Monday, May 16, 2022

The Various Types of Pendant Lighting

Photo by Josh Hemsley on Unsplash

This pandemic has given us all of the possibilities we can think of! I haven't made any announcements on my social media accounts, particularly on my personal social media...I've been attempting to complete at least the most of the digital work...for our retirement home plan! Fortunately, there are many pages and websites where ideas abound...I occasionally take a U-turn and combine all of the themes we desired for our space. This will be our retirement home, so there are a lot of variables to consider. For the time being, I'll stop here and return to the checking items we can incorporate to the future house. One step at a time! 

In recent years, pendant lighting has grown in popularity. From kitchen islands to restaurants, pubs, and museums, pendants are used more than any other type of lighting these days. A single downward-facing light strung on a single thread, chain, or stem is both visually appealing and inviting. To bring a burst of color to a dull room or space, vibrant multi-hued glass designs are widely used. Among the many styles available are mini pendants, bowl pendants, lantern pendants, drum pendants, and multi-light pendants. 

I really like dome-shaped or drum-shaped light pendants since they provide the particular light needed in a specific area while using very little electricity. With so many different styles and designs to select from, anyone can include pendant lighting into their house. They are widely used in modern households and corporate settings. Drum pendants are a short cylinder-shaped "drum" that is usually covered in fabric or metal and strung from a stem or chain.

Bowl pendants are frequently utilized as the room's point of focus and can be used in place of a ceiling in dining and kitchen spaces, foyers, and other areas. Because the light is dispersed through the much bigger glass bowl, bowl pendant lighting is usually softer than other pendant styles. The bowl also provides up and down lighting because it is open on the top of the fixture. Bowl pendants, on the other hand, should always be hung higher than eye level to avoid looking directly into the open top. Because of this, they are not advised for areas near ladders and terraces. 

In a multi-light pendant, a string of individual little pendants is generally strung from a single mount. Because of their portability, I'm seeing a lot of this type of pendant lighting. You can always redesign a corner of the house with string pendants. When it comes to house design and fixtures, we prefer variety.

Any place that is being remodeled can benefit from pendant lighting to improve the look and feel. With so many styles, varieties, and finishes to choose from, you should have no trouble finding the ideal complement for your space!

I will be updating you guys with our retirement home project and I can't wait to start the physical decoration of the place. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

S&R is now available on the Shopee App


S&R Membership Shopping

S&R Membership Shopping is a warehouse club that retails premium quality imported products and services in the Philippines. 

S&R is your ticket to a huge selection of imported products all over the world. Delight to quality food, wines & liquor, furniture, appliances, health & beauty products, household items, and a whole lot more! 


You can get all of the essential items you require, as well as the most challenging product items that are not available in a typical grocery store.

  • Groceries from outside the country 
  • Premium freezer foods and the freshest choice cuts 
  • World-sourced home basics 
  • Big savings and offers!
I love going to the supermarket and grocery store to load up on food and other necessities for the house. When I have all of the things I need at home, it makes me happy. I consider grocery shopping to be an enjoyable time...who doesn't?

The nearest S&R branch in my area is two hours away by private vehicle and even longer by public transportation, and going there means having a little extra in the budget because literally "everything is available to buy!" So, when I discovered that S&R Membership Shopping is available on the Shopee App, I checked it out and added a few items to my cart. Despite the fact that the products and things in their Shopee virtual store are limited, I enjoyed exploring the pages!

Do you want to know what I bought on S&R with the Shopee App? Check out the video below; by the way, I did not pay anything for the stuff I received; I purchased with a Shopee certificate I won in an online I basically got the items for free and only had to pay for shipping! Don't you think that's double the fun?

Friday, May 13, 2022

Best in Pinoy blogs recognized in 1st BDO Blogger Awards


Content Creation Excellence. BDO Unibank virtually staged the 1st BDO Blogger Awards to honor bloggers and influencers nationwide for starting relevant discussions online about financial inclusion through creative content creation.

BDO Unibank recognized the best online content creators in the first-ever BDO Blogger Awards.

The BDO Blogger Awards honors bloggers and influencers for sharing useful information, insights, and positivity with their followers and viewers. The awards honor bloggers’ contributions not only in spreading awareness about the bank’s advocacies, but also in initiating important public discussions for a more financially-inclusive industry through content creation.

The Awards feature two segments: the recognition ceremony, which awards the top-performing content creators in terms of the quality of content they published online from 2020 to 2021; and the content creation contest—a thematic activity that challenges participants to come up with unique and creative ways to talk about various topics.

This year, BDO challenged participants to discuss the bank’s innovative digital solutions, which served as an alternative option for clients to perform their bank transactions especially during the height of the pandemic.

And the awards go to…

The Digital Storyteller of the Year award was given to Mary Lorraine Llorin of Super Momma Blog

For the Excellence in Digital Engagement category, the winners were Lally Gonzales of Lally Reflections (3rd place), Berlin Domingo of Momi Berlin (2nd place), and Reylen Castro of Made it Through Mum (1st place).

