Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Sagot Ka Ni Henlin"

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Want a chance to win a bowl of mami from Henlin? How about P25,000?


"Sagot ka ni Henlin"

Grab A Bowl of Mami for FREE!

Plus, get e-raffle coupons for a chance to win P25,000!

Promo Period is from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2010



1) The promo is open to all interested participants in the Philippines only from September 1 to October 31, 2010.

2) To join, go to website

3) Click-on to Hen Lin skyscraper promo ad that will be running on the homepage of the site

4) A pop-up page will appear on screen which will reflect the following : a. Read mechanics page and click on I ACCEPT and AGREE check box. Click NEXT button to move to next page. b. Fill up log-in details : first name, surname, age, home address, email, mobile number. Click NEXT button to move to next page. c. Answer poll questions. Once completed, click NEXT button to move to next page. d. Once done answering poll questions, an automated notification will be displayed saying either of the two : - “You’ve just won a bowl of Mami and this entitles you to a raffle entry with a chance to win Php 25,000”. - “Thank you for joining! This entitles you with a raffle entry and get a chance to win Php25,000.

5) Winning participant of a bowl of mami will be notified (within 1-3 days) through mobile text. NOTE : Mobile number is unique and exclusive to Hence, notification message cannot be duplicated or passed on to another mobile.

6) Participant will be allowed to join once daily.

7) The text message contains notification of winner with the unique code for the day which will serve as control measure for redemption.

8) Claiming of bowl of Mami can be redeemed for a maximum 60 days from end of promo period.

9) On claiming of prize, winner should present the mobile notification with unique code for the day and 1 valid I.D.


1) Daily participants and winners will be eligible to one entry for a chance to win in the Php25,000 grand raffle draw.

2) Manual raffle draw for the Php25,000 cash prize will be on November 8, 2010 at the M&H office under supervision of a DTI representative. The winner will be notified via mobile phone, email and snail mail.

3) Claiming of prizes for the PHP 25,000 can be claimed for maximum 60 days after receipt of notification.

4) The Raffle draw of the PHP 25,000 will be held M&H office (M&H Food Corp. Dona Irenea Ave. Ireneville Subdivision, Sucat Paranaque)

5) Participant should present 1 valid I.D., email, mobile or snail mail notification shall serve as claim stub.

6) Any incurring tax that will arise from winning the prize should be shouldered by the winner.

7), The Philippine Star, Stratpoint and Hen Lin/M &H employees and their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity are disqualified from joining the contest. Per DTI NCR Permit No. 5898 Series of 2010.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Solo Channels Larry Alcala

Sunday, August 29, 2010
As a kid, I remember reading "Slice of Life" and thinking how interesting Larry Alcala's style was. Instead of several panels, he incorporated them into one panel that showed multiple things happening at once. It's no wonder he is a legend. Talent like his does not go unnoticed.

To honor Mr. Alcala's genius, Solo has created the Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia by Larry Alcala collection. Aside from tops and dresses, the collection also includes bags, notebooks and mugs.

My favorite item from the entire collection is this ladies' dress.

I've always been partial to jeans and t-shirts so a dress has to be very special to catch my eye. I love the contrast of violet on white on this dress. It's attention-catching but not overly so. It's the kind of outfit that would look good on anyone.

Speaking of which, Solo is also launching its' Online Model Search. You could follow in the footsteps of last year's winners Jaggy Tallada and Jhonna Flor. All you have to do is submit a picture of yourself wearing something from the collection. You can also enhance your photograph using graphic elements provided on the website. Click on the link above for more details.

You can also view Solo's Facebook and Twitter sites to learn more about the collection and the model search.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Free Kotex Baller IDs

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Get a free Kotex Baller ID when you buy Kotex products! See poster below for more details.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Future According to Red Fox

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I think it came from the future. Well, not really. It may as well have, though.

