Allegro Updated and Brewed New Branding for Home Brewers

Coffee is like my maintenance. I can’t live without it. How about you? Do you love coffee too?

I cannot afford buying coffee outside and I will definitely not risk my life just to go out to get myself an ice cold brewed coffee… I think. Haha

So, what’s a better way to fulfill your coffee craving than to make it on your own, at home. Yaaaasss!! Brew at home!

Amidst this crazy situation we’re in, an awesome brand decided to re-launch their Social Media sites, Facebook, and Instagram. You wanna know which brand it is? It’s Allegro.

Allegro Beverage Corporation (ABC) is the exclusive distributor of the finest espresso machines, brewers, coffee beans, syrups, sauces, and teas from around the world. Our customers are hotels, casinos, chain accounts, restaurants, cafes, and offices.

They are the one of the trusted companies you can buy your coffee essentials from.

Allegro is known for touching base with the B2B market for the past 20 years, and as time progressed, they decided to expand their reach and capture the B2C market (the home brewers) as well to cover a larger market share.

Allegro’s top three goals are:

  • to reach the consumers and introduce their products and equipment to household home brewers
  • For everyone to enjoy high graded coffee beans at reasonable prices
  • Brand awareness

As they aim to have their brand be recognized with boundless limits, they made Allegro available and make it connected to reach the multitude of people across various social media platforms; to make us feel Allegro’s presence, and the need to avail of the products would be as easy as tapping a button on our Facebook or Instagram account.

And because I got so interested with theor brand, I joined their webinar held last week, September 2, 2020. It was a fun and informative session, and I loved it!

They tackled about important reminders related to marketing, what should and should not be done.

These notes impacted my mindset deeply as an online seller myself and a social media marketing manager. I’m glad I joined the webinar because most of my questions regarding digital marketing were answered by people with great minds.

I hope next time I get to join another webinar hosted by them. While waiting for a new searies of their webinar, I’ll be at home brewing and drinking coffee.

Stay safe at home and stay caffeinated!

This Organic Soap Might Be Your Next Favorite Organic Essential Bath Buddy

Cleaning my body is one of my ways to calm myself and I make sure I use trusted products to cleanse my face and body.

Have you heard about Coco Cider Soap? Unique, huh? Well, it might be the next essential item that you need to include in your bathing essentials.

Coco Cider Soap from Bakku2Basik’s is the first of its kind in terms of combining Coco cider with Activated Bamboo Charcoal and Kojic Acid.

The Bakku2Basik’s Coco Cider Soap is also organic. If that’s not enough reason for you to use it, here are 3 more reasons.

1. Coco Cider Soap produces intense whitening. In a country obsessed with whitening, this is a benefit that is most welcomed by a lot of people.  

2. It is designed for all skin types. Dry skin, oily skin, and even combination skin can benefit from Coco Cider Soap

3. It’s safe for children 3 years old and above. If it’s safe for kid, you know that it’s made of the most gentle ingredients to ever touch your face. 

The Bakku2Basik’s Coco Cider Soap is made of natural, raw, and unfiltered Coco Cider Vinegar infused with Activated Bamboo Charcoal. Coco Cider helps in moisturizing the skin, preventing skin cancer, treating oily skin, and has antioxidants that slow down the aging process to provide a youthful skin.

The Activated Bamboo Charcoal fights acne, reduces pore size, tightens the skin, clears blemishes, and even treats psoriasis. Together, these two ingredients, contribute to the overall wellness of the skin which is the goal of anyone who is on the constant lookout for something to help them have clear, beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. 

You can buy Bakku2Basic’s Coco Cider Soap from A Happier Life with Jen.

Baked Sushi Lovers, Meet Your Queen.

Have you tried the first ever trending pandemic-meal? Yeah. I called it pandemic-meal since people went coo-coo for it during the lockdown.

Since the Baked Sushi went viral everyone wanted to try one, or two… or more! And I am one of those people. I go gaga over any delicious sushi snack. Thank goodness it’s here to stay!

