December 30, 2020

Practical Tips to Help You Avoid Burnout While Working From Home

The global pandemic notwithstanding, more and more people are negotiating for more flexible working hours, which often means remote working and a lot of working from home. For any employee, the level of flexibility therein accorded is something short of a dream come true. While it might not be an option that works for everyone, it’s an arrangement that’s now preferred by most employers, and most people who preferred the order of commutes to and from work and getting things done by a specific time have had to get on with the way things are now.

But even with the flexibility and the extra layer of freedom that comes from working from home, one thing is clear – more than ever, the risk of burnout is at a high. And with burnout, there’s the drop in productivity, which only harms a company’s bottom line, not to mention individual health. So, how do we go about it? How do you draw the line between work and non-work tasks, personal and professional lives? With your afternoons blending with the evening and the weekdays blending with your weekends, and consequently a very little sense of time off, how do you keep up or maintain your flow, mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing? And more importantly, how do you balance work and family without burning out completely? 

December 23, 2020

How to keep your eyes healthy whilst working from home

Working on a computer or other kind of screen all day can have a negative impact on our eyes. From headaches and eye strain to dry eyes and blurred vision, there are many different symp-toms that you might find yourself experiencing – particularly if you’re working at home now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily there are a few simple steps you can take to help miti-gate the impact of heavy screen use on your eyes, all of which you can continue to follow if and when you go back to the office. Here are our top tips.

Take regular breaks from the screen
Whilst it’s impossible to avoid screen use altogether, getting away from them for brief moments throughout the day can be really helpful. A great tip to follow is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look at something about 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. This is a simple trick that helps relax the eye muscles and ensure that they get the breaks they require. If possible, try and get outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine to feel the biggest benefit. When you really can’t get away from the screen, try and deliberately blink more often in order to keep your eyes more moist.

December 19, 2020

My Very Own Starry Night Over The Rhone by Van Gogh c/o Photowall Sweden + Discount Code

If you guys dont know it yet, I'm a HUGE fan of the Dutch impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. It is one of my life goals to see his masterpieces in person and to visit Nuenen, Netherlands -his birthplace. I remember one of the subjects I had back in University of Asia the Pacific was about European arts, while all my classmates were bored and pretending to listen to our professor (who was excited everytime she talks about all these things and her travels to Europe), I was the only one paying attention, fascinated by the paintings and sculptures by European artists flashed on the projector. 

Van Gogh was one of the Impressionists that intrigued me, Starry Night Over the Rhone is my fave work of his (and no not the famous Starry Starry night that you know). I remember my professor telling us with so much enthusiasm about Van Gogh's mental illness and how it affected his work. Last year, I visited Van Gogh's digital exhibit, I became fully aware of that, as this showed Van Gogh’s life and works, throughout his life, and you could see how evident his mental illness with his choice of colors, the heaviness of his brushstrokes and the lack of the detail that he used to have, as he succumbed to his  own demons. Tragically, he’s one of these artists who never got to experience the fruits and glory of his talent and works. 

December 17, 2020

Catch the holiday feels at New World Makati Hotel with Festive dining feasts & gift-worthy treats

New World Makati Hotel invites family and friends for that much-awaited Christmas celebration to cap off an unforgettable year. Those looking to come together for a holiday like no other will find an array of festive dining feasts as well as gift-worthy treats to share with those they hold near and dear.

Gift-worthy Goodies at The Shop
New World Makati Hotel’s Christmas hampers and baked goodies at The Shop are an ideal way to show loved ones how special and cherished they are. Readily made hamper boxes come in three varieties: Grand, Deluxe, and the large and small Tangerine Box. The largest one is the Grand box which includes a fruit cake, chocolate tree, rocky road marshmallows, pralines box of 20, Christmas stollen bread, Christmas cookies, chocolate Santa, Christmas mendiant, and a bottle of wine.

December 16, 2020

How Beauty Procedures Have Changed with Technology

Technology and beauty have always had a relationship. From the time of the ancient Egyptians, stretching to the present day, humans have used advances in technological prowess to influence the way we look.

These days, the beauty industry is a modern integrated industry using unique technologies. Advanced chemical engineering practices create anti-aging serums fit for a Shakespearian witch. Cosmetic surgeons use lasers and micro-surgery techniques to alter the way we look. Snapchat and Instagram filters change the way we look without actually changing our bodies.

Looking into the future, beauty in a post-COVID-19 world may incorporate augmented reality to allow customers to try on makeup without touching examples. 

December 15, 2020

Send smiles and hugs this Christmas, say it with Ben’s Cookies!

