Ni-Qua’s Press Preview of their Holiday Collection 2014

Hey, Guys!

First and foremost, I just would like to greet everyone a very happy holiday! I hope everyone is having a grand time, wherever they are. As for me, I’m currently here, at my grandma’s house, watching my mom dance. Haha. Yes, they do have ballroom dancing every Monday. The long weekend was really a restful one for me. Since I couldn’t really move around because of my sprained ankle. Still not too happy about that. BOO. :(

But one thing that really made me happy was last Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Bunnie de Guzman of Ni-Qua, invited me to their Press Preview of their Holiday 2014 Collection. This was held at Nail Tropics in Eastwood at around 1:00 PM.

Nail Tropics

It was a Wednesday but I took the day off just to rest and refocus myself. Been soo tired recently and this was definitely a welcome break for me. :)

Upon arriving, I met Bunnie. She’s the woman behind Ni-Qua and I found out that they had been in the export business for a number of years already. But she also has a full-time job. Nice! I really am amazed at women like these who have a lot on their plate right at the same but they still can cope. Work, Business, Family. Cool, huh?

Bunnie and Manila Shopaholic

When we went inside Nail Tropics, they asked us to choose, which service we wanted. I chose the Mint-O-Feet to relax my feet. And relaxed it was!


This was actually kind of a date also with my sister.

Mommy Ginger

We were also treated to Detoxify Bar drinks and Starbucks sandwiches.

Detoxify Bar

I personally picked out the Minty Berry Detox because they said it was the best one. :)

Minty Berry Detox

Some of the items from their past collections were also on display. The Neon Collection which I absolutely love was there!

Ni-Qua Neon Collection

Manico Large Bag in Charcoal was there!

Manico Charcoal Bag

Costs PHP 2,775.00

Black Leather Bag with Animal Print Handle is definitely for the working woman!

Black Leather Bag with Animal Print Strap

On and they have it in red, too! :)

Red Leather Bag

These little bags can be for kids or for adults who prefer smaller bags!

Small Black Bag

We were also given this bag which I love soo much because it is lightweight and spacious!

Lightweight Bag

And for your night outs, these clutches are perfect!

Clutch Bag

Once again, thank you Ni-Qua for such a relaxing day! :)

For more information, visit Ni-Qua:

Late Post: @bdjbox July: Pure and Simple

July box came in late but nevertheless, it never fails to make me happy. What really made me happy was the fact that it had the Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit.

Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit

If you have been following me on Instagram and on FB, you would have probably seen my post of my newly Keratin-ed hair. My gosh! That treatment is super sulit. I actually get that treatment at least once a year at Piandre, and it really smoothens my hair.

Keratin Complex

In a nutshell, this treatment infuses natural keratin deep into the hair’s cuticle which reduces the frizz and the curl. Yes, unfortunately, I do have wavy hair. It lasts for 3-5 months for as long as you’re really careful about it and take care of it by using the specialized shampoos and conditioners.

Anyway, going back, the other items that I have in the box are the following:

Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist in Mad for Melon, 250 ml, PHP 299 each, Fruity Collection

Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist

Celeteque Back Acne Spray, 50 ml, PHP 320

Which I really used to use when I had a lot of pimples in my back. BOOHOO! But amazingly enough, it really works ha!

Celeteque Back Acne Spray

Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette, 6g, PHP 199

Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette

Which I already tried and tested. It looks great doesn’t it?

Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette

Hygienix and Vitress

Hygienix Hand Gel, 100ml; PHP 45

Hygienix Hand Spray, 55ml; PHP 40

Both of which are a must have in my bag.

