Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Custom Furniture Maker Mejore Opens a Showroom in Makati

I love furniture. I'm always thinking of spaces in our home that will be transformed with the right piece of furniture. That said, I love going to Manila Fame, LRI, Crate & Barrel, Philux, Triboa Bay, Pottery Barn and West Elm. I always check out Safavieh, ABC Carpet & Home, Restoration Hardware and DWR online. Even if I don't have anything in mind to buy really. 

I actually belong to furniture buy and sell groups on Facebook, initially to help my in-laws dispose of their old furniture, but now I love scouring the groups for interesting finds. I haven't bought anything there, because you know, Konmari - but I really do enjoy seeing what's out there and imagining how I would use a certain piece for our home.

Like this gorgeous leather tufted lounge chair and ottoman by custom furniture maker Mejore. This would look great in a man cave, or a library in an English estate. But I don't have either now, so for future reference, you know. Heehee.

When I got invited to the opening of Mejore, a homegrown custom furniture maker who supplies furniture to top hotels like Okada, Lind Boracay, City of Dreams and more, I just knew I had to check it out. After all, I've always wondered where hotels get their furniture, so you know, this is a big deal. This is the secret, revealed.

And I loved a lot of pieces in the showroom.

Like these chairs that would look great at a lanai overlooking a huge backyard, big ceiling fans whirring overhead. The marble top cafe table would make a great bedside table too, if you're going for a feminine feel in the bedroom.

This pedestal table with the pineapple accent on its center pole, just gorgeous! I wanted to bring this home, but I don't know where I'll put it. This could work as bedside tables too actually. But I'd rather get bedside tables with storage space though. 

But it gets better. Everything in the showroom can be customized according to our needs. 

Say, in this photo below, if you want that coffee table in a lighter shade, or that couch upholstered in leather instead of fabric, or that black mirrored cabinet painted white, that bar cart made slightly bigger, Mejore can do it for us.

According to Claire Ong, President of Mejore, "The ultimate goal is to let our clients create a home that truly reflects their taste. In the age of pegs and Pinterest, the possible mixes and matches for interior design are simply endless."

Claire Ong with her mom, Mrs. Nathalie Ong, who started it all 30 years ago, and her sister Lorraine Ong.

Mrs. Nathalie Ong told us that they started out in the wood business, owning logging concessions and operating sawmills. They eventually decided to create more value by exporting chairs, supplying clients in Europe, Japan and the USA. 

She shares that thanks to the foreign furniture craftsmen they've worked with and by investing on their machines and production facilities, they were able to refine their manufacturing capabilities so much so that they eventually began supplying the best hotels and other commercial establishments in the country 

Because they started out in the wood business, they know their raw materials very well and only use the best. They primarily use mahogany and local veneers, but because they customize furniture according to customer preferences, they also import various lumber and veneers like maple, alder, cherry, white oak, and pine.

The quality I really have to stress, is amazing. One thing I've learned from my mom is that you can't compromise on furniture aka no IKEA for my Mama. She's all for solid wood, clean lines, polished finishing, durability (the kind you can pass on to your kids) and timeless design and Mejore would get big check on each criteria.

As good as the bones are the finishings they offer, from linens, 

to leather upholstery,

furniture pulls, lamps, throw pillows,

and various accent pieces, you can expect to get the best in Philippine craftsmanship, sustainably sourced materials and imported home accents all in one place. 

It takes about two weeks to a month to get minor changes done to your chosen pieces from their catalog, and 40 to 65 days to get your bespoke orders. As with all things that are built to last, they do take time but will undoubtedly be worth the wait. 

For more about Mejore, visit their website at www.mejoreboutique.com or visit the showroom in Makati.

Mejore Showroom
G/F Filipino Building
corner Dela Rosa and Legazpi Sts.
Legazpi Village, Makati
Tel: +63 917 565 1302

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Sign Up Your Kids to FitKids Dance and Yoga

FitKids believes in empowering our children to start living healthy lives as young as possible. There is no better way to introduce them to a healthy lifestyle than now, while they are still young and have not yet developed unhealthy habits.

Check out these dance and yoga classes coming up at Camp Start Mandaluyong and Playworks SM Aura this August and September. When you sign up your kids, you get special deals and treats from their partner brands like Pure Nectar by Fruit Magic, Onelife Studio and DelightPH. See details below.

1. Dance Classes at Camp Start:

- When: August 12, 19, 26, and September 2, 2017 (4 sessions, every Saturdays) 
- Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am 
- Venue: Camp Start- Sikap Street, 614 Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong 
- For ages 2 to 7 
- Fee: P1,500.00 per child 
- Contact: 0917-5138377, Email: fitkidsph@gmail.com 
- In Partnership With: Pure Nectar (by Fruit Magic)

Treat: When you sign up, just mention my name and you get P200 worth of Pure Nectar Fruit Magic gift certificates. 

2. Yoga Classes at Playworks SM Aura

- When: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, November 4, 11, 2017 (8 sessions every Saturdays) - Time:1:00 pm to 2:00 pm 
- Venue: Playworks SM Aura Campus- 6/F SM Aura Tower 
- For ages 1.5 to 7 
- Fee: P5,000.00 per child 
- Contact: 0917-5138377, Email: fitkidsph@gmail.com 
- In Partnership With: Pure Nectar (by Fruit Magic), OneLife Studio, DelightPH

Treat: When you sign up, just mention my name and you get
- Php200 worth of Pure Nectar Fruit Magic gift certificates.  
- A free assessment at OneLife Studio and a 10% off on published rates (except for First Timer promos, Easypay packages, and cannot be used in conjunction with other promos) 
- 10% discount on any regular-sized bottle from DelightPH Homemade Dips (Facebook: /delightph, Instagram: @delightph) 
- First 5 enrolled Subscribers will get 5% off from total fee of yoga class (P4,750 instead of P5,000)

So fun! And hope my kids and I get to meet you in class!

