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The SM Store Online Shop: Review

I have tried all the online shopping apps available here in the Philippines. Especially when I was still pregnant with Chuck because of the convenience that it brings me. Let’s admit it, the traffic situation alone here in the Philippines is like a nightmare!

Plus, I like online shopping because I get to see how much money I will spend before I even pay for it.

I was so excited when I found out that the Legendary retailer, The SM Store now offers online shopping! I have waited for this because I get most of my essentials from Watson’s. It’s very tempting to go to a Watson’s shop because you get to see a lot of items that will surely catch you eyes! You know, stuff that you don’t really need but are good for the skin, hair, etc. HAHA!

Not only that, we all know that SM has everything that we need! From baby essentials to cooking. You’re probably thinking about my first ever Shop SM haul.

But before we get to that exciting part, allow me to share my shopping experience. I didn’t use their app because I am running out of phone memory (don’t judge, I am a new mom so… expect countless photos and videos of my son stored on my phone).

Their website is okay – I didn’t experience any lag. Signing up is as easy as 1 2 3. Also, you can earn points on your SM Advantage card when you shop online. You just have to key in your card number (sadly, my SM advantage card is already expired :/ ).

They have 7 categories that you can explore: Women, Men, Kids, Home, Beauty, Sale and New. You know where to go when you want to buy your favorite moisturizer or maybe a new pair of shoes.

You can use your debit/credit card for payment or you may opt for cash. They have three delivery options that you can choose from: Ship to address, Pick-up at The SM Store and Cash-on-delivery.

Choose, whatever works for you!

So, back to my haul. Haha! Of course, I immediately checked the SM Health and Beauty for my skin care and I also got some stuff for Migs from SM Men’s.

I received an e-mail confirmation upon check-out. A day after, I received an SMS from 2Go too. They gave me a 2Go tracking number which unfortunately is not working. It maybe because of the Holidays why 2Go was not able to fulfill the expected day of delivery.

My package came in a small box and non of the items were damaged because each item were carefully packed by SM – but I do hope they find an alternative instead of using bubble wraps.

All in all, the experience was good except for the delivery part which is not SM’s fault. Will I consider shopping again? Absolutely!

Today is the best time to shop because there is an ongoing Big Clearance Sale (Up to 50% off on Selected items)! Check out this link for more information.

Happy Shopping!

Sarmiento offers solution to EDSA traffic

House Transportation Committee Chair and Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento unveiled Friday the blueprint of his proposed centralized and synchronized bus dispatch system which would turn the EDSA’s rowdy and chaotic city buses into a fast, efficient and predictable mass transport system.

Sarmiento, a civil engineer,  disclosed the full details of his proposal  after announcing that his panel is closely working with the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to craft a roadmap which would solve EDSA’s traffic problem.

In his proposal, Sarmiento said that the innermost lane of EDSA will serve as an “express bus lane” which can be accessed through stations used by the MRT. Like a carousel, the “express bus lane” will just circle around EDSA, duplicating the route of the MRT.

“People who use the MRT can now have the option to ride the bus which will be also operated like carousel. The buses will only load and unload passengers in a synchronized manner at the MRT stations so they are basically an extension of the MRT. Walang magiging traffic dyan because the entire inner lane from Taft Avenue to North Avenue and vice-versa will be enclosed and exclusive to the express bus lane ,” Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento said that the three lanes in the middle of  EDSA will be dedicated for all types of private vehicles subject to the existing vehicle reduction programs like the number coding scheme. Private cars will be only allowed to use the outer lane when turning into an intersection.

The outer lane of EDSA or the yellow lane will be used as a dedicated city bus lane which will also adopt a centralized and synchronized dispatch system. Dedicated bus stops will be established one kilometer apart. Loading and unloading of passengers will be strictly implemented on these bus stops.

Sarmiento said that while the express bus lane will cater to passengers who also use the MRT, the city bus lane operation will extend up to the Parañaque Integrated Bus Terminal (PITX)  in the south and the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal (VIBT) in the north and vice-versa.

