Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My Four Everyday Fashionable Woman Accessories To Wear

How do you dress up for work, school, or even going to the mall? 

Comfortable and trendy may it be for work or an outfit you wear when going out of the house when we talk about clothes. But you will agree with me on this, that when it comes to accessorizing like putting on a wristwatch or a necklace can make you look even more fashionable. Not to forget the necessity it can give you. 

For me the four everyday accessories I wear when I go to work are:
  1. Wristwatch- I never go out of the house not wearing a watch. I always have to feel the weight of the watch on my left wrist and as I am always checking the time especially in the morning commute when I left the house. I am not that particular with the brand of the watch I wear but I do collect some good pieces through the years. Watch for a dress, sporty, and to the more casual everyday wear watches. Watches are also a good investment when the time comes, all you need to do is take care of them and never neglect maintenance. 
  2. Pair of earrings- besides precious metals like gold and silver, there are a lot of styles and materials for a pair of earrings on the market. As simple or as extravagant you can create your own look. 
  3. Bracelet- it gives me added personality when it comes to wearing bracelets, it can be worn in layers or even a single band. Materials also differ, I also keep some good pieces as my investment, and also can be passed down to my children as an heirloom. 
  4. Necklace- for now, my favorite/ everyday necklace I wear is the gold chain necklace with eternity charm and I added also this pendant with two roses and leaves made with green jade stone. The pendant was given to me by my mother. 

For a working Mom like me going to the mall to go window shopping hinders me because of lack of time. That is why I always result in finding fashionable and trendy accessories online, and I must say there are a lot!  

I am always amazed by lockets ever since and when I saw Dotiow Fashion Jewelry they sell floating charm lockets which can be customized according to charms I want to include. I got excited when I found out they have a lanyard necklace with charms for nurses! Check out the cute collection they have in their store. 

Aside from lanyards, they also have pendants and bracelets, a diffuser for the car and even a charm diffuser necklace, they also sell cute stickers! 
I can avail free shipping for orders amounting to $9. I'm glad that they have available cashless payment options such as Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, or Cash on Delivery. 

I find their products unique, useful and trendy at the same time, and the holiday season is fast approaching I can include their products as gift ideas. I have now an idea on what to add on my everyday wear for work. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Why I am not convinced with Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner

How often do you wash your hair? Are you like me who uses hair shampoo and hair conditioner separately? 

On a regular day like weekdays, I normally wash my hair once, in the morning when I go to work. My go-to shampoo and conditioner are separately and of different brands. Hair shampoo cannot be used alone as hair management since it will leave a frizzy and tangled looking hair. A shampoo is best for cleansing the hair from unwanted purities you can get outdoors- a good example is exposing under the sun or air pollution when traveling. Hair conditioner can add shine, condition your hair according to your style- making strands soft and smooth. 

As far as I remember, I have known and been using this brand of hair conditioner since I was in high school. Cream Silk was introduced to me by my cousins and since then it has been our brand. Although, it is always exciting to try out other brands in the market especially when something new comes out. But we always go back to Cream Silk!  

From the original variants of Cream Silk conditioner line, they came up with a new variety, which I purchased for free over at Sample Room, try before you buy, a site where you can avail products from different brands for FREE. So, when they presented the new variants of Cream Silk and I immediately got samples. 

Check out my samples I got from Sampleroom! 

I got two tube full-sized sample of Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner, 340ml + 170ml, one tube of 170ml Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Conditioner.

Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner Transform your summer-dry hair this hot season with the newest Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner. With Advanced Hair Reborn Technology and Hydra-Collagen Complex, it makes rough, frizzy, and summer-dry hair feel fresh and hydrated for up to 24 hours of long-lasting freshness without the greasy feel. Price- P109/P197.50
Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue ConditionerGet the benefits of 3 Keratin products in 1 ultimate solution with the NEW Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Conditioner! Made for rebelliously frizzy hair, it tames frizz and polishes hair strands from roots to tips for hair that’s ultimately smoother and straighter*. *Lab tested vs. non-conditioning shampoo, with regular use. Price- P149/P249.

Now the verdict, after a couple of weeks of using, out of the two, I am not convinced with fresh hydration variant as what the brand claims. Upon opening the tube and saw the thin consistency of the product that I need to add triple the amount compared to the original variety of Cream Silk just to cover my shoulder length hair. So after the shower and drying my hair with a towel, hair still has tangles leaving some areas not manageable to comb. I also don't like the scent of this. After nine hours indoor and a total of an hour outdoor for the commute, my hair smells smoke from the public transport. I'm glad that I was able to get this for free before I buy it, it will be a total loss of money. 

