SEO HERO: LET’S HERO UP FOR SYRIA

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Manila, Philippines: Technology has made the world smaller and brought people closer. We monitor elections in a country from miles away, witness Facebook’s live video from space, and watch the live streaming of the Super Bowl’s halftime show where they happen, when they happen. But while the internet is a good platform for entertainment and be virtually part of world events, it also teaches us a sense of responsibility.

The media closely monitors the war in Syria, which started with a peaceful uprising in 2011. The United Nations reported that at least 250,000 people have been killed in the past five years, and displaced more than 4.8 million civilians. But the virtual world only started to really take note when a photo of a little boy from Aleppo, bloodied and shocked, went viral. Didn’t that image haunt you or made you ask “what can I do,” or “how can I help?”

A growing number of SEO professionals have taken the answer to that question a notch higher, and took on the challenge to be SEO Heroes. WIX, a cloud-based web development platform, started an SEO Hero contest for digital marketers and innovators. Everyone was invited to create a website optimized to the keyword, SEO Hero. If their website ranks highest for that search term in four months’ time, WIX will give the winning website $50,000.

The SEO Hero Challenge

Given the range of influence of SEO professionals in promoting businesses and making them thrive, they are also the best group of individuals to rally behind a cause such as drumming up support and assistance to the people of Syria. The SEO Hero challenge provides the perfect platform for SEO natives to do their part and make a difference. The Propelrr team is channeling this raw influence to spearhead a movement to help Syria’s children.

The WIX contest is open to all SEO professionals around the world. They are to create a website in English on any platform (not just wix.com) about SEO professionals and experts that can be considered heroes. Every day, a moderator will search Google for the term “SEO Hero.” The site to rank highest on average over the period of March 13 to 15, 2017 at 12:00PM ET (noon) and 20:00PM ET will be declared winner within two weeks of the challenge end date.

Google’s guidelines for SEO will be followed and all participants are expected to comply with the rules of the competition. Eran Hurvitz, CEO of MRKT360 INC, was tasked to ensure that everyone does. Entries must also satisfy the following requirements:

(1) Domain must be purchased on or after November 16, 2016. Note that the submission of entries was completed between November 16 and December 16, 2016.

(2) An account with Google Analytics and Google search console by February 16, 2017 to be connected to participant’s SEO Hero website.

Why join seohero.support?

Propelrr, a digital marketing company from the Philippines, initiated to gather SEO professionals and show the people of Syria that the world cares by joining the Wix SEO Hero contest. They created seohero.support and gathered digital influencers and SEO professionals based locally and abroad. The supporters were interviewed and asked about how the online community can impact society. In “Hero Talk,” supporters are encouraged to talk about their concept of being a “hero” and how they think the professional practice can help make a difference.

To hero up for Syria, just sign up with your name and email and share how SEO professionals can band together for a good cause. The simple gesture of signing up could mean a whole world of difference for Syria.

SEO professionals are also encouraged to share the website on their own sites and social media pages. There’s also a badge you can share to show your support.

Should the website win, the full amount will be donated to Karam Foundation, a group committed to provide much-needed aid to Syrian children.

The work of Karam

Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization that is on a mission to rebuild Syria and provide a better future for its citizens and children. Apart from distributing aid, the foundation also developed innovative education programs for the Syrian youth refugees and continues to fund sustainable development projects for Syrian families.

Karam means generosity in Arabic. And true to their name, the foundation, which was founded in 2007 in Chicago, has been helping communities in need, starting with a food drive on the south side of Chicago in its early years. Today, they also help communities across the western part of Asia, including Syria.

Among their programs is to encourage families to sponsor a Syrian refugee. There are around one million Syrian refugee children today who need not just aid but long-term support such as education and other future-building tools. Karam itself is sponsoring over 200 refugee children to go to school. This can be done by donating $50 a month.

Karam also distributes emergency aid to the communities of Aleppo, a rebel stronghold. The foundation also believes in providing “smart aid” or programs that are sustainable and respond to the needs of the population. They are also building a Karam House, which is expected to be finished this 2017. It is a space of healing for survivors traumatized by violence and displacement.

