Today, I receive all God’s love for me. Today, I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of God’s Universe. Today, I open myself to your Blessings, healing and miracles.Today, I open myself to God’s Word so that I become more like Jesus Everyday. Today, I proclaim that I’m God’s Beloved, I’m God’s Servant, I’m God’s powerful champion, And because I am blessed, I will bless the world, In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Crizal Eyezen: Keeping your eyes protected while you remain connected to the Universe


Crizal Eyezen: Keeping your eyes protected while you remain connected to the Universe

It is a fact that in this day and age of internet, it’s a must for people to keep their eyes glued to the world using their digital devices — be it a smartphone, gadget or tablet.  Being digitally connected has become a lifestyle. However, being online 24/7 can strain and, even, damage your eyes. With the constant exposure to blue light emitted from digital devices, your eyes need protection.

Multi-screening

With the abundance of digital devices, people are now engaging in a digital behavior called “multi-screening”. It is a behavior where an individual uses multiple digital screens simultaneously, on average four (4) different devices are used—either for work, education, socializing or leisure.

A typical multi-screen user spends 7 hours and 24 minutes of screen media per day. Of that time, 34% is spent on smartphones; 33% on TV; 23% on laptops; and 10% on tablets. This longer time in front of bright digital screens and versatility between devices are challenges for the human eye, and many people are describing specific symptoms linked to their new behavior.

With this in mind, Essilor, the global leader in ophthalmic lenses, introduces Crizal Eyezen, a new range of lenses designed to keep your eyes protected while staying connected to the digital world.

Crizal Eyezen™ lenses are designed to replace ordinary prescription lenses or to assist occasionally the ones who usually do not need glasses, when viewing their digital devices. They exist in three (3) different optimizations according to the type of screen most used and the age of the patient. It features three revolutionary technologies—Eyezen Focus, Light Scan™ and W.A.V.E Technology that work in sync to relax the eyes from all digital stress and protect against harmful blue light.

Eyezen Focus Technology helps relieve the eye’s focus when using digital devices and reduces eye strain in ultra-near distances or for reading small characters by giving an extra power in the lower portion of the ophthalmic lens.

Light Scan™ Technology is a unique light filtering technology which protects eyes from the harmful blue-violet light emitted by digital screens. W.A.V.E Technology, on the other hand, eliminates lens distortion for sharper, clearer vision at every distance and better vision even in low light.

“Crizal Eyezen enhances the digitally connected lifestyle of the millennial generation” says Essilor Philippines general manager Dr. Emelita Roleda. “While ordinary glasses help you see the world, Eyezen enhance the way you live in it. With clearer, sharper vision, you can connect to the digital world better, while getting protection for your eyes at the same time.”

Crizal Eyezen is just one of the many technological innovations of Essilor.  As technology continues to advance, people’s visual needs will change at the same time. Essilor makes sure that people’s visual needs are always complemented through its constant technological innovations, innovations that aim for people to see the world better.

Crizal Eyezen lenses are available in clear and Crizal Transitions at leading optical shops nationwide. For more information, visit the Crizal Eyezen Facebook page, www.facebook.com/crizaleyezenph.



About Essilor
The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique visual requirements. To support this vision, the Company allocates over €160 million to research and development every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Essilor’s flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Xperio® and OptifogTM.
It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.
Essilor reported consolidated revenue of €4.9 billion in 2012 and employs around 50,700 people in some 100 countries. It operates 19 plants, a total of 390 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.
Essilor was classified by Forbes magazine as being among the world’s 30 most innovative companies.

For more information, please visit www.essilor.com.ph.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

LONDON: Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster


LONDON: Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster


"Ohhh, what a beauty!", was the exact words I utter when I saw this photo of the Westminster Abbey illuminated by lights when it was uploaded by manay Rosey yesterday.

I've always been fascinated with different architectural wonders of the world, the universe rather. ( O ha, gaya gaya ako kay Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach para in, ha ha ha! ) That is why I am so fond of traveling. My brother keeps on complaining that I couldn't keep up with his pace. Well, ladies and gentlemen that is because I always try to take photos of ingenious and intricate details of the place we are visiting. I am so engrossed trying to capture everything with my camera that I always lost track of time.

