September 16, 2023

A Guide to Customized Corporate Gifting

In today's competitive business world, companies must go the extra mile to build solid relationships with their clients and stakeholders. One effective way to achieve this is through the practice of corporate gifting. By customizing these gifts, businesses can enhance their brand image and leave a lasting impression on their recipients.

In this article, we will explore the importance of corporate gifting, steps to customize gifts, navigating gifting etiquette, budgeting considerations, and evaluating the impact of your gifting strategy.

Understanding the Importance of Corporate Gifting
Building Relationships Through Gifts
Regarding corporate gifting, the underlying objective is to establish and nurture strong relationships with your clients, employees, and other business partners. You can create a sense of loyalty and trust by showing your appreciation through thoughtful gifts. Gifts remind you of your commitment to the recipients, strengthening your business bonds.

Imagine a client receiving a beautifully packaged gift from your company. As they unwrap it, they are greeted with a personalized note expressing gratitude for their continued support. This simple act of kindness makes them feel valued and deepens their connection with your brand. It creates a lasting impression that goes beyond the transactional nature of business.

Enhancing Brand Image with Custom Gifts
Your corporate gifts can serve as a powerful marketing tool. Customizing gifts with your company's logo or tagline increases brand visibility and helps create a positive brand image. When recipients receive a gift that reflects your brand's values and personality, it reinforces their perception of your business as professional and attentive to detail.

Moreover, custom gifts can also act as conversation starters. When clients or employees showcase their personalized gifts, it sparks curiosity and interest among others. This can lead to valuable word-of-mouth marketing as people inquire about the origin of the gift and the positive experiences associated with your brand.

Viviamo Concepts offers an array of meticulously crafted custom corporate giveaways that embody the essence of a brand. By choosing Viviamo Concepts for your corporate gifting needs, you aren't just offering gifts; you're presenting a piece of your brand's story. Whether it's a client, a partner, or an employee, each bespoke gift speaks volumes about your commitment to quality and meaningful engagement. Elevate your brand's impact with Viviamo Concepts, the trailblazer in custom corporate giveaways in the Philippines, and etch your brand into the hearts and minds of those who matter.

Steps to Customize Corporate Gifts
When it comes to corporate gifting, customization is critical. It's not just about giving any gift; it's about giving the right gift. By taking the time to personalize your gifts, you can create a lasting impression on your recipients. Let's dive into the steps involved in customizing corporate gifts.

Identifying Your Gift Recipients
The first step in customizing corporate gifts is to consider the preferences and needs of your gift recipients. It's essential to go beyond surface-level knowledge and truly understand their interests, hobbies, and preferences. Are they coffee enthusiasts? Do they enjoy outdoor activities? By tailoring the gifts to their tastes, you demonstrate a genuine interest in their well-being, making the gift more meaningful and memorable.

Selecting Appropriate Gifts
Once you have identified your recipients, selecting gifts that align with their interests and preferences is crucial. Consider their profession, lifestyle, and any known personal preferences. Avoid generic gifts and aim for items that are both practical and unique. This shows that you have put thought into the gift selection, increasing the likelihood of it being well-received.

Adding Personal Touches to Your Gifts
Customization goes beyond simply adding a logo or tagline to a gift. While branding is important, it's equally essential to add personal touches. Consider adding a handwritten note or personalized message to show appreciation and acknowledge the individual recipient. This small gesture can make a significant impact and leave a lasting impression. Personal touches demonstrate that you value the relationship and go the extra mile to make the gift special.

Furthermore, you can also consider customizing the packaging of the gift. A beautifully wrapped gift with attention to detail can elevate the overall gifting experience. These small details can make a big difference, whether it's a custom gift box or a personalized ribbon.

Another way to add a personal touch is by incorporating the recipient's name or initials into the gift. This can be done through engraving, embroidery, or even custom-made items. By adding this level of personalization, you show that you have gone above and beyond to create a unique gift tailored specifically to them.

Lastly, consider the timing of your gift. Is there a special occasion or milestone that you can celebrate? By aligning your gift with a significant event in the recipient's life, you make it even more meaningful and memorable.

