Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DIY Halloween Character Costume Ideas

AquaMan, Centaur, Devil Jin and Minecraft Steve. My son really enjoys dressing up and getting in character costumes for Halloween.
Best thing is, he's always getting that Best in Costume Award, the Scariest Halloween Costume Award or the Most Unique Costume Award!

 AquaMan (2010)
A fictional comic book superhero. He looked so cute wearing that complete set of AquaMan costume.

homemade halloween costume, Aquaman

Centaur (2011)
A half-human, half-horse mythical creature. Revamped a borrowed horse costume. He wore a wig to complete the look.

Centaur costume, Centaur DIY costume

Devil Jin (2012)
A Tekken character. A costume made from rubber, aluminum, leather and old materials - chain, motorcycle gloves, etc. (except for the wings).

Devil Jin costume, unique halloween costume

Minecraft Steve diamond armor (2014)
From the famous video game. Getting up on stage with much pride that he's Steve with diamond armor. A homemade DIY costume made from cardboard boxes.

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This 2015, he'll simply be a Martian alien from Sesame Street.

If you're looking for homemade Halloween costumes, just be creative and have fun making your own costumes. No need to spend a lot.

Again, check out my daughter's Celebrity Inspired Halloween Costume for more ideas.

Celebrity Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Hawk Girl, Barbie in a box doll, Lady Gaga and Maleficent. These are just few of my favorite celebrity-inspired Halloween costumes that my daughter wore in the past years. Well, Hawk Girl might not be a celebrity but a DC comic character... and Maleficent is a movie villain portrayed by Angelina Jolie.

I'll take another quick look and share these photos. Hopefully, this would give you ideas on what you or your daughter can wear this Halloween.

Hawk Girl (2010)

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A borrowed costume. Created a mask to complete her look.

Barbie in a box doll (2011)

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A DIY costume created the night before their school Halloween parade. That was the time when my daughter had been a sort-of-celebrity-for-a-day. I can still remember the applause and admiration that she received from people and those asking to take a photo with her. And of course, getting the Best in Costume awards in Halloween parties we've attended.

Check out my post HERE.

Lady Gaga (2012)

Lady Gaga costume, homemade halloween costume

Another DIY and recycled costume. She simply wore black tube, black shorts, yellow leggings and blue wigs. Created a simple Lady Gaga poker face mask and skirt to complete the outfit. Again, she received an award for wearing the best Halloween costume.

Maleficent (2014)

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She wore a plain black dress. My husband created Maleficent's horn using corrugated board and electric tape. We added a stiff collar in her cape. The scepter was made from a tree branch and placed a crow on top of tip. Again, everything was recycled and DIY.

This 2015, she'll be dressing up as the girl from the song "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" video.

Check out my son's Halloween costume in the next post.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fast and easy online grocery shopping

Recently, aside from the Maybelline lipsticks I've bought, I also purchased a couple of drinks and snacks from Ensogo Philippines.

Free delivery and discounted price. These are just two things that make me purchase groceries online. I find it convenient and enjoyable at the same time.

It's hard to resist good deals like these offerings from Ensogo:

Loacker, Kinder Joy, TicTac and Nutella
the answer to our sweet cravings - Loacker, Kinder Joy, TicTac and Nutella
UFC, White King, Jufran, Del Monte, Datu Puti
stock up on pantry supplies - UFC, White King, Jufran, Del Monte, Datu Puti
Cheetos, Lay's, Doritos, Ruffles, Nissin Cup Noodles, Tostitos, Skyflakes
giving in to these munchies - Cheetos, Lay's, Doritos, Ruffles, Nissin Cup Noodles, Tostitos, Skyflakes and a lot more
So, if you're shopping today or tomorrow, October 27, you can even save more. It's valid on all deals with a minimum purchase of Php 2000.
Use the Promo Code: SAVE50 to get Php 250 off on your purchase

And, don't forget to download their Mobile App to get more amazing deals and be updated with their Flash Sales!

Hopefully, I'll always have the best grocery shopping experience from Ensogo.

Happy shopping everyone!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mango Bag Choices from Ensogo

Mango bags are must-haves in every woman's wardrobe. For me, I need a bag that's sturdy, practical and spacious at the same time, which makes a Mango bag my top choice.

It's great that Mango bags are still on sale at Ensogo!

Here are 3 bags that I am considering:

Mango Touch Saffiano Tote Bag - Navy Blue
Also available in black and red.
Php 1544
I find this sleek and basic bag extremely functional. This bag is perfect for casual shopping trip or weekend errands where I can stash my belongings easily. It's simple yet beautifully made. With a top zip fastening and inner zip pocket, smaller items can be kept safe and secured.

Mango Pebbled Cross-Body Bag - Cream
Also available in black and blue.

