TOP PICKS: PROMOD END OF SEASON SALE

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Get the most out of your "holiday earnings" by knowing where and what to spend on.

Why part with P2000 on a turtleneck when you can get an equally cute one for just P600?

Read more for pics, shopping and fit tips + a virtual peek at Promod's ongoing end of season sale!

promod end of season sale
promod philippines

TRAVEL WITH FLYTPACK | WIFI ROUTER RENTAL REVIEW

Sunday, December 18, 2016


IF WE HAD WIFI WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN LOST!


I can't remember the number of times we uttered that phrase out of frustration during our first barkada trip to Japan earlier this year.

Out of all the countries I've visited, Japan was one of the most difficult to navigate due to its vast subway systems and a serious language barrier problem.

If we had wifi, we probably would have been able to visit more places and saved loads on transportation costs.

WHY DIDN'T WE HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION?


We relied on our AirBnb to provide us with our pocket wifi. Our apartment had one but it wasn't working.  (Same thing happened to me during 2 other trips, so I've learned my lesson).

And that's why I decided to give FlytPack a try.

A photo posted by Sarah Tirona (@sarahtirona) on

OUR HOME PRESENTS: HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


The holiday season isn’t complete without a festive home to welcome your guests with. If you’re seeking inspiration, look no further.

Our Home has teamed up with PSID for an in store exhibit which features beautifully decorated rooms in different styles that range from the Industrial to the Neo-Baroque.

#homesfortheholidays by our home
#OURHOMEPH

KIMY COOL REWARD CHART + MOM HACKS!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

So we’ve finally completed our Kimy Cool Reward chart! Yay!

kimy cool reward chart
#coolrewardchart
Have you? What was your experience like? 

You know what? It wasn’t just great for my daughter, it was fun for me too.  Instead of bonding over movies, shopping and all the other stuff we used to do together during our free time, we did it over chores instead! Efficient right? LOL

THE DOMEX DIFFERENCE

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Toilets over lunch. Why not? LOL. To tell you the truth, I kinda enjoyed it...

you might find it interesting too especially after reading these facts...

Domex World Toilet Day
#1milliontoilets
Last week, I sat down with a few other mom bloggers to discuss toilets --- To my surprise, it turned out to be much much more interesting than I expected.

We clean, we wipe, we rinse. No one enjoys that. You think after all that sweat and hard labour, your toilets are clean?!

HA! Think again. To add insult to injury, shiny shimmering sparkling white tiles don't necessarily equate to 100% bacteria-free.

Just try running a quick black light test in your bathroom...

Don't worry, it's not you, it's the bleach you use.

I was equally horrified as well when I was first shown what was hidden in plain sight. Thankfully the answer is simple: THICK BLEACH vs. THIN BLEACH.

Domex World Toilet Day
domex #1mcleantoilets

DOMEX is 5x thicker than laundry bleach, with triple action, it cleans kills a wide range of germs such as fungi, bacteria and viruses and has the power to stay on surfaces 3x longer than regular bleach.


Domex World Toilet Day
domex philippines

And because it's so efficient as a specialized cleaner, it does most of the work for you which means less elbow grease.


Check out the tile below:

Domex World Toilet Day
domex
Those streaks on the left were created by pouring thin bleach on soiled tile while the thicker white streaks are from pouring DOMEX over it. It doesn't need a genius to see the difference.

In fact what I liked most about what I learned during the event is that DOMEX can last for up to 7 flushes as compared to just 2 flushes with ordinary bleach. That means it's so potent that even the back-end and pipes of your toilet are cleaned as you flush away with water.

Domex World Toilet Day
domex #1mcleantoilets
Stop the spread of germs and bacteria by practicing proper sanitation at home! 

Join the #1MCleanToilets movement!

Find out more at www.facebook.com/domexphilippines

ILLUMINATE YOUR HOLIDAYS AT JAPAN THIS WINTER!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tobu Railway offers routes to five special locations for Winter Light Festival 

Visiting Tokyo this Winter? 

Here's 5 pretty places that you can go on a side trip to in just one day with Tobu Railway!

Ashikaga Flower Park Flower Fantasy(1)
ashikaga flower park

From October 2016 to March 2017, Tobu Railway offers routes to five special winter illumination events to spend the year-end holidays.

DIY: SELFIE SCREEN FOR SONY A6300

sony a6300 selfie screen diy

Before Black Friday, there was the Lazada Online Revolution Sale. I had a couple of things in my cart for several days and I waited 'til Sale day to check out so I could save a few bucks. Haha.

Anyway, here's what I bought and why.

#lazadaforall
#lazadaforall

TO TELL YOU FRANKLY...

Friday, November 25, 2016

navy culottes, white gloves shoes outfit

I  was thinking twice about publishing this post.

I prefer being behind the camera and to tell you the truth, it's always quite a struggle for me to pose for ootd's. Which is why you'll either find me looking down or looking away from the camera in most pictures. :P

But after doubting myself for awhile...

navy culottes outfit
white glove shoes outfit

#KINDNESSISSIMPLE | SKINCARE

Thursday, November 24, 2016

SIMPLE SKINCARE IS NOW IN MANILA

I'm so used to hearing celebrities rave about exotic and expensive skincare brands that I've become somewhat anesthetized to the whole idea.

BUT when someone like say Gwyneth Paltrow begins talking excitedly about a cheap drugstore brand, then that definitely piques my interest!

simple launch
simple skincare philippines

10 MUST VISIT PLACES IN BALER

Monday, November 21, 2016

PLACES YOU NEED TO VISIT IN BALER

You’ve probably already been to Baler but have you gone beyond Sabang Beach to explore the other side of this popular surfer’s paradise?

baler travel guide
BALER TRAVEL GUID

#OOTD | 777 INVESTMENT PIECES

Friday, November 18, 2016

VERSACE MEDUSA PUMPS OUTFIT

I don't really enjoy dressing up for cocktail events. I am more of a laidback girl but when I absolutely have to, I try to make it as painless and practical as I can...

black tie outfit
ysl belle du jour clutch outfit

OWNDAYS | A NEW EYEWEAR EXPERIENCE

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

OWN DAYS MANILA OPENS

Own Days is nothing like your granny's optical shop.

