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Protect your phone with Spigen

Owning a phone nowadays is akin to being in a committed relationship.
I remember my first ever phone, bought when I was still fresh out of college. It was a Nokia 3210, the legendary phone whose sturdiness has become a stuff of legends. The most that I can do to “personalize” the phone is to buy it screen wallpapers (usually tiny clear films printed with various images) or replace the key pad with a multi-colored one.

Now a decade later, owning a Smart Phone means being able to protect it from scratches, accidental falls and the usual wear and tear that became more pronounced as your phone gets more usage.

I currently own an iPhone 6+ -more than just a device to receive and make calls of text messages, my phone has become a virtual personal assistant. This is where I log all my meetings and event scheduled, write some of my posts, check on social media, take tons of photos during events coverage and even track my health using the available apps. It’s only fair that I take the necessary steps to care for it.

Get your Spigen Glas.t’r Slim screen protector and Perfect Fit Crystal Clear Capsule case

My phone is currently protected with Spigen Glas.tr Slim Screen Protector, combined with the Spigen Perfect Fit Crystal Clear Capsule for the body.
Spigen is known for producing innovative and sleek cases and accessories for smart phones and cars. In fact, it was also cited by Cult of Mac in one of its articles for always producing cases that “preserves the beauty of the iPhone.”

Aside from that, the Spigen doesn’t trap dusts or discolor and even provides my phone with a snug fit. The clear jelly case also comes with protective covering for the Volume up/down buttons and for the Power On/Off  button.



The Glas.tR screen protector comes in a nifty packaging inclusive of the 0.4mm tempered glass, a wet cloth (used to clean the iPhone screen prior to application) and a Squeegee to chase away all the annoying air bubbles.

Application is easy and the tempered glass fits perfectly on the phone screen.

In fact, I am currently writing this post using my iPhone. The tempered glass was crystal clear and made the colors from the screen pop even more.  The thickness of the glass does not in any way hamper the touch screen capability of the phone. Rounded edges looked nice and clean though, it can be a while before all the little bubbles disappear.

  

The Crystal Clear Capsule case presents a snug fit for the phone. It’s not too chunky which is often the case with other phone cases. It also gives me a firm grip on the phone which is a big plus-considering I have this child-like hands that often gets overwhelmed by the size of the iPhone 6+

Since I am the Queen of Clumsy, I am now confident that my phone is always protected from spills and from scratches. Some people might say that it’s just a phone but in my mind, we have to take care of the things we invest with our hard-earned money. Phones are usually disposable — meaning, they get upgraded as soon as the new model hits the shelves. But in my case, I hope to use it for as long as I can and hold off upgrading until the launch of the iPhone 7.
The Spigen is available and is currently on sale at Lazada, the country’s number one online mall.

If you want to take a look at Spigen’s line of sleek and effective phone accessories, please check this link.

 Disclosure: This is not a paid post. The Spigen Glas.tR tempered glass screen protector and the Spigen curved case are gifts from Lazada. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own. KamikazeeGirl strives to always tell the truth in all my posts and to be forthright in all product reviews. 

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Say goodbye to Grey with Grey Away

All the ladies in my father’s side of the family have one thing in common: premature greying of the hair. While we are all blessed with thick, luscious hair at the start – you can bet that at a certain age, the Greys will start to show until it becomes an obvious distraction and inconvenience.

Mine started when I was 23 and more than ten years after, I have to resort to coloring my hair various shades of the rainbow just to cover the grey. That is until I got sick of it and decided to just stop coloring and let it grey out. The plan was to maintain my hair’s health for the meantime, considering all the bleaching and coloring I did in the last six years. I am planning to have it colored jet black by end of the year to address the thick patch of grey on my right temple. 

Now, I am happy to share that there’s now a product which aims to help bring the black  for those like us with premature greying hair: 

 
 (From the press release) 

Look young and say goodbye to Grey hair! 

A breakthrough product that will bring back the natural color of your crowning glory! Grey Away is for people with visible grey hair that brings back the natural color of hair strands and prevents it from turning grey without the risk of the harmful effects of colorants. 

Available for only Php 995.00, Grey Away is available in all leading drugstores, selected supermarkets, and department stores nationwide. 

For more information like Grey Away’s official facebook page: Grey Away or follow @greyaway on Instagram.

I have yet to try it but I am looking forward to seeing if it will work. Maintaining hair with premature aging is not easy, time-consuming and most especially, expensive. Who knows, Grey Away might be the solution to my “grey” problem. 

Affordable brewed coffee business made available for you

Everyone loves coffee. I used to have six cups of coffee a day, until I was warned by the doctor and I had to stop. It’s one of the earliest habits I picked up when I started writing for a living. My brain refused to function without a shot of caffeine. Now, I am lucky if I can at least a cup in a day.

