Krispy Kremes Bring Treats On Its Davao Stores’ Opening

Finally the long wait is over! Krispy Kremes will be opening three (3) branches here in Davao City this year. Two of which, their stores at The Abreeza Mall and at SM City Ecoland will start serving the excited Davaoenos on the 20th of October.

The much awaited branch openings in Davao City

And as a welcome gift to its first patrons,Krispy Kremes will be giving away hundreds of free Original Glazed donuts and Signature coffee. The first lucky customer will be bringing home a special card entitling him a One (1) year supply of Original Glazed donuts and Signature coffee. The second lucky patron will get a 6-month supply of the above items, while the 3rd customer will be entitled to a three-month supply.

Rovie and me with SM Lanang Marketing Incharge/Former Bb. Pilipinas Intl Nadia Shami

You think that is enough? Think again, because if you might be a few minutes ( or even seconds!) late getting in the store after the first three customers, this is no time to fret! The fourth towards the 100th customer will be receiving one-month supply of Original Glazed donuts and Signature coffee.

The 3rd Davao Krispy Kremes store is scheduled to open at SM Lanang Premier come November this year. Check out their Facebook page here for more details.

Ms. Steph of the Marketing Dept. sharing the great news to Davao Bloggers

Marketing Head Mark Gamboa with the Davao Bloggers


To the Marketing department headed by Mark Gamboa and Ms Steph, thank you for sharing the wonderful surprise to us bloggers. Thanks also for the boxfull of donut goodies you gave!! =)

my boxfull of free donuts!

Ipanema’s Urban Fashion Jungle Event Wows Davao Fashionistas

Ipanema‘s mystical creatures and Davao’s fashion animals converged in a night of glamour and majestic mystery unfolded at the Urban Jungle Fashion Show in Abreeza Mall, Davao City last Friday, October 12.

The jungle-inspired stage (mind you, the sounds and the beat of the drums made me feel like I was in forests of Rio de Janeiro, too!)

The seamless dances and moves were remarkable

fierce fashion animal

Ipanema’s latest flipflops collection were artistically presented in a jungle-inspired fashion show, showcasing bold prints and vibrant colors set to  capture the wild side of both men and women. My eyes feasted on an hour’s worth of graceful movements to showcase the new flipflops in their splendid glory. I bet Ipanema fans present during the event were already contemplating of adding a pair or two to their collection.

artistic display of thumping and jumping in the demi-jungle stage

some designs of the Ipanema Jungle collection

The show was presented by Ipanema Philippines, in coordination by Bambu Ventures, Inc ( dealer of  our favorite Brazilian footwears: Ipanema, Grendha and Rider )led by owner/President Mr. Patxi Elizalde.

This blogger’s pose alongside the fierce ‘Ipanema ‘creatures’

It was such an experience to be part of the digital media to cover the event. Cheers to more exciting events and shows in the future. =)

Ipanema Sponsors Urban Jungle Fashion Show In Davao

Heads up Ipanema fans!

After its well-attended show in Bonifacio High Street in Manila last May, your favorite brand of fliplops from Brazil is now going to set the ramp at The Abreeza on fire as they present their newest and fiercest collection on Friday, October 12, live at the Activity Center, The Abreeza Mall, Davao City.

Make your soles happy

Be ready to roar as they showcase a vibrant mystery every die-hard Ipanema fan would love to unravel. Expect to delight your eyes with the colorful, eye-catching and sensual designs the ‘most sold flipflop in the world has been famous for.

Footsie animals

Be there when it happens. See you there! Visit Ipanema Philippines’ Facebook page for more details.

Jungle mystery for every Ipanema fan

Note: I am one of the (lucky!) Davao bloggers who were invited to witness this fab event, so expect an after-event write-up in the next few days ~~~louise

When Steroids Become Life Savers

Today, my eldest son’s school nurse called me up and informed me that I needed to bring him to the doctor since she can hear a lot of wheezing from his chest, and he was coughing unstoppably. Upon hearing these,  I had to inform my workmates that I needed to take a few hours off from work to bring Lean Raphael to a pulmonologist ASAP.  He has been coughing for days now and only had carbocisteine and cough expectorant to relieve him plus the eucalyptus oil massage that we apply on his chest and back. Today, it developed into a bad asthma attack.

Nebulizer: Asthma patients’ indispensable buddy (photo courtesy of Alibaba.com)

Ughh. It must be the dust and smoke that got the best of him and his tired lungs, even if he nebulized himself this morning.

Ok, so, what struck me most during our consultation with the accommodating lady doctor, was when she mentioned that my son needed to take some steroids (Prednisone, specifically) for five days to help clear his lungs’ airway inflammation. She patiently explained that nebulization alone is not enough to relieve him of asthma.

