Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Just In: Sizzle this Season in Naturalizer's Sexy Sandals

Sexy sandals are a must for all women... that sexy saleslady, the hot mom, or that pretty barista at the coffee shop. If you ask me why, well it's simply because sexy sandals can make a world of difference on a woman’s feet. 

Sexy sandals have the power to make even the stockiest Prometheus leg look endlessly long and sexy. Additionally, walking in sexy sandals make women feel taller, confident, and sexy.  They also make women's feet look smaller and legs look longer and firmer at the same time. 

Note to women: Not all sandals look sexy and wearing sandals that look like baskets or boats are not attractive... AT ALL! 

So what do women want in sandals?

Naturalizer knows what women want in sandals. It truly understands how truly comfortable footwear can help them move easily through their day and make the most of their time.

Naturalizer is prized for its exclusive N5 comfort system: extra comfort, breathable linings, balance with every step, flexible soles and lightweight materials. This season, sandals get even sexier and more glamorous as Naturalizer offers more options for the woman who travels, strolls, works or just lounges around.

Whether you want them flat, wedge, strappy or heeled, there’s something for every footwear fanatic. Naturalizer carries sandals with dainty names like Ladell Paparazzi, Lila Platina, Fira, Gabbi Banana, Joany and Tahira.

Naturalizer sandals bring a modern, dressier and urban vibe to every outfit you will fancy wearing. Sandals can better show off your exquisitely painted toe nails. They can also flaunt such attention-grabbing accents as bows, rhinestones or beads, color-blocked straps or tribal patterns.  They definitely can be dressed up or down depending on your mood.

Naturalizer is available at Naturalizer outlets in Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Place Manila, Glorietta 4, Shangrila Plaza Mall, Bldg. B of SM Megamall, Robinson’s Galleria, Gateway Mall, Trinoma, The Block SM North EDSA, Marquee Mall, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Davao and at Abreeza Mall Davao.
No wonder Naturalizer is inspiring women to live their lives and love their shoes in more than 60 countries around the world.  The beloved brand remains committed to designing beautiful footwear that feels as good at the end of the day as they did at the start. 

Dear ladies, just a quick reminder: make sure your sandals fit your feet perfectly and let's not have your toes be hanging off your sandals. You might also want to have your  feet pedicured-ready and  toes painted before wearing those sexy sandals. :)

Rain or shine, Naturalizer has a collection of sandals with some of the most covetable styles that'll make your feet look gorgeous in no time! 


Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer's over! GET LAUD's End of Season Sale

Calling all Get Laud fashion-aholics. Visit Get Laud from Jun 1-17 and get up to 50% off!

GET LAUD, the quality ladies' apparel, makes use of the finest imported and trendy fabrics throughout all their creations. Stylishly cut and locally sewn, GET LAUD clothing not only gives superb comfort but makes its customers instant fashionistas as well. GET LAUD also won the "Marketing Excellence" Award for 2010 and the "Most Promising Retailer" Award for 2007 from the Ayala Malls. Consecutively, in 2005 and in 2006, GET LAUD received the "Seal of Excellence" Award as the "Best Spandex Apparel Retail Store" given by the National Shopper's Association of the Philippines and the National Shopper's Choice Awards.

To end the summer with a bang, Get Laud will be having an End of Season Sale, which will give its customers up to 50% off on selected items.

The sale will run from June 1 - June 17, 2012.

Per DTI-NCR Permit Number 3315 Series of 2012

Hurry don’t miss this hot deal!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sumo Sam Gateway Opens in a Great, Big Way Today

SumoSam... Champion Eater... Legendary Fighter...

The legend of SumoSam began one spring when the finest Sumo Wrestlers in all of Japan awoke to the vigorous resonance of migrating cranes flying high towards mighty Mt. Fuji. As the legend says, the champion fighter Sumo Sam always received a grand banquet in his honor every time he fought with other Japanese Sumo Wrestlers. He is known as the Champion Eater, Legendary Fighter.

He is the icon that is carried by the Sumo Sam, the Japanese Restaurant that desires its guests to feel like champions by combining different techniques and elements of international cooking and integrating it to Japanese Cuisine. 

And today, the legendary fighter finds a new home in Gateway Mall. It has now opened its doors at the 2nd floor of The Gateway Mall, in Cubao, Quezon City.

Salute to the 3 great minds behind Sumo Sam: Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo; Mr. Ricky Laudico and, celebrated actor and restaurateur Mr. Marvin Agustin. Together with renowned chefs: The Chef of the stars - Chef Florabel Co-Yatco; Chef Nikki Nicolas, pioneer batch of CCA and Chef Benjamin Gonzalez, this young and determined group of business entrepreneurs has already achieved a total of 11 Sumo Sam stores all over the archipelago, and is still rapidly growing the business, and will close 2012 with over 20 branches.

