ANCHORED 2014 : 3-Day Conference

 "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13 KJV
Join this 3-day conference and know how you can be unshakable in life's storms. 


The Anchored 2014 Conference will be held  on Sept 12 - 14, 2014 at the Mt. Makiling Recreation Center, Batangas. Registration fee is P 3,500.

Workshops to choose from :

DAY 1
Investigating Christianity
Identity: Who Told You That?
Making Your Money Work For You
Groundwork For Dating
Leadership Conversations

DAY 2
Clarifying Your Calling
Getting This Verse Right
Mr. and Mrs. Better Half: An Arranged Marriage
Leadership Conversations

Visit Anchored 2014's Facebook page to know more about this conference. You can also read more about it on my personal blog, Phipay Takes The Stage.


The 2nd International Beauty, Health & Wellness Expo

Gone are the days when we neglect our bodies and just work our asses off. Now, more and more Filipinos are paying attention and focusing on how they can take good care of themselves. This explains the growth in the beauty, health and wellness industry every year.


This coming August 28-30, companies from Japan, Korea, China, Germany and Singapore plus local companies and distributors in the Philippines will join the 2nd International Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo (IBHWEX) at the SMX Convention Center.




IBHWEX aims to create a venue to local buyers / manufacturers / suppliers to meet potential foreign partners / manufacturers or suppliers. The event will also focus on showcasing the newest technologies and products in the beauty and wellness industry that can compete internationally. 

This three-day, five co-located and activity-rich event will focus on beauty, health, wellness, tourism, job and business opportunities that should not be missed!

IBHWEX is welcoming firms big or small to be sponsors, exhibitors or supporters of the event. If you're interested in joining their cause, you can like the Look and Feel Great Event Facebook page or visit the Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo site for more information.

5 Best Philippine Cuisine

Philippine cuisine is one of the most common world cuisines. Its unique flavor, style of preparation and eating customs involve a mixture of different cuisines and techniques including Chinese, Malay, American and Spanish. 

There are many kinds of dishes ranging from simple ones meant to eat at home to the complex ones meant for special events. Most of the dishes are fashioned from fish, beef, pork and vegetables with a healthy serving of freshly cooked rice. If you want a particular food, you must know which regional cuisine to order. There are cuisines from:
  1. Central Philippines
  2. Northern Philippines
  3. Southern Philippines

Here are the top Philippine recipes that have made a name worldwide. And if you're planning to try out some Filipino food (especially if you're trying it for the first time), here are some dishes you might want to order.

1. KARE KARE

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This is a must have cuisine in any Filipino event or restaurant. It is always said that if you have not taken Kare-Kare, then you equally have not had Philippine cuisine. To enjoy it more, serve with bagoong (shrimp or fish paste). This dish consists of a sumptuous mixture of:
  • Vegetables (includes eggplant, beans, etc.)
  • Ox tail  (usually those from a cow's stomach)
  • Peanut sauce
  • Small pieces of pork


2. ADOBO

Photo Source: Wikipedia

While Americans have the burger, Filipinos  have the "Adobo". This is a simple but delicious dish, which is prepared using simple but well-balanced ingredients including 
  • Pork and or chicken
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce and vinegar
  • Deep fried meat that is shredded if you want Adobo Flakes


3. PORK MENUDO

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You will never miss this dish in any Filipino gathering. When you order this Philippine cuisine, you must be particular about which regional cuisine because different regions tend to prepare pork menudo in various ways. However, all of the variations are mouth-watering. Most of the recipes will include: 
  • Hotdogs
  • Vegetables including Garbanzos, potatoes and carrots
  • Green peas
  • Dried raisins
  • Tomato Sauce


4. Pancit Molo (Mob o Soup)

Photo Source: Angsarap.net

Ever tasted the Chinese wonton soup? This Philippine delicacy resembles that Molo soup is a mixture of the following ingredients.
  • Shredded chicken
  • Shrimps
  • Grounded pork that is wrapped in wonton.

Filipinos usually top the soup with garlic, green onions or freshly squeezed calamansi. It is funny how this dish is called "Pancit" yet it contains no noodles.

5. Inihaw Na Liempo (Grilled Pork Belly)


As the name suggests, preparation of this dish is not hard. With the delicious taste, you do not need any cutlery to eat Inihaw Na Liempo. To complement the taste, add eggplant salad and some vinegar. The best way to eat is using the "kamayan" way, which is the culture of eating using your bare hands. This is common in the Philippines and almost all foods are eaten this way.

These are just the five cuisines which top the list. Of course there are many other dishes that will get you licking your fingers especially if you eat the "kamayan" way.