Have you ever dream of hearing mass inside a Roman Catholic church in London? It is my childhood dream to be able to visit different places like Paris, Germany and United Kingdom.

For common folks like you and me it is almost next to impossible to visit England, much more to hear mass at the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster located at #20 Dean's Yard in Westminster London.

Unlike you and me, my kababayan manay Rosey Bermal had been working in a London hospital for many years now. She's so lucky! She had been living in London and had visited various places in Europe. 

The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, London is an architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries.

Westminster Abbey also presents a unique pageant of British history such as the following:
  • the shrine of St Edward the Confessor
  • the tombs of kings and queens
  • and countless memorials to the famous and the great.
  • It has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 
  • and for numerous other royal occasions, including sixteen royal weddings. 
Today, Westminster Abbey is still a church dedicated to regular worship and to the celebration of great events in the life of the nation. Neither a cathedral nor a parish church, Westminster Abbey (or the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster to give it its correct title) is a "Royal Peculiar" under the jurisdiction of a Dean and Chapter, subject only to the Sovereign and not to any archbishop or bishop

Did you know that this gothic style church is said to be in existence since 960 AD? But it was rebuilt during the 10th century and became the burial site of and were rebuilt in 1517 while its two (2) towers were done during the 18th century? Its floor area is 32,000 feet. Its width is 85 feet. Each of the two (2) towers has a height of 225 feet. And it has 10 bells.

Ciao! Smile Always!

Photo credit: Rosey Bermal


Friday, January 15, 2016

VENUERIFIC PHILIPPINES: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila


VENUERIFIC PHILIPPINES: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila



I was watching Kris TV's feature a while ago and was inspired to write about my family's favorite staycation and events place- Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Check this space out. Best place to hold events hands down.



Sofitel is our favorite hang out. I love it whenever my family and friends held there parties there.



Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is an iconic 5-star luxury resort nestled in an expansive tropical setting close to the largest convention center, theaters, museums, government offices and the Mall of Asia.


It is not only people who appreciates the beauty of nature! This bird is also seashore watching!



My favorite pass time... seashore watching at Sofitel!


Sofitel Philippine Plaza is one of the favorite wedding destination in the Philippines. It is an ideal venue for holding weddings both big and small, with great flexibility in staging design. Whether it be a grand and formal occasion at the Grand Plaza Ballroom or the Tent, or a smaller, more intimate ceremony by the Seawall Garden, Sofitel’s team of experts are able to ensure a most unforgettable celebration that is flawlessly executed. Choose from elegant French celebrations and other themes that capture the imagination, as your big day is tailor-made to your unique tastes and preferences.


There was a garden wedding that particular day. I wanted to take pictures but I don't want to invade and destroy their moment.


Play time under the sun in the sand at Sofitel.


Family bonding.


Swimming to the max to beat the El Niño heat!


Cool off at Sofitel's swimming pool!


With Sofitel's track record you are assured that your event will be great. Its memory will be etched in your mind for a lifetime. Our friend L celebrated her birthday at Sofitel's Grand Plaza Ballroom. It was so much fun! Our other friend Hans on the other hand treat us at Sofitel's Sunset bar. Almost every year I get invited by PMAP (People Management Association of the Philippines) to cover its event in Sofitel. And even without anything in return I always make sure to come, simply because I love PMAP and Sofitel.


On top of that, my brother and I absolutely love our staycations at Sofitel. I also love our dinner at Spiral ( Sadly,the gc I bought lapsed when I was not yet in Manila, I hope the admin will consider my request)  and the wonderful selections at Le Bar.

So the next time you have an event just search for #VenuerificPhilippines to select the best venue for your event.

What is Venuerific and how does it work?

Venuerific is a platform that allows event owners to easily and quickly book venues for their planned events
:

For event owners – browse, select and inquire from our list of partner venues
For venue owners – list and showcase your venues on our website

In addition, they provide a concierge service to guide you through the above.

How do you create an account and sign up with Venuerific?

Go to their homepage, click on Sign Up and enter your email address and password. You will then receive an activation email from our system. Click the link on the activation email to activate your account.

