Friday, November 22, 2013


While browsing through my files and trying to clear the mess in my computer, I stumbled upon these photos. I suddenly missed Davao and my boyfriend who took these. 

I remembered waking up excited in the morning knowing that I'll be spending another day with him, meeting my friends at school, hanging out with my TRIMMOC buddies either at the beach or in the mountains (but mostly at the machine shop, drinking. LOL!) and occasionally attending social media events with my dear blogger friends. #nostalgia it is. I'm missing Davao badly :(

I also missed staying up late and just pigging out or driving around the city. Blabbering.

One of my many wonderful afternoons in Davao. I think we just got to the mall, asked him to take my picture (ehem! frustrated fashion blogger. . .) before hitting the mall.

I even missed Pinnacle Hotel. Haha! I can't wait to come back and maybe I can stay there and have my picture taken this time with Gaisano Mall as my background :)

Who's feeling nostalgic like me? :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

White Rose

Can you remember the very first bouquet of flowers that was offered to you by your significant other or by someone special? I don't. It was so long ago but I think it was on the very romantic Valentine's day when I was in elementary. It was the "awww. . . so sweet" moment of every girl.

I've got 3 red roses which I assume to signify "I love you" and that's all I can remember.

Fast forward to the in-a-relationship-me, I've never really been a fan of flowers. I'm the card type of person because it's more personalized and creative.

Girls would often receive flowers on the very special occasions and that's an SOP for their partners. Receiving flowers make women feel beautiful, special, appreciated and even loved.

Here comes an ordinary day from a freshly molded relationship and my boyfriend hands over a White Rose when he picked me home. That awww-moment when your not expecting to receive a flower. Before I could even say "thank you," I just said "What is this for?" with my smile almost reaching my ears. He just know how to make an ordinary day so special that I've been more appreciative of that flower.

When he told me that it signifies the purity of his intentions, I was just swept of my feet. You see not all people may like flowers and not prefer to receive one, but given by the right person at the right timing it becomes a very memorable moment. In my case, I always get one when I least expect it. Some people sure know how to make a surprise.

Now that Christmas is fast approaching, a birthday of someone you like, or even just an ordinary day which you want to make special try visiting this website:

To make your own awww-moment with someone, depend on one of the most reliable online flower shop in the country. I'll bet she'd appreciate an unexpected flower right in front of her doorstep. For a fast and reliable fresh flower deliver, visit

You'll be the one to make up a person's ordinary day special, they'll do the arrangement :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Watson's 3-Day Sale (Last Day) Haul

Who wouldn't take advantage of this BIG, BIG sale? Not me! Been busy during the first two days but I made sure to visit a Watson's branch during the last day of SALE!!! I also did not forget to drag my mother with me. After hearing the mass and having lunch, we attacked Watson's MOA branch and here's our loot.

I knew there were Christmas loot bags ready for shoppers but Ms. Cashier just didn't give them until I asked for it. She placed all of the things we bought in one plastic bag. Anyways, I'm glad to have all of these; it's such a great deal.

I tried to find products that I need and bumped into the stockings section, taaadaah! :) Since our uniforms already changed from Taupe to Dark Blue, I've already purchased Gray stockings, farewell Skintone! Oro is one of my most trusted brands. It's affordable and long-lasting.

Php 65 for these hygiene kits. The practical shopper in my mom tried to compute how much would all product prices combined in the kit would cost if bought separately. Aswer: Php 100++ Geez, another great buy.

A liter of Lander lotion for only Php 209 (I think), Celeteque products (10% discount) to add to my skin care line collection and Maybelline pore eraser (something new I want to try).

This only cost Php 16 each from an almost Php 50 price. This'll fit in all my pouches. Perfect moisturizer for an on-the-go application. 

Watson's own baby bath soap which I SOAPer love (almost finished with my 2nd bottle). Glad this was sold on a Buy 1, Take 1 promo. Happy me :)

Parent's loot. Expected to pay for what I'll get but then again my mom paid for all of these. I've been visiting Watson's often to buy stuff I need and want . . .a lot of them. I've been thinking of making product reviews. Soon :)

Php 1790.90for all of these instead of Php 2229 plus 10x points for my advantage card. I feel like I won a shopping battle. Haha!

