Sunday, February 26, 2017

9 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the NEW Conference!

Hello sisters!
It is always a delight to hang out with your closest girl friends- shopping, dining out, having coffee, sharing beauty tips (maybe gossip- admit it)! but it is best when this bonding leads to something that helps with earning additional income!

We are fortunate that there is NEW for us ladies. This is NEW's blogcon that happened last February 15, 2017 at Agape Pastries & Tartines in Congressional Ave., Quezon City!

The 10th Annual Women Entrepreneur Conference by Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) happens on March 4, 2017, 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN at the New World Hotel. Ticket rate is Php 2,500.

NEW's blogcon that happened last February 15, 2017 at Agape Pastries & Tartines in COngressional Ave., Quezon City!
Feeling cafe owner- pagbigyan!

For starters, may I whet you appetite with Agape's luscious food served that day...

agape coffee, agape cafe,
coffee for the early bird me!

carrot malunggay green mango smoothie
carrot malunggay green mango smoothie

agape pasta
salad and pasta

agape tartines
open-faced sandwiches or tartines- fave ko 'yung second from top-cheesyyyy!

pizza and panna cotta
pizza and panna cotta

So... What's NEW?

NEW or Network for Enterprising Women is a group of women whose advocacy is to create an environment where there is free exchange of ideas and sharing of experience and opportunity to network, with a core mission to inspire every Filipina's entrepreneurial spirit.

New or Network for Enterprising Women is a group of women whose advocacy is to create an environment where there is free exchange of ideas and sharing of experience and opportunity to network, with a core mission to inspire every Filipina's entrepreneurial spirit.

NEW was founded in 2006 by its founding president Myren Garcia and a small group of female starters (her colleagues from previous work and friends from University of Asia and the Pacific where she graduated) who met every Saturday at Myren's then coffee shop.

NEW was founded in 2006 by its founding president Myren Garcia and a small group of female starters (her colleagues from previous work and friends from University of Asia snd the Pacific where she graduated) who met every Saturday at Myren's then coffee shop.
Garcia: "To be considered successful, you should be able to help other people too."

After working in a bank for so many years, Myren realized she wasn't reaching her full potential. She wanted to create something of her own but saw that there was lack of information, network and opportunities, and so it sparked the idea of establishing NEW!

Myren and her support group's simple meetings soon became a hub of ideas and a sophisticated vocation, and they started organizing mini events and forums to further expand their knowledge in entrepreneurship, til finally in 2008, they launched their very first Annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference, with the Internet being their only medium to advertise such event! Luckily, Philippine Star took notice and became a media partner. To their surprise and delight, 500 women came and their organization grew bigger! Currently, NEW has 52 members.

Last year's Network for Enterprising Women conference speakers featured best selling author, life coach and inspirational speaker Francis Kong, and one of NEW's prime mentors and owner of Mary Grace Foods, Mary Grace Dimacali; also present then were long-time members and the women behind successful businesses like Milea, Imagere, Strip It, Smart Concepts, Status Hair Salon, Dreambook Journal and Sweet Blooms Pastillas.

Last year's Network for Enterprising Women conference speakers featured best selling author, life coach and inspirational speaker Francis Kong, and one of NEW's prime mentors and owner of Mary Grace Foods, Mary Grace Dimacali; also present were long-time members and the women behind successful businesses like Milea, Imagere, Strip It, Smart Concepts, Status Hair Salon, Dreambook Journal and Sweet Blooms Pastillas.

Meet NEW's Conference Speakers this 2017:

Network for Enterprising Women (NEW), 10th Annual Women Entrepreneur Conference, speakers,

> Tess Dimaculangan of Dimaculangan and Co., CPA, one of the leading accounting firms in the country
"Managing Your Finances" - Enlightenes participants about the fundamentals of  handling resources and how to apply it in real life. After all, financial management is among the many skills entrepreneurs need to master.

> A nurse by profession and mompreneur Jean Uvero of Grupo Uvero Inc., with businesses ranging from health & beauty, food to auto care businesses (including Agape Pastries & Tartines, Nail It! Salon, among others)
"Challenges of Growing Your Businees" - Tackles problems  faced by start up companies, opportunities, best approach to avoid bad decisions and turn it into a success.

> Miguel dela Rosa of Giabella Foods Corporation, an experienced marketer having worked with San Miguel, Jollibee, SumoSam, Summit Media, etc.
"Effective Marketing Strategies" - Now that you have an operational company with stable finances, next comes how to allow it to grow into the minds and hearts of the target market. This talk will also give confidence to current start-up owners.

