Friday, 24 October 2014

The Strange Toy Exhibit

October has always been the favorite month for those fond of monsters and ghouls. That's why we have this annual thing called Monster October. This year, we are opening it with a strange toy show. It'll feature the great works of art by our local toy artisans. They will showcase the cute, the creepy, and anything in between.

The toy exhibit will open tomorrow, October 25, 6pm at The Chillage. Get first dibs of the toys being showcased! The exhibit will run for the whole week until the end of the month, just in time for this year's Eerie Ball!

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Logo Project: Choco Rainbow

Guess what I brought back from Neverland!

Coming soon this 2015... ^__^

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Back from Neverland!


This is what dragged me not to write anything in this blog. Being busy at work is just an excuse. :D

But here I am, back to my Wonderland!

So what to say... What to say... Right, updates!

  • I now have 2 jobs. And maybe my excuse is legitimate in a sense. And yes, it really had taken a lot of my time this past few months. Before I knew it, it's already September! Whatever happened to "wake me up when September ends"? Time this past few months have been quite fast and I don't think I need to sleep all the way to September. I just can't afford it.

  • I've been turned to being "almost" a vegetarian. Yup, that's right. The meat lover me has been forced made into a semi-vegetarian me. Well, at lease I have a very good cook who always makes vegetables more palatable for my tastebuds.
our typical breakfast
  • No outdoor activities or traveling for this year. *sigh* As much as I want to, I just can't. No time. Too busy. And temporarily physically disabled. *sigh again*
my last beacheneering
  • I've gained weight. Hooray! After years of eating a lot to gain weight, I have finally achieved it. And I can now see why women want to lose weight. Next year, imma lose them fats!
just look at that round face!
  • I ran away from home. I'm now residing in Lahug area being "independent" and all. Well, at least trying to become independent.
our view outside our "condo"
  • And finally this...

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Cute and Quirky Thingamajigs from the Mercado Central

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Last week, we were invited by ZeroThreeTwo for a 3-day Christmas Bazaar held at Baseline. There were lots and lots of fun and cute stuff for sale from different local entrepreneurs. There were food stalls too! It's a haven for shopaholics looking for cute and cheap finds.

Perfect time also coz it was held during payday. Too bad for me since the impulsive buyer in me pulled me to the different booths and got me shopping for myself and for the manitos and manitas.

So here's soe of the things I stashed and hoarded from the bazaar...

I got a Roxy tote bag from POI, a brass dreamcatcher from Lilila Primitive Arts, a key trinket necklace from Folk Fiction, a cat bag and some fabric bracelets from Thimblecap / Bored and Crafty, and a cute vintage toy car from a certain Hotwheels collector... I soooo wanted to buy the volkswagen set but it was just tooooo pricey! :(

Here's a closer look of the small stuff... :D

Fabric bracelet from Thimblecap / Bored and Crafty

Key trinket necklace from Folk Fiction

Vintage toy vox from a certain Hotwheels collector

Live art by the Ubec Crew and Lokal Brand

And there was even a jamming session with Ukulele Cebu, which I was absent because of our christmas party. But good job guys! :D

Thank you so much Carlo Villarica of ZeroThreeTwo for inviting The Chillage and Ukulele Cebu in this successful Christmas Bazaar! :)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Chillage Turns 1!

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Hi Everyone! Chillage is turning 1 this week, to be exact on December 15.
We are giving everyone a treat with a 50% discount on some of our merchandise. The good thing is that we are bringing this sale nearer to you!

You may either go to this places for the sale:
The Chillage - ground floor of Adnama Bldg.
ZeroThreeTwo Mercado Central - Baseline parking area
USC CAFA Week - USC Talamban campus

For more updates about this weeklong events, please like this FB page:

See yah! ^_^

*Credits to Jee Young Lee for the background photo. :)

Monday, 9 December 2013

The Lazy Chef's Smoothies, Detox, and Everything in Between

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Chip of The Lazy Chef Lunch Club answers all your questions about this week's Smoothie Bandwagon menu as a continuation of the Pre-Holiday Detox.

Question 1: Can I have my smoothie for dinner or breakfast tomorrow?

Based on my research and traning, smoothies are most potentwhen drank within the hour that It was made. Now this is not to say that whenyou drink it 8 hours after, there will be no more vitamins or nutrients  left. It just means that to get the maximumbenefit, it is best to drink it the soonest possible time.
The second reason (besides this)  why I discouraged some of you to make two orders (one for lunch and the other for dinner)is because I am hoping that you will get into the HABIT of making your own smoothies! ;) Don’t get me wrong, it means the world to me that you have entrusted your health and well-being to The Lazy Chef but it would mean a million times more if some of you would start cooking and preparing healthy meals and smoothies for yourself and your families. :)
Lastly, im sharing with you what my mentor and the resident dietitian in the Dr. Oz show (Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD) told me about this matter:
“Storing juice and smoothies in plastic containers can degrade the antioxidants but that has more to do with time frame, type of plastic and how far away from the vine the fruit was when it was blended.”

