The Pig Pen

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So happy to finally try the food of Chef Carlos Garcia of the Black Pig @blackpigph in Alabang. He opened his new restaurant The Pig Pen a few weeks ago with his partners Tricia Villacorta Macdonalds and Berna Garriz. Expect unique flavors from Chef Carlos. Come and try for yourself at Eton Tower Makati #PigPenPh #H2Hchefs #H2HPeopleThe Pig Pen (2) The Pig Pen (3) The Pig Pen (4) The Pig Pen (5)The Pig Pen (11) The Pig Pen (1) The Pig Pen (6) The Pig Pen (17) The Pig Pen (8) The Pig Pen (19) The Pig Pen (9)  this is my favorite dish of those I tried!  Love nachos, love papadums and the topping was wow!!  I will be back to try the other toppings :-)  The Pig Pen (18) The Pig Pen (10)

Not the usual bulalo!  New flavors, no rich fatty taste but still delicious.

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G/F of Eton Tower, De la Rosa cor Rufino, Legaspi Village

Makati Tel: (02) 8178174

Chic +

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 Wonder Woman Jeanette Tuason @chicdriven talks about Women empowerment and calls to action all women to be WONDER WOMEN :-) Chic+ (14)Chic+ (1) Chic+ (10)Chic+ (3) Chic+ (4) Chic+ (9)Join #Chicplus and support the upcoming #chicdrivenexpo this coming July 1 – Chic+ (12)Chic + Chic+ (2)“It’s our sacred duty to save the world and that’s what I’m going to do” After watching Wonder Woman – I wish I were as sexy :-)  and as strong as her physically ….. but who says we are not as strong when it comes to fighting for who we are and what we believe in as women?  #respectourdifferences#wonderwoman #H2HQuotes
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Furla’s 90th Anniversary Collection

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Furla’s company history, from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the dawn of the new millennium is reflected in a handbag with interchangeable flaps that becomes a portable time machine travelling across nine decades.

 Furla building MilanoFurla's 90th Anniversary CollectionThe FURLA Metropolis, available in five colors: Petal, Magnolia, Gold, Ruby and Onyx will have nine different flaps to narrate the story of the brand that began in 1927 and since then has traveled, in women’s hands for nine decades – keeping them company on their journey of freedom and independence across time and space.

Furla’s journey started in the Roaring Twenties: the age of Charleston and “The Great Gatsby” by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, where the wild parties in the French Riviera were all the rage in the story. The Twenties of Josephine Baker and Art Déco, gave birth to what we now consider modernity, the decade that consigned the Nineteenth Century to history. This decade was represented by a soft nappa leather flap with a velvet base and stud carrying the number “20” galvanized in light gold.

It continues in the Thirties: the Jazz Age, the decade of glamour, of Marlene Dietrich’s mysterious voice and magnetic eyes. The Thirties flap is made of tortoiseshell PVC with ivory colored mink fur with the inscription “30” laser-etched in white on the black tab.

Whereas during the Forties, the crazed rhythm of Swing, frenzied joy of music and dance, and songs celebrating newfound peace had its flap of the Forties handbag printed with a petal and ruby check. Then the number “40” is printed on leather ruffles and a bow, evocative of that decade’s pin-up girls.

Then the Fifties – the age of rock and roll, Elvis and the “greaser” gangs, and the explosion of colors post-WWII decade illuminated by the omnipresent jukebox lights had its flap in pink, turquoise and onyx with embossed colored parts, while the number “50” in light gold was set on the iridescent tab.

The Sixties are the decade of psychedelia, the Beatles, and the cool dry linear elegance of the Mods. Hence, the flap is patterned like a turntable resting on a desaturated Union Jack flag in gray, black and white instead of the traditional red, white and blue. The onyx black on the printed base has a long stud in place of the volume knob while the number “1960” is smacked in the center, where a vinyl LP’s label would be.

From the Sixties’ turntables to the Seventies disco revolution, this decade of glitter and absolute freedom of a new underground culture takes over the world. The flap is in glitter fabric with sails and mirrors like a Disco Ball hanging from the nightclubs’ ceilings, reflecting the light of a future that seemed stranger and more exciting than science fiction.

The Eighties representing Punk and the new wave presented Fashion as a provocation with brooches pinned to Queen Elizabeth’s nose becoming the epitome of that revolutionary stance. Therefore these are the years, for Furla’s journey, of the heart-shaped flap fastened with safety pins, studs and a denim tongue with a bold, unabashed “Furla 80” printed on the flap.

For the Nineties we travel across the ocean from Great Britain to the United States where the Age of Hip-Hop, rappers, “gangsta” style and “bling-bling” was the luxury of excess. The Nineties flap is made of suede, with an onyx and orange rubberized thermo-adhesive strip with white stitching like the one over the jersey of a Football team. It has a big “90” number smacked in the middle of the flap, embroidered with printed, convex leather.

