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We attended the People of the Year Award night since Lolo Benny was one of the awardees
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Amazingly beautiful and ageless Editor in Chief of People Asia Magazine, Joanne Rae Mayor Ramirez.  Better known to us as Ms. Mayor in Assumption high school as our fashionable and pretty Literature teacher.  Everyone in school would await her outfit of the day since  she was known for looking so stylish :-)  Up to this day she is the same and as beautiful as everPeople of the Year 2015 by People Asia (6)

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Lolo Benny received a Lifetime Achievement Award together with Washington Sycip People of the Year 2015 by People Asia (7)Bienvenido Tantoco Sr People of the year

Congratulations Lolo Benny!!!
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I was able to take photos of some of the awardees that evening.  So happy to see the beautiful and admirable Senator Grace Poe and her mom Tita Susan RocesPeople of the Year 2015 by People Asia (22)

Lorenzo “Yay” Tan
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Lovely cocktails by the New World Hotel to celebrate this momentous occasion
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Last Monday I went to listen to the twins – Jonathan and Drew Scott.  I came a little late and as they were about to enter the ballroom and my first encounter was already so funny!!  and Tall!!  and cute!!!  :-)

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Congratulations Sarsa on their second branch in Mall of Asia!!!  There’s something unique about this second branch – The Kinilaw Bar by Enting Laotian – the Kinilaw Master from Sagay City, Negros Occidental!  Sara Now Open at Mall Of Asia with the Kinilaw Master Enting Labotan (2)

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Look out for the beautiful artworks by Tracie Anglo Dizon, one of the owners of Sarsa
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SARSARAP! :-)

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Enjoy an ‘infinite’ lifestyle with Smart Infinity’s Purple GC packages

Smart Infinity, the premium brand of wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc., encourages its members to unleash their inner “shopaholics” as it launches new and exciting gifts that come with its postpaid plans this February.

These shop-until-you-drop plans offer subscribers the best premium-brand perks imaginable.

“Smart Infinity has always been about having our members enjoy the lifestyle they want and deserve, hence our latest offerings featuring the Purple Card of our partner Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI),” said Julie Carceller, head of Smart Infinity. She added, “If you subscribe to our plans today, you will receive a generous amount of shopping GCs, a.k.a. Purple Cards, matched to your chosen package and/or your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus device.”

For Aspire Plan 3500 members, they will receive Purple Cards worth PHP 19,000, while members availing of higher plans such as Prestige 5000 and Premium 8000 will receive Purple Cards valued as high as P35,000.

Purple Cards are accepted at all Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) shops, including Anne Klein, A/X Armani Exchange, Debenhams, Calvin Klein, Charriol, DKNY, Jimmy Choo, GAP, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole New York,   Lacoste, Marks & Spencer, Nine West, and Zara, among others.

For those who want their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus under Smart Infinity’s customer-priority and pampering services, Purple Cards are available in the following amounts corresponding to specific iPhone plans:  PHP 10,000 when you avail of Prestige Plan 5000 bundled with a free iPhone 6 (16gb); PHP5,000 for Prestige Plan 5000 plus one iPhone 6 (64gb); PHP21,000 for every Premium 8000 plan with an iPhone 6 (64gb); and PHP16,000 for every Premium 8000 plan with an iPhone 6 (128gb)

For iPhone 6 Plus offers, the Purple Card amounts will likewise be as follows: PHP 5,000 with Prestige Plan 5000 with free iPhone 6 Plus (16gb); PHP21,000 with Premium Plan 8000 plus free iPhone 6 Plus (16gb); PHP16,000 with Premium Plan 8000 plus free iPhone 6 Plus (64gb); and PHP11,000 with Premium Plan 8000 plus a free iPhone 6 Plus (128gb).

Purple Cards are also bundled with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy S5 premium smartphones. New Smart Infinity members may receive Purple Cards in the amount of PHP14,000 plus a Samsung Note 4 and Gear S with their Premium Plan 8000 subscription.

“As the premium postpaid brand of Smart, we at Smart Infinity constantly think of ways to complement the lifestyles of our members,” added Carceller.

James Chi, Marketing manager for Smart Infinity, stated, “This is one of Smart Infinity’s means to let our clients know that we are here to give the best of every mobile and data experience. It’s really one thing to give them plans that cater to their demands—such as network reliability and quality service—and it’s another fulfilling experience to know that your needs are being thought of.”

Chi added, “Previously, we bundled our plans with gadgets and premium appliances; this time, our subscribers get to shop for the premium brands they want for themselves! That in itself is quite an offer.”

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During the launch of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen, I met Scott Yuyitung of Stradmore.  Straddler has been around for about 40 years now and Scott’s family has been making notebooks which you will see in National Bookstore and other bookstores.  He has recently started a new brand called Stradmore notes which started as a student’s journal.  It was so popular he then came out with the Foodie Blogberry, then a Mom Blogberry and then Yuppie.  Home Organiser Essentials and Home_ blogberry by 25 Mushrooms Kitchen and Stradmore Notes (4)

 Now his latest collaboration is with Sari Jorge of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen with the Home Blogberry and the Organiser Essentials which you can buy in 25 Mushrooms Kitchen or at National BookstoreHome Organiser Essentials and Home_ blogberry by 25 Mushrooms Kitchen and Stradmore Notes (6)

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 Congratulations Sari Jorge on the opening of 25 Mushroooms Cookery!

