Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Who wants to watch Disney on Ice for FREE with your family?

My family and I will be watching Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream and with the help of the generous people of Magnolia Chocolait, I can bring along with us two families with three members each.

That's not all, those who will be given this "holiday treat" will also be entitled for the meet and greet session with the cast after the show.

Now to get a chance to win one of the two slots of three (3) tickets each, you just have to do this simple mechanics.

1) Like the Magnolia Chocolait FB page www.facebook.com/MagnoliaChocolaitPH  

2) Share the Disney on Ice poster that can be found in their FB page and tag 5 friends not later than January 1, 2015 (12nn)

3) Winners will be determined via a raffle. All winners may claim the tickets at a designated area on January 4 (Sunday) for the 1:30pm show that day. 

4) Like www.facebook.com/AstigMachismis where the winners will be announced.

Again our special thanks to our favorite chocolate milk drink, Magnolia Chocolait, for making this holiday giveaway possible for kids and kids at heart to experience the much-awaited Disney on Ice! This year, Pinoys are invited to join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they follow four of Disney’s most inspirational princesses on their adventures to fulfill their dreams in Feld Entertainment’s newest ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream.
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream shows will run from December 25 to January 4 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555 for inquiries.

Learn more about our product, promos, and fun games for your kids on www.magnoliachocolait.com.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's #MerrySMChristmas Everyday

My son Charles as Santa's Little Helper at the SM Cubao's holiday display a few years ago.

Thank God for SM!” That’s how my son, who was three-years old then, expressed his happiness when he finally got the toy he describes as something he's “dreaming of all his life.”

It was Charles’ last birthday party and everyone in the family was trying to get her vote: Who had given him the best gift that day? It was quite amusing because, looking at the mountain of presents, gift wrappers with SM logos dominated the landscape. This is understandable because SM Megamall is just a few blocks away from our house.

The winner was Papa Lohel who bought the Dinosaur toy for his very makulit apo. We were thinking of filing a protest because we found out that he secretly asked Charles what he wanted for her birthday when they visited SM a week before the occasion. But we decided not to after he promised to treat us to dinner the following week. As usual, it was at the SM Food Court.

I got served served at Army Navy - SM Megamall
Speaking of Papa Lohel, another funny incident happened on his birthday recently. Knowing that he likes Sahara brand polo shirts, it was a no-brainer that this would be a gift he would surely appreciate. So when he opened his presents, he was amused to find three almost identical shirts — one from his wife Inday, one from daughter Hazel and one from daughter-in-law Minnie. Blame it on SM, they said. Good thing they all had different tastes in color.

Basically, SM has been a part of our family’s everyday life since it opened. From the food we eat, the plates, forks and spoons we buy, our frying pans and stoves, to the clothes we wear — even my boxers come from SM. I am a bargain bin scavenger and I’m not shy to say it: yup, one of my pairs of boxer shorts came from there.

With my boo at SM Cubao Toy Section
No important family occasion passes without a touch of SM. The mall is true to its motto: “We’ve got it all for you.” It’s like a one-stop candy store and we’re like kids excited to buy our stuff, going to one escalator to another.  Look for new appliances? Pick up home improvement tools and materials? Clothes to impress our partners? Where is the best place to buy Christmas gifts?  You can do all these things in one place, at the most reasonable prices, only at SM. And I still haven’t mentioned that we also do our groceries, bill payments and even banking at SM. (I must sound like a hard-sell TV commercial, but I’m sure I am not the only one.)

Rain or shine, I love joining events at the SM Activity Center
Speaking of Christmas, I am so grateful to my favorite mall simply because I have had a lot of great experiences and memories that happened there that can make me feel like it’s the happiest time of the year. My first date as a high school geek was inside SM Megamall. The first thing I bought with my very first paycheck was at the SM Record Bar (it was a cassette tape of the Eraserheads’ “Sticker Happy” album). I bought my first cellphone (a Nokia 5110) at SM City, Sta. Mesa. I could write a book on my life’s firsts and SM would be mentioned in many, many chapters.

