Singapore's Marina Barrage

August 31, 2017

Marina Barrage is Singapore’s water reservoir. It serves as reservoir, a flooding control, and then became a lifestyle attraction.


Address: Marina Barrage

8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951


How to get there

Take the Red (NS27) or Yellow (EW15) MRT line, wherever you are the nearest, and alight at the Marina Bay Station. Depending on the MRT line you chose, ask the SMRT Information Counter at the exit which way to the Marina Barrage bus stop. Take Bus 400 for a fee or the Marina Barrage Shuttle Service for free. If taking Bus 400, alight at the 4th bus stop.


At the look out, you can see most of Singapore's famous landmarks, the city skyline and the HDB. You will see the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, the Helix Bridge, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Science Museum.

The weather was not cooperating so please bear with the dark photos. We were not allowed to play in the little park because of the weather. It's dangerous for when lightning and thunder strikes. We have to wait for the weather to improve. I was lucky to see this up close. Singapore's water supply, the technology, they are so advance and yet are not shy in turning it into a tourist attraction. The structure of the lookout, with additional amenities, is an art itself. I just did not get a nice photo of it.

The Philippines Readers and Writers Festival 2017

August 23, 2017

The annual The Philippines Readers and Writers Festival 2017 is set to happen on August 25 - 27, 2017 at Raffles Makati. It is a three day event, registration starts at 8:30AM, first come first serve seats basis and admission is free. The three day schedule are as follows.

International authors Pierce Brown and Mark Danielewski will join this years festival.

       
This year, roundtable discussions include: translation, LGBT Literature in the Philippines, writing poetry and romance novels, screenplay adaptations of Philippine literature and more interesting topics.

My only wish is that there's a livestream in some of the important talks during the event.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

July 27, 2017

The last few weeks I knew my Singapore work visa will not be renewed was spent going to tourist places that I haven't visited. One of my last pit stop among the handful that there is around Singapore is the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Chopin Monument at the Symphony Lake

Before leaving the house or your hotel, put on SPF, bring a bottle of water and an umbrella. Going to the park, I took the North-South Line MRT and stopped at the Orchard Station. From there, take the 5 minutes bus ride to Tanglin Gate. Here's a more accurate description on how to get there.

Symphony Lake

I was there on a week day so it felt like walking into a secret garden. Well, until I reached certain areas like the restaurant and entrances to attractions like the National Orchid Garden. There you'll see tourists milling around or waiting in line. If you are into flower or landscape photography, you'll love this place.

One of the attractions of the park, National Orchid Gardens.

There's also a tourist shop inside. I got a Chinese calligraphy version of my name and what it means. It's cute! 

Book Review: The Longest Ride

July 20, 2017


“His voice, even now, follows me everywhere on this longest of rides, this thing called life.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride

It has been 4 years since the release of the book. It's been sitting on the Kindle reader for a long time. It took one power outage for me to start reading the book. Once I started, I could not put it down. 

In all honesty, I'm not into sappy romance novels. Believe it or not, this is the first book I've read of Nicholas Sparks. I know, shame. I only watched the film "A Walk to Remember" and I knew its from a book of his.

The Longest Ride


I have not seen the movie version although it stars the very good-looking Scott Eastwood. As a Nicholas Sparks novel virgin, it did not fail expectations. The story telling has that slow pace feel to it as if you are also living in the country side like the characters.

The telling of the depth of love between Ira and Ruth's story is well done. I felt the longing, the loneliness of the one left behind. Although the story of Ira and Ruth was told in parallel to Sophia and Luke's love story in present time, it did not give away how each of them would end up. It tells us that love knows no time, that humans go through the same things and they too have to deal with relationships. How one reacts affects their future.

Sophia has a lot going for her, being so young, still a College student, a future ahead of her. But, would you choose love over your dreams? Would you give up the only thing you know in order to be with the one you love?

Read the synopsis here. I rated it 4 stars in Goodreads.

OLAY Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer

July 15, 2017

I'm trying out a new moisturizer.


