We all know that Taiwan produces tons of different products that we use almost every single day. In my house, we probably have 5 or more items made in Taiwan. Last June 3 to 5 at SM Megamall Events Center, an amazing array of products that showcased Taiwan’s superiority in product design and innovation greeted guests at the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone mall event.

The event showcased how Taiwan Excellence products can complement and enhance their lifestyles.

The Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone is one of the activities under the Taiwan Excellence campaign, a campaign that has introduced high-quality innovative and game-changing products to the Philippines.




Undertaken by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) of Taiwan, Taiwan Excellence has helped deepen Filipinos’ appreciation for products that have been engineered and manufactured to the highest standards in Taiwan.

In the event, Taiwan Excellence’s brand partners joined the exhibit. Some of the brands in attendance were Acer, Asus, D-Link, Tatung, Heartway, KYMCO, MSI, Johnson Tern, and Chanson. They all have the Taiwan Excellence seal, confirming their high quality and product superiority.

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D and manufacturing. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 100 countries.

 (From left) Taiwan External Trade Development Council Deputy Executive Director of Strategic Marketing Department Scott Yang, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office Minister Samuel Chang, Taiwan Trade Center Manila Director Harrison Koming Lan

Brand partners expressed their appreciation for TAITRA’s effort in helping them in creating awareness and strengthening their visibility in the Philippine market. ASUS Product Marketing Commercial Solutions Ruemer Allan Santillan takes pride in ASUS products that embody the Taiwan innovation due to its quality and technology that keeps up with the needs and lifestyle of the consumers. 

HEARTWAY’s Supervisor at Far East Medical Jailyn Macamay, on the other hand, shared that associating their products with TAITRA gives their products a reliable impression to the public.

Aside from their partner brands, guests were also happy to have their photos taken with a happy Formosa bear mascot.

Other entertainment during the event were Conven PH, Christian Bautista, Julie Ann San Jose, Yeng Constantino.




And there also games for the guests,lead by blogger and vocalist Saab Magalona and cosplayer sisters Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao.



There was even a fashion show to exhibit some of the products.


“Every year, we strive to bring the best Taiwanese products to the Philippines, and this experiential activity allows people to see these things up close. We’ve made everything in this experiential exhibit fun, captivating, and different. We hope to do more projects that would help Filipinos discover how we can help enrich their lives with Taiwan’s superior products,” TAITRA Deputy Executive Director Scott Yang said.

If you weren't able to join in the fun, there's an upcoming Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zones scheduled on July 8 to 10 in SM Mall of Asia, August 19 to 21 in Trinoma, and October 21 to 23 in Market! Market!.You may visit www.taiwanexcellence.ph for more details.

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My mom always said "Never sleep with makeup on." I started wearing makeup for performances way way back and because I was always performing in high school, that's when I started "liking" makeup. There wasn't lot of makeup removers then or so I thought.

Now that I'm older, I can still hear my mom in my head. "Remove your makeup before you go to bed." So indeed, I never sleep with any trace of makeup on. I always make sure that my face is clean before calling it a day. But lately, because of so many things to do, I sometimes hate my "makeup removing routine". Rinse + cleansing oil + facial wash with a facial brush + rinse off. There are times I just want to lay down and just sleep. So I tried searching for facial wipes that can do the job well.


I heard about Nivea Pure Effect 3-in-1 Daily Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Wipes from fellow beauty bloggers and thought that this was something new and interesting. I have never heard about exfoliating makeup wipes so obviously, it intrigued me enough to make me purchase a bag for myself. I got it for around P140-P150 (forgot how much exactly) and initially just kept it in my makeup drawer. Simply because if I could, I would do my makeup removing routine; Rinse + cleansing oil + facial wash with a facial brush + rinse off. 


What's interesting about these wipes is that it has an exfoliating side and a smooth side. The exfoliating side has dots and is textured to help with the exfoliating process and the other side has a smoother flat texture.


It’s infused with magnolia extract which is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and they said that this is really suited for those with oily skin. Although I think even dry and normal skin people can use this too because well, everybody need to remove their makeup and also need to exfoliate right?


I simply wipe my makeup off with the smoother side first before using the exfoliating side. And after wiping off my makeup, my face feels really clean as if I have already washed it with my face wash. Lazy and tiring days tempt me to skip all my face cleaning steps because this just works wonderfully! 


