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Macbook of the Philippines?: Sparc Techbook 1 Review

Owning a laptop is indeed a necessity nowadays. Aside from it can provide the things you need in a computer, it can also be brought anytime, anywhere. Macbook will always be my dream laptop. I am a loyal apple user since then. But everytime I look at the price of a cheapest Macbook, I still have second thoughts. That's why when I saw good reviews and rave of netizens in this new "Mac-like" laptop, I took the risk in purchasing a unit.



Additional point for the box! :)



SPARC TECHBOOK S1 CHERRY TRAIL Z8350
Grabbed from Sparc's website

Claims VS. Experience Check:


1. Just A Single Stroke

Claim: It's easier to use with its touchpad speed, a single stroke will take you there without moving around too much with its amazing pointer speed and higher sensitivity. Immerse yourself with a fresh and efficient experience with the Sparc Book. Out touchpad is larger, giving your fingers more space and room to gesture and click.



Experience: Highlighting words/sentences and right click are sometimes unresponsive.

2. Brighter And Colorful

Claim: Sparc Book has a brighter LED backlight and a higher contrast ratio, giving deeper blacks and brighter whites. This laptop supports a broad color for even more vibrant colors delivering a realistic picture and vivid details.



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The Skin Bureau: No Politics, Just Results

Hello! :) I was one of the privileged bloggers to get a Skin Bureau skincare set. :)

Skin Bureau is Filipino brand of skincare products owned by Nurse Pharmaceuticals. It has a variety of face and body products that could address the needs of any skin type, including sensitive skin. The Skin Bureau range includes soaps, day and night toners, day and night creams, moisturizers and sunblock. All the products have added vitamins for a healthier-looking skin.


The set has 5 formulated skincare products that cater to skin needs! :)

1. President Pretty Soap

This one is my early fav! :) I love how it cleans and brightens my face. So refreshing after day's work. :)

2. Beauty Queen Party Day Toner

TIP: Use this after taking a bath, before applying moisturizer or serum.

3. Charming Campaign Day Gel

TIP: Apply after serum or moisturizer.


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Summer Hair Care Tips


Heading to the beach may be the most exciting part of summer. It is almost always part of the itinerary this season for most people. Others prefer to give in to their adrenaline rush climbing that mountain slope or just about anything that gets you that summer tan to fit in the crowd.

Did you know that spending extended hours under the extreme summer sun can pose serious danger to your hair and scalp? The same UV rays that brings damage to your skin without proper protection can equally hurt your hair and scalp.

Below are some of the problems your hair can encounter during the season:

· Split-Ends - UV rays and extreme high temperature can take their toll on your strands. The heat drains the moisture of your hair out causing breakage. 

· Double Trouble – Rebonded or permed hair needs extra attention as high temperature well as humidity disrupts the cuticle breaking some of the chemical bonds that keep the hair straight or curls and roughing up the cuticle, taking away shine and smoothness.



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Hotel Review: Casa Bocobo

As a person who lives in Cavite and works in Manila, there will always be times that I am in need of place to stay whenever my call-time is too early in the morning or too late at night. Every time it happens, I always book at Casa Bocobo Hotel.

http://www.casabocobo.com.ph
Located amid the charming neighborhood of Ermita in Manila, Philippines, Casa Bocobo Hotel welcomes tourists to an accommodation that blends modern comforts with the elegance of the Spanish Colonial Era. The simple luxuries the hotel offers come at an affordable price, and different travelers can find a home in many conveniences it offers.




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4th Year Anniversary Special: 4 Things I Have Gained and Learned from Blogging


Who would have thought that we are already celebrating 4 years in this industry? :) I started my site out of boredom from being a bum as a fresh college graduate. I was supposed to start a Youtube channel when I realized I am not yet ready to show my face over the internet. I just decided to make a blog instead. Everything was unplanned. I almost stopped blogging and deactivating this account, MANY TIMES. But as they say, EXPECT the UNEXPECTED. I never expected this blog would get engagement, will be one of the top blog posts on Google, bring me to different places, meet new friends, have recognition, and force me to post on my personal social media accounts. 

Because my baby has turned 4, I would like to give an inspirational list of the things I gained and learned from blogging which I know a lot of you would want to know.

