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Uratex Promotes the Value of Sharing Moments Together.

Filipinos enjoy cherishing the times we share with family, friends, and loved ones especially during the holiday season. For the majority, the best memories are created inside the bedroom where family members bond or catch up with each other before they call it a day.

Giving salute to the importance of family traditions, Uratex, who is celebrating 50 years this 2018, unveiled a Christmas-themed video to celebrate family memories made inside the bedroom, their common area of solitude, and the bed, a central and key witness to that celebration.

The video starts by showing a young man longing for the love and company of their mother, supposedly an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). He has not seen her as she has not come home for the past three years working overseas. Not a day passes that the young man misses his mother, where he shared many fun and memorable moments with her while at his bedroom during his childhood. And now that Christmas is near, the longing is felt more than ever.

Meanwhile, the young man’s elder brother also does his best to overcome his yearning for their mother’s presence by focusing all his strength on his job. He silently cares for his brother’s needs and sees to it that his younger brother continues to strive to be the best individual that he can be. But like his younger brother, he misses his mother as well.

Alas, their wish was granted on Christmas Day when, as they try to celebrate Christmas just like in the previous years without their mother, they were pleasantly surprised with her arrival. The joy in the younger brother’s eyes was evident with their mother’s presence in a special time such as Christmas, finally, as one family.

For the elder brother, the arrival of their mother was the perfect time to tell her that he is now ready to take on the responsibility of caring for the family’s needs. With their mother’s long-awaited homecoming, it will be the perfect opportunity to create new memories again together—as one family.

Uratex Philippines, the undisputed leader in the foam manufacturing industry believes that family love and comfort are always at the forefront in the tradition of selfless care and service to the Filipinos. Uratex believes that family love, caring and looking out for the welfare and greater comfort of each other is vital. Each Uratex bed provides ultimate comfort to promote a healthful and relaxed sleep night after night. This helps invigorate the body so it will remain fit and fully charged to make each family member ready to face life’s daily challenges.

For Uratex founders Robert and Natividad Y. Cheng, the products that they’ve developed over the past five decades have been uncompromising when it comes to celebrating the beauty of love and life. Each mattress that rolls out of the company’s manufacturing facilities is the result of the Chengs’ vision to share comfort with every Filipino. With constant innovation, Uratex products remain synonymous to rest and relaxation, love and comfort.

After their mother’s arrival, what special Yuletide celebration awaits the two sons?
Watch this special video courtesy of Uratex Philippines produced by Mode Devi Media Group in collaboration with Project Geekid Productions & Wonderlast Film.

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Fun Things To Do in Los Angeles.

The perpetually congested highways of the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, combined with the most extremely diverse of all neighbourhoods and to be found anywhere in the US are filled to the brim with an array of fun things to do. Here is your definitive guide and a key to the best of the local hot spots and vacation rentals in Los Angeles. Since Los Angeles is large and spread out, these places have been carefully chosen keeping the size of the massive area in mind.
To the City of Angels we go!
Runyon Canyon Park
This park is on the must visit list of almost every person visiting LA, simply because there is no entry fee and it provides breathtaking views of the city. A complimentary yoga session, run by the park is extremely popular with visitors. Keep one thing in mind that parking is impossible to get at most times so take an Uber.

Hollywood Bowl
This is undoubtedly the best outdoor concert venue in the world, and being a part of a show there is well worth the effort and the cost.The Bowl is located in Hollywood CA, and is set against the background of the famous Hollywood Hills. Apart from being home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, the Bowl stages a large number of musical extravaganzas, all through the year.

This premier restaurant is the best spot for enjoying the New American cuisine in a rustic atmosphere. This extremely popular bistro serves exceptional salads and pizzas, apart from other variety of dishes and a wine list to die for. The prices are a little on the higher side, but worth every penny. Be prepared to wait for a long time in case you have not made advance reservations.

