Monday, October 3, 2016

I miss traveling!

I miss traveling. I haven't done much of it since I left the advertising world.

The past year has been focused mostly on making our business grow... though that's a different story altogether. But given new developments, a well-deserved vacation should be in store.

Soon, I hope!

I can't wait to get out of the city-- smell some fresh air, get sand on my feet, hear the waves, and get a tan. (Not too dark, though. I'll regret it. Haha!) Anywhere but here, really.

My next confirmed confeermed trip is still in January next year. Tagal pa!

#Throwback to when we were in El Nido, Palawan.
Emoting while watching the sun set.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Marketing my Blog

Over the years, my blog has gone through different looks and themes. It has also evolved from being a pure travel blog to a lifestyle blog.

When I look at the site, it's off-strat. So cringe-worthy! Look at some of the designs I had in the past.

It's sad how much I've put traveling and my blog aside this past year compared to past years. It's also ironic how I'm able to market other products and make brands grow, yet I can't seem to work on my own brand. Perhaps it's time to really sit down and work on it... and take it seriously. Sayang, e. 

I'll revamp the site soon.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PositiviTEA After Being Stood-up

A few weeks ago, we fired our seller at the bakery.

Unfortunately for us, his replacement stood us up on his first day of work and was nowhere to be found. He just... disappeared!

We interviewed another potentiable and he agreed to come in for training. But we were stood up.


I couldn't help but rant online. Diba? Nakaka-frustrate?

The next day, I received a tweet! 

I've had brands engage me on Twitter. Some are weird and #mema but this once was a pleasant surprise. (I wonder how they chanced upon my tweet!)

Fast forward to this evening, I saw this in my room!

I wanted to save it for a bad day... but I couldn't resist. Haha!

Inside were three different ice tea flavors and a cute tumbler. This was definitely a happy humpday surprise.

Thank you to Lipton Philippines for sending over some positiviTEA! No negativity tonight.

To add to the positiviTEA, we have a new seller already! Tengksgad!


(Omg. Feeling influencer??)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Discover Taiwan’s best brands at TriNoma, August 19 to 21

We're in for a treat!

A wide selection of high-quality products from Taiwan’s best brands will be showcased at the third Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone. It's happening this weekend (August 19 to 21) at TriNoma mall in Quezon City.

Now this is something I'd want to see and experience.

Led by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and in partnership with the Taiwanese government, the three-day event is an interactive showcase of brands that bear the Taiwan Excellence seal.

This seal assures customers of the products’ superior quality.

Over 140 products from 54 Taiwan Excellence-accredited brands will be showcased. Products range from gadgets, home appliances, personal care products, to fitness gears.

Some of the featured items include STRIDA’s durable bicycles designed for convenient and reliable urban transport, SH-RD’s protein cream that avoids hair damage and promises softer and shinier hair, and FECA’s storage-ware that help in maximizing spaces at home.

Gigs, fashion shows, games, and raffle draws are also in store. Watch out for performances by Silent Sanctuary (August 19), Callalily (August 20), and Up Dharma Down (August 21).

Booth tours and brand presentations will be present. Selling booths from brands such as Tatung, MSI, FECA, and Asus will also be available, while generous discounts from brands like Kymco, MSI, Pacific, Tatung, Tern, and Thermaltake will be offered.

Let's not miss out on these treats from Taiwan Excellence-approved brands this weekend. Again, it's at TriNoma only from August 19 to 21.

See you there? Hao!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Late Realizations About the Rizal Shrine

We were in Calamba that morning for an errand. On the way home, my Dad asked if I wanted to visit Jose Rizal's house.

Since I've never been there before, I didn't mind the side trip. 

My parents stayed in the car while I explored the place. I didn't have much time to absorb and read much, let alone take too much pictures. Museum pala siya?

I had 10 minutes. I breezed through it, masabi lang na nakapunta ako doon. 

Statue of young Jose Rizal
Here are some of the stuff I learned afterwards, while trying to write this entry:

1. OMG! It's a replica?!
Yep. The current structure is a replica of the original ancestral house of Rizal's family. 

2. Maraming pinagdaanan yung bahay.
It took two years to build the original ancestral house. Spanish authorities confiscated it in 1891. One of Rizal's brothers reoccupied the house during the Philippine Revolution, but lost it again to the friars. It was then sold, destroyed during World War II, and then demolished. *whew!*

3. It cost Php 24,000!
That was during the 1940s, though. The government bought what remained of the Rizal House for Php 24,000. Pretty cheap now but back then, it was probably expensive.

4. There was an E.O. to reconstruct the house.
In 1949, President Elpidio Quirino passed Executive Order No.145 to have the house reconstructed on the same site and built from the same materials from that period.

5. The remains of Rizal's parents are there.
These are located at the right side of the house. I didn't see this, TBH. 


There's no entrance fee required to explore the museum. Donations are welcome, though.

I also got to explore the small souvenir shop at the back. Was quite disappointed that items for sale were generic. I was hoping that there was something uniquely Jose Rizal there. 

The place is ideal for field trips. It also makes a great setting for photo shoots. 

I wish I had spent a bit more time there for quiet time. 

Map of Rizal Shrine
JP Rizal St., Calamba, Laguna