The Beauty in Birthstones

Do you ever wonder what our birthstones mean? Below is an infographic showing the different months of the year, their corresponding birthstones and meaning. Discover the beauty of your birthstone! Let me know if you agree with the given meaning.

Pink Evening Dresses for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. This means that people are starting to plan for the Christmas parties or galas that they will be attending. If you are into attending social events organized in relation to the upcoming holidays, then as early as now you should already be shopping for your outfits. Whether you like it or not, the fact is that there is a need to prepare for social gatherings especially if you are attending an event prepared by your company.

Grateful Heart: Recognition for The Coffee Chic

True happiness means doing something that you love and seeing people appreciate what you do. Indeed, the best things in life are free. 

There is another reason for The Coffee Chic to celebrate and to be happy about. In the recently concluded Mindanao Blog Awards last October 26, 2013 held at The Eagle's Bar of Marco Polo Hotel, I received three awards namely Best Personal Blog 2013, Social Media Movers of 2013 and Davao Blogger of the Year. The event aims to recognize the best blogs from Mindanao, of Mindanao, by Mindanaoans.

Simply Polished: Because You Deserve A "Me" Time

Do you feel like you are running out of time every single day? Are you always rushing to get things done? Why don't you try to relax for a while, visit the nearest salon and pamper yourself? When you do this, all your stress and worries will be taken away. Trust me, you deserve some "me" time. How did I know about these? Well, that's what I do whenever things are starting to get out of hand or when I'm having bad and stressful days.

The last salon I visited was Simply Polished, owned and managed by the young entrepreneur Tetet Lim. It's a new nail care salon located in the heart of Davao city. When she invited me to check the new place and try their services, I immediately said yes. It's a good opportunity for me to explore another "perfect-for-pampering-and-de-stressing" salon. It was a Monday afternoon when I decided to get my nails done, just in time for the first day of my second semester in law school. 

Let me share my wonderful and satisfying experience at Simply Polished Nail Care Salon...

Bloggers for Relief PH: Project Hygiene Kit

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another” -Charles Dickens

The devastation caused by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has affected not only a few cities and houses in the Philippines but the majority of the Visayas region where the death counts has now reached thousands and number of families affected now millions.

A conscious effort is now being undertaken by the Davao Bloggers Society to join the relief operations by raising a total of P100,000.00 to finance and produce 1,000 hygiene packs for the victims. Each kit will contain toiletries and other essentials good for one week's use by one person. Hygiene kits were chosen to be donated as this is something that is not yet prioritized by many donors. One hygiene pack costs P100 or $2.50.

How to Help The Victims of Typhoon Yolanda

We lose our ability to live fully if we neglect or ignore our responsibility to the other people who share this planet with us. We cannot feel whole until we are helping other people. We do need down time, and we do need time to ourselves, but we very much need to acknowledge our ties to our fellow human beings and act as if those people meant more to us than our jobs or pets or cars do. They are much more important than anything material that we ever can get our hands on or strive for.” ― Tom Walsh

The Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 which caused significant damage to the central part of the country. Allow me to share this heart-breaking news report about the after-math of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.



Looking for Alaska: Feelings and Quotes

Spending some of my vacation days in the province was probably the best gift I've given myself for the month of October. It felt good to just pack all my things, bring unread books from summer 2013 and travel five hours to reach my mom's hometown. The place where mom grew up has become one of my favorite destinations during short breaks. Whenever I go there, I get limited access to the internet and even to a phone signal. Thus, I have more time to rest, relax, read and write. I can do anything I want without worrying about deadlines, contacts from friends or working online.

For my recent stay at the province, one of the books I was able to finish reading was Looking for Alaska. The young adult novel is written by one of the brightest authors in this generation, John Green. I had high expectations for this book especially that I heard from friends that the writer is award-winning and most of his books have been listed in New York Times Bestseller. In the two days of reading the novel, I found myself in a roller coaster ride. There were parts of the book that brought laughter and smiles while there were those pages that caused heart breaks and frustrations. Verdict: Looking for Alaska didn't fail me. In fact, it exceeded my expectations.

