HONG KONG:Lucky Number Eight in IKEA Shatin

HONG KONG: Lucky Number Eight in IKEA Shatin

The above “forced perspective” picture was taken by accident.

I was then about to take the picture of my younger sister and while motioning her to move a little to her left to block the view of the yellow wet floor signage at the back, an idea struck me.

I ignored the yellow wet floor sign and took the shot.

It is as if the number 8 was on top of her head. 

In Chinese tradition, the number eight (8) is one of the numbers believed to be auspicious (吉利) or lucky. In fact, it is treated as the luckiest of of all lucky numbers This is because bā” (八), the word for “eight” in Mandarin Chinese sounds similar to the Mandarin Chinese word fā” (发), which means “prosper” or “wealth.” In Cantonese, “baat” (eight) sounds similar to “faat” (fortune).

Another reason why the number eight is considered lucky is that the figure “eight” has a perfect symmetrical shape, which is equivalent to perfect balance, one that is considered ideal in Chinese Astrology.

IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer known for its well-designed, inexpensive, and functional furniture for the home, must have these in mind when it placed an ornamental plant shaped into a figure “eight” outside its store in Shatin, Hong Kong.

This particular store of IKEA in Shatin is where we dropped by right after we climbed up to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery nearby.

IKEA was founded in 1943 by 17 year-old Ingvar Kamprad. As a young entrepreneur in south Sweden, Kamprad soon turned his business into a mail order operation selling a variety of household products, particularly furniture. The first IKEA showroom/store opened in 1953 in Sweden.

The name IKEA comes from the initials of its founder (IK) plus the first letters of Elmtaryd (E), the farm in Southern Sweden where he grew up, and Agunnarvd (A), the nearby village.

The IKEA logo’s colors are blue and yellow which are the same colors of the Swedish flag.

Swedish flag.

Before IKEA was known to be seller of home furnishings, it originally sells pens, wallets, picture frames, table runners, watches, jewellery and nylon stockings, meeting needs with products at reduced prices.

Kamprad’s innovative strategy was to design functional furniture that was easy and inexpensive to build, receive it disassembled at stores, and display it on the show room floor with detailed explanation tickets, making salesperson assistance unnecessary. Employees were available for questions but the customers could choose, order, pick up, transport, and assemble their own selections. Cost savings earned by IKEA were passed through to customers in lower prices (estimated cost savings are 20-50%, compared with the competition). His stores soon became home furnishing centers, also offering restaurant facilities and play areas for children. The strategy continues to drive IKEA operations.

From the start, Kamprad’s desire to integrate social value into business practice has strongly influenced the IKEA vision. In December 1976, Kamprad wrote, “What is good for our customers is also good for us in the long run.” This objective of responsibility drives the company vision to create a better everyday life for the majority of people. The vision is realized by offering a wide range of functional and well-designed home furnishing items, at prices so low that the majority of people can afford to buy them.

Ikea will open its Philippine store soon! Abangan!

TAGAYTAY: Puzzle Mansion Bed And Breakfast Staycation

TAGAYTAY: Puzzle Mansion Bed And Breakfast Staycation

My friends and I spent one (1) night and two (2) days stay at the Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Tagaytay City.
Upon the invitation of Tita Gina Lacuna, we troop to Tagaytay for a much needed rest and relaxation sojourn.

My Kababayan from Bicol Noks loves to lie on his back even on this hard cement floor. Ha ha ha! Okay, okay, he wanted to pose ala modelo. So. pagbigyan! Ayan, I hope you achieved that model pose you’ve always wanted. We actually left him behind because he waited for his best friend to come and fetch him.  Ha ha ha!

I think Noks has a valid reason for laying on his back on that hard cement floor. According to studies, sleeping on a hard surface can be very beneficial for your back and spine because the floor does not sink like a mattress.

Missing these guys! I hope to have another out of town vacation with all of them real soon! Oh, we missed you Kuya Ted sa pictures natin! Waaa! 

