Sunday, May 12, 2024

Mother's Day 2024

Wishing all my readers & followers a Happy Mother's Day!🌷

Being a mom may be quite challenging but hey, let's embrace and cherish the beautiful moments we have with our children. Nothing's perfect in this world but I'm sure there are a lot of memories that is worth to be treasured.

Cheers to y'all moms (and dad-moms, furmoms, etc)🥂🥰

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Cebu Landmasters Launches Bigger CLI Homefest in Key VisMin Cities

Finding the keys to your dream home is within reach with exciting discounts and striking promos for homebuyers and sellers, as the leading developer in VisMin Cebu Landmasters (CLI) launches the CLI Homefest 2024 in Cebu and key cities in VisMin from May to June.

The CLI Homefest 2024 will kickstart in Cebu at Base Line Center today, May 11. The event will then crossover to the following key cities: Bacolod (May 18), Iloilo (May 25), Davao (June 8) and Cagayan de Oro (June 15).

The CLI Homefest makes its biggest comeback yet for its first ever on-ground event offering enticing promo discounts, exclusive deals, and flexible housing loan programs for select CLI properties.

Journey through CLI’s wide-ranging masterful offerings from best-selling developments to premium masterpieces highlighting its project segments: Casa Mira, Garden Series, and Premier Masters.

The CLI Homefest 2024 brings exciting opportunities for homeseekers looking for their future home. Here’s why you should make the move this coming Homefest:

Wide array of masterful developments

With over 100 developments in 16 key cities across Visayas and Mindanao, get to choose from CLI’s portfolio of masterfully-planned sustainable communities tailor fit to suit your needs for a home. Grab the best deals from select CLI projects in Cebu during the CLI Homefest.

CLI’s flagship brand Casa Mira offers reasonably priced housing communities for every aspiring Filipino family, such as: Casa Mira South, Casa Mira Linao, Casa Mira Towers Mandaue, and Casa Mira Towers Guadalupe, to name a few.

Find the perfect sanctuary with CLI’s best selling Garden series that features well-designed residences perfect for those dreaming of a home that fuses nature in a progressive urban setting like Mandtra Residences, Mivela Garden Residences, Mivesa Garden Residences and more.

If you’re looking for prime urban settings that embody premium lifestyle and world-class living, discover one-of-a-kind masterpieces from CLI Premier Masters with offerings like 38 Park Avenue, Masters Tower Cebu, Base Line Residences among many others.

Exclusive discounts and flexible housing loan programs

Through CLI Homefest 2024, finding the keys to your next chapter is easier with exclusive deals on-the-day for future homeowners who are ready to move-in or buy a CLI property. Enticing discounts await buyers and sellers alike if you reserve a unit during the event. Get to avail of CLI’s take-out promos that give you move-in discounts, pre-selling perks and flexible housing loan options with reliable partner banks.

A CLI Home of your own

Make the move and unlock the keys to your next chapter when owning a Cebu Landmasters property. Masterfully built in vibrant urban communities, CLI offers liveable spaces curated for the lifestyle you want. Investing in a CLI property ensures your safety and convenience with enhanced safety features such as 24/7 security, CCTV and generous amenities of garden enclaves, pool, play area and more. CLI developments are also managed by its own property management arm to make sure its properties are well-maintained, and a reliable and hands-on customer relations team to address residents’ concerns.

Owning a CLI property is also made convenient with an easy five-step buyer’s journey to guide potential buyers from reserving a unit to moving-in at their next CLI home.

To know more updates about the CLI Homefest, visit the official event page at https://bit.ly/3ydfI4J

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

GCash launches Green Transaction Alerts

New feature shows carbon reduced by doing digital transactions

GCash, the Philippines’ leading finance app and largest cashless ecosystem has announced its newest update, Green Transaction Alerts, which allows users to see the grams of carbon they reduced by digitally sending money and doing bank transfers.

GCash’s newest feature is the latest innovation to underscore the fintech giant’s commitment to sustainability. In 2019, GCash commissioned the China Beijing Environmental Exchange to compute carbon emissions of manual transactions converted to digital ones. The Green Transaction Alerts make use of the same computations and metrics, allowing users to see their reductions in carbon emissions by transacting digitally. The reductions in carbon emissions are realized when users forgo the consumption of paper and plastic or the use of electricity and transportation when they do their manual transactions.

“Sustainability is embedded in the way GCash conducts its business, and we’ve provided ways for our users to see how their actions on the app also contribute to environment- friendly actions that ultimately protect our planet and contribute to a greener future,” stated CJ Alegre, GCash Sustainability Head.

