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What’s cooking? A hearty and homey partnership, says NutriAsia, Avida, and Amaia

NutriAsia’s Homecooking Starter Kits given to Avida and Amaia homeowners are special packages that contain essential NutriAsia products that will aid them in preparing homey and hearty meals.

What could a leading condiment manufacturer and a top-of-mind real estate provider have in common with each other? And what could a tie-up between these two industry leaders bring to the table?

As part of their unique partnership, NutriAsia welcomes new Amaia Land homeowners during turnover of properties with Homecooking Starter Kits

For NutriAsia, Avida, and Amaia, it is about forging a unique partnership that aims to cultivate—and celebrate—the Filipino’s sense of family and community.

Dang de Leon, corporate marketing consultant at NutriAsia, avers that the collaboration will allow the two brands to serve their common objective of uplifting Filipino families’ quality of living through an exciting lineup of projects.

“One might say that a partnership between the Philippines’ top condiment producer and the country’s leading property developer was, until recently, quite unlikely. But if you look closely as we did, you will note that NutriAsia, Avida, and Amaia both aspire to make Filipino families happy and content through its quality product offerings,” de Leon explains.

“For over 25 years now, NutriAsia has been steadfastly helping to provide authentic Filipino meals at the dining table, which in turn sparks happy bonding moments among family members. We know we can do more to celebrate the Filipinos’ love for family and we can’t think of a better partner than Avida and Amaia bring this about,” she adds.

Tess Tatco, Avida Land’s head of corporate marketing, affirms this, saying that the partnership with NutriAsia is meant to encourage shared interests among members of the community and inspire a delightful and wholesome family life through hearty meals and quality homes.

“We have been excited about this collaboration because we know that with a brand like NutriAsia we can do more together in building better and inspired communities,” says Tatco.

NutriAsia seals a homey and hearty partnership with Avida Land, starting with the successful Datu Puti Perfect Adobo Challenge during Avida’s Grand Neighbor Day.

“With the tandem of Avida and NutriAsia committed to providing thoughtfully conceived homes and quality food products, we look forward to more productive endeavors in the coming times,” she adds.

To jump-start their exciting tie-up, Avida Land successfully held its Grand Neighbor Day last Oct. 28 in its various communities nationwide, with NutriAsia adding more flavor to the special event through its Datu Puti #PerfectAdobo Challenge, wherein contestants came up with their most creative and innovative versions of adobo using the newest Datu Puti Adobo Series Sauces.

“We at NutriAsia believe that adobo evokes the warmth of a Filipino home in the same manner that the dish embodies the values that Avida communities hold dear—adherence to tradition and a sense of harmony between different ‘flavors’,” says de Leon.

To spice up the Grand Neighbor Day event, NutriAsia also brought its Joy Ride! Food Truck and served Avida homeowners with delectable Filipino comfort dishes made using quality NutriAsia products.

NutriAsia will likewise welcome new Avida and Amaia Land homeowners at the turnover of properties with Homecooking Starter Kits—special packages containing essential NutriAsia products that will aid them in preparing homey and hearty meals.

“Moving into their dream homes is a significant time for Filipino families,” de Leon says. “NutriAsia would like to make this important milestone more memorable for Avida Land’s new homeowners by gifting them with our Homecooking Starter Kits, which contain essential cooking ingredients that they can use in whipping up delicious meals for their families.”

NutriAsia is a powerhouse of beloved, timeless, and iconic Filipino food brands, including Datu Puti, UFC, Silver Swan, Papa, Jufran, Mafran Mang Tomas, and Golden Fiesta.

Sofitel Manila Holiday Promo: Christmas Staycation + New Year Countdown


One of the Christmas booths at Sofitel Manila’s Christmas Walk

The holidays are upon us once again and if you’re looking for a stress-free celebration that you can truly enjoy, look at these offerings crafted and curated by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. It is a dream come true for all ages, children enjoy the festive atmosphere and activities while adults can relax and get the holiday break they deserve.

Here’s a toy I bought at the Christmas village, each house offers something unique such as Christmas treats, toys, and decor. This Santa Pen is so cute and just P100. Perfect Christmas sock stuffing for kids. The Christmas walk is open to all Sofitel guests. I recommend visiting this attraction then enjoy a meal with the at family Le Bar, Spiral, or the Sunset Bar.

