Wednesday, May 24, 2017

National Bookstore Grand Summer Art Camp

Awesome art activities, freebies and surprises at the NBS Grand Summer Art Camp!


Below is the schedule:

MAY 27, 2017
10 AM ONWARDS
REGISTRATION
3:30PM - 4PM
"AYUN O!" GAME SEGMENT:
Featuring Illustrations of
Abi Goy, Angela Taguiang, Frances Alcaraz, Kora Dandan-Albano and Ray Sunga to be hosted by the Author, Bong Oris
1:30PM - 2PM
DIY Tote Bag & Handkerchief 
Designing Demo
4PM - 4:30PM
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer's Mascot
Meet and Greet
2PM - 3PM
Scholastic Project AR:
Bring your favorite Little Pony or Transformer to life (Customize and interact with the characters using a guidebook and an app.)
4:30PM - 5PM
Elmer's Slime Time
Workshop
3PM - 3:30PM
Watercolor Painting with Faber-Castell Demo
5PM - 6PM
Show me the color & Puzzled bring me games

MAY 28, 2017
10 AM ONWARDS
REGISTRATION
4PM - 4:30PM
Mr & Mrs. Elmer's Mascot
Meet and Greet
1PM - 2PM
Andrea Brillantes
Performance and
Book Signing
4:30PM - 5PM
Elmer's Slime Time
Workshop
2PM - 3PM
Hashtags Performance
5PM - 5:30PM
Show me the color & Puzzled bring me games
3PM - 3:30PM
Doodling & Lettering
with Dong-A Demo
5:30PM - 6PM
Crayola Coloring Book
Workshop
3:30PM - 4PM
"SINO PO SILA?"
Storytelling and animals drawing with Jomike Tejido

Source: National Bookstore

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Congrats sa Bangtan pero kailan na Pinoy naman?

Masaya sa feeling na pagkagising ko ay puro ang nasa Twitter feed ko ay ang pagkapanalo ng Bangtan Boys sa Billboard Music Awards bilang Top Social Artist. Isa ako sa mga nagtweet ng mga nakaraang araw bilang boto sa kanila. 

Photo from ibtimes.com

Habang bumoboto ay hindi maalis sa isip ko na Asian din naman sila kailan kaya ang Pinoy? Hindi siguro din maalis sa akin magtanong dahil ako ay isang Pilipino. Ang dugo ko, salita at kultura ay Pinoy. Kumbaga nasa genes ko ang Pinoy kaya siguro hindi ko maalis magtanong. 


Naalala ko kung sabagay nanalo na rin naman noon ang Pinoy sa mga MTV Music awards tulad ni Regine Velasquez, Kyla, etc. Nanalo din si Sarah G. ng Global Sound para sa kanta nyang Kilometro. Ang Black Eyed Peas ay may Pinoy na member si Apl.de.Ap at nanalo na rin ng maraming awards. 

Sa mga singing contests na American idol, The Voice, Britain Got talent, etc ay may mga Pinoy na magagaling kumanta tulad ni Jasmine Trias, Jessica Sanchez at Marlisa. Madami na rin nanalo sa World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) tulad nia Jed Madela at 4th Impact.

Pero ang nais ko sana ay yung parang sa BTS. Korean ang language ng mga kanta although may English language naman na mga parte. Nag coconform ang ibang nationality sa language at culture nila.

Sa kanila may Korean at English language sa isang song ok lang. Yung fans nga internationally ay nag kokorean sinasaulo ang songs nila. Minsan ba sa atin kapag Taglish ang song ay nababaduyan tayo? Magkaka roon kaya ng time na kapag nagconcert an Pinoy abroad ay kahit hindi sila Pinoy ay sasauluhin ang lyrics na Tagalog.

Nung nagconcert noon ang kpop group na Exo kinanta nga nila ang Hawak Kamay ni Yeng Constantino sa Tagalog.

Kung ma nominate man ang Pinoy sa ganitong category ay mukhang mananalo naman. Agree ba kayo? Kasi mahilig tayo sa social media. Kapag nga diba Miss Universe or pageants bumuboto tayo. Araw araw ay mayroon ata taying hashtag na trending worldwide. Naalala ko din ang times na ang loveteams ay gabi gabi may trending na hashtags.

