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3 Honeymoon Destinations for Adventure Addicts

Villa for Honeymoon

Delicious daiquiris by the pool, overlooking a tropical paradise or vista of relaxation? Maybe next year. Honeymoon destinations have become a beach and poolside territory, as bucket lists and travel ambitions are abandoned for champagne sunsets and long walks along the beach. While this is all very romantic and desirable, you only have one honeymoon – spend it laughing, frolicking, getting lost and finding hidden holes in the wall, undocumented by online review sites and free from expectations. Where to go? What to do? The best adventure tours start with you! The Circuits of Southern France Stimulate your inner speed-freak and tour Southern France in style, indulging his on-road fantasies and renting out the latest Maserati. Instead of facing off with Paris and only just surviving peak hour, take the country roads and ease yourself into the French road culture. Stop, taste and capture the tapestries of Montpellier, follow the ...

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DreamWorks’ Animation on “Turbo” Rendered on HP

DreamWorks Animation Film Turbo

Have you watched the feature animation film “Turbo” shown recently? If you haven’t, try to catch it on cinemas if they’re still showing. If not, buy it when it becomes available on DVD. It’s one of the inspiring animation movie I’ve seen and its worth watching by kids and adults alike. But one interesting thing that I learned was that DreamWorks’ animation on “Turbo” was rendered on HP. I have to admit that when we talk about film production and animation, I would always think it was done on a Mac. To know that HP technology was used on cutting-edge animation like Turbo was surprising. Not that HP is lesser than any other tech companies, but primarily because HP has been synonymous to business use having used HP workstations at work and having seen bosses using HP laptops. But come to think of it, HP is one of the pioneers ...

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Say “I Love You Anak” and Show How Love Sees Beyond Differences

I Love You Anak eBooks

As read on the Bible, under the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 7, “Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.” Last Friday, through testimonies and storytelling, I was able to witness this kind of love at the Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street. It was the launch of the “I Love You Anak” eBook, the first ever Filipino written and illustrated eBook on adoption launched by the DSWD and ICAB as part of “Love Sees Beyond Differences” adoption advocacy campaign. The eBook consists of 7 heart-warming stories, colorfully illustrated to capture the attention of every kids. It is a great tool for adoptive parents in telling their adopted kids that they were, adopted. There’s a lot of stigma in relation to adoption, especially in the Philippines. We have heard stories one way or another, of an adopted child going ...

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GQ International – Helping Filipinos Dress Up Naturally

GQ International - Gray Jacket over Light Colored Shirt and Black Pants

Three ladies in our family – my grandmother, my auntie and my mom – are all dressmakers. My mom went further by studying dressmaking and moved to become the master cutter of famous designers. I literally grew up with fashion as my mom would make me clothes that are fashion forward. Eventually, I learned to dress up naturally. I am aware that it is important to dress for success. When I started working, I love wearing long sleeved button down shirts with necktie on. My contemporaries hate dressing up and would look forward to casual Fridays. I don’t, because I was never the fashion-challenged type. Of course I understand their predicament. Learning to wear the right color, even the necktie that would go well to an ensemble can be difficult if you really want to pull it off and look polished. Today’s generation are very fortunate as the Philippines has ...

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Of Cory Monteith, Addiction and Family

Cory Monteith

I’m sure by now everyone knows the real cause of death of Glee star Cory Monteith. A mix of alcohol and heroin killed the 31-year old actor who was found dead inside his room at a hotel in Vancouver. Such a waste for a talented person at a time when he’s at the top of his game. Why did he continue taking these substance despite being aware of his addiction and even after recently going into the rehab? Nobody can really tell. But as I read news about the development of Monteith’s case, I learned that he has been into drugs since his teenage years. I also read somewhere, a friend sharing that the actor was trying his best to stay away from drugs but just couldn’t. His body was already cremated immediately after a private viewing at the hospital. News states that only his mother, brother and girlfriend, Glee ...