C’est Noël Sofitel Manila Christmas Staycation Package

Superior Room – P7,000 / night
Luxury Room – P8,450
Luxury Club Millésime – P12,250
Sofitel Suite – P15,600


Christmas lobby of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, also known as Christmas walk

Promotional featured inclusions:

– Breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (11 yrs old and below) at Spiral
– Complimentary in-room daily movies
– Le Spa voucher worth P500
– Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle voucher worth P1,500

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s 30-ft Christmas tree with musical decorations and Spiral staircase designed as a piano

Bonne Année Sofitel Manila New Year Staycation Package

*same promotional inclusions with Christmas package but higher accommodation rates + Children’s program for young VIPs at Spiral’s New Year’s Day Breakfast

Superior Room – P10,300
Luxury Room – P11,750
Luxury Club Millésime – P15,500
Sofitel Suite – P18,850


Virlanie Children’s Choir sings Christmas Carols at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

New Year Special with Spiral Breakfast and Tickets to Saint-Tropez Soirée

Saint-Tropez Soirée is Sofitel Manila’scountdown party that welcomes the New Year in a magnifique mix of indulgent gastronomy, musical performances and exciting raffle prizes. The Saint-Tropez Soirée wil be held at the Grand Plaza Ballroom with the rate set at P5,200 nett per person. The following package already includes 2 tickets for this Soirée. Grab this offer now before it’s gone.

Superior room P14,000
Luxury Room P15,000
Luxury Club Millésime P19,000
Sofitel Suite P23,000

Plus the following inclusions:

– 2 Tickets for New Year’s Eve Dinner at Saint Tropez Soirée
– Breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (11 yo and below)
–  Children’s program for young VIPs at Spiral’s New Year’s Day Breakfast
– Complimentary in-room daily movies
– La Boutique voucher worth P500
– Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle voucher worth P1,500


My son will love these Christmas-themed #cutefoods

 

A Merry Little Christmas at Spiral

Sneak peak of Sofitel’s festive offerings—stuffed turkey, suckling pig, leg of ham 

• Christmas Eve Dinner is set at Php5,500 nett per person available from 6pm to 11pm
• Christmas Day Champagne Brunch is set at Php4,900 nett per person available from 12pm to 3pm

According to Sofitel, children on the nice list can expect special treats as Santa makes his jolly rounds on the 24th of December from 7pm and at 12.30pm on Christmas Day.

Book your Christmas holiday staycation plans early

Sofitel offers activities and luxury Christmas and New Year staycation packages and events that will surely make anyone’s holiday merry. It must be one of the most extensive offers in the metro, if not the most. Christmas and New Year are very important, memorable events that everyone wants to be perfect – insert all the holiday horror stories you have here. Why not try a luxury Christmas holiday at the Sofitel?

Christmas selfie with Sofitel Manila’s Giant Christmas Tree. Is this the biggest in Manila?

I have yet to experience a Christmas in Sofitel but I am absolutely considering it because moms deserve to enjoy Christmas and New Year too!  Accorhotel members are also entitled to discounts for the staycation packages.

Contact Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on Facebook or visit www.sofitelmanila.com

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I was invited  by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to their Christmas Launch and Tree Lighting Ceremony where these offers were previewed to all media guests.

Shopping Wish-List for 11.11 Singles Day + Black Friday Sale

The largest online shopping days are upon us! These are the 11 11 and Black Friday sale events. Thanks to the Internet, everyone can join the biggest online shopping events no matter where you are. In the Philippines, you can expect 11.11 deals on shopping sites like Lazada and Zalora but I also know savvy shoppers who’re able to shop from sites like Alibaba, Taobao, eBay, and Amazon.

I don’t think I need to go far (in cyberspace) because I already have a wish-list for November 11 and most of them are from Lazada. Lazada also already features items from Alibaba and Taobao – hello China! It is during the 11.11 sales that I really allow myself to buy things online that I personally want because of the savings and discounts. It pays to be prepared with a list and here’s some of the items in mine.

Christmas Shopping Wish List for 11/11 Online Shopping Sale

It was only a few years ago that I was introduced to what 11.11 Sale is all about. In China, November 11 is known as single’s day and simultaneous to the celebration of being proud and single, shopping malls and ecommerce sites such as Alibaba would also hold their largest online shopping sale.

