Fujitsu Launches 2011 Lifebook Series

6 May

Fujitsu invited bloggers last April 27, 2011 at the Makati Shangri-La to witness the unveiling of their new range of Lifebooks. This array of enhanced LIFEBOOK is specially designed to deliver an unparallel user experience that includes solid computing performance, excellent media and graphic capabilities, and greater energy efficiency.

The  Product Marketing Manager of Fujitsu, Edmund Lim, gave us a very informative presentation of the innovations of their new products.

“We are now entering a multimedia-centric world where users demand for instant access to stunning and immersive visual, web and gaming experiences – often times all at once. Our latest LIFEBOOK line-up with versatile built-in processors is tuned to meet the varied preferences and needs of today’s customers. While we increase the power levels to achieve performance gains for high-intensity dynamic workloads; we ensure the power and thermal aspects are intelligently optimized at the very same time,” says Mr. Edmund Lim, Product Marketing Manager, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Ltd.

Aside from the new knowledge on the innovations of their Lifebooks, they also gave away a brand new Fujitsu 2011 Lifebook LH531 or a 3 days and 2 nights stay at Misibis Bay in Cagraray Island! Too bad I did not win though.

Fujitsu’s new line of LIFEBOOK that run on the latest 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ platform are specially engineered for higher performance, allowing its users to enjoy the best multimedia, visual and mobile computing experience.

Details of the new Lifebooks after the jump!

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Introducing, Magnolia Ice Cream!

4 Apr

Yes I know. Who doesn’t know Magnolia Ice Cream? For me who witnessed Magnolia conquer the hearts of ice cream loving Filipinos in its heyday, it is about time that this well loved brand have a monster comeback.

To introduce-I must say, to reintroduce some of the products we’ve grown to love during the nineties, Magnolia decided to give us their old new products through their Bloggers Party held last Friday at the San Miguel Compound in Ortigas.

We met MIC’s General Manager Mr. Mayo, who gave us an in depth background of what happened to Magnolia for the past years. We saw that the brand have taken the backseat for quite a long time, and he said that they are bringing back the flavors that we’ve grown to love now that San Miguel was able to reclaim Magnolia and setup their own plant in the Philippines. Which means that we now have the ability to produce Magnolia Ice Cream in our own land instead of having it imported from other countries.

Enough of the backstory, here are some of the new flavors that will be out in the market soon:

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Surfing at Marriott Cafe’s Ocean’s Surf Buffet

18 Jan


I haven’t fully recovered from the alarming weight gain from the holidays. Because of that, I’ve made a solemn vow to myself that I will take my 30-pound weight loss challenge seriously.

Until the day  I received this invite from the mail:

I rarely get invites from buffet dinners and the chance to experience this first hand in the Marriott is just an honor. So there I was in the office trying to starve myself to compensate the “pigging out” that will happen that Thursday night. Well, guess what it was all worth it! Here are some photos of the entrées from Cathie:

 

Any seafood craving can be sustained from the array of different entrées from the sea that welcomed us. From rock lobsters, seafood salads to sushi and sashimi, I really had a hard time selecting which entree to eat. I ended up getting almost all the offerings from the Japanese section:

 

The chef was able to capture the right taste of a good sushi! I was particularly in love with the ebi sushi. The plating was cute and as I bit into the prawn, the texture was soft and doesn’t stick to your teeth.

They also offer Italian dishes such as Stuffed ravioli with shrimps, Homemade Tortellini with Tune mousse and the Cafe also gives you a chance to create your own dish, an all time favorite for those who frequent Marriott Cafe.

If you are overwhelmed with all the seafood, they also serve juicy roasts from beef and lamb at the Carving Station, and some barbecue pork, marinated chicken and Beijing style duck at the Hot line section.

Ocean’s Surf will be available every Friday and Saturday dinner at PHP 1,750nett for adults and PHP 875nett for children. Children below 12 get in for half the price while children below 6 get in for free!

Marriott Cafe is ideally located at the lobby of Marriott Hotel Manila. Open daily from 6:30am to 11:00pm it offers a sumptuous local and international breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner buffet and irresistible a la carte menu.  For more information and reservations, please call (632)988-9999, find us on face book or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap.

 

The Dove Chocolate Experience

9 Jan

Look at what I’ve got from the mail!

