My 2023 TMIs (Year-End Essay Post, HEHE)

Sunday, December 31, 2023

I thought adjustments were made in 2022, but this year has been akin to riding a horror house rollercoaster. A lot of changes happened. A bit of TMI, I tried applying for a scholarship (masters in digital communications) in Korea early part of the year but didn't pass the process. As they say, when one door closes, another one opens—but I think this rejection didn't just open another door but even the veranda sliding doors and windows totally broke free this year lol.

My favorite photo of 2023, in my little hanok home in Andong. First morning at the village, opened the creeking sliding doors, and everything's so serene and beautiful.

Hamilo Coast’s Pico Terraces: elevate your lifestyle with an upscale beach home

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Imagine the sensory delight one would derive from a condo dwelling that looks out not on traffic-clogged streets but on the lush naturescape that surrounds it. Visualize this residential suite as your serene retreat that is tucked within the picturesque Pico De Loro Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas, affording residents a generous view of nature and the mountainscape.

This is Pico Terraces, Hamilo Coast’s newest residential community. Developed by Costa Del Hamilo Inc., a duly recognized company under SM Prime. Pico Terraces was initially launched earlier this year, yet a few months after, it is now offering its second building, an achievement that reflects people’s growing preference for residences that positively impact health and well-being.


Pico Terraces, Hamilo Coast’s newest residential community was initially launched earlier this year, and is now on its second building just a few months after.

Good night Keeks, see you later!

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

I wrote this on the day my dog of almost 15 years (14 year and 9 months to be exact) passed away. I was filled with emotions, so there is no organization when I wrote this. I just needed to write everything so my "1TB brain" will never forget. I am re-reading and posting this now so I can somehow immortalize my emotions. Death is such a cruel part of life, but it is also the biggest proof of how one can love and be loved so much. Thank you so much Keeks! You are the best dog I ever had.

Bern Baguio: Experience Luxury Living at its Peak

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Luxury finds a new home in the idyllic outskirts of Baguio City.

Bern, a four-tower high-end residential complex by Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., will soon rise amid the stunning splendor of this fog-kissed highlands—with its wooded slopes, the crisp mountain air, majestic pine trees, and breathtaking landscapes.

Through its luxury residential arm Brittany Corp., Vista Land is creating a quaint Swiss-inspired haven along Outlook Drive, where future residents will soon get to revel in its serene yet refined ambiance. This up and coming exclusive community in the City of Pines follows the success of Brittany’s other Swiss-inspired enclave in Tagaytay called Crosswinds.

Exclusive, unrivaled experiences await at Bern, with a host of curated lifestyle features, world-class facilities and amenities located at the peak of the four towers.

Vista Shaw, The Spectrum, Wil Tower, and Laureano di Trevi Towers unveil big-cut units

Friday, December 22, 2023

Four prestigious condo developments—Vista Land’s Vista Shaw, The Spectrum, Wil Tower, and Laureano di Trevi Towers—recently unveiled their big-cut units at an exclusive event called  “Plethora,” which was held at the Brittany Hotel in Taguig City. The special occasion drew a distinguished gathering that included business partners, valued clients and investors, visionary architects, and dedicated employees.   

The special occasion drew a distinguished gathering that included business partners, valued clients and investors, visionary architects, and dedicated employees.

Puregold Keeps the Panalo Spirit This Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

In this country with the longest Christmas season, festive parols have long gone up and homes are merry and bright with garlands of dazzling holiday lights. Indeed, there’s no stopping Filipinos from going the whole nine yards in celebrating the season that is closest to their hearts. This means putting a lot of effort into making the holidays truly special for their families and loved ones.

Puregold celebrates Pambansang Hakot Day on December 12, where customers will be treated to 10% off of all items, with no minimum purchase

Highlands Residences: Experience all things Tagaytay Highlands all at once

Monday, December 11, 2023

fTagaytay Highlands has earned a distinct reputation as the Philippines’ most exclusive residential complex of its kind and scale. Lending its unique character are signature log cabins and lush mountain ranges set amidst a year-round nippy breeze that create a stunning landscape perfect for luxury living and outdoor relaxation.

