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something came in the mail today from BPI! surprise surprise! an Olay Total Effects one-time special gift! i totally wasn't expecting this even if i knew i joined the promo cos for some reason the access number wasn't replying to my registration haha and since it came i'd like to share the promo to you as well!. here's a promo from BPI: Olay-EPS promo


just use your BPI atm card to purchase any item, amounting to at least 500 pesos single-receipt, via EPS (express payment system) at any merchant from november 15, 2013 until january 31, 2014. register your transaction details by sending:

IM REG BPIOLAY <card number>/<mailing address>/<transaction date mmddyyyy>/<amount>
to 2256

after confirmation, you'll be receiving the special gift with 15 days. :) i registered last Dec 17 and received the gift now, exactly 2 weeks in fairness, even without receiving an sms confirmation. hahaha

in the kit: (1) Olay Total Effects intense moisture face and body bar &
(1) Olay Total Effects day cream normal spf 15

so what are you waiting for? promo runs until january 31! head on here for more details

i'd just like to note that i learned about the promo from their mobile app, there's a promo menu there you could check for current promos! if you're a BPI card holder i suggest you get their extremely useful mobile app! >XD

i take this as a happy holidays from BPI! thank you! :)

super duper late post!
[happened November 16, 2013]

weeks before the event i was having second thoughts if it's wise to spend my birthday here because it's not gonna be with family and i thought i was only coming because i won free passes (thanks to nuffnang and geoffreview!) and not because i really really wanted to come. hehe

anyway, i came (hence this post) to the event and was very happy that i did! i came with two very good friends of mine anne and RA and we all enjoyed the event! hahaha it was so jam packed they had to add extra chairs!


here's a preview of some notable parts of the conference (for me!) haha


maria ressa on bayanihan (crowd sourcing). this is probably the best i've heard the entire day. she described how they're using crowd sourcing in aggregating social media data to aid relief efforts for victims of typhoon yolanda. talk about a person finder via fb face detect and plotting passable roads via google maps! na-elibs ako when i learned how much technology is playing in helping the philippines recover from the super typhoon. dito ko rin narealize how crappy this blog is, not being able to talk about socially relevant news at least. haha #sorina




jim paredes on community and social advocacy in social media.


jeff lo of pinoy fitness talks about building an engaged community online. it's really about settling on a niche you're most passionate on and just letting the readership flow. if you notice, i'm kindof into running recently and his website is my number 1 go-to when it comes to running events. if i remember correctly, it wasn't really in his intentions to grow a community, it just happened that lots and lots of readers are starting to rely on his website for information, and suddenly the comments sections is not enough to handle actual discussions that he had to put up a dedicated forum for his readers! sarap ng feeling when you started na tipong web 1.0 lang providing information ala news, then next thing you know there's lots of user interaction happening already that you had to start engaging! thumbs up! and moooore power for pinoy fitness. i'm a fan!


aisa ipac and anna gonzales of bloggers united
in fairness naaliw ako sa dalawang to kahit na feel na feel ko ang nerbyos nila! hahaha! they shared tips on how to mount a blogging event, and also shared their experiences when they started bloggers united bazaar. stress level! hahaha


googly gooeys they have the cutest slides! as an artist (naks) i soooo appreciate the emphasis they put on visuals in their blog. super cool to the eyes! they talked about ways to make social media advertising effective. more than the usual SEO tricks, they go beyond that and put so much effort in promoting advertisers by creating comic strips with their super cute cartoon counterparts tipsy and ponggo! it's a whole new and exciting way of promoting, you know, not just copy and pasting ad briefs but actually engaging in the product itself on a personal level. inggit much! i wish i could reach that level where advertisers actually buy a post in this blog! kaso no. hahaha hanggang sponsored-reviews.com at nuffnang movie promos lang ako. 


abe olandres of yugatech.
idol ko to kasi i'm a follower of yugatech! hahaha


chucky and yen deyfrus 
ang weird ng dating nila. parang ang sungit nila sa isa't isa on stage. sorry! i don't know if it's just me but i find them awkward to each other, but nonetheless insightful naman! >XD

btw btw, comment on the host franco mabanta. he was fun, spontaneous, and an overall good host but there were times he seemed irritatingly sarcastic and over the line. hehe >:P

anyway. ehem ehem. the cocktail food was awesome! i loooooove everything that was served. hahaha mejo PG (read: patay gutom) ako i had 3 platefuls of pica picas but what can i do, everything tasted so good. even the donuts and stuffed croisant before the confe started. hahaha

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after the conference, they cleared the hall and prepped it for Nuffie Awards where notable online personalities get awarded for various contributions they made to the websphere.  sadly, only a few (or none?) of the winners came hehe. we stayed for the announcement of raffle winners (there were so many giveaways!), too bad i didn't win! my friend won though yahooo!

