Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comparing Notes: BPI and BDO

I decided to write about my experience because I wasted more than an hour in the bank earlier just to make a deposit (not counting almost another hour just to get cash from this branch's sole ATM. Total of almost 2 hours). I still can't get over it even after eating halo-halo so I put this in writing.

Service- The people in BPI are, generally speaking, more courteous and polite.
Why I have come to this- They have branches in Tondo where the 2 banks are almost neighbors. In BPI, the staff never fail to give welcome and thank you greetings. Especially their manager, she is very friendly and accommodating.

While in BDO, I can see their staff are gossiping and one made derogatory remarks about a female client who had just left because her child was hyperactive.

When I deposited earlier in BDO, I saw there was a monitor just above the teller showing lines like smile and conversation nurture relationship. The funny thing is, the teller is frowning and did not say good afternoon or thank you. Only the guard gave greetings. Of course, I understand they are tired, but being a client for such a long time, I would expect better service from them.

One time, when we were encashing a check, they made a fuss about the signature in it. We were made to return the following day and they asked for the ID copy of the recipient. When we showed it to them, the teller who faced us this time around said they don't need a copy of the ID and even said who asked for it. ?!

Comfort- In BPI, even if I have to wait for my turn, I am seated comfortably. I go to the BEA computer, put my details then when it's my turn facing the teller it's so fast and easy.

In BDO, I stood in line for more than an hour to make a deposit. (Not to mention waiting under the heat of the sun for close to an hour to withdraw from the ATM). It's like lining up for free canned goods, noodles and rice.

ATM- Depends on the location. In Ayala malls, expect more BPI ATM Machines.

In SM Malls, expect more BDO ATMs. There are places where there is a BDO ATM but no BPI ATM, and locations where there is a BPI ATM but no BDO ATM.

I have been a depositor  in BDO for a decade, I think. Not even once did I receive a token, not even a little pocket calendar. I get it. I am not a multi-millionaire hence I am not a most valued client. But I am happy that they have a Rewards Card. I use the accumulated points to pay when I shop in SM.

I go to BPI to make deposits to other people's accounts and also there were some companies I worked in where their payroll is thru BPI. I am thinking of transferring my funds to BPI, but the thing holding me back is that I think they don't have a service that lets me have BOTH ATM and Passbook.

Update: I have opened a savings account at BPI (my account with BDO is still active so I now have 2). It allows me to have a passbook but no ATM, but it is alright as I heard that recently, there has been complaints of disappearing money after using BPI ATM.

So there, I just wanted to write about it. As you can see, I wrote honestly and I am in no way paid by either company or invented these things. These are just my observations because I have been to their different branches many times.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Feature: The Apocalypse Project

Are you ready to become a defender of the future?
What are disappearing because of climate change? How do we adapt?
How can we train ourselves to think deeper about the future of the planet?

The Mind Museum opens a special exhibition that will make you think about your relationship with the planet on April 25, Friday. 
The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures is a speculative design exhibition that explores possible lifestyles as climate change continues to affect the planet. It aims to empower the public to embrace climate change as a personal challenge through the following exhibit areas:

T.E.M.P.S (The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store) presents: The Smell Bar of Vanishing Scents
Climate Change Couture: Volume 2, Manila
The Fadelist: Tracks of Endangered Sounds
The Climatoscope: Futurescapes of Planet Earth
The Planetary Poetry Board

If you are available on opening day tomorrow, April 25, do join them for a special MISSION APOCALYPSE activity. To further enhance the exhibition experience, guests with tickets can go on a scavenger hunt mission throughout the museum’s exhibits. The first 500 participants to complete all tasks of the mission get an Apocalypse Badge as Commander of the Apocalypse, defender of the future.



the apocalypse project the mind musuem


THE APOCALYPSE PROJECT

The Apocalypse Project is a speculative design research inquiry that explores our possible lifestyles as climate change continues to affect the planet. It is a creative platform that asks specific questions about our environmental futures. 