Navigating Corporate Gifting Etiquette
Timing Your Corporate Gifts
When it comes to corporate gifting, timing is crucial. Consider the appropriate occasions, such as holidays or milestones. Be mindful of the cultural norms and traditions of your recipients. Sending gifts at the right time shows thoughtfulness and consideration, reinforcing the positive impression of your business.

Respecting Cultural Differences in Gifting
Businesses should be aware of cultural differences when engaging in corporate gifting. What is acceptable in one country may be considered inappropriate or offensive in another. Take the time to research and understand your recipients' gifting customs and traditions to ensure your gifts are well-received and appropriate.

Budgeting for Corporate Gifts
Determining Your Gifting Budget
Before embarking on your corporate gifting journey, it is essential to establish a clear budget. Consider the number of recipients and the level of customization needed. Setting a budget helps you stay financially responsible while delivering meaningful gifts that align with your objectives.

Getting the Most Value for Your Money
While budgeting is essential, focusing on getting the most value for your money is equally important. Look for opportunities to partner with suppliers offering competitive prices without compromising quality. Consider bulk purchasing or bundling gifts to optimize your budget and ensure your gifts make a lasting impact.

Evaluating the Impact of Your Corporate Gifting Strategy
Measuring Recipient Satisfaction
To assess your gifting strategy's effectiveness, gathering feedback from your recipients is crucial. Consider conducting surveys or seeking direct feedback to gauge their satisfaction levels. This will help you refine your future gifting efforts and ensure you continue delivering meaningful experiences.

Assessing the Return on Investment
Beyond recipient satisfaction, evaluating the return on investment (ROI) of your corporate gifting strategy is crucial. Assess how the gifts have contributed to building and strengthening relationships, enhancing brand image, and ultimately driving business outcomes. Analyze the impact on client retention, employee morale, and overall business growth.

Customized corporate gifting is a powerful tool that can have a lasting impact on your business relationships. By understanding the importance of corporate gifting, following the steps to customize your gifts, navigating gifting etiquette, and evaluating the impact of your gifting strategy, you can build strong relationships, enhance your brand image, and drive business success.

August 29, 2023

Sake 101: Everything You Need To Know

The world of sake is wide and captivating. It is Japan’s national drink and has different tasting notes, profiles, types, and processes of brewing. Sake is not widely popular or known in the Philippines. That’s why many Filipinos are not familiar with it and don’t know how to enjoy it. But considering its increasing popularity and availability worldwide, sake is definitely worth knowing and understanding. Here’s everything you must know about sake.

What Is Sake?

Sake is a popular Japanese alcoholic beverage. In Japanese, sake is called nihonshu (日本酒) and is created from fermented rice. This is to help differentiate this type of alcoholic drink from other alcohols because “sake” is a term used to describe alcohol in general.

There are four main ingredients in making sake: clean water, quality rice, yeast, and koji (a mold). You can’t use any type of rice to make sake. To make delicious sake, a special type of rice called sakamai is used. All four ingredients are combined, fermented, and processed.

Each brewer has their own way of carefully distributing koji over the rice. Also, the type of yeast, water quality, and brewing process are unique to every sake brewery. As a result, the tasting notes, profiles, and flavors of sake are different for every brewery.

Different Types Of Sake
Sake, often referred to as Japanese rice wine, is a unique alcoholic beverage that showcases the richness and intricacies of Japanese culture. Its types vary widely based on factors such as brewing process, ingredients, and aging. 

Rice Polish Ratio
To make sake, rice grains are polished to remove their outer layers which makes the end product less palatable and desirable. In general, the more polished the rice grains are the better the flavors and the higher their price tags will be. Premium sake should have at least 30% RPR while high-end ones have higher.

Ginjo (吟醸): At least 40% RPR with a slightly fruity taste and very rich profile.
Daiginjo (大吟醸): At least 50% RPR with a light and fruity flavor and very rich character.

Addition Of Brewer’s Alcohol
The alcohol content in sake is produced by the fermentation process which is costly and time-consuming. That’s why many brewers add bigger amounts of alcohol to decrease the fermentation process and produce sake faster. But for premium sake, they pride themselves in containing no added alcohol or adding smaller amounts, just to add subtle flavors and taste notes.

