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‘Cause everyone is instagramming these days, I’ll now share with you the most requested blog post and that is where do I usually shoot and what are the editing apps I used to maintain my feed.

If you’re from Ilocos Norte, you’ll probably know these spots.

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Location: Laoag By-Pass Road

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Location: Malacanang of the North (Paoay, Ilocos Norte)

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Location: 365 Plaza (Brgy. 01 San Francisco, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte)

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Location: Rice Farm at Brgy. 16 San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

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Location: La Paz Sand Dunes, Ilocos Norte

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Location: Kaangrian Falls, Burgos, Ilocos Norte

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Location: Marcos Staduim, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

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Location: Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel (Brgy. 37 Calayab, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte)

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Location: Sarrat Santa Monica Church

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Location: Pasuquin River and Pasuquin Bridge

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Location: Pink wall infront of Joe 10’s Coffee

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Location: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos, Ilocos Norte

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Location: Paoay Lake

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Location: Kadilian Beach Resort, Currimao, Ilocos Norte

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Location: Laoag City Guilbert Bridge

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Location: Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel (Brgy. 37, Calayab, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte)

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Location: La Paz Sand Dunes

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Location: Agua Grande Park, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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Location: La Paz Bridge

My Photo Editing Apps:

1. Snapseed (free app) – this is an all-purpose photo editor for image enhancements and corrections.

2. VSCO (free app) – this app consists of elegant filter presets and this app is really common to Instagrammers. If you want more filter selections, you have to purchase. It usually ranges from PHP 100-200 if I’m not mistaken.

3. Picsart (free app) – this app is a versatile photo-editor. It provides image editing tools, large variety of attractive filters and collage.

4. Squaready (free app) – If you really want to maintain a square sized photos, this app is for you.

5. Afterlight (free app) – The only thing I use in Afterlight is their instax inspired editing tool.

7. Lightroom – I only use this app when my photos are taken by phone shot. Swear, it can really turn your phone shot into an HD one.

8. Light Write (free app) – this app will light up your photos with neon fonts and light effects.

How Do I Maintain my IG Feed?

>With the help of UNUM App (Free app), it became easier for me to maintain my IG Feed. How? UNUM is a visual planner for Instagram. On this app, you can organize or rearrange your grid before uploading it on Instagram. You’ll get the chance to plot your upcoming posts and check it first the color balance if your upcoming uploads will correspond to you color palette.

Other features of UNUM:

  • You can have multiple accounts. If you’re like me with personal and business account, UNUM makes it easy to switch between different accounts.
  • You can check your analytics. I know business accounts on Instagram has this feature already but what if your account is just personal? Don’t worry because UNUM will do that for you. It lets you know when you gained followers or you’ve lost them. Aside from that, it also tells you what your top posts are and what times of the day are best to post.
  • You can schedule your content. Just click the hour glass in the upper right corner and it will take you to this.
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Umbrellas, wet shoes, and traffic; no doubt that the rainy season has officially arrived. and given on this scenario, normal activities such as eating out, watching movies, or hanging out with friends become more difficult and staying in gets even more tempting. Fortunately, we can now do almost everything online, from movie streaming, shopping, and even ordering food! This is made possible by the increasing number of mobile apps today offering digital services like foodpanda.

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Foodpanda entered the Philippine market in 2014 and now one of the world’s leading online food delivery platform that enables users to access a variety of restaurants from their mobile phones or desktop computer. With this app, people don’t need to wait in traffic or restaurant queues anymore, their food cravings are always just a few clicks away..

Visit www.foodpanda.ph or download the app to order! The foodpanda app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

How to use the app? 

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Users can opt to use their current location or set it to place where they want the food to be delivered if they’re planning to send it to a friend or family member; the app will then give a list of restaurants within  3 kilometer radius (this is to ensure that the food will be in mint condition upon arrival).

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Foodpanda has over 1,000 partner restaurants in Metro Manila and Cebu. From Japanese, to Chinese, to American, to Mediterranean, whatever cuisine you’re craving for, foodpanda will be there to satisfy your cravings.

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The prices of the menu items as well as the minimum order are shown in the app. Users are also notified regarding promos offered by the restaurants.

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You can go back and add 1, or 2, or 5 more items to your basket. Note that, for most restaurants, the delivery charge is just P59.00 no matter how much your total food bill is.

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You can also input specific delivery instructions.

9Depending on the restaurant, foodpanda accepts cash on delivery and online payment via all major credit cards and paypal.

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Click on Place Order and patiently wait for your order to arrive. The app has a timer that automatically starts once you place an order. The default waiting time is 60 minutes after the restaurant has confirmed receipt of your order and if you have other concerns, you can talk to a customer service representative via the Live Chat function both in the app and desktop site.

Now that everything is accessible online, people can order through the app and just wait for their food to be delivered at home. You can eat your favorite food without the hassle of going out, stream and play your favorite movies and shows while waiting, and relax with loved ones all at the comfort of your home. There’s no need to brave the storm and draining traffic this rainy season. Yes, with foodpanda, it’s easier to just #EatPlayLove.


