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GOBLIN RUN 2017: SOFITEL’S HALLOWEEN FAIR

Embark on a thrilling Halloween madness as Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents Goblin Run 2017: Sofitel’s Halloween Fair on the 29th of October 2017. In collaboration with one of the country’s leading running event organizers, Thinksportsph, the Goblin Run takes off from Sofitel’s Harbor Garden Tent and is held for the benefit of the children of Virlanie Foundation.

“Last year, the success of the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon was able to raise fund for Virlanie Foundation. We are pleased that meaningful endeavors like these promote camaraderie and help enable the young, less fortunate children of Manila. This year, we encourage families and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the Goblin Run to continue supporting the children of Virlanie and give back the smile to the street children,” shares Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s General Manager, Adam Laker.

The Goblin Run will feature 2 categories at 3K and 5K with start and end points at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Gunstart is at 5:00pm for 5K category and 5:10pm for 3K category. The fun commences with a Halloween-themed foam cannon as the run takes participants through a panoramic view of metropolitan Manila of the CCP Complex. Exciting obstacle courses like inflatables, water cannon and net under crawl await runners in this thrilling Halloween fair.

The excitement continues at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Harbor Garden Tent where fun treats, goblin-mansion themed photobooth, face painting activities and special games are in store for kids and kids-at-heart. Come dressed in your most elaborate Halloween costume and win a special prize.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and Thinksportsph invite you to participate in this enchanting and exhilarating Halloween fair perfect for families and wellness enthusiasts. Online registration starts on the 28th of September until the 22nd of October while in-store registration starts on the 6th until the 28th of October 2017 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and GNC branches at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Trinoma, SM Aura, SM Manila, and Glorietta 4.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are at Php600 for 3K category and Php700 for 5K category. All participants shall receive event race bibs, T-shirt, finisher’s medal and loot bag and will have an access to the Halloween Fair. An assortment of exciting raffle prizes is in store for some of our top running enthusiasts.

Halloween Staycation Package

On Halloween weekend, escape to a tropical oasis with your family and loved ones without leaving the city. Featured room rates start at Php8,800nett per night on check-in date of October 29-30, 2017. Package includes breakfast for two (2) adults and two (2) children (11 years old and below) at Spiral, complimentary in-room family movies and three (3) complimentary tickets to the Goblin Run for the 3K category.

For more information, please call Thinksportsph at 09206806618 / 09168508523/ 3349722 or visit www.sofitelmanilagoblinrun.com / Sofitel Manila Goblin Run 2017 Facebook Page and Sofitel Manila Facebook page.

 

Thor and Hulk Marvel Studios Tour at SM Supermalls

Look who we bumped into at SM supermalls! We were at SM Southmall Las Piñas when SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company unveiled life-size gladiator figures of the mighty Thor and the Hulk!

The mighty Thor, god of thunder in his Ragnarok movie costume

The Hulk Ragnarok version

Ashton was so excited to see his favorite Marvel superheroes come to life, plus the Thor and Hulk exhibit also featured iconic displays and immersive activities. My son got to try out top Marvel Studio apps such as Marvel Future Fight, Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and Marvel Avengers Academy. These are all for free at the Thor and Hulk exhibit in SM.

While Ashton was busy playing, I admired all the exclusive Disney merchandise of Thor, Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie. There were also toys that are so familiar to us because Ashton collects them. It’s a very good experience to see all of these Marvel merchandise, displays, and app come together in one venue. It’s a Marvel’s fan dream come true.

Marvel Super Hero Mashers are top toys that kids collect and play with

Lots of Marvel t-shirts for kids and even adults. You can also buy your Thor: Ragnarok movie tickets in advance at the exhibit or through www.smcinema.com.

Catch Thor and Hulk Exhibit and Marvel Experience at S’Maison MOA on October 24-31

Yes there’s still time to experience this for you and your family. Visit S’Maison from October 24-31 to enjoy the Thor and Hulk Tour, take lots of selfies with the life-size figures, play the apps, buy the toys, merchandise, and of course, the movie tickets to enjoy the actual Thor: Ragnarok movie that everyone is waiting for.

Thor: Ragnarok is coming to SM Cinemas and IMAX theaters this October 25. For more updates, visit SM Cinema on Facebook and follow @SM_Cinema in Instagram :)

Enjoy the movie, mommy and kids!

2017 Christmas Home Decorating Ideas | SM Home

Decorating your home for Christmas is easier when done earlier. That’s my motto for this year and in fact, have started pulling out small decors one by one to hang on doors, place atop tables, etc. Christmas decorating can be overwhelming and at first glance, can be an enormous task for any mom.

