Tim Hortons Philippines – What to Expect? (Menu, Pricelist etc..)

Host: Janeena Chan and Miss Universe Canada 2016, Siera Bearchell

Clearly what’s brewing and the most anticipated of all – The arrival of Tim Hortons here in Philippines. I’ve been fangirling  since they announced that it will be coming here in Manila first. Last February 24, 2017 at the UPTOWN PLACE MALL 36th Street, Corner 9th avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines was the preview to the press about Tims and the Philippine menu that they will offer. The launch also welcomed MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2016 Siera Bearchell (I look up to her! #BodyPositive –She’s so kind and genuine) for the ribbon cutting along with other acclaimed guests and TH executives.

The OFFICIAL opening of the BGC branch will be on FEBRUARY 28, 2017 at 4PM (Announced on their Facebook and Instagram page @timhortonsphl ). It is reported that they will be opening 2 other branches in Ermita, Manila and Eastwood, Quezon City – SOON.

What to expect with TIM HORTONS PH ‘s Menu? Let’s start with the interior MODERN  MINIMALIST  brings that “sosyal/fancy” café vibe which I like (Philippines has raised the bar) compared to the ones in Canada which had a lot of red tones and a cozy family oriented place to dine ( Of course it’s the pioneer for 5 decades). In the Middle East, cozy café vibe and spacious – because Arabs love to dine at coffee places to unwind and meet up with their fellow Arabs.

PRICELIST? To my surprise it is CHEAPER compared to the other high end coffee shops her in the Philippines. It is AFFORDABLE AND REASONABLE.  ORIGINAL BREWED, SMALL – PHP 70, MEDIUM –PHP 80 and LARGE – PHP 95. Not bad right? *Be posting the menu – CLICK  PICTURES FOR PREVIEW*

HOT COFEE – Small size coffee drinks range from PHP 95-115, Medium ranges PHP 105-125 and LARGE PHP 115-140. Additional  PHP 20 for flavor shot: Vanilla, Hazelnut,Caramel and Chocolate, PHP 75 for espresso shot and PHP 20 Whipped cream.

 TH KNOWN FOR: To make it a Double-Double (Coffee + 2 cream + 2 sugar) – customize your coffee the way you like specifically. The French Vanilla and Latte (so good!)

 

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ICED COFFEE and MORE…..

TH Known for ICED CAPP: Small PHP 115, Medium PHP 130 and LARGE PHP 145.

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TEA – They have in Honey Lemon, Peppermint Green and Chamomile : SMALL PHP 70, MEDIUM PHP 80 AND LARGE PHP 90. Freshly brewed ice tea (sweetened & unsweetened): SMALL PHP 70, MEDIUM PHP 80 and LARGER PHP 95.

LUNCH MEALS (SANDWICHES, WRAPS and PANINI) – To make it a combo, SMALL ICED COFFEE and CRISPY POTATO WEDGES (you can trade your wedges to soup or salad for PHP 50) – TH have a healthy variety for those who are health conscious.

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FRESH BAKERY

Famous TIMBITS! Birthday cake, Chocolate glazed, Chocolate filled, Strawberry filled and old fashion glazed: Each PHP 10, 10 PK PHP 80, 20PK PHP 160 and 50PK PHP 350 – I remembered my good friend Bethany this was her welcome gift to me when I visited Canada last summer.

They have MUFFINS, CLASSIC COOKIES (so chewy! – love it), SIGNATURE FILLED COOKIES, BISCUITS, CROISSANTS AND ofcourse the breakfast for champions –THE BAGEL with cream cheese. I remembered we had a breakfast buffet in Canada, its all bread and the bagel is always present.

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In terms of menu, The Philippines gets almost the same with the usual drinks (coffee &  iced shaved drinks) and sandwiches like in Canada and in the middle east. The desserts however its not as many varieties compared to Canada and Middle east but expect the good ones and best sellers here in the Philippines.  So far they don’t have the sour cream glazed which is my fave though (maybe soon?). Well they just started and maybe as time goes by the desserts menu will expand for sure.

WHAT DO I SUGGEST? My personal faves THE DOUBLE DOUBLE (mine in low fat milk and extra base), Iced coffee (with extra base), Frozen Lemonade and unfortunately they don’t have the sour cream glazed yet L You have to try their sandwiches, cookies and muffins to pair with your fave drink -CHEERS!

Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend?!

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I’ve asked myself the same thing and no one can supplement that answer, ever since college it has been a trend in the gym that it is “uso” for the gays to have gainz – “palakihan ng katawan”. In Metro Manila, you can spot one easily with your gaydar, but not all maybe some have “malamya” tendencies and moves that are close to their feminine side. Don’t judge agad, there are signs. I am no expert, but if you feel it,  you know. I did had a crush on a gay guy, I just accepted it and move on since I’m not what he really wants. I love the gay community because I have good friends who are gays but sometimes I’m like “Bat nagkaka ubusan na ng lalaki dito sa Pilipinas HUHU” – Kung hindi kasal, may jowa, bakla naman.

