Friday, May 14, 2021

REAL STORY: It took me 4 years to know the real Lola Remedios

I have to admit it took me many years before I finally got to know Lola Remedios. I see Lola Remedios all the time but being too occupied with my daily grind, I would not even stop. When Lola Remedios is right in front of me, I would look away or shift my attention somewhere else. I am guilty of not seeing Lola Remedios' importance and I had no idea what I have been missing. 



So, it took me 4 years to get to know Lola Remedios and realize why we need Lola Remedios in our lives. 

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Before I continue my post and before you call me a horrible granddaughter, let me get things straight. Lola Remedios is not a person but it is a food supplement that I have recently tried. I have seen this in the market since 2017 usually in 7/11 and drugstores but I just ignore it thinking that it's just another food supplement. 

Thus, when I had the chance to try it a couple of weeks ago, I was surprised. 

Here are the 4 things I learned about Lola Remedios: 


1. It's in ready-to-drink syrup form. All this time I thought it's in powder form that you mix with hot water. Instead, you can drink it straight from the sachet.

If you are a K-drama fan, you have seen our favorite oppas taking ginseng from a little red tube. That is exactly how you are going to consume Lola Remedios as well. 

2. It tastes like stay fresh. Remember the small green mint balls that we enjoyed in our childhood? It tastes like melted stay fresh. Thus, you'll definitely enjoy this. Guaranteed no bitter medicine-like taste. :) 

3. Made from all-natural. Lola Remedios is made from natural ingredients such as Honey, Ginger, Mint, Clove, and Fennel

4. It's recommended for sore throats, inflammations, coughs, colds, stomach discomfort, and "lamig." 

The best part? It's very affordable and you get this for as low as Php 10 only.

Thus, if you had been ignoring Lola Remedios like me, it's about time that you get to know Lola Remedios and make it a part of your daily life. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Quotes from 'Vincenzo' that will teach you Important Life Lessons

Okay! So, we still can't get over Vincenzo as this tv series has definitely made all of weekends fun and exciting. 

Click here to read our full review.

Aside from the bad-ass Song Joong Ki, there are many remarkable lines and quotes in the series that you'll surely love. Here are the top quotes and lines from the 'Vincenzo' that will teach you important life lessons. 


1. Regret is the most painful thing you can experience in life. 


2. Because the enemy of my enemy is a friend. 


3. The strongest punch comes from behind. 


4. There are things that can only be verified through trust. 


5. The only way to get rid of your anger is by fighting it.  


6. To find a true friend is like finding a treasure.  


7. A smart person knows when their opponent is weak.  



8. Friends are like one soul in two bodies.  



Do you have other favorite quotes from the series? Kindly write them in the comments section below. 


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Creating a Positive and Educational Online Experience for Kids



The world is changing and it's changing so fast! Due to the global health crisis, the adoption of digital technologies has speeded and has forever changed our way of life. E-learning or online schooling where education is done remotely and through digital platforms is at an all-time high. According to UNICEF, 90% of the countries adopted digital and/or broadcast remote learning policies.

This means that despite the warnings about the dangers of the internet, our current situation calls for the need for us to increase our technological know-how. We can't avoid or refrain our children from using the computer as they need to develop their skills and keep up with the emerging technologies and the changing world. It is imperative for parents and guardians to find the balance between internet usage vis-a-vis the dangers of the internet and the health hazards of prolonged computer usage.

Here are 3 tips on how you can create a positive and educational online experience for kids:

1. Choose the Right Content and Safe Programs

The internet has a mix of both good and bad content where innocent searches online can sometimes lead to not-so-innocent results thus, the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service suggest that parents or guardians should maximize the use of built-in safety tools such as parental controls, safe browsing settings, and internet filters. Though it does not guarantee 100% results, it still helps prevent your children from seeing inappropriate content. 

2. Integrate Online Gaming and Education

The recent study conducted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) discussed the educational value of video games and how they have helped in developing creativity, cooperative learning, and abilities to solve problems. This encourages individuals to embrace the value of video gaming. Instead of immediately decreasing the screen time of our children, you might as well use this opportunity to provide a fun and educational experience for them. 

In-browser gaming websites such plays.org where you don't need to download any software/apps and do not offer in-game purchases or upgrades are readily available online. 