This project is authored by artist Catherine Sarah Young. She began this as part of the 2013 Art Science Residency Programme in partnership with the ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands, Tembusu College National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory. She is currently in Manila as the artist-in-residence of The Mind Museum expanding the project. Do get in touch if you'd like to collaborate!

the apocalypse project
How do we prepare for the uncertainties that climate change brings? We imagine it. 

For more details:

Perfect for Princess Jasmine!

April 7, 2014, 3:00 PM- At the Pavilion B of Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Perfect Pads held its Plum Carpet Media Launch.

As soon as we stepped inside, it's as if we were transported to a glamorous world. Walking down the red carpet, we were like stars who were immediately shot by eager photographers.

perfect pads launch.

The place looks so elegant and fit for a Princess.

Us bloggers were given choice seats up front and the very gracious Ms. Linda Legaspi, President & CEO of Marylindbert International made us feel very welcome. She would always check on us and made sure that we were well taken care of.

Mr. Steven Leung, Quanta Paper Corporation President and General Manager gave his keynote speech. He shared that even with their accomplishments, they never sit on their laurels and strive for continuous innovation.

steven leung


I am quite familiar with QPC as I see their logo in the tissue box/dispensers inside the comfort rooms of major malls and restaurants and some toilet paper we bought at the supermarket are also from them.

Sumptuous merienda cena from Via Mare.

via mare

Distinguished guests posing with Mr. Leung and his wife Agatha.

perfect pads plum carpet media launch

Pretty Australian/Filipina actress/endorser/host Ms. Jasmine Curtis-Smith was introduced as the face of Perfect Pads. She was serenaded by Emcee Nick Cruz. She celebrated her 20th birthday the day before this event.

jasmine curtis smith

Jasmine was game for a brief Q & A with the media. She related her perfect experiences and thoughts.

perfect pads jasmine curtis-smith

Ms. Beverly Cardino, Brand Manager of Perfect Pads stating their advocacy for the youth and nature.

beverly cardino


Perfect Pads 
Perfect Absorbency and Length
Perfect Comfort and Protection


perfect pads napkin

Variants:

Liners in 10s and 20s
Mini-Pads in 10s and 20s

Cottony Soft and Fit
Overnight 8s
Day Use With Wings 8s
Day Use Non Wings 8s
Features:
3D Absorbent, Soft and Safe Side Protection, Perforated Ultra Soft Cottony Top Sheet, Maxback Protection

Cottony Soft and Dry
Overnight 8s
Day Use With Wings 8s
Day Use Non Wings 8s

quanta paper
You may also be interested:
http://pisceanrat.blogspot.com/2014/04/quanta-paper-r3run-run-for.html
https://www.facebook.com/perfectpads

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014 Planners

Yeah I know, it's almost half of the year but here are my planners for 2014.

2014 planner philippines

From Mercury Drug, 2013 and 2014 planners. Instead of using my 30 points for vitamin/medicine worth Php 30, I redeemed this planner. I preferred the inside pages of the previous year because it's more organized with schedules and nicer paper; but in terms of the cover, this year's better.

Belle De Jour Power Planner I bought for about Php 480 during their rendezvous. It's not just a notebook; it's a GREAT planner with helpful tools. They also have coupons/ fun events.

Lacoste planner more of a notebook with coupons. Free with Php 10,000 purchase.

Oppo planner also more of a notebook. It was a freebie/giveaway during their event.

mercury drug, belle de jour, lacoste planner

The 2013 MDC planner is only about 10% used and written in. I know, I should use it more often but I don't have a job and I'm a spontaneous kind of person. So yeah, nice to have around. Sometimes doodle in.

FREE Greenwich Pizza for 1 Year!

YEZZZZZ!!! I won a 1 year supply of Greenwich pizza!

hawaiian overload pizza

I found out about this promo when I saw their ad in the wall of the mall a couple of days ago (and  saw some giant pizza displays around) but I actually forgot when it'll be held and didn't know the mechanics so we called. One of their staff, a kind lady wearing eyeglasses, even went out of her way outside to answer our questions; unfortunately I wasn't able to get her name.

