A note from my boss

Hurray for Dads!
This Sunday, June 19, 2011, take your Dad to Pepper Lunch. Come early because the first 30 dads get a 30% discount on our Loin Steak specials.
Choose from Steak Al Burro—steak cubes topped with with fresh garlic and dipped in herb garlic butter.
Steak & Burger Combo—with shiitake mushroom demi glace sauce
or Steak Yakiniku Duo—two cuts of steak seasoned with tangy yakiniku sauce.

PL - fathersday special 2011

Only at the original Pepper Lunch franchises at Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenbelt 5 and Alabang Town Center (2/F Corte de las Palmas).
Stay updated—follow Pepper Lunch on Facebook and Twitter.

Rock solid friends

Getting an endorsement by Chuvaness doesn’t guarantee online winnings.
As you know, I couldn’t even make myself win against the powers of Tim Yap and Divine Lee.
That’s why I have to choose whomever I endorse. It has to be worth the effort.
This time around, I’m asking you to vote for Kerin Ching (L) and Niña Sandejas, who have joined the Clean & Clear search for their Asia Campaign.

Kerin ChingNiña Sandejas

You may recognize them as the two girls who baby sat my son when we were away.

Niña is a photojournalist who has traveled all over the Philippines and Asia to interview and photograph local and international bands.
In her spare time, she shares knowledge of her craft by conducting classes and workshops.
Kerin, on the other hand, is a preschool teacher (simple girl!) who models from time to time.
After realizing her true passion is teaching toddlers, less-fortunate, and special needs kids, Kerin has decided to take up her masters degree in Special Education which she is currently finishing at the University of the Philippines.

Niña and Kerin

The two have been best friends for almost a decade. It started when an edgy-looking Niña noticed a quirky-dressed Kerin in the hallways of their school. At that time Niña wanted to become a fashion designer, while Kerin dreamed of a career in advertising.
But as their friendship grew, so did their interests. It’s amazing how both followed their dreams, yet kept their friendship intact through the years.

Joining the Clean & Clear search was Kerin’s idea. When she mentioned it to Niña, she was surprised and excited that Niña thought it was great. Besides knowing it would be fun, both saw an opportunity to grow more in their friendship—win or lose.
The girls are thrilled to try something they have never done before.

Niña and Kerin

Clean & Clear is searching for a pair of best friends who are confident, unique and of course, have clean and clear skin.
Winners of the Philippine leg will be part of local ads and webisodes.
They will also represent the country in a regional contest in Singapore and will be up against winners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Singapore.
You can vote once a day until July 12, 2011.

Here’s how:
1. LIKE Clean & Clear Philippines here: http://www.facebook.com/cleanclearphilippines
2. Click here to vote for Kerin and Nina: http://apps.facebook.com/cleanclearph/gallery/81/
Thanks in advance and let’s help Kerin and Niña win this!


Last month was not the best for me health-wise. I had to do a lot of medical exams (I’m not yet done) and as usual I scared myself (and Jeroen) nearly to death.
I thought I had discovered a “scary” lump inside my throat and thought of the worst.
Jeroen and I decided to pray and fast. He gave up coffee, steak and massage for one month. As for me, he suggested I give up shopping—except for essentials.
So apart from the groceries and school supplies, I haven’t shopped for about three weeks now.
I am not allowed to shop until July 7, when I join the annual Hong Kong sale season.

Stopping shopping is not as hard as a I thought. It is harder for me to give up food or drink because cravings are really hard to control.
But not shopping is OK. Just don’t enter the stores, or if you do, make a mental note to come back. Chances are you’ll go home feeling no less empty or fulfilled. You’re just the same person without the additional clutter you’re bringing home (it also doesn’t hurt that I always get swag, so I’m always surrounded by gifts).

About four years ago I read this book called Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, where author Judith Levine and her husband decided to experiment not buying anything but essentials for a year.
That meant searching the cupboards for things they can use before buying new ones, for example shampoos nicked from hotel stays.


That’s one of things I’ve been doing. I ran out of my favorite Murad concealer and instead of buying a new one, I’m getting by with Benefit concealers. I’m going to run out soon of my favorite Murad facial wash so I’m going to use my Neutrogena facial wash instead.

