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realme PH Smart Home Devices: Must-Haves + Holiday Gift Ideas!

10.11.20

realme just launched their new Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) and smart lifestyle devices, and they are included at the brand's 11.11 promo!



A total step up from their game, realme dares to leap by launching these products that you will definitely need at home. They are also perfect Christmas gifts!


New realme AIoT Smart Lifestyle Devices:


1. realme M1 Sonic Electric Toothbrush (Link)

For your Perfect Oral Health!






- Four cleaning modes – soft mode for sensitive teeth, clean mode for daily use, white mode for deep cleaning and polish mode for shining teeth. 

Its Dupont™ 99.99% antibacterial bristles paired with 10⁰ stable swing help mitigate the risks of dental problems.

- Powered by a high-frequency sonic motor, it can vibrate up to 34,000 times per minute with less than 60dB noise to improve user experience. 

- It has 90 days lifespan and supports quick wireless charging.

- Available in blue and white color variants.


Each box comes with 2 brush heads: Regular and Sensitive


2. realme Smart Scale (Link)

For your Personal Health Goals!




- It has 16 types of health measurement data including weight, fat rate, body shape, BMI, muscle mass, body age, visceral fat level, skeletal muscle, protein, fat mass and heart rate, among others.

- It sports an ultra-thin design with hidden LED display made of tempered glass material and powered by a long battery life of up to 360 days.

- It also has a special small weight mode which can accurately measure the weight up to 10 grams for pets or other small items. 

- Optimized using the realme Link App and the real-time heart sensor, the smart scale provides static heart rate information through a comprehensive health report for multiple profiles for every family member. 

- Available in blue and white color variants.


Aside from these health products, realme will also release the realme Smart Cam 360 and the realme Adventurer Luggage, which are perfect for those who are on-the-go!


“There is a growing demand for connected devices that bring the best in technology, making daily life easier, more convenient and much more efficient. We at realme Philippines want the Filipinos to experience this convenience as we launch four AIoT and smart devices along our biggest sale yet for this holiday season”, shares VP for Marketing Austine Huang.


realme 11.11 SALE!



realme Philippines announces its biggest sale of the year on November 11 with Shopee and Lazada!


realme M1 Sonic Electric toothbrush with be priced at Php 1,490 from Php 1,990.


realme Smart scale will be at Php 1,090 from Php 1,590.


The realme Smart Cam 360 will also be discounted to Php 1,490 from its original price of Php 1,990,  while the realme Adventurer Luggage available in Greenland Black retails at a discounted price of Php 2,490 from Php 2,990.


Fans are in for a treat of up to Php 2,500 worth of price discounts on selected smartphones including realme X3 and the realme C, 6 and 7 series, and smart wearables and accessories. 


The newly launched narzo by realme is exclusively available on Lazada with a special discount of Php 500. 


All authorized stores and partner kiosks nationwide will also hold a flash sale on November 11.


For full details of the promos and other updates, follow realme Philippines’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts.  


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Room Update, Part 1

9.11.20

I started cleaning up and decluttering my room again, in preparation for the holidays. Unlike the past years that I just rely on my mom's living room Christmas decors, down to our 1980s plastic tree, I decided that this year I have to make my room a little festive too.




My first agenda: Shake up the shelf arrangement. I removed my Kdrama plushies and travel souvenir clutters, and replaced them with some of my vintage cameras, displayed side-by-side with my small Funko Pop collection. 


I also dusted and rearranged my BTS and ASTRO collections. BTS is now taking up 3 (!!!) layers of my shelf. What started as just a TATA collection, I am now obsessing to get OT7* of everything.


*OT7 is a term in Kpop where you stan** all 7 members of the group.

**Stan is another lol Kpop term which means to ultimately like, or to be in favor of.


Some additional room decors that came in the mail today, and one landed on my shelf and I'm in love with it! A Salvador Dali inspired melting clock in bronze frame drips from one section of one BTS section to another. I'd like to get another one in silver! 


With no batteries included in the package, I kept both hands of the clock at 12, or Zero O'Clock, hehehe. 



To avoid stretching sidewards, and instead grow upwards, I also tied up the branches of my big room plant that I've been sleeping next to for more than half of this pandemic lockdown. I am not sure if this is okay to do, will try to consult my sister later. 



