Monday, December 22, 2014

Be Stress-free and Acne-free this Christmas with Proactiv

Christmas season can be a very stressful time of the year. It’s the time of year when we usually experience a lot of good stress like the excitement brought about by Christmas shopping and family reunions. But we can also experience bad stress such as Christmas rush traffic and year-end business activities. Regardless if good or bad, stress may aggravate acne.

Photo credit - Proactiv Facebook
I've had my fair share of stress and the aggravating acne that comes with it. The increased levels of stress stimulate the body's production of various hormones and trigger different changes in the skin. Sometimes it causes the skin oils to become more viscous making you more acne prone. Stress also reduces your body’s natural immune defense and your skin doesn’t fight off bacteria build-up as well. When these happen, we become more prone to breakouts. Acne begins when oil collects at the base of the hair follicle and becomes trapped by dead skin cells. Bacteria flourish, form a plug and swell beneath the skin. Stress can make acne worse, causing more anxiety, and creating a vicious cycle.

Photo credit - Proactiv Facebook

I for one has been a bit stressed these past few days.Last week was the "last" week in school for the year 2014. Of course we were all happy but still stressed out with all the practices the students had to do to give their wonderful Christmas presentations for their parents and families to see. Trying to squeeze in some Christmas shopping was also a bit stressful.. whew especially with the TRAFFIC oh diba? To top it off, one of my closest cousin just got married last Saturday, and being one of her bridesmaid was fun but I couldn't help but feel a bit stressed with all the wedding preparations and other bridesmaid duties. But the good news is.. I SURVIVED. I had to.. despite all the puyat and pagod. That's because I made sure that despite all that stress.. I had to find a way to "de-stress" coz bawal din ako ma-stress sabi ng doctor ko (more on that on another post).

Here are some of my favorite ways to de-stress

1. Pamper your feet with a foot spa!
Imagine relaxing your feet in that warm bubbly water. :)

2. Have a mani pedi and relax at your favorite nail salon.
3. Have a MASSAGE (my most favorite way to relax!!!)

FYI I did 1-3 the night before my cousin's wedding
hehe.. that's me and my sis relaxing.. syempre the bride had a massage first 
while we had our nails done. 

4. Snuggle in bed and read a book.
5. Or better yet, Use Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy to prevent acne before they begin.

It's better to start early and prevent acne to become more aggravated right? This can be done with the Proactiv Combination Therapy System. It is a 3-Step System that work together to cleanse your skin, fight the blemishes, help stop new one from forming, and gently heal damaged skin.

Photo credit - Proactiv Facebook
Step 1: Renewing Cleanser
This medicated Renewing Cleanser is made with exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide – featuring smaller, finer particles designed to quickly penetrate pores to start killing acne-causing bacteria on contact. Tiny exfoliating beads gently remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells to help keep pores from clogging.

Step 2: Revitalizing Toner
This refreshing, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil so your skin looks and feels clean, soft and refreshed – not tight and dried out. Soothing botanical agents gently balance your skin tone.

Step 3: Repairing Treatment
The repairing acne treatment is a feather-light medicated treatment that gets deep into clogged pores faster but is designed to be gentler on the skin. It’s an oil-free formula that’s safe for your entire face.

Bonus: Refining Mask
Our rich, deep cleansing mask uses sulfur, a proven acne blemishfighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores, heals existing blemishes, pampers inflamed skin, and softens and refines the skin’stexture.

So this Christmas, have a stress-free and acne-free face by using the Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy. Gift it to yourself or to your loved one this Christmas! Don't forget to take advantage of the ongoing Proactiv promo which is  The Proactiv 60-Day Limited Edition Pack with FREE Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control 50ml which is available at Watsons and SM Department stores (Beauty Section) nationwide. Also, don't forget that you can order your own Proactiv Set ONLINE.. just click this link here.

