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.

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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

Alphaland opens Balesin’s doors; gathers trusted event suppliers at Tie the Knot Wedding and Debut Fair

Now on its third year and open to soon-to-weds as well as debutantes, Alphaland’s Tie the Knot: Wedding and Debut Fair 2019 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 at The City Club, Alphaland Makati Place. The 2-day event will highlight Alphaland’s most sought-after wedding destinations—Balesin Island, including the soon-to-open Balesin Marquee which can accommodate 600 persons, Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges, and The City Club in Makati.

Wedding and debut planning can get overwhelming, especially for those who aren’t used to throwing celebrations involving a range of event suppliers—from the venue to styling, planners and coordinators, to photography and videography. With this in mind, Alphaland is offering an all-in package where soon-to-weds and debutantes can get the essentials for their special day, exclusively offered at the fair. “This year, we have partnered with one of Balesin’s most in-demand stylists, Cesar Pascual, owner and stylist of Contemporary Florals. His Napa Valley concept will give The City Club that country yet romantic feel,” says The City Club General Manager Nic Belasco. Cesar Pascual has styled several intimate to grand weddings in the various beach wedding venues in Balesin Island.

Unlike other fairs where attendees tend to feel bombarded by exhibitors, Tie the Knot has curated trusted suppliers in the industry who are offering great deals at the fair. Attendees can meet and discuss their event in detail with each supplier they’re interested in, such as the acclaimed couturier Mary Anne Casanova, the first local designer who brought glow-in-the-dark gowns with fiber optic fabric to the Philippines, along with the country’s other top-of-the-line fashion designers; celebrity favorite Nice Print Photography; Chestknot Studios, Forevermine Wedding Films, and Black Tie Entertainment, trusted suppliers for many events held in Balesin; and Aegle Wellness Center, a health and wellness hub offering bespoke wellness programs and medi-spa services in The City Club and in Balesin.

The icing on the cake: attendees will also get a chance to win a 3-day/2-night stay in Balesin with a free engagement shoot by one of Balesin’s trusted photographers, Anne Naig.

Virtually experience Balesin Island through our 360 photography at Brideworthy: https://www.brideworthy.com/venues/balesin-island/?vtour=1

Pre-register at http://bit.ly/AlphalandTietheKnot to attend Tie the Knot: Alphaland Wedding and Debut Fair 2019 for free.

Walk-in registration fee is Php 150.

For inquiries, please contact Diane Tomas at +632-337-2031 loc. 255, +63-917-182-0714 or at dstomas@alphaland.com.ph

Get a chance to win 3days/2night stay in Balesin Island with free engagement shoot at Alphaland’s Tie the Knot: Wedding and Debut Fair 2019. Pre-register here: link

Robinsons Kidz Club Fair brings a world of learning and fun for kids at Robinsons Townville

Play, learn and having fun are just some of the things that kids can expect from the first Robinsons Kidz Club Fair happening across the Robinsons Townville malls for the whole month of March. Robinsons Kidz Club is the membership club of the Robinsons Townville malls for kids 3 to 12 years old. Members get exclusive access to the various kiddie events of Robinsons Townville including the Robinsons Kidz Club Fair, and a free birthday gift each year.

The Robinsons Kidz Club Fair was a massive hit among kids at the Robinsons Townville Buhay Na Tubig. Various activities were prepared for Robinsons Kidz Club members wherein they learned the science of colors through interactive games and activities which include coloring activities, color wheel making and a special light & color science presentation. They also had fun putting their creativity into action by mixing and matching colorful beads during the friendship bracelet making activity.

“We believe that children best learn through fun and play that’s why we are continuously coming up with events and activities that will not only entertain children but would serve as a platform as well for our Robinsons Kidz Club members to learn,” says Joel Delfin, the AVP for the Robinsons Townville malls.

There are a lot of events in store for the Robinsons Kidz Club members this year continuing with the grand event this April 21 entitled ‘A Magical Easter’. Members can expect fun games and a whole lot of fun as they are invited to come in their cutest unicorn costumes. That’s a magical and one of a kind Easter celebration for the Robinsons Kidz Club members.

Sounds exciting? Register to Robinsons Kidz Club in the link below.

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The Robinsons Townville malls is the chain of community malls of the Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. in six locations in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Pulilan and Meycauayan in Bulacan, Fairview in Quezon City, BF Homes in Parañaque, and Buhay na Tubig in Imus. Several locations are already in the pipeline to aggressively increase its portfolio.

