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It was a night of celebration and recognition to the real estate community as LAMUDI Philippines, a real estate property platform awarded merits to the exceptional and outstanding real estate professionals and brokerage Companies in the Philippines at the third annual Lamudi Broker Awards Night which was held at Makati Shangri-La last February 21, 2019.
The Lamudi Broker Awards is an evening of recognition of the real estate professionals who have demonstrated skilled achievement, superior leadership, high moral character, and professional behavior as chosen among the clientele of the Philippines’ number one real estate platform
“The Lamudi Broker Awards Night is our way to show appreciation to our most successful partners who not only grew alongside the company but helped Lamudi reach great heights in the real estate industry,” says Gilles Hage, Lamudi’s VP for Commercial Strategy.
CEO Bhavna Suresh formally opened the evening’s gathering. Industry thought leaders present in the event, offering an avenue for exchanging valuable insights on how to La udi’s improve the local real estate industry and the community-at-large.
Elizabeth Ventura, President of Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. highlighted that brokers are an integral part of the overall success of property developers.
Meanwhile, Colliers Philippines Research Director Joey Bondoc dove deep into the highlights of the local property sector in 2018 and what can be expected in 2019.
The awards presented were divided into three categories: Individual, Company, and Special Awards. The winners of the Individual and Company Awards were determined via data gathering while winners of the Special Awards were chosen through voting by Lamudi’s partner network with the exception of the Lamudi Partner of the Year award as this was chosen by Lamudi.
Here are the list of winners of each category for the LAMUDI PH Broker Awards Night 2019:
Most Leads Generated
Leyde Francisco of Cebu Globenet Realty
Most number of Listings Uploaded
Rey Sonico of MFR Realty
Korina Christine Reyes of M.F Reyes Realty
Lamudi Broker of the Year(Luzon)
Lamudi Broker of the Year(Visayas and Mindanao)
Rodulfo Lafradez Jr. of FareastHabitat & Settlement Inc.
New Broker of the Year
Most Leads Generated
My Saving Grace Realty & Development Corp.
Most number of Listings Uploaded
Property Hunter Realty
Cloverph Realty Corp.
Lamudi Brokerage of the Year(Luzon)
Lamudi Brokerage of the Year(Visayas and Mindanao)
Land Asia Global Properties Network
Philproperties International Corp.
New Brokerage of the Year
Rising Land Realty
Lamudi Partner Success Story of the Year
People’s Choice Award
Lamudi Partner of the Year
Land Registration Authority
For more information about Lamudi and Lamudi Broker Awards Night 2019 visit www.lamudi.com.ph
I’m so excited! The Althea Makeup line is now available for everyone to enjoy! And being an Althea Angel, it is one of the perks for me to try everything before it goes out on the Althea Korea website or at least be able to get first dibs about the new products. I feel so blessed! hahaha!
I’ve been using products from the Althea line which started with the Petal Velvet Powder, then thier very own cleansers, perfume, up to the Pore Essentials(my most favorite). I must say that I love ALL of it. I’m not brownnosing, but it is true. Suits my skin well.
Now with their makeup line, I really can’t wait to share with you guys my thoughts and actual application. Can’t wait to tell you which are my faves. So here it goes.
Althea Skin Relief Spot Film Gel
Due to exposure to dirt, smoke and other impurities, pimple breakout tends to surface especially on acne-prone areas. And and when you have a pimple, it’s kinda hard to treat it if you are always puting your makeup on.
From its gel form, Althea Skin Relief Spot Film Gel, creates a thin layer of film which helps treat and soothe acne. Thanks to its natural contents like tea tree oil which is known for acne treatment, Centella Asiatica extract and Pinus Thunberg Leaf extract that can soothe irritations as it nourish and revitalize the skin. It also contains Niacinamide which can brighten the skin(less pimple marks!) and strengthen the outer skin barrier.
HOW TO USE:(Source: Althea Korea Website)
Apply a thin layer onto targeted areas and allow it to dry for approximately 5 minutes.
Ensure the patch is completely dry before applying makeup on top of it.
I already used this acne spot treatment. Unfortunately, I do not share other users’ experience that they can use makeup on top of it. I am pretty sure I let it dried first before applying my foundation, but this happened. I don’t know, maybe I did it wrong. Maybe I put too much gel. But for now, I will just use it on times that I will not wear make up. Will include it on my night time beauty routine.
