Thursday, November 26, 2015

the body shop holiday gift sets 2015

Holidays,  Christmas Shopping.

Have you started buying gifts yet? I haven't. Nakakatamad. Hahaha :P I'm not mean or ungrateful, I just find the task daunting. Traffic, so many people on my list, so many decisions to make. Where do I even begin?!

Can relate?

If you aren't a "skilled" gift-giver like me, there's always The Body Shop! :P And this year, they're giving us more reason to relax and let them do all the legwork for us (while making sure our loved ones are still happy come Christmas morning).

the body shop holiday gift sets 2015
body shop holiday gift sets 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#bu10 ticket giveaway

Bloggers United 10 x World Bazaar Festival 2015 x SMART Prepaid: A Holiday Dream Come True

One can only imagine the possibilities when the country’s top fashion bloggers come together under one roof, let alone with the country’s longest running annual charity bazaar and the #1 telecommunications company in the country. What is certain though is that the combo will make for the hottest holiday event of the season.

WBF x BU10

Founded in 2011, Bloggers United is a series of bloggers’ bazaar held in the metro to serve as a platform where bloggers can network and interact among themselves to nurture the online Filipino community through a celebration of beauty, fashion, and style. As such, a collaboration with WBF entails a brighter opportunity for Bloggers United to reach out to the blogging community for a more meaningful and exciting experience this holiday season.

Among the attendees of this year’s Bloggers United are top bloggers as well as style and fashion personalities such as Sarah Tirona (me, haha!), Vern & Verniece Enciso, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, David Guison, Laureen Uy, Camille Co, Kryz Uy, Lissa Kahayon, Dani Barretto, Patricia Prieto, Mikyle Quizon and Divine Lee - promising a one-of-a-kind shopping experience presented by SMART Prepaid. In keeping with the spirit of the yuletide season, the event is likewise a part of a wider effort to promote charity as part of the proceeds of WBF 2015 will be for the benefit of the ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. 
When asked about the inspiration behind the partnership, JR Ang, marketing director of leading events organizer Worldbex Services International enthuses, “The last time that we partnered with them was last 2013 and the feedback on the event was immensely good. This is why we invited Bloggers United back for the 15th installment of the World Bazaar Festival.”

In addition, Ang expresses, “We hope for the event to give the bloggers a stage for them to get up close and personal with their readers and in turn provide everyone with a fun filled shopping trip no one will forget.”

Don’t miss out on the most stylish event of the holiday season!

The 15th World Bazaar Festival will run from December 4 until December 21, 2015 from 10am to 12mn (Fri-Sun) and 12nn to 10pm (Mon-Thurs) at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Tickets are priced at P80.

For more information and updates:

Bloggers United
T: @bloggers_united
I: @bloggersunitedph

Official Hashtags:

Event Partners:

Smart Communications
T: @smartcares
I: @smartcares

World Bazaar Festival
T: @worldbex
I: @worldbex


Major Sponsors:

Media Sponsors:


To join, simply tweet: "hope to win tickets to  #BU10xWorldBazaar from so i can shop #sarahtirona's closet!" 

Make sure to leave a comment below with your name and twitter handle so I can contact you if you win. Good Luck and see you at #BU10!!! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ye!! bubble bluetooth speaker with power bank hands on review

A bluetooth speaker that also functions as a power bank for the price of one.

A dream come true for adventurers who like to travel light.

And that's exactly what the Ye!! Bubble is all about.

ye!! 2 in 1 bluetooth speaker and power bank
ye!! bubble review

Monday, November 23, 2015

concha y toro wine appreciation night at the champagne room

No one in their right mind will ever turn down an invitation for a night that promises excellent wining and dining at Manila Hotel's Champagne Room, right?

So despite my lola -self usually deciding to turn down an evening invitation almost immediately, I made an exception for this.

And I'm glad I did.

concha y toro wine appreciation night
concha y toro wine appreciation night
The swanky degustation was made possible by family-owned winery: Concha Y Toro.

Concha Y Toro is renowned as the Latin America’s leading and largest wine producer and exporter. For almost 130 years, the winery continues to be family owned. Just recently, it has made its way to the top by gaining the No. 1 position in the 2015 “Power 100: Most Powerful Wine Brands” 

concha y toro wine appreciation night
jose cancino concho y toro
The evening began with a short speech made by Jose Cancino, the South East Asia Regional Manager of VCT Group of Wineries Asia, who flew in especially for the event. Can you believe he's only 29?