How do I login to Venuerific?

Enter your email address and password in the Log In page and then click “Sign In”.
Can I login using Facebook?

Yes. You can login using your Facebook account.

You can search for the perfect using the search botton or through its online concierge.


REGINA HOMETEL: Makati's Newest Affordable Accommodation


REGINA HOMETEL: Makati's Newest Affordable Accommodation


Travelling on a shoestring? When in Makati in the Philippines with budget constraints, you don't need to worry anymore, smile and be happy! Why? It is because Makati City is the home of the latest hometel in town! You can now avail of the "Swak sa Budget" offerings of Regina Hometel at 7272 J. Victor Street, Pio del Pilar, Makati, Luzon 1230, Philippines.


The #ReginaHometel, your #HOME in the City is one of the newest places to discover whether you are a backpacker like me, a tourist on vacation, a balikbayan, a foreigner on a business trip or a family who wants to have a staycation not far away from your HOME. This “Hometel” combines the comfort, affordability and the world renown Filipino hospitality and service oriented mindset of its all-Filipino staff.



Strategically located around offices, malls and other establishment for your personal or business needs. Best place for an overnight stay if you get caught and got really tired of the traffic in the city. Just a few steps away from Waltermart and Makati Cinema Square. It is just a jeepney ride away from Glorietta and Greenbelt Malls. 



Since Regina Hometel is also within the reach of gimmick/party places, you may also make a wise decision of staying over after getting tipsy/drunk rather than driving home. You better be safe than sorry. 

At Regina Hometel you have an option to choose from different room types, available 24 hours a day.


STANDARD ROOM
13 Square Meters

RATES:
DAILY: PHP 1,500.00 (2pax) 
Inclusive of electricity, water and beddings.
Security Deposit of Php 500.00.
Extra Bed: Php 700.00/day inclusive of linens and pillows.


WEEKLY: PHP 7,000.00 (2pax) 
Inclusive of electricity, water and beddings.
Security Deposit of Php 3,000.00


MONTHLY: PHP 15,000.00 (2pax) 

Exclusive of electricity, water, beddings and towels.
Minimum of 3 months stay with 2 months deposit and 1 month advance.
The advance rental shall be applicable on the last month of the contract.
for extra bed, there will be a monthly fee of Php 5,000.00
UTILITY deposit of Php 5,000.00


*Prices may change without prior notice.


DELUXE ROOM
17 Square Meters

RATES:
DAILY: PHP 1,800.00 (2pax) 
Inclusive of electricity, water and beddings.
Security Deposit of Php 500.00.
Extra Bed: Php 700.00/day inclusive of linens and pillows.


WEEKLY: PHP 9,000.00 (2pax) 
Inclusive of electricity, water and beddings.
Security Deposit of Php 3,000.00


MONTHLY: PHP 20,000.00 (2pax) 
Exclusive of electricity, water, beddings and towels.
Minimum of 3 months stay with 2 months deposit and 1 month advance.
The advance rental shall be applicable on the last month of the contract.
for extra bed, there will be a monthly fee of Php 5,000.00
UTILITY deposit of Php 5,000.00


*Prices may change without prior notice.


SUITE ROOM
27 Square Meters

RATES:
DAILY: PHP 2,200.00 (2pax up to 4pax) 
Inclusive of electricity, water and beddings.
Security Deposit of Php 500.00.
Extra Bed: Php 700.00/day inclusive of linens and pillows.


WEEKLY: PHP 10,000.00 (2pax) 
Inclusive of electricity, water and beddings.
Security Deposit of Php 3,000.00


MONTHLY: PHP 25,000.00 (2pax) 
Exclusive of electricity, water, beddings and towels.
Minimum of 3 months stay with 2 months deposit and 1 month advance.
The advance rental shall be applicable on the last month of the contract.
for extra bed, there will be a monthly fee of Php 5,000.00
UTILITY deposit of Php 5,000.00


*Prices may change without prior notice.

Imagine these giveaway rates! 


You're paying a low low price for a premium location! It is conveniently located in Makati and has a close proximity to schools, churches, hospitals, businesses, gimmick places and shopping centers.

Wait! There is more! 

