Links of London VIP sale



Charm bracelets
My arm candies. I wear my Links of London Sweetie bracelet almost everyday. It’s only got 5 charms. I think I deserve more…


Thanks for the new charm
This is Stella’s Links of London Sweetie charm bracelet from her godfather Trevor (my brother in law). He gave it to her on her Baptism. She doesn’t wear it yet. I’ll have to add more links to this so she can wear it when she’s bigger. Even so, we are adding charms whenever there’s a chance or occasion.


I want this – Black Agate skull charm. For me, not Stella. Even though there’s a star (=Stella).


And this one – Moonstone.


And another must-have, the globe.


Fuchsia skull friendship bracelet, now 30% off!


Grey and orange moonstone ring, 60% off for five days only. OMG. I want this.



Links of London USA

There’s a huge 5 Day Sale on going now. If you’re in North America, this is going to be a breeze. For Philippine readers, you can try a third-party shipper or send it to a relative in the US and deal with the shipping/sending later. Links of London VIP Sale. Save Up To 60% online only starting May 17 to midnight May 21 while supplies last. Click this link for details.



Germ Killer raffle



In 2010, my three daughters caught a nasty virus that got them down for a week. It was the dreadful Hand Foot and Mouth Disease or HFMD. My eldest caught it in her school and the two young ones caught it from her immediately. I freaked when the doctor told me the illness because I immediately associated it with Foot & Mouth Disease of cattle and pigs. But the two are totally different and unrelated. Turns out HFMD is not uncommon among children under 5. And sometimes adults can get it. I didn’t.


Hand Foot Mouth Disease
These were the spots on Stella’s hand


Hand Foot Mouth Disease
She had them all over her feet too. Some were like blisters.


My kids HFMD started as a fever then these strange red spots showed up on the soles of their feet and palms of their hands. They also got spots around their mouth and some sores inside their mouth. It was horrible. They couldn’t eat. There was no cure for it except hydration, rest and if needed fever and pain relief medicines. I was very conscious about stopping the spread of this virus so I alerted my kids schools immediately so other parents wouldn’t send their kids to school if they had those spots and sores (a lot of HFMD cases go unidentified).


Lily's nails. Caused by HFMD
My friends warned me that their kids lost their nails after a few weeks or months. It happened to mine. Here’s what Lily’s nails looked like months after she got HFMD. Some nails fell off but eventually grew back normally. Very strange.


Whenever we go through a cycle of viral illness at home, I get so tense about cleaning and disinfecting. I’m a serial handwasher and I force my girls to be as well. But they are kids and can’t control what and where they touch. Aside from handwashing, I have my regular schedule for disinfecting my home.


GK Surface (500ml)
I’m currently trying some products from my new blog sponsor, Germ Killer. This range of disinfectants doesn’t use harsh and flammable alcohol as its main ingredient. Germ Killer uses a water-based formulation safe on all surfaces and not hazardous to people. It claims to be effective against gram-positive (sore throat) and gram-negative bacteria (salmonella, E. coli), MRSA (skin infections), viruses such as H1N1, HFMD, mould and mildew.


GK Air
GK Air


GK Brochure
GK Surface cleans and disinfects in one step. This is the most convenient of the range as it doesn’t require any dilution. It can be used on stove tops, tiles and even fabric.


GK Brochure2
GK Concentrate is for heavy duty cleaning, soaking of kitchen sponges and soaps, mopping floors and cleaning toys (no second rinse required).



Germ Killer is now available in Ace Hardware, Ace Express, Handyman, Wilcon and Citihardware branches. For the month of April they are giving out samples at Baby and Beyond. For more information check out their Facebook page. We are also doing a raffle/givewaway through this blog. It’s open to anyone with a Philippine address.


Germ Killer will be giving away three full sets like this. It contains the full range of Germ Killer disinfectants – Air, Surface and Concentrate. Also in the package are various sponges and wipe cloths from Arix. Raffle is open to anyone with a Philippine address. GK will send the prizes to you.


Just follow these easy steps from Rafflecopter. You will get a greater chance of winning if you tweet about the contest once a day. But it only if you do it through this Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway




Mustela giveaway



Ever since I blogged about Mustela’s arrival in the Philippines, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the brand. Questions like – does it really cure eczema (nothing cures eczema but Stelatopia manages outbreaks very well without corticoids), can adults use it (anything that’s safe for babies should be good for adults too), where to buy (see info below). Mustela has a wide range of products and explaining them all here would be too much information, I think. What you need to know is that it has a  regular line for all babies called Bebe, for problem skin care called Dermo-Pediatrics under which the Stelatopia line falls, a maternity line called 9 Months, and a Sun Protection line.

My daughter Lily has occasional eczema outbreaks mixed with strange (but not so dangerous) allergies. Stelatopia is what she uses. Milky Bath Oil offers great relief during flare-ups. When her skin gets major breakouts with rashes, I apply Stelatria. The whole family uses Stelatria, for wounds and rashes, as it reduces the appearance of scars.

Stelatopia daily
For more information on the Stelatopia line and for people with atopic skin, click here.


