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Three Survival Tips for Moving Into Your Second Year Student House

After living in student accommodation with flat mates that you’d never known a day in your life before going to university, it’s always nice to get together with a group of solid friends and move into a house together for the second (and maybe even third) year of your studies.

In general, students in the UK tend to move into a shared student house after completing their first year of studies, since they’ve found people who they’d rather live with and are more familiar with the area and campus. In addition, moving to a student house instead of staying in halls can be a cheaper experience all round. If you’ve found the perfect student house for you, here are our survival tips for moving in. 

Tip #1. Pool Your Resources:

Let’s face it – you’re probably not going to want or even need the pots, pans and other kitchen items that you use at uni once you’ve graduated, particularly if you’re moving back to your family home at the end of your degree. It’s well worth considering asking your housemates if they’re OK to share – or pitch in for new kitchen items and bathroom essentials if needed. This way, you can avoid arguments about using each other’s plates and pans and avoid having seven different spatulas in your utensil drawer. 

Tip #2. Have Your Own Space:

Whilst not many people are going to be averse to saving money by pitching in for cheap communal pots and pans, there are some things that you just won’t want to share – like your food. Sadly, many student houses come equipped with white goods that simply aren’t good enough for three or more independent adult people who all want to eat different things for dinner every day. 

Of course, you could save food space by all chipping in for ingredients and making a meal that everyone will enjoy, but it might be worth investing in something extra. For example, the minifridge from VonShef could be useful to have in your room to avoid arguments over why you’re taking up so much space in the already tiny fridge – it has all the essentials from a larger fridge, such as an ice maker, which your larger shared fridge might not have.  Although the minifridge from Vonshef may sound small, it actually has 41 litres of space so you can easily fit plenty of drinks and snacks, allowing you to have maximum independence with your food.

Tip #3. Get Your Bills in Order:

Although an increasing number of student landlords will offer bills included with the rent, there are still several student houses where you’re required to sign up and pay for utilities yourself. For many students, this is better since it allows them full control on which broadband company to go with or allowing them to switch to a cheaper gas and electric provider to save money. There are services that you can use to find utilities for you and ensure that everybody pays their fair share, however, be aware that you’re usually required to pay a small fee each month for the convenience. If you’d rather save as much money as possible for student parties instead, consider asking the wisest and most responsible housemate to set up all the bills in their name and set up standing orders for your share into their account. 

Moving into your first proper student house can be stressful if you’re unsure what you’re doing! We hope these tips help you enjoy the big move. 

UNIQLO Announces the Newest Hana Tajima Collection

Featuring  on-trend colors, linen items, and a range of styles for any occasion.

The Japanese global retailer UNIQLO launches the HANA TAJIMA FOR UNIQLO 2018 Spring/Summer Collection. The entire line will be available in SM Megamall and select items will be released in SM City Davao and SM CDO Downtown Premier starting February 11 and on May 11 for the second launch.

LifeWear is UNIQLO’s commitment to creating high quality, functional, and affordable clothing that meets the needs of everyone’s daily lifestyles. Rooted in the brand’s LifeWear philosophy, British-born designer Hana Tajima creates the exclusive collection for women of all backgrounds, regardless of age, race, culture or religion. For 2018 Spring/Summer, new season highlights include elegantly designed pieces that offer comfort and versatility.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Ms. Tajima notes, "For this season I wanted to create a collection that would celebrate the true idea of femininity—the one that finds the strength and grace that exists in all women. These pieces are meant to be lived in, to adapt to different bodies and styles, and be versatile enough to take you through the day and through the season.” 

Incorporating on-trend orange and mustard hues for 2018 Spring/Summer, this season’s wide range of color variations make it easier to style with other UNIQLO items. Featuring pieces made from natural linen, a LifeWear essential that combines softness with refreshing comfort, each garment has been designed with a keen eye for detail to create timeless essentials that offer a variety of styling arrangements. As an added treat, the dresses have also been updated this season to include two length options for its global markets.

About Hana Tajima

Combining refined elegance and effortless comfort, British-born fashion designer Hana Tajima is changing the way young women dress all over the world with her contemporary and functional designs, that are both culturally relevant and extremely versatile. In 2017, New York’s Museum of Modern Art selected her pieces for Items: Is Fashion Modern?, an exhibition which highlighted 111 influential garments and accessories that have profoundly affected art and culture around the world over the past century. Inspired by her Japanese roots and English upbringing, Ms. Tajima’s unique designs continue to garner international attention.

