Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Soyami Healthy and Fit!

Yes, I admit I was guilty as charged... and like what I've written here in one of my previous posts, "If eating Soyami Soya Chips is a crime, then I stand guilty as charged and I'm proud of it!" :)

But this Christmas, I'll be eating and snacking Soyami without the guilt. Because it's the only guilt-free snack that keeps me full, healthy and hyper happy!

The Christmas holiday period is traditionally a time for celebration, time to enjoy the festivities.. festivities of lots of foods. However, the festive season often brings many detrimental health effects because of the foods that are usually prepared for the season. After Christmas is the start of New Year!

The start of a new year brings new possibilities and new beginnings. This is also the time of year when people are trying to commit to start a new fitness or health regime. Completely overhauling their lifestyle for the better or at least to shed some pounds or get back in shape. There are the resolutions made every year to exercise, eat right, and get personal finances in order.

That's why Soyami Soya Chips offers you the best deal for a healthy new year! Eating Soyami Soya Chips is like You will have no worries and no hesitations even if you have eaten that much. That is the reason why Soyami Soya Chips is tapping Fitness First for this great deal this new year because we want consumers to increase their health concerns. Customers who purchase Soyami Trial Pack will be given a three five-day gym trial pass. This is a great deal right!? Because Soyami Soya Chips is your healthy choice for healthy snacking!

Soyami Soya Chips is your healthier choice to snacking! It is made with Real Soya, No MSG, High in Protein and Calcium and O% transfat. Soyami Soya Chips, those healthy-goodness snacks that appear like nacho chips come in Original, White Cheddar and Pizza flavors, are now available in leading supermarkets and groceries and in convenience stores throughout Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

Soyami Soya Chips Trial Pack, now available in your leading Supermarkets nationwide!

With Soyami Soya chips, it's definitely good snack, good health and fitness first! :)

There’s a saying that goes, “If the food tastes good, it’s bad for you. If the food tastes bad, it’s actually good for you.”

Healthy eating is proving to be quite a challenge due to the misconception about healthy foods being bland and tasteless. But in reality, eating nutritious food is not that difficult. In fact, it may surprise you to find it delicious.

There‘s a lot of food out there that don’t require any sacrifice and give up your favorite guilty food pleasure altogether. It’s just a matter of snacking smart and finding a better, nutritious alternative to your indulgences.

Take the unassuming soya, for example.

Super Soya

Start the year right with proper diet and proper choosing of foods. Start a good eating habit with Soyami Soya Chips. It’s for your own good! Because there’s nothing like the gift of good health this New Year.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

OFF! Top Moms Tea Party

Hey mom! Are you a top mom?

Well if you're not afraid to ask questions, more inquisitive than others and if you always think of what's best for your family, then you really are a TOP MOM!

When it comes to being a mom, everything else is a far second. As a top mom, I always want to be on top of things when raising my daughter. But even the best moms need all the help they can get to meet their never ending demands and challenges of motherhood.

That said, I have been lucky enough to be invited at the OFF! Top Moms Tea Party that was held yesterday at Lemuria Restaurant. I've met the Mom experts and other top moms wherein we learned more about being a Top Mom, while our little tots were busy doing a lot of exciting activities and games.

Meet Top Moms, your new online partner in mommy matters where you'll find the Top Mom Bloggers. Read Top Moms blogs packed with useful advice, not only about raising your kids and taking care of your family, but also enriching your life both as a woman and a mom.

Meet the Mom Experts. Dr. Anna Vasquez is a psychiatrist who is passionate about raising her kids as she is about her profession, while Dr. Empress Villapando is a pediatrician and an all-around mom who shares her expertise in child rearing as a host on ABC 5's Alagang Kapatid and as a resource speaker for Moms Today magazine.

This is also a chance for us to try the clean feel experience of the new OFF! Clean Feel Lotion. I've been using OFF! soft and scented (the pink one) because it smells good on my skin and it doesn't give a horrible greasy, sticky feel. So I'm quite excited to try this new product from OFF! because they say it effectively repels mosquitoes for up to 4 hours and comes in a light formula that’s perfect for my kid and the whole family!

