Virtual YouTube FanFest Philippines returns on August 27-29

Friday, August 27, 2021

The virtual edition of YouTube FanFest (YTFF) returns for its second year in the Philippines, presented by Globe and All Things Hair PH by Unilever. The online event will be divided into three episodes streaming live from August 27 to 29 at 6:00 PM PHT on the YouTube FanFest channel, featuring creators from Cebu and more!

YTFF went virtual for the first time last year in line with the pandemic to provide uplifting content to Filipinos wherever they are and bring everyone together in spirit despite being apart. Aside from this, the online event will continue to celebrate diversity and inclusion through its 2021 show.

True to its mission of inclusion, YTFF is putting a spotlight on creators from Cebu who will open the three-day virtual event. The first episode, dubbed as “Island Life,” features Cebuano creators Medyo Maldito, Raphiel Shannon, and Snake Princess who will take fans on an adventure in the beautiful island of Cebu. Indai Allyn, G-FORCE and The Juans will join them, while Mikey Bustos will be present across the three episodes.

The beauty of diversity shines through on the second day named “Everyone is Beautiful” as lifestyle and beauty creators About RAFAndree BonifacioHazel QuingitsclaudinecoLeshaMadam ElyRaiza ContawiThatsBella, and Tita Krissy Achino will take on a series of exciting challenges and collaborations that will surely make fans smile.

For “The Finale,” some creators from the first and second days will come together with with Benedict CuaChef RV ManabatNatalia GuerreroNiana GuerreroRanz KyleReneĆ© DominiqueSimpolSB19Team Lyqa, and Zack Tabudlo to celebrate diversity, togetherness, and further surprise fans on YouTube in a special entertainment experience.

“YouTube aims to be helpful by providing uplifting content to Filipinos who are staying safe indoors and to our frontline heroes wherever they are. We strive to do this while celebrating diversity and inclusion, bringing together people from several walks of life including creators from our beautiful Pride community and from regions beyond Metro Manila,” said Gabby Roxas, Marketing Head of Google Philippines.      

Roxas added, “We hope this special edition YouTube FanFest will create moments of optimism and bring about a sense of unity online that we all need during this time.”

Some creators will have virtual meet and greet moments in September after the FanFest event. Stay tuned to their social media accounts.

Catch the YouTube FanFest on August 27 to 29 at 6:00 PM PHT on

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After the success of River Where The Moon Rises and Doom At Your Service, Viu, PCCW’s leading   pan-regional OTT video streaming service, announced another Korean Viu Original, Lovers Of The Red Sky. The series tells the story of the first female painter in Joseon, Hong  Cheon Gi  (portrayed by actress  Kim Yoo Jung), and a blind astrologer, Haram (portrayed by Ahn Hyo Sub).

Kim Yoo Jung started as a child star, often portraying the younger counterpart of various lead actresses in hit Korean dramas, including Moon Embracing The Sun and Dong Yi. Now in her 20s, the actress transitioned into a well-loved leading lady — showcasing her acting prowess in Korean dramas such as Clean With Passion For Now and Love In The Moonlight.

The actress has been portraying bright and lovable characters and has starred in several historical genres for more than a decade. Hong Cheon Gi, her character in the series, is also described as confident, optimistic, and  full  of life. She’s a beautiful and talented painter — and being the only female painter in the palace is a testimony to her skills.

Notably known for his portrayal in Dr. Romantic 2, Ahn Hyo Sub is one of Korea’s most sought after leading men. Starting his acting stint in 2015, the actor’s career took off after his portrayal in the drama Thirty But Seventeen and eventually secured several lead roles in only a few years.

Ahn Hyo Sub’s character, Haram, is a mysterious astrologer. Although he is unable to see, Haram has very keen senses. His eyes, described as ruby red, led to society ostracizing him as many believed that they were monstrous. Hence, Haram led a lonely and difficult life. Yet, Hong Cheon Gi described his eyes as beautiful when they first met.