Spoiler alert: Do not read the rest of the post if you do not want spoilers for this book.

The Book

There is this ordinary guy in Florida named Miles "Pudge" Halter. He is the type of person no one knows about. Everything was changed when he went to Alabama and entered a boarding school, Culver Creek. It was the first time that he gained independence from his parents and lived in an entirely new place. The first person he met in Culver Creek was Chip Martin aka Colonel who happens to be his roommate and the one who gave him the nickname Pudge.

With the help of Colonel, he met a group of friends who made his life in Culver Creek interesting and exceptional. One of them was the beautiful, brave and adventurous Alaska Young. The first time he saw Alaska, Pudge was already mesmerized with her beauty and attitude. Eventually, he fell in love with the unpredictable and emotionally unstable Alaska Young. They shared unforgettable moments over Thanksgiving, spent exciting days planning for pranks and interesting conversations about "getting out of the labyrinth." They spent the best times of their lives together, not as lovers, but as friends.

A Bridesmaid Like You Could Use These Creative Bridal Shower Ideas

It’s an honor to be chosen as a bridesmaid by one of your friends or relatives in their wedding. Such title is only given to those who are close to the bride and groom. Being a bridesmaid means more than just accompanying the bride to the ceremony for you are also required to help her in the wedding planning too. And if you and the other bridesmaid are planning to host a bridal shower for you bride, then you should read on further because we are going to talk about some inspiring ideas that you can do in your bridal shower party:

8 Reasons Why Your Coffee Habit is Good For You

 If you love your morning cup of joe, or you enjoy drinking coffee throughout the day, ignore those buzz-killers who tell you that’s a bad thing.  Take a big sip of that espresso and tell them that multiple studies have shown that coffee has numerous health benefits.  Here are just a few:

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1.  Your brain works better on coffee.


Coffee drinkers know that their morning grumpiness is lifted and their sleepy brain fog clears away.  That is not an illusion, or just because the caffeine is an energizer.  Research shows that caffeine blocks a neurotransmitter that inhibits the firing of neurons in the brain.  So a brain on caffeine is literally working faster and more efficiently! There's a reason that many workplaces provide office coffee for employees!

2.  You are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

In a review of multiple survey studies of coffee drinkers, researchers found that people who drank six to seven cups of coffee per day had a 35% lower chance of developing diabetes.  For those who drank four to six cups per day, the risk was lowered by 28%.  This held regardless of location, sex, or weight.  Decaf works just as well, which suggests that the healthy component is not the caffeine, but the antioxidants and minerals in coffee.

Gadget Accessory for Everyone

Convenience is one of the benefits of all the advancements in technology. Most of the tasks and duties we need to do can be completed with the use of our smart phones, tablets, laptops and notebooks. Did you know that things can be accomplished more easily when these gadgets are paired with the top accessories?

Please Look After Mother Book Review and Quotes

A mother's love is the most wonderful gift any person in this world can have. It is an everlasting love. A mother can give everything she has and do anything for her son or daughter. She can love without conditions and without boundaries. It's always amazing how she can care more of her child's welfare than her own. These things are known to all of us but do we really appreciate the presence of our mothers in our lives? That's the question I asked myself as I read Kyung-Sook Shin's bestseller novel, Please Look After Mother. When I finished the entire book, I became more aware of my love for my mom and felt the need to continue showing it to her.

The Book

The award-winning novel is all about Park So-nyo, a mother of five children, who got lost in a train station. Only when she suddenly vanishes that the family started to remember who she really is and what she does for all of them. As they desperately search for their lost "mother," they discovered the never-ending love, support and hope that So-nyo has given them. The children realized that they were all busy with their own lives to the point that they were not able to have deep conversations with their mother nor made her feel extra-special. The husband was also reminded of how he walked fast ahead of his wife whenever they go to public places, how he left the house without saying a word to his wife and how he got angry whenever the wife forgets something. All of them needed to lose So-nyo before they can re-examine the kind of relationship they had with "Mother."