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This was my year – Farewell 2009

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Announcements, blogging, Events, Featured

This was my year – Farewell 2009

I have made a lot of decisions about love, career and money this year.  Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don’t depend on it, and I’m one of those people.  I believe in hardwork and working for what you want more than luck.  But this year, it has been on my side, winning contests twice… winning many contests, always getting my name picked on raffles and best of all, lucky to have good friends who support me and help me in any way they can.

It’s the last day on the 2009 calendar.  I can only list the many good things that happened to me this year but I have to leave for now as my aunt ant uncles are going to pick me up to celebrate new year once again at Dusit Hotel.



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My Priority for the New Year – Saving Money in 2010

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in Personal

My Priority for the New Year – Saving Money in 2010

This is officially my first blog post as an unemployed individual!  I AM FREE!!!

I have decided not to go corporate anytime soon.  I vowed to myself to have at least two months of “me” time / vacation before considering the possibility of applying for a company and industry I would want to be in again.  Even so, I still think I’d stop working and focus on my blogging and internet marketing since I still earn at least enough to keep me alive and fund my hobbies.

Although, I think I would also need to “save” more.  To be honest, I don’t have solid savings from the 2 years I worked in a company (shame).  Yes!  I am poor, I have no savings.  I spent them all on gadgets and travel.  I said to myself that I will spend and enjoy the earnings I had first before I save and plan for my serious future.  😉

Good thing nothing major of a tragedy happened to me, if not, I don’t have enough money to pay for unexpected expenditures!

For the new year, I think my focus should be more on making my financials stable.  It’s time I think of allotting some of my earnings to savings.  This way, I can pay for any unexpected future expenditures!

I came across this article online on Ways to save money.  It’s a good read actually and I am super guilty for violating the 7 ways on how an individual can save money.  I am not a house buddy and lately I have been abusing my credit card (due to my many travels).  If you know me,  you’ll agree that I love my car and I love driving around!  Blah, this is another savings killer as I often take this out just to drive around and discover new places.  It’s all good but for the new year, I think I’m cutting down on this.

Here are my personal list on ways on saving money:

1.  I should wash my own car.  Since I would have all the free time I need for the new year, I thought, why not clean my own car?  It’s a win-win situation!  I can save from paying people to wash my car.   Not only that, it would also serve as an “exercise” for me.  I also just need to buy a wax for my car and in this case I think I can save more than having to have it “Waxed and washed” by carwash stores for PHP 375.

2.   I think it’s also time to purchase the best car insurance.  Ever since the Ondoy tragedy here in the Philippines, car owners have been regretting that they did not purchase the car insurance with “force majeur” (acts of God) coverage.  Since I don’t want to spend major on “unexpected expenses” I think I’ll just take the safe side and purchase a nice insurance in case another tragedy like that will happen again.  Also, since I’m the kind of driver who swerves a lot and I always get my mom worried.  Maybe I should let her purchase the car insurance for me instead… That will be a big savings for me lol

3.  Another way to save is not to ignore and clip coupons.  This should actually stretch our dollars or pesos.  I have lots of these coupons on the planner that I bought.  I often forget to bring them when I shop though.  I guess I should just think about something hard first before I purchase something.  I might have coupons for the things I buy that would really give me great savings.  $10 worth of savings is big enough for me if converted to Pesos.  That would allow me to buy one decent meal already.  Or, I could use it to pay for my url renewal.  Many sites offer coupons as well to those digitally and web savvy like me.

4.  Gadget diet.  I think for now, I have all my “necessary” gadgets.  One slr, 2 lenses, a compact cam, a laptom, 2 cool phones.  Those are my necessities.  Although, I am so tempted to buy a netbook, I kept on thinking I really don’t need it.

5.  Cook food or dine home.  Since I won’t have a job.  I’ll stay home and take advantage of my mom’s cooking.  She pays for groceries.  Why do I need to dine out? 😛

6.  Pick travels.  I think I should travel less to the places I have been to and go to places I haven’t been to instead.

7.  Cut on expensive entertainment.  I love watching movies, but I have cable at home that shows lots of movies as well.  I can also borrow DVDs from friends instead of going to the cinema to watch every latest cool movie showing.

These 7 are the things I have thought of for myself for now.  I shall add the list if I think of more.  All seven items may not apply to you but I bet you also have one common goal like me.  How about you?  Any money saving tips you can share for 2010?

