Monday, October 17, 2022

Mrs. Garcia’s Meatshop Now Has Its First Community Store in QC


Fresh Meats, Loving Treats, now made more accessible for customers and future franchisees


Every delicious Filipino dish has traditionally had meat as a key ingredient. Filipinos have embraced the practice of offering warm affection and fantastic food to gather around and reconnect with friends and loved ones, whether for ordinary food on the table or fiestas, celebrations, and holidays.

In keeping with this history, Mrs. Garcia's Meats has been winning over consumers who expect fresh, affordable, safe, and high-quality meat products, as well as excellent service for more than 25 years.

From opening new outlets in major supermarkets and making itself accessible round-the-clock to convenience stores, such as Shell Select and 7-Eleven, Mrs. Garcia's Meats is delighted to share tender news with its clients as it carries on with its legacy.

 I keeping with this, here is what Bernadette Lee, Mrs. Garcia’s Meats Chief Operating Officer, has to say...

“Every home has grown to love Mrs. Garcia’s Meats as their companion in making every mealtime special. So, we are excited to announce that we finally opened the first-ever Mrs. Garcia’s Meatshop this October 11, 2022, allowing more families to enjoy that extra special dining experience at home. As we open our new Community Store, located at Platinum Business Center, #188 Congressional Ave., Quezon City, we are eager to provide fresh, affordable, safe, and high-quality meat products to all Filipinos.” 

This was announced at the recently concluded media event held at the Meat Depot in Magallanes.


The store will serve a variety of Premium Pork, Beef, Korean, and Japanese Cuts, including Short Ribs, Sirloin, Lean Ground Pork, Liempo, and Porkchop, as well as Japanese Shabu-Shabu, Beef Yakiniku, Beef Woo Samgyeop, Korean Pork Steak Bulgogi, and Pork Samgyeopsal.

All customers can also order in advance before picking up their items in Mrs. Garcia’s Meatshop through its Pick-A-Meat Express. This service offering allows customers to order via phone call before picking up the items. All they need to do is to drop by the parking space in front of the store, where friendly staff members are ready to hand them the meat products or help load the items directly into their car. 

Meanwhile, as a way of marking this milestone, Mrs. Garcia’s Meatshop will now be open for franchising to provide Filipinos with business and investment options.

“The last few years have seen tremendous growth for Mrs. Garcia’s Meats. In many supermarket chains and eateries, people have come to trust our brand. As the core of MEATWORLD International Inc., Mrs. Garcia’s Meats has also hired a rising 1,500 butchers and merchandisers. By providing a franchise option to our customers, mom-preneurs, and every Filipino looking for business prospects, we hope to spread the word about these success stories,” Lee added.

Mrs. Garcia’s Meats by MEATWORLD International, Inc. was founded in 1996. Since then, it has been helping ensure that fresh, affordable, safe, and high-quality meat products are available for every family and their recipes as it offers a wide choice of meat categories and cuts.

For more information about Mrs. Garcia’s Meats and Meatshop, the latest news, promos, and how to become a Franchisee, check out https://mrsgarcias.com.ph/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrsGarciasMeats.


Thursday, October 13, 2022

The LG PuriCare AeroTower - Experience Nature's Pure Breeze Inside Your Home


As a Filipino, I grew up having an electric fan around, it has been one of the most common fixtures you’ll see in every home.  Having lived in a tropical country, that's hot and humid,  an electric fan in every room is a common sighting, 

And over the past few years, the need for access to clean air has sprung up. Not just because of COVID, but with air pollution,  household dust and pet hair and dander as well, hence the need for an added home appliance had been a must - the air purifier. 

LG seeks to solve this problem with the introduction of the AeroTower, which leverages the South Korean brand’s PuriCare technology and combines it with a cooling fan. In a recently concluded event at Living Innovations in BGC hosted by socialite and interior designer, Ms. Tessa Prieto, LG gave the first glimpse and a hands-on product demo of the AeroTower to select members of the media, including yours truly.