The Green Transaction Alerts complement other in-app sustainability features of GCash, including the award-winning GForest, which allows users to contribute to reforestation efforts through gamification. As of 2024, a total of 2.7 million trees have been planted by GCash, resulting from users’ digital transactions.

“We continue to look for ways to become an even more sustainable company, and more importantly, to provide avenues for Filipinos to take action for the planet - and this is only the beginning as will gradually make these alerts available for other transactions in the coming months. Combining the power of tech with innovation and creativity, we hope this will form a habit for Filipinos to consciously act towards creating a positive impact with every simple digital transaction they make,” added Alegre.

About GCash
GCash is the Philippines’ #1 Finance App. Through the GCash App, users can easily purchase prepaid airtime; pay bills via partner billers nationwide; send and receive money anywhere in the Philippines, even to other bank accounts; purchase from over 6 million partner merchants and social sellers; and get access to savings, credit, loans, insurance and invest money, and so much more, all at the convenience of their smartphones. GCash’s mobile wallet operations are handled by G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mynt, the first and only duacorn in the Philippines which is a part of the country's leading digital solutions platform, Globe Group. GCash is a staunch supporter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly UN SDGs 5,8,10, and 13, which focus on safety & security, financial inclusion, diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, respectively. For more information, please contact: Gilda Maquilan VP and Head of Corporate Communications GCash Email Address: corpcomm@gcash.com ¦ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial

Sunday, March 24, 2024

CDO's Urban Oasis: Embracing Nature at Westwood Storeys

Discovering a Forest-inspired Condominium within the City

I attended a Blogger’s Teepee Day last Saturday afternoon, hosted by Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation (PDO). Initially, I hesitated to join since it was my youngest daughter's scheduled appointment with her developmental doctor earlier that day. Moreover, I had been physically and mentally exhausted for the past few weeks. However, I realized that participating in the activity would be a good idea to relax and give myself a break.

Attending the event turned out to be a wise decision because it provided me with the opportunity to explore and dream of one day owning a unit at Westwood Storeys. It's a forest-resort-inspired condo and Pueblo de Oro's latest venture into the vertical housing market, making it a distinctive condominium project. The condo is expected to be completed on April 28, 2028.

Westwood Storeys, surrounded by trees, presents a lifestyle that artfully blends the serenity of the forest with the conveniences of urban living. It stands as a low density condo, with only having seven floors. The development offers both studio and 2-bedroom units, with introductory prices ranging from P4 million to P8.9 million.

A Perfect Place to Live with my Family

I have envisioned myself and my family residing in this serene haven as it offers sanctuary in the city. It truly is an inviting place to call home, especially when I discovered that it is nestled amidst the 40-hectare Pueblo de Oro urban rainforest, offering breathtaking views of nature that transport one beyond the confines of city life.

This seven-tower condominium is situated in a prime location in Barangay Carmen of Cagayan de Oro City, approximately 3.9 kilometers from Pueblo Business Park. Setting it apart from its competitors, this condo offers fewer units spread across a larger land area. It only offers 989 units in a 5.2-hectare land, with each unit meticulously crafted to provide a haven of comfort, creating a warm and inviting ambiance.

Amenities at this condominium include kiddie and adult swimming pools, a playground, a multi-sport court, a clubhouse, Wi-Fi zones, and a guardhouse equipped with CCTV cameras for 24/7 monitoring, ensuring everyone's safety within the vicinity.

A Green Sustainable Development

Westwood Storeys also prioritizes green development, with a rainforest backdrop that allows residents to experience beautiful sunrises every day, complemented by a cool breeze and the earthy scent of nature. Residents will also have the opportunity to partake in outdoor activities, as the development will feature landscaped meditation decks, nature trails winding through lush green foliage, rain gardens, a natural green canopy, and a family picnic area. These amenities allow residents to connect with the symphony of nature.

Everything is Right at Heart of the City

When my fellow bloggers and I went to Westwood Storeys, we were picked up by a van from SM City uptown mall, and it took only a 10-minute ride to reach the area. Commercial hubs and business centers are nestled around the vicinity including schools, churches, malls, hotels and even convenience stores, making everything a family, like mine, would need within reach.

The event I attended was a resounding success, particularly because Pueblo de Oro effectively guided us in visualizing how the place would look in the future. I can easily picture myself and my family living there, or doing camping outside the unit and cherishing the breathtaking scenery that only Westwood Storeys can offer. Who knows, perhaps this dream of mine will become a reality.

