laneige's Make-Up Workshop Series with Korean make-up artist Min Hyuk Park last October 10, 2011 (my birthday, hehe!) at Laneige's Shangri-la Plaza Mall boutique.

Laneige Make-Up Workshop with Min Hyuk ParkI've always admired the clean and luminous make-up look of Korean celebrities and so I was really excited about this particular workshop.

Laneige Make-Up Workshop Series with Min Hyuk ParkIt was rather straightforward actually. Min Hyuk Park got one of the participants to model and began narrating in Korean.

Laneige Make-Up Workshop Series with Min Hyuk ParkHe got a fair-skinned girl to model. I was hoping he'd get someone a bit darker and more typically Filipina-looking as that would really reveal a lot more technique. XD

Monday, October 17, 2011

Win a rechargeable Sony Wireless Bluetooth Headset and other prizes!

Hello dear readers!

Want to win the prizes on this page? Then head on over to and answer the survey IF you are from NCR. If you're not from NCR, just share the survey post (not this post okay?) to your network in Twitter or Facebook and post the url of your share in the comments section. Everyone who answers the survey and/or shares the survey will be entered in a raffle to win the following prizes:

Sony Wireless Bluetooth Headset
1. Rechargeable Sony Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Ponds White Beauty Naturals
2. Pond's White Beauty Naturals Facial Wash and Day Cream

Lay Bare Waxing Salon Gift Pack
3. Lay Bare Waxing Salon gift pack (Bikini Wax GC, Sanitizer, Soothing Cream, Keychain, and Cosmetic Kit)

Join now! I will ship these prizes to anywhere in the Philippines. If you're not from NCR and can't participate in the survey, just share the survey to your friends and be included in this raffle!

Linksys Survey and Sharing Winners
Sorry for the delay but congrats to skysenshi (Sony headset), Christine Torralba (Pond's White Beauty Naturals), and Julie Aguila (Lay Bare gift pack)!

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Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless Router review + giveaway! Answer and win!

I got a Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router for review a few weeks ago. I've used several brands in the past which includes an older Linksys model (circa 2007), D-Link, and TP-Link. They were all similar in the sense that you just plugged them in and they did the job of connecting several gadgets to the internet all at the same time. That was it.

Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless Router ReviewThe Cisco Linksys E1000's box alone was impressive already. It certainly looked a lot bigger than the current router we were using which was TP-Link.

Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless Router ReviewThe router's design is very modern and streamlined. It struck me as very state-of-the-art and actually reminded me of a spaceship somehow.

Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless Router ReviewThe package includes the Linksys E1000 wireless router, an installer CD, a quick installation guide, an ethernet network cable, and an Energy Star power adapter.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Iguana's Mexican Cantina in Angeles, Pampanga

We went on a mini-vacation with The Club last weekend and stayed overnight at Fontana. After we checked out, we decided to have lunch at Iguana's Mexican Cantina (formerly known as Zapata's Authentic Mexican Restaurant).

Iguana's Mexican Cantina formerly Zapata's Authentic Mexican RestaurantThe restaurant is very dimly lit and bar-esque in terms of ambiance. There's a Mexican flag displayed on the wall too. The crowd was rather family-oriented when we went since it was a Sunday.

Iguana's Mexican Cantina ReviewMy daughter decided to have a Quesadilla (P145, pictured above). She opted to have the regular one which is filled with cheese, onions, and jalapenos. I asked the server to hold the jalapenos because it may be too hot for her. For an additional P50 or so (I don't really remember) you can choose to have it filled with cubed chicken or beef.

Iguana's Mexican Cantina ReviewThe Quesadilla had lots of gooey cheese inside. My daughter loved it so much she finished the entire order by herself.

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