Celebrating Easter the Nailaholics Way

With all the busy schedules we’ve been tirelessly managing for the past months, it could be easy and convenient to forget to set some me-time! I should know, because I am one of those girls!

I only needed one event for me to realize how important this is. It was when I absent-mindedly wore peep-toe heels with my unpolished toenails.  I know, it’s no big deal! You just go there with your raw beautiful self! No problem about that!

But since I’ve been talking and blogging about maintaining a professional winning image, it’s a grave responsibility to yourself to always look presentable. It’s also proper grooming. Remember? You are your message. You are your brand.

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That is why Nailaholics is in such good timing to answer our nail dilemmas this season! And there’s nothing like Easter to remind everyone that summer is finally here. It’s an occasion defined by sunny days outdoors, beautiful pastel hues, bonding with family and friends, and of course, Easter egg hunts.

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To make sure your hands and feet are perfectly Instagram-worthy for the occasion, head over to Nailaholics where you can enjoy some much needed “me time” and take part in the premier urban nail salon’s first national Easter egg hunt.

Dubbed #NailaholicsEasterHoliday, watch out for announcements on Nailaholics Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest beginning April 9 to 15, inviting the entire country to take part in a national hunt for key prizes hidden in each branch.

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Lucky hunters who manage to find prize eggs can get a FREE manicure, FREE pedicure, or FREE pedicure and foot spa—all with themed Easter nail art. Just be sure to post your photos with the eggs and post it on social media and tag Nailaholics. It’s a unique and memorable way to celebrate this holiday. So be sure to visit your nearest Nailaholics branch to celebrate the occasion in true pampered bliss.

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How I Turned from a Barangay Beauty Pageant Host to a Social Media Resource Speaker

Looking back, I have never imagined pursuing a career in public speaking. I mean I have always been drawn to the arts. I love to draw. I remember my dad bringing home a briefcase filled with scratch papers from his office just so I can have some things to doodle on. I think refurbishing the walls of our rooms with my pesky little drawings took a toll on him. Hehe 😀

But kidding aside, I think life gets to you and you somehow discover how serendipitous things can be; to bring you to some ideals you’ve never thought you’ll even like being part of.

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After highschool, I dreamt of taking a course related to communications, but the tide wasn’t on my side. I went to Nursing school instead, even though it wasn’t my first choice. I was actually fine with it, because learning a new thing is still good. Plus, I met really great friends!

It was not until one summer night, and that probably lead me to where I am now, that placed an essential diversion to the career I was about to take. I hosted a beauty pageant. My mom recommended me to the officials and organizers, of course! Haha 😀 She said, “Kayang-kaya nya yan!” OMG! I have never hosted anything like that before!

Aside from selling shoes online, which became a good source to cater my little luxuries back then, I realized this could be a good opportunity for me to save and buy a good phone. I was eyeing the Samsung Corby Pro that time.

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I was also really worried to host, knowing that the audience may come from the masses. They might be hard to please. I can speak definitely, but I particularly lack humor, I tell you. I was the by-the-book kind of speaker.

I have to prepare, know my lines, and every little detail. I was so scared to commit a mistake, and to do adlibs even. I was hoping against hope that nothing goes wrong because I might not be able to handle it. I was sooo formal. I even watched Ms. Congeniality that morning, hoping to get some tips from the emcees.

The pageant came and it was nerve-racking. Good thing my co-host was very nice that he guided and gave me cues during the show. I learned a lot that night, and I think that the most important lesson of being a host is to incorporate good audience interaction.

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You see you have to be the middle-man of the people who are on the spotlight and those who are in the bleachers. You have to engage the audience to what’s happening. You’re there too because of them anyway.

I know I struggle on that part, but the wonders of real estate training created an avenue for me to develop that.

Soon enough, I graduated and applied for jobs. Non-nursing jobs. Mind you, I had to endure and undergo 10 interviews before I landed a position. I got rejected basically because I fail to meet minimum height requirements. I was so devastated that I actually thought short girls like me can’t get jobs. 😥 Haha It was a cruel time!

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Anyway, I applied for a receptionist position too, because as I’ve read it says that it was a job that would be easy to learn, well at least for me. The job posts would usually include “Any 4-year course”, and I felt like they were talking to me. I believe I was particularly chatty during one interview that they recommended me a Training Assistant position.

Back then, I had no idea how that opportunity would change the course of my career. I trained real estate sales people with me having no background in sales. I pondered on the possibility that this data may pose as a waterloo on my part; so I made researches, and enrolled in a real estate learning centre. I sat in my mentors’ training sessions as often as the schedule permits, even though I’ve sat in them a hundred times.

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I always believe that there is something to learn from everyone. That is why I highly value the conversations I have with my colleagues, trainees, sales managers and directors, mentors, friends, etc. Everybody has a story to tell. Learning from their experiences even if I haven’t gone through them gives me steps’ advantage just in case I may encounter them later in life, need some enlightenment over things, or might need to advise somebody.

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Fast forward to now, I believe being “trainable” is the key skill I learned from all these years. So it was so timely that I got an opportunity to share the knowledge I’ve learned with my stint as a sales trainer and a marketing specialist. I can’t believe I will be having my very first training and workshop! My 21 year old self would’ve been proud!