Junmai (純米): Contains zero added alcohol and has different flavors.
Honjozo (本醸造): 70% RPR with a small amount of alcohol to improve the flavor or add an earthy taste.

Special Types Of Sake
There are special types of sake produced which are created by adding or omitting various steps in processing. Here are the most common ones:

Nigorizake: Also called cloudy sake, it has a cloudy color and sweet to tart flavors.
Sparkling Sake: To create the bubbles, sake is bottled before the fermentation process.
Namazake: Also called raw sake, it has a fresher flavor. However, namazake should be refrigerated and consumed quickly.
Amazake: Sweet, thick, and low or non-alcoholic beverage.
Koshu: Also called old sake, it’s aged in barrels or bottles to add unique flavors and profiles. Depending on how long the aging process is, it can have stronger, woody, or earthy flavors with a dark, honeyed color.
Jizake: Typically produced by small, independent brewers.

While sake might be the pride of Japan, you don't have to travel miles to get your hands on premium alcoholic beverages. If you're in the mood for a different kind of brew or want to explore other international flavors, you can always buy beer online in the Philippines at Thirst: Philippine's First Online Liquor Marketplace. From the crispness of a local lager to the smoothness of imported ale, Thirst offers a wide selection to quench your global palate.

How To Enjoy Sake
Unlike common alcoholic drinks in the Philippines which are served cold or with ice, sake can be enjoyed warm, hot, chilled, or at room temperature. Personal preference, weather conditions, and the season will affect how sake is enjoyed.

In general, premium sake is best enjoyed at room temperature or chilled. An example of this is the expensive daiginjo and ginjo. While less flavorful and cheaper ones can be served warm and hot. Warm and hot sake is perfect for cold weather and winter.

When drinking sake in groups, it’s customary to serve each other and not just yourself. This is very different from the Filipino culture where you serve alcohol to yourself unless your friends are skipping their turn and trying to look like they’re drinking. Also, when drinking sake, you don’t chug the whole cup. You take a sip and enjoy the experience, taste, and profile of the sake.

Best Food Pairing For Sake

Personal preferences will affect the best food pairing for sake. But in general, light and sweet sake is perfect with shrimp, fish, and other lightly fried food. Light and dry sake go well with sushi, sashimi, and light dishes. But if you’re serving hearty meat dishes, pair them with rich and dry sake. And for rich and sweet sake, pair them with protein-rich or umami ingredients such as cheese or soy-based dishes.


Basically, light sake goes well with lightly-flavored dishes. On the other hand, hearty and savory foods and dishes pair well with rich and bold sake.

If you still haven’t tried drinking sake, it’s now time to expand your palate and try something new. Sake is delicious, flavorful, and has a unique taste. It pairs well with different Filipino food, not just Japanese food. The key to a desirable sake-drinking experience is finding the right sake that fits your taste buds.

July 15, 2023

My Thoughts about Miss Supranational 2023 Winners


The Miss Supranational 2023 contest took place last night, 14  July 2023 at Strzelecki Park Amphitheater, Nowy Sącz, Małopolska, Poland. However, a lot of Filipino audience disappointed when Miss Philippines didn't get the crown. As they said... she really delivered the best answer perfectly than Miss Ecuador who won Miss Supranational 2023.

The host underlined "This is not about giving the perfect answer, this is about AUTHENTICITY!" 

So, the way they would answer the question won't matter as much as the authenticity of what they will stand for. 

I just wanna show to others that not everyone is stiff in sticking to just one point of view. 

Ms. Ecuador Andrea Aguilera answered the question in a not so perfect way but on point, specific, action-oriented and with the job role objectives. We need to understand that Ecuadorians are not good in English unlike Filipinos. That’s why she can’t construct a perfect grammar and can’t explain fully what’s in her heart but the judges understand her point. A lot of people are saying that she did not actually answered the question, but if you have a deeper understanding you tend to see things from different points of view and you will know that she really did answer the question. For her, what makes a great ambassadors for the organization?” are (1) CARRYING THE LEGACY of Miss Supranational if she’ll travelling the world (2) HAVING A FOUNDATION [she will start her own foundation for single moms to find employment] (3) CONTINUING HELPING PEOPLE thru her career as a doctor even after her reign [studying medicine by my own funds, become a doctor, and continue helping people.]

