Friday, October 21, 2016

Early Christmas Gift From Meralco

Here comes an unexpected “gift” that we can be truly thankful for: Meralco has recently announced that overall electricity rates are lower by 12 centavos per kilowatt hour (kWh

In fact, Meralco—the Philippines’ leading power distributor—has announced lower electricity rates for residential customers for three straight months, starting August of this year. According to the power company, the rate reduction was caused by downward movements in transmission and generation charges, which significantly affected the amount reflected in our bill.

An average Filipino household consumes around 200 kWh every month, which means that the 12-centavo reduction can translate to at least Php 24.00 off the monthly bill. And these days, the adage “a peso saved is a peso earned” is truer than ever.

Aside from the good news Meralco brought its customers this month, the energy company also received encouraging results of a study done by the International Energy Consultants (IEC), an Australian consulting firm that specializes in Asian power markets.

According to a recent IEC survey, Meralco subscribers enjoyed some of the largest tariff reductions worldwide in the last four years. Dr. John Morris of the IEC mentioned that through Meralco’s overall sourcing strategy, lower systems loss, and a lower distribution charge, their subscribers saved P30 billion in power costs.

There really is nothing like good news to get us started for a joyous holiday season!


Monday, October 17, 2016

A Journey To A Healthier You With Sun Life

I was living a sedentary lifestyle last year until I got fed up from hearing people say that I'm gaining weight. I used to play tennis and regularly attend zumba that's why friends who knew about my active lifestyle were surprised to see me getting fat. Well, I got busy with blogging and I've got too many excuses (read my article: Common Workout Excuses Women Make). Sometimes we need a little push from someone to get us started. 

Sun Life is very much aware of the Filipinos' struggle to keeping fit and healthy and is now offering  three initiatives that are empowering as they are financially rewarding.

Go Well

GoWell is a wellness community promoting holistic wellness through a fit and active lifestyle, healthy eating, and living a balanced life. It is the health and wellness advocacy of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc. aimed at helping people live a healthier, brighter life.

Anybody can become a member. All you have to do is sign up at and you automatically become a TEAL MEMBER. A Teal Member have access to fitness and wellness content, entry into Go Well community workouts, perks and enjoy privileges from partner establishments. A GOLD MEMBER is entitled to VIP access to community work out plus a regular Go Well fitness classes. It's like having a gym membership. 

Go Well has tapped the country's most influential personalities as ambassadors. They are Rovilson Fernandez (circuit training), Bubbles Paraiso (yoga), Tessa Prieto-Valdez (zumba), Jaymee Pizzaro (running) and Piolo Pascual (cycling). 

Sun Fit and Well

SUN Fit and Well is a New Generation Wellness Product that offers you comprehensive life and health protection no matter what happens, giving you and your family comfort and peace of mind in times of great distress caused by a serious illness.

Health and Wellness Coverage:

Proactively Maintain your Health
Enjoy special access and privileges to various wellness activities that will help you stay fit and healthy.

Comprehensive Critical Illness Benefit
Enjoy peace of mind knowing that SUN Fit and Well covers you at a young age up until your senior years, providing financial benefits upon diagnosis of any of the 100+ critical conditions across minor and major stages.

Specific Cancer Booster
Further ease your financial worries with additional cash benefit equivalent to 50% of the Face Amount upon first diagnosis of any covered advanced-stage cancer.

Life Insurance Protection
Secure your loved ones’ future with guaranteed life insurance protection equivalent to the policy’s Face Amount until Age 100.

Special Bonus and Dividend Earnings
Be rewarded with a Special Paid-Up Bonus at the end of the premium paying period, and annual dividend earnings thereafter which may be withdrawn anytime or left with Sun Life to accumulate.

Limited Payment Period
SUN Fit and Well can be fully paid in 10, 15 or 20 annual installments, and payments are fixed throughout the paying period. Semi-annual, quarterly, and monthly modes are also available to make payments more affordable.

SunPIOLOgy Run: Sugar Wars

Join the SunPIOLOgy Run: Sugar Wars on November 19, 2016 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. No need to worry about waking up early because this is a sunset run. Participants can choose from distances that include 500m walk/run for kids and adults; 3K, 5K and 10K run. 

Sign up for the SunPIOLOgy Run starts on October 18, 2016. Visit for more details.