Benefits

  • Hydrates to regenerate volume & shape across skin's surface
  • Reduces the look of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Smoothes & brightens skin appearance
  • Helps restore skin elasticity with plumping hydration
  • PLUS: Firms skin over time

1 DAY: Reduces the appearance of lines, boosts hydration & brightens

2 WEEKS: Skin is noticeably firmer & skin elasticity is improved

4 WEEKS: Reduces the look of up to 10 years of wrinkles

Are you using this brand, too? What do you think? Leave me your feedback in the comments section below. Thank you.

Mail bag: Sample Room PH

July 13, 2017

Sample Room PH works similar to subscription boxes. The differences are you get to choose the products they send you and you can check out the items based on redeemable points available on your account. You can get more points by posting product reviews on the website. The only amount you pay is the shipping fee which is less than Php200. It also works like an e-commerce website. You can shop for new products in sample or full size.

Here are the products that I want to try.


Whisper Skin Love Ultra Slim Pads ( 3 pieces)
Pond's White Beauty Spotless Rosy White Day Cream ( 20 grams)

New: Daily Vitamin Intake

July 8, 2017

1 One A Day Women's Formula


One A Day® Women’s is a complete multivitamin formulated with leading health concerns of women in mind such as key nutrients to support bone health, plus 100% of all 8 B-Vitamins, which help convert food to energy.

Description: 1. With 100% Daily Value of All 8 B-Vitamins, 2. Complete Multivitamin with More, 3. Does Not Contain Aspirin

Formulated to Support: Bone Strength, Heart Health, Immunity, Healthy Skin

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: One tablet
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Vitamin A (20% as beta-carotene)2500 IU50%
Vitamin C60 mg100%
Vitamin D (as Vitamin D3)1000 IU250%
Vitamin E22.5 IU75%
Vitamin K25 mcg31%
Thiamin (B1)1.5 mg100%
Riboflavin (B2)1.7 mg100%
Niacin20 mg100%
Vitamin B62 mg100%
Folic Acid400 mcg100%
Vitamin B126 mcg100%
Biotin300 mcg100%
Pantothenic Acid10 mg100%
Calcium (elemental)500 mg50%
Iron18 mg100%
Iodine150 mcg100%
Zinc15 mg100%
Selenium20 mcg29%
Copper2 mg100%
Manganese2 mg100%
Chromium120 mcg100%


Myra 300-e by Unilab


dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Myra 300-e) provides antioxidant action that helps remove harmful free radicals and promote cell and tissue renewal of the skin, heart, lungs, muscles and liver. It maintains and improves stamina to keep you on the go all day!

Consider how dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Myra 300-e) helps the body:
 • Improves muscular performance
 • Improves circulation of the blood
 • Protects and revitalizes body cells
 • Makes you look young and feel young

Part 1: Your Own Blog For $15 Less!

July 6, 2017

In this first part series, I will be showing you where and how to buy your own blog name. This is only setting up the blog name and not yet the website.


FIRST, WHAT TO NAME THE BLOG


Figure out what to name your own website or blog. The name is what we will refer to as domain name. Try a couple of names before buying what feels right to you.

SECOND, IS SOMEONE USING IT?


You need to check if it is available for you to use. To do that, I recommend using Namecheap to search for the name's availability. And, this is the website where we will be buying the name.

Namecheap.com

THIRD, ADD TO CART


An available domain name for use will cost you $10.69 a year only. Be sure to check spelling. Click the Shopping Cart button to buy. Once it's added, click the red View Cart button.

FOURTH, WHAT ARE THESE OTHER FEES?


In your cart, you'll also find an ICANN Fee for $0.18 per year and the WhoisGuard is FREE for one year. This two fees are necessary by law and recommended that you buy for privacy. You will only need to pay a total of $10.87 unless you want to buy extras. You don't really have to.

LASTLY, PAYMENT IS FAST & EASY


Confirm your order and go through the payment process using your card or Paypal.

