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.

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.

What is a Furry?: A Primer for FurryPinas 2019

We’ve gotten used to watching shows using anthromorphic creatures as their main characters to drive their story forward. Movies and shows like My Little Pony, Tom and Jerry, and even Digimon have animal characters that one way or another exemplify our human nature. But did you know that there’s a community of people that are fans of this story telling device?

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And they are called furries.

So, what is a Furry then?

Furry is a hobby where the fans have an interest towards animal characters with human characteristics. Such characters can be found in many media such as movies, shows, games, literature, toys, cosplay, art, and many more, for any ages.

Sometimes, “Furry” refers to the person who is a fan of the furry hobby. It can also be used to refer to “animal characters with human characteristics”.


Furry characters can be Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Crash Bandicoot, and many characters from shows such as Zootopia, The Lion King, Secret Life of Pets, How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, etc.

Who are into the hobby?

Furries come in all shapes and sizes. And when it comes to who’s into the hobby, the furry community has always been one of the more inclusive communities worldwide. That also is true to the Philippines furry community.

In fact, the PH Furry community has a whole slew of enthusiasts. Ranging from entrepreneurs, to artists, designers, even engineers and academians are active furries. Age wise, the Furry community is open to all ages, but majority of the members are around 18-24 years old.

Difference?

While there’s a collective global community of Furries, the Philippines’ Furry community sets itself apart.

The local furry community is more open to people knowing that they’re Furries and welcome those who are familiar and not too familiar with the hobby. In fact, local Furries don’t hide what they are in the Philippines and are more than happy to explain their hobby to anyone who is interested or wants to know more about it.

This is also true in how the local community treats its conventions. FurryPinas, the annual premiere furry convention in the country has a more welcoming attitude than most furry conventions elsewhere. The organizers take on a more Eastern and Western attitude in the organization and aims to making the most amount of people happy while sharing the love of furry to furry Hobbyist and non-hobbyist alike.

This difference in stance makes FurryPinas a more observed furry convention within the region.

About FurryPinas 2019

On its 2nd year, FurryPinas 2019 is the largest furry convention in Asia serving as the official annual hub for the furry hobby in the Philippines.

The convention aims to provide attendees a more active participation compared to other cons. Providing a more welcoming avenue for those who want to understand and know more about the hobby while providing a safe and happy space for Furries to just have fun, socialize, and enjoy the hobby as a group.

FurryPinas is set to happen on June 8-9, 2019 at the Bayanihan Center (Near SM Megamall). For more information about FurryPinas 2019 you can head to the FurryPinas 2019 site or fanpage you can also check out the Facebook event page to get updated.

#YeppunOnniePH: 5 days to go!

In five days, makeup shopping will never be the same again . Step-up your makeup hauls with Philippines’ upcoming biggest and hottest Korean makeup website: YeppunOnnie.PH

yeppunonnie.ph is a Korean beauty online shop that will cater anyone in the Philippines making it easier for Korean beauty enthusiasts or soon-to-be enthusiasts to explore different brands from Korea. From skincare to makeup, your beautiful (yeppun) sister (onnie) has them all!

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Used to waiting long for pre-order items? You might have to get yourself ready this time because most of their items will be ready-to-ship! Of course we are all willing to wait for our pre-ordered beloved makeups but if it could arrive earlier, that would be awesome-r, right? YeppunOnnie.ph can cover that for you so you can enjoy more products and easily achieve that Korean beauty that you’ve always wanted.

If you’re not feeling the excitement yet, how about I tell you that your top beauty bloggers and Youtubers will be joining YeppunOnnie.PH in its upcoming launch. Anne Clutz, Jessica Godinez, Say Tioco and Gen-zel De las Alas to name a few. A handful of lucky beauty v/bloggers will be chosen to represent the brand too! Now, we’re talking. So stay tuned to more updates through the following hashtags:

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Together, let us all welcome our pretty sister, the answer to our Kbeauty prayers, yeppunonnie.ph!

BDJ Passion Series: Girl Empowered

“Woman empowerment” has always been my answer on the suggested topics whenever I get to answer BDJ event surveys.

