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TOMS Challenges Us To Imagine A Day #WithoutShoes

To raise awareness for children's health, TOMS holds an annual campaign called "One Day Without Shoes". The company challenges us to imagine what it's like to have no shoes, in hopes More »

COVERDERM make-up demo

Coverderm, the World’s First Camouflage Foundation is Now Available at Watson’s

A make-up that covers up scars and birth marks like a camouflage — and looks great for everyday use — is now available at select Watson's branches. For 80 years, Coverderm advanced More »

SupermodelMe: Sirens

Filipino Models Shine in DIVA’s SupermodelMe: Sirens

Together with 10 other models from across Asia, Filipinos Jasmine Ng and Irish Ong will compete in the fifth and latest season of SupermodelMe. Titled SupermodelMe:Sirens, it will premiere on the 24th More »

Starting Over Again

Things we learned after watching Starting Over Again

  1. Architecture is a hot career for rom-coms The similarly titled One More Chance from 2007 also featured a bad breakup, a second chance, and a female lead as an architect. How exciting are More »

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

A holiday in Makati

The new Holiday Inn and Suites in the Ayala Center in the Makati business district is a curious yet welcoming mix of business hotel and family vacation place. It's located near More »

Singapore. See where the world is heading.

Singapore is gearing up to entice more Filipinos to visit

Pinoys can't get enough of Singapore, it seems. With a fabulous array of shopping options, endless cuisines from different parts of the world, breathtaking sights, exciting activities and a multi-cultural population, the More »

Sharwin vs the Caucasian - Cheese Flatbread

Sharwin vs the Caucasian

With the success of the Philippine Week Food Promo at Swissotel in hand, I could now turn my attention to enjoying Moscow. The Philippine Embassy, ever the gracious host, planned a Moscow More »

Things we learned after watching Starting Over Again

Starting Over Again
  1. Architecture is a hot career for rom-coms
    The similarly titled One More Chance from 2007 also featured a bad breakup, a second chance, and a female lead as an architect. How exciting are your lives really, female architects? Maybe we should switch careers!

  2. Ancestral homes are lovely
    Starting Over AgainAn old family home and whether it should be sold, renovated, or restored is at the center of the film. Reminded us of these hidden gems in our crowded city.

  3. Piolo Pascual, meanwhile, can switch careers all he wants
    As Marco Villanueva in this movie, Piolo starts off as a history teacher, but switches careers several times. But the smolder is consistent!


Are you ready for fitness boot camp?

Photo from Medicard facebook page (facebook.com/MEDICard.Philippines)

While we’re always careful to avoid infections, the most common causes of death in the Philippines are actually life-style related: heart-disease, diabetes, etc. Why not make lifestyle change a priority resolution in 2014?

Westgate Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City is offering health hopefuls take the first step to fitness through fast, short, and fun exercises in Medicard Philippines “Metafit Fitness Boot Camp,” set at the Westgate Cul-de-Sac from Feb. 3-28, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 6:30 pm.

The 12-session boot camp of high-intensity workouts is a program to encourage Filipinos to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Fitness experts such as Jim Saret, fitness coach of the ABS-CBN show “The Biggest Loser” and developer of the Metafit program and his wife Toni Saret, co-founder of the Metafit program, will guide participants and supervise them on their fitness journey.

Medicard Boot Camp Photo from

“The boot camp is a perfect venue for health and wellness advocates as we help provide them a comprehensive health and fitness package,” Saret said.

Chinese New Year open house at iAcademy

iAcademy Chinese New Year

iACADEMY celebrated its first Open House for the year 2014 on February 1, with delegations from Metro Manila and the nearby provinces. It had a Chinese New Year’s theme, with Chinese-styled lunch and a live Lion Dance and school tour. Delegations were composed of a mix of senior high school students, parents, guidance counselors and faculty members from the following schools: Maquiling School of Los Banos, St. Joseph Academy of Valenzuela, Harrel Horne Integrated School from Cavite and San Isidro Catholic School of Pasay. Several walk-in participants also attended.

iAcademy Open House 2014

A holiday in Makati

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

The new Holiday Inn and Suites in the Ayala Center in the Makati business district is a curious yet welcoming mix of business hotel and family vacation place. It’s located near enough to some of the most important business headquarters of Metro Manila, yet sits comfortably beside one of it’s most popular shopping destinations.

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

The rooms are — well, not too large, but they’re rather roomier than similarly-priced hotel rooms in the area. But the bathrooms are simple, and all but the most expensive suites have only a shower, and no bathtub — how does one have a proper vacation without a tub in one’s hotel room? (The wonderfully scented bath products — ginger and lemon! — almost made up for it. Almost. But I do appreciate it when a hotel pays attention to small details like bath products, because most hotel soaps are boring. Yes, I’m looking at you Intercon.)

