Monday, July 23, 2018

Doug Kramer and JC Intal are Taiwan Excellence ambassadors for its Pilot Basketball Camp

Taiwan Excellence  partnered with legendary PBA star Coach Eric Altamirano to bring in the first ever Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp. Combining the Filipino passion for basketball and the Taiwanese drive for innovation, the two-day Basketball Camp filled the Mall of Asia Music Hall with an intense 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge, top-notch innovations from Taiwan Excellence, and PBA stars last July 21 – 22, 2018.

Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp aims to promote sportsmanship as it brought together some of the Metro’s most promising basketball players while highlighting the incredible products awarded with the Taiwan Excellence Seal.

“Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp is an exemplary showcase of excellence from both countries: the fighting spirit of the Filipinos further empowered by the products of Taiwan,” said Alfred Wang, Director of the Economic Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).

With its aim of promoting the leading products, Taiwan Excellence shares to the world a variety of truly innovative brands. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is continuously recognized by 102 countries.

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence, according to Wang, honors Taiwan’s most innovative products “that provide tremendous value to users worldwide.” Each product has been selected for a specific Taiwan Excellence Award based on their excellence in the following categories: design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese RResearch and Development plus manufacturing.

Boasting participation of 192 amateur Pinoy ballers, the Camp put their skills to the test in a rigorous 3-on-3 matches while 3 PBA stars are on the sidelines showing support. Alongside Coach E of Alaska Aces, local court heroes JC Intal and Doug Kramer of Phoenix Fuel Masters also gave their support to the budding ballers.

Also integral to the whole Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp set up is the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone which exhibits the top-of-the-line products of Taiwan.

With products from tech giant Asus, fitness company Johnson, and bike manufacturer Tern, among others, the Taiwan Excellence Zone got everyone up close and personal with impressive products championed by Taiwan. Wang hopes these superior products from Taiwan will boost the way of life and strengthen the love of Filipinos for basketball and sports in general.

“They did a great job in showcasing the best products that Taiwan can offer. The quality can go head to head with other global brands,” said Christian Ramos, one of the players for the Camp.

Meanwhile, the two celebrity players look forward to using the products themselves. “I am really excited about the bikes from Tern. They make biking and going around the city a much more fun experience,” said Intal.

As for Kramer, he has his sights on the Paper Shoot, compact digital cameras with cases made out of eco-friendly paper.

“I really feel that the whole family will fall in love with it. It is so simple and sophisticated, I know my kids will love using Paper Shoot.” Kramer said.

Do visit for updates about Taiwan Excellence. You may also follow their Facebook page at

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Online Dating can be Fun

Was there ever a time when you meet someone outside and you instantly feel the connection? Did you ever feel an intense pull towards a person you barely know? Did you came to a point when you realize that you were growing to care for that person in a way which was more than friendship? 

Some of my previous love affairs were karmic. Back then, I was prepared to take risk of losing everything if my love partner was. My personal life had been on hold for a time. I had been focused on corporate work lately. I had given up the best years of my life to a tiring job. And I just wanted to live a normal life for a while. I was not socializing as much as I have done and I so decided to work on my social life.

Finally, I met a woman I thought I might grow to love. We agreed on things that mattered in life, but I have ruined everything in the end.  I was in for a rude awakening.

I thought that I can captivate her forever. I was wrong. I never exercised caution. I was foolish enough to make promises I could not keep.  I have to accept the consequences then. I had been careful ever since not to fall for alluring women who might cause me to break my quiet stride of life. Those serious relationships that did not work caused irreparable damages on me that time can only heal. From then on, I made a mental note not to mess up my life again.Other possibilities were unsettling to contemplate on.

I came into contact with some fantastic people, but still felt alone. I yearned for someone new and interesting to talk to. I was looking a romantic friendship or to passionate attachments in the wrong places that I have given up hope finding someone who was on the same wavelength as me. Before, I often thought of looking forward to something that is more important than that which I am afraid of losing in myself when I leave a marital affair. I embarked on a couple of relationships which were fun while it lasted. I knew deep inside that these were not the people I could settle down and spend the rest of my life with.

