Saturday, July 9, 2016

BPI Cards Reward Cardholders at the 5th Travel Madness Expo

"Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" I once read this quote somewhere online and it made me wonder. You spend a great amount of money just to travel. Airfare and transportation alone is already equivalent to a month's worth of grocery. You also have to shell out thousands for accommodation and other expenses. So how does traveling make you richer? I found the answer when I started to travel. I don't travel a lot, I still can count with my fingers the times I have traveled and mostly my travels are from Manila to our province. Since I got married I already lived here in Manila with my own family, away from my parents. So aside from keeping in touch with my parents thru social media, I once a year see to it that I travel to our province with my own family. We visit my parents and relatives and at the same time a chance for us to unwind and tour my kids to my hometown and surrounding places. Yes we spend money but in return we have created a special bond as family and lots of memories that we can treasure for a lifetime and I guess that what makes us richer!
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) understands everyone's reasons for travelling, thus BPI Card allows everyone to enjoy travel deals and free trips only with your BPI Card at the 5th Travel Madness Expo!

BPI partners with major airlines and travel agencies for the 5th Travel Madness Expo which runs from July 8 to 10 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. BPI cardholders get to enjoy discounted flights and travel packages for local and international destinations. 

Marie Josephine Ocampo- BPI SVP (Payments and Remittance), Dave Lim- Philippine Airlines SVP (Commercial Group), Chicoy Enerio- COO Tourism (Promotions Board), Ma. Paz Alberto- VP Travel Innovators Inc., Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo, USec. Department of Tourism, Jaime Bautista, PAL President and COO, Raymond Michael Tee- President Travel Innovators Inc. , Lorenzo Formoso- COO Duty Free Philippines formally opens the program last July 8, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center.
On top of the discounted travel deals, BPI cardholders will enjoy exclusive offers that include a chance to win in the daily raffle promo where 15 trips from Mabuhay Miles will be given away. Five daily winners during the 3-day event will be chosen for a chance to fly to a local destination, Hong Kong, Singapore or Japan! BPI Card holders purchasing a ticket from Philippine Airlines will earn 1 raffle entry for every PhP5,000 spend. 

A discount voucher from Delta Airlines will also be given exclusively to BPI Delta SkyMiles cardholders, which they may use in their future Delta Airlines transactions after the expo. BPI Delta SkyMiles cardholders purchasing a ticket from Delta Airlines are entitled to enjoy exciting Delta Reward that includes a USD 300 Discount for Manila to North America/Canada Roundtrip Business Elite Fares, USD 150 Discount for Manila to North America/Canada Roundtrip Economy Class Fares and Manila to Japan Roundtrip Business Elite Fares and USD 75 Discount for Manila to Japan Roundtrip Economy Class Fares. 

From July 7 to 10 cardholders are also entitled to BPI Cards Exclusive Offers that includes a free Samsonite Passport Holder for every P12,000 spend at Samsonite. AFree Packing Cube Set for every purchase of Delsey luggage at The Travel Club and 10% Discount on Sentosa’s Play 3 Day Pass. 

Travelling has never been this rewarding. So if you love to or aspire to travel more, don’t miss this opportunity! Visit the 5thTravel Madness Expo and use your BPI Card to make your dream travel a reality! 

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Mom Gone Blonde: Going Straight Salon x Nouvelle

On my previous post, I talked about how Barbie empowers little ladies to follow their dreams whatever they may be, and for the adults to encourage them on their journey. Inspired by Barbie's You Can Be Anything Campaign, I have finally listened to the inner voice and my long time dream of reinventing my looks and becoming blonde. Lol!

This is the my hairs' transition through the years.
Let me share with you a short history about my hair. Back in the days, I have wavy black hair. Then during College, I grew tired of my frizzy wavy hair thus I had it rebonded but I kept the color. It never crossed my mind back then to have my hair color altered. Came 2014 when I had a change of heart, I decided to be a cool mom lol. So when I went to have my hair rebonded I also decided to have it colored as well. I really liked the ash blonde hair color but the stylist informed me that we wont be able to achieve it since my hair was black. I agreed and was actually kind of  relieved since I think I wasn't brave enough to make a drastic change that moment. More than a year after, around October 2015 I again had my hair rebonded and colored. Still opted for ash blonde even though I know it wont turn out that way. 5 months after I had a Brazilian blowout and hair color retouch again with ash blonde, I really have a thing with ash blonde lol. 