The Red Fox Vengence Evo G502 boasts of AMD Phenom II X4 945 (3.0 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache) processor, AMD 790G chipset, 4 GB (DDR3 1333 MHz) memory and 1 TB (SATA) hard drive. To the ordinary (and/or tech novice) consumer, its specs may seem like just a jumble of numbers and letters. I’m not a tech expert either, but even I know that a 4 GB memory and 1 TB hard drive is something to whistle about. It promises a lot of speed and it’s going to be a long, long time before you’ll have to delete anything on your computer. Add the sleek red and black design, and I’m half expecting the computer to turn into a robot and shout, “Autobots, transform!”

A little less Transformers-looking is the Wizbook W1020i.

It doesn’t sacrifice anything in terms of features, though. It has an Intel® Atom™ processor, 160 GB hard drive, 4-in-1 card reader, a built-in camera, and is 3G ready and Bluetooth-capable. See, even in this image-driven world, not everything has to be flashy to be indispensable.

The Red Fox PC that I’ve got my eye on, though, is a hybrid: the eVolve.

I guess you can say it’s half-PC and half-TV. The CPU is already built into the monitor, which makes this perfect for those who live in apartments where space is hard to come by. There’s even a remote control you can use to switch from PC mode to TV mode, and vice versa.

Evolve isn’t Red Fox’s only wave-of-the-future product. The WizLib is an e-book reader that has a Wi-fi option so you can connect to the internet. The Interactive Whiteboard, on the other hand, is the kind of product that every big (or even medium-sized) business should have. As the name suggests, it is a combination of a white board and a projector. It allows you to control the computer through the board itself via your finger or digital pen. There is even an application that allows you to save what is written on the board directly onto your computer. And finally, there’s the Boombox. It’s a media player that can convert cassettes and audio CDs into mp3s. I’m not sure how it does this, but color me curious. The 1 GB version of the Boombox can hold up to 280 songs.

If you want to win a Boombox for yourself, join
Red Fox’s blog contest. Click the link for more details.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Super (and only) ONE

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It was only supposed to be one "friendly" date. When he first asked me out, I had told him I would think about it. At the time, we were very good friends, but I wasn't sure if it could be something more. At the insistence of two of my girl friends, I decided to give him a shot.

Last week, we celebrated our 1st anniversary as a couple. The video is just a very small look into our adventures so far, but it gives a great preview of what we're like as a couple. And he's my super ONE in one other way, too. He's my 1st boyfriend.

"Stolen" [Dashboard Confessional]

We watch the season pull up its own stakes
And catch the last weekend of the last week
Before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced,
Another sun soaked season fades away

You have stolen my heart

Invitation only, grand farewells
Crash the best one, of the best ones
Clear liquor and cloudy eyed, too early to say goodnight

You have stolen my heart

And from the ballroom floor we are in celebration
One good stretch before our hibernation
Our dreams assured and we all, will sleep well

You have stolen
You have stolen my heart

I watch you spin around in your highest heels
You are the best one, of the best ones
We all look like we feel

You have stolen my
You have stolen my heart

Globe has come up with its Super One promo, which allows you to make unlimited calls and texts to one Globe number. Communicating with your loved ones 24/7 just became a million times easier. And to top it all off, Globe is also giving away one Samsung Galaxy S Android phone to one lucky blogger. For more details, visit this blog entry.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lizz Buenaventura's May Giveaway!

Saturday, May 15, 2010
My favorite summer event/activity is our annual family beach outing. This year, my relatives and I went to Caylabne resort. The view was absolutely spectacular, and the best part was, I got to share it with my boyfriend. :)

Do you love skin care and makeup products? How about freebies? Then look no further than Lizz Buenaventura's blog.
She's giving away:
1) Three bottles of Johnson & Johnson Body Care products: UV Lotion, Daily Calming Lotion, and Lasting Moisture Body Lotion-- all are full sized (200ml!)
2) GlutaMAX Lightening Lotion
3) Two boxes of GlutaMAX Glutathione whitening tablets
4) Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (in blackest black)
5) Rimmel Volume Boost Lipgloss in Innocent (my fav shade!)
6) Four mini lipglosses from Four East (red, brown, light pink, and gold)
7) Five mini nail polished from Four East (in various shades)

