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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Anarchy on the rise: Axe set to host metro’s sexiest cops and robbers game


Every man’s dream will be fulfilled because the Axe Anarchy Raid is here! Axe is set to hold country’s sexiest cops and robbers game with Anarchy Raid.

Axe pumps up the pleasure of the predator-and-prey pursuit with the Axe Anarchy Raid, the metro’s hottest game of cops-and-robbers that features 100 of the Philippines’ sexiest ladies chasing a hundred ordinary guys for a two million peso cash prize, to be held on June 9, 2012 at Eastwood Plaza, Libis, Quezon City Philippines. For the man’s man, only a few things on earth can prove as exciting as the thrill of the hunt.

The Axe Anarchy Raid is open to all men of legal age who are bold enough to be part of the 100 contenders. Playing the role of robbers, the shortlisted men will be handcuffed and assigned a number. The ladies will play the role of cops and will also be assigned certain numbers each. Braving a host of wild obstacles and challenges, the “cops” must hunt down the “robber” with the same number as hers. The first pair to make a successful arrest will clinch the coveted prize in this no-losers game of fun and adrenaline-filled pursuit.

The explosive event is presented by Axe Anarchy, the first fragrance from Axe for both men and women. With its stimulating scent that fires up the senses, Axe Anarchy releases uncontrollable appeal in every hunk and babe and takes attraction to a new level.

Give in to the new order of insatiable attraction. Try out the new Axe Anarchy and join the year’s most exciting high-stakes chase. Check out www.facebook.com/axephilippines for more details and watch out for updates on the list of female celebrities who will enlist in the hunt.

Meanwhile enjoy this:

                             


BEAUTY BREAK TIME AT BIOESSENCE


"The beauty of your face and physical outlook is the mirror of your heart"

Sometimes this quote is untrue. Why? With today's level of pollution, bad genes and stress one needs a back up to remain beautiful. Facial is a popular de-stressing option.

So when I was given an invitation to try Bioessence Beauty Break Time I immediately grabbed the opportunity to have a relaxing beauty facial. 
 
Bioessence Beauty break time is very timely because Facial rejuvenation can effectively reduce wrinkles, treat sun spots, tighten loose skin, improve skin tone and color, remove blotchiness, plus it eliminates damaged blood vessels.
Imagine for only Php 350.00 you will received 30 minutes of facial pampering. That includes cleansing, steam, extraction of blackheads, Vitamin C Cream plus a back massage! Grab this opportunity to have the most relaxing BB (beauty break) ever!
 
The first thing I noticed when I entered Bioessence is the welcoming smile of the staff, the refreshing smell of peppermint essential oil and the beautiful ceiling lights. Did you noticed how I almost always insert beautiful lamps and lighting pictures on my posts? Ha ha ha! I'm such a sucker for beautiful lamps everywhere I go.
 
Bioessence offers a wide array of medicines that caters to every skin type. For me it`s always more pampering to have someone do the facial for you. Plus a facial increases your face value in the workplace.
 Several wall paintings welcomes guests as they ascend the stairs.
You'll feel instantly at home at Bioessence. If you happened to come early for your appointment, they have a television at the second floor to entertain you. Plus the latest issue of magazines and newspapers.

A facial basically involves cleaning the face, extracting pesky blackheads and whiteheads, treating pimples, and closing the pores with a laser treatment.
The very relaxing ambiance at Bioessence and the very light hands of the one doing my facial made me doze to dreamlandia. Yes! Facial need not be painful. Facial at Bioessence almost always has a tranquilizer effect on me unlike in other salons where I end up crying. I've been to so many dermatologists and facial salons in Metro Manila and in our province and Bioessence is one of the few facial salons that really left a good impression on me. I really really love Bioessence Facial.
After the esthetician ushered me to the room and asked me to lie down, she started cleaning my face with a cotton pads or was that a sponge? and applied a product she chose for my skin type. She then covered my eyes and take a good look at my skin through a brightly lit magnifying lamp that reveals various skin conditions. She then began exfoliation using a mechanical exfoliant. Mechanical exfoliation has a gritty texture while a steam vapor is directed at my face. Then she did an extraction. Note: Please be warned though, that an extraction can cause broken capillaries and discoloration if done on sensitive skin, or done improperly. People have different pain tolerance for extractions. Extraction can be uncomfortable, especially on thin or ruddy skin. A professional esthetician would ask you whether you like to have an extraction or not. So kindly give them a reply when they ask you.

