AIR ASIA | WORLD’S BEST LOW COST CARRIER IS BOHOL’S AIRLINE PARTNER FOR SANDUGO FESTIVAL

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Being an Air Asia’s BIG Member has a lot of perks:

  • Redeem trips to over 130 AirAsia destinations
  • Save up to 90% on AirAsia flights
  • Receive exclusive offers and free gifts

Sign up here:

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You may also download the official Air Asia Mobile App to conveniently search for

available flights, do online check-in, get passes and manage your bookings.

Download the Air Asia Mobile App now:

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Screenshot of the Air Asia Mobile App. Download yours and be able to conveniently search available flights, check-in, get passes and manage your bookings.

Book from July 30 until August 5, 2018 and avail of Air Asia’s promo fares. BIG Members may avail of AirAsia’s promo fares from as low as Php 1,190, all in, one-way. Non-Members may avail of promo fares from as low as Php 1,258. Travel period should be between July 20, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

I already booked two flights for my upcoming travels this August!

Bohol's Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.
Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

This is also the best time to book your flights to Bohol to celebrate the annual historical Sandugo Festival in Tagbilaran City. Sandugo or blood compact in English was performed between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Spanish explorer, and Datu Sikatuna, Chieftain of Bohol, on March 16, 1565 as a symbol of friendship.

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Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline for 10 straight years running, is Bohol’s official airline partner for the annual Sandugo Festival 2018. ThThis year’s festival theme is Legacy @ 30: A 30th year of Sandugo Festival.

AirAsia is a major and only airline sponsor for the festival composed of a string of events. One of which is the search for the Miss Bohol pageant.

(Center)The reigning Miss Bohol 2018 Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo happily poses for a photo together with her court on the AirAsia float.
(Center)The reigning Miss Bohol 2018 Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo happily poses for a photo together with her court on the AirAsia float.

As a major sponsor, AirAsia is involved in the Festival’s brand advertising, promotional activities and campaigns, familiarization trips for consumer and trade associations, media, travel agencies, greater tourism development and route network synergy, joint roadshows to trade partners, and many more.

Bohol's Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.
Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

The partnership was signed in February by Bohol Provincial Governor Edgar Chatto and the airline’s CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

“It brings us so much pride to be your official carrier. Boholanos are known for their excellent service culture which is also one of the hallmarks of AirAsia’s brand of service. It’s going to be an exciting time for all of us and we look forward to working even more closely with the provincial government and the various hotel and tourism stakeholders not only for this festival but throughout the year, ” AAP CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said. AirAsia awarded this year’s winner of Miss Bohol, Ms. Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo who hailed from the City of Tagbilaran with free flights and the title Miss AirAsia 2018 while offering special fares to encourage tourists to travel to Bohol.

So what are you guys waiting for? Book your flights now here! Sign up as a BIG Member here and enjoy the perks exclusive to BIG Members and so much more!
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About AirAsia Philippines

AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Philippines AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad. PAA operates a fleet of 20 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu and Kalibo. The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo(Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan) and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok, Bali, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh and Singapore. PAA also flies to Taipei via Manila and Cebu. AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for 10 consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2018.

HIT OR MISS? | DO-IT-YOURSELF NOVELINA PROFESSIONAL HAIR & SCALP TREATMENT PRODUCT REVIEW

VERDICT: HIT

Impressive and promising. That is how I would describe Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment after using it. Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is an affordable do-it-yourself solution to help restore the hair’s lost moisture because of chemical treatment or daily styling. Without leaving the house, I can treat my crowning glory to a hair spa for 5 to 10 minutes tops. Just apply it on hair. Wet or dry, it does not matter. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse and boom!

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment helps me rejuvenate my dry, brittle and damaged hair due to extensive exposure to the sun and sea and stress from the recent hair coloring session I had. After initial use, my hair felt moisturized and natural oils and proteins seemed to have been restored.

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Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment rejuvenates dry, brittle, or damaged hair and replaces moisture, natural oils and protein lost during chemical treatments.

If you are in a hurry, watch the vlog below instead. Otherwise, proceed. Happy reading!

It has been a while since I did a HIT OR MISS Vlog. The last time I did a HIT OR MISS Vlog was nine months ago (lol). Click here to watch it.

