Synergy: The Big FujiFilm Philippines Event

FREE Event to Photo Enthusiasts Tomorrow. “Synergy” a @FujiFilmPH big event. #fb

What to hit the first day of the last quarter of the year? Then head out to Rockwell Tent tomorrow for the biggest FujiFilm Philippines event of the year, Synergy: Photography. Music. Community.

FujiFilm Philippines will be holding an affair that integrates lights, sounds and people together.

Be one of the first persons in Asia to see the new breed of X-Series cameras, as FujiFilm Philippines…

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After launching a few weeks back its Fall Winter 2014 Collection, global fashion brand Uniqlo unveils locally its second collaboration with French fashion icon Ines de la Fressange as addition to its Unqilo Fall Winter 2014 collection.

Uniqlo Philippines showcased the collection to the press at its SM Megamall branch sporting the designs of Ines de la Fressange. A wide selection of wearables from top to bottom for the colder days.

Uniqlo Ines de la Fressange Fall Winter 2014

You can ask for assistance to direct you straight to the Ines de la Fressange Fall Winter 2014 collection in case you’re having a hard time. Nonetheless, it will be just a breeze to find one.

The Uniqlo Fall Winter 2014 Ines de la Fressange Collection is only available at the SM Megamall, SM Aura and Glorietta 5.

So, how do I see the collection?

One word.


I would love to see my fiancee Cristelle Torres of GirlandBoyThing wearing one of these collections come the colder months here in the Philippines or in any of our travel in colder areas and countries.

Cristelle Torres Uniqlo Ines de la Fressange

I am pretty sure Filipinos who always work in colder offices like BPOs can pretty much wear these without a frizz.

Sad part though for me, is that the Uniqlo Fall Winter 2014 Ines De La Fressange Collection is designed specifically for women only. :-(


Uniqlo Ines de la Fressange 2014 Fall Winter

The Uniqlo Fall Winter 2014 Ines De La Fressange Collection features smartly cut shirts, classic trench and tweed coats, casual cashmeres, chic trousers and Ines’ favorites, like the elegant tuxedo jacket and simple silk dresses, each piece translates easily from day to night. And each is a great addition to any woman’s, but most especially a working woman’s wardrobe.

The collection’s understated elegance is predicted to resonate across women of all ages and cultures.

Uniqlo Ines de la Fressange 2014 Fall Winter

Don’t you feel like being in Paris wearing these cuts?

Anyway, here are some of the featured apparel.

Ines de la Fressange Trench Coat (Php 6,990)
Extra Fine Merino Boatneck
Sweater (Php 1,990)
Slim Fit Corduroy Pants
(Php 1,990)

Cotton Lawn Print Shirt (P1,490)

Soft Tweed Jacket (P3,990)

Corduroy Skirt (P1,490)


Wool Blend Pea Coat (P6,990)

Cotton Check Shirt (P1,490)

Lambswool Blend Cardigan (P1,490)

Slim Fit Corduroy Pants (P1,990)


Here are the price list of the Ines de la Fressange Fall Winter 2014 Collection of Uniqlo.

Trench Coat 6,990 Skirt P1,490 – P1,990
Coat 6,990 Extra Fine Merino Sweater P1,990
Sweats P1,490 – P1,990 Jeans P1,990
Ultra Light Down P2,490 – P3,990 Dress P1,990 – P3,990
Fleece P990 – P1,490 Shirt P1,490
Down P2,490 – P3,990 Goods P990 – P1,490
Cashmere P3,490 – P6,990 Cashmere Blend P1,490
Jacket P4,990 Silk Print Blouse  P2,490
Pants P1,990 – P2,490

To check out the whole collection and availability dates in the Philippines, visit

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Looking at the replica of a menu in front of my table, makes me amaze of how long has this restaurant been around in the country. When a whole chicken is worth only Php 6.00, then it says it all. Max’s Restaurant, one of the most successful homegrown restaurant businesses in the country continues to thrive after 70 years in the business.

Many have grown to know the restaurant as a venue for…

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Buying and Selling Cars the Carmudi Way

Safe and easy way to buy and sell cars online. #Blog #Motoring #TechBlog #MotoringBlog #Business @CarmudiPH

More Filipinos have become increasingly dependent on doing things online. From checking reading news, checking reviews of items and of course even in trading.