Hollywood, baby!
Hollywood Signs
Though no one is permitted to access the actual site of these famous signs, one can easily look around for a vantage point.The miles and miles of hiking trails in the hills surrounding the area offer many photography options, especially from the Griffith Observatory. For those interested, there are guided tours available which take you to spots very close to the sign.

Fresh veggies, anyone?
The Original Farmers Market
This wonderful outdoor market has been around since the 30’s, where a large number of vendors display their goods, ranging from restaurants, bars, butchery and gift shops. The whole area has a lively atmosphere, with an unimaginable variety of food on offer in a charming setting. A perfect place to visit to experience the quintessential side of the history of Los Angeles. The market is closed by 7 pm, so it is advisable to check before planning a visit.

Staples Center
The Staples Center is a multipurpose arena set aside for sports in downtown Los Angeles. This massive stadium is home to the pro basketball and hockey teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, apart from a number of concerts and other events.The Center is situated near the heart of the city and the surrounding area is full of restaurants, bars and popular night spots.
LA at night.
This is the one and only spot in the city from where can relish drinks and cocktails from a rooftop providing unbeatable views of downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant is accessed through a series of elevators which end at the 15th floor, where options for both indoor and outdoor seating are available. 

ArcLight Hollywood
The ArcLight Hollywood is the home of the Cinerama Dome and is definitely worth to go and watch a movie there for a cool experience. The Dome is actually located inside a restaurant that serves reasonably priced beer, wine and coffee and other seasonal drinks, based at times on the movie which is running.
On the bucket list!
Universal Studios
A tour to this world famous movie studio and theme park offers an unending number of attractions ranging from rides, tours, restaurants and many more which include a behind the scene tour to get a first hand experience of the movie making and special effects techniques. The Universal Studio City Walk area is located between the theme park and the parking lot and offers visitors sufficient opportunities to relax, shop and enjoy a movie or two. The studio is one of the oldest running studios in the country, and has Woody Woodpecker, the famous cartoon character, as its mascot.

Rose Bowl Stadium
Located in Arroyo Seco, which itself sits on a dry river bed, the Rose Bowl Stadium and its environs are in a different league all together. It houses more than 3000 vendors, a massive flea market, an aquatic center and a children's museum. Football games, musical concerts and a plethora of events are conducted here regularly. It is advisable to get to the stadium on event days very very early because of the crowds and the tight security.
The Queen Mary.
The Queen Mary
At one time the most luxurious and advanced sea liner ever commissioned, a tour of the Queen Mary is complete with action and adventure. A look from close quarters will reveal the groundbreaking construction and the labor involved into making this ocean going ship. The many restaurants and bars surrounding the ship makes it fun and enjoyable to spend some time here.The entry is a bit costly, but the architecture buffs will marvel at the sleek design as they enjoy the superb views of Long Beach from the deck of the ship.


Pucker Up! | Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick.

Last October, Guerlain had a Facebook contest with the recently launched KissKiss Matte Lipsticks at stake. I joined for the fun of it, not expecting to win in the slightest bit. A few days after the contest ended, I received a text message from Guerlain Philippines saying that I won the contest. I was like, "Wha-aaat?! I almost even forgot that I joined this thing!"

Turns out, my name has already been announced on their Facebook page while I, the lucky winner, was still clueless. Well you know what they say, good things come when you least expect them!

