Thursday, September 3, 2015

I first knew about Pine-Sol through my mom who's very OC about everything. My parents would buy gallons and gallons of Pine-Sol from S&R and I would always find it funny. Heehee! But seriously, I haven't always liked the smell of the competing brand's lemon scent, masakit sa ilong, and it's one of the reasons why I wasn't using any cleaners in my kitchen or bathroom, just plain soap. Then one day my mom gave me a bottle of Pine-Sol to try and it changed my life. May ganong drama? Heehee!
This package came to my doorstep about a month ago! So much Pine-Sol goodness! I didn't know they have other variants. I am very excited to try the other variants especially Lavender.

Along with the bottles of Pine-sol was an invitation to spend a morning of health and wellness at Sofitel Manila. It was my first time to do yoga and I was nervous because it has been awhile since I did some exercise but I was also excited to try something new!
I came straight from taking Y to school. We all met at the Le Spa where we had a change of workout clothes then went straight to So Fit.
Before we began our yoga class, Tisha De Veyra, Director of Marketing for Clorox International Philippines Inc., welcomed us to our morning of health and wellness. I can feel that everybody in the room that morning was happy to break away from their daily routine and just spend time with fellow mommas.
Then Tisha asked us what do we do for our me time.
My me time is my sanity check. I don't get to have a lot of me times nowadays but I make the most out of it with short trips to the grocery, spending time (just like the Mothers Who Brunch last month) and eating out with friends or the 3 hours I spent in school everyday while waiting for Y and I really really savor my me-time!
Our Yoga Instructor was Joanne Santos. Teacher Jojo has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. She started doing yoga as a way to lose her pregnancy weight.
  Ako kaya kelan papayat? Heehee! Most of us were beginners (and anxious at the same time haha) and assured us we won't be doing any complicated poses but only basic yoga.
 Stretch pa more.
I must say I really enjoyed the yoga class, reminds me very much of the warm-up exercises we do in my dance class in college. I can't say the same in terms of my flexibility. Haha! My muscles and joints are tight na. But I didn't feel any immediate pain after. Heck! I didn't even sweat. But lo and behold the next day, my leg muscles hurt! And I have to climb up and down four flight of stairs because we live on the 4th floor! Ouch!
But look how refreshed and recharged we looked. Bagay ang yoga sa atin. Haha! Thank you Pine-sol for our yoga me-time! It was one of the most quiet hour I have spent with myself. Namaste!

After our class, it was time for lunch! We went back to Le Spa to freshen up, had change of clothes, and fix ourselves then went to one of Sofitel's function room for lunch and to talk more about Pine-Sol.

Renelle Revilla Delos Santos, Brand Manager for Pine-Sol, told us more about the brand, its history and the many ways how we can use Pine-Sol in our homes.
Pine-Sol was created by chemist Harry A. Cole. He long knew that pine oil was a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. One day he decided to roll up his sleeves and created Pine-Sol® Brand Cleaner! The brand was later acquired by the Clorox Company in 1990. Today, Pine-Sol® All Purpose Cleaner comes in five scents: Original, Lemon Fresh, Orange Energy, Lavender Clean® and Sparkling Wave®.

For so long, I only thought Pine-Sol can only be used for cleaning the bathroom. Well, that's how we've been using it. Haha! Cai, kaya nga All Purpose Cleaner eh. Toink! So I was so amazed on the many ways on how we can Pine-Sol® in our homes! I'm sharing with you some of the How-Tos we can use Pine-Sol®! Just click on the photo to enlarge!
With Pine-Sol®, you don't need to buy separate cleaners for your furniture, floor, appliances, and counters. Pine-Sol® can fight dirt, germs, grime and greases, and deodorizes all of these surfaces. Talk about value for money, right?  Did you know (for general cleaning), a 500ml bottle gives you 8.3 gallons or 33 liters of cleaning power! Just add water and save! Ang galing diba? I am going to copy and Didi and put them in atomizers and put them in every room of the house! Easy, practical, and budget-friendly!