Author Bio:

Scott Archer is a Passionate blogger. He works on behalf of Turkish visa. He has been writing contents on the web professionally since 2006. As an avid reader and blogger, he shares his experience through his articles on Travel, Education, Technology, Parenting and many more.

Fifth PBEX to Kick Off Today to Encourage People to do Business

Sick and tired of being employed but unable to leave your current job because of financial obligations? Or are you interested in building an extra stream of income to improve your lifestyle? Then putting up a business might be something you can explore.

Most Filipinos usually dream of having their own business, often times as a source of income once they decide to retire. But the problem is, most people don’t know where to start. Luckily there are organizations such as the Philippine Business and Entrepreneur’s Expo (PBEX) that are willing to help ordinary people choose and start a business.


In fact, PBEX is holding a trade show today until the 27th of July at the SM Megatrade Hall 2 in SM Megamall. The trade show will feature various participants from different industries including those from the Automotive, franchising, food manufacturing, direct selling, import and distribution, and technology sectors.

“The objective of this Expo is to cultivate and nurture the small and medium enterprise industry and tap the entrepreneurial spirit of every Filipino” – Mitch Ballesteros, CEO of Ex-Link Events

The Expo will also include SME technologies on E-Commerce Aurum Pay Technologies, Ansi Information Systems, PLDT and Transpo Negosyo Exhibit featuring cars from Kia, Chevrolet and Nissan.

There will also be seminar activities designed to educate, enhance and guide visitors on how to make their dream business a reality. Topics to be discussed on the seminar include “Marketing Your Advocacy”, “Greentrepreneurship” and “Dealing with Government Regulations” to name a few.

“There will also be a Social Enterprise Forum to harness the ideal characteristics of a Social Entrepreneur, a raffle and entertainment in between seminars and talks for the Expo visitors. Freebies will also be given away to our first 500 Expo visitors”

If you’re free tomorrow until this coming weekend, just go to the Megatrade Hall 2 in SM Megamall and attend PBEX. Admission is free so we suggest to maximize the opportunity to make your dreams come true.

If you have any questions or inquiries about PBEX, you may contact Ex-Link events at 6433887, 6437760 or 09209242532 or log on to www.philippinebusinessentrepreneursexpo.com

The Perfect Gift for My Perfect Dad on Father’s Day


Give dad the best gift there is because he simply deserves nothing but a recliner made by the premium USA brand, La-Z-Boy. With top-rate padding, resilient cushions, wear-tested fabrics and state-of-the-art frame construction, relaxation is just a blink away. Find the recliner that suits your dad’s style and let him have the perfect gift on his special day.

Anderson Leather

Make ordinary rest days extraordinary and experience the classic comfort offered by the Anderson recliner. Feel rejuvenized after spending a few minutes sitting on this recliner. Give dad the relaxation he needs and go for this classic beauty. 



Stylista

Looking for a cutting-edge gift for your modern dad? The Norman recliner has a contemporary design that will liven up any space. It is not just a beautiful home accent. It is a relaxation tool that can help relieve stress after a hard days work. Give this to dad and he’ll surely thank you for the wonderful gift.


Power XR

Recline with a touch of a button with the Power XR. Equipped with a remote control that gives dad absolute convenience, this recliner is perfect for tech savvy fathers. It is truly comfortable! Experience relaxation at its finest and surprise dad with this worthwhile present. 


More Fun in Clubbing with Guestlist.ph

A first of its kind App for Clubbing is launched for Android users on 16 May 2014 at Imperial Ice Bar at The Fort Strip.

Guestlist.ph answers partygoers’ main challenge that is being able to have their names listed for access to the hottest clubs in town. It is challenging to find the right connection for VIP listing and even more painstaking to line up in queue but end up not on the guest list.

Founder and CEO of Guestlist.ph, Ron Baetiong started Guestlist.ph as a thesis; and then presented this business idea to Kickstart Ventures. However, he failed twice. A man of perseverance believing he will change the landscape of partying, Ron improved his craft and on his third attempt, Guestlist.ph successfully secured funding.

At the Android App launch, Ron walks the audience through how partying is made easy by this App.
It only takes 5 easy steps to register on Guestlist Android App and you are out to conquer the night.

Step 1: Download Guestlist from Android Playstore for free
Step 2: Sign-up with your Facebook Account
Step 3: Choose your subscription/membership
Step 4: Choose your party from the partner clubs
Step 5: Join the fun

Guestlist.ph currently has 18 Club partners. Its VIP Membership comes in three packages: (1) Silver VIP – all access pass to all clubs in North of Manila (2) Gold VIP – all access pass to all clubs in South of Manila and (3) Platinum VIP – all access to all clubs featured on Guestlist.ph plus exclusive parties. Subscription rates starts at Php499.