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Also starring along side Ahn Hyo Sub and Kim Yoo Jung are Gong Myung and Kwak Si Yang, who will both portray the role of a Grand Prince. Gong Myung is the happy-go-lucky royalty, Grand Prince Anpyeong, who is more interested in writing and painting. While Kwak Si Yang is the cruel and doubtful Grand Prince Anpyeong, a man who is good at martial arts. Conflicts arise as political struggles become evident when Grand Prince Anpyeong reveals his evil intentions and unjust ways in order to become king.

Directed by Jang Tae Yoo, the director behind the popular and highly acclaimed romantic comedy series My Love From The Star, Viu Original - Lovers Of The Red Sky is expected to be another masterpiece — showcasing romance, comedy, and drama in a historical setting.

Who will sit on the throne? How will Hong Cheon Gi and Haram’s destiny unfold? Their mysterious yet colorful fate starts this August 30, only on Viu!  


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Smart Communications, Inc. recently dropped its latest TVC for Smart Prepaid headlined by K-Pop’s “It” group of 2021 TOMORROW x TOGETHER. 

Fresh off the massive success of its partnership with 21st century pop icons BTS, Smart carries on by teaming up with TOMORROW x TOGETHER (TXT) to promote “Build Your Own GIGA,” a breakthrough feature on the GigaLife App that gives prepaid subscribers the ease and convenience to make their own GIGA promos according to their passion and lifestyle needs. 

“We recognize that many of our young subscribers have different lifestyle needs based on their dreams and various interests. We want to give them the freedom and flexibility to build the perfect GIGA promo with just a few taps on the GigaLife App. This is one of the most efficient ways for Smart to inspire the Filipino youth. Let the young ones set a path for a better tomorrow,” says Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart. 

The choice of TOMORROW X TOGETHER as the young and effervescent headliners for “Build Your Own GIGA” couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Recognized globally as one of music’s top acts and rallied by their fandom called MOA (short for Moments of Alwaysness), the five-member group resonates with Smart Prepaid’s youth-driven purpose. 

“Fans are naturally drawn to the music of TOMORROW X TOGETHER because of their signature sound. The music is similarly distinct, as they connect with their listeners through personal stories about the challenges that comes along with growing-up. With that, they are able to represent our young subscribers’ desire to constantly build on their passions and stay committed to their dreams despite the odds,” said Basas.

In their very first TVC for Smart, a production abundant in special effects and themes exploring virtual reality and digital technology, TOMORROW X TOGETHER shows how Smart Prepaid subscribers can build their own GIGA in five clear and concise steps: 

1. BUILD. HUENINGKAI talks about the ability to choose your preferred promo validity. Options offered are 3 days, 7 days, and 30 days. 

2. PICK. YEONJUN shows how convenient it is to customize your GIGA promo based on your passions – from Video, Stories, Games, Study, Work, or Music.

3. CHOOSE. TAEHYUN presents the option to select from 10GB to 24GB of Open Access Data to access all other sites and apps. 

4. ADD. SOOBIN explains the option to add specific content from the Entertainment Packs on the GigaLife App. 

5. SHARE. BEOMGYU rounds it up with the option to share your own BYOG promo to friends and family. In return, you can earn data rewards and lifestyle perks via GigaPoints, redeemable within the app.

To enjoy the BYOG experience, make sure you download and update the GigaLife App on the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. 

Upon logging in to the GigaLife App, simply tap the BYOG tile, click Build, and customize just as each of TOMORROW X TOGETHER members demonstrated.

For an easier way of paying for your GIGA promos and racking up more GigaPoints, be sure to activate GigaPay with PayMaya on the GigaLife App. Once GigaPay has been enabled, buying load and subscribing to promos on the GigaLife App can be as easy as clicking your preferred offer and swiping across your screen to confirm your purchase.

Get ready to build a new and exciting experience with #SmartTXT. 

For updates on the latest campaigns and offers, follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. 

You may also visit to learn more.

Shopee invites all Filipinos to enjoy the start of the year-end shopping season and the best entertainment at the action-packed 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. 

