EAT OR EEK? | NOBU MANILA’S SEVEN-COURSE MEAL

Verdict: EAT!

If you are into authentic Japanese cuisine, then you have to try Nobu Restaurant located at the Level 1 of Nobu South Tower, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy.Tambo, Paranaque City. They serve Nobu-unique modern Japanese dishes fused with Peruvian influences.

On February 21, 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to feast on a specially prepared seven-course meal comprised of both cold and hot dishes at the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant Nobu Restaurant . Thanks to Blogapalooza for inviting me to dine and meet with fellow Travel and Lifestyle bloggers.

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Me having a blast and fantastic food at the world famous Nobu Restaurant

I arrived with fellow travel blogger Erica Poyauan of thegirlwiththemujihat.com. We met up in the SM Mall of Asia and grabbed a cab to get to the City Of Dreams.

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Selfie with Erica Poyauan by the Sushi Bar of the Nobu Restaurant.

At the reception area, we were welcomed with the usual Japanese greeting  “Irasshaimase!” or “welcome to the store” in English by the accommodating staff.

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The Nobu Restaurant Staff, all clad in black with warm smiles, gladly posing for the camera.

Nobu Restaurant’s classic and orderly ambiance coupled with the fine luxuries of a five-star hotel no less got me transported back in time when I last visited Japan in May 2016.

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Me doing the “blogger pose”.

Erica and I were then escorted by the Restaurant Manager, Ms. Melanie Dimayuga, to the patio area to meet the rest.

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Nobu Restaurant’s Constant Haloot (Assistant Restaurant Manager)  and Melanie Dimayuga (Restaurant Manager) posing for the camera
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Diners may also opt for al fresco at the Nobu Restaurant Manila

In no time, we were asked to proceed inside where a private dining area was reserved for us. I found the chefs at the sushi bar busy preparing the meals for the guests. Despite that, they agreed to pause and pose for a photo opportunity.

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Sushi Bar, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Sushi Bar, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Sushi Bar and Dining Area, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Chefs at work, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Chefs pausing and posing for a photo opportunity

Nobu Restaurant Manila has a total seating capacity of two hundred ninety one (291) people. They have two (2) private dining rooms and two (2) Teppanyaki tables.

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Dining Area near the entrance of the Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Nobu Restaurant Manila has a total seating capacity of two hundred ninety one (291) people.
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Dining area of the Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Teppanyaki table, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Nobu Restaurant Manila also has a separate bar where guests can order sake and other alcoholic beverages

They are open daily and below are their operating hours:

Breakfast
6:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Monday to Saturday
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Sunday

Sunday Brunch
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Sunday

Happy Hour
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Everyday

Dinner
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Monday to Thursday
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Friday to Sunday

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Photo opportunity with fellow travel and lifestyle bloggers and friends from Blogapalooza.

To me, the seating arrangement was impeccable because we all got to sit next to someone whom we were meeting for the first time. It was a riot sitting between Me-An Clemente  and  Janelle Lazo Tee as we indulged our way to the very end of this seven-course meal. I might just post a vlog soon.

Nobu Manila;s Seven-Course Meal Menu
Nobu Manila’s Seven-Course Meal Menu. IMPRESSIVE. Got my taste buds all excited!

Each one of us got an Origami bird placed next to the menu of the seven-course meal. I must say that the meal selection consisted of seafood, vegetables and Wagyu meat to name a few got me and my taste buds excited! I am no food connoisseur and I will not pretend to be one. Hence, I will be sharing with you how I visualized my taste buds’ reactions to the food assuming that my taste buds had a mind of their own. So here it goes…

ZENSAI

We started with Zensai or  hors d’oeuvre in Nihon-go. Do not be deceived. This small and seemingly simple “taco” dish was explosive. The adage “size does not matter” seemed appropriate to describe it. It prepared my taste buds for what was to come. My taste buds were pretty much warmed-up for some jumping-for-joy moments! #smallbutyummy

Zensai or hors d'oeuvre in Nihon-go
Zensai or hors d’oeuvre in Nihon-go. Do not be deceived. This small and seemingly simple “taco” was explosive. It prepared my taste buds for what it was to come.