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Misa de Gallo in Pampanga

Posted by on Dec 25, 2009 in Art & Photography, blogging, Events, Featured, Food, Pilipinas, Travel

Misa de Gallo in Pampanga

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Christmas in the Philippines

Misa De Gallo - Pampanga

A Christmas Lantern in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines

(1st Place winner to the Keso de Gallo photo contest sponsored by Eden Cheese)

The Philippines has been greatly influenced by Spanish traditions and Misa de Gallo is one of them.  Misa de Gallo is a Spanish phrase which means “Midnight mass.”  In Spain, Misa de Gallo pertains to a midnight mass starting around 12am on Christmas eve.

Here in the Philippines, we have a novena of a series of 9 dawn Masses (usually around 3am to 4:30 am) starting from December 16 up to the eve of Christmas, December 24.  Filipino farmers in the early days would want to attend Christmas masses but they could not leave their fields in the day.  With this, the priests held early dawn masses to these farmers and they were held before day break and thus the term “Simbang Gabi” or Midnight Mass.  Even until now, Filipino devotees attend these midnight masses as an expression of devotion to God.  It is also a common belief that if you complete attending the Simbang Gabi for 9 consecutive days, then you could make a wish.

Another custom related to the Misa de Gallo concept is a little feast everyday outside the church where some people sell native traditional Filipino foods such as puto bumbong (purple rice with brown sugar and grated coconut), tsokolate (hot choco) and bibingka (flour and egg cakes).


Misa de Gallo in Pampanga

Misa De Gallo - Pampanga

We attended the last mass of the series of 9 Simbang Gabi.  The priest held it in the “kapampangan” language though so I could not understand much.

San Guillermo Church

Misa De Gallo - Pampanga

The San Guillermo Church is located in Bacolor (former Philippine capital).  The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo buried half of the church.  The structure was still being used as a place of worship even then.  Tourists loved this place before the lahar tragedy.  After the incident, more tourists flock into this church where remaining features are preserved and maintained.


This church is also where “May Bukas Pa” (ABS-CBN primetime show), is currently taping its church scenes.


Keso de Gallo Photo Contest by Kraft Eden

I am trying to build my online photography portfolio on the domain focalcandy.com but it is still a work-in-progress.  I have been laying low on my photography lately and I was so happy have photo ops in this event.  Since I lack sleep these days, I would not have gone with the other bloggers in this event that made me wake up at 1am.  But when I knew it would be in Pampanga, I immediately said yes!  I am a travel-photography freak and I would not pass any travelling event in the whole world!  I was just so happy to use my humble Nikon D40 DSLR plus kit lens again.  I love taking pictures of towns with rich culture.

Kraft Eden conducted a photo contest in the most colorful place to spend Christmas.  We submitted 3 pictures each and the company representatives of Eden who were with us on the entire trip judged the photos.  Of of their main criteria is the story the picture portrays.

Without me having to explain any of the photos I submitted, I am happy that the judges were able to see my heart through the pictures that I have captured.  I am happy to share, two of my photos that won the contest.

Misa De Gallo - Pampanga

A different view of the San Guillermo church

(2nd Place winner to the Keso de Gallo photo contest sponsored by Eden Cheese)

I guess this church had millions of pictures taken by different people already but they haven’t seen the church by this angle.  The Christmas lights looked like stars.  The skies were beautifully colored as I used the natural light that the breaking dawn is giving me.  I did not use any polarizer (since it’s night) nor photoshopped any element of it (except the watermark).


Misa De Gallo - Pampanga

A Christmas Lantern in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines

(1st Place winner to the Keso de Gallo photo contest sponsored by Eden Cheese)

I guess this captured everything the trip tried to share.  So I must say, this picture says a lot.  The focus on the lantern and the hint of the blurred San Guillermo church suggests that this place is in Pampanga without even me having to caption it.  Pampanga is also known for its lantern festival held every December.  The lantern also signifies not only Christmas but Christmas specifically in the Philippines.  The lighted church in the picture is the symbol of Filipino’s Christmas tradition of the Simbang Gabi.

The lantern also symbolized the “star” that guided Mary and Joseph before.  A symbol of “guidance” and “light” in the time of darkness – where this place had been so dark before from the lahar tragedy, but it continued to stand in its place with the faith of the people.

Credits and Thanks

Many thanks to Geiser Maclang for inviting me to this wonderful journey, to Winston who told me to come and to Kraft Eden Cheese for making this historical trip possible.


More to come

Our journey did not end here.  Geiser Maclang and Kraft Eden Cheese brought us to the invite-only Bale Dutung (House of Wood) of Claude Tayag who graced us with traditional Kapampanga meal.  Another gastronomical article to follow soon.  Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek.