This September 9, 9:30 PM, viewers can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live to catch exclusive performances from K-Pop girl group TWICE!

TWICE is one of South Korea’s most successful K-Pop acts today, with hits such as Alcohol-Free, Feel Special, and What is Love. Members of ONCE, the official TWICE fandom, can look forward to seeing their favorite idols’ stunning visuals. Even non-fans will enjoy the group’s perfectly choreographed performances.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines said, “We’re thrilled to have the popular K-Pop group TWICE on board as our headline performer at the Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. We’ve prepared a truly action-packed program, so we invite all Filipinos to look forward with joy and excitement as TWICE joins Shopee in celebrating the start of the year-end shopping season. We also encourage users to add to cart while watching, so they don’t miss out on all the great deals.”  

Aside from much-anticipated song and dance numbers from the group, here are a couple of exciting teasers on what to expect during the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special:

Shopee Brand Ambassador Kris Aquino returns to host Shopee Quiz

After her stint as the game master of Shopee Quiz during the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale TV Special, Shopee brand ambassador Kris Aquino returns for another thrilling round of the game with fans.

Millions worth of prizes and other giveaways  

Users can tune in for several chances to win millions worth of cash prizes and giveaways. Two lucky viewers each get to win a house and lot.

Viewers should stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks. Find out more about 9.9 Super Shopping Day here:

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

New Bangtan Merch Alert: SMART Releases BTS Limited Edition Prepaid Kit!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

The long wait is over as Smart + BTS bring on the fire to set your Giga Life alight with the limited Special Edition Prepaid Kit. 

The Smart + BTS Special Edition Prepaid Kit comes with an exclusive FREE poster, Php400 worth of Prepaid Load, and a SIM pack with up to 9 GB FREE data to cover all your connectivity needs – whether it’s for watching the latest BTS music videos, surfing fan sites for updates, or sharing uplifting BTS messages to your social media circles. 

Smart Prepaid subscribers also get the opportunity to collect seven glossy paperbag designs featuring all seven members. 

The “event promo of the year” will be available starting August 24 via the Smart Online Store and Smart Official Stores in Lazada, Shopee & GrabMart. The Smart + BTS Special Edition Prepaid Kit will also be made available at Smart Stores depending on the quarantine status by Aug. 31. 

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we received since the announcement of our groundbreaking partnership with BTS. We’re inspired by your response to our collaboration, and this is why we’re always looking for ways to bring you closer to your favorite pop icons,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

Just saw a sneak peek of the OT7 paperbag! Excited to get my hands on these merch!

Cebu Pacific announces migration of GetGo to Go Rewards

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Cebu Pacific announces that its loyalty program GetGo is now Go Rewards, the lifestyle and rewards program of the Gokongwei group. This gives everyJuan more ways to enjoy deals and benefits from its many partner brands.

With this migration, GetGo points earned BEFORE January 1, 2020 are converted into Cebu Pacific Travel Fund. This virtual wallet may be used to purchase new flights and add-ons (and even taxes and fees) on the CEB website.

Points earned from January 1, 2020 onwards are converted into Go Rewards points. One (1) Go Rewards point is equivalent to PHP1.00, and can be redeemed by the member for the flights with CEB or purchases in over 2,000 retail stores.

GetGo members have been informed of their corresponding point conversions via registered email.

“We are excited to be part of this new and improved loyalty program where we are now able to offer more rewards and options for our customers,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and customer experience.

Under Go Rewards, members can earn and redeem points from purchases in Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, The Marketplace, Shopwise, Southstar Drug, True Value, Daiso, Toys R Us, Mini Stop, Daiso Japan, No Brand, Caltex, and Handy Man, and many more. 

Members can also enjoy exclusive deals and coupons that they can discover via the Go Rewards app.  

Members with GetGo loyalty cards may exchange them for the new Go Rewards Classic card. Simply present the old GetGo card in any Robinsons Retail store, and immediately activate the card through the Go Rewards app to easily view your points.

GetGo members with existing Go Rewards membership can conveniently merge both accounts through the Go Rewards app.

