R.I.P Steve Jobs - You'll Always Be Remembered



Its so sad to hear that Steve Jobs has passed away, everyone has been sending out links and status about him. I just watched his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address where he gave an inspiring speech.


He even talked about death, here's an excerpt from his speech



"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Rest in peace Steve Jobs
You will always be remembered
Your work will always be cherished
You will always be loved
You will always be our Inspiration

To watch or read his full Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address you can click on the links below:

Jollibee Buys Burger King Philippines



My colleague just informed me that Jollibee bought Burger King! She told me that she read it on Yahoo and I thought of blogging about it.

My first reactions was "Whhhaaatt?!?!" I never expected that to happen...

They bought Burger King for Php 65.5 million.


Here's the full article from Yahoo! News Philippines:

Jollibee buys Burger King franchise in the Philippines

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine fastfood giant Jollibee Foods Corp. has cemented its leading position in the highly competitive quick-service restaurant industry by taking over the Philippine operations of American chain Burger King.

The deal allows JFC to gain a foothold into the premium segment of the hamburger category in the fast-food business as the group was expecting the premium price segment of the market "to grow appreciably in the years ahead as the Filipino consumers' standard of living rises from the growing economy."

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange Friday, Jollibee announced that it has signed an agreement acquiring a 54-percent stake in BK Titans Inc., owner of PERF Restaurants that, in turn, is the sole franchisee of the Burger King brand in the Philippines. The deal was priced at 65.5 million pesos (US$1.49 million).

Burger King has 23 restaurants in the country, mostly located in Metro Manila. It generates annual revenues of P800 million and has recently turned profitable despite its much smaller store network compared to Jollibee's.

The American fastfood chain, which is based in Miami, Florida, has similar products to Jollibee such as hamburger, fried chicken and fries in its core menu. However, Burger King's products are priced about 30 percent higher than comparable Jollibee products in the Philippines.

The entry into higher-end fast food products will allow Jollibee to harness the growing mass affluence of Filipino consumers and capture a niche market that is less sensitive to economic cycles. At the same time, its entry is seen allowing Burger King to scale up operations in the country.

With the entry of Jollibee into BK Titans, the fast-food giant will still have as minority partners the groups of businessmen Manuel V. Pangilinan (13 percent) and Alberto Lina (33 per cent).
Founded in 1954, Burger King is the second-biggest fastfood hamburger chain in the world operating more than 12,300 locations and serving 11 million guests daily in 78 countries. Most of its restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees. In Asia, the business is managed by Singapore-based BK Asiapac Pte. Ltd.

For its part, Jollibee operates the Philippines' biggest fastfood network with 1,941 stores in the country under the brands Jollibee (733), Chowking (395), Greenwich (209), Caffe Ti Amo (2) and Mang Inasal (393). It has 437 stores overseas under the brands Yonghe King (235), Hong Zhuang Yuan (52), Jollibee (71), Red Ribbon (39) and Chowking (40).

source: Jollibee buys Burger King franchise in the Philippines
              Franchising In The Philippines 

Shop at MUJI and Get a Chance Visit Japan!!!




MUJI is giving away a pair of round trip tickect to Japan to one lucky winner!!!! 


For every minimum, single-receipt purchase worth P10,000 with at least P500 worth of purchase of any featured MUJI to GO travel item, the customer is entitled to one raffle ticket. 


What are you waiting for? Share this exciting news now!


You can visit their Facebook Page (linked below) to know more...
 MUJI Philippines - MUJI to GO Travel Promo

Del Monte Fit 'n Right Calorie Counter


Wanna know your food and drink intake? Check out the Del Monte Fit 'n Right Calorie Counter!

Del Monte Fit 'n Right brings you a fun and intuitive app for counting calories and sugar content in everyday meals. The Del Monte Fit 'n Right Calorie Counter also shows how much calories and sugar you can avoid by drinking Del Monte Fit 'n Right.