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Since I strongly believe that sharing is caring; as a way for me to share the knowledge and skills I have obtained from selling online since 2009, training in sales, and blogging I am so happy to announce that I was given a chance to do a talk  about this passion!

I will be speaking in Social Media Marketing: Promote Your Business Online on April 29, 2017 Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 2019 Pelbel Bldg. I, Unit 210, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City.

I will be discussing about product branding, social media strategies, Facebook and Instagram Marketing. Flat-lay Photography, Black and White Hat Marketing, Leads Generation, Customer Service, and many more!

You can secure your tickets at Business Innovators Learning Centre Inc. to reserve your seat! We will only accommodate 20 attendees for this! So better hurry!

You can also join my on-going birthday giveaway and get a chance to win 1 FREE PASS! Please check out my Encyclopevia page for the mechanics!

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OMG! I can’t wait to meet you all! Shall I see you then?

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Make Up Workshop: Look Sexy with Must Be Lexie

Since I was talking about Personality Development in my recent post, I thought I should key in more blog posts about this topic, especially when I have an upcoming entry about makeup!

Yes makeup! OMG!

I was never a good makeup artist. I just know I have to always look presentable, especially when facing clients, and whenever I have to train a class. With the limited talent I have with brushes and blushes, I have to do everything on my own! Imagine my mini heart attacks during events!

Anyway, I have also seen a video depicting the differences between Western and Korean’s style in putting makeup. And I wondered which one is more suitable to my face type.

According to that video, basically, Western Makeup Style looks mature, glamorous, glittery, edgy and often makes someone really look like a movie star.

While Korean Makeup Style appears youthful, glowy, sweet, innocent, and most of the time appears very delicate.

With today’s workshop though, I think I will do a Western look.

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That is why it was so timely when I had the chance to join Ms. Lexie Panaligan’s free makeup tutorial!

I was giddy I cannot wait to go!

It was held in Komunidad Filipino Cuisine Restaurant in Antipolo City, and in there Ms. Lexie taught us the basics of doing our own makeup. Here is the guide on which cosmetic/product we should put first before the other. Arranged ordinally are the following:

  1. Eye Cream
  2. Moisturizer
  3. Primer (at the T-zone)
  4. CC Cream
  5. Concealer (Under eyes)
  6. Foundation
  7. Translucent Powder
  8. Eye Shadow
  9. Eyeliner
  10. Eye Curler / Curlash
  11. Mascara (One dip should be enough for both lashes)
  12. Bronzer and Blush
  13. Eyebrow
  14. Concelear (Under the eyes. Again.)
  15. Lipbalm
  16. Lip Color (Lipliners and glosses are optional.)

But if you have braces like me, best way to toss glosses for the meantime. Metals and extra glitters will only create a greasy look, like it’s too busy and that there are so many things going on in one little bodypart!

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We used Mary Kay products, and actually it’s my first time to use them. I particularly adore the foundation, because it felt so light in the face. Their matte lipstick was so rich in color as well!

The key takeaway for me was doing the eyebrows!

I am sooo envious on how others really master the craft of creating the perfect brows, that is why when I learned that all you essentially need, the first and foremost is a good makeup brush.

So here is my finished look!

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You can achieve that dark to light effect color from your brow bone towards the area where your 2 eyebrows meet, by swiftly gliding your brush from the middle towards the ‘meet-up place’. In that way you only spread lighter shades, not making them look like some stickers plastered above your eyes.

I also got to take home a Mary Kay Eye Brow Liner. Thanks so much! 🙂

Komunidad food was great as well; I didn’t know this junction offer such great meals!

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So thanks to this, no more brow-horrors for me! And I think that’s so sexy!

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By the way, you can find Ms. Lexie Panaligan in her page Must Be Lexie to know more about makeup tips and tutorial schedules!

Have you joined any make up workshops? What was your key takeaway? 🙂

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5 Princess-y Things I Became Because of “The Winning Image”

I grew up with a very queenly mother. She always teaches me about how to be and how not to be in terms of conducting and presenting myself, especially in social graces. I grew up with things like how I should always close my legs when sitting in public, in public transportation, at home especially when there are visitors, and even when there are none.

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My mom constantly reminds me to fix my posture, to stand straight, to put my after-bath wet hair in front because putting them at the back will bring cold heaps to my lungs, to brush my hair at least 100 times before sleeping, to not include “slang words” in my vocabulary because these do not make me sound prim and proper. I know! Andami diba? (Isn’t it too many?)

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Well, there are still a lot of things she taught me, that’s why when I was invited to attend The Winning Image: Personality Development Workshop, I knew my mother would really be thrilled to know about this, especially if she were here. I imagined she would be the first one to ask what will I wear, what are the topics that will be discussed, and that I immediately report back what I’ve became from the things I learned . So this is me posting my answers, hopefully heaven has a WiFi so Mama can connect and read.

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  1. I became the message.

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The workshop was pressing to state that all of the things we want to express can be all wrapped up in our beautiful selves. You need not bring accessories. You are your own jewelry.  Carry your message within you.

If we want to market our brand, we should be the brand. If we have an advocacy, we should be the first one to campaign and advocate. There is no greater message, than us. I believe I can use this when I market Versaheel shoes. I must always convey the versatility, comfort and fashion my brand wants to envision. It’s a pressure actually, to always look good and be deemed classy, but it is only with this kind of effort and passion that you shall reach the goals you have set.