IMPORTANT NOTES


You will be required to renew your domain name every year if you want to keep it. You only need to login to your Namecheap account to renew. After one year, WhoisGuard will cost you $2.88 a year.

Domain Name: $10.69
ICANN Fee: $0.18
WhoisGuard: $2.88
TOTAL = $13.75

Now that you have your own website name, what next? The next part of this series will show how to set up your own .Com with no extra cost.

View the PDF file here for the step by step guide and with images to help you out.

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National Bookstore Laking National Loyalty Card

July 1, 2017

If there's a mall nearby, my first thought would be if there is a National Bookstore inside. I can spend hours in this store. I don't just go to NBS for books but also for school supplies like pens, notebooks, notepads, highlighters and office supplies. I have claimed multiple e-purse points since owning a Laking National card. If you love books and is a reader, I recommend getting the Laking National loyalty card from National Bookstore.


BE A LAKING NATIONAL CARD MEMBER IN 3 EASY STEPS!
  1. Pay the One Hundred Pesos (P100.00) membership fee at any counter. Students may join for a discounted fee of Sixty Pesos (P60.00) with valid school ID. Membership fee will be waived upon presentation of single or accumulated receipts worth P5,000 from National Book Store within the past 12-months (not applicable for renewal). 
  2. Fill out the Membership Application Form and submit to the Customer Service Counter.
  3. Once the card is received, kindly affix your signature at the back of the card. You can start collecting points and receive special offers immediately. 
*Not valid for online application.

Track your usage here: https://www.nationalbookstore.com/lakingnational/

EARNING OF POINTS
  1. The Laking National Card (Card) must be presented upon payment to earn points. No Card, no points.
  2. Purchases earn one (1) point for every one peso (P1.00) spent at National Bookstore (NBS).
  3. The following purchases are not eligible to earn points: (1) items on discount (Cut Price, sale, markdown, coupons, employee, using Courtesy Card, etc.) (2) whole sale discount, (3) purchases from Ticket World, (4) mobile phone load, (5) purchases of NBS gift certificates, (6) purchases using ePurse, and (7) other items or services that NBS at its sole discretion, may exclude from earning points.
  4. Purchases using NBS and Sodexho Gift Certificates will earn points.
  5. Without prior notice, NBS reserves the right to (1) adjust the points earned per one peso (P1.00) purchase, (2) deduct appropriate number of points arising from corresponding transactions including but not limited to returned products. 
*Not valid for online purchases.


POINTS REDEMPTION
  1. The Laking National Card (Card) must be presented upon payment to earn points. No Card, no points.
  2. Purchases earn one (1) point for every one peso (P1.00) spent at National Bookstore (NBS).
  3. The following purchases are not eligible to earn points: (1) items on discount (Cut Price, sale, markdown, coupons, employee, using Courtesy Card, etc.) (2) whole sale discount, (3) purchases from Ticket World, (4) mobile phone load, (5) purchases of NBS gift certificates, (6) purchases using ePurse, and (7) other items or services that NBS at its sole discretion, may exclude from earning points.
  4. Purchases using NBS and Sodexho Gift Certificates will earn points.
  5. Without prior notice, NBS reserves the right to (1) adjust the points earned per one peso (P1.00) purchase, (2) deduct appropriate number of points arising from corresponding transactions including but not limited to returned products. 
*Not valid for online purchases.

EXPIRY AND RENEWAL 

  1. The Card is valid for three (3) years from the date of application/renewal, remains the property of NBS and is non-transferable.
  2. A renewal fee of One Hundred Pesos (P100.00) will be charged for Card renewal. Receipt for the renewal fee is valid for thirty days (30) from the date of payment and can only be used in the same branch where the payment was made. NBS reserves the right to change the renewal fee without prior notice.
  3. The old Card should be surrendered upon renewal at the Customer Service Counter. If the old card is not surrendered, the application will be considered as lost Card application and loss of points will be applied.
  4. All points and ePurse in the Card will be forfeited without prior notice thirty (30) days after the Card's expiry date.
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