Join Watsons Bath To Basics Giveaway! @WatsonsPH

Watsons is my happy place. :)
As a mom and (semi) working girl, there’s always something new to try and discover. It could be a pimple cream for my son or a skin conditioner for me.
I grew up without a bathtub, so when I had my own house, I made sure we had three at home.
I don’t use it very often, but it’s good to have one on standby for when I’m extremely tired or simply having a bad day.
This is where I get to try all kinds of bath salts, body scrubs, body washes and exfoliating creams—and Watsons has a lot of these.
Now you can have your own pampering ritual at home. If bath products are your thing, join this simple giveaway:

I’m giving away five train cases filled with Watsons products.

Watsons spa party giveaway
Watsons spa party giveaway

Each train case will contain ten random products from Watsons’ Bath To Basics collection.

Watsons spa party giveaway

1) To join, you must have a Philippine address.
2) You must have a Facebook and/or Twitter account.
3) Share this post by clicking on the Facebook or Twitter links below this entry.
4) Like Watsons Philippines on Facebook and/or follow @WatsonsPh on Twitter.
5) Register HERE.
6) Promo runs from August 19-23, 2014.
7) Five winners will be chosen via and posted here on
8) Winners will also be informed via email or text on how to receive their prizes.

KOKON: My collaboration with Locsin International

We all have our dark days. There were times I just wanted to crawl into a hole and hide there, but those days are behind me now, thank God!
When Reg Locsin and Brian Hagedorn of Locsin International asked me to design furniture for them, I grabbed the opportunity to create a hiding place where one could get away, read, work, sleep, be alone, and cocoon.
I decided to call it KOKON.
It started with a scribble on a small piece of paper. Then Locsin did a miniature mockup like this


A trip to Locsin’s workshop in Bulacan where I saw the full-size frame for the first time


To get a feel of the space, we placed a temporary mattress inside


I sat inside as Reg Locsin (at right) discussed with craftsmen where to put the shelves

Reg Locsin

During the development of the project, a huge fire destroyed this workshop


We started again and lots of things happened. Reg and Brian got married and revamped the Locsin website.
We hired Everywhere We Shoot to photograph the KOKON with model Sam Lewis


Garovs Vergara, 1/2 of Everywhere We Shoot


We shot it in daytime and nighttime. Sam called it one of her best shoots ever.


Pillows by Tinay Villamiel of Bleach and Yu Hokazono of Kikastyle, Aoyama


It is amazingly spacious. Five people can sit inside and two adults can sleep with a child


The KOKON daybed is priced at Php 164,000 for the indoor version and Php 232,000 for outdoor, inclusive of mattress and plain throw pillows. KOKON is now available to order at or through their showrooms at LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air, Makati, or at 4th level, SM Megamall-B.


To know more about Locsin International, click HERE.

Celebrate Cibo’s 17th birthday with 1997 prices

As thanks to Cibo fans for their support through 17 years, Cibo says “grazie mille” once again by offering its best sellers at 1997 prices:
18 August (Monday): Tagliata di Manzo, Aglio Rosmarino at Php 195
19 August (Tuesday): Spinaci Zola at Php 85
20 August (Wednesday): Uva Nera at Php 50
21 August (Thursday): Crema di Zucca at Php 95
22 August (Friday): Penne al Telefono at Php 175


1. Promo runs from August 18-22, 2014 for dine-in transactions only.
2. A chosen item from the original Cibo menu will be selling at its 1997 price for a specific day. A maximum of three orders per transaction will be allowed.
3. The 1997 price is inclusive of 12% VAT, valid only on the specified date.
4. Cibo’s other dishes will be sold at regular prices.
5. Promo not valid in conjunction with any other promotion or government-mandated discounts.

CIBO’s 1997 price promo will be available at all Cibo branches:
• Alabang Town Center (842-7285)
• Gateway Mall, Araneta Center (913-2426)
• Glorietta 4 (729-2426)
• Greenbelt 5 (758-2426)
• Eastwood Mall (470-2426) 
• Power Plant Mall (898-2426) and Cibo Bimbi (895-6426)
• Promenade Greenhills (727-2426)
• Robinsons Magnolia (642-2426)
• Shangri-La Plaza (633-2426)

Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 1654, Series of 2014.

Smart brings LTE-advanced ‘5G’ to the Philippines

Two years after it brought Long-Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technology to the country, wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) announced that 5G wireless technology LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), is now running in the Philippines’ largest and strongest network.
Smart recently switched on LTE-A at the Smart Jump Center in Mandaluyong City, setting the next phase of mobile communication technology beyond 4G LTE standards.
Co-founder and Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart Orlando B. Vea (first from left) during the tests of 5G LTE-A at Smart, where speeds reaching 209.66 mbps were recorded.


LTE-A—also referred to as ‘5G’—delivers data from between 100 mbps to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or ten times faster than 3G services and more than twice as fast as 4G services.
By firing up LTE-A technology on its network, Smart joins only a handful of carriers around the world with an LTE-A network, along with leading mobile operators in South Korea, United States, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.

With LTE-A, a 10MB file takes less than a second to download, YouTube videos no longer have to buffer, and video calls are almost lag-free. But beyond speed, LTE-A’s main feature is also its capability to allocate more network resources to users when the need arises.
Smart started testing LTE-A across the country in August last year, delivering results of more than 100Mbps in Makati City, in Boracay, and in Davao City during the Kadayawan festival.

Get a piece of Garance Doré at National Book Store

Through a unique blend of photos, videos, illustrations and writings, Garance Doré became known through her blog,
She began as an illustrator, following in the footsteps of René Gruau and Antonio Lopez.
Her talent has allowed her to collaborate with important brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Kate Spade, Chloé, Tiffany & Co., Chopard, Reed Krakoff, and more.
Her illustrations also appear monthly in her Paris Vogue column.


Now you can have a piece of Garance Doré’s work through a limited collection available at National Book Store.
Her Friends Social Stationery Set consists of 12 flat cards with assorted designs boxed with natural white envelopes.

Product Photo - Garance Dore Friends Social Stationery

The Leopard Notebook Set has two unlined notebooks with gold foil accents and 64 pages each.

Product Photo - Garance Dore Leopard Notebook Set 2

The Oui Pocket Notebook Set has two unlined mini notebooks with metallic gold foil accent.

Product Photo - Garance Dore Oui Pocket Notebook Set

The Garance Doré Graphic Assorted Card Collection is available in two boxed sets of eight greeting cards.
One has vertical images that include Le Glamour, Femme, Cape and Friends cards, with soft-white envelopes.

Product Photo - Garance Dore Assorted Girls Card Set

A horizontal set features cards with XO, Merci Hearts, Checkered Birthday, and Bonjour! designs in metallic gold foil paired with gold envelopes.

Product Photo - Garance Dore Assorted Card Set

The Garance Doré collection also includes iPhone cases made of hard plastic and a rubber insert for additional protection.

bonjour-case_garance-dore_1024x1024Product Photo - Garance Dore Checkered iPhone Case
Product Photo - Garance Dore Leopard Pattern iPhone Case

Garance Doré goods are now available at selected National Book Store branches. Or buy them online and earn reward points.
Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @nbsalert for updates on events, promos, and contests.

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