The road to healing and rebuilding of Syria is long. But by being SEO Heroes, you can make things a little better by letting civilians and refugees know that the world cares.

About SEOHERO.SUPPORT

SEOHERO.SUPPORT is cause-driven call initiative seeking the support of all Digital and SEO professionals globally to win the WIX SEO Contest aimed to donate 100% all the $50,000 winning pot to the war-stricken children of Syria.
Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35806229

http://www.wix.com/wix-lp/seo-heroes/faqs

https://www.karamfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Getaway for Romance and Relaxation: Two Seasons Island Coron

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We had planned our honeymoon in Aman Pulo, but our wedding expenses made us reconsider the venue for our first getaway as husband and wife. We thought about it for a bit and decided that maybe it’s a good time to spend this special time somewhere that’s unbelievably beautiful but familiar as well. Coron, Palawan seemed like the perfect destination.

Coron recently gained more attention due to the report of Nickelodeon’s supposed plans to build an underwater theme park there, which has gotten social media in a stir. Whatever you may think of that idea, Coron is such an achingly beautiful place as is.

It was a four days and three nights of fun and wonder with my husband in Coron. Our first day was spent in Coron Westown, but we then opted to transfer to Two Seasons the next morning. The transfer itself was free, excluding fees for the speedboat and the van to get there.

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Two Seasons Coron is paradise on earth—a private island with modern amenities—located 22 kilometers away from Coron Town, at the Malaroyroy Peninsula in Bulalacao Island. It’s around half an hour away from the airport, accessible by speedboat. Once you get there, there are 42 bungalows that await guests, situated along the hillside.

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Each Island Tip bungalow has an open veranda with outdoor jacuzzi, perfect for lounging and relaxation under starlit skies at night. The rooms are pretty big with high ceilings, hardwood floors, big TVs, jumbo showers, free minibar, and many other amenities.

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Some may be more coveted than others, but all of them are more than sufficient for making your stay as comfortable as possible, and all of them feature a gorgeous view.

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We had booked for a Mountain Bungalow room at first, but we then chose to make it a bit more special for our honeymoon by upgrading to the Island Tip Bungalow, adding PhP 20,000 to what we already paid. That may seem like a lot, but the delicious food, numerous amenities, and the amazing view made it all worth it.

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There’s much fun to be had outside of the bungalows as Two Seasons has one of the best beaches in Coron. The surrounding waters are perfect for kayaking and snorkeling, and you can rent a Molokini or Hydrobob by the hour if you wish. There’s also a 600 sqm. swimming pool with a swim-up bar for those who just want to take a dip.

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The beaches of Bulog Dos Island is known for turtles, so watch out for them when you’re exploring that part of Coron. You may also take tours with professional guides for diving excursions and island hopping if it’s your first time there and you want to see more of Coron first hand.

If you want to just relax and recharge, the Narra Spa and the health club atop the hill has facilities to help your body feel better. You can get a massage or have a workout while looking out at the most magnificent view from high up that Coron has to offer.

Dining options are fantastic as well. You can go to Sulu Restaurant for a fabulous selection of foreign and Filipino heritage dishes, and you can also avail of fresh lobster from the catch of the day. You can also order breakfast in bed, which is especially great here since you get to eat while looking out the view of the shore. There’s also the Bahura Bar for cocktails at night, and you can play billiards there as well.

All of this is made possible by Two Seasons Coron being a fully self-sustaining island resort, which makes sure that people can enjoy all these amenities without it being at the expense of Mother Nature. Their eco-friendly facilities provide 5-star guilt-free service to guests.

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If you wish to book a stay in Two Seasons Coron, prices start from PhP 30,000 per night during peak seasons. These rates include round-trip transfers and all the amenities mentioned above. The views are great, the bungalows are luxurious, and service is top notch.

Take note that it’s pretty far from Coron Town itself, but that should be no problem if you’re there to get away in the first place. Also, the tours can be fairly expensive, so you may want to think about whether you really want to see more of what’s arguably one of the most breathtaking spots in Palawan.

