Monday, December 29, 2014

Coca Cola STAR Campaign #5by20

Oh how do I love thee #ShareaCoke campaign? Let me count the ways...but wait, there's more. Coca Cola is truly committed in winning our hearts with so much stellar marketing campaigns such as the Happiness, Friendship, and Share a Coke, all mostly supported by heartwarming ads to boot. And here goes another amazing sharing of happiness from Coke, the #5by20 STAR program.

Sari-Sari Store Training & Access to Resources by Coca-Cola and TESDA aims to empower women, hence improve lives. 
Empower and Improve lives of 5 million women micro-entrepreneurs by the year 2020. #5by20
We have aplenty of sari-sari (variety) stores in the Philippines. My years of working experience in sales and marketing make me somewhat familiar with the sari-sari store channel dynamics in the Philippines. When we describe them to our foreign partners, we call them our traditional convenience stores. Yes, they thrive because, well, they're conveniently located almost everywhere. Visit to a sari-sari store are merited because of a sudden need of something, or out of a whim for a Coke or some junk foods. Sari-sari stores also feature some of the interesting goodies, chips, and candies usually are sourced from the traditional public market stalls, hence, not available in our modern supermarket. I have had the pleasure of getting my first dose of retail therapy in a visit to our friendly-neighborhood sari-sari store. Foremost, sari-sari stores are great venues to socialise.

Growth of sari-sari stores in number remains to be steady because because sari-sari stores allow patrons a degree of control in their purchases based on cash available on hand. Hence, sachets are still forever present given the lowest cash outlay requirement to satisfy some everyday needs. (And some sells on credit too...;-D)

On the other side, traditionally, sari-sari stores were put up because they provide convenience to the owner. It's easy to set-up, it works as their extended pantries, and in part, yields a steady daily cash flow. But when you look at it, only a couple really thrives and remains in the market, we call them Sari-sari store A or B, when measured in size of purchases from a supplier or on-hand inventories. Such that we describe this channel as mushrooming with several opening and closing of stores here and there, and yes, a very volatile channel. Perhaps with than in mind, Coca Cola and TESDA created a program for micro-entrepreneurs to have a sustainable and reliable business for them and for their family.

Sharing with you below inspiring stories of some of the Coca Cola STAR Graduates. 

From sari-sari store owners in the Philippines, to fruit farmers to artisans to vendors, to the mompreneurs, to all the women around the world who are already pillars of our business, the Coca-Cola Company are building on that foundation by implementing programs to help women entrepreneurs. Through 5by20, the campaign will address the most common barriers to success women face by giving them access to business skills training courses, financial services and connections with peers or mentors. Coca Cola's goal is the empowerment of 5 million women micro-entrepreneurs all over the world by the year 2020.

Truly, when a woman owns a profitable business, you can count on us to open happiness. Cheers! ^_^

Be a Star! For more details please visit

Shopping + OOTD #LatePost

Good morning!

Oh well, the stormy weather outside is frightful. I do pray for better days soon...we only have 3 days left in Iloilo, and we're back to Manila. I need an uneventful flight, please!

I have some time to blog, yay! Otherwise, I'm so tempted to do another round of carbo-loading, (awww...the Angelina loaf bread here is so so good!), or perhaps read a book, or go back to my Korean dramas...well, anyhow, will do all those later! ;-D

Before we left for Iloilo, I indulged myself with some doses of retail therapy. More pairs of Levi's Jeans. I adore thee! And yes, if my Honey insisted to gift me, why I caved in to Nike Kobe's. Since my boys are all crazy addicted to collecting Kobe Shoes, especially the Kobe 9, count me in! We got the Easter in California, the Laser Crimson in California for my son, while my hubby got his in Hong Kong. I got the Independence Day in Manila. Happy Birthday to me!

#OOTD Nike Kobe 9 + Levi's (for me) + Old Navy (for Chase) + School Shirt + NFL Short
My son's shoes were really, truly soiled last time. From the rain, it was muddy during his last school Christmas Fair. It couldn't be help! I had to take it upon myself to clean them. Otherwise, it will be another Php500-cleaning services. So far, so good, they look okay.

Super belated post here...but wait, there will be more.

Let's relish the rest of the Christmas season! Cheers! ^_^

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Birthday Doodle + Fave La Paz Batchoy

Beautiful Morning, everyone!

How's your Christmas? Hope you had the merriest time! 

It has been raining for a while now, and since it's my birthday today (yay! ;-D), I'll think of such as birthday blessing showers. Here's my Google Doodle for today. #FeelingSpecial

I love seeing my personal FB account flowing with birthday wishes in my timeline. My hubby's post is just the sweetest. Thank you and love you Hon! My mom sent me a lovely text message to boot. #GratefulHeart I will send out a love note to everyone later. I don't know if I mentioned it sometime ago, that I tend to be extra emotional during my birthday. Haha. Anyhow, it's my party, so I will cry if I want to. And since I'm 30ish, I'm feeling a bit... so far, so good! I have a realisation, since I'm on a medical diet from last time, I don't really look forward to the dining part unlike before (it used to stress me out thinking a perfect dining place), so that's one less worry to think about, I just want to spend time with the family. Told you...drama much. 

