Winners of simple swag


As drawn by, the 10 winners are:

#370 Leah Tamondong of Cubao
#618 Maria Johanna M. Batolos of Pasig
#676 Marlon Pasilon of Marikina City
#961 Nermaine Jel De Asis of Malate
#1044 Rizzane Ong of San Juan
#1057 Natasha D. Cayco of Rockwell
#1058 Giancarla Hernandez of Novaliches
#1103 Amy Santos of Sta. Ana
#1320 Ronna Kristel De Leon of Cainta
#1331 JELENNI B. BROJAN of Cainta

Please check your direct messages on Twitter and reply to me.
All winners will receive


a Pepper Lunch x Team Manila notebook
Chuvanotes by Tickles
Manansala x Freeway mousepad
The newest edition of Enjoy Cards
Php 1,000 gift check from Adidas
Php 1,000 gift check from Payless*
Php 1,000 gift check from Marks & Spencer*
Php 1,000 gift check from Accessorize
Php 1,000 gift check from Debenhams*
(*Care of Stores Specialists Inc.)
Plus, a variety pack of Burlington’s softest socks!


P.S. You can now buy Burlington products online and pay through credit card or Paypal. No minimum order required and currently on sale! Go to


Holiday mall hours

Only 6 days before Christmas Eve. I’m not even done shopping and hoping Johnny Air will deliver the goods I ordered since November.
I try to avoid Christmas traffic, so I minimize going out and appreciate extended mall hours when there are less people to bump into (though I feel bad for the mall employees who have to work late).
As a public service to night owls like me, I’m posting holiday hours at malls where there’s a Pepper Lunch restaurant.

December 18-23: 10 AM-11 PM
December 24: 10 AM-8 PM
December 25: 12 noon-8 PM

December 16-23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: 9 AM AM-7 PM
December 25: 12 noon-10 PM
December 31: 9 AM-7 PM
January 1, 2011: 12nn to 10 PM

December 1-22: 10 AM-11 PM
December 23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: 10 AM-8 PM
December 25: 12 noon-8 PM
December 31: 10 AM-6 PM
January 1: 12 noon-8 PM
January 2 onwards: regular mall hours 10 AM-8 PM

Shangri-La Plaza
December 18-20: 10 AM-10 PM
Dcember 21-23: 10 AM-11 PM
December 24: 10 AM-8 PM
December 25: CLOSED :)

Robinsons Place Manila
December 19-22: 10 AM-10 PM
December 23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: open up to 8 PM
December 25: 12 noon – 9 PM
December 26-30: 10 AM-10 PM

Alabang Town Center
December 16-23: 10 AM-12 midnight
December 24: 10 AM-9 PM
December 25: 12 noon-9 PM
December 26-30: 10 AM-10 PM
December 31: 10 AM-6 PM
January 1: 12 noon-10 PM
January 2: regular mall hours

Mall of Asia (a bit confusing, so I’m posting this instead)

And while you’re at it, stop by at Pepper Lunch to eat and relax, and share a little love with the Brave Kids fighting cancer. Drop any amount of cash in our designated drop boxes, and we’ll double the total amount collected from all seven stores to buy gifts for the Brave Kids of Manila.

Secret Santa at Pepper Lunch

P.S. Please feel free to add other mall hours in the comments section. Thanks!

Rustan’s Holiday 2011

Only nine days before Christmas and I’m not done shopping, simply because it’s slim pickin’s for anything in Manila.
For me anyway (thank God for Johnny Air!).
Family members are the hardest to shop for, especially mom and dad. But between mom and dad, I would say Dad’s gift gives me the most stress.
That’s why I’m here to make life easier for you, by posting some of what Rustan’s has to offer—mostly for the women in your lives.
Find them at Rustan’s Ayala Center Makati, Alabang Town Center, Gateway Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Center Cebu and good luck!
P.S. I don’t suggest you have your gifts wrapped at Rustan’s because it’s gonna take days, I imagine. Wrap your gifts at home! That’s one of the best things about Christmas.


To see more, go to

Gilda knows

Forever 81
By Gilda Cordero-Fernando

Philippine Daily Inquirer • Sunday, November 27th, 2011

I like Kidlat Tahimik (aka Eric de Guia) because he tried to build a galleon. I like stage director Jose Estrella for being a girl named Jose. I like Recah Trinidad because he still receives mail addressed to Ms Trinidad. Also Ambeth.
I like Joven Cuanang because he can do 32 things at the same time. I like Satur Ocampo when he’s not talking communist. I like Manny Chaves because he fills in the blanks when I forget what I’m talking about. Raymond Lee? I will steal his pink shoes!
But I love my normal friends just as much as my dented friends. Normal friends never object to things you say. They just suffer in silence. I promised my seriously dented friends that I would not write about them, so I just drew them.