Awardees for the Influential Blogger of Year category were Mary Lorraine Llorin of Super Momma (3rd place), Reylen Castro of Made it Through Mum (2nd place), and Berlin Domingo of Momi Berlin (1st place).

The winners of the Special Award for Exemplary Initiative were Ruby Caberte of Pinay Mommy Online (5th place), Lhyzie Bongon of Life with Lyzie (4th place), Roselle Toledo of Snapped & Scribbled (3rd place), Sylver Sy of Iconic MNL (2nd place), and Richard Mamuyac of The Newsmakers blog (1st place).

Meanwhile, Fitz Villafuerte of Ready to be Rich was named BDO’s Online Advocate of the Year.

For the Content Creation Contest, winners were Berlin Domingo of Momi Berlin and Reylen Castro of Made it Through Mum for Luzon; Sigrid Lo of Lovingly Momma and Clarice Lao of My Metro Lifestyle for Visayas; and Ruby Caberte of Pinay Mommy Online for Mindanao.

Remember These Vital Points Before Moving Home

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Moving to a new home is an experience full of emotion. Excitement, trepidation, self-doubt – all of these will be swirling around as you prepare to relocate. However, it’s essential you avoid letting these emotions overtake rational thinking.

Ultimately, a lot of preparation and work is required when moving home. If you fail to put in the necessary effort, prepare for a lot of headaches – including those that can fester long after you’ve moved into your new abode.

With the correct mindset, however, it’s possible to alleviate the stress and issues associated with this major life change. Here are some vital points to remember before moving home.


A house move presents the ideal opportunity to declutter and wave goodbye to any possessions you no longer require. You want to avoid taking everything with you to your new property. Not only will this simply clutter up your new place and stop you from giving it its own identity, but there’s also the effort and cost required to move everything.

When decluttering, there’s the opportunity to have a yard sale or use online marketplaces to make some extra coin to put towards your move. You can also donate your possessions to charities and recycling centers, ensuring they end up in a place where they can be further appreciated.

Book a moving company

Once you have a general idea of the number of possessions that will be taking the trip with you, it’s time to book a moving company. Yes, there’s the option to pack and move everything on your own, but this isn’t advised. It’s an extra slice of stress you don’t need to consume at this time, and only an expert pair of hands will guarantee your possessions are safe from potential damage.

Are you worried about the cost of hiring a moving company? Well, it’s possible to receive expert assistance for a low price. This can be done through a courier auction; simply post details about your moving job, and you’ll get the best quotes from local movers that bid for the job.

Notify those that need to know about your new address 

No, this isn’t just your family and friends. There are many different people and organizations that need to know about your change in address – and the faster they know, the fewer issues you will have in the future. Those you need to notify include:

  • Your employer
  • Utility companies 
  • Your bank 
  • Internet and phone providers
  • GP and dentist
  • Insurance providers

Pack an essentials bag for the move

On the day of the move, you’ll be feeling the pressure. Your mind will be spinning as you bounce around here, there, and everywhere. Due to this, you can easily forget about the essentials – such as having food ready to eat and your smartphone fully charged.

This is why it is recommended to pack an essentials bag the night before. Toilet paper, toiletries, a change of clothes, a phone charger, a first aid kit, and important documents – you want to pack items that make the first night in your new home as comfortable as possible.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Puerto Princesa: Paradise Regained

The Royal Treatment at Puerto Princesa

With safety protocols firmly enforced, Puerto Princesa is poised to again welcome tourists with open arms. In recent years, the highly urbanized city and tourist haven has been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic, then pummeled by Typhoon Odette. But it is now on the road to recovery---as spectacularly as its scenic, romantic and gastronomic attractions.

“The tourism industry is the lifeblood of Puerto Princesa, along with agriculture. Almost 15,000 people directly or indirectly benefit from tourism. In varying degrees, most of the recent construction and development projects are related to tourism: hotel-building, parks, cruise-ship ports, street lights, roads and many more. Unfortunately, some of these have been on hold since the onset of the pandemic,” discloses Demetrio “Toto” Alvior Jr., the city tourism officer.

The Royal Connection
Puerto Princesa, the capital of postcard-perfect Palawan, sprawls across 253,982 hectares of captivating coastlines stretched over 106 kilometers. Due to its strategic geographical location, it has sufficient depth to allow ships of all sizes to anchor, earning a reputation as a “Princess of Ports,” or in Spanish, “Puerto Princesa.”
There’s no contention that Puerto Princesa is one of the country’s greatest pleasures. A holiday destination universally beloved by travelers, beach-combers and trekkers; a bustling business center with a rural allure; a provincial vibe with modern amenities; and a clean and green city recognized for its lush forests, fresh air and frontier character.
Rising Above Covid-19
The city of Puerto Princesa has been struggling to get to its feet since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020. The lack of tourists, which is the main industry, has forced hundreds of tourism-related businesses to close, leaving thousands of tourism workers unemployed.
“The public-health crisis forced them to find alternative sources of income, which was made more difficult because of the restrictions of movement due to several lockdowns,” Mr. Alvior reveals. “One factor of low tourist arrivals is the fluctuating number of Covid cases, which in turn affects the determination of quarantine requirements and national government intervention policies.”
Today, Puerto Princesa is experiencing record lows in terms of economic losses, losing around P5 billion a year for the past two years from potential tourist receipts.

