S’more the merrier with Cinnabon’s S’mores MiniChocobon

The holidays may be well and truly over but that doesn’t mean we can’t re-experience some of the things that made the season all the merrier.

Take the S’mores MiniChocobon from Cinnabon, for example.

This limited edition variant is still – thankfully! – available at Cinnabon outlets.

Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon

This holiday treat is made up of Cinnabon’s very own MiniChocobon, which is now tucked and topped with gooey toasted marshmallows and drizzled with white chocolate truffle.

Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon

It brings to mind marshmallows roasting, hearth fire crackling and being surrounded by family and friends at Christmas time.

What’s not to love in this cheery and merry holiday treat?

Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon

Even if this lovely dessert leaves Cinnabon’s menu after the holidays, we can still enjoy our classic faves:

  • Cinnabon Classic Roll. The cinnamon roll that started it all, filled with Makara cinnamon and topped with decadent cream cheese frosting.
  • Chocobon. Classic cinnamon roll given that delicious chocolate filling and drizzle.
  • Caramel Pecanbon. Classic cinnamon roll topped with caramel frosting and chopped pecans.
  • Chocopecanbon. Classic cinnamon roll topped with chopped pecans and drizzled with chocolate sauce
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon

Such sweet delights is best enjoyed with their perfect match – Cinnabon’s coffee creations:

  • Coffee beverages (available hot or cold): Brewed Coffee, Cafe Americano, Cafe Mocha, Cafe Latte, Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiatto, Cinnamon Roll Latte
  • Cold brew: Classic, Creamy, Vanilla & Cream, Cinnamon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon

Aren’t you craving for a Cinnabon treat right about now?

Well, the good news is that it’s quite easy to get yourself your Cinnabon indulgence.

Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon

Since the mid-80s, Seattle-based bakery Cinnabon has been serving up its most delectable cinnamon bun, a product of the collaboration between father-and-son duo Rich and Greg Komen, and master baker Jerilyn Brusseau.

In 1999, Cinnabon established its foothold in Asia when it opened its first Philippine bakery at Robinsons Place Manila.

Today, Cinnabon has twenty bakeries in the country, all committed to churning out its much celebrated Cinnamon buns and more, using the finest quality ingredients and serving them, hot, irresistibly fragrant and fresh from the oven.

Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon
Cinnabon S’mores MiniChocobon

So do’t miss your chance to experience #TheRecipeForWonderful at Cinnabon stores located at:

  • SM Aura Premiere, SM Baguio, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA and SM North EDSA North Towers, SM City Clark, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Seaside Cebu, SM Fairview, SM Mindpro
  • Trinoma Mall
  • Festival Mall
  • Ayala Malls Manila Bay
  • Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Galleria
  • Alabang Town Center
  • SLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Main, SLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Deli2Go, SLEX Shell Mamplasan
  • Petron Travel Plaza
  • Caltex San Pedro Travel Plaza
  • NLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Deli2Go, NLEX Drive & Dine
  • NAIA Terminal 3, NAIA Terminal 4

Can’t go to a Cinnabon bakery? Order your Cinnabons for delivery right to your doorstep via GrabFood, FoodPanda and G-Life.

For the latest news on its products and offers, follow Cinnabon on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts on Cinnabon:

Create Your Own Meal at Cafe France, Greenhills

Hospital visits are seldom fun.

Even for consultations for minor medical complaints like my daughter #ExhibitA had, having to carve out time from her day (and mine, as I had to accompany her) can be quite a bit of a hassle.

With all the hospital protocols and procedures, one might get the feeling of being always at the mercy of outside forces.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills

So you can just imagine our relief when we espied a Cafe France branch hiding behind Cardinal Santos Medical Center’s steel parking lot.

Cafe France is a chain of cafes that offer coffee, food products, and breads, including bread crumbs, baguette breads, chocolate croissants, sultana rolls, butter croissants, pastries, savories, rice meals, sandwiches and beverages.

Its airy and well-appointed interiors provides a warm and welcoming haven that contrasts with the hospital’s sterile environment.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills

Not only did its presence assure us of something good to eat after our business with the hospital, it also offers us to take some control of our experience, thanks to its delightful offer.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills

Create Your Own Meal (Php349)

Our meal includes a fresh and healthy bowl of Salad which we can choose from among these choices: Fruit & Nuts, Grilled Chicken, Oriental Shrimp and Mixed Greens.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Fruit & Nuts Salad
Cafe France, Greenhills
Grilled Chicken Salad

Then comes a filling half-serving of Pasta which we can select from these options: Seafood Marinara, Creamy Truffle Carbonara, Aglio Olio Shrimp, Italian Meatball and Lasagna Roll.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Creamy Truffle Carbonara
Cafe France, Greenhills
Aglio Olio Shrimp Pasta

Another hunger buster is a half-portion Sandwich to be chosen among delectable options such as Egg Salad, Tuna Onion, Chunky Chicken, CF Premiere Clubhouse and Seafood Deluxe Clubhouse.

Cafe France, Greenhills
CF Premiere Clubhouse
Cafe France, Greenhills
Egg Salad

These items are served with the Soup of the Day and our Drink of choice between Iced Black Currant Tea and Freshly Brewed Coffee.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Pumpkin Soup
Cafe France, Greenhills
Iced Black Currant Tea

Since I’m quite a sweet-tooth, I opted to add a Dessert in the form of a cake slice or a piece of cream puff to my meal for Php95.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Fruit Cake Slices
Cafe France, Greenhills
Fruit Cake Slices

Well, we’ve enjoyed a very satisfying meal with these winning combinations!

Plus, those who are not into pastas and sandwiches may choose to partner their salad, soup and drink with a rice meal instead for the same price. They can select their meal among Roast Chicken, Beefy Mushroom, Hickory Chops, Chicken Mediterranean and Chicken Chimichurri.

Pastries

My daughter and I are both great lovers of French pastries so we simply couldn’t resist ordering some to-go.

Chocolate Croissant (Php85). Also known as pain au chocolate, this is a traditional French pastry made from layers of buttery and flaky croissant dough filled with premium chocolate.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills

Almond Croissant (Php115). A delightfully textured French pastry made with layers of croissant dough filled with creamy almond filling and topped with almond slices.

Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills

We seldom look forward to hospital visits but we’re sure that we’ll have a bright spot in our day the next time we go to Cardinal Santos Medical Center and dine again at Cafe France!

Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills
Cafe France, Greenhills

This Cafe France branch is located in the Steel Parking Area of Cardinal Santos Medical Center, 10 Wilson St. Brgy. Greenhills San Juan City, open Mondays to Thursdays from 7am to 8pm and Sundays from 7am to 3pm.

Other Metro Manila branches are located in the following areas:

  • Manila: UN Square Mall, Manila Doctors Hospital, Ongpin, Times Plaza Building
  • Makati: RCBC Building, Zeta II Building, Makati Medical Center
  • Quezon City: UERM Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Fisher Mall Supermarket
  • Pasig: The Medical City
  • Mandaluyong: VRP Medical Center, SM Megamall
  • Muntinlupa: Asian Hospital
  • Paranaque: Park & Shop

Time for some pampering at Nailaholics, SM City East Ortigas

The past two years have not given me a lot of opportunities for some pampering.

With the lockdowns and the pausing of operations of non-essential businesses such as nail salons, I’ve had to make do with my good ole’ nail clipper to keep my nails passingly presentable.

