Friday, March 26, 2010

Gibo Green Friday

Thank you to my dear friend and ardent Gibo supporter, Ish for inviting me to Gibo's "Green Friday", the kickstart to Gibo's Green Campaign 2010. It was my first time to actively participate in Gibo's presidential campaign, though not my first time to actually campaign for somebody.

When I was in grade 3 I helped in my uncle's campaign for councilor in our little province. The days were long and arduous, and I was awake by 6:00 AM (talk about spending my summer vacation), but I have to admit that amidst the summer heat, exhaustion and trekking, it was actually lots of fun. At 10 years old, I was exposed to different kinds of people (and I mean ALL types). At our province, we were exposed to the poorest of the poor, and I saw how life was for farmers, fishermen, and the marginalized sector of society, even the rich and affluent. I liked flyering, attending symposiums and listening to miting de avances most. I enjoyed listening to the candidates and even though I could not vote at such at young age, educating myself on how the political system works was top priority.

I ended up spending my whole vacation on campaigning, and my uncle won of course. I later rejoined my uncle's team each and every election until unfortunately, I had to go to college and look for a job. I haven't been able to campaign for anyone else since.

Until now.

I have to admit, having to wake up at 4:30 AM to get ready for Gibo's Green Friday was daunting. My "work" hours have shifted and I usually retire by 2:00 - 3:00 AM. Working many years in the BPO industry has changed my body clock indefinitely -- sometimes I sleep as early as 10:00 PM while sometimes I am up all night. It comes and goes, go figure.

But one thing was for sure, I was excited as hell! I wanted to participate/campaign actively for a candidate I believe in and am passionate about. I believe Gibo is the most capable of all presidential candidates, plus he's the only one with a platform for sustainable development. Of course, voting is an entirely personal choice and am in no position to impose on anyone, but I am very much willing to aid in educating our masses with regards to voting. It is a one time thing after all, and a person should very well think once, twice, even several times before s/he casts the vote.

We were asked to wear green today which is the Gibo color. And immediately upon reaching the volunteers headquarters along Edsa, were were greeted with lots of green balloons, green flags and green dragons which excited us even more. It also helped that we met very helpful and inspiring people all throughout the activity such as Jennie Celdran, Chris Lim, Mark Escueta (who took our photo above) and of course Mrs. Pansy Paterno whom I chatted with. I was so inspired by her energy and passion -- and at 80 years old she could outshout and outchant us any day! She didn't even have a megaphone! I, for one, was sick with cough and colds but still, I shouted my lungs out for the motorists. There is no reason not to go all out 100% today.

Mrs. Pansy Paterno was as inspiration to everyone!

She loves Gibo too!

A pretty butterfly campaigning for Gibo

And then at 8:30 AM the man of the hour arrived! This excited the people even more and I spotted our VP candidate, Edu Manzano first. What happened thereafter was nothing short of a frenzy! Media people, GIBOlunteers (that's us!) and onlookers raced to shake the hand out both Gibo and Edu. I was glad to catch a few short glimpses of the dynamic duo, and take a few photos for posterity. It was an enthralling moment indeed.

VP bet Edu Manzano waving to the crowd

Presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro

The activity ended around 9:00 AM afterwhich Ish and I went up to the volunteer headquarters to officially sign up as GIBOlunteers. After a quick orientation they handed us our starter kit which included flyers, GIBO ballers, stickers and campaign posters. I was so excited! I was able to score a G1bo shirt too!

And here are some more pictures I took while at the volunteer headquarters:

For more information on Gilbert Teodoro visit
Read the article Why Gibo Teodoro

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chewy Junior in Manila!

Chewy Junior is now open in Trinoma! I have been wanting to sink my teeth in to some Chewy Junior cream puffs ever since I received news that a friend will be bringing them to Manila from the shores of Singapore. So let's cut to the chase: what makes Chewy Junior cream puffs different from all the other cream puffs (case in point, Beard Papa?) Well for one, CJ has lots and lots of delicious variants which are available for tasting once you get to the store (I tried their Chocolate madness cream puff and the chocolate cream was really good).

First up is the SWEET Menu which consist of the original chewy, chocolate madness (chocolated covered cream puff with chocolate-cream filling), coffee muesli crunch, strawberry dream, blueberry angel (another bestseller), apple delight and peanut butter crunch.

Next is their SAVORY Menu which gives a whole new twist into cream puffs -- the puffs are filled with meat, veggies and seafood! As we Filipinos as always on the go, these are great "pabaon" for kids and adults alike, or a quick lunch/snack in between meetings.