Oh, breakfast was served a while back. It was heavenly...soup for the soul... Netong's Original, Authentic La Paz Batchoy. 

Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy + Manapla Puto
The noodle soup is made from a mixture of broth (kaldo in Hiligaynon), pork, beef and noodles. The dish is made extra-special when other ingredients are added like pork organs, crushed pork cracklings (chicharon), bone marrow, onion leeks and garlic. A bowl with unlimited refills of broth is priced at Php 50 ++ ($1).  Don't get confused they would normally asked you if if it's Super, Extra or Extra Super. It's just basically tells you how much additional ingredients you would put in your soup. You can actually eat it with Pandesal (Philippine's version of Rolls) or manapla puto (steamed rice cake on banana leaf).
-Missing Iloilo Blog Enty, Posted January 2011
Namit gid! (Delicious!) Hubby and Tats (father in law) bought the batchoy from Netong's. It's inside the La Paz Public Market. As aforesaid, with the medical diet I'm on, they had to separate everything, mine was just broth, noodles, and garlic. It's okay, it's love. Oh porky, till we meet again! ;-D

Anyhow, thank you for today! As Jack says...

Well, yes, ma'am, I do... I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.

Cheers! ^_^ 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Good Morning, Iloilo! #Christmas2014

December 24...yahooo! Thank you, Dear Lord!

We're mighty happy to be spending Christmas in Iloilo, it has been a while since last time. I love the food, and access to my now-only fave food, chicken and seafood, is bountiful. Yum! I hope not to carbo-overload though, hehe, given the many carbohydrates awesome bread choices (Angelina, Rgies). Vacation mode, let's do this! ;-D

It's been truly an exciting year...when I truly reflect on it, getting a normal CBC test count results of my son a few days back, makes me the happiest. I thank God for my doctor friends, who manage my worrywart-ness. Indeed, health is wealth, and family is love. #GratefulHeart ^_*

Happy Birthday, Jesus! 
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas time. Sweet Blessings! Cheers! ;-D

Monday, December 15, 2014

#MeTime at Nail Tropics Rustan's Shangri-la Plaza

Beautiful. I made it back. Yay!

I love Rustan's Department Store, and a nail salon in perfect is that!

After the whole hullabaloo named medical emergency I needed to de-stress! Oh well, even prior to that, my toe nails are in bad, bad condition, they were chipped, brittle, and discolored given little or no break at all from varying shades of bright red and sometimes dark polish. They needed some tender loving care. I gave Nail Tropics a try.

Prior to my visit, I found time to check out their website, to gauge their services and price...sweet, their basic services and blissful treatments are reasonably priced.

I set out for the Lactol Pedi. Sharing my initial thoughts.

Breath of Milk Blissful Treatment boasts of an ultraluxe hands and/or feet facial composed of warm milk and shea butter, followed by a nail wrap to soften severely dry cuticles and whiten stained nails, inclusive of a signature massage and polish. Lacto Pedi for Php 540. 
I love the treatment. See my after photo (with my latest FitFlop pair, Pietra II :-D). Although there were still some discolorations, so I was advised better not to put on nail polish just yet. Perhaps another treatment, and I'm good to go. Hello, Red Nails soon!

I'm too shy to do a before picture. It's so unflattering, promise! I'm mighty pleased that my precious toe nails were saved! I almost decided to cover them up with another go of dark nail polish. So yes, the Lactol Pedi does its job of softening, fixing, and managing stained nails.

The place is nice (of course, it's in Rustan's), love the plush seats, service is generally okay, and staff are friendly. But I have some wishes, just a little bit more massage time, please. And please, try not to obviously upsell. I can appreciate a good sales pitch, but please look for positive buying signals. I will not be swayed, I don't need gel nail polish for my toe nails! For my hands, I might reconsider, but you will know, when I don't show up with super trimmed nails.

Hmmm,  it seemed I'm emotional (hahaha!), because it would have been a perfect "me time", but so far, so good! Haay! That's all!

Hmmm, other than those, I'm still compelled to get another round of Lactol Pedi. The forgettable massage, I can let go, but the upselling... I said it already, right, I will not be swayed! Perhaps, I will try another branch, let's see how it goes! Cheers! ^_^

Cheers! ^_^

Seoul-ful Shopping Time

Annyeonghaseyo! ^_^ Happy Monday, friends!

Here goes the good stuff... retail therapy!!! Love, love, love Lee Min Ho Innisfree!

Hmmm, let's see, let's cover Seoul-ful stuff first.

