“Cars” inspired Christmas Showcase at SM City Taytay

SM City Taytay launched the Christmas Season inspired by the 3D animation movie, Cars, last Saturday, November 11. The creative centerpiece was made up of bright green colored tires with bright blue and red as decors within an indoor racetrack.

 

Everyone was excited to see wonderful presentations leading to the centerpiece lighting. The kids were dressed to the occasion as they sported their car racer costumes and rendered cute production numbers.

A friendly and jolly Santa was happy to talk to kids and give them their loot bags. Kids were also treated to a candy bar where they  took home candies and Christmas sweets.

Everything here is yummy!



Thank you SM for letting us celebrate Christmas as early as we can.  We can’t wait to start shopping and give gifts to our family and friends!

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Early Christmas Treat at SM Center Angono

Christmas came early at  SM Center Angono as it launched its colorful Christmas display last Saturday, November 11.  Townsfolk young and old gathered together at the lobby as they were entertained by energetic production numbers leading to the centerpiece lighting.

The centerpiece for this year is a happy one featuring Santa and Snowman with bright green and deep red colors adorning two tall christmas trees. For sure, shoppers would take time to pose and get a picture of themselves with the display.

Mayor Gerry Calderon graced the event and even thrilled everyone as he danced his version of “Baby Shark” with the kids. Excitement was truly in the air as this event paves the way for future festivities in the area as Angono town fiesta celebration is only a week away.

The countdown finally began, the centerpiece was lighted, it rained colorful confetti and everyone danced for joy! It was such an awesome sight to see.

 

Thank you SM for the early Christmas treat! A Merry SM Christmas to all!

An Exhibit of 135 Hand-Painted Fans by Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students

In celebration of the Mid Autumn Festival, SMCity East Ortigas and  Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students  formally launched an exhibit of 135 Hand-Painted Fans on August 27, 2017 at the Main Atrium of SMCity East Ortigas.  The exhibit included chosen work from 42 different artists to showcase their rich culture and artistry.

The exhibit will run from August 27 to September 24, 2017.

The Chan Lim Family of Artists is best known for their Asian-themed art with particular focus on Chinese Brush Painting. The family has been actively engaged in the arts for more than half a century to date.  The three generations of Chan Lim family use a multitude of media, styles and techniques to incorporate Western into Eastern Art. The family actively develops and promotes Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad.

 

 

Mr. Chan Lim, the Patriarch originally worked with oil and watercolor, but most of his art are on canvas.  He recently ventured into other types of media such as ceramic and porcelain plates, Asian lanterns and fans to blend Western and Eastern techniques.

Bound by their passion for the arts, the Chan Lims have traveled extensively across to conduct numerous art workshops, seminars, exhibits and on-the-spot painting demonstrations. Members of the family have joined several art exhibits locally and internationally.

Their art subjects included flora, fauna, landscape and even portraits.  These themes can be seen in most of the family’s art, as well as their students. The family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today and is sought after in this field.


The second generation of Chan Lims – Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies. The third generation of Chan Lims revel in exploring different types of modern techniques,  such as digital media and apps and incorporate these into their art.

The artwork on the fans are beautiful! Each of us were given a kit – a fan, Chinese brush and a set of water colors to use.  What’s even special is that they assigned family members and students to teach us basic strokes and techniques. It was so much fun! I promised myself to practice at home so I can paint my fan beautifully.

Mr. Robin Padilla, a close friend of the family graced the event.  He acknowledged the importance of our Filipino heritage which includes Chinese Culture.  Robin beamed with pride as he informed everyone that Mr. Chan Lim, the Patriarch, is not only a master artist but is also his a martial arts master.

 

Happy to have a picture with Mr. Robin Padilla. He’s so humble and generous to spend time and take a selfie with his fans.

Art Classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City.  Their paintings can be found in private collections across the globe.

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Attention Pet Lovers! First Ever SM Pet Park launched in SM City Taytay

A happy heads up to pet owners and lovers in Rizal Area! We now have a nearby PET PARK at SM City Taytay for our furry friends and fur babies! Yay!

 

In celebration of International Dog’s day, August 26, 2017, SM City Taytay, in partnership with Doodles Paw Couture and Team Doggie’s Choice, launched the first ever Pet Park at SM Supermalls.

 

Pets and owners participated in an opening ceremony where all pets were prayed for and blessed.   Then, they were treated to freebies, product samples  and complimentary grooming.  There were raffles and games and a competition  for SM Pet Ambassador.

The SM PetPark features an agility area for the dogs, mini pet pool, colorful benches, an event area for future pet events and Doggie’s Choice Pet Village.

