Watson’s Triple Treats



So remember last July I attended the rebranding of Watson’s in Greenbelt 1. I stocked up on a gazillion boxes of tissues, wet naps, and hand soaps. Nothing beats their sales and bonuses.


This season there are three more reasons to shop at Watsons in this very attractive promo raffle. From February 1 to March 31, 2014…

… you can enjoy special discounts from top brands

… triple your SM advantage, SM prestige, or BDO Rewards points on qualifying products

… and get a chance to win 50 iPad mini, iPhone 5s, and Watsons GCs every two weeks. Plus, a brand new BMW 116i can be yours, too, in the grand draw!


Triple Treats A4_MALL


It is very easy to join. Every P500 purchase, inclusive of at least one qualifying product from Watsons or The SM Store Beauty Section, entitles you to an e-raffle ticket. To register, text WATSONS REG <name/address/email> to 2600. To submit entries, text WATSONS <invoice #/no. of entries> to 2600.





Start shopping at Watsons and The SM Store Beauty Section now and get a chance to win a brand new BMW 116i.

For more info, log on to www.facebook/WatsonsPH or text HELP to 2600.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 0614 Series of 2014.





Perfect pearl, perfect match



The 2012 Jewelmer Gala which I hosted. Photo by Exie Razon.


Sometimes all you need is a pair of golden South Sea pearl earrings.
An instagram selfie from 2011. My caption read “Sometimes all you need is a pair of golden South Sea pearl earrings.”


By now you know how much I love south sea pearls from Jewelmer. It was the first thing I bought with my first pay cheque from F. Then Jewelmer sponsored the F girls for the duration of the entire show, like six years. I am very fortunate to have a few pieces from Jewelmer.

I recently fell in love again with my classic strand of white south sea pearls. I didn’t have an occasion to wear them at so I wore it with a tshirt over the weekend. They are so beautiful. It’s the perfect piece of jewellery to transform an outfit from day to night.


This is the ring I love to wear almost every day. I had it custom made by Jewelmer. It’s their own south sea pearl. I wanted it to appear almost foating. I liked that it wasn’t a perfect round. And the fact that it’s a golden pearl – endemic to the Philippines.


If you are thinking of buying your South Sea pearls, now is a good time to do so. From July 1 to Sept 30, clients who purchase a pair of beautiful South Sea pearls will receive a 20% rebate which can be used on their next purchase.

I always get asked about which colour of South Sea pearl is most valuable. I always say it’s a matter of personal taste. It took me a while, but I have all colors. (Guilty.) But here’s something from the Jewelmer website: Although color is not the primary factor, it does play a significant part in determining the price. Nowadays, because of its rarity, golden is the most expensive and the most sought-after of the champagne shades. White pearls have always been in demand, as they are the classic color. Chinese traditions also favor white because the color is associated with purity. In the case of black pearls, the most favored shade is peacock green, which best highlights the pearl’s luster.


From July 1 to Sept 30, your purchase of a pair of beautiful South Sea pearls will give you a 20% rebate on your next purchase. Matched to perfection and beautifully set, Perfect Pearl, Perfect Match is the ideal time for you to enter a world of rarity, luxury, and elegance.


For Jewelmer branch listing, check out their Facebook page.



The World of The Gruffalo



I’ve been getting a few calls from friends asking about The Gruffalo – the show and the book. It is a great story written by Julia Donaldson and was first published in 1999. It tells the story of a little mouse and his adventure in the “deep dark wood”. Julia wrote it for kids aged 3 to 7. And like I said, all my kids continue to enjoy it. This book has encouraged my kids to read out loud and try improv theatre.

At the Hong Kong Kids Fest last weekend, I got to see the live show, the same one coming to Manila next week. It is fun and cute and engaging. I think kids of all ages will enjoy the production. The show runs from Feb 15 to 17 at the Rockwell Tent. Tickets are onsale online. For more info please check their Facebook page.


Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


This was the venue for Kidsfest where they showed a number of theatre productions for kids.


Of all the Kidsfest productions, only The Gruffalo is coming to Manila next week.


The 2009 animated film version of The Gruffalo received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Short Film. The cast included Helena Bonham Carter. It is the cutest thing! Try to watch this with your kids.


In the “deep dark wood”, ABA Productions’ executive producer Matthew Gregory.


Julia Donaldson‘s other works were being sold outside the theatre. I took advantage of this availability and stocked up for my kids, especially Stella who’s only 3.


I couldn’t resist the other merchandise – like plasters, mugs, lunch boxes and stationery. Because The Gruffalo isn’t as huge in the US (and therefore, The Philippines), these products aren’t readily sold locally… yet.


Got this puppet for Stella. A few of the books and audio CDs are available in National Book Store.


Gruffalo merch heaven. Look at the official Gruffalo Shop.


Merch heaven.


The weekend shows were sold out. It was nice to see parents taking their small children to the theatre. I saw little kids as young as 2 there. Really adorable.




To know more about The Gruffalo and the show in Manila, here is a short interview I did with Matthew Gregory, the executive producer.


And a special invite by the cast…


The Gruffalo in Manila
February 15 to 17, 2013
Rockwell Tent, Makati

Tickets available at Ticketworld.com.ph. There are promos and discounts for bulk orders.



Oscar de la Renta sale




Shop any fashion jewelry or fragrance product and receive a complimentary Oscar de la Renta candle with purchase. Use code: ODLRGIFT. Valid until 11:59pm EST on Dec 31, 2012.



Samsung winners and new promo



Samsung winners
Congratulations to the five winners each getting a Samsung digital vacuum cleaner.


There were 6,062 raffle entries and lots of photos uploaded on Instagram and Twitter. Until there’s an easier way to download instagram photos, I can only post about 10-12 photos, chosen randomly. All done manually (it took forever). If you want to see the photos, search hashtag #samsungdigitalappliances. Thank you to everyone who participated in the bonus task.



Samsung Digital Appliances continues their promos in stores. Also please Like Samsung Philippines Digital Appliances on Facebook for more updates.

Buy Samsung Digital Appliances premium items and get exciting FREE gifts like LED TV’s, Digital Cameras, Microwave Ovens and Notebook Computers! On top of that, you also get a chance to win a shopping spree worth P20,000!


Samsung is putting the Happy in the Holidays with the Holiday Shopping Spree!