Not My Week

Forgive me for my lack of posts,  but I was feeling rather poorly since Saturday last week.  Menstrual cramps were bugging me while I was trying to register for a pilgrimage I will be attending this February. The cramps subsided a bit after two days.

Luck is still not with me because  I was down with fever,  cough and colds next.  I was down and out for the next three days just lying down,  feeling weak.  I had to force feed myself or else I wouldn’t have the strength at all.

While I was sick,  I noticed that I easily burned off all the food I ate. I was hungry after two hours that in the early morning,  I had to get a slice of bread and juice. All the food I ate went into helping the body repair itself.

When I woke up this morning,  it was the worst hunger pang I ever had. Have you tried  waking  up in the morning so famished,  your mouth is dry, and you’re just downright irritable?

And the worst?  Anything I eat tastes bitter.  My dinner tonight consists of oatmeal and pesto bread.  It’s all I can tolerate.  My favorite black rice doesn’t smell right and feels hard on my palate especially when I chew. I am on soft diet galore.  As I am speaking I am having difficulty swallowing because I feel that my throat is sore from too much coughing.  Drinking lots of water to hydrate myself.

What is the point in all this?  Even when things are not going your way, you got to find a way to overcome it.  In my case,  if I don’t force myself to eat, I won’t have any energy whatsoever. I wanted to boost my mood too,  and the the trick to raising those endorphin levels?  Watching cute animal videos, and in my case,  watching cute,  cuddly,  and clingy baby Pandas 🐼🐼🐼🐼sticking to their caretakers like glue.  I felt happy after that.

I have gained a bit of strength that’s why I am blogging.  However don’t want to abuse my body by sleeping late.  I will sleep after I finish this post.
Giving you some more good news before I go, dear readers. I saw my Facebook feed today and I saw a photo of my niece . She met the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker- Bowles and shook hands with her.  My sister on the other hand saw Prince Charles.  They waited for hours for them to arrive.  So lucky!!!! 😍😍😍😍

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I am on the way to recovery till next week. Please keep your fingers crossed.  Have a great day everyone!

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Photo courtesy of Cheryl King

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Help Jazper Win at the BodyCon

The first time I met Jazper was at an event at PayPal featuring Liz Lanuzo. He was energetic while doing his emcee job. I was not able to talk to him after the event because he was on his way to another event. I decided to follow him on his social media accounts instead. Then I saw on one of his posts show that he is competing for the Gold’s Gym Body Con 3.0.  From that I have learned of his story, on how he lost weight and kept it as it is.

Seriously I was touched with his story because I also had struggles with losing weight. There were personal concerns that happened a long time ago that I resorted to food for comfort. Even if it was for a moment, food made me happy. I have also heard side comments from people putting me down because I gained weight. I was called Dabyana, and snide comments like, “She’s pretty but she’s fat.” In a party of a neighbor, this scrawny and mean looking old woman tells to my face that I was fat.

Anyway, please help Jazper to the top at the Gold’s Gym BodyCon 3.0 competition. I believe he truly deserves to be the winner. Please like his photo on Facebook and share it to many who needs to be inspired to lose weight just like he did. Click on the link here Gold’s Gym Ph BodyCon 3.0 Jazper Tiongson. 
Photo Credit: Gold’s Gym Ph Facebook 

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Remedy for the Broken Heart

It’s not easy to go through life especially if your heart’s got broken. It doesn’t matter how long it has been since that gut wrenching experience. Days. Months. Even in years for some. It gets worse around the holidays where everyone is merrymaking. That’s when the blues become more evident. Laughing on the outside, dying on the inside moments.

 

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There are those whose lives are in autopilot mode after such harrowing event. I got my heart broken when I told some guy at work that I like him, only to find that he doesn’t like me back. It’s a good thing that we started as friends, and ended up as friends even when that happened.