For more details, click on the link above.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Urbandub's Alive Out There Concert

Friday, April 30, 2010

Even though I've been an avid fan of Urbandub for years now, I've never had the opportunity to watch them in concert. That may all change with the arrival of and Globe Tattoo's Alive Out There online concert series. For P60 (which you can pay by texting ALIVE60 URBANDUB to 2363), you get a passkey which you can then enter at If you want to win free concert passes to Urbandub's Alive Out There concert, see PinayAds blog.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Beauty Junkee's Perfume Giveaway

Monday, February 8, 2010


The Beauty Junkee treats you to a wonderful giveaway this valentines season!

This is also a sneak peek on my upcoming perfume store, LE PERFUMERIE, which will open this February. Watch out for my Singapore Originals! Guaranteed authentic, and all stocks are from Singapore. Road- tested the stuff for a month, did tests, and I must say they have great quality and are 100% safe!

So I'm taking one perfume from my stocks for the girls out there to win so they will smell sexy and pretty in their dates this coming Valentine's Day!














Friday, February 5, 2010

Love your Body (Shop)

Friday, February 5, 2010
If you:
a) take good care of your body
b) love quality bath and body products
c) are against animal testing
d) want environment-friendly products

Chances are, you have visited (and probably bought something) from The Body Shop. And if you can't get enough of Body Shop products, The Day Tripper is here to help you out with your Body Shop craving. She is giving away P1,000 worth of gift certificates from The Body Shop. To join, simply click here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Love Davao

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Do you love Davao and want everyone to know it? You're in luck. Vernz is giving away one female and one male Davao shirt.
Here are the rules:
>> Be a Follower
>> Leave a comment with your email address
>> Blog about this give-away.

January give-away is open for Philippine residents only.

Give-away ends February 10, 2010
Winners will be chosen via

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mooon Cafe

Monday, January 25, 2010
*author's note: I intend to edit this piece for use in my writing portfolio for BusinessWorld. - MB

Restaurant: Mooon Cafe
Location: 3/F The Annex SM City North Edsa
Quezon City

It was only by chance that Sam and I ended up here for lunch. After wandering around, we found ourselves in front of this Mexican cantina-inspired restaurant. The blurbs in the menu were deliciously descriptive and enticed us to give this place a try.

I ordered the Chicken Mozarella Melt (pictured above; P179, garlic rice included). The taste reminded me of beef, which I found a little bit odd. Near the end of the meal, Sam tasted it and said that the marinade used was soy sauce and calamansi, which was probably why it reminded him of food cooked during the barangay fiesta at his place (and why it made me think of beef steak). The chicken was tender and tasty, but I think the price is a tad steep.

Sam ordered the Mooon Steak (pictured above; P169, garlic rice included). He seemed to like it enough, but I found it somewhat bland.

Overall, the price is probably not worth it. The food was only average and it seemed that we were paying mostly for the ambiance.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Fail

I'm a big fan of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Moroccan Mint Tea Latte, so I was psyched about Belle Du Jour's CBTL coupons. Sam and I decided to use the "Buy One, Take One" Tea Latte offer. To our disappointment, Moroccan Mint was unavailable. At first, we ordered one Matcha Green Tea Latte and One Double Vanilla Tea Latte. At the last minute, we changed the order to two Double Vanilla Tea Lattes. The girl at the counter was able to get our orders right. Sadly, the barista wasn't as alert. And even worse, we didn't notice that she got our orders wrong until we arrived back at the office.