This variety of Cream Silk passed my standards when it comes to hair conditioner, I like the consistency, the smell is lovely and it really gives that nourishing and smooth, straight feel after use. What I don't like is, it is too pricey compared to the original variety. But, if you have extra budget for hair products for use, you can invest in this one. You only need a small amount every use and it can give you that effect you wanted, most especially if you style your hair using a hair iron or blow dry it. 

Still, the brand Cream Silk still wins my heart when it comes to hair products for everyday use. I will be switching back to the original variety asap. 

Have you tried the above Cream Silk variety, what is your take on this? 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Vivo ready to wow the world with an all-new screen design

Global smartphone brand Vivo has been known for its high-technology innovations that have wowed the world several times over. But it has also been a pioneer of various consumer-centric smartphone designs.

Starting August 20, the fastest growing smartphone brand has teased tech-savvy followers with a series of mysterious videos posted on its social media pages. The latest was a video of the moon with its shape emphasized by a curved line, a hint of the look of the next flagship smartphone.

“The galaxies coalesced. Prepare for something greater. #GoBeyond,” Vivo wrote in its latest post.

For its latest smartphone releases, Vivo has pushed the boundaries of the screens based on various studies and insights into what its consumers want.

In 2017, Vivo released the V7+, which has a 5.99-inch AllScreen Display that offers a wider visual experience without compromising a comfortable grip. This gives those on the go a chance to enjoy a bigger screen for gaming, reading, or watching videos.

Vivo followed up the V7+ with the release of the V9 in 2018. It was their first flagship smartphone for the year with the notch. The V9 features the new 19:9 FullView™ Display that has a massive 90% screen-to-body ratio that gives users a wider look into the digital world. The Vivo V9 may be as compact as the 5.5-inch phone, but it was able to attain a 6.3-inch screen.

Halfway through the year, Vivo released the Vivo X21, its first X-series smartphone in the Philippines. It still has an iconic 19:9 FullView™ Display. But it has a bigger screen-to-body ratio of 90.3% to provide a more impactful visual experience for gamers and video hoarders.

But Vivo was able to get closer to its target when the Vivo NEX was released in some markets in June. The NEX introduces the Ultra FullView™ Display experience with a whopping 91.24% screen-to-body ratio. Vivo was able to achieve this by pioneering the 8-megapixel Elevating Front Camera that hides in the body when not in use. It also introduces the Screen SoundCasting Technology that replaces the traditional earpiece speaker entirely and cutting the bezel size.

With these releases, Vivo has proven that the window to the digital world has no limits. What barriers will the brand break next? #

About Vivo
A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) account

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Affair- Season 4 Finale

So one of my favorite television Showtime series, The Affair ended its fourth season with ten episodes. 

I wanted more for the last episode because I couldn't believe Alison died in the previous episode! The thing about me watching and getting hooked in a television series I don't read in advance, I don't want to know what will happen next. I wanted to feel and experience as I go along episode after episode. So when Alison died in the last episode, I was in shock, not convinced and hoping that there will be a twist at the end of the story. But I was wrong, she really died. 

Four years ago since I first watched the pilot episode, and the character of Alison really struck me, well one of the reasons why I like her because she was also a nurse.  She was always seeking for the one relationship while she was struggling emotionally from the death of Gabriel her son who died in sleep due to (secondary drowning), from the accident in the pilot episode. 

All the years of her having his ex-husbands Cole and Noah, she still felt empty, though she had another child, her daughter Joanie, who she fought custody with. I grieved along with Cole, as I felt his loss of Alison, he tried to win Alison back during the last few episodes when he learned that his heart still shouts for Alison, but it was too late. While Noah making his way through the lives of his children and helping Anton, he did not foresee that bad thing will happen to Alison having Ben around. 

In the first part of the last episode, I felt hopeful from the scenes about Ben and Alison, when they figured things out and ended up reconciling the situation. I love when I saw the smile from Alison's face and left Ben outside to clean up the dishes, then the twist happened! Ben is the opposite of what the previous scene. The struggle that led to Alison accidental death. 

My heart also goes out with Helen who had everything on her plate, Vic being sick and dying, to her kids especially the comeback of her eldest daughter Whitney. Along with having Sierra their neighbor in the picture, it was so crazy from the scenes when they went to the retreat and everything went crazy. I expected that Sierra will be pregnant from that joy ride with Vik from episode five. The relief from Helen's scene on the rooftop. 

Alison is dead and from here on up to the next season, I am intrigued how her death will be resolved.

