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11.30.2012

Tech Lovers Giveaway | XBox Bundle, Google Nexus 7 Tablet, Blue Hue Laptop Bundle at stake!

 
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Three amazing gadgets, three lucky winners, one huge giveaway event. 
Hold your breath as you read the prize details below!

Prize Number One: XBox Bundle

Xbox 360 4GB Console
  • Xbox 360 has blockbuster games, HD movies and controller-free fun for everyone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to Xbox LIVE
  • Super quiet with sleek new design plus matching controller
  • Ready for the controller-free fun of Kinect
Microsoft Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card 

Borderlands Game: In a distant future, the planets at the outer edges of the galaxy have become a beacon to fortune seekers and those yearning for a better life off world. 

Prize Number Two:   Google Nexus 7 Black Wi-Fi 16GB Tablet ASUS-1B16

The Google Nexus 7 tablet computer is the world's first Android tablet that combines the latest Android 4.1 mobile operating system with a powerful quad-core processor for high-performance computing on the go. An eye-catching 1280 x 800 high-definition display is your touchscreen interface for this Google tablet. The Google Nexus 7 tablet computer's LED-backlit IPS panel is made from scratch-resistant glass to offer crisp images, wide viewing angles and 10-finger multi-touch support. 

Prize Number Three:  Blue Hue Laptop Bundle

The Blue Hue Laptop comes with optional matching accessories
  • Case/Bag
  • Mouse
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Headphones
This event will run from November 30 until December 10, 2012
OPEN WORLDWIDE!
Winners outside the US will receive gift cards with the same amount as the prize package.

Also, please take note of this advisory before entering the giveaway:

 

Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. Your patience is very important. Good luck! :)

11.29.2012

Spotlight | Precious Herbal Pillow.

Sleeping on a cushioned bench at the hospital isn't that bad. But doing it for a couple of nights in a row, well, it gets pretty uncomfortable. And so by the time we left the hospital (where we stayed for four nights), my shoulders were pretty stiff, and my back felt sore. It would have been nice if I could hie off to the spa and get a much-needed massage, but 'me-time' has really become a luxury for me these days.

Thank goodness for the Precious Herbal Pillow, which I got from Human Heart Nature Laguna during their last Product Launch.
Precious!
Filled with natural grains, aromatic herbs, and pure essential oils, the Precious Herbal Pillow is a great natural alternative to ease and relax body aches and muscle pains. In my case, it's enjoying the comforts of a spa at home.
Unboxing the pillow. 
A doctor-recommended product, this herbal pillow can be used two ways - hot or cold. Yes, you can use it as a hot compress by placing the pillow inside the microwave, heating it on high for 1-2 minutes, and placing it on the affected body part. Or you can place it inside a Ziploc, store it in the fridge overnight, and use it as a cold compress.
Small Back Pillow (12x12 inches), Php 599.
I've tried doing both with this Small Back Pillow. Hot for my stiff shoulders and aching back, and cold for my eyes. (There are specially-made Eye Pillows actually, but at present only the Small Back Pillow and Shoulder Pillow are available at Human Heart Nature.
Guaranteed comfort!
At night, I keep this herbal pillow next to me to help me sleep better. Because as you may have already known, I have the meanest insomnia ever. The minty scent emanating from the pillow is quite relaxing, and as I like to call it, 'very zen'.

And from what I've read, this aromatic scent can last for a couple of months, a year even, with proper care and usage. You can't wash the pillow itself, but you can remove the outer cover and wash it for hygienic purposes.
A multitude of uses and benefits!
With a multitude of uses and benefits, these pillows make great Christmas gifts for your parents, grandparents, and of course, parents-in-law. I bet most of you will agree with me. :)

Precious Herbal Pillows are now available online, and at your favorite Human Heart Nature branches. The Small Back Pillow is priced at Php 599, while the Shoulder Pillow is tagged at Php 999.

Profits of these pillows will directly help a sewing community in San Nicolas, Bulacan. Also, they will support Right Start Community Development Inc., a non-stock, non-profit NGO which aims to give underprivileged Filipino children a right start in life through music, dance, and creative arts.

The Precious Herbal Pillow is precious in more ways than one, don't you think?

Join | XBox Holiday Bundle Giveaway!

Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway Event
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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Console Bundle Includes:
Xbox 360 250GB Console
3 Month LIVE card
Kinect Sensor
Kinect Adventures
Kinect Carnival


One lucky reader will receive 
a Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Console Bundle!


Giveaway ends December 19th at 11:59pm,
open worldwide {residents outside of the US will receive cash equivalent of $339},
ages 18+.
To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.
Good luck!

