Thursday, December 1, 2016
Travelers can experience quality service accommodation and enjoy amenities such as transportation service to- and from- any airport terminal, high-speed internet access, laundry, spa, for as low as PHP388.00 per room with the opening of Go Hotel Manila Airport Road. Manila Airport Road is the first of five projects that Roxaco-Vanguard Hotel Corporation.
Roxaco-Vanguard Hotel Corporation (RVHC), in association with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), officially opens its first Go Hotels branch, Manila Airport Road last Nov 29, to cater to a new and growing market of smart travelers.
Situated along Quirino Avenue in close proximity to the airport terminals 1,2,3 and 4. Go Hotels North Edsa - Quezon City, Cubao - Quezon City, Ermita - Manila and Timog - Quezon City will be opening between now and the first quarter of 2017.
Go Hotels Manila Airport Road offers a total of 199 rooms of varying bed types such as twin, queen or a connecting room. All rooms are equipped with safety and security features, bathrooms with super shower, high quality beds; 100% cotton sheets and duvet covers complete with non-allergenic pillows, 32 inch LED TV with cable, and individually controlled air conditioning units.
For more information and updates, visit www.gohotels.ph or Go Hotels’ Facebook page.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Success is no accident. It entails hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice and most of all, love for what you do. Oftentimes, those who are unsuccessful often feel trapped, whether in a dead-end career or otherwise. Sometimes, a 180-degree turn or turning to a different direction, can do wonders.
|Nina with husband in Milan|
Nina Solomon, a Senior Executive Advisor and a Unit Manager in Philam Life, did one such transition. She dared to reinvent herself and found a place where she can excel.
Before joining the corporate world, she manned and managed the fruit wholesale business of her mother in Divisoria for 10 years. Her good handling of the business made it profitable, but she yearned for something else. She wanted to have a career where she can feel fulfilled. Then a friend told her about the Philam Life insurance business, and she was drawn to it.
The Starbright Financial Advisors Management Team (left to right) Judd Sta Maria, Anna Blanco, Rogel Morales, Dhelle Datinguinoo, Nina Solomon, Jen Sta. Maria, Kat Lacdan and Red Pasetes
It all started-off as a way to reinvent herself, patterning herself mostly after fashionable colleagues on how to look professional, smart and elegant. But it eventually turned into a passion to share the importance of financial literacy. As she began attending trainings, she realized the value of the protection coverage and the benefits that financial products can offer to clients.
|Nina in Morocco|
“I remember one client of mine who showed me a picture of his family and made me promise that if something happens to him, I will take care of his family – that struck me the most. I felt that I am responsible for my clients and that I should take this career seriously,” said Solomon.Nina’s respect for the need for financial literacy and planning went beyond training. She experienced firsthand how proper financial planning for life’s uncertainties helped out when a great tragedy struck her: Her beloved husband passed away unexpectedly.
“It was 2006, a day after his birthday. He was brought to the hospital for extreme headache. His blood tests were abnormally high and the doctor suspected either Dengue, Leukemia or a blood infection. I remember how he, in great pain, leaned on me as we waited for test results. Later, it was confirmed he had acute Leukemia,” said Solomon.
Being married for 23 years, Nina did not find it easy to regain her strength and face life’s journey single-handedly. But she found strength to go on with the love and support from her Philam Life family and her drive to fulfill her mission to her clients, whom she treated as family. To date, she has around 800 clients.
“My clients hang on to me. I can’t give up on them,” she said.
A new challenge was given to her by her managers - “What if you duplicate yourself?” She leads 25 Financial Advisors on her first year as unit manager, with ages ranging from the millennials to what they jokingly refer to as “may linya” (with facial lines). “They are the kids I never had,” she enthused.
Surprise birthday party for Nina Solomon last Nov 15, 2016 by the Starbright Financial Advisors management and advisors team.
Nina Solomon (right) with Philam Life CEO Aibee Cantos (2nd from right) and Agency Manager Anna Blanco (2nd from left) at the AIA President’s Club in Monaco last 2012.
Nina Solomon has been a Philam Life Financial Advisor for 20 years now. More than ever, she feels excited to fulfill her mission to her clients and to her new mentees. She teaches the value of excellence and passion as key to success.
