Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Working Day: John Walker and Sons Voyager in Manila

Still speaking of my day job, because quite frankly this is the only eventful part of my life these days, I've been fortunate to be part of the team who worked on the successful John Walker and Sons Voyager event held in Oceana, SM Mall of Asia Compound last October 29.

The luxury yacht gathered Manila’s crème de la crème to experience the pinnacle of luxury craftsmanship, heritage and modern innovation, and launch the new rare triple malt, JOHN WALKER AND SONS ODYSSEY. While I'm perfectly fine with my mojitos and margaritas, and as I'm yet to develop a taste for seriously fine whisky, witnessing the Johnnie Walker event alone left me with so much awe and inspiration from the game-changing heritage left by the Walker family.

Making the Philippine stop of the Voyager even more special, John Walker and Sons celebrated and paid tribute to four outstanding Filipino game changers – Business magnate and social entrepreneur Joey Concepcion (man behind Selecta, RFM and so much more), Fashion genius Rhett Eala, world-renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue (he designs furniture for no less than Brad Pitt), and award-winning film maker Brillante Mendoza. I was truly humbled before their presence. 

The Voyager in Manila. Photo from Stephen Cheng

Big hugs to the EON-Diageo Team! I'm so proud of you, good jjjooooeeeb! No wonder you were seated in the "game changers" table! :D 

More photos including OOTNs soon!

From the Nook,

Monday, October 29, 2012

Promo Alert and Rocking My Day Job

Ola, everyone! Just a quick quick update on why this girl is missing in action the past days, despite my sacred vow to blog more often. Well, first things first: my day job.

We recently launched the Ferrari Model LEGO Collection by Shell here in the Philippines. This is truly close to my heart because hey, I'm a LEGO baby! I have a small suitcase full of LEGO bricks which I shared with my big brother when I was about 8. I'm truly a fan and I think I owe part of my creative knack on this amazing toy. 

Just a little trivia, did you know that LEGO bricks were invented from spare wooden blocks bound to get trashed? LEGO was invented by wooden toy carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen of Denmark in the 1940's. And boy, LEGO have gone a long long way from a carpenter's workshop to a toy empire that it is today. 

Thanks to exclusive promotions such as Shell's, LEGO fanatics now have the opportunity to get special Ferrari cars made of LEGO bricks. This promotion is so limited, it will only run until November 30! So guys, you know where to head for your next pump up. 

Riding the lifesize LEGO car makes me feel like a winner! :D
Aren't they the cutest???
Team Pagoda. :D
Ready to collect them?

o   Ferrari F150° Italia – A LEGO Group reproduction of the race winning 2011 F1™ car includes the options to change the livery to that of either Felipe Massa or Fernando Alonso

o   Scuderia Ferrari Truck – The familiar transport truck is a key part of the Ferrari motor racing team and brings another dimension to the exclusive model collection. The LEGO version of the cab has been carefully designed to include realistic details on the lights, radiator and front grilles

o   Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto (SWB) – A real legend of the motoring world; not only one of the most beautiful vehicles ever created, but also the first Ferrari road car to use disc brakes. Its distinctive round headlights work seamlessly in LEGO bricks, mirroring the beauty of the original

o   Ferrari F40 – One of the most recognizable sports cars of all time. Its classic aerodynamic form and distinctive square rear spoiler are both instantly identifiable and are translated perfectly with LEGO bricks

o   Ferrari FXX – The latest high-performance racing evolution of the Ferrari Enzo, one of the most powerful cars in the world. The LEGO version comes in black livery and reflects much of the Ferrari FXX’s sleek styling

o   Ferrari 458 Italia – Arguably the most iconic car in the current Ferrari range, making it a natural choice to be part of this promotion. The LEGO Group have pulled out all the stops to reproduce its signature details from a triple exhaust to multi-LED front lights to create an authentic and exciting toy

If you want to see and ride the lifesize LEGO car, catch it on display at SM Megamall from November 2-4. For more info on the promo, visit their official website. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #LEGOmodelFerrari.