FIRST COURSE: SASHIMI DUO

The first course consisted of two equally strong dishes, the Yellow Tail Jalapeno & the Oyster New Style. #notonebuttwo

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First Course: SASHIMI DUO Those oysters were to die for from slurp to burp. The yellow tail jalapeno was spot on. Naks parang #masterchef

Oyster New Style 

I had second thoughts of eating the oysters out of fear of getting an upset stomach. I first sniffed one oyster. The aroma that filled my nostrils was reminiscent of my growing up years in the province of Pangasinan.  And the next practical step for me was to open my mouth and succumb to it. Me-An told me that the best way to eat it is to suck and slurp. So I slurped the second one till I burped as  my taste buds swayed to some calming music. #maalaalamokaya

By the way, the Kumamoto Oysters originated from Japan. They were brought to and raised in Australia just to end up in my mouth. #yunlang

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Janelle and Joel Slurping an Oyster
Janelle and me doing the slurp-to-burp

Yellow Tail Jalapeno

Next stop was the Yellow Tail Jalapeno. Oh, did I mention that this was just the first course? LOL.

The Yellow Tail or Dalagang Bukid in Filipino melted in my mouth. It was that good that my taste buds were in full synchronicity bowing their heads while chanting in complete unison “we are not worthy” as this world famous sashimi blanketed my palette. #grabesya

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Yellow Tail Jalapeno

Further, the first course came with a pickled relish that cleansed and prepared my palette for the next course.

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Me about to devour this pickled relish to cleanse the palette

SECOND COURSE: CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI

The second course was composed of assorted Nigiri and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice placed on a rectangular plate that was almost two feet in length.

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From left to right: Tamago or egg omelette with white fish and shrimp, Anago (sea water eel) cooked tempura-style, Tasmanian salmon sushi, Lapu-lapu sushi and crispy sticky rice topped with spicy tuna.
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Me and Me-An showing off the length of the plate

I asked the waiter where to begin. Do I start from the left to right or otherwise? No further instructions were given. I guess I just got to trust my gut on this one. My taste buds could not agree more as they prepared for this delightful marathon. My taste buds said, “STOP over thinking and just get one ASAP!” #nowna #walanaakongmasabi #bastamasarap

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Second Course: CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI
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Me-An looking so excited to munch on that crispy sticky rice topped with spicy tuna

THIRD COURSE: SASHIMI SALAD

The last of the cold dishes, this salad was composed of a lightly sheared big-eyed tuna with mixed greens and Matsuhisa dressing. People close to me know that I am not fond of eating just raw fish. I have always preferred Sushi over Sashimi. But my taste buds told my eyes to close and leave the tasting to them and told my mouth to shut up and partake! And I did… happy I did. That Matsuhisa dressing complemented the tuna.

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Third Course: SASHIMI SALAD
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Sharing is caring. Ace Gapuz of Blogapalooza getting a piece of Lee Rosales’s (not in photo) Tuna Tataki as Zandy Palisoc hands over the plate while Kenneth Surat looks on and is just having a grand time enjoying his meal.
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Susi Chef Kirika Oi of Nobu Restaurant Manila briefly discussing his selection of cold dishes

FOURTH COURSE: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER

The fourth course introduced us to the first hot dish. The perfectly pan-roasted Snapper or Maya-maya in Filipino resting on that golden stash of Miso butter and mixed vegetables such as bok choy, baby corn and shitake star drizzled with sweet chili cilantro sauce on top was a bomb!

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Fourth Course: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER

“Aaaawww, poor little fish looks so unhappy”, I said. My taste buds did not care and by this time decided to do the Zumba with zest!

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Fourth Course: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER Miso butter, sweet chili cilantro sauce, bok choy, baby corn, shitake star Hot meal time! That perfectly cooked fish resting on that golden stash of goodness was a bomb! “Aaaawww, poor little fish looks so unhappy”, I said. My taste buds did not care and were doing the Zumba.

