Sunday, July 31, 2016

I love exploring! Well, who doesn’t? Traveling is probably one of the most exciting things that anyone could do. Exploring new countries, searching for new and exceptional food to fall in love with, and checking off some items on your bucket list. Whether you enjoy walking around, biking, or just relaxing, there’s a lot of fun to be done in the open.

On the other hand, traveling also means sitting for hours and being stuck in a 12-hour long flight or 5-hour long bus or train ride and that isn’t exactly fun and you realize that boredom is about to strike. It drains out your anticipation and you can’t help but feel impatient as you sit in your chair and stare outside the window. So in order to help you out in those boring journeys, here are three simple tips to keep you excited, occupied, and ready for when you finally arrive at your destination.

Baking & Pastry Arts at Sweet House Pastry School

Saturday, July 30, 2016 Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

A dessert has become an indulgence for a fine diner and also a pastry chef's ultimate culinary challenge. Delightful desserts don't just close a noteworthy meal, but it can also showcase a chef's ability in preparation, execution, and presentation. With this in mind, restaurants, hotels and businesses in the food industry have more and more recognized the call for well-rounded and experienced pastry chefs.

Whether you're a professional chef or just a rookie like me who wants to learn and master the arts of baking, have you ever imagined yourself being in a program that sets you on a path to becoming a skillful and professional pastry chef making crusty breads, delectable pastries, and elegant, intricately designed cakes­–a pastry chef that is what the industry is looking for? Then Sweet House Pastry School is the perfect place for you!

5 Unique Tips To Get More From Your Holiday Destination

Friday, July 29, 2016

Most of us go on holiday to relax and take some time out from our everyday lives. But at the same time, we want to do more than just lying on the beach every day. So how do you get the balance between activities and relaxation just right? Here are five unique tips to get the most from your holiday destination.

5 Tips You Need To Have An Awesome Tinder Date!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

So, you went and did it, huh?! You downloaded Tinder, and now it’s time to expose yourself to the big, wide world. Well, as you might have guessed, you need to watch your step with Tinder. If you want to end up with the right type of date, you will do well to follow this short guide.

The Modern Man’s Essential Lifestyle Checklist

It could be argued that the 21st-century gentleman has more expectations than ever before. That’s not to say that we are better than the previous generations. After all, they fought for our freedom, overcame adversity and built the world that we love today. However, I do believe that all men have many roles to satisfy.

So how do we stay ahead of the game? Follow these five points, and you’ll enhance your life while enjoying greater respect from others too.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental, Philippines

Never in a million years did I think the time will come that I have to do my own groceries. I've grown up being so dependent to my parents following them around whenever they head out to buy at the grocery store. 

Easy Ways To Cook For Yourself With Less Fuss

As an independent adult, you’re getting to the point that you need to know how to cook. Cooking is one of those disciplines that can be a chore when you first start. It can occasionally come with some disastrous results, as well. But the more you do it, the easier and more fun it came before. You can even help it along a bit with the right advice. So here it is.

How to Cook In Your New Wood Fired Oven

Monday, July 25, 2016

The beauty of a wood fired Oven is that you can cook a whole range of different types of food in it. From Pizza to Steak. And from Bread to Grilled Fish. The world is your oyster when it comes to cooking in a wood fired Oven.

The best thing about your Uuni Portable Pizza Oven is that the sides of it give out reflective heat, creating heat that will bake your food correctly. At the same time, the fire will bring out a unique, crispy taste in your food. Follow these steps below and you’ll be using your Oven like a pro in no time.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

From the same group that brought you Bigby's Cafe & Restaurant, Boy Zugba, Missy Bon Bon, and the Frozen Factory, Bigby's Quality Food Corporation (BQFC) officially had the grand opening last July 23, 2016 of their newest branch in the family– THE NEST CDO. It is an upscale dining hub in Cagayan de Oro City that features two exciting food concepts: the Parisian-inspired Maison de Bon Bon and the Italian restaurant Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast.