 

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What are you suppose to do when this happens then? I remember Dr. Phil McGraw from Oprah’s show. He has this book called Life Strategies. He says that, “people do what works for them.” In short, people will always try to figure out how to survive a broken heart no matter what. But it takes time.

I am not dictating you as to what you will do when one day this heart breaking moment happens. What I can do is merely suggest. In my opinion, I think we humans all need a template on how to live your life. A guide that one can follow.  Here are some suggestions on how you can mend that broken heart when it happens:

 

ACCEPT THAT IT HAPPENED TO YOU, THEN GRIEVE

I just think that this is the first step towards healing. Accepting the fact that it happened to you.

Yes, you have to process what happened to you. You have all that emotions buried up inside. Let that out. I remember from a movie called Girl, Interrupted that stars Whoopi Goldberg as Nurse Valerie, Winona Ryder who plays Susana, and Angelina Jolie who plays manipulative Lisa. There was a point in that movie when Susana comes up to Nurse Valerie and says to her, ” How am I suppose to recover when I don’t understand my disease?”. Nurse Valerie says to her that she write it down in her diary, and not keep it inside of her.

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I think we can follow Elisabeth Kubler Ross theory on the Five Stages of Grief which includes:

 

DENIAL, ANGER, BARGAINING, DEPRESSION, and ACCEPTANCE. 

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I find the grief.com website helpful. They explained in detail her theory. You may check out the website HERE.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE YOU AND WHOM YOU TRUST AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE 

Yes, surround yourself with friends and people who matter to you. Find people people whom you trust to talk to. Remember you are loved. We are social beings, and we are meant not to be by ourselves. We need the company of other people. If you have a pet whom you love, you can talk to them. I talk to my pet bunny Earl Grey when I feel sad sometimes.

 

YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING, WONDERFULLY MADE

You are worth it all, in spite of your imperfections, weaknesses.  We are made up of our strengths, talents, flaws, warts, moles and all. Love them all. It’s what makes you you.

THINK OF THE HEARTBREAK AS A LIFE LESSON

Once it happens to you, don’t let the experience stagnate you or pull you down. Move forward. I think the best quote for this is from the movie Finding Nemo wherein Dory says, “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming.”
FORGIVE YOURSELF

At this point, you may think things like “What have I done to make this happen?” If you did something that caused it to happen, forgive yourself. We all make mistakes even when we don’t want to. Blaming yourself too much or another won’t help at all heal your broken heart. It’s just going to worsen it.

FORGIVE THE PERSON WHO HURT YOU

There’s this mentality that if you forgive the person who did you wrong, it’s like you’re letting them off the hook. I don’t think so. You’re forgiving the person because when you do so, you have power over your situation. You are the one in charge of your life when you forgive, and not the other way around.

I know it’s not easy to do so when that person really said or did something nasty or horrible that you are left speechless. I know that it will take time, and I am not forcing this on anyone who has underwent terrible circumstances.

However, as much as possible, I will still encourage to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from the bondage of that person who has wronged you. It’s easy to fall into the snare of revenge, but all that will bring is more pain to you. THE ONE WHO FORGIVES HAS THE POWER. YOU CHOOSE TO BE A BETTER PERSON. 

 

MOVE ON

This is the hardest part. How do you move on? Here are some things I suggest that will help you process this, and to get on with your life:

  1. Focus on things that matter to you. It can be anything like your hobbies, your job, or causes or anything that interests you. I like the concept of adult coloring books ( or even if it’s a child’s coloring book that you’re using). Even for a monent, it allows you to focus on what needs to be done. You have control on what color you will use.
  2. Remove yourself from situations that remind you of what happened to you. Yes, it’s easy to watch those movies (usually romantic flicks) that have a similar vibe to what you have experienced. If it proves to be a trigger that you become trapped, get away from it. Period.
  3. Sometimes, memories will linger. I know it’s not easy to forget those times you were together, but then again, reality check. You’re no longer together anymore. So get back on track and start to make your life better now.
  4. If you’re someone who loves to write or draw, why not do a creative journal about your life experiences. You can use photography or vlogging as a channel to express this. But who know you might find more ways to move on. It’s all about introspection.
  5. Spend more time with people you love. What are some common things that you and your friends enjoy?
  6. Do a personal inventory yearly and ask yourself, “What are you good at?”. I bet you can find an answer to this every time.

