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NEW Starbucks: Teavana Frozen Teas 2017

Here’s something new to look forward to at Starbucks Philippines, the new Teavana Frozen Teas from Starbucks! Perk up your day with cool new flavors that are not just tasty but instantly refreshing. It’s a brand new experience for Starbucks Teavana lovers with the new frozen teas on the menu. They come in the following flavors and are available now.

What to Order: Starbucks Teavana Frozen Teas

Teavana® Frozen Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe – Chamomile tea is known for its relaxing and calming effects. Imagine a taking a break with this handcrafted frozen tea that’s also infused with aloe. Aloe is popular for its health and cosmetic benefits, with the Frozen Chamomile Tea you’re not just relaxing but also doing good for your mind and body! Kyoho grapes are known for being one of the largest and sweetest type of grapes. The Kyoho grape used by Starbucks is already peeled and adds a fruity touch to their Frozen Chamomile Tea.

Teavana® Frozen Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls – A crowd favorite, Hibiscus tea is perfect for those who love a fruity and sweet tasting tea. It is also a bit citrus-y which is very refreshing on a hot or busy day. Teavana’s Hibiscus drinks are not complete without pomegranate pearls that compliments the berry flavors of Hibiscus. Try your favorite Teavana Hibiscus in frozen tea form for a new kind of tea experience!

Starbucks Teavana Frozen Tea Prices:

Tall – ₱ 150
Grande ₱ 165
Venti– ₱ 180

These two new handcrafted beverages are prepared icy-smooth and with the finest Teavana® teas and premium ingredients. They are perfectly slushy and slurpy perfect for the Philippines’ humid weather or just when you really need to take a break and cool down. Everyone deserves tea time and tea time will never be the same once you try these Teavana Frozen Teas.

NEW Starbucks Lunch | NEW Salad Cups

What’s the best time to visit Starbucks? Nowadays, it’s lunch because they always have new and exciting lunch food items that vary from light like salads to something heavier like lasagna! Don’t miss out on these new Starbucks Salad Cups that come in the following variants:

Oriental Vermicelli Chicken – Vermicelli noodles tossed in oriental dressing with crunchy vegetables, crispy fried wanton strips and sesame chicken slices.

Arugula pasta salad with creamy parmesan – Al dente tri-color fussilli pastsa, fresh tomatoes, black olives and bell pepper on bed of arugula with creamy parmesan dressing.

My favorite is the Arugula pasta salad. Just the other day, I enjoyed it with a soy cafe latte for brunch. It might be a weird combination for some but I loved it! I will try it next time with a Frozen Teavana Hibiscus Tea and enjoy it al fresco.

NEW Starbucks Card

If you’re going to enjoy these new Starbucks items, be smart and do it with a Starbucks Card! Not only are they a treat to collect, especially with this new maple leaf designs but earning rewards points is life for Starbucks fans :)

Which of these new Starbucks items do you want to try? Enjoy your next tea time at Starbucks!

Top 5 Must-Try at Sofitel Spiral’s Flavors of India | September 11-17

Sofitel Philippine Plaza gives patrons the best reason to keep dining at Spiral through Flavors of the World. Flavors of the World is a culinary celebration that highlights exotic flavors from the culinary world. This means that at least every quarter, patrons can always expect new gastronomic adventures and experience at the Spiral buffet.

This September, the French luxury hotel celebrates the exciting flavors of India. From September 11-17, Spiral’s Indian Master Chef Halim Ali Khan enhances his sumptuous selection at the North Indian Atelier (Indian food section at Spiral). Chef Halim adds more dishes that originate from different regions of India from Mumbai to Kashmir.

Top 5 Must-Try Indian Food at Spiral’s Incredible India | Flavors of the World

1. Start your incredible Indian food journey with Sev Puri

Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles. It is made from chickpea flour paste, seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and deep-fried in oil. 2-3 pieces of Sev Puri is enough to whet your appetite for other distinct Indian flavors and fare. Pair it with any of the featured Indian beverage such as their blended mango-yogurt drink.

2. Satisfy your Indian Rice craving with Kashmiri Pulao

Kashmiri pulao is a very popular Kashmiri rice dish. It is prepared with dry fruits, nuts, and fresh fruits that level-up our rice experience. It is far from our Filipino plain rice and is simply exploding with sweet, fresh, nutty, and citrus flavors. This is the best rice to pair your next Indian dishes with.

