Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Grand Fountain Unveiling at Okada Manila

There’s something magical about fountains, but the most magical one we have yet to see is going to be unveiled on March 31st, at Okada Manila, the 44 hectare integrated resort at Entertainment City. 

The Fountain at Okada Manila will be the world’s largest multicolor dancing water feature, synced with music and multicolor lights. A highly immersive projection mapping onto the glass surface of the 800m-long Crystal Corridor surrounding The Fountain, an extraordinary fireworks show and acrobratic and circus performances heighten the experience.

The inaugural celebration kicks off with live performances by international pop music sensation Robin Thicke, World of Wonders, Asia’s Golden Girl Gerphil Flores, and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, with guest host Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

For more about the Grand Fountain unveiling and how you can view this iconic, one-of-a-kind show, visit

About Okada Manila

With luxurious and spacious hotel rooms, more than 40 dining establishments including one spearheaded by Michelin-star chef Hirofumi Imamura at his eponymous Japanese Kappou Imamura restaurant, retail shops housed inside an arched glass corridor, gaming, a musical fountain and an indoor beach club set upon a 44 hectare property at the Entertainment City, Okada Manila is set to be the grandest hotel and entertainment destination in town.

For more about Okada Manila, visit and follow @okadamanila on Instagram  and Okada Manila PH on Facebook. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Everything for Baby at My Baby Planet

Tucked on one side of the Puregold complex on Araneta Ave. cor E. Rodriguez Ave. in Quezon City is My Baby Planet, a one-stop baby shop that pretty much carries everything a mom and even mom-to-be would possibly need.

They have everything from diapers, toiletries, baby bottles and breastfeeding supplies to safety equipment, toys and even pediatric vitamins.

But I'm not just talking about basics, they carry hard to find items that are most often just available in high end grocery stores, the brand's kiosks, or have to be purchased by relatives and friends traveling abroad if not shipped from Amazon.

From Aveeno to VTech, they've got most brands covered.

I just have to say, having Aveeno Baby widely available here now in the country is such a big deal. This is one of those products you just hoard, and I mean hoard, when traveling abroad. Now we can free up our luggage space for other stuff, like stuff from Trader Joe’s haha!

Aveeno and Aveeno Baby products which are a staple for every mom who has a kid with eczema. Of course they've got the Johnson's Baby range products as well like the Milk Bath, powder and lotion as well

What sets apart Aveeno Baby from other baby brands is that fact that it’s natural - made from oat extracts, and is hypoallergenic and really gentle on infants and babies with sensitive skin. The Wash & Shampoo is tear-free, the Daily Moisture Lotion and Soothing Relief Moisture Cream moisturize for a full 24 hours. Not a surprise given that Aveeno Baby’s active ingredient is Oat, which is known to help restore skin's normal pH and aid in the maintenance of skin's moisture barrier to help prevent and protect dry skin.

Sun Protection products by Mustela which are usually available only in their kiosks and not in most baby stores

 This hard to find zartcreme by bebe Zartplege had to be sourced from Germany

Apart from Pampers premium care, they also carry the full range of diaper brands. If it's not in the store, they can have someone get it inside Puregold so you don't have to step out anymore

A softcup for premature babies and Special Needs feeder for babies who have a hard time latching by Medela, which I doubt you'd find easily in any of the baby stores in town

There's a baby wipes extravaganza happening here: they've got Nivea, Enfant, Pigeon, Mother K, Seventh Generation, MD Moms and Organic Baby Wipes

I was pretty impressed with the look of the store too. It has a homey, hipster feel that Millenial Moms would feel right at home at. Lots of natural wood, bright lighting, lots of space to manuever a stroller in, plus seating for Dads!

Organic, natural and baby safe seems to be the order of the day at My Baby Planet. From organic baby foods to baby monitors, this place is a haven for discriminating parents.

Eating organic is easy with HiPP baby food to NurturMe toddler snacks

Natural household brands like Seventh Generation and MessyBessy sit side by side at My Baby Planet

There's also a wide array of baby safe laundry products from Cycles, Downy, Dreft and D-nee

Apart from this Baby Monitor by Motorola, they also carry bump guards, locks, baby gates and other baby-proofing items

They even have Ecomom, an ultraviolet sterilizer and dryer from Korea that's safe to use on baby bottles and breastfeeding parts as well as toys

Speaking of toys, My Baby Planet also carries toys as well as strollers, bouncers, baby bath tubs, baby carriers and so much more. If they don't carry it right now, then they pretty much can and will, because they're always on the lookout for products us moms need and want.

