6 Reasons to Bathe with Perfume Everyday with LUX

I love taking long baths and showers. It's a luxury for me to spend over 15 minutes bathing and using great-smelling body cleansers help me feel invigorated. I consider it my "me time" after a tiring day. Don't you just want to feel and smell wonderful even hours after you've stepped out of the bathroom? Well, there's a new bath product that delivers just that, and it's now in the Philippines. We can all have a luxurious experience of bathing with perfume every day with the new LUX soap and body wash!

I still remember in my younger years, my family used Lux, a well-loved brand of creamy scented bath soap. Today, LUX has created a new line of soap bars and body washes that will make you feel like you bathed with perfume! Sosyal!

I've tried the LUX Magical Spell Body Wash over the weekend and it truly made bathing a luxurious and relaxing experience for me, especially with it's elegant scent.

"Master perfumer Nicole Mancini helped design this irresistible fragrance with the unabashedly feminine woman in mind. Featuring an intense and alluring blend of dark woods, golden amber and vanilla bean that come to life in every bath, Magical Spell unlocks a woman’s bold side, leaving her feeling more beautiful and confident than ever."

Here are 6 Reasons to Bathe With LUX:
  1. LUX Perfumed Bath Collection are masterfully designed and crafted by perfume experts from New York, Paris, and London, which lends a lingering perfumed scent on our body after a luxurious bathing experience.
  2. Be bold with LUX's signature scent -- Magical Spell body wash 
    • captures the addictive notes of the precious and exotic Black Orchid with opulent dark florals, crafted with fragrance pearls; infuses the skin with up to 8 hours of lasting perfume
  3. For a flawless feeling, there's LUX White Impress body wash
    • made with WhiteLight™ technology and the crystal clear scent with notes of peach, white florals, musk and amber
  4. Go with LUX Soft Touch body wash
    • for a playful mood with notes of vanilla, violet, bergamot, and its alluring perfume of delicate French Roses for irresistibly soft skin
  5. LUX Love Forever is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology™
    • with notes of sandalwood, scarlet rose and mandarin orange, that releases a sensual scent for long-lasting fragrance of up to 12 hours
  6. If you prefer bar soaps, LUX also offers 3 scents in White Impress, Soft Touch, and Magical Spell.
SRP : PhP 120 - 125 / 250ml bottle

I got first dibs on the new Magical Spell body wash and soap, thanks to LUX, so I'm sharing this good news also to all of you too!

Be one of the first to try the NEW LUX Perfumed Bath Collection! 
Sign up now to get a special gift from LUX.
Click here: www.bit.ly/bathewithlux 
FREE!!! LUX Magic Spell Bar Soap and Body Wash in a leather pouch.

Bathe with perfume, bathe with LUX. With these four elegant perfumed body cleansers, mapapadalas talaga ang ligo natin! =)  Share this good news and sign up na agad to get your free sample bath kit from LUX!

Learn more about the entire LUX collection here:

Note: Photos from LUX Philippines.

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Foodie Friday: Mamas, Tapas, and Sangria at Alqueria

First Friday of the month: Restaurant / Dining

In my barkada, we celebrate birthdays with the group treating the celebrant. That was our practice since we graduated from college coz it's always a challenge to think of a gift, so we just treat the celebrant. We usually choose a restaurant that we haven't been to as a group, and in recent years, countless dining places sprouted that we can't keep up anymore. In SM Mega Fashion Hall alone, there are still so many we have not dined in yet, but we can now tick off Alqueria from our list. We chose this homey Spanish restaurant to treat our latest celebrant.

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Make Cheeseburgers at McDonald's Burger Shop in KidZania Manila

It was a fun family affair for us at KidZania last September 19. The kids were so excited to be invited by McDonald's to be among the first to "work" at the kid-sized kitchen of the newly opened McDonald's Burger Shop. When my boy and I went to KidZania during the pre opening, he peeked through the burger shop which was not open yet. He told me he wants to try it out the next time he visits. Well, he got his wish! Kids can now enjoy and learn how to make their favorite McDonald's cheeseburger at KidZania!