FIFTH COURSE: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS

The fifth course was Aka Miso Braised Wagyu Cheeks with Soba noodles, onsen egg and Kizami nori. After devouring the succulent pan-roasted Maya-maya, I was already full to the brim. But my taste buds were now out of control and mounting a mass picket.

“Wag you ako pigilan… wag ako… “, they clamored.

“Besides, wagyu is wagyu so why not?”, they added.

#Nagwawalanasila #paEDSAnasila

5th Course: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS
Fifth Course: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS Soba noodles, onsen egg, kizami dori By this time, I was full to the brim. Wag you ako pigilan… wag ako… sabi ng taste buds ko. Besides, wagyu is wagyu so why not? Nagwawala na sila!

SIXTH COURSE: BLACK COD HOT POT

This clear soup looked all too simple but this sixth course cannot be undermined. I thought it was going to be bland and boring. Well, I thought wrong. As always, when it comes to food, the final verdict rests on the sense of taste and not of sight. The perfect blend of tofu, mixed mushrooms and negi was just right to settle down the joyous chaos experienced by my taste buds from the first course to the fifth. The sixth course also made sure that my taste buds had a good cool down, ready for dessert.

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Sixth Course: BLACK COD HOT POT tofu, mixed mushrooms, negi. Again… DECEPTIVE. This clear soup looked too simple. I thought it was going to be bland and boring. I thought wrong. #akonalanglagi By this time gusto ko na matuto ng Nihongo

SEVENTH COURSE: MISO CAPPUCCINO

Delightfully satisfied with the six courses I just had, I thought that there was nothing better to cap the night than a cup of coffee to get me going on my way home.

And so I picked up the spoon intending to mix that cappuccino.

“This cup of coffee is too small for me”, I thought.

Lo and behold, it was not a coffee beverage. I guess I was not being attentive to John Christian Ochoa when he served the last course. Or was it Fidel Cebreros? I can not recall. I was too engrossed sipping my soup that I missed the detailed introduction and whoever delivered it. LOL.

Being a sweet-tooth myself, I must say that this Miso Cappuccino is probably one of the best desserts I have ever had. The candied pecan loaded at the bottom of that vanilla miso custard revved up my already calm taste buds. They stood at attention as they crazily waited for that spoonful to land in my mouth. I finished this last course in less than two minutes! We (my taste buds and I) wanted to ask for seconds. LOL.

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Seventh Course: MISO CAPPUCCINO candied pecan, vanilla miso custard I thought I was having only coffee to cap the 7-course meal… again… I was wrong… #akalamolang mali na naman ako… ang sarap nito!!! nasa loob ang kulo kumbaga! You gotta dig deep!

Truth be told, this Miso Cappuccino got us all energized that we just kept on and on with our exchanges. We went around the restaurant to take more selfies and photos of the place, too.

Check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts for more. LOL.

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Nobu Restaurant’s Head Chef Michael De Jesus paying us a visit to make sure that we enjoyed the seven-course meal specially prepared for us (Video Screen Shot)

It was already past 10:30 in the evening when we decided to call it a night. We started dinner at seven. We had so much fun that I lost track of time. I did not expect that this was going to be a seven-to-eleven seven-course dinner affair.

Erica and I were among the last ones to leave the venue. We took the 11 PM City Of Dreams bus en route to the SM Mall of Asia and went our separate ways. I got home feeling great and not overfed. Tucking into bed, I messaged my brother in Dubai who is a big fan of Japanese cuisine to tell him that we visit Nobu Restaurant Manila the next time he comes home. He said yes and even commented on my Facebook post that featured the photos of the seven-course meal.

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Oh, by the way, I did not get an upset stomach.

 

For reservations:

Call: +632 800 8080 (24 hours) +632 691 2882, +632 691 2885

Email: ​noburestaurant@cod-manila.com

Signing out for now. Peace!