Most items were sold with a discount and some was for Buy 1, Take 1 promo. To those who dropped by, I know you were a happy shopper, too. At times like this, it won't hurt to splurge especially if you'll be getting great savings. How about you? What did you purchase during Watson's 3-day sale? :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Project Hygiene Kit: Save a Life with Your One Hundred Pesos (Php 100/ $2.5)

A  week passed since Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines and the devastation it caused us is still immeasurable. It's saddens me to watch the news and know that some weren't able to experience relief efforts yet but it's more heartbreaking to just watch and do nothing.

Our initial efforts are not sustainable, they will run out but nevertheless let's do what we could and help save more lives in the way that we can. They've been crying that they survived the typhoon but they might die because of hunger and insanitary surroundings. Aside from all the food and cash donations, Davao Bloggers Association organized the Project Hygiene Kit for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

People of the Philippines, if you care and you're watching the news or even surfing the internet, YOU CAN HELP. There's no such thing as big time or small time help. We don't need spend much to give more. Let's just give generously and it'll mean much to our fellow Filipinos in Eastern Samar.

A conscious effort from DBA to join relief operations by raising a total of Php 100,000.00 to finance and produce 1,000 hygiene packs for the victims. Each kit only costs Php100/USD2.50 and contains essential toiletries to keep them hygienic and avoid further infections/diseases to spread.

For MALES – Total Cost: PhP 95.60                                                      
* 60g Soap
* Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
* 3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
* Toothbrush
* 40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
* 10 g Cotton
* 75 mL Alcohol
* 2 x 3 mL Deolotion
* 12 mL Insect repellant
* Resealable Zip Bag

For FEMALES – Total Cost: PhP100.00
* 60g Soap
* Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
* 3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
* Toothbrush
* 40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
* 10 g Cotton
* 75 mL Alcohol
* 2 x 3 mL Deolotion
* 12 mL Insect repellant
* 2 pcs Sanitary Napkins
* Resealable Zip Bag

If you want to join this campaign, you may do so by donating cash (please seal in an envelope)/in kind (follow contents listed above). I'm also encouraging those who will prepare a hygiene kit to slip a note with words of encouragement and please please please share a link to your friends. Let's disseminate the information with our social media accounts and use the hashtags  #bloggersforReliefPH #YolandaPH

Drop-off Points:
Mam Bebs Bakeshop
1/F CVA Building
CM Recto Street, Davao City
(Please label your donations with you Full Name)

Note: All kits and other donations will be turned over to Ateneo de Davao University.

If you're not from Davao (like me), you believe in this campaign and want to contribute you may do so through Paypal. You will be directed to Alleba Advertising and Events Paypal account, which The Davao Bloggers Society has partnered with to receive donations for this project. Send the confirmation email (or a screenshot of it)

Bangon, Pilipinas!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Loving My Looloo App

Technology has really been at its toll in making life fun, easier and more convenient. It has improved a lot  of activities and it has created a lot of new activities as well.

I remember having my first phone, I asked for it because I wanted to communicate with my highschool friends even if I'm home. It served as a tool for communication, calendar, camera, watch/alarm clock and a temporary escape for boredom (playing old school games: snakes).

The above mentioned along with internet use is now but a basic feature of smartphone/iphones. What I love about today's technology is the presence of thousands of applications (a.k.a apps) which could be useful depending on what purpose do you want it to serve. My most used apps would be a few social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail), games (Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, Hay Day, PvZ2, etc.) and Looloo.

Looloo is not one of my recent downloads. I've had it for quite sometime and I instantly fell in love with it. Here's a description from its developer "looloo is for anyone who wants to explore Manila and the rest of the Philippines! It's an ideal app for foodies, spa junkies, and nightlife lovers - anyone who loves going out." When I stumbled upon their advertisement on Facebook, I didn't hesitate installing it.

I've already entered lifestyle and food blogging so there's NO REASON for me to NOT want this application. It's like Instagram for food (and other service providers) + Facebook/Twitter + Games all in one app!

What I do with Looloo:

1. Discover

"Discovering infinite places" was the the real story behind Looloo's name. Check it HERE because I'm not making that up.

For me, Looloo has been very helpful when I'm in need to find a certain establishment, or even a new place to try. It's also nice that I can filter my search in accordance to my preference. Is it American for breakfast, Italian for lunch or Mediterranean for dinner? Let Looloo help you discover.