I have been busy traveling. Do watch my latest travel video featuring Siargao here.

What is HIT OR MISS anyway? HIT OR MISS is one of the segments in my Youtube channel where I do product reviews to check if the product actually delivers its product claims and promises. Most of the products that I review are skin care products being a skin care addict myself.

The rainy season is the lean season, if I may call it, for any travel blogger for obvious reasons.

I actually got stranded due to heavy rains and floods last week in Pangasinan when my brother and I went home to celebrate our Mom’s birthday. I also got sick. But it was all good because I got to spend more time with family.

However, I am saddened by how bad my home province was struck by the recent typhoon.

I have friends whose houses were flooded for days. Government and private establishments had to close down and electricity and internet were intermittent.

Now, I am back in Metro Manila to do non-travel related content.

My next scheduled trips this August are Bataan, Carabao Island and Guimaras. Well, apparently, the rainy season is not that lean a month after all. I just pray for sunny days ahead.

All the traveling that I did last summer have taken its toll on my hair. I was traveling non-stop and was exposed to the sun and sea for long hours. I also got invited to a hair coloring session. Click here for that entry.

I so badly needed a hair and scalp treatment that is both easy on the pocket and one that I can do at home. I mean just look how stressed out my crowning glory is in the photo below:

Fortunately, Novelina Cosmetics sent me a do-it-yourself hair and scalp treatment product to try.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment

Just how effective is this Do-It-Yourself Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment? Let me share my experience with you. Watch my short HIT OR MISS Vlog below:

As it claims, this do-it-yourself hair and scalp treatment solution helps in restoring hair’s lost moisture due to chemical treatment or daily styling. It can protect hair before and after hair salon services such as rebonding or hair coloring that use chemicals that stress the hair and scalp.

Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment contains a hydrating blend of emollients that increases moisture retention in hair.

Product Claims/Promises:

  • Instantly rejuvenates dry, brittle, or damaged hair
  • Replaces moisture, natural oils and protein lost during chemical treatments

Features:

  • A Japanese formulation
  • Strengthens over-processed hair
  • Has a refreshing clean scent

Directions for use:

  • Apply liberally to wet or dry hair.
  • Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse.
Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment. Ingredients:  Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.
Ingredients: Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.

Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment
Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment. The perfect do-it-yourself solution for restoring hair’s lost moisture due to chemical treatment or everyday styling. Protects hair before and after chemical service such as rebonding or hair coloring because it contains a hydrating blend of emollients that increases moisture retention in hair.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is available in the following sizes:

  • 200 ml tube for Php 200.00
  • 500 g jar for Php 455.00

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is for sale online. Visit the Novelina Cosmetics Online Shop here. It is also available on Lazada Philippines here.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is:

  • Formulated in Japan by Novelina Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Osaka Japan
  • Manufactured by Novelina Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Shanghai, China
  • Exclusively Distributed in the Philippines by Tritan Ventures, Inc., Tritan Plaza, Magallanes Commercial Center, Makati City, Philippines 1232

For more product information, visit https://www.novelinacosmetics.com and https://www.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics

Signing out for now. Peace!

ROAMING ROOMIES EXPLORE SIARGAO, SURFING CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES

WATCH and let me take you to some of the amazing spots in #SIARGAO #RoamingRoomies #dronescapades.

It was a short last minute summer getaway. I intended it to be a #solotravel to Siargao. Coincidentally,  my best buddy Jeff, who I have known more than half of my life and is now based in Paris, also flew all the way to Siargao for a quick visit. The last time I met him was more than a decade ago. Without any travel itineraries and pre-booked tours, we rented our own bikes and explored the island.
The places of interests that we visited were Cloud 9 in General Luna, Taktak Falls in Santa Monica, Magpupungko Rock Pools in Pilar, Naked Island and Daco Island in just 3.5 days. Because it was just a short visit, I was not able to visit other places like Guyam Island, Corregidor Island, Sugba Lagoon and a lot more. I plan to go back soon, perhaps, after the rainy season.

This blog will be updated soon for the back story, some travel guides, photos and tips.

I hope you enjoy watching this short video and do subscribe for more travel videos. Signing out for now. Peace!