#TheManeEvent was held for 2 days. I together with Lhyzie was part of the 1st day, where I also got meet Melissa Ungco of (first photo) who is also from Las Pinas. 
Then last month, I got an  invite to The Mane Event, thank you Sir Jhong Medina! #TheManeEvent was a hair color service and professional hair care treatment event for Bloggers in collaboration between Going Straight Salon and Nouvelle. It was very timely because I was also thinking about having my hair colored again. Prior to the event, I spent days thinking about what hair color to get. I can't decide!

And then, #TheManeEvent happened, it was held at Going Straight Salon in SM North Edsa. But before we started with our hair makeover, we were first briefed about the event.

So let's go ahead and get to know more about Going Straight Salon and Nouvelle. 

Going Straight Salon is founded in 1988 and is one of the pioneers in hair straightening. They offer the ultimate experiencein beauty care. Their paramount concern is to be known in the industry in terms of service dependability and a leader in innovation techniques for more affordable services. Going Straight aims to keep up with their standards being the pioneer in the industry they also constantly send their stylists to training and for this event, they gathered their top stylist from different branches to style us.
Nouvelle is one brand that is being used by Going Straight Salon. Leading player in professional colouring and with thirty years of experience plus the constant search for innovation, Nouvelle is synonymous with style and trend on top of being a guarantee of hair care and attention. Always searching for different, modern, creative looks, Nouvelle is the trendsetter that has created a new young and contemporary generation of colour and style boasting more than 15 product lines.

For The Mane Event, they introduced and used their latest products on us; Lively and Eslabondexx. 

Lively is the new generation professional line for coloring and protecting hair. Its special formula, without ammonia and parabens, does not damage hair and does not irritate the scalp, providing a delicate coloration, suitable for sensitive skin.

The color is intense, natural, bright, and provides a perfect coverage of white hair. Lively is not only coloration but also a veritable nourishing treatment that takes care of the hair structure, thanks to the use of active ingredients of natural origin, such as sweet almond oil and lotus flower, known for their soothing, softening, moisturizing and invigorating properties.

Eslabondexx is used in combination with Lively or any chemical hair treatment, prevents damage before it can even start, preserving and protecting the hair structure whilst the chemical treatment is acting: in fact, Eslabondexx strengthens the hair structure delivering elasticity, strength, enhanced condition, and preventing it from breaking.

Competent stylist and new generation professional line of hair care treatment, what more can I ask for than to get #TheManeEvent started! Ooops I almost forgot, they also showed us models with hairstyle pegs then they let us choose who among the stylist we prefer to style our hair. I chose Ej as I like what she did on her model, blonde with pink highlights, it was similar to what I have in mind. 

Here comes #TheManeEvent

Here's what my hair looks like BEFORE the hair makeover 

When my stylist asked me what I like, I hesitated at first but finally gave in to what I wanted ever since I started having my hair colored. I said I wanted an ombre type, Ash blonde on the upper part and pink at the bottom. I was aware that in order to  achieve that color, they have to bleach my hair. A lot of people told me that it will make my hair dry and damage it, that's why I hesitated but I still took the risk and rest my trust with Going Straight and Nouvelle. *fingers crossed*

We carried on with the bleaching, not just once but twice. I guess my hair was yellowish after the first bleaching that's why they have to do it again. I like blonde but not yellowish blonde, I like it to be lighter. Again, I was scared that my hair will be damaged, imagine bleaching it two times in just a matter of hours? However they assured me that it wont damage my hair because of the Eslabondexx. Without it, on the second bleaching my hair would have broke already but it didn't, so yey! 

I really didn't expect that the process would take a while, we started around 12 noon and it was around 2PM or 3PM I guess when we finished with the bleaching and then we started with the coloration. I kept reminding my stylist, Ash blonde but I was surprised when the color he was applying on my hair was dark! I asked him if it's ash blonde and he said yes. So I let him continue, afterwards, he applied the color pink on the bottom part of my hair. He then left it on my hair for few minutes, washed it and then he blow dried my hair. 

