December 1, 2020

Back at Bantayan Island

It's been a decade plus of not being able to visit this place as Bantayan Island used to bring not so good memories relating to Holy Week, hassle-full processing of accommodations back then and actually going back to Cebu City a day earlier than expected because the event we paid for flaked on us..but that's on a totally irrelevant story.

I live in a place quite far from Bantayan Island and traveling for a total of 6 hours (car+boat) with a hyper toddler in
tow might take a toll on us so we decided not to go just yet. Bantayan Island is so beautiful-so much so that a 3D2N stay is not enough. When you can, stay for a week to make the most out what this island has to offer. when the invitation from Cebu Provincial Government and GMR Group came in 2 days before the scheduled departure (this after only staying in Cebu for 4 days since I was at Manila for a week prior) came as a lovely and welcome surprise. Like most laagans out there, we weren't really expecting to fly out-or be given travel opportunities anytime this year til the second half. I confirmed within 15 minutes of receiving the invitation and my giddiness doubled when I read the first paragraph of the itinerary saying that we will be flown out of a chartered plane from Mactan Cebu International Airport to the island and the travel time will only take 30 minutes. It couldn't get any better but then I knew Janine (@offdutymama) and Dee (@deeexplores) are also coming so we haven't been really talking about anything since.

I am an early morning fly out person. Aside from the fact that it's the safest, flying gives me an adrenaline rush that makes me energetic for the most of the day. When I'm traveling, I only get 4 hours of sleep max because my thoughts race of the places I have to go to, people I have to meet, food I want to eat and the experiences a place has to in turn, my skin usually suffers because they get patchy and I always have a breakout after 5 days of this body abuse 😅

Going back, I met the two at the MCIA Malasakit Desk (grabe baya tag hugot aning malasakit desk) at 5AM and I think it was already a sin to be perky and alive this early. Everyone at the airport was still groggy but I guess you can't contain us 😂 For me, it's time to make new and beautiful memories in this beautiful island.


Should you plan to fly (and SAVE LOTS OF TIME) from Cebu to Bantayan Island, send an email to for plane rates with dates as I have checked their official website upon landing there and they are still updating it.

 Apparently, ours was the inaugural flight. What a historic moment! After booking your flights, don't forget to download the TRAZE app so that our local government can do their standard contact tracing in the most hassle-free possible; All you have to do after installing and signing up is to scan the qr code in places where you are and then you are automatically tagged as having been there. Checking in only takes seconds I swear Cebu City and other provinces should re-align and use this too.

As of November 29, 2020, here are the requirements upon entering the island

Bantayan Island Requirements

Here are some of the shots my friends and I took:

Virgin Island first timer 
low-key obsessed with this lifeguard area 😆
also, dragged them along 😅

           my photographer can't really see the shots she's taking but i love this! 
Thanks bae! 
Kota Beach during mid-afternoon

Beach trip is uncomplete til I can lounge and get my much-needed tan

weekend crew

Evening soiree with Bb. Pilipinas contestants

This Bantayan Island Escapade is conceptualized as a scaled and controlled model of how the new tourism normal will be. With this island's pristine white beaches, picturesque setting, warm community spirit and conveniently-located airport, Bantayan Island is the ideal place to showcase a safe, curated and integrated, worry-free experience. 


May 29, 2020

Jollibee Foods Corporation and PayMaya pioneer conversational commerce with ‘cashless’ transaction

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) along with all of its food and restaurant brands in the country has begun piloting an interactive mobile ordering system via chatbot, with a seamless payment experience powered by PayMaya.
Customers in select areas can now use their credit, debit, or prepaid cards  as well as their PayMaya e-wallet accounts to pay for their favorite food items and meals via the Facebook Messenger channels of  Jollibee, Burger King, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Red Ribbon -- which are all currently running on beta version.  This will soon be available in the Facebook messenger of Greenwich as well.
All they need to do is type “#order” and send this to the Facebook chatbot of their favorite JFC restaurant, select the meal they’d like to order, pay by selecting their preferred cashless payment option, and wait for their food to be delivered in their homes.
As an added treat, customers can get up to 100% cashback when they pay using their PayMaya registered mobile number upon ordering via chatbot with a minimum spend of P500.