McDonald’s President and CEO Kenneth Yang, Alonzo Muhlach, Play Innovations Industry Partner Director Cecille MariƱo, and Play Innovations President and CEO Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas formally open McDonald’s Burger Shop with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Mom-Finds from Baguio City

Mom-Finds on a Monday? I know, I know... there's a first time for everything, right? We went to Baguio last weekend and I had so many drafts lined up that I was not able to prepare for my usual last-Friday-of-the-month post. Belated feature na lang ito but I promise you fresh finds from the city of pines. Uy, it rhymes, heehee! I attempted to do mobile blogging but my Blogger app on iPad and iPhone failed! So I'll keep this short and share what I've spotted and brought home during our recent long weekend trip to the summer capital. 

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10 Cleaning and Care Tips with Cycles and Cradle

As a homemaker and discerning mom to two active kids, I've discovered so many products for every stage of our family life. Between giving birth to the boy and the girl, I've already tried countless home and child care products that address our ever changing needs. We've stuck with only a handful of brands we use on rotation, and that includes Cycles and Cradle.  

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Fun Friday: The Artsy and The Sporty

Third Friday of the month:  School Events

This is a proud-mommy-moment kind of post. I know I don't say it enough. Oftentimes, I just say "good job" or "you did great", but rarely do I say "I'm so proud of you" whenever they accomplish something significant. Sometimes, I share their works or activities on my IG and FB. Kaya eto na lang ang short tribute ko to show how proud I am with my two highly spirited kids. Both recently had their respective culminating events -- one in the arts and the other in sports.

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Free Uber Rides from Smart!

Yes, you read that right! Mobile leader SMART has recently partnered with leading ride-sharing company, UBER, to provide Smart subscribers with this fantastic option to travel smart. With our worsening traffic situation in the metro, this offer came at the perfect time. 

Smart is giving away 2 FREE Uber rides – worth P300 each – to Metro Manila-based subscribers who are first time-users of the Uber app.

Confession: I have not tried Uber yet 'coz we have a family driver and don't find a need yet to use this ride-sharing service. I'm actually curious since many of my friends have been raving about how convenient it is to use Uber. Since J and I are both Smart subscribers, we are excited to try this out for the first time -- and it's gonna be free pa for us since we qualify for this promo as first-time users! =)

So who can Join?
  • SMART Postpaid, SMART Prepaid, and SMART BRO Postpaid subscribers who are:
  • Smart phone users
  • Resides in the National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Credit card holders
  • First time UBER users
How to avail of two (2) FREE Uber rides for Smart subscribers:
  • Register your Smart number at www.smart.com.ph/uber to receive the promo code
    • Free UBER rides worth P300 each - can be used anywhere in Metro Manila
  • Download the Uber App
  • Use promo code when you register and book a ride using the Uber app
  • Uber passengers will also enjoy FREE in-car Smart WiFi to stay digitally connected in transit – this is a first in Southeast Asia, bongga diba?! =)
    • Smart WiFi will be available initially in select Uber Black vehicles and will be rolled out in other Uber vehicles over the next few months

Try this service now! This offer is valid until September 30 only!

I really appreciate that Smart is creating innovative and practical services that allow it's subscribers to truly live the #SmartLife. Malaking ginhawa ito for many of us who brave the traffic every single day and for those who need a comfortable and convenient ride to reach important destinations.

Visit www.smart.com.ph/uber for more info and stay tuned for other exciting promos and discounts for Smart subscribers. Live the #SmartLife while on-the-go with #SmartUber!

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Family Friday: Maidless, Not Helpless

Second Friday of the month: Home & Living / Parenting

We've been without help for two months now. Well, we were able to hire a cleaning lady once or twice weekly, and was able to find a full time helper two weeks ago. Unfortunately, she only stayed for a week before she got news that her toddler was hospitalized. In short, we are still maidless as of this writing. This is how our kids' room looks like now. Horror!