In addition to that exciting news, I want to intriduce to you the Queen of Baked Sushi, Salmon HQ.

Salmon HQ used to be known for their trays of big, fresh, juicy salmon but now, they have made a name for themselves when it comes to Baked Sushi. 

Salmon HQ has three types of baked sushi, the Crunchy California Sushi Bake, the Aburi Salmon Scallops Ebi Sushi Bake, and the Uni Scallops Aburi Sushi Bake. 

The Crunchy California Sushi Bake is the most glorious California Maki that you will ever have. It is a bigger version of the usual California Maki but made 100x better because it’s baked and it’s filled to the brim of all the trimmings that come with maki but is normally served in small doses. 

The Aburi Salmon Scallops Ebi Sushi Bake, on the other hand, is the creamiest and most savory baked sushi that you will get your mouth on. It’s filled to the brim with so much goodness that you won’t be able to finish even a small pan in one sitting. Overflowing with sumptuous goodness is a usual description.

The Uni Scallops Aburi Sushi Bake is filled with sweet and briny uni, premium kani, uni cream sauce, seasoned rice, and topped with  scallops, uni, crunch & ebiko then torched to bring out the sweet smoky aroma and umami flavors.  Eat it with seaweeds or on its own!

If there’s a reason to celebrate or you just need to feel good, you need to order Salmon HQ’s Baked Sushi NOW because this is the kind of baked sushi that you deserve and you need in your life. Heck, I think I’ll order one. Writing about it made me hungry.

Sizes and Prices

Small – P800 |1-3 pax |6 3/4”x 5 3/4”|comes with 1 seaweed pack

Medium – P1,600 |4-6 pax | 8” x 8” | comes with 2 seaweed pack

Large – P1,800 |6-8 pax |8 x 10 | comes with 3 seaweed packs

Also, note that the brand of seaweeds varies depending on the availability. Add’l pack of seaweeds is Php 50.

To order, message them through Salmon HQ. Have an awesome Burp Day!

A Coffee Tool That Is Worth Investing In

Are you a coffee lover like me? Let me be honest. I can’t function without coffee. Coffee keeps me sane especially when I’m having an anxiety attack.

I don’t have the budget to buy coffee in cafés. I prefer making a freshly brewed coffee at home with trusted appliances from a trusted brand, Hanabishi.

Hanabishi is known for its affordable and quality appliances like their new Hanabishi 2in1 Grinder and Coffeemaker. Can you believe that it’s in the market and can be bought for just PhP3,750? This product can make four cups of coffee in one brew. UGH-mazing! You can even use it for both coffee beans and ground coffee.

Cherish Ong-Chua, Hanabishi’s Vice President of Finance and Marketing said “that Filipinos love coffee is an understatement. We are proud of our kapeng barako and we are fond of exploring different varieties of coffee. It was evident with the success of coffee shops from Starbucks, UCC Café, and Coffebean and Tea Leaf in the local market.”

According to Ong-Chua, Hanabishi’s new product offering, the 2in1 Grinder and Coffeemaker, is an innovation that aims to bring the coffee connoisseur experience right to every Filipino’s home. However, they have simplified the functions of the machine.

What I like about this product is it’s very easy to use. Just add your coffee beans or ground coffee, pour in some water, select the setting, and your coffee would be ready in minutes. Cleaning it is just as fuss-free.

The Hanabishi 2in1 Grinder and Coffeemaker is also a good product to invest in if you’re running or looking to put up a coffee shop. It’s less expensive than most coffee makers and functions just as efficiently.

For more information about Hanabishi’s 2in1 Grinder and Coffeemaker, visit myhanabishi.com.

How To Manage Stress In A Healthy Way?

Is it safe to say that most of the people right now are undergoing a stressful situation? Are you dealing with one right now? I know I am. Stress affects everyone; it’s a natural response for how our brains and bodies react to demands or stressors and learning how to manage stress is important to our overall well being.

According to the annual Stress in America report by the American Psychological Association, money and work continued to be a significant stressors in 2018. One interesting finding, however, was an increased tolerance for stress across all generations.