It's a wrap! We're ready for the exchange gifts.
Thus, for me a #MerrySMChristmas does not just happen during December. It can happen any time  of the year. That magical feeling that you get when you give your best effort to scan every shirt designs at the SM Teen section to find the gift that can make your younger brother happy. How about the endless window shopping with your best friends and your promise that you will buy them all they want the moment you win the jackpot in lotto? Or buying baby cloths and feeding bottles with your pregnant wife who’s expecting your first baby soon, and moments like you care to share the spirit of Christmas to children of orphanages and charitable institution through the SM Cares Program's Bears of Joy.

Ahhh…  the joy that one can only find in SM. The spirit of giving that we thought can only or should only happen during the holidays is unfolding every day in our favorite shopping mall.
Thus, I totally agree with my son, “Thank God for SM!”

It's like a Merry Christmas for Charles in every visit to his favorite section at any SM Mall.
You too can experience a #MerrySMChristmas, visit http://bit.ly/MerrySMChristmas for more details on events of the nearest SM Mall in your place this season. Also, watch this cute video “How #MerrySMChristmas Begins” featuring Cheska and Kendra Kramer. Happy holidays, everyone!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The case of the mystery 500-peso Washing Machine

If you live in Pasig City, you might have already seen this sign about a washing machine on sale for only P500.

Well if you're someone who have a household who can build a mountain out of cloths for only a week like me, you'll definitely want to get a hold of this special offer. The cheapest washing machine posted in Lazada.com.ph is at P4200. So that's about more than 500% discount if my Math is correct.

But is it really P500 per unit? Are there strings attached? Since things like this interest me, I made a sort of an investigation on this (actually I just took time to read what's written on the tarpaulin).

Yes, each Sharp Washing Machines will be sold for only P500 but for the first five (5) costumers only during the opening day of Uno Factory Outlet in Pasig City on December 5. Now let me define what "costumer" means. To avail of the promo, a costumer needs to buy a minimum of P2000 peso from their store. It's up to you what items as long you get the required amount in one receipt.

Now where is the store located? It's at the 2nd floor of Wellcome Grocery (Mercedez One), corner Mercedez Ave. and Market Ave., San Miguel, Pasig City.

An epic sale or fail? What do you think of the promo?

8 Things I Have Yet to Tell my Wife

Today is our 8th wedding anniversary and it still amazes me how on Earth my wife was able to survive (and continue to live on) my craziness, antics, tantrums, laziness and unpredictable ways for eight long years.

8 years. That’s 96 months or 384 weeks or 2880 days.

As part of my anniversary gift, I will finally tell her things that I have kept in me for such a long time.

1. I am still not a fan of ampalaya. But thank you mahal for patiently serving me bitter melon in different ways that I can eat it. You’re the only person who was able to persuade me to try this gulay and actually shallow it. Before, the only vegetable dishes that I eat are French fries, coleslaw and tempura.

2. I steal a kiss from you while you were sleeping when I come back from the bathroom at night. Where? In depends what part of you is not covered with blanket.

3.  Whenever you see toys scattered on the floor every morning, it’s not only Charles who did it. More often I am the culprit. Sorry. Sometimes I would still play with a Matchbox or Hotwheels car imagining me, you and Charles traveling to every place we wanted to go without any worries that we have work next day.

4.  Sometimes when I said I am not feeling well and can’t come with you, it’s actually just a basketball game that I don't want to miss. I still dream that someday you’ll finally learn to like the game I so love to play and watch. Well, at least you did accompany me during an NBA event  even you can't identify who Michael Jordan is then. Dami mong ganda points nun and lalo ko na-in love sa'yo for joing me at the Big Dome.

5. I cheated every time we play rock-paper-scissors. The good news is I can assure you those were the only times I cheated on you. Well, I did adjust the scoring functions of the videoke machine one time when we had a one-on-one singing challenge and that’s it.     

6. I will not get you a Starbucks planner this year. Yes, you'll not have the 2015 version and sorry my love if the chain will be broken this year. I just feel that we’ve been spending a lot getting THE planner. I have better plans.

7. It hurts me so much inside whenever we had our petty fights. The more if I see you sad or sick. If only life is perfect that things will always go as we planned or things that make you lonely or disappointed are avoidable, I’ll trade a year of not watching basketball or The Walking Dead Game of Thrones just for you (or pwede one month lang?).

