another exciting attraction in the heart of Manila—with Tutuban Center Mall
recently unveiled its newest attraction called Virtual Zoo—a unique zoo
composed of 3D photos of interesting animals mounted on blank walls that seemed
to come alive. What makes the Virtual Zoo different from other 3D on-display is
the fact that admission is FREE.
Center Virtual Zoo will soon become another destination spot for various
activities of fun and learning as well as family bonding. The Tutuban Center
Virtual Zoo is a collage of larger-than-life 3D photos in an old cinema lobby
converted into a virtual theme park for the whole family to enjoy.
Fear will certainly not in your vocabulary in this 3D bat cave.
the opening of the Tutuban Center Virtual Zoo last October 26, 2012, VIP
guests, visitors, media and online social media influencers were treated to an
exciting array of activities. There were parades, photo shoots, games, magic
shows, face painting, mascot appearances and other stuff that kids and even
those kids-at-heart liked.
Have fun with the pachyderm.
Ever held a horse this tall?
Tutuban Center Virtual Zoo promises to be an early Christmas treat from Tutuban
Center. Now, it will no longer just be a destination for shopping sprees, but
also for spending quality time with our families.
A large 3D sea tortoise
Center is located along C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila. The Virtual Zoo is open
daily from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
Plum Fairy thanks Mr. Richard Mamuyac and AMPR for the invite.
I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.
FASHION successfully presented its Spring-Summer 2013 collections recently at
the SMX Convention Center during the Philippine Fashion Week. Philippine
fashion’s A-Listers, popular personalities, insiders, media and online social
media influencers (bloggers) attended the said event. SM unveiled its latest
kids’ collections highlighting the different brands: Trajecitos de Bebe, Crib
Couture, Boys Got Style, Little Miss, Bradley, Girls Edition, Hello Kitty (an
SM Exclusive line), Dude, Blush, Modern Prince, and Modern Princess.
Fashion’s awesome line-up included clothes from 0-14 years old starting off
with the Trajecitos de Bebe’s holiday collection. The hand-embroidered
baptismal garments with satin ribbons and laces were so beautiful that it can
be passed on as a legacy of sorts to the future generations.
stylish Crib Couture’s clothes had fun pieces especially made for kids 0-2
years of age. With gingham shorts, cardigans and bowties for cute toddlers and
animal print for little girls—every tot will certainly be on the spotlight when
caught wearing these wonderful pieces.
colors are what’s in store for BGS of Boys Got Style. Eye-catching pieces with
quirky colorful prints are definitely in with BGS. A true head-turner outfits
for your tweens.
Little men in preppy colorful attire.
always had that signature preppy look but with an edge. Timeless cuts and
patterns with a twist—that’s what the brand is all about! Hoodies, varsity
jackets and prep-school chic are just some of their collections.
Little princesses and princes.
Colorful clothes with ruffles and head accents.
Edition’s purple hues (My fave color!) totally rule in their latest
collection. Aqua leggings and ruffles
complement the look.
are so perfect for those on the verge of becoming a teen—yet wants to make
their own fashion statement. Think of Katy Perry plus add in a dash of punk,
you’ve got exactly what makes a girl go blush with a stylish look that
certainly commands attention!
Punky edgy style for your tweens.
These are the dude who'll make girls swoon!
a brand that’ll make your teen a certified rockstar! With sleek and
sophisticated blazers in neutral shades, dark jeans and stylish sneaks will
surely make that look. Peg: Justin Bieber just got punkier.
Hello Kitty clothes with headbands.
brand Hello Kitty apparel also made the little girls to start jonesing for
these cute little finds. A favorite among girls with its bubble gum pink and
white palette—Hello Kitty adds in an ebony black and fuchsia pink as its
colors. What can I say? It’s purr-fect!
Floral head accents and clothes in pastel colors.
Miss had those pastel colored polka dots that never really go out of style.