Did you know that not all stress is bad? It is said that stress is part of our evolutionary “fight or flight” response, a way to defend ourselves against sudden danger or threats. Our body’s reaction to stress helps us feel more alert, focused, and motivated.

The key is to manage stress efficiently. If left unchecked, chronic stress can take a toll on our minds and bodies.

Managing Stress Through Healthy Eating

Our immune systems require adequate amounts of sleep, exercise, and good nutrition. Unfortunately, long-term stress can lead to fatigue and negatively impact our moods, making it difficult to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Many people tend to overeat during times of stress, turning to foods that are quick and comforting but often loaded with fat, salt, and sugar. And if you’re overusing caffeine or having caffeine in the evening to boost your mood and energy, that can backfire by disrupting your sleep.

Being mindful of what you eat, especially during stressful circumstances, can help you manage stress levels and change the way you respond to it.

Here are a few reminders for healthy eating:

  • Avoid Mindless Snacking
    High-calorie comfort foods can stimulate the release of certain chemicals in the brain that make us feel rewarded, but only in the short term. They also make us want to keep eating, and in a vicious cycle, overeating can lead to weight gain, which increases psychological stress. Sugary treats like ice cream might also give you a temporary feel-good moment, but it’s always followed by a crash.

    If you feel the need to eat, reach for nutritious, hard, and crunchy foods that can help relieve stress by putting tight jaw muscles to work. Better alternative snacks include almonds, soy nuts or baby carrots.
  • Eat Regularly and Don’t Skip Meals
    When you’re stressed, it’s easy to put off meals or even skip them altogether. As a result, your mood and energy levels will suffer. Blood sugar levels can fall, leading to increased stress. If stress is an appetite-killer, try eating smaller amounts of food more often during the day.

    Also, remember to keep mealtimes pleasant and separate from work or other sources of stress. If you’re eating at a desk while you work, or paying bills while you eat dinner, something’s got to give. Take a little extra time to slow down and relax while you eat. That way, you’re likely to eat less and enjoy it more.
  • Managing Stress Through Physical Activity
    Whether you feel like it or not, exercise is a great stress reliever. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that naturally make you feel good. For some people, gentler, low-intensity workouts such as yoga, Pilates, or a relaxing walk in the park are the best remedy for stress. Others prefer high-intensity workouts such as sprinting and running.

    Whatever exercise makes you feel good and accomplished, there is a good chance you can try it at home. Check our Herbalife Nutrition Fitness Portal for training routines for every fitness level! You can start by practicing these simple exercises:
  • Don’t Forget About Sleep
    When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies release more cortisol than usual. Cortisol is a stress hormone, which in excess can have us looking tired and stressed out. Sleep helps our body go into repair mode, renewing our cells. This is vital for our entire body, and a good night’s rest can help relieve psychological stress.

    Collectively, nutrition, exercise, and sleep promote better health, and while they won’t take away the stressful situations, they can help you better manage stress levels and achieve a better overall well-being.

    There are actually 6 tips to follow to get a quality rest and you can read it here in this link.

Soon in Binondo: 021 Maker Space Dream Incubator

A new modern-style coworking space, and business incubator, 021 Maker Space Dream Incubator will open SOON at the busiest commercial district in Manila City, Binondo. It will be located on the 8th floor of Co Ban Kiat II building along Juan Luna Street, Binondo. The new coworking space, owned by 021 Group OPC, will be the company’s first and largest coworking space in Manila’s Chinatown district.

The Co Ban Kiat II building is one of the historical structures in Binondo. It was built during the Pre-war period and was previously called S.J. Wilson building, named after American Navy expatriate Samuel J. Wilson. The building, in the pre-war era, used to be the headquarters of the Manila Stock Exchange and many other prominent companies and firms, including the Standard and Chartered Bank, the Japanese Consulate General’s office, Bank of America, Sunlife of Canada, Phil Am Life Insurance, France Consulate, Switzerland Consulate, and many others.

