Thursday, May 29, 2014

EasyShop.ph Seller’s Night a Roaring Success




San Juan City, Philippines- May 18, 2014–EasyShop.ph’s pre-launch event called the “Sellers’ Night” drew a huge crowd Saturday evening as online sellers, bloggers and others in the web community joined the company’s officials and partners to celebrate the newest online marketplace based in the country at the Green Lounge Events Place at the BTTC Center in San Juan City, Philippines.

Nelson Liao, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of EasyShop Online Inc; Sam Gavino, web development head; and Jerry Pereda, marketing chief were present during the festivities and took turns in convincing the audience why EasyShop is the next big thing in the online buy-and-sell marketplace.

Also present were online bloggers numbering around a dozen, roughly 20-25 online plus other guests including supporters and partners of the fledgling company.

“The data as of May 16th is that we have 2,000 registered users in our website and around 5,000 products already posted,” proudly shared Liao during a roundtable with the bloggers.

The figures look promising indeed as the website’s official launch is still on June 15, 2014 but more importantly, Liao emphasized on the security of the site—using the phrase “scam-free” multiple times during interviews.

“Other online buy-and-sell sites, it’s just a platform; it is not engaged in the transactions of the buyer and seller so there are lots of scams or it’s open to potential scams. They open the platform and then leave the buyers and sellers to their business; that’s the problem they don’t have any sort of monitoring,” said Liao, a graduate of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in 2009.

“The main difference with us is that EasyShop is engaged with the transactions to assure that the money is secure. Unless the buyer has received the goods it’s only then that we release the money to the seller. On the other hand, sellers won’t have to worry about the payments since the money is already with EasyShop even before delivery.”

In between the discourse by the designated speakers for the night, prizes and freebies—from smartphones, tablets to a big screen LED TV-- were given away via a raffle for those who had signed-up in the website and attended the event.

Among the partners for the pre-launch event are SKK Mobile, Mogao BS Mobile, Michaela, CCK Mobile, Yousie and Epson.

EasyShop.ph has a partnership with Nelsoft Technology, Inc. and PoziHongkong Technology Ltd.—two reliable software development entities that handles the website.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

OMG! Filipino Flair Reaches WeChat’s Sticker Gallery


From cats, chicks, tsikot, and jeproks in the ‘70s, bagets, astig, and epal in the ‘80s and ‘90s to today’s   O.M.G., boom panes, gorabels, waley and havey,  Filipino slang has been constantly evolving, making conversations witty, colorful and fun. For a country with 11 recognized languages and over 175 dialects spoken through its islands, this distinctive form of communication has been a part of the Philippines’ culture, with witty and colorful phrases you can hear on the streets, local television shows and just about anywhere where the influence of media exists.


WeChat Filipino Slang Stickers


With a hodgepodge of pre-existing languages, Filipino slang is highly dynamic compared to the usual colloquialisms allowing for more freedom of expression among its speakers. Words and phrases don’t follow a standardized set of rules and can flow from Taglish to celebrity names to gay lingo.  It can also be a mix of all sets with new meanings in different contexts.

And as Filipino slang’s popularity among the younger (and the older) generation continues to grow, who do you think is joining the bandwagon and is about to give these witty catchphrases more color and animation?

WeChat is immersing into the colorful and humorous world of Filipino slang as it releases 16 animated stickers that reflect the wit, candor and inventiveness that Filipinos apply to such slangs.

Sort of unprepared, but ready to conquer an emergency meeting? Send a “Bahala na si Batman” sticker to your teammate to add humor to the tension.  You can also send out a “Boom” sticker at the end of the day to encourage and praise your teammates on a job well done. 

If your friend is finally starting to get serious with her weight loss journey, stickers like this can boost her confidence!




Make your digital conversations more colorful and more intense with these super-cool Filipino slang set available at WeChat’s Sticker Gallery!  Just click on Me>Sticker Gallery and express yourself!



