Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OOTD - Madly Magnificent Magenta

Dress - SM Surplus Shop
Black Cover-up Cardi - Bossini Ladies (Thrfted Find) 
Shoes - SM Parisian
Black ring - SM Accessories
Necklace - Girl Shoppe
Beaded Black Bracelet - DIY by a friend
Magenta Bag - Bought from Vern Enciso at BU3!

Hey Coffeeholics! Just wanna let you know that I'm not angry or mad. I wanted to see what the effect would be if I didn't smile at all for my outfit post. So what do you think? Is it too mataray or what? hehe. Still, I think smiling is so much better than going for a "mataray" look. Its been said that a SMILE can be one's greatest accessory. I remember one of my students would always remind me to smile (haha kahit mainit ang ulo ko.. hihirit yun! napapangiti tuloy ako.. hehe) and would swear that it makes me look younger. Haha. Sige na nga.

I love my Madly Magnificently Magenta BAG! I got it during the 3rd Bloggers United event last June. One of the things that I wanted to buy badly was a pretty bag and I had a strong feeling that I'd find one at BU3.. so when I saw this at the Enciso sisters booth, I fell in love! The most awesome part? I got it for a steal! :) A pop of color sure makes a lot of difference to an outfit.

Anyway, I've been busy with some things at work and some time to think about stuff which led me to be reflective and so I haven't been online. One of the things that I've come to realized during this time of reflection is that..  I badly need to lose weight. So recently one of my cousins has been pestering and encouraging me to exercise exercise exercise! So I've kinda started and we use work out dance videos to make it more fun. After 2 sessions I've come to the conclusion that dancing is HARD. I don't know which is better.. dance exercise video? Or kenpo/taebo type exercise video? I haven't tried ZUMBA yet but I will soon. So what about you? Do you have any suggestions on what exercise vid on youtube I can follow or watch? Please do share share share!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

5th Phil-Cosmetics Expo - BE THERE!

Hey Coffeeholics! I know it's been a while. Just took a week long hiatus to catch up on a lot of stuff. Also took a break from the online scene. Hehe. But now I'm back coz well, there's so many stuff coming up this end of August plus I have lots of things to share to you guys. 

4th Phil-Cosmetics Expo last year with Genn, Tiff, and Gie (not in pic)!
Well one of the things that I'd like to share to you guys is that the Phil-Cosmetics Expo will be starting next Friday, August 31 up to September 2, 2012! I'm so excited about that coz I went this expo LAST YEAR (see my post about that here) and  I had lots of fun. I'm betting that this year will also be a blast. Don't miss out in watching (and Joining!) the main events of the expo -- NAIL ART competition, HAIR & MAKEUP Competition, and the FASHION SHOW. I will be posting the rules for the competitions in another post.
Anyway, check the press release below to know more about the Phil-Cosmetics Expo on this coming weekend.


Are you into beauty?
Know the latest trends in cosmetics.
Find a career in beauty.
Create or launch your own products or

The CHAMBER OF COSMETICS INDUSTRY OF THE PHILIPPINES INC. (CCIP) will hold its fifth staging of the annual exhibition of leading cosmetics and personal care products on August 31-Sept. 2, 2012 at the Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Floor, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

CCIP is an organization of companies composed of manufacturers, importers, distributors, traders and retailers of cosmetic products, as well as suppliers of cosmetic ingredients and packaging materials. CCIP is a proud founding member of the ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA), the ASEAN federation of national cosmetic associations.

This year’s Phil-Cosmetics Expo: 5th Pilipinas ang Ganda Mo! Exposition is also being staged in celebration of the Cosmetics Month in September.  Entrance to the Expo is free of charge.

Over the years, this Expo has established a loyal and growing market, and has always been one of the most anticipated annual events.  For the past four years, this Expo has provided CCIP members and other companies in the same industry, with great opportunities to showcase their products and services to the dynamic market.  The Expo has also become a venue for launching, promoting and demonstrating new products and services.   It has also proven to be an ideal environment for generating contacts and sales leads, as well as for networking with vendors, suppliers, and distributors.  The exhibit goers have also benefited tremendously from the great promotional values and entertainment during the event.

