Wednesday, April 23, 2014


One of the biggest annual summer events in town, Markdown Madness @ Tektite is happening once again. Enjoy up to a jaw-dropping 70% discount on participating brands: Skechers, Sperry Top-Sider, Keds, Saucony, Merrell, Creative Recreation, Pony, and No Fear from May 5 to 9, 9am to 8pm at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Auditorium, Tektite Tower in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Markdown Madness promises to be another grand sale event with great finds on selected items from participating brands. This is a good time to buy shoes for your remaining summer escapades and vacations, as well as for back-to-school needs.

Don't miss this chance to get the best shoe deals in town! Like Markdown Madness on Facebook for more information and updates.


I knew it! With the boom of product samples boxes (ideally geared toward the female market), it's only timely that these boxes have its male counterpart! Admit it guys, we are vain. Sometimes.

Now, let me introduce to you the Saladbox Man.

Saladbox Man looks to deliver a product discovery service that will help men find really good items that they may not normally discover at their local department stores or even online. Gentlemen won't be clueless on how to use the products they will receive, as original editorial on tips and tricks on how to use the products as well as articles and video tutorials about grooming, fine living, and style will be up in the Saladbox website later this month. No more mornings wondering how to use that tea tree toner or how to properly tie your bowtie.

This April, Saladbox Man partners with popular leisure brand Regatta for its flagship box.

With this quarter's theme All Aboard, the first men's box contains grooming and style essentials for men that are great additions to their summer kits.
A Saladbox Man box is regularly priced at Php690, but as a launching promo, you can avail of the subscription for just Php500/box (i.e per quarter). Subscriptions come in three plans: Quarterly (Php500; Php690 regular), Bi-Yearly (Php1,000; Php1,300 regular), and Yearly (Php1,750; Php2,400 regular).
Head on to for a quarterly dose of dapper essentials. You can also connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for regular updates as well as quick tips about grooming, fine living, and style.

More About Saladbox Man
Saladbox Man is a quarterly subscription service that delivers grooming, health, tech, and style products to its members via the mail. In the average box, a guy will find samples (full-size or travel size) of grooming products like shaving aids and fragrances, tech products like mini speakers and phone lens, and style products like pocket squares, bow ties, tie clips, and cuff links. Saladbox man is a dapper gentleman's dream come true.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


This summer, fueling up has become more filling for over 1 million happyplus card members who will earn happypoints on their fuel purchases from over 500 Caltex stations nationwide.

Using the happyplus card, every Php100 fuel up at Caltex will get 1 happypoint which is equal to Php1. The easy to accumulate happypoints can be redeemed for food products in any participating Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich and Red Ribbon outlets nationwide. For example, a single or cumulative fuel purchase of Php1,000 earns 10 happypoints which a motorist can already redeem for a free Vanilla Cone Twirl from a Jollibee store. Motorcycle riders cab also join as even fuel purchases below Php100 earn a fraction of a happypoint. This means an Php80 gas up earns 0.80 happypoints -- no minimum purchase amount required. Gasoline and diesel purchases made via cash, credit, debit, StarCard or StarCash are qualified to earn happypoints. The more you gas up at Caltex, the more free food products.

happyplus cardholders can avail of this benefit up to Php20,000 per month of fuel purchases.

To become a happyplus member, membership kits are available for only Php100 in Caltex stations, Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon stores nationwide. A happypoint can also be acquired for every Php50 food purchase in Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich and Red Ribbon. For more details you may click HERE or HERE.
This happyplus rewards promo is a partnership of industry giants Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuel and lubricants, and Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), owner of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich and Red Ribbon brands, to provide customers with the most enticing fuel and food rewards.

CPIU already partnered with JFC in a free Jollibee treats promo in October and November 2013 that was a huge success among motorists. Before that, CPI signed a MOA with JFC to build Jollibee stores in Caltex stations.


We posted (with hashtags!). We embraced nature. We conquered week 1 of #WranglerSunChaser! Were you one of us who did?

Here are my top 3 likes from last week's "Smell Nature" entries:
@vanniedecastro (Philippines)
@her_journeys (Indonesia)
Including the #WranglerSunChaser Week 1 winner of the Philippines! Congrats Rhaine!
@rhainepineda (Philippines)
Wanna be the lucky winner of the Week 2 #WranglerSunChaser challenge? Share your journey for a chance to win Php8,000 worth of Wrangler cash vouchers!

The theme for this week is "Stay Cool".
Blue. The shade of adventure, blue skies, blue seas and a pair of blue jeans. This week, battle the heat of the midday sun to reach the highest point you see. Sweat with no regret.
Post your entries on Instagram with the hashtags #WranglerSunChaser and #Philippines (these are mandatory) until April 27, 2014.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


When I think of summer, two things always pop up in mind. Destination and fashion. Common denominator? Money, of course.

You spend on vacations (sometimes, a little bit more) and along with that, a new set of summer wardrobe. Is the latter even relevant you ask? I'm sure you don't want to be seen on Instagram in the same shorts or tank top which you wore on your last summer escapade from let's say... one or two summers ago? So the answer is yes.

