Tried and tested: Delta vs. Japan Airlines
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Dreams do come true—for some of us, later in life.
It’s been my dream to go Japan as often as I can and as easy as flying to Hong Kong. Luckily I got my three-year multiple-entry visa after the Japanese government relaxed its visa rules for Filipinos.
When I was younger I studied Nihongo for two years and wanted to marry Japanese because I find them adorable. But my dad said, better not. He was right. 🙂
This year my husband and decided to take our family vacation in Tokyo and travel for the first time without a yaya. I must say it was quite a success.
As the official travel agent of my family, I chose Delta Airlines because of our pleasant experience last time. Prior to this we usually flew Japan Airlines until I rediscovered Delta through an online sale.

Here’s why I prefer Delta:
Delta seats are better. I find Japan Airlines seats not as comfortable. This is a normal business class seat on JAL

Japan Airlines

while Delta has cabin-like seats (like Cathay Pacific Business Class) which recline and lie flat.
Jeroen and I can hold hands when I’m scared

Jeroen on Delta

Each seat comes with a bottle of Evian (a huge comfort for me), a fluffy pillow, and a thin, quilted comforter
It has a very convenient outlet, so you can charge your gadgets before you land. (Can’t leave without my Samsung Galaxy Note 3!)


The flight attendants are so warm. There’s nothing like Delta flight attendants. The Americans have a great sense of humour and the Filipinos feel like family.

Delta flight attendants

Here’s a shoutout to fellow Assumptionista Fara Campos Lacson (middle) who was a commercial model back in the day

On the other hand, Japan Airlines serves food I like

Japan Airlines food

and allocates three pieces of luggage per passenger, versus Delta’s two pieces for business class.
So if food and shopping are your priority, fly JAL. But if comfort is more important to you, fly Delta.
Looking forward to my Japan visit, but next time I’m going to try Haneda Airport, instead of Narita.

NAIA renovation update
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This was the scene at NAIA last week. Street level is boarded up

NAIA renovation

Busy at the other end

NAIA renovation

Much activity on the inside

NAIA renovation

And….aircons are not working. Iwatas everywhere.
So bring a fan in case this goes on until August like we heard.

NAIA renovation

I’m in Tokyo. More to come.

Tried and tested: Palmolive’s new body wash
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1987 was a good year for fashion—but a bad year for hair—as you can see in this vintage Palmolive TV commercial.

The TV commercial was such a hit, it launched the career of an 18-year-old Alice Dixson.
Twenty seven years later, Palmolive launches its new body wash starring globally popular actress Angel Locsin.

Angel Locsin

Angel is really lovely. I caught her talking to the press at a recent media event at The Spa Wellness.

Angel Locsin
Palmolive Naturals body wash

In 2007, I met her at a press junket in Hong Kong and really liked her, like we can be friends 🙂

Angel Locsin

After the Palmolive launch, we were all treated to a massage. Oh, the hazards of the job….

Me at The Spa
The Spa

I took home three of these and tried them all

Palmolive Naturals body wash
Palmolive Naturals body wash

Officially I am hooked—to the yellow one! It feels silky and smells so good.

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Prior to this, I had been using my favourite soap bar for decades.
Well, 2014 is a year for change, so I am open to good changes in my life.
This yellow Milk & Honey body wash smells like shea butter, which is one of my favourite scents. You can smell it on your skin after taking a bath.
I’m not one for strong scents, so I find this really refreshing, perfect for the summer. I really like it!

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Now watch this!
To know more about Palmolive Naturals, like them on Facebook.

Dreams do come true for BMW winner Bernabe Abando
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I’m one of those lucky people who win often at bingo games or raffle draws. I’ve won an electric car from Toy Kingdom, a set of Simpsons dolls from Burger King, and an HP Touchsmart computer among others—but I’ve never won anything like this!!
Last February-March 2014, Watsons and The SM Store Beauty Section invited customers to shop for a chance to win one of 50 iPad minis, iPhone 5s, Watsons gift cards, or a brand new BMW 116i in the grand draw.

Triple Treats A4_MALL

Well, dreams do come true for grand prize winner Bernabe Abando, who won a brand new BMW 116i in Watsons’ Triple Treats promo

Watsons winner of BMW1

Except the car turned out to be black, not red—but hey, who’s complaining?
Mr. Abando now holds to key to many hearts (and a brand new car!)—presented by Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Marketing Head Sharon Presbitero, and Watsons Marketing Assistant Hal Echave

Watsons winner of BMW

More pogi points for the lucky Mr. Abando

Watsons winner of BMW

and he’s not dreaming. It really did happen!

Watsons winner of BMW

It really pays to shop at Watsons. Watch out for their future promos!

Watsons winner of BMW