On Bonding and Special Announcement on S&R Members Treat

My little one and I are in Singapore today. Apart from “working” in the morning yesterday, we had around 2 hours free time to go around the mall. I love spending time with Zeeka. Her wit amazes me. She doesn’t talk much most of the time, but when she talks, it surprises me that she can already comprehend a lot of things. Sometimes, I am amazed, too, at how huge her view of the world is already. The simple things that we don’t see, she notices.

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My husband and I have been feeling guilty these past couple of months, since we have been busy with our business. We haven’t spent as much time as we want with her. So this month, starting with this trip, we have decided to bring her to most of our work engagements out of town or out of the country.

I am thankful though, that we have little, simple moments that we share together with each other. We have blocked off moments where we all need to be present. One example is our monthly grocery shopping at S&R. We have been consistent in making this our “bonding” moment.

Here are some videos from our store visits from the past:

Speaking of S&R Membership Club, here is great news for the members! S&R Members will get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R picks – from grocery staples like fresh produce, yummy baked goodies, and imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances.

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S&R currently has 12 branches: BGC (Taguig City), Aseana (Pasay City), Congressional (Quezon City), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Cebu, Pampanga, Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

Aside from low prices matched with a world-class shopping experience, another awesome perk for S&R members is POWER FUEL SAVERS, a partnership with Unioil, the pioneer of high-quality clean fuels in the country. Only on the dates of the S&R Members’ Treat from March 29, 2017 until April 02, 2017, fuel savings will get even bigger at Php 4.00 off per liter of gasoline or Php 3.00 off per liter of diesel at any of the 50 participating Unioil branches.

So will you make your S&R grocery shopping day your “bonding” day, too? 🙂 See you on March 29 then!

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Plans for Summer

Have you noticed how the days have been? it’s been so hot that walking to a place just two blocks away would tempt us to book an Uber of Grab ride. Lately, the weather has successfully tempted me to stay indoors. I love summer, because the weather is a great excuse for sleeping and for me to be lazy. I have been too lazy to jog outside! But summer is supposed to encourage us to go out, have fun under the sun and just relax! So, what do you do? I personally make plans for summer! This summer, I plan to have a cool, sexy, sweet and fun summer!

Have a Cool Summer

Instead of turning on that AC, try making Ice Pops with your little one. This Cuisipro Ice Pop Molds (Php 449.95) is the perfect partner for such activity.

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My husband on the other hand is happy with his Ginger. Well, i’m not just talking about myself; He’s happy with his Shasta Ginger Ale (Php 75). And guess what, it’s Php 75 for 6 bottles of Ginger Ale.

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If you want to feel like you’re in the beach every single day, these two things can help you: Best Way Power Steel Rectangular Pool (Php 25,599.95) and the Ikea Beach Chair (Php 999.95) With these, you can sit on your Ikea beach chair for that perfect tan and cool down after inside the Best Way Power Steel Rectangular Pool. You can even use this Plush Neck Pillow when you want to relax!

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Have a Sexy Summer

If you’re too lazy to run (like me!), try to be healthy and sexy by eating the right kind of food. Here is a list of my favourite “healthy and sexy summer” munchies! All of these are available at &R Membership Shopping Club!

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Ritz Whole Wheat (Pho 150.00)

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Bai Antioxidant Infusion Costa Rica Clementine and Puna Coconut Pineapple

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Hollander Organic Bio Wild Apple and Organic Bio Black Currant (Php 129.95)

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The Daily Crave Veggie Chips (Php 349)

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Filchips Banana Chips (Php 249.95)

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Balconi Cereal (Php 139.00)

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Argo Portable Massage and Exercise Table

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Fratelli Beretta Turkey Breast Ham (Php 1384.00)

Have a Sweet Summer

For those who love sweets and want to enjoy eating this summer, I found some delicious options for you.

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M&M’s Dark Chocolate (Php 269.00) and M&M’s Almond Bag (Php 309)

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Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz (Php 249.95)

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Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza (Php 99 / Php 549)

Have a Fun Summer

Make the most out of this summer and make memories. Let’s all have fun! If you’re with your little one, you can have fun by pumping water inside these balloons.