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MOVIE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvm7cpHAjwc

Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend?! Starring Anne Curtis, Dennis Trillo, Paolo Ballesteros, Yam Concepcion and more! Brought to you by Viva Films and The Idea First Company, Directed by Jun Lana. The gist of the movie  revolves with the 3 main characters, Anne who plays Kylie unfortunately she is a “CLOSETA-MAGNET” / COVER GIRL – whenever she falls in love with a guy turns out to be gay.  The handsome Benj, played by Paolo Ballesteros and CONFIRMED! na bakla plays as Kylie’s bestfriend and former flame, yes CLOSETA siya and only Kylie knows about it. Then here comes the Diego, Benj’s first/ puppy love who came back from the states, he hired Benj and Kylie to be the wedding planners to his upcoming wedding with Fiona played by Yam Concepcion.

BEHIND THE SCENES CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QECR8jEQnAM

This movie is very light and entertaining, It was so funny and you have to watch out for #RamonRamon – jack of all trades in the movie. In terms of the story, it is different, not your typical love story and most likely relatable that’s why everyone was at the edge of their seat jerking a laughter.

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Like I said Hands down to Anne for this role, as always a fire cracker and never fails to bring out the character’s persona. She played Kylie well and she was able to bring out the emotions needed- ma fefeel mo. I know every girl has been through that stage na “What is wrong with me” and coming from a standpoint of a cover girl – may kulang ba sa part mo.

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Anne is what you call yung babaeng bakla (who is so gorgeous and dyosa ng mga bakla) and that’s why she doesn’t have to put much effort into the role. Her chemistry with Dennis Trillo was something unexpected, super nakakakilig sila! (and nakakakilig kissing scenes nila – Watch out for the scene where Anne has to act as Fiona because Fiona couldn’t make it) They both worked and looked good together on screen I don’t usually fuzz about love teams except for Jadine but I would definitely ship Anne & Dennis. I suddenly had a crush on Dennis Trillo because of this movie. Scene to watch out for: Anne and Dennis duet – must watch it.

Benj is such a loving character, not a single hate- He would be the perfect gay bestfriend. You would understand the standpoint of his role na umasa din at nag assume – All of us wants to be loved and accepted. For Benj, he did have his happy-ending WITH…. If you know someone who is “closeta” hayaan mo lang sila umamin, just love & accept  the way the person is.

Diego as confusing as it seems has the tendencies to be GAY, He fits the checklist but he ain’t GAY. Apparently Kylie is attracted to gays kaya na fall din siya kay Diego and  YES, pa fall ito si Diego. In the end naging confusing din feelings ni Diego. Hay naku!

Fiona who plays the fiancée of Diego, is what we all girls want to be – beautiful, smart, strong & independent woman, the thing is she is too career-driven. For us girls, we should put our careers first like what my mom says “Para di ka kawawa”. Well in the story she risked a job offer for Diego , she used it to backfire at Diego- sa simula pa lang mali na talaga to begin with. Kaya the lovebirds slowly change and getting to know each other more while doing the wedding preparations.

At the end, the movie is all about love – love has no gender and it comes in all forms.  To all the girls (like me na naghinihtay at naghahanap), boys din and gays, you know just keep doing what you need to do and put yourself first, love will eventually come and it doesn’t have to be too complicated – you just have to work on it #LOVEWINS

Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend Coming out on October 19, 2016 SHOWING NATIONWIDE!

 

 

 

Camp Sawi: Mag move in, para maka move on!

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We all have our fair share of moving on, People just say “Move on ka na” – Well  “mahirap talaga maka move on” and the fact that there is still “hope”. Camp Sawi is a movie about the “limang bobo” who try to move on from their previous relationships and seek refuge in a camp where they can do anything, a place with no signal at all- a detox from reality and a detox from MEN (haha).

This movie involves the 5 girls working out their ways to finally move on. Well a lot of hugot-dropping in this film and it was definitely funny. If you were seated beside me you would actually hear me scream “Ow em!” so many times.  In every scene, the movie goers would clap and applaud for every relatable line. The part were I laughed the most is the scene with “Bela, Arci and Sam”- just watch it guys.

The premiere was a blockbuster, this was my first time attending for Viva Films and the number of people that attended – it came to a point where some sat on the floors (?).

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Do I recommend this film- YES,  a score of 4/5. The thing is the movie was so overwhelming, good and so funny!  It was straight to the point and kinda bitin (ending). Maybe because I am a romantic,  some of the stories of the protagonist were cliffhanging – but’s that’s LIFE they still continue to find themselves.  Some got their happy-endings and others are still in the state ” BALANG ARAW”. That is reality they have to learn to be on their own and love themselves until they meet the right one. I am a firm believer that maybe sometimes, we may not yet be ready because its not yet the RIGHT kind of love we deserve.  Maybe there is a possible part 2 in the works? But yeah if you want a good laugh, bring your friends and watch it together – It’s nice to get a good laugh with a friend or friends tapos “REMISNISCING” when you were at that stupid and “umaasa” state of your life.

