Thursday, November 22, 2018

PRIME PINASARAP MOMENTS AT THE 2ND PRIME MOM CLUB WORKSHOP



FACT:  
I recently joined the Prime Mom Club of MegaPrime. Before they approved my membership, they asked me this question - what are the qualities of a Prime Mom. And my answer:  a Prime Mom is innovative, creative and money savvy.  

As a mother of two, I always try to work on these three characteristics. Being money savvy is easy. I was born kuripot hahaha!  Being creative also, is easy.  But being innovative is not. Its hard to think of new ways of dealing with everyday tasks. Like disciplining, or keeping your teens busy at home. And the biggest challenge -- being innovative in the kitchen. How do you make NEW recipes that your family will love. Or at least, make a few twists and innovation to ordinary recipes to make it interesting. 

This is one of the reasons why I joined the Prime Mom Club :)


MEGA PRIME HOLDS 2ND WORKSHOP FOR ASPIRING MOMPRENEURS

So when I got an invite to the 2nd Prime Mom Club's workshop, I was so excited. Because I know that its a chance to further enhance my kitchen knowledge, at the same time, the invite said, the workshop is geared towards MOMPRENEURS to learn about new business in time for the holidays. I said yes right away to this event, because it is a chance to learn something new!



CRAFTING 101 BY VIA PACHECO OF MAARTSY

First workshop was how to make Holiday trinkets. I have been the crafty mom, but age caught up with me, that now I am having a hard time looking at small pieces of materials without my glasses hahaha!  But that did not stop me from actively participating in the trinket making.  It was the first time that I used long nose pliers in manipulating those small rings to make the trinkets. MRSWISE TIP:  I suggest you don't cut your nails if you want to go into crafting. I had a hard time manipulating the jump rings and eyepins of the small chains because I cut my nails just before I went to the workshop LOL!  

Take a look of the finished product that I made. Very cute!

 


One valuable information I got from Ms. Via, is how to compute if you are seriously thinking of selling your finished products.  It is usually >> COST OF MATERIAS + PACKAGING X 5 + LABOR = PRICE  

  

DESSERTS WE LOVE AS TAUGHT BY CHEF MIRA

Chef Mira is one of the favorite chefs of Ms. Marian. And now I know why. The desserts she taught us in the afternoon were all delish. And so easy to make.




She taught us how to make polvoron by toasting 500 grams all purpose flour.  After that, she set aside the flour, then placed the 500 grams of salted butter in the pan. In the flour she mixed 400 grams of sugar and 500 grams of powdered milk. Lastly, she put in the cranberries. As chef Mira and Marian were molding the polvoron, my mind was thinking of local alternatives to cranberries -- maybe Kasuy, chocolate chips, or for the hubby and I -- I can put on some healthy alternatives - maybe mint or sweet basil or any herb found in my garden. What a nice idea di ba? Hmm... something healthy and sweet that I can probably do by early next year. New year... new business!

Next sweet treat taught by Chef Mira -- my fave -- pastillas. Yum!  This one was even easier than the polvoron - because you don't need to cook anything.

We just mixed the powdered milk and the condensed milk. Instead of the ordinary sugar, we used colorful sugar sprinklers, bagay na bagay sa Pasko!




 


WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THE PRIME MOM CLUB

1. You get invited to the Prime Mom Club events that can teach you new things. Mega Global has always believed in the power of moms in the family and women in general, and they will continue to harness the capabilities of mommies through workshops.  





2.  If you are a member, you get special perks. By next year, Mega Prime will launch their REWARDS system for Prime Club Members. This is exciting because you get exciting products and freebies just by becoming an ACTIVE member. Stay tune for more announcements regarding the Rewards System.  







3. You also get to take home awesome products from workshop sponsors. Look at what I got from Alaska, Clara Ole, Dona Maria, King Sue, Kamuning Bakery, Masflex and COOK Magazine.   

4.  You get to listen and chat with Marian. If in the past, she judged my recipe and said she liked it, this time, I got the chance to ask her a question. I asked her what would be her Noche Buena Menu for this year - and she replied, "the beef steak is a staple." She also showed us how she cooks her beef steak/salpicao in the workshop.   