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Foodie Friday: From Apericena to Breakfast at Seda

First Friday of the month: Food and Dining

The month of August gave us two long weekends, and we all embraced the three-day break from work and school with relaxing back-to-back hotel staycations. Sabi nga ng friend ko, kami na ang blessed...heehee! =) Definitely, one of the best feelings in the world! I was able to join the Apericena at Straight Up Bar in Seda Hotel BGC, where my family was also accommodated for an overnight stay. So, what is Apericena? Drool over sumptuous gastronomic delights below as we begin the "ber" months, and find out how you can win a fabulous 3-day-2-night stay at any Seda Hotel in the country!

“Apericena” is a modern Italian trend designed as a prelude to dinner featuring aperitifs
and a buffet of appetizers enjoyed in the company of friends.

Now, here's the awesome deal from Seda BGC's Straight Up bar that you shouldn't miss:

Apericena buffet is FREE with any order of an alcoholic beverage or mocktail!
(From 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Sundays to Thursdays)
Aperi-grill follows the same concept, focusing on grilled items on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Aperi-grill, Barbecue Dinner and Wine Buffet are new offerings this September.

For about P200+ or P300+ per drink (price varies with the beverage you order), you can already binge on some of these fine selection of appetizing continental dishes on offer... sulit!!!

From savory hors d'oeuvres to grilled meats and seafood, Japanese sushi and tempura station, Italian piadina station, Filipino-style pizzas... there's something for everyone.

I love oysters so it was a pleasant surprise to see these succulent babies on the grill that evening. They also have lamb chops. Sosyal! =)

The unique laing and sisig pizzas were standouts from the buffet, as well as the juicy prawns, tender tuna, and assorted Japanese maki.

During the event, there were crates of exotic fruits like rambutan, lanzones and mangosteen, which are all in season around this time of year. I remember my past trips to Davao when I see these beautiful fruits!

I made sure I had my share from this bounty. I would have eaten more of those sweet and tangy mangosteen if I wasn't too full from the savory dishes!

Delicious fresh-baked breads and pastries were calling me too, and my favorite was the sweet liquor-flavored golden rum baba cakes above.

Since it was cocktail hour, everyone was offered bottomless rounds of Seda's signature Calamansino shots and refreshing mixed drinks with this calamansi liqueur base. It's really good, and guests got to bring home a bottle... yay!

Straight Up roof deck bar on the 16th floor of Seda BGC offers a panoramic view that covers East to West, from the verdant park amid fashionable boutiques and restaurants of Bonifacio High Street, to vibrant residential communities as far as Laguna de Bay.

While sampling all the delectable offerings and sipping cocktails from Apericena, event host RJ Ledesma and Seda Group General Manager Andrea Mastellone presented the latest campaign of Seda Hotels -- the #BestFeelingsInTheWorld photo contest on Instagram.

“The best feelings in the world” come from simple things that make a big difference -- a good night’s sleep under fluffy sheets, a warm smile from a friendly face, conversations over sweet treats. According to Mr. Mastellone, “what guests remember is not so much the hardware but stories of their memorable experiences during their stay.”  This photo contest will encourage people to share their good feelings and memorable moments and have the chance to experience the Seda lifestyle.

Grand prize winner will receive a complimentary 2-night accommodation in any Seda hotel of their choice, inclusive of round- trip domestic flight tickets for two!

Easy steps to qualify:
  • "Like” Seda Hotels on Facebook
  • Follow @sedahotels on Instagram
  • Post a photo that depicts a great experience (not necessarily in Seda) on their own IG account
  • Photo caption should have the hashtags #BestFeelingsInTheWorld and #SedaHotels, and Seda Hotels (@sedahotels) must be tagged in the picture
Criteria: originality, composition, relevance, technique and emotion elicited. 

One photo is equivalent to one entry. Multiple entries (different photos) are allowed.

5 runners-up will be picked.
One (1) runner-up will be chosen in each Seda location:  Metro Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, and Laguna. Each runner-up with receive a complimentary overnight stay for two, in that particular destination. 