 

I leave you with inspiring words from Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Remember you are worth it all. You are loved.

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Things To Accept Now for a Better 2018

Hi there every one! Hope you are all having a Happy Christmas celebration regardless of your life circumstance. I was so busy with caroling duties and other tasks that I just feel tired afterwards. My schedule for blog posts is on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays but since it’s the holidays, my schedule just went ballistic that I’m having little sleep. So I  decided to temporarily postpone blogging. Anyway, everything will go back to regular programming tomorrow as I make another post for Tuesday. Keeping my fingers crossed for everyone!

What can we do to make 2018 a better year for us all? It’s a given that we can’t control the things that will happen to us in the future. However, I believe that no matter what happens,  we can focus on things that we have control over. Here are some things that we need to accept so that 2018 is  better for us all:

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  • You Have to Learn How to Receive

I have seen this when you give someone a gift and they say to, “You shouldn’t have bothered” , or in my native tongue of Tagalog, “Nag-abala ka pa“. Some people react negatively when they are being given something because they think they are being pitied upon.

Worse, some think that when you’re giving them something, it’s like a putdown for them and humiliating them. It’s like  you’re bragging and telling them in your face that , “It’s something you can’t afford that why I am giving you this. ”

I beg to differ in this case because when a person gives you something, included in that gift are their good intentions and happy thoughts for you. We should not say negative statements when we’re being given a gift like, “I don’t deserve this. ” Only two words are needed, and that is “Thank You.” I’ll be doing another blog post about this in the near future.

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  • Your Talents, Flaws, Warts and All Your Imperfections

We have to love everything about ourselves. The freckles that line our faces. That port wine stain that covers one side of your face. That beautiful brown skin you were born with. Your knack for playing the trombone. Anything.  I know it’s not easy especially when there are people who might not say good things about us. Yet, we should not be defeated and we must persist. People will always talk. Damn if you do, and damn if you don’t. We have to love ourselves: our perfections and imperfections.

Yet if there’s something you want to change about yourself, do it gradually or set realistic goals on how you can attain it.

  • That there will be people who will like us and there are those who won’t

We find ourselves wanting to be in agreement with every person we meet: at work, school, or at establishments. However, there will be times that there will be people whom you meet who are “tough nuts to crack”. They  will never be your friend no matter how hard you try even when you try to give them something.

Solution: Forgive that person or persons, and move on. Consider them as learning experiences so that you will know what to do next time. Instead, surround yourself with people who will love you unconditionally no matter what.

  • You Need to Get out of your Comfort Zone Once in a While

Yes, it always feels safe to be in familiar places, but you grow more as an individual when you face adversity. Yes, when you do things beyond your comfort zone. The choices are endless. For example, if you’re someone shy, try to ask help someone to help you gain self-confidence. I have social anxiety and sometimes I get scared when meeting new people. Yet recently, I have been attending events that allow me to network with other people like this Blogapalooza event for bloggers and vloggers that was held at the City of Dreams casino.

I recently watched this video of a boy who stutters, yet he was able to give a speech with the help of his English teacher. I would love to be a teacher who helps a student accomplish their goals.

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  • You have to Forgive No Matter What

People will always make mistakes so it’s important that we learn to forgive. It’s always easy to have that revenge mentality.  We want those people who have hurt us feel the same pain as we did.   I recently finished watching Criminal Minds Season 11 and 12 over at iflix.com. My favorite character is Dr. Spencer Reid. The common thread I see in most cases is revenge for those people who have hurt them. Unfortunately, the criminals in the TV series usually end up hurting people who are not at fault. Revenge imprisons us and keeps us in the dark. This is what unforgiveness does to a person. Unforgiveness hurts those who are not directly involved in our anger. Anger that consumes them, all that plotting and planning that it disrupts work, and life, and relationships with people. A healthy way to deal with anger at someone is to confront the person involved and talk about it.

