Thursday, May 31, 2012

Yummy Treat from The Russian Cookie House

I got these yummy treats from The Russian Cookie House last Mother's Day.

The heart-shaped tea biscuits taste so nice and almost mouth melting - its a tangy lemon shortbread cookies flavored with fresh lemon juice and rind.

My little boy Ivan liked this one so much, the Black Russians Cookies - its a chocolate cookie with a walnut in the center covered with bittersweet chocolate and topped with chocolate sprinkles.

Thank you so much Ms. Gina of The Russian Cookie House, we had an afternoon feast.

The Russian Cookie House has a unique selection of cookies generally not found in the local market.  The aim is to create product of clear distinction that is pleasing to the eye and the palate and very attractively packaged to be suitable for any occasion.

Contact Details:
G/F The Podium
ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City
Store Hours:
Monday to thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday to Sunday 10am - 10pm
Tel. Nos. (632)2160865; 09178952863

You can also visit and like their website and Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Turning 18 is a milestone worth celebrating! That's why Marithé + François Girbaud is giving great deals on all items, including new arrivals!

Visit any Girbaud branch until June 12, 2012 to enjoy discounts starting at 18%. Club LeJean members can also double their points by simply presenting their Le Jean card and rewards booklet with every purchase.

Become a Club Le Jean member today and enjoy rewards on every purchase, moneyless shopping using your gift points and stamps, and the chance to swap your old pair of denims for a brand-new pair of M+FG jeans!

For more details, visit any Marithé + François Girbaud branch today. Girbaud is available in SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Ali Mall, Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, NE Pacific Mall, Pavilion Mall, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, NAIA Terminal 3, and now in Robinsons Tacloban, KCC Mall General Santos, and Robinsons Calasiao.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ruthilicious Big-Size Lander product Giveaway!

At stake is Six (6) Lander Personal Care 
Gift Pack worth P1,000.00

Visit Ruthilicious Blog to join this giveaway.
Giveaway runs from May 24 - July 6, 2012.
Winner must be able to personally claim the prize at Unit 2EO3 Building 5, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Welcome to Cocoon Hotel

Welcome to Cocoon Boutique Hotel the Philippine’s first truly Green Hotel in Quezon City.

We open our doors to our pioneering guests who share our commitment for environmentally sustainable luxury.

     COCOON…A warm nesting place that is - 
  •  Modern yet Classic
  • Tranquil yet steps from vibrant entertainmen
  • Environmentally Responsible, yet Luxuriously Carefree
  • Global yet truly Filipino
With each stay and use of the deluxe amenities at Cocoon, our guests are able to take part in an initiative to be environmentally responsible and make a positive contribution to the community.

We redefine the pleasure of sleep and bath experience. And we strive to establish sustainable relationships with our guests through sincere, warm, and nurturing service befitting a genuine Boutique Hotel

Cocoon Boutique Hotel is resolute in its commitment to all its stakeholders.

For its guests - Elegant, stylish and intimate facilities with complete five-star amenities from a genuine boutique hotel with superior guest services

 For its staff – Extensive training and a work environment providing a sense of belonging and ownership that will manifest in ‘that special personal connection’ with all the guests.

For the community - A determined effort to give significant contributions to save the environment with the goal of being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. In addition, a venue for community-immersion of youth with disability at the hotel’s back-of-the-house operations.

Enjoy the luxury of five-star amenities & service

Outdoor Adult and Kiddie Swimming Pool

High-ceiling Ballroom for 250 persons, or Two function rooms for 100 persons each

State-of-the Art Boardroom

The Deck Bar and Breakfast Venue

Other Amenities and Services:
  • Abuela’s Coffeeshop
  • Wireless Internet Connection in Public Areas
  • Business Center
  • Exercise Area (in progress)
  • The Mulberry Flowers and Finds – Flowers and Gift Shop
  • Il Duelo Rustic Italian Restaurant
  • Paire Cocktails and Pastries
  • Serendipitea Milk Tea Shop
  • Iris Spa and Nail Art
  • Nouvelle Aesthetic Clinic
  • Peps Silvestre Salon
  • Triple Star Travel Agency
  • Concierge Services, Room Service
  • Laundry, Dry-cleaning and Pressing Services
  • Transportation Service and Tours Assistance
  • Proximity Card Access Control, 24-hour CCTV & Security,
  • Addressable Fire Alarm system

Cocoon Boutique Hotel is in the heart of Quezon City, the biggest and most progressive city in Metro Manila.

