Saturday, December 12, 2015

How Learning and Improving on Digital Photography Has Helped My Blog

About three years ago, I created a blog called Rochkirstin.com. From a blog where I used to share only life updates, it has transformed into a food and lifestyle blog where I share experiences and reviews with readers with regard to restaurants I visit and places I travel. As an amateur blogger, I had a lot to learn. 


I was using my iPhone 4 camera to take pictures and happily post them on the blog. After a year, I decided to level up my photography and bought a DSLR camera, which was the Nikon D3100. To have better close-up food shots, I also invested in a prime lens. Research took some time and finally I got the 50mm f/1.8 G

As time went on, I started to get more comfortable with using the manual settings on the DSLR. I still remember how thrilled I was the first time I received a comment on how beautiful my photos have turned out to be when using my upgraded photography gear. This fueled my desire to keep learning. Photoshop and Lightroom are the photo editing software I use.

As my photos continued to get better, I saw an immense increase in my blog readership. I once thought that only helpful and useful content would lead people to read blogs. Now I know that really good and high quality photos are as important.

How Learning and Improving on Digital Photography Has Helped My Blog


My average number of unique visitors went from 100 a day to 1,000 a day–and now about 2,000 a day. This led to lots of opportunities for monetizing and growing my blog. I’ve had the honor of being pursued by the marketing arm of companies, PRs, researchers of TV programs, and more prominent brands and businesses. 

There’s no doubt in my mind that these opportunities were presented to me not only because of textual content but also because of the photos in my blog. 

To learn more about digital photography success and advanced digital photography, I've read lots of articles for tips and suggestions. 

Here's a listing of my recommended resources: 

After about a year and a half, mirrorless cameras sparked an interest in me. I got the Samsung NX300 with 18-55mm kit lens and the 30mm f/2.0 pancake lens. Photos were okay but were not satisfying. So after another six months, I sold my NX camera and purchased the Fujifilm XT10 with 16-50mm kit lens. So far, learning continues and I have to practice taking pictures on Manual mode more often. :)

Wrap Up

Having great photos on your blog can really be a great way to increase readership. Digital photography can have a significant impact on the life of your blog or website. I’ve learned a lot of things in the last few years. This post is just a way for me to tell about my experience and remind myself as well on the things I've done to take food photos that make people say, “I am dying to eat that from my screen right now!” :)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Best Buffet Restaurants in Metro Manila to Take Your Family This Holiday Season

The "biggest eating days of the year" is fast approaching, but do you have a plan? Aside from giving and spreading the spirit of Christmas and the New Year, the holiday season is mostly about sharing and enjoying food with family and friends. ;) For those who don't have the time to cook up delicious meals for everyone, eating in restaurants and making reservations way ahead of the date become the norm. 


Below is a list of my top recommended buffet restaurants where you can take your family and savor the moment. These are the right places to partake in this rich culinary tradition. Click on the links to read the full-length reviews.

Best Buffet Restaurants in Metro Manila to Take Your Family This Holiday Season


1. Vikings Luxury Buffet

NIU by Vikings - 6th floor, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street Corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 
Contact info: 4783888, 8473888, +639175866888, +639199996888 or niubyvikings@gmail.com

Vikings SM BF - Second Level, SM City BF Parañaque, Sucat, Parañaque City
Contact info: 8113888, 8114888

Vikings Jazz - SM Jazz Mall, Metropolitan Avenue Corner Nicanor Garcia Street, Makati City
Contact info: 8913888, 8914888, 09178271888, 09199997888 or vikings.jazz@yahoo.com

Vikings North EDSA - Fourth Floor, The Block, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
Contact info: 3763888, 3764888

Vikings SM Megamall - 4th Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, Bldg. D, SM Megamall, Julio Vargas cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Contact info: 6563888, 6564888, 6565888

Vikings SM Mall of Asia (SM By the Bay) - Building B, By The Bay, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
Contact info: 8463888, 8464888

2. Four Seasons Hotpot City 

Four Seasons Manhattan Parkview - Ground Floor, Manhattan Parkview, Gen. Roxas Ave., Araneta Center, Quezon City
Contact info: 932-7777, 09989885888

Four Seasons SM Mall of Asia (SM By the Bay) - SM Mall of Asia Bldg E., By the Bay, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Contact info: 831-7777 or 835-7777

3. 7 Flavors Philippines

7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant - 196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan
Contact info: 5430325, 09178281700, or 7flavors.info@gmail.com

4. F1 Hotel

F All Day Dining (F Café) - 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City
Contact info: 9289888, 9087888, email inquiry@f1hotelsandresorts.com

5. Banzai

Banzai Japanese Buffet - Bldg J, By The bay Leisure Park, Seaside Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Contact info: 09177067328, 5527368

6. Chef Laudico Guevarra’s

Chef Laudico Guevarra's - 387 P. Guevarra St. cor. Argonne St., Addition Hills, 1500 San Juan
Contact info: 7051811, 7051874, 5025006, 09173112222

7. The Food Club

The Food Club Buffet Restaurant - Unit E Bluebaywalk, President Diosdado Macapagal corner Edsa, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Contact info: 7368001

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GetGo Partners with TravelBook.ph and StopSleepGo.com for Juanderlust!

How would you like to explore the countless beautiful tourist destinations in the Philippines, all for free for an exciting 80 days? Join Juanderlust and be the Chosen Juan to discover and experience all the amazing travel spots that the country has to offer.
 