So I was in SM North Edsa by 7 am. And I know someone who woke up by 4 am for this (free pizza!)

first 200 free 1 year pizza

When the guards finally let people in at 10 am I dashed. I thought I'd be the first in line but there were already some guys in the queue. Came in at Number 12.

greenwich sm north edsa

The first 200 customers to order a 15 inch Hawaiian Overload priced at Php 499, would be given a card for claiming a double thin Hawaiian Overload pizza every month. It's for pick up in this branch.

greenwich pizza card
Lloydy is my hubby's aunt's ultimate crush


This means I'll be in Greenwich monthly making me a Greenwich Barkada too. I love Italian food like pizza, lasagna, pasta so I'm a happy kid. Few days ago, when I didn't know about this event yet, I took a photo of my food from Greenwich and posted it in Instagram. Must be fate, haha!

And I'm not sure I heard correctly that John Lloyd Cruz will be there this afternoon.

greenwich pizza sm north

 The newly-renovated Greenwich looks like a cozy modern pizza place with their #Greenwichpizzeria design.

#greenwichpizzeria

Thank you!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

BYS Longwear Lipstick

This is a short review of BYS Longwear Lipstick.

The shade is called In Love, priced at Php 299.
Made in P.R.C.
Available in major department stores.

Nice pink shade, when you want to feel like a Barbie or princess.

Scent- none detected
Texture- Creamy with specks of silvery glitters
Long-wear but comes off when rubbed or after eating.

Lips should be properly exfoliated prior to applying, as peeling chapped skin will look obvious when you have this on.




Please check out more details, ingredients, how I got it, click HERE

second giveaway + winner

Hello!

Last month, I had a- not really a mini giveaway as I hadn't really approached any company to sponsor my blog giveaways, but more on- sharing my blessings. I held it in the Facebook page and here is the winner- Stephanie!

Here's what she got-

FREE Makeover worth 1500 from PAC, Sachets Sensodyne, Ponds. Samplers Ocean Potion, Celeteque, Yves Rocher. Myholygrail mirror with keychain. Yoshinoya mug and discount coupon. Swap, Tomato Time, Too Cool for School discount/free voucher. Ecobag and fan from C2.

giveaway

On her way home from work, we met for the first time.
Congratulations, such a sweet girl.

stephanie

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chef's Noodle Welcomes Sam Concepcion

April 10, 2014, 11 AM, Robinsons Magnolia. Chef's Noodle introduced to the media its newest endorser- talented actor, singer and dancer Sam Concepcion.

Sam joins other Chef's Noodle celebrity endorsers- TV Host Grace Lee, and gorgeous couple businessman Lloyd and beauty queen Shamcey Supsup-Lee.

Sam, one of the most in-demand teen actors today, exudes a fresh and youthful vibe which is characteristic of Chef's Noodle.

"I am truly honored to be part of the Chef's Noodle team.," shares Sam. "The retaurant has been known for its delectable dishes and high culinary quality. Who would not want to be associated with that?"


sam concepcion chef noodle robinson magnolia


Sam adds, "My friends and I love to hang out and try different kinds of food. I especially love Chef's Noodle because you get to enjoy a delicious meal at an affordable price. It's a cool combination of a fast food meal and a fine dine setting. The interiors of the restaurant are as inviting as the appetizing menu. I can't wait to invite my friends to try Chef's Noodle and love it the same way I did.

Sam Concepcion & Chef's Noodle- A Rising Star!

I was very happy to be a among the reporters and bloggers present during the introduction of Sam Concepcion as Chef's Noodle's latest celebrity endorser.

chef's noodle robinsons magnolia
It's refreshing to see the interiors are unlike in other fastfood joints. Just see the decors, the bowls in the wall, the lightbulbs.  The venue was jam-packed!

