Showing posts from December, 2017

Best Year? A 2017 Rundown of Faves

Hello friends! I am slowly writing this on the eve of New Year's Eve (most prob will finish this tomorrow in time for NYE), I can already hear fireworks outside.

Days prior this, I was afraid I won't have the energy to post my usual year-ender (essay writing since my Multiply blogging days, hehe). First, I was just too lazy LOL. I have so many travel backlogs, and I can't seem to skip on all of them for this! Secondly, maybe because I don't think I will easily get over 2017, it's as if I don't want this year to end!

Autumn in Japan Day 3: Side-Trip to Yokohama + Fails and Wins in Travels

Day 3 in Japan was undoubtedly filled with fails. The positive person that I am, I was trying to make it look okay in front of my Tokyo travel buddy Deegee.

First was getting lost in Yokohama. I went down the wrong station, which entailed suuuuper loooong walk to our destination. I was so stubborn that I said to myself, malalakad na yan! But it's so embarrassingly far pa pala, haha!

Autumn in Japan Day 2: Maple Leaves in Ueno Park + Futuristic Odaiba + Second Time in Ichiran!

As I went from merely a travel buddy to a travel organizer during the past years, I learned more and more on how to strategize how one should create an itinerary--thanks to so many trial and error.

I used to just research the must-visit places, and then copy-paste all these interesting Googled information in my Word document before arranging them to fill up all the days on my trip--complete with time and number of hours we should stay on one point. I am a bit of a "just wing it!" person not in terms of just going with the flow and not listing places I wanna go, but more of just relying on asking people for directions and mode of transpo on the day of the travel. But all these mistakes I made along the way, wasted money on taxi fares because I didn't know they don't have trains in Jeju to go around the city, or wasted time in Japan because I didn't know that some places are just too far IRL, made me learn my lesson. Be prepared, yes, but also be a little bit more…

Autumn in Japan Day 1: Hello Again Shibuya + We Stayed in a Library!

I can't seem to pick just one memory that I think is the best for me during my recent Japan trip. Every moment stood out, they glow like a beautiful autumn day in Shinjuku Gyoen Park (naks ang poetiiic!). I am so so excited to finally start with this blog series which I feel is super duper long overdue. I usually just take 1-2 weeks to finish my travel post series para fresh pa ang memories, but this time, I was swamped with work and other responsibilities so I had to set aside my blog ka-oc-han. Now that Christmas is approaching and the only thing left in my calendar are the Christmas parties... I can finally start with you Japan.

Vivo to showcase newest mobile phone technology at the Consumer Technology Association™ 2018

Global smartphone brand Vivo is participating in the Consumer Technology Association™ (CES) 2018 where it will showcase the Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology with its global partner Synaptics. Vivo’s exhibit will feature the brand’s first ready-to-produce smartphone featuring an industry-leading in-display fingerprint sensor supported by Synaptics. The Vivo phone to use this leading technology and its availability will be announced in early 2018.
CES is an assembly of global brands and companies which thrive on consumer technologies. It has served as a global stage for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years. The gathering will be held at Las Vegas in Nevada, USA.

Vivo’s participation in the CES 2018 is just part of the brand’s effort to maintain its position in the global mobile phone arena. Vivo constantly innovates and improves user experience through the maintenance of its six research and development centers, continuously improving their products and exc…

Cebu Food Crawl with My Sun Cellular Fam!

There are things I can't help but associate in certain places. Like coffee when I go to Davao, and shopping whenever I'm in Japan (haha!). When it comes to Cebu, it's always good food!
The second leg of my recent Visayas trip was in the beautiful, sunny south of the Philippines. Cebu is the first capital of the country, and actually Cebu City is our oldest city! I like going here because they have the best of both worlds: a lively city life and a well-preserved natural environment. Cebu is also very rich in history! On my first time in this province, there's so much old houses, monuments, and churches that we visited. Later on, I still have so much to see like the newer Sirao Garden and Temple of Leah. But always, it is not a Cebu trip if I don't get to try newly discovered local restos, cafes, bakeries, and bars!
With my food crawl buddies Pax and Kristine! We are all Sun Cellular ambassadors, and they sent us to Cebu to cover the annual Cebu Food Crawl... Yey!