Then she began facial massage using classic strokes like effleurage that relaxes and stimulate my skin and facial muscles at the same time. That is when I doze off to dreamlandia. He he he.

A facial mask is targeted to your skin condition and type whether dry, oily, combination, sensitive or mature. During the facial, the esthetician should stay with you in the room and give you a scalp massage or some other services. I know for a fact that they apply toners and protective creams as a final touch. But I was busy dreaming that I never felt the final touches.

She showed me what she excavated from my face after I woke up- a gazillion whiteheads. Yucks! Ha ha ha!
Anj told me that Bioessence have a Mother's Day promo that will only cost you Php 740 only. Inclusive of a cute tote bag plus a gift certificate for Facial pampering for one (1) full hour plus a special soap and facial milk cleanser. Available until May 31, 2012.

Whoa! This is such a steal because ordinarily a basic facial itself will cost you P600 plus the facial milk cleanser will cost Php 240 and the special soap Php 150 equals Php 990. That is a whooping Php 250 discount. Panalo!
With 18 years of excellent service in health and wellness and 52 branches nationwide, you can be assured Bioessence will not only make you feel good and beautiful, but will also help enhance your total well being. Call 376-7106 or 0918-8-BEAUTY for inquiries and appointments.

Travel on a shoestring would like to thank BIOESSENCE and staff plus Miss Anj for the beauty break opportunity.

Note: This is not a paid post. My story is based on my actual facial and hand paraffin treatment experience at Bioessence.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ferris Wheel at SM MOA


The Ferris Wheel at SM MOA is aptly called SM MOA Eye Wheel. The Mall of Asia Eye is a 55-metre (180 ft) tall Ferris wheel which opened to the public at the SM Mall of Asia complex last December 18, 2011.

The tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines, SM MOA EYE wheel has thirty six (36) air-conditioned gondolas. Each Gondola is able to carry up to six (6) persons, giving a maximum capacity of Two Hundres Sixteen (216) passengers.


Derek Ramsay confirmed on Twitter his Break up with Angelica Panganiban


Derek Ramsay has finally confirmed that he and Angelica Panganiban had ended their six-year relationship.
Derek Ramsay tweeted on Monday: “Guys we truly appreciate all ur concerns. Even though Angel and I are no longer together we still have the utmost respect for one another.”
The Kapatid hunk also appealed for understanding from his fans on behalf of the Kapamilya actress who, rumors say, has found a new love in ABS-CBN matinee idol John Lloyd Cruz.

To it’smelagreta, he pleaded: “Huwag n’yo naman bastusin si Angel.” 
To addicted2mk, he explained why he remains protective of his ex-girlfriend: “Angel has always been supportive of everything I do.”
@justAfan08 I'm not proud of the breakup! How I wish things were different. I can't be selfish and consider only my feelings.
It seems the breakup happened around the time Derek signed up with TV5 and left ABS-CBN, where Angelica remains a contract star.

Derek has steadfastly denied speculations that a third party on either side was involved. He also dismissed the rumor linking him to Sam Pinto.

Speculations of a breakup started last  April 29, 2012 after Derek failed to mention Angelica’s name when he accepted his Box Office King award at the Guillermo Mendoza Awards.

He admitted then that he and Angelica were having a rough time in their relationship.
“Angel and I are working things out. We’re talking. May pinagdadaanan kami,” Derek revealed after the awarding ceremonies.

He hinted at a happy resolution by saying, “Pinagdaanan na rin namin ito before. So we’ll see. ‘Pag nag-usap na kami doon kami magsasalita.”
Two days later, he sent Angelica this intriguing tweet: “Be strong. We all know who you are and that there is no truth to what’s being said. I’m here for you if you ever need anything.”

Angelica Panganiban  just ignored the tweet and did not issued any statement regarding the breakup and the rumors linking her to John Lloyd.


Monday, May 14, 2012

"Huwag Maging Dayuhan sa Sariling Ice Cream" Video


Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling ice cream (don’t be a stranger to your own ice cream brand), has become the unofficial tagline for Magnolia.