Unleash your child’s feminine side with these adorable skirts and dresses from
Little Miss. They’re perfect when
attending formal events, parties or just about any special gatherings.
One will never go out of style in polka dots.
your little princess dream come true with Modern Princess. Colorful pastels of
pink, purple, green and aqua in ruffles and laces! Add in a tiara on her head
to complete the whimsical look!
If there’s a Modern Princess, the Modern
Prince won’t be left behind. Your little gentleman will surely wow everyone
with gingham cardigans or white suit plus colorful bowtie.
collection presented extensive style offerings that are significant for every
Mom or parents to update their kids’ wardrobe and style. SM Kids’ Fashion is
one of the leading local kids retailing as it goes beyond global trending to
Age is simply
just a number. No matter what some people say, we cannot defy aging. The
stressful lives that most of us lead as well as the harsh environment
contributes more to our aging process. As we age, we get to see more of our
wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines, loose skin and sagging, hormonal changes,
slower metabolism and so on and so forth. There are even moments when I’m
reminded of how much fun it is to eat meat and sweets—attend food bingeing
events with friends and in family gatherings! With all such uncaring food
intake, our body contours also changes. But somehow with the advancement both
in fashion and technology as well as the help of research, all of these can
somehow help to alleviate our fears in looking even older than our actual age
or perhaps make us more comfortable with our own body.
I had to
admit that upon turning thirty, I seemed to have lost my confidence in wearing
the clothes that I like. Like most people reaching milestone age, I had
bittersweet realization that youth was no longer an attribute I could claim. I
am no longer on the threshold of being young nor am I on the verge of puberty.
I am now an adult, in my early thirties. And although the word thirty-teen
hasn’t been part of Webster’s dictionary, I know I need to find something that
would still complement my look.
Simple yet sexy, just the way I like it.
such a good thing that one of the world’s most popular lingerie Wacoal knows
pretty much how to help women to gain even more confidence as we age.With Wacoal’s wide collection of brassieres
and lingerie—these fashionable sexy dainty pieces are made specifically for
women—as they highlight every woman’s assets while concealing those that needs
to be concealed. Wacoal lingerie are crafted and made from the finest quality
ensuring women of the support and comfort that they need.
I particularly like this black camisole bra. It perfectly has my style, non-wired but getting enough support. It's so simple yet it exudes an elegant style that is truly sexy. What I
love about Wacoal are their comfort fit and maximum support. Let’s admit that
sometimes despite the rigorous diets and workouts, there are still fat rolls in
our back, fats on the side of our breasts, and abdominal areas that make you
look and feel heavy. Wacoal lingerie helps in shaping our body the way we want
it to be by hiding the stubborn bulges on the parts of our body that we do not
want to take notice. It’s like having a total re-sculpted body without surgery!
Plus, they have an array of collection that will surely fit you to a T. By
wearing the proper underwear, Wacoal proves that one can achieve a body looking
younger than they actually are.Yes,
anybody can achieve a beautiful body regardless of their age.
Wacoal, we will start to appreciate the arches on our back as it gracefully
stoops down, knowing fully well that there’s a special lingerie that’s bound to
help women to look good, feel good and become confident to love their own body
regardless of their age. And every woman can probably say that she has therefore
grown gracefully in both wisdom and age.
Hardcourt gorgeous guys David and Anthony Semerad endorses Chef's Noodles.
its grand opening mid of this year, Chef’s Noodles had been passed on through word-of-mouth just
how excellent their smorgasbords of Korean fare, thereby gaining popularity
among K-Pop fans and foodies as well. Initially endorsed by Korean celebrity
chef Choi In Sun and model/host Grace Lee, Chef’s Noodle is the latest Korean
franchise to hit the local food industry with their array of delectable Korean
based menu at pocket-friendly prices.
Located at the University Mall along Taft Avenue, Chef’s Noodles recently presented its latest endorsers, college basketball heartthrobs Anthony and David Semerad and the country’s first inter-pop music group, Down to Mars.