Price: ₱240(15 ml)
Althea Flawless Creamy Concealer
My face is not that flawless(spell B-L-E-M-I-S-H-E-S!), that is why I badly need a concealer that can hide the blemishes away. Thanks to Althea Flawless Creamy Concealer which is available in 4 shades: #1 Vanilla, #2 Ginger, #3 Honey, #4 Mocha. It has a creamy texture with a buildable formula that is made with Aquaxyl to moisturize and improve the skin.
If you will look at the photo above, I used the #3 Honey shade on my face to cover the dark circle under my eyes. I also put some on my forehead, cheeks. chin. I love it that it’s so easy to blend(i used a beauty sponge to blend the product). It has minimal scent which is very nice, because I don’t want makeups with strong scents.
When being applied, it can do medium/semi-matte coverage and thank God it is not one of the products that oxidize on my face after some time(my face is quite oily and acidic, so some concealer and foundation brands tend to make my face look darker than normal).
Can you believe it? It’s February already!It means that it is already the “Love Month”. Do you have plans on going out for a date or buy a Valentine’s gift for your loved ones? or just yourself? PayMaya can help you with that!.
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day with your significant other, friends, or alone, PayMaya is making the season of love with back-to-back discounts and cashbacks from today until February 14! You’ll surely enjoy a romantic Valentine’s experience as PayMaya offers the perfect deals that will suit your special someone’s love language, as studied by Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages series.
WORDS OF AFFIRMATION
Communication is key in every relationship. Tell your loved ones how much you value them by sending sweet text messages throughout the day.
To strengthen your relationship, make sure that you always have prepaid load for more meaningful conversations. Enjoy a one-time 100% cashback of up to P50 when you purchase prepaid load until February 15.
When it comes to gifts, it’s always the thought that counts. And we all know how finding the perfect present can be a hassle especially during Valentine’s Day.
So skip the lines at the mall and avoid the rush-hour traffic by shopping online at sites like Lazada or Zalora. Let the love go ‘round and get a 20% cashback (up to P300) when you spend at least P500 on online shops and pay using your PayMaya card until February 15!
PLUS: Enjoy an additional 12% off on your Zalora items when you use the code PM12OFF upon checkout.
ACTS OF SERVICE
Go the extra mile on Valentine’s to keep the love alive – book a table in your favorite date place or prepare a romantic dinner set-up at home.
Make it extra special when you #ScanToPay with PayMaya QR at any of our partner merchants nationwide and score a 1%, 10%, or 100% cashback of up to P1,000 per transaction until February 13, 2019.
A special treat also awaits this Valentine’s Day as you can get a one-time 50% cashback of up to P300 when you #ScanToPay with PayMaya QR! This special sale happens on February 14, 2019 only.
Spending time with a loved one is always time well spent, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to have a romantic getaway. Take the opportunity to wander around, have a heart-to-heart discussion with your partner, or reminisce good memories from your years together.
Make the most of your time and money by choosing from these PayMaya travel and accommodation value deals and promos:
We live in a tropical country where it’s pretty much sandals weather all-year round. Despite that, our feet are usually the most overlooked parts of our body. Not to mention that our lifestyles often demand us to be on our feet for most of the day. Fortunately, they’re not as high maintenance as our face, nor do they require elaborate skincare routines. That said, it does still help to take good care of your feet to ensure mobility and good health. Here are some essential tips on how to do so:
1. Give your toes some L-O-V-E!
Your feet go through a lot of wear and tear on the daily. So it’s only right that you give them a little extra TLC every now and then. What better way to do so than with a much-deserved trip to the nail salon?
If you’re feeling creative, you can also DIY it out. What matters is you keep them spotless and shiny, but also beware of ingrown nails! If you need some inspiration for your next pedi session, this blog post from The Cuddl has you covered.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize
Yes, moisturizer is for your feet too. If you’re wondering why they’re rough unlike the rest of your body, you’re probably scrimping on the lotion.
Photo credit: Beautybargainista.com
Slather up with lotion that contains moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and olive oil. These will deliver a generous dose of hydration to your soles and make them feel smoother and more nourished.
3. Choose your shoes well
Who says you have to compromise style for comfort? Gone are the days when we were limited to orthopedic shoes if you wanted a pair that can withstand the most grueling walking marathons.
Nowadays, there are many styles from the trendiest brands like Nike and Adidas that boast new technologies designed to make you feel like you’re walking on air. Usually, they set you back a few thousand Pesos, but it’s worth it! If that doesn’t sound up your alley, Travel + Leisure lists down some useful hacks to make almost any pair of shoes instantly more comfortable.
4. Be careful with your products
You know the golden rule of skincare, which is to always be cautious with new products. This applies to your feet as well. With so many trends everywhere (I’m looking at you, K-beauty!), it can be tempting to try everything. But no matter how popular a trend is, everyone’s skin is different.
