Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto Are Jollibee’s New Yumbassadors!

I first fell in love with Joshua Garcia last December. It was when I watched him in the film Vince & Kath & James, one of the entries at last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). It was the first time I watched all competing entries, and I loved them all in their own way, but it was VKJ that stuck with me and became my favorite film at the festival.

The story was old (see my review here), but it was given a new lease on life because of Garcia’s great acting and believable chemistry with his partner, Julia Barretto. I watched VKJ twice and laughed, cried, and fell in love. In both screenings, girls were literally swooning – myself included – when Garcia delivered his lines and stared at Barretto in that way.

I became a teenage girl and stalked Garcia on every social media platform possible. I eventually got tired and went on with my life. Until I got to meet him.

I got to meet him when Jollibee announced that both Garcia and Barretto are the brand’s newest Yumbassadors. Together, they starred in a commercial inspired by an ’80s ad.

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7-Eleven Opens its 2,000th Store in the Philippines!

As a commuter, 7-Eleven has saved me on countless occasions. I go there for emergency coffee and snack runs, to buy toiletries, and to connect to their wi-fi (yes, guys, they have wi-fi). The ubiquity of 7-Eleven stores across the country means that I will never want for anything while on the road. After all, the brand pioneered the concept of the convenience store.

But how ubiquitous is 7-Eleven, really? Very, because they recently launched their 2,000th store in the Philippines, cementing their status as everyone’s best friend on the road!

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Jollibee Launches the Salted Caramel Choco Sundae!

Everyone knows I have a major sweet tooth, and that I find it impossible to end a meal without some kind of dessert. As summer is fast approaching (you can already feel its unwelcome entrance), one of the after-meal treats I’m looking forward to is ice cream and all its varieties! I can already imagine the sundaes, gelato, halo halo, and banana splits I will have once the heat wave rolls in.

Sometimes, I get sweet cravings at the most random moments, so I have a soft spot for establishments that serve treats on the go. One of my favorites is Jollibee, which has a great selection of sundaes, pies, and floats. Now, they’re adding a new item to their dessert menu: the Salted Caramel Choco Sundae!

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Starbucks Launches New Espresso Layer Collection and Lunch Items!

Ever since I started working in digital, I’ve been working mobile in random places around the city. Sometimes I’d find myself in Makati for a meeting, or in Quezon City for an event. Because I live down south, I would have to leave early. That means I would have to rely on a good cup of coffee to perk me up, and sometimes, I would have to get lunch on the road.

Of course, I trust Starbucks to give me an injection of pep and energy, but I would have to search elsewhere for a good meal. Now, it looks like I can get both in one place because Starbucks just launched its new lunch choices, which are meant for quick lunch runs.

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Grab Celebrates Chinese New Year with Free Chinese Food in BGC!

Photo taken by Mark de Joya, using a Huawei P9 Plus

We haven’t even finished a month this 2017, and we’re already preparing for another holiday: Chinese New Year. It’s a festive celebration of the Lunar New Year, and people, regardless of their ethnicity, are preparing to celebrate it with tikoy, hopia, and ang pao. I spent Chinese New Year last year at Binondo with some friends, and was slightly traumatized at the volume of people. It was fun and vibrant, but I’m slightly claustrophobic so I might not do it again.

I still want to have a little slice of the Lunar Year, and I’m happy to hear that Grab is hosting a celebration with the Chinese New Year food truck, where they’ll be giving free Chinese food in Bonifacio Global City!

Grab’s food truck will be at the C1 Central Square in Bonifacio High Street from January 25 to 27, from 11AM to 5PM. To avail of Chinese snacks like siomai, dumplings, kikiam, and more, simply grab a ride within BGC!

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If you can’t make it to the food truck, you can have Chinese treats delivered to your doorstep using GrabExpress. Grab users must be in BGC and select the special GrabCNY icon. Make sure that you have the same pick-up and drop-off point to qualify for the promo.

I want to see the food truck for myself, so I’ll be going on Friday morning to check it out. I’m hoping it will give me luck for the rest of the year!

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is Now in the Philippines!

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The way we drank when we were younger is different from the way we drink now. In my case, I was happy to drink San Miguel Light or Red Horse beer. Back then, drinking was a means to get drunk, so there were times when me and my friends would down cheap gin before going out so we didn’t have to pay for overpriced drinks. A lot of people agree with me on this.

Now, I, with the support of the people who agreed with the point above, am more selective of what I drink. I am more likely to study the list of drinks available in a bar rather than order something safe, like the San Mig or the Red Horse. And I now drink to savor the taste, as well as the moment I found myself in. While I still do enjoy the occasional San Mig (I graduated to Pale Pilsen), my palate has become more adventurous.

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