Astrid S Says Hi To Asia

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I was excited, a bit happy that I'd be able to talk to someone from Norway let alone a celebrity and singer who's music genre is a bit close to my heart. I've been listening to these type of songs as long as I could remember and I was determined to know more about her. I was a bit disheartened as they informed us right at the event that she wouldn't be able to talk to us but I completely understood as she wasn't feeling well. She even made an apology video, as she must have been very busy all these months and it has probably caught up with her. I hope she gets well soon.

I thought I was oblivious about her but she was apparently already on my playlist (last year I think) and I am quite choosy. I revived my iPod and found "Hurts So Good" in it then listened to her more. World music or in their term "Galilean Music" is fondly played in bars and clubs in Manila. It's not totally foreign at all. These are the types where you just clearly have to listen to it and close your eyes, as it takes you places, to where it would bring you so much joy... believe in every heartbreak, in romance, sometimes humor, in stories she tells in her lyrics. 

Astrid S has tons of accomplishments including winning and being nominated for Best Norwegian act for MTV Europe Awards for several years. She's done several singles included in various charts and worked with different artists including one of my favorites Shawn Mendes (a debut album in 2015). So clearly, she's not just another blonde caucasian female you would brush off because she's very talented. She sings like an angel, and is a very good story teller in songs. She has officially said hi to Asia through the Philippines and deem this a very good place to start introducing her music in the region. You should hear her new ones on Partys Over EP coming out real soon!

"It's streaming and being played a couple in Asia bug Astrid has really committed plans to visit there. She's the type of person who cares so much about her fans, which is quite unique, take them to hot chocolate cups or pancakes. Her music is a combination of Galilean pop with a twist of urban, it would be interesting for mainstream people and she's got lots of collaboration going on. She is inspired by nature, by people, not a specific person, that's why a lot of her videos are visual because that's how her thought process goes. We would probably be able to visit if plans push through, hopefully soon. The production of her new album is the next step for her, it's finer, the level has definitely rised musically. What's next for her? Hopefully world domination, a lot more collaborations and hopefully to go far. She hasn't been feeling well lately and she really appreciates your presence." - Margaret her personal friend and part of Universal Marketing.

Astrid S also signified her wishes to go to the Philippines soon. It's not in the plans yet but we're crossing our fingers to see the lovely Norwegian singer in our shores if not this year, perhaps the next! We need her kind of music. In the meantime, please take note of her world tour schedules below and download her songs off of digital stores here and around the globe!

Now I can't wait to see you dear!

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Why Smart, TNT and Sun Prepaid Is Even Better

Had a wonderful time attending events up north a few weeks ago and didn't know I'd enjoy farming as much as I did. We did the whole enchilada, getting to know the people behind it too and was glad that even in that location, I'm still connected to Smart's network as I always believed I could - and even gone live blogging from there. Though it wasn't all that fine and dandy because I actually forgot my phone at home, imagine how panicked I got when I found out that my main line of communication was hundreds of kilometers away from me, I was having panic attacks and scoured my bag minutes after. I found my spare phone, a power bank and this LTE sim still lying around (which I intended to use in times like these). It looks like I've saved myself a lot of trouble by having these things on my backpack while on this trip in Bulacan.

Now I know Smart has really good prepaid offers but just discovered they DOUBLED the data and got UNLIMITED FB and Messenger services thrown in too. To save me a ton of headache I registered to GIGASURF 99 (valid for 7 days) which got me 3GB of data which is double from the usual 1.5 GB and an additional 600MB for other services like Youtube, iFlix, Spinnr, Vimeo, Dailymotion and Dubsmash (that's double from the former 300MB they offered). I could have also subscribed to their ALLOUTSURF 99 offer (valid for 7 days) and get 2GB of data, 200 minutes of all net calls, unlimited sms and Facebook access (I mean who doesn't love that right?) if I am more on the calling and texting side, this would have been perfect as it is that cheap!

If I used UCT100 (which is also valid for 7 days) I could use 300MB of data, unli calls to mobile networks, unli calls for 5 PLDT numbers, unli all net sms and Facebook so you could see photos and read not just headlines (don't be a victim of fake news!). It all saved me money, saved me to publish my story while in that remote neighborhood, perfect for people on the go and can't get disconnect from the FB world because Smart, TNT and Sun just made it even BIGGER for the same price up until July 10 only. You've got a few weeks left baby! Now isn't that crazy!?