You’ll love the cinematography of Batayan Island in Cebu, a lot of drone shots were taken and how captivating the beauty of the island is. And the outfits, style and looks of the characters A+

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The actors who portrayed the roles, Bela Padilla who plays “Bridgette”,  the story actually starts with her and this movie is her breakthrough as an artist she gets to show her funny side, how a versatile actress she really is. Her chinoy boyfriend of 10 years breaks up with her.- What kind of guy would make it that long to 10 years if he doesn’t plan to marry her- the nerve! There is a part in the movie about a joke about dating Chinese guys HAHA- which is true for me.

Arci plays as “Gwen”, such a funny character and you’ll love her! Her ex- boyfriend who is her bandmate broke up with her. That is a scene where you will really pitty Gwen, despite her rough exterior, she has a soft heart and “madali ma-fall si ate girl”.

Sweet face Yassi, who plays “Jessica”- I swear “Ang sexy ni Yassi! “. She found out something about her ex-boyfriend who had a deep and dark secret. Her character is young that’s why her mind is still full of idealism. – (“Sa mga bata jan, bata pa kayo marami pa kayo ma memeet- many fishes in the sea”)

This is the most sophisticated and mature acting I’ve seen Andi Eigenmann who plays “Clarisse”- she plays as the “other woman” and despite being strong and wise-  she has these pilled up emotions deep down inside and conscience to deal with.

Newbie Kim Molina plays “Joan”, her fiancée died when he proposed to her – wished this girl had more exposure but there is something promising about her and maybe see more of her in any upcoming projects.

There are more things to look for in this movie and other relatable characters. The moral of the movie for me, Okay lang masaktan, Mag DABDA ( 5 stages of grieving, DENIAL, ANGER, BARGAINING, DEPRESSION & ACCEPTANCE)  ka,  Time is a great healer and when you are ready (It’s all up to you) , bumangon ka and magpaganda ka! – Hindi ka kawalan girl and you deserve better, and “one day” 🙂

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Camp Sawi Showing Nationwide starting August 24, 2016! Directed by Irene Villamor brought to you by VIVA FILMS and N2 Productions.

Photos by Abbi Binwag @abbih_

Great Escapes: Travel Fair

Glorietta together with District 54 Marketing Co. relaunched the GREAT ESCAPES TRAVEL FAIR last August 18-20, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive.

Deals and discounts were offered by various resorts, hotels, travel destinations and travel essentials. Participating travel groups including Tripkada headed by April Cuenca, MAD Travel headed by Tom Graham, LAOT by the Manila Surfers Association were able to share their different projects to strengthen tourism in the Philippines. Games and different raffle prizes were given away to event participants throughout the event.

This event is presented to you by Glorietta, District 54 Marketing Company with 2nd Avenue as our Official TV Partner and Inquirer Mobile, Manilascope, Travel Life Magazine and Manila Standard as our Official Media Partners.

Start ticking off your local travel bucket list and join us this August as we open the gateway to your next getaway at GREAT ESCAPES: TRAVEL FAIR!

Score deals and steal discounts from resorts, hotels, travel destinations and shop for your travel essentials here in the Philippines. Get bargains on all your travel essentials for your next squad trip! Enjoy the chill vibe and learn more about traveling with our different talks from our seasoned travelers.

For more information visit Facebook.com/greatescapesph or instagram: @greatescapesphils

 

Blog Review: 100 Tula Para Kay Stella

Viva Films presents 100 na tula para kay Stella, Story and Direction by Jason Laxamana as one of the official entries of PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO, showing August 16. It’s an entire week of Locally produced films (No foreign films will be shown in regular cinemas) kaya supportahan natin mga pelikulang Pilipino!

Ticket prices are as follow:
P150 Students within Metro Manila
P100 Students outside Metro Manila
4+ 1 PROMO (regular priced ticket)
Regular priced ticket depending on the cinema

Review:

My take on this movie starts of light & charming. Fidel’s unrequited love for Stella started as their friendship flourishes in college. Fidel has a speech defect he only limits himself to 3 words and for long speeches he has to write it down. His character is being bullied by his peers because he stutters 🙁

He met Stella on Freshies night were Stella heard a singing voice outside the venue , she followed the voice then she spotted Fidel. That’s when his infatuation started with the girl with the black lipstick (Stella)

His teacher encouraged him to submit articles to the Seedling (The school’s official newspaper) since he love writing poems thus he begins to write for the girl with the black lipstick as inspiration. Then his teacher told him to give it to her personally thus till it reached 100 tula (till graduation) – that’s were the story revolved.

JC SANTOS Character Fidel, is someone you’ll love from his genuine sweetness and the total aspect of his character. His character progresses from this kid who was bullied to someone who achieved a lot. He became a hearthrob during his 3rd and 4th year when he moved to another university. His gay room mate discovered his talent in singing (the stuttering stops), thus encouraging hin to join a performing arts guild where he develops self confidence.

I didn’t know he could sing and yeah a friend told me he is a theatre actor – that’s why he is dynamic & versatile. Looking forward to see new projects for JC and you’ll love Fidel’s character in the movie – Most likely.

