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Sunday, June 2, 2019

BANANA BOAT SIMPLY PROTECT – Protection for the Skin and the Environment


BANANA BOAT SIMPLY PROTECT – Protection for the Skin and the Environment!

We Filipinos love asia novela. I personally love "Running man" and "Goblin". One thing that attracts me to these K-programs are their glass like-skin and youthful look.  Did you know that their secret to their youthful glow is proper sunscreen! UV Radiation is a constant danger indoors as well as outside. While it's understood that taking sun safety precautions is important outside, few people realize they can sustain sun damage indoors, too

In fact, if you're working near a window, chances are you could be exposed to UV rays. The sun emits two types of UV rays that can reach us: UVB rays, which cause sunburns, and UVA rays, which cause premature aging
So we must make it a habit to always use sunblock even inside our homes. 

We should also make it a point to use products that does not only protect but also preserve the environment as much as possible. As you all know the market is flooded with skin care that is detrimental to the environment. 

GOOD NEWS!  Now you can protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and protect the environment as well.  Impossible?  Not anymore – thanks to Banana Boat Simply Protect.

BANANA BOAT, the brand synonymous to skin protection just elevated the playing field to a new level with this latest sunscreen lotion – the Banana Boat Simply Protect. 


BANANA BOAT SIMPLY PROTECT provides SPF50+ broad spectrum of UVA/UVB protection.  It is made with 25% fewer ingredients making the phrase “Less is More“ literally appropriate for the product.  It is very light on the skin because it is formulated with no additional fragrances and oils and stays on skin in 7 conditions – sun, heat, wind, pool water, ocean water, sweat and sand.

Banana Boat Simply Protect also replaced Oxybenzone and Parabens – ingredients that are said to create cellular damage in coral reefs with natural ingredients that are safe and effective in filtering out the sun’s harmful rays but are environmental friendly.

“ Banana Boat Simply Protect is a product that gives maximum sun screen protection with very minimal ingredients, making it safe for everyone in the family. It is also  micro-plastic free and does not contain Oxybenzone and Parabens making it safe for the environment as well “ said Maricel Quevedo, Banana Boat Brand Manager.

In the Philippines, Banana Boat Simply Protect comes in three (3) variants - the Simply Protect Sports, designed for those who enjoy active outdoor lifestyle. Simply Protect Kids for kids 4 years old and above, Simply Protect Baby for babies 6 months to 3 years old.  Both variants are sting-free and tear-free product made mild and gentle enough even for the most delicate and sensitive skin.

Simply Protect Sports and Simply Protect Kids are available in both Aerosol Spray and Lotion forms while Simply Protect Baby is available in the same lightweight lotion form.

Banana Boat Simply Protect is a product that it is highly recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation when it comes to protection against harmful rays of the sun.

Banana Boat Simply Protect is a global brand manufactured by Edgewell Personal Care and being imported, marketed and distributed in the Philippines by Getz Healthcare. 

#BananaBoatPH
#BananaBoatSimplyProtect
#WeveGotYouCovered


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

LE VILLAGE RESTROOM



Yes, you've read it right. This post is about Le Village's restroom.

My brother and I had visited this place in several occasions already. And their high ceiling restroom is the one that left a huge impression on me. 





Sunday, May 5, 2019

THAILAND


THAILAND


Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing 

That is what these monkey statues in Thailand represents. 

I would never forget that feeling. Because up until now, that is what most Filipinos are doing. We pretend that we hear nothing, see nothing and we end up not saying anything at all.





Friday, May 3, 2019

SHEPHERD'S GALLERY


SHEPHERD'S GALLERY



The heat is unbearable nowadays.  Our electric fans at home is always on because of the heat of summer.  

Solution? Go visit Baguio City where the weather is much cooler.

No wonder, people from Baguio is more kind.  Oh, this is my own observation so don't feel offended. Maybe, because they're more tolerant because of the weather condition there, 

One place we've visited the last time we were in Baguio is the Shepherd's Gallery inside the Good Shepherd compound. In the picture, I was standing at the viewing deck, where the view is breathtaking.  The view there made me appreciate God's beautiful creation. It is nature at its finest.