On the other hand, GetGo members who are new to Go Rewards can merge their GetGo membership by downloading the Go Rewards app, selecting “Register”, and then linking their GetGo account. After doing so, the GetGo number will be deactivated, and the new Go Rewards number will be the membership account moving forward. 

Live the life you deserve in the new normal

Monday, August 16, 2021

With telecommuting and distance learning likely to continue for at least another year or so, there is a need to have space arrangements for work-from-home individuals and students. This is a challenge for real estate developers - to provide quality, safe, and healthy living spaces so homeowners can live their lives with ease and in style in the new normal.

Raise, Live, and Connect with RLC Residences

With three-decade-long experience in residential developments, RLC Residences understands this new market needs, and their developments are anchored on a commitment to “Raise, Live, and Connect.”

The “Raise, Live, and Connect” brand promise resonates with what the property market is looking for right now, which are well-designed and stylish living spaces with areas for work, recreation, and relaxation, so these homes are havens for living, learning, and working. After all, this is where we spend the most time in, so it’s important that we love every aspect of it.

RLC Residences addresses prospective homeowners’ need for a place where they can feel comfortable, safe, and live life harmoniously in the new normal.

Work-from-home spaces

RLC Residences has condominium developments that feature units and facilities suited for individuals who are either working or studying at home. One of them is SYNC, a high-rise property along C5 Road, Bagong Ilog, Pasig City.

The studio and one-bedroom unit offerings of SYNC have provisions for work-from-home spaces to ensure maximized productivity while at the comforts of their own home.

Sierra Valley Gardens, a residential area tucked within the Sierra Valley in Taytay, Rizal, also features the same provision space inside its studio and one-bedroom offerings. This condominium property is nestled within an 18-hectare mixed-use property of Robinsons Land Corporation east of Metro Manila, a place envisioned to be a premier lifestyle destination estate.

In Cebu, AmiSa Private Residences will soon unfold its future development in addition to the existing three residential towers. Aside from providing a vacation-like lifestyle to homeowners, this community will also feature units with work-from-home spaces to empower work performance for those who prefer to work with a sea view.

Daycare centers

In the future, when things get back to the way they were, safe and secure areas for kids within the property will be a great help to homeowners. This is something RLC Residences has envisioned for its developments through incorporating provisions for daycare centers. This is clearly a need as parents with young children are working from home or at the office, and their kids require access to areas where they can stay and play for a few hours each day.

SYNC Y, the second of the development’s four towers launched early this year, has a dedicated space for a daycare operator in the future. It also features kiddie pools and an outdoor play area, allowing children to have fun without leaving the comforts of the property.

Sierra Valley Gardens also has its own daycare area for kids, alongside its kid’s outdoor and indoor play areas. These facilities come alongside other lifestyle amenities that homeowners and their families can use for their convenience.

Learn more about these RLC Residences developments by connecting with their Property Specialist or visiting

You may also follow them on and Instagram at @rlc_residences.  

Kdramas and KMovies to Watch this August on Viu

Sunday, August 15, 2021



Genre: Romance Drama

The first non-English film to win the Best Motion Picture award at the 2020 Oscars. It likewise earned the Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay and Bong Joon Ho’s first Academy as Best Director. A powerful movie that depicts social inequalities portrayed by a powerhouse ensemble! 


Genre: Romance Drama

When a letter and cassette tape from 23 years ago show up at a radio station, the radio DJ and his old friends reminisce on the bittersweet summer they last spent together as kids. Every summer, Soo Ok (Kim So Hyun - River Where the Moon Rises, The Tale of Nokdu, Radio Romance) patiently waits for her friends Beom Sil (Do Kyung Soo a.k.a D.O from EXO - 100 Days My Prince), San Dol (Yeon Jun Suk - Iljimae), Gae Deok (Lee David - Hotel Del Luna, Bring It On, Ghost), and Gil Ja (Joo Ah Reum - Be My Dream Family, Graceful Friends) to arrive back to their hometown island. Watch this summer filled with fun, romance, and tragedy.


