How My Shopaholic Tendencies Landed Me in the Shopee Birthday Bash and its Video Collaboration

I have a confession to make. I never thought I’d like this. I was just trying it for a little bit, you know, testing it for a little while. But then, little whiles became days, weeks, months, years – and there was nothing I could do to stop.

Forgive me please, but I am a shopping addict. 

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I remember visiting the nearby mall in our university back in college every after school. I used to sneak my shopping goodies inside my bedroom window first, before finally going inside the house’s main door.

I was afraid my Mom will scold me again. But I was terminal. :/ Haha

Too ill to heal. 😀

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You see, looking back I never really regret shopping much. Wanting nicer things actually pushed me to go pursue a business, so I can afford the things I want.

Little did I know, these “shopaholic tendencies” would pave the way for some opportunities, aside from Versaheel.

Last night, I went to the Shopee’s Birthday Bash!

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(Ms Kathy Kenny Ngo,  Katsy Faustino and Me)

It was wonderful, and even though it took me forever to arrive because damn, the traffic was treacherous; I was still able to come in one piece.

Ibiza Beach Club was stupendous! I have seen one that’s similar in Cebu, and it is such a genius to have something like that here in Manila!

The place was in an all-white-theme, and that spells the extra class of the venue! We were situated in arc sofas and the little platforms served as pathways. The water in the little pools on the sides made everything more magical!

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I am really grateful for being part of this year’s Shopee’s anniversary party. Not only did I meet new people, I was also given the chance to participate in its video collaboration with Manila Mash.

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(With Drey Uy and Ms Kathy Kenny Ngo of Manila Mash)

We had the shoot in Café Libertad in Amorsolo, Makati. You’ve got to visit them! They have the most flavorful sandwiches in Makati, I tell you!

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In here we talked about how convenient shopping became because of this app. I never have to go out just to canvass and buy something. Looking for a product became a lot easier through Shoppee!

You can watch the full video here, as produced by Manila Mash in collaboration with Shoppee!

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It also helps me market Versaheel more. I can say that Shopee’s features come in real handy for entrepreneurs like me, because it allows us to have a medium to sell our products and get searched in the most suitable and convincing way!

Plus, the Shopee Guarantee makes it more genuine and safer, because the app becomes your gateway in buying online. And a seller will only collect the payment, once you, the buyer receives the product.

Trust issues are even addressed directly!

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(L-R : Eric Priginal, Joy Priginal, Drew Uy, Me, Katsy Faustino, Ms Kathy Kenny Ngo)

(With Angel Abad and Mommy Lariza Garcia)

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Download Shopee now, and get amazing deals and discounts!

Be careful, please do this in moderation! Addictive tendencies have been reported! 🙂

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Fascination on Francis Libiran’s Bridal Collection and the Serendipitous Moment that Came After It

Serendipity. That beautiful word. It haunts me. It amazes me how momentous events in one’s life can actually be captured by a word in the dictionary.  OMG! There is actually a word for it!

And this is how it felt.

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John and I hastily braved the traffic to Forever Francis Libiran’s by J Diamond fashion show. We were so excited we didn’t even eat prior to going.

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We were not that late anyway, we were still able to gaze on the lovely ensembles donned by these modern brides.

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I love how exquisite the modern details are. I am a big fan of fusions of whimsical and geometric designs!

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All photo credits are from Francis Libiran.

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The engagement and wedding rings are also beautiful; they make me want to pull the months so I can get married already!

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You may set an appointment with them:
 (63 2) 416 9098 / (63 2) 823 1003 / (63 2) 925 54 95 / (63 2) 416 90 98
✉️ libiran.francis@gmail.com
 www.francislibiran.com

You may follow them on their Facebook and Instagram!

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Ms. Hazel Gonzales and Ms. Maria Dimaano from CAVA were also there!  It was nice seeing them again! It turns out that they are friends with Francis Libiran, and they are the ones who did the prenup Hair and Make Up of the gorgeous couple back in Vietnam! Check out my post about CAVA!

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I also happen to see my blogger friend, Roselle Cee Tee, and it was wonderful to see her again! She, later on, introduced me to Mr. MJ Racadio, a blogger, a mentor, a PR expert, and a publicist!