11.28.2012

Green Christmas Giveaway | Win a Jacinto & Lirio Kwaderno!

Exactly three days from now, The Rebel Sweetheart will be turning ONE.
Can you believe it? I've been blogging religiously for one year already! And mainstream at that!

Time sure flies when you're having fun. But it wouldn't be this fulfilling had it not been for you, my dear readers, who take time to visit and read this humble little blog of mine. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! Words wouldn't be enough, of course, so I wanted to give back all the love and support that I have received throughout the year with a series of giveaways, this one being the first.

Thanks to Human Heart Nature Laguna, one lucky reader will have the chance to win this:
A Kwaderno by Jacinto & Lirio!
Because you know, it's the season of planners and organizers. :)

Kwaderno is a line of stylish refillable journals made from water hyacinth leather (Jacinto and Lirio is Spanish for "Hyacinth and Lily"). Each page is unruled, so you can enjoy filling them with notes, poems, stories, doodles or sketches!

For every Kwaderno notebook that you buy, you help empower flood-stricken communities in Pampanga, Rizal, Laguna, and Pasig in the process. The water hyacinth (or water lily) was once a nuisance to villagers for clogging up their waterways. Now, thanks to Jacinto & Lirio, it serves as a beacon of hope for livelihood opportunities and community development.


Jacinto & Lirio is a social enterprise that strongly believes in working on your passion to make a difference. It was founded in 2009 by Anne Mariposa and Noreen Bautista with the intention of creating stylish items from the water hyacinth pest while bringing sustainable economic development to stricken communities. Check out the complete Jacinto & Lirio product line here!

Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. 
This event will run from November 28 (1201H EST)
 until my birthday, December 7 (midnight EST). 
Open WORLDWIDE! 
Good luck, and have fun!


Green Christmas Giveaway

The Green Christmas Giveaway Hop is hosted by Happy Mothering, Going Green with Grizls and The Reynolds Mom. 50+ members of the Green Moms Network have come together to offer you tons of chances to win green-themed Christmas gifts! There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list. We hope you’ll discover some great new brands to add to your Christmas list too! Below my entry form, you'll see the other giveaways to enter as well as information about entering to win the Grand Prize!

Our hosts are featuring 5 fabulous grand prize packages from these green and natural brands: For Your Bug-a-Boo, Blue Manatee Boxes, Bulk Herb Store, Snug Bug Diapers, Nosefrida, My Pretty Playhouse, Wonder Forge, Kelly Kits, Kerrific Online, LibreTea, Grounds for Change, Zulka Sugar, Justin's Nut Butters, Better Life, ReuseIt, Strawesome, generationMe, Soybu, Purely Gorgeous, A Mothers Design, Dr. Bronner's and Xmittens!. Click here to enter the grand prize.


Wordless Wednesday #15 | Shopping, and then some.

These were photos from two weeks ago - before the little man and I got sick.



Get well soon, baby... so we can go shopping again! :)


11.27.2012

Asthma is Evil.

The past few days had been very stressful.
I had colds and a slight fever two Fridays ago (November 16), and by Sunday (November 18), the little man was sniffling as well. He woke up with a cough and a 38 degree fever the following morning (November 19) so I took him to his pedia for a check-up. His fever was gone by Tuesday (November 20), but the little man still had cough and colds, causing him to eat very little.

Things took a turn for the worst on Wednesday afternoon (November 21) - the fever came back (rising as high as 38.5 degrees), his cough was nasty and his colds prevented him from breathing through his nose, plus he wasn't eating anything save for a few spoonfuls of soup and small sips of water. I had no choice but to have him admitted to the hospital, and that same evening we were back to where we were three weeks ago - the San Pablo City Medical Center.
First confinement, October 25-28.
Although his first confinement was because of pneumonia and UTI, his condition back then was actually much better. He had no fever, he ate well, his cheeks had more color, and he was his usual sprightly self.
Second confinement, November 21-25.
His second confinement worried me (and stressed me) a lot because he had no appetite, he looked really pale and wan, and he was overly cranky most of the time. He lost weight drastically, which you can easily tell just by looking at his face. All this just because of bronchial asthma.

Asthma is evil, and unfortunately it runs in my (mother's) side. My brother has it, Mum has it, my late grandfather had it. And now, of all the things the little man can inherit from me, it had to be the asthma. 
Back when Yue was still in my womb, I prayed that along with the pretty face, he'd also inherit his Dad's strong immunity. I suppose St. Jude wasn't able to hear the last part of my prayer. (This may come as a surprise, but yes, I am a Catholic and I know how to pray. LOL!)