The skin on your feet may not be as complicated as that on your face, but you should at least make sure you aren’t applying product on any cuts, wounds, or freshly exfoliated surfaces. Pretty Me also emphasizes looking at the ingredients list for anything you might be allergic to. Alcohol, for example, might go by other names like cetyl, stearyl, cetearyl, or lanolin alcohol, so it’s very important to double check a new product’s packaging before trying it out.
5. Keep them dry
When you step out of the shower, do you immediately put your shoes on? You shouldn’t, because that’s a recipe for Athlete’s foot.
Healthline defines it as a fungal skin infection that typically starts between the toes. If you experience some itchiness, painful blisters, or burning sensations, that might be it. The fungus thrives in damp environments, so drying your feet after every wash and before wearing socks is essential.
Never take your feet for granted. You’ll only have two in your lifetime so better take care of them than be sorry. To prevent foot problems in the future, check your feet regularly or have them checked by a foot expert.
When it comes to reproductive health, many of us are guilty of not giving it the proper TLC. While we all know that it’s one of the aspects that we should never neglect, most women tend to forget the importance of regular checkup, proper hygiene, and the right products that won’t disturb its microbial balance. You see, when this happens, not only will it cause pain and discomfort down there, it can also pose greater problems in the long run.
We have consulted an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Bernadette Ong-Sumo, M.D. and here are the five common vulvovaginal infections and how to avoid them.
Commonly known as vaginal yeast infection, candidiasis is recognized to affect 3 out of 4 women at least once in their lifetime. This happens when a change in the natural microflora of the body affects the number of good bacteria leading to the overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida which is normally found inside the human gut, throat, mouth, and even vagina. Symptoms include vaginal itching or soreness (burning sensation), pain during sexual intercourse or urinating, and changes in normal vaginal discharge described as curd-like or cottage cheese-type. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women who are pregnant, using contraceptives, have diabetes, impaired immune system, or even those who are taking broad-spectrum antibiotics are much more likely to develop Candidiasis.
Wearing cotton underwear and non-tight-fitting clothes might help reduce the chances of getting a yeast infection. Because taking antibiotics can lead to vaginal candidiasis, take these medicines only when prescribed and exactly as your physician tells you. Often times, a vaginal yeast infection will clear up on its own, but over the counter, anti-fungal creams or tablets are available for treatment. “For those who choose self-treatment, please see a Gynecologist if symptoms persisted”, advised by Dr. Ong-Sumo.
Vaginosis, much like Candidiasis, is a type of vaginal inflammation caused by an upset vaginal balance, from lactobacilli-dominant to mixed flora. If you’re noticing a thin, frothy, gray-white vaginal discharge and a foul-smelling vaginal odor described as “musty” or “fishy”, make sure to get checked by your Gynecologist. Sometimes, women with this infection may experience vaginal itching or burning sensation when urinating. Although it is more common among women in their reproductive years, a couple of factors are known to increase the risk of developing this infection such as smoking, multiple sexual partners, and douching or the practice of washing out the vagina with a mixture of water and vinegar or baking soda. “Frequent douching for hygiene is unnecessary as the vagina does an excellent job of keeping the PH balanced and of cleansing itself,” revealed by Dr. Ong-Sumo.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Women’s risk of acquiring at least one incidence of UTI during their lifetime is 50%. UTI is caused by bacteria entering through the urethra and invading the bladder and kidneys. Because women have a shorter urethra than males, bacteria can easily travel to the bladder thus they are known to develop a greater risk of acquiring this infection. And anyone who had this before knows that it can feel like the worst thing in the whole world: a burning sensation when urinating, strong-smelling urine, urine that appears to be cloudy or red, and pelvic pain that may linger around the center of the pelvis or around the pubic bone. Moreover, sexual activity, the use of diaphragms for birth control measure, and menopause are some of the other risk factors associated with UTI.
Drinking a ton of water helps to dilute the urine and will flush away bacteria even before the infection begins. Additionally, as a part of keeping down there “dry and happy”, wipe from front to back after urinating or defecating. This way, bacteria from the feces or anus will not spread towards the vagina and urethra. Additionally, emptying the bladder after intercourse is also a must so you don’t introduce more bacteria.
According to Dr. Ong-Sumo, “This is becoming more common nowadays as a lot of women in this day and age are into extensive pubic hair removal, whether waxing or shaving”. Hair removal causes minute skin injuries, with inoculation of pathogens and subsequent spread of infection. Folliculitis happens when bacteria, normally present in the skin or vagina, get inside a cut or opening. It exhibits itself as groups of red bumps with white heads and pus or oozing blisters. “These women just need to be informed of the risks and of the safe methods and best practices for hair removal”, added by Dr. Ong-Sumo.