Five Fun Ways To Make Money Using Your Laptop

Friday, July 22, 2016

The internet is an omnipresent feature in modern society. And laptops are easily amongst our favored possessions. They allow you to stay in touch with friends and family, shop and check important data.

But they can also allow us to make some extra money too. Here are five truly enjoyable ways to do just that. Whether it’s earning a few extra bucks or creating a primary source of income is entirely up to you.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Philippines has been known for having countless colorful festivals throughout the year. And, SINULOG in Cebu City is probably one of the grandest festivals in the country. For those who don’t know it yet, Sinulog is a celebration to honor Señor Santo Niño or the Holy Child Jesus, the patron saint of Cebuanos, and it is celebrated annually every 3rd Sunday of January.

This year was the first time I celebrated Sinulog and I’m so glad I was able to fly over and experience the fun and craziness that Cebu celebrates that day with my barkada. Listening to other people’s Sinulog experience, there’s always something for everyone. Whether it’s your first time or you just go to Cebu every year to celebrate, this is one festival that never gets old.

Seven Unusual Ways to Relax Yourself

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

You know all that stress is slowly killing you, right? Stress is one of the most dangerous things on the planet. Here are some unconventional and fun ways of getting rid of some of that stress.

5 Essentials You'll Need For Your 2016 Olympics Viewing Parties

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The 2016 Olympics are right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re excited! Despite all the troublesome reports that have preceded the event, I’m confident it’ll live up to expectations. As always, there are a vast number of events in which we’ll be cheering for our nation’s heroes. Everything's better with friends, so we often get together and hold viewing parties for the occasion. but there are a few essentials that are needed to do this properly! 

Don't Forget To Think About This Before Heading On A Road Trip

I love road trips, and I would encourage anyone with some spare time to plan one this summer or weekend. Road trips are the perfect way to get out and spend some time with yourself. Explore the world solo, or travel with friends on a journey that you won’t soon forget. A road trip can be an incredible experience, but if you’re not careful. It can also turn into a nightmare. Your car could break down at the side of the road, leaving you stranded for hours. That Could happen before you get too far at all. Or, if you’re unlucky, right in the middle of your trip. Alternately, you may run out of cash and spend the end of your road trip trying to live on smaller and smaller amounts each day. There’s also the possibility that you realize you didn’t want to fly solo at all.

To avoid these issues, there are a few things you must do before you head out on the open road. Here are my tips:

Get Your Car Ready

THE LIBREWRY: 24/7 Library + Cafe in CDO

Monday, July 18, 2016

Gone are the days when we still have to look for a perfect study corner or working spot that is open 24/7 here in Cagayan de Oro City. Yes, that’s right! The Librewry Café just officially opened its doors to the public this July 18, 2016.

5 important things I realized while traveling at a young age

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I suddenly felt nostalgic while I was browsing my photo library earlier to sort out my photos. Up to this day, I still can't believe I was able to visit one of the loveliest place in the world–Macau. This is probably one of the places I'd go back to if given a chance. Macau is the second place I've traveled to this year next to Hong Kong and it is just the bomb! It's like a 2-in-1 travel spot because the atmosphere is just like being in Venice, Italy with a lil' touch of Vegas. 
Anyway, here are 5 important things I realized while traveling at a young age:
  1. Learning to be alone with myself. Being in a place where my own language were the only words I can understand made me learn how to love myself, how to handle myself, how to listen to my body and what it needs and what I needed to carry with me to give it that. What comforts me and what makes me feel alive. I learned who I am once I leave the only contexts I once understood myself in. 
  2. Realizing that my comfort zone is only an illusion. It’s really not a matter of going outside it; it’s realizing it was only in my head to begin with.
  3. That it’s more important to appreciate the things I can’t instagram. There are some things (a lot of things, actually) that photos won’t do justice. More importantly, don’t do myself justice when I see my entire trip through an iPhone screen. I eventually have to stop trying to preserve and eternalize things, stop trying to show them off to other people, and just let what I see serve little purpose other than to be admired.
  4. It’s okay to be lost. Trust me, getting lost in a new place will help you find yourself. 
  5. Being alone is okay. This is where I learned that being alone is not the end of the world. It was a time where I got to know myself, I got to explore a city, I read, I learned. In the end, I became in fact very attached with my alone time — an inseparable bond was formed.