Have a Merry Stress Free Christmas! :)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Win Free Tickets to Bloggers United 8 x OLX Holiday Fiesta

You've probably heard it by now.. YEP, its BU8 na! How quick time flies. I remember the excitement and the fun I had in shopping at the first ever BU several years ago. Now I'm happy that not only do I get to attend BU but become a part of the BU Team. I will be at the Registration Table so do say Hi when you go! :) So here are the deets people.. AND FIND OUT BELOW how you can get FREE ENTRANCE TICKETS to one of the most awaited shopping events this Christmas season!!!

We've found our perfect match!
We’re leveling up this Bloggers United 8! Come join us and find not just our pre-loved clothes but also other items like gadgets and other unique finds! Just like in OLX where you can find unused items that are still functional, in #BU8xOLX, you can also find a lot of other things that we once loved but can now become yours!

The biggest fashion blogger gathering in the metro, Bloggers United, partners with the #1 online buy and sell platform in the country,, for a grand holiday fiesta this December 7, 10am to 7pm, at Whitespace, Makati! Mark your calendars and expect lots of great finds at affordable price tags from your favorite fashion bloggers!

OLX offers a fast and easy way for Filipinos to sell their secondhand items online. It is the Philippines’ largest marketplace for buying and selling items of all kinds, such as clothes, mobile phones, cameras, bicycles, musical instruments, furniture, and cars.  It is available on the web at or on the OLX app on Android and iOS phones.

BU just keeps getting better with lots of fun activities, games & prizes and new participating bloggers, so make sure to be there at the best pre-holiday celebration for you, your friends and your family! And since we’re partnering with OLX, expect your favorite bloggers to sell a wider variety of items! #levelup It’s also the season of giving so our charity partner Philippine Red Cross will  be there to collect old books and toys.

But not only that, you can also win iPhone6, GoPro Hero 3+ and H&M GC’s by attending this event and posting what you bought that day on Instagram with the hashtag #BU8xOLX and tagging @bloggersunitedph and @olxph. So do not dare miss this event!

Tickets will be available at P100 on the event date, or catch the many free passes contests from the BU Bloggers and our event sponsors. See you there! 

For more information and updates, follow Bloggers United:

So do you have a ticket to BU8xOLX already? If not, good for you coz you might still get a chance on these free tickets! I will be choosing 5 winners and each winner gets 2 free entrance tickets so that you and a friend get a free pass. How to win? Here's how:

1. Copy, paste, and retweet this: " Win free tickets to #BU8xOLX for this Dec. 7. Visit #KaisenseiBU8Giveaway @kai_sensei "
2. Comment below your name, your twitter username, link of your tweet, and your email address.

I will randomly choose 5 winners from those who joined and announce winners this Friday night on Twitter and tag you and PM you. :) Upon winning, all you have to do is go to the Reg Table and mention that you are on Kaisensei's Guestlist. Oh and most probably I will be there at the registration table so no worries. :) Good luck and have fun shopping! See you there! :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Online Shopping with Proactiv

Hey Coffeeholics! It’s nearly Christmas na! Tomorrow will be December 1. Have you done your Christmas shopping? Or rather when do you do your Christmas shopping? In advance or whenever you have the free time or budget? I know the feeling. With Christmas nearing, you have to juggle your time and budget for your Christmas shopping. Well here’s a tip for you, have you tried buying online instead? Buying online has never been so much easier now in this age! All the information and things that you need are all just a type away! You don’t have to go out physically and look at each store for each item on your shopping list. You don’t need to be stuck in traffic or go through the hardship of commuting just to go to the mall or Divisoria to buy stuff. All you need is your computer or smartphone and the internet! Its super fast and convenient? Amazing right?

Well I've got good news for all of you who are part of the war against acne! Yes, Proactiv understands your needs. Here are the reasons why you should order your Proactiv packages online.