The way she speaks, her performance and sexiness especially in swimsuit competition was outstanding. Her vibe is so contagious that's why she attracted the panel of judges with her energy. 

Miss Philippines Pauline Amelinckx delivered the answer perfectly but not as authentic as to what Ms. Ecuador’s answer. Her answered to “what makes a great ambassadors for the organization” is to have (1) DEDICATION and she explained what dedication is for her. [And she has to be someone who will (2) BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.] And in her last sentence [we are now gathered here on this stage transcending our own borders, bringing nations together] is a typical beauty pageant line. I'm a pageant watcher since I was 10, so I knew that it is a constructed sentence and have been used by some beauty queen candidates in a Q & A portion. 

Also, her performance in the swimsuit competition doesn’t match the vibe of the lively background music maybe because she was hesitating with her movement because she was being shamed for her weight a lot of times. She was one of the most beautiful faces among the candidates except her physique. Judges usually give higher scores to contestants who look physically fit. 

Criteria: Beauty of Face, Beauty of Figure, Poise & Personality, and Intelligence 

A beauty pageant is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, not a surprise as this is primarily a ‘beauty contest’ except to Miss Universe where 60% of their scores are taken from close-door interviews. 

Though Ms. Ecuador can’t explain fully what’s in her heart, the judges find in their heart her side of things. They choose her because she has potential and she deserves it like the other candidates. She has proven herself in this role. She's pageant veteran at a very young age, who has crowned five beauty pageant titles in her country and in 2021, she represented Ecuador at Miss Grand International at Thailand where she won first runner-up after Miss Vietnam was hailed the winner. As a believer in education, she provided 1,200 scholarships to low-income children. She also assisted with approximately 25 extreme diseases and poverty cases.

It takes weeks for the organization to choose the winner. It doesn’t take one night, one dress or one answer. Let's all stop looking down other countries and be supportive. Let’s not steal this moment of Pauline Amelinckx enjoying her win, because 1st runner up is worth celebrating for.

We must remind ourselves that we live in an already harsh world, and me… and you… don’t need to be another addition to toxic people who boils over on socmed in a form of cruel and gutter language to bring down our favorites’ rival. Because of socmed, the Filipino’s cruel side has been exposed, and the sad part is, we just don’t clash with other people from other countries. We also duel online, exchanging harsh, unprintable words, with fellow Filipinos that’s why some foreigners called us as “The most toxic pageant fans in the world”. We are responsible for the things we post online and those things can both directly and indirectly affect our country. 

As we became a beauty pageant powerhouse country we should also be known as a powerhouse of friendly people by spreading positivity and kindness on the Internet. Be a good sport because in every competition we can’t always win. We should learn to accept a loss without whining, be careful not to dwell fully on the negatives especially on the world wide web and congratulate the winner. Remember that hospitality is deeply ingrained in our culture; it’s also our way of life that reflects the warmth and kindness of the Filipino. Please don’t lose our sense of decency, our moral compass and our reputation as the most hospitable people in the world.

Here are the list of winners for Miss Supranational 2023
Miss Supranational 2023: Andrea Aguilera (Ecuador)
1st Runner-up: Pauline Amelinckx (Philippines)
2nd Runner-up: Sancler Frantz (Brazil) 
3rd Runner-up: Emma Rose Collingridge (United Kingdom) 
4th runner-up: Ngân Ðang Thanh (Vietnam)

Special Awards: 
Miss Photogenic: El Salvador 
Miss Congeniality: South Africa 
Miss Talent: South Korea 
Best National Costume: Thailand 
Contestants' Choice: Curacao 
Supra Chat Winner: Philippines 
Supra Model of the Year: Zimbabwe 
Miss Influencer: Brazil 
Continental Ambassador (Africa): Zimbabwe 
Continental Ambassador (Asia): India 
Continental Ambassador (Americas): Peru 
Continental Ambassador (Caribbean): Curacao 
Continental Ambassador (Europe): Gibraltar

Miss Supranational is one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world that highlights glamour, fashion, and natural beauty.