@ the roof top

Regina hometel's rooftop is open for booking for small functions, seminars and gatherings for a very low rental rate of PHP 5,000.00 good for 6 hours ( Inclusive of tables and chairs). It has a covered rooftop so you and your friends will be comfortable. Rest assured that you'll be safe from the glaring sun or sudden rainfall during your event or celebration.



Just tell them you read it from my blog! Who knows, they might give you a one peso discount, ha ha ha! Joke! Smile! Happy New Year everyone!


Monday, November 16, 2015

PALABRA DE HONOR


PALABRA DE HONOR



Remember that when you utter words without giving it a value you become a person without a word of honor. 

Question: "At this age and time do you still practice "Palabra de Honor" or "Word of Honor" in simple English?"

SECRET TO SUCCESS

Wink, wink! Oh yes, you are so right, it is the oh so precious palabra de honor
That was my uncle Julian's answer when I asked him how he became a self-made man. It was the secret of his success!

I know, there's no sure formula to success but I know for a fact that in order to be super successful in life, one should never forget his or her word or words he or she had promised to another person or a group of people. 

During one of our many conversations, I still clearly remember my late uncle Julian's words: "Even if you are at a loss or at a disadvantage honor your word"  

"ln our generation, nobody will respect you if you do not keep your word,"uncle Julian quips.

How I wish people in this time and era still has the same values as my uncle.

It is unfortunate to know that many people will go the extra mile just to break signed contracts and agreements just because of false pride and false success that had gone to their heads.

Some people easily break their word because of various factors such as the following:
  • it is their parents’ upbringing
  • they never encountered a successful person who have palabra de honor
  • or maybe they totally missed values education in their respective schools
  • and plausibly, technology.
So, the next time around you transact with people make sure they still practice "Palabra De Honor" so you'll be stress free!
Smile, God loves you!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

PHILIPPINES: Official Public Holidays For 2016


PHILIPPINES: Official Public Holidays For 2016


It's been a long while since we had a chance to go on a vacation. That's partly because of our erratic work schedules. It is a good thing that President Noynoy (PNoy), through his staff in Malacañang, has released 
to the public last Wednesday (August 26) Proclamation No. 1105 dated August 20, 2015. The proclamation lists all the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2016.


Next year, Filipinos can look forward to long weekends on the following dates: January 1 - 3, February 6 - 8, March 24 - 27, August 27 - 29, October 29 - November 1, and December 30, 2016 - January 2, 2017.

January 2, October 31, December 24, and December 31 have been declared as additional special non-working days in order to "strengthen family ties by providing longer New Year, All Saints' Day, and Christmas weekends and promote domestic tourism as well."

Proclamations to declare national holidays for Eid'l Fitr and Eidul Adha will follow after approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.

Enjoy planning your vacation for next year!


CAFFE BENE: Partners with Lotus Biscoff


CAFFE BENE: Partners with Lotus Biscoff



Good news to all Caffe Bene lovers! South Korea's biggest coffee outlet Caffe Bene has partnered with the world's well-loved biscuit brand Lotus Biscoff. This is like a dream come true for all true-blue coffee and biscuit addicts like me and Kuya B! 
Caffe Bene is offering a special promotion where you get a free Lotus Biscoff with every purchase of a cup of Americano. 


Did you know that the sweet caramelized flavor of Lotus Biscoff goes very well with any cup of coffee because it enhances the coffee’s bitter taste and vice versa.
   
            

Caffe Bene bent backwards to bring to you a wonderful gelato creation that would put any gelato shop to shame. Tada! Presenting Caffe Bene Gelato with Lotus Biscoff! 


Lotus Biscoff Gelato is a mouthwatering frozen treat that has a sweet creamy taste enhanced by Lotus Biscoff bits. Oh, it also comes with a Biscoff cookie!

Geez, these pictures make me want to fly back to Manila at the soonest possible time!


The music "Perfect combination" is now playing inside my head, ha ha ha! 