The much-coveted prize, worth over Php 8000, came in the mail last week.
My prize from Guerlain Philippines!
The parcel contained four KissKiss Matte Lipsticks packed inside a small black pouch, a paper bag, and a congratulatory note from Guerlain Philippines.
Thank you, Guerlain Philippines!
Launched last September as part of Guerlain's Fall 2017 collection, the KissKiss Matte Lipstick is dubbed as the matte version of the brand's iconic lipstick, KissKiss.
Totally chic!
The lipsticks come in a totally chic, eye-candy packaging - a weighty, metal case in frosted gold, with elegant and graceful curves that look like three sleek cubes stacked on top of each other. It's a complete work of art from the packaging alone.
The Guerlain logo.
The Guerlain logo is engraved on the top part of the case, while the bottom cube bears the word 'Guerlain'. The shade name and number are indicated on the bottom of the lipstick case, as well as on the top flap of the box that comes with every KissKiss Matte Lipstick.
Shade name and number.
Shade name and number on the box.
Even the bullets have the 'KissKiss' logo on it, making these lipsticks even more appealing.
KissKiss logo on the bullet.
Guerlain and gold - a total beauty.
Now as for the lipstick itself, Guerlain describes this product as 'a hydrating and plumping lipstick, with the intensity of a lipstick and comfort of a balm'. And that's exactly what the KissKiss Matte Lipstick is.
From L-R: Caliente Beige, Hot Coral, Wild Plum, Spicy Burgundy.
With its soft and creamy texture and vibrant matte finish, the KissKiss Matte Lipstick glides on the lips beautifully without tugging or pulling against the lips. Its highly-pigmented, full-coverage formula gives your lips a gorgeous pop of color even with just one swipe, though I tend to swipe my lips two or three times more with the lighter shades.
Swatches from L-R: Caliente Beige, Hot Coral, Wild Plum, Spicy Burgundy.
Made with spice extracts, hyaluronic acid, and precious oils, the KissKiss Matte Lipstick also gives a slight (albeit temporary) plumpness to lips, while keeping it smooth and nourished over time.
Swatches in natural light - Caliente Beige, Hot Coral, Wild Plum, Spicy Burgundy.
Staying power is excellent, with the darkest shades lasting for up to eight hours with a bit of eating and drinking. There are nine shades in the KissKiss Matte line, and the ones that I have are Caliente Beige, Hot Coral, Wild Plum, and Spicy Burgundy.
Caliente Beige.
Caliente Beige is a lovely nude beige, perfect for that MLBB look.
Hot Coral.
Hot Coral is a bright, coral pink, the kind of lipstick that reminds you of cherry blossoms in the spring.
Wild Plum.
Wild Plum is a gorgeous, versatile shade of pinkish mauve, and without a doubt, my most favorite among the bunch.
Spicy Burgundy.
Spicy Burgundy, on the other hand, is a deep crimson red that's perfect for partying all night long during this season of merry-making.
Products Used:
FACE: Beyond Alice in Blooming Skin Tone Sun Base,
Benefit Erase Paste in Medium.
Missha x Line Friends Magic Cushion #23.
EYES: Shiseido Eyebrow Pencil in Brown,
Clio Kill Black Waterproof Brush Liner,
Clio Salon de Cara Backcomb Cara.
CHEEKS: SkinFood Sugar Cookie Blusher in Bebe Pink.
LIPS: Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick in Wild Plum.

I must say, I am totally smitten by these KissKiss Matte Lipsticks that I would love to own more - if not all - of the shades in the collection. Each KissKiss Matte Lipstick retails for $37 or Php 2084. A bit pricey, yes, though not surprising since Guerlain is a luxury brand.

That being said, I'd like to thank Guerlain Philippines once again for these gorgeous lipsticks! These babies are now the star(s) of my lipstick collection! :)


Easy Ways to Reduce Your Belly Fat in a Week.

Maybe you ate too much over the weekend and now you can’t fit into your little black dress. Here are a few tips to help you reduce that belly fat just a little bit.
It's almost that time of the year again. 
1. Be Realistic
You aren’t going to lose fifty pounds in one week. That would be damaging to your health and would most likely involve major surgery. You need to create a plan, and then stick to it. A good goal is to lose one or two pounds in a week. Also realize that when you first begin to lose weight, it will be from every area of your body and not just your stomach, though that will be the most noticeable.

2. Stick to a Strict Calorie Intake
Those numbers on the nutrition facts of your food are important. Try a calorie calculator to find out how much you need to eat in a day in order to start losing weight. Then stick to that amount. There are many apps online that will help you keep track of what you’re eating. Most of them will even take into account how many calories you burn while exercising.