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Candid shot by Erica Poyauan at the Sushi Bar of the Nobu Restaurant Manila

MORE ENERGY, MORE BREATHABILITY, LESS WEIGHT | Cole Haan Introduces the 2.ZERØGRAND with Stitchlite™ in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines – 14 February 2018 – Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear and accessories, is pleased to announce the lightweight and extraordinary 2.ZERØGRAND with Stitchlite™ Spring 2018 collection.

With spring on the horizon, Cole Haan is introducing innovative Stitchlite technology across a range of products that suit men and women alike. The 2.ZERØGRAND with Stitchlite™ collection is a remarkably lightweight, breathable, and cushioned take on the standard oxford. The stitch design promotes airflow and cooling, while the Grand.ØS energy foam delivers targeted cushioning. In the Spring 18 Campaign, the men’s and women’s 2.ZERØGRAND with Stitchlite™ Oxfords float effortlessly in the air as rays of colored light shine through the open stitch. The light-infused bright colors, coupled with the this next-level iteration of Stitchlite technology, results in an uplifting, energizing visual expression that’s perfect for 2018.

Cole Haan 2.ZeroGrand with Stitchlite

Additionally, the Spring 2018 collection also features the GRANDPRØ Tennis Sneaker with Stitchlite™. This sneaker eliminated all of the unnecessary weight of traditional court shoes without sacrificing the Grand.ØS principles of flexibility, cushioning, and ergonomics. The GRANDPRØ Tennis Sneaker with Stitchlite is a shockingly light shoe you have to feel to believe.

GRANDPRØ Tennis Sneaker with Stitchlite™
GRANDPRØ Tennis Sneaker with Stitchlite™

The Men’s GRANDPRØ with Stitchlite™ Running Sneaker features stitching that delivers dramatic advancements in lightness and breathability. Grand.ØS innovation grips and comforts every bold step and stride.

Men’s GRANDPRØ with Stitchlite™ Running Sneaker
Men’s GRANDPRØ with Stitchlite™ Running Sneaker

Featuring a design that promotes airflow, the 2.ZERØGRAND Ballet with Stitchlite™ breathe deep and keep cool. The signature Grand.ØS energy foam footbed provides next-level cushioning.

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2.ZERØGRAND Ballet with Stitchlite™

Thoughtfully lightweight and cushioned, the Women’s GRANDPRØ Spectator Slip-On Sneaker makes it easy to go the distance. With the Grand.ØS rubber outsole and woven suede upper in leather trim, the sneaker is built to comfort your every move.

Women’s GRANDPRØ Spectator Slip-On Sneaker
Women’s GRANDPRØ Spectator Slip-On Sneaker

To learn more about the Spring 2018 collection, visit Cole Haan stores in the below locations:

  • Level 1, Ayala Malls Vertis North, North Avenue, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
  • Upper Ground Floor, Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Ground Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City
  • 3rd Level, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City
  • Ground Level, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, S Maison, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
  • Upper Ground Floor, SM City San Lazaro, Felix Huertas Street corner Lacson Avenue, Santa Cruz, Manila
  • Ground Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, #30 Meralco Avenue, Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City
  • Level 1, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City
About Cole Haan Philippines
Cole Haan is represented by Beawmont Distributions, Inc. (BDI), the exclusive distributor of Cole Haan products in the Philippines.
Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire and Creative Center in New York City is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear, handbags, leather, accessories, outwear and eyewear. Cole Haan stands for its commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. For more information, visit ColeHaan.com and follow @ColeHaan.

Bountiful Deals for a Prosperous Year! Lazada Philippines’ Chinese New Year Sale set from February 13 – 16

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Lazada.com.ph joins this year’s Chinese New Year festivities with a big sale happening from February 13 to 16, 2018, with discounts up to 85% off. Here are top deals to fetch this year of the earth dog:

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Style in Full Bloom

New Year means new you!  Now is the best time to buy your beauty and travel essentials online. Stay fresh and pretty by getting yourself a L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask for only Php 319.20 and a Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick on flash sale at Php 230. Plan your future travels in style by getting a Jansport backpack at Php 1,450 which comes in various designs such as white leopard, vintage vacation and sweet nectar.

