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National Bookstore Warehouse Sale is now available in Lazada and Shopee

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The National Bookstore Warehouse Sale was one of the events that I look forward to every year when we were still residing in Metro Manila because of one main reason --- the discounts are crazy and real. I would even allocate one full day to shop and just go through piles and piles of good stuff offered at around 70-90% off.  They offer not just books but office and school supplies, toys, crafting supplies, stationery, and even computer accessories. So, when we moved to Bacolod, this one of the things that I truly miss. Photo credit to https://www.facebook.com/nbsalert Now, the good news is NBS Warehouse Sale is now available in Lazada and Shopee.  Yes, you read that right. You can now shop for these sales items online. Please note that this is different from the National Bookstore's Flagship Store.  Here are the direct links: NBS Warehouse Sale on Lazada NBS Warehouse Sale on Shopee Please take note that items may sell out fast so, you might have to check out really quick.  Of cour

5 Disney-Themed Activities To Do with Family at Home

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We know you miss Disneyland as much as we do and this is why we are going to share with you ideas and activities that will blow your blues away.    The best part? This is free and you can do this in the comforts of your home. So, without further ado,  Let's get started!  1. Be a Castle Architect - Pick up your scissors and design your own castle. Just download this free Disney printable from HK Disneyland. You can pick between a simple castle layout or an advanced castle layout.  Grab your castle guide here   2. Brush up on your Coloring Skills - Disneyland has a lot of free printables of coloring sheets featuring your favorite Disney characters. It includes Disney princesses, Pixar characters from Toy Story and Finding Nemo as well as our classic Disney favorites.  Download the free printables here 3. Binge-watch on Disney shows - Disneyland Paris has been organizing watch parties since December last year and you can enjoy watching these magical shows at home.  Watch the Disney

Book Review: Sunsets are Sonnets and Other Poems by Alvin B. Cruz

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Have you experienced feeling empty, but you don't know what you are missing? Was there a time that you feel down and alone but can't properly explain what is happening? Are you someone who is silently grieving and lost? This book, Sunsets are Sonnets and Other Poems will help you find the right words to express how you feel. The book features 30 poems – old and new that talk about the 3L's: life, love, and loss. It was written by Alvin B. Cruz, a writer, professor, and communication consultant. He is an inveterate traveler and has lived and worked as an English teacher in the United States, Japan, and the Maldives. His earlier poems were published in The Philippine Graphic and more recently his poetry at Wales Haiku Journal . Through the poems and the traditional Japanese haiku in the book, the author was able to paint a picture of the realities of life that teaches us a valuable lesson on dealing with loneliness and pain. Each poem is unique and rooted in different exp

Disney Songs That Will Empower and Inspire Every Dreamer

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Walt Disney is known as a pioneer of animated films. He is also the creator of famous cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and the man behind Disneyland and Disney World which we consider to be the happiest place on earth. His works represented imagination, optimism, and success inspiring individuals to dream and to work towards achieving that dream. He is someone who was creative and was constantly innovating. He was not scared to push the boundaries which has been one of the key factors to his success. One of his famous quotes is something that I hold on to. I even have this written on our bedroom wall to remind me every day to pursue my dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it."  - Walt Disney Throughout the years, Disney has been producing movies and songs that are aligned with these values as they continue to bring happiness and inspiration to individuals all over the world.   Thus, let me share with you some of the Disney songs that will surely empower and inspire

Chinese New Year Food Ideas and Symbolisms

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Have you started with the preparations already?  To be honest, my family and I prepare more during the Chinese (Lunar) New Year compared to the traditional/ western calendar new year every January 1st. This is because   feng shui , a traditional practice that uses energy forces to arrange the pieces in the living space to create balance and harmony between individuals with the natural world and their surroundings, follows the lunar calendar. Thus, the forecasts by feng shui masters actually start during CNY and are applicable during this time as well.  Filipinos, even those who are not Chinese, have been celebrating the Chinese New Year for a long time. In fact, it has already been declared as a special non-working holiday every year here in the Philippines.  A lot of beliefs and rituals believed to bring luck and good fortune every New Year is followed by many such as house cleaning, wearing of red clothes, giving out red envelopes/ Hong Bao

Why is Philhealth the ONLY Government Entity Without an Online Payment Facility for Voluntary Members?