And just like that, the year is about to end. It was January of 2020, me making plans for the summer and to migrate somewhere in Europe for good, I blinked, and it is already December. What just happened? I’m still in awe. Can we, like, cancel 2020? As If it never happened? In 2021, can we do a reset, move  a year and take out 2020? I mean, seriously. 

During times like this when I reflect back to the year that was, I can’t help but get a little bit sad of the things on my goals list that I want able to tick out. What a bummer, right? And something like this needs a pick-me-upper. Such a timely thing though, I went out last Sunday with my girlfriends for brunch and when I got home a box of Ben’s Cookies was waiting for me. Hello, it’s just England’s best cookie brand lang naman! So obviously, I’m beyond ecstatic!

December 7, 2020

The Most Popular Human Hair Wigs In 2020 Winter

There is nothing more comfortable than wearing a wig in winter, because it protects your head and ears from wind and snow. Here is the winter human hair wig guide, which ensure that your hair looks fabulous and shiny (especially if you have parties to attend this holiday season!). So, let's talk about every particular way in details.


1. HD lace wig
HD lace wig has the thin and soft Swiss lace, it is a transparent, natural-looking and see-through lace that matches the complexion you have because it sits on your scalp like an adhesive invisible shield. It can melt to any skin tone after we bleach the hair knots and glue down the hairline. That’s why more and more people like to wear HD transparent lace front wig.

December 6, 2020

SKY calls on subscribers to share ideas on how to spark hope and joy this season

SKY hopes that through its holiday initiatives, its subscribers will be inspired to pay it forward and truly #bethespark of hope and joy to others this season and beyond. 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, but now more than ever, we need to feel the spirit of Christmas in our hearts. Now is the season to kindle the warmth of caring, friendship, kindness and concern to those around us.

This Christmas, SKY invites its subscribers to share ideas on how they can #BeTheSpark of hope and joy to others, and bring inspiration, light and love this holiday season. From December 9, 2020 to January 3, 2021, subscribers can simply visit to send their answers. Lucky subscribers have the chance to win exciting prizes fit for the season such as motorcycles, tablets, smart phones, hygiene and health essentials, grocery packages, as well as surprise treats from HBO and SKY.

December 5, 2020

Creating A Peaceful Lounge

It might surprise you but did you know that the way your lounge looks has an effect on your mental health? Yep! You come home every day to a room where you want to relax, but if the space isn’t relaxing enough, you’re going to struggle to find that slice of peace.

You need to learn how to create a peaceful environment where you can wind down and chill out properly. Your lounge should be somewhere you can kick back at the end of the day and relax, and you cannot do that unless you purposefully make it peaceful. So, below we've put together some tips to get you started to ensure that your lounge looks and feels as peaceful as you'd like it to be.

December 4, 2020

Yummy Tea-Based Drinks and IG-Worthy Space at TANTEA Tomas Morato

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who celebrates his/her birthday low key and sometimes almost never. Although my birthday falls on a day after a payday (in the Philippines) I can’t remember having any kind of grand celebration. This went on up to my adulthood. But when I started earning money, I started to celebrate my birthday on travels. Although these past few trips that I made haven’t fallen on my exact birthday. I’ll probably do that next year or the next. 

This year, due to the pandemic, I can’t make any travel plans at all, even if I wanted to.  Unbeknownst to two of my friends, I asked them to go out with me on my birthday this year. I just really want to go out of my apartment which I leave every 2-3 weeks. I was going to keep it hush hush and just wanted to spend time with my friends whom I haven’t seen in person for months, but the secret was outed on one of the bloggers group Facebook page that I belong to, LOL! So that was that. 

December 2, 2020

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Beauty Lovers

Christmas is almost around the corner, and if you can’t wait for the festive season to finally arrive – welcome to the club, you aren’t the only one here! Of course, this season brings a lot of beautiful things, as well as slightly stressful ones – shopping for Christmas gifts. So, to avoid potentially stressful situations, why don’t you start planning your gifts right away? Here’s a list of the four best Christmas gifts for all the beauty lovers out there, so keep on reading, check it out, and enjoy!

A cool set of sheet masks
If your favorite lady is a huge skincare lover, we highly suggest getting her a cool set of sheet masks. In case you didn’t know, a sheet mask is a revolutionary skincare product typical of the Korean beauty routine. Basically, these are cotton-based sheets infused with different essences or serums that address various skin issues. They significantly differ from traditional face masks because the sheet creates a seal on your skin and prevents the mask’s ingredients from evaporating. So, if this sounds amazing, be sure to get your mom, sister, or girlfriend a fabulous set of several sheet masks. You can either create a set on your own or buy one from brands such as Dr. Jart and Sephora. Possibilities are truly infinite with this one!