Guestlist.ph is not just about access; more features will be added to the mobile app such as table reservations, pre-order of drinks, and party rewards. Ron is exuberant to make partying like a VIP seamless, easy and fun. 

This post was contributed by Ania del Rosario of Maskiunu.

Filipinos Impress at the 8th Asian Film Awards


Last week, a couple of Filipinos made an impression at the recently concluded Asian Film Awards held at the Dancing Water Theatre in Macau, China.


For starters, our very own Eugene Domingo stood alongside some of Asia’s cinematic superstars as she was one of the presenters during the event. And on top of that, she was also nominated for a best actress award for her role in Barber’s Tales. And although the award for best actress was snagged by Zhang Ziyi for the film The Grandmaster, Eugene Domingo joined the audience in congratulating Ziyi’s win.


The Filipino-related film Ilo Ilo’s Yeo Yann Yann also took the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the said film. The movie is based on the story of a Singaporean family’s relationship with a Filipina maid, played by Filipina actress Angeli Bayani.


The Complete Awards list are as follows:
  • Lifetime Achievement: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Best Film: The Grandmaster
  • Best Director: Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster
  • Best Actor: Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox
  • Best Actress: Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster
  • Best Newcomer: Jiang Shuying, So Young
  • Best Supporting Actor: Huang Bo, No Man’s Land
  • Best supporting actress: Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo
  • Best Screenwriter: Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox
  • Best Cinematographer: Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
  • Best Production Designer: William Chang Suk Ping, Alfred Yau Wai Ming, The Grandmaster
  • Best Composer: Nathaniel Mechaly, Umebayashi Shigeru, The Grandmaster
  • Best Editor: Shin Min-kyung, Cold Eyes
  • Best Visual Effects: Jung Sung-jin, Mr Go
  • Best Costume designer: William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster

Travel Overview: Life in Barbados (Infographic)

Travellers who are looking for that authentic Caribbean experience should definitely consider going to the island state Barbados. The 432 square kilometre island country that sits a few kilometres off the Caribbean Sea is one of the most developed pieces of land in the area and is a popular tourist destination that has climate similar to the one we have in the Philippines, making it a bit closer to home than other tourist destinations we’ve talked about before.


Here’s an infographic showing the different things you can do while at Barbados. 

  Exceptional Barbados Infographic

RIDING TAXIS as a tourist: Now more fun and easy in the Philippines

Tourists are common targets of crimes and abuses. Especially when you’re in a rush or unfamiliar with commuting, you can be easily compelled to take taxi cabs that charge excessive rates. Good news: a new mobile application allows you to order a taxi fast and easy, while still following the regular taxi meter rate. 

What’s more, the taxi drivers are registered and trained for a more secure and hospitable riding experience.

Easy Taxi is a FREE downloadable application that delivers the nearest registered taxi anywhere in Manila, in just a few clicks of your Android phone, iPhone, Blackberry 10 phone, or Windows computer. In just three steps, you can have an exclusive taxi service without feeling robbed by excessive fees. 


First, download the application from www.easytaxi.com. You can also order a taxi on the same website without downloading the application. When the application is active it can automatically map your phone or computer’s address. 

Second, confirm your current location by typing your name, mobile number, and preferred pick up location. You can click “call taxi now” to place your order, or “add to favorite” to save the location for future transactions. 

Third, wait for the Easy Taxi message saying “your taxi is on the way” that includes the taxi driver’s details like full name, photo, car model, and plate number. Your taxi will arrive in a few minutes at your chosen pickup point. 

The Easy Taxi customer service will call a few times to update you about the driver’s location. Through the application, you can also save the taxi driver history, and track your taxi approaching in real time. For just 70PHP booking fee added on top of the regular taxi meter rate, you get a friendly, English-speaking, trustworthy driver armed with a GPS smart phone and a 24/7 customer support team to tour you around the city. 

Easy Taxi is the world’s largest taxi-hailing application, operating in 17 countries and over 50 cities worldwide. This means that you can use the same application in over 50 cities, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and more Southeast Asian cities in the future. Easy Taxi follows international business models but has a local advocacy of improving the image of the Philippine transportation industry as safe, modern, and efficient. 


Even the core values are very Filipino such as building positive driver-passenger and employer-employee relationships. Easy Taxi helps educate drivers on technology use, hospitality, and self-improvement. Just last week, Easy Taxi organized a basketball tournament for taxi drivers with professional players from the Philippine Basketball Association. 