You could also see different work of arts at Shepherds Gallery. 

Admission is FREE.

#Travelonshoestring


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

ASIN, BENGUET: Bencab Museum


ASIN, BENGUET: Bencab Museum


One of the reasons why I love to travel is the art and culture of the places I visit.  I am a frustrated artist. I love to draw people and things when I was a small child. But my parents told me not to pursue my love for drawing because artists are generally poor. 

Sigh, to date, I am still poor and I am not even an artist. I should have followed my heart's desire and hone my drawing skills. Because if  am an artist and poor at least I got to do what I wanted to do in life.

Nowadays, Vloggers or video bloggers are the in thing to do. I still couldn't imagine myself talking to my camera every time I travel. Thus, the pose. What if I try to be a vlogger? Would you watch my youtube channel?



Sunday, April 14, 2019

DO-IT-YOURSELF BORACAY


DO-IT-YOURSELF BORACAY


Yes, dear! It is doable. No need for you to pay more when you go on a trip to Boracay. This is what we always do whenever we visit the paradise island of Boracay.

Aircon Room accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights is only around Php800 per night per room located in Station 1. This very safe and clean inn is stone's throw away from Willy's Rock and just across Holy Rosary Church.

Two persons in one room 800 divided by two = Php 400 per night x 2 nights (3 days and 2 nights) Php 800.00

Andoks, Mang Inasal, etc., offer meals between 45 pesos to 102 per person. That means you can save a lot if you bring or cook your own food.

It is doable. Travel agencies always assure you that you got the best deals but the truth is, they got a lot of profit from your travel money/ fund. :-)

Airfare: Seat sale- Php 2,171.84 divided by 2= Php1,085.92 + 800= Php1,885.92 per person. (Fare is based on a mock booking for this year 2013 with no check in bags.)

NOTE: I am not connected with any hotel or sponsor.  This is based on my personal experience. This is the way you do it to save money.  


Friday, April 12, 2019

EBIKE: Budget Travel For Only Php10



Tricycles used to be the poor man's preferred mode of transportation.

Here comes ebikes or electric bicycle. The revolutionary bicycle change the now expensive trike fares in the country today.  

My fearless forecast : Soon, every Juan and Maria in the country would own one.

Not only because it doesn't need maintenance nor lubricants nor any expensive gasoline it cost only Php10 to charge it to its full capacity of around 80 kilometers. That is to and from Manila to somewhere in Cavite. Just imagine the savings you'll have. Recently, the different manufacturers were outsmarting one another by coming out with more features such as silent and hassle free features coupled with speed.as fast as 100 km/hr.  These recent models easily sits well in the different market across Europe. I hope they'll offer it here locally. I couldn't wait to try 'em all. 


Thursday, October 25, 2018


PASIG FOOD TRIP: Kuya J Restaurant's Summer Sizzlers



Kuya J Filipino Restaurant has a newly opened branch just across Banco de Oro (BDO) at the ground level of SM Center Pasig which is near Tiendesitas.  Upon the invitation of a friend, my Kuya (brother) and I decided to check out this branch. It is good thing that the invitation came at a perfect time when I was craving for some Filipino food and cool dessert because of the scorching summer heat. 


A cool dessert always served as a sweet ending to hearty meal. This is a twist of the original Buco (Young coconut) Pandan recipe. Kuya J's refreshing twist of the infamous buco pandan dessert is called Creamy Mango Pandan which has an intense mango flavor. An order would only cost you Php80. This well-rounded dessert is good for 2 to 3 persons. Mango-Pandan #goodforhealth #foodporn #flavor #dessert #pastry 


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Well, that belief changed late last year when my brother and I encountered the delicious combination of coffee and cocoa-infused chocolate dessert at Kuya J Restaurant here in the Metro.

You could not deny the fact that coffee and chocolate are a match made in dessert heaven. In an ode to the classic combo, Kuya J food development team created a unique dessert called Tablea Coffee Flan (Php85). 