Well, with the easing of quarantine restrictions and the prospect of returning to the office in the coming days (which require getting my “porma” on while in a corporate setting), I just knew I needed to level up my nail-care game.

With these considerations in mind, I opted to treat, not just myself, but also my husband and daughter #ExhibitA, to some pampering via manicure/pedicure and foot spa services at the nearby Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East

This decision might come across as self-indulgent but this kind of self-care does have some significant health benefits:

  • They help prevent infections. Regular cleaning and clipping prevent ingrown toenails which normally cause infection. Plus, part of the services involve moisturizing your feet and hands which, in turn, minimize dryness that results to skin cracks which may also house infection.
  • They promote healthy blood circulation. Nail technicians also massage your your arms, hands, lower legs and feet during your mani/pedi service, which help to reduce muscle tension, improve joint mobility and optimal blood circulation.
  • They help improve the appearance of your hands and feet. Aside from the improved blood circulation that improves your skin condition, the resulting clean and well-groomed look of your extremities contribute to an overall improved appearance.

Nailaholics prides itself as the country’s pioneer in specialized nail salon and spa boutique. It promises to bring that “getaway experience” to its patrons, that paradise of pampering that comes from professional yet personalized service from highly trained nail technicians and a truly relaxing setting inspired by the chic and luxurious beach life along the Hamptons coast.

Foot Care

Our pampering started off with a Foot Spa (Php500) that involves foot detoxification, exfoliation and moisturization.

First, our feet were soaked in a warm and scented foot bath which helped to soothe our feet (oftentimes the most neglected part of our body!). These were then massaged and scrubbed to remove dead skin cells and promote a softer feel.

Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East

After the Foot Spa, comes the Pedicure (Php475) which involves toenail shaping, cuticle treatment and (for me and #ExhibitA) application of nail polish.

I’ve been nursing a case of subungal hematoma (also known as “patay na kuko”) on my toes for the past few months which I’ve been feeling very self-conscious about. It wouldn’t be an issue during a work-from-home setting (after all, I don’t display my feet during Zoom meetings, hehehe!) but going back to the office with these unsightly injuries would preclude me from wearing open-toed heels which I usually wear with my office clothes.

Ah, the problems that beset working women!

Well, this problem was solved by covering them up with nail polish. As I would still like my toenail color to be simple and low-maintenance, I opted for a nail polish shade that’s close to my skin tone.

Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East

Hand Care

Simultaneous with our Pedicure, another set of nail technicians are busy with our Manicure (Php450), cleaning and shaping our fingernails as well as carefully providing cuticle treatment.

Since my work involves a lot of typing on computer keyboards, long fingernails is a no-no. I opted for French tipped-nails: closely clipped and square-shaped nails with a clear polish applied at the base and white nail polish applied at the tips. This style has a clean and simple appearance that is so easy to maintain.

Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East

It’s wonderful how this short pampering session got me feeling all refreshed and revved up, ready to return to the office!

Plus, Hubby and #ExhbitA are quite happy with their Nailaholics experience as well!

Want to treat yourself to some pampering too? Book your appointment now!

Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East
Nail-a-holics, SM East

This Nailaholics branch is located at the Second Floor, SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Other Nailaholics branches in Metro Manila are located in the following cities:

  • Las Pinas: SM Las Pinas
  • Makati: Ayala Circuit, Gloriata 3, Cash & Carry, San Antonio Plaza Arcade
  • Manila: Lucky Chinatown Mall, SM Manila
  • Marikina: Ayala Malls Feliz, SM Marikina
  • Muntinlupa: Festival Mall, SM Muntinlupa
  • Novaliches: SM Novaliches
  • Quezon City: Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Ayala Fishermall, Eastwood Mall, Gateway Mall, Robinsons Galleria
  • Paranaque: SM BF Paranaque, SM Bicutan, SM Sucat, Ayala Malls Mania=la Bay
  • Pasay: SM Mall of Asia
  • Pasig: Ayala Malls the 30th, Robinsons Metro East, SM Pasig
  • San Juan: Unimart
  • Taguig: Market! Market!, Uptown Mall
  • Taytay: SM Taytay

Know more about Nailaholics by visiting its website. To stay updated on Nailaholics’ promos and offers, follow it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Check out my previous post about Nailaholics:

vivo Launches X90 Series Flagship Smartphones Internationally

vivo announced the global launch of X90 and X90 Pro, the company’s latest X90 series flagship smartphones. The series delivers a whole new set of advanced camera features and all-around performance upgrades powered by a state-of-the-art dual flagship chip technology featuring vivo’s exclusive V2 chip, in addition to the company’s continuous collaboration with ZEISS in terms of imaging and camera system innovation, including optics, anti reflective coating, software and system integrations. 

“The new X90 series combines our in-house innovation with some of the industry’s leading imaging technologies to bring consumers a smartphone lineup equipped to tackle some of the most challenging scenarios, such as night photography and videography,” said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President and CMO of vivo. “I’m proud of our progress towards making the flagship X series the industry’s go-to flagship line for all-around superb performance.”

Powerful Imaging Specs, a Big Leap Forward

Honed over the course of more than two years, this generation of the vivo ZEISS co-engineered imaging system brings forward a blend of hardware upgrades and software breakthroughs to offer an unparalleled experience. It boasts improved light sensitivity, aperture, natural color processing, and stabilization for an easy and intuitive point-and-shoot camera experience. X90 and X90 Pro feature triple rear camera systems, each with certified compliance with ZEISS T* Coating.​

X90 Pro pushes the limits of smartphone imaging with a 50MP ZEISS 1-inch Main Camera, 50MP Portrait Camera with a Large Sensor, and a 12MP Wide-Angle Camera. The main camera on X90 Pro uses a 1-inch IMX989 sensor, the industry’s largest to date. Compared with other models with a 1-inch sensor, the f/1.75 large aperture and 3.2 μm large pixel (4-in-1) size of X90 Pro increase the light intake per pixel, allowing for brighter, purer night images. Compared to the GNV sensor used in the previous X generation, the new IMX989 sensor’s photosensitive area has increased by 77%, with its light intake capacity going up by 43%.

The 50MP Portrait Camera features an ultra-sensing portrait lens, with an IMX758 sensor that helps to achieve an aperture of f/1.6. With the support of the stabilization system, an exclusive large-aperture lens, and 4-in-1 sensor technology, it delivers subtly detailed portraits, even in low light.

X90 Pro introduces independent optical image stabilization (OIS) technology, developed by vivo, allowing for more intelligent and precise stabilization correction compared to standard OIS. It also supports Active Centering OIS System, significantly reducing smears between frames and motion blur.

X90 boasts a 50MP VCS True Color Main Camera, a 12MP Professional Portrait Camera, and a 12MP Wide-Angle Camera. The VCS True Color Main Camera optimizes the sensor spectrum to achieve the target RGB colors better, improving native image colors, ensuring color consistency, and lowering the noise level.

Pro-level Camera Features to Capture Life’s Moments, Day or Night

The upgraded sensors, vivo’s exclusive V2 imaging chip, the in-house developed AI algorithms, and ZEISS Optics with T* Coating work together to further enhance the capability of night photography and astrophotography, making the new X90 series the perfect stargazing companion. New tools for unique and professional-grade content creation are also introduced.

4K Ultra-Sensing Night Video is now made effortless with vivo’s Super Night Video 3.0 algorithm, supporting exceptional photosensitivity in extremely dark environments. What’s more, the V2 chip ensures clarity even at high ISO settings with its noise reduction algorithm.