Exercise more and you get to eat more. The whole idea is to burn more calories than you consume. One pound of fat is roughly 3500 calories. So if you reduce your calorie intake by 500 for a week, you will have lost one pound. Keep this math in mind as you move forward on your weight loss journey.

3. Drink More Water, Eat Less Sodium
It isn’t the water that is causing you to be bloated, it’s the salt. You retain water when your sodium levels are too high. Avoid salty foods such as chips, crackers, processed meat, fast food, you know everything that you love but know is horrible for you. Replace those snacks with something healthy like an apple or celery. Peanut butter is a great replacement food and will help stifle your appetite while burning away fat.

4. Avoid Extreme Diets
If you’re trying a diet that has you only eat toast and one egg, run away. Sure, you will lose weight for the first few days, but as soon as you start eating again, you will gain more than what you started with. This is because your body goes into starvation mode. That means your body will store all the food it gets because it doesn’t think it will be fed again.

Instead of this, eat more vegetables and unprocessed foods. You can eat more portions with much fewer calories than a fast food meal.

We all want to look great for that first meet up. But that doesn’t mean you should starve yourself or become unhealthy. Gaining weight took time, losing it will too. Keep your head up high and your goals in sight. You will get there with strength and tenacity. Find friends to keep you motivated. Read testimonials online. Watch inspirational movies. You can do this!


Finding a Pet Sitter.

We love our pets just as much as they love us, but we can’t be with them every minute of our lives. Whether you’re out of town or at the office all day, there comes a time when you need a pet sitter. It might seem daunting to find the appropriate person to watch your animal, but it doesn’t have to be.
Need a pet sitter for your beloved pooch?
Decide what qualities you want your sitter to have.
Nobody knows your pooch better than you do, so be transparent with their needs. Are you going to need somebody who can administer medication? Do you want somebody who has experience taking care of puppies? Not everyone will mesh well with your animal, and that’s totally fine. Animals behave different with each person, so you need somebody who understands your pet’s personality.

Meet with the sitter before agreeing to let them watch your pet.
Just as you would with a babysitter, see how they interact with your dog or cat. If you have an animal who is shy, make sure they aren’t playing too rough, or if your animal is needy, observe how the sitter gives him attention.
Different pets have different needs.
Don’t try to convince the sitter to watch your pet.
Remember that comfort goes both ways. If you find a sitter you like but they aren’t sure if it’s the right fit for them, then it isn’t the right fit for you. The sitter has to remain calm under pressure and comfortable either being in your home or having your pet at theirs. Pushing them to watch your pet will not be the ideal situation for anyone.

Compare prices.
Independent pet sitters can set their own rates, so research what’s standard in your area. Some of the cheaper packages may exclude certain services that pricier ones include, like grooming, and sometimes there’s a difference in the length of time they take your pet on a walk.
Having fun? :)
These handy tips should help you find the sitter that will best suit your and your pet’s needs.

Written by Greer Grenley, community member.
Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.


Seoul Searching | Garosu-gil, Sinsa-dong + SkinFood Concept Store.

Seoul boasts of a plethora of 'garosu-gils' or 'tree-lined streets', which make perfect backdrops for Instagram photos. There is, however, one Garosu-gil that has become increasingly popular over the years, with its splendid scenery and trendy atmosphere. I'm talking about the Garosu-gil Road in Sinsa-dong, located south of the Han River in the upscale Gangnam District.
Garosu-gil, Sinsadong in spring!
A beautiful promenade in the heart of Seoul, Garosu-gil runs from Sinsa Station to Hyeondae High School. The whole stretch is less than a kilometer and is adorned with lovely gingko trees, making it a popular shopping destination in the spring and fall.
Lovely gingko trees in Garosu-gil.
And with my Facebook feed flooded with photos of Garosu-gil, inviting people to come and visit this picturesque district, my curiosity was naturally piqued. I made it a point to include this place in my itinerary last spring mainly for two reasons: 1) I wanted to stay away from the touristy crowd in other shopping districts (think Myeongdong), 2) and I wanted to see and experience the Skinfood Concept Store.
The marker near Sinsa Station.
More of our trip to Garosu-gil after the jump!