“As we implement more stringent safety measures in this 'new normal', the availability of PayMaya’s cashless payments solutions helps ensure that both our customers and frontliner workers are protected, while at the same time giving them a more joyful experience when they order their favorite food from any of our brands," said Jollibee Global Brand CMO, JFC Philippines Country Business Group and concurrent Jollibee PH Marketing Head Francis Flores.
Offering cashless payment options via the Facebook chatbot is just the next step in the partnership between PayMaya and JFC.  In 2019, this partnership also helped pave the way for the launch of digital payments through self-ordering kiosks in Jollibee, Burger King and Chowking stores via the One by PayMaya Point-Of-Sale Device, and now has expanded its cashless payment option in 300 Jollibee stores.
“Over the past months we've seen an acceleration in the evolution of 'conversational commerce', with businesses and entrepreneurs harnessing their networks through chat apps to continue selling their products. During this time, businesses like JFC's brands need to be present where their customers are, and today most of the customers are online–so offering a wide variety of digital payment options ensures a safe and seamless ability for them to meet their business and customer needs," PayMaya President Shailesh Baidwan said.
Soon, JFC will also be rolling out PayMaya’s Digital Invoice solution when ordering online via its various brand's delivery websites or through their respective hotlines, allowing customers to receive an invoice with a payment link via SMS or email so that they can also pay using any card or using their PayMaya account.
Aside from enabling the cashless payments acceptance of various JFC brands, PayMaya has also partnered with Jollibee Group Foundation to allow them to receive donations from anywhere around the world via the #OneAgainstCOVID19 campaign website ( or through the Pay Bills function of the PayMaya app.
PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cuts across consumers, merchants, and government. Aside from providing the payments acceptance for the largest e-Commerce, food, retail and gas merchants in the Philippines, PayMaya is enabling national and social services agencies as well as local government units with digital payments and disbursement services.
Through its PayMaya app and wallet, it is providing millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner agents nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services.
To know more about PayMaya's products and services for businesses and merchants, visit

April 21, 2020

Maybe not being in this together is a better idea

As most of us are at home and trying to be one less of a problem, I was thinking that maybe, not being in this together is a better idea.

There is stress in being constantly available for comfort.

This situation is an unfamiliar territory for the most of us and while we are fighting internal battles because we have to drastically alter our life in a span of a few days (prior to announcing ECQ), I think it's for the better if we are not in this together if you have a constant need to be placated. I have to be there for myself too and while prioritizing one's self is quite unpopular, you can't pour from an empty cup.

I am an extrovert; I love options and I exercise choosing whenever I can. I am also quite good at deflecting (hello commitment-phobe) but you can't deflect pandemic; Forced adaptation to the "new normalcy" has no "I'll pass" button and I can't find an alter reality where I have to hide out or day dream until goes away.

COVID-19 isn't giving me options despite the fact that following BASIC AND EVERYDAY rules (okay I am still shocked that not many people have normal standards in hygiene) of prevention. My family and I isolated ourselves as early as we could and if you are like us, it feels like we were merely observers fr. what's happening (Aquarius rising).

I have found ways to spend my pent-up energy by exercising and taking up new hobbies. I have made myself so busy because my optimism hasn't faded yet and it's been 30+ days and I think I might have another meltdown should they extend it for a few more. What I said about my FB post, my worries are so trivial compared to other people but it's my gravity and if you know me in real life, my boundaries and where you should place yourself with me is clearly defined.

Ending my entries has always been the most challenging part, but let me finish this one by asking you nicely to stay at home. If not for yourself, but for us who are shamelessly following this one simple rule yet still suffering because we haven't flattened the curve yet.

December 12, 2019

Christmas shopping? Get the best deals during the 12.12 sale with your PayMaya!