If shaving cannot at all be prevented, do so every other day with warm water, a shaving cream, and new razors, while making sure to apply moisturizing lotion afterward. Wearing breathable clothes, using clean towels, and avoiding sharing personal items are other precautionary steps we can take to prevent this infection from invading our personal space. It’s best to wash the infected area with warm water and antibacterial soap. Dry thoroughly with a fresh towel and apply antibiotic creams or gels. Women who fail to respond to topical antibiotics should consult with a physician.
Bartholin’s Gland Abscess
A Bartholin’s abscess is caused by a fluid buildup in the Bartholin gland (responsible for secreting fluids to lubricate the vestibule and vagina) due to an obstruction caused by infection or injury. The pus often shows polymicrobial infection and contain a wide range of bacteria homogeneous to the normal flora of the vagina. Symptoms include acute vulvar pain, pain during intercourse, difficulty in walking or sitting and sometimes, fever. Safer sex practices and good hygiene habits may help to prevent infection of a cyst and the formation of an abscess.
The good news is that these five-common infection-related reproductive diseases are completely avoidable and treatable. Because these diseases should be taken seriously, Dr. Ong-Sumo’s final recommendation is to consistently practice good personal hygiene from wearing a cotton underwear for better absorption of moisture and perspiration, keeping yourself dry and clean, avoiding scented feminine wash, pads or tampons, to tight-fitting pants and jeans, will reduce the risk of developing these infections.
And according to the words of our discerning doctor, “Making yogurt with live cultures a regular part of your diet might help to restore a healthful yeast balance in the vagina.”
In a laboratory test conducted by the Institute of Chemistry, UP Diliman in correlation with previously published scientific studies and journals, it validates that Jeunesse Anion pad’s specifically modified cellulose-based hydrogels are not only super-absorbent, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic, but also exhibits anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and odor-reducing benefits! The positive ions embedded in the material of Jeunesse Anion pads attracts the negatively charged bacterial cells, which dramatically results to cell death thus declining bacterial population by 99.9 percent. However, remember that a regular visit to your OB-Gyn will ensure your reproductive health is in tip-top shape!
Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin and Liners are currently available at Watsons, selected Mercury Drug and South Star Drug outlets, SM department store’s health and beauty section, Robinson’s Supermarket and selected department stores, Shopwise, Rustan’s Supermarket, Waltermart, Landmark Department Store, PCX stores, selected Metro Gaisano outlets, plus other selected stores in Visayas and Mindanao. You can also purchase online with free delivery via www.lazada.com.ph.
Predator League is one the biggest eSports tournaments worldwide. This year, 13 participating countries, including the Philippines, will fight for the Predator Shield and the USD 400,000 pool prize at the Predator League Finals 2019 in Thailand happening on February 15 – 17, 2019.
On the other hand, here in the Philippines, A total of 16 top teams from all over the Philippines – Team No Future, Miraculum, TNC, ArkAngel, Anonymous Ilonggos, Nirvana, Vulture Gaming, Mistah, DPT, AdMiral, Ronin, 5peaks, Patriots, Vortexfarm, NCGC Vortex, and Bosons– compete for the Philippine championship title.
Over PHP200,000 in cash prizes and the chance to represent the country in the Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) competitions in Pan Asia Pacific are at stake in the Predator League PUBG Philippine Finals which happened last January 26 at the High Grounds Café and and January 27 at Glorietta Activity Center. The team with the highest score wins, determined by a pointing system with a total of 12 action-packed rounds.
FINAL STANDING (12 OF 12 ROUNDS)
CHAMPION: ArkAngel (168 points) – Mark Christian Dedal, Christian Estrella, Dan Noya, and Kirk Robin Amable
1ST RUNNER UP: Vortex Farm (128 points) – Mark Chin, Mark Nerosa, Christian Prajes, and Kanakann Namia
2ND RUNNER UP: NCGC Vortex (103 points) – Jessie Jude Aparece, Jellicoe Piloto, Resmark Wating, and Christopher John Canete
Predator has the most complete line of gaming devices ranging from laptops, desktops, and monitors with the latest technologies, enhancing the eSports community’s gaming experience—truly the best gaming monitor in the market.
“Predator’s support for this tournament reinforces the brand’s commitment to the gaming industry in the Philippines and in the region. We are very happy to share the opportunity to show the world how exceptional our homegrown gamers are, not only in DOTA2 but also in PUBG,” said Sue Ong-Lim, Predator Philippines Sales and Marketing Director.