As I was browsing through ilovebdj.com, a new event announcement appeared and by the title, I knew I have to have myself invited in it. So I did the mechanics on how to get an invite, patiently waited and rejoiced when I received the email to BDJ Passion Series: Girl Empowered.

Being the Pasig-RizaI-QC girl that I am, I braved myself into exploring Makati to reach Greenbelt 2 last September 17, 2016. Thanks to my sister, my boyfriend and the guards from Rustan’s to Glorietta to Landmark to Greenbelt 3, I happened to reach Conti’s at Greenbelt 2 though a few minutes past the registration closing. However late, I didn’t just Dora the Explorer traveled to Conti’s without having to try if I can still join the event. And luckily, it was just about to start when I arrived. We did it! Hooray!

Bellas were already eating when I entered the halls, I scanned the room for an empty seat and thankfully Bellas are naturally-kind people I immediately saw one being gestured to me. After cooling down, I went to get my food as well. Conti’s brownies are my favorite!

The first speaker was Ms. Elmira Cadungay of Wacoal. At the beginning of her “Be body beautiful” talk, we did a face yoga exercise to lift and relax our facial muscles. And she went on to discussing the changes in a woman’s body once we age.

The Spiral Ageing Pattern according to Ms. Elmira shows the turning points of different changes in our body.

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We all know that as we age our body ages as well. And these changes need to be addressed by having a healthy lifestyle but not only that. We also need to be aware of the right undergarments that our body needs based on our age.

Ms. Elmira also emphasized the importance of the fitting process when it comes to getting a new undergarment. Fitting must not be neglected and should be done to 2 or 3 items so that you can come up with the perfect one. You should also be able to move around comfortably with a well-fitting undergarment.

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The talk ended with Ms. Elmira showing how to properly wear a bra. She also entertained questions from Bellas showing actual Wacoal brassieres as examples.

A 15-minute break succeeded the Be body beautiful talk by Ms. Elmira and I took this time to have my photo taken at the backdrop with Ms. Analyn, a very friendly MVP Bella.

I was still enjoying my chicken lollipop in mustard sauce when the BDJ Team announced that it’s time for the second talk. Modestly munching the chicken already in my mouth, I wiped crumbs from off my lips and eyed on the next speaker. Standing tall (literally and figuratively), the ever gracious Ms. Abbygale Arenas de Leon stood just a few feet in front of me. Her contagious smile changed my eyebrows on fleek goals to cheek bones on fleek goals.

The former Philippines Miss Universe representative introduced herself with a short Powerpoint presentation from her childhood, modelling, married life and feeling beautiful being a mother of two handsome boys. The way she presented herself really had all ears on whatever she’s saying which made a perfect epitome to her talk entitled: Girl Empowered.

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Avoid negativity. Always start your day with a smile.

Just like Ms. Elmira, a short exercise was also shared by Ms. Abby in connection to this first step into becoming a Girl Empowered. Of course, what better way to avoid negativity than to display “positivity” with a smile! So, lo and behold, the… STEPS TO ACHIEVING THE PERFECT SMILE IN TO WEEKS!!

Step 1: Go to your room, lock the door and face the mirror.

Step 2: Remember to have the following:

HAPPY THOUGHTS- anything that makes you happy, think about them

HAPPY LINES- wrinkles in your eyes show how happy you are

HAPPY CURVE- forget the old-school “CHEESE” and replace them with “A” or “EIGHT” to curve the lips upward.

Step 3: A and EIGHT in front of the mirror for 2 minutes

Two minutes every morning for two weeks and you are guaranteed to have that cheapest form of cosmetics that is a perfect smile. Now, what is negativity, really? Is that even a word? *smiles*

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Make time to pamper yourself. Take care of your body.

There’s no one in this world but you who would care for yourself in the first place. Just as other people have their own selves to take care of too. Pampering doesn’t always have to be luxurious as well. The often disregarded pampering would be getting a comfy bed and shoes to wear. Because as according to Ms. Abby, if we can notice, if we’re not on the bed, we’re on our shoes. So it’s really a great way to treat yourself properly. Also, eat healthy. And by healthy, palengke vegies would do!

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Make special moments happen. We don’t wait for it to happen.

