Friday, August 3, 2012

Guilt Trip, Anyone?

Any minute now, I’m planning to hop out and lay some guilt trip on someone for not making things right.  Although, I hate it when someone’s trying to be cute and play a guilt trip on me.  It makes me feel somewhat obligated, emotionally manipulated and well, guilty.  I guess it’s the second  worst feeling beside hatred or jealousy.  But it won’t hurt if I’ll try it once and see if it actually works.  It might be effective but it might be distasteful.

Well, I think it’s just normal for us to feel guilty sometimes, and to make someone feel a pinch of guilt as well. Indeed, it is something we have to deal with or live with. Hopefully, not for long. Although, it amazes me, how some people can lie to your face, and not feel the least bit of guilt. Until the guilt finally kick in and eat ‘em alive! I just have a simple wish for those kind of people though: "May you run out of toilet paper when you need it most. " Nah, just kidding. (Though jokes are half meant.) :)

So there, do you think guilt is a wasted emotion? Can we actually control a person with guilt, just to get them to do what we want them to do? Hmm.. I think the thing about guilt is, it stays there until the person does the right thing. I dunno. That’s just what I think it is.

So here’s my simple checklist to pull the guilt trip on someone:

Hi _____!

It’s been:
   ¨  5 minutes
   þ  Days
   ¨  Weeks
   ¨  Months
   ¨  Years
   ¨  Forever

You never:

¨ Text

¨  Call
¨  Write
¨  Visit
¨  Skype
¨  Clean Up
¨  Arrive on time
¨  Show support
¨  Hang out
¨  Give me a ride
þ Say sorry/ Apologize
  ¨ Flatter me
  ¨ Say I love you
  ¨ Invite me
  ¨ Pay the bills
  þ  Listen

I guess I’ll just:
   þ  Sigh
   ¨  Stare out the window
   ¨  Talk to myself
   ¨  Cry quietly
   ¨  Wait  patiently
   ¨  Eat ice cream
   ¨  Drink milk tea
   þ  Order the damned McDo Twister Fries
   ¨  Count the strands of my hair


After  this, I’ll simply forget the outcome, learn from the mistakes and forget the guilt. No more guilt trippin’! 

So, who else wants to go on a major guilt trip? Let’s just hope everyone going on a guilt trip (including me) to pack extra feelings. Remember, people, we all need a little sensitivity.  Period.

For now, I’m going to live my life and enjoy it without an ounce of guilt! :)

Pentax 645D: Not Your Average Toy for the Big Boys

As a photographer and videographer of Shutter Count, I'm always on the prowl to find the best landscape shot and stunning images with a camera in hand. That being said, it also includes looking for a good MF camera. 35mm was already considered small compared to 120mm, or more popularly known as medium format, which was the tool of choice by most professional photographers. Why? Simply because medium format cameras gave better picture quality which suited industry standards, specifically requirements on large format printing and advertising.

So move over, Canon & Nikon! There is a new MF camera EVERY professional landscape and nature photographer is drooling about. It's the best thing going in medium format which deserves the highest praise there is.

It's the Pentax 645D!

As digital photography got more advanced, more and more enthusiasts and professional photographers alike aspired to get the latest and more powerful tools. A full frame DLSR is the most sought-after camera for many photographers, but a medium format DLSR such as Pentax 645D will definitely change the way how to look at a more professionally made photograph than the others.

Just recently, Super East Asia Enterprise, Inc., the sole distributor of Pentax cameras here in the Philippines, held the “Pentax 645D Touch, Try, Experience” event at the DPI XL Studios in Makati City. With Creative Directors and Professional Photographers in attendance, they all wanted to try out and experience the Pentax 645D’s superior performance with regard to image quality.
Super East Asia Enterprises, Inc. (SEAEI) Vice President for Operations Mr. Robenson Ong Lo shows the guests Pentax’s medium for camera Pentax 645D, while discussing the camera’s features. Together with him in the picture is SEAEI Marketing Officer Schedar Oro.
With its magnesium alloy body, Pentax 645D can work in any kind of weather. As shown in the picture, Pentax 645D still works even after sprayed with water.
Pentax not only showcased its powerful medium format camera, but also its other line of cameras from point-and-shoot, mirror less and SLR’s.
The Pentax 645D boasts an effective 40-megapixel medium format (44x33mm) CCD sensor that provides top resolution of 7264x5440 pixels, the Pentax 645D is suitable for ultra-high resolution imaging, perfect for large format printing applications and has an outstanding cropping flexibility.

