Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Feeding the Hungry This Holiday Season Thanks to #LightTheWorld Campaign

This holiday season, I volunteered to participate in the #LightTheWorld campaign by The theme is to "Feed the Hungry" and it's up to us to decide how we plan the event. I personally suck at planning events, so I simply did what I thought was best - to buy the food myself and hand them out to those in need. I wanted to make it as simple, but meaningful as possible.

Feed the Hungry

Day one. For the first day, I decided to order 50 burgers from a popular fast food store in our area and then I plan to give them out to the street children in our neighborhood.

We spotted the area where the kids usually go to and that's where we handed the burgers. I don't want it to become similar to a political event like having banners with my name on it and then having a ceremony, no. I just wanted to give food and make them happy. After giving them food, this is the result: genuine smiles.

The kids after getting their free burgers. The others were too shy to be included in the picture. Their smiles are really amazing. 

Day two. I bought some groceries such as noodles, rice, eggs, canned goods, coffee, toiletries, and more to be donated to St. Rita Orphanage in Paranaque, Metro Manila.

I also made sure to bring my family along especially the kids for them to know what impact giving could do to other people. 
I wanted it to be a surprise so we simply went to the place and handed the goods. The orphanage is a non-government organization that currently houses 25-30 orphans. They do not receive government funding so they rely solely on donations, which is why I decided to help them out this holiday season.

We arrived one rainy afternoon at around 4pm. The kids were having a simple party hosted by a 3rd party organization. When we arrived, we briefly introduced ourselves to one of their volunteers. We met sister Esmeralda, the person-in-charge of the organization. When she saw us and heard our cause, we saw how happy and how sincerely thankful she was. When I saw her reaction (I really wished we were able to video it), I was almost teary-eyed. At that moment, I was truly glad and thankful I participated in #LightTheWorld campaign because I was able to see and feel what giving could do to you and it feels so wonderful.

A visit to St. Rita Orphanage
Day 2: Visit to the Orphanage
We're not allowed to take pictures of the kids, but here's a picture of my family with sister Esmeralda. Our meeting was very brief because she also needs to tend to her other guests, which is totally fine. I do intend to come back soon and hopefully get an interview. If you want to help out, you may check their website at

Day Three. I'm not even sure if I have to put this here, but I did anyway. On the 3rd day, since I still have a few bucks left on my budget, I decided to buy some cat food for the stray cats in our village. I see them go in our neighbor's trash every day to look for food, so today I decided to give them some proper cat food. They're quite easy to lure actually. Just leave food in a bowl and they'll eventually come. The bag is enough for a few days of feeding so I hope to make them full for the holidays.

Day 3: Feed the Animals. 
So that's my 30-day story of doing something for others. I have to say it has been the highlight of my holidays. I guess I have reached a point in my life where I easily get overwhelmed with the simple things I do to others. The feeling is incomparable.

This concludes my #LightTheWorld campaign. God bless for letting us participate in such a great program. You really have lifted my soul. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Places to Go in Jacksonville, Florida

Florida is one the best places to go in the United States if you're longing for beautiful beaches; scenic views; and a wonderful time with family, friends, or even yourself.

The beaches in Jacksonville are quite popular with locals. With so many beaches to choose from, some say that if you love being on the water, Jacksonville is definitely for you. Right now, I don't want to focus on the beaches. Instead, I want to focus more on the other highlights of Jacksonville. Here are some of them:

EverBank Field

Image via Flickr by CFariello

Aside from the beaches, one fun fact about Jacksonville is that its EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL), is the only American football stadium that is known to have a swimming pool. It was amazing for me to learn that viewers can choose to enjoy the pool and watch their favorite game at the same time. I bet that makes for one awesome pool party before, during, and after Jaguars games.

Address: 1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Annual Filipino Bloggers' Network Christmas Party 2017

Now on its fifth year, the annual Get-Together & Christmas party of the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN) has become bigger and brighter with more sponsors and partners giving their support to one of the most active blogger group in the country today.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Have a Happy Holidays with Svelt’i

It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. From frenzied last-minute shopping sprees to multiple Christmas parties, we really can’t deny that the holidays are just around the corner. But, despite all the infectious merriment that the holidays bring, we also cannot deny the fact that all the stress the holiday season brings can absolutely take a toll on your skin with all the late-night partying, non-stop eating, and mad traffic we all have to deal with.

Gifts You Should Never Give Your Girl

Choosing a perfect gift that will be able to tell your beloved person about your true feelings is tricky enough, especially on the holiday’s period. 

