I am a South girl only because I haven't lived anywhere other than the South (Luzon Island Philippines). I was born in Batangas and grew up in Paranaque, Since then, I've been moving around this particular island.
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thought that really counts, agree? Anyways, that’s what friends are for.
This month of July, the leading online fashion platform Zilingo, jazzes up their wardrobe staple with a cool new vibe.
For this collection, Zilingo played with fabrics using bold and fresh colorways, and infused touches of mustard, lime and blush to match their primary palette of blues, reds, and whites.
The brand answers the call of the rainy season with pullovers, bomber jackets, windbreakers and hoodies paired with relaxed trousers and denim, offering the perfect ensemble for any time of the day.
“These pieces are perfect for the erratic weather of the Philippines, and we hope to provide our customers with fashion essentials that marry style and comfort,” says Edryan Lorenzo, PR and Influencer Marketing Manager, Zilingo Philippines.
Recognizing the continuous growth and potential of the online retail market, and the need to constantly provide its customers with new and exciting options, Zilingo aims to showcase a unique shopping experience to its customers and enable brands to expand their reach to fashion enthusiasts across the region.
“Aside from trendy pieces to match the season, customers can look forward to great discounts of up to 80% off on selected items. They can also get their hands on this season’s hot picks any time and anywhere via Zilingo’s website and app, and have them delivered to their doorstep at no extra charge, with multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery. Access to fashion has never been easier,” says Ryza Dipatuan-Razo, Marketing Director, Zilingo Philippines.
Zilingo is a commerce platform that is making the fashion and beauty supply chain more efficient through technology. With over 50,000 merchants on the platform Zilingo connects businesses across the entire supply chain and empowers them with everything they need to run a business – from design, product development, fabric procurement, manufacturing, cataloguing, marketing, inventory management, distribution, billing, customer service, working capital & trend forecasting. With over four million product listings on Zilingo.com, users can effortlessly shop from a selection of indie labels, local designers, international and celebrity brands – all in one place. Founded by Ankiti Bose and Dhruv Kapoor in 2015, the company has offices in 8 cities globally with over 500 staff covering 20 different nationalities.
Zilingo is available for download for free on the App Store and Google Play across Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.
Being a single mom for 3 years now, finding my lifetime partner can be challenging. It is important that you have established connection and trust to someone before making any decisions to go official. Since my failed marriage, I have a series of short-term relationships but weren’t anything special. In fact, I have never met anyone special in my life. That someone who will make me feel whole and complete and all that crappy dramatic shit women are gushing over. I don’t know if that would ever happen to me. You see, I was married really young and the idea of love back then seems to be the kind of love that most stupid women fell for. I am forced to get married and have kids because it seems like that’s the normal thing to do. If you are married to someone, you are obligated to serve your husband and give him kids. That’s the Filipino culture.
Now that I gained back my freedom, the question that keeps niggling my mind is that what would it be like to find your soulmate? that future “partner for life”?
Last Saturday, I was so inspired by the stories told by Piolo Pascuai, Inigo Pascual, Enchong Dee, Matteo Guldicelli, and Charo Santos Concio on how they found their “Partner For Life”. Each of them revealed who their lifetime partners are, in a deeply personal campaign which they co-created with Sun Life Financial dubbed ‘Kaakbay: Stories of Lifetime Partnerships.”
At the center of the campaign is a set of videos which shows how their lives were made brighter with the help of their respective lifetime partners, who believed in them, supported them, and inspired them.
“It was a very emotional experience developing my video with Sun Life,” Enchong confessed. “When I saw the finished product, I couldn’t help but cry”.
Matteo had the same sentiment. ”This is it as real as it gets. The authenticity of emotions was clearly captured in the videos, and I look toward to sharing it with everyone.” he said.
Meanwhile, Charo marvelled at the experience of sharing her own story. “Seeing an important part of my life immortalized through the video brought back so many memories that I share with my lifetime partner”.she said. “It was unnerving at first but in the end, it was a beautiful way to pay tribute to someone who impacted my life in so many ways”.
