6 Things You Should Know About Lazada's 6th Birthday Festival

Release the inner Lazaddict in you! Having parcels delivered to your doorstep almost every day is not the only test. Listed below are six things you should know about Lazada as it soon turns 6.


Shakin n’ Deals 

Birthday parties aren’t complete without games! Lazada adds more fun to online shopping through its Shakin’ Deals. Just log-on to your Lazada mobile app, stay on the homepage and shake, shake, shake away! You get yourself a chance to win up to Php 1,500 that you can use to shop. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to have some shakin’ fun!


No ghosts, only intangible items! 

Most likely you have bought everything on Lazada – the foundation on your cheeks, the earring dangling from your ear and the watch on your wrist. Do you know Lazada also sells intangible items? Go to the e-store and you can get yourself prepaid load, a tour in Cebu, Enchanted Kingdom online passes or the latest Microsoft software. You also get to buy vouchers from your favorite restaurants, beauty and wellness shops.



Lazadagram

There is no such thing but you can now follow the official stores of your favorite brands the same way you follow your favorite influencers on Instagram. Just click the follow button in the brand’s official store and stay updated with special offers and discounts from your favorites.


Cashless? Get Cashback!  

No credit card, no problem! Lazada recently launched its e-wallet. Now, you can pay for your Lazada order easily by topping up through BPI, BDO, Metrobank or any 7-11 branch near you. Also, enjoy cashbacks up to 25% for Lazada’s big birthday sale if you load your e-wallet from today until April 23.



Chat Now   

An avid user of Viber, WhatsApp or Telegram? Want to know if the makeup you plan to buy matches your skin tone or if the shirt comes in XL? Ask the seller through Lazada’s new instant messaging feature called Chat Now. Talk to the seller directly through live chat so you are more confident about your purchase! Who knows, your next BFF could just be your favorite seller.


Six Eventful Years 

Lazada’s biggest online shopping party is coming soon. Join its 6th Birthday Festival Sale happening from April 25 to 27, 2018 and celebrate great finds from your favorite brands, trusted sellers and the Taobao Collection. Discounts will be up to 90% off with daily flash sales, social media games and special partner vouchers. 




Release the inner Lazaddict in you! Having parcels delivered to your doorstep almost every day is not the only test. Listed below are six ...

Canto: A must-try resto in Baguio!

Before our trip to Baguio, I asked my friend which restaurants are worth a try. She's mentioned quite a few and one of which is Canto. She even texted me day before we leave Baguio to make sure we don't miss it. We almost skipped this resto but we passed by it on our way back to our hotel so we decided to get off and give it a try.

Canto Bogchi Joint

Canto Bogchi Joint is located along Kisad Road, just outside Burnham Park. It's not that hard to find as it has a huge signage outside and you'll see a lot of guests dining and waiting on queue. This made me even more curious as to what this restaurant has to offer and why people are willing to wait just to get seated.


We waited for about 15 minutes before we were given our seats. It would have been shorter though if only the staff have cleared up the tables as soon as their guests leave. Apparently, my friends also had the same observation from their visit months ago and the management should really look into this. But please don't let this discourage you because, I assure you, every dish they serve is definitely worth the wait!





Canto serves American and Filipino cuisine. Their servings are big enough for sharing and it's really affordable. They didn't have that much on their menu so you won't have a hard time choosing which ones to try.

Here are some of their must-try dishes...

LOMO RIBS
Php 250 (Half Slab) | Php 480 (Whole Slab)

Lomo Ribs (half slab)
Lomo Ribs is one of Canto's best-seller item on their menu. It's a grilled BBQ pork ribs covered with their homemade barbecue sauce. It also comes with Cascade salad, and your choice of rice or mashed potatoes with gravy.

The meat is so tender and the sauce isn't that strong tasting. Their half-slab is supposedly good for 1 serving only, but since we wanted to try as much dishes, we had it for sharing and it's just enough for two I can say.


Mashed Potato with Gravy

VEGETABLE PIZZA
Php 210

Vegetable Pizza

Since we already got meat on our list, we decided to get veggies for pizza. Canto's Vegetable Pizza is topped with tomatoes, onions, garlic, mozzarella cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and basil or arugula served on a baked crispy thin dough.

They also serve Meaty Pizza (Baguio longganisa, pesto, mozzarella, alfalfa sprouts) and Fish Pizza (Tuna chunks in creamy pesto sauce, mozzarella, alfalfa sprouts) all priced at Php210.