One of the largest optical chains in Japan, Own Days has revolutionised the way we shop for glasses...

#owndaysph
owndays manila

BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN KUALA LUMPUR

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Malaysia Shopping Hunt 2016 #MissShophia

Current + on-trend Adidas sneakers for only Php2,000? Yes! AND MORE.

Oh yes, a whole lot more.

Think roughly around  Php1,000 off everything at regular price and even more when it's on sale. That's how little the same item is gonna cost you in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Shopping Hunt 2016
best place to shop in kuala lumpur
Awarded as THE number 1 shopping destination in SouthEast Asia, there is no shortage of things you can spend your money on in KL.

OOTD: LET'S GO WALK SHALL WE?

Monday, November 14, 2016

SKECHERS GO WALK OUTFIT AND REVIEW

"Good shoes take you good places..."


And these Go Walk sneakers from Skechers are a pair that you can actually go and conquer the world with...
skechers go walk review
skechers go walk

#FLYPAL: A PEEK INSIDE THE NEW BOEING 777'S

Thursday, November 10, 2016

PAL adds new B777s to its fleet, increases flights to North AMerica.

One of the first steps PAL is taking towards becoming a 5-star, full service national carrier of the Philippines is acquiring new Boeing 777's.

 One of the coolest airplanes, I've ever been in!

We got to explore it during the recent launch at Villamor Airbase last November 8, 2016.

Here's some pics from inside the new plane + perks that travellers can expect from flying with PAL.

#flypal
pal b777 launch

KIMY COOL REWARD CHART PROMO | WIN LED TV'S AND MORE

Sunday, October 30, 2016

CHORES HELP SHAPE YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE


DID YOU KNOW THAT kids who grow up doing chores are guaranteed to have higher self-esteem and enjoy more success in life than those who don’t?

Kimy Cool Reward Promo
kimy cool reward chart 

#OUTDOORPRODUCTSXPACMAN: A KAWAII COLLAB

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Outdoor Products Gets a Kawaii Makoever for its 35th Anniversary Collab with Bandai Namco's most popular character, PacMan!

#OutdoorProductsXPacman
outdoor products x pacma

PROMOD'S NEW MUST-HAVE DENIM COLLECTION

Friday, October 28, 2016

Jeans that would never let you down and that you’d enjoy wearing for several seasons to come.

Sounds like a dream right?

Nope. 
With Promod's new denim collection, you are guaranteed to find a style to fall in love with and covet for many decades.

promod denim date

R&R WITH FRIENDS AT HENANN RESORT BOHOL

Thursday, October 27, 2016

With less than 12 hours in Manila and barely unpacked, I found myself replacing sweaters for bikinis in my luggage instead.

My family and I had just arrived around midnight from our trip to Japan.

I was exhausted from 10 days of walking and touring across the Kansai region. I felt like I was coming down with the flu and all I really felt like doing was rest and recuperate for a couple of days.

But I already said yes to this Bohol trip a few months ago. Reservations had been made, flight tickets bought so there really was no way around it.

Tired as I was, I was also looking forward to spending time with friends I had missed.

So with barely 8 hours in Manila, I found myself back on a plane for a morning flight to Bohol...

getaway with friends at henann beach resort bohol
cebu pacific blogge

BODY LOVE: SEAFOLLY SWIMSUIT REVIEW

Monday, October 24, 2016

For me, the perfect bikini is one that I can jump and roll around in without worrying about "things" popping out.

But more than anything,  if a bikini flatters and makes me feel happy despite not being able to diet or workout before a beach trip, I'm sold.

I am not promoting the couch potato lifestyle but guys....tao lang. 

seafolly navy and white bikini
seafolly blogger

HALLOWEEN COSTUME INSPO FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I stopped this duo in their tracks because my daughter wanted a picture with them. I did without hesitation because I thought they worked there. Their costumes were so good!

I was super mortified when I saw the look on the other Joker's face and realised that oops, they were just regular park goers like us.

The Japanese are big on costumes and dressing up which made people watching during the Halloween celebrations at Universal Studios just as much part of the park's attractions as the actual attractions themselves.

So if you're looking for inspiration this Halloween, click more cause these I spotted some really good costumes there and some are easily DIY-able!

halloween costume inspiration from universal studios japan

TRAVEL GUIDE: KAIYUKAN | OSAKA AQUARIUM

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

As I stepped out of the Osakako station exit, I was greeted by a charming neighbourhood that seemed straight out of a story book.

The streets were lined with a variety of charming flowers in every color imaginable. 
Even the trees were different!

Behind the foliage was an assortment of little shops and restaurants that appear to have been plucked out of a Sylvanian Families play set. I could've stayed there for hours just strolling along the sidewalks but with an excited child in tow and an aquarium just a few blocks away, aimlessly wandering was out of the question...


osaka aquarium
osaka aquarium travel guide

KYOTO PHOTO DIARY | KIYOMIZU TEMPLE

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Of all the temples I've visited Kiyomuzu is my favorite.

Or Top 5 at the least...

kiyomizu temple

OSAKA TO KYOTO PART 1 GOJO GUEST HOUSE

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Of all the 3 cities we visited during this trip, we got lost the most in Kyoto. 

Which is odd since we only had 2 lines to navigate as compared to 8 in Osaka.

I think it's because a lot of the signs here are in Kanji and some stops have little to 0 significant landmarks because it can get very "provincial". As a tourist lost in translation, traditional house upon traditional house can blend into one blurry picture which often lead to confusion.

The only station I found to be "iconic" was the Kyoto main station, all others tended to look alike.

Traveling at night didn't help much either....

osaka to kyoto

BEST TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN NEWCASTLE FOR FIRST TIMERS

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Newcastle, Australia has been in the news lately since being crowned one of the hottest cities to visit by the Lonely Planet. 