About WeChat

WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally.

WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.

WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as "Hold Together”, “Friend Radar” and “Shake.” The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”. The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion.  Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

Learn more about WeChat and download the app at www.wechat.com
WeChat Philippines Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WeChatPH







Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ways to Beat The Summer Heat

(This post brought to you by V!)

It’s summer! (Actually the last days of summer and so sorely looking forward to Christmas…)

I started summer with extreme joy and happiness as my friends counted down every single second until our last class is over, then reality happened.  You know, when you have a perfect picture of how your summer would be (be a beach bum, hit the malls, go on road trips, go to Paris ok, I know. I am asking too much), until you realize you miss your school friends, your terror teacher, your allowance…

Beat Summer Heat


And then summer vacay turns into a bore, as you look at your mom and hope that she will give you shopping money (wishful thinking).  Then you realize that you are doing another countdown – to the first day of school.

And to top it off, it is sobrang init! 

Pure N Fresh

I must be an ice princess in a past life because I literally melt in the heat!

Pure n fresh


But don’t fret Pure n Fresh ladies! There are still some things you can do this summer and stay fresh and free like:

Go to the beach!
pure n fresh beat the summer heat

As Nicki Minaj quotes in her song “Starships”, let’s go to the beach! Let’s go get away! And that we can do this summer.  Soak in on all the summer heat and sun you can get before we go back to the dreaded classrooms.

Go get a sport!

Track & Field? Basketball? Volleyball? Tennis? Take your pick, baby! These are just a few of the sports that you can take and gradually learn throughout the whole summer. Plus, you can also stay fit when you do a sport daily.

Get fit and work out!

Who runs the world? You! Literally! You can run every morning in your neighborhood or in the woods for the rest of your summer and see how fit you can become with making running every morning as your habit.

Take some summer classes!

Music lessons, driving lessons, speaking-a-different-language lessons. Yaz! You can do that this summer and continue it through the school days. Why not?!

 Read a book!

I know.  I am such a bookworm.  And have you noticed that if you are into the book you are reading, you can actually feel the story and the setting.  Like, I was reading Beautiful Creatures with the snow and all, and I felt cold! Really!


There are actually a million things you can do to keep this summer from being a bore and..

You don’t have to smell like “pawis” even after your fourth shower for the day!

Me? I use Pure ‘N Fresh Cologne to look and feel fresh this summer!

VP Pure n fresh beat the summer heat


Scents can affect your mood (there are studies to prove it), and Pure ‘N Fresh’s Tropical Splash and Tangerine Delight never fail to make me feel fresh, confident and ready to take the world (without the amoy pawis!).

Truly, Pure ‘N Fresh is my first step to freshness!

And since my mom told me that Unilab, the company behind  Pure ‘N Fresh Colognes and Feminine Wash, has been around since my grandparents’ time developing wonderful products and medicines, I can be sure that I am using quality products at a good price (I don't have to ask mom for extra cash to buy it.)
And I don’t need to worry about breaking out into rashes or something.  I have the world’s most sensitive skin and Pure ‘N Fresh Colognes which were tested by dermatologists and hypo-allergenic never irritated my mild and sensitive skin.
Pure ‘N Fresh Tropical Splash smells so sweet, with a scent that reminds me of peaches and apples.  My personal favorite is Pure ‘N Fresh Tangerine Delight.  It smells citrusy, which makes me feel energetic, alert and fresh all day long (I think it makes me remember everything I studied!).  I spritz it every time.  It just smells soo good! 

Like Pure 'N Fresh on Facebook!
And by the way I have been dreaming this for days na!
Balik School!

Have a pure n fresh day!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Are You Good to Grow? Nurturing the Inner You


The Philippines, so they say, have only two seasons: Rainy Season and Dry Season. I don’t know what the season is now (probably in between the rainy and dry or the “just-right-season” ?), but nature is sure showing off!!!