Other Indian rice dishes include Prawns Masala Rice and Yahkni Pulao.

3. Enjoy authentic Gosht Rogan Josh from Chef Halim

Rogan josh is a popular Indian dish that Indian food lovers like myself typically order from Indian restaurants such as New Bombay. It’s a different experience here at Spiral, scooping your own lamb pieces and gravy to your heart’s content. Chef Halim’s rogan josh satisfies any craving for Indian flavors and hits the right spots with the dish’s distinct aroma, Indian spices, and superbly tendered lamb.

Pair it with Palak Paneer for a creamier experience of fresh cheese combined with pureed spinach, garam masala, and other Indian flavors and spices.

4. Buttered Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for Indian Food “would-be” lovers

Chicken tikka masala is another popular dish. While others can consider it mainstream, it is still the perfect lure for those who’re just trying to love Indian Food for the first time. Say you want to bring a friend or partner to Spiral’s Incredible India feast, then this is a must-recommend Indian dish.

Chef Halim’s Tikka Masala is juicy, tender, creamy, with just the right amount of spice and Indian flavors. It’s a heavenly experience to scoop and enjoy as much masala gravy as you want.

For the more adventurous option, try the Chicken Vindaloo that is mixed with cubed potatoes and is said to have more intense flavors than a traditional Chicken Tikka Masala.

5. Indian desserts to complete your culinary journey

Indian desserts are close to the Filipino’s taste for sweet and starchy treats. At Spiral’s Incredible India celebration, go for Indian desserts like Gajar Halwa. Gajar Halwa is a sweet carrot pudding, like carrot bread but with so much more freshness with real carrot shreds and spices like cinnamon. Don’t let its “vegetable” looks deceive you.

There’s also the vegetable samosa that’s also close to our empanada but of course, Indian Samosa has a distinct spice and flavor that an authentic Indian master chef perfectly combines. Semiyan Kheer is also a dessert that we don’t see often, it is an Indian dessert that’s made with milk and vermicelli strands. A very interesting combination indeed.

Flavors of India at Spiral | Rates for Lunch and Dinner

Sofitel Manila’s Spiral Indian Masterchef, Chef Halim Ali Khan

Flavors of India at Spiral runs from September 11-17. Lunch buffet is at P2,600 and P3,100  for dinner buffet. Book your table at http://www.spiralmanila.com/and follow Spiral Manila on Facebook for more updates on promos.

Other Flavors of India events are:

Cooking Class featuring Chef Halim Ali Khan | 12 September 2017 | 4 PM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Chef Halim presents a featured culinary workshop with selected recipes. Rate is set at Php1,500nett. Kindly book your participation early to guarantee your slot.

Chef’s Table | 14 September 2017 | 11:30 AM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Be part of an exclusive dining engagement for discerning gourmands as Chef Halim Ali Khan presents a specially-curated menu showcasing the wonderful flavors of India. Rate is set at Php2,600nett per person.

Philam Life Highlights Financial Fitness at #LiveBetter Expo

Philam Life’s Vitality app is now popular among individuals who want to be physically and financially fit. I have friends who’ve used the app to motivate their fitness goals and earn real-life rewards like free movies and lifestyle gift certificates. The app is part of Philam Life’s #LiveBetter campaign.

WATCH: Our Experience at Philam Life’s #LiveBetter Expo

Here’s a vlog taken by my husband, spot me in this video enjoying all the fitness stuff!

As a follow up to the Vitality app, Philam Life also holds #LiveBetter expos around the Philippines. Just recently, a #LiveBetter expo was held near us at Glorietta Activity Center. It was a magnet for anyone who’s not just into fitness but also those who want to secure a healthy future. Entrance was free and there were a lot of free activities and prizes for everyone.


Visitors get a special Philam Life #LiveBetter loot bag

The expo brought to life the catchphrase “health is wealth”. No matter how cliche it is, it is the truth nonetheless. For me, the opposite is also true – “wealth is health”. The two should go together and #LiveBetter expo did a great job at making Filipinos realize the connection between physical, mental, and financial wellness.

Fitness Motivation

At #LiveBetter expo, you can expect exciting booths that showcase fitness equipment, gears, and accessories that can inspire any health buff. Of course, you don’t always need the best and latest equipment BUT different people have different methods of achieving their health goals.

I always wondered what it’d be like if I had my own stationary bike at home. It’s one of those dreams I have (plus a treadmill) that I know would cost money. For dreams like this, Philam Life has financial products that can help us make these goals come true  – whether it’s a new fitness equipment, a travel adventure, or even something as big as retirement.