The hands-on restaurateur and Sumo Sam owner, Mr. Marvin Agustin, with SumoSam's fab, indefatigable Marketing Manager and pole dancer extraordinaire, Miss Tina Andrea Papera.

Instead of the usual ribbon cutting ceremony, the cutting of the ginormous tuna sushi led by Mr. Marvin Agustin, marks the grand opening of Sumo Sam Gateway. Sumo Sam offers Japanese food with a Western flair. Hmmm.. talk about creating Japanified American food or maybe some Americanized Japanese food. Either way, it's yummy!

So long, you can tell the Sushi Chef put in a lot of effort to make it.  :)
Ready, set, slice! 
 I admire how cool and talented Marvin is. Ah.. and handsome as always. :)

On to the highlights of the event... Food tasting! :)

Spoon and fork ready... Chopsticks ready!

After the ceremonial cutting of tuna sushi, everyone had a bite. 
It's definitely a great sushi and one BIG bite to remember.
Attack of the orange sushi rolls! 
Attack! :)
Sumo Sam Gateway Branch boasts of ever-so-popular selection of grilled seafood and steaks, rolls, sushi, tonkatsu, with its top 3 best sellers such as ebi tempura, beef teppan, and chicken teriyaki, providing a high quality, Japanese dishes in a generous Western serving.

For Yori-Kiri Starters, I've tried the Fried Gyoza and Vegatable Kakiage.

Fried Gyoza with  dip
It's slick, it's yummy, it's tasty, but most of all, it's heaps of fun.
Vegetable Kakiage
This one is surprisingly good! I really love these crispy vegetable fritters. Kakiage is a tempura dish with mixed vegetable strips that were deep fried well and  absolutely delicious when paired with the dipping sauce provided. 
Then immediately following the Yori-Kiri Starters were tasty, yummy dishes like Chicken teriyaki, Ebi tempura and Japanese Fried rice.  

Chicken Teriyaki.
The sauce is delicious and the meat is tender, very 
tasty and satisfying.
Ebi tempura
It is tastier and bigger than most of us would get at similar Japanese restaurants. Love it!  

Japanese fried rice
This fried rice is one of my personal favorites! 
Definitely the best fried rice I've had in the metro... very delicious!

Bacon Dory
One of SumoSam's grand champions where you can taste the authentic Japanese flavor. Winner!

So yummy, it's so easy to slurp down. 
SumoSam's Pride Salad

This is really good, although I would have liked it to have more mangoes just because I love mangoes to bits! Haha The flavors worked well with each other and the mango gave it a very nice sweet taste that complemented well with the lettuce, tomatoes and some nuts. 

A great plate of  assorted Tuna and Salmon Sashimi with some fresh lemons and wasabi on the side. 
Fresh and flavorful!
For serious sushi eaters. That's the way to go... 

They also have a plate of assorted sushi and sashimi mix. 
So what did Sashimi A say to Sushi B? 
Wasabi! (Wassup B?) :)
Har. Har.
I'm not a sashimi or sushi eater, or maybe I just don't like sushi. I love Jap food for its simplicity, uniqueness and art. Nothing raw though. But according to my blogger friend who loves sushi, it is as fresh as it gets, as if its fresh taste just jumps out at you!

The Gateway branch has a 100-seating capacity dining area. I love the funky yet swanky, classy interiors,  and upbeat ambiance.  Lighting on the warm and soft side, with Asian-themed walls and cool Japanese artifacts. It's a comfortable feeling and for some reason,there's a kind of quaint and romantic feeling to me. So yeah, it's a great first date place! Also, the lunch menu has lots of different options to gorge yourself on. Their food on a large, ceramic plate  is beautifully presented and will easily feed two or three people. 

For the service, Sushi chefs are all smiles, just like the rest of the staff. It'll make you feel  like you can come here and feel like they'll remember you forever. The staff is always attentive without being bothersome... which I really like.

My verdict?  Everything is pretty good. Taste and quality are unsurpassed and lest I forget, it's one of the most authentic-tasting Japanese restaurants I've been to. Now I know why the owners were not afraid to pick such a busy and popular location like Gateway. They really have something to brag about!  Yes, it's a bit pricey and a tad bit more expensive compared to the other budget sushi restaurants in the area, but such is the price for awesomeness and authenticity. It isn't the cheapest, but I don't mind indulging every once in awhile. On the other hand, it isn't the most expensive either and for the quality and quantity of their food plus excellent customer service, the price is quite reasonable! 

The last time I had a dinner at Sumo Sam Shangri-la, I was expecting to fork over at least a half more than I did, and I was pleasantly surprised. Quite frankly, it was the best and most affordable Japanese food I've had so far. I would overall rate this between Very Good and Incredibly Yummy, leaning more towards Incredibly Yum. 