Tell me on the comment section your thoughts about this. 

May 28, 2023

Modern Style Sporty Chic

It has been quite awhile since I last shared my Rihoas wishlist post HERE! From the avant-garde to the modern wardrobe staples, this Hong Kong fashion brand deserves a spot on my blog and a place in my closet.

… and a few weeks back Rihoas offered me to pick two items from their new collection. It wasn't the easiest decision to make because all their clothes are fantastic. I spent a good couple of hours in their store browsing through the collection and checking on different styles. The two items that I eventually selected are this green Collared Bodycon Mini Dress that I’m wearing right now and the other one is a Button Up Blazer in green which is also included on my wishlist. I will post that on my next blog, too.

As to my outfit, I’m such a big fan of looks that combine comfort with casual sporty look because it allows you to look put together and stay comfortable like this bodycon mini dress. I’m happy that it fits me perfectly even when it comes to a tricky green color. I love green colors lately when it comes to my outfit because it go so well with my instagram theme. Prolly this is one of my favorite items this season. Basically, the outfit should always be suitable for everyday wear and comfortable.

My favorite way to wear this is with a cool white cap. White sneakers make the sporty and casual look perfect. Finish it off with my new favorite tote bag from MinimalyPH. Fyi, Canvas tote bag is a modern-day essential here in the Philippines right now. 

Click HERE for more photos!

March 6, 2023

5 Hottest Jewelry Trends You Should Try

Are you looking for a new way to add sparkle and shine to your everyday look? We’ve got the scoop on the hottest jewelry trends hitting the scene. Whether you prefer classic pieces or something more contemporary, a few strategic updates can take your style from ordinary to extraordinary. From eye-catching colors and one-of-a-kind materials to statement shapes and beyond, please keep reading for an up-close look at some of our favorite jewelry trends that are sure to make any ensemble, such as dresses and sport utility wear and find new fashion trends at lover-beauty, stand out.

A Gentle Reminder
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Hottest Jewelry Trends
Statement Rings
The other name for statement rings is cocktail rings. A large central stone characterizes them, occasionally surrounded by additional motifs and typically set in silver or gold.

In the 1920s, statement rings, a symbol of feminism and defiance, became fashionable in the United States. This exquisite jewelry was worn by ladies who drank alcohol when it was illegal, enjoyed themselves, attended lavish galas and parties, and was not afraid to demonstrate their individuality.

While some people wear statement rings for fashion, others continue to wear them as symbols of something they hold dear. They are able to convey something profound and resonating about themselves. They enable you to express your creativity and individuality. It may reveal your passions, ideals, family history, or heritage to the world. Many statement rings have family crests to commemorate a cherished family heritage, while others are carved with important words or phrases or incorporate a noteworthy symbol or design.

Cuffed Up
 A silver or gold cuff is ideal for creating a modest statement with a single accessory. Cuff bracelets have proven to be the simplest method to enhance any outfit. Typically, the silhouette consists of a thick, arched curve, but the effect is substantial!

First, cuffs are typically adjustable so that you can wear them in a variety of ways. If you like a classic style, add one or two cuffs to your wrist, so they shine beneath your shirt sleeve or sweater. To make the style more fascinating, slip the cuff up your forearm, as seen on models at Missoni, or choose a cuff that wraps around your wrist, as seen on models at Tory Burch.

You could also give ear cuffs a try! It is the pinnacle of adaptability. Ear cuffs are available in various forms and styles and do not require piercings, providing you with complete freedom over how you use them. An effortless method to create a statement, large earrings do not cause discomfort to the earlobes as chandelier earrings do. Additionally, if you choose a simple design, it can be combined with studs, hoops, and drop earrings. This piece lets you display your jewelry personality without requiring piercing.

When you're satisfied with the chosen style, thread the ear cuff over the thinnest portion of your upper ear and glide it over your cartilage to secure it. If it seems a bit loose, give it a slight press to decrease the gap and ensure that the ear cuff stays in place.

