Watsons 3-day sale this weekend!

Having just arrived from Tokyo where I had to take care of kids, I still felt kind of bitin with my shopping.
Luckily Watsons invited me to shop all I want yesterday to sample their three-day sale this May 16-18, 2014.

Watsons 3-day sale

Given the chance, what would you buy?
As a lover of cute things I really liked this cart. I wish all malls would have carts like this available to go around.

empty cart

Watsons brand hand soaps are my favourite things to hoard, especially if they’re buy one-take one

buy one take one

Hair accessories are 10% off. Too bad I got the clips before they went on sale two weeks ago

hair accessories

I love Celeteque products, especially in the shower

celeteque

My friend Rem will be glad to know Cetaphil products are on sale—for her daughter’s sensitive skin

cetaphil

I love Veet hair remover wax strips for the legs. Perfect for home and traveling.
I find it so relaxing when someone pulls them for me while I lie down.

Veet

Lots of Belo products on sale—hello Anne!

belo
Belo products
Belo products

Here’s something interesting that’s not on sale though—Glutamax lightening feminine wash!
I’m doubting the tightening feature though…

GlutaMAX
GlutaMAX

Not on sale, but highly recommended: Crave Away whitening toothpaste and appetite suppressant

white glo toothpaste

Most of the makeup lines are also on sale

L'Oreal

The hand soap bundles are a steal

hand soap

The cotton boxed sets are nice to have, especially at this price

cotton box

Nivea sun blocks are 50% off!

nivea sun block

Plus so much more of your favourite brands—check out the marked down prices

dove men
vaseline

Check out the marked down prices

pond's
jergen's

So what did I end up getting? Just a couple of Veet hair remover wax strips, two bottles of Belo Glutathione + collagen pills, Maybelline BB concealer stick, Watsons disposable underwear for boys for the next trip (long story), and a Sure Aid grooming kit so I can avail of the free cooler bag promo

my loot

The Sure Aid kit is part of Watsons Gotta Have it items that you need to purchase along with Php 1200 worth in order to get the promo item

free cooler bag

Et voila! No need for a shopping bag.

cooler bag

Watsons three-day sale is on until tomorrow only, so take advantage and stock up on your favourite products now!

Hoodwink at SM Aura

From the founders of homme et femme (H&F) retail stores comes Hoodwink, a playful yet sophisticated store that caters to a young male demographic.
Interiors were designed by H&F’s Mark (Jappy) Gonzalez in collaboration with architect Rola Vizmonte.

Hoodwink at SM Aura

Look closely and see crafty details like billiard sticks for door handles, darts for clothing hooks, and clothes racks and shelving made of tubular steel.
From the street view, a storefront window will feature a seasonal collab with a deviant artist.
This month however you’ll see Comme des Garçons PLAY balloons on the windows.

Hoodwink at SM Aura

So what’s on the shelves this season? A well curated collection that caught my eye, including Kitsune Tee and Lazy Oaf, among others.

Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura

Now if only these came in women’s cuts, we’d be in a bit of trouble.

Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura

Hoodwink is on the ground level of SM Aura. Open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM

Hoodwink

Tried and tested: Delta vs. Japan Airlines

Dreams do come true—for some of us, later in life.
It’s been my dream to go Japan as often as I can and as easy as flying to Hong Kong. Luckily I got my three-year multiple-entry visa after the Japanese government relaxed its visa rules for Filipinos.
When I was younger I studied Nihongo for two years and wanted to marry Japanese because I find them adorable. But my dad said, better not. He was right. :)
This year my husband and decided to take our family vacation in Tokyo and travel for the first time without a yaya. I must say it was quite a success.
As the official travel agent of my family, I chose Delta Airlines because of our pleasant experience last time. Prior to this we usually flew Japan Airlines until I rediscovered Delta through an online sale.