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photo by 350.org.au
That’s surprising since not even Sydney or Melbourne have ever been featured on the list. Newcastle was described by the Lonely Planet as a special combination of sophistication, imagination, and laid-back surf culture.

VIVERE SALON REVIEW | BALAYAGE | OMBRE +++

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

You never know how badly you need a makeover until after after you get one. 

I am pretty low maintenance. I hardly ever get my nails done because I always work with my hands and I hate having to sit in a chair for hours just waiting for hair dye to set.

So I hardly visit the salon unless I absolutely HAVE to.

That's also why I usually buy boxed dye at the drugstore to touch up my whites...which I have also been too lazy busy to do lately.

But I had a professional shoot in a couple of days and I wasn't ready at all so I decided to book an appointment for a makeover at Vivere Salon.

vivera salon review
vivere salon robinsons galleria

SEAFOLLY'S FORGIVING SWIMSUITS

Monday, September 19, 2016

Seafolly is where you shop for swimwear that makes you feel good about yourself.


My expectations were low as I headed to Grind, Up Town Center for the event. It was raining hard and I often end up disheartened whenever I shop for bathing suits...especially now that I haven't been working out for over a year, so I almost cancelled.

The only reason I went ahead was because a) it was partly work for Beach Born and b) we were given the impression that we were gonna be treated to a generous amount of gift certificates for  shopping.

seafolly philippines
beach born at grin up town center

SHOPPING | POP BY RETAIL LAB

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Huge malls are entertaining but I only really patronize about 20% of it. The rest for me are just fillers. Pretty windows to look at while en route to my favorite boutiques.

POP by Retail Lab is nothing like that.


Instead, it brings together highly sought after homegrown indie labels in a very carefully curated 300 sqm space.

My only question? How come BEACH BORN isn't there? 
\(≧▽≦)/

Haha. More after the jump.

#popbyretaillab

BEACHBORN X FERRA HOTEL | WIN 3D 2N IN BORACAY!

Friday, September 2, 2016

WIN 3D 2N ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 2 W FREE BREAKFAST FROM FERRA HOTELS AND BEACH BORN!

The ber months are extra special this year because it also marks Beach Born's 1st year anniversary! Still can't believe it sometimes. Feels like it was only yesterday when I was drafting the logo on bond paper...

And now we've come full circle! ☼

beach born x ferra hotel
beachbornph

GREENWICH ULTIMATE BANDKADA JUDGES AND MENTORS - REVEALED

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Greenwich Ultimate Barkada Mentors And Judges—Revealed 

Only the best for the best.

To mentor the Top 8 Finalists of the Ultimate Bandkada search, Greenwich teamed up with industry bigwigs such as Thyro Alfaro, The Juans, MG Mozo, Civ Fontanilla, Punch Liawanag, and Donnalyn Bartolome to train these upcoming stars.

DVD digitray Crop Guide
ultimate bandkada judges

#COFFEESHAMED SERIES | CAFE IN THE SKY

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Imagine yourself enveloped in a calm sea of nothingness."

That's exactly what it feels like when you're at Cafe In The Sky...

cafe in the sky
cafe in the sky

#TRIPOFWONDERS | A SLICE OF PARADISE: KODINGARENG KEKE ISLAND

Thursday, August 25, 2016

GUIDE TO KODINGARENG KEKE ISLAND, MAKASSAR

When I traveled to Boracay from Lucena via Jet Ski, I saw MANY gorgeous little virgin islands.

So it's quite difficult to impress the eyes of this seasoned veteran. (wow, LOL). But seriously, I've seen my fair share and I love me a good island, especially the uninhabited type.

Problem is, most are extremely difficult [and expensive] to access but not Kodingareng Keke Island.

KODINGARENGKEKE (1) copy
Translates to: Green Island//Protect Sea

MOTOROLA VERVELIFE

Monday, August 22, 2016

I must have been living under a rock cause last I heard, Motorola was still making mobiles. 

No?

I just found out a few days ago that they now have a new line of highly acclaimed wireless audio and video products called the VERVELIFE.


motorola vervelife

BACON DAY AT GREENWICH!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Free BACON CRISPY THINS pizza slices! [Ermergerd.]


That's how Greenwich celebrated National Bacon Lover's Day last August 20.

Food with its own holiday. Wow. Only bacon has the powers to do that.

Missed out? You can still have your fill...

Greenwich Crispy Bacon Thins2
BACON DAY AT GREENWICH

BEYOND THE BOX UPTOWN MALL

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beyond The Box remains to be the leading retailer for all things MAC and tech savvy with the opening of their newest branch at Uptown Mall, BGC.


Need I say more? That's pretty much all you need to know I guess. LOL

But I have a bit more to add actually...

beyond the box uptown mall

#TRIPOFWONDERS | BALURAN SAFARI NATIONAL PARK

Friday, August 19, 2016

A savanna in Indonesia?!


My thoughts exactly after asking some friends what to expect in Baluran National Park.

Because when I hear the word "savanna" and "safari", the first thing that comes to mind is Africa.

But after traveling around Indonesia's massive land area, I'm no longer surprised. Their landscape is diverse with lots of pretty surprises just waiting to be discovered. 

Baluran is one of them.

GUIDE TO BALURAN copy
baluran

#OOTD | BELL SLEEVES [AND A] WINNING OUTFIT

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bell sleeves in an outfit make for a "winning" combination...


This is what I wore to the launch of Uniqlo's Fall/Winter 2016 Jogger Pants collection where Liz Uy chose me among other audience members to style.

YAY!

bell sleeves outfit
zara bell sleeves baby blue dress outfit

#POKEMONGOAYALAMALLS EXPERIENCE | LURE DROP PARTY CHECKLIST

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

From fashion to travel to Pokemon Go.


Before you say bandwagon, yes. ( because, how can you not?! :P) I am not a hardcore gamer but I do love a good game...

In high school, I used to beat all the boys at Gran Turismo and when I was pregnant and too big and heavy to move around, my days were filled with Leisure Suit Larry and Ape Escape.