Tess Dimaculangan of Dimaculangan and Co., CPA, one of the leading accounting firms in the country "Managing Your Finances" - Enlightenes participants about the fundamentals of  handling resources and how to apply it in real life, after all, financial management is among the many skills entrepreneurs need to master.  > A nurse by profession and mompreneur Jean Uvero of Grupo Uvero Inc., with businesses ranging from health & beauty, food to auto care businesses (including Agape Pastries & Tartines, Nail It! Salon, among others) "Challenges of Growing Your Businees" - Tackles problems  faced by start up companies,  opportunities, best approach to avoid bad decisions and turn it into a success.  > Miguel dela ROsa of Giabella FOods Corporation, an experienced marketer having worked with San Miguel, Jollibee, SumoSam, SUmmit Media, etc. "Effective Marketing Strategies" - Now that you have an operational company with stable finances, next comes how to allow it to grow into the minds and hearts fo target markt. This talk will also give confidence to current start-up owners.

Reasons to Attend NEW Conference:

1. Inspirational
2. NEW is an advocacy and vocation
3. Learn as the Metro's business tycoons provide business ideas, tips, pieces of advice, best practices
4. Opportunity to network with future suppliers and partners, as NEW encourages collabs and patronage of local businesses to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive
5. NEW members enjoy monthly networking sessions/get-togethers, business seminars and opportunities thru the e-commerce website and active social media platforms
6. This esteemed organization is boosted by authority, credibility and integrity
7. Speakers who are experts in their respective fields
8. Encouraging support group- girl power!
9. Sisterhood, camaraderie and friendship plus FUN!!!

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Siyempre gusto ko rin mag-posing with the pretty pastillas flowers, noh!

Women have the persistence, intuition,  the willingness to go the extra mile; are aggressive, decisive, assertive with emotions that are not self-centered, but for the better of all- and NEW provides the additional 'push'- information and regular activities as follow thru- to help women succeed in this male-driven business world!

To know more or to become a member, please visit www.new.com.ph, www.facebook.com/newphils, www.instagram.com/newphils. Registration fee is Php 2,500. For tickets or reservations, you may call 908-2558 or 0917-540-8697.

Thank you NEW, Milea, Write On Track, Sweet Blooms, Skylite Dynamics!
Thank you NEW, Milea, Write On Track, Sweet Blooms, Skylite Dynamics!

So gora na mga mare! The 10th Annual Women Entrepreneur Conference by Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) happens on March 4, 2017, 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN at the New World Hotel. Thanks for reading! :)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Love 'Em Dermax in Ayala Malls the 30th!

Hello po!
I really love attending SkinStation events. They are one of the few companies who know how to take outstanding care of bloggers. They are indeed very generous and their staff are courteous, polite and friendly.

dermax laser center ayala malls 30th,

It is the same with their clinics, which give nothing but the very best to their valued clientele. Dermax Laser Center clinics are inviting, with modern and clinical interior that's simple, clean and well-lit!

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dermax laser center clinics

Dermax Professional also translates to value for money. Why waste money on products that don't work or fail to deliver promises, when Dermax carries top of the line, well-researched and clinically proven effective products!

Dermax also translates to value for money. Why waste money on products that don't work or fail to deliver promises, when Dermax carries top of the line, well-researched and clinically proven effective products!

Go on and try- testers are readily available!

dermax by skinstation

Dermax offers innovative, science-based and technology-focused skin care products and services. The Founder, Chairman and CEO of Dermax, SkinStation, Blushing Beauty and Chemworld, Mr. Fred Reyes is a multi-awarded chemist.

Dermax offers innovative, science-based and technology-focused skin care products and services. The founder, Chairman and CEO of Dermax, SkinStation, Blushing Beauty and Chemworld, Mr. Fred Reyes is a multi-awarded chemist.

Dermax Professional Line takes pride in being the first to introduce the use of nanotechnology. Nano-encapsulation technology assures optimal skin absorption. Dermax Professional uses the best, latest and safest ingredients at clinical strength.

blushing beauty skin care products

February 2, 2017 is the occasion of Dermax's 7th branch Grand Opening and blessing. Their newest clinic in Ayala Malls the 30th is dedicated to and coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of Candles/ Feast of the Purifiction of the Virgin or Candlemas.

February 2, 2017 is the occasion of Dermax's 7th branch Grand Opening and blessing. Their newest clinic is in Ayala Malls the 30th is dedicated to and coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of Candles/ Feast of the Purifiction of the Virgin or Candlemas.