1. It is easy. Just create an account and you get to have access to Proactiv products (kits, product extensions, and exclusive online promotions). Yay for promos and deals!
2. No need to leave your house or office. The Proactiv kit will be delivered straight to you at NO DELIVERY CHARGE*.
3. You can order anytime, 24/7. No need to worry if you’re working on shift and all the malls are closed during your free time to shop.
4. There is a chat-mode available where our friendly Skin Care Advisors can address
your concerns. You may also email us at or call our
hotline at 02 729-2222 (Metro Manila), 1-800-10-889-4444 (PLDT Provincial), 1- 800-8-7298888 (Globe Provincial).
5. Overnight delivery is available in most key areas. Their delivery partner is Aboitiz2Go and there might be some lead time considerations for provincial, non-covered areas, or holidays.
6. Cash on Delivery is accepted.
7. Credit card payment is accepted. We have secure servers, data-encrypted payment portal. Nobody sees your confidential details.
8. Money back guarantee! If you are not happy with your purchase, send it back to them and you will get a refund. Please visit for more details.
*applies to orders with Proactiv kits, 60-day or 30-day

If you want to to check out what Proactiv products are available for purchase, do visit But just in case you need a list, here are the products that you might want to buy at their website.

Proactiv Kit*:

Proactiv 30-day Kit                          2,495.00
Renewing Cleanser        60ml
Revitalizing Toner         60ml
Repairing Treatment      30ml
Refining Mask

Proactiv 60-day Kit                          3,995.00
Renewing Cleanser        120ml
Revitalizing Toner         120ml
Repairing Treatment      60ml
Refining Mask
*with Money Back Guarantee, terms and conditions apply

Extension Items:
Green Tea Moisturizer                    30ml                    1,099.00
Clarifying Night Cream                  30ml                    1,199.00
Daily Oil Control                            50ml                      899.00
Oil Free Moisture                            50ml                   1,099.00
Deep Cleansing Wash                    240ml                     999.00
Daily Protection Plus Sunscreen    118ml                  1,099.00

You might also be interested to try Wen Hair Cleansing Conditioner – a new product from the
same manufacturer of Proactiv.
WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, 350 ml 995.00
WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner, 350 ml 995.00

Are you ready to order? Make your life simple and convenient. Order your Proactiv products online. Here are the instructions:

1. Visit: and create an account. Depending on your browser, the link may not work with www at the beginning so please take note of this URL format and use it as is.
2. Once you have an account you may browse Proactiv products at the website. Select products, fill your shopping cart and check-out. You may fill out the delivery instructions and special notes to the rider on this section.
3. Finalize your purchase. The shopping cart accepts payment using Credit Card or C.O.D. (Cash on delivery).
4. Check your email. Transaction details will be emailed to you. 
5. For customer support, you may email: or call 02 729-2222 (Metro Manila), 1-800-10-889-4444 (PLDT Provincial), 1-800-8-7298888 (Globe Provincial)

For those wondering if the Free Delivery apply to online purchase of non-kits?
The purchase of product extensions along with a 30 or 60 day kit delivery is FREE of charge.
A delivery fee of P150 for Metro Manila and P330 for non-Metro Manila deliveries will apply for
purchases without the 30 or 60 day kit

Delivery Lead times per Location
Orders are processed and shipped daily during regular business days.

You will receive your orders:
24 hours If within Metro Manila: (Makati, Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong,
Marikina, San Juan, Taguig, Pasig, Pateros, CAMANAVA are, Muntinlupa,
Las Piñas, Parañaque and Pasay)
24 hours If within Provincial and other NCR areas (City of Proper)
2-3 days If within Provincial

Completed orders before 2pm will be processed on the same day once, but orders after
this cutoff time are processed on the next business day.

Online shopping can definitely give you extra time for this Christmas. Be effective, resourceful, and efficient this Christmas. Go online and take advantage of this feature by Proactiv today. If you are ready to order, then click this link to go to directly to their site - Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Proactiv - The Superior Anti Acne Product

Have you ever felt super stressed, and felt the whole world was against you? Then to top it off, you suddenly got super sick, got hospitalized, and suddenly had to do some drastic lifestyle (specifically eating habits and lifestyle) changes to yourself. Then come the bills. Oh joy. Yep that was me last October.

