The Round Dining Table

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This is my parent’s dining table.  It is here that we have many family meals, celebrate many special occassions and where my parents host their friends.  I have been part of many of those meals and up to this day, I look forward to every meal we have here – aside from the great food that Mom serves and prepares,  it is the overall experience that is most memorable and most important is dining with many personalities and friends of my parents.

They particularly chose a round dining table as a very good friend of theirs, Tito Robbie Delgado, influenced them in choosing round as the shape of their table.  A round table is the best shape because you get to see and talk to everyone in the table.  Our dining table at home is also round and it is perfect.

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Another wonderful evening with another of Dad and Mom’s barkada….

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Tito Danny is so easy to get along with… such a nice guy!  I noticed that he keeps watching me taking photos.  Tita Ising was James’ seatmate and he told me later on that he enjoyed taking care of her that evening.  She strikes me as a quiet person, soft spoken and I admire her for her simplicity and for being very low profile.  Andy pointed out to me that she is the only person who drinks her red wine with ice.  

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and of course I documented it :-)

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The ever so pretty and lovely Tita Baby. Ever since I met her, she has never aged and she is as beautiful as ever.  Tito Cesar on the other hand has always been a good family friend and by the way, if you are looking to buy a Mercedez Benz… do contact him :-) 

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My seatmate, Andy, is the “BIG BOSS” of Shangri-la.  I enjoyed chatting with him.  He is a super smart lawyer, a funny guy and is “taken”! :-)  Tisha is the lucky wife and is the daughter of Tita Baby.   Now we know where she gets her charm and good looks.  I see Tisha in Mother’s Club and she helps her Mom run Franck Provost and CAS.  ( previous Entry:  Beauty 101 April 29, 2008 ) 

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And my other seatmate, Patrick, friend of Tito Cesar and a Swiss banker based in Hong Kong. Also a nice guy…but “spoken for” as well :-)  

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I enjoy eating kobe beef with this group- they fry their beef fat and eat it.  Everyone in the table did it. They really know how to enjoy eating!!  

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Gil and Christine

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 We hosted a dinner in honor of Gil and Christine because we wanted to get to know Christine better.  We remember our friendship with Gil through all these years…And it is funny that among all the girlfriends of Gil, Christine was the only one we did not get to know so well and she ends up being THE ONE!  We are so happy that Gil has finally found his future partner in life.  We hope to continue to be part of your life as a married couple and we only wish you the best!

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One of Manila’s most eligible bachelor………not anymore :-) 

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We welcome Christine into our family…. I say OUR FAMILY because we feel very much a part of their family as we love them all!  We are fortunate to know and be friends with a great family!gil-christine12.jpggil-christine5.jpg

 I see a little of myself in Christine as I remember documenting everything – from dates, pictures, souvenirs etc.. 

With their permission, Heart2Heart is happy to share their wedding website which Christine created.  And here are some of the pages which is taken from that beautiful website 

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Lally

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It was nice to see Derek and Lally during their short visit to the Philippines.  Lally was a batchmate in Assumption highschool and Ateneo for college.  She migrated to Canada and is now married to Derek with two daughters. Lally was one of the people who believed in me and suggested that I put up Heart2Heart.  Thanks Lals for the encouragement and for all your advice.   

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I am also so happy to meet Derek.  He is a Radiologist and is the second guy I know, next to Tito Serge, that likes Gardening.  Derek does boxed gardening since he said in Toronto, they do not have much space in their homes for big gardens, so they put their gardens by their windows. We get along because he also likes desserts!!  One of his favorites is also my favorite, brazo de mercedez.    

I gave Lally a short list of restos to choose from where we could meet up and I am glad she chose Le Gourmet at Rustan’s. Good answer!  Good answer! :-)

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I chose a basic french dish – Croque Monsieur which I truly enjoyed! 

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Lally’s order-  Pasta Marinara

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Dereks’ order – Legumes Farcis ( Stuffed Vegetable Plate ) 

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And of course Derek and I split two desserts! 

 Mousse Au Chocolat

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Tiramisu 

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 It was a nice lunch to catch up a bit on Lally.  Hope to see you guys again soon…hopefully in Toronto! 

Previous Entry:  Le Gourmet at Rustan’s March 10, 2008 

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The Gustavian

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Thanks to  Sammy and Emily for bringing us to this place!  This is Heart2Heart’s favorite restaurant this trip. I particularly like businesses with personal touches, where the owners are the ones hands on and running the place, businesses with stories behind them, those that start from scratch and take the risk to bring their concept and ideas to life….. It is really admirable! 

