Slider

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!



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 TÜV 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 Dasmariñas 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!



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 José Lévy, the cooperated designer of Hermès and the art director of the realme Design Studio.

Lévy 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 Mail 009

25.9.20

Opening today's Q&A if you have more questions! Ask away! 



Q: How are you today?

A: Happy busy with new beads business and Food Panda gig! Have few projects as blogger, but still grateful for them!

But suuuper bothered by my full legs allergy. :( Looks like rashes and 3rd or 4th day na sya. My doctor cousin told me allergies lang coz uso now... Usually itchy sya sa gabi lang. Dami nag sabi sakin can be caused by stress.

Anyway, deep cleaned my room yesterday, and drinking Claritin every night. Sana mawala na!


Q: Who is your bias from BTS?

A: V!!! But I have diff bias everyday lately HAHAHAH


Q: Inspiration ng designs for DIY bracelets / keychains

A: Our Hope! JHOPE!


Q: What is your favorite BTS lyrics?

A: Dami! But top of mind:

"Tell me your every story. Tell me who you don't stop this. Tell me why you still walkin' walkin' with us."

" Let's make a door, everything in your heart. Open that door and go in and this place will wait. It's okay to believe it. A Magic Shop that will comfort you."

"Imagine your face say hello to me, then all the bad days they're nothing to me, with you.."

"I'm the one I should love in this world. The shining me, my precious soul. Now I realize, so I love me. Even if it's not enough, it's so beautiful. I'm the one I should love."

"You can call me artist. You can call me Idol. I don't care. I'm proud of it. No more irony!"


Q: Ate, if I remember it correctly diba po vegetarian ka? When and how did you become a vegetarian? 

A: Yes! Matagal nadin asa 2005 to 2006! Click here for full story on a blog post, thank you!


Q: Aside from full time blogger, what is your dream job?

A: A pang matagalan and pang malakasan lol na business. :)

Trial and error kasi siya, I've tried a lot nadin. But big dream ko now is a small cafe.


Q: What is your greatest achievement aside from being full time blogging?

A: 1. Traveling solo / seeing the world at my own pace and interest.

2. Bringing my parents to our fam travels.

3. Bloggers United bazaar (di naman to counted as blogging diba hehehe)


Q: Hello Ms. Ana! San nyo po nabili yung Bottled Chilsung (Cider)? And also yung BTS bottled coffee? 

A: Dito si Chilsung na may pa photocards pa (beance on Shopee).
Coffee gift lang sakin ng friend ko, but meron din dito (@andi.and.alexi on Instagram)



Bela Padilla launches new Korean Skincare brand Britory

21.9.20

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
Anagon