Mar 25, 2015

Ardy Abello's AIM HIGH, Go for G-O-L-D

When I got home from an event on Tuesday afternoon, I ended up questioning myself about a lot of things. Vice President in Sales (ASIA) is the position you’ll read in my certificate of employment. I am in sales and marketing field and I have dealt with thousands of people in the last 8 years. But somehow, that event with Ardy Abello made me reevaluate myself and what I have become. Have I tried to become great? Or did I choose to just settle with the good? What are my priorities? 

Mar 21, 2015

Dianthus Skin Renewal Set Review

Hey, it’s weekend. I hope you guys are having a great one. Today I will be sharing a satisfying experience I had with Dianthus Skin Care Products. A week ago I received products to try – a skin renewal set, and few different lotions. But heads-up, I’d like you to know that although I didn't pay for any of these products I think they’re fabulous, otherwise I wouldn't post anything about them. 

And again, I got these products for free. The package was sent to me straight from Dianthus Skin Care’s main office in Cebu. I started using the Skin Renewal Set on March 14, the day I got the products. Just after almost a week, March 20, I have already seen great results on my face. Here’s my quick review. 

Mar 16, 2015

Healthy Shabu Shabu - Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center

Located at the Ground Floor of Power Plant Mall – Rockwell, Healthy Shabu-Shabu is a popular Japanese restaurant where diners are assured of a fresh, tasty and well-priced meal. As its name suggests, this place specializes in authentic Japanese style hot pot - shabu shabu, which is served with thinly sliced beef meat, and a plateful of assorted fresh vegetables. 

Carol invited us for dinner. It was sort of farewell dinner for Jex, Keona and Michael before they headed back to California. I have seen this restaurant a couple of times, and I have read rave reviews about this place, but I never really had a chance to try or check their food. I'm glad Carol took us here. Here's our Healthy Shabu Shabu experience. 

Mar 14, 2015

Sofia’s Glutathione Soap with Kojic and Collagen Review

Hello there! I never thought I’d be posting a review for Sofia’s Glutathione Soap with Kojic and Collagen too soon. I mentioned in my previous post that I will write an update in 2 weeks - that long to give the soap a chance to show some results. This soap deserves a shout out. For only Php100, I have already seen noticeable changes in just 3 days. No kidding! And I love how it smells like my favorite brand – soothing and relaxing. Anyway, here's my quick review. Note that all my opinions here are 100% honest and completely my own.   

I got these soaps for free – handed by Miss Sofia herself during our lunch with Lifestylers Media and other bloggers. I started using this Thursday night (March 12), and just days after, I amazingly see noticeable changes on my skin.  

PACKAGING: I always say this – adding personal touch can make all the difference to you and your customers. I appreciate how SVR Infinity chose to use colored ribbon on top of the paper/plastic sealed product. It gives this soap a homemade feel.

SCENT & TEXTURE: I like it. It does smell like my favorite brand. My skin is showing signs of micro peeling but I can hardly see it. The soap slowly exfoliates my skin and it’s not giving me skin dryness which is good.  

INGREDIENTS: Glutathione, Collagen, Kojic Acid, Vitamin C and E.

PRICE & AVAILABILITY: It’s only 100 pesos.  You can buy it through Zalora, Generics Pharmacy, or through their re-sellers and distributors (click here to see thelist). 

EFFECTIVENESS: The photo shows it all. Need I say more? I am personally surprised. I have been exposed to the sun lately; you can see my left arm (watch arm) getting tan lines. Just after 3 days, my tan lines are slowly fading. We all know it's not easy to even out tan lines.

RECOMMENDATION: Definitely, YES! I always consider myself a low maintenance, but not when it comes to body soaps and lotion. You name every single whitening soaps and lotions in the market, from the most expensive to the cheapest; you’d be surprised I’ve tried them all. And only few of them give quick results. May iba pa nga, very expensive but you can’t see any changes even after months of using.  

Note that I am not getting paid to review this product. Also, I want everyone to be reminded that whatever works for my skin, doesn’t necessarily mean that it would also work for you.

I don’t claim to be an expert, but here’s what works for me. Products just don’t take effect on their own – you have to help them work. When using whitening products, make sure to avoid or stay away from the sun, or use Sun Screen (SPF) as often as every 3-4 hours should you be outdoor.

Have you tried this product? What whitening soap are you using? Share your thoughts below.  


Mar 12, 2015

Beauty in a Bar: The SVR Soap Bar by Sofia V. Relosa

he event yesterday made me fall in love with blogging even more. I am 28, and over the course of my life, I have embraced and tried so many things but none of them have changed my life or brought me as much fulfillment as blogging. Through this online tool, I get to meet awesome people, and that includes this woman I will be featuring today, Miss Sofia V. Relosa. 