Chewy Junior also offers Chewy Deluxe (ensaymadas with various fillings and toppings), Cotton Cheese Puffs, and their Mini Puff Menu consisting of mini puffs and bread/sugarsticks.

I got two cheesecake cream puffs and one regular cream puff for only Php 109!

Chewy Junior freshly bakes their pastries all day, everyday and a lot of tables are provided so you can bring your whole family and have a really great aftermeal dessert there. The puffs are cheap at only Php 39 each (Beard Papa charges Php 55 per cream puff), you can get a box of three for only P109.

My Mom whips cream puffs like a storm every week so I pretty much get a healthy does of cream puff-ness -- I am not a cream puff novice nor do I claim to be a dessert expert. I just like sweets, that's all ;D

So what's my take on all this cream puff hoopla? Here are my comments on Chewy Junior's puffs:
    Cheesecake Cream Puff
    it sure looks and tastes like bread
    not much filling inside (sorry, the cream puff got squished when I sliced it)

- Chewy Junior cream puffs are obviously cheaper at only Php 39 each

- this is not the typical delicate choux puff pastry rather it seems very much like bread. It's so "chewy" that the choux shell itself is filling already

- one bite into my regular puff and I realized it wasn't filled to the brim with custard, unlike with Beard Papa wherein I'd get a mouthful of custard

- the custard is not as creamy & vanilla-ish as Beard Papa's, it lacks sweetness and flavor, sort of bland actually

- on a better note, Chewy Junior is very generous with toppings

- all their puffs are almost always the same size and diameter

I think for real cream puff aficionados, you can either go to Beard Papa's or Contis (or order from us hee-hee), but if you want to try something new, go to Chewy Junior. Their Savory menu isn't here yet, but you can still enjoy their other cream puffs with hella lot of toppings to choose from.

Chewy Junior is located on the 2f of Trinoma Mall, Quezon City beside White Hat.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Currently Reading...

My order came in last Sunday! And Mark paid for everything. Aww.... <3

I am trying to read this, write my articles, and do everything else in between. Life's a dream :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Your Weekly Dose of Beauty & Fashion at The POC


Sizzling Summer: The Avon Fashions Summer Launch You've got the cool clothes, Avon's got the hot underwear! Coverage by Kira (that's me!).
Camp Nivea Coverage of the uber-cool camp for teenage stars! Written by my editor, Liz.
Sean John launches newest fragrance "I Am King" The rapper's sophistication and lifestyle in a bottle

Summer-ready finds at the Soleil Bazaar Lauren talks about her amazing finds at the the recently-concluded bazaar
Real people, Real clothes column Every Friday, Alex showcases the best of street fashion
Beauty for a cause Beauty is nearly not as shallow as you think. Here are brands that try to contribute to our society's well-being
Accessorize right! It's easy to accessorize...not! Mara tells us how to wear accessories without looking like a tool
Indie/hipsters: defying the mainstream Tanya deconstructs the hipster evolution

What's next after the basics? So you've got everything you need. As any self-respecting woman will ask...what else? Mara says what else!
Green light: Natural bath and body wellness alternatives Be beautiful the natural way. You heard that right! This is coming from Kira, a fan of organic and natural products (another interesting article written by yours  truly).
Clinique Youth Surge and the ingredients for lasting youth We can't be young forever but there are ways to slow it down. Lauren shares the secret recipe.

Get That Job! How to prepare and what to wear for that dream job. By Nikki!
Top ten makeup nonessentials The makeup you don't really need but got to have if you want to enhance your collection. By Nikki
Makeup that doesn't melt Don't you just hate it when, as early as lunch time, your makeup is already ruined? Kira writes about the products that are built to last under this crazy summer heat
Fearless fashion forecast Alex is on top of the trends this coming quarter. Find out the next hottest things to wear!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

More Pictures of PP

Coenobita brevimanus is the most terrestrial of all land hermit crabs. C. brevimanus' body is heavily armored and all surfaces are covered with a thick exoskeleton to help minimize water loss through evaporation. C. brevimanus is not difficult to distinguish from other hermit crab species. Look for narrow, dark, tubular eyestalks and an outsized lilac-colored purple pincher. 

The first thing you will notice about this type of crab is its large purple pinching claw. It uses this claw primarily to hold onto things, but will use it to defend himself in battle. He will also have a smaller pincher claw that he uses to bring food, and drops of water, to his mouth. He can adapt temporarily to eat with the big claw if the little claw is missing due to a loss in battle (as in my crab's case -- her smaller claw is broken).

Compared to Gigantor, the PP is huge!

