Friday, March 30, 2012

New Find: Yawori Korean Restaurant with Crystal Grill

March 24, 2012

Yawori Korean Restaurant
97 Mother Ignacia Street,
South Triangle, Quezon City

Since my brother knew how DH and I both love Korean food, he recommended Yawori in Timog, Quezon City. The first time we went there, I forgot to bring my camera ; p Naturally, I went back! This time with friends in tow ; p

galbisal PhP500

Together with 3 of our closest friends, DH and I ate here before we headed for a night of karaoke!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Smart Parenting: Chesca Garcia- Kramer & Adoption 101

The latest issue of Smart Parenting arrived at my doorstep yesterday afternoon. I was delighted to see a fresh- faced Chesca Garcia- Kramer with her 2 daughters, Kendra & Scarlett, on the cover of the magazine. 

 Smart Parenting March 2012 PhP125

In this issue, the 31 year old and 3x cover girl for Smart Parenting, Chesca, talks about motherhood and why it's lovelier the second time around. Read how she successfully prepared her 2 year old daughter for the arrival of her now 2 month old baby, Scarlett Louvelle.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lancome Virtuose Black Carat Mascara

I rarely wear mascara. In fact, when you look closely at my site's header, I was wearing eye makeup, all right, except there's one thing missing... mascara. I was born with sparse eyelashes. The kind that is short and straight ergo not the type of eyelashes a woman would dream of.

Lancome Virtuose Black Carat Mascara in black

Lancome Virtuose Black Carat promises divine lasting curves, length & volume to your peepers! Let's see how it fair on my stubborn eyelashes!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Korea: Shopping Tips, Coffee Shops & Funny Signs

Finally, this is the last installment of my Korean post! I made sure to finish this entry this week before I leave the country for another vacation next week ; p I have compiled the following photos of beauty/makeup brands that I have found all over Seoul, Korea.

Tony Moly

Shops like Tony Moly, Etude House, Holika Holika, Innisfree and Nature Republic are found nestled side by side. In places like Myeongdong, these brands are found in streets that are parallel and sometimes intersect with each other. Even then, I would enter each and every store that we passed by. You could only imagine the face of DH lol You will understand why I do it when you read after the break ; p

Monday, March 26, 2012

NSO Certificates delivered by Teleserv

My event: March 14, 2012

Grand Hamptons Tower 2
31st St. cor. 1st Ave.,
BGC, The Fort

Have you ever been required to bring National Statistics Office (NSO) issued birth and or marriage certificate by the different embassies here for issuance of VISA? I usually encounter such request/policy especially when I apply for a renewal of my US, Canada and even Taiwan VISA! 

For people who go out of the country at least once a year, having a reliable service provider like Pilipinas Teleserv comes in handy especially when the application is time constraint.

Raffy David, Teleserv Director

I was among those who were invited by Teleserv CitizenServices to a brunch in Harvest, The Fort where we discussed about its product and services. The company began operating in June 2000. Since then, it has partnered with the Philippine government to provide efficient, cost-effective, and convenient service solutions to every Filipino. It has highly- trained personnel to answer your call 24/7, 365 days a year. Open even on holidays and Sundays!

Citizen Services hotline:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cibo in Gateway Mall

My visit: March 18, 2012

Cibo Otto Restaurant
Unit 245 3/F Gateway mall 
Araneta Center, Cubao,
Quezon City

As you all know by now, my Sundays are usually spend inside a mall with my family. Last Sunday is no different, we went to Araneta Center. The mall is small compared to SM so after window shopping for a good one hour, we felt the need to have a drink and people watch. Well, we accomplished only the former because the restaurant of choice that afternoon was Cibo. The restaurant is located at the far end of the mall. Although close to the escalator, our table was inside, hidden away from the crowd.

spinach dip PhP235

We ordered something light and shared an order of Spinach Dip. The plate was hot and so the waiter advised us not to touch it. The dip is salty so I suggest that you spread it thinly and evenly across the melba toast. So far, the best spinach dip with melba toast I have tried and tasted is in Delish.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

J.CO Donuts & Coffee now baking in SM Megamall!

