Christmas with SERENITEA + Giveaway!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Serenitea will ALWAYS be my first love when it comes to milk teas.  Serenitea will always be special to me, because through their milk tea - well, I met blogger friends that have become real friends and because of this - I will always be grateful to Serenitea.

Christmas is always special, and how does #Serenitea celebrate special?  Here are the two holiday drinks!

Merry Triple Chocolate
The kids LOVED this so much!  The drink is blended with cocoa, chocolate ice cream and choco cookie bits!  Perfect for the holidays and perfect for the kids!  The large size is only 170!

Red Velvet Santa Mocha
This is a coffee based drink with generous serving of red velvet chocolate.  I like that it has a lot of choco bits that I really enjoyed munching while the drink.  It wasn't overpowering, instead it's quite inviting with every sip.  The next thing I know, the drink was almost gone!  Hahaha..  Large size is also P170!

It won't be a complete Christmas treat if there's no planner!  So here are the 2010 Serenitea Planner and Life Organizer!

These are filled with Serenitea vouchers for you to enjoy a 'Moment of Serenitea' throughout the year.  There are two (2) ways to get yourselves a 2020 Serenitea Planner:

ONE is to purchase the 2020 Serenitea Planner outright for P499.00

TWO is to purchase P1,000 worth of Serenitea goodies in a single receipt!  (TIP: You may purchase Serenitea GCs worth P1,000 to get yourself a free planner!)

But please note that payments need to be in CASH!

The best news of all is that this is valid for Dine-In, Take Away and In-house Delivery!
(Please note that Lalafood and Grabfood are NOT considered as in house delivery)

Serenitea Holiday drinks and Planners are available until December 31, 2019
You can claim the planners up to 60 days after the end of the promo.  Just make sure that your receipt is still in GOOD CONDITION!!

Look how pretty and practical the 2020 Serenitea Planners are!

Okay, now for the GIVEAWAY:

Simply share this:

@candishhh is having a GIVEAWAY! (kindly tag Serenitea's social media pages) Hurry and join NOW!  #candishhhXserenitea2020Planner

on your social media pages.  Please don't forget to tag Serenitea's social media accounts and please use the hashtag!!

That's it!

There will be two winners!  Winners must shoulder the shipping fee.  (Please don't ask me to ship for free..)

This giveaway is NATIONWIDE!

Winners will be randomly selected by
One account per entry per social media platform (that means 1entry for FB, 1entry for Twitter, 1entry for IG)

Go! Go! Go!

PAYMAYA: 12.12 and beyond!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I really really like the convenience of Paymaya.
I have used it here and abroad!

I especially love the DEALS that they have, most especially - the cash back promos!

12-12 is SPECIAL SPECIAL day for Paymaya users, because:



Christmas shopping? Get the best deals during the 12.12 sale with your PayMaya!  
Basta holiday shopping, don’t pay cash, PayMaya!  
Giving is always better than receiving, especially during the holiday season. As you complete your gift list for family and friends this upcoming 12.12 sale, take your shopping game to the next level and receive more perks and rewards when you give more to your loved ones with the help of PayMaya.  

This 12.12, take advantage of multiple cashback on top of the already awesome deals offered by your favorite brands both online and in-stores when you shop using your trusted payment buddy, PayMaya

There are so many sweet deals to help you make the most of your Christmas shopping. To start off, you can enjoy a 1%, 10%, or 100% cashback when you spend at least P500 online or in stores using your PayMaya physical or virtual card. On top of that, you can also get an additional P150 cashback* when you rack up an accumulated spend of P5,000.  

Buying from your favorite online stores has its perks too! Skip the traffic and do your Christmas shopping online. Get 30% off at Lazada when you spend at least P500. Enjoy the maximum discount of P150 by redeeming a PayMaya voucher from the Lazada app.  

If you’re looking for stylish holiday outfits for yourself, head on to Zalora and enjoy a 25% discount on your purchase, capped at P2,000! Simply use the promo code PYMYONLINEFEVER when you shop and spend at least P1,500.  

You can also get the same perks when you #ScanToPay with PayMaya at our partner merchants. If you miss out on the 12.12 deals, don’t fret because you can still enjoy perks during PayMaya’s Double Cashback Weekend. From December 14 to 15, you get two chances of earning up to 100% cashback when you spend a minimum of P100 via PayMaya QR.  

#ScanToPay for your gifts to your Kris Kringle or inaanaks at Robinsons Department Store to get a chance to win one of the 11 iPhone 11 units up for grabs! All you have to do is spend a minimum of P100 via PayMaya QR to earn one (1) raffle entry.  

