Thursday, January 18, 2018

FamilyMart’s easy, tasty ways stick to your healthy eating New Year resolutions

Kani Salad

Press release:

The new year signals a fresh start for everyone. This is the perfect time to achieve that better version of yourself -  wiser, braver, and fitter. Always at the top of our resolutions list is to shed off a few pounds or to eat healthier. But sticking to that “become healthier” resolution could be quite the challenge when you’re always tempted to indulge and put off making a trip to the gym.

So, to ring in the new year and help you realistically commit to being healthy, FamilyMart offers you nutritious dishes made specially by the students of Enderun.
Caesar Salad

Get your dose of protein, fiber, and calcium from a classic Caesar Salad with crisp romaine lettuce, croutons, chicken, and parmesan. You can also opt for something a little bit richer but still filled with vitamins and minerals like Kani Salad composed of crab meat, mayonnaise, and greens. For something more filling, go for the Cobb Salad with all that good stuff like cheese and bacon but heavy on the greens to make it guilt-free. Healthy eating can also be easy on the pockets because these salads are only for P89 each. 

Cobb Salad

FamilyMart is also helping you get fit and fab with special offers from Yoga+. With a minimum purchase worth P150 on Live Light, and Live Right participating items, you can avail of a Trial Drop-In class for only P100. You can also upgrade the offer to an unlimited 2-week package by adding P899. Just visit to find a Yoga+ branch near you and for more details on their rates.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Converge ICT lends support to “My Dream in a Shoebox”

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. recently lent its support to the “My Dream in a Shoebox” Gift-Giving Day activity for the benefit of the Payatas Orione Foundation. The event was held at the Mother of Divine Providence church grounds located in Payatas, Quezon City.

“My Dream in a Shoebox” is a long-running project that collects and distributes shoeboxes filled withschool supplies to poor and underprivileged Filipino children  around the country. It is spearheaded by TeamAsia together with the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, Inc. (IBPAP).

It was the first time that Converge ICT participated in such an inspiring event in Metro Manila that was held in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the metropolis. According to Ms. Mari-Au Acuesta, HR Director of Converge ICT, most of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events were focused in Pampanga where Converge ICT traces its roots.

Converge ICT served as food sponsor for the more than 700 people, composed mostly of kids, their parents and volunteers. They also put up a photo booth and a face-painting area at the venue, the first time these were included in the gift-giving event. The photo booth and face painting truly delighted not
just the kids but also the kids-at- heart, who all patiently waited for their turn. The long lines were a testament to the fun-filled activities’ success.

Even Converge ICT personnel, particularly their graphics design team, did the face-painting themselves long after the professional face painters have left. This further elicited laughter among the kids who nonetheless remained wide-eyed with excitement.

“We were delighted to see the response of kids. They were all awed by the Photo Booth setup and of course, the face-painting. They marvelled at the kiddie-friendly images drawn on either hands or face,
and clearly they had fun, even if the Converge ICT personnel took over the face-painting chores. It was an inspiring sight,” Acuesta said.

Mr. Jesus Romero, COO of Converge ICT, bared that this initial CSR venture of Converge ICT will definitely see a repeat next year, and hinted that perhaps will even be bigger in scope.

For her part, Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, President of Team Asia and the project’s main proponent, said she can’t believe that “My Dream in a Shoebox,” which started through a dream, is in its 9 th year already.
“We thank our many sponsors who supported the project throughout the years and still continue to support us until today, including other new sponsors.”

Hamlin was delighted that Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. joined this year’s edition of “My Dream in a Shoebox.” She thanked Converge ICT for participating as a Platinum sponsor and helped feed the throng of kids who came in droves.

Converge ICT, Inc. started its business in 1992 and was already granted a congressional franchise. The company has many Tier 1 international peering partners to ensure fast and reliable connectivity. It also partnered with top domestic peering partners currently has the 3 rd largest Internet backbone in the country to help further improve the Internet experience of Filipinos.

For more details about Converge ICT, Inc. and its Internet offerings, visit

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Slick Tight Pomade Product Review: Organic Hair Styling Product

Every man wants to look his best, and part of that look is his hair. Hair products for men have been around for a very long time, and pomade is just one of many choices out there. It is important to note that it is not necessarily sold by that name specifically. The consumer must look at the ingredient list to know if he has a paste, wax, cream, or oil based product. 

My nephew, Kyle Madrid likes his hair sleek and shiny without the grease

My teenage nephew Kyle would always say in the vernacular, "Galawin mo na lahat, 'wag lang ang buhok ko." He abhors when someone tries to pick on his hair because he has spent time "perfecting his hair style" according to his preferred looks. Now, here's the sad part, since he's been using hair styling products since he was 8 years old, he's gotten dandruff because those products he's been using has dried up his scalp. And as his guardian, I had been searching for the right product that would make Kyle do whatever it is that he wanted to do with his hair sans the fall of dandruff and flaky scalp. 

