Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Goodbye March, Hello April

March is almost over (in less than six hours). Oh, how it roll by so fast. Everything happened in a blur. April is about to unravel more surprises and happenings but the thing I am most excited with will be the month of June. I am turning 28 this year (read: I am getting older). Overall, March has been very good to me and my family.

Oh and thank you for all the prayers and the thoughtfulness as my sister went through an operation (I was the one managing her Facebook and other online stuff while she was at the hospital). She is now safe and recuperating and all she asked me was to send her loaves of Gardenia bread because that was all she was craving for after the doctors removed her appendix and cleaned her other internal organs (TMI).

Anyway, I wrote this post too to share how lucky I have been this month. I joined quite a few contests/giveaways and I managed to win three. That ain't bad yeah? I won DJ Mo's (in partnership with Tradeport) daily trivia contest. I got the prize the day after I was informed that I won and guessed the correct number of ways on how you can pay Tradeport for your online purchase. If this is how fast shipping and delivery for orders really is from this e-mall then I guess they are bound to success and dominate the online shopping craze here in the Philippines. I got the package all wrapped up around 10 in the morning. I received a Philips Radio and an alarm clock with radio. :-) 

Since I liked how fast the service has been, I can't help but rave about Tradeport and I have been eyeing items to order already (yay for customer service). I like that payment is not just limited to credit cards unlike most online stores. You can choose to pay for the item you like in seven, yes seven, different methods. You can either pay using your Visa or Mastercard (that can be swiped on delivery = A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!), Cash On Delivery, BPI Special Installment Plan, bank deposits and transfer, secured online payments through Paypal and Weepay and of course Smart Money and soon they will offer payment via GCash too for Globe subscribers. I love how varied the choices are. If you are from Metro Manila, you will not pay for shipping fee. Unfortunately Tradeport only caters to Philippine customers at this point. If you want to read more and browse through the extensive list of products available, please visit their website.

I also won in the blog birthday giveaway of Sophie at Beautynomics. I won a set of brushes. I have already sent her my mailing address and I am eagerly anticipating to receive 'em. It is just timely as I have recently ordered some brush guards from a fellow blogger. And just recently, I was informed that I won Annalyn's Hair Removal Story Giveaway sponsored by Veet. And here's what I shared:

"Have you ever tried hair removal for 3 hours? Oh yes, I have done it. I had full body waxing done last year. Not that I am super hairy but I was just too vain that I had to have them all removed (except my long locks and eyebrows and lashes of course). Before my week-long Dos Palmas trip, I decided to have it all removed so I’ll be more confident to strut my stuff at the beach. What’s horrifying about it? Well, after the waxing session, I felt so itchy all over and then when I looked at the mirror I had red bumps all over (little ones though). I didn’t know what to do and I was too shy to go out to buy some meds. Good thing I was able to keep some anti-inflammatory gels in my medicine kit. Ahhhh, beauty indeed has a price. I slept it off after and when I woke, the red bumps all diappeared. Geez, and for a while I thought my summer has ended right before it started."

On the office front, it has been crazy with all the changes but I am just swimming with the flow and making sure my own group delivers. I know for the most part that I have been overstaffed but then again it is better since we are not missing any callback and we have been greatly improving the output of the team just not the output of each one because we had to share like less than a hundred callbacks for 14 outbound technicians. Everything will be moved to status quo by April so I am looking forward to getting close to 200 fresh cases again next month (I have braced myself and my team for another ride). Bring on the challenge.

This post is so random. Haha! I just had to share... Hope you had a good March and looking forward to April! Ciao bellas!

Magazine Covers April 2010

I don't have any magazine subscription but every month I always make sure I have a copy of the magazines in circulation. My staples are OK!, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health. Some covers I buy depending on the featured articles. I have a whole stash of other magazines (Mega, Preview, FHM, Metro Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Living, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and yes Men's Health among others). I'll take a picture when I organize them one of these days.

As of this writing, I have already bought a copy of OK! Anniversary Issue (April 2010). I enjoyed this issue and I suggest you go pick it up before every issue flies out of the shelves. OK! is available in all leading department stores, bookstores and even grocery stores. 

Here are the following covers I have yet to purchase:

Both the Women's Health (Anne Curtis Smith) and Men's Health (Carl Guevarra) magazine will come with the maiden collector's edition of Runner's World. Yay to that! This is so timely as I have been bitten by the wrong bug and have been joining races lately. And who better to grace the cover than of course, Coach Rio.