I enjoy playing with Maia in the playground but I always worry about the skeeters lurking in that area. Though the guards say it is sprayed regularly, I still want to make sure she's protected. Seriously though, I really hate mosquitoes and I've always wished them gone and even wish they can just suck fats instead of blood. LOL I t drives me nuts whenever I see red dots and pesky mosquito bites on Maia's skin. So I always make sure she uses OFF! lotion everytime she plays at the playground or even when she hangs out in the clubhouse with her lil BFF's. I actually tried it last night and it was soooper! Clean feel for real! You will never ever go wrong with OFF!
So is there anything we can put on our kids to ward off and keep the mosquitoes away, and keep 'em hyper happy?

Definitely yes! Top Moms like us are better off with OFF! Clean Feel because it protects our kids from mosquitoes! Believe me, it really works. I'm not on their payroll but OFF! lotion is seriously the best! :)

Btw, you can also share some great photos with your kids on their site. Who knows, your photo might be Top Mom's pick of the week and win an OFF! Mommy Survival kit! The kit looks so cute! Or you can try answering the online quiz, "What Kind of Top Mom are you?" and find out what you're doing well, and where there's room for improvement. As for me, I got mostly A's and B's which means I can be a devoted mom and can sometimes be a discerning top mom or I can be anything in between!

Needless to say, (but I'm still gonna say it anyway) Top Moms are always thinking about what's best for their families. That's why it's important to see what other moms are up to and learn from their experiences. So for moms out there, why don;t you give it a whirl and join Top Moms today and who knows, you might gain new friends in the process.

This is me with the kids and other gorgeous Top Moms, Ces and OFF Brand Ambassador, Suzi Entrata-Abrera. I'm really grateful to meet them and I'm thankful to God for moms everywhere. It's simply amazing how moms say the right things at the right time. And I'm so proud to be a Top Mom. :)

Check out Top Moms' website HERE.

Friday, November 25, 2011

BUM's Reveal your Dark Side Grand Fashion Show

Everybody has a dark side and I'm just glad I've uncovered mines. Our dark side makes us human, that's what makes us who we are. People are all different. You have to appreciate everyone, but you don't have to like everyone.

If you have a story to tell, don’t keep it to yourself. Flaunt and let the world know through fashion. Don't be ashamed to unleash and reveal your dark side and you'll realize that your dark side isn't as bad as Yoda says it is. :) Maybe a short walk on the dark side is where you'll find your light... and maybe, just maybe, that's exactly where you'll shine.

Local clothing brand BUM brings the Cosplay trend to the fore with a one-of-a-kind fashion show at the SM Mall of Asia.

This has been the youth’s battle-cry these days. Not only are they daring, wearing their colors on their sleeves proudly, they are pushing the envelope when it comes to dressing up, as well. Even the term “costume play” or “cosplay”, which is the act of dressing up as a fictional character inspired from an anime TV series, or a character they idolized, has found its way into the youth’s wardrobe. Cosplay is no longer a style but it has become a “trend” that is normally seen and worn on the streets.

To underscore this “daring” and “experimental” style philosophy, BUM put together a fashion show last November 25 at the Music Hall of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Called Reveal Your Darkside, this fashion celebration is the culminating event of an ongoing nationwide contest. Since August 8, BUM has been receiving through its website (http://www.bumequipment.com.ph) countless entries from young stylistas who want to share the world their passion for the brand and the cosplay trend.
Bea Binene, one of GMA 7’s youngest teen star was one of the models in BUM apparel’s biggest fashion show. As BUM’s latest celebrity endorser, BEA strut the runway wearing the latest Holiday Collection of BUM with “Cosplay” as theme of the show, together with Empress Schuck and Dino Imperial.

Interestingly, the fashion show showcased BUM’s new collection for the Holidays. So Cosplay and BUM fanatics witnessed a one-of-a-kind fashion event that would inspire them to express their angst, passion, and identity more freely through BUM Collections.
There was a special Cosplay contest for the BUM COSPLAY competition wherein cosplayers had their catwalk presentation.