Friday, October 14, 2016

TravelBook.Ph: Where Booking Is As Easy As 1-2-3

Gone are the days when planning a vacation is as stressful as the daily routine you've been trying to run away from. Me and my husband love travel and unplanned staycations. I remember casually chatting with him and the next thing we knew, we were enjoying an ATV ride in Ilocos the next day. That's the beauty of online booking. 

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or someone who is excitedly planning your first ever adventure, TravelBook.PH will make your travel booking as easy as 1-2-3.

In 2012,, under the management of Summit Media, started as an online catalog catering to more than 4,000 hotels and resorts in the Philippines. The company was established by Recruit Holdings Company, one of the biggest media conglomerates in Japan, and specializes in classified advertisements, publications, and human resources.

To date, is the fastest growing Online Travel Agency (OTA) in the Philippines and boasts more than 2,700 hotel listings all over the country. Over the past three years, the company has achieved a record-breaking 200% growth rate and an average of 3,900 paid bookings per month.

With various offline and online marketing efforts, has gained exposure through media partners such as TV stations GMA NewsTV through programs like PopTalk and Biyahe ni Drew, CinemaOne, and radio stations Love Radio, Monster Radio, and Barangay LS. also boasts increasing 1.6 million monthly page views, with 455,000 monthly unique visits, 52,000 registered members, and 299,000 newsletter subscribers.

Its social media presence also continues to grow: it has more than 540,000 likes in Facebook, while its Twitter and Instagram accounts have about 2,900 and 10,300 followers respectively.

Why Book With TravelBook.Ph? aims to cater to the needs of the ever-growing market, which is why it continuously develops and expands its strengths through various customer-driven initiatives.

Convenient Booking focuses on improving its offline bookings through 24/7 Customer Care that offers competitive room rates, promo plans, rewards points, membership promos, and GetGo promos. also has a user-friendly mobile app that offers double rewards for bookings to make the service available for the growing number of smartphone users in the Philippines. 

Multiple Payment Options

Since only about 5% of the whole Philippine population are credit card holders, has made sure that it has various online and offline payment methods to make booking hotels for every customer convenient. 

Aside from using their credit cards, customers can pay via online and offline bank deposits or over-the-counter payments. They can also pay at 7-Eleven branches, Robinsons Department Store and SM Department Store branches, Bitcoin, and the newly launched Pay At Hotel, which allows the customer to pay upon check-in.

Corporate Partnerships and Alliances has also partnered with top brands and companies in the Philippines, including Cebu Pacific, Robinsons Bank, Sun Cellular, Toys R Us, JG Summit, Robinsons Land, Robinsons Department Store, and Universal Robina to strengthen its presence in the business through various campaigns.

The company also has special partnerships with GetGo, BDO, Union Bank, Eastwest Bank, and Security Bank.

Tours will soon launch its 359 Tour Package Plans to cater to the travel needs of its customers.

Affiliate Program

The recently launched Affiliate Program now has over 600 partner bloggers. Through this program, both seasoned and new bloggers are able earn income from the hotel bookings made in their websites.

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Promotion of Philippine Tourism 

More than just being an e-commerce company, aims to Philippine tourism by encouraging everyone to travel more in the country. The company believes that traveling should become a lifestyle as it promotes education, quality time, and bonding with families and friends. also comes up with various creative campaigns to promote local tourism such as the recently concluded #Juanderlust, an international competition where travelers all over the world participated to be the lucky “Chosen Juan” who will embark on an 80-day adventure to 80 places in the Philippines. The winner, Mr. Dave Agbayani, traveled around the country to explore and experience the best things that the country has to offer.

So, where do you want to go? Click the link of the places below to have access to the best hotel offers:

Baguio     Batangas     Bohol    Boracay

Cebu     Davao


Guevarra's: Where Dining Feels Like Home

I believe that getting lost in an unfamiliar place happens for a reason. I frequent San Juan because of Cardinal Santos Medical Center but I never got to explore Wilson Street. One weekend, me and hubby decided to  travel from Antipolo to San Juan to drive around. We got lost somewhere in P. Guevarra and passed by the gate of Chef Laudico's Guevarra's. I thought back then this is just an events place. I was not even able to take a peek of what's inside. Last month, I received an invite to attend the launch of Guevarra's Yuletide Feast Menu and memories of that fateful day flashed back. It felt like being invited to a family's private gathering. 