If you want to know about Westwood Storey, contact Pueblo de Oro in their Facebook page or visit their website: https://pueblodeoro.com to know more about the details.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Finding Fun & Distraction: A Stay-at-Home Mom's Gaming Adventures

Life is quite challenging lately that I tried to distract myself by either reading a book or watching my favorite TV shows or films that are streaming online. Being a stay at home mom doesn't mean it's easy or convenient, especially in my case since I have a child with spectrum. I am just glad, so far, everything has been manageable. However, there are times when I find myself in uncontrollable situations that I just really have to pause and do deep breathing exercises to calm myself down.

So, it’s just timely that I recently discovered some games online which have helped me a lot. Some games are made just for kids, but there are also some which I feel are made for people like me, aimed not only to take away boredom but to also divert the mind to something analytical and fun.

My youngest daughter and I have played this Watermelon game and it turned out to be very addictive! At first, I thought that the objective was to drop all the fruits until it got full but then I realized that to stay longer in the game, I not only needed to bump identical fruits but also to push down the bigger fruits by using the smaller fruits. If the fruits fill up and reach the top part, it's game over. Also, in the game, when you bump two smaller fruits, it will create a new bigger fruit. Like if I bump 2 strawberries together, it will create new grape fruits. If I bump 2 grape fruits, it will create a brown coconut, I think. Two coconuts will create green apples and two green apples bumping each other will result to an orange fruit. And so on until it gets bigger and then I can finally create a watermelon. Here is a screenshot of the game I played. So far, the highest score I got was only 2533 but I’m already proud of that! lol.

This game may be easy but it is very effective in de-stressing. My daughter enjoyed this game a lot as it gave her focus and the feeling of satisfaction when creating many fruits just by bumping them.

Another game that I played was the Open Bar. I don’t normally go to bars anymore but this game made me curious of what it is the bartender was exactly doing, and so I tried playing the game. As it turned out, the game was more complex than it looked, especially since you’ll be the only one serving the customers. You have to learn how to prepare their preferred drinks and serve the right amount so that the customers won’t end up fuming mad with your service. You also need to clean the area once the customers leave after paying. I must have enjoyed the game so much since I tried so many times to perfect my serving. At first, I got a lot of bad feedback, but eventually I received some good remarks from my virtual customers, lol. Here are some screenshots of the game I played. I’ve edited it and put them side by side so it's easily understood. Some of the customers would order a beer, some cocktails or ladies drinks. Sometimes in the game, four customers would arrive together so that I’d have work fast in serving them then clean up the area before I can receive another customer. So far, the highest tip I received was $2,300 which made me very happy already :)
There was another game that I have tried, the Tap Supermarket, and I found it interesting. It took me awhile to understand how business-minded people works but, in the end, I earned $135,000 from selling, as well as buying other items to provide them to my increasing number of customers. However, it seems that the game never ends so I finally stopped playing since I was satisfied with the progress and my profits were already highs. This kind of game was not made just for entertainment but also taught me about entrepreneurship.
If you haven't tried these games, I  highly recommend them. Just choose the ones you like or you can play some of the games with your kids. It's more fun that way!

Friday, March 15, 2024

Robinsons Appliances Opens its Newest Store at Ayala Centrio Mall, CDO

Robinsons Appliances, one of the leading appliance stores in the Philippines, officially opened its newest store in Cagayan de Oro City last March 8, 2024. They offer complete selections of refrigerators, chest freezers, and gadgets. Early shoppers get a 500 Go Rewards points with a minimum purchase of P25,000. Shoppers also get various discounts and offers until March 31 from different appliance categories.

Specifically located at 3rd level of Ayala Centrio Mall, this store is Robinsons Appliances’ second branch in the province providing more than 500 square meters of leasable place to its customer and partners.

 “We are delighted to open our second Robinsons Appliances Store here in Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City, which serves as a testament to the growing demand and interest of our Cagayanon customers. We remain committed in providing the latest and affordable products that aim to share convenience to many people across the region,” shared Ms. Donna San Luis, Marketing Services Manager of Robinsons Appliances.

Following the success of the Robinsons Appliances store at Robinsons Place Cagayan De Oro, the Robinsons Appliances-Centrio Mall branch opened with top of the line selection from the most sought-after brands, exciting deals, exclusive promos and freebies, high-end selection of the best appliances and gadgets.

Led by the latest products from Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, TCL, Midea, Sony, DJI, OPPO and many more, Robinsons Appliances-Centrio Mall’s offers the complete selection of home appliances, tech and gadgets that fit to the lifestyle of the Cagayanons with discriminating taste.

“We highly value the growing and advancing home and tech requirement of CDO and its nearby provinces that’s why we’re bring another branch that will further entice our customers to update and upgrade their home equipment and gadgets to cope with the modernization and advancement of the world,” San Luis added.