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2020 was the year where most businesses, institutions, and organizations have shifted to online or digital platforms. Online classes were implemented. E-commerce has taken a huge leap and the use of digital wallets such as GCASH, Paymaya, and other online payment facilities has never been this popular. These initiatives and lifestyle changes took place as a response to the government's and health experts' call to stay at home and avoid unnecessary trips. So, this made me wonder Why is Philhealth the ONLY Government Entity Without an Online Payment Facility for Voluntary Members?   For weeks, I have been researching how I can pay my voluntary contribution to Philhealth without going out of the house, and sad to say, I had no luck finding one.  We haven't gone out for over a year (literally!) and that's how serious we are about staying at home so, going to the nearest Philhealth office is not a good option for us.  I was able to read about the Moneygment app but based on

Hope in a Box: Get your own limited edition merchandise from Davao's Top Fashion and Design Creatives and Artisans

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by Jon J. Nuñez When the health crisis hit the country almost a year ago, among the most affected are the communities of artisans in the different parts of Davao region. Most of these creative people are members of the lumads or ethnic tribes of Region XI.  Unknown to many, the Davao Fashion and Design Council (DFDC) have been partnering with these artistic folks by way of commissioning their weavers, beaders, and sewers to create world-class creations that are a big hit around the country and even globally.   Alas, the pandemic came, the fashion industry is among the first to be told to cancel events as it would entail the gathering of crowds-- such as fashion shows and exhibits. Thus, t he Philippine Fashion Coalition (PFC) headed by Manila fashion directors, designers, models, and behind the scenes production staff, have been doing fundraising drives ever since last year.  This time, through the partnership of DFDC, comes the Box of Hope .  By supporting this project, we can help th

Bump'd Leggings Giveaway

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Enter for your chance to win (1) pair of Zen Mama Leggings from Bump'n     Sponsored by: Bump'n Hosted by: MamatheFox.com Co-Hosted by: Mama Banana's Adventures  and  Versitiller     Any pregnant mama knows the value of having comfortable maternity clothing on hand...especially as her bump grows! Maternity pants especially can be hard to find, in addition to getting a good fit that will expand with you as your baby gets bigger. Bump’n Clothing was designed with comfort and practicality in mind, providing mama’s with a stylish legging that not only looks good but also considers her growing body and helps support it! From maternity support leggings to postpartum leggings with built-in waist trainers, Bump’n Clothing has leggings to support mama’s through all stages of motherhood! Bump’n Clothing is generously offering a pair of their Zen Mama Leggings as part of a MamatheFox Giveaway! These leggings are not only appropriate for over the bump maternity wear, but they

3 Easy Tips To Keeping Your Home Summer-Ready

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Summer can be a little tough in the Philippines. At its peak, temperatures can reach 32°C,  peaking at almost 36-38°C due to humidity! One of our best refuges is our home, blasting our air conditioning units and electric fans. However, our homes aren’t safe from the scorching heat of the sun either. Summers can cause damages to our houses, which can lead to some serious problems later on.  Before the summer hits, make sure you keep your home summer ready! Here are some of the best ways to prepare for the summer. 1. Change your curtains If you want to keep your home cool, change your curtains to light-colored ones. Hanging dark-colored curtains can absorb and retain more heat. It’s a simple hack to keep your home summer-ready. While you’re at it, install curtain ties too! This opens your windows further to let more of the cool breeze into the home. If you want to all-out, lose the curtains! Although, it may not be ideal especially if you live closely with your neighbors. 2. Clean the fa

How Essential are Essential Oils?

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Essential Oils have been around for many centuries. For ages, many cultures around the world rely on the reliable uses of essential oils for many of man's ailments and conditions. From Africa to Asia to Oceania to Antarctica, essential oils have been permanent fixtures in many home medicine cabinets. It really isn't a medicine, but wise 'medicine folks' in the rural areas around the world have been known to use it as an age-old alternative medicine and therapy. In the Philippines, a growing herd of believers and users have been observed over the years. But since time immemorial, essential oils have been known to be used by "Mangagamots" or "Manghihilots" (medicine men and women), whether for massaging or traditionally called 'Hilot' or touch therapy. I think this also how the word "oilbularyo" was coined.  With essential oils, a wide range of uses would come to mind. Such as remedy from snake bites, relief from bee stings, high feve

