#TasteTheFeeling: Emoticon your bottle

Coca-Cola will always play a huge part in my life. Thanks to the short stint in Myanmar.

There is joy in customizing and personalizing anything with your preference and name on it. Whether it’s engraving jewelry, notebooks to handbags; Coca-Cola captured the bliss on making loyal drinkers feel more bound on this thirst quencher: Create your own Coca-Cola Emoticon Bottle. 

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The concept was simple and straightforward, being true to their marketing initiatives – Coca-Cola always hits the emotions of every individual. Create your own Emoticon Bottle will make you customize everything from the hair, down to the smile, and dedicate it to your family and friends. You can also purchase a pack of twelve (12) 500ml Emoticon bottles that come with a Spin the Coke Bottle board game. How fun is that?


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Create your own Emoticon Bottle


Following the success of the previous Coca-Cola Personalization campaign #ShareaCoke last year, #TasteTheFeeling is the follow through on the shared happiness in expressing the truthfulness to one’s feeling. The newest global campaign brings to life everyday moments through great universal storytelling and rich visual imagery – placing the product at the heart of its communications. Bright, as usual, Coca-Cola.

Following the trend online and every person’s everyday feeling, this shareable and customizable interactive digital experience creating your bottle (or for your loved one) hits the spot. You’ll definitely have fun customizing these bottles, I did!


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I had so much fun. Share the happiness!

If you’re the kind who collects Coca-Cola products, you wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity. Go ahead and have fun tinkering on your personalized Coca-Cola Emoticon. Each costs Php 85 for a 500ml bottle.  Have your bottle paid upon delivery, they’ll have it sent to your address for free in 2-3 days.

Would you want to share it with your friends for a frenzy party? Personalize for the entire gang and give it a spin.

Taste the Feeling and raise your for !




Now Reading: Heaven is for Real (deluxe)

After I read Heaven is for Real for kids  written by Pastor Todd Burpo, I hastily sought for Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back deluxe copy for Adults. The current New York Times list of bestseller has sold over a half million copies in print.    Grateful of the publisher,  Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy; this book has certainly made a huge impact after reading more about Colton, a 5 year old kid who was placed on the operating table due to his bursting appendix trip to heaven.

It took 2 years for his parents to write this book, after hearing tidbits of stories from Colton during his visit. It was not mere coincidence that a toddler would know the name and the face of his great-grandfather whom he haven’t met, his sister, whom he never knew about his mom’s miscarriage and all the more how he described Jesus: The purple sash, the “markers” which are Jesus’ bruises when he was crucified and even the position of the Holy Spirit or what his parents were doing while he was being operated.

This book is accompanied by scriptures after Colton mentions his tales of visit in Heaven.If God’s Word is not sufficient for you, if the testimony of his Spirit, given to believers, is not enough for you, you will not find any true hope in the unproven tales of a child.

Every page made me look forward to every chapter. I am reminded by how my mom survived through miscarriage and how we – my brother, Dad and Mom all had a dream about my younger sister, who’s supposed to be born in 1992 introduced herself to not be forgotten. From then on, when we’re asked how many children my parents has or how many are we in the family, we always say we have one who’s watching us in heaven — just like the Burpo family.

There’s more about this book that only you can tell if its unto your faith or not. You can be one with “doubting thomas” or a person who’d still continuously be praying for others believing that it is a way to” develop a heart for needs outside your own”

“It’s good to be strong and able to bless others, yes. But we learned the value of being vulnerable enough to let others be strong for us, to let others bless us” This book not only told the story of the young boy who met Jesus, God, Mary and the Spirit but it also narrated how a family humbled themselves in times of trouble and in-need; how their faith was tested even more.

You certainly need to give yourself a chance to read this book. Let me know what you think!

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Your Big Presentation Needs iTour-70

Divoom iTour-70 Portable Speaker

Public speaking can be very stressful. There are those who get up in front of a crowd and go through that dreadful panic moment. It takes a lot of discipline, practice and preparation to put on a good presentation and even knowing what you need to know can be hard.

You went through your slides, edited and finalized your deck and made sure you’ve got everything on presentation day. What else do you need?

If you don’t have a huge screen to show off that deck and sound system to boost it up, carrying a macbook will never be enough.  Here’s what you need: stylish speakers.

This Divoom iTour-70 won’t fail to show off. Guaranteed power for your presentation.  Its travel-friendly 2.0 channel speaker system is so handy, it won’t even add weight on your shoulders and because it’s made of scratch resistant steel polish and rubber like texture behind, you wouldn’t worry on it too much.

