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Travel Promo Alert: 50% Rebate with TravelBook.ph

For a limited time, get back as much as half of what you paid for.

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Typical reward programs would give you at least one to five percent rebate only, but with TravelBook.ph’s special promo for the holiday season, we will be offering an astounding 50% rebate!

Yes, that means you get back half of what you spend! This is TravelBook.ph’s biggest and most ambitious giveaway to date, and you only have from November 21 to 27, 2016 to avail of it.

 Just imagine how much you’re getting with this promo: If you book a hotel worth PHP 2,000.00 you automatically get PHP 1,000.00 back in reward points. With this, you can already book a room worth PHP 1,000.00 for free or use it to further lower the prices of your future bookings. Take advantage of this weeklong promo, especially for the holiday season when staycations and out of town trips are trendy!

This is just the start of our six-week long holiday promo to say thank you to our loyal customers. Check back on www.travelbook.ph and www.facebook.com/TravelBook.ph every week to learn about the latest special deal that we will be giving away!

Book your hotels now at www.travelbook.ph and earn big reward points!

Kathryn and Liza’s Kitchen Best friend

The kitchen used to be a scary place for young people and cooking was a daunting task reserved for mothers and household helps. But technology played a role in guiding people around the kitchen. Nowadays, new cooks search online for cooking videos or check out “food hacks” to be able to produce any dish they want that they can, in turn, show off on social media.

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Young celebrities Kathryn Bernardo and Liza Soberano also enjoy cooking for their loved ones. They are the newest tandem to endorse AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. Apart from what can be found in the Internet, Kathryn and Liza became more confident cooks because they can rely on a brand of seasoning to make delicious home-cooked dishes by bringing out the natural goodness of food. Experienced cooks or kitchen newbies can make AJI-NO-MOTO® their best friend in the kitchen – an ally in serving nourishing and enjoyable dishes for the whole family.

The new AJI-NO-MOTO® TV Commercial features three (3) dishes to show the versatility of the product in making all kinds of dishes delicious. Among the dishes are the Omurice, a Japanese-inspired meal composed of rice and omelet, Kathryn’s Adobong Puti recipe, a different take on the classic adobo without soy sauce and the all-time favorite comfort food Beef Nilaga.

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Rice Mixture:
1½ tbsps         vegetable oil
¼ cup              garlic, peeled, minced
¼ cup              onions, peeled, minced
½ cup              ground pork
½ cup              frozen carrots
¼ tsp               ground black pepper
2 cups               cooked rice, short grain
1 teaspoon        soy sauce
1 teaspoon        AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning

Egg Mixture:
1 tablespoon     vegetable oil
3 pieces              eggs, small, beaten
1/8 teaspoon     pulverized black pepper
1/2 teaspoon     AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning      
1/8 teaspoon     iodized salt
 
PROCEDURE:              
 
Rice Mixture

  1. Heat oil in a pan, sauté garlic and onions for one (1) minute over low heat.
  2. Add ground pork and cook until brown.
  3. Add carrots and black pepper.
  4. Add rice and stir-fry for another minute over medium heat.
  5. Add soy sauce, mix well.
  6. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning and mix well.
  7. Remove from fire, mound the rice on plate then set aside.

Egg Mixture

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs until the whites and yolks are well combined.
  2. Add pulverized black pepper.
  3. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry the egg mixture.
  5. Remove fried eggs out of the pan and mold it well on top of the rice.
  6. Serve with catsup.

Makes 2-4 servings

Nutrition Information: Calories 457    Carbohydrates 44g    Protein 14g   Fats 25g

ADOBONG PUTI

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INGREDIENTS:
½ kilo         chicken, adobo cut
½ cup          vinegar
1/3 cup          garlic, peeled, crushed
1 piece           bayleaf, crushed
¼ teaspoon peppercorn, cracked
½ cup           water
½ cup           cooking oil for deep frying
1 teaspoon    AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
1 tablespoon refined sugar
1 teaspoon     iodized salt

PROCEDURE:
1. Combine chicken, vinegar, garlic, bayleaf, peppercorn and water in a pot.
2. Let boil and lower heat. Simmer until tender.
3. Drain the chicken pieces from the broth.
4. Heat oil in another pan and deep fry chicken pieces. Return to the broth.
5 .Simmer until liquid has been reduced to half.
6. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami seasoning and sugar. Simmer for one (1) minute.
7. Add salt and mix well.
8. Serve hot.