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Kraft Eden’s 9 Days of Cheese-mas with Keso de Gallo

Posted by on Dec 25, 2009 in blogging, Events, Food, Pilipinas

Kraft Eden’s 9 Days of Cheese-mas with Keso de Gallo

Kraft Eden’s 9 Days of Cheese-mas with Keso de Gallo

It may be the season of gift-giving or Santa Claus but if there’s one thing Filipinos can relate to more than anything, it’s the food.

That’s why during this time of the year, the spotlight is, more than ever, on the kitchen creativity of females who are tasked to concoct sumptuous Noche Buena dishes for the whole family. For most Pinoys, togetherness and merriment during Christmas means bonding over yummy feasts in a roomful of family and friends. Or that was how it used to be until the recent onslaught of typhoons that destroyed homes and took lives of many Filipinos.

But even if a lot of people may have lost properties or loved ones, the innate optimism still lies in the Pinoy blood and this inspired Kraft Eden Cheese to bring back the joy and faith of Filipinos during this festive occasion. The well-loved cheese brand launched the Keso de Gallo – a nationwide event coinciding with the traditionally celebrated Misa de Gallo (a Catholic Christmas tradition wherein nine dawn masses are held starting December 16, which will culminate on Christmas Eve).

Parallel to the nine-day Simbang Gabi, Eden will bring the goodness of Filipino dishes to Pinoys in nine different towns including Bacolod City, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Naga, Butuan City, Laoag and Pampanga.

“We may have lost a lot during the typhoons but the strong winds and torrential rains are not enough to dampen of faith and optimism for these Holidays,” says Alex Tacderas, Category Marketing Manager for Cheese and Spoonables, Kraft Foods Philippines. “That’s why Kraft Eden Cheese is bringing Keso de Gallo, to multiply the joy of this season for families nationwide because we believe that Christmas deserves a longer feast and merry-making.”

In cooperation with top media outlet ABS-CBN, non-government organizations and the local government units, Eden has been setting up programs and activities in the different towns, wherein a cook-off was also held for the most innovative native dish that incorporated Eden cheese participated by various schools. The winning dishes were then served as a treat to the churchgoers after the mass. Not only did the people tasted their native bibingka and puto bumbong (traditional egg and rice cakes) made more delicious with Eden cheese, they were also able to make new cheese dishes that everyone enjoyed emphasizing Eden’s versatility campaign, “Dahil kay rami talaga nating nagagawa pag may Eden Cheese.” (Because we can do so much with Eden Cheese.)

Known for its quality and wholesome taste, Eden has been a staple of every discerning foodie’s kitchen. From simple snacks to sophisticated main courses, Eden cheese products can be relied upon to deliver great tasting meals. A versatile ingredient which easily fits in a variety of local dishes, the use of Eden cheese products is as limitless as the imagination of its user – just like how immeasurable this season’s joy is.

“”With Eden cheese, we will explore the wonders of our country’s cuisine while providing an extended feast that will bring joy and delight to as many families as possible,” ends Tacderas.



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Coca-Cola’s HALiKa! Caravan Raises P115,407.30 For Manila

Posted by on Dec 22, 2009 in Advocacy, Events, Fitness

Coca-Cola’s HALiKa! Caravan Raises P115,407.30 For Manila

On one of five nationwide visits that will take it through key cities in the country, the Coca-Cola HALika! Caravan successfully raised P115,407.30 during its culminating charity workout in Manila last December 19, 2009.

More than 700 participants attended the event, which was held at the Rajah Sulayman Park, Manila. Participants sweated it out for a good cause, burning a total of 115,407.30 calories. For every calorie lost, one peso was donated to the Smart Future Foundation, a non-profit organization offering scholarships, financial assistance and feeding programs to less fortunate children and their families in Paco, Manila. The group also provides educational training for the visually impaired.

This year marks the biggest HALika! campaign to date with the introduction of the Caravan, which will bring the message of healthy and active living to Filipinos.

HALika! is grounded on three key values which anyone, no matter who or where they are can do: balanced nutrition, regular physical activity and proper hydration. Balanced nutrition means eating a wide variety of foods in moderation to make sure that your body gets everything it needs to stay healthy and active. Regular physical activity means doing any activity that can get your body moving, sweating and burning calories for at least an hour to an hour and a half every day. Proper hydration means consuming not 8 but 11-16 cups of total fluids depending on age, weight, gender, the weather and level of physical activity. Fluids mean that water is not the only source of hydration, all beverages hydrate like juices, teas and soft drinks as well as foods which contain water like fruits, vegetables, soups and stews.

