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Guess who won the Cinemaworld contest?
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Amanda Jane Camilon of Muntinlupa just won a free brunch buffet for four at the Spectrum of Raffles Makati.

Spectrum buffet at Raffles

Because she is a Sky Cable subscriber, she also gets a free 12-month subscription to Cinemaworld, where she can access foreign movies anytime.

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Amanda won from more than 120 entries in this contest and was selected electronically via random.org.
She will be contacted via email.
To know more about Cinemaworld, click HERE or go to https://www.facebook.com/cinemaworldasia

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Secret Fresh launches Eraserheads toys
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Secret Fresh proudly announces its biggest and most highly anticipated designer toy/vinyl collectible—a collaboration between Secret Fresh, Korean designer toy artist Coolrain, and one of the most successful, influential, critically acclaimed and significant bands in the history of Original Pilipino Music, the Eraserheads.

Eraserheads toys

The Eraserheads was formed in the ’90s by Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro when they were students at U.P. Diliman.
From their first independently released album, Ultraelectromagneticpop! came a string of number one singles and top selling albums, like Circus and Cutterpillow, which achieved platinum status several times.
The Eraserheads received the Viewer’s Choice Award for Asia during the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards for their music video Ang Huling El Bimbo directed by award-winning director Aureus Solito. They are the first and only Filipino band to have won the highly coveted Moon Man trophy from MTV.

Eraserheads

The Eraserheads toys are a dream project of Secret Fresh owner and toy collector Big Boy Cheng who is also a fan of the band.
Reminiscent of the Kidrobot-released vinyl toys for the concept band Gorillaz, the Eraserheads toys feature all four members with their respective instruments, and packaged as a set in editions of 500. (Price: Php 11,200)
Each figure stands 21 cm and has articulated hands and heads.

Eraserheads toys
Coolrain, who was specially chosen to design the Eraserheads toys is known for creating toy figures such as the Mindstyle NBA ATC series and collaborations with Nike, Cinelli, Converse, LG, and Motorola, among others.

COOLRAIN

For more information, call 570-9815 local 7 or email secretfresh.info@gmail.com.
Secret Fresh is located at RONAC Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, 1502 San Juan, Philippines.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 2-10 PM and Sunday at 1-6 PM.

Map to Ronac

https://www.facebook.com/secretfresh

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Why crying is good for you
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“Emotional tears have special health benefits,” writes Judith Orloff MD in the Huffington Post.
“A study by biochemist and ‘tear expert’ Dr. William Frey discovered that reflex tears are 98 percent water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying.

After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and ‘feel-good” hormones.'”

Since its YouTube upload on September 11, 2013, more than 9 million people have viewed this Thai TV commercial produced by communications company, True Move H.
I wonder how many millions have cried watching this, because I sure have. And you?

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Sleepover at Raffles (Part 2)
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As if the Presidential Suite weren’t big enough, they also gave us the connecting Junior Suite.
You can see the kitchen behind and the door that separates the suites from each other.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

There’s a nice writing corner
Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

and a long clean carpet

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

I wonder if that door opens to another suite?

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

This way to the bedroom. I fell in love with the louvered windows

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines
Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

There are two large beds inside—good enough for four. I prefer this room to the Presidential Suite. It feels so Laura Ingalls cozy to me.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines
Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Here’s the bathroom, which is Chuva-approved!

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

See the counter sinks (cause I hate bowl sinks)

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

and the tub

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

We had dinner outside and hung out for a bit in the bathroom.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

It was already 1 AM after everyone had showered. We were all in pajamas and went to bed in the Laura Ingalls room. Penny and Patrice were going to share a bed, and I had one bed to myself—just me and my computer, in the dark, when I started watching this on YouTube.

I was attracted to the ’70s costumes and really scared.
Right there and then, we decided to download it. The internet was really fast, by the way.

Wifi speed at Raffles Makati

While waiting for the download to finish, we decided to move into the large bedroom in the Presidential Suite so we could all fit in the king-size bed. Being the scaredest one of all, I insisted on staying in the middle.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Meanwhile, we scrambled to get drinks and snacks, knowing we would not want to leave the bedroom once the movie has started. We also held one rosary each. It was the battle of the rosaries: Penny had Pedro Calungsod, I had Pope Francis, and Patrice had Pope John Paul II.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

We made sure to pee before the movie started.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Too bad the screen was small and the picture was pirated. Penny and Patrice fell asleep during parts of the movie. I felt like Jesus in the Agony of the Garden, but it did not have the scariest effect for me, except during the closing credits when the soundtrack freaked me out.
Still, I wasn’t able to sleep because I was in between two girls and couldn’t move. I also wished the aircon were colder.
I finally fell asleep at 7 AM when the two went out for buffet breakfast. I was able to sleep until noon.
We showered, packed, and headed down. Too bad we didn’t get to enjoy the pool. Maybe next time.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Upon checking out I noticed this very discreet sign and was very impressed!

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Now I can honestly say there is one hotel that is truly first class in Manila, one that I would be proud to recommend to any visitor, and that’s Raffles Makati.
Special thanks to Loni Balagtas for arranging and having us. 🙂

http://www.raffles.com/makati/

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