Monday, July 27, 2015

My Unsung Hero

We have been a little quiet over the past months and seldom posted articles on our blog. 2014 had been a bitter sweet year for us and it was only until now that we decided to share with everyone what we have been through. Both our moms passed away last year due to complications brought by diabetes. 
Like most of you, we consider our mothers our unsung heroes. Growing up, we often take them for granted unmindful that one day, we will no longer be able to spend time with them. One can never truly explain a mother's love. Who we are today is a product of how we were molded by our mothers. 
I couldn't grasp the right words to say how devastating it is to lose the person who brought you out to this world.

In my case, my mom's death is the hardest thing to deal with because being the youngest daughter, I was the closest to her. My mother was a working woman and at the peak of her career when she met my father - her first boyfriend. She had to give up her career after giving birth to me so she can focus on our growing family. When we were all grown ups, she decided to go back to work to help my father raise money so they both can retire well. She was so selfless and ready to extend help to anyone including our neighbors and acquaintances. I would often tease her that she's like Mother Theresa. I would sometimes wake up seeing unfamiliar faces in our house seeking help from her whether financially or simply needing some pieces of advise about life in general.

During her wake, I find comfort from the people who shared to us how our mother was able to help them in different ways. I am happy that I was able to share my mother to other people through the community that she is involved with. Proof that she didn't only teach us good things but also lived by her 

Forever grateful, 


Friday, July 17, 2015

Downpour of Delights at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

The rainy days are upon us again, but there’s no need to let the gloomy weather get you down. You can spice up the cold, dreary days with a load of thrilling delights from Richmonde Hotel Ortigas!

Get drenched in awesome deals and enjoy a shower of splendid treats as the Richmonde Café and The Exchange bar give you exciting reasons to stay indoors with the DOWNPOUR OF DELIGHTS, where you and your gang can enjoy irresistible 3+1 offers from July 15 to August 28, 2015!   

Keep warm within Richmonde’s cozy comforts and revel in gratifying feasts of international fare with Richmonde Café’s Weekday Lunch Buffet & Friday Dinner Buffet and for every three persons paying the regular rate of PhP 998nett for lunch buffet and PhP 750nett for dinner buffet, one other person eats for FREE. Likewise, you can sweep your rainy night blues away at The Exchange’s Monday & Tuesday Happy Hour as you bond with your buddies over bottomless booze and tasty bar chow while getting your money’s worth, because when three pay the regular price of PhP 550nett each, another friend gets to chill out with you at no extra cost.

So shake off the storms and rainy day doldrums with these Downpour of Delights at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas. The Weekday Lunch Buffet and Friday Dinner Buffet are served at 21 San Miguel Avenue ● Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1600 ● Philippines

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Tel: (632) 638-7777 ● Fax: (632) 638-8567

Richmonde Café from 11:30am to 2pm and from 6pm to 9pm, respectively. Happy Hour at The 
Exchange is available from 6pm to 9pm. 

For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777 loc. 3409 for Richmonde Café and 3408 for the Exchange Bar. Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, 
Pasig City. For more information, send an email to or log on to For the freshest updates on hotel promotions, connect at,, and

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Milk tea, anyone?

Still scared to order milk tea?
Here's a milk tea house that will bring back your love for this yummy, yummy health drink.

One of the most exciting milk tea houses in the Metro, Tea Monkey not only serve tea, it also boasts its authentic Japanese Tamayaki that will surely satisfy your taste buds.

They have a wider drink selection compared to competitors. 
Must try: Tea Monkey Special and Green tea with yakult.

Tamayaki comes in three variants. Charlie Chimp (original), Gorilla George (sweet and spicy), King Kong (with wasabi sauce). If you are as bold as I am when it comes to food, you will definitely love.

They also have hunger busters for those with bigger appetite. 
Chicken fillet sandwich served with Jap mayo, lettuce, onions, tomato and ciabatta bread.
For rice lovers, you can opt for chicken fillet or pork belly with rice. Both come with 3 flavors: black pepper, honey and cumin.

Not too hungry? Try their crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, quaffle with your choice of flavor and designer dip.

The selection was so good we went back to try some of their dishes on the menu. I ordered King kong but was served with Charlie Chimp which was quite disappointing because I only crave for a spicy Tamayaki. The staff said "nakalimutan po kasi na King kong order nyo, eto nalang po yung wasabi sauce, Masarap din naman po yan."
Yes, no apology was given.
I was not even given a choice whether to accept or not what she incorrectly prepared for me.