I have one more event to rock and roll tonight, then it will be back to regular  programming. Happy LEGO Monday!!! :D 

Excited from the Nook,

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Product Review: Sakura Hand and Foot Care

I received some products for review from our folks from Sakura a while back. Admittedly, I tend to stick to products I find effective for a long time and try to avoid wastage by using up my current favorites before opening a new lot. Thus, it took me a while to get my hands on some of the hand and foot care products that arrived in the mail. I specifically road-tested the Sakura Foot and Heel Lotion and Sakura Hand and Nail Cream, because (so sorry for the TMI) my feet are really really dry and rough from all the shoe abuse and endless walks in Makati. They're actually fugly!

Image from Sakura Facebook Page

Sakura Foot and Heel Lotion
  • Smells very clean 
  • Light consistency that's easily absorbed by the skin
  • Deodorizing effects 
  • Not enough moisture for my very rough, dry feet

Sakura Foot and Heel Lotion is an okay product. It can solve minor dryness, especially for the "back" of the feet and around the toes, but I need more moisture to help with the rough heels and balls of my feet. 

Sakura Hand and Nail Cream 

  • Good moisturizing properties 
  • I find this useful for my nails; good to use after getting manicure and pedicure
  • Keeps my nails moisturized and healthy looking
  • The smell can be improved; it smells a medicine-y which doesn't appeal to me very much

I think the Sakura Hand and Nail Cream performs better as a nail product, and so that's what I use it for. I bring it with me when I get my nails done, and ask the technician to apply this after cleaning and before applying nail polish. 

I'm currently testing the Black Beauty Shampoo they sent. It's too early to tell, but on an "after-shampoo effect" basis, the Black Beauty Crystal Anti-Dandruff Shampoo seem to be faring well. My hair stays soft and smooth despite its anti-dandruff properties known to make the hair dry. Will post about it next! 

Visit Sakura's FB page for more info.

Cheers to well-pampered hands and feet!

From the Nook, 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Date with The Phantom

I almost purchased my own ticket to see the famed Phantom of the Opera at the CCP, after reading what my BFF had to say about it. Since it's only a few weeks before the show closes, the cheapest tickets available were on the steep 4,000 Peso mark. The last time I spent that much on a musical is for Wicked in Singapore, but then, I didn't bother so much to convert SG Dollars to Peso anymore, and I was there for a training anyway. It was also near my birthday, so Wicked seemed to be the perfect gift. I never regret a single minute (or dollar for that matter) I spent watching the show. I was in awe most of the two hours, teary eyed more than once, and so if Wicked is indeed coming to Manila, I'll be among the first to line up. Trust me, you SHOULD, too. :) 

Anyways, I decided to be practical and let go of The Phantom of the Opera, but I guess the heavens heard my inner longing for something to feed my soul and break me out of somber. This came to my mailbox the next day.

To make things more crazy, my team mates and I accepted this challenge, too. 

And we didn't stop at immortalizing just one character, it has to be the power three!

The Phantom, Christine and Raoul, whom we later changed to Carlotta escorted by the new opera owners! Haha. WE WON! Woot! Now we just have to think of ways to share the Blackberry Playbook.  

Of course I have to look more decent for my Phantom later that day.

OOTN: Meeting the Phantom

With my colleagues Tina, Jill and our Founder and CEO, Mr. Junie Del Mundo.

I'm no technical expert with musical shows, but I can definitely appreciate bonggang production, good musical arrangements and powerful performances. 

My takeaways for the night:
  • I equally love Think of Me, All I Ask of You and Music of the Night - but the most striking song (and scene) for me is The Phantom of the Opera.  It's funny how my boyfriend told me I was singing this song while sleeping in the car! =D
  • The production is impressive, seamless and really at par with what I've seen in Marina Bay Sands. To those who've seen this, don't you think the boat scene is just magnificent? My eyes were glued at the floating candles!
  • Boys will be boys, well most of them. I watched with the whole EON Team, and while the girls are teary-eyed and raving nonstop during the 20-minute break, most of the boys were just nodding and smiling. I probably need to inject them with some hormones. 
  • The Phantom of the Opera, like most musical shows with international cast, is admittedly expensive. Cheapest tickets still cost more or less Php 2,000. But coming from a very practical girl like me, it's still worth it. The music, life lessons, cultural gains and the overall experience of witnessing such a powerful display of talent, art and human nature is just priceless. With that, I'm willing to save up to see more musical shows. No more fancy lattes for now! =P
  • The actors did a great job. Christine (Claire Lyon) , Raoul (Anthony Downing) and even Carlotta (Andrea Creighto) were amazing! But I have to say Phantom (Jonathan Roxmouth) made me, and the whole of Manila, fall in in love with him. He's complex and downright brilliant.  
Forgive the Fan Girl!

