Wednesday, October 28, 2015

On Dips & Sauces From Lea &Perrins Philippines

Dips and sauces are part of my grocery must haves. You can bring out the flavorful taste of your cooked meals by adding dips and sauces. Although, some of the brands in the market can be expensive and can hurt your budget, there are packets and sachets that you can try. And to my surprise, a package full of bottles of dips and sauces came yesterday. These are free bottles of sauces and dips!

Lea & Perrins sent us our prize from their Facebook contest last month and the pack consists of:
  • 1- 300ml Lea & Perrins The Original & Geniune Worcestershire Sauce 
  • 1- 150 ml Lea & Perrins Worlds Famous Brand Hot Pepper Sauce 
  • 1- 225grams The Original HP Sauce 
  • 1- 300grams Heinz Tomato Ketchup 
  • 1- Lea & Perrin canvas tote bag.
I think I just saved nearly around Php500 for these goodies from Lea & Perrins. 
Check out their Facebook page for more updates and contest which you can join and who knows you might win some bottles of goodness. :)

What is your favorite dips or sauce from Lea Perrins? 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Foss Coffee To Go!

Coffee has always been a hit beverage for me and my son, as for my daughter sometimes I allow her to take a few sip just to taste and be familiar with coffee taste. 
There is a new coffee stall inside Harbor Point mall that named Foss Coffee. It's a to go coffee stall that serves ice blended coffee and ice blended cream.
All their blended drinks are priced at P55.00 each.
There was a line of people ordering for their drinks when we went there and we got our orders around 15-20 minutes.

We've tried the Caramel Machiato, Java Chips and the Chocolate Chips. 

All the drinks we ordered was too sweet to taste, specially when the ice melted. The coffee taste was just right, I was expecting more caffeine taste but the sweetness over powered the taste of the coffee. 
My kids did not finish the whole cup because they complain the same thing. 
I guess the time I visit the store I can request to lessen the sugar syrup if possible. 

Check out Foss Coffee
Harbor Point Mall-Subic
2nd floor of the Activity Center. or to any of their 60 branches nationwide.

***this is not a paid post, the drink was purchased by me. 

Surprise Pantene Goodies from Belle de Jour

Pantene #DoItAllHair #DoItAllBellaPantene's New Pro-V Core Active formula
penetrates deeper into the core and gives you STRONGER,SHINIER hair inside out!
With stronger, shinier hair from core, you can DO IT ALL.

I am a fan of Pantene hair care line, from shampoo to conditioners especially this Pantene PRO-3 minute miracle conditioner. It really works wonder and the tagline 3-minute miracle says it all. 
For the past several weeks I have seen this Pantene set all-over my feed on all my social media accounts with the campaign #DoItAllHair, #DoItAllBella.
Yesterday, I received a package and what's inside these lovely bottles of Pantene! 
  • 1-70ml Pantene PRO-V Shampoo
  • 1-75ml Pantene PRO-V Conditioner
  • 1-70ml Pantene PRO-V 3minute miracle Conditioner

I have tried and tested the product some the sample tubes and bottles I got online and also from my purchases from stores and supermarkets. 

Definitely a hair care line that matches the Filipina and Asian hair type. Compared to other brands of hair care in the market, Pantene is a little expensive, their shampoo and conditioners can be bought in single sachets if you are on a budget. For this tubes, I received it can last for a week, plus it came with a reusable white zipper-mesh bag. I am excited to again experience the miracle of Pantene. Thank you BDJ and Pantene!

Have you tried this Pantene hair care line, especially the 3-minute miracle? What do you love about it? Hit me a comment below and let's share the experience with Pantene. :) 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Excessive Black/Noir Review

Opening a new brand of make-up always excites me, even more when trying it for the first time. 
My friend B from the US sent me a care package including a kit of Lancôme products. This includes Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Excessive Black/Noir. Since my Shawill mascara dried and died out already after several months of use, time to open a new tube. 
Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Excessive Black/Noir (4ml- 0.135fl.oz tube)

The brush is a little angled unlike the usual straight brush mascara. It also has a distinct smell which is very tolerable. The content is not to shiny and it is not so watery in texture.