Its a small bag with four new chocolate bars from Mars! And it comes with a letter for the blogger who receives it:

Dear Blogger,

In this package, you will find little glorious bars of silky, smooth, chocolates that may be the last piece of the puzzle to your “Me-Time Moments.”

Dove chocolates are designed to last and linger. We could describe what’s best about these chocolates but consider this as an invitation to experience Dove for yourself, and share your Me-Time Moments with your readers.

The first time I heard that Sai will be sending me some Dove chocolate bars I thought that the soap brand is branching in to a chocolate scented soap. 😀 The chocolates have been inside the refrigerator for almost 3 weeks (my family is waiting in agony for me to open it. Yes, that bit needs to be mentioned) because I’ve been thinking about the perfect Me-Time moment to incorporate it with.

Being the seasoned procrastinator that I am, I decided to try one while I contemplate on my goals for the new year. (I know, I’m that late hehe)

I sampled the Dove Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut, Almond and Raisin flavor first, it looks like your regular imported brand with a small D engraved on the surface of the blocks.

The texture of the chocolate is rich with just enough sweetness. It is not like the regular milk chocolate that is too sweet. As I bit into the bar, the bits of raisins and almonds balanced the already “just right” sweetness of the chocolate.

The packaging with its soft tones and elegant font face as a design, captivates you to try the product. Although it may not be the most attractive product packaging as most chocolates in the market in the same genre, the design is just enough to capture your attention and buy it.

I finally get to finish my goals for the year and am hoping to accomplish all of them. I decided to celebrate it with thee 3 Dove bars left in the package with my family.  Too bad my Mama and sister is sick that day so only me and Papa was able to taste the chocolates! Good news for us actually. We shared the Dove Milk Chocolate bar while watching TV. Actually, I ate most of the chocolate 😀

Dove is available at all local supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores at 45 pesos in 4 variants:

  • Dove Milk Chocolate
  • Dove Dark Chocolate
  • Dove Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut, Almond and Raisin
  • Dove Chocolate with Crispy Rice

Get yourself one and complete your me-time moments with it!

Marriott Hotel Manila Launches the Festive Season with Habitat for Humanity

1 Dec

To celebrate the Festive Season, Marriott Manila joins hands with Habitat for Humanity inbuilding decent houses to live for families in need. Another “Spirit to Serve” activity of the hotel,the project aims to raise funds by working to improve the environment and well-being of thecommunity they serve. By purchasing a Christmas ball worth P200 each, anyone gets a chance to be part of this worthy cause.


Spearheading the Christmas Ball donation is Model/Actress Ruffa Guttierez, Pasay City MayorAntonio Calixto, Marriott Manila General Manager Richard Saul, Marriott Manila Director ofSales and Marketing Indraneel Benadikar, and Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Nicanor-Jacinto.

For more information about this project, call (632)988-9999 local 8224 or visit our helpdesk atthe hotel main lobby.

ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:
Marriott Hotel Manila is set in the world class tourism complex of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located inNewport City across NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is merely a 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City andMakati Business District. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40″ full high definitionLCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan spa, 6meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club.

World’s Largest Bibingcrepe at Halfmoon Asian Cafe

30 Nov

November 23rd was quite a normal day for the city dwellers of Tomas Morato. But in Halfmoon Asian Cafe, something incredibly different was unveiled as the bloggers witnessed the unveiling of the largest bibingcrepe ever made.

Halfmoon Asian Cafe offers one-of-a-kind “bibingcrepe” and good old home-cooked Filipino favorites
Located on Tomas Morato Avenue, just a stone’s throw away from ABS-CBN and beside Bluewater Day Spa, Halfmoon Asian Café is the place to be if you’re the type who enjoys good coffee and conversations and more.

Bibingcrepe has the same fluffiness of the traditional Filipino delicacy and the creamy goodness of the French pancake. Eating it is like enjoying a taste of the provincial and the modern at the same time. Gillette, part owner of the cafe,  is proud to say that they’re the first to come up with the concept of bibingcrepe.

I don’t have the exact measurements, but the largest bibingcrepe is almost 10 times the size of the regular bilao.

