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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Pastillas milkshake bites. The sweet treat you didn't know you needed

Chocolate Chip Marble Milkshake Bite Pastillas
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In the Philippines, pastillas are a way of life. In the United Kingdom, these milkshake bites are just beginning to catch on with those people who do not already have connections to the Philippine community. was founded by a family who had spent some time in the Philippines and returned to the UK with as many boxes of pastillas as they could fit in their checking bags. Having developed a taste for the Philippines’ signature sweet treat, they decided to bring it to the UK, in bite size form.

In the Philippines, pastillas are sold whole, in long, thin form, wrapped. They are a milk-based sweet confectionery product, also called Pastillas de leche or Pastiyema in their original form. Pastillas as produced by aim to hit a wider market. The original pastillas are still faithful to their sweet toothed roots, but the UK arm of the pastillas movement is aiming to widen their appeal. Sweet protein and vegetarian options are already available, with low sugar and vegan options in development.

Pastillas originated in San Miguel in Bulacan and subsequently spread across other areas of the Philippines. They were originally made by hand by carabao (water buffalo) farmers from the area and cow’s milk began to be used to keep up with demand. Other ingredients were employed too, including calamondin or acid orange juice. are attempting to make the UK market for milkshake bites their own, with unique flavours, specialist mixes and allergy-friendly options, either available or incoming.

Pastillas are usually sweet, and have taken that idea and run with it. Regular flavours include Chocolate Chip, Banana, Mint Choc Chip and Strawberry. The Protein Fudge range is available in Caramel, Milk, Banana, Strawberry and Chocolate, and aims to recreate the taste of a protein shake in pastillas format; protein fudge bites, as the website has it. The company is working on both Vegan and Low Sugar versions of their popular flavours. The Vegetarian range is already live and selling well.

Many of the ranges available through are made with no artificial ingredients. In addition, the company offers the bespoke option of a choice of chocolate chips on several of their signature flavours. For those potential customers who are unable to commit to a complete box of one flavour, there is the option of a mix and match box. This consists of 15 pastillas of any of the flavours available. Just for testing purposes, please understand. This box is a recommended option for anyone coming to pastillas without previous experience, as it is an easy way to try the entire range.

By the way, ‘pastilla’ refers to a Moroccan savoury dish. If you want the Philippine sweet treat, search for ‘pastillas’.

Pastillas are enticing for anyone, even if they have never visited the Philippines before. offers the chance to experience this unique and tasty sweet treat, no matter where the buyer is in the world.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Don't Hug Me - free game on Android

Don't Hug Me, free Android game
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Cute animals like to be hugged, right?

No, not in this Android game, they don’t. Don’t Hug Me features six animals all running away from a young girl who will hug them if she catches them.

The game player’s job is to help the animals away from the huggy girl, using their special powers along the way. She’s fast though, so the animals are going to have to be clever to keep away from her grasping hands.

The animals co-operate and metamorphose at random times. As the player, you have to make the most of each animal’s particular skills to guide them through the maze of obstacles. Some fly, some walk, some hop. It’s up to you to work out which animal has which skill and use it when the animal appears. The player has to react accordingly. Each animal’s special characteristic works with one obstacle only, but usually the correct animal will show themselves on cue to allow you to continue the game.

The playing area is a side scroller which in turn looks like an old style platformer game and a cross between Mario and Angry Birds. The animals are all square based with distinct cartoon characters.

The animals all have logical superpowers:

Bunny can jump fast
Bat can fly fast
Frog can hop high
Snail slows down time
Bird can fly upwards and onwards
Spider walks on the floor and the ceiling

Don’t Hug Me has two gameplay modes. The story mode has a variety of maps, while the endless run option is more about distance covered. There are also a number of achievements for players to attain. These relate, among others, to coins earned, distance covered and numbers of animal changes.

The game is free to download and play on Android, although there are options to buy power ups and boosters during the game. It currently has a limited number of levels which may suit children better than adults. The animal transformation is a neat twist which makes this game more challenging than it might otherwise be.

As a relatively new game, players can expect both developments and new levels as time goes on. Some of the more established games have new levels released every week, but smaller games like this one may still have bugs and glitches to iron out. The best thing with a smaller game for players is growing with the game, seeing how it develops as they progress, and almost keeping pace with the developers.

Don’t Hug Me is likely to appeal to those players who like a deceptively complicated game. It looks simple, but the game play is a varied mix of challenges, combined with distinct characters with their own special features.

Don’t Hug Me is available on Android. It is free to download from Google Play, and offers the option of in game purchases for those who wish to support the developers. Just4Fun from Poland have also developed several other apps including a selection of fake screens, which may not be to everyone’s taste. This game, however, has a much wider appeal and is worth downloading.

Don't Hug Me, free Android game
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

DarrellsWorld has plushies, keychains and model die cast vehicles

DarrellsWorld items shipped internationally
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DarrellsWorld is an online mail order company based in Kansas, shipping daily after payment has cleared through They have a wide selection of plush animals, sports items, keychains and pull back vehicles which make great gifts. Many items are available only in the USA, so buyers should check carefully before purchasing.