Here’s why I prefer Delta:
Delta seats are better. I find Japan Airlines seats not as comfortable. This is a normal business class seat on JAL

Japan Airlines

while Delta has cabin-like seats (like Cathay Pacific Business Class) which recline and lie flat.
Jeroen and I can hold hands when I’m scared

Jeroen on Delta

Each seat comes with a bottle of Evian (a huge comfort for me), a fluffy pillow, and a thin, quilted comforter
It has a very convenient outlet, so you can charge your gadgets before you land. (Can’t leave without my Samsung Galaxy Note 3!)

Delta

The flight attendants are so warm. There’s nothing like Delta flight attendants. The Americans have a great sense of humour and the Filipinos feel like family.

Delta flight attendants

Here’s a shoutout to fellow Assumptionista Fara Campos Lacson (middle) who was a commercial model back in the day

On the other hand, Japan Airlines serves food I like

Japan Airlines food

and allocates three pieces of luggage per passenger, versus Delta’s two pieces for business class.
So if food and shopping are your priority, fly JAL. But if comfort is more important to you, fly Delta.
Looking forward to my Japan visit, but next time I’m going to try Haneda Airport, instead of Narita.

NAIA renovation update

This was the scene at NAIA last week. Street level is boarded up

NAIA renovation

Busy at the other end

NAIA renovation

Much activity on the inside

NAIA renovation

And….aircons are not working. Iwatas everywhere.
So bring a fan in case this goes on until August like we heard.

NAIA renovation

I’m in Tokyo. More to come.

Tried and tested: Palmolive’s new body wash

1987 was a good year for fashion—but a bad year for hair—as you can see in this vintage Palmolive TV commercial.

The TV commercial was such a hit, it launched the career of an 18-year-old Alice Dixson.
Twenty seven years later, Palmolive launches its new body wash starring globally popular actress Angel Locsin.

Angel Locsin

Angel is really lovely. I caught her talking to the press at a recent media event at The Spa Wellness.

Angel Locsin
Palmolive Naturals body wash

In 2007, I met her at a press junket in Hong Kong and really liked her, like we can be friends :)

Angel Locsin

After the Palmolive launch, we were all treated to a massage. Oh, the hazards of the job….

Me at The Spa
The Spa

I took home three of these and tried them all

Palmolive Naturals body wash
Palmolive Naturals body wash

Officially I am hooked—to the yellow one! It feels silky and smells so good.

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Prior to this, I had been using my favourite soap bar for decades.
Well, 2014 is a year for change, so I am open to good changes in my life.
This yellow Milk & Honey body wash smells like shea butter, which is one of my favourite scents. You can smell it on your skin after taking a bath.
I’m not one for strong scents, so I find this really refreshing, perfect for the summer. I really like it!

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Now watch this!
To know more about Palmolive Naturals, like them on Facebook.

Dreams do come true for BMW winner Bernabe Abando

I’m one of those lucky people who win often at bingo games or raffle draws. I’ve won an electric car from Toy Kingdom, a set of Simpsons dolls from Burger King, and an HP Touchsmart computer among others—but I’ve never won anything like this!!
Last February-March 2014, Watsons and The SM Store Beauty Section invited customers to shop for a chance to win one of 50 iPad minis, iPhone 5s, Watsons gift cards, or a brand new BMW 116i in the grand draw.

Triple Treats A4_MALL

Well, dreams do come true for grand prize winner Bernabe Abando, who won a brand new BMW 116i in Watsons’ Triple Treats promo

Watsons winner of BMW1

Except the car turned out to be black, not red—but hey, who’s complaining?
Mr. Abando now holds to key to many hearts (and a brand new car!)—presented by Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Marketing Head Sharon Presbitero, and Watsons Marketing Assistant Hal Echave

Watsons winner of BMW

More pogi points for the lucky Mr. Abando

Watsons winner of BMW

and he’s not dreaming. It really did happen!

Watsons winner of BMW

It really pays to shop at Watsons. Watch out for their future promos!

Watsons winner of BMW

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