Now I'm not really promoting spending for the sake of just spending (that would be wasteful). If you have the money for it, then there's no issue here. If your priority is vacation but a part of you wants to somehow "update" your look this season without burning a hole in your pocket in the process, then allow me to help.

From a sunny-work-week-day-look (don't mind the "for styling purposes only" unbuttoned shirt), 
Metro Dept. Store button-up shirt
to a look perfect for the beach,
Metro Dept. Store shirt and boardshorts
Metro Department Store is the shopping place to go to!

Piece of advice: The next time you visit Metro Department Store, skip the brands you're already familiar with and instead, ask for their in-house brands.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


The Lenten season brings challenges to make no-meat meals as appetizing and flavorful. Thankfully, Century Tuna and nutritionist to the stars Nadine Tengco came up with delectable and filling Lent-friendly recipes for the aspiring Superbods.

Century Tuna Avocado Salad
Serves 2

1 avocado
1 can Century Tuna Lite Flakes in Veg. Oil, drained
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 green onions, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, roasted, cored, de-seeded, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cut avocado lengthwise and remove pit. Scoop out flesh and toss in a large bowl.
2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mash until smooth.
3. Stir in tuna flakes, parsley, green onions, and roasted red bell pepper. Mix well.
4. Divide into 2 portions.
5. Scoop tuna mixture into avocado halves. Serve immediately.
Many of the dishes feature the original healthy meat, Century Tuna Flakes in Oil. Century Tuna contains Omega 3, which helps burn body fat, shrink abdominal fat cells and stop certain genes that trigger inflammation on belly fat, in addition to promoting a healthy heart.

Century Tuna Sisig Rice
Serves 3

2 cans Century Tuna Hot and Spicy, drained
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp calamansi juice
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp whole black pepper
1 bay leaf (crushed)
Salt to taste
Extended Arroz (see recipe from Arroz a la Century Tuna)

1. Bring to a boil tuna, pineapple juice, bay leaf and whole black pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and cool to room temperature.
2. Saute garlic, onions, and ginger. Stir in the tuna.
3. Add vinegar and calamansi and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Break egg into tuna mix and stir until egg is cooked.
5. Leave to stand for a few minutes before serving for all flavours to infuse. Serve on top of "extended" rice.
As part of the Superbods Diet, these recipes had been tried - and loved - by Century Tuna ambassadors Anne Curtis and John Lloyd Cruz, as well as Boys Night Out DJs Slick Rick, Tony Toni and Sam YG, who were tapped as 2014 Century Tuna Superbods celebrity challengers.

All five will reveal their Superbods - honed by the Superbods Diet and Workout Plan designed by Nadine and Coach Jim Saret for Century Tuna, respectively - this April 25 to 27 in the country's ultimate summer destination, Boracay.

For more recipes, visit

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Not all milk is created equal.

Not all milk is produced the same way, and not all milk companies go through the same meticulous processes and thorough methods to produce the best quality milk.

For instance, the Royal FrieslandCampina’s (RFC) group of companies upholds all the wonderful goodness of gifts of nature and combines these with the most modern of technologies to produce nutritious milk.

RFC is a global top 5 dairy company with over 130 years of experience in producing milk. The 11.1 billion Euro company is composed of dairy cooperatives with about 19,224 member-farmers from The Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. The farmers are rewarded based on their system and on the quality and safety of their milk. Every milk delivery is tested and farmers are paid according to composition, safety and quality, and system, leading to improvement of quality and safety metrics over time.

Believing that there are no shortcuts to producing good milk, RFC’s Grass to
Glass process carries with it the gold standard in milk production – from farming, milking, collecting, processing, packaging and all the way to distributing - putting special emphasis on food safety, quality, labor safety, and the environment.

Cows Treated Like Royalty
Known for its green meadows, blue skies, and pristine lakes, the RFC farms located across Europe are havens for cows that are practically treated like royalty. They graze on nothing but the freshest, cleanest grass across farmlands six hours a day, 120 days a year. In some farms, the water is analyzed more frequently but the minimum requirement is, at least, once a year to ensure that there are no contaminants or water-borne diseases the animals could catch.

Because healthy cows mean premium, quality milk, each cow has a code attached to the collar to help veterinarians track the animal's health regularly.

While traditional farming is still practiced, RFC transits farmers in the best technologies to ensure that benefits generated from modern dairy farming are optimized. The milking equipment are also checked regularly to ensure they are in tip-top shape.

Complete Confidence
After milking, eight quality parameters must be fulfilled to ensure adherence to RFC's standards of quality. Among these parameters are temperature and color, bacterial count, antibiotics, etc.

Once they pass the parameters, the milk is assigned a code for easier monitoring during the entire process before it is transported to high-tech factories across Europe and Asia and exported to over 100 countries all over the world to more than a billion consumers.

Before leaving the factories, the milk is tested to ensure its safety and quality and is, then, assigned a final code before being used for its products that are exported to over 100 countries all over the world and used by over a billion consumers.

Rich analyses, protocols – all these careful processes are carried out to ensure that RFC produces impeccable products. Thus, mothers all over the world who prepare milk for their children can be confident that they are providing the best for their families.

In the Philippines, RFC has entered into a solid partnership with Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC), whose 40 years in the Philippine market has made it a leading milk brand in the country.