November 9, 2019

RECIPE | Simple & Healthy Grilled Recipes to Try

Hey everyone, I’m excited to share a new series coming to my life 'coz I am now exploring the world of vlogging and my adventure began today. With the thought of vlogging floating around in my mind for some time now, I suddenly realized I had now the perfect opportunity to try my hand at video.

I grew up pescetarian so, in my channel, I wanted to share my favorite healthy-ish recipes with you guys. It's a pretty simple way of healthy eating, so you can expect plenty of whole-grain breakfasts, colorful dinners with lots of veggies, fruits and seafood. Hoping this will help to inspire you to plan for some healthy eating.

Please check out my first video experiment and don't forget to subscribe HERE!



1st Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Kebab


2nd Recipe: Grilled Tuna Veggie Tortillas









October 16, 2019

Don't Pay Cash, PayMaya!

PayMaya accelerates digital payments adoption in the Philippines with launch of new brand campaign


  • "Don't Pay Cash. PayMaya!" promotes better than cash benefits with new features and rewards
  • Enjoy the best of everyday transactions with the convenience of PayMaya
  • Massive brand campaign supports the government's Financial Inclusion Goals

[26 SEPTEMBER 2019] Filipinos now have more reasons to go cashless as PayMaya launches its "Don't Pay Cash, PayMaya!" brand campaign promoting a more convenient and rewarding payment experience for all Filipinos nationwide.


PayMaya ramps up its efforts to increase cashless transactions in the country with the launch of its “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” Campaign, along with a fresh new look, exciting app upgrades and more rewarding promos. In this photo are executives from PayMaya Philippines (from left to right): Raymund Villanueva, Head of Growth and Brand Marketing; Mitch Padua, Chief Product Officer; Kenneth Palacios, Head of Wallets Business; Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director; Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO; Shailesh Baidwan, President; Miguel Fernandez, Group Chief Finance Officer; Mar Lazaro, Head of Enterprise Business; and Heidi Garayblas, Head of Brand and Marketing Services. 

Through the upbeat consumer campaign, the digital financial services leader unveils an enhanced PayMaya mobile app, exciting new features, and more compelling merchant partner promos, as well as the best cashback promos and discounts for an overall more rewarding experience for all users.

PayMaya's new brand campaign features a catchy jingle with lyrics promoting the best perks of going cashless, set against the tune of the song "Ligaya" popularized by the iconic OPM band Eraserheads. Through the campaign, PayMaya encourages all Filipinos to get more joy and value out of daily transactions by opting to use PayMaya instead of cash for all their payment needs.


CUTENESS OVERLOAD: Attendees of the “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” Launch were entertained by PayMaya’s official mascots, Maya, who danced to PayMaya’s newly launched jingle to the tune of the iconic Eraserheads anthem "Ligaya." 

"PayMaya is undoubtedly the best way to pay in the Philippines today. Our formula is simple – make digital payments accessible, more convenient, more secure, more rewarding, and more fun. With a newer and smoother app experience, the biggest discounts and cashback promos, and an ever-growing network of merchant and add money partners, it's now better to 'PayMaya' instead of paying with cash," said Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of PayMaya.


Better than cash rewards
PayMaya is taking the lead in unlocking the multiple rewards and benefits of going cashless. With the pre-holiday and e-Commerce sales just around the corner, using a PayMaya account for everyday transactions is the best way to get the best discounts and cashback for all your purchases.


Cashless convenience, just a click away: Attendees of the event experienced firsthand the cashless convenience featured in the “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” campaign launch with seamless payments via PayMaya QR available at the Eattogether Food Hall in Capitol Commons. 

Just for September alone, PayMaya users can get as much as P5,000 in cashback from the various promos rolled out by the brand. All one has to do is use the PayMaya app for prepaid load and gaming pins, bills payments, sending money, PayMaya QR transactions with partner merchants, and online shopping.

Even getting a PayMaya account gets more rewarding as PayMaya is giving as much as P200 just by registering with a referral code and upgrading their account.