Makes 4-5 servings

Nutrition Information: Calories 461   Carbohydrates 5g   Protein 18g   Fats 41g

NILAGANG BAKA

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INGREDIENTS:
2 ½ liters           water
1 teaspoon          black peppercorns
2 pieces               onion, medium-size, chopped
½ kilo                  beef shank, cut into serving pieces
2 pieces                corn, cut into five per piece of corn
2 pieces                potatoes, medium-sized, peeled, quartered
½ piece                small cabbage, quartered
1 ½ teaspoons    AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
1 tablespoon        iodized salt

PROCEDURE:
1. In a casserole, put 2½ liters of water; add peppercorns, onions and beef.
2. Boil beef until tender.
3. Add corn and potatoes; boil for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add cabbage, mix well.
5. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning and simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Add salt and mix well.
7. Serve hot.

Makes 4-5 servings

Nutrition Information: Calories 195   Carbohydrates 21g   Protein 21g   Fats 3g

 

AJI-NO-MOTO® can be widely used in a variety of dishes because it has no smell or specific flavor of its own and can therefore be used to enhance the original flavor of food. This is a safe and quality product that is made from natural crops like sugar cane, corn or cassava and manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. AJI-NO-MOTO® enhances taste of food by providing umami taste. Umami is the fifth basic taste also described as rich, savory and ‘malinamnam’ derived from food rich in glutamate like tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, ham and seafood.

Mommies, do you have your own AJI Recipe to share?🙂

Toy Kingdom’s Toy Warehouse Sale YEAR 10

The annual Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale is happening this weekend (November 4 to 6) at Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and save as much as 70% off on branded toys!

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FAQ about Toy Warehouse Sale Year 10 (provided by Toy Kingdom)

Question: What is the event?
Answer: Toy Warehouse Sale is an annual event of Toy Kingdom. This is our tenth time to hold the event at Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall. Expect huge discounts up to 70% off.

Question: When and where is the event?
Answer: It will be on November 4 to 6, 2016 at Megatrade Hall 1, 2 & 3 SM Megamall. Entrance is located at Hall 2 while Exit is Hall 1.

Question: What time will you open Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer:  We open at 10 am and close at 10 pm.

Question: Is the event free?
Answer: There is no entrance fee or registration required to enter the venue.

Question: What are the acceptable modes of payment?
Answer: We accept cash, credit card payments, Toy Kingdom gift cards, SM gift cards, SM gift pass and Sodexho gift certificates.

Question: What are the credit cards accepted during the event?
Answer: We accept all major credit cards, whether issued international or local.

Question: For credit card transactions, can I opt to pay in instalment during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: Only locally-issued credit cards can avail of this promo. Minimum purchase of P3000 is required to avail of 3 months or 6 months instalment payment at 0% interest.

Question: Will there a 2 hour special or preview sale for SM Advantage or SM Prestige cardholders?
Answer: There will be no 2 hour special or preview sale during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale.

Question: Will there be a special area for children?
Answer: There is limited space at the event and there is no special area where customers can leave their children inside Megatrade Halls 1, 2 & 3.

Question: Will there be an area where we can leave our belongings?
Answer: There is no area at the event where you can leave your belongings. There are package counters at the mall (Supermarket area and Department Store area) which you can use instead.

Question: Will there be a lot of people during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: Yes! We are on our 10th year and each year the number of people keeps growing. It’s a just a testament as to how amazing the toy deals are during this event.

Question: Is there gift wrapping service during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: This service is not provided during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale.

Question: Will you give free gift wrappers during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: Gift wrappers will not be given away during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale.

Question: Do you sell the Toy Kingdom gift wrapper?
Answer: We do not sell the Toy Kingdom gift wrapper but we do have Toy Kingdom tote bags which you can use to put your toys in.

Question: Can I have the items purchased at the Toy Warehouse Sale gift wrapped at another Toy Kingdom branch?
Answer: Our branches can only gift wrap the items bought at the store. They cannot gift wrap items purchased from the Toy Warehouse Sale.

