JBL STORE OPENING IN FESTIVAL MALL

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audience-868074_960_720Music really does play an important role in all of our lives. It has the ability to change our mood in an instant. It can be very therapeutic. But how could we improve and enjoy our listening experience even more? I believe the best investment we could make to enjoy music on a different level is by investing in quality speakers and headphones.

1I was invited to attend the official grand opening of JBL last Friday, December 16. The new store is very near my house as it is conveniently located at the Upper Ground Floor, New Wing of Festival Supermall Alabang.

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The store features award-winning products from Harman’s brands which include a variety of products such as home audio products, loudspeakers and headphones which are perfect for music lovers to style seekers.

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We were able to go around and test out JBL and Harman’s best products.  Here are a couple of JBL & Harman Items I like!

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JBL EVEREST 300 BT

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The JBL Everest 300 BT is a wireless headphone that has a couple of interesting features to offer. It is bluetooth 4.1 enabled which means you don’t need to directly connect it to your device to listen to music. It has a built-in microphone which make it easier and improves quality of your voice in calls. It also has a LONG battery life of 20 hours!

HARMAN KARDON SOHO BT

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The Harman Kardon Soho BT is my favorite! It is also a wireless headphone. Aside from it’s sleek  and innovative design it produces great sound quality. The Soho are very comfortable on the ears when positioned properly.

JBL Charge 3

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The JBL Charge 3 is a fully waterproof portable speaker. This is the best!!  It is the perfect speaker to bring with you to your next beach trip. The 6,000 mAh lithium-ion battery can keep the speaker alive for 12 hours! It comes in five different colors: blue, black, gray, red and teal.

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JBL continues to push audio boundaries through constant innovation and personalized sound technology. They continuously improve the sound quality and battery life so you are able to enjoy your listening experience. So if you are looking for the perfect brand to invest in quality speakers, you know where to go!

Go check out and visit http://ph.jbl.com and http://ph.harmankardon.com for more information.

Like them on Facebook: JBL Philippines

Twitter: @JBLPH

Instagram: @jblph

 

 

 

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ST. JAMES BAZAAR 2016: The Largest Bazaar in Alabang

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Did you know? The Saint James Bazaar has been happing yearly for about 25 years now? YES, TWENTY-FIVE! It is considered the biggest bazaar in the south with around 500 concessionaires in Cuenca Community Park. What makes this bazaar extra special is that all the funds they earn goes to a good cause. Yay!

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I have been constantly present at the bazaar for about 10 years now. My Momma Bear has a stall there everywhere so I try to go and support her when I can. This year, I decided to document it via video to show you guys all the cool stuff I found at the bazaar.

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We went around for hours and it can get quite hot so be sure to wear something breezy!

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Our favorite stall has got to be this alcohol shop that serves unique flavors of lambanog and wine! Got some as pasalubong for Jason’s parents.

More stores can be seen at my video below and check out some of the items I bought! 🙂

 

 

MY FIRST VLOG: DAY TRIP TO LAIYA

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Jason and I had a free day from work and basketball practice. We haven’t gone on a trip in a while so I really wanted to do something different! Luckily, my driver was free on that day so my parents allowed me to use him! ( Thank you parentals )

 

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Being the creature of habit that I am, I decided to go to a place that i’m quite familiar with. Laiya White Cove  which is a private beach situated in San Juan Batangas ( about a 2 hour drive from Alabang )

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Jason and my Driver, Mang Roel

 

I decided to document our trip and I tried my best to vlog. Hopefully you guys enjoy this video!  🙂

 

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Instagram – @margabanaga

Twitter – @margabanaga

Facebook – @margabanaga92

 

D.I.Y. POKE: My Favorite POKE Bowls

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As I am constantly on the lookout for healthy spots to check out, I’m so glad that Poke Bowls are finally a thing in Manila! Poke is a famous Hawaiian dish that has been a staple in their homes for centuries now. Poke means “to cut” which explains the cubed raw fish found in this dish.

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I was so ecstatic when I found out that D.I.Y. POKE was opening right outside my village! They are the first in the Philippines to solely focus on Poke Bowls and what makes it extra special is the fact that you can choose to even customize your own dish! Other restaurants in the Philippines have tried to join in the Poke Trend but have failed to execute it as well as D.I.Y. Poke.

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A traditional Poke Bowl consists of raw fish ( ahi tuna or yellow fin tuna ), seaweed ( hijiki or wakame ), white rice, sesame oil, onions, sesame seeds and soy sauce. 