(Artist’s perspective of Auburn Tower) Highlands Residences is where one’s story comes to life. Located amid the Highlands enclave’s cool mountain air, this low-density condominium development redefines the idea of mountain living

Bobbie Nails unveils new gel polish colors for every occasion

Friday, November 24, 2023

 Paint your nails with long-lasting vibrant shades with new Bobbie Nails Gel Polish

Every woman deserves to have nicely manicured nails that last a long time. Whether they’re spending the day at the office or just doing errands at home, Bobbie Nails has got them covered with its new line of Gel Polish.

Toby’s Sports Celebrates 45 Years of Excellence

Thursday, November 23, 2023

The Philippines’ Largest Sporting Goods Retailer Marks Enduring Legacy; Continues to Inspire Next Generation of Champions

Pasig City – November 20, 2023 – Toby's Sports, the Philippines' number one sporting goods store and the Home of Champions, proudly announces its momentous 45th-anniversary celebration. For four and half decades, Toby's Sports has been the unwavering beacon of support for athletes, sports enthusiasts, and champions in the making, fueling the sporting dreams of countless Filipinos. From the very first goal to the triumphant finish line, Toby’s Sports has been there every step of the way, providing Filipinos with the finest sports gear that empower champions.

DTI Bagwis Award, given by Bagwis Award Chairman & Toby's Sports Receives  DTI Bagwis Award Presented by DTI Director Atty. Marcus Valdez II to Toby's Sports Founder And Chairman Emeritus Mr. Bobby Claudio and Quorum International Inc CEO Mr. Jojo Claudio. Also pictured William Llaguno and Lawrence Navarro.

Cebu Pacific Makes the Holidays More Exciting with November Piso Sale

Thursday, November 09, 2023

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading airline, is granting every Juan their holiday wish this November as it rolls out its signature Piso Sale.

The global popstar, Jung Kook, has set the world ablaze with the drop of his first solo album, GOLDENTo celebrate and further fuel excitement around the highly anticipated release, Spotify is bringing fans closer to the global superstar and his music in new ways, from exclusive bonus content to viral takeovers.


Monday, November 06, 2023

Actor Park Hyung-sik is confirmed to hold a major Fan Conference in Manila this 2024, his management agency P&Studio has announced.

The Spectrum offers more flexibility with its 2-bedroom units

Friday, November 03, 2023

Nothing screams new beginnings quite like moving to Ortigas. As one of Metro Manila's central business districts, Ortigas has long been deemed a haven for those seeking growth opportunities in their professional lives. 

Spectrum residents will find themselves within arm's reach of myriad attractions from popular dining destinations that cater to the diverse palate of the district's workforce. 

Cebu Pacific's First Narita-Manila SAF-Powered Flight Takes Off

Monday, October 30, 2023

NARITA-- Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) operated Flight 5J 5055 from Narita to Manila powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making it the first Philippine carrier to use SAF in a commercial flight from Japan.

Condo Investments Near Universities Show Strong Returns

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

For home seekers, the post-pandemic period appears to be the best time to snap up units in residential condos. Prices are relatively low and leading real estate developers are offering attractive deals and good payment terms to both investors and end users. Industry watchers, however, are reminding them that the window of opportunity could close as soon as the property market sees complete recovery. 

While experts suggest the time to buy is now, prospective buyers are enjoined to first check the condo homes' location, especially if they are looking to rent these out. For instance, with Metro Manila's vast population of students, condo homes with proximity to their choices of universities will be top of mind for scores of parents seeking 'second homes' for their college kids. With the challenges posed by unpredictable weather, flooding of streets, heavy vehicular traffic, and security issues, dwellings within walking distance or a short commute to their school campuses would be a clever choice. 

Premier condo developer Vista Residences proudly offers its University Series, a collection of condominium projects strategically situated near major universities across the metropolis.

