Thursday, September 26, 2019

Nailaholics 4th National Pampering Day, a self-care that saves.

Nailaholics has a special place in my heart. My mommy and I spent a lot of bonding time together at Nailaholics during good times and not-so good times. The place will always be special to me, and I will support their advocacies. 

On its 4th year of celebrating National Pampering Day, the day of pampering is turned into an ecologically saving act tied up with self-care. 

This October 17, 2019, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, all Nailaholics branches nationwide will be generously giving FREE SERVICES to its customers who would make a Php50 donation to its cause. Participants may avail of a FREE Manicure, Foot spa, or Foot massage with every donation, where all the proceeds will go to its partner beneficiary, Save Philippine Seas Organization. 

As the world’s second largest archipelago, the Philippines has over 7,100 islands. Unsurprisingly, we Filipinos depend on the sea for livelihood, tourism, economy, and basically most of our lives. Thus, it is only essential for us to practice environmental conservation diligently – in many ways we can. 

 “This year we want to go beyond the usual discounted promotions we give to our clients. This year is all about encouraging our new and loyal customers alike, to engage in this more meaningful act of self-care – a self-care that saves. Contrary to the common perception, caring for oneself is not a selfish act. And we want our customers to feel that while they take care of their own bodies and prioritize their well-being, they can also simultaneously value our environment and summon changes in our lifestyle to protect the planet.” passionately claimed by Ms. Abby Borja, Head of Marketing of R2 Group of Exclusive Brands, Inc.   

Indeed, employing kindness to oneself should translate into caring for our planet and vice versa. By choosing the right sustainable lifestyle changes, we can all empower each other to make a change. That is the advocacy Nailaholics wants to impart. 

The advocasea does not end there. In aiming to create a holistic approach, Nailaholics will literally dive into action. A special raffle promo awaits the participants of the National Pampering Day wherein one lucky donor will win an all-expense paid trip to Siargao. Siargao Island is named the best island in the world and it practices respectable eco-tourism. 

In this special promo, one lucky winner and a companion will not only appreciate the marine life and splendour of our own Philippine seas, but also be able to join a beach clean-up program led by S.E.A. Movement, and volunteer at the Siargao Art Recycling Studio. This is really the complete environmental awareness package that will immerse a willing participant. 

Now it’s up to you, nailaholic! We all can take active part in this movement of caring for ourselves while caring for Mother Earth. We only have one planet, we only have one home. There is no planet B so love your own. 

When you choose yourself, you choose right. Choose self-care that saves. 

It’s time to make your wave, one sea at a time! πŸ’›

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Money transfer tips from a frugal mama

I am someone you may call stingy. I count down to the cent when I compare prices. Shampoo A is more expensive by P2.25 than Shampoo B? Then B it is. 

When it comes to my banking activities, it’s the same. Given the choice between a long queue on my bank’s ATM and no queue at another bank’s cash machine, I always opt to fall in line to avoid the withdrawal charges. 

I’ve brought this habit to my online transactions. Over the past year, I’ve found myself relying more and more on online shopping: it saves time and spares me the trouble of traffic. From clothing to personal hygiene items, I buy what I need—and what I occasionally want—from social sellers and online shops.

Thing is, the merchants I deal with use different bank accounts, while I only use one for online shopping so for a while it was a problem; I was incurring bank charges! I have long been a BPI user, and fund transfer to other banks costs P50 each. That could cover the shipping fee! The frugal/practical side of me ached every time I made fund transfers to merchants. 

Around summer time, I heard that GCash had developed an app which made it easier to use! I used it manually before and later via *143# but having it as an app made it cooler! At first, I thought the mobile wallet was exclusive for Globe, but it works in all networks! So I downloaded it immediately and checked how it could help address my issue. And you know how much it charges for bank transfers? ZERO. Nil. NADA. I couldn’t be happier!

I did the math. It’s good I kept my online receipts. In the first four months of the year, I had a monthly average of four online purchases that involved payments to banks other than BPI. That meant I was charged P50 16 times. That amounts to P800 over months. 

