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Muji end of season sale this July
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There’s no place like home, and with Muji, it gets even better.
Muji’s end of season sale showcases a selection of household products up to 70% off until July 31, 2016 at all stores nationwide.
Sale includes Muji’s white porcelain tableware made of high quality Amakusa pottery stone clay, minimalist wall clocks,polypropylene storage and dust boxes, essential oils, beddings, and more.

Muji
Muji
Muji

In the Philippines, Muji is located at Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 3, Power Plant Mall, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, SM Mall of Asia, and Ayala Center Cebu.
Visit facebook.com/muji.ph or follow @muji_ph and @ssilifeph on Instagram.

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Tried & Tested: Toyo Eatery
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I’d been hearing a lot about Toyo Eatery as the hippest place to eat (though my friend James hates anything that’s “hip”) but I’m at a loss for words.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to check it out because of mixed reviews and the supposedly expensive tab.
My friend James, who recommended it first, said he paid Hong Kong prices, which is usually HK$500 or about Php 3000 per head.
I finally had a chance to go when National Book Store invited me to lunch for a Caran D’ache event and I surprisingly loved it. I decided to invite my husband and a group of friends to dinner last week.

Reservations are a must because this is the place to be. Luckily we are friendly with Chef Jordy Navarra who I met previously at the former Black Sheep restaurant at the Fort.
Two years ago he sent really nice chocolate to my office, and I never forgot it.

Black sheep chocolate

Toyo Eatery is located at the Alley at Karrivin, a new development owned by the (SM) Sy family at Pasong Tamo Extension. It is right next to the Silverlens Gallery, where the old Terry’s restaurant used to be.

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This is my hubby

Jeroen

We even bumped into Sandro Marcos and his friends, who was so friendly—much more friendly than the other candidate’s son we bumped into at Pink’s Hotdogs last month.

Sandro Marcos and friends

This way to Toyo Eatery.

Toyo Eatery

I love the Milo Naval interiors using cement, oddly shaped wooden tables, and E. Murio chairs

Toyo Eatery

There’s a communal dining table for sharing or for a large group

Toyo Eatery

We were early so Chef Jeroen got to meet Chef Jordy before they got really busy

Toyo Eatery

The choice of glass says it all. Jeroen and I love them, but we could never have these at home because the maids and kids would break them…

Toyo Eatery

I started with the fresh plump oysters on a bed of corals??

Toyo Eatery

Tata and Jeroen had the grilled octopus which came with a special broth

Toyo Eatery
Toyo Eatery

Then we all got a palate cleanser that looked like macarons (sorry I didn’t taste it 🙂 )

Toyo Eatery

Then everyone in our group had the fancy pork barbecue grilled to perfection, served with vinegar, which everybody loved

Toyo Eatery

We also had the fancy “silog” topped with egg and cracked chicharon—yum!

Toyo Eatery

I had mine without egg. Since the dishes are toyo- or soy sauce-based, it was perfect with ice-cold Coke

Toyo Eatery

For dessert we had grilled cassava and Jordy’s famous chocolate truffles slightly infused with fish sauce (patis). So good!!

Toyo Eatery

Our bill for six people, including glasses of wine, was Php 8000 and we were all full!
So it is possible to have a nice meal at Toyo without paying Hong Kong prices.
I would love to come back and bring the kids.
It’s a perfect place to entertain foreign guests who would like to try Filipino dishes that don’t look like a sloppy babuyan island (sorry!!).
Service is excellent.

Toyo Eatery is open from Tuesday to Saturday (dinner only) from 6PM
at 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
To reserve, text May at 0917 720 8630
To know more about Toyo Eatery, like them on Facebook.

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Tried & Tested: Smart’s new Php 1288 smartphone!
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It’s so much fun to be part of the Smart family. I know that sounds showbiz but how would you like to be invited to dinner at the Shangri-La, The Fort and find this on your plate?

Smart's new phone

Most of my seatmates were pretty chill. But I have low EQ so I immediately opened the box and downloaded the new Smart Life app from Google Play.
It has four tabs: Perks, where you can get deals and discounts such as these

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Videos and music, where you can stream movies and songs for free

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and Games, which my boys would love.

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Currently on its initial phase, the app will roll out more exciting features such as top-rated content from D5 Studio and sports coverage of FIBA and the upcoming Olympics

As an Android user, I found the phone easy to use, while iPhone user Kathy Moran next to me was scratching her head. The phone I received was already preloaded with essentials, like Facebook, Twitter, Viber, Instagram, iFlix, Google, Gmail, YouTube, Spinnr etc. so I started tinkering with it, even as PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan came onstage to introduce their latest offering—the Smartphone Prepaid Kit at only Php 1,288.