X90 Pro comes with an overhauled Handheld Astro mode to capture the starry sky with greater clarity without the need of a tripod in a matter of seconds. This feature is supported by the device’s enhanced light sensitivity, upgraded stabilization technology and a new AI PD Extreme Night focus technology, that improves focus accuracy. Furthermore, taking landscape moon photos is made possible with the Super Moon mode, available on both X90 and X90 Pro, which combines the hardware upgrades and the new Super Night 3.0 algorithm. At blue hour, the period right after the sun sets, vivo’s sky-segmentation technology optimizes blue-tone colors while its Double Exposure algorithm integrates the landscape and the moon into one stunning image.

AI Night View tackles the challenge of getting the tone just right in night photos. Powered by AI network learning, AI Night View can shoot up to 10 frames in RAW while maintaining a high dynamic range. It recognizes elements such as the sky and human faces in night scenes and carries out segmentation to fine-tune the tone and color of each segment. It processes HDR tones with a color depth of up to 22 bits for more subtle color transitions.

ZEISS Natural Color 2.0 in the new X90 series has been further calibrated to present colors with more authenticity and accuracy, bringing captured images closer to what is seen with the naked eye.

For the first time, a new ZEISS Natural Color Display is now added to screen color style settings, to ensure the captured colors are not affected by the display. Now every individual display of vivo X90 and X90 Pro gets calibrated to guarantee that the color rendition of the display is close to perfect.

Another powerful creation feature is the Zero-Shutter-Lag Motion Snapshot, which makes capturing motion easier than ever before. The zero-second delay means what you see is what you get in key moments, even in low light. In Sports mode and Night Sports mode, the combination of the high-speed shutter and motion detection algorithm can instantly freeze frames, keeping any fast-moving subject clear.

The series also brings new creative effects jointly developed by vivo and ZEISS. The new ZEISS Cine-flare Portrait style simulates the flare effect seen in many classic films. Users can also capture unique miniature landscapes using the ZEISS Miniature Effect. This effect only keeps a small part of a landscape image sharp to generate the illusion of a miniature scene with no post-editing needed.

Powerful Device for All-Around Performance and Gaming

X90 and X90 Pro are equipped for high performance, featuring powerful processing capabilities, a large battery, fast charging technology, and a stunning display, ideal for work or gaming. The dual-chip setup of the new X90 series includes MediaTek Dimensity 9200 and vivo V2 Chip. With Dimensity 9200, X90 Pro and X90 have ultrahigh AnTuTu Benchmark scores of 1.26 million and 1.22 million, respectively, representing a massive leap in performance. X90 and X90 Pro come with LPDDR5X (X90 Pro)/ Enhanced LPDDR5 (X90), Extended RAM 3.0, which adds up to 8 GB of extended memory, as well as UFS 4.0 + MCQ and UFS Deep Defragmentation, offering smooth processing and supporting more active apps.

The new X90 series supports 120W Dual-Cell FlashCharge which, combined with an equivalent 4870 mAh (X90 Pro)/ 4810 mAh (X90) large battery, improves both the charging speed and the battery life. X90 Pro also supports 50W Wireless FlashCharge.

The new X90 series offers two charging modes: fast charging mode and balanced mode. In fast charging mode, X90 Pro can be charged to 50% in 8 minutes and 10 seconds while X90 can be charged to 50% in only 8 minutes. The balanced mode is ideal for everyday charging, taking only 29 minutes for both X90 and X90 Pro to get the battery charged to 100%.[1] Moreover, the devices have 24-Dimension Security Protection and TÜV Rheinland Safe Fast-Charge System Certification for guaranteed charging safety. 

X90 Pro has an Ultra Large Vapor Chamber Liquid Cooling System made with a 24-layer cooling structure and the largest vapor chamber among X Pro models covering an area of 4,002 mm², for more efficient heat dissipation and insulation. Additionally, an innovative frame design reduces the heat transfer from the CPU to the frame, thus allowing for the key areas where the users’ hands touch the phone when held horizontally to remain up to 2℃ cooler in heavy-load scenarios.

X90 and X90 Pro have a 6.78-inch Ultra Vision Eye Protection Screen, bringing cinema-like display effects and professional-grade eye protection. The 3D curved screen features a larger viewing area, 1.07 billion colors and a 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, delivering rich and natural colors. To top it all off, the display boasts HDR10+ and SGS low blue light, low motion blur, low flicker, AI low blue light certifications, as well as a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, ideal for gaming. The X90 series smartphones offer chip-level Smart Eye Protection Mode, developed by vivo and MediaTek to intelligently monitor and control the proportion of blue light in real time while balancing the colors for added eye care. The display is made of a new Q9 luminescent material, which also effectively reduces blue light. High-frequency Pulse-width modulation (PWM) at a high frequency of up to 2,160Hz is used to reduce screen flickering, while 16,000-level smooth dimming helps adjust the screen brightness based on the light conditions, ensuring eye comfort.

The X90 series smartphones also boast a Dual Stereo Speaker and an X-Axis Linear Motor for a more immersive audiovisual experience and rich tactile feedback for top-notch mobile gaming. In X90 Pro, a SpeakerBoost 4.0 algorithm expands the sound field and extends low-frequency range for a more immersive experience, while the X-Axis Linear Motor provides vibration feedback for over 200 different scenarios. 4D Game Vibration is also supported.

Authentic New Design, Premium Experience

The new X90 series comes with a bold new design inspired by the Fibonacci spiral to deliver a balanced and unique look. A horizontal band, or a Skyline, is introduced on the back cover to divide the functional zones clearly. The sectional design balances the visual focus, making the camera module look less protruding.

Drawing on the design of professional cameras, the new X90 series integrates the three rear cameras into one “Big Eye” to create an integrated overall look, representing the powerful camera system inside. Coated with Corning’s Gorilla Glass and ultra-hard, anti-reflective coating on the surface, the overall hardness of the glass lens reaches 6 on the Mohs scale. It is tougher and resistant to drops and scratches and has higher light transmission. In addition, the Big Eye is enclosed within a decorative surgical-grade, stainless steel Halo Ring for lens protection.

X90 Pro comes in a timeless Legend Black color. The back is covered with luxurious pebbled vegan leather, which is environmentally friendly, stain-resistant, and durable. X90 Pro has a rating of IP68[2] for water and dust resistance. X90 comes in Breeze Blue and Asteroid Black, both featuring an exquisite fluorite AG glass back, which is smooth to the touch, and keeps fingerprints and dirt away.

About vivo

vivo is a technology company that creates great products based on a design-driven value, with smart devices and intelligent services as its core. The company aims to build a bridge between humans and the digital world. Through unique creativity, vivo provides users with an increasingly convenient mobile and digital life. Following the company’s core values, which include Benfen*, user-orientation, design-driven value, continuous learning and team spirit, vivo has implemented a sustainable development strategy with the vision of developing into a healthier, more sustainable world-class corporation.

While bringing together and developing the best local talents to deliver excellence, vivo is supported by a network of R&D centers in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an, focusing on the development of state-of-the-art consumer technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, industrial design, imaging system and other up-and-coming technologies. vivo has also set up an intelligent manufacturing network (including those authorized by vivo), with an annual production capacity of nearly 200 million smartphones. As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 60 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 400 million users worldwide.

*“Benfen” is a term describing the attitude on doing the right things and doing things right – which is the ideal description of vivo’s mission to create value for society.