"Huwag Maging Dayuhan sa Sariling Ice Cream"
Magnolia Ice Cream's Best of the Philippines Collection TVC

Featuring flavors from:
  • Laguna - Macapuno Banana and Macapuno Langka
  • Batangas - Coffee Crumble and Tsokolate Tablea
  • Guimaras - Mangoes & Cream
  • Baguio - Ube Keso
                                
Note: This is not a paid post natuwa lang ako sa video



Cebu Pacific
Sale Period: May 14 to 17, 2012

Details
  • Quoted fares are one-way and have limited availability.
  • Fare are exclusive of government fees and taxes.
  • International fares are exclusive of fuel surcharges.
  • Fares are non-refundable.
  • Flight changes must be made more than 24 hours before scheduled time of departure.
  • CAB approved terms and conditions of carriage apply.
Domestic Flights Go Lite Fare
Cebu to Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan De Oro, Clark, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Surigao, Tacloban, Zamboanga or Kalibo
P1
Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo or Roxas
P288
Manila to Boracay (Caticlan), Dumaguete, Kalibo, Tacloban or Tagbilaran
P488
Cebu to Boracay (Caticlan), Puerto Princesa or Surigao
P488
Travel Period: June 1 to September 30, 2012
International Flights Go Lite Fare
Manila to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai or Xiamen
P888
Manila to Hong Kong or Macau
P1,088
Manila to Taipei
P1,288
Travel Period: May 15 to September 30, 2012


BPO Yield Higher Contribution to the Philippine Economy


I have written about the BPO industry in the Philippines several times in the past. Its contribution to the economy and how young people were given an opportunity to find jobs because of BPO.
No one could deny the fact that Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is growing rapidly especially here in our country. Technological and communication advances help realize the wide-spread adoption of BPO, due to their quality and cost improvements. Technology applied in BPO through the adopted software, applications and platform has a substantial long-term impact on the whole process, affecting the quality, cost and associated risks of the operation of outsourced activities.

Technology enhances the value of BPO from perspectives of enabling and leveraging the values of
  • standardization
  • automation
  • integration
  • flexibility 
  • and innovation. 
 
Here is a quality framework of a BPO service including seven quality dimensions:
  1. reliability
  2. tangibility
  3. conformance
  4. responsiveness
  5. flexibility
  6. assurance
  7. and security
Four quality enablers: 
  1. standardization
  2. integration 
  3. automation
  4. innovation.
$11B / 638K employees = $17,241 injected into the Philippine economy per employee.
$24B / 8M OFWs = $3,000 remitted into the Philippine economy per OFW.

It is clear that BPO gives much much higher contribution per person than OFWs.

As Pinoys, we should focus on our strengths which is not always finding greener pastures abroad. BPO jobs abound in the Philippines today.


Moi Favorito Croissant


Yes! Croissant is one of my favorite breakfast. When we were in Thailand I always devour this meal because it's not only cheap but also very delicious.

Croissants are made of a leavened variant of puff pastry. The yeast dough is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times in succession, then rolled into a sheet, a technique called laminating.

Crescent-shaped food breads have been made since the Middle Ages, and crescent-shaped cakes (imitating the often-worshiped Moon) possibly since classical times, The croissant in its current form was invented in Vienna after the victory of the Holy League against the Turks in 1683.

Croissants have long been a staple of French bakeries and p√Ętisseries. In the late 1970s, the development of factory-made, frozen, pre-formed but unbaked dough made them into a fast food which can be freshly baked by unskilled labor. Indeed, the croissanterie was explicitly a French response to American-style fast food,and today 30–40% of the croissants sold in French bakeries and patisseries are frozen.

This innovation, along with the croissant's versatility and distinctive shape, has made it the best-known type of French pastry in much of the world. Today, the croissant remains popular in a continental breakfast.

Luckily, I again had a chance to eat my favorite croissant at the Unilever's event. Unilever donated Php 400,000 to the United Nation's World Food Program. See entry here. Php 400,000 means food to 40,000 children in Mindanao. You see each and everyone of us should realize how lucky we were. We don't have to beg for food or shelter.
Anyway, back to my favorite Croissant. At the registration table of Unilever they asked us to filled up a form as to what type of bread do we like, they further instructed us to indicate toppings and other ingredients and ornaments that we like in our sandwich. I put croissant as my bread of choice with ham, cheese, tomato, lettuce, catsup and mayonnaise.

They then asked us to pick one paper from the fish bowl. We had to prepare a sandwich for the name indicated on the paper. A gentleman journalist prepared my sandwich. I, on the other had prepared the preferred sandwich of a Manila Times reporter. It was fun, because we get to meet other participants in the event and we had so much fun posing for photos when we presented the sandwich to our lucky pick.

I am so happy :-) I love Croissant!


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