Share the Love

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My Mom always reminds me that we should not stop giving gifts to each other!  Whether it be Christmas, Birthday or Valentine’s Day.  So, we need to SHARE THE LOVE and make sure we get our better halves something for Valentine’s Day and we should expect something back as well :-)  There no better place to get the most unique and special gifts except from Rustan’s.  Here are some gift suggestions

 Love the Kate Spade home line!share the love rustans valentines 2016 kate spadeValentine's Event - Heart to Heart (2) share the love rustans valentines 2016 1Valentine's Event - Heart to Heart (3) Valentine's Event - Heart to Heart (4) Valentine's Event - Heart to Heart (5) Make sure you give yourselves gifts too and pamper yourselves so you will look good for your better halves :-)  Here are Heart2Heart’s picks :-)Valentine's Event - Heart to Heart (1)
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World’s Largest flower garden

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The world’s largest flower garden… in the last place you would expect: Rainbow-coloured oasis with 45 MILLION flowers is in the middle of a desert

  • The Dubai Miracle Garden features over 45 flower species imported from all over the world 
  • A multitude of shaped archways, flowerbeds and structures can be seen at the 18-acre site
  • The colourful array is watered by a system that recycles waste water while avoiding evaporation

Dubai Miracle Garden is world’s biggest flower garden. It is situated in the North West Quadrant of Arabian Ranches interchange

World's Largest flower garden (9)This amazing tourist attraction is a Guinness Record Holder for the Largest Vertical Garden. Also popular is the heart shaped flower beds at the Alley of Hearts

World's Largest flower garden (14)Dubai Miracle Garden has more than 45 million blooming flowers with stunning colour combinations achieved through 45 diff

World's Largest flower garden (17)Bordered by windmills, this area provides parking, sitting areas, a prayer room and shops for visitors to Dubai Miracle Garden

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Bordered by windmills, this area provides parking, sitting areas, a prayer room and shops for visitors to Dubai Miracle GardenWorld's Largest flower garden (8)

The Dubai Miracle Garden features a sensational 45 million flowers over a 18-acre site, from breathtaking flowerbeds to heart-shaped archways and adorned castles

World's Largest flower garden (7)The spectacular bonanza provides a colourful oasis for the eyes of city workers, who can escape to the natural splendour

World's Largest flower garden (3)In order to create a fresh experience for guests visiting the rainbow gardens, the displays are changed seasonally

World's Largest flower garden (12)These have included millions of flowers in the shape of the UAE’s flag, floral clock, a Ferrari car with driver decorated by flowers, a vertical buried car zone, flower apple structures, artificial animals, flower boats and an Islamic Arch Design

World's Largest flower garden (13)At the moment, there are 45 species of flowers in the garden, which are imported in from all around the world

World's Largest flower garden (10)If the natural landscape was not incredible enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 per cent of water and energy

World's Largest flower garden (1)A fantasy flower house at the Miracle Garden, which has plants growing over its turrets, doors, walls and towers

World's Largest flower garden (12)A pathway shaded by umbrellas at the Miracle Garden, provides a colourful walkway for visiting guests

World's Largest flower garden (16)Peacock topiary covered in an array of colourful flowers at the largest natural flower garden in the world

World's Largest flower garden (15)There is no limit to the imagination gone into the design of the gardens, which include flowers streaming like hair from a giant human

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Barrels tipping streams of flowers, and peacocks with colourful plumages are featured in the creative attraction

World's Largest flower garden (4)Even Disney characters such as Mater from Cars can be seen at the Dubai oasis, of course decorated with flowerbeds

World's Largest flower garden (6)Giant structures can be viewed in the park, covered from top to bottom in an array of flowers

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Central Square Raffle Winner

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There’s a very good reason to celebrate the new year for Mr. Arthur C. Cortez, who just won a brand new LEXUS NX200t from Central Square’s holiday raffle promo.

Mr. Cortez accepted the keys to his brand new SUV from Catherine Huang of SSI Group, Inc. at the Lexus showroom in Taguig. Also in attendance to congratulate Mr. Cortez and his family were SSI Group, Inc.’s Shaira Creencia, Central Square Operations Manager, and Malu Francisco, Marketing Communications Manager; HSBC Philippines’ Anya Katigbak, SVP and Head of Marketing, and Jasmine Gonzales, VP for Customer Value Mangement; as well as Lexus Manila’s Toshihiko Hiranuma, Executive Vice President.

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In partnership with HSBC Philippines, the “Christmas Central” promo ran from October 30, 2015 to January 5, 2016 in Central Square and Bonifacio High Street Central where each customer was entitled to one raffle ticket for every PHP 3,000 or PHP 1,000 single receipt purchases at select retail or food establishments.

