What’s your New Year’s resolution? If you’re like me, saving up is most likely one of them. Right? Right! However, just like losing weight, many tried but only few succeed. I personally am guilty of that.

But all that changed when I attended Chinkee Tan’s Ipon Pa More talk last January 20th in Victory Church Greenhills. The Ipon Pa More talk focused on practical and effective ways of saving and going beyond the 52-week challenge.

The talk was pretty insightful, interesting and yes, fun. I walked out of the event with these lessons:
  • Know why you’re saving.
Bakit ka nag-iipon? If you don’t know why you’re saving, it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus. Dapat may goal ka at dapat realistic yun. Be SMART about your savings goals.

  • Process. Plan. Practice. 
Sabi nga ni Coach, dapat may process ka sa pag-iipon. Wag basta bira lang bira. Pag may proseso, madaling magplano kasi alam mo na steps na dapat mo gawin.

  • Stay consistent. Stay focused. Stay disciplined.
This one I love the most because it applies to everything we do, not just in saving up. Wag ningas-kugon, ika nga. Stick to your plan and keep your eye on the ball. Hindi porke may ipon ka na eh back to waldas mode ka na. Be consistent and stay disciplined.

MY IPON DIARY: A Quick Review
If your goal this year is to save up and be financially independent, I suggest you get your hands on one of  Coach Chinkee’s My Ipon Diary. This no-fuss, all practical guide book/diary will not only teach you the hows of savings but also a few nuggets of wisdom along the way. 

It includes sections such as My Smart Iponaryo Chart and the 52-Week Ipon Challenge Chart. It even includes My Ipon Challenge Stickers!  The tips are so easy to follow that even kids can try them.

Neat, right? Do you want to be an Iponaryo, too? Get your copy and start saving now. Plus, you’re in luck coz My Ipon Diary is on special sale. Check out this link here- https://chinkeetan.com/ipon3 to know about the amazing discounts we’ve got for you.

Ipon pa more, mga besh!

Whoever said OPM is dead is obviously been living under the rock. For the past years, the OPM scene has been making a buzz and creating one hit after another.  And for the production outfit called Nice Set Pups, it presents an opportunity for them to reintroduce everyone of the awesomeness that is OPM with their first event of the year - Nice Set Pups! The New Year Kickoff!

Being a blogger/online media, I was one of the chosen few who got invited to join their event. Although I listen to OPM and love music a lot, I am not generally fond of bars and similar places. But with the help of a friend’s company and enough courage, I decided to attend and watch this gig (so millennial lol).  And boy, was I glad that I did.

SaGuijo Bar, Makati
When I asked my friends where SaGuijo Bar is, they were all “oohs” and “aaahs”.  Apparently, it is a must-see place or the IT place. How was I to know? (so #titasofmanila, I know).  Anyway… SaGuijo Bar is a nondescript hole-in-the-wall place located in Guijo street.  It is pretty easy to miss especially if you’re not familiar with the area. No LED signs nor extra lighting.

Nice Set Pups! The New Year Kickoff!
Nice Set Pups! has prepared an impressive lineup for their New Year kickoff. Unfortunately, the only band I was familiar with was Autotelic so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from having fun and dancing to the beat.

The first band that performed is Rob and the Hitmen and their hits include Illusion and So Right. I particularly like this band because of how smooth the vocals and the music is.  It’s the perfect start to a fun Saturday night.

Another performer during that night is Autotelic. What I loved about them is it reminds me of the alternative rock music I used to listen to back in HS. Plus, the lyrics to their songs are simple yet has deep emotions aka hugot. If you have not heard of them before, I suggest you start now.

The other performers that night included Fourplay MNL, Gian Bernal, Out of Order and Milesexperience. Of all them, Milesexperience seemed to me the biggest crowd-pleaser with several of the audience singing along to their songs.  Fourplay MNL, unfortunately, I didn’t get to listen to them because I went out to grab a bite to eat. I also like Gian Bernal’s performance. It’s the kind of music that would make you close your eyes and just dance to the beat.  Out of Order, on the other hand, was just straight up fun.  It was the perfect ending to an awesome night.

Nice Set Pups! The New Year Kickoff! was a success!  They are off to a great start in 2018 and hopefully, they will have more events like this in the future soon (ehem ehem, QC). Kudos to all the bands and to Nice Set Pups! for keeping the OPM scene alive and kicking!

Key players in the business world are cooking up something big and awesome! 

A collaboration between Yupangco Electronics Corporation (Distributor of Yamaha Sound and Audio Technology) headed by Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco, the grandson of our former President of the Philippines (Jose P. Laurel) and TAG Media and Public Relations headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, Writer, Public Speaker) led to the birth of the Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate to be held in Davao, March 30, 2017 (10a-4p).

Held last January 31, 2017 at The Misono Japanese Restaurant in Makati, the first Asia Leaders Forum, the first in a series of events this year, included Dr. Elton Tan of E-Hotels, Robert Laurel Yupangco of Zoomanity Group, Engr. Ben Co of BSC Construction, Mario Berta of Flyspaces, Congressman Prospero "Butch" Pichay of Surigao Del Sur, Koo Kwan Kon of Global Morning City Development, Tanya Llana of Victoria Court, LiZan Kuzter of Impact Hub Manila among others as key speakers. Some of the key attendees during that night includes representatives from SMDC, ProFriends, DMCI, DibZ and Megaworld.

