The Power of Gratitude and why thanksgiving truly matters

Dec 24, 2014
Today I would like to identify the inner values I possess and I realize that the value of Gratitude is not fully practiced.

When I say Gratitude, it is an appreciation for people, places, and things. as well as, for ideas, qualities and feelings. The simple act of being thankful for all the blessings from God.

If I am going to practice Gratitude then I must value thankfulness, and use it like a key.
  • A key to inspire strangers, my friends
  • A key to life that sets me free
  • A key to heal insult and injury
  • A key to awareness when I refuse to dream
  • A key to finding forgiveness and feeling peace
  • A key to manifest my desires, what I want and who I want to be
  • A key to light the dark times, when I can't see
  • A key to expressing my preferences,what I love, the real me
  • A key to feeling the present moment, gently
  • A key to reconnect me to humility
  • A key to boundless opportunity,
  • When I get caught in my limited certainty
  • A key to transcendence, imagination, and epiphany.
  • A key to turn the hardest moment into a glorious journey
  • A key to the only foolproof system of love in the galaxy
  • A key to access infinite possibilities

Found on inspirationalpicturequotes.blogspot.com

And when I share my gratitude enriches you & me
Gratitude is actually the doorway, 
Choose the real key
The best part about gratitude is that gratitude always absolutely free!

What are you grateful for?

My Pre-Christmas Gifts

Dec 13, 2014
Have you been looking for the perfect geeky gift ideas this Christmas that will show some love to the geeky woman in your life?



Check out these cool geeky gifts for myself. [I have to admit I'm a geeky gal :) ]

Laptop Sleeve


I love bags but this Christmas I decided to give my macbook air her really deserving laptop sleeve. To keep protected from bumps and shock at all times with this padded bag. I choose this hot pink color to match the keyboard protector, too. 

Halo 12 inch Laptop Case

Php 395.00 bought at SM Lanang Premier Department Store

Solar Powerbank

I am an advocate of go green environment that is why I prefer to use a solar charger. I found this 5000 mAh Solar Charger Mobile Power Bank which is also waterproof when it is rainy. I could even hang on this solar charger in my backpack to suck up energy from the sun. Charging is also possible at home, office or even in the car. It's actually my perfect companion to keep my gadgets charged when I'm outside or nowhere near a power plug.


Php 1,200.00 bought at SM Lanang Premiere 3Flr. Cyberzone with 2 months shop warranty

Cord Protectors

Spiral cord protectors perfect for cable wire, cellphone cords, etc to create a strong defence against cord chewing and pets getting electrical shocks. 
Php 15 per meter (3meters for cellphone cord)

LED Light-up USB Charger cable for Iphone and Android smartphones.



These are very pretty animated glowing LED usb charger and I think they are the coolest USB cable ever :)
They are super cool and ridiculously geeky.
Basically, the cable glows while charging or syncing.
Bought online at P150.00 each 

Color Change Mug

I'm a self-confess coffee addict.
I want to enjoy my coffee in this color changing mug when I pour a hot water into the cup, the cup will gradually change from a moon to a sun. 


Php 229.00 at SM Lanang Department Store

Keyboard Protector

Since I'm always using my laptop, I want it not to look boring so to bring fun and cool keyboard while still protected against daily hazard like liquid spills accidents,dust, and dirt. I choose this ICE CREAM brand from PowerMac because typing in my keyboard is now more fun with its color pink and lavender combination which gives a high-contrasting keys.
BEFINE Ice Cream Keyboard Skin for Macbook Air 11 - Cherry Jubile

Php 1,395 bought at Ayala Abreeza 2nd flr.


Overall:

These gift ideas are ideal for friends and family too because of its functionality, novelty and fun colorful designs.

REVIEW : Skin Food's Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #2

Have you been looking for a cream based blusher that's in a cute packaging with smelling rose scent?
Skin Food's Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #2

I'm not really a big fan of makeup and cosmetics because I'm afraid my skin will get harsh chemicals from heavy makeup. So I'm careful in choosing products for my face. 