I know that it’s not easy, but believe, I recently had a hurtful experience that shook me. I got sick afterwards after having that altercation with that toxic person.  This is the reason why I wrote my last blog post Project Kindness. I have forgiven this person who hurt me, and moved on with my life.

Some may have objections about this, but I believe in the power of forgiveness. People who forgive have the power because this frees you from bondage from the person who hurt. For those  who may have experienced a deeper hurt, I am hoping that you can find someone you trust to tell, a support person. I want you to be healed from that hurt.

  • You Don’t Shun Love Away

The love that we know of is romantic love, the kind that thrills and excites us when we see the person we want to be with for the rest of our lives like being in a roller coaster. But what happens when that romance is all gone? For example, when both of you become old and frail, teeth falling out, and having uncontrolled bladders, will you still love each other? What will you do when you realize that a family member suddenly becomes temperamental due to an illness, will you give up? I am talking about agape, a kind of love that is unconditional, a love that accepts, and forgives no matter what .

Another point I must make is for those who have experienced a heart-break in their lives.  For example getting dumped or rejected. I have had that experience where I told a guy that I liked him, but he’d rather be friends. Well I got hurt at first, but I am glad I am still friends with him despite that. Why? It’s because we were friends from the start.

Another situation I had is from this guy who I really like so much, and it turns out that he’s gay. I wish he had told me that because I would have accepted what he said. I may get hurt, but yeah at least he should have told me. But that didn’t happen because the only thing he said to me was that he needed space.  I am yet to have closure with this guy because I never got the chance to talk to him about it. Every time I  go to this place, I see him there but you know it in your heart that he likes someone else because if he did really like me, he’d push for it and go after me. But he didn’t. End of the story.

What’s the point of these examples I have given? Choose love no matter what. If you have not experienced love at all from those who should give you love, then look for someone to love like those lonely people in the Nursing home near you, or your pet whom you consider family. I love my little bunny Earl Grey who is going to be three next year. I will go crazy without him. I find myself talking to him sometimes about things that happened to me. I call him Bunnyssissimus Dorsi and Floofster. Funny but true.

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If there’s someone who may be hinting at you, and you like them too, please, don’t be afraid and give love a chance. You have to give fate a hand.  For those who are lucky enough to find the love of your life, don’t be afraid to show them actions that express that love. I remember one of my teachers in school say that, ” Love must be felt. It must show in everything that you do towards others.” Let’s make things simple.  After all, love is not a noun but a verb, as country singer Clint Black puts it in his song entitled Love is Something that We Do

Christmas Gift Ideas Available in the Philippines 

Running out of ideas on what gifts to get for people you love? No fear, for I am here, bearing suggestions as to what you can give to your love ones. Here are some suggestions:

BYS Makeup for the Beauty Aficionados

BYS Philippines brand is getting good reviews from beauty bloggers themselves. I like their Brow Powder,  Matte Liquid Lipsticks,  and Cream Foundation.

Bags for Organizing

The SM Store has a section that sells these cool bags,  and other accessories. It’s perfect for someone you know who collects makeup,  pens,  colored pencils,  and other similar thingamajig .

Baked Goodies from The French Baker

French Baker has a myriad of selections you can give for those with a sweet tooth or the health conscious.  I like their Walnut Bread,  Whole Wheat Croissant and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Healthy Snacks

I went to Starbucks with friends of my mom,  and the birthday celebrant treated us with this organic snacks. There are also stores here that sell them like Healthy Options.