Giving is always better than receiving, especially during the holiday season. As you complete your gift list for family and friends this upcoming 12.12 sale, take your shopping game to the next level and receive more perks and rewards when you give more to your loved ones with the help of PayMaya.  
This 12.12, take advantage of multiple cashback on top of the already awesome deals offered by your favorite brands both online and in-stores when you shop using your trusted payment buddy, PayMaya

There are so many sweet deals to help you make the most of your Christmas shopping. To start off, you can enjoy a 1%, 10%, or 100% cashback when you spend at least P500 online or in stores using your PayMaya physical or virtual card. On top of that, you can also get an additional P150 cashback* when you rack up an accumulated spend of P5,000.  

Buying from your favorite online stores has its perks too! Skip the traffic and do your Christmas shopping online. Get 30% off at Lazada when you spend at least P500. Enjoy the maximum discount of P150 by redeeming a PayMaya voucher from the Lazada app.  

If you’re looking for stylish holiday outfits for yourself, head on to Zalora and enjoy a 25% discount on your purchase, capped at P2,000! Simply use the promo code PYMYONLINEFEVER when you shop and spend at least P1,500.  
You can also get the same perks when you #ScanToPay with PayMaya at our partner merchants. If you miss out on the 12.12 deals, don’t fret because you can still enjoy perks during PayMaya’s Double Cashback Weekend. From December 14 to 15, you get two chances of earning up to 100% cashback when you spend a minimum of P100 via PayMaya QR.  
#ScanToPay for your gifts to your Kris Kringle or inaanaks at Robinsons Department Store to get a chance to win one of the 11 iPhone 11 units up for grabs! All you have to do is spend a minimum of P100 via PayMaya QR to earn one (1) raffle entry.  
With PayMaya, there are so many ways you can receive more perks and rewards, by simply giving more to your loved ones – proving that the holidays is the best season to give to your friends and family.   
If you don’t have your own PayMaya account yet, you still have time to sign up and make the most out of all the sweet deals this 12.12 — just download the PayMaya app for Android or iOS, register for an account, and find out what it’s like to shop with the fastest, safest, and most rewarding to pay for anything online and in-stores.   
Remember, this 12.12 and beyond, don’t pay cash. PayMaya!  

PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only financial technology company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. It is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations, the leading technology company in the country backed by PLDT, KKR, Tencent, World Bank’s IFC and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund. [END] 
*For upgraded accounts only. Minimum spend of P500. 
**For upgraded accounts only. Minimum spend of P100. 

November 28, 2019

ONE DAY ONLY: The Metro Stores CRAZY Sale will start and end TOMORROW!

STORE OPENS BY 7AM and it waits for no one!

Wear your most comfortable clothes and get ready to avail of the UNBELIEVABLE discounts tomorrow during METRO STORES' CRAZY SALE! The last time this happened I was able to score 70% off on some essentials and I am still using those items I bought from them to date. 

To those who haven't been to Metro Ayala Department Store just yet (no shade, I know we are all busy, my work area just happens to be less than a kilometer away from Metro Ayala) it has recently opened this month and it's so clean and spacious.

There will be pop-up brands that will have surprise discounts to make time to drop by at The Metro Stores; Fret not, this doesn't happen at Metro Ayala only.

Crazy Sale will also happen at 
Metro Colon

Super Metro Mandaue
Metro Ayala Center
Metro Legazpi And Metro Lucena
Metro MarQuee Mall Angeles City
Metro Hi-Per Maasin
Metro Market Binondo
Metro Plaza Toledo
Metro Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City

November 11, 2019

Shop for Amazing Deals on Appliances with Up to 50% Off at Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale

Christmas is peeking around the corner!  Just in time to snag the best deals on your favorite appliances this Holiday Season as Robinsons Appliances joins the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale.

Score amazing deals and discounts at Robinsons Appliances official store on Shopee with up to 50% off on great selections featuring Buy 1 Take 1 Deals, Appliance Bundles and more!
Take a peek at some of the trending items below and add them to your cart now before you miss the chance!