As of this writing, we're out of the hospital and back at home. The little man hasn't gone back to school; I want his body to rest for another week before we go back to the daily grind. He's still coughing a bit, but the fever is gone and his appetite is back. Once he finishes this round of Clarithromycin, we're going back to his pedia for a follow-up check-up where he will be given a new set of meds.

We're starting a six-month treatment for his lungs, something similar to the treatment given to kids with Primary Complex. He's also on Seretide now, which he has to take (inhale) for the next three months. I've been on Seretide before, and although I hated it (and its price), it's a big help to those with asthma. Good thing I'm back to good ol' Ventolin. (Meaning my asthma isn't at its worst.)
Baby inhaler (Seretide) and Mommy inhaler (Ventolin).
I hope the little man's health gets better, too. Me getting sick is bad enough, but when Yue is sick it feels like all hell has broken loose.

11.26.2012

Sign-Up | Palawan Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway.

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The owner of Hidden Hills Private Resort in the lush province of beautiful Puerto Princesa in Palawan is happy to give 2 nights/3 days free accommodation for 2 persons to ONE LUCKY WINNER!

The Travel Bug is happy to host the Palawan's Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway which is scheduled to run from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, 2013. This is open WORLD-WIDE!

Here are the important info about the giveaway:

Only 1 winner will be chosen for the Palawan's Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway and the offer is valid for one year upon winning.

Prize:
2 nights/3 days accommodation with basic freebies granted by the sponsor.

Below are the specific freebies included in the prize.
  • Accommodations : Exclusive use of the entire property

  • Welcome Drinks
Welcome Pack / Fruit Basket

  • Daily Freshly Picked Flowers From the Garden Free

  • Unlimited Coffee or Tea
  • 
Mineral Drinking Water

  • Eat-All-U-Can Fruits & Veggies in season whatever grows in the farm FREE!!!

  • FREE FRESHLY PICKED BUKO (YOUNG COCONUT JUICE) ON ARRIVAL.

  • Cutleries & beddings / towels/ flip-flops / rain boots / beach mats provided for use

  • ONE BOTTLE OF WINE (Seasonal Welcome Compliments)

  • Cleaning services (daily)

  • Cooking Assistance 

NOT INCLUDED: Transport. The winner will shoulder his/her plane/boat/land fare and if required, visa formalities will have to be the sole responsibility of the winner.

Blogger opportunity for this event: 

There is an automatic free link for every blogger who signs up and a paid option for additional links for the price of $2 each link. Please add an extra 0.80 cents if your option of payment is for "services."

Bloggers are also invited to host a page for $12. 

This will be a great way to improve your traffic stat as your blog page will be the landing site for follows and likes group of either Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

This hosting page is limited only. So sign up now. Those who made the cut will be contacted and request for payment will be required once you've been notified that you're confirmed to host a page.  Please add an extra 0.80 cents if your option of payment is for "services."

Please click here for the sign-up and announcement form: https://docs.google.com/a/riablahgs.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dGpRb1RPT1B4TGVVLTNfdm05UFF6VFE6MQ

And lastly, as a sign of appreciation, The Travel Bug will give a $25 prize to the top referrer for the Blogger sign-up before the giveaway goes live. 

So, what are you waiting for. Sign up now and take part in this fantastic getaway!

Don't forget to mention that THE REBEL SWEETHEART referred you! :)


Sign-Up | Mia Mariu Giveaway Event.

Mia Mariu Giveaway Event

Prizes: $300 Mia Mariu Shopping Spree & an iPad Mini
Event dates: 12/1-12/30

Free Blog Event! 
Sign-up here, BLOGGERS WANTED




11.24.2012

Join | Girls' Dream Christmas Giveaway!

 

Welcome to the Girls Dream Christmas Giveaway
where two lucky little girls will get to own these amazing prizes - 
toys that any little girl will love to own!