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You probably have seen him in my recent social media posts, and that’s because he is the reason why my dream is getting a clearer direction. I cannot wait for the coming days!

Who would have thought that attending this event would make me meet someone who’s about to help me make my dreams come true! It was so serendipitous!

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So, I think the lesson here is to just go out, leave your shell, and explore the world. You’ll never know who you’re going to meet, and how these circumstances will shape the world you’re about to create in the next five years!

I’m so ecstatic and inspired already!

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Serendipity. That beautiful word. It haunts me. It amazes me how momentous events in one’s life can actually be captured by a word in the dictionary.  OMG! There is actually a word for it!

And this is how it felt.

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Commuters, say hello to the new LRT App! Yay!

Are you a commuter? Do you always ride the LRT-2 either on your way to school or work? I have some exciting news for you, my merfriend!

I met a PR Expert, Arnold Allanigui yesterday, and he oriented me to the new changes LRT is doing to reach the commuters and to provide better service! I was whiplashed to know that they are launching a system, via an APP! OMG! My 17-year old self would’ve been thrilled!

The Light Rail Transit Authority in partnership with TrackMate Business Solutions launched last week, May 5, 2017 the Passenger Assist-Rail Display System (PARDS) Project at LRT-2 Cubao Station.

LRTA Administrator Gen. Reynaldo I. Berroya said that “PARDS” is exclusively designed for LRT-2 commuters to receive REAL-TIME communication while on-board the train. The project is a proprietary technology provided by an all Filipino Technology company, the Trackmate Business Solutions at no cost to the government.

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In Photo: Jacque Manabat with LRTA Administrator  Ret. Gen. Reynaldo Berroya

Berroya stressed that through this technology passengers will receive real-time information on train arrival/departure, train location, news, public service and emergency announcements, passengers traffic and entertainment.

The Passenger Assist-Rail Display System is powered by GPS and updated in the cloud then translated into Audio-Video display. Forty (40) digital display monitors per trainset will be installed.  A mobile phone application will also be developed (IOS and Android) for commuters.

Meanwhile, LRTA has started its multi-year rehabilitation project aimed to improve the efficiency of the system and provide a better travel experience to LRT-2 commuters.

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In Photo: Jacque Manabat with LRTA Head Executive Assistant Nelzon Villanueva

The 14 year old train system will undergo modernization and upgrading to improve its reliability and capacity. The replacement of all defective elevators and escalators at the stations, the systematic replacement of the airconditioning unit of the 10 operational trains and the restoration of 4 down trains are the main focus of rehabilitation this year.

Berroya emphasized that the LRT-2 train’s air-conditioning system need to undergo systematic replacement since most of its parts are already obsolete and unrepairable. “ We will modernize the ACU to be more environment-friendly,  energy efficient and compliant with the Clean Air Act”, he added. 

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However, the project is complex and will require ample time as it goes through bidding, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning. The systematic replacement will commence this November of this year and will be completed in 2018. Thereafter, a cooler and more comfortable journey will be experienced by the riding public.

So how is that to end your Thursday night? If you’re in college now, can I just say that you are sooo lucky? Gone are the days that you have to hoard yellow Stored-Value-Cards! With the BEEP Card and this new ‘PARDS’ App, riding the LRT is going to be even better!

What do you think of this news?

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How to Achieve a Killer Smile with GumAlive

Just like most teen girls, I also had my fair share of insecurities. You see, I always wanted to have a nice smile, but since I wasn’t gifted with a good set of teeth, I just have to resolve to other means.

Either I smile without exposing my pearly whites, which is a bit difficult considering how protruding my upper set was; smile a bit while consciously forcing my lower lip forward to create an illusion that my upper set wasn’t too accelerative, or the safest, but also the saddest, is to not smile at all. Period.

Either way, these methods only remind me that I can only do so much; that is why I envisioned myself to self-invest one day.

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Investing in ourselves is always a good thing, especially if the improvement directs you to your goal, the common good, and it enhances your quality of life. So I got braces! Haha

My parents paid for my first one back in college in 2007, but since I am not quite satisfied with the results, I switched dentists. So tadaa, after 10 years, I still look like my college self, only with ginger hair! Haha 😀

Now that I am on the road to get my dream smile, there is only one thing left! How do I maintain it and how do I keep my dental health in place?