Dating sites make things a little easier for me to find some casual fun minus the risks. Like other people, I enjoy the benefits of participating in online, remote affairs while avoiding flaws.  There is nothing wrong with playing the field a little and getting to know people before jumping into a serious relationship.Dating doesn’t have to lead to a lifelong commitment. There is a lot to be gained by going casual. Casual dating gives everyone an opportunity to figure out what you do and don’t like in relationships. .

I joined in a few online dating platform weeks ago and it has been pretty good! In that time, I have met local girls with similar backgrounds and inquiring minds who never asked for anything other than companionship. I did get a lot of no replies but with a little more patience and it happened. It pays to keep on trying with some manners to go along. 

No Strings Dating looks great and I was surprised to see it is free. It caters to people looking for casual dating to those after for long term relationships.  Could it be the opportunity I'd been looking for? Its easy-to-use interface allows me to search for people by area and by distance that are online. And it shows them in a big list. Now, I have the freedom to flirt constantly and get deeply entwined in another’s mind without the tension and guilt when the connection fades.

Casual dating lets me explore an exciting side of life I never thought possible. I can reach out to another person without the constant need to stay connected, unlike in a marital affair. Before, I often thought of looking forward to something that is more important than that which I am afraid of losing in myself when I leave a marital affair. Now, I have the freedom to flirt constantly and get deeply entwined in another’s mind without the tension and guilt when the connection fades. .

Being up front with women about non-exclusive intentions is the key to a successful casual dating. By being honest, you don’t feel pressured to settle if you’re more about having some fun. Next to  honesty, rule number two is all about discretion.. Casual dating lets me explore an exciting side of life I never thought possible. I can reach out to another person without the constant need to stay connected, unlike in a marital affair..

Friday, January 26, 2018

Get a Taste of Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine at the Winestone Restaurant

Winestone is a  late-night bar and wine retail store, serving affordable wines and authentic Mediterranean platters. Strategically located near Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens, this Mediterranean restaurant caters to locals and expatriates from witihin its neighborhood, as well as international guests from around the world.

True to it name, "Winestone" reflects a new distinguishing concept with two elements: the wine selection created out of the experience and the knowledge of its wine ambassadors and signature meals served on stone boards.

The concept of Winestone revolves around the key words: simple, attractive, authentic and affordable. Expect quality wines at affordable prices, from $10 for a glass and $48 for a bottle. Take-home wine is also made available at Winestone Retail, located within the restaurant, with a separate entrance to the driveway.

The signature “Winestone Express Platter” is served promptly (within 15 minutes) for the early and hungry. It includes a mixture of cold cuts, cheeses, olives, bread and a glass of wine for $22. Other signatures include Ricotta and Veal Meatballs, Falafel with Hummus, Battered-fried Whitebait, Seabass and Dolma Prawns, 150-days Grain-fed MS2+ Beef Tenderloin and more.

As night falls, the music gradually transforms from chill beats to house music. Winestone is the only restaurant and bar on Stevens Road that operates till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Winestone Restaurant
30 Stevens Road, #01-09, Singapore 257840

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chickie Boy holds birthday party at Max's Scout Tuazon

Chickie Boy (Max's brand mascot) held its birthday party last  August 5.   I joined in the fun    at  Max's Scout Tuazon, along with the other bloggers.

The event gave us a preview of what to expect from a birthday celebration---the Max's way.

Each one of us were given a name tag, a party hat, plus a passport at the   registration booth.

The passport entitles to try out all the activity booths and a chance to win prizes after each completion. The Ruby Hall became festive as kids lined up for their turn at the game stations.

Each kid was given a DIY crown kit at the Princess Palace station, wherein the Princess and her Prince gamely posed for a photo.

In the same event, Max’s  introduced their kiddie party themes --- Princess Palace, Outer Space, Carnival and Super Racer.

Now, you can choose to give your little loves a  one-of-a-kind, fun and no-fuss birthday party starting at 15,000 pesos.