 
 
To join the online contest that gives you the chance to travel around the Philippines, simply visit the TravelBook.ph website at http://www.travelbook.ph/juanderlust and fill out the registration form. You must also answer the question, “Why should you be the Chosen Juan?” in 300 characters or less, and make a 1-minute video responding to the same question. The contest is open to everyone, even international travelers, as long as they have a passport and a valid VISA to travel the Philippines in early 2016.
 
The Chosen Juan will receive up to Php2.5 million worth of exciting prizes, which includes a laptop, a GoPro camera, and miscellaneous travel fees on top of their thrilling 80-day free adventure. Successful entrants will also get a free GetGo membership card inclusive of points for a more seamless and rewarding travel experience around the Philippines.
 
The newest lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific, GetGo, enables loyal customers to easily earn rewards points whenever they fly with Cebu Pacific or convert their credit card loyalty points to GetGo points. They can redeem and use these GetGo points to book local or international flights within the Cebu Pacific network. It also gives customers access to other exclusive promos and add-on services from the airline.
 
So, do you want to be the Chosen Juan and have the best time of your life traveling around the Philippines for 80 incredible days? Submit your entries now and get a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 
To avail of a GetGo card, simply visit www.GetGo.com.ph, click JOIN, fill out the application form, and for only a P150 membership fee, have your personalized GetGo card delivered to your doorstep.
 
For more information on GetGo’s merchant partners, on-going promos and events, you can visit www.GetGo.com.ph or follow GetGo’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts @GetGoPH.
 
TravelBook.ph is a Philippine with over 1,800 hotel and resort partners in different parts of the country. The company seeks to help every Filipino travel more with value for money accommodations in every corner of the country.
 
StopSleepGo.com is an online vacation accommodation service, providing varied and unique places globally for the travelers' convenience. The company encourage people from all over the world to list and rent out their properties to travelers, helping locals earn extra income while providing travelers with accommodations for every occasion.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Outbreak Manila: Back and Hungry for More (December 5, 2015)

It has been a while since the last zombie epidemic hit the streets of Manila. I could still remember how scared I felt that time. I was secretly crying in my mind and hoping for the race to end right away! It was all fun though and I am terribly missing the experience.


Tomorrow, on December 5, 2015, from 3pm to 8pm, Outbreak Manila returns with the country's biggest zombie-infested obstacle course in Arca South, Taguig. The event promises participants a screaming good time with more flag-hungry zombies, twists, and challenges.


Since 2012, Outbreak Manila has put a twist to the typical fun runs--quite a few personal records have been broken with runners being chased by zombies. Not to worry though, no one is at risk of infectious zombie bites. Runners are given a belt with three life flags attached. The goal is to finish the course with at least one life flag intact in the face of flag-hungry zombies.

Outbreak Manila is now on its sixth installment. Almost fifty thousand people have taken on Outbreak's challenge to run for their lives, and survived! You don't have to be a runner to successfully conquer the event. The young and the young at heart can walk, run, and even crawl through each challenge and still have an amazing experience.


Registration is still ongoing even with a few days to go. Join in on the fun by registering online at www.outbreakmanila.com or visiting the following Breakout Paragon at Paragon Plaza EDSA corner Reliance st. Mandaluyong, and Breakout Katipunan at 315 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Outbreak Manila is made possible by Nissin Yakisoba and Runtertainment. Big thanks also go out to Mogu-Mogu, Breakout Philippines, Cello's Doughnuts, Impact Whey Protein, and the Wacky Obstacle Run; and our media partners The Feed, ClicktheCity.com, Inquirer.net, arkadymac.com, and pinoyfitness.com.

City Savor Holiday foodie festival coming to Makati, Ortigas and BGC

What will the holiday season be without indulging in delicious food? This, accompanied with the Filipino’s love for get-togethers with friends and loved ones, makes December even more special. Make that extra special with CITY SAVOR: A Holiday Food Crawl Like No Other coming your way this December 5, 12, and 19!



The love for food partnered with the merrymaking spirit of the Season is what inspired Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) to host City Savor in its premium residential developments, namely The Sapphire Bloc in Ortigas (December 5), Signa Designer Residences in Makati (December 12), and The Trion Towers in Bonifacio Global City (December 19). The event will be held from 10:00AM to 9:00PM for each schedule. 

Just some of the purveyors to watch for!

City Savor’s list of food establishments will vary slightly per schedule. The participating concessionaires include ChocoATBP, Mac & Jar, Baguettini, Global Beer Exchange, Cannoli & Co., Caramba, Snack Box, Bayani Brew, Saddam’s Shawarma, Buccino’s Ice Cream Experiments, Eenie Minni Cupcakes & Cookies, The Juice Stand, Wagger, Sabao, Bait’s, Crisp on 28th, Pink Panda, Pipino Vegetarian, Hillside Café & Juice Bar, Habitual Coffee, Liquido Maestro, Boom’s Cold Brew Coffee, Standford Shaw, Pedro Brewcrafters, Bald Baker, Jertie’s Kitchen, Cucina Cuenca, Comer Y Comic, Traydor Hot Sauce, Schmidt’s Gourmet Hotdogs, Boneless Bob, Jimmy D’s, and Snow Shack among others. 

The vibrant locations of RLC’s master-planned developments make the City Savor event even more special for the Yuletide Season, being nestled in foodie districts that people frequent for night outs and events. 

The Sapphire Bloc

For one, The Sapphire Bloc at the Ortigas CBD gives residents and urbanites a taste of the authentic city lifestyle. The Art Deco-style development is also known for its very own lifestyle hub with artisan restaurants like the Moonshine Public Urban Bar (PUB), The Stockpile, Cable Car, Sobremesa and the Starbucks Reserve, to name a few. 

