Monday, September 30, 2013

Shoe Addiction: Pony Shoes

How many shoes do you have?

One random day at home, Gerd noticed that I had shoes lying around practically everywhere and casually asked me how many I had. To be honest, I had no idea... So I got to counting.

The conclusion? Right now, I have 106 pairs of shoes, some of which have never been used and some of which were only used once and some of which I don't even remember buying. How crazy is that?

silver sequined cap from Zalora

grey aztec sweater from Topman

I'm wearing shorts underneath. Dontcha worry! :p

one of the latest additions to my shoe collection from Pony

Photos by Miko Carreon.

And how crazy is it that the shoephile in me still isn't satiated? It doesn't help that Pony has all of these awesome shoes available in stores right now. Here are some of my absolute must-haves at the moment:

I have always been fascinated by Imelda Marcos and her 1060 pairs of shoes. While that isn't necessarily my goal in life, I find myself drawn to shoes every step of the way. Is this a sickness? Maybe. Is this an addiction? Probably. Do I care? Definitely not. BRING 'EM ON, PONY!!! And keep bringing 'em on! :p

Have you joined the Pony Show Off! Competition yet, by the way? You still have two weeks to do so! Remember: you could win Php40,000 if you do!

For more information, like Pony's Facebook page and follow Pony on Twitter :)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Join the 6th MegaBrands Sale!

Get ready for the 6th MegaBrands Sale happening this weekend, on October 4 to 6, 2013 from 10am to 9pm at SM Megamall's Megatrade Hall 1, 2 & 3 on the 5th floor.

Following five successful stagings of the same event year after year, MCT Events Management offers the 6th edition of the Megabrands Sale. This 3-day event will showcase hundreds of popular local and international brands under a single roof.

Get ready to enjoy massive discounts on stunning selections from shoes, bags, clothes, sporting products, personal care, eyewear, time pieces and other specialty products. Special promos and discounts also await shoppers on gadgets, gizmos and other tech brands. This is definitely the best place to go Christmas shopping this year!

Some of the participating brands that will provide 70% discounts include Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Cole Haan, Crocs, Dockers, Levis, Vans, CMG, Figlia, Oakley, Sanuk, Ellesse, Tomato, Elle, Carlton, Yonex, Victor, Wilson, Nike Golf, Bridgestone and Ogio.

If you have an RCBC Bankard credit card, then you can even shop at 0% interest for up to 12 months. If you don't have an RCBC Bankard credit card yet, but decide to get one at the event, you could win special freebies and giveaways!

Did I mention that admission is free?

What are you waiting for? Visit the 6th MegaBrands Sale this weekend and go Christmas Shopping before the big shopping rush begins! :)

For more information about the event, like MCT Events Management on Facebook and follow them on Twitter :)

Top Torikatsu: The New-Generation Quick Gourmet Ulam

Let's face it: food is a necessity. As much as we would love to just live our busy lives without thinking about food three (or more) times a day and forgo spending time and energy cooking a decent meal, we can't. Unfortunately, I couldn't cook to save my life, so I tend to just get some food delivered, eat my food out of a can, or quickly get some takeout before moving on with my day.

Well, Bounty Fresh has recently reminded me that this is no way to live a healthy life. Here I am, always finding time to work out nowadays, and then there I go shoving unhealthy crap into my stomach. Not good.

As the first Philippine company to win the Best Poultry and Livestock Company Award at the 2009 Asian Livestock Industry Awards, Bounty Fresh keeps providing top quality and delicious chicken products. It really is no wonder why it is called "Asia's Best".

Now, Bounty Fresh introduces Top Torikatsu, the first heat-and-eat item for people who are too busy or too culinary-challenged to prepare meals, but really want to eat some delicious chicken!

Based on the popular Japanese breaded chicken cutlet dish, Top Torikatsu consists of the best 100% chicken breasts and is coated with crispy bread crumbs for added texture and crunch. Yum!

What really makes Top Torikatsu stand out, though, it that it has two flavors to it: Classic and Cheese & Chives. Plus, it is easy to cook. You just need to fry it for 3 minutes. My culinary-challenged mind is finally at ease! Haha.

Since the dish is delicious, quick and effortless, you won't just impress yourself, either; but everyone that you cook for. Just check out the latest Top Torikatsu campaign starring the Boys Night Out boys, Sam YG, Tony Toni and Slick Rick to see what I mean! A series of online videos will be uploaded on the official YouTube channel of Top Torikatsu soon. Wait for it! :)

Fall in love with Top Torikatsu as soon as now. Like them on Facebook :)

Flawless: Guaranteed Hygienic!

I love getting facials as much as any other woman out there. I've actually already tried quite a few skin clinics so far - none of which I've gotten super attached to, though - and I used to think that they were all pretty much the same: you go in; you get ushered into a dimly lit, slightly crampy room; you go through a bit of pain in silence; and then you leave.