Experience an Excellent Christmas with TAITRA's Promo Treats!

Make Christmas even more special with awesome promotional prizes from Taiwan Excellence! As the holidays draw near, Taiwan Excellence has an exciting lineup of activities for us consumers, giving everyone a chance to bring home their top notch products bearing the Taiwan Excellence seal.

The Taiwan Excellence campaign promotes Taiwan’s superior-quality products and encourages technological innovation. Along with TAITRA, the initiative is sponsored by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Taiwan Excellence Christmas Treats promo!
For the Christmas Treat promo,  Php 2,000 worth of participating products in a single transaction from PCExpress entitles the costumer to one raffle coupon. More items purchased means more coupons, and greater chances of winning. Entries will be accepted until November 30, 2017, and winners will be drawn on December 8, 2017, 4PM, at PC Express, Gilmore Plus.

At stake are the following prizes:
-     1TB ADATA External Hard Drives and Transcend 310 32GB Flash Drives for storing your extensive movie, photo, and file library;
-     ASUS Zenfone Live for taking glamorous selfie videos live;
-     TRANSCEND DP50 DrivePro Camcorders for capturing moments on the road;
-     SUPER Z 125 KYMCO Scooter for giving you a ride in comfort and style.

If your name wasn’t drawn in this Christmas Treat promo, don't fret! Taiwan Excellence will be releasing three mini-games on their Facebook page this November, with some surprises up for grabs. Help Formosa Bear navigate through the busy streets of Taiwan and shop for the perfect gift items, and you may get a surprise. Participate in these activities and don’t forget to like and share Taiwan Excellence’s Facebook page.

For more information, visit and Taiwan Excellence on Facebook,

About Taiwan Excellence
The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing. Started by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 101 countries.

Sponsored by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA
The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. implements policies and regulations governing foreign trade and economic cooperation. Established in January 1969, the BOFT's role and position adjusts regularly to meet the needs of the ever-changing international economic and trade environments. The BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous promotional trade projects and activities both internationally and domestically. Having worked with TAITRA for many decades, the BOFT continues to commission TAITRA for various critical government projects relating to business, trade, and investment, while promoting Taiwan internationally.

Organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)
Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 50 overseas offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.


Prison Chic: Are Hot Lock-up Looks A Thing?

Prisoners have a lot of time on their hands and they are very creative. As seen on the hit TV show, Orange is the New Black, prisoners find creative ways to pull off their own look. Some of these incredible prison secrets have been around for decades. Before Orange is the New Black, people rarely shared these secrets. The show has really given life to some of these lookup looks.

Perfectly Manicured Nails 
A fresh mani/pedi never goes out of style. Inmates use spray deodorant to remove polish and rolled sandpaper to make nail files. Most prison commissaries sell a nail polish or two. Adding glitter from greeting cards gives flare and allows each inmate create their own style. Otherwise, everyone has the same color nail polish.

Darling Do's Despite Limited Supplies
Despite little to work with, inmates pull off some pretty amazing hairstyles. Using Kool-Aid and lemon juice to highlight and dye their hair. Attempting new styles to the best of their ability, prison beauticians give haircuts to other brave inmates. Luckily, if the prison beauty shop does not cut it, rolling your hair around tampons adds curl. And, putting your hair in a French braid, before going to bed, while it is still wet, will create beautiful, beach waves in the morning.
Image via Flickr by Mark Strozier
Skin Deep Styles Inspired by Inmates
In the past, most people with numerous tattoos or “sleeve” pieces were service members or prisoners. Some of the most popular and recognizable tattoos were inspired by prison tattoos. Plus, prison artists have come a long way.

Jailbirds craft contraband tattoo guns out of smoke detectors, rubber bands, and ballpoint pens. prison tattoos were primitive, in the past. Today, it is difficult to tell the difference between jail and “free world” tattoos. Plus, more people are getting multiple tattoos and covering larger sections of their bodies, just like inmates.