GRILLED CHICKEN ON PITA
Php 199

Grilled Chicken on Pita

We were already full with the first two dishes we tried but, like I said, we wanted to try as much so we added Grilled Chicken on Pita in our order. This dish comes with grilled chicken, lettuce, cucumbers, grilled tomatoes, onions, alfalfa sprouts, drizzled with their savory garlic sauce. Imagine a better version of chicken shawarma.


Is Canto Bogchi Joint worth a visit then?

Absolutely! Again, every dish is worth your wait. There are so many restaurants to try in Baguio, but this is by far the best that I've had during our trip. Will definitely go back to try their other dishes.

Before our trip to Baguio, I asked my friend which restaurants are worth a try. She's mentioned quite a few and one of which is Canto....

Love Yourself and Be Rewarded

For most of us Filipinos, family and the people we love always come first. And there's nothing wrong with that really. But let's not forget that our top priority should always be ourselves. It's easier said than done, I know, but now is the best time to start if you haven't yet. Loving yourself doesn't mean you have to forget the rest anyway. It's just a matter of priority at the end of the day.

Self-love is a major theme for 2018 and it’s no surprise. People are usually very busy living their lives and taking care of their loved ones that they tend to neglect themselves. We forget that our greatest love story should be with ourselves — take care of yourself and you’ll be rewarded; if you look good, you’ll feel great.




Glad to have companies like Watsons reminding us to give ourselves a little more love with its recently launched online video. Check it out and learn a thing or two about self-love. 






Self-love is a state of appreciation for yourself that is manifested through different means. Self-love involves taking care of yourself, not losing touch with who you are despite the stresses of everyday life. Taking care of your health, face, hair and skin are some of the basic aspects of self-love because when you look good, you feel great.

Self-love starts with self-awareness, which means knowing your strengths and weaknesses and likes and dislikes. It can mean anything from doing something that will make you feel great like wearing a new pair of shoes or applying red lipstick on a Monday to make you look good.

So what steps can you take to love yourself more and, in the process, feel great? Here are some suggestions:

1. BE AWARE. It all starts with knowing who you are and what you can do.

2. DON’T PROCRASTINATE. So one of your New Year’s resolutions is to achieve glowing skin. Don’t wait until the year is over to have a realistic skin care routine based on proper cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection.

3. BE GOAL-ORIENTED. Proper sleep, exercise and good nutrition are only some of the steps you should take to achieve your goals. List down your goals and think carefully how you can achieve them.

4. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF. You’re not perfect; nobody is. If you are overweight, you can do something about it. If you look tired, there’s a reason for that. It’s not because you were born that way.

5. REALIZE THAT YOU’RE NOT ALONE. So many people struggle with lack of time or will to take proper care of yourself. Watsons encourages people to love themselves more to look good and feel great.


For most of us Filipinos, family and the people we love always come first. And there's nothing wrong with that really. But let's n...

C2 Cool and Clean Just Got A Fresh New Look


Universal Robina Corporation (URC) brings a new and exciting look to your favorite C2 Cool and Clean.

URC is a game-changer in the local beverage industry. In 2004, it stirred the market with the introduction of the first ready-to-drink tea in the Philippines, C2 Cool and Clean. Since then, Filipinos have developed an affinity with tea drinks and have grown to love C2’s refreshing flavors. 

C2 Cool and Clean is about to excite the market once more, as the number one ready-to-drink tea brand launches a fresh new look. It’s the same C2 because it still keeps to its unique brewing process where it’s brewed and bottled on the same day, ensuring a fresh and authentic drinking experience. 


And more than just refreshment for the hot days, C2 is packed with all the benefits that green tea, or camellia sinensis has to offer. Made from 100% natural green tea leaves, C2 promises a real and authentic tea experience.

Everyone can also take their refreshing C2 experience further with varying flavor offers such as Classic Green Tea, Green Tea Apple, Green Tea Lemon, Green Tea Dalandan, Green Tea Melon and Red Tea Raspberry. C2 is available in 230ml, 355ml, 500ml and 1 Liter to cater to whatever occasion. 

So get ready to #C2Refresh and experience a revitalizing and thirst-quenching moment with the new and refreshing look of C2 Cool and Clean. 

Follow #C2Refresh on Facebook (www.facebook.com/C2CoolandClean) and Instagram (@C2CoolandClean) for more updates about the brand.

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) brings a new and exciting look to your favorite C2 Cool and Clean. URC is a game-changer in t...

Chocolate de Batirol: Worth-it or Overrated?

