Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Have a #HaenimHome

Steam sterilization has been a parenting practice for years, but as much as it is seen to be effective, it has always required much effort, time, and money. Aside from this, the usual drying practices of wiping or air-drying may even invite bacteria back to newly sterilized items; and most conventional steam sterilizers can only fit around six bottles and can only be used for high-grade plastics and metals that are heat resistant. 

These are just some parenting concerns that parents can address by getting the best-selling UV Sterilizer in Asia-Pacific and having a #HaenimHome. 

Haenim can eliminate 99.9% of harmful bacteria that are exposed to its UV-C light. This light destroys nucleic acids and breaks apart germ DNA so they cannot function or reproduce, and the organism dies. Haenim also has 100% Drying Power, ensuring that there is no moisture where bacteria can grow from and parents do not need to wipe or air-dry items. 

Having the biggest capacity in the market and requiring no water or steam means it can disinfect more items. From baby items (like bottles, toys, and books) to personal and household items (like mobile phones, make-up brushes, toothbrushes, and remote controls) —- making this a smart purchase that is perfect for parents who are also just starting to complete their home. 

Being the first and only Smart Sterilizer in the Philippines and being a waterless system, parents can place their unit anywhere in the house. Haenim is also available in six different colors with premium finishes: black, silver, metal silver, pink, green, and blue. Whether they are looking for a classic design or a pop of color, there’s a Haenim for every home. 

A feature-packed Smart Sterilizer is what modern parents need and having a #HaenimHome is now easy because they can get theirs from any of our retails partners: 

My Baby Planet - S&R Commonwealth 
My Baby Planet - Puregold Qi Central 
BabyMama - Ortigas 
BabyMama - Alabang 
BabyMama - BGC

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween Event 2017

I’ve been receiving emails and SMS about Halloween Event this year. But I don’t think my son will be going to any Trick or Treat event because he is now a tween. But let me share the Halloween Events that I know just in case you are looking for one. 

Vivere Hotel “A League of Our Own” 

October 29, 2017 at 10AM-2PM 
Registration: 9AM 
Ticket Price: Php 1,200 nett (Adults) 
Php 1,200 nett (Kids 2 years old and Above) 
Php 840 nett (Kids 0-1 years old)   

Lunch Buffet 
Loot Bag for the Kids 
Entry for the Costume Contest (Costume Contest is open to Parents and kids ages 2 and above) 
Grand Prize: 3 Days and 2 Nights trip to Hong Kong Disneyland for 3 persons (inclusive of accommodation and airfare) 

The Bellevue “BelleBoo Superheroes Party!” 

Dress as your favorite superhero (or create your own!) and get a chance to win 3 days and 2 nights stay at The Bellevue Resort Bohol.

Other prizes include: 
* Overnight stay at The Bellevue Manila with breakfast for 2
* Overnight stay at B Hotel Alabang with breakfast for 2 
* Overnight stay at B Hotel QC with breakfast for 2 

October 28, 2:00 to 5:00 PM at The Bellevue Manila Grand Ballroom. 
Tickets are for sale at Cafe d'Asie for only Php1,100 nett

Crimson Hotel “Heroes and Villains” 

October 28, 2017 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM 
Lunch buffet: P1,514 nett w/ free flowing drinks  
Dinner buffet: P1,729 nett w/ free flowing drinks 

Heroes and Villains Bundle Promos: P1,900 nett includes one (1) ticket to Heroes and Villains Super Halloween morning session 
P2,145 nett includes one (1) ticket to Heroes and Villains Super Halloween afternoon session 

Available on: October 28-31, 2017 
For reservations, call (+63 2) 863 2222 local 1612 or email 

Acacia Hotel “ Pixel City Halloween Party” 

October 31, from 11AM to 2PM! 
P1100 per person FREE 2 years old and below 
Inclusions: Parlor Games Entertainment Heavy Snack Buffet Goody Bags Raffle Prizes Trick or Treat 

Taal Vista Hotel Ghost Hunting at the Ridge 
October 29, 2017 2PM-6PM 

Pico De Loro Cove Monster Mash Halloween
October 28, 2017 3-6PM

F1 Hotel Manila Zombie Bash Halloween Party
October 28, 2017

I will update this list.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

9 Food Photography Secrets Revealed

Foodpanda interviews one of its top-photographers to guarantee glamorous food snaps 

Nowadays, everyone loves taking pictures of their food, whether it’s fiddling with filters to enhance images, or using special lenses for professional results - before actually digging in and enjoying a meal. But according to foodpanda, there are several even simpler tips to ensure masterful food photos without having to buy professional gadgets! 