After visiting Flawless at SM Mall of Asia, however, I found out that I was very sorely mistaken. Flawless is better than the rest.

Spotted: my buddy Seph Cham on the window display! :))

While most of the skin clinics that I have been to in the past are generally clean, Flawless takes hygiene to a whole new level.

Rubby Sy, Flawless' CEO, says, "We know that hygiene is key to avoiding infections and maintaining the overall wellness of the skin. Needless to say, you can't give your patients beautiful skin without superior hygienic practices."

That is so true! Because of this, Flawless has decided to improve their sanitary practices even more to put them on the same level as hospital practices.

The minute you walk into Flawless, you will spot a hand sanitizer strategically placed next to the information counter for everybody's use.

I spotted another one in the bathroom, too!

The best part is that they come with these step-by-step directions on how to keep your hands clean at all times, in case you are a noob :p or just never really thought about the hygiene of your hands very much before.

Flawless also provides sterilized tools sealed in individual pouches, which you will have to sign before they use them for your facial. This way, you can make sure that the tools are 100% new and unused.

Flawless also has disposable towels and headbands stored in cabinets that have UV lamp sterilizers. Flawless is actually so hygienic that they never touch these towels with their hands, but use tongs to handle them instead. True story!

Flawless is very proud of their strict sanitary protocols and you will definitely be proud that you chose them after you get the best service that you deserve in the safest environment possible.

Just when I thought Flawless couldn't wow me any more than they already did after showing me their hygiene practices, I was able to try out their Cell Booster Infusion facial that day and I just have to say that it was the first time I actually felt relaxed while getting a facial.

But more on that next time! ;)

For now, you can find out more about Flawless' products and services by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook, and following them on Twitter. :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Life's too short to be pissed off all the time.

Although movies are the culprits behind my unrealistic expectations of relationships and life; they have always been and always will be my only true love.

 black flats from Crocs

Out of all of the movies I have ever seen, though, nothing tops "American History X". Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I grew up in Germany. Maybe I'm just more attuned to violence than anything else. Or maybe it's just coz Edward Norton looks so darned sexy without hair and with tattoos. I don't know. But "American History X" is my favorite movie of all time.

black jacket from Folded & Hung
black skirt with heart pockets from ASOS

There's one particular quote in it that I'd like to share with you right now:

"Hate is baggage.
Life's too short to be pissed off all the time."

If you know me at all, you should know that I spend 99.9% of my time being angry at the world. There isn't anyone or anything that I don't hate. Name something - anything - and I will find fault in it somehow. I blame it on my mother's genes (she's the angriest person I know), but that quote reminds me to enjoy life every once in a while.

Yes, people are assholes. Yes, no one can do anything right. Yes, the weather is uncooperative. Yes, my life sucks on certain levels. Yes, I haven't had sex in so long that I'm practically a virgin again. Yes, God is doing all of these things on purpose to test my patience. But what I keep forgetting is that I should be in control of how I react to all of these things.

black leather bag from Outdoor Products

I don't think any amount of reminders will ever rid me of my patience, but you know, baby steps are better than standing still. :)

Fortunately, as long as I've got good food in my belly and blonde (in the brain, not literally) friends by my side, the world seems less asshole-y overall. :p

How do you deal with bad days?
...or am I the only one with angry-genes in her system? :/

Photos by Vergil Chua.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WhatsOnSale: Never Miss a Sale Again!

Do you love sales? Do you go crazy over great bargains, Buy-One-Take-Ones, percent-offs and anything lower in price, in general?

Well, say Hello to WhatsOnSale, the Philippines’ first premium mobile app that lets you in on the latest sales and promos in and around the metro.

With just a tap of your finger, you can get instant access to the best bargains and savings and never miss a sale - or pay full price ever again!

WhatsOnSale is really easy to use and can get quite addicting coz there's just so much on it!!!

If you love eating out with your friends like I do, then the Food & Dining section can help you make the most of your money by helping you find sweet deals near you.

Once you find a deal that you like, the only thing you will have to do is head to the place and eat your hearts out.

No idea how to get there or want to know which branches actually support the sale that you are eyeing? Then just click on the Map icon on the WhatsOnSale app and find out - easy peasy!

To customize your WhatsOnSale app, you can set up your Notifications to suit your tastes and preferences as you see fit.

Shoeaholic? You got it! You can even make comments about the sale to inform other WhatsOnSale users if it is really worth it!

Other features include searching for offers that suit your needs.

You can also search for deals nearby when you are bored at a mall, add certain sales to your Favorites for future reference, like certain sales or share certain sales with your friends.

WhatsOnSale can be downloaded for FREE from the App Store and soon, from Google Play. It is compatible with all iOS and Android devices.