Friday, July 15, 2016

In today’s digital world, many businesses instinctively know and should consider marketing and advertising their products and services online.

Digital marketing is made up of a variety of  “strategies” and each of them serves a distinctive purpose, but all have the same end goal– providing valuable, relevant traffic to a website and helping switch one-time visitors into loyal, paying customers.

Cut Transport Costs When Travelling With These Awesome Tips!

Most people like to go on holiday during the summer. And, there’s one thing about traveling that can be a real pain in the backside. Paying for transport while abroad can take a huge strain on your wallet. But, these tips can help you save money: 

Rent A Bike

It’s a bit difficult to get a bike on board a plane with you when you set off on your travels. But, there are ways for you to rent a bike for very cheap. If you can find a bike rental place on your holiday, then I strongly advise you go there. Riding your bike is a quick way to get around town and far cheaper than a bus, taxi, or train.

Share The Love, Share Cookie Cups

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I love exploring! I love trying out new things while I’m still young (wild and free lol). So I called my friends so that we could try something different today. We agreed to veer away from our usual tambay/movie/food trip hang out and decided to give baking a try haha! We were torn between choosing s’mores or cookies, so we decided to combine both into cookie cups. Talk about the best of both worlds!

Could A Wilderness Camping Trip Be The Perfect Break For You?

Maybe you went wild camping with your parents as a kid and absolutely loved it. Perhaps you’ve never been before but have always wanted to. Or maybe, your budget is small but you still want to get away this summer and wild camping seems like the perfect option. Whichever of these applies to you, if you decide to go camping in the wilderness, it’s essential that you’re prepared. There’s a lot that needs to be prepared and thought about before heading out into the wilderness. Let’s take a look at everything that you need to know to plan the mostincredible wild camping trip.

5 Things Every College Freshmen Should Know

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Photo credits: @edihartonoliem via Instagram

At last, high school is over. You’re no longer at the mercy of a pre-determined bedtime and your parents will no longer have complete control over you. Yes, you are free to let your freak flag fly, but you must also be cautious because with great freedom comes with great responsibility.
Entering college is a new terrain and can be kind of terrifying for most incoming freshmen. When I first step foot on campus, I was horrified­–of accidentally making eye contact, knocking into someone, or even just saying hello. In just ten minutes of college, I had experienced more emotions than I had in all my four years of high school.

Health Conditions Can Affect You At Any Age

Too often, people in their youth characterize health issues as something that happens to older people. All of the at-risk factors for a variety of illnesses seem to apply over the age of 60, so while we are young and energetic, they seem distant concerns.

It's not always true, though. Illness can hit at any time, and even without it, our bodies are constantly changing. Apologies for being morbid, but it has been theorized that after the age of 21, we are all on a biological downward slope. It seems cruel for the end to be beginning as we are only just maturing, but it's a fact of life.

As the decades roll by, you will experience different life changes in health, fitness, and well-being. The only way to be able to mitigate the impacts is to be prepared for them. Look below at a brief guide to the challenges you will face as you age and, importantly, some ideas of how to handle them.

Your 20s

You will have more energy than at any other point in your life, but the stresses come from an outside force. This is a decade where we are fighting to settle. Stress, depression, and other mental health problems peak as we try and figure out what our lives will be like. Career and relationship struggles make the key focus of well-being one of mental issues.

