Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Never Say Die: China's Highest Grossing Comedy Film is Now in the Philippines

Never Say Die is about a body-exchange comedy. One might say that the concept isn't really something new to the movie audience but do not judge the film yet. It does have a lot of other components which may be fresh to the movie goers' eyes. Chinese actors Ai Lun (Edison) and Ma Li (Xiao Xiao) brings to you a mixture of all the elements which you love in a Chinese film; Action, RomCom and Supernatural all into one memorable movie. The film is said to be the highest-grossing in China in 2017 with a whopping US$334 million recorded in the box office.

Never Say Die is about a boxer and a journalist accidentally exchange bodies after they are struck by current, embarking a series of adventures. The new comedy stars most of the cast members of Goodbye Mr Loser, the troupe's highest-grossing movie and the first movie adapted from one of Mahua's theater plays.

Directed by Yang Song & Chiyu Zhang, the film is an adaptation from a stage play produced by Happy Mahua Pictures, a popular comedy troupes following the success of Goodbye Mr. Loser which incidentally also starred the two.

For a glimpse of Never Say Die, please watch this trailer video of the said film:

Watching this film will surely make you feel good and entertain you. Who knows, it might just awaken the Chinese film buff in you. Distributed in the country by Creative Products Corporation and released by Star Cinema. Never Say Die is showing in cinemas nationwide starting February 28, 2018.

See you in theaters!

Love + Light,

Friday, February 16, 2018

Car Cover Protection For Your Winter Road Trip

The cold season can be one of the hardest on your vehicle’s outward appearance. Whether you’re heading into rain, sleet, snow or all of the above, you must take the right steps to keep your ride looking its very best. Before you take to the road for your next big winter expedition, make sure you’ve got all you need to maintain your car or truck’s finish, no matter what the elements throw at you.

Pre-Trip Preparation

  •  Preserving the quality of your car’s finish is largely about the right kind of preparation before your journey. Keep these tips in mind for assured results, even in the harshest elements:
  •  Auto protection starts with a good cover. Look for one that’s constructed from strong but breathable fabrics, so as to prevent moisture buildup and limit the potential for corrosion.
  • Fender covers are very helpful, providing a soft layer between your tools and your automobile. This reduces the chances of accidental scratches, stains or smudges while you perform your final under-the-hood maintenance prior to the drive.
  •  An application of wax provides your finish an added measure of protection that’s essential for limiting the effects of winter weather, road salt, etc.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

When you're turning 38 and still Single

It is Valentine's Day again and to be perfectly honest, in my last 37 years of existence, I've never been out on a date on Valentine's Day. Not that there's anything wrong with it, or I am making a big deal out of it, but I would have wanted to go out with someone on heart's day, if only there was somebody I could go out with. 

Actually, my response to my singleness has started to shift lately. As it is, I am now taking the bull by its horns. I think I am the problem. Nah, my standards with men aren't that high. I think one of the problems was I never even had a standard to begin with, that's why I always end up with jerks, abusers and users. 

Why is that so? Thing is, when you're single and older than 35, you don't want to be single anymore. I'd like to call that a problem, or the very least a challenge. And the best way to solve that 'problem' is to start with the things I can control. I need to set a standard in dating men but I had to be realistic with my options. 

I can see one common denominator throughout all my years of singleness: me. When I take stock of those years, I see someone who did the best she could, but, honestly, maybe I could do better now. I know there are things in my life that could be keeping me from marriage. What’s kept me from chasing my hopes of a future family with more intensity? Fear. Specifically, fear of two things: fear of failure and fear of looking desperate. What if I try really, really hard, but I still end up single? I’ll feel so stupid! And, what if people make fun of me for turning to dating apps or going out with that guy or for (insert thing here)? What if I look so desperate?

 A few years ago when I was looking to change jobs none of those fears applied. I was unhappy with the position I had, and I clearly remember thinking, If I end up back at this same job for the longest time, I will know that’s God’s will for me. It was a solid plan I had for my life. So why was that thought pattern not beneficial in my search for a spouse when it was successful for my searching a new job? 

At 37 I’ve decided I’m done with fear (well, at least in this area of life). God has placed the desire for marriage on my heart — I’m sure of that. Without idolizing marriage I’m going to do everything in my power to try and find the guy and build the relationship. 