The author with one of the 6'5" endorser.
exclusive interview with the Purple Plum Fairy, the Semerad twins revealed that they had been to Korea and
they really liked the food so when they were asked to endorse Chef’s Noodles,
it had been easy for them to say yes. “We love spicy foods. We both love
healthy foods and with Korean, its got veggies and beef—since we’re athletes,
we need protein and all that,” says David. When asked about their favorite
Korean food, they both answered, “Bulgogi!” But among the Chef’s Noodle dishes,
the good-looking twins would definitely recommend Chef’s Noodle soup. “I like
its sabaw (meaning soup),” enthuses Anthony. “It has everything: veggies, meat, noodles and
soup!” Although they were hesitant to eat kimchi on their first visit to Korea,
they both admit that they are now craving for it.
Girls must be envious of me for having an exclusive interview with this guy!
their message for their fans: “Come and eat at Chef’s Noodles. You’ll certainly
find something you will like. Masarap!” the Semerad twins said.
local fans who have been following the Filipino adaptation of the Korean
comedy-drama The Coffee Prince, you’re sure to be familiar with Down to Mars
boys. Aged 18-20, these guys will certainly make you swoon as they hit the
dance floor and sing on Party Pilipinas (where they have been a regular).
Composed of seven guys: Kenji Chua, Sky Young, Kiro Rivera, Daisuke Hagihara,
Yheen Valero and Jang Amparna.
Inter-pop artists and Party Pilipinas up-and-coming boy group Down to Mars.
asked about their favorite Korean food, the guys all exclaimed: “Jjampong!”
message for their fans: “Bring your loved ones at Chef’s Noodles and enjoy
authentic Korean food like our favorite Jjampong. You’ll surely love it! “
K-Pop group Down to Mars holds the famous Chef's Noodle specialty dishes.
Curious about this Korean resto? Head on to Security Blanket where I had previously shared my dining experience. It would certainly make you want to drop by to Chef's Noodle soon. Do it and you'll love the food + the K-pop ambiance. It's all worth the trip.
Chef’s Noodles branches at the 2nd floor of University Mall (beside
De La Salle University), Taft Avenue, Manila and at the Ground Floor of Atlanta
Center, Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan.
would have thought that both spooky and fun could actually go together? It was
such a brilliant idea to combine these two things and Skycable’s club for kids
known as Sky Fun Club had these recently when they held its annual Halloween
Party via Show & Tell, a Halloween talent show at the Rockwell Tent in
Power Plant Mall, Makati City.Eager
Skycable subscribers attended the said event in awesome costumes from pretty
princesses, beloved super heroes, and colorful characters to eerie creatures!
10 year old Kyle Madrid wows the crowd.
will surely be able to relate with me. As early as September, most of us would
start rummaging through costumes and will prepare the jack ‘o lantern trick or
treat bags that our kids will be using come the season for Halloween parties. It
may sound so commercialized, but let’s admit it that kids and those
kids-at-heart enjoy trick-or-treating at the malls or attending parties. I had
been lucky too as I had experienced the joy of Halloween parties during my
childhood as well. It was indeed something to look forward to during the last
week of October.
Doing the Gangnam Style dance.
one of those who registered to showcase his talents in the Skycable show along
with eleven other kids of loyal subscribers. But before he was able to join the
said talent contest, we had a whole lot of stumbling block to begin with. Kyle
had to ditch his futsal class just so he could participate in the Halloween
Talent show. It was really very difficult for him to do so since Kyle loved
futsal. When the idea of letting him join a talent show came up, he was a bit
skeptical about it. So we had to encourage him because we believed so much in
his talent. Besides, this may be his last time to enjoy such Halloween
parties—he might be too old next time. He’s turning eleven next year, and with
that comes that awkward stage being on the verge of becoming a teen.