Beads, Beads, and Beads!
Thinly beaded necklaces are the ideal accessory for layering professionals. This bohemian style is a casual way to decorate, whether you're stacking numerous strands of the same beads, mixing and matching, or letting a single strand speak for itself. Take a cue from Blumarine, the completely Y2K-themed company, and add a charm to a beaded strand, or be inspired by Coach's eccentric idea to put unexpected objects such as a sports whistle to a long strand. You do not need to wear a floral crown or a lengthy skirt to accessorize with beads.

This also means that the styles begin to diverge, which is a positive development! Bead necklaces come in various lengths and materials, but the size of the beads is also important. You can also get enormous beaded shapes in sterling silver, gold, or vermeil.

Chunky Jewelry

Last year, designer brands, including Gucci and Bottega Veneta, debuted the first heavy chain accessories on their runways. These hefty chains, worn as showpiece pieces over more casual attire, were the antithesis of the lightweight layered jewelry that has been popular in recent years.

The massive gold jewelry trend of 2020 is a simple way to elevate any ensemble. Whether ribbed or braided, you may find unique shapes and textures on everything from heavy chains to large arm candy. Shop our chosen collection of the season's most fashionable earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anklets below. A daily dose of gold will bring a grin to your face.

Tooth Jewelry
The Y2K movement has just sparked another rebirth, and this time it's in the form of flashing tooth gems, as seen in Marc Jacobs and Iris Law. The trend consists of tiny rhinestones, charms, or crystals adhered to the enamel with an adhesive as non-invasive mouth decorations and a semi-permanent solution to give extra luster to your smile.

Tooth gems are little, although fashionable jewels that adhere to a tooth's surface (or numerous teeth, go wild!)

FKA Twigs, Iris Law, and Hailey Bieber have recently advocated for the return of the microtrend, which has been spotted on many Gen Z influencers, models, and Tiktokers. The beauty of tooth jewelry is that it may be as understated as you choose, with only a tiny stone in the corner of your incisor, and still make a statement. Or, for the daring, there are patterns, chains, and even logos, such as the Chanel charm worn by Adwoa Aboah.

February 18, 2023

Rihoas Wishlist: Wardrobe Refresh for 2023

Every year, I love to share my personal shopping wishlist ideas, I do this to help you generate gift ideas for others you're shopping for and to help you find some unique and affordable items for yourself as well.

And since the new season is getting closer and closer, it means it's time to think about my wardrobe refresh. Luckily, I have discovered Rihoas , it's a rising fashion brand dedicated to elegance with retro charm and unique style. Rihoas was born in Hong Kong and that's what I really like about this brand because Hong Kong has this reputation to be able to deliver quality clothing with a short lead-time. So, it's a win-win situation for everyone who's always so excited about an item that we've bought online.

I spent a good couple of hours in their online store browsing through the huge collection and their seasonal SALE!It wasn't the easiest decision to make because all the season trends and new arrival are fantastic and the deals are so good.

I'm a huge fan of green color, they really catch my eye immediately. so for today's post I would share my top 5 Rihoas clothing wishlist 2023 -- all in green color. Click on the link below to see more information about each item. Leave a comment with which item is your favorite (1,2,3,4,5). 

1.  Plaid Tweed Jacket -  I am obsessed with the tweed coords trend at the moment - recently I've just seen so many people wearing tweed coords and I need to get one. This one is such a lovely color and would go perfectly with my new stilltoe.

2. Collared Bodycon Mini Dress - What kind of wardrobe wishlist would it be if there wasn't any bodycon dress? I love the style and look of this plus this shade of green is my favorite. This would be great in any occasion and I feel like I would wear this so often this year. 

3. Slit Tube Skirt This vintage style slit skirt is actually amazing! The first time I saw it and saw the pattern it immediately went on my wishlist. It's so chic with a slit front, I could easily wear this with my favorite graphic tee and sneaks or ankle boots.

4. Button Up Blazer -  I absolutely love the green shade of this blazer. To be honest, I don't know if I could pull this off, but this blazer is so cool! I'm loving the color, so I think this piece would be really fun to style.

5.  Tie Shoulder Side Slit DressOkay, how adorable is this dress? I love it so much! From the white floral print, the shape and the style. This is more of a summery piece, as you'd probably be very chilly in it, I saw this whilst browsing and I couldn't not include it as it's so pretty!