Having a unique coffee shop is also one of my dream businesses. Serve good comfort food and coffee and maybe allow people to read and relax and catch up without the noise usually present in big-name franchised coffee shops.

No bull, no frills — just plain  good ol’ brewed coffee.

Instead of renting the usual “3-in-1” vending machines that dispenses instant coffee, why not try a coffee machine that dispenses quality brewed coffee?

ILuvCoffee_Express

(From the press release)

This is where I Luv Coffee Express by Essential Brands Group South East Asia (EBG SEA) comes into play.  These coffee machines are called “bean-to-cup” machines since they process real coffee beans, mix them with either milk or chocolate or serve them as pure coffee to your clients all with just the press of a selection button.  You can serve 100 cups per hour to your customers using these machines plus since they are high in quality it can last for years.

I Luv Coffee Express coffee machines are in fact deployed in various convenience stores including Mini Stop, 7-11 and even San Miguel Food Avenue.  If you are travelling at NAIA 3 you can experience great coffee from this coffee machine at the Delta Airlines lounge.

Coffee is a well-loved addition to a store or even a restaurant.  Most frequently those who are exhausted or wanted to pass by time will drink coffee and relax.  So if you are looking for quality coffee machines in the Philippines then try I Luv Coffee Express from Essential Brands Group SEA.

For budding businessmen or small entrepreneurs who would like to offer something new to their food-based business, the express coffee machines serves as a welcome addition for your customers. Meanwhile, for non-food based SMEs, the coffee machine  will serve as a great work perk for your employees.

To know more about I Luv Coffee Express, go to www.mseedsystems.com, or contact +63(2)535-SEED / 63(2)535-7333 or visit them on Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mseedsys.

The dawn of Digital Marketing and eCommerce: Get ready for Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE)

An exciting gathering of rising digital marketing stars, business leaders and eCommerce enthusiasts is happening on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at SMX Aura, Taguig with Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE). 

#AECoE is brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations.

#AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof. Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries.

You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers.  It features: Sessions on ePayments, eLogistics and ePrivacy Opening reception Conference programme Over 15 local and international high level speakers 30+ sponsors 1 hour of networking

What will you learn:

  • Market Analysis
  • Digital Marketing
  • CRM
  • Strategy
  • eCommerce
  • Going Global
  • To grow your business
  • To meet investors
  • APAC Audience
  • Maximizing cross border eCommerce

Speakers are leaders from different industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region and beyond. Attendees are senior business people, high-ranking government officials and media.  Speakers and Attendees will be coming from various industries.

#AECoE is not just about learning but a potential future collaboration that’s why we allot time for networking.

The roster of confirmed speakers include:

  • Constantin Robertz- Managing Director, Zalora
  • Lars Jeppesen- CEO, Tech One Global
  • Jacqueline Van Den Ende- Managing Director, Lamudi
  • Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber
  • Janette Toral- Founder, Digital Club Filipino
  • Subir Lohani- Managing Director,  • Chinkee Tan- Book Author and Radio Host
  • Robert Yupangco- CEO, Yupangco Group of Companies
  • Frederic Levy- Founder & CEO, CashCashPinoy

Moderators:

  • Chris Kiklas- President, EmLogis
  • Bjorn Martinoff- CEO, Fortune 100 Coach
  • Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creativoices Production

Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo.

For partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at maria@asiaecommerce.ph   Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: Snacks and Elegant Lunch, Conference and Expo.)

Peaceful, happy babies with Dr. Brown’s Feeding Bottles

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The highlight of our year was the birth of my niece, Penelope Hope. Penny — four months old, a bundle of energy, all chubby-cheeked and slowly turning into a screeching banshee — has the whole household in her chubby little fingers. Her nanay and tatay, her Tita Ninangs, her Tito Ninong (the hubby) and her lolo and lola — our world stops once the chunky Panda (or the little turtle) starts flapping her arms, blows raspberries into the air and starts screeching out half-words, which is then promptly interpreted by her captive audience.

Newborn Penelope Hope (our little PennyLane)
Newborn Penelope Hope (our little PennyLane)

Penny is currently being breastfed (hence her advanced height and weight) which is doing wonders in her development–and I must say–and on the ever shrinking waistline of my sister-in-law. But because her Nanay is a working mom and Penny is left to her lola for the rest of the day, my sister-in-law is currently relying on finding the perfect feeding bottle which will ensure that our little princess will remain a happy and healthy baby.

