Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Average Jane will be on Sabbatical Leave...

I will actually be doing something I vowed I would never do when I started The Average Jane blog - reveal a few personal tidbits about myself.  But at this point, I feel it cannot be avoided.

The Average Jane will be taking a few weeks off from blogging.

I will be refraining from updating my adventures for a few weeks to prepare for my masteral thesis final defense (betcha never thought I was a graduate student, eh?  Heheheh!) 

We'll in the interest of further scientific studies, plus the fact that I want to finish this darn thing already, I'll be focusing most of my energies in this worthwhile endevour.

Wish me luck!!!  =)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

CATS in Manila

Fancy yourself a true cat lover?  Well, did you know that:

1. A cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog?
2. The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking?
3. Cats walk on their toes?

You did huh? Hmmm...ok...ok...ok.  We'll stop me if you've heard this one then.  Did you know that cats actually have their own tribe and can express their personal stories through song and dance?

Didn't have a clue eh?  Well be sure to catch Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical CATS showing in Manila starting July 24, 2010 to find out.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Eclipse "Fire & Ice" Party & Midnight Screening (June 29, 2010)

SM Mall of Asia will be hosting a Fire and Ice Party (includes a midnight screening of Eclipse) this June 29, 2010!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

SALE REVIEW: The Unforgettable (?) Greenbelt Sale (June 21 - July 4, 2010)

Greenbelt is hosting its annual Unforgettable Greenbelt Sale which started last June 21 and will run until July 4, 2010.

Trying to save what little piece of my sanity I still had during lunchtime, I decided to check it out and see if this sale really lives up to its name.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Choice for Top Emerging Influential Blogs for 2010

I've been a blogger since late 2005, primarily as a means to express my emotions through a safe, non-violent manner.  Apparently, bonking your boss on the head is equal to an aggravated assault charge.  Go figure!

Ever since deciding to blog for the public quite recently, I've visited a lot of blogs for inspiration.  I've seen the best and the worst.  Some inspiring, some just plain weird, but all provide good sources of information made readily available to the public.

So without further ado, I present my Top Picks for Emerging Influential Blogs for 2010:

Monday, June 21, 2010

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Mom & Tina's Bakery Cafe

I've heard of Mom & Tina's Bakery Cafe before.  Having major foodies for office mates really helps in discovering new places to pig out.

Wanting to try out a different place from our normal breakfast fare of pancakes, my mom and I decided to try this resto out one sunny weekday morning.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

2010 Philippine Census of Population and Housing

You've seen the ads.  You've seen the flyer.  Heck!  You've even heard your parish priest mention it at least once before Sunday mass ended.

Its time for us to do our part and complete the 2010 Census of Population and Housing.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

SALE ALERT: Kamiseta Website Exclusive Sale

Visit the Kamiseta website 
and avail of free delivery for every Php1,000 purchase (regular and sale items). 

PGMA Declares June 30, 2010 as a Special Non-Working Holiday

Outgoing President GMA has declared June 30, 2010 as a special non-working holiday to commemorate the incoming President Aquino's inaguration.

No word yet as to the official proclamation copy.  View Yahoo news for details.

FAB FIND: Clipper's Multi-colored Pen

I've always loved shopping at Clipper.  You know, that store that keeps sprouting up in the major malls here in the Philippines?  The one that sells cute novelty items (think Mario, Princess Toadstool, etc.)

We'll like everyone else, I'm definitely hooked on their merchandise.  A little pricey but still, a good place to shop for unusual gift items.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CONTEST: Fully Booked's Anniversary Bookgrab!

Its time once again for

Fully Booked's Anniversary Bookgrab!

Be one of 5 lucky contestants will be given the chance to run like crazy inside the Fully Booked store and grab as many books as you want!

Click here for full details!

Bayo on Sale (June 18 -20, 2010)

Bayo is on Sale!!!
June 18 to 20, 2010

Participating stores:
EDSA Shangri-la Mall
SM Manila
SM San Lazaro
SM Sta. Mesa

CONTEST: Be A Cosmo Beauty Panelist!

Do you have what its takes to be a Cosmo beauty panelist?  We'll get those creative juices flowing!  Be like a beauty critic and join

Monday, June 14, 2010

Salcedo Saturday Market

After hearing so much rave reviews about the Salcedo Saturday market, I finally found myself with enough free time last June 12 to drop by and discover its hidden treasures.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Shangri-La EDSA Mall End of Season Sale (June 4 - 20, 2010)

Shangri-La EDSA Mall
End of Season Sale
June 4 to 20, 2010

I Love Nature Photography Contest

Showcase your love for nature, and get a chance to win Php5,000, simply by joining the...

I Love Nature
Photography Contest!

The Pinas Expedition Photography Contest

Calling all travellers!

Showcase your most treasured local travel destination photos and get a chance to win Zest Air roundtrip tickets to Cebu, Davao, Kalibo or Puerto Princesa, in's...

The Pinas Expedition!
Lakbay Dagat, Lupa at Himpapawid
Photography contest!