Would I recommend? That's a deep-fried YES. :)

Here's what we munched on at Sumo Sam Shangri-la:

I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I love their Tonkatsu and California Rolls. Best of all, the Salmon Ankake is every Champion's ultimate reward. God bless the Japanese! ;)

Gahhh leee... my tummy's rambling while I'm blogging this. Amazing Kani rolls and Spicy Tuna Salad would be nice right about now. 

So guys, there's still plenty of time go get your grub on at Sumo Sam. For more information on new offers, visit the Facebook Page Sumosam.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kraft Tiger: Serving Up Affordable Nutrition for Your Kid's Baon

This morning;

Me: What do you want?
Me: When do you want them?
Me: Ok!

LOL Yes, it only means my daughter loves biscuits!

IN OTHER NEWS: Classes start June 13th. It is almost June and I'm already preparing my daughter for preschool. That said,one of my dilemmas as a mom is what to get her for baon/snacks in school. It is quite a challenge for me because... gaaaah leeeeh, she's such a notoriously picky eater! I want to give her healthy snacks that she will eventually enjoy eating in school instead of feeding her with highly processed foods full of sugar and additives. I also believe that kids who eat healthy, learn, behave and perform better in school.

I'm just glad I found the solution last Tuesday. :) I was invited to attend the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel which talks about the country's status on nutrition deficiency with Filipino kids, as well as fighting undernutrition.
Bulong Pululungan sa Sofitel

Nutrient deficiency is a key public health issue in our country and some other developing markets in Southeast Asia.

I've learned that normally, a kid needs about 1,400 kcal a day and only 21.5 percent meet or almost 4 out of 5 kids ages 6-12 do not meet their daily energy needs. This results to children having a weak immune system, poor growth and development and diseases. This also leads to poor performance of kids in school.

With fellow mommy bloggers, Mommy Leira of http://www.pagaspas.com/,  Mommy Jo of http://www.jobonsol.net/, and Mommy Angelyn of http://mommysmaglife.blogspot.com.

That brings us, moms, to support an advocacy of fighting undernutrition by giving our kids the best possible nutrition in their baon. With the tagline, "Ang tamang baon, may tamang nutrisyon. Labanan ang poor school performance," these crunchy biscuits are fortified with the nine vitamins and six minerals recommended by the World Food Programme.  Kraft Tiger Energy Biscuit contains Enermaxx, an unparalleled combination of 9 vitamins and 6 minerals which help provide kids with the energy they need. That's Vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B9 and B12 and the minerals Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. 15 essential micronutrients from just a pack of Tiger Energy Biscuit should help the child build strong bones, strengthen immunity and promote growth.

Kraft is one of the trusted brands and they believe that kids today need to get more active to be healthy. Through its campaigns, Tiger provides opportunities for kids to be physically active, while giving the proper nutrition in their baon. Best of all, they make amazing biscuits that the kids LOVE!  And as a girl born in Balanga where people love dipping biscuits to coffee for brekky, I can’t say no to a biscuit!

Let's bring out the Tiger!

I just had to try their biscuits, and after eating for a while I declared it to be the best energy biscuits ever. This is really saying something. These energy bisuits are amazing and these biscuits give slow release energy! Not only that, they taste amazing and it's not overly sweet! For some reason, when I hear they are fortified with vitamins and healthy-ish, I usually know it's bland, tasteless and I am not going to like it. So that was a real surprise. It was partly that the biscuit was crunchy & crispy, tasted homemade and was full of awesomeness because it's made of wheat and milk. For me, this is some kind of a superfood, and so good you might be inclined to do yourself a mischief. Be warned. Also, I was ecstatic because my little Maia loves it to bits!

Can't wait to pack them in my kiddo's school lunchbox and then happily eat them in the afternoon. Oh and I can't complain at the price either! There are six yummy biscuits in the package and I could not eat them all at once, unless I share them with my daughter. Let me tell ya, these biscuits are really good. Each bite of Tiger comes with jampacked energy to help bring out the winning spirit in every child. You could make a great breakfast or baon for your kiddo from these biscuits alone! It was hard not to fill up and your tot will have that much-needed energy for school.
With Tiger Energy biscuits, our kids get to enjoy a vitamin fortified, delicious snack. It's available in vanilla and chocolate flavor. Being a certified chocoholic, Maia loves the chocolate more than the vanilla. It’s affordable nutrition, and one of the ways to meet the health and wellness needs of our kids.

Maia's baon! She's so ready for school!
I believe I also need these biscuits on hand for those really, really busy mornings. With or without the coffee, these biscuits can't be missed. Actually, I was dunkin' some Kraft Tiger energy biscuits for my daughter last night, just in case she wakes up needing extra energy for today.

Here she is, stacking biscuits and cookies up! :)

Yay! Good job babycakes! Haha It's really the little things, the simple things, that matter the most. 
I look forward to many, many more Tiger Energy biscuits here.  :)