I spent one whole day as Pennywise the Clown for work (technically) and, of course, for Halloween. I’ve always been a sucker for dressing up. I didn’t get to experience this when I was a child so I guess, I’m making up for lost time. And yeah, I’ve always wanted to be an actor so it’s nice to get into different roles every once in a while.
Two years ago, I was one of the Ghostbusters. Last year, I was Fred from Scooby Doo. Early this year, Gintoki Sakata. This year, we got “It” as our theme so naturally, I had to fill in the role as Pennywise the clown. The killer clown. I mean, who else would be willing do it?
Back from last year’s hit classical concert “Songs from a Silver World,” the talented scholars of Klassikal Music Foundation (KMF) are set to put a grand twist on some of the most enjoyable songs ever written in Klassikal Music Foundation presents: One with the Stars, KMF’s 10th anniversary musical extravaganza.
Founded in 2007 by McDonald’s Philippines Founder and Chairman Dr. George T. Yang, KMF is a scholarship fund that provides assistance to deserving students who are financially incapable of pushing through with costly music degrees. By doing so, this brings these wunderkinds closer to their dreams.
It was a busy weekend with the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2 last September 29 – October 1, fittingly kicking off the holiday season. The interactive event was held at the SM Mall of Asia, and showcased Taiwan’s best brands with the esteemed Taiwan Excellence seal.
Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Bureau of ForeignTrade (BOFT), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) implements the Taiwan Excellence campaign to promote innovative and superior-quality products, and encourage Taiwan innovators to continue transforming current technologies.
Taiwan Excellence highlighted its sports and leisure products in this area. On its first day, TAITRA executives and PBA’s Phoenix Fuel Masters player Doug Kramer came for the opening ceremony, a fashion show, and a booth tour.
The first 50 registrants got to win a Meet & Greet and a signed basketball from Kramer. (Oh and BTW, I won one too! 😅) Afterwards, there was an awarding for online contest winners, in which participants got a chance to win the following: 2 roundtrip tickets to Taiwan, a Paper Shoot Hinoki digital camera, a Tatung Fusion Cooker, a Saeko Marlin K9 swimming goggles, a Tern Verge X10 foldable bicycle, and signed basketballs from Kramer.
Beyond the booths and presentations, the 3-day event thrilled the crowd with activities, performances, fashion shows, games, and raffle draws. The Gosiengfiao Sisters made an appearance on the last day. And mall-goers got to enjoy performances from Angeline Quinto (September 29), 4th Impact (September 30), Inigo Pascual (October 1), and the Judy’s Harmonica Ensemble.
Excited visitors got a first-hand experience of products that maximize active lifestyles, such as the Johnson S3+ Spinner Bike, which parallels the rigors of a spinning workout, while at home. Meanwhile, a Revolution Tri-Max Fabric is a sport suit made from special super-stretch fiber to support muscle, boost performance and reduce body soreness after exercise.
There was also a plethora of options for the ride you and your loved ones have been looking for — the Verge X10, with its ultra-light wheels getting you places in style, the Strida LT making riding, carrying and storing your bike superbly convenient, as it folds in 5 seconds tops, or a Kymco Xciting 400 motorcycle, which makes riders feel completely safe, while enjoying the pleasures of driving.
I enjoyed exploring and learning about the various innovative products from Taiwan. I can see people using them in the future. Some are a bit unique and quirky too! It’s nice to have an event like this that help showcase and share Taiwan’s products to the Philippine market. Way to go Asia!
Get more info about the innovations of Taiwan’s leading brands and the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2 at www.taiwanexcellence.ph and TaiwanExcellence.ph on Facebook.
The Philippines is popularly known as the “selfie capital of the world.” We Pinoys love taking selfies. We do it in the morning after waking up. When traveling in front of a nice view. Even when we’re just idly seated in the bus terminal for hours because of traffic. Selfies (and wefies) serve as an expression of how we feel. For me, it’s like a confidence boost that tells you “you’re beautiful,” “everything’s gonna be okay,” or “you can do it!” Selfies transform you and your mood, and how you look at the world.
Transforming lives, one smile at a time
Likewise, ASUS Philippines in partnership with Operation Smile Phiippines (OSP) enable selfies to transform lives, one smile at a time.
Did you know that every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or palate? This was the main reason Operation Smile Philippines was established in 1982. They started their mission to bring smiles to children with cleft lips through various medical missions and programs for children with this condition, beginning with gathering donations and volunteers and in the process, creating significant changes in these kids’ lives. Its medical volunteers have shared how participating in this cause has made quite an impact in their own lives as well. The foundation has officially been around for 35 years as a non-stock, non-profit later, since its registry in 1988.
Share a selfie and join the advocacy
Last August, ASUS Philippines recently announced its partnership with Operation Smile Philippines at the much-anticipated launch of the ZenFone 4 Series in the local market. In line with its hero tagline, “We Love Selfie & Wefie,” ASUS Philippines’ 10th year anniversary, and together with 35 years of the Operation Smile Philippines, the global tech giant introduced #4theSmile campaign. The said campaign wishes to bring smiles to the 4,500 Filipino children who are born with cleft lips and palates each year, by inviting everyone to contribute and help create smiles.
By joining #4theSmile, each participant will help push further the advocacy that Operation Smile Philippines has been supporting across different countries in the world. With each selfie and wefie taken by any of the ZenFone 4 series that is posted on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #4theSmile, ASUS Philippines will donate and P1.00 to support a medical mission. ASUS Philippines aims to get roughly around the magnanimous number of 1,300,000 selfies and wefies combined before the year ends.
“There is a relationship that exists even between strangers. ASUS Philippines is here to prove just that by turning selfies and wefies into shared moments that go beyond the people within the frame and actually touch other people’s lives for the better,” shares ASUS Philippines Country Manager, George Su, as he echoes their newest campaign philosophy – From ME to WE. “Through this new partnership, we want our selfie-loving audience to take their selfies and wefies to another level by sharing their smiles to brighten the lives of thousands of children with cleft lips and palates, and help bring these children’ssmiles to the world,”
Before the ASUS Zenfone 4 Launch, I was hanging out by myself in SM Mall of Asia. A lot has changed since I’ve last been there (can’t remember when though). The ASUS event would be held in the SMX Convention Center so I found myself walking to S Maison and to Tsujiri Philippines. It was my first time to return to Tsuijiri since it’s opening week.
I was there very early at 10:30-ish AM. It was a different experience vs. the jam-packed opening week). I was naturally the first and only customer at that time. I sat on the green velvety couch feeling very at peace. I love it.
Tsujiri is a dessert place. Careful not to mistakenly order sushi or katsudon. Funny story, a family of six went inside and asked for the lunch menu. HAHA. I was glad they were hungry because I want the place all to myself. I wanted some alone time. 😅
If you know me, you’d know I liked weird food and drinks. Some people do categorize matcha as weird because it’s bitter and green. However, I am absolutely in love with matcha.💗 All forms!
My favorite Tsujiri menu item would be the Tsujiri float (Php 195 for a small cup and 205 for a medium). It’s like a matcha ice cream and an ice blended matcha frappucino had a baby. Yes, the items are a bit pricey but considering the realness of the matcha. It’s definitely worth it. Plus, you’re in S Maison for crying out loud where almost everything is above Php200.
Tip: Bring a light jacket. S Maison really know how to maintain its air-conditioning. It’s like the north pole. Not complaining though. Bring a light jacket so you’d enjoy your matcha ice cream even more.
Are you also in love with matcha? Have you been to Tsujiri Philippines? Share your experience.