Tuesday, December 15, 2009

AZ Book Clearance Sale

got this from fellow n@wie kai.

clearance sale AZ Direct Marketing (Distributor ng Rider's Digest).
most books are hard bound. nice as Christmas gifts. they accept cash and credit card. prices from 25 to 300 pesos lang.

Dec 14 - 20 12nn to 8pm

AZ Bldg. 723 Sgt Bumatay St, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
(walking distance from Mandaluyong City Hall)
747-9250 / 533-7075

Thursday, December 10, 2009

GOSPEL JAM Christmas Music Festival

Celebrate with us! GOSPEL JAM CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL will run for all Sundays of December 2009, with a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of excellent artists led by internationally-acclaimed opera singer, Mr. Jonathan Badon.

Here are some of the guests to enthrall us with the true meaning of the season (in alphabetical order) –

Aisaku Yokogawa ∙ Arla Fontamillas ∙ Crystal Mendoza ∙ Daniel Digan ∙ David Sta. Maria ∙ Dong Fullo ∙ Ehdd Arquiza ∙ Eliza Chiusinco ∙ F-40 ∙ Faith Caronan ∙ Gospel Rapper ∙ Irl & Ditas Pangilinan ∙ Jasper Aviso ∙ Jenny Jamora ∙ JJ Liao ∙ Jojo & France Torreja ∙ Jonaver Luklukan ∙ Kate dela Calzada ∙ Khyate ∙ Kimberly Karlyne Kwok ∙ Larzone Bueno ∙ Lifestyle Music ∙ Presence ∙ Proskuneo ∙ Reginald Tan ∙ Richard Nua ∙ Richen de Castro ∙ Ryan & Jemima Pecardal ∙ Shirley Escalante ∙ The Covenant Singers ∙ Tunog Pitong Lawa Winners and many more.

GOSPEL JAM is a weekly musical celebration hosted by Mark Aranal, Jeanne Velasco-Vicars and guest co-hosts. Come and be blessed! ADMISSION IS FREE.

Conspiracy Cafe, 59 Visayas Avenue, Project 6, Quezon City, Phils

For those who cannot be there in person, you may watch, listen and chat with us online at www.livestream.com/gospeljamlive. Please check out www.gospeljam.multiply.com to know more about us.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


got this from fellow n@wie cathy.

when: DEC 5, 2009
time: 9AM - 4PM
along reliance st. cor pioneer st., mandaluyong city

Coleman jugs, coolers, outdoor equipment, oster home appliances, tempur pillows, silverdot bathroom scales and kitchen aid mixers.

Monday, November 16, 2009



got this from fellow n@wie marj and rayz&den.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

bulacan sale

went to bulacan big garment sale today. arrived there at around 10:30 am. there were sooo many cars parked outside. i was able to park a block away. when i entered the warehouse, all the lines were soooo long. there were so many people. it's a good thing my mother in law and sister in law went much earlier, they were already in line when i arrived. i just looked around, got some swimsuits then went to the line already. there were much less items on sale today. maybe they will have more nice items nxt year =) hmmm...i guess i'm looking forward to spending my money on the guess mossimo sale. hahaha...oh well.. just few more days to go =)




when: NOVEMBER 21, 2009
time: 3PM AND 6PM
ticket price: php 250.00

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TOY TOWN SALE!! "The Biggest TOY outlet store of the Season".

got this from fellow n@wie ricci.

when: NOVEMBER 12 - JANUARY 15,2009




got this from fellow n@wie marj.

Friday, November 06, 2009

toykingdom sale!

went to sm megamall today for the toy kingdom warehouse sale at megahall b! i arrived around 1pm, then started to go around pulling a big box of cartoon behind me =) as i was looking around, dragging a big box is keeping me from going in between the aisle so i decided to swap it with a smaller one. i soon found out that i needed the first one more. =) its a good thing a very kind salesman found me a push cart so i don't have to drag around the gifts. it was fun shopping. ( now im thinking of how i'm going to pay for them. =) lol! most of the items are 50% off. there were some 70% too. there were sooo many toys. i already bought caden gift for his birthday so i need one for christmas... but... hahaha..i think i bought like 6 kinds of gifts for him =)) lol...hay... anyways, i was such i good girl coz i didnt' over spend. the check out line was sooo long, i think the falling in line part took much of my time then scouting out for toys! i left toy kingdom at 6pm! can't wait for the richwell toy sale!!!


when: DECEMBER 5 and 12 ONLY

time: 8am to 6pm

(near sm bicutan)

Thursday, November 05, 2009



BPI Cardholders can come in for FREE at CEL Manila 2009!