Bring home a gift of joy to your family this Holiday Season with a JBL Go 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, comes in a thrilling combination of impressive sound with 4 different colors to choose from, yours for only P 2,069!  Before: P 2,299.
Click here and check out this deal!

Looking for items for the Holiday Raffle Prizes?  Look no further!  This Union 16-inch 
Stand Fan Buy 1 take 1 Deal is a sure steal! Add this to your cart now for only P 1,720.
Click here and check out this deal!

It’s the perfect time to upgrade. Get that brand of TV you have been eyeing for on the cheap! Featuring Samsung 43” Full HD TV for only P15,999.  Before: P20,999.
Click here and check out this deal!

Get an air conditioner that cools perfectly your space with a Hanabishi 0.6HPWindow Type Air Conditioneat a comfortablyless price for for only P 7,499. 

Before: P 8,999. 
Click here and check out this deal!

Been searching for the right fan to meet a specific cooling needs? Your chance to get this!  The Hanabishi 16” Banana Blade Stand at comfortably less. 
Buy this for only P 998. Before: P 1,996.
Click here and check out this deal!
And there’s more! Further up your savings while you shop through Shopee’s Free Shipping at P0 minimum spend available on all items!

Hurry! Promo is until November 11, 2019 only.

Visit Robinsons Appliances Official Store on Shopee at

Find out more about the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale at

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

October 31, 2019

FORD Philippines brings back safe driving program in Cebu

Ford Philippines visited Cebu last October 24, 2019 and made a re-rientation on it's Driving Skills for Life program with an aim to educate more drivers to become safer and more responsible while on the road. 

Typed as noun, this programme is UNICEF accredited and what's so awesome about this program is that theories and applications learned are customized per country. Of course, we wouldn't learn how to plow through deep snow here in the Philippines right? 
On it's third year here, they had three training sessions at SM City Cebu which started at 10:00AM, 11:#) and 2:00PM.

Ford first brought it's safe driving training program in Cebu last 2017 and since then, DSFL has trained around 600 private and public utility drivers and road management personnel. The participants learned more about the benefits of smart, safe, and fuel-efficient driving as well as the necessary driving skills to help minimize road accidents, altercations, and traffic congestion.

Ford has also reached out to various BPO Companies to enjoin its employees as DSFL participants and train them to be raod safety advocates. Ford has also tapped its customers in its dealerships and Ford car clubs in Cebu to make them part of the training audience. 
The DSFL program is a combination of classroom training that includes modules on vehicle handling, driving in special conditions, anti-distracted riving, and fuel-efficient driving, as well as a hands-on driving simulation that allows participating drivers to apply their learning from the classroom sessions. The DSFL program is offered to participating drivers FOR FREE

September 23, 2019

Here's your Php200.00 from PayMaya

I have raved more than many times I can dare count as to how I am benefiting from the evolution of Fintech industry. Though Bryan pays the bills, there USED to be a lot of merchants aka companies we pay bills to that don't have this option. 
A few years ago I remember spending my morning at PAG-IBIG to pay for our mortgage and an hour at Unionbank just to be entertained. It was a waste of time and by the time I am done paying our bills, there won't be enough time left to do something else productive.
Through PayMaya, I am given a convenient option as to how I can digitally pay for everything.
Unlocking cashless convenience has just gotten more rewarding with PayMaya! This September, score up to P200 when you sign-up to get your own PayMaya account, upgrade, and start using it to shop or send money to your loved ones until the end of the month!

To get your P200 reward from PayMaya, all you have to do is complete these three challenges FOR FREE:
  1. Sign up and upgrade your PayMaya account using an invite code from Me, my code is 2a999tz to get P100

  1. Earn another P50 after successfully upgrading your account. Just tap ‘Upgrade for Free’ at the app, fill out the necessary information, pose for a quick selfie, and submit a valid ID! Your account will get upgraded within 1-2 days, provided that your requirements are complete and satisfactory.
  2. Start using your PayMaya account! Send at least P1 to a friend or use PayMaya to shop or pay for your bills to get an additional P50!
You can also enjoy more rewards by introducing your friends to the cashless life brought by PayMaya. Make sure your account is upgraded to automatically get an invite code which you can share with your friends. Earn P100 more every time a friend uses your code, and get as much as P5,000 for your referrals!*

Now that you and your friends have your own PayMaya account, you already have access to a fast, secure, and hassle-free way to shop online, pay bills, or send money to your friends. Now you can shop for trendy new outfits at Zalora, book a flight to your dream destination, or even pay for your bills at the comforts of your own home, in the easiest way, even without a credit card.