I'm enjoying my postpaid line and have got this prepaid line to save me at times I need it most. That means more content, more data to stream live on IG and Facebook because I have double the previous offers. You just get MORE with Smart, TNT and Sun and you can't deny that it's all better! You don't have to even ask! If you want to know more about it just visit their website or

Try texting GIGA99 to 9999 now and see how I felt that week, or ALLOUT99 on the samw number, you would love it like I do!


Pizza, Pasta, Salads at Project Pie BGC

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Guess who just opened up shop at 7th Avenue in BGC, it's Project Pie baby! The store's design has been spruced up, a little far from the former fully industrial look they had in other stores, which they also plan to implement in the near future. The difference is much of the added decor, a little scribble here and there, some pastel colors, lighting, pillows, instagrammable spots and a few bunk chairs and tables for groups of three or four. 

I guess they might have had a millenial inspiration and felt updating the place is vital so people could appreciate spending a little time there and appreciate not just the food, but connect with the ambiance.

Now that's not the only thing that has changed because along with the customized yummy PIZZA, you can now Build Your Own SALAD and PASTA too! They give you a form and a ball point pen so you could choose the ingredients to start building your perfect Pizza, Pasta or Salad and you know what I did? I chose them all!

You will be assisted by the kind pizza guy and no he's not included. They've got a selection of vegetables, proteins, sauces and crust. If you're not in the mood, just tell them and they could suggest too. 

For the drinks, you can have them all UNLIMITED for only 69 pesos and choose between the usual sodas, pineapple juice or iced teas. If you want booze, they also have local and importd beers but it's sold per bottle. You'll save a lot if you get the former.

Then you just have to wait on your table while they bake it in the brick oven. In the meantime, grab another form and start building your own Salad. I wanted a LOT of protein in mine so I've got sausages, pepperoni, tons of different cheeses and peppery arugula leaves. It was drizzled with Raspberry Vinaigrette and voila! My own salad masterpiece!

They also have a section of their kitchen where you can ask them to whip your favorite Pasta. I prefer either cream or pesto sauce on mine but you can always get the usual spaghetti and meatballs as it's still a hit for kids and adults who enjoy marinara sauce. 

I went there the next day to try it is was so good, albeit a little mix up in the orders they apologized but I completely understood. I'm going back there anyway! Now there's no reason to be sad when you're in one of their stores. Grab a slice, a fork and enjoy more at Project Pie today!

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Kiko Estrada Has His Eyes On The Target

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I've had the privilege of interviewing Kiko Estrada a couple years back when the talk of the town was the budding relationship he had with Kim Domingo. I loved their pairing and found they look good in shows, enough for me to follow them on social media religiously. A few months ago I saw the other break down as their pairing ended up in shambles. I felt sorry for Kim but just like any relationship, people have to move on and end what seemed to be forever.

Kiko mentioned "I am thankful for all the people I had a relationship with because we took a lot of things from each other, we learned a lot from the experiences and feel we had to go through that in life. I think I matured early, feel that there's still a lot to learn. Mulawin is just one of the things that was given to me and if you see what's happening on TV, that's not even the biggest part of the story yet. You should wait for what is about to happen in later episodes."

His birthday was much of a way to thank his fans. So in a small way, they got this activity to bond and be close. That tough exterior of Kiko Estrada? Let's just say he portrayed a sweet sweet boy and broke down walls and got these lucky fans what they deserve, some good ol hugs and kisses from the Kapuso star.

The event was also hosted by goodlooking and hunky Yas Marta of boyband group One Up and Businesswoman Tycoon (Ika Anim Na Utos star) Arianne Bautista. Which by the way are both talented and great in their own respective shows. 

They also played a contest to see who would become the best archers in the group, they got prizes and more hours to go back to Kodanda later on just by participating in it. I saw how happy they were spending time with Kiko and he promises that this won't be the end of doing good in the acting department because there are still a lot of things that GMA Artist Center has planned for him, they will be executing it well in the next few years and he's very excited for that!

Here's some of the scenes on video:

Happy birthday and may your career continue to flourish Kiko! :) 

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