MVP

Wait a minute! Did he just say Php 1288?? That’s when I freaked out. How can this phone be Php 1288?

Smart's new phone

The hoarder in me immediately thought: I want to buy ten units. I want to give to all my maids and drivers because last Christmas the phones I gave them (another brand, on sale) turned out to be duds.
As soon as I got home, I went online to check if the Smart phone by Starmobile was available. I was able to order ten units. I paid by credit card and the first batch arrived last week.
Online the price was Php 1388 because it came with a prepaid card worth Php 100.

Smart's new phone

The maids are so happy! Like Smart, I believe in equal opportunity when it comes to connectivity.
Our helpers sacrifice so much to make our lives more comfortable. Thank God for services like Viber and Facebook, they can stay connected with their loved ones back home.

Our maids

“Smart has built a legacy of bringing mobile innovations into the life of all Filipinos, and with the digital wave upon us, we have come up with innovative products and services to bring the real-life benefits of connectivity to as many Filipinos as possible,” said Mr. Pangilinan.

“Our multi-pronged efforts range from bringing the smartphone to the hands of more digital newbies, to providing the most awesome content for young digital natives, to making sure that everyone will enjoy the best data experience. Our goal is to make sure no one gets left behind by this digital shift,” said Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head Katrina Luna-Abelarde.

At Smart event

For questions and concerns about mobile data and Internet, Smart introduces Marty the Smarty, who can be accessed via www.martythesmarty.com or Twitter @askmartysmarty.
This is in addition to the @SMARTCares Twitter account that provides live feedback and a faster response system to Smart customers.
To know more, go to http://smart.com.ph/

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Fashion Can Serve for breast cancer awareness this October
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ICanServe Foundation presents Fashion Can Serve at the Raffles Makati Ballroom this October 13, 2016.
The theme for this year’s fundraising effort is We Don’t Walk Alone, featuring the designs of Dennis Lustico, Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Mark Bumgarner, and Patty Ang.

In keeping with the theme, a number of courageous women will walk the runway with their loved ones.
These include Bibeth Orteza and son Rafa Siguion Reyna, mother-daughter pairs Beth Romualdez and Via Reyes, Chuchu Madrigal Eduque and Alex and Dr. Baby Gozali and Kara, sisters Frances Yu and Crickette Tantoco, sisters-in-law Margarita and Malou Fores (both cancer survivors), Amanda LuYm and close friend Cacay Moras, Rita Nareno and Maxine Chua.

The muses will make the proud statement that ICanServe Foundation has long been encouraging survivors to take: I am alive, I am here, and I am beautiful.

I Can Serve 2016

Standing (L-R): Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Dennis Lustico, Patty Ang, ICanServe Foundation Chairman of the Board Libet Virata, Mark Bumgarner, ICanServe FoundationExecutive Director Lanie Eusebio, and ICanServe Foundation President Tang Sisngson
Seated (L-R): ICanServe Foundation Fundraising Committee Bettina Osmeña, ICanServe Foundation Founder Kara Alikpala and Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez

“When it comes to fighting cancer and the journey back to health, one is always grateful for not having to walk the difficult path alone, so this time our muses will walk with someone who is either a family member or a good friend, who was with them during their battle,” said Libet Virata, chairman of the ICanServe Foundation board.

Through the Fashion Can Serve fundraising event, ICanServe hopes to raise support for its flagship program Ating Dibdibin, which was first established in 2007.
Ating Dibdibin is the first comprehensive community-based breast screening program that educates barangay health workers and residents on how to perform the proper breast exam to help detect signs as well as increase the chances of early treatment.

Established in 1999, ICanServe is one of the biggest and most influential foundations dedicated to breast cancer awareness and screening in the Philippines.
“At ICanServe, there is a thriving community of women, survivors and volunteers who want to help and are filled with optimism and faith. They’ve conquered cancer, so anyone can, too. It’s inspiring. It’s contagious. It’s life-saving,” said Kara Alikpala, ICanServe Foundation founder.

This year, Fashion Can Serve’s partners for the fundraising event include Philip Stein, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc., Marie France, Security Bank, Del Monte (Philippines), Medical City, Estee Lauder and Mercedes Benz. Media partners are Summit Media, 2nd Avenue, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Golden Touch.

Those interested to throw support behind this worthy cause may contact fashioncanserve@gmail.com or text (0917) 586 3308.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/FashionCanServe.

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