Entering the driveway is like visiting my grandparents' house. I was so excited getting off the car and imagined them eagerly waiting for me as I climb the stairs. Oh, the smell of a feast waiting to be devoured as I enter the door. I was brought back to reality when the receptionist warmly welcomed me.

The house was built in the 1920's. The staircase leads to the veranda and gives you a great view of the garden.

It already feels like Christmas at Guevarra's. You'll see red, green and silver decors and life-sized Santas.

There is also a giant Christmas Tree. I didn't get a chance though to see if it's lighted at night.

The Yuletide Menu

Christmas Chicken Liver Parfait and Christmas Macaroni Salad

Christmas Paella and Embotido Lasagna Roll

Beef Morcon and Fish Mayonesa

Roast Turkey with Cornmeal Stuffing and Christmas Suman Fruitcake

Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

The Yuletide Feast Menu is available starting October 15, 2016. In the spirit of Christmas, Guevarra's is also giving a portion of the proceeds for each buffet head to the Children's Joy Foundation. 

The Children's Joy Foundation is a center that houses disadvantaged children in the country. It seeks to assist marginalized children to enjoy life to the fullest in a protective and caring environment. Guevarra's has been supporting this foundation in the past four years.

Buffet Rates

Weekday Lunch (Monday to Friday) P399 + 12% VAT
Weekday Maagang Salu-Salo (Monday to Thursday) P449 + 12% VAT
Weekday Dinner (Monday to Thursday) P499 + 12% VAT
Weekend Lunch and Dinner - P599 + 12% VAT
Weekend Maagang Salu-Salo - P549 + 12% VAT

Lunch is from 11am to 2pm
Maagang Salu-Salo is from 5pm to 630pm
Dinner is from 730pm to 10pm

Thank you so much Chef Roland and Chef Jackie Laudico for the sumptuous feast. See my "abs"? Obviously busog!!!

Bring your family and friends and enjoy good food while sharing fond memories. On top of their year-round favorites like the Angus Beef, Kare-Kare, Tamarind Roasted Chicken, Baby Back Ribs and Halo-Halo, you'll get to taste the Yuletide Feast Menu starting October 15 at no extra cost.

Guevarra's is located at 387 P. Guevarra cor Argonne St. Addition Hills, San Juan. Reservation is highly recommended. For inquiries, call (02) 705.1811; (02) 705.1874. 


Friday, October 07, 2016

My Hair Goal Achieved At Vivere Salon

How many times have you experienced getting a haircut from a salon and head home unsatisfied with the result? Me, always. I never achieved the hairstyle I've always wanted. Most of the time, I end up tying my hair  in a pony tail.  

I was invited at the opening of Vivere Salon in Glorietta 2, Makati City last September 23, 2016. Famed for being the country's premiere destination for bespoke cuts and styles, I immediately said YES. 

My hair has been subjected to abuse for years and I'm really super lazy to go to the salon for treatment. I've got a head full of unruly, coarse hair. I only go to the salon once a year during my birth month to have my hair rebonded.  

After assessing my hair's condition, they suggested that I should have Deep Repair Treatment (P1,300). This is a repair and rescue treatment that effectively rejuvenates heat and chemically damaged hair. 

I gave my creative stylist the liberty to cut and style my hair. He gave me a wash and wear cut that's perfect for my "buhaghag" hair. Finally, I have a hairstyle that I really love.

Vivere Salon opened its flagship branch  in Robinson's Galleria in 2003. The growth rapidly when they opened additional branches in Robinson's Midtown in 2007, SM Megamall  and Marquee Mall in 2009, Lucky Chinatown Mall and Festival Mall in 2012, Araneta Gateway in 2013, Fairview Terraces in 2014 and Trinoma in 2015. The Glorietta 2 is their 10th branch. 

"At the end of the day, it's still about creating a cut that our clients will love. It's finding that right balance between wash and wear as well as unique and edgy; confident in the knowledge that every day, they will wake up with hair that doesn't have to get blown out or ironed or set to look great," says Ramon de Ubago III, CEO of Vivere Salon.

