Snowbing Korean Dessert CafΓ© (Trinoma) Review

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

To put it in a K-lingo, Korea is clearly my bias country right now because (1) I got to see how literally beautiful this country is, (2) Korean BBQ is just the bomb, (3) their wide range of skincare selection is the best, and (4) I've fallen in love with K-indie [listen to Bolbbalgan4 on Spotify!!]


There's one K-thing I've yet to tick off on my to-do list when in SoKor though, until recently. That is to try Bingsu, also known as the Korean shaved ice dessert with different sweet toppings. It never crossed my mind to try one during my visit to Seoul because I was too preoccupied with everything that I'm seeing at that moment. Even if that's the case, I'm glad to know that there are legit places here in Manila where I can taste a legit one.

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Kathryn Bernardo Gets Empowered with Canon EOS M100

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Canon Philippines officially launches the new Canon EOS M100 in their pool of mirrorless cameras and welcomes Kathryn Bernardo to #TeamCanonPH at the same time!

Uratex Promotes the Value of Sharing Moments Together

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Filipinos enjoy cherishing the times we share with family, friends, and loved ones, especially during the holiday season. For the majority, the best memories are created inside the bedroom where family members bond or catch up with each other before they call it a day.


Giving a salute to the importance of family traditions, Uratex, who is celebrating 50 years this 2018 unveiled a Christmas-themed video to celebrate family memories made inside the bedroom, their common area of solitude, and the bed, a central and key witness to that celebration.

Fora Mall in Tagaytay is Now Open!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

There are more reasons to spend the holidays in Tagaytay because aside from the chill wind, Bulalo, and the scenic view because the Fora Mall located along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City is now open!


ASUS ZenFone Concept Store Lands in Visayas (Iloilo)

The ZenFone game keeps on getting stronger because this time, they've touched down Iloilo aka The City of Love! As part of its 10th-year celebration in the Philippines, ASUS has opened its first ZenFone Concept store in the Visayas region last November 18, 2017, at SM Iloilo. 


The ZenFone Concept Store located at SM Cyberzone in SM Iloilo is among the 30 ZenFone concept stores to open in the Philippines soon.

Vivo gives back to Marawi soldiers by way of a special outreach affair

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Press Release - Vivo Philippines, in the true spirit of a Filipino Christmas, decides to give back to the heroic deeds of the soldiers who fought in Marawi by spending the afternoon with them last December 17 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Hospital in V. Luna, Quezon City.

Vivo Philippines give honor to the Marawi soldiers at a special outreach affair at the AFP hospital. In the picture are Vivo Philippines employees with Hazel Bascon, Vivo Philippines Vice President and Head of Sales

The special outreach affair was attended to by Vivo employee-volunteers who interacted with the 150 soldiers and their families and entertained them with song and dance performances. The brand’s celebrity influencers were also in attendance to give joy and encouragement to the Marawi freedom fighters. KZ Tandingan, Darren Espanto, Jason Dy, and Kisses Delavin also shared their talent in one afternoon of gratitude-giving, to the delight of the soldiers and their families.

Vivo brand local endorsers, KZ Tandingan (right) and Jason Dy (left) helping to prepare the gift baskets for the troops

Selfie Salute: Vivo local endorsers unite with the brand in support of Marawi soliders

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Press Release - In the light of the victory won against Islamic rebel fighters in Marawi and the recent extension of the Martial Law in the city for another year, Vivo Philippines has been extending their support in more ways than one. Just in time for Christmas, the 5th biggest global smartphone brand launched a special Christmas video in honor of the brave soldiers who risked their lives in the conflict in Marawi. The touching video, which captured the hearts of many, depicts a touching story of a widow, her children, and a husband and father they lost in the Marawi conflict and the people who reached out to them to return the priceless favor.


Vivo Philippines also paid the wounded soldiers of Marawi a visit during a special outreach affair at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Hospital last December 17 to interact with and personally thank the freedom fighters. Vivo’s brand endorsers Jason Dy, KZ Tandingan, Darren Espanto, and Kisses Delavin joined in on the affair to give encouragement and empowerment to the soldiers.