BUT let me encourage you with this good news, life gets better. :)

This past month has really got to be the most memorable month for me this 2014.  I was just recently hospitalized and had to take weeks off work to recuperate. Nothing major. But let's just say it has something to do with my thyroid, high blood pressure, and hormones. Yep. Hormones. Apparently, it's been messed up which in turn messed up my internal system and well.. which could probably explain my acne as well. (Ha yes blame it on hormones!) Now because of everything that happened, I lost weight (yay i lost 15 pounds!!!!) and apparently everyone keeps saying that "blooming" daw ako which was really surprising for me. Life gets better. Thank goodness! Soooo I am NOT worried at all with this pimple on my right cheek. Because I know with Proactiv, it can get better. Proactiv after all is the superior Anti Acne Solution. Buti na lang! :)

Proactiv is a lifesaver!  It's good to know that when it comes to preventing acne breakouts and blemishes, the Proactiv Solution 3-Step System is the right choice. As the leading pimple-fighter, Proactiv treats acne safely and effectively by attacking it at the source where a build-up of dead skin cells and bacteria clogs your pores. It is mild enough to use every day. Proactiv gently cleans and unplugs your pores and kills acne causing bacteria. The combination of medicines penetrates deep into your skin to destroy the bacteria and help reduce inflammation and heals the lesion. Your skin clears without the drying, peeling or chemical smell you may find in other products.

And you know, that's what I like about Proactiv. It doesn't make your skin dry or let it peel. I mean, yeah I have an oily face, but I know that if it becomes too dry well that isn't good either. So its really amazing how Proactiv gently and effectively clears your skin.

The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3) contain finelymilled,
prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide with soothing botanicals. Together these ingredients
gently exfoliate your skin, unplug your pores and attack acne-causing bacteria. The Revitalizing
Toner helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells to prevent future breakouts, and the Refining
Mask helps reduce inflammation. When used together regularly, Proactiv not only eradicates
pimples but also importantly prevent future breakouts. Remember.. REGULAR USE will do this. :)

I think I've mentioned about benozyl peroxide before in my "war against acne chronicles" but I'd share it again coz it just must be emphasized how important and effective benozyl peroxide really is. Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne (blackheads, whiteheads, and big red pimples). It is bactericidal, meaning it kills bacteria, rather than simply slowing down their growth. It also works very quickly improving acne as early as five days after starting treatment. It’s a great first line treatment but it’s also helpful to use in combination with antibiotics for severe cases. It may cause drying, peeling or redness if not delivered in the right amount (too strong concentrations) or surrounded by the right mix of ingredients. Proactiv’s 2.5% benzoyl peroxide concentration is mild, yet powerful enough to kill acne causing bacteria. It is finely milled, with proprietary advanced microcrystals that delivers the medicine without irritating the skin. This benzoyl peroxide technology is unique to Proactiv.

And to provide you with a stronger arsenal to fight acne, Proactiv released a Limited Edition
60-Day Bundle Pack with upsized Refining Mask (2.5oz instead of the regular 1oz) and Free 50ml
Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control. These are exclusively available at Watsons and SM
Department stores nationwide. Don't miss out on this special offer! Visit the nearest SM Department store or Watsons ASAP. :) Start your month right. :)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Forever 21 Philippines - First and Forever

Hey Coffeeholics! Sorry, it's been a while I know. I've been on sick leave ever since I was hospitalized so now I'm catching up on some of the events that I went before I got sick. One of the events that I was so happy to attend was the relaunching of the newly made over Forever 21 store at SM Megamall! Has anyone been there? I was so amazed to see how very organized and so much cooler it has become. Shopping at Forever 21 has now become so much easier! Check it out.. Forever 21 - the First and Forever. 

When California’s fast-fashion line Forever 21 entered into the Philippine retail landscape in 2010, its flagship store in SM Megamall distinguished itself as the defined fashion mecca for stylish apparel that catered to every personality.  With a huge selection of hip, trendy clothes and accessories, Forever 21’s arrival on Philippine shores was highly anticipated; so much so that when its first branch opened, the anticipation had built up to the point of frenzy. On a larger scale, the retail giant’s foray into the Philippines marked a surge of change within the fashion industry, effectively ushering in the concept of big-brand fast fashion into the country and opening the floodgates for its burgeoning international retail fashion market.