Bountiful than Ever

Prepare for your Chinese New Year celebration at home. Enjoy listening to your new year playlist with the JBL Clip 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker at Php 2,199. Get yourself a Sony DSC-W800 Digital Camera at Php 3,999 to capture every moment of the celebration. Celebrations aren’t also complete without the feast. The Demotech Wide Electric Grill Tray at Php 899 is a must-buy for all your grilling needs.

Creating good feng shui is now easier! Shop for items you usually get from Chinatown like incense, lucky charms, feng shui lucky cat, golden wealth pot, red money tree and banguas, and have them delivered straight at your doorstep. Customers also enjoy free delivery for all Metro Manila orders.

This 2018, Lazada has also revamped both its website and mobile app to give customers a better shopping experience. So, what’s new? Customers now get to see products, brands, categories, and bundles personalized according to their preferences and shopping interests. The new shopping platform also provides an unlimited scrolling experience allowing customers to enjoy browsing Lazada’s top deals as if they were on social media.

More Discounts

Additional discounts are up for grabs thanks to RCBC and PayMaya. Customers who use their RCBC savings MyDebit Mastercard get a Php 200 discount during the Chinese New Year Sale for a minimum purchase of Php 1,500. PayMaya users get 15% off (maximum discount of Php 200) whenever they use the code PAYMAYAFEB for a minimum purchase of Php 1,000 until February 25.

It is just the start of a prosperous year with Lazada! More deals, brands and special offers are up for grabs this year of the dog. Visit www.lazada.com.ph or download the Lazada mobile app for free.

About Lazada Group

Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As the pioneer of the eCommerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Lazada helps more than 135,000 local and international sellers as well as 3,000 brands serving the 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions.

With over 210 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, sports equipment and groceries. Focused on delivering an excellent customer experience, it offers multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, comprehensive customer care and hassle-free returns through its own first and last mile delivery arm supported by more than 100 logistics partners. Lazada Group is majority owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA).

MARKETING | The Business of Love: Finding True Success Forever

A blissful relationship and a strong business are two of life’s greatest achivements and if you find yourself able to merge these two, you are definitely doing something right.

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From left to right: Reg Onglao and Gian Drilon of Asenso Shop

Starting a business is not an easy decision to make but 26-year-old entrepreneur Gian Drilon took his two cents’ worth and explored ways on how he can start a business of his own. He researched and read articles on online selling until he stumbled upon the Lazada selling platform.

In May 2016, he opened his first shop, Asenso Shop, where he sells products such as toys, games, and items for mothers and babies. The first few days were smoothsailing, but as months went by, it came to a point wherein he would get hundreds of orders a day.

His girlfriend of nine years, Reg Onglao, started helping out when she has free time off of work. She does special projects for Gian, among which is to help automate processes in the business. With her help, handling the business has been easier for Gian.

“Back when we started, I used to be the only full-time employee of the business handling everything—from product selection to packing. Within a few months, the orders quickly grew and became too much for me to handle alone, but like what others would say two is really better than one,” says Gian.

To date, Gian and Reg, with the help of their five employees, handle four shops aside from Asenso Shop. These are Watch Me!, their main shop where they sell fashion accessories; Asenso Healthcare, which contains health and beauty products; Gold Panda, a shop under a special partneship with Lazada where they sell gold bars; and ZG Designs, where they offer graphic t-shirt printing.

“I have very big dreams for our Lazada stores, and I always want to keep on improving. Every month, I keep on adding more and more assortment and I also venture on new product categories. Just like my life together with Reg, our love steadily grows each day with more and more varying experiences. I dream of starting a family with her, having kids, and buying a house,” shares Gian.

By working together, their relationship and business grew together determining their mutual career plans.  During Lazada’s Online Revolution Sale in 2017, the couple once received 7,000 orders in one day and this made Gian decide to take their relationship to the next level.

