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8.27.2014

Wordless Wednesday #97 | Make A Wish!

My husband turned a year older last Friday,
and though he may be miles away from us, the little man and I
still celebrated his special day.
My son took the honorof blowing the candle in his Dad's behalf. :)

8.25.2014

Best of Both Worlds | Korean Celebrities and Mixed Martial Arts.

The long weekend is about to come to an end, but I'm still on a high from the action that was UFC Macao. Although I must say, I was rather disappointed that Dong Hyun Kim lost that way. I had high hopes that he would stun Tyrone Woodley the way he did with John Hathaway; unfortunately his grinding, relentless fighting style took the best of him.

Next month, UFC will be bringing the action to Saitama, Japan, with three Korean mixed martial arts fighters included in the fight card. Kang Kyung Ho and Hyun Gyu Lim will be fighting against Japanese contenders in their respective Prelims matches, while Choo Sung Hoon (more popularly known as Yoshihiro Akiyama) will fight in the main card against Kyle Noke.

You might not know this (unless you're a Kdrama/variety show fan), but Choo Sung Hoon is also a TV star in Korea. He currently appears in 'Superman is Back', a reality show where celebrity dads are left to care for their kids alone for 48 hours without the help of anyone.

In fact, there are a few other Korean celebrities who are making a name for themselves in the mixed martial arts scene. Here are some of them:

1. Cheon Jung Myung.
The star of Cinderella's Sister, Fashion 70's, and Glory Jane, Cheon Jung Myung has more than just acting awards to his name. He also holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and trains under Professor John Frankl - the founder of BJJ in Korea.
Photo credit: Cheon Jyung Mung.
 2. Lee Jae Yoon.
Also training under John Frankl, Lee Jae Yoon holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is famous for his roles in Queen of Ambition, Cruel City, and Golden Rainbow. Oh, and he was also in Macao to watch UFC Fight Night. :)
Photo credit: Lee Jae Yoon.
3. Lee Si Young. 
In 2010, Lee Si Young took up boxing to prepare for her role as a female boxer in a TV drama. While the drama ended up getting scrapped, Lee fell in love with the sport and continued with her training. At present, Lee is a member of the Incheon City boxing team, and is the first and only Hallyu star to become a national team athlete for any sport in Korea.
Lee Si Young at the National Amateur Boxing Championship.
4. Lee Seung Yoon.
Popular for his stint in 'Gag Concert' and his segments 'Fitness Girl' and 'Health Show', Lee Seung Yoon is also a mixed martial arts fighter. He made his debut on Road FC (Korea's number one MMA organization) in October 2010, going up against a professional MMA fighter ten years his junior.
Photo credit; Hancinema.
5. Yoon Hyung Bin.
Also a Gag Concert alumni, Yoon Hyung Bin made his debut as a professional mixed martial arts fighter in Road FC earlier this year. He competed against Japanese fighter Takaya Tsukuda in the lightweight category, and earned the victory by knocking out his opponent in the first round.
Photo credit: Road FC.
Mixed martial arts is growing in leaps in bounds in Korea and I'm sure Korean MMA fans are looking forward to a UFC event in their country. I for one, would love to have a UFC event here in the Philippines! Dana White, Fertita brothers, anyone from Zuffa? :)

8.23.2014

Foodie Goodie | FunBites + a Giveaway!

My son isn't a picky eater. Well, at least now he no longer is. There was a time, however, when feeding time used to be a pain for both of us. Back in his toddler days, there were instances when he simply would not eat anything, all the more if the dish contained vegetables.

While I'm glad that he no longer has eccentric eating habits, I still look back to those days and think how nice it could have been had I discovered FunBites earlier in life. This fun tool would have been very useful during those trying times. Haha!

'Better late than never' so they say. I've been hearing a lot of good things about this product (especially from my mommy blogger friends in the US), and I finally had the chance to try it for myself after Bobbie Rhoads, founder and CEO of the brand, sent me my very own FunBites.
FunBites make food fun!
An award-winning product, FunBites cuts through food by creating cute and fun bite-sized shapes, making them more appealing even to the pickiest of eaters. FunBites has a super sturdy and durable curved blade cutter that works on kid-friendly food such as pancakes, sandwiches, fruits, cheese, ham, and the like.
Unboxing my FunBites.
Here's the popper top.
And here's the cutter.
Here's how the product works.
1) Separate the popper top from the cutter. Place the cutter on top of the food.
2) Hold cutter handles, press down firmly and rock back and forth to cut food.
3) Insert popper top. Lift the cutter up while pushing the popper down to pop out the food.
Fun shapes in just three steps.
Now here's my FunBites in action.
Plain white bread...
With FunBites, my little man's favorite peanut butter sandwich is now easier to pack in a small container. No more complaints of making him bring a big and bulky food container to school. Haha!
... turn into cute triangles!
Cleaning is also a breeze with FunBites. Wash with a bit of dishwashing soap, rinse it water, and that's it. There may be instances when food would stick in the little crevices, so I suggest soaking them in water for a few minutes then use a bottle brush or a small brush for cleaning. 

