Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LIVING THE #SMARTLIFE

One of the highlights, if not the ultimate highlight, of my blogging career is being signed up as one of Smart's digital ambassadors. This is also a perfect case of things coming full circle given that my first infomercial back when I was still pursuing a modeling career was for Smart Padala.

All those who know me, personally and online, expect me to push for all Smart-related promotions and activities because that's part of my responsibilities as a Smart family member. That's what I signed up for. But more than the people's expectations, I'm the type of person who will push for something I personally believe in. I believe in living the #SmartLife.

And this is how I'm enjoying it!

I don't like long travels. I also don't like getting stuck in traffic (who does?). Aside from easily getting bored, I don't like the idea of not being productive always. If I can get away by being productive while sleeping, that would be ideal. But that's impossible. Productivity for me doesn't necessarily mean being actually productive in the "work" sense of things. Being able to finish a book that I started reading some four months ago --that's also productivity in my vocabulary. Or catching up on my favorite TV series minus the comforts of home. Now, I get to do that with iflix. Especially when I'm stuck in traffic. How's that for entertainment everywhere?
iflix is a video-on-demand service that lets you watch movies and TV shows for only Php99/month (special price for PLDT/Smart subscribers). You can link up to five devices to your account, letting you experience entertainment in multiple platforms wherever you are. Visit https://www.iflix.com/ to know more.

Speaking of traffic, how do you cope up with it? I remember saying this at one of my talks, "EDSA traffic is like our parents. We can't do anything about it." But I outsmart it with Waze. I'm not saying that the app is the perfect solution to this long-standing problem of Manila but it helps me spare a few minutes to get to an event a little earlier and probably ample time to park without getting late to an appointment. That is, if I'm the one who's driving. Well, you get the idea. That's convenience everywhere.

If you're following me on Instagram, I'm sure you've witnessed my travel exploits. Little did people know that I was also running half of my company while abusing the #ThePRGuyGoesTo hashtag. I was able to multi-task between jumping from one tourist spot to another to giving the thumbs up to the campaign layouts that was sent to me on Viber. At a recent product launch that my company organized, I and my team were able to visually update each other with the weather status and traffic conditions during our setup seamlessly using the app. Peace of mind everywhere. That's what I'm enjoying lately as someone who runs a company and a personal blog site at the same time.

And then there's the #SmartFreeIG where Smart Prepaid and Postpaid subscribers can now browse feed and upload photos and videos without data charges for free on Instagram. When used responsibly, #SmartFreeIG can be a very helpful and creative tool in updating the world with relevant updates on current events and what-not. But that deserves a different post.

Are you ready to live the #SmartLife?

Visit http://smart.com.ph/smartlife to know more!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

COMFORT, FOR SURE

I made the mistake of not bringing enough summer-appropriate clothes during my recent trip to Hong Kong. I didn't expect it to be that hot knowing that summer has just ended here in our country. I assumed that things are going to be the same with the two countries having no time difference and all but yeah, I was wrong. Good thing I was able to squeeze in my baggage (on top of other million things) my Cushe 'Foreshore' flip-flops. At least I was able to experience summer in Hong Kong on this short visit to the Pui O beach in Lantau Island, the right way.
Foreshore features Cushe Soft which places the foot directly onto the sole unit, negating the need for removable insocks. This construction has the added benefit of being wholly good for you with zero degree decrease in heel to height, resulting in a completely balanced sole.

What's the "right way" you ask? Comfort, for sure. Shades, tank top, shorts, and sunblock are just 75% of the comfort you might need while walking on a sweltering day on the beach. You also need a good pair of flip-flops to protect you from the hot sand and uneven terrain. Regular flip-flops won't do the trick, I tell you.


Anyway, here's a little glimpse of the beach, which was just a good 10-minute walk from where I stayed.


If you have Superman's eyes, you'll see people trying to learn how to surf.


That's all I can share for now. See you again soon.
Cushe 'Foreshore' retails at Php1,590 and is available at the following COALITION Stores: Eastwood Mall | Newport Mall | Festival Supermall | Shoppesville Greenhills | Powerplant Mall | Fairview Terraces | UP Town Center

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

MINIONS HAS TAKEN OVER THE WORLD!

The big screen...