The SM Pet Park is SM Supermall’s way of giving back and contributing to our community’s development. Through this, SM Supermalls shows how our beloved pets are also welcome for a better mall experience together with the pets.

Thanks to SM City Taytay, this fur baby now has a nearby park!

 

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Meet Shamcey, a true beauty with her tiara and blue long gown!

Pet owners can also register at the SM Pet Club where they can avail of exclusive and exciting perks during event and also a free use of the Pet Park for their pet’s birthday.

Membership is FREE with an accumulated receipt purchase of only PhP 1,000.00 from any store of SM City Taytay. IDs are renewable yearly.  Registration can be done at the Mall Admin Office.  As a member, you get the following COOL PERKS:

  • Free invites to pet events
  • Loot bags (with freebies and product samples) during pet events
  • Special discounts
  • Free use of Pet Park for your pet’s birthday party

The SM Pet Park is located beside the BPO Building of SM City Taytay and opens daily from 6:00 AM-8:00 AM and 6:00 PM to 12 MN.

 

 

 

 

Remember Who You Are

It has been a while since I last wrote something here. You see, a couple of months ago, I made a major decision.

After a lot of thought, sleepless nights and prayers, I decided to resign from a big global organization to join a local conglomerate / group of companies.  Normal with any life – changing decision, there were feelings of loss coupled with this huge excitement and anxiety of “new beginnings”.

Making the move and making a decision is a long process but central to my decision is my big WHY.  I had to search my heart and find out — who I am as a person, what my talents are,  WHAT I TRULY WANT,  the things I want to do and how I want my work days to be. Surprisingly, just when I was contemplating on these things, an opportunity presented itself.

 

I’m reminded of the movie, the LION KING.  Simba, afraid and far from home and his destiny, was reminded one night to remember who he is – a leader, an heir, a hope to his constituents.

Looking back, it was a bit nerve wrecking to leave comfort – my usual zone, my usual way of doing things – and replace it with the unknown. One thing I realized is that we can never be sure of what lies ahead.  We can either live in fear or in faith and I chose the latter. With much prayers and advice from people who love me,  I did it, tendered my resignation and moved on.

Was I scared? Yes!  Was it worth it? Yes!  Now, I’m happier and more true to myself!

To all of you who are contemplating on shifting jobs or careers, this list of things to consider might help.

A. PRACTICALS – Total Rewards Package:

  • Would it be a better move financially? (better to annualize and decide)
  • Benefits –  (HMOs, Leaves, Bonuses, Perks)  Would it support your family better? (Very important especially if you are married with kids )

B. Stability, Branding, Reputation

  • Know more about the company – values, line of Business
  • Reputation in the industry
  • Stability and years in the business (Depending on what you like, you could go for a start-up or a more traditional, stable company).

C. Career

  • Is it a better Career move for you? (Is it a promotion for you?)
  • Is there a career management plan for you? How will you advance, grow and be developed?

D. Personal Alignment (This is my main reason for moving)

  • Is it aligned to what you want to do?
  • Is it aligned to your skills, talents?
  • Is it aligned to what you want to become?
  • Is it a dream role?
  • Will the job make your heart sing?
  • Will there be joy in doing it?

E. People

  • Do you hear positive things about the people in the company?
  • Will you have a mentor / friend to guide you?

Note:  These are just considerations that helped me decide.  You are free to weigh pros and cons. Everyone’s decision tree is different.

 

Remember who you are. Be true to yourself –  Your God-given gifts, your talents, your skills.   Seek advice from people who love you, PRAY, listen and DESIGN YOUR LIFE the way you want it to be.

Create the life you want to have.

How about you? Care to share when you made a bold career move?  What did you consider?

 

Hugs,

Suzanne

Hot! The Almond Milk and Honey Body Range at The Body Shop

Make peace with sensitive skin with The Body Shop’s new Almond Milk & Honey bath and skin care range. Enriched with Community Trade almond oil from the Alicante region of Spain, and Community Trade honey from the UNESCO Sheka rainforest in Ethiopia, this caring new range is as kind to the environment as it is your skin.

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Body Shop’s Almond oil comes from almond nuts grown by expert farmers in the Alicante region of Spain. To collect the precious honey sourced from the Sheka rainforest biosphere reserve, The Body Shop works with the “bee whisperers” of Beza Mar, a group dedicated to improving the livelihood of Ethiopian beekeeping communities and maintaining their traditional, natural way of working with the bees. This helps support the sustainable use of the forest by providing a steady income to local people who might otherwise be forced to agriculture that could lead to deforestation.

Alongside with its campaign “Make love not war with sensitive skin”, The Body Shop also wants people to embrace sensitivity, to show kindness and empathy to all the sensitive issues seen in social media.