Korean Visa Application Philippines: Multiple Entry Visa Korea For Filipino

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Before the pandemic, it took me six trips to Korea before I was finally granted my first Multiple Entry Korean visa--so all my travels from 2016 to early 2018 I was applying for a visa every single time. I was really grateful when I got the Multiple Entry Korean Visa, 2018-2020 was really the season in my life when I kept going back to Korea. And with the Multiple Entry Korean Visa,  I was able to travel to countless opportunities, including the Mimi Ship Korea variety show guesting wherein they invited me just a day before the flight!

10.10 Tipid Hack: This is how I save when I travel

Sunday, October 08, 2023

Revenge travel is real! I am sure all of us have traveled at least once in the past year. There are many destinations, we all want to go - but let's admit it - we always need to have a budget in mind. 

A Peek into Under Armour Shoes and Collections

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Ready to discover the fusion of sporty elegance and unbeatable energy? Why search anywhere else when you've got Under Armour, where shoes and collections join forces to create a thrilling combo? Strap on those sneakers as we're about to jump headfirst into UA's fabulous footwear and collections! 

Picture slipping your feet into a pair of Under Armour shoes. It's like stepping onto a plush cloud engineered for pure comfort. These kicks are not just shoes; they are a declaration that shouts, "I'm here to conquer, one stylish step at a time." 

Whether you're a dedicated runner needing a shoe that feels like an extension of your feet or a basketball enthusiast with dreams of defying gravity, Under Armor has got your back. It doesn't matter if you're an athlete or a style aficionado; there's a perfect pair of UA shoes waiting to elevate your game. 

Under Armour doesn't play it safe; they're here to redefine the game. Let's get up close and personal with some of their standout Under Armour collections: 

Imagine walking with an extra spring in your step, as if you've discovered a hidden stash of energy. That's what the Charged collection is. Putting forward unrivaled comfort and support, these shoes are your reliable companions. Be it sprinting to catch a train or navigating the urban jungle, these kicks have your back, or in this case, your feet.

Own Your Beauty with Kojie.san Super Serum and Kojie.san Tinted Sunscreen

Monday, September 25, 2023

Not all serums are created equal. Niacinamide, Vitamin C, and Hyaluronic Acid are standard serum ingredients. Combine these three with another powerful active, Kojic Acid, and you have the new Kojie.san Skin Lightening Super Serum! 

The Philippines Welcomes Hamilton's Asian Premiere

Monday, September 18, 2023

An exhilarated first audience welcomed the Tony, Grammy, Olivier, and Pulitzer Prize winning musical HAMILTON to Manila last night, ahead of the official opening night on Thursday 21 September.  

Brittany Corp. is taking luxury living to new heights with The Brittany Collection.

A thoughtfully curated array of exquisite residences, upscale hotels as well as distinct retail and dining experiences, The Brittany Collection beckons you to embrace the extraordinary and savor the essence of true luxury.

Providing the perfect blend of Italian lifestyle and modern comfort,Portofino is Brittany’s 300-hectare exclusive development set in the heart of Villar City in Alabang.

Pico Terraces: Hamilo Coast’s newestexclusive residential suites with resort-style amenities

Friday, September 15, 2023


Hamilo Coast introduces Pico Terraces, where a leisurely lifestyle comes with breathtaking natureviews and endless outdoor fun. Designed to be a ‘resort within a resort’, Pico Terraces elevates condominium living with plush resort-style amenities, such as the biggest water feature in Pico De Loro Cove—a 500-sqm Cascading Pool that integrates a Family Pool, Kiddie Pool, Lounge Pool and Lap Pool.

Artist’s perspective of the Pico Terraces water feature, the biggest in Pico De Loro Cove that includes a 500-sqm Cascading Pool integrating a Family Pool, a Kiddie Pool, a Lounge Pool and a Lap Pool.

Achieve the skin you want with the new Kojiesan Tinted Sunscreen and Kojiesan Super Serum!

