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Making Your Place Look Like A Million Bucks

Thursday, March 19, 2020

While anyone can easily admire a chic pad that looks like it came straight out of a magazine, not everyone has the budget for a major renovation or hire a world class designer to spruce up their homes.

Taking design cues from some of the metro’s most sought-after condominiums, these are simple design inspirations anyone can pull off even on a budget.

1. Add depth to your ceiling!

Ceilings have a great influence on how we feel in certain spaces. Low ceilings prompt quick action as small rooms make us unconsciously want to leave faster, while the inviting aura of a room with high ceilings make us want to take our time and relax.

You can highlight the size of your living space using recessed lights for a more modern, understated way of lighting. Likewise, full-length mirrors further expand the space in the room. In the one-bedroom model unit from Mi Casa, for instance, the interior design done on the ceiling adds visual depth. This works well for an area where you regularly welcome guests. The living room and dining area are good areas to apply this concept because they will greatly benefit from the impression of a bigger space.

2. Let nature illuminate your home for you.

Natural lighting is the best way to brighten up any space.
Condominium units with floor to ceiling windows not only provide sweeping views but give off the impression of a bigger and more calming living space. You will only be able to take advantage of spectacular views, of course, if your unit is on the higher floors of a condominium unit and where the building itself is located strategically.

Marco Polo Residences in Cebu plays this up perfectly with not only floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that provide unobstructed views of its mountainous surroundings, the city and the sea in the distance. On the other hand, if you have smaller windows, you can achieve this same
feeling by keeping the window area clear of clutter.

3. Opt for earth tones.

Earth tones are timeless and versatile, making it suitable for any kind of home.
The neutral colors, just like in the showroom model unit of Four Season Riviera in Binondo, Manila
drive just the right amount of attention to your home and allows you to add your own accent colors here and there. You’ll save on expensive paint jobs by strategizing which segments of your living space to highlight and which you can leave bare.

4. Experiment with open spaces.

Although your studio unit has no pre-set divisions, this does not mean you that you need to fill the void with clunky furniture. You can utilize every fixture and piece of furniture you own to
achieve a clean and organized look.

A good example would be using a slim table in a bar-like set up which can help divide your kitchen from your living area through a more open concept. You don’t need walls to define spaces. You can use partial wood and frosted glass partitions that double as shelves or different colored tiles and rugs to segment floor areas for different spaces.In this model unit at The Capital Towers in Quezon City, the bedroom area is defined by using tinted glass, while the dining and living area are fused into one to maximize floor space.

5. Tastefully maximize storage space.

Keep knickknacks out of sight with built-in storage like the shoe cabinet, bedroom closets, and kitchen floor storage in The Seasons Residences in North Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Using beds with hidden compartments underneath for clothes and shoes, as well as hollow ottoman seats that double as storage boxes will help eliminate clutter around the house and keep your intimate belongings away from prying eyes as well.

By lessening the use of heavy furniture, you will be freeing-up breathing space in your stylish abode making it easier on the eyes and a delight to move around in.

Lastly, while your design options may be influenced by your current budget, never sacrifice personal tastes. Any luxurious house will feel like home when it reflects the personal style of its owner. To get your own feel of luxury, visit the nearest Federal Land property show room today or get a virtual tour at

Perfect rice every time

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Like most Filipinos, I can’t live without rice. It just goes with almost every meal I eat. From adobo to sinigang to tocino, a cup of steaming white rice is the perfect complement. Mas sumasarap talaga ang ulam pag may bagong lutong kanin! So it goes without saying that the rice cooker is actually a must-have in my kitchen.

While it may be an afterthought to some, a rice cooker is not just a simple kitchen appliance to me. The model I use right now is the Kyowa 1.8L Rice Cooker, and I love it! It’s very affordable but I am still able to cook perfect fluffy rice every time.

The Kyowa is great for large portions, able to cook enough rice for about 8 people. Perfect for when I have visitors over for lunch or dinner. Aesthetically, I really like the Japanese-style design. And I think the built-in cover seals the rice better so it stays fresh and warm longer. It also came with a measuring cup and spatula as standard, together with a tray for steaming vegetables.

If you’re a big rice fan like me, check out the affordable Kyowa Rice Cooker available on Shopee.

Mang Inasal puts spotlight on Mas Ma-Crema Pinoy Halo-Halo in a one-day nationwide celebration

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Did you know that for the past four years now, Mang Inasal has been spearheading a national celebration every March to allow Filipinos to enjoy the creamiest halo-halo in town?