Php 1199
This bag fits my grab-and-go lifestyle perfectly. It is where I can carry my belongings in chic style. There's plenty of space to store my belongings and a shoulder strap that can be adjusted for a perfect fit.

Mango Woven Bag - Peach
Also available in black and red.

Php 1299
I love this travel-friendly bag. This one is spacious yet remains to be fashionable. I love that it gives a sophisticated twist to the usual shopping bag. It's roomy enough to carry everyday essentials with ease.

So if you're looking for a bag too, don't miss this exciting deal from Ensogo Philippines.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Best Buffet Restaurant Deals

All You Can Eat! So who doesn't love that?

Dining at buffet restaurants are always "sulit." With all those overflowing food, unlimited beverages and satisfying dessert choices, those buffet restaurants are the way to go.

It's great that Ensogo Philippines offers great buffet deals that won't hurt our wallets. Yes, I always check Ensogo deals as it always give me the best value of money.

If you're looking for the best and sulit, all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, make sure to consider Dad's World Buffet, The Food Club or Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot by Vikings.

Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot by Vikings

My Choice: Weekday Lunch Buffet for 4 Persons for P2225 (valued at P2889.60)
This Hotpot and Buffet with Unlimited Drinks is where you can enjoy the menu from Vikings Luxury Buffet and from Four Seasons Buffet & Shabu Shabu by Vikings. Stations in their buffet line includes carving station, pasta station, meat, seafood, Japanese, Western, Chinese, etc.

Branch: Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center

Dads World Buffet Weekday Dinner Buffet

My choice - Deal 3: 6 Persons for P4074 (valued at P5328)
This is where you can enjoy the world’s most popular cuisines from Asia, North America, South America and Europe. Also comes with Unlimited Drinks.

Redeemable in 5 branches: EDSA, Padre Faura, West Avenue, SM Megamall and Glorietta III

The Food Club Weekend Lunch OR Dinner Buffet

My choice - Deal 2: Weekend Lunch OR Dinner Buffet with Unlimited Drinks for 6 Persons for P3594 (valued at P5589)
It's where you can indulge in scrumptious meals and selections from their fresh seafoods, sushi bar,  tea cart and unlimited drinks.

Branch: Bluebaywalk, President Diosdado Macapagal Ave. cor Edsa, Pasay City

Now we can splurge on an eat-all-you-can spree with our family or friends to celebrate or just whenever we want it.

So, which would you consider for your next cheat day? But remember, as with all promos - pay attention to the fine print.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Les Miserables in Manila: I Dreamed a Dream

"I Dreamed a Dream." Oh well, just one of the song I like most from the phenomenal musical Les Misérables. And, how could I not love the song, "On My Own."

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I want to watch this!
Les Mis is set to hit the stage on March 2016 to April 2016 at The Theatre at Solaire.

I dreamed of having tickets musical experience. It would be a great experience to watch the musical and hear our very own Filipina actress Rachelle Ann Go, as she reprise her role as Fantine.

Do you already have tickets for Les Mis?

I didn't get surprised when checked out Ticketworld website - tickets are almost sold out! Well, there are still few good seats left.

Les Miserables Schedule and Ticket Prices

Tickets are available at and all TicketWorld outlets.
Ticket Prices:
VIP Php 7,000
A Reserve Php 5,800
B Reserve Php 4,500
C Reserve Php 3,350
D Reserve Php 1,750

Starting September 29 to October 29, 2015, Smart Infinity Members enjoy Priority Booking and a 10% discount on all tickets; and Visa Cardholders can enjoy 10% off on tickets.

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday - 2:30PM & 8:00PM

*sigh* #theaterdream
Will I be using my Citibank Visa card to buy tickets? Or accept that some dreams remain to be just dreams? To those who are watching this musical, share your experiences with me!

Unrequited love.
Broken dreams.

Les Mis is phenomenal for a reason - it's heart wrenching and truly beautiful at the same time - with real life messages and valuable lessons that live on.

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

UN School Celebration: Around the World with Aladdin

Its United Nations month - this means another busy two weeks for my kids (and their whole school). Everyone is preoccupied with practicing their dance performances, getting their costumes ready, decorating their assigned booths, finalizing their video presentations, and a lot more. Seems like another exciting school program!

This holistic learning experience is what my kids are experiencing... which I am glad they do.

[Look back]
Last 2014, was United Nations' founding anniversary. Their school celebrated it in a spectacular way. A UN celebration where dance performances were woven into a stage play of the Disney film, Aladdin.

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Aladdin and Jasmine on the magic carpet singing "A Whole New World"
Let these photos bring you on a journey around the world. Enjoy!