They will be opening also in the Ayala Mall as their second location.   I can’t wait till they come to Manila.  According to Chef Robert, they are looking for locations in Makati and are open to franchising.  PLEASE HURRY!  

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The Gustavian celebrates the decadence and glamour brought to Sweden in the 1750’s by Crown Prince Gustav III. Gustav, who studied in France, was crowned King of Sweden and proceeded to rapidly change the whole country in to a Cultural movement that included fine cuisine.gustavianlogo.jpg

Sweden has since become one of the most delightful aspects of the French cuisine family tree.

Scandinavian cuisine is a melting pot of the Haute Cuisine of the Baltic, Russian, Polish, Finish and of course Swedish/French fine dining heritage over the past 300 years.

We hope you will enjoy our own version of preparing dishes created by great chefs from the past, and with our own updated twist in presentation!

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‘The Gustavian’ Country Farmer’s Delicatessen

….is fresh from the Old World era, serving homemade European sausages and artisan breads in the heart of Cebu City in the Philippines. The Gustavian is the inspiration of Chef Robert Lilja a renowned master Chef and Saucier who was previously named as the No 1 in customer satisfaction for the Marriott Hotel chain and was one of their star chefs. Chef Robert has risen through the ranks at some of the finest restaurants in Europe. In addition, master chef Dietmar Dietrich has recently joined the Gustavian. He comes with a wealth of experience and has tended to the stoves of many of the finest establishments in Europe. This great combination ensures that the Gustavian is truly world class and the best continental restaurant in the Philippines.

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The warm roasting smell of freshly baked bread greets customers as they enter into the broad veranda.

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The Gustavian makes sausages, pickles, smoked meats and sea foods along with its artisan breads. Authentic rustic breads, pugliese, potato walnut bread, pumpernickel rye, and Tuscane are offered daily from the Gustavian’s state of the art ovens. Crusty baguettes emerge steaming from the oven, inviting a spread of shrimp paste and dill cream cheese, fresh from the Deli’s creamery.

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Chef’s Robert & Dietmar excel at the character and quality of the Old World, but slyly surprises one with their delicate and delicious touches such as sweet Visayan mango slice in the tart prawn’s Caesar salad; crunchy-salty caviar sprinkled on uni (sea urchin sushi) on fresh-cracked oysters; walnut and potato in soft yeasty whole wheat bread with herbed butter spreads.

The Gustavian offers restaurant service for breakfast, lunch and dinner to showcase its home-made offerings from the Deli. In addition, an ever changing menu offers delicacies such as the kitchen specialty, fillet of beef with the trademark pepper, morel and gorgonzola sauce, arguably the best in the Philippines. Omaha Angus seared to perfection, presented with asparagus and green salad, crusted potato rissole that melts in the mouth, and the smoked salmon Caesar dressing combine perfectly for an unforgettable meal.

 

Chef’s Robert & Dietmar combine the traditional herbs and spices of European sausages into their home-made products. The fresh sun dried tomato sausage features basil and pine nuts for a Mediterranean flair, another has fennel seed and coriander, while thyme & rosemary flavors one of the best fresh sausages one has ever tasted. These are but a few examples of the starters in a line that will feature many standards as well as a changing palette of flavors and affinities, with no doubt occasional zestful surprises from the chef’s broad repertoire.

Healthful, organic, and robustly gourmet are the complementary themes of the Gustavian Country Farmers Market Delicatessen. During the morning you may breakfast on eggs and home-cured bacon with walnut bread and sausage. Sautéed oyster mushrooms, Italian tomato slices, and a sprig of thyme enhance the delicate flavors of the Da Vinci sausage and raise the meal from mere breakfast to memorable. 

You may satisfy your appetite and your palate by dining in the restaurant, or shop for take-out meals, sausages, breads and bagels, spices and herbs, European and home-made cheeses and spreads, or packaged hard-to-find items like polenta, couscous, risotto, olives, or Parma ham and Genoa salami. 

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The décor and the settings resonate with Old World flair. Fleur-de-lis and artichoke motif chandeliers accent the high ceiling with its boxed Swedish Cross that forms the core of the dining area.  The rustic Tuscany tile floor, pine-top tables, and elegant rattan chairs complement the hearty gourmet offerings from the kitchen. 