Hygienix Products

Vitress Instant Relax, 30ml; PHP 75

Vitress Hair Solenn, 30ml; PHP 80

Both of which, surprisingly works well with my hair. I actually think Vitress reformulated because when I tried their product before, it was so heavy that people with fine hair (like me) would have “flat” hair – if you know what I mean. But this time around, it works perfectly! Parang bagong Keratin ang hair ko. *naks*

Vitress Products

Nivea Travel Kit

Nivea Pure Effect Exfoliating Wipes, 20 wipes, PHP 139

Nivea In Shower Skin Conditioner, 100ml; PHP 109

Nivea Anti-Persiparant Invisible Spray, 150ml; PHP 184

Nivea Products

All of which I tried but my favorite among the three was the Exfoliating Wipes. This is something that people who love to travel would love to have. It has 2 sides, one to wipe way your make up and the other side to exfoliate. Cool, huh?

What did I think of the July Box?

I would think I was pretty happy with the box given that the box costs PHP580 only and it saved me money from buying all of these stuff that I think I “need”. I guess, that’s a revelation to me as well. I’m probably more of a “need” vs. “wants” girl. Or just recently, I already know how to differentiate the two. And probably, right now, I’m more mature and I’ve realized that in life, you can get by already with the things that you “need”. So yes, BDJ Box, I’m pretty happy. Thanks! :)

For more information about the BDJ Box:


“Suite Indulgence” at @ShangriLaHotels and Resorts

When I was working in the Ortigas Area, I used to park at the Shangri-La Edsa Plaza Mall so everyday, I would walk through the Shangri-La Edsa Plaza Hotel. I loved it. It was the most relaxing walk ever because as I enter the hotel, I would always smell this super sweet scent the miraculously washes away all of the stresses of the day.

I never really stayed in any other Shangri-La Hotel except for that one and I would love to visit their other sites. I bet it’s as nice as the one here in Manila.

If ever you’re in Hong Kong or Shanghai, you might like to read this press release below. :)

Shangri-La Jin Ang


HONG KONG, CHINA -Media OutReach- 4 August 2014 - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts reveals a suite offer that promises to deliver the ultimate luxury escape.  Guests can take advantage of personalised service and the finest accommodations with the “Suite Indulgence” package, which includes a 20% discount off the best available rates of suites and triple GC points for Golden Circle Members, plus access to Horizon Club lounges and benefits where available.


For Shangri-La properties with an exclusive Horizon Club Lounge, additional amenities include complimentary breakfast; tea or coffee delivered with a morning call; evening cocktails and canapés; a selection of snacks and beverages throughout the day; Club concierge service; two hour use of a meeting room daily; and complimentary suit pressing.


From Asia and the Middle East to Europe and North America, Shangri-La’s suite options will suit understated, elegant and opulent tastes.  Guests may opt for views of Hong Kong’s recognisable skyline atKowloon Shangri-La, marvel at street activity high up from Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai or settle for the tranquil turquoise Oman waters off Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.


Whatever the destination, the group’s suite collection addresses a business trip to an indulgent romantic break for two or a luxurious family resort holiday while delivering ‘hospitality from the heart’ for which the brand is renowned all over the world.


For more information about “Suite Indulgence”, which is valid 1 September through 31 October 2014 at more than 80 Shangri-La properties, and to make a reservation, visit

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000.  Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’ The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.  For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at


@niquashop + Small Bags is Love

I was browsing through the stuff of Ni QUA Philippines and this Mini Satchel in SAC in Neon Blue really caught my attention.

Niqua 1

It doesn’t matter that it’s for kids. And when was there ever a rule that kids’ section are just for kids? I beg to disagree. Especially for this case.

Niqua 2

In fact, I know for a fact that this small purse can carry all of my essentials – 2 mobile phones, travel wallet, and a small purse for coins.

In fact, I can think of a number of uses for this – not only for night outs. I can also use this as an extra purse when I go to the office. I love really big bags but the thing is, if I’m just going out for coffee or lunch, lugging around my huge bag is not really appealing to me. So keeping this in my office locker would be really cool. Voila, I have a small bag! J

For more information about Ni QUA and their other stuff visit the links below:

Have a great Monday everyone! I know it’s super traffic today but I hope that you guys are all safe sound wherever you are! :D


@manilaworkshops presents KokoCute: A #Kokoru Workshop on August 23, 2014

Manila Workshops, together with IFEX (International Fine Exchange Paper) and Kokoru, are happy to introduce Corrugated Paper Crafting through their workshop, entitled “Koko-Cute: A Kokoru Workshop”. This will be held on August 23, 2014 at the VOffice – 10th floor, Fort Legend Tower, 3rd Avenue and 31st Street BGC, Taguig City.

