Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm Officially A Registered Voter

It's a long story why I just made efforts to be a registered voter this year. It involved me being a few months younger than the required SK age when I was 15. Anyway, early this year, I prepared my requirements and went to the 2nd Floor of the Makati Central Fire Station to finally take the first step in my right to suffrage. The registration started May 3 last year and will last until October 31 this year. I am so lucky that there were only a few people who were there to be registered as well so the process went smoothly.

If you are a resident of Makati and wants to vote as well this coming 2013 elections, you have to go personally to the Commission on Elections office during office hours, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, (Mondays - Saturdays including holidays). You will be deemed qualified if you are: at least 18 years old; 1 year residence in the Philippines; and at least 6 months residence in the place where you propose to vote. You will be immediately disqualified if: you have been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment of not less than 1 year; adjudged by final judgment of a competent court and considered to be an insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority. Bring any of the following identification cards (both original and photocopy). If you hold residence in another city/municipality of the Philippines, click this link for the COMELEC office in your area. If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker, click this link.

Tip: Bring your own pen because you will be filling out 3 application forms. After filling out the documents, your biometrics will then be captured. An Acknowledgment Receipt will be given to you afterwards that has the date of the hearing if in case anyone opposes your application (if you are not a legit resident of the community and the like).

April 9 was the last day for anyone to oppose my application and so far no one has lodged a complaint, therefore I can say that I am now officially a REGISTERED VOTER!

Monday, April 23, 2012

SoFA Make It Happen

THE DREAM: Become a SoFA student for ONE WEEK and TAKE as many classes as you can.

1. Like the SoFA fanpage.
2. Go to the Make it Happen album in the SoFA fanpage.
3. Tag yourself in the Program Poster of Choice (see pictures below).
4. Comment the battle cry, “SoFA, make it happen!” in the comment box and let us know why you deserve to be a SoFA student for a week.

The top two winners will experience the DREAM for ONE WEEK and take as MANY CLASSES as they can under their tagged Program Poster of Choice.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

MAC Hey, Sailor! Collection

Presenting the Hey, Sailor Collection from MAC. The expected release date in the US will be May/June 2012. Enjoy the pictures...

Red Racer - Bright yellow red (satin)
To Catch A Sailor - Highly frosted tan (frost)
Sail La Vie - Bright mid-tone orange (satin)
Salute! - Neutral peach (amplified)

Cut Loose - White gold with pearl
Orange Tempera - Pale peach 
Riviera Life - Bright tangerine
Blessedly Rich - Pale coral
Send Me Sailing - Bright yellow red

Throw Me A Line! - Bright true red
Saunter - Pale nude beige
Shore Leave - Light vibrant coral

Soft Sand - Golden bronze with fine gold pearl
Refined Golden - Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish

Nude On Board - Bronzy, yellow tone
Sun Dipped - Dirty red tone

Crystal Avalanche - White with reflects (veluxe pearl) 
Barefoot - Tarnished gold (veluxe pearl)
Jaunty - Light yellow beige (frost)
Feeling Fresh - Bright green (frost)
Nautical - Navy Blue (satin)

Old Gold - High frosted tarnished gold (frost) 
Naval Blue - Deep smoky blue (frost)

Handforged - Metallic yellow gold 
Emerald Sea - Kelly green
Blue Stripe - Dark navy

Crew - Soft peachy cream with fine shimmer

Launch Away! - True peach (satin)
Fleet Fast - Pinky, golden coral (satin)

Gold Knot - Brass gold (frost)
Touch of Red - Bright yellow red (creme)
Vestral White - Creamy white (creme) 

Seaside - Dirty blushy pink with multidimensional sparkles
Man Rays - Glowing tan with multidimensional golden shimmer

Sea Mist - Peachy nude with multidimensional pearl
Au Rose - Poppy coraly pink with gold pearl
Abalone - See through hot pink with no pearl

Brush 167SH Face Blender

Zoom Waterfast Lash Waterfast Black

Gone Sailing Make Up Bag Set

Gone Sailing Tote

This collection is something that interests me so I might make a beeline when this is released here in Manila. Are you gonna haul? I don't think I will but I'll for sure pick up a few pieces. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fresh Produce Clothing Review