Grace and I kind of window shopped tonight at Podium. Normally I couldn’t walk out of a mall without buying something.
I contemplated buying 4 pillows + 2 free, but figured I could wait until July 7th. Whenever I tell friends I’m not shopping they can hardly believe it. But I’m actually liking myself this way.

Here’s the bad part: after Podium, I asked Grace to come with me to the nearest Citibank to pay my bills.
I wasn’t thinking. I pulled my Citibank dollar ATM card by mistake and paid a BDO credit card bill worth Php 27,400—using hard-earned dollars instead of pesos. It was too late when I realized my error.
Grace and I tried to call Citibank and BDO (she is a banker) but no one could help us.
I was thinking:
1) What if I had made a mistake and punched a wrong amount or overpaid an extra digit? What if I lost all the dollars I’ve been saving up for years and no one could help me?
2) What if I were a thief and used someone’s ATM card to pay my bills? That money would be gone forever?

Anyway, charge it to experience, said my Twitter friends. I have now separated my Citibank dollar ATM and returned it to the safe where it belongs.
That said, I really hate robotic call center agents who have no heart. I really want to kill them (see Complicated Girl Index below).
Is there anyone from Citibank or BDO who could shed light on what could’ve been done?
I’ve already cancelled my BDO credit cards out of frustration. Anyway, I am trying not to shop.

Your Php 3,500 for a good cause

Dear Kind Reader,
I’m helping out colleague and school mate Bea Ledesma and her batch mates at Assumption College High School Batch 1999 raise funds to help as many students finish high school at St. Vincent’s Academy in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte—a poor, war-torn area in Mindanao.


Together with the Religious of the Assumption, the school strives to educate the youth of Kauswagan academically, emotionally, and spiritually. The kids are taught the importance of seeking and keeping peace through various activities such as the yearly Peace Camps.
Keeping kids in school gives them the education and skills they need to succeed in life. However, it is important to send them to schools such as SVA because there they are taught the values they will need to grow into good, peace-loving adults.


For only Php 3,500, you can send a child to school in SVA for an entire school year.
Your contribution can change a child’s life and put him or her on the path to a peaceful, well-lived life.
Many of the children in Kauswagan are desperate to go to school but lack the means to do so.
Instead of buying say, a new pair of shoes or a top, why not sponsor a new scholar through the ACHS Batch 99 Scholarship Program?
If you have three other friends willing to sponsor, all four of you can sponsor one student for the entire high school’s four years at by donating Php 3,500/person.

Besides scholarship money, the school desperately needs:
1. a working clinic
2. more (up to date) computers


3. more reading materials in the library


4. refurbishing the muslim prayer room
5. higher teachers’ salaries
6. SRA reading materials

If you’d like to sponsor a child, deposits can be made to BPI account # 3769 0508 75
Account Name: Gladys Santiago or Christine Laumond

Please email your deposit slip to achs99@gmail.com so they can track your donation and assign you to a child. Or email them directly if you’d like to help out in other ways such as donating in kind (books, computers, etc.)

To know more about the project, go to http://achs99.tumblr.com/

Marlon Stockinger is the new face of Tattoo Lamborghini

Marlon Stockinger

Tattoo, the leading authority in broadband, introduces the new Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini.
With speeds running up to 10 mbps, the Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini Stick comes with the revolutionary HSPA+ device—all in with the Tattoo Postpaid Plan 2,199 with Unlimited Data and 200 SMS to Globe/TM monthly.
Subscribers may also choose a MyFi Device (speeds of up to 5Mbps) at an additional +P50 per month, so they can share their Tattoo Mobile Broadband connection with up to five devices.


It is the first internet device commercially available running on the largest 4G Network in the country for every user to enjoy seamless connectivity anytime, anywhere.
In a Philippine first, Globe announces a major expansion of its current 4G footprint by becoming the first carrier in the Philippines to launch the commercial roll out of 4G mobile technology.
This rollout, the first phase of which utilizes the global standard HSPA+ or Evolved High-Speed Packet Access, will complement Globe Telecom’s existing 4G WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) network.
The rollout of Globe 4G mobile network will provide its subscribers high-speed broadband access with the added convenience of full mobility.