It is just fitting, even for a foreign company like Rocket Internet to venture in the Philippine market with their niche trading portal in the country, the Carmudi.

Carmudiis an online trading site focused on buying and selling vehicles.…

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Teddy’s Bigger Burgers : From Hawaii to Manila

Will Filipinos like Hawaii’s best burger? @TeddysBurgersPH #FoodBlog #FoodReview #Food #Blog

Tired of your usual burger? Check out what a group of Filipino entrepreneurs brought to the Philippines straight from Hawaii, the Teddy’s Bigger Burgers.

They say it’s the best burger in Hawaii, well I have to taste it then to know if it pars with the Pinoy taste for burgers.

Teddys Bigger Burgers Makati

So I went to Teddy’s Bigger Burgerslocated at Greenbelt, Makati City. With the lowest expectations in mind, since I have…

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Popular American lifestyle footwear and accessories Cole Haan brings to the country their latest innovation in men’s shoes the ZeroGrand.

ZeroGrand is by far the lightest and most flexible men’s shoes ever designed and produced by Cole Haan. ZeroGrand weighs less than 290 grams each. Cole Haan put together biomechanics, modern materials, current manufacturing methods and their centuries-old broguing to produce their most futuristic design.

Functional brogue detailing decreases weight and provides breathability. The ripstop nylon upper pieces of the Oxford are bonded to each other using high frequency welding, reducing the number of components on the shoe.

Black ZeroGrand Cole Haan

MASS. The future is weightless; weight induces muscle fatigue but at just 290 grams, the ZeroGrand rivals footwear designed for long-distance runners.

MAKE. The future is seamless; fewer parts mean fewer seams and the result is a natural, relaxed body in ZeroGrand that feels nearly non-existent on the foot.

MOTION. The future is also boundless; the human foot is an elegant instrument of motion, strength, and agility and the ZeroGrand complements this by moving with graceful flexibility and luxurious cushioning that rebounds with each step.

Together with the ZeroGrand is the launch of the new Cole Haan cushioning and comfort platform called the Grand.OS. The Grand OS is an “operating system” for the feet that comprises three major characteristics: greater flexibility reduced weight and increased cushioning. These characteristics applied separately or together, deliver an exceptional feel without compromise.

Cole Haan PowerPlant Mall

The flexibility of Grand.OS comes through the engineered insoles, outsoles, liners and uppers that move with each step. Moreover, Grand.OS replaces the heavy steel shanks that have traditionally been used for support with an engineered cushioning compound that is stronger, more flexible and longer lasting, reducing the overall weight and slimming down the shoe’s outsole.

Cole Haan ZeroGrand Oxford No Stitch, PHP13,800.

Cole Haan ZeroGrand Oxford No Stitch, PHP13,800.

Representatives in the Philippines echoed what David Maddocks, the Chief Marketing Officer of Cole Haan in the US said about the ZeroGrand: “The outstanding thing about ZeroGrand is the fact that it is highly engineered, yet beautifully designed and crafted. Cole Haan compromised nothing. It’s stealth. It’s sleek. It’s the perfect complement to a modern, slim-cut suit—in a way that says: I mean business, but not business as usual. ”

Check out the ZeroGrand at Cole Haan Powerplant Mall, Rockwell; Shangri-la Plaza; and at Glorietta 4. Learn more about the newest collection at and like Cole Haan on Instagram @iwearcolehaan.

By far, the lightest among Cole Haan’s men’s shoes. #ZeroGrand @IWearColeHaan #Blog #Fashion #MensFashion #ColeHaan Popular American lifestyle footwear and accessories Cole Haan brings to the country their latest innovation in men’s shoes the…

Rico Blanco Shares Secret to Soothing His Throat for Performance

As much as you are stressed, so are your body parts. Your throat is as workaholic as you are within the day, especially if your field is into so much use of your voice such as singing, teaching and speaking.

Just recently, singer and composer Rico Blanco divulges his secrets to keeping his vocal chords ready for each performance.

He said that discipline, practice and cooling the throat help a lot…

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If only cooking would have been easier, faster, then chances are, many, like me, would have been hooked to eat. I mean, eating is one of the things I love doing (and my bulging belly can agree to it, arrrgh). But, it ain’t that fast and easy to do.