 It has tufts of hair on its legs

The tips of its legs were cut-off, possibly from previous hermit crab fights :(

Its eyes are round, other crabs species have elongated, candy corn eyes.

I love, love her reddish purple color! It's so pretty :)

Setting the Record Straight

I remember LBreeze asking me about the gender of my hermit crabs. I got curious and so a few weeks ago after the crabs' weekly bath, I finally turned them over and checked.

A female hermit crab has gonopores or 2 holes on their 3rd set of legs as shown below. The males have no holes underneath. It's hard to get the crabs to show you their underbelly, but I've found that they are more willing to do so after taking a bath.

I was surprised to dicover the genders of my crabs, after all I have named most of them already. Anyhoo, their names stay regardless of their sex.

Gigantor - male
Hercules - male
Georgey - male
Mortimer - male
Cornelia - male
1 unnamed crab - male

Maximus - female
Purple Pincher - female
1 unnamed crab - female

The males outnumber the females in my tank!

I can't say if the males are more aggressive than the females or vise versa. Their personalities vary, sometimes Max bullies all the smaller crabs, and other times Gigantor is the timid one.

Friday, March 19, 2010

I've Got a Coenobita Brevimanus!

After doing some errands which involved banks and land titles, I decided in the spur of the moment, to go to Ortigas and just try to shop and chill. Ortigas is one of those cities that will remain close to my heart. I've worked there for quite some time and have somehow learned to enjoy the "laidback" lifestyle. Compared to Makati which is more of a "rat race", I think Ortigas is more conducive for long walks and chilling after work. On the contrary, my boyfriend who is a workaholic, totally loathes Ortigas for the same reasons I love it. Oh well, to each his own.

I started my so-called journey in Galleria to check some good department store bargains and new dresses at Freeway (I totally love this store for their XS-S sizing). I got an acid washed v-neck denim dress then decided to visit the nearby Megamall. This is usually my route after work: Emerald Ave. > Robinsons Galleria > Podium > Megamall > MRT = yes another reason to love Ortigas for its super accessible malls.

Anyhoo, while killing time at Megamall and checking out makeup stores, I just accidentally found myself on the lower ground floor while waiting for Mark to pick me up. Then lo and behold, I saw Lucky Hermits! They just opened a few weeks back and although I really had NO intention of buying new crabs (and expensive ones at that!), I just fell in love with the little buggers. It also helped that there were literally flocks of people at their kiosk and well, I kinda figured God brought me here and maybe He would like me to take care of just one more hermie (hee-hee).

These are the crabs with painted shells which run for about Php 180-250 depending on its size. Just a word of advice: please DO NOT buy crabs with these kinds of shells! They say the painted shells are non-toxic, but they are only considered as non-toxic to humans only -- the crab may stick to the inside of the shells because of the paint, or die eating some paint particles.

These are the hermies with natural shells which run for Php 150. Natural shells are better and safer for our little crabby friends.

See how many crabs they are selling? Kawawa naman ano? I wonder where these guys are from. Lucky Hermits offer mostly Indo Crabs, also called Coenobita Brevimanus. I really, really wanted a Perlatus (Strawberry) Crab which is a bright red color, but I guess those aren't available here yet.

The cool thing was that while choosing a crab, I met a Mom who flew all the way from Cabanatuan to purchase some for herself and her kids. She was SO into the crab thing that she asked me tons of questions about crabs and how to care for them. Of course, I obliged because I like talking to crab enthusiasts (as long as you are passionate about pets, then you are my best friend *giggle*). She asked for some pointers and I helped her choose the substrate and gave her tips on cleaning the crabitat too. Eventually, she went home with 5 crabs and a few crab accessories.

I was dumbfounded for 20 minutes as to which crab I should take home. I was stumped between these two:

I somehow felt like I should take the red one because all of my crabs are a bit purplish and dark grey, I need more color in my tank. I should mention, that when choosing crabs, make sure all his limbs are complete. Choose one who actively comes out of his shell. You want to make sure you are getting a healthy crab, but one that is not overly aggressive or it may not get along well with the other crabs in your tank.

I'd like to share that Lucky Hermits also sells humongous crabs -- as in ones that are as big as tennis balls, no kidding! These babies go for Php 500-1000 depending on how big they are.

And this is the one I took home with me:

I got her for Php 150 because it came in an unpainted shell. It's red and bigger than Gigantor or Hercules. I had to pay an extra Php 60 for the travelling container.

Say hello to my new crabbie! I decided to call her PP because I thought she was as Purple Pincher when I first got her.

Look at that HUGE claw!!! I got her even if some of its limbs were not in excellent condition, she probably got into a fight with the other crabs which explains why some of her legs were cut off. Being in a huge tank crowded with 50 crabs was just traumatic, this little one is a toughie and deserves a new home.