I also got a new plant pot tray for it (finally) to color coordinate the room. I've been using mom's metal Christmas themed tray ever since I got this plant, never even bothered about aesthetics. I wonder how the 'Grammers do it? Keeping the room Insta-ready at all times is hard!





Lastly, but just for this post, I also got myself a green plastic old school telephone decor, which doubles as a coin bank. I got this pre-BTS BE comeback teaser, but now it seems as if I took it straight out of V's homey, retro room!





Still waiting for some other things, will try to make another blog post when they arrive! Hope to see you again by then. :)



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DIY Idea: Customize Your Levi’s® Trucker Jacket!

6.11.20

2020 taught us a lot of things, but if there's one thing that I will count as a blessing, it's that staying home ignited an old passion for creating things with my own hands.



One of my many DIY activities this quarantine: Made my own gingham face mask!


With no big gatherings, no countless nightly Christmas parties and dinners, and no face-to-face gift-giving, one way to reach out to our loved ones and show that that we truly appreciate them even at a distance is by gifting something that you made yourself. 


From using the skills you've learned during the quarantine, you can either bake cookies or ube cheese pandesal, give small pots of plants from your mini garden (hello plantitas!), or get your hands on your craft materials to create something that will make your family and friends feel remembered.


If you're looking for something unique and fun to do, Levi’s® just launched their ‘Tailor-It-Yourself’ (T-I-Y) kits. The limited-edition kit comes with Php 4,000 worth of Levi’s® products and each kit comes in a Levi’s Box and a T-I-Y Kit Pouch. It includes a Levi’s® Trucker jacket, fabric cloth, patches, pins, and fabric glue for easy application. It's a fun activity that you can do even at home!


Got my own Levi’s® T-I-Y Kit a few days ago for the media event. We started with our little projects together, via Zoom!


Ang fun nya! Even though we just said hi to each other via Zoom's chat box, munched on our snacks while DIY-ing (or T-I-Y-ing!) in our rooms, and showed-off our creations through the camera, it was really interactive. One of the things that I truly miss is attending these launches and events with blog friends. 

Wearing our "creations":
















 

The T-I-Y kits will be available until supplies last from November 6 until November 22 at levi.com.ph and all Levi’s® Tailor Shop branches – SM Makati, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Manila Bay, and Robinsons Place Iloilo. Kit contents may vary and are non-exchangeable.


Four themes that you can choose from for your T-I-Y project:


Basically Cool 

For those who prefer a basic and simple design that includes trendy and bold statement patches.

 


Down to Earth 

Nature inspired set that includes floral prints and patterns. 



Trend Setter

To those who want to make a statement with bold and loud colors and trendy patterns. 



Creative Spirit 

Mismatched colors and patterns that includes fabric pens that allow you to really personalize your denim.



To learn more about Levi’s® Tailor Shop services, visit https://www.levi.com.ph/tailorshop


For updates and announcements follow Levi’s® on Instagram: @levis_ph and Facebook: @Levis.philippines.


Sharing what I came up with earlier! BTS-inspired jacket that I will definitely wear on the day I get to watch my favorite group in South Korea again (fingers-crossed). BT21 patches I got from this page.




How To Avail The Starbucks 2021 Planners and Organizers

5.11.20


A week ago, I was talking to my childhood friends about our Starbucks story. Back in high school, having Frappe in Starbucks Torre Lorenzo was already a luxury! We would sneak out of our school (Gate 1, haha!), and cross multiple streets just to hangout and have a cup of Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino--which I meticulously saved up for the whole week with my small baon.

Growing Seoul Bucket List: Seoul Sai's Virtual Tour

3.11.20

Took another virtual tour yesterday, this time with Seoul Sai. 


Few weeks ago, I was hit by their ad on Instagram and immediately signed up. I was waiting for a similar Airbnb Online Experience before this, but glad to see this free offer of a (virtual) tour around Seoul! 


Solo Traveling In Korea | Interview By Therese So

2.11.20


Avida Land Celebrates 30th Anniversary By Giving Back

15.10.20

Avida Land marks its 30th year in the real estate industry by giving back. 




