Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Care to Vote on May 9?

Being a citizen of one of the few countries that enjoy democracy, you have the right and the responsibility to take part in the election that will shape the future of this nation. Would you let this opportunity pass by?

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the voter turnout in the 2010 presidential election decreased to 75.04% from 76.99% in 2004 presidential election. This year, Starbucks Philippines’ hopes to increase voter turnout and encourage registered voters to exercise their right and enjoy the freedom to choose the country's next leaders.
On May 9, you have the right to vote for the candidate that embodies your values and aspirations. Keep your voice heard and choose the next leader that will steer our country in the right direction.
In this light, Starbucks Philippines, in its mission to encourage registered voters to exercise their right to vote, launches the Care to Vote campaign that will treat Filipinos who will vote on May 9 to a One For You, One to Share (Buy One, Get One) promotion on its featured Macchiato beverages, Roasted Caramel Macchiato and Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato.
“Starbucks strives to inspire and nurture the Filipino community even by simply encouraging people to vote. In our little way, we want to reward all the registered voters who exercise their privilege and right,” said Starbucks Philippines head of marketing Keith Cole.
To avail of the promotion, just show your voting finger with indelible ink to the Barista when you order any featured Macchiato beverage to redeem the complimentary featured Macchiato beverage. Promotion runs in all Starbucks Philippines stores that are open on Election Day, May 9 from 7am to 5pm.
With Starbucks, you can now enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend while taking part in building a better nation.

Monday, May 2, 2016

I Am Strong Enough

Thank you, Lord, Mama, and Papa for the gift of life.
And I am proud that you are my parents.
You are not perfect, our family is not perfect but I am thankful because you are my parents.
I learned a lot from our family's struggles.
I am what I am right now because of you.
You might think that I am not yet strong enough but you are wrong.
I surpassed a lot of rains, fought my own struggles.
I still have my insecurities, but I know I am strong enough now.
For the past 29 years, I know deep in my heart that I was able to live my life in the best way I can.
Thank you for bringing me into this wonderful world.

Mother’s Day: Funny Movie about the Most Important Job in the World

The first word most babies learn to say is “mama”, the relationship between mother and child is one of the most precious in the world. Through the years, though, mom begins to blend into the background as other aspects of life start to intrude. This is why it is important to celebrate Mother’s Day every second Sunday of May, as the time of the year to appreciate that tough role of rearing and guiding the next generations through life.
Director Garry Marshall the octogenarian genius behind memorable films such as Valentine's Day and New Years Eve takes a fresh and funny look at this time-honored tradition in his movie Mother’s Day, starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Robert Sudeikis. This can also be considered as a Pretty Woman reunion of sorts between Marshall and Roberts along with Hector Elizondo, who played the benevolent hotel manager in that iconic jewelry box scene. Elizondo plays Robert’s manager and friend in the Mother’s Day film. 

Aniston is Sandy, a divorcee who is now forced to come to terms with her ex-husband’s much-younger new partner. It also takes a look at her hectic life as a single mom who does everything in her power to raise her rambunctious boys properly. In contrast, Robert’s character is a popular and busy TV celebrity who is about to get the Mother’s Day surprise of her life. Kate Hudson, as Jesse, is about to be paid a visit by her own parents, who are about to turn her world upside down with their interference.  Sudeikis is Bradley, a widow with a teenage daughter played by Ella Anderson.
Their stories intertwine in a relatable, big-hearted tale that is sprinkled with laughter, tears, and a lot of love between three generations that come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. The endearing group of characters will have intersecting storylines, each member dealing with their own issues revolving around being, becoming, reconciling with and losing a mother.
The must-see movie, which gives hilarious vignettes with touching lessons about that often overlooked role, is showing in Philippine theaters starting May 4. Mother’s Day is distributed locally by Octoarts Films International.   