So I guess we have to start with what we’re always used to – toothpaste and mouthwashes.

Can I just say I have never been more thankful for blogging than I am today? I got invited to the Bloggers’ Meeting of GumAlive Toothpaste, the first mouth spa in the world. And I was pretty psyched about this product.

I didn’t blog about it after the event because I want to at least try it out first, and let my friends use it, so that I can document their review as well.

So, here’s what you have to know.

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GumAlive is a Thai product that is made with organic ingredients, so you’re sure that everything’s healthy and good even for the most sensitive teeth.

In line with this, GumAlive brings oral health to a new peak by spearheading the concept “The Way Nature Made It”, providing true wellness by natural elements, as it doesn’t contain parabens, SLS and Flouride.

It is also the first mouthspa toothpaste with the integration of “Bodhical” Extract, a substance derived from the widely known sacred fig tree.

There are three variants, and so far my favourite is the GumAlive Fresh Breath.

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GumAlive Fresh Breath

Commonly, we brush our teeth in the evening, only to worry for a bad breath in the morning – not exactly a great start to greet your honey or family. But the most amazing part here is, just when you thought that all toothpastes are made equally the same, they’re actually not.

GumAlive Fresh breaks that myth! Woah! You should try it!

Using this cutting-edge mouth care isn’t like ordinary tooth brushing. The first time I used it, I noticed that it doesn’t bubble that much at the beginning because it neutralizes your mouth’s PH primarily. Our mouth is naturally acidic, same as the toothpaste we generally use.

Consequently, GumAlive is alkaline, which explains the absence of the bubbles. And this mouthspa just leaves your entire buccal cavity minty and fresh.

The two other variants are Natural Whitening and Special Gum Care.

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The good thing about this brand is that they have a specific product on targeted needs. Like Special Gum Care. I believe this is so helpful for those who are suffering from tooth decay and toothaches. It alleviates pain and supports overall dental health.
One keynote I highly value is that I learned in the launch that women who suffer toothaches normally have reproductive issues. So if you’re having sudden concerns with your teeth, better have yourself checked by a doctor. There may be an underlying cause to that.

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I highly recommend this product, but you have to experience it to believe it.

GumAlive retails for P395 a tube, and is available at Cash & Carry, UniMart, Fisher Mall, Makati Supermart in Alabang, and selected Mercury Drug stores.

Follow GumAlive Philippines in Facebook and in their website.

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My fiancé and our families are using it now. So maybe it’s about time to change your toothpaste brand, don’t you think?

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7 Things Why CAVA is Your Dream Makeup School

If there’s anything I’m not good at, considering how vain I am, oh, let me rephrase that – I mean how meticulous and valuable a physical image is to me, it’s probably putting on makeup.

I mean, I know the basics, but I believe my skills need more didactics. Good thing CAVA came into my life.

CAVA or the Centre for Aesthetics and Visual Arts is a makeup school, makeup events place, a makeup junkie’s haven all rolled into one! I was fortunate to be invited in their launch and got a lot of makeup takeaways after! So scroll down my dear merfriends to know more about this gem.

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  1. It’s the baby of HG Studio

HG Studio is a makeup and photography studio spearheaded by Ms. Hazel Gonzales, an International Airbrush Specialist, Professional Bridal Makeup Artist, Beauty Consultant, and Entrepreneur.

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Her passion and talent allowed her to travel the globe and perfect her craft. She has represented the esteemed cosmetic brand, Estee Lauder, by being its head makeup artist, and has been trained under international makeup gurus. No wonder, she is one of the most sought-after makeup consultants in the country.

Her creative works have also graced media covers and events, from magazines, billboards, commercials, tv shows, to photo shoots and fashion shows.

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I was thrilled to know that HG Studio’s main love is working their magic in debuts and weddings. Considering I’m getting married in two years, it felt like destiny meeting them.

With all the things I wrote here, it was a matter of time (and maybe because of an insistent public demand) that HG Studio shares its creative prowess to those who would like to learn the art of makeup, hence the launch of CAVA.

  1. Wonderful Vision

Ms. Hazel shared about her formative years, wherein it was a bit challenging to enroll in Makeup Studies. She related that there was only one makeup school back then, and the tuition fees are a bit pricey, so she really had to work very hard to be able to afford her dream.