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I am truly honored to be a part of this momentous occasion – a great achievement for all the hard work that you do.  Looking forward to more branches

Click below to read the article in the Philippine Star

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we had a special luncheon prepared by the Chefs of 25 Mushrooms Cookery.  It was truly an important celebration

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I went to the preview of the Spring Summer Collection of Oka BOka B (4)

It was a pleasure to meet Jackie Barnett – Director of International Sales at Oka-B

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Launched in 2005, Oka-B was founded on the principle that fashion and comfort should never be mutually exclusive. Imagine a shoe that not only looks great with every outfit but feels great with every step.

Each pair of Oka-B shoes is made to order and assembled by hand at our factory in the USA. Our onsite manufacturing in Atlanta, Georgia allows for unmatched quality control and attention to detail.

Oka-B shoes are lightweight, flexible, durable, and environmentally friendly as each pair contains up to 25% recycled content. They are ergonomically engineered with enhanced massage beads to be slip-resistant, non-marking and provide stability on both wet and dry terrain making them perfect for use in any setting. The non-absorbent material has anti-microbial properties that resist the growth of bacteria, odor, mildew allowing them to be machine washable and easy to sanitize.

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What makes Oka-B shoes unique season after season is the company’s signature ergonomic footbed with reflexology inspired massage beads. All waterproof, antibacterial and seamlessly designed and molded into one pieceusing their proprietary recyclable Microplast™ material. All Oka-B products are eco-friendly and manufactured in a low-waste factory, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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Our wide product portfolio allows us to reach varying female demographics with our incredible range of footbed options. From a simple sandal to an elegant slide to adorned wedges and ballerina flats, we understand the varying needs of the individual consumer and try to tailor our comfort and style options to fit all areas of one’s lifestyle.

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Spring Summer is the season of renewal and no one is prepared to jump in feet first more than Atlanta based Oka-B Footwear. Introducing Spring Summer 2015 Collection that is as vibrant as it is charming, Oka-B’s newest offerings, including the T-strap sandal named The Carson, capitalize on a brighter season for all. “The Carson is an obvious addition to Oka-B’s already vast collection,” says Naomi Wakatake, Creative Director. “We researched the top trending designs and adornment compilations to assemble one of our best style contributions yet.”

Inspired by the freshness and floral accents of springtime, Oka-B has introduced 7 brand new colors such as Lilac, Mint, Watermelon, Poppy, Crème, Latte, and Mist. The wide range of new colors and styles ensure a perfect match for everyone for any occasion, such as the preppy Georgina with color matching bows or sophisticated Sloane with its shiny gemstone strand. The playful Nelly is stacked with overlaying enamel triangles that is sure to please the most daring female fashionista.

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We had nail pampering to make sure when we wear our Oka Bs our toes look clean and polished :-)Oka B (16)

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About Okabashi Brands, Inc. – Oka-B is a division of Okabashi Brands Inc., a US based designer, manufacturer and marketer of fashion footwear with an ergonomic design. The company’s core competency is to make shoes that are attractive, comfortable, durable, and eco-friendly. The company manufactures Oka-B footwear sold at high-end resorts and spas in addition to independent retailers, department stores, and concept shops. The company is headquartered in Buford, Georgia USA.

In the Philippines, OKA-B is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) – a member of The SSI Group – and is located at Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Bass Alabang Town Center, Bass Robinson’s Galleria, Bass Gateway Mall, Bass Robinson’s Midtown, 158 Designers’ Blvd. Eastwood, 158 Designers’ Blvd. Robinson’s Magnolia, 158 Designers’ Blvd. Lucky China Town, Wellworth Fairview Terreces, 158 Designers’ Blvd. SM Masinag, 158 Designers’ Blvd. Paseo de Sta. Rosa Laguna, 158 Designers’ Blvd. Nuvali, 158 Designers’ Blvd. Centrio, Cagayan de Oro City, 158 Designers’ Blvd. Veranza General Santos City, Tutto Moda Abreeza Davao City, and Soon to Open this February 2015 in Evia Mall (Evia Lifestyle Center) Daang Hari, Las Piñas City. Local Facebook Site: Oka-B Philippines Shop Online: http://www.ssilife.com.ph

I am not kidding when I say that this has got to be one of the best Valentine’s Day celebration ever :-)

Previous entry:  Back at Ananyana Resort Bohol February 25, 2015

Thanks to our good friend Yvonne for this gift and for arranging this wonderful experience for usDinner by The Bamboo Raft at Ananyana Resort Bohol (2)

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The waiter and the boatman have to transport the food via this little boat :-)Dinner by The Bamboo Raft at Ananyana Resort Bohol (8)

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Everything was so good and perfect – so blessed!!
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