Monday, April 16, 2018

EATING... MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES WITH BUHAY CARINDERIA



As a family, we LOVE to travel. We are keen on having fun and awesome memories!








What makes all our travels exciting? It is the discovery of new places and trying out extreme adventures. Not only the physical ones, but also the gustatory adventures!

You might catch us eating flower petals in Bohol, ensaladang Pako with Itlog ng Bayawak in Pampanga or Tamilok in Palawan.  





And yes.... we love Carinderia food. Aside from eating in public markets to get the authentic feel of every province we visit, Carinderia food is a must!

Speaking of Carinderia food -- I was invited to this event where Filipino cuisine was put in the spotlight, as well as Filipino culinary expertise.  Let's get to know Buhay Carinderia Redefine!

We got to taste some delicious streetfood at the venue. I particularly liked the balut :)




WHAT MAKES IT EXCITING?


1.  What used to be Carinderia Fiesta is now Buhay Carinderia Redefined.  Supported by the Tourism Promotions Board of the DOT, this year's event is scheduled to scour the whole country, Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao, in search for the best of the best in the culinary scene.  It will kick off at the Vigan Convention Center from June 28-29, where culinary experts will not only share their talents to everyone but also interact with chosen students through mentoring partnership, so they can also pass on their skills and experiences.
MS. ERINDA S. LEGASPI
PRESIDENT AND CEO, MARYLINDBERT INTERNATIONAL


2.  The same process will also be done in Visayas and Mindanao in the coming months. And to cap off this nine-month-long culinary journey, Buhay Carinderia Redefined will stage its biggest culinary exposition in November where all the regional bests under one roof will be showcased.

3.  Erwan Heusaff tapped as content creator.  He has long been an advocate of healthy and affordable eating. 



So.... is the BackPack Squad excited about this culinary exposition?  A resounding YES! Tara na... Kain na!










Friday, April 13, 2018

WHAT'S NEW AT TIMEZONE AYALA MALL FELIZ



There are many reasons why, as a family we go to the mall:

>> to buy stuffs that we need, especially things that they need for school
>> to discover new restaurants.  We are a foodie family!
>> to check the lastest in gadgets. Yes!  My teens are in that stage where they are "addicted to gadgets". And yes, we allow them look and check, but not necessarily buy  :)

And there is one more reason why we go to the mall -- if we want our teens to relax and have fun -- we bring them to TimeZone. And it never fails. Teen relaxation and fun unlocked for both of them!

MY TEEN HAD A BLAST WITH THE GIANT JESTERS :)


THE TIMEZONE BRAND:  


Timezone is the best destination for families and friends seeking entertainment through interactive game play, ultimate bonding experience and wholesome fun. Their games consist of a variety of novelty machine, video simulator games, direct vending games and ticket vending games. Name a game, and Timezone probably has it!




THE TIMEZONE EXPERIENCE:


At Timezone, nobody goes home empty handed as players can select and win cool prizes from its wide array of exciting ticket prizes.  Timezone strives to introduce a variety of prizes to choose from. With the opening of Timezone at Feliz Mall, it is also introducing the PRIZE SHOP.  You can now walk through the prizes redemption area for a complete fun experience of redeeming their prizes.  Look at the awesome prizes that you can win!





NEW ATTRACTIONS:



Timezone Ayala Mall Feliz opened last April 6, 2018 and introduced new and exciting attractions that caught the fancy of my teen.


TIMEZONE AIR is a 500 square meter Trampoline Park that follows world class safety standard.

 




TIMEZONE PLAY is a 4-level playground that is designed for children to have fun while enhancing their physical cognitive and social skills.





BOWLING - the first ever short lane bowling that was exclusively manufactured for Timezone.




And a bigger MUSICZONE, where you can sing your heart out with your family and friends.


So... do you think MrsWise and Kristan had a blast at the Timezone opening?  Well... check it out -- watch our video and see for yourselves!







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Sunday, April 1, 2018

BARE ESSENTIALS: ALTHEA'S NEW AND SIMPLIFIED SKINCARE LINE



Hello dear readers...

If you have been keenly following my blog, you know that I love minimalism, I love the simple life. This 2018, I aim to de-clutter the house.  To let go of the things that I don't use. To just stick to the basics. I know and I accept the fact that it is not an easy task. One step at a time to achieve it.

One of the steps I will try to implement is to try minimalism on skincare.  If you are like me, who are in constant search of what works well on your skin, chances are -- you have loads of skin care products in your cabinets. Or you might have tried the popular 10-step Korean skin care regimen, which is quite tedious to follow. 

Thank goodness for Althea Bare Essentials.  If you don't know what the specific steps and procedures to complete a good Korean skincare routine, you will love this products. Because this is just a 3-step regimen.  It fits my love for everything minimalist.   


MRS.WISE "BARE ESSENTIALS" EXPERIENCE:

Althea strips own to the bare essentials with this new skincare line in just 3 quick and easy steps -- cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Althea Korea believes that all the other additional steps added to your routine are just that -- additional!


COUNTOUR CLEANSER


 

The main ingredient of this cleanser are Ice Plant and detoxifying Lemon Myrtle extract. I find it so soothing on the skin.  I love the micro capsules that burst upon contact with water. Over-all it gently cleanse, exfoliate and really detoxify my skin.  I

PRIMER WATER



This product boasts of being a hydrating toner and a primer in one. So it readies the skin for a whole day wear, or primes it for make-up application. Made with Snow Lotus extracts, I felt its effect on my skin in an instant -- smooth and silky texture without the sticky feeling. 