Sophia’s Glutathione Soap with Kojic and Collagen smells great. Unfortunately that is the only thing I could tell you right now as I haven’t tried the soap yet. I will start using it today, and I promise to give you guys an honest feedback in a week or two. For now, I want to talk more about the company and the beautiful woman behind this product.

I truly admire how this business started and it’s set up. Miss Sofia is somehow like me, quite lazy when it comes to following beauty regimens. That laziness of hers became a huge influence in the process of creating this “all-in-one” soap. 

This business started on Facebook. Aside from having a 9-to-6 full time job, Sofia was selling glutathione injections and other whitening products as her sideline. She eventually left her full time job to focus on her business. Her first batch of glutathione soap was not meant for selling. It was given as a freebie to those clients who avail her glutathione injection packages. After 6 months of giving it away for free, clients finally persuaded her to sell the soap separately. 

If you’d noticed, you can’t avail this soap in the big stores. It is because the main goal of Sofia’s company is to provide extra income to the Mom’s at home, students and online sellers. That is one thing that I like about this company. Currently, SVR Infinity has more than 400 re-sellers nationwide, more than 50 distributors, and 2 executive distributors. Within the year of 2015, she will be launching a new line to address her growing demand to create new products. 

I will share more about this product in 2 weeks time. I say two weeks, because I want to give enough time for the product to show its effectiveness. In the mean time, you might want to check them out - to learn more about the company and to read some reviews about their product. 

SVR Infinity / Sofia’s Beauty and Wellness

Mar 11, 2015

Crunchy Garlic: BonChon’s 4th and Newest Sauce

BonChon, which means “My Hometown” in Korean, is a global brand that originated in South Korea in 2002. It began making waves in the global arena in 2006 as it entered the US market. Its cult following propelled it to international shores, with stores in Asia, including Philippines. BonChon Philippines opened its first store in November 2010 – considered one of the fastest growing QSR’s (Quick Service Restaurant) in the country with over 86 locations nationwide. 

Yesterday, I was invited by Nuffnang Philippines to be part of the launching of BonChon’s 4th and newest sauce, the “Crunchy Garlic”. Needless to say, after I received the invite, you could say that I immediately penned down the time in my schedule. Truth be told, I have never been to any BonChon branch or have tried their chicken, which adds to my excitement.  I am happy I took part of the event; I guess I have found my new favorite chicken place. 

I am crazy over fried chicken, and I thought I have already tried all the best fried chicken out there, but BonChon throws me off with their extraordinary fried chicken. Their new flavor, Crunchy Garlic, is a sweet and salty zest glaze with garlic chips sprinkled on top. It has a touch of sweetness for long lasting, mouth-watering sensation over the tongue. I love the crunch with every bite. I could honestly eat this all day!

For vegetarians, Crunchy Garlic is also available in their fish meals.

Craving for crispy chicken but too tired of getting the same, old flavor and usual fried chicken? Give BonChon a try. Gone are the days when there are no options and variety when it comes to your favorite chicken meal. With all these flavors to choose from (Soy Garlic, Sweet and Spicy, Honey Citrus, and the newest flavor Crunchy Garlic), BonChon’s chicken will definitely leave you craving for more. 

Check them out!
BonChon Chicken Philippines

Mar 8, 2015

Nuvo Bar and Restaurant, Greenbelt 3: Second Visit

We visited NoVu in December 2013 for a company Christmas dinner (you can read that post here) and I loved it. Nothing has really changed in terms of d├ęcor and design. And just like last time, we really enjoyed its sophisticated ambiance and the sultry tones of the live band. Here’s what we had in our second visit. 

In this visit, I decided to go with their grilled special. I ordered Tuna Belly (Php650.00). It was served with two side sides. I chose mashed potato and mixed vegetables for my sides. I love this one. Yum! 

Carol ordered the same menu I had before. It's Dou of Blue Marlin and Tiger Prawn (Php785.00). It's seared blue marlin steak and tiger prawns served with vegetable relish and steamed rice. This one is a winner, and I'd say a must try.

Grace ordered Chilean Sea Bass (Php950.00). It's a pan-fried Chilean sea bass with lemon butter sauce, caramelized green asparagus and herb-ed pan fried olive potatoes. I tried it, it's okay, but it doesn't taste as good as the one from Kulinarya.

Michael ordered Bolognesa (Php395.00), its ground beef and herbs in tomato and brown sauce.

Jex and Keona got the same meal. It was a steak, but not sure what it was. Sorry! 

Overall, Nuvo Bar and Restaurant experience was a really enjoyable one just like last the time we visited. The service was friendly, attentive and inviting. One thing though, No-vu’s food was good, very good, but it wasn’t as good as the last time. But I’d still recommend them. 

Location and Contact Information:
G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St
Ayala Center, Makati City
Phone: (02) 757-3699

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