Time for a giveaway!

Once again I am swimming in swag I would like to share with you (and clean up my place at the same time).
But first, a word from our sponsors.
A few months ago I met the people behind Human Nature, the brainchild of Gawad Kalinga volunteers Anna Meloto-Wilk, Dylan Wilk and Camille Meloto, who had a burning desire to do something more for the country.
Anna and her husband’s passion for the environment, combined with Camille’s skills as a freelance make-up artist and work in a cosmetics company, have resulted in the Human Nature brand, launched in November 2008.
Today, it has become the country’s leading trail-blazing social enterprise, which has sold almost 3 million products through its network of 16,000 dealers and 19 branches all over the country.

HUman nature

Human Nature employs Gawad Kalinga residents as part of its full-time staff. Products are 100% made in the Philippines, with raw materials sourced as much as possible locally.
All raw materials are thoroughly researched to ensure that they are naturally derived, not processed using environmentally toxic processes, and do not become toxic when released into the environment.
It also uses recyclable bottles to minimize its impact on the country’s overburdened landfills.

HUman nature

Human Nature is available through Human Nature dealers and branches, Rustan’s Supermarket and Shopwise. Its mineral makeup line called Love Minerals is the only Philippine-made cosmetics brand stocked by Beauty Bar. Human Nature is also distributed in the U.S. and Singapore, with more plans of expansion on the way.

HUman nature

To know more about Human Nature products, contact a Human Nature dealer, or find out how to be a Human Nature dealer, go to http://www.humanheartnature.com or call 931-5787.

On to our giveaway!
Human Nature have me 8 boxes to give away to 8 lucky readers (one per winner)

Human Nature

It contains a canvas tote bag

Human nature

and some of Human Nature’s bestselling products (each winner will get this set).
My son loves the “tarsier shampoo”.

Human Nature

Goody Philippines is throwing in some hairbrushes (one random brush per winner, sorry you can’t choose!)

Goody brushes

You know you want these EOS lip balms (one pack of four flavors per winner. Just keep them away from ants—they love the smell!).
Available at French Macaroons online boutique.

EOS lip balms, four flavours

Here’s a new slimming product for those who can’t resist the sweet drinks.
Carb Trim iced tea mix is Unilab’s latest offering, which contains white kidney bean extract to help eliminate unwanted carbohydrates that eventually turn into body fat.
Launching soon in the Philippines, be the first to try them out if you win. (two per winner)

Carb Trim iced tea mix

All these will be packed in a random Rootote bag given by Rootote Philippines. (one bag per winner—sorry you can’t choose!) More on Rootote’s latest products in another entry.


To know more about the sponsors, click here:
Human Nature
Goody Philippines
French Macaroons
Carb Trim Iced Tea
Rootote Philippines – check out their ongoing sale!

How to join:
1. Open to anyone with a Philippine address.
2. To join, just fill in this form. Please do it only ONCE.
3. Promo period is September 30 – October 3, 2011 at 11 PM.
4. Winners will be chosen via random electronic lottery and announced in this blog and on Facebook.
5. Please do not make kulit on Twitter and Facebook kung may winner na and who is the winner. I’m super jam-packed until next week, but I will announce the winner shortly after Monday. Thank you very much!

Davao chocolate: who knew?

Pardon my ignorance, I didn’t know Davao was a source of good chocolate.
I came across these while Googling unique chocolate packaging (don’t ask).
Aren’t these cool though? These are Askinosie chocolate bars from a small batch bean-to-bar chocolate maker based in Springfield, Missouri.

Askinosie Chocolate bar

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The Times of London named the Davao White Chocolate Nibble Bar one of the Ten Best Chocolate Bars in the World in September 2010.

Askinosie White Chocolate Bar>

Askinosie White Chocolate Bar

Founded in 2007 by former criminal defense lawyer Shawn Askinosie, the company produces single-origin dark chocolate, dark milk chocolate, and white chocolate from Soconusco, Mexico; San Jose Del Tambo, Ecuador; and Davao, the Philippines.
Shawn Askinosie travels to these countries to source the cocoa beans used to make chocolate.

Askinosie chocolate


The FEED bag comes to Manila

The FEED bag has been around since 2007, started by Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson as a project to raise funds to feed children under the United Nations World Food Programme.

Lauren Bush

Since then, over 64,800,000 meals have been provided through more than 553,000 bags sold worldwide.

PMA 90

I got my first FEED 1 bag from Amazon in 1997. Besides its sturdy make, generous size and Margielic look (it is reversible to white), I liked that a portion of its sales go to a good cause.

My feed bag

In 2008, my friend Paz sent me the FEED 100 bag from Houston, in a form I liked better.
This one comes folded and compact. It can be used as an extra shopping or travel bag.

Thank you Paz!

Feed bags

foldable feed bag

Lauren Bush and the Feed 100 folding tote

Lauren Bush

Four years later, the FEED bags continue to exist and provide meals all over the world. It now comes in many other designs to benefit other causes, such as the FEED JAPAN tote. Each sale  of the FEED Japan bag will give $10 to the FEED Foundation’s FEED Japan Fund, as Japan continues to recover from the March 2011 tsunami.

Japan Feed bag

The FEED 2 bag is a stylish, reversible cotton tote. One side is made from natural burlap, and the other from 100% organic cotton. Each FEED 2 bag sold will feed two children in school for an entire year through the United Nations World Food Programme.


And now, from September 30 to October 14, 2011, five styles of the FEED bag will be available at AVA, the Philippines’ first members-only shopping community. The styles that will be offered are “FEED 1”, “FEED 2”, “FEED Japan”, “FEED 100” and “FEED 10” bags.
Get ready and join me in tomorrow’s sale. Register now at http://www.ava.ph/register/Chuvaness.

The Love Boat

My husband went on a Love Boat marathon yesterday during Typhoon Pedring. He loves the show as well as the theme song. I’ve found versions of it online I think he might enjoy (he is sleeping so he’ll see this in the morning) :)
Do you remember the Spanish retokado singer during the early ’80s, Charo? She used to annoy me. She was everywhere and all the Bob Hope shows.
Now I can watch this and be slightly amused and remember my childhood.

French singer Amanda Lear sings a bedroom/draggy disco version of it that sounds really cool

Of course, nothing beats the original theme by Jack Jones.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 out October 7

Shucks, I should’ve waited.
Research In Motion (RIM) recently launched the new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone in the Philippines.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone is expected to be available in the Philippines on October 7, 2011  from all carriers and authorized retail channels. It will retail for PHP 31,690, inclusive of 24 months warranty.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone at only 10.5mm, and the first to offer both a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design.
The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to include built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair with NFC-enabled accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

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Hastings Singh, Vice President, South Asia at RIM, said: “We are very excited to be bringing the highly-anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone to the Philippines. This powerful new smartphone offers a best-in-class mobile communications experience together with faster browsing, richer multimedia and improved overall performance.”

BlackBerry® 7, the operating system for the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, introduces a next generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry.
Combining the dramatically improved performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine together with the powerful hardware enhancements in the BlackBerry Bold 9900 delivers browsing results that are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones*.

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Additional enhancements to this next generation BlackBerry browser have also optimized zooming and panning for smoother web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.
The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 also features Liquid Graphics™ technology, combining a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.

For more information, click here or go to http://www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH.

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