Often we would save that dress we bought extra pesos for for a much awaited event or celebration. Or leave a perfume unused for special occassions only. Never noticing that everyday is already special because we live another day to experience it. So whenever doubting if it’s about time to use that favorite pair of shoes of yours, always remember what Ms. Abbygale Arenas de Leon, a beauty queen said, “We have to make ourselves feel special because we can do that.”

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Have a cozy and comfortable space. A cluttered space means a cluttered mind.

They say real artists have messiest tables. True but only because they’re working on a project or something. But notice when they present their workplace, it’s screaming “WORKPLACE GOALS” everywhere with the aesthetics and all. Though this step does not only apply to artists as painters. It’s always nicer and more encouraging to start a task when there’s a space to work on to in the first place.

Aside from the new ideas imparted during the event, we also did a posture exercise which I found really helpful and I am so doing it for two weeks to have that perfect gesture. That would be all. Looking forward to more talks like this. 🙂

Art of Now WOW’s

It was that humid, after-rain type of morning when I left our house to go to the second BDJ Rendezvous that I’ll be attending as a Bella last August 23rd. After series of consultation with my sister on what footwear should I match my red and white sweater top and checkered pleated skirt, I hurried to the van stop to SM Megamall.

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Photo source: https://ilovebdj.com/events/bdj-rendezvous-art-now/

I have had such great times attending previous BDJ events that I know I would go home with my mind full of new ideas and knowledge and if lucky enough a loot bag in my hand. Indeed I didn’t go home empty handed this time, thanks to BDJ and their partner brands. Most especially, I went home inspired and the artsy side of me fired up.

From BDJ Rendezvous: Art of Now to anyone reading this blog post, I hope to use my perks of being a Bella to share what inspired me most during the event. To give justice to my fired up artsy self, I have prepared simple posters showing the ideas of each talk.

1st Talk: Art of Creativity
Speakers: Maan Agsalud and Roma Agsalud of Common Room PH

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“If you want to start today, you won’t be successful tomorrow.”

My most favorite word of wisdom from the event and the most striking as well. Maan and Roma are sisters and they founded Common Room PH which is an art and craft business that took years in the making. The thought may seem negative in the surface. In fact, at the instance I heard it, I got quite confused. Oftentimes we associate “START” with “SUCCESS” and this quote negates it. But as Roma further explained, “TODAY” and “TOMORROW” came to clearer view. Success does not happen overnight. Hence, even if we want to start today, we will face a lot of challenges along the way before we reach success and it will take a lot of tomorrows. We just have to focus on the most important aspect, “Start!” Sooner or later, success will follow. We just have to start and keep going. Failed? Start again. Failed multiple times? Only you can limit yourself. Learn from mistakes and move on. The harder the work, the greater the victory.02

“Why?” Why not?

Another striking remark. Sometimes I would have ideas that for me were so great but when I tell people about it, they’d think it’s impossible or I was joking. Making me think like so too. Those three words made me realized that the fault is on me this time. All these ideas wasted because I let other people’s opinions affect my mindset just like that. I so easily lose grip on the things I spent nights contemplating on just because other people thought it won’t work.This time I know better, I’ll gather all my ideas in a journal no matter how impossible or funny or great they may seem, and whatever remark I may receive, I won’t let them slip away that easily now. Instead, I’ll take their opinions as suggestions and additional details to making my ideas work. Because if we really want something, we must make all means to achieve it. Take criticisms constructively and strive to improve. After all, we need to step backward before we can take a leap.03

“Learn what you need to learn to make this life work.”

As starters with no entrepreneurial/accounting/fine arts background, Roma and Maan had their family as inspiration to start their business. They are the two eldest of their parents’ children so when they finally started working, they had to help their parents provide for the younger, studying ones. Life is tough most of the time and having a job doesn’t automatically guarantee an easy life. That’s when they founded their first online shop Pop.Junk.Love as a sideline to get extra income. With P5,000.00 as their starting budget, they took the leap and started this journey called online selling. It was not easy, especially to someone who have no background in business. But they know they have to do it. So despite the challenges, they managed to make their little business grow. They researched on latest trends, studied which age bracket they sell to most and aligned their products to these people’s demands. They also used their mistakes as guides to their following steps which for me is very important because in business — and in life as well— experience teaches us more than schoolbooks and mistakes are part of those experience. Whatever you have now, use it to your potential and make the most out of it.