This year, the Expo has also opened its doors to the public who are interested in breaking into the business of beauty through its seminars and its exhibitors who offer opportunities other than big discounts on their product lines. Furthermore, the event showcases hair and make-up and nail art competitions and the prestigious Mr. & Ms. Cosmetics 2012 which discovers new talents that represents and supports the objectives of the industry.

The event also aims for CCIP members and non- members to interact with each other and establish camaraderie within the industry.

For more information, inquiries or reservations, please contact  Jonathan Roxas or Emer Dela Cruz of MCT Events Management, the marketing arm of the Expo, at telephone numbers 5766362, 6435490, 3992935 and 502 1546 or thru its email address

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Justin Bieber for Proactiv

As you all know, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect skincare treatment what with me on a constant battle with my zit zone. Though it has considerably tamed since the last time I've talked about this, the fact is that acne still breaks out on my face. Its disheartening. Now I'm seriously thinking if I should really invest in Proactiv. I've seen it and heard about it but I have never tried it.

skin solution, acne, proactiv
Proactiv 30-day Kit
Proactiv Solution boasts as the #1 anti-acne system in America and is now here in the Philippines. I guess it is popular enough to be confident enough to make its mark here in the Philippines. Check out the Proactiv Testimonials section, you could probably understand why. Even Justin Bieber himself swears on Proactive! Watch him talk all about it here:

Justin Bieber for Proactiv--definitely makes sense! After all, he is still a teenager who still undergoes the same skin problems just like all the other teens out there. For clear skin, Justin Bieber uses the Proactiv 3-Step System Products which comes in a 30-Day Kit and in a 60-Day Kit.

Proactiv 60-day kit.
The website states that as a CombinationTherapy™ system, Proactiv Solution doesn't just clear your acne but also helps prevent pimples from coming back! I know that sounds too good to be true right? But Proactiv takes acne seriously, so seriously that they have a Money Back Guarantee if you don't get Clear Skin. I guess this is what makes Proactiv different from all the other skin care products out there. If they have enough confidence in themselves to guarantee our money back if it doesn't work, surely Proactiv is indeed worth the try eh? 

Justin Bieber's Girlfriend Perfume

Anyway there's good news for all Bieber fans out there. Proactiv Solution is joining the Bieber Fever this August to October and they're giving away the much talked about Justin Bieber's Girlfriend Perfume and Laptop Case. All interested buyers have to do is purchase their Proactiv Kit so they will get the chance to win these exciting items.

Justin Bieber's Girlfriend Laptop Case

Promo Period: August 15 - October 15, 2012
Raffle Date: October 19, 2012


Customer can buy either a Proactiv 30-Day Kit or Proactiv 60-day kit from any of the participating outlets:
  • Door to Door Delivery Hotlines Door to Door delivery Hotlines (729-2222, 1-800-8-729-8888, 1-800-10-889-4444, 0917-801-8888), customer’s given Account Name as per Proactiv’s official Customer Database shall be entitled with the raffle entry.
  • Proactiv Mall Kiosks at Glorietta, Ground Floor; Trinoma, 2nd Floor; Robinsons Galleria, 3rd Floor; and Marquee Mall, Ground Floor.
         For Proactiv Mall Kiosk purchases, customer must fill-out the Official Raffle Entry Form          with the following details: Customer Name, Customer Address, Customer Contact Number, Product Purchased,  Date of Purchase, OR Number, Signature of Customer, and Signature of Promodizer. 

         The Official Raffle Entry Form must be submitted to the Proactiv Promodiser in charge  to qualify for the raffle.
  • All Watson's outlets or SM Department Store Branches.

