Thank you, 2015!

31.12.15


The past 2 days were spent KonMari-ing my room (A Japanese method of tidying up! Learn more about it HERE). I've thrown HALF of my possessions na (haha)... But of course, kept the most important: A rediscovery of myself, and that life is just about doing what you can do best now. Do check out my many funny throwbacks via Snapchat (anagon1986), Twitter (@anagon), and Facebook.

Anyway, mom stopped me halfway through my general cleaning at baka daw mapagod ako. So here I am, waiting for 12mn, just resting in front of my laptop and creating a year-ender. Although clichè na, it's still my own little tradition to assess the year, and be grateful for everything - the good and the bad. Here goes!


JANUARY

So, the year started in good ol' Boracay with the high school barkada because we had a balikbayan. Boracay looks great during this month - konting tao, very nice weather. I also realized why the old and familiar is still the best! Blog post: Beach Bum and Familiarity.

Shakey’s Unveils New Supercard Perks

29.12.15


Get a FREE Basket of Mojos for every new SuperCard availed for the month of December! 

A Lifestyle of Sharing with Boardwalk


In time for the season of giving and its 25th year, Boardwalk launches its new fashion and lifestyle brand SHARE--a noble brand with a social development platform. 

With fellow bloggers Ava and Kelly during SHARE's official launch last December 3 in Green Sun, Makati.

Boardwalk became super successful with its distributive enterprise philosophy through dealerships, which created generation of entrepreneurs. Adapting this, the new SHARE brand helps men and women from economically-challenged communities to gain a stable source of income!

Holidays and Friends

23.12.15


Blessed are the imperfects. 

For they are given people who see them as they are, and love them anyway.

Boracay State of Mind

22.12.15


D e c e m b e r 1 3 - 1 6 , 2 0 1 5

Azalea Boracay: Hotel Experience

21.12.15


During our Boracay trip last weekend, I realized how this group preferred staying in for most part of the day.

I'd like to blame the number of times we had been in the island naman na (nagsawa na?), or the reeeally bad weather (bagyo level!), but now that I think of it, it can also be because of our comfortable and beautiful hotel. Staying in is not such a bad thing, I'll show you why in this post.

We're here! Tarps of Azalea Boracay greeted us when we stepped out of the ferry. I'm happy that Azalea is already open; we have more luxury options whenever we're in Boracay!

Boracay Trip Via AirAsia

19.12.15


It's my second December in Boracay. My nth time in the island (went there 3x just for this year!). But as always, its crystal clear waters and white sand never gets old.

For my current trip, I was with my original blog trio Pax and Paul. We were also with a cool bunch of lifestyle bloggers - some I've met for the first time. I always say that the people I'm with gives a different perspective in an otherwise old location. I enjoyed this trip so much because of the group I was with. I'll never forget our crazy videoke and movie night. We were just laughing the whole time! But more on that on my next post...

A shot using my new Action Camera which I bought in Shopee. I haven't figured out how to permanently remove the date thingie, haha! But at least it's a cute "vintage" touch to the photo.

Bloggers United 10

18.12.15


I can still remember Bloggers United's past collaborations with World Bazaar Festival because they all had been epic. Ang unforgettable nung first one because we had it for 2 days, and it was when I met and talked with Shay Mitchell (more here).

And so at 2015, we're back at the World Trade Center for BU10xSMART. All the planning, meetings, and preparations went by, and before we knew it, it was ingress time again! I almost got late that day at hindi narinig ni mom alarm nya! Haha, stress! Good thing our ever-reliable intern Alex Delfin was already there and took charge. I am sometimes awed at how our BU interns grew into independent, reliable organizers. Ang galing galing na nila talaga, and I'm super proud of them!

Avon's Golden Collection

17.12.15


Aside from the usual red and green, my favorite holiday color is gold! It is more glamorous and exquisite, gold makes everything look extra special! 