Standing from left: Dr. Jansen Calalan, MD, Mr. Jave Enriquez - AeroTower product manager
Sitting from left: Mr. Changsoo Jang - LG Air Solutions product director, Ms. Tessa Prieto, Mr. Sungjae Kim - LG Philippines managing director, Sofia Andres and Shamcey Supsup

Sungjae Kim, LG PH’s managing director, was elated with the introduction of the new product to the local market. “This is a new favorite, as I feel that it captures the essence of the brand. It provides the perfect blend of form and function. It’s sleek, stylish, and can hold its own among any artwork in any room. At the same time, it provides pure, clean air and cools you off according to your specific needs. What’s not to love?”


LG Product Manager, Jave Enriquez highlighted the features and aesthetically pleasing design of the new AeroTower. Inspired by the Red Canyon, it is part appliance and part work of art, adding elegance to any space in your home or work. It gives three different airflows that fits to your liking. There are 10 speed settings and virtually quieter than a library for only 23 decibels. It also tells you the air quality so you can breathe cool and pure, clean air.

LG brought in influencers from all walks of life to share their thoughts on how the AeroTower is a direct upgrade to their home or work setup. Architect and beauty queen, Shamcey Supsup-Lee, gushed how the AeroTower perfectly blends form and function. “Even if the AeroTower was just a fan or just an air-purifier, it can hold its own with any designer furniture or artwork on display. The mere fact that it works as both is astounding.” LG brought in Dr. Jansen Calalan, a lifestyle medicine specialist, who talked about the importance of clean air. “Having access to clean air lowers the risk of respiratory issues and heart disease, improves cognitive health, and of course, makes you happier overall.” Actress and new mom Sofia Andres shared how LG’s multi filtration technology helps her feel safe as well. “The multi-filtration technology gives me assurance and peace of mind, that even with the comings and goings of my babies, both human and canine/feline, the whole family is safe.”

Mr. Changsoo Jang, LG Air Solutions Product Director says, “This product is the culmination of years of research and development with the end goal of making life better for every customer. The AeroTower, as well as this event itself, is just the first step towards the future. Together, we take each step forward together.” 

Before I end the event story, let me share you my IG post where I get to experience the Aero tower myself  when it came to our home.

Click photo to direct you to IG video


For more information regarding the LG AirCare Complete System, visit www.lg.com/ph. You can purchase LG AeroTower at authorized LG dealers nationwide and in LG’s official flagship stores in Lazada and Shopee.





Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Cash prizes, freebies await runners at the 7-Eleven Run on September 24, 25




Last chance to register for the two-day physical event in Manila, Cebu, and Davao on September 13




After two years of running virtually, the 7-Eleven Run Series is finally back on the road. 


The leading convenience store is bringing back the fun and thrill of running together with its 10th installment and 5th simultaneous event in Manila, Cebu, and Davao. To celebrate the grand comeback of the two-day physical event from September 24 to 25, 7-Eleven is preparing exciting cash prizes, major freebies from sponsor brands, and a chance to run in an international competition. 


There are nine (9) distance categories to choose from: 3KM, 5KM, 5KM Buddy, 10KM, 10KM Buddy, 16KM, 21KM, 32KM, and 42KM, with medals and cash prizes ranging from P2,000 to P25,000. The top three (3) male and female Filipino winners from the 21KM, 32KM, and 42KM will get a chance to run and represent the country in an international marathon competition.


Participants can do a quick grocery run with the number of freebies they can grab from over 30 sampling booths courtesy of 7-Eleven’s brand partners. On the two-day simultaneous event, specifically in Filinvest, Alabang for the Manila leg, Cebu Business Park, Ayala Center for the Cebu leg, and SM City Davao Ecoland, Davao City for the Davao leg, partner brands will offer their favorite snacks, drinks, daily essentials, and more for FREE.


