Sunday, August 28, 2011

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reveal Your Dark Side Online Contest With B.U.M. Equipment

B.U.M. Equipment has launched yet another online contest for its avid patrons, this time with a dash of cosplay for inspiration.

Fashion Celebration
Bum makes the growing COSPLAY trend part of everyday fashion

Fashionistas all over the world are now wearing their true colors on their sleeves more prominently their moods. Fashion authorities in the country would tell you that the youth are taking trends out of the pages of magazines (and even comic books!) and into the streets.

Costume Play, or more popularly known as COSPLAY, for instance, is now a growing style trend in the Philippines. What used to be part of the Otaku culture (fans of Japanese comic books or manga), is becoming a common sight in everyday Pinoy fashion little by little.

There's a lot to Cosplay than a representation of a person's favorite anime character. It also speaks volumes about his/her fantasies, creativity and the center of it all, individuality.

That same level of individuality — which gives cosplayers the courage to show off their true identities costumes in public — runs deep in Bum's style philosophy. As a brand that represents the youth's conceptions and misconceptions, Bum is gradually recognizing the Cosplay trend into the Filipino fashion psyche by translating it into more prominent trend. Bum and Cosplay, after all, somehow speaks the same language.

So to mark this fashion assimilation, Bum is opening a contest for young Filipinos through their website. The local clothing brand is inviting young stylephiles to show their individual interpretation of the Cosplay trend by using pieces from Bum. While interested participants are allowed to wear their take on their favorite anime characters, the total ensemble should have shades of Emo Rock and Goth — Bum's signature look, ensync with “MY STORY” Bum’s culminating chapter.

BUM products (apparel) should be the core component of the costume design based on the character of choice. Costumes may be enhanced by accessories such as wigs, make-up, contact lenses, and other props. If they're feeling a little bit more creative, computer graphics may also be used in the photo layout to enhance the costume/character (with the BUM logo prominently seen in the photo).

Photos must be submitted to Bum as early as possible, so that they will have enough time to get "Likes" on Bum's Website. The 10 entries that get the most "Likes" get a chance to take home big prizes, including a Nikon D3000 DSLR Camera, Blackberry 3G phones, Samsung ES80 cameras, and tokens from Bum.

Promo period starts from August 8, 2011 to October 30, 2011. Announcement of winners will be on October 31, 2011. To know more about the contest rules and mechanics, visit Bum products are available at Bum Boutiques and leading Department Stores nationwide.

Interested? Here's how to join.


1. Create a character and design costumes based from anime, role playing games, movies etc. and on the following genre of cosplay to be portrayed.

2. Bum COSPLAY/Character Costume Design Contest is open to Male & Female, 13, years old and above and a resident of the Philippines.

3. Character & Costume designed must be Emo and Gothic inspired (BUM image related).

4. BUM products (apparel) should be the core component of the costume design based on the character of choice. Bum products are available at Bum Boutiques and leading Department Stores nationwide.
5. Costumes may be enhanced by accessories such as; wigs, make-up, contact lenses, props, etc, based on the character of choice.
6. Computer graphics may also be used in the photo layout to enhance the costume/character. (BUM logo must be prominently seen within the photo).
6. Photographs must adhere to the following guidelines to be approved and

It must be clear and not blurred.
It must be focused on one person only who is wearing the costume.
It must be in portrait orientation.
It must be in JPEG/PNG/GIF file format and not more than 2MB.
It must not have any brand/logos present on it, other than that of BUM.

7. Contestants must agree to the terms and conditions before they submit their photo entries together with their full name, birthdate, complete address, valid email address, mobile no. and character inspiration at

8. A contestant may submit as many entries as long as it’s a different character/costume.

9. BUM Management and the website administrator shall screen the entries. Entries should not contain any creepy, cute, cuddly and the likes before uploading and posting at BUM’s website.

10. Winning costumes entries (complete set) must be submitted or sent to Bum’s Corporate office at 3rdFlr., # 86 Jade Bldg., Chico Road, cor., Mc Arthur Highway Potrero Malabon City on or before ________________, 2011, in the expense of the contestant, in preparation for its showcase during Bum’s fashion show in November _____, 2011.