How to go from Bohol to Cebu (via ferry)

My maleta and my legs squeezed inside the tiny tricycle on my way to Tagbilaran's seaport:

A lookback at Vivo’s 2017 successful entertainment marketing strategy

Vivo is a global brand known for its selfie-centric smartphones which represents the brand’s mission of empowering self-expression of the next generation. 
It features the most advanced technologies, not only to the cameras but to all aspects, from photo shooting to display, helping media-savvy and social media devoted consumers to capture and enjoy their most significant moments. In the Philippines, Vivo places third in the most popular smartphone brand with at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores an counting nationwide. On a global scale, there are already about 200 million Vivo users in 2017. Vivo attributes its success to its innovative spirit and topnotch marketing strategy. With all these facts in place, it is no wonder that a lot of today’s most stylish local celebrities chose to support Vivo.
Mccoy Deleon and Verniece Enciso with Vivo Brand Driector Annie Lim, Vice President Hazel Bascon and CEO Ted Shone:

A Very Korean Saturday + The Opening of Nature Republic in Venice Piazza Grand Canal Mall (Daming Promo!)

Last Saturday was very Korean-themed for me.. and hindi sadya! Aside from scheduling our Korean Christmas Party on that day, I also got an invite for the opening of the new branch of Nature Republic here in Manila. I learned that Ava was also invited to the launch, so we decided to drop by together at the Venice Piazza Grand Canal Mall in Fort to check it out before going to the party.

Uncovering the secrets of Vivo’s success in 2017

There was just no stopping Vivo this 2017. The global smartphone brand proved to be the fastest growing in terms of popularity amongst the young and the hip crowd in the Philippines, settling itself on the third spot in the market beyond brands Apple, Huawei, LG, and Asus. To date, Vivo has at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores in the Philippines.
But before finding fame in the Philippines in early 2016, Vivo has already been named as one of the top 5 global smartphone brands and observed the highest year-over-year growth of 32% in global shipments. Vivo’s success remains unprecedented with 200 million Vivo global users and 19 overseas markets in 2017. 

Proud Pinoy Juice Brand Locally Was At The ASEAN Summit!

My favorite local juice brand  Locally Blended Juice Drinks was a star during the recent ASEAN summit here in the country!
Beyond the ceremonious meetings and business conferences,Locally lightened up and freshened up the recently concluded 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila. How cool is that!

About that Barbie Dress

Yesterday, for our first ever Korean Christmas Party, I went in a very girly, very pink Barbie dress! Although I am more of a midi skirt and athleisure kind of girl, it's fun to dress up once in a while especially when people don't expect it! Yesterday's occasion felt like the perfect chance to wear the dress I got from Plains and Prints' recent collaboration with my childhood favorite doll!

My Favorite Christmas

If I have to pick just one Christmas that's the best for me, it's the time my whole family was in the States to celebrate white Christmas with our relatives there. Core memory level 100. That's about four years ago already, but I look back to bits and pieces of the good times we had sooo clearly as if I am recalling something that just happened a few weeks ago.

Disneyland with the family, years delayed (from our childhood) but still as magical as I expected it to be:

Things To Do In Bohol

I went to Bohol around two years ago for a media event. Everything's laid out for us, so we just followed the itinerary of the brand. One of the memorable activities I was able to tick from my "Bohol must list" is the bike zipline. It was part of the challenges we had to accomplish, and since I wanted my team to win, I did it even though it was raining so hard when it was my turn!

Vivo's Latest Brand Influencers: Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal, Inigo Pascual, and Chienna Filomeno

Vivo introduces their newest brand influencers, composed of fresh faces from network ABS-CBN.  Before the introduction of local brand influencers, Vivo wowed the smartphone industry by signing up NBA superstar Stephen Curry as Vivo’s biggest ambassador September of 2016. In November 2017, during the grand launch of the Vivo V7+ in Manila, Vivo introduced their newest local brand endorsers. Some of these endorsers were actress, dancer, and singer Loisa Andalio, actress, dancer, talented teen heartthrob Inigo Pascual, and television personality Maris Racal, and model-actress Chienna Filomeno.
Loisa during her Vivo Clearer selfie tour at SM Dasma

My First UBER Ride + My Year With UBER

Last night, I realized when and where I had my first UBER ride ever. Ruth reminded me it was with her! This was during one of UBER's first events in the country in partnership with Zap Crawl in Greenhills. I had to search my blog post on this event just to check!!
So here's my first ever UBER driver Kuya Sonny!!!

The Magic of Christmas + SM Aura's IG Worthy Christmas Installation!