Suddenly, Lean said out of nowhere,  ” Doc, aren’t steroids bad for us??”

Prednisone: A “helpful” steriod for the asthmatics

The pulmonologist smiled and explained that the bad effects of steroids can only be felt if taken for a long period of time (6 months or longer). My son must have read stuff about athletes getting caught and being disqualified from sports competition due to steroids abuse. The doctor reassured him that the benefits of steroids intake for five days outweigh my son’s ‘so-called fears’, and that the restful sleep it will give him, minus the coughs, wheezing and chest tightness is more valuable.

I can no longer hear him coughing right now, thank God. Thanks for the wonders of medical science.

Max’s Now Serves Classic Beef Dishes With A New Twist

The house that fried chicken built

For the month of October, our proudly Pinoy chicken restaurant, Max’s is launching “4SharingMeals“. This is perfect for group of friends, families or young  professionals of three to four.
Avid customers will  love these tasty local delicacies cooked in the traditional sarap-to-the-bones way at an affordable price of  Php 899/meal set.  You can choose either the Max’s Adobong Baka sa Gata or Max’s  Beef Caldereta to go with the classic Whole Fried Chicken, four servings of rice and four glasses of Iced tea.
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Sarap Kapiling sa Max’s
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Max’s Adobong Baka ~~ with ‘gata’ (coconut milk) for added creaminess

I specially recommend Max’s Adobong Baka sa Gata. It has the creamy goodness of coconut milk blended with the flavor of Filipinos’classic adobo concoction. And oh, Max’s Beef Caldereta will leave you asking for more rice as the deliciously tender beef simply melts your mouth.

You can avail of the Max’s 4Sharing Group Meal at Max’s Davao  @ 2nd Floor Abreeza Mall J.P. Laurel Avenue. For more details, check out their Facebook page. Happy eating!!

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Max’s Beef Caldereta~~melts in your mouth!!

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Max’s Fried Chicken is best eaten with Max’s Banana Ketchup

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Max’s specialty ‘Sarap-to-the-bones Fried Chicken ~~~ best seller!!

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Max’s Caramel Bar, my ultimate favorite

Blog Weekend Bootcamp: A Homecoming of Sorts

The participants and organizers

In the past months, I have always seen Davao Bloggers’ activities in my FB newsfeed and there is this constant wish of mine to be part of the group. However, I noticed most of the bloggers I see in the event photos are younger than me, and geez, I might feel way out of their league so I just kept on lurking. Good thing, one of the officers/organizers, Karla, informed me about the Blogger Weekend Bootcamp (held on Sept 21-23, 2012) and reassured me that there are also mommies like me who actively blog and are frequent attendees in local blogger events.

See, I started writing since highschool and that’s like ages ago. And for the past few years, my job online has been focused on editing articles, SEO (search engine optimization) building, customer support, and the like. Although I have a personal blog here and I had another one in Friendster ( which died) years ago, I never really wrote regularly due to the heavy schedule I have at work ( gah, excuses, excuses). And this to me, is a chance to revive my penchant for writing again.

Bootcamp gear.

So there I was preparing for the bootcamp, (hmmm, the word bootcamp sounds so Barbie-doll~ish, but I was actually excited!) and was looking forward for the mini-vacation cum seminar amidst the relaxing ambiance of Malagos Garden Resort.

My pass!!!

And what made it even more exciting was the roster of speakers who were experts in their own rights. Janette Toral, Aileen Apolo, Rene Lizada, Jojie Alcantara, Jay Frank de Jesus and more!

Apart from the exciting line-up of activities, the registration fee of Php 1500 ( Php1300 for the early registrants) was a major come-on. It was definitely  a steal, as it already included bootcamp materials, full meals & snacks, and accommodations for 3 days and 2 nights. ‘San ka pa?

The tools.

In a nutshell, I’m glad I came and joined the rest of the Davao bloggers. I made new good friends and renewed my flair for sharing my random thoughts and what-nots in an online platform.  I am now a certified blogger, again!

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(“Blog Weekend Bootcamp is a 3-day live-in conference with intensive hands-on workshop (Blogathon) that delves into the facets of blogging, creative writing, video blogging, photo blogging and Social Media. It is an excellent opportunity for bloggers of all skill levels to learn the best blogging and Social Media practices while utilizing the available tools for creating an effective online presence.”)

The event was made possible by the generous people of : Davao Bloggers, US Embassy of Manila, Smart, Sulit.com.ph, Malagos Garden Resort, Cre8tech, Abreeza Ayala Malls, San Miguel Brewery, KaiserWebSolutions and RAFI.