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She even said that they were required to wear uniforms, and these added more to the ‘list’. That is why with CAVA, she wanted to assist those like her to be able to start and achieve their dreams a lot easier. So expect reasonable terms, merfriends!

  1. Waze-able and Familiar Location

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Having a background in real estate, I was trained that location is the first thing you look at in establishments. I was ecstatic to know that CAVA is very easy to find, and I can waze myself going towards it. Your UBER/GRAB ride can be as swift too!

Here are their addresses:

HG Studio – Torre Venezia Suites 170 Timog Avenue, corner Scout Santiago Street, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila, Pilipinas

CAVA (Centre for Aesthetics and Visual Arts) – Unit 305 Victoria Tower Commercial, Panay Avenue Cor. Timog Avenue, Quezon City

  1. Gorgeous Interiors

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I love how the upscale interiors are designed; they make me want to learn makeup professionally already. I am sure, one look at this, and CAVA’s email will be bombarded by makeup enthusiasts wanting to be enlisted in their makeup classes.

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The interiors remind me of Moulin Rouge, where performers prepare before the show, only this looks more chic and modern.

  1. Quality Program and Services Trusted by Celebrities

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Since there is only one brain mom who gave birth to HG Studio and CAVA, it’s no wonder that some of their clients attended and visited them during the launch.

Rachel Alejandro and Marco Alcaraz were there. And we had a quick sesh posting for photos.

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One of the makeup artists who did a demo, Ms Eva is also a student from CAVA and she now works for MAC. She’s a testimony that CAVA can help you achieve your beauty dreams and take you places!

  1. Amazing Mentors and Staff

    IMG_20170407_105813-01Ms Hazel, together with Ms Maria and all the members of CAVA Team were all nice and accommodating. Their friendly smiles surely diminish the tension of awkward introductions, attendees’ reserved demeanor, and I bet, even the nervousness of their clients either an artist,  debutante or bride. Their warm personalities and professionalism make you want to book them for every event!IMG_20170407_110538-01IMG_20170407_110704-01

Ms Hazel also showed us how wearing a primer can drastically make colors pop more, compared to none. She also mentioned that primers cater to different types of skin, so we shouldn’t be mixing the primers meant for eyes lids, face, and lips.

I also learned that skin’s reaction to makeup regarding acidity is not seen days after. You can actually see it within minutes, 30 minutes at most.

How would you know if you’re acidic to a makeup brand? Apply some directly on the skin where you’re supposed to use it and then wait. If it turns darker, you’re acidic. 🙂 Such a huge takeaway! 🙂

  1. Ideal Venue for Beauty and Makeup Events

Now things start to become more and more interesting for CAVA. This isn’t just a makeup school; you can actually rent the place out for events, tutorials, makeup parties, meet-ups, talks, sponsorship affairs, etc. How fascinating is that? So if you’re a makeup artist wanting to host your first event, head on to CAVA and have this amazing place enjoyed by you and your attendees!

After the makeup sesh, JC Gellidon (Sony Ambassador) also taught us how we can maximize our camera phones to achieve good selfies and create beautiful photos with basic photography know-how.

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Mireh Manna also stuffed our tummies with good food, which is why learning makeup and basic photography became more fun! And The Sexy Chef was there too! I am sure you heard that they deliver healthy food to those wanting to achieve great summer bods!

I learned so many things that day, pretty new wonderful things actually! And since you’re reading this post today, I have some good news!

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CAVA will be hosting their second Makeup Workshop tomorrow! April 29, 2017, in their studio! Each enrollee will also be given a certificate of participation upon finishing the course as well as a gift bag filled with goodies for makeup junkies. Slots are limited so enroll now!

Please text or call (02) 6220360 / 09178830086 to know more!