In time for the season of parties and giving, here are new products from Avon Philippines with gold as theme:

1) 24KGold Ultra Color Lipstick 3.6g
Rich, creamy and moisturizing formula enriched with gold for instantly luxurious, glistening color. Available in 6 high-sparkle shades, for a regular price of P399

Lenovo Holiday Gift Guide


I'll give my parents everything, because they deserve the best! There's so much choices in the market, but I realized how they appreciate receiving gadgets for Christmas. A new phone or tablet for them is very useful, and also something that they can enjoy whole year round!

Holiday gifting is made easier and more joyful with the cutting-edge multifunction device offerings from Lenovo Philippines. Designed for ultimate portability, optimal entertainment, and premium performance, these devices will give the gift recipient a great head start for a fun and organized New Year!


Uniqlo Star Wars Collaboration


Fresh from Boracay, I had to go to an event last night because I promised my Ate. I don't know where I got all the energy, but a promise is a promise. Before I knew it, I flew from the airport to SM Aura to witness Uniqlo's newest Star Wars collection, and the 7th instalment to this classic film series.

For the event, Dad drove and brought me my favorite classic Uniqlo pieces: A plaid polo and jeggings:

Gift Ideas from Morellato

11.12.15


Women still appreciate timeless jewelries. You lose weight, you gain weight, they still hang right there perfectly with you. Trinkets are also the best heirloom pieces to be handed over to your future daughter or grandchildren. They are durable, classic, and precious thus the perfect meaningful gift this Christmas.

Jessie J Manila 2015: SMART Free Exclusive Concert!


"We're paying with love tonight!"

Smart Communications surprised its loyal subscribers with a FREE JESSIE J CONCERT. Super wow! Tickets were given away last week for the first 3000 in-line! 

KIA Theatre in Cubao was jam-packed last night for this special musical event. In a way, it felt like a huge Thanksgiving and Christmas Party:

November Favorites


Unlike the past months, here are just THREE tech accessories that I discovered and enjoyed last month:

1) Jaybird X2 - Php 8950

Shop & Sell Online via Shopee Mobile App!


Here's what I learned from being a long-time online seller: get ready to adapt with changes. It's harder to be stubborn, you have to always be flexible and fast. In a more mobile world, people rely not only on the internet, but on their mobile phones while they're on-the-go!

Shopee, Southeast Asia’s newest smart and secure social mobile marketplace officially launches in the Philippines today. Aside from being Bloggers United 10's very supportive sponsor, I decided to learn more about the app during their media launch at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel:


Double Up with Creamsilk!


Are you into "2-in1" products like me? With my current fast-paced lifestyle, I can't help but take advantage of products or services that will help me hit "two birds with one stone". There's the "Lip and Cheek Tint" that I can use as lip color and blush. Or a multi-purpose chambray polo that I can wear as usual top, as cover-up, or even as skirt!

There are many more ways to double up by maximizing the right products. Creamsilk's new Daily Treatment Conditioner works the same way!

"I AM Vikings" Video Contest


Into taking videos? Join our "I AM Vikings" video contest, in collaboration with Nikon, and get a chance to win a brand new Nikon 1 J5 Kit and P10,000 worth of Gift Certificates!

Click 'Read More' for the complete mechanics!

A Tour of Filinvest City


When you look at Filinvest on bird's eye view, you'll see more greens than buildings. The developers made sure to incorporate commercial and business area into the existing environment without having to cut down trees or destroy the greeneries. This is what I love most about this city!


Christmas at Filinvest City


We seldom celebrate Christmas at home. My family goes to both our grandparents' houses in Batangas and Quezon City ever since I can remember! 

But this year will be different. Since we're getting smaller (just 2 families), my parents decided to invite our relatives in our home in Alabang for Christmas Eve. Filinvest Christmas is something special - a hidden gem from the hustle and bustle of city life. Something new, yet something warm, fuzzy, and right at home.


Christmas Shopping at Debenhams!