Double Vanilla Tea Latte Fail :(

Monday, January 18, 2010

Managing Your Finances x2

Monday, January 18, 2010

If you and your significant other are having some trouble with managing your finances, here is an
article that may help you. The important thing is to communicate and be clear about where your money is going, so that you'll know what to cut back on.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rustan's Supermarket Fresh Big Headz Promo

Sunday, January 17, 2010
For kids, kids-at-heart, and stuffed animal collectors, here's one-- or six more reasons to shop at Rustan's Supermarket Fresh.

These cute stuffed toys with disproportionately large heads (thus, the name Big Headz) can now be yours. From December 4, 2009 to March 25, 2010, you can collect 1 sticker for every P250 purchase. Additional stickers are also given for every P100 worth of purchase of participating products.

You will need to accumulate 50 stickers to get any of the stuffed toys, but if you don't want to wait that long, you have two other options. One is to Fast Track, that is, get 25 stickers and pay an additional P299. The other option is to pay P999 and the stuffed toy of your choice is yours.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Between the Lines: "Women's Health" magazines

Friday, January 15, 2010

The most popular New Year's resolution is "to lose weight." For me, it's get healthier. This can be a challenge, though, since I never feel like I have the time to exercise, and eating healthy isn't as feasible as I would like. Enter Women's Health magazine.
It's packed with health facts and figures, as well as various articles meant to make becoming healthier as easy as possible. The highlight of the January-February 2010 edition would probably be the "We Dare You" article, which is the ultimate 2010 fitness plan. There's already a cardio plan provided, as well as various exercises grouped according to the muscles that get worked and what it improves (strength, flexibility, agility, and balance).
Other articles I found interesting are: "Kick Your Kitchen Skills Up a Notch" (simplifies 5 important cooking skills: roasting, broiling, boiling, sauteing, and braising); "Inside a Healthy Pantry" (lists healthy ingredients to stock up on); "Survival Crib Sheet" (think "Worst-Case Scenario Survival Guide"); and "Get Him to Groom Like Beckham" (tips on how to get your significant other to be more conscious of his looks and personal hygiene).

P125 (available at bookstores nationwide)

Between the Lines: "45 Home-Based Business Ideas"

*author's note: I intend to edit this piece for use in my writing portfolio for BusinessWorld. - MB

During these still shaky economic times, it never hurts to have a sideline business. But how do you decide what kind of business to set up? For some people, lack of experience or even just a general idea of what they're going to do is enough of a deterrent to their dreams of having their own business.
Well, Entrepreneur's book will change all that. "45 Home-Based Business Ideas" presents different home business ideas for you to consider, ranging from home and craft items like stuffed toys and aromatherapy candles to food items like siomai, siopao, and even Spanish sardines. And the best part of it is, step-by-step instructions are provided for each item. Also included are the list of materials you will need, the estimated start-up capital, and what would be a fair price for your items. The last one is a very important detail for me since I'm never quite sure how to compute for a competitive market price.

P195 (available at National Bookstore)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Between the Lines: "Akibakada" and "Go Beerkada: The Rise of the Jhologs"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

For the past ten years, readers of the Philippine Star were entertained by the exploits of one barkada in the aptly-titled comic strip "Beerkada." "Akibakada" is the 9th Beerkada book by Lyndon Gregorio.

For the benefit of those who aren't familiar with the characters, below is a rundown of the main characters in the series:
Glen: the quintessential boy next door
Chompy (real name: Andrea): nicknamed as such because of her penchant for biting Glen; Glen's girlfriend; "newest" addition to the group
Boopey: law student; taray queen (occasionally, anyway)
Alan: Boopey's boyfriend; finally graduated from college
Brian: resident manyak, annoying at times but generally harmless
Jimmy: clueless. 'nuff said
Fe: Jimmy's girlfriend
Jay: activist-turned-teacher
Harry: just plain creepy

In this book, find out:
  • what happens when Dana, Glen's ex-girlfriend and an original member of the barkada, returns from Europe
  • what happens during a typical day for Glen and Chompy
  • what happens in Tokyo when the Beerkada is sent to the Asian Cartoon Exhibit in Japan
Longtime fans of Beerkada will not be disappointed by this installment. On that note, let's proceed to the next Beerkada book.