With Blaire Villanueva (leftmost standing actually kicking Noks,lol) , Noks lying down, Anton aka Pusang Kalye and I aka travelonshoestring.



Boracay island is the most visited tourist destination in the Philippines all year round. It has a pristine white sand which is soft to the touch.

Since this is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines, you need to take a plane from Manila .  You could either opt to land in Kalibo, Aklan and take a shuttle to Caticlan plus a short boat ride or take a smaller plane which will land in Caticlan plus a short boat ride to the island.

If you hate the crowd you could opt to stay in station one (1) where there’s less tourist because of the hotel prices in the area. Don’t worry,  I know you want everything on a shoestring that’s why I’ll point you to the place in station one where you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg. Ha ha ha!

Just read my blog about that budget inn here

Boracay Island and its beaches have received various awards from different travel publications and agencies.

Enjoy and be safe!

12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub

12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub

If you find yourself in Makati, you can venture at Century mall and try the various offerings of 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub. Located at the 5th floor of Century City Mall. To reach it, you take an elevator to the 4th floor and then enter a separate elevator to arrive at the 5th floor.
The orange chicken at 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub is very delicious according to my friend.  You have to take my friend’s word for it because I never tried this dish yet.

I was able to try the burger and fries and it is superb. Kudos to the chef for this particular meal!

This is what I ordered, carbonara. And I shared this with Kuya Rey.  I am a bit disappointed. I think there is more room for improvement to this dish.  The chef at 12 Monkey’s should improve this particular dish. Make it more creamy and put more cheese please.
My seatmate got this for herself, a seafood spaghetti, She said it is delicious. 
At least, you and I now know what to order the next time we find ourselves at 12 Monkeys.

The waiters shared that the live music performers at 12 Monleys are musical icons in the Philippine music scene like Side A, The Dawn, Razorback, Wolfgang, Parokya ni Edgar etc.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review or a food review. 

IVANA CHUBBUCK: Acting Coach to the Hollywood Stars Up Close and Personal

IVANA CHUBBUCK: Acting Coach to the Hollywood Stars Up Close and Personal

“There is no ceiling. Human Beings could be anything they like to be!”- Ivana Chubback

Yes, dear aspiring actors and actresses! You probably have heard already about the Chubbuck technique one time or another. And guess what?  Ivana Chubbuck herself is here in Manila in the flesh! The author of book “The Power of an Actor” and the creator of the very popular Chubbuck technique used by many award winning actors & actresses in Hollywood will be holding a 2 (two) day Masterclasses in Manila! All together now- yeeeeheeeyyyy!!

Yes, that dream of yours to become an effective actor or actress is now an arms length away if not an inch closer! Be an observer and attend the two (2) days Ivana Chubbuck 2 (two) days master classes on September 3 to 4 at Dolphy Theater inside Abs-cbn compound.  See her live in action on how she coaches actors and how she transforms them from a mini to a biggie, from a flat 1 to a perfect 10! She’s absolutely a gamechanger according to everyone who attended her classes. 

Maybe this is the answer to your prayers to be a Hollywood actor/actress! Invest to the series of classes using the Ivana Chubbuck technique and improve your craft. Upgrade your acting skills. Raise your chances, up your score, advance your knowledge. After all, no one could ever tell what’s in your future! You might be the next big thing in Tinseltown!

Ivana Chubbuck has revolutionized fear and turned it into something productive through the arts.

Correct me if I am wrong, based from what I understand from Ivana herself during the question and answer portion, Ivana Chubbuck’s technique channels the negative experiences of a person into a positive force.  If that is correct then that is so refreshing! I heard it is an effective way to allow the actor to stop acting and really be in the scene.

Ivana is a rule breaker and at the same time a healer of scarred souls. 

Why a rule breaker? Adherence to the rules? Boundaries? Ahh, Ivana defies all of these by breaking free from the norm and winning big time with her unique principles.

