Goodbye Häagen-Dazs

The day wasn’t so bad for me, even though it came with a lot of bad news: Death. My Meralco bill—along with the news of another price hike. Now this.
Whenever something bad happens, I try to see something good about it to make me feel better.
I read that Häagen-Dazs is going to leave our country in September.
On the bright side, it’s good because I need to diet. I’m also grateful we were able to enjoy it in our country for a few years, even though I find it severely overpriced.


My favorite flavors are coffee and strawberry. Coffee serves as an instant pickmeup when I feel down, while strawberry brings back fuzzy memories of eating frozen strawberries with Nestlé cream in Baguio.
Every Halloween on my Dad’s birthday, we look forward to an all-we-can-eat Häagen-Dazs cart from Bobet and Ruthy Vera. Guess this year we won’t have any. :(

Why we really look forward to this party

I’ve always had this fantasy of eating one pint of Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream in one sitting because I’ve never done it. Maybe I will do it once and for all before September comes.
When Haäagen-Dazs packs up for good, there’s always that small café in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, right on top of the IKEA store, where I’ve sat down a few times to cool my heels and enjoy some ice cream.
For me there’s nothing like it.

Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream

Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury distributor to halt local sales by September
, Businessworld Online

THE LOCAL distribution arm of food giant General Mills, Inc. has decided to leave the country and bring its brands Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker with it due to the “challenging” business environment here.

“The decision to close our business in the Philippines was made based on its performance over the years.
General Mills’ business in the Philippines has been consistently challenging in all the 12 years that we’ve operated here,” General Mills Philippines said in a statement to BusinessWorld.
“The decision has been made at the highest levels in General Mills after [the] consideration of all options. We simply can no longer sustain our business in the increasingly challenging environment we face,” the company added without elaborating.

By the end of September, General Mills will no longer be taking sales orders for its premium ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs. Häagen-Dazs cafes in Robinsons Place Manila and SM Mall of Asia already closed their doors last June 30; branches in Shangri-La Plaza and Eastwood City are expected to close by the end of August. After those dates, Häagen-Dazs products will merely be sold in retail stores until supplies last, General Mills said.

A separate statement on Häagen-Dazs Philippines’ Web site confirmed this announcement.
Only last year, Häagen-Dazs Philippines—through General Mills subsidiary HD Marketing and Distribution Philippines, Inc.—said it was eyeing the opening of five to 10 more Häagen-Dazs shops in Metro Manila, primarily through franchising partners, earlier stories said.
In addition, General Mills will also halt the sale of its Gold Medal, Green Giant, Nature Valley, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker food brands beginning September 1.

General Mills’ exit from the Philippines will result in the dismissal of roughly 60 Filipino employees, the company noted. “We will provide our approximately 60 employees with severance packages and outplacement support services,” the firm said.

Cameron Diaz stars in TAG Heuer campaign

Cameron Diaz takes on an exciting new role—as TAG Heuer’s ambassador and muse for the new LINK LADY collection.
The new range is dedicated to beautiful and rebellious women around the world.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz’s climb to the top is unusual because she started at the top.
In 1994, she starred in her very first movie—opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask, which made her an instant star.
Then, she defied convention by choosing small, independent films like The Last Supper, Feeling Minnesota, and Head Above Water, followed by ensemble films and blockbusters that achieved both critical acclaim and box office success around the world.
Her role as Lotte Schwarz in Being John Malkovich was a creative gamble that paid off as went on to star in blockbuster hits like My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary and Charlie’s Angels.

Cameron Diaz / Tag Heuer

On her recent partnership with TAG Heuer, President and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin says, “Cameron has been so interested in what goes in to making a luxury watch–about the designs, and about our brand in general–that I knew she was the perfect choice to help us launch this new series. The LINK LADY, will reach out further to our female market, with products that appeal to women all around the world.”

Tag Heuer

“I want a watch that is more than just a timepiece, it should be like my favorite piece of jewelry,” says Diaz.
“The new Link Lady is modern yet timeless, sexy and elegant and I’m equally comfortable wearing it on the red carpet or in my day-to-day life.”

Cameron Diaz / Tag Heuer

Her three-year partnership with TAG Heuer will also serve to benefit and raise awareness for programs that empower women, including UN Women. “I am deeply appreciative that TAG Heuer shares my desire to support women who are not free to pursue even the most basic goals, simply because of their gender,” says Ms. Diaz.

Where the boys are

In Manila, it’s very rare to see so many cute guys in one place at one time, so Grace and I were happy to have come to the Penguin event at Greenbelt 5.
They had a fashion show directed by Robby Carmona and we had the best view standing in front of the stage.
It opened with a hot young actor named Xian Lim, who is Kim Chiu’s rumored boyfriend.
He stands around 6’2″, with a smile and stare that will break your heart.
Let me tell you, my camera can do no justice.

Xian Lim

This guy has no body fat okay

Xian Lim
Xian Lim

Now Brent Javier is one of those models who has his own style, even off the ramp

Brent Javier

Not usually a fan of the cotton candy hairstyle, but it worked for the show


And then some


This model just really killed me and Grace. The photos don’t do him any justice!! We don’t know his name. Do you??


There were girls too

Jasmine Maierhofer

Adorable kids


Cuteness overload. As if that weren’t enough, they had to add DJ Callum David to the mix.

Callum David

I don’t really look forward to any kind of fashion show anymore, but this one we really enjoyed. The pictures don’t do justice I tell you. Robby Carmona, you rock!

Robby Carmona

Original Penguin is at:
Shangri-La Plaza Mall, 3rd Floor
Power Plant Mall, 2nd Floor
TriNoma, M3 Level
SM Mall of Asia, 2nd Floor
Newport Mall, 3rd Floor
Bonifacio High Street, Bldg. 8 H08
SM Megamall, 2nd Floor Bldg. B
The Podium, 3rd Floor
Alabang Town Center (New Wing)
Anthem Greenbelt 5, Level 2
Marquee Mall, Level 1
Ayala Center Cebu, Level 1
Abreeza, Level 2

Sylvia Park wins BAYO design competition

Last June 30, 2012, BAYO named the winner of the First SoFA Young Designer for BAYO Design Competition.
Co-presented by Kotex Luxe, the contest aims to promote young talents in the Philippine fashion scene.
Out of seven finalists chosen from a pool of SoFA students, Sylvia Park impressed the judges with her floral and lace collection.

Sylvia Park for BAYO
Sylvia Park for BAYO
Sylvia Park for BAYO

She bested other finalists: Alyssa Lapid, Bengt Enrique, Dan Concepcion, Genesis Alcantara, Majesty de Castro and Stefanie Caintic, who received BAYO gift items and certificates.
Park received a Php 100,000 cash prize, and her seven-piece collection will be sold in BAYO outlets nationwide under the the “Love, Bayo” label before the year’s end.

Sylvia Park and mom

Judges included celebrity stylist Jenni Epperson; Heima Store creative director Rossy Yabut; bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan; and BAYO founders Lynn Agustin and Yvette Lejano.
The competition is part of BAYO’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Help for Anna

Leukemia sucks.
Having lost a friend and relative to leukemia, I can’t help but feel emotional whenever I hear of someone fighting the disease.
This week I’m going to collect stuff around the house to donate to a group of friends helping out a friend in need.
It’s all for a good cause—you get to help a young mother and her family, and you get to clean up your house.
Please read the letter below and share with your friends. Should you be moved to donate in kind, please deliver your items to 60 Matahimik Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Or if you prefer to donate cash, please click HERE.
To know more about Anna, click here.


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