Sunrise and the hope it brings

Yesterday was Kathryn Bernardo’s birthday. Today is mine.

11am. I am lying on my bed (still) , wide awake but with no intent to get up anytime soon. This community lockdown indeed is taking its toll on me. It’s my birthday and I can’t go out to celebrate. Nor people can come and be with me today. HAPPY? BIRTHDAY, HUH, CORONA.

My mom is cooking downstairs. I assume its for me. I smell onions being sautéed and I heard there’s ice cream on the fridge. My sister is in the supermarket now, too. I knew since she just sent a message telling that the line to the store is already long. Hmm.. I wonder what she’ll get.

My niece and nephew are watching the Tagalized SpongeBob SquarePants in the living room. And now, I wanted to go down and play with them.

I can’t seem to find the words to connect these thoughts that I have but sincerely, I was just sad last night and this morning, I realized it is not that bad.

And thinking about it, it is not so 28 year oldish to be upset with having to celebrate your birthday at home.

Home. The only place which toilet seat I trust. The place where my most beloved reside. And this time, we are together the whole day. I wish there’d be cake but I’m 28 now so I’ll try my best to go along without it.

Besides, most families in our country now struggle to have anything on their plates. Who am I to ask for more? How selfish of me to question what I have while most people can only wish for a shelter in these trying times.

If there is anything I can wish now, it’s for the fast recovery of COVID-19 patients and COVID-19’s cure to be discovered as well.

For the frontliners to have more strength in battling this invicible enemy. For the elderly to feel secure and cared for. For the families in the streets to meet their comfort. I wish for the whole world to live a normal life again.

Every new day is a new beginning for everyone. Just as the sun rises after every night, hope soars with its every ray.

Yesterday I was sad. Today, I am hopeful.

The unseen heroes: Garbage collectors

As of this writing, the Philippines is under state of calamity due to the ongoing outbreak of corona virus.

Metro Manila is under community quarantine while other neighboring cities also take precautions in minimizing the spread of the disease.

Classes are suspended for a month and some business establishments declare temporary closure. Private workers are encouraged to stay at home as well. Some are granted work from home, while others are on forced leave.

But there are workers who just can not take a leave because their job directly involves treating the infected. They are the frontline health workers to whom we are very grateful.

During the beginning of the quarantine, many problems arised such as shortage in surgical masks, disinfectant hoarding etc. Making it hard for the frontliners to fulfill their job properly as well. But thanks to the Filipinos bayanihan, support for our hardworking healthworkers are pouring.

Now that our hardworking frontline health workers are receiving the support that they deserve, can we also turn our attention to another group of heroes who brave the very thing that we all fear most in this pandemic.
The unseen heroes not just during this time but actually every single day of our lives.

Garbage collectors risk their lives being exposed to can be free of it.
They work under the heat of the sun traveling with the trash that we discarded useless, even dangerous. Without PPE. 😢

Also under the possibilty of acquiring COVID-19 due to improperly disposed used surgical masks and many more other diseases.
All this for a below minimum salary.

I hope we can spare whatever we can to help those who might be needing it more.

They need hygiene kits too.
They need food too.
In this trying times, they need our support too.

In our current state however, where actions are limited during this community quarantine, let us help them by simply disposing our masks properly.

Designate a paper bag in your household to which you will dispose all your used face masks.
Put labels on it so our garbage collectors would know and could take more precaution in disposing it.
Cut the strings to make sure it can’t be used anymore.

I hope this post reaches those who can extend help to our ever hardworking garbage collectors, street sweeper, garbage truck mechanics and everyone who works for the maintaining of cleanliness in our country.

Kudos to everyone!

Mabuhay ang bayanihan.

2020, I’m ready… I guess.

Casually hoping I am not too late but hey, Happy New Year!!

2020 came rushing like a meteorite shocking everyone with its head on impact. As if a year was compressed to a month and it literally was just the first of the new year. I guess I need not to enumerate as a list of the events have been circulating on social media lately but I sincerely hope everyone is doing well now.

Pictionary is such a fun game!

These happenings actually influenced my coming back to blogging, somehow. Even though I have planned on having my domain hosted since December last year, I had errands that needed more attention so it had to wait. But now, the blog is back. And I am very grateful.

I have this favorite quote that I read somewhere, maybe on social media which says “Look for the dream that keeps coming back; it is your destiny.” I liked the thought that in this world, especially in this time when opportunity has become rare because everyone seems to be so great at things that it is even harder to keep up, still there is this one thing that is destined for you and you just have to see it for yourself.