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Corrugated Paper is probably one of the most under-rated art materials that we have nowadays. Little people would know that with just some corrugated paper and a few simple craft supplies, you would be able to come up with beautiful projects. Corrugated paper crafting is definitely fun for all ages. Make beautiful items with this versatile paper. You can make stationery, notecards, boxes, cute displays and even decorate your scrapbook. Making these projects is definitely fun for the whole family!

Kokoru Pictures

And as a primer to Corrugated Paper Crafting, Manila Workshops, has invited Jonessa Cubacub, a corrugated paper crafter to teach both the young and the  young at heart to learn how to go about this. During this workshop, all of the items will be included and a step by step guide will be done in order to walk you through the whole process. This particular workshop will focus on teaching you how to create your very own corrugated paper animals and pencil toppers.

Workshop fees are as follows:

  • Early Bird Rate: PHP 800 (paid by August 15, 2014)
  • Regular Rate: PHP 1,700 (starting August 9, 2014)
  • Group Rate: PHP 500 per participant (group of 3 or more participants)

*Fees include all of the materials for the workshop, food and drinks!

For the guardians and companions who wish to stay during the workshop, there will be additional PHP 200 fee for food and drinks.

To register, please fill out the form found at the Memory Crafters Website.

About Manila Workshops

Manila Workshops has been in the industry for almost two years already under the company name GPA Events Management Services. It was founded by mompreneur, Ginger Palma-Arboleda, who thought of a brand that could help people achieve their personal and professional goals in life. Since 2012, Manila Workshops has been actively creating lifestyle workshops and has been partnering with Corporate clients and home-based businesses with the same goal.

For several years, we have been providing quality lifestyle workshops for individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals in life. We are continuously creating workshops that would help enhance knowledge in these different areas: creativity, business, and personal development.

Our team also provides support in terms of marketing and logistics for those “teachers” and “speakers” who are experts in their craft. We believe in sharing one’s talents and we will do the best we can to help an individual achieve this goal.

About Memory Crafters Workshop Series

Memory Crafters is Workshop Series of Manila Workshops (GPA Events Management Services). It is a set of fun and creative workshops offering arts and crafts workshops for both the young and the old. Whether an old-timer or a beginner in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, we believe that there is a creative side in each one of us. We carefully and lovingly pick the workshop courses that we would offer to provide an opportunity for each individual to explore the wonderful world of creativity.

So far, the workshops that we have successfully ran are the Loom Band Afternoon Party and the Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Stuffed Bear Workshop. All of these workshops aimed to develop the creative side of each attendee.

About IFEX (International Fine Exchange Paper)

IFEX brings in the Best in Artists’ Materials here in the Philippines. They aim to have masterpieces rendered with only the best materials that you can find. All of the items that they have are fit from budding artists to well-celebrated people in the industry. They are the exclusive distributor of Kokoru.

About Kokoru

Kokoru is a brand of colored corrugated paper in strips and A4 size. It aims to stimulate and nurture people’s creativity and imagination in schools, in colleges, universities and in lifelong learning. This product provides the creative community with a form of expression and interaction with each other.

About The Speaker

Jonessa Cubacub is trained in the Food and Beverages Services and Barista under Hotel and Resaurant Services of TESDA. Jone loves the art of making reusable things out of old things. She loves to collect things and upcycles them to be able to use them again. Some of her projects are turning old jeans into bags, tin cans into pen holder and restyling an old study table into a work table. She delved into jewelry making which she sold her friends and relatives. Because of this, she has always been appointed the Christmas decorator in her own household. She also loves painting and drawing. This is the reason hy she believe that any form of art is for everyone. She says “you don’t have to be good at it – you just need to enjoy and love what you’re doing.”