You may also contact them through the following:

CAVA – Centre for Aesthetics and Visual Arts

3rd Floor Victoria Towers Commercial Bldg., Timog Ave. Quezon City,

http://www.cava.ph/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAVAPhilippines/

Phone.: +632.622.0360      Mobile: +63917.8830086

Email: cava.ph@gmail.com

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Torre Venezia Suites, Timog Ave.Quezon City, Philippines

http://www.hgstudio.asia/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HGStudio/

Twitter: @MakeupbyHG       Instagram: @hg.studio

Phone: +63 2 622 0360        Mobile: +63 917 883 0086

Email: hazelgonzales@hgstudio.asia / marketing@hgstudio.asia / photography@hgstudio.asia

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With fellow blogger, Kisty Mea! Had such a great time sharing this experience with you! 🙂

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Got these freebies too! Thanks CAVA and Lui & Elle! 🙂

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Excited to learn makeup? What’s your favorite makeup product? I love lipsticks! What’s yours?

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Win a FREE PASS for Social Media Marketing Workshop

Hi there my merfriends!

I’m celebrated my birthday last April 1st (and no, it’s not a joke! 😀 haha ). As my way of saying thank you and sharing my blessings, I am holding a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!

One (1) lucky winner will get a FREE PASS (worth P2,500) on my workshop this coming April 29, 2017, Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Shaw Blvd.,Pasig City!

Here is how to join:
1. Like my Encyclopevia Page.
2. Follow me in IG at instagram.com/encyclopevia

3. Share this post to your profile and tag Encyclopevia with the caption

“I want to win a FREE PASS in Encyclopevia ‘s Social Media Marketing Workshop! #SocialMediaMarketing #EncyclopeviaBlogGiveaway

Be sure to set it to ‘Public’ so I can check!

4. Once done, leave your IG handle and email in the comments below.

That’s it! Easy peasy! I will announce the winner on April 26, 2017! Good luck!

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How I Turned from a Barangay Beauty Pageant Host to a Social Media Resource Speaker

Looking back, I have never imagined pursuing a career in public speaking. I mean I have always been drawn to the arts. I love to draw. I remember my dad bringing home a briefcase filled with scratch papers from his office just so I can have some things to doodle on. I think refurbishing the walls of our rooms with my pesky little drawings took a toll on him. Hehe 😀

But kidding aside, I think life gets to you and you somehow discover how serendipitous things can be; to bring you to some ideals you’ve never thought you’ll even like being part of.

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After highschool, I dreamt of taking a course related to communications, but the tide wasn’t on my side. I went to Nursing school instead, even though it wasn’t my first choice. I was actually fine with it, because learning a new thing is still good. Plus, I met really great friends!

It was not until one summer night, and that probably lead me to where I am now, that placed an essential diversion to the career I was about to take. I hosted a beauty pageant. My mom recommended me to the officials and organizers, of course! Haha 😀 She said, “Kayang-kaya nya yan!” OMG! I have never hosted anything like that before!

Aside from selling shoes online, which became a good source to cater my little luxuries back then, I realized this could be a good opportunity for me to save and buy a good phone. I was eyeing the Samsung Corby Pro that time.

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I was also really worried to host, knowing that the audience may come from the masses. They might be hard to please. I can speak definitely, but I particularly lack humor, I tell you. I was the by-the-book kind of speaker.

I have to prepare, know my lines, and every little detail. I was so scared to commit a mistake, and to do adlibs even. I was hoping against hope that nothing goes wrong because I might not be able to handle it. I was sooo formal. I even watched Ms. Congeniality that morning, hoping to get some tips from the emcees.

The pageant came and it was nerve-racking. Good thing my co-host was very nice that he guided and gave me cues during the show. I learned a lot that night, and I think that the most important lesson of being a host is to incorporate good audience interaction.

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You see you have to be the middle-man of the people who are on the spotlight and those who are in the bleachers. You have to engage the audience to what’s happening. You’re there too because of them anyway.

I know I struggle on that part, but the wonders of real estate training created an avenue for me to develop that.

Soon enough, I graduated and applied for jobs. Non-nursing jobs. Mind you, I had to endure and undergo 10 interviews before I landed a position. I got rejected basically because I fail to meet minimum height requirements. I was so devastated that I actually thought short girls like me can’t get jobs. 😥 Haha It was a cruel time!

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Anyway, I applied for a receptionist position too, because as I’ve read it says that it was a job that would be easy to learn, well at least for me. The job posts would usually include “Any 4-year course”, and I felt like they were talking to me. I believe I was particularly chatty during one interview that they recommended me a Training Assistant position.