My son and I have started a series of decorating every night, before we go to bed. It will eventually lead to bigger decors like the Christmas tree, but even that can be broken into a series of tasks instead of doing it in one blow. What’s even better is if you get the right inspiration, such as looking at or even adding these Christmas decors from SM Home.

There are also more than 500 Holiday ornaments to choose from, modern expressions of traditional holiday trimmings have an artisan touch that celebrate all that is creative and classic. With probably the widest assortment of décor in town, SM Home shares with us some tips of how to bring the holidays to our homes.

  • Classic Charm. Create a cozy and casual holiday living room with classic reds and greens that never go out of style. Add shades of white to create a refreshing theme, and don’t forget a bit of sparkle for added flair. Nutcracker toy soldiers, potted poinsettias and Christmas trees, carousel and candy cane ornaments, show globes, and miniature vintage villages will help showcase a traditional holiday scene at home.

  • Contemporary Luxe. Metallic shades make an elegant and polished holiday look. Mixing silver and gold – with a touch of antique brass and champagne – into your Christmas design adds warmth to your home, but with a luxurious feel.

  • Modern Opulence. Deck your halls with rich royal colors – amethyst, sapphire, tourmaline, and citrine – to create and chic and sophisticated holiday look. Make a beautiful and bold statement with glittering Christmas balls, jester mask ornaments, and oversized finial ornaments with ribbons.

  • Pretty Whimsical. Holiday décor can also be lighthearted and whimsical. Combine pretty pastels – baby blue, creamsicle, cotton candy, and chartreuse- with sweet dessert ornaments – gingerbread, cupcakes, ice cream, and doughnuts – for a playful spin that kids and kids at heart will definitely adore.

The latest Christmas Décor collection is available at the SM Home section at all SM Stores. Also, visit their largest Christmas Décor Display at the SM Home section in SM Makati.

Merry Christmas Mommy and Baby!

S&R Members Treat | My Picture Perfect Home Office Makeover 2017

We all dream of a picture perfect living space especially with unlimited inspirations on social media! Having an organized and relaxing home office space was one of my New Year resolutions for 2017. Now the year is almost over, my working space still looked like this:

I’m thankful at least I have this little nook to work in while other moms probably repurpose their bedroom, kitchen, or living area as their home office. Still, my office can use a little organization to keep me even more productive and inspired especially when writing.

Key Pieces from SnR Membership Shopping

Most would have limited budget for a home makeover. There’s also a belief that makeovers should cost a lot of money. This shouldn’t be the case if you invest in key pieces that can make a big impact on the look and feel of a space.

I found a lot of home office inspirations at SnR, I go to their Imus branch. The office aisle features different office furniture like office tables, office chairs, and accessories that can help organize office supplies, files, and gadgets.

Managers Chair #457 | P8,999.00
Before: P11,999.00 | Save: P 3,000.00

Seville Sliding Basket Organizer P699.00

Buy 1 Take 1 | Seville 9 Bin Storage Cart P2,699

Buy 1 Take 1 | Tyler-20in-Velocity-Floor-Fan P1,699.00

Tower fans are a good option if you want to rid your office of a noisy and bulky electric fan. This is next on my to-buy list.

 

More tower fans, here are the prices:

My favorite finds are different sized tables that can be used in other areas of the home. This foldable wooden table can be used as a mobile office desk, as a space-saving coffee table, or a study table for your child.

Tray Table P1,799.00

I shopped during the S&R Member’s Treat where S&R members get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R picks – from grocery staples like fresh produce, yummy baked goodies, and imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances.

 

Gadgets for your digital needs in the office are also available at discount prices in S&R. I like the brands!

 

Home Office Finds at S&R Members Treat

After enjoying a round of window shopping at S&R, my husband and I were ready to fill our cart with our final picks for my budget home office makeover. Shopping for furniture during the S&R Members Treat is such an exciting experience with all the choices, sale, buy 1 take 1 offers, and the comfort of shopping that S&R offers in all of their 13 warehouse clubs!

 

No stress shopping! Shopping at S&R can be a date for parents like us!

Here are the items we came home with. I am providing the prices and names of the items so you can easily find them at S&R. Just ask their friendly staff and yes, you can still make it to the S&R Members Treat which runs until October 1!

#1 Artiva Window Almond Table Lamp P2,600.00. Absolutely the number 1 key piece for my office makeover. I took inspiration from home office designs on Instagram. Most have a side lamp like this that’ll also change the mood and scene of a space. It also reminds me of working spaces in hotel rooms. My favorite buy at S&R and it’s so cheap at P2,600. I once bought a lamp in a shopping mall and it cost me P10,000 for a regular looking table lamp. I can’t get enough of this lamp’s sleek and luxurious hotel-type design.

