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3.07.2021

3 Tips to Investing in Quality Furniture Pieces.

The best part of moving into a new place is getting the chance to decorate. You get a blank slate to completely design your room exactly how you want it. You get to pick the colors, the vibe, and the furniture. However, as exciting as moving into a new place is, it also can get very expensive. Never underestimate just how pricey furniture is!

While you may be tempted to skimp on furniture and go for cheaper options, investing in quality furniture pieces is always the better option. Furniture is something you can take with you throughout your life and it will be used every single day. Cheaper furniture will not last as long and is just not as comfortable. If you are moving into a new space soon and want to take the leap to get better furniture, here are 3 tips to investing in quality furniture pieces:

As seen in Goblin (2016).

1. Be Practical About Color Choices
Colored furniture always goes in and out of styles. But the problem with investing in boldly colored furniture is just that: it will go out of style. Although you might be tempted to follow the trends and get a statement couch, there is a good chance you will end up regretting that in the long run. Instead, be practical about color choices. Will you still like a bright green couch in 10 years? Probably not. Go for neutral colors, like whites and browns, instead. They are timeless and will never go out of style.

2. Look at Your Lifestyle
While it can be hard to say how your life will be many years down the road, when investing in quality furniture it is important you take a look at your lifestyle. If you plan on having kids soon, maybe avoid buying expensive furniture that is all white. If you have or plan on getting animals, avoid certain fabrics that damage easily, like suede.

K-drama aesthetics.

Investing in a quality mattress is another step in furnishing your house, so it is important to buy the right size. You do not want to spend a bunch of money on an expensive mattress that is not going to fit in your room. Instead, use a mattress size guide to make sure you choose the right mattress size for your space.

Before buying quality furniture, be sure to think about your current lifestyle and how you think your life will be in the future, and base your furniture pieces off of that. Even if you do not plan on having kids or pets anytime soon, it is not a bad idea to choose more stain-resistant furniture.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017).

3. Shop Secondhand
Just because it is secondhand does not mean it’s not quality furniture. It just means there is another life out there for it, and that might just be in your new home. If there is a certain piece of furniture you have been eyeing but is completely out of your budget, look for it online, like on Facebook Marketplace. Just make sure you look for any rips or stains before buying, of course.

Buying secondhand is not only a more affordable option, it is better for the environment, too. Quality furniture will last a lifetime, even if it goes from family to family.

When it comes to furnishing your new home, you can never go wrong with investing in quality pieces. It may be more expensive, but it will always be worth it in the long run. The furniture you buy when you first move out may be furniture you carry on with you for the rest of your life.

Just make sure you think practically about where you might be years down the road and how your style may change. At the end of the day, you will be sitting, sleeping, and living on the furniture you buy, so you want to make sure it is good quality.


2.26.2021

Better Shopping Experience with Go Shopping Philippines!

The COVID-19 pandemic totally changed the way Filipinos shop or make purchases. Before, it was always about taking a trip to the nearest mall or department store, until the idea of being struck by an unseen virus drove fear into the hearts of many Filipinos.

Thankfully, merchants stepped up and went digital to provide services to customers who can’t go out. By going online, many existing and aspiring small businesses were able to survive and provide for the shopping needs of Filipinos.

But shopping purely online has its own share of problems, such as fake items, miscommunication on product specifications, late deliveries and worse, getting a product that’s not what was ordered.

The future of shopping is here... Go Shopping Philippines!

The birth of Go Shopping Philippines
These scenarios struck a chord on Neil La-as, Chief Executive Officer of Go Shopping Philippines. He then decided to establish a shopping platform that will make every Filipino’s shopping experience truly exceptional and satisfying.

When I came up with the Go Shopping Philippines concept, it was based from my own experiences. We all share the same sentiment of receiving substandard and fake items, late deliveries, customer service that takes forever to bounce back, and being duped, only to receive items we didn’t expect when we shopped on other platforms. All these frustrations gave me the inspiration to help fix the e-commerce landscape. Seeing the immediate need for contactless purchases most especially from the blunder of 2020, I sought to come up with a solution to serve my fellow Filipinos,” La-as said.