Singapore is gearing up to entice more Filipinos to visit

Singapore. See where the world is heading.

Pinoys can’t get enough of Singapore, it seems. With a fabulous array of shopping options, endless cuisines from different parts of the world, breathtaking sights, exciting activities and a multi-cultural population, the lion city is a favorite destination for Filipinos looking for a great holiday with friends and family.

Erwan Heussaff is #theCuriousTravellerJust as the Philippines is progressing as an emerging player in the world market, so are the Filipinos becoming more sophisticated travelers. As more of us have incorporated travel into our lifestyles, we have become more selective in our choice of holiday destinations. Because of this, the Singapore Tourism Board now works to spread awareness of Singapore as a tourist destination for Filipinos through in-market engagements with consumers and travel partners, and also to acquire a deeper understanding of the Filipino traveler’s tastes in order to serve it better.

Spacious, Green and Luxurious Living at the Heart of Ortigas

CDC Millenium Ortigas-Residential Apartment Lobby

CDC Millenium Ortigas-Infinity pool

In a crowded suburb like Manila, breathing space has become an luxury. Which is why Team MJ is excited about an urban haven that will rise within the Metro — the CDC Millennium Ortigas. The brainchild of Philippine property developer CDC Holdings, Incorporated, the 32-storey development will consist of serviced residences, residential apartments and commercial spaces.

The serviced residence Citadines suits the global lifestyle of independent business travelers. To be managed by The Ascott Limited (Ascott), the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, it combines the privacy and comforts of home and the convenience and services of a hotel.

CDC Millenium Ortigas-Roof deck sky garden

REVIEW: WD My Passport Air Portable Hard Drive

WD My Passport Air 500 GB

Everything’s mobile these days. And, increasingly, we’ve had to adapt and be mobile ourselves. And not just when it comes to being able to work anywhere, anytime — we have to think of how to work efficiently, and about the security of our data.

While flash drives are currently a favorite way of carrying around and transporting files, sometimes it just may not cut it. At least not if you prefer something you can copy files from and to fast enough. And when working with sensitive and/or confidential files, you’ll want something you can securely encrypt with a password.

WD My Passport Air 500 GB

Team MJ got to test the WD My Passport Air 500GB recently. First off, there’s none of that flimsy plastic — this one has an all-metal casing. At a light 160 grams and 3.27″ x 4.41″ x 0.43″ size, it won’t cramp your style even when you’re toting it around in your smallest purse.

Sharwin vs the Caucasian

Sharwin vs the Caucasian - Cheese Flatbread

With the success of the Philippine Week Food Promo at Swissotel in hand, I could now turn my attention to enjoying Moscow. The Philippine Embassy, ever the gracious host, planned a Moscow tour for me. Consul Jeff, who graciously volunteered to give me a tour brought me to Elardji Restaurant. A few blocks away from the embassy and the famed Arbatt Street, Elardji looked like an old home. It had a great cozy feel to it, something I’ve been preferring lately to grandiose or ultra modern looking places. It was described as a “Caucasian” restaurant, something which I later learned generally meant Georgian food.

Chef Sharwin Tee in Russia - Eggplant and Mousse Chef Sharwin Tee in Russia - Cheese Flatbread

Georgian food? Me likey. Jeff and I ordered the Georgian “table for two” — a set meal composed of some appetizers and a main course.

Team MJ Finds Its Beat at iAcademy’s Popcorn Mondays

Drum Circle at iAcademy

Last Monday, 5 August, iAcademy launched its Popcorn Mondays, a month-long celebration of the arts, with a joyful noise. The first in the series of activities was a Drum Circle, which challenged the audience to express themselves by finding music using the objects in their surroundings. Kaya Green Band showed participants how to coax beats using bamboo sticks, cocktail glasses, tables and other flat surfaces. Music and lyrics man Bob K encouraged people to create different beats which the rest of the band seamlessly wove into their music.

Drum Circle at iAcademy
 
Popcorn Mondays is a project by iAcademy to expose their students to various creative influences to help them become better digital artists, game developers, software engineers, designers, and business managers. According to iAcademy president Vanessa Tanco-Cualoping and CEO Chiqui Morales, providing their students with a strong foundation in the arts can provide them with abilities sought after by many industries.

Blind Dates and Three Years of Reading Fun at Fully Booked

Three Years of Reading Fun at Fully Booked

Last July 27, Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street celebrated their third anniversary the best way they know how — with lots of books! The event was a treat for book lovers who celebrated the momentous event with the bookstore chain.

Fully Booked

And here was the main attraction of the party: some very easy games where the each winner gets to take home a mystery book of their choice.

Fully Booked - games and prizes