  1. I became someone worthy to invite wealthy situations towards herself.

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This is tricky, if just taken literally. This not just embodies the physical being, but you have to be someone likeable, someone people would love to interact with, not just stare at. You won’t make meaningful connections by just looking pretty.

You have to use whatever beauty you have to invite good things to happen to you. So I went, and made new friends!

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  1. I became an influence.

This is a shocker. Ms. Leizel Obuga, our lovely Resource Speaker said that:

55% of our influence is based on appearance, body language and the way we take up space

38% goes to how we deliver our message: tone, volume, pitch, and pace of our voices

7% is based on spoken word.

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We actually tried this one-by-one, as each of the participants went in front to tell something about herself/himself. I was kind of worried if 30 seconds was enough. I was very conscious with the time I consume, because if you’ve ever attended my training, I can be extra chatty. I think that is one I need to improve on. To be concise but still insightful.

With the kind of percentage presented, I was stunned. I speak a lot but only 7% of that is retained. I guess we really have to try and look our best. It’s the shell, and nobody would want to listen to somebody who gives off an impression like he/she has nothing worthwhile to say.

  1. I became my own wardrobe police.

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“I have a lot of clothes” is an understatement. Well, my mom loves clothes, and she likes keeping and collecting dresses just in case there may be an occasion that would need them. Our closets are usually the go-get-to of my relatives, because they know that Mama always has a piece for every event. In the workshop, I was hit by this statement:

“You will only know that you are truly well-dressed when you have something hanging in your closet for every event you will be attending in the next 6 months.”

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I wonder. After this workshop, I started rummaging in my closet just to check if I still have something missing. I later on discovered that there were pieces I no longer wear, and they take so much space. I thought I have everything I need, but then again I realized they weren’t wearable anymore.

Now, I am either thinking of donating them or be creative by recycling them. Well, having a DIY revamp session would be nice. So maybe the lesson is, even if you know you have a lot of clothes, you still need to check them from time to time, just to know if you still need or would you still be wearing them.

I now know I have to get a new white blazer. Some leathery fabric in the neckline is already chipping. L

  1. I became a winner.

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Honestly, I really did. There is nothing more indispensable than learning, and knowing how to present and conduct yourself, because you do this everyday. Getting more knowledge from the expert made me realize that we should invest more in ourselves, because we are the tools that can change the world. And, to make our princess dreams come true! I’m not talking about marrying the most charming prince (Haha although it would be a bonus! Wink!) , but by pursuing what we really want.

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And this training and workshop held by Go Up Events helped me improve my image and personal branding to attract favourable situations to come my way. The Winning Image: Personality Development Workshop definitely made me a step closer to my princess dreams!

And oh. that is me receiving my Chocolate Flavoured Room Spray from Zen Zest. I got my award for being one of the first 3 bloggers to get the word out for this event. 🙂 Haha I was really excited!

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I do hope they organize another session, because a lot of women, and men will highly benefit from this!

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Thank you Ms. Leizel Obuga for sharing your exceptional knowledge and skills on Personality Development! I felt like a princess learning her lessons in your workshop!

Go Up Events Management is a registered business dedicated to building confidence among young professionals through organizing and marketing events about life skills, excellence at work, fun, and play.   Visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Goupeventsmgmt/ or email them at goupeventsmanila@gmail.com.

What do you think of this post? Have you attended any Personality Development Workshop? How was your experience? I’d like to know what you think.

Photo Credits to Go Up Events and Erica Poyauan.

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TravelBook.ph celebrates their fourth year anniversary!

Oh, to travel and to explore a new city – this is probably one of the best feelings anyone will experience. That is why with the hopes of ticking off every place there is in our bucket lists, I am happy to share that booking accommodations now come in more affordable and exciting deals!

This becomes a gratifying solution on our wanderlust woes. And a culmination to how much we have been missing from not embarking into our traveling shoes and getting to places we’ve never been.

Look how now is the most opportune time to schedule your next big adventure!

4th Year anniversary

Travelbook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, is turning four!

And in celebration of four exciting years in the business, TravelBook.ph encourages you to explore and see the beauty of the Philippines in the coming months with ongoing exciting promos: Win a free trip to Japan for two in the Konnichi-wow: Free Trip to Japan and avail of highly affordable deals on hotels and resorts with Super Summer Sale.

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In addition to the anniversary, TravelBook.ph is also celebrating a lot of huge milestones. In just four years, TravelBook.ph grew exponentially in the e-commerce industry. Its number of bookings increased up to 200% ever since they started offering affordable hotel reservations in March 2013. Today, over 3,200 local hotels and resorts are listed on their website, providing more opportunities for Filipino wanderers to travel around the country and support local tourism.

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TravelBook.ph dares to brave that extra mile and achieve even more by further establishing their brand as the only online travel agency (OTA) that promotes local tourism and highlighting the unique perks and services they offer to Filipino travelers, including attractive discounts, convenient payment options, exclusive reward points, and the TravelBook.ph mobile application.

