Ways for you to spend a fun and relaxing Friday night at home

TGIF! After a stressful week, finally, it’s Friday night! You might think of welcoming the weekend by hitting the bar, going to parties or splurging on good food. After all, it’s a good idea to reward yourself from all the hard work you’ve done this week.

But other than going out, there are actually exciting ways to spend a Friday night without breaking the bank. You can do these fun and budget-friendly ideas to kick off the weekend at home.

  1. Watch and Chill
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One of my favorite shows ever, Modern Family. Image from Google.

This is the best time to catch up with your favorite TV shows, online videos, and vlogs which you might have missed these past weeks because of your grueling schedule. If you’ve skipped viewing trending videos lately because you thought they are a distraction, then now is the perfect time to binge-watch those without feeling guilty!

Craving to re-watch your all-time favorite movie? You can relive the magical feeling, too! You have the entire night to relax and stay updated with all the trends.

2. Pamper yourself

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Let’s face it, if you’re on a tight budget, expensive trips to the spa is not really a good option. But that does not mean you should skimp on yourself and miss out on a little indulgence to feel good.

You can recreate the spa vibes at home with these affordable and DIY ideas. Light some scented candles, turn off the lights and take a hot shower. If you have extra time, shake your worries off and play some chill music plus take a long bath.

You can also look good and feel good by applying homemade face mask and hair spa recipes that won’t cost you a fortune.

3. Catch some sleep

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Image from Google

 

 

Adulting can be very demanding. Carrying out multiple responsibilities and meeting even the most mundane tasks may result to a sleep deficit. If you seriously need to make up for your lack of sleep, this is the perfect time. Sleeping is also going to be beneficial for your health rather than staying up on a Friday night. Studies show that sleep deprivation can have serious consequences.

So if you find yourself worrying about overspending or getting bored at home on a Friday night, consider these precious options that you can easily accomplish. Sometimes, it’s nice to have the evening all to yourself for some rest and relaxation.

If you have other Friday night rituals that you want us to know, feel free to suggest them on the comments section.

Visual Diary: Chinese New Year 2019 in Binondo

It was my first time to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the Philippines’ Chinatown… Binondo. I was with my friend, Kimmy, who had nothing else to say but YES after I forced her to be my on-the-spot subject for the day (JK, Kimmy). Thanks sa pag-unawa and the support, of course! :))

We were also planning to hit the newly rehabilitated Manila Bay that day, too, but the traffic was crazy and dusk was falling quickly. Traveling from QC to Manila will always take an hour or so via commute, even during holidays. :/ It’s a fact of life for us North Girls. Sad.

Toyed around with the Lumix G85 this time because why not? 🙂 Had to make use of it rather than just let it collect dust in my room. Also, I’d really like to practice photography because it has been on my bucket list for so long. And after all, now I’ve got the chance to do it.

All in all… masaya naman! 🙂

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‘Style Me Now’, unboxing the ‘true’ you

This is a branded partnership post with NBC Universal about their upcoming show called “Style Me Now”.

Singapore – February 19, 2019 – Enough with just putting your best face forward, it is time to put your best life forward! Style Me Now, a new local production from DIVA – the women’s entertainment destination channel from NBCUniversal International Networks’ (NBCUIN) –  is an exciting new show where we “unbox” the true you.

Style Me Now takes each individual on a journey that is more than just your usual run-of-the-mill makeover show. Instead, Style Me Now focuses on a creating a mindful experience of self-improvement that celebrates each person’s uniqueness. Viewers will follow individuals as they transform both inside and out through fashion, beauty and wellness – with a little help from the professionals.

In each 30-minute episode, contestants will focus on their wardrobe, their workouts and their beauty regime with the help of our glam squad —including a style guru, wellness expert and beauty influencer –who will support each contestant as they revamp their looks and lifestyle. Style Me Now aims to empower participants to pursue their passions, and to move forward into the future with confidence.

Are you interested in making a change? Do you know someone else who’s keen to embark on a transformative journey? DIVA is interested in casting individuals across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines to be part of this life-changing experience on Style Me Now. The casting call is open from now until March 8, with further details available on www.redflametv.com/casting.

Style Me Now is sponsored by online fashion retailer ZALORA.

 

Press release from NBC Universal.

