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5 Reasons Why Filipinos Shop From US Online Stores

For many Filipinos, the cure to acute boredom usually comes in the form of shopping – purchasing online or going to brick and mortar stores to shop. But now that online shopping is booming and Filipinos are choosing to click “Add to Cart” to save their time and energy instead of going out, their options have greatly increased. And where do they look for trendy, quirky, and cheap items? To online stores in the U.S, of course.

U.S. brands have long held the love of Filipinos. Aside from the bragging rights that come with shopping from the U.S., here are five more reasons why Filipinos just can’t get enough of shopping from online stores in the U.S.

1. GET ITEMS EXCLUSIVE TO THE U.S.

Sometimes product distribution is unfair, and we just have to live with that. But thanks to the magic of international shipping, items that would not have reached Philippine shores can now be used by Filipinos in the country. We can now get our own personal Google assistant in Google Mini or reinvent our daily snaps with Snapchat’s Spectacles(You can’t deny Spectacles looks cute!)


2. VARIETY AND WIDER SELECTIONS

People in the U.S. have it good with the unbelievable range of products available to them. For beauty junkies here, it was a milestone when Sephora.ph was launched more than two years ago, but a physical store is yet to come. Popular make-up brands Tarte and Urban Decay are not available here either. Choosing the perfect shade of lipstick and foundation is a guesswork, but we always come through because a person can never have too many lipsticks.

3. PRODUCTS ARE RELATIVELY CHEAPER

Why buy imported goods here for thousands of pesos when you can get one in the U.S. brand’s online store that’s cheaper by a mile? An online store in the U.S. will almost always have a sale running, just keep your eyes open. Take the Nike LeBron Soldier XI SFG Basketball shoes for example. It retails for Php7,195 in the Philippines, but you can buy it for Php4,386 (USD83.97) at Nike’s U.S. online store. That’s almost Php3,000 in savings!

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Public but Private-like Resort: Handog Resort Review

Planning to unwind over the weekend but don't want to spend too much ₱? I have discovered an affordable resort that is just 2 hours away from Manila- Handog Resort and Events Place! :) 




Handog Resort and Events Place opened its door to public last December of 2017. Yes. Beginner in the business. In fact, 50% of their rooms for accommodation are still under construction.


They are absolutely one of the most affordable resorts in Metro and I believe in Cavite. For just 120 Pesos for Adults and 80 Pesos for Children, you can already enjoy their amenities from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. These amenities include:

1. (1) Pool for Adults & (1) Pool for Children



2. Comfort Rooms and Shower Rooms

Unlike other resorts, aside from common, they have private shower rooms. It means you can enjoy taking a bath alone without thinking that someone might be watching you. Lol. Clap** Clap**


3. Grill Station and Sink for washing dishes 



You can bring food inside without CORKAGE FEE!! Yey! :)

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SNEAKTIFY: How to Win 30,000 Php?

SM South Luzon’s banner event, Shop and Make Art launches this year's #SNEAKTIFY- an art contest wherein every day sneakers will serve as the canvas.


Shop and Make Art is the brainchild of SM Supermalls South Luzon assistant vice president Ritchie Gonzalez and has received a significant following from art enthusiasts. In 2016 alone, there was a whopping 10,251 participants across 13 malls, exceeding everyone’s expectations. 

In 2017, a kids’ category was added to the program which increased participation to 11,675, exceeding the 10% target increase. SHOP & MAKE ART YEAR 2 even won the highest Marcom Award – the platinum award. 


“Shop and Make Art makes an artist out of everybody and creates a sense of community. It provides a challenge and thrill for our customers to embrace and express their creativity and personality. The uniqueness of Shop and Make Art allows customers to choose their own masterpiece from different themes – shopping, gaming and leisure, food, and environment,” Gonzalez said. 


I was one of the first bloggers to try this DIY art event. We were given white canvas shoes and art materials and it's up to us how are we going to design our sneakers. Definitely testing our creativity! 


It was challenging and fun at the same time. I had to consult google images for ideas. I wanted to create a galaxy themed one, but I don't have rubbing alcohol with me that time which is needed. I looked for an alternative design instead. :)     

Credits to: Earl of earlsfeeds.com

We only had an hour to finish the design of our shoes. :)


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Perfect for STUDENTS and PROFESSIONALS: HomeRoom Co-Working and Study Lounge Review

Are you near or around España and need a space to review for upcoming exams? Or is it already late night and impossible for you to go home? I have discovered a newly opened co-working space perfect for students and professionals!


HOMEROOM CO-WORKING AND STUDY LOUNGE
3rd Floor, Dioresa Plaza Dapitan St. Sampaloc Manila






For just 88 Pesos, you may already enjoy their amenities for 1 1/2 hours. This includes:

1. Work desk





2. Access to pantry and dining area

3. Fiber wifi


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Mr. Pogi Tips x Something in Between GIVEAWAY!!