While it had to end, our honeymoon wasn’t without great memories thanks to Two Seasons Coron. Having been to Coron five times already, we chose not to book for tours. We were simply there for a good time, and it was indeed splendid. There was no other way we could’ve spent our honeymoon, and it was definitely money well spent.

Watch the Video of our Coron Westown and Two Seasons Island Coron Tour here:

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Save the Date: Kit Cuenta & Paolo Cortez

Finally, folks… Here’s our Save the Date Photos and Video 🙂

Save the date: January 7, 2017… 1.7.17 ♥

Photo and Video: Treasured Memories PH
Hair and Make up Artist: Team Victoria Contreras
Prenup Location: Crosswinds, Tagaytay
Music: “I Love You Always Forever”, Donna Lewis

 

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TravelBookPH First Blogger Affiliate Get Together Event At The Legend Villas

The first ever TravelBook.ph Blogger Affiliate Get Together has been a huge success! From the event proper, to The Legend Villas Hotel Tour, and Buffet Lunch of Lola Maria Restaurant , TravelBook.ph’s Blogger Affiliates surely enjoyed the rest of the day!

True to its word, with the event’s fun and interactive contests, games, raffles, and networking opportunities, the blogger affiliates together with TravelBook’s Business Development Team had a great and exciting day to remember.

The Legend Villas toured the blogger affiliates around the hotel to check their elegant Function Rooms, and different hotel room types.

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TravelBook.ph Blogger Affiliates in action as The Legend Villas Staff toured them around the place

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Buffet Lunch at Datu Room by Lola Maria Restaurant

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Here are some of the experiences of some of our Blogger Affiliates who attended the Get Together at The Legend Villas:

“The event was fun and at the same time informative. I was able to get to know other bloggers through the different fun activities and gained more information about TravelBook.ph, its Blogger Affiliate Program and about The Legend Villas as well.” – Carl Dizon, www.runtraveldiscover.com

“Yesterday was a milestone for me as a blogger. For twenty-two months, my introverted self was alone in “my blogging world”. Finally, I found the courage to go out there and meet like-minded people (who turned out to be really nice, by the way). Thank you TravelBook Philippines and The Legend Villas and to all other sponsors for my first ever official blogger event!” – Katrina Singson, www.mommykay.com

“One of the most interactive and fun Bloggers Affiliate events I had attended. A simple forgetting other stuff in blogging and just enjoy the laughter and fun during the event. Everyone is accommodating. Looking forward for a more fun and exciting events, and to be part of TravelBook Blogger Getaways. Kudos to the Team!” – Leomy Sanchez, leomyc.blogspot.com

Merci Beaucoup to TravelBookPH Get Together. A day of journey full of fun, games, prizes, learning, warmth, and sumptuous feast. Cheers! Till the next journey!” – Ma. Victoria Cruz, www.pilipinason-line.blogspot.com

“Travelbook.ph Affiliate Get Together has been a delight! Meeting and interacting with the other affiliates was fun. Awesome venue as well, very warm welcome, accommodating TravelBook.ph Ladies, always wearing their smiles!” – Rey Esteves, www.boyraket2.blogspot.com

“I was scammed! I was not informed that the event would be so fun and exciting. Aside from enjoying the activities and sumptuous food, I was able to meet and mingle with other bloggers too!” – Kerwin Lawrence Octavo; www.mrpogitips.com

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Blogger Affiliates with “Paint Me A Picture” Game!

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This event will not be made possible without our generous sponsors: The Legend Villas, Lola Maria Restaurant, Get Go PH, Thumbprints Trading Inc., PhotoBook Worldwide, Climb Central Manila, Ortius International Inc., LifeKit, Zalora Philippines, Vivo Lumio Your To-Go Kit, and Pisig Ad Network.

TravelBook.ph is the fastest growing Online Travel Agency (OTA) in the Philippines which boasts more than 2,700 hotel listings all over the country. If you are a blogger and you want to earn more with your blog and attend exclusive events, trainings, seminars, and blogger getaways to different Philippine destinations, please sign up at affiliate.travelbook.ph.