Furla’s time travel and journey through nine decades of the Metropolis handbag ends in the 2000s, the “Aughts”: the decade of technology and dawn of the new Millennium. The flap is in a silver laminate lined with a folding plate, just like a robot’s complete with screw-shaped rivets and shimmering rhinestones. The 2000’s is a world expanded, flattened and interconnected by technology wherein our digital present was so unthinkable back in the Twenties when the Furla journey began.

In the Philippines, Furla is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Follow@ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Thursday Breakfasts with Lolo at Starbucks

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 I love Starbucks Thursdays with Lolo !

Breakfast today at @starbucksph  Fraps for breakfast. New Limited time Fraps Thursday Breakfasts with Lolo at Starbucks (2) Thursday Breakfasts with Lolo at Starbucks (1)  and healthy and yummy Harvest box packs @harvestbox#StarbucksPh #h2hstarbucks

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Take a break from hectic days, tight deadlines, and endless tasks by cooling down and relaxing at your nearest Starbucks stores. With new treats that will satisfy and please the most discerning of palates, Starbucks will help you take a break from the hassles of daily life.

The new Starbucks Frappuccino® flavors will surely make you fall in love with classic favorites that come with a new twist. Starbucks introduces Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino® and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino®, two indulgent flavors t hat are directly inspired by some of our most favorite desserts.  

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The Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino® is a rich mixture of Mocha Frappuccino® blended with banana puree which is then layered on top of strawberry whipped cream. This concoction is then finished with regular whipped cream, a drizzle of rich chocolate, and crunchy waffle cone pieces.  Meanwhile, coffee aficionados will surely be pleased with the new Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino®, handcrafted with Starbucks signature Coffee Frappuccino® poured on top of creamy coffee pudding and then made even more delectable by espresso whipped cream and Turkish ground coffee sprinkles.

Coffee connoisseurs who are on a constant search for rare one-lot coffee will undoubtedly enjoy Starbucks Reserve® Rwanda Musasa and Starbucks Reserve® Nicaragua Maracaturra.  But for those who are looking for the perfect cold brew experience at home, Starbucks has also released its Cold Brew Pitcher Packs. This is a perfect blend of Latin American and African beans that are roasted to bring out their rich and dense flavor when brewed cold. Its flavor is balanced, smooth, and rich with subtle sweet chocolatey notes. To brew a perfect pitcher, simply steep the pitcher packs in your refrigerator overnight.

CakesIf you’re wondering about what best goes with the two new Frappuccino® flavors or your perfectly brewed cup of coffee, well, Starbucks has that covered too! The new Lime Torte Cake is a symphony of flavors and texture with its sweet and tangy flavor partnered with crunchy and crumbly cake. For those looking for traditional Filipino flavors, the Mango Crunch Cake will surely delight you with smooth and creamy mousse with Philippine mangoes layered with crumbly and buttery graham and crunchy white almond.  Chocolate lovers will surely fall for the Chocolate Marshmallow Cake, a moist chocolate layer cake with smooth and creamy chocolate truffle and then frosted with marshmallow icing.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfait Starbucks also has two new Greek Yogurt Parfaits that will entice anyone looking for a delectable and healthy treat. The Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfait is made with creamy Greek yogurt layered with a sweet and tart blueberry compote and then topped with crunchy oat granola.  Meanwhile the Mango Greek Yogurt Parfait is made with sweet mango compote and Greek yogurt finished with a sprinkling of crunchy oat granola.

Another perfect complement to your coffee is the Whole Wheat Bagel made with linseeds, rye and soy grits, corn semolina, and oats. A more savory option is also available with the Bagel Bites filled with Cream Cheese, the mini herbed bagels are generously stuffed with cream cheese that will surely satisfy you with every bite.


Starbucks is also introducing three new designs for its Starbucks Cards. The three cards are the Chill Mini Card, Iced Coffee Card, and the Father’s Day Card. The Chill Mini Card and the Father’s Day Card are available for a minimum activation fee of ?500. The Father’s Day Card also comes with a free greeting card making it the perfect gift for your Dad on his special day. Meanwhile the Iced Coffee Card is available for a minimum activation fee of ?1,000.

Visit the nearest Starbucks store to experience these new treats and log on to for more information.