Mind you, this technique is applicable even to those in the singing industry, theater and to life itself. Did you know that Beyonce’s acting coach is Ivana when she made the movie “Dreamgirls”? Beyonce got a lot of acting offers after that movie but Beyonce decided to quit acting and applied what she learned from the Ivana Chubbuck technique to her music videos and had dominated almost all mtv music awards since!

Tom Cruise, yes that Tom Cruise with so many acting awards under his belt, paid his tuition to Ivana Chubbuck by working as a chicken mascot in a restaurant when he was just staring out in Hollywood. He invested in his future and honed his acting skills and look at the fruits of his labor now! Amazing, isn’t it?

The 69 year-old Sylvester Stallone, tired of being a hum actor all throughout his 30 year plus career asked for Ivana’s help and had a one on one sessions with the exemplary coach. The Ivana Chubbuck technique had earned for Sylvester a nomination to a major award giving body.

Halle Berry profusely thanked Ivana for her help when she recently received an acting trophy. All other actors in Hollywood who had trained with Ivana has nothing but praises for her. It’s beyond words. You ought to discover for yourself how it is to be trained by the Ivana Chubbuck!

It is amazing how Ivanna Chubbuck turned something negative into positive.

A breath of fresh air, that’s Ivana! She’s a very down to earth and a very nice person. She smiles a lot and I find her so charming. The Pilar Pilapil deadringer is so gorgeous in person.  

“I studied anthropology in college and not the arts,” Ivana confesses.

Ivana ended up in the field of arts through her technique which she teaches to different people and brings to different parts of the world. Her book Power of an Actor had been translated to more than 12 languages incuding Japanese, Italian and Danish among others.

During the press conference early this afternoon. Ivana shared that when she was younger she was self destructing but a victor that she is, she reinvented herself from an actor to a full time acting coach in Hollywood.  Why? Because she realized that she enjoys teaching more than acting in front of the camera. I was left in awe when she speak with so much passion and said that she turned all her negativity and fear into something very productive and developed the Ivana Chubbuck technique that became so popular in Hollywood. Ivana believes that fear is universal. Along the way she discovered that her client in the US has the same fear with her other students in other countries as well.  She likened all her students to one big family whose fear and basic wants and needs are basically the same no matter where they are in the world. She observed that fear transcends religion, race and color.

I was so overwhelmed when I got to read the names of her Hollywood clientele. It is a wow as in super wow! Bigatin!!! As in! Hays, direk and Ivana that made me more curious what is the Ivana Chubbuck technique and why is it so popular?

Director Ryan Carlos is the only Asian to date which was authorized by Ivana Chubbuck to teach the Ivana Chubbuck technique

You survived. You are presently here in a space in the universe. Turn your fear as your greatest asset. Enroll now at ABS-CBN for the Ivana Chubbuck technique under the guidance of Director Ryan Carlos.

See you in Hollywood!

JADINE: New teleserye ‘Till I Met you Starts Tonight!

JADINE: New teleserye ‘Till I Met you Starts Tonight!

Good news to all kapamilya especially to all JADINE’s fans worldwide! James Reid and Nadine Lustre are now back in primetime bida time slot right after “ang Probinsyano” starting tonight with their newest teleserye offering titled “Til I meet You!(TIMY) only at ABS-CBN Channel 2 produced by Dreamscape Entertainment.

At the grand press conference held at Le Reve yesterday afternoon, the real and reel loveteam are praying and hoping that #TIMY will also be as successful as #OTWOL. If you can recall it was only in February this year that OTWOL had wrapped up and the loveteam were immediately given #timy which they shot for three(3) whole weeks in breathtaking Santorini, Athens Greece and Mykonos.

I love the aerial shots done by Director Antoinette Jadaone and second director Andoy Ranay.  Trailer pa lang panalo na!

Direk Antoinette Jadaone the “hugot” director had injected additional humor which we’ve seen from the trailer of TIMY yesterday. I particularly like the trailer showing the airport scene where Nadine thought that James( Basti) were smiling at her, it turned out that he was after all smiling at “Alejandro or Ali for short” played by theater actor JC Santos, the third wheel “bida” together with Jadine. Oh, you ought to watch the premiere episode tonight and be merry!