Kailangan ba natin gayahin ang sa kpop na may groups na sing, dance, self-composition, facial expressions, fashion at makeup all in one? Maganda naman boses natin, ok naman ang fashion at makeup. Magagaling din naman kumanta at sumayaw. Marunong naman mag compose yung ibang artists ng sarili nilang kanta like Ogie Alcasid. Pero parang kapag Pinas kasi mas accepted sa atin yung banda o kapag mabirit yung kanta. Observation ko lang naman.


Napag iiwanan nga ba ang OPM? Magaganda naman ang songs natin. Kulang ba sa pagka catchy para hindi sya i-on loop o patugtugin paulit ulit. O kulang sa funding para ipa-play sa radio stations o promotions? Kailangan ba natin mag convert na sa puro EDM?

Naalala ko yung kanta na Anak ni Freddie Aguilar. Diba natranslate pa nga ito sa iba't ibang languages at kinanta pa nung One Korea Global Peace concert nung March. Andun din ako. Natuwa ako na ibang nationality ay kinakanta ang ilan sa mga songs na gawa ng Pinoy.

Anong meron ang song na yun at umabot sya sa ibang bansa? Dahil ba sa honest ang lyrics at tunog Pinoy talaga ang kanta?

Nung nag eere pa ang show na BoybandPh ay may nabasa akong tweet ng isang fan na sa Korea daw kasi talent muna ang hinahasa kaysa sa looks. 

O mas ok ba sa masa o sa majority ng Pinoy ang Phil-Am na mga artista kaysa sa pure Filipinos o Pinay beauty? Pangit ba kapag pure Pinoy? Pangit ba tayo? Colonial mentality ba ang problema? Ang kpop ay global phenomenon na kailan kaya an OPM naman.

Sa concerts ay para sa akin mukhang mas maganda naman ang production numbers ng Pinoy. Mas madaming design ang stage at minsan may full orchestra pa para sa mga solo artists. Minsan may change in stage design pa, yung may mga umiikot ikot pa. May mash ups pa, medley, madaming back up dancers, etc.

Nung umattend ako ng MBC Showchampion in Manila last September ay nagulat ako sa stage na for me ay bare kasi LED lang at walng stage design. Ah ganun pala yun magagaling ang mga camera man at ine emphasize ang dance steps, makeup, facial expressions at fashion kaysa magfocus sa bongga na stage design.

Halos walang back up dancers. Yung mga solo lang ang may back up dancers ex. Psy nung One Korea Global Peace concert. Kumbaga ay ine emphasize ang mga trademark nila. Ano ba ang trademark ng Pinoy?

Pero appreciate ko ang mga ma eeffort na stage ng Pinoy. Ang mahal kaya at pinag hirapan talaga iset up. Pero may kpop artist din naman na ma effort sa stage design like Bigbang.

Nasa music distribution ba ang problema? Kailangan ba makipag team up sa malalaking music distibutors? Mahilig pa rin ba tayo sa hard case CDs instead na Spotify, itunes, o digital music na lang? Hindi ba magaganda o hindi creative o hindi modern ang music videos ng songs? Dahil ba mahilig tayo magdownload na lang ng free music?  Oo kulang sa budget kasi yung basic needs nga na pagkain minsan ang hirap na igaod diba. Bakit naman yung kpop albums at ibang merchandise ino order pa nga ng mga kabataan mula Korea kahit mas mahal pa sila sa Pinoy albums. Mukhang pinag iipunan pa nila yun mula sa baon nila o nagpapart time jobs pa para makabili. (the feels)

O mas mahilig tayong Pinoy makinig ng American music at music na iba ang language? Sa playlist mo ilan ang Pinoy songs? (sa akin iilan lang din. so guilty din ako dito)

Naalala ko ang times nung college pa ako na halos araw araw kumakanta sa events ng student org. Naiinvite pa kami ng band namin sa ibang lugar. Ang pinaka malaking na include ako ay sa Davao sa CAP auditorium na ilang araw kami tumugtog sa thousands na audience. First time ko makasakay ng eroplano noon. Nakasakay ako dahil sa musika. Kapag may youth camps ay kino coach ang ilang band members ng practicals about preparation as part ng music team. Nung nagtatrabaho na ako sa hindi ko hometown ay naging active din ako sa banda na branch namin. Nagmementor din ako dun tulad ng song arrangement, delivery, etc. Minsan nagturo pa ako ng one on one voice lesson sa isang vocalista.

Sa totoo lang napaka galing Pinoy sa musika at pagkanta. Minsan nga nahihiya ako kumanta kasi alam ko may Pinoy na stranger na mas magaling kumanta kaysa sakin o sa ibang recording artists. 