What inspired me the most was Mrs Charo Concio’s story. We shared the same preferences when it comes to men. If a man can engage me in a conversation and can pique my interest, then I am hooked. Intelligent men can melt our stony hearts.
My Ig story with Mrs Concio
Embodying lifetime partnerships
Through the stories of lifetime partnerships shared by Piolo, inigo, Enchong. Matteo, and Charo, Sun Life hopes to encourage Filipinos to find that partner who will help them shine to their full potential. Their stories exemplify the kind of partner Sun Life aims to be for every Filipino pursuing his financial journey
Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said. ”We are committed to helping them make life brighter”.
Lopa emphasized that all the brand ambassadors are long-time Sun Life clients as well. This brings truthfulness to their testimonies of having found lifetime partners, kaakbay’ in Sun Life in their financial journey. We’re thankful that they supported our vision and permitted us to share their stories to Filipinos” she said.
The Kaakbay” videos will be posted on Sun Life’s Youtube channel, @SunLifePH, with a new one premiering every week beginning July 13. Those who will watch the videos will get a chance to win a trip for two to Singapore by sharing their own stories of lifetime partnership on @SunLifePH on Youtube or Facebook. Consolation prizes will also be given away. The full mechanics are available on Facebook.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack for the campaign, also entitled “Kaakbay‘ which was written and performed by Inigo himself, will soon be hitting airwaves nationwide, while its music video will be shown on Myx.
”It’s a song you can dedicate to an important person in your life,” he said. ”We don’t always tell our loved ones how much we appreciate them, but I hope that this song and our own ‘Kaakbay’ videos will inspire everyone to express just how much their loved ones mean to them.”
Providing lifetime financial security
“KaakbaY’ is Sun Life’s latest effort geared towards renewing its commitment to becoming the Filipinos”. lifetime financial partner and its purpose of providing its clients with lifetime financial security, which has been championing since it introduced life insurance in the Philippines in 1895.
”Providing our clients with lifetime financial security is the core of our mission. In fact, Sun Life pioneered life insurance in the Philippines 124 years ago so that Filipinos can enjoy its benefits. This advocacy is complemented by our products and services, which we have diversified through the years to serve even their health and wealth needs,” Lopa said. ”And we will not stop there. As our clients’ lifetime partner, Sun Life will continue to innovate and improve so we may serve our clients better.”
Piolo, a long-time client and brand ambassador of the company, highlighted that his own relationship with Sun Life is truly one that can be defined as a lifetime partnership. “;Sun Life has been my lifetime partner in every step of my journey. A “kaakbay’ in every way. With their help, I’ve been able to secure a brighter future not just for myself, but for my family as well,” he said. “I hope that my story, as well as that of my fellow ambassadors, will encourage more Filipinos to pursue financial security and live healthier lives with Sun Life as their lifetime partner.”
The no-pores obsession from women is turning out to be a fad making all the skincare companies come up with products that can provide this kind of effect on our skin. It’s quite a challenge to look for a brand that would complement your skin type. I had so many brand collabs and to be honest, some of them didn’t work well and they’re now all stashed somewhere in the confines of my room waiting to expire. Time flies and the number of my age is adding up, and taking care of our skin should be one of our priorities. It is an investment worth shelling out for in the long run.
Photo from my IG story
Starting out my new beauty routine, which consists of moisturiser, beauty serum, sunblock and eye cream. For my beauty serum, I have my Loreal Revitalift Laser x3 which gives amazing results in just one week!