 

Piip | THE FIRST MOBILE APP FOR INSTANT MESSAGING & PROMOTION

On July 4, I had the chance to watch an exclusive first day screening of Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and The Wasp in Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao.

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This special screening was arranged by Piip mainly for their loyal Piip users and select members of the media. Thanks to Mr. Ian Atienza, Piip’s Strategic Advisor for the Philippines, for inviting me.

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Piip is the first mobile application created to help businesses promote products and services effortlessly and help Piipsters receive the latest updates without unwanted ads.

I downloaded the free app from the Playstore here. It is also available from the App Store for free.

Prior to the screening, an intimate press conference was held at the 6th floor of Novotel Araneta Center. While enjoying light snacks and refreshments, I got to know more about Piip’s brief history, features and benefits and what makes it unique compared to the other mobile apps that are already in the market from no less than Ms. Hildegarde Maea Atger, Piip’s Chief Investor and Vice President for Business Development for Asia Pacific, and Mr. Andrei Garlan, Piip’s Business Development Director for the Philippines.

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Piip, whose content is merchant-driven, is a trail blazer in that with just one click, one can place orders and reservations and send product inquiries to partner merchants via Instant Messaging.

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The app uses a familiar and user-friendly interface. It integrates instant messaging and business promotion. The billboard tab showcases a list of ongoing promotions around the vicinity. Thanks to Piip’s Geo-Targeting feature! The filter option maybe used to select different types of promos and proximity search.

Further, Piip allows its users to communicate with friends about the latest deals and promos. Users may also receive broadcast and notification from ‘liked’ and ‘followed’ merchant stores.

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A photo opportunity with Ms. Hildegarde Maea Atger, Piip's Chief Investor and Vice President for Business Development for Asia Pacific
A photo opportunity with Ms. Hildegarde Maea Atger, Piip’s Chief Investor and Vice President for Business Development for Asia Pacific, during Piip’s Press Conference held the Novotel Hotel Araneta Cubao
Selfie with Mr. Andrei Garlan, Piip's Business Development Director for Philippines.
Selfie with Mr. Andrei Garlan, Piip’s Business Development Director for Philippines.

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To better appreciate why Piip should be the preferred mobile app for Instant Messaging and Promotion, Garlan shared to us Piip’s competitive advantage versus other mobile apps:

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Piip was developed in Switzerland as a messenger app in 2011. It had a soft launch in the Philippines last February 2017. As a pilot test, Piip currently offers promos from merchants in Araneta Center Cubao. Plans of expansion to other key cities and countries in Asia Pacific will soon be underway.

After the press conference, each one got a lootbag and was ready to head over to Gateway Cineplex 9 to watch Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a sequel to the first Ant-Man movie. In the sequel,  Ant-Man’s partner, the Wasp, is introduced. That night, I was introduced to a new mobile app that will be my partner in making sure I get the best deals. You see, I live in Cubao and the Araneta Center is practically a stone’s throw away or should I say a Piip away from my residence. Just Piip it!

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Watch the short video that I prepared below about Piip. Learn more about Piip, the future of messaging and promotion, by visiting their website here.

You may also follow Piip on Facebook here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

 

HAIR MAKEOVER USING REVLONISSIMO COLORSMETIQUE COLOR & CARE

Last Tuesday, I was invited by New Summit Colors Distribution for a hair makeover. Their office is located near the International Airport which is a bit too far from where I live quite honestly. I live in Cubao and going to Paranaque on a weekday (morning) can be a pain in the rear.

Fortunately, I had a meeting in Sucat, Paranaque that morning. I was also allowed by New Summit to arrive later than the 10 AM call time. I was done with my meeting by 11:30 AM. It was raining that day so traffic was heavier than usual. After being stuck in traffic for almost an hour, I finally got to the venue by 12:45 PM.

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It was not my first time to get a hair makeover. I have done gigs before for Frank Provost and Jesi Mendez to name a few. That is why I was excited about how my new do would turn out.

I was pleased to see this photo neatly placed in the area designated for me. It made me wonder how and where they got my photo. Lol.

I arrived lunch time. Talk about perfect timing. While waiting for my hair technician to start his wonders on me, Me-an Clemente of www.yogoandcream.com and I had lunch. Me-an arrived fifteen minutes earlier. The rest was done with lunch. As they say, ‘Tummy First’. Priorities… Priorities… Priorities… LOL.