 

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12 Things Only Zark’s Burgers Lovers Will Understand

Source: Zark’s Burgers Facebook Page

If you’re a Zark’s Burgers addict like me, roll your eyes down!

1. You and your squad are always willing to brave the epic lines, because you know it’s worth the wait.

2. Some of the hardest decisions you’ve ever made is to choose between a Jawbreaker or a Tombstone.

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3. When you see your Luther Burger coming to your table

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4. Then they walk to a different table!

5. When your squad convinces you to try their Jawbreaker Challenge (Finish a Jawbreaker Burger under 5 minutes and it’s FREE)

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6. And actually tried it several times, but constantly failed! 

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7. When you see somebody buys a Tombstone burger and never finishes it.

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8. You order anything that has the word BACON in it: Deep Fried Bacon Burger!!!

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9. It kills you to know that it’s #JawbreakerDay (For a day, Jawbreaker Burger is sold at 150php only) and walang sahod!

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10. And you constantly see their drool-worthy posts on Facebook, but you still can’t go yet!

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11. When a new branch opens near you!

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12. When you get annoyed when other Burger joints claim they’re as good as Zark’s, but they’re not.

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Turning Japanese at Ramen Cool Kapitolyo

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Kapitolyo is known to be one of those havens for foodies, so it was natural for a Ramen place to pop up here. Ramen Cool looks like one of those ramen restaurants that have been trending in recent times, but it does have a few things that make it stand out. The place in Kapitolyo itself lends credence to the word “Cool” in its name.

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Ramenheads Paolo, Jim and I were craving for ramen last Thursday, so we drove to Ramen Cool Pasig Branch  to satisfy our tummies, just in time for lunch.

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The place itself had a nice contemporary interior and a warm ambiance that makes it both classy and inviting at the same time.

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It combines both the trappings of a western restaurant with a Japanese motif that’s tastefully done. Ramen Cool Kapitolyo can pass off as a Japanese restaurant in general, but it just happens to specialize in ramen.

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The selection of ramen is fairly extensive, going from the usual Shio, Shoyu, and Miso Ramen to others like Tempura Ramen, Mabo Ramen, Katsu Curry Ramen, and Hiyashi Chuka Ramen. The Beef Ramen is one of the more expensive ones, yet it costs PhP 245.

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Then there’s the signature RCool Ramen for PhP 295, which I had. It has a ton of toppings on it, including pork, corn, and hardboiled egg, and it was quite an experience. The ramen here is more affordable than that of many other ramen places out there, yet servings are substantial, so it’s great for ramen fans who want their fix but are also on a budget.

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There’s also dry ramen and yakisoba for those who want fried noodles. I tried the RCool Seafood Yakisoba for PhP 230, which was very tasty and had a lot of toppings on it as well. It was served in extremely generous servings, which is enough for 3 – 4 persons.

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You can get some Gyoza to go with everything else. I tried their Tamagoyaki (155php) and I thought it was flawlessly prepared and uber-delicious, making it my favorite dish from their menu.

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For those who want something with rice, there’s Gyudon and Katsudon, as well as Chicken Teriyakidon I had for PhP 185.

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For those who want something crunchy, the Karaage should go well with both ramen and rice.

A selection of maki is also available for those who want a sushi offering. Ramen Cool has California Love, with is their California maki, which costs PhP 195. There’s Tuna Spicy Mayo Maki for those who want something hot. I myself had the Osaka Salmon Roll, which is torched salmon, for PhP 325.

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It does cost quite a bit, but it was indeed delicious.

There are also other stuff that cost more than the ramen, like the Tempura Islander for PhP 365, and the Unagi Overload for PhP 465. But judging from the Osaka Salmon Roll I had, they could indeed be worth the price.

Ramen Cool Kapitolyo is a good place to eat in if you happen to be a ramen head, and I can definitely recommend this restaurant for all the foodies out there. While the name implies it being a just a ramen place, its other offerings are actually worth going for as well.

There’s also a Ramen Cool branch in SM Manila for those who live at that area, so you can give it a try without having to go all the way to Kapitolyo.

