La Mer celebrates World Oceans Day 2012

Bet you didn’t know there was a World Oceans Day.
Started in 1992 and made official by the United Nations in 2009, World Oceans Day takes place annually on June 8.
It strives to promote the importance of the sea as a vital ecosystem and to preserve its delicate habitats and wildlife.
Last June 15, 2012, La Mer launched its limited-edition World Oceans Day Crème de la Mer at the Ayala Museum.


Partnered with Travel magazine, La Mer presented the works of four passionate underwater photographers featuring the marine sanctuaries of the Philippines. They were: JM Abregana, Sean Calma, Mich Manuel and Dominic Nuesa.


Roman Azanza and Monique Buensalido

Tim Yap

Maxine Ignacio

Suki Salvador and Mich Manuel

La Mer Team: Jill Baysa, Camille Flores, Sharlynmae Reyes

La Mer experts Joanne Bautista and Jael Dumlao

As a tribute to founder Dr. Max Huber’s passion for the sea, La Mer is proud to support ocean conservation efforts worldwide by its partner, Oceana.
With more than 300,000 members in 150 countries, Oceana has greatly reduced over-fishing and protected threatened marine habitats with its science-based policies.

This is the seventh year of partnership between La Mer and Oceana.
To commemorate, La Mer has created a limited-edition 100 ml World Oceans Day Crème in a specially designed ocean-inspired jar. In addition, La Mer will make a $200,000 donation to Oceana in support of their Habitat Protection Campaign, as well as other global initiatives for ocean conservation.

Retailing at Php 21,000, the limited-edition World Oceans Day Crème de la Mer is now available at Rustan’s Makati (812-2507) and Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza (633-4636 loc 114).

Hyatt supports Hope in a Bottle

You may have seen these bottles in the supermarket or convenience stores.
But Hope in a Bottle isn’t just your regular bottled water. Each 500 ml bottle of purified drinking water is distributed by the Friends of Hope, Inc. And each time you buy, 100% of its profit will go to building public schools around the Philippines.
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is a proud supporter of this campaign to increase the quality of education in the Philippines.

Hope in a bottle

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila believes in the power of education and its significant role in developing a nation, which is why bottles of “Hope” are now available at the hotel’s Pastry Boutique. With each “Hope” bottle sold, PHP 10 will benefit the students of the Divine Healer Academy, a school run by the Healing Servants Foundation, Inc. in Sorsogon.

Making a difference in our country’s future generation is now as easy as choosing which bottled water to buy. Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila hopes this initiative will help quench the nation’s thirst for proper and quality education.

Hope in a Bottle is also available at Rustan’s supermarket, Krispy Kreme, Pancake House, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and others. To know more, go to

Transforming, space-spaving furniture

Last month I blogged about a home office I wanted to set up in a room in our house.
Right next to our bedroom is a small room that has become a stock room of junk, stuff and prizes I have to give away. The idea is to convert it into a room I can work in, instead of my bedroom.
Though the room is tiny, it has a high ceiling that offers possibilities such as this


That looks like something that needs to be built. So after some intense Googling I found setups where furniture can transform from desk


to bed


As luck would have it, I found a shop in Makati that brings in transforming, space-saving furniture from Italy. Zpoint at the New World Shopping Arcade is the exclusive distributor of CLEI Transformable Furniture Systems in the Philippines.


Imagine a desk that turns from this


to this.


Or maybe you want to squeeze two beds into a small space. The Lollisoft looks like nothing when it’s closed

Clei Lollisoft

but it can turn into a day bed

Clei Lollisoft

or a stylish bunk bed.

Clei Lollisoft

You might want to have a spare bed in a small studio. Check out this unobtrusive sideboard


that turns into a work or dining table


and an extra bed!


The possibilities are endless.
All you have to do is know what you need, measure your space and check out the choices here.
To order, visit ZPoint at New World Hotel Shopping Arcade, Esperanza cor Makati Avenue (Tel. 811-6702).
Now watch these videos to see how it works.

How to find your future partner via KLM

When I turned 30, I focused on meeting the right person and getting married so I could have children.
I feel so lucky to have married at the age of 33, and become a mother at 34 and 36. I hurried with my second child as my OB-GYNE said it is safest to have kids until 37.
Then I heard this story about a woman in her mid-30s whose biological clock was ticking.
More than getting married, she wanted to have a child. So what she did on her fertile days was to hang out at the poolside of a five-star hotel, where hooked up with a smart and good-looking afam (foreigner) and conceived.
Nine months later and still single, she gave birth to a future supermodel.


Aside from lounging by the pool, I’ve also heard of single women who purposely ride business class in the hope of sitting next to a rich and successful businessman. Now it looks like KLM is making it easier for passengers with an agenda.
KLM’s Meet & Seat program allows you to find out who will be on your KLM flight through their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and find out where they’ll be sitting.

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To me it sounds scary. What are your thoughts on Meet & Seat? Is it yay or nay?
Details HERE.

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