Thank you for gracing Manila! =)

Thank you to EON for the best Anniversary treat so far. It will be hard to match this next year, but I will be waiting! 

Cheers to more musical shows to hit Manila! 

From the Nook,

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: Charm Travel Pointed Foundation Brush

Contrary to what my friends think, I'm not excited to do makeup everyday. It's still much more of a necessity on top of my love for anything beautiful, and it can be tiring sometimes. Truth be told, my skin is far from perfect, so I can't pull off a naked face at work and that's when makeup comes in handy. But do we really have to spend most of our morning to do makeup? Of course not. Women nowadays are amazingly double or triple hatting roles everyday. Work, friends, family, me time, even social networks leave our calendars full to the brim that spending an hour doing makeup everyday is no longer practical.

You may remember my post about how I do my makeup in 10 minutes, and the first and probably the most important step is applying foundation (and concealer if necessary). This is always crucial for me, as applying foundation hides imperfections, improve skin appearance and set a clean canvass for the rest of your makeup. To get a flawless base, make sure to use the correct foundation shade (yes, there's a reason why there are testers) and use correct makeup tools. Fingers can suffice sometimes, but brushes can make a lot of difference, and is a lot less messy. 

Speaking of applying foundation perfectly, the Charm Travel Pointed Foundation brush, I have to say, is really worth while. It may look unassuming, but it delivers its promises, and that's what's important. It's designed to be used to blend cream/liquid products to achieve a flawless finish. It also has a gently tapered tip that allows precision on targeted areas - sides of the nose, corners of the mouth, under the eye or just about any folds and corners that a regular foundation flat brush may miss.

Swiped from Beauty and Minerals FB Page

My two cents worth:

  • It's vegan. Yay for animal lovers like me. :) 
  • Size is perfect for my hand, not too long nor too short. Diameter is just right, too. Slipping is not a problem.
  • Brush is dense, and the white tip shows how much product you have on the brush
  • Versatility. The tapered end is perfect to reach corners of my nose, and some fine laugh lines around my mouth. I use it to apply concealer under my eyes, I even use it to apply cream highlighters under my brows.
  • No funky smell, no bleeding and no shedding at all
  • Handy and blends perfectly with my Charm Holiday set (my first love!) 
  • Reasonably priced at Php 399.00 
  • Available online and in some leading malls. Check out exact locations by visiting their website HERE 

See how it fits my hand? Like a glove!

If there's anything I don't fancy much about this brush is that it's baby pink, which I'm not very much into. But color is just a preference, and I'm among the very few girls who's not into baby pink anyways. I love their Travel Pro V3 in HOT PINK better. 

 Charm Brushes are worth the money, my first set is almost four years old and is still in very good condition. I hope you are also aware that they recently launched another mind-blowing brush set in fierce animal print, and darn, it's calling my name!  

Limited edition Charm SONIA brush set is primal, unadulterated LOVE!

Makeup noobs, experts or not, Charm offers a wide variety of brushes that deliver. They constantly reinvent their products and more importantly, Charm is proudly Filipino and world-class. 

To know more about their products, visit

Happy Tuesday, and praying that Wednesday will be good to us! :)

From the Nook,


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: STRIP Manila's The Sweetest Thing

Do you remember this scene when the European gigolo had his boom-boom waxed? Like Deuce, I don't feel very at ease with waxing, I feel like it's torture in the name of vanity, at least that's before I got introduced to STRIP.

When Kira invited me to try the newest wax of STRIP Manila, I almost faked being sick (Haha, peace, K!). To begin with, I'm not really balbon (hairy); aside from my crown, I'm virtually hair-less. Yup, I have none on my pits and the scarce hair I have on my legs are really really fine to be even bothersome. I lived for the last 27 years without a real need for depilatories, more so waxing. Second and more importantly, my first (and last until today) waxing experience was nothing short of a bad memory. It happened a few years ago, when getting a Brazilian was yet to become popular.To cut the story short, the unfortunate, cold, sugarwax used on me was a complete fail. The repetitive pulling made my skin very sensitive, it was so painful I had to stop in the middle of the procedure and I ended up with red, irritated, bumpy skin. Obviously, that made me waxphobic, if there's even such a thing. 