"Vivere Salon goes that extra mile to make sure that you don't just look great when you walk out of our salon -- we create cuts that are meant to simplify your beauty routine, without taking anything away from the style of the cut or your personality, long after we've blown dried your hair in place," end De Ubago.

Visit to know more about the services they offer and follow their social media accounts on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (


Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Barre3 Workout With Adidas Women FitSquad

When I received an invite from Adidas Women FitSquad for September's workout session, the subject line read "Triple Threat Training". Last August was the most challenging so far and I said to myself, what could it be this time? 

A few days before the workout, we were told to post on Instagram a short video doing the Narrow Athletic V. I thought it's easy to do. Check out my video HERE.

We had our barre3 workout at Steps Dance Studio in Makati City. National athlete and gymnast Irish Planes was our instructor. She briefed us on what to expect during the session. Noticed her position while briefing us?

Barre3 is a combination of ballet, yoga and pilates. At first I thought this was all about flexibility and balance. The moment we started the session, I realized that strength also plays a major role. Imagine doing squats while on tiptoe?

It was a fun night with my workout friends. It was amazing that what seems to be a simple pose could make you produce buckets of sweat.

I'm super looking forward to our October workout session!


6 Tips On How To Age Gracefully

Age is just a number. But sometimes, we can't help but notice people who look younger than their age and we wonder what is their secret. Dr. Juan Paolo Bellosillo, International Fellow of Integrative Medicine and American Association of Integrative Medicine,  discussed and talked about one of the biggest concern of beauty lovers. AGING.

Doc Pao as he is fondly called was kind enough to give 6 tips on how we can age gracefully or if possible, stop time from showing on our skin. 

1. LIFESTYLE CHECK. Since aging is a process we all have to face as we grow old, we must ensure that we start from within: our being. Beauty is definitely not just skin deep. It emanate from within to out and the stress we encounter daily will show up in eyebags, dark spots, wrinkles, and what not. To ensure that this can be avoided, do a lifestyle check. Your lifestyle choices will reflect on your wellness, spirituality, psychological, physiological, and social wellness. No amount of moisturizer can ever beat clean living and a peaceful mind. Anti-aging should start at the biological unit, our cells.

2. BE REALISTIC. There is nothing in this world that can really stop your skin from aging. It will happen. However, you can delay it with the right skin care and the right ways of living. 

3. YOUR HEART. The one thing a lot of people overlook when they yearn for anti-aging is their heart. Your heart is the one solely responsible for pumping blood into your body and if it’s not healthy, you will definitely see the results on your skin. We only have one heart. Once it stops beating, we are gone. This is a saying that I often remember and it reminds me that on top of everything, my heart is the first one I need to take care of the most. 

4. STRESS. Every time you allow stress to impact you, it actually becomes a threat to your life and this could even lead to death. When someone is stressed, it shows on their skin. When someone is stressed, it will show on their hair, eyes, lips, everything. Never allow stress to make an impact on you. Learn to control and let go. 

5. NON INVASIVE TREATMENT. With Doc Pao, you can get photoplethysmography, a method that determines the age of the artery which has been impacted by lifestyle and exposed to many stressors. This will allow you to truly gauge what changes you need to make and what maintenance you need to follow. 

6. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT AND WHAT YOU DRINK. The food and drinks we take in affect our body. There are many foods that yield good vitamins and these are the things we should eat more of. Berries, salmon, almond, walnuts, spirulina, and green leafy veggies are a must if you want to achieve that youthful glow. All the food mentioned here also have anti-inflammatory properties that will help reverse the ageing of the artery. Acai drinks that come with banana and spirulina have high anti-oxidant and free radical battling properties that can actually reduce the inflammation or stiffening causing factors or thrombus formation in arteries. 

In this day and age where everyone is obsessed with looking young, always remember that to look young on the outside, one must feel young on the inside. Be wise. Live a legacy before you leave a legacy. When you take care of your heart, you take care of everything else from within and this will always give you the youthful flow you desire.


Brother launches ADS-2400N Network Scanner

Brother International Philippines, Corp. (Brother PH) recently launched the new ADS-2400N Desktop Scanner with Gigabit Ethernet Networking as a remarkable addition to its state-of-the-art line of document scanners.