It is also weather proof as its design resists rain, snow, dust and other environmental hazards during on-location shoots and still maintains peak camera performance. Its magnesium alloy body around its rigid aluminum die-cast chassis gives it durability and thermal stability yet lightweight at the same time.

There will also be no problems with lens compatibility as the Pentax 645D can use D FA autofocus lenses and older 645 lenses, which gives it a wide range of photographic applications. Its 3-inch LCD screen is equipped with anti-reflective coating and reinforced glass surface, and also features 921,000 dots of resolution which enables it to provide a 32x image review magnification for better on-camera proofing. And its high capacity Li-Ion battery can take up to 800 shots in normal shooting conditions.

Though a single unit of Pentax 645D may cost photographers around P600,000, it is still competitively priced if ranged against a camera of the same capability yet costs a million pesos or more. And even if the Pentax 645D is not your ordinary “toy for the big boys,” it is still a must-have tool for men (or women) of profession.

All in all, the Pentax 645D is a photographer's camera and it's definitely a good investment for most professional photographers, especially for those who specialize in weddings, portraits or products as it can set their services apart from other photographers. A Pentax 645D in hand will definitely take your photography expertise to the next level.

For more information about the Pentax 645D camera and where to buy, visit or call (+632) 570-8415.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sale Sizzler Alert: 3 Day Sale of 5 SM Supermalls This Weekend

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Set your cell phone/alarm clock/alert this Friday because there will be another sale event happening this weekend, from August 3-5. Yay! Weekend joys!

It's a 3 day sale of 5 SM Supermalls branches such as SM City Sta. Mesa, SM Center Valenzuela, SM City Masinag, SM City Calamba and SM City Tarlac.

I'm not a shopaholic. I just appreciate a good sale when I see one. And SM never fails to give a good sale! I still have a hangover from my Great Northern Sale experience at SM North Edsa and I can't wait to go for another shopping trip this weekend. So don't miss this 3 day sale and enjoy extra savings!

But wait, there's more!

The sale event will also raffle off 15 ASUS laptops to lucky shoppers. Here's the raffle mechanics:

1. Every P500 single or accumulated purchase, within the promo period, from SM Department Store, SM Supermarket/Hypermarket or from any participating mall establishment entitles shopper to one (1) raffle coupon.

SM Foodcourt
Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every P150 single purchase receipt.

SM Cinema
Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every single purchase of four (4) cinema tickets.

Amusement Centers
Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every P150 worth of tokens.

2. Shoppers may also avail of additional raffle coupons through theGlobal Pinoy Card:

Global Pinoy members may present their Global Pinoy cards, along with a minimum P500 worth of single or accumulated purchases from mall establishments, to avail three (3) additional coupons.

3. To claim the raffle coupons, customer must present proof of purchase at the designated redemption center/s in the mall any time during mall hours within the 3-day sale promo period.

4. Customer will have to fill-in his/her complete name, address, contact number and affix signature on the raffle stub, and drop the raffle entries at the designated drop boxes inside the mall where purchase was made.

5. Prizes at stake:
Three (3) winners of Asus Eee PC X101H Netbook(One per winner)
6. Raffle draw will be on (insert date of raffle draw) / (insert time of raffle draw) at the (insertlocation of raffle draw).  Deadline for submission of entries is on (insert cut-off time of raffledraw)/(insert time of raffle draw).  Draw will be witnessed by a DTI representative.  Winners will be notified by registered mail.  The list of winners will be posted in the designated areas in the mall.

7. Prizes are not convertible to cash.  Prizes are tax-free.

8. To claim prize, winner must present his/her raffle stub, notification letter and one (1) valid ID at the Shopping Center Management Corporation (SCMC) Administration Office c/o the Marketing Department (at the branch they won) during office hours from Monday to Friday 10 AM to 6 PM.

9. In case of a lost stub, the following must be presented:
a. Notarized Affidavit of Loss
b. Valid ID

10. Unclaimed prizes after 60 days of notification will be reported to DTI and upon approval by DTI shall be forfeited in favor of Shopping Center Management Corporation.

11. The promo organizer’s decision is final in concurrence of DTI.

12. Shopping Center Management Corporation, its affiliates, ad agencies, mall tenants, their respective officers and employees and their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are not qualified to join the promo.

For more deets, visit each of the mall's Facebook page!

SM City Sta. Mesa -
SM Center Valenzuela -
SM City Masinag -
SM City Calamba -
SM City Tarlac -

Visit one of the 5 SM Supermalls this weekend and enjoy the 3 Day Sale! Happy shopping! :)


Friday, July 27, 2012

Spread the Love in a Squeezable Tube with McCormick's New Bread Spread Line

I believe that "Man shall not live by bread alone." Sometimes, a man needs a little bit of yummy spread on it. 