I was recently contacted by a US brand, Fresh Produce, to introduce their brand to me and offer an item of my choice to review from their website and then they will ship it to me when I tell them which one I like. Fresh Produce is co-founded and still run by a mom entrepreneur, Mary Ellen Veron and is primarily made in the USA. The clothing is available in more than 500 specialty retailers throughout the US, Canada, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

The brand has a wide array of clothes that looked very comfortable and colorful. The one thing that caught my attention is the dye used to manufacture the clothes. According to their website: "Garment Dye is the process that makes Fresh Produce clothing look and feel sun washed and beach worn. They sew up the style and dip it in a big vat of Fresh Produce color. The process requires heat so all of the garment dyed clothing is pre-shrunk, soft and fabulous! This is also why size specifications can be slightly different". No two items are exactly alike! How cool is that?

I sent them a reply and told them that I would be more than happy to receive the item that I will choose and review it so I can share to my readers. I chose the black twisted front dress which retails for US$79. It is made of 92% rayon and 8% lycra with 3/4 sleeves. I chose it because it looked  comfy and I can wear it to work too. I chose a medium size but turned out it was still a little loose for me which flattered me big time. I like clothes when I can fit in a medium size (like the local brand Kamiseta). I wore it to work and as expected, I found it to be very comfortable and the garment is really soft. I think I can dress this down too so it can form part of my travel fashion when I travel to KL again in July.

After work, Uncle Don and I decided to have coffee in Starbucks 6750. On our way, I thought to have my picture taken wearing the twist front dress from Fresh Produce. Pardon the lousy pose as I am not of them fashion bloggers. 

If you are looking for comfy  cruise wear  for women they have plenty to choose from along with casual tops and women's tops and for those non North Americans they have a sizing chart too, I always worry about ordering from the States because of the sizing. I am glad I chose medium and not large. I gained so much weight the past few months and i am still trying to lose it. Fresh Produce ships to over 200 countries and they have an $8 flat rate for those in the United States (additional payment if you want your orders expedited). Oh yes, they also have soft colorful scarves in different designs as well as dresses for little girls. I am sure kids would love the softness of the cloth used.

Disclosure: Fresh Produce provided me with a dress for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by Fresh Produce.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Go Paperless With Muji

In line with the celebration of Earth Day this month, Muji has come up with an initiative/promotion to increase awareness and encourage shoppers to go paperless to minimize waste and support the green initiatives worldwide. This initiative will also give discounts to its customers who will participate in the movement! 

1. Every single-receipt purchase of P1000 with no paperbags or plastic bags needed, earns the customer one (1) stamp. 
2. Promo runs from April 20 to July 31, 2012. 
3. Booklets will be given to all customers who have made purchases starting April 20. 

 4. Single-receipt purchases of other items, whether regular-priced or on sale, may be included as long as no paperbags or plastic bags are used to package the items. One receipt, one stamp. 
5. Purchases amounting to P20,000 and above do not entitle the customer a stamp even without the use of paperbags or plastic bags. Such big purchases may not be broken down into separate receipts in order to meet the promo requirements. 
6. Items that usually do not require paperbags and plastic bags such as furniture, shelves and the like are not included in this promo. 
7. Customer must present their booklet to get stamps from the cashier upon purchase. 
8. A completed booklet of 18 stamps entitles the customer to a 10% discount on his next purchase. To avail of the discount, customer must present his booklet to the cashier. 
9. Redemption period of discounts is from April 20 to July 31, 2012 only. 
10. Discounts may not coincide with other discounts, promos, markdowns and/or sale items. Discounts may not be applied to food and stationary items. 
 11. Stamps must be countersigned by authorized store consultants or cashiers for them to be valid. 
12. Upon availing of the discount, authorized store consultants or cashiers must also countersign to indicate that it has already been claimed. Customers must surrender completed booklets (those with 18 stamps) to the stores after availing of the discount. 
13. Customers are not allowed to combine two (2) different booklets to accumulate 18 stamps. Stamps must be completed in one booklet only. 
14. Employees of RGOC, their advertising and public relations agencies, and their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity are disqualified to join. 
15. Customers can get the stamp booklets at all MUJI main and outlet stores. (BHS, Rockwell, GB3, MOA, ATC, Rustan's Makati and 158 Designers' Blvd at the Podium) Discounts may also be availed in any MUJI store and outlet.

