Thursday, August 30, 2012

A FREE Lacoste Tote Bag with your new Rustan's Citibank Card

Apply for a Rustan's Citibank Credit Card and get this exclusive gift worth P4,050 with your approved card. Also, enjoy the many benefits that come from the only luxury shopping card in town. 

Rustan's Citibank Cardholders get:

- access to the exclusive Preview Sale at Rustan’s and Stores Specialists Inc. and first pick at every end-of-season sale
- 5% rebate for all your purchases at Rustan’s Supermarket and Shopwise throughout the year. This effectively translates to savings of P150 for every P3,000 grocery spend.
- P100 in savings for every P5,000 spent at Gap, Nine West, Zara and many other lifestyle brands carried by Stores Specialists Inc.
- up to 10% rebate at Rustan’s, Shopwise and Store Specialists, Inc. when you accumulate a minimum of P20,000 worth of outstore spend per billing statement. You also earn 0.05% rebate for these outstore spend, which include dining, gas, utilities payments and travel expenses.
- a 10% birthday discount at Store Specialists, Inc., 20% off for Platinum cards or 15% for Gold cards at Rustan’s Department Store, and 10% discount for Platinum cards or 5% for Gold cards at Rustan’s Supermarket.
- Platinum Rustan’s Citibank Cardholders get exclusive access to the Platinum Lounge and free valet parking in Rustan’s Makati. You also get to use the Star Sapphire Exclusive Checkout at Rustan’s Fresh branches. 

Apply for a Rustan’s Citibank Card from August 15 to November 15, 2012 and get your very own Lacoste Vertical Tote Bag as a welcome gift for new Citibank cardholders.

To redeem, qualified cardholders should spend at least P2,000 using the new credit card within 60 days from receipt of the electronic redemption voucher from Citi. The bag can be claimed beginning September 20 at any Lacoste branch.

To apply for a Rustan’s Citibank Card, call the Citibank Sales Hotline at 423-3000 (Metro Manila), 234-9999 (Metro Cebu), and 1 800 10 995-9999 (toll free), or visit Citibank Online (

Citi Rewards!

A week before I gave birth, Aneth, who I used to work with at Citibank, sent me this yummy package of goodies from Marks & Spencer (I ate the caramel mini-bites before I could take this photo haha), plus an e-Plus movie card, along with a hand-written note:

Turns out, this was just but a feel of how it's like to be a Citibank Rewards cardholder. The Citibank Rewards card, which was only launched in July, is the new credit card that features instant rewards available to cardholders throughout the year and is set to be a new benchmark for loyalty programs in the market. 

Citi Country Officer Sanjiv Vohra (from right), MasterCard Vice- President for Marketing and Member Relations Judith Dayrit, Citibank Consumer Business Manager Sergio Zanatti and Citibank Credit Payment Products Director Bea Tan

From year round free movie passes to generous shopping rebates and waived annual fees, Citibank Rewards cardholders can expect instant rewards.

For example, with this card, you get a free P100 movie pass for a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2,500 anywhere. And this applies whether you shop locally, online or abroad.

Plus, redemption is easy peasy! No more vouchers, charge slips or forms to fill out. Just present your credit card at their partner merchants and claim your treat.

How easy? Well, to redeem movie passes, card members just need to swipe the card at participating cinemas, and they can see how many movie passes they can redeem*.

Cardholders are also entitled to:

- generous 5% rebates when shopping at Aldo, Aldo Accessories, Celio, Charles & Keith, Giordano, Marks & Spencer, Nike Park, Pedro, Runnr, Toby’s, Topshop, Topman, Urban Athletics and Zara. 
- as much as 3% at The Landmark Department Store, Metro Department Store, Rustan’s Department Store and SM Department Store 
- and 1% rebate for all other department stores. Cardmembers can use the rebates in denomination of P100 to pay for their next purchase at the participating merchants and these DO NOT expire. 

The new card also waives annual fees for principal cardholders who spend at least P20,000 per month, or P240,000 within their year of membership. In addition, their first three supplementary cardmembers are free when they each make purchases at least six times every membership year. 

Now, isn't this the ultimate rewards card for regular movie-goers and frequent shoppers? Makes me want to switch cards from our regular card to the Citibank Rewards card na!

*The P100 movie passes are credited to their accounts three business days after the purchase and are valid for 30 days. Up to two movie passes can be redeemed per day in Cash & Carry Cinema, Eastwood Cinemas, Festival Cinema, Greenhills Promenade, Greenhills Theatre Mall, Robinsons Movieworld, SM Cinema and Walter Mart Cinemas.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Chicify at Miss Match

Better late than never, and this is still worth sharing!

miss-match, our favorite virtual styling site has met its shopping match! Last month, miss-match tied up with the treasure trove of well-priced finds, which means that all the items on Chicify are now featured on miss-match, so you can easily Style & Shop in one go!

Now it'll be a breeze to visualize how your favorite pieces from Chicify can be styled a myriad of ways.  All the better to justify that purchase, my dears!

PS - Watcha waiting for? Head on over to na!

The Itsie-Bitsie Shopping Spree + Fall Collection

When you shop at Itsie-Bitsie beginning August 17 up until September 16, you get a chance to win a shopping spree worth Php20,000 at this thoughtfully curated boutique! Every Php5,000 purchase entitles clients to a raffle stub. More details on the promotion here:

While at it, might as well browse through their Fall arrivals. Because guess what! Itsie-Bitsie will be bringing in K. Jacques (one of my favorite shoe brands, super chic and a guaranteed classic!)... well as pieces from gypset fave Antik Batik and the casual cool label Elizabeth & James! I have three words for you - Must.Drop.By.