But do you ever get really sad when the bread spread doesn't spread well on the bread? Well,  I do. Sometimes, it can be messy and I'm always left wondering how to spread my favorite spread on my bread without using a knife. I also feel it's troublesome to wash the knife after using it. 

Good thing I was able to attend the official media launch of the newest product line of McCormick. Held at Fully BookedTop Shelf in Bonifacio High Street, McCormick along with friends from the media and blogging community wave “Goodbye Bland, Hello Flavorful!”. 

The Bread Spreads come in an exciting array of flavors – Garlic, Herb Parmesan and Pesto – that are sure to delight the taste buds of all mommies and foodies out there. 

Here are some of the reasons why I love them:

1. Creative Packaging -  McCormick  Bread Spreads have 0g trans fat and come in no-mess squeezable tubes. So you can bring them with you anytime, anywhere. The packaging looks like facial wash though. So please, never mix them up.

2. Convenience - They are easy to use and these tubes are perfect to bring to the office, take to picnics, and even include in kids' baon bags. 

3.  Hygienic -  No more worries about spills or messes. Clean as you go. It squeezes, it doesn't make a mess and if you hold it closer, you may even hear it say I Love you. Okay, kidding.. that's just me. :)

4. Easy storage - It is quite handy and very easy to store. 

5. Flavorful - Oh, and let's not forget the most important reason of all! I love 'em because they are all flavorful. On wheat bread,crackers, white bread, biscuits and toast, these are the spreads that I LOVE the most!  They are as versatile as can be.

Actually, we just discovered its versatility as soon as we recovered from the shock of its goodness after sucking 3 tubes of McCormick Bread Spreads in one sitting. LOL

When there's no good bread to spread 'em on, what does one do? Simply eat it with chips or tacos as dips. They are also great when paired with a variety of foods from salads to pastas to main dishes.

The highlight of the event is a cooking demo by Celebrity Chef Stephanie Zubiri who presented  the amazing flavor and true versatility of the line by concocting three delectable dishes using McCormick Bread Spreads. The way she spreads the spread perfectly across the bread with one swipe never ceases to amaze me.
She prepared scrumptious meals like Pesto Orange Balsamic Salad Dressing, Garlic Herb Lemon Zest Carbonara, and Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Veggie Millefeuille. 

A big thanks to McCormick for the invite and with the introduction of this latest line of products, McCormick continues to bring passion to flavor. Look for the new McCormick Bread Spreads at your neighborhood supermarkets and put an end to bland. McCormick Bread Spreads are available in leading supermarkets and groceries for only PhP 85 SRP.

For more deets about McCormick and McCormick products, visit and For delicious recipes, go to McCormick Flavor HQ at or

So there, do you think this flavoured squeezable tube is a great idea? How about a refillable squeezable tube because I think it's more eco-friendly and it may be a wee bit cheaper right? Haha. Just sayin'.

Go give McCormick a squeeze and spread the love.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Coming Home to Mandaue Foam

They say home is where the heart is. Also, an awful lot of you would see owning a house or condo as the best long-term investment. Well, that includes me and my hubby. So we just got a condo a few months ago at California Garden Square, located at the heart of  Mandaluyong City.

Then what comes next after buying a condo? The itch that wifey get to look for new furniture and to start decorating. Right after moving in, women can't help stockpiling decorating ideas along with some hot ramen. It's not rocket science. It's just natural how a woman turns a house into a home, groceries to a meal & love making to birth. Whatever you give a good woman, she makes it greater. Agree or agree??

So I was pretty excited and over-the-moon about getting the new pieces and quirky home accessories for our condo. I browsed online and found Mandaue Foam website, showcasing high quality furniture & stylish home accents. They are all sorts of awesome!
Mandaue Foam. Your home, your imagination.

A friend told me that a house isn't a home unless there is a fast wifi connection. When she went to our place, she asked "What's your wifi password?" whereas normal people would normally say, "What a lovely sofa!" or maybe "What a lovely home!".

Well, I have to agree with her but I also think that a house isn't a home unless you have beautiful furniture as well. If you have a beautiful house with fab furniture and a happy family to come home to everyday, then you are absolutely HOME. Whatever you took away from the house isn't nearly as important as the special people and special things that are waiting for you in the house...and that is why I'm coming home to Mandaue Foam.