Question: Do you accept reservations?
Answer: No. We are selling limited quantities of particular toys because it is a warehouse sale so we cannot reserve pieces for customers. It would wise to come in early.

Question: Will there be an extension of the sale?
Answer: Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale only happens once a year during the specified date. There will be no extension of the sale however there will be other sale events in the coming months.

Question: How many cashiers do you have?
Answer: There are 24 counters which can accept cash, credit, debit and approved GCs as mode of payment. The speed of each counter is determined by the number of toys bought by each customer. Since the toys are really bargain price, a lot of people are buying cart full of toys and we appreciate a little patience and understanding from everyone in line.

Question: Will you provide the customers with plastic bags upon check out of items?
Answer: Yes, we will provide customers with plastic bags during the event but we do encourage you to bring your own tote or eco bags.

Question: Should I bring the whole family at Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: This is a warehouse sale and there will be lots of people in the venue who have only one thing in mind: shop and get the best toy deals. As much as we want to accommodate everyone, we highly suggest that you do not bring your babies and small kids for their own safety and convenience.

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Our Vita Cubes 2 Good Vita Experience

Vita Cubes wasn’t new to our ears. We, – yes we, I am guilty – first had a taste of these cute cube-shaped jellies from another event as a FREEBIE. When I saw it from the loot bag, I got pretty curious and opened it. Upon seeing the jellies I was like – eewww, I don’t like this! yes mommies I don’t like jellies – BUT upon checking the label and saw that it is a vitamin, I said, REALLY? This might be good. So I took one and to my surprise, it isn’t bad after all!🙂

My son who was fond of jellies saw it, took the package from me and tasted it! And he really LOVE it!

Last October 22, we were so lucky and got invited by Vita Cubes to attend their special event at BGC Active Fun.🙂

Raix and I were soooo excited!!! I am excited to meet mommy bloggers while of course the little one was excited to play and have lots of FUN!!! As soon as we get there, here’s what we did!🙂 PICTURE! PICTURE!

We were greeted by these. A CAKE BOOTH!🙂 These were later on given to the kids to make and design the way they like it while mommies and daddies listened to a wonderful talk.

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Here is his decorated cake and he just can’t wait to taste it!🙂

All around the place are samples and a candy buffet for the kids and kids at heart.

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Caught him taking some of the Candy Vitamins! Haha

There were also games, magic show, flip book photobooth and the food was superb! Our over-all experience was one of a kind! PLUS! We get to bring this loot home. Thank you Vita Cubes and Rebisco.

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Not only that, the kids were also given an hour of free play at Active Fun’s Indoor Playground. (Raix was so excited we didn’t had a picture inside.)🙂

Once again THANK YOU Vita Cubes!!!🙂

For mommies out there. Try VITA CUBES now. These are cube-shaped jelly candies that come in five different flavors — strawberry, apple, grape, orange, and mango.

Aside from having a delicious taste, Vita Cubes is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals that are important for growing children.

LYSINE — Contains 70% of the child’s RENI. Aids the body in proper growth and energy production. Also helps in calcium absorption.

ZINC — Contains 70% of the child’s Recommended Energy and Nutritional Intake (RENI). Zinc is known to help in proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, energy metabolism, and in increasing the rate of healing for wounds.

VIT. AContains 40% of the child’s RENI. Helps in increasing the body’s immunity to fight infections. Also plays an important role in ensuring healthy eyes and bone development.

VIT. BSupplies 30-70% of the child’s RENI. Promotes growth and strength. Stimulates child’s memory in their formative years. Helps boost the oxygen circulation in the body, especially the brain, which in turn will improve concentration.

VIT. CSupplies 30% of the child’s RENI. Helps form and repair red blood cells, bones and tissues. Helps your child’s gums stay healthy. Strengthens your child’s blood vessels, minimizing bruising from falls and scrapes. Helps cuts and wounds heal, boosts the immune system, and keeps infections at bay. Helps the ody absorb iron from food sources.

VIT. ESupplies 40% of the child’s RENI. Boosts the immune system and helps the body fight germs. Keeps blood vessels open wide enough for blood to flow freely. Helps the cells of the body work together to perform many important functions.

WHERE TO BUY?