 

Stoneware  Cookware

The sales guy convinced us to get this non stick pan and he showed that nothing sticks to it,  even burnt sugar. This is available in SM Department Store.

Books on Japanese languages for those who loves to learn Nihongo

Tuttle Publishing showcases their books in a Jellyfish Education event at the Philippine Trade Center in Pasay City. Please visit the Tuttle Publishing  Facebook page for questions.

Children’s books for kids

I met a girl at a talk in Binan, Laguna. Her name is Sheila Lopez . She is a children’s books writer. I plan to write extensively about her in an upcoming post. She came out with her story called Si Lola Apura at si Lolo Un Momento (Grandmother Apura and Grandfather Un Momento translated to English).

In my opinion, I think books are the best gift to give to kids even in this digital age.  It’s also perfect for learning about the culture of people from other countries. For inquiries about her work, you may visit Facebook Page of Sheila Lopez.

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I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. Have a great day everyone!

Blogapalooza Fever: The Experts Talk(Part 3)

This is the last installment of my Blogapalooza experience last November 18. I made two blogposts on Blogapalooza in general, and the souvenirs that I got from the event. I am sharing to you what transpired during that time. The highlights of Blogapalooza are the talks from different personas of the digital industry.

For starters, I am sharing to you the program flow for Generation D series of talks:

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Mr. Kris Ablan shares to us the involvement of the present government with social media, that we bloggers are being encouraged to be a part of it. I think this is very important for people here in the Philippines to be aware of what’s happening in the country, and what President Duterte is doing for the country.  He also informs the audience of the plans of the government to have better internet services so that no one is left out in this digital age.

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Media practitioners Niccolo Cosme, Anna Oposa, Justin Joyas , and Jayne Uymatiao shared their thoughts on how to effectively use social media to promote awareness and to spread good. They also reminded the audience to exercise due diligence when reading news, and discern whether it’s real or fake.

 

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Up next is the talk on Video Content and Distribution Strategy wherein Micco Solis, Lyqa Maravilla, Gian Viterbo, and Lloyd Cadena share their experience in putting up YouTube videos. Dennis Lim, the moderator, and representative for Adober Studios, shares to the audience what topics are trending in the video world, and videos from Adober Studios YouTube page that made an impact with its countless viewers.

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Up next is Mario Domingo , a tech expert, who shares his knowledge on artificial intelligence. I saw a video from ANC 24/7 where anchor Tony Velasquez interviews him. This video helps to make us understand better what artificial intelligence is all about.

(Photo credit source: Upgrademag.com)

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(Video from Facebook ANC 24/7 )

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Next up are people in the business and agency world Donald Lim, Norman Agatep, Jane Villa and Jason Cruz who share their expertise in the agency, business, and influencer relationships.

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Next up are Internet rockstars Ramon Bautista, Louise delos Reyes, Kim Cruz and Joyce Pring. They shared with us their experiences with social media, and how it has help them launch their careers.

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A group of mentalists entertained us with their show called Mind Play. They remind me of the things that mentalist David Blaine does. All of their acts blew me away especially the last one wherein he did astral projection. He asks a volunteer to think of a place in her head, and recreate it in her mind where she’s been. Aside from that, he also calls in a medical professional present among the audience to take his vital signs, and announce if it was slowing down and stopping. Then he was able to guess what the girl was thinking, (the place is Saranggani) and even gave her a handful of sand that he got from Saranggani the volunteer was imagining.

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Mr. Daniel Meyer shares in a nutshell how analytics help blogger analyze their corresponding blog or video’s reach.

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Carlo Ople of unbox.ph shares to us to that in order to be good at something, you need to spend 10,000 hours with it. He encourages us to spend our time wisely, and use that time to be productive, and not waste away doing nothing.

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Attorney JJ Disini shares his knowledge on protecting ourselves legally while we use social media.

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I am looking forward to future Blogapalooza events. It was a success, and I met new people through this event. My friends Aileen, Johaness, and I took our time to have photos at the venue as well. I enjoyed every minute that I was in here.