I am not really fond of watching movies in cinemas most especially if it’s action. I rather download or get a copy of romantic movies from a friend  and watch it during weekend on my bed with popcorn, some snacks plus blanket but I don’t know why did I immediately say yes to an invitation from a friend (Hazel Vinluan) for an exclusive movie screening in Powerplant Mall Cinema and that movie is War for the Planet of the Apes which I know in myself that it is an action, adventure and drama movie. Good thing I did the right choice to accept the invite because I really love the story though I wasn’t able to watch the first two installments. I can say that this movie is very intense and incredible and it blew me away.

The war of man versus ape continues to rage on as Mossimo, one of the country’s favorite casual wear brands, kicks off the Fall 2017 season with a capsule collection featuring its first collaboration with FOX International through Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes.

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“Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes is a celebration of our partnership with FOX International and the first of many in our planned series of collaborations with popular stylists and big name brands,” shares Alex Bautista, Mossimo’s VP for Product. “With the Planet of the Apes franchise having created a cult following and being a box office success not only in Hollywood but around the world, we felt like the look and feel of the movie would greatly complement our upcoming Fall 2017 collection.”

The capsule collection features a line of comfy tees and pullovers, 100% cotton unisex tops, with eight graphic designs that continue to tell the tale of the ongoing battle between the humans and their primate counterparts. Poignant scenes and iconic, artful slogans from the movie are the highlights and will definitely catch the eyes of faithful Planet of the Apes fans and Mossimo aficionados alike.

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Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes is also a perfect match to the brand’s Fall 2017 collections, aptly named “Jungle Book” and “Re-volution.”  A fun update to safari-inspired clothing, the collections play around with earthy tones, black camou, and fatigue prints that are not only up to trend but also extremely comfortable and wearable. Pieces are still reminiscent of streetwear but offer that high street look and feel that avid Mossimo fans know and love.

“Our Fall 2017 collections, “Jungle Book” and “Re-volution” focus on items that are not traditional Mossimo apparel that have been offered before,” continues Bautista. “This is another experimental move that we feel will not only benefit the brand, but will further establish Mossimo as a flexible and relevant addition to your lifestyle.”

The new Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes collection will be available in select Mossimo stores this July 2017. For more information on Mossimo and their latest collections, you may follow Wear Mossimo on Facebook and @WearMossimo on Instagram.


In a research conducted by Watsons Insights on Shoppers Experience (WISE), a research division of the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson Group, 66 percent of Filipinos believe they have good knowledge on health, however surprisingly, 57 percent do not exercise regularly to stay healthy. This shows majority of Filipinos are interested on health. But, there are so many things that get in their way from staying healthy. Either they get too busy or get too tired from a hectic work schedule, family duties, household chores and long hours of traffic.

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That’s why Watsons, the leading health and beauty chain in the country, launches #GetActive campaign to inspire Filipinos to be healthy through small, everyday active changes in their routine to improve their health. To be healthy doesn’t necessarily mean doing major changes and adjustments in our lives like starting to train as a tri-athlete, spend 2 hours in the gym 3 to 5 times a week, own a fancy health equipment at home, spend thousands of pesos on healthy meals or cook difficult or time-consuming healthy recipes.

“Watsons #GetActive campaign is one of our continuous efforts and part of our commitment to improve the lives and health of Filipinos by inspiring them to take small steps to improve their health,” says Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion. “Small steps such as drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking deep breaths in between work e-mails, walking from one building to another instead of riding a car or taxi if it’s just in the same area, walking your dog during weekends, and smiling more often can go a long way for our health. The list of small steps which we can do is endless, our days are full of opportunities to do these and Watsons can be their partner to improve their health” adds Encarnacion.

Watsons also recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to health. Aside from healthy diet and exercise, taking vitamins is also important. Vitamins bridges the nutrient gap people don’t get in their regular diet and lifestyle, and can help prevent illnesses.

There are different types of vitamins available and formulated to fulfill different nutritional needs. Some of them are:

  • Vitamin A for immunity, vision and healthy skin
  • Vitamin B complex for energy production
  • Vitamin C for immunity and protection against diseases
  • Vitamin E for cell damage repair or prevention and for healthy skin.

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At Watsons, there are different brands and products available to fulfill every individual’s nutritional needs depending on age, gender and preferred form – such as Enervon, Conzace, Ceelin, Revicon, Myra E, Centrum, Stresstabs, Berocca, Rogin E, Fern C and Watsons Generics.

 

To further encourage its shoppers, Watsons is offering up to 20 percent off on select vitamins for select period of time in stores. And for its loyal members, Watsons is offering customers a chance to win trips to Bali, Guam or Sydney, or win an iPhone 7 or iPad for a min P500 single-receipt purchase of select vitamins and health products. Promo runs until June 28, 2017 and is exclusive to SM Advantage, SM Prestige, PRiMO and BDO Rewards Card holders. Promo is in partnership with Hutchgo.com and Philippine Airlines. (DOH-FDA-CDRR Permit No. 127 s. 2017)

So what are you waiting for? Start doing the small changes in your routine – perhaps on your next meal or next day at work or school! Start to #GetActive and be healthy with Watsons!