Grand Prize winner: Barbie Dream House, Little Tikes Kitchen, Lalaloopsy, Bratzillaz, Novie Star Mae Talkii, Bratz Boutique
1st Place winner: Little Tikes Kitchen, Lalaloopsy, Bratzillaz, Novie Star Mae Talkii, Bratz Boutique 

Barbie Dream Townhouse:
  • Tons of Barbie fun on three levels!
  • Includes a pink personal elevator
  • Roaring fireplace and pop up flat screen tv
  • Ultra-luxurious Barbie signature bathroom
  • Sounds include doorbell, kitchen timer, crackling fireplace, shower humming, and flushing toilet.
Little Tikes Cook 'n Grow:
  • Kitchen can be reconfigured for 2 year age grades
  • Stage 1 introduces preschoolers to kitchen play at a height that's just right and stage 2 provides growing kids with added kitchen role play
  • Real working oven, refrigerator and microwave doors
  • Includes Electronic cooking sounds
  • Hooks and molded in slots hold cups and plates
Lalaloopsy Fun House:
  • Magical Lalaloopsy Silly Fun House Playset
  • Five Play Areas Rollercoaster track with removable car
  • Includes exclusive doll and pet
  • 5 fun house accessories
  • Works in both directions Zip line with pet balloon, 2 Spinning swings, Twisty slide, Snack shack, Pop Popcorn
Novie Star Mae Talkii:
  • Mae Tallick really talks, she has a robotic voice and says cosmic phrase
  • Voice is activated by push button on her ear
  • Mae Tallick is made of metalized body material
  • Multi-color eyes with icon, bow shaped antennas and metallic eyelashes
Bratz Boutique:
  • Includes 2-in-1 mannequin and doll stand
  • Check out counter includes cash register with working, beeping scanner
  • Includes additional outfit, 1 extra pair of shoes or boots, sunglasses, shopping bag, shoe box, purse, 2 pairs of earrings, bracelet and brush.
  • Packaging transforms into boutique playset environment
Bratzillaz:
  • Brand-new sculpts with stunning glass eyes
  • Articulated, posable bodies
  • Each character has her own special power and personal "witch mark" symbol
  • Each character has her own fashionable outfit and boots
  • Includes broom hair brush, doll stand and spell scroll
This event will run from 11/24 - 12/12. OPEN WORLDWIDE!
Winners who live outside the US will receive cash equivalent via Paypal or Amazon.
Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

11.23.2012

Park Si Yeon to appear on a Hollywood movie

Following the success of her latest drama ‘The Innocent Man’, Park Si Yeon’s star continues to shine as she is set to make her debut in Hollywood. She will be working on ‘The Last Knights’, an action movie which stars Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. Joining her in this Hollywood project is another Korean actor Ahn Sung-Ki.


The said movie is a joint venture between Korean and Hollywood studios, and the story revolves around a group of warriors who are seeking revenge against an unjust emperor. Production is set to begin in December, with the movie slated for release in the second half of 2013.

Also posted on Korea.com

11.22.2012

Join | Boys' Christmas Giveaway!



Happy Thanksgiving! The Rebel Sweetheart is sharing some Thanksgiving cheer, for the little boys in particular, with this great giveaway!

Two lucky boys are getting these amazing prizes!
GrandPrize winner: PS VITA 3G/WI-FI AND Skylanders Giants
1st Place winner: Hot Wheels Ballistiks AND iTikes Piano

Skylanders Giants: Winners Choice on Xbox, Wii or PS
  • Bring the Skylanders Giants back from banishment to join the Skylanders once again
  • Unleash the power of the Skylanders Giants with the Portal of Power
  • Includes game, portal of power, 3 Skylanders figures, 1 character collector poster, 3 sticker sheets with secret codes, and 3 trading cards
PS VITA:
  • Revolutionary gaming experiences with dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, front multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad, GPS and new unit specific media flash-based storage
  • Stunning multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED)
  • The richest, deepest and most engaging handheld gaming lineup.
  • Network connectivity via improved Wi-Fi capabilities (Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity available in an additional Vita model)
  • Location based gaming allowing players to find and meet friends virtually for brand new experiences
Hot Wheels Ballistiks
  • Challenge, transform and win with Hot Wheels Ballistiks
  • Ballistiks transform from a vehicle to a ball and back
  • Set up the blaster, insert a vehicle, launch and watch it roll
  • Ball will transform into a vehicle upon impact with a target
  • A great gift that any boy will love
iTikes Piano
  • Standalone Piano with major & minor keys, volume control and tempo/pitch tuner
  • App-based music games allow kids to learn more note names, musical staff and pitch training
  • Use iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® to play learning games, watch visualizations and more
  • Light-up major keys
This event will run from 11/22 12:01 am - 12/10 12:59 pm EST, open WORLDWIDE!

Winners residing outside the US will receive the cash value, their choice of Paypal cash or Amazon Gift card. Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. 
Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!


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iPad Mini Giveaway Event

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The iPad mini is an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form. Easy for on the go with that same great Apple power punch!

11.21.2012

Wordless Wednesday #14 | Dr. Seuss!


"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"
 - Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish


11.20.2012

Pucker Up! | NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa.