Another thing I enjoy from this app are the badges. It's just so tempting and challenging to collect all of them. How to do that? Just keep on discovering and visiting a lot of places and you won't even notice that you're earning them already. Fun, isn't it?

2. Review and Recommend

When trying to discover what places to try, reviews will be there to make it easier for you to pick. You can also write an honest reviews to help other looloo users land on the right decision and experience that wonderful experience.

Recommendation can be done by two ways. First, you can recommend a place to your friends which you think they'll be glad to try because you had an awesome experience yourself. Second, recommend a place to Looloo admin if you noticed that the place is not included in their database. You'd be amazed how quick and nice their work is.

How about you guys? Any interesting apps to share? If this app caught your attention, visit HERE and download your own Loooo application, proudly Pinoy! :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

#Selfie Post

Today, I'm celebrating my first anniversary as a Davao Bloggers Association member. It was exactly a year when I became part (paid the membership fee. LOL!)  of this group and appreciate every part of it. 

Davao City, unlike here in Cavite, has a more organized and systematic schemes in terms of blogging events. Not only did I realize the importance of blogging in the society, I enjoyed every bit and detail of writing because of this group.

Now that I'm here in Cavite, I still get to attend some events but they're quite few and far from where I reside. Missing those days with the posi+ve peeps . . 

Sel-fie, noun: 1. A strange phenomenon in which the photographer is also the subject of the photograph; 2. Usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera (Source)
Back then, I get to busy with the events but now I'm only tagged by my friends as the #selfie queen. You gotta love yourself and join the bandwagon. Super missed blogging. Hope to clear all my backlogs and avoid these camwhoring activity of mine :)

Friday, November 8, 2013

#YolandaPH: Let Us Pray

The Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) terrified a lot of our fellow kababayans as it approached the Philippines' area of responsibility yesterday. Before heavy rainfall may occur, classes were already suspended in some areas in Mindanao and most areas in Visayas. It's a good thing that people were warned ahead of time and they were given ample periods to prepare for the typhoon.

This preparation doesn't guarantee anything.The typhoon may still affect agriculture and other businesses, it may damage structures and it may cause flood and landslides but at least it means we're also prepared to save more lives and as much as possible keep everyone safe from the harm brought by #TyphoonYolanda.

Any means of transportation - - - land, air and water - - - is dangerous so let us all be safe and pray for those who are mostly affected.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Napoles in the Court of Public Opinion

Earlier today up until late afternoon, I tuned into different channels just to watch Ms. Napoles' Senate hearing. I was hoping I'd get something from it but I think the senators were more disappointed for not getting any truth from her. From what I can remember, she just presented a series of  "hindi ko po alam," "hindi ko maalala," and "I invoke my rights against self-incrimination."

If it was a TV show, it'll be a complete waste of airtime. It was all thanks to Ms. Miriam Defensor Santiago that some sense came to what I was watching. She didn't bother asking a lot of questions. Maybe she knows she won't get much from Ms. Napoles. Instead, she talked to her as a legal adviser and explicitly told her what to do - - - divulge who the real master mind is and be spared from the almost perpetual imprisonment.

I also agree that Ms. Santiago isn't belittling Ms. Napoles when the former kept on reiterating that the latter came from a poor family and she only finished secondary education in Basilan. The former is just insinuating that there's a greater corrupt mind responsible for  all of this and he should be the one being trialed. 

It has been an entertaining sight for some but this is real life. Justice should be served. 

Think of our loved ones who worked hard knowing the tax they pay would be of help to this nation, think of the agricultural farmers who burn their backs under the heat of the sun and does not what they deserve. 

Wtfudge ornamental fertilizers for agri-crops? Gotta love orchids from now on.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Flight Attendant: The Glamorous Job

Being a flight attendant isn't as glamorous as we have perceived it to be, nonetheless I'd still choose it to be my profession. Most people are so prejudicial. When a woman works in a ship, she isn't as glorified compared to those who fly as a stewardess. "Glamour" is attached to those who are working in the sky but let me tell you that there's a lot of beliefs to broken, a lot of factors to be realized.

Back in college, me and my classmates would talk about how we'd want to be a flight attendant, earn a huge salary and travel the world for free. We were blinded by the thought of how easy it is to become one: having a pleasing personality, acceptable height and the willingness to serve passengers with a smile.