Nadine’s character in the teleserye is torn between her childhood bestfriend and ka MU (mutual understanding) Ali and newly met tour guide in Greece-Basti. What matters more friendship or love? Ano nga ba?

Zoren Legaspi was so funny when he insisted that Angel Aquino was their third wheel at their Santorini trip because he and real life wife Carmina Villaroel together with Angel were roommates when they roam around in Santorini. 

Carmina immediately appeased Angel and told her that she and real life husband Zoren were actually very grateful to Angel for taking care of them when Zoren got sick. Carmina thanked Angel for volunteering in buying medicines for Zoren when he got a stomach flu on their second day in Santorini.

Yeah, they should be grateful!  After all the steps to and from the drugstores were steep and tricky in Santorini especially when you’re in high heels. Add to that the language barrier.

Carmina plays the role of Cassandra, a poor woman, the mother of Iris (Nadine) while Pokwang plays the role of a  rich woman, a wife of a general whose son Ali (JC Santos) is Iris bestfriend whom she develop a mutual understanding.

“Mayaman ako dito! Believe it or not”, Pokwang quips.

The teleserye’s theme song ‘Till I Met You was beautifully sang by R&B Princess Kayla.

Don’t miss tonight’s premiere episode of ‘Till I Met You! #TIMY 


#timy #Jadine #Dreamscape #AbsCbn #JadineInSantorini #JadineInGreece #JadineInAthens #JadineinMykonos #JamesReid #NadineLustre #NadineBeautifulStory

Sunlife of Canada Quiz Night

Sunlife of Canada Quiz Night

Everybody had a blast at the Sun Life sponsored event at the Fort, BGC. There were 26 groups composed of 6 to 8 members each who participated in the event. 

The fastest hands who googled the answer with the fastest connection wins the quiz. Congratulations guys!

I took the wrong route going to BGC that unfortunate day. Instead of taking the LRT/MRT route for easier and faster access to BGC. I took the jeepney going to Dapitan from Taft. In Dapitan, I walked towards Mayon Street, rode a jeep to Welcome Rotonda then cross the highway and rode an FX going to Trinoma then walk towards the MRT on the other side of the road then took the MRT, then upon arrival at Ayala MRT Station, went down the stairs then walked towards the BGC Bus terminal and waited in a crazy long line of people for almost thirty minutes to ride the West bound BGC bus before walking at my final destination at the Fort in BGC. Because of my bad decision, I never made it to the event proper. Good thing, the PR allowed me to join the Sun Life sponsored quiz night later that evening at the tent near the BGC Signage at the Fort.

Wrong Route.

The word is not only applicable on how we move from one place to another. This also applies with our financial dealings.

I know of some guys who took the easy route. Networking. The rich quick scheme. “Kape tayo” statement became synonymous to an hour of horror listening to all their talks convincing you to invest on their networking and what have you. Again, maybe they mean well but then again I am not just interested now. Why? It’s because of a former schoolmate who asked me to joined a networking selling all those powdered drinks that they claimed to make you healthy, unfortunately the three heads I bought was all for nothing because she left me to fend on my own. Well, that made me realized that she’s there only for the money not to help me make money. So there’s a big difference there. So be careful on whom to trust.

Horror of horrors, reconnecting with lost friends and schoolmates, classmates etc. to extract money from them is a bit overboard. But that was what was being taught at their trainings. So, I guess, I’ll list that as one of my charitable acts. Very costly, not only with the amount of money I paid but also with the friendship that had gone with my money. Ha ha ha!

Networking in the Philippines is not matured enough unlike those of other countries. It is primarily based on pyramiding that when the cookie crumbles everything else smashes to the ground.

One other way is to bank on your good looks and talent. Enter the entertainment scene as an actor or actress. Or if you have a singing prowess then by all means try to be a singer. Or if you don’t have the talent maybe just maybe you could become the next Anne Curtis and enjoy fame and money that comes with it.