As an opening treat, customers who shop last March 8 to 10 were given a chance to showcase their singing talent through Sing It to Win It Promo, where the singer who gets the highest score wins an amazing prize from Robinsons. Apart from that, Robinsons Appliances’ Summer Sweep Campaign was also launched, which offers an as much as 45% discount on select appliances and gadgets plus freebies and FREE installation for air-conditioning unit. This promo will run until up to May 31, 2024.

To learn more about Robinsons Appliances, For more news, updates, latest promos, and activities, you may visit www.robinsonsappliances.com.ph or follow the Robinsons Appliances official pages on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, March 11, 2024

The 96th Academy Award Big Winners

The Academy Award 2023 concluded today and as I predicted, the actors and filmmakers nominated in their categories won the prestigious award. Although I was a bit unsure of the Best Actress category because all nominees were really good, I decided to bet on Emma Stone. 

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

But I was more glad that Christopher Nolan finally got his first Oscar award because, damn, he is such a good director! I've watch many of his films and was astonished to know that he tried not to use as much green screen or CGI effects and the result were still amazing. During his Wired interview, Nolan explained “I find CGI, however versatile it is, it always tends to feel a little safe to me,” he said. I guess he still use CGI but only he just doesn't overuse it like what other filmmakers are doing.

I've watched a video by one bystander on how Nolan filmed Tenet. It was in a busy street where there were trucks and the stunts were made to climb on top while the vehicle was moving. And Nolan was even there directing them and the result was unbelievable. To say I'm a big fan of this director is an understatement. Here are some of Nolan's films that he directed that I love watching over again: Batman Trilogy starring Christian Bale, The Prestige (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale), Inception (Leonardo DiCaprio), Interstellar (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Michael Cain); Dunkirk (actors too many to mention), Tenet (David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki) and Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey, Jr., Emily Blunt).

Wow, I didn't realized I almost watched most of his films. And to think all of these were blockbusters! I guess I'm going to watch his early works during my free time. Looking forward to watch more movies he is going to direct.

Anyways, congrats to all the winners and to the Academy Award for a good show. At least there was no drama that happened or any controversial topic that we don't want to hear. 

Oh, might just add that I was actually rooting for my sentimental favorite to win at least one of the two categories they were nominated, The Society of the Snow. They may not have won any award but being nominated in Oscars is already something that they can be proud of.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Navigating the Storm: Lessons in Financial Resilience from the Pandemic

When Covid-19 hit the country about four years, a lot of people were greatly affected not only physically and mentally, but also financially. It had made such a huge impact on people’s lives that everyone had kept hoping and praying it would all be over soon. It took about two years before things started to slowly normalize, and soon people were trying to find their own ways to recover.

In those hard times during the pandemic, my family had to adapt to a new setup in our household. Rather than live in fear and panic, we tried to be as calm as possible but at the same time, vigilant. We would go out only when necessary like doing the groceries or gassing up our car. But other than that, I was glad that other things remained as usual. I’m a stay at home mom and my husband is the sole breadwinner for our family of four. Thankfully, my husband’s company was not that much affected by the lockdowns as they still had regular work and my husband would often work online when they were not required to report onsite. Nonetheless, we made sure that we had sufficient funds for our daily needs, or for running errands or in case of emergencies. We also set aside money for our children’s schooling, especially since their school offered online or distant learning at that time. We had to be prudent with spending since a lot of establishments were closing down and people would find themselves jobless for the time being. We also had to take care of our health and made sure we had resources in case we got sick. Thankfully, my husband’s company had that covered via their HMO or group medical insurance.

As everything started going back to normal, we still remained cautious and continued to live just within our means since we know that life can be quite unpredictable. Financial planning was very important. We were constantly managing our weekly and monthly expenses. Safe to say, our efforts had really helped us get through the pandemic period. We even taught our eldest daughter how to be responsible on her finances especially as she is now on her last year of college and will be having her immersion in a few months.

A lifelong lesson I also learned from my late father, which I passed it on to my children, was to keep their savings for the rainy days. It is important that they only spend their savings for emergencies. Life has a lot of twists and turns and we will never know what lies ahead so it is best to be always prepared.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Catch Big Bad Wolf Before It Leaves Cagayan de Oro!

Watch out, bookworms! This weekend will mark the final days of the much-loved Big Bad Wolf Book Sale in the City of Friendship. Before the big bad wolf packs up, here are some of the best-selling books that can be found at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale:
    

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, known for its massive selection of good reads at incredibly low prices, has been a hit among locals and visitors alike in Cagayan de Oro. Seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the event, grab your next read, and avail of unbelievable deals before it’s too late!
 