3. Explore the Benefits of the Internet and Develop Relevant Computer Skills

Digital and computer skills are non-negotiable. If you look back 10-15 years ago, having computer skills is an advantage. Today, it is an absolute must-have. They are now considered a skill just like reading and writing. Thus, it is important that we teach our children basic computer skills as early as we could. The more comfortable our children are with technology today, the better equipped they are to face the exciting opportunities they will face in the future. 

Through your guidance, allow your children to explore the internet and help them understand how to use emerging technologies as a key advantage. 

  • Develop his or her online research skills through a scavenger hunt game.
  • Give them opportunities to solve problems and collaborate on projects
  • Bring ideas to life. There are many videos and graphic software websites that are user-friendly.
  • Help them build digital resilience. Empower them to make the right choices and have the confidence to skip or hover over content that they may consider harmful to them.  

Monday, May 3, 2021

K-drama Review: VINCENZO (Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead!)

Netflix's latest hit Korean drama "Vincenzo' just ended and we can't help but feel sepanx. If you are not familiar, this Korean drama series is all about a Korean-Italian mafia lawyer (Song Joong-ki) who visited South Korea, his motherland. During his brief stay, he gives an unrivaled conglomerate a taste of its own medicine with a side of justice.


Just a head-up, the series is not a "feel-good" or something romantic that you'll get "kilig" when watching this thus, it is not recommended if you simply want to relax. Y
ou might even be so engrossed with it that you'll also be angry, frustrated, and pissed off. 

The story was quite common and it did not really have many surprising twists. In fact, many scenes are predictable. However, we just love how bad-ass Song Joong-Ki is in this series and it was "satisfying"  (sorry for the term) to see how justice was served (e.g. how the villains of the story were made to pay for their crimes)

One thing that was instrumental to the success of the series was the perfect casting. Song Joong Ki's baby face was just perfect for the smart, funny, and merciless consigliere. 

Also, the supporting cast was also great. Korea's Cassano Guemga had real chemistry and had surprising stories (talents) on their own. They definitely gave us a good laugh while watching. 


The series had a total of 20 episodes which is more than the usual 16-episode series that we are used to. Unfortunately, the finale episode came a bit short. In the first few minutes of the last episode, Vincenzo's reaction was a bit off and out of character. It seemed that he was so helpless when he just rushed into the scene with no proper plan as if he just let Jang Han-Seo die and Hong Cha-Young shot. It was kind of lame. 

We actually expected a "bigger" ending but I guess because of the limitations of the production there were many parts that did not have proper closure. With this, we just hope that Vincenzo will have another season because we still have lots of questions or things that we would like to see. :) 
  • How does Vincenzo's island near Malta look like?
  • Did he fulfill his promise to be a godfather? 
  • How did International Security Intelligence Agency maximize the guillotine file? Were they able to punish corrupt individuals like Jung In-Kuk and Kim Seok-U?
  • Was the gold shared among other tenants? 
  • What happened to the Babel group? 
  • Who owns Geumga Plaza now? 
And many, many more... 

Overall Rating: 4/5 

Definitely, Vincenzo is a must-watch. You might as well enjoy it with corn salad too *wink*! 

How about you? What do you think of the series? Do you want a sequel (Season 2) too? 
Let us know in the comments section below. 

 


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Business Ideas To Earn In Your Condo

We are truly in the new normal and there seems to be no more turning back to our old, comfortable ways and lifestyle. Gone were the days people get to go out and mingle with family, friends, and associates, without the fear of contracting the dreaded virus. This health crisis has been sad and depressing to many, but we need to survive through it all. Health protocols are in place but it really isn't the same as before when people can freely travel and do business. 



If you are one of the many who lost their jobs or are simply thinking of ways to earn from the comfort of their condo/ home, here are some ideas that you might want to consider. 

First, which is by far the most popular is to be an online worker/ freelancer such as a Virtual Assistant. Yes, being a VA is a business. You are your own boss, and your clients are your associates. You work hand in hand in making the business grow. Before the work starts, you both lay down a contract or a service agreement just like most consultancy firms do. All you need is a stable internet connection and a dependable laptop or desk computer and skills which can be learned over time and along the way. 