All that’s left to do is add money to your account. You can choose to do it anytime, anywhere, in more than 30 bank partners via Instapay, or through the more than 40,000 PayMaya Add Money channels nationwide.

When it comes to shopping online or in stores, paying bills, buying load, and sending money–don’t pay cash, PayMaya! Download the PayMaya app now to switch to a fast, secure, and convenient way to pay and unlock awesome rewards along the way.

PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only FinTech company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device.    

To know how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit

September 11, 2019

A day in the life with GoWiFi access with my GoSAKTO and EasySURF promos

A confession: 

I am currently under a postpaid plan from Globe that includes a 10GB mobile internet but there are times that I consume more in less than a month. For all reasonable purposes, I am connected to the internet for every single time I am away from my husband and Nate. And for every time I run out of my mobile data, I avail of Globe's mobile data promos. And yes, postpaid users can actually avail of SOME of prepaid users' mobile data options

Fast internet speed in malls, schools and transport terminals can now be enjoyed in over 2,500 GoWiFi locations available nationwide.  As a bonus, Globe Prepaid & TM customers can enjoy 1GB of free GoWiFi for every registration of GoSAKTO, GoSURF & EasySURF worth P50 and above that they can use in any GoWiFi hotspot!

When in a GoWiFi hotspot, simply connect to @GoSurf_FreeWifi or @EasySurf_FreeWifi and start enjoying free 1GB wifi access! You can play games, watch movies, download your fave apps, and enjoy more of what you love to do online. That’s internet access perfect for friends whenever they hang out, or for students who do their group studies and research online.

Also, sharing with you guys some of my life moments when I used my GOSURF50 aka I ran out of data. Again.

Globe Prepaid GoSAKTO90 users can now enjoy 1GB free GoWiFi access on top of 2GB mobile data, 2GB for GoWATCH&PLAY, 1 GCash voucher and unlimited all net texts valid for 7 days for only P90.

I was on a client call last week when Miss Cherry saw me and asked if I want to try their product because she liked my skin. My skin ain't perfect but I do my best to make sure it feels loved. Lol. I will be vlogging about this product after my travel next week

Decided to take a selfie while Nate was on the middle of having a tantrum hoping that it will stop him from having one..and guess what? Of course I failed.

July 2019 at Boracay. These two decided to pass time in the middle of the busy D'Mall while I'm queuing for our milk tea.

Beautiful night with my beautiful queen mother

WHAT A LOVELY 2 days it has been! So.... uulitin natin this November ha? Haha

TM EasySURF50 users automatically get 1GB free GoWiFi access, 1GB mobile data, 2GB for EasyWATCH&PLAY, 300MB for an app of their choice and unlimited all net texts. All these are valid for 3 days at only P50.

Globe’s GoWiFi is the largest WiFi service in the country that aims to provide customers with speeds of up to 100Mbps depending on the location. Visit to check out our list of hotspots.

August 5, 2018

An article about finding The One

They say it takes a village to raise a baby and I've introduced every single one of my support system but I haven't introduced this one yet.
For several years running, Uratex has been awarded as Reader’s Digest Platinum Trusted Brand for Mattresses for the Household Products Category. The company is also a valuable ally of the
the Philippine Orthopaedic Association, and a member of theInternational Sleep Products Association (ISPA), which is recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the sleep products industry, representing health and wellness facilities, and providers globally.