People come with high expectations, but the final result may be extremely unsatisfactory. However, as you browse the shelves of every store that happens on your path through the mall and rack your brain for some original ideas, there are a few things that should never make their way into your girl’s gift territory and now we’re happy to share this unique knowledge with you! Visiting our Blog you can find many interesting answers to such questions.

1. Soft toys
A teddy bear may look like a lovely idea if you’ve got only one shopping day (or even less) at your disposal and you are already too desperate and confused, but keep this simple rule in mind: if your eight-year-old sister would like it, confidently scratch this idea off your list. Although many women appreciate sweet and adorable gifts, anything associated with furry toys or pink heart-shaped photo frames just won’t fully do their job to impress your princess. Grown-ups present spa treatment certificates and shiny trifles in jewelry boxes.

2. Apparel
Wonder why your girlfriend literally lives in the mall, spending numerous hours for shopping? With all the offerings - sizes, colors, and fabrics, God knows what else! Even she has trouble finding clothes she actually likes. So, what makes you suppose you’re going to score that 3-pointer and fit right well with that red dress? You definitely do not wish to be in hot water when presenting her a jumper that’s almost two sizes larger or just completely not her style. That’s why any piece of clothes is one of those gifts you should never give your girlfriend.You’d better play it safe and a buy a gift card to her favorite store.

3. Men-themed items
Want her to share your passion for fishing? You won’t tempt her by gifting a box of bows or even a Japanese spinning. Just because she’ll get the gear for your favorite hobby, doesn’t mean she will suddenly demonstrate an interest in it. Same goes for tickets to sporting events, because, you know, watching a football match with you will hardly make her a sports fan. Those are some really bad gift ideas. If you are possessed with an idea of a gift that involves some activity, get your hands on tickets to a concert of her favorite artist. Spend a night singing with her to Justin Bieber and watch how fast you rise in rank in your relationship.

4. Supplies for cooking
Do you think getting her a skillet, a blender or a waffle iron will make you look like a superhero in her eyes? Nah, buddy. Not even close. On the one hand, it’s practical, no doubt. But on the other - will it make her jump for joy? Not likely. Not to mention there’s a direct implication for her to go and make you a dinner. Only one way some minor kitchenware can be at least a little presentable - if it’s owned by her favorite world-class chef.

5. Gym membership
Yup, a membership card to a fitness club is in the list of the gifts you should never give your girlfriend. Among the cookies and holiday cakes, diets are usually being blown left and right. So, gifting your sweetheart a gym membership can be seen as an unspoken ascertaining of the fact she’s out of shape. After all, women are super sensitive about their bodies. So, if she wasn’t planning to go working out in a gym, you’d better throw away such “gift”.

6. Stationery
Unless that pen is made of solid rose gold or the notebook is leather-bound with a signature of a Mr. Big Shot, then avoid giving office supplies as gifts. No girl wants to unwrap a Christmas present and find a Hello Kitty spiral notepad with a $1.50 pen coming with it, no matter what color they are.

Friday, December 8, 2017

L'oreal Paris Sparkling Visible Color in Golden Nude Brown

I have never used any hair coloring ingredient on my hair - ever! I was always scared of the result. I remember that one episode from the cartoon, Anne of Green Gables, where she colored her hair green and it destroyed her hair so she ended up cutting it short. After watching that episode when I was young made me avoid all hair coloring chemicals altogether. 

But now that I'm 35 years old, I'm more open to anything new. To start my very first hair coloring journey, I decided to try out L'oreal Paris Sparkling Visible Color in Golden Nude Brown. 

L'oreal actually has 2 types of brown hair coloring, the Golden Nude Brown and the Ashy Nude Brown. Here's a guide that can help you choose which color that suits your skin tone:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lazada Online Revolution 12.12 - December 8 Flash Sale (Part 2)

