Jollitown's The Big Fun Event at SMX!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I knew that it was going to be a fun mayhem, thus I decided to visit late in the afternoon so I won't be *in the rush of the things*.  I got to SMX at 4PM and I was shocked to learn that the tickets were sold out!  Yes, the tickets were all sold out - which meant that the event was really successful - YEY!!  What was nice was that they made people go in, even without tickets.  Unfortunately, you can only see what's inside - the kids are unable to enjoy and join in the fun with the inflatables.  But nevertheless, the look on their faces were priceless - you can see the happiness in their eyes.

When I got in, kids were running around like there was no tomorrow.  Parents were as well, running after their kids!  You can see the delight in their faces, the parents were tired alright - but good tired since everyone seems like having fun.

Bubbles are the easiest and fastest way to entertain kids.
Imagine the kids' delight to be able to make bigger bubbles!

I wish we had this when I was a kid!  This inflatable slide suddenly stopped taking in kids.
But I'm sure it was able to put smiles on kids faces and delight in their glee.

Oh my this is the place where you have those giant velcros and you get *stuck* up there on the wall for a while.  For sure my Panget would have loved seeing Kailee and Connor *stuck* on the wall up there for a few hours!  Hahaha..

This was the Freedom Wall - well sort of, it looks super kawawa now.
But it served its purpose!  

Jollibee Bob House
This was the *main event* inflatable - and most everyone was familiar with this!

A perfect combination of bouncer and balls.
It's mayhem inside, for sure!
A safe kind of mayhem.

For those who were unable to get their Loot Bags (like me) during the event.  You may claim them at any Jollibee outlet starting November 3, 2014.

Thank you Jollibee for #TheBigFunEvent!  I hope you can do this more than once a year!!

Happy Birthday Connor!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yesterday we celebrated Connor's 2nd birthday.

Happy Happy Birthday my little boy!

It seems only yesterday that I gave birth to you, time flies so fast.  You have given me so much joy.  Thank you for your smile, your smirks and kisses.

You will always be my baby boy, Connor!!

I love you very very very much!  (Even if Dada is your favorite!  Hahaha!!)

Love, Mama

This is Connor while listening to the Foo Fighter's Learn to Fly (sad that there is no audio :( ).  He likes music, whenever he hears it - he immediately dances or moves his head to the beat of the song.

Love you!  Love you!!

Truly Asia in Fisher Mall

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It has been a while since I last visited Fisher Mall.  I remember being turned off by the mall since they charged for parking and there wasn't a grace period.  I think it was August 1 - and I was very willing to buy movie tickets because I knew that parking was free.  Lo and behold - it wasn't anymore - and they didn't have any grace period of sorts.  So imagine - I just went to buy tickets and I had to pay for parking - and then again when we go to watch the movie, we will need to pay for parking.  Grrrr...

To my surprise there were new restaurants!  And one of them was Truly Asia.  Upon entering the parking area, you'd see ads of Truly Asia and then again near the elevators and escalators.  So my Panget was curious - so we walked around and found it.  I wasn't in the the mood to pick a restaurant so it was my Panget who looked at the menu.  He learned from the host that this restaurant is owned by the mall owners (same as Morita) and so he assumed that it would be okay.  I was doubtful.

When we entered the restaurant, I told my Panget I wasn't confident on the quality of the food, as there were a few diners.  We were given the liberty to choose our table and we got one that was near the kitchen.  The menu was fairly simple - and we ordered a noodle dish, a meat dish and a seafood dish.  I saw that they served Teh Tarik - so I ordered a hot Teh Tarik.

I know it doesn't look much - but man, was it good!  I mean really good.  I was impressed - I told my Panget that this Teh Tarik was the real thing.  My Panget tried it and he liked it too!  I like that I could still taste the tea and it wasn't very sweet.  I said to myself that at least, there was something good out of this restaurant.  A few minutes later, a man from the kitchen went out and was shaking hands with some of the diners - I assumed that he was the chef even if he was dressed so very casually.  On his way back to the kitchen he stopped by our table and introduced himself - he is Alvin (this is what I heard, but I may be wrong) and that he was the chef - and so I told him how happy I was with the Teh Tarik - and he smiled thanking my compliment - I told him that I was really happy with the Teh Tarik because it was the real thing.  The chef is Malaysian and he was telling us that he was making sort of an Asian fusion in this place - he was combining Asian flavors and dishes.  After speaking to him - I told my Panget that I was expecting our orders to be good.  And they were.