TravelBook.ph will also be releasing TravelBook magazine, the company’s official free publication that aims to inspire Filipinos to visit local destinations, meet new people, and immerse themselves in the country’s rich culture.

All these and more were officially announced to the media on TravelBook.ph’s upcoming Summer Anniversary Blowout press launch last Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.

The Philippines is undeniably full of wonders that are meant to be appreciated as well as explored. As they celebrate their fourth anniversary, TravelBook.ph encourages you to go out there and explore the amazing places in the Philippines and gain memorable travel experiences like no other.

For more details, please contact:

Mary Angeli Pasquin – Business Planning Officer

MaryAngeli.Pasquin@travelbook.ph

+63 (998) 840-4855  and  +63 (2) 662-1113 

Sharah Pinky Librada – Marketing Communications Officer

SharahPinky.Librada@travelbook.ph

+63 (917) 530-7464  and  +63 (2) 662-1113

About TravelBook.ph

TravelBook.ph is one of biggest online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,000 of affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph.

TravelBook.ph offers the best price guarantee with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts, and various types of payment options without a credit card:

– Pay at Hotel
– Over the Counter: banks, 7-Eleven, department stores, and payment centers

Travelbook.ph also offers exclusive reward points: Customers also automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00).

Customers can also use TravelBook.ph’s convenient mobile app to book accommodations on the go. It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Lastly, TravelBook.ph is a proud Philippine-based company with 24/7 support. It has a Filipino call center ready to assist customers anytime. They can be reached through these numbers:

Landline: +63 2 662 1111

Sun: +63 925 887 2835

Globe: +63 917 850 9029

Smart: +63 998 961 3012

To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit www.travelbook.ph. Follow TravelBook.ph on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelBook.ph/, Twitter https://twitter.com/travelbookph, and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/travelbookph/.

Now who wouldn’t want to go and travel like a pro! I suggest you pack your bags now and get ready to be WANDERFULLY LOST! 🙂

Book now at https://travelbook.ph/philippines/?affid=0423

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Beauty and the Beast Shoes

Apart from having restless feet, I also have a deep-seated liking for traveling and parading in style. There is just something about clothing your most tired body part with the most exquisite shoes. I mean, you could at least provide them with better (and hopefully beautiful) forms of protection, don’t you think?

Now, since it is the most enchanting season for our childhood Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, that I love very much, by the way. I was just wondering how could a pair of high heels embody such magic. Lucky for me, imagining wouldn’t be so far-fetched at all!

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I am seriously in love with these! I wonder how am I going to get a pair. Hmm. Anyway, maybe I’ll do something like this for Versaheel. I mean, who knows! There is always a Disney Princess in each and every girl.

We don’t really outgrow our first heroines, we just learn how to channel them in different ways. You know what’s mine. 😀

What do you think of this design? Would you wear something like this? Let me know in the comments! 😀

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DIY Dumaguete-Siquijor Trip and Itinerary (5D/4N)

Going to Dumaguete and Siquijor didn’t appeal to me before because first, I don’t know anybody there, and second, I haven’t heard anything touristy about it – until I realized how wrong I was.

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John (who was then the boyfriend, not until he proposed in the plane right before we landed to Dumaguete) has grandparents who live there, and part of our itinerary was to meet them. This is actually the first trip we’re having as a couple, and meeting his grandparents really placed some shivers down my spine.

Note: A long post awaits you. I wanted to give you details of our trip, as a form of reference when you go there. So go ahead and read my wanderer merfriend! 😀

DAY 1

We arrived on a rainy Sibulan airport, and goodie I haven’t forgotten my Cebuano, we managed to build rapport with the guards and locals, and one of which is our trusty and friendly chauffeur Kuya Judy.

He was supposed to take us to Harold’s Mansion, because that’s what I was eyeing based on the blogs I’ve read about going to Apo Island. I was thinking of placing our reservations; since we’re planning to go there on our 4th day. They were particularly difficult to contact too, since my Facebook messaging and SMS attempts remained futile, so I thought going there instead was the best idea.

Kuya Judy was so helpful because he advised that we can do Apo Island Tour on DIY. I was hesitant at first, but he said we will save a lot if we just do it ourselves. So we opt to have breakfast first at Sta. Teresa Resto. This was one of the few restaurants that are already open at 6AM.

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While we eat, Kuya Judy offered to run to the Dumaguete Port to buy us ferry tickets to Siquijor, since that was also our plan after Harold’s Mansion. Kuya Judy was even offering his ID to us, just so we have something to hold from him and to ensure that he’s coming back with our tickets. He was soooo nice! But we told him we didn’t need it. 🙂

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He was able to score us 10AM ferry rides to Siquijor, and since it was just around 7:00AM, he said that he can tour us in Dumaguete. I actually thought John and I are never going to tour the city because we may be pressed for time, but oh well, we can put the 3 hours to good use, so we gladly agreed.

We visited Cathedral of St. Alexandria the Diocese of Dumaguete first. The bell tower was enormous.

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We also went to the Chinese Temple’s Bell Church, and offered some incenses after we used some bean-like stones and long sticks for some fortune guide. The place was well-maintained, to think that they only ask for donations. It was also undergoing renovation, and I can’t wait to go back to see how it will all turn out.