To also give the public of what an ultimate gaming experience feels like, the Predator Thronos Gaming Chair was also revealed during the competition.
The majestic Predator Thronos’ steel structure is 1.5-meter tall. Its motorized cockpit for adjusting your screen setup comes in dual-tone black with blue-white accents. The reimagined gaming chair lets the gamer live inside the game as it vibrates in synchronization with sound the games produce.
The chair is adjustable and includes an ergonomic seat design, footrest, and a cabin that reclines up to 140 degrees. The overhead brace supports three 27-inch gaming monitors and a space for a Predator gaming PC. Integrated with a Predator PC and triple Predator monitors plus gadgets, the Predator Thronos is really more than a gaming chair—it’s a gamer’s wild, ultimate cave.
Predator Thronos is customizable depending on the gamer’s preference. Its CPU is interchangeable from POS-610 RGB, PO9-500 RGB to the best option P09-900 RGB and its monitor from Nitro XV272U P, Nitro XV273K P to the much-raved Predator XB273K.
Predator offers three packages with SRP starting at PHP 699,999.
I’ve been seeing a lot of skin regimen products that are using exotic ingredients such as Pearl, Hibiscus, Diamonds, Grapeseed, Ginseng, Seaweeds, Snail, Coconut oil and can you believe it? GOLD!. Whoah! I always think of gold as a metal in the periodic table, or part of my accessories that I can wear. But for a skin regimen? Hmmmm… Interesting! So just recently, Althea Korea sent me this product to try… the PIOLANG 24K Gold Wrapping Mask by Esthetic Cosmetics. By the way, Althea Korea’s Christmas Box is soooo pretty! I love it!. KEY INGREDIENTS
24k Gold – purifies the skin and improves circulation.
Snail extract – moisturizes and encourages the regeneration of skin cells to lighten scars and smoothen the skin
Seaweed extract – rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental pollutants.
White Willow Leaf extract – calms the skin, gives elasticity and pore convergence.
Jojoba Seed Oil – reduces irritated skin and promotes natural production of collagen. It also protects skin from the sun and reduces signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Going back, PIOLANG 24K Gold Wrapping Mask’s packaging is nice and simple. Comes with a glossy black box with shiny gold characters that glistens when light hits it. Check out my IG post. The black jar itself contains PIOLANG 24K Gold Wrapping Mask’s logo which is also visible on the box packaging. It also comes with a plastic applicator that you can use to apply the cream mask. But if you have your own mask brush applicator, you may use it as well. I find it kinda hard to use the plastic applicator since it only covered a small and very limited scope. I need to stroke several times to spread the cream mask all over my face. This mask contains 80ml of 99% pure gold which claims to exfoliate dead skin cells, brighten and improve the elasticity of your skin, resulting to a youthful glow.
I was really excited to use this product. Did a skin testing first-thank God i’m not allergic. The consistency is thick(like condensed milk hahaha).The scent is a bit strong for me, like I can smell a hint of alcohol in it.
Days after, when I opened the canister again, I noticed that the gold ingredient precipitated. So I mixed it using the plastic applicator.
Maybe you are wondering if gold can really do good in our skin. According to Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a N.Y.C.-based cosmetic dermatologist, Gold is used as an anti-aging ingredient, as it can help reduce inflammation which is a cause of acne and hyperpigmentation. When applied topically, it also helps brighten the skin. (Source: InStyle.com)
Check out my video above on how to apply this golden beauty indulgence.
Each jar of PIOLANG 24K Gold Wrapping Mask contains 80ml of Gold cream! Maybe a jar of this mask could last about 4-5 usage(for me). I had fun with this personal luxury product, my first time to use a product with gold in it. I feel so rich. hahhaha!
Upon application, I find it a bit messy using the plastic applicator since it’s a bit flat and considering that the product is a liquid. But eventually, I was able to apply it without dripping.
Surprisingly, it’s not difficult remove the mask when it dries off. I really let it dry more than 20 minutes. But if you would notice, the edges automaticaly starts to separate from my skin. At first I thought It would kinda stick to my face so hard it would be difficult to remove it. But this one is different. As you pull it off your face, the mask also follows smoothly.
My advice: If you will apply it all over your fave, make sure that you secure your hair. Tie it up to prevent it from sticking on your face with the product.
The aftermath: My skin became soft to touch, and it really brightens. I love it. Worth all the mess hahaha! Will definitely use it again.
It’s amazing how the world of desserts continuously create inventive delicacies for ultimate dessert devotees. Creatively crafting unbelievable flavors and unexpected combinations, there’s always something new to try!