A fun family fair also took place alongside the charity workouts, wherein participants enjoyed various games; the Fitness Fun Wall, Ring-Around-the-Drink and Food Pyramid Puzzle, wherein they learned more about healthy and active living and won instant prizes.

The fun and practical HALika! workouts are based on everyday activities such as household chores, walking to and from work and even dancing. These workouts help improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.

HALika! Mag-Healthy and Active Living Na! is supported by media partners, Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Star and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

HALiKa! Mag-Healthy and Active Living Na! is part of the Healthy and Active Lifestyle advocacy of Coca-Cola which encourages everyone to make balanced nutrition, regular physical activity and proper hydration part of everyday life.
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No to Oil, Yes to Clear Skin This Christmas

Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in Beauty

No to Oil, Yes to Clear Skin This Christmas

C&C Clear Fair Glow and Pimple Clearing Kit

So how does the cool weather cause oily and blemished skin? The cool, crisp, dry air dries up the skin. When this happens, the oil glands naturally overcompensate for the dryness and produce more oil. According to dermatologists, excessive oil production and abnormal shedding of dead skin cells can clog pores and cause bacteria to proliferate, thereby causing acne breakouts. So one must first keep oil under control in order to prevent and control acne.

Luckily, Clean & Clear makes available two special product bundles to keep the skin from breaking out and help girls achieve fair and radiant skin, without the excess oil, this holiday season.

Enjoy pimple- and oil-free skin with the help of Clean & Clear’s Pimple Clearing Kit. This kit consists of one CLEAN & CLEAR® Active Clear™ Pimple Clearing Cleanser (50g) that helps clear pimples while at the same time, gently soothes irritated skin. What’s more, it comes with the CLEAN & CLEAR® Oil Control Film at 50% off! The all-time favorite oil blotter instantly removes excess oil and shine from the face. It can be used anytime, anywhere throughout the day as it doesn’t smudge make-up.

Those who suffer from acne breakouts due to oily skin are also likely to have dull, lifeless skin. Bring back your skin’s naturally clear, fair glow with Clean & Clear’s Clear Fair Glow Kit, which contains one CLEAN & CLEAR® Clear Fairness Cleanser (100g) and CLEAN & CLEAR® Oil Control Film at half-price. The Clear Fairness Cleanser has a unique whitening Vitamin C Beads Formula that effectively lightens skin, making it fair and radiant. Its oil-free and non-drying formulation makes it ideal for everyday use.

Keep the effects of the cold season at bay with these special product bundles from Clean & Clear, which will keep your skin clear, glowing and oil-free throughout the holidays. The Pimple Clearing Kit and the Clear Fair Glow Kit are available in all supermarkets, drugstores and department stores, for P133.50 and P186.50, respectively. Promo will run until December 31, 2009.

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A Passion to Run – Saving Sights 5km

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in Advocacy, Health, Sports

A Passion to Run – Saving Sights 5km

This was the first Running event I have ever had.  5km is the longest run I’ve ever had so far.  It was more tiring than I thought.  After 1km, I swear I said I won’t make it…

I don’t know but I sill continued to run.  With every step I make, I hum a song in my mind to keep up with rhythm. 😛  When I was approching the finish line I’m like “This is it… This is it… FINALLY!!”


Hannah and the Banana

I made it in 34 minutes!  Which is such an achievement for me!  Imagine!  I ran the entire Bonifacio Circle! in 34 freakin minutes and I expected to be done by 45 minutes pa 😀

I’m not sure if I am part of the top 10 runners in girls but I am just so happy that for my first time (I don’t jog at all, I swim) I made it in a decent time 😛  Miche was very very good at it!  She never stopped running!  WOW for her!

Anyway, after that, as if running was not enough yet, Vince and I still roamed the Bonifacio Circle with our longboard skateboards.

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That Smile Before – Chris Masami (music video)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2009 in Announcements, Featured, Music

That Smile Before – Chris Masami (music video)
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Ola!  Here’s the music video I’ve been telling you about!  Chris Masami is a rising artist!  He’s like Philippine’s very own John Mayer with his sexy voice.  Hit play to get to know more about this half Japanese – half Filipino artist!

This music video is directed by Kring Elanzano for flippish.com

I will write more about the making and my experience next time.  In the meantime… share the love, spread the video!  You will fall in love with Chris’ music.