Now on its fourth year of operations in the Philippines, Forever 21 has become a household name – with 9 stores spread across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, and another one fast on its way within 2014.

Change, as with all things in the fashion world, was always in the offing. Now also in its fourth year, Forever 21’s SM Megamall flagship store receives a sophisticated and streamlined makeover, reflecting the brand’s new international look. 

Restyled. Revamped. Reinvented. 

Gone are the ornate Lucite chandeliers and patterned walls; in their stead, fresh white walls with splashes of black, touches of whitewashed wood and brick, and industrial-inspired shelving provide a clean and chic slate underscoring the veritable fashion playground for which Forever 21 has become known. A glimpse into its newly-renovated Megamall store provides a clear overview of the brand’s offerings, with neon signs demarcating each collection. 

Stronger sections for brands-within-brand 21Men, Girls, Active, Basics, Denim, Lingerie, and Forever 21 +, as well as for accessories and shoes, round out the rest of the store’s 2,600-plus square meters.

A Refreshed Shopping Experience

With an easier-to-navigate layout and a clean palette for a backdrop, the Forever 21 experience at SM Megamall is better than ever. It is now easier to spot treasures perfectly suited for any personality amongst the massive collection. New items are displayed on the floor three times a week, giving customers something new to look forward to at any given time.

Customers can also look forward to a more varied selection of items covering a multitude of trends, from boho chic to normcore to understated elegance. With fresh takes on partnerships with Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, NBA, and Mattel, Forever 21 shoppers can literally wear their hearts, hobbies, and interests on their sleeve. 


Clearly, apart from the tastefully laid-back pieces that fit the stylish individual’s lust for ensembles that flaunt either a festive, tropical vibe or an edgy, of-the-moment feel, there’s more to look forward to at Forever 21. This overall effort serves as a testament that not only is Forever 21 staying true to the constant renewal of fashion, it is also committed to further the absolute thrill of shopping.

So coffeeholics, what do you think of the "new" look of SM Forever 21? I really really like it! It's easier to look for the items that I want.. and those neon signs really help. :) I like how they organized all the basics in one place and the active wear in another.. I remember at the old setup of the shop, you really have to take time and look around before you can find those basic skirts or spaghetti strap tops. Now its all in one place. Very convenient! So after checking out the store, we were also treated to a mini fashion show on what's the latest at Forever 21.




Me with Shopgirl Jen
Thank you Forever 21 for inviting me!

Shop Forever!

Forever 21 partners with MasterCard this season for Shop Forever, a raffle promotion to gear up MasterCard holders with a chance to win any hardcore shopper’s dream: a wardrobe in Forever 21’s latest collection. A minimum single-receipt purchase of Php 2,500 with a Philippine-issued MasterCard gives the cardholder (1) e-raffle entry for a chance to win a Php 21,000 shopping spree at Forever 21. Double your chances of winning with an SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards, and PRiMO cards. Promo runs until October 31, 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a specialty retailer of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. Known for offering the hottest and most current fashion trends, at a great value to consumers, Forever 21 is a model for fast fashion. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. The retailer operates over 600 stores in the United States with international operations in Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit:

In the Philippines, Forever 21 is located at Megamall, SM Makati, SM City Cebu, The Block North Edsa, Mall Of Asia, Lanang Premier, Aura Premier, SM City Fairview, SM City Clark, and soon to open at SM Southmall.

Instagram: @f21philippines

Monday, September 15, 2014

Product Review - Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control

Hey Coffeeholics! Yes its that time again to share to you my latest update about my war against Acne. Unfortunately this last month has put a toll on me and my skin. Lack of sleep and stress at work (a teacher's work at the end of the quarter is NOT easy.. aka report cards) has taken its toll on my face. But the good news is, Proactiv sent me something to try out -- the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control.