Stay informed of latest vivo news at https://www.vivo.com/en/about-vivo/news

Details provided in a recent press release

Where to travel in 2023: Airbnb reveals the hottest destinations for Filipinos this year

This 2023, there’s definitely no slowing down Filipinos’ revived wanderlust. Whether it’s a well-deserved retreat to your favourite city,  exploring a hidden gem you’re visiting for the first time, or rediscovering one of the Philippines’ many beautiful islands — travel is definitely a treat that everyone is looking forward to this year.

As more countries reopen their borders and airlines add more flights to international hotspots, latest data from Airbnb reveals that domestic destinations remain top of mind for Filipinos. If you’re wondering where to travel next, read on for the top trending destinations in the Philippines, paired with the most extraordinary Airbnb Stays hosted by locals ready to provide you with their best tips (and well-kept secrets!) to make the most of your destination. 

Immerse in history and natural wonders in the country’s oldest city

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

#1 on the list is Cebu City, which has undeniably captured the attention of tourists from all over the world. The city has much to offer any type of traveler — from colorful festivals to unique delicacies and vibrant urban landscapes to nature-based adventures. For large families and barkadas planning to visit the south’s Queen city, check out these spacious homes with outdoor pools and amenities such as this mansion aptly titled ‘The Helix’ for its impressive spiral staircase and this modern 7-bedroom luxury villa with an infinity pool, both providing spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Soak up Cebuano culture and offerings in Lapu-Lapu City

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

Lapu-Lapu City is steeped both in rich cultural heritage, and its pristine white-sand beaches. For an unforgettable trip to the city, why not book Airbnb Stays that are currently trending? Check out this luxurious two-story Ouano Beach House nestled along the coast of Mactan Island with exclusive access to the beach. Another option is this rustic modern villa perfectly located near beaches and nearby islands, which also features an indoor waterfall pool and billiards table.

Live out your island dreams in El Nido, Palawan

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

Over the years, El Nido has been gradually gathering word of mouth as one of the best beach destinations in the world — thanks to its breathtakingly clear waters teeming with marine life. To fully enjoy this beach lover’s paradise, this newly-built tropical-themed villa offers direct access to Las Cabañas Beach & Maremegmeg Beach and lies a stone’s throw away from the island’s nightlife and restaurants. Another option is this dreamy and romantic designer villa perfect for couples, located just a few minutes from Nacpan Beach and with a private pool to boot.

Go on a digital detox and recharge in Coron, Palawan

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

Another popular island destination south of Luzon is Coron – home to many of the Philippines’ most unique wreck diving spots. Often considered the quieter and more laidback sibling of El Nido, Coron is definitely worth adding to your bucket list. The island offers multiple stays with amazing views — such as this lovely beachfront room which comes with stunning sunsets and island tours for a hassle-free trip. You can also rent a private bed and breakfast in this island home tucked away in a quiet cove, where you can catch the sunrise and enjoy breakfast by the veranda. 

Drive up north and cool off in Baguio’s chilly weather

Airbnb Stay 2023
Airbnb Stay 2023

If you want to take a break from the tropical heat in the metro, drive up north and stay for a week or more in the country’s Summer Capital. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Baguio — from its abundant flora and parks brimming with exciting activities, to local neighborhoods where you can soak up Cordilleran art and enjoy delicious delicacies. For those who can’t bear to leave their furry ones at home, this pet-friendly Muji-style home just a few minutes away from Burnham Park makes for the perfect stay. Those seeking some fresh mountain air can check out this chic, industrial-themed home with large glass walls showing off the lush pine trees aplenty and morning mountain fog.

All stays referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific stay or experience listings on the Airbnb platform.

Details and images provided in a recent press release.

Virtual Pandoran Ocean at Manila Ocean Park supports The Nature Conservancy

Whether or not you’ve already watched “Avatar: The Way of Water,” you would be happy to know that you can take this cinematic experience outside the movie theaters as Manila Ocean Park hosts a Virtual Pandoran Ocean showcasing the wonders of the reef until the end of January 2023.

This on-ground and digital activation is part of Disney and Avatar’s global  “Keep Our Oceans Amazing” campaign which aims to raise awareness of the challenges facing oceans and marine  life. The campaign will support non-profit, The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) work to protect 10 of our  oceans’ amazing animals and their habitats, connected to the beauty of Pandora.

Through this unique digital activation, fans in the Philippines can help Disney and Avatar “Keep Our  Oceans Amazing” by going to https://avatar.com/keepouroceansamazing/ph to create their very own  Avatar-inspired ocean creature. For every creature created in the Virtual Pandoran Ocean now through December 31, 2022, Disney US will give $5 to The Nature Conservancy US, up to USD 1 million, to help  the organization achieve its goal of protecting 10% of the ocean by 2030. 

“The entire planet depends on the health of our ocean to support and sustain it. The ocean regulates  climate, provides livelihoods for billions of people, and is home to more than half of all life on earth,” said  Melissa Garvey, Global Director of Ocean Protection at The Nature Conservancy. “We need to do our  part to protect it. That’s why we are thrilled to collaborate with Disney and Avatar on this campaign. Our  mission is driven by working together with those who believe we can shape a brighter future where  people and nature can thrive together. The film’s important message complements our work, and we look  forward to working together to protect the 10 species highlighted in this campaign and creating a healthier  ocean for all.” 

Virtual Pandoran Ocean

In Avatar: The Way of Water, fans will be introduced to a new oceanic Na’vi clan and an array of diverse  aquatic creatures, inspiring audiences to connect with the beauty of our oceans right here on Earth.  Oceans cover 70% of the planet, shelter an incredible diversity of life, and provide us with food, jobs and  more than half of the oxygen we breathe. Unfortunately, less than 8% of this unique ecosystem is  protected. “Keep Our Oceans Amazing” aims to extend Disney’s longstanding conservation legacy to help  protect 10 amazing ocean animals and their habitats.  

This new initiative will support The Nature Conservancy to protect beluga whales, blue whales, whale sharks, hawksbill sea turtles, manatees, manta rays, parrotfish, staghorn coral, sea lions, and mangroves – coastal habitats that provide important shelter for many marine species. The ocean species that have been selected can be found in waters throughout the world and many of them share qualities with the Pandoran creatures and habitats featured throughout the film. Each animal and plant species is also classified as threatened, vulnerable or endangered. The Nature Conservancy is working alongside indigenous peoples and local communities to develop multi-faceted solutions to the challenges these species face across the globe, to ensure that both people and wildlife thrive.

Virtual Pandoran Ocean
Virtual Pandoran Ocean

Disney has a long history of taking action for oceans and supporting the protection of marine life – from  our 2030 environmental goals that include efforts to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, source  sustainable seafood and invest in the protection of our watersheds, to our funding and expertise for  biodiversity protection through Disney Conservation. To date, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed  more than $120 million to support nonprofit organizations working around the world to save wildlife,  inspire action and protect the planet. Nearly $20 million of those funds have been provided to programs  that benefit marine life, communities, and the oceans we all depend on. This initiative is part of Disney  Planet Possible, tangible actions Disney is taking to help create a healthier home for people and wildlife.

Virtual Pandoran Ocean

“Disney has a rich legacy of conservation and inspiring action to protect nature. We’re proud to celebrate  the release of Avatar: The Way of Water by raising global awareness of the critical importance of  protecting oceans and marine biodiversity,” said Jennifer Cohen, executive vice president, Corporate  Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company.” 