2nd Talk: Quest to Wellness
Speaker: Nikki Torres of PrettyDartFit.com

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“Life happens everyday, and it is a journey.”

Often we would decide to get into shape or eat healthy because we’re either preparing for a special event in our life, preparing to get in shape for summer or wants to rock that crop top that is currently on trend. Forgetting that the most special event that we have to prepare for happens everyday and that is our life. We must aim to be healthy as a lifestyle and not just for a short-term period. And getting fit and healthy must be part of our life journey.05

“Pay attention to things you love doing.”

As much as we would like to discipline ourselves from getting too much calories and whatnot, it is also important that we enjoy choosing the healthy lifestyle and not feel forced to do it. Our quest to wellness must not be too boring that we eventually lose interest in it. Enjoy your usual habits while observing your wellness condition. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Listen to music during workout, have a reasonable cheat day, jog to hunt a Pokemon, replace chips with fruits and veggies as snacks while playing online games. Just because we chose to live a healthier life doesn’t mean we have to let go of the things that we enjoy.

3rd Talk: Brand You-nique
Speakers: Isa Garcia and Bea Vergara

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“What do I value? What are the things that are important to me?”

This is one of the 3 questions presented by as they talk about being oneself genuinely.
For me, I value my family and closest friends most. I can live on an island with them and still be content and happy. I live for my family and I aspire to give them an easy life. My closest friends are few but I know they are the realest. They inspire me in so many aspects.

08“Do I want to be liked or do I want to be authentic?”

At first I was “Of course, I want to be authentic. All of us do, right?” During this portion though, at the back of my mind I saw myself laying on my bed browsing through Facebook and Instagram, I want to post something but I struggle to think of a witty caption. I carefully choose from my bunch of selfies and food porn pics which ones looks most likely to gain more likes. I realized then, that a part of me, though I initially want to be authentic, wanted to be liked as well. During the talk, I realized that it’s not so bad. But still, our life must not be dictated by the likes and approval of others. Just like the old saying, “Dance as if no one is watching.”09“What kind of person do I want to become?”

And again, I saw an image in my head at the appearance of this question. But this time it’s not me but my younger sister. She’s 14 and I want to be the person that will serve as a role model for her. Flawed, stubborn at times, shy at first, not that smart but honest with what she feels, values herself and chooses the right friends to be with. I admit that as of this writing, I have yet to unfold what the future holds for me but this one is certain, I want to become the person that my family would be happy to have.

4th Talk: Style that Defines
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“Don’t dress to pretend to be someone else.”

This one punched my cosplay self in the face too hard. I actually literally dress to pretend to be someone else when I cosplay. But I know that’s a different story so let’s just say that I just really want to mention that I’m a cosplayer and I’ve mentioned it already so let’s move on. Among the four talks, I enjoyed Nicole’s the most. With her sitting comfortably in a chair at the stage, a simple Powerpoint presentation as guide to her topics, it seemed as if she’s just that leader-type girl of the squad and all of us Bellas are her BFF’s willing to listen to whatever she has to say. I really enjoyed her talk I forgot to jot down her statements. To actually only afford two. This one really stuck to me because like I’ve said, I’ve been dressing as another person for fun that is cosplay but in real life, I think I only strive to do so for a few times but gave up easily because I was achieving a style in between a Korean and Japanese girly outfits while I’m a fat girl with big boobs and large eyes. I’m not degrading my looks or anyone with the same characteristics as mine, okay? I’m just saying that there really are some pegs that won’t go with a certain body type and I learned more of that at Art of Now. Also, even though I can’t achieve that look, I can say that I am comfortable with my clothes now compared to when I was hoarding floral, above the knee length dresses and lolita shoes. The most important thing still is that we should be comfortable with what we are wearing and not to force a style just because it’s trendy. Other styles might look cute on someone but unflattering to you. Same goes with your own style might not be suitable for somebody else. Now, the key is to know your body type, research, make a mood board, know what really is stylish yet comfortable for you. And work from there. But don’t forget to experiment on new looks as well so won’t get stuck in a single or a couple styles only.11“Find your strengths.”