This is a really flavorful noodle dish.  I think its called Seafood Hokkien Noodles (I was so hungry that I couldn't remember the exact name.  This was really good because the ingredients weren't scrimped.  See the shrimp?  Yes, there were about 3-4 pieces of them - and they were fresh.   

This is the pork dish that was served cold.  Even if it was a cold - the skin was oh-so crispy!  It wasn't too fatty too!  Kailee loved this.   This dish came with 3 different sauces and OMG they were all so good!  I couldn't help asking for more!

My Panget has this love affair with salted egg- and this dish was Salted Egg Squid.  
I have to say that this is the first time for me to encounter salted egg combined with squid - and it was so very good!  It was different alright, but very very good!  I liked it that the squid didn't taste malansa!  This was my Panget's favorite.

I have to say - I judged the book - and I was so wrong.  So very very wrong.

We enjoyed our meal and all our orders were actually very good!  I would definitely go back to try the other dishes.  At last, there is at least one restaurant in Fisher Mall that I will look forward to.  Yey!  I just hope they will be able to sustain the flavor of the dishes and remain authentic.

Mustela Press Launch

Monday, October 20, 2014

The first ever time I saw Mustela was in Friends.  It was part of the set of Friends' last season .  There were a few bottles of Mustela on the table where Rachel kept Emma's things in the living room.  Here is a screen cap of the scene where Phoebe was signing her *gift* to Emma (right after Joey's heartfelt I'll Love You Forever reading)  It was years (I mean yearS) later that I saw it on our shores - Trinoma to be exact.  I remember being told by my Pedia to try out the product and luckily - they had a stall in Trinoma.

I have an unforgettable impression because for the first time ever - I was told by the sales lady 'Ma'am bili kayo ng container, para mabigyan ko kayo product na matatry niyo sa baby niyo'  I was asking for a shampoo and the Stelatopia line, I told them that my daughter has eczema (Kailee was diagnosed with Eczema at 3months) and they gladly told me this, since their samples were the full bottles.  True enough, I returned to their stall and they gave me some product, they have me a significant amount to try for about 3 days worth.  I was very impressed because they didn't have second thoughts on giving me their product to try.  I mean, let's face it - more often than not, salesladies rarely suggest on getting a container so they can give you some products right?  I was impressed, deep down - I had a high respect for the owners, they knew what needed to be done and was willing to give out samples for customers to try.  They believe in the magic of their product.  We tried the shampoo immediately and it worked wonderfully on Kailee's flaky scalp, this meant that I didn't need to put Elica lotion anymore.  The shampoo worked wonderfully and we used it until Kailee was about a year and a half.

I was invited to the Press Launch of Mustela Philippines and I was so happy to have met the women (yes! Women) behind Mustela Philippines!  These two lovely ladies are the epitome of beauty, happiness and success!  I am so glad to have finally met them, after all these years of wondering who was behind bringing Mustela to the country.  So, THANK YOU Tammy and Shar for bringing to the country, this wonderful wonderful product!!

The Mustela Mommies
(L-R) Tin Dychiao, Shen Cala-Or and Nicole Hernandez

These are just some of the Mustela products that I am familiar with.  
There are a LOT more!!

I have been looking for a good sunscreen for Kailee and Connor.  The ones I've tried, I wasn't really *sold* on them.  There's one that was a spray on type, initially I thought this was great but then - my kids developed a rash after a few minutes of application.  There was this other well known brand that I used that didn't seem to work, because Connor had burns on his face considering that he wasn't under the sun too long (maximum of 20minutes).  Then there was this other brand that was so hard to apply on the face and on the body, it was like a hard wax!  I was honestly on the look out for a good sunscreen and I am preparing this early for our annual Subic trip for next year (yes, I plan that far ahead!) because the kids for sure will be bugging us to go swimming at the yacht club.  I like that they have a complete line - from sunscreen to an after sun product.  I won't need to look any further - I can get all of what I need in one place and I am sure that everything will be okay on my kid's skin.