And don't judge me, but I used to collect Pikuchu anythings when the cartoon first premiered in the Philippines - yes I was a bit over the target market age (but kems). I couldn't get enough of my coin bank that lit up with a simultaneous recording of "Pikachu" each time you dropped in a coin.

So when I first heard about the game, I was super excited to the point where I almost downloaded it illegally. Wait, I did, but got bored cause the server was always down.

I almost graduated to the PC Bot and then I had to fly to Indonesia....where POKEMON GO was already available!

First order of business: DOWNLOAD THAT SH#!

And then I returned home where my previously abundant with Poke Stops map turned into a literal quiet ghost town.

。゜゜(´O`)°゜。

But then several days later....

pokemon go ayala malls lure drop party

#TRIPOFWONDERS | 24 HOURS AT GILI TRAWANGAN

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

So what can you accomplish in 24 hours on Gili? A lot, actually.

If you're planning to visit Gili, I'd certainly recommend more than a day or two but if you're pressed with time, here's some of the things you can do + how to avoid the boat ride from hell....

(⊙_⊙)

VIRTUAL TOUR OF GILI 

UNIQLO F/W 2016 JOGGER PANTS COLLECTION

August 11 - Uniqlo launches their new Jogger Pants collection for Fall Winter 2016 in collaboration with celebrity stylists Liz Uy and Rex Atienza.


Are you a fan of jogger pants? If you haven't tried the trend yet, you'll be clamoring for a pair by the end of this post...

WOW LANG, DIBA? (o´▽`o)

uniqlo joggers rockwell

#TRIPOFWONDERS: 10 THINGS TO DO AT KAWAH PUTIH

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


There's so much more to Indonesia than just Bali guys!
(I'M NOT SAYING IT ISN'T AWESOME BUT THERE'S SO MUCH ELSE TO SEE IN INDONESIA!)

Home to over 17,000 islands and also Southeast Asia's biggest country, the landscape is diverse and full of wonderful surprises!
During my 2 week trek across the archipelago, I was able to visit Jakarta, Lombok, Bandung, Gili, Makassar and several others but my favorite destination remains to be Java and its magnificent collection of volcanoes!

While there, I was able to visit Mt. Ijen (read more about it here) and Mount Patuha's Kawah Putih - a tourist friendly sulfur lake because it doesn't require a tedious hike! Anyone can visit and enjoy the beauty of of it's fairy tale-like surroundings.

More after the jump!

KAWAH PUTIH ADVENTURES

A COUCH POTATO'S GUIDE TO HIKING IJEN CRATER #TRIPOFWONDERS

Friday, August 5, 2016

So you're a professional couch potato who happened upon a random yet griping documentary and now you want to climb Ijen. Great news, you're just like me! And guess what, we can make it to the top without dying. ┐( ˘_˘ )┌

I am not a hiker nor a sportsman. My idea of a workout for the last 1.5 years is a short walk from the fridge to my couch or bed and then typing in a few key words for an adult session of Netflix and chill (no hanky-panky involved).

To say that I was not physically prepared for this climb is an understatement. I was already panting during our short walk to the bar from our hotel on Gili Island (on flat land!) but that's a whole different story.

For now, let's talk about my personal Ijen experience.

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO IJEN


CONTEST | TAP TO FOCUS

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Beyond the Box Launches Tap to Focus: An iPhone Street Photography Contest

Beyond the Box presents the challenge of using only an iPhone 
to capture inspiring photos on the street 

As a brand on a mission to help its customers discover innovative ways of using their everyday devices, Apple Premium Reseller Beyond the Box is launching “Tap to Focus: An iPhone Photography Contest” created to empower photographers to find extraordinary moments in ordinary circumstances.

BTB taptofocus Social media2

HOW TO ADD 32GB TO YOUR IPHONE

Friday, July 22, 2016



iPhone Memory Full!?!



A nightmare when you're in the middle of something spectacular. Say a wedding, visiting a historical landmark, childbirth?! (haha)


Point is, nowadays, most of us rely on our smartphones to capture wonderful memories and the thing about memories is that sometimes, they happen in a split second. Definitely not enough time to rifle through your camera roll to choose which photos to delete.

If you've been in a similar situation before, you will want to "read more".

ibrary by ye!! review

STORIES FROM OSAKA PART 2: SIDE TRIP TO NARA

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For our last day in Osaka, we decided to go on a side trip to Nara. 


The beauty about traveling to Osaka is that it is so close to many other points of interest that are accessible enough for a day trip.
There's Kobe  and Hiroshama to name a few but I really wanted to see some deers so Hello, Nara!

sidetrip to nara copy

STORIES FROM OSAKA : DŌTONBORI | SHINSAIBASHI | OSAKA CASTLE

Welcome to.... THE LONGEST DAY everrrrr!

On our first day in Osaka, I was basically up with no sleep for roughly 20 hours or so.

But I wasn't complaining. I was finally in Japan!

OSAKA DAY 1

7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE CHAINSMOKERS

Are you a fan of The Chainsmokers? 

Here's 7 fun facts you probably haven't heard of yet + a chance to win tickets to the concert in Manila this August 19!

FUNFACT #1: The Chainsmokers pre-performance ritual
Before getting onto the stage, some artists have vocal warm ups and some sweat it out, but for this duo, it’s a different scenario. Imagine them having a few drinks (or a lot in a number of shows) before they turn the stage upside down, or punch each other in the face just to hype the party monsters in them. They also drown themselves with either steak or espressos to turn their bodies up for a massive and unforgettable moment upstage!  

GLOBE | DISNEY MOBILE PRINCESS PHONE UNBOXING AND REVIEW

Thursday, July 14, 2016


"An affordable Android Phone that can easily rival an Iphone 6s through cuteness."

That's what my 10 year old daughter said and I totally agree.

♡ Guys, meet the Disney Mobile Phone by Globe 

GLOBE DISNEY MOBILE

Saturday, December 31, 2016

TOP PICKS: PROMOD END OF SEASON SALE

Get the most out of your "holiday earnings" by knowing where and what to spend on.