“The Avatar ethos is that we are all connected to each other and our planet, and therefore are responsible  for positively impacting the people and world around us,” shared Avatar: The Way of Water producer Jon  Landau. “The Keep Our Oceans Amazing campaign is a way for us to invite fans from around the world to  join us in creating that impact.” 

Global audiences were first introduced to the world of Pandora in the original Avatar and fell in love with the characters, the story and the beautiful rainforests and creatures, which led to it becoming the highest grossing film of all time. As we journey into Avatar: The Way of Water, audiences will be transported to an all-new biome – the reef – and will be introduced to a new oceanic clan and an array of diverse aquatic creatures. This expanding universe underlines just how intentionally Pandora has been designed to be a metaphor for Earth. Audiences will experience the beauty of the sea and the richness of biodiversity in Pandora’s oceans.

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story  of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep  each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure. The film will have awe inspiring scenes that showcase the vibrant bioluminescence and beauty of Pandora’s aquatic landscape.  These scenes will inspire us all to consider the wonders of our own oceanic world. 

Virtual Pandoran Ocean
Virtual Pandoran Ocean
Virtual Pandoran Ocean
Virtual Pandoran Ocean

Learn more at avatar.com/keepouroceansamazing/ph

Manila Ocean Park is the country’s first world-class marine theme park and premiere educational entertainment destination located behind the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

For more news and updates on its attractions and offers, follow Manila Ocean Park on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts about Manila Ocean Park:

Photo Credits: Virtual Pandoran Ocean Pics from Manila Ocean Park. Used with permission.

Hanamaruken Ramen welcomes the new year with its latest flavor: Mabo Dofu Donburi

Are you a Japanese food fan? Are you game to widen your Japanese food horizons?

Well, here’s a piece of good news just for you!

Hanamaruken Ramen kicks of the year by expanding its delicious menu to include something quite special: the Mabo Dofu Donburi!

Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi

Your favorite ramen place translates the much-loved spicy Sichuan Mapo Tofu dish into a tasty Japanese rice bowl. Made of coated silky tofu cubes covered thick and spicy aromatic sauce topped with chopped spring onions, fried leeks and shredded red pepper on a bowl of steamed rice, it has a milder and slightly sweeter flavor is due to the use of distinctly Japanese ingredients such as miso and mirin.

Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi

Similar to other Sichuan dishes, the Mapo Tofu was popularized in Japan in the 1950s, where it was adapted for Japanese tastes through the use of local ingredients.

Today it is one of Japan’s most beloved dishes which has made its way to one of the metro’s top Japanese food destinations.

Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi

For a complete and filling Japanese meal, pair this rice bowl with a serving of Nanban Karaage (Php380), Hanamaruken’s take on the Japanese-style fried chicken glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with a side of prawn crackers and tartare sauce, and a glass of Peach Lemon Iced Tea (Php90) to chase the spice away and soothe the palate.

Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi

Hanamaruken Ramen was founded in 1982 by Takaku Arakawa, who drew inspiration from his family’s rich background in butchery to create a distinct marriage between meat and ramen, resulting to its Signature Happiness Ramen.

Aside from authentic ramen bowls, Hanamaruken Ramen also serves rice bowls, sushi and small plates of Japanese appetizers.

In the Philippines, this ramen store is managed by the Tasteless Food Group.

So go ahead and drop by your nearest Hanamaruken Ramen branch to welcome the new year with the fresh flavors of the Mabo Dofu Donburi!

Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi
Hanamaruken Mabo Dofu Donburi

This Hanamaruken Ramen branch is located at Ground Floor Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, open daily from 10am to 7pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 7043871.

Other branches are located at:

  • 2F Garden Wing, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City (+63 2 77535949 | +63 917 6212130)
  • 2F Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa (+63 2 88699857 | +63 917 6235931)
  • The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City (+63 917 6237181)
  • Ground Floor Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (+63 917 7017211)
  • Forbes Retail, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (+63 917 635 6259 | +63 2 8259202)
  • Ground Floor Santolan Town Plaza, Santolan Road, Little Baguio, San Juan City (+63 917 7032729)

You may also order for delivery at Tasteless.ph or via GrabFood, FoodPanda and Pick*A*Roo.

To stay updated on its promos and offers, follow Hanamaruken Ramen on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts on Hanamaruken Ramen:

A taste of extravagance with Kenny Rogers Roasters’ Truffle Collection

It’s high time to enjoy a bit of luxury, isn’t it?

After the deprivations of the past few years, here is a moment indulge in a little extravagance.

Well, Kenny Rogers Roasters’ got a luxuriously delicious offering just for you: its Limited Edition Truffle Collection!

Imagine this: Kenny Rogers Roasters’ classic offerings now infused with the distinctive aroma and flavor of truffle.

Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection

Truffles are a type of fungi that grow under the ground’s surface, typically around tree roots in damp areas. Since they are quite hard to source and quickly lose their potency after being harvested, truffles are among the most expensive foodstuffs in the world.

Are they worth it? I’d say!

Truffles are characterized by their complex flavors: a heady combination of earthy muskiness that’s rich in umami with just a hint of floral notes.

Now, they add a level of sophistication to your classic faves, such as:

Truffle Roast. Kenny Rogers Roasters signature juicy roasted chicken marinated in truffle extract, drizzled with truffle oil and served with buttermilk sauce.

Enjoy this posh take on the roasted chicken ala carte (Php225/quarter | Php420/half | Php800/whole)…

Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection

…or as part of a filling solo meal complete with rice, sides and a corn muffin (Php300 Solo A | Php330 Solo B).

Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection

Truffle Steak Plate (Php650). Perfectly cooked truffle-infused striploin steak served with two sides and a rich and creamy truffle sauce.

Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection

Truffle Mac and Cheese (Php200 solo | Php590 platter). Al denta pasta shells tossed in creamy truffle sauce and sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley

Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection

Treat yourself and the fam to a lavish meal at your nearest Kenny Rogers Roasters branch.

You can also have your golden dining experience at home when you order your Kenny Rogers Roasters’ Truffle Collection for delivery right to your doorstep at kennyrogersdelivery.com.ph or through Kenny Rogers Roasters’ delivery hotline +63 2 85559000, as well as via GrabFood, FoodPanda and Pick*A*Roo.

Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection
Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection

For more details about its offers and promos, follow Kenny Rogers Roasters on Facebook, Tiktok, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter

Check out my previous posts about Kenny Rogers Roasters:

Get up 70% off your fave devices with Power Mac Center’s “Hoppy Go Lucky” Campaign

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the best Apple experience! Apple Premium Reseller Power Mac Center (PMC) marks the beginning of the Year of the Water Rabbit with its “Hoppy Go Lucky” campaign, offering deals on select devices, accessories, repair, services, training, and an exciting raffle.

“As a continuation of our annual celebration of the Chinese New Year, we are ushering in luck and prosperity this Year of the Rabbit with lucky deals and promos for our loyal customers. We especially aim to support those who are looking to make their 2023 more productive and creative. To amp up the celebration, they can take advantage of special promos with up to 70% off so they welcome the new year with their favorite Apple devices,” said Joey Alvarez, Power Mac Center Director of Product Management and Marketing.

From January 18 to 31, Power Mac Center and The Loop stores nationwide, Mobile Care Service Centers, and official online stores (Web Store, Viber Store, The Loop by Power Mac Center on Lazada and Shopee, and SM Malls Online app) are hopping on board with fun promotions.

