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Enjoy Christmas 2016 with Starbucks holiday food and beverage items

It’s my favorite time of the year again — Christmas time! Starbucks holiday food and beverage items are here once more to put us in that Christmas spirit as early as now. Going by the Christmas theme: “Crafted by Hand and Heart“, Starbucks’ food and beverage choices indeed celebrate the treasure of creating by hand and from the heart.

Let’s start with the holiday beverages! There’s a new variant this year, making it three (3) holiday beverages in all.

HOLIDAY BEVERAGES  (from November 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017)

Santa Hat Dark Mocha Frappuccino

Santa Hat Dark Mocha Frappuccino
Santa Hat Dark Mocha Frappuccino (Blended Beverage)

 

Santa Hat Dark Mocha (Hot)
Santa Hat Dark Mocha (Hot)

This is the NEW holiday beverage – Looking like Santa’s hat, this frappe is made from dark mocha topped with classic and strawberry whipped cream, strawberry drizzle and a dollop of snowy white whipped cream on top. I love the strawberry flavor so sipping this one was a delight and a strong contender against my holiday favorite — the next beverage I’ll talk about.

The Santa Hat Dark Mocha is available in hot, iced and blended variants. Tall – PhP 170; Grande PhP 185; Venti– PhP 200.

 

 

 

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Get yourself checked for breast health at Health Cube (plus a blog giveaway!)

Are we taking good care of our breast health? We should. In my case, close family members have passed away due to breast cancer. One is still fighting it now. And just in the last couple of years, at least two good blogger friends also crossed over due to breast cancer.  October was Breast Cancer Awareness month and so I readily agreed to attend Health Cube‘s event to  find out what technology is now out there to increase the chances of maintaining good breast health and address breast cancer more effectively.

Health Cube’s Advanced Medical Imaging Unit is situated inside a “green-certified” building along Ortigas Avenue – BTTC Centre. Actually I am already familiar with Health Cube as I used to see it along Wilson Street in San Juan whenever I would pass the building and buy my organic food from a store on the ground floor. As they grew bigger, it was just a matter of time before they moved out of Wilson Street and into  Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, where they have complete laboratory testing services. Discovering there was a Health Cube inside BTTC Centre, specifically focused on medical imaging, was a pleasant surprise! The Advanced Medical Imaging Unit of Health Cube boasts of some of the most modern technology to check on women’s breast health (and much more).

 

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Do your Christmas shopping at Circuit Makati Christmas Bazaar (Nov. 18-20, 2016)

Just imagine 6 different bazaars all in one physical space. It’s going to happen from November 18-20, 2016 at the Circuit Makati Christmas Bazaar. Do you remember the old Sta. Ana Race Track? It’s now Ayala Land Inc.’s newest land development. Just 10-15 minutes away from Makati CBD and Ayala Avenue, Circuit Makati Bazaar 2016 will feature several “villages”, each one with a theme. Whatever it is you plan to buy for Christmas, you’ll like find here at the Circuit Makati Christmas bazaar.

 

Christmas Bazaar 2016

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Astoria Palawan: Your ‘workplays’ in Puerto Princesa

Astoria Palawan is taking work and play seriously. After all, whether you are a mere tourist on a vacation, attending a conference, or on a business trip, you need time out! Astoria Palawan recently announced the completion of two much-awaited facilities: the 1-hectare Palawan Waterpark and the Mangrove Convention Center. These two facilities, added to Astoria Palawan’s topnotch hotel-resort facilities, cater to the business traveler who wants to combine work and play during his stay. Calling it ‘workplays’ (a play on the word ‘workplace’), Astoria Palawan is a definite travel destination that no tourist or businessperson should miss.

Entrance

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Nationwide Tinapay Natin bread baking competition announces winning young bakers

While we are a rice-consuming nation, bread is not far behind. Many breakfast dishes include our popular local pan de sal or some other types of breads.Just check out our local bakeries and you would find creative bread items such as baked siopao (siopao ingredients inside bread instead of a bun). Innovations can be found even with ensaymada, cinnamon rolls, and breads that incorporate local ingredients as filling.  Pilmico and Max’s Corner Bakery recognized how important it is to recognize and preserve the tradition of bread making in our culture. They teamed up to launch the Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition,

Max's Corner Bakery and Pilmico products
A display of products from Pilmico and Max’s Corner Bakery

 

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Baskin-Robbins brings scooping happiness to Bonifacio High Street

My ice cream brand of choice — Baskin-Robbins— during the two years I was in the U.S. taking my masters just opened its 14th branch at B8, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.

Baskin-Robbins was founded ini 1945 by (who else?) Baskin and Robbins! Since then, the brand has created more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of ice cream treats.

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Gabay Guro’s 9th year continues to give tribute to our dear teachers

Teaching is a noble profession. Hearts, minds and character are formed by teachers.  Next to my parents, I owe a lot of who I am now to some of the best teachers I have had. They have not just taught their subject matter well but in encounters outside the classroom, they have shared their thoughts with me. Much of what I do now is inspired by their words.

To this day, we find inspiring stories of teachers who brave dangers, walk several kilometers each day, wade through rivers, and climb steep mountains just to get to their schools where children are eager to learn.

It is but fitting that we find ways to pay tribute to our unsung heroes who often stay unnamed. Nine years ago, a small group of PLDT executives met over coffee to discuss an advocacy for teachers that would become a catalyst for change in the lives of teachers. Gabay Guro was born and became the CSR arm under the PLDT-Smart Foundation. It continues to thrive on the spirit of volunteerism from its PLDT and Smart executives.

PLDT Gabay Guro executive volunteers Gary Dujali and Chaye Cabal-Revilla

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Tea lovers, get ready for Starbucks Teavana!

I am a coffee drinker in the morning but in the afternoon, when I want a hot drink and my body cannot tolerate caffeine after 12 noon, I go for very light tea. So, what a delight it was to be invited to a Starbucks event that was NOT about coffee but all about TEA!!!

Starting September 14, 2016, all Starbucks stores will be carrying the Teavana line of teas in hot and cold variants!

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