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My Sweet 26th Birthday Celebration

This day, I woke up early just to prepare for my morning devotion as well as my special day . Right after having my breakfast, I dressed up and headed to my sister’s place to pick them up and went to Robinson’s Magnolia while waiting for my school friends to arrive.

My #OOTD

For our lunch, my friends and I celebrated my 26th birthday celebration at Shakey’s and chose the Family Meal Deal 2 which already has a serving of large thin crust (we chose the Cheese flavored pizza) , spaghetti platter, 5 pieces buddy pack of Shakey’s flavorful chicken n’ mojos and a pitcher of house blend iced tea (instead of Coke).

This is already good for sharing among  the four of us. So far, their meal deal was that good since get to have a free pepperoni pizza for my birthday as well as a free Shakey’s Supercard since they have this promo (Buy 1 Take 1 Shakey’s Card Promo) .

Aside from my birthday, I’m also celebrating my childhood friend, Grace’s birthday as she also deserves to enjoy every single moment of her life.

My Bestie and I
My Bestie and I

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From P1,299 , we’ve got a discounted price at P1,236.10.

Just before having our meal, we had our group picture taken by one of the Shakey’s staff.

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Group shot

I also had my picture taken at an egg throne located near the Vans Store while strolling around the mall with my friends right after lunch time. We also dropped by Toys R’ Us to help Grace find what she needs there.

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Selfie inside the egg

But my sweet birthday celebration doesn’t stop with that as I also was able to use my BDJ coupon of Mrs. Fields to buy some cookies as our dessert. I bought bags of cookies at a minimum price of Php 300 and got a free half dozen of freshly baked cookies.

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Sweet Birthday Treats from Mrs. Fields

Lastly, I also get to treat my school friends to a cup of Pearl Milk Tea from Chatime. It was really a lot of fun to bond with them again and I could say I had a blast this day.

 

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My BDJ Coupon Experience

Being a Bella has its perks. You get to enjoy some of their freebies just by using BDJ coupons from several trusted brand partners: Coffee Bean, Serenitea, Red Mango, Lynelle, French Baker, Lipault, and many more.

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One brand I mostly used is the one from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf since I’m a coffee lover . The coupons I already used are the tea latte and ice blended coffee. The first coupon that I used from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is the tea latte wherein I bought a Chai Tea Latte (warm) then a regular Iced Moroccan Mint tea latte for free.

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The second and third BDJ coupon I used was the Serenitea coupon (which is the 5% discount on snacks and drinks on one receipt). The 5% discount on snacks was used by my friend who bought her snack or meals while I used the 5% discount on my Wintermelon sweet beverage.

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Another CBTL coupon I used from the booklet was the free regular Ice Blended White Chocolate Dream when I bought 2 Ice Blended Hazelnut Chocolate (1 –Pure or caffeine free and 1 caffeinated). I also bought a Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake and Carrot Walnut Loaf along with the drinks.

Looking forward to use other coupons aside from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Serenitea. I hope I get to earn up to 40 or 50 coupons to avail of 1 or 2 free BDJ Power Planners for the year 2018 (the other planner is a gift item for my friend)

#PerksofaBella
#BDJcoupon

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My 1st BDJ Rendezvous Experience

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Yesterday was a jam pack experience for me at the BDJ Rendezvous (BDJ Woman Up) . This was my first time to attend this event as a Bella. Not only did this allow me to step out of my comfort zone by meeting new people and making new friends, but I also learned something from the key note speakers who shared their experiences and life stories with us. Here are the things I’ve learned from each topic and key note speaker:

Expressing One Self Through Style (Speaker: Ms. Shaira Habon – Fashion Stylist)

Ms. Shaira Habon , a lifestyle blogger and fashion stylist, shared about different styles of expressing yourself through dressing up, determining your body shape , choosing the right clothes (according to the occasion) , wearing the proper and appropriate makeup and even the difference between fashion and style.

Fashion is the trend that people follow whereas style is creating your own. We may follow what’s on trend, but we don’t have to lose ourselves in the process of making improvements in expressing ourselves through style. When we express ourselves through styling, we don’t have to really think about what other people would say about us but rather considering the situation we are in and the occasion.

Moreover, we can’t please other people no matter what we do, even through styling ourselves.

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Pursuing An Active Lifestyle (Speaker: Ms. Noelle De Guzman – The Kikay Runner)

One of the tips that Ms. De Guzman shared to us when planning our exercise is to jot it down in our planner and making it an appointment with ourselves as we are our own boss. However, we make sure that the tasks we jot down in our planner is doable for us.

