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It’s maccha season at Royce’
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Love green tea?
Leading Japanese chocolate maker Royce’ brings back limited edition green tea (maccha) chocolates to Manila.
Maccha is the product of a meticulous tea-making process which involves growing tea plants in the shade, then leaves are stone-ground into a fine powder.
More than just beverage, green tea has been the centerpiece of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies since at least the 16th century.
This July to September, Royce’ once again offers the Green Tea Collection, including Nama Chocolate Maccha, a soft confection made from fine chocolate and fresh cream, covered in powdered green tea.

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Maccha Chocolate Wafers are made of a cream wafer sandwich coated with maccha chocolate.

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If you’re looking for a richer flavor, try Prafeuille Chocolate Maccha, a thin slice of maccha chocolate filled with green tea sauce.

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The Duo Praline Maccha has thick maccha chocolate paste covered in milk chocolate

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While the Maccha Almond Chocolate are whole roasted almonds covered in maccha chocolate.

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The Green Tea Collection will be available until September 30 at Royce’ Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, and The Podium.
To know more, like them on Facebook.

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Celebrate 25 years of SM Appliance this July!
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I’m a shopper and a patient one. I don’t mind looking around every corner of a store if I’m searching for something. But since I have bad memory, I created an Instagram account called @chuvafinds to help me remember where I saw what item.
Created in March 2015, the account now has 12,700 organic followers.
Yesterday @chuvafinds (that’s me) went to SM Appliance in search of a new stove for the maids. I usually go to SM Megamall, but because there was a major Iglesia Ni Cristo gathering in Pasig, so I went to SM Makati instead. Luckily I encountered no traffic!

The SM Appliance store is on the 4th level of SM Makati.

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I love how spacious and well-lighted it is.

SM Appliance Makati
SM Appliance Makati

Before anything else I made sure to find a stove that fits the dimensions required in the maid’s kitchen and found one by La Germania.
Amazing how cheap these things are, and they last for years! This is only our third stove change for the maids since 2003.

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I decided to look around and check what else they had. I found a special hot/cold water dispenser by GE.

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Special because it has an extra cooling compartment underneath where you can store other drinks and chocolate stashes. Nobody has to know….

SM Appliance Makati

Last year I was invited to a wedding where the bride requested a toaster oven in the registry. Being brand and design conscious, I found it impossible to find a decent toaster oven in other appliance stores. SM Appliance has good ones!
Check these out: Breville Smart Oven, Php 16,900

SM Appliance Makati

Black & Decker, Php 6,995

SM Appliance Makati

I am obsessed with corndogs, so I gave in and bought this waffle dog maker. The only one I could find was by Imarflex. But how could you complain at Php 995?

SM Appliance Makati
SM Appliance Makati

I have a studio apartment that has no cooking facility, but just in case I’ll need one, I could always buy this induction cooker by Philips, only Php 4,795

SM Appliance Makati

This Philips table grill is great for cooking steaks, salmon, bacon, veggies, or even an egg on the flat side. Affordable and fun family cooking for only Php 6,195

SM Appliance Makati

Amazing how prices of air fryers have been dropping. This one by Philips, which we use at home, is now Php 13,995.

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Here’s a newer model. I am very interested in the shape of this Philips Air Fryer. Cheaper too.

SM Appliance Makati

My sons have been bugging me to upgrade our TV, so this Samsung 65″ curved TV is on the wishlist. More affordable if you use SM Appliance’s O% interest payment scheme.

SM Appliance Makati

I found this mini red Whirlpool chiller so adorable and retro chic! It costs Php 18,999

SM Appliance Makati
SM Appliance Makati

I’m not familiar with the EZY brand, but I really like the design of this mini freezer/chiller combination.
Perfect for small apartments.

SM Appliance Makati
SM Appliance Makati

Oh, and I bought the smallest, cheapest TV in the store for my driver’s room. Amazing how affordable these 24″ flat screens are.

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All done. It was great to go on a Tuesday afternoon. No traffic coming from Pasig, and not much people in the store, so I got good, very fast service. This was my bill for three items: the TV, the corndog maker, and the stove.

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Because my total was more than Php 10,000, they gave me a rewards card to celebrate 25 years of SM Appliance.
You can win perks from Php 500, Php 1000, or Php 2500 shopping credits, free buffet at Vikings, or an overnight staycation at Taal Vista Park Inn, depending on how much you spend.

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Thank you for the great service all the way to my car. 🙂

SM Appliance Makati

To know more about SM Appliance’s 25th Anniversary promos, click HERE.

http://www.smappliance.com/

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#RodNi update: Be still, my heart
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Sorry, but my locaret friends and I are going nuts about this Manila Bulletin video in which a reporter asks President Duterte if VP Leni will ever get a cabinet position.
Because the President has been known to react unpredictably during press conferences, the reporter seems to regret having asked the dreaded question.
But watch what happens when someone gets the VP on the line.

“How is it possible na tagos ang kilig dito hanggang East Coast ng America,” tweeted Hazel Marie of Charlotte, North Carolina. “I just can’t explain it, parang AlDub when they were just starting. I just feel like #RodNi will be a great team together, fingers crossed.”
“Kinilig din ako,” said my friend Grace. “He’s a rockstar. The President is such a lady’s man. I get it now.”

Peg:

Maging Sino Ka Man

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Yihee! When Rody met Leni #RodNi
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What is it with Pinoys and kilig—that feeling of giddy happiness because of love?
I’m not normally one to subscribe to loveteams, but when VP Leni met President Duterte for the first time, I couldn’t help but feel giddy. Just look at these photos—the awkward shyness, the smiles. With all due respect to their families, I find it so cute!!
And look at the happy people behind them. Everybody looks kilig.

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Leni and Duterte
Leni and Duterte

If Jessie Robredo, Leni’s husband, were alive, we wouldn’t give it a thought. Also, the President has a partner named Honeylet with whom he has a child. So we must not tease them.
But it really does feel good to see them get along in the spirit of unity.
Earlier today the two met up again at Malacañan for a courtesy call, and once again, they so looked so cute.

Leni and Duterte
Leni and Duterte

After the meeting he even escorted the VP to her car.

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The President you see on TV is quite different from the one you meet in person, shared VP Leni to GMA News.
“Malayo siya doon sa dati kong nakikita sa TV at sa preconceived idea ko of him. ‘Yung sound and fury, nagmumura, madaling magalit, pinagagalitan kung sinong nakaka-get his ire. Ibang iba,” Robredo said.
“He was very respectful, malumanay magsalita…. Nahihiya pa nga ako kasi mina-‘ma’am’ niya ako,” she added.

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All I can say is, “Yihee!!”
Listen to the lyrics…

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