Restrooms on both ends of the resto 

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Country cooking from the Old World makes its home in Cebu in the hearty, rustic gourmet kitchens of the Gustavian. Add to that a dash of Chef Robert’s and Chef Dietmar’s flair from their endless repertory of culinary knowledge, and the ingredients are transformed into a world class dining experience.

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Macaroni Cheese and Prawns – YUMMY!!! 

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Pan Fried Salmon Steak 

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Ostrich Madagascar 

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US Angus Rib Eye steak 

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 Another unique feature of the place is the BREAD BUFFET.  I love dips and spreads!!  And here you can choose whatever bread and whatever dips you want to go with your bread.  It is part of the meal if you are eating there.  

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James chose one dessert from the pastry showcase- CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE- YUMMY!!!!!!

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Chocolate souffle with Raspberry Sorbet 

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Cebu Delicacies and Pasalubongs

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In Cebu, there is a Pasalubong store right before you reach the airport.  So if you have time, try to buy all your pasalubongs either in that Pasalubong center ( you will not miss it – yellow building ) or in supermarkets in the city.  Because just like anything else, the stuff in the airport are always more expensive.   

 

The original and the best dried mango brand

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 SHAMROCK brand is supposedly the best brand but it was not available at the time I was shopping…or maybe I just did not see it

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and now they have other varieties of Otap…with cinnamon

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Of course, there is CHICHARON  many many brands all over but of course we try to be healthy and so we buy this which actually is a far cry from the ones with fat

 

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 This Peanut browas I discovered from my sister.  It is like lenguas de gato but has peanut flavor. Lola Pureza is a good brand

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and Lola Pureza also has mini mamon which is a popular product as well.  It is small mamons that are toasted

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Dad and Mom never fails to buy their danggit..again trying to be healthy, we get the UNSALTED one.  It is still salty though.  Fry it ( in olive oil ) and then serve with scrambled egg and garlic rice! yummy!

 

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and Palad Flakes

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Starbucks now has 6 stores in Cebu!

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SM Cebu, SM Mall, G/F Fiesta Strip, Tel. 032-231-6455 

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Ayala Center Annex, Ayala Center, Annex Business Park, Tel. 032-4151911p1030454.JPGCrown Regency, G/F Crown Regency, Hotel & Towers, Osmeña Blvd. Tel. 032-238-6851 cebu-089.JPG

SM Cebu Northwing, Upper Ground Floor, SM Cebu City Tel. 032-2363161p1030444.JPG p1030445.JPG

No photo since we were not able to visit this store:

Paseo Arcenas Cebu, G/F Paseo Center, Arcenas Estate, Duterte Street, Banawa, Tel. 032-261-4709 

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Ching Palace

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Another Cebu favorite.  This place was introduced to us by Tita Elizabeth and ever since then Dad and Mom always come back.  Dad always looks for seafood restaurants since he tries to avoid meat.  So he has Victoria’s City Seafood in HK, Oriental Garden in NYHai Shin Lou in Manila, and Ching Palace in Cebu.

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What is interesting also in the restaurant is the owner’s collection of Koi and parrots.  It is displayed on the walls of the restaurant.   

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Good chinese food and fresh seafood!  The crab and the eel was very good.  They did not have the fresh lobster sushi which dad and mom always order.  You need to request for it since it is not in the menu.   

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Laguna Cafe

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Dad and Mom’s favorite Filipino restaurant in Cebu.  This one we ate in is a few meters away from Starbucks and there is another location nearby in the Ayala Mall.   Mom says to make sure to order the Crispy tadyang :-)

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website:  Cafe Laguna / Laguna Cafe  

 Contact Information:


Laguna Garden CafeGarden Row 1Biliran Road, Cebu Business ParkCebu City, PhilippinesTel #: 032-2338600Fax #: 032-2338602email: lgc@cafelaguna.com Cafe Laguna – Ayala CenterLevel 1 Ayala Center CebuCebu Business ParkCebu City, PhilippinesTelefax #: 032-2310922email: cl-ayala@cafelaguna.com
Laguna Catering & Commissary CenterTorralba Street Corner Veteran’s DriveNear Cam Lapu-lapu, LahugCebu City, PhilippinesTelefax #: 032-2313553email: catercom@cafelaguna.com

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Luxury Shopping Card Unveiled

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Zenaida R. Tantoco, President of Rustan Commercial Corp. said: “Rustan’s continues a long and proud tradition of putting our customers first, and constantly finding new ways to delight them. The Citi Rustan’s card will certainly complete their shopping experience, and it gives us the opportunity to further cement our relationship with our loyal and valued shoppers.”