This article concentrates on the smaller items which are available for international shipping.

Sneaker and billiards keychains

The range of keychains at DarrellsWorld is aimed at sneaker fans. You too can have your favorite sneaker design to hold your keys. Alternatively there is a selection of billiards or pool balls in various colors, because we all know someone who wants to be Rod Stewart’s character from Maggie May who says he wants to ‘steal my daddy's cue and make a living out of playing pool’.

If you’re someone who likes to wear their heart on their sleeve, other options include a selection of perfectly plain metallic shaded heart shaped carabiners for you or your significant other. Rock your favorite color, but be subtle about it.

Plush animals

DarrellsWorld has been selling plush animals for some time now. They currently have a range of beanbag animals, huggable plushies and soft cuddly toys to suit all ages. Ducks, bunnies, squirrels, monkeys, teddy bears and chicks feature in the present selection. Some are available outside the US, others are restricted to internal shipping only, depending on their size.

Sports items

The DarrellsWorld team know how important sports are to their customers. That’s why they stock an extensive selection of NCAA merchandise. Depending on their team affiliation, fans can choose from pillowcases, utility gloves, neck pillows, fleece throws, towels, lanyards and travel mugs. Each item is available in a limited selection of team colors.

Die cast and pull back vehicles

For those who want to relive their childhood love of toy cars, or remember a treasured vehicle from later years, DarrellsWorld has a selection of iconic model die cast and pull back vehicles. Jet aircraft, steam engines, motorbikes, Jeeps and vintage cars are among the items ready to take buyers back to places in their memories.

US only shipping

Many larger items, including larger plushies, the Peppa Pig range and Squishmallows, do not ship outside the United States. For the full range, check out DarrellsWorld storefront. Internationally shipped items are available at the DarrellsWorld ships to United Kingdom page.

DarrellsWorld is the ideal Amazon site for people looking for iconic and meaningful gifts. Whether the person you are looking to buy for is an NCAA fan, a vintage motorbike lover, a sneakerhead, a steam train anorak or the love of your life, you will find something here to suit them all.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Franklin data usage tracker on Android

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Some people are lucky and have unlimited data plans on their cell phones. Others have to pay by the GB or have limited plans with hefty overage charges. It’s no fun having to watch your consumption though, especially in these days of streaming music, videos and ‘always on’ lifestyles. Social media is often the worst offender, but although there are settings you can tweak, sometimes simply killing autoplay on all your apps isn’t enough.

Fortunately, as the saying goes, ‘there’s an app for that’. Franklin data tracker app, available on Android, helps you save money on your cell phone bill by putting you in control of your data usage.

Franklin uses AI and reminders to nudge you into controlling your data usage. The developers say that it will ensure you never receive another overage fee. Among other ways the AI works for you is by reminding you when you’re using your data to stream when there is a wifi connection available. Been there, done that, own that t-shirt. The app will remind you when you can use your home wifi, for instance. This means that you can keep your precious data usage allowance for when you really need it rather than wasting it on updates which will arrives faster and cheaper when your phone’s connected to wifi. After three weeks, the app will have learned enough to accurately predict your data hogging apps and remind you when you’re on them too long.

Some apps are either badly designed or sneaky, and stay always on in the background even when you think you’ve closed them. Franklin will name and shame these apps, allowing you to fully close them when you finish using them. This will save both battery life and memory on your phone, as well as preventing updates or videos from auto downloading, using up your precious data. Franklin itself only uses about 1% of your battery over a week, and will probably save you more than that by reminding you which apps are draining your battery by constantly updating in the background.

That’s not all that Franklin does, either. The app can help you find the best value cell phone plan on available networks in your area. That will save you money too, especially as many people aren’t aware that they can change their plans and continue to overpay as a result. It’s far better to know your average data usage and be able to change to a suitable plan though. Whether you’re not using all the data you;’re paying for or whether you’re paying costly overage fees every month, Franklin can help you save money.

Franklin puts you in control of your data usage within a month. You can say goodbye to overage fees in one billing cycle. How good is that?

Monday, July 29, 2019

Office Finder specializes in Singapore office space for rent or purchase

Office Finder, Singapore
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Finding office space for rent is often difficult, especially in popular cities such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore.

At least in Singapore, you can call upon the services of Office Finder to help you out. There is no service fee for the assistance they offer, and their website is really easy to use. You simply choose the type of office you want, the location, floor area and price and the search will return any matches. If you’re struggling to find anywhere suitable, the team is available to help via chat or email contact. Once they have an idea of your requirements, they will recommend a specialist real estate agent to handle your enquiry and assist with the paperwork.

Alternatively, you could simply choose one of the featured office spaces for rent and see whether that fits your needs. The company also has office space for sale, if you are looking to set down permanent roots in Singapore, maybe after a successful rental period in a new market. Rental and sale prices are generally negotiable even though the worldwide connections are stellar. To be able to say you have an office in Singapore is to say you have made it - you have a presence in a recognized global finance center.