Miguel on the other hand, was satisfied with his pork belly.

Overall, I will give Tea Monkey a 4 out of five stars. The other star goes to customer service improvement.

Visit Tea Monkey at the Ground Floor of SM Hypermarket, Frontera Verde Drive, Ugong Norte, Pasig City.

Migs and Alaine

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Honda Smart Technology to Fuel the Success of New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series in the Philippine Scooter Market!

Just by Honda’s mere reputation alone as the world’s No. 1 motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, any product that comes out of the company’s assembly plants anywhere in the world is sure to draw attention and generate enthusiasm in their respective local markets.

The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series would be no different at all from the historic and long list of motorcycle and scooter lines that Honda has introduced and brought to the world. 

Daiki Mihara, President of Honda Philippines, Inc., is confident of the potentials of the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series in the local scooter market.

“The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is a reflection of Honda Philippines’ continued commitment to provide powerful, safe, fun, and worthwhile driving experience to the growing market of Filipino scooter enthusiasts,” Mihara pointed out.

The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series would hit the local retail markets literally and figuratively running, in terms of consumer interests, performance, and most notably sales. It has practically the same DNA as the Honda Click125i that was launched in February so Honda Philippines is quite confident that it will also be a success in terms of performance and sales given its affordability and expected wider market base. 

According to Elie Salamangkit Jr., Product Planning Manager of Honda Philippines, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is banking on its class-leading fuel efficiency, the Honda exclusive and industry-pioneering technology, stylish and sporty design, better utility, and affordability that is expected to strongly appeal to a wider market base, to immediately make its mark in the local scooter market.

The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series also features the Honda Smart Technology, a groundbreaking technology that Honda first used in the Honda Click125i that really caught the attention and envy of every market player in the Philippine motorcycle industry.

The Honda Smart Technology is actually what’s powering the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series to its very remarkable on-road performance punctuated no less by its class-leading fuel efficiency which is 63 kilometers per liter for its CBS/ISS variant and 58.5 kilometers per liter for the standard model based on 
the ECER40 test method.

Honda has also maintained its trend-setting safety and security features in the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series including a secure key shutter, a side stand switch, park brake lock, automatic headlight on (AHO), and the combi-brake system.

In terms of utility space, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series has a larger utility box that is capable of accommodating 11.2 liters worth of personal items or safety equipment.

A closer look

So what is the Honda Smart Technology and how did it become industry leading and pioneering?

The Honda Smart Technology actually has three main features – the eSP, the ISS, and the Combi-Brake System (CBS).

eSP means enhanced smart power. It is an advance engine technology that combines high power and high fuel efficiency with a quiet start and smooth eco-friendly engine. The technology enables the efficient combustion of the engine as well as minimizes friction thereby reducing waste. It optimizes energy output too. eSP technology is integrated with the unique Honda ACG starter to ensure that once the rider starts the engine, it would be jolt-free. It also supports the application of another advanced and exclusive Honda 
feature known as the Idling Stop System (ISS).

Under the eSP, there are many technological features including the Honda-exclusive ACG Starter, the PGM-FI, the CVT, among others. With the use of the ACG or alternating current generator starter-type system, there is no reduction gears and gear meshing noises thus ensuring smooth and quiet start. The PGM-FI is a technology pioneered by Honda since the introduction of the Honda CX500 Turbo in 1982, the world’s first fuel-injected motorcycle. It is programmed fuel injection which ensures higher fuel efficiency, power and torque while keeping emission low. CVT is continuous variable transmission which has become a norm in modern scooters. It allows for intelligent low friction and vibration.

The ISS feature of the Honda Smart Technology is another Honda exclusive and the first-of-its-kind in motorcycle application. The ISS automatically switches off the engine of the scooter during brief stops and thus saves fuel. The conventional idling of other scooters and motorcycles is that they continue to consume fuel even on idle mode. The rider also does not need to restart the scooter on ISS as he just needs to twist the throttle and the engine is automatically switched on again in less than a second.

The Combi-Brake System (CBS) is the feature that delivers controllability, convenience, and the sense of confidence for the rider because the technology in the scooter gives it the optimum braking power while reducing nosedive, which is very common in many scooters and motorcycles. Because the technology enables the application of the right amount of brake power on both wheels of the scooter, shortest stopping distance when braking can be achieved.

