Bela Padilla launches new Korean Skincare brand Britory


It has been 5 days since the launch of Bela Padilla's own Korean skincare brand BRITORY, and I must say, I am so impressed!

A little backstory on my own skincare journey. A few days ago, with coincidental timing, mom, ate, and I talked about the products we use on our faces, and when we started with this whole skincare journey.

Some points from our girl talk: My ate is into western brands like Olay, Estee Lauder, and Kiehls. Meanwhile, mom started late with her skincare, thus getting stubborn sun spots. She likes a mix of Western and Asian brands, not particular with what she uses.

As for me, I realized that I only started taking my routine seriously in 2016, when I got hooked on Korean dramas! My first expensive creams were the ones Kim Bok Joo used in the series, which is Laneige! 😁 Ang lakas pala talaga ng impluwensya ng Hallyu sa life ko noh! Haha! 4 years later, I've tried several local and international brands, but there's none that match with Korean skincare! Exemptions are Japanese brand Hada Labo (You have to try this!) and Filipino brand BeachBorn (biases aside, their products really work for me!).

Anyway, rewind to 2020, staying at home means using less makeup and more skincare. Products came in and out of my vanity table for the past 6 months, and I started loving brands outside my usual. Now let me add another Korean brand to my skincare "muse". What I like about Britory is it has this Pinoy touch because a fellow Filipino created it! With this factor, Britory (brai-tori) has the best ingredients from Korea, that still matches our climate and lifestyle here in tropical Philippines. ❤

Sharing more information about the brand from our online event last week:

  • Britory is a play on the words Bright+Laboratory. They are a skin care company head-quartered in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Their claim: "Glass skin that glows like snow" (to be fair, I've always admired Bela for her glowing skin!)
  • What will make you add the newcomer brand to your beauty arsenal? "I love how we only have two products in our line  but they’re more than enough, because they’re packed with quality ingredients and have such amazing formulations that they really help make my skin glow like snow."
  • The 2 main products: Britory Like Snow Serum (Php 899) and Britory Like Snow Cream (Php 990)
  • Britory Like Snow Serum's Main Ingredients: Niacinamide, Glutathione, Arbutin, Ceramide, Neem Tree Flower Extract, Walnut Leaf Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate
  • Britory Like Snow Cream Main Ingredients: Panthenol, Lactobacillus Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Glutathione, Ceramide, Neem Tree Flower Extract
  • Britory is currently available online via Shopee and Lazada. It will also be launched in Korea soon!

Congrats Team Britory and Bela Padilla for this wonderful brand! My personal take after using them for 5 days straight: 

1. They compliment my current skincare, easy to add them to the routine
2. Ang cute talaga ng snowman packaging kaya excited ako gamitin!
3. Surprisingly it has scent (not used to scented skincare products pala), and mabango sya! Not harsh but event made it more fun to apply the serum. 
4. Skin felt "chok chok" after application, and honestly ang world-class ng products from formulation to packaging. I can imagine seeing them in Olive Young (Korean one-stop beauty shop, like Watsons).
5. And for its price (below Php 1000) and size, it's worth the try guys! 

We simultaneously opened our press packages during the online launch, and received other Korean goodies from Britory. Thank you! Missing my Korea breaks even more!

Find out more about Britory on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter @britorykorea

My BT21 TATA Collection


I recently shared one of my current collections, which is BT21 TATA!

I started collecting BT21 TATA, or BTS Kim Taehyung (V)'s character with Line Friends in Korea, back in 2018. I started with unofficial merch. Then, through my travels in Japan, Korea, and even Taiwan, I was able to purchase at least one small item in the official store for every trip.

 I didn't notice that it accumulated to this through the years!

I also took advantage of collaboration collections (such as with Innisfree, Vice Cosmetics, Dunkin Donuts Korea, etc), and when Line Friends opened its official store in Manila, I was also able to conveniently buy more official BT21 TATA!

Now that we're always at home, I was able to appreciate how I have these things that make me happy right in my room! I was able to get more BT21 TATA online. They have an official Play Line Friends store in Lazada, but I also saw online toy stores selling BT21. And of course, you can also check out the pasabuy Instagram shops reselling items from Korea. 

For links and other details, watch the video of my full BT21 TATA collection here:

Anagon Mail 008

Q: How was your weekend?

A: Thank you for asking! Basically filled with BTS Dynamite, received most stuff from recent online shopping, and practiced with my videos (posted on both my ITGT and Youtube!) kaya nagka migraine ng light hehe. Masaya naman. Naka chill ng onti (mostly thanks to the fun comeback!)

Q: How do you price your products? And how are you just in general how are you? 😅😊

A: This is the toughest thing din as a former full time online seller tagal ko din had to deal with this! :)

Dati (or minsan til now lol) I price super low coz alam ko naman mura yun puhunan or raw materials I used. 

