Maximizing Credit Cards this Holiday (Shopping) Season

Today is December 1 and only 24 days to Christmas! As such, everyone is busy spending and shopping for gifts to family and friends. Some of us like to use cash in purchasing but using credit cards (just make sure to pay fully on due date) is the way to go for me! To maximize these credit cards, we have to take advantage of the different promotions of the credit card brands here in the Philippines!

PNB Cards

Spend as low as Php2,000.00 and you can already get something in return.

I claimed my Large Gong Cha Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly from Gong Cha Philippines yesterday. It’s so easy to claim, you just tell the cashier that you will be claiming your free milk tea from PNB Cards. Show your credit card and they will swipe it, they don’t even need your charge slip anymore.

It’s either this Php95.00 worth of milk tea from Gong Cha Philippines or Php100.00 worth of The SM Store GC.

BDO Cards

Spend a minumum of Php3,000.00 and get Php100.00 worth of GCs.

Once you have your charge slip, it’s better to pre-register and get your codes at the BDO Treats Website. This is to save you time when claiming at the affiliate stores of Bench and at branches of Pancake House.

When claiming, give your card and your charge slips with written codes and wait for them to issue you your GC.

CITIBANK Cards

Spend Php800.00 at National Book Store and get gift cards worth Php150.00.

I haven’t tried this yet but this sure is a good deal. We could buy a lot of school and office supplies over at NBS that could work as Christmas gifts too!

METROBANK Cards

If you have a Metrobank Toyota Mastercard, you could have treats from McDo! Spend of Php2,000.00 gives you McDonald’s treats while a Php3, 000.00 spend will give you an eGC.

Who doesn’t want a McDonald’s treat?

Do take note of each promo’s redemption period. Read the terms and conditions to save you the hassle of arguing with the respective banks.

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Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea

Hello guys! Look what I have just discovered!

Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea is the newest brand of milk tea to hit town!

And their store in Ayala Malls Manila Bay opened just this November. Here are some snippets on what happened during their opening.

They definitely looked that they had an amazing opening day! The customers were given Php50.00 Gift Certificate to enjoy.

So what does Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea has to offer?

Brown Sugar with Pearl & Milk – who doesn’t like this?

Coffee with Pearl & Milk for coffee /milk tea lovers. Who said you can’t have it all?

Green Tea Latte is also a favorite.

And of course, my super love Taro with Pearl & Milk.

I am sure they have more drink to offer and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these yummy drinks!

Driving to Ayala Malls Manila Bay now! See you there!

PS. If you think the south is too far for you, they have 2 branches in the north – One Mall Valenzuela and Shell of Asia Sta Rita.

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Christmas Hacks

It’s one day before December and we are busy getting gifts for our loved ones. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t let our creative juices come in. We could also try to lessen the waste by reusing stuff found in our houses.

These are some of the Christmas hacks we did for this year’s gift giving season.

1) loombands gift tags

I am sure a lot of us has a stash of loombands somewhere in the house. Remember the year it was so IN?

My daughter’s gifts to her classmates are colorful pens and instead of wrapping it with gift wrappers and waste a lot of paper in the process, we thought of just putting mini gift tags on it.

We printed the gift tags on our stash of board papers at home, got the loombands out and voila, we got our own diy loombands gift tags.

2) old travel magazine gift wrapper

Another thing I decided to do is to use old travel magazine’s pages as gift wrappers. The item is a travel luggage tag and what more fitting than using paper with beautiful pictures on it.

3) reusing paper bags

From shopping and gifts from previous years, we have accumulated all sizes of paper bags. So I reused them for this year’s gifts.

Just put on some holiday tags and they are good to go.

I will be updating this post once I think of more Christmas hacks that could benefit not only me but the environment as well.

Thank you for your time! 😘

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EaTogether Food Hall by Vikings

If you have a big family, it’s really hard to decide on what cuisine to eat on a Sunday Family Day. Nothing to fret anymore as Vikings has already introduced EaTogether Food Hall. It’s a one stop fusion food hall with high tech self service ordering and paying counters.