With the industry-pioneering and revolutionizing feature of the Honda Smart Technology, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is expected to blaze a trail of excellence for every succeeding scooter 
that will come out of Honda to follow. 

Irish Lorenzo

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Win a trip for 2 to Lego Land Malaysia at!

Good news to bargain hunters, discount shoppers and fans of local showbiz stars alike! If you’ve always loved a good deal, are always on the look-out for the lowest prices of gadgets, clothes, appliances, jewelries, accessories and other items, and would love to be somehow closer to your favorite stars, then we have found a new site for you that you will surely enjoy!

Introducing! Stardibs is a website that was built exactly a year ago specifically to auction off the pre-loved items of celebrities in the local showbiz industry. The site uses a “reverse auction method”, which means that instead of the price increasing for each new bid to an item –as practiced in regular bidding at Stardibs, the price actually decreases with each new bid which allows the winning bidder to walk away with the item at a very low price! By building a site on the internet to auction celebrity items, Stardibs doesn’t only allow the fans, collectors and admirers of the local stars to be closer to their idols, but it also gives chance to online shoppers to purchase brand new gadgets and other exciting stuffs for a very low price!

Stardibs calls auction participants, Dibbers. They may browse the items according to categories which include Appliances, Cars, Fashion and Beauty, Food and Beverages, Gadgets, Gift Cards, Hotels, Kitchen Equipment, Sports, and Travel and Vacation. Meanwhile, for fans who want to buy their favorite celebrity items, they may also opt to browse the items on the site according to celebrity names.

For payment options, Dibbers can pay through PayPal, Ubiz/Unionbank or Pasabayad, Or If they don’t have account with these payment gateways – They can still pay by depositing it in 

Unionbank/BPI. Winning Dibbers may claim their items at G/F Unit 14, East of Galleria, Topaz Road, Brgy. San Antonio, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 

For those who are worried that signing up might be complicated, you can be assured that registration is hassle-free, as all you need to do is go here : and fill up 5 simple fields, click submit and voila! You can start Dibbing and shopping! 

And because Stardibs has just reached its first year anniversary, it currently offers a special Anniversary Promo to all Dibbers! Starting on May 6 to May 20,2015, will be having a raffle promo that will give all members who signs up at the site a chance to win a travel package for two to Malaysia, complete with travel accommodations and free tickets to Lego Land, Malaysia! How it works is that each new member who registers on the site and also like their facebook page will be given a raffle entry, and then after that, all you need to do is sit back, relax and wait for the announcement of the winner for the promo that will happen on May 20, 2015 in the 7:00 PM in the evening. Winner(s) will be contacted via email and the phone numbers they’ve provided during registration. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now at and start dibbing for you to get a chance to own brand new gadgets and own your favorite celebrity pre-loved Items, but you may also bag the chance to win a free trip to Malaysia with friend! 

For more details about their 1st Aniversary Promo Travel Package visit Facebook 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

#DEVANTxAvengers: DEVANT and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron bring Greatness in One

DEVANT, a TV brand that frontiers in providing premium quality entertainment experience with its world-class TV collection, makes a big statement yet again with its partnership with Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron to bring greatness in one through DEVANT’s TV Collection. These two powerhouses team up not only to make a statement but to provide consumers the perfect partnership in viewing experience.

This year, April 23 marked a special date for DEVANT TV and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as the world’s favorite super hero team assembled again for another exciting and action-packed movie.

Being one of the most trusted and known TV brands in the country, DEVANT was named as Marvel’s official TV brand partner for the most awaited movie of 2015 – Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

To celebrate this great partnership, DEVANT TV reached out to their market by holding a private block screening of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” attended by top bloggers, media and online influencers along with various DEVANT TV dealers nationwide.

The event showcased the DEVANT TV Collection and its superb features that make it stand out among other TV brands in the market. Each TV represented a character from the Avengers, highlighting special features of DEVANT TVs that will surely boost one’s overall viewing experience.

DEVANTxAvengers TV Features

DEVANT Curved TV - Captain America

Be unique and in the lead like the legendary Captain America with the new DEVANT 65-inch 

Curved Ultra HD TV. This Smart 3D TV’s sleek curved style is perfect not only for watching your 

favorite shows and movies but for a great gaming experience as well.