I notice this Skinfood shop at the ground floor of Abreeza every time I passes by going to the Robinsons Supermarket or Human Shop. I went inside and the accommodating staff eagerly offered me products to try. The staff explained their products all natural goodness and made in Korea. [I'm a Korean telenovela addict :-)]

                                            ABREEZA BRANCH

I ask for assistance in choosing the best product for my skin that is not in powder type (I'm actually used to apply liquid cheek tint) and recommended me this #2 Milky Rose cream blusher. First I notice is the smell which is a strong real rose scent because honestly I don't like the bad chemical smells of cosmetics so the scent really added points for purchasing the item even if it cost me P675 for 3.5 grams (too expensive for my budget). 
Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher plus free sample size of Premium Tomato Extract Whitening Essence Emulsion 

Keep reading to see my full review.
Disclaimer: This is my first time to use cream blusher

Packaging is in small plastic which is ideal for small bag and I love the cute rosy paintings and when you open inside there comes with a mirror which I think is an added plus points for me because I can re touch anytime without having to use a separate mirror.


I don't understand the characters written at the back but I saw the date of manufactured and expiration month. 


The blusher is very creamy but a bit oily. I applied it by gently using my fingertips and blend it out evenly. I'm really loving the floral rose scent.

The color is so natural looking by dabbing twice on my cheeks. If I want an over blush look then I just need to apply more.

Where to buy?

SkinFood with branches at Ayala Abreeza Davao (GF) and SM Davao.
Price: Php 675.00 for 3.5 grams

 What I like

-Travel Friendly
-Floral Rose scent-Smells really great in rose scent which I personally like.
-Pretty cute packaging with rose drawings
-nice compact mirror inside and you can use it on the go and touch up easily without having to use a separate mirror.

What I don't like

-not a long lasting all day product

Overall:

I will recommend this blusher and I'm considering to try the other product lines in the Rose Essence because of the smell.













Kadayawan Festival Special Menu at Vikings SM Lanang Premier

Aug 7, 2014
Are you looking for a place to dine during the Kadayawan Festival together with your family and friends? 

In celebration of the Kadayawan Festival, starting from August 11-17,2014, Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Lanang Premier will be featuring these special Kadayawan dishes! 
You can only experience this at Vikings in the Fountain Side Ground Level of SM Lanang Premier branch.

Let me give you a glimpse of the festival dishes from starters to desserts.

STARTERS

One of my favorites is Kinilaw that comes from the Visayan word "Kilaw" or to eat in raw, but Vikings version of Special Kinilaw comes with a mixture of crispy lechon, and pomelo.
Vikings Special Kinilaw
In addition to their wide array of starters, Vikings will include Bagnet Salad, Balot A La Pobre Pate, Enasaladang Talong with Malunggay Pesto and Piniritong Lumpiangs Tinapa at Mangga.

SOUPS

Balbacua (Cebuano Ox Skin and Tail Stew)
Originated from Cebu. It's so thick and savory and goes well for lunch and dinner! 
Pancit Molo is a filipino recipe that makes me wonder why it's called pansit but actually the dish has no noodles in it however uses molo wrappers.

 NOODLE and RICE

POULTRY ENTREE:

Rellenong Manok with camote tops and Mangosteen Sauce
Adobong Manok

BEEF/MUTTON ENTREE:

Beef Steak Tagalog


Spicy Baked Calderetang Kambing
Baked Imbao will be joining the buffet table at Vikings Luxury Buffet. 

INIHAW:

Baby Backribs in Durian Barbecue Sauce.
 So interesting taste because of the durian barbecue sauce and the contrast of barbecue and durian is actually unique to the tongue. 

DESSERTS:

One of my fav desserts, Brazo de Durian.
Delicious Sweet treat to satisfy your cravings. 