Participants also enjoyed booth challenges that have instant rewards. Apart from getting to try a really expensive stationary bike, I also enjoyed the treadmill for a few minutes. It’s from Philam’s Vitality booth, when you complete the time you get a free photo taken plus a refreshing Vitality drink!

Financial Fitness Advice

Depending on how you fare or what you enjoyed from each booth, the expo will give you an idea of where you are at your health and financial journey. Philam Life provides free financial advice during their #LiveBetter expo. Their advisers are very high-tech with their tablets that aid in explaining your financial health.

Fitness Inspiration

Nico Bolzico, Solenn Heusaff, and Raymond Guttierrez are Philam Life’s ambassadors. Who hasn’t followed any one of them on Instagram? I admire Solenn for her discipline when it comes to health and fitness. I do follow her on Instagram and it was a treat to see her in person sharing her fitness and health tips in the flesh!

There is a clear consensus among the three ambassadors and that is, “fitness” is not just all about growing muscles, eating healthy, having a great body. Fitness is achieved when you achieve “balance” in life – health, family, finances. I know what they mean and Nico also touched on meditation and mental health which is a pressing issue with all the modern pressures of the digital age.

Philam Life #LiveBetter Expo in Baguio on September 23

Philam Life will roll out more events like this and the next leg would be in Baguio City! Follow Philam Life on Facebook for more details on this and upcoming events.

The Expo is packed with exciting activities, inspiring speakers and so much prizes! You’ll also get a chance to meet the ultimate fitspirations, Raymond Gutierrez and Nico Bolzico, who’ll show you how being healthy can be so much fun.

I am very happy that more and more financial companies are promoting financial fitness. Filipinos have a long way to go when it comes to financial literacy. Campaigns like this not only increase our financial awareness but also, highlight that we need to work on all aspects our lives to live better!

 

 

GoWell Perks: Jab and Jam Workout with Sun Life!

Have you heard of Sun Life’s wellness community? It’s called GoWell and you can join for free by visiting GoWell.com.ph. The community is open to everyone, especially to Sun Life Fit & Well policy holders. But even if you don’t have a policy yet like me, you can sign up for a Teal Membership that’s also brimming with perks such as free group workout sessions!

Normally, group workout sessions would be expensive or is open to those who have a monthly gym membership. Thanks to GoWell, any Filipino who wants to start a healthier lifestyle can sign up to these workout sessions for FREE. Recently, I signed up for my first GoWell group workout called GoWell Jab and Jam.

How to sign up/register to FREE GoWell Group Workout Sessions

1. Join the GoWell community by registering here

2. Visit the GoWell events page and select the workout session you want to join. There are workouts for teal and gold members. If the workout you chose is for gold members, this means it is exclusive for Sun Life Fit & Well policy holders.

3. Look for the link of the Google Form where you can enter your details and complete your registration. Your name will be listed on the attendees page during the event at the registration booth

GoWell Jab and Jam Experience with Sun Life Philippines

The GoWell Jab and Jam event was held at SMX SM Aura. Upon registration, I was given a trendy GoWell drawstring backpack with lots of freebies inside. All participants are given this freebie and it includes items from the event sponsors. For the GoWell Jab and Jam, the sponsors include G Active, Raw Ritual, Fitness First, and more.

Inside the SMX hall, there were a lot of participants just chilling and waiting for the program to start. There were exciting booths and my favorite is this machine from Fitness First.

I always wanted to check my body fat percentage, metabolic age, BMI, etc. but since I don’t belong to any gym, I don’t have access to fitness technology like this. During the GoWell Jab and Jam, anyone can have their fitness body scan using this machine and for FREE!

My metabolic age is 19! Working out really does wonders :D

I was so happy, it also prints out the result that you can take home plus someone from Fitness First will explain the results to you. No pressure to sign-up whatsover.

Body Combat and Body Jam

The workout ran for an hour and was split into two type, body combat and body jam. I liked body combat most because I’m not such a good dancer. BUT everyone was so motivated and the energy was so high that it’ll pull you through challenging sets. That’s the beauty of group workouts, even if you’re all strangers you know that you’re all in it together!

The workout was suitable for any fitness levels and it really made me sweaty which is a fantastic indication that every move counts! My heart rate was also high. I like the pacing of the instructors that allows a level of rest while still moving, it’s important to slow down the heart rate when it gets too high.

