Max Mara Spring Summer 2023: The Blue Horizon

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Spring-Summer is here! Max Mara Philippines launched this season's collection at their flagship store located at the Greenbelt 3 in Makati. 

We had a sneak peek of what's in store:


Models rocking the Max Mara Spring Summer 2023 Collection, mostly in neutral tones and maxi silhouette

CEB's Cebu hub to hit 129% pre-pandemic capacity

Monday, March 20, 2023

Combined 28 domestic, international routes to operate from Cebu

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ leading carrier, is set to exceed its Cebu hub’s pre-pandemic network and capacity which will hit 129% in June, as the airline raises to 28 its combined domestic and international routes operating in Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA). 

The airline celebrated the milestone by holding a special anniversary gathering at NUSTAR Resort and Casino in Cebu City


Achieve your beauty goals with Ever Bilena’s biggest 40th anniversary sale

Spring Travel Tips and Stories

While browsing old spring trip blog posts, I realized that I was always traveling during this season since I first experienced Japan's famous sakura in 2015. It only stopped in 2020, because of you know what!

Looking back, maybe spring made me fall in love with traveling. ♡

My first experience of spring was in Japan in 2015. Wala padin syang katulad!

How Do You Live Sustainably? | BabyFlo Cottonbuds Are Now Eco-Friendly

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Living sustainably can be a long topic of conversation, but to me, I just try what I can and in my own small ways. Aside from being a vegetarian for more than a decade now (reducing carbon footprints), I also support makeup and skincare brands that are proud to be cruelty-free. What are your steps in living a more sustainable life?

By the way, did you know that Babyflo is now eco-friendly from its materials down to the packaging? They are giving me more reasons to support their products. I hope more brands will follow. Sharing happenings during the product launch last week at the Happy Garden Cafe in Makati.

At the Babyflo event for the launch of its new line of eco-friendly cotton buds

The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G and Galaxy A34 5G: Awesome Experiences for All

Friday, March 17, 2023

Samsung Electronics today unveiled the Galaxy A54 5G and Galaxy A34 5G, two innovative smartphones that advance Samsung Galaxy’s commitment to designing awesome mobile experiences. These new additions to the popular Galaxy A series will help users shoot steady and crisp videos, see clearly even in bright conditions, and do more of the things they love with battery life that lasts more than two days.  

“Cutting-edge mobile experiences are increasingly essential to everyday life,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “With continuous enhancements to the Galaxy A series, we’re ensuring that more people around the world can access our transformative innovations.”  

With Samsung's brighter display, more advanced cameras, upgraded sleek and stylish design and longer battery life than previous models, the new Galaxy A series delivers outstanding mobile technology for all

It would have been nice if we visited Cafe Magnate during Jimin Day (initial plan), but thanks to the internet we found out early October 13 that it was already impossible to enter the cafe unless we lined up before they opened the gates. 

Since it was also the BTS Busan concert week, tourists flocked the coffee shop--some even with luggages in tow. Food were already flying out of their menu midday. Jimin's dad also gave away cute baby Jimin freebies like straws, tumblers, and tumblers.. which I wished I was able to snag. But honestly, our quiet time in the cafe a week late from Jimin Day was also nice. 

BORAHAE BUSAN: BTS Week + Busan Travel Guide

I was here! What a dream come true!

Uratex, the leading foam company in the Philippines, joins the world in celebrating all things sleep and explaining why #TulogIsLife during this year’s World Sleep Day (WSD). “WSD” is a special day happening this March 17 which hopes to reinforce the value of having a good night’s sleep for every person.

The older I get, the more I give importance to the quality of my sleep

Join in the feast: Snag exclusive access to tasty experiences with pandapro!

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Fuss-free and budget-savvy companion, pandapro, gives its subscribers the ultimate VIP access to tasty experiences unlike no other!   

It’s no secret that pandapro holds the key to unlocking the full benefits of the foodpanda app, and aside from being your fuss-free and budget-savvy companion, it also brings premium experiences within your reach – fit for a king and queen!

And have you heard the latest juicy insider deet? The benefits now include members-only access to an unparalleled Dine-in experience where you can score up to 25% off your total bill at any partner restaurant among the roster. So you’re in for a massive treat!

Foodpanda hit the streets of Cebu with Sinulog Eats

Through the years, BRIA Homes has given away a slew of contemporary homes in prime locations to Filipinos all over the country—made possible through tie-ups with TV shows and online shopping platforms. Then came AllEasy Pay, the newest player in the e-wallet market, which strived to forge a stronger online presence through a partnership with BRIA Homes, the country’s multi-award-winning affordable housing developer.

