Thursday, January 10

All-New Teavana Tea Lattes: A Modern Twist On The Classic

Did you know that tea is the second most popular beverage next to water? Many people love drinking it, not only because of the great advantages that it brings to one's health but also because it is part of their tradition. As you probably know by now, people from different parts of the world have their own way of enjoying this beverage. Take for example those from Europe who has a thing for afternoon teas. For the Asians, some of us use tea for traditional ceremonies. Indeed, it is only proper to say that tea is a timeless drink that has become a major part of the lives of many individuals. 

Through the years, however, tea has changed as more people look for exciting twists on the classic beverage. A few years ago, Starbucks Philippines introduced Teavana® beverages to satisfy the cravings of their customers who are looking for a wonderful tea experience. It has been a huge success and now, Starbucks is once again ready to introduce a new way of enjoying tea.

Embracing the spirit of innovation and reimagination, Starbucks is proud to introduce a range of Teavana® TM Tea Lattes to bring a modernized tea experience. Available for a limited time only starting January 8, Starbucks introduces four new Teavana® ® beverages.

Oat Green Tea Latte

Blending the taste of earthy oats and Starbucks green tea latte with a colorful, crunchy granola top, the Oat Green Tea Latte introduces a new twist on this fan favorite.

Peach Black Tea Latte

Complementing the earthy notes of finely ground black tea with the juicy aroma of peach, the Peach Black Tea Latte possesses a subtle fruitiness that is sure to brighten up your day.

Chestnut Black Tea Latte

Blending finely ground black tea with velvety steamed milk, delectable roasted chestnut sauce, and topped with a sprinkle of chestnut and strawberry bites – this beverage is the perfect choice to celebrate the new year.

Oat Green Tea Frappuccino

Treat yourself with the creamy goodness of green tea and oats. This beverage is topped with espresso whipped cream and sprinkled with crunchy granola and dried fruits for an added layer of texture.

For those with a love for all things Matcha, Starbucks new offerings will definitely keep you wanting for more. More unique and exciting flavor combinations await at Starbucks! Grab the newest beverages and enjoy a modern tea experience unlike any other.

Visit the nearest Starbucks branch today and let me know which one is your favorite. 
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Friday, January 4

Get These Baguio Delicacies as Your Next Pasalubong Items

Famously known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, the city of Baguio continues to graciously accommodate the influx of tourists primarily wanting to experience the cold weather. Aside from the cozy temperature, the city prides itself with its lush greens, scenic views, and its rich history and culture. As interesting as these notable facets of the city are the food delicacies that are also available near the city’s staple tourist destinations; with most found at the Baguio Public Market. Here are some of both the popular and underrated specialties fit either for pasalubongs or just enjoying good eats while in the city.


La Trinidad has been well-known for its vast strawberry farms and the fruit has always been associated with Baguio. Strawberry-picking is a known tourist activity in the farms which also informs people on how to identify the ripe, sweet ones, the harvest periods, and all that. Strawberries are best enjoyed in a variety of ways; the famed delicacies are strawberry jam and preserves – perfect while enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea with hot bread, strawberry taho (soy/beancurd pudding) – a twist to the known Filipino comfort food – which is best for quick snacks after long tours, and even strawberry wine!

Peanut and Cashew Brittle, and Other Nut Treats

Similar to the fame of strawberries, peanut brittle is also a well-known specialty of the city and is one of the most requested pasalubongs from Baguio. Its sweet and salty combination effectively satisfies your cravings for when you’re up for that sugar fix. A variety of brittles are available in the city – from the usual stacks of flat crisps, those with whole peanuts glued together by that sweet caramelized sugar, and of course, those with cashew. In line with this, there are also a wide variety of nuts – usually fried with garlic – available in the same areas.

Lengua De Gato

Literally translated as “cat tongue”, these thin cookies actually come in the shape of a cat’s tongue. Its milky and buttery goodness is fit for that light afternoon snack, but it comes with a bit of a problem – it will be hard to stop munching. Same goes with all the cookie variants that can usually be bundled to avail of the promo offer three or seven for 100 pesos.

