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Starbucks Presents Christmas 2015 Food Treats

Now that Christmas is just around the corner, let's spark the spirit with Starbucks! Let's celebrate the season with new food items you can enjoy with your favorite coffee.

Together with my other blogger friends, we were treated to sample these awesome holiday treats. Try them for yourselves and I bet you have to agree with me that they definitely add cheer to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Grab a bite of any of these goodies with your choice of Starbucks beverage in between your holiday shopping, then you're good to go!

These are available from November 2 until January 7, 2016.

Let your mouth drool with these five returning favorites:

Moist and decadent chocolate loaf topped with chocolate and toffee
₱ 70 (slice) ₱ 595 (whole)

Moist and chewy chocolate brownie with peppermint cheese filling topped with chocolate ganache. ₱75/slice

A penguin gingerbread cookie decorated with sugar icing
₱ 55

A tortilla filled with mouth-watering Mexican flavored chicken breast fillet. 
₱ 120

Seventeen layers of crepe filled with Belgian chocolate cream. 
₱ 130 (slice) ₱ 1,150 (whole)


My Unforgettable Trip to Nami Island, South Korea

Nami Island was one  of the best attractions I’ve been to in Korea last January. It is a popular tourist destination with almost 3 million tourists visiting the island annually in the recent years.

It was still winter in Seoul that time. Coming from a country which experiences summer practically all year round, boy, was it freezing cold!! Brrrr to the max! It was my first time to experience up to negative 5 degrees temperature. When we were in Nami Island, it was even MUCH COLDER. Forget your idea of a tropical sunny beach experience. A Nami Island experience is not one of those.

Nami is also called Naminara Republic or Namiseom, it is a little half-moon shaped island in Chuncheon, South Korea.

Our group got there by train starting at Sangbong station using the Gyeongchun Line and arrived at the Gapyeong station after about an hour of travel.

At this time of the year, snow is no longer visible in downtown Seoul so you could just imagine our happy faces when we had our first sight of snow (FIRST in our lifetime!) along the streets of Gapyeong. Of course, we stopped for a few minutes of ‘selfies' and 'groufies'  before anything else.


My Favorite Places in Baguio City

Ever since I was a kid it has been my dream to go to Baguio.  However, it was not until I was in my 30s that I was finally able to go to Baguio.

I have been to Baguio twice : in 2010 and in 2013. The first was with a group of friends while the 2013 trip was with my family: my kids, my sister, and my nephews.

my fambam!
My daughter Mikaela and her cousin Viem
I have fallen in love with Baguio's cool climate even though it has not been as cold as it was years ago. We enjoyed a chilly weather of 15 degrees Celsius temperature on October 2013. The kids loved it and there was no need to use the aircon unit at night!  


Kadayawan Special Supersize Boodle Fight at Park Inn by Radisson Davao

Kadayawan Supersize Boodle Fight Meal
This week, people of Davao celebrates Kadayawan Festival for the city's bountiful harvest.

To make it even more special, Park Inn by Radisson Davao brings to us its special Supersize Boodle Fight Meal, from August 15 until August 31. Local foodies and those visiting Davao for the fun activities during the Kadayawan can enjoy the special menu all throughout the week for Lunch and Dinner at RBG, all day dining restaurant.

RBG made a twist to their usual Supersize family meal offering by making it a Boodle Fight style. You have the exciting option to eat with your bare hands and sharing the food with your friends and family over the big banana leaves as your plate! Spells FUN, right? Who would have thought that eating casually like this is possible in a posh hotel like Park Inn? It sure is a great way to savor delectable Filipino cuisine and bond with people who matter.

Boodle fight style: Grilled Squid, Grilled Tuna Belly/Bangus, Grilled Shrimp, Chicken Inasal, Fried Tilapia, Fried Crablets, Crispy Pork Belly, Lumpia, Pancit


Why I Love Online Shopping

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I have been working online as a VA (virtual assistant) for 7 years already and this has led me to do my transactions via the internet. Paying utility bills, checking my bank account and many other online transactions prove to be easier and convenient. Indeed, it saves you time and effort.  Aside from these, I've also learned to love online shopping. Why? Because it's also convenient and it gets you to choose the item you want and have it delivered to your doorstop in just a few days.

Last week when I visited a friend in Tokyo, I experienced online shopping at its best. I was looking for a famous skin care product in Japan called "Cure", and have scoured almost all stores asking for it but to no avail. I Googled for more information and someone said that I can order it online for the same price the stores sell it. True enough, I processed my purchase via Amazon and the order came with free shipping, yay!  What more,  my order will be delivered at my address the following day. Yes, that fast! I am simply amazed at how fast I got the item without hassle.

In the Philippines, online shopping at Zalora is also so popular as it offers a wide-variety of best-seller brands and fashionable items of your choice. Every now and then, they are known to offer discounts and cheap deals.

Some people I know do not purchase online for fear of being scammed by bogus sellers. It does happen occasionally, you just have to be wise in choosing credible online shopping stores with positive feedbacks from their happy customers. So far, over the years of my so-called online shopping, I am proud to say that all were legit and successful.

How about you, do you love online shopping as much as I do?