Spain costume, UN costume, dance costume
my son and niece as Spanish dancers
United Nation costume, dance costumes, Macarena dance, Asereje dance step
do the Macarena and Asereje dance 
Indian costume, Indian makeup look
my daughter and her BFF in their Indian-inspired look
Jaiho dance step, Indian dance, Indian costume
Indian - Jaiho dancers in action
UN costume, dance costume, African look
seriously cute African dancers
Japanese fan dancer, Japan costume
pretty Japanese fan dancer
Japanese dance, UN program
Japanese dancers
Korean costume, Kpop look, Kpop song
going modern in their K-pop dance number

Chinese dragon dance, China costume, United Nations costume
Chinese dragon dance
cowboy costume, USA country western dance, UN program
USA country western dance number
Mexico dancer, Mexican look, Mexico costume
presenting - Mexico!
Jamaica costume, Jamaica dance, United Nation costume
lively Jamaican inspired dance 
United Nations costume
beautiful parade of costumes by the preschoolers 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Maybelline Cosmetics Madness Sale at Ensogo

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Maybe She's Born With It... Maybe It's Maybelline!
Have you checked this ongoing Maybelline products sale? It's still ongoing at Ensogo Philippines.

Whether you're a beauty lover or makeup goddess - you'll surely love those Maybelline beauty product must-haves.

Like, you can buy Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks for only Php 132 and the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick for only Php 269! Isn't that a great deal?
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Maybelline Color Show Lip

Other cosmetic products on sale are - brow liner, volum express, pure mineral brush, pure mineral concealer, brow duo shaper and blush studio duo.

I love Maybelline products. One thing that I like about Maybelline lipstick is that there are shades perfect for every Filipina. The lipstick colors are rich and stunning - making us so sensational.

So what are you waiting for? Grab Maybelline cosmetics at discounted prices before time runs out. And don't forget to share this news to your family and friends.

Be more beautiful and get gorgeous with your favorite Maybelline cosmetics!

Monday, October 12, 2015

AjiPanda™: Your Kitchen BFF

Meet AjiPanda™ - your kitchen Best Friend!

[Feature] AjiPanda™ is a cute panda icon that conveys someone shy, caring, happy and loyal. It personifies how a humble pack or bottle of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning fills the role of “Your Best Friend in the Kitchen” by offering an ever-reliable way of bringing out the natural goodness of food.

Ajinomoto’s new campaign, which also features teen queen Kathryn Bernardo, presents the benefits of its dependable brand of seasoning to a new generation of cooks and food lovers.

AJI-NO-MOTO® comes from sugar cane, corn or cassava and is manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. No worries, because it is safe, convenient and effective in making food taste delicious.

This is because it is simply free glutamate, the most common among amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It provides the taste of umami to food in the same way that sugar adds sweet taste or salt adds salty taste to food.

+ Essence of Umami
Umami, is the fifth basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. It is the savory, rich and full taste we often experience in meat, seafood, cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Consider the delightful composition of chicken, green papaya and malunggay in tinola or the medley of cheese, ham, pepperoni, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers on top of a pizza. The combinations and layers of these glutamate-rich ingredients make dishes very delicious and enjoyable.

Remember that AjiPanda™, your best friend in the kitchen, will help work wonders in your cooking so that you can share many happy meals with your family. For healthy and delicious recipers, visit

About Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC)

APC is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJINO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang and “amino Fres-C” Instant Drink Mix.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bring home Rustan's Supermarket Goodness Gang plush toys

we want these plush toys :)
These plush toys are so adorable! We're seeing these healthy and cute bunch in Rustan's Supermarket everytime we do our weekend grocery shopping.
They are the 8 Superfoodz stars - foods that have high nutritional values and rich antioxidant, vitamins, and minerals. I think this is a good way to remind kids (and adults) that healthy eating and good nutrition is very important.

My kids want to have one of these Superfoodz stars! They want to bring home Max the Mighty Mushroom first.

So far, we've already earned 22 stickers in our collector's card (so, 28 stickers more to get a plush toy for Free!).

How to earn stickers and get a plush toy?
  • Every P300.00 single receipt purchase entitles the customer to one sticker
  • Get extra sticker for every P100.00 worth on sponsored items
  • Get the plush toy for FREE with 50 stickers
  • Buy at Php 299.00 with 25 stickers earned

how to collect?

Choose from:
  • Max the Mighty Mushroom
  • Pippa the Playful Pepper
  • Alex the Action Apple
  • Fiona the Fantastic Fig
  • Olivia the Outgoing Orange
  • Thomas the Trusted Tomato
  • Patrick the Powerful Pea
  • Billy the Brilliant Blueberry
If you want these plush toys too, start collecting those stickers now! Do your grocery shopping at any Rustan's Supermarket and Marketplace by Rustan's. This promo is until November 30, 2015. Visit the website for more details.