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Zulu Buncho Balloons

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We also found this gigantic Teddy. This Giant Teddy (Php 10,499.95) will be your ultimate best friend this summer. We used to have a stuffed toy this big when my sister and I were still toddlers. We would sleep on it’s lap, rest our backs and read our favourite books, and play with it all afternoon!

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My daughter is learning how to write. We bought this Curver Monoblock Kids Table (Php 899.95) and Curver Mono block Kids Chair (Php 599.95). She now has her own area for practicing.

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If your child is learning how to swim, he/she will love the SEAC Flipper Goggles and Jr Cap (Php 499.95).
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If you love water games and playing in the pool, these products, the Best Way Inflate a Volley Pool (Php 1929.95) and Cooler Z Lazy River Float Tubes Twin Pack (Php 1399), will make you enjoy summer more!

I hope that my list helped you make plans for summer. I love planning, so for those moms like me, head on to the nearest S&R Membership Club.

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Hotel Quickly App and our F1 Hotel Stay

Last Sunday, we went home at around 10:30 pm. When we arrived, there was enough people in the lobby for it to be mistaken as a refugee camp. I quickly spoke with the receptionist and she mentioned that the building didn’t have electricity since 4:00 pm. It was because some wire broke in one of the streets in BGC which cut electricity for a lot of buildings.

Of course, I knew that it will probably take them some time to replace the wire, so I thought of staying at a nearby hotel. I downloaded an app called Hotel Quickly. Hotel Quickly is a mobile app that let’s you book hotel rooms at amazingly cheap prices. The initial concept was that these rooms were cheap since these were the last available rooms that no one has booked, so the hotels and resorts can sell the rooms for 50-70% off.

Hotel Quickly App

Hotel Quickly App

Download the HOTEL QUICKLY app here: http://bit.ly/gingerhq

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I logged in and saw that a room at F1 Hotel in BGC was down to around Php 4000+ from it’s original price of Php 11K. What a great deal! I booked right away and paid using Paypal. After a few minutes of getting some stuff from the house, we were aboard am Uber to F1 Hotel.

 

 

 

We arrived happy and stress-free because everything was ready!

We arrived happy and stress-free because everything was ready!

 

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We got there at around 11pm. The receptionist just asked for my name and a valid ID, and after a few minutes of waiting, we had the keys to our room. We got a Deluxe Room. Our stay included the use of the following facilities and amenities.

Meetings and Events Facilities
4 level car park
Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas
3 Swimming Pools
Concierge Services
Spa & Wellness Center
24-hour Guest Services
All-Day Dining Restaurant at the 3rd Level
24 hour security
In-Room Dining
24-hour Fitness Hub
Laundry & Valet Service
Babysitting Services
Transportation Service

The next day, we woke up around 8 am and headed over to the 3rd floor to take our breakfast. The food was delicious. They had scrambled eggs, bread, oatmeal, fruits, champorado, sausage, cheese, bacon and a whole lot more! Zeeka loved the food, too!

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After eating, she wanted to play, so we went to the 5th floor, where the reception area and where the play area was! They set up the play area during weekends. It’s located at the Premier Lounge.

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After she played for around 20 minutes, she and her dad went to the pool to swim, while I went to the gym. The pool area wasn’t crowded. Even it was close to noon, that particular area stayed protected from the sun.

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They had a baby pool, an ordinary squarish pool and a lap pool. Zeeka always wanted to be in the lap pool! 🙂

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I had a fun time at the gym. They had three treadmills, a bike and one elliptical cycle machine. They also had dumbbells and  one of those multi-functional equipments. What I loved a out it was that I was the only one there! haha! I loved the privacy.

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So there, we had a great weekend overnight staycation at the F1 Hotel and an amazing experience with the Hotel Quickly app! I’m definitely using this app again. Try it, too! Download it HERE!