She has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), a prestigious global organization of high-performing financial advisors, for 19 years; Court of the Table for six years; and Top of the Table for one year. She has also attended the President’s Club in New York, just one of her many all-expenses-paid travels around the world given by Philam Life.
Aside from her mission to spread the good news of financial literacy, Nina also serves as president of Foundation for Professional Training, Inc. This is an organization that sends indigent female students to a two-year course in Hotel and Restaurant Management, where 100% of students get employed after graduation.
Nina Solomon (center) was awarded as Top Associate of the Year 2013 (Top of the Table) during the AIA President’s Club held in Hawaii.
Philam Life is the country’s premier life insurance company. It is a member of the AIA Group, the second largest life insurer in the world, and the top MDRT Company worldwide for two consecutive years.
Like Nina, anyone can make a turnaround in their life by choosing to take action, to try-out opportunities, or to find their passion and purpose in life. And when they do, success comes without them realizing it.
To know more about this career option, visit www.philamlife.com
One of the measures of parenting success is the achievements of the children upon entering adulthood. Raising a child is a very challenging role but seeing them grow into a good and responsible individuals makes parenting very rewarding.
Parenting and Relationship Consultant Maribel Dionisio with Atty. Tabayoyong, a parent participant in one of “The ABCs of Parenting” school talk
“Raising a family is not as easy as ABC, especially at the child’s formative years from ages 1 to 12. You have to focus on forming your child’s character while balancing work and family life,” said parenting and relationship consultant Maribel Dionisio.Another challenge to address is starting a family. Most couples may feel confident that they are emotionally and mentally prepared for family life, but many would be doubtful about their financial capability to do so.
The parents of preschool up to Grade 4 students at Marist School in Marikina
“A well-planned financial goal is also crucial in the early stages of starting a family,” said Dionisio. “For parents, especially those who are planning to have 2 or more kids, it is important that they start planning for their kids’ college education as early as when their child starts to walk,” Dionisio continues.There is no exact science on how to be a good parent, but getting some advice would be very helpful in parenting. With this goal in mind, Dionisio created The ABCs of Parenting.
The ABCs of Parenting aims to impart important parenting knowledge to new and even experienced couples. The lectures will discuss the following tips: A for attention-giving; B for building self-worth; C for communicating; D for disciplining with love; E for enhancing the relationship; and F for financial planning.
Planning your family’s activities well and knowing your financial responsibility can contribute a lot to a healthy and rewarding family life. As you raise your children, building a sustainable financial fund will become a challenge especially when it comes to preparing for their future education.
With the extended years in basic education and the rising cost of tuition fees, there is no better way to prepare for our children’s college education than getting a good education plan from a trustworthy partner.
Good thing there are insurance companies with education products to help address the education needs of Filipino families, like Philam Life, who recently introduced a new education product called Future Scholar.
Future Scholar is an investment and life insurance plan that provides long-term growth potential and guaranteed education benefits and access to expertly-managed funds which gives long-term growth potential. Should the payor pass away or suffer total and permanent disability, the plan will still continue as future premiums will be waived. With the optional term insurance for the payor, an additional lump-sum amount will be given to the family to help increase the education fund. Customers can choose to pay in as short as 5 years or pay regularly until the child reaches age 17.
Philam Life remains a trusted partner of parents in ensuring the continued education of their children. It has delivered timely payouts of over PHP10 billion in education benefits for the past 10 years, and over PHP131 billion in insurance benefits for the past six decades. For school year 2016-2017 alone, over 100,000 young scholars received their education payouts. This is a testament to the company’s ability to fulfill its promise to help parents give their children a good education year after year.
The ABCs of Parenting School Tour is a partnership between Philam Life and Maribel Dionisio.
To learn more about Future Scholar, please visit www.philamlife.com
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Goldilocks recently celebrate National Cake Day in part of Goldilocks’ 50th Birthday Celebration with a buffet of Goldilocks all time favorite cakes! at Goldilocks SM Manila last Nov 26. We feasted on our favorite cakes like Black Forest, Chocolate Chiffon, Classic brownies, Chunky Choco Cake, Choco Cherry Torte, Triple Delight Cake, Choco Caramel Decadence, Mocca Chiffon and a lot more were presented and offered to the media.
I enjoyed all the cakes offered and partnered it with a hot tea in the corner. I wish I could eat more I have to control my diet though. So Goldilocks let us enjoy their celebration cake with a take out cake!