” City buses will now be using the outermost lane in EDSA or the yellow lane. They will be traversing EDSA in a carousel-type system until they reach the proposed north terminal which is the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal. From there, the city buses will now traverse to the south still using the outermost lane until it reaches the proposed south terminal which is the Paranaque Integrated Bus Terminal,” Sarmiento said.

“We propose this to eradicate the kanya-kanya system of the buses wherein they compete with each other creating chaos through overtaking, overspeeding, and overstaying. Puno man o hindi, lalarga po ang mga city buses dahil may schedule na po ang biyahe nila at hindi na sila makikipag-agawan ng pasahero dahil hindi na commission-based ang kita kundi sahod na ang matatanggap ng mga drivers at konduktors,” Sarmiento added.

Sarmiento said that also part of the proposal is to modernize the fare system using tap or beep card.

“Once everything has been set in theory and generated through computer by the MMDA, it will be presented to the public through a dry run, which will be implemented on a day with the least number of vehicles in the road. We are going to have a computer-generated simulation of this proposal to be led by the MMDA,” Sarmiento said to dispel fears that this could end up just like the other failed “experiments” of the MMDA.

Sarmiento clarified however that his proposal can still be subject to improvements and adjustments by the DoTr and the MMDA which is will the frontline implementing agencies.

“Lastly, this proposal is a work in progress. Details will be discussed by the Executives. Ang inyong lingkod, bilang Chairman ng House Committee on Transportation ay willing na magbigay ng suporta sa DOTr kung may mga kailangang polisiya upang maipatupad natin kaagad ang mga planong ito,” Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento said that if and when the plan is set into motion, the private vehicles that continue to clog EDSA middle lanes would be reduced eventually “because people would now start riding the bus rather than drive their car in what is described as one of the world’s biggest parking lot.”

“With this system, if the trains and buses will be fully operational, and the commuting public is now effectively and efficiently being moved, that’s the time that we can reduce the volume of private vehicles in EDSA and the major thoroughfares in Metro Manila,” Sarmiento said.

” Once the volume of vehicles were reduced, that’s the time that we can introduce major infrastructures in EDSA and other major thoroughfares,” he added. END
http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=sarmiento-e

Welcoming 2020 with Fresh Start and Full of Positivity

Another chapter in our lives unfolds in the beginning of each year. 2020 is extra special since it is also the start of a new decade.

We all await exciting opportunities for a fresh start and new beginnings in our personal lives and of course in our blogging community. No matter what your goals are in 2020 or how many new year’s resolutions you plan on making this year, we should always find time to celebrate and reminisce all of your experiences from 2019, whether good or bad; and welcome the new year ahead with hope and positivity.

For eight consecutive years, the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN) hold its annual get together and this year it will be a fun pan pizza party in Quezon City.

It will surely be an afternoon of great fun, awesome giveaways, delicious food and a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different sponsors, PR groups and brands are also expected to grace the event and personally thank bloggers and social media influencers who have supported them in the past years, or should we say at least in the last decade.

FBN currently has a membership of more than 2,000 and continues to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers, vloggers, and online writers and influencers to interact with other members and partner brands from different parts of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different sponsors for the group are co-admins Divine RC, Richard Mamuyac and Lariza Garcia, the annual event has become even bigger on its 8th run.

This year’s celebration would not have been possible without the support of the following generous sponsors and partners:

Century Park Hotel Manila

Situated in the heart of Manila’s business, cultural, shopping and entertainment district is one of the most renowned and finest hotels in the metropolis. A mere seven (7) kilometres away from the Ninoy International Airport, Century Park Hotel – the premier hotel in Manila, is also an ideal airport hotel for busy executives. Follow Century Park Hotel Manila on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/centuryparkhotelmanila.officialpage/.