Then, there's the growing popularity of the Food Business. Nowadays, people suddenly became bakers and cooks. And online food selling is on an all-time high. From Shawarma wraps to native delicacies, cookies, seafood specials to elaborate wedding cakes, can now be ordered online. Thus, a need for a trusted partner delivery service provider or rider. 

Then, there are the fun entrepreneurs who are into the Clothing Business. Selling all sorts of clothes, and accessories like jewelry, bags, and shoes, whether authentic brands or pre-loved, factory manufactured sold by the volumes or 'ukay-ukay.' They even sell via Facebook live, showing their wares while in the comfort of their condo units. The younger set and common housewives are also into online selling of beauty products, ranging from soaps, lotions, and toothpaste. 

Many as well became agents, from real estate to cars, and educational plans, pension plans, and condo insurance. Having the time to immerse themselves online, people have become business-minded and eventually became professional marketers as well. 

There is no business like show business. Thus, many Pinoys became online celebrities. Even fashion and showbiz personalities have turned to the power of the internet and became influencers. They have put their celebrity status to good use. Brand Managers of different products have since then commissioned their services to promote different product lines. These influencers do not stop there, they even have invaded Tik-Tok and YouTube platforms, and have since become online content creators monetizing from each of their episodes.

A lot of people have suddenly relied on online selling during the pandemic as almost everything has shifted to digital now. The majority has embraced online shopping and digital transactions creating a huge potential in the e-commerce industry. One does not even have to techie to be able to sell online as there are readily available e-commerce platforms that one can use to sell and promote your products. 

With all these products stashed, many of these budding business professionals have no warehouses, making their living rooms and even their bedrooms their stockroom. All these stocks piled and displayed like a store, these online sellers show these products to their online buyers. There is a danger however in mixing home and business. One must make sure not only for their products' safekeeping but most importantly their safety, that they live with peace of mind knowing their condo insurance is in place to protect against fires, earthquakes, and natural calamities. 

This pandemic has suddenly taught people to rely on their hidden talents and skills they never knew they had. And the best part --- they can do all these in the comfort of their condo. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Book Feature: New Normal New Beginnings + Exclusive Author Interview with Mae Gomez

Mother's Day is just around the corner and with the new month starting, it is just right that we feature a book about Moms. 

New Normal New Beginnings is a compilation of inspiring stories from 23 moms as they journey through different phases of motherhood in this pandemic: giving birth, coping with fear, dealing with grief, homeschooling, and many more. 

This book was curated by Mae Gomez, a mom of three boys, an authority member of the Non-Fiction Authors Association, founder of Thrive&Grow Book Publishing, and author of The Joyful Stay-at-Home Mom, a book for moms of toddlers coping with depression. 

Now, we are lucky to have the opportunity to interview this remarkable woman as she shares more about her latest book, New Normal New Beginnings



1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn't in the blurb?

Most of the moms who wrote the book are first-time authors. The book is written by moms, for moms, with a mission to help mothers in need. It supports the Grace to be born Foundation in the Philippines. It is a perfect book to give to moms this mother's day.

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

I was inspired by a post I saw on social media, "Despite all that is happening, is there something that you are thankful for today?"

3. How long did it take you to complete the book?

It took me 2 months to complete the book. 

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

The most challenging part is not the writing itself, but the curation and coordination process - bringing together moms of different backgrounds and belief systems, encouraging them despite their self-doubts, and meeting timelines (As moms, we always have our family duties to juggle with writing.)

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

I hope that readers will be able to realize that as a mother, you can thrive, grow, and be resilient amidst the pandemic.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or write the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

I am writing a book for work-at-home moms.

7. Where can they buy your books or find out more about you? 

If you want a copy of the book, you may reach me through my social media accounts:

Facebook: New Normal New Beginnings Book

The Joyful Stay-at-Home Mom

Instagram: New Normal New Beginnings Book

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Thank you, Author Mae, for agreeing to this interview. We are inspired by your new book project and we truly believe that this message is very important to share with others (especially moms) as we are facing the biggest crisis of our lifetime. Thank you for encouraging us to continue to thrive and grow.