CENTRAL SQUARE INFORMATION

 5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC Taguig

Mall Hours:     11am-10pm, Sunday – Thursday

                     11am-11pm, Friday – Saturday

Trunkline:      9585660

Kikufuji with Bambi

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I’m not kidding when I say this friend of mine likes to feed us! This is her second time to take me here in one of her favourite places – Kikufuji.  Her Tito Benjie was there too! :-)Tsukuji with Bambi (5)

 UniTsukuji with Bambi (2) Uni TempuraTsukuji with Bambi (12)Grilled pork ribsTsukuji with Bambi (3)Salmon Shake ( Tail )  Only P 200 + for these two tails! 
Tsukuji with Bambi (6)All set lunch meals have spicy tunaTsukuji with Bambi (4) But Bambi gets a special one with more mayo and more tempura crumbs! haha!!  She’s a regular here and she even knows which Chef has to cook her dishesTsukuji with Bambi (7) Chirashi of Bambi – her favouriteTsukuji with Bambi (8) Tsukuji with Bambi (9) Saba for me :-) Tsukuji with Bambi (10) Unagi for RinaTsukuji with Bambi (11)Group shot :-)
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Divas and Rockstars

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 It’s a Diva and Rockstar party at the Annual Starbucks @starbucksph dinner! Divas and rockstars starbucks PhilippinesDivas and Rockstars (1)Divas and Rockstars (4) Divas and Rockstars (5)

 Chairman Dad and Director for Store Development Mom as Sonny and Cher – I love it!  Thank you Pam for styling them 😉Cher and Sonny at the Starbucks dinner philippinesCOO Noey Lopez Divas and Rockstars (10)F & B and Marketing Director, Keith Cole as Jason Mraz :-)Divas and Rockstars (11) AwardeesDivas and Rockstars (6)  COO Noey LOPEZ as John Lennon, Store Devt Manager Quito LOPEZ as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Director for Store Devt Mom Menchu LOPEZ as Cher, Director for Store Operations Angela Cole as J Lo and Chairman Dad Jun Lopez as Sonny Bono
Divas and Rockstars (8)Divas and Rockstars (7) Whenever COO Noey Lopez is in a Gourmet Garage Catering – they always prepare these special cheese sticks :-)  Our family’s childhood favorite!!Divas and Rockstars (9)Divas and Rockstars (15)The whole family is always game :-)Divas and Rockstars (12) Divas and Rockstars (13) Divas and Rockstars (2)Divas and Rockstars (14) I like this lady :-)  Susan Montefalcon, the Audit Manager :-) Divas and Rockstars (16)  Someone came as Diva Tessa Prieto Valdes @seaprincess888 yay!!!!!Divas and Rockstars (17) Divas and Rockstars (18) Divas and Rockstars (19) Divas and Rockstars (20)Best dressed contest
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Atelier Crenn

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One of my favourite meals in San Francisco!!! I call this a fantasy degustation :-)  Non stop entertainment from beginning till end!  Flavours and textures I have not tasted beforeAtelier Crenn (2)Atelier Crenn Website Chef Crenn Atelier Crenn (3)Atelier Crenn (1)Atelier Crenn (55)Atelier Crenn (61) Atelier Crenn (4) An envelope was placed on the table – it’s a poem written by the Chef herself which is the inspiration for the menu! I already knew this would be a meal to remember Atelier Crenn (5)Atelier Crenn (10) Poetic Culinaria Atelier CrennNon stop amazement as each dish comes out!!  Presentation, taste, creativity and entertainment all in one!Atelier Crenn (6) Atelier Crenn (7) Atelier Crenn (8) Atelier Crenn (9) Atelier Crenn (11) Atelier Crenn (12) Atelier Crenn (13) Atelier Crenn (14) Atelier Crenn (15) Atelier Crenn (16) Atelier Crenn (17) Atelier Crenn (18) Atelier Crenn (19) Atelier Crenn (20) Atelier Crenn (21) Atelier Crenn (22) Atelier Crenn (23) Atelier Crenn (24) Atelier Crenn (25) Atelier Crenn (26) Atelier Crenn (27) Atelier Crenn (28) Atelier Crenn (29) Atelier Crenn (30) Atelier Crenn (31) Atelier Crenn (32)  One of my favorite -dish number 13 – A different kind of Cheeseplate at Atelier Crenn – Tart meal with Buckwheat flour stuffed with caramelized onions. Cheese from Pasteurized cow’s milk called Oma from Cellars at Jasper Hill farms seasoned with fresh honey and thyme and black truffles Atelier Crenn (33)Atelier Crenn (34) Atelier Crenn (35) Mini wet towel to wipe only your fingertips :-)Atelier Crenn (36) Atelier Crenn (37) Atelier Crenn (38) Atelier Crenn (39) Atelier Crenn (40) Atelier Crenn (41) Atelier Crenn (42) Atelier Crenn (43) Atelier Crenn (44) Atelier Crenn (45) Atelier Crenn (46) Atelier Crenn (47) Atelier Crenn (48) Atelier Crenn (49) Atelier Crenn (50) Atelier Crenn (51) Atelier Crenn (52) Atelier Crenn (53) Atelier Crenn (54) Atelier Crenn (59)RestroomAtelier Crenn (56) Atelier Crenn (57) Atelier Crenn (58)

