Tuesday, October 30

A Treat to Happa Massage and Spa

Have you ever experienced sleepless nights because of work or school? Have you ever tried working hard every single day even on weekends? Are there times when you feel like your body is about to give up because of all the tiresome daily activities that you do? If you said yes to these questions, then it's time to take a break, pamper yourself and do what makes you happy. 

There are many things that you can do to take all your stress away. You can invite your friends for a night out  and share a wonderful dinner with them. Drinking your favorite wine is also a good idea. You can also go out of town for a day or two to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. You can also visit the nearest salon in the city and get a lovely make over. Or... you can visit a wonderful massage and spa parlor for de-stressing sessions.

If you are located in Davao city, I highly recommend that you visit Happa Massage and Spa located at 202 Diamond Builing, McArthur Highway, Matina. 


Saturday, October 27

Circulan's Pick-Up Line Contest

Are you fond of creating pick up lines for the ones you love? Does it make you happy to think of cool lines that will make other people smile? Do you want to win exciting prizes with your own pick-up lines? If you answer yes to these questions, then you are perfect for the brand new Circulan's Pick-Up Line Contest.

The prizes that are up for grabs are the following:
1st prize - New iPad WiFi & 4G 16gb
2nd prize - Blackberry 8520
3rd prize - Php 2000 worth of Sodexo Gift Certificate

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Thursday, October 25

Health Tips for Students

Every student must learn how to value his health condition. Failure to do this can prevent him from performing better in school and from completing the different class requirements. Because of these, it is important that students follow a certain guideline that will help them stay fit and healthy despite all the demands they get from their classes and professors.

There are many known ways, tips and tricks on how a student can do better in school without sacrificing his health. In this article, you will see the different guidelines that will enable every student maintain a good and healthy condition. 

Listed below are different health tips for all types of students. Whether you are still in high school or in college, the enumeration below will surely help you. I highly recommend that graduate students follow the guidelines especially that they are the ones who get so much pressure from their courses.

Wednesday, October 24

A Secret Affair Movie Review with Quotes

Betrayal, infidelity, unfaithfulness and third party relationships are too mainstream in the Philippine movies these days. When Anne Curtis and Derek Ramsey starred in the film "No Other Woman," they have wow-ed everyone for their outstanding roles and performances. In  their second film together, these two great actor and actress succeeded again in bringing another wonderful and heart-breaking movie. 

A Secret Affair is a 2012 romance drama film starring Anne Curtis (Raffy - the girlfriend / fiancee), Derek Ramsey (Anton - the boyfriend / fiance) and Andi Eigenmann (Sam - the friend / the third party.)

Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!

The movie is all about a couple who are madly and deeply in love with each other. After two and a half months of dating together, Anton proposed to Raffy. During the preparations for their upcoming wedding, Raffy, the fiancee, was pressured with all the comments she has been hearing from everybody and all the happenings in her life. Her confusion and fears led her to leaving Anton and becoming a run-away bride. On the night before their wedding, she went to her fiance's condominium unit, returned the engagement ring and left without giving explanations to Anton.
What Makes a Holiday in Sydney So Worthwhile?

What Makes a Holiday in Sydney So Worthwhile?

Travelling from London to Sydney? Trust me, this city is very unlikely to let you down.

Think weekends spent by the beach sipping a [insert cocktail of choice here], shopping or simply admiring the views of the city at a restaurant or café. When most people think of Australia, they think of Sydney and its two most widely-recognised tourist attractions – the Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. But there are so many other reasons to visit. 

When the sun goes down, things really heat up
You will never be short of inspiration for places to spend your evenings. Harbour, Kings Cross, Oxford Street and the Rocks are just a few of the ‘hip and happening’ hangouts in the city. 
For something a little more low-key, delightful restaurants and chillout bars are in plentiful supply too. Dine by the harbor, tuck in to a traditional Australian BBQ lunch or admire the views from a cool rooftop terrace – whatever you fancy, Sydney has it. 

Our winter is their summer
When it comes to Australian versus European weather, opposites really do attract. While you’re snuggling by a fire in your wooly jumper at Christmas, Australians are lighting a BBQ on the beach. The warmest weather is generally experienced in the north-west, and the coldest in the Snowy Mountains All in all, there are no complaints about the weather in Sydney.