FuentesManila

FuentesManila is one of the few full-service PR agencies in the Philippines. While publicity remains its core service, FuentesManila provides the following services to its clients: Publicity; Special Events;  Online Publicity; Advertising; Media Monitoring; Creatives & Graphic Design; and Digital PR. Follow Fuentes Manila on Facebook for news and updates >  https://web.facebook.com/fuentesmanilapublicrelations/.

www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There)

www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There) is an online guide of all new items and products that is introduced in the market or even a product that is to be launched in the industry. WNOT was established in August 2011 to give our consumers an idea of every new product to be purchased. WNOT provides a user-friendly search engine that allows keyword searching, company promotion, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This site also acts as a directory for article submission which offers more exposure across the net. Follow www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There) on Facebook for news and updates >  https://web.facebook.com/WhatsNewOutThere/.

Cebuana Lhuillier

The P.J. Lhuillier, Inc. (PJLI) is the proud parent company of the Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop, one of the leading and largest non-bank financial services provider in the Philippines with 2,500 branches nationwide. PJLI attributes its dominance in the industry to integrity and heartfelt service, robust network of local and international industry partners, and steadfast commitment to nurture market-leading businesses for its growing clientele. Visit Cebuana Lhuillier website for news and updates > https://www.cebuanalhuillier.com/.

DZBB’s Dobol B Bantay Balita  

Dobol B Bantay Balita sa Kamara is a radio-television program aired simultaneously in Super Radyo DZBB 594 khz and GMA News TV Channel 27 every Sunday, 10am to 11am. Hosted by DZBB’s House of Representatives reporter, Divine Reyes, the program discusses current events, news and issues in the country. Follow Dobol B Bantay Balita on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/DobolBBantayBalita/.

CID Communication

CID is a pioneering, full-service corporate communication agency in the Philippines. CID’s dedicated professionals craft and engineer communication programs and campaigns to bring out and project the essence of organizations, individuals or products. Follow CID Communication on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/CIDCommunication/.

Havas Media Ortega

Havas Media Ortega is the first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Follow Havas Media Ortega on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/HavasMediaOrtega/.

Perceptions, Inc.

Perceptions is a public relations company that provides PR counseling and various corporate and marketing communications services to business and industrial organizations, government institutions as well as trade and professional associations. Follow Perceptions, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/Perceptions.Inc/.

FleishmanHillard

FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. Visit their website, https://fleishmanhillard.com/about/ for news and updates.

Salgado Public Relations

Salgado PR specializes in PR, Event Execution, Creative Design, Digital Marketing and Influencer Management. Follow Salgado Public Relations on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/SalgadoPR/.

LeapOut Digital

LeapOut Digital is a leading digital marketing agency based in Manila offering digital marketing services for brands, SMEs, and agencies. They started as a search engine optimization (SEO) company in 2008 in Manila, helping raise the awareness of SMEs in the Philippines and other countries through their expertise of digital technologies. Visit their website, https://leapoutdigital.com/ for news and updates.

Ripple8

Ripple8 is the full-service PR arm of DDB Group Philippines. With a clientele comprising top brands in diverse fields, they provide expert traditional and digital PR services, combining creativity and effective communication to create ripples of positive change. Follow Ripple8 on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/ripple8/.

Strategic Works, Inc.

Strategic Works, Inc. live for the possibility of making an idea come to life as they align their passion with the client’s needs. They spot the hot buttons that unlock consumers’ hearts and brand success. Stratworks do Public Relations; Creative Services; Activations; Events Management; Digital Marketing; Advocacy and Social Marketing. Follow Strategic Works, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/StratWorks/.

Lorem Ipsum Communications

Lorem Ipsum Communications is a marketing communications agency offering the following services: Digital & Traditional Public Relations; Event Management; Social Media Management; Creative Design and Human Resources Consultation. Follow Loremipsum on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/LoremIpsumCommPH/

Greenbulb Communications

Greenbulb Communications is an integrated communications solution firm specializing in Digital PR and Communications strategies that work. Follow Greenbulb on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/GreenbulbComms/.

Full Circle Communications, Inc.

Full Circle Communications, Inc. is a full-service public relations firm established in 2000. They work with clients to create proactive, ongoing public relations campaigns that generate positive press coverage. Follow Full Circle Communications on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/fccpr.ph/.

M2Comms

M2Social is a team of young, creative, and passionate social media advocates. They believe that social media is not just about pushing out content – it’s about reaching out and telling your brand story to a well-targeted audience using content that’s timely, relevant, and strategic. Visit M2Comms’ website, https://www.m2comms.com/ for news and updates.

