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!


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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.





The Beatles



His happy place. #vinyl
Patrick and his vinyl thing


We’re back to sharing music. For many years we sort of went our separate ways with music. Each listening to his/her own play list. Then when we’re in the car, there’s no music, just DVD movies for the kids. Now Patrick set up his old stereo, speakers and turntable again. I brought out my 90’s CDs. It’s nice. Even the kids stay to listen to his tunes.

Just when we were enjoying our old vinyl and CDs, an even more awesome thing happened. I got a gift package from MJ Juco of MCA Universal. I had met her at her parents’ home during an Urban Zone shoot many years ago. She knew the kind of music my kids loved and sent me all this.


Thank you MJ Juco of MCA Universal. Feels like we won the lottery! My girls are giddy! Thanks for the CDs and merchandise of @taylorswift @katyperry @ladygaga #mileycyrus #justinbieber and more! Even The Beatles! And those adorable paperdoll standees of T
A gazillion CDs including Sting, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, The Beatles, 80’s tunes. And also collectibles and Taylor Swift paraphernalia.


Wow! The #MileyCyrus CD given to me by @mca_music's @melissajuco is autographed! Thank you! Go Miley!
I also got this SIGNED Miley Cyrus CD!! Yes, I like Miley’s music.


I also received a rare sampler of The Beatles – On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2. The actual full album and vinyl includes 2 CDs with 37 previously unreleased tracks from The Beatles’ BBC performance. These are currently being sold in music stores. But apparently MCA Universal Philippines only received 10 copies of the sampler from the UK. And one of them is with me. Yay!







Thank you MJ Juco of MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines)!



Ang Pao Bag





Every year National Book Store welcomes Chinese New Year with an Ang Pao Bag that is so full of surprises. I have come to look forward to this wonderful treat. There are more than P2,500 worth of assorted school supplies, office products and a Bestseller book for only P500.

The Ang Pao Bag is available only today January 31, 2014 at the following National Book Store branches: Alabang Town Center, Ali Mall, Cash & Carry Mall, Cyber One Mall, Festival Supermall, Glorietta 1, Greenbelt, Greenlanes Arcade, Harrison Plaza, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Market Market, Metropolis, New Farmers Plaza, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Quezon Avenue, Recto, Robinsons Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Metro East, San Antonio Plaza, Shangri-La Plaza, Shopwise Sucat, SM Aura Premier, SM BF Paranaque, SM Fairview, SM Bicutan, SM Mall of Asia, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Sucat, SM Valenzuela, Superbranch Cubao, TriNoma and Tutuban. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 0265, Series of 2014.


Tomorrow is #cny. Rush to @nbsalert and buy the Year of the Horse #angpao bag. All these and more for only P500. Value is over 2,500.
Here are some of the goodies inside the bag…



More than just a book



National Bookstore
Last October’s UNICEF Auction for Action included these signed books donated by National Book Store.


So much has happened in the last quarter of 2013 that I had forgotten to give the final update of UNICEF’s 3rd Auction for Action. We were able to raise over 2.9 million pesos during that 7-day online auction. Thank you to all the artists who donated their work. Thank you to everyone who placed bids and supported this fundraising drive. The proceeds of Auction for Action 3 went to the rehabilitation of safe places for children affected by conflict in Zamboanga. UNICEF works non-stop to protect children in all areas that experienced emergencies – like Zamboanga, Bohol and of course, Yolanda-stricken areas.

When the new year started, I got a message from Rica Dimayuga of Roxas City, Capiz. She won the bid for one of the books — The Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel. The book was more than a prize or a way of supporting UNICEF, it also gave her hope and inspiration during the most trying times when Yolanda struck their city. I have permission to repost parts of her email below.


“I won this book from the UNICEF auction. I was able to get hold of it day before YOLANDA hit Roxas City, Capiz where I am residing. For almost one month of no electricity, this book was my companion every night before going to bed, reading with my flashlight. With all the devastation around (damaged homes) this book transported me to somewhere I can relax, plan and get excited again in baking… Thank you so much! We will forever support UNICEF.” — Rica Dimayuga


Rica’s husband took this photo in Roxas City on December 18. “The Unicef flag is flying up high in our city plaza. Together with flags of Japan and Canada… They all came here and helped the province of Capiz after the typhoon. The province won’t be able to cope faster without the help of others.”


“Days after electricity was restored, I made this… NOUGAT! Recipe from BOUCHON BAKERY cookbook. One week before the auction, i listed 3 items, 2 paintings and this book. We were in Phuket that time and signal was bad. Won the book 20 seconds before the auction closed. After reading the book, I always wrap it in a plastic bag and place it in a safe place. Our roof was damaged and some of our glass windows were broken, I was worried that in case it rains and water will go inside the house… My book might get wet.” — Rica Dimayuga.


Thank you Rica for sharing your story. I am so touched and inspired by your act of generosity. And thank you National Book Store for your gift of this book. Not only did it provide inspiring recipes for the kitchen, but in Rica’s case it gave her a recipe for getting their lives back after Haiyan.







National Book Store exclusively brings the modern day pop culture phenomenon Romero Britto to the Philippines.


Brazilian-born self-taught artist Romero Britto has become immensely popular because of his use of vibrant colors and bold prints that made him one of the most famous artists of the 21st Century.

In 1988, Britto moved to Miami and emerged as an international artist. In the following year, he was selected alongside Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for Absolut Vodka’s “Absolut Art” campaign. Britto’s pop sensibility has since leant itself to many collaborations with such brands as Audi, Bentley, Disney, Technomarine, Evian and FIFA, for whom he created an official poster for the 2010 World Cup.


Martha Stewart 2007  48″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas. Source: britto.com


Love Blossoms 1998 80″ x 96″ Acrylic on Canvas. Source: britto.com


Women Reclined Sculpture Series Monumental 2006 68″ x 102″ x 24″ Edition of 48, 6 AP, 6 HC 27″ Aluminum Sculpture 2009 35.5″ 20″ x 12″ Edition of 48 Silver Base 2006 8.75″ x 6.75″ x 4.75″ Edition of 1000. Source: britto.com


This year, Romero Britto has partnered with premiere stationery brand Miquelrius from Spain. The Romero Britto Collection includes four playful themes—teddy bear, heart, landscape and cat designs. Each set exudes vibrant colors and bold patterns. The collection is comprised of stationery items such as spiral notebooks in A4, A5, A6 and A7 sizes, mini notebooks, notepads, ring binders with “O” and “D”-shaped rings, folder with flaps and ring binder refills, and travel items such as backpack, pouches and mini cylindrical pouches.



The Romero Britto Collection is exclusively available in selected National Book Store branches. Shop for Britto items online at nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests.