Thursday, January 28, 2016

SM City North EDSA: A New Light of Prosperity Exhibit Launch + My Chinese Caligraphy and Painting Workshop Experience

Hey Guys!

Last January 24, I was invited at SM City North EDSA for a Chinese Caligraphy and Painting Workshop and also for the launch of their first activity for the coming Chinese New Year; An exhibit of over 100 hand-painted lanterns by the notable Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students. The exhibit is called A New Light of Prosperity.

Lanterns are known as Traditional decoration for the Chinese culture and are being widely used in grand celebrations. SM City North EDSA presents a grand collection of these beautiful hand-painted lanterns as a wish for a bright future.

Here are some photos of my favorite lanterns from the exhibit.

Dr.Alex Chan Lim started the program by giving some details about the Lanterns featured in the Exhibit and the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students.

*Featuring works from 35 artists, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students exhibits more than 1,000 artworks every year in different venues across the country.

*The Chan Lim Family of Artists has been actively involved in the arts for more than four decades now.

*The family patriarch, Chan Lim, has dabbled in Western art, specializing in Oil and Watercolors. Bound by their passion with arts, the Chan Lim family of artists has conducted numerous art classes, workshops, seminars, and on-the-spot painting demonstrations. The have joined several art exhibits locally and internationally. To date, the family has staged fourteen family painting exhibits.

*The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today, and is sought after in this field. Art classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City. Their paintings can be found in private collections here and abroad.

Before the workshop, Dr.Alex also did an on-the-spot Chinese Painting demo for us.

I'm really amazed by his painting skills.

He paints on rice paper using a Chinese brush and Watercolor.

The Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra played a few Chinese songs when the workshop started.

My first ever Chinese Painting!

I really enjoyed the workshop and I learned alot. At first, I had a hard time learning the basics, I'm used to painting using acrylics, so painting using chinese ink and watercolor is a challenge for me. I'm really thankful for Ms.Ella who was my Chinese Painting teacher that day, she's a part of Chan Lim family of Artists and Students.

Here are more photos from the launch.
Amazing painting by Chan Lim

The Chinese Lantern Exhibit is located at The Block Atrium, SM City North EDSA and will run from January 24 to February 11, 2016.

For my fellow shopaholics out there, I think this weekend is the best time to drop by at SM City North EDSA because aside from the amazing Chinese Lantern Exhibit, There's the Great Northern Sale that started today, it's until the 31st, so it's like hitting 2 birds with 1 stone! Hehe!

SM City North EDSA's Chinese New Year celebration continues with other exciting activities such as Chinese musical performances, oriental market, astrological readings, and a dragon dance.

You can find more details by visiting the ff. SNS accounts;
SM City North EDSA

Chan Lim

And that's it for today!

'till next time!

Paula ;)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Starbucks Espresso Confections Available Starting Today!

Hi everyone!

Calling all my fellow Starbucks Lovers out there!

Starting today, January 8, 2016 in celebration of a new year, Starbucks will be be offering 2 new beverage from their Espresso Confections.
These new beverages were inspired by the treats found in a box of chocolates.

First is Chestnut White Chocolate Truffle
Starbucks's signature espresso and steamed milk combined with a decadent white chocolate chesenut sauce and finished with whipped cream and chesnut drizzle.

Short - P 135
Tall - P 145
Grande - P 160
Venti - P 170

The second drink is their Strawberry Red Velvet Mocha
A deliciously rich red velvet sauce combined with mocha, steamed milk, their signature espresso and lovingly topped with cheesecake whipped cream, and lightly sprinkled with real strawberry bits.

Short - P 145
Tall - P 155
Grande - P 170
Venti - P 180

Both drinks will also be available as Frappuccino® Blended Beverage.

And that's it! I'm really excited to try the Strawberry Red Velvet Mocha!  Starbucks Espresso Confections will be available until February 22, 2016.

'till next time!

Paula ;)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Shell V-Power Nitro+ ends the year with their Choose Excitement Challenge

Hi everyone!