I love Goldilocks eversince my parents introduced us kids to their cakes. From our birthdays, to graduation, to Christmas and New Year, christening and town fiestas. Goldilocks has been there for us. Now, Im passing the deed to my children and grandchildren by gifting them with their favorite Goldilocks Black Forest Cake and celebration cakes when there's anything to celebrate. It truly became a part of the family tradition.
It's no secret that everyone loves dessert, and cake is always at the top of that list. From the classic favorites like Chocolate and Butter cakes to the more special Black Forest and Brazo de Mercedes, Goldilocks has been on top of their cake game. With 50 years of cake experience and expertise under their belt, Goldilocks has given delight to children, adults, and every cake enthusiast all over the country with their classic flavors, premium cakes, and even their snack-sized cake slices.
Goldilocks celebrated the enduring charm and taste for their cakes at the recently concluded National Cake day in SM City Manila.
National Cake Day is part of Goldilocks’ 50th Birthday Celebration. Guests were treated to all the classic and premium Goldilocks cakes that they could eat at the National Cake Day buffet. All the guest were able to have their fill of classic Black Forest, Ube, and Mocha cakes; and premium flavors such as Chocolate Velvet, Rainbow, and Caramel Banana. Of course, snack cakes like the Double Dutch, Chiffon, and Marbled slices also made an appearance at the buffet, which everyone enjoyed.
Even if it isn’t National Cake Day anymore, go ahead and indulge yourself! Grab a Goldilocks cake slice, cake roll, or any of Goldilocks’ famous round cakes and share a slice with family and friends!
Can’t decide what flavor of cake to get? Visit the Goldilocks website to learn about all of their cake flavors at www.goldilocks.com.ph!
Monday, November 28, 2016
Those giant festive trees around the city have been lit, the Holiday mall exhibits have been unveiled, and the cool weather is probably the last hint you’ll ever need. As that popular song goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”
In fact, we’re just several weeks away from the most wonderful time of the year, so now's the perfect time to start thinking about the best gifts to give to your loved ones. Deciding on the perfect gift however can be quite tricky and even stressful; Food can go stale or expire (or maybe they even changed their diet), wrong clothes sizes can be an indication of how you perceive them (too fat, too thin, too long or too short) and don’t get me started about those office accessories and daily items which you think they could use (and probably already have).
So what’s the best gift item to give out this holiday season?
You can never go wrong with something tech-related.
It's not just geeks who love tech anymore- even your parents who are becoming active on social media, your partner, kids, best friends and even your grandparents who’ve discovered those slot machine games, would definitely appreciate these tech related gifts for Christmas.
It’s a good thing that with the drop in temperature, Promate Technologies is also dropping the prices of several gadgets that are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any receiver.
For the audio junkies and the music lovers, take their sound experience to the next level with the Conex Bluetooth Speakers. Get your feet tapping to the groove and play your favorite tracks via cable wirelessly on the go with this powerful dual speaker. It features a soft touch control panel that lets you easily navigate through your playlist. And play your favorite tracks for up to 2.5 hours with Conex’s 550mAh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. Plus it also has a call function with noise cancellation technology for clear wireless hands-free calling.
|Conex Bluetooth Speakers|
For those who prefer a more private listening experience, Promate Technologies offers a lot of choices such as the Encore Dynamic Over-Ear Stereo Wired Headset. Turn up the music and turn up the fun with this ultra-portable, foldable headset with passive noise cancellation technology. The Promate Encore headphones feature a high-end open circumaural design for outstanding bass and vocal projection. The foldable headband and sweat resistant ear cups are lightweight yet built tough enough to last and keep their shape, providing premium comfort without the bulkiness. The passive noise cancellation ensures you are able to enjoy your favorite music with minimal disturbance throughout your adventure trips.
|Encore Blue Headset|
Designed exclusively for children, the Soul Lightweight Supra-Aural Stereo wired headset combines style, sound and safety for children. The headphones come with soft padded ear cushions for premium comfort and an “always on” 80 dB volume limiter to help prevent damage to those young ears.