Know what type of clothing best fits you and use that as base to explore other combinations. And of course, if you know your body type, you’ll know which part to flaunt and which ones to hide while still being comfortable in it. Document your most GGSS* looks for reference. Enhance what needed to be enhanced and work on what to be improved. Find inspiration on people with the same body type and style as yours. Feel beautiful inside and out!

Now, that’s all for my TL;DR post. I hope I was able to impart what I’ve learned through BDJ Rendezvous: Art of Now. To more BDJ events! <3

The speaker’s photos used are from BDJ’s Official Facebook Page.

*GGSS = Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili; that moment when your overall outfit looks and feels so right that you feel so beautiful than the usual 😀

BDJ Passion Series: Portrait Me Flawless

I was on my usual procrastination phase of the day one Friday afternoon, I know procrastination is not something to be proud of but indeed, blessings come in all forms and in any way possible.

Browsing through Belle de Jour Power Planner‘s website, I glanced upon a new event announcement. Reminiscing the fun during my first ever BDJ event attendance (BDJ Woman with Vision), I quickly scanned through the mechanics on how to join.13510998_1664949767159901_1030867336689843871_n-300x300

As I expected, there are more than one ways to join.

OPTION 1: Post a photo of your most confident moment and share to us the story behind it.

OPTION 2: Post a creative photo of something that represents confidence to you and tell us why it does.

OPTION 3: Share the event poster and tell us why you want to be part of the workshop.

(from ilovebdj.com)

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I chose to do Option 3 since I was thinking back then that I might be running out of time and that I have to have an entry fast so right then and there, I shared the poster on my Facebook account and registered. Few days later, the unexpected blessing came on my email inbox. I was invited for the #BDJPassionSeries #PortraitMeFlawless event!

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I even shared a glimpse of the email confirmation on my Facebook wall since I can’t contain the happiness back then.

Google Earth was my companion as I count the days ’til 9th July. I made sure of the time and venue and aspired to be one of the lucky first 40 Bellas to receive a loot bag. I mean, is there anyone else who dislike free stuff? If it isn’t too much of a preparation, I even bought curlers to be used especially for this event which I wasn’t able to use because it appeared too complicated to maneuver than it shows on Youtube. So yeah, I went with my bangs braided by my auntie. Actually thankful that I did because bangs blocking my eyesight isn’t too much of a help while drawing.

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I arrived at One Corporate Center around 12:40pm amidst the Ortigas traffic that I mentioned on my registration entry. Went straight to 11th floor and lost myself at the pink paradise called Flawless Head Office. The ambiance is really refreshing and chic.

On the right side of the office is the event registration booth with the welcoming BDJ team to assist the attendees. They fit well on the environment — refreshing, chic, flawless. 🙂

I was given a survey form with the number 24 in it. At that moment, my inner self screams “AAAHHHH YESS! LOOT BAGS IT IS!”

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As a newbie Bella, I only have a few #BellaBesties and they weren’t on that event. I sat at the chair nearest the entrance so as not to be noticed by the other Bellas already sharing chitchats with one another. Though really very shy, I knew all these girls are the friendliest because they are BDJ girls so I have to be too! I tried but still can’t get myself to talk to my seatmates because they seem to be besties already.

Thankfully though, a girl in pixie haircut offered me to take the vacant seat near the front. I obliged and she escorted me to the table 3 where four already sitting Bellas welcomed me with a smile. ^_^ Surprisingly, pixie girl even sat with us and “broke the ice” asking questions and sharing things about BDJ Team’s preparation of the event. Her bubbliness ranged form 98-100%. Another Bella joined us not shortly after.