For purchases at Watsons or SM Department Stores - Customers can read the promo mechanics posted in Proactiv Solution Philippines Facebook Page. Customer needs to send a scanned copy of their Watsons or SM Official Receipt together with their name and contact number to any of the following addresses:
Fax No.: 02 – 729-  4444
Regular Mail: ATTN: Proactiv Solution, 17F, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave cor Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
*** Top American Products Solution Inc must receive the entry before the raffle date, October 19, 2012. All entries received after the raffle date will be automatically disqualified.
  • Customer must buy any of the participating Proactiv kit SKUs within the prescribed promo period. Purchases of Proactiv Kits outside the promo period are not eligible to have a raffle entry equivalent.
  •  If a customer avails of the standard limited Money back Guarantee that comes with every Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit, this forfeits the subsequent activation of his or her raffle ticket entry. If the customer won and subsequently availed of the Money Back Guarantee after claiming the prize, the actual cost of the perfume and the laptop bag will be deducted to the refund value.
  •  Every purchase of Proactiv Solution 30-day kit is equivalent to one (1) Raffle Entry and every purchase of Proactiv Solution 60-day kit is equivalent to two (2) Raffle Entries

• The Prize is not convertible to cash and or other Proactiv products.
• Winners from Metro Manila must personally pick up the prize at Top American Products Solution, Inc office (17th Flr. Tower 2, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala cor. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City Philippines) and present a valid ID and official receipt upon claiming.
• For winners outside Metro Manila, they can claim the prize personally or request for the prizes to be mailed subject to compliance to the following conditions: 

     1. They need to provide a valid email address capable to receive ff: (1) Acknowledgement Receipt, (2) Waiver of Rights for marketing promotion. Customer must print, sign, and email back these two documents
      2. Customer must attach to this email a scanned copy of any Government issued ID, plus a close-up photo to be used for future Proactiv Solution marketing materials.
       3. They need to provide the correct mailing address. Top American Products Solutions Inc. will shoulder the mailing expense for the prizes. Any return to sender event will forfeit the prize.
     4. Failure to comply with all of these conditions for winners outside Metro Manila will cause forfeiture of prize without further notice.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lenddo - a helping hand in times of financial need

Finally the rain has stopped. We can now thank the Lord that the rains and floods will subside in our country and that finally we can move forward after this. I look around at the internet and see the photos of houses and businesses destroyed or ruined by the flood. Families with ruined appliances and houses ravaged by the flood or in dire need of repair. Definitely the next challenge that most of us have to face after this tragedy is to rebuild and refurnish. Unfortunately for most of the middle and lower class sector, many would need to raise money to accomplish this. 

This is where Lenddo, the world's first online platform that empowers the emerging middle class by giving access to financial services such as debt consolidation, business loans, or cash loans. All you have to do is build up your reputation and credibility through your social networks like Facebook or Twitter to apply for a loan. There is NO COST to join Lenddo and get business loans or cash loans. 

Lenddo would be perfect for those who really need a helping hand in this time of need especially after the deluge of the monsoon rains. By becoming a member of Lendo, those affected by the flood can get Lenddo loans for medical emergencies and home improvement. Lenddo loans can also help in terms of education or business loans. Wanna know how much you can get on a cash loan? Try out the Lenddo Personal Loans Calculator on the homepage of the website to try out an estimated monthly loan payment. The first loan you can get is based on your monthly salary.That is why you must be employed and have a bank account in order to get a Lenddo loan. Lenddo is an easy and paperless way of getting a loan. Follow these steps in order to get your Lenddo loan:

1. Go to and click the Apply Now button.
2. Fill up the information with your complete name, email address, password, gender, birthday, and mobile number.

Check out my Lenddo Profile here.
Click LOANS to find out if you can get a loan already.
3. Once filled up, you will then land on Lenddo's dashboard. Then go click the LOANS tab. There you will see the requirements needed to get a loan. The first requirement to get a cash loan is to raise your Lenddo score to at least 400 points. This is the part where Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, and even Linkedin can help you. You will have to start linking your accounts to Lenddo to build up your credibility and your Lenddo score. That is why it is important for you to be transparent, to be honest, and to be engaged. The more social network accounts you link to Lenddo, then all the more will your Lenddo score increase.

My Lenddo Profile - I got score of 600!
I linked my Facebook, Yahoo, Gmail, and LinkedIn accounts to increase my score!