This is what my hair looked like after. I know it isn't Ash blonde. I though to myself, maybe all he heard was "Ash" so I asked him again and he said it will be washed off when I take a shower. I felt a bit dissapointed at first because this is not what I expected, but he assured me that it will be washed off anyway the ash gray color wasn't that bad after all. Then they also gave us Nouvelle Re-styling Serum and Going Straight Shampoo and Conditioner. I just found out though that the shampoo and conditioner is for black hair only and not really suitable for bleached hair. But I like the serum, it's a life save, I use it everyday.

I then went home, it just felt weird because people kept staring at my hair, haha! Upon reaching home, my kids were all like "Mommy, what happened to your hair? I would answer them back with a question, "Why, is it not nice? Don't you like it?" and they'll answer "It's nice, we like your hair mommy!" lol! When I asked Jaear what he thinks, he said it looks good however it just looked weird haha. 

True enough, after several washes the ash gray color got washed away. This is what my hair looked like exactly four days after the event. And, as they passes by I feel like it's getting lighter and lighter. Honestly, I like it because I wanted my hair to be blond anyway. However, the pink bottom part isn't as pink anymore, well I guess it wasn't pink in the first place. My son said it was purplish LOL! 

 And this is my recent photo. Regardless of the color, some people thought that bleaching my hair wasn't a good idea, they felt sorry for my hair. However, I knew about the possible damage bleaching will cause my hair but I willingly embraced it. I'm glad I did, rather than regret about not giving it a shot one day when I look back. Thanks again Nouvelle and Going Straight Salon for the privilege, it was just once a wishful thinking and now here it is! I wouldn't have done it without #TheManeEvent and if I didn't trust the product and the people behind it. I will visit one of your branch soon for my Green Tea Treatment which was included on our take home loot bag! 

So ladies, cool mommies and daddies if you want to have your hair colored make sure to check out Going Straight Salon, with their 28 years in service, competitive stylist and staffs you're in good hands. Also make sure to ask for Nouvelle's new products Lively and Eslabondexx for a good quality and free of harmful chemical professional line of products that won't go breaking your hair!

For more info about their products please feel free to visit the Nouvelle Brand's official website:
You can also visit Going Straight Salon's website:
Twitter: @goingstraightph

Friday, July 8, 2016

Athena's Cute and Dainty Dress from Pois Belly and Kids Boutique

"A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend"- Anonymous

I once read this quote online and I love it! And luckily, I have two daughters which means, I have two best friends in the making. Hooray! 

The bond between a mother and daughters is one of a kind and I can't imagine how ours will be like in the years to come. But Athena is just 3 and Brianna is just 2 years old so as of now, I'm still enjoying their little faces, tiny hands and toes, and cute voices. I'm also taking advantage of their innocence. Please don't get me wrong here haha, what I'm trying to say is that I like buying girly stuff for them and then dress them up! They are like my real life barbie dolls! Haha

One thing I also love to do is shopping and one Sunday, Jaear and I took Athena shopping for a dress that she can wear at school and special occasions as I also have a waxing appointment at Alabang Town Center (ATC) while Tristan and Brianna was with their Lolo and Lola. 

After my appointment at the waxing salon, we found ourselves at the Pois Belly and Kids Boutiqe and upon entering Athena gave me a big grin. She was even more excited when I told her to choose whatever she wants. The staffs were kind enough to assist us and grew fond of Athena.

Athena acted too shy with the staff so I helped her choose instead. Each apparels has unique and very dainty design. I also like how each are made with good quality cloths. We had a hard time deciding on what to get as there are a lot of adorable pieces to choose from. We ended up with a total of 5 dresses in our hands, then went on to the fitting room to have Athena fit them all. 

I also asked her to pose so that I can have her photos taken. She was really shy especially when the staffs were watching her so the they just pretended not to look haha!

This was her first choice. She was fond of the yellow fur flower ball accent on it. It's nice but was kinda loose and the next small size is too small for her.

Sweet candy and it's pink, her favorite color but again was kinda loose.

This is beautiful and the old rose color too, perfect for special occasions. 

This is one of my favorite, so dainty! Agree?