I attended the launch of the newest wax from Strip Manila which is aptly named New York Vanilla Cupcake Wax last Thursday, where I mustered all my courage to give Brazilian a second chance. After all, the folks from Strip Manila gave a very thorough product briefing to the guests on what makes their wax different from anywhere else.The Managing Director, Ms. Tab Abad, explained how Strip takes pride in three important things: Hygiene, Speed and Quality.

Strip Manila's newest , limited time offer.
Tab Abad of Strip gave thorough product briefing to bloggers and press. They even have a Brazilian Virgin guidebook to assure you that Strip knows what they're doing down there.
The New York Vanilla Cupcake Wax smells sweet and calming. It's a soft, hot wax that promises the sweetest way to remove unwanted hair.

Aside from hygiene, speed and quality, Tab proudly informed us that the pain level when doing their Brazilian Wax is rated at only 2-4 out of 10. I didn't take  her word for it, and I was really skeptical at first. I mean, how can pain from uprooting hair be so minimal? I had to try it for myself, and so I did! :D 

I took down notes to share, of course.

  •  I vouch for Strip Manila's claims on hygiene, speed and quality. They don't take chances when it comes to bacteria spread and infection, therefore, they strictly implement NO DOUBLE DIPPING. The spatulas are disposable so you're sure that each one will touch your skin only once. The Striperellas (who are nursing graduates), also wear latex gloves, and provide personal wet packs for all clients. The private room is well-ventilated, well-lit and is fully equipped with all sanitizers and disinfectants needed. 
From Strip Manila Facebook Page 
  • SPEED. The whole procedure only lasted for about 15-20 minutes, a far cry from the 30-45 minutes average waxing time from other salons. 
  • QUALITY. The Striperellas have undergone professional training, some were even sent to Singapore to ensure that they are skilled and knowledgeable, and ready to take on the bushes! :P 
  • The new New York Vanilla Cupcake Wax smells divine, with a very soft and delicate texture. It feels nice against the skin, and its warmth is actually very soothing. I cannot compare it to other variants they have since this is my first time to try hot wax, but on its own, I'm quite satisfied impressed!
  • They weren't bluffing when they claimed pain is minimal. Compared to cold wax, pain is so much less and highly tolerable. I think the efficiency of their wax is actually the key. No repetitive pulling so the skin is not traumatized. For me, the soothing temperature of the wax also helped manage the discomfort even further. For a girl with almost zero pain tolerance, it's a relief to know that I can now opt to wax whenever I want to without wincing on every pull. 
  • I like Strip's candid, friendly but professional tone in dealing with their clients. Despite being in year 2012, Filipinas are still somewhat shy to talk about waxing or Brazilian or just about anything to do with their private parts. It's good to know that Strip offers a comforting, professional space that takes care of every girls' hygiene or hair woes. As Strip Manila says, nothing to be ashamed about - it's just hair!
  •  Strip Manila is no ordinary waxing salon. They offer premium products, services and overall pleasant experience, and is acknowledged internationally. Therefore, it's no surprise that Strip Manila belongs to the pricier end of the market. Full Brazilian costs Php 1,200 which is a little steep; but then again, this is a classic case of getting what you paid for. I don't mind shelling out a little more, especially that I only have to do it every 6-8 weeks.

If there's anyone who breathes sexy in my book, it's got to be Eva. So who am I not to listen?
Strip Manila partnered with Sweet Patti Cakes to make yummy Vanilla cupcakes exclusively for the launch. Nyum!
For lakas ng loob: Monique gives out Vanilla Vodka shots with Cinammon-dipped lemon
It's been ages since I last joined a bloggers event, and it felt so nice to see some familiar faces again! Thank you to the very sexy,  Martha, for the photo, and to Kira and Monique for the invitation. :)

Have you tried waxing full Brazilian? Will you dare? :) 


Strip Serendra
2nd Floor Serendra Bonifacio High St.
Bonifacio Global City Taguig 1634
T  632 901 0892

Strip Greenbelt 5
4th Floor Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center
Makati City 1200
T  632 501 3997


From the Nook,