My event: March 15 , 2012

J.CO Donuts & Coffee
The Strip, SM Megamall Building B
Julia Vargas Avenue, 
Mandaluyong City

After letting you salivate with my previous blog posts here and here, J.Co Donuts & Coffee was officially launched to the public last March 15, 2012! Welcoming the crowd were J.CO Donuts which were wittily named after Hollywood stars.

J.CO's Avocado Dicaprio- don't you just love the chocolate sprinkles on the side?!

When I arrived, a red carpet was already rolled out to welcome the guests. Everyone was treated with their own choice of drink. I had Iced Thai Tea (PhP100/ PhP115) which is their best selling tea! I love it! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Jewel Therapy Nutritive Mask by The Face Shop

You all know that I dyed my own hair orange brown with the help of DH when we were in Korea, right?  Naturally, I looked around for the best conditioner I could find for my color treated hair. The next day, I went back to The Face Shop- it was where I got a box of orange brown hair color. I assumed that have a product for my type of hair. 

The Face Shop Jewel Therapy Nutritive Mask

"Five different gemstones for silky soft hair with infinite shine"

A jar of Jewel Therapy Nutritive Mask was handed over to me by the sales associate. I caught a whiff of jasmine when I pried open the jar. When I scooped a sample, the product was neither too thick or creamy. In fact, when I rubbed my two fingers, the product was easily absorbed by my skin. 

I was sold and immediately headed over the counter and paid!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pastry Princess in Greenhills Town Center

My visit: March 13, 2012

Pastry Princess Cupcakes
#2 Granada Street, 
Valencia, Quezon City 
Tuesday- Sunday

A friend of mine gave me a gift certificate to a newly opened pastry shop called Pastry Princess. It is the brainchild of a 16 year old, yes only 16, Kathleen. She bakes all the cupcakes she sells. Sad, I was not able to meet her during my visit, I learned she was there an hour later after I left ; ( 

strawberry cupcake PhP60

Anyway, there were 8 kinds of cupcakes on display and I have a gift certificate for a dozen cupcakes! I ordered all 8 and then ordered 4 more of their best sellers- Tiramisu PhP70, Strawberry PhP60, Red Velvet PhP60 and Salted Caramel PhP50.

Our cupcakes are homemade and always freshly baked using the highest quality ingredients. 

My favorite is obviously the strawberry. Bits of strawberries are mixed within the cream and the cupcake as well. The pink heart shape frosting on top is a trademark of Pastry Princess cupcake. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Facial Care Centre's Facial Treatment with Collagen & Advanced Lasertone

My event March 13, 2012

30/F Unit C
MDC 100 Bldg.
E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.,
cor. Eastwood Ave.,
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
892-SKIN (7546)

When I got an invite for a day of pampering courtesy of Facial Care Centre, frankly speaking, I was a bit hesitant. If you are a twitter follower of mine, you would know that I have been seeing a dermatologist since November of last year for some acne concerns. It took some serious prodding before I was convinced and gave my yes to the invite. 

Facial Care Centre's receptionist ready to serve you

When I got into the MDC 100, a new building right across Citibank Tower, I was impressed by its spanking new floor and high ceiling, everything looks new! Upon entering Facial Care Centre's reception area on the 30th floor, I was warmly greeted by NJ Torres who is the PR Manager of MFBI Group of Companies.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

BoTan Bubble Tea Cafe in Makati

My visit: March 7, 2012

BoTan Bubble Tea Cafe
Basement 1, West of Ayala
252 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.,
Makati City
Close on Sunday

I was not really feeling well the night I joined a group of bloggers collectively known as The Club for an intimate blogger event cum birthday celebration of Richard in BoTan Bubble Tea & Cafe. With Rowena's power of persuasion, I finally gave in and joined the group for the first time ; p

mix adobo platter PhP160

Driving from Quezon City to Makati City makes one feel so hungry that you can eat anything and everything that's serve your way. I am glad that BoTan served not only Taiwan's comfort food like the mix adobo platter pictured above but also most of Taiwan's famous milk tea with different variations.