To celebrate this important milestone amid unprecedented times, the company viewed this as an opportunity to enrich more lives through purpose-driven collaborations with local livelihood brands.


In keeping with Ayala Corporation’s crusade to uplift Filipinos’ lives, Avida has chosen to “celebrate life”, as its very name denotes, for a cause.


Avida Land is on its 3rd decade of making dream homes a reality for middle-income Filipinos. Fuelled by gratitude for its growing 49,863 live communities,  the developer continues to champion lifestyle choices that inspire its communities and promote socially responsible everyday living. 


To kick-off its 30th anniversary, Avida Land is supporting homegrown brands Rags2Riches and Messy Bessy, social enterprises that empower dignified local artisans and at-risk youth, respectively. 


Rags2Riches


The partnership with Rags2Riches follows its previous collaboration, Homegrown Life + Style, a collection of eco-ethical artisanal crafts highlighting the rich Filipino culture. 



For this year, Avida once again teamed up Rags2Riches and their community artisans for an exclusive line of merchandise called the Safe & Sound Care Set


The carefully curated items include a face mask with filters and a hand sanitizer, packaged in a personalized pouch. Multi-purpose organizers were also crafted especially for Avida, made of natural materials and indigenous textiles.



“Each set is intentionally designed to enrich the homes that they will be part of while empowering the people who made them,” says Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches. 


“Partnering with a company like Avida, especially during this challenging time, is encouraging and inspiring but on top of that, it is creating an actual positive impact on the lives of our community artisans.”


Messy Bessy


Avida has also partnered with Messy Bessy and its at-risk youth beneficiaries in the past, having tapped the brand for all-natural home products which served as welcome gifts to its homeowners.


For their 30th anniversary, Avida partnered once more with Messy Bessy in support of its mission to assure 30 scholars a college education through the 30 Years, 30 Scholars campaign. 



With each special set of organic and non-toxic home cleaning essentials handed to every new Avida homeowner, comes new hope for 30 at-risk youth who have chosen to go back to school.


“Our goal is for all 30 of our scholars to finish the program armed with the first college degree in their family lifting the entire family out of poverty permanently,” says Krie Reyes-Lopez, Founder and CEO of Messy Bessy. 



“Beyond the 30 scholars, Avida’s support will also spread our advocacy to their community who we know share in our aspirations for a healthier planet and a better future for everyone. Avida's openness and generosity to support a small company like ours is truly inspiring us to continue our work providing greener, safer homes for more Filipino families, and brighter opportunities for our marginalized youth.”


Sustainability: For the Environment and Communities


Rags2Riches and Messy Bessy promote sustainability not only with the materials that they use, but with their relationship with the communities that they support, in the same way that Avida has always developed sustainable communities and maintained a simple and seamless customer experience for its residents.


“Celebrating life with gratitude and hope is more meaningful when we extend this hope to more Filipinos,” says Tess Tatco, Avida Land Marketing Head. 


“For us at Avida, there is no better way to express our immense gratitude for 30 eventful years in the industry than by partnering with local life and livelihood businesses driven by causes that are likewise close to our heart.”  


Webcasts Schedule


Complementing its 30th anniversary efforts, Avida is gearing up for even more ways of enriching lives which include a series of informative webcasts aimed at empowering Filipinos to live their aspirations. 


On October 17, learn first-hand from industry expert Rex Mendoza of Rampver Financials on how you can make your dream home yours in these changing times. In the process, take inspiration from the thoughtfully designed new normal living spaces, in collaboration with Gussy Design, set to be unveiled during the launch of Avida’s 360 Designer Showroom on October 24.


Visit www.avidaland.com to know more about Avida’s 30th anniversary initiatives, and Avida’s latest projects. Follow Avida on Facebook for updates.

Ohmyhome: Buy, Sell, and Rent Properties Through this Safe and Efficient App!

5.10.20

I always find real estate intimidating and tedious. It feels risky and time consuming too, but here comes Ohmyhome




Filipinos can finally have safe and efficient housing transactions with Singapore’s leading proptech platform Ohmyhome! This innovative app will change the way people buy, sell, and rent their properties. 


Launched in 2016 as Singapore’s first one-stop online property platform, Ohmyhome was projected to make housing transactions simple, fast, and affordable for everyone as it addressed perennial inefficiencies in the island nation’s real estate industry. 