Bilang isang tao na na involve sa music o pagbabanda noon ay hindi siguro maalis sa akin ang mga tanong na ito.

Hindi ko alam kung saan magsisimula o kung ano ang root problem at hindi ko alam kung kailan magbabago at kung may dapat ba baguhin. Hindi ko alam kung paano baguhin. Mukhang may nasimulan na naman kasi diba nanalo na yun ibang Pinoy artists sa global awards hindi ko lang alam paano nga ba palalaguin pa.

Naisulat ko lang ito kasi para sa akin may talento naman ang Pinoy na sana makita lagi sa worldwide music awards. Yun lang. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Herbalife Nutrition Study Reveals Alarming Lack of Nutrition, Hydration and Exercise Among Adults

Herbalife, a global nutrition company, has released the findings from its Asia Pacific Balanced Nutrition Survey1, which focuses on shedding light on nutrition and health habits, behaviors and attitudes of consumers aged 18 and above.  The survey is an element of the seventh Herbalife Asia Pacific Wellness Tour, seeking to inspire consumers to adopt balanced nutrition habits and reinforce its impact to long-term health and wellbeing. According to survey findings, 8 in 10 (78%) of Filipino consumers are eating less than half of the daily recommended serving of fruits and vegetables, 4 in 10 (41%) do not drink enough water, and more than half (59%) do not get enough exercise.

While 6 in 10 (60%) of consumers in the Philippines believe that ensuring their body gets the sufficient nutrients to function optimally was the greatest motivator to adopting a balanced diet, modern, fast-paced lifestyles make it increasingly challenging to incorporate healthy nutrition habits into daily lives. 

The study revealed that 6 in 10 (57%) respondents in the Philippines found having a daily balanced nutrition approach to be challenging, citing the lack of time, money, and motivation to be the top three obstacles preventing them from having a healthier lifestyle. 


Additionally, the Philippines survey findings revealed the following:
8 in 10 (78%) consumers claimed to consume 0 to 2 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, below the recommended 5 servings per day
4 in 10 (41%) consume less than the recommended 8 glasses of water/fluids per day
Over half (59%) achieve less than 1 hour of physical activity per day, with 10% having no physical activity at all
The top 3 motivations to adopting balanced nutrition are sufficient nutrients to function optimally (60%), to prevent health related problems and complications (51%) and to maintain ideal body weight to prevent obesity-related health problems (39%)
The top 3 obstacles to a daily nutrition approach are lack of time (57%), lack of money (53%), and lack of motivation (45%).
To help consumers improve their nutrition habits: 
o 7 in 10 (67%) of respondents feel that having an easier access to healthier food choices would help them adopt a balanced nutrition approach.  
o 4 in 10 (37%) of respondents look for like-minded people to make healthier food choices together
o 4 in 10 (42%) of respondents seek expert advice for a personalized nutrition plan 
When asked about what would help them achieve their balanced nutrition and exercise goals, most of the respondents agreed that balanced nutrition and community support approach, such as that exhibited at Herbalife Independent Nutrition Clubs, would improve personal well-being in the long run.
“As a global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition is committed to helping consumers adopt balanced nutrition habits, so that they can have a positive impact on their lives in the long run,” said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, general manager of Herbalife Philippines. 
1Herbalife’s Asia Pacific Balanced Nutrition Survey was conducted in March 2017 with 500 respondents aged 18 years of age in the Philippines.

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About Herbalife 

Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people's lives with great products since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Independent Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life. 
We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports. 

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2016. The Herbalife website contains a significant amount of financial and other information about the company at http://ir.Herbalife.com. The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fashion 21 vs. Nichido Contour Palette

Last few days Fashion 21 cosmetics released a contour palette with two contour shades and one highlighter. I was so excited because last March I asked the counter in one of their stores in a SM branch if they are have contour palette. The saleslady said Fashion 21 will come up with one soon.


Fashion 21 contour palette swatch
The lighter brown shade has a pinkish tone. I think this is good for people with fair skin or maputi. All colors have shimmer particles that are quite big. I thought they released a matte one. There is actually the highlighter swatch at the right side of the darkest shade. The highlighter is powdery and its shimmer doesn't stick on the skin or isn't obvious enough. Maybe you can use the highlighter as an eyeshadow instead.