Mix adobo platter includes slices of beef (foreground), tofu, sticky rice (black at the back) and adobo egg. I am sure that if DH was with me that night, the adobo egg will be all for his taking or shall I say, eating! lol

Monday, March 19, 2012

Korea Chronicle: Seoul Metro

Up until we left Seoul, I was still not used to the Seoul Metro system. It is more complicated than Taipei where there are only a few lines that interchange. 

Seoul Metro

Korean characters and English are written down on the map so you won't have any fear of getting lost. If you got lost then ask around. There are information counters in each station.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

MrsMartinez Gives: 1st Quarter Giveaway!

I have a special treat just for you! Aside from the Korean sample products, I have also gathered some products from various events that I have attended ; )

1 lucky winner will win everything in this photo

Well, except for my king size bed and my La-Z Boy, everything that you see in the photo above is yours to keep if you win ; p

Read after the break for more detailed photos of the loot!

A-Won Charcoal BBQ in Macapagal, Pasay City

My visit: February 24, 2012

A-Won Charcoal BBQ (formerly BUMA)
Hobbies of Asia
8 Diosdado Macapagal Blvd.,
Pasay City, Metro Manila
5561297   8330421

I didn't want you to feel bombarded with our visits to different Korean restaurants each week so this post came out late. <--- That is just an excuse lol Ok, the real reason is that I have been busy finishing up my Korean posts and also some PR materials so that I can launch my giveaway! Aren't you all excited? I am excited as you are!

Anyway, we were somewhere in the south a few weeks ago and it's already past 5 in the afternoon. We look for a place to eat but most of the restaurants in the vicinity were only open after 6pm.

It was pure luck that we spotted A-Won, a korean restaurant. I alighted the car to check if it's already open and luckily, it was!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Meet Knorr's Newest Chef Marvin Agustin

My event: March 7, 2012

Knorr's Newest Chef
Greenbelt 3, Makati City

Meet Marvin Agustin, an actor/restaurateur and now Knorr's newest chef! His passion for cooking reflects on his growing number of restaurants 22 as of last count. He is known to personally test and develop the dishes found in the menu of his restaurants and only the best & finest ingredients are put in his dishes. 

Marvin Agustin, Knorr's newest chef

Marvin Agustin now joins a distinguished roster of Knorr Ambassadors all over the world in encouraging people to use only the best in their dishes.

With his new role as Knorr Ambassador, Chef Marvin is posing a challenge to all housewives and cook out there that his soup is 5x meatier than yours! Dubbed as "Marvin's Knorr Cube Challege", he will go around challenging housewives and cooks alike to a cook off! Get ready with your very own version of tinola, nilaga or even sotanghon!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Switch & Save with Watsons

My event: March 6, 2012

Watsons Switch & Save Press Launch
Podium, Ortigas Center

I already "Switch & Save" long before I received this e-vite from Watsons. I placed this Watsons hand sanitizer (photo below) in the Powder Room- the most used toilet in the house. I have visitors every so often and having this product actually saves me money. It has been there for over 4 months and counting. I figure, it can last me up to six months! 

Watsons alcohol-based hand sanitizer mango nectarine 1000ml

Watsons Your Personal Care Store encourages you to Switch & Save with its vast offering of in-house top- grade products that are significantly cheaper than their expensive branded counter- parts. That way, you can have extra money for all the other things you love!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Yoshinoya's 8 New Dishes Now Available in Robinsons Galleria

My event: March 1, 2012

Yoshinoya Signature Dishes Media Launch
Ground Floor near Watsons
Robinsons Galleria

When Yoshinoya sends out an e-vite, I always accept! Why? Because it delivers good food to my tummy! Take the case last Thursday, the management introduced 8 exciting new bowls of deliciously satisfying meal...