Trouble watching video? watch it directly from flippish.


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103.5 Max Road Challenge the Bloggers

Posted by on Dec 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

103.5 Max Road Challenge the Bloggers

I was so busy at work…

I did not have the time to plurk…

Lucky I logged in

I saw Benj’s invite I said “I’m in!”

LOL lame lame poem!   Anyway, Sunday morning … a group of bloggers: Benj, Eugene, Jeff and me were in a competitive mode to win this Road Challenge!  We were hyped up and booklets with questions were given to us.  At first we were saddened because we did not know all the answers to everything and we had to pass with either blank answers or a scientific guess!

Anyway, we did our best to answer everything and to accomplish each task.  We went to the places stated to find clues… Brought our guts out to ask weird questions from strangers just to satisfy our booklet with answers.  We had to tune in to 103.5 all the time while Eugene was driving so that we will get answers.

At the end, we didn’t really think that we could win since we thouht all the other competitors were really “FANS.”  Well, we are too… epecially me!

My 103.5 discovery

I made a blog post like 4 months ago about my discovery of Max FM.  I listen to Magic 89.9 before but I kind of got sick of listening to djs voices rather than music.  So I flipped stations one night and accidentally discovered 103.5!!!  “The Blue Room” was playing I believe.  It was midnght and I was on my way home from work.  The soul music gave me a sudden calm and from then on, I became a convert.

Next morning, my car’s radio was still tuned in to 103.5.  I heard all the Dance music  I was so happy because I’m a dancer and I really love dance music!  I loved it more!  I found a perfect partner for driving!

We won!

We really didn’t think we’d win.  As I said earlier… we were frustrated that we could not answer everything!  :( If ever we would win, I thought we would be 3rd place.  When The Sarge and Zip Cody announced the 3rd winnerI was like… meh… so we didn’t win even third place pfft.  Then all of us weren’t listening much already.  Jeff and I were talking about the Ligo meatloaf tarpoline.  Eugene had a pokerface.  Benj was … I forgot what he was doing.  Then all of a sudden I eard “BLOGGERS” 1 sec… 2 sec… 3 sec… WHOAH!!! WE WON?!?!?!?!


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From Banchetto to Tagaytay

Posted by on Dec 14, 2009 in blogging, Featured, Food, Pilipinas, Travel

From Banchetto to Tagaytay

One random boring Friday with all the energy still stored up in my body waiting to be released, I asked my good friends for a Banchetto night.

Banchetto is a food market bazaar every Friday night to Saturday morning in Ortigas Emerald Ave.  Banchetto is actually an itallian word for “feast.”  I’m so glad there’s a feast then in Ortigas once a week!  You’ll see a variety of foods and you must come to experience Banchetto yourself!  If you plan to go here, you must not eat dinner… or just eat a light snack before because you will really get your tummy stuffed!

Banchetto starts at 11pm Friday night and ends at 11am  Saturday morning.

What I love to eat there?

After that we hanged out at Ortigas Park and just talked about geek stuff 😛  Ialso opened up about my career and these two friends are so supportive of it 😀

After Banchetto, I was supposed to drive them to somewhere where there’s taxi.  Then this song played on my car on SUPER BASS “Forgiveness” by Wamdue Project… Then I blurted out “PARANG I WANT TO GO TO TAGAYTAY.”  Then Jehz and Winston were like… “TARA”

So off we went to Tagaytay at 3am.  We arrived in Tagaytay at around near 4am and we looked for  24-hour resto.  Unfortunately there are not many 24-hour stores.  Lucky I know  24-hour place “Andanita Taj of Tagaytay” and we pitstopped there for some Indian ice cream and they ordered shake.  I had to power nap on the couch but I didn’t sleep really.  Win however slept on the couch like knocked down lol.  Jehz was awake the whole time takin a picture of us T_T  He’s a night owl fyi.

When the sun was up, we went to Leslie’s for some sight-seeing and yummy hot bulalo.  Before that though, we went to cam-whore with Jeh’z lovely LX3 gear with fish-eye and wide-angle lenses.

Here are the pictures 😀

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Yes, I Folk Danced before – Dancing the Sinalampati

Posted by on Dec 9, 2009 in Announcements, Featured, Music, Pilipinas

Yes, I Folk Danced before – Dancing the Sinalampati

I know right!

My grade school and high school life flashed before me! Since I will be out of job soon :P, I will have more time to do what I love to do best – DANCING! I am born a dancer! and I love music! If you deprive me of these two I’d die!