This was my first choice. It's simple yet it looks elegant. She can use it at school and for occasions too. She has lots of pink dress already so we thought that it would be nice to get her a different color. Anyway she has a fair complexion, almost any color suits her.

The fitting is just right as well. Athena liked it too.

Can you guess what we picked?

See! I told you, everything is just soo adorable. You can't just pick one! Then I asked her which dress she liked the most, and she couldn't give me a straight answer, I guess she wants to have it all too! In fact, when we went home, Athena excitedly showed her Lola what we got for her. She cried when she saw just 1 dress, she taught we took all 5 dress. Aww!

Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure Athena loved hew new dress and that she had fun shopping as much as I did. It was a great mother and daughter bonding and I can't wait to do this more often, next time with Brianna too. 

Pois Belly and Kids is not just a boutique for little girls, it's actually a one-stop-shop for Mommies and kids.

Pois- for the stylish tweens (between 10-18 years old)
Belly- for fashionable expectant mommies
Great Kids - cute and dainty apparels for kids between 2-10 years old.

They also have pretty Mommy-and-Me dresses perfect for twinning moment. Would like to get one of these soon!

Have you tried shopping at Pois Belly and Kids yet? Go check them out mommies and have a fabulous bonding with your daughters. They have boutiques on the following outlets:

Pois Belly & Kids BOUTIQUES
  • TriNoma: Ground Floor near Activity Center
  • SM Megamall: Level 5 The Atrium
  • Shangri-la Plaza: Level 4 Main Bldg
  • Alabang Town Center: Level 2 Expansion Bldg
  • SM Mall Of Asia: Ground Floor in front of Kids Universe
  • SM City Cebu: Level 2, Main Mall
  • SM City Iloilo: Upper Ground Floor
  • SM Lanang Premier Davao: Level 2
  • Ayala Center Cebu: Level 3
The SM Stores:
  • BF Paranaque
  • Cubao
  • Cebu
  • Davao
  • Iloilo
  • Makati
  • Mall Of Asia
  • Manila
  • Marikina
  • Megamall
  • North EDSA
  • Pampanga
You can also check them out on their Facebook page for more updates:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

EVENT | Athena and Brianna Goes To Barbie's You Can Be Anything Day!

Back in the days, I can play freely in and outdoors unlike these days where crimes are happening left and right making me paranoid to even let my kids out. However, some things remain the same, just like the toys and games I've loved as a child and now by my kids especially my 2 girls. Yes, I'm talking about Barbie! When playing with my Barbie dolls, my imagination soars high up to the sky. I get to make my own story and pretend to be anything I want to be. No wonder why Barbie is the planet's favorite lifestyle icon when it comes to exploring different career paths not just by little girls but grown ups too!

In fact, a quick Google search will tell you that she has held over 130 careers in the span of more than 5 illustrious decades. She has been an astronaut, a surgeon, a veterinarian, an athlete, a pop star, even a presidential candidate at least 5 times. To think that doesn't yet include the hundreds of other jobs and identities that millions of creative young girls around the world have imagined and assigned to her in the comfort of their playrooms throughout the years.

This 2016, however, the tables have been turned; the spotlight is now focused on every young girl and their limitless potential with the introduction Barbie’s You Can Be Anything campaign.

Formally launched to Philippine media last April, the You Can Be Anything Campaign is both a celebration of potential and a challenge on the limits of the imagination of young girls. It is a movement to empower little ladies to pursue and live out their dreams, whatever they may be, and for the adults to encourage them on their journey. It is for these young minds to realize that whatever scene that they can conjure and choose to play out inside the four corners of their room can translate into real life; that the glass ceilings they may encounter on their later years are meant to be shattered and that the only thing standing between them and their goals is the limit of their imagination and determination.

To further extend this message, Richprime Global Inc., the exclusive distributor of Barbie in the country, in partnership with The SM Store and Toy Kingdom, turned sparks into candy-colored flames thus they set up the You Can Be Anything Day at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium last May 29, 2016. 

I wouldn't dare to miss this event, so last May 29 we dressed the girls up and went to SM Mall of Asia Atrium for a gateway of imagination. The venue was laden with multiple interactive booths featuring a range of professions young girls freely tried out.

