Super Looloo is coming!

Sounds like a new superhero but it’s not. It’s the looloo I’ve been talking about for the past weeks. Remember that Kapitolyo Foodie Map Guide and SPAS 101 I shared? Those infographics were released by a local tech startup to introduce it’s very own mobile app.

looloo is going live on Tuesday, November 20. Apple has finally given the green light to launch the looloo on the App Store. No definite time has been given but expect it to be available in the evening here in the Philippines.

What is looloo?

It’s a friend-powered guidebook to Manila’s best places. At first, I thought it’s just for the foodies but looloo also covers salons, barbershops, hotel spas, nightlife spots, and other places of interest around the metro.

I’ve been beta-testing this app and it’s been fun to use. So you just tried a new resto? Review it. If you like it, recommend it to your friends. More often than not, people go to different establishments as recommended by family and friends. The people who know you best always know what you will like.

It’s launching tomorrow but you can still sign up HERE to win an iPhone 4S. 🙂

Sign up for pre-launch updates:  signup.looloo.com

[Infographic] SPAS 101 by looloo

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said I love infographics. I featured a few already. The Kapitolyo Fearless Foodie Guide started it all. And then the Tagalog Mozilla Philippines Firefox 3 infographic and of course, the popular Cost of Starbucks Planner 2013 infographic by MyManila.net

Here’s another one:

SPAS 101 by looloo.com | Art by Kitkat Pecson

I know it’s long pero I’m sure talagang tinitigan mo to. Haha! I love the colors and the graphics. This one is perfect for the spa lovers out there. You see, day spas have mushroomed all over the metro but only a few are popular. I’m only familiar with The Spa and The Island Spa in Jupiter Makati as I used to go there. Honestly, I don’t enjoy going to spas because instead of being relaxed, nabubugbog ako! LOL! That’s just me. I guess I really don’t know the science behind or the art of spa. Husband has been wanting to go. We were in Bangkok last week but we failed to experience an authentic Thai spa. We were too busy hanging out with the family at home. 🙂

This infographic might help me understand and yeah, discover what day spa in Manila to try. It’s the spa version of the foodie map I featured a few weeks back. All the information can be found on the yet-to-be-released looloo app. Speaking of which, have you signed-up?

If you’re a foodie or a spa lover, you need to have the app. It’s not available on the App Store yet but soon. 🙂

Get notified when the mobile app launches HERE.

I’m excited!

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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalms 37:7

CBTL 2013 Planner

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries on the Starbucks 2013 Planner and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 2013 planner lately. I’ve only seen those from Starbucks but CBTL’s, only on the web. I haven’t had the chance to visit any CBTL branch but based on the photos posted by Alessandra Lanot of lifeafterbreakfast, they look gorgeous!

2013 CBTL Giving Journal Planner | Full Credits to Life After Breakfast

Alessandra, the owner of that Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant I’ve been raving about, creatively worked on this planner. According to her, she worked with Dar and Em of Belle de Jour Power Planner, Beam Mariano of ArtWine, and freelance photographer Ralph Hilario. I remember Alessandra as the writer Alessandara Libongco of my generation’s Young Star. She was a writer then but now, she is an art teacher and a DIY and crafts queen. Continue reading CBTL 2013 Planner

Christmas Bazaar for the Shopaholic Moms

 

Mommy Mundo Bazaar 2012: The Christmas Bazaar for Chic Shopping Mamas!

You can never strip mamas off their shopping duties. More often than not, shopaholic single women graduate to become shopaholic mamas. One perfect example is me! (Don’t ask how.) I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet but I know I have to be more practical this year. Unlike many of the couples I know, my husband and I do not have 13th month pay and Christmas bonuses. I used to look forward to December because of such. My husband before even had up to 14th month pay. Oh how I’d love to receive an extra month pay! The only way we could receive such bonus is through some sort of miracle.

I need to be smart and practical because times are changing. Can one still be a shopaholic and save money? Yes, if you will choose what to buy and learn to be wise. You don’t need to splurge on Christmas gifts this year, you just have to be wise.

And so I suggest you go to bazaars such as the Mommy Mundo Christmas Bazaar because you will find great deals. I am a supporter of local products, especially by the mompreneurs (mom entrepreneurs), so I highly recommend this one.

