Ambassador’s loss is Audee’s gain

As a jaded blogger and expert shopper (I like to think), it’s very hard to make me envious over gadgets and other worldly objects. But the night I saw Pia Magalona’s shiny new BlackBerry Dakota 9900, I almost drooled on her new phone.

Blackberry 9780 vs. 9900
My BlackBerry 9780 (L) versus Pia’s BlackBerry 9900

I love that the newest BlackBerry has a touchscreen (just like an iPhone)—and a wider keyboard.
I love my 9780, except for the tiny keyboard, so I really wanted this new one.
But I rarely buy phones because they’re usually given to me either by my dad or other benefactor.
On the other hand, I didn’t want to wait for someone to give me the BlackBerry Dakota. I want it now!!

When Pia told me she got hers at Ambassador Appliances at Shangri-La Plaza, I was very afraid as I have had many unpleasant encounters with the corpulent gorgon who runs that store.
I wanted to ask Pia to buy for me and I pay her back. But Pia left for Singapore during the long weekend so I was left to my own devices, so to speak.
Yesterday I went to Shang only to discover Ambassador Appliances is finally under renovation. They have temporarily moved to this glass cabinet on the same floor, where I saw the BlackBerry 9900 on display. I took a deep breath, gathered my guts, and asked the gorgon how much. She ignored me. I made my voice louder and asked her again, “How much?”
“Php 33,000,” she said without looking at me. (same price Pia paid with a cheque)
“How much if I pay with credit card?” I inquired and was scared of the answer.
“Add Php 5,000,” the gorgon replied.
Say what? She took out her calculator and told me how much I would have to pay for the next 6 months, plus Php 5,000 on top of it. She assumed I wanted to pay a 6-month installment, which I didn’t. I only wanted to use my credit card because sayang ang AsiaMiles.
She was so unfriendly, I decided to walk away. I didn’t have the heart to fork over hard-earned money to this ogre.
So no thank you, I would rather wait for a better deal/person.

I went to Cibo to cool off and eat some diet food (read: chicken sandwich).
I started to rant on Twitter, like I do when I have no one to vent with.
Chef Edward suggested I buy from Audee Villaraza of Gadget Grocery who incidentally is my BlackBerry contact, though we have never met.
After communicating with Audee (and hearing lots of positive recommendations) I decided to go ahead and buy from him.
Less than 24 hours later, I had the BlackBerry 9900 at my doorstep, delivered by a guy with a credit card swipe machine and receipt!
The entire transaction was done in less than five minutes, in my house clothes, with no need to drive to a mall and deal with a menopausal ogress!

My new Blackberry Dakota

I really believe the days of gorgons running hideous appliance stores without the benefit of charm school are over.
I believe that charging extra for using one’s credit card is démodé as Karl Lagerfeld would say—and ILLEGAL.
I hope to raise this concern to the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry).
I also want to introduce you to the wonders of Gadget Grocery, where prices are lower than Amazon, goods delivered to your home, and credit card swipes are allowed at no additional cost.

Promo winners are here!

During this last long weekend/holiday, I decided to do a promo for all the people who decided to stay home. (I know, sneaky.) Over 3,000 entries were received in an electronic lottery, but only 8 winners were chosen.
Two winners will receive this clear swag bag from Beabi.

Swag bag

It contains a limited edition makeup set from Majolica Majorca, Dove boxed sets, Veet products, a slum book from Witty Will Save The World, Zombadings poster, Thomas Sabo sterling silver pendant, and Kenkoy x Solo watch.


They are:
Anabelle Rae E. Unson of Pasig
Joan Z. Moscardon of Makati

Six winners will get this swag bag from Beabi x Rajo Laurel

Rajo Laurel x Beabi totes

Inside: Dove boxed sets, Veet products, plus Kenkoy x Solo watch.


The winners are:
Socorro Reyes of Bulacan
Michael Llanera of Quezon City
Jam Marie A. Sanchez of Cavite
Jade B. Lazaro of Malabon
Ava Patricia Avila of Davao
Roy Guerrero of Makati

Winners will receive a confirmation email from me before I send out the prizes.
Special thanks to all sponsors, and wait for my next giveaway!

The best times

At my age, I can honestly say I’ve found The One who truly makes my life complete. I’ve been with the same guy since April 19, 1997—so that makes us 14 years and counting.
Still I can’t help but reminisce when I was younger and giddy with the thought of meeting The One, trying to get permission to go to parties, experimenting with outfits and being, well, awkward.
Last night I slept really late watching six episodes of MTV’s new series, Awkward, truly one of the most delightful things I have watched since John Hughes stopped making movies.