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant

Are you craving for some Japanese food? Well, I recommend you to try the newest Japanese restaurant in Ortigas – Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant located at Hanston Square Building, San Miguel Avenue Pasig City.
The Food:
Sashimi Nihon Chokuso Mori
Sekitori purchases fresh fish in season from all over Japan using their own logistics. When it comes to tuna, you can enjoy the taste and feel of fatty flavor melting in the mouth as Sekitori purchase the blue fin variety, the best in Japan. This is beautifully arranged on a wooden ship dish. It is definitely a feast for the eyes.
Spicy Salmon
Served as a salad with no mayonnaise as dressing.
Irodori Sakizuke Nana-shu Mori
Sakizuke is the equivalent of appetizers in Western Cuisine. This dish is a combination of seven types of appetizer. The contents vary from day to day, but regardless, each one is prepared with much care and attention.
Salmon Lovers Maki
Fusion Sushi - Shrimp Tempura is used as filling for the sushi roll and topped with Salmon sashimi. Savor the taste with the lacing of vegetables and special sushi sauce.
Special California Maki
Fusion Sushi with cucumber, mangoes, crab sticks, avocado, topped wth Salmon roe and caviar. Enjoy the taste with the lacing of vegetables and special sushi sauce.
Hon-Maguro Oo-Toro Nigiri Sushi
Superlative Tuna ordered form Japan. It is the portion of fish belly that is near to the head. With plenty of fat, you can savor the feel of it simply melting in your mouth. It is excellent as sashimi and is outstandingly compatible with sushi rice. Relish it as sushi by all means.
Pumpkin Ball
Lapu-Lapu no Nitsuke
Boiled using Japanese cooking technique that takes away the fishy smell, it is cooked in a soy-sauce based sweetened soup. The simplicity of Lapu-Lapu is matched ith the sweet, spicy sauce.
Uni Iri Chawang Mushi
Chawang Mushi is prepared by mixing a chicken egg with flavored stock, putting it in a cup with fish, chicken meat and/or vegetables and steaming it. Fresh sea urchin meat is added on top with a soy-sauce based sauce and steams it further. Cooking this egg custard may seemingly look simple, but it is a profound cuisine that could prove a challenge to any chef.
Karasu Karei (Greenland Halibut) no Saikyou Yaki
Marinated for several hours in a paste of sweet, white miso from Kyoto mixed with various original seasoning, it is then grilled. This is Saikyou Yaki. Having grown in the extreme cold of Hokkaido it has firm meat and fat aplenty.
Yasai no Kyo-fu Taki Awase
This dish of simmered assorted vegetables requires a lot of time and attention to prepare. Each vegetable is seasoned to suit itself and then separately boiled. The flavor is as thin as possible, keeping the vegetables natural taste. Furthermore, for the enjoyment of a sense of season, each one is decoratively carved in Japanese Style.
Salmon Nanban Teriyaki-Fu
The Salmon is fried, the special teriyaki sauce applied on it and then topped with homemade tartar sauce. The seasoning may be a bit strong, hence eating it with the accompanying fresh vegetables is recommended.
Shinshu Premium Beef Steak
The highest ranking Wagyu A5. Available now is beef from Shinshu, Nagano Prefecture. Scientifically analyzed and found to be with strong flavor component, it had been certified as Shinshu Premium Beef. Grilled rare, it is served on a hot plate for adjustment to your preference.
Sekitori Chanko Nabe
Sekitori's specialty - the special hotpot that is the daily lunch for Sumo wrestlers. Port meat and bone, chicken meat and dozens of assorted vegetables are cooked for five hours to make the soup. The hefty serving of vegetables is perfect for health and beauty and with the homemade noodles at the end of the meal, satisfaction is very much guaranteed.
Assorted Japanese Sweets
Two (2) types of seasonal traditional Japanese sweets made from the Sakura Blossom that color the Japanese spring season - a total feast for the eyes. First is the Sakura Mochi, wrapped with Sakura leaf pickled in salt. The other is Sakura crystals containing Sakura bean paste. In addition, there is a pudding-like cake made with green tea and soybean flour.
I am not fond of eating Sashimi but with Sekitori's sashimi, I was able to eat one without vomiting. It is really fresh and perfectly complimented with their homemade sauce. My favorite among these dishes are Spicy Salmon, Salmon Lovers Maki, Special California Maki and the Shinshu Premium Beef Steak .
Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant is owned by a former sumo wrestler named Mr. Seto Masakazu. In charge of the dishes is the Evangelist of Japanese Cuisine, Chef Kamimoto, who had devoted three decades to introducing Japanese cooking to the world. Alongside him Deputy Chef Ume, the only one in the Philippines specializing in Kyoto Cuisine.
Come and savor the essence of traditional Japanese food at Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant located at Hanston Square Building, San Miguel Avenue Pasig City. Open from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm from Monday to Sunday. For reservations, you may call at 881-7985.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