4.12.15


When I entered Debenhams in Shangri-La Mall a few weeks ago, it reminded me of my shopping experience abroad! I saw so much nice items to purchase for family, friends, and even for myself! This British brand is one of my Christmas shopping destination for 2015.

With fellow bloggers Tracy Ayson and Arisse De Santos:

SM Supermalls Mobile App!

3.12.15


I find these local apps really useful because they make everything much easier for me. There are the taxi apps like GRAB and UBER so I don't need to deal with long lines and scary cab drivers. The restaurant list apps like ZOMATO so I can check the menu and real customer reviews even when I am still on the way to get my food. And my favorite, Google Maps so I can find my way without asking for directions every now and then.

In short, everything I ever need is in my phone na, which I bring din naman everyday!

Now SM Supermalls, providing everything that we need, has created their own mobile app for our own convenience:

Snow Skin Whitening Lotion and Cream

1.12.15


I've been using Snow Skin Whitening Soaps for months already. I'm a proud user, I really love its effect on my skin! 

Got so excited when I learned that the brand just released new revolutionary products with the same powerful ingredients and effects: Snow Skin Whitening Lotion and the Snow Skin Whitening Cream!

My new nightly regimen:

Ayala Mall's Circuit Lane Makati

29.11.15


Went to Ayala Malls' newest baby, Circuit Lane in Makati, last Friday to check out the shops and food places during their media launch. You'd love it here, I'd say this 10,000 sq. meter destination is the perfect balance of outdoors and the fast-paced. Chill and cray!


KEDS Ladies First Campaign + Fall/Holiday 2015


Taylor Swift is all about girl-power and ladies supporting ladies. No wonder Keds followed through with an advocacy by launching the campaign Ladies First Since 1916, a global brand campaign empowering women.

Went to the event last November 26  to find out more about it:

Havaianas Filipinas 2015


Most probably my favorite Havaianas collab, the brand teamed up with three young Filipino artists to bring you fresh flip-flops designs: Lakbay, Lasap, and Laro.

Went to the launch last November 25 in Whitespace Manila with my friends. The venue was transformed into an artsy, Instagram-worthy space!

Digits Trading's Coolest and Most Popular Tech Accessories of 2015

28.11.15


Here's something interesting!

Digits Trading recently unveiled their "Best of 2015", featuring a list of the coolest and most popular tech accessories of the year.

Attended the event at Hole In The Wall, Century Mall with these bloggers:

Sarah Geronimo Launches Mobile Game App with Xeleb

27.11.15


I'm a Popster forever, and I'm not gonna lie! Haha! I've been a long-time Sarah G. fan not only for her birits, hataw performances, and good reputation, but even for her dramatic movies! Naenjoy ko lahat nyan sa big screen!

Meanwhile, Sarah Geronimo now has a new way of connecting with her fans—“Sarah G Popsters,” her first mobile game!

Skechers GO FLEX WALK


Can't deny it, I really miss traveling. The past days had been really hectic, and all I can think about is after all these I can go out-of-town again and celebrate! 

With traveling, though, comes aching body and really tired feet from walking. I am glad to get to know the new Skechers GoFlex Walk... A shoe designed for people on-the-go!


Bloggers United 10 x World Bazaar Festival 2015 x SMART Prepaid


For my passes giveaway, follow me on Instagram @anagon! :)

H&M Festival Mall Alabang Opens on November 27!

25.11.15


H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) adds more stores to its line-up as it opens another branch in the southern part of Metro Manila, in Festival Mall, Alabang on November 27.
We reach out to even more shoppers in the country as we continue to venture southwards of Metro Manila! We cannot wait to meet our new customers in stores and offer them fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, which is at the core of H&M,” said Fredrik Famm, Country Manager for South East Asia.

This new location will be a full concept store, carrying ladieswear, menswear, kids, as well as sport and lingerie. It will feature the brand’s vibrant holiday campaign and will showcase an exciting selection of gifts and fashion for the season. H&M will also continue to feature its Garment Collecting initiative in this store, where customers can donate their used clothes and get a discount voucher to use for their next purchase at H&M.