11. All costumes will be returned after the grand fashion show.

12. Should a contestant decide to “post” or “share” their photos on Facebook, Twitter or any other website without the knowledge and controls of BUM, BUM shall not in any way be responsible for whatever consequences and or any sort of comments allowing himself/herself to be the subject of varying comments, views and opinions of people, which may be express or relayed not just at BUM’s Facebook Fan page, but in other ways and medium, including but not limited to blogs. In such cases BUM Management & the website administrator will not be in any way held responsible and whatsoever in the dissemination of such.

13. Promo period starts from August 8, 2011 to October 30, 2011. Announcement of winners will be on October 31, 2011. Liking period is from August 8, 2011 to October 30, 2011.


All entries must be received not later than11:59 PM of October 15, 2011. BUM will not be responsible for any technical delay in the transmission of the entries. All entries must be submitted via

1. Anyone who visits BUM website can “like” once for any entry.
A facebook account is needed to like.

2. Liking starts once approved entries are posted on BUM’s website and ends on October 30, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

3. Likes executed at BUM’s website will be considered valid.

4. Top 10 entries with most likes get to win prizes.

Prizes at stake are as follows:

Grand Prize
i. Nikon D3000 DSLR Camera
ii. BUM Loot Bag

2nd Prize
i. Blackberry 3G Phone
ii. BUM Loot Bag

3rd Prize
i. Samsung ES80 Camera
ii. BUM Loot Bag

Remaining 7 entries will get PHP1000 worth of BUM items and Loot bag.

Top 10 winners’ creations will be featured at Bum’s fashion show in November.

A participant can only win once in the entire contest. In the event that a participant wins more than once, the following rule shall apply:

a. The entry with the higher “Likes” shall prevail.
b. All prizes are non-transferable and non-convertible to cash and or BUM products.


1. Winners must present a valid ID and registered notice.


Employees of BUM, any affiliate of BUM, any of their advertising or promotional agencies, any provider of any prize offered in this contest or any business or entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of this contest, as well as their relatives up to the 3rd degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this contest.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

At the Blogger Fiesta... part 2

i arrived at an empty venue.

i arrived early. too early.

i was punctual for the first time.

i made many kalokohan unnoticed.

i sketched a lot.

i played with paper - actually it's pretend-scrapbooking.

i won stuff.

i made lists and inventories of prizes.

i got worked-up and overwhelmed because what needed to be listed was piling up and i wasn't keeping up.

i took home lots of goodies. *wink*

i met a lot of people.

i made some friends.

i went around the venue (SM North EDSA Annex), as in all the floors.

i took the stairs instead of escalators for no reason.

i come back to the venue after every wandering out of breath, but enjoyed the stairs.

i enjoyed the Blogger Fiesta so much.

i am looking forward to another Blogger Fiesta.

i wish another Blogger Fiesta would happen soon. sooner. soonest.

At the Blogger Fiesta...

at the blogger fiesta, i was one of the staff of the event. me, Michelle and Tess were in charge of the prizes and inventory of it. we had our seats on the side with all the stuff to be given away. seated with us were the hosts, Flow and Omar, while the speakers are up on stage (not really on stage though).

until now, i am still thinking about the conversation Flow and i had about him preferring having an event like we were having be held in the provinces because he said the bloggers from the provinces are the likes that really listen to the speakers. it's not like it's bothering me, i just keep on thinking about it because, in my mind, i try to differentiate the bloggers from the provinces from the Manila bloggers.

i told him, the bloggers from the province are really eager to learn, and they really want to know how to do things. and he agreed with what i said. the conversation ended there because he had to go back to his hosting stint and a raffle is coming up shortly, so i, too, need to go back to doing my duty.

and from there, the thought never left my mind. maybe it's because i haven't pointed out what was it with Manila bloggers being different from the others. or maybe it's in defense of what he said and preferred. there's nothing wrong with what he said, don't get me wrong. but i really keep on thinking about it. i am a Manila blogger, and this is not to defend the differentiation/s made above. this is not an issue, this is just a thought i've been having for like, 24 hours now.

so far, what i have in mind about Manila bloggers, or bloggers from Manila at that, is that, yeah, just like our counterparts from the provinces, we also wanna learn about stuff, but yeah, we barely listen to the speakers on seminars or events like that. why? i've observed that Manila bloggers would rather find things out on their own and learn it their way. we also have our opinions, which, when some of us listen, we tend to disagree with the speaker/s on some point of their speech. i don't really see anything wrong with that though. but maybe, that's because that exactly is what differentiate the bloggers of Manila from the rest. we are a diverse kind of people who have our own opinion, our own way of learning things and our way of finding for ourselves how to do things our own special way.

it's just my opinion, anyway.