Cut or drop the negative thoughts and attitudes about exercising such as “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.” Or “I’m too busy that I don’t have time for that.” Because we really can make it a habit of exercising. If we are worried about what other people would say to us or tell us about this, we just have to remind ourselves, “Why would we let somebody who don’t even know us tell us what we should do with our body?”

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Leading An Impact (Speaker: Ms. Noelle Rodriguez – Holistic Health Coach)

Holistic Health Coach Ms. Noelle Rodriguez shared to us what it’s like to lead an impact and have our personal mantra. Just like with Ms. Noelle de Guzman, we have to drop off all those negative thinking that we have to ourselves.  Turn those negative thoughts such as “I am not enough”, “I am not confident”, “I am not pretty” into positive thoughts or affirmations .

As what Ms. Rodriguez said, “At the end, it’s still our perspective that matters”

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Unlocking Your Potential (Speaker: Ms. April Cuenca – CEO, Tripkada)

Last but not the least, Ms. April Cuenca of Tripkada shared to us about working on our passion, as well as her experiences in life, most especially when it comes to travel. When it comes to getting or hiring traveling agencies to book a trip , we have the right to be choosy, especially when the travel agency that we get is not legit or just pretending to be one. Before booking a trip with a travel agency, one thing we should consider is the reviews or what other people say about a certain travel agency, as there are instances that we might get victimized.

Back to the topic, working on our passion is really important. Why work on something when we are not even passionate about it?

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Aside from the talk about these topics, the event doesn’t just stop to that, as there are fun games and raffle prizes Bellas can participate in. Every Bella had fun as no one came home empty handed. Everyone came home bagging a prize sponsored by different brand partners (Lynell, Flawless, Serenitea, French Baker, Red Mango, Lipault, Mystery Manila, Fresh Gear, etc.)

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Moreover, I love the yummy treats sponsored by Cinnabon (which I just took home since I was already full with the meal we had.) as well as the prizes I brought home.

Looking forward for more events like this one.

#BDJRendezvous2017
#BDJWomanUp
#BellaCorrespondent

 

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Fun at Otaku Expo

Anime lovers usually anticipate this kind of event where they could see cosplayers dressing up as their favorite anime character. Otaku Expo is just like any other anime-related events or exhibits where anime items such as costume playing stuff , cards, etc. But it doesn’t just stop there as some activities like games, contests and battle of the bands are also being held. Not only do they sell anime-related items, they also sell other stuff such as Harry Potter souvenirs or merchandise, button pins and many other cute items you can buy or give as gifts to your friends.

But what does the word ‘Otaku’ really mean? The word ‘Otaku’ simply got its name or term from Japanese people which defines a young person obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills. For other people, this may appear extremely negative to them as they are defined as a homely person or someone who is anti-social. The term ‘otaku’ usually refers to someone who usually stays at home to kill time by watching anime, playing videogames, surfing the Internet  rather than socializing or mingling with other people or sometimes, it’s also used to refer to someone who’s a nerd , hacker or even programmer.

Going back to the topic, you could see gamers active at this event as well . You can find when at every corner of the place where this exhibit is being held. You could also see some people watching anime singing competitions, performances from anime cosplayers and the like.

I visited this event or exhibit together with my friends last Sunday (February 5,2017) . We visited every booth, except the photo booth. The entrance fee costs P180 per head or person. Strictly no food and drinks allowed inside.

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Activities being held in the event are: Eating Contests, Card Game Tournament (for gamers), On The Spot Art-Contest, Speed Drawing Contest, Individual Cosplay Competition, Battle of the Bands, Anime Singing Competition , Anime Booths and more for anime lovers to enjoy.

(Note: The individual cosplay competition is not limited for only anime characters as there are cosplayers who dress up as Disney princesses or characters. I got to have a picture taken with a cosplayer dressed up as Esmeralda)

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With Esmeralda

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(I forgot the name of the anime character)

Booths that visitors can see are t-shirt printing, stalls that sell wigs/extensions/hair dyes (I bought my hair extension here for P250 and it’s the last stock remaining.) ,  booths where visitors can buy button pins, Harry Potter merchandise, stickers, stationeries and more.

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  Cute Anime Items

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T-Shirt/Souvenir Shop

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Otaku Magazines

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More Otaku Magazines and Button Pins

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Cute Beret Hats

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Crowds of people watching “Battle of The Bands”

I and my friends may not have bought much items from this exhibit, but we surely had a blast visiting this once in a while event. I have no regrets whatsoever in buying my souvenir (hair extension) .