Homemakers nowadays are not just stay-at-home moms or dads. Most of the time, they do multiple tasks in and out of the homes. Thus, easier and faster of doing things can come pretty handy.

Midea has a new line of kitchen appliances that can drastically make your cooking time go faster than ever, easier than ever.

In a recent demo by celebrity Chef Rob Pengson, I witnessed how fast cooking can be using Midea cooking product lines.

Mideas newest kitchen line features microwave oven, induction cooker, multi-cooker, rice cooker and kettle that promise to innovate the cooking habits of Filipinos.

“While meal preparation appears to be such a mundane part of our daily tasks, it actually has considerable weight in our way of life because it affects how we manage our time and, more importantly, our health and well being,” said Phillip Trapaga, General Manager of Midea Philippines during the product launch event.

Midea Concepcion Phillip Trapaga

According to Trapaga, there are three essential factors that are considered when cooking: meal preparation, nutritional value, and cost. He added, “Midea’s new kitchen range presents solutions for each of these.”

Celebrity Chef Rob Pengson, a special guest during the event, shared some insights about his ideal kitchen. He said, “A handy kitchen is composed of appliances that provide the best-tasting meals without compromising energy efficiency and affordability.”

He continued: “Most of the time, nutrition and affordability are sacrificed in favor of easier food preparation. But cooking is really more of an art. Once you’ve found the right tools, you can pretty much create whatever masterpiece you want without sacrificing quality. It is all about investing in the right kitchen partners.”

Chef Rob Pengson

Microwave meals for us low as P1

Leading Midea’s kitchen range is its all-new microwave ovens, which let people cook basic meals for as low as P1. These appliances save on electrical consumption, as it is twice as fast as a regular stove—making it friendlier to electricity bills.

According to Pengson, “People often have misconceptions about microwave ovens—claiming that they blow-up electricity bills. But it is all about the quality and efficiency of your appliances.”

He attested, “Actually, you can cook using the microwave. In fact, microwaves can prepare meals that are just as nutritious (or even more) as the ones we prepare the traditional way.”

Midea’s microwave ovens are perfect for quick and easy-to-cook recipes that do not compromise nutritional value. Trapaga described, “Using our microwaves, you can get 10 percent less fat on your meals compared to frying. At the same time, they can prepare basic meals in as quick as 90 seconds.”

Additionally, Midea microwaves also come with sleek silver-mirror finishes that can smarten the aesthetics of any kitchen.

Faster cooking time, lesser cost

The Midea induction cooker prepares food twice as fast compared to regular electrical stoves. In fact, it is equipped with double-coil technology that saves 37 percent on electrical consumption.

“With rising energy prices, electrical efficiency is a top priority of our kitchen line,” explained Trapaga.

Efficient brewing

Coffee and tea are breakfast staples for the Filipino. For this, Midea has a line of kettles, which save-up to 33 percent on power consumption, while heating twice as fast as regular kettles.


The smart way to cook rice

Another innovative product from the brand is its rice cooker. This product is equipped with smart sensors that automatically measure the ideal cooking time you need to get the perfect rice, no matter how much water you put.


Trapaga remarked, “As you know, Filipinos have an unbreakable affinity with rice. What makes our rice cooker special is that it makes the grains bigger—making your rice more delicious.”

Multiple-modes for cooking flexibility

One of Midea’s most promising appliances is the multi-cooker, which has 19 functions, 12 cooking modes, and 7 auxiliary functions that give modern homemakers the flexibility they need to prepare meals.


Trapaga finished, “As the manager of a household, you should never compromise when it comes to cooking. Whether it be your schedule, health, or budget, you can get the best by having the right kitchen appliances to help you.”

New Midea Kitchen Line Makes Cooking Easier, Faster If only cooking would have been easier, faster, then chances are, many, like me, would have been hooked to eat.

Hours before my meet-up with fellow bloggers off to Silang, Cavite, I thought that it was a good way to have a break from all the busyness of the Metro. Another place to stay in Tagaytay and tuck myself in after a tour around the farm.

But, it was beyond great food, comforting natural scenery and soothing weather of the place. Gratchi’s Getaway is more than all of those.

It was last July that I first came to Gratchi’s Getaway.