"We're just getting started and this will get more exciting as we gear up towards the holiday shopping season. Our goal is to make every Filipinos embrace digital payments by multiplying the benefits of going cashless," said Azzola.


Better than cash experience
To usher in a next-level experience, PayMaya has updated the mobile app to make it easier and safer to use.

The most popular services such as Sending Money, Buying Load, or Sharing Treats are now easily accessible with just one tap at the home screen of the app. Under the PayMaya Shop, one can also find more variants for digital goods such as telco load, gaming PINs, and treats vouchers - with the best discounts through promos.

Funding one’s PayMaya account is also easier–users can add money from your bank account through InstaPay or by linking their credit* or debit card.

PayMaya places high importance in security. All PayMaya users are encouraged to upgrade their accounts not only for higher transaction limits but also for safer transactions. To facilitate this, PayMaya has introduced a simpler and faster Upgrade process featuring selfie and AI technology. PayMaya also recently unveiled a sexier and safer black card design with the card number and other sensitive information at the back, instead of being displayed at the front.


Better than cash: Influencer Ashley Chan shows off her PayMaya card which sports a new, sleek design, as well as an added layer of security for instagram-savvy Pinoys. With her PayMaya in hand, she can easily hop on the cashless lifestyle and unlock awesome rewards! 

The new app design, initially available to Android users and also soon for iOS devices, prominently features the latest promos and perks that account holders can take advantage of, so that they can easily discover ways to make the most of their money with PayMaya. "Expect more features and services to roll out in the coming months. Our goal is to make the payments experience of every Filipino hassle-free and more secure," explained Azzola.


Don't pay cash. PayMaya! 
With all these brand-new features and exciting new promos for users, PayMaya's "Don't Pay Cash. PayMaya!" campaign targets to accelerate digital payments adoption in the Philippines. This is in support of the National Financial Inclusion goals of the country and the aim to increase digital transactions in the country to 20% by 2020 under the National Retail Payment System (NRPS).

PayMaya is the only financial technology company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. It is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations, the leading technology company in the country backed by PLDT, KKR, Tencent, World Bank’s IFC and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund.

Its “universal payments platform” enables the country’s top eCommerce sites, major retail and quick-service restaurants and government institutions, as well as MSMEs to accept multiple kinds of cashless payments.

To know more about how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit paymaya.com/deals or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. [END]

September 1, 2019

Why I Started Blogging & How It Changed My life



Since I have gotten a lot of questions about why I started a blog, here goes!
Let’s start where every good story begins…

As a person who had studied BS Computer Science, we can decide what path we want to pursue in whatever industry we desire because we focused on the study of software systems and every single industry requires programmers. That means we had endless possibilities, but with all these possibilities, I didn't even try to work in any companies because I knew from the start that the corporate world is not for me. All I want in life is to work at home or anywhere I want and be my own boss. I really love freedom, excitement and adventure.

As my own boss, I can determine my own schedule. And, in my humble opinion, it doesn’t get any better than that. If, I want to work from mid-night till morning, then I do it. Vacation? No Problem. Holidays? Check. If I am my own boss, I can work my job around my life, rather than my life around my job. That’s what I call freedom. Now, I can take all the freedom I can get.

In 2008, I became a freelance writer in an American online magazine. It eventually helped me making some cash, more than sufficient for a freelancer like me that’s why when the website has closed down, I have enough money to launched my own online clothing line called Pink Fashion at Palladium - New World Hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel in Makati.

 

Before, the idea of becoming a full time blogger never crossed my mind. I just thought the stuff I was reading online were articles written by freelancers on a website. Yeah, I just called them “websites”. I didn’t even know that I was reading “blogs”. What the heck is a “blog” anyway? But in 2010, when I was looking for a creative outlet for myself and searched for ideas on Google, that’s when I discovered blogging. This was when itjulieann.com was formed.