Farewell, Alison. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Maybank M.O.V.E paves way in offering refined digital conveniences

Maybank Philippines today launched Maybank M.O.V.E (Mobile-Optimized Virtual Experiences), a first-in-the-industry fully integrated digital offering which aims to enhance and simplify the process of performing financial services via its new straight-through banking processes.

Maybank MOVE will allow customers to open an online-only savings account called iSave, using the Maybank2U PH App. All forms and documentary requirements can also be submitted online through the app. The iSave account will be the fully digital account opening facility in the Philippines which also allows customers to access their accounts and enjoy free Interbank withdrawals via any ATMs nationwide.

The new straight-through processing capabilities (STP) will also allow customers to apply for credit cards and automobile financing from the comfort of their homes or even on the go, beyond banking hours.

The Maybank MOVE offering was introduced in support of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s (BSP) financial inclusion agenda which is to make banking accessible to more Filipinos.

Choong Wai Hong, Maybank Philippines, Inc. (MPI) President and CEO

“For Maybank, MOVE is about enriching our offerings through digital banking which is in line with our commitment to leverage on cutting edge technology as well as our strategic objective of being the digital bank of choice in the region,” said Choong Wai Hong, Maybank Philippines President, and Chief Executive Officer.

Maybank Move media launch at the Maybank Corporate Office in BGC.

“Our digital approach is centered on four key areas: enriching our customer offerings, investing in strategic capabilities, exploring broadly and understanding deeply the landscape, and building and participating in the digital ecosystem, which includes engaging with regulators, Fintech companies, and global leaders to build truly differentiated digital offerings for our customers.”


Dexter Go, MPI Virtual Banking Head

Head of Virtual Banking Maybank Philippines, Dexter Go added, “In 2019, we envision the Bank to continue enhancing our services for existing and prospective clients. Rest assured that we will revolutionize our customers’ banking experience to keep abreast of the constantly evolving trends in the market which are all inclined to digital adaptability.”

Following the launch of this new offering, Maybank Philippines will be introducing the Maybank MOVE store, a mobile pop-up store that will travel across the Philippines to introduce the new STP products and processes, promotions and activities. The MOVE store is another innovative, hip and fun initiative to showcase the array of digital conveniences which Maybank offers to the people of Philippines.

Maybank Philippines, Inc. (MPI) currently has 74 branches nationwide making it the most accessible foreign bank in the Philippines. This proposition will be expanded further as the Bank embraces the ever-changing standards and requisites of the digital realm.

MPI’s senior officers, led by Choong Wai Hong with its partners during the media launch of Maybank Move.
(From L-R) Dexter Go; James Perez, Idea Lab Information Tech. Solutions General Manager; Guillaume Danielou, Fintq Digital Transformation Leader; Choong Wai Hong; Christie Dana Tan and Monica San Juan of AirAsia BIG Loyalty; Abigail Del Rosario, Maybank Retail Business Group Head and Bernardo Talimban, Jr., Maybank Chief Information Technology Officer.

“In this day and age where everything is ultra-fast-paced, banks need to empower and encourage their loyal and future customers by giving them the flexibility of time and opportunities to MOVE – to do more of what they need to do. Maybank is answering this need by providing its clients good, fast and efficient services, lifestyle rewards and all other perks that the digital world has to offer,” added Dexter.

Be updated on where the Maybank Move Store will pop-up and more about their digital MOVE via the official Facebook page @MaybankPhilippines. For more information, visit us at www.maybank.com.ph.

Let’s get ready to Move! Get Going, Get Banking with Maybank Move – Mobile-Optimized Virtual Experiences.

For more information, please contact:

Corporate Affairs and Communications, Maybank Philippines, Inc.
Edelyn H. Castro (Deng) +632 588.3777 ext 1633 / +639088853286

About Maybank Philippines, Inc. (MPI)

MPI is a member of the Maybank Group, Asia's leading banking group and Southeast Asia’s fourth-largest bank by assets. The Maybank Group has an international network of over 2,200 offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America. The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stockbroking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 43,000 employees worldwide. (www.maybank.com)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Shop for Plus- Size Clothes Online

In a normal and more typical scenario you can find in a shopping store, all or mostly the displays are being projected to smaller size clothes for women and men. Very seldom that you will see that a shopping store will front the displays for plus sizes women. Although, some shopping malls cater brands that is very specific to this clothing sizes, what I have noticed is that the designs are very limited unlike to the smaller sizes ones.

Going back to the very basic of what to consider in buying an outfit, comfortable in wearing clothes is always the primary concern, personally speaking.