For the list of items under this collection, click here.

How To Become An Expat For The Summer

If you’ve ever spent a week at the beach, you know it's never enough time. Summer breaks are a great time to pack up and go. If money is a problem, there are a few ways to cut your expenses and even make money while living abroad. 

Here are a few tips to become an expat for the summer, affordably.

Cut Your Expenses

Get rid of your extra expenses, as soon as, you decide to become an expat. Cable, netflix, game subscriptions are the first to go. If your lease is up, thats perfect. Move all of your stuff to your parents house or to a temporary storage building. This will allow you to use that rent money somewhere else. 

Teach English

Depending on where you travel, this can be a great job. If you speak English and they don't, you have found an easy job. There are websites to find job postings for teaching positions. Choose your location and start looking. 

Pet Sitting

If you are an animal lover, this could be the best option for you. This position can be good, not just for making money, but many people will let you stay there. Just like you are spending the summer away from home, they may be too. They may let you stay there for free in exchange for taking care of their home and pets. If not free, you may get a low rate to live there. 

If they just need someone to walk their dog each day or check on their cat daily, be sure to ask if they have friends or family that they can help. This may be a way to take on more pets or even find another job in addition to pet sitting. 


There are a few ways to become a nanny. You can check local job listings, staffing agencies, and job posting websites. Once you become a nanny, you may be able to have a side job here and there, from their friends and family. 


If you have a good camera and creative eye, this can be very profitable. If you are somewhere near a beach there are many options. 

You can head out on your own or work for a resort or local business. If you decide to do it alone find local social media pages for the location you will be. Find website where vacationers will go to find things to do and places to stay. Let people know that you will be there and are available to take pictures. You will find people wanting wedding and engagement photos, as well as, family  photos. There are people that would want their proposal photographed too. 

If you would rather work for someone, contact local photographers, resorts, hotels, and wedding planners. Demand for photographers during their busy season will be high, so they will be looking for help for the season, which is perfect for you. 

Being an expat for summer will be a great adventure. You may not be able to stop working for three months. Make a plan a few months before summer. Decide what you are good at and get busy. It never hurts to start making connections now, so that you can start working as soon as you get there. 

A Little Note For All The Girls Out There

This little note is for everyone who is afraid to take a leap because  she feels that staying in the comfort zone seems safe.

This little note is for everyone who is frightened to move forward because she is afraid to discover what lies ahead of her.

This little note is for everyone who wants to break free from the chains of expectations and assumptions of the people surrounding her.

This little note is for everyone who has doubts in her ability to make things happen and to reach her goals.

This little note is for everyone who refuses to take on a new adventure because of the fear of failure.

This little note is for everyone who fails to walk away from her misery. 

This little note is for everyone who aims to achieve genuine happiness.

Cliche as it may sound but it is true that life is too short to let moments pass. Do not wait for a go signal before you start doing what you want. All it takes is for you to say "yes" to whatever comes your way. You got this girl so DO IT.

There’s Always Something You Can Do About Stress

Deadlines. Readings. Work submissions. Backlogs. Relationships. Issues. These are just some of the things that may bring stress in our lives especially if we fail to manage them. Sometimes, we get obsessed with our responsibilities to the point that we make ourselves believe that we are incapable of achieving them. Well, the good news is that there is always something we can do about it. We have the capability to change “I am stressed” days to “I am absolutely happy and carefree” days.

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Who Wants Free Starbucks Coffee For 360 Days? 4,380 Drinks for 2018!

Starbucks Philippines welcomes 2018 with a bang! One of its latest promotions include offering FREE COFFEE FOR A YEAR and FREE COFFEE FOR A MONTH forty (40) lucky customers. 

Win these!