#2 Seville 5 Tier Mesh Organizer P999.00. Clean looking organizer with several slots for different documents. Just managing the home bills and other letters can be a lot for a mom like me. This will make it easier for them to sort “in” and “out” plus personal documents that I need to sign or send out.

#3 Seville Sit Stand Desk Cart P2,299. This will provide extra desk for your office and allow you to work sitting or standing up. Standing up is good for your health vs sitting in front of your laptop for the full 8 hours.

#4 Curver 3 PC Round Organizer Small P299.00. This is going to be my all around organizer for pens, and anyt small object that needs to be “hidden” such as USB flash drives and coins!

#5 Decorative Pillow 18×18 P449.95. This pillow adds a soft texture in your home office and adds a pop of color. I chose gray because I prefer colors that will help me focus and not distract me from work.

 

#6 Items for office snack bar. Snacking is life when you have to hustle and don’t have time for lunch. I’ve always wanted a snack bar so I don’t have to get out of my office and finally here are items that’d make that dream come true.

Thermos Glass Vacuum Insulated Bottle P320.00

Royal Dansk Vanilla Wafer P169.00

 

My #PicturePerfectHome Office from S&R Members Treat!

Picture-perfect home office achieved! I thought it’d take me months to do this and so was always afraid to start the task. The inspiration of new home office finds made this makeover process very easy and quick.

Now I believe that investing in a few, key high quality pieces like those I found at S&R are worth it.

 

Before & After of my cluttered desk

 Before & After of another area

 

I’m happy to spend more time in my office because it feels so much more relaxed and focusing on getting things done are easy. Some more tips to make your office space even better:

  1. Add a touch of green like small plants or flower vases

Decorative scented candles now just P199.95

 

  1. Enjoy aromatherapy with candles, essential oil diffusers or even just linen sprays. The best scents for productivity are lemon grass, eucalyptus, and bamboo.

 

Kitz Revitalisor P1,099

 

  1. Keep cords organized and expand electric outlets for more gadgets by using extension cords. Get modern ones with USB sockets to save you from using adapters.

 

  1. Enjoy piped in music with just your phone or laptop. I enjoy solo piano music or the Productivity playlist on Spotify. Your home office space will feel like a haven for all your mom and work from home tasks.

 

  1. Keep the door closed and lock the door. Nothing busts productivity like children or family members freely getting inside your office. Teach them how to knock and respect your workplace like they would if you work in a regular office.

 

I hope you can also enjoy a Picture Perfect Home Makeover with S&R! I enjoyed this journey and it’s something that will contribute to my life for many days to come.

The S&R Members Treat ends on October 1, 2017 – you still have plenty of time left no matter what space in your home you’d like to improve. It can be a picture perfect meal, living room, or bed room!

Good luck and happy shopping Mommy & Daddy! J

 

 

RACKS Philippines Launches Smoked Chipotle Ribs!

Racks has released their newest ribs innovation, the Smoked Chipotle Ribs. Their classic pork ribs that is tender and meaty slapped with the rich and spicy flavor of Chipotle barbecue sauce. Served with steamed rice and a choice of your favorite side dish.

RACKS Philippines Chipotle Ribs Menu + Price

Quarter P435
1pc rib, 1 rice and 1 regular side

Half P875
2pcs. rib, 2 rice and 1 large side

Full P1730
4pcs. rib, 4 rice and 1 large side

Chipotle is a smoked hot chili pepper used especially in Mexican cooking. Chipotle adds depth and a kick to meats and these days, chipotle ribs have risen in popularity (just check #RACKSChipotleRibs in Instagram).

RACKS bring Chipotle Ribs in the Philippines

Rich, dark-glazed, smoky ribs—they are the kind of dish that you don’t mind getting messy for. And when one thinks of ribs here in Manila, there is just one place that comes to mind: Racks. And they aren’t called the #BestRibsinTown for no reason. With their reliable heavy slabs that are sure to satisfy, Racks is known for their classic formula—the same one they’ve been using since 1992. And while they have a much-loved hit on their hands, they sure don’t mind flipping the script and trying something new.

A full order is great for sharing! It comes with four cups of steamed rice and one large side

Racks’ innovation takes things to a new level of smoky and spicy: Smoked Chipotle Ribs. Using the classic “falls off the bone” pork ribs that is tender on the bone with hefts of meat in between, Racks slaps on the rich flavor of chipotle barbecue sauce, a flavor best known for its smoke and spicy kick. And you can order this limited edition dish with steamed rice and your favorite side.

This dish will only be available from September 15 to November 5, 2017, so hurry on out to one of the nearest Racks Restaurants near you and grab some of RACKS Chipotle Ribs.

It’s something new to look forward to and enjoy with your favorite people. We all deserve this rib experience don’t we?

 

 

 

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!