Trion Towers

The Trion Towers, on the other hand, alters the BGC skyline with its state-of-the-art, tri-axial architectural design. Its location puts it near the Fort Strip, Bonifacio High Street, Market! Market!, Serendra and other countless dining and commercial centres scattered all over the CBD. 

Signa Designer Residences

For the Signa Designer Residences in Makati, high life is savoured at the upscale gastronomic locale of the Salcedo Village. Its resto strip comprises of Mothership F&B brands namely Sabao, Baits and Sprout, as well as a Starbucks Reserve. 

Clockwise from top left: Keiko Necesario, Evee Simon, Toni B, & Hoochie Coochie Mikkie

It won’t be a complete holiday feast celebration without entertainment and giveaways! Residents of the RLC developments and guests will be serenaded by performers like Keiko Necesario (Dec. 5 at The Sapphire Bloc & Dec. 19 at The Trion Towers), Toni B (Dec. 5 at The Sapphire Bloc), Evee Simon (Dec. 12 at Signa Designer Residences), Pasta Groove (Dec. 12 at Signa Designer Residences & Dec. 19 at The Trion Towers), and Hoochie Coochie Mikkie (Dec. 12 at Signa Designer Residences & Dec. 19 at The Trion Towers). Visit the events for prizes and surprises too!

The weekends of Decembers mean get-togethers for us Filipinos, and RLC along with the event’s partners are all about offering venues that bring together awesome food and entertainment all in one place. CITY SAVOR will redefine what holiday feasting is all about.

Robinsons Land Corporation in partnership with Ampersand Collective and McCormick Philippines will hold the City Savor: A Holiday Food Crawl Like No Other on Dec. 5 at the Sapphire Bloc in Ortigas City, Dec. 12 at the Signa Designer Residences in Makati and Dec. 19 at The Trion Towers at the Bonifacio Global City. The event will be held from 10:00AM to 9:00PM for each schedule. Special thanks to sponsors Zomato and Marketa.ph, and media partners Juice.ph, WhenInManila.com, ClickTheCity.com, AktivShow, PYE.ph, and 1 Digimedia Audiovisuals Inc.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fіndіng A Cheap Hоtеl In Mаkаtі Cіtу

Makati Hоtеlѕ

If you аrе looking a place tо mіx both buѕіnеѕѕ аnd рlеаѕurе, Mаkаtі іѕ thе еxасt рlасе for уоu. It іѕ thе рlасе оf еаrthlу рlеаѕurеѕ frоm shopping to rеlаxаtіоn. Mаkаtі hаѕ every ѕhорріng mаll a реrѕоn can thіnk of аѕ wеll аѕ thе most рорulаr hоtеlѕ аnd rеѕtаurаntѕ all оvеr thе wоrld.




The Bеѕt Plасе tо Be

The сіtу bоаѕtѕ many hіgh-еnd hоtеlѕ lіkе thе Manila Peninsula, Duѕіt Thаnі, and the Mаkаtі Shangri-la among mаnу оthеrѕ. Thеѕе hоtеlѕ hаvе еаrnеd thе right аѕ a fіvе star hоtеl because оf thе superb accommodations аnd service. However, іf уоu are lооkіng for great accommodations at a reasonable рrісе, Makati саn аlѕо оffеr you these орtіоnѕ.

· Oxfоrd Suites

· The Cіtу Gаrdеn

· Prіnсе Plаzа

· Iѕаbеllе Rоуаl Hotel аnd Suites

These hotels and соndоmіnіumѕ іn оnе wіll surely оffеr the costumer grеаt ѕеrvісе wіthоut compromising thе budget. Yоu саn ѕtіll enjoy ѕtауіng аt a рluѕh еѕtаblіѕhmеnt аt a vеrу аffоrdаblе рrісе. Thеѕе hotels hаvе fіnе dining restaurants that уоu саn enjoy. If уоu fееl like wоrkіng оut уоu саn go tо аnу оf the adjacent fitness сеntrеѕ іn thе сіtу.

Thеѕе fitness ѕtudіоѕ lосаtеd in various mаllѕ within thе сіtу wіll offer уоu fіtnеѕѕ рlаnѕ that will suit уоur ever-changing lіfеѕtуlе. Yоu will nоt just hаvе a grеаt wоrk оut but a hеаlthіеr dіеt рlаn as well. If уоu want tо lоѕе weight but do nоt wаnt tо brеаk a sweat, there are vаrіоuѕ сlіnісѕ аvаіlаblе wіthіn the city thаt іѕ ready tо offer their services from ѕkіn саrе to liposuction аnd many оthеr procedures.

Fіndіng transportation іѕ nоt dіffісult bесаuѕе there аrе many cabs аnd рublіс buses available tо tаkе tourists wherever they wоuld want tо gо. If you want tо take a tоur of the city's hіѕtоrу thе buѕ саn tаkе уоu tо thе city Muѕеum whеrе they еxhіbіt many hіѕtоrісаl аrtеfасtѕ аbоut how Mаkаtі саmе tо be the сіtу thаt it іѕ today. It саn bе an educational tоur fоr аll people аѕ wеll.

At thе еnd оf thе day аftеr wоrkіng hard, іt іѕ nісе to knоw that аnу оf thе Mаkаtі hоtеlѕ are аvаіlаblе fоr you to ѕtау іn, hаvе a ԛuіеt rеlаxіng еvеnіng tо rest, and prepare fоr thе nеxt dауѕ аhеаd. It wіll trulу bе a rеfugе fоr fоrеіgn tоurіѕtѕ аnd locals аlіkе. Mаkаtі hоtеlѕ are thе best рlасеѕ fоr rеlаxаtіоn аnd leisure аѕ wеll аѕ buѕіnеѕѕ.