Why part with P2000 on a turtleneck when you can get an equally cute one for just P600?

Read more for pics, shopping and fit tips + a virtual peek at Promod's ongoing end of season sale!

promod end of season sale
promod philippines

Sunday, December 18, 2016

TRAVEL WITH FLYTPACK | WIFI ROUTER RENTAL REVIEW


IF WE HAD WIFI WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN LOST!


I can't remember the number of times we uttered that phrase out of frustration during our first barkada trip to Japan earlier this year.

Out of all the countries I've visited, Japan was one of the most difficult to navigate due to its vast subway systems and a serious language barrier problem.

If we had wifi, we probably would have been able to visit more places and saved loads on transportation costs.

WHY DIDN'T WE HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION?


We relied on our AirBnb to provide us with our pocket wifi. Our apartment had one but it wasn't working.  (Same thing happened to me during 2 other trips, so I've learned my lesson).

And that's why I decided to give FlytPack a try.

A photo posted by Sarah Tirona (@sarahtirona) on

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

OUR HOME PRESENTS: HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS


The holiday season isn’t complete without a festive home to welcome your guests with. If you’re seeking inspiration, look no further.

Our Home has teamed up with PSID for an in store exhibit which features beautifully decorated rooms in different styles that range from the Industrial to the Neo-Baroque.

#homesfortheholidays by our home
#OURHOMEPH

Saturday, December 3, 2016

KIMY COOL REWARD CHART + MOM HACKS!

So we’ve finally completed our Kimy Cool Reward chart! Yay!

kimy cool reward chart
#coolrewardchart
Have you? What was your experience like? 

You know what? It wasn’t just great for my daughter, it was fun for me too.  Instead of bonding over movies, shopping and all the other stuff we used to do together during our free time, we did it over chores instead! Efficient right? LOL

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THE DOMEX DIFFERENCE

Toilets over lunch. Why not? LOL. To tell you the truth, I kinda enjoyed it...

you might find it interesting too especially after reading these facts...

Domex World Toilet Day
#1milliontoilets
Last week, I sat down with a few other mom bloggers to discuss toilets --- To my surprise, it turned out to be much much more interesting than I expected.

We clean, we wipe, we rinse. No one enjoys that. You think after all that sweat and hard labour, your toilets are clean?!

HA! Think again. To add insult to injury, shiny shimmering sparkling white tiles don't necessarily equate to 100% bacteria-free.

Just try running a quick black light test in your bathroom...

Don't worry, it's not you, it's the bleach you use.

I was equally horrified as well when I was first shown what was hidden in plain sight. Thankfully the answer is simple: THICK BLEACH vs. THIN BLEACH.

Domex World Toilet Day
domex #1mcleantoilets

DOMEX is 5x thicker than laundry bleach, with triple action, it cleans kills a wide range of germs such as fungi, bacteria and viruses and has the power to stay on surfaces 3x longer than regular bleach.


Domex World Toilet Day
domex philippines

And because it's so efficient as a specialized cleaner, it does most of the work for you which means less elbow grease.


Check out the tile below:

Domex World Toilet Day
domex
Those streaks on the left were created by pouring thin bleach on soiled tile while the thicker white streaks are from pouring DOMEX over it. It doesn't need a genius to see the difference.

In fact what I liked most about what I learned during the event is that DOMEX can last for up to 7 flushes as compared to just 2 flushes with ordinary bleach. That means it's so potent that even the back-end and pipes of your toilet are cleaned as you flush away with water.

Domex World Toilet Day
domex #1mcleantoilets
Stop the spread of germs and bacteria by practicing proper sanitation at home! 

Join the #1MCleanToilets movement!

Find out more at www.facebook.com/domexphilippines

Monday, November 28, 2016

ILLUMINATE YOUR HOLIDAYS AT JAPAN THIS WINTER!

Tobu Railway offers routes to five special locations for Winter Light Festival 

Visiting Tokyo this Winter? 

Here's 5 pretty places that you can go on a side trip to in just one day with Tobu Railway!

Ashikaga Flower Park Flower Fantasy(1)
ashikaga flower park

From October 2016 to March 2017, Tobu Railway offers routes to five special winter illumination events to spend the year-end holidays.

DIY: SELFIE SCREEN FOR SONY A6300

sony a6300 selfie screen diy

Before Black Friday, there was the Lazada Online Revolution Sale. I had a couple of things in my cart for several days and I waited 'til Sale day to check out so I could save a few bucks. Haha.

Anyway, here's what I bought and why.

#lazadaforall
#lazadaforall

Friday, November 25, 2016

TO TELL YOU FRANKLY...

navy culottes, white gloves shoes outfit

I  was thinking twice about publishing this post.

I prefer being behind the camera and to tell you the truth, it's always quite a struggle for me to pose for ootd's. Which is why you'll either find me looking down or looking away from the camera in most pictures. :P

But after doubting myself for awhile...

navy culottes outfit
white glove shoes outfit

Thursday, November 24, 2016

#KINDNESSISSIMPLE | SKINCARE

SIMPLE SKINCARE IS NOW IN MANILA

I'm so used to hearing celebrities rave about exotic and expensive skincare brands that I've become somewhat anesthetized to the whole idea.

BUT when someone like say Gwyneth Paltrow begins talking excitedly about a cheap drugstore brand, then that definitely piques my interest!

simple launch
simple skincare philippines

Monday, November 21, 2016

10 MUST VISIT PLACES IN BALER

PLACES YOU NEED TO VISIT IN BALER

You’ve probably already been to Baler but have you gone beyond Sabang Beach to explore the other side of this popular surfer’s paradise?

baler travel guide
BALER TRAVEL GUID

Friday, November 18, 2016

#OOTD | 777 INVESTMENT PIECES

VERSACE MEDUSA PUMPS OUTFIT

I don't really enjoy dressing up for cocktail events. I am more of a laidback girl but when I absolutely have to, I try to make it as painless and practical as I can...

black tie outfit
ysl belle du jour clutch outfit

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

OWNDAYS | A NEW EYEWEAR EXPERIENCE

OWN DAYS MANILA OPENS

Own Days is nothing like your granny's optical shop.

