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.

November 13, 2018

Scratch and Dent Appliances Save You Money

If you are in the market for dishwashers Massachusetts area and have to consider your budget, as well as your individual needs and requirements for the purchase, a good and reliable outlet store is the perfect answer for shopping smart and purchasing a new appliance that is discounted because it has minor cosmetic imperfections that allow selling them at a cheaper price. They operate perfectly, are not used, and are thoroughly inspected and tested by experienced and certified in-house technicians before they are placed on the sales floor for the customers to choose from. 

You can rest easy and trust their selections because every appliance is backed up by and covered with a full factory warranty on labor and parts up to one year from the date of purchase, which is the same as a new appliance that is still in the box. 

Having been locally owned and family operated since 1936, New England Appliance and More in Braintree, MA delivers to and services the Greater Boston area and the South Shore of Massachusetts. They can save you anywhere from 20 to 50 percent off the regular purchase price on new products and on "scratch and dent" appliances that they purchase directly from manufacturer-certified “scratch and dent” distribution centers. Their customers include homeowners, real estate developers, landlords, property managers, local and state agencies, and many small businesses. 

The friendly and knowledgeable sales associates will work with you to help you choose exactly what you need and are looking for in the way of features. They are determined to get you the best possible discounts and give you exceptional customer service. Another of their goals is to buy appliances at the lowest possible cost and then pass the savings along to you.

November 9, 2018

Simple Steps to Develop a Skin Care Routine

It's so important to be thoughtful about the practices you develop over time. When you maintain certain practices, they'll become habits. You don't want to cultivate poor habits. This is why it's important to start a great skin care routine early. The earlier you start, the better off you'll be. Whether your skin is currently flawless or flailing, there are a few key steps you can cultivate over time. Consider these four. 

1. Find a good dermatologist. 
It's best to find a great skin care professional that can help with your skin care issues. Whether you have rosacea or eczema, it's always good to have professionals in advanced dermatology colorado to help you. When you have the specialized attention and care from a skin care professional, you'll be able to get the right products to help you maintain a daily regimen as well. 

pic grabbed from google
2. Drink lots of water. 
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. One of the best ways to treat it well involves drinking lots of water on a regular basis. Most people like to stick to the mindset of drinking eight glasses of water a day. Depending on your BMI, you might need more. However, always make sure your body is hydrated. This will make a difference in the plumpness and elasticity of your skin. When you drink a lot of water, it'll also help you as you work to get rid of toxins, impurities and build-up that's within your pores. 

3. Wear sun protectant. 
Unfortunately, many people don't realize the importance of wearing SPF lotion on a daily basis. Even on the cloudiest day, the sun can still do its work. Find a great SPF product that works well with your skin. Use it religiously. When you neglect to wear sunblock, you'll increase your chances of getting skin cancer, sun spots and other damaging skin diseases. 

4. Don't touch your face. 
If you have acne, ingrown hairs or dry skin, it can be easy to push out the pus, tug at the hairs and scratch the skin. However, refrain from touching your face. When you touch your face consistently, this transfers bacteria to the infected areas. This can make things even worse. Avoid pulling and picking at your skin. Your skin will thrive as a result.

November 8, 2018

Make the Most Out of Your Patio

You can make the most of your property by turning your backyard into a gathering place for family or for guests. You can begin by shopping for the right outdoor patio furniture Massachusetts to set the scene. You should choose furnishings that will speak to your sense of style and compliment the patio, but also make sure that it's comfortable. By setting up comfortable seating that doesn't feel too cramped, you'll be creating a welcoming atmosphere.

You should make sure there's enough table space as well. Again, you don't want to overcrowd the area with furniture, but you should add enough to hold food, decor, and other items that you might want to add to the setting. After all, you may want to host graduation parties, birthday parties, or family reunions. Even a Sunday cookout will be made easier, when there's a convenient place to serve food and eat meals.

You may want to change things up each season or decorate for each holiday. A good idea is to dress up your patio furniture with wreaths, garland, and other decorations. You can also set up some plants around the patio to bring more of nature's beauty to the scene. Hanging plants are especially useful in this regard, because they won't take up the floor space.

Candles are also a great way to set a mood on your patio and scented candles can be used to enhance a seasonal or holiday theme. Additionally, some scented candles also act as insect repellents. While these candles tend to cost a little more, they can be a worthwhile investment, especially if you anticipate entertaining guests in the evening hours. Mosquitoes can be problematic, but making use of repellents can help you keep your guests safe from their bites.

Some homeowners neglect their patios and rarely use them for entertaining. This is unfortunate, because it presents a great atmosphere for socializing. It also presents an opportunity for you to express your creativity by letting you decorate a new space. From the patio furniture you buy to the decor you add, your patio can be an extension of your unique personality.

November 7, 2018

Globe Telecom : Official Statement

Globe Telecom welcomes the new telco challenger which is seen to help foster a healthy competitive environment and ultimately benefit consumers. The new player has the potential of opening up new sources of revenue streams for telcos while providing consumers with more innovative products and services, the company said.