I know my friends are praying for me that eventually I may find "the one" God has prepared for me. I'm praying for you too. I believe it's going to be worth the wait. Whether a future spouse appears in the next few months or years (I do hope soon), I'm going to be ready for you. 

I may not be exactly the perfect girlfriend or wife material that you've been dreaming for. But I will love you with all of my heart and soul and I will be perfectly honest with you, all the time. I promise I will be yours completely. 

And what have I got to lose? A few evenings or afternoons and maybe some cash, but I'm thinking that's not too big a sacrifice in order to pursue what you want and feel called to. 

The Maya Kitchen's Recipe of Love

Scallop and Shrimp Scampi in Fresh Beets Pasta.

Press release:

Surprise that special someone with a delicious meal you made from the heart or bond over the cooking experience together and make even more wonderful memories. This coming Valentine’s Day could be the sweetest one yet as The Maya Kitchen gives you recipes full of love that are sure to impress.

Maya Creamy tomato soup with herbed crackers

One of the most important parts of a romantic date is the menu! You don’t have to be too fancy as long as your meals are all well thought of. So, start with the Creamy Tomato Soup with Herbed Crackers. Homemade crackers are very easy to make and will definitely add a special touch to your spread. With the MAYA All Purpose Flour, some thyme, parsley, garlic powder, and a cookie cutter, you’ll be able to whip up crisp, golden brown crackers perfectly paired with a rich tomato soup topped by a dollop of cream.

For your entrée, try out the Scallop and Shrimp Scampi in Fresh Beets Pasta. Making the pasta yourself shows how much effort you put into the dish and adding in the deep purple-red beets will even transform this simple main course into something eye-catching. Layer it with more flavor by sautéing the shrimps and scallops in butter and garlic plus a sprinkling of lemon zest.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Press release:

Its Valentine’s month once again! A month full of seeking to perfectly express your love in beautiful and fabulous ways. This is because they want to ensure they're the apple of the eye of their special someone come the romantic occasion of the year that they will celebrate together.

So if you find yourself being whisked away to a charming place or have planned on a candle-lit dinner date with your beloved, you’ve got every reason to get all glammed up on Hearts Day! Why not? T’is a celebration of love after all. 

Make a big impact by putting together a look that brings out the best in you. From your clothes and make-up to the tiny details that count, you have many options to get that stunning aura on V-Day. 

Better start with the hair, which usually draws attention to a person. Per studies, a head full of hair indicates youth and health at its best. Power and stability, on the other hand, corresponds to a long, shiny tress. A bouncy bob means bubbly personality. Meanwhile, curly locks add to masculinity and femininity. 

Gotta hair like them? Well, don’t lose hope if you ain’t have any. All you need is love. And what a better way if it comes out naturally in you. Taking good care of it should not be enforced, but rather a rewarding pamper for yourself. This applies, too, when choosing the right product for your mane. 

Stay away from chemical-based ones. This is a “must”, especially when dealing with problems like shedding or thinning of the hair. Most of which contain parabens as preservative, according to aesthetics and rejuvenation expert Dr. Cecilia Catapang.

“Through the years, as you use chemical-based product, slowly and little by little, your body absorbs the parabens, which accumulate to significant levels, enough to induce what is called an estrogen sensitive breast cancer,” she says.

Synthetic haircare products have several adverse effects because they are drugs. What you don't know about them might hurt you. So avoid it the next time you go over the counter for your supplies or ditch what you’re using today for naturally-made products because they aid in stimulating hair growth while maintaining its natural water, shine and vibrancy.

Amid a glut of chemical-free hair solutions out there, Dr. Catapang recommends NOVUHAIR for its being natural and compliant to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, which means it doesn’t have paraben. In addition of its safety benefits, this topical scalp lotion specifically is the only hair growth product in the market containing 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients working synergistically to help remedy hair problems from growth to vanishing.

NOVUHAIR helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain moisture in the scalp and improve the overall appearance of the tress. Lastly, it’s more effective and safe solution to help remedy hair loss and promote hair growth.