November 27, 2020

Satisfying my Chinese food cravings with Yang Chow Circulo Verde

When the lockdown started, although it’s a grim situation, part of me was happy that finally, I can now eat home-cooked meals. Something that I don’t experience a lot when things were normal, because most of my day was spent at work, and most times, I don’t get to eat what dishes were prepared at my mumma’s home. When I get home from work then they’re still asleep and I usually can’t wait for them to cook because I needed to go to sleep. 

But nowadays, I’m so much used to home-cooking that my taste buds are  looking for something else. So now, my current trip is to look for food or restaurants to try via Grab Food. One of which that caught my eye is Yang Chow. I haven’t eaten great tasting Chinese food for a long time since I only get them when I go to the mall or to Binondo. Yang Chow at that time was also one of the establishments that was offering free delivery, so I took advantage of that. 

November 26, 2020

Why Look For Accommodation In Hobart

Preparing for a vacation is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. You finally get the time off to spend a couple of days in peace and relaxation. However, the first thing about a vacation is to figure out where you want to go. Some people prefer something more local and familiar, while others want to travel to a whole new and exciting location. Take Australia, for example. It is one of the most beautiful continents that exist in the world because it is surrounded by water. Just think of the marvelous golden beaches where you can sunbathe and go for a swim. Not only that, but it is rich in architecture as well. There will be plenty of landmarks and trademarks to visit there. The weather is gorgeous, and you can even meet new and exciting people that will end up being your friends.

Moreover, the second thing you should worry about is where to stay. Hobart, for example, has no shortage of the best accommodations on the whole island. You wouldn’t want to leave the vacation once it’s over. Click on the link to learn more about the city Speaking of accommodation in Hobart, here are some things you should know about: 

November 25, 2020

Tips for Finding the Right Waterside Hotel

If you travel a lot, you likely will be familiar with hotels and other forms of accommodations. It doesn't matter if you travel for business or pleasure, you want to have the right accommodation to make your visit one to remember.

For visitors to the Hobart area, finding the right waterside hotel shouldn't be much of a big deal. Some places can indeed be classified as a home away from home. But as a first-time visitor, you need all the help you can get in locating the hot spots. You can check here for some of the best deals in the area. 

November 18, 2020

6 Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

Smiling is something that should be natural and positive. The best smiles are those that aren’t forced or thought about. They are the ones that we do when we’re feeling good. When we’re happy and confident. The smiles that we aren’t even aware that we’re showing off. When people have a great smile, we trust them. We think they are approachable, attractive, easy to talk to, and nice to be around.

A great smile can make you look confident, beautiful and calm. 
But, we’re not all very good at it. Some of us feel terribly self-conscious about our smiles. We try to hide our teeth or hold our mouths in certain positions. We struggle to smile for photos and cover our faces or hide away when we giggle. If you hate your smile, but want to start reaping the rewards that come with doing it more often, here’s a look at six fast ways to improve your smile. 

November 15, 2020

The New Cara Mia Cakes & Gelato Cake: Creme Brulee Cake!

It’s my birthday month and yes, I’m an Autumn baby (even if there’s no autumn season in the Philippines lol!) But did you know that there are some fascinating facts about babies born in the Fall, like me? They say that we may live the longest, that we make good friends (ehem!), that we are notoriously charming and charismatic (ehem again!) and that Fall babies are happy babies! 

One of the things that make me happy is eating sweets though and I couldn’t be any happier when Cara Mia Cakes and Gelato finally unveiled their latest cake flavor: CRÈME BRÛLÉE! Just in time for this season, with its pretty golden brown, cream and white color! It’s so perfect for the Fall colors, don’t you think? 

November 5, 2020

Jollibee Crowd Favorites are Making a Comeback

There are so many things in our lives that we wish could have stayed and then there are those that we wish would never come back. Some things (or people) should stay in the past and no place in our present or our future. But you know what, Jollibee’s crowd favorites, are the only ones that I will allow to make a return in my life. 

So ICYMI (in case you miss it), Jollibee just recently brought back Filipino favorites: The Ultimate Burger Steak, Champ Burger, Buko Pocket Pie and the Criss Cut Fries! I love Jollibee to the max, it’s one of the homegrown fast food places that I will never get tired of eating. It’s my default comfort food. Unlike most people, it’s their burger steak that I love, and their spaghetti and chicken come only second and third. 

October 27, 2020

5 Things to Consider Before Getting Plastic Surgery

Interest in plastic surgery is increasing year by year. Both men and women are going under the knife for cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to improve their appearance. Whether it’s a facelift to add definition to the neck or chin, liposuction to eradicate excess fat or a mommy makeover for those who have recently given birth, any procedure has its risks involved that you need to know about. Before undergoing any plastic surgery, here are five important things to consider first.