Marian making PRIME LAYERED FRUITCAKE, using MegaPrime
Tropical Fruit Cocktail, a delicious blend of the freshest
juiciest tropical fruits in extra light syrup

5.  You constantly get recipes on how to cook Mega Prime products like Whole Mushrooms, Pieces and Stems Mushrooms, WHole Kernel Corn, Cream Style Corn, Green Peas, Garbanzos, canned fruits and canned sweet preserves. Recently, Mega Prime launched a new product line comprised of sauces/condiments and noodles. 
  


So what are you waiting for? Join the Prime Mom Club at www.primemomclub.com to get special perks as well as opportunities to join an interactive, growing community of like minded home makers, where you and other Prime Moms are encouraged to discuss and share insights and our very own helpful nuggets of Prime Mom wisdom.

Hmm... maybe for the 3rd workshop -- they can teach me more about gardening (my passion) then cooking the harvest with the Mega Prime products. Whatsathink of my suggestions WiseyMomshies???











Saturday, November 17, 2018

K-POP STAR JEONGHWA LOVES ALTHEA KOREA's REAL FRESH SKIN DETOXERS


Are you a K-Pop fan?  

I may not be a big fan of their music and fashion statement, but I am definitely envious of these K-Pop star's glass skin and awesome complexion.  As an #AltheaAngel and an ardent supporter of Althea Products, I was so excited to tell you ladies... that EXID's Jeonghwa recently tried Althea's innovative beauty product, Real Fresh Skin Detoxers in collaboration with Get It Beauty.  

Mrs.Wise swears, that the Real Fresh Skin Detoxers is a must-have for anyone who wants to cleanse and pamper their skin at the same time.  Read more of what I have to say about this product in this article!



JEONGHWA LOVES ALTHEA KOREA's REAL FRESH SKIN DETOXERS

Watch this video where Jeonghwa used the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer and mentioned that she really loved its scent. She applied it not only to her face, but in other rough areas of the body, particularly in her elbows. That's how versatile this product is!


Do you dream of having Jeonghwa's smooth and supple skin? Maybe its time to try The Real Fresh Skin Detoxer.  Check out the full details of this product that comes in Rose and Green Tea at https://ph.althea.kr/real-fresh-skin-detoxer-set


Friday, November 16, 2018

BIOTULIN: THE SECRET TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN



Having worked in the entertainment industry for two decades, I have been exposed to celebrities who have undergone different cosmetic procedures on their faces. Some looked good after, but I have seen some, who looked kindda weird after admitting to have subjected themselves to such cosmetic procedures. The usual culprit... BOTOX!

A lot of celebrities, local and abroad who have had Botox injected on their faces, admit that, it left them "unable to form any expressions".  

That started my Botox scare. So imagine my reaction, when I received an invite to an intimate presscon of what is dubbed as "organic botox" -- Biotulin.  And when I heard that it is the beauty secret of women icons Madonna, Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton - I just simply had to learn more about the product!  Especially when it claims -- its ORGANIC!


Biotulin Celebrities


ORGANIC BOTOX:  BIOTULIN 


Biotulin is a transparent, fragrance-free organic gel applied to the face and quickly absorbed by the skin, making facial features smooth, soft and supple in no time. It has the power to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines just like Botox but minus the needle injections, pain and downtime. 

Biotulin Mrs.Wise


Before the Philippines, Biotulin is already making waves in other Asian countries like China, South Korea and Singapore. It is also popular in different countries around the world. Aside from the USA, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia, it’s already a top beauty trend in European countries such as Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. 


Potent Anti-Aging Formula from 3 Supreme Natural Ingredients



Developed and produced in Germany, Biotulin was formulated by a team of scientists led by pharmacist and chemist Dr. Claus Breuer. Its formula is made with three (3) natural ingredients that are potent and proven effective in reducing skin wrinkles and preventing the signs of skin aging—Spilanthol, Imperata Cylindrica, and Hyaluron.

A local anaesthetic extracted from Acmella Oleracea, Spilanthol reduces muscle contractions and relaxes the facial features. It helps lessen fine lines around the eyes and between the eyebrows, resulting in noticeably smoother facial features. The extract from Imperata Cylindrica, also known as blady grass, supplies the skin with extra moisture for up to twenty four (24) hours, making the skin reanimated and beautiful. Lastly, Hylauron has the ability to replump and hydrate the skin to help cellular regeneration and counter the natural aging process. It occurs naturally in the human body.