And because there’s always room for dessert, here’s a list of excitingly sweet treats for you to enjoy this 2019!
1.Hokkaido Cheese Tart by Bake Cheese Tart
Photo Source: https://ph.cheesetart.com
Overflowing with dairy goodness in a deliciously flaky golden brown crust, the famous Hokkaido cheese tart is love at first bite.
Made from an exquisite blend of Hokkaido cheese, the filling has a perfect balance of creaminess, tartness, and an unexpected salty bite. But the filling is not just the start of the show, the crispy crust is also made to perfection by a distinct blend of flour and by using a unique baking method. Each tart is made fresh and absolutely addicting, you won’t be able to resist another one!
The original Bake Cheese Tart has branches at The Podium and Powerplant Mall.
2. Tiramisu Ice Cream by Kiss the Tiramisu
PHOTO SOURCE: www.facebook.com/kissthetiramisuph
Treat yourself like royalty and give your taste buds a delightful experience with Kiss the Tiramisu’s decadent tiramisu ice cream.
Specializing in tiramisu, the creative mind behind this dessert has innovatively created an exciting variation of the usual coffee cake and transformed it into a blissful masterpiece of creamy, mouthwatering ice cream with mascarpone cheese. Luscious layers of authentic Korean ingredients make this dessert absolutely worthy to be tried!
Adding more to its beautiful burst of flavors is the elegant acrylic goblet where its served. Which, by the way, you can take home as well!
There are four interesting flavors for you to choose from, the Classic Tiramisu, Matcha Tiramisu, Injeolmi Tiramisu, and the Midas Touch.
You can find this sweet treat at Three Central, Salcedo Village, Makati.
3. Matcha Float by Tsujiri
PHOTO SOURCE: http://ph.phonebooky.com
A true haven for Matcha enthusiasts, Tsujiri is the house of matcha infused desserts.
Tsujiri is an authentic Japanese brand from Kyoto, making its way to the adventurous flavor palette of the Filipinos. You’ll never go wrong with Tsujiri as they have been expertly serving the best quality green tea for over 155 years! They have perfected the technique on how to bring out the best aroma and flavor of green tea to ensure satisfaction of all Matcha lovers.
They offer a delectable array of matcha desserts- from cakes to ice creams and pastries. But one of their most impressive creation is the Tsujiri float- literally the matcha lover’s dream dessert. A succulent combination of iced matcha topped with creamy vanilla ice cream. You can also add red bean balls or a gooey type of mochi called Shiratama. What a feast of sweet treats!
Tsujiri has certainly captured the hearts of the Filipinos as it has a lot of branches all over the Metro. You can find them at S Maison, The Podium, SM Aura, Vertis North, Greenbelt 5 and Rockwell.
4. Chocolate Dream Cake by Le Sucre Lab Chocolates
A sinful confection made of exquisite chocolate layers, topped with cocoa powder dusting, this dessert gives enough credence to its name, Chocolate Dream Cake.
Dressed in a beautiful copper tin can, this cake is not just a blissful feast in your mouth, but in your Instagram feed as well!
This showstopping cake is just six inches in diameter and two inches deep. But don’t let it’s size deceive you, this petite cake is filled with mouthwatering chocolate flavors and textures for an irresistible chocolate experience. Famous for its subtle sweetness and hints of bitter chocolate taste, you can finish one can on your own as every bite leads to another one!
You can check them on their Facebook page for inquiries and you may order in their walk-in store at Market Plaza Building, Sta Ana, Manila.
5. Bacon Brickle Rolled Ice Cream by Elait
PHOTO SOURCE: www.facebook.com/elaitph
Hands down to this fearless flavor combination of sweet and savory rich ice cream topped with pretzel, bacon, and caramel sauce.
What makes this even more worthy for your time is watching your ice cream dessert come to life in an artisanal masterpiece that tastes as good as it looks. Truly gives happiness in a cup!
Elait’s name was actually inspired by the word “Elate”, which means to make someone ecstatically happy and “Lait”, a French word for milk. A genius play of words for a genius ice cream dessert.
Elait is also actively supporting the Philippine Deaf Community by having deaf partners to serve you. There’s a guide posted in their store so you can conveniently order using basic sign language- giving you a new skill as well!
You can find Elait at Century City Mall, Makati.
If your taste buds haven’t landed yet on these amazing desserts, you’re missing a treat. So make sure to add these delectable desserts on your bucket list for 2019!