when: NOVEMBER 13 - 15, 2009
time: 10 AM TO 7 PM

entrance fee: php 50.00


- ADDITIONAL 5% - 10% discount from selected participating merchants.
- chance to win in raffle draws.



when: NOVEMBER 11 - 14 , 2009

time: 8 AM - 6 PM

phone no: 2996061

VISIT : facebook: biggarmentssale@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


where: COVERED COURT BELLEVUE TOWNHOUSE (inside grace village)
when: NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 06 , 2009
time: 10 AM TO 8 PM

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


when: NOVEMBER 6, 7, 8 , 2009

where: MEGAMALL HALLS 1 & 2

Friday, October 23, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sanuk 2nd Anniversary Promo!

Great News!

is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary!

To share the smile we are giving 20% OFF on ALL regular-priced items from Oct 12-18, 2009.
We also have the “2+2=2 FREE" promo. Wanna find out more? Visit us at the ff Sanuk concept stores:G4,SM MOA,SM The Block,SM Fairview,SM Mega,& Marquee.

20% OFF promo is available in all other Sanuk retail outlets.

Smile...and Pass it on!”

Monday, October 05, 2009


Address: Newport City complex, infront od NAIA terminal 3

Contact No: 02-836-6333






the restaurant is inside a casino so only 21 yrs old above is allowed to enter.


Thursday, October 01, 2009


got this from fellow n@wie Leo and Sunshine Sangalang posts =D

General cleaning

Before anything else, talk to your insurance agent and ask if your
insurance covers Acts of God like floods and earthquakes. List down the
damage and take photos of the house to help your insurance company assess
the situation. Remove as much mud as you can from the floors and walls,
then use a hose to wash the surfaces. Using an anti-bacterial, all-purpose
house cleaner, disinfect every surface and piece of furniture. It's
important that your house cleaner have anti-bacterial properties because
floodwaters are teeming with pathogens and bacteria.

The kitchen

Soak all dishes, porcelain, plastic dinnerware, and glasses in a gallon of
hot water with 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach. Leave them out to dry. Do
not towel-dry. Disinfect all metal utensils, pots, and pans by boiling
them in water for 10 minutes. Do not use chlorine bleach because it will
cause the metals to darken. Clean the counters and cupboards with the
anti-bacterial house cleaner before storing the dishes, glasses, and


Sanitize the refrigerator if water has seeped in. Be sure the motor and
freezing unit are in safe working order and insulation is not wet. Wet
insulation means replacement may be necessary.
1. Remove and wash all shelves, crispers and ice trays. Wash thoroughly
with water and detergent. Rinse with a disinfectant solution.
2. Wash the interior of the refrigerator, including the door and door
gasket, with hot water and baking soda. Rinse with a disinfectant
3. Leave the door open for about 15 minutes to allow free air
4. If odor remains, place several pieces of activated charcoal in an open
metal container, or use a commercial refrigerator deodorizer.
5. Wash the outside with a mild detergent and hot water.

Furniture and personal belongings

Let furniture, bedding, clothing, and rugs out to dry as soon as the
floods recede. Keep your windows open to ventilate the room with air from
outside to avoid developing molds and mildew. If molds and mildew are
already there, vacuum the floors, walls, and ceiling to remove them, then
wash with a disinfectant. Mattresses and stuffed toys contaminated by
flood waters have to be thrown away. Upholstered furniture can still be
salvaged and cleaned by a professional. Do not attempt to clean them
yourself because the upholstery soaked up a lot of the bacteria from the
floodwaters. Unless the damage was severe, solid wood furniture can still
be restored. Dry out all photographs, books, and papers carefully.
Appliances will be affected by silt deposits, gritty deposits, and
stained. Have them cleaned, sanitized, and serviced by a professional.
Never plug in uncleaned electronics; you may end up short-circuiting the
electronic components and shocking yourself.

Making your home typhoon-proof

In case you haven't prepared your home for the strong rains and wind, here
are a few tips for making your home typhoon-proof.
Check your roof for rust. If you find any, scrape it off with a steel
brush then finish off with sandpaper to make the surface smooth. Also
inspect your roof for loose nails. If there are any, hammer them down and
seal them with plastic roof cement. Finally, apply an anti-rust primer
before painting your roof with a roof-guard paint.
The most important thing to do is to fix the leaks on your roof. Leaking
roofs can cause ugly stains on your walls and can even flood your basement
and damage the foundation. To prevent this from happening, clean out your
gutters at least once a year. Patch up a leak as soon as you spot one.
Clean your gutter and make sure that they are free from dead leaves or
debris as these could clog up your drain. After cleaning, use a hose to
flush out the gutter and watch out for any leaks. Look for rusty patches
and cover up the small holes with a coat of roof guard paint. If the rust
ate away large holes, replace the entire area with a new one. Seal off
your gutter with an aluminum sealing strip.