Anton Huang, Executive Vice President of Stores Specialists, Inc., related that the Citi Rustan’s cardholder will enjoy exclusive access to the many promotions that they line up year-round.  “We currently have over 60 international brands under our wing, and that number will continue to grow.  Each of these brands has something unique to offer to the Filipino shopper, and we are happy to be able to introduce each one of them to the Citi Rustan’s cardholder, through private sales, exclusive promotions and special occasion discounts.”

Rustan’s Supermarkets’ President Bienvenido Tantoco III is confident that the new credit card will receive a warm welcome from Rustan’s devoted shoppers.  “Once a shopper has experienced Rustan’s, they usually come back for more, whether they first tried the department store or the specialty boutiques or the supermarket.  And we are happy to say that these become long-term relationships that we nurture with good products and excellent service.  A Citi-Rustan’s cardholder can expect no less.”citibank-card27.jpgcitibank-card28.jpg

According to Mark Jones, Citi Country Business Manager: “We are very proud to have the country’s foremost luxury retailer as our partner in our latest product.  For more than 50 years, Rustan’s has been bringing the world’s most premier and sought after brands to the Filipino shopper, even as they help launch the careers of many local designers.  They are the natural partner for Citi as we launch a credit card for the luxury shopper.”

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Privileges at Rustan’s Department Store

·       Welcome gifts:

       For Citi Rustan’s Platinum cardholders: complimentary service from Clarins Institut, Essenses Aesthetics or Murad Spa.  Present card and voucher to enjoy Light from Maori Treatment from Clarins Institut, Hot Stone Body Massage from Essenses Aesthetics or Vitamin C Infusion Facial from Murad Spa.

       For Citi Rustan’s Gold cardholders: complimentary service from Clarins Institut, Essenses Aesthetics or Murad Spa.  Present card and voucher to enjoy Clarins Back Relief, Dermalogica Discovery Facial or Murad Classical Facial. 

·       World-class service from Lifestyle Consultants: experts in the fields of fashion, beauty, homemaking and more. A Lifestyle Consultant will work with your most convenient schedule and budget to be able to assist you better with your shopping requirements.

·       Lifestyle Consultants will also pamper you with these priority shopping services:

       Delivery of items to customer’s location in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu

       Assistance with all of Rustan’s Gift Registries (Bridal, Baby, etc.)

       Invitations to shopping parties and store events

       Assistance with wardrobe alteration, embroidery, and engraving

       Makeover sessions as requested

·       Exclusive treats on special occasions:

       Anniversary Discount:  20% discount for Platinum cardholders and 15% for Gold cardholders on Regular, Consigned, and X-items (except SSI brands) purchased with Citi Rustan’s Card on your anniversary month. Just present card with anniversary voucher at the cashier.

(Claim anniversary voucher booklet at the Concierge. Valid for one transaction on the day the voucher is claimed, for a maximum purchase of P10,000 for Platinum and P5,000 for Gold cardholders.)

       Birthday Discount: 20% discount for Platinum cardholders and 15% discount for Gold cardholders for purchases on your birthday week (3 days before the birthday, on the day itself, or 3 days after the birthday). Just present card with birthday voucher at the cashier

(Claim birthday voucher at the Concierge. Valid for one transaction on the day the voucher is claimed, for a maximum purchase of P10,000 for Platinum and P5,000 for Gold cardholders.)

       Preferential Discount at East Creative Asian: 15% discount for Platinum cardholders and 10% discount for Gold cardholders for a minimum bill of P500.

       Preferential Discount at Phyto Univers Salon: 15% discount for Platinum cardholders and 10% discount for Gold cardholders on all hair services, plus a complimentary hand and foot massage for every haircut or chemical treatment package.

·       Exclusive Benefits for Citi Rustan’s Platinum cardholders:

       Access to the Platinum Lounge: Personal shoppers get everything you need while you sit back, relax and enjoy complimentary coffee at the Platinum Lounge.

       Free Valet Parking at Rustan’s Makati: Present card to Concierge 1 or 5 to get free valet parking voucher, even without proof of purchase.

       Complimentary Engraving

       Complimentary Alteration Services

       Complimentary Embroidery Services at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Mall: Triple-initial monogram (traditional or modern style) or single-initial monogram.