 Tokyo Beef PhP139

My favorite and the most raved about bowl that night is Yoshinoya's Tokyo Beef. The huge bowl of beef can definitely whet your appetite with slices of red and green bell pepper and sprinkle of sesame seeds over sauteed sukiyaki cut beef with onion and steamed rice. It's definitely satisfying!

Don't want to overload on beef? Then opt for a bowl of Veggie Beef (PhP115) if you are as health conscious as I am. Half of the bowl is filled with mixed veggies like broccoli, baby corn & carrots. The beef is simmered with fresh sliced onions in special herbs and spices. A good choice for a healthy you.

Order a bowl of Tokyo Beef today and you get a glass of Iced Tea for FREE! You save PhP40!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Toni Gonzaga finds her perfect partner in Samsung Champ Deluxe DUOS

My event: March 5, 2012

Samsung Champ Deluxe DUOS Press Launch
Draft Gastropub
Unit C,The Fort Entertainment Center
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Fort Bonifacio

Samsung introduced the new Dual SIM Champ Deluxe DUOS over lunch last Monday at Draft Gastropub in The Fort, Taguig. Aside from Sam Milby, the Korean mobile phone giant got TV host/actress/comedienne Toni Gonzaga as its newest brand ambassador. 

Toni Gonzaga holding Samsung Champ Deluxe DUOS

Toni Gonzaga finds the perfect partner in Samsung Champ Deluxe DUOS to manage both her personal and professional life. With its "Dual SIM, Dual On" technology, she will never miss an important call or SMS message (text) from her family as well as her colleagues.

What is "Dual SIM, Dual On" technology?

It provides simultaneous access to two SIMS for greater coverage and convenience without interchanging SIMs or rebooting the device. 

Now, who needs two phones when you can have one that is stylish, chic and multi- tasking phone?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Steak Night at Cafe Ilang- Ilang in Manila Hotel

My visit: February 16, 2012

Cafe Ilang- Ilang
One Rizal Park

DH and I celebrated our post Valentines dinner at Cafe Ilang- Ilang last February 16. We scheduled it on a Thursday because it's Steak Night!

roast prime rib

You can have the steak cook however you like. I always like my steak well done. It might be a little on the chewy side but at least there is no blood oozing out of it. On the other hand, DH likes his steak medium well.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Way To Indulgence Is Magnum

My event: February 28, 2012

Magnum Belgian Chocolate Press Launch
Enderun Colleges
1100 Campus Avenue, 
McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio

"Join us as we indulge in a royal Belgian Chocolate affair" read my e-vite along with the only clue, the letter M emblazoned on top of it. Ok, I really don't have a clue because the only chocolate I eat and I know is Truffettes de France. I was really curious to find out what it was.

Selecta's Magnum Ice Cream bar in Almond PhP50

Upon reaching Enderun gate, the guard manning the parking lot gave the answer away, the product launch would be from a local dairy giant, Selecta. I knew then that I am in for a big surprise!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Teddy Bear Museum in N Seoul Tower plus our Itinerary!

My visit: January 1, 2012

Teddy Bear Museam
N Seoul Tower
Seoul, South Korea

It's already March and I still have a hangover from my Korean vacation! You can't blame me for that, South Korea is a very nice place to visit. Not only that, I terribly miss Korean bbq that DH and I have a bbq night once a week! 

Anyway, to continue on with my travel post, we visited the Teddy Bear Museum which is also located in N Seoul Tower. All I can say is that the trip to the tower is totally worth it because we visited Love Locks, the tower itself and this museum all in one place!

entrance to the Bear Museum

We bought Observatory Package- Observatory + Teddy Bear Museum tickets for W14, 000 (PhP560) per pax. Teddy Bear Museum ticket costs W8, 000 (PhP320) for adults, W6, 000 (PhP240) for teenagers 14 to 19 years old and W5, 000 (PhP200) for kids. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Korea Chronicle: N Seoul Tower

My visit: January 1, 2012

Day 10 (5th day DIY Seoul Tour)

N Seoul Tower

After putting our padlocks in the Love Locks section, we walked towards N Seoul Tower. It is officially called CJ Seoul Tower but popularly known as Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower. The communication and observation tower is located on top of the Namsan Mountain in central Seoul, South Korea. 