Don’t forget the 3.5mm audio jack though when carrying it around.

Because the sound it produce is crisp, sharp and clear; every detail and audio on your presentation won’t give those ears a hard time although this iTour-70 is only fit to a closed quiet room or can only be heard on a certain measure of distance, this iTour-70 serves it’s purpose well. My Macbook will never be complete without this gadget even during ordinary days while watching a movie, sound tripping while working or when that ipod needs to be heard out loud.

Plug’n’Play. The iTour-70 is charged via USB of your laptop. On a full-charge this speaker will last for 8-hours, it outweighs those battery operated speakers.

How did the presentation go? it flew well. Thanks to Divoom for this heaven sent gadget received as a raffle prize during Twestival Manila’s get-together at Le Bistro Vert  @TwestivalMNL on March 24, 2011 just right after the day I was eyeing on getting one.

Visit your nearest Apple Reseller store (or Power Mac Center) or any Game Stop branch for an affordable and reasonable price of Php1,150. It also comes in red and blue for those who wants color on their speakers.

Divoom iTour-70 Specs:

  • Output: 5 W
  • Dimension: 48L x15D x 103H (mm)
  • Driver size: 2 x 1.5 inch full range micro metal driver
  • Distortion: <0.5%
  • Frequency Response: 80Hz-20KHz
  • Signal-to-noise Ratio: >80dB
  • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
  • Battery Capacity: 700MAH
For more information you may drop by their FACEBOOK site or drop @DivoomPH a message on twitter.

Spenco® PolySorb® Yumi Total Support Sandal

Women's YUMI Toe Post

I am honored receiving a pair of this YUMI Toe Post to experience and be relieved before the new ProForm insole debut its launch in the US this June. Meanwhile, these may be ordered online or purchased in retail stores.

The Spenco® PolySorb® Yumi Total Support Sandal is a women’s toe-post sandal that provides orthotic support. This flip flop has built-in arch & heel support for all day comfort. It is the only contourd sandal with the Total Support Footbed wherein you’ll feel the fantastic support and stability of Spenco’s best-selling replacement insole in the comfort and simplicity of  slip-on sandal.

A perfect match for the beach, around the house and even better after sports training. The “Spenco Yumi” will provide all-day comfort and arch support, with its impact cushioning and motion control it helps reduce pronation and supination – a common problem associated with flat, slab-style sandals.

The PERFECT sandal alleviating plantar fasciitis & arch pain.

Features & Benefits of the Women’s Spenco Yumi Total Support Flip Flop:

  • Total Support stability and comfort, in a slip on sandal.
  • Total Support Cushioning System absorbs shock and helps prevent over-pronation
  • Orthotic Arch Support and deep heel cupping promotes stability, alignment and motion control.
  • Soft strap and premium materials provide lasting comfort and wear.
  • EVA surface custom molds over time to conform to the unique shape of the wearer’s feet.
  • Metatarsal Padded Arch Support offloads pressure from the ball of foot to help relieve forefoot pain.
  • TPR Rubber, EVA Injection, Polyester webbing, PVC, PU Nubuck, 4-way Stretch Polyester, EVA Closed Cell, Inside Lining: SBR Rubber Foam.
  • Thickness at Heel: 12.80mm (1/2in),
  • Thickness at Forefoot: 12.30mm (1/2in)
  • Cost: $39.99
I will be writing more about this pretty Yumi Toe Flip Flop – it’s too cute to ignore and too comfortable not to be used after logging in mileage or for each outdoor sports adventure.
Many  Thanks to Shannon Blood of off madison ave. and Spenco Medical Corporation for keeping our feet in mind to keep these in top running shape together in celebrating April National Foot Health Awareness Month

 For more information, click HERE

Athena: Milk for Women

We grew up with specialized milk  but as we age, we also outgrew and bid farewell to what we’re familiar with; we are left with options such as non-fat, low-fat, soy milk, skimmed and 3% percent milk products which are pretty much expensive in the market hence women don’t get to indulge to supplementing our bodies to necessary nutrition for strong bones.

Women’s Health gave boxes of Athena milk during the Fun Run presser which had me curious on its difference in the market. It claims beauty benefits – a first of its kind in the milk category.

“Beautrition” for the modern-day Filipina, in Unilab’s term caters to today’s Filipino multi-tasker women who faces professional and personal challenges every day.

According to research: Athena promises more benefits than any other skimmed milk brand in the Philippines by offering Beautrition – a combination of beauty and nutrition that gives women a triad of benefits to help them win their everyday battles:

Beautiful Skin. Athena provides anti-oxidants (Vitamin A, E & Zinc) to help women’s skin become healthier and more beautiful.
Strong Bones. Athena is high in calcium to help strengthen women’s bones.
Slim Figure. Athena is low in fat to help women maintain a slimmer figure.