I am going 28 and honestly, there were so many things that I wanted to achieve by this age when I was a younger teen or even during my daydreams. To not be so hard on myself, I actually achieved some and this blog is one of them. And it feels refreshing coming back. Is writing my destiny? I hope so. Writing a book is one of my dreams, too. Thinking about it now makes my heart happy and inspired.

Thinking about dreams and inspirations, I become interested in knowing other people’s inspiration too. To anyone reading this, are you into writing also? Or maybe owning a coffee shop? Probably designing clothes? I’d love to know them. Please share on the comments if you have spare time.

By the way, I would like to thank my friend, Nadine, who has always been my go-to sensei for blogging since day 1, for helping me bring this blog up yet again this time.

Check out her site for affordable web hosting plans: http://www.oh-rainbow.net

Again, happy new year everyone!

Zilingo announces a collaboration with The Walt Disney Company (South Asia) to launch MARVEL, Disney and Star Wars-themed fashion and lifestyle collections

E-commerce platform Zilingo today announced a collaboration with The Walt Disney Company (South Asia) to develop and retail over 20 collections comprising more than 500 products inspired by beloved stories and characters from MARVEL, Disney and Star Wars.

“This collaboration is particularly personal for me. I think it is safe to say that almost everyone grew up looking up to MARVEL Super Heroes and I am a big fan myself. The journey of a hero is all about overcoming challenges and conquering your fears and when we met the Disney team, we instantly connected on our shared values of courage and hope. We could immediately envision what we wanted to do with Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame and other properties. Over the next few quarters, we hope to bring inspired collections to customers across Asia,” said Ankiti Bose, Co-founder and CEO, Zilingo.

“We are focused on developing exceptional products for Disney, MARVEL, Pixar and Star Wars fans with partners who share our values and high expectations on quality and experience. Working with Zilingo, we are bringing high quality products with an amazing design aesthetic to fans and consumers in Southeast Asia and India,” said Dan Dossa, Vice President & General Manager, Consumer Products Commercialization, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, India, Middle East and North Africa.

The first collection of the collaboration, Marvel X Zilingo, launches hot on the heels of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame. The collection is inspired by the edgy styles of 90’s street fashion and the epic stories of fan-favourite Super Heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and Captain Marvel. It speaks to both fashion lovers and die-hard fans of MARVEL, taking a unique spin on creating a merchandise line that is both wearable and on-trend. The range will feature t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, shorts, skirts, leggings and joggers.

The Marvel X Zilingo collection is now available on Zilingo (https://zilingo.com/) in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. It will also be available on top e-commerce platforms like Tokopedia, Shopee and Lazada across Southeast Asia, and Amazon and Flipkart in India.

In the coming months, fans can also look forward to Aladdin, Frozen 2 and Star Wars-themed collections slated to coincide with Disney’s upcoming cinematic releases, alongside the launch of a Mickey & Friends collection in August. From chic athleisure gear to trendy summer casuals for men and women, to pyjamas, lunchboxes and water bottles for children, these collections will delight Disney fans of all ages.

Each collection will be managed by Zilingo’s private label service; a one-stop technology platform helping brands build their own private labels – from design and manufacturing to logistics, analytics and distribution. Differentiating itself from other marketplaces through its B2B arm which offers brands and media properties access to the entire fashion supply chain from yarn to closet, Zilingo is making its collections easily accessible to over 23% of the global population across five markets in Asia.

The service has been made possible as a result of the company’s swift expansion from its B2C platform to its B2B services, having identified and unlocked value for merchants and manufacturers across the supply chain all over Asia. It extends to businesses globally, regardless of size, that seek access to Asia’s producers who account for US$1.4 trillion of the US$3 trillion global fashion manufacturing market. Zilingo’s presence in Southeast Asia and India allows it to offer a unique online retail experience for Disney fans and fashion-forward consumers at the heart of a region where e-commerce is scaling rapidly, making it Asia’s fastest growing marketplace.

Buying Guide for Female Racers Off the Trail

Motorcycle riding gear is a huge part of motorcycle riding. Whether you are a female or male biker, you’ll need to ensure your motorcycle gear keeps you safe and comfortable during your rides. Riding in the cold, extreme heat or a downpour can distract your focus on the road. If you are not well prepared with appropriate biker accessories, it will surely make your ride an unpleasant one. The guidelines here on buying motorcycle gear will help you make the best choices for your particular riding lifestyle.