Mas Ma-Crema Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo once more takes centerstage during the one-day National Halo-Halo Sarap Day on Sunday, March 15.

Mang Inasal’s over 600 stores around the country will offer the small Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo at a special price of only Php35.

Not many people know that apart from serving the leading branded grilled chicken in the country, Mang Inasal also offers the creamiest halo-halo. Fans of the refreshing snack are one in saying that Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo is truly “Mas Ma-Crema,” whether taken as a refreshing dessert to cap their hearty meal or a delightful merienda treat.

Likewise, foodies agree that Mang Inasal has elevated the halo-halo to the next level with its finely crushed ice, choice ingredients, and generous serving of the creamiest milk.

If you haven’t tried Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo, you’ll definitely be in for a sweet and creamy surprise!

So mark March 15, 2020 on your calendars. Bring your family, relatives and barkada to the nearest Mang Inasal branch and enjoy Mas Ma-Crema Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo.


Friday, February 28, 2020

(Visit Awesamgyupsal located at the lower ground floor of SM City San Jose del Monte)

The Korean pop culture continues to capture the heart of many Filipinos. Many are big fans of Korean drama series, Korean pop music, celebrities, Korean fashion and cosmetics, smartphone brands, even the choice of food and type of restaurant.

Along with kimchi, bibimbap, chapchae and bulgogi, samgyeopsal or grilled pork belly is the most popular and well-received Korean food in the Philippines. No wonder why Korean restaurants have sprouted around the country.

A brand new Korean BBQ restaurant that offers unique spin on the current unlimited bbq craze, Awesamgyupsal is now open in SM City San Jose del Monte.

AWESAMGYUPSAL is a combination of the words “Awesome” and “Samgyupsal” that promises awesome samgyeopsal every day for everyone in a modern interior offering a relaxed and laid-back dining atmosphere.

Get ready to feast and check out Awesamgyupsal’s scrumptious mouthwatering menu that includes 10 sauces to choose from and a wide array of side dishes – the eat all you can creamy and flame-roasted beef bone marrow, unlimited crispy chicken skin, the oh-so addictive Mayak Eggs, braised marble potatoes, fried tofu stewed in Korean ketchup, house made kimchi, sweet and spicy candid anchovies, Korean fish cakes braised in sweet soy sauce, creamy cheese sauce that is perfect for dipping anything grilled or fried, Korean japchae that is cooked in sweet sesame based sauce, own version of classic Korean spicy cucumber salad, galbi jjim or the Korean beef stew, pickled radish to help cleanse your palate, fresh crisp lettuce, the indulgent meat platter, and the dips – sweet soy, gochujang and ssamjang to help complete your Korean BBQ experience, and of course the high quality Japanese rice to complete your meal.

Sounds tasty right! Visit Awesamgyupsal at the lower ground floor of SM City San Jose del Monte to complete you AweSM shopping experience.

Get Sitewide Free Shipping with ₱0 Minimum Spend and up to 90% Off at Shopee 3.3 Fashion Festival

Catch storewide sales on leading brands Maybelline, Penshoppe, Silverworks, and more on March 3

Ready your wallets because Shopee 3.3 Fashion Festival is here with discounts up to 90% off on the hottest fashion and beauty brands. On March 3, shoppers can score exclusive deals on a selection of clothing pieces and accessories from Penshoppe, Silverworks, Maybelline, and more.

Here are 6 deals to look out for during Shopee 3.3 Fashion Festival:

1. Up to 50% off with Penshoppe

Step up your fashion game with global retail brand Penshoppe. On March 3, Penshoppe is offering Shopee users special discounts up to 50% off on trendy and affordable quality pieces. Cop these items while you can!

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2. Up to 80% off with Silverworks

Get yourself or your loved ones something shiny as Silverworks is offering up to 80% off during Shopee 3.3 Fashion Festival Choose from Silverworks’ necklaces, earrings, and couple rings to complete your OOTD.

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3. Up to 50% off with Maybelline

Top off your outfit with a flawless makeup look from Maybelline. Beauty favorites including the Fit Me Matte Poreless Liquid Foundation, Creamy Matte Lipstick, and Superstay Longwear Matte Lipstick will be having discounts up to 50% off so don’t forget to add these cult-favorites to your cart!

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4. Up to 50% off with Inspi

Show your style with Inspi’s graphic tees for men and women. Pair these shirts with jeans and you’re good to go. Inspi has shirts to express yourself and are perfect for a casual day out.