This Batangas tablea-flavored flan with coffee caramel is topped with dried coconut meat and pieces of barquillos (crispy egg wafer sticks), which happened to be my childhood favorite snack!  Wonderfully delicious!  I'll definitely come back for more.  It comes across as eating something sinful but I super duper love it!  

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The traditional cooler Halo-halo (a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, jello and fruits) comes with a unique twist - the Fried Halo-halo (Php135) a la mode

Kuya J's version has ube (purple yam), white beans, young corn, nata de coco (a chewy, translucent, jelly-like foodstuff produced by the fermentation of coconut water)lanka (jackfruit) and butter beans stuffed in pastry wrapper and deep fried to give the halo-halo a warm take. Then it is topped with whipped cream and Vanilla Ice Cream.

A must try! 

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When it comes to Pinoy food, my barometer is the restaurant's version of Crispy Pata (deep fried pig trotters or knuckes). Crispy pata is one of the all-time favorite Filipino dishes served on special occasions 
in some Filipino households or even everyday in authentic Filipino restaurants.

Kuya J's Crispy Pata is crispy outside and very tender inside. The attendant sliced our crispy order in front of our very eyes. I think that is a cool idea because it gives somewhat a sense of assurance that your order is really one whole crispy pata, not less. When you hear it crack while being cut, you'll feel more confident that it is really freshly cooked. Its mouth-watering Crispy Pata is a must try! Outstanding in every sense of the word.  #PerfectPata #TheBestPataInMetroManilaToDate

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There's the bone marrow smiling up at me.

Sick and tired of the usual plain rice served in most restaurants? 

Don't worry! Kuya J has a lot of variations to the usual plain rice. 

I was so happy when they served us the very delectable Humba Binagoongan Fried Rice (P175), topped with bell peppers, red onions,  green mangoes and chopped binagoongang pork. Humba is a Visayan stewed pork dish similar to adobo while bagoong is a fish or shrimp paste condiment 

Bagoong rice is what I always ordered whenever I am in Thai restaurants. I love how the acidity from the strips of green mango cut through the saltiness of the shrimp paste. Filipino cuisine not being too far off from Thai, Kuya J's version is sneaky, the humba touches home base as the pork fat melts in my mouth.


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I am a picky eater when it comes to stews and braises. After eating a piece I am sure this is sure to appear on most if not all the tables of diners in Kuya J.


Beef Pochero Tagalog is a Filipino Stew similar to that of “Nilagang Baka“ (Beef Stew). This dish is complimented by the sweetness of saba banana. The unique sour blend and color is brought-in by the yummy tomato sauce. Aside from the tomato sauce and banana, the chorizo de Bilbao and chick peas are also part of the ingredients. Beef Pochero Tagalog brings out the delightful taste of our Spanish influence.

Kuya J's Beef Pochero is 
very enticing dish. I enjoyed eating its pochero because of its yummy taste. It is best eaten warm along with white rice. 

Try Kuya J's version of Beef Pochero Tagalog and let me know what you think.








For appetizers, the Chorizo Dinamitas (stuffed chili pepper with chorizo), Lumpia Presko (fresh lumpia), Tokwa't Baboy (tofu and pork), Baked Scallops were laid out on our table. Whew! And that's just the appetizers.

Dalandan Beer

I also had a sample of their Dalandan Beer. I honestly don't like beer but this was a unique conconction that I don't want to pass up.  The dalandan provided a refreshing, zesty sensation with a hint of sweetness and apparent taste of beer. It's actually a nice match to the Sinuglaw and fried dishes.

Kuya J Restaurant serves delicious traditional Filipino dishes, so you're a complete disgrace to your own culture if you don't try its food offerings. Kuya J, just like my reliable Kuya, adapted regional local cuisine and added a different take on each dish. Cool, eh! 

The food is delicious and presented well at Kuya J's. Every item on the menu are well thought off by its Food Development Team (FDT) and approved by its stockholders. 

The orders are very large and very much worth the price. They also provide huge servings of rice and trust me it's more than enough to fill you up!  Service is always super friendly! All of their employees are quick, polite, and professional. The restaurant is well lighted and has a modern Filipino design plus comfortable seats.  I salute Kuya J restaurant for considering all the important details in the industry. 


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