I do blogging for more reasons than just receiving free stuff, trying to get paid to do nothing or to have a nice life. My blogging story is different. Throughout my life, finding creative outlets has been really important to me. When I was a kid, I was constantly crafting, making paper and barbie dolls clothes and I rewrite the story of my favorite cartoon series Peter Pan at the back of my notebook. When I was in high school, I started writing poems in my journal that's still on my cabinet until now. In college, I opted into a drama class and won as the Best Actress award after competing in other schools. I realize now how important creativity is to my sanity and overall emotional well-being. I live to create, and through blogging, I have an easy way to do it every single day.

Blogging allows me to write down my thoughts and express my feelings through photography, to share my art with the world and to develop the kind of creative I want to become. Blogging allowed me a safe space to experiment, to reflect, and to process my thoughts and feelings. You know, there are so many creative outlets when it comes to blogging. From editing photos to writing blog posts and coming up with content and photoshoot ideas. With this, I have the opportunity to be creative every day.

Honestly, one of the best career choices I’ve ever made was to learn how to start a blog. I didn't start creating blog knowing it would lead to a full-time job. In fact, I didn't even know it could be a full-time job, especially because my earnings were so poor back then. But I didn't care because I didn't need to make money from it, I just loved doing it. By then, I slowly starting to meet people around the Metro and learning about others’ creative processes and inspirations. First, it started locally. Then, I started to connect with artists and bloggers across the globe. I started seeing this woven network of people that were connecting on and then offline. These incredible people, from all walks of life – different backgrounds, different talents, and different perspectives – were collaborating and creating amazing things together.

   


After years later, I realized the incredible potential it held. I didn’t know that I would fall in love with the creative process or just how much my reader would come to mean to me. I didn’t know it would lead me to form amazing friendships, travel to new places, exclusive event invites, collaborations, become brand ambassadors and do the modeling stuff or to be interviewed on the radio and television.       

  

  

  

 

Now in 2019, I can say with great pride that I have been full-time blogging since 2010. It has been full of ups and downs, incredible opportunities and many difficult lessons but I wouldn't change a damn thing. I adore my job and this ever growing business that I have created for myself. It is how I always hope my blog comes across; it is how I wish to be remembered.

As this blog continues to grow and evolve, I just want to thank everyone who’s supported me and been along for the ride! I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you guys!


UPDATE: As of September 21, my blog was listed to "Top 30 Philippines Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow" according to www.feedspot.com.
You can check it here --> https://blog.feedspot.com/philippines_lifestyle_bloggers/


August 8, 2019

ARL Doner Kebab: The Authentic Doner Kebab

Doner Kebab is originally from Turkey, it is a type of kebab, made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. The sliced meat of a doner kebab may be served on a plate with various accompaniments, stuffed into a pita or other type of bread as a sandwich, or wrapped in a thin flatbread. It sounds really interesting right?

Out of my curiosity, I tried every Doner Kebab everywhere to find out which one is undeniably the best. After a long time of completely immersing myself in a kebab scene, I feel confident to award ARL Doner Kebab the title of the "Best Doner Kebab" in town. This one just rocked me. Yet, what puts ARL Doner Kebab above the rest for me, is the way that it comes in a homemade pita and you can tell right away that their kebab is very authentic. Yes! The authentic doner kebab is already here in the Philippines.

Finding a healthy, well-balanced meal in a fast food restaurant can be a challenge. But now, you can indulge yourself with something both fast and delicious because ARL Doner Kebab is a reminder that fast food can be healthy too. It's better, yummier and healthier than hamburger. Let me just tell you that I will never forget this tender spicy taste and as a result I finished three kebabs during my three hours of stay in their stall.








One of the best thing is their price is very affordable but delivers a solid experience. The meat is tender and juicy. The addition of crisp tomato and cucumber into the classic lettuce, white onion salad and corn kernel is also a nice touch. Plus you can get a good amount of sauce. Honestly, one of the biggest reasons why I crave this place is because the sauce is too good.

For anyone who wants something healthy,wholesome, and different, come try this place out on their first branch at the 3rd Level of Robinsons Galleria South at San Pedro, Laguna from 10am to 9pm.