Have Realistic Expectations
While plastic surgery procedures can boost your appearance and improve confidence and self-esteem, it won’t help you get a higher-paying role or give you a more satisfying life. If your aim is to tighten a loose chin or correct a hooked nose, you will likely be happy with the results, but you must do your homework beforehand.

October 23, 2020

’70s Disco Fashion and Beauty Trends are Making a Huge Comeback in 2020

2020 may be the Halloween day that happens year-round. But what it lacks in major happenings and activities, people, especially in the field of fashion and beauty found have found a way to turn this dreadful season of our times into something lively and colorful. As the year progresses, so do the hottest styles when it comes to fashion and beauty. From classic style of clothes, makeup and hair styles, there’s a myriad of looks for everyone’s personal style.

From the neutral color combinations to a myriad of bright shades, there is something for everyone. There’s this saying that everything that’s old is new again and that fashion always just comes back, as it is or updated to the utilization of current style. But one distinct fashion that emerged this 2020 is the 70’s era aka the disco era. 

October 19, 2020

New Hot Topic: Ray's Hot Chicken

There are so many preconceived notions about spicy foods, like they cause intestinal problems, hyper acidity  etc. But did you know that spiciness is not just only for flavoring or the heat. Spicy foods actually may keep your heart healthy and may promote weight loss and kick-start your metabolism (remember capsaicin as part of the cleansing diet was popular a while back?).

Spicy foods make our mouth water just by thinking about it. Why do spicy food hurt so good?! I have low tolerance with anything spicy, but sometimes I just can’t get enough of them! If you’re someone who loves anything to set their taste buds on fire and that you enjoy fiery flavors, you’re in luck, a new brand from the people behind Zark’s Burger is the town’s new HOT topic; introducing Ray's Hot Chicken! 

October 17, 2020

Completing A Home Renovation? Don't Forget About These Things

Are you completing a home renovation? Or, are you going to be completing a home renovation soon? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then that brings up a whole load more questions that you need the answers to! There are certain things that you need to do before you can get everything underway to avoid unnecessary stress when the time comes. If you’re not entirely sure what kind of things we’re talking about here, then it’s a good thing that you’ve come across this article. Down below, we’re going to be looking at some of the things you can’t forget to do, you may check out A+ Construction & Remodeling renovation guide or keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Come Up With A Plan
The very first thing that we recommend you do is coming up with a plan. On the plan, you need to write down what exactly you want to achieve, what rooms are going to be completed if not the whole house, what kind of things you are looking for, and so on. Basically, this plan needs to have as much detail as possible so that when you speak to someone about completing the work, they have this information to go on. Also, when you create a plan, it allows you to see it written down, which is when a lot of people change their minds on what they actually want. 

October 10, 2020

We’re Shaking with Excitement As McDo Shakes Are Here To Stay!

Get shakin’ anytime, anywhere as McDonald’s Philippines announces that their McDo Shakes are here to stay! Now a permanent offering alongside other McDonald’s favorites, you can get your favorite McDo Shakes anytime and anywhere! Add a little sweetness to your day with the cool and delicious drink made from McDonald’s creamy soft-serve ice cream you love, combined with sweet Chocolate or Strawberry syrup. Indulge yourself with the milky, luscious, and decadent drink that’ll surely cool your day.

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with your favorite Strawberry or Chocolate Shakes for as low as P69 for regular and P89 for medium. Make sure to upgrade your meal’s beverage to give it that right amount of sweetness for as low as P45. You can also enjoy your McDo Shakes paired with everyone’s favorite World Famous Fries that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

October 9, 2020

Beauty In The Time of Pandemic

Yep, sorry to bust your bubble, although it may seem things are getting better, we’re still in this pandemic. But what’s nice is that we are starting to go through our lives like normal, only that his time around, we are careful and we take consideration of the safety precautions. Like what6 others like to call it, we are in the “new normal”. 

At the start of this pandemic and the lockdowns that are happening around, I am one of those who felt like the world is coming to an end. I did nothing for a while except just to wake up for work. Unlike others who found things to entertain themselves like cooking, doing arts and crafts, taking care of plants, baking etc. I was just living life everyday as it is. 

October 3, 2020

Everyday Celebrations Made Sweeter by

Cakes are staple to almost every occasion. It is so common that sometimes we forget how this ever came to be. Birthday cakes have been a part of birthday celebrations in Western European countries since the middle of the 19th century. However, the link between cakes and birthday celebrations may date back to ancient Roman times. The Greeks would make round cakes to honor Artemis, the goddess of the moon. The lit candles on the cake represented the glow of the moon, and the smoke from the candles carried their prayers and wishes to the Gods who lived in the skies.