For those who are looking for Mother's Day gift, this book is a great idea! 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Book Feature: Where Silence Ends: A Memoir + Exclusive Author Interview with Angela Ruiz

Where Silence Ends is the captivating memoir of a Mexican-American, mother-daughter duo and their chillingly beautiful family journey of generational trauma and healing was published last March 2021 in time for the celebration of Women's month. 

Now, we have the privilege to interview the author, Angela Ruiz as she shares with us more about this beautiful memoir. 



1. Can you share with us something about the book that is not included in the blurb?

I wrote the book at 32 years old, but in reality, this journey was in the works for over a decade. My mother first approached me when I was 16 years old and voiced that one day, she’d like to write the story of her twisted and yet triumphant life with me. Alas, Where Silence Ends is the result of a tiny seed growing roots and shooting up towards the sun.

2. What inspired the idea for your latest book?

As I mentioned, this book was a long time coming — but the final inspiration to dive all in was an ayahuasca ceremony I participated in. Ayahuasca is a powerful mixture of nature that helped awaken my consciousness to my purpose at that moment. The message came through lovingly, and yet somewhat forcefully: “My Dear Beloved, write the book!” And so, I did.

3. How long did it take you to finish writing this book?

It took me two and a half years to interview over 15 people, transcribe the audio, and write the book to begin rounds and rounds of editing with my trusty editor. My team also transcribed the entire book into Spanish during this time. I love the process of creating through writing, and though this is my debut novel, I hope to write another book soon.

4. What part of the book was most challenging to write and why?

What a great question. Honestly, I remember my chest feeling heaviest as I wrote the last 3 chapters. This was a combination of coming towards the end of writing my first book, and more so than anything, processing all the emotions and stories I was holding throughout the 2 years of writing the book. It’s an intense read, there is no way around that, but I also try and stay true to who I am and who my mother is — and we are women filled with love and happiness. My hope is that the lightness in such a dark story shines through.

5. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

I believe every reader will take away what serves them most. There is so much to learn from a raw story of a Mexican American family dealing with generational sexual abuse, and unfortunately, so many people in this world can relate. My hope is that it helps readers find even more strength than already exists within them and inspires others to use their voice.

6. If you’re planning a sequel or write the next book, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

Absolutely! I’m thrilled to share this. My next book is somewhere between a sequel and a parallel partner of Where Silence Ends. This next book will be all about my dad’s life, although I think I’ll make it fiction rather than non-fiction — yet largely inspired by true events. His life story is fascinating and brings to life so many aspects of my beloved Mexico, the intricacies of immigration, and what so many people refer to as the American dream. There are several characters that will appear in my dad’s story that is also in my mom’s story, so I’ll be using the same names for those characters — keeping the two books connected with special little details as such. I feel a rush of excitement when I think about starting this next book.

7. Where can we buy your books?

Where Silence Ends is my debut novel and can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and almost any other online platform that sells books. Simply search “Where Silence Ends, Angela Ruiz.” I hope that all readers or someone in their lives will benefit from this story.

8. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

I invite you to visit my website: WhereSilenceEnds.com

Here you’ll find some gems in the form of author photos, featuring me and my mom together. You can also contact me through my website. I love hearing from readers and connect.

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Thank you, Angela, for agreeing to this interview. We are thrilled to learn more about you and your book and we are excited for the sequel as well. 

For those who are interested to order the book, you'd be happy to know that a portion of every purchase will be donated to providing therapy for survivors of childhood sexual trauma. Just go to WhereSilenceEnds.com

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Best Practices in Managing Credit Card Debts in the New Normal

The health crisis has been ongoing for over 12 months and with the recurring wave of infections happening across the globe, it seems that there is no end-in-sight available anytime soon. 

Due to the crisis, many aspects of our lives have suddenly become different. We experienced major changes in the way we work, our children's educational system, even our dining, and shopping habits. On a larger note, the crisis has greatly impacted the economy, job security, and personal finance. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current US unemployment rate is at 6%, or 9.7 million are unemployed as of March 2021. While in the Philippines, the most recent report by the Philippine Statistics Authority states that as of February 2021, unemployment worsens in the country as we now have 8.8% or 4.2 million Filipinos reported jobless compared to the 5.3% unemployment rate in January 2020. 