Just using the app gets you a coupon that you can use to claim a free Del Monte Fit 'n Right Iced Tea which has L-Carninitine and no sugar and calories! Visit any 7-Eleven store, present your coupon and claim your Del Monte Fit 'n Right Iced Tea with a single purchase of any Del Monte product. 


Just log on to Facebook, head to the Del Monte Fit 'n Right fanpage, install the app, and count away.


Click the link below to visit their Facebook Page
Del Monte Fit 'n Right Calorie Counter

- from ChurpChurp Philippines

NiCaVia on Sophie Martin




I just re-opened my online shop on Facebook - NiCaVia on Sophie Martin


I'm a member of Sophie Paris, at first they were Sophie Martin,  the company started in 1996 in Jakarta and in 2002 they opened a market here in the Philippines. It's a direct Selling and Multi Level Marketing industry that offers a wide selection of high end bags, watches and clothes for men and women at very reasonable prices. They also  offer cosmetics, skin care and personal care products specially made for Asian skin.




You can check out my online shop by clicking the link below
NiCaVia on Sophie Martin

tvN’s Kpop Star Hunt... Are you the next KPop Superstar?




Do you want to be the next Kpop Star? Then this is your chance! Join tvN’s Kpop Star Hunt and be one of 2 contestants who will fly to Seoul, South Korea to be trained to become the next Kpop Star. Just go to www.tvnstarhunt.com to submit your entry.

But that’s not all. Fox International Channel is giving you a chance to secure a spot in the PHILIPPINE FINALS by campaigning for your video on their facebook page, tvN KPOP Star Hunt Philippines. The first 100 subscribers to share their videos get a special prize from tvN and Fox International Channel.

Also, like the FB page, link your video onto the FB page and get as much friends to like your video. The video with the most likes will win a special gift pack from tvN Asia and Fox International Channel as well!

This is your chance to be the next big thing! Share this news to all of your friends now! =)

Click on link below to go to their Facebook page
tvN KPop Star Hunt Philippines


- from ChurpChurp Philippines

Webcam 101 for Seniors


I was just checking my plurk and saw this link, I was so touched with this video because the couple are so sweet after being married for all those years. When I get married and become a grandma, I hope when my hubby and I would be like this :D

My Very Own Header

Finally!!!

I took the time to create my own header. I've always wanted a simple design for my blog, I know my header is really simple but it took me some time to think about it :) I've also changed my background to white so that my blog could have this clean look.

Since I'm done with my header, I'm going to work on my blogroll and fan page :)

What do you guys think?


Page 3 - My Blogroll

I’m currently listing down all the blogs I follow and categorizing it. I was thinking of listing down all the blogs I follow using Google connect or just list down the ones that I really read. I’m following 30 blogs and counting, some are don’t have any new post, some I don’t even read and there’s a couple that I read. I’ll be contacting the bloggers who I’ll add in my blogroll to get their permission. I don’t want to list down a lot of blogs and in the end I’m not going to read them; it won’t be fair to the blogger as well. The main reason why I’m just going to list a couple of selected blogs is because I really read their blog entries, I find their blog interesting, I learn a lot from their blogs and of course some of them are my friends. I just hope I finish this soon :) 

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


I'm getting all excited in watching this movie! I got a text last week that SM Cinema is having a red carpet premiere night for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at IMAX, SM North and I'm not going to miss out! I'm so excited that I blogged about it.


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens Friday, May 20th, 2011in the Philippines

Buy 1 Take One Treat at Flapjacks!



Flapjacks has new dishes for you to try and they are having a buy 1 take 1 promo! All you need to do is print the coupon, tag a friend along at Flapjacks, present the coupon before ordering any of their dish.

There new dishes are :
- Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings
- Fish Almighty
- Country Fried Chicken Breast
- Jack's Apple & Chicken
- All American Chicken
- Tutti Frutti Crepe

This promo is valid until May 31, 2011 and please check the coupon for more details.