Some of the plus-size fashion myths have been discussed everywhere, and for you to stand out in a crowd feeling confident, here are some of the tips I have read.

1. Horizontal stripe design for tops won't make you look wide, it will break the straight lines.

2. Fashionable stretchy pants or leggings, find a pair with accents like a break in a color or a material opposite to the majority of the materials of the pants.

3. Wear something high for footwear, a pair of stilettos or wedge shoes for a more comfortable wear.

4. Wearing black can make you look thinner, but as a contrast wearing a loud vibrant color dresses, or a loud-printed one can stay away from the look of your body curves.

5. Skater dresses and skirt can break and show off that curvy figure in you. A good example is an image below.

Deep Blue Plus-Size Short Sleeve Striped Belt-tie Women's Dress (see more details here)

I am glad to come across this online shop ROSEGAL, they offer pieces that cater to plus-size women. Do not fret about the limited selection in a shopping mall store, you can now have the option to scout for more fashionable pieces online and items can be delivered to you personally.

Have you ever ordered anything from them? Let me know your experiences about their shopping site and compare. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

How to decide on getting a new outfit?

Women are known to enjoy shopping for anything and everything they need and sometimes they go beyond what is necessary by excessively buying things. Shopping for clothes is one of the major items women and men buy in physical stores and more extensively now that online shopping is the trend when you say shopping for items- the more convenient way.

A few weeks from now we are scheduled for our yearly acquaintance party here at work, it is a party to introduce new members of the group and get them acquainted to the old-timers. When you talk about parties, buying and purchasing a new outfit to wear is always considered. Since, going out shopping can stress you out because of the limited time to go around the stalls, fit and then go back again from racks-to-racks of clothes, online shopping is considered.

To help you decide when getting a new outfit, I made a short list to help you get to start. This is my own technique and opinion based on my experience.

1. Know what type of event or party you will be attending.

2. Allocate your budget.

3. Source out stores (physical or online) to go to when purchasing.

4. Always go for comfort versus what is hot and new when it comes to trend.

ZAFUL was recommended to me by friends, they were satisfied customers as they told me, giving this a try won’t do any harm.

Upon browsing I found beautiful items aside from party clothes, everyday wear and other personal items one can find. I cannot stop browsing each page, this is the thing about online shop browsing, you cannot stop…the process is very addicting, ha ha ha!

Let’s go back to the main purpose, to scout for a party dress! You can check out the dresses I checked HERE. The image below captured my eyes when I got to one of the pages, this is the perfect dress for the occasion. It is simple and stylish, it doesn’t require much-needed accessories to go along with, black shoes in flat or a wedge shoes can be the perfect ensemble for this type.

Off-shoulder velvet body dress

Thursday, August 2, 2018

How to apply Nanofixit Gadget Sanitizer + Radiation Shield plus a GIVEAWAY!

Last night my 13-year-old daughter volunteered to apply and use the products for her Samsung A8 mobile phone, two words- quick and easy! 

Nanofixit sent us samples of their products to try, the Nanofixit Gadget Sanitizer & Nanofixit Radiation Shield

Nanofixit Gadget Sanitizer ($9.95) is the world’s first anti-bacterial wipe specifically formulated to fight bacteria and viruses continuously 24 hours a day for 30 days. This can be applied to all types of surfaces including phone cases. 

Nanofixit Radiation Shield ($19.95) will block more than 90% of the dangerous radiation, which can potentially be harmful to vital parts of your body. Studies suggest that radiation can cause brain cancer as well as infertility in men. The Radiation Shield can be applied directly on the original screen of devices or on top of tempered glass.