The Road: Tragedy of One

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Adapted from a novel "One Tragedy" by Norizuki Rintaro, is a gripping story of the secrets, desires, guilts, and salvation of affluent residents who live at "Royal the Hill". Baek Soo Hyun (Ji Jin Hee) is a popular and respected anchorman whose statements are always taken as truth. But when away from the public eye, Soo Hyun is cold-hearted and stops at nothing to get what he wants. Soo Hyun is married to Seo Eun Soo (Yoon Se Ah - Melting Me Softly, Sky Castle, Good Witch), the daughter of the chairman of the Jegang Group, an influential heavyweight in the society. On a torrential rainy night a tragic incident takes place and the secrets connected with it result in silence, avoidance, and confusion, which eventually leads to more tragedies. 

Police University 

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Crime

A 16-episode series that revolves around a police university professor, Yoo Dong Man (Cha Tae Hyun - Birthcare Center, Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation, Matrimonial Chaos) with 20 years' experience in crime detection and a talented computer hacker, Kang Seon Ho (Jung Jin Young - Love in the Moonlight, Miss Granny) who joins the university as a freshman in hopes to change his ways. Also a freshman, Oh Kang Hee (Krystal Jung - Prison Playbook, The Bride of Habaek, The Heirs) works tirelessly to achieve her dream of becoming a police officer. Watch them come together for a joint investigation and witness their adventures. 

Watch these and a whole lot more of your other favorite KDramas, reality and variety shows, Japanese dramas and Anime, Chinese dramas, Thai dramas, Viu Originals, TagDubOnViu and MORE for FREE! Download the Viu app now and #ViuItRight!

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Airbnbs in Siargao for the Ultimate Island Experience

Friday, August 13, 2021

Hailed by Time Magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Places in 2021, Siargao turned into a go-to destination whether for the weekend or for a couple of months.

Once an undiscovered hideaway for surfing enthusiasts, Siargao is now a growing tourist destination for its island charm. It fostered a community between locals, business owners, and tourists, making Siargao appealing to guests.

First-time visitors though may be overwhelmed by the wide variety of activities to explore, restaurants to try and breathtaking scenery to capture. But fret not! Siargao is home to amazing Airbnb Hosts who go the extra mile to provide you with tips and tricks on how to live like a local.

Tarzan’s Treehouse hosted by Julio and Cyd

Tarzan’s Treehouse is a passion-driven eco-friendly project by Hosts Julio and Clyd. Built mainly with natural materials including wood, bamboo and nipa, the treehouse offers floor-to-ceiling windows providing breathtaking views of the sea and lush palm trees all around. From the cosy hammock to attic bedroom and outdoor patio, guests will truly enjoy exploring every nook and cranny. What’s more, Julio and Clyd have jotted down a list of  their favourite local suggestions including top restaurants, motor bike rentals and airport transfers in a small notebook awaiting you in the treehouse.

Nestled halfway between General Luna and Cloud 9, this beautiful two-storey  residence hosted by Hosts Cecile and Mark is both comfortable and stylish, and comes furnished with a lounge, fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, and a gallery style loft bedroom with a spacious work desk on the second floor.  Cecile and Mark live just next door, and are quick to attend to any guest requests and provide you with freshly picked coconuts daily. On top of it all, the stay comes with two of the friendliest dogs  — Mowgli and Baloo — who can accompany you on long walks along the beach!

Native Beachfront Cabana hosted by Grace

Surrounded by palm trees and beautiful scenery, this rustic cabana is the perfect spot for family get-togethers. Enjoy private access to a secluded beach away from the hustle and bustle of Siargao, and gorgeous sea views at dawn and dusk. Host Grace and her family cook delicious local meals for their guests too, leaving you with a unique experience you’ll never forget.

Triangle Palms Native Villa hosted by Edward

Designed to resemble a traditional Filipino home, Triangle Palms’ villas will provide guests with a memorable experience filled with lush greens and birds chirping, and leave the place feeling rejuvenated. Host Edward will also provide you with a list of the best restaurants and attractions around the island, and arrange personalized island tours for a truly unforgettable island experience!