Reasons why Vivo V7+ all screen phone make the best Christmas gift

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Press Release - With the holiday season just around the corner, people have been hunting for a good Christmas buy for presents. Phone presents have been a huge hit since the advent of advanced telecommunications and phone brands have been competing for the spotlight in a Christmas shopper’s list.

24 MP front camera for holiday get-togethers come out great with the all-screen display, framing the photo perfectly
Vivo’s premium smartphone the V7+ does not disappoint despite an affordable price tag attached to it. This latest pride in Vivo packs in all the top of the line features which is at par with the smartphone industry’s best of the best.

BoybandPH celebrates first anniversary in a Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour

Monday, December 4, 2017

Press Release - Well-loved Filipino all-male group BoybandPH recently celebrated the first anniversary of their official establishment as a band last December 9, a Sunday, at the Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour in Starmall Alabang.

BoybandPH is composed of Russel Reyes, Niel Murillo, Ford Valencia, Tristan Ramirez, and Joao Constancia, five talented young men who pursued their dreams and became the first winner of the musical reality show in ABS-CBN, the “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” December last year.

BoybandPH celebrates their first year in entertainment during the Vivo Mall Tour at Starmall in Alabang

One Music Popssss Presented by Vivo concludes

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Press Release - Vivo, the fastest growing global smartphone brand focusing on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography in smartphones, collaborated with One Music PH for Popssss, an online show that is part of the roster of shows of ABS-CBN’s One Music PH.

Popssss, powered by Vivo Philippines, featured fresh and seasoned talents in the local music scene. The first season of Popssss, which launched in February this year, featured former child star and now soap opera star and recording artist Alexa Ilacad in its successful pilot episode with Vivo influencer Inigo Pascual hosting the program.

Ultimate Teen Heartthrob Inigo and Pinoy Boyband contender Tony Labrusca

The World's Best-Selling Bottled Water Aquafina Arrives in the Philippines

Saturday, December 2, 2017

As a heavy water drinker, I make sure to always equip myself with water, whether I'm traveling or just working in the office. I drink a generous amount of coffee and tea on a day that's why I easily feel parched. Whenever I forget to bring my water tumbler, the convenience store is my way to go. I used to grab any brand of water in the fridge just because I'm clueless on what to pick. But that's about to change because of Aquafina.

The growing water category in the Philippines is shaking up because Aquafina, the bottled water brand trusted by consumers around the world, will soon reach the Filipino consumers. 


Just in case you are not familiar with this world-renowned brand yet, the Aquafina brand has won over consumers around the world since its introduction in the U.S. in 1994. It has been existing for the same number of years as me! πŸ˜…

5 Favorites from the Starbucks Holiday Offering 2017 + Giveaway [Closed]

Friday, December 1, 2017


It's the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? As the title suggests, I have exciting announcements throughout this blog post that's why you have to make sure to read towards the end of this blog post! 😌

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The top-notch instore service and various coffee and tea options of Starbucks Philippines are the main reasons why I love this Seattle-originated coffee chain so much.

When the holiday kicks on, I'm all eyes on the holiday release of this brand because of the yearly creative Starbucks planners that fans can acquire by collecting stickers.

I shared with you weeks ago the different valid reasons why you should get your hands on the 2018 Starbucks Philippines Planner! And now, I want to share with you my favorites for this year's Starbucks Holiday offerings. Ready, game! :)


MILK AND CHOCOLATE PUDDING


It was a surprise to see these puddings being available here in the country. After trying the Chocolate Pudding in Seoul last April, I wished for this piece of heaven to land in the Philippines just so I can devour it again. In a few months time, my wish came true! Imagine how giddy I was on my first scoop of pudding after months of waiting for this moment! 😍

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Available for Php 65 / each

The Center Suites, Cebu Hotel Review

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thankful for work leaves and holidays because I will finally be able to continue writing my wanderings in Cebu from a few weeks ago. I kicked off the #TLWandersCebu with my canyoneering experience in Badian and now, I'm publishing a review of The Center Suites Hotel where I stayed overnight before my trip to Southern Cebu.

Paradise Dynasty Food Review: 8-flavored Xiao Long Bao, FTW!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Dim sum has always been my comfort food and I would totally grab one at any time of the day. Months ago, my social media feed was stormed with these colorful baskets of dim sum. Upon further reading, I found out that the newly-opened Paradise Dynasty is offering the famous 8-flavored xiao long bao (soup dumplings) at its PH flagship store located in S Maison Mall, Conrad Manila, Pasay City.