Trusted real estate developer BRIA Homes recently partnered with AllEasy Pay for “Easy Home with AllEasy”, offering a chance for Filipinos to win a house and lot.

Kajaguruma: Woo Young Woo Kimbap (Restaurant)

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Last autumn 2022 in Korea, I went to Suwon for a day-trip. This city is only about an hour from Seoul, and where you can find some of the famous Kdrama shooting locations including Woo Young Woo's Kimbap / Gimbap restaurant. I traveled to Suwon by bus.

From the bus stop, I just followed my Google Maps to Kajaguruma, the name of the restaurant in real life. The facade is still the same as the one we saw at the Kdrama, but you will also see the resto's menu in front. Everything's in Korean, but I tried not to get intimidated by it since I traveled far to Suwon for this.

Woo to the Young to the Woo!

Cebu Pacific (CEB) has strengthened its partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to help travelers reimagine the Lion City and visit Singapore.

Singapore is my first solo travel again after 2+ years of lockdown

Celebrate International Women's Month with a High Tea at Hilton Manila

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Hilton Manila, along with Hilton Hotels and Resorts across Philippines, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, is proud to announce "The Bold, Brave and Beautiful" campaign, a celebration of women everywhere and their unwavering spirit and strength. 

This year's theme is a tribute to the countless women who continue to inspire us, push boundaries and make their mark on the world.

Celebrating Women's Month at Hilton Manila's Madison Lounge and Bar

BRIA Homes Manolo Fortich fast-tracks construction of house and lot units in the first quarter of 2023

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

With the pandemic officially over, local industries and businesses are scrambling to find the next big thing for the Philippine economy. The race to find the country’s next hotspot where boundless possibilities for industry and enterprise lie has led many to look towards the mostly untapped resources of Visayas and Mindanao.

BRIA Manolo Fortich offers aspiring Filipino homeowners multiple house and lot models

The Kdrama True Beauty starring Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Hwang In-youp, and Park Yoo-na gained traction again the past weeks when it was finally shown on Netflix. I remember looking forward to new episodes when it was first released in Viu.

The Kdrama was actually based on a webtoon series by Yaongyi. It also has an English printed version too (available here, use ANAGON upon check out for discounts!). I think part of True Beauty's charm is its high school plot. It has the typical main girl character insecure and bullied because of her looks, and then discovered makeup thus transforming her look and even life. BUT with or without this mask, two beautiful men still fell for her. So many loop holes from the story, but it was a fun watch. To me, a big Cha Eunwoo fan, I definitely got second lead syndrome with Hwang Inyoup's equally endearing character. So are you Team Suho or Team Seojun? 

Aside from this storyline, there were also other issues raised in the drama, from family pressures to friendships, and dark themes like suicide. I also remember loving True Beauty's OST, and some of the songs are still on my playlist now. 

And with that, sharing one of the True Beauty Kdrama filming locations you can visit when you travel to Seoul! It is the comic book shop where a lot of the most memorable scenes of Suho and Jugyeong were filmed.

I am imagining Love So Fine or I′m in the Mood for Dancing playing as background music while walking around the store!

A full head of hair is commonly associated with feminine allure or masculine appeal. No matter how it’s cut or styled, thick, smooth, and shiny tresses enhance a pretty face or lend a kind of charm to plain and homey ones. In fact, nothing gives the average man or woman a better confidence boost than a lush, well-styled mane.

Thus, it can be quite distressing for anyone to note signs of early hair loss, such as regular shedding of hair in the shower or waking up to find significant amounts of hair strands on one’s pillow.

Excessive hair loss can cause your self-confidence and self-esteem to plunge

Here's a different kind of island hopping! For our last full day in Mindoro, we experienced the longest island-to-island zip-line in Asia. I've crossed a lot of zip-lines before, from usual harness to bike type, but this was my first time to zip-line with a view of the beach (usual view is that of mountains). 

Will you go for it too?

BSS Fighting plays as background music as we crawled up to ride the longest island-to-island zip-line in Asia!

Occidental Mindoro: Bato-Ili Mangyan Community + Season's Hotel San Jose

Monday, March 06, 2023

One of my favorite stops for this trip was our cultural immersion with the Bato-Ili Mangyan Community of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. 