"Go Beerkada: The Rise of the Jhologs" is the 10th book in the Beerkada series, and is the first part of a two-book adventure.
Fans who are used to the usual drawing style of Beerkada may be in for a shock. This book is done manga-style. Of course, this new style may draw in some new readers. Sam, for one, said that if the comic strip was done in this style, he would consider reading it.
This graphic novel of sorts starts with Harry recruiting an army of jhologs after a disastrous encounter with the university student council. Enter the Beerkada who gets transformed into a Filipino version of Bioman/Power Rangers. I won't divulge how that comes about, though, since it's a nice little twist in the story.
Take note that this story is set in an alternative universe to the other books and during the pre-Chompy era, prior to Dana and Glen's relationship.

Akibakada: P120
Go Beerkada: Rise of the Jhologs: P110

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Honey + Orange + Mocha

Sunday, January 10, 2010
While I was in SM North EDSA this afternoon, I had the chance to sample Starbucks' latest product, Honey Orange Mocha. I had originally planned on buying a caramel frappucino, but, as luck would have it, there were sample cups of Honey Orange Mocha on the counter. Since I'm a fan of trying new things, I decided to give it a shot.

I love drinking coffee but I don't like coffees that are too bitter. In that sense, Honey Orange Mocha is perfect for me. It's not too sweet and not too bitter. The sweetness of the honey and the slight tang of the orange doesn't overpower the taste of the mocha. I would definitely order this again.

Tall Honey Orange Mocha Frappucino: P135

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sherlock Holmes, As I Live and Breathe

Friday, January 8, 2010
Yesterday, for the first time this year, I was not able to blog. I had a good excuse, though. Yesterday was my birthday, and Sam and I were at Robinsons Movieworld Galleria Cinema 5, watching the advanced screening of Sherlock Holmes. The previews started at 8 p.m., after a quick game c/o of Max Restaurant. The movie itself started at around 8:20 or so. Without going into too much detail, so as not to spoil it for anyone else, I can say that the movie was very entertaining. The actors truly brought their characters to life. Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, reminded me at times of Dr. Gregory House of House fame. Of course, House is in part based on Sherlock Holmes, as evidenced by their ability to draw accurate conclusions from seemingly mundane details, antisocial tendencies, and even the addiction to drugs (cocaine for Holmes and Vicodin for House). Jude Law, as Dr. Watson, had his share of witty punchlines which he delivered with impeccable timing.
The fight scenes were interesting, to say the least. Generally, I prefer martial arts movies over western action movies because I find gun battles to be too boring. Some of the fight scenes in Sherlock Holmes changed quickly from shot to shot, making it feel a bit confusing for me, and a little bit as though I was in the middle of the fight scene. Of course, maybe that was the effect they were going for, in which case, they succeeded.
Overall, the movie lives up to the legend. You won't leave the theater disappointed.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Avon's Anew Rejuvenate To A New You

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It's 2010, another year added to the calendar and another year for us to grow older (and hopefully, wiser). I'll be turning 23 tomorrow and while I agree that I'm still young, I also believe that it's never too early to start taking good care of your skin in order to prevent premature aging. Avon's Anew Rejuvenate Line can help me achieve that. This product line aims to keep your skin fresh and young-looking.
This line costs P4,096, but will be giving away one set to one lucky winner. The mechanics are as follows:

For Bloggers:
1. Write about the contest in your blog and write why you would like to receive the Anew Rejuvenate Line.
2. Make sure to link your post to the URL of
this post.
3. Leave a comment there with a link to your post.

