Though it has been raining nowadays, we can still feel terrible heat of summer. Try standing outdoors and you'll feel your sweat dripping down your skin by just a few minutes. With this kind of temperature, we have to stay hydrated. Of course, drinking water is the best thing to do but you can also choose an iced cold drink with different flavors.

I have been suffering hair fall problem since college. It's annoying and embarrassing at the same time. That's why when I found out about MoringaO2, I really wanted to try it.  I first knew about MoringaO2 through Team Kramer and next from When SampleRoom had it, I was very happy but unfortunately, my sampleroom points weren't enough to get a sample. I kept going back to the mall near me before but they didn't have this yet. It took months before they had these on their shelves.

Living in a province has advantages and disadvantages. We don't have to live with EDSA traffic however, we are often left behind with the latest food destinations and newly opened fashion stores because it's usually located only within Metro Manila.

A good example would be buffets. Most of the most talked-about buffets are located in Metro Manila. A 3-hour drive just to eat in a buffet could be a big hassle. So we don't get to experience what Metro Manila people are enjoying.

I guess we all feel lost because we are so busy trying to be successful in our chosen careers, trying to please people, trying to get that 6-digit figure in our bank accounts, trying to compete just to be the best and subconsciously trying to be someone we're not. We get so caught up to these things that we lose focus and forget what we actually want, what makes us happy and what our purpose in life really is. Frankly, I've been to this stage many times and it's stressful. It feels bad not being able to meet the expectations other people. More so, it feels worst not being able to be the kind of person your parents expects you to be. I knew I needed guidance. I almost went to a priest for a talk. But a wonderful opportunity opened its doors for me. I was invited to join the Celebrate Your Purpose Workshop.

As I was walking around SM Dasmarinas last month, I discovered a new food space which serves sandwiches and other light meals. I never heard about The Sandwich Guy before and I never heard of it opening in SM Dasma. It just so happened I was walking to BDO bank when I discovered them. They're located in front of Ace Hardware and under the escalator. I wasn't busy that day so I took the chance to try them out.

After reading Everyone Can Be Creative, I looked back at my college life and remembered all the projects we had to do, the brilliant campaigns we came up with and everything else related to my course. Then I remembered the movie my good friend Jomar introduced to me a few years back. It's a movie that tackles the kind of world marketing and advertising has. It's a hilarious marketing movie and a romantic comedy movie combined.

As a child, were you the type who'd rather hold crayons than pencils? Would you rather paint than solve math problems? Are you more into music notes than into grammar lessons? If yes is your answer to these questions, I'm pretty sure you've heard other people tell your parent that you'd be a creative person when you grow up. But that's not the case. You see, when I was younger, I'm more into sports - running, soccer, basketball, swimming and even cricket but I did not end up being an athlete. I was somehow led to a creative course. It goes to show everyone can be creative... in our own little ways.

I honestly have grown tired of the regular cafe and restaurants. There are times I want a quiet time in a coffee shop and that's when I go to the less populated ones. But then there are those times I want to do or experience other things in one place. And I'm super glad that this cafe near me does the job.

It's that time of the year again when bloggers and businesses connect and begins a fruitful relationship with one another. It's a memorable event for most bloggers because this is where they take their blogs in a whole new level and find new friends: #BloggerSquad. Hehe. It's time for another Blogapalooza Moment! Here's are a few reminders for those attending this event:
Things to Remember

1) Make sure you are registered

Do not just show up at the event and claim that you're a blogger. Make sure you have registered first! I believe you can still register through this link: REGISTER HEREUse the password “blogafam” to register!

2) Know where the event will be held

It is very important that you know the location of the venue so you won't get lost and so you can plan ahead. You will have an idea of the traffic and traveling time. This way, you will know when to leave home or which public transport would best help you get there on time.

3) Prepare the must-bring

I have listed the things you should prepare and bring with you to the event. These suggestions are based on my last year's Blogapalooza observation.

4) Wear comfortable clothing

Look good on the event but don't sacrifice the comfort. You need to be comfortable as you'd be walking around checking each booth, and joining activities or games. You can set aside those heels for a day and wear your sneakers.

5) Make sure that the links and accounts are correct

Check your blog URL and your social media account links. Make sure that you it's correct and that you have a copy with you to the event. Some companies require you to sign up to get their press kits and other freebies. It's very important that the information you will give them are accurate and working.

6) Come early at the event

Coming early has many perks. You have a lot of time to visit the booths, interact with other bloggers and listen to the talks of the guest speakers. Some of the celebrity endorsers of the brands or speakers come early too. Don't miss the opportunity!

7) Don't be afraid to say hello

When you're at the event already, don't be afraid to say hello to other bloggers especially the Blogapalooza team members. Saying hello starts the conversation and who knows, that conversation might lead to great and endless opportunities for you!

8) Building partnership over freebies

I know that we're all excited to receive freebies from the participating brands but remember that this event was not made for just free stuff, it's being held for you to learn and build your network. Be reminded that if the brand or company sees your potential, they might give you more than just free stuff. So focus on your capabilities and be sure to communicate it with them. Work and earn that credibility. If they find you fit for the brand, you'll be surprised at how promotional items will arrive at your doorsteps from time to time.