Haechi Seoul

I saw this yellow character with wings near the ticket booth called Haechi Seoul. It is a symbol of the city of Seoul. Announced in 2008, the mystical beast looks happy and cute.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kanebo Kate Make-up Line Mall Animation

My event: March 5, 2012

Kanebo Mall Animations
KATE counter 
SM Megamall 

I am a huge Kanebo fan! You see, I was one of first who raved about Freshel White C Mineral BB Cream. From sun block, gel eyeliner, eyeshadow to Kate Mineral powder foundation, yes, I have it all! And yeah, I even had a makeover done over the counter lol

AFTER photo; makeup by Suzanne Tan- owner Suesh brushes

When I was invited to an exclusive beauty blogger event by a marketing officer of Kanebo cosmetics, who am I to say no? To say that I love their products is an understatement!

Anyway, when I went there, I was in for a treat! There was a total makeover plus a portrait shoot! Best of all, all Kanebo products were at 10% off! 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Find: Mr. Miyagi Smokeless Grill Eat All You Can

My visit: February 26, 2012

Mr. Miyagi Smokeless Grill Eat All You Can
40 Timog Ave.,
Quezon City
3760839   3761475

We were so crazy hungry after sweating it all out during our La Mesa Ecopark visit that we have decided to eat-all-you-can at Mr. Miyagi. It is a fairly new restaurant recommended by my brother. It is owned and operated by the same people behind popular  comedy bars like Punchline and Laffline.

spacious and brightly-lit interiors

We arrived a bit early so we were able to make a reservation. When we came back, we were ushered to our seat right smack in the center near the buffet spread ; p

Mr. Miyagi is a fictional character in the movie, Karate Kid. Keisuke Miyagi is a karate master played by Japanese- American actor Pat Morita. 

Prices and food choices after the break...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Weekend at La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City

My visit: February 26, 2012

La Mesa Ecopark 
La Mesa Dam Compound,
Lagro, Quezon City
4304051   4305207

Over the weekend, my family and I went nature tripping at La Mesa Ecopark instead of what we usually do which is malling. We went there after lunch, with the onset of summer, you could imaging how hot it was during our visit. The scorching weather did not stop us from visiting the park and so does the hundred of other visitors that were there that Sunday.

lush greenery found in La Mesa Ecopark

You could not blame us, La Mesa Ecopark is filled with lush greenery, perfect for picnic for the whole family. But that's not all the park offers, I saw zipline/ rappelling/ wall climb/ paint ball, fish pond, swimming pool and yes, even horseback riding!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Love Locks in N Seoul Tower

My visit: January 1, 2012

Day 10 (5th day DIY Seoul Tour)

Love Padlocks (Love Locks)
N Seoul Tower

Our flight back to Manila leaves at 8:00 in the evening, we have plenty of time in the morning so we hie off to N Seoul Tower where Love Locks is located. 

brought our own lock and key; N Seoul Tower as background

 Love Padlocks are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts to symbolize their everlasting love- Wikipedia

We brought the oldest lock & key we could possibly find in our house and a pen to write down our names and the date of our visit.

Want to know how to get there? Read after the break...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dad's 61st Birthday Celebration at Kimpura Greenhills

My visit: February 23, 2012

Kimpura Japanese Restaurant
Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan, M.M.
7218816   7218869   7210581

My dad celebrated his 61st birthday in Kimpura, his favorite Japanese restaurant. I figured we don't need a reservation because it was a weekday but when we arrived, several tables were already occupied and the teppan-yaki table was already full.