Lotus Biscoff is more popularly known as Speculoos.  It is the perfect accompaniment to every cup of coffee. The unique taste of Lotus Biscoff stems from the sugar’s caramelization during the baking process. The unique recipe, which adds a hint of cinnamon and other spices, remains the same more than eight decades later since it was first baked in 1932 at a small town called Lembeke in Belgium. The founders of Lotus Bakeries, the Boone brothers, would drive around town in their trademark red truck to deliver their prized biscuits door to door. Then in the 1950's, Lotus introduced the pairing of Lotus Biscoff with a fresh cup of coffee. This soon became part of the everyday Belgian routine in hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops throughout the country. Cafés throughout Europe started serving fresh coffee with biscuits, and Lotus Biscoff becomes “Europe’s Favorite Cookie with Coffee.”

We're not in Manila right now but we would love to visit a Caffe Bene branch in Manila soon and try this wonderful promo!

In South Korea, you'll find a 
Caffe Bene shop in almost every street corner. That is why, Filipinos who love Koreanovelas are already familiar with the elegant Caffe Bene's interiors long before it opened its doors in the country. 
Bene is actually a Latin word that means good. 
Once you enter a Caffe Bene’s branch, you'll understand why I love this coffee shop. It does not only stand out from the rest with its charming and peaceful ambiance.  

It has actually been voted as one of the top places for book lovers in Metro Manila since the place is very conducive to reading books and working on your laptops, a far cry from the maddening market-like crowds that often loiter other coffee shops.

Caffe Bene is slowly expanding its network in the Philippines. As of this writing, it now has a total of five outlets located in the following areas:
  1.  Eastwood City
  2.  SM BF Paranaque
  3.  SM Clark
  4.  Valero Makati; and 
  5.  SMX Mall of Asia. 
Two more branches are set to open next year and Caffe Bene has many more collaborations and projects lined up as well, including an eat-all-you-can waffle promotion!
Caffe Bene is having an unlimited waffle and unlimited cafe americano!
The Eat-All-You-Can Waffle promo is available from August 24 to September 24, 2015 for only P350!  So hurry fellow waffle lovers, let's troop to Caffe Bene real soon!

Kudos to Caffe Bene and Lotus Biscoff!

Enjoy your ‪#‎benelovesbiscoff‬ experience

Please like Caffe Bene Ph on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/caffebeneph


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DEREK RAMSAY: 100 Percent Epitome of Century Tuna


DEREK RAMSAY: 100 Percent Epitome of Century Tuna

Handsome Filipino-British model, actor, host and former VJ here in the Philippines Derek Arthur Baggao Ramsay is the perfect epitome of Century Tuna.

Authorities have individual considerations when it comes to defining the perfect physique. Most of them agree that more than visual aesthetics and physical proportions, what matters more is good health.  

"In the past, I thought that in order to attain the body of my dreams all I have to do is 100% exercise.  Well, I was wrong.  Because when I tried the 70/30 recommended ratio by experts I was amazed that I attain a firmer, leaner healthier body in no time.  Yes guys, you should  know the balance between diet and exercise , that is 30% exercise and 70% diet," Derek enthuses. 


I believe that every person I know would agree that Derek Ramsay is 100 percent lean and meaty just like Century Tuna!  Plus, it has no extenders, just 100 percent tuna.

My golly, did you know that Derek took my hand so I could feel his pandesal . . . errr . . . six-pack abs! Pandesal is the perfect partner for Century #100PercentTuna.


Derek started eating Century Tuna when he was still a college student in the United States. He confessed that his classmate Leo would bring boxes and boxes of Century Tuna all the way from the Philippines. Derek has been shaping his body for many years now to fit what he considers a lean and mean machine.

Just like Papa Derek, you could start living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Start eating Century Tuna and do 15-minute exercises that you prefer and be fit in no time.  

Some members of the media who won in the raffle. Congratulations guys!
Did you know that Derek often feast on hot and spicy Century Tuna because it is lean and meaty with no extenders?

I do appreciate the people behind Century Tuna because they listen to customer feedback. Century Tuna now comes in easy open can and 50% lite variants meaning 50% less fat and less salt with the same superb taste, oh so perfect for dieting. What are you waiting for? Buy your own stock of Century Tuna now. Malay mo maging kasing ganda ng katawan ni Derek Ramsay ang iyong body!

Happy Day!

Smile Always!


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