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NAPBAS 2011 Contenders & Blog Winners

11/30/2011 12:58:00 AM Chai Chen 1 Comments

Last Thursday, the Nuffnang PH Team has already formally announced the four (4) bloggers who won exclusive tickets to the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011 (or NAPBAS 2011 for short) happening this December 16, 2011 in Malaysia. Surprisingly, two (2) of my originally nominated blogs for NAPBAS 2011 have bagged the prizes as posted in the Nuffnang Blog. 


Kring Elenzano's FUNNYSEXY.PH blog site was my nominee for Best Lifestyle Blog; while Hannah Villasis's FLAIRCANDY.COM was my pick for Best Travel Blog. Though both of them weren't able to make it to the cut in the final blogs for voting, I'm happy that they were chosen instead (or their blog posts) to be one of the 500 bloggers as guests to this prestigious event. I did join the same contest though ... too bad I didn't win hehe. My blog post entitled "Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come" concentrated more on why I should be picked instead. Looking at the winners now and their blog themes, they chose the other blog option and that is to write about their Nuffnang Story. Hmmm ... well, this becomes part of my Nuffnang Story then next time hehe. So now, lemme congratulate the four winners, esp. Kring and Hannah! Yay! You girls blog about the experience next, ok?

So ... what's so enticing about this anyway? What was up for grabs for them? Oh boy! You wouldn't believe what ELSE they got!

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Bubble Tea,

A Smile With Happy Lemon Tea Shop

11/27/2011 12:23:00 PM Chai Chen 2 Comments

I had a short trip to Greenhills Shopping Center recently due to a client visit and since my taste buds required me to get a dose of milk tea anywhere (since that day, I wasn't able to have my Serenitea) so I tried searching for a Bubble Tea shop nearby. In my search, I found this shop instead.

Happy Lemon, Promenade Greenhills
I know I read it somewhere and my instincts are right - it's that Happy Lemon shop that offers state-of-the-art (wow!) milk and fruit teas in town. The milk tea business has grown a lot indeed and this one, I know, is one of the few new brands booming! Who wouldn't know it, right? Chris Tiu's name is attached to it. LOL. Although the name reminds me of comedy videos from youtube - Annoying Orange, I thought maybe there's something much more that the store can offer.

So what did I find in this shop, as I had my client check out as well? Click after the cut ...

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VXI Satellite TV Sales Account Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary at Dolce Superclub

11/24/2011 10:49:00 PM Chai Chen 4 Comments

Last November 17, 2011, one of VXI's premier sales account has celebrated its 1st Year Anniversary at Dolce Superclub, Quezon City. Approximately 200 guests and VIPs have attended the event for this very important milestone. This program is actually an extension program of its pioneer account located in the Makati office; which will then celebrate its 3rd Year milestone this week. I want to take this opportunity to greet everyone and congratulate everybody for a wonderful job all throughout the year. All this success is not possible if not because of everyone's hard work. Being in a sales program is not easy but it's definitely a fun work environment, serving a premium account, which is truly a hardcore sales account.

Everybody surely had a great time! The theme has surely added more juice to it as everyone dressed up as their own music icon walking down the red carpet. Sales consultants, leadership team, support groups, management, and invited guests have all graced the venue in their stunning fashionable outfits, with even some mimicking their favorite stars. The photo wall was a spot on and everyone's participation in the program as a whole was surely a great contribution.

VXI is a known leader in providing business process and information technology outsourcing offering comprehensive services to its clients. The company specializes in call center and BPO services, software development, quality assurance testing, and infrastructure outsourcing. Headquartered in the United States, VXI employs 10,000 people around the world including locations in China and the Philippines. So how does VXI hold parties and celebrate their successes in the business, recognizing the fruits of their employees' hard work? Read on ...

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Chic-Boy Doesn't Really Go Japanese ...