Participants can register to join for FREE by collecting 15 e-stamps through the CLiQQ App to redeem one (1) registration code for their chosen category. 30 e-stamps are required to redeem a registration code for each buddy run category. 


A P100 minimum purchase of participating items is needed to get one (1) e-stamp. This also entitles the customer to one (1) e-raffle entry per e-stamp, for a chance to be one of the 3,000 winners of products from the run’s major sponsors. This includes freebies from Cornetto, Pocari Sweat, Kopiko Lucky Day, Nature’s Spring, Gatorade, Summit, Del Monte Fit N Right, Le Minerale, Cali, C2, Coca-Cola, Absolute, Nova, Pepsi, Re Fresh, Cobra, Mountain Dew, Wilkins, Nutri Boost, and Selecta.


Participants can also opt to register by paying the corresponding fee per run category starting at P500 each. Once paid or the required number of e-stamps are collected, the participant can claim their Race Kit at the nearest 7-Eleven store.


Registration period is until September 13 only. It doesn’t matter if one is a newbie, a pro runner, or just joining for fun alone, with a friend, or a group, everyone’s welcome to join and run as one community. 



Run to the nearest 7-Eleven store or register online at www.run711.com to join! 


Singlife Launches Cash for Goals (Education), A Better Way to Fund Your Child's Ambition



Do you believe that quality education is the best way to pave a better life for your children?

Like most of Filipino Parents I do too!

However, college tuition fees are expensive and they do increase yearly.  In my case,  with two children in college and two other ones following in years, I have developed the will to save early when they were wee small through savings in the bank or college insurance plans.  It did eat a chunk of our family's finances but being earnest allowed us security and were able to send our kids to good schools without thinking about where to get the money.

I'm happy to share this good news with parents who are thinking ahead of their kids' future.  Singlife Philippines developed Cash for Goals (Education) to help parents prepare for education expenses.  
Helping parents provide for their children cash for Goals (Education) helps parents save and grow their money so they can afford their child’s college tuition fees. Singlife makes this hassle-free by making the product available on GCash, which is accessible anytime, anywhere through any mobile device. 

The purchase experience is designed to be informative, user-friendly, and transparent so that parents can learn how the product works and make a purchase in just a few minutes.  Singlife has made investing for a child’s college fund budget-friendly. Initial investment starts low at only Php 2,500 and additional investments can be as low as Php 500/month. And it’s easy to stay consistent with monthly investing as funds are automatically deducted from the parent’s GCash account for convenience. 

Through Cash for Goals, the parent’s money is invested in the Singlife Smart Investment Fund - a peso-denominated investment-linked fund that aims to earn more than traditional savings accounts by primarily investing in a mix of Philippine fixed-income and equity classes. The fund is managed by ATRAM, one of the country’s leading asset management companies.  

On top of helping parents save and grow their money, Cash for Goals (Education) also ensures that the child has money for college in case anything unfortunate happens to his/her parents. If the parent investing in the child’s college fund passes away, Singlife will ensure that the target amount is available for the child by the time he/she enters college. Singlife provides a better way What makes Cash for Goals (Education) better than the run-of-the-mill investment-linked insurance product is that 100% of the parents’ money is invested, as compared to other products that charge very high entry fees. For parents, this translates to their investments earning more than 50% versus other products in the market, especially during the early years. 
singlife.com.ph.

The product’s low cash out makes saving for education budget-friendly for every-Juan (and Maria). Cash for Goals (education) is available for as low as Php 500/month after a one-time initial investment of just Php 2,500. And when things get tight and parents need to withdraw funds for emergencies, they can do so without any fees or charges at any given time. 
“As parents, we want to provide all we can for our children to help them reach their big ambitions and education is key to that. It is better to start as early as possible to avoid being confronted with the high cost of education when the need is already there and when our budgets might be constrained. To help parents be ready, we created ‘Cash for Goals (Education)’ and give them a better way to plan, save and grow funds for their child’s education,” says Rien Hermans, Singlife’s CEO.