Flowers are blooming…


Hills are turning into fields of gold…

And the poinsettia leaves are turning red…


Everything is bursting into a kaleidoscope of colors!

How about you?  Are you blossoming?  Would you like to grow your confidence or your happiness? Act now and watch yourself bloom J!

Grow Your Confidence
Think about what you love about yourself and those little quirks and bad habits that you’d like to ditch.  Challenge yourself about wanting to make a change. 
Ask yourself what worked before. The solutions may be obvious.  You may have times when you had that same problem and solved it fairly well.  Can’t lose weight? Look back to the time when you were eating healthily and working out regularly, then do those healthy habits again.
All you need to do is take the first giant step.  Sometimes, we dwell on negative thoughts too much that we miss out on our dreams. To change this, talk yourself into reaching your goals and believe in yourself.
Grow your happiness
Love and treat yourself right.  Relax and unwind at the spa, read your favorite book, watch a really good movie or bond with your kids.  Talking with my kids (kids are incredibly witty, in case you haven’t noticed!) totally relaxes me actually.  Moments I spend with them are priceless.
You can choose your mood.  Sometimes, we get really cranky and blame it on female hormones, but we can choose to have a better mood, although it is incredibly hard, I tell you.  Start by remembering that you can change your mood. Take a deep breath.  Finally, look around and notice what you love in this moment.  It may be that tweeting bird outside your window.  Open your heart to things that you love in the moment, no matter how small. 
Be thankful!
Give yourself space to discover new passions and give yourself permission to mess stuff up.  Mistakes should not be an excuse for giving up. 


“Look back and Thank God.
    Look forward and Trust God.
   Look around and Serve God.
  Look within and Find God.”


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Summer Travel Must-Haves


Summer is almost over, but we are planning a final escapade.  We will probably go on a road trip to the North, because of its old world charm, beautiful beaches and tasty longanisa and bagnet!

I always try to pack light, especially on long road trips, and you can never catch me without the following “My Travel Must-Haves”:

Travel Must Haves

Travel Must Haves by marissa-bautista-bulatao 

You can never catch me without my:

Slippers

There is nothing worse than having to remove your shoes in the heat and end up stepping in an unidentifiable wet puddle! (It happened to me once, so don’t find it weird if having a pair of slippers is on top of my list J)

Hand Sanitizer

People always get those common colds without fail when traveling.  To prevent this, I always bring a hand sanitizer which kills those nasty germs without drying my skin.

Sunblock

I have the most sensitive skin, and slathering on a sunblock prevents my skin from the aging effect of the summer sun.

Ray-Ban Aviators

They protect my eyes and are the sturdiest sunglasses I have.  You can sit on them and they won’t break! They are classic, so I can wear them with anything.

Scarf

The scarf is so versatile.  It could double as a hoodie, an extra pillow or a blanket if need be!

Mini Makeup Bag/Kikay Kit

Everyone likes feeling fresh when traveling, so my kikay kit is packed up with a concealer, an eyelash curler (makes your eyes look awake), a light moisturizer or CC Cream, Celeteque Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm, a mild summer scent like Marc Jacob’s Daisy or Elizabeth Arden Green Tea and Nars O Blush which works well with any skin color.  I also have a hydrocortisone cream for those nasty rashes that I tend to get whenever I travel, paracetamol, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrush, mouthwash and soap in sachets.

I also never fail to bring Priva Intimate Wash, a quality product by Unilab

Priva is perfect for summer! It is the first and only feminine wash with Revitacool, that special ingredient in Priva that gives that cool and fresh feeling the whole day! This quality product of Unilab is clinically proven safe and delivers noticeable skin lightening in 2 weeks and skin firming in 6 weeks. Click here and read about how I raved about Priva.

This variant in the pink bottle gives you skin lightening in two weeks:


and the one in the blue bottle gives you skin firming in six weeks:





And oh, don’t forget your payong*! This will shield you from the intense summer heat and the sudden afternoon summer downpours.


