One of the perks of freelancing – we get to bring the kids everywhere. One of our latest client’s office is around Katipunan and we need a place to keep the toddlers cool from the afternoon sun. So before our meeting, we looked for a place to stay and this caught my toddler’s eyes.


The huge cakes in the display window did it for him. Just in time for mom’s craving for pasta!


Pumpkin Soup (Php120.00)

Dave finished half of his soup! Clyde loved the crunchy croutons, too.


Kwento: He opens the menu and pick this pasta with a photo in it. His order arrived and he checked to make sure his order (in the photo) is exactly like the one on his table. He also asked me to take two photos: of his order, and of himself with his order. I obliged!


Hungarian Sausage Pasta (Php180.00)


Putanesca (Php150.00)

They do have a powder room. Staff are friendly and very accommodating. Aside from soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta, the menu has Pinoy Favorites like Special Palabok, Inihaw na Liempo, Inihaw na Pusit and Tanique Steak. All-Day Breakfast includes my all-time favorite Longganiza with rice and egg. The Tawilis with salted egg also looks scrumptious. Rice & Specialties includes Korean Beef Stew, Beef Teriyaki and Salpicao. They also offer special cakes, pastries, desserts and pies!

We can’t wait to have another meeting with our clients and be back here, to our newest hangout to try for more!


Dexter’s Bakeshop & Coffee Shop, 146 Katipunan Road, St. Ignatius village, Q.C.

Tel No. 912-0311

Store Hours: 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday, 8am-7pm Sunday.

Website: http://www.dexterbakeshop.com

Audio Refinery Inc., a new player in the Audio and Lifestyle industry, announces the debut of its new retail concept in Metro Manila with the opening of A. Refinery. Located at the 2nd Level of UP Town Center, one of Ayala Mall’s latest shopping centers located along Katipunan Avenue. The store features products under the slogan Lifestyle – Music – Technology.  Serving as an experience hub for premium audio and lifestyle, A. Refinery celebrates an official grand launching last Saturday, April 23, 2016.

“Perfect for movie buffs, Vinyl and turntable collectors, sports fanatics and any music listener, the A. Refinery creates a completely immersive movie and music experience, as well as other interesting products for almost any profile” said A. Refinery’s sales team. “A. Refinery represents today’s forward thinking of home entertainment, HiFi concepts, portable media all integrated into one retail shop. We are now able to offer a complete showcase for our products and services as well as a creative setting for our customers, bringing this central mission to life in a new way.”

A unique lifestyle destination, A. Refinery provides customers the opportunity to discover music and movies in a different light, various modules  Keeping in line with the company’s mission which is See, Hear, Experience, A. Refinery will be the home of iconic brands such as longtime German headphone powerhouse Beyerdynamic, and two of Britain’s leading audio innovators Chord Electronics Ltd. and Q Acoustics. The store will also be an ideal setting for non-audio brands such as Booq Cases, Lineaflux Hyperchargers, as well as one of the newest innovations of the 21stCentury – Home Automation by Control 4.

During the celebration of the grand launching of the UP Town Center location, A. Refinery hosts programs throughout the whole day event. Such includes raffle in which a Harman Kardon Esquire speaker is the Grand Prize, a limited time sale that features products at 30% off from 3 to 5 p.m. only, and the first leg of the so called AR-Jam Sessions – which features one of OPM’s top bands – Mayonnaise as well as one of the rising acts in the indie scene, Jensen and the Flips.


At present, A. Refinery has confirmed two additional store locations in the Philippines slated to hold their own grand opening later this year, A. Refinery Ayala Center Cebu and A. Refinery Abreeza Mall Davao. A. Refinery UP Town Center will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays thru Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For additional information, please visit www.facebook.com/ARefineryPH

Sunscreen is arguably the number one skincare product associated with summer. As the sun shines brighter, temperature goes higher, and the days become longer, it’s best to be prepared and protect your skin the best way you can.
Not many people, however, know what is written on the sunscreen label. To make the most of your time under the sun, here are a few things to know about your favorite sunscreen lotion.

The UVB Rays
Most people think that the Sun Protection Factor is everything there is to check in a sunblock– and it does count a lot. The SPF measures the product’s ability to block UVB rays, which are related to sunburn and skin cancer.
SPF, however, only measures UVB rays. It does not have much effectiveness when it comes to UVA rays.
The UVA Rays
UVA is often the most misunderstood part of sunscreen formulations. This is present every day, and can penetrate through glass windows. Much like UVB, it is also linked to higher risk of skin cancer. Unlike UVB, however, UVA does not get filtered by the ozone.
UVA doesn’t cause sunburn, but it can lead to skin darkening and aging, as the rays penetrate deeper into hte skin, affecting the collagen.
Dermplus sunscreens, for example, protect against both UVA and UVB rays, giving you complete sun protection in one go.
The SPF number measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays. If your skin would normally burn after staying 10 minutes under the sun, using an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you stay out under the sun for about 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer) without burning your skin.
However, it does not mean that an SPF 15 sunscreen is half as effective as an SPF 30. The difference in the SPF numbers also takes into account UVB filtering capabilities.
SPF 15 can filter about 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 about 97%, SPF 50 about 98%, and so on. The type you choose depends on your skin tone, how sensitive your skin is to the heat, and how easily you get color on your skin.
Dermplus Sunscreen comes in different varieties to suit your needs. Whether you want an everyday sunscreen for indoor use, or one that will protect you when doing extreme outdoor activities, there’s a product that’s right for you.
The Right Amount
For the sunscreen to work as advertised, you have to apply a liberal amount on all exposed areas of the skin, and re-apply it every after two hours or when you feel it has worn off.
This summer, enjoy the best sunventures ensuring you get the most out of your sunscreen lotion.

