Sunday, February 8, 2015

Are you looking for sweet and romantic ideas to sweep her off her feet? Good news! I prepared a list for you to choose on how will you and your bae spend the Valentine's day with love in the air. 

Let us start!

1. Simple gestures never go wrong. The cliche "roses and chocolates", don't forget your handwritten love letter. Make him/her cry. Show them and tell them how much you care. Profess your love!

2. Of course! Another cliché, dinner dates. But make it fancy, don't take her on fast food chains. Why not try on hotels and restaurants? Make the reservations as early as now. However, if you have the skills on cooking, why not cook for him/her? That would be extra sweet. Prepare the dinner date somewhere romantic like the rooftops, gardens or at your home to have an intimate dinning experience.

3. Serenade your bae. If you have the golden voice, sing for her. But if you only got the confidence.. Hmmm.. Think again? Hahaha you can dedicate a song on the radio or hire someone to sing for her. Then, you're standing near the person singing with flowers on your hand and making pacute face while waiting for her to come close to you. Yiihheee!
4. Watch the Pyromusical at SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds, I know it has a ticket with free dinner on the sea side. I think you need to buy your tickets now. But if you have less budget, wait the fireworks on Roxas Boulevard or along seaside of Mall of Asia. Bring a blanket and snacks with her. Be there as early as you can, people might have the same idea on their minds.

5. Do you love to be serenaded by Boyce Avenue? I heard they will have a concert on Valentine's day at Smart Araneta Coliseum. If tickets are still available, buy now. Surprise him/her on your date. Don't tell her. By the way, play the video. Super nice cover from Boyce Avenue feat. Lia Marie Johnson

6. Picnic. Yes! Bring her to the park such as Picnic Groove in Tagaytay or Ecopark in La Mesa Dam. Be close to nature. Bring a basket, the prepared food, the blanket and a speaker (for the romantic songs you will play while eating).


7. If you are tired of the Urbanization of Manila, try to relax elsewhere. Go to the beach or have a relaxing retreat at Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay. Have couple massage or everything they have on their list of services with the word 'couple' on it. Hihi Try it. I suddenly heard the chimes and the wind. Relaxing. Haha

8. If both of you are movie buffs or love watching tv series  and don't want to go with all the hassle and the traffic of Valentines day. Movie or TV series  marathon at home. Prepare the list of chick flicks, romantic movies, series or horror movies (so when your bae is scared, hug her tight. The moves na! hahaha). Don't forget a lot of chips and popcorn.

9. Ride the hot air balloon in Pampanga! Every year, the fiesta of hot air balloon is awesome! They have different kinds of characters flying in the air. I want to go there too. Haha Click here for more information of Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2015.

 Photo: Glogster

10. Retrace your love story. Go back to memory lane. Visit the places on where and how both of you meet and fall in love with each other all over again.

As long as you enjoy both company, it doesn't matter where you will celebrate it. 

Disclaimer: Photos are not mine. Some of them I randomly grabbed it on

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Chinese New Year is coming and people look forward to a fresh new beginning. Everyone’s optimistic about the year ahead and can’t wait to start the year with positive changes like New Year’s resolutions, bucketlists, and even home renovations. In the Philippines, home design and renovations are now done by an increasing number of Filipinos that adapt a Chinese tradition of attracting positivity through the arrangement of one’s home – Feng Shui.

As Angi Ma Wong defines it in ‘Feng Shui Dos & TABOOs,’ literally translated as “wind-water,” Feng Shui is the art of placement and is one of the five components of a person’s destiny. Part of this practice is the proper choice of colors to surround you, to effectively enhance the flow of positive energy in both home and business environment.

This concept inspired the birth of FENG SHUI PAINT. Designed as an indoor wall paint, Feng Shui Paint is made up of colors carefully chosen to suit a person’s lucky color based on their Chinese zodiac sign. Prescribed by the well-known Feng Shui expert Mr. Johnson Chua, Feng Shui Paint is made to help attract three general life aspects: prosperity, health, and harmony.

Now, there’s a new way to help attract good fortune. Paint some luck into your life with Feng Shui Paint.
For color chart, pre-orders, and other inquiries, you may call 0919-466-3338 or send an email For more updates, you may visit facebook at

***Disclaimer: Guest Posting. Article not mine.***

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cities is Carla de Guzman’s first original novella. The story is based on the theory of multiple universes, the idea that somewhere out there are worlds where the choices you make are different from the ones made here. Carla writes about the cities that have inspired her and changed the way she sees the world, in the hope that her readers will want to travel there too.

Cities is available in print and via Smashwords, CreateSpace, and Amazon. Please contact the author for more information.


