Saturday, 23 July 2016

Shopback's Win-a-Wish Blog Giveaway - "My Fitness Style Template"

I gained weight out of the notion of reviewing for international nursing boards. Instead of waiting for a new year to start my resolution, I will now make an initiative to shed some pounds and achieve a fit body (why not?). Having new fitness gears are necessary. It will serve as the beginning of something strenuous but an exciting journey of toning down. Of course, my personal style must not be compromised. Out of that, I created an online shopping list of my "fitness starters" motivating me to start my fitness regimen ASAP.
 I usually buy my stuff online. In case that I need to visit a store, it is for fitting purposes only. Two advantages of shopping merchandise online are the use of coupon codes and/or websites that allow cashback after every purchase. One best example is Shopback Philippines' website. Currently, the website is running a giveaway which will grant one wish of 10 lucky individuals (below Php 10,000).  Before I will spill the beans pertaining to the giveaway, let me show you my picks on coming up with my fitness OOTD.
For my accessories and footwear, I usually browse items on Zalora. Most of the time, they are on sale so why not take advantage of it, right?
I usually wear basic tees instead of Drifit athletic clothes because I think I can move more and the styling aesthetic is on point. Sounds like hitting 2 birds with one stone, eh?
Parkas or Windbreakers will help you sweat out because it heats up your body as you do your push-ups or lift a dumbbell.
Adidas pair of running shorts has been my favorite of all time. I usually love to sport it most especially during my volleyball training for it allows me to run, dig and spike comfortably.

How will I make my wish come true? I tried my luck and joined Shopback Philippines' giveaway simply by following these steps.

First things first, you need to visit the website here. You may sign up using your personal email or Facebook account.
Once you signed up, you have the option to choose among the shops in which Shopback Philippines is affiliated with.
Once you are done, create your own style template or any merchandise templates which are important to your lifestyle. Compose a write-up why those things matter, and you are good to go. If you wish to know more about the contest details, please feel free to check the complete information here.

Going back to my story, waiting for a new year to start breaking a bad habit will look lame. If you want to achieve a personal goal, always make it to a point of beginning something. In my case, my perseverance in losing fats will start now, and for sure I will thank myself for future results.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Experience Korean Fashion in Mall of Korea + Giveaway

Before I jumped into Basic styling, my clothing inspiration was Korean fashion. Their pastel hues and loud plain colors brought fun into my OOTD's. Although my style somehow evolved, I still maintained some pastel touch, adding neutral shades to emphasize the wonders of color-relation or color-blocking. Talking about KPOP's style, Mall of Korea opened its first store in Manila last July 14, 2016, located on the 2nd floor of the Metrowalk Complex in Ortigas, Pasig City.
Being a meticulous shopper, it was quite hard to choose from a wide array of selections inside the mall. Since I am on the basic side, my problem was to choose for a plain hue that will stand out in a crowd together with proper styling techniques. For my guy readers, let me tour you around towards our section. Clothes range from Php 3999 to Php 1099. 
 Almost half of the clothes located inside the boutique are for girls. Their clothing styles range from casual, edgy to preppy. The store has a lot of colors to choose from, from the lightest until the darkest shade which is black. Also, patterns and cuts were the things to consider too. Their price varies from as low as Php 199 up to Php 2099 depending on the brand or designer. 
On Children's apparel, most of the shirts were designed with Mickey Mouse and friends. I think this will add another way of cuteness for kids wearing it. The price ranges from Php 399 - Php 899 depending on the designs.
 It is now time for the giveaway! I will be picking 5 winners who will Php 300 GC each from Mall of Korea. Simply follow these steps:

1. Follow Mall of Korea's Facebook page by clicking this link.
2. Follow my Facebook page here.
3. Follow @MallOfKorea on Instagram.
4. Follow me on Instagram (@seftiburcio).
5. Share this blog post on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and do not forget to tag me for monitoring purposes.
6. Once you are done, do not forget to put your name and email address on the comment box.
7. I will randomly select 5 winners and will announce it on July 28. Each individual will receive Php 300 gift certificate.

Mall of Korea is a one-stop shop supporting your clothing needs. Stay tuned for my OOTD's wearing this brand. As pertains to the giveaway, I wish you the best of luck!

Here are the winners:

1. Roselyn Rono
2. Kristine Pelayo
3. Jeda Gonzales
4. Maria Jessica Apalin
5. Riyalyn Gatdula!

Congratulations! I will now send you an email! :)

Friday, 15 July 2016

Things I did after a traumatic airport experience.