One of the largest optical chains in Japan, Own Days has revolutionised the way we shop for glasses...

#owndaysph
owndays manila

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysia Shopping Hunt 2016 #MissShophia

Current + on-trend Adidas sneakers for only Php2,000? Yes! AND MORE.

Oh yes, a whole lot more.

Think roughly around  Php1,000 off everything at regular price and even more when it's on sale. That's how little the same item is gonna cost you in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Shopping Hunt 2016
best place to shop in kuala lumpur
Awarded as THE number 1 shopping destination in SouthEast Asia, there is no shortage of things you can spend your money on in KL.

Monday, November 14, 2016

OOTD: LET'S GO WALK SHALL WE?

SKECHERS GO WALK OUTFIT AND REVIEW

"Good shoes take you good places..."


And these Go Walk sneakers from Skechers are a pair that you can actually go and conquer the world with...
skechers go walk review
skechers go walk

Thursday, November 10, 2016

#FLYPAL: A PEEK INSIDE THE NEW BOEING 777'S

PAL adds new B777s to its fleet, increases flights to North AMerica.

One of the first steps PAL is taking towards becoming a 5-star, full service national carrier of the Philippines is acquiring new Boeing 777's.

 One of the coolest airplanes, I've ever been in!

We got to explore it during the recent launch at Villamor Airbase last November 8, 2016.

Here's some pics from inside the new plane + perks that travellers can expect from flying with PAL.

#flypal
pal b777 launch

Sunday, October 30, 2016

KIMY COOL REWARD CHART PROMO | WIN LED TV'S AND MORE

CHORES HELP SHAPE YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE


DID YOU KNOW THAT kids who grow up doing chores are guaranteed to have higher self-esteem and enjoy more success in life than those who don’t?

Kimy Cool Reward Promo
kimy cool reward chart 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

#OUTDOORPRODUCTSXPACMAN: A KAWAII COLLAB

Outdoor Products Gets a Kawaii Makoever for its 35th Anniversary Collab with Bandai Namco's most popular character, PacMan!

#OutdoorProductsXPacman
outdoor products x pacma

Friday, October 28, 2016

PROMOD'S NEW MUST-HAVE DENIM COLLECTION

Jeans that would never let you down and that you’d enjoy wearing for several seasons to come.

Sounds like a dream right?

Nope. 
With Promod's new denim collection, you are guaranteed to find a style to fall in love with and covet for many decades.

promod denim date

Thursday, October 27, 2016

R&R WITH FRIENDS AT HENANN RESORT BOHOL

With less than 12 hours in Manila and barely unpacked, I found myself replacing sweaters for bikinis in my luggage instead.

My family and I had just arrived around midnight from our trip to Japan.

I was exhausted from 10 days of walking and touring across the Kansai region. I felt like I was coming down with the flu and all I really felt like doing was rest and recuperate for a couple of days.

But I already said yes to this Bohol trip a few months ago. Reservations had been made, flight tickets bought so there really was no way around it.

Tired as I was, I was also looking forward to spending time with friends I had missed.

So with barely 8 hours in Manila, I found myself back on a plane for a morning flight to Bohol...

getaway with friends at henann beach resort bohol
cebu pacific blogge

Monday, October 24, 2016

BODY LOVE: SEAFOLLY SWIMSUIT REVIEW

For me, the perfect bikini is one that I can jump and roll around in without worrying about "things" popping out.

But more than anything,  if a bikini flatters and makes me feel happy despite not being able to diet or workout before a beach trip, I'm sold.

I am not promoting the couch potato lifestyle but guys....tao lang. 

seafolly navy and white bikini
seafolly blogger

Saturday, October 22, 2016

HALLOWEEN COSTUME INSPO FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

I stopped this duo in their tracks because my daughter wanted a picture with them. I did without hesitation because I thought they worked there. Their costumes were so good!

I was super mortified when I saw the look on the other Joker's face and realised that oops, they were just regular park goers like us.

The Japanese are big on costumes and dressing up which made people watching during the Halloween celebrations at Universal Studios just as much part of the park's attractions as the actual attractions themselves.

So if you're looking for inspiration this Halloween, click more cause these I spotted some really good costumes there and some are easily DIY-able!

halloween costume inspiration from universal studios japan

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TRAVEL GUIDE: KAIYUKAN | OSAKA AQUARIUM

As I stepped out of the Osakako station exit, I was greeted by a charming neighbourhood that seemed straight out of a story book.

The streets were lined with a variety of charming flowers in every color imaginable. 
Even the trees were different!

Behind the foliage was an assortment of little shops and restaurants that appear to have been plucked out of a Sylvanian Families play set. I could've stayed there for hours just strolling along the sidewalks but with an excited child in tow and an aquarium just a few blocks away, aimlessly wandering was out of the question...


osaka aquarium
osaka aquarium travel guide

Saturday, October 1, 2016

KYOTO PHOTO DIARY | KIYOMIZU TEMPLE

Of all the temples I've visited Kiyomuzu is my favorite.

Or Top 5 at the least...

kiyomizu temple

Thursday, September 29, 2016

OSAKA TO KYOTO PART 1 GOJO GUEST HOUSE

Of all the 3 cities we visited during this trip, we got lost the most in Kyoto. 

Which is odd since we only had 2 lines to navigate as compared to 8 in Osaka.

I think it's because a lot of the signs here are in Kanji and some stops have little to 0 significant landmarks because it can get very "provincial". As a tourist lost in translation, traditional house upon traditional house can blend into one blurry picture which often lead to confusion.

The only station I found to be "iconic" was the Kyoto main station, all others tended to look alike.

Traveling at night didn't help much either....

osaka to kyoto

Saturday, September 24, 2016

BEST TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN NEWCASTLE FOR FIRST TIMERS

Newcastle, Australia has been in the news lately since being crowned one of the hottest cities to visit by the Lonely Planet. 