The following are few tips and advice you could do in order to prepare
yourself for any flood inevitability.

Expect the expected
It is important that you clearly understand and that you are aware of any
damages that a flood could cause. Some of these inevitabilities include
boulders that are rolling, trees that are ripped right out from the
ground, buildings that are destroyed as well as bridges, sliding debris.

Do not be afraid to ask
It is also vital that you ask around your local zoning and planning office
as to whether the property you are on is below the level of the flood or
above it. Also, it is always good to know if the area you are in has had a
history of being flooded.
This knowledge helps a lot in the preparation of activities and tasks to
do in case if a flood does hit.

Familiarize yourself
In your own community, it is best that you familiarize yourself in any or
all of the warning signals or signs whenever a flood does occur.

Learn, learn, learn
Know what are your community's plan for evacuation. This helps you prepare
yourself as well as your family and friends as on what to do as well as
the step by step drill.

Have an insurance
It helps if you have insurance that is tailored particularly when a flood
occurs. Believe it or not, the insurance usually associated with home
owners will really not be able to reimburse any damages you may have that
are caused by floods.

Keep all vital documents
These documents include any policies for insurance, passports, birth
certificates, etc.
All these papers should - as much as possible - be kept in a box that is
waterproof and one which could be accessed easily.

Move, move, move
If in case your fireplace, furnace, electricity panel or water heater is
in the basement or first floor of your house, you could consider moving it
up the attic.
In that way it will be a lot less probable for these to be damaged by
raging floodwaters.

Plug it all
Plugging all trap sewers you have in your house using check valves
actually prevent any floodwater from going into the drains of your house.
During emergencies, using large stoppers or corks is also a good idea to
plug tubs and sinks.

Check and build
Checking with the local codes of buildings is a good idea as this will let
you know whether it is okay to build walls for floods and to be used as
barriers around your own house in order to prevent any floodwater from
getting in your premises.

Waterproof it all
In order to protect walls of basements, seal them using waterproof
compounds so that floodwaters would be unable to get in through any

Have a radio and some supplies
As much as possible, keep a radio that is operated by batteries if in case
the power goes off.
Having supplies such as canned goods is a must as well as first aid kits.
Do not forget a can opener of course.

All in all, preparation is always the best defense against floods.

Timely advice from a flood veteran (who also writes).

from an experienced flood victim
By Gwendolyn So

Unbeknownst to many, my family and I are experts when it comes to flooding.
By this I mean that for almost 10 years when we lived in a low part of Sto.
Domingo Street in Quezon City , we experienced flooding INSIDE the house at
least once a year and if I remember correctly, sometimes it was twice or
even thrice a year.

The first time it happened we were in shock, but as it happened more and
more it became routine. Here are some nuggets of wisdom that may help:

1. I learned that once the water reaches knee level, the gates can't be
opened anymore because of the water pressure. We thought we still had time
to take the cars out but realized we were trapped. That time our cars
submerged. Make sure you know which area near your residence is considered
higher ground and take your cars there EARLY.

2. Do not despair so much if your cars submerge. They can be fixed. It's
expensive and takes a long time for the smell to go away, but it's not the
end of the world. After the flood, just let the car dry. We were still able
to use our Hi-Ace and Mitsubishi Lancer despite their having been half
submerged in floodwaters.

3. I learned that heavy stuff, like the ref and shelves, FLOAT. So every
year from then on, we would TIE DOWN heavy appliances like the ref (too
heavy to carry upstairs but in latter years we did lug it all the way up to
the 2nd floor), the big shelves with wedding souvenirs and knick knacks and
my dad's collection of wine. How did we do that? Tie them to the windows.

4. Adrenalin will give you superpowers once you decide you're not afraid of
a little water and start saving what you can. In my case, it was my
collection of books. They're not rare first editions but regular books.
However, I love my books and I'm not letting them drown! I was able to move
and carry our heavy sofa powered by my body's own adrenalin hormone.

5. You can have fun in the midst of disaster so I took out our cameras and
starting taking pictures. It was to make everyone have a good laugh as we
surveyed the chaos around us, the cockroaches and rats swimming by, the
black inky spots of oily stuff occasionally floating around.