It was totally unexpected. We came from a long morning of island hopping in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, and already feeling the exhaustion for being on the road for hours. It was late in the afternoon when we arrived in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. The perfect golden hour. The view of the mountains and the greeneries were entrancing. 

Passed by the Devil’s Mountain of San Jose, Mindoro

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading carrier, and global travel media specialists Ink are thrilled to announce an exciting new chapter for beloved inflight magazine, Smile, filled with fun surprises for new and long-time readers. 

[Hong Kong, March 3, 2023] Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival, made its much-anticipated return to Central Harbourfront on Friday, kicking off the sold out, three-day event with a memorable evening of world-class live performances from a diverse array of artists.

Phoenix at the Clockenflap 2023 in Hong Kong

Karylle Tatlonghari and Markki Stroem Join "The Sound of Music" Cast in Manila

Saturday, March 04, 2023

Broadway International Group and Broadway Asia are pleased to announce that Karylle Tatlonghari and Markki Stroem will be joining the International Touring cast for its Manila Season of The Sound of Music.

I swore that I am going to be a broken record when it comes to praising the Philippines as a country with so many beautiful, underrated, and less touristy beaches. As Filipinos, we have the luxury to explore all these as we live in a country with so many islands with clear blue waters, matched with wonderful sunny weather almost 80% of the year.

Like the other days, we started early and had breakfast with the group, then proceeded to our assigned vans. It was a sunny day, a perfect day to go to the beach.

If you love the beach, make sure to visit Mindoro this summer!

Our Day 2 in Mindoro was an adventure.

Back in Mindoro: Travel Requirements, Where To Stay in Puerto Galera, Iraya Mangyan Village

Thursday, March 02, 2023

I can't believe I'll be back in Mindoro in 2 years. My trip in 2021 will hold a special place in my travel-lovin' heart coz it was my first travel assignment since the pandemic. I was able to catch up with friends I haven't seen because of the lockdown, and also made new ones with who I am still in contact with to this day.

Hello Oriental Mindoro, I'm back!

The last family trip we had before the lockdown was in October 2019 for my mom's birthday. We went to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific.

Traveling solo is my jam, but there's also nothing like traveling with the family complete!

Airbnb #WomenInTravel; Philippines is second-largest women-powered Host community in the world

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

My first solo traveling experience was unexpected. It was in Autumn of 2016, and I was all set for Korea when my friend had to back out because of health issues. 

My first solo trip, I stayed in an Airbnb guesthouse while in Seoul

A seamless harmony of nature, architecture, and leading-edge technology is rising in the urban south, offering contemporary homes and modern hubs in serene, natural settings. 

 Future residents can expect their homes to be embraced by nature, with their indoors and outdoors cohesively integrated into a beautiful setting where calm and relaxation beckon. 

Jollibee invites everyone to share their own inspiring and joyful stories with #MyKwentongJollibee

Saturday, February 25, 2023

For 45 years, Jollibee has been part of the everyday lives of Filipinos – whether it be celebrating a Jollibee Kids Party, going on a first date, or simply bonding with family and friends to celebrate small and big milestones. Along with its best-tasting food like the Chickenjoy, Jolly Spaghetti and Yumburgers, customers have fond memories of how Jollibee has made a lasting impact on their lives.

Here are #MyKwentongJollibee:

One of my biggest birthday bash: a Jollibee party!

PH ARMYs! Let's celebrate Hobi's “j-hope IN THE BOX” documentary this March 3-5, 2023 at the Trinoma Mall!

Fashion Collab: Skechers x Diane von Furstenberg

Friday, February 24, 2023

Confidence meets comfort in an exciting new footwear and apparel collaboration between Skechers and fashion industry icon, Diane von Furstenberg. Launching globally, Skechers x DVF is a celebration of effortless style and fashion-forward design that blends the designer’s signature prints and bold colors with the unparalleled comfort of Skechers.

The Endless Kisses capsule form the Skechers x DVF collab features the timeless "Lips" prints.

5 Features You Should Look for in a Good Hotel

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Looking for good accommodations for your business trip or vacation can be tricky. With so many hotels to choose from and each offering a unique hotel experience, selecting the perfect lodging that suits your needs and budget can be overwhelming. To narrow down your search quickly and efficiently, it’s useful to have a list of non-negotiables that a hotel must meet to be worth your consideration. These standards help you take an objective measure of the hotel’s features and services, so you can determine if it’s one that you’ll enjoy staying at. 