With the combined power of these natural ingredients, continuous use of Biotulin for 30 days can result in visibly reduced fine lines while the skin feels smoother and firmer. 

As an advocate of maintaining a healthy lifestyle -- I am glad that Biotulin also supports and promotes healthy diet and yoga. Watch the video and there are yoga poses that will help you with your metabolism.




Matthias Wichmann, Dr. Faye Candao


At the presscon, it was explained to us, that Asian/brown skin is different from Caucasian skin. For Asians, the effectivity of Biotulin will be enhanced if it penetrates deeper into the skin, through a micro needling technique. That is why, Biotulin now partners with Flawless Face and Body Clinic. Flawless is offering 3 sessions of Fractional Needling Therapy with Biotulin for Php15,000. And you can take home a bottle of Biotulin with a single session of FNT Biotulin for only Php12000.

This is now offered at the following Flawless clinics: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, Trinoma, Light Mall Makati, MOA, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Manila, SM San Lazaro, Sta. Lucia, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Bacoor, SM Dasmarinas SM Calamba, SM Lipa, SM Batangas, Marilao, SM Pamanga and Davao.


MRSWISE VERDICT

I grabbed the chance to experience the product. Placed a pea-size on my finger, and dabbed it n my problem spot: eyebags. Massaged the product in a circular motion for a good 3 minutes. After that I instantly felt the skin under my eyes seems to be stretched. And 3 hours after, I can still feel the moisture of the Biotulin underneath my eyes. 




If a pea size can bring that effect, what more if you use this product daily? Or administer the product through FNT. Hmm... I am now thinking of maybe, giving myself an early birthday gift (yes December is my birth month!) and experience FNT with Biotulin. And hello great skin in time for Christmas!














Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SUNSCREEN ALERT: ALTHEA VELVET SUNAWAY



Hi there girls... this is MrsWise reporting again from the chic Althea Universe -- where you can get the most exciting Korean beauty products. An #AltheaAngel here... would like to share with you their latest product >>  the PETAL VELVET SUNAWAY!

THE PETAL VELVET SUNAWAY PROMISE:

This lightweight sunscreen promises a velvety finish to your face, with sebum control capability!  





These are its amazing features:

1.  LIGHTWEIGHT TEXTURE WITH POWERFUL UV PROTECTION OF SPF50+. It is a non chemical formula with a light fluid texture to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB   
Gentle on sensitive skin without chemical ingredients. Its main ingredient is DAMASK ROSE extracts that help moisturize and smoothen the skin. It has a natural nanomolecular composition that is rich in vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin, soothing sensitivities and strengthening it for a radiant glow


2.  VELVETY FINISH, HYDRATING FORMULA. It controls excessive sebum in the skin with a micro powder system, while hyaluronic acid ensures the skin is kept hydrated throughout the day. 


3.  ADVANCED NON CHEMICAL UV FILTER. It applies evenly and smoothly onto the skin without leaving a white cast behind. this is due to an advanced non chemical UV filter with a more transparent formula


HOW TO USE:

Apply generously on skin in the morning or minutes before sun exposure. Shake the bottle well before using.


RECOMMENDED FOR:  

Daily use. Those looking for a long wearing strong protection sunscreen for everyday use
moisture sebum control - people who want a moisturizing sunscreen without a white cast or stickiness.  Skin type. all skin types. suitable even for those with sensitive skin.



MRS.WISE VERDICT:

I LOVE IT!  I used it in my recent trip to Nayomi. Applied it first before I took all the family/selfie shots. I have very oily skin, but the Petal Velvet Sunaway controlled it all.  

Also, I am dark skinned, so I am really not a big fan of "white colored" sunscreens that tend to create a not-so-flattering whitecast on my face. But the Petal Velvet Sunaway, has that transparent effect. It didn't leave a white cast behind.

 



So now, I am officially a fan of the Petal Velvet Sunaway. I use it everyday. When I go out for events, I apply it generously on my skin, and finish it off with my favorite Petal Velvet Powder in tan. The powder can be used to set make-up and even minimize the appearance of pores. How awesome is that!!! 

I also officially asking my teens to use the Petal Velvet Sunaway.  Its lightweight formula and its spf50+ will definitely do wonders for their skin!