Until it leaves, the book sale can be found at the 5L Event Hall in SM CDO Downtown. From February 2 to February 18, 2024, readers from the city and nearby regions can explore the most extensive selection of books spanning different authors and genres. From fantasy to fiction to everything in between, there’s a book for everyone!
 
If you plan on catching the event before its last day, prepare yourself for some truly amazing bargains. The event is renowned for offering exceptional discounts, with some books marked down by as much as 95% off their regular retail prices. Not only that, but those visiting can also avail of several exclusive deals and promos which can’t be found anywhere else.
 
Additionally, be a part of something special when you visit the event venue. Visitors are given a chance to directly impact the lives of others through initiatives like the Red Readerhood Program and its special focus on aiding the children of Marawi City. In this community, many of the children struggle with not having readily accessible education, leading to limited proficiency in English or Tagalog.
 
By donating 1,000 books to these underprivileged communities, BBW’s initiative aims to bridge this gap, offering these children a window to the wider world through reading. This effort not only seeks to enhance their literacy skills but also to inspire a love for reading that transcends language and cultural barriers.
 
Visitors of the sale can help out too by purchasing a book from the Red Readerhood Program’s designated booth. For every book bought at this stall, Big Bad Wolf will be matching it for a more meaningful and accessible reading experience.
 
The Cagayan de Oro leg of Big Bad Wolf’s Book Sale tour is coming to an end, and eager readers should visit while they still can. Don't miss out on this chance to check out the latest releases, discover your next read, receive great deals and discounts, and participate in a great cause through the Red Readerhood Program.
 
For more information regarding Big Bad Wolf Books’ grand return to the Philippines, please visit: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbwbooksphilippines/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbwbooksph/

Friday, January 19, 2024

The Charm of Popilush Shapewear: Highlighting Women’s Confidence

Looking charming and still having confidence are questions that many women are looking for when they decide to buy clothes. Therefore, this is an essential factor for them to choose what makes them most comfortable and also gives them the confidence they need.
 
In other words, for you to have confidence and feel safe, you need some essential factors when choosing clothes. So, we have some tips for you, in addition to feeling confident, you will be able to look even more charming with just one piece of clothing.
 
What are the bodysuits for this?
 
Bodysuits came to make the wardrobe even more variable and thus provide even greater confidence for the people who decide to wear them. In the case of all the comfort you are looking for in a piece that goes with everything, plus you can also look charming with it.
This shapewear bodysuit has all the requirements we look for when you want a charming piece that has a great fit. In addition, it is a piece that has a fabric that resembles lace, but with the benefit that it does not show the body, which makes it easier to choose to wear.
 
You can at this point think of it as a piece to be worn underneath another, since being a shapewear it defines the waist and abdomen, but here I leave a very interesting point that you can use to your advantage.
 
It can even be used as a t-shirt, as you just need to put on a skirt, shorts or even pants and it creates a special look for every moment. By not showing too much, it allows you to build confidence in wearing it and thus show off your entire body and at the same time enhance yourself with a beautiful piece.
 
Therefore, it is a bodysuit that will increase your confidence and will also be part of every moment you want due to its ease in creating other combinations both for parties and everyday life.
 
How to wear a jumpsuit for a more confident look?
 
Jumpsuits were created to be pieces that help you choose a look all at once and you just need to create combinations that range from an accessory or even a different shoe depending on where you are. So, they are actually very easy to use.
When you then need to choose a shapewear jumpsuit, think about the comfort it brings you and the ease in seeing those looks you most want to create, as we have a great number of options and models.
 
Here I want to leave those who have wider pants as a day, as they allow for greater movement and at the same time still give you that air of elegance that we need to feel even more confident in what we are wearing.

Popilush wide leg long sleeve shapewear jumpsuit is one of the great options, as it will also shape the hips, waist, abdomen and arms, in other words, making your body even more beautiful and being able to make just a few combinations for more different creations.
 
You can also use them at the gym, as the fabrics are comfortable and malleable, and as they allow movement, this means you can practice what you want in the best way possible.
 
What dresses are for comfort and also my confidence?
 
Dresses are usually for special occasions, so having one that will make you feel confident when worn and at the same time make you look beautiful with everything you need on display is one of the benefits we need to understand.
That's why this built in shapewear dress is the other choice you can make considering that it is a dress that shows complete privacy, but at the same time is still an elegant dress for all occasions.
 
So, think about those dresses that, in addition to shaping you, also allow for looks that have a complete design, but that help to shape your hips, waist, abdomen and arms, so that you have the best body and with a lot of confidence to wear it.