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Here's my Belkin wishlist this year:

Belkin Family RockStar 4-Port USB Charger
My first wish

Belkin Road Rockstar 4 Port Family Car Charger Port 7.2A (Black)
My 2nd wish

Belkin AC Anywhere + USB Port
My 3rd wish

Belkin Universal Window and Dash Car Navigation Mount for Smartphones (Black)
My 4th wish

Belkin 2.4A Universal Charger Kit (White)
My 5th wish

I have it already on my Lazada wishlist:
My complete Lazada Belkin wishlist

If you want to also get these amazing gadgets from Belkin, I recommend you only buy this trusted brand from a trusted seller in Lazada via Belkin PH by MacPower. Here's the link (http://www.lazada.com.ph/belkin-ph-by-macpower/) if you want to buy one, which I know you will.
Belkin PH by MacPower available in Lazada

I hope Santa will grant my wish this year.

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Today (November 16) Bonchon is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in the Philippines. To celebrate it, they are giving 50% OFF on their Boxed Meals. Here's the standee of their promo:
Photo credits to kahitanoito.com

Just take note though of the terms and conditions:

  • Only 1 boxed meal per person
  • Promo exclusive for dine-in transactions only 
  • Promo not valid in conjunction with other promos and discounts
What are the Bonchon Boxed meals?
Here are the 10 boxed meal choices included in the promo:
Photos collected from bonchon.com.ph

I was able to purchase one during the promo. My drumstick and thigh box meal with drinks is normally priced at Php 155 but with the promotion it was now down to PHP 77.50! I upgraded my rice into Chapchae for additional 30 pesos! They are very strict with 1 boxed meal per person but due to massive crowd in the store they already allow take-out of orders.

What are you waiting for? Line up now as this only valid today!

PS: kahitanoito.com is not paid for this promotion. See my receipt below.
my receipt as I purchased the promo earlier!

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iPhone 6s Rose Gold variant

The much anticipated launch of iPhone 6s is happening today in the Philippines. A lot of telcos and stores had their own promotion or grand launch of this event. I know a lot of Filipinos have been looking forward on this date and most probably some has put a mark on their calendar so they will not be able to miss the event. A lot of girls would definitely be drooling to have this phone because the iPhone 6s variant will be having the Rose Gold color, which is the latest variety from the iPhone line.

My sister has been so excited to have this phone being an iPhone lover she is and much more the Rose Gold will really complete her favorite color. If you will take a look at her room and all her personal items, you will never have any doubt that her favorite color is on the shade of pink, which the Rose Gold will be the best match. Very timely, her phone contract is about to end next month and she has been dropping us hints that we can give her as a gift this latest iPhone on her birthday this coming Saturday (November 7). I'm too hesitant to buy her this gift as for one it is quite pricey and not sure where I can buy it without to worry that I might be fooled or with questionable support/warranty.
iPhone 6s promo advertisement of Uber and Smart

Good thing, I was able to read an email from Uber and also saw a similar post on Smart Communications Facebook page about an exclusive promotion to purchase the latest iPhone 6s Rose Gold variant hours before others can get it from store. To be honest, I was really hesitant with the promotion even though I am an avid fan of both Uber and Smart. I even thought of just lining up on a store that offers similar promotion. It was bad timing though that I had late night meetings and I know going to that store might just end up not being able to purchase the highly coveted Rose Gold variant for my sister.

Luckily, I remember the promo of Uber and Smart. A few minutes before the clock strikes 12 midnight, I already have my Uber app open and kept on refreshing to see if there are already the pink cars on the map. It was already 30 minutes past 12 but still I can't see any pink cars. I almost thought that the promo is not true but suddenly I saw this!
Finally a pink car appeared on the map!

Alas, I saw the pink car and it is just less than  minutes from where I am earlier at BGC. I did not waste any time as I know a lot of other customers had been wide awake to find it. I was crossing my fingers as the "requesting" status is still showing up. Fortunately, I saw that I was accepted and a few minutes later representative from Smart gave me a call to confirm some details.