Mika’San Choc’o Flakes

There is something about this snack’s simplicity that makes easy to chomp. The usual breakfast cereals are made interesting by being glazed with either milk or white chocolate. Surprisingly, the brand seems to have solely been known to make these creamy, crunchy goodness. They also now have the choc’o pinipig.

Good Shepherd Convent’s Mountain Maid Training Center specialties

The center is the home of the velvety Ube jam. Apart from that, their bestsellers comprise of the peanut brittle, strawberry jam, Alfajor cookies (with caramel filling) and the Snow Balls – a treat that looks like a cookie covered in confectioners’ sugar that softly crumbles when you dunk it in your mouth. They have a wide variety of food products that not only contribute to the tourist traffic for the city’s tourism but also in social enterprise by helping the economically challenged youths from the six tribes of Cordillera – Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Apayao, and Abra.

Butter Oats

This is another cookie variant, but this one’s an underrated choice since the stacks at the market can be a tad overwhelming. However, Butter Oats has slowly been creeping into the pasalubong lists of many. Its moist, buttery texture, and satisfying sweetness will surely make you crave for more…until you realize your holding your last piece.

Tantamco’s Ube Jam

The Tantamco store in the Baguio Public Market is one that does not boast of its products but can just count on word-of-mouth because of the quality of its bestselling Ube jam. Compared to most of the Ube jams, their Ube jam has this thick and chunky consistency that is rich in flavor. You can avail of the jam while it is warm and fresh – you have to literally keep the jars ajar first to let it cool down if you intend to store it for a while or for the long trips back home. They also have other jams which are also of the same high quality – pineapple jam, guava jelly, blueberry jam, among others.

Pure Honey

You can find bottles of pure honey everywhere, but you have to be careful and to know what is pure and what appears to contain “extenders”. Nonetheless, this is one of those specialties for the health conscious.

Herbal Teas and Fruit Wines

If you are tired of getting the usual, herbal teas and fruit wines area great products to explore. One of the widely available teas is the Turmeric tea which is also gaining traction in the Metro Manila markets with its health benefits. The fruit wines are surprisingly refreshing and quirky drinks suitable for those moments of reminiscing memories in the City of Pines.


There are several known stalls in the Baguio Public Market that sell these scrumptious meat treats that is a staple Filipino food – may it be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is just up to you how much of these and what flavors are you willing to bring back home and binge.

Fresh Vegetables

The climate of Baguio is also very conducive for vegetable farming and when you get to the local markets, you can avail of fresh vegetables for a price very much lower than those that are already delivered to the Metro Manila markets.

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Wednesday, December 19

4 Bags To Party With This Season

Fancy finishing off your outfit with the latest must-have bag this festive season? These on-trend designs are perfect for going from day to party time, all you have to do is pick the one that suits you. From embellished chain bags to traditional saddlebags, there’s an F/W 18 bag trend for every taste. 

Chunky Chains

It can hardly be described as a brand new trend but chain-link shoulder bags are back in a big way this season. Seen on catwalks at Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Fendi, and Alexander Wang, it’s a relatively easy look to master. Whether they are big and chunky or thin, delicate and embellished, this season’s chain-link shoulder bag is perfect for party season. Think anything from a simple, single strap to triple-rows of chains. You can wear them with almost anything but bear in mind, if your accessories make a big statement, it’s better to tone down the rest of your outfit. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, check out the Gucci bags selection.

Mock Croc

Oozing glamour on this year’s Fall/Winter catwalk was mock croc. In patent black and deep earthy hues, the embossed leather look is a great go-to style for party season. Its vintage appeal and eye-catching shine stole the show at Louis Vuitton, Marni, Tory Burch and Versace with designs varying from quirky clutches to bucket bags and satchels. To wear this look over the party season just ensure the rest of your outfit is as luxe as your must-have accessory.