First of all, I want to greet all of you a Happy New Year! :*

Oh-ow! I scheduled this to be posted more than I week ago but I think something went wrong with blogger because it's still a draft *facepalm*.. ugh.. this (and a few more scheduled post T-T) is the first thing that I saw when I logged in to blogger just a few hours after I arrived from my week long vacation. Anyway, enough of me ranting about this, I still want to share to you my experience at the Choose Excitement Challenge even if it's a bit late.. hehe.. here you go!

In the 365 days in a year, any ordinary day can turn out to be filled with pleasant surprises. Unknown to some, these pleasant surprises can be claimed in exploring paths and finding new discoveries on the road. As the year 2015 comes to a close, Pilipinas Shell encourages motorists to claim the exciting drives they deserve with their premium performance fuel, Shell V-Power Nitro+.

“As we celebrate the coming yuletide season and mark the wonderful memories of this year, we Filipinos also deserve to revel in the simple joys and exceptional adventures on the road,” said Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail, Anthony Lawrence Yam. “More than getting to destinations, we share the passion of Filipino motorists in giving their vehicles utmost care in fueling their exciting drives.”

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Pilipinas Shell to participate at their Choose Excitement Challenge.
On site, we were asked to form a team of 3-4, I teamed up with 3 fellow bloggers;
From left to right: Me :)
°Mommy Lariza of
°Krystaline of
and ° Dianne of

We named our team the S-girls (shell girls) hehe.

Performance that excites
Fervent in educating motorists about the two performance-robbing threats, gunk and corrosion, Shell continues to showcase how Shell V-Power Nitro+ can help Filipino motorists bring their exciting drives to life. Road warriors continue to win against the double threats to their engine’s performance with Shell’s latest generation of premium performance fuels, Shell V-Power Nitro+.
Known for its commitment to innovation and technology, Shell developed an immersive 360-degree visual experience using the Gear VR technology. As an integrated educational tool to share to motorists about the two performance-robbing threats that can occur inside an engine, this experience took the audience on a journey inside the engine to learn about the performance benefits of using Shell V-Power Nitro+.

From a virtual reality experience, to an adrenaline-filled activity, Shell V-Power Nitro+ demonstrated the rush of excitement as it launched the Choose Excitement Challenge to the media. In this thrilling dare, different media personalities put their wit to the test as they unraveled clues and solved puzzles in a specially designed truck to find the missing formula of Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel.

We were able to finish the challenge after 19mins. and something(sorry I can't remember :p) seconds.. hehe.
I really had fun solving all the puzzles inside the truck, I also learned alot about Shell V-Power Nitro+ throughout the challenge.

Here's another photo of me plus my amazing teamates.

On the road
In escaping the terror of gunk and corrosion in the room, the same victory can be felt by motorists who fuel their engines with Shell V-Power Nitro+ fuels, Shell’s premium performance fuels designed to fight gunk and corrosion. Gunk or engine deposit is a battle that motorists face every day. The use of lower class fuels can cause gunk to build-up on critical fuel system components like the diesel fuel injectors—which can rob engines of power.
Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel is formulated with powerful cleaning agents that help remove engine deposits or gunk and is also designed to protect engines’ fuel system with an anti-corrosion component that forms a protective film on metal surfaces. This helps prevent corrosion tendency and helps to protect precision fuel system components.
Regular maintenance for motorists can be as challenging as unraveling a mystery. Beyond regular maintenance, the daily use of premium quality fuels can bring road warriors a thrilling experience on the road. With a well-maintained vehicle, conquering uphill tracks, rough terrains, and even the bustling city streets becomes a piece of cake. Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel helps motorists reclaim their engine’s performanc as they make their thrilling road adventures come to life.

“We want our customers to make every mile a moment before the year comes to a close by claiming their extraordinary road adventure they deserve. With Shell’s best ever premium performance diesel, Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel, we want our customers to win against the threats that can hamper their engine’s performance,” said Yam.
So whether Filipino drivers fill up their cars with Shell V-Power Nitro+ Gasoline, Ferrari’s choice for improved performance, Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel, Shell’s best ever premium performance diesel, or Shell V-Power Nitro+ Racing, Shell’s top performance gasoline, Shell V-Power Nitro+ encourages Filipino motorists to bring their exciting drives to life. 
For more information on Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel, log-on to

And that's it for today!
Again, Happy New Year Everyone!

'till next time!

Paula ;)