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We weren’t able to snap photos inside. It was prohibited. 😦

Anyhoo, we also had the chance to get foot massages, and they were divine, and a little ticklish.

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We boarded the ferry at 10AM at Dumaguete port, and arrived to the bright and happy Siquijor. We booked a tricycle and it cost us P300. I booked us to Islandia Beach Resort, and it’s located in San Juan Siquijor. It was relatively far, around 30 to 40 minute drive from the port, but once we got there, it was worth it.

We also made friends with our neighbours, and one of them was actually in the same plane, and he heard the proposal. He was like, “Kayo pala yun!”.

We checked in to Islandia Beach Resort, and was greeted by this spacious accommodation.

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This reminded me of the room in Isle Esme, where Bella and Edward Cullen had their honeymoon in Breaking Dawn. What do you think?

John and I were so tired with the trip and were so amazed by our accommodation that we slept the afternoon away.  So much for our beach bumming plans. Huhu

DAY 2

Kuya Ronald, our driver, picked us up at 8AM, so we had breakfast early that morning, and of course had some photo-snapping opportunity too! Haha I’m so kilig how John is such a natural Instagram boyfriend, oh I mean fiancé . (He might read this blog too. Haha He’s particular with the names I call him. Hehe)

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Siquijor is just a small island, and you can tour it for a day. Most travellers I know only spend a daytour here, but I thought we needed some freshening up after and a good sleep too, so I booked us 2D and 2N in Islandia.

I was so inlove with this island, and its people. Everybody was soo kind and accommodating. The entrance fees are so cheap too.

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Entrance Fee: P10.00 per person

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The fishes were so hungry that they were all looming over John’s feet. Even a milkfish joined the fun! There were a lot of foreigners there too.

If you need the loo, there is one near the place, and you just have to pay P5.00 .

In buying shirts or sandos, I recommend that store across the fish spa. I like their designs more, and the prices are cheaper. So we bought these!

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San Isidro Labrador Church

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It was a big and old church. You know what they say when you go to a new church, you can make a wish! So I made one, and also lit some candles.

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The sun was extra sunny that day, not to mention the weather was all perfect for the tour. We couldn’t be happier.

Cambugahay Falls

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Now this is my favourite. I was shocked that there was no entrance fee. When we arrived, a guy approached us and introduced himself. He is Sir Justin, and he was to be our guide. I highly advise that you avail the guides’ services; they can guide and help you while you’re trekking this beautiful attraction.

There are 3 falls in Cambugahay. The first was wide, and rather deep. Only a few people jump and stay there.

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The 2nd one was shallow, and was only till the waist. It was a good place to get a water back massage.

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The 3rd one was the most popular of all. The water was clean and cool. You can take turns to do the Tarzan Jump and even take the leap from the side. Our guide even taught me to face the camera while holding the wielding handle.

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I was shocked to know that after my Tarzan Jump, the basin was indeed deep, and my feet didn’t reach the bottom. So I paddled and soon enough, my feet reached the bed. Haha and I was alive! I took another turn because it’s addicting like that!

I also took 2 leaps in a rather 10ft. distance. I thought it was a good way to practice for our Cebu canyoneering in November.

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We ended around 12noon. Actually there were people who were selling packed lunches at the entrance that cost P150.00 each, but we didn’t buy. We were thinking of having lunch somewhere else.

Salagdoong Beach

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This was rather far, but the road to it was a sight to see. The trees lining the side-trails formed a wonderful view; meeting at the top too, that it forms a canopy. That is why I asked Kuya Ronald to stop, and let us have a quick photo. This was rather tricky because a lot of cars and tricycles were passing by, so we need to be quick in snapping those photos. I am so thrilled Kuya Ronald was so game to take our shots.

We were already starving, and good thing Salagdoong Beach had a mini restaurant. The prices are reasonable, although it took them a while before they served our food. Good thing, they were delicious!  It was also a good way to let time pass by as well, as we await the sun to set a little.

The beach is actually a resort, and you can book an overnight stay. I read a lot of people wanting to spend the night here, but given the time, we would too. However, Islandia Beach Resort was a sweet treat and we couldn’t leave it; maybe next time, we’ll book here!

There are two sides of the beach separated by stone landscapes. What I didn’t like though was the beach was extra rocky, and it hurt my feet pretty bad. The sand wasn’t so powdery either. The sand crystals were rather bigger than most beaches. And these made John and I realize that we should invest in aqua shoes! Haha Accio Aqua Shoes!

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The water was extra wavy that day, and the current was strong. We enjoyed it all the same though, jumping in between strong waves. It’s a good work out I guess!

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John and I bought Torta as per Kuya Ronald’s recommendation. We bought 2 Tortas for us, and 10 more for Kuya Ronald and his family. 🙂

We ended the day by having a sumptuous dinner back in Islandia with our new found neighbors, I mean friends! Haha 😀

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DAY 3

We woke up really early, because we had to go at 4AM for our 5AM ferry boat ride. Kuya Ronald was as punctual as ever. We got in time to Siquijor Port. We were actually worried because 5AM tickets might be sold out, but they weren’t!

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You can choose to have the regular boat like the one in GL Shipping Lines that’s going to take 1 hour and 30 minutes, or Ocean Jet for only 45 minutes. Well, we already bought our tickets when we found out about these. It’s just a few tens difference, anyway. 🙂

We met Lolo and Lola, and had breakfast first at Foodnet.