Go Shopping Philippines is a truly homegrown Filipino e-commerce platform that serves Filipinos the way they want to be served, and more.

I envisioned a fully digital mall, a fully virtual shopping platform where one can experience all the perks of a physical mall that is within reach with a few simple clicks to buy that favorite blouse, or swipe and you are brought to the cinema, scroll and you can reserve at your preferred restaurant and hotel, press and you can reach your doctor for an appointment, all without falling in line. As many as the combinations your hands can make, the possibilities are endless,” La-as added.

Mr. Neil La-as, CEO of Go Shopping Philippines.

La-as explained that Go Shopping Philippines is not just any ordinary e-commerce platform but a completely one-stop-shop for consumers. He said that the merchants are the ones in charge of product development, while Go Shopping Philippines, aside from the selling part, does the marketing, shipment and interaction with clients.

The service and interactions within Go Shopping Philippines are done real-time and personal with our virtual sales representatives. Queries are entertained and they will be assisted just like in a regular mall."

La-as said that just like any physical mall, security and safety is a top concern, and they took every possible step to ensure that transactions inside the Go Shopping Philippines sphere are done and concluded safely and securely.

He also emphasized that succeeding in the digital world is about having the proper cybersecurity measures in place to protect consumers, the Go-Shoppers, tenants, employees, and the business itself from constant threats. This is the reason why, La-as pointed out, that they partnered and collaborated with one of the best in web development, researched on everything to know about consumer behavior, and in identifying what works with regard to cybersecurity while ensuring excellent user experience.

Go Shopping Philippines is more than just an e-commerce platform.

In Go Shopping Philippines, he adds, the public can forget about the fakes because they scrutinize the brands and the legitimacy of their products.

Also, La-as said they encourage businesses from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector to join them. “The MSMEs are the lifeblood of the Philippine economy in terms of GDP and employment. They are among the hardest hit sectors by the pandemic so we need to help them also for their survival. While we value the presence of large brands, we also welcome MSMEs with open arms. After all, what is an original Filipino e-commerce platform without original local products,” he continued.

With Go Shopping Philippines, they will transcend geographical borders so that every Filipino, wherever they may be, can shop with ease, comfort and safety. “You can shop in Manila, the US, and back to Mindanao without having to leave your home, where you are safe and secure. Imagine those fond malling memories you have had before, only much easier, with no traffic, long lines, for a totally worry-free shopping you can only experience with us.

For more details about Go Shopping Philippines, visit https://www.facebook.com/PHGoShopping/.



2.21.2021

5 Creative and Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter.

While it may not feel like it in some parts, springtime is right around the corner, and with it will come one of the cheeriest holidays of the year: Easter. If you’re the kind of person that enjoys this holiday as a time to celebrate the pleasant weather and the cutest animals, you may be looking for fun ways to celebrate this special day.

To get the most out of this lovely day, here are four creative and fun ways to celebrate Easter:

Easter eggs and a lovely bunch of Easter roses.

1. Have a self-care day.
Okay, we know that this isn’t your typical Easter holiday idea but if you’re over the treasure hunts and over-done activities for this holiday, doing some self-care activities can be the perfect way to enjoy your day off. You could book a local spa, if you’re comfortable with their Covid-19 sanitization policies and social-distancing but if you’d prefer the comfort of your home, there are plenty of ways to make a spa-like ambience at home. Order roses for Easter, dim the lights, set up candles, turn on the bath, put on your favorite music and relax. You can pick out your favorite face-masks to get that deep-cleanse (did you know they have bunny face-masks out there?) and do your nails. Take time for you on this holiday—you deserve it.

2.Virtualize the holiday with your loved ones.
It’s probably been a couple of holidays that you haven’t been able to spend with your loved ones due to the pandemic. If that’s the case, consider spending this one with them, even if just virtually. From Zoom to Houseparty, there are plenty of apps to choose from so that you can connect and celebrate with the ones you love. If you have long-time Easter traditions that you always do, figure out ways to keep the traditions alive, no matter where everyone may be located at this time.