Back then, I had no idea how that opportunity would change the course of my career. I trained real estate sales people with me having no background in sales. I pondered on the possibility that this data may pose as a waterloo on my part; so I made researches, and enrolled in a real estate learning centre. I sat in my mentors’ training sessions as often as the schedule permits, even though I’ve sat in them a hundred times.

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I always believe that there is something to learn from everyone. That is why I highly value the conversations I have with my colleagues, trainees, sales managers and directors, mentors, friends, etc. Everybody has a story to tell. Learning from their experiences even if I haven’t gone through them gives me steps’ advantage just in case I may encounter them later in life, need some enlightenment over things, or might need to advise somebody.

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Fast forward to now, I believe being “trainable” is the key skill I learned from all these years. So it was so timely that I got an opportunity to share the knowledge I’ve learned with my stint as a sales trainer and a marketing specialist. I can’t believe I will be having my very first training and workshop! My 21 year old self would’ve been proud!

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Since I strongly believe that sharing is caring; as a way for me to share the knowledge and skills I have obtained from selling online since 2009, training in sales, and blogging I am so happy to announce that I was given a chance to do a talk  about this passion!

I will be speaking in Social Media Marketing: Promote Your Business Online on April 29, 2017 Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 2019 Pelbel Bldg. I, Unit 210, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City.

I will be discussing about product branding, social media strategies, Facebook and Instagram Marketing. Flat-lay Photography, Black and White Hat Marketing, Leads Generation, Customer Service, and many more!

You can secure your tickets at Business Innovators Learning Centre Inc. to reserve your seat! We will only accommodate 20 attendees for this! So better hurry!

You can also join my on-going birthday giveaway and get a chance to win 1 FREE PASS! Please check out my Encyclopevia page for the mechanics!

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OMG! I can’t wait to meet you all! Shall I see you then?

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Make Up Workshop: Look Sexy with Must Be Lexie

Since I was talking about Personality Development in my recent post, I thought I should key in more blog posts about this topic, especially when I have an upcoming entry about makeup!

Yes makeup! OMG!

I was never a good makeup artist. I just know I have to always look presentable, especially when facing clients, and whenever I have to train a class. With the limited talent I have with brushes and blushes, I have to do everything on my own! Imagine my mini heart attacks during events!

Anyway, I have also seen a video depicting the differences between Western and Korean’s style in putting makeup. And I wondered which one is more suitable to my face type.

According to that video, basically, Western Makeup Style looks mature, glamorous, glittery, edgy and often makes someone really look like a movie star.

While Korean Makeup Style appears youthful, glowy, sweet, innocent, and most of the time appears very delicate.

With today’s workshop though, I think I will do a Western look.

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That is why it was so timely when I had the chance to join Ms. Lexie Panaligan’s free makeup tutorial!

I was giddy I cannot wait to go!

It was held in Komunidad Filipino Cuisine Restaurant in Antipolo City, and in there Ms. Lexie taught us the basics of doing our own makeup. Here is the guide on which cosmetic/product we should put first before the other. Arranged ordinally are the following:

  1. Eye Cream
  2. Moisturizer
  3. Primer (at the T-zone)
  4. CC Cream
  5. Concealer (Under eyes)
  6. Foundation
  7. Translucent Powder
  8. Eye Shadow
  9. Eyeliner
  10. Eye Curler / Curlash
  11. Mascara (One dip should be enough for both lashes)
  12. Bronzer and Blush
  13. Eyebrow
  14. Concelear (Under the eyes. Again.)
  15. Lipbalm
  16. Lip Color (Lipliners and glosses are optional.)

But if you have braces like me, best way to toss glosses for the meantime. Metals and extra glitters will only create a greasy look, like it’s too busy and that there are so many things going on in one little bodypart!

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We used Mary Kay products, and actually it’s my first time to use them. I particularly adore the foundation, because it felt so light in the face. Their matte lipstick was so rich in color as well!

The key takeaway for me was doing the eyebrows!

I am sooo envious on how others really master the craft of creating the perfect brows, that is why when I learned that all you essentially need, the first and foremost is a good makeup brush.

So here is my finished look!

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You can achieve that dark to light effect color from your brow bone towards the area where your 2 eyebrows meet, by swiftly gliding your brush from the middle towards the ‘meet-up place’. In that way you only spread lighter shades, not making them look like some stickers plastered above your eyes.