Dermax Ayala Malls the 30th launching was graced by Ana Sideco (Philippine Models Association of the Philippines), Patricia Fernandez (2008 Bb. Pilipinas Internatinal) and Julian Flores (Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 4) and Mall GM Mariana Zobel de Ayala and her team.

Dermax Ayala Malls the 30th launching was graced by Ana Sideco (Philippine Models Association of the Philippines), Patricia Fernandez (2008 Bb. Pilipinas Internatinal) and Julian Flores (Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 4) and Mall GM Mariana Zobel de Ayala and her team.
This image is grabbed from Dermax's Facebook page.


Dermax Ayala Malls the 30th launching was graced by Ana Sideco (Philippine Models Association of the Philippines), Patricia Fernandez (2008 Bb. Pilipinas Internatinal) and Julian Flores (Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 4) and Mall GM Mariana Zobel de Ayala and her team.

Dermax is pioneering, bringing the latest in cutting-edge technology through specilaized treatment procedures like anti-aging, skin whitening, slimming, tattoo removal and the highly popular Diode laser hair removal!

dermax models, dermax endorsers,


dermax laser center menu of services

DLC Ayala Malls the 30th has 6  individual treatment rooms (including the room for the doctor, who is available daily) for the discerning patrons' utmost privacy. I am pleased to share that Dermax skin consultants are all nurses- fully trained and with years of experience!

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Everyone's tummy was full because of the mouthwatering specialties by caterer Lola's Best- lumpia, chicken humba, leche flan and more!

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Thanks Dermax! This is bound to be my New Beauty Secret!!!
Peptide Combo Facial- brightens skin and stimulates collagen growth. (Php 1,700)

Advanced Peptide Serum Set (Php 3, 750)- anti-aging breakthrough that provides instant porcelain skin finish with long-term benefits:

The Anti-Wrinkle Serum softens fine lines, helps regain skin elasticity, instantly fades wrinkles by natural coverage, gives supple and smooth porcelain-like appearance. With Adenosine, peptide complex, and ginsenoside extract to smoothen roughness and bring back velvety and youthful skin.

The Whitening Serum whitens and evens out skin tone, instantly provides bright and smooth skin like porcelain. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and peptide complex provide skin nutrition, enhances skin protection, and helps skin look healthier.

Peptide Combo Facial- Brightens skin and stimulates collagen growth. (Php 1,700)  Advanced Peptide Serum Set- anti-aging breakthrough that provides instant porcelain skin finish with long-term benefits:  The Anti-Wrinkle Serum softens fine lines, helps regain skin elasticity, instantly fades wrinkles by natural coverage, gives supple and smooth porcelain-like appearance. Adenosine, peptide complex, and ginsenoside extract to smoothen roughness and bring back velvety and youthful skin.  The Whitening Serum whitens and evens out skin tone, instantly provides bright and smooth skin like porcelain. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and peptide complex provide skin nutrition, enhances skin protection, and helps skin look healthier.

Dermax is located at the Lower Ground Floor, Ayala Malls the 30th, Pasig City! For appointments, you may call Customer Care Hotline (02) 405-5790, 0917-583GLOW, 0998-589GLOW or 0925-5258323.

Shop online: www.dermaxpro.com or message them for more information, https://www.facebook.com/dermaxlasercenter/ 

Come visit Dermax Laser Center by SkinStation Ayala Malls the 30th- they have loads of opening promo- discounts, buy 1 take 1 FREE!!! Thanks for reading :)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Where to Buy Cheap Animal Carriers and Cages in the Philippines!

Hello po!
As fur-rents or pet parents, we want the best for our furbabies, right? We treat them as family members, allot a budget to care for their health, and some of us pamper and spoil them, even dress them up!

At times I even wonder, why pets' stuff are more expensive than humans', haha! Like their soap, shampoo,  nail polish, cologne, clothes, etc.

Our family has numerous cats and dogs (well over a dozen), almost all of them rescues, but we try to give them as much as we can afford given their sheer number, which is costly. Like always have drinking water, exercise, food, vitamins, lots of love...

Where to Buy Cheap Animal Carriers and Cages in the Philippines!

Among the basic necessities are pet carriers (when you want to bring them traveling) and cages (for times when you cannot allow them to roam).

We can buy these in grooming centers, vet clinics, pet supply shops in the mall. But usually (well, based on my experience anyway), poultry supply stores and Arranque market sell these cheaper. Just make sure to canvass and check which can offer the lowest price, plus it pays to haggle!

pet crate
Medium sized, bought for Php 500!

pet cage
XL sized, purchased for Php 1,050! The tray is sandy because it got exposed to rain, but so far (it has been more a month since we got it), the metal is not rusting yet.

