Uber Ice Cream: Indulge Together


Sure, ice cream's available all year-round and it's been wet weather all week here in Manila, but who can resist a sweet treat like this frozen dessert to brighten our grey, gloomy days?

You may not relive the carefree days when you used to frolic and dance under the rain with your childhood friends and excitedly jumping on little puddles of water or enjoy a cup of soup while watching old films indoors, but you can still feel like a kid again by ordering ice cream with Uber Ice Cream.

Last year, Uber indulged everyone with Merry Moo's Salted Caramel-flavored ice cream. This time, our favorite ride-sharing app has partnered with premium ice cream brand Magnum for an instant pick-me-up this coming July 15, 2016!

Yes, Uber is pulling all the stops this Friday (you'll be surprised with what other cute stunts they've got up their sleeves!) to deliver 4 bars of Magnum's newest flavor, Magnum Infinity, right at your doorstep! #UberIceCream is really the place to be for those who love quirks!

How to join #UberIceCream:
  1. Open the Uber app on Friday, July 15, between 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
  2. Set your location and request ICE CREAM.
  3. If connected, order away and get 4 bars of Magnum’s latest treat: Magnum Infinity; to be delivered to you in minutes!
  4. On this day only, get your ice cream and limited edition Uber swag – all for PhP 199. (Retail price for ice cream is PhP 240)
Deliveries will be limited to the following areas only: Legaspi and Salcedo Villages, Makati; Greenhills, San Juan; Ortigas Center, Pasig; The Fort BGC, Taguig; Eastwood, Quezon City; Katipunan, Quezon City; Alabang, Muntinlupa; Taft Ave., Manila; and Cubao, Quezon City. For Cebu, the areas covered will be Ayala Center Cebu and Cebu IT Park.

The campaign will be running in 400 cities from 69 countries worldwide, so be sure to take a moment and indulge with your friends and family, and share by using the hashtag #UberIceCream! Admit it, we all scream for ice cream! :)

For more information about this event, please visit: https://newsroom.uber.com/philippines/flavor-of-the-week-ubericecream/

Don't have the app yet? You can download it from Google Play or the App Store.

(Images from Uber)

Pegi Waffles and Gawad Kalinga's Paint. Share. Care. Art Auction


Paint. Share. Care., an art auction to benefit Gawad Kalinga, is an initiative of Anna Roman-Katigbak of Pegi Waffles, GKonomics found Rose Cabrera, together with other volunteers who are children (as young as 6 years old), hobbyists and mothers.

The goal of this auction is to bring together artists and hobbyists who have great appreciation for art and would like to share their passion to help others. Through this , we may overcome many obstacles like distance and time to bridge the gap between these artists and the community in need.

After visiting the GK community in Talibon, Bohol, we saw that many homes were destroyed by the deadliest earthquake in 2013, and then after 2 weeks, Typhoon Yolanda hit the community as well. Through Paint. Share. Care., talented creators like Vince Padilla, art enthusiasts and GK volunteers aim to raise resources to build new homes for this village.

Our vision is to provide a venue where creative children, hobbyists and famous artists can make a platform to raise funds through the sale of their masterpieces for noble causes such as the Gawad Kalinga organization, which aims to help the country via poverty alleviation for ten million Filipinos.

"Art can be a great equalizer." were the apt words of Rose Cabrera.

"We hope that children who live in GK communities can also be taught art, and the ones with the passion and talent to pursue this field can be helped through a collective marketing channel so proceeds of their works can help them and empower these children and hobbyists to help others as well. While affluent kids on the other hand can also be exposed to less privileged communities in the countryside which have been neglected and will have a venue to share and donate their creations through this platform." Anna Roman-Katigbak explained.

Totoo Pala Ang Pag-Ibig Cookies



'Eating your feelings' takes on a whole new meaning with Anj Orense's Totoo Pala Ang Pag-ibig homemade cookies. A friend from work, Charm, saw this Facebook post by Spot.ph about these baked goodies and her automatic reaction was to tag me. Hahaha. I'm not really surprised since I've taken the role of the token single friend in her 30s in most of my circle of friends, and things such as this can't be helped. (Other instances include being messaged out of the blue by another friend of how much she thought of me while watching Achy Breaky Hearts, bringing to my attention that I could create a project with all the third wheeling I do such as this one, and being reminded that I was doing the whole hugot thing before everybody else. LOL.)

Charm told me she'd get me a box (hahaha) and because I can't with her generosity, in return, I agreed to get her a Quattros Leches from Cake2Go. Do we sound weird with all this barter of food? That's how much we love to eat. Hahaha.


Buddha-Bar Manila's Exciting Promos


From lavish interiors, a serene atmosphere, world-class beats, and meals that will flirt with your taste buds with every bite, Buddha-Bar Manila is a haven located at the heart of Makati that will let you experience the simple yet rewarding pleasures of life. Buddha-Bar Manila stands out as one of the most unique and luxurious 7-star bar-restaurant-lounges in the country, and now, thanks to their latest generous promotions, everyone can discover what the Buddha-Bar experience that everyone’s craving for is all about.