Buensalido Public Relations

Buensalido and Associates Public Relations is a leading and independent full-service public relations agency based in Manila, Philippines. Established in 1983 by renowned PR practitioner Joy Buensalido, the agency has since grown into a close-knit group of young, creative, and motivated individuals, who are always teeming with fresh and original concepts. Follow Buensalido Public Relations on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/BuensalidoPublicRelations/

Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc.

Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc. is a top-notch Philippines-based integrated marketing communications and public relations company trusted by global companies and SMEs serving major industries such as Information Technology (IT), telecommunications, banks, health and wellness, pharmaceuticals, travel, logistics, consumer and household products. Visit Dominguez Marketing Communications’ website, https://www.dominguezmarketing.net/ for news and updates.

Browne Communications

An agency of global tech, pharma & lifestyle brands where bright minds, inventive thinkers, ingenious beings and imaginative humans thrive. Follow Browne Communications on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/BrowneComm/.

i55 Talent House

Named after a bible verse, the brains of i55 Talent House responded to what’s needed to be done to create and inspire people with messages. Their talents work with clients to nurture ideas, practice creativity, curate, so we can all live in a world of inspiring messages. Follow i55 Talent House on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/i55TalentHouseCorp/.

EON Group

Delivering insightful communication solutions that enable trust-based relationships. Follow EON Group on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/theEONgroup/.

Aldenver Events

A team of dedicated and passionate individuals who are mastering their craft in creating and organizing different kinds of events. Follow Aldenver Events on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/aldenvereventsmktg/

Trendspotting

Trendspotting is a Brand & Advertising Consultancy company which targets great result. Follow Trendspotting on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/TrendspottingConsultancy/.

Fujidenzo Appliances

Fujidenzo Home and Commercial Appliances combine style and performance to meet the high demands of fast-paced living. Taking into account the high cost of living and non-stop surge of prices of commodities, Fujidenzo Appliances are designed to give quality performance at the most consumer-friendly prices. With Fujidenzo, you get the latest features and technologies all within the budget of the average Filipino household. Follow Fujidenzo on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/FujidenzoAppliances/.

doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines

dōTERRA® produces and distributes exceptionally high quality CPTG® essential oils through more than three million independent distributors, also known as Wellness Advocates, around the world. In addition to a premium line of essential oils used by individuals and health-care professionals alike, dōTERRA® also offers products that are naturally safe, purely effective, and infused with CPTG® essential oils, including personal care and spa products, nutritional supplements, and healthy living products. Follow doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines on Facebook for news and updates > http://www.mydoterra.com/jrpagalilauan.

Novelina

An industry leader in the production of powder and cream hair color. At the same time, it also carries its professional line of hair care products which includes cream hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and rebonding formulas. Novelina is also the OEM manufacturer of hair-color for two of the world’s largest and most prestigious hair-dye brands being marketed in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, North and South America, as well as the Middle East. Follow Novelina on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics/

Sinalco Philippines

Sinalco is a German brand of non-alcoholic drinks that has been refreshing the European market since the early 1900’s.  It stands by the German quality standard which only means that the highest grade of ingredients and manufacturing is applied to the production and flavor of the beverages. Follow Sinalco Philippines on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/sinalcoph/.

Barlico Philippines

Barlico may have been popularly known as a coffee substitute, but this healthy drink is more than just that. It is made of barley grass from barley plant, which is among the earliest grown sweetgrass in the world that traces its history even before 5000 BC, popular among ancient Greeks and Romans. It’s been dubbed as “nature’s best fast food” attributing to its multidimensional health benefits. Follow Barlico Philippines on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/barlicophilippines/.

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Best Christmas Gift

We live in a country where Financial Literacy has yet to be embraced by the majority. A lot of us are still trapped with the idea that putting our savings in a bank account is the way to go.

Did you know that there are a lot of options to “grow” your hard-earned money?

Malayan Insurance is one of The Leading Non-Life Insurance Co. In The Philippines today. Non-life insurance in the Philippines is often taken for granted but the good thing about Malayan is that they offer different products from motorcycle to family insurance.