Kyle dances his best onstage.
in the middle of preparing for his chess competition, second periodical exams,
practicing storytelling and for this talent show, practicing another dance
number for the teachers’ day, and serving as an altar boy early in the morning
for two consecutive masses (during Sunday—at a public hospital and another
area)—he did all of these for the past few weeks. Whew! Indeed a very hectic
we faxed his birth certificates (as part of the requirement) twice, they said
it was so blurry that we had to personally present his documents at their main
office. God knows how much we had to pull all the strings (meaning to say, we
had to do and pass all the requirements on time within a limited time) just so
he can join this contest. In fact, Kyle had just come from another contest in
the morning (Inquirer’s Storytelling elimination round) and he had to compete
again for the talent show in the afternoon. But when we finally arrived on the
contest day proper, alas! The Skycable staff said Kyle’s not even on the
official list. It turned out there had been some miscommunication on their end.
Eventually, they allowed him to join except that we were told Kyle would not
have his pictures on the big screen unlike the other kids because we did not
send them his pics on time. We later found out that their email went to the
spam folder thus we were not able to read such guidelines.
were games, foods, and freebies, massage/pampering areas for moms and dads, laser
xtreme games for kids and other booths. There were also raffle and production
numbers. When it was time for my dear Kyle to go on-stage, he looked somewhat
pale. But the boy’s got an amazing bravura; he still gave in his all despite
panting and almost fainting onstage. In the middle of his performance (he did
the Maori Poi dancing via Gangnam Style), his poi got entangled somewhere so he
stopped for a while but continued dancing until his production number was done.
Too bad, the crowd wasn’t able to see his other poi tricks. The audience seemed
to enjoy his performance that even after his dance number, an elder woman
approached us, complimented Kyle’s performance and congratulated him for such a
job well done. She was a total stranger but she must have truly enjoyed Kyle’s
performance for her to even come to where we were seated just to say those
words. In my mind, at that time, I knew Kyle’s already a winner in the eyes of
many having wowed the crowd a lot of times during his performance.
Kyle Madrid brough home loot bags and awesome prizes.
end, Kyle emerged as 3rd placer. I knew if his poi hadn’t been
entangled during the contest, he could’ve been 2nd placer. But
nevertheless, I’m still happy that he won. I knew he truly deserved it because
he had given his best. God had blessed his efforts and sacrifices.
Kyle Madrid was awarded 3rd placer with VJ host and Skycable official.
Kyle, I know you can really be a pain in the butt sometimes, but I know you
have a good heart. I hope you will continue to pursue whatever your heart
desires. Always remember how much we care for you and love you. Keep striving
for your goals; we’ll always be rallying behind you.
Kyle Madrid shows off his three signage, meaning he won 3rd prize.
you might be able to stumble upon this blog entry of mine, I hope that you will
always cherish our memories together. You may not have the love of your
biological parents, but you’ve got a whole lot of love from all the people
around you who’ve considered you as their very own. You’ve got US. Mommy Rica, moi,
my friends: Tita Ia, Tito Jappy, Krel, Tita Abby, Aileen, Norma, Tita, Tito
Vlad, Tita Rose, Tita Vix, Tita Kris, Tita Milette, Tito Ren, Tita Jamie—everyone
loves you. Your supportive teachers: Ma’am Dolly, Ma’am Ruste, Ma’am Venus,
Ma’am Villanueva, Sir Sorosa—everyone else. Some may not understand how special
you’ve always been. Let them be, for in due time, they will see what they have
failed to see in the past. But for me, I have always believed you were such an
angel sent to us by God to nourish with love and care because someday soon
you’re destined for something great. Congratulations again Kyle! We’re so proud
Plum Fairy thanks Ms. Norma B. Galera, Ms. Aileen Baino-Nevyny and Mr. Bernard
I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.
parents, we all know how difficult it is to organize, manage and put together
kiddie birthday parties. You’ve got to really plan ahead: scout for fun places,
survey what are the foods kids will enjoy, brainstorm with fellow Moms and
parents about ideas and totally squeeze out your creative juices to be able to
come up with an awesome kiddie birthday bash. Thankfully, you can get some help
from Max’s Restaurant.
numerous birthday party themes to choose from: princesses, super car racers
among others, you’ve got to give in to your child’s personal choice since it’s
going to be his or her special day—but you can make it extra special and truly
an unforgettable one and Max’s Restaurant helps to show you how.