With PayMaya, there are so many ways you can receive more perks and rewards, by simply giving more to your loved ones – proving that the holidays is the best season to give to your friends and family.   

If you don’t have your own PayMaya account yet, you still have time to sign up and make the most out of all the sweet deals this 12.12 — just download the PayMaya app for Android or iOS, register for an account, and find out what it’s like to shop with the fastest, safest, and most rewarding to pay for anything online and in-stores.   

Remember, this 12.12 and beyond, don’t pay cash. PayMaya!  

To summarize, here’s a quick rundown of all the awesome deals you can take advantage of with PayMaya:  
  • Get up to 100% cashback when you spend at least P500 online and in-store using your PayMaya virtual or physical card  
  • Enjoy an additional P150 cashback* when you accumulate a P5,000 spend with your PayMaya virtual or physical card  
  • Get up to 100% cashback when you #ScanToPay at least P100 via PayMaya QR at your favorite establishments  
  • Rack up to P5,000 worth of accumulated purchase via PayMaya QR to get an additional P150 cashback**  
  • Get two chances of earning up to 100% cashback when you spend at least P100 via PayMaya QR this weekend  
  • Redeem your PayMaya voucher at the Lazada app to enjoy a 30% discount (up to P150), when you spend a minimum of P500  
  • Spend a minimum of P1,500 and get a 25% discount (up to P2,000) on your Zalora purchase when you use the code PYMYONLINEFEVER   

To find out more about all the exclusive deals you can avail of with your PayMaya account, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   

PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only financial technology company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. It is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations, the leading technology company in the country backed by PLDT, KKR, Tencent, World Bank’s IFC and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund. [END] 

*For upgraded accounts only. Minimum spend of P500. 
**For upgraded accounts only. Minimum spend of P100. 

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Don't pay cash PAYMAYA at the Spectrum Fair 12/7 to 12/8!

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Great Finds for the Holidays!
Have a Spectacular Christmas with Spectrum Fair

Missed the last Spectrum Fair spree last November? Great news! Your favourite shopping fair will be back this December! Experience Christmas shopping like no other on December 7-8 at The Fifth at Rockwell and grab the best deals for family and friends for Kris Kringle!

By now, the Christmas frenzy is in full swing and we’re all excited to welcome the crisp, cold Christmas air with the best lifestyle finds in the metro. If you’re having last minute add-ons to your Holiday shopping list, look no further and save the date for the upcoming Spectrum Fair weekend! Shop in comfort and style and dodge large crowds while you score the great bargains only at the Spectrum Fair.

Well loved for its picturesque interiors and the relaxed vibe, the Spectrum Fair is the place to be for those looking for lifestyle pieces to tick-off of their shopping list. Catch up-to-the-minute items while enjoying every booth. Don’t miss the city’s best brands when scouring for the best food, clothing, furniture, or art find! Who knows, you might just get the best gift for a friend (or for yourself!).

Take home exceptional fashion pieces, artisanal food, furniture, and even baby products without breaking the bank! While you shop, be sure to take snaps of each booth—all Pinterest-worthy and will definitely elevate your Instagram feed game! 

To make it more exciting, you can get two chances of receiving up to 100% cashback because of PayMaya’s Double Cashback Weekend promo from December 7-8, 2019. Just scan-to-pay for your purchases using PayMaya QR.

As an added treat, another P150 cashback can be rewarded to your PayMaya account if you spend an accumulated purchase amount of P5,000. These cashback offerings are part of PayMaya’s December shopping promo which will run until December 10, 2019.  

Bring the whole family and your friends and continue your Christmas shopping with Spectrum Fair!

Don’t miss out on this season’s most exciting shopping destination, the Spectrum Fair, and mark your calendars on December 7-8, at The Fifth at Rockwell at Powerplant Mall. Follow @spectrumfairmanila on Instagram for more details! See you there!

Foodpanda + #CookingQuest: Pollo Al Burro

I think I've always loved food. I remember when I was younger, I would look forward to waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Cooking it up with the Dazas and on Sundays, I would lovingly watch Pei Mei cook on Channel 9 even if I didn’t understand what was being said. I would just watch her cook and it mesmerizing despite being repetitive. I also remember watching my guama and mom cook, admiring them for being magicians in the kitchen.

I think my first real experience with cooking was when my carpool mate, She taught me to make pancakes. It was one afternoon after school and we were at her house. I was waiting to get picked up and she thought it would be a good idea to make pancakes - so I watched her and she taught me. I think I just realized that she was a significant part of my cooking journey. Thank you, She!  Haha..