“The City Tourism Department has been strengthening its social media campaigns to encourage local tourists to visit local attractions, in a bid to boost much-needed revenues to the ailing tourism sector,” a cautiously optimistic Mr. Alvior says. “We have one important wish in the City Tourism Department, and that is to prioritize the aids for the Typhoon Odette-affected tourism industry here.”
The goal is to regain the city’s glory as an eco-tourism capital. “Our 2022 goals are full restoration of all the tourist attractions affected by Typhoon Odette such as the completion of the construction of the cruise-ship port and other man-made tourist attractions. There will be wide, extensive and aggressive promotions of Puerto Princesa to the local and international market.”
The Last Frontier
Puerto Princesa has a plethora of tourist spots. But many tourists who visit the city put the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, one of the New7Wonders of Nature, on top of their list. As the jump-off point for exploring the world-famous Tubbataha Reef, the city also hosts a fair share of adventurers.
“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have never ceased to hope that the future will be better. This year 2022 is no different. And while what we want is a full recovery, we cannot afford to be careless when taking big steps. As we begin to truly understand the gravity of the situation, we also come to realize that our moves must be consistent with the bigger picture such as the national situation,” Mr. Alvior says.

Since February 10, the city has been happily welcoming more visitors once again, hoping that the arrival numbers will soon be back to pre-pandemic levels. In this initiative, the tourism department shares the privilege on with the private sector.
“While the government is the administrator of the State, the private sector is the bloodline. The government and the private sector are two inseparable factors for Puerto Princesa to prosper, and more importantly, to recover,” Mr. Alvior says. “The key to recovery is to enable and support the private sector to keep or resume their business operations. When it comes to the city’s biggest partners, apart from government agencies, it is the collective impact of small-business operations.”
Puerto Princesa may be “The Last Frontier,” but the City Tourism Department is confident that it will always be the first choice of every traveler.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Rex Education and PPCRV call for voters to discern well, vote according to our values, and be Maka-Pilipinas


With the National Elections just within reach, Rex Education and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) are working together to help educate voters about the values we should be looking for in the leaders we will elect.
“How the Philippines will come out of this pandemic and handle the impending global economic recession will rely on the next 6 years. This is why it is crucial that the leaders we will elect in the upcoming May 9 elections share the heart of the Filipino people and possess the values to stand for and serve our country. We have to choose well and vote for someone who is truly Maka-Pilipinas,” said Rex Education CEO, Don Timothy Buhain.

The leader we deserve is Maka-Pilipinas
Varying standards, opinions, and principles come into play in the bid for national and local positions. What matters in the end when electing a leader is that it’s not enough to choose someone wise and experienced; we must also choose a leader who embodies the virtues of a true Filipino citizen and champion. PPCRV launched the voter education program that highlights what it takes to be Maka-Pilipinas to emphasize the values that make a true Filipino leader,
To be Maka-Pilipinas is to be maka-Diyos(faithful to God), maka-tao (respects life and people), maka-bayan(patriotic), at maka-kalikasan (environmentally concerned). These are the four good citizenship core values embedded in the 1987 Constitution, which highlights these core values’ roots and importance in our culture and history.
To help Filipinos better understand what makes a leader truly Maka-Pilipinas, PPCRV broke down the four core values—maka-Diyos, maka-tao, maka-bayan, at maka-kalikasan—into 16 good citizenship values. Does your candidate tick all the boxesof this checklist?
“We believe that through the living and the sharing of these basic values—not only by ourselves, but especially by our candidates—can our national vision of improving moral standards in government and in society be achieved,” PPCRV Chair Myla Villanueva said during the launch of the Maka-Pilipinas voter education program. 

A champion of the people is a champion of education
Everyone is part of the solution. As champions of education—as Edukampyons—it is every Filipino’s duty to embody the 16 good citizenship values that we wish to see in our leaders. It is also up to each of us to encourage our fellow Edukampyons to live these values, so they may also know what it means to elect a leader who is truly Maka-Pilipinas.
“Voter’s education starts at home, where values are introduced and cultivated in our families. Under REX’s Edukampyon campaign, we want to give every Filipino learner an opportunity to have a good education, stable well-being, and a future where they can be their best selves. To do that, we must have the support of government leaders who value the same things, after our own heart, and cares just as much for the development of our learners,” Buhain shared further.
To serve as a reminder to choose with discernment and vote responsibly this coming election, PPCRV created a Maka-Pilipinas comics that promote the 16 good citizenship values. A line from the comics read: “Your vote is your hope. Your vote is your prayer. Vote wisely.”
The Maka-Pilipinas comics in English can be read through the PPCRV Facebook page here. Printed copies of the comics were also sponsored by Rex Education and distributed to various schools and communities.
It is also available in various Filipino dialects: BikolanoBisayaIlokanoIlonggoTagalog, and Taglish