Monday, October 20, 2014

Shakey's Justice League United Party

I'll share with you a secret: I LOVE going to children's parties. The kid-at-heart inside of me just can't outgrow it. I love seeing the kids play games, but my favorite part of it all would probably be all the junk party food.


On the next birthday bash of your kid, wouldn't it be exciting to have a superhero-themed playtime? Even my four year old niece, Daphne, wow-ed at the party theme (as I was writing this post). She got excited and said, "Superman!" "Shakey's!" "Balloons!" and "Superhero!" :D


Shakey’s is now offering the Justice League Unlimited party package, inclusive of signature dishes, activities, and even props that will make the celebration even more special. They even encourage guests to dress up for the party!

Even Wonder Woman was present that day!

The place was decorated so nicely. Look at all the sweets! :3

The kids enjoyed the games! It was fun to watch since they're all so competitive and active. Kids nowadays. :D

 
Prizes and loot bags for the kiddies!

The famous mascots of Shakey's gave a special dance number. I like Pizza Man...

...but I loved this Shakey's Giant Pizza even more.

How could anyone not love this? It's HUGE! :D

I could live on this for days.♥


As for the Shakey’s food packages on Justice League Unlimited, the platter of delights that will be served will surely make tummies happy with complete set meals of favorite menu items from Shakey’s, served buffet-style.


  • For Package A, guests can take pleasure in 1 piece chicken and rice, paired with ice cream and 12oz. iced tea.
  • For Package B, it’s a delectable plate of 1 piece chicken, spaghetti, garlic bread, ice cream, and 12 oz. iced tea. 
  • Package C* is a scrumptious serving of 1 piece chicken, spaghetti, garlic bread, slice of pizza, 2 pieces of mojo, and 12 oz. iced tea.
  • For Package D, it’s a delicious plate of 1 piece chicken, spaghetti, 2 slices of pizza, 2 pieces of mojos, 12 oz. iced tea, and a bowl of creamy mushroom soup on the side.

Bring in the Good Times and celebrate Good Memories at Shakey's! Book your child’s party now and let their favorite superheroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League join for a super memorable celebration! :D

Like Shakey's Philippines on Facebook for more information.

Love,
Helen

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Farewell, lucky citrine!

I've been meaning to write this post for the longest time. I've been putting it off, telling myself that I'm too busy, hence no time to write. I've never been good in writing about my personal life, hence all you see here are reviews. Has anyone noticed?

Anyway, I'll share with you something really personal that happened to me this year.

After 5 years, I'm saying goodbye to lucky citrine.


This citrine bracelet was given to me by my Mom way back May 2009. She bought it (not for cheap) from a Chinese fortune teller. This was supposed to bring me luck, money, the works. I'm not really a superstitious person, but I accepted this gift and wore it for fun. I wouldn't call it a coincidence, but starting that same month, I kept on winning things - mostly from online contests and raffles. The prizes - big or small - mostly consisted of kikay stuff. I then thought, "Hey, this thing could be real." and the more I believed and put my faith in this lucky charm, the more I'd win. I put my trust in it so much that I didn't dare remove it for 5 years. I wore it even when I bathed, even when I slept, even when it didn't match my outfit. There was even an instance, I didn't wear it for a day, and then "bad luck" came to me almost instantly - my wallet got stolen inside the bus. What I had not realized is that I let this simple bracelet play god. I was no different from pagans who worshiped idols, because in my small way, I believed that these stones gave me blessings. (I even named my blog after it.)

Last year, the following verses from Ezekiel 13:18, 20, and 21 spoke to me about my belief:

18 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own.

20 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.

21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

I was convicted and guilty, but I didn't listen. Because my faith in God was weak then, I still let evil take foothold on my spirit.