I waited for a few minutes on my location and across then suddenly I saw across the street the car that will bring me the phone. To my excitement, I crossed the road and the staff from Smart went out of the car to meet me. They shook my hand as if I won a grand prize and taking my pictures. They told me I'm the 1st ever customer to purchase in BGC area. They just reconfirmed my details and also the payment method. In less than 15 minutes, they already provided me the phone! Yey!
Me with the representatives from Smart Communications as they handed my the iPhone 6s phone + freebies

Well, it does not stop there. I was informed that I can truly pay it in 12 month with 0% interest. Yes, that is not a typo error, it really zero interest for 12 easy payments. If you think that's all, I saw that the phone comes with a free Smart Nano Sim so my sister will definitely not worry about buying a new SIM card (definitely she will switch now!). The next big surprise is that they gave me Php 2,000 worth of Rustan's Gift certificates! On top of that, I got an exclusive UBER t-shirt as well. Now, that is what you call a "promo" and "freebies".
iPhone 6s plus a LOT of freebies courtesy of Smart and Uber

I am really happy with my experience tonight. Imagine, I was able to purchase the most prized phone today in the Philippines without me going to the hassle of falling in line for hours and much more it was delivered to where I am. I even saw that for other customers, Jasmine Curtis and Kiefer Ravena/Alyssa Valdez delivered the phones personally. Too bad they are not in BGC but could not complain more as the Smart and Uber BGC team that delivered the phone compensated it with an AWESOME customer service. The entire experience was truly a cloud-9 experience that it motivated me to blog it right now. 

I do hope my ate will appreciate our gift for her 30th Birthday. If you are reading this, please do keep it as a secret for now. I told her a white lie earlier (as currently she is in Bataan for a medical mission) that the phone was already out of stock and next batch will be arriving next month, which she responded with this message:
message from my sister when I told her a white lie that I failed to buy her the phone so I can surprise her

I could not wait to see her reaction when we gave this gift to her on Saturday. I will update this post to show you her reaction. 

Perfect combination: iPhone 6s + Smart

Thanks once again Uber and Smart Communications! It was really an wonderful AMAZING experience. I was able to have a hassle free transaction and "Live More" by attending to my other personal priorities as well. Congrats once again and for that you earn brownie points from me!

PS: Just a wishful thinking, I know Jasmine is doing surprise to visit some lucky Smart subscriber (and sometimes give phone). What a joy will it be if she or any of Smart endorsers like Kiefer/Alyssa will be able to surprise on her 30th birthday personally. Well, it might be too hard but maybe video greeting this Saturday will do. Just a wishful thinking...

**Please be informed that this is NOT a paid post and the blogger is not any way connected with Uber or Smart. The iPhone 6s was purchased out of personal expense and this post is pure sharing of personal experience.
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Starbucks 2016 Planner 

Today is another day that Filipinos has been looking forward. Not just because today is All Souls Day but also today seems to be the day that Pinoys are looking forward to "plan" their year ahead. As Starbucks launched their annual planner promotion. This year’s planner is collaboration between Starbucks and Moleskine®

What's different from last year's Starbucks planner?

  • It is a collaboration with Moleskin so the quality is even better from my opinion
  • Still 4 colors but as compared to last year, they have white planner but no more brown planners this year
  • There are 2 sizes this year, the Black and Red variant are smaller and thicker because it is a daily planner. The Green and White variant has similar size like last year and it is thinner as it is a weekly planner.
  • New Holiday Beverage - Christmas Panettone
What are the Holiday Beverages this year? How much can I avail them this year?
This year's newest flavor!