Ramen Cool
25 East Capitol Drive,
Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City

My ratings:

Place ★★★★☆
Taste ★★★★★
Service ★★★★★
Value for Money ★★★★☆

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ramencoolph/

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Be Naturally Beautiful with ProYoung 10-Step Skin Care Routine

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Formerly known as SeriAsia, ProYoung Phiippines has now rebranded to focus their efforts in bringing great skin care products to one and all. They’ve had some pretty good stuff even before the rebranding, and I got to try some of it in their recent blogger event.

Last October 2nd, a few selected bloggers were invited to try ProYoung Philippines‘ products and I was lucky to be part of them, having met a number of high-performance skin care products and some beauty tips I’ve never even heard/tried before. During the event, we were introduced to a buffet of skin care products that are essential in the 10-step Skin care regimen.

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ProYoung 10-Step Skin Care Regimen

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Korean skincare is known to be very good, and that’s mostly because of how exhaustive it is. It may seem extreme, but results do speak for themselves. The ProYoung 10-Step Skin Care regimen is one that has been simplified and abbreviated for best possible results for just about anyone who wants to look young and vibrant.

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It does seem intimidating that this regimen takes ten whole steps, but it all does make sense. It’s thorough and goes through every single thing you need to do in order to take good care of your skin, just like how an exercise routine is for the rest of your body.

Following these ten steps every night is pretty much a good idea when practiced diligently. They are as follows:

Eye Makeup Removal

A normal cleanser won’t work well in removing eye makeup. It should also be able to remove any sort of long-wear lipstick as well. For the first step, we used ProYoung’s Vital oil product – it’s specially formulated for the face that contains heat retention properties which promises to give you a relaxing sensation.

Cleanse

If you spend a good while putting on make-up, you should spend around as much time taking it off. An oil cleanser is best for this, coupled with a gentle facial massage to increase circulation and brighten the skin.

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Exfoliator

A natural scrub used once or twice a month works best to keep your skin smooth and to work on blackhead-prone parts of the face. As far as facial exfoliation goes, less is indeed more and definitely better than none at all. We used ProYoung product, Chakra Crystal as exfoliator.

Sheet Mask

This is to be done twice a week; more if your face is very dry. The mask is soaked in collagen and other enriching ingredients that help with bringing new life to skin and prevent aging. These ProYoung element masks work in different ways.

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Refresher

Go for toners that are not as harsh as most that you find in the market. They should be thought of more as refreshers, restoring the pH balance on your skin while removing dirt at the same time.  We used Whitelity Toner and gaaahd, it was so refreshing!

Essence

The facial soak in treatment essence is a mystery to most, but is thought of as the most crucial step in the 10-step skincare regimen as it affects the skin at the cellular level.

Ampoule

This is pretty much a concentrated version of essences, called serums and boosters in western markets. It helps brighten skin, remove sunspots, and smooth lines. We used Whitelity Complex as our serum which provides long-lasting moisturizing effect – got to be honest, this one’s the most soothing product from the set.

Eye Cream

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It’s said that it’s better to gently tap the eye cream around rather than just smearing it as it helps with better absorption and prevents any sort of tugging and pulling the skin around the eyes.

Moisturizer

A moisturizing layer helps keep the skin supple.

For these steps, we used the Vitamin-E loaded skin mosituizer E-action cream that helps protect skin from free, radical environmental stresses. It’s actually one of their best sellers, since it’s dual purpose (eye cream and moisturizer!)

Sun Care 

For the finishing touches, we applied ProYoung’s Sun-defense foundation which is a cream-based product designed for daily broad spectrum agains UVA and UVB.

ProYoung Spa and Wellness

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It doesn’t stop with just their products. ProYoung also have a spa for those who want some pampering and relaxation to go with their skincare. Aside from the usual massage, they make use of the best ProYoung products in their line to administer other treatments and therapies that are sure to relieve stress and refresh both your body and mind.