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Summer Workshops for Kids from Krispy Kreme Philippines

I can’t believe it! It’s almost summer! For mommies and daddies who are looking for summer workshops for their children, Krispy Kreme Philippines is introducing a series of activities and workshops that your children would love.

They recently renovated their Krispy Kreme’s store in Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, This will be the venue of their fun Easter Hunt on April 16, 2017. This activity is for kids aged 6 to 10 years old. Fun prizes and surprise treats are in store, making it the perfect play date for our kiddie fans.

Krispy Kreme will also have Summer Workshops that will cater to 6- to 12-year olds and will be a combination of fun games and learning sessions. Students will get a chance to learn what it’s like to be on the other side of the counter by being Kiddie Baristas or Doughnut Masters for the day.

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For those parents who want to teach their kids (teens and college students aged 15- to 22-years old) the value of hard work,  there will be a Krispy Kreme’s Summer Job Program. The month-long paid training will see the participants be exposed and immersed in the doughnut and coffee business, arming them with skills and experiences to make their summer break fun and productive.

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With my friend, Sheila Catilo (@SheilaCatilo)

Also, Krispy Kreme will be offering limited edition coupons for doughnuts and coffees in doubles and pairs. Customers may enjoy double treats and delightful pairings of its Original Glazed doughnuts, signature coffee, Baked Creations, and the new Doughnut Holes – round, bite-sized doughnuts that come in different flavors like Matcha, Red Velvet, Churro, Chocolate and more.

“Krispy Kreme always strives to create joyful memories for its customers, and as we know that kids, teens, and their families are regular guests of the brand, we want to offer an experience to them that will be both fun and productive even if it’s the summer break,” shares Sharon T. Fuentebella, Krispy Kreme Philippines Chief Executive Officer. “Plus, with the double treats and pairings of favorites like the Original Glazed doughnuts that we have all come to love, we want to make sure Krispy Kreme is also able to help create delightful experiences families will treasure throughout the years.”

What I love about this is that Krispy Kreme Philippines is encouraging everyone to value fun and joyful experiences. There are are lot of things to be thankful about, and simple things like opportunities to learn, have fun, to relax and to be with family are things to be thankful for. Let’s fill this summer with happiness!

 

About Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. With a flagship store in Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee in the country since 2006. Today, Krispy Kreme has outlets in more than 70 different locations nationwide, with Hot Light stores in Bonifacio High Street, SM Mall of Asia, Greenhills Shopping Center, Baguio, Evia, Cebu IT Park, Bacolod, Limketkai Mall, and The Annex at SM City Davao. To get more information and updates about the brand and its products, you may become a friend of Krispy Kreme by visiting www.krispykreme.com.ph or by liking www.facebook.com/krispykremeph.

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Will Screws Screw You Over?

Discussions in the digital world about taxing robots have been brought up after Bill Gates suggested that idea. He said, “Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.

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Most of us are scared that with new technology (i.e. cars and trucks which drive themselves, when robots assemble gadgets, when robot lawyers defend people with parking tickets, etc.), we will be displaced from our work and livelihood. We will not have anything to do. We will be stripped from things that we have built and things that make us whole (well, at least from our perspective). And sad to say, we equate our worth and built that connection with the work that we do or with the career that we have. We often equate self-worth with our actual jobs and professions.

Hardly do we encounter people who dig deeper into what their life is all about. I’ve seen movies and TV series where successful businessmen allot time for meditation, from Axelrod in the series Billions to Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley. This was also an advice that I got from one of my mentors way back when I was a product manager. Meditation or looking inward makes us see things clearly and makes us focus on what is essential. I guess with the demands of daily life and the responsibilities that we need to do, we lose precious time to think about what we are really meant to do.

When we ask someone about what he or she does, we often tell them our position or designation. I’m the CEO of Manila Workshops or i’m the COO of Taxumo. Related to my previous point, telling them what they can absorb quickly and what we can explain in a concise way, makes sense in the fast-paced world that we live in. We hardly hear people say that they are great moms or great husbands. We also don’t say that we are helping increase the GDP of our country or we are promoting world peace and stopping world hunger. This is obviously something that we don’t share on the onset, because the other person will think that we’re some kind of a psycho or running for office (or both… haha!).  It’s okay not to be blunt about what our mission in life is. We just need to be clear on what our value is. If we are clear on what we can contribute, then there is nothing to be afraid of. And let me tell you this, all of us can contribute something.