Mulberry Door by nawwTys

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 Mulberry Door  @mulberrydoor by @nawwty Trish Panlilio now open at Forbes Town #mulberrydoorMulberry Door by nawwTys (9) Mulberry Door by nawwTys (10) Mulberry Door by nawwTys (11) Mulberry Door by nawwTys (12) Mulberry Door by nawwTys (13) Date with my friend Bambi who always feeds me :-) I like eating with her because she orders the whole menu haha!! almost the whole menu :-)  Mulberry Door by nawwTys (1)Mulberry Door by nawwTys (2)Mulberry Door by nawwTys (7)Mulberry Door by nawwTys (6)Mulberry Door by nawwTys (3) Chipirones Mulberry Door by nawwTys (8)Mulberry Door by nawwTys (17)Mulberry Door by nawwTys (5) Osso Bucco with Parmesan risotto  #mulberrydoor #h2hrisotto #ossobuccoMulberry Door by nawwTys (16) Teo’s Lamb burger Mulberry Door by nawwTys (15) Paella Bianca   #mulberrydoor #H2HLambMulberry Door by nawwTys (14)

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Fathers Day at Romulo Cafe

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As the world celebrates Father’s Day, Romulo Café honors Gen. Carlos P. Romulo by introducing Cocido, a classic Spanish dish and an all-time favorite of the late general.

Father to four sons and grandfather to five girls and five boys, General Romulo dedicated his life to the pursuit of peace, envisioning a world where, in his words, “no child shall lie down in terror or waken to hunger but shall know himself as a being of unique value in a safer and kindlier world.”Fathers Day Romulo Cafe (1)For the whole month of June, Romulo Café pays tribute to all fathers with generous servings of Cocido. The hearty stew combines the flavors of beef shank, chicken, chorizo bilbao, chickpeas, pechay, cabbage, and saba (cooking bananas). This is simmered slowly in bulalo soup and served with the famous sauce of mashed saba and eggplant sauce.Fathers Day Romulo Cafe (2)

Cocido was one of the General’s favorite dishes and was served at the Romulos’  “Kasiyahan” home for nearly all Sunday lunches. An order of Romulo Café’s Cocido is priced at P950.00 and is good for 5 to 6 people. Diners need to make a reservation for this special treat and order one day in advance.

Carlos Peña Romulo inherited his intense patriotism from his father, Gregorio, who fought in the revolution for Philippine independence against Spain and America. It’s no surprise that when he grew up, Romulo served as aide-de-camp to General Douglas MacArthur in World War II. A brilliant journalist, he wrote a series of articles about Japanese imperialism anticipating an attack on the United States. He won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Distinguished Correspondence for his compelling reports.

He was a brigadier general in the US Army, receiving the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his service during World War II. He later became the president of the United Nations, earning the distinction of being the first Asian to ever hold the post. He continued his dedicated work for the country, serving a total of eight Philippine presidents, including 17

years as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and 10 years as the Philippines’ ambassador to the United States.

Romulo Café intends to keep the memory and legacy of this distinguished officer and gentleman through the art of fine cooking and dining. Its cuisine includes original recipes used by Romulo’s first wife, Virginia Llamas Romulo. A skilled cook who personally managed the family kitchen in her early years of marriage, Virginia made sure that special Philippine recipes were always included in embassy functions that her husband hosted when he became a diplomat. She would prepare and cook the dishes herself, making sure that everything tasted perfect.

Today, Romulo Cafe brings back the charms and pleasures of the general’s genteel era through the flavors beloved by the great Carlos P. Romulo. Romulo Cafés are located in Sct. Tuazon, Tomas Morato, Quezon City; Jupiter Street, Makati; Azumi Hotel in Ayala Alabang; and Kensington, London, UK.


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On Father’s Day, City of Dreams Manila offers spectacular ways for families to honor the man of the household with exciting treats for dads, consisting of: custom offers and activities at DreamPlay; a Dad’s night out at CenterPlay; epicurean delights at Nobu, Crystal Dragon and Wave restaurants, and a lavish staycation at Crown Towers and Nobu Hotel.

Family bonding time with dad is memorable at DreamPlay, the world’s first interactive play space inspired by films from DreamWorks animation such as Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon. On June 18, fathers can avail of the “Greatest Dad” promo wherein one complimentary ticket is offered to them if registering with at least two kids, and 50% discount on one ticket if with one child.

DreamPlay - The Greatest Dad Promo.

Dads can also show their fun side by hitting the punching bag that measures their strength and those with the highest score in the electronic punching machine Kung Fu Panda Po’s Five-fingered Punch Blast get a chance to win special prizes.


Families can have more excitement in the 12 attractions featuring educational and technology-rich activities such as making a gingerbread man in Cooking with Gingy, creating one’s own 3-D animation in Dream Studio, experiencing a 4-D animation at the Dream Theatre, joining Kung Fu Panda Dojo and other fun-filled activities. For an unforgettable dad’s day experience, the family can also interact and have a photo opportunity with DreamWorks characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Kung Fu Panda’s Po, King Julien, Mega Mind and Puss in the Boots.