Each type of motorcycle activity has its own special range of gear. Whether you are riding off the trail or compete on a race track, you will need gear designed specifically for these styles of riding. The first buying decisions can be a challenge particularly today when there are more options than ever before, whether offline or online.

Consider your initial purchase as an investment that provides you safe riding and pleasure. The golden rule to follow is, you get what you pay. This is the same for most sporting goods. Some manufacturers such as BMW or Ducati are known for a higher end product, but as in their name alone, you can trust you’re getting top quality and design.

Motorcycle Rider Gear Essentials Include:

1 Helmet: There are many types of motorcycle helmet. Choose one that meets your type of riding.

2 Gloves: Leather is your best bet. Gloves should cover and extend beyond your wrist bone (gauntlet style). If not fully leather be sure at very minimum the palms are fully leather. Gloves should have no open areas exposing skin and be flexible enough for good use of levers/controls.

3 Motorcycle Jackets: armour in elbows, shoulders and an internal back protector.

4 Pants: sturdy material with armour in knees and hip area and allow for flexibility.

5 Sturdy Boots: boots which come above the ankle and cover the ankles for protection. A grippy sole and without laces if possible. Laces come undone and can catch on footpegs which can be hazardous.

Tip: Careful not to buy too small as it can be pretty uncomfortable wearing tight gear.

Everything You Need to Know About Furrypinas 2019

FurryPinas 2019, the premiere Furry Convention in the region is just a few days away. We’re listing down everything that you need to know about the 2-day furry con!

For two-days attendees can get to enjoy a beach-themed summer extravaganza with FurryPinas 2019: Fun in the Sun. We have invaded the whole Bayanihan Center from June 8-9, 2019 and have set activities and the overall feel of the event would take you to the beach even though we’re in the middle of the metro!

Activities

There will be a mix of fursuit fun, on-site events, seminars and lessons happening all throughout the two days.

Most of the main activities will happen at the Campos Hall while we are also hosting social activities and workshops on conference room C. Meanwhile games on the event itself will be hosted over at conference room B.

And a staple for each Furrypinas convention, is the Talk and Panels that we have set to not just help our Furry Community, but also provide a safe avenue to introduce your friends to the fandom with talks centering on Getting Started on the Fandom (day one) with Danielle Frivola G. Frivaldo. Other talks and panels are scheduled to happen too from day 1 and this is happening at conference room D.

For more schedules, please go to https://www.facebook.com/FurryPinas/posts/2317051808350760 or check out the timetable below.

Other Activity Areas

Furrypinas 2019: Fun in the Sun will also host various activity areas such as the Board Game Lounge with Game Detective where you can test out or play with others with the various board games that will be showcased in the event. There will also be a Video Game Lounge with iAcademy where you can see Furry games in action.

There will also be a Fursuit and Cosplay lounge, and a Creative Lounge that’s partnered with Dong-A, Faber-Castel, and Deli. And of course, what would a convention be without food right? So we also have a dedicated Food Lounge on site.

There will also be competitions on the event such as the Furry Art Battle in partnership with iAcademy.

Furrypinas will also launch the Fursuit Intro, a fursuit “fashion show” that will have furries showcase their fursuits on the event itself.

You can register at this link.

What is Furrypinas 2019

Furrypinas is the largest furry convention in Asia serving as the official annual hub for the furry hobby, community, and culture in the Philippines.

Furrypinas’ aims to be the home or place for the furry hobby, culture, and community to show their identity locally, making it accessible and relatable to anyone – be it in the form of fursuiting, arts, cosplaying, music, games, toys, anime, movies, shows, literature, and anything people can imagine of!

Tickets and Availability

You can order tickets to Furrypinas 2019 through the Furrypinas website which is located here.

  • Slip & Slide Package – 180 php
    • Comes with: 1 day event access
  • Pool Party Package – 300 php
    • Comes with: 2 days event access
  • Water Park Package – 995 php
    • Comes with: 2 day event access, and Meet and Greet

Online ordered tickets can be paid through 7-Eleven, Cebuana, M Lhuillier, and BDO. Walk-in ticket purchasing is also still available.

Get Your Crowning Moment at Headtown Salon and Spa

For beauty entrepreneur Ms. Det Sarrol-Fuentes, opening a one-stop glam destination started out as a personal advocacy. “I grew up in a close-knit family of mostly female members and coming from an exclusive school for girls, all my life I’ve been surrounded by women who share the same passion for beauty,” she said. “I was a frequent salon visitor growing up and have tried numerous services and with that I have grown to become particular with the kind of service that I want. This has eventually inspired me to put up a salon where I could hopefully give my clients the satisfaction and consistency of expert styling and stellar service.”