Finally, I had the chance to visit them since I just live in the south! Lucky for us, southies! πŸ’•

Filipino-owned Go Hotels Opens New Branches in Metro Manila

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Press Release - Go Hotels, the first Filipino home-grown value essential service hotel chain in the country, has opened four more branches to cater to smart travelers in search of affordable yet comfortable accommodations.


The four new branches: Cubao-Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, Manila Airport Road in Paranaque, and North Edsa-Quezon City, are all strategically-located near prime destinations and with easy access for guests.

“Metro Manila has an energetic spirit; it’s home to some of the country’s business districts and important landmarks,” said Go Hotels general manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio. “We plan to open more branches in the metro with the emergence and increasing number of smart travellers—local and international.”

Cebu Canyoneering Experience with Cyan Adventures

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Before I bid goodbye to 2017, I promised myself to brave one of my greatest fears: HEIGHTS. Because Jonas and I booked seat sale flights to Cebu via Philippine Airlines (only cost us Php 3k each), I convinced him to go Canyoneering with me at Badian Island in Cebu.


First Look: The Complete Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Collection + Price

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I bet I wasn't the only person glued on Laureen Uy and Janina Vela's Instagram last November 3 when the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Collection was launched! 😍  The celebrated top model personally introduced her well-curated limited edition makeup collection with top influencers all over the world in attendance.

Gigi Hadid is more than a muse. She is a CREATOR and the DRIVING FORCE behind this revolutionary collection. From her home base in NYC, to her hometown in LA, the design and details of these three Maybelline makeup collections personally reveal the story of Gigi Hadid’s life as she sees it, one shade name at a time.

Janina Vela (pictured right) learning about Gigi's Jetsetter Palette straight from Gigi herself and Maybelline New York’s Global Makeup Artist, Erin Parsons
How I wish I was also in New York to witness Gigi talk about the design and detail of her personal line of Maybelline makeup products. Luckily, Maybelline Philippines is truly amazing for giving me a sneak peek of the whole Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Collection that's gonna arrive on our shores in less than a week! (PS. The Philippines is 1st in Asia to launch this line!)

Keep scrolling to see the coast to coast makeup lines and the prices of the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Collection!

ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Lite Review

Saturday, November 4, 2017

For those who are on the hunt for a bang-for-buck mobile phone that will take your selfie game to the next level, ASUS Philippines beefs up its renowned selfie line-up with their latest phone called ZENFONE 4 SELFIE LITE.

Maris Racal Could Not Get Enough of the Vivo V7+’s Top-of-the-Line Features

Monday, October 30, 2017

Press Release - Newest Vivo influencer Maris Racal has sure gone a long way from her first TV stint as one of the teen housemates of Pinoy Big Brother All In where she eventually placed second to the season’s Big Winner Daniel Matsunaga. Known for her sweet singing voice earning her the title “Singing Sunshine ng Davao”, Maris or Mariestella in real life grew up in a musically-inclined family and is also part of a sing-and-dance all-girl group in home network ABS-CBN.

Maris has already a few accomplishments under her belt as a budding celebrity, but she still considers her recent Vivo endorsement a dream come true. “I have always wanted to [endorse a phone brand],” Maris says in a brief interview held in between photo shoots for the top smartphone brand. “That is why when my handler told me [that I have been chosen to endorse Vivo], I was so happy.”


Maris was introduced as one of the Vivo influencers at the launch of the young and hip global smartphone brand’s latest pride the V7+. She is part of the fresh roster of Vivo endorsers known collectively as the Vivo Family. On top of being an independent talent, Maris also makes up half of the “Marni go” love team with Inigo Pascual, another Vivo influencer and member of the pioneer batch of the Vivo Family. The twosome was formed by chance when the duo made headlines when they performed onstage for Inigo’s digital concert.

Apart from being part of “Marnigo”, Maris has a lot of good things on her plate and all the highlights of her days can now be preserved in memories through her own Vivo V7+. “I look super fresh [in my selfies] even without make-up,” she happily remarks, swearing by the selfie-taking prowess of the Vivo V7+. The V7+ boasts of one of the world’s first 24MP 24MP clearer selfie, front facing camera with LED flash and smart photography algorithms provides for a clear-cut, crisp, and natural-looking photo. To further enhance photos, the V7+ packs in a built in Bokeh effect which creates an aesthetic quality of out of focus blur in photos.