What does the current unemployment rate have to do with credit card debts?

This simply means with all the uncertainties happening right now, having a credit card debt or other outstanding loans may not be a good idea. There is a huge possibility that further lockdowns might take place and unemployment (whether permanent or temporary) or reduced income will continue to rise in the next few months. 

What can we do about it? 

If you are currently employed and still continue to have a source of income right now, first you need to do is stop borrowing. If you have some outstanding credit card debts, prioritize paying them off as well. It will help you save money since it means that you don't have to pay more interest (which is just money down the drain) 

Don't you think it is better to keep or hold on to my money? 

Though having cash on hand is good especially during emergencies, paying off your credit card debts will give you peace of mind. Remember that when the unexpected comes (like unemployment or loss of income), it won't be an excuse to miss out on your obligations. You will continue to incur more penalties and charges which just makes the situation worse. 

Instead, you can use your credit card as a lifeline during emergencies. 

I am not really sure if I have to capacity to pay it in full. I have limited resources. 

If you have limited resources, it is best to come up with a plan on how you can pay your credit card debts. Find out how much is your income and how much funds you can allocate for payments. Compute what portion of your actual payments go to the interest and the principal. If you are not sure how to do it, you can use a free credit card payment calculatorIt will also give you insights into how monthly payments are left if you are just paying the minimum or a certain amount.  

Once you have this information about your payment capacity, you can contact your bank and ask for a payment arrangement. Usually, they can offer lower interest rates or lower minimum payments. All you need to do is ask. 

I am already in trouble and have missed some payments. 

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, amnesty and relief programs are available to help delinquent cardholders pay off their outstanding payments and restructure their credit card debt. 

Thus, do not lose hope when you are in this situation. If you have already incurred some late fees and penalties, don't be scared to reach out to your bank. Instead, let them know your situation and the hardships that you are facing. Many companies are able to waive or refund fees to help their clients during this time of need.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Book Review: Woman of Faith by Karen Agreda – Cabunilas



It was an ordinary Wednesday night and I have a new book in the mail. Being the typical me, I excitedly opened the package to check. I planned to just browse through the pages quickly however, I really had no intention to read that night as I was so busy with tasks.

Little did I know I couldn't put down the book and finished reading it in one sitting. 

Woman of Faith is not your typical inspirational book but rather it is a genuine testimony of a strong and faithful woman who went through a lot of challenges and hardships, how she and her family were able to hold on to their faith to withstand all the trials and enjoy the blessings they have received today. 

One thing that is unique about this book is that it has a lot of bible verses. The author responded to their life's trials with prayer and unwavering faith. She generously shared her favorite bible verses and how God's words have given them strength all throughout the years. 

What I love about the book? It is such an easy read as if you are just talking to a friend. Her story is not something that is too good to be true but rather it is something genuine. Many of the author's life experiences are relatable one way or another. As a reader, you will laugh and cry as you read. 

Through this book, Author Karen Agreda - Cabunilas shared the gift of hope to the world. The book also celebrates family, friendship, love, and God's miracles -- everything that makes life worth living for. 

Thus, if you are someone who’s going through a difficult time right now, this book is for you. 

If you are someone who has big dreams but thinks that it is impossible, this book is for you.

About the Author

Karen Agreda - Cabunilas is a woman who strived hard to achieve her dreams. She started from scratch and all she had in hand was her faith. From being an online seller, she is now the owner and CEO of her own company, JKAR Realty, and Consultancy. Her husband, on the other hand, owns and manages his growing construction company and handles several branches of their hardware supplies store. To date, they own several businesses and properties that they did not even imagine having. From nothing, they are now enjoying all their answered prayers with faith in their hearts. 

Through this book, the author wants to share what our faith can do. 

She is also the author behind the blog, Karenspirations

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Title: Woman of Faith
Author: Karen Agreda-Cabunilas
Publisher: Central Book Supply, Inc.
ISBN: 978-621-02-1208-2
No. of Pages: 119
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Edition: 2020
Binding: Softbound

You may order your copy through Central Books

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Get 20% cashback when you pay using Shopeepay in Puregold Branches Nationwide

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with Puregold to offer its customers a safer payment method via ShopeePay, its integrated mobile wallet. Starting today, customers can pay for their groceries using ShopeePay in over 406 Puregold branches nationwide and can enjoy up to 20% cashback starting today until December 31, 2021.