Manifest luck this year and bring home a double win! Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with savings of up to 70% discount on select RED products in participating stores. iPhone 13 cases, screen protectors, and camera lens protectors from partner premium brands are at up to 30% off when you purchase them with any iPhone 13 device.

It’s definitely ‘everybunny lucky’ when you treat yourselves or your loved ones with exciting deals on select Apple products. PMC slashes P1,500 off on AirPods (2nd gen), up to P7,500 off on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, P5,000 off on iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, and P6,500 off on iPhone 11 all throughout January.

Additionally, iPad (9th gen) is priced at up to P5,500 off the original price, while iPad Air (5th gen) is at up to P5,000 off on select stores from January 18-29.

If you’re looking to take training courses, it truly is your lucky year as they’re at a 20% discount if you enroll until January 31! Now you can learn macOS Fundamentals, Technical Troubleshooting, Apple Device Support, Apple Deployment and Management, iOS/iPadOS Fundamentals and Troubleshooting, Mac and Windows Integration Basics, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and App Development with Swift. Classes will be facilitated by Apple Certified Trainers from Basecamp — Power Mac Center’s official training arm.

All Mobile Care Service Centers are participating in the fun, too! Get 50% off on diagnostic and software fees on red devices from January 21 to 22.

Power Mac Center has one more special surprise! Three 1 Infinite Access members will win P2,023 1 Infinite Access points, which can be used to pay for purchases (1 point = P1). A single receipt with participating red Apple or non-Apple devices and accessories under the ‘Hoppy Go Lucky’ promo is equivalent to one entry. The raffle runs from January 20 to 31, 2023. Winners will be announced on February 7, 2023 on Power Mac Center’s official Facebook page.

Not a member yet? Sign up at https://bit.ly/PMC1InfiniteAccessCNY for free to start earning points and enjoy exclusive perks.

Terms and conditions apply. To read the full mechanics and other details, visit https://bit.ly/HoppyGoLucky2023PMC.

Power Mac Center has long been the go-to store for Apple products and other leading accessory brands among Filipinos for more than 20 years. It has been offering the entire Apple ecosystem, including training, education, and services. Just recently, Power Mac Center obtained the distinction of opening the first Apple Premium Partner store in the Philippines at Power Plant Mall in Makati City.

More information is available at powermaccenter.com. Be in the know of the latest updates by following Power Mac Center on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.

Details provided in a recent press release.

New Rice Baked Oysters at Seafood and Oyster Bar, The Grid Food Market

Craving for fresh oysters?

Well, the shuck-ingly good news is that you can simply hie yourself down to The Grid Food Market to eat your fill of these tasty samples of the sea’s bounty.

Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar

Seafood and Oyster Bar (SOB) operates an Oyster Cart which serves up freshly shucked oysters you can slurp right off the shell.

Yep, you can savor their briny taste and silky texture – whether raw with spiced vinegar, doused with garlic butter, heated with a few drops of tabasco or as an oyster shot – as easy as walking up to an SOB Shuck Buddy and ordering your preferred variant.

Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar

And why not?

Oysters, after all, are quite good for you. They are low-calorie sources of Vitamin B12 (said to help in keeping your brain healthy) and micronutrients Vitamin D, copper, zinc, and manganese (which help in keeping osteoporosis at bay).

But wait, there are more reasons to enjoy them: Seafood and Oyster Bar is launching three new rice baked oyster flavors.

Check them out:

Truffled Mushroom (Php280/3pcs | Php550/6pcs). The best of the land and sea meet up with oysters topped with cheese and earthy truffle-flavored rice with mushroom bits.

Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar

Herbed Chili Garlic (Php280/3pcs | Php550/6pcs). Oysters topped with cheese and herb-and-garlic flavored rice with that subtle heat from the chilis.

Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar

Creamy Sisig (Php280/3pcs | Php550/6pcs). The savory, fatty and citrusy flavors of every Pinoy’s favorite dish gets mixed in with all those fresh oyster goodness.

Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar

Curious yet? Be sure to give these a try!

Catch these fresh bites of the ocean Wednesdays to Sundays by heading straight to Stall No 8 at The Grid Food Market, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.

(PS: They will also soon be available at Public Eatery in Robinsons Magnolia.)

For more details on its menu items and offers, follow Seafood and Oyster Bar on Facebook and Instagram.

Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood and Oyster Bar

The Grid Food Market is the resident food hall of Powerplant Mall which offers a wide range of flavors to cater to various cravings.

Check out my previous posts on other cuisines available at The Grid Food Market:

Furnish your starter home with these essentials from XTREME Appliances

If finally moving to your own home is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, you’d be happy to know that doing so is no longer quite so daunting.

Just by dropping by XTREME Appliances Marikina – your one-stop shop for appliances – you can easily furnish your starter home with all the essential appliances you will need to make it your comfy and cozy haven without having to break the bank.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

To help keep your cool

Sure, fresh off the holiday season, you probably wouldn’t mind the heat so much but just wait until summertime rolls around, you’ll be welcoming ways to keep that mercury from rising.

Shop through XTREME Appliances’ range of air coolers, electric fans and air-conditioners for that gadget that will help you cool off when hot weather comes in.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

To keep your wardrobe fresh

Yep, doing the laundry is one of the most hated household chores there is. But if you’ve furnished your home with a washing machine, or a washer-and-dryer – whether top- or front-loading, laundry day wouldn’t be such a hassle.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

To help you whip up tasty creations

You can hardly get through the day without eating, right?

Don’t worry about having to eat out or order for delivery all the time because you can’t cook at home.

XTREME Appliances has a wide array of gas and conduction stoves, rice cookers, multi-function cookers, steamers and air fryers to help craft a delicious meal.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

You can wake up to a wonderful morning with a hearty breakfast made with XTREME Appliances’ oven toasters, coffee makers, e-kettles or blenders.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

Whether you’re all stocked up on your ingredients or you’re keeping leftovers, you can store them in XTREME Appliances line of refrigerators and freezers.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

To keep you relaxed and entertained

Some of the most fun times spent at home involve rest and recreation.

If you’re game for some movie- or TV- bingeing, watching a live-game or engaing in a videoke sing-along, you’ll be happy you’ve got one of XTREME Appliances digital smart TVs and speakers at home.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

So don’t you worry about setting up your starter home; you can easily outfit it with all you need to make it the place to be with a visit to XTREME Appliances.

Xtreme Appliances
Xtreme Appliances

XTREME Marikina is a franchise concept store owned and run by Artelson Retail Corp. It officially opened its doors last December 15, 2022. XTREME Marikina carries a wide range of appliances, including TVs, refrigerators, speakers, rice cookers, and other small kitchen appliances.

It is located at Unit 10&11 M-R Complex, Gil Fernando Avenue, Barangay San Roque, Marikina City (across Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall). Store is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

For more info, email artelsons@gmail.com or follow it on Facebook.

Banner photo by Freepik

Take a bite of classic Kapampangan food at SilverSpoon QC

If you haven’t gotten your fill of food trips over the holiday break, the good news is that you won’t need to leave the metro to get a taste of the best of Filipino food.

SilverSpoon Kitchenette is launching its 2023 Travel Lokal Campaign which highlights dishes that represent regional culinary traditions every quarter of the year.

