Tuesday, June 25, 2019

I saw one bottle of the new Best Ever Joy wash 17,500 plates at San Juanico Bridge!

Okay, I saw it on a screen so I wasn't actually there hehe but this week, I attended the Best Ever Joy event at Quezon City and, together with media and other mom bloggers, we saw the whole thing unfold. The new Best Ever Joy washed 17,500 plates! Ika nga ni Michael V., the plates they washed not only ran the length of the longest bridge in the country, but it also ran the whole length back!

That's why I'm publishing their press release on ze blog today! I was impressed! The photos here—except the ones of the bridge and the check—are all mine! I'll do a review of the Best Ever Joy one day but not today, ha. Dami work! 

With the launch of its new and best ever formulation, Joy, the leading dishwashing liquid in the Philippines, doubled its famous old record of number of plates washed with a single bottle. From 8,750 plates 20 years ago, 17,500 plates were cleaned with just one single 495 ml bottle of the new Best Ever Joy - covering the entire length of the San Juanico bridge and back.

“With our effort to continuously innovate Joy to help Filipino families achieve their Best Ever Life, we introduce the new Best Ever Joy that can wash more plates with just one bottle. This means more savings for families that they can use to lead their best ever lives. The Best Ever Joy is so good that its new formulation was able to clean 17,500 plates with just one bottle of Joy, doubling our own record of 8,750 plates 20 years ago,” shares Meir Yap, Dish Care Brand Manager at Procter and Gamble.Joy celebrated this momentous occasion through the nationwide #BestEverLife Salu-Salo. The celebration first started on June 23, 2019, near the San Juanico Bridge.

Joy celebrity endorser Michael V. was on site in San Juanico Bridge to lay down the 17,500 plates. Guest of Honor Mayor Elect Alfred Romualdez congratulated Joy on the launch of its new and improved product. The event was filled with scrumptious regional cuisines and delicacies and featured festive song and dance performances by regional prides such as The Prodigals, Remo Tribe and the Rondayan.

Product experts established the new Best Ever Joy’s superior dishwashing mileage with experiment videos that showed the product’s new and improved reformulation - a truly Zero Sebo* result. The new Best Ever Joy’s mileage was even demonstrated live by how just one bottle of the Best Ever Joy can clean all of the plates utilized in the salu-salo.

San Juanico Bridge was just the start of the celebration of the nationwide Joy #BestEverLife Salu-Salo. On June 24, 2019, celebrity mom Jolina Magdangal-Escueta led another celebration at Plaza Ibarra in Quezon City filled with festive Filipino delicacies and festival performances.

Media guests watched Michael V. via his San Juanico Bridge greeting where he showcased the incredible proof that 17,500 plates were washed by just one 495 ml bottle of the new Best Ever Joy.

Fellow celebrity mom Rufa Mae Quinto and mommy blogger Momi Berlin joined Jolina on stage to talk about how the new best ever Joy has helped them lead the best ever lives for their families. “I tried using a different dishwashing product in the past, but even though it was cheaper, we ended up spending more because we finished up one bottle so fast. When I use Joy, because the product is so concentrated, one drop goes a long way,” Momi Berlin shared.

In both events, Joy also extended the celebration of the Best Ever Life beyond the attendees of both events. Joy committed to support 1 months’ worth of meals each for the SOS Children’s Village Alabang and Tacloban as part of helping children to live their best lives every day. They will also be donating the thousands of plates washed with Joy lining the bridge to SOS and other organizations that support the feeding and nutrition of children around the Visayas and nationwide. 
As more and more Filipinos use the new Best Ever Joy in their homes, more and more are also discovering their best ever life. Be part of the #BestEverLife movement with the new #BestEverJoy!

The new Best Ever Joy comes in a limited offer of only P99 for the 495 ml bottle. Joy is available in all leading supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide. 
For more information about Joy, visit the Joy Philippines Facebook page.
*ZERO SEBO claim is based on technical and quantitative tests with 300 consumers in Metro Manila vs previous formula.

*To be featured on Press Release Tuesdays, send it to frances@topazhorizon.com.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Home tools and appliance gifts for every type of Dad

Happy Father's Day, Vince!

Father's Day is this weekend and if we're going to be honest, it's really hard to give a gift to the man who's given us so much. Samsung sent me this list and there's a lot of great ideas below. I hope you find something here for your husband, your dad, and the other dads in your life!

Now is the time to make Dad feel appreciated. This Father’s Day, give him something cool, practical, and suited for his unique interests. Can't decide what to get? Then worry no more—we’ve created this list based on Dad’s hobbies and needs so it’s easier to pick!