Living in the urban has some perks, but having a nature-inspired surrounding is not one of them. That’s why, seeing a lot of greens, feeling colder breeze brushing my face are just a few signs of a good place for me. And those are the first things that greeted me upon entering the 6-hectare property of Gratchi’s Getaway.


We went straight to The Ruins Villa to stay for the night. The Ruins is a three-storey building with the second floor having 8 rooms inside. Each room can accommodate 4 to 6 people (depending on the room).

Regular rooms (2 pax) is at Php 2,200 overnight. Php 700 for additional person, maximum of 4 per room. While the Large Room is Php 3,900 good for 4 people, and additional Php 700 per person, maximum of 6 people.


And after settling, we were invited to go out and check the place out.

The guided tour started at the vermicoposting area of Gratchi’s Getaway. The whole farm uses organic fertilizers for their homegrown crops. Which then led us to the next part of the tour, their mushroom house.


Gratchi’s Getaway grows most of their ingredients for the menu they offer. The food at Gratchi’s Getaway offers a wide selection of choices. Most are Filipino delicacies with a twist. Like their Kare-kare which is made of Mushroom instead of meat.

It is advised that upon reservation of rooms, you can reserve the food you like to have. For more info on the selection and prices, visit Gratchi’s Getaway online menu.


After eating, we took time to know more about Gratchi’s Getaway and looked at what else we can do around. We found ourselves doing different stuff like:


ROVING VIA ATV (Php 400 / 30 minutes)

We drove ATVs in a 3-kilometer stretch of forest within Gratch’s Getaway.

TREKKING AT BULALO RIVER (Php 150 / person, minimum of 5 pax)

The trekking at Bulalo River is one of the most challenging things to do while in Gratchi’s Getaway. The trail going down and up is a bit steep, not for everyone. But the challenge takes you to a whole new level.

It is best to go there in groups, as there are learning points that the guide will not only enhance you physically, but also emotionally and mentally.

By the way, you might think what’s that on our faces. Well, it was supposed to look better than that. Hahaha! During our trip to Gratchi’s Getaway, Cristelle Torres and I used sunblock protection for our skin.

Personally, I can’t go out in the sun unprotected for so long. So I used Ultra Screen MD Sunblock and Ultra Screen MD Sunblock Nose Coat (the colored ones, it comes in blue and pink)


And since we are wet already from the river trek, we decided to jump into the infinity pool after we got back to Gratchi’s Getaway. Call it “Pool of Bloggers” that time. We just had enough time to play around and soak ourselves to relax, unwind and talk about so many things.

Well, after the day’s adventure and fun, we headed for dinner with videoke, plus some hotdogs and marshmallow over bonfire.

That’s all in a day’s stay in Gratchi’s Getaway. Those are just a few of the things we did.


All the while, I thought that our stay would be all sightseeing and eating only.

But wait, there’s more… Geoffrey Nuval, the head facilitator at Playworks (teambuilding facilitation group) and son of owner, made a special race just for the 6 of us – The Great Farm Race.

Each team is out to outwit, outclass each other in a competitive, yet very friendly match.

Geoffrey Nuval Presiding Team Building Gratchis Getaway

Honestly, at first, I was anxious doing it. Considering that I have been growing my belly muscles (bulging now) for years. Evidence of my being mostly sedentary, I pretty much know that it is not my set of “expertise” now. Running, racing and participating in a physically-challenging activity.

I was about to beg-off, but hey, with only 6 of us, and my girlfriend joining, hey, that would be too insulting for me, isn’t it?

So it happened.

With me and my girlfriend on opposite teams.

I was in Team Pink, with Rod Magaru and Rodel Flordeliz. While Cristelle Torres, Jeman Villanueva and Richard Mamuyac were on the Orange Team.

Game Face Gratchis Getaway

So it began… Rarrrrrrr…

My competitive juices started to pump up, as there are “high” stakes. Winner gets bragging rights, and more importantly, immunity from the bath of shame… a slide to the mudhole. Bwoohoohahahaha…

Each team has to finish each task from the clues from the card. First team to finish all the tasks wins the race.