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

“SilverSpoon’s mission is to give a spoonful experience to our customers – part of which is to bring something new to the table,” shares owner Decie Montefrio. “That’s why we decided to immerse ourselves and travel to places to understand to understand the culture and tradition of our local dishes and to give homage to our own cuisines.”

From January 6 to April 5, 2023, Pinoy food lovers will be able to enjoy a well-curated selection of Kapampangan dishes.

Pampanga’s culinary heritage is heavily influenced by Spanish cuisine (by way of the Spanish friars and sailors who introduced their way of cooking to the locals during the Spanish occupation), while also sharing characteristics with Malay and Mexican cuisines. Kapampangan cooks also incorporated local produce into the resulting dishes, and pioneered in methods of pre-cooking (“sangkutsa”) and food preservation, earning for their region the moniker “culinary capital of Luzon.”

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

SilverSpoon’s limited edition menu is a product of extensive research by the SilverSpoon team, made by traveling to Pampanga collaborating with a local homecook who shared heritage recipes and provided insights into Kapampangan cuisine. This menu includes:

Pako Salad. Made with local vegetable pako (fiddlehead fern) tossed with tomatoes, onions and hard-boiled eggs in a honey citrus dressing.

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

Suam na Mais. Also known as sinabawang mais, this is a healthy and hearty soup made from white and yellow corn kernels.

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

Pork Sisig. The famous Kapampangan dish made with pig’s face (“maskara”), belly and chicken liver, seasoned with calamansi, onions and local chilis. Traditionally, this dish does not include the mayonnaise and pork cracklings (“chicharon”) that figure prominently in the version present in many Metro Manila restaurants.

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

Bringhe. Also known as biringhi, it is the local version of the Valencia paella, but uses local glutinous rice (“malagkit”) cooked in coconut milk (“gata”) and turmeric which gives the dish its distinct flavor and color. Giving more heft to the dish are the bits of chicken , chorizo and vegetables that are cooked along with the rice.

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

Palitaw. Popular local rice cake dessert made with glutinous rice that was washed, soaked and ground then shaped into flat discs and cooked in boiling water. The dish gets its name from the way that the palitaw floats to the surface to indicate that it’s done. It is then topped with grated mature coconut (“niyog”) and served with toasted sesame seeds, muscovado and washed sugar.

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

Leche Flan. The classic Filipino dessert made with fresh egg yolks, milk and topped with chocolate flakes.

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

Drinks. To complement the meal, SilverSpoon serves various beverage options which include hot and iced chocolate, as well as mocktails such as Blue Lagoon (citrusy drink made with blue curacao syrup) and Shirley Temple (made with ginger ale sweetened with grenadine and garnished with a maraschino cherry).

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
Iced Chocolate
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
Hot Chocolate
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
Blue Lagoon
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
Shirley Temple

So if you feel like going back to our culinary roots and delving into our heritage cuisines, drop by SilverSpoon Kitchenette and take advantage of its Travel Lokal offerings.

Watch out for other local cuisines to be featured later in the year!

SilverSpoon Kapampangan

SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan
SilverSpoon Kapampangan

Note: SilverSpoon’s regular menu of sandwiches and rice meals is also available.

Silverspoon Kitchenette is located at 81 Scout Gandia Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, open daily for dine-in, takeout or delivery from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries, reservations or delivery orders, call +63 917 1603327. It also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Plus, here’s a special treat for your food trip!

Scan this code and present your boarding pass when you dine in at SilverSpoon to enjoy 10% off on your bill! (Applicable top dine-in transactions only)

For updates on its latest offers, follow Silverspoon on Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting event held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to facilitate an honest review and were not paid for by the attendees.

Check out my previous posts about SilverSpoon:

America’s BEST BURGER of 2022 available at The Grid Food Market until January 8

Burgers have a nearly universal appeal.

The way that ground beef patties grilled to juicy and delicious perfection, other fixins and sauces thrown in to add new dimensions of flavor, and the fluffy buns to encase all those yummy elements come together into that appetizing burger are sure to get many of us salivating.

Well, there’s a new name in burgers within the local foodie scene, and that’s Bored & Hungry.

Bored and Hungry
Bored and Hungry

The burger shop based in Long Beach, California is built around a cryptocurrency theme. Restaurateur Andy Nguyen bought three non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from the Bored Ape Yacht Club, one of which became the store’s official logo.

Initially opened as a ninety-day pop-up in Long Beach, its launch attracted over 1,500 customers, prompting Nguyen to make the restaurant permanent, offering a streamlined menu of smash burgers, veggie burgers, French fries and soda while accepting payments in US dollars and cryptocurrency.

Well, it soon made its way to Philippine shores, opening limited-time popup stores at the Marriott Grand Ballroom and at Powerplant Mall’s The Grid Food Market.

Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up

The good news is that the Tasteless Group brought it back to The Grid Food Market from December 26, 2022 to January 8, 2023, giving the metro’s foodies more opportunities to sample its much-lauded Bored OG Burger.

Made with two all-beef patties smashed thin and grilled until crispy around the edges along with caramelized onions, slices of American cheese and house-made burger sauce encased in butter-toasted brioche buns, the Bored OG Burger is an experience not to be missed; it has even been cited by Good Morning America as America’s Best Burger of 2022.

Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up

At Php395 ala carte, it’s now priced Php200 cheaper than at previous popups, thanks to the group being able to source local suppliers for the burger’s ingredients.

I just love the rich beefiness of this juicy burger, along with its the deliciously crispy edges that explode with flavor with every bite.

Burger fans who want to complete their burger meal may opt for a Bored OG Burger Combo which already includes the burger, fries and drink for Php595.

Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up

They can also just choose to order the French fries ala carte for Php150.

Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up

So don’t miss the chance to savor Bored & Hungry’s celebrated burger offering as its available for a limited time only!

Bored & Hungry’s popup store is located at Stall No 7, The Grid Food Market, R2 Level Expansion, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive corner Estrella, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila.

Bored and Hungry
Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up
Bored and Hungry Pop Up

The Grid Food Market is the resident food hall of Powerplant Mall which offers a wide range of flavors to cater to various cravings.

Check out my previous posts on other cuisines available at The Grid Food Market:

How to stick to your New Year’s Resolution to save money

At the start of every year, we usually make promises to ourselves to be better or do better at various aspects of our lives.

These New Year’s resolutions may involve taking our personal relationships to the next level, pivoting our career paths or leading healthier or more active lifestyles.

Often, we also resolve to be better with our finances, especially when it comes to our savings.

What are savings?

Savings comprise the money that we have left after we subtract our spending (the cost of the goods and services we purchase) from our disposable income (i.e. what is left of our income after taxes).

This can be set aside for planned major expenditures in the future such as school tuition, home or car purchase, vacation or even retirement.

SavingsCalculator.org
SavingsCalculator.org

Why is it important to save money?

Having ready cash to spend on the things we want (such as the wedding of our dreams or a grand graduation gift to our child) and need (such as home or car repairs) is always great for our peace of mind. Going into debt for these major items, or even for small expenses, not just adds to our stress but may also derail our financial standing in the future.

Also, in case of unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies, having some funds set aside that we can dip into so we won’t go into heavy debt is such a relief, isn’t it?

Hence, we have an urgent need to save money.

SavingsCalculator.org
SavingsCalculator.org

How to save money

We already know that saving money for our future is essential: the problem is how to go about doing it.

After all, with the rising costs of living, the near-constant stream of messages in the media to always consume, consume and consume some more, plus the emotional high we get when we acquire something, we often finds ourselves reaching for our wallets again and again.