If I had kept it up for the rest of the year, that would mean paying P50 for 48 times over 12 months. This means an extra cost of P2,400! That’s a decent pair of shoes or jacket! 

I was just so thankful I found out about GCash app. Now, I can make bank transfers without spending extra money I could use elsewhere. This frugal mama is happy—and hunting for a new pair of boots for our autumn trip!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Duck Day Manila 2019 : Philippines' Donny’s Choice and Thailand's BR Group Partnership

We recently heard the news on why pigs died in the areas of Rizal & Quezon City - African Swine Fever. Even if they say it's safe to eat pork, I still won't have it on the menu. We stick to fish, chicken and veggies.

I discovered something that can replace pork which is also red meat, but it contains higher amounts of iron than other poultry - duck meat.

Duck is a lean meat – comparable in fat and calories to a skinless chicken or turkey breast. It's also an excellent source of selenium and zinc, both of which encourage good cellular metabolism.

Last Sept 10, Donny’s Choice fresh seafood, the Philippines largest seafood company and BR Group Thailand, the world’s largest purveyor of ducks collaborated in this years’ grandest product launch, DUCK DAY MANILA 2019 at Conrad Hotel & Resort.

This amazing partnership together with delegates from Victoria, Laguna (Itik Festival) also proposes  September 10 to be known as NATIONAL DUCK DAY in the Philippines. 

The successful event showcased the extravagant Philippine and Thailand cultures through traditional dances, songs from Tawag ng Tanghalan Grand Champion, Janine Berdin and delectable cuisines from this side of the globe.

Mouthwatering food demonstrations and palatable presentations of dishes made from Dalee, BR Group’s major duck brand were featured via the gifted hands of Pinoy celebrity Chefs, Gene Gonzalez, Rosebud Benitez and Pablo “Boy” Logro together with the equally amazing Executive Chef from Thailand, Chef Willment and Peking Duck Master, Chef Choi from China.

Great food and huge raffle prizes surprised guests from media (digital and mainstream), retail partners and from the business sector.

Mr. Donny Yeung, Donny's Choice chairman

Donny’s Choice is headed by its chairman, Mr. Donny Yeung and BR Group Vice Chairman and Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Joseph Suchaovanich.

If your goal is to eat better from now on, then duck is the protein for you. 

All there DALEE Ready to Eat Duck products will be available in groceries and supermarkets this October! 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Hair care habits for a healthy crowning glory

Hair can tell so much about a person. More than being an instant confidence booster, it is a crown that mirrors someone’s personality, mood, and even health.

Factors such as air pollution and hair styling tools can damage hair that even regular shampoo alone cannot undo. To help you untangle the woes when it comes to your hair, Lamoiyan Corporation, maker of Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, lists down easy peasy hair care habits for a healthy crowning glory.

Brush your hair every day

Brushing your hair every day helps increase blood circulation in the scalp, strengthen the roots to reduce hair loss, and allow natural oils to go down the length of the hair. It is best to start from the ends before brushing from the roots to effectively remove the tangles. However, avoid overbrushing as it might break hair strands, especially when using plastic brushes.

Style your hair with care

While it is exciting to try different hairstyles using heat styling tools as curling wands and straightening irons, it is advised to use it less often to prevent hair split ends and damage. As much as possible, let your hair air-dry and minimize tying it up tightly to avoid unnecessary pressure to the hair shaft which can eventually cause breakage and hair fall.

Invest in a good conditioner

A good conditioner can do wonders to one’s hair. Conditioner is a moisturizing agent that replenishes hair’s moisture after oils are stripped by regular use of shampoo. The use of conditioner also allows our hair to become stronger, shinier, and it offers protection from UV rays. Aside from everyday conditioning, it is also recommended to deep condition at least once a week. When applying, focus on the mid-length up to the ends of the hair as applying conditioner on the roots can cause our hair to become oily, heavy, and itchy.

Eating healthy is key

Eating healthy provides our hair with the proper nutrients it needs such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. Eggs, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and fish are only some examples of food that can provide our hair with lots of vitamins.