Here are our cute instructions on how to get to Manjuyod Sand Bar:

  1. We took the bus going to Manjuyod in Rizal Blvd. with “Manjuyod” as the signboard. We didn’t go all the way to the terminal as it was counterproductive. So if you’re near Rizal Blvd., you could just wait for the buses that pass there. We alighted at Bais Police Station.
  2. We rode the tricycle to the port, and boarded a boat at P2,000.00 with all the 4 of us. We just added P250 each for the food.

It was a 30-minute boat ride to reach the Manjuyod Sandbar. We got there at 10AM though, so it was already high tide. But it was still beautiful. I just felt swimming sa “baha” though. Hehe There were a lot of boats nearby too, and swimming tourists.

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The sand was powdery, the water and air was cool amidst the burning the sun. It was perfect, not until I got stung by a jellyfish in the arm. Thank you very much! It felt weird though, and I felt the venom making its way under my skin. Goodie we were able to ask for some vinegar in the nearby boat. It pacified the pain somehow.

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So note to self, bring vinegar when you’re going to Manjuyod. Well, just a precautionary measure. 😀

We got back to the city, and checked in at Worldview Hotel.

Since we still have time, we strolled around Dumaguete and tasted the much coveted cakes of Sans Rival. They were yummy! I wonder why there is no Manila branch yet.

It was a wonderful feeling – getting lost in the city. You wouldn’t mind being lost anyway, because a tricycle will always be there to bring you to your hotel. It’s a small town, and everyone most likely know where your hotel is. Plus the tricycle fare is just P8.00 each.

We happen to stumble to an event in the Manuel L. Quezon Park.  It seemed like a dancing contest, and we stayed for a while to watch these sprightly kids take on center stage.

We had dinner in this Japanese restaurant called Misune, and the food tasted healthy and fresh! I’m definitely coming back.

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DAY 4

It’s our Apo Island Day, and well, no tourguide! Just pure DIY! OMG! This was a first, and we felt brave channelling our adventurous selves into this new place.

Here are our cute instructions on how to get to Apo Island:

  1. We went out of the hotel at 7AM, and rode a tricyle to Siaton near Robinsons Dumaguete.
  2. Take a jeepney to Malatapay Zamboanguita.
  3. Walk towards the Apo Island port. Roughly around 10 minutes.
  4. This is the tricky part, you will rent a boat, and it would be better if you find some people who will share the boat with you, unless you’re a group with just the right number, as to minimize the cost per person. Since we’re a couple, we really need some people to share the boat with.

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Boat Rentals:

4 seater – P2,000 / 6 seater – P2,500 / 8 seater – P3,000 / 10 seater – P3,500

4 seater boats usually are used first, that is why if your number is 4 below, it is better to go here early, so you can book the small boat. Good thing 4 Taiwanese travellers were in need of company too, since the only available boat is an 8-seater, we had to pay P3,000 and that’s P500.00 each. Not bad actually! Plus we made new friends!

You can buy food at the port already, because the food in Apo Island is a bit pricey, plus you still have to pay for the guide (which is required, and I also highly recommend Kuya Gerard; he was so skillful in diving and we handed him our action camera to which he took great photos of the sea), cottage table, and the gears you will use when you go swimming with the big turtles.

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The turtles were huge and beautiful. It was sad because we went a bit late; the locals said that a lot of turtles go near the shore as early as 6AM!

After snorkeling and swimming, we had our lunch and took a stroll in the island. I was shocked that there is a community here. I actually thought that this is just an island used for tourism, but no. There are schools, a village, a basketball court, a lagoon, and an overlooking view from a hill. It was a beauty to behold!

At 3PM, we decided to go back. Our new friends are very accommodating too, we had a lot of time to talk about their country, their culture, and how they love going back to the Philippines. John and I wanted to visit Taiwan soon too because of them.

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Going back was just the same. You could either hire a tricycle that will bring you back to the city, that will also cost higher, or you can wait for a jeep, but this was rather a long wait than I expected. If you’re a couple or probably 3 people travelling together, waiting for a jeep may be the best thing to do. But if you’re 4 and above, I suggest that you book a tricycle, and split the fare.

Jeepneys that pass by are rather full, and may not accommodate everybody at once.

We got to Dumaguete, and picked our stuff from Worldview Hotel. And moved to Coastal Inn. I booked it way before this trip, and since saving was the priority thing I have in mind, I got attracted to its price because duuuh, it’s just P430 a night!

I was thinking that we’ll arrive late from the tour that day so we we’ll just sleep, and we don’t need anything fancy. Well, lets just say we got the value we paid for.

After getting refreshed, we went back to Sans Rival, just because. And bought pasalubongs too! We bought the Butter Silvanas for P150 a box. If you want to buy pasalubongs, it’s best to buy them here in the main branch. Airport prices are relatively higher of course.

If you’re just concerned on about them being spoiled because you haven’t brought a freezer with you, don’t fret. The silvanas are strong, haha they will just feel softer, and you can put them back in the freezer or chiller once you get home.

We had dinner in Kri. And can I just tell you, that the food was prepared like gourmet, and who would have thought that this place could serve such great food at a fraction of a price! I will blog about my review in another post.