Seasonal Tones

There’s nothing quite like warm caramel and tan tones to update your look in the cold winter months. This season was all about these butterscotch hues in a variety of shapes and sizes. Joseph, The Row and Mulberry all showed off the rich, autumnal tones on the catwalk. From bucket bags and rucksacks to clutches and super-totes, go for the right shade over style. That said, if you want this look to work for you this party season, go for more structured designs that will give your outfit that sophisticated edge. Alternatively, you can keep it super simple with a clutch. The beauty of seasonal tones is that they work for both day and night, so it makes sense to choose a piece you’re also comfortable going about your daily life with.

Saddle Bags

Western-inspired designs were also spotted all over this season’s catwalks. From boots to fringed jackets, it’s clear the cowboy influence is big for Fall/Winter 2018. A key part of this trend has proved to be the traditional saddle bag which was seen at Loewe, Chloé and Calvin Klein. The beauty of the saddle bag is how versatile it is. Take Chloé’s iconic designs like the Nile and Tess bags which feature detachable shoulder length cross-body straps. The result is a useful bag that can be worn casually around the shoulders by day but transforms into a clutch by night. Finally, when it comes to choosing a shade for your saddle bag stick to natural-looking leathers and suedes for a timeless feel.

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Sunday, December 16

Pressure Cooker Shopping Guide - Must-Have Features

Pressure cookers can not only help you save time, but also retain the nutrients in the food which will improve your health over a longer period of time. Moreover, they consume least amount of resources which ensures that you are able to reduce your utility bills. Owing to all of these advantages, pressure cookers have become a must-have gadget in our kitchens these days.

The problem starts when you try to choose a pressure cooker which is suitable for your kitchen. There are literally hundreds of different options to choose from. When you compare the pressure cooker options, the main question which arises is which pressure cooker suite you best?

We will today help you in answering this question. We will share below some of the factors which you should definitely consider when it comes to choosing the pressure cooker.

1. Type of operation:

Pressure cookers essentially come in 2 different types. You can choose the stove top pressure cooker or the electric pressure cooker. You have to look at the pros and cons of both and thereafter you have to take a call.

The main features of the stove top pressure cooker are:

• They have a faster cooking speed.
• They are more durable.
• You use advanced pressure cooking techniques.
• You can easily supervise the recipe and the ingredients in between.

The main features of the electric pressure cooker include:
• You do not have to tinker with the heat settings again and again.
• They can work as a slow cooker, rice cooker as well as for the various other recipes through pre-programmed modes.
• They are perfect for people who are very busy.
• They are highly versatile.
• There are remote control electric cooker models which are available these days. These can be controlled through your smartphone.

Thus, when you compare the stove top pressure cookers along with the electric cookers, it is important to examine your way of cooking and your usage before taking a call.

2. Capacity of the pressure cooker:

You have to look at the capacity of the pressure cooker while buying it. Ideally, you should buy a pressure cooker which can cook for your entire family plus for one guest in a single go. This will ensure that even if you have guests around, it will be very easy for you to cook in a single attempt. This will save you a lot of time.

The capacity of the pressure cooker is measured in liters. Ideally, you should choose the pressure cooker after taking into account 1 liter capacity per person. Thus, if you have 5 people in your family, you should choose a pressure cooker with 6 liters of capacity.

3. Construction quality of the pressure cooker:

You can opt for the aluminum pressure cooker or you can opt for the stainless steel one. The stainless steel one is highly durable. That is why, if your budget permits, it is always a better idea to go for the stainless steel pressure cookers.

4. Pressure settings:

Even when you buy the stove top pressure cookers, you have to opt for the one which has at least 2 different pressure settings. This will ensure that you are able to cook the different ingredients quite easily.

When you look at the new electric pressure cookers, they have more than 10 different pressure settings. However, in reality, you will seldom need that more pressure settings. That is why; it is always a good idea to opt for the ones which have at least a couple of pressure settings. You should not opt for the one which has maximum pressure settings unless and until the other requirements are met.

5. Established brand:

Over the years, pressure cookers might require some maintenance. This is specifically true for the silicone lid ring. That is why; you have to only buy the pressure cookers of the established brands. This will ensure that you will be able to replace the silicone lid ring of the same brand quite easily. This is the reason why you should only go with the established brands. A pressure cooker can last for up to 7 to 8 years quite easily. In between, there might be a need for some maintenance.