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If you want to pay a visit and see their products personally, ProYoung Philippines has two main branches you can visit – in Greenhills and Fairview. You may contact also them via the following channels:

Facebook | Instagram | Website | Products Pricelist

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You Know What’s Cool? SeoulBingo Magic Freezer Finally Arrives in Manila!

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Is it actually possible to be excited about a refrigerator? They’re usually taken for granted, but a party can’t be without cold drinks.

I know it’s a bit odd to get excited and all, but for slush lovers like me, it’s a totally different story.

Last September 17, Seoul Bingo was officially introduced by MNL Mig during The PCKING Night event held at the Ruins in Makati. It was launched alongside #thePCK, which is an awesome community of artisinal brewers that boast locally crafted beverages.

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SeoulBingo Magic Freezer can help businesses sell more cold beverages through the power of supercooling—cooling them down below zero without freezing!

I (unfortunately) don’t drink alcohol (boohoo!), so I wasn’t unable to try these supercooled local brews prepared by MNL Mig during the event! In the future, I hope! Possibly a slushee coke or slushee rootbeer, yes?

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SeoulBingo Magic Freezer

So…Here’s How it works: 

Supercooling gives off extraordinary aesthetic quality to drinks while maintaining their flavor and quality, thus attracting more customers to get more drinks. This works especially well for alcoholic beverages since they are most conducive for supercooling.

It’s not just some cheap trick, but a great way to make a drink better by turning it into a slush with a tap!

Check out this demo video I took during the event:

 

Based on reviews I’ve read, SeoulBingo is better than anything else on the market at doing this.

Unlike other fridge, You can store your drinks in SeoulBingo, then take them out and give them a shake or tap to watch the magic happen right before your eyes. The majority of freezers just turn drinks into ice and have them break out of their containers, so they’re not really ideal for storing beverages.

The refrigerator is alright for the most part, but it takes too long to cool drinks, which may not be good for businesses that are expected to have them cold right then and there… but with SeoulBingo Magic Freezer, that’s no problem as it delivers the happy medium of cooling drinks fast while not turning them into messy frozen blocks.

They’re cooled to the ideal temperature within 20-30 minutes every single time. The SeoulBingo Magic Freezer’s ingenious design enables it to do this without you having to keep an eye on it, thus making it ideal for busy establishments. It has been available in Australia and New Zealand for quite a while now, and they’ve finally arrived in Manila.

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Just some of the beers during #thePCKing Night!

I had the chance to talk to the owners and partners of MNL MIG (official distributor of Seoul Bingo here in the Philippines) and based on their numbers, the SeoulBingo Magic Freezer has proven to improve beer sales by up to 300%. That’s friggin H-U-G-E!

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Kit Cuenta & Paolo Cortez w/ MNL Mig’s Managing Partners, David Park & Jonvic Mangibin

It also yields savings since ice wouldn’t be needed to cool the drinks down as they are cooled quickly and stay cool for much longer due to the supercooling effect. It’s something that can help establishments set themselves apart from the rest in a small but significant way.

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Bar set up at The Ruins during The PCKing Night

Small world it is; we bumped into one of our friends from the Sneaker world, Din Tillah. To our surprise, we learned that he’s also one of the brains behind MNL Mig. He let us bring home MNL MIG local beers to have our friends try it.

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Kit Cuenta w/ one of MNL MIG partners, Din Tillah

Anyhoo, meeting Seoul Bingo & MNL MIG team in person wouldn’t be possible without these lovely ladies from Lion vs Sheep Marketing Events! Hi Lace and Rizz <3

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Kit Cuenta w/ Lace Taburcio and Rizza Villaflor of Lion vs Sheep Marketing Events

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Indulge in Leisure with Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa

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For this quarter’s short break, Paolo and I decided to give the booming Metropolis Cebu another try. We were only there last February for our South Cebu tour and it’s as if we never run out of reasons to go back in a heartbeat. We actually considered heading up north to Malapascua, but felt that the 4-hour travel’s going to be extra tiring, so we just decided to look for a staycation spot around the metro instead.