I also got to take home a Mary Kay Eye Brow Liner. Thanks so much! 🙂

Komunidad food was great as well; I didn’t know this junction offer such great meals!

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So thanks to this, no more brow-horrors for me! And I think that’s so sexy!

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By the way, you can find Ms. Lexie Panaligan in her page Must Be Lexie to know more about makeup tips and tutorial schedules!

Have you joined any make up workshops? What was your key takeaway? 🙂

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5 Princess-y Things I Became Because of “The Winning Image”

I grew up with a very queenly mother. She always teaches me about how to be and how not to be in terms of conducting and presenting myself, especially in social graces. I grew up with things like how I should always close my legs when sitting in public, in public transportation, at home especially when there are visitors, and even when there are none.

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My mom constantly reminds me to fix my posture, to stand straight, to put my after-bath wet hair in front because putting them at the back will bring cold heaps to my lungs, to brush my hair at least 100 times before sleeping, to not include “slang words” in my vocabulary because these do not make me sound prim and proper. I know! Andami diba? (Isn’t it too many?)

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Well, there are still a lot of things she taught me, that’s why when I was invited to attend The Winning Image: Personality Development Workshop, I knew my mother would really be thrilled to know about this, especially if she were here. I imagined she would be the first one to ask what will I wear, what are the topics that will be discussed, and that I immediately report back what I’ve became from the things I learned . So this is me posting my answers, hopefully heaven has a WiFi so Mama can connect and read.

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  1. I became the message.

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The workshop was pressing to state that all of the things we want to express can be all wrapped up in our beautiful selves. You need not bring accessories. You are your own jewelry.  Carry your message within you.

If we want to market our brand, we should be the brand. If we have an advocacy, we should be the first one to campaign and advocate. There is no greater message, than us. I believe I can use this when I market Versaheel shoes. I must always convey the versatility, comfort and fashion my brand wants to envision. It’s a pressure actually, to always look good and be deemed classy, but it is only with this kind of effort and passion that you shall reach the goals you have set.

  1. I became someone worthy to invite wealthy situations towards herself.

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This is tricky, if just taken literally. This not just embodies the physical being, but you have to be someone likeable, someone people would love to interact with, not just stare at. You won’t make meaningful connections by just looking pretty.

You have to use whatever beauty you have to invite good things to happen to you. So I went, and made new friends!

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  1. I became an influence.

This is a shocker. Ms. Leizel Obuga, our lovely Resource Speaker said that:

55% of our influence is based on appearance, body language and the way we take up space

38% goes to how we deliver our message: tone, volume, pitch, and pace of our voices

7% is based on spoken word.

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We actually tried this one-by-one, as each of the participants went in front to tell something about herself/himself. I was kind of worried if 30 seconds was enough. I was very conscious with the time I consume, because if you’ve ever attended my training, I can be extra chatty. I think that is one I need to improve on. To be concise but still insightful.

With the kind of percentage presented, I was stunned. I speak a lot but only 7% of that is retained. I guess we really have to try and look our best. It’s the shell, and nobody would want to listen to somebody who gives off an impression like he/she has nothing worthwhile to say.

  1. I became my own wardrobe police.

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“I have a lot of clothes” is an understatement. Well, my mom loves clothes, and she likes keeping and collecting dresses just in case there may be an occasion that would need them. Our closets are usually the go-get-to of my relatives, because they know that Mama always has a piece for every event. In the workshop, I was hit by this statement:

“You will only know that you are truly well-dressed when you have something hanging in your closet for every event you will be attending in the next 6 months.”

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I wonder. After this workshop, I started rummaging in my closet just to check if I still have something missing. I later on discovered that there were pieces I no longer wear, and they take so much space. I thought I have everything I need, but then again I realized they weren’t wearable anymore.

Now, I am either thinking of donating them or be creative by recycling them. Well, having a DIY revamp session would be nice. So maybe the lesson is, even if you know you have a lot of clothes, you still need to check them from time to time, just to know if you still need or would you still be wearing them.