Early this year, I started regularly attending small group sessions and worship services in church. I realized that if I wanted to really grow as a Christian, I could not "serve two masters" or truly put my faith in God, and still believe in this object. Last June 8, 2014, I let go of lucky citrine. I removed it and gave it back to Mom. She was appalled, asking me what had happened. I simply told her, I didn't believe in it anymore, and that I didn't need it in my life. This might not be really significant for others, but for me it means a lot. After 5 years, I'm free. I've been a slave to luck, and now I'm set free.

Now, I've decided to put my trust in God only. At 25, it's not too late. It is never too late and no one is ever too old to believe in God. I am reminded that everything I have in my life right now is from Him. Every blessing, not just material ones, are all His. I am grateful. I am thankful. Everyday is a gift from God.

 

I come before You today
And there's just one thing that I want to say
Thank You Lord
Thank You Lord

For all You've given to me
For all the blessings I can not see
Thank You Lord
Thank You Lord

With a greatful heart
With a song of praise
With an outstreched arm
I will bless Your name

Thank You Lord
I just wanna thank You Lord
Thank You Lord
I just wanna thank You Lord
Thank You Lord

I no longer believe in luck, because nothing is ever a coincidence. God is omnipresent (everywhere), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful). He is always in control.

Instead of saying "Good luck!", I choose to say "God bless you!"

Love,
Helen 

PS. No, I'm not saying goodbye to my blog, Lucky Citrine. Writing is my passion! Whereas, lucky citrine is simply the bracelet. My friend kidded that I must change my blog to Blessed Citrine, but let's just leave my blog name to that. :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marquee Mall's Big Bite! Food Market Finds

Are you excited for Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival happening tomorrow at Marquee Mall? :D


Big Bite! will feature over 100 food concepts and vendors from all over the North, from Ilocos to Bulacan.


This is a showcase of the best and tastiest food products from their region, like empanada and suka from Ilocos, puto calasiao from Pampanga, bangus from Dagupan, sisig from Pampanga, and more! Each region is well represented with unique offerings.

This is another sneak preview on what you can buy from the Big Bite! Food Market:

Susie's Cuisine Atsara

Cesario's Extra Hot Chili Oil

In My Kitchen Aslam Atbu (Cane Vinegar) and Tuyo Fillet

Navarro's Banana Chips, Pork Chicharon with Laman, and Greaseless Peanuts


I get really excited when I discover new and interesting foodie finds like these!

Don't forget to drop by MarQuee Mall's Big Bite!, the biggest gastronomical festival happening on October 17-19, 2014.

For more information, you may call (045)304-0110 to 11, or follow MarQuee Mall on their social networking sites:
Facebook: MarQuee Mall
Twitter: @MarQueetweets
Instagram: @iloveMarQueemall

Love,
Helen

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lippie Love with Too Cool For School

What better way to start the week with some new lippie appreciation! :D


I've got with me 3 of the many bestsellers from Too Cool For School, a trendy and fun Korean makeup brand. They definitely win when it comes to packaging. Everything's just so cute and quirky! :3

Kiss Time Ice Beam Glass Lip Plumper (P435.00)
Lip gloss that beam with moisture and has dual jelly system that ensures vivid color expressions gives off an illusion of a lipstick.

I think this one's the cutest lip gloss packaging I've seen! It even has a red ribbon as handle. I'm not a huge fan of glosses, but for this cutie I'll make an exception. Plus, it's not a lip gloss; it's a lip plumper after all. (Excuses, excuses!)

Max in Pocket (P605.00)
Pocket-sized lip balm for always vital and moist lips. An essential item with a mirror in the pocket for easy makeup modification at any time.

And I said I don't like lip balms that came in pots...until I met Max who's now in my pocket. Oh, it comes with a mini ball chain, too.

Glam Rock Smoky Nudy Lip Color in Pale Beige (P715.00)
Soft nudie lips to show off dark smoky makeup. Natural nudie color with a skin tone: Moderate nudie natural beige with strong smoky makeup.

While I don't do dark, smoky eyes on a regular basis, the perfect shade of nude lippie is always nice to have at hand. I hope this pretty shade won't wash me out even if I don't pair it with dark eye makeup.