Mall goers enjoyed BUM’s treats as early as 1pm with live games on screen while shoppers played live video games at the Music Hall venue and some even won fab prizes courtesy of the sponsors Netopia Internet Café and Ideal Vision. More event raffle prizes were given such as NOKIA C1 cellphones, five (5) pieces of P500 GLOBE prepaid loads and BUM gift packs.

Oh and I also took home some loots and got one of these voodoo dolls with scents inside, which is made out of just sack.. sort of like a scarecrow. Now isn't that cute? Go grab one! :D

BUM products are available at BUM Boutiques and leading Department Stores nationwide. For more deets, visit www.bumequipment.com.ph and like 'em at www.facebook.com/bumequip .

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The New F in Town

I had a little bit of Q&A today. Here goes..

Q: What's your favorite food.?

A: A buffet.

Q: What's your favorite day?

A: Cheat day.... to the nth power! :)

Q: When was the last time you had a cheat day and a buffet at the same time?

A: Last Friday! TGIF! I've tried F Restaurant, the signature restaurant of Best Western Premier F1 Hotel at the Fort. It's the new F in town. I really don't know what the F stands for but if you ask me, I'm guessin' it's short for Fabulous or Famous or Fine dining or anything fancy.

So let me tell you more about it...

Well I love to go for buffets like most people do because I believe I get the best value for my money. However, with my small stomach, I get full easily so I never get to try all of them. So, when I was invited to try out the Best Western Premier F1 Hotel's buffet at their new F Restaurant, I was pretty excited.

First and foremost, the F restaurant is pretty swanky and the decor is posh with chic, elegant and it has modern-inspired interiors. I just love the cozy atmosphere. It offers both local and international cuisine where you can indulge in a feast at the fifth level where the cozy executive lounge and the infinity lap pool as well as the fitness center and gym is located. You'll definitely feel the vibe of living the high life even before you sit at the table.

This is how it's done guys @ F Restaurant's Buffet... definitely the best buffet!

I love the dessert station.

Did I say I love the dessert station?

They have a wide variety of desserts that look soooo good, consists of cakes, fondue, ice cream, pudding, fruits, and even a crepe. All in bite size. Yay!

There was even a crepe. Posh and heavenly crepe. Amazing.

And this... this is TDF! :)

Chinese dimsum and stir-fry station looks really inviting. They are freshly made on the spot as you order.

...and I can't help but get a handful of their fried mantao. Yep. Heaven does exist!

Everything on the buffet table is prepared fresh. I have to admit the quality of  food here is really excellent cooked by top-notch chefs. I really enjoyed the food and I'm pretty sure I wasn't eating scraps of food dumped like in most buffets. The service is good with  really friendly and polite staff. No fake smiles! :)

The Jamon Serano

Smokin' hot!

Love this!

Ooopsie! I missed the crabs. Actually, I skipped it! I was more scared than Posh Spice seeing those huge crabs. There are many cold seafood freshly served here as well. Sushi and sashimi, fresh oysters, and a lot more. The raw food is really fresh!

Weee... wines galore!

You know what else is delicious? Everything! I loved everything I ate. For the price of Php1,800.00 per person for their buffet, it's definitely worth it!

Best Western Premier F1 Hotel is a 31-story hotel with a total of 250 spacious, elegant rooms fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. It offers luxury, style, comfort and convenience never before seen in the Global City. Everything is posh in this hotel, the bathroom is clean and perfect with a nice rainforest shower.

Oh, and internet or wifi is free! (Insert smiley here.)

Me with Executive Chef, Nino Ante

The Best Western Premier F1 Hotel is located at 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It is a stone’s throw away from popular establishments such as the St. Luke’s Medical Center, Bonifacio High Street, Serendra and Market! Market!

And here I am, chillin' like a villain at the poolside. And yes, mahangin sa labas so please don't mind my wind-blown hair. :)

So yeah, check out F restaurant and prepare to be amazed.

For inquiries and more information, call 928-9888 or log on to www.bestwesternpremierf1hotel.com.