The 021 Maker Space coworking and incubator would occupy over 836 square meters of space. It would have 170 rentable private workstations, coworking desks, meeting rooms, nursery rooms, phone booths, and with ample area for sitting and events venue. Noting the exceptional demand of a coworking space in the country, the 021 Maker Space Dream Incubator would offer competitive rates and would cater not only to startup companies but to companies of all sizes, freelancers, entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, influencers and even to students.

What set 021 Maker Space different from other coworking spaces?

Venture Capital is a term often thrown around when it comes to startups and new businesses. An entrepreneur’s genius business idea often will need business funding in order to grow and Investors may offer to make a venture capital investment in exchange for a percentage return. The 021 Maker Space will be serving as a bridge between the Entrepreneurs and Capital Investors and will help with the incubation of promising companies, countless startup businesses, and turning them into multinational giants. Therefore, with the creation of the incubator named 021 Maker Space, it will turn ventures from “zero to one”.

If you are a startup that is looking for capital resources for your amazing idea, please come and pitch your business plan. We have formed alliances with investors and venture capitalists that support the startup ecosystem. Also, if you are an Investor looking to invest in a startup, we can connect you to entrepreneurs with great growth potential.

Why open a coworking space during a pandemic?

It is indeed very challenging to open a coworking space in the current situation, but the owners of 021 Maker Space Dream Incubator believe that despite this pandemic, coworking is still the future on how people will work and that capital venture can have a huge contribution to the country’s economic growth. 

There are many companies that have asked their employees to work remotely and this kind of setup is expected to grow. At the same time, there are a lot of entrepreneurs and startups with amazing business plans who are not afraid to commence their venture and take risks even during this challenging situation. The 021 Maker Space has the potential to provide vital business services to startup businesses and support the remote workforce closer to where they are now.

What Services and Facilities will 021 Maker Space Offer its Customers?

Aside from a modern and elegantly furnished coworking space, 021 Maker Space will be offering the following services to its clients:

  • Private Offices
  • Coworking Dedicated Desk and Hot Desk
  • Virtual Office
  • Meeting Rooms and Event Space
  • Wi-Fi 6 Connectivity with Up to 1 Gbps high internet speed
  • Cozy Lounges and Sitting Area
  • Phone Booths
  • Wellness Room
  • Professional/Business Events
  • Community Events
  • Round the Clock Cleaning Team
  • Complimentary Refreshments

For inquiries, contact: 0917 1111 921 or email: admin@021makerspace.com

Promoting Inclusivity in Insurance: Allianz Kaagapay

With what’s happening to the world we needed to adjust. We need to think of a way to survive and live the “New Normal Life.” People are protesting, looting, selling and trying… trying to think of a way to survive and help at the same time. Bad news have invaded the media and only little good news are heard or read like this one:

Recently Allianz PNB Life has partnered with award-winning social enterprise Reach52 to promote the importance of inclusivity in insurance in the country, especially in the underserved rural communities, through a new corporate social responsibility project, Allianz Kaagapay.

Most of those who do not have insurance are from the most vulnerable areas of the country. Through our partnership with Reach52, we aim to provide these communities the protection they need during these challenging times.

Alexander Grenz, Allianz PNB Life President and CEO

Founded in 2016, Reach52 provides screening, health worker training, affordable medicines, insurance, diagnostics and consumer health products in rural regions that existing services don’t reach. This is achieved through establishing health systems and services, powered by mobile apps and tech platforms, a community-based workforce, and partnerships with the public and private sector.
Through Allianz Kaagapay, Reach52 will be providing PhP25,000 worth of life insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage to its members for every purchase of an Allianz Well! insurance product from August 1 to December 20, 2020. Members from Pototan and Cuartero, Iloilo will be the first beneficiaries of the insurance package.

Our members are essential in our goal of extending primary care to the 52% of the world’s population who still lack access to essential health services. They are our access managers, the ones who help us fill the gap in the healthcare system in remote rural communities. We thank Allianz PNB Life for providing this support to our members

Edward Booty, Founder and CEO of Reach52

Allianz Well! is Allianz PNB Life’s health insurance product that has an annual plan limit of up to PhP100 million. It covers COVID19 hospitalization and ICU expenses up to the plan limit to support PhilHealth and HMO coverages. Its coverage also includes access to expert medical advice, 24/7 tele-consultation, health screening, dental services, physical activity programs, and nutrition counseling.