4. Then BUILD up your trusted network. Invite your family, co-workers, or friends to join Lenddo and get a Lenddo score of 400 as well. Inviting these people helps increase your Lenddo score and also fulfills the requirement of getting a trusted network for your Loan. A trusted network simply means that these people will vouch for your and you can also vouch for them. Just be reminded that these people that you add to your trusted network are people whom you can really trust. Don't worry, they won't be asked to be your co-signor. For clarifications and more information about this, kindly visit the Lenddo FAQ Section. Or better yet, check out this slideshare that will give you a picture how Lenddo works.

Lenddo from Lenddo

I know this sounds too good to be true especially for those who need money or to get a loan at a short amount of time. I too was skeptical at first, but then I checked out the Lenddo Facebook account. I also read the testimonials given by people who have already tried Lenddo out.

Too good to be true? Well, that's what one of them said but it happened and it worked. I for one haven't tried getting a loan yet at Lenddo. I'd probably get a loan here one day when the time comes when I need a cash loan asap. Maybe Lenddo could improve further in their security and assurances that the information shared to them will be kept absolutely secure. Imparting such information makes me uncomfortable. I've been taught to be very cautious on what information I should be wary on sharing online. Though I understand that Lenddo needs a lot of information about us--that we be transparent to them as much as possible so that they will also be assured that we will uphold the other end of the loan which is paying them back. So as a reminder, make sure that when you take a Lenddo loan, you are absolutely certain that you can pay them back else they will take legal actions if payment is not made. 

Still this has not deterred others to get a loan. Some have even took a second loan. Wouldn't it be great to get to access this kind of financial service as well? One huge factor for me joining and getting a Lenddo loan is the fact that it is FREE plus you don't need a guarantor to get a loan! In the previous school that I worked for, I had to get a guarantor to get any kind of loan at the school coop. I wasn't too thrilled with that coz in return, I had to guarantee the person who guaranteed me. Since I was a new teacher, I didn't know my co-teachers that much during that time so I wasn't confident enough in guaranteeing them that they'd pay up. I had to forego in getting a loan and so I didn't push through with my plan on taking up my Master's degree during that time. So I'm glad Lenddo is now providing these kinds of services to people who need it for debt consolidation, personal loans, and business loans. I'm sure it would be a big help to all especially now after what happened during the flood this week.

So what do you think Coffeeholics? Wanna check this out? Well, if you are in dire need of cash why not eh? Just remember to be smart, be aware, and be responsible especially in your financial obligations and transactions. Lenddo can help you especially if you do your part.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Food Diary - The Country Style Now Available at Trinoma

Hey coffeeholics! The sun is shining again. HOOOORAY! I'm so happy to see the sun. Let us continue on praying for good weather. Anyway, just wanna share one of my "finds" for the Food Diary section of Brew of the Day. Let me all reintroduce you to one of my favorite donut/pasta/pastry store - the COUNTRY STYLE.

I was on my way to meet JEN ( at Trinoma one day and we agreed to meet up at Landmark's Foodcourt near the grocery. So I hopped on the escalator and as I was going down, I was greeted by a pleasant surprise. The COUNTRY STYLE  is now here and available at Trinoma! YAY!

I've always been a fan of Country Style's pastries. I can still remember always buying from them during my college days. They used to have a stall at SM City North Edsa and I remember waiting until cut off ng closing coz its Buy 1 Take 1! hehe. 

The crullers got to be my favorite! I totally love the choco walnut cruller. 
The choco walnut cruller is the one at the very back.. the brown one. hehe.

Also my favorite Country Style donut has got to be the "Tiger Paw" donut! Its called Tiger paw coz it is shaped like one. I don't reminder if it was cinnamon but I do remember it was sweet, a bit gooey and caramelized, and yummy. :P Unfortunately it wasn't available when I visited their stand.
Triple Choco Boom is also a favorite. My sister would always beg me to bring home one as a pasalubong! What I really love about their donuts and pastry is that it is not too sweet and tasted just right. I love the texture of their donuts which is not too airy but just enough to fill your tummy. 
Yum yum!