A Max's Premium Birthday Package has the following Amenities: 

• Three (3) hours use of venue 
• Mascot appearance 
• Use of party banner 
• Party room decor 
• Party host 
• Birthday themed cake
• Party kit giveaways / prizes

For more information on Max’s themed birthday celebrations, visit

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Achieving a Mosquito-Free Environment

This month, Discovery uses its global reach to focus the world’s attention on the single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito. The global crisis is highlighted in the worldwide premiere of the upcoming Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO, Thursday, July 6th at 9:50pm, on Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks around the world.

In the Philippines, the rainy season has officially started and as much as we enjoy the cold weather, the wet season poses a potential threat in the form of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease which is usually seen during the rainy season. What could be seen as a minor bite from this tiny creature can be morefatalthan we think.

Recent news coverage around the globe has highlighted individual outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, and Dengue.But there are still some safety measures we can take to stay healthy and make our homes clean, safe and mosquito-free:

• Dispose water regularly
Mosquitoes breed in standing water so find time to clean up your area and eliminate stagnant water inside and around the house.Clean containers that could possibly be a breeding nest for mosquitoes such as vases, pots, and basins.

• Apply mosquito repellent
Always remember that the most effective mosquito repellents are those applied to the skin other than the arm bands, necklace and strips you can attach to the body. Be protected by wearing good mosquito repellents especially when you go out of the house.

• Wear proper clothing Protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing longsleeves and pants especially when travelling or going out of town. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes asdisease-carryingmosquitoes are able to bite through this type of clothing.

• Watch your scent
Mosquitoes are attracted to old sweat, and not the fresh and odorless one that our body produces after exercising. Sweat begins to smell when mixed with bacteria, which creates some chemical compounds that entices mosquitoes.

• Keep yourself away from dirty water
Avoid getting near clogged gutters and flooded areas as these are commonly present during the rainy season.

• Plant mosquito-repellent herbs in your garden
Best to place plants like basil, citronella, lemon balm, and garlic in your garden. It will not just beautify your home but also keep the family away from mosquitoes as these plants drive mosquitoes away because of their smell.

• Spray good insecticides
Keep the neighborhood mosquito-free by spraying insecticides in the dark corners of the house. As much as possible try to spray insect repellent during daytime and use water-based sprays which are safe to humans and toxic-free.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, in more than 220 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weber Grills are now available at True Value

The art of grilling has always been a far-fetched goal for us Pinoys who love “inihaw” foods.

This 2017, Filipino grillers and self-proclaimed food scientists can now rejoice, as True Value will be the premium dealer for the much awaited household brand for barbecue grills, Weber. The global innovation brand finally re-entered the Philippine market to grace every home with its latest state-of-the-art grilling equipment.

Last June 18, Weber invited Chef Nick Pang, Weber Grill Ambassador, to host a cooking activity at the Alabang Town Center.

Along with volunteers groups, he showed us that Weber grills are made not just for mouthwatering grilled steaks and barbeques. It can also be used to make pizzas and chocolate brownies!

With Weber, anyone can make their own parties at home! The art of grilling takes the Pinoys love for “inihaw” foods a notch higher!

What separates Weber grills from the rest is that it offers simple yet effective grilling solutions and systems that makes a beginner one good griller!

This will definitely cause a stir in our lifestyle and spark a new trend in the Food retail industry. Now head over to True Value and see the newest and latest Weber grills from the US; you’ll surely discover one that fits your home, lifestyle and needs. Various grilling basics ranging from barbecue tools,cookware, and grill accessories to smoking accessories and cleaning paraphernalia are also widely available in True Value stores, so be sure to make a visit and complete all the essentials for the ultimate grilling experience!

Get your Weber now!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Let BG Bridal Gallery assist you in your Wedding Day Countdown

Planning a wedding can simultaneously be the most exciting and the most stressful project any engaged couple will encounter in their lives. Are you worrying about all the things you’ll need to do and when? Purveyors of all things Weddings, BG Bridal Gallery is here to walk you through the process! Check out this guide from the BG Wedding Experts that will help make sure that your big day is everything you dreamed it would be.