Ever since I started travel blogging, my trips to the hair salon have become less and less. It has been two years since I left the corporate setting and two years of not being bound by any dress code. Did you know that the last time I had a hair cut was more than a year ago? Lol.

One week prior to this hair makeover session, I was asked by New Summit about my hair’s history and if I had any pegs in mind. I searched far and wide for that perfect ‘Travel Blogger Look’ (if there is such a thing). Below were my three choices. Yes, I even considered donning a Targaryen look.

I also did a poll on Facebook if I should get a haircut already or not. The response was not a resounding and overwhelming ‘Yes, get a haircut already’. Hence, given the nature of what I do now, I believe it is best to keep it long and neat. I can always cut my hair anytime anyway.

Facebook Poll

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With Jhapz, the hair technician assigned to me.

The hair technician assigned to me was Jhapz. Rock on! Jhapz is definitely not the stereotypical hair technician. Watch the short video below and you’ll know what I mean.

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Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Color & Care High Performance Creme Gel Color and Revlon Professional Blonde Up Gentle Powder

Jhapz used two Revlon products to achieve my Final Look:

  1. Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Color & Care High Performance Creme Gel Color 60mL
  2. Revlon Professional Blonde Up Gentle Powder 500 gr

Here are the features and benefits of the products based on the brochure:

Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Color & Care High Performance Creme Gel Color 60mL

  • Permanent color dyes with a wide variety of shades.
  • Range: 98 shades

Active Ingredients:

  • Colored oxidation ingredient: delays colorant oxidation for better diffusion of colorants into the hair shaft. Long-lasting color.
  • High variety of oxidizing dyes: Up to nine different high-quality colorants, depending on the shade. Color richness, uniformity and chromacity.
  • Specific C5 colorants: Specific colorants for red, copper and burgundy: with high affinity to the hair fiber. Sublime beauty, vibrancy and intensity.
  • New shine molecule: High affinity for the hair surface with new dual-function for a long-lasting mirror effect.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Skincare cosmetic ingredient with moisturizing properties.
  • Soy Protein: Contains peptides and essential amino acids, nourishes, renovates and prepares hair so it is in the optimum condition to receive color.
  • Blend of care agents: Protects the integrity of the hair and its cuticle by sealing it. Specific ends locker for a polished look.

Revlon Professional Blonde Up Gentle Powder 500 gr

  • Soft, non-volatile lightening powder
  • Concentrated compact bleaching powder with lightening molecules
  • Uniform results and a lightening powder up to 7 levels

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS by New Summit Colors Distribution’s Photographer:

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Thanks Jhapz and Revlon Professional for the hair makeover session.

My hair makeover session started at about 3 PM and ended at a little past 7 PM. I think Jhapz forgot to give me some hair care tips. I would have wanted though to have a proper hair treatment after the coloring session but I guess there was not enough time to do the procedure.

I got home late, close to 10 in the evening. Thanks to the horrendous traffic along mighty EDSA. I did not wash my hair in the shower that night.

The next day, lo and behold, the hair color became even more vibrant.

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Honestly, I was a bit worried that I did not get a proper hair treatment after the hair makeover session. As I said, it was not my first time to get a hair makeover. I have done modeling gigs in the past and it was either I would get a proper hair treatment after the hair makeover session (same day or was asked to return days later) or would be given hair treatment products to use at home.

In fairness to Revlon, I feel that my hair was not subjected to the usual stress of hair coloring. Thanks to the hyaluronic acid content of Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Creme Gel Colour. As a skin care addict myself, I am quite familiar with the moisturizing properties of this ingredient.

Just the same, I visited the hair salon I used to frequent in the afternoon and got a Keratin Treatment.

I might also try some DIY hair treatments such as mayonnaise as suggested by fellow Travel Blogger Lee Rosales of www.Ilovepaars.com soon. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Signing out for now. Peace!

Disclaimer:
The hair color service treatment was sponsored by New Summit Colors Distribution in exchange for a blog and an Instagram post. Pertinent information about the products were based on the product brochures included in the media kit. Everything written in this blog is of my honest opinion and personal experience.