February 10, 2019

Gift Ideas for a Loved One

Birthdays, anniversaries and special events happen throughout the year. Do you consider yourself a thoughtful gift giver? For those who put a lot of effort and planning into gifts, they usually come out with a gift that their friend or family member loves. As you try to come up with gift ideas, consider you loved one’s personality and consider customized options. These tend to be more personal.

Personalized Belt Buckle

Do you have someone in your life who loves belt buckles? The most thoughtful gift givers consider making gifts personal. They think about what a person cares about and what might make that gift special to them. To give a gift that you know the person will love can be gratifying in its own way. Consider a high quality leather buckle with the receiver’s name on it. Whether you want the full name or just the initial, a personalized name belt buckle is a thoughtful way to remind them that you’re thinking of them.

Personalized Key Rings

Key rings are among some of the most useful gifts that you can give to someone. Not only is it a practical gift, but if you decide to have it personalized, you can get it with someone’s name. Everyone has a set of keys. It makes for an easy gift. If it’s an occasion where something big isn’t appropriate, consider something small like a key ring to show that you care.

Personalized Leather Bracelets

Leather bracelets are fashionable and high quality. If you want to give someone a cute present, consider a leather bracelet with an inscription. You can personalize it with their name, with an image or even the name of a couple for a wedding or anniversary. The options are limitless.

Giving gifts is a thoughtful gesture on its own. However, it is even more thoughtful when you put thought into the personalization and what the other person would enjoy.

February 1, 2019

Seda Centrio Welcomes an Abundant and Heart-y February

February is considered the most romantic month of the year. And for many, especially the Chinese community, it also marks the official start of 2019 as we commemorate the Lunar New Year. 

Seda Centrio celebrates the February festivities with special events: Auspicious Abundance on February 05 and A Heart-y Valentine from February 14 to 16. 

Auspicious Abundance in the Year of the Pig 

What better way to welcome the Year of the Pig than by bringing your family, loved ones, and friends to Misto for a sumptuous dinner buffet? Auspicious Abundance is a specially-prepared Chinese New Year celebration that offers not only a gastronomic experience but also world-class entertainment. 

For PhP888 (nett) per person, you’ll get to enjoy a symphony of dishes that symbolizes happiness, wealth, and good fortune. Indulge in a feast that features Chinese New Year favorites like siomai, lumpiang Shanghai, Yang Chao fried rice, orange chicken, Chow Mein noodles, tikoy, buchi, Chinese iced tea, and roast pig, among many others. 

The Auspicious Abundance Dinner Buffet will be on February 05, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Misto.

To make your dining experience more memorable, Seda Centrio has invited performers ready to regale you with their lion dance – one of the best ways to welcome the Year of the Pig. The dance will be at the 4 th floor lobby and will kick off at 7pm. 

A Heart-y Valentine at Seda 

Valentine’s Day is always a special celebration at Seda Centrio. And this year, Cagayan de Oro’s premier hotel has come up with several exciting and romantic events for you and your special someone. 

If you want a romantic and intimate evening, bring your loved one to Misto for A Heart-y Valentine. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a flavorful meal in a romantic and elegant but intimate ambiance. And where there is good food, there’s also fine wine and beautiful music. 

There are two heart-y celebrations to choose from: the dinner buffet and a 5-course romantic set dinner. 

If your date loves ratatouille vegetables, pork emencier, Peruvian chicken, beef fajitas, sweet and sour fish, spinach curried soup, cold cuts, salad, and pasta, she’ll enjoy Misto’s dinner buffet. This will be from February 14 to 16, 6:00 to 10:00pm at Misto. And it’s only for PhP950 (nett) per person. 

If you want to pull out all the stops for your date, you’ll want the 5-course romantic set dinner Misto has prepared specially for Valentine’s Day. For PhP2500 (nett) per couple, enjoy a satisfying feast of salad varieties, stuffed baby squid, seafood coconut curry soup, main dishes such as braised beef rib and gnocchi pesto or spinach & feta stuffed chicken breast, tartufo dome for dessert, and sparkling wine, among others. 

This fine dining experience comes with beautiful and soulful music that will definitely set the romantic mood of your evening. 

Misto’s 5-course romantic set dinner is set for February 14, 2019, from 6:00 to 10:00pm, at the Sinamay Room located at the hotel’s 4th floor. 

If you want it to be a complete heart-y Valentine experience, book a room any day from February 14 to 16 and enjoy not only the lush comfort of Seda’s well-appointed rooms but also special treats. Your overnight accommodation includes breakfast buffet for two, complimentary WiFi, swimming pool and gym use, access to the Club Lounge if you book a Club or Premier room, a special Valentine-themed token, and complimentary Valentine dinner buffet for two. 