Gian proposed to Reg last December when he asked her to help him reboot his broken computer. When she opened it, she was surprised to see photos popping out with the question, “Will you marry me?” to which Reg replied with a sweet YES!

Through Lazada, Gian made his dream a reality. Not only does he get to spend his future with Reg, but he also is able to reach a nationwide pool of customers.

Juggling personal and business relationships altogether is no joke. “I remind myself that Reg and I are in a committed relationship—where two different people choose to become one, working together towards a common goal, and where each person complements and helps the other one grow,” shares Gian.

Gian and Reg plan to expand their business in the coming months and like them, you can do the same with Lazada Philippines’ selling platform. It offers a straightforward start-up process for merchants who want to start their own online selling business.

Selling on Lazada just takes three easy steps. Visit www.lazada.com.ph/sell-on-lazada/ to find out more.

About Lazada Group

Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As the pioneer of the eCommerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Lazada helps more than 135,000 local and international sellers as well as 3,000 brands serving the 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions.

With over 210 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, sports equipment and groceries. Focused on delivering an excellent customer experience, it offers multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, comprehensive customer care and hassle-free returns through its own first and last mile delivery arm supported by more than 100 logistics partners. Lazada Group is majority owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA).

GROOMING | DITCH CHEMICAL ROMANCE FOR NATURAL LOVE THIS V-DAY WITH NOVUHAIR

Its Valentine’s month once again! A month full of seeking to perfectly express your love in beautiful and fabulous ways. This is because they want to ensure they’re the apple of the eye of their special someone come the romantic occasion of the year that they will celebrate together.

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So if you find yourself being whisked away to a charming place or have planned on a candle-lit dinner date with your beloved, you’ve got every reason to get all glammed up on Hearts Day! Why not? T’is a celebration of love after all.

Make a big impact by putting together a look that brings out the best in you. From your clothes and make-up to the tiny details that count, you have many options to get that stunning aura on V-Day.

Better start with the hair, which usually draws attention to a person. Per studies, a head full of hair indicates youth and health at its best. Power and stability, on the other hand, corresponds to a long, shiny tress. A bouncy bob means bubbly personality. Meanwhile, curly locks add to masculinity and femininity.

Gotta hair like them? Well, don’t lose hope if you ain’t have any. All you need is love. And what a better way if it comes out naturally in you. Taking good care of it should not be enforced, but rather a rewarding pamper for yourself. This applies, too, when choosing the right product for your mane.

Stay away from chemical-based ones. This is a “must”, especially when dealing with problems like shedding or thinning of the hair. Most of which contain parabens as preservative, according to aesthetics and rejuvenation expert Dr. Cecilia Catapang.

“Through the years, as you use chemical-based product, slowly and little by little, your body absorbs the parabens, which accumulate to significant levels, enough to induce what is called an estrogen sensitive breast cancer,” she says.

Synthetic hair care products have several adverse effects because they are drugs. What you don’t know about them might hurt you. So avoid it the next time you go over the counter for your supplies or ditch what you’re using today for naturally-made products because they aid in stimulating hair growth while maintaining its natural water, shine and vibrancy.

Amid a glut of chemical-free hair solutions out there, Dr. Catapang recommends NOVUHAIR for its being natural and compliant to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, which means it doesn’t have paraben. In addition of its safety benefits, this topical scalp lotion specifically is the only hair growth product in the market containing 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients working synergistically to help remedy hair problems from growth to vanishing.

NOVUHAIR helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain moisture in the scalp and improve the overall appearance of the tress. Lastly, it’s more effective and safe solution to help remedy hair loss and promote hair growth.

Sounds like it’s time to shift to “nature’s answer to hair loss”, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to start loving again your hair with NOVUHAIR to enhance or bring back the old “crowning glory” to look your best in front of your dearest, or turning the head of a potential mate on you this V-Day. Let the love begin!

Discover more ideas on how to embark on a wellness journey at www.coryquirino.com.