11/22/2011 01:20:00 AM Chai Chen 1 Comments

Chic-Boy (Chic-Boy Goes Japanese)
West Avenue Quezon City
After FINALLY watching the highest grossing movie of the year, Praybeyt Benjamin with my Fafi this weekend, we had to scout for a place to eat. We didn't have anything in the afternoon as merienda and dinner was delayed, thanks to me! LOL. I had a number of items to finish for work. And since we tried to catch the LFS (Last Full Show), there's not a lot of establishments open - unless we go to bars and stuff. The last option we had was Chic-Boy (Chicken at Baboy) at West Avenue, Quezon City. Trinoma didn't have any other options opened lah~

I was thrilled to see that the store now has Japanese Menu offered, as they've posted on their banner. There are a few choices for now so I settled for it. It's "something new" for them. I doubted it would taste good. The store is known mostly for Filipino dishes and offering Japanese food is quite questionable. Anyway, we gave it a try. My first thoughts were, will it taste at least as good as those from Japanese Fastfood? Of course, I wasn't expecting that they could cook best like those offered in Japanese restaurants. I only tried one variant from their line, Chic-boy Goes Japanese. At this point, all I can say is, well, they didn't go "that far" ...

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2ne1,

My Etude House Beauty Collection

11/19/2011 09:56:00 PM Chai Chen 1 Comments

Takara Miyuki for Etude House (I mean, me!)
SM Megamall EH Boutique Store
I've been a user of Korean beauty products since 2009. I started using BB creams back then as a healthier alternative to foundation and airbrush makeup primarily for my cosplay needs. I've read about BB creams being used for surgery needs and had amazing results! Since then I've tried several BB creams as well (and I will write about my review on them soon!). I have very sensitive yet oily skin so not a lot of products are good for me. I normally develop rashes and itchiness on several local and imported products. I'm just glad then that Korean brands are more helpful and they suit my needs.

Aside from BB creams, I've tried using other products as well and tried several Korean brands. To date, I can say I loved using The Face Shop and Skin Food so far. But since I started this other brand, I got more addicted! Too addicted, I can't control it (OK fine! I can. Esp. when I don't have money)! LOL. And every time I drop by their stores, I can't help but purchase at least one product for me to enjoy! I'm talking about Etude House. The girlie, vibrant, and pinkish look of the shops add glam to it so all the more that I fave it! I started my haul from a few pieces and then now, I have a few. I guess I can be eligible now for the Pink Card, yey! Last June, I attended Toycon 2011 and my character suits the shop. With my pink ensemble and the lovely staff, they allowed me to pose and jokingly, they said I'd be replacing Sandara soon. LOL. I love Dara too though but if I'd be given the chance, I'd love to endorse Etude House too. Bwahahaha! Dream on! Oh well, I guess these brands are always featuting KPOP icons or KDRAMA idols! And since I love 2NE1 as well (and yes, Dara of course), I guess I favored EH more than any other brand (and not to mention, it's PINK). Allow me to share more of my haul ...

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Payless for Shoes? Check Payless Shoe Source Sale!!!

11/17/2011 11:49:00 PM Chai Chen 8 Comments

I ain't really a shopping guru but I do love to shop (take note, window-shop) and sometimes, buy good deals I rarely find. Some of the items I really fancy are clothes, bags, and shoes (outside of my regular cosplay needs). I used to buy a lot of cheap ones but the I have to admit, I've sacrificed far-more quality than ever! With that, I told myself, I gotta be a "smart shopper" so even though I may pay a few extra bucks on something, I spend on them as long as they're of good quality; and sometimes, from a good brand name.

Am I really into brands? Not really. But sometimes, I prefer certain brands over generics hehe. This is because, I certainly believe, such brands have already gained their following and that, they've earned the trust of many with regard to the quality of their products. Not all brands have to be costly. There are really good deals around and just this week, my friend and colleague Ten brought me to this store I've never really heard of. She called it Payless, which really occured to me as a brand of instant noodles, no pun intended! But as the name goes, you really pay for less. I researched a little before coming and from there I knew that Payless is actually Payless Shoe Source. And for every girl who loves shoes, this is the place to be! 70% discounts on good shoes? You bet I'll spend at least a few on this ...

