Thursday, 28 March 2013

Save the Sand, Save the Beach with Lagu

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See how much you'll save if you'll use Lagu? 
This would really be a very big help in saving our beautiful beaches. Aside from Boracay, the Philippines has still more wonderful beaches. These are our pride and joy, let's preserve this so that the future generations can still experience these wonders.

Lagu is the first beach-friendly beach blanket. Unlike ordinary towels, Lagu repels sand allowing you to lay with ease while also conserving the beach. It's unique linen blend is allergen-free and has quick-dry properties, keeping it fresh for repeated use. 

Friendly to both you and the beach, Lagu is the only beach blanket you'll need for your life on the sands.

See how easy it is to keep Lagu...

Thanks to Sir Marvine Sy, I got to have my very own Lagu beach blanket. 
And what perfect way to test this? 
Bring it to the beach! Just in time for my Calaguas trip!
Since Lagu repels sand, I got to help preserved the beach. I had no problem waiting too long for it to dry before packing it up since it dries up quickly.

Photo credits to Tiara Mejos |
It even complimented my whole beach ensemble during the photoshoot.

My very own Violeta! ^__^

Together let's

Remembering HIS Sacrifice...

From Ash Wednesday to Easter Eve.
Let's solemnly observe this time of the year where God sacrificed his only Son for all humankind.


Not only in food, but also in our vices. 
Give time to reflect on the things we've done and thank Him for giving us a chance to redeem ourselves.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Artsy Fartsy Craft: Bulingit + Abriella Collab

Bulingit decided to draw something for me...

...and I decided to put some color on it.

The bulingit and abriella collaboration!

Thanks for the drawing bulings! mwuah! 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Choco Loco Attack: Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates

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I came across with this chocolates when we went to The Chillage. I thought it was stationery or something so I just took a picture of it. When Tabian, saw the pic, she told me what it was. I got excited and it gave me more reason to go back to The Chillage, aside from the fun room that I haven't really explored that well.

Cacao from Davao. Sugar from Bacolod.

Living overseas and living alone meant that I had to learn how to cook for myself. From learning how to cook, it was only a natural progression to learn how to bake; and chocolate is one of the primary ingredients that I often use in baking. Working with chocolate got me to experience and discover the vast differences in chocolates available. It is no surprise that the better quality chocolates often leads to better tasting products.
As I delve more into the history of chocolate, I found that although European countries are often more well-known for their chocolates than other counterparts in other parts of the world, no European country actually grow their own cacao beans as their climate doesn't allow it. The cacao plant can only grow within 20 degrees north and south of the equator...just like in the Philippines, where I was born and raised.
So it got me thinking of making it right at the source. After all, the main ingredients that goes into a good chocolate is basically just cacao beans and sugar--both of which are readily available here. All that it needs is for someone to craft it to the highest quality. I decided to be that person, went home from overseas and the rest is what you see now.
At our factory, each batch of chocolate is produced in small quantities (actually, it would be "micro" in industry standards) and overseen personally by people instead of machines. We take great care, time and effort to ensure that each step starting from the selection of the cacao bean to the final step of molding and packing, we are only offering the best we can offer.

-Philo Chua, Founder

Flavors (from left to right)

  • 70% Dark Chocolate
  • Labuyo
  • Calamansi
  • Green Mango and Salt
  • Pili and Pinipig
  • Barako
  • Milk Chocolate (not in the picture)
  • Honey Cinnamon (not in the picture) - Christmas special
You can get this yummies at just 100.00 pesos per bar. In Cebu, aside from The Chillage, Cebu Pinoy EcoStore is also selling them online at

It even comes in 3-bar or 5 bar Gift Boxes.

3-Bar Gift Box
5-Bar Gift Box

As spotted at The Chillage

Check them online:

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Insanity of Being Right

Would you rather be right or happy? The answer might seem obvious, but if you’re honest with yourself, how often do you choose to be right at the expense of inner peace and happiness? If some part of you believes that being right is the sure-fire way to find inner peace and finally be at ease, then I invite you to please read on …

The Wrongs with Rightness

Think about it – if humans chose happiness over being right most of the time, do you think there would be war? Do you think our courtrooms and dockets would be over-booked for month or years with law suits – many of them petty, and even spiteful? Do you think we’d have so many inter-personal conflicts: at work, in the family, or among ‘friends’? How about road rage? What would that look like – or would it even exist – if we humans really chose happiness over the insane need to be right?
I’m not kidding. And if you just look around a little – including at yourself – you’ll see just how much this obsession with rightness mucks up even the sweetest experiences. It insinuates itself into even the most intimate affairs and may be the most persistent stumbling block to effective communication, loving kindness, happiness, and most certainly – forgiveness.

Forgive and Forget

And speaking of forgiveness (the uber-key to happiness), how about this one: “I’ll forgive him, but I’ll never forget”? There’s two ways to see this, one is to recognize what the “I” in this statement has learned from a negative situation in order to not make the same mistake. Fair enough. But have you ever heard this come out of someone’s mouth and you just knew that ‘forgive’ was getting the lip service, and ‘never’ was closer to the truth?
This need to be right in the face of all kinds of miserable things like divorce; withholding love from a lover, family member or worst of all, a child; drawn-out law suits with their accompanying depositions, legal fees and mythic-proportions of ‘he said-she said’; revenge behavior of any kind; and petty politiking in the office, are all manifestations of a mental assumption that’s insane. What is that assumption? That ‘rightness’ equals happiness. Why is it insane? Because you might as well argue with a hole in the ground than try to force every body (or anybody) to think, perceive and believe just like you.

Oz the All-Powerful

But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’ve got the gumption (and many would say, ‘courage’) to look this ‘rightness’ square in the eye, you can change it in an instant.
Just as Dorothy discovered, there’s no All Powerful Oz. The need to be right is just another mask of a scared little ego, uncertain of its place in the world and trying to feel more secure. Once you pull the curtain aside, things will never be the same. Because when you truly see the nature of your ego (and everyone else’s, for that matter) here’s what you’ll discover: it can never be satisfied. The ego will never feel safe enough, strong enough, confident enough or right enough to finally sit down and shut up.
So if you truly want to find inner peace, then the first (and maybe the only) step is to surrender your ego’s need to be right. No conditions, no exceptions. Letting go of the need to be right in your personal AND professional life will change you like you can’t even imagine.
And if you’re coming up with all kinds of excuses, arguments, or ‘exceptions’ to this rule, just remember: that’s your ego talking, and s/he’s the one who, yep, always needs to be right.

Your Turn!

What do you think? Is it possible to surrender the need to be right in all circumstances? What’s the worse thing that could happen if you did? What’s the best?