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What’s a home without a Princess?

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The Philippine appliance market may as well do a little curtsey as it welcomes Princess, a Dutch brand which has captured a large chunk of Europe’s appliance retail markets with its wide array of unique, innovative, stylish, and affordably priced products. Established in the

Netherlands in 1994, the brand is currently distributed in 75 countries and is now the world’s largest supplier of small domestic appliances in chrome and stainless steel. With the tagline “What’s a home without a Princess?”,  the brand aims to infuse Filipino homes with a touch of royalty, providing families and individual home owners with household, kitchen and personal care gadgets that are not only manufactured and designed with the highest European quality standards but also serve their various needs and pander to their sense of style and aesthetic flair.              

Princess’ initial offering to the Philippines comprises four distinct product lines, namely Classic, Royal, Silver, and Red. Altogether, these four lines present the widest assortment of small appliances ever carried under one brand in the local market. The product lines, which feature different materials and finish, have their own unique appeal, price points, and product mix to cater to various household needs, personal preferences, and income brackets. Its consumer-friendly prices, with items as affordable as a little over Php 1,000 a piece will give competing brands in the local market a run for their money considering the Princess has become synonymous with standards fit for royalty and has proudly held its ground for more than ten years against the best established European brands in the small appliance category.            

Princess is distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation and exclusively available in leading SM Homeworld outlets nationwide. For Inquiries, please call 890-9703 local 206/219. 


One Night Only SALE!

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October 24, 2007 Wednesday 8:00 pm till 12 midnight

Oh my gosh!  WHAT A SALE!!!! Almost everything in the store was on sale. 50% off on meat and seafood!!  Buy one take one rice and fresh eggs!! 50% on imported items!! Wow! I went crazy!  Good thing James is a Citibank cardholder! 
Even if people were afraid to go out of their houses because of the bombing incident, Rustan’s Makati was jam packed!  Tita Vicky, Vina, Liza and her 3 boys, Maurice, Alex, Mart, Sam, Jay, Tippi, Louie and Liza, Babylyn, Marlyn, Berna, Dina, Keena, Aunty Remy, Birang, Pia, Maricar and Shellane.  It was so nice to bump into all of you!!

How I wish it was more than ONE NIGHT ONLY!  :-) 


Gap to Open Stores in Philippines

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Franchisee Plans to Open a Dozen Gap and Banana Republic Stores in the Philippines by 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Oct. 9, 2007 Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced a franchise agreement to introduce the Gap and Banana Republic brands to the Philippines. Over the next five years, Gap Inc.’s franchise partner – Rustan Group of Companies – plans to open a combined total of approximately eight Gap stores and four Banana Republic stores throughout the Philippines.

The first Gap store is expected to open by the end of this year, and the first Banana Republic stores by spring 2008. All stores are scheduled to be open by 2012. 

“The Philippines represents a natural market for Gap Inc. to expand its international presence,” said Ron Young, senior vice president of international strategic alliances for Gap Inc. “The country has a strong, steadily growing economy, and consumers in this market have a great interest in iconic apparel brands such as ours.”

Gap Inc. will leverage the Rustan Group’s local operational expertise, and will provide access to Gap and Banana Republic’s clothing and accessories. In addition, the Rustan Group of Companies will hold exclusive rights to operate Gap and Banana Republic stores in the Philippines, will purchase merchandise from Gap Inc. or suppliers designated by Gap Inc., and must adhere to Gap Inc.’s quality standards to preserve the reputation of the Gap and Banana Republic brands.

“We’re pleased to have forged a relationship with such an excellent local partner,” continued Mr. Young. “In addition to strong operational expertise and a deep understanding of their local customer base, the Rustan Group of Companies has a track record of successfully introducing well-known fashion and apparel brands to international markets.”

Gap Inc. directly operates Gap brand stores in six countries and Banana Republic stores in three countries. Today’s announcement follows previously-announced franchise agreements to open Gap and Banana Republic stores in Bahrain, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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 Gap to Open Stores in Philippines  10/9/07

Apparel retailer Gap Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to open Gap and Banana Republic stores in the Philippines.
Financial terms were not disclosed
Over the next five years, Gap Inc. and its franchise partner Rustan Group of Cos. plan to open about eight Gap Stores and four Banana Republic Stores throughout the Pacific Rim country.
The first Gap store is expected to open by the end of the year and the first Banana Republic store is expected to open by the spring of 2008. All stores are expected to be open by 2012.
Shares rose 4 cents to $18.89 during midday trading.

Gap to expand into Philippines 10/9/07
NEW YORK, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Clothing retailer Gap Inc <GPS.N> said on Tuesday that it had reached a deal with wholesaler Rustan Group of Cos to open stores in the Philippines.
The San Francisco-based company said it would open about eight Gap stores and four Banana Republic stores around the Philippines. The first Gap store is expected to open by year’s end, while Banana Republic will open next spring, the company said.
Gap said it would select suppliers for the stores, while Rustan Group will operate them and stock their shelves.
In all, the company plans to open eight Gap and four Banana Republic stores in the Philippines by 2012.
“The Philippines represents a natural market for Gap,” said Ron Young, the company’s vice president for international strategic alliances. “The country has a strong, steadily growing economy, and consumers in this market have a great interest in iconic apparel brands.”
Gap, which also runs Old Navy, has similar franchise agreements in 11 countries throughout the Middle East and Asia.