I now know I have to get a new white blazer. Some leathery fabric in the neckline is already chipping. L

  1. I became a winner.

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Honestly, I really did. There is nothing more indispensable than learning, and knowing how to present and conduct yourself, because you do this everyday. Getting more knowledge from the expert made me realize that we should invest more in ourselves, because we are the tools that can change the world. And, to make our princess dreams come true! I’m not talking about marrying the most charming prince (Haha although it would be a bonus! Wink!) , but by pursuing what we really want.

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And this training and workshop held by Go Up Events helped me improve my image and personal branding to attract favourable situations to come my way. The Winning Image: Personality Development Workshop definitely made me a step closer to my princess dreams!

And oh. that is me receiving my Chocolate Flavoured Room Spray from Zen Zest. I got my award for being one of the first 3 bloggers to get the word out for this event. 🙂 Haha I was really excited!

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I do hope they organize another session, because a lot of women, and men will highly benefit from this!

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Thank you Ms. Leizel Obuga for sharing your exceptional knowledge and skills on Personality Development! I felt like a princess learning her lessons in your workshop!

Go Up Events Management is a registered business dedicated to building confidence among young professionals through organizing and marketing events about life skills, excellence at work, fun, and play.   Visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Goupeventsmgmt/ or email them at goupeventsmanila@gmail.com.

What do you think of this post? Have you attended any Personality Development Workshop? How was your experience? I’d like to know what you think.

Photo Credits to Go Up Events and Erica Poyauan.

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How I Got My Wedding-Singer-Kind of Engagement

While flying with clouds, low visibility, and at an altitude of 31,000 feet, some girl’s life is about to change forever.

Surreal. That’s what it is. Now, I know what it’s like to feel breathless, up in the sky, knowing your life is never going to be the same again. You don’t know if you will cling on to the idea whether this is a dream, a reality, or somewhere in between- but one thing’s for sure, this is WAAAAAAY better than all of these combined!

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(Alright, brace yourself merfriends, cheeseballs coming through!)

It was 3:30 AM, and John and I are frantic to get to the airport. Our Dumaguete flight was scheduled at 5:05 AM, and we definitely cannot miss this! We’ve been planning for this trip since May 2016, and you could imagine my excitement everytime a month finishes its course in the calendar.

I was way ahead of myself, I scheduled the tours and itineraries, booked us hotels, researched every bit I could, listed down instructions on how to get to where, and where to buy what, etc. Basically, I was all travel-planny on this! (Haha I think this is me trying to console my Nov 2016-self when our Cebu trip got cancelled last year.) Until, I got to the plane.

John was extra selfie-ish when we were at the line prior to having our boarding passes printed, but I shrugged it off, maybe he was just too excited.

We got to the boarding gate, on the plane, up in the air, and because it was still dawn, I sneaked on some extra zzzzs.

Right before we land to Sibulan (Dumaguete) Airport, John woke me up. I was all sleepy, while listening to the pilot’s announcement about the landing. Then he said something really shocking that jolted out of my snoozy wits to be all alive and awake!

Pilot: One of our passengers, Mr. John Tancuan would also like to say something to the love of his life.

Whoa! Did I just hear that? I was so confused I asked John what was happening. Then, there were 2 flight attendants prodding at our rowseats’ aisle. They were both smiling at me.

Then John said, “Because I’m going to propose, that’s what’s happening.”

He then went on about me thinking and scolding him, that he wasn’t doing anything productive that week – he said, truth be told, he was just busy trying to reach some people who can help him execute his plan. Since I mentioned before that my dream proposal is suppose to take place in a high altitude (Golly, I was just thinking about a Ferris wheel, on top of a building, or maybe a hot air balloon if it’s possible!), he went extra haunt-y and tried his luck if he can get in contact with the actual crew of our flight.

And oh boy, he’s lucky!

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They are just soooo sweet, and we just had to take a photo with these lovely and helpful people! It’s not everyday strangers get their heads together all for the glory of love! Turns out, all of those extra selfies were signals to the crew that we were already in the airport, and about the plan. Geez! Sneaky, and sweet. 😀

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We even had the chance to take a photo in the cockpit. We were so careful not to press or hit anything!

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And just like that, from light sparkles in the bar, to light sparkles around my finger. The future has never been as crystal clear as this.

More about our Dumaguete and Siquijor trip soon!

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