FunBites is available in six different colors, with three different shapes to choose from - Hearts, Squares, and Triangles. The one I have cuts triangles, and his name is Peter. Yes, they have names, too. :)
Meet Peter the Picky Eater.
FunBites sell for $12.99 each, or you can bundle two or three and save as much as 25% on your purchase. Buy two FunBites for only $22 or three FunBites for only $29. If you're purchasing from the FunBites website, you can use my coupon code BTSFun upon checkout to enjoy 20% off on all products.

The FunBites gang!
Now here's the fun part. One of my readers will have the chance to receive their own FunBites in the shape and color of his/her choice! Enter the giveaway for a chance to win! You know the drill! :)


Giveaway runs from August 23 to September 23, 2014. Open worldwide!

8.22.2014

UFC Fight Night Macao | Le vs Bisping.

Macao will once again see some hard-hitting mixed martial arts action, as the UFC returns to the Cotai Arena for a showdown between two top 10 contenders in the middleweight division.
UFC Fight Night Macao.
Former Strikeforce champion Cung Le (9-2 in his professional mixed martial arts career, fighting out of San Jose, California), makes a comeback after a two-year hiatus that saw him serve as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter China, the organization’s long running reality series, as well as further his action movie career. In his return to the Cotai arena, Le will look to build on his reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in combat sports history when he meets Manchester, England’s Bisping (24-6, fighting out of Orange County, California) in the Octagon.

For Bisping, a win over Cung Le would mark his first victory over a former champion, which could possibly lead to another shot at the middleweight title.
Kim and Woodley stare down at the weigh-ins.
In the co-main event, 'Stun Gun' Dong Hyun Kim (ranked no.9 in the welterweight division) will go up against no.4-ranked Tyron 'The Chosen One' Woodley.

This fight has quite a divisional significance, as well as major world title implications. A well-rounded mixed martial arts fighter, Kim has a ton of momentum after crushing victories over John Hathaway and a knockout of the night performance against Erick Silva. Woodley, on the other hand, is potentially one huge win away from a shot at UFC gold. Both fighters will be looking to cement their place among the elites in the welterweight division.

Also included in the main card are Yang Jianping and Ning Guangyou - who will battle to become the featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter® China and win the coveted UFC contract.

UFC Fight Night Macao will be held on August 23, 6 in the evening at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Hotel.


8.21.2014

Gadgets, Gizmos, and more at the Philippine Digital Lifestyle Expo.

Are you excited for the long weekend? I know I am! The little man and I can't wait to go out-of-town and enjoy some quality time with the rest of the family. We both deserve some R&R after last week's super busy schedule, with his quarterly exams and all.

How about you? Where are you guys off to for the long weekend?
If by chance you'll be at SM Megamall, why don't you swing by the digital lifestyle expo hosted by Globe Telecoms? Dubbed as "Wonderful World with Globe: Philippine Digital Lifestyle Expo", this event will bring together the latest digital trends, gadgets, and applications that can enrich today’s mobile experience.
Wonderful World with Globe.
As we all know, people nowadays are more drawn into living the digital lifestyle. The increased ubiquity of smartphones, tablets and similar gadgets, the birth of innovative data plans, and the abundance of various apps are shaping the way Filipinos live, communicate and connect with each other. What they download, explore, and share online define their identity and lifestyle as digital citizens.

Constantly being connected is now a must to stay abreast and be “in the know” of the latest events and trends. Whether for working or playing wherever and whenever, downloading the latest app that supports a passion for health, worthy advocacy or anything in between, streaming music and videos, playing online or as simple as making one’s presence felt or voice heard on social media through posts, likes and shares, no doubt the digital life is being embraced by each one member of the hyper-connected generation, making deeper and lasting connections through the power of the Internet.

Through this Digital Lifestyle Expo, which is the first of its kind, netizens can see for themselves the latest gadgets, the hottest innovations, together with the products and services offered by Globe and their technology partners.

The Wonderful World with Globe: Philippine Digital Lifestyle Expo will be held on August 22 and 23, 2014, at the Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall, in Ortigas, Pasig City from 11am to 9pm.

The event is open to the public where they can take part and enjoy the fun booths, interactive activities and games, exciting prizes and freebies and surprise celebrity guests. All these and more are lined-up for the netizens in attendance as they embrace a wonderful digital lifestyle powered by Globe.

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