Question 2: What is DETOX? And why do we need it?

There has been a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is. And im not saying that my answer is the only one that you should believe because I am by no means an expert BUT here is how I understand detoxification.
Our body is designed to naturally detoxify any unwanted toxins. The kidneys and our liver effectively filter and eliminate most ingested toxins. So when we mention detoxification, we are really talking about improving and optimizing the function of our body’s own detoxification systems.This is done by  “clean eating”- natural,less- processed, whole foods that are closer to the earth without artificial ingredients. Clean eating decreases the amount of toxins in our body and supplies the nutrients it needs to function properly.  The meals that we have been having for thepast two weeks are filled with ingredients that help accomplish this.
So the main benefit of a detox actually comes from avoiding highly processed foods. So before you go on any detox diet, ask yourself why you’re doing it. ;)

Question 3:  How long before I get hungry?

I have been asked this question even before we did the smoothies. And the truth is it really depends. Are you doing this just to lose weight or are you looking to make a real change? A healthy diet provides at least1,200 to 1,500 calories a day. It is recommended to have 6 small, frequent meals filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats rather than 3 big unbalanced meals. The sad thing about it is, I can only control 1/6th of your day and although that is a good start, the real change would come from YOU  and what you have for the other 5 meals (and on weekends). ;)
Experts say “eat before you get hungry”. Now that wouldn’t make much sense when we are trying to lose weight. But the truth is, that is the best advice I have ever received. When we allow ourselves to reach that “point of no return”, we tend to eat whatever is in front of us. (and I do mean WHATEVER). So always have some nuts or a banana with you. Trust me, your body will thank you later.
Lastly,  the reason why I asked all of you before you joined TLC if you were aware that the meals were pre-portioned to fit a 350 caloric diet (even if it was already stated onthe page) is because this really is NOT FOR EVERYBODY. I have heard rumors that people are saying that once you join The Lazy Chef, you’ll end up eating twice. And I am absolutely sure that would happen IF you gobbled your lunch in less than five minutes! Remember that book, “Why French Women Don’t Get Fat”? The secret behind  it is French women take time to really chew, swallow and appreciate the taste and texture of the food thatis in front of them otherwise known as mindful eating. This is why it is discouraged to eat infront of the television or in your car. Because when we are not mindful, we tend to eat more than what our body actually needs. 350calories is more than enough for a meal IF you practice the habit of mindful eating and 6 small meals a day.
Time and time again, you always hear me say that this is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. And there is a method to my madness, trust me. I am not just doing this to make your lives difficult (well, sometimes I do make you eat those small weird things for the fun of it- im just kidding!)
~Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any more questions, just drop me a message. I would gladly answer them to the best of my ability. :)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Homegrown Coffee Honors Filipino Coffee and Culture this Holiday Season

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This holiday season, Bo's Coffee partners with Anthill Fabric Gallery, a social and cultural enterprise, to provide coffee lovers with a delightful Christmas offering that carries Filipino pride.

Last Wednesday, we were invited by Anya Lim of Anthill Fabric Gallery over coffee to talk about the importance of supporting Filipino homegrown products towards change and sustainability. Together with Bo's Coffee CEO Steve Benitez, they proudly announced their partnership and launched its limited edition Coffee Origins Patch Tumblers, a perfect gift that blends Filipino culture and talent by showcasing the artistry of local weavers from indigenous communities all over the country.

These beautiful tumblers feature a variety of fabrics from Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Matutum, Mt. Kitanglad, and Mt. Apo where Bo's Coffee sources its 100% Arabica beans. It has been said that growing coffee in highlands, like the places mentioned above, brings out its rich flavour. Hoping to have coffee grown locally here in Cebu, in Mantalungon perhaps?

The tumblers feature fabrics weaved by the indigenous and rural communities around the Philippines. These include Paracelis, Bontoc, Kinan-ew, and Abra patterns representing the Cordillera regions of Sagada and Benguet. Topped off with the Abaca Pinanggabol made of abaca/hemp and woven by the Draghuyan-Bukidnon tribe form Mt. Kitanglad adds an extra colorful twist to the entire design. And of course to link it to the origins of Mt. Apo and Mt. Matutum, it is also added with the famous T'nalak created by the dream weavers of South Cotabato.

To avail of the tumblers, just purchase a minimum of P250 at any Bo's Coffee outlets and you'll  be given a Christmas Cheers Card. Collect 12 stickers and you'll get your very own Coffee Origins Patch Tumbler absolutely free! But if you want to get right away and has only 4-8 stickers, you may top up with the corresponding cash amount. Everyone has until January 15, 2014 to collect your stickers and has until March 16, 2014 to redeem your limited edition tumblers. Take a selfie with your tumbler and don't forget to hashtag #BosCoffeeChristmas to be engaged in supporting Filipino pride.

"The launch of our tumblers and our partnership with Anthill Fabric Gallery reflects our pride in homegrown talent and our vision of positively impacting people's lives" 
- Steve Benitez, CEO Bo's Coffee