For a complete list of current WhatsOnSale merchants and more information, visit their website and like them on Facebook today! :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Store in Focus: Cant Sleep Club Clothing

It's been a while since my last Store in Focus, so it makes sense that I'm quite excited to introduce Cant Sleep Club Clothing to you today. :)

Can't Sleep Club (or CSC, for short) is based on the realization that our most profound thoughts always come out at night. You know those nights where you just can't sleep coz you're thinking of so many different things? Yeah, welcome to the Can't Sleep Club aka my every-night life. :p

Like the brand Can't Sleep Club, over-thinking at night doesn't have to be a bad thing. Can't Sleep Club turns that negative energy into something relatable - something that reminds us to keep moving forward and never to look back. After all, this is the only way life gets better, right?

With shirt reminders saying "Keep Your Drama Down", "Stay Positive", "I Need Coffee" (so me!!! :p), and "See the World", among many others; Can't Sleep Club Clothing is all about spreading the GV (good vibes for the oldies who don't know how to abbreev yet).

The best part is that they are all very comfortable and can go with practically anything - perfect for those days when you wanna go for a laid-back look or give more oomph to your usual t-shirt and jeans combo, or even for working out or sleeping!

All of the photos printed on Can't Sleep Club Clothing are also 100% original, so you aren't just buying clothes; you're buying art.

Check out Can't Sleep Club Clothing's online store and their website today. You can also like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

I GoBigger and GoBetter with Globe

Would I rather GoBigger or GoBetter?
I can't even decide!

Globe Prepaid just got bigger and better with more prepaid offers!

Only Globe Prepaid gives me Bigger and Better unli offers.

Go Bigger
-GoCALL100 gives me more call minutes (500 mins) VS Competitors' offers (200 mins) No need to use prefix to enjoy unlicalls.
- With GoUNLI30, I get real unlimited service with unli allnetwork texts, unli calls to Globe TM, plus the real UNLI-chat experience with the best apps available. It's the real deal compared to competitors' UNLI offers.

Go Better
- GoUNLITXT49 gives me the same UNLI texts to Globe/TM at BETTER prices VS Competitors' offers.
- With GoUNLI25, I get real unlimited service with unli Globe/TM calls and texts, pls unli Viber chat. It's the real deal compared to competitors' UNLI offers.

Since I am starting to take more advantage of apps like Kakao and WeChat, though, I think I'd much rather Go Bigger! That way, I can stay in touch with all of my friends who take advantage of these apps, even if they are losers who aren't under the same network as me! :p

I've been a Globe user for 13 years now and I have never looked for another service provider.
True story.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Butterfly Twists Takes "Walking in Style" Very Seriously

Who would have thought that a shoe brand made for women's convenience was actually an idea born out of four (straight!) men? Well, that is exactly how Butterfly Twists, the fashion-forward UK-based foldable shoe brand that I raved about here, started.

One of the founders - who would rather not disclose his identity :p - lost a bet and experienced going to a party in 6-inch stilettos. After that, Butterfly Twists was born. Mark Quaradeghini (pictured below), who graced the event at Seda Lounge last month, swears that he wasn't the one who lost the bet. :p

Mark said, "Women today enjoy the on-the-go lifestyle and Butterfly Twists is here as their shoe partner whatever activity they do - a shoe on the go for the woman on the go." I could definitely relate, seeing as I had rushed to the event after a barre3 workout nearby. :p

Generally speaking, Butterfly Twists was designed with girls-on-the-go in mind; offering a set of innovative shoes that can be folded, stored in a pouch and stashed in a bag.

While they aren't the best shoes to wear when it rains (I learned that the hard way!), they are definitely durable enough for whole-day (dry) walking affairs. Yes, Butterfly Twists understands how seriously women take the phrase "walking in style". Just a quick tip: make sure you get the right size to prevent unnecessary discomfort and pain!

At the event with Kat Valdez.

Butterfly Twists' latest offering for Autumn/Winter 2013 showcases more than 30 new designs and color selections to cater to women's different needs.

Butterfly Twists introduces the Berkeley, the foldable traveling boots, which is in a league all on its own. I was actually hoping to get a pair of these before our Baguio trip, but my wallet can't afford it just yet. :( Hopefully soon, though! Again, best to keep these ones dry unless you don't plan of taking them off until you get home!

If you're looking for boots that can get wet, then Butterfly Twists' Windsor Wellies would be the best choice for you. These rollable rain boots are fashionable and especially made for the current gloomy weather found in the Philippines.

The Sienna Premium Collection is the one that is expected to captivate everyone's attention, though. If you love the look of sophistication, then these foldable ballet flats would be perfect for you.

Butterfly Twists' Sienna Premium Collection comes in three styles, with the Leah, Alexandra and Sienna models in ten elegant colors.

The Berkeleys aside, these are my favorites. 

I cannot wait to stock up on more Butterfly Twists next month. Not only are they the latest in things on runways and roadways, but they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

For more information, feel free to like Butterfly Twists Philippines on Facebook and follow them on Twitter :)