Fіndіng A Cheap Hоtеl In Mаkаtі Cіtу

Makati Cіtу. The premiere financial dіѕtrісt оf thе Phіlірріnеѕ, Mаkаtі Cіtу іѕ full оf possibilities fоr іntеrnаtіоnаl buѕіnеѕѕmеn and tоurіѕtѕ, bustling with асtіvіtу durіng thе daytime and іntоxісаtіng with іtѕ vibrant nіghtlіfе. With tеnѕ оf thousands оf tоurіѕtѕ соnvеrgіng іn the Phіlірріnеѕ every уеаr, the majority of thеm еаѕіlу end up іn hotels in Makati City, whеrе аll thе асtіоn іѕ. With the Philippines' perfect lосаtіоn in thе mіddlе of Aѕіа, ѕtауіng in Mаkаtі City, ѕtrаtеgісаllу lосаtеd in between the local аnd іntеrnаtіоnаl airports аnd thе ѕеароrtѕ, is thе lоgісаl сhоісе.

The Phіlірріnеѕ is also known fоr іtѕ bаrgаіn-bаѕеmеnt рrісеѕ. The Phіlірріnеѕ is rеlаtіvеlу сhеареr thаn іtѕ Sоuthеаѕt Aѕіаn nеіghbоrѕ, dеѕріtе іtѕ flawless fusion оf Wеѕtеrn аnd Asian cultures and wіdе аvаіlаbіlіtу оf goods аnd ѕеrvісеѕ, mаkіng іt a tоurіѕt paradise and ѕhорреr'ѕ mесса. Makati Cіtу, hоwеvеr, does nоt соmе cheap fоr all іtѕ offerings. Five-star Mаkаtі hоtеlѕ оffеr rooms іn the hundreds of dоllаrѕ, аnd with thе аvеrаgе room stay оf a tourist ѕtауіng in a hоtеl іn Makati runnіng around fіvе nights, оnе саn lооk fоrwаrd to ѕреndіng hundrеdѕ, maybe even thоuѕаndѕ, оf dоllаrѕ for Mаkаtі ассоmmоdаtіоnѕ alone.

Fіndіng аn аffоrdаblе hоtеl in Mаkаtі іѕ therefore a priority fоr most tourists аnd іndереndеnt businessmen looking tо ѕреnd a ѕіgnіfісаnt аmоunt of tіmе еnjоуіng Makati Cіtу аnd everything іt hаѕ tо offer. Hеrе are fоur tірѕ оn hоw tо fіnd a сhеар hоtеl іn Mаkаtі Cіtу, bаѕеd on emerging trаvеlеr bеhаvіоr раttеrnѕ identified bу :

1.Dо your research оnlіnе. Use search engines tо mаkе yourself a lіѕt of hоtеlѕ in Mаkаtі City.

2.Search fоr Mаkаtі hоtеlѕ. Uѕіng rates, lосаtіоn, аnd quality, fіnd a hоtеl in Makati City thаt mееtѕ your сrіtеrіа, which may іnсludе best (і.е., сhеареѕt) rаtеѕ fоr the rооmѕ, the location оf thе hotels іn Mаkаtі, аnd thе quality оf еасh Makati hоtеl.


3.Travel Agеnt оr Direct? Aftеr you've dесіdеd on thе Mаkаtі hоtеl you'd lіkе tо ѕtау in, thе nеxt step іѕ tо compare the rаtеѕ оf that раrtісulаr hоtеl in Makati, аѕ mаdе аvаіlаblе оn trаvеl agents аnd оnlіnе роrtаlѕ. Aftеr you've fоund thе travel аgеnt оr portal whоѕе offer уоu like, vіѕіt the Makati hоtеl'ѕ оffісіаl website. Yоu mау be ѕurрrіѕеd to learn thаt your hоtеl оf сhоісе mау асtuаllу offer thе best rаtеѕ (і.е., the lоwеѕt rаtеѕ) dіrесtlу оn іtѕ оffісіаl hоtеl wеbѕіtе, оftеn еvеn оffеrіng instant соnfіrmаtіоn wіth thе guаrаntееd rеѕеrvаtіоn.

4.Bооk уоur cheap Mаkаtі hоtеl room. Emаіl thе trаvеl аgеnсу and wait fоr the rерlу, and соrrеѕроnd ассоrdіnglу untіl ѕuсh tіmе thаt уоur rеѕеrvаtіоn іѕ okay, or rеѕеrvе directly wіth thе hоtеl through their оffісіаl wеbѕіtе аnd wait fоr your reservation date.



Tірѕ fоr Your Mаnіlа Stау


Booked аt a hotel іn Manila, Philippines for a lеngthу stay? Hеrе vеrу рrасtісаl tips tо mаkе your stay as affordable оr аѕ соnvеnіеnt аѕ роѕѕіblе.

1. Look оnlіnе fоr promos. 

Whеthеr іt'ѕ fоr a ѕtау аt a hоtеl іn Manila, reservation at a gооd restaurant, or juѕt сhеар fіndѕ, уоu саn gеt the best bаrgаіnѕ іf уоu ѕеаrсh оnlіnе. From local group-buying ѕіtеѕ to рrоmоѕ found on rеѕtаurаnt оr hоtеl wеbѕіtеѕ thеmѕеlvеѕ, trаvеlеrѕ whо ѕреnd a little mоrе tіmе ѕеаrсhіng оn thе Internet could bе rewarded wіth hugе dіѕсоuntѕ.