In D.I.Y. Poke, You have the option to choose from 5 Signature Bowls:

HEALTH BOWL

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The Health Bowl is one of my favorites! It comes with a GENEROUS amount of Salmon and Tuna Chunks, brown rice, seaweed,corn, ginger and shoyu sauce! This dish is so filling and guilt-free! Will definitely be my go-to  post workout meal when I start working out in Elorde in Madison.

SUMO BOWL

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The SUMO BOWL is another favorite of mine! I’ve never really been a fan of eel but the mixture of Unagi with cubed mangoes, salmon chunks, crabsticks creates a fusion of flavors that will make you want to come back and order this dish AGAIN. It is served with white rice so this is a dish I will only eat when I want to treat myself or if I’ve worked out hard enough! haha! I highly recommend this.

CHERRY BLOSSOM BOWL

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To be honest, the Cherry Blossom Bowl could still be worked on. It was hard to enjoy the tuna with the nacho chips. It lacked something but i’m still trying to figure out what it is. I ate this at home later on in the day. I removed the chips, added a bit of rice and sesame oil and it tasted delicious hehe.

CALIFORNIA BOWL

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The California Bowl is my boyfriend’s favorite! ( Hi Jason! ) It is a deconstructed california maki made with crabsticks, cucumber, white rice and sesame dressing. I actually liked this dish too, it is very tasty!

SUMMER BOWL

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The Summer Bowl is the only dish from their signature menu that I have yet to try. It is made with salad as the base with chunks of mangoes, crabsticks and octopus.

If you are feeling a bit adventurous, you can opt to make your own Poke Bowl:

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For dessert, I tried the Seaweed Flavored Ice cream – Php 150

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A bit pricey but it is delicious! The base of the ice cream is similar to that of green tea with a hint of seaweed.  Very creamy texture but I would order this again.

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So what are you waiting for? Come on over to the South and visit D.I.Y. Poke! You really do get your moneys worth! and while you are in the area, why not visit my mom’s shop, La Casita, as well? ( Shameless plug hahaha! )

 

D.I.Y. POKE

2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
(0995) 473-6224

ZAFUL FINDS: MY TOP PICKS FROM ZAFUL.COM

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If you haven’t heard of Zaful then you are definitely missing out! Zaful is a one-stop online shop perfect for all your clothing needs. Their items are trendy and affordable.

Here are a couple of items that I copped:

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NECK ZIPUP PILOT JACKET – $27.99

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A bomber jacket is the perfect athleisure piece. It is definitely making a statement in the fashion world this 2016. I opted for a basic black bomber as it can be worn in multiple ways. A bomber jacket can dress down a formal outfit and even add style to a plain white tee + jeans combo.

FAUX SUEDE BASEBALL HAT  – $4

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If you know me well enough, you will notice that I wear hats pretty often. I’m  a street or athleisure wear kind of dresser. This faux suede hat caught my attention right away as I am always on the hunt for unique pieces that not everyone has. Plus it was only $4!

MIRRORED PILOT SUNGLASSES – $5.83

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Accessories can surely add that oomph to an outfit! I decided to get a couple of sunglasses from Zaful because they are affordable and of good quality! This specific pair got my attention because of its unique color.

METAL BAR GOLD FRAME PILOT SUNGLASSES – $4.34

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My favorite pair of sunnies from Zaful! You will definitely see me wearing these out often. These had very high ratings on the site and are only $4 so I knew I had to get them! I’m in love with the color and style!

METAL BAR BLACK FRAME PILOT SUNGLASSES – $4.26

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Had to get them in black as well!

WORLD MAP PATTERN WATCH – $4.48

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I don’t own a watch ( aside from my FitBit ) because I’m very malikot and I always break things! So I decided to order a cheap pair from Zaful. I love this watch because everytime I wear it, it’s a constant reminder on my wrist that one day I will get travel the world!

 

Very satisfied with all the items I got! The items arrived around a week after I ordered them but it took quite a while in the customs and I had to pay an additional fee there #corruption.  I will most definitely be ordering from Zaful Again!

What sites do you guys usually order from? 😛

Zaful’s website: http://www.zaful.com/

Zaful’s IG: @zaful

Zaful’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Zaful/?fref=ts

LA CASITA: MY FAVORITE SHOP IN MADISON GALERIES ALABANG

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A four-story lifestyle mall called Madison Galeries conveniently opened right by Alabang Hills. Located along, 398 Don Jesus Blvd, Muntinlupa,  It features various restaurants, salons, fitness spots and most importantly my mom’s shop, LA CASITA ACCENT DECOR.