TRAVEL | Bric’s Bellagio Collection: The Harmony of Fashion and Function

 

 

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The most sophisticated travellers set their eyes on the most luxurious destinations and covet only the most premium experiences and amenities: a relaxing cruise in St. Tropez, a ski trip in Zermatt, Switzerland or a weekend beach trip in the Bahamas.

When it comes to their preferred travel luggage, the most privileged clienteles demand timeless beauty that stands out, and dependable durability that supports their jet setting lifestyle.

Italian heritage brand Bric’s captures the perfect balance between breathtaking fashion elegance and reliable functionality with its core collection, Bellagio.

The vintage-looking Bellagio collection recalls classic travel bags and the tradition of elegant travel trunks, whose merit is the perfect recovery of such flavors in an item of groundbreaking functionality, strength, and lightness.

Bellagio is recognized by its vaguely squared shape with a somewhat retro allure, enhanced by leather details, like the straps that characterize the front frame and cover the corners.

Each piece from the collection oozes with functional style. The compact luggage’s exterior is made of high-performance polycarbonate trolleys in four sizes – light, convenient, strong, functional and handy. Smooth Japanese wheels, a convenient and ultra-light tow, a new TSA lock, leather-coated handles are just a few of the structural pluses of this line.

In order to satisfy the need for neatness, comfort and lightness, the interior’s structure has a soft lining with herringbone pattern; both compartments are closed with a zipper and hook respectively to allow perfect arrangement of items and clothes which ensures maximum storage options.

Meanwhile, a hook for the garment bag is provided, but the latter was intentionally not included to avoid too much weight in case this option is not desired by the client. A sleek and small hot-printed leather pocket is also included which bears the Bric’s name and recalls the company’s experience in travel items: Italian travel bags and fine leather goods since 1952.

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Bric’s Bellagio Collection

Leather is used abundantly to enhance the precious craft manufacture of this product, also shown by the leather’s grain and by the exposed stitching in contrasting yarns. There are different colors available, all with tan leather trimmings: cream, blue, black and olive green. New colors: shiny red and shiny grey.

Ultimately, Bellagio simply embodies the harmony of fashion and function in its elegant range of trolleys characterized by utter functionality, deliberately designed and created as “cross-products” of Bric’s in that the selected colors allow matching with other Bric’s travel lines: Life for olive green and red, Magellano for black, and Firenze for cream.

These lines, in fact, offer a variety of carry-ons and semi-stiff trolleys in the same hues to perfectly match with Bellagio and thus create sets that fit all types of journeys and transfers and respond to various needs of modern travelers.

The collection is available in SM Aura Premier, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Ayala Center Cebu. Bric’s luxury luggage is distributed in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc.

For more details about Bric’s Bellagio collection, visit www.facebook.com/bricsphilippines.

 

TRAVEL | Bric’s Celebrates 65 Years of Timeless Italian Travel Bag Design and Exemplary Craftsmanship

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For the past 65 years in the business, Bric’s has become a catalyst in enriching the travel experience with its long standing territorial roots and passion in producing fine craftsmanship and manufacturing – as well as attention to detail which has been the centerpiece of Bric’s.

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Bric’s Mix and Match

Bric’s success is founded in its quest to continuously seek for constant development as it navigates to new horizons where research and Heritage, innovation and tradition, functionality and elegance are intertwined and balanced with skilled craft, advanced technology, and interpretation of new trends, creating a perfection fusion between shape, function and design.

For this reason, Bric’s finds itself imprinted in history as the ambassador of Italian style in the world, where it capitalizes on the potential of the global marketplace and at the same time, staying true to its motto “Made in Bric’s”, which represents the philosophy and culture of “Made in Italy.”

Ideas and the ability to turn resources into winning products are the main assets of Bric’s, as well as its mastery of creativity in marrying marries innovation and tradition. By observing the perfect blend of functionality and beauty, Bric’s has successfully tackled ambitious projects of well-established style, which continues to be the driving force as it enters new frontiers.