It is steps away from the bustling Timog Avenue while contained within a quiet, affluent community within the South Triangle Areas acknowledged as one of the City’s prime locations. It is only two blocks from Tomas Morato Avenue, another popular entertainment strip in Quezon City.

Press contact
Annie R. Convocar, Hotel Consultant
Mobile Phone – 0920-9249219              

For inquiries and reservations, please contact the Sales and Reservations Office
Telephone  632-998 3117    
Mobile Phone  0922- 810 4692     

Cocoon Boutique Hotel
61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Streets, Bgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City 1103, Philippines
Telephone  632- 9212706 to 08    
Mobile Phone 0917- 5567893    
TeleFax  632- 4137281   

Cocoon Boutique Hotel – where Luxury is Responsible.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bulalo at The Mall

Even away from home, still we get a chance to taste our own Filipino dishes.  Here is one of our not-to miss dish, the awesome "bulalo". We always order this one whenever we dine at "The Mall Food Court", Gadong, Brunei Darussalam.

An order costs B$6.50 (approx. P220.00), it already comes with 2 cups of rice.

So what our verdict? Ask my little boy Ivan.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Space Adventure with Barney

About a month ago, the kids (my son Ivan and his cousin Ymanne) were treated in  a very delightful and entertaining musical show "Barney's Space Adventures" at the Aliw Theater. 

We came early, so we were ushered first at the waiting area. This is where patrons can eat their food, rest for awhile while waiting for the doors to open. Restrooms are also available.

It was Ivan's first time experience in a cinema like venue and I was just glad he didn't mind the darkness (he is afraid of the dark).  So I am planning next time we can go to the cinema to watch a movie together. 

Eagerly waiting for Barney and Friends to come-out

The musical show was based on the popular children's television show Barney and Friends, BARNEY SPACE ADVENTURES features Barney's friends: BJ, Baby Bop and Cousin Riff who together head on an exciting adventure aboard a spaceship.

The show was indeed full of fun, fantasy and excitement with all the popular Barney songs that my little boy can sing along with. 

I knew this is one of Ivan's memorable experience 'coz we kept talking about it aboard the bus on our way home.  He kept telling me that we should watch Barney again.  I am glad that I was able to make my son happy.

Thank you Smart Parenting magazine for the VIP tickets and for making a WISH come true for my son.

Mommy & Me Day with Sky Fun Club

Spent a wonderful afternoon with the Sky Fun Club together with other mommies and kids at the Market Market Activity Center last Saturday (March 19).

The Sky Fun Club is an exclusive kiddie club for loyal Sky Cable subscribers. This year's theme is all about One Big L.E.A.P - Learn, Explore, Adventure, Play!

There were different booths that moms and kids get to participate and enjoy.

The Enervon "Shoot the Disease" booth, a real winner among the kids

My little boy Ivan taking his turn to shoot at the Enervon booth.  I think he queued up several times because he truly enjoyed this one which is similar to the popular "Angry Bird" online game.

A sumptuous treat from Classic Cravings Catering.  They likewise showcased a very nice set-up with those what looks like mini-lamp posts with tea candle inside.

Ivan was so delighted when he was able to scoop the fish from the big marble bowl.  But I felt pity for those fishes, I think they were so stressed out.  I wonder if they were able to last all afternoon.  Anyway, I find this game good enough for the kids because it tests their patience, going after the fishes is a difficult task.