NOTE: Thank you to Nuffnang for this information. 


FITFIL Movement Fitness Boot Camp With Coach Jim Saret

I have been trying to find the rhythm to go back to my fitness routine so I can finally lose the pounds that I unfortunately gained because of stress, too much work and just plain and simple sedentary lifestyle. I have slowly incorporated running again in my weekend schedule and once a week I do a form of cleansing diet. Progress is slow though and I am starting to get discouraged again. I need some more motivation and I need companions to push me to once and for all lose these unwanted pounds that I lag around all day everyday. I have a little more than 18 months to be at my desired weight just in time for my wedding.

If you are like me who desperately needs to swing back to healthy living again, you better get ready to read this whole blog post. Yes, I will be joining Coach Jim Saret's FITFIL Fitness Boot Camp. This is a 15 sessions program running 3 times a week that will kick-off at the following locations:

May 15 to June 9, 2012 (Tuesday and Thursday from 6PM to 8PM. On Saturdays from 6AM to 8AM) at The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City

June 25 to July 27 (Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 6PM to 8PM) at Fort Bonifacio High Street (grounds), Taguig City

I cannot wait to experience TRX, boxing, yoga, pilates, circuit, P90x, and other newest workout techniques in one fitness camp. This is going to be a big challenge as I work in the night shift but I am willing to push and give it my all. Go big or go home as they say. Every participant will be able to design their own fitness goal target. Meet like-minded folks passionate in fitness and will provide motivation all throughout.

Sessions include exercise briefing, nutrition counseling provided by Nestle Wellness, and fitness lecture. We also have games and raffle to add fun to the activity. Definitely, each training day will never be boring.

For those joining the program with weight loss in mind, the program aims to help you lose no less than 8 to 10 pounds in 4 to 5 weeks with maximal fat burning and fitness training. Biggest Loser Philippines former contestants Raffy, Hazel, Eric, JM, Winwin, and Leigh will also coach participants and share their experience in this 4 to 5 weeks program.

For more information and to register, click this LINK. There will be a total of 100 slots only so you better hurry and fill out the online registration form now.

Jessica Sanchez Is Safe on American Idol

So the Filipino-Mexican American Idol hopeful is still alive in the competition. I bet all her fans in the US and the Philippines (and maybe Mexico) are extremely happy right now. She is the recipient of the one and only "save" last week and this week she gave it her all.

Jessica Sanchez gave her fans and the judges a double dose of her talent when they were asked to sing two songs. She sang "Fallen" by Alicia Keys and “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding.

While all her fans are rejoicing, Twitter and the web is abuzz with sadness from the fans of Colton Dixon who got axed from the show. 

Way to go Jessica!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The BIG Summer Outlet Sale 2012

Looking to spend a few of your summer days in a cool place? Beat the heat and queue up for the BIG Summer Outlet Sale this year! Before you head off to your favorite summer destination, stock up on essentials and must-haves up to 80% off on select items from selected brands!

Need To Know
When: April 27-29, 2012 (Fri-Sun 10AM-9PM)
Where: SMX Convention Center, Hall 1, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Who: FREE Entrance to ALL BPI cardholders (with a valid ID), additional discounts & raffle draw for BPI Edge Cardholders, Php50 entrance fee to non-BPI Cardholders

Shopaholics, I have 20 tickets with me and I hope you can join me raid the sale for awesome finds. I will be giving 4 tickets each to 5 lucky shoppers.

What to Do?
1. Only GFC followers of this blog are eligible to win. If you are not yet a follower, just scroll down and join LMK's GFC followers.
2. Send me an email through kessathea26@gmail.com telling me what items you are looking to buy from the participating brands.
3. Tweet I want tickets to #TheBIGSummerOutletSale2012 from @littlemisskessa". Paste the tweet link with your name in your comment.

That easy! See you there...  Winners will be randomly chosen. 