 

Made for sensitively dry skin, The Body Shop’s new range starts from bath essentials such as the Almond Milk & Honey Cleansing Bar, Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub, Bath Milk, and Shower Cream.  There are also products for your after-bath skin care routine- the Almond Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Soothing & Restoring Body Butter, and the Calming & Protecting Hand Cream.

The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.

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My Two words for this year: Courage and Influence

My two words for the year, after much prayers, are COURAGE and INFLUENCE.

COURAGE. I feel in my heart that this year is the year to do things that I want to do.  To not be limited by fears, worries and concerns but to live, ever joyfully and enjoy the blessings God has given me.  Courage to smile freely, explore the world and live my OWN adventure and not someone else’s. Have the guts to follow my dream and follow through on my first step,  To keep moving despite self-doubt and harmful words – words that tear down dreams and fragile ideas and choose deliberately to heed Words that build, connect and strengthen

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INFLUENCE.  We are all created to shine and not be embarrassed by our talents, our vulnerability, our open hearts.   I believe that we are born not to live in the shadows, but to be a bright light reflecting the beauty of God, who made us wonderfully and fearfully with HIs loving hands.  I cannot count how many times I have been bashful and shy – shy of my talents, my thoughts, shy to raise my hand for a second longer. We are here to live our lives and touch others in ways that are subtle and loud.  We have to share beauty and love with our  minds, our hearts and thoughts through words, pictures, actions, writing… freely,  for keeping them would be a disservice to the world we live in.  Shy no more, but brave and living a life with spotlights for all people to see, and hopefully for others to praise God by seeing how we live and touch others as they, in turn, affect people around them, beautifully.

What about you?  What are your words for this year?

SM Pet Park: Mall experience for our furry friends!

For the first time ever, SM Supermalls will build a Pet Park in SM City Taytay  to bring happiness to pet owners and extend a one-of-a kind mall experience to our furry friends!  The ground breaking ceremony was held last Saturday, March 25,  at SM City Taytay’s BPO – open parking area and was graced by SM City Taytay Mall Manager, Ms. Maureen Fernandez (far left),  Doggie’s Choice owners, adorable Diku (Doggie’s choice mascot) and Philippine pet fashion icon Ms. Bernie Alfonso of Doodles Paw Couture (3rd from left. With them are pet owners with their cute puppies.

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No need for pet owners to travel so many miles (not to mention be stuck in traffic)  to visit a pet park in Eastwood, Greenhills or Tiendesitas,  Now, they can enjoy a place where their “fur babies” are welcome and can run and play alongside their friends.

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Two months from now, I imagine seeing happy people,  laughters in the air as happy puppies run and jump and dance around and around under a bright sky.

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Diku – Doggie’s  Choice mascot stars the groundbreaking event.

May this be the first of many pet parks to be built by SM.  They truly got it all for us and these little four-legged ones.

Top Toys this Christmas at Toy Kingdom

‘Tis that time of year when kids are making their Christmas wish list, and there’s no other way to play Santa in a big way with Top Toys from Toy Kingdom, the amazing toy superstore.

There are the gift sets from well- loved brands – Barbie, My Little Pony, Powerpuff Girls, and Shopkins – that will bring a big smile to little girls.

 

 

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DC Superhero Girls Power Action Wonder Woman Doll comes with her Super Hero accessories such as the iconic Lasso of Truth and the Golden Shield.

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Huggable Powerpuff girls “6 Deluxe doll

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My Little Pony Basic Pony. This well-loved pony figure has fancy marks and a whimsical mane. Includes brush and barrettes.

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Shopkins Tall Mall. The coolest shopkins treat that conveniently folds down for easy storage. Features an adorable home and garden store, food court and Petkins Parlor. Includes four exclusive shopkins.

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Barbie Starlight Lead Doll features Barbie in a space outfit alongside pet Pupcorn.

 

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Motorized Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon Blaster includes 24-dart revolving drum. Fires darts up to 100 feet (30 meters) and comes with 24 MEGA Whistler Darts.

 

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Hotwheels Bulldoze track set. With stunt action and player-powered launchers. Includes a Hotwheel car.

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Orbeez Crush and Draw. Squishy balls to Grow, Crush and Create. Simply Crush your Orbeez color of choice and then use the automatic crush pen and follow the included stencils to create beautiful pieces of Orbeez art! Add water and watch them grow to more than 100 times their volume.

 

Toys inspired by blockbuster movies – Star Wars Rogue One, Transformers, Power Rangers, and Cars will top any young boy’s list; as will remote control cars and helicopters.