Mao Mao Surf hosted by Marco & Chara

Mao Mao Surf’s eco-friendly jungle huts come equipped with modern tropical interiors and surfboards for beach-loving guests. Situated just five minutes away from popular surf spots and restaurants but still far enough from the noise, guests can enjoy a cozy bonfire under the stars. Hosts Marco and Chara will serve up delicious breakfast every morning, and hook you up with awesome surf trainers for some serious wave lessons!

Did the idea of living on an island crossed your mind this year? I wonder if it's something I will try at least once in this lifetime! 

Airbnb hosts like Julio and Cyd, Cecil and Mark, Grace, Edward and Marco and Chara are sharing their places, stories and love for Siargao with the world through hosting. These Siargao Hosts, together with Airbnb’s community of passionate Hosts, are dedicated to creating a world where anyone can belong anywhere, providing healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable.

Note: All stays referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific stay or experience listings on the Airbnb platform.


Join the FREE Korean Food Online Cooking Class with The Maya Kitchen this Saturday!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Maya Kitchen kicks off August cooking classes with FREE Korean Cooking Class!

It's time to learn a new skill even when we're still staying at home. The Maya Kitchen is inviting everyone to a Korean Cooking Class for FREE on Facebook Live this Saturday, 10AM to 12NN. Let's learn how to cook authentic Korean dishes featured in your favorite K-dramas!

Tune into their Facebook Live ( to learn how to make bibimbap, the popular Korean dish of mixed rice topped with meat and vegetables, as well as banchan or Korean side dishes. Ingredients will be posted on Facebook before class starts, and it will be an interactive class since The Maya Kitchen chefs will be answering questions during the online session.

Aside from the free class, The Maya Kitchen also has a great slew of classes for the rest of the month!    

Easy Cooking Ideas for Menu Planning

August 28 (Saturday) 10AM - 12PM, Php 2500, via ZOOM

Get menu-planning guidance and cook along with The Maya Kitchen’s very own Chef Cha, in this fully interactive Zoom class.

All enrollees will also get one of The Maya Kitchen’s best-selling menu-planning cookbooks for free - Mix & Match Meals Book 6: Your 4-Week Menu Guide to Easy Gourmet Cooking

Tempura And Karaage Online Cooking Class

September 4 (Saturday) 10AM - 12PM, Php 2500, via ZOOM

Learn how to cook your bento box favorites! Also via Zoom, the Maya Kitchen’s chef instructors walk you through how to make Chicken Kaarage, crunchy deep-fried pieces of marinated chicken, and Ebi and Vegetable Tempura, shrimp and veggies lightly coated in batter and deep-fried to crispy perfection. 

Sign up today!  

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol Now in Shopee and Lazada!

Monday, August 09, 2021

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brings safety right to your doorstep as they launch their new Shopee and Lazada flagship stores!

More than a year in quarantine, I can't imagine going out without a bottle of alcohol, or not frequently washing my hands. I think it's a habit ingrained already to keep myself and my loved ones safe.

Even with the roll out of vaccination programs, we're reminded to continue following health protocols. I remember after getting my jab, the person administering my vaccine said, "You are now fully vaccinated ma'am, but tuloy padin po sa pag ingat a," This means will still have to follow regular washing of hands, maintaining physical distancing, disinfecting with at least 70% alcohol solution, and proper sanitation. 

I started using Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol late last year, and after using a lot of alcohol brands, I truly feel that Defensil does its job well. Recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), it kills 99.9% of germs and starts to kill them on contact! 

Early this year, I made alcohol spray bottles for my sister's intimate wedding souvenir for her guests. I was using another brand but I ran out, so I got my extra Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol to refill the rest of the spray bottles. Brand A kept the sticker I placed on the bottle unscathed, but Defensil totally erased it! I realized how powerful its cleaning properties are compared to other alcohol solutions.