Bela Padilla – Well Stella, the muse at first she seemed fun to be with but as she flunks schools it seems her priorties weren’t straighten out. She wanted to break in the music scene. Thus being with different guys, she kinda used them. She admitted that in the movie. That’s why she never wanted to take advantage of Fidel, because Fidel would give anything for her. There was a scene were Fidel was offered singing gigs he didn’t cared actually, he planned to act sick and give the gig to Stella instead beacause it was her dream – act of true love! There was a scene Stella was vulnerable he never took advantage of that. That’s when she kinda drifted apart.

All I can say its NOT your typical story (This can happen in real life actually), there were scenes I got teary eyed especially the ENDING – may twist. Worth it ba yung 100 na tula!? Don’t worry they both get their happy endings.

I don’t want to be a spoiler but you better watch it! 100 tula para kay Stella NOW SHOWING!

 

5 Hygienix Gift Packs Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope you were able to see the videos and photos when the Hygienix #ShowerRangerssaved our family from #worldgermination and Germdugo! You have a chance now to love Hygienix the way my family does.

CLICK THIS LINK:

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CAPTION: Just comment below with a picture of you and your friends/kids/siblings in your best #ShowerRangers power pose and you can win a special gift pack from Hygienix to help you fight world germination too! We’ll pick five with the most likes and we’ll announce next week on August 16, Wednesday. Don’t forget to tag me in your post and use #ShowerRangers and #worldgermination in your entries 💙💙💙

Smile Bar Now Here In The Philippines

Smile, Manila!

The Smile Bar Opens Its First Flagship Store in Bonifacio Global City

The Smile Bar pairs modern state-of-the-art equipment and an inviting and comfortable atmosphere in order to provide consumers with an enjoyable teeth-whitening experience. In just 20 minutes, your teeth can be between 2 to 9 shades whiter using a very effective teeth whitening gel with a revolutionary formula and a sophisticated whitening lamp for immediate visible effects. Depending on the patron’s dental hygiene and lifestyle (consumption of tea, coffee, cigarettes, etc.), the whitening effect can last up to six months. To maintain a pearly white breathtaking smile, the whitening treatment is recommended on a quarterly basis.

MANILA, 2 August 2017 – The Smile Bar, an exclusive dental whitening treatment center that offers first class services in a modern environment, launches its first-ever store in the Philippines at Uptown Parade, Bonifacio Global City.

Following successful launches in Hong Kong and Bangkok, in 2015 and 2016, respectively, The Smile Bar is now operating in Manila, offering safe and effective teeth whitening services to consumers in the Philippines.

“We’re extremely excited to cater to Filipinos that are looking for cheaper, faster, and safer alternatives to teeth bleaching or whitening toothpastes. The products we use are from Brilliant Smile from Sweden and have been thoroughly tested to be 100% safe, while the LED Plasma Light technology has proven to produce better and faster results,” says Fumiko Yu, Founder and Partner of The Smile Bar in the Philippines.

The Smile Bar is changing the way teeth whitening is perceived, by offering a unique dental spa experience to guests. With four packages available, from Single Whitening (1 x 20 minutes at PHP2,999), Double Whitening (2 x 20 minutes, PHP4,999), Triple Whitening (3 x 20 minutes at PHP6,499), and Year Whitening (12 x 20 minutes at PHP24,999), The Smile Bar provides an easy and effortless teeth whitening service.

Along with their teeth whitening services, The Smile Bar also offers Nano Seal Total+ as an add-on to any treatment. The first of its kind in the world, Nano Seal Total+ reinforces the enamel and seals the whiteness on your teeth. Consumers that opt for the Nano Seal Total+ can quickly jump back into their lifestyle without having to worry about staining or discoloration.

“We take pride in being the first non-invasive whitening service that provides immediate results at an affordable price,” adds Yu. “Filipinos value quality services at a fair price, and that’s why we brought The Smile Bar to the Philippines.”

Of course In order to maintain your pearly whites there are available products you can purchase:Toothpaste and Mouthrinse.

The Smile Bar officially opens its doors on August 8. It is located at the 2nd Floor, Cluster 2, Uptown Parade (above Denny’s) in Uptown Bonifacio, BGC, Taguig City. For booking of appointments, visit www.the-smile-bar.ph or call (0917) 148 5659 or (02) 541 2853.

Most Common Inquiries: 

Why should I whiten my teeth?

A bright, white smile gives you more confidence and makes you look healthier.

Having whiter teeth will also lead you to taking good care of your dental hygiene, and good oral health is essential to preventing tooth and gum disease.

How does The Smile Bar whiten teeth?

The Smile Bar uses products and technology from Swedish company, Brilliant Smile.

The secret is the teeth whitening gel, which safely removes discoloration and stains from the enamel. The LED Plasma Light technology activates the whitening gel. This is done for 20 minutes, and repeated depending on the treatment of your choice.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Our products from Brilliant Smile have been thoroughly tested and proven to be 100% safe. The Smile Bar’s teeth whitening process is certified and completely safe for teeth and gums.

Is light technology effective?