The grown-ups can bond with their dads in a Father’s Day night out replete with lively entertainment at CenterPlay. A group of six can avail of the Father’s Day Bucket Deal at P988+, consisting of a bucket of six bottles of ice cold San Miguel Pale Pilsen or Light beer paired with fried chicken wings with sweet and spicy sauce, truffle cream potato wedges, vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili sauce and chicken liver pate with toasted bread and gherkins.

CenterPlay - Father's Day Bucket Deal.

At Nobu Manila, the Father’s Day Sunday Buffet Brunch is enhanced with Roasted US Prime Ribeye, Short Ribs Miso Gochujang, Nobu Style Borchetta, Wagyu Beef Takumi Burger, and Truffle Butter Crusted Fresh Baked Oysters. Nobu’s Sunday Brunch is from 11:30 am to 3 pm at P3,880++ per person for the non-alcohol beverage package and an additional P990++ or P1,990++ per person for the standard alcohol and premium champagne beverage packages, respectively. Kids from six to twelve dine at half price while those five and below dine free of charge.

Premium Cantonese and regional Chinese cuisine at Crystal Dragon offers a choice of two sumptuous seven-course menus for Chinese food lovers, or their usual favorites in the a la carte items at Crystal Dragon from June 1 to 18.

Crystal Dragon - U.S. Peking Duck

The Precious Set Menu is for a minimum of five to seven persons and highlights Double Boiled Crocodile Tail Soup with Sea Cucumber and Maca; Crispy Roasted Chicken Hong Kong Style; and Braised Pork Belly with Australian King Brown Mushroom in Clay Pot. The Virtuous Set Menu, which is for a minimum of eight to ten guests, includes: Home-Styled Steamed Cod Fish with Cordyceps Flower; Roasted US Duck in Cantonese Style with Plum Sauce; and Braised 10 Head Abalone with Homemade Spinach Bean Curd. The set menus are both priced at P3,380++ per cover. An a la carte menu with some of these items will also be available during the promotion period.


For al fresco dining, families can celebrate Father’s Day with a barbecue buffet at Wave poolside restaurant from 5 to 9 pm. Some of the mouthwatering and freshly-grilled buffet specials are Black Angus beef brisket and eight-hour smoked pork ribs, and Angus beef burgers. A salad bar, specialty breads, pasta choices, cheese display, and desserts including a halo-halo station complete the barbecue experience ideal for the whole family. The Father’s Day barbecue buffet rate is at P1,280++ inclusive of one round of iced tea, soda or fresh juices. Free-flowing local beers may be included for an additional P500++.

Wave - Father's Day Barbecue Buffet - Eight-Hour Smoked Pork Ribs

To top it all off, nothing else says “I love you dad” more heartwarmingly than a gift of a relaxing Father’s Day staycation with the entire family at Crown Towers or Nobu Hotel Manila. The weekend staycation, offered from June 16 to 18, includes a Father’s Day gift of mini liquor set and dark chocolate bonbon that is sure to make dad feel truly special.

Crown and Nobu Hotels - Father's Day Gift Box_

At Crown Towers, dads get the ultimate pampering package as the VIP luxury hotel offers a choice between an overnight or two-night accommodation complete with buffet breakfast at Breezes for two adults and two children five years old and below, F&B dining credit at any of City of Dreams Manila-owned establishments worth Php 3,000 net, and a 60-minute Intensive Muscle Release Massage for two adults at the luxurious Crown Spa. Overnight stay packages start at P17,500 net and a two-night stay for P26,000 net, both for a Resort Room.

Crown Towers Manila - Resort Room

A modern Japanese-inspired Father’s Day getaway is in store for dads at Nobu Hotel Manila. This staycation package also offers a choice of an overnight or two-night accommodation, with buffet breakfast for two adults and two children five years old and below at Nobu Manila restaurant, F&B dining credit worth Php 3,000 net at any of City of Dreams Manila-owned establishments, a 60-minute Renewal Massage for two adults at Nobu Spa. Overnight stay packages range from P14,700 net for a Nobu Deluxe room to P22,700 net for a Nobu Suite. Two-night stays are P21,700 net for Nobu Deluxe up to P37,700 net for Nobu Suite.Nobu Hotel Manila - Deluxe Room_

Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams

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So nice to be back at City of Dreams Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (7)It’s worth the trek to go there for good Chinese food at Crystal Dragon #crystaldragonmanilaCrystal Dragon at City of Dreams (6)Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (8) Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (10) Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (9)Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (11)CRystal Dragon menu city of dreams  We had a delicious lunch which started off so well with Crystal dragon welcome tea which is a combination of oolong and puerh tea, rose jelly rock sugar which is an anti oxidant and good for your health.Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (12)  Yummy XO sauce with crispy garlic in @crystaldragonmnl at @cityofdreamsmanila #crystaldragonmanila #cityofdreamsmanilaCrystal Dragon at City of Dreams (16)Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (13)Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (3) Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (21) Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (19) Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams (17)
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