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

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.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Photo3

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.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Photo4

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

Ogie x Bench launch OPM scents this Friday

Ogie Alcasid launches his new OPM scents, the newest addition to the Bench Celebrity Scents collection, this September 30, 2011 at SM Mall of Asia.
OPM Gold and OPM Platinum are sold at Bench stores for PhP 398 per 100 ml bottle.
A percentage of its sales will benefit the endowment fund of the Organisasyong Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), of which Ogie is President.

Ogie's OPM scents for Bench

The organization strives to support, protect, and advance the rights and welfare of Filipino music artists.
This October, the organization will hold an OPM Fair at the Quezon City Memorial Circle—a creative-interactive event that will bring performers and fans together in a musical trade fair, exhibits, and grand concert.

Ogie Poster

For every purchase of any variant of Ogie Alcasid eau de toilette, get a free invite to the launch and mini concert this September 30, 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia, Main Atrium.

1. Invites will be released at the counter.
2. Applicable to cash and credit card sales and PO transactions. Gift cheques may also be used.
3. Promo may not overlap with other in-store promotions.
4. There is no limit to the number of invites that can be given.
5. 1 invite = 1 admission

DURATION September 27 – 30, 2011
COVERAGE BB SM Mall of Asia / BB SM Megamall / BB SM North Edsa

Pedring: The aftermath

When we were kids, the typhoons and flooding usually came in June when school started. But weather has shifted, and now it comes in September and October. It even rains during Christmas. So it doesn’t make sense to move the start of the school year from June to Septemnber.
Typhoon Milenyo was on September 28, 2006
Typhoon Ondoy, September 26, 2009
Typhoon Pedring, September 27, 2011
So guys, make a mental note and don’t plan events and trips during these times.
Another thing, even though it’s very tempting to pig out during a storm, you must stop yourself from ordering delivery during typhoons, because the delivery boys become casualties. Yes, they die. You don’t want people to die just because you had a pizza craving do you?
Now here’s what happened in parts of Metro Manila today while we were cooped up at home (and please forgive me for swiping photos over the Internet. If this is your photo, please leave a comment below so I can credit and link you):

The US Embassy was flooded and will remain closed until September 28, 2011.

US Embassy

US embassy

Mall of Asia didn’t open due to severe damages (you can imagine what went on in there)

mall of asia


Marikina River overflowed, view from Eastwood City

Marikina River

The aftermath of Aristocrat Restaurant in Malate, which had waters up to the Filipino waist (not an NBA player—but nevertheless, not cool) Photo: Carlos Celdran


Sofitel Hotel severely flooded


The garden and pool are gone!! (so that foot bridge is a good place to stay if you’re stuck)



Sofitel Philippine Plaza

The best buffet in town, Spiral, is ruined!!


We shall come back when it’s fixed again! (before)


Pity the staff, patients and their families at Philippine General Hospital


Taft Avenue (Photo: Dandi Galvez)

Taft Avenue

Pedro Gil

Typhoon Pedring - Pedro Gil St.

Now watch this video of Manila Bay eating up Roxas Boulevard. It looks seriously apocalyptic. Click here.


It’s exactly two years since Ondoy, the kind of storm we don’t want to see again in our lifetime.
I was looking forward to visiting Cebu for the first time. But I didn’t count on the date to fall on September 27.
Jeroen had just arrived from Singapore, and I didn’t want to leave his side. But I had a 6 AM flight to Cebu.
I couldn’t sleep. I tried to sleep at 12 midnight, but since I’m used to sleeping at 3, it was useless.
I got up at 3:15 to shower and get dressed. Pia and Elmo Magalona picked me up to go to the airport.

As ambassadors of HP and Bangko Sentral’s No To Fakes Campaign, we were supposed to be in Cebu for a press conference at noon.
We arrived at NAIA Terminal 2, checked in by 5 AM and went straight to Gate 1 for the 5:10 boarding, which was not yet scheduled. Pia suggested we wait it out in the lounge.
Boarding got moved to 6:45 AM and then 7:45 AM.
Personally, I did not want to get on the plane. I am very paranoid about flying. I would not make a really good flying companion and passenger in this kind of weather.

Pia was worried we would not be able to return to Manila on the same day as she and Elmo had a string of commitments this entire week.
Pia and I passed the time at the Mabuhay Lounge trying to tweet via intermittent WIFI as our Globe signal was down.
Elmo slept.

Elmo fell asleep

As a mom, I did not want to get on the plane. Between Pia and I, we have 11 kids.
Looking at the worsening weather outside, we looked for a signal to tell Harold Geronimo in Cebu that we were planning not to go on the plane.

Harold tried to convince us otherwise, but I made up my mind. You can’t pay me a million pesos to go on that plane. Pia said the same thing.
As we approached Gate 1 to speak to the ground stewards, a line formed for PR 847 bound for Cebu.
Harold called back and said they decided to call off the press conference for us.
Pia and I were able to contact Jeroen to send the driver back to NAIA.
On our way out we saw that passengers were stalled at the check-in counters. Apparently, PAL employees decided to go on a strike at that moment and stop working. 14,000 passengers were stranded today.

NAIA today

I felt for the people stuck in that boring airport, especially the foreigners. If I were to be stuck in an airport, Hong Kong or Singapore would not be bad choices.
As soon as we left NAIA Terminal 2, a strong gust of wind slapped us in our faces. Trees swayed and street signs fell. Umbrellas turned inside out. We got wet walking towards the car, drove through puddles and floods, and made it to our homes.

Splashing through a flood

Later this afternoon, our flight was finally cancelled.

Not meant to be

I was shaking when I got home, but glad to see my boys planted on our bed with their laptops.
I changed my clothes and fell asleep, I don’t know what time, but I woke up at 2 PM.
Had cereal and spent the day with my boys.
Electricity went on and off, and there was a battle among dying Internet connections (luckily we have a backup Globe Tattoo).
I ate so much junk. Watched 2 Broke Girls and spent the day just happy to be home.
And you?

2-Broke-Girls wallpaper

P.S. Thanks to Pia for taking the pics and taking care of me. And to Harold, for understanding.

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