Anyway, the main reason why my weight in high school remained in the range of 80 lbs to 90 lbs despite the fact that I eat breakfast TWICE and I eat like a guy, is because I dance whenever chance I get! I represented my school before through dance competitions particularly Folk-dancing (hardy-har-har). It doesn’t sound cool but since I went to an all-girl school (St. Scholastica’s Academy – Bacolod) and there were not much guys to flirt with… I dedicated my time to DANCING!

NOPSSCEA Competitions

I can’t count anymore the many times I represented our school for inter-school and regional championships. Yes – Folk Dancing is a competition … It is a “sport” and I was one of the dancers (together with my best buddies Angh and Drei) who represented our school for NOPSSCEA (Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association).

Sinalampati – Folk Dance

Sinalampati is actually a “registered” Folk Dance in our Philippine Literature. When you compete for Folk Dances, you need to follow the rules. For this particular dance you have a “recipe” – a specific choreography in the official Philippine Musical Literature books that you need to follow. If you drive away from the choreography, you would get deductions. The only way you could beat others in this dance is the execution and your “creative introduction and ending” which you can change creatively.

The word “sinalampati” means “dove-like”. It imitates the action of the mother dove fondling, caressing and feedingits young. Only girls take part in this particular feminine dance. This particular dance also involves a lot of “hopping” as it imitates the dove’s gesture… hopping 😀 So if you wonder why I got nice muscles on my legs… it’s because I had to train for this for almost 6 years in my life… All the hopping toned my legs well.

Here’s a sample of a sinalampati dance.

Find me in the picture below. 😛 LOL


This is just one of the many things I miss in high school…

Did I also tell you that I’m a cheerleader? Well, that’s another story and it involves another blog post 😛 Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by entering your email address below if you want updates of my dancing lol

XD Love lots!
Dance Candy


I unfortunately don’t have my cheerleading pictures in my “skanky” costumes because I can’t cam-whore while dancing 😛  I know there were exclusive video footages and pictures (I even posed) but not from my camera and from the camera of “official photographers” in my University – The University of St. La Salle – Bacolod.  Please, if by any chance some of you happen to know if I have pictures… let me know and give me copies — PLEASE ^_^  I haven’t captured those memories… :(  I used to be a part of the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) Cheering Squad in the year 2004.

At that time, digital cameras are quite a luxury item.  I was a student before so I can’t afford even a non-digital camera (the ones that still use films lol).  So, pweety pweese… If you have any pictures of me dancing please let me know email me at hannah at flairandy dot com.

That’s all, please and thank you 😛

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Beauty-licious 50% off on Neutrogena Christmas Gift Bundles

Posted by on Dec 8, 2009 in Beauty

Beauty-licious 50% off on Neutrogena Christmas Gift Bundles

Black Friday Sales madness are over in the US.  We don’t have that however in the Philippines – well not formally.  You will still feel like Black Friday though (a bit) when stores and brands give you the best bargains on Christmas! It’s Christmas season and it’s time to shop shop shop!  For your own if you are selfish 😛 but it’s usually the time to shop for other people – you loved ones and people that matter to you.  Of course, if you want to give yourself a gift for a job well done either at school or work then shop for yourself as well!  Shopping is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and you know you deserve it. 😀

Neutrogena actually offers great discounts now when you buy Neutrogena’s Fine Fairness UV Compact and Body Oil.

Girls, just wanna have fun
My with my girl friends Mich and Gretch ^_^

I am a Neutrogena user myself ever since I saw my friend Miche using it.  She still uses this compact until now (almost known her for 3 years).  At that time, I just passed my CPA License exam and well, I was not earning much income yet so I thought, I really want that compact powder but it seems too expensive for me.  Well I bought one anyway 😛  It was worth it because it really blends evenly with my skin tone always… I wouldn’t look like a ghost or anything.  Technically their price is just right for the protection it gives my skin.  It also makes my skin look less oily (unlike other products that I have tried).  Anyway, I am always a happy user since I often produce oils a lot when I’m thinking too hard (exams, calculating penalties and financial figures and preparing reports).  I wouldn’t “retouch” myself as often.  ^_^

Promo Bundles

I am so happy to know that they are on sale now for the holidays!  You can actually buy two (2) Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compacts, with the second compact at 50% off (bargain price of PHP 1,063.59)  Also, you can buy one (1) Neutrogena Body Oil an d one (1) Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact (at half its original price) for only Php 939.50!!!  Grab one for yourselves and for your favorite ladies within the promo period of December 1 – 31, 2009.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compacts

Available in shades of natural and light beige, the Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact is clinically-formulated to blend evenly with the skin tone and provide beautiful, natural-looking coverage. Its Vitamin C and Licorice Extract plus sunscreen protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, preventing sunspots and premature skin aging. The Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and does not clog pores. It is also resistant to humidity, sweat and oil, thus, giving the skin lasting coverage needed for all the merry-making this season.