The whole obstacle is spread within the Gratchi’s Getaway. Each obstacle has its own difficulty and challenges. As part of the race, we did:

  • The High Ropes Challenge (Burma Bridge, Vine Walk, Cat Walk, Log Swing) – these challenges can be done for Php 200 per person, minimum of 5 persons in a group.
  • Zipline – Php 150 per zip, minimum of 5 persons
  • Obstacle Course (Zigzag Logs, Tire Relay, Bamboo Wall Climbs, Monkey Bars, Military Walk, Through the Tires, Trust Fall and the Mud Slide)
*Special rates are tailor-fit for packages with the inclusion of all the activities and obstacle as part of the Great Farm Race.

Participating and finishing the Great Farm Race provided by Playworks at Gratchi’s Getaway, made me realize a lot of things about myself.

  1. I am unfit and I have to do something about it.
  2. I am not as competitive as I used to be.
  3. There is always fun in competition, at least from my point of view.
  4. I am my worst enemy.
  5. Think what I can do for others.
  6. It is always good to have allies.
  7. Many things may be challenging, but it is temporary, so deal with it. As soon as you’re done with it, then, most of the time, it is over.
  8. There are perks for those who challenge themselves.

Luckily, we won the race, so we were spared from the “humiliation” of the mudslide.

I tried the mudslide myself after all, it is all for FUN.

All challenges SHOULD make us a better person, whether you win it or not. That’s part of the whole process how to deal with winning and losing.

The challenges may have been over, but the fun never stopped. As we spent our spare time doing different activites.

As for me, Cristelle and Jeman, we took another ride on the ATV and last look at some of the areas at Gratchi’s Getaway. While the others went for another ziplining.

If you’re wondering why we are all in white, that’s the FrancisM Clothing. Didn’t think it would fit nicely on me, but it did!

Just before we head back to Manila, Ms. Gratchi Nuval and son Geoffrey graciously bid us goodbye.

Bloggers with Gratchi Geoffrey Nuval

Cristelle Torres Geoffrey Nuval Gratchi Nuval Rey Belen

All in all, it was one of the best trips I had so far in years. As Gratchi’s Getaway did not only treat me with good food, relaxing ambience, great view and fun activities, but also helped me realized things I have overlooked.

Indeed, this is a place for couples, friends and of course groups, whether in a professional or social groups, wanting to discover more about themselves while having fun.

If you are interested, you may contact the following numbers to know more about Gratchi’s Getaway, or visit their website at

For General inquiries:

PLDT: 02-664-1633
Smart: 0920-956-5673
Sun: 0922-891-0963
Globe: 0917-726-5484

For Team Building with Facilitation:

Next time, I have to remind myself, to bring an all-weather, shockproof case for my phone or better yet have a tripod and a clicker ready to take better photos and videos as I go through the challenges.

Gratchi’s Getaway : More Than a Tourist Destination in SIlang, Cavite #Travel #TravelBlog #Blog @GratchisGetaway Hours before my meet-up with fellow bloggers off to Silang, Cavite, I thought that it was a good way to have a break from all the busyness of the Metro.

Acer, one of the big brands in the tech industry, is banking on both the popularity and reputation of popular female celebrity, Toni Gonzaga, as they tapped her to be the newest brand ambassador Acer Liquid smartphones.

In time for the new Acer Liquid smartphone lines, Acer Philippines also introduced Toni Gonzaga to the public recently at the Marco Polo Ortigas.

Toni Gonzaga admitted having a busy lifestyle trying to put things in order the best way she can.

The female host-actress said that she runs many things from her mobile thus requiring her device to be fast, dependable and powerful. Toni disclosed that she has been using Acer Liquid Jade to keep her track with her busy daily activities.

Toni Gonzaga Acer Smartphones

Toni is grateful that Acer Philippines picked her as the newest brand ambassador with Acer’s top honcho President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Chen, welcoming her in front of the media.

The public will be seeing more of Toni G.’s advertisement on Acer Liquid smartphones.

Here are some of the latest Acer Liquid smartphones out in the market now.

For technical specifications, please click here. Acer Liquid and Acer Iconia Tab

Also, you can visit Acer Philippines site or Facebook page ( or Twitter ( for more details.

Toni Gonzaga Blends with Acer as New Ambassador @AcerPhils #ToniGonzaga Acer, one of the big brands in the tech industry, is banking on both the popularity and reputation of popular female celebrity,