Thriving arts & culture scene
As a city with strong Aboriginal and European routes, it’s no surprise that Sydney is home to a vast collection of galleries, theatres and museums. From the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Sydney Opera House, to contemporary arts scene of Waterloo and Paddington and Newtown’s cute boutique cinemas. 

Public transport is always on time
Not to speak ill of the impressive public transport network in the UK, particularly in London, but if there’s one thing that makes the travelling around Sydnney so much fun, is that the transport actually shows up. 

So if you’re looking to get away from the rain-clad days of the UK, make sure you get the best deals on flights from London to Sydney.
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Tuesday, October 23

An Open Letter for Evan - The Most Gentleman

People come and go. No matter how much we try to keep the special persons in our lives, there will always come a time that they need to leave us behind. For some reasons I don't know, they will be gone and will make us realize that no one stays forever.

It was a cold Friday night when my best friend called to inform me of a very sad news. Her voice was shaking which meant that something was wrong. She told me that our good friend, Evan, just died. The bad news really broke my heart. There was a sudden rush of emotions as I try to remember how nice Evan was as a person, a friend and a barkada. 

Until this moment, I still can't believe that I lost an amazingly great friend. Evan and I met in high school. We became close during my junior year for we both belong in the same clique - the Mutienians. Even after graduation, we still hang out and do the usual stuff during semestral breaks and holidays. With our hectic schedules and different priorities after high school, we seldom see each other in a year. But we still make sure that we find time to catch up with the updates in our lives. In fact, just recently, Evan and I spent a wonderful time together with our common friends. Who would have thought that it would be the last time?
Top 3 Easy Means of Transportation

Sunday, October 21

Top 3 Easy Means of Transportation

Everyday, we travel from one place to another. Transportation has become a big part of our lives. We go to school or to work every single day. There are times when we prefer to walk but most often, we choose to ride the buses, drive our own vehicles or use the trains available. If you are looking for easy ways to transport, make sure to check out the list below:

1. Use your bike.

Did you know that biking is one of the best ways to tone up your body and keep yourself healthy? Aside from these great benefits, it can also help you go from one place to another without experiencing any hassles. Some cities in different countries have started appropriating lanes for bikers. If you have a bicycle lane in your local area, consider yourself lucky. Now, you can transport easier and at the same time, keeping up with a healthy lifestyle.

2. Invest in a scooter.

If you are the type of person who prefers fast and easy transportation but do not enjoy riding a bicycle, then a scooter will do. All you need to do is to learn how to balance and drive a scooter. There is no need to exert efforts in pedaling. Just start your chosen scooter and you're off to go. In case you would love getting a brand new scooter for yourself, don't forget to update and check your scooter battery regularly.

3. Know the rush hours.

The secret here is to know when or when not to travel. This way, you will have an idea whether you will need to ride the train or the bus. At the same time, it will allow you to determine whether or not it's best to use your car or your new scooter or bike as the case may be. 
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Wednesday, October 17

PLDT Telpad: The Best Thing to Happen

Changes. Upgrades. Improvements. The largest telecommunication company in the Philippines, PLDT, knows exactly the need of every family. This is the reason why they have reinvented the old and boring landline phones. PLDT is proud to present the brand new, high-tech and all-in-one PLDT Telpad.

There are 1,001 reasons to upgrade your landline to the newest PLDT Telpad.

PLDT Telpad offers many advantages to all its subscribers. It is a complete package of a telephone and tablet. With this latest innovation, subscribers can make calls, take advantage of Android apps, browse the internet, view updated videos, scan beautiful photos, enjoy lovely music, play exciting games and get exclusive access to other PLDT services. 


Sunday, October 14

Ipanema's Urban Jungle Fashion Show

The world-renowned Brazilian flip-flop brand Ipanema presented the best Urban Jungle Fashion Show of the year last October 12, 2012 at Abreeza Mall Activity Center. Ipanema succeeded in transforming the place to a lovely jungle and bringing everyone to a majestic forest. The fashion show was amazing, extraordinary, highly conceptualized and beautifully choreographed.

I attended the fashion event together with my fellow Davao Bloggers. Ipanema was so kind to give us the front row sits and a loot bag full of freebies. Since I have a privileged seat, I was able to have a closer look of the new footwear designs magically presented by each model.