I am not saying that you should invest all your hard-earned money in one Insurance company but you can always check their website and see what best fit your financial goals.

As parents, it is our obligation to ensure that our investment will replace our current income if anything unfortunate happens to us. If you haven’t availed any life insurance yet, it’s about time to contact a financial advisor. Remember that as we grow old, the risk of not being approved in a Life Insurance plan rises.

Don’t wait until you have “extra money”, invest now and give yourself and your family the Best Christmas gift ever!

Breastfeeding and Marriage Difficulties

This post is a bit late for Breastfeeding month.

I had a catheter and dextrose on when Migs handed me our baby so I could try to breastfeed him.  This was few hours after I gave birth and after my son was given formula milk because I couldn’t breastfeed him while I was at the recovery room. Before I was transferred to our hospital room, the nurse said that my baby’s pedia already left a prescription for a formula milk. We still tried to breastfeed our baby because that’s what Migs and I have agreed to do even before I gave birth. Why not? There are a lot of benefits that we can get from breast milk and if my body can produce milk, I’ll feed my baby with it.  Sadly, we received zero support from the hospital staff. We were not taught how to massage the breasts for possible clogged ducts, etc. Although instructional videos are readily available online, getting help from a professional is still a huge thing.

Recovering from my C-Section and being frustrated with breast feeding, I somehow feel depressed.  My son knows how to latch but would only cry whenever I try to nurse him because he ‘s not getting any milk. I’ve cried countless times and have tried to pump milk round the clock so I can feed my baby with breast milk but I am only getting 10ml – 20ml per session. I thought pumping every 2-3 hours would help increase my milk supply. I have tried everything from malunggay (moringa) capsules to essential oils but nothing seemed to work.

My frustration hurt my relationship with Migs as I became a slave to my breast pump. I am always exhausted. I felt that the time I needed to recuperate from my operation were wasted but I couldn’t stop because I wanted to give what’s best for my son.

Good thing one of my friends told me about Arugaan, a support system for women with infants and young children. They have seminars for breastfeeding mothers and they also offer home visits for those who’d like a lactation massage. I immediately reached out to them.

I was visited by Ms. Rhea last September 3 and was given a lactation massage as well as some tips on how to successfully breastfeed.  I was so relieved seeing so much milk while being massaged. I almost cried knowing that I will be able to nurse my son on demand and I don’t have to worry about my supply. I couldn’t thank Araguan enough for helping me especially Ms. Rhea. She was very accommodating and she still answers my questions even after our session.

I have been nursing our son on demand since September 3 and have only been pumping milk 3 times a day – whenever I am working. I get to sleep and eat better now which also means that I get to spend more time with my boys (Migs and Chuck).

If you want to know more about Arugaan, please visit their official Facebook page.

 

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts: Spreading Autism Awareness, 1 Shirt at a Time

Even though the word Autism is commonly heard, still there are several speculations about Autism and of the people affected by it. In the Philippines, it is estimated that there are around 1 million people living with Autism, yet not everybody can understand what it it’s like. The Autism spectrum Disorder is a condition where a person who is diagnosed with it will not have the same experiences but are noticed by the core symptoms.

Meet Calel, he is a 6-year old who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of four. A year ago, he discovered his love for animals and drawing and once he starts on a sketch pad he just cannot stop – his mother Marie, started posting his artwork on Facebook, when a friend commented that if in the case the drawing is produced to be printed on a t-shirt – he definitely would buy.

After a few months, Marie launched Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts for 3 reasons: to help with Calel’s therapy needs, to develop the business to eventually be taken over by Calel (when he gets older) and to spread Autism awareness.

Anybody would know that Occupational and Speech therapy is costly, plus there are limited specialists in the Philippines. Kids with ASD need to attend SPED (Special Education) classes which can cost up to 60,000Php a year. For every shirt purchased, this will help Calel’s parents to make sure he gets the special treatments that he needs.

Calel’s future is still unclear at the age of 6, he shows signs of progress but it is hard to tell if he will be able to live a normal life or yet alone become employed, if this becomes a success, Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts may become his own business to handle.