2. Pасk the right kind of сlоthіng. 

Rеmеmbеr thаt Mаnіlа іѕ іn a tropical соuntrу, аnd whіlе іt саn bе unbearably hоt for a good part оf thе уеаr, іt can bе аlѕо ԛuіtе rainy. Sо whіlе уоu can аlwауѕ just brіng ѕhоrtѕ, t-ѕhіrtѕ, аnd flір-flорѕ, уоu should also brіng a light jасkеt juѕt іn саѕе thе wеаthеr turns nаѕtу. Yоu саn аlѕо travel light and juѕt buy additional сlоthеѕ upon аrrіvаl, оr whеn уоu nееd thеm.

3. Alwауѕ hаvе аn umbrella. 

Whеthеr уоu'rе ѕtауіng at a сhеар hotel іn Mаnіlа оr at a 5-star оnе, you wouldn't want tо аrrіvе there ѕоаkіng wet ѕіnсе уоu got rаіnеd on while going around thе city. That's whу it's good tо always have аn umbrеllа with you whеn going out for thе whоlе dау. Umbrellas оf dіffеrеnt соlоrѕ and ѕіzеѕ - еѕресіаllу compact, fоldіng ones - аrе rеаdіlу available in the mаnу mаllѕ аrоund the mеtrо.

4. Plаn уоur sightseeing саrеfullу tо mіnіmіzе time ѕреnt іn traffic. 

Lіkе аll bіg сіtіеѕ іn thе wоrld, Mаnіlа'ѕ trаffіс can drіvе anyone сrаzу, especially durіng ruѕh hour. Thаt'ѕ whу it рауѕ tо рlаn уоur ѕіghtѕееіng trip саrеfullу, аnd gо through thе city аrеа bу area, ѕо you wоn't hаvе tо ѕреnd tоо muсh time on the road. Fоr еxаmрlе, іf you wаnt tо ѕее thе Intrаmurоѕ аrеа fіrѕt, thеn уоu should аlѕо сhесk out thе nеаrbу muѕеumѕ, аnd nоt lеаvе thеm fоr another day. Seek advice frоm the locals, or check out a mар tо hеlр уоu plot your соurѕе.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top Stocks

The stock market can be a fickle place to invest your money. There are so many ups and downs that it is like you are going on an emotional and financial roller coaster that is completely out of your control. There can be huge gains and huge losses thanks to the volatile market that some people may not find it as worth the risk. However, most people have a stake in the stock market thanks to their 401(k), meaning that their retirement can be affected by the stock market.



If you do choose to invest, you want to make sure that you do your research to ensure that you pick the best stocks possible. You can do this research yourself or trust a financial advisor to help you with this very difficult decision. Thanks to the internet, you can easily sort through articles to help you stay informed on what stocks are currently the top stocks on the market. Just remember that the stock market is an ever-changing entity and there are no guarantees in the long-term on how well these stocks will consistently do.


Some of the top stocks currently on the market are utilities. Utilities are always a great option during times of extreme volatility because of their stability.For instance Cablevision Systems Corp., or more simply known as Cablevision, is one of the top stocks currently. One of the reasons for this is because they are about to be purchased by Altice for $17.7 billion, which will make it the 4th largest cable operator in the United States.
Right now Nike is performing very well on the stock market, as it has recently jumped up 5.7% and had one of the biggest increases in recent times. It has given Wall Street a huge surprise by having an $8.4 billion dollar revenue in the first quarter, even though it was only expected to have an $8.2 billion revenue.


Right now, the larger companies are proving to be more successful on Wall Street than the smaller companies. The smaller companies have been hit the hardest in recent times, as they are some of the biggest losers in the stock market while eight out of the ten biggest gains have come from large-cap companies. Another industry that seems to be slipping is energy. Oil and coal are currently being hit hard, losing over 20%. The oil stock is dropping as a result of the lower oil prices that have been making consumers happy.


The lesson here is that utility companies are a top stock option for those who are looking for a safer investment option. They have always been considered a safe haven option, even in times of higherstock market volatility. The stock market can have great rewards, but this comes at a great risk. If you are going to invest, you will want to make sure to thoroughly research stocks or to consult a financial expert. The stock market is not guaranteed easy money, but it is a worthwhile risk if you do have some extra money to spend.

Internet Safety Tips

The internet can be a great place to find all types of information. You can use the internet to order deliveries to your home. You can use the internet to do all of your homework and read the daily news. The internet is a great place to watch television or play games with other people. Adults even use the internet to help them find love. With all of the great things that the internet offers, there are many dangers that are lurking online that everyone needs to be careful for. There are predators and all types of bad people lurking in the anonymous shadows otherwise known as the internet and you need to know how to protect yourself.



As a parent, your number one responsibility is to protect your child from anything that you possibly can. The children have such easy access to the internet. They can use the internet at school or in libraries, but there is also a lot of access outside of these environments. A lot of children have their own computers with access to the internet or at least have access through their smartphones. One of the best things you can do is make sure that your child’s computer is in a high access area so that you can monitor what they are doing online. There are programs that can help you limit access to different sites or set time limits for your child so that you can add an extra layer of protection. You should also be vigilant in monitoring their social media, text messages, and emails to ensure your child stays safe. Be sure to teach your child basic rules of internet safety like not revealing full names, ages, phone number, or address.


These rules are also important to remember for yourself. You also need to remember to keep all of your personal information private. This information can not only increase your chances for becoming a victim of identity theft, but it will also increase your chances of becoming a victim of cyber-stalking. When you share photos of yourself, be sure to not include any identifiable information in the background that can help someone who is cyber-stalking you into your direction. You should also remember to watch out for phishing scams. This is how scammers can get your information in order to steal your identity. If you meet someone online, remember to meet them in a very public place where you can be protected in case something happens. You should remember to tell friends and family where this date is going to take place so that someone can check in on you at some point in the evening.


