Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sweet Solutions Cafe Opens in Rob Gen Tri with FREEBIES

Hello po!
So this Caloocan-based blogger (sometimes Manila-based or Bulacan-based, NPA ang peg hehe) went all the way down South to Robinsons General Trias, Cavite just to taste the so-called BEST chocolate cake in town - by Sweet Solutions!

So this Caloocan-based blogger (sometimes Manila-based or Bulacan-based, NPA ang peg hehe) went all the way down South to Robinsons General Trias Cavite just to taste the so-called BEST chocolate cake in town - by Sweet Solutions!
 Waiting for someone? Relax and have a fill of mouthwatering goodies in Sweet Solutions' spacious area for customers.

Was it worth the hype (and the long trip)?

Firstly, for city based foodies who don't mind travelling anywhere and everywhere for new gastronomic adventures and experiences, here is how I got there-

I rode a Naic Cavitex bus (dumadaan mismo sa Robinsons yan) in Baclaran Coastal Road. Fare was about Php 41. The  bus ride was so quick, the only thing that took a long time was waiting for the bus to get full.

The mall looks spankin' new. Located just at the Ground Level Activity Area, Sweet Solutions is very easy to find. That day September 30, 2016 marks its Grand Opening.

Located just at the Ground Level Activity Area, Sweet Soluyions is very easy to find. That day September 30, 2016 marks its Grand Opening.

Sweet Solutions has been in the baking industry for 10 years, starting in 2006.

sweet solutions Ribbon cutting with the Management and staff
Ribbon cutting with the Management and staff

Aside from cakes, Sweet Solutions has a variety of food and hot/ cold beverages to choose from.

Sweet Solutions Cakes & Cafe menu list

Sweet Solutions Cafe offers appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta.

Sweet Solutions Cakes & Cafe price list

Sweet Solutions Cakes & Cafe Grand Opening promo! Free slice of the bestseller moist chocolate cake for customers so everyone can feel the magic!

The chocolate cake has just the right amount of chocolatey goodness, not too sweet, soft and moist, and truly crave-inducing.

sweet solutions moist chocolate cake

Cakes in a variety of flavors and adornment, at reasonable prices.

There's the Moist Chocolate on top, on the next layers are Red Velvet, Tiramisu, Cappuccino, Carrot, Cookies & Cream. Chocolate or Classic Sansrival, Mango, Chocolate Mousse, Black Forest. Oreo Chocolate, Blueberry or Strawberry Cheesecake, Sliced Moist Carrot Cake, Sliced Moist Chocolate Cake.

sweet solutions cakes
I had to split the picture because there was moist at the window earlier, and then when it was fixed, the Chocolate Sansrival- both the big- and mini-sized- had already ran out! (You know what to order next)

Aside from those readily available, they also accept designs you have in mind for your cake, at made to order basis. Personalized cakes make special occasions more memorable!

sweet solutions made to order cakes

Beautiful!

sweet solutions specialized cakes

Cutesy!

best chocolate cake in town

Loaves and other baked goods:

Loaves and other baked goods:

Biscotti

sweet solutions biscottii

Coffee add-ons from Monin

sweet solutions coffee, monin,

My moist chocolate cake partnered with Sweet Solutions blend coffee.

I was served garlic sticks too while waiting for my salad to arrive since there was a lot of other customers... The garlic sticks have just the right amount of garlic taste, not too overpowering, and packs a neat crunch.

My moist chocolate cake partnered with Sweet Solutions blend coffee. I was served garlic sticks

My foodang is worth the wait!!!

sweet solutions cake and cafe robinson gen tri

The Nutty Potato Salad is big that I cannot finish it by myself! Good for sharing!
This creamy salad combines sweet with the sour. On a bed of lettuce are pineapples, cashews, carrot shreds, potatoes with a cherry on top.

he Nutty Potato Salad

Sweet Solutions Cakes & Cafe has branches in The District Mall Imus and here in Robinsons Gen Tri.