“Allianz continue to provide clients with insurance products that cater to the full needs of our customers across the various stages of their lives. In this crucial and uncertain times, we want our customers to have peace of mind knowing that Allianz cares for them and we are here to keep our promise that they can rely on us when things go wrong,” Grenz added.

This is not the first time that Allianz PNB Life has launched a project aimed at inclusivity. Prior to Allianz Kaagapay, it launched Project Sanlahi, which aimed to empower indigenous youths in Pampanga through the sport of obstacle course racing and financial literacy.

Tanduay Rums Bag Ultimate Spirits Challenge Award in US

How Tanduay’s Award-Winning Rhums are Made

Last month I posted an article about Tanduay’s achievement. I can’t belive how Tanduay is continuously dominating spirits competitions and awards. In fact, recently, three of its products again gained recognition, this time from the prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

The Tanduay Double 16 Years Old Aged Rum was a finalist for the rum category, receiving a rating of 94 and was adjudged excellent and highly recommended. Tanduay Asian Rum Gold, meanwhile, received a 92 rating and was also adjudged excellent and highly recommended. With a rating of 88, Tanduay Silver Asian received a strong recommendation and was deemed very good.

“Tanduay has always been committed to creating the best rum possible. From the sugarcanes we use to our distillation process, we make sure that each product that comes out of our plants have gone through our stringent quality checks,” said Tanduay SVP for Sales and Marketing Paul Lim.

It’s Starts with the Quality of the Sugarcane

Tanduay sources its sugarcanes from Victorias, Negros Occidental, where planting begins just as the rainy season is about to start and harvesting done by summer of the following year.

The canes would then find their way to Tanduay’s sugar mill, where they are carefully cleaned, stripped off their leaves, cut, and refined. From these canes will come the molasses, the key ingredient to making rum.

“At Tanduay, we only use first-syrup molasses, which are extracted from the initial boil of the sugarcanes. It contains a high sugar content, and is valued for its unique taste,” Lim said.

The molasses is then fermented for 12 hours. This process turns the sugars into alcohol, creating a ferment prime for distillation.

Distilled and Blended to Perfection

Tanduay’s distillation plants are located in Negros Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and Laguna, and they keep the tradition of Tanduay’s original distillery in Manila, which has already been decommissioned.

The country’s humidity and these distilleries’ high elevation contribute to Tanduay rum’s distinct flavors and aromas. It is in these distilleries where the molasses is turned into a clear liquid—ethanol.

“Our skilled blenders would then take over. We owe much to them for creating the Tanduay flavors that the world has come to love,” Lim said.

The liquids are stored in Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, where they will be aged.

“Tanduay uses two aging processes. In the single-barrel method, rums mature in individual barrels for a set amount of time. The solera aging process, meanwhile, channels the rums through a series of Kentucky bourbon barrels that are never empty, which helps create and sustain the flavors contained there for generations,” Lim said.

Tanduay’s Master Blender, who is the guardian of Tanduay’s formulas, will then check the rum for consistency and quality. Once the Master Blender gives the go signal, the rums are sent for bottling and packaging.

“Creating a Tanduay product requires hard work and dedication, so we are deeply honored every time we would receive an award. Most of all, we are thankful for the loyal patronage of Tanduay consumers who now comprise not only our fellow Filipinos but people from other countries as well,” Lim said.

This June, Tanduay was declared once again the world’s best-selling rum by Drinks International. Early this year, Tanduay won five medals from the Beverage Testing Institute. Tanduay Asian Rum Gold topped the list with a gold medal. Silver medals, meanwhile, were awarded to Tanduay Asian Rum Silver and Boracay Cappuccino Flavored Rum. Tanduay Double Rum and Boracay Coconut Flavored Rum both received bronze medals.