Red Plaid Cards



red plaid card
The Red Plaid Card


Friends, check out this Assumption College Family Council project – the “RED PLAID CARD”, an Assumption privilege card which will be honored in popular dining, beauty, health care, retail, entertainment, travel establishments and so much more.

For just Php 500, and with a one year validity period (February 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013), card holders are treated to loads of perks, freebies and discount deals from hundreds of establishments. Please check their Facebook page for the growing list of partner establishments.

By getting your own personalized RED PLAID CARDS, not only will you enjoy great and exciting privileges, but you will also be helping our numerous beneficiaries since proceeds from this project will support the Hain Feeding Program of the Jubilee Preschool Learning Center in Boni, Mandaluyong, an Assumption mission school. Part of the proceeds will also go to support the varsity teams and student council projects.

For more info, check out the AC BED Facebook Page or call the Family Council office at 817-7891 or 813-6291.



Giveaway: Daphne Linens



Isabelle redecorated her apartment again
This is my SIL’s apartment in New York. I love how she has her linens in a glass cabinet like this. I had wanted to do this because we have glass cabinets like that. However we have too many linens; and displaying them this way would just eat up precious wall space. Perhaps in the future country house.


Goodbye baby's crib. You've served us well. 3 daughters. 9 years! #milestone
Today was a big day. Patrick dismantled the crib and packed it away. This marks Stella’s official non-baby stage (long overdue, but she’s the youngest so we extended). This wooden crib served us well – three babies, nine years. I got teary eyed.


Stella, iPad, Cobonpue & the new Daphne Linens.
Patrick said, “Can we have our room back the way it was?” He’s actually the one who is serious about the sleeping business. He’s always been finicky about sheets. Lucky for us, there’s Daphne Linens. My team in Linens Direct is working on a new series of Daphne Linens. This is the latest one. It’s called Flair. I love it. They’re in Our Home and SM Homeworld.


Embroidered. 300 threadcount, long staple cotton.


As a treat, I’ll be giving away a set of these Daphne Linens (fitted sheet, 2 pillow cases and a duvet cover) to one reader.


You can join through rafflecopter below. You know the spiel. Just follow all the steps. You can join once a day to increase your chances of being chosen. Winner will be chosen at random by rafflecopter. Contest is open now until Friday, February 3rd. I’ll announce winner on Friday night.

Open to anyone WORLDWIDE! I will send it to you either by courier or slowboat (depends on cost of courier). Haha.


Click “More…” to join.


Olympus at Photoworld Asia



cha reyes invites


January 28, 2012 – Press Release

Olympus introduces the 3rd generation PEN compact system cameras (Micro Four-Thirds) at the Photoworld Asia 2012.  A body-painting activity was conducted by Ms. Cha Reyes, renowned body painter for GMA7’s TV series like Joaquin Bordado, Mulawin and Gagambino while photo enthusiasts shoot the models for their portfolios.  A show and tell was conducted by Olympus Tech-Specialist Mr. Jaime Cumagun, that the small but mighty E-P3 could trump the other brands by its blazing fast-autofocus and how legacy lenses could be brought to life just by the help of a simple adapter. Sample PEN units are also on display at the booth for everyone to test and sample the World’s Fastest Autofocus Camera.


Photo by OlyClub member, Mike de Vera using Olympus E-P3


Photo by OlyClub member, Mike de Vera using Olympus E-P3


Olympus is now distributed by RedDot Philippines exclusively and as an introductory offer for Photoworld Asia, they will be giving a special discount until January 31, 2012 only. The prices are competitively priced even when compared abroad.
Olympus E-P3 with 14-42 kit lens — SRP P 44,750
Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42 kit lens — SRP P 32,750
Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42 kit lens—- SRP P 27,750
Note: Offer is only until January 31, 2012 and can only in Photoworld Asia






Winners of K Palette




Here are the six winners of the K Palette liners.

Congratulations, please check your email. I’ll be waiting for your replies.


kpalette winners




Zen Natural + Organic



I was sent some sample products by a small local company called Z.E.N. Natural+Organic. It is being run by Angela Reyes Dinglasan who believed in the company and products so much she quit her 14 year corporate career and left the expat life (She and husband Robbie had lived in Shanghai for 3 years and Bangkok for 4 years). The previous owner of Z.E.N. was asked by his church group to find a way to help young, underprivileged women, primarily from the provinces. The overall idea was to create jobs – a livelihood program – that would teach women a craft. Most of the women were young and from desperately poor families. Angela continues to run the company with this social responsibility guiding her.


The shampoo with Lemongrass and Bamboo and Honey & Coconut Conditioner are so good. The conditioner leaves your hair soft and shiny (sounds like a line from a TV commercial, but it really does). It was a big surprise. I’ve tried other organic shampoos and most of them leave a film or thick build-up. This one doesn’t. I haven’t tried the massage oil yet because I’m not really a home massage person – it smells real yummy and clean though.


Z.E.N. was born from the principles of  using Virgin Coconut Oil and its healing properties. Studies show that VCO can alleviate and even cure various skin ailments. The first range of products really began from VCO-based massage oils, which quickly expanded into VCO-based soaps, body lotions, moisturizing butters, followed by shampoos, conditioners, repellants, scrubs, even herbal balms & rubs.


I’ve stopped using commercial/chemical-based insect repellants two years ago. My kids have to be protected from mosquitoes everyday, so I figured the less intrusive/chemical, the better — even if it means I have to deal with the smell of citronella. I’m glad this one smells like lavender.


These are some very yummy scrubs and lotions.


My husband loves organic soaps, so all these go to him – Mangosteen anti-aging soap, oatmeal bath soap, green tea relaxing soap.


Blush Crystals Foot Soak – can’t tell you enough how amazing this smells.


From the top – Ginger Minty Rub for headaches, cough and cold, Blush Crystals foot soak, Lavender-Citronella Anti-Mosquito sleeping cream, Eucalyptus & Peppermint body scrub, Olive Cream face and body moisturizer.


Zen GM
Meet Angela Dinglasan, Z.E.N.’s new general manager. “Late last year the company ownership has changed, which is really when I came in. The previous owner wanted to see Z.E.N. taken to another level, and the new management definitely has big plans. I packed up the house and husband and came home to Manila for this because I strongly believe in the products, the brand, the company…and I really want to make a difference here. Its important and wonderful to me that I can use all my previous learning & experience to really make this grow and create jobs & skills. In the end I hope for this to be seen as a world class organic beauty brand, I am thrilled to be creating jobs & a better future for these women.”


For more info check out Z.E.N. Natural+Organic on Facebook. You can find Z.E.N. at weekend markets in Mercato in the Fort and Soderno in Alabang. Z.E.N. is retailed by all Sesou & Echostore branches, and a store in Boracay Station 1 Urban Nature. They are currently working on their website and mall kiosks.

Good news, we’ll be giving away some Z.E.N. products this week. Stay tuned for that raffle.