For more info, you may e-mail  info@sweetsolutionsbakeshop.com, or call 046 471 7720 / 0917 551 0888. Like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SSBakeshop. Sweet Solutions bakeshop address is at Block 2, Lot 9, Simeona Street, Vilma Subd. Bayan Luma, Imus 4103.

So the next time you have a bitter problem about where to get a memorable cake for your party- or just to satisfy your sweet tooth- get your delectable answer at Sweet Solutions!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Go Brighter and Healthier with Sunlife's Wellness Offerings

Hello po!
Last October 11, 2016 afternoon, Sunlife held a presscon at the Sofitel. The country's top insurer offers three empowering initiatives:
1. SUN Fit and Well- a comprehensive health protection product
2. Go Well- a free and informatve wellness community
3. Sunpiology Run: Sugar Wars- one of the most anticipated and star-studded fun race for charity

October 11, 2016 afternoon, Sunlife held a presscon at the Sofitel.

Health is wealth, and an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, are some of my favorite sayings. After all, one may have all the riches in life but if the person is sickly or disease-ridden, it may be a hindrance from enjoying all the experiences life has to offer.

Health is a major financial concern, and Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) brings focus on prevention and preparation as keys to a robust life. Good thing that now, more than ever, more people put premium on their physical health and well-being!

Get Fit and Well-Protected

Most life insurance companies can only provide assistance once an illness strikes, but Sun Fit and Well encompasses Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Rehabilitation, among others. All-embracing and the most well-rounded of its kind, it also has a life insurance policy for added protection and peace of mind.

Sun Fit and Well encompasses Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Rehabilitation

They also showed Sun Life's long-time brand ambassador, actor, producer, athlete Piolo Pascual in his newest action-packed TVC. It is truly thought provoking- showing him biking and how in one instant, everything may come crashing. Please watch this on primetime or @ sunlifeph social media.

Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa declares:

"SUN Fit and Well provides coverage for 114 critical illnesses and can help replace funds used for diagnostic procedures and check-ups. But more than a usual health insurance, it provides benefits to keep customers healthy and well. It is available in limited pay and advantage variants, which includes hospitalization and follow-up care with a specialist."

Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa declares:
"Financial security and overall wellness [are] complementary to each other."

Inigo Pascual performing the official Go Well jingle "Live Life Brighter" from his debut album.

nigo Pascual performing the official Go Well jingle "Live Life Brighter" from his debut album.

With his singing prowess and smooth dance moves, Inigo can definitely give other popular young male singers a run for their money! When I was watching his music video, I cannot help but notice he looks like the Pinoy version of Justin Bieber!

Go Well and enjoy the perks!

Go Well is Sun Life's entry into the wellness arena. It is an online wellness community which website offers nutrition tips, exercise ideas, and content about a mindful life.

Go Well members can also enjoy points and rewards, discount in partner establishments and gather in real life thru access to regular classes featuring the hottest workouts, fitness trends and high impact events!

Go Well is Sun Life's entry into the wellness arena! It is an online wellness community which website offers nutrition tips, exercise ideas, content about a mindful life.

Sun Life Health and Wellness Manager Jaymie Pizarro explaining-

Go Well members can also enjoy discount in partner establishments and gather in real life thru access to regular classes featuring the hottest fitness trends and and high impact events!

Embodying the Go Well message are 5 ambassadors who prove that passion and determination can pave the way to a healthier life.

Go Well ambassadors are:
Piolo Pascual- cycling, strength
Tessa Prieto-Valdes- zumba
Rovilson Fernandez- crossfit
Jaymie Pizarro- running
Bubbles Paraiso- yoga

Sun Life event's hosts Boom Gonzales and Tippy dos Santos, Rovilson, Bubbles, Tess, Piolo, Coach Rio, Jaymie and Inigo.
L-R: This Sun Life event's hosts Boom Gonzales and Tippy Dos Santos, Rovilson, Bubbles, Tess, Piolo, Coach Rio, Jaymie and Inigo.

Take part in the community! Visit www.gowell.com.ph to join or visit their social media @ gowellph. It's good for ya!

