Quarantine Birthday

Quarantine Birthday

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Did some self-portrait for the Gram (haha)

“The younger you start, the younger you achieve your goals.”

That was my mantra years ago. Those years when I was young and “very” ambitious.

I can still remember the moment when I was like fifteen or sixteen when I promised myself that before I reach twenty-one, there are goals that I have to achieve but here I am, 21 years old, in the kitchen, writing this post. Still a regular student and far from what I dreamed of. However, I know that those experiences should be lessons for me to grow. I will not specifically talk about it but let me remind you that in life, being delayed in your goals is okay. Maybe you haven’t done your best yet or maybe God has better plans for you. We really don’t know the future for life is unpredictable.

A lot of things happened in March. Well, it’s up until now but it started to become big last March. The rise of COVID 19 cases made tons of plans canceled. Not just for me but for everyone else. Right now, I feel so thankful to have a home to stay and food to eat but at the same time, we have to remember that some people are not privileged enough to experience those. They have nowhere to stay and nothing to eat. I think watching a lot of documentaries made me open my eyes “widely.” Just because you’re not experiencing it, doesn’t mean that you should not care about it. I know I can’t help them financially but I hope those who have the same situation with me will never forget the power of prayer. We should not underestimate it. I’m glad that there are also a lot of people doing great amidst the situation. There are way a lot of fundraising activities right now, just like the Ben&Ben live concert. Also, we should never forget the frontliners who’s been sacrificing their life. The doctors, nurses, media people, janitors, street sweepers, garbage collectors, and many more. Let’s not be a burden to them, stay at home if possible.

Please stay safe, everyone!


This post should be posted last Monday but I wasn’t able to click the publish button and I just realized now (*facepalm*).

Acer TNC HQ Launches its Southeast-Asia’s Largest Cyber-cafe in Cebu!

Acer TNC HQ Launches its Southeast-Asia’s Largest Cyber-cafe in Cebu!

Last Saturday, March 7, 2020, TNC and Acer Predator seal their commitment to nurturing the growing esports talent pool with the opening of Southeast Asia’s largest Acer Predator-equipped cyber café to hone and develop new talents.

2020_0307_17191900.jpgWith the rise of esports, it cannot be denied that we have talented esports athletes who need to constantly practice to elevate their skills. Just like any other sports, esports athletes need a good venue to practice that’s why the facilities of TNC HQ are designed for competitions to make our athletes feel at their best even when practicing.

2020_0307_17162200.jpgTournaments have become highly competitive that private companies are throwing their support to various teams and individuals who want to compete internationally. By having the most capable devices, gamers can get used to the pressure of playing against other highly skilled individuals.

2020_0307_17160900.jpgIn having this mindset, Predator and TNC are determined to work hand in hand so gamers will get the motivation to do even better than before especially when the time comes when they have to represent their own country.

2020_0307_17461400.jpgAt present, there are over a hundred TNC Cyber Café branches in the country equipped with Predator gaming laptops and PCs. In the next three years of the partnership, the two brands are looking at opening more venues for gamers all over the country to tap the untapped talents. TNC HQ is preparing plans for tournaments. There will be a regional event later this year. A tournament for pro and non-pro that everyone should keep an eye out.

Coln and TNC Predator Team were also present during the event to meet with fans at the opening of TNC Cebu Headquarters. After the opening, Predator hosted a mini-concert at Cebu Trade Hall for Coln. The band launched their featured music video for “Lakas”, a song composed for the Predator brand.

Located at Colon, Cebu City, the three-floor Cyber Cafe houses a total of 408 Predator units, which include Orion 3000 and 5000. One hundred eight (108) units of Orion 5000 are ready for use at the VIP floor or Predator floor while the other 300 units populate the rest of the other floors.

Rates:

Regular: P20.00

VIP: P35.00

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ABOUT ACER
Founded in 1976, today Acer is one of the world’s top ICT companies and has a presence in over 160 countries. As Acer looks into the future, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software, and services will fuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer’s 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit http://www.acer.com for more information.TNC and Acer Predator seal their commitment to nurturing the growing esports talent pool with the opening of the largest Acer Predator-equipped cyber café in Southeast Asia.