12 months before

At this point, it’s time to envision your wedding and come up with a budget – and a planning team. It would be best if you have a wedding consultant to help you keep track of different items. You’ll also need to choose the wedding date and venue but don’t forget check with the officiant and your important guests before finalizing. Now would also be a good time to plan the guest list and try to involve your fiancé and your parents so there won’t be any last minute guests to accommodate.

10 months before

Now let’s think about the gown. Choose the dress that feels right for you and consider consulting with a professional couturier to recommend a design that will suit your body type. This is also the time to plan your reception - decide what kind of food and entertainment you want. A DJ or a band? A pianist perhaps?You’ll also need to think about the floral décor. Organize, research and book your wedding professionals. Interview the suppliers to ensure you get the the right people to work with for your special day. Lastly, register for gifts and do it with your partner so there would be an even say for the big day.

7 months before

It’s best to book ceremony musicians at this time to secure their schedule. Order bridesmaid dresses in line with your theme and wedding gown. And start planning your honeymoon! Book flights and hotels in advance to get the deals. Lastly send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you’re planning to get married in a provincial destination.

5 months before

Shop for invitations in line with your desired theme and shop for wedding rings! By this time, your formal wear should already be ready and have your passport renewed or get one if necessary. It’s also time to choose your wedding cake. Do your research and book the designer that can create your dream cake.

3 months before

Order your wedding cake now to give the cake designer plenty of time to plan. For the bride, attend your bridal shower. For the groom, time to rent the men’s formalwear. Lastly, hire your wedding day transport. Are you into limousines? Go book one!

2 months before

It’s time to send out your invitations, write your vows and purchase gifts for your parents, to your attendants and to each other. Then book your stylist and try out wedding day hairstyles, and your make-up artist. It’s best to go for a trial run so you would know what look you’re comfortable with.

1 month before

30 more days to go! You’ll need a marriage license, so better check with the local bureau in the town you’ll wed. Have your final gown fitting and call all the bridesmaids to make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding. If you have any last minute changes with your suppliers, you should be making them no later than at this point.

2 weeks before

Let’s review the final RSVP list and call the guests who hasn’t responded yet. Talk with your photographer and video team to give the must have shots for your wedding. Give your final requests to the DJ or bandleader. Lastly get your last pre-wedding haircut or color if you want to.

1 week before

Get the final headcount and contact the venue and caterer. Meet with all your suppliers and finalize arrangements. Plot the reception seating plan. Give the ceremony and reception manager a schedule of supplier delivery and setup times. Lastly, attend your bachelor/bachelorette party!

3 days before

Have your wedding gown pressed or steamed! For the groom, go for final fitting and ask your best man to make sure all the groomsmen is ready with their outfits. Discuss any last-minute items to your suppliers.

1 day before

Its a day before your wedding! Prepare your payments and give a person to contact to the wedding professionals in case of emergency. Rehearse your ceremony and have the setup of the ceremony site prepared. Give your license to your officiant. And lastly, have the rehearsal dinner.

Wedding Day

Wedding bells areringing! Give your parents and each other the presents you have. Give the best man the role of handling the wedding band and the officiant’s fee envelope so he’ll be the one to give it after the ceremony. Have your maid of honor in charge of the reception. Now get ready to be wed!

Brides-to-be in Metro Manila now have access to stress-free wedding preparations as Bridal Gallery hosts the Bridal Bootcamp in its showroom on June 24, 2017 with sessions from 1:00pmto 4:00pm. Conducted by BG Wedding Experts, topics include Wedding Planning 101, Global Themes & Designs and Choosing your Bridal Gown. Interested brides can sign up through the Facebook Event page or send an email at They can get access to stress-free wedding preparations, wide variety of themes and awesome promos with the BG Bridal Gallery Mobile App, available on IOS and for Android.

If you want your wedding day coordination and planning in good hands, join this month's BG Giveaway: #TheBestOfUs for a chance to have a free full day coordination for free! For more information about the giveaway, click this link.

For more information on BG Bridal Gallery and its latest promos and activities, they can visit the website at and chat with the BG team or find BG Bridal Gallery on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BGBridalGallery.