Athena and Brianna experienced creating with their hands at the Doll-icious Bakeshop, where they can design their own cupcake or cookie using the rainbow selection of frosting and toppings available. Afterwards they munched on their own creations with delight! There was also a Barbie Artsy Studio where kids can use their creativity in drawing and coloring. 

All these 2 girls did was pose, smile and run around haha
For the more outgoing and expressive girls, they grabbed the opportunity to be a news anchor doing their prime time spiel at the B-TV News Room. They even got to bring home a copy of their news spiel record as a memento.

And of course, any Barbie event wouldn't be complete if there wasn't anything dedicated to beauty and fashion. The Barbie Pink Salon and Fashion Closet is present to cater to the more kikay (but still equally brilliant) bunch.

For the first time Athena and Brianna got to try face painting, they both chose butterfly!

Athena liked her butterfly face paint a lot!

Other kids got to try wearing make up and outfits then have their photos taken.

A short program and interactive fashion show serves as the cherry on top of the fun. Barbie Brand Ambassador also strut the catwalk with Barbie apparels. Andi Eigenmann and her daughter Ellie also graced the event and they tried different booths too!

Would have loved to let this 2 join the fashion show but they are too shy. This photo was taken after the program. 
"We're looking at this event as a jump-off point to young Filipina girls," explains Ms. Liza Yao, Managing Director of Richprime Global, Inc. "We want to inspire, and have them see that they can be anything they set their mind to and further beyond that, just like Barbie."
It was indeed a fun and interactive day, I'm sure everyone enjoyed it kids and adults alike! I hope kids get inspired to be like Barbie and do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. Thanks Barbie! 


CAMELLA WINS FIFTH READER’S DIGEST MOST TRUSTED BRAND AWARD - Camella, the flagship brand of Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc., has been recognized, for the fifth time, as Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand (Property Developer category). The group received a Gold Award, a distinction signifying that it has excelled significantly higher than its competitors based on the results of the Trusted Brand Survey. Receiving the award from Reader’s Digest Advertising and Retail Sales Director Sheron White (second from left) are: Vista Land Chief Marketing Officer Red Rosales and Camella Managing Directors Mary Lee Sadiasa and Ric Pallesco

Reader’s Digest  recognized Camella, the flagship brand of Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc., as the Most Trusted Brand under the Property Developer Category for the 5th time.

During the awarding ceremony organized by Reader’s Digest Asia-Pacific at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City recently, Camella was handed a Gold Award, a distinction signifying that it has excelled significantly higher than its competitors based on the results of the Trusted Brand Survey conducted by global research company Catalyst.
“Emerging as ‘Most Trusted Brand’ for five years in a row is a validation that Camella is successful in its mission to provide its home buyers not merely residences but upgraded lifestyles in its communities,” said Camella Managing Director Mary Lee Sadiasa, who received the award, together with Vista Land Chief Marketing Officer Red Rosales and Camella Managing Director Ric Pallesco.
“We owe Camella’s success to the trust and loyalty of our stakeholders. Rest assured that we will remain steadfast to our mandate of making quality homes attainable for every Filipino. Camella will continue to innovate to give the best living experience to our homebuyers,” added Camella President Jerylle Luz Quizmundo.
Camella received the ultimate seal of consumer approval after survey participants, composed of Reader’s Digest subscribers, and randomly selected consumers, gave Camella high ratings on six attributes: Trustworthiness, Quality, Value, Understanding of Customer Needs, Innovation and Social Responsibility. The consumer polls, in which 7,500 individuals were selected as participants, were conducted across five markets in Asia, namely, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Camella has redefined home development in the Philippines by creating ‘communicities’, innovative master-planned city developments, where Filipinos can raise and nourish their families and their tomorrows, with vast properties that offer community structures and commercial establishments closer to a city than a mere residential village. It is one of the leading fully integrated property developers in the country that caters to affordable to mid-income segment of the market. To date, the group has built more than 300,000 homes and maintains a powerful presence in Mega Manila and 36 other key provincial destinations and 95 cities and municipalities, indisputably the real estate brand with the widest geographic reach.

For more information about Camella, call their hotline at 02-Camella (226-3552) or 09178576494. Keep up with the latest Camella information, news, events and announcements through Like “Camella Official” on Facebook and follow “@CamellaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.