I cringe on going to crowded malls during Christmas seasons but the Mommy Mundo Christmas Bazaar 2012 will be held at the Rockwell Tent so you know shopping will be more efficient and more comfy. (The AC inside the tent really works!)

I’m a regular goer of bazaars held at the Rockwell Tent because it’s near our place. I remember going to one Christmas bazaar there a few weeks after I gave birth. Obviously, I scored really great deals.

So who wants to go shopping with me, mommas?

“In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:6

Continue reading Christmas Bazaar for the Shopaholic Moms

[Infographic] Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner

Infographic on the Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition by myManila

And so the Starbucks 2013 Planner was launched. I know only one in my circle who has received his Starbucks journal. I gave in to the challenge and have three stickers so far. I don’t know when I’ll be able to add and complete the sticker album because I still find the Starbucks coffee expensive.

I also mentioned the Cost of the Starbucks 2012 Planner but I had no idea who made the infographic. Just recently though, Peter Tongco, the guy behind myManila.net informed me that he made another infographic on The Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner. I salute this guy for his work. (Told ya, I’m loving infographics right now.) Peter, an employee at Trend Micro in Libis and an amateur photographer, said that his post was so popular he decided to update it for this year’s Starbucks planner.

This year, only one option to get the Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition is offered:

Nine (9) Holiday Featured Beverages plus Eight (8) Starbucks Core Beverage of your choice (EXCEPT bottled drinks, fruit juices, and bottled water)

If you are to buy only the cheapest drinks (P85 for the Short Brewed Coffee and P140 for the Toffee Nut Latte), the 2013 Starbucks Planner will cost you P1,940. If you want all three, you’d be spending P5,820. (But why would you collect all three anyway?!)

This is pricey but I know regular Starbucks drinkers aren’t complaining. I have friends who expressed they like The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s 2013 Giving Journal more because it only requires 12 drinks. As for Seattle’s Best Coffee, I learned you need 17 drinks to get the planner although I haven’t seen what this cafe has to offer.

I’m already thinking of the calories. This promo is definitely not good for my 500-calorie per day diet. But then again my husband is willing to down all the brewed coffee. Hehe. 😀

Feel free to share or repost the Starbucks 2013 Planner Cost Infographic on your website or social media networks but PLEASE do not forget to give credit to its creator, Peter Tongco of myManila. Better yet, use the following code:

<a href=”http://www.mymanila.net/”><img src=”http://www.mymanila.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Slide1.png” alt=”The Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition” width=”800″ height=”600″ /></a> <strong><a href=”http://www.mymanila.net/archives/004127.html” target=”_blank”>The Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition</a> by Peter Tongco of <a href=”http://www.mymanila.net/” target=”_blank”>myManila</a></strong><strong><a href=”http://www.mymanila.net/” target=”_blank”></a></strong>

Cheers!

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

 

List of Christmas Bazaars this 2012

List of Christmas Bazaar 2012 in Metro Manila Philippines:

Mommy Mundo Christmas Bazaar 2012
November 24-25, 2012
Rockwell Tent, Makati City

St. James the Great Christmas Bazaar
November 30-December 2, 2012
Cuenca Court, Ayala Alabang

World Bazaar Festival 2012

December 4-23, 2012
World Trade Center

Grand International Christmas Bazaar 2012
November 9 to 11, 2012
Hall A
World Trade Center
Pasay City

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NOTE TO EVENT ORGANIZERS: Feel free to e-mail me more information about your bazaars. Send press releases to reah.padla@gmail.com.

Eat your veggies

Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant Jupiter Makati Branch

I’ve  been wanting to try this restaurant ever since I learned about this from friends and Patty Laurel but Quezon City is too far! Haha! Alam mo naman tamad akong bumyahe. Since we’re chained to our house, going out has been a challenge lately. Hihi.

Kidding aside, I’m glad that this Filipino vegetarian restaurant is now on my side of the metro. A branch has recently opened up in Jupiter St. Makati. Yes! I have no more reason not to go because it’s near. I used to live nearer this new Pipino resto and I could imagine it would have been more awesome. Continue reading Eat your veggies