Easter dinner idea.

3.Prepare Easter goodies for a low-key dinner with friends.
Many people around the country have created small circles of friends and loved ones known as a Covid-pod. The idea is that people only spend time, for the most part, with these friends so as to still have some socializing and connection while playing it safe to avoid exposure. If this is the case for you, perhaps you can prepare a fun Easter dinner with your pod. Whether your grandma has an amazing Easter recipe or you have to come up with your own, a Easter meal with friends can be a great way to celebrate the holiday.

4. Create and send Easter cards.
Do you have friends and loved ones spread around the country? Chances are that you’re missing them and they are missing you. If you have an artistic streak or really enjoy arts and crafts, why not use this skill to not only cheer them up but have a good time while you’re at it. Not only will they be delighted to receive snail-mail from you but you’ll also get to show off a talent you may have been hiding.

Lee Jae Wook in Extraordinary You (2019).

5.Do an Easter egg hunt—at night. 
If you’ve decided to have your Covid-pod over, why not do something very traditional like an Easter egg hunt? Except, instead of chocolate bunnies, everyone will be searching for something that grownups enjoy, whether it’s small liquor bottles or gift cards to favorite stores. Look up some Easter-inspired cocktails and make it an Easter egg hunt you won’t soon forget. If you don’t have a Covid-pod per se, but are open to outdoor activities with masks and distance, this kind of egg hunt can still happen.

In Conclusion
2020 definitely made us think outside the box and because of this, we now approach holidays a bit differently; but maybe that’s a good thing. With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for a great experience. Hopefully, these ideas can get you started on a memorable Easter experience, whether you’re near family or alone at home.


2.20.2021

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Unique.

Your home is where you eat, sleep, grow, and make a lot of memories, so why not make it perfectly unique for you? How exactly can you do that? Well, making it unique to you is something that you and only you will be able to do. However, we do have a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Pastel colors add a nice touch.

Be Open to Big Changes
The first step of making your home more unique, is being ready for some big changes! In order to make those big changes, it is good to plan things out. That way, you are prepared and ready for whenever inspiration strikes. Whether it is changing the wall color or taking down a wall completely, you have to listen to your heart and your gut (and your budget) to see where they take you. Write out your big ideas and sleep on them before executing. This will ensure that you are indeed ready for the big change. Trust us on that one.

Use a Bold Color Palette
Don’t be afraid to mix up your living room with a turquoise couch or a purple armchair! The sky's the limit when it comes to color combos and as long as you love it, you can’t go wrong! If you are already in love with your furniture, opt for a brightly colored area rug, or use a bold tile upgrade when it comes to a backsplash project. By adding in bold colors, you will be well on your way to making your space uniquely yours.

Bold colors with a touch of your personality.

Add More Pieces of You
You can decorate your walls with personalized canvas art of your loved ones or your favorite scenic image. Like the famous saying goes, “a picture is worth 1,000 words,” so why not make those words your own and unique to you! Since we are sure it is going to be hard to choose just one image to put on a canvas, maybe go for a gallery wall! That is a sure way to make your space unique to you and your memories.

Use Birth Month Items
Figure out your birth month and use it to your advantage by decorating with its corresponding flowers and stones. Yes, there will be other people in the world, or maybe in your life, that have the same things. It might not feel as unique right away, but you can use them in tons of different ways! You are bound to make it one of a kind.

A doormat with a statement.

Get a Doormat With Personality
There are endless amounts of doormats out there, but to keep things unique, we think you should get one that properly displays your personality. It can have your family name on it, it can warn guests about the animals that live inside, or it can discuss your favorite hobby. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your house more unique. What are you waiting for?


2.17.2021

7 Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood.

We all get in moods that we can’t explain as though there is a cloud above our heads. Some of us call them funks, others don’t know what to call them, and they can occur for almost no reason at all. Whether you’re feeling down or know that you can feel better, there are ways to improve your mood. Here are natural methods for boosting your mood.

Kim Woo Bin in Uncontrollably Fond (2016).