Mic ready, a familiar voice greeted everyone in the room. Turned out pixie girl was the host too! She welcomed us and introduced herself, still on her bubbly range. I wonder how she does that. Jasmine, how to be you po? 🙂

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The event started with an introduction of the event BDJ Passion Series: Portrait Me Flawless. A sketching workshop and skincare talk. A mini game was also conducted before the workshop proper where Bellas actively though silently act out words given by Jasmine in a fun game of charades. The winning team won Flawless items. Lucky girls! 🙂

Then the guest was introduced. CJ De Silva-Ong, a young talented artist who is currently venturing the field of advertising. And of course, an info that I must not miss sharing, she was one of the gifted Promil Kids! You know, the gifted children on this powder milk’s commercial back in the 90’s, she is one of those. It got more interesting to know more about her because of that commercial. Her talent is unquestionable actually, one thumb up for Promil, the other to her parents for nurturing CJ’s gift. 😉

At the beginning of the workshop, CJ would share that most of the time when drawing a random person, she is usually being asked as to who that person is. She then explained that a drawing and a portrait are two different things.

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From what I remember, a drawing can be a random person or an imaginary one with no definite characteristics but a portrait is someone’s personality sketched on a paper. A portrait shows somebody’s persona translated into a drawing. That’s why when somebody asks her to do their portraits, she usually would talk about them about their interests, invite them over coffee and get to know the person first before actually starting doing the art. That way she can easily show the personality of the person instead of simply copying a reference photo.

After the talk, we were given oslo papers fancily stamped with “flawless” on a customized pink Flawless folder. Pencils, erasers and sharpeners are already on our tables before the workshop so we immediately started as we were instructed to do so.

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I may be an engineering graduate but I really find drawing human parts and figures hard. I’m really nervous to start because I’m afraid I might mess up and need extra papers and I’m too shy to ask! But CJ dissected a the process of drawing a human face as if I were in Science class and I can see every part inside that poor frog. OK that was an inappropriate representation. I’m sorry. But let’s move on…

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As according to her, as much as one could, artists would usually breakdown an a subject into different shapes and with those shapes start creating forms. This one is familiar for me since I like anime and cosplay. I guess it’s really gift and talent which separate “big circle here, a smaller one over there, a few lines… aaaand we have a frog!” from “circles here, circles there, some lines… aaaaand we have.. circles and lines?” I am the latter.

During this workshop, I somehow, learned how to draw a human face. CJ taught us the basics like how two circles can define the shape of a person. A few lines can help in properly placing the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Following her instructions, I was able to draw this.

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I think I erased more than I drew stuff. Parang buhay lang, magkakamali ka muna bago ka may matututunan. (ehe ehe)
I don’t know if it is just me but all the drawing and erasing made me feel tired. Good thing snacks came in right after. Snacks is one #PerksofaBella that I will always look forward to. It seems like even on food, the BDJ Team will still consider aesthetics and make sure every Bella will have that Instagram-worthy shot with their snacks. Because I surely did on mine. Plus, I really loved the cream puffs (not sure if that’s what it’s called) and the mini tacos! If I were not that shy, I would take a separate photo of each for special mention.

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Following the snack time is Dr. Kaye Bautista’s talk on skincare. Dr. Kaye is one of Flawless’ skincare professionals so I really made sure to listen to her discussions since I am really into skincare now more than makeup. I wasn’t able to take photos this time since I really focused on listening. I came for the great and fun experience but above all, I aim to be enlightened more about skincare in this event. Hence, serious mode: ON.

As per Dr. Kaye’s presentation:

  • What is Flawless?
    Flawless is your best choice when it comes to skincare. They give free doctore cosultations so one can be initially briefed as to what type of regimen is best for them without having to shed a peso. Their compay is FDA registered giving their clients and soon-to-be clients the guarantee that they are a legitimate company to provide beauty services. Along with this, sanitizers are evenly placed throughout their centers to assure proper hygiene is being observed. Everyone including the staff and most especially the skin professionals in Flawless undergo serious training to make sure they can provide quality service to their clients.
  • Our skin
    Being the largest and the most exposed organ of the body, our skin need the utmost care. The steps on taking care of our skin are:
    1. Determine your skin type
    2. Use of special products of your skin needs
    3. Pay attention to fragile areas
    4. Cleanse
    5. Exfoliate
    6. Tone
    7. Moisturize

It has always been stressed in any beauty talks that I have watched or attended that there’s no makeup, skincare products or service that can fit all individuals. And during this talk, Dr. Kaye pointed this out to us also. According to her, it is always best to determine your skin type first and then work on choosing the products that your type of skin requires. It also really very important to always, always get rid of makeup before we go to sleep. No matter how tired we are, we must let our skin breathe and not let makeup clog our pores which may lead to breakout. With or without breakouts, it is still best to consult a specialist to better give attention to our skin needs. Flawless branches are scattered at different areas to further give assistance to us when it comes to skin care.