Cash for Goals (Education) is the first unit-linked investment product offered by Singlife Philippines. The company develops products that help customers plan, save, and invest for their financial future.  
To learn more about Singlife’s Cash for Goals product visit our website 
(http://singlife.com.ph/cash-for-goals/) or go to GCash (http://go.gcash.com/SinglifeCFGE).

Here is how Cash for Goals (Education) works:

 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Inviting You to the #711Day SALE-bration Day


 Enjoy a huge price drop on Big Bite, City Cafe, Crunch Time Chicken, and MORE from July 8 to 13 

The most-awaited annual 7-Eleven SALE-bration is coming! 7-Eleven is gearing up for this year’s 7-Eleven Day with a 6-day promo-filled party from July 8 to 13 in all stores nationwide. 7-Eleven is treating customers to up to 50% OFF on over 200 items including its signature food items from Big Bite, City Cafe, and Crunch Time Chicken.  

Office workers, students, loyal customers, and those residing near 7-Eleven stores, better take note! Crunch Time Chicken will start its P10 OFF promo on its 1pc. Chicken with Rice on July 6, in time for National Fried Chicken Day, until July 11. 

Come 7-Eleven Day on July 11, the small size of the crowd-favorite City Cafe coffee blend is offered at half the price. This applies to all available blends: Brewed Coffee, French Vanilla, Mochaccino, Salted Caramel, and Hot Chocolate. Small Prima Americano is also available at half off. The customers’ go-to 7-Eleven snack, Big Bite Hotdog, is also at 50% off on this day. Should anyone need a quick bite or baon, then this is where to get the bang for that buck — and a delicious one at that! 

From July 8 to 13, the convenience store will offer a huge price drop of up to 50% discount on snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, personal hygiene products for the face, body, and hair, and other grocery essentials.  

While #711Day merits its own grand party, what makes this year’s celebration even more special is that everyone is finally able to celebrate together, in person after spending the past two years in quarantine.  

Now that everyone is going back to work, back to school, and back to regular daily routines, 7-Eleven is also urging Filipinos to come back to their stores to regain the experience of shopping at their favorite neighborhood convenience store. Take this as an invitation to get back all the things and people we missed — because with 7-Eleven’s #711Day, it’s a celebration like no other!  

Contactless payments through the CLiQQ app and GCash are available. Don’t miss out on 7-Eleven’s six-day celebration! Visit here for the list of the complete sale items available from July 8 to 13.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

DOT's KAIN NA! A Multi-sensory adventure for Foodies


The Department of Tourism (DOT) aims to satisfy the cravings of foodies, tourists, and non-tourists alike with the fourth hybrid serving of the KAIN NA! Food and Travel Festival in partnership with Ayala Malls.


KAIN NA! with the theme “Foodie Adventures” continues to serve its signature line-up of digital food tourism talks and discussions from June 9 to 11, while on-ground festivities of specially-curated foodie pop-ups of regional cuisines and delicacies are scheduled at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Parañaque City, Metro Manila from June 10 to 12, from 10AM to 10PM.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

A Bear-y Happy Easter at The Manila Hotel


Isaiah 53, in the Bible tells us about how Easter is, as the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin. According to the New Testament, Easter is three days after the death of Jesus on the cross. Easter follows a period of fasting called Lent, in which many churches set aside time for repentance and remembrance. 

For children and many families, it is the best time to honor the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord Jesus and celebrate his resurrection as a family.  Such a good bonding moment for the family.  It has become a tradition for families and kids most especially to celebrate it joyously with fun games, arts and crafts, dancing and of course egg hunting.  

And The Manila Hotel knows exactly how to make it fun and exciting for the whole family.  With this, Danaera and I (with the help of my other daughter) spent an exhilarating afternoon  at The Manila Hotel's Bear-y Happy Easter.  It was held at one of their ballrooms and it was packed-full of kids and parents enjoying every spaces provided for every activities.