1. What is considered to be most important when taking food photos?

It’s pretty difficult to pinpoint ‘the most important’ aspect to consider when taking photos of food, because a good photo depends on many factors, from lighting and technique to have an aesthetic eye, and of course the food itself. However, one of the most important things to consider is authenticity and to stay true to your individual style. Once you have your own style, you should stick to it, as it will serve as an expression of your personality.

2. Do you need a professional camera to achieve the above or can you take cool pictures with a smartphone? 

You can certainly achieve all of this with your smartphone! Having a professional camera has great benefits, but you are definitely not limited with a smartphone. If you know what factors to consider when taking pictures, you are guaranteed professional-looking images. You can also always edit pictures with the help of white balance settings or playing with one of the countless photography apps. 

3. Do ingredients play a role in pictures? 

That’s a pretty good question, because it doesn’t cross most people’s minds, but the contents of the dish do play a role in photos. There are many dishes that don’t photograph well, so you need to consider adding fresh ingredients that would enhance the picture. The next time you order food that is not photogenic, consider using fresh ingredients with great colors available in your kitchen. Feel free to arrange them nicely and test the angle.

4. Should you use raw ingredients around the dish in photos. What is the benefit? 

Raw ingredients make for great extra props, especially with foods that don’t photograph well. As mentioned, the addition of raw ingredients make the photo look fresh, while bright colors would make your photos pop. 

5. If a dish looks crowded, will the picture be less appealing? 

Yes, simplicity is key. The plate should be nicely arranged and not in an overwhelming way. To help you envision what that means, think about how you can keep the outer white space of the plate clear. I would suggest to just use a small portion of your meal to take the photo, and then later on enjoy it in its entirety! 

6. What about including hands in the photo? Is that a no-go? 

Adding a human element to your pictures actually makes for a good picture, as it shows viewers that you are taking the picture from your own point of view and creates a sense of presence. You could take a picture holding cutlery, or you could simply lay your hand on the side. Holding ingredients on hand (rosemary, cranberry etc.) is a great idea. Just test the angles and you’re sure to take a perfect shot! 

7. What are the best angles to use when taking food pictures?

Angles are the visual language connecting you and your audience, and my two favourites are the top angle and the front angle. Of course, there a lot of different angles that work, but these are my personal favorite when taking food pictures. 

8. And is there any necessity for professional gadgets? 

If you’re not a professional photographer, it’s not necessary to invest in technical additions. Improvisation couldn’t be easier! Here are some super helpful tips: 

● Decorate - use a wooden board to place your food, white baking paper or paper bag as a background even spread some baking powder around for that extra effect! 
● Use a napkin to take out excess oil from some dishes - oily dishes don’t photograph well and it will taste just the same. 
● Put your food close to a window. Natural lighting is key to the having best pictures. 
● Don’t have a selfie stick to take pictures from a high angle? Stand on a chair! 
● Use styrofoam as a substitute for reflectors, they work wonders!
● Set the focus point correctly on the main dish - simply click on the screen of your mobile phone. 

9. Any obvious tips? Golden rules?  

It might seem obvious, but it needs to be said that you should always keep the plate clean, especially when shooting close-ups. If there are smudges or imperfections, it would make the food look unappealing. Another tip would be to set up your perfect shot before your meal arrives -- food comes last in the composition process. Lastly, an arrangement is a golden rule, as it is the key to a successful picture. 

Food photography ultimately amounts to your interaction with your meal. Specific arrangements, differing camera angles, the use of natural lighting, and the human element are just some of the things to consider. This process takes time and postpones the moment of eventually taking that very first bite of a delicious meal. But the anticipation makes this experience all the greater, so take out your camera and enjoy snapping some cool shots using the above tips. Just don’t let that meal get too cold!