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Fun at Sip & Gogh

Want to unleash the inner ‘artist’ in you? You can showcase your creativity by engaging in a painting session at Sip & Gogh. You can also bond with your family, friends or even colleagues after a stressful day at work or even during weekends.

About Sip & Gogh

Sip and Gogh is the newest art entertainment as well as the first paint and sip studio. Guests can bond with their family and friends by painting to their heart’s content while sipping their favorite beverage. At Sip & Gogh, guests are provided everything they need such as canvas, paints, paint brushes, palette, easel and apron.

This facility first started on August 2012 where the people behind running this business always wanted to share their experiences of traveling, wine sampling, and learning about interesting cultures. These served as inspiration for them to set up the first ever paint and sip studio which combines their mutual appreciation for fine wine and good art.

The people behind this business aspire to provide a cozy environment for those who want to express themselves and show their creative side while sipping on their favorite beverage with fellow art enthusiasts, family and friends as well as to create personal and collective experiences promoting creativity, self development and social bonding.

Registering For A Session

To register for a session, guests may select a branch nearest their location (Ayala Heights, Eastwood, Kapitolyo, Alabang, Atelier or Century Mall). They can make their reservations either through online or phone call. To make the session more fun, guests may freely invite their family and friends to join them.

Events and Workshops

There are also promo discounts for guests to enjoy when they come visit the studio. There’s the Hi, Neighbor promo wherein the studio gives 10% discount on painting sessions for those who live or work in the said area (Pasig, Old Balara Quezon City, or Eastwood). All they have to do is present their valid ID.

Aside from this, there are also events and workshops for those who want to show their artistic side such as Fundraising Event, Open Session (you get to choose either from their gallery or paint your own. Price is inclusive of complimentary drinks and an appetizer snack), BYOB or Bring Your Own Bottle (bringing your bottle of wine and share it with others. Note: Guests must be 18 years old and above, more importantly, drink responsibly. There’s also a corkage fee of P300 per 750 mL bottle.) , Date 2 Create (for dating couples), Family Fun Day and Little Van Gogh.

What’s good with this paint and sip studio is that there are instructors who will guide you along as you paint and create your masterpiece. They also take a photo of their guests posing with their masterpiece as soon as they are done.

Want to book a session? Contact the Sip & Studio branch nearest you and have fun. Paint. Sip and Laugh! You can also visit their site https://www.sipandgogh.com/ .

 

 

 

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Fun at GCC Alumni Fair (November 24-26, 2016)

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GCC Alumni Fair is an annual event held at the gymnasium of Grace Christian College during the 11th month , nearing the Christmas season. It is a three-day event open to all guests , students, as well as alumni and friends of Grace.

Visitors or guests have an entrance fee of P20 to enjoy this fun-filled event where they could buy some items either for themselves to store at home such as appliances and kitchenware or even some cute souvenirs that they could give as gift items for their loved ones such as lotions, clothes, toys and even accessories like choker necklace. Aside from buying some items, there are also booths where they could enjoy some activities, arcade games like basketball , driving, get into a virtual ride or other things they want.

What’s more interesting about this event is that it’s run by the students from high school and college department, supervised by some of the faculties of GCC. Visitors get to have fun at the alumni fair.

Feeling hungry after roaming around to shop for items? There are also food stalls where you could buy your lunch. For this year, food stalls available for guests are Shawarma, Chooks To Go, I Love Milktea, Lemon Bee and more.

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A Day Out In UP Town Center with My Family

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This was my first time to visit and stroll around the place with my family, try out a new restaurant and explore the mall. UP Town Center might just be a new place for me to hang out with my family and friends. This place is convenient to workers, students and other people who reside in Katipunan.

About UP Town Center

UP Town Center is part of Ayala Malls 360, as well as a mixed-use retail and office development which offers an optimal mix of high quality retailers and office tenants responsive to the needs and demands of students, residents and workers in this surrounding community.

This place serves as an interactive venue which is favorable or convenient for free expression, discourse and skills development through its green spaces, academic facilities, amphitheater and as well as Student Hub.

Students, residents, and employees near this area find it convenient to shop and visit this place for hanging out with their friends, family and colleagues during their free time.

What I like about UP Town Center

What I basically like about this place upon my first visit is its vast area. You could just simply stroll around this vicinity, aside from the new restaurants you’ve never been to and would want to try out with your barkada, colleagues or just simply your family member.