“We are glad for the smooth selection process undertaken by DICT and NTC. As previously and continuously stated, we hope the government will equally support the existing telcos like Globe, which continue to provide services to millions of Filipinos, and in the case of Globe, over 67 million total subscribers,” said Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo.

To help foster competition, Globe took a step forward to fulfill its plans to divest its tower assets. It has started the process of incorporating a separate tower holding company. This initiative will allow the third player to rapidly roll out its network and launch commercial operations. It will also give smaller players the opportunity to scale up their business without the burden of high capital expenditures.

November 5, 2018

PAL You Never Failed To Amaze Me

My first plane ride experience many many years ago was with Philippine Airlines. Indeed, I was being offered with great service and a memorable experience!

Weeks ago was another exciting moment with me because I was given the chance to fly to Manila to attend the Blogapalooza 2018 with my co-bloggers from Cagayan de Oro courtesy of PAL. Four days before the said event, I got my confirmed tickets with me and was glad enough that PAL honored my request that I will be departing from Davao instead of CDO.

On the day of my flight scheduled (7PM), I decided to check-in through their online services but unfortunately, it was an unsuccessful one! So, I reported immediately to Ms Ace Gapuz (Blogapalooza CEO) regarding the problem I have encountered. So true, Ms Ace explained to me that my confirmed flight schedule was already fully-booked! 

"What? I thought I already had my confirmed ticket with me." 

Ms Ace told me that since it was a non-revenue ticket, PAL would accommodate first the paying passengers. Uh-oh! So, got no choice but to be a "chance passenger"! After my seminar, I hurriedly went to the airport hoping and praying that I will be accommodated that night. While on the taxi, I was communing with God that I will be free from the traffic jam of Davao and be there on time with a positive heart that I can take my flight scheduled.

Foods @ Mabuhay Lounge
To make the story short, God answered my prayer that PAL did their best and that I will be catered once I arrived in the airport. Wow! A PAL admin personnel welcomed me when I arrived at the check-in area and guess what? I will be flying with an early flight scheduled (since there was a delayed aircraft turn-around)!

I did not expect it to happen, because I was preparing that I will be a chance passenger until dawn. Another great thing happened to me that night,  I was being escorted with their personnel going to Mabuhay Lounge for me to rest and have something to eat while waiting for boarding. Wow!!!
PAL you're the BEST!

Arrived Manila at around 9PM having a smooth and a safe flight! My returned flight was a hassle-free one!

Once again, PAL you never failed to amaze me! Thank you, thank you!

On our way home together with my co-bloggers from CDO
MLA-CDO flight with the Pilots and Cabin Crews

November 3, 2018

Dreams Do Come True at City of Dreams

It's so nice to be back here once again!!! 

Two years ago, I visited City of Dreams Manila for the first time when I was invited for an event and was billeted for a night in here. But now, it's not just an overnight stay but a weekend stay-cation with my co-bloggers from Cagayan de Oro!

our home for 2 nights!

It's always been an honor to be accommodated in a luxurious resort in our country! It's not just the amenities that made them best but as well as their services being offered. Thank you City of Dreams Manila for allowing me to experience your extra-ordinary 5-Star hotel!

scrumptious breakfast was served!

relaxing after the yummy breakky...

My stay here would not be complete without swimming!!!
enjoying the view (free from stress)

You are the simply the BEST among the REST...City of Dreams Manila! 
Can't wait to experience another nights in here next year!

with my CDO Bloggers family

Indeed, it's a dream come true staying here for FREE! 

November 1, 2018

My First Blogapalooza Experience

Yay! I never thought that I will be attending this event due to my work schedule 'coz I remember last year that I really wanted to join but I can't still file my leave of absence yet. Now, it just had happened...
Welcome to Blogapalooza ConnecteD!!!

the event center!
For the first time, I was able to join Blogapalooza ConnecteD last October 27, 2018 held at City of Dreams , Manila! Thanks Ms Ace Gapuz for letting me experience this memorable event!
with Blogamomma Ms Ace
I never regretted joining the said event 'coz I've learned a lot out from the topics during the forums. Since I don't belong already to the millennial era, I guess I need to know more of what is in-store for me in the social media world nowadays. Aside from that, I need to know more 'coz I am rasing a Gen-Z children. It helped me a lot learning some tricks from those top Youtubers in our country. At least I can now impart some of those tricks to my kiddos who's planning to create their own YT channels. Oh I've got Social Media Influencers in the making!
with Nadya and Erika (Gen-X vs Xennials)
Topics like : Wanna know on how to increase your Instagram followers? The transitioning of the traditional media to digital media, engaging Gen X and Xennials in social media and of course talking about data, analytics and marketing influencer are of of the reasons why I joined the event.

The Kweens of Traditional Media

But oopppss, got to meet some blogger friends from other places and  some amazing companies made it worth remembering too!

Thank you Blogapalooza for inviting me and hope to you in the next #ElevateInfluence a year after!

Enjoying the event much! Let's Buzz In!

Kudos to you Ms Ace Gapuz and to your whole team as well for a successful memorable event!

Delegates from CDO Bloggers Inc