Those shopping on opening day can expect great offers! Gift cards will be handed out to the first 300 in line - P5,000 Gift Card for the first, P2,500 Gift Cards each for the second and third, and varying amounts ranging from P300 to P2,000 each for the rest. The next 300 will walk away with special H&M umbrellas and tote bags. A special treat also awaits stylish shoppers – 5 of the most fashionable people spotted in the queue before opening will be chosen and given P2,000 Gift Cards each. All other fashion lovers can enjoy holiday deals of up to 50% off on select items.
The store will open on November 27 from 11am-10pm, and regular operating hours from 10am-9pm will resume thereafter.

Baler Break

23.11.15


Baler comes from the word bali--meaning "a place to come back to".

2x More Smoothness And Shine with Cream Silk

18.11.15


My hair used to be straight black and healthy. I’ll have insecurities with my body or my skin, but never my hair. It was low maintenance, but still looks great whenever I go to school.

Trip Ni Belle by Belle Daza

17.11.15


What do you do when you're either stuck in traffic, waiting for someone, or at the airport? 

I often just surf the internet, unconsciously absorbing other people's lives even when I don't need to! Anyway, with that I decided to download apps that will steer me away from Social Networking Sites from time to time. I love my Pinterest because of the inspiring DIYs, OOTDs, and vegetarian recipes. I also enjoy my Buqo app for my cheaper and portable monthly magazine subscriptions.

Now I discovered a new mobile game that will entertain me during those down times: Trip ni Belle by Belle Daza!

WIN: Dove Deo Beach Getaway!

13.11.15


Did you know that 8 out of 10 women consistently engage in underarm hair removal to prepare for the season? They may not know that plucking, shaving and waxing actually damage their underarm skin, leading to irritation and bumpiness! Pag dating ng summer, it's all "damage control"! :p

More and more, women need a deodorant that delivers skin caring benefits and helps them get beautiful underarms. To learn more, I went to the Dove Deo event yesterday in Toby's Estate, Whitespace.

Parisian Shoes and Bags Holiday 2015


I've been a Parisian fan for a long long time, and the brand is really one of my favorites since I started blogging. I am so happy every time they release a new collection... Everything looks great! 

The Body Shop Holiday 2015


I've said this before and I'll say it again... People (though not all) get lonely during Christmas season because they feel that they lack something. I think that has been my case, feeling "alone and lonely", only to snap back and realize that this special day isn't all about me! I remind myself that it's about making people I love happy. :)

The Body Shop highlights my Christmas feels with their holiday campaign event for the bloggers last Thursday at the SM Megamall.

Jessy Mendiola for Avon Sheer Passion

12.11.15


I LOVE Jessy Mendiola! She's actually one of the few celebs that I am not ashamed to profess my love (love you Jessy!), hehe. She is candid, transparent, and real... When she's hurt or bullied online or brokenhearted, everyone knows and I think it's doubly hard for her as a public figure. But I admire how she dealt with these things. Plus, Jessy is also really talented and ang ganda nya!

I think that's why Avon chose her to be the endorser for their new fragrance line Sheer Passion:

Coffee, Tea, or Chelsea?


New-comer Chelsea clothing brand wowed fashion bloggers during their event last Tuesday at the Fairmont Hotel, Makati. London-based, the brand brings along with it the ideals of high street London fashion with reasonable price range!


California Pizza Kitchen's New Menu


I love love California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) because they have the trio perfected: great food + great service + great ambiance combination. Aside from these, I appreciate their wide menu, catering even vegetarians like me! It's one of those few restaurants where I am at ease, and have a lot of good options to choose from!

Last Tuesday, I went to their new menu launch at Shangri-La Mall East Wing. I was curious on what else they can add to their perfect lineup!

#Shopee1111Day

11.11.15


Blogging this before leaving the house because today (and the coming days!) are very very exciting. I am on my toes now as I juggle school, the blog (and events), Bloggers United, and my new baby with @sarahtirona - Beach Born Sea Salt Hair Spray!