  • Starbucks for a Month: 360 Beverage Stars equivalent to 30 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons.  (20 WINNERS)      
  • Starbucks for a Year: 4,380 Beverage Stars equivalent to 365 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons. (20 WINNERS)


  • All holders of the  Special Edition Kape Vinta Starbucks Card card are eligible to join the raffle promo. 
  • To earn a raffle entry, activate the Vinta card by loading Php 300 at any Starbucks store in the Philippines and registering a My Starbucks Rewards account from January 1 to 31, 2018.
  • Raffle entries will be electronically generated by Starbucks Philippines. 
  • There will be two (2) Draw Dates with a total of twenty (20) winners per draw that will be chosen through raffle. 
    • January 19, 2018 (5:00 PM) - Twenty (20) Starbucks for a Month
    • February 9, 2018 (5:00 PM) - Twenty (20) Starbucks for a Year
  • Prizes for each draw will be as follows and announcement of winners will be through Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook Page.
  • The winners will be notified through the e-mail addresses provided in their contact details during the registration of the Vinta card.
  • A Starbucks Philippines customer can win only once during a draw.
  • Non-winning and winning raffle entries will automatically be included in the next draw.
  • To claim their prizes, the winners must personally appear at Rustan Coffee Corporation, 4/F Rustan Coffee Building, 14 Jupiter St. cor. Asteroid St., Bel Air 1, Makati City and present the copy of the email notification they received, the Special Edition Kape Vinta Starbucks Card that matches the card information of the winning entry, and a valid I.D with picture.
  • Prizes may be claimed within sixty (60) calendar days after the receipt of the official notification from Starbucks Philippines. Otherwise, they shall be forfeited in favor of sponsor with prior approval of DTI.

The Special Edition Kape Vinta Starbucks Card is available only to those who have obtained the 2018 Starbucks Planner. 

"Just as they did twenty years ago,  Filipinos came to Starbucks for something they can't find anywhere else  the warm smiles of our barristas, our passion for coffee and the perfect setting to connect with friends and loved ones. These enduring qualities have become a tradition in the Philippines and around the world. We've built so much because of you  our Filipino partners (employees) and customers. Let's celebrate twenty years together."  Starbucks Philippines

NOVUHAIR Turns Favor With Holiday Bash Promo

So you’ve got your festive outfit set and the fancy gift wrapped for your “monito” or “monita”. All that’s left undone is a party season-perfect hairstyle. 

The fresh out of the shower look can be seductive yet temporary. Blame it to tropical climate, it can spoil your appearance, besides making you feel sweaty and stale. The heat and humidity brought about by extreme weather condition, likewise, dries out the locks easily and make it more fragile.

Adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. Your diet must have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to become shiny and strong. So don’t overindulge, especially this time of the year when gastronomic feasts are spread almost everywhere you go. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do.

Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long. 

In this time of gratitude, NOVUHAIR makes everyday “a good hair day” for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. 

Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth P1,040 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.

For inquiries, please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. You may also visit www.novuhair.com or Novuhair’s Facebook page – Novuhair Official.  

The Best Gifts for Harry Potter Lovers

Harry Potter was first released in 1997 and the rational ones amongst us have rightfully been obsessed ever since. Whilst we can’t quite hope for an admittance letter to Hogwarts or a working Nimbus 2000 (scientists get working on that), we can find some pretty cool gifts out there. From the most ambitious Slytherin to the most patient Hufflepuff, there is a gift out there for every Harry Potter fanatic. Check out the best ones below.

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A Wand

Now what kind of Harry Potter fan doesn’t want their own wand? Fortunately, there are plenty on hand to help us out. You can get all of the major characters’ wands, and a few more with some searching. These wands even come in one of Ollivander’s boxes for extra authenticity and you can pick one up for $43.33, not much for a gift that will be treasured by every Harry Potter fan.

A Quidditch Set

Quidditch is Harry Potter’s main sport, comparable in popularity to football or baseball. It holds a similar popularity across Harry Potter fans as the previously mentioned sports do across Americans. This little collectible set makes a perfect gift for anyone looking to be on Gryffindor’s team next year, or alternatively, any eager collector of all things Harry Potter. You can even get two-day delivery on it.

A Harry Potter Candle

Perhaps you’d like to relax in Dumbledore’s office sometime. All the books to explore as you hang around in the office of one of the world’s most famous wizards. Well these Harry Potter candles are about as close as you can get to truly experiencing the wizarding world. Whether it’s Dumbledore’s office or Hogsmeade, they’ve got plenty of smells to truly replicate the wizarding world. 

Harry Potter Boots

Do you want to blend your love for Harry Potter with some pretty stylish fashion? Well these Harry Potter boots can fulfill both of your desires. Get them in any house colors or a blend of Hogwarts colors to suit your preference.