Gap Will Add 12 Locations in the Philippines by 2012 (Update1)
By Stefanie Batcho-Lino

     Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Gap Inc., the largest U.S. clothing retailer, will open 12 stores in the Philippines by 2012 to expand in Asia as U.S. sales decline.
     Rustan Group of Cos. will help to add eight Gap and four Banana Republic locations in the country in the next five years, the San Francisco, California-based company said today in a statement.
     The company has signed franchise accords since 2006 and has partners in Bahrain, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Gap wants to reverse two years of profit declines after its namesake and Old Navy chains lost U.S. market share.
     Gap rose 3 cents to $18.88 at 12:27 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares declined 3.3 percent this year through yesterday.
     The company operates more than 3,100 locations, including Gap sites in six countries and Banana Republic stores in three nations.



“I created Gap with a simple idea: to make it easier to find a pair of jeans. We remain committed to that basic principle.”

Don Fisher, Gap Inc. Founder and Chairman Emeritus


Credits:   Photos taken from GAP Inc. website

New Menu at East Cafe

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Prepared to be enamored by the scrumptious dishes of East Creative Asia prepared by Chef Him Uy de Baron.  He has unveiled a wealth of  South East Asian Culinary Creations including a whole new afternoon tea line featuring Caffe Molinari. The menu has much more food finds that will surely have everyone enjoying the culinary tour to Asia! 

Discover the Orient at East Creative Cuisine and Caffe Molinari

2nd level, Rustan’s Makati  – Contact (632) 812.0233


Paul and Joe Beaute Holiday Collection 2007

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Sept. 27, Thursday Shangri-la Hotel, Makati Paranaque room
Paul and Joe introduces its Holiday collection.
Paul and Joe was named after the sons of its founder, Sophie Albou
She wanted to create a cosmetic line that would reflect the same philosophy as her fashion line….
……..for the retro-modern woman, mixing the old with new and creating something unique and different.
Craig Ryan French, International make up Artist and Product Consultant for Paul and Joe introduced RETURN TO RED lipsticks for this holiday season. Red is sexy and red is not about feeling old but about feeling MATURE and MORE SOPHISTICATED.
Craig says that when a woman enters a room, “It is her appearance that catches your attention and it is the personality that captures your soul.” [email_link]


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180684773503_0_alb.jpgI thought citronella was used only for candles to drive mosquitoes away.  There are so many other uses which I discovered.  

There was a time I was having problems with ants in my house since we leave a lot of snacks and chocolates on our tables or just in the kitchen or pantry.    My cousin, Ana taught me a tip to get rid of those ants!  She is such a great resource for household tips.  

After thorough detergent cleaning, wipe all surfaces which are prone to crawling insects (mainly the kitchen and bathroom) with a cotton pad soaked in full strength citronella essential oil. Use a flat cotton pad over the cotton balls since it makes the most efficient use of a fairly expensive essential oil. Another way would be to dilute it in water as a spray, but, Ana recommends to use cotton in full strength.dsc_0115.JPG
After the area is thoroughly cleaned,put a cotton ball dabbed in citronella inside a small plastic container in the area. Do remember to keep the citronella away from any food which is not sealed tightly as your food might taste lemony or like citronella. 

Citronella keeps away the flying insects to a limited degree, but, it really keeps away all sorts of crawling insects ( cockroaches and ants especially )  and the best part about it is that it is all natural and not harmful.

Available at Rustan’s Supermarket Fresh, Rockwell and Makati. 

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Benefits from Citronella

**This perfect plant for the tropics is a natural insect repellant that can keep household pests like mosquitos, cockroaches, ants and house lizards at bay. Public areas with the likes of public toilets and baths, hospitals, kitchens, stadiums and others are the perfect places to need this essential oil as cleaning agent.

**For household use a few drops of this essential oil in water to clean the floors, toilet bowls and kitchen sinks and bathroom and kitchen walls and ceiling and rooms of the house to keep ants, cockroaches and lizards away and to keep mosquitoes at bay.

 **Its biodegradable and antiseptic property makes it an ecological substitute to chlorine as a swimming pool fungicide.

**Use a few drops in your laundry water to keep the moths from attacking clothes in the cabinets and those to be stored.

**This essential oil can be added to carrier oil in oil lamps to keep mosquitoes away in the outdoors or open places.

**It can also be placed in spray cans to scent the rooms, cars, office space and other spaces to keep it from mosquitoes.

**Most pet lovers dub a drop or two of this essential oil behind the ears of their pets to free them from fleas. Sometimes it is added to pet soaps and shampoos


Time for Caring

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Rustan’s Supermarket has come up with this really nice reusable bag which you buy for only P 99.50 and use to put your groceries instead of using plastic bags which harms the environment.  The nice thing about it is that you not only SAVE the ENVIRONMENT but you get DOUBLE POINTS on your FRESH Shopping Rewards card for everything that fits in the bag. 



“So the more you shop with these bags, the more points you will earn, the more rebates you receive and the longer we preserve Mother Earth! Join us in this valuable mission.”



Also, watch out for these signs while shopping around the supermarket.  By purchasing certain products, a portion of the proceeds will go to the WWF.[email_link] 

Harvest Moon Exclusive Sale

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Sept. 13, Thursday 9 pm till 12 midnight
Wow!!! What a great sale event at Rustan’s Supermarket Rockwell. It was an EXCLUSIVE sale for Rockwell residents. Not only were there many many good buys and discounts, they even gave Free recyclable bags with groceries in it, a and a french baguette. All Meat items were on 50% OFF!!!! How can you beat that?!!!? I LOVE RUSTAN’S!!! [email_link]