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Bric’s Store Galleria Milan

Today, Bric’s mission remains the same as when it started – to become a leader in the luggage and travel bags industry with its products that have become renowned for its image and functionality, and a positive quality/price ratio.

With an established worldwide distribution, Bric’s finds itself in the Philippine soil as it looks to cater Filipino connoisseurs of fine design and craftsmanship when it comes to luggage and travel bags.

Bric’s currently has three stores in the Philippines located at SM Aura Premier, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Ayala Center Cebu. Bric’s luxury luggage is distributed in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc.

For more details about the Bric’s collections, visit www.facebook.com/bricsphilippines.

EAT OR EEK? | MALAYSIA’S LIQALIC FRUIT POPSICLES BY M FRUITS

This is part one of my travel vlog about my recent visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to have a quick meeting and, of course, to see, taste and feel what Kuala Lumpur has to offer. The last time I visited Kuala Lumpur was in 2016 to attend a major meeting of the company that I used to work for and I did not have the opportunity to experience what they call the country that is ‘Truly Asia’, Malaysia.

The video below is a special episode of EAT OR EEK?, my version of a food review, where  I tried and tasted LIQALIC Fruit Popsicles by M FRUITS (a product of Malaysia). Is it EAT or EEK? Watch the video to find out. Have you tasted this yet? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

It was a quick visit and unfortunately I did not get to see the outskirts or the countryside of Malaysia. I will be posting Part 2 (blog and vlog) soon to share with you the tourist spots that I was able to visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Special thanks to Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel for the warm accommodations.

I need to go back to my laptop to resume editing. Signing out for now. Peace!

TRAVEL | Experience an exclusive paradise vacation like no other with GetGo’s promo

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Winning GetGo members can relax in the fresh ocean breeze while enjoying a stunning view of the clear blue waters surrounding the island.

Have you ever imagined staying in an island exclusively for you and your loved ones? Do you want to experience the luxury of having your own paradise for free? Well, GetGo members are up for the grandest reward of their lives yet with GetGo’s Exclusive Island Escape promo.

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GetGo’s Exclusive Island Escape promo will take lucky members to Palawan’s beautiful tropical heaven for a vacation like no other.

Three lucky GetGo members can have a piece of heaven on Earth with round-trip tickets to Coron, Palawan and a 3-day all-expense-paid stay at Bamboo Private Islands.

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Bamboo Private Islands lies hidden in the middle of trendy Calamianes but travelers can easily access it with a banca or speedboat ride from Coron. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted with white sands and crystalline waters surrounding the beautiful island.

Individuals, couples, barkadas, and families can enjoy a peaceful escape and soulful getaway with the island’s promise of exclusivity and privacy. Uniquely-designed bamboo huts await guests who want to experience a simple and humble island living. Bamboo Private Islands also boasts of its true farm-to-kitchen dining where everyone can delight in authentic, delicious everyday meals using the best and safest local ingredients from the island’s organic farm.

Likewise, adventure seekers can make the most out of their island stay by indulging in exciting activities where they can see and appreciate the beauty of Calamianes. From snorkeling, diving, kite boarding, paddle boarding, and island hopping, travelers can enjoy breath-taking views of the island’s waters and mountainscapes. Guests can even dine while basking in the picturesque sight of the sunset at the open-air pavilion.

To join and experience the perks of living in the ultimate dream island in the country, members simply have to earn and/or redeem GetGo points from January 31 to March 31, 2018. Each GetGo point earned and redeemed is equivalent to one (1) raffle entry.

More entries, more chances of winning! GetGo members who use their Cebu Pacific GetGo Debit Cards by Unionbank and GetGo Peso+ Prepaid cards get 2 raffle entries for every point earned. Members who use their Cebu Pacific GetGo Gold and Platinum Credit Cards by UnionBank get 3 raffle entries for every 1 GetGo point earned.

So, what are you waiting for? Live the GetGo lifestyle with its wide network of partners to earn and fly your way to Palawan’s Bamboo Private Islands.

For more information on memberships and partners, visit www.getgo.com.ph. Stay updated on the latest promos by liking GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.