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Looking for the perfect place to unwind can get pretty tricky since you wouldn’t want to encounter unfortunate surprises once you’re there. However, Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa is certainly one of the best ones. The hype is indeed for real, and it’s a must-visit vacation spot for anyone looking to get away from it all for a while.

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We availed their day tour package, and what we got for our money was a great experience for a whole day in this veritable paradise on earth.

The following are what met us there:

Day Tour Inclusion

For P3,600 per person, you’ll get access to these things:

  • Lunch Buffet at Tides Restaurant
  • Free use of beach, pool, towels — you can use as many towels as you want
  • Free use of Gym and Health Club facilities (sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi)
  • 10% discount on Health Club and Salon Services for adults
  • 25% discount on Dinner Buffet at Tides Restaurant

That is not a bad rate at all for a day in this paradise with this much access to everything in it.

This day tour package starts at 8 AM and ends at 9 PM, with lunch served from 12 to 2:30 PM.

Health Club

If you need a bit of a workout, the Health Club has an assortment of gym equipment including treadmills, weights, and strength equipment from Life Fitness. Once you’re done with your workout, you can then relax in the sauna, try out the steam bath, and dip in the jacuzzi as you wish. You also get 10% savings on salon services that includes hair, face, and body treatments.

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Chi Spa

For even more relaxation, the spa has all the works. Different kinds of body massage, foot reflexology, hot stones, and many other types of treatments can help you take the edge off and de-stress.

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Lunch Buffet at Tides Restaurant

This buffet is indeed the stuff of legend. Once the clock strikes 12 noon, you can go to Tides Restaurant and have a delicious lunch buffet (drinks not included) prepared by world class chefs. You also get 25% savings on the Dinner Buffet, excluding drinks. Yes guys, this was the best part of the day.

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The Beach

The centerpiece of Shangri-La Mactan does not disappoint at all with its beautiful view and really clear waters. You can just put on your goggles and go for a swim with the fish and corals. If you just want to hang back and take in some sun, then you can do so amid a gorgeous view. It’s one of the most beautiful seascapes on earth. I definitely enjoyed basking under the sun that I forgot to take pics of how the shore looked like. On the other note, we left our things in the shore, as there’s no locker provided for day tour guests, unless you’re using the spa. Thankfully though, none of our stuff went missing.

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Infinity Pool

Facing the beach is the Infinity Pool, which stands out from the other two swimming pools that are available for people who prefer them to the beach. Instagram worthy view indeed! Pictures don’t do justice and it’s very hard to describe – you need see the place with your own yes!

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If you just want to sit back in somewhere quiet, the common area has the perfect ambiance for you to unwind and hold some conversations. Coffee and tea are available here as well to better your momentary respite.

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You can then take the shuttle back to Cebu City once the day tour comes to a close. Mostly, we used Grab and Uber to get around as there are a lot of available cabs and private vehicles nearby.

For a whole day, we get to experience the wonders that Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa has to offer with all the sights, comforts, and flavors. For sure, Cebu always holds a special place in my heart because this was where Paolo and I became ancouple, and lately where we’ve been engaged… ♥ So for our next Cebu trip, I’m definitely considering visiting this heavenly paradise of Queen City of South again in a snap!

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa
Punta Engano Road Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
http://www.shangri-la.com/cebu/mactanresort
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4 Exciting Things that Happened During Dearberry Philippines Blog Con!

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Dearberry Philippines

While my make up game is not totally on point, I must admit I’m a make-up freak.

✓ I see makeup kiosks as my personal form of heaven.

✓ I literally spend more than 10 minutes to get that perfect winged eyeliner (and still fail, lol.)

✓ I say YES to free samples.

✓ I somehow know the lingo and understand what ‘swatches and contour’ mean.

✓ My Instagram feed is 60% make up stuff from people I follow.

✓ I feel satisfied spending on lipsticks, lip gloss, lip balms, etc. even though I have an army of them already.

✓ I have four of the same color of lipstick just because.

So, yup… in all things that require make up, my answer is always YES.

All day, everyday.