Entering the beauty industry, prompted her to invest in professional development and constantly push her team to be on top of the current trends. She’s not only determined to come up with an upscale salon that puts premium on client-servicing, but also keen in making sure that potential customers feel at home knowing that they are being handled by experts.

Located in the bustling city of Makati, her newest venture called Headtown Salon and Spa takes enormous pride in bringing out the best in every person. “We want our salon to be an Urban Beauty retreat where clients can experience total beauty and relaxation at an easy access location.”

The beauty and pampering hub offers world-class styling, hair dressing and pampering that go beyond fab and fad. Whether it’s a change in your ‘do, a mid-day massage, or a fabulous makeover to get you in the mood for a night out, Headtown Salon and Spa guarantees that you’ll leave the salon looking and feeling like a royalty.

If you’re looking for a great place to spend the day for a rejuvenating beauty treat, then you’ve come to the right salon. Headtown Salon and Spa has an innovative pool of stylists that takes good care of your beauty needs. Ensuring luxury experience that represents the top standardsof the hair, beauty and pampering industry, the entire team, as headed by its salon owner Ms. Det Sarrol-Fuentes, guarantees clients of an amazing glow and quality me-time.

What sets Headtown Salon and Spa apart from its contemporaries is that it has a unique styling space, with exclusive VIP rooms that allow professional and freelance make-up artists to book a space for their clients, and double as a venue for workshops and events. And as a way to empower women to express their individuality, the top-notch full-service salon offers one-on-one tutorial services for hair styling and basic make-up application. With inclusivity and empowerment as two of their core values, the beauty startup positions itself as a game- changing potential that is emblematic of what the salon industry should be: fearless, bold, and constantly evolving with the times.

Book an appointment by calling Headtown Salon and Spa +63917 553 3838.
The salon is located at the 2F Shops at the Ayala North Exchange.
Like and follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/headtownsalon

FurryPinas Partners with Hands of God Charity Works for Sponsor-a-Child Program

FurryPinas has announced that it has partnered with NGO Hands of God Charity Works to provide their kids an opportunity to take part in FurryPinas 2019 and take home a gift pack.

A donation of 200 pesos will give the child from HGCW the ff. items:

  • Entrance to FurryPinas 2019
  • FurryPinas Gift trinkets
  • Hands of God Charity Works Gift pack

“Each child deserve happiness and joy in life. When each of us were kids, we had dreams we wanted to be fulfilled – Become a superhero, get the best toys you saw from a store, go out to play with your friends, wish for your awesome drawings to come true, meet your favorite cartoon characters, meet a life-sized animal character, and so many more.”

Says Brian Nicole Uy Executive Director of FurryPinas.

We want to bring children from our charity partner, Hands of God Charity Works, to FurryPinas 2019 to enjoy, have fun, and may be even fulfill some of their dreams.

Uy adds.

The partnership also comes with the release of their official video for the partnership:

If you’d like to take part in the sponsorship program you can head to this link and FurryPinas accepts payments through 7-Eleven, M Lhuillier, BDO Bank Transfer/Deposit, and Coins PH.

FurryPinas 2019 is set to happen this coming June 8-9 at the Bayanihan Center. You can now get your tickets here.

About FurryPinas

FurryPinas is the biggest furry convention in Asia serving as the official annual hub for the furry hobby, community, and culture in the Philippines this year’s event will be at Bayanihan Center this coming June 8 & 9, 2019.

About Hands of God Charity Works

A non-government group who believes in the value and connection of all life. A group of private volunteers who share their time, talent and effort to serve others. The goal was specific, but we always embodied a much larger idea to improve someone’s life.

Know more about the NGO through their site or fanpage.

I live in a country where everybody wants respect so much to give it

Today is May 14, 2019. Weeks prior, I so wanted to have a manicure but since I had to make way for a more important color to touch my fingernail, it might have to take another week or so. Until it disappears naturally, I can only wait. Because not a nail polish, but a sign to avoid electoral fraud, a mark which shows that a citizen already cast a vote at an election, an indelible ink is what’s visible on my index finger as of now.
Figuratively, it is a symbol of one’s right being exercised. And yesterday, the Philippines held its mid-term elections for 2019.