After the workout, everyone’s serotonin level were also boosted. Everyone was happy and felt accomplished for breaking through an hour of exercising. Along the way, it’s easy to gain new friends and swap fitness tips, motivations, and goals. It was hard for me to comprehend that I experienced all of this for FREE, may free snacks pa! Well, Sun Life must be very serious about their advocacy to make Filipinos live a healthier life.

I already have my eyes on the next workout sessions for September. If you visit the GoWell website, you’d see there’s a workout session almost every week and in different locations. Also LIKE GoWellPH on Facebook for official updates and grab this chance to help with your fitness goals without breaking your budget. If you’re ready to invest in Sun Life products like Fit & Well that gives you more perks, check out my review of Sun Life Fit & Well.

See you in the next GoWell Community Workout!

Microinsurance and Disaster Preparedness | Affordable Life, Accident, and Property Insurance

Disaster preparedness is more than packing a go bag with flashlights, first aid kit, and food supply. During the 2017 Disaster Resilience Forum, resilience has been defined as having the ability to get back on one’s feet after a disaster. In the Philippines, this means typhoons, earthquakes, and on a smaller scale – accidents like fire or death can also be considered as a disaster for the Filipino family.

Cebuana Lhuillier and the Insurance Commission are working together to provide tools that can help protect Filipinos against these disasters. One of these tools is microinsurance.

What is micro-insurance?

Micro insurance has a more affordable premium compared to standard insurance products. Microinsurance premiums are usually within a minimum-wage worker’s capacity to pay.  By definition, an insurance guarantees compensation for specific loss, damage to property, illness, or death in exchange of paying the premium.

Cebuana Lhuillier is one of the leading microinsurance provider in the Philippines. They have microinsurance products that protect from the following:

– Burglary, and robbery insurance for small and medium enterprise business
– Fire, lightning insurance for home owners
– Accidental death, dismemberment, and disablement insurance
– Acts of nature on vehicles and more

If you remember during Ondoy, many cars were submerged in flood. Unfortunately, not all car owners are insured and majority had to shoulder the cost of repair to get their vehicles running again. For those whose vehicles were insured, the insurance company shoulders the cost of repair and damage incurred. Take note that different insurance companies would have different limits, terms, and conditions.

How much does microinsurance cost?

Citing from the Cebuana Lhuillier website, microinsurance premium can be as low as P10 pesos. But one of the most attractive microinsurance product that they carry is the Alagang Cebuana Plus (ACP) Gold.

Alagang Cebuana Plus (ACP) Gold cost only P40 pesos and is valid for 4 months. After 4 months, you have to pay another P40 to keep you and your family protected from the following and receive the respective benefits:

1. Accidental Death, Dismemberment, and Disablement – P20,000 per Confirmation of Cover (COC).
2. Murder and Unprovoked Assault – P5,000 per COC.
3. Fire Cash Assistance – P5,000 per COC.
4. Micro-life insurance (death) – P5,000 per COC

Another microinsurance product offered by Cebuana Lhuillier is NegosyoCare. NegosyoCare is designed to protect micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from damages to property caused by fire, typhoon and flood, and even burglary and robbery. Negosyocare premium cost P1,500-2,500 and is valid for 1 year.

These are just 2 of many microinsurance products offered by Cebuana. You can check the complete list of microinsurance products suitable for different types of needs whether you are a homeowner, motorist, security guard, employee, and depending on your budget.

Cebuana Lhuillier also recently introduced RAPIDO which stands for Claims Rapid Action in a Disaster-Stricken Area Operations. RAPIDO is an initiative that enables Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) to immediately process and settle claims right at the site where a disaster had just occurred.

Super8 Anniversary Grocery Shopping Tips!

What’s the best time to do your grocery shopping? During a sale! Supermarket sales are unusual in the Philippines but this month, Super8 Grocery Warehouse is celebrating their 11th Anniversary with a super sale! Super8 Grocery Warehouse has several branches nationwide and is known to be the top supermarket with the cheapest prices for everyday goods.

WATCH: Mommy Lace tries Super8 Grocery Pa-Hakot Challenge

Starting today, August 11 -15 Super 8 shoppers can enjoy discounted na, discounted pa items that this supermarket is famous for plus 8 shoppers will win a  Super8 Grocery Pa-Hakot plus Appliance Challenge! Imagine what you’d get if you were given 8 minutes to shop for up to P8,000 in groceries! Ano ang hahakutin mo? Canned goods, sabong pang-laba, o gatas ni baby? How exciting!