For me, personally, I still put a little bit of eye makeup remover on the wipe to remove my eye makeup because I use a lot of waterproof eye makeup and I feel like the wipe isn't enough. Take note, I use the smoother side for my eye makeup. I can't imagine exfoliating my lids! Aaakk! And as for my face makeup, it actually deeply cleanses and removes it instantly. I just like exfoliating too because I feel like it really gets in there and removes everything! 


Just take note to exfoliate and wipe gently as the beads may hurt a bit if you put too much pressure okay? Slow and gentle, dears! :)

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I always get excited when I learn that L'Oreal Makeup Designer/Paris has new products. They're one of my most favorite affordable brands because they always deliver really great quality products without needing to shell out too much money. I actually have quite a lot of L'Oreal products not only in my personal vanity but even for my clients' work bag. 

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the launch of their newest eyeshadow palettes, the L'Oreal La Palette Nude.


They said that this collection is inspired by French makeup artists. They have 2 palettes that each consists of 10 beautiful shades perfect for everyday wear.

 Rose

 Beige

They also highlighted the Color Riche line, Velvet Pinks and Matte Reds.


Did you know that Color Riche Matte Reds won Cosmo awards? Pure Garnet won the Best Darks lipstick and Pure Rouge won Best Red lipstick


I also saw the spread for the L'Oreal True Match Genius. If you haven't seen my full review on it, click here


Ugh so gorgeous. I actually learned about the La Palette Nude Palettes online. There were some ladies who were patiently waiting for the palettes to come to the Philippines and it got me so curious. So I researched and saw them and thought that they all looked really wearable and all so sophisticated. They also look so perfect with the Color Riche lippies. Seriously, perfect combo! 


Here's my live shoot and first look on the L'Oreal La Palette Nude and Color Riche:


By the way, the Color Riche Matte Reds are on SALE! From P400 to P280! The La Palette Nude is also on SALE from P800 to P600! So go na!!! :D

And here's my vlog that day:
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I talk about future plans for my daughter who's ready for her summer classes, how I am as a cleaner and home maker and that I am pretty much the typical Asian mom with loads of containers! Haha! Hope you enjoy this vlog. :)


Random Vlog: April 2, 2016


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I have always known that Maybelline New York makes kick ass mascaras! They produce really great quality mascaras without breaking the bank. One of the newest mascaras is the Maybelline Lash Sensational


From the World’s #1 Makeup Brand, Maybelline New York, achieve lashes in full bloom this summer season with newest eye makeup sensation to hit the Philippines – Lash Sensational mascara. “We are very happy to share with all the Filipinas our newest mascara to help bring their most sensational lash game yet.” shares Maia Ang, Senior Product Manager for Maybelline New York. “Maybelline New York’s Lash Sensational is the perfect go-to mascara for women who want to achieve volumized, full flared lashes with zero clumps, perfect for everyday wear. Instant drama, with zero mess.”


I personally believe that the right mascara for your lashes really make a difference. So asking yourself what type of lashes do you have and what you need and like from a mascara is key.

I'm one who goes out with just face makeup, brows and lashes; and I found a new favorite in Maybelline Lash Sensational.


Maybelline Lash Sensational has a very interesting unique fanning brush is innovated with 10 layers of bristles, giving us  a clean and flared volume effect – one that will still leave lashes looking sleek and natural after application. With a liquid ink formula that coats from all sides and opens up your eyes from corner to corner, the sensational brush and formula combination by Lash Sensational separates and lengthens lashes with just a few swipes. The result? Clean, flared, and volumized lashes with zero clumps and zero mess.


Previously I was using HyperCurl Volum' Express and loved it dearly but because of the length it gave my lashes. However, Lash Sensational is truly sensational as it really made a difference in both length and volume.


I LIKE:
  • no clumping
  • no smudging
  • gives both volume and length
  • held my curl the entire day
  • priced at P429.00



I DON'T LIKE:
  • Don't try to add too much layers as it may start to flake.
  • Packaging is a bit bigger and chubbier than other mascaras, not as space saver.
  • It's the most volumizing and lengthening but hey, I still like it.



I feel like this is well suited for Asian eyes because the wand is curved for easy application and the other side has small tiny bristles for the lower lashes.