The best part of all? We don't have to go all the way to QC to shop at My Baby Planet. They have an online store, and they'll be launching it soon, with free shipping to boot for the first 100 customers!

Visit to see the full list of brands and products they carry. There's an entire planet to discover!

Monday, March 20, 2017

St Ives is as Good as Ever + A Sale!

When I received this package a few months back, I giddily slid off the lid and was welcomed with the smell of my youth. You know how they say that scents trigger memories? Well, that was that, it was a literal trip down memory lane for me. 

My eyes especially lit up when I saw the new packaging of my teen years favorite, St Ives Apricot Scrub.

Remember this?

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Back in the 90s, we all had a tub of St Ives Apricot Scrub by our bathroom sink. I even used to bring mine to the shower so I can scrub it on my elbows and knees too.

I’m happy to share that decades later, nothing has changed between us. I’d even dare say St Ives has gotten better as the years have gone by.

Back when “natural” and “plant based” didn’t have as much cache as it does now, St Ives was already pioneering the category. Up to this day, St Ives products are made with 100% natural moisturizers and 100% natural exfoliants and the new, improved version feels gentler and milder, and is not as gritty as I remembered. Case in point: while still pleasantly scented, the crushed walnut shells have considerably gotten smaller.

It has also come up with other delicious smelling variants for body washes and moisturizers, with scents and scrubs that sound so indulgent, you’d think you’re in a spa even if you’re just taking a bath at home: think Almond Oil, Green Tea, Oatmeal & Shea Butter, Sea Salt & Kelp, Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange, Vitamin E & Avocado, Cranberry Seed & Grape Seed Oil. Sooo divine.

You’ll be pleased to know too that our old favorite has kept up with the times, and is formulated not only to be hypoallergenic but also pareben-free too.

Here’s where it gets better. From March 21-25, 2017 St Ives is on SALE at Lazada!

Get reunited with your favorites and discover new ones while they are on sale at up to 50% off, only at

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Vionic is Orthotic

Shoes that are good for our feet typically look like shoes we wouldn't want to be caught dead in. Or  look like shoes only our lolas will love.

Here's where Vionic comes in. Yes, the folks at Vionic aim to reduce the damage to our feet caused by misalignment.  But they also know there should at least be some semblance of style if they want to get women to give up on their pretty but un-ergonomic footwear.

They first worked on the important stuff, aka support and alignment with Dr. Phillip Vasyli, a podiatrist with over 30 years of practice. This was made possible via built-in orthotics in its footwear that help maintain the natural alignment of our feet while standing and walking.

By achieving this natural alignment, Vionic helps our feet move more naturally against flat, hard surfaces, which in turn help alleviate heel discomfort. 

The science in each Vionic footwear also consists of various features that include deep heel cups that enhance stability; firm yet flexible midsoles that help the feet bend more naturally; and arch supports that cradle and hug our feet as though they are gently pressing on soil or sand with each step. 

Because of this innovation and science-backed features, many of Vionic’s styles have been accepted by the American Podiatric Association, which certifies products that are beneficial for foot health. 

Furthermore, one of Vionic’s sandals is clinically proven to alleviate heal pain, based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain. I'll find out which one exactly, heehee.

In the Philippines, Vionic is also growing in popularity among foot healthcare professionals.

“Vionic is the only product I’ve seen in the market that has built in orthotics that help my patients. I used to recommend orthotics to my patients who have plantar fasciitis. But now I can recommend Vionic to those who have this problem,” said Dr. Roberto Lopez, of the Philippine Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.

“I have seen how Vionic helps improve the body’s alignment by merely aligning the feet in the correct position. If we achieve good alignment, we can eliminate most aches and pains in our feet and back, especially for those who stand or walk for a long time everyday.” explains Mr. Dwight Guieb, Registered Physical Therapist. “I have in fact recommended Vionic to some of my patients.”

If you or anyone you know want to walk, move and live free from heel pain, visit the newly opened Vionic retail stores at Uptown Bonifacio and Ayala Malls The 30th and feel it for yourselves.

For more information on Vionic, visit their website at, like them on Facebook at Vionic Philippines, and follow them on Instagram @vionicshoesph.
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