Friday, October 01, 2021

Hwang In Youp for Skin by BYS

Yes that’s Hwang In Youp, the bad boy with a good heart in 18 Again and True Beauty! He's the new face of Skin by @byscosmetics_ph and it was a pleasant surprise to learn that he lived in the Philippines for 4 years and has fond memories of his stay here. Watch this.

This  skincare collection is infused with Botaniceutical Plus - 10 and the entire line includes the following:

- Extra Gentle Milk Jelly Cleanser
- Extra Hydrating Balancing Toner
- Extra Glow Brightening Serum
- Extra Glow Face Cream
- Extra Brightening Eye Cream
- Extra Effortless Pore Perfecting Sunblock

The serum, the face cream, and the eye cream have been reformulated to add BuleResisterWE, a polyphenol component of wine that aids in protection against exposure to the high-energy blue light emitted from screens, which cause premature aging.

Along with the six products, the set also comes with two limited-edition Hwang In Youp photocards—an absolute treat to the fans!

This starter kit targets most skin concerns: deep cleansing, dryness, irritation, dull and uneven skin tone, improving elasticity, and fighting free radicals linked to aging. The mini sizes are a great way to try the entire line without having to commit to full size bottles!

Try out the BYS Skincare line via Skin by BYS Minis (P1,799) now available to purchase at @watsonsph @thesmstore and ✨

Monday, March 15, 2021

Taste Japan with the Gold Series by Fuwa Fuwa

Missing Japan? For now we can enjoy their breads by way of our go-to grocery stores because the Gold Series by Fuwa Fuwa is here! 

Made with the finest quality Japanese ingredients using Japanese baking expertise, it is as good as getting a shokupan and an assortment of Japanese breads from a grocery or konbini store run while in Tokyo or Osaka.

Premium Loaf - Php 58.00 (366g), Php 82.00 (550g) 

One of my favorite activities when we're in Japan is trying out konbini store snacks. It’s fun, everything is affordable, and the sense of discovery is endless.

Konbini store goodies from our Kyoto trip, January 2020 pre-pandemic

The most simple but most satisfying konbini store snack for me is the Tamago Sando and the new Gold Series by Fuwa Fuwa just makes it easier to enjoy a legit Japanese Egg Sandwich because their sweet, milky breads capture that fragrant, soft, fluffy yet firm bite that makes Japanese sandos so tasty!

More than just the authentic Japanese premium loaf, they also have an assortment of Gold Series products to enjoy. Discover here!

Whole Wheat Loaf - Php 68.00 

Raisin Rolls - Php 76.00

Mini Loaf (Butter) - Php 72.00 4. Mini Loaf (Chocolate with Orange Peel) - Php 76.00

Get your Gold Series by Fuwa Fuwa goodies at select groceries and supermarkets: Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, Cash & Carry, Makati Supermarket, Unimart Capitol Commons, Unimart Greenhills, Shopwise, and The Marketplace, Waltermart Makati, Waltermart Pasay, Pioneer Centre, South Supermarkets and Fisher Supermarket.

Visit and follow Fuwa Fuwa at their social media accounts: 
Hashtags: #FuwaFuwaPH #HuntforTheGOLD

Friday, May 24, 2019

Zwilling is Back in Megamall

Hello! Is anybody still here? Haha! 

Anyway, if you're a kitchen enthusiast, you'll be happy to know that German knives and cookwear manufacturer Zwilling re-opened their showroom at the lower ground floor of Megamall B late last year. That is, if you haven't heard of it by now. Because this is a pretty big deal, you know.

Founded in Solingen, Germany, which is known the world over for their high quality cutleries and blades, Zwilling has been making knives, cookware, flatware and even grooming tools (like scissors for cutting hair and mani/pedi tools) for more than 280 years now. 

As a kid, I remember my Mom saying knives from Solingen were the best, and so that stuck with me when I got married, and Dada and I started getting stuff for our home. We bought Zwilling knives, of course!

They really are the best because they're so sharp. Whenever we have to stay at serviced apartments or Airbnb's with regular knives, I really feel the difference. It's a struggle to cut through fruit and veggies when it shouldn't be. 