Toy Con 2010 (June 19 - 20, 2010)

Come one, come all
to the 9th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2010!!!

June 19 and 20, 2010
 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
SM Megatrade Halls 2 and 3

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cherie Petals and Blooms by Charms

Looking for that perfect gift that fits all?  Trying to convey your true emotions to that special someone?  Well, your search is over, you'll never go wrong with flowers from Cherie Petals and Blooms.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pond's Text Privileges

In celebration of its age miracle products, Pond's is offering text promos in order to access special privileges from them and their partner establishments.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cebu Pacific Piso Fare (June 11, 2010)

Its time once again for Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare sale!

Win Free Tickets to CATS in Manila!

Get a chance to win free tickets to CATS in Manila!

My Wedding Accessories from Divisoria

I'm not exactly what you consider a Divisoria/Baclaran girl.  Sure, I've been to both places a number of times; the former whenever the need to shop for lower priced items consumes me and the latter whenever I had to accompany an aunt for one reason or another.

With that in mind, I knew I would never miss the chance to go shopping there again for some of our wedding paraphernalia.

Toy Story 3 "Independence Day Blowout" Promo

Missing your favorite Pixar animated characters?  Well, here's your chance to get bragging rights and score invites to the advance premiere of Toy Story 3 in Disney Digital 3D!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Celebrate Weddings the Bibliophile Way

Ever wonder what it feels like to be married in a bookstore?  Well now you can by joining Celebrate Weddings at Fully Booked on June 26, 2010!

CSI NY Contest

Calling all CSI NY fans out there!  Now's your chance to win an LG Mini GD880!

Is it Justified: The AXN Justified Photo Contest

Be like Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens in AXN's new TV series, Justified.

Take a stand on what you believe in and get a chance to win a Sony DSLR camera worth USD1,300!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mango Private Sale for RCBC Banckard Cardholders

Yup.  You've seen it in the major broadsheets.  You've probably heard it from a friend.  Heck!  They even have a big billboard dedicated to it along Edsa.

RCBC Bankard has indeed partnered with famous European-based clothing store, Mango in a special credit card made for fashionistas out there.

Tough Brat Bags Mid-Year Sale

Looking for that perfect laptop bag?
Fret not!
Tough Brat bags is on sale!

Visit their website for more details.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Restaurant Review: Gelatissimo

Early records show that a special frozen dessert concoction, slightly similar to what we now know as ice cream, was being served in ancient Rome and Egypt.  Made from ice and snow brought down from the mountain tops and preserved below ground, this dish was so popular that even Nero couldn't miss a banquet without this being served in between courses.

Fast forward to the present, shops serving different kinds of frozen treats are found everywhere.  No climbing up the mountains for this girl. 

One of those is Gelatissimo, an Australian company selling gelato.


Score Free Movie Tickets at

Price of movie tickets nowadays getting you down?  Well, here's your chance to score free movie tickets!!!

VNC's Ode to Shoes Vector Artwork Contest

Calling all certified shoe addicts!!!
Get a chance to win 12 pairs of VNC shoes by joining...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Thomas the Train Isn't for Babies Anymore

You know its the sign of the times when a simple toddler toy is revamped and re-introduced as a weapon of mass destruction.  Feast your eyes on the new and improved (subject to debate)...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Style for Less: Platform Sandals (Guess vs. SM Parisian)

THE SPLURGE: Guess Woman's Blarney platform sandals (USD139.95 or around Php6,500)

For women wishing to add a little height to their stature, this pair of Guess Blarney platform sandals is one of the best solutions out there. 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Walk Write This Way (June 19, 2010)

Visit Writers block philippines for more details.

Restaurant Review: Tanabe

A lot of Japanese-inspired restaurants have been popping out in the Metro recently -- Teriyaki Boy and Tokyo Tokyo just to name a few -- all trying to make Japanese fare palatable to the Filipino tongue.

I, for one, prefer this very small and still undiscovered Japanese resto simply known as Tanabe.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Food Trip at the Power Plant Mall (June Weekends)

American Women's Club of the Philippines Monthly Bazzar

American Women's Club of the Philippines
Monthly Bazzar

World Trade Center
Roxas Blvd. Cor Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave.
Pasay City

8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. (shopping til 3pm)

June 22, 2010 (Tuesday)
July 13, 2010 (Tuesday)
August 10, 2010 (Tuesday)
September 13, 2010 (Monday)
October 12, 2010 (Tuesday)
November 9, 2010 (Tuesday)
December 1, 2010 (Wednesday)

Benefits A.W.C.P. Community Services and Charities
No strollers or carts allowed inside the bazaar

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pampanga Culinary & Heritage Tour (June 26, 2010)

What's in store:
1. A Fipino breakfast and tour of the ancestral house and culinary museum of food historian Lilian “Atching” Borromeo who shall also do a baking demonstration of famous San Nicolas cookies.

SG | An Aerial View of Sentosa Island

Sentosa is a well-known island resort in Singapore. They're quite famous for their expensive luxury landed properties, exquisite hotel...