LJ Reyes launches her daily personal care kit - the Wonder Jane Travel Kit!

Wonder Jane saves the day!

Being a mom, LJ's main priority is her family's health and protection, and that inspired her in putting up her newest business venture offering a line of products that's perfect for your daily personal care needs.

As a parent, it is of utmost importance to me that my family and myself are kept clean and protected all day long. With the different kinds of viruses and germs around us, it is always better to be safe and sure! Little preventive measures go a long way when we are fighting harmful agents. These products and all the products to come are definitely trustworthy in cleaning, protecting, and most of all, delicate to your skin!
LJ Reyes, Founder - Wonder Jane

So should you feel the need to respond to the call of nature or protect your skin from insect bites, Wonder Jane surely got your back! 

The Wonder Jane Travel Kit is a 5-in-1 handy pack that you can bring anywhere you go. It comes in 30ml bottles and a pouch that you can slip right into your purse or everyday bag. Everything's organic so you don't have to worry about those chemicals that may harm you rather than actually give you the protection you need. 

Shoo the mosquitos away without the unpleasant smell!

Keep your body clean from head to toe! It's a shampoo, facial wash, body cleanser, and hand wash in one tiny bottle!

Never leave the toilet smelling like a bomb! This all-natural poop spray will keep your toilet clean and pleasant for the next mission!

Keep your hands germ-free without drying your skin!

Never worry about using public toilets anymore! This disposable toilet seat cover will give you the maximum protection from germs, it's easy to use and biodegradable too!

[I've tried it and all of them really smells good! I love its minimalist packaging too, though it would be helpful if some of the texts are actually readable especially the ingredients and expiry date.]

The Wonder Jane Travel Kit is priced at Php850 and is available for purchase starting September 21, 2018 at wonderjane.ph and soon, on your friendly neighbourhood stores!

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The Hopeful Romantic trailer goes viral; reaches 9.6 million views

The official trailer of the upcoming sexy romantic comedy film, The Hopeful Romantic has gone viral as it has reached a remarkable 9.6 million views on Facebook in less than three weeks since it was launched.

If anything, the virality of the trailer to organic Facebook users indicates a positive reception from netizens. As of today, the trailer has now reached 108,000 shares, 14,000 positive comments on Good Time Fan Page.

Starring theatre/TV/movie actor, Pepe Herrera and actress Ritz Azul, The Hopeful Romantic offers not just an entertaining love story, but also aims to impart an important lesson about love.

Ritz, who gets to be launched in this film as a leading lady, beams with pride about this project.

Sobrang proud ako sa pelikulang ito kasi lahat pinaghirapan namin: ng direktor, producers, writers, at syempre co-actors ko na pinagpuyatan.

Nakailang revisions kami para mapaganda ang story, para maihatid yung message ng story na may matutunan sila. Tsaka maganda ang storya, kapupulutan talaga siya ng aral.

The actress had to face a lot of challengers for this movie.

Firstly, Ritz, who is more comfortable with drama, ventures into comedy in The Hopeful Romantic.

Secondly, she had to lose weight to effectively portray her role as a sexy gold digger.

Ang mahirap lang for me, physically, dapat medyo mukhang sexy don sa screen, so nag-struggle din ako to lose weight, kasi sobrang lumaki ako for a while before gawin yung movie.

And then nahirapan ako kasi sobrang kabaligtaran ko ang role sa totoong buhay. Naging kumportable ako sa mga katrabaho ko, kaya napa-swimsuit ako.

Meantime, Pepe, who is a very talented singer-actor, finally gets to be a lead star in this film.

The versatile actor takes pride in saying that he gets to explore comedy genre through a sexy movie.

Pepe admits that he felt pressured that he would finally be a leading man in this project. Fortunately, Ritz made his job easier for him.