Four months after - the little pea is now our ChunkyPanda :)
Four months after – the little pea is now our ChunkyPanda 🙂 Penny is a bright, happy and captivating baby

As our first-time mom, it is only understandable that my sister-in-law has a lot of questions and is particular about the things being used by Penny. Since we all share the same house, we often hear from her about things she reads on the net to keep updated on the latest developments for Penny’s health. Since we have a tendency to all crowd the doctor’s office during Penny’s visits to her pedia, it is only there where we get to hear what’s the best for her, what to use and what not to use, how to keep her safe and healthy.

We’re blessed that the Little Panda is not the kind of baby to keep everyone awake until midnight because of incessant crying. She only cries when she’s sleepy or when she’s hungry, both of which can be easily fixed with either her milk bottle (containing pumped breast milk) or her lullaby from her lola. She’s never the irritable type or colicky.

What is colic?

According to the BabyCenter.com, a colicky baby is someone who displays uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Your baby is considered colicky if he’s younger than 5 months old and cries for more than three hours in a row on three or more days a week for at least three weeks (phew!). While Colic is not a disease, having a baby who cries incessantly is a tough thing for every mother or parent out there.

In line with this, Dr. Brown’s, a leading manufacturer to feature an internal vent on baby bottles, presented a study on colic among babies. Some of their notable findings include:

  • Almost half of all babies in the UK develop colic. 40% of mums with small babies are sure their babies have or have had colic, while a further 7% of mums are unsure whether some symptoms might have been colic.
  • Only two out of five mothers with young babies (42%) could  correctly name one or more of the symptoms of colic.
  • According to mums in the survey, the most well known sign of colic is the baby’s legs curling up to their stomach (26%), followed by long periods of crying (23%).
  • A miniscule 15% of babies who used Dr Brown’s Natural Flow in their early months developed colic, a significantly  smaller amount than those using other brands, as 56% of babies in the survey were using them and suffered with colic.
  • The most common treatment for colic used by the mums in the survey was a special medicine such as Infacol or Colief (61%), followed by using massage (32%) and changing the baby’s bottle (28%).
  • Dr Brown’s was the first choice (43%) for mums changing  their baby’s bottle to relieve the symptoms of colic.

The information comes handy for mommies, especially for first-timers. In fact, I will share the study with Penny’s mom for her future reference. After all, we only want the best for our little bundle of happiness.

What Makes Dr. Brown’s stand out?

DB Why Dr. Brown's

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Wide-Neck Bottle
Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Wide-Neck Bottle

Dr. Brown’s has a wide range of bottles, breast-feeding tools, teethers and baby accessories for your little bundle of joy. The difference lies on the diverse line of Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow bottles which can be used either with or without the vents. The bottles are tried and tested to prevent incidence of colic among babies and is a top choice of mommies who wants the best for their babies.

The bottles work this way: Our Dr. Brown’s bottle features a two-piece internal vent system that works unlike any other bottle design.The vent system fully vents our bottle for vacuum-free feeding, which we call positive-pressure flow, similar to breastfeeding. As the baby feeds, air is channeled from the nipple collar through the vent system, bypassing the breastmilk or formula, to the back of the bottle. Air never mixes with the breast milk or formula which minimizes oxidation and helps preserve essential nutrients like vitamins C, A and E.

Babies feed more comfortably because the vent system allows them to nurse without fighting the negative effects of a vacuum or the discomfort of ingesting air bubbles. This helps to reduce feeding problems like colic, spit-up, burping, and gas. The breastmilk or formula flows freely, without nipple collapse (Source: Dr. Brown’s website).

Good news for mommies who’d like to offer the best feeding bottles for their babies. Lazada, the leading online shopping mall in the Philippines, is offering a pair of Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Wide-Neck feeding bottles for 25% off – to buy you can click this link. At only PHP899, the pair of bottles are certified BPA-free and comes with 2 pieces of the patented internal vents and a cleaning brush. The product currently enjoys rave reviews on the Lazada site.

Lolita Temptations

In one of my earlier posts way back 2009, I explained why this blog is called KamikazeeGirl.
Basically, it’s my simple homage to one of my most favorite movies of all time, Kamikaze Girls or Shimotsuma Monogatari, a 2002 novel adopted into a movie in 2006 starring two of my favorite Japanese girls, Kyoko Fukada and the lovely, lovely Anna Tsuchiya.

the origin of my name
crazy, cutesy girls: Momoko (“peach blossom”) and Ichigo (“strawberry”)

“Kamikaze Girls” is the story of two girls who are exact opposites, “Momoko”, a Lolita excited and fascinated with all things Rococo and dreams of living in 18th Century France and “Ichigo,” a rule-breaking, tomboyish girl who belong in a motorcycle gang.

In spite being exact opposites and hating each other at first sight, the two became fast friends who embarked on a fun adventure in an effort to truly show who they are — laces, silk jacket, pink petticoats and motocycles, withstanding.