This is not your usual food court, this place is actually a cool hang out place. The interior is very nice. They even have live music during weekend.

They offer different cuisines all in one food hall! And since Vikings is behind this great concept, you can be sure that food is of quality.

HAWKER LANE

Singaporean dishes await you here at Hawker Lane. Their fried rice and crispy noodles are good. The salt and pepper squid is tender and not chewy, the breading is not salty at all.

Salt and Pepper Squid and Fried Rice
Crispy Seafood Noodles
Sweet and Sour Pork with Peaches
Shrimp Pancake
Beef Brisket
Oyster Cake

JUST STEAK A MINUTE

This is where you will get your grilled stuff. The salmon is not proportioned to the rice. The rice is just too much. The salmon’s good though, it’s perfectly grilled and not toasted!

Food Display at Just Steak A Minute
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Pork Belly
Menu

SALAD & DESSERTS

If you want something healthy, you go directly to this stall. They have Salad in Bowls or in Wraps. They also serve bibingka and puto bumbong.

Puto Bumbong

Salad Bowl
Salad Wrap

JEEPNEY AVENUE

Filipino cuisine

L’ITALIANO

Pasta and Pizza carbo loading.

TONG YANG EXPRESS

Seeing those meat balls made me want to get a bowl and create my own shabu shabu meal. I controlled myself since I wanted to try Hawker Lane. Next time maybe.

SECRET CHICKEN

This stall is already closed when we arrived. Their cheesy chicken looks yummy. That’s something to try on our next visit.

MIEN BAO

If you’re craving for noodles and dimsum, this is where you should order.

DRINKS

They also have a separate stall for your drinking needs.

Another good thing about this place is their self service order and payment stations. Very high tech. Just press your choices into the machine and pay via your Vikings load, credit card, debit card or even via PayMaya.

Press press then tap tap! Easy right?

I love the concept of this food hall. Unlike other food halls, their prices are lower and the food they serve tastes good.

This is actually the 2nd EaTogether food hall. The other one is in SM Megamall. This branch is located at the 2nd floor of Uni Mart supermarket building at Capitol Commons.

Follow them on their Facebook page, Eatogether Food Hall, Capitol Commons for more updates.

See you there!

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Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone 21 Day Challenge – Part 2

Cheers to our 2nd week!!!

Day 8 – November 14, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do 2 Miles from the 4 Mile Power Walk Workout

Day 9 – November 15, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do Fast Walk from the Tone Every Zone Workout

Day 10 – November 16, 2019 – Goal os 3 Miles. Do a 3 Mile Walk from the 5K with a Twist Workout – a 5K is 3.1 Miles.

Day 11 – November 17, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do Walk Off Fat Fast Workout.

Day 12 – November 18, 2019 – Goal is 4 Miles!!! Do 4 Miracle Miles!

Day 13 – November 19, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do 1 Mile Walk Party.

Day 14 – November 20, 2019 – Goal is 3 Miles! Do 3 Miles from the Walking Off the Pounds Workout.

1 more week to go and we have accomplished the 21 day challenge. Give yourself a pat in the back for doing so well.

Check out Part 1 of the Challenge.

Check out Part 3 of the Challenge.

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Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone 21 Day Challenge – Part 3

We are almost at the end of our challenge! Congratulations for working out straight for 2 weeks!

Day 15 – November 21, 2019 – Goal is 2 Miles. Do the Throwback Thursday 2 Mile Power Walk with Friends

Day 16 – November 22, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do 1 Mile from the Walk 15 Series.

Day 17 – November 23, 2019 – Goal today is 5 Miles!!! Do 5 Miles and Grab a Fitness Band.

Day 18 – November 24, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do 1 Mile Walk Concert from Miracle Mile.

Day 19 – November 25, 2019 – Goal is 3 Miles. Do the Walk to the Hits Radio Remixes

Day 20 – November 26, 2019 – Goal is 2 Miles. Do the 2 Mile Walk from the Walk Off Fat Fast Workout.