Runner’s World is a lifestyle magazine that will inform, advise, and motivate runners of all ages and abilities. It appeals not just to men and women who are already into running, but also to those who may just be thinking about taking up the sport. The premiere issue features four-week training programs for every runner—beginners can find out how to run their first 5K, while those who are already into running can learn how to stay in shape and run their best 10K. Find out also how you can run farther than ever without getting hurt and discover new solutions to the common arch problem that runners encounter. - Summit Media

Another staple magazine title for me is Cosmopolitan and I am excited that Nicole Scherzinger is on the cover. She is so hot. If in case you don't know yet though, the Pussycat Dolls have already broken up. No news yet as to plans of reuniting but as it is Nicole's career is still afloat and she is one of the celebrities in the current season of Dancing With The Stars. Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and her father is a Filipino while her mother is of Hawaiian and Russian roots.  

Maja Salvador, on the other hand, is the cover of Preview. Look at those legs... (I am envious). Her bodysuit is super sexy and she looks smokin'!

The current primetime TV princess, Kim Chiu is on the cover of Mega. Kim is way too thin for me already. She has to pick a spoon and eat.

Do you buy or subscribe to magazines too? What covers do you read?

Iron Man 2 Poster Revealed

Finally, the poster is out. I have watched the trailer when I watched Hurt Locker and this is going to be one good movie again. Anyway, without further ado, here is the poster:

Are you going to watch this movie?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mariah Carey - Angels Cry ft. Ne-Yo

One of the best collaborations ever...Yes, angels do cry.

I am posting this to mark the anniversary when I felt I had to say I love HIM too. Everyday that we drift away, angels cry (I strongly feel it).

We were so good together
How come we could not weather
This storm and just do better

Where To Party On Easter Weekend?

I haven't really thought of partying this weekend let alone go out on a Good Friday or Black Saturday. I guess my party days has waned huh? It could be over already. I don't know, I am not as stoked as before at the thought of a party beckoning. I have evolved into a domestic goddess maybe. LOL! Ah well don't get me wrong, I just could not find happiness in smoke-drenched clubs with deafening music anymore. I hate the lightheaded feeling of hang-over and the sight of young people groping each other in the dark at every chance they get. I am not trying too preach though in fact if partying is your idea of fun I will indulge your whim and invite you to party on my behalf.

If you are one of the many I know who will be spending their Easter Weekend in Boracay (braving the massive crowd to get your place in th sun), do not forget to check out the following party spots as soon as sun hides. And when you get back from this very long vacation in the island paradise, tell me your story and convince me that my "staycation" is better than yours.



Have fun and stay safe y'all! I'm headed to a little retreat.

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Summer Heat Is On

I bet all of you have officially started summer already and some have already gone to a beach or two. Well, summer kicked all our asses to the curb by coming too early, well, at least the heat did. The summer heat started scorching Manila sometime February and it hasn't waned yet except for the occasional rainshowers that barely even wet the ground (just enough to make the city a lot more humid). And yes, beach season is already here and there is no turning back.

I haven't started mine yet. In fact, mine will start when summer is over. I don't think I am going to brave the beaches with this kind of heat/temperature. I am not going to put the money I spent on my skin for treatments down the drain. The most summery act I did was to get a bikini wax just in case a sudden night swimming season will spur. Oh yeah, night swimming it is (or maybe super early in the morning).

To those who are not scared to brave the blaring heat of the sun, make sure you have ample sun protection. Do not scrimp, lather it all on generously. Anyway, here are some of the best sunscreen lotions and moisturizers and lip product that I have already tried in the past.

1. Nivea Sun Refreshing Fluid Protect SPF30 - you can use this as makeup base to help control overactive oil glands. Double whammy!

2. Hawaiian Tropic Ozone Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF60 - this is developed especially for sports enthusiasts, this does not run as well so it's safe to use even on your face because it won't migrate to your eyes.
Nivea,Hawaiian Tropics,Coppertone
3. Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF30 - this does not clog the pores and very much recommended for prolonged exposure under the sun (don't forget to touch up though). Another plus is that this is oil-free.

4. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF55 - since this is water-based expect that this is the most convenient and easiest product to apply, even the hard to reach areas can be targeted with ease.
Neutrogena Sunblock, Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55 3 fl oz (88 ml) Pictures, Images and Photos
5. Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil - your lips need protection too
Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

Writing this made me so excited to just take the plunge and enjoy the summer heat but reason tells me to wait and exercise a pinch of caution. But of course, an ounce of prevention is still better than a pound of cure. So, indulge in the summer madness with extreme caution and yes, don't forget the sunscreen.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I Need Your Help

I will shamelessly ask for your much needed help and support to help me win this week as the Pic Of The Week for Veet's Catch and Shoot Barbara Promo. I now have 6000 votes (and counting). Thank you so much to all my friends who have already voted and are still voting as of this writing.

Please click this link to VOTE.

You can vote as many times as you can (if your time permits). :-) You just have to simply click the LIKE button. You can also share this to your Facebook/Twitter/Plurk friends. You can vote wherever you are in the world.