For Facebook account holders:
1. Write about the contest in your Facebook status and tell your friends why you would like to receive the Anew Rejuvenate Line
2. Make sure to put the link of
this post in your status message.
3. Leave a comment there with the URL to your Facebook status message so I can verify.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Win a complete Kérastase minis set

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
If you're a fan of quality hair products, then you'll want to join the contest sponsored by Hair in Manila. He will be giving away a complete Kérastase minis set to one lucky winner on January 9, 2010.

To join, simply do the following:

1. Write about the contest in your facebook wall/blog/multiply/myspace/etc.
2. Make sure to link your post to
Hair in Manila's post’s comments section
3. The contest starts on Dec 30 and ends on January 8, 2010.
4. The winner will randomly drawn and he'll double check first if you did post about the contest in your facebook or blog.
5. The winner will be announced on January 9, 2010.

Sneak Peek: Sherlock Holmes

Thanks to Click the City, I will be attending my first advanced screening ever on my birthday. :) If you also want to win a pair of advanced screening tickets to a movie, check out the Lootbox section on the homepage of Click the City.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Kids At Heart

Monday, January 4, 2010
*author's note: I intend to edit this piece for use in my writing portfolio for BusinessWorld. - MB

SM Science Discovery Center
SM Mall of Asia, MANILA
Operating Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Rates: All-Day Pass = P330
Kiddie Pass (for kids 4 feet and below) = P150

Some of the best dates happen in places that aren't what you'd call "romantic." Before the end of the year, Sam and I decided to give the SM Science Discovery Center in Mall of Asia a try.
The entrance fee is P330 each for the whole day, inclusive of one show at the Planetarium and unlimited access to the Center. The kiddie pass is P150 each.
The first exhibit we encountered was the Bug Rug. It's a simulation that's meant to show people how field scientists catch and study bugs in the forest. In reality, we ended up just trying to scare bugs or altering their paths just for fun, which was what most of the kids did when it was their turn with the exhibit.
There are also computers wherein you can play Plants vs. Zombies or Wheel of Fortune. In the same area, there is also an interactive exhibit where a camera captures your movements and allows you to virtually play instruments or play volleyball with the computer.
Transportation Nation is all about cars and other modes of transportation. You can try out the flight simulator booths, similar to racing games in a standard arcade, as well as build your own car part by part, which is then tested for cost, safety, etc. You can also find the first car in the Philippines on display here.
For those with a fondness for gross things, there's Grossology. There's a trivia game you can play with your friends, a game that's similar to a large version of Operation, an exhibit where you are asked to smell something and you have to guess which body part that smell comes from, and many more.
The virtual reef is a tour of reefs and the sea creatures that live there. The most interesting part of that exhibit was Mr. T, a virtual fish voiced by a real person. When we were there, a family had beaten us to Mr. T. One of the kids asked Mr. T if he spoke Tagalog, and Mr. T answered that he did, but he'd rather not. I have to hand it to the guy, though. He knew the answer to all the questions that the kids asked him, and he gave them a pretty good runaround with the Tagalog query.
The Planetarium was a pretty amazing experience for me. The theater is circular and the seats are adjusted so that you look up at an angle. We opted for the film Dark Star Adventure, which was about black holes, wormholes, super novas, etc. In my opinion, it was an okay film, but I give a thumbs-up to the way the science facts were presented, as well as the bond between the lead girl Subrah and her robot friend Sweeps.
Another exhibit is City Science, which has a comparison of the heights of the tallest buildings in the world, as well as an earthquake simulator (which was closed for preventive maintenance at the time of our visit).
My two favorite exhibits would have to be the Time Clock, wherein you could send an email to yourself in the far future, and the Fear Wall. The Fear Wall, as the name suggests, is about the science of fear. Your shadows are projected onto a wall wherein you can see a leopard and a fruit tree. Fruits fall from the tree and you catch the fruits using your shadow's hands. The catch is, if the leopard sees you moving, he will "eat" you. The best part is, there is a video grab of whatever it is you do on the fear wall, and you can then email the video to yourself. Below is our video from Snibbe Interactive. Enjoy. :)

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