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CHERRY POPPIN’: A Singles Soiree for a Cause

Singles, like romantic couples, have as much to celebrate this February!

Come and join the Loveyourself’s CHERRY POPPIN’ Singles Soiree on February 21, 2015 to meet and mingle with other strapping gay guys, share engaging dating stories, and dance to the hypnotic beats of Boys Can Trance.

You also have a chance to snag a date at our luscious charity auction featuring sweet and sexy guys that just might be worthy of your cherry lips.

But this post-Valentine poolside party is open to all – single guys and girls, couples, and all those fuzzy shades in between!

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Casual Convos

Looking for a post-Valentine’s pick me up? CHERRY POPPIN’ Singles Soiree kicks off with casual conversations on singlehood and dating. Chat the afternoon away in carefree café-style sessions on finding yourself, finding love, dating and courtship and being in a relationship. Know more about yourself and that cute guy across you!

Date Auction

Then the night heats up with a fun date auction. Get a chance to go out on a date with our featured hot guys. Take your pick from a handsome indie film actor, a sexy accountant, a hunky banker, a buff BPO guy, and a boy-next-door entrepreneur. These men will surely stimulate your mind and mesmerize your heart on a fancy dinner—just the two of you.

We also have mystery auctions that will make your heart flutter when they are revealed and put up for bidding at the event itself.

Winning bidders will get an all-expense paid dinner date for 2 and a couple’s massage session. These are made possible with the help of our sponsors: Aesthetic Science, Bliss Pleasure Enhancing Lubricants, The Sanctuary, and The Pulse.

Poolside Party

Throughout the CHERRY POPPIN’ Singles Soiree, the Boys Can Trance takes the temperature higher with sick beats and lively music. Feel free to dance with your gang, newfound friends or that handsome stranger you’ve been eyeing.

Tickets are sold for only PhP250.00 inclusive of a free drink. Tickets are limited, so inquire now at 09063228873 or sign up at http://go.loveyourself.ph/CherryTickets before it’s party time. The event starts at 5:00 pm till midnight at the rooftop area of West of Ayala Bldg., 252 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

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***Ticket sales and auction proceeds will help raise funds for the benefit of LoveYourself, an advocacy dedicated to HIV testing and awareness.


Choosing a Network for Data Plan Here in the Philippines?

Ever since I’ve got my very first prepaid cellphone (a large Nokia with a very large battery — which I forgot the unit name) I was very observant when it comes to the signal of the network I chose. I was able to compare it because Papa, Mama and I were using different networks. Papa was Smart, then Mama and I were Globe, and sometimes we switch. I was able to experience also having both sim card at the same time when Nokia 3310i came — Papa bought a special cover with two sim card slots and you just have to press the keys *3370# (if I’m not mistaken) to switch sim cards and restart the phone. I’ve also experienced being a customer of Sun cellular when I started dating people, because it’s cheaper and it’s the first network who introduces the unlimited calls and half-cost per text charging for prepaid. The longest running sim card I had — which I still have today on my generic Samsung phone — is Globe.

Right now, I’m connected with both Globe and Smart through data plans. And to give you a quick review here’s some points that might help you decide to choose.

But first, before I start, I just wanna make it clear that I’m talking about plans here, particularly data plan. Not the prepaid a$$es who eat a lot of load because of mobile internet. These are based on experience, usage and location.

Okay. Here we go!

Experience

If you are earning above the minimum wage rate, you are closer to getting a plan from a network, but application and approval maybe tough if you’re trying to get plans worth Php1500 and up. If you are one of the lucky ones, however, getting this is easy, except if you’re under a BPO type of industry.

Unfortunately, I’m one of the BPO dudes. With all the requirements, certification and all the means I have in the world to prove that I’m capable of paying my bills, Globe required me to have a credit card. And since I don’t have credit cards and they want to get more clients, luckily, I still got approved. It took them two weeks though to process my application. While with Smart, I applied with the same requirement and tomorrow after they called me to claim the phone.

When it comes to customer service, Smart gets an outstanding points and Globe still suck with that. I hated smart, but I guess they have different ways on treating prepaid and post-paid customers. I kind of love their promptness in their answers. I will give kudos to Globe though because when I called them about the additional features for their plan, they gave what I supposed to have for the month.

And speaking of plus, Globe has it all – free texts, calls and overseas. Smart is just solid when it comes with the number of free text and calls — they know their roles on giving these things inclusives on time — I just wished they have more promos.

Usage

Due to the few free calls and text inclusives of Smart Telecommunications, I tend not to use it often for regular calls and texts. But who the hell cares, by the way, when you have data plan which allows you to access free VOIP like Skype, Viber and not to mention Chikka. But you need to have enough data credits to use these common applications.