6. Apparently, no matter how much you're enjoying yourself frolicking in
the water and saving what you can, once the cold water reaches your chest
(especially your nipples), you start to shiver and it gets hard to breathe.
This is the time to give up and go upstairs.

7. If your electricity stays on, go to the switch box and turn off all the
electric outlets downstairs but not upstairs.

8. Cleaning after the flood is a pain. Once the waters recede, you are left
with mud everywhere. They stick so you have to get the hose and start using
the walis tingting (how do you say this in English? It's a broom made of
just think twigs/sticks tied together in a thick bundle). You just keep the
water running and sweep, sweep, sweep like there's no tomorrow.

9. You must scrub the walls with disinfectant. If you only rinse with
water, it will still smell. We used Lysol. Scrub, scrub, scrub like there's
no tomorrow.

10. First time water got inside our house, we didn't know we had to use
Lysol and that the drying process is super vital. So, after a few days,
there was this nauseating smell and later we found molds growing
everywhere! We had returned the furniture and appliances to their normal
places and the walls behind grew molds. Yuck!!!

11. We were still able to use our ref that floated in flood waters. Just
clean and clean and dry and dry.

12. Once electricity is available, get out all your fans and dry everything

13. Yes, paint will peel off and wooden drawers and shelves deform. Salvage
what can be used. Once they dry, it's still ok but sometimes the drawers
get stuck because the wood expanded so you have no choice but to destroy it
because icky water is still trapped inside.

14. Wait at least 2 to 3 days to dry everything. Use fans and hairdryers.
Do not, I repeat, do not be in a hurry to return stuff you saved to their
original places.

15. Have this mindset: Ah, it's good Im now forced to do a general cleaning
of my house. Now I have no choice but to do it.

It is easy to go insane after this kind of calamity, to despair of the
material things we lost (especially the cars), but please be thankful you
got away with your life and that of your family and loved ones

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Love Is Not A Fight (fireproof movie)

by: Warren Barfield

Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
It's a house we enter in
And then commit to never leave
So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
We'll work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may God send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it's something worth fighting for

To some, love is a word that they can fall into
But when they're falling out
Keeping that word is hard to do

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may God send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it's something worth fighting for

Love will come to save us, if we'll only call
He will ask nothing from us, but demand we give our all

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may God send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it's something worth fighting for

I would fight for you, would you fight for me?
It's worth fighting for.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Citibank’s Members Only Sale at Eastwood

Citibank members should stop by the Eastwood Mall on September 18 to 21 to check out the Citibank Members Only Sale. Enjoy up to 75% off on items from Zara, Gap, Banana Republic and Massimo Dutti.

Venue: Eastwood, E. Rodriguez, Jr. Avenue (C5), Bagumbayan Libis, Quezon City

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Paseo Uno Offers Up to 50% Off on Dinner Buffet Price

got this link from fellow n@wie, sis claudette and pepeng. tnx =D

Paseo Uno, Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s chic all-day dining restaurant, entices diners once more with its “Countdown to Dinner” promotion. Beginning September 7 until October 31, parties of eight or less diners confirming advanced reservations for the International Dinner Buffet will be rewarded with discounts on the food bill, based on how far in advance their reservation is made.

A minimum of five days’ advanced booking is rewarded with 50 percent off the dinner buffet price of P1,300+++ (1599.00 NETT FOR 2!). Four days’ advanced booking receives 40 percent off; booking 3 days ahead gets 30 percent off; 2 days at 20 percent off; and booking at least one day in advance gets 10 percent off..

The discount applies to buffet dinners from Sundays to Thursdays, and applies to the food bill only. The Countdown to Dinner promo cannot be used in conjunction with the hotel’s Privilege Card. other discounts or joint credit card promotions. The Paseo Uno promotion bears DTI-NCR Permit No. 82-0507, series of 2009.

After introducing the first open-kitchen buffets in Manila’s cosmopolitan dining scene in 2003, the chic Paseo Uno remains a leading dining destination for urbanites. At this pioneering restaurant, Manila’s foodies have feasted on the freshest catch of the day, crisp green salads, tantalizing appetizers, scrumptious carvery selections, original pasta and risotto creations and tasty desserts. World-class chefs delight the senses and tickle the taste buds as they fry, steam, bake, grill, roast and broil in Paseo Uno’s dramatic open kitchens and offer a wide range of contemporary Western and Asian cuisine with a cornucopia of dishes that vary daily.