Seeing my byline again after so many years

I was compiling old write-ups last week and for some reason, I remembered some articles I did for the Taguig City Government last year. Truth be told, I had completely forgot about it and I wasn’t really sure where it went after submission. I had waited for it to be posted on their official website last year. (U-huh, too excited.) I checked several times but I noticed that the site has been ‘under construction’ for quite a while. Until finally, I stopped checking and forgot about it entirely.

It wasn’t until last Friday night that I had visited the site again and was surprised that it did have a new look! Several clicks later, there it was! I found my name on it! A byline!! Admittedly, I was kilig much when I found out that the articles were actually published and they’re still up on their website until today!! Haha. 🙂 I cannot remember the last time seeing my byline. I just got so busy ever since I started my TV stint. So this actually got me feeling quite nostalgic. There was a time I thought I’d end up being a journalist. Whutt. Iba pa rin pala siya kesa rolling credits. )

Feels funny though to be writing about partying in Taguig when I myself have a different idea of what ‘party’ is, and i rarely go to Taguig to just ‘hangout’. Coz yeah true #NorthGirl problems and #TitasofManila

Anyway, thanks to Think Big Taguig! 😂

My articles are up here:

How to Party In Taguig

Give Yourself a Makeover

Hope Springs, 2019

I’m going to challenge myself this year by focusing on what I had been really wanting to pursue, and to pay attention to a few things I also hope to improve on. That includes photography. In the coming days, I’ll be posting random snapshots and some musings that go along with it. Moreover, The Dogwood Challenge 2019 is also a weekly activity I hope to accomplish successfully until the end. If you haven’t heard about it, Google is your friend. Just hit search. 🙂

The past weeks gave me time to reflect and it’s one of those phases where I truly had the chance to detach myself from thinking about my career. The past few years have been about ‘hustle’, in Filipino, ‘raket’. Raket dito, raket doon, and even when your flame is burning passionately, it’s a flame that’s bound to lose its spark one day. May be mine needs some rest or some rethinking. It’s not a sign of giving up, but a period of reevaluation.

Here’s also hoping that by the time that I’m going to share some spontaneous brain farts / reflections from my readings/ research on my film studies, you benefit from it as well. I’ve yet to unearth a goldmine of information and reflections from the movies I have watched, the texts I have consumed. I’m definitely no film critic but may be instead of passively consuming all these media texts, we can also actively participate in creating them? Good way, nonetheless, to process information and contribute to the discourse.

It’s going to be a busy year, I am sure. And I hope to anchor 2019 on improvement and gratefulness. And I’m really eyeing that magic word: focus.

So to start… here is a picture.
No profound epiphanies here yet. ) but i love to look at it because of its aesthetic simplicity, and because it represents much about hope and growth, two things I’ll look forward to this year.

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Mars Monday: Joyce Pring and Rita Daniela

Using only song titles as clues, Rita Daniela and Joyce Pring supply the answer to the intriguing mystery questions that will be revealed in Grab-A-Song! We get to know more about these ladies as they confess here something they’ve never done so elsewhere. Rita also headlines Mars Masarap with a recipe taught to her by her mom. Beef Salpicao will be served tonight.

Mars will also serve as the place of reunion for Camille and Tony Lambino, who were once co-actors when they were kids. Before, Mr. Lambino was a member of the music group, “Smokey Mountain”, at present, he is the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Finance.

In Push Mo, Mars, the ladies will break stereotypes that only guys can enjoy boxing. They will show off their enthusiasm in the sport as coach Marc Barrera teaches them the Partner Up Boxing workout.

So sign up for tonight’s Mars discussion, GMA News TV at 7:10pm.

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Mars Monday: Alessandra de Rossi and Philip Lazaro

Alessandra de Rossi and Philip Lazaro join Mars Camille and Mars Suzi on Christmas eve! In our On the Spot segment, both of them have revealed their treasured Christmas traditions. Tune in for the exclusive scoop!

For us Filipinos, the Christmas season can be very hectic as well. So for those who are in charge of hosting Noche Buena but do not have ample time to setup a fancy (but affordable) dinner table, we have some practical tips for you to so you can pull that off with ease, and one that does not break the bank. That’s when we also seek the expertise of notable lifestyle writer and events stylist, Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi!

We also have a chef who will give a meatless alternative for our Noche Buena. It is the Mars Masarap Meatless Hotpot! And don’t worry because it’s so easy you can do your own version at home!

The episode airs on December 24 on MARS, GMA News TV.

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