Run for a cause

For 8 years now, Sun Life has been organizing fun runs that combine fitness, the excitement of watching celebrities, plus fund-raising! With the Philippines declared a diabetic hot spot, the theme is timely and relevant! Sugar Wars encourages an active lifestyle as one of the preventions of this debilitating disease.

Runner, Coach, Race Director and Event Organizer Rio de la Cruz tells about Sunpiology Run:Sugar Wars. This will be held on November 19, 2016 (Saturday), 3:00 PM-9:00 PM at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Close to a hundred Star Magic celebs will join to add glitz to the meaningful event.

Coach Rio tells about Sunpiology Run:Sugar Wars. This will be held on November 19, 2016 3 PM at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Sunpiology Run: Sugar Wars Distance and Registration Fee:
  • 500m walk/dash for kids/adults- Php 350
  • 3k- Php 700
  • 5k- Php 800
  • 10k- Php 900
Being an obstacle course, 4 'battle stations' facilitate a better understanding of diabetes. There will also be an after-run show with surprise performances.

 Sunpiology Run: Sugar Wars Distance and Registration Fee:

This run for a cause will be for the benefit of:
  • Hebreo Foundation (founded by Piolo) which supports the education of children in different communities
  • ISDFI or The Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation, Inc.
  • Lingkod Kapamilya
  • Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines, Inc.
  • Star Magic Scholars
The highlight of the event is definitely crowd favorite Piolo Pascual. We got so excited :)
Of course, never will I pass up an opportunity to have a pic with him so I followed him to an exclusive holding area hehehe!

sun life, piolo pascual,
Yehey!!! Papa P. has such a charming face and nice personality! Among the keys to his showbiz longevity.

His son Inigo Pascual. With time, he is looking more and more like his father.

sun life, inigo pascual,

Thank you Sun Life and sponsors- Gardenia, True Tea, Diabetasol, Benecol and Silka!!!

 SUN Fit and Well- a comprehensive health protection product 2. Go Well- a free and informatve wellness community 3. Sunpiology Run: Sugar Wars- one of the most anticipated and star-studded fun race for charity

A lifetime of wellness begins with one bright step. Sign up at  www.sunpiology.com to be part of Sunpiology fun run for charity!

Monday, October 24, 2016

#FreeTheJoy with Limited Edition Cadbury Dairy Milk Christmas Flavors

True story- a few days ago, I had an inexplicable craving for Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest. I also thought about the burst in your mouth delectable goodness of Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse. I got melancholic when I cannot find them in groceries anymore.

Don't get me wrong, I love the smooth creamy chocolate taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk plain or in other variants, but Black Forest was my absolute favorite! Now I received some good news! They're  back!!! Not only Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest but also the other mouthwatering flavors- Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse!

The Holiday season is approaching, and it is a time for sharing. Sometimes, there are people who have everything in life that it is such a problem on choosing what to gift them! But you can never go wrong with luxurious chocolate!!!

Now here are 3 people in my life that I want to give these limited edition Cadbury Dairy Milk flavors this Christmas:

Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest - for my often sweet and sometimes nutty husband, because anything we have we SHARE! And I don't mind sharing with him! After all, we should consume sweets in MODERATION!
Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest
If you’re into textured sweets, Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest fits your taste profile. It still has the Cadbury Dairy Milk’s smooth sensation but it comes with real chocolate cookies and red jellies. It’s definitely crunchy and chewy – perfect to keep you company during the holiday traffic madness!

Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla- for my caring mom, who always likes to surprise me with pampering gifts!

Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla
If you like surprises, Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla is your perfect pair this Christmas. As you bite into this exquisite flavor, you plunge into the smooth, soft, silky center filled with light and delectable French vanilla cream. This sophisticated flavor is definitely a revelation this season.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse- for my loyal dad, who loves the finer things in life and from whom I inherited my chocolate addiction!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse

Looking for a richer chocolatey taste this Christmas? Elevate your tastebuds with the delicate decadence of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse. With its light and airy chocolate-flavored cream enveloped in classic milk chocolate shell, you will definitely be begging your secret Santa for more.