"Something Borrowed"


Something Borrowed is a romantic comedy and based on the bestselling novel by Emily Griffin who is about a successful attorney who is single and lonely because she let true love slip away from her. Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) was in love with Dex (Colin Egglesfield) and everything changed when Rachel introduced Dex to her best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson), on that night she let her true love slip away and just handed him to her best friend without a fight. Six years later, its Rachel's 30th birthday and Darcy remind her how single and unhappy her best friend is and that she's lucky it’s not her. After the party, Dex invites Rachel for a few more drinks and wakes up together the next day! This makes Rachel in a tight situation between the love of her life and her friendship with Darcy.

Opens May 11, 2011 in the Philippines

Your Wisdom Tooth Can Tell Where You Grew Up



I was watching Bones Season 6 Episode 21 and these line got stuck in my mind:
Dr. Brennan: "When you were an infant, your permanent teeth were developing deep in your jaw bone, accumulating specific isotopes from the environment where you lived."
Grace Mitchum: "Her tooth can tell you where she grew up?"
Dr. Brennan: "Absolutely."
Some good to know facts from TV Series, Bones never fails to surprise and I get to learn more facts every episode. 

Intelligent Parking Assist in 2010 Toyota Prius

I was just watching Bones Season 6 Episode 20, Dr. Temperance Brennan or mostly called "Bones" was driving a blue Toyota, when she was about to park her car she just pushed a button and the car automatically did all the parking for her! I can still remember Dr. Lance Sweets or "Sweets" when he blurted out, "Whoa! Ghost Driver!" Then Bones explained that it was an Intelligent Parking Assist, I was so shocked and was curious about it that I had to check it out on the internet. 

As I did a fast research on the internet, I saw this in YouTube : 


Here's a few more info from Wikipedia : 

Intelligent Parking Assist System (IPAS), also known as the Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS) for Lexus models in the United States, is the first production automatic parking system developed by Toyota Motor Corporation in 2004 initially for the Japanese market hybrid Prius models and later Lexus models. The technology assists drivers in parking their vehicle. On vehicles equipped with the IPAS, via an in-dash screen and button controls, the car can steer itself into a parking space with little input from the user. The first version of the system was deployed on the Prius Hybrid sold in Japan in 2003. In 2006, an upgraded version debuted for the first time outside Japan on the Lexus LS luxury sedan, which featured the automatic parking technology among other brand new inventions from Toyota. In 2009, the system appeared on the third generation Prius sold in the U.S. In Asia and Europe, the parking technology is marketed as the Intelligent Park Assist System for both Lexus and Toyota models, while in the U.S. the Advanced Parking Guidance System name is only used for the Lexus system.

What do you guys think?

Osama Bin Laden Killed in Pakistan

CNN
Photo credit : Solcomhouse 


I was just checking my Plurk and saw a post from Azrael that Osama bin Laden is dead! Bin Laden was the man behind the the September 11 terrorist attack in America. I was really surprised when I read this and I still can't believe he's already dead. After 10 years he's been found and killed, I wonder whats going to happen after this. 


To know more and get updates on the matter you can visit these links:
Osama Bin Laden is dead!!!! 
Osama bin Laden, the face of terror, killed in Pakistan

Za'atar Bread from Al Batra

Growing up in the Middle East made me love eating different kinds of food and this is one of my favorite breads.


Photo credit : auwa

You may wonder what it is, it’s called za’atar bread. Za’atar bread is pita bread with olive oil and za’atar seasoning. Za’atar is a Middle Eastern herb which has oregano, basil thyme, thyme and savory; they also add dried sumac, sesame seeds and other spices to make the seasoning for the bread.

I’m fond of food that has a tangy taste and this bread is the tangiest of all the breads I have eaten and it also has a salty taste. So far, there’s only one restaurant that sells it and that's Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop. They are selling it for Php 100 apiece.

If you’re into Arab food and into bread as well, you can visit Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop at 2/F Constellation Street corner Makati Avenue, Its right above 7-Eleven and Pan de Manila.