Since, I have thin and short eye lashes (yep I was not so blessed with beautiful long eye lashes... poor me.), I always have a tube of mascara in my make-up kit, whether a full size mascara tube or a sample size tube like this one. 
Below are the photos using Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Excessive Black/Noir. 
(My first time to blog about mascara so excuse me for being a newbie.;)) 

Using an eye curler I applied a single coat of Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Excessive Black/Noir on top lashes and also a little on the bottom lashes. 
It glides smoothly leaving every strand of lashes coated. 
It dries up quickly and gave a thick lashes as a result.
I am impressed how it really gives instant full body on my lashes without flaking. It really works!
And the best part is that it never smudge and can be washed off easily by using make-up remover or even a simple facial wash. 
What do you think?

Have you tried using this product before? Hit me a comment below. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Metrodeal Live Your City for Less x Wendy's Baconator Vouchers

How do we love deals specially when it is food related?
Raising hand here! ;)
I love food deals specially when it is from our favorite restaurant or even fast food chain around the city. 
This is my third and fourth consecutive time to purchase food deal voucher at Metrodeal and so far I did not have any problem with it. At first I was hesitant in purchasing but no pain no deal right? :D
My recent was this Wendy's Baconator deal.
The meal was Wendy's Baconator with 16 oz. Signature iced tea and Natural-cut fries for P199 instead of P313. I got P114 savings on each voucher. And again, what's the best part? I paid my order vouchers using my paypal credits which I earned from my trusted earn money online sites. 
I got free food!

Ordered 6 Metrodeal vouchers for Wendy's. 
I chose Wendy's Harbor Point Mall for the branch.
I purchased right away because the voucher can be use that day too.
The redeemable dates are from October 12-31st. 

From time to time I visit and check out their latest deals.
Register and create an account and they will send you emails with the latest deals they offer. 

My second Wendy's food voucher purchase at Wendy's Harbor Point Mall. 
I presented six copies of print out voucher from my account in Metrodeal and presented it to the store. The manager at Wendy's is always accommodating accepting vouchers, they don't ask for anything else aside from an identification card. 

The food was great, my kids enjoyed the burger and also my brother and parents.
And, with the discount I got I couldn't ask for more.
It's Free! 

*** Update.
Purchase two more vouchers and on queue for use before October 31st.:)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Why I Will Not Consider Buying Another Samsung Appliance

With the modern technology we have such as telecommunications, entertainment and home -living comfort and leisure are just one click away. It will vary on what brand will you trust in getting that service you need depending on your lifestyle.

Imagine life without the comfort of not having a working or owning a refrigerator with stocked frozen food, cold drinks and even block of butter to use as a spread?

Me and my kids are experiencing that right now, I cannot cook right! 

Last March 2014 exactly 19 months from today, we purchase this Samsung 2-door refrigerator after scouting different brands in market. Abenson's Harbor Point gave us the best deal that time. Also, the design was sleek and modern and from my thinking that this brand Samsung can last years and years of service. But I was very WRONG! 
Btw, my first fridge lasted 9 years with no defect and it was sold as used but in good condition. 

Samsung Refrigerator  2-door Model RT22FARBDSA/TC
Purchased March 15, 2014.
at Abenson's Harbor Point Mall
Amount P17,500
"with 2-year warranty on parts and services
10-year warranty on the digitalinverter compressor"

Photo taken from

Photo taken from

Photo taken from
Photo taken from

Last October 3, I did my regular market day every weekend and stocked up food in the fridge. The usual frozen food to fresh food items, vegetables and milk plus some dairy products that will be consume for the rest of the week. Excluding some cooking ingredients I have inside.  The next morning Sunday October 4, I noticed the freezer temperature is not that cool than the usual cooling temp. And some of my frozen items starting to melt. I thought maybe it's the weather. Until the late afternoon which the cold temperature got lessen even more.

We informed the store (Abenson's Harbor Point) where we bought the ref they demanded for the receipt of purchase for the warranty. At first they were hesitant to credit us the warranty told that it was only for a year... meaning it lapsed already. A Samsung rep in that store acknowledged the two-year warranty. Literally, I only have 5 months left to avail the said warranty.

October 7, two days after the unit was reported in Abenson's, a couple of repair men from New Dans Olongapo (Samsung branch repair service) came to our house to check on the fridge, with a note on their job order stated : Physical condition- Freezer not cooling, Findings: With LEAK UNIT SCITED FOR PULL-OUT. 