But you know what, to be truthful - the splashing oil while cooking made me fear it growing up. So I shifted to baking instead and started baking brownies and most especially, my cheesecake! The no-bake cheesecake that I learned from ICA baking class and I think I still have the recipe manual tucked somewhere in the house.

I think it was only when I got married that I had to force myself to start cooking again.  We didn't have any helper during the weekends so I would need to cook our meals, my Panget's breakfast, lunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday. I was lucky that whatever it was that I prepared, my Panget liked it. But I was just winging it - using whatever ingredients that I have in the ref and the pantry. It's quite hard to think of what to cook since the constant reply I would get whenever I asked what he wanted to have for dinner was “Kahit ano!”  Hahaha.. Now I understood what my mom was feeling when I was younger. Haha..

When I had kids, well - my cooking lessened and lessened. I had no more time. But when there were no helpers, I had to step up. I remember some 2-3 years ago, we were having a hard time maintaining a house help that I had to do the cooking for lunch and dinner.  I would cook for everyone - Panget, Yaya B and for the kids. I had a hard time portioning and it was a trial and error stage because, for some dishes, the kids would eat just enough while for some, they would eat more thus leaving my Panget less food to eat.

As the kids grew older, they would tell me what food they liked.  They would request certain food on certain days. I'm quite happy because most of what I dish out during dinner is well received by my children.  Just the other day, I tried making my own version of Pollo Al Burro - and it was a hit to both my kids. I was surprised because it was very brown, but since they liked it - well, then go go go!

Connor requested another batch of it - and so I made it again.  Today, I am sharing with you the recipe. It's a simple pan-fried chicken dish using butter, garlic, and rosemary.  The butter and garlic was able to level up the humble chicken breast. I recommend using a LOT of butter!
What you need:
·       Chicken Breast 
·       All-Purpose Flour
·       Beaten Egg
·       Salt
·       Pepper
·       Rosemary
·       Garlic (pounded)

The original recipe says to use a cast iron pan, or any pan that you can throw in the oven for further cooking. And if you don't have cast iron pan, I think any pan will do. And if you need to cook the chicken further - well you can just place it in an oven-proof dish and bake it.  

1.    Pour a bit of oil (olive or your usual cooking oil) and set the heat on medium. Make sure that you include the butter and be generous because you want the chicken to be fried in melted brown butter.

2.    When the butter is bubbling, you may add the pounded garlic - just be careful not to burn the garlic!
3.    When the garlic has turned brown, take these out and set it aside.
4.    Season the chicken breast (you can pound it into thinner strips or maintain the chunk) with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Dip it in a beaten egg mixture and then coat it generously with flour.
5.    Fry the chicken breast and remember to turn it often.
6.    Repeat these steps for the rest of the chicken.

If you are like me, and I make a lot of these, I sear the chicken on both sides and set it aside on a baking dish.  When all the pieces of chicken are seared, I place them back on the cast iron pan, add the garlic back and bake it.

I've also tried placing them on a heated baking dish before putting this back in the oven.

Here is my finished product. I know it might not look appetizing, but believe me when I say that I've just had a small piece while my kids and Panget ate them all.

I must admit, most days, I really don't feel like cooking. Why is that? Well, I bring the kids to school, go to the office, then pick up one kid in school and then go back to the office. By the time I get home, I still need to supervise my other kid's homework. When I’m tired and don’t want to cook, I order food in using foodpanda. It’s a reliable app and website service that does food delivery and I really, really love how convenient that is for me and for everyone!

One of my favorite restaurants in BGC is 205 and it happens to be available on the app. It's one of the best news for those who live in the vicinity!  This is because you won't need to go out (walk under the heat and pass through traffic) or drive all the way to BGC High Street where looking for a place to park is a challenge - you can just have 205 meals delivered straight to your homes via foodpanda!  Convenient right?  SUPER! And do you know why?  Well simply because, we are given our time back.  Now, we can spend more time with our family - and one of the best ways to spend time with family is sharing a meal with them.  It's a worldwide tradition that transcends time.

Here are some dishes that 205 whips up for everyone in the family. Look at how good they are!

205 is a wonderful family-friendly place that transforms into a hip place for drinks and get-togethers for adults and the like. Service is wonderful and you feel immediately at ease with the warm welcome and smiles of the staff. The best part is that - it has partnered up with foodpanda to bring their yummy dishes to our homes to enjoy!

If you want to read more about foodpanda, you can also check out their online magazine!