#1 Cute Unicorn Adult Onesie P1,222 – Life is short and we all need to let out our playful selves once in a while! I want to get this Unicorn Onesie to wear on Christmas or whenever I’m just chilling in our bedroom watching YouTube. It looks so soft (I wish it really is) and so Instagram worthy too!

#2 Vivo V5 Silicone Buckle Glitter Phone Case P186 – I am using Vivo V5 at the moment which is fairly new but the silicone casing has turned yellowish and I’d really love a new glittery phone case to enjoy! It’s also in rose pink which is the same color as my phone. The buckle will let the mobile phone stand on its own when you’re watching online videos and I also like inserting my finger in it when holding the phone up, it prevents slips and falls! My phone ring has also gone missing so I hope to get this one too.

#3 Clear Dustproof Makeup Brush Storage Case P1,001  – It was only this year that I learned how to use makeup brushes and I now have a few Real Techniques makeup brushes. I have a hard time keeping them dust and dirt-free even when I wash them on a weekly basis. This clear makeup brush case will solve the problem! I like the idea of putting pearls to make the brushes stand up.

#4 Hanging bag organizer P439 – I only have a few hand bags and I want to keep them dust-free. It’s also important to retain the shape of hand bags so they remain attractive and stylish even after a long time. This hanging bag organizer will keep my bags off the floor and somewhere I can easily see them from.

#5 Classy hotel-style bathrobe P1,232 – Something to wear on weekends or when getting dressed for a big event? Bathrobes or wardrobes can be used in several ways but I dream of just being in it for an entire day doing nothing.

November 11 is the largest online shopping day sale

Don’t forget that the biggest online shopping event is on Saturday, November 11. I’m sure you have wish lists of your own or if you’re looking for gift ideas then I hope the items on my wish list helped you! So it helps to be prepared. So do check out websites like ShopBack for not only information and deals on the 11 11 sale but also on Black Friday deals!

Mommy Lace tip: Make use of the like, love, or add to wish list features on your favorite online shopping sites. This will help you save time from looking for your items again. They should automatically reflect the reduced prices on November 11.

 

Happy online shopping everyone!

New OPPO F5 retails at P15,990 with A.I. Selfie Technology

Oppo, the selfie-expert launched their newest camera phone just in time for Black Friday or in the Philippines, the 11/11 online sale. 

Oppo A.I. Beauty Recognition Captures the Real You

The new Oppo F5 features the new A.I. beauty recognition technology. This new technology in taking top quality and beautiful selfies learns the specific facial features of different people from its millions of global image database of human faces. Oppo developed this Artificial Intelligence by consulting professional photographers and make-up during the R&D process. According to Oppo, the Oppo A.I. technology has the ability to “capture the real you” helping selfies look more attractive and natural.

Oppo F5 Features + Comparison

– Oppo F5 features a 20MP front camera with an F2.0 aperture and a 16MB rear camera with F1.8 aperture. Compared with other competitors’ 13MP or 16MP camera in the same price range, the F5 has a higher resolution (2160×1080) and better photo quality. The cameras can deliver Bokeh effects and the front HDR solves any over-exposure issues.

– Oppo F5 will be OPPO’s first 6.0-inch full-screen FHD+ display device, giving the user a vivid visual enjoyment without the need to increase the size of the phone. It features a high-resolution 2160 x 1080 dpi screen with 18:9 aspect ratio

– Oppo F5 follows OPPO’s streamlined design philosophy – the sleek unibody offers a visually slim appearance without any cut-offs, with a gracefully curved body that fits well in the palm, expressing a simple and elegant look. A user’s palm will not feel tired even after using the phone for a long time, either from playing games or chatting. The 0.4mm laser string is carved onto the phone – a delicate linear finish that adds detail to the phone body

– Oppo F5’s Facial Unlock is the new face recognition technology that recognizes its user and unlocks the phone. This feature is perfect for people who are constantly on the go, a quick and much easier way to accessing your phone.

The OPPO F5 was officially launched led by OPPO’s brand ambassadors Sarah Geronimo and Alden Richards together with OPPO influencers Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, Toni Gonzaga, Gabbi Garcia, Janella Salvador, Apple David, and Carla Lizardo.