8. I married you not because I want someone who I can live with for the rest of my life but it’s because I can’t live without you in my life.

Happy anniversary, Mahal ko! I love you!  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Beth Greene will be back in The Walking Dead

The simultaneous OMGs across the world was heard louder than the gun shot that took the life of Beth Greene in the mid-season finale of the The Walking Dead Season 5.

When Daryl Dixon cries, everyone cries. The hashtag #RIPBeth trended on Twitter worldwide for hours. This just shows the great impact the decision of the producers to kill Emily Kinney's character. Now, fans who have become attached with Beth are mourning. I can't remember when was the last time I've been affected this much after my favorite fictional character was taken out of a show.

I know I am not the only one who thinks that the decision to include Beth to the show's gone-too-soon list is a wrong decision. Well, we can just be thankful that our favorite blode zombie killer were given some heart-pounding heart-breaking and we-thought-you-and-Daryl-will-end-up episodes that we can play and replay for as many times as we please.

Well for those who still can't accept the fact that Beth will no longer be in the the next season to come, here's some glimmer of hope that she might be seen in TWD. And so I offer a toast, "Beth Greene will be back in the The Walking Dead!"

What are the chances? Slim but possible.

Possibility no. 1: Beth can do some cameos as part of a "memory of the past" of Daryl, her sister Maggie or even Carl Grimes who has yet to hear about the sad news.

Possibility no. 2: It's been reported that AMC has promised that TWD: 2.0 or a spin-off show that will shed light on a new, previously unseen corner of the zombie apocalypse or perhaps would chronicle the early days of the epidemic and the effort to contain it.  Check out the TWD Webisodes to get a taste of the show is all about. An alive and kicking Beth Greene can even be a regular if we fans would let the shows writers and producers know how much we love her.

Do you want to bring back Beth Greene to the show or include her in the spin-off show? Sign in now HERE


Friday, November 21, 2014

Bank on the power of quality powerbanks

Airborne Tech Powerbank Christmas pack, anyone?

A few more weeks to go and we'll be celebrating the much-awaited Christmas day (well, I don't know with some grandparents and stingy bosses still holding on to that 13th month requests).

It's been a yearly dilemma to think of fool-proof gifts for Christmas but it's quite exciting in a way since it's that time of the year that we'll be able to push our brains to be a little more creative for the sake of making our friends and loved ones happy on the holidays.

Personally, when buying gifts, I always consider the use or benefits that my recipients will get from the specially-wrapped stuff that I'll give to them (with my irresistibly courageous smile, of course). Since everyone I know owns at least one smartphone and some of them are ranting about the battery life of their gadgets, giving them a powerbank is the most logical idea I can think of.

While browsing online, I stumbled upon this image below via Google:

Scary, right? That's why if I'll push trough with this gift idea (if my Christmas bonus permits), I should look for quality and reliable powerbanks. 

Last November 15, I was invited to attend the soft opening of the new Airborne Technologies store at the Greenhills Shopping Mall. Airborne Technologies is the no. 1 powerbank brand in the Philippines today created to support the demands of the fast-pacing world. Aside from powerbanks, they shop also carries induction speaker and memory storage devices.

Mr. Jason Ching, Airborne Technologies General Manager
Airborne Tech has been popularly known to create and release the first ever slim and light weight laptop powerbank made with Lithium Polymer batteries and has real 24,000 mAh capacity- the AT-2401 Arsenal Laptop Powerbank.

Arsenal Laptop Powerbank
In line to this soft opening event, Airborne Tech products are offered on discounted products like the AT-5001 Slim Powerbank which is currently on BER Month sale that dramatically drops its SRP from P1, 680 to P999. For inquiries, you can contact the Myvape shop at 0917-884-3973.

Airborne Tech products are now available at Myvape, L-23 & 24, Ortigas Lane, Greenhills Theater Mall, San Juan City. It’s just few steps away from the food court so while charging your gadgets, you can also relax and have some snack to pamper that hungry stomach.