The LED Plasma Light technology used in our teeth whitening treatment is very effective, producing better and faster results compared to other teeth whitening methods. All the necessary tests have been conducted to ensure its safety for customers.

How many shades lighter can my teeth get?

Each person has a unique anatomy and everyone’s teeth respond to the whitening treatment differently. The result will depend on the type and degree of discoloration. As part of your treatment, you will undergo an assessment with one of our specialists where you will discuss your current shade and expected results.

The average for customers is 5 shades whiter after one treatment, but we have customers who achieved up to 7 shades whiter.

Is teeth whitening for me?

If you have healthy teeth and gums, we don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want whiter teeth!

Many things cause tooth discoloration and chances are you are affected by one of them:

  • Consumption of food and beverages with color pigments such as tea, coffee, red wine, and soda
  • Tar and nicotine from smoking stain your teeth over time and cannot be remedied by regular brushing
  • Medication
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Genetics

 

Is there anyone who cannot whiten their teeth?

Whitening is not recommended for pregnant women (or breastfeeding mothers) and children under the age of 16.

 

Can everyone get whiter teeth?

15% of the global population has difficult in getting whiter teeth for various reasons. However, most people get significant results from teeth whitening treatments. There are some people who would not get any results at all, but these are rare cases.

Which teeth shades are easier to whiten?

Yellow teeth are easier to whiten than grey teeth. Moreover, your natural whiteness from your enamel is the determining factor for your teeth whitening results. Genetics play a big role in the results, as you can only go as far as your natural whiteness prior to discoloration.

Will teeth whitening make my crowns, bridges, and veneers whiter?

The Smile Bar’s teeth whitening method works better on your natural teeth, but can also bring your crowns, bridges, and veneers back to their original color.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

Your lifestyle and diet will determine the amount of time it takes for discoloration to take place on your teeth again. You can expect to maintain whiter teeth for up to 6 months after a treatment at The Smile Bar, provided that you practice good dental hygiene.

It is recommended that you come in regularly once a quarter. Using our post-whitening products regularly will help keep your teeth clean as well as maintain your bright smile.

Will teeth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity issues are side effects associated with teeth whitening. Despite not being a serious condition, it can be very uncomfortable.

Brilliant Smile’s high quality products rarely produce any side effects. The slight tingle you will feel within the first 24 hours after treatment are perfectly natural and will disappear quickly.

How long do I have to wait before drinking, eating, or smoking?

After the treatment, there will be some microscopic spots where the discolorations used to be. These are vulnerable to new discoloration so we strongly recommend drinking only water for those first 6 hours after your treatment.

As part of your aftercare, we have recommendations for the next 72 hours after treatment:

  • Avoid strongly colored drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, soda
  • Avoid food that cause stains such as chocolate, and those with food coloring
  • Avoid acidic food such as tomatoes, vinegar, soy, citrus, and chili sauce as these cause tooth hypersensitivity
  • Avoid smoking
  • Do a fluoride rinse twice a day to rebuild enamel and fill any microscopic cavities

 

The Smile Bar also offers the NanoSeal Total+ as an add-on to your treatment. This process reinforces the enamel and seals the whiteness on your teeth. By doing this, you will be able to eat or drink anything immediately after your treatment, without risking new discoloration! No need to worry about 72-hour food, drink, and smoking restrictions.

What is NanoSeal Total+?

The NanoSeal Total+ is a liquid solution applied on your teeth after the whitening procedure.

Using a small brush, this application only requires 1 minute of your time. The product will protect your teeth and enamel instantly. Immediately after the treatment, you are free from any eating, drinking, and smoking restrictions.

What makes teeth whitening treatment in The Smile Bar different from home teeth whitening treatment kits?

The problem with home whitening kits is that they are never a sure thing. Some are cheap, some are expensive. Some claim to be natural, while others come with toxicity warnings. You can never tell where you stand with these at-home trays and LED lights.

While we applaud DIY, we have also learned that it is better to go to a salon than to cut your own bangs. Our specialists at The Smile Bar will help you achieve a confident new smile without getting your hands dirty with chemical solutions.

How do I book an appointment?

You may book your appointment online by visiting www.the-smile-bar.ph.

You may also contact us by phone through these numbers: (0917) 148 5659 or (02) 541 2853

We accept walk-ins should there be any available slots. Our treatment salon can be found at: 2nd Floor, Cluster 2, Uptown Parade, BGC, Taguig City

Spontaneous Travel to HongKong with a Passport Valid for Less than 6 Months

Our recent trip to Hong Kong wasn’t actually planned, It was my birthday week and we decided to book a day before our flight. We decided days before my birthday because of family commitments that would fall near my actual birthday. – It’s fine, This is the second time I got to spend my special day abroad with my family. The first was at Dubai (4 days after my birthday), that was my first post as a blogger and I found out that I passed the board exam.

Well weeks before I’ve inquired to Cathay Pacific and Philippine Immigration, I have a concern regarding my passport, if I can travel to Hong Kong because my passport is less than 6 months valid – It is okay BUT it depends on the AIRLINE/IMMIGRATION  here in the Philippines they may weigh in your situation it may be travelling with family for as long you have documents that you are employed or that you have no plans to stay there more than intended.