One of my best friends just came home from Korea! Ava was with the Korea Tourism Organization's 2nd batch of Korea trip for winter so we weren't able to see each other for around a week (even during Bloggers United, huhu!). In perfect timing, we had events yesterday around Fort / BGC area so we decided to meetup in SM Aura first and eat our favorite Sushi Nori at their food court!

Selfie Salute: Vivo local endorsers unite with the brand in support of Marawi soliders

In the light of the victory won against Islamic rebel fighters in Marawi and the recent extension of the Martial Law in the city for another year, Vivo Philippines has been extending their support in more ways than one. Just in time for Christmas, the 5th biggest global smartphone brand launched a special Christmas video in honor of the brave soldiers who risked their lives in the conflict in Marawi. The touching video, which captured the hearts of many, depicts a touching story of a widow, her children, and a husband and father they lost in the Marawi conflict and the people who reached out to them to return the priceless favor.

Why Book Your 2018 Travels This Month?

Few more days till the year ends, and for sure you are already planning and scheming that 2018 is going to be awesome! My game plan? To "See The World" more!
If, like me, you also want to travel more next year, then I encourage you to book your flights via AirAsia. Why? They have an ongoing campaign to raise one million pesos to provide sponsorship program for many children as direct recipients across the country. For every AirAsia seats booked or sold in the Philippines from December 1 to 31, 2017, Php 5 will be automatically donated to World Vision's child sponsorship program! More reasons to book those tickets now.

GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN: Leather Belt, Fanny Packs, Etc.

For me, the hardest na bigyan ng gifts are the men in my life. There's my dad, my titos, and my best friend Paul. If you're also stumped with choices, I discovered these classic and enduring McJim Classic Leather products that are high-quality and super maaappreciate ng men of your life kasi sobrang useful. Here are some of these finely crafted leather accessories that you can give to your lolo, dad, guy friends, husband, etc:

BoybandPH celebrates first anniversary in a Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour

Well-loved Filipino all-male group BoybandPH recently celebrated the first anniversary of their official establishment as a band last December 9, a Sunday, at the Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour in Starmall Alabang.
BoybandPH is composed of Russel Reyes, Niel Murillo, Ford Valencia, Tristan Ramirez, and Joao Constancia, five talented young men who pursued their dreams and became the first winner of the musical reality show in ABS-CBN, the “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” December last year. 
BoybandPH celebrates first year in entertainment during the Vivo Mall Tour at Starmall in Alabang

Leaving Seoul Too Soon! Last Day in Korea: Wax Museum of K-Idols + Pamper Sesh in Gangnam + Seoul Sky (DAY 3)

My recent Korea trip with KTO is one of the shortest but packed trip I've been to this year. It's also one of the most memorable, experiencing Seoul again but this time with one of my closest blog friends Pax. I really appreciate these biglaan moments! I also finally saw Korea glimmering with reds and golds in its full autumn glory, something I've been Pinteresting since 2 years ago. Dreams really do come true! 

On our last day, we checked out of our hotel as soon as we went out so we don't have to go back again when we run for our night flight. Sched and our guides are all very efficient. It was my first time to see our hotel's reception area during the day, and it's so aesthetically pleasing. It's like entering a popular retro bar, I can almost imagine classic jazz and blues playing as our background music!

Salute to heroes: Vivo gives back to Marawi soldiers by way of a special outreach affair

Vivo Philippines, in the true spirit of a Filipino Christmas, decides to give back to the heroic deeds of the soldiers who fought in Marawi by spending the afternoon with them last December 17 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Hospital in V. Luna, Quezon City. 
Vivo Philippines give honor to the Marawi soldiers at a special outreach affair at the AFP hospital.

Spring or Autumn? Planning the Dates for your Korea Trip

Before I begin my post on our last day in Seoul, I will try my very best to answer these frequently asked questions I recently got in my blog post comments: When's the best time to go for autumn? What are the specific dates I went for a spring trip so I can see cherry blossoms?

One Music Popssss Presented by Vivo concludes

Vivo, the fastest growing global smartphone brand focusing on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography in smartphones, collaborated with One Music PH for Popssss, an online show that is part of the roster of shows of ABS-CBN’s One Music PH. Popssss, powered by Vivo Philippines, featured fresh and seasoned talents in the local music scene. The first season of Popssss, which launched in February this year, featured former child star and now soap opera star and recording artist Alexa Ilacad in its successful pilot episode with Vivo influencer Inigo Pascual hosting the program.
Ultimate Teen Heartthrob Inigo and Pinoy Boyband contender Tony Labrusca