Neutrogena Body Oil

With its light sesame formula, the Body Oil is easily absorbed by shower-damp skin, leaving it soft and silky with a radiant and healthy glow. And with Christmas just around the corner, you only need a few drops of the Neutrogena Body Oil to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized amidst the cool holiday breeze.

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My Crazy Halloween

Posted by on Dec 6, 2009 in Events, Featured, Food, Pilipinas

My Crazy Halloween

Better Late than Never!


October 30 2009

My French Friends invited me to this party at A-venue XD… I think it’s the big Big Fish party… Sadly I had to say that I can’t go with them… That’s because I was not prepared for this Halloween and I didn’t have any “skanky” costume!

My French Friend and I had a quick chat after the event.  She said that good thing I didn’t come because her purse was stolen… They had a bad time at the event… Too bad…

October 31 2009

Kring invited me to this “costume party” at Galileo (Mandaluyong).  How can I say “NO”?  I love Galileo for its vast array of wine (and cheese and cold cuts)!  The ambiance really looks classy and if I were to take a guy on a date – I’d take him here 😛

Anyway… I was in panic mode because as I said above, I had no costume for Halloween!  I struggled to find something in my closet that I could at least transform into a costume – but i saw none!!!  Then I found this flowy white dress that I haven’t worn even once!  Then I said… hmm… let me wear this, and I can be “white lady” … or “sadako” But I don’t want to be ugly … 😛  So I decided to be an “Ice Princess” instead T___T lame lame… what is an Ice princess anyway? … either that or a “really hot ghost.”  Seriously, I watched a Japanese horror movie before … but it was kind of KINKY!  The ghost is a girl… but she is really hot… and she invades the dreams of this guy… The guy often wakes up… er… with a… *uhmmm* you-know-what. 😛 Fine let me say it “jizz in his boxers” XD

Anyway, back to the topic!

Galileo – Costume Party

I think Ivan was the one who organized this party…  The only person I know initially is Kring and Michi … then they just introduced me to their friends :)  They were all friendly and nice!  and they love to have fun – like me!


We got hungry and we ate at Jalapeno first! ♥

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Their Nachos are the best! for only Php 175 pesos, it filled all five of our stomachs!

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Empire and Dolce

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Road Trip to Tagaytay at 3am

We had an impromptu Tagaytay trip! One second, someone just blurted out… Let’s go to Tagaytay and we were all GAME! On our trip, we found out that we have one thing in common… we all were born in the year 1985 XD We named our team “the 85-ers”. While we were roadtrippin’ we listened to the songs we grew up with… Songs by the Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, Britney Spears, Spice Girls … etc.

We arrived in Tagaytay at around 4am.  That time, I only know one restaurant that is open for 24 hours – Andanita Taj of Tagaytay.  This restaurant serves Mediterranean food.  I ordered shawarma :P.  Click here to know more about this hotel/restaurant.

Sunrise came and we craved for some Bulalo!  We went to Leslie’s to cam-whore… and to eat!  Check out the awesome set of pictures! 😀

On our way home… and without sleep, we still had lots of energy in store!  What we did from Tagaytay to Manila is just to sing our heart out!  We even recorded ourselves (video).  Hit play on the video below. 😛  We also played a game… Like we play a song and the one who will say the Title and the Artist first WINS!  The prize … nothing… 😛  Just for fun!  hahaha

Oh yes… I had trouble uploading the videos to youtube because these are recorded by my panasonic lumix lz10.  It is in HD (high-definition) and the file is quite heavy.  I had to download a converter and a video editor just to trim it down.  I got carried away though… and I made this video 😛

Watch the video in HD here.