Contacted New Dans the next day telling us that the defective part was ordered in Manila but they were informed that the part they needed is not available. So we were given an option for repair or for replacement. 
So the waiting game started here. 

October 14, Joyce of New Dans requested for a photo as an email attachment of the serial number sticker on the side of the unit. I provided the photo after office hours when I got home and texted her to kindly speed up the process. 

October 15, 5pm. I called New Dans again and asked for an update. Joyce told me that the email was forwarded to Samsung Head Office and they are the one who will call me and their decision is up to them. Will it be a replacement of unit or a refund. I asked for the refund condition. Joyce told me that she thinks that if in case the refund condition will be applied it will be less the amount the unit has been used. This is NOT acceptable on my part. (Parang luging-lugi naman ako nun!). I asked Joyce on where can I reach Samsung Head Office and she instructed me to look for the toll-free number in the job order form copy we have. I called the hotline and talked to the customer service, with a limited information she can give me she assured me that a personnel from Samsung will call me within 3-5 working days. 

October 16, mid-day. A call from Samsung HO called asking us to decide if we want to refund or to replace. 
I don't want a replacement anymore because I don't trust the brand up to this date, I want a refund but they cannot answer the refund process which was I asking. I want to get the FULL amount for refund. 

October 16 lunch time, Mr.Roman of Abenson's was asking us why we contacted Samsung HO first (as if they were blaming us for that action we made) I told him that I was referred to Samsung HO because Joyce told me that I can make a follow-up there. Mr.Roman was telling me that their store will decide and they have a unit exactly the one we purchased and they can replace it. He will contact New Dans to facilitate the replacement. 

October 17, Saturday morning. A call from Samsung HO by the name of Mr.Jojo was received. Now, informing me that the defective part is now available and unit is for repair. I told him how inconvenient the situation for me right now and the after sales customer service is so POOR. 
I asked for the time frame on when and how will the repair will take place. After our conversion he will called up New Dans regarding the repair and he will call me back for update. The assurance was given but the call was not made. (now, that is what you call an assurance huh?)

October 18 no call from Samsung HO. 
October 19 I called up New Dans spoke with Joyce , informing me the part will arrive today or Wednesday. 

I am the one who keeps on asking for update which irritates me even more. 

Up to this very minute WE DON'T HAVE A WORKING REFRIGERATOR! 17 days now and still nothing, We are caught in the middle with no options and the warranty service is running down. 

Do not go for the sleek and modern design, visit product reviews and as a customer I demand for a good service. I will NEVER BUY any SAMSUNG Appliance again... their service sucks 101% 

If you were in my shoes will you buy this brand? 

*** Update: 
October 20 The unit was pulled-out by technicians from New Dans. I requested for them to take care of the unit specially it does not have any scratches. From my conversation with Joyce of New Dans it will take anothe 3-4 days to repair and check if the system will work properly. 


October 21, 5pm. The unit was returned to us after replacement of the whole system including the compressor and everything else. I hope with all the replacement and the hassle that it gave us and to me personally the motor will last for years with no problem. 

Still I am not satisfied by this brand, If only we were given a refund of the whole amount of purchase I will accept that and buy another fridge with another brand. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Yena's Kitchen, The Newest Kitchen In Town!

Tired of the same fast food meals with the same taste? Are you out of options on where to dine in the busy city of Olongapo? 

Check out the newly opened Yena's Kitchen

Yena's Kitchen soft opening set of choice meals ranges from P45.00 to P165.00 ($1-$3.50) with drinks. They serve value meals like:
  • Chicken Ala King
  • Chicken Teriyaki Korean Style (picture below)
  • Crispy fried chicken
  •  Katsudon
  • Tonkatsu
  • Lumpiang Shanghai 
  •  Fried siomai all served with special gulaman drinks. 

Short order dishes are the exciting dishes to try out. 
  • Out-size taco ( Yena's specialty)
  • Pancit guisado with a twist
  •  Potato chips with variety of dips
  •  Korean spicy ramyun. 
Drinks and other beverages such as house blend Iced Tea, Special Gulaman and soda in cans are available too. 

Soon they will offer breakfast, all you can eat snacks/lunch/dinner and mixed cuisine.