Emotional Labor

One of the things that I think robots will not be able to do is emotional labor. Earlier today, I was listening to a podcast about this certain topic. Emotional labor is the process of managing feelings and expressions to fulfil the emotional requirements of a job. More specifically, workers are expected to regulate their emotions during interactions with customers, co-workers and superiors (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_labor). This is something that I think robots will have a hard time doing. Even when some robots or algorithms can actually read sentiments and analyze how people react, it will still be humans who will be able to determine and execute the best possible reaction to a particular sentiment. Managing emotions is complex, since there are a lot of factors to consider and it’s normally different from one individual to the other. This is just one of the things that makes humans valuable.

Change in Perspective

Robots are not our enemies. We have to view new technology as something that will help make our work easier, so that we can concentrate on things that we enjoy. We can focus on things that we love. We can focus on building relationships. We can focus more on self-development and loving life.

I don’t think these screws will screw us over. I think what will screw with us is our own perception of who we are. If we feel that we will not be of any value 10 years or 20 years from now, then we’re screwed.

 

 

 

 

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#LoveSnR during the Love Month

Did you have a sweet Valentine’s Day? Don’t fret because going to S&R Membership Shopping can give you the right amount of sweetness that you crave for! We did our monthly grocery shopping at S&R and I took note of the products that you might be interested in having or in giving this Love Month.

  1. These cookies in these cute bear tin cans can melt anyone’s heart.

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2) Looking for the perfect gift for mom this love month? Check out these three products from Ariete: The Ariete Popcorn Maker at Php 1599 from Php 2199, The Ariete Hotdog Maker at Php 2199 and the Ariete Cotton Candy Maker at Php 3299 from 4299. These stylish and vintage looking equipments are sold at lower prices at S&R.

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3) For mallow lovers, this Trufettes de France Orange Mallow Dark Chocolate – Chocolat Noir will be perfect!

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4) If you have not tried this, you are missing out on life, sister! This Pepero Double Dip is one of my favorites! A big box has 8 packs and I can finish 3 packs in one sitting. This is available at S&R for only Php 299.95.

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5) The Classic Brown & Haley Roca Collection is one of the most loved and sought after chocolates! The boxes includes these two flavors: Almond and Dark Roca.

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6) My daughter loves this! I think other kids will love it, too, since these M&Ms in tubular containers doubles as a wand for them! haha!

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7) This Witor’s Il Boero Chocolate is to die for. In this classy container comes little pieces of chocolate that makes every calorie worth it! Forget about the calories, this dessert is to die for!

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8) Now the first of the simple looking desserts is the Talenti Gelato. The packaging is very simple, but it’s super yummy! Try the Salted Peanut Caramel Ice cream and tell us what you think!

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9) Now, the second very simple looking dessert, but is super yummy, too, is Holly’s Yoghurt. This is also one of my favorites! It’s not too sweet. It had the right amount of tartness. This is something that you must buy!

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10) For those who love milk, lemonade and coffee, these drinks from Califia are amazing. I also love the shape of the bottle! I bought Almond milk and it’s perfect for snacking!

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11) If you’re not one to express feeling through words, then this gigantic cookie may help you out.

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12) For the men in your life, a bottle of wine will show them how much you care!

 

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These are some of things that can make your Love Month sweeter than ever! Head over to S&R and try out these things! Let me know which ones are your favorite by using #LoveSnR and #SnReveryday! Visit the S&R Member Shopping page for more information on discounts and promos!

 

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Why YOU is More Important

Life is complicated. That’s a reality that each one of us needs to accept. My life is not perfect, and it may seem to be, but under the scrutinizing eyes of of someone more mature, they may be able pick out a lot of flaws and imperfections. No matter how much we strive to make our lives perfect, it will never be.