Being a musician herself, Maris is also thrilled over the V7+’s fully-upgraded AK4376A Hi-Fidelity audio chip. This V7+ feature supports the latest sound technology and levels up mobile audio technology, enabling any music lover to enjoy rich and full rhythms. This audio chip also plays music which answers to the mood or scenario at hand.

Maris will be part of a series of Vivo V7+ mall shows alongside love team Inigo Pascual and other Vivo Family members. The four-month mall tour which commenced last September will heavily endorse the Vivo V7+ with fun-packed activities and performances from the Vivo Family; the tour will be doing the rounds until the end 2017.

Maris will be part of a series of Vivo V7+ mall shows alongside love team Inigo Pascual and other Vivo Family members. The four-month mall tour which commenced last September will heavily endorse the Vivo V7+ with fun-packed activities and performances from the Vivo Family; the tour will be doing the rounds until the end 2017.

Chienna Filomeno is Happy to Endorse Vivo

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Press Release - Twenty-one-year-old Chienna Filomeno is the real deal when it comes to social media popularity. With Instagram followers that has racked up to more than a million, Chienna’s semi-charmed life is an open book. Juggling showbusiness, travels, and learning how to be a DJ, Chienna just added one more gig into her already long line of pursuits: A Vivo influencer. Chienna is part of the young and hip celebrities signed by the globally popular phone brand last September to be part of the Vivo Family.

To say that she was overwhelmed was an understatement when asked how she felt after being chosen to carry the Vivo brand. “[I am happy] that [Vivo] trusted me,” she gushes in a brief interview conducted during a photo shoot organized by Vivo.

Chienna, along with the other Vivo brand influencers, are all thrilled over Vivo’s latest pride, the V7+. Chienna could not get any more excited. She loves how she could take a clear, all-natural selfie with an array of filters to choose from right off the bat. One of these filters is the Bokeh effect, an aesthetic quality of out of focus blur in photos which adds drama and flair to any selfie. “My selfies are so clear and natural!” Chienna says referring to the V7+ 24 MP clearer selfie, front facing camera—one of the world’s first— with LED flash and smart photography algorithms provides for a clear-cut, crisp, and natural-looking photo. To further perfect a selfie, the V7+’s Special Face Beauty 7.0 feature brightens up photos and evens-out complexions so capturing a selfie-moment is not a problem in dimly-lit environment.

Chienna also appreciates how superb the sound came out while listening to music during an hour of country trip to Bangkok, owing it to the V7+ high fidelity sound feature which supports the latest sound technology and levels up mobile audio technology, enabling any music lover to enjoy rich and full rhythms.

She urges her fans to pick a Vivo smartphone for themselves “because it is super worth it,”. The young budding star will be appearing alongside her fellow Vivo brand endorsers in various mall tours to be mounted by the top smartphone brand. The four-month mall tour which commenced last September will run until the end of 2017 and will heavily endorse the Vivo V7+.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get the Starbucks Philippines Planner 2018

Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's the Christmas season that kicked in since last September and I bet you already said to yourself, "I won't get a planner for this coming year because I barely wrote on the last planner I redeemed." Yes?

 

Get ready to eat your words because here are reasons why you should need to get your hands on the Starbucks Philippines Planner 2018 as soon as it is available for redemption in all Starbucks Coffee stores nationwide! πŸ˜… πŸ™Œ

A Must-Experience in Hong Kong! ✈

Friday, October 27, 2017

Given my short stint in Hong Kong July this year, I was still able to make most of my stay at this urban city with my friends from the blogging industry. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be able to appreciate Hong Kong as much.

READ MORE: ATTENDING RISE CONFERENCE IN DIFFERENT HATS


Because my visit to Hong Kong is purely unplanned, I was only able to explore Disneyland (for 4 hrs, mind you!), dine at the renowned Kam's Roasted Goose, down a bowl of ramen at Ichiran, and walk the streets of Mongkok at night time.