Our well loved flavors are back
How to get Starbucks 2016 Planner by Molesine?
  • A customer can avail of a Starbucks Christmas Traditions Promo card from November 2, 2015 to January 7, 2016 with no purchase required.
  • One sticker is awarded for each Starbucks handcrafted beverage purchase. Holder must accumulate a total of eighteen (18) stickers, to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner
Breadown of beverage required to get the Starbucks 2016 planner
  • Customer must present the Starbucks Christmas Traditions card to the barista upon purchase to get the corresponding number of stickers.
  • A customer must complete the required number of stickers to qualify for the redemption of one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner. A combination of up to two (2) promo cards will be allowed, provided that the 9 featured plus 9 core beverages have been purchased. Excess stickers for combined cards will be forfeited.
  • Once all stickers are completed, customer submits the Starbucks Christmas Traditions Card/s to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner from any Starbucks Coffee store in the Philippines.
  • Tampering with and/or transferring of stickers to obtain the required number of stickers will render all promo cards null and void.
  • Every purchase of a handcrafted beverage using a Starbucks Card will be awarded one (1) sticker and one (1) Beverage Star. Terms and conditions that apply to the Starbucks Card are available on www.starbucks.ph/card.
  • Single receipt bulk purchase of food and other retail items (merchandise, whole bean, Starbucks VIA®) worth at least ₱7,000 will entitle the customer to one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner. Combination of receipts is not allowed.
  • Bulk purchase of gift certificates and Starbucks Card load/reload of at least ₱7,000 will not entitle the customer to a planner.
  • The following transactions and discounts are qualified for this promotion.
    • Senior Citizen discount
    • Handicapped discount
    • VAT Exempt
    • Personal Cup/Tumbler ₱5 discount
  • The following coupons and discounts are disqualified for this promotion.
    • Service Recovery Coupon
    • Free Tall Beverage Coupon
    • Coffee Companion Guide Coupon
    • Customer Voice Redemption
    • Rustan Coffee Partner discount
    • Rustan Group of Companies discount
    • Starbucks Card Registration Treat
    • Starbucks Card Beverage Treat Redemption
  • Promotion starts on November 2, 2015. Stickers may be obtained from November 2, 2015 to January 7, 2016.
  • Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner starts November 2, 2015 up to March 7, 2016, at Starbucks stores in the Philippines only.In case any of the Holiday featured beverages are not available (ex. Toffee Nut Latte), customers can substitute it with any of the remaining holiday featured beverages (ex. Christmas Panettone Latte or Peppermint Mocha). Should all three (3) not be available, only then can customers substitute with any espresso-based or Frappuccino® blended beverage of their choice.
  • Promotion starts on November 2, 2015. Stickers may be obtained from November 2, 2015 to January 7, 2016.
  • Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner starts November 2, 2015 up to March 7, 2016, at Starbucks stores in the Philippines only.
I was able to attend the launch at Megamall last November 2, 2015 where Starbucks fans were treated with a festive celebration with the launch. There are different booths where they play and get exclusive Starbucks merchandise or product. They also gave free tall Christmas Panettone Latte for the folks inside and free photobooth.

There's also a Ginger bread house decorating contest where folks participated. The top 10 finalist received an award.

During the event they also gave folks a sampler of their holiday goodies and drinks. There are also fun games wherein people get home with great prizes. At the end, they were able to give out 8 planners to lucky fans via a draw.

So get your red cups now! I would like to have the green planner. What do you want to get this year?

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Meme showing usual scenario when you forgot to book your hotel early
Have you ever experienced that you want to have a last-minute staycation with your friends or family? Or perhaps, suddenly you need to travel immediately on a location? Or you are just like me who usually failed or book at the last minute for accommodation?
HotelQuickly app logo!
I bet one of the major problem you are encountering is where to stay? As they usually say, the rates go up as the date of your need came close. It is either you end up paying higher amount or worse end up with a crappy accommodation that will just leave you a traumatic experience.
Image screencap from HotelQuickly website

Well, good news as I was able to visit an interesting booth during the Blogapalooza event. It was called HotelQuickly

What is HotelQuickly?
What is HotelQuickly?
In a nutshell, it is a mobile application that provides last-minute booking a breeze with the lowest prices on the best hotels. You can book at most 7 days before your actual stay. You might be doubting just like me with this promise as I also had mine when the representative was explaining with me what their application is. I tried checking it myself to see if it is truly great.
Surprising but real
In summary, my experience can be described with the acronym QUICKLY, which stands for:

Q - Quality hotels
U - User Experience is great!
I - International hotels
C - Cheap rates without sacrificing quality
K - Kind 24/7 support  
L - Local destinations available 
Y - You will earn

Quality hotels
Upon downloading, I registered to the app via my Facebook account. I immediately tried to check the hotels that they have on their apps. I was hesitant initially that they might be only providing low-quality hotels that's why they can promise lower rates. Surprisingly it is not! As I was browsing for hotels in Makati, Philippines, the hotels that it provides are Makati Diamond Hotel, Astoria Greenbelt, Dusit Thani Manila. 
Some of the great hotels that you can book with HotelQuickly 

User Experience is great!
As I was trying out their application, I was amazed that it was neat and easy to follow. I am happy that it can also integrate with your Facebook account to register reducing the time needed to be able to enter. The application had a simple graphics and you can see which country you want to search for hotels. It can also check your location so it can provide a location based search of hotels nearby your location. Even a kid can book with the user interface they created.
What's in it for you when you register?

International hotels
If you are thinking that HotelQuickly is only for PH market. Well, you are wrong because you search hotels from 15 different countries around the globe. Here's the list of countries you can search for great deals:
International destination where you can book hotels via HotelQuickly app

Cheap Rates without sacrificing quality

I checked a sample hotel that is being offered in HotelQuickly and compared it to a known website for booking hotels at affordable rates. I was able to prove that HotelQuickly can save you a whopping PHP 1,719.02!
Cost comparison of HotelQuickly rate vs Known booking website rate

24/7 Chat support at your service

Kind 24/7 Support
In case you will encounter any issues or just have a simple inquiry, HotelQuickly comes with a 24/7 support for its users. You can contact them and great customer service during my interaction with them.

Local Destinations available
If you want to explore our beautiful country, HotelQuickly is a great app. It is not only limited to Metro Manila but it also offers rates to other destinations especially those which have great tourist spots to explore. I think this is a great feature and definitely boost and encourage a normal Juan to further see the beauty of our country. Here's a list of the local destinations where HotelQuickly has offerings:
Hotel Quickly PH destinations 
You can Earn
Once you have an account with HotelQuickly, you can even earn free nights on your next local destination. Just by simple inviting your friend to join, you already earn PHP 40.00 and even earn PHP 600 when they book a hotel. You can share it also on Facebook/Twitter once a month to earn 1 USD or with your contact (one-time) and earn PHP 200. Now, that is a great way to further enjoy this app. Your friend doesn't even have to book yet and you already earn. As of this writing, the top inviter in the PH is at #6 worldwide with 166 people invited and earning of PHP 21,190.22!  If you want get the PHP 600 credit, you can use my HotelQuickly promo code DCOVAR.
HotelQuickly promo code - DCOVAR

Over-all I was pretty impressed with this new application. I think this will really fit my personality who is always cramming on my trip to get a great accommodation and yet on a tight budget. I know a lot of fellow Filipinos will benefit and will have a less worry on their next travel. Kahitanoito.com definitely recommends this app!

Don't be stupid - Download HotelQuickly now! Kahitanoito.com approved!
What are you waiting for? Download it now on your Android or Apple device! Let me know your experience as well when booking your next trip with HotelQuickly! You may visit their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more updates.


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Presenting my Quatro Pasta ala Hotpot Style!