As of writing, the other crabs are distancing themselves from the PP. It may take a few days or weeks for them to adjust and for the PP to acclimate in the crabitat. I sent my Dad MMS photos of my new PP and he loves it! He also said I should've gotten the huge ones instead. Uh-oh.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bow & Wow: The Natural Pet Foods Store

If you recall, part of my list for 2010 is to buy my Chihuahua, P-nut, some glucosamine tablets. He is growing old and I want to make sure he remains healthy and will live to be 15 years old. All toy breeds, Chihuahuas included, are prone to joint pains, patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, etc. Our vet was able to keep P-nut's shivering to a minimum via Polynerv, however I am more concerned about his knees and possible arthritis in the future. P-nut loves jumping on things and climbing so I hope some glucosamine chews/tablets will help take care of his joints.

Seeing as I will be in SM again today while Mom works out, I took the MRT, went to Bow & Wow and endured the tremendous heat outside (insert panting here). Bow & Wow is located at the 5th level of Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong -- about 15 minutes away from Trinoma via train.

I really had to look for the store and even had to ask directions. Finally, I found it "hidden" on the 5th level (that unchartered part where I have never been to), planted conveniently near the parking lot. The reason for the store's inconspicuous location is really quite simple: Shangri-la does not allow pets in general but management has allowed customers to sneak in their little ones as long as they remain near or inside the store.
When I got there, I was so overwhelmed with all the pet products. Wait, overwhelmed nearly doesn't cut it. Think of that feeling when you enter a makeup store and all your favorites products and colors are there? It's feels something like that -- like you'd want to take home a little bit of everything.

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This is a 180 degree view of Bow & Wow and I swear if I only had 1 one dog (our family has about 10), I'd splurge on my little bugger. But having to take care of 10 dogs and shell out mucho dinero for their food, treats, etc. is totally out of the question. I figured I should go get some stuff and see if my doggies like them first, then I can come back and get some more.

I spent around 30 minutes chatting with the shopgirl, KC. What's nice about the people here (or maybe just KC in particular) is that they are pet lovers themselves and have tried most of the products they actually sell. I found some glucosamine vitamin chews but the prices were too steep for me -- a bottle was about Php 1000-Php 2000 a pop.  So in the meantime, I went home with these:
These chews are great for our senior dogs. Here's some info as lifted from the website:

Seniors, over weight pets, and those pets showing reduced levels of activity can benefit greatly from feeding these protein rich formulas that provide a reduced calorie and lower fat diet, while not compromising on the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients so important for your pet’s proper health maintenance.

You can be assured your adult dogs and cats are getting the best they deserve with our feral type diets which contain: Four Antibiotic and Hormone free meals which originate from meats processed in a human grade facility, as the main ingredients, and also include whole grain rice, balanced Omega Fatty Acids, probiotics, digestive enzymes, antioxidant vitamins, chelated minerals, and a total of 10 natural skin and coat conditioners. All of this without the use of allergy irritating corn, wheat, soy, grain fractions, or fillers

With glucosamine and chondroitin to promote better joint health and psyllium for fiber intake to help with digestion, CANIDAE PLATINUM for dogs and FELIDAE PLATINUM for cats feature the same great taste and palatability as our All Life Stage formulas and are the perfect all natural, reduced calorie choices to help control and maintain your pet’s weight.

Plus some more treats for the younger generation:

All Natural Holistic Benefits

  • High Quality Lamb Meal with Whole Grains
  • All Natural, High Quality, Holistic Dog Treats
  • Crunchy Texture Helps Scrape Away Plaque & Tartar
  • Natural Skin & Coat Conditioners for Sensitive Dogs
  • Valuable Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Balanced Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids
  • Now With Guaranteed Viable Micro-Organisms
  • Now With Guaranteed Enzyme Activity to Help Break Down Cellulose
  • Essential Vitamins, Chelated Minerals & Naturally Preserved!

The Canidae Platinum Snap-Biscuits are Php 325 and the Canidae Snap-Bits are Php 319. Both are crunchy to help remove tartar and plaque, with added peppermint so your doggies will have minty fresh breath after chewing. And oh, did I mention that everything is all natural and organic? Whoopeedoo! :)

When I got home, I gave P-nut a snap of the Platinum Snap-Biscuits and he gobbled it up in no time at all! Micki (my Shih Tzu) had 2 Snap-Bits and wanted some more! I believe this is Php 644 well-spent! I am so happy my little doggies love them :)

For more info on Bow & Wow, visit their website.