"We learned that the average time it took to buy or sell property in Singapore ranged from 3 to 7 months, a tedious transaction journey that caused tremendous stress for homeowners," said Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Rhonda Wong. "We wanted to streamline the entire housing transaction by providing accurate information so that our customers can make informed decisions when buying, selling, or renting their homes."



Ohmyhome app has a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) option that will give Philippine customers a chance to simplify their home transaction process. They can browse genuine listings that are free of dummy or duplicate accounts, saving them time in searching for the right property. They can enjoy savings because the DIY platform comes absolutely free—from listing all the way to deal closing.


Meanwhile, if you will need expert help, or just to save time, customers can also avail Ohmyhome's full-time in-house property agents at cost-friendly price.



"The company’s proprietary technology will handle approximately 90% of the agents’ work such as sourcing for new leads, matching of suitable buyers to sellers, scheduling and advertising. This frees up the agents to focus on the most crucial element of the job—our customers," said Rhonda. 


This arrangement has been proven effective in Singapore, where Ohmyhome agents perform at the rate of the top 0.1% of agents, a level of competence they intend to bring to the Philippine property market.


"Proptech is perfect for today’s challenging times, offering value for money as it empowers customers to work out the best possible deals in the Philippine property market," said Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder Race Wong.



Attended the Ohmyhome online media event last week to learn more about this game-changer real estate app.


Downloaded the Ohmyhome app, and explored it a bit. It is very user-friendly, and easy to navigate! The basic sections in the app are the condo listings, home listings, rooms listings, and a tab to post your properties.



Ohmyhome is committed to bring in their seamless end-to-end housing transaction from Singapore, Malaysia, and now to the Philippine market. And with the global pandemic, prospective Filipino homeowners and property sellers can access Ohmyhome easily even at home. 


Download Ohmyhome app, available for both iOS and Android.

For more information, visit https://ohmyhome.com/en-ph

Follow Ohmyhome on Facebook and Instagram @ohmyhomeglobal.

realme Launches Fastest-Charging Smartphone and First In-Ear Buds Today! (Price Reveal)

30.9.20

realme is not done yet! 


Sharing more information about their 2 latest products: the fastest-charging smartphone, and their first in-ear buds!

 



realme 7 Pro: PH's fastest-charging smartphone! (link)



1. Bearing a 65W SuperDart Charge, the realme 7 Pro is officially the Philippines’ fastest-charging smartphone to date. The device can charge from zero to 100 percent in just 34 minutes. 


2. The realme 7 Pro also packs a quad-camera rear set-up composed of a 2nd Generation Sony IMX682 64MP main camera, an 8MP 119° ultra-wide-angle lens, macro and B&W portrait lens, allowing users to explore a variety of photography styles. 



Both its rear and 32MP in-display front camera also boast a UIS Video Stabilization capability, ensuring smooth videos for content creation. 


3. Users of the realme 7 Pro will also enjoy a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Fullscreen. 



4. Lastly, cementing the realme 7 Pro’s dependability and durability is its TรœV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verification. The realme 7 Pro is the first smartphone in the world to receive this verification, successfully passing 22 major tests of 12 daily-use scenarios, four components reliability and six extreme environments; and 38 minor tests. 


5. Price Reveal and other Promos: 


The realme 7 Pro (8GB RAM + 128 GB storage) is priced at Php17,990. Available nationwide starting today, September 30, 1PM!


Special Offline Offer: Purchase the realme 7 Pro in stores nationwide from September 30 to October 4, 2020 to get an automatic umbrella and a realme Band worth Php2,390!


First 10 in-store purchasers of the realme 7 Pro will be getting a FREE realme Buds Q worth Php1,490, while the first 10 purchasers of a realme 7 will get a free Buds Classic worth Php590. 


