Saturday, October 10, 2015

AjiPanda™: Your Best Friend in the Kitchen

AjiPanda™ is a cute panda icon that conveys someone shy, caring, happy and loyal. It personifies how a humble pack or bottle of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning fills the role of “Your Best Friend in the Kitchen” by offering an ever-reliable way of bringing out the natural goodness of food.

Ajinomoto’s new campaign, which also features teen queen Kathryn Bernardo, presents the benefits of its dependable brand of seasoning to a new generation of cooks and food lovers.

AJI-NO-MOTO® comes from sugar cane, corn or cassava and is manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. This product is safe, convenient and effective in making food taste delicious.

This is because it is simply free glutamate, the most common among amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It provides the taste of umami to food in the same way that sugar adds sweet taste or salt adds salty taste to food.

But what is umami? Umami, is the fifth basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. It is the savory, rich and full taste we often experience in meat, seafood, cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Consider the delightful composition of chicken, green papaya and malunggay in tinola or the medley of cheese, ham, pepperoni, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers on top of a pizza. The combinations and layers of these glutamate-rich ingredients make dishes very delicious and enjoyable.

Remember that AjiPanda™, your best friend in the kitchen, will help work wonders in your cooking so that you can share many happy meals with your family. 

Visit for healthy and delicious recipes.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Halloween Party Masks

Halloween is my favorite event next to Christmas. It all started when my son enjoys wearing costume on every Trick or Treat party celebration we attended from my previous work and at the malls.

He is so looking forward on what's costume to wear on the next Halloween and really enjoyed being on character. Now it becomes a must for us to attend a trick or treat event for our two kids.

I even planned to host a celebration at home and invite other kids where I can prepare fun and frightful meals and have spooky decorations they will surely love!

I have long been wanted to host such party, but never had a chance to do so due to conflict of schedule. Not again at this time as we are going to spend a 3-day vacation at Pico Sands Hotel from October 30 to November 1.

Anyway, if given a chance to host such event, I will have any of these Halloween Party Masks offered at

These items were on sale so I can afford to have all these three! but this one's my personal favorite that can easily match my halloween dress: 

My son's last costume was "Darth Maul" which I ordered online from ebay. I remember asking him too many times if he was really decided to have that costume because it was a bit scary for kid at his age. The mask looks more of a hell boy and small kids were really scared upon seeing him, his cousin even cried and was really afraid to get near him.

And now as we browse through wide selections of masks and party supplies, I am not surprised as he chose this "Saw Movie" Jigsaw Puppet Mask:

Wow, pretty scary huh?! I felt under spell looking on its eyes... good choice. We can just match it with black long sleeves, black pants and shoes, and a pair of white gloves (budget wise!). 

Weeee, I feel inspired already planning for a trick or treat party. By the way, November is my birthday month and wouldn't mind if I  just celebrate a Halloween party instead.

Adding these balloons would be perfect for this Halloween celebration:

Hosting such party would definitely be an unforgettable  experience, it's a creative and fun way to celebrate with family and friends. What's next to search was spooky recipe ideas and not just candies as  treats.  

Next Halloween would be perfect for us to try this out. I just had to make a sure way to avoid ridiculous taxes imposed by Customs which we experienced when we bought that Darth Maul Costume. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The All-New Nissan NP300 Navara Review

I usually blogged about the products and services I personally experience, and so here goes our personal review of the 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara 4x2 6MT Calibre we bought last month! It was released last September 9, to be exact.

We availed our brand new truck thru Bank Financing, and were given 2 options, where we chose the one which offers 1 month Free amortization and  we avail the BPI  Auto Loans'  "Bagong Kotse , 1-month Libre" promo, that's equals 2 months free; so our monthly amortization will start on November pa (nice di ba?!).

I let my husband do the research on what and where to buy. I just laid down all my requirements and we ended up on  Nissan's Navara. My five (5)  simple requirements are as follows:

1. Should costs less than a million for low monthly amortization

          NP300 price starts at PhP916,000, for 4x2 6MT Calibre, it's PhP 957,000.

           We managed to have ours at 16,588 monthly amortization with 20% down payment.

2. Can perform tough cargo jobs 

            Its Double Cab features a bed length of 1503 mm, width of 1560 mm, and depth of 474 mm – tons of space for tons of cargo.

             Suitable for family and business use. Now, we are ready to move our items with ease!

3. Fuel efficient

         The 6-speed manual transmission increased fuel efficiency while it optimized shift stroke controls.

4. Offers high comfort 

            It has "zero-gravity" front seats! You won't be needing  neck and lumbar pillows. The seats  were surprisingly designed for a relaxed posture and  can help minimize body stress.

5. Should have attractive exterior and interior design

                As we arrived at the Nissan showroom, we are certain that we want the 'Savanna Orange', but we ended up on 'Alpine White'. Why? it's out of budget (mas mahal pala).
            Husband and I were both impressed with how it  looks, 'maangas  tingnan', the concave surfaces brings out the masculinity and makes it more appealing.
               It has spacious interior, the backseat has plenty of knee and ample head room for 3 adults.