Another way is working your way to the top in the corporate scene. The stressfull rat race. A lot of you thinks that working in a multinational corporation would give you all the comforts in life. Well, maybe it holds true to some but not with everyone.

The route I took is entrepreneurship. Lesser number of people my age took the route I choose. Business after all is not for everyone.  Yes, think again and again before you jump into your own business. Business needs 100% of your time and attention. You have to make sacrifices, and it is definitely for everyone.

According to studies. More than 90% of businesses closed down within two (2) years of operation. Another 50% closed down after five (5) years in operation. Not everyone has the patience and the financial savvy to remain on top of his game. Not everyone are taylored to be an entrepreneur.

The ups and downs, twists and turns in this hilly terrain is really very challenging. The turbulence could come up anytime of the day that when you are caught unprepared you’ll be swept off your feet. Endangering all your hard work. Yes, even in business you could lose everything. So thread lightly.

Another way I know is combining business or work with investments. That means, you still work or do business while segregating a portion of your income for your investments. In short, you make your money work for you and not the other way around. Re-investing your investments.

As you all know, bank deposits nowadays earns less than 1% annually. And if your account falls below the regulated balance it will be automatically be labeled dormant. Poor you will end up with nothing as in NADA, Zero. Sad, but true.

I don’t know who had that crazy idea implemented in the banking industry. It made a lot of people frustrated, angry even. Your hard earned money gone with the wind. I could not blame people who just stock their money at home in their piggy bank. It made them feel more secure and safe than depositing their money in the bank.

Another way is to bet in the lotto. Unfortunately, according to studies, it is more possible for you to be stricken by the thunder twice than to win the lotto. Sigh, it is a very depressing thought. What will the future brings then? No one knows for sure. But you can choose to get ready by making investments as early as today. Make plans. Make a dream board. Take some notes and invest in your own future.

Mutual funds, stocks, UITF, bonds, etc. you name it I tried it. Yes, I’ve tried all of these instruments. And yet, I am not 100% convinced especially when it comes to the stockmarket. Why? Because in the past, I tried dipping my fingers inside the boiling kettle without proper guidance or knowledge on what I was getting into and I ended up with nothing. All my money went puff. Hays!

That is why I appreciate it when Aya Laraya was tapped by Sun Life of Canada to conduct a series of workshops dubbed as “Aral Muna, Bago invest”.

Good thing, Sun Life of Canada is bending backwards in order to give its clients a chance to know its products. I learned recently that Sun Life offers fund management for as low as Php5,000 

You must have a specific purpose for your funds. Whether it is for retirement, education, travel, gadgets, etc. Because a purpose well defined is eaily attainable than a man with no particular purpose. A man who could not make up his mind is like a loose cannon, trying to be everything ending up with nothing. 

Your Sun Life fund manager will be the one to take care of your funds while you enjoy a good quality of life. Of course, you have to pay certain fees when you withdraw your investments before the holding period ends. Holding period is about a year or two depending on the type of investments you made.

I am so excited. I want to try this Sun Life product. #ExcitedMuch

#MatteoGuidicelli #MillenialAmbassador #SunLifeProsperityCard #SunLife #QuizNight #SunLifeOfCanada #SunLifePhilippines #BrightLife #BrighterFuture #Sun #travelonshoestring #Bright

MATTEO GUIDICELLI: Named Millennial Ambassador of Sun Life Prosperity Card

MATTEO GUIDICELLI: Named Millennial Ambassador of Sun Life Prosperity Card

Matteo Guidicelli Had Found The One!

“I found “the one” already so, definitely that’s part of the plan”, Matteo Guidicelli’s answer resonates in my ears! I am so happy for my idol Sarah Geronimo for finding for herself a keeper! If you find their hiking videos and pictures so romantic, you would be bowled over by Matteo’s statement during the press con of Sun Life Prosperity Card where he was named as its millennial ambassador when asked whether a wedding is part of his future plans.