Check out the Inspi Official Store on Shopee at

5. Up to 70% off with Hanford

Experience the right support and comfort with Hanford’s wide range of underwear. It’s made with breathable material that eases movement, making Hanford the perfect brand for those with an active lifestyle.

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6. Up to 60% off with Time Depot

Treat yourself to a classy watch as Time Depot rolls out up to 60% off discounts on their stainless steel watches. Scroll through a variety of premium watch brands on Time Depot including Hush Puppies, Casio, GShock, and more.

Check out the Time Depot Official Store on Shopee at

Don’t miss the Shopee 3.3 Fashion Festival with up to 90% off on fashion and beauty favorites. Shoppers can also catch daily storewide flash sales with free shipping ₱0 minimum spend on March 3. In addition, users can win coins, vouchers, and a brand new Samsung Galaxy A50S smartphone by playing Shopee Hourly Prizes!

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Doja Cat’s “Say So” earworms its way to global viral prominence

Thursday, February 27, 2020

With its effervescent disco sheen, attention-grabbing chorus, and inescapable vibe, Doja Cat’s “Say So” is shaping up to be a global smash.

The song currently sits at number 32 on Spotify Philippines Viral 50 and has climbed steadily on the Billboard Hot 100 for more than a month since its debut. In a short period of time, it has reached more than a hundred million streams worldwide, becoming Doja Cat’s biggest hit on Spotify.

The song’s breakthrough could be attributed in part to its success on video-sharing social networking platform, TikTok, where it inspired various dance challenges from top Hollywood celebrities and social media influencers.

Fashion and entertainment magazine Nylon explains how the hip-hop/R&B star’s viral breakout made its way into the consciousness of the short-form video app: “In retrospect, Say So was destined to be a great TikTok fodder: the irresistible disco beat plus sassy lyrics which translate well into easy-to-learn dance moves,” writer Steffanee Wang shares. “At this point, it's fair to say that literally everyone has done the challenge, including James Charles and a girl on like, 20-foot stilts.”

Due to the song’s massive success on the platform, Doja Cat, along with Tyra Banks, recently headlined TikTok’s Black Creators Summit, where she capped off the event with a performance of her current dance craze.

Here in the Philippines, the American rapper, singer and producer’s latest chart-topper is also gaining traction on the aforementioned platform. Singer-actor Iñigo Pascual, ABS-CBN teen star Alexa Ilacad, and G-Force choreographer Yanyan De Jesus recently hopped on the bandwagon with their take on “Say So,” which individually went viral on the day of its release.

AC Bonifacio, another celebrity influencer based in Manila, has recently uploaded a teaser of her upcoming dance cover on various social media platforms. The young multimedia star is set to debut her version of the Doja Cat hit on February 27, Thursday.

And then there’s Filipina YouTube star Niana Guerrero racking up 397,000 likes on TikTok for her bubbly and infectious lip-sync and dance performance of the newest Doja Cat single. This clearly reflects Doja Cat’s rising profile in the country, reaping the rewards of this generation’s preference for meme-ready songs that appeal to youth and online culture sensibilities.

The highly anticipated music video of “Say So” will have its worldwide premiere on YouTube soon. The song is now available on Spotify and other music streaming/download platforms worldwide.

5 reasons why you should be on TikTok!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Be part of the new craze—watch and share your own entertaining videos on TikTok!

Are you on TikTok?                      

If not, you’re missing a whole lot! A lot of trending and viral videos you’re seeing on the internet are all coming from this popular new app—and what’s even better is you can join the fun by watching or sharing your own videos on TikTok!

Here are five reasons to download TikTok:

  1. You can share your talents with the rest of the world!
You can make videos of anything on TikTok—as in anything! Singing, lipsyncing, dancing, acting, DIY, comedy, or just being cool, you can do anything on-cam and upload it all on TikTok! The more you upload, the more people will watch your vids!

  1. You might go viral!
Who knows, you might be the next viral star to come out of the Philippines! Imagine—you go viral, and you might even be the next showbiz star!

  1. Bye-bye, FOMO!
Did you know that your friends and family are already on TikTok? You might be the last one left behind! You don’t want to have FOMO, right? That’s why you should download the app!

  1. Bond with friends and family over videos!
You might have noticed that a lot of TikTok videos are usually friends or family—you can bond with them by either watching or making your own silly and funny videos!

  1. Because it’s just fun!
Whether you’re watching or making your own videos on TikTok, one thing’s for sure: it’s just plain fun! That’s why a lot of people are on Tiktok—because it’s super entertaining!

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