1. Play With a Pet
Dogs and cats and great companions that can help you feel more relaxed and happy just by being around them. Anything from playing with your pet to petting them can instantly boost your mood. Even something as simple as seeing your dog get excited when you get home from work can make you happy.

Animals can often sense when you’re feeling down and will want to comfort you. If your dog or cat walks over to you and lays on or near you, take this as an opportunity to care for your own wellbeing and that of your pet companion.

2. Go for a Walk
When people are in less than ideal moods, they often leave the house to go for a walk. Walking can help someone who is angry calm down and ultimately boost their mood. Sports shoes for women are great for walks when you need to take some time to yourself. If you’re the type of person that uses fitness activities to keep their mind positive, these shoes also make a great running or cardio shoe.

Cha Eun Woo frosting a cake!
3. Make Yourself a Treat
While you should never stress eat, eating a sweet treat can boost your mood when you’re feeling low. If you take the time to bake your favorite dessert, you may also find your mind is taken off of anything that’s causing your bad mood. Then, after your treat has cooled down, you can slowly eat your cookie, brownie, or cake so that you focus only on the taste of the food instead of your surroundings or anything that’s causing you stress. This is a type of mindfulness that gets you to focus on your sense of taste so that you can free your mind of stress and anxiety.

4. Try Yoga
Similar to other fitness activities, yoga can improve your mood by making you focus on the task at hand. Not only that, but yoga also makes you focus on your breathing. With your mind completely focused on your yoga session, you’ll be able to free your mind of anything that’s bothering you, helping you boost your mood. Also, because exercise releases endorphins, your mood will be instantly boosted after you’ve finished your routine.

5. Pamper Yourself
If you’re feeling down, you can try pampering yourself to boost your mood. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be able to reprioritize and put yourself first, something that you might not be doing. You can pamper yourself in a number of ways that don’t require a trip to the spa. Instead, you can do your nails at home, put on makeup, and do your hair so that you feel your best. Giving yourself that extra bit of confidence even when you’re home alone can boost your mood while giving you something to do.

Chani, Cha Eun Woo, and Hwang In Yeop in True Beauty (2021).

6. Call a Friend
Talking makes us feel better when we’re not feeling like ourselves. Calling a friend and talking about anything can help you take your mind off of any stress and have a fun conversation that lifts you up. Whether you call your mom or your bestie, you can vent about what has got you down so that you can release some of the stress that you’re feeling while ultimately taking away its power over you.

7. Eat Healthily
Believe it or not, sometimes it could be your food that’s making you feel down. Eating unhealthy, salty, greasy food can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Eating better snacks like carrots and cucumbers can help you feel better because it helps your body digest, giving you more energy.


2.07.2021

Cooking with my Air Fryer | Cheesy Baked Bangus.

Just like chicken and tofu, bangus (or milkfish) is also a staple in this household. Whether it's sinigang, bistek, daing, or tinapa, there just has to be a bangus dish in our meal plan at least once or twice a week. And why not? Aside from its versatility, bangus is healthy, flavorful, and definitely more affordable than pork or beef.

Today, I tried to be more adventurous with bangus, instead of the usual air fried tinapa or daing. I baked it, and topped it with cream and lots and lots of cheese. It was a hit with my son, who almost finished the entire bangus in one sitting!


Cheesy Baked Bangus

Ingredients:
500 grams boneless bangus
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup all-purpose cream
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup melting cheese

For the toppings:
1/2 cup melting cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1 to 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese

If you're out of mozzarella, you can use cheddar cheese instead.

Procedure:
1. Preheat the air fryer at 190° Celsius.
2. Season bangus with salt, pepper, and paprika.
3. Prepare the cream mixture by mixing the mayonnaise, all-purpose cream, garlic powder, pepper, sugar, and melting cheese in a small bowl. 
4. Place the bangus skin side down in a greased baking tray.
5. Spread the cream mixture on top of the bangus. (Mixture is good for two pieces of bangus.)
6. Top with different cheeses.
7. Set your air fryer to Bake mode and bake at 180° C for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden.