       Free Delivery of Purchases

Privileges at Rustan’s Supermarket (Fresh and Expresslanes)

.      Welcome Gift:  Cardholders can avail of welcome gifts at Rustan’s Supermarket Makati-Glorietta, Rockwell, Shangri-La, and Katipunan (upon presentation of voucher).

·       10% Discount on Featured Wine/Spirits: Get discounts on wine and liquor bottles worth P1,000 at Rustan’s Supermarket Makati-Glorietta, Rockwell, Shangri-La Mall, and Katipunan, as well as at Le Gourmet in Rustan’s Supermarket Makati, The Vineyard/Wineshops in Rustan’s Supermarket Makati-Glorietta, Rockwell, Shangri-La, and Katipunan.

·       Birthday Discount: 10% discount for Platinum cardholders and 5% discount for Gold cardholders for purchases on your birthday week (3 days before the birthday, on the day itself, or 3 days after the birthday). Just present card with valid ID with picture at the Customer Service Counter. Offer good for one-time use on birthday week.

·       Gift for Special Occasions: Get a gift if you’re one of the first 2,000 shoppers on Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Claim your free gift at the checkout counter of Rustan’s Supermarket Makati-Glorietta, Rockwell, Gateway, Shangri-La Mall, Katipunan, Magallanes, San Antonio (Forbes Park), Greenbelt, and Corinthians.

·       VIP Access to Exclusive Events: Get invited to members-only sales and product previews throughout the year, plus a gift if you’re one of the first 2,000 cardholders to arrive at the event.

·       Free Parking: Get a P20 parking coupon every month if you’re one of the first 300 shoppers at the Rustan’s Supermarket Makati-Glorietta branch.

·       Complimentary Glass of Wine at Le Gourmet: Get a complimentary glass of wine for a minimum purchase of P300. Simply pay for your purchases with Citi-Rustan’s Card and the glass of wine is yours for free.

·       All-Expense-Paid Travel Package for 2 for top-spending cardholders: Highest-spending Citi Rustan’s cardholder and a companion can enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to be awarded at the end of each year.

·       For top-spending Gold cardholder: Local destination, inclusive of economy-class airfare and accommodations.

·       For top-spending Platinum cardholder: Asian destination, inclusive of business-class airfare and accommodations.

·       Free Appetizer at Le Gourmet (For Platinum Cardholders Only):   Every month, Platinum cardholders will get complimentary appetizer for a minimum purchase of P300 at Le Gourmet. Simply pay for your purchases with Citi-Rustan’s Card and the appetizer is yours for free.


Privileges at Stores Specialists, Inc. Stores

·       Enjoy shopping in over 250 SSI stores offering luxury designer shoes, bags, clothing and accessories in all the major malls of Manila, Cebu, Baguio and Davao.  Avail of  the following exclusive benefits and offers throughout the year:

Early access to End-of-Season Sale Previews at select stores.

Get first dibs at Sale merchandise either the day before or a few hours before the end-of-season sale opens to the public at select stores. 

Exclusive invitations to off-site 3-day Sale Events held at least once per season.

Shop in the exclusive company of other Citi Rustan’s cardholders as we present to you an array of over fifty SSI brands at irresistible discounts, in one centralized sale venue, twice a year!

Free alteration services on regular merchandise bought with your Citi Rustan’s card.

Just show us your card and proof of purchase and we’ll do the rest.

Enjoy gifts with your purchases throughout the year!

·  Free Debenhams Tote Bag or Umbrella with a minimum purchase of P3,000

·  Free Surprise Gift at Banana Republic for a minimum purchase of P5,000  

·  Free Surprise Gift at Diesel for a minimum purchase of P5,000

·  Free Surprise Gift at GAP for a minimum purchase of P5,000

 

Get a special Birthday Treat!  Treat yourself to a ten percent (10%) discount when you use your Citi Rustan’s card for that once-a-year milestone at any of our stores*

Simply present your Citi Rustan’s Card on the day of your birthday, together with a valid ID indicating your birth date, to claim your 10% discount.

  • Discount is valid for one transaction only up to a maximum of P20,000.  
  • Valid only on full priced or regular priced items and not to be used in conjunction with other promotions or discounts.
  • Valid only on the date of your birthday.
  • Valid at all SSI stores, except Zara.

 

Citi Rustan’s Card is available in two variants – Gold and Platinum. Earning rebates on purchases is easy:

Citi Rustan’s Gold cardholders receive 2% rebate for purchases made in Rustan’s and affiliate stores, and 0.50% rebate on purchases in other establishments.