Thursday, September 14, 2023

 Kojiesan has consistently challenged the idea of beauty and what it means to be beautiful. The brand encourages women to set their own beauty standards and stop conforming to the conventional notions of what society thinks is beautiful.

The brand continues innovating and launching new products that would help women choose their own kind of beauty. Kojiesan introduces two new face care products designed to enhance rather than hide so women can confidently face every day. 

WATCH: V takes over Spotify’s K-Pop ON! to celebrate the release of his solo debut album ‘Layover’

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

It’s official! After weeks of teasers, including the pre-release of two tracks, V of BTS made his highly anticipated solo debut with the launch of the album, Layover. 


Cebu Pacific Kicks Off ‘BER’ Months with Piso Sale

Saturday, September 09, 2023

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading carrier, is giving every Juan an early Christmas gift as it brings back its trademark Piso Sale in time for the BER months.

Hong Kong Solo Travel Itinerary: Where To Chill in Hong Kong

Friday, September 08, 2023

A favorite day in this trip was when I had the chance to explore Hong Kong on my own. Cea slept over her friends' hotel, and they had a day of itinerary together, so I decided to grab my list of "to dos" for my own solo Hong Kong exploration! 

Vista Residences continues its legacy in Metro Manila condo living

Thursday, September 07, 2023

If you're a young individual looking to pursue your career aspirations, buying a home is something you'll consider sooner or later because, whether you like it or not, owning one is a sign of stability and maturity. Chances are you've tried sharing a rented apartment or staying with your parents or even commuting from the suburbs. But a recent promotion or salary upgrade may have helped you acquire a more solid footing in your profession and now you're ready for homeownership. For condo homeownership, to be specific. 

This emerging market of highly mobile digital natives need not look further than Vista Residences' innovative new projects.

The New GUESS Originals Collection Takes Us To The Laid-Back Side Of California

Friday, September 01, 2023

GUESS Originals introduces their new summer collection. Boasting lighter fabrics in shades of cream, indigo, and muted orange. As an ode to Southern California, the campaign taps into the ease of summertime, offering vintage-inspired t-shirts and mesh tops that can be thrown on effortlessly, alongside playful beach accessories. 

Amaia Land is back with another game-changing campaign--the RFO (Ready-For-Occupancy) Home to Go promotion, which aims to make the home-buying process even easier. 

Amaia Steps Pasig façade. Amaia Steps Pasig has complete ready-to-use amenities.


Tuesday, August 29, 2023

I finally had the chance to go back to Macau, and have a real itinerary. The last time I went there about a decade ago, my friends and I just took pictures and shopped at The Venetian. 😅 I was also finally able to try traveling from Hong Kong to Macau by bus! This trip was short, but packed with new experiences. Sharing here our Macau day trip from Hong Kong by bus, and our itinerary!

Macau, often referred to as the "Las Vegas of Asia," is a vibrant and culturally diverse region located on the southern coast of China. A day trip to Macau can be a fantastic experience, as this special administrative region of China is known for its blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures, historic architecture, vibrant casinos, and delicious cuisine.

 Get tickets to one of the year’s hottest OPM concert


After years of online concerts, desk sessions and YouTube jam nights, the on-ground concerts are finally rolling in—and the local scene is making up for all the lost time with Watsons Playlist: The Feel Great Concert!

From SB19 Facebook Page

LANTAU ISLAND DAY-TRIP: How To Go To Lantau Island, Itinerary, Etc.

Monday, August 28, 2023

If you're looking for a contrast to the bustling urban areas of the city, then a day-trip to Hong Kong's largest island is the perfect solution. It only took us around 30 minute to get to Lantau Island, including the time spent inside a picturesque cable car ride. 

Here are some key features and information about Lantau Island:

Forresta: Villar City’s Luxurious Green Oasis

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Nestled within the expansive 3,500-hectare Villar City is Forresta, a visionary modern residential community that promises an exquisite fusion of urban sophistication and tranquil natural surroundings fit for the affluent few. This massive 119-hectare community in Alabang, the first ultra-luxury project being developed by Brittany Corp., presents a complete mix of components that will ensure a distinct, sophisticated, and vibrant lifestyle for its future residents.  