Winners will be announced on October 5, 2015. So, start posting your #bestfeelingsintheworld photos now on Instragram!!!  =)

Here's a peek at what awaits you if you win the #SedaHotels photo contest.

Seda is the first wholly-owned and managed brand of AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corporation.
An integral part of Ayala Land developments, Seda’s interiors by architect and interior designer Conrad Onglao maximize its location within the Ayala community such as the glass walls and
"al fresco” seating of Misto restaurant which invite guests to explore numerous stores and retail outlets of Bonifacio High Street.

Last December, we had a fab family staycation at Seda Nuvali which I featured here. You will see the distinct look and feel of a Seda hotel, with their contemporary interiors showcasing Philippine design excellence, their dining outlet, Misto, and their high standard in guest services. 

When we checked-in, they handed us a touchscreen tablet to sign -- efficient and paperless. There is complimentary WiFi to ensure uninterrupted connectivity, an e-lounge with iMacs at the lobby for guests to use at their convenience.

This was our cozy Deluxe Room at Seda Hotel BGC fitted with a king bed, which the kids and I shared, plus an extra bed set up for J.

Their room has all the standard amenities, including: wide-screen LED HDTV, mini-bar, bath accessories and toiletries, in-room safe, executive desk, and media panel with universal adaptor and USB/audio-visual connectivity. 

Seda BGC's modern features and superior amenities, plus their central location, makes it's an ideal hotel for people traveling for business.

The Apericena was fantastic. Having all those delicious food and drinks in the company of good friends was probably one of the #bestfeelingsintheworld! Heehee...

With fellow SoMoms Pam and Tina, Gamechanger head mama Em Sulit,
flanked by our hosts from Ayala Land and Seda Hotels, Andrea, Sharon, Genny.

The next day, my kids planned to swim after breakfast since it was raining all afternoon after we checked-in. The hearty breakfast buffet offered diverse choices that whet our appetites. The buffet tables were outside a function room where we all dined. The fruit juices and hot beverages were also in the room. I am not sure if this is the usual setup for their breakfast.

The modest selection included crispy danggit, potato wedges, waffles and bacon, as well as breads, eggs and sausages. There were vegetarian options and Pinoy delicacies too! I always attack the fruits section and congee station if available, and lucky for me, they have one. =) 

My brekkie was a mix of European and Asian delights, and let's not forget the mangosteen! =)

The mandatory swim time... a hotel stay will never be complete without a dip in the pool. Look at those big toothy smiles!

From apericena to breakfast, our long weekend was very well spent at the comforts of Seda. Cheers to September! Thank you for having us, Seda BGC! =)

Straight Up roof deck bar: Open from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am daily.
Seda BGC
30th street corner 11th avenue
Bonifacio Global City

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Mom-Finds: Hydrating Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

Last Friday of the month: Beauty / Shopping

Like water for my skin -- that's how I feel every time I apply this gel cream on my face... no exaggeration! You know me, I rarely feature beauty products on the blog and you're assured that whatever I share here are products that really work for me. My new face cream discovery from Laneige has made me a convert.

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Fun Friday: The Boy Goes To Congress

Third Friday of the month: Field Trip / Tour

What are the three branches of government? Who is your representative? Who presides over the House of Representatives?  
These are just a few of the questions from the boy's current social studies lesson for the first quarter. We're learning about types of government around the world, and also about the Philippine government. Parang nag-aaral din ulit ako coz I really didn't have any interest about this topic ever since I was a student. A field trip is always a good thing. It creates excitement for a rather unappealing topic or lesson. Here, we were able to visit congress and gain a better understanding of what we're trying to study, and also for me to teach the subject better.

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Look Who's Hooked on Crunchy Garlic

Crunchy. Toasted garlic. Sweet and salty. These are some of the "qualifications" that the kids look for when ordering a chicken dish. Actually, mine too! We all love garlic, especially with beef and chicken. Garlic makes everything smells so delicious and adds that kick to flavor. My latest restaurant find is BonChon Crunchy Garlic.

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