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That Blogapalooza Fever (Part I)

Last Saturday November 18, I got the chance to attend one of the coolest events for bloggers, and vloggers as well. It’s called the Blogapalooza and according to their official website,  their goal is to ” connect businesses and influencers directly.” Prior to this, I registered to the event to reserve a spot. I checked my email, and I saw my Blogamomma confirmation e-mail. Voila! All set for the event.

I did a bit of research about Blogapalooza from previous years. It’s so cool to know that the event is going to be held at the City of Dreams in Pasay City. It’s my first time to go to such a grand place.  So yeah, I feel this is going to be one awesome day. Aside from that, I also got to invite friends like Axl, Aileen, and Johannes, people whom I met  from a previous PayPal event that I attended in Alabang.

(stock photo of City of Dreams Photo courtesy of alamy.com)

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When I got to City of Dreams, I was just there in time to witness the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. After that, the Blogapalooza has officially opened. Going inside the ballroom, I got to see the different booths available. I made a mental note of each booth, and decided to check it out later. I wanted to listen to the talks of various speakers so I made a beeline for the seats instead. I was lucky to find a front row seat which gave me a full view of the stage with the official Blogapalooza logo.

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City of Dreams Grand Ballroom photo by Johannes Bangao
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City of Dreams Grand Ballroom photo by Johannes Bangao

The event officially opens with the hosts Karla, and Ian introducing Ace Gapuz, Chief Executive Officer of Blogapalooza. Ace welcomes attendees with warm opening remarks.

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Chief Executive Officer Blogapalooza Ace Gapuz

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For starters, I review today’s program, and infographic that I got from my confirmation  email.  Wow! There’s so much to look forward to today.

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Program Flow of the Blogapalooza event
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Cool Blogapalooza infographic

Here’s a list of booths  at the event namely:

RAPPLER.com

Wilkins Coca Cola

Tralulu.com

Beauty and Butter Nail Spa

Adober Studios

StyleGenie PH

CokeStudio PH

VOffice

AAP Analytics DMAIPH

Alfox Printing Services

Wizher

GoMoto Philippines

Here are some of the booths that I visited such as Wilkins Coca Cola. They have drinks on display.

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I was surprised to see Team Style Genie in the event. I met Abbie Victorino for the first at another event fromm Woomen.ph called Beauty Deconstructed. It’s so nice to see her here!

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The Beauty and Butter booth for nail spa afficionados.

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I also got another surprise when I met Chris in here. I met her from a previous event as well, from Woomen.ph’s Beauty Deconstructed workshop.  Small world indeed!

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This is the Coke Studio booth which makes your personalized Coca Cola bottle.

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My personalized Coca Cola bottle. Hurray!

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GoMoto Philippines booth

 

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Alfox Printing Services Prizes

 

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Games that you can play at the event

 

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Kristian Guevara and Andrew Cua of TraLuLu.com

 

Present as well, were noteworthy personalities who graced the event such as Lloyd Cadena, Joyce Pring, Louise delos Reyes, Kim Cruz, and Ramon Bautista.

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Internet Rockstars From left to right:  Ramon Bautista, Louise delos Reyes, Kim Cruz, and Joyce Pring

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Video Content and Distribution Strategy Left to right: Lyqa Maravilla, Gian Viterbo, Miccolo Solis, and Lloyd Cadena

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Photo op with Lloyd Cadena

 

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Meeting Jai during breaktime. Jai is also a blogger and a nurse. I am glad to learn that we have common interests too. Her blog is jai-munoz.com
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With awesome friends Finance expert Aileen Ello and and Travel blogger Johannes Bangao of wanderera.com

I will post the next installment of this blog post on Sunday and Tuesday. I will my Blogapalooza haul and photos about more new people I met, Team Blogapalooza, and the speakers themselves during the event. Thank you for reading!