Sounds like it’s time to shift to “nature’s answer to hair loss”, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to start loving again your hair with NOVUHAIR to enhance or bring back the old “crowning glory” to look your best in front of your dearest, or turning the head of a potential mate on you this V-Day. Let the love begin!
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Sweet Treats to say I Love You from Family Mart

Almond Caramel Cinnamon Roll

Press release:

FamilyMart has the sweetest treats for you this Valentine's season. 
Shower the ones you love with small surprises every day. Pick up something from your favorite daily destination to make them smile and show them how much you care.

Double chocolate muffin

They say that the secret to someone's heart is through their stomach. Say ‘I Love You’ with adorable and delicious Heart-Shaped Donuts at just Php 35 a piece. Choose from the creamy Bavarian and fruity Strawberry flavors or buy an assortment to spell out a sweet surprise. This limited offer is one you won’t want to miss out on!

Heart shaped doughnuts

Give your Valentine a small everyday indulgence from FamilyMart’s popular array of desserts. Score freshly baked batches of yummy Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies, Double Chocolate Cupcakes, Muffins, Lemon Bars and Revel Bars at the counter. You can also Twirl-All-You-Can with FamilyMart’s famous ice cream twirl in the latest flavors Vanilla, Ube and Ube Cream that would make the perfect sugary surprise for your sweetheart.    

Oatmeal raisin cookie

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Where to Bring Your Date this Valentine's Day?

It doesn't matter what kind of woman you're taking out or how serious you are--a good date is a good date. Luckily, the ultimate shopping and dining destination, Shangri-La Plaza made it easier for us to find the perfect place to enjoy your Valentine's date sans any hassle of planning ahead. Read on to find out where you should take her (or your family, or whoever special someone that would be.)

Wobbly Pan (Level 1, Main Wing)

Wobbly Pan is a Spanish Bistro located on the 1st level of Shangri-la Plaza's Main Wing

You don't need to travel to Spain to sample the best of modern Spanish cuisine. Just head over to Wobbly Pan to sample their awesome tapas and drinks. They've got Callos, Iberian Chicken, Paella Negra, Paella Valenciana, Pulpo la Gallega (sizzling octopus with potatoes and cheese), Salpicao and Gambas. Pair those with your choice of cocktails like their Blueberry Mojito or their popular Salted Caramel Shake that's infused with tequila and vodka. Wines are also made available for you and your date to further enjoy your meal.  

Wobbly Pan's Signature iced tea

Wobbly Pan's Crostini breads with butter for starters
Intimate, unpretentious setting. Warm attentive service. Among the dishes that stand out are the paella negra, paella valenciana, gambas and Queso Fundido. Paella was just like old times like how my folks liked it. 

Paella Negra

Paella Valenciana

Queso Fundido with tortilla chips in hot melted cheese and chorizo bits

Gambas with gralic shrimps in chili

La Creperie (2nd level Main Wing)

La Creperie serves some of the best tasting French cuisine you will find in the metro

Sure, French cuisine is full of calorific cheese, pastries and wine but who’s counting when you’ve got a date who loves to shower you with sweet treats like your date?  Fall in love with French cuisine in a place that has homey and quaint vibe--perfect for an intimate talk with someone you've just been dating for a while. If your date has a sweet tooth, she will definitely love La Creperie for its various crepes and galettes. You can also order something savory if you like. Hearty pasta dishes as well as classic French fare are also available. Coq au Vin (chicken in red wine sauce) is one of the many dishes you shouldn't miss. We've tried their French Onion Soup as well as other deliciously sinful crepes and we were surprised to see ourselves full by the end of the meal. Truly, dining at La Creperie will be further made memorable by their wonderful menu. 

La Creperie dining seats
Don't forget to order their best selling Salted Butter Caramel Mille Crepe Cake
Double Brownie Fudge Brownie Crepe (Php265)

Oh, and don't forget to order their best-selling Salted Butter Caramel Mille Crepe Cake. The taste isn't too sweet, but just right to satisfy the sweet tooth in you. 