Blush Lips, Contouring, and Beautifully Arched Eyebrows
Most prison mirrors reflect little more than a fuzzy outline. So, it is very difficult to do your own eyebrows, but inmates use dental floss or rubber bands to thread each other’s eyebrows. Instant coffee grounds are great for eye contouring, in lieu of eyeshadow. Without the luxury of lipstick, inmates discovered beets, Kool-Aid, and cherries are excellent lip stains and people on the outside are taking notice of these clever solutions.

Obnoxious Orange and "Visit Threads"
Prison uniforms come in many different colors these days. However, the classics like obnoxious orange and black and white striped never go out of style. People are not really wearing prison uniforms on the outside, although, many people appreciate a classic striped t-shirt, and prison jumpsuit orange has become very popular.

Another classic prison look is the crispy outfit or “visit threads.” Prisoners wear them only on special occasions and to visits, so they are not washed a lot. Finding a new uniform is rare. The prized outfits give prisoners a fresh look and allow them to “dress up” for visitors. Likewise, most free worlders have a few "visit threads" for special occasions.

Inmates can buy some fashion and beauty items from the weekly commissary. However, limited choices, high prices, low quality, and a lack of commissary funds cause many women to pass up the conventional luxuries for some old fashioned hard-knock life hacks. Before Orange Is the New Black, prison looks were not very popular outside of a prison. Now, they are becoming common knowledge, and some prefer using the less expensive prison looks. 


Seoul Searching | Jongmyo Shrine.

Filial piety, they say, is one of the most important virtues and possibly the greatest heritage of South Korea. It means the attitude of obedience, care, and devotion towards one's parents and ancestors, and this virtue is clearly manifested in Jongmyo Shrine, the oldest and most authentic Confucian royal shrine to have been preserved.
The UNESCO World Heritage marker located near the main road.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jongmyo is known as the supreme state shrine as it houses the 'spirit tablets' of the deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. The shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century, conserving not only its physical form but also the traditional ritual practices of paying tribute to their ancestors and honoring the dead.
The path leading to the gate of Jongmyo Shrine.

More of Jongmyo Shrine after the jump!


How to Find the Best King Size Mattress When On a Budget.

If you’ve ever gone mattress shopping, then you know just how tedious the process can be. It’s even hard for you to know where to start. Today’s market has different types of mattresses, and all these come with different price tags.

Planning of going mattress shopping soon? Don’t worry! I’ve carefully put together some of the things that you’ll need to consider. They are pretty basic guidelines, but I know they’ll make you save that extra penny. Hopefully, in the end, you’ll get a perfect mattress for you and your partner.
Finding the perfect mattress isn't as difficult as you might think.
The Huge Misconception
I discovered that as customers, we are often fooled by producers. Even though most of us may fail to admit it, we’ve gone through such an ordeal. But no more! When it comes to mattress shopping, I learned a valuable lesson. Here, the fanciest and expensive price tags don't always deliver on the level of comfort you may want.

Actually, it’s not even about buying the product with the best technology and high-tech materials. Rather, it’s about getting the perfect king size model that matches your body types and tastes.

Does The Brand Matter?
I like looking at the product brands each time I go shopping. Certain companies are famous for many reasons. They are known for making comfortable, long-lasting and high-quality goods. Of course, the same applies to mattresses too!

Some of the famous mattress brands you may want to look at are:
Sleep Master
Memory Foam Solutions

I realized that going through these choices helps you in narrowing down your budget. Besides, you still get to enjoy the product of your favorite brand. But be cautious, I know it’s disappointing to say this but even your highly trusted company can offer substandard yet highly priced products. But going through some mattress reviews on will help you get the most impressive product!

Decide Whether You Want A Soft, Medium or Firm Mattress
The good thing is most of us have slept on different types of mattresses. In this case, we all know our preferred scale from their tenderness to their firmness. However, if you’ve not made up your mind clear on this issue, there’s an easy solution. Check your current mattress!