The 85-ers Halloween Adventure by Kring Elanzano of funnysexy.ph

Gallery by flaircandy.com

Gallery by Michi

Blog entry on Andanita Taj of Tagaytay

Camera away from the driver video

Hand in my pocket – 85-ers cover video

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Fighting Pimples on a Stressful year-end

Posted by on Dec 6, 2009 in Beauty, Featured

Fighting Pimples on a Stressful year-end

Being a Certified Public Accountant and working as a Financial Analyst for a multinational Bank could really stress the hell out of me… especially when it’s nearing year-end.  Stress is responsible for many skin problems and it includes acne breakout on our lovely delicate skin.  It could either cause our skin to get dry, flaky and itchy or produce yucky excessive oils…

What happens to my skin when I’m stressed

  1. I have a combination skin – On my T-zone it has the tendency to be really oily and on the other parts of my skin, it could get itchy dry.
  2. Pimples… Pimples… Pimples… yes, they pop usually on my T-zone (disgusting!!!) If only it is legal to go on a “sick leave” caused by pimples…  I remember one time I was supposed to have this date… suddenly this huge mountain of horrible unwanted bump on my face grew!!! I had to postpone the date…
  3. Whiteheads, Blackheads – they are usually smaller and less noticeable than pimples… but say, if you’re a cam-whore like me and you often take pictures of yourself with a High-Definition sharp camera, you’d see it in the pictures (ughhh)
  4. Pores – fortunately my pores are not humongous yet!  but they start appearing on my T-zone area :(  (PANIC!)

Corporate Girls

Many corporate girls can relate to this dilemma I have… especially fellow accountants like me or those that work night shifts or have heavy over time hours.  Financial data is really critical nearing year-end and it is expected that our workload would increase like crazy!

One cure for this facial problem is of course… beauty sleep and rest!

BUT!!! Reality is – I have a job and it is demanded of me to do all those tasks because I am getting paid for it… I have no choice but to comply… but yeah… year-end stress.

The Philippines’ weather

My friend Angela just got back from London and I was so amazed how her skin got so nice there!  She’s also stressed out there but her skin remained nice.  I think it’s also the weather there that made her skin smooth and pimple-free.  She was saying that she did not get to sweat (unappropriately) there.  Here in the Philippines, the air is so humid and the weather is so hot that it may cause our skin to break-out.  All of you will agree (especially girls commuting) that our air is filled with pollution.  Dirty air that causes pimples! yucks!

Manage your skin on a Stressful day

You can however manage your skin still… Make sure to manage your time well… Beauty sleep is important to restore our skin’s health so make sure to do that.  Make sure to also have a routine to take care of your skin.  You know the basic skin care… use a facial soap dedicated only to your skin, apply toner after and use moisturizer.  If your skin has that ugly bump on your face, then you can apply a speed gel acne control treatment.

I am also guilty of not taking care of my skin :(  My often excuse is, – I don’t have time… But I just realized that If I am stressed… and at the end of the day, I also look UGLY… (or feel ugly) … then I’d get more stressed – and DEPRESSED!  I need to practice the virtue of Vanity – that is “not to get lazy when it comes to taking care of my own health and beauty.”

Therefore, I tried this Acne Control Kit by Clean and Clear…  I have tried it for more than a month now and I think the best word to describe this kit is “Prevention.”

Clean and Clear Active Clear Acne Control Kit

With my monthly visitor and month-end stress coming I would have expected to have a serious major acne breakout.  I have been sleeping really late at night (up to 3am in the morning) and usually when I don’t have much sleep, that’s where my pimples go out.

Recommended 4-step Acne-Fighting regimen by Clean and Clear (oil-free and non-comodogenic)

1st Step – The first step to your acne-fighting regime is the powerful yet gentle daily cleanser that works on pores using salicylic acid to fight acne-causing bacteria.  It prevents existing acne from getting worse and also helps prevent future breakouts from occurring.

Must stop Pimples cooling effect

2nd Step – The second step to your acne-fighting regime is the powerful daily toner that reduces excess oil, helping to effectively prevent acne.

(no pictures after this because you might get sick of my face :P)

3rd step – The third step to your acne-fighting regime is the powerful oil-free daily moisturizer.  The formula with active botanicals helps clear and prevent acne whilst hydrating skin . This soothing moisturizer gently nourishes skin. It contains a breakthrough technology proven to dissolve oil fast, so serious acne medication can penetrate deep down to pores.

4th step – The fourth step to your acne-fighting regime is the powerful spot formula that penetrates deep into pores to help visibly reduce acne symptoms fast.  It should show results in as little as 8 hours.  It clears up pimples and prevents new ones from forming.

I must say that the speed gel works well with me…  The evil bacteria had almost successfully created an ugly bump on my face.  Immediately, I tried to put on the speed gel in the morning.  Comes night, it didn’t swell more like I expected it to.  Best thing is that the evil bump did not evolve into a giant white yuckiness. (iiiw)

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