Enjoy the last days of summer!




*payong-umbrella

Friday, May 09, 2014

Make your Mom Smile with WeChat’s Mother’s Day Video Call Promo!!!


WeChat Video Call Promo


A mother’s job is never over.

I soo agree!  Mothers barely have time for themselves!  From the chores she has to painstakingly attend to daily, to the demands of properly raising her kids, her dedication towards fulfilling the role that motherhood requires is truly remarkable.
Now, why don’t you give back the love you get from your moms through WeChat?
WeChat, the fastest growing mobile social messaging app in the country is giving you a chance to show your love to your mom through an exciting promo centered on connecting with your loved ones through the power of technology.
How?
Just make WeChat Video Calls to three different people on different days of the week and you will get an awesome gift of prepaid credits to help you connect and share your precious moments with the people you hold dear in your heart.
And there’s more!

You can get an even more special prize that you and your dearest mom can both enjoy by video calling three different people and taking a screenshot of you sharing WeChat tips along with your best wishes for your mom on Moments!

Don’t forget to share by posting your screenshot on Facebook while tagging @WeChat Philipines Facebook page to make everyone know how much you want to make your mother feel special this coming Mother’s Day.

Get a chance to win prepaid credits and more from WeChat by following these steps:


  1. Make three video calls to three different people on WeChat for three different days. You are sure to win Php 100 prepaid card.  
  2. Upon completing the Video Call task, you will have to send the keyword “HMD” to WeChat Fans OA (ID: wechatfansph) to write down your information for prize delivery. 
  3. Win another special price by doing the additional task of sharing WeChat tips to Moments along with your best wishes for your mom. To avail of this opportunity, you must take a screenshot of you sharing WeChat tips on Moments and posting it on facebook while tagging  ​@WeChat Philippines.

WeChat’s Video Call feature is an exciting platform for bringing people closer together. It’s an easy way to check up on your loved ones and show them how much you care. This Mother’s Day, celebrate the warmth of a mother’s love in a unique and modern way by giving them a kiss and a heartfelt greeting through Video Call on WeChat.


About WeChat

WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally. 



WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.

WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as "Hold Together”, “People Nearby” and “Shake.” The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”. The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion.  Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

Learn more about WeChat and download the app at www.wechat.com
WeChat Philippines Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WeChatPH



Monday, May 05, 2014

{Money Mondays} Do You Really Need that Extended Warranty?


When you're buying a computer, an air conditioner, a refrigerator, or any other appliance, salespersons sweet-talk you into getting a two-year extended warranty "for added protection and peace of mind." But the thing is,YOU MAY NOT NEED IT FOR YOUR APPLIANCE AFTER ALL .  If the appliance is still in good shape a year after purchase, then you can rely on it to perform well for a very long time. And even if something bad does happen, repairs are usually affordable.  Just get an extended warranty for laptop computers or latest TVs, though.  Laptops break down easily, due to its sensitive parts and the latest TVS are fairly new so the cost for repairs is still high.

So, if that sales person try to talk you into getting that extended warranty, stand your ground and JUST SAY NO.



Celebrate Mother's Day at Solaire!




Mothers know best. But this time, Solaire has thought of the best for the special women in our lives. From the special discounted rates in the ultimate family staycation to the exquisite set menus in their fine dining establishments, Solaire made sure that this will be one unforgettable Mother’s Day.

Bring the entire family this ‘Mother’s Day weekend’ and stay in one of our luxurious suites with discounted rates. Under the Summer Family Getaway packages, Solaire's rooms go as low as PhP6,000++ for Deluxe Room Cityview and PhP7,000++ for the Deluxe Room Bayview. The special rates are also available in Grand Deluxe Cityview (PhP8,000++), Grand Deluxe Bayview (PhP9,000++) and 2-Bay Suite (PhP12,000).

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