Thursday, October 29, 2015

Smart Infinity offers Samsung Galaxy Note 5 BenCab Limited Edition

Smart Infinity, Smart Communications’ premium postpaid brand, has been known to delight its members by combining exquisite lifestyle experiences within the mobile space. With the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 BenCab Limited Edition, Smart Infinity offers its members the unique opportunity to own a masterpiece at the palm of their hands. 

Through this offer, Infinity takes mobile lifestyle experience to a whole new level by merging the latest smartphone technology and contemporary art via incorporating the invaluable aesthetics of National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera. 

Now, Smart Infinity members can live the Smart Life with a timeless masterpiece on hand. “It doesn’t get any better than owning a BenCab masterpiece,” said Julie Carceller, head of Smart Infinity. “Brilliant art by an artist as gifted as BenCab should not only be confined in one’s home or inside the museum,” she added. 

Limited edition 

Smart Infinity’s Limited Edition BenCab smartphone includes an exclusive Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with phone edition number engraved on its back, a BenCab commemorative art book, a BenCab designed protective hardcover, certificate of authenticity, BenCab’s digital wallpaper art and pre-installed Samsung Art Apps. This rich collection of BenCab works can easily resolve any art enthusiast’s fix for aesthetics every day.

“We recently held an event with BenCab, who delicately crafted an on-the-spot masterpiece using the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, demonstrating the convergence of art and technology by digitally illustrating his Sabel-inspired creation. Merging technology and traditional art to fit a specific and elegant lifestyle definitely represents Smart Infinity’s vision for its member,” added Julie Carceller.

“We are very proud of this partnership. This exemplifies the Smart Life by empowering our subscribers’ passions with the power of digital lifestyle.” This once-in-a-lifetime offer is available via Smart Infinity’s Consumable LTE Plan 5000, which provides its subscribers with 400 texts, 4005 pesos worth of consumable credits and 30GB of monthly data allocation. And in the tradition of providing exclusive treats to its subscribers, Smart Infinity is also giving away free 10 thousand Lifestyle options or 13 thousand Mabuhay Miles upon subscribing of this exclusive offer.

Aside from Consumable LTE Plan 5000, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 BenCab Limited Edition offer is also available in Smart Infinity’s Consumable LTE Plan 3500 and Consumable LTE Plan 8000. Own a piece of BenCab’s exclusive art works alongside the sleek and sought-after Samsung Galaxy Note 5 smartphone now.

For more information, please call the Smart Infinity hotline 848-8806 or visit Smart Infinity’s website

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Seda Staycation

If you are looking to do a staycation in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig, transiting from the airport to head out of Metro Manila in a day or so, or are in town for business, and you want to be right in BGC, close to Serendra and the shops by High Street, then Ayala-owned hotel, Seda BGC, is your best bet.

The view from our room, Bonifacio High Street and the BGC skyline!

More of a business hotel than a luxury hotel, it has the basic, functional comforts one would expect from any decent hotel.

A bright, modern lobby and front desk

The seating area at the lobby showcases Philippine designed furniture, and is right across One Serendra, very close to the restaurants

Check emails or do some quick Googling at the e-lounge by the front desk

For health and recreation, there's an outdoor pool that's open from 6am to 8pm and a 24 hour gym on the second floor. Plus the whole of BGC is runner friendly.

The rooms are spacious enough. We got to spend a night at their 45 square meter suite room with a king sized bed, and while we've stayed in bigger hotel rooms, I think the beauty of Seda BGC is that the location can't be beat.

All one-bedroom corner suites like ours have a separate bedroom and living room.

And kitchenette with microwave. 

We brought along one yaya, and the staff at Seda happily set up a bed for her at the living room. We also asked for a baby cot for Tepper, and it fit into our room, no prob.

For meals, there's Misto, a restaurant at the ground floor, and Straight Up Bar on the roof deck, but everyday meals like breakfast and afternoon snacks are taken at the cozy Club Lounge on the 15th floor.

unlimited drinks at the Club Lounge

If you're looking for something stronger, head up to Straight Up Bar. There's plenty of good reason why - a complimentary buffet of canapes for any order of alcoholic drinks. This happens daily, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Winner, winner. Almost like having dinner. Hahaha.

Because of Seda BGC's spot on location, it has excellent facilities for meetings, conferences and events as well. They have four fully-equipped function rooms that can accommodate small meetings of 14 persons to cocktail receptions for 150.

the corridor leading to the 2nd floor function rooms, accessible by stairs and elevators

 classroom style set-up in one of the function rooms

If you're looking for a hotel that guarantees you value for your money, you've found the place!

Seda BGC is located 30 minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and just 15 minutes away from the Makati Central Business District (CBD).  Other Seda Hotel locations are Seda Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City, Seda Abreeza in Davao, and Seda Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Seda BGC
30th Street corner 11th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City Taguig City, 1634
T: (632) 9458888 | (632) 5885700
F: (632) 9458891

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Berry Make Burgers at McDonald's Kidzania

Technically, Berry is a McDo veteran, with a Kiddie Crew stint under her belt.

But there's nothing like re-learning how to make a McDonald's cheeseburger inside Kidzania, only the coolest place for Berry and her friends these days.