FIXER CREAM



The problem I had with moisturizers before, they leave a heavy, sticky feeling when applied. Especially at daytime, when I have to go out. But the Fixer Cream, heals the skin without the "yucky" experience.  It is because, this product is non-oily and quickly absorbed by the skin. It has Trehalose, an ingredient found in the cactus plant that prevents its moisture loss.  What's great... my skin felt great and bouncy to the touch for an entire 24-hours. Simply wow!

Contour Cleanser 150g Php 300.00
 Fixer Cream 50g Php 640.00
Primer Water 200ml Php 550.00


THE VERDICT:



Thumbs up for price. 3 products for less than P1500 is a wise investment for your skin. Its true to its promise of nourishing the skin, leaving it looking bright, glowing and beautiful. Minimum effort that delivers maximum results.


If you want to experience what Bare Essentials have to offer -- just visit www.althea.kr for an additional 10% off with a free special edition mirror if you purchase.

You can also join my instagram contest here and stand the chance to get samplers for free.  Join HERE




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A NEW EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OPENS THIS SY 2018-19 - NATIONAL BOOKSTORE COLLEGE



Dear mommy readers... I know you can relate to what I am going to say. In two weeks time, vacation will start. And as I imagine myself putting my son's school stuffs in the closet, temporarily, my mind is already thinking about tuition fees, and buying the school materials that he will be needing next school year.  Ganun ata talaga ang mga nanay, we plan in advance!

As a WISE TIP, what I usually do is make an inventory of school things that can be re-used or recycled.  In my case, I also include things that can be handed down, from my eldest to my youngest. 

Only after the inventory, will I make a final list of what I am going to buy at my go-to bookstore.  I always shop with my teens, because I want them to realize how much am I paying for school stuffs, so they will learn to take good care of them and most importantly... tipirin!






And speaking of planning in advance... as early as now (my teens are incoming grades 11 and 12) I am scouting for colleges/universities where it is ideal to enroll them based on their chosen strands.

So when I was invited to the media launch of NBS College -- I was excited to attend and learn more about this new educational institution.



NATIONAL BOOKSTORE COLLEGE

After 75 years if supporting Filipinos' education and lifelong learning, National Bookstore is taking the next step by creating an institution for higher learning at the heart of Quezon City.  NBS College is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the National Book Store Building on Quezon Avenue corner Scout Borromeo and Panay Avenue.

For school year 2018-19, its pioneer year, it will be offering six in demand degree programs: BS Accountancy, BS Accounting Information System, BS Entrepreneurship, BS Computer Science, BS LIbrary and Information Science and BS Tourism Management.


NBS College President Adrian Ramos announced, that academic scholarships are open for qualified students from both public and private SHS.  Most importantly, a scholarship grant of Php12,500 a year for the pioneer batch will also be given, and tuition per unit locked-in for 4 years.  Malaking katipiran ito para sa mga nanay di ba?


WHY CHOOSE NBS COLLEGE

During the media launch, the dean of NBS college was asked, why would parents consider this college as a college choice for their children, over colleges and universities that have been in the education business for more than decades.  And this is what he has to say...




Sunday, March 25, 2018

FAT DADDY'S SMOKEHOUSE, A MEAT LOVERS HAVEN!



It was a fine Sunday afternoon when we visited Fat Daddy's Smokehouse in UP Town Center.  By WE, it was 75% of the "wise-family".  My son had to attend a birthday party so he missed out on this awesome gustatory experience.  

Let me tell you more about it!



WHERE IT ALL STARTED:

Fat Daddy's Smokehouse, which is popular for its juicy rack of perfectly smoked ribs, has grown from its first branch at Dau Marikina. The Versoza siblings wanted to bring to the Filipinos the smokehouse experience they all love and enjoy, from all their travels abroad. For all of you foodies out there, I am sure you have heard of their famous surname -- the siblings now manage the trusted Josiah's catering.

Trivia: When they were thinking of an appropriate logo for Fat Daddy's - the artist made this cute chubby, moustached man... without realizing that it looked like daddy Boyet Versoza :)



photo courtesy: www.acigirl.com

FAT DADDY's EXPERIENCE:



I have to admit, in the family, I am the veggie-seafood lover. But any given opportunity to eat meat, I enjoy ribs!  I need all the protein I can get :) But my teens and Mr.Wise are all certified carnivores!  Especially the hubby, who knows good quality beef/pork when he tasted one.  Also, because he is the "king of the kitchen" at home (read: he is in charge of cooking!)


First to arrive is JERA'S ULTIMATE PULLED PORK AND BACON.  A serving of tortilla chips with generous toppings of bacon, pulled pork, tomatoes, corn salsa with cheese, garlic and barbecue sauces.  Because I love anything and everything with cheese -- I enjoyed this as a starter. 


JERA'S ULTIMATE PULLED PORK AND BACON HALF  Php330


Then came the BUTTERMILK FRIED LIVERS.  It was crunchy, tasty, but retained its "melt-in-the-mouth" consistency, which I think would be best eaten with beer or any other alcoholic drink, because I find its texture somewhat empowering. The alcohol will definitely neutralize that feeling... me thinks!

BUTTERMILK FRIED LIVERS  Php185