WATCH: Oppo F5 #CaptureTheRealYou Launch (Recorded Live) + Product Features

I Tried the Oppo F5 Selfie with AI Beauty Recognition

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I got to try the Oppo F5 for a short time during the launch. Here’s a sample selfie I took with the Oppo F5’s beauty recognition technology. The bokeh effect is present in almost all the selfies I took and every selfie had an HD quality to it.

What do you think of this sample selfie? In photo is my husband who was also present during the Oppo F5 launch. I did notice how easy it was to handle the Oppo F5 and comfortably fits the palm when taking selfies. It’s also so much lighter.

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At P15,990 and with this photo quality I think the price is worth it. My current phone cost about P13,990 and doesn’t have the bokeh effect. Although I don’t want my background blurred all the time, I’m sure the Oppo F5 has customization settings that users can adjust to their preference.

Another thing I’d love to know is how well it takes food photos which we all love sharing on Instagram. Is the Oppo F5 a good upgrade phone for 2018? Let me know what you think!


Happy selfies!

How to Collect Stickers for Starbucks 2018 Planners + Giveaway!

These are fast facts on the Starbucks 2018 Planner mechanics. Please read this carefully to make sure you earn stickers to redeem the 2018 Starbucks Planner.

Starbucks fans can start collecting stickers to get Starbucks 2018 Planners. Ask for a Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card for FREE starting today, November 2 until January 8, 2018 only. The promo card is where you’ll collect your stickers which can be earned with each purchase of Starbucks handcrafted holiday beverages.

How many stickers to collect for a Starbucks 2018 Planner? A total of eighteen (18) stickers is required to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner. This consists of 9 featured beverage + 9 core beverage.

Which beverages should you buy to earn the 9 featured beverage stickers?  Stickers can only be earned by ordering any of the three holiday featured beverages. These are the following:

1. Christmas Tree Peppermint Dark Mocha – Decadent dark mocha is topped with green tea whipped cream and finished with glittering sprinkles of green and red candies, just like a Christmas tree when lit up.

2. Vanilla Nougat Latte – Inspired by the classic nougat confection, this beverage is delicious with the rich taste of French vanilla (custard-like and slightly floral) and nougat notes.

3. Toffee Nut Crunch Latte – Toffee nut syrup is combined with velvety steamed milk, espresso shots and topped with whipped cream and
crunchy toffee nut crunch toppings.

What are the menu prices of the featured holiday beverage? All three share the same price: Short – ₱160, Tall – ₱ 170, Grande ₱185, Venti– ₱200

IMPORTANT NOTE: Should all three (3) holiday featured beverage not be available, only then can customers substitute with any espresso-based or Frappuccino® blended beverage of their choice! This means you can’t just order any drink, it really has to be the holiday featured beverage to complete the 9 featured beverage stickers. Luckily, all three of them taste great and look so festive!

Which are core beverages to earn the 9 core beverage stickers? You can choose any drink from Starbucks’ Espresso Beverages, Frappuccino® Blended Coffee Beverages, Brewed Coffee, Frappuccino® Blended Cream Beverages, Hot Chocolate Beverages, Bottled Drinks, and Tea Lattes. In short, almost any other beverage in the Starbucks menu. Core beverage stickers are the easiest to earn by enjoying your favorite Starbucks drinks.

How many stickers can you get for each Starbucks drink? You get 1 sticker for each Starbucks drink.

What’s the fastest way to get a Starbucks 2018 Planner? Buy Starbucks food and other retail items worth at least P7,000 to get one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner! This should be a single-receipt transaction. Combination of receipts is not allowed.

How to claim your planner once you completed all 18 stickers? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018, at Starbucks stores. Just submit your completed Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card.

What are the available designs to choose from? The Starbucks 2018 Planner has two designs. Choose from the blue and green hues planner or the warm pigments orange planner.  All planners are encased in leather sleeves. Planners are available in regular and mini sizes.

What are other surprises/freebies inside the Starbucks 2018 Planner? Each planner comes with a Starbucks card (not yet activated), Starbucks stencil ruler and a cleverly-designed Starbucks calendar for your desk!

When is the deadline for redeeming Starbucks 2018 Planner? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018 only.