And speaking of Data, Smart has 1.5 GB limit per monthly cut-off, while Globe has around 700-800 MB. When you consume all these data, either via browsing, streaming and downloading, your internet speed will go down to unbelievable and head-popping less than 300 kbps. Thanks to the fair usage that implemented this kind of thing for broadband and data plan users. But Globe’s limit is low, they should increase more than that since people download lot’s of stuff these days.

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Well, what I am referring to hear is the internet speed of the data plan based location. I usually go around Manila, Makati, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Antipolo. And I would give the crown to Smart for providing me speed that sometimes breaks the limit of my expectation. Globe is giving around 1-2 mbps  on the said locations while Smart gives 3-5 mbps in average. And since I need to check emails all the time and stay tune for concerns via chat, and also to stay online with my friends on my social networking account, I need faster internet for better response.

All-in-all, I could still say that this guys are doing a great fight. Although Smart is better for me when it comes to data plan, Globe won’t go home with teary-eyes because I love their free stuff a lot better than Smart.


Holiday with Family

I just spent a great holiday with my family and as expected it was fun yet very missing. I haven’t done this before — treat them to an amusement park — so it’s kinda new experience for us. You know, every time we decide to have time with each other, our choice were always food and malls, so we tried to put more fun and excitement to this rare time with my family, that’s why I brought them all to Star City Amusement Park in Manila.

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Ticket prices are very reasonable. Ride-all-you-can tickets cost Php400.00 only, you just have to add a few bucks if you wish to visit the Snow World or experience the new attractions like the Lazer Blaster, 4D Theater Max Rider and Z-Planet. But to tell you what, the ride-all-you-can ticket was already enough to enjoy the park (includes the new heart-stopping rides like the star flyer and star Frisbee  and the horror houses) and the once in a day ballerina show at the Aliw Theater. Of course, make sure you go there right at the opening time just to anticipate the long queue for each rides. Going there beyond 5 o’clock PM will get you stuck with more people.

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(at the back was the Star Frisbee ride, one of the newest attractions. )

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(Us on Star Flyer — a very cool ride. You’ll swear you got to ride this more than once.)

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(Star City has a giant Ferris Wheel also… view from the top is amazing!)

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(Ballet Manila in their Christmas Presentation Kutitap)

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Actually, we were stuck with the bunch of people, perhaps it was because of the holiday. Even the food stores there had long queue of people which made us super hungry. So after watching the beautiful ballerina show, we went out of the park (even if we don’t want to) and took a cab to the seaside along Macapagal highway.

Seaside in Macapagal is a place where people can find a bunch restaurant. Fresh food are there. Just pay the food (seafood, beef, pork, chicken and veggies) per kilo that you wish plus the cooking fees, the food is ready after a few minute. Barkers are on the streets so you can ask them about their menus, if they have service charge, if they can cook the dishes you want or do they have videoke/function room — don’t hesitate to ask.

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(Here’s my Dad, showing what he’s won in the shooting game while waiting for the food.)

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(We ordered Sinigang na Hipon sa Sampaloc [above photo], grilled Squid with stuffings and Pinaputukang Tilapia)

We dine in at Igmaan. The best one cook restaurant I’ve experienced in Seaside so far. It didn’t take me more than Php2,000.00 to make my whole family super full.

After that, we had a long walk all the way to SM Mall of Asia (MOA) seaside. We thought it was just near because we can see the big globe from Macapagal highway. I swear the road, though, so please take a cab. (Hehehe!)

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Well, we went there to see  and ride the giant Ferris wheel. We weren’t able to get a chance though because — thank the long walk — it was already closing time and they’ve already served the last customer when we arrived. So, I ended up treating my family at Starbucks.

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We had fun talking at Starbucks. It’s been a long time since I had a wholesome talk with these people. There I discovered that it was just my Mom’s first time to watch a ballerina play, first time to be at Starbucks with us, complete, and first time to stay outside super late just to bond with us and talk. It melted our heart, of course. I just promised to her that we will do this kind of bonding again in the near future — I just have to renovate the house, then we will celebrate again at star city and seaside and MOA — or plan something else more.

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Anyway, I just wish that I could spend more time with my family this coming 2013. I’m very thankful that God is giving wonderful opportunities so I could give my family something that they deserve. I wish I could do more than this.

Happy New Year Everyone!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO


Christmas Shopping Rush in Divisoria: Tips, Risk and Best Shopping Spots

Admit it! Christmas is not only time for giving. It’s also time for spending money to buy a lot of stuff. And if you’re one of the people who gives rather than accept, then you might be also one of those thinking whether you will buy online or go to the shopping den.

Last minute Christmas shopping is inevitable, especially if you’re preoccupied by work or some stuff during pre-holidays week. Where is the best place to go shopping?