Some interesting details discussed about the different labels under the Concho mother brand were:

How 4 decade-old Casillero De Diablo got its name.  This best value wine from Chile has also been one of its most sought-after which led to numerous burglaries by the locals. To counter this, they decide to spread the rumor that their cellar was haunted. Hence, the name and true enough, once word got around, people stopped stealing from them!

concha y toro wine appreciation night
concha y toro wine pairing
Okay? Let's begin! 
Get your pen and paper ready, these notes might come useful especially with all the parties to host this holiday season.

concha y toro wine appreciation night
cauliflower panna cotta and lobster medallion at champagne room
I. Cauliflower Panna Cotta and Lobster Medallion
(basil dressing, red beets)

Paired with: 
Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Casablanca, Limari and Rapel Valleys
Color: Light greenish yellow
Aroma: Fresh with hints of citrus. Presence of pear, lime and a tropical touch
Palate: An elegant wine due to its intensity and balanced acidity. The citrus characteristics from the coastal areas of the Central Valley stand out. Fresh from beginning to end.

concha y toro wine appreciation night
green pea soup champagne room
II. Green Pea Soup  
(poached quail eggs, truffle oil, pancetta crisp)

Paired with: 
Casillero del Diablo Sparkling Brut
Origin: Limari Valley
Color: Bright with a gorgeous pale yellow color. Very delicate and with small bubbles
Aroma: The first impression delivers the Limari Valley’s austere citric notes. Green apple aromas stand out over a mineral base, complemented by hints of clay biscuit, to create a fresh, highly aromatic wine
Palate: The minerality appears first and strong. The acidity is marvelous and friendly thanks to the fruit character mainly lime and quince. Some small touches of the yeast lift the elegance thanks to the presence of Pinot Noir.

concha y toro wine appreciation night
oven roasted chilean sea bass
III. Oven Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
(roasted cherry tomato salsa, pesto risotto, green asparagus)

Paired with:
Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay
Origin: Limari Valley
Color: Light yellow
Palate: Combining richness with elegance and vibrancy this ripe, delicious wine serves up tasty white pear, mineral notes and toasty hazelnut. Deeply concentrated with silky texture and layers of ripe, opulent fig, pear and mineral flavors. It finishes with a long and vibrant character

concha y toro wine appreciation night
grilled australian veal rack
IV. Grilled Australian Veal Rack
(marsala sauce, set on herb-cheese polenta, bouquet of autumn vegetables)

Paired with:
Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere
Origin: Peumo Vineyard, Cachapoal Valley
Color: Dark and deep red
Palate: It has a classic Peumo Carmenere profile of intense dark plums, black currants, and dark chocolate. It is modern in tannins which are soft finely ground. The wine shows firm tannic structure, with a crisp bite of acidity

concha y toro wine appreciation night
ohaina chocolate gateau with creme anglaise
V.               Ohaina Chocolate Gateau with Crème Anglaise       
Café ou The’Pralines

Paired with:
Frontera Moscato
Origin: Itata Valley
Color: Bright yellow with golden notes
Aroma: Fresh fruit, flowers and hints of honey
Palate: Fresh, sweet, slightly acid and good persistence

concha y toro wine appreciation night
concho y toro wine appreciation at champagne room
 My favorite wine of the night: Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

Although I consider myself more of a red wine drinker, I couldn't deny the unique and refreshing flavor of the Casillero. It's a perfect wine to enjoy on hot nights and it can go with almost anything.

Favorite dish: Sea Bass. Not gonna say much, I wanna leave it as a surprise, just do yourself a favor and try it.

What I learned?

A good wine doesn't have to be expensive. Of all we sampled, the Casillero was one of the cheapest (in the P300-400 range if I remember right) but it was a favorite for most of us at the dinner.

concha y toro

Concha Y Toro carries several wine brands including Don Melchor, Marques de Casa Concha, Casillero del Diablo, Trio, Sunrise and Frontera. The said brands are distributed by Fly Ace Corporation in the Philippines.

Another great holiday gift idea for colleagues and loved ones. Wine is never wasted.


Friday, November 20, 2015

cpk new menu offerings

California Pizza Kitchen steps up to its game as it rolls out a new menu of creative, innovative and inspiring dishes.

"We innovate regularly by making sure we introduce new pizzas, pastas and entrées. But even if we're constantly reinventing our menu, we make it a point to stay true to the California heritage that Filipinos have embraced for 18 years. I think the menu simply reinforces our tradition and our belief that by continuously delivering great food and service, we can keep a brand young, fresh and vibrant"

-Archie Rodrigues, Global Restaurant Concepts' President and CEO.

Okay, so enough with the suspense! Read more to find out what the new dishes are, which ones you should chuck, take to bed and marry...

Baja Shrimp Pizza
Baja Pizza - P545

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

malaysia tourism hunt day 4: facing my fears at pd ostrich show farm (Part 1)

Do you wanna know what it's like to face your fears?

It's scary. :P

Welcome to....

DAY 4 - THE MOST INTERESTING (?!), EXCITING (?!) and MEMORABLE CHALLENGE of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015 for me.

Why? Read more!

malaysia tourism hunt day 4

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

chelsea clothing fall/winter 2015 collection launch

Functional clothes that you can wear from the office to the pub to a swanky hotel and still look like you belong...
That is what London based brand Chelsea is all about. 

If you like prints, this is a must-read for you!

chelsea clothing fall winter 2015
chelsea clothing