Starbucks 2018 Planner Giveaway from Mommy Lace

Here’s another way to beat other Starbucks fans in getting the Starbucks 2018 Planner! One (1) Lucky reader will win a Starbucks 2018 Planner from Mommy Lace. Entries will be drawn electronically and prize will be shipped to your address. I’ll also draw a runner-up to win a special Starbucks treat!

1. Answer this question: What’s your personal tip in collecting Starbucks stickers? Post your answer via comments below!

2. Make sure you are already following Mommy Lace on Facebook and Mommy Lace on Instagram.

Contest ends November 10, winners will be announced via Facebook.

 

Merry Christmas everybody!

Rackshack: Fun Barbecue Experience at SM Aura

Rackshack answers modern barbecue cravings with their innovative barbecue concept. Rackshack is located at Level 5, The Sky Park of SM Aura Premier. It is the newest place to enjoy authentic and high quality barbecue and comforting side dishes with friends or family.

Created with millenials in mind, Rackshack offers an exciting, comfortable place for barbecue lovers to enjoy. It’s not just about their signature barbecue pork ribs which actually stems from Rackshacks’ more established brother, Racks’. Rackshack keeps in mind the low attention span we all have these days and provides fun card and board games like Uno, Pie Face showdown (which I recommend you play with their signature Smores!), foosball, and beer pong.

Rackshack’s vibe is an energizing one in that upon entering, you know you’ll have a good time here without ever sacrificing food quality. Let’s face it, there are plenty of themed restaurants out there targeting millenials. They offer the same concept of board games, maybe costumes, or hobby inspired food but there’s also a lot of feedback about food quality and taste being the least of these restaurants’ priorities. Rackshack has an advantage with the many years of established food service experience behind its back.

Rackshack’s Exciting Menu Includes Signature Pork Ribs and Tastefully Curated Appetizers, Sides

Rackshack’s menu offers a variety of globally influenced dishes that can easily become your new favorites. These include Rackshack’s Street Corn Salad, Carnitas Plate, Harajuku Potato Salad, Creole Garlic Shrimp, Fish and Chips.

What to Order at Rackshack PH:

Ridiculous Nachos and Fries P365

As for me, their Ridiculous Nachos and Fries was a super memorable appetizer. It’s a bowl of comfort that’s great to start your Rackshack experience with. The bowl is good to share and has nachos, fries, sausages, jalapenos and crispy onion rings all drizzled in special white and cheesy dip.

Double Signature Pork Ribs P515

Make sure to go on your cheat day so you can enjoy this double signature pork ribs. Actually, cheat day or not – everyone needs their protein and you’ve got to make it worth it. Rackshack’s signature pork ribs are the real deal. The meat is so flavorful and tender, I can’t even remember if they’re boneless or not. All I know is I savored every bite of their glorious barbecue and was too busy mixing and matching each bites with Rackshack’s wide range of house sauces. Also, barbecue sauce in Rackshack is UNLIMITED.

Solo Rib Version served with two sides

Choose from the famous Mother Sauce which is Rackshack’s signature house blend, Spicy Mother Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Carolina Gold, and Kansas Sauce.

I highly recommend getting a small plate where you can put all your sauces in, it’s highly useful in your quest to discover your favorite Rackshack sauce. Mine would be a combination of Mother Sauce and Spicy Mother Sauce.

Brownie S’mores P195

Rackshack’s got you covered from appetizers to desserts. Just like their Brownie S’more that’s not just Instagram #foodgoals but taste equally delicious. The slightly toasted / burnt marshmallow will bring you back to younger days. It can make you forget problems like your diet! Still, Rackshack’s dessert item is worth it and is even big enough to share – just like the traditional campfire s’mores that gets better when shared.

Rackshack SM Aura Menu

It’s easy to over indulge and spend more time at Rackshack. Food items compliment each other and the dining ambiance, setup, and service all hit the right notes at a fair price suitable for the younger barbecue lovers. At Rackshack, barbecue is a unique social and interactive experience that has no boundaries. No rules, no pretensions, just honest to goodness great place and awesome barbecue.

Here’s their menu for your Rackshack visit:

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What do you think? My mouth is watering just writing this blog post and can’t wait to visit Rackshack again this week! This time, I’d like to bring my son who I know will enjoy the food, games, and family-friendly ambiance at Rackshack SM Aura.

Enjoy your barbecue Mommy, Daddy, and Kids!