Many thanks to Ms. Lhen de Castro, founder of Bake and Cook PH, for this recipe! Watch how she made this Cheesy Baked Bangus on her Youtube channel. :)


1.31.2021

10 Special Gifts for Your SO This Valentine's Day.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the time to start planning that surprise for your sweetheart. With the restrictions of the pandemic still in place, this is the perfect year to have your gift delivered right to your doorstep. Luckily, there is still plenty of time to order these gifts for delivery.

As a date night at home is a popular way to spend Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of gifts that can help set the mood for a perfect date with your Valentine. Even if you aren’t known as the best gift-giver, here are some suggestions to turn your gift-giving reputation around and show your partner how much you care.
Team Seo Jun here! Hwang In Yeop in True Beauty (2021).

1. Flowers
Let’s start off simple: you can’t go wrong with Valentine’s bouquets. Whether classic red roses or a flower arrangement starring some beautiful lilies, everybody loves getting flowers. You can even get beautiful flower arrangements delivered directly to your sweetheart. Don’t forget to personalize the note!

2. A long-lasting keepsake
In addition to sending flowers, you can send an Eternity Rose, a real rose dipped in gold or platinum to last past Valentine’s Day.

3. Personalized artwork
Show how much you care by memorializing a special moment or anniversary through some artwork. Give the gift of a customized constellation piece reflecting the sky on your first date. Or some wall art of the coordinates of your first home together.

Lee Jae Wook and Kim Hye Yoon, cameo appearance in True Beauty.

4. Go all out for a movie night date
While movie theaters still may be out of the question, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the movie theater to your living room. Rent a romantic comedy and turn the living room into the perfect cozy cave. Popcorn is all that’s missing. Prepare for the proper movie theater experience by gifting your significant other a popcorn basket full of delicious treats.

5. Salami bouquet
Maybe you want to send an unconventional bouquet. Whether for your boyfriend or girlfriend, consider sending your significant other a beef jerky bouquet. Or even a salami bouquet to the meat lover in your life. It’s not too often you get to eat a bouquet.

6. The gift of self-care
Everybody needs to take some time for themselves. Sending a curated basket of essential oils and moisturizers can make it easier for your significant other to embrace the me-time they deserve.

Captain Ri's candle!
How can we ever forget this scene from Crash Landing on You (2020)?


7. A sentimental candle
You can never have too many candles. Get a candle that reminds your significant other of your shared memories and special moments. There are personalized candles based on locations or events of significance. It’s been proven that personal scents can increase the attraction between two people. Find the perfect candle to show how you feel about your partner.

8. A box of chocolates
Who doesn’t enjoy a box of chocolates? Valentine’s Day doesn’t feel complete without eating heart shaped chocolates from a box. Make sure you get your box of chocolates prior to the holiday to avoid those chocolate cravings.

9. A gourmet gift basket
Send a basket of some of the finest foods, heart-shaped and otherwise. The best part of sending a gift basket full of food is that you’ll often get to partake in the eating of these gourmet treats. So really, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Wi Ha Joon and Lee Na Young in Romance is a Bonus Book (2019).

10. Personalize a book
There are many resources out there to create a personalized book that captures the relationship between you and your partner. You could create your own scrapbook of photos throughout the years, or you could even get a personalized picture book full of high-quality illustrations. Make a book that tells your unique love story. Fall in love with your story all over again.

No matter what you get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, the most important part of the gift is showing them that you care. Take advantage of gift delivery services and surprise your significant other with a romantic delivery when they’re least expecting it.


1.29.2021

5 Foods That Can Last You a Long Time.

Food waste has been estimated at as much as 40 percent of the food supply in the United States, according to the USDA. That means billions of pounds of food, and billions of dollars, are virtually going down the drain every year.

Although foods like meat won't last more than a week, there are many different foods that can last a long time, potentially allowing you to save money by not having to toss it out - or to store it away in case of an emergency like a natural disaster.