Ang masasabi ko po ay lalaki din ako at nakakaramdam ng karupukam. Si Ritz ay very desirable 110%

Kasi kinabahan ako nung una dahil sinasabihan ako, ‘Leading man ka na, kailangan tutukan mo yung panunuyo o kung paano tratuhin ang leading ladies.’ Parang siya [Ritz] pa yung gumagawa non para sa kin. Cowboy si Ritz. Hindi siya tipikal na leading lady.

Sa shooting ka, sanay kasi siya na i-maximize yung oras. Walang nasasayang na oras.
In the meantime, Ritz is happy to learn important lessons from Pepe as an actor.

Sobrang gaan katrabaho ni Pepe. Sobrang professional. Tsaka parang nung nagsu-shoot kami, merong connection. Habang nandon kami sa characters naming, minsan kahit mata lang, nag-uusap na ganon.

Sobrang ang pinakanatutunan ko sa kanya, hindi siya titigil sa take, kahit paulit-ulit pa yan para mapaganda yung scene,” 

In the Hopeless Romantic, Pepe plays Jess, a 33 year old Valet Parking Attendant at The Manila Hotel, an honest man and most of all, a virgin. He promised himself that he will only give himself when he already found his true love.

Veronica, (played by Ritz), is a kept woman in the high society world. A victim of circumstances, but still a survivor.
Jess meets Veronica at the hotel bar. Instantly, he gets mesmerized by her presence. One thing lead to another, and Veronica gave Jess the “first time”. Jess, believing in the magic of what happened between them, decides that Veronica is his one true love.

However, there is one problem; Veronica has no idea that he is not rich. Afraid that revealing himself will make him lose Veronica, Jess starts to pretend the part. He kept on doing this until his resources spill away. The inevitable happens, and Veronica learns the truth about Jess.

Tagged as the sexy comedian, The Hopeful Romantic is the first film of Pepe in a lead role. 
The Hopeful Romantic opens September 12, 2018. The funniest romantic flim of the season is directed by Topel Lee.

For more updates, follow Regal Entertainment Inc on Facebook, @RegalFilms on Twitter, @RegalFilms50 on IG and Regal Cinema channel on YouTube.

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Great Discounts Await You in Shopee's 99 Super Shopping Day

Shopee is bringing back the biggest sale of the year!

After the successful event last year, Shopee is once again having the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, which is an 11-day mega shopping event where online shoppers can avail great discounts of up to 99% and exciting promos and giveaways worth over Php15M!

Shopee has grown tremendously in the past year. We now boast around 160 million users across the region, including over 16 million in the Philippines. At the same time, the number of sellers on Shopee has more than doubled to over 500,000 in less than a year, showing how we are quickly becoming the online shopping destination of choice for both shoppers and sellers in the region. To thank all our users for their continued support, we extended this year’s Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day to feature almost two weeks of non-stop promotions across all product categories. We have also continued to strengthen our ties with leading brands and partners to bring our users even more exclusive deals and promotions on Shopee
Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer of Shopee
During this event, shoppers can look forward to these exciting activities that Shopee has in store for their dear online shoppers:

  • Super Flash Sale Day (August 30) - Flash deals from as low as Php99 are up for grabs. You have to hurry up though as this offer is for limited time only!
  • Super Vouchers Day (September 3) - Up to Php 900,000 worth of vouchers are to be given away!
  • Super Brand Festival (September 5) - Shopee has partnered with some of the leading brands in the country to give out huge discounts and great deals on different products including electronics, mobile and gadgets, and health and beauty. Some of these participating brands include P&G, Maybelline, Samsung, Vivo, Colgate - Palmolive, OPPO, Asus, and a lot more.
  • Super Shopee Shake Day (September 8-9) - Over 9 million Shopee coins, vouchers, and other prizes are to be given away by playing the highly popular in-app game, Shopee Shake. 

⏬Looking for plus-size garments? Check out this shop in Shopee ⏬

Win Php 100,000 in Shopee Dance competition!

The big shopping day was kicked-off during an event held at Shangri-la at The Fort. Gracing the event is Shopee's Brand Ambassador, Anne Curtis, where her latest Shopee TVC was also launched.