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SM Holiday Glam: Beauty Caravan with Etude House

11/15/2011 04:44:00 PM Chai Chen 76 Comments

Annie and Chai
Etude House, SM Megamall Holiday Glam
I was on a "tour guide" duty (LOL) for my friend, Annie Kao though I wasn't really feeling at the pink of health. Still, I decided to go on and not miss this chance since Annie will be going back home soon as well. We decided to go to Greenhills Shopping Center for some goodie bags and more swags but to our disappointment, we found nothing. The stalls were reshuffling and they won't be open until today instead (we went there yesterday). Not a lot of stores are open so we decided to go malling. I didn't have any other idea on what to do so I just kinda briefed her about the big malls here (HAH! As if I'm an expert now. LOL!) The nearest-biggest mall I know of is SM Megamall so we decided to go.

The first thing I remembered was, there is an Etude House Boutique Shop here so that was were we went first. Annie buys most of her skin care and beauty products in Thailand instead. Well, she's from Taiwan but her family resides in Thailand instead and such items are cheaper there, she said. But as we rummaged the stocks from EH, we had some good finds yeah! I'll blog about my Etude House fandom soon hehe. For now, here's what I wanted to share. I was looking for my favorite line actually, the Mini Size U set since that one has helped me minimize pores for real! And my skin has largely improved - clearer and less oily. Unfortunately, as per the staff, EH has already stopped its production. That kinda saddened me so I thought of finding it inside Watson's instead. The sales girl also told me that it's been phased-out. *sobs* But not to worry as she said; I may find other good stuff at the Holiday Glam event. What's this HOLIDAY GLAM you asked? I had the same question so I tried to discover it for myself. This is where you can pose like us in this pic and have it printed ... with free makeover! How is that possible? Read on!
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Bubble Tea,

It's Chatime! Tea Time!

11/13/2011 10:14:00 PM Chai Chen 2 Comments

The milk tea business in the Philippines is booming!

Thanks to successful franchises of different milk tea brands in the country, the trend has gone viral! Admittedly, as stated in one article, Filipinos are predominantly coffee-drinkers. The early introduction of milk tea to the industry was not as widely-accepted before, compared to ... well, NOW. I do believe in that statement as well. I personally stated my sentiments on that in a prior article I wrote, about Serenitea. TEA is the new COFFEE, I said. And in just a short span of time, this business has thrived in the market.

Chatime at SM North
 The old "nai cha" concept is gone and this business has introduced innovations to the new kind of drink loved by many. And I wouldn't let this pass without me trying out what each brand has to offer. It's om nom nom time lah~ And just recently, I chanced upon this store called Chatime, at SM North EDSA. It didn't dawn on me that it was a tea shop until just recently. Who would've thought that the tiny space there with cutesy designs would offer good tea drinks, or better yet, milk tea? I thought it was a cafe or an internet shop (for the LOLZ) until again, just recently!

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Hello There, From Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2011!

11/11/2011 04:11:00 PM Chai Chen 2 Comments

How I wish I could tweet that line or put that as my Facebook status right now? How I wish I could've joined my friends in attending this highly-anticipated event? How I wish I booked my flight early and by now, I'll be leaving and preparing my costumes for this event of the year? *sigh*

So it turned out I couldn't join. I was excited all-year-round but then, well, because of my priorities, I had to let go of this dream this year and let it pass. How deeply sad am I right now *sobs* though I know I shouldn't be. There's always a next time, they say. I just thought that ... or maybe expected that this year could be my year but it turned out, it wasn't.