Gong Yoo, and a potato. :)

Potatoes
Potatoes are not only incredibly versatile, eaten on their own baked and topped with a little butter and salt, tossed into soups and stews, added to casseroles, classically fried, and practically an endless number of other options, they last a long time. They're one of the best bargains at just a few dollars for a five-pound bag and can last up to six months when stored properly. They can last longer by keeping them in a container with holes for ventilation - a paper bag or cardboard box works fine, preventing the accumulation of moisture that leads to spoiling.

All-time favorite cheddar cheese.

Hard Cheeses
While you'll have to keep cheese refrigerated, harder, aged cheeses like cheddar, asiago, and parmesan don't have as much internal moisture, so they can last a long time, anywhere from four to six months, provided they're stored correctly. The best way to store it is to wrap it in butcher paper, parchment paper, or cheesecloth rather than cellophane, allowing it to breathe. Plus, with the harder cheeses, even if an area develops mold, you can simply slice it off and enjoy, perhaps with some habanero pepper jelly for the perfect snack.

An assortment of beans in a traditional Korean market.

Beans
Beans are a great source of fiber that can help keep you feeling fuller longer, as well as being packed with protein and essential nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. And, at around just 18 cents per a cooked, half-cup serving, they're a bargain too. Dried beans are best used within a year, but they can be stored longer as one of the longest-lasting and most nutritious foods. The key to using older beans is to soak them for at least 12 hours first and then add extra cooking time, which could be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more.

Fiber overload with some good ol' oatmeal.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is another amazing steal at only around 21 cents for a half-cup serving. Quick oats last as long as three years after the best-buy date, while steel-cut and instant oats have a lifespan of one to two years past that date, providing plenty of time to use them. While they're an obvious choice for breakfast, they have lots of other uses, too, including added to ground beef to stretch it further, which helps your dollar stretch further.

Peanut butter to make your day better.

Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is another versatile source of protein and not only makes a great spread for toast, bagels, sandwiches, and more, it can be added to shakes and smoothies, used in dessert recipes or savory dishes. Once it's opened, it will last about three months, but unopened, it's good for a year past the best-by-date. If it's natural peanut butter, be sure to keep it in the fridge even if it isn't opened - it will only last a few months in the pantry.


1.26.2021

How to Finally Make the Move to New York.

There are so many big steps in life. Going to college, starting your dream job, committing your life to someone, buying a home, or even moving to a new state. If you have found that you are ready to make the plunge and move somewhere new, and you have decided on New York, we have a few tips to help you finally make it happen!

Photo credit: Curbed NY


Ask for help
Even as the most independent person, it is still ok to ask for help when you need it. And help can come in many forms. Even if no one is physically able to help you, they are still just a phone call away to be able to give you the emotional support you need. Set up a video chat with your loved ones and have them help you decorate your place by telling you where to put your furniture or hang your pictures. There is no harm in asking for help when you really need it.

Be prepared for new expenses
Of course, there are going to be quite a few unexpected expenses that come up when you move to a new place, but there are plenty of financial resources out there to help you learn quickly. Make sure to research the New York state tax rate and what to expect financially when the time comes for being a resident there. And since the New York state tax rate is one of the highest in the nation, you may need some help navigating how it works, what will be expected of you, and how to prepare your taxes when in a new place.

Jung Hae In out and about in New York City.

Try to find a new community
By using social media for good, you may have a better chance finding a community within the new town you are planning to move to. Sites like Facebook and Reddit have pages that are specifically for people that live in certain regions. You can connect with them and see what’s happening in the place that you live.

Research places before you get there
Once you have the address you are moving to, plug it in to websites like Yelp. You will be able to find all the best food spots, doctors, and shops within your new town. You can see the reviews of the places and see what they really have to offer. By knowing what’s around you, you will be able to venture out and not have to do all your cooking and baking at home! This will help you become better acquainted with your new surroundings, and it will help you find places to go when you have your first visitor!

Jung Hae In enjoying the food in New York City.

Be ready for anything
Know that with a big move comes new changes and different experiences. It is important to go into a move with an open mind and an open heart. You must be willing to try new restaurants, shops, and parks, and keep a positive outlook while doing it. This will help you to feel more at home quicker and easier. Plus, it makes it so you are giving yourself and your new place a fair and fighting chance!