In the 15th century, bakeries in Germany began to market one-layer cakes for customers' birthdays in addition to cakes for weddings. During the 17th century, the birthday cake took on its contemporary form. These elaborate 17th century cakes had many aspects of the contemporary birthday cake, like multiple layers, icing, and decorations. However, these cakes were only available to the very wealthy. Birthday cakes became accessible to the lower class as a result of the industrial revolution and the spread of more materials and goods.

September 29, 2020

5 Reasons To Finally Visit An Uluru Resort

If Uluru is on the list of places you are planning on visiting, then I am pretty sure that you have a great taste and that the rest of the places on that list are pretty great too. On the other hand, if you’re still not determined in the smartness of the decision to go to an Uluru resort, you have some thinking to do. Thinking alone won’t do the trick, though, meaning that you’ll also have to do some research.

Whether you are thinking of going to the amazing Longitude 131 NT Uluru resort, or another one in the area, you are bound to have one important question. Why? That’s the main question that will lead you towards finally deciding if this place is worth visiting or not. Why visit Uluru? What is it that makes this place worth your while at all?

September 20, 2020

DIY Macrame Wall Hanging Decor

So, if you remember, I did a bedroom make over a few weeks ago; but that wasn’t fully completed yet and I’ve only done one part of my room (check this post for the bedroom make over: Beach-Themed Tiny Bedroom Quarantine Makeover). I don’t have the luxury to do it in one go for time and budget constraints. As much as possible I didn’t want to spend so much with the “renovation”, so I did a couple of DIYs for this makeover project, one is the DIY Hand-Painted Quote Canvas Art. I also mentioned in my room makeover blog post that I’m thinking of having a macramé wall hanging décor to put on the other wall so it wont look so plain. 

I looked up some macramé on online shops but didn’t find something that I super like and the size that I want will cost me a lot. So instead, I decided to create my own macramé wall hanging décor. Back in high school, I learned to do macramé for a homeroom class project. I can remember what year I was at that time, but I clearly reckon we created macramé hanging plant pot holder. 

September 19, 2020

How To Renovate A Period Property

Period properties can be incredibly attractive, they are often beautiful to look at, and the sense of history that you feel as you walk through them is something that you just can’t find in a more modern home. A lot of people also tend to go for period properties because older homes often have more space around them and are perceived to have a more solid construction.

The only downside with a period property, of course, is that they were built in a time before insulation and other modern building techniques, so it can be more challenging to keep them warm and dry while still maintaining the aesthetic that you are hoping for.

September 16, 2020

Answered: Am I a Good Candidate for Clip-in Hair Extensions?

There’s no denying that gorgeous, long locks are in. For good reason, too – there is so much you can do with long, voluminous hair. Simply scroll social media and you’ll find yourself bombarded with photos of full-bodied, long, luscious hair, and will no doubt feel yourself hit with a twinge of hair envy.

From elaborate updos to braids and more, the secret to these styles is Zala clip-in hair extensions.  That’s right, everyone from your next-door neighbour to your barista is likely wearing hair extensions. While they were once reserved for celebrities with stylists and hours to spend on their hair each day, they’re now accessible for everyone. Clip-in extensions are more affordable and of higher quality than ever. So this may have you wondering, “Am I a good candidate for clip-in human hair extensions?” Here’s what you should know.

September 15, 2020

Jus and Jerry's - Gourmet Chinese Food

It’s not breaking news or a surprise that Chinese cuisine has a great influence on Filipino food; after all the interaction between China and the Philippines started over a thousand years ago. Filipino cuisine has so many Chinese inspired dishes and that there are so many Chinese food that are “Filipinized” or made to taste that is suitable for the Filipino palate.

For me personally, one of my comfort food is gourmet Chinese dishes. That’s why even if I live on the far  East side of Metro Manila, there are times I brave the traffic (pre-pandemic) just to go to Chinatown a couple of times in a year. Dumplings and smokey stir-fried Wok-cooked dishes comforts my soul and taste buds

September 2, 2020

Aice Milk and Eggs: Immune-Boosting Ice Cream Lands in Manila

AICE, the affordable ice cream brand that originated from Singapore, has recently launched its newest flavor Milk & Eggs in an exclusive online event with food, lifestyle bloggers and influencers. The special flavor with milk, eggs and honey was especially developed at the height of the Covid-19-pandemic to boost the body’s immune system.

Ice cream lovers can get the new variant in a special pack of 5 with free face mask for only P100 or P20 per piece from AICE accredited resellers and sari-sari stores. Speaking before a group of influencers, invited guest speaker Ms. Joan Sumpio, a popular Registered Nutritionist and Dietician (RND), explained how milk is an important source of calcium. “Calcium contributes to energy metabolism, builds and  support bone development, and is necessary in regular muscle function. Eggs, on the other hand, are a great source of Cobalamin, Vitamin A and D, which are essential vitamins to boost the body’s immunity against diseases”, according to Ms. Sumpio. 