It is so important to be as cautious online as you would be out in the real world. There are real dangers that you can face online and you want to make sure that you and your family are safe from these seemingly unknown dangers. By taking these simple precautions, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Beauty tips for girls- How to look and feel fabulous!

Let’s face it. Since the beginning of time girls and women have been trying to improve their appearance. Even when considering old 17th century practices such as women wearing huge wigs that sported dirty mice. Was that beautiful to them? Surprisingly so.




As the world has become more and more adamant on becoming green, I have decided to focus more on natural beauty tips in this article. Some of them may seem quite obvious, but the question is. Do the majority of women actually follow them? Adhering to just 3 or 4 of them can make a huge difference to general health, ageing and appearance.  Have a look below.


Stay out of the sun between 12 and 3. The sun is at its peak during those hours and simply going inside for a siesta could add years to your life!
Moisturize. A lot of women ignore this simple routine. A good moisturizer has a huge impact on the elasticity of the skin and keeps it looking young and fresh.
For those slightly older girls- to keep those eyes looking young and revitalized, apply damp teabags or cucumber slices to the area for 15 minutes a day. The results- amazing!
When washing hair- why not leave it damp? It gives off a lovely, natural bounce that won’t be attained by blow drying. Not to mention avoiding heat damage to the hair!
Wear less make up. Using just a touch of lipstick and eye shadow goes a long way. Less is more. Nobody likes looking at a mask.
If make up is a necessity, always apply in an upward direction as a downward motion can make the skin sag.
Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. This keeps the skin and body hydrated and keeps the energy levels up.
Cut down on alcohol and cigarettes. It’s remarkable what a simple detox can do in keeping you looking revitalized and fabulous.
Eat healthy. Merely cutting out those burgers and fries and replacing them with a healthier option will maximize weight loss and keep you feeling great. every morning helps with cleansing the body.
And of course- exercise! Just a 30 minute walk a day to get the heart rate up does wonders for circulation and overall energy levels.
A tried and tested natural face mask includes some honey banana and lemon and mashing it all together. Apply and leave on face for 15 minutes. Believe it. As good as any facial.
If you have a pimple problem, apply some hot pepper to the area for 5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
And lastly- smile and laugh. It takes more muscles to frown than laugh. Keeping happy increases serotonin levels which increase overall feelings of contentment. In other words keeping you shining and radiant.

As the above beauty tips depict, keeping and staying beautiful is easy and should be a stringent part of everyday life. Keep shining ladies!

Advice on Losing Weight

Everyone wants to have a healthier lifestyle, especially with all of the risks associated with becoming obese. These ailments include diabetes, heart problems, and many more. This is why losing weight is so important if you are overweight. Eating right is a lifestyle change that can easily be maintained if you do not think of it as simply a diet but rather a complete habit overhaul. Not only can living a healthy lifestyle help you avoid chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses, but you can also have a better immune system and will have more energy.




To really lose weight and to lose it at a quicker pace, it is important to combine diet and exercise to maximize results. The number one tip for exercise is to find activities that you enjoy doing. You will be more likely to become dedicated to a workout routine if you are doing something that you enjoy. If you enjoy dancing, a workout like Zumba can help you out. You should also integrate different exercises to get the most out of working out. You should integrate cardio and strength training in order to get the best results. It is also important to mix up your routine to keep it fresh for both keeping your interest and to activate different sets of muscles.


Now that you have established a workout routine, your diet is also incredibly important. One of the most important things to remember when changing your diet is that fad diets often do not work. Most of these diets are very restrictive and it is proven that extremely restrictive diets have a higher failure rate. Choosing a diet that is balanced and revolves around foods that you enjoy is really the best way to go. Smaller portions is key in any diet, and you can trick yourself into eating smaller portions by using smaller plates and you can train yourself to eat slower which will make you feel more full than eating quickly. Eating healthy foods that are high in protein and fiber will help you feel fuller longer, making it so that you are not hungry as often.


Another excellent tip is to try drinking water prior to a meal to help fill your stomach so you eat less. You should also grab something to drink first whenever you feel hungry, because often times thirst can mask itself as hunger. Finally, another important tip is to remember the importance of healthy snacks. Remember to carry these snacks with you at all times so if you do get hit with a hunger attack, you have a weapon to fend off your hunger and prevent you from grabbing a less healthy option.


These are only a few tips to help you through your weight loss journey. You have to remember that it really is a journey, and not something that can just happen overnight without any work. It takes hard work and dedication along with willpower in order to achieve your weight loss goals. Remember to take this one day at a time and do not be too hard on yourself if you have a day that was not as successful as you had hoped. There will be ups and downs, but they will be entirely worth it for a healthier you.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Join the Second L’Aperitivo Italiano Event on August 26, 2015!

After the Great Success of the first L'Aperitivo Italiano event, the Italian Chamber of Commerce is organizing the second one, which will take place on August 26, 2015, from 6pm to 10pm at Makati Diamond Residences, Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City (Across Greenbelt).



What to Expect
L’Aperitivo Italiano offers the authentic Italian way of enjoying a pre-dinner drink, meant to prepare the palate. Guests would have the privilege to indulge in the best Italian wine and finger food available in Asia. In addition, attending this premier event would serve as a great opportunity to establish connections with other guests.

On this venue, L’Aperitivo Italiano will launch for the first time in the Philippines the  iconic Italian alcoholic cocktail, the Spritz, a mix of Prosecco, Aperol and Soda, considered the imagine of the Aperitivo in Italy.