When you opt for an established brand, you will be able to get the spare parts and the accessories of the pressure cooker as and when required. If you opt for a pressure cooker for a lesser-known brand, you might have to buy accessories and spares of other brands rather than the genuine ones. This will decrease the life of the pressure cooker. That is why; opting for a pressure cooker of a well-known brand is a must.

So, the next time around when you’re looking to buy a pressure cooker, it is important for you to consider these few factors in mind. When you compare the different pressure cookers based on these factors, it will be very easy for you to pick the one which is not only as per your requirement but which is highly durable as well.

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Tuesday, November 20

Nokia 7 Plus: A Phone You Can Rely On

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of a smartphone? For me, it is functionality. The dictionary defines this word as "the quality of being suited to serve a purpose well; practical." As a busy person who makes an effort to juggle my law school life, work in a law firm and a passion for blogging, a highly-functional phone is a necessity. Yes, you read it right. I consider having a smartphone, not a mere want, but definitely a need. 

As such, it is no wonder why I instantly fell in love with the all-new Nokia 7 Plus. Nokia has a special place in my heart as my first ever phone was a 5110 and it was followed by a 3310. All the good memories from my childhood came rushing in when I received my very own Nokia 7 Plus. In this article, I am going to tell you the top reasons why I consider it as a phone and a friend I can rely on.

1. It allows me to take a bothie. One of the best features of this latest smartphone from Nokia is its Bothie technology. What it basically does is it allows users to simultaneously use the front and back cameras in taking one photo. It can be perfect for recording live videos on Facebook or Instagram. At the same time, it makes video calls more fun and interactive. I usually use the Bothie when taking group photos with my friends.

2. It enables me to capture random moments with the ones I love. The camera of this smartphone has Zeiss lenses. Therefore, I can take clear photos of all the best moments I share with the persons close to my heart. If you check the gallery of my Nokia 7 Plus, you can see that most of the photos taken were all about food. 

3. It easily notifies me for events and assignments. I have to admit that there are times when I forget about my meetings or appointments. Aside from this, I also tend to miss the deadlines for the tasks or assignments that I need to complete. However, everything changed the moment I started using Nokia 7 Plus. The notification center of this phone is so easy to use! Reminders and alarms can be set up in less than a minute. 

4. Its battery can last for long hours. The Nokia 7 Plus also comes with long battery life. I can use the phone for two straight days without the need for charging it. This is such a good thing for someone like me who is always on the go. The battery capacity is 3,800mAh and is capable of fast charging.

Here are some of the top features that I really love about this phone:

  • > Screen, see more: Enjoy a bigger viewing experience on the 6” Full-HD+ display with an 18:9 ratio, or watch and chat at the same time by splitting the screen into two 1:1 windows.
  • > The camera, unleashed: Switch between aspect ratios and shooting functions, as well as adjust parameters within different camera modes, such as the intensity of effects like Bokeh and Beautify. And with Google Lens™ and Motion Photos seamlessly integrated into the camera app, its easier than ever to explore and capture the world around you in new, creative ways.
  • > Your photos like never before: The 12 MP and 13 MP sensors with ZEISS optics and 2x optical zoom deliver vivid colors that bring your photos to life. On the other side, the 16MP front camera with ZEISS optics and great low-light performance takes stunning selfies, day or night.
  • DesignBeauty in strength: Machined from a solid block of aluminium, Nokia 7 Plus can take what life throws at you and look good while doing it. Its subtle curves and ceramic-feel coating bring the best of both worlds: a great grip and a clean look. (Source:


In conclusion, I have to say that the Nokia 7 Plus is a must-have! 

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Saturday, November 10

All About Giving: Shop Exclusive Unilever Deals at Shopee

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when it comes to online shopping? For me, it has always been “Shopee,” because this online marketplace has everything that I need. The best part of all is that I never had a bad experience since the day I start shopping at this site. I had several transactions with the various sellers and so far, everything went well. The items I received were all in excellent condition, and the shipping was fast. 