I am all about sun protection. It is crazy hot now and it’s not even summer yet. I’m glad that Mustela has a range of sun protection products for regular skin, sensitive skin and atopic skin. I am very picky about sun screen for myself because anything I put easily causes irritation and sometimes pimples. I also like staying away from the sun completely because I am terrified of wrinkles. I spent all of my teens and twenties as a beach bum – diving and sunbathing. It has taken a toll on my skin. So now I use a small parasol and please don’t laugh at me if you see me walking down the street with one. I wear huge dark sunglasses so I never have to squint… wrinkles! And the truth is I try to avoid using sunscreen… because it used to cause me pimples. But now, so far I’m doing well with Mustela. The kids use it too.


The label says for Delicate and Fragile skin, but basically this is for normal skin. This is safe for newborns. It uses all natural ingredients. It also stays on even when getting wet and sweaty. Can be used by the whole family. For those with eczema, there’s the Creme Minerale suncare product – with no perfume, colorant or paraben. Use that version if you are prone to allergies and eczema.


I love this product – Agua de Colonia. I love smelling my daughters’ neck and hair. No matter how sweaty they get after running around the park, they feel and smell refreshed after a little spritz of this. When the heat hits the 30-degree mark, I can’t tolerate heavy scents too much. So this is perfect for them and me. Right now there is a promo at Mustela. You get a free 200ml Agua de Colonia worth P750.00 for every P2500 worth of purchase of any regular sized products. Purchase of gift baskets and value packs are excluded from the promo. Offer runs until supplies last.


Now here’s the good news. Because Mustela is a blog sponsor, they are giving away gift packs worth approximately P3670 to three lucky readers. This giveaway is open to anyone with a Philippine address. And I’m telling you, the products rock!


After-Sun Hydrating Spray  it’s a hydrating/moisturizing spray that you can use after being out in the sun so your skin won’t be tight or dry.  It can relieve feeling of tightness on sunburned skin P950
Physiobebe travel size it’s a no rinse cleanser for face and diaper area of baby; adults use it as make-up remover
Cream for Sensitive Areas can be used by regular and atopic skin.  For the sensitive parts of the face P630
Mineral Cream sun protection for atopic skin P1320
Dermo Cleansing for hair and body wash of regular skin P610
Total value approx P3670


Join thru Rafflecopter. Just follow all the steps (they’re mandatory). And enter this site everyday to Tweet about the contest to increase your chances of winning. All winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter’s computer program. Winners will be announced in the evening of Tuesday, March 6th. Open to anyone with a Philippine address.


a Rafflecopter giveaway




Mustela is available at:

Ayala Trinoma, 1st Level (beside Cafe Mary Grace)
Robinson’s Manila, 1st Level Midtown Wing (beside Topshop)
Glorietta 4, 3rd Level (in front of Gourdo’s and Play & Display)
Shangri-la Mall, 4th Level (in front of Mothercare)
Megamall A, 2nd Level (in front of Esprit)
Pure Beauty, 2nd Floor Serendra, BGC
All Landmark Department Stores
All Rustan’s Department Stores

Mustela Hotline: 0917-8959988
Facebook: Mustela Philippines



Romantic Taal



I will never get tired of the beauty of Taal Volcano. And to this day, we still don’t have the perfect portrait of it. I love how it looks different depending on the time of day. I think the best view is at Taal Vista Hotel. Must visit again soon. It’s been too long.


Taal Volcano


Taal Volcano


Taal Volcano


Press Release – Taal Vista Hotel: An Evening at the Ridge

Enjoy a night of music and romance as Taal Vista Hotel celebrates Valentines weekend on February 11, 2012 with a special Valentine Dinner-Concert featuring a live performance by NINA and the Classix Band. The 6-course set dinner and concert at the East Wing Ballroom 2 & 3 will begin at 7:00pm. The Valentine Dinner-Concert also entitles guests to a complimentary glass of wine and a long-stemmed rose for the ladies.

Guests who prefer to stay overnight can avail of the Valentine Dinner-Concert with Room Package priced at PhP 9,999 for the Deluxe Room (East Wing) and PhP 8,999 for the Superior Room (West Wing). The package includes buffet breakfast for two, a glass of wine and special raffle.

Room only packages are also available at PhP 5,999 for the Deluxe Room (East Wing) and PhP 4,999 for the Superior Room (West Wing). Inclusive of buffet breakfast for two, a bottle of wine, welcome drinks, 20% discount at Asmara Spa and 10% discount at Café on the Ridge.


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Taal Vista Hotel


On February 14, Café on the Ridge celebrates with a special dinner buffet at PhP 988.00 per person with a live violin performance. A wine buffet at PhP 500 per person and a Valentine cocktail selection is also available at the Lobby Lounge.

Taal Vista Hotel is located along Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City. For inquiries, please call +63 (2) 886-4325 or log on to




Winner of Daphne Linens



Congratulations Catherine C. of Iloilo! You won the Daphne Linens raffle.

Thank you everyone! We got almost 600 entries including readers from Egypt, Russia, Australia, and many other countries.

Until the next raffle….