For inquiries and reservations, call Paseo Uno on 750 8888.


log in your facebook account and search from friends icon, find friends. then type martin nievera and gary valenciano as1. then click become a fan. then when the administrator opened the window for promo. just type what they type. at 1pm tom, the first 200 can get a pair for free concert ticket for saturday, september 19. the ticket has no reserved seats. actually, it has no seats =D standing lang =D hihihi..but still its free so i guess ok nalng =D you can upgrade naman to a reserve seats eh. additional payment nga lang =D

Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano AS1 (Official Page) SURPRISE!!!! Tomorrow at 1pm., the first 200 people who write in when we say so will receive a pair of tickets to the show on Saturday!!! Again, once a special photo is posted and we say "GO!" the contest begins. Please see the Note for details. Get ready!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

P33 for halo-halo, pancit luglog and schueblig at Manila Peninsula on Sept. 14

(The Philippine Star) Updated September 10, 2009 12:00 AM

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Price roll back: On Sept. 14 get the halo-halo harana, pancit luglog and schueblig for only P33 each as Manila Peninsula celebrates its 33rd year.

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MANILA, Philippines – The Lobby of The Peninsula Manila turns 33 on Sept. 14, and the halo halo harana, pancit luglog and schueblig are at the center of its 33rd anniversary celebration. The grande dame of Makati is offering the three dishes at 1976 prices on Monday, Sept. 14, the date the hotel opened 33 years ago.

“The Lobby is known for its classics,” says the hotel food and beverage director, Laurent le Deu. “It’s what keeps our patrons coming back year after year. All three items are pure classics, they have been on our menu since day one.”

How much did the halo halo harana, pancit luglog and schueblig cost back in 1976? All three items were priced at P33 each in 1976. On Sept. 14, the yummy trio will be selling at The Lobby for only P33 each.

The Lobby 1976 Price Rollback promotion will be strictly on no-reservations and first-come/first-serve basis. Added conditions to the promotion: drinks and items not on the rollback list will be regularly priced; transactions will not accept marketing tie-up discounts, there will be no takeout; any of the three items must be ordered and consumed at The Lobby, and orders will not be shared. This will be a one-day only promotion only from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

For inquiries, call The Peninsula Manila at 887-2888 local 6694 or e-mail diningpmn@peninsula.com.


The BIG Outlet Sale 2009 is BACK with better brands and bigger discounts!

Rustans, Max Factor, Esprit De Corps, Giordano, Giordano Ladies, CK Prada and Rayban Eyewear, PHILIPS,YSL, Celine Dion, Lacoste, Guerlain, Big & SMall, Orange Juice, Kanebo, No Curfew Watch Store, Victorinox, Parker, Ideal Vision, Tourstage, SubStance shoes, Myth by Randy Ortiz, Levis, Dockers, Triumph, Chocolate Clothing, Mares, PUMA, Adidas, Mizuno, JB SPORTS, Jockey, Slazenger, REEF, OAKLEY, JBL , Nike Golf, Birdgestone Golf, Olympus, Canopy Home, Western Digital, Sennheiser, Switch & Power Mac Center, Pink Manila, Renegade Folk and Many More!

Free entrance to all BPI Cardholders!
Additional 5% discount on selected merchants for BPI Edge & Petron-BPI cardholders!

Powered by Sun Cellular, Style Bible and BPI Express Credit Edge & Petron BPI Cards!

BPI Cardholders: Free / Others: P50
Start Time:
Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:00am
End Time:
Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 9:00pm
30 Meralco Ave, Ortigas Center
Pasig, Philippines

Monday, September 07, 2009


If your birthday is sometime between now and September 30, 2009 you're in for a big treat. Edsa Shangri-la Hotel's HEAT restaurant is giving birthday celebrants discounts equivalent to his or her age. So if you're turning 25, you and up to 7 guests get 25% off your bill.

So go, make your reservation now! It's my mom's birthday this weekend, so we're all heading there.

FROM EDSA SHANGRI-LA's Facebook page:

Birthday celebrants commemorating their special days at HEAT will enjoy a dining discount equivalent to their age.

A complimentary delectable
birthday cake adds cheer to the occasion.

Share this privilege with family and friends.

After all, what is a birthday without them?


Age is no longer meant to be kept a secret at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila .

For reservations, please call
633 8888.

Terms and conditions:

* The "Flash Your Age" promotion is only valid on the exact date of the celebrant, and will run from August 1 to September 30, 2009.
* A total of eight persons will be entitled to the dining discount. The celebrant must present a valid ID (i.e. Driver's License, Passport, SSS ID only) with the birth date clearly shown to avail of the discount.
* Not valid on public holidays.
* Not valid in conjunction with other promotions and privileges including Club Edsa, credit card discounts, rewards redemption vouchers, complimentary dining vouchers and special promotions.
* Edsa Shanri-La,
Manila reserves the right to amend the terms & conditions of these privileges at any time without prior notice.
* PRIOR RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Discount will only be accorded to diners with reservations.
* The "Flash Your Age" promotion is only valid at HEAT.