Gilda - Version 4Gilda - Version 2


Gilda - Version 3


Care for the Rare

As a mom of three boys (ages 3, 8, and 10), I can tell you they still appreciate plush toys.
Just this afternoon, Rustan’s sent two pieces from their endangered animal collection. Since there were two I gave them to the two younger ones. Christian got the cockatoo and Markus got the mouse deer


Trouble ensued when Ben apparently liked the mouse deer too. Luckily it didn’t turn into a biggie as they have tons of other plush toys.
I think it’s great that Rustan’s has collaborated with renowned plush toy manufacturer, Gund. Together they have produced an exclusive 11-piece collection of endangered animal plush toys. Supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the aim is to spread awareness among the young for the conservation of Philippine Endangered Species (PES).


Says Rustan’s President Zenaida Tantoco: “Rustan’s is proud of this collaboration with Gund because it is one of the more creative ways to spread awareness to our loyal customers. Not only will you receive a nice plush toy for Christmas, you will also know more about what’s going on in our environment.”

From now until December 31, 2011 a minimum single receipt purchase of Php 10,000 gives you a chance to choose any one of 11 GUND toy designs. Just present your receipt to the concierge to claim any of these special gifts:
Philippine Eagle (Haring Ibon) and Blue-Naped Parrot (Pikoy)

Bearcat (Binturong)

Buffalo (Tamaraw)

Tarsier (Mamag)

Warty Pig (Baboy Ramo)

Marine Turtle (Pawikan)

Whale Shark (Butanding)

To know how to win a Rustan’s x Gund toy, go to

Cibo holiday gift sets

Not all food gifts are made equal. With Cibo’s gift sets, you get products that have Margarita Fores’s seal of approval.
This holiday season CIBO has prepared food items packed in habi boxes or hand-woven scrapped materials that provides livelihood for the indigent people of Baseco. They are made through a project of the Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran ng Baseco Inc., Urban Poor Associates, Maraming Bayani Foundation, Zesto and Oishi Corp.

GIFT SET 1 – PHP 2,950
Lavazza Qualita Oro (Beans), Lingue di Gatto (Cioccolatto), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), 2 bottles Sardines (Peperoncini), Crostini (15 pieces), 2 bottles Marmellatta (Mango), Palmieri (2 packs), habi box.

SET 1 [PHP 2950] [MG_0013]

GIFT SET 2 – PHP 2,350
Lingue di Gatto (Cioccolatto), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), Lavazza Qualita Oro (Ground Coffee in Can), Sardine (Peperoncini), Marmellatta (Mango), Crostini (15 pieces x 2), Palmieri (2 packs), “Habi” box.

SET 2 [PHP 2350] [MG_0008]

GIFT SET 3 – PHP 1,450
Lingue di Gatto (Cioccolatto), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), Sardine (Peperoncini), Marmellatta (Mango), Crostini (11 pieces), Palmieri, White Wooden Tray.

SET 3 [PHP 1450] [MG_0003]

GIFT SET 4 – PHP 550
3 bottles sardines (Peperoncini), habi box.

SET 4 [PHP 550] [MG_0006]

GIFT SET 5 – PHP 450
Sardine (Peperoncini), Marmellatta (Mango), habi box.

SET 5 [PHP 550] [MG_0050]

GIFT SET 6 – PHP 550
Patatine Fritte (Potato Chips), Cibo Bimbi T-shirt for kids, white wooden tray

SET 6 [PHP 550] [MG_0004]

Chuvaness Gift Set – PHP 850 (special order only)
Some of my favorite things: Patatine Fritte (Potato Chips), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), Maionese, habi box.


Place your orders at least one week in advance at the nearest CIBO:
Glorietta 4: 729-2426
Shangri-la Plaza: 633-2426
Alabang Town Center: 842-7285
Rockwell: 898-2426
Promenade Greenhills: 727-2426
Gateway Araneta Center: 913-2426
Trinoma North Triangle: 916-7165
Greenbelt 5: 758-2426
Eastwood Mall: 470-2426
For bulk orders, please call Bernadette Ong at CIBO Central Office, 912-3524.

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