The highlight of the event was the egg hunting activity, or maybe for us.  There were a lot of activities that kept the kids' moods up, despite the many lining up and rowdy kids, the activities were enjoyable and meaningful.  There was the Egg painting, cupcake design, dance workshops, arts and crafts, magic show and the hotel's mascot showing up to enliven the crowd.


Aside from the cupcakes, they also gave out freebies from their sponsors like Absolute bottled water, fruits from DOLE, popcorn and cotton candies.

Most of the guests ended the fun-filled afternoon with a family picture from the booth.

Tickets were bought from the hotel and I'm sure next year will be even more exciting.  Thank you The Manila Hotel for having us, Danaera's first event after being cooped up in our home for two years.


Thursday, February 3, 2022

K-drama inspired cafes in Angeles, Pampanga

Unique, IG-worthy Coffee Shops Near Pasay City

 
Someone once said, "Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your old self."   

My husband asked me, in full support of what I do for living (blogging) and maybe start me off on the right track with vlogging, "what else do you need, since I've bought you all the things that can help you improve in your vlogging?"  I answered "TIME!" (with a sarcastic smile).

He replied with a laugh, not to insult me, what I need according to him could not be bought haha or is unnegotiable, as we have 2 adults, 2 almost adults and a toddler.  I guess, the only thing that could fuel me to go on and can compromise my need for extra time is coffee!  

Hence, whenever we get to go out for errands, grocery runs and whatnot, I try to ask my husband if we could visit a coffee shop nearby, and Metro Manila never runs out of interesting cafe's to cater to my coffee whims. 

It's great to see new cafes popping up despite the hardships most businesses are undertaking.  It keeps coffee connoisseurs happy while keeping the business community up and running.


Check out our YouTube vlog on the list of K-drama inspired cafes in Pampanga.


To add to the active coffee community, I have collated several unique coffee shops around the metro for you to also visit.  

You get to enjoy both the coffee and the ambiance!


1.  74 Apartment Cafe






The best cafe in my neighborhood, should I say.  It's like a breath of fresh air to us Pasayeno's, like having our own little Siargao or Elyu spirit.  It's near to the clinic where I would bring my kids to and you'll never be disappointed with their selection!  At first, I could hardly choose as they went all in, from coffee mixes, hot and cold, to milk teas and specialty tea beverages! You'll want to stay for more!
My suggestion would be their Macadamia Latte.  I also love their pastry selections such as the orange muffins and chocolate chip cookies and make sure to have their crowd fave croissant to go with your drinks.

It is where jeepneys (Malibay to Mall of Asia) pass by and you'd hardly miss it as it's the only white shop along that street. 

Address: 74 Clemente Jose, Pasay City

2.  Papa Kape







It's one of those hole-in-a-wall type of nooks where you'd never expect an oasis to be.  In a busy residential area of Palanan, Makati arose a coffee and laundry shop.  Aside from the the brand name having a ring to it, Papa Kape may be your typical go-to coffee especially for the local coffee enthusiasts.  Perfect for the plantita/plantito's, bikers and just those needed a breakthrough from the hustle and bustle. 

Been meaning to come here since I knew about this "still secret coffee shop in Palanan" when I saw a churchmate trying it out, as it was a walk away from their church in Filmore.   I love how home-owners' open up their home, garage, gardens to cater to what the community needs, may it be a sanctuary or a cup of coffee.  

Tried their Cappuccino and Hazelnut Latte with Onion Bread and Mangga at Suman to-go, but will come and stay longer next time to try their one-of-a-kind drinks,  Brazo Latte and Kape Gingerccino.

Address:  5641 Ampere Street, Palanan 1235 Makati


3. Cafe 6059

Like the first cafe on the list, they got their name from their address, hence it's easier to find in Google and waze, but in truth, the exact place is a bit hard to navigate to and the street one way and narrow and parking can also be a hard.

However, you'll get to try the best Spanish latte and mocha latte in Brgy. Olympia, Makati.