Unlike in other countries where the booking fee is shouldered by drivers, booking fee in the Philippines is paid by passengers and taxi companies, another big help for drivers who usually just rent their cab units. Easy Taxi’s philosophy of “happy drivers equals happy customers” will surely make any city smile.

Easy Taxi is perfect for tourists in Manila and frequent travelers especially in Southeast Asia who want safe, fast, and easy, transportation, not to mention reliable taxi driver friends in Manila they can call anytime, anywhere. 

This article was contributed by Kerby Maca

Asus Announces New PadFone Smartphone


Asus today announced the mid-range smartphone that completes its PadFone range – the new Asus PadFone E.

The smartphone hybrid features a 4.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip with a 1.4GHz Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP LED-enabled camera at the back and a 1820mAh battery.


The device will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and just like the PadFone Infinity and PadFone Mini will come with a dock that transforms the smartphone into a tablet. The PadFone E’s dock boasts a 10.1-inch 720p display, a 1MP front-facing camera and a 5000mAh battery.

The Asus PadFone E will come in either Black or Pearl White for $560 starting in Taiwan. 

Infographic: Why Smartwatches Will Time Out


So we've all seen how big names in the tech industry have tried to get a smartwatch or smart band lately. And even though  the technology is relatively new and not that practical at the moment, it looks like more companies are soon to follow this emerging trend. But is the hype about smartwatches actually worth something or will this gadget's time run out even before it hits the mass market? Here's an infographic by our friends from dpfoc and their take on smartwatches.

smart-watches

Amazing Foods to Energise You After a Workout

When you have a morning workout you need to provide your body with fuel. While exercising the body is robbed from its protein, carbohydrates and fluids.  The supplies of nutrients you have stored in your system will be depleted and if you don’t eat well after working out you will run out of energy and feel shattered for the rest of the day, defeating the point of exercise in the first place.


When to Eat
Eat some food within half an hour of finishing your exercise routine.  It’s a good idea to eat this soon as you will be able to absorb all the nutrients quickly and feel the benefits.  If you’ve been avoiding eating after your exercise in the morning and noticed that it leaves you lacking in strength and energy read on to learn about some excellent foods to add to your diet, all of which are perfect for consuming after working out hard in the gym or at home.

Avocado Goodness
Avocado is perfect as it has amazing nutrients you’re going to really appreciate. You will be feeding yourself a great source of:
  • Saturated fat
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Folic acid
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Potassium

The potassium is beneficial as it will work to regulate your blood pressure. Avocado is a great energy booster too, so you’ll feel ready to take on the rest of the day and even your second exercise routine in the evening.

Healthy Cereals
Cereals that are not loaded with sugars are ideal to eat as they help replenish your muscle energy stores. Cereals are full of carbohydrates and protein, both of which are useful as they help cellular energy metabolism.  As you eat cereal with milk you add an additional source of protein too, helping your muscles to repair and recover from the strenuous activity.

Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are one of life’s little superfoods.  When you eat sweet potatoes you’re feeding your body:
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Beta-carotene
  • Dietary fibre

The sweet potato will replace the glycogen levels in your body which drop after a workout, thanks to it being a complex carb.

Salmon for Energy
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and these are amazing at helping you to recover and feel energised, giving you the lift you need to continue your day with energy. In addition to the fatty acids you’ll also benefit from the:
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D

You’ll have an abundance of energy thanks to the great vitamins in the fish and you can also benefit from the properties in the salmon that help the body to regulate its insulin.

Omelette Power
Omelettes are an amazing post-workout food. Egg whites have an abundance of vitamins along with proteins and amino acids, perfect especially if you’re working on increasing your muscle mass. That’s why those focusing on building muscle always include egg whites into their diets. The amino acids in the egg are ideal as after an intense workout they will help to repair any damaged tissue. You can buy egg whites so there’s no need to eat the yolk, beneficial if you’re watching your cholesterol.

Linda's Kitchen: Turkey Potpie

After a few weeks in hiaitus, we're back again in Linda's kitchen to give you another mouth-watering recipe for you to enjoy especally this holiday season. Today we'll be bringing to you the last turkey recipe we have for this series - turkey potpie.



INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups all- purpose flour
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons for water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter


For the filling:
  • 1 cup peeled potates, cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup onion
  • ½ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 –  ½ cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons all- purpose flour


INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Mix flour and salt using a food processor. Let it pulse to blend. In the mixture, include cheese and pulse again to develop fine crumbs.
  2. Butter and shortening should be added to form coarse crumbs from the mixture.
  3. Pour water carefully into the mixture while processing. Keep the water coming until the dough can be formed into a ball.
  4. Make two balls with the dough, one larger than the other.  Use plastic wrap to cover the two dough balls. 30 minutes of refrigeration are required
  5. While waiting, prepare a saucepan and get started with the filling. 5 minutes are needed to saute the following in butter: celery, carrots, potatoes and onions. After this, include garlic in the mix and cook for another minute.
  6. Cook the vegetables into the broth for at least 10 minutes until the ingredients are tender.
  7. Mix flour and milk. Pour this into the vegetables in the saucepan. Boil and cook the mixture for 2 minutes, or wait for it to thicken.
  8. Stir the mixture and gradually add the remaining items in the filling ingredients. 5 minutes of simmering is needed.
  9. Retrieve the larger dough ball and knead it to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Trim the dough and pour the hot turkey mixture in the crust. Get the smaller ball and roll it on top of the mixture to cover the pie.
  10. Seal the edges. Flute if necessary.
  11. Make decorative cutouts if you have specialized cutters for pies.
  12. Put the pie plate in the oven and bake at 350 degreesCelsius. A total of 35 – 40 minutes is needed to get the right golden brown crusting.

About the Author
Linda Rosario is a blogger from chefneeds.com “The Kitchen Every Chef Needs”. Linda loves painting and cooking. She also has a small pastry shop.

Timex: Hero of Timeless Watch Designs

Time pieces have always been an important piece of history and human culture. It not only tells us time, but more importantly, it also reminds us of what needs to be done in order to move forward. That’s why it’s important for everyone to have their own watch to help keep track time.


For most people, the watch they own is a representation of their personality, basically embodying the term “you are what you wear”. For me, I’d like to believe that I’m a person who pushes for innovation but still draws inspiration from the successes and experiences of past generations – like the kind of person that combines the ground-breaking and timeless designs. But so far in terms of time pieces, I don’t see many brands that follow the same perspective.

In the past century, the watch has gone through various makeovers and has incorporated various new technologies to become more than just an object that tells time. But it’s very seldom that you see a watch design that apart from being innovative retains the classic and timeless designs of the past. The ones that do have remained untouchable and remain exclusive to the ultra-rich.

Timex is one watch maker that has managed to create a product with innovative features with a timeless design and something that wouldn’t necessarily break your bank. Timex’s Adventure Series Linear Indicator Chronograph with Intelligent Quartz technology is one such example of the many pieces in the company’s line-up that possesses such qualities.

The watch delivers ingenious solutions to consumers with redesigned dials in neon colours, water resistance up to 100M as well as chronograph and calendar functionality and yet it exudes a classic style with a stainless steel case with black finish that features engraved numbers and labels.



And unlike those watches from Switzerland, the Timex Adventure Series Linear Indicator Chronograph doesn’t cost millions. It has a suggested retail price of Php13,790, which is actually an acceptable price for something that offers the best of both worlds in terms of design and functionality.

MSOS: Maybank Credit Card’s Secure Online Shopping Facility (Sponsored)


The internet has certainly changed the way people live their lives. Using the internet, people have now access to massive amounts of information that has allowed different industries to flourish at a rate never before seen in history. One such industry is the retail business sector thanks to the rise of online shopping. 



When stores started offering their products online, the internet has become a great place to find great deals on products and services that are often limited by time and quantity.

However, rampant incidences of identity theft and fraudulent online transactions have pushed consumers to be wary of doing business on the internet, especially those that require the use of credit cards or the submission of sensitive financial information.

Fortunately, one bank is aiming to overcome this vulnerability. With Maybank Secure Online Shopping (MSOS), Maybank card holders are encouraged not to miss out any opportunities of having adventures, creating memories or discovering new things by providing a safe and secure solution for shopping online.

Essentially, the system works relatively in the same way as the two-step verification system that is employed by a lot of companies nowadays. When a Maybank credit cardholder checks out after making a purchase online, the user will be asked to fill in some necessary details and be directed to an authentication page.

A One-Time password will be generated for the transaction and will be sent to the user’s registered mobile phone number within 30-45 seconds. The user can then use this password (one-time-password will only be valid for 5 minutes) to finalize the purchase.

The service is totally free and the Maybank credit cardholder just needs to be sure if his/her current mobile phone number is registered. In case consumers need to update their number for any particular reason or enrol their supplementary cardholders’ numbers, the user simply need to call the bank’s 24/7 customer service hotline at +63 2 588 3888 or PLDT Domestic Toll Free numbers at 1-800-10-588-3888.

 

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