The plot revolves around 15-year-old Jenna and her schoolmates. She’s not exactly a cheerleader and not exactly an outcast—sort of in the middle of high school’s social ladder.
Though she just about average, you’ll feel so kilig that three boys in school are into her: Matt, the popular jock who only wants to be friends with benefits; Jake, the guy she should be with but doesn’t realize it yet; and Kyle, the creepy stalker in black I would probably fall for, if he didn’t wear black nail polish.



To know more about Awkward, click here.

Yellow Cab celebrates 10th year with grand Vespa raffle

After 10 years of great pizza, innovative quick casual restaurant Yellow Cab gives back to its loyal customers by raffling off ten limited-edition vintage Italian Vespas through its grand anniversary promo, One Great Decade, One Great Vesparade.

Vespa Raffle Promo Pic

From July 1 to September 30, customers for dine-in, takeout, or delivery can get the chance to take home one of these much-coveted Yellow Cab icons.
Every Php 500 purchase (that includes at least one Coca-Cola product) entitles customers to one (1) raffle coupon and a chance to be one of the ten (10) lucky winners of exclusive limited-edition Yellow Cab vintage scooters to be given away in three monthly draws.
The Vespas have been cleverly customized to represent Yellow Cab’s bestsellers and icons.
The classic chocolate brown and camel-hued scooters personify the savory Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta

Vespa/Yellow CabVespa/Yellow Cab

Vespas in two shades of red embody the spicy goodness of Yellow Cab’s popular Hot Wings

Vespa/Yellow CabVespa/Yellow Cab

These original, vintage yellow scooters represent the signature look and feel of the highly-successful restaurant.

Vespa/Yellow CabVespa/Yellow Cab

“More than serving mouth-watering pizzas and tasty dishes to our customers, Yellow Cab is also about the bonding experience—sharing the warmth, comfort, and good vibes with people you enjoy being with the most,” says Marketing Manager Alexandra Bustaliño. “This experience is the reason why 10 years of Great Pizza at Yellow Cab is cause for a Great Celebration—and why we invite everyone to join in.”

With these iconic Italian Vespas up for grabs, Yellow Cab certainly gives its patrons even more reasons to enjoy Great Pizza and the wonderful experiences that come with it.
Promo period for the first month is from July 1 to 31, 2011 with 3 scooters to be given away at the draw on August 10.
Raffle entries submitted from August 1 t0 31, 2011 will be included in the succeeding draw to be held on September 10, where another 3 units will be raffled off.
The final draw for entries submitted from September 1 to 30, 2011 will be held on October 10, where the remaining 4 Vespas will be handed over to winners.

Yellow Cab Pizza Co. operates in five countries worldwide, with over 80 branches located in the Philippines.
To know more, go to or follow them on Twitter.
Call 789-9999 for great pizza delivery 24/7.

How cute!!

Look what stopped in front of our house today


Jeroen and I were having lunch when this bright green truck passed by.
I was in pajamas, so I told Jeroen to go down and take pictures.
Soon the boys were downstairs too with the yaya, and the cousins from the neighboring house.
Our neighbor has three dogs. Little shih tzu goes in first.


Jeroen said the dog immediately settled down for some pampering.
Makes me wanna have a shih tzu again. This is my favorite kind of dog :(


Clean Paws Mobile Pet Salon is a cute and convenient way to keep your furry friends groomed.
It services clients in Makati, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Manila, San Juan, Ortigas and select Quezon City and South MM locations, while its home base is located at 78 Estrella corner Zodiac Street, Bel-Air, Makati.

clean paws mobile pet salon

Dog salon services cost about Php 550 only. Let these happy dog pictures make your heart melt.

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

To know more, call 668-4708 or (0999) 551-7381 or follow them on Facebook!

AJ Dimarucot In Ayala DesignTalks

AJ Dimarucot, fiercely independent graphic artist behind Googoo & Gaga, Collision Theory, and the official logo of has always followed his instincts and his truth.
From a rogue, satirical website to T-shirt designs for global brands, his brash, color-awash artworks have broken through to international recognition and commercial success.
With clients like Nike, Adidas, Zoo York and ESPN, AJ embodies the Filipino creative entrepreneur—global, independent, inspiring.

Nike Pacquiao tee

Zoo York

Adidas/Dwight Howard

2011 - ESPN Classic identity artwork "INDIVIDUALS"


Chuvaness logos


On September 3, 2011, join in as AJ shares his creative journey, revealing how doing what you love gets the world to love you back.
Starts 3 PM at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati.
Tickets at Php 300 each or Php 150 for students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members.
For inquiries, call 757-7117 to 21 local 35 or 24 or email

Ayala Museum’s DesignTalks is a lecture series that brings prominent and pioneering Filipino creative professionals to the center stage. Find out more at

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