funny divine lee!
i know she's a she but she has some gay angles idunno hehe. >XD

and the team behind the successful event :)

last but not the least... freebies!!! this was such a blessed day for me, i never had this much freebies in a single event! i took home a timex wall clock (good thing they also gave out a large shopping bag for it haha), oishi gift pack, marks & spencer lemonade, magazines, and a blogopolis kit which inlcludes skin white lotion and soap, hygienix hand sanitizer, vitress hair serum, blogopolis 2013 baller, timex and wink discount coupons, and a revlon mascara.

loot!
blogopolis 2013 kit
if there's one thing this conference succeeded in making me feel, it's that i suck so much as a blogger. hahaha no niche, no sense, and no advocacy. i feel so little, listening to these gurus blogging about stuff that actually matters when here i am, stuck with teenage rants every single day. hahaha #sonotsorry

in celebration of being awarded as the number 1 PC vendor worldwide, Lenovo is throwing out a concert for those who purchase select lenovo products until end of this year. :)

featuring Rico Blanco, Nina, Kyla, together with The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra
the Lenovo L1ve concert will be held on January 9, 2014 (Thursday), 8pm at the Newport Perfmorning Arts Center, Resorts World Manila.

i'm selling 2 tickets for php 1,700 each. contact me for details! comment here or use the contact form at the side bar :)
since the year is about to end, let me recap some of the best things that has happened to me this year, all thanks to God! 

# jeckie and i turned 2 years! 

to infinity and beyond! lol
i consider this a milestone because i've observed a lot of serious relationships fail come 2 years time. i was even afraid that our love will start to decline at this point! but noooo! i'm so blessed that God gave me someone who secures me with his love every single day. aw. naiiyak ako hahaha. here's to forever! yiiie keso much! <3


# water baptized for the first time!

victory weekend
seriously this is the best encounter i had with God and it was sooooo amazing. ever since sunday school, i've never been this active at church. when terai and i moved to victory nova, things started to change. we became more engaged in church activities and i felt more responsible spiritually.

but you know, one important thing i learned about being a christian is that IT'S AN EVERYDAY STRUGGLE. getting water baptized doesn't coat us with an invisible shield that wards off evil and temptation, in fact we become more susceptible to it. it's how we react to them that we practice our being heirs to the kingdom of God. hard life, yeah, but the choice is ours.

# new year, new job!


i'm frkn excited about what this new life will bring me. i may be back to 0 but it's all good. at least i believe it's all for the good of my, ano ba, (mental) health? haha i'll definitely miss the people i've worked with though!

# new laptop!

lenovo flex 14
300 degrees! touch screen! elibs much ako
i could say this is where half of my christmas bonus went. i admit i was almost bankrupt after this purchase but well, i'm leaving my job so i have to surrender the company laptop and i can't live without a laptop sorry na. hahaha! i'm still in the process of appreciating windows 8 (by making it look windows 7-ish haha) but right now i'm kindof frustrated that my portable photoshopS won't run. huhu

# surprise family gift!

HIRO foot massager
last year, i bought a 32" LED tv for the fam. this year, i bought a foot massager kasi i know it's going to be abused like crazy (and indeed). who doesn't want a pampering after a hard day's work? grabe adik na kami lahat dito. haha if i can only afford those full body massage chairs that'll be ozom but for now, eto muna. no to credit card! i got this at 30% off and with an additional gift (a slimming belt!) kasi i'm the last customer na magte-12mn na kasi non haha

super hassle nya i-uwi cos we never expected the box to be so big, it won't fit inside the taxi. sa harap, sa likod, sa trunk ayaw talaga! we had to remove it from the box para lang mai-saksak ng maayos sa trunk. sobrang hassle. but worth it parin! hahaha thank you jeckie! hihi

i feel sad cos this is probably the last time i'll be able to buy something big for the family. next year for sure di ko na to afford, knowing that my salary is gonna take a deep dive for a while. hehehe. ipon ipon na lang ulit, at business business din! >XD

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this january, i have to be careful not to spend too much. being that my last salary at smart is going to be held for 2 months and my first salary at pointwest will probably be credited by the end of january pa, mejo poorita mode ulit! talaga naman kasi pag pasko, spluuuurge!