But before I share more on that, let me tell you the other half of the good news that Proactiv has for us. They have a promo right now which started last July 15 and will end this December 31, 2014.
The promo is that whenever you buy the Proactive 60-Day Kit Limited Edition pack, you get an an upsized Refining Mask (from 1oz to 2.5oz) and a FREE Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control at 50ml all for the same price of Php 3,995 only.

What is the Proactiv 60-Day Limited Edition Pack?
The Proactiv 60-Day Kit Limited Edition pack is complete set of Proactiv 60-day supply,
with an upsized Refining Mask (from 1oz to 2.5oz) and Free Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil
Control 50ml - all for the same price of Php 3,995 only.

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser 120ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Revitalizing Toner 120ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Repairing Treatment 60ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Refining Mask – upsized from 1oz to 2.5oz (inside the box)
Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control (shrink-wrapped with the box)

This promo pack is exclusively available at Watsons and SM Department Stores (Beauty
Section) nationwide. These special packs are specially marked with a red sticker on the upper
rightmost corner of the box. Make sure to ask for it as items on display at Watsons or SM
may be non-promo packs or dummy boxes only.

So I guess you're probably wondering what's the big deal with the Free Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control (50ml). Well according to Proactiv, the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control is designed to absorb excess oil to help give a more mattified appearance while helping to assist the skin in the fight against acne. This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer helps the skin to remain soft, smooth and hydrated without looking or feeling greasy, giving way to a more satiny, flawless looking complexion. It helps control excess oil throughout the day to keep skin from shining and makeup from streaking, and gently balances the skin while keeping your skin hydrated and healthy looking.

How to use the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control: 
1. Apply daily or as needed onto clean skin.
2. Use fingertips to gently apply a thin layer to the entire face.
3. Allow to dry completely.
4. For best results, use after Repairing Treatment.


So of course, since I've been dealing with my oily face like forever -- I really was thrilled to try out the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control. Finding the right moisturizer for my oily face is tough as it is already. The only apprehensions that I have with "Oil Control" moisturizers was that it would dry out my face. The directions on the back of the product mentioned to cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times a day. With this in mind, I decided to test the product not on my whole face but to my oily zone which was the upper lip and chin area. Most of the oily face issue I have is on that area and my forehead. But the acne warzone was basically the mouth area and I wanted to target that. Also for the first time to test it, I decided to try it out at night. Since you can actually apply the product three times a day, I wanted to see how it worked at night (yes.. even at night guys.. my oily issues does not go away!) and later on try it on during the day with makeup on. So the following photo was 2 hours after I washed my face and put some of the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control on my face.

Makeup free face with some of the Advanced Daily Oil Control
applied on my upper lip and chin area (aka zit zone)
Yes, its not shiny unlike my cheeks which
DID NOT HAVE any of the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control. 
I also tried the product for several days, and it does its work. I tried up to 2 times a day application and I even noticed that some of my pimples dry up faster (many thanks to the salicylic acid acne treatment). If you have a lot of acne and don't wear makeup, but want to avoid having a shiny face -- then this product is definitely for you! If you wear makeup, don't worry. It doesn't dry up the skin (it targets the acne only believe me) and it makes your makeup last a bit longer because of the less oil buildup. :) Yay! So definitely, this is a great product to have with your Proactiv 60-day Product Kit.
Using the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control is now part of my skincare and makeup routine. Hope you all coffeeholics and beauty lovers get to try out this and Proactiv as well. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kapeng Barako Club - Samahan ng mga Bitter 2014

As you all know, I love coffee! And mostly anything or everything related to it as well. So I was quite fascinated when I heard about a certain Play that is being shown in a coffee shop of all places! I heard about it last year and now I'm pleased to share that they have another running again coming within these months. Title pa lang ng play... hooked na ko! Learn more about this Palanca Award-winning play -- Kapeng Barako Club (KBC): Samahan ng mga Bitter. 

Being bitter never tasted this good! After almost a year, one of the country’s top plays is back, Kapeng Barako Club (KBC): Samahan ng mga Bitter. Staged in cafés, KBC is set to please kape lovers once more starting this September 6, 2014. The first show will happen at Third Cup Café, one of the premier, go-to coffee shops in Rosa Alvero Street, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. A Special Encore Presentation will be staged for Bloggers and the Media on August 9, 2014 at 7:30pm.