I have been to Baguio a lot of times already but it was my first time to try Chocolate de Batirol just recently. We went straight here because my dear friend Robin has been craving for their food even before we left for Baguio and he is so convincing so why not give it a try?

Chocolate de Batirol is located within Camp John Hay, which is about 10-15-minute drive from Session Road and they are well known, of course, for their traditional hot chocolate. They are so famous that they get already full as early as 8am. 



I can say that my first experience is not that good. We had to wait for around 5-10 minutes to get seated and about 30 minutes has passed and no one's been getting our orders despite several follow ups. I decided to go inside straight to their counter and was told that a server will go to our table to get our orders. Apparently, there are also other guests who went there and placed their order because no one's been taking theirs as well. It was a long drive and we're really hungry so just imagine my disappointment there. Good thing their al fresco area is so relaxing and it was fun watching families having a really good time together.

Now, about their food. 

I ordered Daing na Bangus and Robin had Tocinong Kalabaw. He's a Kapampangan and he said they're used to eating it so he really enjoyed it. I gave the kalabaw another chance but I concluded that I'm not really a fan. Daing na Bangus, on the other hand, is just Daing na Bangus. Nothing special. I just want a traditional Pinoy breakfast.

Daing na Bangus

Tocinong Kalabaw

We also tried their batirol and champorado. They're good, but I expected a bit more chocolatey taste. 


Champorado

Nice to meet Jaycel and her lovely family. CC is just sooooooo adorable!!! 😍

So is it worth-it or just overrated?




Well, it is worth a try. I love the cozy ambiance. The food is so-so. And the hot chocolate? Well, maybe I expected a little more chocolatey tablea drink. Sorry, but I find it a bit overrated. There are other better restaurants that offer and cost the same. 

Try Tsokolateria and let me know which one you prefer in the comments section below. 😉

I have been to Baguio a lot of times already but it was my first time to try Chocolate de Batirol just recently. We went straight here bec...

Megabrands and Lifestyle Summer Sale

SALE ALERT!!!

Enjoy up to 70% discount on some of the trendiest summer fashion steals from brands like Reebok, Umbro, Toms, Sebago, Fitflop, Coleman, Diadora, and many more! Further, markdown items are also up for grabs ranging from accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, housewares, personal care and many more!



The event also highlights the works of Elmer Padilla, the guy who uses scrap and old slippers to make "stinelas" action figures. He's gone viral months before as the stars of the Avengers movie, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo, showcased his works on their social media accounts.




The 22nd MegaBrands and Lifestyle Summer Sale is happening from April 6-8 at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall. It is free of admission and they are open from 11am to 10pm daily. You may also enjoy 0% interest for the 12-month installment payment using your RCBC Bankard.


SALE ALERT!!! Enjoy up to 70% discount on some of the trendiest summer fashion steals from brands like Reebok, Umbro, Toms, Sebago, Fitf...

Balai Gloria: A Relaxing Accommodation at Nueva Vizcaya

Within the quiet streets of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya lies a sweet haven for tourists wanting to explore what the city has to offer. 




WHAT I LOVE
  • Lots of greeneries and the place is so relaxing and peaceful. 
  • Cheap accommodation. Our room only costs Php900/night.
  • Friendly and very accommodating staff

WHAT CAN BE IMPROVED
  • Wifi coverage and Globe signal is poor at most areas. Smart network and wifi signal at the restaurant is ok. If you're on a business trip or can't live without internet, you might want to check other nearby hotels.
  • Security especially at night. We went out to buy food since the restaurant is already closed at 9:30pm. The gate was left open and the guard deeply asleep. The noise of our car going in and out didn't even wake him up.
Welcome to Balai Gloria

Balai Gloria, one of the hidden gems of Vizcaya, features several homy villas at really affordable rates. It is also an events place where you can host weddings, birthdays, and reunions in one of their function halls or pavilion.

Balai Gloria - Pavilion

Balai Gloria - Gazebo



During our trip here, we stayed at Kubo 1, which I find really spacious for two guests. It's got two single beds (with pull-out beds), a bathroom, dresser, and cabinets. There's also a veranda with a real nice view of the greeneries and a long table outside the room which is perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon bonding with friends and family.

Balai Gloria - Room 01

Balai Gloria - Room 04

Balai Gloria - Room 05

Balai Gloria - Room 06

If you are looking for a resort or amenities however, this place may not be for you then. All they have are just villas, a pavilion, restaurant, and spa.