Dancing to the tune of Baby Shark, you too may join the latest dance craze and win Php 100,000 cash and more by joining Shopee's Dance Competition. To join, simply post a video of you and your friends dancing the Shopee Dance with the hashtags #ShopeePH99 and #ShopeeDancePH.

Prizes up for grabs are:
  • Grand Prize: Php 100,000 cash (1 winner)
  • Second Prize: 1 Ace 50" TV (1 winner)
  • Consolation Prize: Php 20,000 cash (5 winners)
You may post your entries on Facebook and Instagram until September 9, 2018, 11:59PM. 

What are you waiting for? Join now! 

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Features You'll Love in the New Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now officially launched in the Philippines!

Days after it's global announcement, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation held a huge event at the Marriott Grand Ballroom to officially launch Samsung's newest flagship - the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The event also introduced Samsung's newest brand ambassadors: Heart Evangelista - Escudero, Nico Bolzico, and Erwan Heussaff.

Samsung's newest brand ambassadors: Erwan Heussaff, Heart Evangelista-Escudero, and Nico Bolzico show off the new super powerful Galaxy Note9

It was indeed an exciting event especially for our tech savvy friends out there. I, myself, am thrilled with this release! I'm a Note 8 user and I can say that Samsung did a really cool job with this phone. I personally love the camera and the S Pen and I'm looking forward to what Note 9 has to bring to the market. 

So without further ado, here are the features of Galaxy Note 9 that I am really excited about: 

Connected Bluetooth S Pen

What I love about the Galaxy Note series is their S Pen. It really comes in handy especially when I need to take notes or edit photos. With the release of Note 9, Samsung made a huge (in my opinion) enhancement with the well loved S Pen. It's now bluetooth-powered! This enables the user to take pictures, browse, switch presentation slides, or activate other applications in just a few clicks of the S Pen. It's built-in power lasts up to 200 clicks or 30 minutes of continued usage and only requires 40 seconds to fully recharge by placing it back in the device.

4,000 mAh Battery

I'm a heavy smartphone user I must admit. I'm always on my phone browsing, streaming videos, or playing games during my idle time. Often times, my Note 8 battery only lasts for a little over half a day. Now that the new super powerful Galaxy Note 9 carries a 4,000 mAh battery, it will definitely last me the entire day. This is one big plus especially for those who are always on the go. And did I mention it does support fast wired and wireless charging too?

Intelligent Dual Camera

The Galaxy Note 9 have made some pretty good enhancements in its predecessor's already impressive dual camera. Its lenses now supports F1.5 and F2.4 aperture that lets you take really nice photos in low light environment. With the capability of capturing 960 frames per second, it takes up slow-mo to the next level because Galaxy Note 9's Super Slow Mo is four times slower than the normal slow motion. And lastly, its camera has an Auto Scene Recognition feature that can automatically optimize the images you take as it detects up to 20 unique scenes. If you're not fond of manually configuring the settings before taking a shot, then this is one useful feature for you!

Galaxy Note 9 Complete Specifications

Other than those features mentioned, there are some more enhancements made in this newest flagship from Samsung.  Check out this complete specifications list of the Galaxy Note 9:

Display 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi)
*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings
Camera Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
           - Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS
           - Telephoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS
           - 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
Front: 8MP AF, F1.7
Body 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g, IP68 (BLE S Pen: 5.7 x 4.35 x 106.37mm, 3.1g, IP68)
*Carrying an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. Based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes
AP 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Memory 6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
8GB RAM (LPDDR4), 512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
*May differ by market and mobile operator
*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.
SIM Card Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
Hybrid: one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Battery 4,000mAh
Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless
Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC
Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
*May differ by market and mobile operator
OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Network Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM,
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS,Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
Payment NFC, MST
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor,
Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
Authentication Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password
Biometric Lock Types: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition
Intelligent scan: Combines iris scan and face recognition for convenient unlocking and in some cases provides enhanced security for certain authentication services
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will soon be available in the market starting August 24 at a suggested retail price of Php 55,990 for 128GB variant and Php 75,990 for the 512GB variant.