As we waited for the arrival of Sam, we partook their delicious offering-

Rice Rolls- if you love Japanese sushi, you'll love this! Kimbap and Kimchi Kimbap- Php 115;  Bulgogi Kimbap- Php 125

kimbap

Shrimp Twigim- like the Japanese's tempura, Php 345. It also has fried onion rings.

twigim


Kas Basket- deep-fried chicken, pork and fish with special dipping KAS sauce. Php 295.

kas basket


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quanta Paper R3RUN Run For Sustainability

For a decade now, an eco-friendly manufacturer in the Philippines balances business with social conscience. “We endure to strike a balance between profit and social conscience,” says Quanta Paper Corporation President & General Manager Steven Leung.

Guided by the principle of sustainable practices, Quanta Paper manufactures hygienic tissue
products utilizing used office paper as raw materials instead of virgin fibers. This help in the
preservation of world’s rainforests, because deforestation is the result of the traditional practice in the paper
making industry when they extract virgin fibers.


Quanta Paper R3RUN fun run




The green campaign/ fun run activity will be held on August 10, 2014, 5 AM. The Run for Sustainability, or dubbed as R3RUN (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Run) is aimed

  • to inspire environmental action among Filipinos and raise awareness on climate change
  • to educate consumers on the importance of green labeled products and how patronizing such could help protect nature
The R3RUN serves as both strategic marketing and social responsibility tools of the Company. “We would like to be more loudly in telling our story of sustainable practices and at the same time capitalize in building our brand equity,” shares Quanta Paper corporate strategist and Race Committee head Neil Erich Galicia. “The Run is a step forward to begin a bold and concrete action. In this way we could start a wave that could reach through every corner of our archipelago.”

R3RUN is to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Roxas Boulevard Manila and will be participated in by around 10,000 runners.

Inspired by an EcoVillage theme, it will showcase some of the best environmental photo exhibits and social efforts by the Company and its partners and will also show how hygienic tissue is produced from waste paper to finished product.
There will be games and other interactive activities all focused on environmental stewardship.

The runners come from different walks of life- students, government officials and employees, artists and TV personalities, corporate partners and green advocates. Among the participants is Jasmine Curtis-Smith,
brand endorser for its new sanitary napkin product, Perfect Pads.

Four race categories:

  • 1km and 4km (carrying the Company’s sanitary napkin brand, Perfect) 
  • 8km (carrying the Company’s institutional brand, Eco-Hygiene
  • 12km (carrying the Company’s flagship brand, Fresh)


Registration period:
June 5 - July 22, 2014, open every Thursday to Sunday.

Registration venues:
Runnr Bonifacio High Street, Runnr Trinoma, Toby’s Shangri-La, Toby’s Mall of Asia, and Toby’s Robinson Manila. 

Registration fee:
 Php 250 inclusive of Running Shirt, Race Bib, Route Map and product samples of the Company. First 2,500 students who register can avail a discounted rate of Php 150.

The appointed race organizer by the Company is Cosmic Gate Innovations Co.

Proceeds from this event will support the Company’s continuous social responsibility efforts.



The New Linksys Solutions for Connectivity Needs

For 20 years, Linksys had sold  Small and Medium Business (SMB) infrastructure products and is the leader in switches and routers. Its SMB Brand was dissolved a few years ago, but is now back again under Belkin International to offer a portfolio of business networking and security products that will target the SMB marketplace. Linksys launched seven new unmanaged switches (three with PoE) and two new VPN routers.


linksys smb switches routers


Linksys Unmanaged Desktop Switches- include 5, 8, 16, and 24-port versions and 8, 16 and 24-port versions that include PoE, featuring:

  • Gigabit speeds
  • Auto-sensing ports
  • Power Saving Features including: Auto-power down disables unused ports, Smart Power for short cable runs, Port status switch to control LED lights
  • Quality of Service (QoS) Traffic Prioritization (on 16 and 24-port only)
  • Power over Ethernet functionality (on PoE versions only) for connecting access points or video surveillance solutions
linksys smb switches routers

Linksys Gigabit VPN Routers- LRT series integrates Gigabit firewall, site to site VPN and various remote access VPN technologies into 2 single solutions. Includes Gigabit VPN Router and Dual WAN Gigabit VPN Router, featuring:

  • 4 Gigabit ports
  • Up to 50 IPSec tunnels
  • Five OpenVPN tunnels
  • Dual-WAN load balance and WAN Failover (on LRT244 only)
  • Integrated firewall supporting UPL filtering and access rules
  • 802.1q VLAN tagging
  • Port Forwarding, Triggering and Address Translation for 30 devices
  • DMZ port
  • DHCP server
  • DNS
belkin linksys camera

Availability- Thru Major Distributors. Gigabit VPN Routers will be available early December

Mr. Calma and Mr. Thampi 

Mr. Boon Ping Tang, Director of Linksys in Asia, says, "It's with our commitment to honor the Linksys heritage by entering back into the SMB space to target SMB businesses and resellers with solutions that are purpose-built for SMB environments. Our competitive advantage is our solid 20+ experience in the SMB space and we understand customers, resellers and partners want quality products with high performance while servicing them to help grow their business. Or line-up of switches and VPN routers is the first in a series of high performance business networking and security solutions to come from Linksys."

belkin linksys imvi

About International Micro Village:
Established in 1997 to provide the LATEST data communication and information access equipment to the growing Philippine Iformation Technology market.

IMV is the Authorized Distributor/Partner for Linksys, Cisco, Lenovo Thinkpad, Avira, Micronet, U.S. Robotics, Double-Take 7.0 by Vision Solutions, Quest Software, Cymphonix, 3CX, Dell, Grandstream.


international micro village inc
The pictures were taken during the Linksys re-launch held in Makati, with officers from Linksys, IMVI and team Astig.ph!

For more information:
Linksys Website
Linksys Facebook
Linksys Twitter
Linksys Youtube
IMVPhil Facebook

2014 J-Pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest

Chumoku shite kudasai.  Attention please!

The 2014 J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest is now accepting entries!!!

The Embassy of Japan launched the event to celebrate the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this coming July.

This yearly contest is open to all amateur Filipino singers and dancers, and  aims to continue its thrust to promote friendship and cultural exchange between the Philippines and Japan through music.

2014 j-pop anime sing and dance contest

Interested participants may choose to join one of the following categories:

SINGING CATEGORY
  • Participants may perform solo or form a singing group not exceeding 4 members.
  • Participants may choose any J-pop or anime songs in Japanese by a Japanese artist for their performance.
  • Participants for the singing category may choose one of the following performance set-ups: 1) The participant may play a musical instrument, or 2) perform a cappella, or 3) perform with a minus-one musical background. Only soundtracks from original CDs will be allowed. They reserve the right to disqualify entries that use pirated musical accompaniment. 


DANCE CATEGORY
  • Dance groups must consist of 5 members. 
  • Participants may choose any J-pop or anime songs in Japanese by a Japanese artist for their performance.  Only soundtracks from original CDs will be allowed. They reserve the right to disqualify entries that use pirated musical accompaniment. 


Interested participants must submit the following:

•  Duly-accomplished J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest application form.  The application form and contest rules are available at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Library and may be downloaded from the Embassy of Japan website: www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp.
•  Individual/group photo.
•  Short write-up about the performer/s.
•  A detailed description of the chosen song (i.e. artist, title and lyrics).
•  Demo CD containing two Japanese songs by the participant/s (for the singing category).
•  Demo CD with recorded video performance (for the dance category).

All the requirements may be submitted personally or via courier to:
JICC, Embassy of Japan, 2627Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

The deadline for the submission of entries is on May 23, 2014.

Chosen entries will compete in the J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest Grand Finals on July 19, 2014 at an SM Mall (final venue to be announced).