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I had this thought of re-experiencing Hong Kong all over again the moment I boarded the plane to Manila. A trip to HK that's well-planned and includes an exciting itinerary in the city and on its outskirts. The wanderer in me can't wait to go on an adventure of a lifetime as I once again set foot on Tsim Sha Tsui in the near future.


An Anecdote of my Brand-Consciousness

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Growing up, I figured out certain attitudes that have been consistent with my life. One of them is my brand-consciousness. I used to believe that when a product is branded, I would receive a high-grade quality product in hopes of getting my hard earned money’s worth. By the time I was slowly learning the art of shopping, I found myself dumbfounded when there are items in the market that has the same quality but at a lesser cost. (I particularly saw myself in this situation the first time I shopped at Divisoria in Manila. haha)


Today, I still hail myself as a brand-conscious person. Though I try to avoid it, I make sure to keep this attitude in handy whenever I buy my necessities. With this, I get to be keen on the quality of my purchases and get the value of what I paid for. As a bonus to that, most of the stuff that I buy highly resemble my personal aesthetics.

Trip to Korea for Free? Gotchu Fam!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A few weeks ago, I've watched all the South Korea vlogs of It's AC's Life Youtube channel. After watching every episode, the feeling of being in Seoul struck me all over again. (Highly recommending you to watch them all, too!) South Korea is such a beautiful place to explore and I'm happy that it was my first out of the country destination. I've already shared my must-visit locations in SoKor for first time visitors here. 😍

Somewhere in Incheon
If you've included a trip to South Korea for your 2018 goals, I highly suggest you to keep your eyes locked in all throughout this blog post because I'll be sharing with you a way to score that much-coveted trip to the "Land of the Morning Calm."

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With RCBC's Ready, Set, Seoul! promo, RCBC is currently giving away an ultimate South Korea travel experience to two (2) lucky RCBC MyDebit Mastercard holders. 

Not for the Scaredy Cats: Thrill of the Week

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's October without checking out some of the scariest horror films out there? It's the best time to scare ourselves away and be entertained with a good horror or suspense movie!

If you're a huge horror/thriller enthusiast like me, you might want to jot down the following movies to watch at Thrill, Asia's only regional horror, thriller, and suspense movie channel.



THE SHADOW EFFECT


Cam Gigandet stars as Gabe, a young man whose life is turned upside down when his violent dreams begin to blend with reality. From the Directors, Obin Olson and Amariah Olson, it also features Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Michael Biehn. Watch The Shadow Effect on October 2.


Matcha-ing at Figaro Coffee Company

Sunday, October 8, 2017

One thing's for sure, I will never say no to Matcha. Ever since there had been offerings of different matcha variations locally, I've been on the pursuit of trying most matcha-related dessert / drink around town. 

On to my latest matcha adventure, I headed to Figaro Coffee Company to try out their very own take on the matcha cake.


Whenever I pass by Figaro in Alabang Town Center, their small quaint cafe on the corner of the 2nd floor is always packed. Luckily, I got the chance to finally dine around and try their bistro food and pastries for the first time! :)

ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Review By a Non-Selfie Lover

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro was launched early August 2017 along with other equally good mobile phones from the Zenfone 4 line. I was lucky enough to get my hands on this phone to make a full review. The first thing that I thought after receiving this phone, "I am not even a selfie lover. How do I even do this?"


AESTHETICS


The first notable thing about the new ASUS phone is its metallic rouge red back cover. Its color pops out that you can't miss it. I can also handheld this 5.5-inch phone easily because of its thin build plus round edges.

READ MORE: ASUS ZENFONE 4 SELFIE PRO: UNBOXING + FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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Flytpack 1st Anniversary + Special Discount Code For Wanderlusts

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ever since my Seoul trip earlier this year, I couldn't express how much important internet is in visiting countries abroad. From navigation, food recommendations, to places to visit, internet plays a vital role to make traveling as seamless as possible.

I'm more than happy to have a travel buddy like Flytpack who I can rely to during the times I've wandered abroad. No trouble shooting needed. All I needed to do is turn on the pocket wifi, toggle on the wifi hotspot of my phone, and voila! I'm ready to surf the internet effortlessly. 😍



Celebrating their first year of providing internet services to us, Flytpack invited social media influencers and bloggers in an intimate celebration where everyone can relive their past trips abroad and have fun with the activities they've prepared that afternoon.