Dr. Kaye ended her discussion by answering a fellow Bella’s question about some oral supplement that is believed to work better when added to an astringent and then used on the face. The skin professional confidently dodged the idea of its effectiveness since the supplement is meant to be taken orally, no matter how many of it one puts on their faces, it won’t work because it simply is not meant for external application. Which, most of us understood and agreed on.

I was really hooked on the discussion that only after the entire talk did I feel the need to pee. So after the instructions on the sketching contest were mentioned, I took a short trip to the also fab comfort room of Flawless clinic. Honestly, though I rarely do, I wanted to take a mirror selfie inside but there is a portrait that I need to materialize so I went back to the event area and with CJ’s teachings, started sketching that portrait of myself.13664624_10206758652271938_17203814_n

45 minutes. That’s all we got to finish the out portrait and we must be able to post a flatlay photo of it on Instagram for our drawings to be part of the contest. By the way, we were instructed to bring out favorite portrait so I bought my graduation picture. It sure is one of my favorite portraits of myself considering I do not have much and this one of course holds five years of my life battling in college. Having had to go to the bathroom first, my 45 minutes was deducted a few so I quickly drew that twinning circle to start my entry. A few more erasures and I see fellow Bellas around me already taking photos of their artwork. One last stroke on that uneven eyebrow and I shook the unidentifiable-ness of my drawing from my reference photo and took my flatlay shots. It was fun, amidst the “no pressure” pressure. Hoping for the best of luck, I posted my entry.

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Not expecting anything because although my drawing looked okay, it didn’t capture the person in my portrait. I just held on to what CJ mentioned that we must not compare our works with others or with hers most especially, she has been doing this for years while us just moments ago. I also appreciated her encouraging us that we must not be ashamed of our works because flaws and all, those were made with effort. Until the announcement of winners came and I was one of the top 5 Bellas who were chosen! Luck, yes, of couse and the heart that I put to my art I guess are what lead me to being chosen. I am ecstatic! I couldn’t believe it. I was just sitting at the back and now I’m standing in front alongside with CJ and my co-Bellas. I really, really enjoyed this event. Winners went home with cute bagpacks and skincare items from Flawless.

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Generous as always, BDJ and Flawless gave us some more gifts as we leave the event. Apart from the sketching and skincare knowledge, the happy tummy, freebies and bragging rights, I also gained yet another #BellaBestie that day, Lady Anne. Yay!

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Lastly, because of my excitement, I wasn’t able to commend this unnoticed part of the event: Free WiFi. I think it is really very considerate in BDJ and Flawless’ part to actually provide us internet connection so that everyone could join the contest. Most of the time, people have data connections on their phones but they still assured that everyone would be able to join and that’s really something to be recognized. KUDOS BDJ TEAM!

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This is just me, flaunting my prize. Hihi.

Hodge Podge turns 4!

Established March 20, 2012 and already being the first, Hodge Podge stood firm to its claim that they are the ORIGINAL one-stop shop for bottlecap accessories in the Philippines.

Photo from facebook.com/heyhodgepodge

(c) Hodge Podge Facebook Page

Now it’s 2016, I was looking back on my blog for my first ever Hodge Podge purchase and I found out that it was the same year as Hodge Podge was founded! Necklaces for me and my friends were my first ever Hodge Podge items. I remember encountering some miscommunication then that I received an item which I didn’t order but was immediately settled as I informed them about it. I even got the mistaken item for free as compensation. I can still remember, a short letter of apology was also included on the shipment of my then actual order which I found really thoughtful considering they’ve already compensated the item plus, shipping fee was on them. Also, it was not that big of a damage at all too but they still took time to ensure me that it won’t happen again. I admired the costumer service, their shop in general, since then.