A Slice of La Creperie Salted Caramel Crepe Mille Cake (Php185)

La Creperie's Crepe Brulee with Strawberry and Banana (Php235)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Palace Guard Brotherhood Association Inc. calls on Former Presidential Security Guards (PSG) during the Marcos Regime for a 'Reunion'

What is the first thing that comes to mind when the word bravery is said? For most people a superhero comes into their minds. For me, it has always been the Filipino soldier. Every Filipino soldier is the pride of his nation. He defends the honor of his motherland with his life and blood. He has to rise above his own self to defend his nation. His profession brings out the best qualities in him like chivalry, discipline, team sprite, loyalty and steadfastness. His example serves as a beacon light to others who are tame and cowardly. His life is a source of inspiration to the youth of the nation. He has no politics in his makeup. He serves the nation to the best of his ability.

The Palace Guard Brotherhood Association Inc. logo

I salute every Filipino soldier as much as, if not more than as the scholar, the statesman and the poet. The soldier embodies in himself the sprite of youth. So when I heard about this group called The Palace Guard Brotherhood Association Inc., I wanted to get to know more about them. 

The first infantry battalion who are the men behind The Palace Guard Brotherhoods Association Inc. 

I've found out later that The Palace Guard Brotherhood Association Inc. is an organization composed of former presidential security guards (PSG) during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos before the historical revolution in 1986. The great and glorious past these soldiers played in the Philippine history will be cherished by generations to come. 

The life of a soldier is very tough and full of discipline. One has to be mentally and physically alert to keep his body in fine shape for any battle that may occur at any given time. He is the finest role model of humanity who is prepared to give the supreme sacrifice of his life for the lives of others. He has to brave the  tyrannies of nature and in thunder, lightning or rain, extreme hot or cold, in deserts, mountain or seas, day and night fight continuously for the know of his nation. He has to sacrifice his family life, be away from his children, only to the save the lives of his fellowmen.

Having said that, it is very unfortunate to hear that most of these soldiers and former PSG guards who had rendered indefatigable services to the former President Marcos and his family failed to receive their supposed privileges and other benefits (Republic Act 7696) that most retired soldiers has received. 

Mr. Dom Oliveros, The Palace Guard Brotherhood Association Inc. leader/founder

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

6 Reasons Why We Need to Have a Travel Insurance?

Filipinos love to travel. You can actually see our kababayans practically everywhere. But by doing so we are leaving ourselves open to a range of risks that could be mitigated simply by spending a few pesos on a travel insurance policy.

Here, I have rounded up 5 reasons why every traveler should invest in a reliable and trusted travel insurance. Read on...

You'll avoid hefty medical bills

Of course, we do not wan to anticipate anything bad to happen to us while we were supposed to enjoy on our travels. But should you require any healthcare overseas, you can end up paying out for huge medical bills, even if you use your international HMO cards as they manage to take advantage of reciprocal arrangements from concerned companies. When you find out the costs it’s possible to incur, it’s easy to see why some Pinoys say medical fees are their main reason for taking out cover before a holiday.

Trusted insurance company Malayan Insurance has Travel Master which you can purchase conveniently online can be your passport towards worry-free travels both here and abroad. I could  recall the time when my mom and I went through a vehicular accident in the summer of 2014 in an adventure theme park in Porac, Pampanga where my mom has suffered from fractured femur which eventually caused her to undergo partial hip prosthesis, thereby leaving her with a limp and a cane (and made her a certified PWD) for the rest of her life. 

If only I could turn back time, I wished I had gotten us a travel insurance so that it would not have been so difficult for me and my mom. I remember at the time I didn't know exactly what to do since it was the very first time I had encountered an accident and we were out of town. What supposed to be a day of fun and excitement at the said adventure theme park ended up into something as tragic as an accident on an ATV. If we had a travel insurance then, perhaps, things would have been better. I'm sure it would have been easier for me to transport and travel my mom back to Manila and I would've been able to save more money if we had a travel insurance to rely on. But since we didn't had any at the time, we spent a really huge amount of money. I keep thanking God and all the love I had received from kind-hearted friends of ours who helped us in such difficult ordeal in our lives. 

The number one reason why people take travel insurance, however the key is to make sure you are adequately insured. Medical bills nowadays can be colossal and in some countries public hospitals can be in poor condition (like in ours, unfortunately). Ideally you want a full medical travel cover so that you are covered in a private hospital and for air ambulance, should you not be able to come home on a commercial flight. 