X Beauty as a Qualification

Whenever we see a clique of flight attendants walking in the airport, isn't it irresistible to turn our heads and follow their direction? They're all so pretty and sophisticated in their matching uniforms, luggage and crew bags. No wonder they're one of the airline's front liners.

After a few weeks of training, I've had several more reasons to look up to those women. You don't become an FA in an instant. You don't get hired because you're beautiful or tall nor because of Padrino System (though I've heard some who got away; they won't last anyway). They got the position because they're capable, willing, deserving and because they worked hard for it. I don't know with the other airlines but that's how it goes for the country's flag carrier.

I've been basing my statements with how we were taught in training. As I've mentioned before, we are supposed to meet PAL's very high standards in terms of passing our exams. Not just that, we're only allowed to fail twice or else we'll lose our lifelines and say good bye to the dreams that's almost within our grasp. 

What I'm trying to say is that those FAs passed a very rigid training which got them to where they are now. They're not just some pretty faces who were fortunate but I'm  definitely sure they have the brains and they know exactly what they are doing. PAL trained their attendants to be knowledgeable to know what needs to be done given different situations and act on it gracefully without losing composure.

Glorified Waitresses

What do flight attendants really do? Most people think that FAs are just glorified waitresses because of their responsibility in serving food up there. I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but they're not. Yes, a part of their duty is to be a service provider but first and foremost they are your trusted security and safety professionals up there.

At a cruising altitude of 30,000 ft., there's nobody else to aid you except your dear FAs so I suggest that you do not think of them as glorified waitresses only. It's a very humbling and versatile profession. Nowadays, they're are expected to be the luggage handler, cleaner, psychologist, security guard, first aider, fire fighter, mid-wife, psychologist, tour guide, entertainer and so on and so forth as long as you're in-flight. 

The next time you see one, you should appreciate them more.

ICCT 13-06 with Ms. Divine
ICCT 13-06 with Ms. Roan

ICCT 13-06 with class adviser, Sir Arys Obeso

I'm grateful for our mentors: Ma'am Divine Divinagracia, Ma'am Roan Guanlao and Sir Arys Obeso. All the trainings and insights we got from them will all be remembered and treasured.

Easy and Repetitive Job

It's a part of a flight attendant's job to look presentable: hair in a bun, well pressed uniforms, polished and un-chipped nails with full make up. They'd be picked up from home, fly to their destination, do the safety demo, serve passengers, get back to their jump seat, back to their domicile station then taken home by a service car. It goes on and on for the rest of their flying career.

It does sound easy and repetitive but it's not.

As I've mentioned above, ang mga flight attendant pang all-around na ngayon. Passengers would normally rely on cabin crews for their luggage; imagine 136 passengers (depending on the aircraft) relying on them for assistance and that's just for a one-way flight. 

Carrying heavy luggage often lead to back aches. FAs experience motion sickness and even breathing and skin problems due to working in a pressurized cabin. It's their duty to face hot tempered, irritated or even agitated passengers. In case of a strong turbulence, they're there to reassure you with a smile even though they are already scared for themselves. Since they fly all the time, they are always far from home and most of the time they'd miss special occasions because FAs do not have holidays.

It's really not that easy but it becomes a lighter job for those who enjoy it.

Based from what our mentors taught us, the word repetitive never even crossed my mind. It's always exciting to try new things and with this profession, new is an old word. FAs get to visit different places, experience different cultures, meet different kinds of people and work with different set of crews.

The only repetitive thing is the flight routine (e.g. safety demo, service, smiling and greeting. . .) but of course it's a part of their duty.

Repetition is a part of specialization. Cabin crews are on top of what they're doing because they have done it over and over again.


Would you still like to have this glamorous job? Share your thought :)


Sunday, July 21, 2013

PAL ICCT 13-06: Bound For Tagaytay

This day stirred my emotions. I was excited, pressured, scared and freaked out all at the same time. Excited because I'm moving a step closer towards reaching my dream but also pressured because I'm entering another battle ground that concerns my future, my life. Boy, I was also scared to finally go out to the real world where maturity and responsibility plays a big role. Though freaked out, I still feel blessed. Thousands aspired for this opportunity and I'm glad to be one of those who got the chance.