With more Filipinos embracing cashless transactions and digital payment methods gaining traction, Shopee continues to offer a wide range of digital payment options to cater to Filipinos' evolving needs, including ShopeePay, our mobile wallet.

According to Puregold's President Ferdinand Vincent Co, “Puregold is excited to partner with ShopeePay for this initiative. At Puregold, we want to give our customers only the best kind of service and overall quality shopping experience, and that includes easier and safer payment methods. Through the convenience of digital payments, we aim to increase customer enthusiasm while consumers maintain their purchasing power.”

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are always thrilled to partner with one of the Filipinos’ favorite brands, such as Puregold. Through ShopeePay, we strive to ensure that users can shop and pay with ease. In addition to the ease of use, ShopeePay offers several benefits to users which include convenience, a seamless user experience, security, and greater cost savings. Shopee will continue to collaborate with more brand partners to make paying for online purchases easier for Filipinos amidst the pandemic and beyond.”

For shoppers opting to pay via ShopeePay, here are six easy steps to follow:

  • Inform the cashier you would like to pay via ShopeePay
  • Go to your ShopeePay wallet action bar and tap “Scan.”
  • Click QR / Barcode
  • Enter your 6-digit ShopeePay PIN
  • Present generated QR code to cashier for scanning
  • You will receive a confirmation of your payment
Download the Shopee app for free via this link and pay for groceries via ShopeePay to get 20% cashback on Puregold purchases.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

What's Special about Enesco's Disney Jim Shore Collection?




Are you a Disney fan? Do you love collecting Disney stuff? 

If you are a Disney Collector, you might have seen several figurines from Enesco's Jim Shore Collection. There is no doubt that it is beautiful but have you ever wondered why it is expensive. Here in the Philippines, each figure costs around Php 2k - Php 10k+ per piece. 

Enesco Beauty and the Beast
Product Link: https://shp.ee/kmdh55g


Product Link: https://shp.ee/w82jxsq


So, what's special about these figurines?

These figurines are made from high-quality stone resins with intricate styling and attention to detail. Though they are mass-produced, each piece is beautifully handpainted.

Among all the products sold by Enesco, Disney Traditions™ by Jim Shore is my favorite. In this collection, he has combined classic Disney characters with folk art designs including quilting, rosemaling, and tole painting. 

If you do not know Jim Shore, he is an award-winning designer from South Carolina.

His passion and love for American folk art made him work for decades developing his craft and manufacturing his own designs. He is known for his fresh interpretation of traditional motifs combined with his unmistakable style of combining diverse color palette and timeless images from American and European folk art allowing him to create truly unique and beautiful pieces.

Jim has received many recognitions from prestigious trade organizations including ICON HONORS Life Accomplishment Award in 2012. Thus, owning a piece from this legend is a joy for all collectors.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Lumina Homes: Transforming Dreams To Reality in Bacolod City

Everyone dreams of having their own home. One place that you can call your own where you can settle down and build a family. It does not need to be huge. As long as it's decent and comfortable, it is already something you can be proud and happy to have. 

Unfortunately, no matter how simple this dream is. Many are still unable to afford to buy their dream home. Ordinary workers who are having a hard time making ends meet feel that this dream is quite remote and impossible. 


Luckily, today this is no longer true. 
Lumina, the affordable housing segment of Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. and the top real estate developer in the Philippines is offering friendly-priced yet quality housing. Making every Filipino's dream of owning their dream home a reality with their continuous development projects all over the country. 

If you are from Bacolod, Lumina Homes adds more delight to the City of Smiles as it builds its newest community on the eastern part of Bacolod City.

Lumina Homes started to recognize Bacolod’s booming potential in 2016 when it opened its first community with affordable house and lot in the city through Lumina Bacolod. It is located in Brgy. Vista Alegre, with 35-hectare development land, offered around 4,000 house and lot that were all officially sold out in just two years.