Review: Fresh Skinlab Acne Care Lotion

Review: Fresh Skinlab Acne Care Lotion

It’s like a dream come true when your skin has been doing great for the past couple of months but imagine that all of a sudden, you wake up with an attention-seeking zit that you badly want to pop. Even if you have the strong urge to do so, you just can’t because you know it will make things worse. A spot lotion can do the trick! You can simply get rid of your attention-seeking zit faster than usual when you use an effective spot lotion. There’s a lot of spot healers in the market and I have tried a lot of brands. Today’s review is about an acne care lotion that I discovered at Watsons.

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Price:

P179.00

Net Weight:

10 ml

Product Description:

Fresh Skinlab acne care/anti-blemish lotion contains purifying; regenerating tea tree essential oil and is ideal for sensitive; blemish-prone skin. Enriched with sebum-absorbing; mattifying corn starch and a cell-regenerating lactic acid derivative; a difference can be noticed from the very first applications.

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Claims:

  • 1-minute solution
  • Repairs; corrects and mattifies skin
  • Ideal for sensitive skin and blemish-prone skin

Packaging:

It comes with a doe-foot applicator, so I suggest you use your fingers when applying it on your zit for hygienic purposes.

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How to Use?

Dab over problem areas three times a day or more if required.

Performance:

The raw pictures say it all. It surprisingly works like magic! The moment I woke up having that weird-looking zit or more like a group of zit, I felt like I lose confidence because I never experienced having that before. I applied it twice or thrice a day and as you can visibly see, just after three days, there’s a major change and improvement.

I’m not sure if it works for all kinds of zits but so far, it worked well on me. It’s been months since I bought this product and up until now, I haven’t used any other spot healer. This is my new holy grail!

What I like about this product?

  • Dermatology Tested
  • Enriched with tea tree essential oil.
  • No strong chemicals that could burn zit
  • Gives overnight results
  • Handy

What I don’t like about this product?

  • Nothing

Final Verdict:

5/5!

Will I recommend it?

Yes

Where did I buy the product?

Watsons


Have you tried this product before? What are your thoughts about it? Don’t be shy and let me know in the comment section below!

Note: This review is not paid or sponsored.

Let’s Talk About Legánde Inc.’s Argan Oil

Let’s Talk About Legánde Inc.’s Argan Oil

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When you hear Argan Oil, you immediately think of beauty, creams, serums, and anything that would enhance the physical aspect of a person’s skin. We can’t blame you though. Argan oil has long been associated with beauty products and used to enhance aesthetics and all these claims are true.

Argan oil is actually a plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. In Morocco, argan oil is used to dip bread in and eaten for breakfast or to drizzle on couscous or pasta. Thankfully, someone found another way of using argan oil and this time, it’s for our hair, face, and body.

Argan oil as a stretchmark saver. For pregnant women, this can be used to prevent the formation of stretch marks or make it less visible with prolonged use because it moisturizes the skin. Stretch marks form because the skin gets stretched to its limit and when it bounces back after giving birth, elasticity is no longer present, leaving marks that look like a cat dragged something in. With the continued use of argan oil, this can be minimized.

Argan oil can also be used to treat acne because it is a major contributor to skin hydration which is important in acne prevention. If you use it regularly, it will definitely improve the overall look of your skin and help make sure that you don’t get as much acne as you used to.

Lastly, it contains essential nutrients such as OMEGA 6 and VITAMIN E which helps in promoting healthy skin, hair, and eyes as well as powerful antioxidant properties. This means that it supports the repair and maintenance of healthy skin and increases skin elasticity and hydration in postmenstrual women.

All these benefits can be found inside the Legánde Argan Oil because it uses pure Moroccan argan oil. You can purchase Legánde’s Argan Oil via www.Legánde.com or visit them at Suite 406, West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Ortigas Center, Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1605. Legánde’s Argan Oil comes in three variants: Hair, Face, and Body. You can also check their Facebook Page to send them a message.

Yorme is the latest Fruitas Endorser!

Yorme is the latest Fruitas Endorser!

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Manila, Philippines – Leading food and beverage kiosk operator, Fruitas Holdings, Inc. (FHI), listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol FRUIT, has engaged Hon. Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, mayor of Manila, as its newest endorser.

“The honorable mayor and Fruitas share a lot of common values, including love for country and innovation. From his humble beginnings, he initially made waves in the entertainment industry before transforming himself into a public servant,” FHI President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lester Yu, said.

Fruitas adds to its slate of endorsers, which includes Sarah Geronimo, Asia’s Popstar Royalty. Her endearing connection with Filipinos and a wider global audience has recently been confirmed by her hit song, “Tala”, going viral.