After browsing Mandaue Foam's website, I'd love to share my top three great finds that I think are pretty neat.

A modern 3-door show rack or shoe cabinet to keep our shoes organized! Love this!

Secondly, each room in the house seems to reduce in size as a family grows so I seriously want to add  these elegant yet practical space savers, such as the square ottoman w/ storage to help me out with decluttering and to maximize the space.  The same great class and design with less space consumption! Hah! They're great space savers right?
Last but not the least, a hotel quality pocket spring mattress is also a must have! One thing I'm sure of is that.. I need to invest in a good, comfy bed because we all need to get a good night's worth of sleep.
I'm such a little housewife, my dream is not to be a billionaire like Bruno Mars. I just want to be happy and live comfortably with my family in a 2-bedroom condo with a stocked fridge! All I want is to see that my house is spotless, laundry's done and dinner on the table when daddy gets home. Simple. But I have to add that I cannot wait to go to  Mandaue Foam  and get things for our condo... pronto!

Oh and I might add some personal touch for our little home... perhaps a department of missing socks somewhere so no sock should be left behind! Because no sock should be mismatched! My daughter, as well as my hubbykins, always mourn over their lost socks. :( RIP little, lost socks. You will be missed.
New advocacy: No sock should never be left behind! No sock should be mismatched! 
Corner frames... at the, well, corner, of course.
Some corner frames and lastly, a bath tub with a sign. Need I say more? :)

How about you, people? What was the best investment you bought when setting up your first house? When was the last time you gave your home a clear-out and bought a new furniture? Whilst you're at it, drop in & check out Mandaue Foam’s newest TV commercial:

Just remember, my dear, they can take away your house but not your home, your money but not your riches, your happiness but not your joy, and last but not the least, your past but not your future. Also, don't forget to consult your husband about the comfort level of the chair he will spend the majority of the time sitting in, the overall style of your house, and the “feel” you are trying to create in this "home" you are building together.

So come home to Mandaue Foam. Your home, your imagination.

Check out  Mandaue Foam's Facebook  fan page HERE and follow them on twitter HERE! :)


Eats More Fun with Max's New and Exciting Merienda Experience

Max’s Corner Bakery has come up with a new and exciting campaign in collaboration with Max’s Restaurant. “Max’s Merienda Mixes” offers a selection of merienda favorites that can be mixed and matched for only Php 95! “Merienda is an integral part of every Filipino’s gustatory routine. With this new campaign, Max’s Corner Bakery seeks to create an experience that is light, fun and heartwarming for every Filipino. We want them to enjoy great food and the goodness of Max’s Corner Bakery’s home-baked goodies that are 100% made with love, always” shared Monette Aldos, Sales, Operations and Marketing Manager for Max’s Corner Bakery. 

Max’s Corner Bakery boasts of a rich and colorful history that dates back to the 1960’s when its founder Ruby Trota baked the first batch of soft bread rolls using wood-fired oven. It instantly captured the hearts of Filipino customers dining at Max’s, a flourishing restaurant at that time. Eventually, Max’s Corner Bakery diversified to other delectable baked goodies that became customer favorites - from breads, to pastries and cakes, to the Filipino’s favorite Caramel Bar, soft, chewy and irresistibly sweet.

“Max’s Merienda Mixes reaches out to merienda-lovers of all ages. It is not only budget-friendly, the choices of Max’s Corner Bakery and Max’s Merienda items are also sure to make any mouth water. Max’s will no longer be just a place for a hearty breakfast, or a sumptuous lunch and dinner. It is the new place to experience delicious and indulgent afternoon snacks that are absolutely Filipino. This promo is a value-for-money offering that integrates the components of a fast-casual dining restaurant - comfort, quality service and exceptional food. Our customers can also enjoy unlimited wi-fi service while taking pleasure in their favorite Max’s Merienda Mix,” added Bobby Simborio, Corporate Media & PR Manager for Max’s Group of Companies.

Merienda enthusiasts can troop to their favorite Max’s Restaurant from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm starting July 19. They can choose any of Max’s classic merienda dishes like Pancit Luglug (plain), Pancit Canton (small) or a petite bowl of triple-chocolate Champorado. Customers can pair their Max’s merienda dish with their choice of Max’s Corner Bakery products like the freshly-baked Ensaimada, topped with creamy butter, sugar and grated cheese; the melt-in-your mouth Cheese Roll; or a luscious slice of Cake Roll with their choice of yummy icing filling - chocolate, mocha, ube, mango and jelly.  To complete their merienda feast at Max’s, diners may choose from any Pepsi softdrink, a cool glass of Sago’t Gulaman, or a steaming cup of Brewed Coffee.