Matteo is now in the stage of investing and re-investing part of his earnings in preparation for his and girlfriend Sarah Geronimo’s future whom he said is “the one”!  One of the investments he recently made was an Italian themed restaurant in Cebu being managed now by his sister. Not putting all his eggs in one basket, he also invested some of his earnings in a prosperity fund managed by Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) asset management group on top of his other insurance policy with the company. Attaboy! Matteo you’re exactly what Sarah needs in her life! You’re the perfect example of a multi-tasking millenial who prioritizes his future over his wants. 

“Give the Gift of Prosperity, gift yourself and your loveones with a Sun Life Prosperity Card! For as low as Php5,000 you can now secure your future! Start planning for your future now”, Matteo excitedly shares.

Yes, lovely folks! All you need is Php5,000 to start your financial journey. You can then add Php1,000 or more every month or every other month depending on your financial capability. You could even opt not to touch it in the next 20 (twenty) years and be surprised on how much money you’ll earn within that period.

In this fast paced life, have you ever pause for a while and discern your priorities in life?

Are you one of those people who bought a Php45,000 phone that was the “in” thing back then? Can you still resell it at the same price now? Those gadgets you bought several years ago are either phased out or now just a paper weight. Please remember that tangible properties such as condo unit, car, clothes, gadgets, accessories, as well as your furnitures and fixtures are all subject to depreciation. 

In the past, a lot of people had fallen prey into the habit of buying (on impulse) the most modern gadgets available simply because of commercialism. Commercialism dictates what’s in, what’s not. They trick your mind into believing that your want is what you really need. 

Yes, I could relate with that 100%! I don’t know with you but whenever I see the latest phones equipped with the latest leica lens, octa-core, 128GB, Amoled you know those kind of specifications. It is so loaded that I am left in awe on how on earth did they fit in such a small gadget. The specifications you only dream of is now readily available in the market available in cash or installments. With 0% interest to boot. Then you become weak, you give in. ( Ha ha ha! I am so guilty of that plenty of times in the past). Some of them survived life as it is, some had been frugal enough to save and just live within their means. Others ended up with nothing. I don’t want to be left with nothing. Who wants to be a pauper? No one.

So now, whenever my mind would tell me, “Cha, you need that gadget and that accessories”. I always tell myself, hey, Cha, if you give in to the temptation, you’ll end up with a huge hole in your pocket. You don’t need it period. Future Cha, future! Then, I turn away. 

Yes, guys! Because of what you see on TV and in the movies, your brain mistook it for a “need” rather than “want”. So you have to counter all those mind conditioning with your own mind conditioning mantra.

It is so sad to note that almost always a lot of young people today ended up with almost zero (0) savings because they splurged on gadgets, travels and unnecessary things in life which they thought is what they needed to be happy in life. Completely forgetting about their future.

Attention millenials: Don’t be like those people, you could learn a lesson or two from their experiences and change your own future now while you still can. After all, you can’t live long enough to learn all those life lesson yourself. 

Remember time flies so fast! And commercialism greatly influence your habits, wants and life in general so thread lightly and start thinking about your future. 

You must remember that the last man or woman standing is the wisest man/woman who manage his/her finances well. Don’t fall prey to commercialism. You don’t need a lot of phones after all you only have two (2) ears. Watches? Well, unless you’re an octopus you should be happy with one or two of them, ha ha ha! Make-up? You only have one (1) face, this goes as well with your clothes, accessories, personal effects such as shoes and bags. Yeah, the “shoes” thingy hurts. You see the Imeldific part of me wanted more shoes than I could possibly wear! Ha ha ha!   

Good thing, multi-tasking millenials has now Matteo Guidicelli to look up to! Matteo recently joined the roosters of SunLife ambassadors such as Charo Santos, Piolo Pascual, Inigo Pascual and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo. Matteo Guidicelli has a Filipino and Italian blood. He is an actor, triathlete and businessman rolled into one. Matteo has well secured his future through the guidance of his dad by being frugal and wise both on his career moves and his money. 

Matteo’s Dad’s advice to him? “To be conservative with your expenses and earnings”.

