Tried and tested: How to clean your gadgets using Pledge

Some people think it’s hard to give me a present. Yes, but sometimes just give me something useful and big, and I’m happy. Like this package I got from SC Johnson last December.

Cleaning products

Most of the stuff we already use at home. But there’s this new thing I discovered and really liked: the Pledge anti-static electronics cleaner.

Pledge electronics cleaner

I used to buy all these expensive gadget cloths and cleaners abroad. Now all I need is Pledge and any tissue paper that doesn’t disintegrate. Here’s how my Mac looked before: really gross

How to clean your gadgets

I have no idea how that drip stain got there. I looks like milk

How to clean your gadgets

Sprayed it with Pledge electronics cleaner and used a Kleenex tissue at my office

How to clean your gadgets

Et voila!

How to clean your gadgets

Sorry for being strange…

How to clean your gadgets

Look at my clean iPad

How to clean your gadgets

You can buy this at the supermarket, like Rustan’s. Thank you SC Johnson! I lovett.

Simple solution to a slow Mac with a graphics problem

For the last week or so I’ve been suffering from a really slow Mac—so bad that I actually thought of buying a new one.
The only thing that stopped me aside from the price, is that the new Macs don’t have a CD drive which I need.
I thought the slowness had something to do with my upgrade to Yosemite or that my Mac might have gotten a bug.

slow mac

If your Mac is saying it has a graphics problem, here’s a simple solution I found online:
1) Just find your Library folder, open the Logs folder, and delete everything in it.
You’ll be surprised how many thousands of files will go to trash. Mine had more than 5,000 files to delete.
2) When you empty your trash, choose Empty Trash because Secure Empty Trash will take years to complete.

After this simple procedure my Mac is now back to normal. Thank God!!
Just wanted to share in case anyone is having the same problem. What a life/sanity saver.

Bomberg: Audacity and rebellion in a Swiss watch

Bomberg is a Swiss watch brand that looks at time-keeping from a different perspective.
While other brands from Switzerland bank on tradition, Bomberg is all about youth, modernity and breaking free.
Bomberg describes itself as a “young Swiss company that infuses the watchmaking world with a good dose of audacity and rebellion.

Bomberg watch

Bomberg recently launched two of its most popular collections in the Philippines—the iconic 1968 and the BOLT-68. Bomberg Philippines brought in all 50 models from the two collections (25 for each for the 1968 and 25 for the BOLT-68).
“We went for Bomberg because of its unique design,” said Andy Bulanadi of Bomberg Philippines.
“The look of the watches is very edgy—it’s for young urban professionals who work hard and like to go out during the weekends.”

Bomberg watch

Antonio Quarta, sales director of Bomberg, presented the brand to select media during its launch in the Philippines. “Bomberg dares to reinvent its products and rewrite its codes of communication,” he said.

Bomberg watch media dinner
Bomberg watch media dinner

The 1968, Bomberg’s most iconic model, is characterized by its unconventional design. The timepiece has a very unique look: an asymmetric case, crown and pushers positioned at 12 o’clock as a bullhead, two large counters and a sporty strap. The unconventional choice of positioning the hands in the 1968 adds to the timepiece’s distinctive look. The dial has a tachymeter, day date and different way of displaying hours and minutes–the minutes are in the outer “ring” and the hours in the inner “ring.” The 1968 has smaller models that women can wear.

Bomberg watch

The BOLT-68, on the other hand, can be used as a wristwatch and as a pocket watch with the buttons and the crowns placed at 12 o’clock. The face of the chronograph model features three counters plus the date while the GMT version shows a second time zone at three o’clock. Using a bayonet system with a trigger guard—an exclusive system patented by Bomberg—the time-keeping module can be detached from the base. Now a pocket watch, the BOLT-68 has a chain with links that are oversized, with the two snap hooks visible from end to end.

Bomberg watch

Bomberg timepieces are androgynous. Bulanadi said while the watches are big and have a masculine feel, women love the BOLT-68 because of its dual usage.
“Bomberg timepieces are a modern day reinterpretation of classic watch making,” he added.

Bomberg prices start at P27,000 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 1, Powerplant Mall Rockwell, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Glorietta 4, SM North EDSA, Eastwood Mall, and Robinsons Place Manila branches of Washington.