NOTE: Thank you to TriporTreats and Malibu Enterprise for providing the free tickets. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cirque Mother Africa


I am thankful to my new schedule at work as I can watch the morning news again. Yesterday, some casts of the show were in Umagang Kay Ganda to show off some of their tricks which they will be performing from April 19-22 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at the Resorts World Manila.

There will be at least 40 talented artists to amaze everyone with their colorful costumes and passionate rhythmic dances inspired by the traditional African music and breath-taking acrobatic/human circus performances. The group was fused into a single unit but each member came from nine African countries, including Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Benin, Zimbabwe, and Guinea make up the whole group. This two hour show is already seen by millions in Australia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Russia, and New Zealand.

Here's a sneak peek of the show:

Ticket Prices
VIP PhP 6,095.00
C1 PhP 5,090.00
C2 PhP 4,065.00
C3 PhP 3,025.00
C4 PhP 1,500.00

Are you going to watch? For more details and information on ticket price, seat and time of Cirque Mother Africa in Manila 2012, visit Resorts World Manila Box Office. Buy your tickets at any Ticket World outlet.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Discover Scuba Diving Experience

After my work week was over last week, we set off to a two-hour trip to Anilao, Batangas with our dive instructor. Yes you read it right, dive. Mina, Uncle Don, Ruby and myself decided to take on a challenge that we all never knew we would ever try in our lifetime (Thania, Ray and AJ were in the other car). All along the trip, everyone expressed their own fears. I think I had the most fear of all if I may say so. I have this profound fear of the open water ever since I was a little girl. I cannot forget biting my mom's shoulder when I was still a little girl when she brought me to the beach to swim. That memory would be on repeat every time I go to a beach. I would always be very scared and be very cautious. Anyway, back to my story, I was telling everyone if I can still back out of the plan up to the very last minute, even before I backrolled in the waters of Sombrero Island with the diving gear fully strapped on me.

We reached the resort where we are staying (Halo Anilao Dive Resort) just in time for lunch. We had a sumptuous meal of fish cooked in coconut milk, fried chicken and sinigang with fresh ripe mangoes for dessert. We were then asked to accomplish a questionnaire about our health and a waiver in case any untoward incidents will happen. Imagine the shock of my life upon reading a line that says accidents may happen that can lead to death. Whoa! How encouraging?

After ingesting all the food and accomplishing the necessary paper works, we were asked to change to our diving clothes. We then had a lesson on the gears, proper breathing, techniques on equalizing, and so on and so forth. It was a crash course that made excited and scared at the same time. Up to the very last minute, I was convincing myself that everything will be okay. I didn't want my mind to play tricks on me so I did not entertain any negative thoughts, I just kept motivating myself. I'm sure the rest of my companions were thinking the same too. After the lesson we then set sail to go to Sombrero Island. It was a bumpy ride which further increased everyone's anticipation.

Sombrero Island resembles a hat underwater, so its profile makes the name Sombrero quite appropriate. The rim of the "hat" stretches a long way underwater from north to south. Gorgonians, black coral shells, turtles, rays, grunts, jacks, snappers, and a great variety of soft corals are abundant. Currents are normally strong during the full moon. Diving is fairly shallow on the rim down to about 50 feet in certain area. -SOURCE

When it was my turn to dive, I just completely gave my trust to Sir Allan, our dive instructor, who guided me  and my companions to see the beauty of the marine life in that part of the very vast ocean. I was awed. It was so beautiful. I was proud of myself for taking the plunge. I have done something I never knew I could. It was a simple case of mind over matter.

Now I feel like encouraging everyone to dive to see what's under the ocean. It might seem scary at first and really challenging but if you have an open mind to learn something new and the willingness to do something you think you could not do, then give diving a chance. After all, our planet is still 2/3 body of water. Wouldn't you want to explore just a fraction of that? If you are interested to join our next diving trip, please let me know. Let's explore the oceans together, one diving spot at a time.

And I leave you with the prettiest sunset this side of the planet...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Philippine Fashion Week Go See for Models 2012

I can smell Fashion Week season once again. For those interested who have not gone to any castings for Philippine Fashion Week yet, please see official guidelines and schedule below:

The Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012 runway shows will be from May 22 to 27 at SMX Convention Center SM Mall of Asia.

I will be posting more update as the information becomes available.