Kimpura staff singing a birthday song

DH and I arrived earlier than the rest of my family. I gave the birthday cake to the receptionist for safe keeping ; p

In the middle of our dinner, the waiters and waitresses sang "Happy Birthday" song to my dad ; ) The restaurant gave a free ice cream dessert- the one with a lighted candle in the background.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

ANLENE... Stronger Bones, Stronger Ties

Commercial break muna!

Are you at risk of osteoporosis? You would not know unless you have it check through a bone scan analysis provided for free by Anlene. Over 1 million Filipinos have benefitted from the ANLENE Bone Health Check campaign since it started in 1999. 

Anlene is the only milk that is clinically proven to reduce bone breakdown within four weeks.

sisters Lene Almoniña & Mary Ann Suzon 

Osteoporosis occurs when the bone mass decreases quickly more than the body can replace it, leading to a net loss of bone strength. As a result, a slight bump or fall can result to fracture. It affects all bones in the body but fractures occur mostly in the spine, hips, and wrist. Broken bones bring severe pain, and both hip and spine fractures were found out to be associated with a higher risk of death –  20% of those who suffer hip fracture die within six months after the fracture.

Take this story of two sisters, Lene Almoniña (50) and Mary Ann Suzon (48). The sisters were unsuspecting victims of the silent disease called osteoporosis. Just last year after having their ANLENE bone scan analysis inside a mall, Lene found out that she was of moderate risk of osteoporosis while her sister, Mary Ann found out that she was at high risk. While Lene doesn't feel a thing prior to her bone scan analysis, Mary Ann already felt pain that run up to her back.

Both sisters acted right and decided to do something about their condition. They followed the advice of the nutritionist at the ANLENE booth- diet, exercise and drink calcium-rich milk like ANLENE as a nutritional supplement.

Schedule of ANLENE Bone Health Check after the break...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nestle Fitnesse... now is the best time to shape up!

My event: February 23, 2012

Nestle Fitness Shape Up Your Lifestyle
Featuring Zumba Fitness
Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
34/ F Citibank Tower
8741 Paseo de Roxas,
Makati City

I am addicted to Zumba! In fact, I am currently enrolled in one of the studios near my house. When I got an invite to attend a fitness event featuring a Zumba class, how can I say no? 

a bowl of Nestle Fitnesse Honey & Almonds with apricot and cranberries

Whole grain food, such as Nestle Fitnesse cereal makes you feel fuller longer because it is high in volume and low-calorie density. 

While waiting for the event to start, we were treated to a healthy breakfast courtesy of Nestle Fitnesse. Three choices were available- Low Fat Whole Grain Cereal, Fitnesse &  Fruit and Honey & Almond. The cereal was complemented by Nestle Low Fat 100% Fresh Cow's Milk and some dried fruits and nuts. This was a nice alternative to my usual bread with peanut butter breakfast ; p

Friday, March 2, 2012

Champion co-presents Maalaala Mo Kaya on March 3

Decision making is an integral part of one's life. On March 3, 2012, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode will feature dramatic actress Sandy Andolong as Josephine, who is faced with a series of unfortunate events. Watch how she struggles to keep her picture perfect family to remain intact against all odds. 

Champion laundry detergent

These days, Josephine is not alone in facing with a difficult decision in life. In general, people always come face to face with critical choices in their daily life. It's a matter of deciding what is just & right. A decision should always boils down to whatever will be best for the family.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

NIVEA Sun's 7 Hottest Destinations Promo

My event: February 9, 2012

World's no. 1 Sun Care Brand
W Highstreet
BGC, Taguig

How would you like to get a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to one of the country's holiday hotspots plus resort wear by a top fashion designer? Join NIVEA Sun's 7 Hottest Destinations promo today!

In cooperation with Department of Tourism (DOT), NIVEA Sun encourages everyone to vote online to help promote local tourism. 

Read after the break for mechanics...