Pay 15 Kidzos to learn how to make a McDonald's cheeseburger, but the kids get to bring their burger home, or eat it right in Kidzania

McDonald's in Kidzania may look like a typical McDonald’s counter, small by regular standards even, but right by the side is a kid-sized kitchen where kids 4 to 14 years old get to learn how to assemble their own McDonald’s Cheeseburger.

McDonald’s President and CEO Kenneth Yang, Alonzo Muhlach, Play Innovations Industry Partner Director Cecille MariƱo, and Play Innovations President and CEO Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas formally open McDonald’s Burger Shop with a ribbon-cutting ceremony

All the kids who enter the McDonald's Burger Shop are taught the same procedure that real crew members use in preparing their iconic Cheeseburger every day in over 460 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide.

Berry and friends, putting five dots of mustard on one face of the burger bun

The "training" begins with the burger shop staff requiring the kids to put on a hairnet and an apron, and then briefing them on what they will learn inside.

Before they handle food, they are asked to wash their hands, a lesson in cleanliness and hygiene!

Then the beef of the activity begins - assembling the pure beef patty, a slice of American cheese, tangy pickles, minced onions, 5 dots each of ketchup and mustard, between two toasted buns - kids will find it a lot of fun!

“Making a McDonald’s Cheeseburger is an exciting activity in itself, but the real treat for kids and their parents is the experience and values learned while doing the activity. Together with KidZania, our hope is for kids to learn and appreciate the importance of hard work and responsibility, at the same time building their social skills and self-confidence,” said McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth S. Yang.

“KidZania Manila is a place where kids can do big things and let their creativity run free,” said Maricel Pangilinan Arenas, State Governor for KidZania Philippines. “Here, they get to experience how a community operates, discover different careers, and learn while having fun by working closely with real-world brands that they know and love, like McDonald’s.” 

I might as well let you know too that there's a real McDonald's restaurant right at Park Triangle, on the ground floor close to the Kidzania entrance, and right across the LEGO store. Just in case you're jonesing for a full on meal after following the kids as they navigate the fun maze that is Kidzania.

KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle, Bonifacio Global City. Open from 9AM-4PM on Mondays to Thursdays, and 9AM-2PM and 3PM-8PM on Fridays to Sundays. For more information, visit

While at Kidzania, drop by McDonald’s Burger Shop and share your photos at McDonald’s official Facebook page, KidZanians may also tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #McDoatKidZania. 

McDonald’s takes the fun outside their shops too, providing an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids in need through the Ronald McDonald House Charities or RMHC. For every purchase of a McDonald’s Happy Meal, 50 centavos is donated to RMHC in support of its flagship programs, Ronald McDonald Read To Learn and Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Habitat in Manila!

When my friend Jown Lim-Co invited Dada & I to the Habitat store opening on the 3/F of Abenson in BGC, Dada said he couldn't make it because he was going to be in Hong Kong. But I told Jown, I would still go. I love home stores. Love them.

All the more because this was Habitat. Home of European chic home furnishings and home ware, without the sticker shock. 

Founded in 1964 in the UK by Sir Terence Conran (who got his knighthood in 1983 for his services to design and who also happens to be the father of designer Jasper Conran), the company was once owned by the Kamprad family of IKEA in the early 90s before being acquired by CAFOM, a French company which continues to keep the Habitat spirit of aestheticism, innovation and practicality alive.

You can see how design plays a huge role in their  store. Everything is thought out, well-made and beautifully constructed, and the prices aren't scary high at all.

They have everything from beds and linens.

To accent pieces like these pretty candles with thoughtful and pretty covers, so you don't have to deal with the dust settling on the surface of the wax.

Dining tables and an assortment of chairs.


Mostly basic whites, but there are also special ones such as these marble inspired plates.

Drip coffee pots.

Barware such as stainless steel cocktail shakers and wine glasses.

Even the trash cans are chic! My friend Kat calls these Oscar the Grouch trash cans, and we were racking our brains trying to think of a reason to get one, hehe. Ganda no?

Shall we head to the living room?

This could work on a library too. I love the ladder on the book case. It doesn't slide, but it's moveable.

Here's another option. There are plenty more, actually.

Of course, there are plenty of throw pillows. Mostly basic ones though.

Then, there are work desks and cabinets.

As well as desk organizers and file boxes, and small office supplies like paper clips, notepads and pencils.

Even scissors of all shapes and sizes. There are even giant ones, heavy and sturdy and worthy of ribbon cutting and inauguration ceremonies.

Some nice leather envelopes for whatevs.

And the lighting section! Hallelujah! So many chic lighting options from pendant lighting to table lamps to floor lamps. So plenty! We are almost spoilt for choice. In most home stores, it's so hard to find nice lamps, but here, I couldn't even decide which was nicest. Which is a welcome change, for once.

Then of course, there are outdoor accent pieces for candles, etc.

There's a cute bar cart that would work indoors and out.

Ah! There's a small section for kids, and the toys are adorable! The littles ones who went to the store opening all wanted their turn on this old fashioned toy car. It's mahal thought, about Php10,000 but looks hefty and solid.

Oh, and close to the cashier are plenty of tchotckes, mostly refrigerator magnets and laundry clips. Na chic.

Honestly, I've barely skimmed the surface here. I suggest you head out to Habitat on the 3rd level of Abenson in Bonifacion Global City to see for yourselves what's in store!

Habitat Manila
3rd Level, Abenson
28th Street and 4th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City
(beside Ascott Bonifacio Global City)

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