With these limited edition flavors back, Christmas truly just got merrier!!!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest, Cadbury Dairy Milk French Vanilla, and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Mousse are available in 180g packs for a suggested retail price of P180.00. Hurry and get all flavors – available until supplies last! #FreeTheJoy this Christmas with Cadbury Dairy Milk!

Thanks for reading and grab them while they're here guys! I highly recommend Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest,  French Vanilla, and  Chocolate Mousse- they're so good! *This is my official entry to Nuffnang x Cadbury Dr. Strange screening competition.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 FAIL Products I Regret Buying

Hello po!
Just as there is yin and yang, sun and moon, light and dark, hot and cold, I believe that in order to blog TRUTHFULLY (which is of supreme importance), one must write both the good and the bad!

This article has been on my drafts for a while, and I was deliberating whether to publish it or not as I do not wish to offend. In the end, I relented as I thought, hey, this is MY online diary and my purpose in writing is because I wanna share experience and info to readers!

fail cosmetics, bad cosmetics,

So here are some products that I felt I have wasted hard-earned money on!
(Some items might be used for a while back, but it is only now I got to write about them.)

1. Etude House Skin Mal:Gem Soft Cotton

Etude House Skin Mal:Gem Soft Cotton
Left is 1 sheet Cleene cotton round and Right is 1 sheet Etude House.

My blogger friends and I have have been discussing about beauty and the topic came to makeup remover pads, and one of them recommended Etude House's, saying it is good and affordable.

So I marched to Etude House and asked for cotton puffs.  This is what the SA gave me and she said they didn't have any other. Of course, since I already went all the way to their store and bothered asking the saleslady, I agreed to buy it even though I was wondering why the price is high.

Why I didn't like it:
Feels rough and itchy, and expensive at about Php 199, if I remember correctly. Landmark department store has square cotton puffs that are thicker and softer and are just around Php 30.

2. Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow

 Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow

At first, I was sooo happy to find these on sale for Php 312.50. There were 3 shades on display I can choose from. This is made in China, btw.

After 2 days from using it for the first time, I found out that the powder had developed amag or mold! Yuck! I am wondering why it happened since the brush I used is dry and I try to clean brushes weekly.

Since then I've been trying to wipe the fungus away with cotton and alcohol and let it dry, but it just returns! I feel like this is a bad batch of Revlon. This is the first and only time it ever happened to any of my makeup.

(I' m not even going to include in this list the Revlon Photoready Sculpting Palette that I also didn't like- it's chalky yet messy on the brush and difficult to get a certain color without getting the other adjacent colors. Weird no basta hindi rin yun maganda. Pigmentation is also poor.)

Revlon Photoready Sculpting Palette


3. Essence Stay Natural Concealer

Essence Stay Natural Concealer

It features a brush on the end and I bought this for about Php 149. I know that their cosmetics are made in Europe so I was a bit disappointed that this one is manufactured in PRC (for the reason of substandard and fake products from there).

That aside, when I used this and went swimming, my partner cringed and said what happened to my face! Turns out this is not waterproof.

Also I used this for maybe 7 times and only on undereyes or blemishes and it is already used up. No product comes out no matter how many times I twist the bottom.

4. Eb Lip Pencil in Terracotta Red

Eb Lip Pencil in Terracotta Red
The line at the bottom was applied after opening and just letting it glide but the color hardly shows. The two lines on top was applied after sharpening and applying force while drawing.

This price is cheap at Php 100. But from the first use, I find the formula very dry. It was dragging as I apply it on my lips. I sharpened it and it helped a bit with the glide. But still, I feel that this tugs and hurts my lips.

5. Nichido Minerals Precise Liner

Nichido Minerals Precise Liner
The two lines at the bottom was applied without jiggling the bottle. The line at the top was swiped after shaking the tube.

This was  for sale at Php 75 and says Made in Germany on the label. The tester was good, but when I went home and used the new eyeliner, it was nothing short of terrible! This was the opposite of highly pigmented. It is like you can call the shade- clear grey. No wonder the SA was recommending their other eyeliner.