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PICOOC Smart Weighing Scale Mini Review

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Everyone's into their #balikalindogprogram lately and I can't help but stand back and assess myself. Here's the deal, I haven't watched my weight in a long time. And I also don't observe any diet to complement my health either. Eeeeck! 

I didn't expect that with a smart weighing scale, I will get the nudge that I needed to finally be on track for my health.


PICOOC SMART WEIGHING SCALE MINI


The PICOOC Smart Weighing Scale comes in a pizza box-like package that contains the following:


As soon as I was able to unbox the items, I noticed that there is still a transparent film to protect the unit from scratches. I tried looking for the batteries in the box, but I found out that it is already installed at the back of the PICOOC smart weighing scale

This unit comes with a rubber stopper in every corner at its bottom to protect it from movement and damage.

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BonChon is Changing the Fast Food Game

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let me admit this, I've been a low-key fan of anything Korean the moment I get to explore their wonderful country. Like what I've been always telling people, I came there with no expectations and went home with lots of wonderful things to say about their amazing country. From that moment on, I've opened myself to experiencing Korean-inspired local stuff, food in particular! 



Because we Filipinos are true blue chicken lovers, BonChon first changed the game by offering a Korean-Style chicken that's made with a freshly hand-glazed flavor. Everyone loved this so much that I and my boyfriend joined the bandwagon. This is actually the main reason why Jonas and I celebrated our second anniversary at Bonchon in SM Sta. Mesa. Talk about cheap thrills! πŸ˜›

Get The Latest Looks from the Maybelline New York Fashion Week 2018

Exciting times ahead as the Maybelline Fashion Week kicks off in the big apple. For nine years and counting, Maybelline New York continues as the official makeup sponsor of the premier fashion week and is making catwalk to sidewalk makeup looks happen right now! 😍

For the NYFW Spring/Summer 2018 show, the creative inspiration takes a different turn with a ‘makeup-first’ approach gracing the runways. Commencing in just a few days, there’s a lot to be excited about on the latest runway-inspired makeup trends brought to Filipinas by Maybelline New York. 


ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro: Unboxing + First Impressions

Thursday, September 7, 2017

What's inside this elegant, pristine white ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro box? πŸ’œ 

Reach a Different State of Teavana: Starbucks Frozen Teas

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A year after the Starbucks Teavana was launched in the Philippines, a new set of Teavana drinks finally landed our shores: the new Starbucks Teavana Frozen Teas!  


But before I talk more about these latest offerings, I just wanna share with you my first ever visit to the biggest Starbucks store in the Philippines! (Which happened to be the venue of today's event) This store is located in 9 Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. corner Bradco Ave. ParaΓ±aque City, Metro Manila.

Digify Your Old TV at Home: A Mega Cellular Universal Box Review

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Earlier this year, entertainment at home went into an upgrade as my family jumped on the Smart TV bandwagon. While our old CTR TV (the one that has a hatchback) is still working, it found its new place in my parent's bedroom instead.


I don't have a huge knowledge about black boxes since I grew up having no cable connection at home. I can assure you though I know how it looks like and how it operates lol. When the Universal Box from Mega Cellular was introduced to me, I got excited with how this box can unveil a new purpose for our old TV.

Pond's White Beauty Detox Day Cream for Oily Skin Review

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August has truly been good to me. Opportunities were offered, plans pushed through, and huge decisions were made. Apart from that, things also went official.

**drum roll**

I am now one of the first members of the Pond's Elite! πŸ™Œ


POND'S ELITE is a group of beauty enthusiasts who can get exclusive dibs, discounts, freebies, and so much more from Pond's!

As a welcoming gift, they sent me the first Pond's Elite Beauty Box. To my surprise, they sent me the new Pond's White Beauty Detox Cream for Oily Skin!

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Nadai Fujisoba: A Portal To The Heart Of Japan

Saturday, August 26, 2017

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Ramen takeover is in full effect in the heart of the metro. Despite the naturally hot climate of the Philippines, Filipinos still choose to fill out ramen stops at every available instance, proving that the love of food and the Japanese culture embedded in the Filipino culture is indisputable.