It's a hip place for the young ones who is into arts, graffiti and spoken word poetry.

Address: 6059 San Rafael St. Brgy. Olympia Makati City

 

4. M Studio and Cafe



M Studio can easily be associated to Magallanes, but I have really no idea what M means, but I know that their food are gourmand-approved and and the other part of the cafe is indeed a studio, a dance studio,  and also a place to hold photo sessions.

Next to Malibay and The Resorts Wold Manila, Paseo de Magallanes is our next food spot in cases when we need to have food right away.  


M Studio Cafe has that outdoor relaxing vibe, with their dining area perched at the terrace, where you can also see your food being prepared.  To top that, they have a wide array of beverages and coffee mixes, with their strong coffee.

Address: 3rd Floor Oakridge Plaza Paseo De Magallanes


5.  Kapetolyo by SGD Coffee




Ever since Mayor Isko Moreno flexed about the beautification (improvements) in Manila, especially within the vicinity of Manila City Hall, I had my eyes on this cafe sitting next to the Sisa Monument.  It used to be this dirty place where street dwellers would frequent and no one have imagined it's going to be what it is now, a place in the midst of the breathing grounds of Manila, surrounded by trees and historic monuments, and now where you can savor local brews and good food.  

Many bikers have been starting their days here and many others have had special gatherings here which took many to wait until the pandemic loosened up. 

I love their Flat White, and my husband loved their cappuccino, however, I wished they could have widen their coffee selection.  

Address:  Cecilia Muñoz Drive cor. Antonio Villegas St, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines


6.  Wildheart Flower Shop + Cafe 



Last December, 2021, I visited my Aunt in Las Pinas, it was also my late mother's bday so I figured it's the best time for me to visit this dried flowers shop which happens to have a coffee nook inside!  

That's hitting two birds in one stone right?  I've been buying my mama dried flowers online and it's not that affordable, but more reasonable than buying fresh ones every week.  So, I was like a child in a candy store, and all those dried plants and flowers are eye candy.  But, so happy to know that they sell it so affordably, way cheaper than the ones I get online, with a little fee for the arrangement.  

It was such a blessing to visit them with my husband and toddler and we love their Spanish Latte too!  



Address:  137 Carnival Park Street, BF Resort Dr, Village, Las Piñas, Metro Manila










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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Hopeful for a Healed and Loved 2022



Hello 2022!

For some reasons, this gave me a feeling that this year will be more than better than the years behind! I never really realized that two years went by so fast yet so strong it made such a huge impact on many lives!  Death of a loved one became common, poverty level have increased and though most of the times the streets were deafeningly silent because of locked downs, the times have proved us that we can still learn, we can still go on and wait until the world heals including us.

Last year, I only have a few posts in this blogsite and it was such a waste as I was paying for the domain and I felt robbed off my time.  Time which I asked over and over again to have more of so I could do most of the things I love like writing and baking and exploring places... But like what my husband told me, he could give me everything I would ask except time!

But it was okay, this is how I designed my life to be, to be here whenever my kids would ask of me, to be inside our home where I could see all the flaws and be able to somehow fix it.  But even though I still can't, I know I can find a way to do so.  

For the mean time, let me write...

I have often allowed myself to plan for something exciting but times had changed, so I'm just letting it lead me slowly.  I used to breeze through in deciding what to do in times I'm given choices, whether to add content to my blog or joy to my being or just stay at home and rot, but times had changed, and I'm seeing a very different light, but still light, hope, and joy...

I've been brewing a blog, a list of some of the coffee shops I visited which were perfect for everyone's liking, which supposed to be my first for this year, but somehow I couldn't finish it, so this... 

Let me make this blog post official, to welcome a year of bounty, a manifestation of God's blessings and healing and a year where we can add to our joy.

Hoping to add interest to your life and inspire you to believe more in your self while holding on to your faith in God.

In Jesus name! Amen.