There are a lot of activities that you could do in UP Town Center like play at an arcade zone, eat to your heart’s content at your favorite restaurant, watch movie or stroll around and go shopping until you drop.

.  You could even chill out and have a good conversation with your friends at your favorite coffee shop

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Things To Do When You’re Date-less on Valentine’s Day

Who needs a date when you can just hang out with your loved ones (family and friends) on Valentine’s Day? You can spend quality time by playing board games,  go shopping at malls and dine out with them , have fun at arcade stores, or even watch  a good movie that you can write a review about.

You don’t need to worry about not having any date at all on Sunday.  Here are just a few things that you can do:

Search for a recipe

Instead of sulking or making a fuss about being date-less, you could spend your time searching for recipes that you could bake for your family or friends. Consult your cookbook or the Internet and compile the recipes you can find and try baking or cooking them on your own. Who knows you might just make your family or friends happy and feel special.

You can find a lot of recipes to compile from the Internet. They can be pastries, pasta or even just a simple meal.

Hang out with your friends/family at the mall

Shopping or hanging out with your loved ones can already make you feel  like it’s your special day. Just don’t go overboard in spending.  Spend quality time by playing at arcade game zones such as Time Zone, Tom’s World, Fun Land or other arcade games you could find at other malls near your location.

Read good books

Why worry about not having any date when you could just grab a book from your shelf while lying on your couch? In that way, you save money and increase your knowledge at the same time. Or even browse some sites where you could read books online?

Watch movies

Any new movie or film that you’ve been longing to watch? You can ask your friends out rather than moping around and having self pity on why everyone else is having a good time with their significant other while you’re not. Your friends can be your date, right? If others can enjoy time with their boyfriends/girlfriends, so can you as well.

Or you can also grab a DVD or two and invite your friends to come over and watch it with you. All you need is popcorn and drinks to make your house look like a movie theater too.

 

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Talentadong Pinoy Audience Guesting: The 3rd Time Around

Last night’s episode opened with a star-studded performance of Mrs. Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla along with BB Gandanghari, Mr. Dennis Padilla and Mr. Rommel Padilla with a special participation of a band followed by the introduction of the talent scouts (Director Joyce Bernal, Mrs. Claudine Barretto-Santiago and Mr. Dennis Padilla) and the jury consisting of a beauty queen, businessman, marketing head, general manager and events performer.

Talents shown by each contestant were lifting and spinning a heavy metal (with fire), singing, playing with sticks (with fire as well) while dancing with a hula hoop, performing magic tricks (Christmas-themed) and beat-boxing.

What amazed me the most during the show was how a 12-year old kid could lift a metal that was rather heavy for him, making me a realize that size doesn’t matter. Whether you’re tall or short, you could still perform your talents. Bottom line: Never ever underestimate a person by his or her ability to perform just because he or she is vertically challenged. Another thing that left me aghast or stunned was the fifth contestant who could make 5 sounds out of different songs by beat-boxing. It really takes a lot of practicing and effort for someone to perform this talent.

I believe each contestant in the show for last night’s episode deserves to be a winner for performing their talents and giving it their best shot not only to win but also to use their God-given talents to serve others and be a blessing to them.

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A. Before the show

B. During the Show

C. After the Show

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Ryzza Mae Show and Eat Bulaga Audience Guesting

Last Monday’s audience guesting was rather fun as AATA students , both teens and kids, get to watch both shows at the Broadway Centrum. Despite the long line, we started to take photos of ourselves as we patiently wait for the show to start.

Ryzza Mae Show

Ryzza Mae Show is a Philippine talk show that first aired on April 8, 2013 with the child star Ryzza Mae Dizon , herself as the host. This show opens with a bit of dancing (to its tune or opening theme “Itaktak Mo”) where a lucky audience member gets picked and have a short interview on stage.

Aside from that,  singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis-Honasan was also guested in this show, performing live and being interviewed regarding some of her songs. The fun part was where Barbie Almalbis gave a small guitar to Ryzza Mae and taught her how to play the instrument.

Eat Bulaga

A noon-time show developed by Television and Production Exponents (TAPE), Inc. , Eat Bulaga airs 12:15 pm to 2:30 pm on Weekdays and 11:30 am to 2:40 pm on Saturdays. Its current segments include Barangay Superstar wherein contestants from each barangay get to perform or show their talents, Laban o Bawi, a game show segment wherein the contestants (either those from the audience or pre-auditioned), are asked some questions by the hosts and gets a chance to play until the jackpot round when he or she asks the questions correctly, etc.

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