Drinking lots of water to stay hydrated also gives our hair moisture. Having a healthy diet gives us the energy to be stress-free and allows us to have the time to take care not only of ourselves but also of our hair!

Sharing personal hair care items is a no-no

Sharing is not always caring. Not sharing of personal hair care items is a tip that is often overlooked.

From hair towel, hair bands, ponytails, to hair combs, these items should be used only by one user. Borrowing or sharing any of these items can potentially spread head lice, which is denitely the last thing you’d want your hair to go through. Should there be early symptoms of head lice infestation like itchiness and appearance of nits or egg on hair strands, using the proper treatment such as head lice treatment shampoo can be your best friend. Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo is a non-toxic and clinically proven shampoo that effectively kills lice and nits after two weeks when used twice a week which also conditions the hair to keep it smooth.

Having beautiful and healthy hair does not happen overnight. It takes small habits to make a big difference to your crowning glory and achieve good hair days everyone dreams of.

To know more about Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, visit

Friday, September 20, 2019


In this present world, the busyness of life tends to leave your thoughts cluttered. The goals that you so yearn to achieve are pushed back as your thoughts begin to be filled with life’s daily buzz. The things you consider important in your life can easily be drowned by the growing noise of this world.

You can effortlessly be lost when you are preoccupied of so many things and this is why it is so important to re-align your priorities and set your goals in life. Keep calm and get a paper and pen and start creating your bucket list.

Having a reminder of your ultimate goals can drive yourself to focus despite the countless distractions in this world. It will give you a sense of direction in life and it will make you realize that you are living for a purpose. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing you are doing the things you most love and wanted while creating everlasting memories you can cherish.

Join in a life-changing event on October 19-20 at the SMX Aura where you could discover the significance of creating a bucket list for yourself. Be a participant in the Bucket List Summit and get ready to see and live life with a fresher perspective. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Combat the most annoying of smells with Mia Maison Odour Away

What's your fave room in your home? I love the bathroom! This is where I get my me time (minutes alone without the kids), this is where I can cry, where I can go online in peace, this is where I can think about a lot of things. That's why I make sure the bathroom is super clean. Thing is, there are times that even when it's squeaky clean, you can still catch that unwanted smell.

Mia Maison Odour Away

Bathrooms can, unsurprisingly, get pretty smelly pretty quickly. It's not only the toilet that's to blame, but the stagnant water around the sink and condensation from the shower can make musty smells common.

So, how do I combat the pesky smell? Mia Maison has got us covered with their new nano-enhanced home fragrances designed to specifically eliminate annoying odors : Odour Away

Mia Maison Odour Away doesn't just mask foul odors, it completely eliminates it giving you fresher air-feel all day long.  It is proven to combat the most annoying of smells - even Tobacco. Among the benefits of Odour Away are intense malodor reduction, releases pleasant and harmonic smell and long lasting freshness.

How does it work? 

Odour Away oil is able to interact with malodors leading to reduction of the negative perception, giving a pleasant and harmonic smell. Odour Away reduction takes place immediately after and it remains over the area for quite a long time. 

Just put 1 cap of Odor Away Waterbased Oil with a recommended level of water to your Mia Maison's Air Purifier and Atomizers. 

Among the benefits of Odor Away are intense malodor reduction, releases pleasant and harmonic smell and long-lasting freshness.

There are four (4) available Odor Away Scents to banish bad smells once and for all.

Kitchen Bliss 
Mia Maison Odour Away,Kitchen Bliss

Cleaning fish, working with meats, mincing garlic, food prep can be a joy as it can be quite the hassle of one's olfactory senses. Kitchen Bliss works by ensuring that your food prep can be much more enjoyable when you are not attacked by strong odor from food prep and cooking. Fruity medley of Raspberry, Sweet Cherries and Peachedms are mixed with Red Roses and Aromatic Aldehydes to counteract any fishy scents (literally and figuratively) that may occur in the kitchen and dining area. 

Bath Time
Mia Maison Odour Away, Bath Time

Cleanliness is next to Godliness and nothing alludes to cleanliness than soothing bubble baths. Bath Time mimics the scent of floating cool and clean soap suds floating around and about. Sparkling Lemon and Fresh Green Notes washes away weariness of the day as Jasmine, Lily of the Valley and Warm Cedarwood ensures that even the peskiest of bathrooms stay amazingly pristine. 