But you also have to consider a lot of things pala:

1. Shipping or your transpo to get the raw materials.

2. Eto super important: Your time, talent, and efforts!!!

3. You packaging / branding

4. Check how stores with similar products price their goods.

and 5. Ask your trusted circle how they will price or how much nila buy your products, just to have gauge ng ideal price ng products mo. Like anong rate siya mabibili.

At the end of the day though, everything's up to you!

Q: You can also learn po kay Cherish Unni sa Youtube and books from Talk To Me In Korean

A: Hello! Have watched her very first video and helpful nga! Haven't seen the next ones but sige I'll watch them next since done nako sa Coursera and wala na class tomorrow. :)

Thank you for the reco!

Q: I purple you! Wala ako matanong for now but have a wonderful week Ana! 💜

A: Thank you! Needed this!!! Have a productive and happy week din mga ka-Bangtan! 😊❤😍

Q: Nothing to ask--just hope we all stay safe and sane Ana! Grabe this year / this country. 😅

A: Thank you Lorainne! Stay safe and stay healthy too!!! I wanna see your tatt pala!!!

Q: Hi po! As an online seller, what will you do if one of your buyers resell the item that you made?

A: I used to make wire accessories for a living, as in as in para akong machine before making and bending wires everyday.

And yes makaka encounter ako ng reselling ng items ko and for me lang a keber nalang as long as paid na sila sa akin. Mas issue sa akin mga nanggagaya hahaha but even doon wala nako magagawa.

Unless may other issues like just using your pictures but di naman sayo bibili items na binebenta nila, etc... Consider your buyer na nag sesell ng items mo as your reseller! O diba bongga, may branches ka na! 😀

Q: Ms. Ana is there a possibility na gawin nyo rin po yung Dynamite challenge sa Tiktok??...

A: Sadly inopen ko lang Tiktok ko as viewer and to follow ASTRO and BTS! 😅😅😅

Kayo ba nag Titiktok nadin??? :)

Q: Ate Ana saan po kayo bumibili ng mga artworks na nilalagay niyo po sa side ng table niyo po?

A: If the postcards, got them from super random shops, mostly souvenir ko sila from my trips! Meron din from local art shops like Common Room. 

If the paintings dito sa likod, most gawa ko or nabili ko before from a lolo street artist my friends and I visited in Manila 2 years ago.

Q: Ano-ano po yung mga items na kino-collect nyo, aside from BT21 / BTS merch? Pasilip po ng collection shelf!

A: Kdrama Merch! :) Clothes, plushies, unofficial and fan-made merch, etc. 

Q: Pwede ka ba iguest sa K-Talks series ko sa Youtube? Heheheheh.

A: G na yan!!! :) DM tayo! ❤

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Phone for only Php 5,990! | realme C12 Sample Photos + Features


Celebrate Ber months with a smartphone that lets you make the most of your digital experiences. 

The realme C12 is yet another BATTERY BEAST designed to complement the lifestyle of the digital-savvy. 

Along with the realme Buds Classic, these new products were launched during the realme Music Fan Fest joined by Filipino artists Moira dela Torre, Krissha Viaje and December Avenue.

The realme C12, the latest addition to the brand’s local C-series lineup, is a .powerful yet attainable all-around smartphone. 

 The realme C12 is highly capable of handling multiple tasks to let you finish all projects during the busy Ber months. It packs a 6,000mAh mega battery to keep up with heavy digital activities. The realme C12 also features a Helio G35 Processor for heavy functions such as gaming and entertainment. This means streaming videos or playing your phone games for hours is possible with the C12.

For its camera, the C12 is equipped with a 13MP AI triple-camera setup for quality snaps, a 5MP selfie camera for crystal-clear selfies and an immersive 6.5in extra-large screen for an excellent gaming and visual experience. Here are sample photos I took with the C12:

Closeup of TGIFridays new vegetarian burgers:

Capture the beautiful sunsets:

Macro shot of my Mangtae plushie doll:

Macro shot of my new accessories business for @shopanagon

The realme C12 will be available nationwide starting September 3 in 2 colors: Marine Blue and Coral Red. Available in a 3GB RAM+32GB storage configuration, the realme C12 is priced at Php 5,990.

For exclusive updates and announcements, visit the realme Philippines official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts with the handle @realmePhilippines.

Anagon Mail 007


A twist for last week's Q&A Monday: A little giveaway to the question I enjoyed answering! Made customized Hobi / Jhope Inspired Bracelet to the winner on-the-spot.

Also took the opportunity to promote my baby Youtube channel! You can watch my BT21 TATA Collection and unboxing here.

Q: What BTS song can brighten your day?

A: Madami! But if I have to choose Top 3 for today (bukas baka iba uli haha):

1. Love Myself

2. Moon

3. Euphoria

Q: Hello Ate Ana. Since every Monday ang Q&A, what are your thoughts po when you are answering questions.

A: I super love it! Minsan naddyahe ako na baka wala na mag tanong hahaha! But every week meron naman kahit papano kaya masaya ako kahit Monday, thank you! :) Ganda ng start ng week ko.