For the Aspiring Chef Dad

Samsung Smart Oven
If Dad loves to cook and prepare for the family, get him this 6-in-1 Samsung Smart Oven! This appliance functions as a convection oven and a microwave that can be used for baking, grilling, slim frying, defrosting, steaming and even making yogurt, making it the perfect cooking appliance. This will definitely make him try more recipes so expect new dishes after buying this gift.

Kitchen Blow Torch
Make dad feel like a legit chef with this blow torch. Extra char on the steak or BBQ? That burnt edge on the toast? Beautiful caramel glow in creme brulee? He can do anything he wants with this kitchen tool.

For the Handyman Dad 

Rotary Tool Kit
If Dad’s hobby is to create new cool things, then this can be handy for him! Get a rotary tool kit for him to easily engrave on different objects such as wood, metal, glass, electronics, plastic, and many other materials for his personal projects. 

Swiss Knife
Screwdriver, can opener, knife, cork opener… basically what is always asked from Dad. Get him prepared in these situations with an absolutely convenient swiss knife.

For the Dad who deserves rest and relaxation

Samsung Wind-free Air Conditioner
Let him relax and have an undisturbed sleep. The Samsung Wind-free air conditioner cools the room quickly and comfortably by maintaining the preferred temperature in any room without directly blasting cold air or creating unpleasant cold spots. The best part is, it can be controlled using your phone with its Wi-Fi function, so the room can be set anytime and from anywhere he wants.

300-count cotton pillowcase
This will totally become a game-changer for his sleep quality. These pillowcases has a luxurious softness that will make him relax instantly every time he goes to bed.

For the Coffee Lover Dad

This cool method of coffee-brewing will certainly amaze Dad! Add in some of his current favorite beans or a new type of blend for him to start playing with this new toy.

Hand-painted mug
Think of a favorite memory with Dad... or a running inside joke with him! Get the creative juices flowing and paint a mug for him so he can remember you whenever he gets a cup of coffee.

For the Adventurous Dad

Samsung Heat Pump dryer
Can’t rely on the sunlight to fully dry gears? Now, he can make sure his gears are clean and dry with the Samsung Heat Pump dryer. Best part is, if he suddenly decides to take on a trip and his favorite outdoor clothes are still in the laundry, the QuickDry function just takes 35 minutes for it to be fully dry!

3-in1 Monopod, Selfie Stick, and Remote
Never let him miss a moment with a light tripod that he can bring to his trips! This multi-functional gadget can serve whatever he needs for that perfect shot.

To know more about the innovative products of Samsung Digital Appliances, visit the nearest authorized dealer, check Samsung PH on Facebook, or visit samsung.com/ph.

For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com.

*To be featured on Press Release Tuesdays, send it to frances@topazhorizon.com.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Iñigo and Piero love Ready, Steady, Go!

Summer was super fun for my two younger boys, Iñigo and Piero, because of Ready Steady Go Kids! Every Saturday, we trooped to the 9th Avenue School at BGC, Taguig, for an hour of fun and fitness with other kids.

You know how people call play the real work of kids? Well, this is exactly like that! The kids may seem like they're just throwing and catching balls or jumping up and down or chasing each other. They look like they're just playing but really they're developing eye-hand coordination, learning what their bodies can do and how it moves, building strength and flexibility, learning focus and patience and determination, learning to listen to instructions and pay attention to others—and doing all of that while having fun!

Ready Steady Go is Australia’s largest and most reputable multi-sport and exercise program for preschoolers (aged 2.5-7 years). We have been with RSGK since they launched here in the Philippines 5 years ago. At first, we were skeptical because it was just play. They can play at our playground for free! But at the very first session, when Vito was just 4, we saw that Vito learned motor and social skills fast. We were converted to the Temple of Play!

RSGK offers a high-quality, physio-designed program that teaches children the fundamentals of 10 different sports in a fun, non-competitive, team-based environment. There are 5 sports covered in each term. Each class focuses on a specific gross motor, hand-eye/foot-eye and/or balance activity to complement the sport component. The program has a structure repeated each week so that the kiddos become familiar and comfortable with the routine. It's not drastically different from each class, which is good because kids like familiarity.

So far, my kids learned basketball, golf, and tennis. But not in a competitive way. It was really just taking the basic moves of the sports and then using them to teach kids how to use and develop their muscles and social skills. It's really fascinating to watch the coaches apply sports to instill useful life skills! 

The classes run for 45 minutes. Best to go early so your kids can settle in. We also stay and play with the other kids after the class ends so we spend about an hour to an hour-and-a-half at RSGK. Super fun, mamas!

If your kids have summer vacation now or if they have classes but you want them to improve their motor skills or if you have a preschooler, please enroll them at Ready Steady Go! Super highly recommended! Topaz Mommy-approved! Register here: http://readysteadygokids.com.ph/enroll/

You can also follow their Facebook page to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/ReadySteadyGoKidsPhilippines. I can't say enough good things about RSGK! Please enroll your kids na!