While having our healthy meal, talks about beauty, nutrition, and wellness were given by Nutritionist Agnes Tumaneng, RND and Dr. Jade Cada, Aesthetic Doctor at Vietura. We have to take care of ourselves so we can also take good care of our family too, right?
We had this super yummy lunch to go with the talks.
 Thank you Pine-Sol® for our pamper day! We all deserve it!

Each of us took home a tote bag with a bag tag with our initials and I loved everything inside: more Pine-Sol®, Aquazorb Towel, Klean Kanteen, notepad, and a Vietura GC! Thank you so so much Mish and Patty for inviting me!
How about you? Do you have a Pine-Sol® favorite? Pick your Pine-Sol®! For more information on Pine-Sol®, check out Pine-Sol Philippines!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AwI feel like I'm always hungry and keeping photos of food in my camera roll on my phone is not helping but it also reminds me I haven't written about them yet! Heehee!

This one is long overdue! I've been wanting to write about what I ate in Toby's Estate for so long but didn't have the time then forgot all about it until now. Michelle, Jackie and I had lunch at Toby's Estate in Ortigas before we went to our class in Global Academy last May.
2, 6, and 18. Picture muna while waiting!
It's a nice place to hang out, it can be your mobile office for the day or a place where you can have team meetings.
Food is good but price is on the higher side (or baka kuripot lang ako hahaha).
I had the Dutch Eggs (Php325) and Flat White (php150). I love eggs and bacon and bread so this was a winner for me!
Jackie had the Smoked Salmon And Greens (Php325).
And Michelle had the Patty Melt (Php450).
It was a good lunch over good chika with the moms and the fashion blogger momma Jackie couldn't resist the white brick wall. Heehee! Nag mini fashion shoot kami for Jackie's OOTD outside Toby's heehee!
Medyo na-late lang naman kami sa Global Academy class namin heehee!

Toby's Estate
V Corporate Center, LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Robinsons Cybergate Beta Building, Ruby Road, Ortigas, Pasig City
Twitter: @tobyestatePH
Instagram: @tobyestatePH

I met some of my college friends last month at Mom & Tina's to discuss our supposedly Baguio trip with friends turned into a Sio Family vacation na lang because our plans didn't push thru! Haha! 
It's the only restaurant we found that opens at 7AM.
It was early in the morning that the place was still empty. Nice to know that there's a restaurant that opens this early in the morning!
We had a breakfast planning sesh over Mom and Tina's and we all ordered the same thing. 
U.S. Beef Tapa (Php250) and Cafe Latte (Php95) (I had two cups, by the way) to go with it. Honestly, it was okay but I had better tapa.

Next time maybe I should try their pastries naman. :)

• 58 Sgt. Esguerra Ave. South Triangle Quezon City
• FRDC Bldg. 106 E.Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Pasig City
• 2nd Floor. Regis Bldg, Katipunan Ave.Quezon City
• Unit 14 Tropical Palms Condominium, 103 Delarosa St. cor. Perea St., Legaspi Village Makati 
Contact Numbers:
(02) 914-0833 - Pasig
(02) 332-3080 - South Triangle
(02) 840-4299 - Makati
(02) 990-2875 - Katipunan

And here's a new restaurant in San Juan where Chevrolet hosted lunch (I can't wait to test drive a Chevy Trailblazer next weekend!) for us. It's near the Rustan's Supermarket. Cafe Sansó is beside Fundacion Sansó/Museo Sansó, where the works of Juvenal Sansó's are displayed. We have yet to visit the museum though. BOS, tara? But for now, let me tell you about the lovely lunch we had.
Ensalada Mixta Y Gambas (Php340)
Jamon Serrano, Melon and Mango Salad (Php295)
This Calamari Fritta (Php280) is yummy! I love squid and you'd know how good a calamari is if you can't stop eating it!
Paella a la Catalonia (Php600)
I am not a callos person but this Callos a la Madrillena (Php290) is an exception. So good with rice heehee!
This Salpicao was so good!!! It's a must-try at Cafe Sanso but I can't find it on their menu online.
This Paella was not on their menu also but it was also good with that melted cheese on top. Now I'm hungry!