As a blogger who is always out for errands, blogger gigs, and meeting deadlines, having a reliable and lightweight laptop is a requirement. Of course since I will be carrying it around wherever I go, I don’t want to feel the weight of that extra baggage when I’m bringing my laptop with me.
So this laptop from Acer got my attention, a laptop that canmeet my preference. Acer announced the incredibly thin and light Swift 7 (SF714-52T) with a new premium chassis that liberates the display. Award, its ultra-narrow bezels make it virtually borderless, giving the 14-inch Swift 7 an impressive 92 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Powered by Windows 10, it’s feather-light too, meaning traveling professionals who carry a notebook through the day will rejoice at its weight of just 890 grams — giving the Swift 7 an almost weightless feel when carrying it in a briefcase or small bag.
“The Acer Swift 7 strikes a balance between art and technology, and in doing so pushes ultra-portable PC design to new territories. With a striking screen-to-body ratio of an incredible 92 percent, Acer customers can stay more productive with a compact, thinner and lighter notebook that feels ‘barely there’ while carrying it around through the day and during business travel,” ” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc.
“We designed the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors to deliver a complete platform with the performance to enable rich user experiences and the power efficiency to extend battery life, all in a fanless design. It is exciting to collaborate with Acer on the innovation displayed on the new Acer Swift 7,” said Chris Walker, Vice President of Client Computing at Intel.
So… WHAT TO LOVE ABOUT THE NEW ACER SWIFT 7?
1. Ultra-Compact Design Results in Stunning 92% Screen-to-Body Ratio
The redesigned Swift 7 fits the latest tech into a chassis that is significantly smaller than its predecessor. It has a four-side narrow bezel design with bezels measuring just 2.57 mm, dramatically reducing the width and depth of the notebook to just 317.9 mm W x 191.5 mm D (12.51 W x 7.53 D inches) for an immersive, almost full screen display. Like its predecessors, the Swift 7 (SF714-52T) remains incredibly thin and light, measuring under 1 cm thin at 9.95 mm (0.39 inches) and weighing less than 1 kg at just 890 grams (1.96 pounds).
The Swift 7 is incredibly thin and lightweight, yet durable. Designed for portability, it’s made with magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloys. These materials are two to four times stronger than standard aluminum alloys at the same thickness, yet are up to 20 to 35 percent lighter to keep the laptop under 1 kg. In addition, Acer applied a micro-arc oxidation finish to create a surface with an elegant, ceramic-like material.
The 14-inch Full HD 1920×1080 touch display with IPS technology allows smooth touch interactions and presents vibrant and crystal-clear images. Featuring a 100% sRGB/72% NTSC color gamut and 300 nits of brightness, the Swift 7 brings immersive experiences through its advanced display. Plus, it’s extra durable thanks to a layer of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6.
2. Performance with All-Day Battery Life
The Swift 7 is powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core i7-8500Y processor to deliver top-notch performance for web browsing, productivity with presentations and spreadsheets, and even using compute intensive creator tools while enabling a fanless design. With up to 512GB of fast PCIe SSD storage, a large amount of files can be stored and quickly accessed, and with up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, customers can multitask smoothly. And with 10 hours1 of battery life, customers can use their Swift 7 well into the evening.
3. Connectivity via Thunderbolt 3 and Advanced WiFi
Customers can accomplish more using the two USB Type-C ports supporting Thunderbolt 3 for high bandwidth speeds up to 40 Gbps while also delivering system power and connecting to any display, as well as USB 3.1 Gen 2. The DisplayPort 1.2 provides fast data transfers at up to 10 Gbps and supports high resolution external displays and speedy charging of external devices. Staying connected with the Acer Swift 7 is reliable and super-fast with Intel Wireless-AC delivering Wi-Fi 5 capable of Gigabit speed and featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology. Peripherals can also be connected via Bluetooth 5.0, while the combo headphone and speaker jack ensures clear and crisp audio.
4. Intuitive Features for an Exceptional Experience
The Swift 7’s design delivers an exceptional experience for jet-setting professionals. The chiclet keyboard has well-spaced keys allowing users to type up documents with minimal mistakes. The keyboard also provides 1.1 mm of travel distance and responsive feedback. In addition, the backlit keyboard makes typing comfortable in low-light conditions.
The Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad is precise and responsive while scrolling and navigating. The glass touchpad also has an integrated click button, support for multi-touch gestures and a responsive physical click. Plus, the power button doubles as a fingerprint reader so customers can simultaneously turn on the device while using a more secure login through password-free Windows Hello.
The new ACER Swift 7 features a push-to-open camera for webchats and video recording that can be kept closed to prevent unintended camera usage and to protect privacy. The camera has a 55-degree angle of view, and features high-dynamic-range (HDR) to deliver images in wider viewing angles to accommodate groups.