July 28, 2019

How should the “wide shoulder” girls choose Lolita costumes?

Are you in love with Lolita costumes? But you have wide shoulders, and people say you should not go for it? Don’t listen to these people. The fashion industry is so much evolved now that there are always many options for every figure lady. And wide shoulders is absolutely not a problem. Readout this article till the end and you will find out many tips to choose the right dress in which your wide shoulder will not look wide anymore. Also, by utilizing those tips, you can quickly select suitable Lolita costumes. Here, I will also give you some dressing options that you will surely love to wear. So don't miss out and read till the end.

A rule of thumb, if you have wide shoulders, is that you should not wear a top that will make your shoulders more prominent. Think of shoulder pads, boat shape tops, embroiled neckline, and furry neckline. I think you now know that these are not for you. Throw off these clothes now if these were previously present in your wardrobe.

So what to wear? Wear something that enhances other features of your body but your shoulders. Lolita skirts? Of course, yes. Wear them with light color tops, and you will feel a perfect look. Choose shirts and tops with wide sleeves towards the bottom. Also, try dresses with wide straps. Wrap your shoulders in a v neck dress to wrap them up. Go backless at parties with heavy patterns at the lower side of the dress. You will be surely in the limelight.

Still confused with the dressing options I am talking about with your wide shoulders? Let me help you with these Lolita dresses. You will surely buy one of them if you read till the end. First of all, let me start with Puff Sleeve dresses. Let’s have a look at this picture first.


In the picture, the dress is on the dummy, but you can have an idea that it will look cute on your wide shoulders. It has a regular neck line which is not so broad and not so small. With that, it has an additional fabric all around the neckline from the front and back both. It will give your upper body a symmetric look. Your shoulders will look in balance with the body. Also, it has puff sleeves till the edge. This will also give your arms a broad look. And will also balance the wide shoulders. The top is of short length and will look perfect with Lolita skirts.

Want to have it? Shop now by clicking on here. This top is available in white, light yellow, wine red, black, pink, and navy blue. Choose the color as per the design and color of your jeans or skirt.

Now let me tell you the all-time perfect dress for the triangular body. That is a lantern sleeves dress. This type of dresses has broader sleeves towards the bottom. It has double sleeves sometimes too. This style gives the arms a heavy look that balances the wide shoulders. Lantern type dresses are also broader at the bottom. Providing the whole body with a balanced look. See the picture below in which a smart lantern sleeves dress is given.


This cute ruffle collar classic Lolita lantern short sleeve dress is available in pink, red, and green colors. Choose your favorite color and click this link to order one now.

Next, are the Trumpet sleeve dresses. These dresses have skinny sleeves that get broader and broader after the elbow to the wrist. This style gives a smart look to the wide shoulders. Let’s have a look at a Trumpet sleeve dress below.


One word for this dress I want to say. Wow! Do you also want to have it now like me? It gives an excellent slimmer and balanced look to the whole body. It is also wider on the bottom with short length. So overall a must-have for wide shoulders. Grab it now by clicking this link.
Have a look at one other Trumpet sleeve dress. Ready for the surprise? See the picture below.


Can a Lolita woollen coat be so cool? Yes, it is. It is generally said that coats and jackets are not for wide shoulder ladies. Don't listen to the people who say so. This Trumpet sleeve coat is undoubtedly for you. It has broad sleeves which get wider downwards. Also, it is broader at the bottom. You know what I love most about it? It is the fur collar and the hat. Another perfect feature is the removable shawl. It is available in black, brown, pink, red wine, navy blue colors. Grab your favorite color coat for upcoming winter by clicking this link.

Last but not the least dressing option for wide shoulder ladies is the falling shoulder sleeve dresses. These dresses have long slim sleeves with a wide bottom after the waistline. This style enhances other body features except the wide shoulders. Plus you will have an original Lolita girl look. See the picture below to get an idea of how this dress type looks like.