Right now, Divisoria, Manila is fully-loaded with people who are looking for the most affordable stuff. Divisoria is the common place where you can find and buy everything – food, fashion stuff, toys, home décor, outdoor goods, gadgets and etc – at low price you can’t imagine. However, this place is kind of risky because it is very crowded, as in once you visit that place make sure you are prepared to “literally” rub elbows with tons of people, and make sure your belongings are well-secured.

I grew near from Divisoria, so I shop there a lot. I just want to give you a few tips for you to know where to go and what to do first.

Number one shopping rule is to get a list of the items you need to buy. Don’t forget a thing. Once you’re done shopping in Divisoria, you’ll swear never to come back until the end of this season. Of course, not because of bad incident but it will drain your energy a lot. So, again, make sure you write everything in your list. And, make use it’s on a paper – not in your tab or smart phone (I’ll discuss it later).

Secondly, Divisoria has few parking spaces. Most of the streets are occupied by flocks of people and stores. If you’ll bring a ride, don’t expect you’ll be able to move. So better commute and maximize your walking ability. Don’t wear high heels, please.

Thirdly, don’t wear eye-catching accessories, bling-blings and even bring smart gadgets. These things are bad elements magnet. You don’t want to end up in the police station reporting stolen or missing belongings. If you can’t get rid of it though, make sure you keep it in your bag or pockets.

When it comes to your cash, make sure you have purse, ready to pull those riches. Spread your cash are spread all over your body – pockets, wallet, purse and, seriously, in your bras – in this way, if anything happens, you’ll have a back up. Better prepared than sorry. Also, withdraw your cash ahead of time because most of the ATM’s in this season are either box office hit or temporarily out of service.

Fourth, know the place where you’re going. These are the shopping malls that you can visit in the Divisoria Business District:

Tutuban – large space, there’s a few store available (since some parts are burnt), but there are organized, great finds here so you’ll know where to go if you need a particular item. There’s also midnight shopping that’s open from mall closing hours until 1am. During the last minute Christmas shopping, they extend their mall hours.

168 – If you’re claustrophobic, it’s not advisable to go here. But if you’re ready for a real great finds, this is the best spot that I would recommend. 168 never fail me so far. This is where I buy Christmas gifts and Secret-santa things.

999 – It looks more like 168, but it has wider “Paseo’s”. Mall’s air-condition works pretty well, so it’s more comfortable than Tutuban and 168. When I get here, I always get confused with exits and entrance and the

Lucky China Town Mall – You could never imagine that there’s a mall in Divisoria that has stores like Mango and popular and expensive. Well, I’m not talking about the unauthentic product, this is for real. If you want branded products, you can find it here. To tell you, the mall looks every similar to Eastwood City, QC. Starbucks and French Baker are also here, so you won’t get hungry.

Fifth, it’s always advisable to bring friends with you – 2 to 3, but not the whole gang – not because you’ll ask them to bring your shopping bags but it’s better if you’ll get second opinion from them when buying.

Lastly, try to watch “How to survive crowd stampede” on Youtube so you know what to do if anything happens in crowded place like Divisoria. Again, better prepaid.

XOXOXOXOXOXO


Zoo inside a Mall

The last time I’ve visited a zoo with my family was I think 8 years ago. It was our family day that time, and if I have not mistaken that was also our parent’s anniversary. As I reminisce, I remember how amazed I was to see the adorable animals there, like the Elephant and the Orangutan (I forgot their names), which I’ve seen first when I was so little, back when I first visited the Manila zoo.

And right now, to tell you honestly, I’m kind of curious on how the zoo looks like today especially that the animals are like aging by now.

This came to my thought because I just fulfilled my long time plan to visit the Virtual Zoo in Tutuban Mall, Divisoria-Manila. Ryan, my best friend, and I were actually in the middle of shopping gifts for this season. We just saw people coming at the 4th floor of Tutuban Mall and we found out that the Virtual Zoon was located there.

It wasn’t spacious like what I was expecting but it was really fun to be there. Check out these pictures:

(Click pictures to see larger view, and sorry for the shaky captures from my friend. Tee hee hee!)

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Some paintings, like the Crocodile below, are hard to find its exact angle. It takes a lot of practice shot to perfect it, but unfortunately, we were unable to do it.

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So as this turtle. But I think this shot was better than the crocodile.

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My favorite was this one. At first, we thought the hammer-head shark has a weird background, that’s why I just did the surfer boy pose. We lately realized that you have to tilt the camera to perfect it. (see second and third picture)

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This one is pretty amazing too. The whale looked like it really came out of the wall.

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Second to my favorite photos were these. The elephant photo has a floating pale. You have to position your hand to make you look like splashing water to the elephant. While the boar, it doesn’t really have rope. We just also position our hands to the painting and whoala! Same thing goes with the ‘whipping the lion’ and the horse.