  • Vita Cubes is available at all Mercury Drug outlets, SM Supermarkets, Robinson’s Supermarkets, Waltermart, Landmark, Puregold, and other leading supermarkets and local grocery stores nationwide. It is also available in Mini Stop outlets.
  • May be bought per box (containing 10 pieces of 50g-pack) or per individual 50g pack.
  • Vita Cubes Singles (Php 1.00 per piece) may also be bought at sari-sari stores, supermarkets, and local grocery stores near you.

HOW MUCH?

  • Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for a 50g-pack is at Php12.00.

Grab yours now mommies. You will never have to force your kids to take their daily vitamins!🙂

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Zoomanity Launches Zooper Cruise

The Philippines is well-endowed with many beautiful tourist attractions, yet many Filipinos as well as foreign tourists have not yet discovered the beauty of Metro Manila. Zoomanity Group with an aim to promote education and environmental conservation of Pasig River launches Zooper Cruise, a zooper unique cruise experience under Zoomanity Foundation.

Started last August 25, 2016, Zooper Cruise will be a specially arranged tour in Pasig River every first Saturday of the month. For as slow as P699 to P1, 999, you will get a chance to rediscover the beauty of historical places in Manila like Intramuros and Fort Santiago, highlighting also the World’s 1st and biggest China Town. The tour is complete with good ambiance and music, snacks and drinks, photo souvenir and a lot more.

Zooper Cruise is the newest project under Zoomanity Foundation which is part of our company social responsibility. It caters the 4 pillars of our mission and vision which are Education, Entertainment, Environmental Conservation and Exhibit.

Briefly, Zoomanity Group is one of the leading companies in the theme park industry in the Philippines under the Yupangco Group of Companies. We have more than 30 years of experience in the field and at present, we have eight operating local and international parks namely Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Clarkzilla in Clark, Residence Inn in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol, Zootopia in Nagano, Japan and Animal Research and Development Park in Victoria Australia.

Rediscover the splendor of Manila historical landmarks. To know more about this Zooper Cruise experience, contact us at 899-9819/ 899-9824/0917-9521371 or visit www.zoomanity.com.ph.

TAG media and public relations is the marketing, branding and public relation company of Zoomanity Group. For our events and services, send inquiry to grace@tagmedia.asia or call 09166299381

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Trick or Treat? Makati closes off Paseo de Roxas for another culinary Street Meet!

Scary ghouls and goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches will descend upon Paseo de Roxas, promising not just tricks but also lots of treats at the Makati Street Meet this 23rd of October.

Makati will once again prove its distinct city vibe and vibrant community spirit as it transforms an iconic business avenue into a culinary street meet.  A strip of Paseo de Roxas will again be closed as Make It Makati hosts its second Street Meet, bringing together gastronomic delights, a kiddie fun fair and great entertainment for all.

Amidst the trick and treating, musical performances and family activities await everyone at the Makati Street Meet, which promises to delight everyone with spook-tacular experiences and lots of really good food.

Building on the community spirit and the district’s fun vibe, the Halloween Street Meet brings together residents and their guests in a street activity the Makati way. The Street Meet will feature a curated selection of vendors from the famed Salcedo weekend market, a much-loved Makati tradition. Nearby are the iconic landmarks Makati has been known for, now serving as the background to a fun Halloween street experience.

That’s because from 3PM until 9PM, Paseo de Roxas, the stretch adjacent to the Ayala Triangle Gardens, will become a giant Halloween village—frighteningly fun yet a secure, pedestrian-friendly playground for the young and young at heart. Children and their parents can run from their homes straight to the event grounds in their Halloween costumes, enjoying the benefits of living at the center of fun and dynamism.

“Halloween is always fun for kids, so we brought this tradition to Paseo de Roxas, and made it even better. We’d like the Makati community to enjoy this time-honored activity, right here where they live,” said Shiella Aguilar, Project Development Manager of Makati.

Halloween party goers can look forward to a wide range of activities at the Spooky Halloween Town featuring a Hideous Parlor, Masquerade Ball, Wishing Cauldron, Houdini’s Escape Challenge, Magic Monster Photo, Mini Monsters’ Pets, Imaginary Beasts and many more by Hedcen.  There will also be an Outdoor Classroom by PlayWorks, Decoupage by LaPomme and an exhibit on the Tungtong River Conservation at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

For those who simply want to enjoy the good food and lounge around, an Earth Music Jam and other musical performances await guests throughout the evening.