Product pricing and availability are yet to be announced. Stay tuned for more details coming soon via www.acer.com.
When it comes to cleansing my face, I’m used to settle with just facial clenser to remove my daily make up or even on my non-make up days. Thinking that it is already enough to remove all the products that I put on my face including dirt, sebum, and other impurities not visible to the naked eye.
I have an oily and acne-prone skin, so I need to cleanse it and double my efforts in order to totally remove such impurities that I mentioned earlier. This is the reason why I started using a toner. According to Dr. Hadley King, a New York City-based, board-certified dermatologist,
“Toners are most helpful and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup or other heavy skin products such as sunscreen,”
What Toners can do?
Help to balance skin’s pH. Having a balanced pH level means your skin is less prone to oiliness, breakouts and infection. Plus it creates a more vibrant and smoother appearance of the skin.
Detoxifies skin. Facial toners remove impurities from environmental toxins such as smoke, smog and even chemical residues from your skin like makeup.
Pore Shrinkage and Tightening. Facial toners help tighten facial pores, and allows fewer oils and toxins to settle into the skin.
Reduces Acne.As toner removes oil build up, make up residues, dead skin cells, and other impurities, it also lessens the chance of acne breakout as it leaves your skin clean.
Hydrates skin. Facial toners provide hydration to your skin, which helps maintain elasticity, smoothness, moisture and will give your skin a youthful appearance.
Versatile cleanser. Aside from your face, facial toners can also be used for cleaning around your ears and including the oily deposits on your back, chest and arms, where acne usually breaks out.
Just recently, I have received a new product from Althea Korea, the Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser, another product to try under the Althea Exclusives product line. The said Toner/Cleanser claims to help extract dirt from inside the pores and to maintain a healthy pH balance of the skin. Nice! I badly need this since I have huge pores and for sure I need some extra skin cleansing.
Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser contains the following active ingredients which are beneficial to our skin.
Mint leaf extract – Cools down the skin and soothes irritations.
Jojoba seed oil – Deeply moisturizes any dryness without feeling heavy.
Tea tree leaf extract – Has antibacterial properties that purify the skin.
As you can see, the Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser’s packaging is simple and has that minimalist look just like its other products. I totally love it because eventhough there’s nothing much of the design on the bottle itself, it still has that elegant look. Of course, the Althea’s signature logo would always be visible.
By the way, for this particular Althea product, it does not come with a box. But don’t worry it is well sealed.
So much for the packaging, let’s now talk about the usage…
Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser has a dual purpose, it can serve as your makeup remover or you can use it as cleanser.
After wearing makeup and being exposed to different pollution all day, my skin needs to rest and be cleansed. After using my favorite facial wash, I applied the Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser all over my face using a cotton pad.
For the consistency, it’s thicker than water but thinner than oil. Just somewhere in between. For the scent, it’s really nice that it is not overwhelming. I don’t want scents that smells like chemicals as if it’s going to melt your face. Thankfully, the Pore Purifying Cleanser only has mild minty scent(or a hint of mint scent) that I totally love.
And who says water and oil cannot be mixed? with this cleanser, it’s POSSIBLE. With its Dual Moisture Cell Sytem- A combination of water and oil in overlapping layers that create a protective moisture barrier that can gently yet effectively cleanse the skin with just a few swipe.
With this, it would be economical because the product will go a long way before you consume all of it.
Whoa! I always thought that using a facial wash is already enough to clean my face, but I was wrong. Just look at the cotton pad that I used. Look at that dirt. My gosh! No wonder I am having some pimple breakouts from time to time. I did not realize that there could be that much dirt/makeup residues left even after washing my face.
After washing off the Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser on my face, even if it has oil as one of the ingredients, it was easily washed off and no traces of it left on my face. You can see instant results and it was amazing. My skin is soft like a baby’s skin and I feel that is is well moisturized.
Not bad for my first toner experience.
How to use the Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser?
To remove makeup:
Step 1: Pour an adequate amount of the product onto the palm of your hand.
Step 2: Massage the product all over your skin in circular motions to remove dirt and makeup.
Step 3: Rinse off the residue with . You may also use a second cleanser to completely remove any residue.
To cleanse the skin:
Step 1: Dampen the skin and apply an adequate amount of the product onto the palm of your hand.
Step 2: Gently massage the product all over your skin in circular motions for 5-10 seconds before rinsing it off with water.
Note: Before using any product on your face, please do not forget to do a skin test first. Just to make sure that your skin would not react harshly to the product.