Saturday, August 25, 2012

Book a Cook-O-Rama Session at the Asian Food Channel (AFC) Studio in Singapore!

Wanna spice up your Singapore itinerary a bit?

 Asian Food  Channel (AFC) Studio at Orchard Central

Then you might want to consider booking your very own Cook-O-Rama Session with 4 to 8 of your loved ones and closest friends at the Asian Food Channel (AFC) Studio.


Learn invaluable cooking tips and even step by step instructions from friendly and experienced resident chefs in a conducive, interactive environment.

 Lovely Setting of Cook-O-Rama Sessions

Booking a cooking session is fairly easy.

Start by choosing 2 to 3 recipes from the featured list of yummy AFC recipes including these desserts offered exclusively at the AFC Studio Store. 

 Asian Food Channel Scone

AFC Studio Cake of the Day

Book a class by calling the Asian Food Channel (AFC) at:

+65 6505 9800
(Weekdays: 10 am=12PM and 1PM-6PM)

+65 6834 4829
(Weekdays: 6PM-8PM, Weekends: 12 PM-8PM)

Or email AFC at jason.kor@asianfoodchannel.com

Remember: Booking has to be made with a group of 4-8 participants and at least 1 week in advance of preferred dates.

Have a great time cooking!

Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #07-02, (S) 238896
Phone: +65 6834 4829
Email: afcstudio@asianfoodchannel.com




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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mom-Toddler Moments: Bonding Over Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake!

Looking for a simple yet creative way to bond with your toddler?


Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake

Then you might want to take home a dainty Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake- one of these days.

Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake

The kit is filled with two icing colors of your choice, some rainbow-colored sprinkles and Goldilocks Signature Fluffy Mamon as the "make-believe cake."


Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake

It's really up to you and your toddler to decorate the cake any which way you please. I guess that's what makes this particular activity extra fun!

Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake

But of course the most basic step begins by applying the icing onto the mamon.

Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake


Don't forget to add in another icing color for variety.

Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake

Now, you're all set to put in all those wonderful rainbow-colored sprinkles!

Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake

For a more elegant finish, don't forget to cover the sides with a layer of icing or two.

Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake

To make your creation even tastier, refrigerate it for a half an hour or so.


Voila! You and your toddler are now ready to enjoy your very own Goldilocks DYC!


Goldilocks DYC-Decorate Your Cake
Php 60 per box
Goldilolcks Bakeshop, Inc.
439 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City
Consumer Hotline: 532-4050-57 loc 224 or 252


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Join Tipco Tripaway 2 and Get the Chance to Win Free Trips to Boracay, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro & Bangkok!


Tipco 100% Broccolo & Mixed Fruit Juice
Tipco 100% 32 Veggie Juice
Tipco 100% Mixed Veggie & Mixed Fruit Juice


Want another reason to grab a carton of Tipco 100% Juice?

Perhaps the chance to win free trips to exciting destinations like Boracay, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro and Bangkok might convince you.

But for  you to earn a raffle entry, you need to purchase not just one, but three 1 liter cartons of Tipco. Yes. 1 raffle entry requires 3 Tipco products.

Simply keep the store invoice or official receipt, log on to Tipco Juice Philippines Facebook App and fill in the required details for you to earn 1 raffle entry. Don't forget to click the "like" button to access the app.

Tipco will then email your raffle details after sign-up.

For more information, simply read the mechanics below lifted from Tipco Juice Philippines Official Facebook Page


Rules and Guidelines:

1) From July 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012, get a raffle entry for every single receipt purchase of three (3) 1L packs of Tipco 100% Juice and get a chance to win any of the following:

a. Grand Prize - Roundtrip tickets for two (2) persons to Bangkok, Thailand for 3D/2N inclusive of hotel accomodation, daily breakfast, airport transfers, half-day city tour, and USD$200 pocket money

b. 1st Monthly Draw - Roundtrip tickets for two (2) persons to Cagayan de Oro for 3D/2N inclusive of hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, airport transfers, and White Water Rafting Package

c. 2nd Monthly Draw - Roundtrip tickets for two (2) persons to Puerto Princesa for 3D/2N inclusive of hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, airport transfers, and Underground River Tour

d. 3rd Monthly Draw - Roundtrip tickets for two (2) persons to Boracay Island for 3D/2N inclusive of hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, and airport transfers

2) Deadline for submission of entries

a. 1st Monthly Draw - 12:01AM of August 5, 2012

b. 2nd Monthly Draw - 12:01AM of September 5, 2012

c. 3rd Monthly Draw - 12:01AM of October 5, 2012

d. Grand Draw - 12:01AM of October 5, 2012

3) Monthly draws are on August 10, 2012, September 10, 2012, and October 10, 2012. The Grand Draw will be on October 10 2012.