It is just sheer torture going to Arranque- harrowing to see poor animals maltreated, crying, suffering, begging, makes me wonder what the government agencies (BIR hello they do not issue receipts, or veterinary or agriculture, whichever board handles these) do to make sure these animals are treated humanely. Best is adopt, don't shop, rescue strays, and open your homes to pound/ shelter animals!

Mom would have cages custom made by a neighborhood welder. It would cost thousands, but it is according to specification plus it is more durable. I also sometimes use a plain carton and punch holes onto it when carrying tiny kittens.

Here's to wishful thinking that soon we will have a more progressive animal welfare law and responsible pet owners in the Philippines. Thanks for reading! :)

RedoXfat by ATC: Is it Really Effective?

Hi! For those who are trying to shed pounds and slim down, or balik alindog program in preparation of flaunting your bikini bodies at the beach or swimming pool this summer, you're in luck. This is a review of one of the popular slimming pills- ATC Healthcare's RedoXFat.

review of one of the popular slimming pills- ATC Healthcare's RedoXFat.
Yep, I put some of the green-brown powder on my tongue. Has an herbal-bitter taste.

RedoXfat is priced at Php 15 per capsule and is available in drugstores. Sometimes naka buy 1 take 1 FREE. I think this is made in China.

RedoXfat has 350 mg L-Carnitine and 150 mg Green tea extract (Camellia Sinensis).

redoxfat ingredients, redoxfat price,

So a few days before I took this, I was constipated. But within a few hours upon consuming it, I had to go to the bathroom. I take RedoXfat 2x a day- morning and night.

RedoXfat's effects on me were:
  • I feel less bloated.
  • Regularized bowel movement.
  • I had to go to the bathroom a few minutes or an hour after a meal ( it was like 2 to 3 times per day).
  • The waste seems oily, it was as if some fats were excreted.
  • It did not give me the painful stomach cramps. With some laxatives, namilipit ako sa sakit at hapdi ng tiyan.
  • I cannot say if it suppresed my appetite because I still have hearty cravings.
To effectively lose weight and trim those love handles, I have to say you cannot rely on RedoXfat alone. You need discipline, exercise and proper diet.

RedoXfat by ATC Healthcare: Is it Really Effective?

Actually, many months ago, I had already taken 2 boxes of RedoXfat but it is only now that I blogged about it; I was reminded that I was pleased with the results back then.

You may check this for ATC's press release:
http://www.pisceanrat.com/2015/07/the-way-to-healthier-sexier-you.html

Thanks for reading. I have been to Caramoan, Boracay, Puerto Galera, and would love to discover more. What are your vacation plans this summer, what beaches would you recommend? Comment down below! :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Learn the Art of Coffee with Slow Brew Ph!

Hello po!
The most ardent cafe aficionado knows well that savoring the magic in his cuppa joe just ain't enough. This passion often translates to knowing and familiarizing himself with its slightest trivialities- just as a passionate lover to his paramour would.

Welcome to Slow Brew Ph- a pop up cafe that serves specialty coffee in which different brewing methods are highlighted.

Last December 10, 2016, coffee enthusiasts and bloggers were gathered in a room at the Level 3, Cinema Lounge in Century Mall, Makati, for a day of wholesome enjoyment of delicious coffee and learning more about it.

Slow Brew Ph. Last December 10, 2016, coffee fans and bloggers were gathered in a room at the Level 3, Cinema Lounge in Century Mall, Makati,

The day's schedule:
Specialty coffee, What's In a Cup, Brew By You, Art in a Cup.

Specialty coffee, What's In a Cup, Brew By You, Art in a Cup.

Coffee fans milled around socializing with kindred spirits, tasting and appreciating the differences in each different cup of  kape they consumed.

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slow brewing coffee

Baristas in action- slow brewing using methods such as Siphon, Chemex, Hario V60, Kalita, Aeropress.
Grinder, espresso machine is also utilized. Feel free to ask which tool is which.

Baristas in action- slow brewing using methods such as Siphon, Chemex, Hario V60, Kalita, Aeropress.

Slow Brew is coined such because this is not instant 3 in 1, but each brew is literally slow- taking at least 4 minutes.

siphon technique brewing
Siphon technique... Before (above) and after (below):

slow brew philippines

Only 1 kind of coffee bean was used for the day- 100% Arabica from Benguet.

slow brew ph

During lecture time, all ears were listening intently for coffee is a most interesting subject.

slow brew ph
Teresa Garcia  and Hyubs Ursua

coffee history

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The Php 350 ticket for Slow Brew is inclusive of unlimited brew. But be warned- even the greatest caffeine junkie has a limit to the cups he can safely consume in a day- or face the dreaded consequences!

slow brew, francis reyes,


slow brew saturday
Pretty succulents on display are also for sale at Slow Brew Philippines' event.