The Pintakasi of Champions and the Smart Araneta Coliseum management will hold the second edition of the 2016 World Slasher Cup, the “Olympics of Cockfighting”, on May 26 to June 1.

Riding high on the success of the biggest ever 2016 World Slasher Cup-1 8-Cock Invitational Derby held on January 30 until February 4 this year, the second edition promises to be another record-breaker.

The forthcoming Slasher event will have two separate 2-cock elimination days on May 26 & 27, followed by the semis on May 28 & 29.

The 4-cock pre-finals for those with scores of 2, 2.5 & 3 points will be on May 30 & 31, while the 4-cock grand finals take center stage on June 1, wherein all undefeated entries with scores of 3.5 or 4 points will lock horns for the championship.

Entry fee is pegged at P88,000.00, with a minimum bet requirement of P33,000.00.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska started its search for the best basketball players in the country through Regional Selection Camp that was held at Baguio City, Davao, Cebu and Don Bosco Institute in Makati.

 Boys and girls who joined the search for the ten best boys and five best girls basketball players will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. There was also a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams.

 The All-Star Team will travel overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The 2015 Jr. NBA All-Stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

 The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

 “These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, Marketing Director. 

 The 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed that three out of ten children aged 5-10 years were underweight while eight out of one hundred children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today.

 The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action. Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play.

 This year’s program started with the tip-off at in the same venue last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, ran in April with stops at Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite. 

The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

 NBA and WNBA legends Norris Cole of New Orleans Pelicans and Taj McWilliams, former Minnesota Lynx, will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

 More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. 

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska please visit www.jrnba.asia/philippineswww.alaskamilk.com, and   www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball.  For live updates log on to www.alaskaplayph.com follow us on FB, IG and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.

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Beat the summer heat in style and enjoy 80% off on your favorite footwear brands at the
Great Brazilian Madness Sale happening at the SM Megamall B, Megatrade Hall 3.
From April 29 to May 1, 2016, enjoy a wide range of footwear style and selection with
Ipanema’s colorful and trendy flip flops, Grendha’s sophisticated yet playful sandals and
wedges or Rider’s after-sport and adventure footwear. So be chic and fashionable this
summer season and swing by the Great Brazilian Madness Sale!

PhilCare believes that the path to wellness goes beyond having an effective health care coverage or an immediate access to medical providers. To be truly healthy means taking the time to enjoy life’s little pleasures while ensuring that you are protected for medical emergencies at all time.

This is the vision behind PhilCare’s latest partnership with GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific, a lifestyle program that allows card holders to accumulate points on everyday spending and redeem these points for free flights. GetGo points can be earned from buying groceries, paying utility bills, refilling the car with gasoline, and now—even when taking care of your health.

To kick off the partnership between two brands, PhilCare and GetGo has launched “Get Healthy. Go Places” which will give as much as 750 GetGo points for every purchase of one of PhilCare’s prepaid health cards. PhilCare prepaid health cards included in the promo include ER Vantage cards, Medical and Dental cards, Health Vantage cards and Health Vantage Elite cards. PhilCare members are automatically eligible for a GetGo cards upon purchase of any of the prepaid health cards mentioned above.


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“PhilCare has always advocated for a 360 degree view on health and wellness. We have addressed the need for affordable and accessible health care products by offering our prepaid cards, starting from the ER Vantage cards, with 40K, 60K and 80K maximum benefit limits which allows access to medical providers for emergency health concerns; and then we supplemented it with the introduction of the Health Vantage and Health Vantage Elite cards, which offers a more comprehensive and extensive one-year emergency health care coverage; and finally, to answer the clamor for an unlimited consultation card to complement ER Vantage, we introduced our Medical and Consultation cards for kids, adults and senior citizens early this year. The partnership with GetGo meanwhile addresses our belief for over-all wellness and health,” shared Noemi G. Azura, president and chief executive officer (CEO) for PhilCare.

By partnering with GetGo, Azura hopes that PhilCare members will be more inspired to travel discover new places and get much needed R&R.

Traveling keeps the brain and body healthier, according to a study published in MarketWatch. It’s also said to lower the risk of heart attack and death from coronary disease in certain groups, while the new and complex situations encountered while traveling can also help keep the brain sharp.

The “Get Healthy Go Places” promo is just the first in a series as part of the partnership between PhilCare and GetGo Rewards which will run until March 20, 2017.

“PhilCare is committed to continuously innovate in order to give our members a different perspective of the health care industry and to provide best-in-class customer experience. We started by offering the first NFC-enabled HMO card in the Philippines, introducing prepaid health cards, and now, we are partnering with organizations and businesses that are well-known for their wellness programs and benefits,” adds Azura.

To know more about the partnership, go to https://www.getgo.com.ph/web/getgo/promos.

To know more about PhilCare and its prepaid products, go to http://www.philcare.com.ph/products/.


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