The Loreal Revitalift Laser x3 corrects and prevent signs of skin ageing, and you’ll get visible results in as early as 3 days. I have noticed that my fine lines and my pore size reduced. This product is enriched with pro-xylane, fragmented hyaluronic and ceramid pro, which helps to correct wrinkles, re-densify the skin and resurface skin texture
The eye cream
One of my favorite eye creams! I use this 3 times a day and I literally feel the powerful effects on my lids. Despite the lack of sleep, I haven’t seen any black circles under my eyes since I started using it. You’ll have firmer lids, fewer wrinkles and less puffiness. The eye cream delivers anti-wrinkle and firming action with Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex as it’s main ingredient, created especially to care for the delicate area around the eyes.
Loreal Revitalift Laser x3 is available at all SM and Watson’s Drugstores. You may also check out Loreal products online
I was never picky when buying a pillow. As long as it is soft and has that comfortable feel on my head, it should be good to go. However, what we don’t realize is that a pillow can be the solution to some of our discomforts when sleeping. Say, if you often get stiff necks after waking up, it could be that your pillow is too elevated. Or what if you often hear your partner snore, and you are bugged by this every time you sleep, a pillow can also be the solution for solving that problem.
I was invited last Friday to attend the launch of Mr Pillow at the SMX Convention Center. A Physical therapist gave a talk about how to avoid using the wrong pillow.
It’s nice when you get to learn something by attending events like this. Check out these pillows and it’s purpose.
These pillows come in variety perfect for back sleepers, backward side sleepers, fetus sleepers, side sleepers or stomach sleepers. each number has its purpose and the good thing is that you may ask them which pillow would work best for you.
This pillow is perfect for pregnant women It has all the support and comfort you’ll need.
You may think that sleeping is just a way to relieve you off your tiredness and a reprieve for a long day. Research shows that people tend to overlook the way they sleep. Having a bed and using just any type of pillow might not get you the quality of sleep you need.
There’s a myriad of choices when it comes to selecting a pillow but how do you choose the right pillow for your body type? An expert went out of his way to learn and develop a specialty pillow to address this concern.
Mr Chawakit Kaoien, founder of Mr Big Pillow is a physical therapist who spent years working in the ICU of a hospital’s respiratory unit and was in-charge of bedridden critical care patients and see to it that they are kept comfortable and could breathe properly. This led him to develop a brand of pillows that would benefit every individual.
Over the years, Chawakit hacked the right density of pillows as well as its best position to address your sleeping concerns. Every individual is different, thus, we cannot conform to just one type of pillow.
Here are the cause and effect of using the wrong pillow:
You might think that waking up on the wrong side of the bed caused you that neck pain, wrong! Using incorrect pillow puts a strain in your neck, thus, causing that stiff and painful neck in the morning.
Can’t sleep? Is it really because of your caffeine intake or you might think you develop a condition called insomnia? Think again, improper positioning and height of your pillow might be causing uneasiness that causes you to toss and turn throughout the night.
If your partner complains about your snore, then it might be time to change your pillow. Snoring is usually caused by blockage of nasal passages. By improving your sleep position, you can also alleviate your snoring.
Consistent Headache. This is such a nasty way to start your day especially if you have that important meeting ahead. Your frequent headache might be caused by the wrong elevation of your pillow, tension headaches happen when your neck muscles are strained.
Mental Block. Sleep deprivation causes forgetfulness and lack of creativity. Improve your brain function by using the right pillow that can get you a good night’s rest.
By using the appropriate pillow according to your height and weight as well as each individual’s condition, you can maintain a good quality of sleep and overall health.
Incidentally, Mr. Big will be having a sale at the SM Home Fair happening on June 28-30, 2019 at the SMX, Mall of Asia complex. Huge discount of up to 50% off awaits. Plus get a special Halogel pillow worth Php1899 for a single receipt purchase of Php5000.
We spend most of our time in the bedroom and for most people, the bedroom becomes a sanctuary of thoughts, thereby, making it appealing and conducive to the eye can be very useful. the perfect bedroom should help cheer you up as well as get you the right outlook.
These hacks can help alter the way you see and feel your bedroom in no time.
Let the light shine
By using appropriate lighting in your room, you get to create the proper scene you want to project. Be playful and explore your options.