New Discovery: Colgate Active Salt

My mom used to tell me that her grandparents brushed their teeth and gargled with salt in lieu of toothpaste and mouthwash, and so every time we had tonsillitis, lost a tooth, had a toothache or had extra molars pulled, she would make us gargle with sea salt diluted in warm water. She swears it kills bacteria.

It sounds like a cliche, but there really is wisdom in going back to basics. After all, our grandparents came from a time when most of the items they used for health and wellness were more natural. So it is just brilliant for Colgate to come out with Active Salt, its first toothpaste that contains the natural goodness of salt.

You read that right, salt. As in, asin.

I've tried it, I've made the kids tried it, and it is just like the usual minty Colgate, just a tad salty.

Colgate Active Salt formula combines salt with calcium and minerals and with regular brushing, helps fight germs for healthy gums and strong teeth.

Developed after extensive consumer research, Colgate Active Salt addresses most Filipinos’ pressing oral health concerns. Its refreshing minty taste infused with natural ingredient of salt brings a unique brushing experience.

“Filipinos have a strong affinity with the traditional benefits of salt for oral care. Colgate Active Salt combines this natural ingredient with Colgate’s trusted formula. It is a unique and effective toothpaste perfect for the whole family to use for healthy gums and strong teeth, with regular brushing” said Mr. Danai Sirisuvun, Senior Product Manager at Colgate-Palmolive Philippines.

Colgate Active Salt is now available in leading supermarkets and sari-sari stores nationwide.

It retails in three sizes and priced as follows: PHP105 for 180g, PHP85 for 132g, and PHP25 for 35g (based on suggested retail price).

Saturday, August 05, 2017

MFO's Verdict On: The Kazam Balance Bike

I learned to ride a bike when I was 7, and remember that period in my life when I finally got to balance and pedal on two wheels as a time of great accomplishment. 

I practiced on the asphalt streets of our village, and I only remember two distinct emotions: pain - from all the scraped skin on my knees, legs and arms (this was prior to the time of helmets, elbow and knee shields) and exhilaration - when I finally could enjoy the wind on my face and my heart pumping with excitement at every pedal. 

Our kids are lucky that they can now learn how to ride a bike without those extreme lows and highs. Haha. Here's all you need to know about the Kazam Balance Bike, where learning how to ride a bike on two wheels can now be virtually pain free.

The Product: Kazam Balance Bike

The Promise: Say goodbye to training wheels and skinned knees! Designed (and patented!) with an easy step-in frame design with footrest, the KaZAM bike allows little riders to develop their balance before introducing pedaling — making the transition onto a pedaled bike seamless. After all, it’s the balance that’s the hard part ~ pedaling is easy!

Put to the Test:

Using it is really easy. As easy as 1, 2, 3 - see below!

It's really quite intuitive, even 2.5 year old Tepper could figure it out. He just sat on the molded seat and started walking around.

Because Berry was much bigger than the boys when Kazam came into our play scene, it was so much faster for her to learn how to balance using it.

I really saw the most progress with Xavi. He started out like Tepper, just tentatively pacing around to doing dare devil sort of stunts where he starts on a slope and slides down in a sort of delicate balancing act.

I wish I saved that video in my laptop, but you can still view it on Instagram, here.

Progress really depends on how fast they practice and the child's level of confidence.

Passing the Verdict: It is a BUY! You won't look at training bikes with training wheels the same way again.

Practical Tip: Best to learn riding the Kazam Balance Bike between ages 2 ½ years and up. To be used only in flat surfaces. For more about this bike, read the Kazam Story, FAQs and safety details.

Price: Php4,995 for the v2e and Php5,600 for the v2s

Point of Sale: Online at www.kazamkids.com and at the following stores

1) Cycle Shack
- LG, Megamall A, SM Megamall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City; Tel. +63 2 910 6628
- Robinsons Place Imus Aguinaldo Highway, Imus, Cavite; Tel. +63 46 474 0329

2) Fort Spalding
- 488 Quezon Boulevard, Quiapo, Manila; Tel. +63 2 736 0165

3) Fort Bicol
- 644 Quezon Boulevard, Quiapo, Manila; Tel. +63 2 745 0072

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Making Yum Memories with Alaska

Bed time is when we really get to spend quality time with Berry, Xavi and Tepper. 

Our routine usually goes like this: they take a bath after dinner, we read books or watch a show on TV before bed, they drink a glass of milk each, brush their teeth and then we say our evening prayers. This is also the time when they get to share with us the things they are grateful for that day. 

It is also usually sumbungan time amongst them - who annoyed who, who tried to grab someone's book or toy, and all the other highlights of the day.

Luckily, there are days when I get pockets of time where I have no meetings or errands scheduled, and I get to supervise their activities myself. Like when we get to do arts and crafts with them. 

A couple of days back, Alaska Milk sent us an art kit with tumblers and some art supplies. I got Berry and the boys to paint a personalized tumbler. 

Watch this video and see how Berry craftily spent one lazy summer afternoon. Not only did she get entertained, she felt so accomplished with her work, she wanted to use her tumbler and drink milk right away, and it was not even bed time yet. 


Days earlier, the boys got to do their own tumblers as well. So fun!

Here's Tepper proudly showing off his finished work!

Xavi is the biggest milk drinker among our kids. He loves milk not just because it's nutritious and will make him grow tall, he actually thinks it's delicious! That's Alaska Powdered Milk, of course ;)

For more about Alaska Powdered Milk, visit their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/alaskamilkphilippines.

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