Momoko, the Lolita girl

Momoko is an ama-loli or a Sweet Lolita, a Lolita subculture heavily influenced by Rococo styles as well as Victorian and Edwardian clothing. They are heavily influenced by the fantasy aspects of Lolita, adopting the basic Loli format and uses lighter colors and childlike motifs in its design.They are partial to Pink, Peach, or Pearl make up styles, usually paired with a shade of bright pink, red or sometimes nude-pink lipstick. Their dress of choice usually come from well-known Lolita brands like, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Emily Temple, Metamorphose temps de fille and MILK, among others.

Aside from the ama-loli, there are also the Classic Lolita, the GothLoli (my personal favorite), Punk Loli, as well as many other subcultures that seemed to continuously grow as the years pass by.

goth lolita

While the Lolita subculture is still immensely entrenched in Japan and haven’t spread as much to the rest of the world, more and more individuals have recognized the beauty and uniqueness of the subculture. In fact, the Lolita costume has become a favorite during cosplay conventions. It’s a beautiful fashion subculture in Japan that goes beyond the frilly dresses and the dollish make-up and has even moved on to become a way of life.

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That is why I was truly intrigued when Paul, the MD of PMP Communications (and a good friend) sent me a press pack announcing the launch of a new cologne, called Lolita. The press pack came with a picture of the product endorser, Myrtle Sarrosa, the recent winner of the local edition of Big Brother (Teen edition) and a recognized name in the cosplay community.

Myrtle Sarrosa for Lolita Colognes
I love this Print Ad. No need for a long copy — the visuals explained it all.

The 17-year old Myrtle is the perfect pick for the line of teen fragrances knowing her stature in the cosplay community and her fascination to this line of Japanese culture. The pretty teener indeed makes a believable endorser, a fresh-faced, intelligent college freshman who never shied away from expressing herself either through the many costumes she usually slip on during cosplay or as one of the emerging talents of ABS-CBN, her home studio.

True to the Lolita culture, the cologne offers different variants according to the personality of its wearer.

This came in the mail two days ago. Such a cute packaging!
Choose according to your personality type

Here are their descriptions as explained in the press release:

The Lolita line of fragrances is the newest treat from Beauty Elements Ventures Inc. (BEVi) that is sure to capture the hearts of young girls everywhere. With irresistible scents varying from floral to fruity and everything in between, there is a Lolita for every kind of girl and every kind of personality. Lolita spray colognes come in fun, handy bottles that are color-coded for each different scent – just a few sprays and you have standout fragrance all day long!

CALI:
The CALI girl is fun and adventurous, always taking risks and daring to be different. Yet deep down, she is also a true girly-girl with a love for alluring floral scents that bring out her audacious feminine side.

CHICK:
CHICK starts off with a delicately sweet whiff and settles into a warm scent reminiscent of rich, velvety baby powder. Just a few sprays and you’ll have delectably lasting fragrance for hours.

My personal favorite, Cospink!

COSPINK:
A romantic fragrance all around, COSPINK will surely captivate your heart. Its dreamy blend of floral notes is part sweet, part flirty – and completely girly. A true pinkaholic’s dream!

FAIRY:
Looking for the sweetest fruity scent to top off your look? FAIRY takes you to the next level with its sugary scent sure to leave people whiffing for more. Simply delicious!

FANTASY:
This fresh and airy fragrance will leave you daydreaming about an endless summer filled with beach adventures and cool breezes. FANTASY’s light citrus notes simply make for the best tropical scent!

The perfect scent for the sweet rebel with a cause

ROUGE:
For the playful, outgoing girl – ROUGE is your perfect scent. Paint the town red in this classic flirty fragrance that will surely make a lasting impression.

Lolita is available in all Watsons, Mercury Drug, Robinsons Supermarket and Department Stores nationwide

I personally like Cospink, it’s a sweet smell that does not become too cloying. Have you ever tried a cologne with sweet undertones where eventually you feel like you’ve been drenched in some vanilla-sugar confection and the smell is just too much? Well, this variant doesn’t have that. It’s a sweet smell minus the sugary undertones.

Since I ran out of my favorite scent and haven’t had the chance to dash to my favorite lifestyle store, I wore Cospink during my visit to relatives yesterday and was even out in the baking sun. The smell stayed on my skin for about half a day before I had to freshen up and reapply. My sister’s personal favorite is the Cali which she finds refreshing. It’s now currently part of her make-up kit.

The Lolita retails for less PHP100, and will make a good Christmas stocking stuffer for teeners who seemed to want to assert their independence and individuality more than ever.

Quite fitting, since being a Lolita is all about standing out and refusing to conform.