One of my favorite Country Style branches used to be at West Avenue. 
They served past and breakfast meals - my favorite meal of the day!
I remember always buying their bagel and egg sandwich. They'd sprinkle it with pepper and put on some butter and its definitely a winner for me. I ordered one that day but sadly the eggs aint that fluffy and yummy like they used to be. :( such a disappointment. It cost me P100 (used to be P60 or P70 back then around 2004 or 2005) so it was kinda sad that I wasn't happy when I finished my meal. I hope their other breakfast or pasta meals are better.

wanna try this one out!
I didn't buy any donuts that day but I surely will next time I drop by Trinoma Landmark Foodcourt. 
So coffeeholics, are you familiar with The Country Style? What's your favorite donut? Or do you prefer another brand? Let me know your thoughts. Share share share! Mwah!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

RELIEF PH: Help Flooded Victims of Monsoon Rains

Found this on FACEBOOK.
The 08/07/12 Rainfall is now more than Ondoy's.
And to think its not even a Typhoon.
Hi Coffeeholics. How are you guys? Its been raining constantly for several days already. Classes and work has been suspended due to the floods and rain. I hope and pray that all of you are safe and sound and dry in your own homes. I am one of the blessed people who live in a place where there aren't any flood so our whole family is snugly safe at home. Still our hearts go out to our kababayans who are stranded and whose houses are flooded. Our prayers are with you all.

I've been blog hopping throughout the day and stayed in tune on twitter, fb, and the news with whats happening and I decided to compile information on what we can do for our kababayans right now like donation centers or locations. If you are on twitter the best way to check is by searching #ReliefPH.   

UPDATE: Please make sure that the place you are donating your items to are GENUINE. Unfortunately there are people who will take advantage of all this generosity. But there's still good news. I just read on twitter that and ANONYMOUS PERSON donated a WHOLE TRUCK OF RICE (bigas). Hearing such things.. giving out whether big or small really is heartwarming. Truly it is in the face of trials and difficulties we all learn to work together. God bless you guys! 

Here is the list:


1. VINZON'S HALL, UP Diliman. 

Those living in UP, Vinzon's Hall is the most convenient place for your donations and relief efforts. Let's go! :) 

2. CHA DAO TEA PLACE (Katipunan, Don Antonio, Kapitolyo, UP Village, Paranaque)

 gives back! Bring donations & get FREE milk tea! LET'S NOT LET THE RAIN STOP US FR GIVING! Pls RT 

3. MOONLEAF TEA SHOP, Maginhawa. (and the other branches na din)

You may drop off donations starting tomorrow at Moonleaf Tea Shop Maginhawa, thank you!
4. MAIN HALL, Barangay Payatas, Bulacan St.

5. MCDONALD's Stores Metro Manila

McDonald's stores open in Metro Manila are now accepting donations in kind (rice, noodles, canned goods, etc.) for flood victims. 


PLS RT Colegio San Agustin - Makati will be accepting donations tom 8:30!   


The Trinity University of Asia-High School campus is open for evacuees. If you can, send clothes, food and water. 

8. SAN JUAN GYM (evacuation center) behind the San Juan City Hall
RT Stefano Panlilio Lin:  San Juan Red Cross needs lots of cooked rice to compliment the dishes/viands donated for San Juan Evacuation Center located in the gym behind the San Juan City Hall. Uncooked rice also welcome, but they need a place to cook rice donations. Plastic utensils/sporks, paper plates and drinks donation also welcome. If interested to help, please get in touch with Stef at 0917-5648112.

9. AYALA MALLS, Concierge Booths

 All Ayala Malls are now accepting donations for flood victims. These may be turned over to concierge booths in all our malls.

 : The Ateneo Law Student Council is accepting donations. Please contact Bang (09274515169)/Cokie (09178145954)

 please include in your list Diliman Preparatory School. Priority: Bottled water, clothes & instant noodles 


Victory Ortigas has begun accepting donations at its Victory Center on the fourth level of the West Wing, Robinson’s Galleria, from 10am to 8pm.

