Monday, January 4, 2010

hair in manila contest: win kerastase minis!

One of my greatest frustrations is my hair. It has been unruly ever since it began to "mutate" from stick straight to wavy back when I was in Grade 3. As the years went by, it has become curlier and frizzier that some rude classmates were even calling me "kulot salot." When rebonding came to the Philippine shores, my HS classmates and even teachers urged me to have that treatment because apparently, they were quite bothered by my ugly hair. However, the rebonding treatment only left me with more damaged hair. But despite the damage it causes, I just can't help myself from not getting the treatment since I really don't want to go back to my ugly curly hair, especially now that I am already working.

I've been longing to treat my hair with Kerastase but due to its prohibitive price, I've been postponing such luxury. At last, good souls from Hair in Manila are generous enough to give away a set of Kerastase minis:

Just click this link to know the contest mechanics.

Good luck to us!

I badly need this. :o

Friday, January 1, 2010

where to buy cheap alcohol

My workplace is located in Manila so this gives me the chance to visit various places accessible by LRT Line 1. One of those places is Cash & Carry located along Filmore st. which can be accessed through Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia).

At first, I thought that it was just a haven for imported merchandise (e.g. perfumes, snacks, vitamins, and other toiletries), but through my good friend and co-worker, I learned that this is also a place for cheap wine and alcohol!

Let me share the price list of some of our favorites (rounded up):
  • El Hombre Tequila – Php223
  • Absolut Vodka – Php464
  • Flavored Absolut Vodka (e.g. Kurant, Peach, Mandarin) – Php507
  • Vodka Cruiser – Php65
  • Gilbey’s Premium Gin with Green Tea extract – Php39
  • Bacardi Rum – P373
  • Jagermeister – Php518
  • Jose Cuervo – (500 ml) Php 495; (1L) Php605
  • Patron Tequila – Php2,616
  • Kahlua – Php589
  • Martini – Php415
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Php250/Php520 
  • Margarita – Php540/Php648

not really a beer fan

Although beer is a staple in many get-togethers that I attend, sad to say, I am not a huge fan. There are plenty of reasons that I can think of:

• Beer makes me feel bloated and gassy.

• It takes time to finish a bottle of beer. Hard drinks, on the other hand, only take a gulp.

• You won’t feel the “happy buzz” (as my friend termed it) that you’re looking for after downing just one bottle of beer. Hence, you need to drink more. Consequently, you’ll feel even more bloated.

• You can’t mix anything with beer. You drink it as it is. At least with hard drinks, you can tweak them according to your preference. Since I am only an occasional drinker, I just prefer cocktails because the bitter taste is masked by the fruity or caramel taste.

• I love the heat I get every time I down a shot of a hard drink.

But don’t get me wrong, I also choose to drink beer on certain occasions – when I don’t want to get too drunk, when all my companions are drinking beer, when there’s a new variety of beer available (I love to try out new stuff!), and when there is no other option.