Purple Plum Fairy and her mom sandwiched her nephew Kyle Madrid

The first thing that came to my mind upon hearing the word pomade was something that most Lolo (grandfathers) would often use on their hair. But that misconception got easily debunk after I reached for a tub of Slick Tight PomadeIt’s a hair product that has been created to form that greased up look. 

Slick Tight Pomade variants in Bubblegum, Cool Mint, Strawberries and Cola scents

Friday, December 22, 2017

Big Ben’s Kitchen: Serving Authentic Heirloom Recipes and Comfort Food in Imus Cavite

Big Ben's Kitchen in Imus serves heirloom recipes at its finest

Only a handful of establishments maintain the stamp of food mecca in the city—you know, the kind where the food is so good that people are willing to brave Manila traffic, and sacrifice long waits for it. With the traffic continuing to worsen, this particular stamp becomes all the more prestigious. One of the simple pleasures of travel is discovering hole-in-the-wall restaurants or hunting down eateries frequented by locals. 

Purple Plum Fairy is happy to stumble upon Big Ben’s Kitchen through the invitation of my good friend, history enthusiast, tour guide and fellow foodie, Rence Chan

The signage says it all: You've come to the right place, indeed!

Big Ben's Kitchen genuinely chipped walls and hard wood furniture take you back in time while the aroma of its food, laid out temptingly on their platters, will get your stomach rumbling.

The graffiti writings on the wall

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

When we're Faced with the Sad Realities About Life

Note: I wrote this blog entry around two or three years ago after a friend confided in me that her marriage was on the brink of falling apart. 

I feel sad each time I hear stories about couples drifting apart. Coming from a broken family myself, my heart goes out to all the children within the family as they will surely be the ones to suffer. But as they say, what good would it do for both parties no longer love each other or they would just be hurting one another? A long time friend recently parted ways with her husband of 12 years. Nobody said it was easy. After all, she had made her ex-husband her whole life in the past twelve years. A long time ago, my friend had set aside her own dreams to play the role of a young wife. She became a loving homemaker and a 24/7 mom to her children. Her children make her happy.  Although it all seemed that everything had been wonderful, her life wasn't exactly a bed of roses. But she had tried her very best to make their marriage last, to keep her family intact--in fact, she had given her whole to it--leaving nothing for herself--for her children's sake. Still, it ain't just enough. 

Her children's father is no longer the man she fell in love with. He became insensitive even to the needs of his own children. Sure, he used to be a good provider, but never a good father to his children. He became a gaming addict--constantly online, he's so into it to the point of forgetting his own hygiene and would often engage in petulant quarrels with either his children or his wife resulting in domestic squabbles. She hated seeing him completely immersed into online gaming that he forgets his responsibilities to his own family. She no longer knew who this man had become. And just like that, one day, he decided to leave--with his wife not knowing what to do to survive. My friend is groping in the dark to look for clues on how to get her act together and be able to stand with her own feet to raise her kids on her own. 

The sad part is that their youngest daughter has leukemia--and needs monthly treatment, chemotherapy, and other medicines. He knew how much his daughter needs money. The daughter's only five years old and she's fighting for her dear life. Too bad, the father does not even seem to even care for his youngest child. 

When marriages fall apart and collapse, we need to spare our dear children. No matter how much the couples hate each other, they need to talk and iron out whatever kinks it is to be at least be civil with one another, just for the sake of the kids. After all, the two of you were happy making these kids, therefore they should be together in raising them as well. 

Fast forward to 2017...Unfortunately, my friend is suffering from cancer herself. She is on stage 4. The good news is that her philandering husband has been a changed man now and is seriously taking good care of his wife and their family. 

You see, the lesson here is clear. Sometimes we were given things in life which we had to go through in order for us to see life in a bigger picture. Things may not happen according to our plan, but when we allow God to lead us where we should go, things will eventually fall into their proper places. And it is the magic about life...because God has a plan for each of us. Before we were born, He knew what we will all become. We just have to simply follow His plans. 

I pray that whatever it is that you are going through at this time, you will be able to see the positive side of it. I know it must be difficult for most of us, (yes, that includes me. I reckon I might be suffering from high-functioning depression) But know that there is someone you can call---God loves you more than you know. I don't intend to be a ray of sunshine here, or act like some holier-than-thou, but everything shall pass. And so does your problems. Behind the clouds, the sun still shines my friend, bear that in mind. 

All my prayers,

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