So get yours now at  www.althea.kr


 





Monday, November 12, 2018

MRS.WISE MEETS CHRIS UBANO OF MAPUTING COOKING



Mrs.Wise was just happy and grateful to have received an invite to the launch of Chris Urbano's cookbook, held at the Australian Ambassador's Residence.  




This foodie can't hide her excitement, to finally meet Chris Urbano of http://maputingcooking.com/, because I would love to hear him speak Filipino as he shares some of his loved Pinoy dishes.  Also, I love anything and everything Australian, so meeting the Ambassador herself, Ms. Amanda Gorely, is equally exciting!  And to top it all, who wouldn't love to have a taste of Chris' recipes, right? 





No reason to miss this event!  



THE BOOK

Chris shared some of his experiences during the launch. Specifically, his interesting stay in the Philippines. It all started in 2007, when he studied Filipino language and Philippine politics at the University of Asia and Pacific.  From then on, he has not only learned the language, but also grown to love the food.

As he said, the best way to know more about a country and learn about its people and language, is to learn more about its culinary history.  

Candidly, he also shared, that one of the best ways of learning Filipino is just to go to the local markets and engaged in a conversation with the tinderas.  

So now, he speaks the language quite fluently, know the local products and ingredients, and finding ways of cooking Pinoy dishes with a twist.

He was just so happy to compile these recipes in the his book THE WORLD OF FILIPINO COOKING:  FOOD AND FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES. 



RECIPES OF MAPUTING COOKING

During the book launch, Chris demonstrated how to cook....   and how to prepare the Filipino Style Fruit Punch, which is basically mixing of local fruits (orange, red apples, kalamansi).

Chris loves street food. He said, he saved a lot of money when he was still a student, eating street food. For the launch, he showed us how he likes his Streetside Calamares.

INGREDIENTS:
500-600 grams whole squid, cleaned and cut in 1/2 inch pieces, including tentacles
2 tablespoons calamansi juice
1 tsp salt and pepper
1 cup corn flour / starch
30 ml spiced vinegar

PROCEDURE:
1.  Place the squid, calamansi juice, salt and pepper into a glass and marinate for at least 5-10 minutes
2.  In another glass, place the corn flour and dust each piece of the squid so it is well coated and feels dry to the touch
3.  In a shallow frypan, heat your oil and fry the calamares in batches. Remove as it takes on a golden color
4.  Place the cooked squid on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve with vinegar

Chris said, the Calamares can also be paired with white wine. Just a TIP, if you choose to eat it this way, don't dip it into vinegar. The acid in the vinegar doesn't suit well with white wine. It will taste weird.






Next, Chris showed us how he cooks the Calumpit Longganisa and Black Bean Rigatoni. 

INGREDIENTS:
250 grams Rigatoni Pasta
10 pieces longganisa, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium sized white onion cut thinly
1 large red bell pepper julienne
2 cups water
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup black beans
fresh oregano leaves
cherry tomatoes
1 cup Pinot Noir  (optional)

PROCEDURE:
1.  In a shallow frypan, pour 2 cups of water and boil the longganisa until it turns dark brown. Once cooked, remove the skin and strings and cut it into little chunks
2.  In a separate frypan, heat the oil and saute the onions and bell pepper over medium heat. Add the longganisa and the oregano and let it simmer for 5 minutes
3.  Pour in a cup of red wine to neutralize the longganisa's garlicky flavor. Add in black beans and cook for another 3 minutes. Add in the fresh oregano leaves.
4.  Follow it up with tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper
5.  Boil water on a large pot. Cook pasta accordingly. 
6,  Pour in sauce with pasta and mix well. 




I liked the blending of the of the garlicky longganisa and the Cuban Oregano. Chris is also an urban gardener like me, and the oregano, he swears, is an easy herb to maintain. I think I'm gonna try this recipe one weekend, especially that my local oregano is thriving well, and I also have local tomatoes planted in the garden  :)

Will just have to ask the hubby to buy us some red wine. 


Chris, by the way, is also a wine lover.  He is also in the business of bringing into the country some of the finest wines from different countries. 





So get to try fusion recipes... the blending of the Filipino cuisine with Australian and other international influences, do get a copy of Chris Urbano's book!


HAPPY COOKING!