Special room rates for this heart-y promo are: 


Deluxe Room – PhP6,000 nett 
Club Room – PhP7,000 nett 
Premier Room – PhP8,000 nett 

Since slots for this romantic rendezvous is limited, you need to book ahead of time. 

This Valentine’s Day, rediscover romance and add more magic and sparkle to your relationship. Give your special someone the best gift of a lifetime. Spend your heart-y Valentine at Seda. 

A February to Remember 

Make February a month to remember. Celebrate with your family and loved one at Seda Centrio. For inquiries and reservations, call 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You can also book online via bit.ly/bookcentrio or send an email to cdo@sedahotels.com. 

Have an abundant and heart-y February!

November 24, 2018

CDO Bloggers 10 and Fabulous!

The first time I engaged into blogging was February of 2009 when a church mate and a cousin inspired me to start one (Thanks to Ate Lalaine and Pinay Mommy Online). I then attended the Mindanao Bloggers Summit way back October 24, 2009 and happened to meet the pioneering's of CDO Bloggers. I was not that active back then but I already joined the premier blogging organization of Cagayan de Oro after a month.

Fast forward....

Voila!!! I never thought I was part of this organization for almost a decade now! Simply Amazing! 

A week ago (November 17, 2018), CDO Bloggers recently concluded our first Bloggers Ball themed: “Rebels in Black & Gold: The CDO Bloggers 10th Anniversary Bloggers Ball”. Though our ball was not the typical kind of ball hold in a very prestigious hotels with a sumptuous fine-dining thingy. Ours is different, it was done out of passion, determination, dedication and hard work from the officers and of course the generosity from our beloved sponsors.


Everyone in the organization was so excited for this long awaited event which was finally realized after years of planning and brainstorming. The night was full of fun and glamour when the members and guests were on their best Black and Gold themed dress! So nice to look at that everyone was so prepared for the ball night! 
the TERs in their glamorous black and gold themed


The Program Proper

The program started with an opening prayer led by Ms Judy Teves and was welcomed by our VP for events Ms Ruby Caberte...

the photos below will tell on itself....

Mike Abonitalla shared the history of the org on how they started....
raffles were given in between's..thanks to our generous sponsors...

the crostini bar from Restaurant Damaso
our President Ms. Maia giving her closing remarks...thanking the sponsors...

The Highlight....

I happened to meet our keynote speaker up-close for the first time and I could say that he is a cool politician... No other than Atty. Rufus B. Rodriguez~ the Congressman of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro!

He admitted that he is new to the social media thing.  Sharing to you some highlights of his speech...

The dissemination of information was difficult, because you can only reach a few of your constituents that way. Today, blogging and social media are bringing the people and communities together such that timely and relevant information is shared between us, their representatives in the government, and them, our constituents.
 The bloggers are close to my heart because like me, you work hard on writing about something relevant that you feel should be shared to others for the common good. I know how hard it is to think of a topic, to research it, to weave your own thoughts into the topic, to edit, to re-edit, to re-edit the edited before sending it out into the world. I know what it feels like when someone tells you your writing is not good enough. And I know what it takes to keep on writing despite that. And I share with you that wonderful feeling when your words have caused people to think or to take action or to talk about an issue.
 The CDO Bloggers group is now on its 10th year and you have already proven yourself in the digital world. You will become increasingly relevant not just in Cagayan de Oro, but in the entire Philippines in the coming years. And I hope that, kung malooy ang Ginoo ug tabangan ako ninyo, I will become a Congressman again, I will be able to work with you so together we can ensure that bloggers will be given technical assistance through trainings and funding for projects and activities so you can continue to make positive impact in society.
Thank you so much Atty. Rufus Rodriguez for the precious time you spent with us and for imparting and encouraging us with your words of wisdom to continue what we've started. I salute you Sir as a person and my long time wanting to be a lawyer was awakened that night. *hoping* 


Strike a pose with our Keynote Speaker Atty Rufus Rodriguez


 Event Sponsors:

  • Atty. Rufus Bautista Rodriguez 
  • SM CDO Downtown Premier for our venue (especially Ms. Ivy Guantero) 
  • Restaurant Damaso for the uber delicious crostini bar 
  • Centrio Mall (for the Robinsons gift certificates) 
  • N Hotel (for the overnight stay gift certificate) 
  • Ororama (for the gift certificates) 
  • StreetBy (for the gift cards) 
  • Smart (for the delicioso porchetta) 
  • Krispy Kreme (for the four dozen Original Glaze doughnuts) 
  • Louie Yee for the projector and screen 
  • Vital Audio (for saving us with their lights – and for the audio system) 
  • Odyssey Airport Vans (for transporting our non-CDO-based bloggers) 
  • John Teves for the photos 