Day 21 – November 27, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Walk with Family.

Congratulations for finishing the 21 day challenge. I am sure you’re pretty proud of yourself too! Because I am proud of myself!

Check out Part 1 of the Challenge.

Check out Part 2 of the Challenge.

Keep on Walking!

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Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone 21 Day Challenge – Part 1

I decided to do the 21 day challenge of Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone. I have been doing her workouts for the past weeks and I am enjoying every minute of it.

For most working moms like me, finding the time to go to the gym and exercise / work out, is really hard. Time’s not even enough at home. But I am fortunate to have discovered Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone. Check her videos out. Even a 5 minute walking exercise will make you feel light.

So here it is, I attached all the corresponding videos per day, if not the actual work out. Just play and walk. You don’t even have to search anymore.

We could do it mommies! 😉

Day 1 – November 7, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do the Fast Walking in 30 Minutes.

Day 2 – November 8, 2019 – Goal is 1 mile. Do the 1 Mile Walk from the Miracle Miles Series.

Day 3 – November 9, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do the Belly Blasting Walk – 2 miles with belly slimming moves.

Day 4 – November 10, 2019 – Goal is 1 mile. Do Easy BEAT – 20 min 1 mile walk.

Day 5 – November 11, 2019 – Goal is 3 miles! Do 3 Big Miles – Advanced Cut 45 minutes.

Day 6 – November 12, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do 2 Mile Walk from the Walk 15 series.

Day 7 – November 13, 2019 – Goal is 1 mile. Do 1 Mile from the 5 Mega Miles Workout.

Happy Walking!

Check out Part 2 of the Challenge.

Check out Part 3 of the Challenge.

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Menya Kokoro Ph

The long wait is almost over! Menya Kokoro Ph, the home of the brothless Ramen, the Mazesoba, will be opening its doors sooner than you thought!

The store is located in the 3rd Floor, Al Fresco Dining Area of Uptown Mall in BGC.

We got the chance to be one of the first people to try the Mazesoba and it is really worth the trip!

Here is their Open Kitchen where you could see the Chefs in action while preparing your Mazesoba!

On one wall, there’s a mural of the founder of Kokoro, Chef Takuma Ishikawa. Chef Takuma Ishikawa founded the Kokoro brand 2013 and has been awarded the best Mazesoba in 2014. His brand has expanded internationally to Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia and Spain, and now in the Philippines.

Cleanliness is top priority. All diners are served with this cute dry towel. It’s poured water so you could wipe your dirty little hands before eating. 😉

To start off our lunch, we ordered some appetizers.

Agedashi Tofu

Who doesn’t love Agedashi Tofu? Soft and creamy tofu.

Chashu

The Chashu is very juicy.

Takoyaki

I’m not much of a Takoyaki fan but this one I like. It’s crunchy on the outside then your usual soft filling inside.

So let’s talk about our main star – the Mazesoba. What is Mazesoba? It’s a brothless ramen. It’s dry ramen. It’s saucy ramen. It’s like yakisoba but it’s not. It has mostly these ingredients – nori (dried seaweed), minced garlic, soft boiled egg, green onions, chives, bamboo shoots, and spicy minced pork.

The bestseller and the original is the Tokyo Mazesoba.

Spicy Mazesoba

Zenbu Mazesoba

When your Mazesoba is served, it’s perfectly arranged. So how to eat it?

Break the egg.

Pour some vinegar to level the spiciness.

Mix everything.

Devour your ramen.

When you’re finished with your ramen and you still have sauce left, you will be given rice.

Mix the rice with your sauce and eat again.

Finish your bowl happy and full.

The mazesoba is really different from your usual ramen.  The overall taste is so good, the mix of all the ingredients makes it so satisfying to the palate!  It’s spiciness is tolerable and adds to the taste.

Menya Kokoro PH will be opening soon! Follow their Facebook page, Menya Kokoko PH, for updates!

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