How to Join the Super8 Grocery Pa-Hakot plus Appliance promo:

1. Purchase a minimum of P800 at Super8 Grocery Warehouse
2. Present your Super8 Rewards Card upon checkout
3. Get your raffle stub found at the end of your receipt
4. Drop your entry at the Customer Service

Remember, 8 shoppers will get to experience this “grocery pa-hakot” by Super8. But, if you don’t win here are tips to make your Super8 Supermarket shopping trip a winner when it comes to getting more out of your budget!

Super8 Super Anniversary Sale Shopping Tips

Tip #1 – Shop during this period, August 11-15 to experience the Super8 Super Anniversary Sale. While Super8 is already known by many moms like me that it’s cheaper by 10-15% compared to other supermarkets, the anniversary sale means further price reduction. Super8 works with several consumer brands that we use everyday and during their anniversary, expect special offers on the shelves of Super8. You may not see these offers after August 15.

Tip #2 – Come early and prepared. Visit the Super8 Facebook Page to look for the nearest Super8 branch near you. For us in the Cavite area, we have Super8 Molino and Super8 Imus for example. It is best to come in the morning so that you have a lot more energy in looking for the best deals. Sabi nga nila, the early bird gets the early worm. In this case, the early shopper gets the best prices.

Wear comfortable clothing that you can bend, run, and even sweat in. Sometimes, the best deals are at the bottom of the shelf and if you are late, you can expect a lot of shoppers in the area racing for the best buys.

Tip #3 – Study and make a list. Super8 has several channels for customers to be updated on the latest promotions. These are the Super8 newsletter or magazine, Super8 Facebook Page, and the Super8 app. Go to all three before your shopping day and seriously take note of items that you can save on. Buy in bulk if you have the extra cash especially for items that don’t really expire like canned goods, detergent, and other cleaning aids for your home.

Tip #4 – Start at the Super8 Promo Isle or Rack. Super8 always have their customers’ needs in mind and they know shoppers are always looking for value for money. This is why Super8 readily puts promo items in front of the store. Here are some promo packs I purchased on my last visit:

Look for promo packs and ask their staff for other promos you might miss. The staff at Super8 are very helpful and knowledgeable about their own stock.

Tip #5 – Get a Super8 Rewards Card. Turn your grocery expense into savings by getting a Super8 Rewards Card. Having one lets you collect shopping points and use them to pay for your next grocery. Every P200 is equal to 1 point, and 1 point is equivalent to P1. This whole month of August, you get extra 80 rewards points for every P4,000 single-receipt purchase. More reason to shop in bulk during the sale!

If you want to buy a Super8 Rewards Card, also buy it now since it is discounted to just P50 from P100.

Tip #6 – Download the Super8 mobile app. I mentioned this app earlier but aside from getting real time alerts on promo (para mauna ka), it also lets you monitor your rewards. This helps you budget your reward points and motivate you to shop wiser at Super8! You can download it here.

When you download the app, you also get exclusive rewards, promos, and discounts that are exclusive for Super8 app users.

Tip #7 – Store brands will save you money. Para mas lalong makatipid, look for Super8 branded items. They are the same quality as your branded products, only cheaper because they don’t spend a lot on advertising. Smart shoppers choose store brand products like Super8 toiletries, sugar, condiments, and cleaning aids.

Tip #8 – Relax and review your items at the check out counter. Always watch the small screen at the cashier to find out if you are near or far your budget. You can always remove/add items as you please. Sometimes, in our hurry we over-estimate our budget. Super8 staff are very friendly and my checkout experience with them was very relaxed. They help me get as many points and allow me to adjust items I want to include or exclude.

During checkout, take the chance to ask Super8 staff for upcoming deals for your next visit. Finally, don’t forget to grab the latest newsletter.

I followed all these tips and here is everything I got for a minimum budget only. Parang may tindahan sa bahay! Syempre, I took advantage of all the promos. Now this stock will save me time from going to the supermarket and make us prepared for rainy days to come.

I hope this comprehensive blog post and tips will make you enjoy your grocery shopping at Super8 even more! See you all at Super8 and remember to be a smart shopper, Mommy!

Please post and share your Super8 selfies with the hashtag, #Super8DiscountedNaDiscountedPa :)