I was in the airport last Tuesday on my way to Vietnam. I arrived 2 hours earlier because of the unpredictable traffic congestions in Manila. While waiting for my flight, I roamed around the nearby stores, took photos, recorded a Snapchat, and decided to have a coffee. After a couple of minutes, the screen announced that everyone can now check-in. I chose Cebu Pacific because it was way more affordable than the other companies. Before I had the chance to come inside, I was barred by the clerks because of my passport. I have to be honest, I was not aware that a passport must be more than 6 months before its expiration date, in which mine failed to comply. From then on, I was harshly and rudely advised by the Manager named Nette that I needed to secure a document from DFA extending the expiration date of my passport. I called my Mom and came home depressed and traumatized because of the treatment I had. 
So what I did after a disheartening moment? I do not want to sound hypocrite but I prayed and cried hard, and asked God why did this thing happen. My confused and cloudy mind uttered words which were inappropriate for a prayer. After that, I talked to my parents and they were very sorry about what happened and consoled me that everything happened for a reason. It was a lame statement for me, but in the end, they were right. I also took time sending an email to the Vietnamese proctor responsible for handling my exam. I was advised to present a notice from the immigration about what happened so they can have my test rescheduled. A day passed, I decided to call Cebu Pacific and was given 24-48 hours to have my issues resolved. Unfortunately, I called again today and I was given another 1-2 days for the update of the escalation. I felt sad on how poor their customer service was.
Instead of grieving over a spilled milk, I decided to munch in some chocolates to liven up my mood. I graced an event to have my mind pre-occupied for a moment. I talked to my closest friends and vented out what I felt. Everything was traumatic but I believed that everything will fall into the right place in due time. I learned my lesson well with a big kick in the guts.

Details: Top - Batik Motif Collection (Uniqlo Ph), Walking Shorts (AEO), Knapsack and Mandals (Zalora Ph)
Seriously, I will never forget this experience. On my end, it meant one thing; I needed to be as responsible and as careful in planning my trips so as I will no longer experience the same altercation I had with this encounter!

Photos by Kim Nieves

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Granny Goose and Mystery Manila's #MoreThanTheUsual Experience.

When I was a teenager, me and my friends loved to bring snacks and share it with one another. This was our way to cope with the stress of studying medical-related subjects in order for us to pass. There were times that we stayed all night working for a Nursing project while munching on the food we brought. Of all the snacks I know, one of my favorites is Kornets by Granny Goose which comes in several flavors.
To all thrill-seekers or into not-your-usual type of activities, Granny Goose teams up with Mystery Manila, Sip and Gogh, Ninja Academy, and Ballpit Manila to give everyone a #MoreThanTheUsual one-of-a-kind experience. The food brand started its first activity in Eastwood Atrium last July 8 in collaboration with Mystery Manila - the first live role-playing, mystery-solving game house in our country, with its Chained Chamber room. Do not worry as they will have another round of this exciting game in Ayala Fairview Terraces on July 16th.
How to join? Each member must register at the booth after liking and following the Granny Goose Facebook Page and Instagram account. Once everyone is done, create a group composed of 2-6 members, and enjoy a 20-minute experience of solving a mystery. The team who will triumphantly solve the mystery will win special prizes. Aside from this activity, there will be mini-games, a photobooth, and loads of Granny Goose snacks available for the visitors.
 Fun never stops as everyone can definitely drop by the Mystery Manila's Century City Mall Branch and solve the special Granny Goose room. Check and book Pym Particle room from July 5 to August 5, 2016, and take advantage of exciting prizes. They can also check out Mystery Manila's other branches in Jupiter, Makati City, and Libis, Quezon City.
The well-loved snacks, Granny Goose has also partnered with other establishments to organize a series of extraordinary adventures in the coming months. Watch out for Granny Goose's Sip and Gogh booth on August 6 and 13, Ballpit Manila booth on September 9 and 17, and Ninja Academy booth on October 8 and 15. 

If you want to be in the loop of the latest happening, events and promotions, check out Granny Goose's Facebook page here.
Sunday, 3 July 2016

Technomarine Annual Trade up

I love collecting watches as part of my everyday wear or #OOTD. There are times that I will stay up late at night waiting for the start of wristwatches' online sale. If I have time and the physical stores will announce a sale, I will find a way to visit the mall and look for the most affordable timepiece yet sturdy and will last longer. I have to be honest but I do not own any Technomarine watch because of its price. Although it might be expensive, the quality of the watches will last a couple of decades or a lifetime.
Starting from July 1 to 31, 2016, Technomarine will be having its annual Trade-up event in which you can exchange your old Technomarine wristwatches and get a 40% discount for buying a new timepiece. With or without a strap, you have to make sure that the watch comes with a complete mechanism and case in order for them to check its authenticity. Once it is verified, you are now eligible to take advantage of the discount to any Technomarine stores nationwide.
The old watches will be repaired and modified by the brand, and will be given to the chosen beneficiary which is the Naval Force. It is one of the best ways to give back to our great soldiers while pleasing our luxurious necessity of buying a timepiece. It is like hitting 2 birds with one stone, isn't it?

All timepiece style collection are included in this year's ultimate trade up; scratch-resistant Flame Fusion Glass, their latest line of silicone straps, and sturdier titanium or stainless steel watches. The best way to look for the right piece is to visit the shop and choose from a wide array of selection.
By the way, here is the list of the Technomarine stores:

TechnoMarine Megamall, TechnoMarine Greenbelt, TechnoMarine TriNoma, TechnoMarine SM Cebu, TechnoMarine Robinson's Magnolia, TechnoMarine SM North EDSA, TechnoMarine Shangri-La Plaza, TechnoMarine Robinson's Galleria, My Tempo SM North EDSA, My Tempo Resorts World, My Diamond Glorietta, My Diamond Gateway Mall, My Diamond Festival Mall, My Diamond SM Mall of Asia, My Diamond Robinson's Ermita, My Diamond Lucky Chinatown Mall, My Diamond SM Lanang Premier and White Halo SM Aura Premier.

If you want to be in the loop of the latest happenings, giveaways, and promos, you may check their Facebook page here.