Hi everyone! :) Summer is almost here. Mr. Pogi Tips together with Something in Between is having a GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! :)


Something in Between (SIB) is the brainchild of two high school bestfriends who seek to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams while having respective fulltime day jobs. It’s an online style hub that boasts about its high quality products with prices at an affordable range, as its tagline says “where quality and affordability meets”. Recently, SIB launched its Summer Line which features superior quality bikini tops and bottoms.

Mechanics:

1. Like the Facebook Page of Mr. Pogi Tips
2. Like the Facebook Page of  Something in Between and follow them on Instagram @smthnginbtwnph
3. Like the Facebook Page of The Potluck Hub and follow them on Instagram @thepotluckhub
4. Share this post on Facebook, tag 3 friends and tell us what you love about Summer. Don't forget to use the hashtags #SIBgiveaway #ThePotluckHub #MrPogiTips
5. Two winners will be chosen. Giveaway ends on March 31, 2018, 9 PM.

**This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only**

Each winner will receive the following products:


1. A bikini top from Something in Between PH
2. Php 100 discount coupon from The Potluck Hub
3. Body Scrub from The Scrub Lab
4. Korean Organic Shampoo
5. Korean Face Mask

Note: Something in Between will be the one to facilitate everything, from the monitoring the entries to randomly generating the winners and shipping the products.

Interesting, isn't it? :) What are you waiting for? Join now and tag your friends! :)

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LOL Cosmetics Favorites! SO AFFORDABLE!


LOL Cosmetics is an affordable and high quality cosmetics brand from Australia with over 200 stalls in the Philippines.

I have tried few of their products and these are my favorites! :) 


1. Foundation Stick (Natural Beige #01)
Price: 199 Pesos


I don't use this as foundation for the whole face, instead this is a good alternative for concealer. The light to medium coverage can hide imperfections and good for everyday use. It's light weight that you're like not wearing concealer at all. Recommendable to a humid weather and upcoming Summer! :)

BEST FOR: dry to normal skin type since it has dewy effect on skin. :)


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PRODUCT FAILS: Products that DIDN'T Work for Me

Hi everyone! :) It took quite a lot of courage to publish this entry that you will be reading.



Let's admit, not at all times we encounter beauty products that are holy grail. Most of it, we face products that either didn't work or worsen our skin condition. Like any other people, I also encounter products that I regret buying. I always wanted to be honest with you, my readers. That's why for today's blog, I'll be sharing the first batch of products that didn't work for me. 


DISCLAIMER: I have tested these products for weeks to see actual results.


1. MAXIPEEL EXFOLIANT SOLUTION #2

I have read a lot of good reviews about this skincare product. Last December of 2017, I tried and put it on a test.


I just discovered that I have sensitive skin when this product left my face with bumps and red patches after few days of using it. Since it is an exfoliant solution, I also had skin peeling on some parts of my face. These parts felt like I had sunburn. I also had breakouts. Some blogs are saying that this is just normal since the skin is in the purging stage. However, I had to stop 2 weeks after for it just worsen my skin condition. Sad to say, this is one of the most painful products I had used.


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Cruising the High Seas in Effortless Indulgence

With the gentle swaying of the sea that seems to lullaby its passengers, a timely cruise can bring a much-needed calmness, even to the weariest of travellers. Just imagine, spending days at sea in complete solitude, staring at the vastness of the open ocean with nary a thought of one’s daily troubles. Days full of exciting possibilities with nowhere to be, no one to see, and best of all, no distractions - a complete cruise-cation to celebrate life. 



In the past decade, cruises have become one of the most popular ways to relax and see the beauty this world has to offer. With its unique destinations, cost-efficient rates, and state-of-the-art ships, it comes as no surprise that cruising continues to gain popularity, especially among Filipinos.

The majestic SuperStar Virgo will make Manila its homeport from March to May. The cruise ship offers travellers a visa-free way to visit cities in Taiwan and southern Japan.
This year, Star Cruises announced that its 269-meter cruise ship, SuperStar Virgo, will homeport again in Manila for the summer months from March to May. With absolutely no visa requirements, the 6-night SuperStar Virgo cruise offers two travel destination packages. The first package will start at the Manila port then a day will be spent on the high seas. The next two days will be dedicated to seeing Naha in Japan, and Keelung in Taiwan. The fifth day will be on the high seas again, and then the cruise will head back to Manila on the sixth day.



The second destination package starts at the Manila port followed by a day cruising the high seas on the way to Ishigaki, Japan, on the third day. The fourth day will be spent seeing the beauty of Keelung, Taiwan, then to the high seas on the fifth day, and then back to Manila on the sixth day.

Besides the great destinations, and interesting land tours, a lot of people miss out on the fact that the SuperStar Virgo is itself, a giant floating destination. Packed with entertainment facilities, exquisite dining outlets, and duty-free shopping, the cruise ship has just about anything one could ever need or want.