Now, aside from those facts. The taste is more important than what’s on context. When I tried a glass to jumpstart my day, I didn’t have to add any sweetener to make the milk be  less creamy. For the kind of girl who’s trying to control her sugar, I quickly read through the nutritional contents and found out that Athena milk has sucralose, which is synonymous to splenda. Truly, it also caters to diabetics .(Im not diabetic though but prevention is better than cure). No Stress!

It tastes good. thank heavens I have 3 boxes of it! Thank you Women’s Health and Unilab. Women, you need to switch. This is definitely for every Filipina.

Happy International Women’s Month!

Fashionable Functional Bags

Insert the tune from the Sound of Music ” Black satin packages, tied up like strings, bags are back as my favorite things!” Look what arrived my doorstep. Fabulous, Fashionable and Functional surprise from the Bag Designer ABBY JOCSON.


A sweet tote introduced just in time for valentines. Ysabelle truly has been made and sent from the heart. The perfect chained bag for your sunday dress, formal cocktail events or when you’re on a date with your darling.

Ysabelle bag by Abby Jocson

Could be the perfect sub for the gym rat who’s always on the go for coffee dates, sudden meetings and out-of-towns. This Noelle bag is fit for the girl who’s calendar is filled with engagements and yet couldn’t leave both side of her being workaholic.  My all-around mustard yellow Carina bag now has a rival.

Noelle by Abby Jocson

Why need a Long Champ or a Birkin if you’ve got Erin? It’s fantabolous enough, it can even out-win Louis Vitton’s place. It may look tiny but once you’ve got your stuff in, you’ll be surprised – all your stuff can fit! Now, let’s see if this is going to be Kassy bag’s alternate ( yes, one of the bags was named after Me. ), would it accept the challenge of fitting my handy-dandy pseudo-ballerina shoes?

Chocolate Brown ERIN bag

There are colors to choose from and a whole bunch more bags for you to want and have. Are you ready to carry some Abby Jocson loving? Say the magic word (keyword: Kassy), you’ll be glad for the surprise.

Thanks Abby for the surprise, you’re surely transforming me into a full bloom girl! Now, I’d have to think about shoes and the dresses to match this. Hello, Shopping!


mobile: +63906 4739979

e-mail: designs@abbyjocson.com


Shabu Yaki : Enjoy your Vegetables

Between the two of us, I’m the only pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian albeit he’s trying not to have meat every now and then especially when we’re eating out, I appreciate the effort and the willingness of him sharing my plate and not indulging on a carnivorous treat.

Tonight although he was turning out to be a little monster who was giving me an attitude already for not having to decide on what to eat for dinner, we had to transfer from one restaurant to another, in order for me to win not to go for pasta, chicken and fried foods – the treat was on me.


But look who enjoyed the food most?

I can live with other uncomfortable things such as riding the bus, walking the distance or a little bit of sun, but never will I compromise on food.


Our first Shabu Shabu dinner

For a gastronomic healthy dinner of Php 499 at Shabu Yaki located at Aguirre Ave. Bf Homes Paraque. Chicken Broth and Seafood Shabu Shabu, we were already set for a healthy meal. The mood changed soon as he took a sip of the soup, a taste of the clams and the shrimps.

Had Calamansi Juice to cleanse our palate for Php 50.



Surely enjoyed our fresh vegetables! The attendants were friendly enough to take our orders, and requests. They accept credit card payments, too!

Because I was not much of a eater, we even managed to take home few greens, dimsum and warm broth home for my boys. Are we going to go back and visit? Yes, why not. I’m all for the vegetarian meal – No rice, too!

The shabu shabu choices can feed 3-4 people.

Shabu Yaki
237 Aguirre Ave.
Bf Homes Paranque City

Shabu Yaki
HK Sun Plaza
Diosdado Macapagal Avenue
Pasay City


twenty one plates

A little few hours after swimming, I received a call from the boyfriend asking “Where are we eating dinner tonight?” on his way to pick me up  for a sunday dinner date. While I was affixing myself, I answered “give me 2 minutes, let me google”

During training runs, I pass by a lot of restaurants and do mental note on few restaurants I’ve been curious of. I remembered twenty-one plates.

I rang and imposed  “twenty one plates. It’s just nearby. I know where it is, Aguirre ave.” which is very much in favor knowing its close proximity.