This year, Lumina Homes plan to develop another community with offers of affordable house and lot through their 45-hectare acquired land in the east of Bacolod City. This site is just a drive away from Bantug Lake Ranch, a recreational development that houses scenic waterfront and various leisure activities. You can enjoy adventures like horseback riding, boating, and fishing in just a quick drive. The proposed project is also just a couple of minutes away from other fun and enjoying places like Campuestuhan Highland Resort, Guerrero Farm and Nature Park, Melba’s Farm Guest House, and other popular commercial and business facilities.

It is also remarkably convenient and accessible as the main roads have ongoing road-widening projects that will make the site closer to the New Government Center and the New Silay-Bacolod International Airport.


Lumina Homes' latest offering in Bacolod City, like its signature developments will feature affordable residential units and amenities such as shuttle service, mini gardens, parks, and playground, covered multi-purpose hall, and provision for commercial area.

Mega Deal of the Month Featuring Lumina Bacolod East.

Now, here's the best part! You can now reserve your slots through Lumina Homes Mega Deal of the Month Paynagaaan Extended DP Promo. 


Avail of a house and lot from Lumina Homes in Bacolod East for as low as
Php 6,799 per month for 36 months for its Single Firewall home model. This is from its previous price of P10,198/month in 24 months.

You can also avail of their Rowhouse models as low as Php 5,219 per month for 36 months from 7,829/mo in 24 months before this promo began.

Aside from the extended downpayment promo, any home model can be availed by using a Pag-IBIG housing loan, instead of a bank loan as the only financing option. Other promos are:

  • 50% Off on Reservation Fees
  • Free Water Application Fee
  • Free Electricity Application Fee
  • Free HOA Membership Fee

Make sure to plan and have your reservations made within the month, as the promo will only run until April 30, 2021.

  

Live Selling sa Brgy. Lumina Bacolod.

Live Selling sa Barangay Lumina is a digital way to replicate house and lot purchase experience during an Open House event with some fun elements added like games, freebies, all-out inventory, and limited-time offer through Facebook.

As another way for Lumina Homes to connect with partner networks and interested home seekers, Live Selling sa Barangay Lumina is an interactive activity that allows house and lot reservations by simply commenting "mine" during the live stream. After the live streaming, the Lumina Account Officer will coordinate with the acknowledged "mine" comments to assist in officially proceeding with the house and lot reservation.

 

You can tune in this April 24, 2021, at 2pm. Saturday to the Official Facebook Page of Lumina Bacolod for your chance to “mine” your dream house and lot while winning exciting prizes and freebies!

 

The Winner ‘TECHS’ It All.

Achieve your #BahayGoals and get a chance to win a pocket WiFi through Lumina's 'The Winner Techs it All Raffle Promo' when you reserve your own 2-storey Lumina house and lot from April 1 to June 30, 2021!


Most of us are living in a digital world ever since the start of this pandemic. We will always look for fast and dependable internet access, especially that being "connected" is necessary nowadays. Internet is like the bread and butter for people doing Work From Home setup and simply because most people are encouraged to stay at home for safety.

Here are the mechanics of The Winner 'Techs' It All Raffle Promo (Homebuyers Category)

1. Homebuyers should reserve 2-storey house and lot for sale in any of these participating Lumina Homes project locations:

  •         Polomolok
  •         Concepcion, Tarlac
  •         Cauayan, Isabela
  •         Pilar, Bataan
  •         Sariaya, Quezon
  •         Sorsogon
  •         San Pascual, Batangas
  •         Camarines Norte
  •         Bacolod East
  •         Capiz

2. The reservation of the chosen house and lot should be made using Lumina Homes

3. The homebuyer should also subscribe to the Lumina Newsletter and the email address for the subscription should match the one used during the online reservation.

4. Promo runs from April 1 to June 30, 2021.

 

How to Subscribe to Lumina Homes Newsletter?

 

Here are the three easy steps on how to subscribe to Lumina Homes Newsletter:

  1. Open your browser and go to www.lumina.com.ph.
  2. Scroll down, and you will see the Lumina Logo with "Subscribe to the Newsletter" on the left side corner at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click the line, enter the email address you used during your house and lot reservation through Lumina Homes Online, and click send.

And that's it! You are now registered to have an entry for The Winner TECHS It All Digital Raffle Promo. There will be ten winners nationwide of brand new broadband or pocket WiFi.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Gadget Review: Logitech C922 Pro HD Webcam

This is not a sponsored post. 