Clean Space
Mia Maison Odour Away, Clean Space
Using state-of -the-art technology, these e-reeds elimintae the nee to constantly turn the reeds upside-down to refresh scents from the diffusers. It is used with micro-fiber sticks that seeps the fragrance oil effectively and disperses the aroma in consistent and uniform quantities. Works best in small spaces.

Regardless of the state of your living space, you can be in total Zen mode with our Clean Space Odour Away scent. Green Tea infused with zesty Blood Orange and other Exotic Florals, Clean Space creates order amidst the chaos. Witness this amazingly green scent eliminates the worrisome odors of the day and be at absolute peace.

The epitome of our Odour Away, Anti-Tobacco harnesses the cleaning scent of Lavender and Bright Citruses. To give Anti-Tobacco long lasting freshness, we added a few marine aromatics to the mix like Watery Notes, Sea Salt and Ambroxian (a chemical derivative of the insanely expensive Ambergris). All of this sits in a bed of warm White Sandalwood. This fresh, inviting scent will elevate smoke-soaked rooms or even your office pantry room.

You can also get these scents in Waterbased Oil, Aromatherapy Oil, eReed Diffusers and Aerospray ranging from Php 808 to Php 4,000 and will be made available this month of September. 

Follow Mia Maison on their social media channels: Facebook  and Instagram to stay up-to-date with everything and anything Mia Maison. πŸ’›

Saturday, September 14, 2019


CBN Asia, the producer of The 700 Club Asia and Superbook, is celebratlng its 25th Anniversary through a worship concert -All for the ONE --on October 1, 6:00 PM,at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Joining the concert on a night of celebrating God's faithfulness are some of the country’s top-performing artists such as Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, RJ dela Fuente, Moira Dela Torre, Dulce, Jason Marvin, Jaye, Manoeuvres Ignite, Acel Van Ommen, Papuri Artists, Timmy Pavino, Aicelle Santos. Erik Santos, Gerald Santos, Superbook hosts, Plagshop Kids, Upper Room Worship, Gary Valenciano, and Janina Vela.

Gordon Robertson, CEO of The Christian Broadcasting Network CEO and founder of CBN Asia, and Peter Kairuz, President and CEO of CBN Asia, will also deliver powerful messages to relive the organization's 25 years of proclaiming Christ and transforming lives.

“ All for the ONE is going to be a night of worship with incredibly gifted artists. We're expectant that the audience will witness God's faitfulness not just to the CBN Asia ministry, but also to their lives. I'm sure they would go home blessed and filled with overflowing joy,” said Robert Tan, Executive Vice President and COO of CBN Asia.

Aside from the 700 Club and Superbook, CBN Asia is a multifaceted ministry that has also expanded programs, projects, and services through digital media, a 24-hour Prayer Center, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines and the Asian Center for Missions.

Join us and get your tickets by donating to CBN Asia through or through ML Kwarta Padala with the corresponding amounts :  
P 1OOO for Patron
P 700 for Lower Box
P 500 for Upper Box
P 200 for General Admission.

You may also donate through the CBN Asia office, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines main office. Philippine Christian Book Stores (CCF Center, EDSA, Falrvlew, Farmers, Makatl-Bethany, Masagana and Monumento branches), Phillpplne Bible Society in UN Avenue, House of Praise in Panay Avenue, Becca Music in Ortigas Center, Cornerstone: Books and Scriptures and Throne of Wisdom Christian Academy in Binangonan.

Bring your family, friends, and churchmates and let us come together for a one of a kind worship experience!

Visit or text +659208252105 or +639178052417 for more infomatlon #AllForTheONE

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)’s co-located comics and pop culture event: Pop Hub: Comics Splash X Fandom Fest is back for a sophomore run this September.