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All in One Up: The First Major Concert of GMA's boyband group - One Up

One Up boys will finally hold their first major concert this coming August!

Since they were launched in 2016, the One Up boys have been very busy with their Boardwalk concert series, out of town shows, and TV guestings, which greatly helped hone their talents as artists and performers. We've been seeing them performing on TV or mall shows as a group and in their first major concert, dubbed as "All in One Up", the boys promised to showcase their individual talents as well. 

Something new that you'll notice in their performances is that the group are also divided into two to be able to showcase their strengths as a performer - the singers and the dancers. And there's so much more about these boys other than just singing and dancing. That's what you will find out in their upcoming concert.

"All in One Up" concert, produced by Glon Prestige Productions, is happening on August 24 at the Skydome. Catch the One Up boys - Kevin Sagra, Nikki Co, Brent Valdez, Joemarie Nielsen, Arjan Jimenez, Ralf King, Prince Clemente, Yasser Marta, Jay Arcilla, and Dave Bornea - share the stage with their fellow Kapuso artists Migo Adecer, Karlo Duterte, Sofia Pablo, Will Ashley, and Andrea Torres in this one night only concert you shouldn't miss!

Tickets are now available for purchase at SMTickets.com. 

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Experience Modern Eurasian Cuisine in Akrotiri

They say food transports you to places. Every destination has their own cuisine to offer. Each dish has its distinct taste and look that either brings back good old memories or probably just takes you to its origin. I haven't been to Greece nor any of the European/Mediterranean countries, and I can't even remember the last time I've had a Greek or Mediterranean food. Having said that, I honestly am clueless on what to expect in my recent trip to this newest restaurant in the South. 

Akrotiri, one of the newest restaurants in Alabang, introduces the modern Eurasian cuisine to the Philippine food scene. During the VIP Bloggers' Night, we were taken to a gastronomic journey and tried some of the best Eurasian dishes Akrotiri has to offer.

As Akrotiri's General Manager David Jones puts it, "Akrotini’s offerings reflect the Mediterranean classics, mainly Greek and other European influences but at the same time, we’ve localized the taste to create a new flavor. One can call it ‘fusion’, but we feel that ‘EurAsian’ highlights what we represent—an amalgamation of influences that have strong ties with the Philippine food culture."

To help you understand further on what to expect in your visit in Akrotiri, let me show you what this restaurant has to offer... 

Grilled Squid Stuffed with Feta Foam
Grilled Squid Stuffed with Feta Foam (Php 550)

This one's a fave! Well, I love squid to begin with, but that feta foam inside the smokey grilled squid definitely changed the game. It surely adds a different flavor and twist to the usual Filipino-style grilled squid we grew up to. I didn't get to try the Black Ink Risotto though but I'm sure it's equally good and perfectly compliments the squid.

Watermelon Salad (Php 350)

With various flavors and textures in one dish, this Watermelon Salad is also a good starter for a delectable meal. It's got feta cheese, lettuce, watermelon, and walnuts drizzled with balsamic dressing.

Wagyu Skirt Steak
Wagyu Steak (Php 900)

Another must-try dish in Akrotiri is their Wagyu Steak. It's topped with Spicy Chilli Jam and comes with roasted vegetables too. The meat is so tender and tasty, I can finish two servings in one sitting.