In this kind of environment, saving money is near impossible, isn’t it?

From my experience, this can be achieved by creating opportunities to increase our income and reduce our expenses. This may sound complicated at first, but with a few adjustments in how we view and treat our money, we can soon come up with a sizable pot for our savings.

Ways to increase your income

Saving up requires you to have earnings from which you will draw your savings. Earning more money, therefore, gives you a bigger room to spend (or save) money.

  • Pursue a job promotion. If you’ve been with your current employer for quite some time, you excel at what you do and are open to taking on additional responsibilities and work challenges, going for a promotion (and the pay increase and perks it brings) is one way to significantly grow your earnings.
  • Start a side hustle. If a promotion at your current job is a long shot, you can supplement your earnings by making money out of your talents and skills that provide value. In my case, I accept content creation assignments and writing jobs for food businesses. This way, I get to sharpen my skills as a content creator which also benefits my existing job as a marketing professional, while making some money on the side.
  • Create a passive income source. You will be surprised at the ways you can make some money with little to no effort. These include property rentals, royalties from published works and sales of online products. For example, I have enabled ads on my blog and while its earnings are still minuscule at its early stages, it still adds to my earnings with no additional work required from me.
SavingsCalculator.org
SavingsCalculator.org

Ways to reduce your expenses

Increasing your income will be for nought if your expenses are increasing at the same rate, or worse, at a faster rate than your earnings. Cutting down on your spending will greatly increase the funds that you can set aside for savings:

  • Trim down your monthly bills. You hardly notice them but those monthly recurring expenses do add up. Prune off the monthly subscriptions that you no longer need or can easily replace. For example, you can limit yourself to maintaining just one video streaming subscription instead of five, or give up your gym membership and just learn yoga by watching free videos on Youtube. You should also check if you have a house leak that shoots up your water bill or set a timer for your heating or air-conditioning system to manage your electricity usage.
  • Prioritize your “treats.” Sure, you may feel like indulging yourself to a daily cup of handcrafted beverage at your favorite cafe, or getting a bi-weekly spa treatment but those little expenses do add up. Limit the frequency of your self-indulgences; not only will you save money in the long run, but the anticipation for the treats will make experiencing them even more special.
  • Shop smarter. If you’re used to winging it at the grocery or department store, it may be time to start shopping with a list. The exercise of making a shopping list involves assessing the things you have versus the things you need, minimizing overlaps or wastage.

Begin with the end in mind

By taking these tips to heart, you can find yourself accumulating savings in due time.

To really get you in the mood to save money throughout the year, it’s best to set a goal. It may be for something to reward yourself with – such as a trip you’ve been dreaming of taking or a new car – or something for your future – such as capital for your future business.

At SavingsCalculator.org, you can set the goal amount for your savings, the amount of money you currently have set aside, the interest rate and how much time you intend to save money for. The site’s calculator will then show the future value of your existing savings and how much you need to set aside each month to reach your goal.

Other calculators in the site can help you calculate:

Saving money may not get us that instant high we get from spending it, but it does set us up for a more comfortable future.

So stick to your New Year’s resolution to save money. Your future self will thank you for it!

Achieve that selfie-ready look for the New Year with the vivo V25 Series

It’s been said many times but bears repeating: capture the moments that make you feel happy, including taking your best selfies. However, it is such a bummer when you look terrific and feel so in the mood to take pictures of yourself, but your photos don’t make the Insta-worthy cut. So to help you rock the pic and look incredibly good with every click this coming year, below are some vivo tips you can follow for snapping fabulous selfies with vivo V25 Series. 

Take advantage of natural lighting 

In taking good selfies, natural lighting is the key. The golden hour of sunrise or sunset is the best time to snap a perfect selfie as it gives your face that instant beautiful glow, providing you with aesthetically appealing pictures. One thing to note though is that harsh lighting can turn things around so make sure to carefully choose the angle of the light. Try to avoid facing the sun directly so it won’t cast harsh and nasty shadows on your face. Once you’ve chosen the perfect outdoor lighting, go on and take a snap with your vivo V25 Series and be amazed at how crisp and clear your selfies will turn out with the help of vivo V25 Series’ up to 50MP Eye AF Selfie ready camera. 

Find your best angle

You’ll never know when photos will be captured so better to always be prepared for candid snaps. One of the important tricks to look your best, especially in group photos, is to find your most flattering angle. Remember, your angle must accentuate your favorite facial features. If you’re unsure which side works best for you, you can always explore and experiment by taking selfies from different angles to know which slant allows you to flaunt your best self. With vivo V25’s massive 256GB storage coupled with 16GB dynamic RAM, you can capture as many selfies as you want to find your best angle without worrying about your device’s memory space and switch between your favorite photo editing apps with ease.

Who said taking selfies are limited to a phone’s front cam? Consider snapping shots using the rear camera as well. Turn the phone upside down on the floor, stretch one foot forward and you’ll be surprised how creative the shot might be. Capture more creative shots even with low lighting using the vivo V25 Series’ Super Night Portrait feature worry free as this night vision device will definitely capture all its glory. Experiment with different angles to make sure you are photo ready whenever and wherever a camera points at you.

Let makeup and filters do the trick

Who doesn’t want to look good in photographs? Surely, not you. Thanks to makeup and filters, you can improve the quality and beautify your selfies. Applying even minimal makeup and utilizing your vivo V25 Series’ filters can add radiance to the skin and allows you to be camera-ready. So don’t hold back and snag some moisturizers, foundations, other face creams to be fully glam before clicking the cam. Feel free to explore your vivo V25 Series’ camera filters too. It is equipped with a Multi-Style Portrait feature that provides a fun and wide array of filters that allows you to present your personality. This feature comes with Motion Blur technology to accentuate the subject while blurring the background, giving your photos a greater sense of depth and story.

Smile and have fun

Going back to the daily grind after the holiday break can make you look haggard but don’t let the RTO rush steal your spotlight. Taking selfies is supposed to be fun and sometimes, cringeworthy even. So loosen up and be as playful as you’d like. Do all the kinds of poses and wackies you want with friends and loved ones — be it simple finger hearts or candid shots of the group mid-laugh. No matter what pose you’re up to, smile and have fun while you do it, and you can’t go wrong. 

Whenever you feel good about yourself, make sure to take a selfie or two (seven more!)  and show off your fun side too, because really, no one is keeping tabs on how many times you take a photo of yourself and the various poses you make. Good thing, the vivo V25 Series houses up to 4830 mAh large battery that can keep up with the fun this holiday and allows you to take photos of things that make you happy from sunup to sundown.

Now available nationwide, the vivo V25 Pro in Surfing Blue and Starlight Black is priced at PHP 29,999 while the vivo V25 and vivo V25e sporting the mesmerizing Sunrise Gold and Diamond Black colorways retail at PHP23,999 and PHP 17,999 respectively.

Filipino fans can also purchase the vivo V25 Series through Home Credit for up to 18 months or credit card options for up to 36 months payment terms both with 0% interest on installment. Head to the nearest vivo stores in your area to get a chance to score additional gifts from vivo until January 31, 2023 from its Paskong La vivo Loca Giveaway Festival. 

Customers can visit vivo’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and all vivo stores and kiosks nationwide to get their hands on the vivo V25 Series. For more information on vivo’s latest news and updates, please head to vivo’s official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube channels.

Details provided in a recent press release.

Header Photo by Ketut Subiyanto