National Bookstore Invites You To 13 FREE Arts & Crafts Events This Summer!

Thinking of creative ways to spend your summer?

Why not take advantage of National Bookstore's 13 Arts & Crafts Events offered absolutely free between April 11 and May 3 ?

Great thing is, you can participate in any of the following summer activities to your heart's content:

  • Basic Manga Art & Story Workshop
  • Basic Sketching & Card Making
  • Binocular Making
  • Blocks Assembly
  • Clay Painting
  • Coloring & Drawing
  • Crafts Making & Face Painting
  • DIY Arts & Crafts
  • Doodling & Coloring
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Face Painting
  • Fashion & Art Workshop
  • Scrapbooking

Simply refer to the schedules below to make your very own Workshop Calendar this summer.

Important Reminders:
  1. Customers may participate in any of the activities for FREE. No purchase required.
  2. Registration for each activity begins at 10 am at the Customer Service Counter of each respective store.
  3. Each activity has limited slots. First come, first served.
  4. Activities will last from 2 to 5 PM.

Don't forget to bring the rest of the #fambam to make learning more fun!

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."  (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

National Bookstore 2015 Fun Summer Activities

Kaye Langit-Luistro: Tagalog Voice Talent with Studio
Kaye Langit-Luistro: Tagalog Voice Talent with Studio

Join the 2015 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop!

Now on its 2nd week, this year's McDonald's Kiddie Crew continues to thrill and at the same time inspire kids from 5 to 12 years old about the value of hard work and discipline all coiled up in a fun way!

My son Tutapel had a grand time in last year's workshop that's why he can't wait to participate in this year's event as well.

I, for one, got excited when I saw the new hat, shirt, bag and toque designs! :-)

Curious on what usually happens during the Workshop? Do check out this link to see my son's fun-filled experiences last year.

And to register for this year's McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop, simply go to the nearest McDonald's branch and choose your preferred workshop sked:

Workshop Dates are as follows:
Week 3:  April 13- 17
Week 4:  April 20-24
Week 5:  April 27- May 1
Week 6:  May 4-8
Week 7:  May 18-22
Week 9:  May 25- 29

Registration Fee is Php 595 inclusive of shirt, cap, bag, toque, artwork materials, pins/badges at the end of every activity, certificate and meals for 5 days.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014
Registration Venue: All Participating McDonald's stores


Unboxing Tous les Jours' Love Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake

It has often been said food has a way of transporting us back to the past. And I think it's the same with cakes. They, too, have a way of tapping into our memory bank like no other.

For instance, my earliest recollection involving these confections was during my 7th birthday. I remember becoming mesmerized by a gorgeous white cake in front of me and how heartbroken I was at the same time when my cousin smudged its glorious icing.

That memory was still very much alive in my head when I took this exquisite Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake by Tous les Jours out of the box. I made sure that the edges remained untouched and the over-all design, unaltered.

I can't even begin to narrate the horror I must have felt, if for some sloppy reason, this particular Tous les Jours Artisan Cake got destroyed in the process!

Any Tous les Jours fan would know that you don't just buy a TLJ Cake for the taste but also for its over-all concept. For one, I like how the Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake comes in a classic heart-shaped design bursting in red and white!

When I finally had my piece of the cake, I can't help but feel comforted by TLJ's soft, moist chiffon cake bearing its signature sweet 'n' tangy taste. On the contrary, my nieces and nephews found the cake too sour for comfort. 

"It's the yogurt..." I explained. "It's an acquired taste, alright. But once you get used to it, you can't help but ask for more." 

For some reason, I saw them finish their share and before long, they even asked for a second, third helping- and even apiece for later...  :-) :-) :-)

Unboxing Tous les Jours Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake
"May you live to be as old as the number of Instagram pictures 
you took of your birthday cake."      (Anonymous)

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Review: Michael Todd (True Organics) Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask ♪♪♪♪

Around October of last year, I received a product for review from Michael Todd (True Organics) which turned out to be a beauty brand popular among Hollywood circles and powerful glossies worldwide.

I've been using Michael Todd's Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask since then and I believe that 6 months is more than enough time to collate and analyze my findings and lay them out in a review.


The facial mask comes in a 100 ml (3.4 fl oz.) bottle bearing warm lavender tones. The product claims that mineral rich Charcoal is able to exfoliate and draw out impurities and toxins and clear the skin of excess oil, dirt and other pollutants.

Product packaging shows that Michael Todd Charcoal Detoxifying Mask is:

"...formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C for increased penetration and moisturizing. Mild action  and the presence of natural soothing agents reduce irritation and inflammation associated with sensitive skin. Exfoliates to remove dead skin, impurities and toxins, moisturizes and firms, improves elasticity and pliability of the skin, unclogs pores allowing skin to breathe and facilitates movement of skin oils. Turn lackluster looking skin into healthier younger looking skin."

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask


  • I may have found the mask's smokey, ash-like scent overpowering at first; but, on second try, I've begun to fully embrace it. 

  • I loved the mask's silky feel and how it was fully absorbed by my skin. In fact, I consider Michael Todd's version two notches higher than the other leave-on masks I've tried before-- in terms of texture, absorption level and over-all effect. 

  • When I first applied the facial mask, I was rather expecting it to leave an uncomfortable sticky feeling. My fear proved to be groundless when I felt like I just had a simple facial moisturizer on - and nothing else.

  • The built-in pump dispenser surely made every use, fairly fast and simple.

  • Compared to Korean Mask Sheets that somehow left a plumper-looking skin, Michael Todd's Charcoal Mask made my skin feeling and looking remarkably fresh, clean and hydrated.

  •  Even if I put the mask on for an hour, an hour and a half - even if the  recommended time is only 15 minutes - I've NEVER experienced any form  of skin irritation. 


  • I couldn't think of anything that I don't particularly like about the mask EXCEPT perhaps about the shipping time. In my case, I was able to acquire the product from the nearest postal office in our area, sometime between 2 and 3 weeks from the time it was dispatched from the US to the Philippines. 
Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask

My Verdict:

♪♪♪♪ Great! Highly recommended. 

How to Use:
  1. After cleansing, apply an even layer over face and neck. Avoid eye area.
  2. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse.
  3. Follow with toner and moisturizer.
* May be used 2 to 3 times a week.

 Michael Todd True Organics
Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask

What's more:

Michael Todd currently offers 20% slashed off prices from their product lines to my blog readers, anywhere in the world. Do visit this link to avail of the discount.

Michael Todd True Organics
Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask 
($34 USD or around Php 1,500)

Michael Todd