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5 Reasons Why It’s Never Too Late to Get Yourself a BDJ Planner

It was late January of 2016 when I first bought my own BDJ planner. I was simply interested with the coupons that went with it never knowing that my 2016 was into something better. Hence, I decided to get myself one again this year. To experience the benefits of having a BDJ Power Planner, though a little bit later than before, I decided to be a Bella again this year.

It’s already a couple of days past the third month of 2017, some may think it is already too late to get a planner but I believe having one is still worth the try. Below are the five reasons why it is still a perfect time to be a 2017 Bella.

1. Monthly Events
During my first year as a Bella, I would always get excited browsing through ilovebdj.com because of the events that were being held every month. Such events offer exciting opportunities to all attendees. The topics were all beneficial —life-changing even— and the guests they picked were all inspiring. The BDJ staffs handling each events were very friendly as well which made me want to keep on attending every event last year.

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And they started 2017 with a blast, with the first BDJ Rendezvous this year. BDJ Rensezvous: Woman Up! was held last February 11 at Ayala Malls the 30th in Pasig. I was privileged to be invited and went home with lots of freebies!

So there’s still a chance to join if you grab your BDJ planners now but fret not because there are more events in line this year. 😉

For previous and upcoming BDJ events, visit here.

2.Year-long valid coupons
Most of the coupons included in the Perks of a Bella booklet are valid from January 2017 to December 2017 which means you can enjoy being a Bella for the whole year with almost 20+ different brands. You can also score free planners with their 2017 Belle de Jour Coupon Completion promo where in you just use atleast 40 coupons by September 30, 2017.

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From time to time, I will receive emails regarding a new product from BDJ’s partner brands and they would like Bellas to experience it first-hand. Having a BDJ planner opened a lot of discoveries when it comes to cosmetics and skin care because they’ve partnered with numerous brands to fit each Bella’s lifestyle. The freebies are given randomly so better get that BDJ planner now so you won’t miss a chance. 🙂

4.In-planner features
When you buy a BDJ planner, you don’t just get a planner, you get a more organized life. In my case, that is. Aside from the monthly inspirational notes, goals list, dream board, 2017 checklist, a separate event calendar, journal entry pages and more, I really found the following in-planner features helpful:
*2017 Goals pageto help you focus on the most important goals this year
*Menstrual trackerbecause menstrual cycle plays a big role in our health condition
*Bills trackerto keep track on your expenses and manage them accordingly
*Cash flow tracker to see your progress in handling your hard-earned money
So if you still struggle on remembering where and how you spent your pay check every month, this planner is best for you. ^_^

5. Meet new people with the same interest as you
BDJ stands true to its tagline, “We are more than just a planner, we’re a community.” for the wide-range of events and gatherings that they hold every year each focusing on women empowering each other. I was more inspired to blog too because of the entries I see on the Bella Blogs page.

There you have it. These are based on my experience during my first year as a Bella and I hope that through these, more women would be inspired to become Bella’s as well.

You can avail of the BDJ planners at your favorite bookstores or order online via ilovebdj.com

So, see you on the upcoming 2017 BDJ events, Bella! ❤

 

Crochet-lover mom clothes her daugter with cute costumes

Trisha, owner of Pink Paradise blog is a very proud mom to cute baby girl Cless. A quick look on her blog strongly suggests that you prepare yourself for possible kawaii-ness overdosage. [kawaii = cute]

She is happily married and is a full-time mom now. But with a lot of hobbies. ^_^ I guess you just really can’t take away art in an artist’s heart. That’s why she still manages to explore yet another hobby which is crocheting while taking care of her hubby and their baby.

Brace yourselves for cuteness overload that is baby Cless in creatively crocheted costumes.

1. Literally ‘Little’ Mermaid

I think this is Trisha’s first attempt on making her baby’s crochet costumes. And it makes me angry that it is. For a first attempt, the design and concept is so perfect it looked like she’s been doing it for a long time when in fact, this is her first try. I mean, look at that mermaid hair, simply imagining the amount of yarn needed for this specific part only makes my head ache already. And don’t get me started with the tail. The cutest mermaid tail I’ve seen, I would squeeze myself into it if I could, just warning you Trish. Just when I thought the frustration ends there, I see that littler mermaid beside the baby. Yes, we’re all guessing it right. This crochet-loving mommy made that too. JUST HOW CAN ANYONE BE THAT CREATIVE? TRISHA PLEASE TELL US!!! I love the kulambo ocean too by the way! If that’s a kulambo.