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DAY 5

Flight back to Manila!! We didn’t book a tricycle going to the airport, we just hailed for the bus in Rizal Blvd. 😀

Here is the breakdown of our expenses and some people you would want to contact when you go there. Enjoooy!

Kuya Judy (Dumaguete Tour) – 0905.879.86.52

Kuya Ronald (Siquijor Tour) – 0906.886.97.80

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All prices are in Philippine Peso though. 🙂 I think you can still try to maximize a budget even for as low as P8,000. We were a bit lucrative with the food, so you know where to save if ever!

I hope this blog enticed you more to visit Dumaguete and Siquijor. Promise, it’s all worth it! Please let me know your thoughts about this and comment down below! 😀

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If you love travelling, you might also want to read my Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon! 🙂

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How I Got My Wedding-Singer-Kind of Engagement

While flying with clouds, low visibility, and at an altitude of 31,000 feet, some girl’s life is about to change forever.

Surreal. That’s what it is. Now, I know what it’s like to feel breathless, up in the sky, knowing your life is never going to be the same again. You don’t know if you will cling on to the idea whether this is a dream, a reality, or somewhere in between- but one thing’s for sure, this is WAAAAAAY better than all of these combined!

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(Alright, brace yourself merfriends, cheeseballs coming through!)

It was 3:30 AM, and John and I are frantic to get to the airport. Our Dumaguete flight was scheduled at 5:05 AM, and we definitely cannot miss this! We’ve been planning for this trip since May 2016, and you could imagine my excitement everytime a month finishes its course in the calendar.

I was way ahead of myself, I scheduled the tours and itineraries, booked us hotels, researched every bit I could, listed down instructions on how to get to where, and where to buy what, etc. Basically, I was all travel-planny on this! (Haha I think this is me trying to console my Nov 2016-self when our Cebu trip got cancelled last year.) Until, I got to the plane.

John was extra selfie-ish when we were at the line prior to having our boarding passes printed, but I shrugged it off, maybe he was just too excited.

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We got to the boarding gate, on the plane, up in the air, and because it was still dawn, I sneaked on some extra zzzzs.

Right before we land to Sibulan (Dumaguete) Airport, John woke me up. I was all sleepy, while listening to the pilot’s announcement about the landing. Then he said something really shocking that jolted out of my snoozy wits to be all alive and awake!

Pilot: One of our passengers, Mr. John Tancuan would also like to say something to the love of his life.

Whoa! Did I just hear that? I was so confused I asked John what was happening. Then, there were 2 flight attendants prodding at our rowseats’ aisle. They were both smiling at me.

Then John said, “Because I’m going to propose, that’s what’s happening.”

He then went on about me thinking and scolding him, that he wasn’t doing anything productive that week – he said, truth be told, he was just busy trying to reach some people who can help him execute his plan. Since I mentioned before that my dream proposal is suppose to take place in a high altitude (Golly, I was just thinking about a Ferris wheel, on top of a building, or maybe a hot air balloon if it’s possible!), he went extra haunt-y and tried his luck if he can get in contact with the actual crew of our flight.

And oh boy, he’s lucky!

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They are just soooo sweet, and we just had to take a photo with these lovely and helpful people! It’s not everyday strangers get their heads together all for the glory of love! Turns out, all of those extra selfies were signals to the crew that we were already in the airport, and about the plan. Geez! Sneaky, and sweet. 😀

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We even had the chance to take a photo in the cockpit. We were so careful not to press or hit anything!

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And just like that, from light sparkles in the bar, to light sparkles around my finger. The future has never been as crystal clear as this.

More about our Dumaguete and Siquijor trip soon!

**, Via (soon to be a Mrs.)

The Winning Image : Personality Development Workshop

Hi dear merfriends! I just got back from a trip, and I can’t wait to get back to share some amazing stories to you all! But before anything else, I would just like to write about this workshop that has me all giggly since I got to know they’re really making it happen!

Personality development – I believe is one of the best workshops you’re going to attend in life. It’s basically SOP, because it deals on how we can become more cordial and likeable, especially in our day-to-day transactions with things and people! So I am all hands up, to encourage you to join The Winning Image : Personality Development Workshop! I will be there, so it’s the most opportune time to meet, connect and be all princess-y together!

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With this workshop, we will learn how to enhance our image and personality from one of the country’s best speakers on personality development. “The Winning Image” is a great workshop for every woman who wants to carry herself with poise and attract the right opportunities to boost her career, or meet more clients for her business.