Lazada Online Revolution : December 8 Flash Sale (Part 2).
Lazada offers FREE shipping and Cash on Delivery! 
Dec. 8 Flash Sale, Part 2 of 3
TimeProduct NameSRPFlash Sale
12nnLENOVO K8 NOTE 4GB + 64GB (Fine Gold)     13,999.008,799.00
12nnToshiba Canvio Ready 3.0 1TB Portable Hard Drive  2,456.002,348.00
12nnNIVEA Body Oil in Lotion Rose & Argan Oil178.0089.00
12nnAmerican Heritage VACUUM CLEANER HANDY AHVC-941,499.001,112.00
12nnCrazy Horse leather men shoulder messenger bag men's bag2,481.00719.00
2pmNew York Sneakers Dean Rubber Shoes - M100-3(BLUE)1,598.00549.00
2pmPalmolive Healthy & Smooth Cream Conditioner 180ml, FREE Palmolive Shampoo 180ml191.7095.20
2pmLenovo Tab3 Essential 7-inch 8GB Wi-Fi Only (Black)  4,999.002,699.00
2pmWD My Passport 2017 1TB  (Orange)5,999.003,100.00
2pmLenovo Miix 510-12IKBIntel® Core™ i3-6006U Processor 12.2in FHD IPS GS TOUCH (Slim) Win 10 Black 34,999.0028,999.00
2pmMicrophone Wireless KTV Karaoke Bluetooth Handheld Mic HIFI Speaker WS858 (Pink)1,638.00449.00
4pmOreo Assorted Cookies 352.8g Tin Can274.40219.52
4pmIkea Pruta Foodsaver 17-Piece Set and IKEA STEKA Frying Pan Bundle(Orange/Dark Blue)1,500.00699.00
4pmHanabishi HIFF-900 Industrial Floor Fan 9840.00649.00
4pmGoPro Session9,990.006,349.00
4pmSamsung Soundbar Hw-J250 (Black)6,499.004,299.00
4pmi2i UDRA 299 SQUARE,UV 400, SET OF 31,345.50399.00

Lazada Online Revolution 12.12 - December 8 Flash Sale (Part 1)

It's that time again for Lazada's Online Revolution. Take advantage of big discounts and free shipping offers that only Lazada can offer. Online Revolution starts today, December 7  until December 12, 2017. 

Here is a list of Lazada's Flash Sale for tomorrow, December 8: 
Lazada Online Revolution 12.12
Dec. 8 Flash Sale, Part 1 of 3
TimeProduct Name SRP Flash Sale
12amSperry Mens Cutter CVO Sneakers (Blackout)2,895.001,999.00
12amLe Organize Bag Organizer (Black)699.001,999.00
12amTimex Men's Black/Red Digital Marathon Watch T5K4231,990.00795.00
12am4-6 Person Camping Tent (color may vary)999.00349.00
12amHuggies Dry Pants Medium - 34 pcs x 4 packs (136 pcs)1,020.00714.00
12amNESCAFE Creamy White Coffee 30 sachets with FREE Tumbler Mix To-Go Pack175.50139.00
12amAshley Shine Matte Lipsticks 12pcs (Multicolor)599.00149.00
12amTiny Buds Baby Bottle and Utensil Wash 400ml Set of 3 with Free Sampler Pack710.00445.00
12amMerry & Bright Christmas Poinsettia  Satin Table Cloth (150 x 180cm)849.00295.00
12amDigital LCD Electronic Tempered Glass Bathroom Weighing Scale 8mm(Square)1,300.00199.00
12amODSCN 108 1.77''Basic Mobile Phone Dual Sim (Black)998.00365.00
8amNyx Professional Makeup LIPLI01 Lip Lingerie - Honeymoon490.00245.00
8amMactan 40" Acoustic Guitar  (Sunburst)1,600.00999.00
8amAce 19" Super Slim Full HD LED TV Black LED-5057,799.003,099.00
8amAsus ZenFone 2 Laser 2GB RAM 32GB ROM (Gold)7,995.004,799.00
8amPineng PN-999 20000mAh Power Bank (White)2,799.00739.00
8amNew Balance Q417 373 Men's Lifestyle (Red/Blue)2,995.001,899.00
10amSamsung ME-711K Microwave Oven 20L3,795.002,999.00
10amXiaomi Redmi 4A 2GB RAM 16GB ROM (Gold)   6,999.003,799.00
10amCanon EOS 1300D 18MP with EF-S 18-55mm Non-IS III Lens Kit with Free Sandisk Ultra SDHC Class 10 8GB22,999.0016,999.00
10amRomoss Sense 4 10400mAh Powerbank (White/Grey)  1,590.00499.00
10amKamisa By Kultura Mens Graphic Tee and Baseball Cap (Black)299.75150.00

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Join Friend Code Program Today

Start earning extra cash by simply referring to your friends., the ultimate leisure provider for travelers in the Philippines, offers an easy way for you to earn up to 65% referral fees from your friends’ hotel and tour bookings! Their recently-launched Friend Code Program, formerly known as the Affiliate Program, has expanded and made even better as it now becomes open not just for bloggers and Facebook page owners, but for everyone!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Nido® Advanced Protectus® 3+ Showcases Love That Protects

NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ turned #LoveThatProtects into an unforgettable, interactive family experience with the recently concluded Love That Protects Trade Activity that took place in key cities of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Mother-daughter and mother-son duos made sure not to miss out on the fun, excitement and learning, and trooped to SM Megamall, SM City Cebu, and NCCC Mall in Davao for the NIDO ADVANCED PROTECTUS 3+ Love That Protects Trade Activity.