The Urban Food Collective starts October 18!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I love going to weekend markets.  I enjoy walking the aisles and looking at the stuff stall by stall.  It soothes me - even if I leave the market with a dent in my pocket.  Hahaha!

So to the Southerners you have a new market to go to!!  Presenting:

Market starts on October 18 and will continue to run on all weekends until December 2014!  If you're a home baker or have products that you want to sell - this is the perfect opportunity and venue for you to showcase your talent and goodies!

For those unfamiliar with the place, here's a map to guide you:

Note:  Press Release

Mercury Drugstore: No Return No Exchange

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Mercury Drugstore has been the only drugstore in the country for years.  It was only recently that there were new players in the industry.  Before there flooding of The Generics Pharmacy - it was only in Mercury Drugstore that you can buy medicines.  I used to complain that there were so few Mercury Drugstores and that their business hours were only up to 8PM.  When I was younger I used to worry that if an emergency happens, we wouldn't be able to buy medicine elsewhere!  But then a few years ago, I was so happy to see that there are branches that are open 24 hours.  Gosh, FINALLY someone thought of doing that.  It was a long time coming.  A few years after - branches were mushrooming everywhere.  I applaud their desire to serve more people - I thought it was such a great move.  I mean for a pioneer - it was a long time coming.

One of the things that I like with Mercury Drugstore is that they offer refunds and exchanges without question.  As long as you have the receipt with you and it hasn't been more than 7 days - they will give you a refund (if you pay in cash) or give you store credit (which you will use that same time too!)  This was something that makes me patronize them - because with medicines, there are no loop holes.  The medicines you are returning or exchanging should not be tampered with and in the same condition that you got them.  Easy right?  This has been their policy for a long long time.

But now - things have changed.  Yesterday, while I was buying medicines for Connor - the pharmacist who was assisting the lady beside me was asking the lady to make sure that the medicines she requested and will be paying for is correct as they have a new policy of NO RETURN NO EXCHANGE.  I had to but in and so I asked the pharmacist.  She said that it was a new policy of theirs and it just started last October 4 - they were now implementing a NO RETURN NO EXCHANGE policy on ALL medicines and purchases in Mercury Drugstore.  The pharmacist said that you can only return the medicines IF the medicine is found defective (which I don't know how you can prove) or is of the wrong dosage.  I was so curious on this and I wanted to know the real issue (because some times, the frontliners are misinformed - I wanted to be sure)  So I researched and fell short - I tried calling DTI but at 4:35PM NO ONE WAS ANSWERING THE CALL - it was just ringing off the hook.

I then went to the DTI site and clicked the NO RETURN NO EXCHANGE link and this is what I saw:

So that means, it's literally NO RETURN NO EXCHANGE for ALL items because it's quite rare that we get to buy good with defect, unless we weren't able to inspect them.  I got so confused so I called the DTI hotline and was told the same thing.  I spoke to Madel Bacusin - she gave me an example that if I bought an expired medicine - I stopped her right there.  Expired medicine?  Who sells those things?  My, what a wrong example to give!  She then pointed me to the direction of the DTI website again - and this was what she was emphasizing on:

I was not asking for this - she was pointing me to the *written notice* of the No Return No Exchange policy.  I have to tell you - she wasn't listening to what I was asking per se.  I think she didn't understand the question I was asking her.

Anyway - so there - Mercury Drugstore, though they don't have any NO RETURN NO EXCHANGE words printed on their receipts, they openly declare this to every customer that buys their merchandise.  So the concept is the same - all of the items purchased with them cannot be returned nor exchanged.  If you ask me, I find it's quite unfair - because as I said - medicines are hard to be tampered with and I find that there is NO LOOPHOLE with medicines.  And as long as you have a receipt - I feel that you can have it exchanged for something you can use instead of having to be stuck with a medicine you won't be using at all (which is a waste of money and a waste of the product).  I would like to appeal on this policy because I feel it's quite unfair.  You don't just go buying medicines out of impulse right?  You buy they because you need them - and when after a few doses you become well what will happen to the rest of the medicine?  They will just go to waste - what's in my mind is that - those extra medicines that you return - may be sold to another person who needs them.  It's not as if that same medicine will not be sold - it will be for sure.