As such, I became excited when I found out that there is going to be an 11.11 CHRISTMAS SALE at Shopee! All participating brands, including Unilever, are going to offer some exclusive sales and discounts to all online shoppers. Most importantly, some of these items are available for FREE Shipping! That means you can get whatever you want at an affordable price, without the need to pay more for the shipping fee. 

Here is one of the deals that I find interesting:

We all know that the holiday season is all about giving. If you have no idea on what to get for some of your friends or family members this Christmas, then make sure to check the Unilever (All About Giving) page on Shopee. Kickstart the holidays by stocking some of your favorite products! Take note that some deals are exclusive at the said e-commerce website. 

Here are some of them: 
  • > Tresemme: UP TO 50% OFF 
  • > St. Ives: UP TO 50% OFF 
  • > Dove: UP TO 40% OFF 
  • > Unilever Homecare products: UP TO 30% OFF 
  • > Unilever Foods products: UP TO 40% OFF

Also, don’t miss the 11.11 FLASH SALES for more savings!

Mark your calendar! The sale will start at 11:00 AM on November 11, 2018.


Use this code to get 20% off when you buy PHP 1,000 worth of Unilever items.

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Monday, November 5

Starbucks For A Year Promo: Be One of the Winners!

One of the country's leading coffee shops, Starbucks Philippines, is back again with its Free Coffee For A Year Promo. This promotion is available only for the holders of the all-new Christmas Traditions Starbucks Card included in the 2019 Starbucks Philippines Planner or Travel Organizer. 

When is the promo period?

From November 2, 2018 to January 7, 2019

How can one qualify for the promo?

Starbucks Philippines customers earn a raffle entry by:
  1. Activating the Starbucks Christmas Traditions Starbucks Card with at least ₱500 at any Starbucks store in the Philippines; and 
  2. Registering the activated Starbucks Christmas Traditions Starbucks Card to a new or existing My Starbucks Rewards® account within the promo period.

What are the prizes?

  • Starbucks for a Week – 84 Beverage Stars equivalent to 7 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons 
  • Starbucks for a Month – 360 Beverage Stars equivalent to 30 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons 
  • Starbucks for a Year – 4,380 Beverage Stars equivalent to 365 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons

When are the draw dates?

Yes, you read it right. There will be sixty-three winners for this latest promotion from Starbucks Philippines. Take note that a customer can win only once during a draw. Non-winning and winning raffle entries will automatically be included in the next draw. The winners will be notified through their registered e-mail address based on the customer’s contact details in Starbucks Philippines’ records.

How can the winner claim the prize?

For the prizes to be credited, the winner must send a copy of the front and back image of the Starbucks Card that matches the card information of the winning entry, and a valid I.D with picture by replying to the email notification.

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Thursday, November 1

#makeITsafePH: Online Shopping Addiction 101

Globe has a new campaign called #makeITsafePH that aims to spread awareness about the responsible use of digital technology. It focuses on cybersecurity and cyber-wellness to educate different consumers in the Philippines to inform them about the potential risks of using the platforms made available via the Internet. 

The goal of the campaign is to provide consumers with the right information necessary to protect themselves from the said risks. The campaign also teaches the public proper online etiquette so that would not become a source of such deplorable behavior. I am happy to be part of this campaign. 

Here is my take on this latest and amazing effort of Globe to #makeITsafePH:

In this modern age of technology, almost everything we want is already within our reach. All we have to do is use our smartphone or laptop to get what we want. If we are hungry, we can easily call up a restaurant and request for food delivery or visit its website to make an online order. If we want to shop but do not have the luxury of time to do it, we can conveniently go online and buy from our favorite e-commerce site. 

For these reasons, we can conclude that the advancements in the field of technology have absolutely made our life more comfortable than ever. As long as we have an Internet connection, everything is going to be okay. It may seem like we have a good life because of the availability of the Internet but let’s face it – it also has some disadvantages. One of which is an online shopping addiction. 

Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of online stores available all over the world? A large number of these businesses can even cater to all existing customers and potential clients around the globe. With the increasing number of online stores created every single day, it is safe to assume that the competition has become tough for the industry players. Because of this, many online entrepreneurs offer big sales and amazing discounts or promotions to their target market. As a result, more people are encouraged to shop online. For some, it even leads to addiction.

What is an online shopping addiction?

Addiction is a negative term, which is usually associated with the words “craving,” “dependency” and “compulsion.” Some experts call it “pathological buying online” addiction. Allow me to quote a portion of the research completed by PLOS ONE entitled “Pathological Buying Online as a Specific Form of Internet Addiction: A Model-Based Experimental Investigation.”

Pathological buying (PB), compulsive buying, buying addiction, and oniomania are different terminologies describing the same phenomenon in which individuals are preoccupied with shopping, suffer from recurrent buying impulses or episodes, and lose control over their buying behavior.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The following characteristics indicate that someone is suffering from this online shopping addiction:
  • Choosing to shop online instead of fulfilling duties or obligations at work 
  • Having financial troubles or issues because of unpaid credit card bills arising from online shopping activities
  • Experiencing extreme sadness for failure to catch a limited time offer or sale
  • Having difficulty in sleeping at night
  • Feeling like one cannot stop himself from shopping online
  • Sacrificing relationships with family members, friends and even loved ones because of irresponsible online shopping activities
  • Spending less time doing more meaningful activities because of online shopping 
  • Thinking of online shopping endlessly

How can one get over from this addiction?

Fortunately, there are still ways on how one can overcome online shopping addiction. If you believe that you have a pathological buying online attitude, make sure to follow these courses of action:

1. Find your passion. Think of other things or activities that can keep you preoccupied so that you can stop thinking about buying some items online. Keep yourself busy by doing more of what you love and none of those that can only cause troubles in your life.

2. Talk to a friend. Try to open up about your problems regarding your shopping addiction. Take note that the more you keep it in yourself, the more difficult it would be to take it out of your system. Find someone whom you can be honest about. 

3. Think before hitting “buy now.” Take all the time you need in making an online purchase. As already mentioned above, online shopping is actually not a bad thing. It only becomes dangerous if you are already addicted to it. Do not rush in putting items on your online cart. Think twice before you make an order.

4. Know wants from needs. Keep in mind that just because an item is on sale does not mean that it is affordable. Be smart enough to know the significant distinctions among the things you need to have from those that you merely want. Of course, the former shall be a top priority while the latter can be foregone. 

5. Remember your financial status. Learn how to assess your financial status. Do you have enough savings in the bank? Can you afford to buy all the things you want online? If the answer is in the affirmative, then shop all you want as long as you can pay for it. On the other hand, if you are already on the brink of experiencing financial collapse, then maybe learn how to control your shopping urges.

6. Seek professional help. There are different forms of online shopping addiction. If what you have is a severe kind, the best thing to do is to seek professional help. Look for an expert who can help you in recovering from addiction.

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Thursday, October 11

Gifts for Someone Who Has It All

There are some people who have everything. Sometimes its because they literally do have everything they could ever want – looks, friends, a lucrative and rewarding job, travels, the car…you know the drill. Then some people would say they have it all because they’re happy with what they have, however much or however little it is.

This is all well and good for these lucky people, but what do you do at birthdays and Christmas when you face the impossible task of finding a great gift for them? It can be done, but you may have to think outside of the box and maybe buy them something that’s intangible.

Try a creative writing course

If the special someone in your life has a creative side then it might enjoy a bit of a workout via a creative writing course or group. You should be able to find one in your local area and if you keep an eye out you might be able to find one that’s run by a moderately famous professional writer!

Present them with some precious metals

For something that’s definitely tangible, you could buy some silver bars from Golden Eagle Coin for your already-blessed friend. Of course, silver or any other precious metal looks beautiful, but it also has genuine value and represents a good investment as well as offering an impressive reveal!

A trip to Iceland

Travelling to Iceland gives people the chance to stand on land that may well be younger than them thanks to its wealth of volcanoes. Even if they’re not quite brave enough to leave Reykjavik, they’ll still find loads to do, see, taste and smell (the Blue Lagoon is notorious for its sulphurous odor) in this amazing city. 