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Chuck’s Deli Foods at My Doorsteps Delivered by Foodie.ph

Chuck's Deli - Sloppy Joe

I was indisposed for more than a week, having been bedridden for a couple of days. I had to content myself with quick fixes for food. I live alone you see, and most of the time I am out roaming, so I seldom keep decent food to eat at home. From time to time I do get my food for delivery, but I was not in the mood for the usual. Then I discovered Foodie.ph and fancied about Chuck’s Deli foods at my doorsteps. What attracted me to Foodie.ph was their wide selection of restaurants where I can order for a minimum of P300. The minimum order is similar to a fastfood chain’s requirement, but better because the restaurants on the list are not just fastfood. I decided to order at Chuck’s Deli, having missed an invite from a friend at this restaurant in Eastwood. Just like most online delivery ...

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Zest-O Slice is Fruity in Every Drink

Zest-O Slice Fruit Juice Drink

There’s so many bottled drinks now in the country, and every brand is claiming one thing or another. Unfortunately though, most of them taste basically the same and does not offer anything new. While sick, I was introduced to a new set of fruit juice drinks. It’s Zest-O Slice in 355mL bottles, and it’s fruity in every drink. Zest-O Slice has four variants: Dalandan, Orange, Grapple and Mango Burst. Dalandan and Orange flavors are reminiscent of the Zest-O juice in foil packs. Grapple is a combination of grapes and apple and looked like a bottled ice tea drink. But then I realized that when you juice the grapes and apple, they don’t have purple or red colors but has the deep brown consistency, just like iced tea. It dawned on me that Grapple is no iced tea, rather it’s fruit juice. My favorite is Mango Burst. It is a combination ...

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PROMO ALERT – Discounted UNIQLO Items to Celebrate First Anniversary

UNIQLO Entire sale items

Attention fashionistas and budget shoppers! Promo Alert! Discounted UNIQLO items now available! Global apparel brand UNIQLO celebrates first anniversary in the Philippines by offering its best-selling T-shirts, innovative innerware and functional apparel at special anniversary price. I’m sure those shoppers who lined up at the first UNIQLO store at SM Mall of Asia about a year ago will be delighted with this great news. From July 12-18, get selected UNIQLO Graphic T (UT) for as low as P390. Meanwhile, AIRism innerware is on sale until Agust 15 also for P390. Bestselling items like legging pants, cargo pants and linen cotton shorts are also available at further reduced prices on a limited time. These unique offers are available at UNIQLO stores located at SM Mall of Asia, The Block at SM City North Edsa, SM Aura Premier, SM City Pampanga, SM City Fairview and Glorietta 5 (except for the Kids line). ...

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Want to be the Big Boss? Attend the Be the Big Boss Summit

Be the Big Boss

Do you want to be the big boss? I do, for number of reasons. That includes stress, traffic, and the ability to work at my own phase and time. But being your own boss is not a bed of roses. I should know, having been a full-time entrepreneur myself since 2010. It’s a daily learning experience, I tell you. But if you want to learn from the expert, then you should attend the Be the Big Boss Summit. Happening on 26 July 2013, the Be the Big Boss Summit is a whole day conference where attendees will learn the 10 Strategies of a Champion Entrepreneur. The learning event will be held at the PSE Auditorium of the Philippine Stock Exchange Center in Ortigas, Pasig City from 10am to 6pm. The summit aims to strengthen Filipinos’ knowledge on entrepreneurship and hopes to equip would-be entrepreneurs with the right mindset, technical skills ...

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Crumpler’s The Squid bag – a Review and Giveaway

Crumpler - The Squid Bag unzipped

I love bags and seemed to have never found a way to discard them in my life. I’m always found carrying one even if I would just go to the mall. In my younger years, one of the bag design I’d usually have is the drawstring backpack. Simply put, it’s easy to carry and can hold a lot of stuff. Just like Crumpler’s The Squid bag that I recently received. Yup, that’s the one alright, in its folded form. To be honest, I initially wondered what’s got in to Crumpler people’s mind naming their bag squid. Don’t get me wrong, I love squid, on a dish. But on a bag? That’s how my thoughts were going when I first heard about the bag. But when I checked it out, I understood why. So while holding on this pouch-like thing, I was eager to check it out. As i unzipped the ...

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