Starting tomorrow, August 8, until Sunday, August 12, from 10am to 6pm, Victory Alabang will accept donations at the Victory Alabang Center in Festival Mall.

Starting August 8, Victory Fort Bonifacio will accept donations of food and bottled water at the ground floor of the Every Nation Building, University Parkway corner 32nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Victory Fort will also accept cash and check donations.

Also, weather permitting, Victory Makati will accept relief donations of clothes, blankets, ready to eat food, and bottled water at the Victory Makati Office, Ground Floor, LPL Center Bldg, 130 LP Leviste St. Salcedo Village, Makati City.

For particulars, please call 771-1212 (Victory Alabang), 631-1212 (Victory Ortigas), 817-1212 (Victory Fort), or 519-1212 (Victory Makati).

13. THE SPA branches

If you have clothes that you don't use anymore or extra canned goods/food that you can share, you may drop it off at our branches.

14. BIOESSENCE branches

Donations will be accepted at all our clinics. No amount is too small, no object is not good. 

15. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branches for NON CASH DONATIONS


LBC is now accepting donations. All donations will be directly turned over to the Philippine Red Cross. 



Donate through MULTIPLY. Click HERE.
Donate through PAYPAL. Click HERE.
Donate through SMS and G-Cash
Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882
You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

2. GAWAD KALINGA ( Click HERE to donate.

To those who can't join us in our relief ops, you can donate online. It only costs P230.00/food pack. Click: 

3. SAGIP KAPAMILYA To know how to deposit donations click HERE.
You may donate cash or cheque at ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
Mother Ignacia Avenue corner E. Lopez St. Brgy. South Triangle, QC
Office tel. no: +632-411-4995 or +632-415-2272 loc 3765. 

4. 7-ELEVEN STORES (wow let's do this one!)

7-Eleven stores accept cash donations to help flood victims. Total donations will be matched up to 1.5M by Philseven Foundation.

5. OPERATION BLESSING How to donate? Click here.

They need your help NOW. You can donate through the following methods:
  • via credit card: Visit to give safely online.
  • via bank: Deposit your donation to Metrobank Account 007-233-544716
  • via ML Kwarta Padala: Visit any ML Kwarta branch. Fill out a Customer’s Information Sheet with your full name, address, contact number, and the amount of your donation. Make sure to indicate “The 700 Club Asia” as the recipient and “Operation: Bless Luzon” as the purpose of transaction. Submit the accomplished form to the counter together with your donation.
For more information and ways to help, call or text 0922- 858-2398 (Sun), 0920-497-5558 (Smart), or 0917-581-2603 (Globe), or email us at

You can help more affected families by providing them with a food package, a hygiene kit, or a set of mats and blankets. With your donation of 500 pesos, you can feed a family of five for 4 to 5 days, protect them from acquiring diseases that are common in evacuation sites, and keep them warm and cared for in their most difficult time.

 1. Isko Operation. 
: Want to help? Volunteer now at IskoOperation in UP Diliman. Interested contact 09277571005 or 09065701029.

2. Tulong Kabataan. 
MT : Tulong KABATAAN ALERT: Volunteers orientation, tom., 3pm @ Kabataan Ofc. #89 K-7th St. Q.C. Contact JC 09262622040

3. Sto. Domingo Church needs Volunteers
Address: #637, Quezon Ave.
Telephone: 743-7756 or 743-2124


Volunteers for repacking - call NROC tel 852-8081 & 851-2681; DSWD-NCR tel 734-86-40; DSWD-Region IV-A tel # 807-4144. via

This will be updated as often as I can. I'm planning to clear some space in my closet and donate the clothes to the nearest donation center. I hope this post has helped you guys wondering what you can do. Don't forget the best thing we can do RIGHT NOW is to #PRAYFORTHEPHILIPPINES. So guys, lets PRAY and HELP each other. 

Follow Twitter trending topic to be updated.
Check out thisTulongPH Relief Centers Map - Click HERE
List of Relief Operations/Donations by GMA Network - Click HERE.
Google Crisis Response Page (very useful info there) - Click HERE.

 Stay safe guys!