The Internet: Adding Pizzaz for A More Colorful World

wired up in style

unlimited hues of the internet = unlimited room for creativity

Indeed, the internet has paved the way for the unthinkable.

No one in our forefathers must have imagined that life would be as fast-paced and dynamic as the kind we are having today in this age of computers and world wide web a.k.a the internet.

Everything under the sun seems to be possible with a few clicks of a mouse , keyboard or even a few buttons of a smartphone. Creative juices abound and are free to flow for improved lifestyle and better human structures. Most of these lead to progress, while others merely see this as forms of expression.

Thinking about it, I can see a lot of promising things coming. There is pressure, I know, but I’d rather be excited than feel scary. I am so looking for what the future of technology brings. I can’t wait.

(For a more vivid presentation of how internet has changed the lives of the human kind, click here). Ciao!~~~

When Mafia Wars Don’t Make A Killing Anymore

My Ex-game

It is that feeling when games would feel like a chore and a job. I did feel like that when I quit the game a few months ago. I even forgot what month was that because it was no longer exciting, or at least that’s what I felt about it that time. Quests were getting stressful to fulfill and help was hard to get from fellow mafia members. Talk about a big deal,  I could hear non-mafia players say.

And so I made the ‘big’ decision, removed the games from my Apps and blocked it so I would not be able to see games posts on my feed. I was able to breathe again, focus on my work more, and do more chores at home.  At the back of my mind, I thought I’d miss the game I’ve played for about 2 years. But I didn’t.  I knew it was just a phase. I had fun while it lasted.  Thanks mafia for the good times. (Well, they were the reason why my friends grew to more than a thousand in Facebook, and up to know due to my laziness, I haven’t trimmed down to normal numbers).

However, don’t be fooled, I still play on a daily basis a couple of less-demanding games Cityville and Ravenskye. What is my online life and career, without these games, anyway?  xxxxxx

 

 

 

 

Got the balls coming, yeah!

Yay! Got my 2 magic 8 ball couple of months ago, thanks to my ever supportive clients. And ofcourse to Amazon for being there with just a click of a few buttons. Now, am thinking what toy or gadget to wish for that’s not available here in my country.

Honestly, it’s the wishing and waiting that’s more exciting.  Getting it makes it more like the icing on the cake or cherry on top of the icecream, or the peanut butter and jelly on my pandesal.

Ok, am shy to say this, i’m vain but..  i’m wondering how does facebook-ing feels with an Ipad. hehehe. ***wink***…

On the second thought maybe Amazon just amazes me ‘coz of the awesome stuff  being sold there, and i know Ipad has been here in Ph since  middle of last year. I am just a great fan of  random things we often don’t see in the malls. And if they’re just affordable, i’d try to own them before they hit the stores in Chinatown, and then I’d be prepared for the reality that they’re gonna  lose their so-called uniqueness and value, sigh, thanks to uber mass production.

Anyways, since i kinda hate iron stands coz the take up so much space when i’m ironing clothes ( yes, i do that, I’m a mother of  3 children who wear uniforms every single weekday.), but i still use them anyways, I wish there’s an iron board that i can just pull out from my closet  or wall. That way, i can freely push it back after pressing clothes, minus the hassle of  carrying the whole of an iron stand to and fro the laundry area.

Hmmm, shall I get? My Magic ball 8 says., “Outlook looks good!”

Lol, what a pressure.

I Wanna Have A Magic 8 Ball!! Gimme, Gimme Please

Okay, so I am in weird mode to own the Magic 8 Ball. Was looking since two years ago but couldn’t find one till now.

Maybe am just too bored and too disappointed over some petty things I have no control of  or maybe I had control but didn’t do enough to have the result what I wanted. Or things weren’t meant to be  or they weren’t right at the moment. Or they will never be right in the first place. Whatever.

So here I am just playing on fate and trusting on a piece of toy to fortell my future coz it’s the least I could do for the moment. But stubborn as I am, I still insist on what I want when the answer says “no” or “outlook is not good” or “sources say no”.

I go shake it again and ask the question over and over again till I get the answer that I want.  Like, what’s the point of asking, eh???

Anyways, I just wanted to chill on this silent slumber of my wordpress page where no one virtually knows it ever existed.

Hmmm, lots of things are happening to me and fast, hope I can catch up and breath.

I am so looking forward to brighter days, and cheery moments with my music, with a bit of cold from the rain.

I hope to see one day, time would bring my feet to where they would glide and slide without stress and hear whistles from the birds.

Oh sheesh I need to stop. I sound like a frustrated poet.

I just wish that I wont have to drop by here coz I’m sad.  Cheers to more good times!!