9) Don't be afraid to ask questions

This is one of the things I wish I did in last year's event. I was too afraid to ask questions about the brands so I ended up just knowing a few. It's important that you have confidence and interest to know the participating brands because without those two, then why the heck are you at the event? You're wasting everything.

If you're not familiar with the brand, ask them to tell you a little more about them and from there, continue asking questions until you understand what their brand is about and analyze if you can relate to them.

10) Have fun but be professional

Blogapalooza will be fun but be reminded that you're in a business to blogger event. Be yourself but don't be too crazy. You wouldn't want to scare the brands, right?


Things to Prepare

When I attended the event last year, I did not bring most of this. How I wished I found a post of a previous participant that tells me to bring these things so I could have prepared well for the event. Now, I'll be that previous participant to help you. Here are some of the things you should at least have at to the event:

1) Business Cards

Bringing business cards make you look professional. You can have it printed by printing companies or do it yourself at home. I did my own card this year because I lack budget to have a more professional business card. You will give this card to the companies you're interested to be a part of. They will include you in their media list. You will be contacted directly for promotions and other collaborations.

Bringing a business card is not really mandatory since companies also provide spreadsheets where you can leave your details in. Giving a business card instead of writing down your information allows you to move from one booth to another faster; really saves time! :)

2) Media Kit

This is actually not required nor expected but I created one anyway. A media kit contains the basic information of your blog. I decided to create one so when I pass it to the brands, they can easily review my information on the spot. Less hassle for them in cross checking.

3) Camera and Smartphones

You need to have at least both. You need cameras to cover the event while you need your smartphone to join the social campaigns during the event. If you only have a smartphone, then that' fine. You can use that to take photos too but be sure you have number 4.

4) Powerbank

For sure, there wouldn't be an area for you to charge those smartphones. You need to always keep your gadgets charged and bringing powerbanks would really help you throughout the event. If you only have one, you might want to borrow another one from a family member or a friend unless your single powerbank has high MAH.

5) Pocket Wifi

Based on my experience from the last Blogapalooza, there are social campaigns held by brands before you can get their press kits. Some even requires you to like or follow their social media accounts before you can join their activities. Though the venue might offer wifi access, it's always best to be ready. Have your own wifi access to save you from time and be ahead of the others. ;)

6) Pen and notebook

Always bring pen and paper, preferably a notebook, just so you have something to write on when you need to. I usually bring my notebook to get the details of the bloggers I meet. It is where I also jot down notes from the talks held and the information given to me when I visit the brand's booths.

7) Extra bag or eco bag

Companies will be giving you freebies, press kits and even a company profile. Some of them won't provide eco bags. Just be prepared and bring extra to help you collect these things from them.

8) Snacks & Drinks

Based on my experience last year, though there was food available from a sponsor, the queue was long! To save yourself time (again) and from hunger, better bring your own snack and drink.


I hope these information somewhat gave you an idea on what to expect and how to prepare for the upcoming Blogapalooza event. Do not forget to invite your blogger friends to sign-up and share this post to remind other participants. See you there!


Let's connect and be friends!

If you've read my previous posts, you'd know that I'm always visiting this well-known buffet restaurant in Mall of Asia. Though I have heard of other buffet restaurants in Manila, we've never got the chance to try them. One of those buffet resto is Cabalen. We've passed its MOA and ATC branches many times and my dad keeps bugging us to try them yet we always give it a pass either because we were in a hurry or that we were already full. But when they opened a branch here at SM Dasmariñas recently, it was more convenient for us; it was much easier to find the right time to visit.

I do believe that visual impact is very important in business. If you own a boutique, your visual merchandising should be the best to encourage the window shoppers to go inside and eventually buy something. It's equally important for restaurants especially if it's new in the industry. Same as the boutique, restaurants should make their interiors pleasing and/or interesting to the eyes of the customers so they'd want to try you out. Good ambiance is one of the main things consumers look for. And that's what makes me want to try new restaurants too.

Batangas is known for the numerous beaches and resorts. Though my dad's family lives within the province, we rarely get to explore the different beach resorts near us. But late last year, we went to celebrate our family's reunion in one of the resorts in Bauan, Batangas. Coincidentally, it's owned by my mom's friend so we got good discounts. Unlike other resorts that are usually found near the beach, this resort was far from one and was in a high area of the municipality. It was quite unusual for us but we had a very private and fun time there. We did enjoy our stay in Seascape Resort.

I don't know about you but I'm really attached with photographs. I treasure photographs because its a visual representation of the memories I have. I can't afford to lose any of them unless I deleted it myself. So you can just imagine my frustration when I learned that an entire folder containing four (4) years of memories was gone from my external drive. I, nor my mom, can't remember accidentally deleting it. It was a big mystery up to this date why it got deleted.

I almost lost hope. I messaged different people I know who might have knowledge on how to retrieve files. They recommended different software applications but only one of the suggestions really worked for me: the EaseUs Data Recovery Wizard