Bottlecap Queen. Claiming it heart emoticon (c) Gel's Facebook Profile

Bottlecap Queen. Claiming it heart emoticon
(c) Gel’s Facebook Profile

Reading my blog post regarding my first Hodge Podge order, I also found out that I used to call the owner Ate Gel. Hihi. I wonder when did I start calling by her name only. Hi Ate Gel! 😀

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Screenshot from Hodge Podge Facebook Page

I really fell in love with my L Lawliet necklace that I wear it everyday at school then. What I love about it is that it can match any school outfit that I wear. Hence, judging by the search results on my blog, I almost joined all of online giveaways with Hodge Podge accessories as prizes.

Photo from my blogpost: http://princessdiaries.info/unexpected-gift/

Photo from my blogpost: http://princessdiaries.info/unexpected-gift/

Four long years have passed, Hodge Podge has been growing with more products and collaborations. They have their products sold at different shops too. This makes me proud that I was able to “watch them grow in beauty” both figuratively and literally. Their designs are becoming more diverse and vary from fandoms to personalized stuff, motivational quotes, anime, literature, I can’t even name all. 🙂

"Want to save on shipping costs? Hodge Podge keychains/bag tags are now available at Kramer : Toy Warden, UP Town Center! grin emoticon 3rd floor beside Digital Walker! Our items are right by the entrance! Limited stocks only so swing by ASAP!" (c) Hodge Podge Facebook Page

“Want to save on shipping costs? Hodge Podge keychains/bag tags are now available at Kramer : Toy Warden, UP Town Center! grin emoticon 3rd floor beside Digital Walker!
Our items are right by the entrance! Limited stocks only so swing by ASAP!”
(c) Hodge Podge Facebook Page

Let me just include the links from their Facebook page:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/heyhodgepodge/

Designs availablehttp://bit.ly/HodgePodgeDesigns (see WAVE albums) – link doesn’t work via mobile browsing

Sample accessories: http://bit.ly/HodgePodgeSampleAccessories (price list found on the album description)

Sample add-on charms: http://bit.ly/HodgePodgeCharms

Combined Hodge Podge Facebook profile pictures since 2012. (c) Hodge Podge Facebook Page

Combined Hodge Podge Facebook profile pictures since 2012. (c) Hodge Podge Facebook Page

Knowing Hodge Podge for years, I’ve observed  that they’re always being generous to their followers. I myself have experienced their generosity for a couple of times. Back then, when blog giveaways include simple stuff yet, they sponsor the hosts with assorted items. Nowadays, they give discounts on conventions and conduct giveaways too from time to time.

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#hodgepodge4thbirthdaygiveaway

I am writing this actually not just to greet them a Happy Birthday but also to share their ongoing birthday giveaway. The prizes are much more exciting this time because, of course, it’s their birthday! Having second thoughts? Along with their bottlecap accessories, they’re also giving away a Harry Potter Funko Pop and Cardcaptor Sakura necklaces… and more!! Thinking twice still? You just have to follow very simple steps and you’re in! Check out this link for the complete details

Hodge Podge 4th Birthday Giveaway
https://www.facebook.com/heyhodgepodge/photos/a.270180113066570.65326.260942623990319/977948925623015/?type=3&theater

On most days, I'm juggling a whole lot of things including work and of course, Hodge Podge. But at the end of it all, one thing's for sure... I feel extremely blessed and grateful for each day despite the "stress" (c) Gel's Facebook profile

On most days, I’m juggling a whole lot of things including work and of course, Hodge Podge. But at the end of it all, one thing’s for sure… I feel extremely blessed and grateful for each day despite the “stress”
(c) Gel’s Facebook profile

Humility, pure hardwork and dedication. That’s how I can describe what lead Hodge Podge to where it is now. Four years is a really long time to maintain a business, talk about specialty products even. I believe there are challenges along those four years but Hodge Podge is still here, reaching out to more people. Serving clients from all-over the world with their one of a kind bottlecap accessories. And I know most of us wish them more years to come. So we can have more of what they can offer. I personally wish that they won’t lose that passion and creativity in producing more designs and variety of accessories. More projects especially kawaii-ness! 🙂

Happy 4th birthday Hodge Podge!