The Medical City and Robinsons Hotels & Resorts take Healthcare and Hospitality to a whole new level

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Robinsons Hotels and Resorts (RHR) has partnered with The Medical City to provide a seamless and convenient  healthcare experience for every Filipino with its Hotel and Travel Care Packages. The Hotel Care Package 1 is  recommended to those who plan to have their ECLIA Serological (antibody) test from The Medical City. This antibody  test is a highly sensitive and specific chemiluminescent immunoassay test intended for identifying individuals with an  adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2, indicating recent or prior infection. And since the result will be released  within 24 hours, the patient has the option to wait for the results in the comfort of Summit Hotel Magnolia and Go  Hotels Ortigas Center, which is 20 minutes and 8 minutes away, respectively, from The Medical City. For only P4,200 net per person (single occupancy), enjoy an overnight stay in a single room with high-speed Wi-Fi,  international and local TV channels. Packed breakfast is included. Just add P2,200 if you wis

Quarantined for a year (literally!) and how I spent my 2020

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It's official! We haven't gone out of the house (literally!) for a year already as of this day. This is because we believe that the most effective way to keep you safe from the virus is to stay at home and avoid exposure at all costs. Since I am considered high-risk and my mom is a senior citizen, we'd like to take the necessary precautions as much as we could.  Since I had been working from home, I had the option not to go out of the house. The only adjustments that we need to do were our grocery, bank transactions, and errands. Luckily, companies and stores were able to adjust immediately and now have online services available thus, it was easy for consumers like me to fulfill these responsibilities through the use of technology and mobile apps . Is this for real?    When I tell my friends that we REALLY do not leave the house, they have a hard time believing and they keep on asking if I was okay and what it feels like to be stuck at home all the time. To answer this ques

Davao City Water District is now available in GCASH

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While everyone is encouraged to stay at home, bills payment has been one of the major concerns during the quarantine. Thus, a lot of companies especially utility companies offered online payment services to address the needs of their customers.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for all. There were still some companies including the Davao City Water District that do not have the online option thus, customers are still forced to go out in order to pay while waiting for the availability of online payment options.  But the good news is the long wait is over --->  Davao City Water District will be available on GCASH starting January 26, 2021. This means that DCWD customers can now pay their bills online.   To pay, just open your GCASH app, under PAY BILLS > WATER UTILITIES, and look for DAVAO CITY WATER DISTRICT. Then input the following: Account holder’s name 9-digit DCWD account number Payment amount Working email address Valid mobile number If you don't have GCASH yet,

10 Work from Home Essentials To Improve Your Productivity this 2021

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We’re all finding it a little difficult to swing back into the rhythm at work after the holidays. After all, the current work-from-home setup makes it even trickier—you have to deal with distractions such as an inviting bed, loud neighbors, and clingy pets. Still struggling to maximize your efficiency at home, even with months of working remotely under your belt? This new year, use a few key products to make working from home a breeze! Check them out below.  1.  Mumuso LED Desk Lamp  -  Great lighting wakes you up and gets you in the zone—plus it brightens up your face for work video calls. This sleek lamp features three adjustable levels of brightness. 2.  Papemelroti Planner  -  Stay on top of projects and deadlines with a planner. This pocket notebook, which is made of 100% recycled paper, features monthly spreads printed in black and white. 3.  Hydro Flask Water Bottle  -  A tumbler full of your power drink of choice—whether a coffee, smoothie or even just water—will get yo

Maxene Magalona Calls on Filipinas for Herbal Essences’ Plant Power Revolution

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With the rise of the plantito and plantita trend last year, Filipinos have definitely fallen in love with plants not just as decor but also as a holistic part of being able to go through 2020.  Now that the new year is here, the need to incorporate the power of plants into your daily habits is crystal clear. Plant-powered products like Herbal Essences have definitely proven their position in the haircare game – with its power of plant-based ingredients and plant power solutions, it can give you the best version of your strands. Herbal Essences recognized how more and more people are taking interest in nurturing plants.  So, to celebrate the powerful impact of plants, not just on the surroundings, but also on how people take good care of their hair, the brand concluded 2020 with the #PlantPowerInEveryShower giveaway. Check out the amazing foliage and poses from some of the best entries for Herbal Essences #PlantPowerInEveryShower giveaway. Alexandrea shared on her Instagram post that