On July 21, 2013, ICCT 13-06 got completed for the first time. We were bound for Tagaytay for our 2-week Basic Training. From PAL In-Flight Center, we were brought to San Miguel Training Center, Tagaytay via two Philippine Airline coasters.

Here's the main building where our daily classes were held. I'm thankful for the very appropriate and relaxing amenities of  San Miguel Training Center that were lent to us. I've been in the corporate/media world in a short period of time and I learned a lot but I knew I wasn't meant to stay long there.

Not sure if I'm going to pass or fail, I immediately left my former job when PAL called. I am very fortunate to have been able to experience Basic Training in Tagaytay. Other classes didn't have this setup for it only started with the ICCT 13-01 batch (1st batch for the year 2013).

In addition to that, we are all flying international right away since domestic flights are slowly transferred to PAL Express. Everything seems to fall in its rightful place.

There's our room/meeting hall and my classmates who are all hyped to learn. It's like having another back-to-school syndrome. The only difference is that we get to study in Tagaytay, we have free accommodations and meals, corporate attires for uniforms and a very strict grade policy. You see, we're expected to get a 90% grade (for safety) and 85% grade (for services) to pass an exam. 2 failure calls for a removal. Parang PBB lang. House Rules is to Class Rules and Ratings/Rates is to Exam Grades. Haha!

Just like normal students, we get to spend the weekend for ourselves. We have a basketball court, jogging field, a couch with a television, billiard table and a gym. I forgot to mention the wi-fi. Everything is provided for us and I don't think I can ask for more.

We were asked to study, paid to study when in fact it was the other way around in college. My parents pay tuition fees for me to study. Other companies would ask training fees from their applicants and would have them pay for their uniforms and other stuff. 

PAL has provided all that we need and I'm trying to do my part by studying very well.

I've just graduated, just turned 20 but I'm looking forward to being one of the best flight attendants in the country even if it means going back to class again. So far, I don't think that the training is redundant because I've been learning a lot of things I've had no idea before.

It's another set of sleepless nights, countless cups of coffee and dark circles under the eyes but this'll all be worth it.

Flying with you soon :*


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Iko's Garden: A Visit to One of Davao's Best

As I was trying to revive my food blog, I stumbled upon these pictures in my laptop. These were taken a few months ago and this is something one shouldn't forget writing about. It's one of my most memorable dining experience with my fellow Davao Bloggers.

Iko's Garden has been in the business for 3 years when we got invited for a dinner. We were all very astounded to have been known it that late. There were clearly no marketing or advertising strategy that was implemented to attract  more customers. Only word of mouth. 

This is owned by Mr. Ferdinand Galeno who named the restaurant after his youngest son Rico hence the name "Iko's."

He shared that more than profit, what he really cared about was to provide a convenient and relaxing place that can offer great dishes. He wanted to make people happy. Iko's Garden truly lived up to its name. Indeed, the place seemed like a paradise and people would definitely be joyful to experience such place.

The moment we arrived at the place, the first thing we recognized was he owns a huge piece of land. It was very spacious from the parking, to dining area up until the garden section. He definitely utilized the land and made a paradise in it.  

The garden looks magical at night. It is very  soothing to drop by in a place like this every once in a while. There's a lot of green and the air is seemingly fresh. We had a breezy night.

The place is rated G. Anyone can enjoy. If you're having dinner with your family, boyfriend or girlfriend, hanging out with friends or even meeting with your officemates, the place is definitely perfect. There are tables inside should you wish to face the television while eating, there are table fronting the garden and most especially there are those super cozy pavillions where me and my colleagues relaxed.

And yes, they have a function room and it can cater 12-18 person.

I almost forgot. There's also a bar wherein you can sing through the videoke machine, order alcoholic drinks and converse with whomever you are spending the night with. Their beer cost P38.00 and there's also a variety of wines to choose from.

Food post/review will soon follow, I can't wait to share all the dishes we've tasted because they are all so (please just fill in the blank once you've already visited Iko's)
They're open from Mondays to Saturdays (8 am to 12 mn) and 4 pm to 10 pm every Sunday so feel free to visit  what I think is one of Davao's best :)

Iko's Garden
Amina Way Business Complex,
Airport Road, Davao City
Contact No. 0922888IKOS (4567)

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