Costs and Entitlement
The ticket is PHP 1,100 for the members of Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and PHP 1,400 for non-members. It entitles you to three (3) glasses of the best Italian wine and/or the Spritz and an unlimited serving of various Italian finger foods.

The Contest


By joining the contest, you will have the chance to win two air tickets to Italy, sponsored by Qatar Airways, or one week end for two, in Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground; a beautiful resort in Bohol.

In order to join the contest, take a selfie during one of this monthly event and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags:

#LAperitivoItaliano2015 #iccpi.

During the last forthcoming final event, to be held in December 2015, a qualified jury will choose the most stylish and fashionable participants (must be a couple - any two individuals together) who will be the winners.

Reminders

Please be aware that the tickets for the event are limited and your participation will only be guaranteed after purchasing the ticket from our ICCPI office or depositing your payment onto the ICCPI bank account. Anyway please send us an email to confirm your attendance.

Again, the second L’Aperitivo Italiano event will take place on August 26, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm, at Makati Diamond Residences, Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City (Across Greenbelt).

For any inquiries, you may call these numbers: +639175 638633 and (02) 9780279.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Modafinil: Drug Like "Limitless" Used to Improve BRAIN Performance! Must READ!

It's Wake Up Time!

I recently watched a movie that's recommended by my boyfriend called "Limitless." In the movie, actor Bradley Cooper took NZT-48, a fictitious drug which basically is an exaggerated version of cognitive enhancers available in drugstores today. It's similar to nootropics that work by modulating the activity of neurotransmitters and neurotrophins (brain growth factors). 

The wonderful thing is that Bradley Cooper transformed from being so lazy and depressed in life into someone who thinks clearly and gets things done so fast. It's like taking the drug made him into a superhuman who has enhanced learning skill and memory recall.


In the real world, I came across a similar drug which works in a lesser degree called Provigil—also known as Modafinil

Modafinil: Biohacking Your Mind

Modafinil must be popular for those who are diagnosed with narcolepsy (a neurological disorder) and ADHD as prescribed by doctors. The science behind this smart drug is that it changes the amounts of certain natural substances in the area of our brain that controls sleep and wakefulness, thereby enhancing our alertness, attention, memory, and executive functions such as planning and problem solving. 

If you feel like a zombie and could not concentrate at work or on studies, if you are new to the BPO industry and your body is not used to working long hours, or if you have problems with daytime sleepiness, then you should think about trying this wakefulness-promoting agent.

Different from Adrafinil, Modafinil is not associated with harmful side effects and is safe. However, taking this medication every day might just develop addiction or the heightened awareness for potential abuse. Just be careful when you use it and how you use it.

Get Extra Focus and Improve Productivity

First time takers of Modafinil claim that it makes you feel fresh and amazing. Euphoria, if you will. This feeling starts to kick in after 30 to 40 minutes of intake and lasts for next 8 to 12 hours. The effect in "Limitless" is over-hyped but nonetheless similar. 


It's like your brain begins to react to everything around you. Alertness skyrockets, thinking and general cognitive abilities speed up (speech and reading). Note though that it's not a magic pill as what's implied in the movie. The initial effect fades as your body becomes used to it. A little bit of caffeine after 4 hours of taking gives it an extended boost and puts you in an active mood.

Where to Purchase Modafinil?

Modafinil is usually available in drugstores with the doctor's prescription, but there are online stores like ModafinilCat that makes the resource available for everyone.

ModafinilCat sells Modalert (Modafinil 200mg manufactured by Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in India), Modvigil (Modafinil 200mg HAB Pharma), and two other kinds of biohacks. What sets them apart from other vendors is that ModafinilCat is pushing the envelope in terms of customer service and ease-of-use. Indeed, many customers testified that ModafinilCat has great and friendly service. Responses are quick and delivery is reliable with e-mail updates on the package's shipping progress.

It's also great to highlight that ModafinilCat is the only Modafinil vendor that accepts VISA and MasterCard payments and BITCOIN while offering full refunds and free international shipping and tracking. Contact them anytime via support@modafinilcat.com.

Check out their best-selling Modalert here or click to read customer reviews here.

ModafinilCat ships everywhere in the world, except for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates.

Have you heard about Modafinil? Have you tried it? What can you say about the effects of this medication? Share your experience in the comments section below.

Reference sites:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a602016.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12537513
https://www.modafinilcat.com/faq

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kopi Roti Celebrates Its 10th Year This August! #KopiRotiAt10

Kopi Roti is celebrating its 10th year this August, and this means a month-long celebration with Kopi Bun lovers! Every Monday of August 2015 from 10am-2pm, customers who buy a Kopi Bun can buy a second one for only P10! 


Do you want to know a secret? You may avail of this promo from 10am-2pm any other day for the whole month of August as long as you greet the cashier with the secret phrase:


“Happy 10th Birthday Kopi Roti!”


If you can’t get enough of Kopi Buns, here's another good news:

Kopi Roti is giving away 1-year supply of Kopi Buns to 1 lucky Kopi Roti Fan! 

All you have to do is post a creative selfie of you and a Kopi Bun with the hashtag #KopiRotiAt10 to celebrate their 10th birthday. The best post by the end of August will win 1 year supply of Kopi Buns.