In line with the brand’s style sensibility of igniting the fashion animal in its market of go-getters, the Ipanema Urban Jungle Fashion Show was an unforgettable display of fresh, animated pieces from the stylista-friendly brand. Exuding the festive and exotic vibe of the beaches of Brazil, Ipanema has long since created a name synonymous to creativity and fun, coming up with a bevy of collections featuring a lauded mix of bright colors, bold prints and vibrant patterns.


Friday, October 12

Weekend Happiness

In this post, you will see the random pictures I have taken last weekend. These are things that really made my Saturday and Sunday. Since it is Friday today, allow me to share "Weekend Happiness" before I start another end of the week experiences tomorrow.

1. Starbucks Coffee Art

Study out has become a part of my routine ever since I enrolled in law school. I am more productive whenever I read cases and review for my exams at my favorite coffee shops. When studying, I always make it to a point that I get my breaks. During these times, I do stupid things to relieve myself from the stress of reading sentences that are hard to understand. On one of my study night out at SB, I gathered all my highlighters and started coloring the logo of my cup (see the picture above). Doing such thing made me happy. How about you, what makes you happy? 

Thursday, October 11

The 2012 BDJ Fair: Limitless!

Guess what? I got an invite from the organizers of the biggest 2012 BDJ Fair this coming Sunday, October 14, 2012. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be at Metro Manila this weekend because of my exams. My next flight to the city is still on the 26th. No matter how much I would like to be there and join the fun, I just can't. So, instead, I am inviting all of you to go at the Mall of Asia Music Hall on Sunday to witness the biggest fair of the year for the Bellas all over the country.

Here are the important details to remember!

What: 2012 BDJ Fair: Limitless
Where: The Mall of Asia Music Hall
When: October 14, 2012 (Sunday) 10AM-10PM
Entrance: NO Entrance Fee!

Take note: For a small donation of Php 100, you can already get a VIP access to special activity booths on the BDJ Fair. 100% of the proceeds from Fair's VIP Activity Pass will be donated to RockEd Philippines and will be used to help SKR in assisting Romblon schoolchildren get to school. 

The Ipanema Animal Fashion Event

On October 12, 2012, Ipanema will bring a different kind of fashion show here in Davao city! This world-renowned Brazilian flip-flop brand will make everyone roar as it brings an ultimate Urban Jungle Fashion Show at Abreeza Mall's Activity Center.

From the Press Release, Ipanema says "The Ipanema Urban Jungle Fashion Show promises an unforgettable experience for the senses featuring fresh, animated pieces from the stylista-friendly brand. Exuding the festive and exotic vibe of the beaches of Brazil, Ipanema has long since created a name synonymous to creativity and fun—showcasing brave collections unique to the brand’s style direction. Since its establishment in 1971, Ipanema has pushed the envelope for footwear design."

Intense Feelings by a Coffee Lover

If you can't find me at home or at school, then I'm probably at my favorite coffee shops in the city. You can see me there sipping my favorite White Chocolate Mocha while I work with my laptop or read cases for my law school subjects. Indeed, the coffee houses have become my most-visited places. However, due to some health issues, I have decided to trim down my intake for caffeine. Although there are great benefits of drinking cups of coffee, I still make sure that I'm a responsible coffee drinker. 

Sunday, October 7

Pistahang Cebuana Pasasalamat Concert

Cebuana Lhuillier celebrates its 25th anniversary by organizing Pistahang Cebuana Pasasalamat Concert (caravan) all over the country. The first part of the concert was held in Manila (Luzon), the second was at Cebu (Visayas) and the third one was at Davao (Mindanao). Last October 4, the number one trusted pawnshop in the Philippines brings Sarah Geronimo, Mark Bautista, Erik Santos and G-Force in the city for the third and last Pasasalamat Concert which was held at the University of Mindanao Gym. 

Cebuana Lhuillier loyal customers, Cebuana 24K card holders, media, bloggers and other guests were invited to become part of the said event. Luckily, I was one of the Davao bloggers chosen to cover the event.

I got a free ticket from the organizers of the amazing Pistahang Cebuana! It was such an honor to witness the performances of the best OPM artists.

Cebuana Lhuillier is getting bigger each year. It is growing, together with Sarah Geronimo. It does not only regard itself as a company but also as a community of people willing to help each other. This pawnshop is under the famous P.J. Lhuillier group of companies. There are many new products and services to look forward from Cebuana. Indeed, it is not an ordinary pawnshop. It offers so much more. To express their gratitude to the public, they bring Sarah G and guests here in Davao.