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So, do we just throw in the towel, and live life miserably. No! Of course, not. What makes life exciting and worth living is practically that. We go through life wanting to live it to the fullest (may be not perfect). Each and every breath leads us to things that are new, ideas that haven’t been uncovered, decisions we make that surprise even ourselves.

I was talking to a company last week that mentioned their goal (it was a really great goal), which was to help people achieve success. It truly is wonderful to see a company that aims to achieve that. It was refreshing to see a company go beyond products and services, and to have its main motivation to make it a point that me, their consumer, achieves success. But it got me thinking, do we really know what our own definition of success is.

For the businesses that we create, it may be easier to define. Having a sustainable, profitable business may be it. And to add to that, some of us may even add a higher purpose to what our business is all about. But this is for our business. What about us? We often attach ourselves too much to the business that we have (it’s really hard to separate and some may even say that it’s not really a business but a passion, so it will never be separated), but is the business’ success your own definition of success?

I personally see businesses as a tool to get you to your own definition of success — a means to an end. Some may see traveling the world as their own “end”; being a simple nomad and an advocate of discovery. Others may see living a simple life with no worries surrounded by loved ones as their ultimate dream. Others see that their ultimate “end” is having no end to what they are currently doing, since it’s their passion. It’s something to think about. What is your end? What is your definition of success?

Never forget that what ultimately matters is your own success. Success for me when you are happy with yourself, your choices and how you lived your life. When you are contented with your life, you are successful. You cannot compare your own success with other people, because we all live different lives. You cannot let competition drive you. You have to be your own worst enemy and your own best friend. Motivation will come from no one els, but you.

This is the reason why YOU is the most important thing in this world. Look inside and you’ll find clarity.

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Tupperware Brands Philippines presents Hello Kitty

When my daughter was younger, she had this liking for anything that had Hello Kitty on it. How could you not love Hello Kitty? When I found out that there was a new collection that Tupperware Brands Philippines came out with that had Hello Kitty as their design, I just had to see for myself! I wanted to give it to my daughter as a Valentine’s Day surprise!

This are the things that I got!

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For your little girl, these are the products that we will try!

*image from Tupperware Brands PH

*image from Tupperware Brands PH

First off, they have this set that comes in a lovely fuchsia container. They have the Hello Kitty Kids Plus+ Powder, Hello Kitty Kids Plus+ Cologne and the Hello Kitty Kids Plus + Head-to-Toe Wash. It had a really nice flowery scent that you would love. I’m saying “you” would love, because we all know that we love cuddling and smelling our little toddlers! haha!

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Making toddlers eat their meals is a pain in the ass! Seriously, you need to keep them entertained, distracted, etc. You need to pull off all sorts of stuff just to get them to finish their food. I noticed though that when we eat in restaurants with cute little cutlery sets for children, she eats very well. At home, for the past few days, she’s been eating well ever since she received her own Hello Kitty Dining Plate with matching Cutlery Set. Check out this set in this month’s Tupperware Brand Philippines catalogue: http://bit.ly/MidMonthSpecials

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And of course, we need something “matchy-matchy”. Every mother and daughter pair needs to have at least one item that both of them have. We already have matching clothes, so when I saw this, I really wanted to get both. The black Hello Kitty 425mL Eco Bottle is obviously for me and the red one is for my daughter.

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And for the mommies and big sisters, Tupperware Brands Philippines also has Hello Kitty Eau Fraiche made especially for you. I have the 60ml bottle of Pink, which was this very endearing glass bottle perfume in the form of Hello Kitty. They also have the Blue and Purple scents. It’s a very light frangrance that women-on-the-go (like me) would want.

Here is a short unboxing video or me and my little cutie, Zeeka Eureka!

Let me know if you got any of these things and if you liked it! 🙂

For more details on Tupperware Brands Philippines, you can go to these links:

o FB: facebook.com/TupperwareBrandsPh
o IG: @tupperwarebrandsph
o Website: www.tupperwarebrands.ph

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