One for TREES: Thunderbird Resorts Run for a Cause

OMG! Once again, I just had the strongest urge to leave the city for a while to go and run along the green foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range and experience a new breath of fresh air and stuff. I just want to run up to those trees with bright green and yellow leaves and give them a high five for hangin' in there!

I know I don't have the Kenyan legs but I always wish to run with the Kenyans (though I'm always left wondering "where did they go??"). Also, I'm not a triathlete (yet! Ha-freaking-Ha I wish!) but I'm a tree-athlete and I really want to join some sort of a tree-athlon and have a different experience of doing something not just for myself but also for the environment!

So who's in??

One for T.R.E.E.S. (Thunderbird Resorts Efforts on Environment Sustainability), is a run for Mother Nature and the second run for a cause to be held at Thunderbird Resorts-Rizal on November 26, 2011.

I joined their first run for a cause last year and that was quite a peaceful run, nice and quiet. Here's my post from last year. For a change, I was glad to run on a wide, paved rolling hills surrounded by trees. Oh and unlike the other races I've joined, there were no traffic lights, no bystanders (yes, those are the peeps standing or sitting on the curb and clap as you go by) and no motorists passing, so I didn't have to worry about how tempting I looked to them. All you could hear were the rustle of the trees in the wind and a few runners' heavy breathing, gasping for air and frantically trying to overcome the uphills.

A great, well- organised race. Amazing scenery and stunning view as pay off for the challenging uphills. Lovely weather was also a bonus. It was a great course with a challenging experience of running up and down the hills! If those hills have a name, it's prolly the "pretty tough and challenging hills"! Oh and did I say it was challenging? lol Well, it was really a challenge for a flat course runner like me but it really felt good to finish the race! The difference though of this year's run is that a 21k category was added which is even more challenging. Ok I just abused and overused that word today. Sorry! :D But if you're up for the challenge, then go! :) (There goes another one.. hihihi ) And don't worry about the hills. It's just a hill. Get up and get over it! I bet we can even go up and down for hours. (Yeah right!) We just have to keep running. Just keep breathing. :) That's the key.

I really love running but I haven't been running for months now. For me it's a cheaper therapy. Running is my chocolate fudge sundae. It's my apple vodka martini. And I'd love to run those uphills again. Even with no proper training or exercise whatsoever. So if ever you find me on the ground, please drag me to the finish line. :)

Anyhoo, the run will be the culminating activity of a month-long program celebrating the second anniversary of T.R.E.E.S. (Thunderbird Resorts Efforts on Environment Sustainability), Thunderbird Resorts’ corporate social responsibility program. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Serany Foundation and the various projects of the Rizal Provincial Government.

It's really not common for us to see runners running outside the city streets unless they are thieves, NPA's or someone who's running away from his debts. One For TREES provides a departure from the regular race settings within Metro Manila, with the route’s scenic landscapes and refreshing views, it is not the typical run venue that most runners participate in. And that, my friends, makes it an extraordinary run!

Gun time
21K – 6 AM
10K – 6:10 AM
5K – 6:20 AM

They also have a free shuttle service. Pick up points will be at SM Megamall and R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street. Free shuttle service will be available too the first 200 registrants. Buses depart at 4:00 am. There will also be return trips to SM Megamall and Bonifacio High Street after the run.

Here's the singlet design:

Racekits (race bib, race map and timing chip) will be available to registrants starting October 24. Singlets will be available by the first week of November. Kindly visit their website HERE for updates on the exact date of availability.

Medals will be given to all finishers of the 21K. All 1st place finishers in all categories will receive gift packs from Philips and not 1, not 2 and definitely not 3 but FOUR (4) ZestAir roundtrip tickets to any local destination will be raffled off to participants.

5k – P500
10k – P500
21k – P700

- ROX Bonifacio Highstreet
- Chris Sports branches
- SM North EDSA
- Mall of Asia
- Megamall
- A Runner's Circle Roxas Blvd.
- Thunderbird Resorts Rizal Front Office

So what the bleep are you waiting for? Register now! Get out for a run & enjoy! Remember, my dear, life is incredibly short... but running for a great cause makes it waaaay longer.
Click HERE for the deets!