Start Time: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 12:00am

End Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 11:55pm

Location: Heat, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila

Street: 1 Garden Way , Ortigas Center

Phone: 633-8888

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Book your lunch or dinner buffet at Circles Event Cafe
on September 1 to 3, 2009, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm,
and get 50% off the buffet rates when dining on
September 4 to 30, 2009.

Discount is applicable to a maximum of 8 persons.

For more information, please call the Restaurant Reservations
Information Centre at 813 8888 ext. 7588 / 7599.


- Reservations for the 3-Day Buffet Rush will be accommodated within
the booking window of September 1 to 3, 2009, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm only.
- Dining period should fall on September 4 to 30, 2009 with no further extensions.
- Discount is for dine-in reservations only.
- The 50% off is only applicable to the total buffet bill (beverages not included),
exclusive of service charge and government taxes.
- Booking should be pre-paid by cash or credit card through the Restaurant Reservations
Information Centre desk located at the hotel’s main lobby,
from 8:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m.
- Not valid for send bill transactions.
- Offer cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions and discount programs.

Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City 1200, Philippines
Tel (632) 813 8888 Fax (632) 813 5068 www.shangri-la.com

Hi-5 at SM

KIDS will have the rare opportunity to walch Hi-5 perform live as this pop music group from the award-winning Australian television show makes a tour at SM's premier malls. The group is set to perform live on Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. The Podium, on Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. at The Block at SM City North Edsa, and at 6 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

National bookstores cut price book sale!

CUT PRICE BOOK SALE! Up to 75% OFF on books! Enjoy great titles at amazing prices! Hurry now at your nearest National Book Store branch!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


When: SEPTEMBER 2 - 12 2009
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Beauty junkies listen! Get hold of your favorite beauty products at 40-60% off retail price at the Beauty Luxe Cosmetics Sale! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend your bucks without emptying your purses. Brand new limited edition and top sellers of Kerastase, Shiseido, Guerlain, L'Oreal, Shu Uemura, Ralph Lauren, Benefit and that of other cosmetic brands are available. Whatever your beauty need is, whether it's fragrance, make-up, haircare, skincare or bodycare product, it's at the sale! Contact Dior Co at 09178451230 or diorco@gmail.com for more details.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Try this classic meatball recipe - now served with a twist!

got this from wmn.ph


2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup Carnation Evap
1/4 cup water
400 grams ground round
100 grams ground pork
1 cup onion, minced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, ground
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 pieces eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 can crushed tomatoes, 28 oz. can
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 pieces basil leaves
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Place bread crumbs, milk and water in a medium bowl. Allow to steep for 3 minutes.

2. Add the ground meats, onion, garlic, parsley, fennel, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

3. Mix until just combined.

4. Add the eggs and mix until blended.

5. Cover bowl with a plastic film and allow mixture to rest for at least an hour.

6. To cook, using a 1 oz. scooper, scoop mixture and roll into balls.

7. Fry meatballs over medium heat in oil until browned and finish off cooking in the tomato sauce for another 5-7 minutes.

8. For tomato sauce: Place garlic and olive oil in large sauce pan.

9. Turn heat to medium and cook until garlic is soft and lightly browned.

10. Add the crushed the tomatoes and tomato paste.

11. Add basil, salt and pepper.

12.Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cook until thickened approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of My Favorite Recipes

Monday, August 17, 2009



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Successful potty training for boys

You'll miss many things once your baby grows up, but changing dirty diapers probably won't be one of them. Still, it doesn't pay to be in a hurry: Teaching your son how to use the potty will require time and patience on your part, and a reasonable degree of cooperation and motivation on your son's.

The key to potty training success is starting only when your son is truly able to do so. While some kids can start as young as 18 months, others may not be prepared to learn until well into their fourth year. As you may already have discovered, boys tend to stay in diapers longer than girls, and second (or subsequent) children often learn faster than firstborns. There's no point in trying to get a head start; studies show that when parents begin potty training too soon, the process simply takes longer to complete. In other words, you arrive at your destination at the same time, no matter when you start. So the first thing to do is use our checklist to see whether your son is primed for potty training.