This is the picture I submitted:

You can also join this contest if you are in the Philippines. Follow Barbara on Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, Wordpress, and Multiply if you want to know where to catch her next.

September 2009 BAR Exams Result

So the long wait is over and finally the results of the September 2009 BAR Exam is out. As usual, my school (Ateneo de Manila University), outperformed the rest of the law schools eventhough another school topped it. Seven out of 10 spots is enough reason to celebrate.

Special mention to my MBA classmate, Atty. Aris Manguera (ADMU). My prep school classmate Atty. Shalom Janiya (MSU) and Atty. Agnes Padilla (ADDU). I am so proud of you!!!


1. Yebra, Reinier Paul R. (San Beda College) - 84.80%
2. Tapic, Charlene Mae C. (San Beda College) - 84.60%
3. Lim, John Paul T. (Ateneo de Manila University) - 84.50%
4. Lagos, Caroline P. (University of the Philippines) - 84.40%
5. Tan, Eric David C. (Ateneo de Manila University) - 84.05%
6. Gonzalez, Yves-Randolph P. (Ateneo de Manila University) - 83.90%
7. To, Joan Mae S. (Ateneo de Manila University) - 83.65%
8. Bagro III, Herminio C. (University of the Philippines) - 83.40%
9. Lumauig, Timothy Joseph N. (Ateneo de Manila University) - 83.20%
10.Bainto, Naealla Rose M. (ADMU) & Go, Sheila Abigail O. (ADMU) - 83.10%

One out of 4 bar examinees passed the 2009 Philippine Bar Exam, with 1,451 passers out of a total of 5,903 examinees. The passing rate is 24.58%, higher than last year's 20.58%.

For the complete list of successful BAR passers, click here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The 5th Annual Shop and Spa @ Rustan's Makati

It is summer once again. And what better way to start it than to shop for the best summer wear and summer essentials only at Rustans Makati. Get first dibs on hot summer brands.

If you ring up the register from Php1000 and up, you get makeovers and nail treatments (OPI) and facials from Clarins, Murad or Dermalogica and a chance to win a summer getaway to Boracay. Now, this is shopping and pampering and fun at the same time. Click the photo for more details. :-)

Are you going? I so am...with Olive.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rockin' The Lancome Chris and Tell Lipstick

I have been wearing the Lancome Chris and Tell lipstick for quite sometime now and I have been getting compliments at work so I decided to share this to you my blogger friends. This lipstick is better when applied using a lipbrush. Sometimes, I just apply it directly and dab my fingers or a paper towel (whichever works for you will do). Other than that, I like how delicate the smell is (hmmmmmm!).

By the way, I checked eBay today and one brandnew tube of this costs as much as $115. Whoa! That's too much for a lipstick don't you think? But hey, if it's a limited edition lipstick and a formula co-created by fashion designer Chris Benz, why not?

If you are a follower of my blog, rejoice now because come June I will be including a tube of this in my birthday giveaway. :-) June is just around the corner considering how the days roll by so fast. I will not be able to host any giveaway April and May because I will be going back to school and after missing a couple of terms, I need to catch up and I have a lot on my plate at work too.
Of course, I am keeping the box with Chris Benz' signature. :-)

Summer Wish List

I have been guarding myself for some impulsive purchases but these two babies have me wanting for them so bad. I may have to stop going on unplanned trips to the mall and go home straight after work. Oh yeah, it is too hard for me to resist shopping sometimes because I work in a mall. Geez! Anyway, let me share to you what is in my wishlist this summer.

I am not sure yet if Lancome Oscillation Powder Foundation is available in Rustans or Marionnaud or in the Lancome Store in GB5. I saw Michelle Phan use this in a few of her videos and I really liked what I saw. She used it effortlessly and with such great ease. According to the Lancome USA website, this is the 1st micro-vibrating mineral foundation. It promises pixel-precise complexion with 14 hour wear. Never messy. Never so simple. Simply push the button and let the velvety cushion applicator glide effortlessly across skin for perfect coverage. 7000 micro-vibrations per minute break down the featherweight mineral powder for seamless blendability. Talc-free, oil-free, fragrance-free. Safe for all skin types, even sensitive. This is available in 12 natural shades. Awesome!

Stila claims that in this little bottle are all of the products that you need to have a perfect complexion. Primer, foundation, concealer and powder all in 1 step! It minimizes pores, controls oil and is even long wearing. Truthfully, that sounds too good to be true. And really it is, but it's not too far off from the truth. And that's why I have included this in my wishlist.

So that's about it. Those are the two products I wanna get my hands on this summer. I know they are available online but well I wanna see them first before I spend anything.


Before I Do 7th Edition

It is wedding season once again and of course all those who are planning to have their wedding this year or next year are already busy preparing and scouting for the best suppliers in town.