Your 30s

Experience Gantungan Falls in CEDAR, Bukidnon

Have you noticed that everyone is always in a hurry these days? They think that it saves them time in life. But the truth is, it doesn’t. Being in a hurry takes away your time to see life as it really is. It zooms you past the things that you’re supposed to take time. It detaches you from moments where you were supposed to feel something other than fear and distress.


The BMW Z4: Ultimate Car For Summer?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer is finally upon us, and many petrol heads are out enjoying the great weather in their cars. This naturally leads to the question: what is the best car for summer driving? It’s a question that is hard to answer because there’s so much choice out there. Could it be the BMW Z4? Let’s find out.

Right now there’s a lot of competition in the open-top car space. There’s particularly strong competition from the Far East in the form of the Mazda MX5. When it comes to summer driving, Mazda has been at the top of their game for well over a decade now. Ever since the release of the original open-top MX5, Mazda has been making a killing, especially in the UK. The MX5 was a car that offered open-top driving to the masses on a budget.


It’s no shocker that going on a detox appears to be trending these days. And yes, it does well to our bodies. Or, so I hear; I could never go more than three days without meat in my system haha!
But hey, let’s not forget about the cleanses we should actually be on, the ones that are actually beneficial for the soul. Here are five (5) things on my list that I recommend that we all should maintain in a regular basis:
1.     The Digital Detox. It’s about allotting “quiet hours” each day in which you shouldn’t have any gadgets on your hand or go on your computer. I know it’s nearly impossible for everyone, and we’re not naïve enough to think foregoing all technological advancement, but disconnecting from your smartphone and tuning into your real life is important. Personally, I like that I don’t have to grab my iPhone to recall a memory. Start off with an hour and progressively work up to two or three.
2.     The “Turn Down For What” Cleanse. It’s not treating alcohol as an analgesic or a personality pick-me-up. Let’s face it, we associate a “rough day” with an earned hard drink. But, it only leads to a downward spiral. There are tons of benefits you can get from this, aside from losing weight, the internal benefits are just as great! This rewards you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
3.     The “Unfollow” Detox. This simply means to unfollow people you’re “friends” with because you all you want to do is cyber-stalk them out of jealousy, selfish amusement, to see if they’ve gone dating someone new, etc. In my case, ever since I unfollowed the random and the forgotten, I’ve experienced a disposition far greater than anything else.
4.     The Closet Cleanse. Literally cleaning out your wardrobe. Remove pieces of clothing you keep that you no longer fit into because you’re saving it for a “just in case I get to my high school weight” situation. Trash the memory box with old pictures and notes from your past lover. Don’t keep something you haven’t missed or shouldn’t be missing at all. Choosing to keep the things that are no longer useful you only provoke the thought that you have more faith in the past than the future, and currently rejecting the present. Not only does it does well to your soul, but also allows more room for storage.
5.     The Negativity Detox. Yes, it simply means to remove negativity from your life. Negativity only breeds more negativity. It will carry you away from shore and if you don’t swim away from it, will pull you under. This detox requires you to keep positivity and optimism at your side. Try looking for at least one silver lining in any last thing that pisses you off. Bottom line, we need to work on decreasing the negative vibes. What good does it do to you? It humbles you completely.
Stay positive and good things will happen.

7 Awesome Things To Do In Bologna

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. This beautiful medieval city combines some of the nation’s finest trattorias with bustling piazzas. It is a haven for food lovers and well-known for its tortellini, tagliatelle, and ragù.