The bibingcrepe was already cut in half when I arrived, so much for being late. There was also a design your bibingcrepe contest earlier where the bloggers got a chance to design their own bibingcrepe. They used chocnut, marshmallows, chocolate Nips, chocolate sprinkles among others to design their bibingcrepes. Here are the results:

Those are just the cutest bibingcrepes aren’t they? We had a lot of fun in the event! Specially when the owner told us that we can take home a part of the bibingcrepe. The bloggers were like kids taking turns, violently I must say, in getting a part of the bibingcrepe to take home. Some of us even took four boxes of the bibingcrepes home. I almost got four too, but I was a bit hesitant to show my “pigginess” to the blogging public so I took home just two of the boxes. Here is a video taken by Azrael of this bibingcrepe banter.

Aside from the Bibingcrepe, foodies can also look forward to enjoying home-cooked Filipino food, like Bangus, Binagoongang Baboy and Beef Caldereta. For first-timers, the Crispy Adobo is not to be missed. Served with a generous helping of rice, egg and pork cooked so tender with a little bit of zest, this dish will make anyone come back to Halfmoon Asian Café.

Foodies can also partake of the cafe’s myriad choices of Asian favorites: Siomai, Sirloin Tapa, Spanish Sardines and Gambas. To cap off a delicious meal, they can choose from a variety of hot or blended coffee drinks: Halfmoon Americano, Cafe Latte, Mocha, Cafe Bonbon, Chai Latte, Cool Mocha, Coffee Ice Blend, and many more.

 

A New Kind of Miracle

27 Nov

Admit it. It is so easy to be selfish during the holidays and splurge all your hard earned 13th month pay to yourself just because you deserved it. How many times have you thought about giving a chunk of that money to the less fortunate, which does not include your relatives and family?

I for one am guilty for filtering my Christmas list to friends and family. But now is the time to extend your reach and give something back to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. One way to do that is through Miracle Whip’s Miracle Machine.

Miracle Machine is a social network application and its objective is quite simple: to get people and their friends and their friends’ friends working together to make miracles happen for the less unfortunate. Think Facebook but instead of status updates and comments, you get opportunities to help.

 

To set the wheels of Miracle Machine in motion, visit http://www.facebook.com/WhippingUpMiracles, click on the Miracle Machine tab. Maybe there’s one miracle or two you’d be able to help us make happen and you might also consider spreading the word to your friends. There might be someone in your friend list or your friends’ friend list who has the means to answer a call for help or support a specific cause.

If we get everyone to pitch in, we can show that as more people become part of Miracle Machine, we get to make more and more amazing things happen!

The following recipients will benefit tremendously if everyone decides to take part:

Kythe Foundation hopes to help Angelalyn Magalano, a 13-year-old angel who suffers from Nephoric Syndrome and psoriasis by making her wish come true of meeting a pilot and talk about flying.

Jamboree Mountaineers hopes to make the indigenous tribes’ Christmas in Wawa, Montalban merrier by trekking there and delivering food for Noche Buena.

Childhope Asia hopes to keep street children warm this Yuletide Season by providing them with new underwear and clothes.

Kaeskwela hopes to fill the empty libraries of public schools in far-flung areas in the country with educational books.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) hopes to find abandoned dogs and cats new families to take them in by making them adoption-ready through grooming.

Sagip Buhay and Philippine General Hospital hopes to provide medical assistance for those who don’t have the means and access to proper healthcare with new blood pressure devices and Thermoscan thermometers.

Firefly Brigade and Tiklop Society hopes to collect 10 bikes and bike safety gear for people in urban communities to help them get from one place to another faster and safer so they can be more productive in their work.

Tahanang Walang Hagdan hopes to give back to the 326 volunteers who have selflessly devoted their time to the organization by giving them gifts this Christmas.

Resources for the Blind hopes to record an audio storybook for blind children to bring them to the world of wonder and imagination.

Museo Pambata hopes to make 2, 000 children happy this Season of Giving by gifting them with pre-loved storybooks and toys.

St. Martin de Porres Charity Home hopes to spread holiday cheer with a potluck party for the underprivileged kids under its care.

Finally, for the 12th miracle, a fully functional miracle conduit will be made available on the 12th day of December to organizations who need it and people with something to give.

To date, there are a lot of companies and people who reached out through this endeavor and help make some of the wishes turn into reality:

If you don’t have the money, there are others ways to help. Just go to the link above for details. 🙂