This Palanca Award-winning play is written and directed by Juan Ekis, who is previously known for his other Palanca winning play "Twenty Questions" which went viral in the internet. The playwright shares with us that he “...just wanted to stage a play with the title Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter. I didn’t know yet what it was going to be about. But I just knew I wanted to write about types of people and the types of coffee they love and how their personalities are reflected in their drinks."

KBC is the longest-running show presented by Arts and Culture Asia (ACASIA), a non-profit organization aimed at cultivating the crafts of thespians and showcasing their talents across different venues. “ACASIA’s advocacy is to teach artists how to manage their talents wisely and open avenues for them to show it and them being a part of KBC is one of it. Nestled in a natural setting (coffee shops), coffee drinkers get to enjoy a play like this. Think of it as if you’re eavesdropping. It’s actually fun!” says ACASIA’s Managing Director and one of KBC’s lead actors, Ms. Daianne Moreno.
KBC unfolds the story of a group of coffee-loving friends who don’t believe in love but in reality, each one is dying to experience being loved.

The Characters

Joel, a freelance artist and struggles to confess his love to Anna 
Anna, an accounts executive and best friend of Joel

Masi, a vocalist for a band and engaged to Ed (ex love interest of Anna). 
Eric, a consulting firm manager who finds it hard to express his true feelings for Masi. 
Interestingly, Masi has feelings for Eric too.

Stef, a commercial model and just came back from her studies in Russia 
Marlowe, coffee shop owner 
Sunshine, the cheerful barista at Marlowe’s cafe.

Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter is presented by Third Cup Café and CornWorld. Special thanks to Shop Iya Misa and our media partners, DZUP 1602 and DZXL 558.

Other details:
 Seating Capacity – ONLY 30 SEATS AVAILABLE! (P500/ticket with 1 free drink)
 Reservations – (Mobile - +63 908 432 8837 ; Email –
 Online - Facebook, Youtube and Instagram (/SamahanNgMgaBitter) o Twitter (@BitterCorp)

So Coffeeholics, if you want to watch something interesting while sipping some coffee, then you should definitely try this! Keep informed on their show dates by following their social media accounts above. Have a happy weekend!

Shang Style: Print Individuality

Despite the rainy season last July (and the horrid blackouts because of the typhoons), I was still able to enjoy last month because of simple pleasures like being able to attend the Shang Style Spectrum: Print Individuality fashion show at the mall's East Atrium. I was able to feast my eyes on print, print, print and more print! Style bibles are hailing 2014 as the year of prints, with eye-popping visuals in all patterns and shapes imaginable ruling the runways the world over.

Top lifestyle destination Shangri-La Plaza proved on-trend with the craze as it met the midyear with the recent Shang Style Spectrum: Print Individuality fashion show at the mall’s East Atrium.

Featuring the latest printed pieces from the top local and global fashion brands housed in the Shang, the sartorial gig celebrated Print Individuality to show how a passion for prints can amp up anyone’s personal style.

The presentation showcased a parade of the season’s most unique and fashion-forward prints inspired by the collections of fashion’s foremost style stewards. From retro florals to full-on geometrics, chessboard checks, tribal motifs, and even arthouse print and graffiti for the more daring, Shang’s print fashion spectacle enthralled every fashion follower and devotee present.

Audiences came garbed in their own takes on the prints trend and witnessed models sashay on the catwalk donned in the following participating brands: Aeropostale, Anne Klein, Arrow, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Bebe, Ben Sherman, British India, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Debenhams, Desigual, DKNY, Gant, GAP, K & Company, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Original Penguin, Paul & Shark, Perry Ellis, Porsche Design, Rustan’s Department Store, Springfield, Superdry, Topman, Topshop, Versace Jeans and Warehouse.

The hottest fashion trends, sartorial inspirations, and endless style pleasures await, season after season, at the Shang.  

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