Davao city is gearing up for another eyewear fashion revolution as Sunnies by Charlie, Philippines’ newest and hippest eyewear brand, is officially gracing the shelves this coming March 13, 2014. Continue reading
Chimes Specialty Store is treating Davao once again to another exclusive fashion preview as they will be arranging the special Plains and Prints x Rhet Eala Spring Summer Collection of 2014.
In this repertoire, A-list celebrity Anne Curtis dons the sweet and sexy pieces from P&P’s newest collection. Here’s what she has to say about this charming Plains & Prints set: I will always be the fun-loving, girly, girl that I am. But I’d like my audience to know that I’ve grown up and become more mature, too. That’s why this year, I’ve decided to dress more responsibly. Continue reading
Lately, I noticed some of my peers being victims of, and perpetrators of, crab mentality. As a quick refresh, online encyclopedias define crab mentality as a metaphor operating in this way of thinking: if I can’t have it, neither can you. It is derived from the behavior of crabs, which, when placed in a bucket, will grab at each other in a useless “king of the hill” competition driven by the desire to prevent every one to escape. In this case, everyone is doomed to their own demise. Wikipedia notes that it is also “the analogy in human behavior is that members of the group will attempt to ‘pull down’ (negate or diminish the importance of) any member who achieves success beyond others, out of envy, conspiracy or competitive feelings”. Continue reading
When it comes to food, I could say I’m pretty easy to please. However, a few favorites always stand out. For example, I think I would never get tired of eating Mami, Batchoy and/ or Ramen. Yummy soup, fresh noodles and meat? Take all my money! I’ve tasted the ones that make me beg for a second bowl and others which are not even worthy of your cup noodles budget. And you see, lately my life just became so much brighter; I’ve just found the best Ramen in Davao city. Where, you ask? At CHIYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND YAKINIKU HOUSE.
Sitting at the not-so-busy thoroughfare of Lanang, near West Insular Village, CHIYO is located at the ground floor of West JBT Plaza, Lanang’s foodie wonderland. In this building, you’ll also find Jaime’s, a super affordable buffet treat (all-in at P450!) and West Empire, dubbed by most foodies as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the region. Chiyo stands out because of their bright, cozy, welcoming ambiance, with plush red seats, zen architecture and a dash of modern taste. At first, if you’re easily intimidated, you’d think eating at this resto will cost you a thousand bucks. Oh well, the chalkboard by their counter will tell you otherwise.
At CHIYO, Ramen and Yakiniku offerings go for only P180-P250, and mind you, the flavors are a blast! For their Ramen, they serve freshly made noodles and soup that’s especially made from fresh produce. So basically, everything is done from scratch. You don’t get to see that from many Japanese restos in the city, do you?
Another highlight is their smokeless grill, where you can grill your own thinly-sliced, flavor-drenched meat and cook ‘em according to your preference. You can do medium-rare, medium-well or well-done! What’s more, it’s healthier, safer and doesn’t leave you with that annoying grill smell on your clothes afterwards.
If you’re in for a full, Sumo-like meal, Bento meals at Chiyo only go as low as P350. That already includes Tempura/tuna, rice, appetizer, miso soup, a main course, veggies, drink and (my favorite bonus) ice cream. It’s like going to a buffet without having to stand up repeatedly.
Ready to get your fill of mouth-watering Japanese cuisine? Visit CHIYO today! (and give em some love, like their Facebook page!)
CHIYO Japanese Restaurant and Yakiniku House is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 10:00AM to 10:00PM and Sundays, from 5:00PM to 10:00PM. SEE YOU at CHIYO!
Photo credits go to CHIYO
After watching the much-talked-about movie, Bride for Rent (yes, I’m a little late, I know), I realized that Filipino love stories, in general, follow a few classic formulas. Before I watched this movie, I didn’t read its synopsis or watched the trailer. I just went with my hunch regarding its plot and why, I was right. Continue reading
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It’s inevitable. A new year arrives right after the happiest season of the year. With all the good vibes from Christmas, plus tradition’s obsession towards “turning over a new leaf” whenever we change the calendar, we fall into a common situation—making half-assed New Year’s Resolutions.