For more details:
Email jicc-mnl@ma.mofa.go.jp
Call 551-5710 local 2311 or 2312

Monday, April 7, 2014

Haul from SM North Edsa Shoes and Bags Sale


I accompanied my husband today as he went to the Skydome April 3 to 6, 2014 Shoes and Bags Sale. Earlier, I told myself I don't need to buy anything new for myself, but of course, that didn't push through. Read on to see my fab find... 86% off!

sm north edsa

There's so many people inside!

skydome shoes and bags sale

As we were looking for his work bag, which he replaces often because it gets ruined easily because of the heavy contents, a luggage being pushed caught my eye. I asked for the price and I was very surprised. It was originally Php 10,999.75 now only Php 1,500. I was like- HUWAAAAT?!! My other luggage that I bought in the department store from a local brand needs to be replaced. During its 2nd time of use, I repeat just SECOND, the handle came off. But good thing we can bring it to them for free repair.

tsa lock


I had a hard time choosing between that one and this one. I liked that this blue Elle luggage looks more modern, it's from a newer collection as compared with the first one, it's a bit smaller and way lighter, and the material is the same with what is used in parachutes. More importantly, I save more with this as the original price is about Php 15,000 now only Php 1,500 too. 


elle bag

Well we finally settled for the brown one because of these considerations- it's bigger, it has more compartments, more wheels (this has 4 medium plus + 2 smaller =6 wheels, while the other one only has 4) and it has a TSA lock. It looks more formal and like a classy bag.

Both of them have a cover and hanger inside. The downside of the Elle luggage sale is that they removed the warranty.

elle luggage


While waiting for my hubby I saw that Grendha has a sale too. I need to replace my worn out Ipanema so I got this for Php 750. I can't quote the original price because the salesman removed the "price before" sticker prior to checkout but I think this about Php 1,450. I had a hard time looking for my #6 Sandals Size.

grendha

Finally, my husband got his bag. It's Compass  bought for Php 1,280. He had to really search around because it's the last day of sale so most of the styles he preferred were already sold out.

compass

A couple of days after, he had that replaced with this backpack from Europak. From Php 3,999.75, it's now only Php 2,800.

europak backpack


Well I feel guilty that my hubby bought only 1 for himself while I got 2 for myself. In fairness to me, I don't ask him to buy me anything, it was HIM who always insists on getting me stuff. Yeah, spoiled wifey here. 

Note: This isn't a paid/sponsored post. Just my Happy Days experience :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Yale Digital Locks Philippine Launching

Last April 2, 2014, Assa Abloy  held the unveiling of Yale digital locks (Security meets Convenience) to the Philippine media at the Marquee Tent of the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.

A sumptious buffet was in store for the guests.

makati shangri-la hotel food


One of their banners seen upon entering:

assa abloy

Here is Mr. Stanley Ngai, Assa Abloy Country Manager delivering his message:

stanley ngai

Since 2000, Yale has been part of Assa Abloy. Assa Abloy has more than 200 global brands under its portfolio. It is the world leader in total door opening solution and is ranked 38th in Forbes's list of the world's most innovative companies.

Digital door locks started in South Korea (yes, the Koreanovela fan beside me notices it in the shows) about 20 years ago.

There was a funny act wherein crooks Mr. & Mrs. Locksmith tried to unbolt the Yale locks but were unsuccessful and thus caught.

yale digital lock

Mr. Alok Gupta, Assa Abloy Digital Door Locks Head for South Asia- talking about the benefits from the new Yale digital locks:

alok gupta

I have enumerated the attributes in the previous blog post but here's a little secret:

It has a ladies' feature. Yep. I am quite giddy when I heard it. How it comes handy: At times when a wife gets angry when her husband comes home very late from drinking all night, she can choose to lock it from the inside such that when he's trying to open it from the outside he can't have access.

They raffled off some state of the art door locks twice. In the first one, when a name gets called, that person should answer correctly Mr. Gupta's question. There's 3 winners for that if I remember correctly. In the second round, 5 people will try their luck in opening the lock using the code they picked from the fishbowl but only 1 will get the smartest door lock from the collection. Oh, how I wish I won it!

yale


Mr. Sonny Ver Soneja, Assa Abloy Digital Door Locks Business Development Manager inviting us in their Trade Events in Edsa Shangri-La Mall and Alabang Town Center.

sonny soneja


I was also with some blogger friends during this event, Jocris and Rattus.

Thanks for your generosity Yale!

yale lock

For more information, you may visit www.yalelock.com.ph