Even though it's still not the most vavavoom lashes that every woman dream of, it's still an amazing everyday mascara for length and volume. And with the price tag like that, this has become a new favorite.

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Disclaimer: Product is given by the company. All information written are based on my experience and are my 100% honest opinion.

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I don't know about you but I enjoy congee, porridge and risotto a lot. It just goes to show how Asian I am; we love our rice. So when I was invited to learn the Art of Ojiya by COCA Restaurant, I simply had to go and learn more about it!


I have dined at COCA twice before. The ambiance is very relaxed, very homey. It's also family friendly with high chairs if you need them, which is always a requirement for a mom like myself.


Before the program started, all of the ingredients were placed in the center of the restaurant. You guessed it, all of us got hungry at just the sight of these!




At this point, I was still pretty much clueless on what Ojiya is exactly. After seeing all the ingedients, I assumed that it was hotpot.

 Karen and Ida of COCA

The Art of Ojiya is derived from Khao Tom, which is a breakfast staple in Thailand. It is essentially porridge that can either be served plain or with a variety of ingredients. It is a mild and thinrice soup akin to a vegetable soup with lots of rice. It is made from pre-cooked rice and water seasoned and cooked with other ingredients such as meat, seafood, mushrooms, and vegetables. 


At COCA, guests are encouraged to end their hotpot experience with the Ojiya – a delicious combination of rice slowly cooked in your hotpot broth with sesame oil, egg, spring onion and fried garlic.


After the demonstration, we were grouped by tables to do a little cook off. It felt like I was in Master Chef! Imagine, our dishes will be judged by professional chefs. I knew we had to bring our A game. Good thing my groupmates were so game too!

 with Vance, Michelle and Ads

We all grabbed different ingredients while the servers filled our hotpot with 2 different soup bases.


We thought that it would be good to have a seafood dish and a meaty dish. We chose Tom Yum base for the seafood dish and Chicken Soup for our meaty dish.


We simmered and cooked all of our ingredients to perfection.


After which, we enjoyed our hot pot lunch. We had to leave just enough soup for the rice for our Ojiya. Because of all of the ingredients that we put in the soup, the flavors come out and would be the main flavor of the rice.


After cooking the rice for about 15 minutes, we now added our condiments. Little sesame oil here, some lemon there, garlic for that kick and fresh egg to pull everything together.


And here's what my team came up with:


 Looks appetizing right?

It was time for judging! Unfortunately, our group didn't win. But it was a lot of fun! And the food was spectacular; perfect for that rainy day!


Other than that, we were also served more food. Unfortunately, I had to leave early because I had another event to attend to and my car was coding. Boohoo!

Coca is also highlighting items in the menu that will definitely have customers want to come back for more. The Pacific Sunset, which is served with a king crab, squid, tiger prawns, pork sausage and corn is a hearty dish that can serve a big group. It goes with a hint of a variety of spices from around the world and may be enjoyed with rice or bread.


Other notable dishes include the Salted Egg Salad with Pork Belly and Shrimp, which is a favorite starter. Then there’s the Beef Fillet with Black Pepper, and for a healthier alternative, Braised Tofu with Taiwan Bokchoy in a Clay Pot. These go well with COCA’s Yang Chow Fried Rice, among other rice specialties. The Nachos with Curry Cheese Dip is good for snacking, as well as the Buffalo Bites.




For leisurely drinks, COCA has the White Sangria, white wine with orange juice, lime juice, dalandan juice and soda with apple and pear.The Sunset Sangria is concocted with white wine, watermelon, dalandan juice, lime juice, soda and lemon. And the Mango Mint Sangria, a mix of white wine with rhum, lime juice, soda, apple, mango and a tinge of mint.


I highly recommend Ojiya for families! It's a fun DIY meal that everybody will enjoy and the flavor will surely relax and satisfy your cravings! No two Ojiyas are ever alike as each takes in all the flavor and character of one’s personalized hotpot experience. Every Ojiya gives a distinct flavorful experience so whatever hotpot combination is preferred, the Ojiya is definitely in for a warm and comforting finish.


Here are the soup bases to choose from:


And the sets available:


You can also choose to add more ingredients:





Here's my vlog that day:



Here's COCA's menu:


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