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photo by 350.org.au
That’s surprising since not even Sydney or Melbourne have ever been featured on the list. Newcastle was described by the Lonely Planet as a special combination of sophistication, imagination, and laid-back surf culture.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

VIVERE SALON REVIEW | BALAYAGE | OMBRE +++

You never know how badly you need a makeover until after after you get one. 

I am pretty low maintenance. I hardly ever get my nails done because I always work with my hands and I hate having to sit in a chair for hours just waiting for hair dye to set.

So I hardly visit the salon unless I absolutely HAVE to.

That's also why I usually buy boxed dye at the drugstore to touch up my whites...which I have also been too lazy busy to do lately.

But I had a professional shoot in a couple of days and I wasn't ready at all so I decided to book an appointment for a makeover at Vivere Salon.

vivera salon review
vivere salon robinsons galleria

Monday, September 19, 2016

SEAFOLLY'S FORGIVING SWIMSUITS

Seafolly is where you shop for swimwear that makes you feel good about yourself.


My expectations were low as I headed to Grind, Up Town Center for the event. It was raining hard and I often end up disheartened whenever I shop for bathing suits...especially now that I haven't been working out for over a year, so I almost cancelled.

The only reason I went ahead was because a) it was partly work for Beach Born and b) we were given the impression that we were gonna be treated to a generous amount of gift certificates for  shopping.

seafolly philippines
beach born at grin up town center

Thursday, September 8, 2016

SHOPPING | POP BY RETAIL LAB

Huge malls are entertaining but I only really patronize about 20% of it. The rest for me are just fillers. Pretty windows to look at while en route to my favorite boutiques.

POP by Retail Lab is nothing like that.


Instead, it brings together highly sought after homegrown indie labels in a very carefully curated 300 sqm space.

My only question? How come BEACH BORN isn't there? 
\(≧▽≦)/

Haha. More after the jump.

#popbyretaillab

Friday, September 2, 2016

BEACHBORN X FERRA HOTEL | WIN 3D 2N IN BORACAY!

WIN 3D 2N ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 2 W FREE BREAKFAST FROM FERRA HOTELS AND BEACH BORN!

The ber months are extra special this year because it also marks Beach Born's 1st year anniversary! Still can't believe it sometimes. Feels like it was only yesterday when I was drafting the logo on bond paper...

And now we've come full circle! ☼

beach born x ferra hotel
beachbornph

Thursday, September 1, 2016

GREENWICH ULTIMATE BANDKADA JUDGES AND MENTORS - REVEALED

Greenwich Ultimate Barkada Mentors And Judges—Revealed 

Only the best for the best.

To mentor the Top 8 Finalists of the Ultimate Bandkada search, Greenwich teamed up with industry bigwigs such as Thyro Alfaro, The Juans, MG Mozo, Civ Fontanilla, Punch Liawanag, and Donnalyn Bartolome to train these upcoming stars.

DVD digitray Crop Guide
ultimate bandkada judges

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

#COFFEESHAMED SERIES | CAFE IN THE SKY

"Imagine yourself enveloped in a calm sea of nothingness."

That's exactly what it feels like when you're at Cafe In The Sky...

cafe in the sky
cafe in the sky

Thursday, August 25, 2016

#TRIPOFWONDERS | A SLICE OF PARADISE: KODINGARENG KEKE ISLAND

GUIDE TO KODINGARENG KEKE ISLAND, MAKASSAR

When I traveled to Boracay from Lucena via Jet Ski, I saw MANY gorgeous little virgin islands.

So it's quite difficult to impress the eyes of this seasoned veteran. (wow, LOL). But seriously, I've seen my fair share and I love me a good island, especially the uninhabited type.

Problem is, most are extremely difficult [and expensive] to access but not Kodingareng Keke Island.

KODINGARENGKEKE (1) copy
Translates to: Green Island//Protect Sea

Monday, August 22, 2016

MOTOROLA VERVELIFE

I must have been living under a rock cause last I heard, Motorola was still making mobiles. 

No?

I just found out a few days ago that they now have a new line of highly acclaimed wireless audio and video products called the VERVELIFE.


motorola vervelife

Sunday, August 21, 2016

BACON DAY AT GREENWICH!

Free BACON CRISPY THINS pizza slices! [Ermergerd.]


That's how Greenwich celebrated National Bacon Lover's Day last August 20.

Food with its own holiday. Wow. Only bacon has the powers to do that.

Missed out? You can still have your fill...

Greenwich Crispy Bacon Thins2
BACON DAY AT GREENWICH

Saturday, August 20, 2016

BEYOND THE BOX UPTOWN MALL

Beyond The Box remains to be the leading retailer for all things MAC and tech savvy with the opening of their newest branch at Uptown Mall, BGC.


Need I say more? That's pretty much all you need to know I guess. LOL

But I have a bit more to add actually...

beyond the box uptown mall

Friday, August 19, 2016

#TRIPOFWONDERS | BALURAN SAFARI NATIONAL PARK

A savanna in Indonesia?!


My thoughts exactly after asking some friends what to expect in Baluran National Park.

Because when I hear the word "savanna" and "safari", the first thing that comes to mind is Africa.

But after traveling around Indonesia's massive land area, I'm no longer surprised. Their landscape is diverse with lots of pretty surprises just waiting to be discovered. 

Baluran is one of them.

GUIDE TO BALURAN copy
baluran

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#OOTD | BELL SLEEVES [AND A] WINNING OUTFIT

Bell sleeves in an outfit make for a "winning" combination...


This is what I wore to the launch of Uniqlo's Fall/Winter 2016 Jogger Pants collection where Liz Uy chose me among other audience members to style.

YAY!

bell sleeves outfit
zara bell sleeves baby blue dress outfit

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#POKEMONGOAYALAMALLS EXPERIENCE | LURE DROP PARTY CHECKLIST

From fashion to travel to Pokemon Go.


Before you say bandwagon, yes. ( because, how can you not?! :P) I am not a hardcore gamer but I do love a good game...