Top 4 Things To Do As A Couple This Summer

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer is upon us and that means most of us can take some time off work! With all your free time, it makes sense to try and do as much as possible. Today, I’ll talk you through four great couple things to do this summer:

Cook Together

Cooking is a great activity for couples to do together. And, summer is the perfect time to do it. No doubt you’ll have lots of free time, so put it to good use. Get in the kitchen and start cooking up some delicious summer treats. You can make ice creams, summer cakes, cocktails, the list goes on! Or, you could step outside and do some cooking in your back garden. Get a barbecue nice and hot and start cooking some lovely food. Why not make an event out of it too? Invite your friends round for a BBQ and showcase all the delicious food you made.
See A Movie Outside

Greenwich Pizza SM CDO Launches Newest Look and Bacon Crispy Thins

This year, Greenwich Pizza Restaurant at SM City Cagayan de Oro opens its doors to welcome pizza lovers to its latest look as the place has been totally revamped into a pizzeria. Sporting an interior which is reminiscent of a familiar and homey feel through the use of wood and brick elements, one will instantly feel being in an authentic pizzeria! 


Worthwhile Things You Should Do With Your Summer (That You Can Do Abroad!)

Friday, July 08, 2016

Maybe you’re self-employed, and can take off any holiday you like. Maybe you’re a teacher, and so you get a big chunk of vacation time in the summer. Or maybe you have a traditional job with limited days off, but plan to take a week of it in the warmest season of all. Whichever applies to you, or something else entirely, don’t just sit around at home the whole time! There are loads of worthwhile things you can (and should!) do with your summer. Let’s take a look a handful of these that you can do abroad. Worthwhile activities combined with travel and adventure? What more could you want!

Teach underprivileged children

Perhaps it is time to show some gratitude for the education and knowledge you received as a young person. You could do this by heading abroad to teach underprivileged children. Even if you only have a week or two to spare, your help and support will be greatly appreciated.



Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Smart makes big splash with GigaSurf50, country’s first 1GB data offer for only P50

Enjoy 1GB of surfing and apps plus 300MB for streaming on YouTube, iflix and more, valid for 3 days
[1 July 2016] Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications is changing the way Filipinos enjoy their smartphones as it unveils GigaSurf50, the country's first 1GB data offer for only P50.
Valid for three days, GigaSurf50 also comes with an additional 300MB for streaming on sites YouTube, iflix and more, empowering subscribers to ride the digital wave and enjoy more data, video and music right at their fingertips. To enjoy this latest offer, simply text GIGA50 to 9999.
Bigger and better digital lifestyle
"With the country’s first 1GB offer at only P50, Smart is truly changing the way Filipinos enjoy their mobile phones for a much bigger, better and richer digital lifestyle," said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head.
"This huge data offer allows you to go bigger on your passions – whether you are an info junkie who likes to surf all the time, a social media butterfly with constant updates on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, or a music and video buff who likes streaming on sites like YouTube and iflix, among many others.”
Pasadata with GigaSurf50
GigaSurf50 is also big enough for subscribers to share with others through Pasadata, Smart’s innovative feature that lets subscribers pass on a chunk of their data to friends and loved ones. To share part of your GigaSurf50, simply text PASADATA <Recipient #> <Amount>MB and send to 808.
With GigaSurf50, you can go beyond your usual mobile Internet activities, from speaking your mind on the latest trending topic on Facebook and Twitter, watching the latest viral videos on YouTube, and binge-watching your favorite movies and series on iflix.
GigaSurf50 also lets you record more of your day’s best moments on Snapchat and Instagram, share more of your latest musings on your personal blogs, and connect more with your groups on Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp, among many others.
Bridging gaps and breaking barriers
GigaSurf50 follows a string of awesome products and services that Smart launched since it refreshed its brand last June 13 to show a stronger commitment in empowering Filipinos to live a digital life without barriers.
Smart recently launched its P1,288 Prepaid Smartphone kit to offer the most value-packed big-screen smartphone in the country today, meant to break barriers for many Filipinos to own a smartphone.  Smart also recently unveiled its Smartlife app, a breakthrough digital discovery portal that lets subscribers enjoy exclusive daily perks, movies, music and games at their fingertips.
Network boost nationwide
All these new products go hand in hand with Smart’s rapid LTE deployment and network expansion to deliver faster, more reliable and affordable Internet services throughout the country.
To keep updated with Smart’s biggest offers, follow its official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).


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