Told my blog friends to try to do this Q&A thing din kahit hindi Monday, nafeel ko na I get to know people more behind the likes and follows through this Q&A. What interests you, what concerns you, what's your story, what makes you happy!

Q: How are you dealing with anxiety? What's your advice to those struggling with anxiety? 💜

A: Blogged about this (click here)! Alam nyo nakikinig talaga ako sanyo hahaha took to heart the pieces of advice I got the last time. 

My Top 3:

1. Do fun things. I love creating random crafts. Maganda rin syang distraction pag may new project ka.

2. Laughter is still the best medicine. Run BTS is key! :)

3. Remember to breathe.

Q: Hi beans!!:) Other fave kpop groups / singers aside from ASTRO and BTS!

A: Hindi ako ma post and mas boy groups ata ako. But sobrang feel good ko din ang TWICE songs hahahahaha my workout playlist (before) mostly TWICE wooot!

I also love Winner, Day 6, N Flying, di pa gano kadami alam kong songs but gusto ko yun tunog nila, and IU and GD.. Madami pa! But di lang sobrang dami alam ko na songs nila compared to BTS and ASTRO.

Q: What is your favorite activity aside from doing Korean stuff? (vlogging, online class, traveling)

A: Kapag hindi Korea related, mahilig din ako:

1. Mag attend ng one day workshops hahaha. Notorious ako mag aral ng kung ano ano coz I've overcome na yung feeling I have to be good agad agad or kakahiya magkamali. So I just join random classes not only to learn, but also to enjoy and go out of the box (to scare myself, haha).

2. I also love watching movies sa cinema alone. Thing ko talaga yan ever since. Miss ko na me-time ko! Huhu!

3. Watch sports events ng live << Eto miss ko na to! Mahilig ako mag fan girl talaga haha.

4. Taking photos - ever since may collection nako ng toy or film cams with my Ate.

5. Watching Youtube vids << Sobrang fan girl din ako ng maraming Youtubers!

Break from answering questions, made the first part of the bracelet for whoever will win the giveaway!

Q: I am struggling to find a hobby na hindi costly. Can you recommend anything?

A: A daming affordable hobbies, or even free! Try:

1. Digital Art. App lang kailangan mo to start it (Sketch, Adobe Draw, Etc)

2. Fake Film Photog. Try "Film" App Gudak. Kalimutan ko na magkano pero walang Php 500 yun! :)

3. Beads beads! Ang mura lang ng materials sa Shopee. Search mo yung stores based lang dito sa Quiapo, may shop na sila dun. :)

Q: Hi unnie! There are many talented Kpop groups, but what made you stan BTS and ASTRO?

A: Given na yun music and talent for all Kpop groups, but feel ko similar sa ASTRO and BTS (for me) is sobang hilarious nila panoorin! 😂😅 BTS alam na ng madami yung humor nila. But I think kelangan din malaman ng madami na na love at first laugh ako sa gulo ng ASTRO hahahahaha.

Feeling ko magugustuhan ko rin yung other groups if mas maexpose pa ako sa kanila (aside sa music nila) yung mga behind-the-scenes vids talaga ako nadadala hehehe baka pag na expose din ako sa ibang groups, istan ko din sila kaya di ko cinclose itong multi-fandom heart ko hehehehe :)

Q: How do you stay organized with your things specially with your crafting stuff?

A: Hindi din ako OC talaga hahaha ngayon nalang siguro. 

May nakuha akong tip online na share ko nadin.. Tintry ko sundan ngayon... Set your phone 10 minutes daily to just clean!

Ginagawa ko sya after lunch, para bumaba din ang kinain hehe. And dahil alam kong quick lang, di rin ako tatamarin. :)

Q: What year ka po nahilig sa Kpop?

A: Honestly di ako makeep track, but since I get this question several times nadin, I had to look back nadin sa posts ko. :)

2016 ako nahilig sa Kdrama :) That time playlist ko naging lahat ng Kdrama OST na nagustuhan ko :) Intro ko to Kpop are Kdrama OSTs hehehe.

2016 first time ko din nag solo trip, autumn in Korea. Nag punta ako sa Love in the Moonlight location (1st ko na Kdrama tour!), first time ko din naka panood ng Hongdae street performers. Siguro yun ang intro ko to Kpop na outside Kdrama (osts). They performed B1A4 and GD songs.

Q: Have you ever wonder what's your purpose in life?

A: All the time! I think ever since high school natatanong ko na yan sa sarili ko. 😄

Feeling ko lang, my ultimate purpose right now based on my ikigai is to make people feel that they can do it too (to empower through examples).

Lagi ko nababasa yung "Sana all", pero sa isip isip ko sana may naiinspire ako na kung ako nga kinaya ko or kinakaya ko, paano pa kayo. :) As a fan girl, I'm also rooting for YOU!

Congrats to my giveaway winner, and a big thank you to everyone who joins me on my Q&A Mondays!


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