How To Start A Blog: From Other Bloggers

September 14, 2016

I have been blogging since Xanga, LiveJournal, Multiply and Friendster was popular. It was only in 2007, meeting new friends who are passionate bloggers, when I started blogging properly.

In this digital age, I think everybody should own their own DotCom. Build your own digital asset including your social media pages.

Not sure how to start your own blog or DotCom?

This first video shares tips when starting a blog.

My favorite blogger and now a Youtuber also shares How-To articles and videos 
on starting your own blog. Check out her entire Youtube channel. It's rich with helpful information from starting to maintaining your blog.

M&G Signme Pens

September 13, 2016

Calligraphy and lettering are so popular these days. I remember my older brother, back when he was in Highschool, making his lettering projects.

I don't want to try how to do lettering or calligraphy properly but I'd rather rely on own handwriting or penmanship. But, it does not hurt to be writing with such beautiful pens.

M&G Signme Aquarelle Brush 12 Colors Pens are available at SM Department Store at their School Supplies section for only Php 299.75 per pack.

The pens come in double ended tips, a brush and fine tip. The colors available are as seen in the photos.

Are you into calligraphy? What pens do you recommend? Are you into lettering, too? Can you recommend the best How-to guide book for beginners? Leave them in the comments below. 
Thank you.

Zoella Book Club Summer 2016

September 5, 2016

I know Zoe is in her mid-20s but her social media followers are mostly young adults. Naturally, in her book club, she chose books that are in the YA genre. Here are 3 of Zoella's book club choices that I am compelled to read.

By Jennifer Niven

A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. 'If you're looking for the next The Fault in Our Stars, this is it' - Guardian A New York Times bestseller. Soon to be a major film starring Elle Fanning. Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

This book is soon to be a motion picture. Book to movies!

Buy & Read: We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart

We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance.A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?

Buy & Read: Fangirl
By Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words ...And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible ...

Read my book review on the Fangirl, here.

Personal Care Update: What I'm Using

August 27, 2016

Personal hygiene products need not be expensive. These are the products I am currently using.

I have to say, the Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash was a purchase error. I was looking for a body lotion or moisturizer. But, since I'm out of body wash, Olay is not bad of brand to not try.

Purity Cotton Buds is available at Watsons. We love the packaging of this brand. There's no special reason why we love this brand except its container. It cleans ears just as fine as other brands.

Colgate toothpaste has been in the family for too long. Sometimes people forget that Colgate is a brand name and not the actual product. #Face2Face with Sarah G campaign is making waves online.

Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Shampoo is my all-time favorite shampoo. One hair wash is all it takes to get that smooth and floral fragrant hair all day.

Since itchy scalp is ailing me in this really hot weather, Head & Shoulders is making a staple in the shower. I prefer the minty variant but I could try the smooth & silky one, too.

Aveeno is slowly entering the Philippines market. I remember getting Aveeno through my sister who lives in the United States. In the last 2 weeks, Jennifer Aniston is gracing Philippines TV through the brand commercial. 

Agua de Colonia, I love me any baby cologne. It's not too strong for the Philippines weather. It's light and fresh. Easy to wear on a daily basis.

What personal care products are you currently using?

What’s on your plate?

August 17, 2016

Greenpeace has embarked on a campaign which aims to encourage Filipinos to reconnect with their food by knowing who produces it and where it comes from.  Through this effort, Greenpeace hopes that Filipinos will have an increased understanding of our food and agriculture systems.

To initiate the conversation on food, nutrition and agriculture, we are in search of individuals and groups who would like to organize a food meetup where we can discuss and share ideas on how to improve our food system in the country.

Interested to know what and how the food meetup/conversation look and feel like? Join us this coming weekend for a discussion on food security with inspiring changemakers and live music. This event is organized by MakeSense, Good Food Community and IAMHampasLupa in partnership with Greenpeace. 

Interested to know what and how the food meetup/conversation look and feel like? Join us this coming weekend for a discussion on food security with inspiring changemakers and live music. This event is organized by MakeSense, Good Food Community and IAMHampasLupa in partnership with Greenpeace. 

Date: Saturday, August 20 
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM 
Venue: We Cube, 4th Flr. Coherco Bldg., 116 V.A. Rufino St., Makati 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, with limited slots available. Please get in touch with Haydee Illenberger at 332-1807 or to reserve a seat.

Youtube Music Trending: July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016

Check out the trending list to see what is viral on video. Today, three new music is on the worldwide trend list. In the Philippines, Katy Perry's song for the Rio Olympics "RISE" is on the list.

New Read Release: Ghost Sniper: A Sniper Elite Novel

July 16, 2016

Ghost Sniper
A Sniper Elite Novel
(Book #4 of Sniper Elite)
By Scott McEwen and Thomas Koloniar
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Amazon Kindle: $12.99

In the next thrilling installment of the non-stop action Sniper Elite series from the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, a top secret band of elite warriors are forced to take a side in the Mexican narco wars.

Bob Pope, the director of an American secret intelligence anti-terrorist program, loses contact with his most trusted operative, Navy Master Chief Gil Shannon, fearing him dead when a mission to take out a Swiss banker who is channeling funds to Muslim extremists goes awry.

But when an American politician and her convoy are assassinated in Mexico City by the Ghost Sniper—an American ex-military gunman for hire employed by Mexico’s most ruthless drug cartel—Pope must turn to retired Navy SEAL Daniel Crosswhite and the newest Sniper Elite hero, ex-Green Beret Chance Vaught, to track down the assassin and expose the corrupt officials behind the murderous plot.

The newest heart-pounding Sniper Elite thriller takes you on an action-packed adventure to both sides of the Atlantic, filled with the intrigue and movie-worthy warfare fans of the series have come to know and love.

Pre-Order: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

July 8, 2016

In the brand-new novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he'd left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit. Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return ... with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she's worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

 Now Reed and Becky can't avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night. And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

 The Boy Is Back is on sale October 18th. Pre-order your copy on Amazon. Read the excerpt via Entertainment Weekly here:


Joining The Planner Community, Maybe?

July 3, 2016

I have been keeping a #bookstagram account for more than a year. The great thing about this bookish community is the recommendation you get from readers all over the world.

There are generous Instagrammers who set up contests in order to increase followers. I was lucky to have won three times since I've kept this bookish account. The latest was winning the planner goodies. This must be a sign for me to join the bandwagon of creative planning.

A month later, I received my freebies from StopNJotCrafts in the mail. It took me awhile to post and update my social to share my free stuff. Also, please support StopNJotCrafts. They are also on Etsy. They sell some really cool stuff thus making planning so much fun.

Do you plan? What planner do you use? Is it on Instagram? Let me know. I would love to see it. Thank you!

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