Come September, I was stoked to receive a blog conference invite from a Korean cosmetic brand called DearBerry. They invited a number of bloggers and vloggers in an exclusive premiere launching held at  Oakwood Premier Joy Nostalg. They’re looking to gain a foothold on the Philippine market with their product line catered to millennials, especially to college students who are into more budget-friendly cosmetic products.

Dearberry Philippines Products

Korean cosmetics have been getting more popular all around the world in recent years, so it was only a matter of time until a brand like Dearberry arrived here. Dearberry Philippines is known for being one of the more affordable brands in Korea, but it brings good value with high quality cosmetics.

Fun fact: Their manufacturer is also Tony Moly’s manufacturer.

If you’re a serious fan of Korean cosmetics like me, you’ll find their product line very promising!

So back to the event… Here’s what went down during the blog con on September 3, 2016:

Brand Introduction

Dearberry Philippines carries a product line that’s made with ingredients from nature and promises a reasonable pricing that won’t make you bankrupt. Dearberry Philippines prides itself on using only all natural elements such as berry complex, which consists of the 8 extracts of berries (wow!) (Blueberry, Acai berry, Raspberry, Aronia Berry, Elderberry, Cranberry Blackberry and Strawberry)!

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From easy-to-apply skin care products to lovely-packaged blushers and charmingly sweet lip balms, Dearberry boasts a huge inventory of goodies to choose from – I went kind of crazy thinking of which ones to try on first, lol. What’s cool about them is that they’re always open to suggestions on which new products to create, despite their already seemingly endless list of make up products.

Make Up Session

After the products were introduced, we had a hearty meal from their generous buffet. What follows next is their free make up session where their makeup artist showed us a few tricks and tips on how to use their products.

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Giveaway and Freebies!

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The best part of the night: They gave out some freebies!

From their huge selection, here are some of the products that caught my attention:

Compact Powder

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The branding for Dearberry’s compact powder foundation is fairly interesting, and it works quite well on its own.

CheeKiss

One of my favorites from their line is CheeKiss. It is a multi-function cream that can be used both as lip color and blush, which makes kakikayan very convenient. You can just carry this and be able to touch up more quickly and easily.

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Lip Balm

As good as the CheeKiss is, you do need some variety to go with it. These flavored lip balms come in different colors, which should suit whatever occasion you may have in mind. Having a set of these is always a nice idea.

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Danbi Deep Moist Toner

This is part of Dearberry’s own Danbi series of skin care products. Their skin toner is great for those who happen to have really dry skin and could use some deep moisturizing.

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The other Danbi products include a Moist Toner for skin that’s not as dry, as well as the Essence Mist spray to make your skin glow and it works like magic!

Eye Essentials

The Rockcat Girl eyeliners, including liquid pen liner and pencil, have good pigmentation and are fast drying. They certainly hold up compared to that of other brands. Meanwhile, their eyeshadows come with good variety and aren’t as heavily pigmented as a lot of other eyeshadows out there. That makes for a much lighter finish, suited for a more natural look.

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Meet and Greet Fellow Bloggers

I’ll sure be doing more reviews about DearBerry products once I’ve tried all of them already. While waiting for my next posts, go check out Dearberry reviews  from other bloggers/vloggers I met at the event like Ciara, Shaira, and JackqyRaj! While we unfortunately didn’t have pictures together, I was also glad to meet some of the beauties who were at the event like Posh.Possibilities girls, CasLo, Erika of Of Things and Dreams, Via of Encyclopevia. and others… Hello ladies! 😉

Bloggers / Vloggers at the Dearberry Philippines Premiere Launch

All in all, it was indeed a successful premiere launch for Dearberry Philippines and I definitely had fun! I’m liking what I got from them so far and I’m looking forward to trying out more of what they have.

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Website: Dearberry.ph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dearberrymanila/
Instagram: https//www.instagram.com/dearberry.ph

Dearberry Philippines is also open for resellers who are interested in carrying their products. If you’re interested, they may be contacted at info@dearberry.ph for inquiries and other concerns.You may also contact, BamRock MDSG on Instagram “BamRocksMDSG”, the official distributor of Dearberry Philippines for orders and reseller inquires.

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