Monday, December 4, 2017

RGC Group More Than Ready for CARS Program and PUV Modernization

At the First Philippine Auto Parts Expo, which was recently held at the Philippine Trade Training Center, local automotive parts manufacturers gathered to showcase their products and capabilities to boost the production in their industry. Several modernized jeepney prototypes were also featured in the event, which made manufacturers more enthusiastic about the future of their business. With the government’s Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program and PUV Modernization on its way, the automotive parts manufacturing industry in the Philippines is expected to gain more traction in its production in the years to come.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Madam Kilay Benefit Concert in SM City North Edsa

Comedienne and internet sensation, Madam Kilay (real name: Jinky Anderson) became famous for her hilarious viral videos. For those of who you want to see her perform live, you can finally rejoice because this December 28, Madam Kilay will be having her #KilayisLife We Are The World Ramp & Benefit Concert (Season 2)  in SM North Edsa Skydome with special performances from guests stars such as The Voysing, Ashley Cabrera, Nayomi "Heart" Ramos, and more!

What: Madam Kilay #kilayislife Ramp for a Cause Concert 
(back to back event with the WE ARE THE WORLD RAMP SEASON 2)
When: December 28, 2017
Time : 4pm (RAMP) 6pm (MAIN EVENT)
Where: SM North Edsa Skydome

Ticket Prices: 

Platinum : Php 1,500
VIP: Php 1,000
Patron: Php 600
Bleacher: Php 350

For ticket inquiries, please call: JKA Events and Casting Agency:
022672371 / 09228301568 / 09171005086 / 09989756452 / 09171078173

So save the date and bring your entire family to experience the merriest holiday you'll ever experience. #KilayisLife 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

3 Reasons To Visit the SM Supermalls Website Now

SM Supermalls just launched their beefed-up website and it’s a must-click for smart shoppers, mall event goers, and promo-loving digital fans.

Friday, December 1, 2017

How I Learned The Numbers in My Childhood

When I was in nursery school or probably in kindergarten, I remember that’s when I learned the most basic numbers from one to ten, and probably up to 20. Then I started having a hard time dealing with numbers that are greater than 20 for some reason. Having a tutor back then is not a popular idea back in the day and it costs a lot, so I didn't have any. But there are some things that helped me cope with the difficulty and eventually overcome it. 

Learning Numbers Through Games

Image from Flickr  by Lalney Powell 
When I was around 7 years old, that’s when things started to get interesting. I remember my great-grandmother who visited us from Bohol taught me how to play bingo in our home in Batangas. It didn’t spark my interest at the moment, but since I was also bored, I just went along with it. She put out the bingo box that was stored on a shelf and we started to play. She taught me what the white circular plastics with numbers are for and we should follow a certain pattern on a card, and whoever gets the pattern first wins.

It was quite memorable for me because bingo also helped me familiarize higher numbers from twenty and up unexpectedly. As I said, I was never good at numbers when I was a child, but I guess playing the bingo game every day by looking at the numbers on the card and wanting to win got my senses excited that made me want to learn all the numbers.

 Then when I reached 2nd grade, I started having my own milk money for school. I started having 20 pesos daily. So in that budget, I can already buy a glass of orange juice, a ham and cheese sandwich, and candies/chips for the loose change. Wow, just thinking back made me realize that 20 pesos is more than enough to make me happy during recess time. I didn’t have to worry about my transportation just yet because I had a school bus. So at that time, I unknowingly memorized the prices of the items that I  buy every day so it was also good exercise with numbers in memory.

10-20 game
Lastly, the game called “10-20” was very popular when I was young. It’s a game where we use a long garter tied in an oblong shape, then both ends of the oblong is placed on the waist of  two kids standing up parallel to each other with about a meter in between, and then one player would jump on the garter with a certain pattern counting from 10-20-30-40-50-60-70-80-90; a very good practice for the line of 10’s.

So far, that’s what I have done during my childhood that helped me with numbers. Well, I’m not a Mathematician nor an engineer, but I just thought my post could give you some thoughts on how to spark your kids’ interest in numbers without hiring a tutor. You know what they say, the best teacher in life is experience.

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