If you take a picture using a smartphone you cannot see the shimmer but in real life there is shimmer. I didn't take a close up picture. I was actually in the mall to look for the foundations because of the sale.

Photo: From Fashion 21 Facebook page

Beside Fashion 21 stall is the Nichido stall so I went there and compared the two.



The difference is that the lightest shade of the Fashion 21 contour palette is darker than the lightest shade of Nichido palette. The darkest shade of the Fashion 21 contour palette is darker than the darkest shade of Nichido palette. Nichido's shade in the middle is more of yellow tone.


Nichido contour swatches

When I tried to rub the swatches of Fashion 21 and Nichido, Fashion 21 contour swatches isn't affected that much or the color didn't get too much lighter. Nichido contour palette is also powdery but has smaller shimmer particles than that of Fashion 21.

For the price of P300+ I think both palettes are affordable since the size is quite big and not like an eyeshadow pot size.

Fashion 21 Contour Palette
Rate: (1-5, 5 as highest)

Long lasting- 4
Color- 4
Matte- 1
Size- 5
Price- 5
Overall- 3

Nichido Contour Palette
Rate: (1-5, 5 as highest)

Long lasting- 3
Color- 4
Matte- 1
Size- 5
Price- 5
Overall- 3

Note: This blog is not sponsored. All opinions are mine. Sorry if I didn't buy neither of the two palettes. I'm hoping they would come up with a matte one.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The gift of healthy ‘crowning glory’ fit for the queen this Mother’s Day



CLICHE it may be, but there’s indeed a woman behind the person we are today. And that’s no less than her—our mother. We used to call her nanayinay‘naymama, mommy or simply mom. Needless to say, she deserves more than that given the pivotal role she fulfills in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives. 

There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined or socially imposed, but everyone would agree that a mother is hardwired to love and care about the whole family, especially the children, all the time. For better or worse, it’s always the welfare of everyone at home on top of her priority. 

No wonder she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life. So, it’s but right to honor and return all the favors she has done for us. And what a better way to do this than this Mother’s Day.

Still drooling over the ways on how to spend this time of the year again with her? Well, you may opt for the basics of gift-giving from simple trinkets to expensive items. But take note, your appreciation of her is not equated by the tag price of your present. It’s the thought that counts, as an adage says. 

You may consider a set of hankies that will bring back the memory of her wiping out her tears of happiness upon knowing that she’s conceiving a li’l creature inside her womb. That’s you, of course. A loose yet comfy clothes shall make her remember that sort of a duster or preggy dress she wore in the laborious yet exciting “nine months” of gestation.

Why not a pillow that she could hug as tight as she embraced you after giving birth, or maybe a brassiere for protection of the very bosom she fed you with during infancy? A bed will bring to her mind your tot years when you started to crawl and roll over it freely.

Shoes are a girl’s best friend, too, like your mom. Either sky-high heels or flattering flats, there’s a pair to match every bit of her fantasy. For as long as it brings comfort to her feet, it's more than enough to reciprocate the ease you had when you took your first walk with her guidance back then. If it isn’t her thing, though, a flip-flop will cause her to think that she also disciplined you through the proverbial “rule of slipper” hit on your buttocks while you were growing up.

Much to her delight, a bling ring will be worthy of your dear investment to show your deep appreciation of her just like when she never failed to recognize you with a pat on the back for simple good deeds or a job well done in your lifetime.

Stuck for an idea yet? Here’s a simple but meaningful token of gratitude that for sure will make a big difference and, eventually, pull off a surprise for the celebrant herself: The NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack which includes the topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo and conditioner. Yes, you read it right. 


Still not convinced enough, why don’t you spray a liberal amount of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto your mom’s scalp and massage it for five to ten minutes. You may not even know that with such a plain gesture of yours, it can melt her heart as it reminds her of the past when she used to do the same thing while you were still young, either as a trick to put you easily on a slumber or merely a relief every time you got sick. Those caressing hands of yours, likewise, imbibe your act of giving back the “natural care from mothers” like her. 

Whatever impression it may have on her, what’s tangible she could gain is that you’re giving her nature’s gift of health. NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion is so unique that it combines 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients––all working synergistically to help address hair problems from growth to vanishing. This breakthrough product helps to rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the moist of her tress from root to tip, aids in stimulating the growth of her hair and helps prevent it from excessive falling, while improving the overall appearance.