Cafe Angelo serves good food and is also quite affordable. Their service can be improved though. They close at 9:30pm so if midnight snack is part of your evening routine, there's McDonald's and other restaurants/stores open along the highway. Tricycle is scarce though at wee hours of the night plus it's really dark outside so you better have a car ready or prepare for a long walk to reach the main road.

Balai Gloria - Restaurant

The Wellness Corner looks really inviting from the outside. If you want to try their massage services, better reserve early because they tend to get fully booked especially if there are a lot of guests checked-in. Rate starts at Php 200.




Balai Gloria - Wellness Corner 01


Balai Gloria - Wellness Corner 02


Overall, our stay at Balai Gloria is pleasurable. It is definitely worth a try if you're on a limited budget and want a relaxing place to stay. There are also tourist attractions nearby so if you're interested in checking them out, you may ask the front desk.

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    GMA ONE: Your Online Exclusive guide to Food, Money, and TV


    Aside from their regular TV shows, GMA has recently launched online exclusive shows that will feature contents that GMA followers have been clamoring for. From food, behind-the-scene access, to helpful saving tips, these online shows will surely give the netizens 

    ALL ACCESS every Wednesday at 5PM


    If you are an avid fan of GMA shows, Joyce Pring will bring you closer to your favorites as she goes behind the scenes on some of GMA's featured shows. Aside from having an exclusive look on how these shows are made, you will also (surely) enjoy the challenges and interviews that Joyce has in store for you! 

    With Joyce being well-versed and a self-confessed fan of GMA shows, she'll definitely be able to ask questions that viewers may also have in their mind. As she shared during the bloggers conference, this show will be able to feature your favorite Kapuso artists and how the production is coming up with each episode you are watching everyday.

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    THOUSANAIRE every Friday at 5PM


    Are you having difficulty allocating your small budget to the things you actually need? Join Reese Tuazon as she takes on different challenges that will suit every occasion one may have to go through with such limited budget. From coming up with a stylish OOTD, to DIY home decors, and planning a summer getaway, Reese will show you how it can be done with a budget of only P1,000.

    Being a businesswoman herself, Reese will definitely be able to apply her expertise especially in budgeting. Netizens will really benefit on this one especially nowadays that almost everything is expensive.

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    TASTE MNL every Saturday at 5PM


    Foodies, read! Explore the streets of Manila and discover what the city has to offer as Arra San Agustin takes you to a gastronomic adventure in Taste MNL. Arra will be featuring some of the best restaurants in town and try their bestsellers and in demand dishes that will make you drool.


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    You can watch the episodes of GMA Online Exclusives at 
    GMANetwork.com and GMA's Youtube Channel.


    Aside from their regular TV shows, GMA has recently launched online exclusive shows that will feature contents that GMA followers have...

    The Great Brands Summer Sale in Eastwood Citywalk

    Still missing some pieces for your summer OOTDs?

    From March 18-25, 2018, the Striptop Outlet Store is bringing their Great Brands Summer Sale in Eastwood City!


    The event will feature items from some of your favorites like Nike, Under Armour, The North Face, Fitflop, and many more with a huge discount of up to 70%. There are also a wide range of selection of shoes, bags, accessories, and apparels to choose from.

    This sale event is free of admission and all major credit cards are accepted.


    Still missing some pieces for your summer OOTDs? From March 18-25, 2018, the Striptop Outlet Store is bringing their Great Brands Summer ...

    Experience Sea of Clouds with Minimal to NO Hiking Required





    Treasure Mountain Sea of Clouds


    We've seen photos of mountaineers online and I can't help but get envious with those selfies and group pictures foregrounding a picturesque landscape or a breathtaking sea of clouds. Since I'm not really into hiking, I have already accepted the fact that I won't be getting a shot like one of those in this lifetime.

    Treasure Mountain - Tanay, Rizal

    It's been months since my friend Aubs has been asking us to go to this mountain where we can experience a sea of clouds that's just near our place in Antipolo. At first, I am really hesitant of going since I totally have no experience in hiking. My concerns if this trip is gonna push through: I don't have a tent, hiking/trekking is not my thing, how are we gonna eat/take a bath/sleep there. She's really eager in going and offered to arrange everything so I trusted her anyway and just go. Well, if not for her pangungulit, then I wouldn't have these for my Instagram! 😜

    Treasure Mountain - Tanay, Rizal

    Treasure Mountain - Tanay, Rizal


    EXPERIENCE SEA OF CLOUDS WITH MINIMAL TO NO HIKING REQUIRED

    I know it'll be a different level of fulfilment if we went through the "real" hiking experience. But if you want to appreciate the beauty of nature from above without the struggle of walking for hours to reach the summit, then this place is definitely for you!