Study public transportation
Even if you aren’t going to be in New York City, it is highly likely that you are going to go there at some point in time. We recommend getting a jump on studying the subway system and the public transportation methods to get there. If you aren’t able to memorize the whole system, it’s a good idea to memorize the specific lines you will need to take to get to your desired destinations. That way, if you lose service and can’t access a map, you will still be able to get there with no problem.

Enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.

We hope that you finally make the move, you will be so glad you did! 


1.16.2021

Start your pet parenting journey with Royal Canin Club.

New year, new pet? If one is thinking of adopting a new furry friend soon, then The Royal Canin Club is the best platform and source of information for every aspiring pet parent out there.

Recognizing that a solid health foundation is a key to pets’ full and happy life, Royal Canin Philippines' new campaign puts the focus on kittens and puppies and the ways that pet owners can give their babies the healthiest Start of Life through proper care and nutrition.

As the new year begins, Royal Canin is emphasizing its commitment to pets’ well-being in their full life cycle, particularly our pets’ first year of growth and development in the Royal Canin Club app. The rewards app is set to provide comprehensive knowledge, tips, quizzes, and Royal Canin product recommendations to new pet owners or those thinking of a new addition to their fur family. With more people adopting pets in the past year due to the quarantine, Royal Canin Club will be a useful resource for many new pet owners or seasoned fur parents who are just now taking care of puppies and kittens.

The Royal Canin Club is every pet owner's best friend.

“Our pets’ health at the start of life will define how they grow and live. Like how we put extra attention to the well-being of human babies, the same principle applies to how we should care for our pet puppies and kittens who are just beginning to adapt to the world,” says Adriann Eusebio, Royal Canin Philippines’ country head.

Royal Canin’s Start of Life commitment will also be rolled out on-ground, with their pet recruitment program called Starter Hub. Customers who get a new pet from Cartimar or Tiendesitas will be directed to the Royal Canin Starter Hub, where they will be given a Royal Canin Starter Kit containing a primer on proper care for pets, as well as welcome gifts and exciting vouchers

Keep your eyes open, as at the beginning of this year pet owners can avail of full-size Royal Canin pet food for their fur babies in exchange for their points.

As an authority in pet care and nutrition, Royal Canin continuously updates its website with information on pet healthcare specific to puppies and kittens, which aims to help at the beginning of every pet owners’ journey. New fur parents can easily access information supported by our in-house vets and scientific communications team to assist in the day to day management of their pets’ health. This includes discussions on how to prepare pet owners and their families for the newest addition to their household, what to expect during the first 24 hours together, and how to transition their diet from Puppyhood and Kittenhood. Additionally, Royal Canin helps prepare pet parents for their new pets’ start of life.
Pepper for Royal Canin! :)

“Start of Life is the latest campaign that underscores our advocacy of proper pet ownership. We believe that starting our pets early on healthy practices gives them a fuller life in the long run. That is what Royal Canin espouses not just with our products, but with the resources and guidance we provide through our different channels,” adds Eusebio.

The app is now available for download on Google Play Store or the iOS App Store, and contains resources on proper diet and nutrition, digestive health, neonatal to ageing care, skin and coat care, training, and understanding pet behavior. Users can also accumulate points through the app when they purchase Royal Canin products from partner stores. Follow Royal Canin on social media for product news, promotions, and special giveaway contests.


1.15.2021

#CrispyFryPlayDay: Ajinomoto celebrates first Lucky FryDay PlayDay!

Crispy Fry® hosted its third #CrispyFryPlayDay to officially introduce its newest brand endorser TV host Luis “Kuya Lucky” Manzano. The event brought together media and their families for the first #CrispyFryPlayDay done online.

Surprise! The newest endorser of Crispy Fry
was there with us during the CrispyFryPlayday event!

In the game show-themed event held via Zoom, Kuya Lucky invited select media Frymates for a special task: celebrate #CrispyFryPlayDay by partnering with their kids and family members to virtually cook meals perfect for families and friends. The virtual game had three exciting rounds, where participants had to guess the ingredients, and the price of special ulams made better with Crispy Fry products. Special awards and prizes were also given to select Frymates and winning participants.