Buy them a goat

Of course, you could actually buy a goat, like an actual goat – for the garden (actually, you’d need to buy two or more because they’re very social creatures). However, your friend might prefer the type of goat that sends them email updates as it helps a community in a developing country find its feet. 

There are many goat and cow sponsorship schemes out there, so find one that helps a community in a country that’s close to the person’s heart and make everyone happy.

An underwater smartphone case

If your friend is surgically-attached to their smartphone then you can help them to cement their relationship even further by giving them an inflatable, waterproof (up to five feet) and transparent case. These cases fit most smartphones and allow people to go swimming, boating or even lazing in a hot tub without risking the life of their favorite gadget.

A pair of customised ski boots

The ski equipment giant Fisher can use magic (well, 3D scanning and vacuum trickery) to create a ski boot that’s totally moulded to the owner’s foot. This makes for improved performance and comfort on the slopes, as well as an après ski that doesn’t involve blackened toenails.  

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Sunday, September 23

Top Tips To Care For Your Jewelry

All jewelries need an occasional cleaning. If you have a jewelry collection never wait until you already notice your precious stones getting smeared and dirty. Jewelries need attention and care to keep them shining brightly through the test of time. No amount of jewelry insurance will ever replace the attachment your gems give you.

So here are some quick DIY cleaning tips to easily keep your collection safe and sparkling:

Store Them Separately

Store each of your precious gems separately since each gemstone varies in hardness which can easily scratch each other when stored all together. Keep them in separate cushioned compartments and remove any fastenings so that they don’t latch or get tangled. Jewelries should be kept away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Try to keep all the original packaging since they are the best protection of your jewels from dust and tarnish. Wrap precious items made from diamonds, gold and silver in pure cotton to keep them away from moist and dust. When storing pearls, be extra careful because they are soft and can easily get scratched and damaged.

Wear Them Cautiously

When dressing up, always put jewelries last to avoid your clothes from latching and damaging them. If you need to put basic personal makeups and sprays, apply them first before putting any jewelry on so that they will not be contaminated. Make sure everything dries up before putting on your jewelries. When you need your hair fixed, remove earrings so they will not be caught by hairbrushes or combs. If you plan to color your hair, remove earrings and necklaces made of pearl because the chemicals will cause them to lose their color. Always remember to remove jewelries before doing household chores since it can easily get damaged by cleaning equipment. Diamonds can be chipped if hit with a hard blow.

Clean Them Gently

Regularly clean your jewelry collection to remove any dirt or moist in them but remember to do it gently. The common rule to cleaning jewelry is to stay away from abrasive materials and resort to soap, water and a soft toothbrush if you do not have an idea how fragile your jewelry is. Be cautious not to over-handle your collection. When cleaning silver jewelry, use dip type cleaners which needs to be washed off and completely dried after. Gold and platinum jewelries can be cleaned by using a specialized cleaner. Seek the advice of expert jewelers for specific cleaners.

Stay Away From Contaminants

Experts advise owners to keep their jewelry collections away from exposure to water and other chemicals to prevent them from tarnishing and losing their color. Hold your jewelries as seldom as possible to keep away the oils from your body from damaging and fading them. If your jewels are accidently drenched in water or any chemicals, use a dry towel and gently pat them to dry off the wetness. Most home cleaners and chemicals found in makeup, perfume and hair products can damage jewelries.

Seek Help From Experts

If you are uncertain about cleaning your jewelries, go to a professional jeweler and ask for advice rather than risking the shine of your collection. Some jewelries are very delicate and sensitive that it needs the touch of a professional. Experts say that all jewelries need to be inspected and cleaned by professionals at least once per year. All the dirt and scratches accrued through wearing them every day and aging can be eliminated to return the former shine of your collection.

Follow these simple cleaning tips for your jewelry collection to keep them shining brightly every time you use them. Following these tips will guarantee your jewelries’ safety so that you can fully take advantage of the money you have invested in them.

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