Office Finder has lots of additional information and resources as well as listings of offices for sale or rent. There are trends showing the cost of office space, a helpful guide to the four different types of office space in Singapore (traditionally leased, science or business park, industrial office or shophouse office space, in case you were wondering) and information on the pros and cons of renting vs buying, among other topics. It is recommended that anyone new to the area engages the services of a specialist office real estate agent to ensure that they are making the most of the opportunity to occupy office space in this prime location. Office Finder can help with that too - just click on the appropriate tab on the website and submit your requirements.

The company also caters for building owners looking to advertise their empty office space for rent or purchase. There is a form to fill in for initial consideration; this is relatively straightforward and will allow a real estate professional to establish contact.

In the News section, readers will find items of interest to companies looking to enter the Singapore market. The most recent posts cover information about coworking spaces and new appointments within the sector.

For anyone looking to expand into Singapore for business, Office Finder should be your first stop. The real estate professionals will ensure that you achieve the best value for money in the most appropriate location for your line of business. Contact them today and see where being located in Singapore can take your business.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Discount Folks from An Eyeful Event: gifts for everyone. discounts for all

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Discount Folks from An Eyeful Event are a new online shopping site

Fed up with giving gift cards as presents? Have a relative who hates gift cards and would rather have ‘something’? Why not give an everyday item with a difference? A new online shopping company called An Eyeful Event has set up Discount Folks with the idea of finding outlandish items that improve our everyday lives by humour or usefulness. They are attempting to fill the holes they found in their daily routine by stocking products they would like to use, and they hope that we will like them too.

The company was only founded just over six months ago in late 2018 and has a small, keenly curated range of desirable items. Divided broadly into Beauty, Fitness, Pet and Home, the items are useful, interesting and well priced. The site can be shown in a number of currency options to allow for easy purchase across the world.

The Beauty category covers such things as head and facial massage, a makeup mirror with inbuilt lighting and an eyebrow epilator.

The Fitness category encompasses, among other things, funky men’s running shorts, weight lifting gloves and a muscle stimulator.

Pets are represented by a strong dog harness, a dog bath towel and a safety seat belt to restrain your pet in the car, among other items.

The Home category includes such useful items as shoe covers, an electric bottle opener, a decorative incense burner with free cones and a mosquito killer lamp.

The items are all suitable for gifts for adults - maybe that difficult person in every family who doesn’t like gift cards but acts all huffy if you don’t buy them something. Alternatively, these are gifts for someone ‘who has everything’. (My dad, then.) The team behind this site have spent several months sourcing the best unusual products to help others solve this very dilemma, so if you have any ideas for further products, or feedback on items they already stock, they would be happy to hear from you. The site is still under development and the founders can only improve the site with feedback from their customers, after all.

There are a wide variety of online shopping sites these days. Your choice comes down to personal taste, above all, as they all have similar but different ranges. That site where you find the ideal gift is likely to be one you return to, whether that’s an international name or a small independent site.

Maybe you should check out Discount Folks and see if they have something that interests you. They can only grow by gaining customers, after all, so it’s always worth a try.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Increase weight loss without the gym. sample meal plan
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There are weight loss plans that require you to drink meal replacement shakes. There are weight loss plans that require you to restrict your portions or calories. And then there are weight loss plans which actually give you decent recipe ideas to make your weight loss experience a pleasant one.

Removemyweight is one of the third type, making extensive use of social media to provide support for followers, while gently suggesting that joining the Facebook group and taking out paid membership will help even more.

There is plenty of information here to tempt you to sign up though. Even before you reach for your payment card, the Pinterest recipe plans are printable and the blog posts numerous. Even if you just fancy trying a new selection of healthy recipes, the choice is yours. There is a 7 day plan complete with shopping list available from the site, with plenty more ideas on other menus which are available from $1.

That's one dollar for healthy recipes to help keep you on track during your weight loss journey, whether you simply want to change up the meals you're eating or whether you're looking for longer term support and resources.

All your meals are planned out for you and the shopping list means you know what you're buying too. That keeps things simple and means you can concentrate on other things like putting more steps in your day or making time to go to the gym. Removemyweight says that gym use is not mandatory when losing weight, instead it’s all about sensible eating. Many people find that both go hand in hand though, especially if you’re one of these people who has a sedentary job which keeps you sitting down for several hours a day.

The blog posts on Removemyweight cover all aspects of weight loss, from how to snack healthily to eating to boost your mental health and different types of weight loss plans to suit everyone. The meal plans are available as 1, 3, 5 and 7 day plans ‘so you don’t have to start on Monday’, which is a very good idea. Mondays and Thursdays are always my worst days - why would I want to make Monday even worse by denying myself chocolate, ice cream or crisps when my body is asking for good old fashioned comfort food, please?

Membership isn’t even that expensive. The 6 month option is $30, so that works out at $5 a month. That’s cheaper than a gym membership, for sure. is a site packed with great ideas and menus to help you on your way to weight loss, and help you keep it off too. The founder is a mom who used the plans as a way to lose weight after having her children. No one special, just someone who has tried and tested the recipes and who leads a normal lifestyle. Surely she is someone you should believe?