As a virtual assistant, online meetings and webinars is part of my daily grind. It is hard to communicate if my video is faded or pixilated thus, it very important to have a reliable HD webcam. 

Its ability to match the frame rate of what you are broadcasting where everything moves in a single fluent motion can provide a better experience for both you and your audience or the person you are speaking with. 

Thus, this is one of the top considerations you should have when choosing a webcam. Luckily,  we found the 
C922 Pro HD Webcam from Logitech.  You can watch the full video review here



But what makes it different from the older Logitech C920 model? 

Just to give you a background, The Logitech C922 is the improved version of the Logitech C920. All features between these two webcams are the same except that the C922 Pro has a faster frame rate which supports 60 FPS at 720p and a background removal tool.



What are the features of this webcam? 
  • The cam has built-in microphones on both ends.
  • It has 6 feet or 1.8 meters long cable with a male USB connector.
  • The webcam itself is plug-and-play. You do not need to install a driver to make it work.
  • To maximize the full potential of this webcam, it comes with a free application called Logitech Capture. 
The C922 Pro HD webcam also comes with a 5-inch-long tripod that can extend up to 8 inches as well as a complimentary XSplit license for 3 months. 

Should I buy the Logitech C922?

Well, it depends on your budget. It is not really cheap as it retails around Php 5,500 ($120) here in the Philippines. However, we think it is worth the investment especially if you are using this professionally. 

To sum it up, here are 5 things that we liked about this webcam:
  • The image and video quality of this equipment is terrific.
  • The backlight return is very good and can be maximized depending on the lighting.
  • The Logitech Capture allows the user to have Full HD on a 24, 25, or 30 frames per second for a better video quality. 
  • If you are on the go and no time to put on your makeup, just set your C922 Pro to 720p on 60 FPS, and you will look flawless on screen.
  • Lastly, the autofocus works perfectly and keeps your video clear even if you move closer or far from the camera. 
How about you? What do you think about the Logitech C922? Do you have other webcam recommendations? Feel free to comment below.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Did Ariel of The Little Mermaid Teach Us to Become Hoarders?

Disney's The Little Mermaid has been a big part of our childhood. I mean who hasn't watched that movie at least once in his/her life? 



I remember when I was little, I wished that I could be a mermaid with a beautiful voice like Ariel. I would even sing my heart out in public without realizing I was out of tune. 

As a kid, Part of Your World by Jodi Benson was my national anthem. 
If you are not familiar with it, you can watch this music video



Look at this stuff
Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl
The girl who has everything?

And these few lines from the song stuck with me even up to this day. Every time I go home after a shopping trip or just see my latest haul, I can't help but sing these lines. I feel like I own the world and that I am ready with emergencies or whatnot because I make sure I have "everything" available. 

I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
I've got whozits and whatzits galore
You want thingamabobs?
I've got twenty!
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more

And this made me realize - Did Ariel influence me to become the "hoarder" that I am today?  Does the song/ movie teach little girls to become materialistic? 

But then, if you listen to the song further... 

I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see 'em dancin'
Walking around on those, what do you call 'em?
Oh, feet

You will realize that no, that is not the case. Instead, the song/ movie teaches us that experience, people and relationships matter more. No amount of material things can replace the emptiness and longing to spend time with our loved ones. 

The song also made me realize that it is important that we learn to enjoy our lives. We don't need to just work, work and work. Instead, we must grab the opportunity to travel and explore the world when we can. I think this health crisis has taught us a valuable lesson on seizing opportunities because we will never know what will happen next. 

Being quarantined for over a year and literary not going out for months was possible because I held on to my previous experiences and wonderful memories. I really do not mind going out because I do not have many regrets. Though I still feel down from time to time, I just reminisce on our previous trips and travel experiences and that immediately makes me feel better. 

If you are a parent, it also important that you spend quality time with your children. It is not enough that you provide all their needs and wants. Your time and attention are more meaningful and it is the best way to show how much you love them. 

So, to answer the question -- Ariel is not teaching us to become hoarders. Instead, she inspires us to live our lives fully. Let us dance, walk and be with the people we love. :) 

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