Thursday, October 4

SM Cyberzone: Lifestyle and Technology Center

One of the reasons why I love SM Lanang Premier is the coming of a brand new Cyberzone in the city. This newest shopping mall shows their love and admiration for the techie Davaoeños and Davaoeñas by making sure that they provide a lifestyle and technology center. SM considers creating an exclusive place for the people who likes playing games and for those who enjoys checking out the latest advancements in technology. 

When SM Cyberzone opened, the Davao Bloggers was there! We attended the ribbon cutting ceremony headed by the highly respected SM executives. It was such an honor that I was part of the group who witnessed the opening ceremony. That day was, indeed, full of fun and excitement. I have to say this: There are so many thing to love about the Cyberzone!


Wednesday, October 3

SM Lanang Premier Opens

September 27, 2012 - a brand new mall opens its doors to Davaoeñ6s and Davaoeñas. The grand SM Lanang Premier had its soft opening on the said date. Luckily, I was able to get invites for the soft opening. Together with me were the lovely Davao bloggers who graced the events of different stores and food places inside the shopping mall.

Want to know some trivia about SM Premier? It is the second SM Supermall in the city. The first one being SM City which is located at Ecoland. This new mall has a total land area of 100,000 square meters which made it the largest shopping mall in the city. 

It is important to note that SM Lanang Premier's grand opening was on September 28, 2012. However, the shopping mall opened its doors to selected individuals for the soft opening ceremony. What I love about being a blogger is that I, sometimes (emphasis supplied), get exclusive invites to certain events.


Monday, October 1

An Eco-efficient home: The Elements Way

Living in an eco-efficient home means that you are not only thinking of the environment in which you live, but also saving yourself a lot of money. There are many ways you can enjoy this the Elements way. 

An innovation in environmental technology has entrenched itself in today's modern condominium living. To help alleviate pollution in Manila, GFL Communities Inc., has introduced the eco-efficient home in the Philippines.
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Health is Wealth - Hygiene 24

We all know that our bodies need the good bacteria to keep us function every single day. However, no matter how much we try to avoid getting only the good bacteria, we always end up getting the bad bacteria too. So, how can we prevent this from happening? Is washing our hands every time enough? Is covering our nose already sufficient? Probably, some of you would answer yes. Well, based on researches, these preventive measures are not enough. We have to find the best products in the market that will help us battle the army of bacteria present every where.

Fortunately, a brand new product is introduced in the market which enables us to slay bacteria 24/7. Yes, this means ultimate 24 hours protection every day! Hygiene Science Inc., has launched new antimicrobial products that will reduce the opportunity for unhealthy microbes from establishing colonies on our hands and surfaces.


September 2012: Wide and Awake

"Wake me up when September ends." This is how the song goes. In my case, I won't be singing this lovely song because I have been up for the whole last month. Yes, literally awake. Since September 2012 was the busiest month of the year in my life, I never had the chance to get myself enough sleep. For every weekend of the previous month, I had exams to take which meant that I needed to stay late at nights on weekdays to study. Despite all the tiresome activities and requirements, I didn't complain because those were completely fun and exciting. 

Now that October 2012 is about to begin, it's time to say "Thank you, September. Hello, October!" I can't wait to see what's in store for the new month. Time flies so fast. I can't believe I only have one month for my first semester in law school and that there are only two months left before December (Hey, Christmas!) 

Of course, I wouldn't let a beautiful month end without showcasing how special it was! Below are the Instagram photos taken during September 2012. Oh yes, I'm here to tell you a story!

Batch Eximius 25 is now officially part of the Lakas Atenista! I am one of the new members of this Ateneo Law School organization. Together with me are my batch mates namely Jade, Resci, Kyrie, James, Yna, Gloria, Mark, James, Andy, Camille and Elica. The photo above was taken before our quasi and accepting ceremony. 

Green Coffee is the only 24 hours coffee shop near my place. This is the reason why I always choose it for study out nights. My classmates also love the place! We stayed there last month for almost every night (well, except for the weekends!)

The lovely gown I saw at SMX Convention. It was from Kasuotan. Someday, I'm going to wear a classy wedding gown on my special day. I swear, it will be the best day of my life!

God knows how thankful I am for the Official Davao Bloggers organization. Because of this dynamic group, I get exclusive invites to events! Just recently, I attended the soft opening of SM Premier Lanang!
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