THOUGH According to IMMIGRATION OF HONG KONG  – In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least one month after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong. However, documents issued to stateless persons must be valid for a minimum of two months after the period of intended stay. Please contact the Immigration Department for further details

Hong Kong may be linient compared to the Philippines, but I suggest call the airline first.

Hong Kong is already common for Pinoys to visit since its VISA FREE for PINOYS and its like 3 hour plane ride. What makes this blogpost different I would sort it out by using Hong Kong’s MTR (train)  map as a guide . It is very convenient to use their transport system. It’s okay to take a cab /Car service if you are in groups. Starting from the airport you can travel comfortably. Well we were in Hong Kong for just 3 days so I guess this is just the basic – I’ll definitely come back to explore.

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  • TUNG CHUNG (Tung Chung Line – orange) – the famous cable car and the Buddha Mountain (Not sure). Unfortunately when we went there the cable cars were under renovation. So SAD 🙁
  • Sunny Bay (Tung Chung Line – orange) – This is your STOPOVER for you to hop on the train to Hong Kong Disney Land. You’ll love the Mickey Train

TIP: to buy CHEAPER tickets, head over to Central station there is a mall where all the Filipinos gather and look for an agency and avail tickets. It’s like 250 HK dollars I think. That’s why make sure you spend your entire that at HK disneyland because its your money’s worth. Ride all the rides and know the schedule of shows. 8PM is the famous fireworks display which is my favorite among all!

  • Tsim Tsa Tsui (Tsuen Wen Line – red ) – The shopping capital for the masses and a good walk to go to Harbour Bay. A friend recommended that I try KFCs egg tart (DELICIOUS).

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  • Mongkok  (Tsuen Wen Line – red ) – the famous WOMEN’S NIGHT  MARKET and SNEAKER STREET. If you guys are looking for affordable beauty products they have BONJOUR everywhere in different locations.

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  • Central  (Island Line – blue)- From our hotel at CAUSEWAY BAY this was our connecting train station to Tsim Tsam Tsui and MongKok (Red Line – Tsuen Wen Line) and Airport Express (Aqua Green).
  • Ocean Park (South Island Side – Yellow Lane) – Connecting from Admiralty (Island Line -Blue & South Island Line – Yellow)
  • Causeway Bay (Island line – blue) – This is the high end shopping capital and good places to get desserts For hotel, I highly recommend the hotel we stayed MINI HOTEL. It is a budget friendly minimalist boutique hotel – for great deals book at www.bookings.com
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    CAUSEWAY BAY

 

What TV Would Give You the Ultimate Home Experience?

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On weekends I am a homebuddy! And I personally love watching chick flicks and movie marathon with family and friends in the comfort of my very own home. I especially prefer watching on a wide & flat screen TV. The classic way but with updated technology.

I take into consideration the resolution because I like to feel as part of the movie also the surround sound as well to complete the experience. As a millenial we so have a lot of considerations from quality to budget.

The brand Samsung emerge, especially, Samsung KS800 which performed way better than the existing Samsung Q7F QLED TV.

According to reviews, the QLED performance did not match up with KS800 both contrast and peak brightness measure well above what the Q7F was able to output, especially in SDR. The Q7 does do better with color volume, and this does help with HDR content. QLED seemed overpriced also.

It has taken to some consideration the trend of Samsung is going down and as the masses/reviews has put into both they prefer the previous

Now we got a new condo and its my prime obligation to scout for a flat screen TV . We would put it up for rent and our target are the millennials so we have to match everything current. So can you guys suggest a watch worthy and reasonable flat screen?

#KRushingOnIflix: BLOG GIVEAWAY 3 Months Subscription of IFLIX

  • Hi guys! This year I am having a giveaway and there will be more this upcoming year. This special blog giveaway edition I am giving 3 months subscription of IFLIX to 5 lucky winners – either a subscriber and newbie can join! 

iflix is the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. With a vast selection everyone’s favourite comedies, drama, K-drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies and more from Hollywood, The UK, Asia, The Middle East and Africa, iflix places the entertainment people want at their fingertips to either stream or download. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet, TV… wherever, whenever. 

With the tagline – Let’s play!

I have been a subsriber for a year, what I love about Iflix I get to watch my favorite local or international series and movies whenever I can because I really have a busy going life. There are times I wasn’t able to watch a particular local movie when it was showing, Good thing there is IFLIX – you just have to wait. I get to watch series/movies in HD on my smart phone & tablet. DO YOU KNOW? that you can watch offline by downloading an episode and goes straight to your downloads. – How convenient! 

So I want my readers to experience this also! Simply joining my giveaway and JULY is about KDRAMA! I am not really into KDRAMA but I gave it a chance I am not that Anne Curtis Obssess but I did enjoy watching GOBLIN, DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN, LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA and currently BRIDE OF HABAEK (Can’t waif for episode 9!). I am impress with the graphics, the story line and humor even though its all subtitles but yeah I now I understand 🙂 Thanks to IFLIX! 