             It has plenty of cup holders, (yes, it's very important for us especially for the kids). It has a  total of 6, four in front and two in rear.

               USB, aux and bluetooth for smartphone connectivity.

                It has simple, but modern dashboard.

That's it! That's basically my own  requirements met by this truck. I don't drive, so husband relayed his driving experience.

He says that it has a smooth acceleration and shifting and an integrated rear-spoiler helps improve aerodynamics on the highway.

He had recovered from slipped disc, and really appreciate the spinal support front seat that helps reduced fatigue during long drives. 

We were very much pleased and was convinced that we made a wise decision, considering its affordability  and good quality. We are now proud owners of a tough and smart truck. =)

Ms. Rhya, the pretty and accommodating Sales Marketer at Nissan WestGate Alabang gave us free accessories (bedliner, side tint, and seat cover) and welcome us with a bottle of red wine on the released day.

Nissan provides legendary reliability and proven quality when it comes to pick-ups. So, all we can say is that this NP300 Navara is worth checking out.

What's next? Carryboy and  more accessories! Any recommendations?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Go Shop Online and Get Paid thru!

Singapore and Malaysia's most popular cashback website is now here in  the Philippines!

If you do shop online, why not shop thru and get rewarded with actual cash of up to 12%  of your money back? It's simple as having SM Advantage card or various member Rewards Card that we use every time we shop.

I first learn about this cashback site thru an FB post from a friend. I signed up using the link provided and browse through its wide selection of stores.

Popular online stores like Zalora, Lazada, Ensogo, agoda and a lot more was listed. If this cashback site has long been existed here in our country, I think I have a good portion of my money back with all those online deals that I purchased way back. Tsk!

Anyway, I recently bought online some pieces of statement necklaces, so I opt to look for a matching basic tops at Zalora thru ShopBack instead of heading to the mall.

After account logged in, a wide selection of stores, online sale, travel and  best deals are available to choose from different categories. Shopback serves as a one stop online shop, as it provides listing of current sales or coupon codes for each merchant page.

You can see all the promotions and discounts of your favorite online store summarized in each merchant page.

This page is where I found the Zalora Basics "Buy 2 Get 20% OFF" promo:

Yes, it makes shopping even more convenient and provides extra "savings" when we shop. There’s no issue if you already have discount codes or credit card rebates. You can use the discount codes and still get cashback on top of that. The cashback comes stacked on top of all other promotions, so you won’t have to choose one over the other. 

I clicked the "Shop Now" button and got redirected to a new tab where I can shop as usual. I logged in to my Zalora account and started to add items to my 'bag' and  choose 2 items to  take advantage of 20% discount promotion.

Take NOTE: "It is important to stay within the redirected tab till purchase for a successful Cashback."

As I was finalizing my order, I received an email from the merchant offering a one time 10% OFF that will expire tom midnight. Wow! they really knew how to push their customers to checkout the items.

Here's the items in my bag:

The first item was on sale already, I checked with the merchant's CSR and was informed that the 20% OFF can no longer be applied because it is eligible only for regular priced items. Well, that's fine with me, since I got the Peplum Top for 30% OFF the original price and another 10% OFF for the TOTAL price.

I checked out the items as usual, the only difference is that I am using the redirected tab via Shopback. My preferred payment option was paypal, as always.


Now, I prefer shopping online thru Shopback, as it conveniently compiled all the best online deals plus the bonus of having a portion back of the money spent. And, would definitely  recommend this to online shopper to save time looking for the best deals and have extra savings while spending.

Cashback is tracked within 4 hours of transaction and redeemable within 50 days, but as I checked after a couple of minutes, the cashback was already reflected in my account information.

And hey, they also have "Refer-A Friend Bonus" where you:

Give your friends P 100.00 & you get rewarded with P 100.00 when they make a purchase!

Check out  my first PhP100  Referral Bonus with them:

What do you think? As for me, this is a brilliant addition to e-commerce industry  where consumers can enjoy unlimited rebates.

As for cashing out the total earnings, I will be posting my review... soon!

UPDATE as of 10/1/2015:

My order was delivered the next day =)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sofia Polymer Clay Cake Topper

Hi! This is a quick post to show-off  my Sofia the First Polymer Clay project. I used this as a cake topper on my daughter's 2nd Birthday last month.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Business-Oriented Strategy

"So many things to do, so little time".

Back in College, when I am a working student employed in a Business Support Service similar with those
Indiana environmental companies, I can manage my time well. I sometimes struggle how to divide my time with school projects while having an 8-hour shift schedule at work, but eventually learn to handle things that needs to be done first.

The key is self-discipline and learning how to set your priorities. Having to work before I can even get my diploma provided me a sense of accomplishment and determination.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sofia the First Birthday Theme

We had a simple celebration for my daughter's 2nd birthday last week with Sofia the First Theme. It was a mini party (where we have no guests!) with the goal to capture the moment of traditional candle blowing and gift giving (tipid mode)!.

Her birthday falls on weekday, so we only had dinner at a restaurant and we spent our weekend at my MIL's vacation house in Batangas where we had a mini-celebration.

I bought a party banner, hats and some balloons at National Bookstore to feel the Sofia the First birthday celebration.


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