Currently Globe 4G mobile technology is accessible in Marikina, Quezon City, Makati, Pasay, Las Pinas, Taguig and the city of Manila.
By end of 2011, Globe expects to increase its 4G presence dramatically with continued expansion planned into 2012.

Filipino-Swiss Formula One racer Marlon Stockinger is the new face of Tattoo Lamborghini.
At the young age of 19, Stockinger has nabbed numerous awards and continues to make his mark in the racing circuit as he ranks in Formula One competitions. He is the first ever Filipino to win a Formula race in Europe.
Stockinger won the ninth round of the Michelin Formula Renault UK 2010 held last October and finished eighth overall in the series.

Marlon Stockinger

Having discovered his dream at the young age of 9, this young achiever began racing professionally in 2006, even emerging as champion in his first race.
Marlon has a series of impressive accomplishments under his belt: Philippine Rotax Max Champion (2004-2007), Asian Karting Champion (2006), Formula BMW Pacific Scholarship Winner (2008), and several podium finishes, pole positions among others.

Marlon Stockinger

“All the sacrifices I have made to pursue my passion has led to this make-or-break point, and there’s no turning back,” shares Marlon. “And now, more than ever, the next few races will not just be about me. Beyond fulfilling my dream, I also want to show the world that Filipinos can make their mark in the international racing arena.”

Get set with the new Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini Stick and race to the nearest Globe store.
Call 730-1000 for more details.
To know more, go to http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/

Majolica Majorca

I enjoy being a girl. I also enjoy being media, because I get swag like these—I got makeup from Majolica Majorca.
Majolica Majorca is a makeup brand by Japanese cosmetics giant, Shiseido.
It is geared towards teens and 20-somethings and priced affordably.
First I got this box

Majolica Majorca gift

which had these

Gift from Majolica Majorca

Then I got the Sugary Trap collection which came in this box

Majolica Majorca

and had these

Majolica Majorca

Then I got the Fake Sleeping set

Majolica Majorca

which had these

Majolica Majorca

The swag boxes are for media only, but you can buy the pieces separately at Watson’s or SM department stores.
My favorite product is the mascara, which has a built-in comb, so your eyelashes don’t come out clumpy

Last Expander Frame Plus Mascara - Majolica Majorca

The eye pencils glide over with solidly colors and are easy to apply


I also love the Aurora Tear Liner, which adds that sparkle to the corners of your eyes


The collections, colors, and packaging are very Japanese. Wish we had these when I was younger.
Majolica Majorca was officially launched in the Philippines last June 1st at OPUS, Resorts World.

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Shiseido’s Area Manager for International Sales Isao Shirasuka and Area Manager for International Marketing Yuko Hattori were there to answer questions from guests and media, while models wore looks created by makeup artist, Sawako Yuri.

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L-R: Yuko Hattori and Isao Shirasuka

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Divine Lee (R) is a fan of Majolica Majorca

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Model Ria Bolivar at the event

Meanwhile, Majorlica Majorca’s Sugary Trap collection was launched in a unique event at Bizu Patisserie, Greenbelt 2.

bizu set-up 3

The place was transformed into a makeup wasteland, with Majolica Majorca products displayed in every counter, along with Bizu signature sweets.

bizu set-up1

The main attraction was the Puff de Cheek range, inspired by macarons and comes in four different shades—Peach, Strawberry, Vanilla and Apricot.

Puff display 2


Puff De Cheek (2)

Also launched were two new shades of Jeweling Eyes (Strawberry Cake and Caramelize), Lash Expander Frame Plus in Chocolate Brown, Creamy Pencil Liner in Mocha Brown and Bitter Black and a new limited edition packaging of Press Powder Pore Cover that looks like cotton candy.

Special thanks to Catherine David, Mia Gonzalez, Jackie Avecilla, Aimee Unson, Ina Alcazar, and Iris Salazar :)

Majolica Majorca is distributed in the Philippines by Luxasia Inc. and is available at Watson/SM Makati, Megamall, North Edsa, Las Piñas, Fairview, Cubao, Pampanga, Mall of Asia, and Davao.
To know more, follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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