In high school, I used to beat all the boys at Gran Turismo and when I was pregnant and too big and heavy to move around, my days were filled with Leisure Suit Larry and Ape Escape.

And don't judge me, but I used to collect Pikuchu anythings when the cartoon first premiered in the Philippines - yes I was a bit over the target market age (but kems). I couldn't get enough of my coin bank that lit up with a simultaneous recording of "Pikachu" each time you dropped in a coin.

So when I first heard about the game, I was super excited to the point where I almost downloaded it illegally. Wait, I did, but got bored cause the server was always down.

I almost graduated to the PC Bot and then I had to fly to Indonesia....where POKEMON GO was already available!

First order of business: DOWNLOAD THAT SH#!

And then I returned home where my previously abundant with Poke Stops map turned into a literal quiet ghost town.

。゜゜(´O`)°゜。

But then several days later....

pokemon go ayala malls lure drop party

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

#TRIPOFWONDERS | 24 HOURS AT GILI TRAWANGAN

So what can you accomplish in 24 hours on Gili? A lot, actually.

If you're planning to visit Gili, I'd certainly recommend more than a day or two but if you're pressed with time, here's some of the things you can do + how to avoid the boat ride from hell....

(⊙_⊙)

VIRTUAL TOUR OF GILI 

UNIQLO F/W 2016 JOGGER PANTS COLLECTION

August 11 - Uniqlo launches their new Jogger Pants collection for Fall Winter 2016 in collaboration with celebrity stylists Liz Uy and Rex Atienza.


Are you a fan of jogger pants? If you haven't tried the trend yet, you'll be clamoring for a pair by the end of this post...

WOW LANG, DIBA? (o´▽`o)

uniqlo joggers rockwell

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

#TRIPOFWONDERS: 10 THINGS TO DO AT KAWAH PUTIH


There's so much more to Indonesia than just Bali guys!
(I'M NOT SAYING IT ISN'T AWESOME BUT THERE'S SO MUCH ELSE TO SEE IN INDONESIA!)

Home to over 17,000 islands and also Southeast Asia's biggest country, the landscape is diverse and full of wonderful surprises!
During my 2 week trek across the archipelago, I was able to visit Jakarta, Lombok, Bandung, Gili, Makassar and several others but my favorite destination remains to be Java and its magnificent collection of volcanoes!

While there, I was able to visit Mt. Ijen (read more about it here) and Mount Patuha's Kawah Putih - a tourist friendly sulfur lake because it doesn't require a tedious hike! Anyone can visit and enjoy the beauty of of it's fairy tale-like surroundings.

More after the jump!

KAWAH PUTIH ADVENTURES

Friday, August 5, 2016

A COUCH POTATO'S GUIDE TO HIKING IJEN CRATER #TRIPOFWONDERS

So you're a professional couch potato who happened upon a random yet griping documentary and now you want to climb Ijen. Great news, you're just like me! And guess what, we can make it to the top without dying. ┐( ˘_˘ )┌

I am not a hiker nor a sportsman. My idea of a workout for the last 1.5 years is a short walk from the fridge to my couch or bed and then typing in a few key words for an adult session of Netflix and chill (no hanky-panky involved).

To say that I was not physically prepared for this climb is an understatement. I was already panting during our short walk to the bar from our hotel on Gili Island (on flat land!) but that's a whole different story.

For now, let's talk about my personal Ijen experience.

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO IJEN


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CONTEST | TAP TO FOCUS


Beyond the Box Launches Tap to Focus: An iPhone Street Photography Contest

Beyond the Box presents the challenge of using only an iPhone 
to capture inspiring photos on the street 

As a brand on a mission to help its customers discover innovative ways of using their everyday devices, Apple Premium Reseller Beyond the Box is launching “Tap to Focus: An iPhone Photography Contest” created to empower photographers to find extraordinary moments in ordinary circumstances.

BTB taptofocus Social media2

Friday, July 22, 2016

HOW TO ADD 32GB TO YOUR IPHONE



iPhone Memory Full!?!



A nightmare when you're in the middle of something spectacular. Say a wedding, visiting a historical landmark, childbirth?! (haha)


Point is, nowadays, most of us rely on our smartphones to capture wonderful memories and the thing about memories is that sometimes, they happen in a split second. Definitely not enough time to rifle through your camera roll to choose which photos to delete.

If you've been in a similar situation before, you will want to "read more".

ibrary by ye!! review

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

STORIES FROM OSAKA PART 2: SIDE TRIP TO NARA

For our last day in Osaka, we decided to go on a side trip to Nara. 


The beauty about traveling to Osaka is that it is so close to many other points of interest that are accessible enough for a day trip.
There's Kobe  and Hiroshama to name a few but I really wanted to see some deers so Hello, Nara!

sidetrip to nara copy

STORIES FROM OSAKA : DŌTONBORI | SHINSAIBASHI | OSAKA CASTLE

Welcome to.... THE LONGEST DAY everrrrr!

On our first day in Osaka, I was basically up with no sleep for roughly 20 hours or so.

But I wasn't complaining. I was finally in Japan!

OSAKA DAY 1

7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE CHAINSMOKERS

Are you a fan of The Chainsmokers? 

Here's 7 fun facts you probably haven't heard of yet + a chance to win tickets to the concert in Manila this August 19!

FUNFACT #1: The Chainsmokers pre-performance ritual
Before getting onto the stage, some artists have vocal warm ups and some sweat it out, but for this duo, it’s a different scenario. Imagine them having a few drinks (or a lot in a number of shows) before they turn the stage upside down, or punch each other in the face just to hype the party monsters in them. They also drown themselves with either steak or espressos to turn their bodies up for a massive and unforgettable moment upstage!  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

GLOBE | DISNEY MOBILE PRINCESS PHONE UNBOXING AND REVIEW


"An affordable Android Phone that can easily rival an Iphone 6s through cuteness."

That's what my 10 year old daughter said and I totally agree.

♡ Guys, meet the Disney Mobile Phone by Globe 

GLOBE DISNEY MOBILE