If it folds up immediately you sleep on it; then you should buy the soft models. If it remains stiff for most of the time, then a firm mattress is your most suitable choice. I should also point out that a mattress should have the right amount of coziness around the hip region. This prevents your body from feeling rigid.

As I wind up, I would like to leave you with a word of hope. You got this! All you’ll need to do is ignore the hype that comes with large mattress brands. Most of them like to advertise fancy handles and air vents. However, these are just mere distractions which even don’t affect your overall sleep.

Remember to go for the mattress that also gives your body that extra comfort. I love the spring mattresses for their simple yet firm feel and of course, they are quite budget friendly!


Visa-free Entry to South Korea for 2018 Winter Olympics! (But wait, there's a catch...)

Good news for KDrama and KPop fans who have been wanting to visit the Land of the Morning Calm! The culture ministry of South Korea recently announced that it will allow visitors from Southeast Asian nations to enter the country without a visa until April 2018.
Gearing up for Pyeongchang 2018!
In line with the celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyeongchang, the South Korean government will allow visitors from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia to enter the country visa-free. The Winter Olympics, a major international multi-sport event, will kick off on February 9, 2018, with the closing ceremonies happening on February 25, 2018.
Soohorang (tiger) and Bandabi (bear), the official mascots for the 2018 Winter Olympics
The Winter Games will last for almost two weeks and will showcase more than 100 events in seven different sports. Some of these events include snowboarding, figure skating speed skating, curling, and ice hockey. A total of 84 nations will be participating in this much-awaited event.

Sounds exciting, right?
There is, however, a catch to this visa-free ruling. Tourist groups must enter South Korea through the Yangyang International Airport, located in Yangyang, Gangwon-do, which is 158 kilometers away from Seoul. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from the Philippines to Yangyang.
I've tried all flight-finding sites to no avail. 
I googled 'flights to Yangyang Airport' and here's what I got:
Direct flights from Russia and Japan only.
Upon checking the international flight schedule at the airport's official website, I found that only Korea Express Air (which does not fly to Manila) flies to Yangyang. Turns out, this visa-free entry via Yangyang is a lot more complicated than we thought.

Anyway, should you decide to apply for a visa instead (and I strongly suggest that you should, because flying to Incheon or Busan is way easier than any other route) here are some tips on how we got our South Korean visa. And multiple-entry at that. :)


Unleash your Inner Diva with Divatress!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I'm quite experimental when it comes to my hair. I've had it permed a few years back, then I sported a bob after I got tired of all those curls. Later on, I went all out and had it hacked into a pixie cut, which I sported for a good number of years. About two years ago, I started to grow my hair longer and now my tresses are at its longest ever - about five inches past the shoulders.

Last year, I made a an even bolder move by fulfilling my blonde ambition. I've been a brunette all my life and transforming my hair into this ash blonde purple ombre was the most grueling thing I have ever done. Imagine having your hair bleached thrice, then having it colored with an ash base, then having it highlighted with purple streaks. I practically spent an entire day at the salon, all because I wanted to be a unicorn, haha!
Lace Front Wig from Divatress.
Lately, I have been mulling over what hair color should I go for next. I'm considering the strawberry blonde look, but just thinking about the tedious process of bleaching my hair all over again makes me reconsider. Thankfully, I have discovered an easier way to achieve that strawberry blonde look without having to spend hours at the salon.

Divatress, a leading e-commerce company, is now gaining popularity as one of the most trusted wig retailers online. They have a large selection of lace wigs, with almost all styles and colors possible - short, curly, shoulder-length, layered, black, brown, copper red, teal, purple, and yes, even the strawberry blonde shade that I've been pondering upon! 

Lace front wig in strawberry blonde.
Their prices start at around $19.95, and most of their wigs are sold at a discount, too. Orders worth more than $49 are shipped for free within the 48 states of Continental US. Good thing I have a friend in California who can order for me, and she's coming home for the holidays. Looks like I'll be a (strawberry) blonde again for Christmas!