I remember when I was pregnant, I was given an antibiotic because my colds were really really bad.  My OB prescribed me with Cefalixin - instructed me to buy 10 days worth of antibiotic, but on the 7th day, I complained to her that I wasn't feeling any better - she then told me to get another type of antibiotic.  Since I still had quite a number of the Cefalixin - I went to Mercury to try and have them exchanged for the current prescription - and they did so, without question.  The new antibiotic was able to help me feel better - it was only then that I realized that not all medicines can cure, it's a trial and error to see what your body responds to better.

What do you think?

My first UBER ride!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Been seeing UBER for the past months popping in and out of my feeds in social media.  I have a cousin who is an Uber addict!  Honestly, I have been collecting the P300.00 credit codes of friends.  It was just a few weeks ago that I was told that those codes are useless since I have already registered!  Oh well.

I was very curious and so I googled UBER.  I was surprised to learn that UBER is not a local company instead it's an international company with locations around the world.  Here's what UBER is all about:

Well, when you think about it - it's quite practical and safe.  With UBER - you don't need to carry cash as the payment is automatically charged to your credit card.  Brilliant right?  So, two weeks ago - I had my first experience with UBER.  My friend Rowena suggested that I hitch a ride with her going to an event, she mentioned that she will use UBER.  So we met up and there she showed me how to book a *Black* car with Uber.  It was so fast as you just need to have the app on your smartphone and pin your location (as to where your UBER car will pick you up)  within seconds, the info of the driver (his name) the car make and the plate number will appear and just below it - was how long the car & driver will take to get to you (your location)!  The app said that it was 7 minutes, but the car was there in less than 7 minutes.  I honestly wondered how you will know which car will pick you up - and it's brilliant because you will see a picture of the driver and the car model/color and plate - perfect right?

We spotted the black car via the plate number.  The driver was so nice to open the car door for us.  I was shocked to see that there was an iPad Mini on the passenger side.  Apparently, this was their smartphone!  The iPad Mini has a driver's app - complete with information on where to pick us up and who ordered the trip.  I was impressed!  I'm very chatty so I spoke to the driver and asked him how long he has been with UBER - and he said 1month.  He was able to bring us to our destination in a short amount of time - as he was familiar with the area.  The iPad Mini also has a map to help driver maneuver the streets in case he isn't familiar with the area.  Overall, I enjoyed my less than 10 minute ride with UBER - it was safe and clean.  It was like being driven by your own personal driver or to be more blunt - it was commuting in *style*!

Black Toyota Vios

Very clean, right?

And this is our really nice and pleasant driver who endured my Q&A portion!

To earn your free P300.00 credit with UBER - download it's app or simply click the link below:
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Earn FREE rides and hearts!

Thank you UBER for being in Manila.  Will definitely ride with you again!

UBER na!!

Rockwell Primaries' 53 Benitez pops up in Megamall!

Friday, October 03, 2014

I have been passing by Rockwell Primaries' 53 Benitez whenever we try and cut across the EDSA traffic coming from QC.  The first thing that I noticed was the By Pass road they have on the corner of P.Tuazon and C.Benitez Street.  I thought it was really nice, that they made this By Pass road for motorist.  It somehow eases the intersection - I thought to myself that the people behind this property are actually very socially responsible because, let's be honest - creating this By Pass road will cut a portion of their property, plus - they won't be recognized by the government.  Yet, they did this - to help ease the traffic.

Condos are mushrooming almost everywhere.  One thing I noticed though, is that most layouts are quite odd.  I've seen the layout of a posh condo unit in Taguig and I was baffled at why the layout was not simple - it was confusing and it wasn't able to utilize the area PLUS there were exposed beams and oddly located posts.  I assumed that all condos were like that - they had an odd layout.

I first encountered a 53 Benitez pop up through the blogs of mommy friends.  I thought it was brilliant because one will get a chance to see what an actual unit looks and feels like.  I like the idea that you can walk through the set-up as if it was a real unit.  Whoever thought of this - I swear - brilliant idea!  I have never heard of any property giant doing a pop up (in a mall or another venue aside from their model units) to showcase the property.  So when I got an invitation to see the pop up, I had to go and see it for myself!