“We are proud to announce that we are bringing the European lifestyle here in the Philippines through the partnership with the Zwilling Group. We strongly feel that Filipinos deserve such high quality products that are built to last.” according to Mark Zwolfer, Abenson Group Brand’s General Manager. 

Mark Zwolfer, Abenson Group Brand’s General Manager

Apart from Zwilling knives, the showroom also showcases stainless steel Zwilling cookware, my favorite French enameled cast iron cookware from Staub, Ballarini cookware from Italy; and  authentic Japanese knives by Miyabi.

Enameled cast iron cookware and serveware from Staub 

Jackie and Walter Lim of the Abenson Group, with a wall full of Staub pots behind them

Jorg Esslinger and Michael Gordner of Zwilling J.A. Henckels with Walter Lim of Abenson

So if you're looking to upgrade to quality kitchen essentials, that are built to last, you know where to go! ;)

Lower Ground Floor
Megamall Building B
Mandaluyong City

Sunday, December 09, 2018

MFO Gift Guide: Biolane, Bebe!

I first learned of French babycare line Biolane from Tanya Cuaso-Ong just last year. She and her husband brought the brand to the Philippines after seeing how well it worked for their own kids. With all four of her kids prone to eczema, she had just about tried everything - from creams to steroids, until she stumbled upon the brand while in Hong Kong.

Impressed with the results, she contacted Laboratoires BIOPHA, the Vendée based company behind Biolane and like it was meant to be, got the distribution rights to bring the entire range to our shores.

Personally, we've used some of the products from the line and our top faves have to be:

The scents: Eau de Toilette and Eau de Bebe which makes the kids (even us moms) smell like babies all day, yes, even my likot little boys.

Alchol-free Eau de Toilette for the kids (Php520) and Eau de Bebe (Php1,195) for both kids and moms!

First Aid kit essentials: I swear by Biolane Arnica Gel - it's a miracle worker! It's been part of our kids' going out bag and a staple in our apothecary cabinet since we first tried it.  Great for bruising, bumps and even insect bites. This is because Arnica is a popular homeopathic treatment for trauma to skin and minimizes bleeding and it can really tame down nasty bruises overnight.

The Cicabebe is Cica for babies and kids. Used for centuries as wound treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is now also a popular ingredient in Korean skincare products. I even read in an Allure article that Cica - a green, leafy herb, is "what tigers rub on their wounds to help their skin regenerate". Sounds fantastical, and with that, I was sold!

Of course, it is worth noting that all the rest of Biolane's core products are formulated at physiological pH, paraben, phthalate, phenoxyethanol, alcohol and soap free. They are hypoallergenic and so safe that 80% of pediatricians in France recommend Biolane, such that the brand been a constant in French maternity wards for over 40 years now.

In fact, if you are not yet done with your holiday shopping, you may want to consider looking into their special gift sets for the moms and kids in your list! 

Ultimate Gift Set (Php1,990): Perfect for a brood of siblings. Forget the toys and clothes, go practical! The kids probably won't be thrilled opening this on Christmas Day, but I assure you, Mom will remember you with fondness for a long time. I know, I would!

Wipes - biodegrable and infused with Biolane Gentle Cleansing Milk/Pure H20
Pure H20 200ml - contains hydra-bleine and suitable to be used on both baby and mommy's face and body 
Sweet Almond Oil Spray- 99% natural origin; to be used for massages for baby and mommy 
2 in 1 Hair and Body Cleansing Gel 350ml - tear and soap free formula; rich in ingredients to keep both hair and skin nourished and protected 
Nourishing and Moisturizing Cream 100ml - rich in amino acids and vitamins to keep skin supple and nourished 

Eczema Management Set (Php1,580): This is a godsend for kids with atopic dermatitis. Mom and kids will thank you for introducing these products into their lives.

Sweet Almond Oil Spray - pure and natural Sweet Almond Oil; to be used during or after bath
Dermo-Pediatrics Lipid Enriched Body and Hair Cleansing Gel 350ml - formulated with extremely high levels of lipid-restorative agents to protect and nourish the most sensitive of skins 
Dermo-Pediatrics Moisturizing Cream 150ml - combination of amino acids, pro-vitamin B5, hydra-bleine, and phospholipids to ensure skin's nourishment and protection 

these travel sized tubes are included too!