Monday, August 15, 2011

JCI Entrep Summit - Eureka Entrep Summit 2011

It's back! - The JCI Entrep Summit!

This 2011, we're hatching ideas into reality.
Visit us on:


You can now buy tickets to Solenn's two concerts on August 19 & 26 at Teatrino Promenade, Greenhills.

Tickets are available at Ticketworld, Music Museum office and at the Teatrino lobby.

For inquiries, you can call 721-0635. 


Get Laud - Rain or Shine Promo



1) For a minimum of P1,500 single receipt purchase of regular items (cash or credit card) from Get Laud! participating branches nationwide, the shopper can claim one (1) Get Laud umbrella for FREE.
2) Get Laud! Privilege Cardholders are also qualified to join the promo.
3) Get Laud umbrella can be claimed in the same branch where the purchase of P1,500 worth of Get Laud items has been made.
4) Redemption of Rain or Shine promo can be made within 60 days from end of promo period.
5) After validating the receipt, the Store Representative will then give the Get Laud umbrella and stamp the receipt "CLAIMED".
6) Not valid with other promotions and discounts except Privilege Card.
7) Promo Period is from August 1 to September 30, 2011.

Participating Branches:

Alabang Town Center
Festival Supermall
Gaisano Mall of Davao
Glorietta 3, Teen Zone
Lim Ket Kai CDO
Market! Market!
MarQuee Mall
Metropoint Mall
NCCC Mall Davao (Matina)
Pavilion Mall (BiƱan, Laguna)
SM City Batangas
SM City Bicutan
SM City Cebu
SM City Fairview
SM City Lipa
SM City Lucena
SM City Marilao
SM City North Edsa
SM City Pampanga
SM City San Lazaro
SM City Sta. Mesa
SM City Tarlac
SM Supercenter Molino
SM Supercenter Valenzuela
Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall
Starmall Edsa-Shaw
Tutuban Center Mall
MRT Ayala



1. For every pair of old jeans surrendered on designated booths, customer gets 25% discount cards for his/ her next purchase of jeans from participating brands
2. Old jeans will be accepted every weekend (Friday to Sunday) from August 5 to October 9, 2011
3. Collected jeans will be turned over to SM Foundation’s chosen beneficiary at the end of the campaign.
4. Any old wearable men’s, ladies’ and childre...n’s jeans bottoms (pants and short) (any brand) will be accepted for donation


1. The Surrender-Your-Old-Jeans Discount Cards will be distributed for FREE to donors of old jeans every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between August 5 to October 9, 2011 in designated booths in SM Department Stores and SM Malls nationwide.
2. One (1) Discount Card shall be issued for every pair of jeans donated.
3. Maximum of three (3) Discount Cards issuance per person.
4. Discount Card entitles bearer to 25% off on new collection jeans of participating brands under the JUST DELIVERED JEANS Campaign.

1. Valid for both cash and charge purchases.
2. Customer to go to brand of choice indicated at the back of the discount coupon. Before customer checks-out, demo/ SC personnel to stick-on the barcode at the back of the card, and logs the number of the discount card.
3. Customer to surrender their Discount Card to the Cashier upon payment.
4. Peso Discount may only be redeemed within the same day when the required purchase was made.
5. One Discount Card per one (1) pair of jeans of participating brands on participating styles.
6. Maximum of three (3) Discount Cards per transaction.

1. Discount card is not valid in conjunction with other promotions, discounts or coupons.
2. Discount card is transferrable but not convertible to cash, nor replaceable when stolen, lost or expired
3. Discount card is valid until October 9, 2012.

PARTICIPATING BRANDS: (only as applicable in the Mall's Branch)
1. 101 New York
2. Baleno
3. Bobson
4. BNY
5. Bossini
6. BUM Equipment
7. Canadian Club
8. Cherokee
9. Club R
10. Colours
11. Denim Blues
12. Ego
13. F'G
14. Freego
15. Fubu
16. Hammerhead
17. Hibaler
18. Markus
19. No Fear
20. RRJ
21. U2
22. V+ Jeans
23. Wrangler
24. 96 North
25. Dickies/Dickies Tykes
26. Levi's
27. Jag/Jag thug
28. Lee/Lee Pipes
29. Oxygen
30. Penshoppe
31. Tribal
32. Von Dutch

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kitchen Cures

i came across a very nice article on Yahoo! a few minutes ago. since i have the heightened interest in the kitchen recently, let me share this very useful article.