Gang Gang Boneless Fried Chicken: with REAL TASTE - not just the sauce!

I can’t count how many times my family cooked a chicken dish during the lockdown. Sometimes we even repeat a recipe in a week. But have gotten sick of eating chicken over and over again? Never! But I would love to try and eat something new; I mean like new chicken dishes. Got my wish granted faster than I expected. 

From the same brains and talents behind one of Tomas Morato’s hippest places to dine: Boa Kitchen + Socials, comes Gang Gang Boneless Fried Chicken. I’m not sure where they got the name  of their newest venture but for some reason, I thought about Psy’s song Oppa Gangnam Style. Well, there’s a connect don’t worry LOL. 

August 23, 2020

Beach-Themed Tiny Bedroom Quarantine Makeover with Photowall Sweden + Discount Code

I’ve been saying this in almost all of my previous post, that I really don’t know what I feel about this pandemic in general. This virus is really bad as it took the lives of so many people, I don’t take it lightly as I have 3 persons I know whose lives were cut short and 1 who will continue to live life with a heart problem that wasn’t there before. But whether we want to admit it or not, when the lock-downs were imposed all over the world, a few good things emerged from it. 

Mother nature was able to breathe, in some cities, pollution dropped massively. Since we got confined to our homes, we became more present to the people around us, especially our immediate families. We’ve exemplified cooperation, unity and charity in ways we never could have imagined (that’s the majority’s mindset compared to the self-serving few). We became altruistic and started supporting local to keep our local economies afloat.

August 21, 2020

My Quarantine Hand-Painted Quote Canvas Art

Quranthings is one of the newest entries on Urban Dictionary referring to the things that occurred during the quarantine period due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. There are many quaranthings and to be honest, I barely did any of the trending ones like Tik-tok, baking, cooking or becoming a plantita/o. My life was the somehow the same before and during this pandemic. The only thing that changed is that I was confined to my apartment. Being busy with work didn’t halt nor slow down. For one, it even became more tedious; as most times I had to extend work hours and don’t take my usual breaks. 

With around  5 months of being on lockdown, I would say with all honesty that I do feel a little of that cabin fever and uneasy with the monotony of my daily routine. The only past time that I have had these past months are my social media and blog. And that too has become a little routinely for me. Until an opportunity to do some bedroom revamping came along. I will tell you more about that in a few days. Starting that project opened up Pandora’s box filled with good things. 

August 19, 2020

Travelling Solo: Top Safety Tips for Female Travellers

Embarking on a solo adventure can be an exciting way to explore the world around you. While some people may think it's not safe for a woman to travel on her own and let alone to a foreign country, it's quite the opposite. With a good strategy and enough preparation, anyone can travel safely and not worry about having the best time ever.

Travel by day. If you’re still having doubts about going on a solo trip, we suggest you travel only by day. That is the best way to avoid dark roads, and prevent yourself from ending up off the beaten path. The fear of the dark can easily become more real than when you were a little girl if you find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere when it's pitch-black outside. Furthermore, it's less likely you'll come across a potential predator when you're travelling during the day. Look for a motel or any other kind of shelter during the night, and stay on the road only during daylight.

August 9, 2020

Kebomb: Pocket-Friendly Mediterranean Cuisine Delivered Straight to Your Doorstep

When this community quarantine started, I was pretty apprehensive about almost everything. I had mixed emotions. I was sad and worried of the situation of everyone around the world, especially those who I love. I was happy glad to be home, to have so much time in my hand. Being home means I will get to eat home-cooked meals all day everyday.

But then there are days, I crave for food that we can cook at home, like Japanese and Mediterranean food – which are two of my top favorite cuisines. I am extremely glad that restaurants are still up and running and doing home deliveries. So when one day, my mom had to leave to check out her business in Antipolo (we were on GCQ at this point), and my brothers were being lazy and didn’t want to cook, I decided to order food online.

August 8, 2020

Qualitea - Quality Milk Tea In Every Cup

Community quarantine or not, it’s a known fact that milk teas have taken a special place in the hearts of Filipinos! I've tried so many milk tea brands since the first time I've tried it. And yes, I have my favorites that are always my go-to milk tea places. But that doesn't mean I'm not open to try other brands. If I could, I would try all the milk tea shops in the whole of Metro Manila

QualiTEA promises to provide milk tea lovers nothing but quality beverages by using quality teas and other ingredients. This ensures that you get value for your money. A few days ago, I got to try what this new milk tea place, QualiTEA, has to offer. Of course, I had delivered to my place via GrabFood. Qualitea has many branches across Metro Manila, and another franchise just opened in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City. 