|Vogue Wearable Wristband Leather Earphones|
For the fashionable techie, the Vogue Wearable Wristband Leather Earphones is the perfect gift. Combining style, sound and functionality, the Vogue leather braided cable easily converts from earphones to wristband in a few loops. The unique design of Vogue means you can wear your headphones on your wrist when you’re not using them. This eliminates the frustration of losing your earphones, finding them tangled in your pocket or damaged at the bottom of your bag. Whether your earphones are on your wrist as a stylish and comfortable bracelet, or in your ears as a great sounding headphone, this is a must have accessory for that perfect BOTD (bracelet of the day!)
|Bolt QC Black|
Got a loved one who just can’t put down their gadgets? Help empower their digital lives to the max with Promate’s Power Solutions. On top of the list is the Promate Provolta-21, a 20800mAH powerbank that guarantees their multiple gadgets will never run out of juice throughout the day!
|Promate ReliefMate 2|
For those who want the fastest charging, there’s the Promate BoltQC, which charges your devices up to 80% faster than traditional chargers. Utilizing Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, the backup battery minimizes your time plugged in to the wall or your device and gives you the power you need. The BoltQC also features an ultra-fast 2.4A USB Port to charge your other smartphones and tablets and provides the optimum output based on the device connected with Automatic Voltage Regulation.
Lastly, there’s the Promate ReliefMate-2 that can give you that emergency power boost while watching your movies. It features a 2200mAH Ultra-Small Power bank that also doubles as a phone stand.
Get all these devices at discounted prices with Promate’s ongoing Christmas promo which lasts until January 5, 2017. The ReliefMate-2 2200mAH Ultra-Small Power Bank is now available for only P245. Get P500 off the regular price of the BoltQC 9000mAH Quick Charge, now at just Php1,495.
The Conex Dual Stereo Bluetooth Speaker is now available for only Php2495, while the Soul Headphones for kids is now more affordably priced at just PhP495. Get the Vogue Wearable wristband stereo earphones at almost 50% off for just P395.
Visit the Promate stores at SM North EDSA Annex, SM Clark, Ayala Cebu, soon-to-open kiosks at Robinsons Place Ermita and Robinsons Place Las Pinas and all Silicon Valley Stores Nationwide. Promate is also available through www.lazada.com.ph/promate-store.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
When I started my blog 3 years ago, I had a hard time settling for a name that would fit my niche. I went from my name to stylewatcher to Lou Vents. Then after months of deliberation I decided to go Lemongreentea.
I am a self confessed tea addict. I have been drinking teas from way back 2007, I got myself addicted that I could easily distinguish taste and aroma from white to green to red to black to blue to yellow teas. From English Earl Grey to Japanese Sencha, Taiwan Green teas to fruit teas. I also have sachets/collection from the countries and hotels I have been through. I bought the extraordinary ones. Luckily, the hotel waitstaff from the hotels I have dined in were kind enough to let me have some extra sachets to keep. I order online when I crave for Yellow Gold Tea Buds that is when I have the budget.
When Im outside and is craving for a concocted teas. I drop by at a favorite MilkTea stand alone in Makati. I have tried other branch but I had taste issues with their finished product. Its either too sweet, bitter or too strong for my liking. That's why I customized my tea whenever I order. It should be brewed, no sugar, less ice, with pearls on a large cup. Its always like that. I seldom order milk teas. When I do, its either Im craving for sugar or I am too hungry to begin with.
Until I got an invite to try Bonappetea in Kasa Luntian Tagaytay. Bonappetea, the Philippines’ fastest-growing milk tea café franchise, held its grand opening of its 35th branch at The Lanai at Kasa Luntian in Tagaytay, Cavite.
We had our first stop at Bonappetea Paseo in Laguna for our breakfast. I ordered a large Lemon Yakult no sugar with pearls and partner that with Spam, Cheese and Egg waffles. After picture taking of the store, teas served and waffles we proceeded to Bonappetea Kasa Luntian in Batangas.
|Their Bestseller: Wintermelon Milk Tea with Pearls|
The ribbon cutting ceremony brought together key executives from Bonappetea’s mother company, Goldenjoy Franchising, Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Mr. Antenor “Tenny” Taguba, Chief Financial Officer Mr. Francis Chung, and Chief Executive Officer Ms. Marjorie Reyes. Also gracing the grand opening were esteemed guests starting with Hon.Vice Mayor Raymond A. Ambion of the Tagaytay city mayor’s office, King Labarda of Alveo Land, and members of the media and blogger community. Guests who were fans of GMA-7’s “Encantadia” were given an extra treat as Kapuso actor Rocco Nacino, who plays Aquil in the highly rated telefantasya, joined the opening.