Cheesecake Sampler
Vikings proudly present, their new addition to the wide array of desserts, Cheesecake Sampler on Kadayawan Festival. Fluffy cheesecake meets delightful banana and mango toppings, both create a lovely twist in your tonque... Sweet and creamy delight with fresh sensation, to cheer up your day!


Sweet and creamy Leche Flan is always my favorite...yum yum..
This sweetness overload deserves to be shared with a friend.
From its name, much is expected of the Mango Sans Rival (Also, sansrival/sanzrival), which in French means "without rival". It's one of my favorite dessert in meringue-based layer cake that will be added in the buffet table of Vikings.

Any of your family or friends visiting during the Kadayawan Festival this month? Then here's a special discount for them! #eatlikeaviking

Traveler's Discount: Kadayawan Festival Edition

1) Tourist(s) will receive 10% discount off when paying in cash or 5% discount off when paying in card. This discount is applicable on a per pax basis.

2) Tourist(s) must present a valid boarding pass or travel ticket while supported by a passport or government issued I.D. to prove that he/she is a tourist visiting Davao City during the Kadayawan Festival.

3) Tourist(s) must be visiting Davao City, and their most recent inbound ticket or boarding pass should show that they arrived within the month of August 2014. They must show that they're traveling from a different city to Davao City.

4) This promo is only applicable in Vikings Lanang.

5) This promo can't be used in conjunction with other in house promotions or discounts.

6) Gift Checks will not be honored with this promo.

7) This promo is valid from August 11 - 17, 2014.


Here are the rates for Vikings Luxury Buffet SM Lanang

Weekdays
LUNCH | DINNER
Adults P588 | P788
Kids 4ft – 4ft 6’ P388 | P588
Kids 3ft – 4ft P188 | P288
Kids Below 3ft FREE
75 years old and above 50% discount

Weekends & Holidays
LUNCH | DINNER
Adults P788
Kids 4ft – 4ft 6′ P588
Kids 3ft – 4ft P288
Kids Below 3ft FREE
75 years old and above 50% discount
All prices are subject to 5% service charge.
All prices and promotions are subject to change without prior notice.
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A Viking's Feast: New American Independence Day Menu Set

Jun 30, 2014
I had the opportunity to be invited to a "food tasting" at the American Independence Menu set of Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Lanang Premier Davao and eat like a Viking!

It was a pleasant surprise to find all the new feature dishes on the menu were superb, both with taste and presentation. The staff and management of Vikings were enthusiastic about the new menu that would also be offered on weekends lunch and dinner for the whole month of July.

Here are the featured dishes on the menu:
Pier 39 Clam Chowder
We were serve with Pier 39 Clam Chowder which is rich and just delicious. It's a comfort food- warm, creamy, and filling.

Chicken Barbeque Salad
I personally love this healthy, flavorful salad.

Shrimp Popcorn
This mouth-popping deep fried prawn morsels are addictive, 
especially when dressed with ranch. 


Cheese Sticks
This cheese sticks is lightly crunchy. Great for snacks and best paired with marinara dressing.

I like the Buffalo chicken wing marinated in a spicy sauce, broiled, and served with blue cheese sauce










By far the best ever tasted dessert is this New York Cheesecake, so creamy and an absolute treat to every customers of Vikings. So yummy and delicious cheesecake.


Rates for SM Lanang
Weekdays LUNCH DINNER
Adults P588 P788
Kids 4ft – 4ft 6’ P388 P588
Kids 3ft – 4ft P188 P288
Kids Below 3ft FREE
75 years old and above 50% discount

Weekends & Holidays LUNCH &DINNER
Adults P788
Kids 4ft – 4ft 6′ P588
Kids 3ft – 4ft P288
Kids Below 3ft FREE
75 years old and above 50% discount

*All prices are subject to 5% service charge.

**All prices and promotions are subject to change without prior notice.