I have been thinking of what will be my personal recipe. I decided that my recipe should be something different yet still something that maximizes the flavor of the WeiWei Hotpot ingredients. When I think of WeiWei, I then thought of Variety,  Easy-to-Cook and definitely superb Taste! To have a different twist, I then decided to go away from "soup" style and decided to make a pasta since it is also one of my favorite food. I was inspired by Quatro Formaggi pizza so I thought of why not have my dish with a "quatro" style by incorporating different noodle flavor so anyone can mix and match it with the hotpot ingredients that comes with it. Here's my take on the dish:

Quatro Pasta Ala Hotpot Style
My main ingredient - WeiWei Hotpot Special
WeiWei Mushroom balls
- WeiWei Hotpot Special Pack
- 4 pcs. WeiWei Mushroom balls (diced)
- 4pcs. 50g. Fresh Noodles (Carrots, Ube, Spinach, Malunggay)
- Olive oil
- Soy sauce
- Oyster sauce
- Garlic
- Sugar
- White pepper
- Salt
My Quatro Fresh Noodles (L-R: Spinach, Carrots, Ube, Malunggay)
Optional ingredients for garnish:
- clear gelatin
- spicy peanuts (crushed)
Hotpot already cooked!
1. Using the same procedure with normal WeiWei hotpot cooking instruction, boil 1.5-2.0L of water.
2. Add the hot pot soup base included in the pack and also all the ingredients included on the pack for around 7 minutes.
3. Once the hotpot ingredients are cooked, remove the ingredients from the boiling soup base.
4. Cook the pasta one at a time on the same soup base for 1.5 minutes where the hotpot ingredients were cooked. This is done so that the flavor will be emulsified on the noodles as it being cooked. After 1.5 minutes, remove immediately the noodles and drain with running water to stop the noodles  from further cooking. Set aside the pasta.
5. Mix olive oil (4 tbsp.), soy sauce (4 tbsp.), oyster sauce (1 tbsp.), garlic (1 clove) on a small container. Add sugar, white pepper and salt to taste.
6. Saute the diced WeiWei Mushroom balls in olive oil until golden brown.
7. Add in the sauce mixture (see step 6) and 100 ml of soup base used earlier to cook the hotpot and noodles.
8. Continue mixing while the sauce started to simmer or until the sauce has been further reduced to half its volume.
9. Add in the pasta cooked earlier and mix with the sauce for around 2 minutes.
10. Serve the pasta together with the hotpot ingredients.

1. Get around 200 ml of the soup base and mix with a clear gelatin powder and bring the mixture to almost boiling point.
2. Transfer the gelatin and soup base mixture on a container and let it cool down for a few minutes.
3. Once the mixture has been cooled, you can put it into a freezer so it can solidify.
4. Once the gelatin mixture solidify, dice the mixture and put it as an alternative topping for the noodle dish.
5. You may also add in crushed spicy peanuts for added flavor and texture on the dish.
6. If you still have soup base broth, you can use it as a coulis for the dish for added flavor and appearance.

Final product pictures:
My finished product

My finished product

My finished product

My finished product

My finished product

My finished product

My finished product

My finished product

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Wei Wei Hotpot Special Pack

A few weeks ago, I was able to share to you about Wei Wei (see my post here). I was given the privilege to try out their product and experience myself at my home if I can also replicate the same hotpot goodness I enjoy on restaurants at the comfort of my home.
Wei Wei Hotpot Special contents

I was given a single pack of their Hotpot Special set containing 1 pound of imported freshly frozen ingredients. The pack contains variety of different hotpot ingredients and also a soup base. Thus, no need to have a stock and wait for a long time to have a soup base to complete the experience.

Here's the video on how to easily cook using the Wei Wei Hotpot special:

Part 1:

Part 2:

After only a few minutes, (abracadabra) I was able to produce vibrant looking hotpot special. I had to share it with my family and they enjoy munching every single one of it. It is also a fun activity on trying out single one of them and amazed at how each one has their distinct flavor. Any person will definitely find their favorite one from all of the choices. 

My Wei Wei Hotpot End Product!

My Verdict
Definitely HOT! I can definitely say that I will recommend this Wei Wei hotpot. It is very flavorful at the same time very easy to cook. Even novice cook or chef-wannabe can start from this hotpot dish. Just drop and pop in your mouth the end product.

I'm so excited to already experiment on my own take with the hotpot special. I will upload soon my recipe and end product for you to enjoy. Watch it out on my blog. 
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