I was assisted by the very charming Joel.  I was really impressed with what I saw.  The layout was really neat, simple and very practical.  There are no tiny nook and cranny - but instead wide spaces that can be utilized and enjoyed.  To be honest, all of my assumptions on the layout of current condominium units were thrown out the door!  Apparently there are still developers who make clean and simple layouts!  Great job Rockwell Primaries!  The walk through also helped me appreciate the pop up even more.  I think that's the primary purpose of a pop-up and walk through, to make clients have a feel and be able to visual what its like inside the actual unit.  I like that the furniture was kept simple - it makes you appreciate the space even more.

53 Benitez is a mid-rise development of Rockwell Primaries.  It has 7 floors with 20 units on each floor.  What's unique about it is that the mid-rise has what you call 'floating corridors' (see image below) this gives the home owners some breathing space.  In the usual condominiums - I feel that the hallways are so cramped up so this is really something new (to me).  It doesn't stop there - there's a private bridgeway that leads you to your home.  It's very nice that one's needs is thought of instead of ignored.  The people behind Rockwell Primaries really do their job in getting to know their clientele and takes into consideration what they may want and enjoy.  The mid-rise enclave also has a swimming pool a fitness center, a clubhouse with function rooms and for the kids - a safe playground!  They really thought of everything you know - even with the detail of where to hang your clothes after you've washed them!  My SIL who lives in a condo air dries their clothes inside her unit - the reason, there is no space for that!  At 53 Benitez, on the rooftop - each unit has a place where you can hang you clothes to dry - wonderful, right?

The 53 Benitez pop up in Megamall (Ground Floor of Building B) will be until October 8, if you have time - and is in the process of considering an investment or simply looking for a new home - please do visit the pop up and you get a feel of a Life Lived Better with Rockwell Primaries.

Here's a short video of 53 Benitez, enjoy!

The invasion of the Viber groups

I only learned of Viber when I got my iPhone last 2011.  It was a 'must' app that I needed to get.  I had no clue what it was for except for messaging.  It was a free message platform - provided that you are online.  Years passed and I rarely used it.  I have to admit, I am partial to Whatsapp - I can't explain it, but I like it better.

So I used Whatsapp and Viber whenever I was traveling (provided that I had a wifi connection or was on data)  It was convenient all right and that was it.

Last year, when my pediatrician's secretary lost her phone - what she did was (to save money in sending SMS) she sent a Viber message to I think most of her patient's parents saying that her assistant lost her phone and what the new number was.  At first, I thought it was brilliant.  But then when I my phone started getting notifications every few seconds - it got irritating.  Apparently, my pediatrician created a group message that included ALL the numbers she input in the message - AND it would reply to all those included in the message.  So imagine if I replied, everyone included in the message would be notified and would get to read the reply.  Oh my - I left the group.

Some months later, I was again included in certain groups.  There's this one particular group that I super dislike getting notifications.  It was because, I wasn't interested in what happened in that person's life.  This person would send pictures and updates on her everyday doings.  I guess some people might say it's fun - but for me, it's NOT fun.  It's like forcing EVERYONE to see those messages.  So I left the group, only to be added again a few days after.  Oh my.

I see the good points of having a Viber group.  It would help disseminate important messages all at once.  I was told that this is the most practical thing to do now - join (or create) a viber group when your kids go to school.  You'll be part of their class' Viber group!  This way, you will know if classes are suspended or what the assignments are for that day.  Well, that's the good thing about it.  What's bad about it is that some Viber members abuse it to the point of polluting the viber group with uneccessary messages!  I have been hearing horror stories of getting messages everyday of how the traffic is going to school, just simple everyday greetings of 'Good Morning' to everyone and everyone replying, being overzealous in their kids' assignments/homeworks.  The list goes on and on.

Viber notifies you of EVERY little detail.  When someone sends a message or if a contact has joined Viber.  Oh my - it's like your phone is ringing off the hook!

I think I'm getting old because - even if I see the point of these groups - what I think about when joining a group is - how many messages I will be receiving and I'm sure there will be messages that will extend to the wee hours of the night!

I mean, I see the point of faster communication - but it poses the question - does everyone in the group want to be informed?  I really hope there is a way to filter these messages.  Because too much of something is bad.  I hope I am not alone in this, or am I?  Hahaha!!

I may have to accept that I am on KJ fellow.  Hahaha!!