Fruitas has established leadership in fruit shakes, coconut-based beverages, lemonades, and meat-filled pastries, offered in kiosks in the Philippines and has recently completed a number of acquisitions, including Sabroso Lechon, Heat Stroke Grill, The Tofu Store, and Kuxina. It is targeting to grow its network to 2,000 stores by 2023.


Fruitas Holdings Inc., listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol FRUIT, is the leading group in the food kiosk industry in the Philippines. From a single Fruitas stall opened in 2002, the group ended 2019 with 1,068 stores across the country and over 20 brands in its portfolio, which includes well-loved food concepts Fruitas Fresh from Babot’s Farm, Buko Loco, Buko ni Fruitas, De Original Jamaican Pattie, Johnn Lemon, Juice Avenue, Black Pearl, Friends Fries, The Mango Farm, 7,107 Halo Halo Islands, Shou La Mien Hand Pulled Noodles, and Sabroso Lechon.

For more information, visit: http://fruitasholdings.com/.

Review: Aztec Secret Facial and Body Soap with Bentonite, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Moroccan Argan Oil

Review: Aztec Secret Facial and Body Soap with Bentonite, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Moroccan Argan Oil

Remember the time when people go gaga with Aztec Indian Healing Clay? Due to its popular demand, different brands have been innovating products with Aztec clay. Now, the brand “Aztec Secret” offers Aztec soaps that are locally made in the Philippines. As of the moment, they have three variants of soaps available but I chose this one because of its argan oil ingredient.

Price:

P 219.00

Net Weight:

130g

Product Description:

Aztec bentonite soap is made from the same powerful minerals of Aztec bentonite facial clay, proven to cleanse and detoxify your skin and draw out impurities. This soap is combined with Argan Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar which will help balance the pH levels of your skin and give a skin a youthful glow. It restores elasticity and leaves skin feeling plumper and softer.

My thoughts:

The moment I saw this soap in social media, I got too excited so I was not able to read reviews but when I went to Watsons, I read all the ingredients and details listed. I thought all their soaps are good for all skin types and since I know that there are a lot of benefits that we can get from argan oil, I chose this variant. Unexpectedly, when I arrived home, I saw a post from an Influencer promoting Aztec Secret’s soaps and there, I was able to know that this soap is good for dry skin. My skin is oily! I was shocked but I still used the soap because I already bought it and I was hoping that it will still work on me.

After less than a week of using Aztec Secret soap, I decided to stop. The reason is simple. I got breakouts and my skin got more oily. This soap didn’t work on me but that does not directly mean that this soap won’t work on you as well. Maybe it’s just because this is advisable for dry skin. We all have different skin types, conditions and issues, so our skin reacts to products differently. I am only sharing my experience with the soap and I do not intend to harm the brand. This post is for review purposes only.

Final Verdict:

2/5

Will I repurchase?

No

Where did I buy the product?

Watsons


For more details about the product, click here.

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Prititit’20

Cebu’s most awaited festival for Sto. Nino devotees, street photographers and as well as party-goers had finally happened! We may all have different plans for the festival but I hope everyone had a great time.

For the first time, I tried shooting in the grand parade and for the first time, I was able to use a 50-230 mm lens. Ever since I joined the school publication, I always dreamed of being able to try using a zoom lens and finally, it happened.

To cut off my introduction and without making this long, here are my shots for this year’s Sinulog Grand Festival.


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Ang pagpaninda.
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Singko o high five?
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Ang pagpaabot ni mama.

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Instagram-square smile.

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Bridesmaids (?)

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Padayon
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Taymsa
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Water break

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Ang kalipay

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Hoping that in every seed that you are planting, you are going to get a good harvest. Continue to do what you’re passionate about.

Get your favorite Yellow Cab pizza starting at PHP 299 only!

Get your favorite Yellow Cab pizza starting at PHP 299 only!

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Last Monday, I went to Sm Seaside to attend the Yellow Cab event. It was an afternoon filled with good food and good news. Aside from their best selling pizzas, I was also able to try their pastas and chicken. What’s the good news? Yellow Cab’s New York-style pizza are now available in an all-new size that packs a punch for your appetite. Introducing the new 9-inch pizzas, complete with the same edge-to-edge toppings you have always loved at an even more generous price.