To learn more about this workshop, please contact:

Memory Crafters

Friday Thoughts: What does my personal best look like?

Personal Best 1

I have been taking this challenge in the office that I super love. It’s called the Arete challenge and it kind of develops you into a better person. When Google Arete – it actually means “excellence of any kind.” (Taken from Wikipedia). But I remember when I was in France, or when I was learning French, that meant stop. So, honestly for me, it means – STOP. Think about things. Think about yourself. How can you make yourself better? Something like “Sharpening the Saw” Principle form the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Yes, I know. I’m a nerd. I love things like this.

Anyway, for the past few months I have been learning more about my Strengths. I took this Strengths Assessment test and it actually gave me the following result which is supposedly my Top 5 Strengths:

1.)    Responsibility

2.)    Harmony

3.)    Arranger

4.)    Input

5.)    Communication

All of which I agree with except that in the Communication part, I’m not very much of a speaker. Not in a big crowd of people I don’t know. I like talking to people I know and I’m comfortable with but not to strangers. Yes, I’m not that friendly. Haha. J

Anyway, my Day 7 Challenge is to think about what My Personal Best looks like. My Personal Best. Weird but I’ve heard that term before in running. When people would ask you what is your personal best? The only difference is that in running, it’s soo much easier to track that in terms of time. But in your life? How do you measure your life? Hard. And this is probably the reason why, I’m writing this entry. As you can see, since I have Communication in my number 5, I tend to communicate with my thoughts better when I write them down. Yes, writer lang ang peg. :)

At Work

What does my personal best look like?

Probably at work, my personal best would look something like 2011 to some extent. Haha. Yes, it was probably the best year of my career life when I was sent to France, leading the Knowledge Transfer of an application. That was the year when I found out that I liked to travel on business trips because I could be alone with myself. I like finding out new things and I actually like projects. I like seeing the start and the end of things. If something is continuous, I get tired after awhile and I don’t get the feeling of accomplishment because I can’t see the end of things.

How can I use my strengths to move closer to that?

I guess in the current job that I have right now, I have to admit that sometimes, I don’t see the end of things because it’s an ongoing thing. But I’m not complaining because I feel comfortable in it already. And honestly, if you know me, I don’t like stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m a scaredy cat like that. I know that I should change that but then I’m just not quite ready yet to take the leap.

However, with the strengths that I have, I think that I should create little projects for myself so that I know that there’s a start and an end. I can measure it and then I can feel the sense of accomplishment everytime I finish something.

At Home or Personal Life:

What does my personal best look like?

I guess, I can probably say that if I have the feeling of Harmony then I would feel very happy. I know that things will fall into place. It’s just a matter of time. But yes, waiting is difficult. Yes, indeed.

How can I use my strengths to move closer to that?

I guess I need more time to evaluate everything that is going on in my head. Probably just like this, I need to list everything down and figure out what I have to do. I know that it’s no reason but there’s just a lot of things going on and popping up that sometimes, I don’t get to really think. THINK, if you know what I mean.

My Health

What does my personal best look like?

Oh my gosh. Not even health. It’s just the weight thing. The battle of the bulge. WHEN, when will I ever win this war? #girlproblems I know what I have to do but I just don’t do it. Yes, stubborn.

How can I use my strengths to move closer to that?

Well first of all, I think I need to take MORE responsibility about this and be really SERIOUS about it. I wonder where I would get the “reason” for doing this. I read or heard somewhere that the only time when you really take something seriously is when you have a good reason for it. So I’m sure it’ll come. REALLY.

Anyway, I gotta go and go back to work. To end this post, let me share this with you. J Just because we are the best version of ourserlves and each passing day, we become better versions of ourselves. Happy Friday Loves. :)

Personal Best 2

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