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!