“I thank my dad for constantly giving insights on how to managed my finances and investments. Did you know that in my almost ten (10) years in showbusiness, I don’t own a sports car? I only own vans, because I need space for my personal effects which I use for my commercial, TV and movie shoots”, Matteo quips.

Imagine that! Matteo Guidicelli a race car driver during his teen years don’t own a sports car! He thinks a sports car is not a practical investment. His family must have raised him well. That I think, needed a huge discipline. After all, an actor of his caliber earns a lot and could easily buy a sports car of his choice. If Matteo could resist the temptation, then so are you! Think about your future!

“Sun Life’s prosperity card is one of the initiatives taken by Sunlife Asset management group to help the millenials secure their future! It is a ready to use card that is available and affordable for everyone. All you have to do is activate the card online by filling up information on the Sun Life’s website or you could enlist the help of any of the 3,000 plus Sun Life advisors all over the Philippines”, Ms. Inah Fuentes, head of Sun Life Asset Management Group explained.

Don’t you think that’s cool??? If you do, then waste no time and head over to Sun Life’s web page now! Simply fill up the form and click submit! All of the process of registering and activating the card is done in no time. If you love doing everything online then you’ll be happy to hear that Sun Life has made it easy for you through Money for Life e-Planner. All you have to do is go to www.moneyforlife.com.ph and start your financial planning. Through the e-Planner, you can get product recommendations and even purchase mutual funds products from Sun Life Asset Management Co., Inc.

“Nothing is 100% guaranteed. The output of your investments will depend on how daring you are. The more conservative you are the lesser gain you will have but at least you’ll be safe. Just put in the money you think you could afford to loss. Don’t put everything in, save some for your other needs and if you have an excess then by all means invest it in Sun Life prosperity fund”, Sun Life President and CEO Riza Mantaring said during the question and answer forum.

My two (2) unsolicited advice in life and investing: “Just go for the basic and you’ll never lose in the game of life” and “Don’t try to hold the bull by the horn. Thread lightly!”

Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc., is the Philippines’ number one and oldest life insurance company. Sun Life has survived two (2) World wars and never left the country through thick and thin. Sun Life has a comprehensive, customizable financial planning program that ensure you’ll have a sufficient funds for every stages of your life.

Carpe Diem!

#MatteoGuidicelli #MillenialAmbassador #SunLifeProsperityCard #SunLife #SunLifeOfCanada #SunLifePhilippines #BrightLife #BrighterFuture #Sun #travelonshoestring #Bright

Be Breville-lized with Breville’s Kitchen Appliances

Be Breville-lized with Breville’s Kitchen Appliances

Yummy cookies with ice cream!  

I was Breville-lized over the weekend! The amazing cookies above were cooked using a Breville Multi-cooker! Isn’t it amazing? Amazing! Yeah!

I had so much fun at the recently held Breville Live Cooking Demo at Wofex 2016 inside the SMX in SM Moa, yes, you’re so right that’s the one near the Arena!

 Breville Multi-cooker

 This yummy Shrimp Bihon were also cooked using the amazing Breville multi-cooker

How about this?

I arrived just before the cooking demo started so I checked Breville’s booth first then sent an SMS to the PR then waited for her to fetch me by the entrance.  Yeah, I gawk at the Breville’s booth looking for her then went right back by the entrance door, three burly security guards right on my heel giving me the “dirty look”. Ha ha ha! Oh, pretty please, I don’t want to pay for the Php200 entrance fee not because I am a cheapskate but because I am invited to cover for the Breville’s demo, ha ha ha! Defensive. Okay, I am kuripot.  Thank you. Ha ha ha!

 Breville Stainless Kettle

We love the PR who invited us to this event because they love us so much. They gave us a Breville Kettle plus we got a bottle of water plus a sumptuous “merienda”. When you met a PR who’s fair & kind like them you have no other choice but to love them back!

After the PR assisted us to our seats my fellow bloggers Ro, Levy, Jherwin and I waited for all the chefs on stage to prepare everything that they needed for their cooking demo at the Kitchen Theater.