 “Uratex has been helping generations of Filipino families sleep soundly and wake up refreshed. It’s a legacy that we are proud of and inspires us to bring in the best technology to provide the best sleep solutions,” explains Peachy C. Medina, Managing Director, Polyfoam RGC International, the makers of Uratex.

About a month ago I sought a physical therapist for my upper and lower back pains. I can almost hear some say it's a sign of aging and yes, I most def agree. I am more conscious of my posture now but I'm sure this one will help me more. For the most part, every one prefers a different type of mattress to sleep on. Rarely do you find a large number of people who prefer the exact same type of mattress. We all feel comfortable on different types of mattresses whether it is a latex mattress or memory foam mattress. That can make finding the best type of mattress for you a difficult task.

Each product is made using Uratex Quali-5 Cellular Technology. It is a collection of five qualities and technologies that ensure all foams the company produces are of high and world-class quality: Strong Adherence to Quality, ISO 9001 Accreditation, State-of-the-Art Equipment and Machinery, World-Class Formulation and Process Engineering Technology, and Usage of Best Raw Materials.

Cherry Wong-Tan, the Marketing Director of Uratex Philippines, explains ‘The One for Uratex’ campaign further: “What we want is for people to appreciate and instill in their minds the value of sleep. People are too focused on work that they neglect to get proper sleep. Some are sleep-deprived, that’s why they can’t perform well the next day. Even children need to sleep well, in a healthy position, to perform well in school.” 

Even Mateo likes Uratex!

“When I first met you, I knew you were The One for me. Kumportable ako sa ‘yo. Sa ‘yo ko lang na-feel ito. Ikaw lang angperfect para sa akin,” Guidicelli swoons while caressing his Uratex Classic Mattress and pillow.

The one thing that matinee idol Matteo Guidicelli needs is a good night’s sleep. As a triathlete, karting driver, singer, restaurateur and actor, he is the busiest he has ever been. 

“I think sleep is one of the important things in life. People underestimate the importance of sleep because people are hard-working, they just go and go. They think sleeping for one or two hours or one night can make bawi for the loss of sleep for a whole week. I don’t think that’s true,” says Matteo. 

Matteo has oftentimes experienced having inadequate sleep. As an athlete, that usually takes its toll on his health. 

“I really have to sleep properly before an Ironman event. At least two or three nights before an event, I have to regulate my eight hours of sleep, or at most a whole week before that. Sleep is very important. It recovers the body. Example, if I train for an Ironman and I train two times a day, I have to make siesta one or two times in the afternoon to recover the body,” Matteo says.

It’s also the same before showbiz commitments. “You have to have a good sleep especially at night. Deep sleep is very important; going home and laying on your mattress having the most comfortable time and waking up like a brand-new person,” the Bagani and Single Single: Love Is Not Enough star says. “We’re so honored and humbled that Uratex has chosen to begin the celebration of the company’s momentous milestone with SM Home. Uratex has always been a strong and reliable business partner, and we congratulate them for continuing to serve as a leader in the production of high-grade quality foams,” says SM Home’s assistant vice president of marketing Tom Castaneda. “And as SM is commemorating 60 years in the retail industry, we join Uratex in what's turning out to be an exciting double celebration! Here's to our continued partnership for many more milestones to come.”  


The One for Uratex

Incidentally, those childhood mattresses are similar to the ones Matteo will be headlining as “The One” for Uratex.

“This campaign is about better sleep, the value of sleep and how Uratex can be your right partner. It’s also the first time we are using a celebrity endorser in a TV commercial,” explains Peachy Medina, Uratex Managing Director.

“We are a 50-year-old brand and people might think we are old. But we are very innovative and we need to deliver the message that we are ready for the next 50 years. We need a fresh face for Uratex and we feel that Matteo personifies our brand,” Ms. Medina adds.

The Uratex promise, to produce high-quality mattresses Filipinos can afford, began when Robert and Natividad Cheng established the Polyfoam Chemical Corp. In its perseverance to pursue this vision, it invested in world-class research and development to produce high-grade foam. The brand grew to become the most recognized household name in the bedding industry, making it synonymous with quality.



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