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:
Anagon