Once you've determined that your son is ready, focus on timing. Make sure your child's routine is well established; if he's just started at preschool or has a new sibling, he may be less receptive to change, or feel too overwhelmed to tackle this new challenge. Wait until he seems open to new ideas so you can potty train successfully. To train, follow these steps:

Let him watch and learn

Toddlers learn by imitation, and watching you use the bathroom is a natural first step. He may notice that Daddy uses the potty differently from Mommy, which opens up a great opportunity for you to explain the basic mechanics of how boys use the bathroom. When talking about body parts, it's important to be anatomically precise. Teaching him to call his penis a "pee-pee" when every other body part has a more adult-sounding name may imply that his genitals are embarrassing.

Buy the right equipment

Most experts advise buying a child-sized potty, which your toddler can claim for his own and which will also feel more secure to him than a full-size toilet. (Many toddlers fear falling into the toilet, and their anxiety can interfere with potty training.) If you prefer to buy an adapter seat for your regular toilet, make sure it feels comfy and secure and attaches firmly. If you go this route, you'll also need to provide your son with a stool, since it's important that he be able to maneuver his way on and off the potty easily any time he needs to go and to stabilize himself with his feet to push during bowel movements.

When buying a potty-chair for your son, look for one without a urine guard (or one you can remove). While they may protect your bathroom from a little stray pee, more often they tend to bump into and scrape a boy's penis when he sits down on the potty, potentially causing him to associate going to the bathroom with pain. Yikes!

You may also want to pick up a few picture books or videos for your son, which can make it easier for him to grasp all this new information. Everyone Poops, by Taro Gomi, is a perennial favorite, as is Uh, Oh! Gotta Go! and Once Upon a Potty, which even comes in a version with a doll and a miniature potty.

Help your child get comfortable with the potty

This early in the process, your child needs to get used to the idea of using the potty. Start by letting him know that the potty-chair is his very own; you can personalize it by writing his name on it or letting him decorate it with stickers. Then have him try sitting on it with his clothes on. After he's practiced this way for a week or so, you can suggest he try it with his pants down. If he seems at all resistant, avoid any temptation to pressure him. That will only set up a power struggle that could derail the entire process.

If your child has a favorite doll or stuffed animal, try using it for potty demonstrations. Most children enjoy watching their favorite toy go through the motions, and may learn more this way than from you telling them what to do. Some parents even construct a makeshift toilet for the doll or stuffed animal; while your child is perched on his chair, his favorite toy can be sitting on its own potty. For other tips on how to get started, click here.

Motivate with cool underwear

Get your son focused on the benefits of being potty trained by taking him on a special errand: buying underwear. Let him know that he gets to choose whatever kind he wants (superhero briefs or boxers, or ones emblazoned with other nifty designs). Talk up the outing ahead of time so he gets excited about being old enough to use the potty and wear "real" underwear just like his dad's or older brother's.

Set up a training schedule

Getting your toddler out of diapers will depend on your daily schedule and whether your son is in daycare or preschool. If he is, you'll want to coordinate your strategy with his daycare provider or teacher.

You'll have to decide whether to use the back-and-forth method of switching between diapers and underpants or the cold-turkey method of going to underwear full-time. While disposable training pants are convenient, many experts and parents find it's best to transition right into underwear or old-fashioned cotton training pants, both of which allow your son to feel immediately when he's wet. That, of course, will make it more likely that you'll be cleaning up some accidents. You'll have to decide what's best for you and your son; his pediatrician may recommend one or the other. For a while, at least, you'll want to continue using diapers or disposable pants at night and on long trips out and about. And your daycare provider or preschool teacher will have her own opinion on when to switch to underpants at school.

Teach him to sit first, then stand

Since bowel movements and urine often come at the same time, it makes sense initially to have your son sit for both poop and pee so he learns that both belong in the potty. Also that way he won't get distracted by the fun of spraying and learning to aim when you need him to concentrate on just mastering the basic procedure.

Once your son is comfortable going to the bathroom sitting down, he can try the standing position (but there's no reason to rush this; he can sit as long as he likes). This is where having a readily available male role model is key. Make sure your son can follow Dad, an uncle, or a good family friend to the bathroom to watch him pee. When your son seems to get the idea, let him give it a try. If he seems reluctant, try floating a few pieces of O-shaped cereal or other small, flushable objects in the toilet bowl for target practice, and expect to clean up a few messes as your son perfects his aim. If you're not squeamish about him peeing in the yard, you can paint or tape a target on a tree.

Set aside some naked time

Nothing helps your toddler figure out when he needs to go like letting him spend some time bottomless. Put the potty in an accessible area while he plays, and encourage him to sit on it at regular intervals. (But of course if he's going to play naked, you'll have to steel yourself not to get upset when the floor gets wet. Putting plastic over the carpets can help with this.) Watch for signs that he has to go (clutching himself or jumping up and down in place) and use these cues to suggest it's potty time. You can do this on several consecutive days, in the evenings when the family is all together, or just on weekends. The more time your child spends out of diapers, the faster he'll learn.