Mechanics: 

BLOG GIVEAWAY! Guess what I am giving away 3 months subscribtion of @iflix.ph to 5 lucky subscribers and I’ll be announcing my 5 winners on August 7, 2017 (Deadline at 10 PM) Yay!
Mechanics:
1. Post a screenshot of your favorite scene of “BRIDE OF HABAEK” on instagram or make a flatlay with “Bride of Habaek” poster or screenshot – You can be creative! (more likes the better too!)
2. Tell us why you love watching K-drama on iflix on your instagram caption. Kindly TAG me on your post (Instagram: @krishgeekbytheblog)
3. Don’t forget the hashtag #KRushingOnIflix
4. Make sure you follow @iflix.ph on instagram, like them on facebook 👍🏼 and twitter @iflixph
5. Like this photo (YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICH ONE)

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BLOG GIVEAWAY! Guess what I am giving away 3 months subscribtion of @iflix.ph to 5 lucky subscribers and I'll be announcing my 5 winners on August 7, 2017 (Deadline at 10 PM) Yay! Mechanics: 1. Post a screenshot of your favorite scene of "BRIDE OF HABAEK" on instagram or make a flatlay with "Bride of Habaek" – You can be creative! (more likes the better too!) 2. Tell us why you love watching K-drama on iflix on your instagram caption. Kindly TAG me on your post 3. Don't forget the hashtag #KRushingOnIflix 4. Make sure you follow @iflix.ph on instagram, like them on facebook 👍🏼 and twitter @iflixph 5. Like this photo and tag 3 friends (Follow me too on instagram) Goodluck!!! ❤❤❤ • • #blog #blogph #blogger #bloggerph #bloggerphilipines #pinoy #pinay #philippines #igers #igersmanila #vsco #vsco #afterlight #photoexpress #followforfollow #likeforlikes #korean #koreanph #iflixph #brideofhabaek

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BLOG GIVEAWAY! Guess what I am giving away 3 months subscribtion of @iflix.ph to 5 lucky subscribers and I'll be announcing my 5 winners on August 7, 2017 (Deadline at 10 PM) Yay! Mechanics: 1. Post a screenshot of your favorite scene of "BRIDE OF HABAEK" on instagram or make a flatlay with "Bride of Habaek" – You can be creative! (more likes the better too!) 2. Tell us why you love watching K-drama on iflix on your instagram caption. Kindly TAG me on your post 3. Don't forget the hashtag #KRushingOnIflix 4. Make sure you follow @iflix.ph on instagram, like them on facebook 👍🏼 and twitter @iflixph 5. Like this photo and tag 3 friends (Follow me too on instagram) Goodluck!!! ❤❤❤ • • #blog #blogph #blogger #bloggerph #bloggerphilipines #pinoy #pinay #philippines #igers #igersmanila #vsco #vsco #afterlight #photoexpress #followforfollow #likeforlikes #korean #koreanph #iflixph #brideofhabaek

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and tag 3 friends on the photo you choose (Follow me too on instagram @krishgeekbytheblog)
Goodluck!!! ❤❤❤

Kris Loves Iflix: Queen of All Media Goes Digital

MANILA, July 27, 2017 –– iflix, the world’s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets, offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more, today welcomes award-winning Philippine TV host and actress, Kris Aquino as its brand ambassador.

Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, Kris captured the hearts and minds of Filipinos, maturing from a teen star in the 90’s, to one of the country’s most iconic public figures today with her daring wit, charisma and flair. She is well known for her masterful ability to draw out deeply personal stories from guests on her talk shows (Startalk, The Buzz), and lifestyle shows (Today with Kris, Morning Girls). She additionally hosted local and internationally franchised game shows (Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune) on primetime TV. Most popularly known for her starring role in the Philippines’ highest grossing film of all time, supernatural horror flick, Feng Shui 2 (2014), Kris’ unfiltered, open-book way of living, relating her life’s journey to the audience has earned her the respect of many, expanding her filmography, exposure, reach and influence – making her one of the most well-known and loved faces in the Philippine entertainment industry to date.

Leveraging off her deep industry expertise, Kris will further serve as a key advisor for iflix. She will play a key role in jointly developing projects for iflix Original Productions, as the company continues to commission and develop exciting, compelling local original content projects both independently and in collaboration with local producers and studios. To date, iflix has commissioned Hoy! Bibig Mo, an edgy, no-holds-barred stand-up comedy series hosted by Ramon Bautista.

“Having essentially grown up on television, I have watched audience viewing habits change dramatically over recent years,” Kris said. “This is the age of Digital! New digital formats have allowed me to exchange genuine, personal conversations with my audiences through social affirmation and online recognition – hugely powerful tools for developing customer intimacy. iflix is the clear choice when it comes to video on demand and innovation, and I look forward to our partnership as we engage the next generation of Filipino viewers.”