Located in an idyllic leisure condo neighborhood, Bonappeatea at The Lanai at Kasa Luntian is a milk tea lover’s haven offering a slew of mouthwatering yet affordable beverages from its statement milk teas and fruit juices to salt and cheese foam blends and frappes, as well as food choices ranging from waffle sandwiches and waffle sundaes to breakfast ramen and rice bowls.
The new branch sports the brand’s signature modern minimalist interiors featuring a soft mint green and warm orange color palette with touches of brick and wood, thus complementing the crisp and cool, nature-inspired Kasa Luntian complex. With a relaxing atmosphere and a beverage and food menu bursting with flavor, Bonappetea at The Lanai at Kasa Luntian makes for an ideal respite for families, couples, students, and anyone who’s looking to indulge in a moment of peace and quiet with a delicious cup of tea.
Bonappetea ’s grand opening of its newest Kasa Luntian branch in Tagaytay on November 20, 2016 also marks the launch of its Christmas Drinks selection and 2017: Bonappetea All-Year Planner.
Starting on the launch date is Bonappetea serving its Christmas Drinks selection of five (5) special beverages, each offering health benefits to balance out the major holiday bingeing everyone will be getting into this season. The selection features:
Berry Christmas Punch milk tea is a a concoction of Indian flavors mixed with wild berries.
It uses assam tea, which contains antioxidants that can decrease the risk of heart attack and strokes, as well as improve blood circulation. The strawberry and vanilla flavors give this drink sweet, tarty notes that blend well with assam tea’s floral and sweetly dry flavor. (Php90/large cup)
Honey Winter Solstice milk tea is a mix of sweet comb honey with a slight tang of
fruitiness. The assam tea packs a punch of caffeine that makes this drink a perfect morning pick-me-upper to brighten (and sweeten!) up your day. (Php90/large cup)
Royal Tropical Plush is a blend of tropical fruits and classic Jasmine tea with a tinge of
citrus flavor. Not only does Jasmine tea impart a relaxing fragrance, but it also helps to reduce stress, improve the body’digestive system, and lower cholesterol. The mango syrup and lime syrup add (Php90/large cup)
Jack Frost Frappe is a cream-based drink fused with green apple and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. Green apples are, in fact, well known for reducing cholesterol and preventing liver and digestive tract issues. (Php110 for large)
Mango Graham Frappe is an ode to one of our favorite Filipino refrigerated, no-bake desserts. It is made with fresh milk, mango syrup, crushed graham, vanilla syrup, and sweetener, and then topped with whipped cream and crushed graham. And as we know, fresh milk is one of the best sources of vitamin D which can help the body to better absorb calcium. (Php110 for large)
What I liked from the 5 Christmas drinks offered above is the Berry Christmas Punch, it has that not so sweet floral dry flavor that compliments the indian flavors mixed with berries.
Starting on November 20, 2016, customers can start collecting special holiday stickers to avail the 2017: Bonappetea All-Year Planner for free. Every purchase of one (1) Bonappetea
Christmas or classic drink is equivalent to one (1) holiday sticker; customers must collect and
affix 18 stickers, comprised of 9 Christmas Drinks and 9 classic drinks, on a promo card to get a
“With Christmas fast approaching, as it is the time of giving and sharing, we decided to offer our valued customers something for them to always remember their experience with us, a gift in return for their continuous patronage. Something they would use daily and help them organize their daily goings-on, and which would allow us to be a part of every turning page of their busy lives and serve as a memory keeper for events that matter,” says Ms. Marjorie Reyes, CEO of Goldenjoy Franchising, Inc.
By acquiring the 2017: bon appeTEA All-Year Planner, customers also take part in sharing their blessings since part of the Christmas Drink proceeds will help less fortunate families to have a happy celebration this Christmas. “We will be donating Noche Buena packages to families in the communities surrounding b on ap p e T E A branches nationwide,” Ms. Reyes adds.
Bonappetea Christmas Drinks and the 2017: Bonappetea All-Year Planner are available at all Bonappetea branches nationwide
Bonappetea is open daily at The Lanai at Kasa Luntian is located in Calamba St., San Jose, Tagaytay