I have to say I loved everything we had at Cafe Sansó. The paella at salpicao were winners. I want to go back to try their sandwiches naman!

Cafe Sansó
32 V. Cruz, Little Baguio, San Juan City
Facebook: Cafe Sansó

Friday, August 21, 2015

Who loves paper, notebook, and stationeries?! Me! Paper makes me happy and I know a lot of my friends feel the same way too. I grew up collecting stationeries, pencils, erasers, notebooks and I still have them and kept them in my room in Laguna. It's a 90s kid thing siguro no? I remember we used to frequent Loft in Hong Kong when we were kids and would stay there for an hour just looking around. And I think I have found a similar wasteland here! 
Paper Stone sent me these super cute notebooks and stickers. Y wants them too!
A sticker album, notebook, and stockers!
Rainbows and clouds. If Paper Stone exists when I was in college, I would have this as my notebook for sure!
Macaron and alphabet stickers that can be stick on to...
this Sticky Tales sticker album! I had a few sticker albums when I was younger and this brought back so much memories! I'll give this to Y when she's a little bit older. :)
Paper Stone, originally from Singapore, is a stationery and gift item brand with original and liveliest and cheeriest designs and illustrations fit for all ages. I've never been to any Paper Stone store yet but I've been wanting to! I've only seen the store from their FB Page and OMG! I am sure I won't leave Paper Stone empty handed!
Oh those wrapping papers! Be still my heart. (Photo from Paper Stone Facebook Page)

I've promised myself I'll visit a Paper Stone store but I still can't find the time. I will really soon and hoard everything! Heehee! Why don't you check it out and tell me about it? :)

Paper Stone has branches in Glorietta, Alabang Town Center & UP Town Center! Follow and like them @thepaperstoneph!

Another cute gift we received was a pair of Herschel Supply Co. bags for the kids. BOS was a bit envy because he wants a Herschel bag for himself. He said he'll just borrow R's bag na lang heehee!
Herschel's story started in Scotland in the 1900s by a couple, Peter and Annie Cormack, who were barrel makers by trade. They immigrated to a beautiful town outside Herschel, whose population today is counted at 30 residents. Today after more than a century, the great grandchildren of Peter and Annie remain in the business of manufacturing. Instead of barrels, backpacks and bags are now created.

The backpacks have been with me for a few months now but the kids only got to use it last week during our Baguio trip. I asked them to pick which one they want para walang away (rather than me "assigning" which bag goes to who) They won't leave without them! I asked them to put whatever they want in their backpacks: toys, pens, papers, just as long as it's not heavy (because I want them to learn to carry their own bags).
Left: Heritage Backpack in Chambray Crosshatch
Right: Survey Backpack in Red Shift/Navy Rubber

The size of the backpack is perfect for short trips to the mall and for travelling. I love the classic silhouette of the Heritage Backpack and the signature style of the Survey Backpack! Both feels sturdy and made of quality material. The kids have so much lunch boxes and mini backpacks and there's really a difference when you buy branded and non-branded ones. I really hope these Herschel bags can withstand the everyday wear and tear because I am sure small backpacks would be handy to have in your kids' closet. 
The Survey Backpack is just right for Y. Yes, they wore their backpacks while golfing. Heehee!
While the Heritage Backpack is still a little big for R, he still loved it! He was excited to bring his toy cars to Baguio!
Just "some" of the things inside R's bag: Babiators, toy cars and a windbreaker which he gets mad when he saw it inside his bag.

Maybe BOS and I should also get ourselves a Herschel bag each to match the kids noh? Now I have an idea what to give BOS on Christmas... wag lang niya to mabasa. Heehee!

Herschel Kids is available at:
Herschel SM Megamall (UGF, Building A) 
Herschel SM North Edsa (Level 2, Annex Building) 
Herschel Alabang Town Center (Level 2, New Wing) 
Herschel SM Aura (Level 3) 
Herschel TriNoma (Level 3) 
Herschel Ayala Cebu (Level 2) 
Herschel Marquee Mall Herschel Centrio Mall (CDO) 
Herschel Abreeza Mall (Davao)

Don't forget to like Herschel Supply Co Philippines on Facebook!