Mark Britt, iflix Group Co-founder and CEO, said: “It is a tremendous honour to welcome Kris to the iflix family, as part of our continuing tradition of bringing together the most influential local and international icons of the entertainment industry to help drive our content strategy and growth. Her reputation and achievements in the Philippine entertainment industry are unparalleled. We look forward to revolutionising Filipinos’ entertainment experience together.”

Sherwin dela Cruz, iflix Philippines Country Manager, added: “We are extremely honoured to welcome yet another well-loved Philippine icon to the iflix family. With numerous successful movies and TV programs produced in the Philippines and overseas under her belt, Kris has indeed proven she is a world-class act. She will be instrumental in strengthening our local presence in the Philippines, as well as driving the shift of consumption of entertainment from linear platforms to online.”

With more than five million members and five billion minutes streamed since launch, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Now available to over one billion consumers across 18 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, iflix recently announced the establishment of iflix Africa, to make its world-class service available in Sub-Saharan Africa. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary one-month trial with full access to its service, features and content. Go to www.iflix.com, or download the app from the Google Play or Apple App Store to register.

 

Hygienix: Fight Germs with Shower Rangers!

The Fight Against World Germination becomes Fun
Hygienix Shower Rangers are a Gamechanger in the Antibacterial Category

This is such a cute ad to promote HYGIENIX from their soaps to hand sanitizers – Based on the power rangers (power rangers was the rave during my generation from Mighty morphin, Ninja storm and now – who knows?)

personally if you are a nursing graduate/ premed, for sure you have wipes or hand sanitizer in your bag. You never the accumulated germs are around the area. Especially now its cold season, germs multiply due to low pressure. That’s why its good to be prepared. Prevent germs at home and outside.

Have you seen the Hygienix Shower Rangers unleashing their Shower Power Kick and Hygienix Powerblast on the vile Germdugo? It’s all part of the #FightWorldGermination campaign by Hygienix. The nod toward superhero team TV shows that dominated Philippine screens in the 1990s was a choice that aligned with the brand ’s strategy. “We wanted to change the conversation around the antibacterial category and show that though it is a serious matter, it can be fun and entertaining–yet still credible,” says Splash Corp.’s Joyce Jacobe.

This led to the idea of a villain, the Germperor, trying to “germinate”—that is, use germs for world domination—and the only weapon against it is the Hygienix Shower Rangers, a band of four superheroes each representing a quality of the product: Refreshing Scent, Non-drying, Germ-killing, Value for money.

“We hope to capture the attention of modern, busy moms and young adults alike, and a lot of them grew up watching and looking up to TV superheroes. We thought this creative execution is something that will help us stand out,” Jacobe says.

The 2-minute video shared online expanded the audience reach of the ad material. “We were able to target a wider audience, specially those who don’t regularly watch TV and spend more time online (thus missed out seeing our TVC),” Jacobe explained. “The video on https://www.facebook.com/hygienixph/ showed a more complete and fun story, which engaged a lot of people to share it on their pages, and in turn, increased ad viewership.”

According to Jacobe: “Based on comments received on the Hygienix Facebook Page, the videos were effective in convincing consumers to try the product, and or for those who tried the product, liked it and made it a regular part of their grocery list. It sparked online conversations among our target market.”

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KIX Asia, Thrill Presents: Crow’s blood

Prepare for a lot of sleepless nights as Thrill shows new episodes of Crow’s Blood every Thursday at 10pm starting July 27! Tune in! – on THRILL!
 
I question those who can actually watch a horror series or film. How do you do that? For me I have to make sure I watch it on the morning and I’m not alone in the house. Privilege watching at home you skip those parts you feel something is gonna appear and come out of no where.
 
Whether you’re a fan of the spooky tales from Japan or the intense storylines from the US, you will get to enjoy the best of both worlds because Thrill, Asia’s only regional horror, thriller and suspense movie channel, will give you a new Japanese horror show that will premiere on July 27!
 
From executive producer, Darren Lyn Bousman, who also directed Saw II, III and IV comes Crow’s Blood, a thrilling story about a transfer student named Togawa Maki played by Sakura Miyawaki of the music group AKB 48.
 
Strange things start to happen when Maki arrives at an all-girl’s high school. Upon arriving, other kids seem distant and hesitant to become friends with her.  Although one girl named Kaoru Isozaki (played by Mayu Watanabe from AKB 48) opens the doors of her friendship to Maki.  As Maki grows close to Kaoru, she becomes weirdly obsessed with her.
 
Little do people know that Maki isn’t just your typical average student, she is a reanimated corpse brought back to life. Her father tried using an untested regeneration virus on her in an attempt to bring her back to life. Will she fit in with the kids of today’s society? That’s for you to find out!
 
Feel your spine tingle and watch human beings attempt to play God in this modern day series of science and technology. Get ready to hide under your blankets as you journey inside the mind of Maki and follow her day to day in this series full of blood, love and mystery in the modern Japanese society.
 
Thrill is available on (Skycable Ch. 107, Cablelink Ch. 201, Destiny Cable Ch. 11 and Cignal Ch. 51).  For more information, you can log on to www.thrill-tv.com or www.facebook.com/WatchThrill.