I remember a few months back, a news went viral about this certain family who got sick because of food poisoning in the comfort of their own home. As I vividly remember the details, it was from the contaminated food that was prepared in the kitchen that got contaminated, and it involves a mobile phone. A member of the family who was cooking used the phone in the bathroom and later on proceeded in the preparation of the food. The cross-contamination was from the bathroom to the cell phone to the food that is prepared. 
How clean and safe our mobile phones you can read down below some facts:
How dirty are the screens? 
Scientists have found that the average cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat and you will find some of the worst bacteria such as Streptococcus Aureus, MRSA, and E. Coli thriving on the surface of your screen. People are especially at risk when touching hands or other surfaces and then touching their own screens afterwards. This problem gets even worse when brought into the restaurant industry as well as other food and beverage handling services using new technology.
How can you prevent germs from being transferred from one person to another?
1. Stop bringing your phone to the toilet 
Research has shown that bringing your phone to the toilet (although very handy if you want to pass the time) also means you are at risk of exposing your screen to E. Coli bacteria found in your stool. Even if you don’t see it, flushing your toilet sends thousands of particles into the air and lands around your toilet where you phone or tablet might be residing.
2. Clean or sanitize your hands often
After toilet visits (also in nature) don’t forget to clean or sanitize your hands. Problem is that sanitizers often dry out the skin and many are not comfortable using them.
3. Clean your devices often
This is something most people fail to do. Many just tend to brush off their cellphones in a piece of cloth or in their shirt. This however, will not kill the germs and bacteria hiding on your screen but only make it “look” shiny and clean again. If you are a “cleaning freak” you might bring with you an alcohol sanitizer and clean your screen every so often. The problem is that many of these germs and bacteria will only come back as soon as you touch someone's hands or other dirty surfaces and then touch your phone or device again.
4. Use a self cleaning coating
Yes, you heard it right. There are actually self-cleaning coatings out there based on Nano particles, which can actively kill germs and bacteria on a cell phone or other surfaces. Particles such as Titanium Dioxide or Silver react in a special way at the Nanoscale and are able to wipe out the bacteria as soon as the coated surface is exposed to light.
Can Nanotechnology Reduce Cell Phone Radiation?
Manila – 29. January 2018. A company based out of Manila says yes, and claim they have the study to prove it.
Nanofixit has developed a shield, based on Nanotechnology, which will reduce cell phone radiation by more than 90%. The reduction rates were discovered in a certified SAR Lab at the Holon Institute of Technology in Israel. The study clearly showed a decrease in the dangerous rays being emitted from the screen, where Nanofixit had been applied.
The knowledge and findings of the risk of cell phone radiation are finding more support among the scientific and professional community involved with the matter. Recently the state of California issued a warning and guidelines to its citizens on how to reduce exposure1. The warning is especially targeted towards children as cell phone and tablet use become more and more common amongst young children. According to Dr. Devra Davis2, young children are especially exposed to danger because of their thinner skulls. Cell phone radiation can thus easily penetrate the skull and affect the brain.

Count to think of it, facts and studies can be true. Getting exposed to radiation and the risk of contamination is possible. 

I am surprised that there are products that can protect and prevent us from getting sick. The big question is, how reliable are these products? This is for us to find out, we can never know things until we use and try it. 

Check out my daughter's video to know how simple and easy to apply Nanofixit gadget sanitizer and radiation shield on her Android phone.

How to apply Nanofixit Gadget Sanitizer + Radiation Shield plus a GIVEAWAY!

Win a pair by joining my giveaway on Youtube. This is open to all, as long as you have a Philippine address where I can ship the prize. Family, friends, and social media followers can join! The contest will run the whole month of August. Goodluck! 💖

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Furnishing a Child's Room

Whether you’re preparing to welcome a child home for the first time, or moving house it’s a chance to create the perfect bedroom for them. A child’s room is very important to them: they’ll be spending a lot of time there, and it’ll be the backdrop to their imaginative play for the first years of their life.

Today we’re taking a look at how you can make the right choices for a room they’ll love.

Making Space

The first thing you’ll need to do is make space. If you’ve been accumulating furniture for a while, from cribs to desks to wardrobes and so on, you need to clear it all out to create a blank canvas to work with. The same goes if this redecoration comes in the wake of a house move: you’ll need to get all those boxes out of the way. If you don’t have room elsewhere in the house look into the London storage options that are available, and you’ll find something to suit you, from self-storage to collection and delivery services.

Making it Personal

If you’re making a nursery for a new baby it’s difficult to make it personal for them. You can only speculate about what they’re going to grow into loving and hating. For an older child though, you can try to make sure it’s all about them. Even young children have favourite colours you can work into the decorations (as details and accents if you can’t bring yourself to paint the walls bright pink, for example), or an obsession with dinosaurs, ballet or football you can use to provide some personalised details.

Try to listen to the child in question, and not censor them. Remember this is their room, and should be for what they love, not what you think they ought to love. If your little girl tells you she’s obsessed with football, run with it, don’t enforce something more stereotypically feminine on her.

Anticipate Chaos

If there’s one thing children are, it’s chaotic. Try to work out how yours in particular manifests that chaos and find ways to channel it or mitigate it. If they’re a keen wall-artist, give them a blackboard style wall to draw on, and hopefully you can protect the rest of your house from the threat of the crayons!

If tidying away is always a challenge, a toy chest decorate like a favourite might help to motivate them to make putting their toys away part of playtime, rather than a resentful end of the day tantrum in the waiting!