Max’s Merienda Mixes is also available for take-out and delivery. Customers may conveniently dial Max’s delivery hotline 7-9000 for quick delivery service within Metro Manila or place their orders online by logging on to

With so many items to mix and match, the possibilities of having an enjoyable and appetizing merienda experience are endless! There’s sure to be something for everybody! Now, there is no excuse not to have merienda every day with family and friends. Head on to the nearest Max’s Restaurant and try your hand in mixing and matching.

Find the perfect Merienda Mix for you only at Max’s. Visit and to sign up for Max’s and Max’s Corner Bakery’s fan page. Get more thrilling updates from the Filipino’s most-loved brands.


Monday, July 23, 2012

My Great Northern Sale Experience: Shoppers Gone Wild

I still remember my GNS experience like it was yesterday. It was Friday the 13th.

I was in a hurry. I insisted my hubby to go with me for a quick shopping trip. Just because I believe that behind every strong woman is a man who would carry her bags from all the shopping. Unfortunately, like most men, he found shopping boring and preferred to stay at home.

So I went shopping alone and snuck off to the Great Northern Sale at SM North Edsa. For me, it sounded like the great Northern Star, the prominent star that lies closest in the sky to the north celestial pole. I was lookin' at it just like a star, only shinier.. and I was determined to get it.

I imagined myself going on a massive shopping spree, galavanting around the SM Department Store with hundreds of shopping bags slung over my arms and shoulder, overly excited and giddy with excitement at the sight of Sale items and more. Shoes? Dress? Bra? Bag? Pants? Ahh, the SM Department Store was my oyster. I was excited because that was my first ever Great Northern Sale. Big deal, my friend. Huge.

GNS was packed!
Except my dream deflated and it suddenly dawned at me as I walked down the shopping aisle. I went there extra early but there were already a sea of people aka a huge crowd rubbing elbows, anxiously doing a shopping marathon.

Shoppers gone wild!
The mall was packed! If I could add a sport to the Olympics, that'd be shopping. Perhaps some competitive shopping?

Guess so.

Then I thought, "So this is how wild things can get at SM North Edsa's Great Northern Sale. Shoppers gone wild and major discounts everywhere you look! There were way too many people in a shopping mall that size, and I've never seen shoppers so crazy. Oh well, who doesn't love a good sale?

I was also a bit overwhelmed with all the signs "50-70% OFF". I guess SM North Edsa is designed to overwhelm you with brightness and sensory overstimulation so you may spend mindlessly. All because it's a SALE day! Sure the birth of my daughter was special but I'd rate the day the Great Northern Sale started pretty high up there too (and I knew that it was going to be the death of me!) It's by far, one of the busiest, if not the busiest shopping day of the year. How I wish the Great Northern Sale has never ever ended. Or better yet, I wish I could have unlimited money for shopping.

Then I went up to the 3rd floor at Kid's section and I was like, wanting everything in sight. I browsed for a few more hours and I finished a whole set of K-pop inspired outfit for my little girl and a running shorts for my hubby. Sweet!

Glad to say that "I came, I saw, I conquered." :)

Here's a peek of my shopping haul and all the goodies I scored from the GNS:
Loving my daughter's K-pop outfitey from SM Kids' K-Pop Collection. So havey! I might even get her to  join the  SM Kids' Search for Toon Fest K-Pop Rising Star! Yay! 

My most favorite part of  my GNS shopping experience was the moment I saw an orange polka dot top and tried the piece on..  and it was the perfect size. Whoever said Friday the 13th is unlucky clearly  wasn't a smart shopper and didn't know how to shop for sale. That being said, I'm proud to say that I'm officially a frugal sale shopper and I save money that way. 

On the other hand, the least favorite part of shopping for me is the payment part and the post-shopping calculation ( I seriously hate Math). The best part though was when I took advantage of the 50-70% off  on sale items and I was able to save over 50% in total. Wow. Just wow. I have to say it felt pretty darn good. 

After a few hours of shopping, I used my Gourmet Card  where anyone can have an ultimate dining privilege and get lots of freebies and discounts from participating restaurants. I loved it!

So here's a tip, for those guys who want to know how to satisfy a woman:

The G spot is located at the end of the word shopping, and at the first word of the phrase "Great Northern Sale". So don't dare miss out the great opportunity to shop for the next Great Northern Sale at SM next year where you can get up to 70% off on selected brands.

Happy shopping!