Buying a travel insurance policy with sufficient medical coverage will protect you from those bills, ensuring you can get treatment as and when you need it. 

You'll be covered if you lose your belongings/theft

Many of us travel away with a range of goods from clothes to electrical items, toiletries to jewellery. Yet if you lose these items or they are stolen and you don’t have travel insurance, you could be left to cover the cost of replacements.

You could, of course, claim on your home insurance policy, but this will only work if it covers you for taking your items overseas. And even if it does, claiming on your home insurance will put your premiums up for the next year.

As a result, it makes much more sense to buy a travel insurance policy for peace of mind. Make sure it also includes cover for your travel money so that you’re protected for loss or theft of your cash.

Every holiday destination has it’s tourist trap. Pickpockets and robberies are not uncommon in large cities and holiday resorts, particularly during the peak season. Although expensive items need to covered on your house policy, travel insurance will cover you for loss of money and even replacement passports. Amounts covered vary depending on the policy you choose so make sure you read your policy document to see how much you are covered for.

Top tip: If you are unlucky to have items stolen on you, make sure you call the police. Travel Insurance companies rarely refund expenses without an official police report.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Guide: Spring Film Festival 2018 at the Shangri-La Cineplex

One thing I had always looked forward to during the month of February isn't exactly Valentine's Day (I actually dread that day, sorry), but the annual Spring Film Festival. Now on their 12th year, the Spring Film Festival is one of the much-anticipated film festivals happening at the Shang Cineplex. It is participated by many Chinese-Filipino communities. Organized and hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, as well as Ateneo de Manila’s own CHinese student organization, the Ateneo Celadon. The said film festival aims to bring forth the joys and share the rich Chinese culture and traditions as well as a venue to showcase the artistry of the Chinese films.

With an awesome line up of feature films, the annual free film screenings will surely be something not to be missed. The said festival has also extended its reach as it will now be held simultaneously in five other cities such as Baguio City, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City.

They will be featuring six full-length films covering different exciting genres such as comedy, romance, suspense and horror, an eclectic mix that will sure to delight audiences from all walks of life. The Spring Chinese Film Festival will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FREE ADMISSION on a first come, first served basis.


Press release:

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Monday, January 29, 2018

What Chiropractic Adjustment Can Do for Your Overall Health?

Spinal Care Clinic at BGC is the only clinic in the country that offers Gonstead chiropractic method

Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Generally, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures. For a totally clueless Filipino like me, I used to associate chiropractic treatment with back aches alone, little did I know it could do so much more for our overall health and optimum wellness. I considered myself privileged for being able to get the facts straight from Gonstead chiropractic doctor himself, Dr. Daniel Su of Spinal Care Clinic at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. 

Resident Gonstead Chiropractor Doctor Dr. Daniel Su of Spinal Care Clinic

Who would have thought that apart from back aches and spinal problems, chiropractic adjustment can also help a lot of other health conditions such as diabetes, ADHD, mood swings and depression, diarrhea, pregnancy, etc. because it's supposed to target the spine which in reality affects everything. I guess the most common misconception that most Filipinos have for chiropractic adjustment would be something like the common "hilot." But it's actually far from the truth. 

It's also nice to note that just like I've mentioned earlier, even pregnant women under chiropractic care can benefit from less back pain, reduced pelvic and round ligament discomfort, reduction in pre-eclampsia, detection, prevention and correction of fetal malposition, shorter labor times, less back labor, reduced need for pain medication, more comfort while breastfeeding, greater production of breast milk and less incidence of post partum depression. And yes, even your skin will greatly improved. 

Dr. Daniel Su and his wife Ms. April Grace Olores, Spinal Care's Practice Manager

During my visit, I also learned that "Sitting is the new smoking." Yes, there are numerous harmful effects of sitting all day. There are modern day hazards brought about by prolonged sitting (especially with the kind of work we all have nowadays like those working for BPO companies). It has become a global problem because unknown to many, prolonged sitting decreases life expectancy, leads to chronic disease and further injury, causes muscular imbalances and affects every major system in the body. Why is that so? That's because our body was not designed to properly support such position long-term. Prolonged sitting is synonymous to physical inactivity which had a lot of adverse health effects. 

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