*sigh* again * Oh well! Somethin's gotta give! I give up on this one. I have priorities yes and my work came into play. Yes, it's a priority for me. So while my friends are most likely boarding a plane right now, on their way to Singapore, I'm working my way here at home (and this blog post will be auto-posted once I'm at work already to make my blog more ACTIVE LOL) missing my AFA 2011 chance. I know there's a reason why I'm missing it again this year (3rd attempt now?) and maybe, next year will be my chance.

Why is everyone raving about AFA anyway? Is it all just "cosplay?" And why am I crying like a kid over spilled milk? You know that feeling when all of your friends have something and you're left alone w/ nothing? That everyone went together and you were left alone? That's how sad it feels (sooo kiddo!) ... I know I'm missing a lot, missing my supposed-first-time-visit to Singapore, and that's why I feel soooo down. But I want to be excited for my friends who are coming there and feel the same happiness as to what AFA has to offer for them and everyone else ...

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Bubble Tea,

Serenitea Addiction

11/05/2011 06:46:00 PM Chai Chen 6 Comments


Serenitea Jupiter
I am not really too much of a fan of milk tea. I've tried it before at Chowking (i.e. Nai Cha) and I didn't like it. The Chinese in me says I should like it but the Pinay in me tells me, it ain't really likeable. LOL. I love Chowking but the nai cha was just uhmmm ... not-too-good. But TEA is the new coffee! And with the recent opening of this store at Makati, a lot of us addicts stormed the place to check it out.

#phchurpchurp is the newest social media community!

Ever since the Serenitea branch at Jupiter St. Bel-Air Makati has opened, I can't help but find myself buying anything I fancy ... almost every day! While I thought that place was rather "deserted" and the previous tenant has already vacated (i.e. Generic pharmacy?) ... plus the nearby establishments have unstable tenure, that spot seems primarily dead. However, I guess the company has seen its potentials ... high potentials worth reviving hence, they took the risk and opened up a branch out there. And true to its sense, this has become "THE SPOT" for almost all of the folks who work nearby. Even passers-by can have a quick break and chill out at that spot! It seems to be a perfect place now to chillax! In the short span of time that they've settled there (and no, they ain't leaving!), I've already developed favorites! Make way for photos!!!


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AFA,

Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come!

11/03/2011 05:37:00 PM Chai Chen 4 Comments

In about two (2) months' time, the most anticipated blogging event of the year is about to happen. I'm talking about the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011. As soon as I saw it posted on Nuffnang PH's home page, I didn't think twice to participate and nominate my favorite blogs. I am still new to the Nuffnang Family so-to-speak, but I've been a constant follower of their blog posts, email newsletters, and Twitter posts. It was like two years ago, when the "best of the best in the blogosphere" were celebrated and rewarded with the inaugural Asia-Pacific Blog Awards, and now, the regional awards ceremony is back, this time to Malaysian shores!



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Come 16 December 2011, 500 bloggers from around the Asia-Pacific region will flock to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in Putrajaya Marriott. The Awards aims to not only honour the region's best bloggers, but also to bring together blogger communities from across Asia-Pacific. The Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards is brought to you by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Marriott.

It's not really easy to choose whom we'd like to win and nominate especially selecting "the best" in each of the categories. I remember when I had to choose my picks for the Nuffnang International Blog Day (My Magic 6), as well as http://chenmeicai.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-globe-social-media-ttt-awards.html Nominees - it took me some time to finalize my lists. This time, I guess it's even harder - it's international now! The nomination period starts 25 October 2011, and nominations will be closed at 11.59 pm, 2 November 2011. So that makes it even harder for me since I'm pressured now for time ei? Nevertheless, I didn't falter in thinking carefully on who to nominate and finally made my complete list this time! I've made it before the cut off! And now, I'm more than determined as well to "want" to witness this amazing event. I can score an exclusive invite to that event, as well as any other Nuffnanger out there too! Nuffnang.com is giving us the chance to win this invite to the Blog Awards, simply by participating in the blogging contest! How does it work?

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