Dress up your walls
This maybe one of the first thing you notice when you enter a room. Walls play a major part in the presentation of your room and can become a major mood-shifter. A new paint or wallpaper can spell the difference.
Invest in color accents and stay away from monotonous hues to avoid gloomy feel in your room. Hanging up ornaments such as a beautiful painting is a good idea.
Brighten up with the perfect bedding
If changing the color of your wall is too tedious and other factors do not fit your budget, investing in the right bedding might just be the solution. Your bedding is probably the most important aspect in your bedroom anyway.
Your bedding can alter your mood. Complement with proper color hues of your pillow and duvet creates an aesthetical beauty which you can change every now and then.
AKEMI beddings has the most innovative features such as its comfortable fabric that are gentle on the skin. It also has a hypoallergenic feature for those with sensitive skin.
Get up to 50% savings on your home improvement needs by visiting AKEMI booth at the SM Home Fair at SMX Convention Center, MOA complex happening on June 28 to 30, 2019. Get a sustainable and chic Eco bag with a minimum single receipt purchase of Php3000.
All the way from the south, II went to Quezon City to witness the soft opening of The Beauty Empire Face and Body Center to provide its world-class services to more clients. I was impressed with the Victorian furniture interior of this clinic lavished with gold accents and even a Queen chair to sit on while waiting for your pampering session.
This top-notch skin care and aesthetic center, the brainchild of husband-and-wife team of Dr. Alvin and Mrs. Dorothy Joy Matulac, offers a wide array of quality beauty treatment services, enhancement procedures and beauty products. The palatial-like, gold-colored interiors of The Beauty Empire also features exceptional beauty equipment that renders beauty treatments, all priced within reach but guarantees favourable and successful results that exceed expectations.
The Beauty Empire takes pride in its line of treatments that represent the latest breakthroughs in beauty trends and technologies. These include their popular services like Empire Popular Facial, Celebrity Facial, Diamond Peel, Oxygen Infusion Facial, Empress Glass Skin, Hydra Facial, Jetpeel Facial, Hydra Peel Facial, Biolift Facial and Acne Control.
Our royal beauty empire queen herself Mrs. Dorothy Joy Matulac,
All beautiful people attended the event and bloggers, social media influencers and Youtubers get to pick and try one of their services.
For services fit for royalty that goes well beyond expectations, try The Beauty Empire Face and Body Center. The new and bigger branch is located at 23 F. Bautista Street, San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City. The Beauty Empire Face and Body Center main branch, on the other hand, is located at 35 Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
Filipinos are eager to prepare for the future but are still tied to traditional ways of handling their finances. This was revealed in a nationwide study of 1,200 respondents conducted by Kantar Milward Brown and commissioned by Sun Life Financial Philippines, Sun Life”).
According to the study, 68% of Filipinos were concerned about saving for emergencies, 62% on securing their family’s future, and 57% on retirement. In order to address these priorities, 62% said they are managing their finances while 54% are spending only on things that are planned. Only 39% replied that they were investing their money in order to fund their goals.
Many pointed to their financial situation as a reason for not availing of life insurance or mutual fund products, where an average of 44% said that these products are considered as added expenses rather than tools to be financially secure. Moreover, it appears that lack of knowledge was also a factor, where 16% admitted they knew little about life insurance, 15% confessed to not knowing much about accident insurance, and 17% felt the same way about health insurance.
This prompted Sun Life to adopt the theme ”Life, Health, and Wealth” for its Financial Independence Month campaign this June.
”Life, health, and wealth are the essentials of a brighter future, but one can only achieve them if they save and invest for the future,” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said. ”This is possible with the right partner, tools, and products, and these are what we would like to highlight this Financial Independence Month.”
Among the initiatives under ”Life” is the Life Insurance Calculator, which would help one assess how much life insurance he would need to properly cover the needs of his loved ones, giving him a clearer goal to pursue. The digital tool can be accessed via bit.ly/SLlnsuranceCalc.