Course Outline

  • You Are the Message – Creating an Impressive First Impression
  • The Power of Personal Marketing
  • Power Dressing
  • Poise and Posture
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Business Etiquette (Dining and Social Graces)
  • Confidence Builder
  • The Winner’s Image

 

Speaker’s Profile

LEIZEL GUTIERREZ RABINO – OBUGA

  • Affiliate member, Association of Image Consultants International
  • Director of MSI Model Management and Development Center – the first and only personality development and professional modeling school in Laguna since 2001
  • Certificate Holder – “The Polished Professional” course at Gloria Starr Global Success Strategies, North Carolina USA
  • Former Model Agent and Trainer at Calcarries Model International
  • Former instructor at John Robert Powers on Visual Poise
  • Former ramp model mentored by Joey Espino Jr. – owner of Calcarries Model International and Runway Productions, the organizers and exclusive franchisee of Ford Supermodel of the World, Philippines
  • Member, San Pedro Tourism and Cultural Affairs Council
  • Graduate of short course on Negotiation Skills at Ateneo Graduate School, Makati
  • Appeared in the 700 Club Asia as speaker for Power Dressing
  • Corporate Trainer, Event Organizer and Fashion Show Director

 

 

Event Details

Activity Title:                          “The Winning Image” Personality Development Workshop

Activity date:                          March 11, 2017

Venue:                                       Ortigas Foundation Library, 2nd Floor Ortigas Building Pasig

Seminar Hours:                        9am- 5pm

Seminar Fee:                          Regular Rate: P3,000

Group Rate:                                        P2,700 2 or more participants

Inclusions:                                          7 – hour learning session

Certificate of participation

Handouts

Lunch and Snacks

Reservation

  1. Register your contact information at http://bit.ly/TheWinningImageRegistration.
  2. Pay the corresponding fee via PayPal, or bank deposit.

As soon as deposit is made, email your deposit slip to: goupeventsmanila@gmail.com indicating your company name and name of attendees.

  1. Organizer will send a confirmation email to acknowledge your payment.
  2. Registration closes on March 8, 2017.

 

Payment Details

1. Go Up Events Via PayPal:

PayPal.Me/JonahChipeco

  1. BDO Deposit

Account Name: PMCM Events Management

Account number: 1438-011-727

Contact us

For inquiries please email pmcm.events@gmail.com or contact 0915-178-0688 / 501-0029 and ask for ongoing discount promos.  Registration ends on March 8, 2017.

Event Sponsors:

MSI Model Management and Development Center, David’s Salon, Black Beauty Philippines,

Zen Zest, Luxent Hotel, Skin White

Marketing Partners:

PMCM Events Management, Tag 77

 

Organizers:

Go Up Events Management, Sayonato Branded Bags for Less Philippines

For more information about the event, visit https://thewinningimage.eventbrite.com/

Go check their Facebook and Website for more details and updates! So what, are you waiting for? Sign up now! I am really excited to see you!

**, Via

 

How My Kaartehan Turned Me to a Shoe Designer for Versaheel

She is so maarte.

***For my international readers:

arte – noun. art

maarte – adjective. artistic (Filipino definition is somewhat negative, may even be perceived as annoyingly demanding on so many things and levels, and in extremely impractical ways.)

kaartehan – noun. Creativity or artistry (Filipino definition may be connoted as a quality of annoyingly demanding on so many things and levels, and in extremely impractical ways.)

Growing up, this sentence is so common it may be the most-spoken sentence in school, especially for young girls. Being a transferee twice, my presence has somewhat alerted the school population that they have someone new to see, maybe admire, spy on, talk about, taunt, or to that person’s misfortune, a subject for scrutiny and bullying. And lucky for me, I happen to experience all.

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It was such a whirlwind; I actually tried to force this kaartehan out into oblivion. Sometimes, I think there’s something wrong with me, that I have to be like everybody else, so that more people will like me. But after everything, I realized we don’t have to be the person the society expects us to be. We never stand out that way, and it will be difficult for us to be happy. So instead of quieting it down, I cultivated it more. I tried blogging and public speaking, and this really helped me maximize my creative potential. I tried to be more graphic with my words and animated with my presentations, and it was such a surprise how much appreciation I gained. I soon recognized, that my being maarte gave me a lot of opportunities, and amazing people to share it with. Being one, allowed me to be noticed more, to be perceived as unique and a burst of sunshine in an utmost dreary day. That this quality was actually not a negative thing, because creativity gives birth to wonders that will change the world.

versaheel-1And now, I’m taking this creativity up a notch by turning it into a tangible fashion piece – shoes! I can go on, and on, about how shoes are the greatest fashion invention, but I’d save it for another post.

For my first high heel design, I was so inspired when I got to check out these materials. The swatches are so stunning, that the moment I saw the right-most swatch I imagined it already shaping a shoe in my foot. The prints are so whimsical, fashionable and edgy. I know it’s going to be such a scene stealer to anyone who will wear it. So see how it turned out!

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I’m not going to convince you how lovely it is, because it actually is! Since gradient colors are so popular right now, I tried being a little playful with the straps, and opted two colors. They have the same texture too. I tried to keep it looking put-together with the black vertical strap, as to complete the whole look. This is just the prototype though, the finished products are on their way, and will be available either on the 2nd or 3rd week of March. I can’t wait to see them come to life!

My vision for Versaheel is for our shoes to not just complement or make the outfit, they are THE outfit. I hope you like this new stint I’m venturing in, because I have never felt more energized about something I am really passionate about. Shoe-speaking, I own about a fair number of pairs, you can say I am a shoe addict, but there’s something more satisfying in creating and sharing this love affair to fellow shoe-o-holics.

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I’ve always admired how artists get to immortalize things. Whatever their craft is, creatives would always find a way to express their gift. This is my gift to you. Welcome to Versaheel.

Find us clacking our heels in Facebook and Instagram.­ It’s going to be a shoe-stopper I’m telling you.

**, Via