Attending RISE Conference in Different Hats

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It all started when I got hit by the RISE Conference FB ad several times and wondered what’s in it for me. Looked for some information and found out that it’s probably the biggest tech and startup conference in Asia to be held in Hong Kong. (PSA: The regular RISE conference fee is at least USD 1500)

I ignored it every single time it hits my newsfeed because I know there is no chance in this world that I’ll be attending such prestigious conference abroad (because of time and budget).


But on one busy Friday, an opportunity from the Blogapalooza family came up and an offer to attend RISE in Hong Kong was right in front of me. If you know me by heart, you know I grab opportunities in a heartbeat. This, in particular, isn’t something that I will allow to pass by. Tried my luck and guess what, I officially made it to the Philippine delegate to RISE!

Ladies Must-Have: An ASUS ZenPower Slim Review

Sunday, August 6, 2017

If a woman is to a little black dress (LBD), then so is the latest ASUS ZenPower Slim! I kind of squealed on the inside the moment this power bank was handed to me because of how gorgeous and sleek it is.


Here’s what inside the ASUS ZenPower Slim Box: 
* ZenPower Slim Power Bank 
* standard microUSB Cable 
* Manual and Warranty Information Form

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Believe me or not, I’ve been a fan of the ZenPower since the beginning of Power Banks. It was a no-brainer that I'll be getting a ZenPower in preparation for an upcoming out of town trip. I didn't regret getting it for Php 1000 because it saved my life many times despite the number of fumbles it received. 😊

The ASUS ZenPower Slim boasts three product features: Slim Design, Safety and Artwork

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Comparing to the other ASUS power banks, this comes in 8.3 mm thickness only. I immediately felt the difference the first time I charged my smartphone using this. It is lightweight and my hand felt comfortable the entire time I'm using my phone (even if the power bank is attached to it). 

It also has the exclusive ASUS PowerSafe technology to protect the owner and the device. It can detect voltage and prevents excessive charge on the smartphone.

Lastly, this model features a Hair-line Surface Treatment with Transparent Light Design. This is a standout from the standard metal finish of the ZenPower and ZenPower Pro. In my opinion, this design looks more elegant compared to the latter.

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The con? The ASUS ZenPower Slim is currently available in 3000 mAh only. Meaning, this power bank can fully-charge smartphones once. Yet on my end, this is understandable given its sleek design. It would be great though if through innovation, ASUS can come with a SUPER ZenPower Slim that can cater 10050 mAh battery. It’s the dream right there! 😊

How can this disadvantage be an advantage to us, ladies? In events where we can’t bring bulky stuff (formal gatherings, for example), the ASUS ZenPower Slim comes in handy because of its optimal size and LED flashlight feature.

Ever feel awkward holding your big ass power bank while snapping photos during an event? This power bank saves you with its thin build and jet-black cable. It can definitely fit your itsy bitsy pouch or the dress in your pocket as well. Add to that is the hairline texture of the unit that gives off extra class to your whole ensemble.

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This power bank also has an LED flashlight that you can use for emergency situations like finding the coin that you accidentally dropped in the Uber car or searching for that condo keys in your unorganized everyday bag.

The ASUS ZenPower Slim works like the regular power banks we have in the market. However, here are some key points to remember when using this unit for the first time:

1. Pressing the power button twice will turn on/turn off the LED flashlight. 

2. Fully charge the Power Bank before using it for the first time. 

It took me 2.5 hours to charge this power bank for the first time. Given its low mAh, I realized that the charging time is also faster. A huge advantage for on-the-go people like me. πŸ˜ƒ

3. Use the bundled cable when charging the Power Bank or when using the product to charge your device.

The Asus ZenPower Slim is currently available at Lazada for Php 499. This a friendly price that I'm willing to pay for comfortability. 😊

I definitely recommend Asus ZenPower Slim for short trips outside, like a quick stroll in the mall or in daily commute. Its build is a huge advantage to those who do not like carrying around heavy stuff around. Its design is also a major factor to consider when you plan to bring a power bank in your power dresses. However, if you are going for long travels, the ZenPower or ZenPower Pro is the way to go. 

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The short charging time is something to consider as well since I'm not the type who full charges a 10050 mAh on a daily basis because of the prolonged charging time. Lastly, its price is affordable given the quality and comfortability it provides. πŸ‘