Visit www.watsonshealth.com.ph or www.facebook.com/WatsonsPH.


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Blonde. Rose Gold. Ultra Dark Brown. Ash Brown. Imagine yourself in those hair colors. Or maybe you want to go for those bold and bright colors that display your own brand of individuality. Excited yet? Then perhaps it’s time to take those locks on a hair coloring adventure!

News flash. Did you know that hair coloring is actually easy to do? Like DIY-easy. Just get yourself the right products and you’re all set.

Hair color though is not the only way to achieve your Hairgoals. Why not go for any of the of-the-moment hair fixing styles as well? Get it on a high pony? How about that deep side part or that slick story look? Maybe shake it up a bit with a short messy shag, undone waves, or messy braids? Stress not, girl. We got you.

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For this, Watsons recently launched a campaign to encourage its female shoppers to go out of their hair comfort zones and discover different hair color and hair style trends. Interestingly named #Hairgoals, its aim is to introduce a whole new world of color and style options and alternatives for women. With a vast spread of hair products available in-store, Watsons shoppers will find it a cinch to go for the specific look that they desire.

In support of this, an event was held on May 19th at the SM Mall Of Asia Activity Center. Guests were given a chance to try out new hairstyles and colors by trying out products and tools available at Watsons. With Hair Color provided by L’Oreal, Revlon, Kolours, Bigen, Beautylabo, Lolane, Liese and Revia, Styling tools and products by JML, W. Elite, Babyliss, VS Sassoon, Tresemme, Aquanet, Finesse and Suave, and Hair Care Products by Dove, Pantene, Creamsilk, it was indeed an event not to be missed. After all, there’s nothing like uncovering a more gorgeous version of you by simply doing a few tweaks to how your hair looks.

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Oh, and if you’re an SM Advantage Card member, you can go from trendsetter to jetsetter! Show off that new do when you win one of the trips to either Bali, Guam, or Sydney! You can also get a chance to snag a free iPhone 7 or an iPad Pro. Every P500 single-receipt purchase of participating products entitles an SMAC member to one (1) e-raffle entry.

So get on it and color, style, and flip that hair like never before. Make your Hairgoals happen with Watsons!

Color Your Hair Day on May 27

Color Your Hair Day on May 27!

Want to get into a hair adventure of your own? Here’s good news! Watch out for the first ever Watsons Color Your Hair Day Sale – a one-day nationwide sale on all hair color products. Get 50% off on brands like Revlon, Kolours, L’oreal, Beautylabo, Lolane, Revia, Liese and Bigen! So, mark May 27 on your calendar as the day to head on any Watsons store or at the SM Store Beauty Section for the biggest hair color sale!


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Shopping for the best beauty and health products just got even more exciting and satisfying as Watsons, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, launched its “Members Get More” campaign last Tuesday, April 25 at Watsons’ Store, Uptown Mall, Taguig City.

Everyone in the event were treated to a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and here’s what I got:

  • Morocco Argan Conditioner
  • Buy 1 Take 1 Hand Wash
  • Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
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With my SMAC, I saved 5%!

With this “Members Get More” campaign, shoppers can get more savings, more points and more value in more than 500 Watsons stores nationwide. Aside from that they can also get an exclusive freebies and easily join the eRaffle promotions such as the recent Make Your Summer Promo wherein the price is a trip to four to any of 5 local summer destinations. Such a great campaign right?

For those who are not yet SM Advantage card members, they can avail of the SMAC membership at any Watsons store nationwide to start enjoying the Members Get More program.

For more information about Watsons, like them on FACEBOOK
Here’s my look at the event:

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Dress: SM Woman

Heels: Banana Republic


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There’s nothing like Easter to remind everyone that summer is finally here. It’s an occasion defined by sunny days outdoors, beautiful pastel hues, bonding with family and friends, and of course, Easter egg hunts.

To make sure your hands and feet are perfectly Instagram-worthy for the occasion, head over to Nailaholics where you can enjoy some much needed “me time” and take part in the premier urban nail salon’s first national Easter egg hunt.

Dubbed #NailaholicsEasterHoliday, watch out for announcements on Nailaholics Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest beginning April 9 to 15, inviting the entire country to take part in a national hunt for key prizes hidden in each branch.

Lucky hunters who manage to find prize eggs can get a FREE manicure, FREE pedicure, or FREE pedicure and foot spa—all with themed Easter nail art. Just be sure to post your photos with the eggs and post it on social media and tag Nailaholics.

It’s a unique and memorable way to celebrate this holiday. So be sure to visit your nearest Nailaholics branch to celebrate the occasion in true pampered bliss.