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My mom has always had an eye for beautifully crafted things. Her shop sells various items such as trinkets, conversation pieces, accent wall decors, industrial lamps, etc.

Since I had the chance to visit her shop over the weekend, I decided to share with you guys my top 5 favorite items from her store.

  1. Telephone Booth Lamp – Php 25,000 

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The telephone lamp is a great industrial piece perfect for the living room area or even in your own bedroom! This unique item is my personal favorite and my brother loves this piece as well! He has one in his room and it gives that “wow factor”!

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My brother’s own Telephone Booth Lamp

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so cozy!

2. Industrial Tripod Lamp – Php 4,900

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Hello to my film buff friends! This is a lamp I would want in my room! The base of the tripod is crafted from wood that is finished in black  which contrasts well with the metal shade.

Small Industrial Tripod Lamp – Php 3,500

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3. Wallhanging Airplane Wine Rack – Php 6,800

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To my fellow alcoholics, this is a MUST HAVE! This item is truly one of a kind! Imagine having this piece hanging on your wall filled with bottles of wine? too cool! Definitely will be a topic of conversation betweet you and your friends. You should get yours soon because my mom only has a couple of pieces left!

4. Striped Chest ( Set of 2 ) – Php 3,800

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Another piece that is part of my top 5 is this striped chest. It comes in a set of 2 which is perfect for storing items in a fashionable way. Not only is it handy but it is also a decorative piece that could add that contrast to a bare room.  I want one in my room! ( Hi mom! *hint hint * )

5. Naked Man Statue Php 2,500 & Naked Man Book End Php 2,000

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Another conversation piece you can find at my mom’s store is the naked man statue. These are very classy figurines that would be perfect in your living room.

Other items you can find in La Casita Accent Decor:

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Wall Decors

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Decorative Pieces

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So what are you waiting for? Come on over! Another reason to visit the South!

3rd Floor, Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Blvd. Alabang Hills. 

9 am to 9 pm Mondays to Sundays

Call or Text: 0917 879 8123

Instagram: @lacasitademanila

Cheat Meal of the Week: Morganfield’s Mall of Asia

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I decided to dedicate a section of my  blog to Cheat Meals. As I have mentioned before, cheat meals can actually be beneficial for you. When you eat healthy and when you eat the same thing everyday, your body gets so used to it. Cheat meals can be used as motivation as well. It can also boost your metabolism. But take note, cheat MEAL not a cheat day. I also have to note that you must have “SMART” cheat meals. It still has to be in moderation.

What could be better than to have the biggest and juiciest pork ribs in town as my cheat meal for the week?  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening of Morganfield’s in Mall Of Asia! I’m not much of a meat or pork eater in general, but my tastebuds were in awe with how juicy their ribs taste!

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We started with  the Crab and Spinach Dip priced at Php 345.The dip consisted of crab meat, spinach and parmesan perfectly infused together. I loved it! ( I love anything with cheese )

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Morganfield’s is known for their “Sticky Bones”, which is made of prime pork rib that is slowly baked and smoked to perfection. It comes in four flavors: Hickory BBQ, Garlicky BBQ, Smoked Peppercorn and Spicy Asian BBQ.

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We ordered the Ribs Samplers ( Php 3,295 ) which is good for 3 – 4 people. ( We couldn’t finish it!! ) It comes with Three flavourful half-slab ribs, Grilled Footlong Farmer’s Bratwurst Sausage, garden salad, corn on the cob, french fries and corn bread.

Out of all the ribs, my personal favorite was the smoked peppercorn spare ribs. The meat was so tender that it would easily slide off the bone. I enjoyed eating it together with the corn bread!

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Begonia ( Php 175 )

We were also served chilled coolers to go together with our filling meal. The Begonia is made of chunks of kiwi, strawberries and lime served in lemon lime soda topped with passion fruit syrup.

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Virgin Apple Mojito ( Php 175 )

The Virgin Apple Mojito consists of fresh apples, lime chunks, mint leaves, brown sugar topped with soda. I opted the Virgin Apple Mojito and mmmm this was delicious! 

Morganfield’s is known for other dishes that I have yet to try such as Bacon wrapped Meatballs, New York Strip Steak, Pork Sausage Platter, Pulled Pork Burger and other porky-licious dishes. That means I have to come back for another cheat meal!

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Looking forward to bringing my family there especially because the servings are huge and at an affordable price! You definitely get your money’s worth!

 

MORGANFIELD’S BGC

Address

Second Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Opening hours

 11 AM to 11 PM

MORGANFIELDS’ MALL OF ASIA 

Address

North Wing, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
Opening hours
11 AM to 11 PM