August 6, 2020

#BSafe at Belmont Hotel Boracay

Belmont Hotel Boracay, a 6-story seaside haven impeccably landmarked in the heart of Boracay Newcoast, is now open with an enhanced health and safety program providing guests and associates with confidence and assurance that their well-being is an utmost priority all through-out their stay.

A few things guests can expect to see:
- Submission of Health and Declaration Forms and rapid testing on all employees before reporting back to work.
- Mandatory use of PPEs (face shields/masks and safety masks) when traversing throughout the property.
- Non-contact temperature check, footwear, and hand sanitation upon entering all hotel entrances.
- Contact-less check-in & out process
- Social distancing signages located throughout the property
- Grab & Go food service
- Availability of protective masks and hand sanitizers in the guest room
- Frequent sanitation of various key locations in the hotel
- Steaming of curtains and UVC light disinfection.
- Limited seating capacity, footwear sanitation, and social distancing in guest shuttles.
- Personal protective equipment and enhanced training to all team member

August 4, 2020

3 Things You Should Know Before You Shop for Designer Bags Online

Buying designer bags online can be a great option if you have a limited selection where you are, are searching for some exclusive model you can’t find anywhere, or if you simply like the convenience it offers. It can also be very tricky, however, with all the counterfeiting happening online, and the scams you open yourself to. However, once you understand the basics of buying luxury clothing and accessories online, you’ll be able to avoid traps and get what you were looking for. Here are a few things you should know before you shop for designer bags online.  For more information about quality and amazing bags you may also check Tucker & Bloom. So let's get going with the tips!

Choosing the Right Supplier
This is probably the most important thing before buying anything online. The first thing you want to do is make sure that the supplier is well established. Then, you want to see what people have to say about them online. You also want to privilege suppliers that have physical locations as well. This is because these are much less likely to sell counterfeit clothing, as inspectors would've likely cracked down on them if they had a brick and mortar store. 

July 31, 2020

Howl's Chicken: The House for Oversized Nuggets and American Comfort Food

Hey mothercluckers, your girl Jen here. And I have the biggest news ever. One of my many sources, @ieatandiwander, sends us this: “Spotted a #NewChickInTown.” Was it just months ago that we were all locked down in our homes that we started having our daily source of nutrients came via the delivery guy and then suddenly brands, small and big, are popping up left and right. But this one, something tells me she’s going to spice  up the chicken world with her oversized nuggies. Don’t believe me? See for yourselves. Lucky for me, I got first dibs, so read on to know what I found out… 

Ok, ok, enough of me pretending I’m Gossip Girl. Did you get the GG reference? Hahaha! Anyway, let me introduce you to Howl Chicken, the newest chicken place in town, wait, or towns? Hey, Howl’s going to be in Taft, BF Parañaque, Eastwood and Makati. From the same people behind Zark’s Burger, comes the new place that will start serving you probably the Philippines’ first oversized chicken nuggets and American comfort food. 

July 25, 2020

Grill Your Favorite Pinoy BBQ at Home with Mang Ding’s Ready-to-Grill BBQ Packs!

Everyone was looking forward with excitement with the turn of the decade, the same feeling that we all felt in 2000 because of probably the promise of auspicious year. It felt like it was a reboot,  a jump off point again, a chance to do the things you might have somewhat botched in the past years. That was exactly what I was feeling. I had my plans laid out until half of the year. And then the whole world came to a halt.

I’m sorry, if this is always the start of almost any of my blogpost. But I’m just being realistic here. I don’t want to pretend everything is ok or everything is back to normal again. Because it is not. We are in different times and we have to accept and adapt to this thing called the new normal. With the no sign of hope to flatten the curve of cases of this stupid virus in the Philippines. I suddenly retreated to the shell I kept myself in when the start of the lockdown started. I don’t want to go out of my apartment that often again.

July 21, 2020

Advice for Traveling during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The severe outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has left people in distress all over the world, forcing them to stay inside their homes and restricting all travel activities, in an effort to slow down the spread of this dangerous virus. However, as travel restrictions are slowly being lifted, many people want a change of scenery after months of lockdown, and are starting to plan their next vacation. If you’re wondering how you can explore the world safely while the risk of the pandemic is still present, here is some essential COVID-19 travel advice:

Always make health and safety a priority
No matter where you decide to travel, health and safety should always be your number one priority. For that reason, it would be wise to adhere to the advice the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends for the current pandemic, including maintaining a social distance, wearing a face mask, washing your hands frequently, or using a hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available.