Innovative Features

The Brother ADS-2400N offers true network scanning, without having to log on to a central PC or install software at multiple location points. The ADS-2400N supports TWAIN and ISIS drivers for software integration and image processing, and incorporates Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for super fast processing. The desktop scanner model scans to email, File, Image, Network, OCR (optical character recognition) software, SharePoint®, USB Host and FTP (file transfer protocol) or SFTP (secure file transfer protocol).

Built for professional business usage, Brother ADS-2400N boasts of scan speeds of up to 60ipm (30ppm) and a large 50 sheet capacity document feeder capable of scanning 27 to 413gsm paper weights. Moreover, the ADS-2400N uses a wider output tray to neatly capture paper fed through the automatic document feeder. Paper trays are angled to encounter less paper resistance so paper can glide easily and stack smoothly, reducing paper folds.

The new desktop scanner model also has Multifeed Detection that uses sound waves to identify potential misfeeds. The paper pathway is automatically suspended and the user alerted if an irregular signal is detected. The Advanced Reverse Roller system, meanwhile, manages incoming bulk paper jobs so only one sheet is processed at a time, for outstanding reliability when scanning a variety of document types and weights.

Outstanding Benefits

Enjoy Brother ADS-2400N network scanner that is fast becoming a category favorite especially for mid to large-sized offices. Reasonably priced at SRP of Php24,990, its true network capability allows offices to enjoy improved workflow efficiency with scanned business critical information shared across teams and departments with minimum user involvement.

Achieve high productivity with its fast scan speeds and outstanding reliability even when scanning a variety of document types and weights. Last but not the least, be cost efficient with early detection of misfeeds, which reduces the risk of damaged documents and lost data. Other desired features also include its OCR and mobile scanning capability, and inclusion of industry leading software.

Increased Scanning Options

The Brother ADS-2400N network scanner is a valuable addition to Brother's scanner portfolio which also includes the DS-620 mobile scanner for field personnel, or employees who work remotely or are always on the go. The mobile scanner is bundled too with powerful software to become the perfect solution for document management and improved workflow. Powered simply by USB from your laptop, scan all types of documents to various destinations, available to view on one’s mobile device, whenever and wherever.

Brother President Glen P. Hocson said, “At Brother, we continuously innovate to help businesses be more agile and productive. We train our sights on harnessing technology to enable today’s modern office workers, both those working inside the office and remotely. That is mostly true for both our desktop and mobile document scanners.” 

For more information about Brother Scanners, visit or call (02) 581-9888.


Monday, October 03, 2016

My Dream Lashes and Brows by Ooh La Lash!

I was not blessed with long eyelashes. My mom told me that she even trimmed my lashes when I was still a baby believing the myth that trimming will make it grow longer. Well, it didn't. I was at the mercy of putting on mascara which promises thick, full lashes. Honestly, I have tried different brands but never got the full and longer lashes effect. All I had were heavy lashes and the tedious process of removing them afterwards. 

Another struggle for me is shaping my brows. I'm a lipstick and foundation kind of girl. I don't really know how to create a perfectly arched eyebrows. 

Last September 23, I was invited to attend the opening of the first branch of Ooh La Lash! Lash Extension Lounge in Glorietta 2, Makati City. The lounge offers safe and natural looking extensions and brows. 

The lounge has a cozy, comfortable and stylish charm and can accommodate a maximum of five clients. It is also staffed with highly qualified and extensively trained aestheticians. You are assured that the services are delivered with attention to quality and detail, using only FDA-approved materials. 

They suggested that I go for the Lash, Brow and Tint Package A (PhP990). This package includes lash extension, organic brow threading and brow tint. It was my first time to have a brow tint but I trust Ooh La Lash! so much that I will have beautiful brows. The threading was a bit painful but I know what to expect because I've tried it once. 

Voila!! After an hour and 30 minutes, Ooh La Lash! was the answer to my long time dream of having perfectly groomed brows and long eyelashes. The brow tint will last 1-2 weeks while the eyelashes extension will last for 2-3 weeks depending on how you take care of it.

Save yourself from spending too much time fixing your brows and attaching fake lashes that might fall off. You now know where to go!

Lash extension price ranges from 690 pesos to 1,290 pesos. Lash, Brow and Tint Package price ranges from 820 pesos to P990.

To know more about Ooh La Lash! Lash Extension Lounge and their latest offers and promos, visit  the official facebook page

Thank you Ooh La Lash! and #GandangLeomy



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