    Treasure Mountain - Tanay, Rizal

    Treasure Mountain is located in Tanay, Rizal, which is just about 2-3 hours away from Manila. Limited lodging is available but there's so much space within the camp site to pitch your tents. 

    Reservation is required and registration at the site is open until 8pm. We left Antipolo at around 6:30pm and arrived at the place a few past 8 (luckily, registration is still open). The place is searchable on Google Maps so you won't get lost going there. The roads are too dark though so if you're not used to travelling at night, better if you leave early. Registration opens at 4pm anyway. There are also some areas with no signal so better if you can save the map offline. They also have a parking area just right at the entrance. Like what I said, minimal to no hiking skills required here! 😉


    From Antipolo to Treasure Mountain


    There's a mini-restaurant and sari-sari store within the camp area, but they're also closing at night so if you're planning to stay up late, make sure you bring food for your midnight snack. 


    As soon as we arrived, we immediately looked for a spot to pitch our tent. Had our dinner afterwards and a few drinks. Also tried night photography, but we can't seem to figure out the right settings. Comment down below if you have tips on getting a perfect shot in a pitch black environment! 



    Treasure Mountain - Tanay, Rizal



    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain


    We originally planned to stay up until the morning because we're afraid of missing the sea of clouds, but the cold breeze and the cozy tent are just so inviting so we decided to call it a night.

    The following day, we woke up at around 4:30am and headed to the higher grounds where people flock to witness the beauty nature has to offer. This is another first for me so I'm definitely excited!

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    Where there's a sea of clouds, expect a sea of crowd. This photo somehow reminds me of Mines View Park in Baguio.

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    It took us quite a while to find our perfect spot. Be cautious though because there are some areas within the camp site that are private properties.

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    There are also some real nice rock formations but be very careful when climbing because it's almost at the end of the cliff. We don't want our IG-worthy shots result to an accident, don't we?

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain



    Of course, I also brought my OPPO F5 Youth with me for some flawless shots and selfies!

    OPPO F5 Youth

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure MountainTreasure Mountain


    Went back to our tents at around 8AM and the sea of clouds cleared up just a few minutes later. So if you're doing a daytour, make sure you arrive early enough to not miss the view.

    Treasure Mountain

    Treasure Mountain

    Overall, the experience is really great! Never thought I'd ever encounter a breathtaking sea of clouds since I'm not really into hiking. Treasure Mountain made it possible!

    If you're planning to visit this tourist attraction in Tanay, Rizal, here are some tips and reminders:
    • Take EXTRA care when climbing up the rock formations. Some are just at the edge of a cliff. 
    • Be RESPONSIBLE campers. Tone down the noise a bit and do not leave your trash in the camp site. 
    • Telco signals are quite a challenge (especially Globe) so it's a better opportunity to put your 'real' social skills into practice 😉
    • If you're bringing a car, there's a pay parking area just before the entrance gate. 
    • Off road track may be a challenge for sedan/lowered cars, but there's also parking area near the highway. You may leave your car there and take a tricycle to Treasure Mountain.
    • For smokers, they do have a designated smoking area. 

    RATES

    If you're spending the night at the site, you will have to pay Php 200/head and that's from 4pm until 1pm the following day. Since they're fully booked during the time we went there, we just brought our own tent and paid Php 300 for the tent-pitching fee.

    Here's a complete list of their rates as of July 2017 (went there Feb2018 and same rates still apply):
    • Day Tour (walk-ins allowed) - Php150/head (4AM to 3PM)
    • Overnight (registration required)- Php200/head (4PM to 1PM)
    • Tent-pitching Fee - Php300/tent
    • Tent Rental - Php500 (good for 2) / Php800 (good for 4)
    • Sleeping Mat - Php200
    • Overnight Lodging - Php500/head (min. 2 guests / max 5 guests)
    • Overnight Kubo Rental - Php3,500 (good for 6)
    • Meals - Php150 (breakfast); Php250 (lunch/dinner)
    • Corkage Fee for alcoholic beverages - Php50/bottle
    • If you're commuting, here are the tricycle rates going to Treasure Mountain:
      • From Sitio Maysawa waiting shed - Php50/head
      • From Barangay road - Php30/head
      • From Paenaan - Php100/head (minimum of 5 pax)



    We've seen photos of mountaineers online and I can't help but get envious with those selfies and group pictures fore...