All set for #CrispyFryPlayDay!

The pandemic may have changed a lot of things, but one that we hope stays the same is the strong bond of families. Our new stay-at-home lifestyle creates opportunities for new bonding moments between loved ones. We encourage everyone to make cooking a shared activity because it’s fun, easy, and rewarding,” says Roann Co, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation’s General Manager of Marketing and Public Relations.

Cooking with Crispy Fry®

Cooking is made better and more special with Crispy Fry®, the #1 breading mix brand in the market. Perfect for Filipino families, Crispy Fry® is made from choice flours and starches perfectly blended with seasonings, concocted to make fried chicken and fish crispy-delicious. The brand has an extensive list of variants available on the market. This includes Crispy Fry® Chicken Breading Mix, which comes in Original, Garlic, and Spicy so families can enjoy fried chicken in different ways. Crispy Fry® also has a variant with Gravy Mix and another with Japanese bread crumbs, seasonings, and spices. Meanwhile, the new Crispy Fry® Fish Breading Mix reduces oil spills while cooking so families can enjoy fried fish without the hassle.

Pantry staples! Thank you, Ajinomoto!

Crispy Fry® is now a staple in my kitchen because it makes cooking so much easier. When I don’t have a lot of time, I fry chicken or fish using the easy-to-prepare breading mix. Each meal is made more special because Crispy Fry® guarantees crispanalo and isda-licious fried dishes, every time,” reveals Manzano.

Crispy Fry® and #CrispyFryPlayDay are part of Ajinomoto’s Eat Well, Live Well promise for Filipino families – to create high-quality products for delicious, healthy, and enjoyable mealtimes.

Happy #CrispyFryPlayDay!

To know more about Crispy Fry®, visit the Ajinomoto website at ajinomoto.com.ph and the Cookmunity by Ajinomoto Philippines at facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH



1.10.2021

Cooking with my Air Fryer | Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Social media has been abuzz lately with air fryers and their increasing popularity here in the Philippines. I know air fryers have been around for years, but it was only last year when they started to get a lot of hype in my country.

But along with the new-found fame and popularity came the hatred for air fryers and for people who own it, have bought it, and even those who are planning to buy it. Some people would argue that it works the same way as the turbo broiler and/or the convection oven and it would be a waste of money to buy an air fryer if you already have these appliances (I have neither of the two so the air fryer was a very good investment for me), while some say that air fryers are for lazy people or people who don't know how to cook. I strongly disagree with this one, because hey, I know how to cook. My friends who have air fryers know how to cook. And no, we're not lazy people. People who own air fryers (at least the ones I know) are actually busy people who are after the convenience of being able to work on other things while they cook. 

Like what I've said on my Facebook post, people have their own reasons for buying air fryers. If they have the money for it, let them buy it! Let people enjoy things! 

As for me, my seven-month-old relationship with my Hanabishi Air Fryer is still going strong, and I'm proud to say that I whipped up a storm in the kitchen on New Year's Eve (for the traditional Media Noche) with it! My latest creation are these Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins using the oranges from my New Year fruit basket. I had so many fruits and chocolates for the New Year and they all ended up being made into muffins, haha!


Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
zest and juice of 1 large orange (about 1/2 cup juice and 1 tablespoon zest)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)

For Orange Drizzle Topping (optional):
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons orange juice

No drizzle, but I added more chocolate chips on top.

Procedure:
1. Preheat air fryer to 170° Celsius.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and orange zest.
3. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs with oil, yogurt, milk, orange juice, and vanilla extract until completely combined.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
7. Bake at 170° Celsius for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
8. Switch to Convection Broil for 2-3 minutes if you want the muffin tops to look more brown. (Kindly make adjustments to the temperature settings if you're cooking with a conventional oven.)
9. To make the drizzle, sift the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Add the orange juice and stir until the sugar has melted enough and the drizzle can be poured. 
10. When the muffins have cooled down, pour the drizzle on the muffin tops.