There were also onstage kid's activities and games.  Sadly Ivan was not able to participate as only bigger kids get chosen.  By the way, the program was hosted by Model Mom Jada Hidalgo Pangan of Wave 89.1 and the cutesy DJ Lambert of Jam 88.3

Thank you Sky Fun Club.  Hope to be able to join you again in the next event.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tiny Buds Baby Bottle & Utensil Wash: A Review

I am a mom who's always on the look-out for the best product which I can use for my family and I am therefore will always try what is new.  One of the latest baby product that was introduced to me some months back in a bazaar that I attended is the Tiny Buds Bottle & Utensil Wash.  Accordingly it is made from all natural ingredients and biodegradeable. Ok, I like that! since the trend nowadays is to go "natural".

The Tiny Buds Baby Bottle & Utensil Wash label says all of these - is a mild natural cleanser especially formulated to keep baby safe from harmful chemicals.

  • made from 100% food safe fruit-extracts
  • twice the bubbles for a deeper clean
  • easily removes bacteria  and foul odor from left-over formula
  • highly effective but gentle on the skin
  • free from artificial coloring which can cause allergies
  • free of cancer-causing Parabens

True to its claim, I only need one pump and its all enough for my bottle cleaning (3 -4 bottles).   It is but effective in removing milk left-over, and gentle to the hands too.

But since my little boy has already stop bottle feeding, I am now using the Tiny Buds Wash to clean up his toys.  It is but important for me that I keep clean everything that he always touches and that includes his toys.

On top of it all, Tiny Buds Wash is priced much lower than another imported brand which I am formerly using. You can buy this at Rustan's and at all leading department stores, supermarkets and baby shops.

What about you, what's the brand of your baby bottle wash? do you think it contains natural ingredients as well? are you sure it is safe for your baby?

Like me you can follow their Facebook page and get yourself acquainted with all the other Tiny Buds products like the Rice Baby Powder, one of my favorite as well (read my review here); hand sanitizer, hand wipes, scratch off and rash gel.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Spa Reflexology: Relax . . . Recharge . . . Heal

Introducing one of the newest services of the pioneer in the spa industry - The Spa Reflexology.  Enjoy the best of both worlds - experience healing and relaxation in your own tranquil sanctuary at The Spa Wellness.

The Spa Reflexology is a healing massage that focuses on particular "pressure points" of the soles of the feet, where sensory nerves of the internal organs that spread throughout the body are mainly gathered.  A different massage experience await clients as hands, fingers and a wood stick with cream and oil are used unlike other massages that use thumbs, palms and elbows. 

If healing is all you want, enjoy a no-frills Reflexology Massage in plush customized chair/ convertible bed with soothing ambiance of The Spa Wellness branches - Acropolis, Trinoma and Greenbelt (Trinoma and Greenbelt soon to open).  

Cozy rooms with multiple chair/convertible beds equipped with LCD TV screens make it perfect for a Reflexology sparty with friends and loved ones.  It's a sit-and-massage service that lets you begin healing instantly, without the hassle of changing into robes.  Licensed and highly-trained therapists work with precision onto the foot to soothe pain and stress.

The Spa Reflexology is a 60-minute service for only P550 per session. 
The Spa is part of The Spa Wellness group of brands.

The benefits of The Spa Reflexology include:
  • Pain and stiffness relief caused by too much exercising or using muscle for too long.
  • Prevention and cure of symptoms such as headache, stress, asthma, constipation, sinusitis and migraine.
  • Boosts blood circulation in the system.

The Spa Reflexology is available in the following branches:

ALABANG (Deluxe & Executive Rooms)
L/G Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
(+632)850-3490, 850-6836/Sun to Thu 1 - 9 pm/Fri & Sat 1 - 10 pm

G/F The Spa Building, 80 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Bagumbayan, QC
(+632)655-0766, 655-0783/Mon to Thu 1:30 - 9:30 pm/Fri to Sun 1 - 9:30 pm

GREENBELT (soon to open)
G/F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City (drop-off entrance)
(+632)840-1325, 8401326/Mon to Thu 12 - 10 pm/Fri to Sun 12 - 11 pm

TRINOMA (soon to open)
3/F Wellness Zone, Trinoma Mall, North Ave., QC
(+632)900-8809, 900-8818/Mon to Thu 12 - 10 pm/ Fri to Sun 11 am - 10 pm