It seems like every beauty blogger I know has given these NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams a try. Everyone except me, that is. Boo hoo. And so when I did some shopping at Skye Avenue a few weeks ago, I made it a point to include one of these Lip Creams in my shopping cart.
NYX ♥
Choosing which shade to try was easy. I went for the most popular (as far as the reviews that I've read are concerned) in the bunch - Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa ♥
Bright fuchsia with blue undertones, Addis Ababa has become known as the 'Barbie pink' shade among NYX fans and lip cream lovers. I love how this shade of (hot) pink screams OF femininity and screams FOR attention.
Barbie pink!
It comes with a doe-foot applicator, which I find very convenient when it comes to building color on my lips. Addis Ababa has a great, buildable color, and highly-pigmented at that.
Gorgeous, just gorgeous. :)
This product glides on your lips like a dream and dries into a gorgeous matte finish. It's feels neither sticky nor heavy, and it lasts on your lips for hours even after eating or drinking. It also has that distinct caramel cheesecake scent (similar to Miners Matte Factor Lip Paint) which I'm really crazy about.

Now here's the thing about these Lip Creams. They can make your lips look really dry, especially when you're wearing them thick. Nothing to worry about, since a good lip balm does the trick. Maybelline Baby Lips is a good choice, but in this nippy weather, I prefer EOS, my all-time favorite lip balm. Remember to apply the lip balm BEFORE you apply the Lip Cream! You won't get the 'matte effect' if you do it otherwise.

What I love:
- Gorgeous shade
- Highly-pigmented
- Buildable color
- Nice scent
- Stays on your lips for hours
- Kiss-proof
- Affordable price
- Cruelty-free (not tested on animals)

What you might not like:
- Has a tendency to dry out the lips (nothing a good lip balm can't handle, though).

After Addis Ababa, I can now say that I'm a fan of matte lippies. I've actually professed my love for this product on Instagram, where most of my recent selcas feature this product. Check out the hot pink kisser, haha!
Follow me on Instagram via rebelsweethrt :)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are available at Skye Avenue for only Php 250 each. Purchase via the Multiply Shopping Cart and have your orders delivered free of charge.

Like Skye Avenue on Facebook and follow Ms. Dee on Twitter to get first dibs on new products and ongoing promos! :)

11.19.2012

Spazz Saturday #11 | Lee Min Ho's Adobo, and Kdramas seasoned just right.

In case you haven't heard, Korean actor Lee Min Ho was in town as the latest endorser for the global brand, Bench. He had a meet and greet session for the said brand last Friday, and Araneta Coliseum was jam-packed with eager fans.

I wasn't part of that crowd, mind you. I'm not exactly a huge fan of LMH, although I liked him in City Hunter. I guess I still haven't gotten over the fact that Geum Jang Di didn't end up with my beloved Yoon Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flowers, lol. Still, I'm happy for my fellow Kpop/Kdrama fans who had the chance to see him in the flesh. And I find it adorable that LMH likes adobo.
Photo credit: @ActorLeeMinHo
On Saturday, LMH tweeted this photo together with the following message: I  would like to say thank you to all the fans who made out to the Bench event. Adobo ^^ Masarab! 반가웠어요 ^^ (Yes, he really wrote 'masarab'.)

So what if Lee Min Ho, Choi Siwon, and Lee Donghae all got together for one Bench event? It's gonna be chaos, I tell you! :)

Moving on to my Kdramas, Nice Guy/Innocent Man finally came to an end last Thursday. I began watching this drama with the fear that Kang Maru might suffer the same fate as the lead actor in Mianhada, Saranghanda. After all, the screenwriter of both dramas was one and the same person.
Kang Maru loves Seo Eun Gi ^^
But surprise, surprise! Kang Maru survived, and the drama had a happy ending! Thank you, writer-nim for not killing the lead actor! Yay!

Also on my spazz list is Full House Take 2, a remake of the 2004 drama which starred Rain and Song Hye Kyo. I am liking the current version better, despite No Min Woo's noodle hair and Hwang Jung-eum's afro.
Better than the first. :)
I've been a fan of No Min Woo since My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, so I guess I'm a bit biased with this version.  I like Park Ki Woong too, and in my opinion, he deserves a first-lead role in his next drama. Enough of the second leads! He deserves to shine! :)

As for I Miss You, I'm so looking forward to episodes 5 and 6. I reckon Park Yoochun and Yoon Eun Hye are finally appearing in the upcoming episodes, so I'm all antsy for Wednesday and Thursday.
I literally miss you, Yoochun!
How about you? What are you watching lately? :)