Chef Philip John Golding and I

A whole bunch of chefs are on the stage. It is as if you’re inside a real kitchen because you get to see all the chefs in action! Everybody was busy slicing meat, cutting vegetables, pre-heating the multi-cooker. It made me realized more than ever that I am not really destined to be a chef. Ha ha ha! I bet their stress levels are up on the roof!

Chef Philip John Golding is so hands on, we saw with our own eyes how he brushed aside a chef and took over the preparation. Maybe he wanted the preparation to be done in no time.  Yes, fast. As it was a live demo after all.  You could not afford to dilly dolly when you’re dealing with a live audience because everyone were waiting for your next move. 

I would like to commend the host for breaking the traditional duty of a host by helping in cooking the food while hosting. She’s not only beautiful but she’s also very articulate, the epitome of a great host indeed! Congratulations Chef!

The chefs used Breville’s multi-cooker to cook everything! It was fun to watch! At the end of their demo I am dying to have my own Breville multi-cooker. Imagine all the dishes you can cook using only one kitchen appliance! You can cook every imaginable dishes you have in mind such as the paella, curry bihon, cookies, pork adobo and other yummy dishes you could think of. I would love to devour all those yummy food! The Breville Multi-cooker is just amazing!

The blogger with Young Master Chef Louise Mabulo

This dish smells so nice!

I hope one day my dream of owning my very own multi-cooker will come true! #BirthdayWish #BrevillePhilippines

Be Breville-lized! #Breville #Australia #Philippines #BrevilleKitchenAppliances

Matstone Horizontal Juicer: A Gift of Health and Long Life

Matstone Horizontal Juicer: A Gift of Health and Long Life

In this day and age,  health should be our utmost priority.  Invest in your health. Give a gift of good health and long life to yourself and your family.
We all have different priorities in life. Sometimes we are so focused on taking care  of our loved ones and other people that we tend to forget the most important person we should take care first and foremost–YOURSELF!
Yes dear, you, yourself and no one else should enjoy the top priority.  Ask me why?  Why? Because if the giver is sickly and weak, how could he or she take care other people? 

You need to make sure that you are happy and healthy so that you can better serve others. If you are not happy and healthy, others don’t get the full benefits of your love and affection. You are the most important factor here. So take good care of yourself darling.

Heck, you are so damn right, you might be agreeing with me by now and uttering those words.
Come to think of it, we always have a tendency to put ourselves as the last priority which should not be the case.
One of the most recommended way to healthy living and loving is juicing! Maybe you’ve seen and heard various individuals talk about the wonderful benefits that juicing gives to them
Well, it’s high time for you to emulate them.
Let’s start with the most trusted brand in the market today- Matstone.  The brand has been in the Phillippines in the last 20 years. Imagine that!  A lot of Filipinos attest that Matstone is durable and really does its purpose.

I had the privileged to be invited by Matstone and I had a chit chat with Dr. Kim at Matstone’s booth at SMX

Dr. Kim demonstrate the health benefits of slow-juicing to the public.

I was amazed how great tasting the juices were that they made from the Matstone slow juicer.

I have not yet uploaded the video of the actual demo made by Dr. Kim at the Matstone booth during the Wofex 2016 at the ground floor of SMX in SM Mall of Asia.  But read on what I learned about this wonderful juicer from Dr. Kim…


I learned from Dr. Kim that he personally know the owner/ manufacturer of Matstone in South Korea. He said the owners are more interested on imparting the value of good health than in making a profit. That’s why he said he really wants to help them by proliferating juicing using Matstone Horizontal Juicer here in the Philippines.
Juicing plus a lifestyle change is the answer to battle a lot of illnesses that makes life difficult for some of you!

The Matstone juicer is so durable that some clients reported to have not encountered any problem in ten years time. Whoahhh! That is just so amazing! Incredible even! Matstone had been selling its juicer in the Philippines in the last twenty years and would continue to do so in the years to come.

Love yourself!