List of Books I want to read before 2016 ends

Aleph - Paulo Coelho

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

Business Model You: Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur

I Am An Emotional Creature -Eve Ensler
I'll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Start Where You Are: A Journal For Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich  - Timothy Ferris
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
A Return to Love - Marianne Williamson
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business - Charles Duhigg


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Etihad Airways & Air Berlin Business Class Travel Kit

Travelling Business class has its perks, one of them is having your own travel amenity kit. From my last year's business trip, I got these amenity kits:
From Etihad Airways:
Designed by U.A.E based company Sougha which supports local artisans in order to preserve their traditions and cultural heritage. It features the historic Sadou bedouin weaving patterns. The amenity kit contains all-natural skincare products by Athens-based Korres.
Upon my return to the Philippines, Etihad Airways has changed their previous amenity kit into a more colourful range. They collaborated with the luxury travel brand LUXE City Guides, the straight-talking, highly curated go-to guide for savvy travellers. The new kits embody the new contemporary Etihad Airways brand and contain in-flight amenities and natural facial products developed exclusively by London-based skincare and grooming brand Scaramouche + Fandango. Each kit contains a customised Etihad Airways LUXE City Guide which corresponds to the showcased city, covering everything from hotels and restaurants, to spas, bars, boutiques and bespoke shopping, as well as services, specialists and personal guides. It also includes a sleep pack containing socks and eye mask, a care pack containing cotton pads and earbuds, in addition to a dental pack and earplugs.
From Air Berlin:
Air Berlin partnered with German fashion label Wunderkind (which means child prodigy), an internationally acclaimed ready to wear couture brand commonly using subtle play between structured, masculine pieces and soft, feminine shapes. This sleek, gray kit contains Wunderkind lip balm, hand soap and body lotion.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beat the heat with the Starbucks Frappuccino® Summer Blended Beverages

Beat the heat with these two limited Starbucks Frappuccino® Summer Blended Beverages available today until June 6.
The new and returning summer blended beverages – Roasted Marshmallow S’mores and Summer Berry Panna Cotta – both let you celebrate the sweetness of summer. Inspired by the distinct taste of roasted marshmallows with chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage evokes happy memories of summer outings at the beach with family and friends.
The returning summer favorite, Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, combines Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a beautifully layered Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.
After enjoying these summer beverages, you can join the Starbucks Frappuccino® & Friends Photo Contest by uploading your photos to the Starbucks Philippines Frappuccino® website (http://www.starbucksfrappuccino.ph) from April 19 to 30, 2016 for a chance to win a pre-loaded Starbucks Frappuccino® Card.
Meanwhile, brewed coffee lovers can also celebrate the spirit of adventure with a cup of perfectly brewed coffee in store or at home. With the refreshing citrusy flavor of Starbucks Kati Kati Blend™ and Starbucks VIA® Sweetened Iced Coffee, Starbucks Reserve® El Salvador Montecarlo Estate and Starbucks Reserve® Burundi Murambi, your brewed coffee – iced or hot – will surely keep you energized this summer.
To further provide a cool little haven from the scorching heat, Starbucks Philippines will also have a series of Meet Me at Starbucks for a Summer Frappuccino® Party from April 26 to May 31 where you can enjoy live summer music, a One For You, One To Share (Buy One, Get One) promo on the Roasted Marshmallow S ‘mores Frappuccino® blended beverage, 10% off on summer mugs and tumblers and other exciting treats. Check out the Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines/) for more details.

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