With the first batch of t-shirts printed and distributed, people that order have started to ask about Calel and his condition – this helps Marie to talk about Autism and educate them on what Calel and their parents experience day-to-day including the highs and low.

There are so many designs to choose from and each is unique which you will surely love. T-shirt’s come in kids, men and women’s sizes.

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts are being offered at introductory prizes for the first 100 customers.

Please visit their Instagram account for updates and designs: Instagram.com/calelswackyartshirts

You may help calel by purchasing a shirt through their shoppee account: https://shopee.ph/mamaneesshop

They are also accepting donations for art materials like sketch pads, crayons, colored pencils and pens.

OPPO F1s: Day In The Life

A giant evil monster is about to unleash its most powerful weapon and i’m the only one who can stop it. I quickly jumped into my armor suit, then the alarm clock goes off (god damn it alarm, let me finish my dream).. Watta dream!

So. It’s 6:00 AM. Let me take you along with me so you can have a glimpse of how I spend my day. Along with us is my Handy dandy OPPO F1s to help document our adventure.

I focused on event hosting after I left the BPO industry, and it’s a day and night comparison. I now have control over everything. I can set my schedule based on the lifestyle that I desire.

6:00 AM

I start my day by spending a good 5 mins trying to figure out what my purpose in life is. Just kidding. I just wasted 5 mins doing nothing like most men at my age do. Then I visited the john for some good ol’ 1 & 2. In between 6:30 – 7:00 I check my email while eating breakfast. After a bit of stretching, it’s time to hit the shower.

I have a 10:00 AM meeting with a couple who’s looking for the perfect wedding MC. Why wake up so early? Preppin and driving to the meeting place takes forever specially if you live in the Metro. So, 3 hours of grooming and road hustlin would be just enough to get to my destination on time.

Its almost noon and I got the hosting gig. I am now off to meet with my coordinating team for an ocular. we have a garden wedding in Tagaytay city early next month and I would like to see and be able to project my movements, so
I won’t have to do it on the day of the event. the time is 12:22 PM and this is going to be a long drive.

03:51 PM. We finally arrived at the reception venue, and boy, it was one heck of a sight. I immediately planned my movements and gimmicks for the event. Now we’re going to sit down for a quick run-through of the program over a cup of coffee.

05:25 PM. It’s getting dark and sadly we have to drive back to the chaotic world of the Metro.

Since we won’t be able to make it tonight for some home-cooked meal, we’ll just have our dinner at our favorite Japanese resto before we go home.

I no longer carry a planner notebook with my daily activities. I realized that everything that I need is already baked in on my OPPO F1s. I depend on it a lot. From waking me up, setting up my schedule, taking notes, reading and sending emails, and even navigation. Aside from its kick ass 16mp selfie shooter, I also thank OPPO for slammin this phone with a more than decent chip set. MT6750 Octa-core 64-bit and 3GB ram. In layman’s term, It’s ridiculously fast. Plus 32GB of internal storage is more than enough storage for my daily photos, music and games(when i’m bored), and did I already mention that it’s ridiculously fast?

It’s 9:52 PM we’re finally home and ready to hit the bed. So let’s call it a day.

Til our next adventure. Cheers!

Migs.

Why I chose Dearberry

Hi, ladies!

I am not a fan of makeup as I haven’t tried one that doesn’t make my skin oily or feel heavy. Most of the makeup that I have are branded and were given to me as gifts or “pasalubong” from relatives who live outside the Philippines. I am the type who’s contented in using sunblock and lip gloss everyday. I don’t even follow a certain skin care routine because I am just too lazy to apply stuff on my face and body.

But as I age, I feel my skin screaming for moisturizer and I envy women who doesn’t need the help of a professional make-up artist when attending events. Before I finally committed to be the Marketing Manager of Dearberry Philippines, I tried the products first to see if it suits my skin type. Because if the products are too heavy for my skin, I’ll end up not using them again and there is no sense in selling a brand that I personally do not believe in.

Who is Dearberry Philippines and what convinced me to use their products?