Fun food meets Lego at Spectrum’s Awesome Sunday Brunch

When I was growing up, one of the things I really enjoyed was going to hotel buffets with my family—usually on special occasions.
Now that I have my own kids, we go to them more often—sometimes when there’s a special deal, something to celebrate, or on weekends when we feel like it.
One of our top three hotel buffets in Manila is Raffles Makati’s Spectrum—first because Raffles is our family’s favorite staycation hotel in Metro Manila, and second because Spectrum has a nice buffet spread that’s not too wide and confusing and has a selection that our Dutch relatives can relate to (read: AFAM friendly).

Last Sunday we were extra excited to go because of the Lego Awesome Sunday Brunch that’s on until March 2015.
Upon entering, a special display of Lego goodies will welcome you at the kitchen window.

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

At the entrance you’ll see a unique LEGO replica of the Raffles Makati.

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

The Spectrum chefs really went all out with their Lego-inspired desserts and more

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

My son Ben loved the dark chocolate Lego figures

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

A I loved the chocolate cake and mousse topped with chocolate Lego figure—my dessert for cheat Sunday

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

I did skip the bread and butter section even though it looked so good

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

I started instead with a great combination of lechon skin and paella. I love that they didn’t chop the lechon into small pieces babuyan style. You can cut your own skin using the tongs provided.

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Here’s the real reason why I love Spectrum—crispy salmon skin rolls!! I’m still thinking about it. I regret not having more

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

There are salad, cheese, ham, sushi, and seafood bars

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

A carving station

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Lots of Asian dishes

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

and kid-friendly food

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

On the second floor, there’s a special Lego play area where kids can join a Lego competition while watching The Lego Movie.

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

A pop-up store also sells Lego toys on special sale. Bring cash and take advantage of the 30% discount!

Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet
Spectrum x Lego awesome brunch buffet

Don’t miss this if you have Lego-obsessed kids who love food!
The Awesome Sunday Brunch is on every Sunday of February and March 2015 at Spectrum, Raffle Makati from 12 noon to 3 PM.
Price: Php 2,777 for adults, while children ages 6-12 enjoy 50% off brunch.
For more information, call 795-1840 or 555-9840, or email dining.makati@fairmont.com.
To know more, click HERE.

Are Coke, chocolate, and dairy causing my migraines?

The older I get, the more frequent my migraines.
Migraines have been such a part of my recent life that I got used to it. If you are close to me you have probably seen me wearing a cool gel patch on my head. (Cool gel pads and Biogesic are always in my bag.)
A few days ago I got sick after eating my favorite strawberry eclair. It started with a slight headache, which escalated to a migraine after snacking on Coke and Chippy. (sorry)
I ended up with stomach cramps and nausea. I decided to do something about it.

My friend Mel Ongsue had convinced me to take a food intolerance test at home. Basically a med tech will go to your house and take some blood. Ten days later you will receive an email or hard copy result that looks like this:

HP

Those highlighted in red are not good for me!

food intolerance

Never mind the fig, squash, casein, beans—I can live without those.
But what does eliminating the following mean for me?

Milk — say no to ice cream, milk shakes, fresh milk, leche flan, butter, cheese, chocolate
Cola nut — no more COKE???
Wheat — no to bread, Kikkoman, pasta, flour, pizza, churros
Egg whites — no more cake, cookies, fried eggs
Corn – no to corn flakes, Chippy, pop corn

So basically my snacking life is over.
Last Wednesday I started my new diet. It has been kind of tricky choosing what to eat. Instead of Coke, I had orange juice. Instead of chocolate, I had dried mango.
And guess what? I didn’t get a migraine! It was very strange because migraine usually creeps up on me after merienda. And while waiting for my migraine to set it, it didn’t.
Today is my third day of this diet plan, and as I write this I am dying to reach out for a Coke and Chippy. I am asking the cook to make banana cue instead.
To be honest with you, I’m not sure how long I can do this. I know I’m going to reach out for a Coke one of these days, but for now I am willing to try and see I can stick to it and lose weight in the process.

Not too long ago I asked God to help me stop drinking Coke, and here is my answer.
Be careful what you pray for.
P.S. The test is quite expensive at Php 15,000. But if you are suffering from headaches, bad skin, or depression, or bad stomach and you can’t stand it anymore, it might be worth investing in a food intolerance test.
Call 741-7777 to book a home test or go to a Hi-Precision branch near you.

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To know more, go to https://www.hi-precision.com.ph/

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