Friday, February 27, 2015

Last chance to get P200 credit from Uber!

I've blogged about Uber a few times in the past. It's a car and driver service that has become an indispensable part of my life. I drive everyday but sometimes it's just more convenient to have a driver, especially when there's no parking at the destination! But both hubby and I drive so it's not practical for us to hire a permanent driver. With Uber we have an on call car and driver. There's no limit to where and when we can go. Like for example, hubby and I used to go super early to Chinese association parties just to ensure that we can park. We end up waiting for hours before anything happens. Nowadays we just Uber to the party venue, right about the time when it's starting so no more idle time.

free Uber credit
Just yesterday I used Uber again to attend a meeting at a place with no parking. Uber has really made my life so much more convenient.

When Uber started here in Manila, you could enter a code and get P500 free credits to try the service for free. When I discovered Uber, codes would yield P300 free credits. Now it's down to P200. Well, I just got an e-mail from Uber Manila and come March 1, it's going to go down to just P100.

free Uber credit
If you still have not tried Uber, download it now and get your P200 free credit by clicking on the Uber logo on the top lefthand corner of the app. You'll pull up the menu. Click on Promotions and enter my promo code yetbk to instantly get P200 free credit you can use to ride. If you look at my Uber receipt (first photo above), you'll see that one 15-minute 3km ride costs less than P90 so yes, the P200 free credit will definitely come in handy. By March 1, it's going to go down to P100 so better get P200 now!

My hubby and I have actually used Uber with our kids. It's that safe -- we would actually ride with our children. Uber is a great alternative to hiring a driver on a permanent basis especially if you don't need one to drive you around every single day.

This post is brought to you by me. Yes, me. Lol, I'm not being compensated by Uber in any way... the service is just super useful to me so I'd like to help keep it alive by spreading the word.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Are you Starbucks Team Caramel or Team Hazelnut?

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato aren't really new drinks and they're both popular choices among Starbucks patrons.

Starbucks Caramel Hazelnut Macchiato
Both drinks have a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and a drizzle of either buttery caramel or toasty hazelnut. You can have them hot or iced -- Short ₱135 / Tall ₱145 / Grande ₱160 / Venti ₱170.

Starbucks Caramel Hazelnut Macchiato
From February 24 to March 5, 2015, Starbucks Philippines will run an online poll at where you can vote for your favorite Macchiato. Are you Team Caramel or Team Hazelnut? The winning Macchiato beverage will be announced on March 6, 2015 via the Starbucks Philippines Facebook Page and through the Daily Offerings Board in Starbucks stores. The winning Macchiato variant will be celebrated with a special Macchiato buy one take one event, Macchiato Monday, on March 9, 2015 in all Starbucks stores nationwide.

Starbucks Spring 2015
Chicken BBQ Wrap (P175)
Aside from the Macchiato promo, Starbucks also has some new food offerings this season -- all of which will be available from Feb. 24 to April 20, 2015. First on the list is Chicken BBQ Wrap, a tortilla filled with chicken breast fillet enrobed with smoky BBQ sauce and corn slaw.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Yes, I say invest in a good haircut!

In my recent post about deciding to stop looking like trash, I mentioned that one of the things I do is invest in a good haircut. Economists may argue that you can't really consider a haircut an investment since well... it's hair and it grows back no matter where you get it cut. But I beg to differ. When you spend your entire life with thick, unruly, and nearly impossible to manage hair like mine, you realize that you can't just have your hair cut by anyone. It takes a certain kind of stylist to be able to work with what you have.

Japanese magnetic hair straightening at Shuji Kida Hair Salon When I was younger my hair was a lot worse (picture above was taken in 2009 and yes that was the first time I had my hair straightened at Shuji Kida Hair Salon), it's actually a more mellow version of itself now that I'm 40. If you think my 2009 photo is bad, my high school photos are a whole lot worse where my hair is concerned. Whenever I would step into a salon, practically everyone from the shampoo girl to the stylist himself would tell me to get a treatment, get it relaxed, get it straightened (later on get it rebonded)... it was never as simple as get a haircut in my case. Never. And I would actually end up relaxing, straightening, rebonding, treating... or doing whatever it is the stylist and salon staff would recommend. I spent so much on my hair. One rebonding session alone would cost around P6+k back then and I would have to redo it after 4-6 months depending on how long I could tolerate the yucky curled roots. Then there were the treatments. Rebonded hair tends to be really dry so you need to give it a lot of TLC via treatments. Those cost around P1+k too.

Haircut by Shigeki at Shuji Kida Hair Salon
Haircut by Shigeki of Shuji Kida Hair Salon circa 2014
Although I'm often trying out different salons, my personal salon of choice when it comes to haircuts is Shuji Kida Hair Salon. I've been going there for years... since 2008 to be exact, even before I started my blog. Shuji Kida was the first salon to properly straighten my hair when I was still into the straight look. It's also at Shuji Kida that I got my first haircut from a Japanese stylist.

Haircut by Shigeki at Shuji Kida Hair Salon
Haircut by Shigeki of Shuji Kida Hair Salon when grown out (left)
Haircut by Shigeki of Shuji Kida Hair Salon circa 2015 (right)
I usually have Shigeki, Shuji Kida Hair Salon's resident Japanese stylist, cut my hair. He knows my hair best as he has seen it at its worst. Even if I'm not rebonding anymore my hair is still very dry and damaged because I color it a lot. Last week I had it cut by Shigeki and when he asked me how much he can cut I told him any length is fine. I trust Shigeki to do what's best and I only had this to say: I just want something easy to style and manage. He knows I don't want to go back to rebonding my hair.

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