Even if hotels boast about having unique themes and amenities, your main priority is to have a comfortable stay. Of course, different people will have different expectations of what a hotel should offer, but some are generally agreed upon. If you don’t yet have your own list of requirements, consider checking your options for these five features that every good hotel should have.

MICECON returns to Davao this 2023

Monday, February 20, 2023

After 10 years, the Philippine M.I.C.E.Conference (MICECON) returns to Davao City where it will showcase the region’s rich culture, stunning natural environments, vast culinary offerings and vibrant hospitality to a global audience. The convention will be held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premier on 1-3 March 2023 with over 600 participants from the tourism and business events sector.

LazBeauty introduces Gabbi Garcia as its first brand ambassador

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Lazada's beauty destination for quality and trendy products, and the actress and beauty advocate are on a mission to redefine Filipina beauty

Newest LazBeauty Ambassador Gabbi Garcia 

BTS J-Hope's Documentary "j-hope IN THE BOX" Now On Disyney+!

Friday, February 17, 2023

"Pandora immediately felt her angst melt away, and her heart glow with warmth. It was HOPE that was kept in the innermost nook of the box..."

"When did you started planning all these?" "Even before I debuted"

Score huge discounts on your next flight with CEB Fare Bundles

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading carrier, encourages every Juan to fly now to their dream vacations with CEB Fare Bundles, allowing them to save up to 28% on their baggage, seat, and CEB Flexi fees when booking their flights across the airline’s widest domestic and international network.

December 26-29, 2019

There is this one Korea trip I never got to blog about.

Back in 2019, I won an online contest for Binggrae, the Korean Ice Cream brand. And my prize for winning was an all-expense paid trip FOR TWO to Jeju Island in South Korea! 

Winter Travel Tips: What to Bring For Cold Weather Travels

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

I can't believe it has been four years since my winter trip in Hokkaido (2019). It was one of my favorite media trips coz we were able to experience full-on Japan snow! 

Read more about this trip: The Other Side Of Hokkaido That You Should Visit (Note: Not Sapporo or Niseko)

HyuGa Cafe & Bakery Seoul: Former BTS Dorm Turned Coffee Shop

Monday, February 13, 2023

One of our pleasant stops during our BTS pilgrimage in Seoul is the boys' former dormitory. From a place where they once lived, the building was recently converted into a cafe in March 2022. I'm glad we found out about it when we visited Korea trip in Autumn of same year. It's another BTS location in Seoul that ARMYs can add to their itinerary. 

A new BTS location to add to your pilgrimage

Overseas Filipino Workers have long been considered as modern-day heroes for good reason. They leave home to toil in far-flung countries, enduring loneliness in order to provide a better life for their loved ones. And for OFWs, a ‘better life’ ultimately means purchasing or building their own homes in which they may envision their families leading safe, secure, and comfortable lives through the years.  

Lumina Homes has over 50 residential projects across the Philippines.

DOGGO Festival Mall Alabang: One-Stop Shop for Fur Parents in the South!

Sunday, February 12, 2023

I used to buy dog food, shampoo, and pet accessories like collars in the grocery. It has limited options, and not so fun to shop around too.

So happy when I found out that local pet care brand Doggo has finally opened a store in my go-to Festival Mall Alabang. From their first pop-up store in BGC, Doggo brings their products to all fur parents in the south.

Finally, a one-stop shop for dog owners in the south

Doggo Festival Mall is small but complete

Growing amidst the pandemic, Doggo became a go-to one-stop shop for dog owners by carrying a variety of their own brand of pet-care products. From wet food, dog treats, toys, grooming essentials such as shampoos, and accessories, there are so many options to choose from in fun packaging. Even the turquoise color of the store is so inviting. 

Cute cube water dispensers for pets

Dog beds and carriers

Dog beds in different sizes and colors

Poopie case, anti-tick cologne, cat rolling treats

Dog grooming tools, collapsible travel bowls, and toys

Different types of shampoo and conditioner for dogs and cats

More dog toys, leashes, and harnesses

Doggo is also labeled as one of the Philippines' top 5 pet brands online, and a leading supplier in pet store chain Pet Express. Their store in Festival Mall is small but complete. You can even bring your dogs on your next day-out to shop with you as Festi is very pet-friendly.

All sorts of dog treats. Don't forget your ecobag when you shop!

Shopping with fellow fur parents JP, Trice, and Seph at Doggo Festival Mall Alabang

DOGGO Festival Mall Alabang

2nd Floor Expansion Wing, Alabang, Muntinlupa

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