Friday, April 29, 2016

Awesome lighting solutions with Orbik

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What kind of lights do you use at home?

Lighting experts now strongly recommend the shift to LED bulbs. These may be more expensive than the bulbs we have been used to but their life is so much longer than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs (up to 3x longer!). The standard also these days is no longer the number of watts but the lumens (the amount of light visible to the eye). LED bulbs may have a low number of watts and yet its emitted lumens is far brighter than incandescent bulbs.

Orbik is a new lighting brand that gives homeowners different lighting choices and designs for a wider choice of lighting effects throughout your home. Although it was the first time for me to hear about the brand, I found out by talking to the owners that it is already available in different hardware shops.

At the Orbik event, I got to go around to see the different ways their LED bulbs can be used.

Even a 3-watt Orbik bulb emits as much as 230 lumens

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Starbucks' 2016 Summer Offerings are Here!

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It's summer and what a hot, hot summer it is! That's why as I'm writing this, I am sitting comfortably in one of the armchairs at a Starbucks outlet, drinking one of the summer offerings of Starbucks - the Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino. Yay! I loved this the first time it came out and now I'm sooooo glad it's back. But there's not just one, but two, summer beverages.

The Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino is one that will easily evoke images of summer outings with family and friends at the beach. It is made of roasted marshmallows, sandwiched with chocolate between graham crackers. The Summer Berry Panna Cotta, on the other hand, combines Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a layered frappuccino beverage topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

BlueWater Day Spa launches new brand ambassadors as well as their Balinese Four-Hand Massage

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BlueWater Day Spa is that oasis in the city known for its unique spa treatments that come from different international origins. I was at a recent event of theirs to reintroduce their brand ambassadors, launch new ambassadors, as well as show us their latest massage treatment.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

An open letter to OFWs: iRegalo lets you care for your loved ones' health from a distance

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Dear kababayan Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW):

Distance won't matter anymore. You can extend your love and care for your loved ones' health care in the Philippines with iRegalo, a service that lines up comprehensive health care packages -- medical, dental, and eye care -- that you can purchase to meet your family's specific healthcare needs.

You may ask...why would I even use iRegalo when there are remittance centers?

1. Sending money or gift items take time (It is estimated to take about 60 days if item is sent by ship).
2. Balikbayan boxes run the risk of mishandling at the postal or Customs end and many times, are charged additional Customs fees.
3. Delayed shipments mean you also miss the occasions when you want to extend help or send gifts.

iRegalo is still expanding its services but its foremost priority now is to allow OFWs to provide healthcare to your loved ones. iRegalo has arrangements with over 350 clinics nationwide to provide medical, dental, and eye care.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Art of Flower Arrangement with School of Styling Philippines

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It is one thing to admire beautifully created flower arrangements. It is another thing to try to do it yourself, haha! But I did! Thanks to a workshop by the School of Styling Philippines recently at Glorietta 5 on how to make boutonnieres and corsages.

The entire atrium of Glorietta 5 was transformed into a flower wonderland. Every working table had summer blooms of different varieties as well as a basket filled with the tools one would need.

A stall to one side was selling beautiful Ecuadorian flowers from Kay Flowers Manila that came in vibrant colors -- deep red, royal blue, baby pink, and a variant that mixed all colors! I was already getting excited to work with these flowers, with a bit of trepidation mixed in. There's always a first time!

Mommy Em Sulit, organizer of the workshop, gave us a briefing on what to expect during the workshop.

The workshop began with a Basic Photography lecture by Geunice Burgos of Lightkeeper Studios, the event photographer. I was happy that this topic was part of the workshop because the tips given were very useful for a blogger like me who needs clear and well-composed pictures to go with my posts.

Geunice gave us several tips, including:
* Being meticulous about getting that perfect shot and 'clean' angle
* Quality-checking photos
* The rule of thirds, negative space, contrast, rule of odds, flatlays and other composition techniques
* How to edit photos

Next, we were introduced to Indy Ycasiano who demonstrated how easy it was to make a boutonniere and a corsage. How I wish I knew this when my kids were still at the age of proms! I've bought so many of these corsages and boutonnieres from flower shops.

Indy Ycasiano, our teacher for the day

We began by familiarizing ourselves with the tools needed to make a boutonniere or corsage:
* Floral wire
* Floral tape
* Ribbons or lace (colors, prints and styles depend on your taste)
* Glue sticks and glue gun
* Fresh flowers
* Fillers such as baby's breath or leaves
* Cutter or scissors

Basket filled with the supplies you need

Some tips I learned in making my very first corsage and boutonniere:
* For the corsage, choose combination of flowers that won't be too heavy to wear on the wrist

And here is my first attempt at a corsage.

Whew! I survived! But at least now, I carry with me some knowledge on how to make my own corsage or boutonniere when the occasion calls for it. And as they say, practice makes perfect!

Class picture!

Thanks to my friend, Em, and to the School of Styling Philippines for such a fun and educational morning.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Cebu's Choobi Choobi comes to Manila!

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My Cebuano is a bit rusty but "lingaw lingaw kaon" to me means "enjoyable eating". The Cebu restaurant that coined "lingaw lingaw kaon" is now here in Manila - Choobi Choobi.