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Chinese New Year at Adora

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I have been visiting Adora every week and last week the decor changed from Christmas to Chinese New Year :-)  Chinese New Year at Adora (2) Diffuser at Diptyque!!!Chinese New Year at Adora (3) Love these Joyce Oreña necklaces Chinese New Year at Adora (4) It’s Chinese New Year but I am thinking Valentine’s :-)  Chinese New Year at Adora (5) Chinese New Year at Adora (6) Chinese New Year at Adora (7) Chinese New Year at Adora (8)  I’m so at home now in Adora and even more that there are familiar faces. I bumped into Ms. Co ( Corazon) who I love ever since Rustan’s days. She worked in Rustan’s for 30 years, retired in 2005, then joined Adora in 2011. She started in 1975 in Rustan’s YoungVIP then she was promoted to Asst supervisor in 1979 then transferred as Supervisor of Men’s shoes then Cosmetics and Perfumeries. Then she became Boutique Manager for Cartier for 7 years then Store Div Manager of Cosmetics and Toiletries.
At Adora she was Area manager for prestige men’s and ladies and now she is CFL of H Stern. So this lady knows a lot and has handled all kinds of products. I love our people who remain loyal to the company and to the family. Look for her in Adora and you will love her tooChinese New Year at Adora (1)

Sightings at the Bay Area and Downtown San Francisco

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Groomingdales! :-)  Sightings at the Bay Area (2)Spotted!   Smart friend, Andres Limcaoco, in Stanford UniversitySightings at the Bay Area (3)  The most popular ice cream flavor in Humphrey Slocombe – Secret Breakfast which has Bourbon and cornflakes cookies. Also a favorite of our foodie son Sightings at the Bay Area (4) Mmmm…Sightings at the Bay Area (5) A rainbow Sightings at the Bay Area (6) Wow :-)Sightings at the Bay Area (7)Buyers of Lotto ticket with a historic jackpot of $ 1.5B
Sightings at the Bay Area (8) Pretty Kitty :-)Sightings at the Bay Area (9)Love the twigs at Sur La Table
Sightings at the Bay Area (10) Pottery Barn!Sightings at the Bay Area (11) Sightings at the Bay Area (12) A yoga studio in San FranciscoSightings at the Bay Area (13)San Francisco City Hall
Sightings at the Bay Area (14) Yum!Sightings at the Bay Area (15)  I always bump into familiar faces in @target.  Gumamela Triccie @tlacson with her daughter Sara @karina__dancer with her Dad and sister who arrived from Manila and surprised her Sightings at the Bay Area (16)

Water for customer at Williams SonomaSightings at the Bay Area (17)Valentine Cookie in Starbucks
Sightings at the Bay Area (18) Easter at Pottery Barn!Sightings at the Bay Area (19) Cheese cakes!!!Sightings at the Bay Area (20) Sightings at the Bay Area (21)  When Dad and Mom lived in San Francisco in the 1960’s they lived right beside Japan Town and their favorite was this Grilled Rib Eye steak teriyaki ( now $15.95) It’s two layers of thinly sliced rib eye. So everytime we go to SF, they always eat in Kushi Tsuru in Japan Town  and order this dish! It’s YUM! To them it’s YUM at the same time it brings back memoriesSightings at the Bay Area (22) Pringles!Sightings at the Bay Area (24) Oreos!Sightings at the Bay Area (1)

Benu

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 From Hawthorne st. you can watch the kitchen window of Benu.Benu (3) Benu (4) Benu (5) Benu (6) Benu (7) CourtyardBenu (1)Benu (54)Benu (8) The background music comes from a turntable by the entrance of the restaurant with the jacket of the record beside so you can see what’s playing- when we arrived Billie Holiday Songs was playing

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Our pretty server. Love their uniformsBenu (51)From our table – our view of Korean clay pots called Ongi which is used to preserve and ferment. Each has a label. They use to ferment – Sake lees, champagne vinegar, shoyu soy sauce to name a few. Benu (12) Benu (9)Benu (10)My most favourite were the small delicacies – there were 10 of themBenu (13) Benu (15) Benu (16) Benu (17) Benu (18) Benu (19) Benu (20) Benu (21) Benu (22) Benu (23) Benu (24) Bread with fresh butter ( shaped like a honeycomb) with fresh honey infused with ginsengBenu (25) Benu (26) Benu (27) Benu (28) Benu (29) Benu (30)5-tined fork
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