July 19, 2020

GO BENTO - BGC’s Affordable Everyday Japanese Food Restaurant, Is Now Open for Dine In!

I’ve never imagined in my lifetime that I would experience what we are going through these days. If I am to be very truthful, I am one of those skittish diners in this time of pandemic. I am apprehensive to go out and meet up with my friends. But at the same time, I am honest enough to admit I am experiencing some cabin fever, maybe not as evident with others. Would you believe, I only step out of my apartment every two to three weeks? I sometimes don’t even get any sunshine. 

So, when a good friend of mine, Gel of invited me to join her to visit Go Bento in BGC to check out their Safe Dining set up. I jumped right in! It is my first time to venture out of our village in 5 months! I want to see the outside world, how it is now but also taking precautions. Gel and I wore masks of course and I rode on her car’s backseat, which I usually don’t do as I always ride shotgun with her. 

July 18, 2020

7 Amazing Advantages of Going on a Kauai vacation

Everyone deserves a break from working too hard. That's why you can start using your vacation days. The point of them is to relax, unwind, and use them to your full advantage. What other way to do that than to book a vacation someplace exotic?

There are numerous destinations to choose from. Make sure to pick one you haven’t been before. It will definitely broaden your horizons and help you learn about different cultures and traditions. Click on the link Take Kauai, for instance. It is a gorgeous island famous for its tourist attractions and magnificent scenery.

June 30, 2020

4 of 3 Concept Eyes 3CE Lip Products for Busy Professionals

Impressions are lasting, and they do matter, especially in the corporate setting. In today’s frantically paced workplaces, people need to take extra care in how they present themselves. Professionals have relied on beauty products to enhance their appearance in the workplace, to look sharp and clean, regardless of the time or workload.

Many professionals have been turning to 3 Concept Eyes or 3CE for high-quality products as part of their routine or touch up kit. Relatively new, but already a familiar name in the world of Korean make up, the company has endeared itself to local and international consumers alike. The brand has a unique yet straightforward approach to developing cosmetics, particularly with its cosmetic lip and eye lines.

June 27, 2020

Your Favorite Chef Jessie Restaurant Dishes Are Now Available For Take-Out and Delivery

I know it seems like times are normal again, but let’s not fool ourselves, the pandemic is still happening, and we should still be careful and vigilant. As restaurants and bars reopen to the public, it’s important to realize that eating out will increase your risk of exposure to the new coronavirus. I know, we all miss going out and meeting in person, but the way to go is still, food delivery, really. It’s proven safer than dining out. Sacrifices needed to be made, but in time, we will all enjoy dining out again. 

I’m pretty sure there’s so many restaurants in your favorite list that you want to visit when all this chaos really subsides. The good thing though is that you don’t have to restrict yourself now and just wait just to get a fix from your cravings. Since we’re all in supporting our local businesses, dining in is not the only solution to help businesses to stay afloat. Personally, I’m rotating buying from friends selling food, small businesses and established restaurants that I love. 

June 24, 2020

How to Make the Most of the Amazing Benefits of Kimchi

Are you looking for a superfood that tastes great and is a reliable source of healthy ingredients at the same time? Kimchi – a spicy Korean fermented cabbage dish – is rightfully taking the nutrition world by storm. Kimchi is made up of Chinese cabbage leaves along with some other vegetables (for example, carrots or radishes), fermented with Lactobacilli bacteria. It is low in calories and tasty. It can be easily added as a side dish to your everyday diet. While kimchi has been used in Asian cuisine for centuries, it is now making a real splash in the Western world.

And with celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson talking about their love for this food, it’s worth taking a look at the health benefits of kimchi. Health Experts have also recommended Kimchi, New York based Alicia Harper one of the world's leading experts in Probiotics has recommended eating Kimchi in her award winning blog 

June 23, 2020

Chef Jessie For Take-Out/Delivery - Your favorite Chef Jessie dishes are just a phone call away

Your favorite Chef Jessie dishes, both savory and sweet, are just a phone call away. Have an appetizer of Smoked Salmon Caviar Pie with Croutons and follow it up with Caesar Salad in the Classic Way. Soup choices are Creamy Shrimp Bisque, Cream of Fresh Mushroom, Cream of Carrot and Pumpkin and Seafood and Corn Chowder.

For the main course, try Grilled Prime Black Angus Beef Tenderloin or Grilled Prime Black Angus Rib Eye with a choice of sauces like Béarnaise, Bordelaise, Bourguignon, Wild Mushroom, Goose Liver and Creamy Pepper. Other meat dishes include US Black Angus Beef Tenderloin Tips Salpicao, US Beef Cheeks and Mushroom Ragout and Iberian Chestnut Pork Barbeque.

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