Friday, July 30, 2010

La SENZA in Manila

La SENZA is a Canadian brand of intimate apparel and accessories owned by Limited Brands, the same company that owns Victoria's Secret. La SENZA is now available in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

Last month, a close friend gave me this pink underwear from Ooh La Lace Collection as a birthday gift. This is my first item from La SENZA yet. I saw the Trinoma branch the other week, but it was not my schedule to shop so I only paid a careful look at the store while passing by.




For your La SENZA needs, check the store locations below:

BONIFACIO HIGH STREET
Quadrant 8 - 1H - 14 Bonifacio High Street, Lawton Ave., Fort Bonifacio Taguig City, Metro Manila
Taguig City
Philippines 1201

TRINOMA
Space 2008 - Level M2 Trinoma, Epifanio de los Santos, Quezon City
Quezon City
Philippines 1100

Greenbelt 3
Ground Floor Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center
Makati
Philippines
Phone: 632 7574920

SM MEGAMALL
Space E-318 E-319, 3rd Level Mega Atrium, SM Megamall
Mandaluyong
Philippines
Phone: 632 7065565/67

SM MALL OF ASIA
Unit 235 Main Mall
Passay
Philippines 1300
Phone: 632 5566155

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chicken Siomai

Siomai is originally Chinese which became a Filipino favorite after trading and tourism. In fact these days, you can find numerous siomai vendors along the streets and siomai food stalls all over the metro. For some homemade chicken siomai, I am sharing this recipe to you.






I normally eat pork and shrimp siomai from a local fast-food. Hubby got curios of its taste. He doesn't eat pork so to bring the taste at home, I decided to create this family recipe.

This recipe requires shrimps but then again, hubby doesn't like shrimps so I omitted it. To those of you who wants a tastier siomai, feel free add chopped shrimp to the mixture. Or, you may also substitute pork or beef instead of chicken. Whatever you like.. just experiment! :)


Ingredients:
- 300 grams of ground chicken
- 1 small carrot, peeled & finely grated
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 thumb-sized ginger, peeled & grated
- 3 stalks of spring onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 small egg, beaten
- salt and pepper to taste
- medium-sized siomai wrappers
- 1/2 cup minced shrimp
- 2 tsps sesame oil

For the Sauce:
- 3 tbsps soy sauce
- 1 tbsp calamansi juice
- 1 tsp chilli paste

Cooking Procedure:
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Get a teaspoonful of siomai mixture, form it into a ball.
- Put the ball at the center of a wrapper, then gather the edges together.
- Repeat the same process with the remaining mixture.
- Steam in briskly boiling water for 30 minutes.
- Serve with a mixture of soy sauce, calamansi juice, and chilli paste.




Note: To avoid your siomai from sticking, line your steamer with some vegetable leaves.

Yield: Makes about 20 pieces of yummy siomai.





NOTE: This post was originally published in my old blog, www.utotmopink.com, dated July 29, 2009. Last updated March 24, 2013.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pink is the Color of Women

Did it start with Elle Woods from Legally Blonde? I don’t know, but I think more and more women get to appreciate the color pink these days. Pink is the color identified by femininity. It signifies the softness and sweetness of the female gender. The color of breast cancer awareness ribbon is also pink. Around the world, there is a large number of perfume brands, lingerie line, clothing line, etc. in pink motif.


a pink issue of COSMO mag with Nicole Scherzinger in the cover
Voice Combo Sandwich in strawberry flavor
Manny Pacquiao's Vitwater in kiwi-strawberry flavor


Not all women like the color pink, though. I myself did not appreciate pink before. Yellow was my favorite color when I was 16, green at 18, red at 20, and brown at 25. These days, I consider white and pink as my favorite color.

My pink craze started after learning that I was pregnant with a baby girl. That time, I was like pink bath tub, pink booties, pink comb, pink almost everything for her. Then, I noticed myself buying pink stuff for myself too, meeting people who are pink fanatics, and taking photos of every cute pink thing I find indoors and outdoors.

Oh hey, I also put up a couple of blogs with pink names. One of which is the one you are reading now. So pinkylicious, right? What do you pink?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

5 Steps to Attractiveness

Already 30, but still single? No boyfriend, lover, whatsoever? There must be something lacking. Try the following tips to make yourself more appealing to the opposite sex.








1. Go for a natural make-up. Most men don't like too much color. Less is always better.

2. Show those natural curls or weaves. No need to put a lot of effort on your hair. Don't even pull them into a ponytail.

3. Avoid dressing too sexy. Anyway, you can't still look attractive without showing a lot of skin.

4. Wear a smile. Smiling shows that you are inviting or approachable. It also helps you bring out your natural glow.

5. Be a good conversationalist. Listen. Wait for your turn. Use positive words. Watch your tone. Be confident.







Image Source: www.worldhairstyles.com

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Keeping Lifelong Friends

Friends play a big role in our lives. We go to movies or shop with them. We laugh and cry with them. We share over half of our lives with them. Next to our family, they are the ones we turn to whether we're up or down. Young and old, men and women, rich or poor, we all need support from friends.







From L to R: Hervie Fajardo, Edelweiss Tubog, Randolph Manalang, Pamela Binay, and yours truly.




This photo of me and my college friends was taken just last month. We were at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati for the celebration of Pamela's (yes, she is related to Mr. VP!) birthday. I don't meet them very often, just at least twice or three times a year, but I may say that they are some of my good friends.

Like other individuals, I have friends here and there. Aside from my college friends, I also have childhood friends, friends from kindergarten, high school friends, church friends, friends from my previous jobs, blogger friends, etc. I know I need to keep these friends, so here I created a guideline for a long-lasting friendship.


Tips to Maintain a Lifelong Friendship

1. Communicate. This is the number one key for a longer relationship. Always keep in touch. These days, almost everybody is connected through the internet, if not through texting. Sending a greeting or invitation is just a click away, so you seldom miss a friend's birthday or reunion.

2. Be honest. Just because he/she is your friend, it doesn't mean you have to say YES all the time. Always tell the truth and never pretend. If you are not comfortable going to the bar with them, tell them so.

3. Respect your friends. Don't mock them, call them names or use offensive words with them. Remember, you have to give respect in order to gain it back.

4. Be trustworthy. A secret should remain a secret between you and you friends. Don't gossip neither spread rumors about them.

5. Show them you care. Be there for them, listen to them if they have problems and help them get out of trouble. That's what friends are for.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Are you protected?

I was alarmed the first time that I saw this TV ad. And, everytime it was aired, it kept on reminding me of a very important task to do: to visit my OB GYNE and ask about the vaccine.






As a woman and a mother, I know I should protect myself in order to stay healthy for my family. I thought, if it's true that women are at risk of HPV infection throughout their sexually active lives, then I should be vaccinated.

A couple of months ago, I finally had my first shot of Cervarix® for less from my OB-GYNE! Thanks GSK for making cervical cancer vaccine more affordable and accessible to Filipino women. My whole arm hurt a lot, but it was all worth it, knowing the benefits of protection I can get. According to GSK, other symptoms after vaccination included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, fatigue, fever, aching, headache, itching, rash or gastrointestinal disturbances. think I was lucky 'cos I did not experience any of them except for the pain at the injection site. Next week, I am about to get another shot of HPV vaccine again. That would be my second, then one more to go. My goal is to finish all three doses and be fully protected.

How about you? Aren't you planning to get vaccinated?