Kitchen Cures

By Denise V. Suarez | EYP.PH

When we’re feeling sick, we look at the medicine cabinet to see what pills we can take. We should check out the pantry instead. Many everyday ingredients can treat different ailments and unlike drugs, they are inexpensive and with less side effects.


Honey is good for cuts and scrapes. It has three powerful components: sugar for absorbing moisture so bacteria can’t survive, hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and propolis to kill bacteria. Plus, the honey dries to form a natural bandage. Just spread thickly over the infected area.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is actually the basis of many skin moisturizers. For eczema, rub olive oil on the skin to keep it from drying out.

Spicy dish

Good for a stuffy nose or congestion, spicy dishes loosen the mucus by making the eyes and nose run.


Garlic is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and an antioxidant so it has many uses. Take garlic when you have a cold to fight the infection and boost the immune system. Mix together minced garlic, warm water and honey for taste. Leave the garlic in the mixture for a few minutes then swallow without chewing. Another way of taking it is by chewing raw garlic cloves with honey. Repeat every two to three hours. Garlic can also be used for athlete’s foot due to its antifungal nature. Simply rub a clove of raw garlic to the affected area.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is used to remove odor so it makes weird sense that you use it for body odor as well. Sprinkling baking soda on your armpits and feet will reduce the moisture you produce.

Chamomile Tea

Wrapping cold, wet tea bags in paper towels can help sooth itchy eyes from colds or hay fever. The tannic acid in tea reduces the itch. Chamomile tea can also be used for calluses. Soak your feet in a diluted chamomile tea bath to soften the hard skin.


Ginger has anti-sickness properties so it can help in nausea. Pregnant women can also relieve morning sickness by taking ginger biscuits.


Turmeric is good for treating many skin ailments. It can be used to sooth acne, scrapes and sunburn. Mix several drops of water with ½ teaspoon of powdered turmeric to make a thin paste. Apply the mixture on the blemishes or sunburn and leave for an hour. Be sure to rinse after because turmeric stains.

Rice Water

Bangladeshis have been using rice water as a treatment for diarrhea forever. The proteins in the rice help stabilize the bowel and it’s tastier than any medicine.


Who knew that aside from being a yummy snack, bananas can be used for bug bites? All you have to do is eat the fruit and apply the banana peel fruit side down on the bite. Hold it there until the itching subsides.

It takes so much courage and bravery to walk away from it all.. while you still can.

“It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realise that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself - if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now.” - Jennifer Lopez

it takes so much courage and bravery to walk away from it all.. while you still can.

everyone has their limits. sometimes, they may seem like they're like that drink in a restaurant - bottomless. but like any other glass in that resto, there would come a time when enough is enough, you've had your fill so it has to stop and you have to walk away from it.

it surprised me that Jennifer Lopez actually said those words from above in an interview from Cover Media. for once, i agreed with her. what she said doesn't just apply to her, nor anyone who is undergoing separation, whatever kind that may be. it could apply to anyone, or anything.

for example, someone addicted to something, if he or she still has some love and respect for him/herself, would have that courage to turn their backs on what they're addicted to. once they've realized it's not doing them any good, no matter how they're craving for it, they're gonna brave it and forget about it no matter how hard it is.

same for friendship. you can call anyone your friend, anyone can call you their friend. but it takes real friendship to prove that it's that kind of friendship that's gonna build you and support you, and, when you fall, catch you and help you back up.

but, i have to clear myself. i'm not saying that if you don't have that kind of friendship with some people does it mean you're not really friends. it's just that there are those friendships where one benefits more than the other. one might need, say, support, and you just have to give it, and you in turn, would just wait for what the other could offer if you're not the type of person problems likes to take over everytime. it could be the same thing in a relationship, but i'm not gonna make this a novel because i'm just gonna go all over again, saying the same thing.

and just like an addict, while you can withstand that kind of relationship, i think you should. but when you can no longer deal with it, be brave enough to let go.

why am i writing this? the quote from above inspired me. that's all, folks! ☺