An assortment of treats can be enjoyed from Salcedo Market vendors who will serve up their signature offerings– baked goods, artisanal delights, hometown favorites, and the most luscious concoctions whipped up by homegrown chefs and foodies.

Participating food vendors are Monster Burger, Elbert’s Sandwiches, Saikuro Steak, La Cuisine, Old Fashion Tapa House, Chicken Inasal, Jiro’s Lechon, No Fat No Glory, Llanes Farm, Delicane, The Commissary Kitchen, Authentic House of Curry, Merry Moo, Gostoso Piri Piri, Milea Bee Farm, Rafik Shawarma, Don Churro, Easternbloc Inc., Manong’s Bagnet, Michelle’s homemade putong ube atbp., Rita’s Kitchen, Bersi Gyros Shawarma, Tuna Town seafood place, SCM Beverage, Stanford Shaw Brew, Cheryl’s Cuisine, Margarita’s Paella, Antipolo Delicacies, Pamangan, Bread Basic, and Haici Food Services.

The Makati Street Meet promises fun and excitement and the street vibe that is distinctly, uniquely Makati’s—the locus of the best food, entertainment and lifestyle offerings. This Halloween Street Experience will also showcase the city’s efforts to increase walkability in the area by providing fun-filled activities that encourage people to actively use its streets.

“The Makati Street Meet is another great way to let people discover that there’s lots to do and enjoy just by walking and exploring the streets of the city,” said Aguilar.
The Makati Street Meet is supported by Alveo and Hunt and Gather.

Admission to the street party activities is FREE on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit www.makeitmakati.com or like and follow Make It Makati on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Romancing October: #romanceclass FeelsFest at Glorietta 5

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Buy some feels & listen to a little love at the #romanceclass FeelsFest on Saturday, October 22 at Glorietta 5

Ghosts, skeletons, and cobwebs might be decorating the windows of shops these days, but why give in to fear when you can celebrate love in October? And why drown your sorrows and stress in beer at Oktoberfest when you can go on a rollercoaster of emotions at #FeelsFest? At least that’s what the folks from the #romanceclass community of authors and readers figure!

Mark your calendars: The #romanceclass #FeelsFest will be on October 22, 2016, at Glorietta 5 in Makati. Authors will be on hand to meet readers and sign books. They’ll be selling indie romance books—many of which you won’t find in your typical bookstore. There will also be games, giveaways, the launching of over 15 new titles published by indie authors just this month, a book donation drive for Ayala Malls’ Little Free Library, and the much-anticipated live readings!

In fact, #romanceclass live readings are show stealers, thanks to the feels delivered by actors invited to read excerpts from romance novels. Previous live readings have been punctuated with shrieks and sighs. #FeelsFest will mark the fifth official live reading event, the last one held just last month at the Manila International Book Fair. #FeelsFest will feature new live readings from #romanceclass books. (Visit http://romancepodcast.com/ to get the audio versions.)

The #FeelsFest live readings will feature performances by Gio Gahol, Rachel Coates, Hervin Alvarez, and Gabriela Pangilinan. Expect to hear scenes from books by Mina V. Esguerra, Ines Bautista-Yao, and more.

“The #romanceclass community is all about encouraging each other to read, write, and publish books we love,” says author Mina V. Esguerra, whose books include Tempting Victoria, What You Wanted, and Iris After the Incident, all of which and more will be available for sale at the event. “#FeelsFest is our chance to give back to the community of readers and friends who’ve supported us. We get to have a little fun, and maybe meet some new people who love a good love story as much as we do.”

So if you like to hug your hugot close and are addicted to happy endings, drop by Glorietta 5 on October 22. Selling will begin when the mall opens, and the official program is scheduled for 2PM to 6PM.

For more information about #romanceclass, visit http://romanceclassbooks.com, where you’ll see a catalogue of the authors’ books along with other information about the community. #FeelsFest is brought to you by Ayala Malls.

CONTACT: Mina V. Esguerra
minavesguerra@gmail.com
Twitter, Facebook: minavesguerra