Speaking of BU, we've recently partnered with the new mobile app for selling and buying items from your favorite Instagram sellers: SHOPEE!

Top - SM Woman | Pants - Human | Brogues - Debenhams | Photo - @sarahtirona

Flossy: I Live On My Own Terms!

8.11.15


If for anything, regardless of slower metabolism (hehe), I will never want to "go back in time" because of what "getting older" entailed me. With adulthood, I became more unforgiving. I used to be too shy or too caught up with what people think of me. But now, more confident, I know my worth and why I do things: Not to please others, but to be happy!

And this is exactly what Ibiza-born plimsoll footwear brand Flossy promotes to the youth:

New Menu from Hotel Rembrandt-QC, Le Monet Hotel-Baguio, and Hotel Luna-Vigan

6.11.15


Hotel Rembrandt is inspired by, if it's not yet obvious, Dutch master artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. He was known not for technical brilliance, but for his new kind of insight, making what seem ordinary more interesting!

Like its namesake, Hotel Rembrandt offers satisfying luxury and convenience in the middle of the busy and residential area of Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Just like all of ArtStream Hospitality Management Group, Inc. (AHMGI) hotels and resorts, Hotel Rembrandt gives you access to all the happening places and events in the area, and great facilities and food in the hotel!

Last night, I attended the new menu launch of Hotel Rembrandt-QC, Le Monet Hotel-Baguio, and Hotel Luna-Vigan. It was held at the ballroom:

Ayala Malls Christmas 2015

5.11.15


I was talking with my sisters earlier about the Ayala Malls Christmas event, while munching on a box of Custaroons. We realized that we're lucky we're not super "emo" during this love-hate season. We thought that maybe it's because we're used to having each other during this time of the year? No matter what, we have family. 

Anyway, I am glad that the Ayala Malls is here to remind us of beloved family traditions and other important things that make Christmas magical and meaningful - more than the lights, fancy decors, and rush shopping.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 2016 The Giving Journal + Holiday Drinks


The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® releases their 2016 The Giving Journal, a journal designed to inspire each individual to pursue their passions and find meaning and fulfillment in everyday moments, while at the same time providing them with the opportunities to give back by helping others!

You'll love the new planners' macaron-ish colors!

Cream Silk Leave-On Cream For Your #Beauty911 #AnytimeAnywhere


There are several moments when my hair just won’t cooperate, and here are the top 3 situations:

1) As a blogger, I have to go to several events in a week day. There are even hectic days when I have to cover 3-5 brand launch! Because I am always on-the-go, and I can't always go to a salon, I often end up with dull and frizzy hair. :p


October Favorites

3.11.15


Life is fast and short, before we knew it, it's already November! I still have a bit of anxiety every time I remember my half-hearted promise to spend the Holidays with my family in Maryland every year... But oh well, financial and time constraints is telling me that there's always a next time. 

Anyway, here are my October favorites! Plans may not be fulfilled on my own time, but life has it's own way of making me appreciate what's here and now. :)

1) Lifehouse Concert was a dream come true! 

Was supposed to watch Gen Ad, but received last minute Patron tickets! Special thanks to @nicherautomatic and SpinnrPH! Read more on this HERE.

Wingstop Updates!


Wingstop Opens in Alabang Town Center

Not your average wings restaurant, Wingstop prides itself in being “a flavor company” that boasts of  ten unique flavors, each able to hold its own within a selection of sauces that include sweet, savory, and spicy variations. 

Good news, it's finally open in the south at the Alabang Town Center!

Disney and Disneyland Memories

2.11.15


When I first went to Disneyland, it was waaay past my childhood already. The experience was super memorable, nonetheless. I was with my long-time friends from high school, people that most probably I'll go with to the theme park if we had the chance and money when we were still kids. But anyway, one is never too old for Disney and Disneyland!

Anagon