So that's it! These are 5 products I purchased- Etude House Skin Mal:Gem Soft Cotton, Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow, Essence Stay Natural Concealer, Ever Bilena Lip Pencil in Terracotta Red and Nichido Minerals Precise Liner that I was really unhappy about. They do have a lot of fantastic products but I feel these ones are bad!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Johann Coffee & Beverages- Everyone's Cozy Cafe!

Hello po!
Addicts raise your hands! Ooops, I meant COFFEE addicts, mahirap nang matokhang tayo hehehe! There is a new coffee shop that we can make tambay! Their coffees and pastries are specialized yet the prices are inexpensive- introducing Johann Coffee & Beverages!

johann coffee and beverages

Last October 9, 2016, bloggers participated in the Grand Opening and Blessing of Johann Coffee Beverages in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City!

johann coffee bar


Last October 9, 2016, bloggers participated in the Grand Opening and Blessing of Johann Coffee Beverages in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City!

Johann Coffee & Beverages is a franchise under JKL Beverages Corp., a subsidiary of Soguilon Foods Corp. (SFC), a foodservice operation established in November 2010. Johann was conceptualized last year.

johann cafe

Mission
Johann Coffee & Beverages was brewed to make perfectly handcrafted coffee and beverages within everyone's reach.

johann coffee beverages
Ms. Marites Seno, General Manager for Strategy and Business Development

Interview with the Management

Johann owner Ms. Kristine Soguilon-Lim
Johann owner and CEO , the creative, driven and visionary entrepreneur, Ms. Kristine Soguilon-Lim. They wanted to recreate the cafes in Europe and serve real great coffee while maintaining an inexpensive price range to make it accessible to most Pinoys.

The concept of Johann Cafe is designed to create a distinct lifestyle and experience in every person or community, specifically for this modern world's  youthful, dynamic and independent minded coffee lovers!

johann coffee franchise

At first, I thought the logo was deer antlers, but it actually signifies the first drop of espresso (the best coffee)!
The drinks are tailor fit to suit the Filipinos' taste!

affordable coffee philippines

I had Chocolate Mint Brendpresso and Strawberry Creme. So sweet and refreshing!

affordable cafe philippines

Their products- coffee and pastries are commissioned to be made for Johann. Meaning only Johann offers these particular recipes.

johann cakes

The cream cheese tart and revel bar are my favorites!

johann, revel bar, cheese tart, cheese rolls, banana loaves, tuna pies, chicken pies, canales, cookies, cakes and more!

Must try also are their cheese rolls, banana loaves, tuna pies, chicken pies, canales, cookies, cakes and more!

johann pastry selection

Imported and local beans come together in Johann. The beans are specifically roasted for Johann so it is a unique experience for their customers.

johann coffee beans
Johann Chocolate Macadamia, Barako, Gourmet Decaf, Butter Rum, Caramel Hazelnut Creme.

Check out Johann Coffee & Beverage Price List- their products are really budget friendly! Sizes come in Piccolo, Moyen and Grand!

johann coffee price list

Selections of Hot Coffees and Teas, Over Ice, Blendpresso, Creme Blends, Juices and Smoothies, Chocolate Drinks, Coffee Float, Milk Tea and Yakult!  Price starts at only Php 23!!!

Hot Coffees and Teas, Over Ice, Blendpresso, Creme Blends, Juices and Smoothies, Chocolate Drinks, Coffee Float, Milk Tea and Yakult

Thanks Johann!!!

franchise johann coffee

Johann Coffee Beverages has branches in Gateway Tower Araneta Center, Farmer's Plaza Cubao, Blue Bay Walk, and soon in Festival Mall Alabang and Valero Plaza Makati. There will also be a Johann Coffee Truck during the Christmas Bazaar 2016 at the Davao Convention Center.

maui taylor, johann blue bay walk,
This blogger is ecstatic to have a photo op with Johann's special guest- the one and only cute and sexy actress, Maui Taylor!

You may follow Johann social media at http://www.facebook.com/JohannCoffeeAndBeverages
www.instagram.com/johanncoffeebev www.twitter.com/johanncoffee

Open minded ka ba? Johann Coffee Beverages is also open for franchise! Email johannfranchise@gmail.com for more info! Thanks for reading!