You can also check their facebook

CHUCK'S DELI

After more than a year, Kathi and I finally met up in January and had dinner at Chuck's Deli. 

I ordered the Pilgrim which was turkey and has cranberry sauce, 
the cranberry sauce was really sweet and I felt like I was on sugar high. 

Good thing there was garlic sauce and if you wanted some spice in your slab or burger there's Chuck's sauce. 

Another plus is the Cherry Coke, so far they're only place that serves them :D







THERE'S ONLY STARBUCKS

On the last quarter of 2010, my addictions for Starbucks started again and I can't stop going every now and then. There's always one question that pops up, "Where's that quiet Starbucks that I can chill, relax or read a good book?"

The Starbucks at Shangri-La (at the top floor), Quezon Avenue, Paseo de Sta Rosa, Intramuros and the one near Ayala Triangle are always my top choices. 






So, which Starbucks do you always go to?

VIP SCREENING OF FAST & FURIOUS 5 at SM CINEMA MEGAMALL

 United International Pictures in cooperation with SM Cinema will hold the special advance screening of “Fast & Furious 5” at SM Megamall Cinema 6 on April 28, 2011, at 7.30pm. It will be attended by VIPs, the Press, theatre industry partners, brand partners and other special guests. The said premiere is a culmination of SM Cinema’s De Luxe Makeover Launch where guests will be introduced to the newest innovation of SM Cinema.


Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast & Furious 5.  In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law.  Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. 

Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities.  Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.  As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead.  But he’s not the only one on their tail.

Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target.  When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them.  But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad.  Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.

Watch it best at the SM Cinemas and for a more convenient way of getting your tickets; experience the newest from SM Cinema – the CINEMOBILE: Your mobile, your movie ticket. Have your movie tickets delivered to your mobile phone only through www.smcinema.com. You can also join our Fast & Furious 5 online promo for a chance to win cool premium items. Just log on to our website and answer the movie question correctly.
 
Opening May 4 at SM Cinemas and Imax Theater Mall of Asia, “Fast & Furious 5” is a United International Pictures release through Solar Entertainment.
            
- press release from SM Cinema

VIP AND PRESS SCREENING OF THOR at IMAX THEATER NORTH EDSA

3D
United International Pictures in cooperation with SM Cinema will hold the special advance screening of “THOR” at Imax Theater North Edsa on April 27, 2011, at 7.30pm. It is the first advance screening in the country who will be attended by VIPs and members of the press.

            

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard.  At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.  As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans.  When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Watch it best at the SM Cinemas and for a more convenient way of getting your tickets; experience the newest from SM Cinema – the CINEMOBILE: Your mobile, your movie ticket. Have your movie tickets delivered to your mobile phone only through www.smcinema.com. You can also join our Thor online promo for a chance to win cool premium items. Just log on to our website and answer the movie question correctly.
 


CATCH THE THOR MIDNIGHT SCREENING
 

Be the first to watch THOR on the eve of April 29 in 3D at Imax Theater North Edsa and Cebu and SM Digital Theaters nationwide. 

Opening April 29 in full 3D at SM Digital Theaters nationwide and Imax Theaters North Edsa and Cebu, Thor is a United International Pictures release through Solar Entertainment.

- a press release from SM Cinema
             

Beauty Make Up Class at Make Up Designory

Groupon Philippines had an online deal at Make Up Designory Manila (also known as M.U.D) for a Beauty Make Up Class, instead of paying Php7000 they had a 60% off which made it Php2800 and another good thing about it is that the scheduled class are on Sundays! I grabbed the opportunity since I always wanted to know how to properly use make up. I have to agree that I have make up and I have tons of them at home, I also watch make up tutorials in YouTube, but I know I’m still lacking. I keep getting comments and feedback that I can just read articles and watch tutorials but for me it’s still better that I learn it with an expert. Online blogs and books are a really a good help but for me learning it in class would be much effective.