While checking on the products of Airborne Tech, one very important thing stuck in my head, I should only bank on the power of quality powerbanks or I'll end up loosing more energy getting stressed out or pissed on the hassles that I might get from cheap and unreliable brands.  Remember that with Airborne Technologies, the Power Is In Your Hands!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Free Acer Smartphones this Christmas

I am starting to do my Christmas shopping. In the coming weeks, my list of household chores will have a new entry: wrapping gifts for my friends and loved ones.

Year after year, I have a recurring dilemma. Thinking of a gift to that one person I might have neglected the most in years: myself.

While on the lookout for a gift to thy self, I saw this Acer TV commercial aired during last night’s episode of The Voice Philippines. It's the #MerryMe: Acer 'Buy 1 Gift 1' TVC with Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano.

It’s indeed a very merry Christmas as Acer Philippines treats its loyal customers to FREE smartphones this holiday season with the ‘Buy 1 Gift 1’ promo.

The promo was launched last November 15, 2014 and will run until December 31, 2014. Customers who will buy any eligible Windows 8-based, Intel® Core™ -powered Acer laptops and 2-in-1 devices from any of the participating stores within the promo period will receive an Acer Liquid Z200  smartphone for FREE! That’s basically two quality and quality tech products for the prize of one.

Claiming of the free smartphone is so easy. Customers just need to fill out a copy of the “Buy 1 Gift 1” promo claim form and submit it along with the original copy of the Official Receipt, a cut-out of the product’s box Serial number, and two valid ID cards at the Acer Philippines, Inc. office.

Their office is located at the 9th floor, Fifth Avenue Building, 32nd Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Redemption is from Monday to Friday (9am – 5pm)

The good people from Acer anticipated queries for other redemption/ availment areas so they have designated the following locations where the smartphones can also be claimed:
1.  Acer Service Centre – Manila, 1651 Paz Guazon Street, Paco, Manila
2.  Acer Service Center – Cebu City at the AMV Brothers Building, 9 F. Cabahug corner Almendras Streets, Mabolo, Cebu City.
3.  Acer Service Centre- Davao City at the Ground Floor of Ateneo De Davao University, 8016 Roxas Avenue, Davao City.

Claiming schedule at these locations are from Monday to Friday(9am – 5pm) and Saturdays (9am – 12nn).

And if you’re really a very busy person like me (say you can’t leave important stuff like playing Clash of Clans, watching your favorite afternoon shows or have some work and school related activities to attend to), the great news is you can also claim your free smartphone via email (if Acer will not get an award for Best Costumer Service for doing this, I don’t know what brand can equal such after extra mile sales service).

Customers only need to submit a clear scanned copy of the required documents and email to promos@acer.com or aphi.promos@acer.com, and follow up via (02) 815-33-88 local 100 and 125. The Acer Liquid Z200 Smartphone will be shipped directly to the registered address indicated in the submitted Buy 1 Gift 1 promo claim form. Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit #4782 Series of 2014.

Visit the Acer Philippines Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AcerPH) or follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils). For more details go to www.acer.com.ph.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When you’re hungry, go French!

French school boys? Nope, just doing our #TeamFrenchVanilla pose for Nuffnang Philippines #CadburySweetEndings :)

I grew up loving anything French. Well, when I’m hungry, to be precise.

I crave for French toast for breakfast.

When I have burger for lunch, it should have a big serving of French fries with it.

For meryenda, a box of French macarons is the best.  

Come dinner time, I’ll have anything prepared by my wife as long I a get a kiss after saying, “This is the best (whatever food) ever!”

If ever I’ll get an ala-Miss Universe question like, “Outside your family, who would you like to bring for a vacation in Paris? And why?”

The next obvious choice of course is my barkada. Sir Toto is a smooth talker like a light exquisite taste of Vanilla while Ed is cool as chocolate. With the different personalities that we will meet in the French capital, these two guys will be my keys to survival.

Hmm, reminds me of the new Cadbury dairy Milk Franch Vanilla that has been my ally whenever hunger comes especially during toxic workloads where I don’t have the luxury to go out to get some snack. Thus, we can say that we are #TeamFrenchVanilla.

Just in case you also want to taste this new Cadbury flavour, the Milk French Vanilla is available in the big satisfying 180g pack for only P180 for a limited time only. So hurry and grab a bar now and have swwet endings with Cadbury Dairy Milk!