Meanwhile, SUN Smarter Life Classic is a protection plan that provides double life insurance coverage throughout one’s lifetime. Available in flexible premium payments, it also offers benefits that he can use in case of emergencies or immediate need for cash. Sun Life is also set to team up with Waze to promote road safety in an initiative dubbed ”Brighter Drive, Brighter Life,” which will alert Waze users on accident-prone areas. This may also serve as a reminder for
Waze users, who are also registered Lazada members, to insure themselves with digital life insurance from Sun Life, such as Life Armor. It may be availed via the said online marketplace for as low as P100.
Under ”Health; Sun Life endorses SUN Fit and Well, a new generation wellness plan that offers comprehensive life and health protection. It covers the whole health Journey from prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, offering comfort and peace of mind should a serious illness strike. GoWell, Sun Life’s wellness community, has also expanded its tie-up with Fitness First to offer club benefits and preferential rates for Sun Life clients, advisors and employees.
Those eager to pursue their wealth goals can give the Investment Calculator 3 try at bit.ly/SL|nvestmentCalc to see how their money can grow over time using various financial instruments. Once they are ready to start investing, they can opt to invest in the Sun Life Prosperity Achiever Funds from Sun Life Asset Management Inc. (SLAMCI). The first target date investment funds in the Philippines, these funds are designed to help investors achieve their goals on time with the minimum investment at only P1,000.
Should they wish to encourage their loved ones to start their own investing journey as well, they can give them a Sun Life Prosperity Card, 3 gift card which can be invested in any of Sun Life’s peso-denominated funds. It is available in P1,000 and P5,000 denominations. In order to keep them on track as they pursue their life, health, and wealth goals, Sun Life also created Sun Future Planner, a comprehensive financial planning guide that would help one determine his life stage, analyze his needs, and take concrete steps to achieve his goals. The Sun Future Planner may be availed via a Sun Life advisor.
We hope that Filipinos would utilize these solutions to create a more holistic and hardworking financial plan and serve more of his and his family‘s needs,” Lopa said. ”By saving, investing, and being more proactive in this pursuit, there is no doubt that they can look forward to a brighter future, and we aspire to be their partner for life in their journey towards financial freedom.”
Last week was a day full of inspiring talks from famous speakers Bob Sanchez, Krie Looez (CEO and Founder of Messy Bessy) and photographer Sarah Black. The media and Sun Life policyholders and other guests were all invited to celebrate the Financial Independence Month at the Makati Shangrila Hotel.
I don’t know if this is pretty normal to people who just experienced a sudden sharp manoeuvre from their lives but lately, I’ve been thinking about the concept of death. There’s this moment of wondering (especially when my mind is full of thoughts about the future) what could possibly happen if death suddenly knocks at your door. Different scenarios form in your conscious mind like little dramas flashing on your TV screen. You just watch the scenes unfold.
Death is not the opposite of life but a part of it.
I feel like death made a slight knocking at my door quite unnoticeable. Probably just reminder that I need to be aware of its existence and make sure to live my life with a sense of purpose. I strongly believe and feel that it’s not my time yet but I appreciate that soft knocking. It made me reflect on my life a little deeper.
So when death starts to knock once more (and maybe by that time it’s more audible and probably with a hint of urgency), I can say I am more prepared and ready to go with confidence because I know that I have accomplished the tasks I was given. I can definitely leave the Earth with a smile on my face.
Some people may think I have lost my morality, or that I have gone completely out of my head because of my beliefs and “absurd” principles. I would love to promote exceptionalism holding a placard of some sort just to let everyone know that all of us are entitled to be exceptional. We are all unique human beings, it’s just that some people are afraid to give it their best and do the extremes. The weirder you are, the more you get noticed. So, why not try being a little crazier? because life is too short and next thing you know, angels of death would be knocking at your door pretty soon.