Mar.1956 JULIA Co Ltd, the parent company of FINE Bio Inc was founded JULIA, the parent company of FINE Bio, was founded in 1956 by Jung Family just 3 years after the Korean War. The Jung’s started their business from a tiny shop in Seoul with three products and one big dream. The dream ws to make better cosmetic products in quality with affordable price for Korean people who had to start everything from nothing after the war.
This philosophy has been kept strongly for the past 58 years and melted in dearberry as historical company heritage

DEARBERRY products are manufactured by such top-tier factories like COSMAX and WINNOVA to achieve the high quality standards of our products. COSMAX is the main & most important manufacturer of L’OREAL group and other world famous branded cosmetics. WINNOVA is the main & most important manufacturer of Korean branded cosmetics like TONYMOLY & THEFACESHOP.

The brand essence of dearberry is “affordable high quality cosmetics made with ingredients from nature ”. dearberry believes the simple truth, “healthy skin is most beautiful” and sticks to the basics, “firstly keep skin healthy, then optimally solve target issues”.

Dearberry products are specifically made for the Asian skin and they do not test their products on animals! I have pets at home so, I am 100% against brands who still do animal testing. When I learned these facts, I immediately sat down on my desk, opened my laptop and researched on different ways of how to effectively promote Dearberry to its target markets. I even convinced some relatives and friends to ditch their current brands for Dearberry.

 

Here are my Top 5 Dearberry Makeup favorites

  1. Magic Oil Control Primer; Php480

If you’re like me who can go to parties without bringing a “kikay” kit for retouch, then this product suits you. It’s the perfect primer for the “tamad” girl like myself. Magic Oil control primer gets rid of oil and dirt and rejuvenates your skin too! Be oil free for 4 hours with just a dab of Magic Oil control primer.

2. Photo Sharp Concealer; Php260

Magic touch to perfectly cover spots, blemish and freckles of your skin very naturally. Photo sharp comes in 2 shades, beige and light beige. This is super convenient to use and blends well to my skin tone. Perfect to hide eye bags!

3. Long Lashmellow Mascara; Php480

One and only mascara with 3 satisfying results: immediate volume, vivid color and longer lashes.
· Light-weighted setting but NO drooping or crumpling.
· No smudging all day long with triple fitting firm.
Long Lashmellow Mascara gives you the feel that your eyelashes grow longer and even longer.

4. Suri Suri Aguamenti Powder; Php 632

It makes my skin tone brighter and clearer with a natural & youthful look plus it protects my skin from the harmful effects of the sun (It contais sunscreen (SPF25/PA++)

5. Kiss Of Berry Lip Tint Balm; Php200

No other brand adds color and exfoliates my lips like Kiss of berry! You have 6 flavors to choose from! I use Blueberry.

Dearberry Skin care products are also worth every peso. I will definitely share more with you on my next article. Meanwhile, here’s a before and after party photo of me last December 28, 2016 when I attended the Filipino Bloggers Network Year end party. I wore these products on my face from 5:00PM to 8:30 with zero touch ups except for the lip tint after I ate dinner.

PS: My husband use Magic Oil Control primer too!

Dearberry products are available at the following sites:

Dearberry Philippines official Facebook Page

Shoppee Philippines

You can also check out our official website for our current promos.

 

For your Marketing and Sales related questions, you may leave a comment or send me an email at alaine@dearberryphilippines.com / alainealejandrino@gmail.com or send us a Tweet!

Love your skin and let’s all make 2017 our most beautiful year!

XO,

Alaine

 

 

Pacific Cebu Resort – An Island Paradise

Before summer officially end, let me share with you my birthday celebration in Cebu last March. We rented a Condo Unit via AirBNB for 5 days at the IT Center in hopes being able to visit a lot of places in Cebu but we had to ditch our plans because Migs was not feeling well. Good thing, we did not pay for a tour because either our money will be wasted or Migs condition will worsen. We just enjoyed exploring the City. We were able to visit the Magellan’s cross, Sto. Nino Church, Sugbo Mercado and explored few restaurants inside the IT Park. We also enjoyed cooking our favorite dishes from their local market and was even able to buy few kilos of dried squids, fish and of course dried mangoes.We crossed out our plans of going to Bantayan Island and Bohol because of the travel time and just decided to do a last minute booking at Pacific Cebu Resort. I am happy that I was able to book a hotel through my favorite hotel app – Hotel Quickly! Hotel Quickly’s very helpful because you can see actual photos and feedback of a hotel. So, you don’t need to do extensive research when you’re trying to book one ( I am not paid to promote Hotel Quickly – I just love them! LOL).