Future residents can expect their homes to be embraced by nature, evoking a sense of calm and peace

Traditional Breakfast in Hong Kong | What should I eat in Hong Kong in the morning?

Friday, August 25, 2023

I can't miss breakfast. I can't imagine that I did IF (Intermittent Fasting) during the pandemic, but I wasn't even going out then. Now I need my breakfast more than ever, after I stopped drinking coffee (for health reasons)--it has been my energy booster in the morning before a long day!

On our first day in Hong Kong, I woke up early so Cea and I can enjoy a full day in Lantau Island. Before heading to the cable car that connects the city to this mountainous island, we went to what the internet dubbed as "the best traditional breakfast in Hong Kong".

Morning scenes in Hong Kong, on our way to the nearest subway station in Mongkok:

Cebu Pacific Launches Manila - Da Nang Flight with Piso Sale

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines' leading airline, is launching its newest destination—Da Nang, Vietnam—with its signature Piso Sale.

Enjoyed a day-trip in Hoi An in 2018. Hope to go back in this side of Vietnam this year!

Things To Do in Hong Kong: ARTE M Museum

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Like any day 1s, Cea and I decided to just take it easy upon arriving in Hong Kong.

We had our lunch at the airport Mcdo, took the airport bus to our Airbnb in Mongkok, and then rested a bit in our room. It was late in the afternoon when we decided to walk outside and hop on the nearest train station.

The name of the place we were going to is Arte Museum or ARTE M Hong Kong--depends where you're searching. I discovered it while browsing Klook for ideas

If you're looking for something new to do in Hong Kong, check out ARTE M Museum

TREALVA at Midlands West: A new beginning in eco-centric living unfolds

Monday, August 07, 2023

In this age of transformed lives, residential developments are realizing the value of integrating eco-centric living in their master plan. Such a lifestyle concept is fast becoming an essential, non-negotiable home living principle for today's growing number of health-and-wellness-conscious individuals. 

It is in this light that Tagaytay Highlands reveals its newest residential district-Midlands West. This 320-hectare mixed-use enclave is founded on the leading mountain resort's inherent values of eccentrism, sustainability, health and wellness, and luxury mountain living. Such distinct design pillars converge in the heart of Midlands West where the district's very first residential lot community breaks ground - Trealva at Midlands West

(Artist's perspective of community) With a world reshaped a million ways, people search for untouched places to take them back to their roots. Trealva at Midlands West stands as a testament to such a timely quest for peace and quietude.

Spotify and NewJeans celebrate new EP by bringing listeners into the world of NewJeans

Saturday, August 05, 2023

In celebration of the highly anticipated release of NewJeans’ second EP, Get Up, Spotify has teamed up with the rookie powerhouse to bring the world of NewJeans to listeners across the globe.

Since NewJeans' explosive debut in July last year, the quintet, made up of MINJI, HANNI, DANIELLE, HAERIN and HYEIN, has been making waves with their music and winning Bunnies over worldwide. Today, the girls have over 23 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and are once again proving that they are a force to be reckoned with. In a week since the release of Get Up, the EP, which features six tracks, garnered over 165 million Spotify streams.

For listeners in the Philippines, Spotify is fueling the excitement around Get Up with a range of exciting initiatives that were co-created with the group.

Spotify brings listeners bonus NewJeans content on its K-Pop ON! YouTube and Video Podcast channels

Introducing White Dove with DreamScentz™: The Gentle Baby Care Line for Blissful Sleep

Friday, August 04, 2023

Personal Collection (PC), a leading direct-selling company in the country, is thrilled to introduce White Dove with DreamScentz™, a delightful collection of mild baby products designed to enhance your baby's sleep experience and contribute to the overall quality of life for both parents and their little ones.