P10 Bun Mechanics:

Available in selected Kopi Roti Branches:
  • Katipunan
  • Columns Ayala
  • Resorts World
  • Lucky Chinatown Mall
  1. Valid every Mondays of August (3,10,17,24, and 31) from 10am-2pm only
  2. Valid for dine-in and take out transactions only
  3. Not valid with any other promos or discounts
  4. Purchase requirement of (1) bun at regular price is needed to avail of 2nd bun for only P10

Secret P10 Bun Mechanics:

Available in selected Kopi Roti Branches:
  • Katipunan
  • Columns Ayala
  • Resorts World
  • Lucky Chinatown Mall
  1. Valid for the whole month of August from 10am-2pm only
  2. Valid for dine-in and take out transactions only
  3. Not valid with any other promos or discounts
  4. Purchase requirement of (1) bun at regular price is needed to avail of 2nd bun for only P10

1-year Supply of Buns Mechanics:

  1. Follow @kopiroti in Instagram
  2. Post a creative selfie with a Kopi Bun and your birthday greeting for Kopi Roti.
  3. Use the hashtag #KopiRotiAt10 in order for your entry to be deemed valid
  4. Promo duration is from August 4-31, 2015.
  5. Deadline of submission of entries is on August 31, 2015

Most creative selfie that will be chosen by the Kopi Roti team will win 1 year supply of Kopi Buns.
1 Bun x 365 days = 365 Buns
  1. Kopi Roti’s decision shall be deemed final
  2. (1) Winner will be announced on September 4, 2015 via Kopi Roti’s Instagram and Facebook account. Winner must send his/her contact details to Kopi Roti’s official FB page within 7 days.
  3. Winner may redeem his/her prize in the following branches only
    • Katipunan
    • Columns Ayala
    • Resorts World
    • Lucky Chinatown Mall
  4. A total of 1 bun per day may be redeemed in one of the following stores listed above starting agreed date of winner and Kopi Roti team until the 365th day
  5. Claiming of buns should be done daily for 365 days
  6. Buns that are not picked up for the day will be forfeited. Unclaimed bun for the day may not be redeemed in the succeeding days
  7. Only the winner may redeem the bun and must present a valid ID upon claiming of prize
  8. All expense due from claiming of the buns should be shouldered by the winner

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fit for Fashion Season 2 Casting Now Starts!

Asia’s original fitness & fashion reality television show returns for its second season. Entries now open for 12 individuals to go on a journey of self discovery; become the best version of themselves and stand a chance to win $100,000!
 

Philippines, are you Fit for Fashion? We are looking for 12 men and women who want to transform their lives – and become stylish, fitter and more confident extraordinary individuals.

Auditions are now open for Fit for Fashion Season 2, the first ever reality TV show that brings fashion and fitness together, brought to you by Fitness First and Imagine Group. 12 ordinary men and women from Asia and around the world will come together to one spectacular location where contestants will work with internationally acclaimed fashion personalities Louise Roe (Host) and Todd Anthony Tyler (Fashion Photographer) and be put through their paces by international fitness trainers Christine Bullock and Mitch Chilson.

Over the course of 10 episodes, the show will challenge contestants to push themselves to the limits of what they are physically and mentally capable of – to reach new heights and to look and feel great. Each week, contestants will be put through grueling challenges and one contestant will be eliminated every week until only one winner is left.

Ever wanted a mini-sabbatical to get away the daily humdrum and kickstart your journey to greatness or want to take control of your health and fitness and go on journey of self-discovery to see a version of yourself you never knew existed? If your answer is yes, we want you!

Enter now to face your ultimate challenge and change your life forever –  and you will also stand a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000 if you can prove you’re truly Fit f or Fashion! Auditions close Sunday 31 May 2015, so send in your submissions today!

Visit http://fitforfashion.tv/audition for more information.

Want a sneak peek at what you might get to experience but didn’t catch the first season of Fit for Fashion? You can catch all the action repeated on FOX SPORTS at these time slots*:
Fridays: 11.30am (Manila)
Repeats at 6.30pm (Friday) and 12.30am (Saturday)

*Subject to change due to live programmes

About Fitness First Asia


Fitness First is one of the largest fitness brands in the world and the largest in Southeast Asia. In Asia alone, as at May 2015, there are 90 Fitness First clubs across Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore, with a combined membership size of more than 215,000.

As part of its ambitious five-year expansion programme, Fitness First Asia is currently investing more than US$100m to grow its Asian footprint by 60%, open up to 50 new clubs across the region by 2018 and increase memberships to more than 350,000. Gym members will benefit from a US$42m upgrade of existing clubs, featuring the latest fitness innovations, new workouts and enhanced staff expertise.

Fitness First’s unrivalled network in the region, new technology, world class clubs and outstanding customer service, means the business is well positioned to expand its leadership position in the fast growing Asian fitness market.

For more information, please visit www.fitnessfirst.com.

About Imagine Group

Imagine Group (“Imagine”) is a leading international TV Production company headquartered in Singapore. Amongst its hit TV productions are The Contender Asia, The Biggest Loser Asia, The Challenger and The Apartment. Imagine’s shows have achieved success not just in Asia but also the USA, Australia, UK and Europe with distribution to over 40 countries worldwide and have received multiple accolades from industry and media, including an international Emmy Award nomination in 2012.

Currently the ONLY production company in Asia that produces large scale ORIGINAL reality TV shows to an American production standard that are sold and formatted worldwide, Imagine has shows in production and development across a variety of genres including Music, Sport, Fashion, Lifestyle, Design, Magic and kids’ content.

For more information, please visit www.imaginegroup.tv.

About ZALORA

ZALORA Group is Asia Pacific’s leading group of online fashion destinations. Founded in 2012, the company has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong where it operate as ZALORA and in Australia and New Zealand where it operates as THE ICONIC. ZALORA Group’s localised sites offer an extensive collection of top international and local brands and products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering up to 100-day free returns, speedy deliveries as fast as 3 hours in some markets, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA Group is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Name: Dani Vitriolo
Tel:  +63 932 861 9804
Email:  danielle.vitriolo@grey.com