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The cave below was pretty amazing too, although it doesn’t really echo.

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This one here wasn’t an animal, but I think it’s one of the partnership products of this virtual zoo.

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If you think, that’s all. Well, there are more to come in the virtual zoo since I’ve seen some wall with on-going paintings. We’ll try to go back there by next month and see what’s new. But if you wish to drop by here, Virtual Zoo located at the 4th floor of the Tutuban Centre Mall 2. Look for the Food Court and take the escalator to go upstairs.

See yah!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO


The 1st Filipino Bloggers Worldwide Grand Eyeball

I’M BACK!

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I was supposed to be in the office yesterday but I filed my vacation leave to give way to this much awaiting Filipino Bloggers Worldwide Event – the Filipino Bloggers Worldwide 1st Grand Eyeball at the SM Megatrade Hall 2. This was the first event that I attended for the sake of my blog. I’ve never been to any event like this before where I’ve seen my fellow bloggers rubbing elbows with each other, and I didn’t imagine that it was really fun!

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I registered and got my invitation to this event a couple weeks ago. I was actually nervous. I thought it would be a very intimidating event because, you know, I would be with the Philippine’s famous bloggers – you know, mine is just one of the blogs somewhere out there. Good thing, my friend Ron, blogger of Nite Writer, was also coming so we went there together.

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Venue

Unfortunately, I wasn’t the early bird – thanks to the Friday night heavy traffic – I was there just right on time.  Venue was held at the 5th floor SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 2.

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I was expecting a few people to come but I’ve seen and met a lot of big time bloggers from the FBW group on Facebook. I’ve seen plenty of sponsors too. It’s too many to mention but I’ve recognized Ystillo (by Vina Morales), the thirst-quenching tea by Share Tea and the prize I was eyeing for, Manny O. wines.

The event was hosted by Admin Franc and the funny Ness who always noticed me laughing hard. They are the bloggers of “http://nessmercader.tumblr.com” and “http://francramon.com” and the people I mostly see on our Facebook group and my twitter feeds. At the beginning of the event, they introduced the sponsors and the admin of FBW and also the super early bird of the event.

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Food  

Tasty buffet food was also served…

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Plus, I get to enjoy the Share Tea’s Winter Melon and one of our bloggers’ cute little cupcakes! Unfortunately, there was no mochi. I was little expecting for it, but it was okay. :p

Highlights, Awards, Prizes and Giveaways.

One of the purposes I went there is to grab knowledge from co-bloggers on how to get blogs known. Fortunately, Jason Cruz of MRM gave us helpful insights on teaching bloggers how to blog. That was a short speech but it opens a lot of idea bulb on top of my head.

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Aside from giving Jason Cruz the award of recognition, FBW also awarded the group’s top travel bloggers and the winners are:

1. The Chronicles of Love Mindanao
2. The Adventures of AdventuRoj!
3. PonderingPaodaolei
4. Franc Ramon.com
5. Budget Byahera
6. South Cotabato
7. Vivi’s Random Ramblings
8. Traveling Morion
9. Pala-Lagaw
10. Journey ni Ikoy

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But the much awaiting part of the event were the GAMES!!! Almost all won the prize – including me. Ha!

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Here are the raffle winners:

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I also brought home plenty of giveaways. This is the first event I went to where I bring home gifts – well, most of those are for girls. Perhaps, my sister will be happy tomorrow.

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All-in-all I really enjoyed the event and I hope there would be another one soon. Nice to meet all the bloggers! It’s true when Orly Ballesteros said that “I always believe in this dictum: there are no strangers only friends you haven’t met.”

XOXOXOXOXO


A Week-Long Rain and Flood

We’ve just survived a week-long rain — not typhoon — and flood. Office operations and school classes have been suspended and dismissed, and most of us were stranded in the middle of the streets and rushing waters.

I consider myself lucky because both of my families were safe – Andrei’s family members were safe and sound here in Antipolo and my family in Tondo, although flood went inside our house as per my sister, they were still safe. As for me, our office operation is 24/7 so I attempted to go to the office a couple of times but eventually failed. Flood was along the way at Brookside going to Junction, Cainta, Rizal.

 

 

Jeeps and buses have backed out leaving me no choice but to go back home. Luckily, my boss allowed me to work from home, and I ended up doing that for 3 days.

Everything slightly went well on Friday morning when Mr. Sun has finally shown up. Rain fell down in the evening, though, leaving the Ortigas ext. flooded again – it subsided quickly when the rain stopped. I was stranded for four hours of traffic.

Right now, the sun is up and it is asking me to jog around the Ynarez center. But I won’t do that because I have a party to catch later. I just hope it won’t rain that hard again.

And, I hope everyone is safe.

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