I got Bibingka (rice cake), a perfect partner to coffee, for just Php 25 each. This version by Lola's Best made me an instant fan!

lolas best bibingka
It is absolutely yummy! Soft, moist and the salted egg and cheese is really pronounced.

slow brew, lolas best,

Slow Brew Saturday was made possible in partnership with Barista & Coffee Academy of Asia (BCAA), Kalsada Coffee Roasters and sponsored by SkinStation.

Slow Brew Ph was made possible in partnership with Barista & Coffee Academy of Asia (BCAA), Kalsada Coffee Roasters and sponsored by SkinStation.

Slow Brew Ph was made possible in partnership with Barista & Coffee Academy of Asia (BCAA), Kalsada Coffee Roasters and sponsored by SkinStation.

To know more, please visit https://www.facebook.com/SlowBrewPH Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Broken Mirror Book Review

Hello po!
Last January 27, 2017 was the Book Launch for Broken Mirror Inside a Chinese Marriage held at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Doroteo Jose, Sta. Cruz.

Last January 27, 2017 was the Book Launch for Broken Mirror Inside a Chinese Marriage held at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Doroteo Jose.

The event starts with a reading of Chapter 27 by Lissa Romero De Guia. There was also book signing then Q&A with the co-author, Coylee Gamboa. She was asked who she wants to star if ever this is made into a movie, she mentioned Chow Yun Fat in the "Father" role.

The launch starts with a reading of Chapter 27 by Lissa Romero De Guia. There was also book signing then Q&A with the co-author, Coylee Gamboa.

Guests were serenaded by Chrissie Bellosillo.

Guests were serenaded by Chrissie Bellosillo.

Superb refreshments, Chinese delicacies.

Superb refreshments, Chinese delicacies.

The blogger was able to briefly interview and ask for an autograph from the writer, Ms. Gamboa. At first I thought that Ms. Coylee was Aurora Teo Mei Ling. It turns out that Aurora Teo Mei Ling was just a pen name. The true identity is kept hidden, due to the controversial happening in the book.

The two met at an art school and formed a bond strong enough for Aurora to entrust her life story to Coylee, and this autobiography came to light.

The blogger with the co-author, ms. coylee gamboa

Broken Mirror Book Review
Autographed copy

Broken Mirror is published by Caelestis Productions, Inc. Available at Php 500 a copy, in Fully Booked branches in BGC, Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, Greenhills Promenade, Greenbelt 5, Mall of Asia, Century Mall and Eastwood Mall.

Broken Mirror is published by Caelestis Productions, Inc. Available at Php 500 a copy, in Fully Booked branches in BGC, Power Plant, Alabang Town Center, Greenhills Premenade, Greenbelt 5, Mall of Asia, Century Mall and Eastwood Mall.

Thanks for the tikoy! Readers will be lucky too! >Wink<

Broken Mirror inside a chinese marriage Book Review

Book Review:
Broken Mirror Insde a Chinese Marriage by Aurora Teo Mei Ling and Coylee Gamboa


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Now who doesn't want to hear a big, juicy gossip involving high profile personalities? If this is any indication, showbiz or entertainment news sites have a great following and the comments box is often exploding!

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Now, take a heroine- hers is a rags to riches story. She is beautiful, smart, rich and of Chinese descent. After marrying her knight in shining armor, she is able to travel lavishly abroad, acquire luxurious cars, buy designer bags- but is this a fairytale dream of happily ever after?

When I got home, I immediately flipped thru the pages. Lo and behold, Broken Mirror is so well written that I could not put it down. I almost finished the book that night.

The book is somewhat scandalous, revealing traditions and taboos in the shrouded Chinese community. Even this jaded reader finds it  shocking and affecting.

Oh, how many times could her mirror break, her heart and soul shatter into pieces!!! It got me furious and sad; I want to reach out to this lady and comfort her. How I wish the story was make believe, but it actually is a non-fiction!

broken mirror book synopsis
"Legend says that when a child is born, a mirror is forged to reflect the new soul so care must be taken not to break the mirror for that would bring bad luck..."

This book is a must have, not only because this is an honest and factual account of things that will otherwise remain a secret, but more so because it is a tale that will leave lessons and hopefully help those of similar situations, with its positive words of empowerment.

broken mirror, aurora teo mei ling, coylee gamboa,

Broken Mirror Inside A Chinese Marriage got me very intrigued, and I want to know- #whoisaurora ???