Yena's Kitchen Specialties.
Out-size taco (Yena's specialty) P120.00
Craving for tacos? You don't need to go far to satisfy your cravings. 
Perfectly spiced creamy ground beef taco filling with crispy taco shell combined with crunchy veggies tossed with handful grated cheese... just perfect!
Chicken Teriyaki Korean Style P79.00 with drink.
Crispy in the outside juicy in the inside. Chicken breast fillet teriyaki topping rice is the perfect on-the-go meal. This chicken teriyaki korean style is yum!

Photos of Yena's Kitchen to follow. :) 

Yena's Kitchen 
located at 1770 Rizal Avenue
East Bajac-Bajac Olongapo City
for inquiries: 09434628079

landmark: the kitchen is beside Petra and Pepita Salon. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How To Get Rid of Dark Circles Using Red Lipstick Technique

Ohh...the dreaded dark circles around your eyes that go with aging. 
I've done my research on how to get rid of dark circles and found many promising products. I also came across this article from Good HouseKeeping, and I tried it. 

The red lipstick technique to get rid of those dark circles around your eyes including those dark blemishes and dark spots from the chemical and physical causes. 
Collage photo of the before and after the red lipstick technique. 

Please forgive my no makeup, no-filter and not so good looking morning selfie! 
(Another photo of not-so-good selfie up next... haha!). A few years back dark spots and hyperpigmentation started to appear around my cheekbone, on the side of my nose and some on my forehead. The genes plus the aging which we cannot stop, but I always believe that one can have it slowed down. There are a lot of ways; temporary or even have your skin go on a procedure. 
For this red lipstick technique, I used my Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme on the shade of Wine with Everything No.525. Since I rarely use it as a lipstick why not use it for this technique. This is my first time to try this technique so don't hate, please! 

The next selfie- it's not even Halloween I know... apologies! haha.
Using my extra makeup brush I blotted the area around my eyes including the dark spots, pimple marks and even hyperpigmented spots all over my face. I did not go drastically as what I've seen from others who tried this technique because frankly, I do find it weird to blot my face with red lipstick or lipstick around the eyes. At first, it looked like I am painting my eyes with clown-makeup but it really works wonder. 

After a thin layer of Revlon 525 shade, I applied Etude House BB cream cotton fit with spf30 covering the entire layer of red lipstick and I did my usual morning routine makeup. This video by Deepica Mutyala explains everything about this technique. You can check the full version of what I was trying to copy. :)
Eyebrow: Crayon-touch Me, Avon 12-in-1 eye palette, Shawill mascara in black.
Cheek: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess soft matte bronzer.
Lips: Maybelline Rebel Bouquet by Colorsensational  REB06

My no-filter selfie after the red lipstick technique. I can say that it worked.. just to practice more to get the perfect blend and use concealer next time as what the professional beauty vloggers advised. I need to work on next time those puffy eye bags for another beauty hack edition here on bitsenpieces.  
The result using this technique wearing my light-everyday makeup look for work. I hope you got something out of it. :)
Thank you for reading.

'til next

Friday, October 2, 2015

It's the SM 3-Day SALE at SM City Olongapo!

Starting to day October 2,3 and 4 SM City Olongapo is up for another customer treat! 
It's the SM 3-Day SALE! Mall hours 9am - 12mn of Oct 2 and 10am-11pm of Oct 3-4 you can get as much as 70% off discount on selected items. You can also win a brand new Suzuki Celerio for every P1,000 shopping accumulated amount. 

Good Morning Zambales, Bataan and Olongapo!
Get ready to shop non-stop starting TODAY at SM City Olongapo's 3 Day Sale. Enjoy ADDITIONAL 10% OFF during the 2 Hour Special at The SM Store Olongapo, Ace Express and Watsons and 5% Discount at SM Appliance Center.
See you all at SM City Olongapo! smile emotic

Since my daughter is due for a new pair of sneakers and she eyed for this pair last night. I bought her this World Balance rubber shoes it comes with a free pair of black shoe laces. We got a total of 20% less the amount from the sale and using my SMAC card.

I also got a pair of Chelsea wedge black office shoes and my coworker got her pair of Chelsea nude strappy sandals. We got there two pairs for only P399 buy 1-take 1 shoes. 

If you have some budget and wish to buy something grab the chance to score some items with a few less of the original price, and might win some prizes too!