And for our 2nd Asia Leaders Forum, we will be featuring subject matter experts who are considered pioneers and trailblazers in their field.

With this in mind, participants can expect to gain insights on how to gain a competitive edge and beat the myriad of other real estate participants chasing deals. Our experts will share their strategies, best practices and tips on how to maximize your resources to promote the Philippines.

For this year of ASEAN 50th Anniversary and the chairmanship of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, all eyes are focus to the Philippines as the hosting country, it's time to showcase the skills of the Filipinos and the Philippines products and services. Asia Leaders Forum is just one way to promote the backbone of any organizations and our world class infrastructures and talents.  

The objective of the forum is to promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and to share to participants the updates with regards to the real estate landscapes in the Philippines & beyond, technology & digital marketing and the government mandates and initiatives to improve the real estate sector in the country and the preparations we are doing for ASEAN 50 since foreign tourist and investors are coming in. 

For more information, please contact grace@tagmedia.asia or call 09166299381.

Free radicals have become quite a buzzword lately. But what are free radicals really? Although it sounds too scientific, we actually encounter it on a daily basis. Cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants, radiation and certain drugs are just some examples of such. Too much exposure to these things can cause damage to our health and can lead to serious illnesses. This is why we need to avoid it by balancing free radicals with antioxidants.
Source: http://www.h2miraclewater.com/ 

Vitamin E is the most common type of antioxidant in the market, which can easily be bought over the counter. Vitamin E aids in repairing damaged skin cells. It also helps maintain the skin’s radiance and healthy glow. Apart from that, it also helps in maintaining the functions of blood vessels, brain and nervous system. It also helps strengthen the immune system and promote good eyesight. Lastly, it is known to help avoid the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

One of the most popular Vitamin E variant in the market is Vita-E. Vita-E contains 400IU Vitamin E which aids and protects the cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. When you take Vitamin E daily, you will notice your skin to be radiant and glowing despite being exposed to elements. So if you want healthier skin and body and a more beautiful you, go with Vita-E.

And did you know that it’s on promo? Amazing, right? **Buy 5 soft gel capsules and you get 5 more for free. The more you buy, the more freebie you’ll get. So if you buy 1 box, you’ll get another box for free!

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Vita-E is high content 400 IU Vitamin E that is made more effective than other Vitamin E preparation. It is a product of extensive research and development with top quality from the collaborating group of ATC Healthcare International Corporation,Phil. United Pharmaceutical Corporation(PUPC) and The Bioscience and Technology Business Centertogether with KanPro Research Incorporated in the University of Kansas. 

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Sequels are often are a hit and miss endeavor. Just take a look at Transformers or Silent Hill and yes, even Matrix as most movie experts believe it to be. (Disclaimer: I enjoyed and loved all these movies.)It just didn't have the same spark as the first. 

This is why we cringe whenever we see sequel trailers in the cinema. We want to believe it would be good and we pray to all the movie gods for it to be good. Sometimes our prayers get answered but more often than not, we end up with a buttload of disappointment, frustration and a whole lot of pain. 

But all is not lost as there is some glimmer of hope in the horizon. (Cue in Ghostbusters song)
Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/original-ghostbusters-cast-are-they-767702 
Yes, that's right! I'm talking about Ghostbusters and how this 2016 reiteration of a well-loved and successful movie sets the bar high for how sequels should be done (though technically, it is not a sequel but rather a reboot but what the heck, right?).

First released in 1984, Ghostbusters captured the imagination of moviegoers and made nerdy and geeky look cool before it was even cool! Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Emie Hudson, Ghostbusters (1984) is a comedy that relied on special effects, quick-witted (and intelligent, if I may add)humor and quotable quotes that will be forever etched in our memories. 
Source: http://www.vanityfair.com/ 
I mean, who could forget this line: "If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" I certainly would not. Given its commercial success and rightful place as a beloved classic, Ghostbusters is a top act to follow. So, a Ghostbusters movie with female lead cast can be quite a scary thought (not because they're women but because it's Ghostbusters and Bill Murray).
Source: http://hellogiggles.com/
Fast-forward to 2016 and a brave director named Paul Feig decided that 32 years is long enough of a wait. It's time to bring the Ghostbusters back into the limelight. And yes, it has an all-female ensemble featuring Melissa Mccarthy, Kristen Wigg, Kate Mckinnon and Leslie Jones. To save us all the trouble, the synopsis is below:
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

So... the most logical question now is: How was it? Did it live it up to the original? 

The answer is YES! Ghostbusters (2016) is a funny and entertaining movie (at least for me) that is perfect for the whole family. Each character is given unique personalities with quirky characteristics and unique humor, and are brilliantly played by everyone including Chris Hemsworth with his hot yet dim-witted character-Kevin. Never a dull moment in the movie because of this and of course, the well-written story. 
Source: http://www.avclub.com/
The action sequences are entertaining and comical at the same time. I particularly loved the scene during a heavy metal concert and the fight scenes with the ghosts of Macy's Parade. I am not sure but I think they kinda broke the 3rd wall during the last part of the movie. 

Overall, Ghostbusters (2016) is a walk down memory lane that will leave you feeling nostalgic and wanting to watch the original series for old time's sake. 

Yes, it is not a sequel but rather a reboot but I'd like to think of it as a tribute to the movie that celebrated the quirky and nerdy kids in us! And for that, am giving this movie a five-star rating!
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