More photos: Pink Paradise: My Cutie Little Mermaid

2. Pink Baby Bunny

Lying on a comfy pink fur bed is a cute pink bunny dressed baby. Just as she enjoys cuddling her current playground, I am here wishing I could cuddle, pinch, hug, kiss and play with that pink furball baby. How lucky must your parents be! That bunny embroidery matched her head to toe bunny outfit and made her look more stylishly cute too!

More photos: Pink Paradise: Bunny Baby Cless ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७

3. Rainbow Princess Cless

Her mother’s creativity fueled by tender loving care and a rainbow-colored bonnet in her hair made baby Cless a real rainbow princess in this outfit. A matching rainbow footwear complemented her simple rainbow-designed t-shirt and colorful tutu as well. This baby will grow up with a good sense in fashion, I guarantee it.

More photos:Pink Paradise: Anastasia The Rainbow Princess

4. Best gift ever!

Just when you thought you already got the perfect Christmas outfit but you’re a crochet-lover mom so you gotta accessorize it a bit!

5. My most favorite I can almost eat it concept: Watermelon Cutie Outfit

I’m not even sure if this was posted during summer but everytime I look at it, I get the summer vibe and its refreshing feels. The beanie is such a great idea beacuse the out fit seemed more garden-ish to look at with those curly straps emphasizing her cute face.

Baby Cless’ naturally refreshing aura gave justice to the intricately made watermelon summer outfit too. Including the hat which I would want to have too along with the other cute crochet costume props that she has.

And of course, hindi papakabog si mommy with her personal watermelon crocheted top as well. I loved this concept because they both rocked the outfit so effortlessly reciprocating the hardwork alotted to make it.

More photos: Pink Paradise: Watermelom Baby ლζ*♡ε♡*ζლ

#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:

#yeppunonnieph

#websitelaunchingevent

#kbeauty

#koreanbeautyinyourfingertips

#koreanbeautypilipinas

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

Korean Beauty at the touch of your fingertips

If at this moment, you still do not know about the latest in the makeup scene, don’t fret because you came at the right place! Now, let me get you out of that rock you’ve been hiding in since no-one-knows-when and let me introduce to you the latest beauty trend of this days that is “Korean beauty.”

I guess we have to blame it on our excessive addiction to Korean dramas, KPop or anything Korean actually because they seem to excel at all areas. But indeed, Korean actresses’ simple but eye-catching looks are the ultimate no-makeup-makeup goals!

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And even though we speak zero to no Korean at all, we can still achieve their look by the tons of Korean makeup lines available in the market today. Makeup tutorials are also flooding the WWW as you read this post. In YouTube for example, you can find PONY Makeup’s videos helpful and inspiring.

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And here’s an even better news to us Filipino makeup enthusiasts who want to try exploring Korean beauty. A website fully dedicated to meet our Kbeauty needs is about to open its doors to serve fresh Korean makeup. Worry no more about the distance because through this website, it’ll feel as if you’re shopping at your nearest mall because of the variety of brands and makeup for every Filipina’s needs.

Meet YeppunOnniePH this coming October for their website’s grand launch and look forward to shopping Korean makeup and skincare like you’ve never experienced before! Follow updates by searching #YeppunOnniPH on your favorite social networking sites.

YeppunOnniPH: KBeauty at its finest

“Yeppunonni Korea is a new corporation built to cater Korean beauty needs for Filipinos .Yeppunonni Korea are under a bigger Korean owned company that gave us this opportunity to expand and reach more than Luzon to Visayaz, Mindanao and the rest of Asia.

Yeppunonni Korea are opening the beauty section this October and exploring more possibilities to include lifestyle and home in the next few months/ years.

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They are licensed and registered both in Korea and the Philippines. They deals will be based on your demands and service will be as personal and still be with a touch of an angel ( SMYLEE??) Yeppunonni Korea aim to be like Korea’s top online selling websites. Be efficient and be as quick as a rocket!

#YEPPUNONNI
#YeppunOnniPh
#YOCGrandLaunch
#SMYLEE
#keeponsmyleeng
#kBeauty

Abegail Layosa

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
Speaker: Nicole Andersson10

“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 😀