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It took us 30 minutes to book a cab going to Pacific Cebu Resort because none of the Grab Taxi Drivers would pick us up. Travel time from Cebu IT center to Suba-basbas, Lapu-Lapu City is an hour and Cab meter was Php380 but we paid Php500 because our Cab driver is really nice. He was even surprised that we refused to accept change.

We were welcomed by Pacific Cebu Resort’s staff with sweet smiles and confirming my reservation was easy breezy. The beach is so inviting! I wanted to drop our things to our room and head to the beach immediately. When we entered our room, I suddenly changed my mind about heading to the beach right away. Our room was so cozy and has a cute veranda where we could eat or just hang out. We took a power nap and went out to check their resto’s menu at 4:00 PM. By the way, they have a reliable wi-fi connection too. So, this resort is also  ideal for free lancers.

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There were only few guests at the resort and 90% were Japanese. We were told by one of the staff that the resort used to be exclusive for Japanese guests. I’m glad they opened it for everyone. Pacific Cebu resort is a perfect diving spot according to their guests but they also have two swimming pools for other guests to enjoy.

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I would say that our stay at Pacific Cebu resort is the best part of our Cebu vacation and we promise to come back once Migs is back on his feet.

Rustic Mother’s Day Celebration at Richmonde Café

It’s that time of the year once again when we get to pamper the most important woman in our lives. Give back and take mom out to a lunch buffet that is just as exceptional as she is! Every mother deserves nothing but the best so for her special day, Richmonde Café whips up an exquisite menu crafted to celebrate and recognize all that she has done for us. From spring bouquets and summer salads, to succulent ribs and scrumptious cakes, nothing shouts “I love you, Mom!” more than a wholesome feast with the entire family.  



On May 10, 2015, bring the entire family to Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Richmonde Café to relish a charming international fare dedicated to all sweet and loving Mothers. The Café spoils Mom further with an exclusive 3 + 1 deal. This means for every three guests paying the regular rate, mom gets to be the boss and eats absolutely FREE!


Delight in a bountiful spread that reminds you of rustic afternoons spent in your childhood backyard – set the mood right with antipasto and soup such as House Cured Salmon Gravlax with Shredded Red Onions and Capers; Tabouleh Salad; Seafood Pasta Salad; Toast with your choice of dips like Baba Ghanoush, Hummus, Crab and Cream Cheese; Shrimp Bisque; and Italian Wedding Soup. Indulge in mouthwatering spoonfuls of classic comfort chows like Lemon Chicken with Artichokes; Vegetable Lasagna with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto; Herbed Roasted Potato; Steamed Kani wrapped in Nori; Roast Prime of Rib with Horseradish Cream & Au Jus; and Beef-wrapped Asparagus with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Do not forget to try various dishes from the show kitchen as well – from pasta treats to fried dishes and grilled items, we’ve got all your cravings covered! Lastly, give in to the sugar rush with samplings of Hot Apple and Nuts Crumble, Baklava Parcels, Opera Slices, assorted Cupcakes and Cake Pops. 


Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe – Antipasto spread

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Lemon Chicken

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Dessert station

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon is available on May 10, 2015 for Php 995 nett. 




For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777. The Richmonde Café is located at the 2nd floor of Richmonde Hotel Ortigas at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, send an email to rho@richmondehotel.com.ph or log on to www.richmondehotels.com.ph.  For the freshest updates on hotel promotions, connect at www.facebook.com/RichmondeHotelOrtigas, www.twitter.com/Richmonde_RHO, and www.instagram.com.Richmonde_RHO.  

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