Other than those above, Akrotiri also offers few other dishes that will surely entice your taste buds. Here are just some of their most recommended items in the menu:

Salmon fillet with Tzatziki-wasabi dressing & fried rice
Grilled salmon fillet with tzatziki-wasabi dressing & fried rice (Php 600)

Seafood Tagliatelle with clams, mussels, prawns, squid, and tomatoes
Seafood Tagliatelle with clams, mussels, prawns, squid, and tomatoes (Php 600)

Wagyu corned beef with turmeric mashed potatoes, fried kale and aioli wasabi
Wagyu corned beef with turmeric mashed potatoes, fried kale and aioli wasabi (Php 450)

Grilled prawns in tamarind dressing & greens
Grilled prawns in tamarind dressing & greens (Php 600)

24hr pork belly with apple-ginger, wood sorrel leaves and kimchi
24hr pork belly with apple-ginger, wood sorrel leaves and kimchi (Php 500)

Rustic chicken teriyaki with crispy salad, oven potatoes, curry mayo
Rustic chicken teriyaki with crispy salad, oven potatoes, curry mayo (Php 500)

Chocolate Garden Mosaiko (Php 450)

All these mouthwatering dishes are co-conceptualized by Chef Luca Maffei. An Italian chef with intricate taste to flavours and fusion, Chef Luca masterfully re-imagined Akrotiri’s food, bringing the blissful flavours of Asia and Euro-Greek cultures to our local cuisine.

Weaving together the different flavors found on different coastal food cultures all over the world and presenting them as delicious gastronomic offerings makes Akrotiri a unique destination that delivers an exciting culinary experience that will surely indulge every type of Filipino diner.

Akrotiri Modern Eurasian Cuisine is located at Ground Floor of  the Commerce Center in Alabang. They are open daily from 11am. For more information, you may visit www.akrotiri.ph.

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Soban K-Town Grill

K-pop has truly taken the world by storm as a lot has already been influenced by anything Korean - from music, fashion, skin care, to food. And speaking of food, we had the chance to try this newest Korean restaurant in Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita. Soban K-Town Grill serves unique Korean-Mexican dishes other than the usual you've probably tried in some other Korean restaurants out there. 

During our visit, we had their Premium BBQ Combo Set, which is already good for a group for 3-4 persons. The set comes with 180g USDA Choice Premium Marinated Beef, 180g Pork Belly, 180g Boneless Fried Chicken, 1 Japchae, 1 Pajeon, 1 Egg Casserole, 1 Half Gimbap, 4 unlimited kimchi fried rice, soup, and side dishes.

The Kimchi Fried Rice already has this quite strong but not-so-spicy taste so better pair it with the non-marinated meat because it might just overpower those barbecue-flavored meat. Still depends on your preference though. The caramelized Boneless Fried Chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Kimchi side dish is good and well-seasoned. It's crispy and it's not that spicy. I'm used to putting gravy on my mashed potato but theirs doesn't need it at all. Their mashed potato has corns and raisins that kind of mixed together adding flavor to it. They also have other side dishes like the peanut and anchovies and kangkong but there's really nothing special to it. As for the meat, their beef hanger steak is my fave! It's a bit sweet and really tender - just don't overcook it. For the pork belly, you can choose up to 2 flavors but I suggest you get at least one serving of the regular/plain pork belly. The side dishes will add flavor to your bite anyway when you mix it all together. I tried the flavored one and it tastes like tocino for me. It's their bestseller according to them so might as well give it a try.

Kimchi Fries is basically french fries topped with cheese, roasted pork bits, and kimchi. I love anything with kimchi so I'll be biased. This one's really good and they're quite generous with the toppings. I find it quite pricey though at P199 per serving. 



Coffee Crepe

Hey, they also serve beers!

All these are priced at P2,200. There may be some Korean buffet restaurants that offer the same at a much cheaper price but the ambiance, good service, and the quality of the food is what sets Soban apart from the rest.

Does this post make you crave for Korean food? Go ahead and visit Soban K-Town Grill at Robinsons Place Manila. You can also find them in Eastwood Mall, Greenbelt 3, ATC Corporate Center, and SM City North EDSA.

Soban K-Town Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Photos by: John Nico Mullet

K-pop has truly taken the world by storm as a lot has already been influenced by anything Korean - from music, fashion, skin care, to food. ...