Newborn Essentials Gift Set (Php870): I remember being a new mom and not knowing what to get. I survived with a whole lot of help from friends who taught me what to buy, by giving tips or just going ahead and giving me what they think I would need. Do the same for the new mom in your life!

Essential Cleansing Emulsion 200ml - recommended for babies' first bath 
Dermo-Pediatric Diaper Cream 100ml - contains 20% zinc oxide, panthenol, vitamin E and sweet almond oil. Also formulated to be used even on atopy prone skin.
Nourishing and Moisturizing Cream 100ml - suitable for newborns to keep skin soft and nourished 
Plus some travel sized tubes as well ;)

Toddler Gift Set (Php1,190): Here's one great way to prolong that yummy baby smell on active toddlers. 

Nourishing and Moisturizing Cream 100ml - rich in amino acids and vitamin B5 to keep skin nourished and smooth 
Pure H20 200ml - no rinse solution; to be used on baby's face and body as well as to remove mommy's makeup; skin freshener and hand sanitizer
2 in 1 Hair and Body Cleansing Gel 350ml - soap and tear free formula; contains hydra-bleine to keep hair protected and tangle free and leaves skin clean and moisturized 

Individually, these products are great alone or to get as a set: Body Milk with Cold Cream (Php990), Massage Oil (Php 550) with avocado oil and Face Cream with Cold Cream (Php580).

They make the perfect gift for families with kids who love traveling to cold places. I dub thee, the Moisturizing Set. But that's not official ha, heehee.

The great thing with buying the official gift sets is that they typically come with a mesh travel bag. 

Plus, when you buy a minimum of Php1,500 worth of products, you get this Tic Tac Toe felt set that you can pack in your travel bag to keep the kids entertained before they start asking for gadgets.

For more about Biolane, visit Biolane PH on Facebook and Follow @biolaneph on Instagram

Biolane products are available at the Biolane Kiosk at the 2nd floor of SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Rustans Department stores and select online stores.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

InStorage by Clairmont

Our friend’s family company, Clairmont, recently opened InStorage, a storage facility in Mandaluyong. Dada and I came over to check it out since it's a reasonable drive from where we live.  I was thinking of moving our Christmas tree, holiday decors and some random items that we do not have use for daily to a storage facility since they were taking up  space in our place. 

I've never really been to any storage rental spaces here, except for the one we used when we were living in the US, so when we saw InStorage, we were very impressed! 

InStorage adheres to Self Storage Asia Association standards so it is super safe and secure with 24/7 access and security plus CCTV monitoring.

Clients can enter 24/7 with their own individual PIN or key card that is unique to each person

Areas are monitored via CCTV

They have 5 sizes available, depending on your needs. There's 1.69 sqm for the locker:

With a unit that goes up to 9 sqm for the extra large, enough to fit the contents of a small condo - say, you are in between homes, or your tenant decides to bring in their own furniture to your rental. 

This can even can fit kayaks and motorcycles, anything you want to put in really, except for prohibited items of course. Oh and since it's a storage facility and not a mini condo, renters can't sleep here, cook, bring pets or smoke inside.

Nice the thoughtful touches, like ladders and trolleys so it makes it easier to move and transport your stuff from car to your storage space.

InStorage is in the border of Mandaluyong and Makati, so it is very accessible for residents of Mandaluyong, Rockwell, Bel-Air, Poblacion, even Urdaneta since its just close to the Makati/Mandaluyong Bridge. 

Whether you’re like us just looking for a place to store our seasonal stuff, you need a small warehouse for stocks and business files, you live in a condo and need more space for sports equipment, or you are in between homes and need a temporary unit for furniture, this is the place to go! 

Minimum rental period is 1 month, but since they just opened, sign up for 12 months and get the last month free 😉

For more details visit or call 09171601111 to inquire. They also have parking spaces available to rent within the compound!

73 San Francisco Street
Brgy. Plainview Mandaluyong City
*close to Maysilo Circle and the Makati/Mandaluyong Bridge
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