Beautiful Activewear to Transition This Hot Summer

Monday, July 31, 2023

When the temperatures start to rise, the sun shines brighter and you know that summer is coming, you will definitely want to upgrade your activewear collection. A lot of times we tend to buy pieces that are perfect for specific for a season, not only because of their style but because of their color. 

There are some colors and styles of yoga sets that will keep you stylish and comfortable during this warmer season. Having the right activewear is always important to have a performance that is optimal and to have comfort, to practice yoga, high-intensity workouts, or even just some activities outdoors. 


 If you want to elevate your workout and transition to summer, you can do it with activewear. There is something that you need to have in mind to choose the right pieces that will help you to do so. If you invest in the right pieces, you'll be able to embrace this new season with much more energy and confidence, while you perform your best, look fabulous and most importantly feel comfortable. 

The best pieces, no matter if they are high waisted leggings or other pieces that make you feel happy and excited to work out during summer but also that compliments your personality perfectly and make you stand out when you are wearing them.  


Look for fabrics that are breathable and lightweight 

As the temperature is rising, the best option to transition and to wear into summer are options that are breathable and lightweight. They should have materials that are moisture-wicking and that should wick the sweat away from your skin, which will allow faster drying and much bette ventilation. 

Vibrant patterns or colors 

Summer has always been a season where we see much more colors, and wearing them during summer or transitioning to summer shouldn't be an exception. If you choose these types of colors, they'll motivate you and lift you up mood-wise. These colors can also add a touch of excitement and fun during your workout routine.


Layering pieces 

As we are transitioning to summer, there are going to be days that are going to be a little bit more color. And even during summer, the weather can be unpredictable too. Make sure that your activewear is versatile and that you also invest in pieces that can be great laycring pieces. Some of these can be crop tops or even lightweight jackets.  

Sustainable pieces 

While you can wear these pieces all year long, they are also a great way to enjoy the summer with a different feeling. If you are really aware of the impact of your actions on the environment, then it is important to start investing in pieces that are made with sustainable, eco-friendly, or recycled materials and fabrics. 


Many brands, like Cosmolle, are now doing this to reduce their carbon footprint and to promote the conservation of the environment. If you do buy, remember that you are helping shape the fashion industry into a more sustainable future. 

Pieces that we recommend 

If you want to have the best workout, it will be extremely important to have a breathable and well-fitting sports bra. They should be moisture-wicking to keep you cool and dry but also should, for example, mesh panels, that will provide breathability and support. The best designs should be racerback, as these types will give you a secure fit, especially during activities with high impact, but also that will let you have freedom of movement.  

And a piece that obviously goes well with these sports bras, are also bike shorts. They are now a very comfortable and trendy option that you can wear to cycling, yoga, the gym or even to wear while you are having a walk. They will not only allow you to move casily but they will also give you a very flattering silhouette. You'll be able to find the best options at Cosmolle.

BTS Suga at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked for ZFold5

Friday, July 28, 2023

BTS member Suga recently attended Samsung Unpacked held in Seoul, South Korea and he is one of the first in the world to own a Galaxy Z Fold5. 

Embrace Ultimate Relaxation: Exploring the Key Benefits of Using OGAWA Massage Chairs

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

In our fast-paced modern world, finding moments of tranquility and rejuvenation is essential for maintaining our overall well-being. 

HAMILTON’s original Tony®, Grammy®, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize winning creative team today confirmed the full company for the new international tour which will commence in Manila before traveling to Abu Dhabi ahead of other cities to be announced.

Hamilton just announced International Tour Cast

Experience the Peak of Luxury at Bern Baguio

Monday, July 17, 2023

There is something about Baguio City that always looks and feels familiar. It has always been a covetable destination for its cold breeze, fragrant pine scent, cultural arts, good food, warm locals, and modern conveniences amidst impressive mountain ranges.

Bern will undoubtedly emerge as a gem for many looking to revel in Baguio’s City's tranquil, relaxing vibe all year.