Thanks also  to our friends KC and Alvin of The Explorer’s Channel, Kim of CDO Dev, Dave of Urban Life-Mindanao Gold Star Daily, Manolo Fortich Bloggers Association (Lee, Heterae, and Keinly), and Iligan Bloggers Society (Xy-Za) for, celebrating your glamorous night with us!
CDO Bloggers members and guests
Once again, thank you CDO Bloggers (Officers) for making this event possible, indeed, it was a successful one!

The Officers..ooppss!! insert Edu

November 21, 2018

#SwitchtoHeySugar - You Won't Regret It!

Confident to raise my arms!
True enough, we women have incredibly high pain thresholds. Why? I myself have experienced the challenge of giving birth to my two wonderful kids ~ so rewarding! Aside from that, I used to wear my 3 inches stilettos/heels in the office and tearing-off hair is part of our daily grooming routine.

While there's not much women can do about pinched feet and blisters - waxing doesn't have to be as painful as you imagine. I could still remember the first time to experience my underarm waxing way back years ago and I thought I could not bear the pain but I was wrong. It's a matter of knowing where to go and what waxing method to choose.

So in the spirit of this year's National Hair Free Day, Hey Sugar is letting you in on a secret - sugar waxing is a nearly pain-free way of dealing with unwanted hair.



Take Hey Sugar's sugaring process for example. Known for only using gentle, all-natural ingredients, Hey Sugar takes you through the process of waxing without causing anxiety, regardless if you've been doing this for years or you're new to the whole thing.


Their method is swift but efficient. It begins by an expert aesthetician pouring the sugar wax on the area, so its rich, delicious warmth soaks into your skin. This allows the mixture to really seep into your pores and get a good grip on hair follicles, straight from the roots, with the added bonus of moisturizing and exfoliating your skin. They work in small, manageable sections and pres on the skin gently as they lift the cooled wax, efficiently removing even the shortest hairs from its roots. After that, you emerge from the salon smooth, exfoliated, moisturized, and hair-free.

The experience is a stark difference from DIY creams and at-home waxing kits - which are not only messy, but are as painful as you probably imagine waxing to be.

Leading up to National Hair Free Day, Hey Sugar will also be offering an incredible pampering treat. Visit your nearest Hey Sugar branch on November 27 from 11AM to 3PM and you can indulge in their free eyebrow threading and underarm waxing services. 



With that said, do you really have to wonder if you should #SwitchtoHeySugar?
Happy TERs after availing our fave services! 


November 16, 2018

Sealant Protection for Industrial Piping Systems

In some industries, piping is used for more than the transport of liquids. In particular, the mining and agricultural industries utilize piping systems to move product from point A to point B. In mining, coal, rock, gemstones and other minerals are often moved through steel or iron pipes. In the agricultural industry, processed corn and other grains may be run through a piping system into a silo.

The movement of solids presents a unique problem for the piping system. Millions of bits of jagged rock can take its toll on a metal pipe, regardless of the metal used. Continuous abrasion by the solid media can quickly erode metal pipe. This abrasion will lead to a shorter useful life of the pipes and require extended maintenance or replacement. The maintenance also necessarily leads to a shutdown of the transport system, leading to lower production.

Since most industrial piping systems are expensive and require numerous man hours to construct, a long term solution is required. Fortunately, some manufacturers carry a line of rubber lined pipes for abrasive materials. Rubber linings can be installed during the manufacturing process or in some cases retrofitted to an existing system. The preferred method of lining is through pressurized vulcanization of the rubber material. It is normally done by heating the rubber through steam pressure. This method has several advantages. First, the pressurized rubber provides a stronger bond to the metal. It also provides a tighter seal for the pipe. Secondly, vulcanization strengthens the rubber at the molecular level. Through vulcanization with sulfur atoms, the process cross-links rubber molecules in a three dimensional manner. This adds to the strength and elasticity of the rubber lining material.

Utilizing rubber lined pipes can also be an efficient solution for liquids. A rubber lining can act as an anti-corrosive safeguard for metal pipes. The rubber lining keeps liquids from contacting the metal of the pipe. In addition, the sealing property of the rubber prevents oxidation of the metal inner walls of the piping. Depending on the liquid to be processed through the piping, it is always best to consult with the lining fabricator to determine the best choice of sealant to be used.
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