Celia has dreams.

She dreams of going to Seoul for a scholarship she never took, of leaving everything behind and moving to New York.

In all those dreams, she finds herself attached to Benedict, the boy she has always loved, but who doesn’t love her back.

Ben believes in parallel worlds.

Worlds where things you didn’t do come true—worlds in which he goes to London and falls in love with Celia, where he shows up on the day she needs him the most. He believes that dreams are glimpses into that parallel world, and it’s not a coincidence that Celia’s been having them too.

But here, now, they’re in Manila. It’s the day of Ben’s wedding, and a typhoon is raging through the city. How will these dreams and unmade decisions change their lives? Will they bring them closer together or drive them farther apart?


Carla de Guzman ( had horrible handwriting as a kid. That didn't stop her from writing, though. Riddled with too much energy and a vivid imagination, she started writing every midnight. She grew up with her toes in the sand and her bags packed and ready to go on adventures. Her books are chronicles of her journeys, with a little romance mixed in.

When she’s not sitting in a plane or working, Carla writes for her blog, Some Midnights ( and for When in Manila. 

**Guest posting. Article not mine**

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Remember the time I won two plane tickets to Bohol when I joined a blog contest from Nuffnang? (CLICK HERE! to refresh your memory) Well, this is the prize! Hola! It was around May 2013 when we flew to Bohol. It was one an expected trip. I am so thankful that I was chosen to be one of the lucky winners. I rarely won from the contests I joined but 2013 was a lucky year for me. I got a lot of free stuffs from the contests I joined.hihi

 I am also thankful we visited this place before the earthquake destroyed the beautiful historical places in Bohol. I felt awful when I heard the news about the earthquake. People in Bohol are really accommodating and friendly. Manong, our tourists guide, was funny and kind. He kept on bragging about the people and the place, he was really proud of Bohol. Well, I agree with him. I was worried for them because most of their livelihood was from the tourism of their hometown. I know they will get up and be a survivor. Anyways, let us start the tour:

Monument of blood compact. This is the place where they held the blood compact between the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol, to seal their friendship as part of the tribal tradition.

The hat matches my shirt. I was planning to buy it but I decided to choose the simple one. Haha By the way, the shorts I am wearing was a DIY project by me. 

I bought I lot of Tarsiers keychains for souvenirs for my family and friends. I also bought Bohol shirts, peanut kisses and a hat.

The oldest church, Baclayon church. On the side of the church, there was an image of Padre Pio formed at its wall.

Inside the church. They were strict. They have a dress code inside, they lend me a malong (scarf) before coming inside.

Mini zoo in Bohol. With the dancers.

Butterfly house.

A butterfly was on my hat. Being steady and not moving to capture the moment. I love being close to nature.

Loboc River Cruise. We ate lunch here while serenaded by the singers and musicians. It was relaxing. The boat made a stopover on the lovely ladies, who performed simple dance number.

The most famous chocolate hills. That season, it has a little greenish because it was rainy.

The man-made forest. I love this! According to our tourist guide, it was built to prevent accidents from landslide.

Tarsier Conservation Area, Loboc Bohol. Tarsier is one of the smallest primates in the world. It is sensitive to sounds. They are nocturnal beings.  If they are stress, they tend to commit suicide.

Along the bridge across Panglao, Bohol.

Panglao Beach. We haven't had a chance to swim but we just walked around the shoreline and enjoyed the sounds of the waves. Some of the hotels were in front of the beach, there are also establishments where you can eat and buy souvenirs.

Panglao Beach at night. It was very festive. Free entrance!

There are plenty of amazing places here in Bohol. I am looking forward to come back and visit the place again. What we miss on our trip? To explore Panglao's cave (Hinagdanan Cave), snorkeling and watch the dolphins. Three days was not enough.

As of now, let's pray for them. I hope they can recover from the incident last 2013. God bless!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tea Tree Cool & Creamy wash suitable for blemished skin. It gets skin spotlessly clean without drying your skin. With community fair trade organic tea tree oil.

When I was looking for a facial wash, I happened to checked out body shop because they were on sale that day.haha Then, I saw this tree tea oil cool & creamy wash. It caught my attention. I am so into menthol things, anything that can make me feel cool and fresh will be automatically go on my shopping cart. That's the reason why it caught my attention plus less than the original price. It was good to go. The time I was able to use it for the first time, it was not bubbly but the cooling sensation was there. I used it more often, it lessen my blemishes on my face. I have clearer skin. I bought this for about P300+ because it was on sale from The Body Shop, not bad at all.

I would give this 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.  

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