4) Winners will be notified through registered mail

5) Winners must present the Official Receipt (OR) and a valid government-issued ID to claim their prizes

6) Prizes are transferable but not convertible to cash

a. Travel Vouchers must be consumed by July 31, 2013

b. Travel Vouchers will not be honored on the following dates:

- December 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013

- March 15, 2013 to April 15, 2013

7) Unclaimed Prizes by December 15, 2012 will be forfeited

8) All employees of Transaxion Unlimited Corp., its suppliers, distributors, dealers, service providers, and their relatives up to the second (2nd) degree of consanguinity are disqualified from joining the raffle

Per DOH-FDA Permit No. 0822 Series of 2012

Tipco Tripaway 2


New to Tipco's refreshing flavors and ultra-healthful benefits?
Here are some of my suggestions to help you get started:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Why Sephora's Soap & Glory Bath & Body Collection Is Gloriously Fab! ♪♪♪♪

If I were to pick one brand that satisfies my penchant for great smelling bath and body products- without breaking the bank-then it would have to be Soap & Glory. Thanks to Sephora Singapore & Malaysia, this popular British brand is now made available to its Asian clientele.Jaw Dropping Smiley

My Personal Soap & Glory Collection

I first heard about Soap & Glory from jadeisabelle.com- a popular beauty blog based in Singapore. She had an array of posts about S&G which made me want to go to Sephora right that very minute and grab all those wonderful stuffs. Smiling Smiley Face

Thank goodness, I didn't have to wait very long for our trip to Singapore was scheduled in a matter of weeks. It's funny how things turned out for I never got the chance to step inside any of the Sephora branches in Singapore.Oh My Smiley

You see, our schedule was quite full in SG and I couldn't squeeze in a visit. But I wasn't disheartened at all because I knew that in just a few days, during our stay in Kuala Lumpur- Sephora Starhill was a mere five minutes walk from our hotel!Cloud 9 Smiley

Allow me to share with you some of my Soap & Glory purchases that day.

Soap & Glory Flake Away Spa Body Polish

Soap & Glory Flake Away Spa Body Polish
50 ml mini-tub: around 18 RM or Php 240
300 ml tub: 53 RM or Php 707

       Soap & Glory Flake Away 

                                    Infused with Shea Butter, Sugar and Peach Seed


As you can see, it has a rather oily consistency just like The Body Shop Sugar Scrubs. Perhaps, the difference lies in the presence of peach seeds for greater exfoliating power. However to fully enjoy everything that Soap & Glory Flake Away has to offer, you have to apply the scrub on dry skin. If not, there's a high probability that the sugar granules won't be as effective in scraping away those stubborn dead cells.


When I did apply the scrub under these conditions, I felt that my skin was buffed extremely well. It also left my skin with an unexpected sheen which only meant that it was moisturized as well. A plus factor would have to be the glorious fruity scent that remained several minutes after the rinse. 

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter-Body Butter

 Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter-Body Butter
50 ml mini-tub: 18 RM or Php 240
300 ml tub: around 77 RM or Php 1,028



Slightly creamy in nature, the body butter was effective in removing the dryness off my skin and even left it with an undeniable sheen. The refreshing citrus scent with a musk undertone lasted for quite a while which made me extremely happy! 

Soap & Glory Hand Food

                                                         Soap & Glory Hand Food
                                           50 ml mini-tube: around 18 RM or Php 240
                                               125 ml tube: around 28 RM or Php 375

Soap & Glory Hand Food boasts of shea butter, 
macadamia oil and marshmallow

Although not as intensive as L'Occitane En Provence Lavender Hand Cream, Soap & Glory Hand Food still left my hands superbly moisturized, supple and soft. Its trademark citrus fruity fragrance is again one of the reasons why I simply can't get enough of this particular product. 

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel
Travel size 75 ml: around 20 RM or Php 267
500 ml: around 38 RM or Php 507

I simply adore the shower gel's creamy nature paired with a high-lather capability even without a loofah. For some reason, it bears the same scent as the Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter-Body Butter which I find a most welcome treat. 


MY RATING:
Soap & Glory Bath & Body Collection
♪♪♪♪ Excellent! Highly-recommended.


Where To Get Soap & Glory in South East Asia?

                                                               Sephora Malaysia 
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                                                                     Branches:
Sephora Starhill
Starhill Gallery
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
Sephora Suria KLCC
C22, Concourse Floor,
Suria KLCC,
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm

Sephora Singapore
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Branches:
Sephora Marina Bay Sands 
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue #B2-32
Singapore 018956

Sephora Ion Orchard
2 Orchard Turn Unit
#01-05/06
Singapore 238801

Sephora Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #B1-05
Singapore 238873

Sephora Great World City
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade #01-59
Singapore 237994


Next: 

My Sephora Starhill Kuala Lumpur Haul

Body Scrub Matchups: Asian Secrets Lulur, The Body Shop & Zen Zest


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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Power Drink Of The Day: Korean Ginseng Energy Drink From Nice Mart Korean Grocery ♪♪♪

When I first found out that there was a Nice Mart Korean Grocery just five minutes from our place, I nearly fainted with joy! As expected, I've become a frequent visitor along with my hubby, son, nephews and nieces. Clearly, it has become our undisputed "fourth place!"