You can find Too Cool For School in the following locations:
  • SM Mall of Asia: Entertainment Mall Level 2
  • SM North EDSA: Main Building Level 2
  • SM BF Paranaque: Ground Floor Main Atrium
  • SM Mega Fashion Hall: Fashion Trade Hall

Like Too Cool For School - Philippines on Facebook for more information.

Which product would you like me to review first? ♥

Love,
Helen

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Marquee Mall's Big Bite! 2: The Northern Food Festival

Filipinos are such foodies. We love to eat and discover new dishes that tickle our fancy. Since food festivals are trending right now, let me share with you something exciting! This weekend, you'll have every reason to visit the province of Pampanga as MarQuee Mall presents Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival on October 17-19, 2014.


Big Bite promises a three-day celebration of all things delicious for everyone - with cooking demos, food art, free food samples, live entertainment, and more!


Early this month, I attended the sneak preview of Big Bite at MarQuee Mall's Activity Center. Here's a preview on what delicious food to expect from the upcoming Big Bite event!

Pako Salad

Swam na Mais

Tuguegarao Longanisa

Ox Tripe and Beef Tail Kare-Kare

Fried Lumpiang Gulay

Bagnet

Binulo Rice

Over 100 best and homegrown food merchants from Region I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region are going to be featured at the food market. From condiments, spices, to coffee and jams, to local favorites such as Ilocos empanada, bagnet, puto calasiao, there is something for every taste bud. Enjoy the food and even bring some home for pasalubong!

My personal favorites were Pako Salad and Bagnet, oh glorious Bagnet, with skin so crispy, and meat so tender!

Betute

Camaro

For the more adventurous eater, how about some Betute (frogs) and Camaro (crickets)?

Chicken Sisig

Bangus Sisig

Pork Sisig (must try!)

What's a visit to Pampanga without trying out Angeles City's major contribution to Philippine cuisine - sisig! Hailed as the best pork dish by the New York Times, sisig has been celebrated in the province for more than 40 years. Traditionally made of pork parts, mixed with spices, and served on a sizzling plate, sisig now comes in other delicious variants. 

To celebrate the country's growing street food scene, Big Bite offers a new aisle on the festival grounds that offer Street Food specials.

Strawberry Taho

Binatog

Canonigo

Palitaw

Cassava Cake

People can't help but flock to these treats in every street corner, from ice scramble to strawberry taho, to binatog (boiled corn with grated coconut and salt), and dirty ice cream.

Art installations by award-winning visual artist Leeroy New and the Pampanga Arts Guild will be on display throughout the festival days.

CAR
Bulo'l Cordillera Rice God
carved styrofoam covered with mountain brown rice

Region I - Ilocos Region
Bojeador Lighthouse
carved styrofoam covered with tobacco leaves

Region II -  Cagayan Valley
Fishing Net with Dried Fish

Region III - Central Luzon
Christmas Lantern
covered with Japanese paper (pastillas wrappers and candies)

Qurales by Leeroy New and Mikai Rodrigo
fondant and baked bread, stainless steel frame, wooden base

How cute are these? :3


Visitors will also have a chance to see their favorite Lifestyle Network chefs up close as they share their culinary skills and talent through live cooking demos.

Classic Sisig

Modern Sisig

During the sneak preview event, we witnessed Tita Mel create the classic sisig, while Chef Sau did the sisig dish with a modern twist.

The festival comes with the Big Buffet promo, where MarQuee Mall shoppers can get free food samples for a minimum P1,000 purchase from any MarQuee Mall merchants.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for MarQuee Mall's Big Bite!, the biggest gastronomical festival happening on October 17-19, 2014.

For more information, you may call (045)304-0110 to 11, or follow MarQuee Mall on their social networking sites:
Facebook: MarQuee Mall
Twitter: @MarQueetweets
Instagram: @iloveMarQueemall

What dish from Big Bite are you most excited to try? :D

Love,
Helen
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