Participating Branches:

1. SM North EDSA Kiosk  

2. SM Megamall Kiosk  

3. SM Fairview Kiosk  

4. SM Mall of Asia Kiosk  

5. SM Calamba Kiosk  

6. SM Dasmariรฑas Kiosk  

7. SM Sta. Rosa Kiosk  

8. SM Manila Kiosk  

9. SM Pampanga Kiosk  

10. SM Bicutan Kiosk  


First 200 purchasers of realme 7 Pro via LAZADA will also get a realme Buds Q worth Php1,490.


realme Buds Q! (link)



1. The realme Buds Q is the first in-ear True Wireless Stereo (TWS) from the brand.

2. Poised to be the most stylish entry-level TWS yet, the realme Buds Q sports the genius design of Josรฉ Lรฉvy, the cooperated designer of Hermรจs and the art director of the realme Design Studio.

Lรฉvy took inspiration from the round cobblestones found along the shores of Normandy beach where he spent most of his youth. He and the realme team iterated the design for over 200 times, fine-tuning the curvature of the G3 curve just to give users a cobblestone-like design that is mellow and comfortable. 


3. The realme Buds Q also brings sound performance straight out of audio heaven through its 10mm Large Driver and  Dynamic Bass Boost.


4. realme Buds Q users can also enjoy long hours of usage as the device’s charging case can hold power amounting to 20 hours worth total playback. The buds could also go on for three hours of single continuous calling time, four and a half hours of single continuous music listening time, five hours of single continuous gaming time, and six hours of single continuous video streaming time.

5. Price Reveal and other Promos:  

The realme Buds Q is priced at Php 1490. 

Avail Php 500 discount, the realme Buds Q is only Php 990 today, September 30!


Follow realme Philippines’ official Facebook page and YouTube channel for more information and updates!


My Airbnb Online Experience: Virtual Travel To Shibuya | Tokyo, Japan

29.9.20

No need to ready my Japan visa and passport, pack my luggage, or save up for months. Airbnb now has "Online Experience", which is an alternative travel experience in their app and website! 



I know these virtual tours and classes won't replace actual traveling, but 6 months in and no end in sight, I am glad I discovered a very wholesome and safe way to travel the world even at home. 


Two nights ago, I was curious how my favorite travel apps and sites are dealing with the pandemic. Some converted their pages into food delivery sites, others have pasabuy services for those who want to purchase items that you can only buy abroad. Honestly, and this is only in my opinion, Airbnb has the best alternative "new normal" offerings. Still related to traveling and experiences, I am sincerely happy that these Airbnb and travel businesses have found an alternative means to work from home. 



They have cooking classes, arts and writing, animals, family friendly activities, and all sorts of random offerings from all over the world! 



The tour that I signed up for usually charge around Php 300, but I was lucky to chance upon it when it was offered free!



It is a 1-hour tour of Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan. I signed up for the next day tour just to check if this new normal traveling is something that will interest me without damaging my wallet right away. The next day, I got up early after almost forgetting that 9:30 am in Japan is 8:30am here in Manila haha. 



I was dilly-dallying minutes before the tour schedule, avoiding early-bird chit chats. But even with my delaying tactics, I clicked the provided Zoom link a minute before we started, and still went in first! Haha!


I've been to Shibuya every year since 2015, and still learned new things from this tour. A new building just opened this year, which will give you the best view of the Shibuya Scramble (so no need na to buy coffee in Starbucks na hehe). 


Meanwhile, I know it has been there for years, but I also haven't visited the Cat Temple or Gotokuji in Shibuya!



But of course, may kulang padin talaga. I was able to see the Shibuya Crossing, but without hearing the usual chatter and noise of the streets. Saw the lanes of Japanese restaurants of Shibuya, but without the whiff of delicious Japanese hakata ramen inviting me in. We also took a bus to the Gotokuji, but without heading home with sore legs and feet from too much walking during commutes. 



What I like about this Airbnb experience though is it is very interactive. Our tour guide not only prepared for her Shibuya slides, but also a lot of kawaii gimmicks that we enjoyed. Session is also short and sweet (1 hour), so it won't take up your whole day. And lastly, I didn't feel any social anxieties while chatting with complete strangers. Eto yung nagpa kaba sa akin at first, but walang ganun at all. In fact, if anything, the human interaction is the number one travel element replicated by this alternative online trip. 





A much-deserved 5-star rating for our tour guide!


My Airbnb Online Experience Bucket List:





Please visit Airbnb's website https://www.airbnb.com for more information, and to support these travel businesses.

Anagon