 Korean Ginseng Energy Drink & Red Ginseng Tea

This morning though, I flew solo after dropping my son off to school. After indulging in my favorite korean ice cream bar, I went back to the counter to purchase my favorite Korean Red Ginseng Tea.  However my attention shifted to some strangely familiar Korean Drinks with ginseng root to boot. 

                                    Korean Ginseng Energy Drink in 120 ml bottles

You see, I've always wanted to try one of those but found their super-sized versions way expensive. I'm really glad that Nice Mart had several ones in petite 120 ml bottles.

                                      Korean Ginseng Energy Drink in 120 ml bottle

When I opened the bottle and sniffed the drink, I discovered that it carried with it a rather strong exotic smell. As far as taste is concerned, Korean ginseng energy drink reminds me a lot of apple cider with a touch of honey but with just a slight zing at the very end. 

It has a very light consistency and if not for the slight zing, I would have believed that what I was drinking was honey water and nothing else. But then again, I have a rather strong tolerance for 
"exotic healthful beverages" because I grew up drinking pure bittermelon (ampalaya) juice to treat my asthma. 

 Korean Ginseng Energy Drink with three year old Ginseng Root

Aside from the energy drink itself, there was also a 3 year-old ginseng root swimming inside the bottle. I was pleasantly surprised to find it insipid, soft and easy to eat. 

So what's great about drinking ginseng anyway?

Although ginseng's many benefits are purely anecdotal up to this time, there's a majority of people, mostly Asians, who believe that ginseng boasts of a number of vitamins, minerals, essential enzymes and amino acids which is great in prolonging endurance and increasing mental acuity.

I first started drinking ginseng not because an Asian advised me to but because I read about it from the book "New York Body Plan" five years ago. In it, the author, celebrity trainer David Kirsch included ginseng in his list of must-have supplements.

Ever since, I've been taking Red Ginseng in tea form and I have to admit that it has boosted my endurance a lot which somehow helped me as a Mompreneur.

On the downside, since the drink has sugar and citric acid in it, diabetics and those with very sensitive tummies might encounter some problems when they take Korean Ginseng Drinks frequently. 

Aside from this, a few years ago, I came across an article stating that ginseng is not good for cancer patients because it is perceived to accelerate the growth of cancer cells in the body. But of course, I'm not really sure if the study was reliable at all.  

My Rating:
Korean Ginseng Energy Drink
♪♪♪ Fantastic! It's on my list of favorites.

Korean Ginseng Energy Drink 
Php 70 at all Nice Mart Korean Groceries 
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Is The New Maya ThinKHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix Really Healthy? ♪♪

Like most people born in the 70s, I grew up devouring Maya pancakes. Back then, my daddy used to make me these incredible breakfast treats topped with a generous amount of syrup and butter shavings. I didn't know when it started; but, somehow I've begun to associate the Maya brand with bonding time with dad.  

Today, Maya may find itself in stiff competition with other pancake manufacturers like San Miguel Purefoods, but Maya has managed to maintain old customers like me and attract new ones through its innovative media campaigns. On a personal note, somehow I feel closer to my daddy- who passed away when I was ten- just by continuing with our family's own Maya tradition. 

Maya ThinKHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

During one of our weekly grocery escapades, I discovered Maya's newest variant: ThinkHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix. I must admit though, that the product had me at Whole Wheat which is in fact  healthier than white, refined flours. What's more, it uses Muscovado sugar which is deemed a healthier alternative to table sugar.

The Nutrition/Food Label seemed to confirm this fact too that was why I bought the new variant:                                                         Calories: 150
Total Fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 310 mg
Total Carbs: 30 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams
Sugars 11 grams
Protein 4 grams

Maya ThinKHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
No, they aren't burned!

At home, I mixed in the flour with a little bit of water and Rice Milk from Healthy Options plus added in a single free-range/organic egg. I prefer using Rice Milk over cow's milk or soy because Bala and I are both lactose-intolerant. I also like using free-range eggs for several studies have shown that they are indeed much healthier because they have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B and beta carotene over the conventional ones.  

After frying them in a tablespoon of olive oil, the pancakes came out looking darker than usual not because they got burned but because of the presence of whole wheat flour and Muscovado sugar. They also tasted much granier than the regular pancake mix perhaps because whole wheat flour retains more grains such as the bran, germ and endosperm, which are exactly the components that make whole wheat flour a tad nutritious than refined flour.

                                      Maya ThinKHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix


My verdict? If you want a healthier hotcake option, then you'll absolutely love Maya's newest ThinkHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix for it is delish and heart healthy at the same time. But if you're the type who detest whole wheat bread for instance, well, I don't think you''ll appreciate the unique taste and everything that this product has to offer.

Remember to go easy on the butter and syrup though to control your caloric intake. And although this particular pancake mix claims to be a healthier choice, a second or third helping may be detrimental to someone who's trying to pare off some stubborn pounds. Just be cautious with your serving portions though if you're at all concerned with your weight.

MY RATING:
Maya ThinKHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
   ♪♪ Good. It's worth a try.


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