#SeoulShopping Re-purchased my skin care must-haves, (formerly Jejubija now only) Bija Anti Trouble Skin,  Soybean Firming Serum, and gifting my hubby a Forest for Men Skin Care Gift Set. *Thinks of Lee Min Ho  ;-D and Innisfree Freebies. Total Damage 84000 KRW or Php 3400. Thanks Mommy Wendy for taking the time yet again! ^_^
Hello, Korea! I'm going to Seoul soon with nothing to do but fangirl! Thanks to my Chinggus! #GratefulHeart

Muji Ladies Coat in beige (not in photo is the same Muji Coat Style in Black. You can never have too many Winter Coat.  I love the vintage a la Jackie O, my photo doesn't do justice, I hope my OOTD in the future does. ^_*), Cardigan, Sleepwear and Fitflop Crush Boot (after my 11th FitFlop pair post, I just lost count!) All set for Winter Wonderland (almost), let's go!
I can't wait to see Lee Joon Gi Seoul in Lunar New Year!

Because yours truly is a glorified busy bee (I do hope with things that matter, or else...), will cover the other love of my life (Louis and Kobe ;-D) next post! Please don't go away!

Have a wonderful Christmas Time! Saranghaeyo! Cheers! ^_^

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#OutofCommission was on Medical Emergency

Hello, December! (It feels so good to be able to say that albeit very late!) I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Time. It's so good to be back!

November was crazy (the worst kind of crazy!)...I hope not to bore you with so much details since I was keen on not to talk about horrible bad stuff in my blog, but reading about others' experiences helped me so much, so I hope to be able to do the same. Oh well, life!

For November, we had two trips to the Emergency Room of The Medical City, one because of my son, while the other lead to my admission from Partial Small Bowel Obstruction secondary to Post-Op Adhesions. (And behold, it earned us a Platinum Membership in TMC. Shocks!)

Anyhow, thankfully it resolved after that dreaded NGT (Nasogastric Tube) insertion. Reason from the obstruction was post-op adhesions from my C-Section Operation 9 years ago. Surprise! It was very sudden as there were no notable episodes before that time. Although, now that I think of it, the symptom was something I experienced once in a while, but I always associated it with Urinary Tract Infection. It basically felt like cramping a la dysmenorrhea. Only last time, it went up from the pelvis area to the stomach, felt worse than labor pains, plus I was nauseated the whole time and had several episodes of vomiting. Pain started 5 pm, by 10 pm, I had to be rushed to the ER.  I had to stay in the hospital for 4 days.

In the span of 4 Days, I had blood works done, urinalysis, pre and post abdominal x-ray, and a lengthy CT-Scan procedure with an IV contrast, which all showed that there was a partial block in my small intestine. Conservative treatment required bowel rest, meaning NPO, no food and liquid should be taken orally, and then NGT, or else Surgery. The NGT worked like black magic, so yes, I felt better, and had to condition myself to meet all the requisites of recovering without the need of surgery (meaning passing gas, bowel movement, urinating, not nauseated, etc.) I was crazy bloated the whole time, and a couple of days after discharge.

After the NGT, I was allowed to go on liquid diet, the soft liquid, and quick try of full diet, I had to be able to tolerate it and do all the requisites I mentioned. What helped hasten my recovery while in the hospital were the Peppermint Tea, Yoga's Child Pose, and a lot of walking in place. Haha. (Plus Smith's Rosebud Salve...I had the worst episodes of chapped lips ever, by Day 5, kissable lips are back...and I'm back home! ;-D)

The experience made me revisit my lifestyle. I'm compelled to diet eat healthier, and to exercise. Soon, I will commit myself to do yoga. 2 weeks, I'm 8 pounds lighter, because I have to take my sweet time eating, (and no buffet for life!). Waah! I'm still on a low residue diet or low fiber diet, and I'm still avoiding pork and beef. Although doctors, after a week, already gave me may-go-back-to-normal-life minus cheat days overeating! I'm still paranoid, I was specifically worried eating a full serving of rice and pasta. Last time, I ate a serving of pasta, worrying so much lead me to think I'm having tummy pains again. #WorrywartMuch So meantime, I'm taking it slowly but surely. To supplement my other nutrient requirements, instead of always soup, I drink Vanilla Herbalife Shake for breakfast. And I drink overflowing Peppermint Tea (I like the Mint Tea of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) all day long. Plus massage therapy. Yay! I now have reasons to treat myself with a message once or twice a week.

It's a life changing experience. My doctors say there is no real cure, no prevention, and yes, it can recur anytime! Aissh! Shocking! But with a grateful heart, I look forward to espousing a healthier cheat daysss! Sad news, it meant giving up on some of my fave Seoul-ful food, and yes no buffet! But my goodness, I hope NOT to meet my surgeon ever! So better safe than sorry.

That's all!

To my readers, and my PR friends, please don't go away. After this, I hope to be able to talk of only happy, girly, Seoul-ful stuff! Have a wonderful Christmas Time! Cheers! ^_^

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