Naturally, one would always wish for a clean and peaceful election especially here in the Philippines. Had it ever happened? Let us just wish again.

And it’s saddening that the stronger our desire for a positive and healthy election, the more it brings out the toxicity we so openly toss at each other. A never ending purge of emotions.

Even long before the campaign period starts, difference in opinion creates an invisible line between the pro’s and the con’s —no matter the point, no matter the idea, there will always be a “You’re right.” and “CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING?” side.
As the election period progress, the lines start to have colors encompassing its own corresponding sides.

Having an opinion is inevitable, standing your ground for it is just what’s right. But sometimes, we value our own opinion so much that we overlook others’. The sad truth is we listen to respond not to understand.

We value our own opinion so much, we forget we are Filipinos under the same fight.

Along with the election results are friends degrading a friend because his political views are different, hurting a co-worker’s feelings because she decided to follow their religion’s practice. While we should be supporting one another in this journey, we call each other “Bobo,” “Tanga.” Filipino after Filipino hating each other. Truth is, nobody won, with this mindset, with the nation being this divided, we all lost.

Until we can overcome this kind of mentality, we can only hope.

Celebrating Five Years of Fun at Citadines Salcedo Makati

MANILA, Philippines, 07 May 2019 – Citadines Salcedo Makati, the first Citadines property in the Philippines, is celebrating its 5th Anniversary on May 2019. This month marked the launch of a month-long celebration of five years of fun.

“Since its opening five years ago, Citadines Salcedo Makati has established a new kind of unparalleled service in Makati. Our guests keep returning not only because of the facilities we have, but because of the bond we have created, especially with the enthusiastic service from our associates,” said Daniel Wee, Country General Manager.

Take advantage of the special anniversary room rates valid on all Fridays to Sundays of May. For weekdays, book a Studio for only Php5,000nett with complimentary upgrade to a One-Bedroom Deluxe or Php5,500nett for a One-bedroom Deluxe. Enjoy a weekend retreat in the city for only Php6,751.25nett for a One-Bedroom Deluxe. Ascott Star Rewards member get a special weekend rate for a One-Bedroom Deluxe for only Php6,143.64nett. All these offers come with standards inclusion like complimentary WiFi, breakfast for two at Flying Pan, and use of amenities. Guests are in for a treat as they get to choose one special inclusion valid on their next stay which includes a complimentary3:00 PM check-out, one additional daily breakfast, massage voucher for one and upgrade from Studio to One-Bedroom Deluxe.

The celebratory mood continues at the lobby where a month-long indulgence and game booth is held for guests as epitome of fun.

Citadines Salcedo Makati will cap off the celebration on 30 May 2019 with a celebrated affair by the poolside, indulging aficionados in an amusing experience.

For inquiries and reservations, please call (632) 550 3200 or email enquiry.manila@the-ascott.com. Visit The Ascott Limited’s website at https://www.the-ascott.com/en/index.html for updates and promotions.

About The Ascott Limited

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as about 42,000 units which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in 670 properties.

The company’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, Citadines Connect, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, Préférence, Vertu, Harris, Fox, Yello and POP!. Ascott’s portfolio spans more than 170 cities across over 30 countries.

Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. Today, the company boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

Ascott’s achievements have been recognised internationally. Recent awards include DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; World Travel Awards 2018 for ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; TTG China Travel Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’; Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; Business Traveller UK Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Apartment Company’ and Business Traveller China Awards 2018 for ‘Best Luxury Serviced Residence Brand’. For a full list of awards, please visit https://www.the-ascott.com/ascottlimited/awards.html.

About CapitaLand Limited

CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, it is an owner and manager of a global portfolio worth more than S$88 billion as at 31 December 2017, comprising integrated developments, shopping malls, serviced residences, offices, homes, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds. Present across more than 150 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia.  

CapitaLand’s competitive advantage is its significant asset base and extensive market network.  Coupled with extensive design, development and operational capabilities, the Group develops and manages high-quality real estate products and services. It also has one of the largest investment management businesses in Asia and a stable of five REITs listed in Singapore and Malaysia – CapitaLand Mall Trust, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand Retail China Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.

Visit www.capitaland.com for more information.Issued by: Ascott International Management (Philippines) Limited

Website: www.the-ascott.com

Address:  The Ascott Limited, Glorietta 4, Ayala Centre, Makati City, 1224, Philippines

For more information, please contact:

Mary Eunice Lodripas, Marketing Manager

Tel: (+632) 755 8829 Email: eunice.lodripas@the-ascott.com