What a surprise! Coz even with its cleaning action, Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol is hypo-allergenic and has moisturizing properties. I never experienced dry hands while using it! Try it for yourself, Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol is now available in its online stores in 60 mL, 250 mL, 350mL, 500 mL, 1L, and 3.7 L or 1 GaL bottles. 

Shopee | Lazada

Pest Control Tips: How to Avoid Pests Around Your Home

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Ever since working-from-home started, people gave more attention to their households. From room makeovers to home tech upgrades, we're making sure that we are surrounded by things that make everyday life a little bit easier and more comfortable for us.

One of the things my family gave attention to earlier this year is pest control. Cockroaches, termites, mosquitoes and ants not only damage properties, but they are also carriers of germs and diseases. We tried a professional pest control service, but for the meantime we're trying to avoid letting in other people inside the house. 

In case you're dealing with pests at home, here are measures that you can take aside from calling for professional help:

1. If you're a plantito / plantita, try growing plants and herbs that repel pests! Here are some of these natural mosquito repellents that you can put in a pot and spread around your home: Citronella, mint, lemongrass, rosemary, basil, and flowers such as marigold, lavender, and calendula. This page listed 12 plants that can be used as natural mosquito repellent

2. Double check all your screens. We've always had these nets as barriers on our windows and swinging doors to prevent house flies, mosquitoes, spiders, and other pests from coming inside the house. If there are holes and small tears, repair or replace them as soon as possible. Also, check on those small, unsealed gaps around your doors or electrical line pipes. Preventing pests from coming inside your home is still the best solution!

3. Make your own mosquito traps. You can actually create this simple but effective ovitrap (or "egg trap") using things you already have at home. These traps stop mosquitoes by targeting their source. If you want to make one, check the instructions for an ovitrap here. This is safe even for pet owners, as ovitraps do not contain dangerous poisons to rid mosquitoes. 

4. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so make sure to eliminate places in your yard where water can collect. Check trash can lids, empty pots and buckets. Places to check: pool / inflatables, old tires, roof gutters, fountains, bird baths.

5. Aside from plants, you can also use their oil alternatives to repel insects like fleas and mosquitoes. Light those citronella candles, or use oils such as lavender, lemon eucalyptus, or lemongrass on your diffusers. You can also make your own DIY bug sprays using some of these oils and other accessible ingredients found on every kitchen.

These are just some measures that you can apply to your own homes to ensure the safety of your family. At the end of the day, make sure to keep your house clean and well-maintained inside and out. By having general cleanups, you can avoid pests before they become a problem. 

My screen time went up over the past months when I started working from home. 

Before, my social media time were limited to my commutes to events, and laptop time for days I had to write. But now it's as if I am using my gadgets 80% of the day! 

Peculiar Eyewear introduces stylish glasses that have UV400 and BlueLight blocking technology. They are the only eyewear in the Philippines to have certification for these features! I used my pair while writing my blogs or watching Netflix to avoid negative effects of ultraviolet radiation, high-energy visible blue light. Blue light exposure may increase the risk of macular degeneration, and contributes to digital eye strain.

Here are more information about this brand:

- Peculiar Eyewear, Passes International Standard for USA and Europe.

- All Peculiar Eyewear are assembled in the Philippines! From cutting the lens, to testing the lens for quality control.

- Eyeglass/Eyewear comes with a free protective case and microfiber wiper, harmful light tester so you can check the eyewear yourself!

- Wearing their frames can also prevent headache, migraine and other eyes irritating problem cause of too much exposure from harmful rays.

Here are my favorite styles from Peculiar Eyewear 

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1. Peculiar x Ces.Style Classy Baby SILVER Transition PRO Antiradiation for men and women (What I'm using now)

2. Peculiar Eyewear LEVI Aviator Anti radiation Replaceable Lens Computer Eyewear for Men and Women

3. Peculiar HUGO Square GOLD Peculiar Photochromic TransitionPRO Antiradiation for men and women

All pairs from Peculiar Eyewear are unisex, and affordable. You can shop for your protective eyeglasses here.