Starting at just Php 299, you can now indulge your hunger with these mouthwatering pizzas that are perfect for both solo snacking sessions and sharing with your buddy. Take your pick from a wide range of Classic and Signature flavors such as: the local favorite Hawaiian; iconic New York Classic; protein-packed Manhattan Meatlovers; fresh Garden Special; light Roasted Garlic and Shrimp; sweet and tangy BBQ Chicken; and flavorful #4 Cheese.

#Youdoyou because this year, Yellow Cab has a lot of promos in store that’s perfect for you!

Experience Yellow Cab’s new mouthwatering pizza sizes, available now for dine-in, take-out, and curbside pick-up, starting at Php 299! Delivery prices vary.

For more information, visit Yellow Cab Pizza Official

Review: MISSHA Airy Fit Sheet Mask in Potato

Review: MISSHA Airy Fit Sheet Mask in Potato

The moment I saw this mask, I was reminded by the time when Bok Joo in Weightlifting Fairy tried the DIY potato mask. Raise your hands if you’ve seen that show haha kidding. It was a cute episode and if you want to read about it, you may click here. Of course, this mask is way different from what Bok Joo used but aren’t you curious about how a potato mask works since the use of potato in skincare products is still not that common in the public?

Product Description:

Potato extract brightens pigmentation and soothes sensitive skin.

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Claims:

  • Perfect adhesion like a glutinous rice cake
  • Skin-fit daily sheet mask to deliver active ingredients to the skin effectively by sticky adhesion
  • Containing potato extract with rich vitamin for dark skin due to external stimulus, it helps to make skin radiant and soothe the sensitive skin

My thoughts:

According to its description, this mask claims to improve skin pigmentation and it soothes the skin. Yes, it soothes and moisturized my skin but since I only have one sheet, I can’t see any improvement for my skin pigmentations. If I continue using this, maybe there will be an effect but we never know. Overall, this is a good mask to try. I love the consistency, it’s not drippy unlike most of the mask that is available in the market.

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What I like about this product?

  • Mask sheet is smooth
  • It fits well on my face
  • Consistency is not runny, it is creamy

What I don’t like about this product?

  • Takes time to fully absorb on the skin because of its thick consistency
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Unfortunately, I was not able to take a photo before using the sheet mask but this is how my skin looks like after applying the mask.

Final Verdict:

4/5

Will I repurchase?

Yes

Where did I buy the product?

Dara Beauty


For more details about the product, click here.

My 5 Favorite 2019 Fashion Trends

My 5 Favorite 2019 Fashion Trends

This year, I made changes and improvements in my style. As much as possible, I try to shop more often at thrift or ukay and I only shop at retail stores when needed. I can proudly say that this year, I am not a fashion victim. I became more careful with what I buy and when to buy things. So, before the year ends, let me share with you my top five favorite fashion trends for this year.

Chains

Just in time when the year is about to end, I discovered a new accessory that I did not expect that I will love, the chains. It can be everywhere, from earrings, belts and obviously, necklaces. If you’re a K-pop fan you would definitely see a lot of artists wearing different chains for accessories but for this trend, I think the word K-fashion is vague, so let’s just use the word E-girl. If you have a Tiktok account, you would not miss knowing what is an “E-girl.” The emo before is now called E-girl/E-boy but this time, there’s a starter kit for this style lol.

Pearl/Beads

Pearl/beads are not only for accessories because you can now see pearl/beaded bags and tops. I am not a fan of beaded tops because I think it’s not necessary especially when you don’t have big events or fashion events to attend to and you only commute but I am loving the trend of beaded bags. They can be expensive, of course, because they are handmade but trust me when I say they are just not “cute” because beaded bags add a “pop” on a boring outfit.

Biker Shorts

Style over comfort? Why opt for one when you can do both? Admit it, sometimes we sacrifice our comfort for the sake of fashion but isn’t it great to wear something comfortable but at the same time look fashionable? Through the years, athleisure continues to grow. I did not expect it to stay but I am definitely living for it. I can still remember the time when I was new to athleisure, it was three years ago and I made a post in this style, click here if you want to check it.

Cardigan

The cardigan game is strong this year. I can see bloggers or influencers wearing cardigans as top whole year-round. Wearing a cardigan as a top gives the look a 90’s vintage “soft girl” style.

Square necklines

From the usual round neck, we moved to v-neck, and now we have the square neckline. This style is most commonly seen in the ladies’ section. It is flattering for every body type and I love how this style gives so much vintage feels to the outfit.