8.3 MP Technology - Iron Man

Fond of high-tech gadgets just like the eccentric billionaire inventor Tony Stark? Devant’s 65-inch Smart 3D Ultra HD TV is the right choice for you! Armed with an 8.3 Megapixel display resolution, a built-in ISDB-T receiver and other amazing features, the techie in you will surely be impressed.

120HZ Vivid Motion - Thor

Say goodbye to blurred scenes with this DEVANT 55-inch Smart 3D Ultra HD TV. With its 120Hz Vivid Motion and fast frame refresh rate, even scenes as fast as the thunder from the mighty Asgardian Thor will never be a problem.

Superb Sound - The Hulk

Hear the Hulk’s roars loud and clear with DEVANT 50-inch Smart 3D Ultra HD TV’s Superb 

Sound. Its built-in subwoofer produces richer and clearer audio that enhances your viewing experience.

Perfectly Clear Panel - Hawkeye

Experience spot on picture display wherever you are! DEVANT 55-inch Smart 3D TV’s Perfectly

Clear Panel eliminates ambient light reflection and gives you balanced picture displays even in various lighting conditions and allows you to never miss a scene just like how the unparalleled marksman Hawkeye never misses his target.

2D to 3D Conversion - Black Widow

Armed with intelligence and amazing fighting skills, the Black Widow is never afraid to join the men in action. Enjoy and immerse yourself in intense action scenes from Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” with the 2D to 3D conversion feature of DEVANT’s 50-inch Smart 3D TV. 

Experience 3D viewing at the comfort of your home with just the touch of a button.

Together The Avengers make up a super hero team so powerful they are labeled Earth’s

Mightiest Heroes. With DEVANT’s great roster of TV collection and the amazing features they 

offer, one can consider it as one of the best brands TV can offer.

Join the team and be talked about in a big way with the DEVANT TV Collection.

DEVANT TV: Website | Facebook | Instagram

About Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. 

Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, CobieSmulders as Agent Maria Hill, StellanSkarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on 
human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, PietroMaximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s Avengers: 

Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on April 22, 2015.

About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit © 2015 MARVEL

Monday, May 4, 2015

Rustic Mother’s Day Celebration at Richmonde Café

It’s that time of the year once again when we get to pamper the most important woman in our lives. Give back and take mom out to a lunch buffet that is just as exceptional as she is! Every mother deserves nothing but the best so for her special day, Richmonde Café whips up an exquisite menu crafted to celebrate and recognize all that she has done for us. From spring bouquets and summer salads, to succulent ribs and scrumptious cakes, nothing shouts “I love you, Mom!” more than a wholesome feast with the entire family.  

On May 10, 2015, bring the entire family to Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Richmonde Café to relish a charming international fare dedicated to all sweet and loving Mothers. The Café spoils Mom further with an exclusive 3 + 1 deal. This means for every three guests paying the regular rate, mom gets to be the boss and eats absolutely FREE!

Delight in a bountiful spread that reminds you of rustic afternoons spent in your childhood backyard – set the mood right with antipasto and soup such as House Cured Salmon Gravlax with Shredded Red Onions and Capers; Tabouleh Salad; Seafood Pasta Salad; Toast with your choice of dips like Baba Ghanoush, Hummus, Crab and Cream Cheese; Shrimp Bisque; and Italian Wedding Soup. Indulge in mouthwatering spoonfuls of classic comfort chows like Lemon Chicken with Artichokes; Vegetable Lasagna with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto; Herbed Roasted Potato; Steamed Kani wrapped in Nori; Roast Prime of Rib with Horseradish Cream & Au Jus; and Beef-wrapped Asparagus with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Do not forget to try various dishes from the show kitchen as well – from pasta treats to fried dishes and grilled items, we’ve got all your cravings covered! Lastly, give in to the sugar rush with samplings of Hot Apple and Nuts Crumble, Baklava Parcels, Opera Slices, assorted Cupcakes and Cake Pops. 

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe – Antipasto spread

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe –
Lemon Chicken
Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe –
Dessert station

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon is available on May 10, 2015 for Php 995 nett. 

For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777. The Richmonde Café is located at the 2nd floor of Richmonde Hotel Ortigas at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, send an email to or log on to  For the freshest updates on hotel promotions, connect at,, and