4 Things I Have Gained and Learned from Blogging

1. Collaborations







This is the most exciting part of blogging life. I remember the first time I got a collaboration with a brand. I almost got teary-eyed that someone already notices my blog. At that time, I was not after the product I will receive, but the point that my blog is already existing. If my memory serves me right, I even asked on email how did they find my blog. HAHA. I was soon then invited to attend events. Again, as a person who doesn't believe my blog is making name, I directly asked the company if they will have an event  (Usually, for big companies, they hire agencies to handle their event). I think I just don't want to get scammed during that time. #excuses HAHAHAHA.




Just a tip: Always be honest if you are giving a review. Not because you are paid or have a collaboration, you always have to give them positive review or praise the product. Always be honest. Your audience will know if you lying to them. What I usually do is that I always try the product/service first. If I don't like it, I would tell the company the product doesn't work good to me, and would not just blog about it. This is to give respect as well. :)

TRIVIA: I started to get collaboration after two years of being in the industry.


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Shopee: Hassle-free Online Shopping Review


Hello online shopping fanatics! :) Today I'll be sharing my newest discovery in online shops, Shopee PH! :)

What is Shopee?

According to their Linkedin account, Shopee is a mobile-first social marketplace where everyone can browse, shop and sell. It is a platform tailored for Southeast Asia, combining the authenticity of a customer-to-customer (C2C) marketplace with payment and logistical support, making online shopping easy, secure and fuss-free.

I accidentally discovered them when I was craving for Samyang Fire Noodles. I kept watching Spicy Chicken Noodle Challenge on Youtube, and being an adventurous person, I also wanted to try on my own. :) Since there are only few physical stores that sell this, I need to find alternatives. :) I have browsed thru different online shops, but found the cheapest on Shopee. When I say cheapest, it's almost 50% less than other shops. :)

Ordering to Shopee is  easy. If you want to know, check this out. :)

1. Download their mobile application.



2. Type the product you want in the search box.


3. Look for the best deals. They also indicate which are preferred. :) What's good is that there are online shops who accept Cash on Delivery. Yey! :)


4. You may message the seller if you have inquiries. You may also click add to cart if you will still be looking for other products. Or if you are ready to purchase, click Buy Now. Don't forget to indicate the quantity. :)



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The gift of healthy ‘crowning glory’ fit for the queen this Mother’s Day


CLICHE it may be, but there’s indeed a woman behind the person we are today. And that’s no less than her—our mother. We used to call her nanay, inay, ‘nay, mama, mommy or simply mom. Needless to say, she deserves more than that given the pivotal role she fulfills in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives. 

There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined or socially imposed, but everyone would agree that a mother is hardwired to love and care about the whole family, especially the children, all the time. For better or worse, it’s always the welfare of everyone at home on top of her priority. 

No wonder she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life. So, it’s but right to honor and return all the favors she has done for us. And what a better way to do this than this Mother’s Day.

Still drooling over the ways on how to spend this time of the year again with her? Well, you may opt for the basics of gift-giving from simple trinkets to expensive items. But take note, your appreciation of her is not equated by the tag price of your present. It’s the thought that counts, as an adage says. 

You may consider a set of hankies that will bring back the memory of her wiping out her tears of happiness upon knowing that she’s conceiving a li’l creature inside her womb. That’s you, of course. A loose yet comfy clothes shall make her remember that sort of a duster or preggy dress she wore in the laborious yet exciting “nine months” of gestation.

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Doublemint Gum: Creating Sweet Connections Through Lovewraps

Being part of the media industry, I am always proud of my friends in the advertising world. They always make contents not only remarkable but also inspiring. :)



Garnering over 4 million views on Facebook and still counting, the latest Doublemint commercial about Sarah & Juan’s love story has touched the hearts of many Filipinos. It’s a love story filled with simple gestures of Sarah, offering Doublemint to Juan, and the latter, sketching the moment onto the wrappers.




Netizens have expressed their kilig for the couple and their story.





“Oh, I love this commercial, so much feels! Good job for creating this wonderful commercial Doublemint.” says Vera Reyes. Inchet Flores complimented Wrigley’s Doublemint Team saying that the commercial is perfect and she loved the story of the commercial.



Being the sentimental lot we are, one can't help but document moments like these--the first conversation, first date, anything that is a memory worth keeping. The story of Sarah and Juan has reached through our deepest feelings of finding love in the simplest things. We watched their story unfold and were glued to our monitors just to see how the story ends.



Now imagine if you could put your love story in those wrappers and share it to the world, just like what Juan did.