Citi Rustan’s Platinum cardholders, on the other hand, earn 3% rebate on purchases made in Rustan’s and affiliate stores, and 0.50% on purchases in other establishments.

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Exclusive VISA Platinum Privileges:

·      Citi Rustan’s Platinum cardholders also enjoy exclusive VISA Platinum Privileges:

·       VISA Platinum Club: Enjoy five-star privileges at exciting destinations specially handpicked for jetsetters.

·       VISA Platinum Golf: Enjoy access to some of the finest golf courses from Asia and around the world.

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Where is Matt?

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Thanks to dad and Catherine for sharing this video.  I actually find this video amusing.  How an idea or how one man can influence the whole world amazes me!  And how lucky he is to have travelled to so many cities all over the world.   

 

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At first I liked watching the videos just because I wanted to see different places in the world and where Matt has been to.  I also found his dancing so entertaining.   I was trying to figure out what he was trying to do or what he was trying to convey.  Then I saw this comment on his video,  which by the way has 21,000 + comments and 10 million plus views, which sort of says it all.

 

“Hi Matt, the new video absolultey Rocks! I wish I had a better word. It brought be to happy tears because it is pure joy, no politics, no attachments, no stress, no problems, just people having fun together doing the same thing (dancing badly) at the same time, all over our big beautiful world. We were all in the moment and it shows in every clip!

 

Your videos bring such happines and joy to so many, that of course is why they are such a hit and this one will be the biggest hit!

 

Thank you Matt, and thank you Stride Gum for allowing Matt Harding to continue his good work……..dancing badly and spreading joy!

 

Tashi Delek Matt!

 

Posted by: Roemarie | June 20, 2008 at 08:28 AM

 

 note:  You can view the video in YOUTUBE in HIGH RESOLUTION so it is clearer

 

2008

 

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2006

 

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This is funny too!

 

Outakes

 

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website:  Where the Hell is Matt?

 

About Matt

 

Matt is a 31-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

 

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt an idea. They were standing around taking pictures in Hanoi, and his friend said “Hey, why don’t you stand over there and do that dance. I’ll record it.” He was referring to a particular dance Matt does. It’s actually the only dance Matt does. He does it badly. Anyway, this turned out to be a very good idea.

 

A couple years later, someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone else, and so on. Now Matt is quasi-famous as “That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I’ll send you the link. It’s funny.”

 

The response to the first video brought Matt to the attention of the nice people at Stride gum. They asked Matt if he’d be interested in taking another trip around the world to make a new video. Matt asked if they’d be paying for it. They said yes. Matt thought this sounded like another very good idea.

 

In 2006, Matt took a 6 month trip through 39 countries on all 7 continents. In that time, he danced a great deal.

 

The second video made Matt even more quasi-famous. In fact, for a brief period in July, he was semi-famous.

 

Things settled down again, and then in 2007 Matt went back to Stride with another idea. He realized his bad dancing wasn’t actually all that interesting, and that other people were much better at being bad at it. He showed them his inbox, which, as a result of his semi-famousness, was overflowing with emails from all over the planet. He told them he wanted to travel around the world one more time and invite the people who’d written him to come out and dance too.

 

The Stride people thought that sounded like yet another very good idea, so they let him do it. And he did. And now it’s done. And he hopes you like it.

 

Matt lives in Seattle, Washington with his girlfriend, Melissa, and dog, Sydney. He hasn’t had a real job since Stride called him up. Matt doesn’t mind working, but he doesn’t much care for having to show up at the same place every day.

 

Matt is not rich. Matt also doesn’t have some magical secret for traveling cheaply. He does it pretty much the same way everybody else does.

 

Matt thinks Americans need to travel abroad more.

 

Matt was a very poor student and never went to college. When he got older, he was pleased to discover that no one actually cares. Matt doesn’t want to imply that college is bad or anything. He’s just saying is all. There’s other ways to fill your head.

 

Matt is left-handed.

 

When Matt was younger, he could hang seven spoons on his face at once. Sadly, puberty made Matt’s face less conducive to spoon-hanging.

 

Matt’s Xbox Live screen name is BadDancer. He plays a lot of Rock Band.

 

Matt has a little piece of extra cartilage sticking out on the rim of one ear and a little hole in the same place on the other ear. Since saying so on this page, he’s been informed that the extra piece of cartilage is called a Darwinian Tubercle. Matt thinks

website:  Where the Hell is Matt?

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