One line for this dress from my side. Perfect Lolita dress for a beautiful wide shoulder lady. This dress is available in red blue and brown colors. My personal favorite is red, which is in the picture. What color will you choose? Want to tell us? Tell this by clicking the given link and ordering one.

I hope a wide shoulder lady will not be depressed any more if you read this article until now. Because I have given you so many Lolita dressing options to choose from. With that, I want to add something. Wear with confidence for whatever you like to wear. Wear whatever you like and whatever you are comfortable wearing. It’s about you and your body, not the people watching you. Be who you are and love the way you want yourself to be. Have a perfect dressed life!


July 19, 2019

EVENT | BuildPlus+ and Megawatt: Build, Shop and Dine

BuildPlus+ is a build, shop & dine concept that offers the everyday and professional home & kitchen improvers who are looking for a unique & value for money construction & kitchen tools store, BuildPlus+ is the only retail hub that operates as a one-stop shop for different arrays of items ranging from quality tools, lighting fixtures & accessories to car care necessities and kitchen & homeware products.

What sets our concept apart from the other home hardware retailers is that we integrated 2 of the most frequent activities we all do--shopping & dining!

Under the same roof is our concept dining store: Megawatt -- Pizza & Steak, a powerplant inspired restaurant that offers succulent steaks as well as awesome pizzas, burgers, chickens and more! Among the go-to dishes are the Aged Porterhouse with Truffle Sea Salt, 12-Spiced Megawatt Boneless House Fried Chicken with Unli-Gravy on the side, and your choice among our different types of pizzas from Cracker Thins, to Hand-Tossed Dough to our croissant + pizza, Croizza!


          

We are also offering our diners an option to have a Keto upgrade on select meals and a special Keto-selection on the menu, such as the Crab Tomalley Shirataki Noodles where the noodles are made from Japanese konjac yam!

          

          
                                                                      
          
                                                                            
          
                                
          
                                     
           
                              

We also have a secret menu lying underneath each table consisting of: Chicharon Bulaklak, Ultimate Meat Platter, Pepperoni Pizza Burger, Duo Chicken Tots.

And oh, did we mention that #WeArePetFriendly? Yep, we'd love to see your fur-babies as well during your visit!

We are the official concept store in the area of INGCO brand of Power Tools & Equipment -- a renowned quality tools with European Standards. We carry the complete line of products of INGCO.
We also do carry some other brands including:
  • Extreme Brand of Tools & Equipment
  • Jr. Kawasaki Tools
  • Bosny Spray Paints & Hardware Products
  • FireStop - Portable Fire Extinguisher
  • Meguiar's Car Care Products
  • CleanPRO / P&S / TAC - Car Care Chemicals & necessities
  • Kitchen Circle - Kitchenware necessities
  • FSL & Philip's Lighting
  • ROYU & Firefly Lighting Accessories
  • ONDOY boats - rescue & re-creational heavy duty plastic boats
  • Unique lighting fixtures. And many more!

          

          


GENERAL INFORMATION: 

BuildPlus+ - We opened last May 2019
OPEN DAILY
9AM TO 11PM

Email: buildplusph@gmail.com
Contact No.: (02)971-0389 ; 0917-182-7583
FB: www.facebook.com/buildplusph
IG: @buildplusph
Address: 686 Banawe St. Brgy. Siena, Quezon City
Tags: #BuildPlusPH #MoreThanJustTools #BuildShopDine


Megawatt -- Pizza & Steak - We opened last May 2019
OPEN DAILY
11AM TO 11PM

Email: megawattph@gmail.com
Contact No.: (02)971-0389 ; 0917-182-7583
FB: www.facebook.com/megawatt.ph
IG: @megawatt.ph
Address: 686 Banawe St. Brgy. Siena, Quezon City
Tags: #MegawattPH #KzztKzzt #Pizza #Steak

Directions:
DRIVING your own car?
Waze: BuildPlus+ / Megawatt or click here: https://waze.com/ul/hwdw532n8r
Google Maps: BuildPlus+ or click here: http://tiny.cc/i9nj7y