The most common ones are saving up, doing better in one’s career/ school performance, eating healthy, dedicating an ample amount of time for exercise, quitting smoking (or any other bad, perhaps illegal, habit) and “loving one’s self better”. Although I don’t want to sabotage your plans, I see a lot of youngsters still carrying the Ningas Cogon attitude. One, two, three days they’re dedicated, the rest of the year, they’re not. Then they just repeat the same set of resolutions by next year. I’m sure you also know this feeling—we’ve all been there. But if you still find yourself in the same trap year after year after year, here’s the time when you have to put a stop to that madness. Continue reading
We get bonunses. Money is abounding. People love to spend. Banks are offering sweet credit card deals. Bazaars and mall sales are all around. If we’re lucky, our godparents remember us and slip in a check here and there. That, my friends, is the perfect scenario to breed overspenders. Have you ever ended up broke on January, only looking at the month that just passed by so fast? Well, slow down fella, and keep in mind these tips on how to avoid overspending this Christmas:
Lately I’ve noticed several programs and contests that fund, support, and of course, encourage start-ups to finally get themselves out in the open. One day you’re working, doing your daily 8-to-5 and then suddenly a great idea hits you but you’re not sure where to begin. You cash out, borrow a little, read up on some articles and think you’re good to go. While ample knowledge on the perfect mix of traditional and new media marketing, basic accounting skills, and a healthy dose of common sense will be considered helpful, here are other pitfalls that you might want to prepare from:
Know that your business plan will have several changes as you go. No matter how good or foolproof you think your current business plan is, don’t break heart when you’d eventually find yourself changing it. There is no FINAL business plan, ever. Learn to adapt to changes and listen to the advice of others.
Speaking of listening to others, learn that you have to spend a good amount of time talking to a good number of people. If you don’t do so, you might miss out on a helpful insight that will really make or break how you do business. Just don’t go around announcing it on Facebook as well. That’s tacky, and only about 5% of your friends might actually be sincere or knowledgeable about business.
Third: don’t get obsessed about your branding. Sure, thinking your brand over, giving it a nice logo and exposure is good but if you spend P50,000 just to build a nice website for it while your total capital is P150,000, you might be making a huge mistake there. Instead, spend your money on developing your products, selling complementary products/ services and get trainings for customer service.
Not hiring right. At first you will be thinking that hiring the one that doesn’t expect a huge salary, and clearly needs the money now, is fine. But that’s not what you really want. You want someone who believes in your products and services, and the ones who care about it as much as you do. This way, they will be more accountable for their actions and it will be easier for them to do the selling or do their jobs. Don’t just hire employees, hire evangelists. Do your part also by conducting activities or rewards programs that make them love their work better.
Lastly, nothing beats realism. So it’s best to be rational all the time, not confuse passion with delusion and remember that success = hardwork. Find ways to motivate yourself aside from money. Find a strong vision and equip it with a strong mission. Put your (realistic) core values and goals at heart.
I’m already in the same business for four years and I still feel like a newbie most of the time. I would say this list always serves as a great goal map whenever I am facing a dilemma. So good luck to all the other young entrepreneurs and more power to all start-ups!
Painless threading? Yes, it can be totally possible! No sweat, sister!
Introducing BROW HAUS, a full-service brow and lash grooming salon. According to them, they’re “built for the urbanite who demands not just function, but function and style”.
Before Brow Haus, I only had less than ten encounters with eyebrow threading. I know that eyebrows can make or break how you look so I invest in it by having my brows professionally groomed with a clean blade or pluck them myself using a tried-and-tested memorized guide. (You can also access it here.) Continue reading
The desire to lose weight is one that everybody shares. No matter where we come from, what language we speak, and how we look like, this universal fact holds true for all of us: weight management is key to maintaining proper health, among other benefits. Today, the world has not disappointed us in offering products that promise to help us shed the pounds off our stomachs. There are many dietary supplements that one can look for on the market, one of which includes Lean and Fab. Continue reading