Photo Courtesy: Jayvee Fernandez (UNO Magazine Tech Editor)

Soon as we got to the location, while parking, he exclaimed “It looks like a fine dining restaurant, we’re wearing shorts!” I had to explain and said “Actually, It can be a fine dining restaurant but it’s not. Don’t worry about it.”

Upon entering, we were welcomed by the owner, Mr. Mico Miciano and his cute little kid, was introduced to his wife, the chef – Tinette Villanueva-Miciano and told us a little information about Twenty-One Plates.

I already did my homework, a little research but coming from the words of the owners themselves – it was nice to know that they welcome their guests close to comfort and be familiarized on the history of the location and who’s behind the gastronomic menu at twenty one plates.

Table for two, please


Virtual Active – An Environmental Route

You may be delighted finding a new route you enjoy every step adding up on your mileage training plan but come after numerous success, eventually, you’d want to rejuvenate or look for another route to motivate yourself to run some more.

When you’re living in a sub-division, commercialized village or within proximity of the civilization and exhilaration, its not far off that you’d dream of greenery, close-to-the nature abound to breathe in fresh air and sight on a much pleasant scenery than corner stores, shops and cars but dreaming won’t take you far as well.

Most would enroll themselves in the gym thinking it might give them the motivational push knowing you’re surrounded with health conscious individuals but running and weight lifting may not be much of what you need especially if you aim to be elsewhere than staring on a usual place (or just a flat screen tv) everyday.

That dream of wishing there’s a nearby scenery? It has finally arrived! fellas from San Francisco heard our plea and created a whole dimension of transporting you to locations you may have never thought you can go to by Virtual Active Fitness – A unique virtual reality exercise experiences can transport users at home (or those at the gym), to some of the world’s most breathtaking trial running locations.

Isn’t that amazing?

Each workout features two versions: the pure trail footage, and a version guided by professional trainer Johnny Pearman, who appears on camera to encourage users and enrich the experience with facts about the featured natural location. When I was in Jackson Hole, Wymoming, although my route was the usual butte – I never got tired running up and down even though the mountain has already been cemented by asphalt. The scenery itself always give this refreshing aura which makes you think that its close to nature, the mood will just let you snap back to wanting to just run more.

Grand Teton National Park - Whew! the supposed Doctor's appointment to the lone Nature Tripping in 2007

Oh, how I missed the Grand Teton National Park and those days when I used to drive myself at Yellowstone National Park to scream at the top of my lungs after a good hike and run!  Thank you  Virtual Active for taking me back to memory lane as if I never left.

When Virtual Active sent me in the video, it just took me instantly.  They’re right, once you plug the video in as you stride your foot on the treadmill, its like you’re being taken to such great heights. Agreeing to Mr. Pearman, “ It’s like being there, but better, because you can experience training in a variety of national parks, see amazing scenery, and conveniently fit into your workout schedule, as limited as that may be.”

Would you like to sweat in the shadow of volcanic Mount St. Helens, then dodge farmers and fish mongers at Pike Place Market in Seattle? The guided run starts and ends at an easy pace, with the hardest intensity in the middle of the workout. You may also hike some of America’s most famous parks. Scale the eerie cliffs of Badlands National Park, cross the wind-swept plains of Beartooth Plateau, and visit the presidents at Mt. Rushmore and the guided workout begins as a moderate effort and builds to a challenging finish.

Each DVD contains the following:

  • • A 35 minute instructed scenic workout coached by Johnny Pearman.
  • • A 35 minute non-instructed scenic workout (scenery is identical.)
  • • A “How to use Virtual Active” instructional segment.

I guarantee you’ll fall in love with Virtual Active’s Pacific Northwest Run , American Northeast Hike and Northern Rockies Hike. You’ll even get to brag about taking yourself experience such geographical wonderlands. Can you imagine being at Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, snow-covered desert Joshua Tree National Park and get to witness General Sherman, where the world’s largest tree is at?

Captivating and awespiring!

Virtual Active is a scenic video experience you watch during your cardio workout. While you run, walk, or bike on your cardio machine, Virtual Active DVDs lead you to beautiful destinations around the world. Check out the DVD selection at www.vafitness.com.

About Virtual Active:

Virtual Active is a San Francisco-based video and technology company that enables revolutionary virtual-reality exercise products. Virtual Active licenses its unique content and proprietary interactive video technologies to leading manufacturers of cardio entertainment systems, experience-driven health clubs, and directly to end users through a variety of digital entertainment platforms. With its partners, Virtual Active takes exercisers to hundreds of beautiful and iconic locations around the globe during their workouts — for more information, take a trip to www.vafitness.com