Celebrate triumphs

He will undoubtedly have a few accidents, but eventually your son will enjoy the accomplishment of getting something in the potty. Celebrate this moment with fanfare. Reinforce the idea that he's reached a significant milestone by rewarding him with a "big kid" privilege such as watching a new video or getting an extra bedtime story. But try not to make a big deal out of every trip to the potty, or else your child will start to feel nervous and self-conscious under the glare of all that attention.

If at first he doesn't succeed, try, try again

As with any other skill, the more he uses the potty, the better he'll be at it. But there are some things you can do to make it easier for him. Dress your child in loose-fitting clothes that he can easily take off himself, or buy underpants a size too big. If he still has trouble with the concept, don't overreact or punish. Nothing can disrupt potty training faster than making a child feel bad for having an accident. Keep in mind that even children who have used the toilet successfully for months occasionally have accidents when they are engrossed in an activity. If you feel frustrated, remind yourself that scolding your child for wetting his pants might mean months of diapers ahead.

Raise the fun factor

If you approach potty training with a little panache, your child will be more likely to stay motivated throughout the entire process. Drip some blue food coloring into the toilet and your child will be amazed at how he can turn the water green. Put several favorite books in the magazine rack next to the toilet so he can read them whenever he has to go — or better yet, read to him. Maybe he'd like to cut out paper shapes and use them for target practice.

If your child starts to lose interest but is well into potty training, you may want to consider offering rewards. One popular method is to use stickers and a calendar to keep track of his successes. Every time he goes to the potty, he gets a sticker that he can then paste onto the page. Watching the sticker bounty accumulate will keep him inspired. If the stickers themselves aren't enough of a thrill, you can offer an additional reward such as a treat from the candy aisle at the supermarket or a wished-for toy when he amasses enough stickers or stays dry for a certain number of days in a row. For more ideas, click here.

Move into night mode

Once your son stays dry all day, you can start formulating a game plan for nights. Wait until he's securely potty trained, then start checking his diapers in the mornings and after naps to see if they're dry. Many children start staying dry during their afternoon naps within six months of learning to use the toilet. Nighttime training is trickier, because it depends on your son's body being able to hold the urine for an extended period of time and on how deeply he sleeps. If he wants to try sleeping without diapers, go ahead and let him. Should a few nights of this experiment show he's not ready, put him back in diapers in a non-judgmental way. Tell him that his body is not quite ready for this next step, and reassure him that he'll soon be big enough to try again. If your child stays dry three out of five nights, make your "all-underwear, all-the-time" policy official. Support his attempts to stay dry by restricting how much he drinks after 5 p.m. and getting him up for a final bathroom trip before you go to bed. But if your child takes longer to stay dry at night, don't worry; nighttime accidents are considered normal up to at least the age of 7.

Ditch the diapers

By the time your child's ready to say good-bye to diapers altogether, he's accomplished a lot. Acknowledge this and reinforce his pride in his achievement by letting him give away leftover diapers to a family with younger kids or send them away with the diaper delivery service one last time. Or assist him in choreographing a joyful jig around the house and call it the "No more diapers" dance. The entire family can form a conga line and head to the potty when nature calls.

Potty training readiness checklist

Reviewed by Sarah Pearson, M.D., September 2006

It probably seems like just yesterday that you changed your toddler's first diaper, and now you're wondering if it's time to start potty training. There's no magic age at which children are ready to start learning how to use the potty, but some develop the necessary physical and cognitive skills between 18 and 24 months of age. Many parents don't start potty training until their children are 2 1/2 to 3 years old, when daytime bladder control has become more reliable. And some children aren't interested in potty training until they're closer to 3, or even 4.

Use the checklist below to measure your toddler's progress toward readiness, and keep in mind that starting before your child is truly ready doesn't mean you'll finish sooner — it's more likely that the process will just end up taking longer.

You don't have to wait until you've checked off every item to start training. Just look for a general trend toward independence and an understanding of what it means to go to the bathroom like a grown-up.

Physical signs

Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.

Urinates a fair amount at one time.

Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.

Has "dry" periods of at least three or four hours, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.

Behavioral signs

Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.

Can pull his pants up and down.

Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.

Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).

Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.

Demonstrates a desire for independence.

Takes pride in his accomplishments.

Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.

Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.

Cognitive signs

Can follow simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."

Understands the value of putting things where they belong.

Has words for urine and stool.

Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.