Restaurant has acquired the license for Junior Master Chef—a successful reality
cooking show that has gained popularity all over the world. Junior Master Chef
features kids who have the ability and passion for cooking.
Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition Finalist Jobim with a lady from Max's Restaurant.
The cute and colorful toque hats and aprons with wooden spatula and spoon.
Mr. Bobby Simborio of Max's PR, Jobim and the lady host.
Master Chef Birthday Theme Package is one tasteful treat your kid will truly
cherish forever. Let him put on an apron and toque hat as he whips up a dessert
and learn the basics of cooking with his friends on his own birthday. Nothing’s
more fun than that, right?
learn best when they are having fun. With Max’s Junior master Chef, we did not
only infuse learning into a party concept, we also provided the key elements
for fun and quality family time. Our vision is to create a one-of-a-kind
experience that will forever be remembered by those who will celebrate at
max’s,’ shared Bobby Simborio, Corporate Media and PR manager for Max’s Group
Kyle does his own chocolate crinkles.
A Max's waiter does the oven bake for the crinkles.
A mother assists her son with cupcake decorating.
Filipinos can count on
first-rate amenities and package inclusions, like tarpaulin banners, venue
decors, party invites, balloons, cake, party hosts, kiddie tables and chairs,
games, prizes, loot bags and of course, Max’s well-loved
the said launch, Kyle enjoyed the D-I-Y Crinkles he made as well as the JMC
Cupcake Decorating kit with icing. No worries Moms, Max’s had waiters who will
be assisting your kids with baking the crinkles. They will be the ones to put
the crinkles in the oven. To make sure they will return whose crinkle batch it
is, they even put your child’s name on each container. Once done, they will
return the freshly baked crinkles to your child. You may take them home or
enjoy eating them.
looked really cute in their colorful aprons and toques, along with the JMC
tools (potholders, wooden spoon and spatula + towelette), they looked like
professional little chefs.
Kyle does his cupcake icing very carefully.
Kyle whips up a scrambled egg as the host looks on.
cooking isn’t something your child is interested at, don’t worry. Max’s also
had the Junior Art Masters Theme Party package. It includes an artist gear
(smock and beret) and its own tools (bag, oil pastel, watercolor brush,
towelette and picture frame).
Max’s Restaurant takes all the worries away from parents with all these amazing
party theme packages everyone will surely love and remember. Aside from all these, as the kids enjoy in
their activities, the adult guests will surely enjoy the hefty serving of
Pancit Canton, Kare-kare, Crispy pata and the world-famous “sarap-to-the-bones”
The Kids who participated in the Junior Master Chef Party Package had lots of fun and memories to keep.
next time you celebrate your child’s birthday, make sure to have it at Max’s
Restaurant and experience the most unforgettable birthday celbration for your
little master chef or an artist wannabe.
Lomography enthusiasts, rejoice! SM City San Lazaro in partnership with Team Manila bring you LOMOGRAPHY THERAPY seminar & workshop on Oct 6 (Saturday) 3pm at the Event Center. Don't miss this chance to learn the basic of lomography along with its history and golden rules plus tips and other techniques from the experts. And best of all, meet and get to know the Lomo community.
What's more? Team Manila will be giving away a LOMO Camera as raffle prize! The best part? ADMISSION IS FREE!
Bring your camera (not necessarily Lomo cam), tag along a friend & have FUN! :) For inquiries, call 785-2410