I had my class scheduled on April 17, 2011 and the class is from 10am to 6pm. I was the second student to arrive. MUD is located at the second floor in Serendra just above BPI. At first, I thought I was lost and next thing I know, Make Up Designory is actually inside Pure Beauty. It was a small classroom filled with a lot of mirrors and a lot of light, I thought that there was going to be yellow light but good thing it wasn’t. Our makeup instructor arrived about 5 to 10 minutes and she has this bright cheerful and friendly face and personality. She told us to put all our makeup on our table so she could take a look at them and she helped my other classmates with the brushes and make ups that they needed.

Here‘s what I learned that day:
- A background about Make Up Designory and its Products
- How to trim our eyebrows and giving it a natural look
- How to apply and look for the right foundation for your skin
- The basic make up brushes you need
- How to know or test an eye shadow that has a good quality or that’s really pigmented
- How to apply day and night eye shadows
- How to apply your blush in a different way
- How to apply lip color

I really learned a lot that day and the class is very helpful especially for those who don’t know how to use make up. I would definitely recommend it to my friends; you would really learn a lot from them and their makeup are also good. I definitely added their make up as my favorites. Their makeup is a bit pricey and I would still recommend it because it’s worth every centavo.

Here are a couple of pictures I grabbed from my beauty instructor, Myr Lim :





For more picture you can visit Myr Lim's Website at Make Yourself Recognized

Thanks to Groupon Philippines for their sweet deal and thanks to MUD Manila for the Beauty Make Up Class.

KCAT Yarza's "MAY Birthday Project 2011"

Yehey!!!! 

My most awaited project is here! I have been waiting to ask Tack about this since last month but I never got the chance to text her since I've been busy with work.

So here it is everyone! 


source : from Kcat Yarza's Facebook 


To know more about KCAT Yarza's MAY Birthday Project 2011, visit her website at


Since 2007, Kcat started her MAY Birthday Project by celebrating her birthday and giving gifts to children in PGH. I have been helping my friend for 2 years and this would be my third year, I always give coloring books and crayons for the kids to enjoy and I'm still thinking if I should continue giving that this year or I should give toys instead. 


I'm thinking of giving coloring books and crayons, or toys or toiletries, what would you suggest?

BEASTLY premieres TODAY at SM Cinema Megamall, Cebu & Baguio

  
Viva International Pictures in cooperation with SM Cinema, Easy Rock and Love Radio will hold the special advance screenings of “Beastly” at SM Megamall Cinema 2, SM Cebu Cinema 1 and SM Baguio Cinema 2 today, April 19, 2011, at 7pm.
 
Seventeen year old Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom.   Entirely captivated and empowered by his own physical appearance, Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a witch masquerading as a high school student, as his latest target for humiliation.  Unfazed by his cruel behavior, Kendra decides to teach him a lesson – she transforms him into someone as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside.  Now he has one year to find someone who can see past the surface and love him, or he will remain “Beastly” forever.  His only hope, a quiet classmate he never noticed named Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), may be his best chance to prove that love is never ugly.

Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) star in Beastly for CBS Films, the film division within CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS).  Mary Kate-Olsen (New York Minute), Peter Krause (“Parenthood”), LisaGay Hamilton (“Men of a Certain Age”) and Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) co-star.  Daniel Barnz (Phoebe In Wonderland) directed the project which will make its theatrical debut in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico on March 4, 2011.

Susan Cartsonis (No Reservations, What Women Want) produced through her company, Storefront Pictures.  Roz Weisberg is co-producer and Michael Flynn is executive producer.  In addition to his role as director, Barnz wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name.
Watch it best at the SM Cinemas and for a more convenient way of getting your tickets; experience the newest from SM Cinema – the CINEMOBILE: Your mobile, your movie ticket. Have your movie tickets delivered to your mobile phone only through www.smcinema.com.
Opening across SM Cinemas on April 23, “Beastly” is distributed by Viva International Pictures.
- a press release from SM CINEMA

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