Indeed, the best place to scout for suppliers (one-stop-shop) will be bridal fairs as this is where suppliers (from flowers to venue to gowns and singers) converge. It is also good to note that those who will book on the fair dates will get outright discounts and will even be included in some giveaways. How cool is that?

Since I am not getting married yet, I am sharing this to you. But I may stop by the fair to get some inspiration...I will post some pictures if I will.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Short Nails Painted Matte

For those who follow me in Twitter probably know by now that I broke one of my nails a couple of days ago so I decided to just cut them all off short...super short. I am not used to this. LOL! I drop things, I can't seem to hold on to anything and I type really slow now. I am still getting used to having short nails and I am not liking it.

Anyway, I decided to paint my nails some hot summery color. I picked up OPI La Paz-itively Hot Matte and tried it on. I love it! It is a bright pink color but not over the top. It looks so fun and really summery. As it is matte, you need not have to brush on a base coat and a top coat and it dries super fast. The matte nail polish dries extremely fast (almost immediately) so you’ll have to paint fast or it will dry in a clump and get all messy. I suggest you paint on two coats of this polish. Let the brush fan from the top center part of the nail and then paint the sides quickly. Repeat as desired.

This is my first time to try a matte polish so pardon the streaky finish. I will get better in time for sure. I plan to make this my staple summer nail polish. To appreciate this polish more, click this link for a better swatch.

This made me want to own a bottle of Essie "Matte About You" matte top coat. It is really hot, so I have heard, so if you want you can get that one and just put it over any colour of your choice! But if you only get one matte, consider "La Paz-itively Hot".

I really liked how the La Paz-itively Hot came out in matte, it’s bright and has a little shimmer to it. Have you tried it?

Adidas miCoach Product Launch: Run Yourself Better

Last Saturday I attended the official product launch of Adidas miCoach (My Individual Coach) at the Bonifacio High Street (in front of Runnr). The event went great and was hosted by Rico Robles. It was fun watching the "runners" outrun each other during the treadmill challenge. I wanted to join but when I saw who else joined, I chickened out. Anyway, read further so you will get acquainted about the product too.

The Adidas miCoach is an interactive training system that guides a runner to either speed up or slow down by tracking heart rate, pace, distance, and stride rate. Every runner is different, every heart is unique. Your heart rate indicates your level of effort during exercise. miCoach helps you stay within four heart rate zones so that you get the most out of each run.

And yes, you can choose your coach. If you're a female, you can choose a male coach or if you're a male, you can choose a female coach. This option is completely within your control. How cool is that?

Adidas miCoach provides real-time feedback. As you workout, miCoach will let you know which training zone you’re in—audibly if you’re using miCoach Pacer or visually if you’re using miCoach Zone. You can sync miCoach Pacer to to analyze your stats and get coaching feedback online.

The miCoach Pacer - a small, lightweight device that delivers real-time audible coaching as you exercise via headphones or combined with your own MP3 player. During your run, the miCoach Pacer verbally coaches you (i.e. speed up to green zone, slow down to blue zone, etc.) to ensure that you are staying within your targeted heart rate zone and keep you running at the right personal level.

The miCoach Heart Rate Monitor - provides accurate feedback about your workout performance. It relays your workout information to the miCoach Pacer or miCoach Zone which then ensures you're not pushing yourself too hard or little on your run.

According to Adidas: "The new miCoach interactive training platform completes the adidas sports performance promise of engaging and enabling all athletes to achieve their Impossible. Not only do we provide you with the most innovative footwear and apparel to perform in, we now offer personal coaching services so that you can get fitter, run faster and simply be better in 2010."

Run Yourself Better. Choose from plans created by the pro trainers and coaches:

Learn to Run
Be Fit
Run A Race
Lose Weight
Finish Faster

The miCoach Zone – an easy to read color-code LED display on a wristband device provides accurate, real-time coaching making it easy for you to train at the right intensity with the help of a heart rate monitor.

The complete miCoach Pacer system is sold atP6,995 while the miCoach Zone is available at P3,695. Both products are exclusively available at adidas Sports Performance Concept stores Greenbelt, Trinoma, Rockwell, Glorietta, as well as RUNNR Fort Bonifacio. It is also good to note that each part is sold separately.

Do you want to get your own miCoach for free? If yes, then join the Run Yourself Better promo! All you have to do is buy any Adidas Running product/gear that will entitle you to get a pledge card that declares your commitment to run better. Drop your pledge card in designated promo boxes and get the chance to win one of 100 adidas miCoach Pacers. Yes, 100 miCoach Pacers will be given away.

No minimum purchase required! Deadline of entries is on April 15, 2010 while the grand draw is on April 29, 2010. For more details, join the adidas fan page in Facebook (Search for Adidas Philippines). Promo period is from March 8 to April 15, 2010.