...and even our McDonald's Happy Meal!
Chatting Bob | Egyptian Hula Minion
Groovy Stuart | Guard Minion | Guitar Strumming Stuart
The Minions are everywhere!
Lava Shooting Kevin | Marching Minion Soldier
Martial Arts Minion | Minion Caveman | Minion Vampire
Have you seen the movie? No? Yes? But you still wanna see it again? Here's an idea: Instead of the usual popcorn and soda, why don't you grab McDonald's limited edition Minions Combo for your movie snack? How's that for an awesome Minions Movie experience?
Banana Crumble McFlurry | Banana McFlurry with Oreo
Honey Banana McFloat | Minions McDip

Minions BFF Fries 'N McFloat Combo Php165 | Minions BFF Fries 'N McFlurry Combo Php225
Minions Medium Fries N' McFloat Combo Php65 | Minions Medium Fries N' McFlurry Combo Php95
Head over to McDonald's to see the Minions Movie come to life! Bring the entire family or barkada and find a Minion treat for everyone. Minions Happy Meal and limited-edition menu offers are all available in McDonald's stores nationwide.

Share your love for the Minions at McDonald's via the official Facebook fan page or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny McDo moments on Twitter or Instagram. #MinionsAtMcDo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BUCKETFEET

I have about 200 pairs of shoes in my collection. 50% of it are sneakers and half of those come in either bold colors or quirky prints. I'm slowly gearing towards minimalism when it comes to my style (note: slowly) and to spice things up, I rely on shoes to make my whole look interesting.

With that many pairs, you must be wondering which shoes get the most floor time. Well, just like in any family, there will always be a favorite. How do I pick them? Easy. I go for comfort and style. This BucketFeet pair is one of them.

"I was trying to think of an icon that represents a really nice way to say no--I think this symbol achieves that." -BucketFeet's Creative Director Michael, when asked where he got the inspiration for this "X" design. But really, how can you say no to this?
Features:
  • Classic canvas silhouette
  • High quality screen print
  • Soft 100% cotton lining
  • Removable molded latex insole
  • Cushion and comfort bubbles
Bucketfeet is available at the following stores:
UP Town Center (Level 2) | Alabang Town Center (Ground Floor) | Glorietta 3 (Ground Floor) | TriNoma Mall (Level 2)
COALITION Eastwood (Level 2) | COALITION Newport (3rd Floor) | COALITION Festival Supermall Alabang (Level 2) | COALITION Greenhills Shopping Center (2nd Floor Shoppesville) | Urban Athletic Greenbelt 3 ( 2nd Floor)
Follow @bucketfeetph on Instagram!
#bucketfeetph

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Z HOSTEL

The heart of essentialism isn't about asking how little we can live with, but determining what we simply cannot live without.*
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*Quote from Kinfolk Vol. XVI 'The Essential Non-Essentials' article by Margaret Everton
On the topic of travelling, someplace safe to stay and sleep at would be the top if I'm to list my essentials. I'm not really picky when it comes to places to stay at as long as I can charge my gadgets, I have a comfortable bed to sleep in, and a bathroom which I can use to my heart's content. Hotel, hostel, airbnb, it doesn't really matter. I won't be spending the rest of my time there anyway. Well, except for the latter part of the evening when I need to recharge for the next day's adventure. I also don't like the idea of spending much on hotels when I can spare my cash for food and souvenirs that's why a hostel (even airbnb) is a good idea.
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It's like the first day of the new year except that the fog is actually fog.
I got my first taste of staying at one just last week with my friends and I must say that I was amazed with my overall experience! After all, Z Hostel is the biggest and only luxury hostel in the Philippines.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

There are a lot of things I like about the start of a new school year. Old classmates. New friends. The idea of being another year closer to living the "real" life. And finally, new set of clothes and school stuff. I have always wanted new things to wear on my first day of school.
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I may sound shallow but the reality is, you make good first impressions with how you look on the first day of school (also true at work). That's initial. Your personality will follow suit. Now you understand why the first day always feels like retail fashion week. But piece of advice: don't overdo it. You wanna be labeled as the fashionista, not the uber-fashionista.

Friday, June 12, 2015

CASUAL AT TGIFRIDAY'S

You won't usually see me in my casuals on most days of the week. Especially on work days when I meet up with clients, presentations, pitches, and the like (aka doing non blog-related stuff). But on rare instances you'll do... well, surprise! I usually go all out.
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Trying out the bun for the first time.
Jeans, t-shirt, cardigan, boots and hair tied up in a bun (just this one time) is my idea of casual. Facial hair: optional.