More than anything else, NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack may be one of the most precious gifts that your mom could ever receive in her entire life. Well, she’s the most important woman in your life after all. Hence, she deserves to be treated like a queen with that vibrant, bouncy and shiny “crowning glory.”


NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack is beyond compare. So, don’t think twice to wrap it as your present for her this Mother’s Day and, if ever, for life. Head on to any Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores to get a dose of nature’s answer to hair loss.  For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit www.novuhair.com for more details. Follow us on Twitter @NovuhairNatural and Instagram @NovuhairOfficial for promo announcements and exciting updates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Birthday Greetings 2017

Thank you to all who greeted me especially to the companies which I am one of their affiliates. Today I am happy but I am more focused on working, learning new things and thinking how to earn more. haha I am a futuristic person. When we are younger we are happy with the material things and also we count how many people greeted us or how many gifts we have or how many food we bought and cooked for our birthday. For me as I age it just seems to be an ordinary day. ^_^





Saturday, May 6, 2017

Odette Cagandahan Gallery

I visited Ms. Odette's gallery/exhibit last month. She was featured in the Pinoy Got Talent when she did a painting of singer Gary V. while dancing.

She paints portraits of famous celebrities and public figure like Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, President Duterte, etc.


She also has sculptures that are colorful.



I like this painting because of the cute faces of the women and the colorful dresses they wear.



I wasn't able to see the glow in the dark paintings. There were at the black cloth. I didn't know there is a passage in that area. You can see in the video the black cloth at the back of Marilyn Monroe portrait/painting. This video is also uploaded in my Facebook page.

Indeed Filipino talent is amazing.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Try this Clothing Subscription Box

Have you heard of makeup subscription boxes? Why not try a different subscription box?

Stylegenieph is a styling and clothing subscription box.

Take the quiz and be surprised what clothes Stylegenie picked for you. The quiz is just easy and fun to answer so stylegenie would have a glimpse of your fashion taste.


I'm wearing the gray pants from Stylegenie. It is the new trendy pants nowadays. I wear more of fit jeans and leggings but I appreciate this one because it looks good on me.

You can also try this pants with a spaghetti on top or fit tshirt or blouse. Its length or the hemline is below my knees. You can wear it as a high waist pants.


I let my friend wear this black long blouse from Stylegenie. The top is loose and the sleeves is upto the elbows. Even the sleeves are loose. You can also wear this blouse with light colored maong shorts.


Use code stylegeniexds upon checkout to get 10% discount. Boxes prices start at P899. If you want to have clothes and makeup from Saladbox then try Surprise salad P1399.

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The winner should respond within 24 hours or else I will choose another winner. After receiving the treatment, the winner should give feedback or rate the facial treament done by Aqua Mineral.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Planning to Get Pregnant In Your Thirties?

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If you are in your 30's, you might be starting to wonder about your fertility time frame, and how much “time” you have left when it comes to trying to conceive. When it comes to fertility, a woman's thirties are pretty much the middle of the road when it comes to fertility. Your fertility isn't as high as it was in your twenties, but there is still plenty of time to have a baby. Women have a very high chance of conceiving in their early 30's, but once they are nearing their 40's, fertility begins to decrease.

Moms in their 30's are usually much more prepared to have a baby than when they were in their twenties. Moms are usually more financially stable and have more job security later on. Unfortunately once a woman hits around the age of 35, there is a huge drop in fertility. In your early 30's, your chances of getting pregnant are very close to the same level as your late 20's. However, once a woman gets to her mid thirties, fertility declines and there are also many more chances for health problems and pregnancy complications. Truth be told, early thirties are much less complicated for getting pregnant than late 30's. If you are interested in getting pregnant in your thirties, go ahead and talk to your doctor and see if he or she has any advice for you. 

Infertility and Age

Age-related infertility is becoming more common as more women delay childbearing. Approximately 20% of American women wait until after age 35 to begin their families.

A female is born with an estimated 1 million eggs in her ovaries. By the time she reaches puberty she will have about 300,000 eggs left. Of these, only about 300 eggs will be ovulated during her reproductive years, and the rest will undergo a degenerative process known as atresia.

Despite the advances in assisted reproductive technology (ART), a woman’s age still affects the success rate in getting pregnant. A healthy 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance each month of getting pregnant, while a healthy 40-year-old has about a 5% chance each month (in many cases, even when using ART). 
Source: https://www.acog.org/-/media/NewsRoom/MediaKit.pdf 

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