Quill Eyeliner

If you’ve got a makeup lover and a Potterhead on your hands, this is the perfect gift. The gold metal handle fits in brilliantly with the Harry Potter universe and it comes with a custom ink pot. No need to worry either as it’s vegan, cruelty-free and gluten free. It comes in a padded tin carrying case for safekeeping. For only £39.99, this is a great gift.

Hogwarts Classics

Everything began with the books, so it makes sense to get a dedicated fan some more to explore the universe. These books include Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, two books that will no doubt be a great addition to the collection of any committed fan. If that wasn’t enough, 20% of all of the proceeds go to charity.

These gifts are sure to please any Potterhead and would make a perfect Christmas or birthday present. Make sure you check them all out to find what you think would be the best.

Jolly Hamonada Recipe for Noche Buena

I can't be the only one who is excited for Christmas, right? There are so many good things that this holiday season brings with it. This is the time where my family and I will get a chance to do some of our favorite Christmas traditions. One of which is sharing a hearty Noche Buena. For one special night, we gather together to celebrate a life full of joy, happiness and contentment over good food.

As early as now, I am already planning on what to serve for Noche Buena. Of course, I want to make it special because everyone in my family will be there. I'm thinking of re-inventing my mom's special dish which is the hamonada. Well surprisingly, I was able to make one today with the use of the JOLLY products I found in our kitchen pantry. Thanks to my mom who helped in preparing this:

I upgraded my mom's traditional way of cooking hamonada by adding Mushroom Whole Champignons and Whole Corn Kernels on it. 

Yes, this is a good way to #MakeItJolly. It seems like my own version of JOLLY Hamonada would be perfect for our Noche Buena. What do you think?

Do you need some food recipe ideas for Noche Buena? You can check this out:

Advance Merry Christmas to all my lovely readers out there. Watch out for some giveaways on my Facebook page for the month of December. :) 

Beating The Winter Blues

Many of us struggle with our mood over the winter time. This can vary in severity from being mildly annoyed about the weather and finding you feel a bit blue and don’t feel like doing things to full-blown seasonal affective disorder, which can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety and become very serious. 

The unfortunate truth is that irrespective of how you feel about winter, unless you can afford to live abroad for half of the year, it’s something you just have to put up with. So, with winter upon us, now’s the time to think about ways to beat the winter blues.

Think of the Positives

There’s a lot to enjoy about winter time. Christmas is on its way; then there’s Valentine’s Day to look forward to. Winter food is full of comforting flavors and spices. The fashions make a welcome change from summer time and there are plenty of holiday activities for you to get stuck in to.

Embrace it

Think about the things that you do love during winter and embrace them. If you love Christmas, start preparing early to give yourself something to do. If you enjoy creating winter dishes, spend time in your kitchen cooking up new flavors and if you love winter fashion, enjoy experimenting with new styles, and make the most of it before it’s too warm again. Then, at the end of a cold winter day, curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a hot chocolate. Winter is here to stay. Enjoy it. 


Making sure you get plenty of exercise will help to boost your immunity, so you shouldn’t be struck down by too many winter colds and bugs. It’ll help you to maintain a healthy weight, even when you are enjoying some festive treats and it will improve your mood and confidence dramatically. Try to at least go out for a walk or do an online workout video every day. 

Look After Yourself

When you start to feel a little blue, it can be easy to stop taking care of yourself. But, this will only make things worse. Keep up with your usual routines, get some exercise, watch your diet, look after your skin with some gentle doTERRA products and get lots of sleep 

Treat Yourself

If you are feeling a little down, treat yourself. Go for a night out, take a long hot bubble bath, buy yourself a new book or DVD or do something more extravagant like heading to the spa for a weekend. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time out for yourself or buying yourself a treat occasionally.

Try Some Home Comforts

When you want to spend less time outdoors, it’s important to keep your home comfortable and relaxing. Why not do some DIY or redecorate to liven things up a little. Sometimes, simple pleasures like using doTERRA oils to create a calming aroma or adding some new soft furnishings can have a great effect.

See Friends

Try to stay social over the winter months. Locking yourself away at home might help to keep you warm, but you’ll soon start to miss company and laughter. Go out with your friends now and then or take it in turns to host a takeaway night.

Winter is just around the corner, so start looking after yourself and buying in some winter treats now, so you are ready.