Lord sana maulit ulit tong kagastusan na to! at least i know i have moolah hahaha

somebody please take me here! i super duper want to go here, but i think it's too pricey even for an early bird (Php 1750 until Dec 20 only) i hope the sponsors would throw in free passes naman this Christmas pleaaaase! haha

still looking forward to this event. >XD 70% decided, jeckie kamooooown!

full deets here: http://www.graphikamanila.com

UPDATE: bought passes na! haha see you on Feb 1!
// new year, new job

i had quite an eventful friday the 13th. two things, i finally turned in my resignation to my supervisor, and signed an offer at another company that's only 30 minutes away from home! that's 4hours savings a day! lol. at this point, there's really no turning back na! and i'm so excited! thank you Lord! i've never been this excited for the coming year. hahaha

// ignorance is bliss

i'm thinking of deactivating all my social media accounts (cos hiatus is for posers) next year particularly fb, twitter, instagram. i'm still thinking it through, cos you know, i still need them for nuffnang's movie promos and the occasional chatter. but you see, if i were to actually sum up my social media usage according to purpose, it'll be like this:

5% promos
5% communication with friends
30% actual self expression, in other words, attention seeking
60% scrolling through my "friends" 30%s

for a total of duh. 

now i'm thinking, i'm spending 60% of my online time scrolling through the lives of people i'm barely interested in, secretly hating them for pretending to be rich, judging them for drinking overpriced coffee everyday when they could have donated that much to yolanda victims (right? right? no. i want the planner too), condemning them for supporting lgbt relationships, envying them for being to places i wanted to be in but can't, etc. etc. etc. the more i scroll, the more hateful i become. haha

hey i'm not saying yer all pretentious (but i'm cool if you admit it too, we're on the same boat here), i'm just too evil to only notice the good in social media.

so for my own good, i'll probably just deac, cos i'm hipster like that. or not. i'll keep this blog though hehe

// merry christmas!

in case you wanna buy me something for being honest, on the right is my wishlist haha. 
oh yeaaahh!

Nike We Run Manila 2013 was held yesterday december 1 at marikina city. gun start at 4pm :D

yesterday was sooo awesome! first time to run 10k outdoors and i seriously enjoyed it! i came along with 4 of my college friends jun, mark, dan and edlaine and we had so much fuuuun!

amigos <3
i'm just starting a running habit and this was a totally good experience for me! this is the second running event i joined (first was red cross million volunteer run) and everything was mostly good!


pros:

- race kit claiming was very organized. with an event like this i was expecting chaos during the claiming dates (nov 21-24) but surprisingly the lines were smooth and there were no long queues as there were around 10+ claiming counters. they gave out a really big tote bag considering it only contained the red runner's shirt, map/guidelines, and dtag. hahaha

- it felt different (in a positive way) running around a neighborhood as opposed to running along the highway or on a treadmill (duh? haha)

- hydration for me was okay. there were tons of water and even though a lot of runners were complaining about the lack of gatorade, the overflow of water (i think) is enough to quench our thirst. hehe

- for the price of 850 per runner, 2 drifit nike shirts + nike water bottle is really sulit! i particularly liked the red shirt cos it's softer and felt more drifit than the white finisher's shirt. hehe

- it felt very uplifting and encouraging hearing the townspeople and children cheer for you along the sides! "go runners!" "wohoooo!" "nike run nga eh! hindi nike walk!" hahaha panalo! there were kids na nakiki-apir pa along the way. but i didn't indulge hahaha.

- the finish line was stationed inside the sports complex so it felt great having to cap off your race in the tracks! feeling marathoner! ang astig sobrang fulfilling! hahaha

- finisher's kit claiming was also a breeze. no long lines. claiming was divided by shirt size and the entire complex was lined up with claiming booths. :D finishers kit included the finishers shirt, nike water bottle, gatorade, and premier drinking water.

- after party concert was awesome kahit di na namin inabutan haha

- going home was a breeze, no traffic at all. thanks dan for the ride! >:D

cons:

- hindi naman talaga ako competitive but some roads were too narrow to accommodate running participants, so most resorted to just walk until they reach a wider street. hehe

- sana may 'FINISHER' na nakalagay sa finishers shirt para mas cool tingnan.

- also, i hoped they allowed us to change shirt sizes cos apparently the finishers shirt was a bit smaller than the runner's shirt. huhu 

- mejo nakaka-guilty tingnan yung mga closed roads accumulating traffic and angry motorists. i hope they change venue next year, MOA, CAVITEX or BGC are still the best options for running events. hehe

- i also hope they made it a morning race as well! no qualms about starting at the afternoon (at least hindi mainit hehe) the thing is, afternoon traffic is worse. i'd rather wake up super early and finish early! hehe

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overall it was a great run! kudos to nike and runrio! yahoooo! after the run i (unwillingly HAHA) treated my friends to tapsi ni vivian as a post birthday treat. hello to tapsi, bulalo and lechong kawali! in fairness nangarag ang restaurant because of the volume of people who dined in! super full house!

hello high blood!
the goys

i enjoyed it a lot that i had to file for a sick leave today because my body won't cooperate. i have a feeling my right leg was strained so pilay pilayan ako ngayon. i hate this feeling, it feels like my injury is recurring. :'(

UPDATE:

race results out! here's mine, for keepsake haha

Bib number: 69404
Rank: #11505 (yeahh and there were like 15k runners ok?! *proud moment* hahaha)
Gun time: 01:59:20
Chip time: 01:37:21

were you also a participant? how did you find it? :)