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McQueen Sports Car. The coolest ride that comes with three sound modes that let you choose English or Spanish phrases from the Cars 2 movie. Comes with single push-button operation for easy stop and wide door openings.

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Paw Patrol Air Patroller. The 2-in-1 Air Patroller that transforms from helicopter to plane mode with real lights and sounds. Comes with a Robopup figure.

 

 

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Power Rangers Ptera Charge Megazord. Morph into Megazord Mode and Pterodactyl Mode with 3 ways to play. Can be combined with Zord Builder items.

 

 

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Star Wars Lead Villain Electrical Mask Includes a voice changer feature to transform into the Lead Villain from the new Star Wars movie.

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Star Wars Bladebuilders Lightsaber. Highly customizable set with accessories made just like in the movies with classic lights and sounds.

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Color Alive Easy Animation Studio. Kids can color their own scenery and stories and bring them to life with the free Easy Animator app. The app works with iOS and Android devices; make it move using a poseable mannequin, capturing the movements with the app and turning them into fluid animations.

 

There’s also something for kids who are into techie stuff like virtual reality glasses which transport kids of all ages to another world.

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PS4 VR with Camera. This virtual reality head-mounted display is fully functional with the PlayStation 4 home video game console.

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Xbox One. Newly updated Xbox One with all in entertainment system made not just to play games but also connect other apps such as Skype.

 

Have fun playing Santa as you complete the list of Top Toys available at all Toy Kingdom Express outlets in SM Stores and Toy Kingdom Stores in most SM Supermalls.

Also visit http://www.toykingdom.ph; ToyKingdomPH at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM – LTO Tie up for Easy Driver’s License Renewal

My Husband’s birthday is fast approaching and soon enough, he’ll ask me for tips on where he can renew his Driver’s license.  My answer now would be – in SM!

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) and SM recently signed a memorandum of agreement to bring Drivers’ license renewal closer, easier and more convenient to the public at SM City North EDSA.

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LTO Chief Asec. Edgar Galvante (3RD from left), SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia(4th from left), and SM Mart, Inc. Executive Vice President Ricky Lim (2nd from left) during the recent signing of the Memorandum of Agreement which allows LTO to occupy a space for their Driver’s License Renewal Center (DLRC) at selected SM Malls. Also present are SM Mart, Inc. Vice President for Business Center Operations Dennis Yaw, LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, and LTO-NCR Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto. With this partnership, the public can expect more DLRCs in various SM malls nationwide. This is one way to serve the public better and to bring the government services closer, easier and conveniently to the public.

This partnership will also give mallgoers the opportunity to have their licensed processed while shopping, having fun, and doing their other errands in SM Malls.

The partnership allows LTO to set up and operate Driver’s License Renewal Centers (DLRC) at selected malls such as:
  • SM City North EDSA
  • SM City Pampanga
  • SM City Manila
  • SM City Cebu
  • SM Southmall
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM City San Jose Del Monte
  • SM City Davao
  • SM Seaside City Cebu and
  • SM City Cabanatuan
DLRCs are open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 9pm (excluding legal holidays, special non-working days and work suspensions declared by the government). 

 

LTO Chief Asec. Edgar Galvante graced the MOA signing together with LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, LTO-NCR Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto, SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia, SM Mart, Inc. Executive Vice President Ricky Lim and Vice President for Business Center Operations Dennis Yaw.

 

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The Driver’s License Renewal Center (DLRC) at SM City North EDSA is conveniently located at the Government Service Express at The Annex, LTO’s Drivers License Renewal together with other government service counters such as Philippine Postal Corporation, PhilHealth, SSS, GSIS, and Pag-IBIG.

The Government Service Center at SM City North EDSA is a one-stop venue for various government service counters such as Philippine Postal Corporation, PhilHealth, SSS, GSIS, and Pag-IBIG.

Likewise, SM Business Centers and SM Bills Payment Counters now accept payments for license renewal, and will serve as an alternate receiving and payment counters to augment the LTO central office; accepting cash payments from LTO clients with Order of Payment forms from 10:00am to 7:00pm every day.

Meanwhile, SM Business Centers offer PSA (formerly NSO) applications for birth, marriage, and death certificates; PRC renewals of professional licenses; DTI consumer welfare services and renewal of business name; and Ombudsman Clearance applications.

Moreover, SM Bills Payment counters located in The SM Store, SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket and Savemore, accept payments for contributions and/or loans for the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth and National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and Armed Forces & Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI); and payment of fines for tickets issued by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

I super agree that the LTO Driver’s License Renewal Center (DLRC) is one of the many services SM extends beyond shopping to its customers.