For starters, take pleasure in a sophisticated dining experience with the Early Bird Promo that runs from April 25 to July 25, 2016. Early Bird Promo customers get a 20% discount on dinner a la carte menu at the restaurant area Monday to Sunday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

After feasting on the succulent dishes, get stylishly wasted with Buddha-Bar Manila’s Happy Lounge Promo that runs from April 25 to July 25, 2016. Happy Lounge customers get a 50% premium on all standard drinks by the glass every Monday to Sunday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and 50% premium on selected list of liquors by the bottle from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

The impressive array of Happy Lounge bottle specials includes 42 Below Vodka, Absolute Vodka flavor varieties (Citron, Kurant, Vanilla, Raspberry, Mango, Mandarin, Pears), Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker Black Label and Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila.

Both Early Bird and Happy Lounge Promos are valid for dine-in customers only. Take-out food and/or bottle keep are strictly prohibited. These promos are also not valid in conjunction with existing discounts, party packages, banquets, promotions, Buddha-Bar Manila initiated events and the like.

Dining in Buddha-Bar Manila also gives you a chance to win a brand new Maserati Ghibli with every single receipt purchase worth Php 5,000 on a la carte menu and PhP 30,000 on banquets and events. This promo runs until January 28, 2017.


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Buddha-Bar Manila, a franchise of Buddha-Bar Paris, is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. Early Bird customers must reserve tables/seats with our reservation officers at (63)2 856-6719, (63)2 856-6859, and 0998-9833918. You may also reach them at info@buddhabarmanila.com or like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Cinema '76 Features: Baka Siguro Yata, Blue Bustamante and Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa


My fascination with films, admittedly, is concentrated on foreign ones. If you'd ask me to name my favorite motion pictures, I'd give you a list of predominantly American and some Japanese flicks. When it comes to Filipino movies, I have very limited knowledge. One reason for it, at least for me, is that obtaining copies of international movies is exponentially easier, it's commercially more accessible, and another one is that Filipino films leaning towards the indie genre get so little exposure at local theaters.

When I first learned about Cinema '76, all I could think of was "Fina~fucking~lly!" \(^▽^)/ Cinema '76 is a micro-cinema (seating capacity is 60) that offers public viewing (for only PhP 100 per film!) of Pinoy classics, independent films and international arthouse movies. What's more awesome is that they're located in San Juan, which is very near where I currently live. *confetti everywhere* The cinema's cozy (though it gets cold sometimes) and comfortable (there are rows of couches and a bunch of pillows on it). Though I have two concerns: one, I'm wondering how Cinema '76 would be able to handle the continued influx of moviegoers. The place is small, but seeing their FB page, more and more people want to see the films they show. Screening times are extended to as late as 12MN and a lot of people are still not accommodated. Two, the same level seating. When we went there to see Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa, the person behind my friend asked if he could lower his head throughout the film because they couldn't see the screen entirely. HAHAHA. Imagine the inconvinience! I do hope they get to do something about these.

Moving on, since they've opened their doors, I was able to catch these three films: Baka Siguro Yata, Blue Bustamante, and as I mentioned, just recently, Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa. (I tried to be as minimal with spoilers as possible, but I think there's still a few giveaways.)


Baka Siguro Yata was part of Cinema One Originals Film Festival last year, and I found really cute and funny to watch. I went straight to Cinema '76 from work, afraid that the plot might get too boring that I'll end up falling asleep, which luckily was not the case at all. It's a view on love stories of three different generations; it's straightforward and relatable, I think, to everyone who watches it.

Dino Pastrano (he reminds me a bit of Seth Rogen; he also won Best Actor in the festival for this film) was really adorable and charming as his character, the contented-to-be-not-aiming-for-more web designer/band member, Carlo. How he got intertwined (aka got her knocked up) with Melissa (portrayed by Bangs Garcia), you have to see for yourself. Carlo got awfully whiny and loud, and got slapped a couple of times on some situations but you can't really help but laugh at the scenes! 

Katrina Legaspi was great playing Melissa's younger sister, Myka. She was annoying and funny and I enjoyed very much the love-hate relationship she had with Dino initially. As much she's a feisty little sibling to Melissa, she's completely smitten by her boyfriend, Jinno (Boo Gabunada), who pressures her into losing her V card to him. See where this potpourri of complications is going? Add the other leg to the triangle that is Dino's separated parents, Ricky Davao and Cherie Gil, who rekindled the flame and began cheating on their respective partners.

Although the plot may seem 'been there, done that,' there was something in the way it was all tied up together that made it work. It ended up being light, enjoyable and humorous (thanks as well to Nicco Manalo, Alex Medina and Jerald Napoles). I guarantee by the end of the film, Jinno's corny song will be stuck in your head for days.


Wink Laser Studio's Gentlemax Pro Laser Hair Removal


When it comes to maintaining body hair growth, I'm pretty much an old school type of girl. I resort to shaving when it comes to my underarms and shaping my eyebrows, I don't shave my legs because I never really saw it as a necessity. I have fine hair on my legs so it's okay with me. This is a personal choice though, if you're confident and comfortable going au naturel, that's perfectly fine as well. :)

Nowadays, there's a lot of choices when it comes to hair removal: waxing, threading, creams, IPL, etc. I've been really curious about IPL (intense pulsed light) since it warrants basically hair-free and smoother underarms (or whichever part of your body you want to be hair-free).

I've been reading about Wink Laser Studio last year and was really curious with their Revlite Laser Therapy but never availed of their services because of lack of time and resources. But I've always been keeping tabs with their latest technology for hair removal and correction of underarm skin tone.

Earlier this month, Wink was generous enough to give away free sessions of their newest offering, the Gentlemax Pro Laser. And because I'm not one to shy away from freebies, I joined, and yes, luckily won as well!

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