RS 114 & 119 Joya Lofts & Towers
Joya Drive, Rockwell Center Makati
Mon-Sun, 10am-8pm

A Private Designer Sale via AVA

AVA would like to invite you to their first on-the-ground event entitled, A Private Designer Sale this coming Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Rockwell Tent Extension from 10.00AM to 7.00PM

This by-invitation only, one-day event will be featuring the creations of some of the country's most coveted designers including Joey Samson, Ivarluski Aseron, James Reyes, Tippi Ocampo, Dennis Lustico, Louis Claparols, Amina Aranaz, as well as exquisite pieces by Cura-V and a11. 

- AVA members enjoy FREE entrance. 
- Non-members will be charged an entrance fee which will be donated to Learning For Living Foundation
- For the latest updates, check out the Facebook event page here
- RSVP and share the RSVP link with your friends,

Disciplining Mistakes and New Beginnings

Now that I am a mom a second time around, there is one thing I know for sure. I am still no expert on parenting. No amount of books can really prepare us for motherhood, that I really wish each kid came with a personalized, step-by-step manual! 

Thankfully, my friend Kris de Guzman aka OC Mom in Manila invited me to join her other mommy friends in attending a series of progressive parenting talks by One Core CEO and life coach Pia Nazareno-Acevedo called "Raising Little Heroes: A Parenting and Self-Enrichment Program" for the New Beginnings Community.

I have only been to the first and only talk so far (the next one is scheduled tomorrow), and I am grateful for having access to these precious life lessons from Coach Pia and my fellow moms via New Beginnings. I have learned so much about the psychology of kids and parenting styles that I am making sure I won't miss any scheduled session. No cutting classes, ever!

If you are wondering what New Beginnings is all about, well its our cool mommy club (heehee), and the good news is you or the moms you know, may join na! The website - (, as well as the New Beginnings Facebook page ( is chock-full of information on parenting and motherhood and it would be great if you can join in on the discussions.

As much as it would be fun to have everyone attend our sessions with Coach Pia, we know how busy a mom's schedule is, so Kris & I, with fellow New Beginnings moms Jackie Go and Tiffany Baura, will be sharing our insights and learnings from the talks with you via our blog posts in the New Beginnings website. It'll be almost as good as being there, promise.

I recently wrote about the 10 Worst Disciplining Mistakes that we all have to steer clear of (I am actually guilty of a few, eeeep!) so please read it HERE! And please assure me you are as guilty as I am. Hehehe.

I would love for you to discover and join progressive and progressive moms in the making at the New Beginnings Community on Facebook ( and Twitter (@NBMums) too! See you there!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Talking Tom Giveaway from Solid Alliance Toys!

When Berry was a toddler, Auntie Mary, our real estate broker in Singapore, tried to win her over with the Talking Tom app in her iPhone. And to much success! Berry enjoyed poking Tom, making him purr, and generally eliciting a reaction from this funny looking alley cat. Apparently, Talking Tom is a hit with kids, and fellow moms have told me how much their little ones love Talking Tom too! 

This is why I am super excited to share with you that should your iPhone go low-batt on you, Talking Tom has come to life, and the kiddos in your life are going to have a blast with these Talking Tom animation toys which  come in 3 sizes (with corresponding prices), no battery charging required hehe:

Animation: Php 1,799.75
12" with App sounds: Php 799.75
Key Ring: Php 299.75

Talking Tom is currently available at Toys 'r Us Eastwood, Bonifacio High Street, Galleria and Trinoma and coming soon to other stores too! I  would think any of these toys make the perfect birthday present, whether the celebrant is a boy or a girl. I know it's not the usual thing us adults would pick, as we tend to go for Barbie dolls and Legos, the toys and characters of our youth, but I guarantee you, these will be much appreciated. When Berry got these from her Tita Therry, she was so happy!

Now, here's the fun part! One lucky reader will get the chance to win a set of Talking Tom toys: 1 Talking Tom Animation Toy plus 1 Talking Tom Key Chain. So fun to win these diba?!!! Simply join the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Incidentally, for dog lovers, of course, there's a Talking Ben animation toy too! He's equally cute! 

The Talking Tom Giveaway is open to all with a Philippine address. I will close the contest on August 30, 2012 and will announce the winner on August 31, 2012. Prizes will be raffled off randomly. Good luck dear readers!

In the Philippines, Talking Friends toys are exlusively distributed by Solid Alliance Toys and are available at Toys R Us Eastwood, Bonifacio High Street, Galleria and Trinoma and soon in other stores.

Solid Alliance Toys is also the distributor of Chuckimals & Sleepy Plush toys, as well as Magiglow books and boards available at Powerbooks and National Bookstore, which I will tell you more about, soon!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

J. Crew Fall 2012 Looks I Love

I love the bursts of blue here, and how they are paired unexpectedly...

As you know, I have a weakness for stripes and I like how they've been given a sophisticated twist with these looks...

Burgundy and blush - the new neutrals 

Still can't resist any shade of pink...

Classic coats and I love the blue top & pants ensemble...

Silk pants and a great shift are wardrobe must haves. Throw in that saddle bag in the middle too!
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