The episode continues as Primetrade Asia, Inc., MIBF and Best of Anime organizer is set to gather once again the comics and pop culture community on September 14 to 15 from 10:00AM to 8:00PM at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

This year, comic fans and Fandoms will definitely geek out as your MIBF ticket also entitles you to a free POP HUB entrance!

Following the success of last year’s POP HUB: Vol. 1 which featured distinguished guest artists and exciting activities such as workshops, cosplay competitions, training sessions, photo ops and fandom activities, Volume 2 is back yet again to showcase local and foreign comics, fandom groups and wide-ranging arts and entertainment.

Coming back again this year are the country’s notable comics personalities: Pol Medina, creator of popular comic strip, Pugad Baboy, comics superstar, Harvey Tolibao and award￾winning comic book and artist, Randy Valiente. Prince of PH Cosplay, Prince De Guzman will also be showcasing anew more of his transformations on POP HUB’s stage. 

Pop Hub rookies to watch out for in this year’s Volume 2 include: Don Suratos, Paramount’s Pet-Sematary illustrator, First Academy of Computer Art’s very own, Nick Trinidad and Ian Velasquez, writer of the new DI-13 komiks and grandson of Komiks pioneer, Damy Velasquez, brother of Kenkoy creator and founding Father of Philippine Komiks, Tony Velasquez.

Of course, a pop culture event isn’t complete without the participation of fandom groups. Largest Fandoms around the country will be present in the event as well– The 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, the only Lucasfilm and Disney-recognized worldwide Star Wars costuming groups; FightSaber, Hogwarts Philippines, USS Kalayaan (Star Trek Philippines), Ineffable MNL, Hamilton Philippines, Greasy Snitches, Supernatural PH, Justice PH, Westeros Cosplay PH and more!

Brace yourselves as POP HUB unveils more action-packed activities in the weeks to come. 

Stay tuned for more updates by following their official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @pophubMNL

Experience Singapore malling at The Podium!

Wouldn’t it be fun to experience Singapore’s unique lifestyle, culture and mouthwatering street food? Luckily, you can experience everything that Singapore has to offer right here in Manila!

Mark your calendars as The Podium in Ortigas offers an exciting line-up of activities for Pinoys to have a taste of Singapore with Singaporium, a lifestyle and food pop-up, until September 15. The Singaporiumpop-up is set to bring 17 leading fashion, art and food brands from Singapore. It is organised by Enterprise Singapore, the government agency helping Singapore companies to grow and globalize.

Singapore’s Ming Fa will be serving the country’s specialties, such aslaksa and minced pork noodles. Other favorite Singaporean specialties, like Stuff’d’s fresh kebabs, burritos, salads and bowls and Collin’s restaurant’s award-winning Western cuisine will be featured at pocket-friendly prices.

It is never too early to start Christmas shopping and what better gifts than unique, imported items from Singapore? Must-see lifestyle brands with art collectibles and amazing dΓ©cor include KLOSH, Playnation and the award-winning Mighty Jaxx.

Fashionistas and beauty addicts shouldn’t miss out on Our Second Nature, a clothing brand that focuses on comfortable, everyday wearand Porcelain, a skin specialist brand.

In addition to the Singaporium, there will be adisplay of artworks featuring Master Sun Yu Li, one of Singapore’s leading artists, and Ramon Orlina, a renowned pioneering glass sculptor in the Philippines and abroad.

Li is an artist who is interested, not in forms per se, but in finding the form from which all forms originate. Based on this fundamental philosophy, he builds creations with a distinctive style and innovative technique. In addition to his sculptures, digital art and drawings, one such creation -- 50 cardboards forming one larger-than-life artwork -- will be on display and available for sale, along with Orlina’s exquisite sculptures.

A partnership between Keppel Land and BDO Unibank, The Podium elevates the lifestyle scene of the Ortigas central business district with an updated array of retail, dining, service, and leisure offerings.Dubbed as Green Mark certified and a LEED compliant project, the architecture is co-designed bytwo of the industry’s top architectural firms – Arquitectonica and Felix S. Lim and Associates, Co.

Discover new trends and tastes by immersing yourselves in Singaporean culture. 

For more information, follow @thepodiummall on Instagram or on Facebook

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