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New OPPO F5 retails at P15,990 with A.I. Selfie Technology

Oppo, the selfie-expert launched their newest camera phone just in time for Black Friday or in the Philippines, the 11/11 online sale. 

Oppo A.I. Beauty Recognition Captures the Real You

The new Oppo F5 features the new A.I. beauty recognition technology. This new technology in taking top quality and beautiful selfies learns the specific facial features of different people from its millions of global image database of human faces. Oppo developed this Artificial Intelligence by consulting professional photographers and make-up during the R&D process. According to Oppo, the Oppo A.I. technology has the ability to “capture the real you” helping selfies look more attractive and natural.

Oppo F5 Features + Comparison

– Oppo F5 features a 20MP front camera with an F2.0 aperture and a 16MB rear camera with F1.8 aperture. Compared with other competitors’ 13MP or 16MP camera in the same price range, the F5 has a higher resolution (2160×1080) and better photo quality. The cameras can deliver Bokeh effects and the front HDR solves any over-exposure issues.

– Oppo F5 will be OPPO’s first 6.0-inch full-screen FHD+ display device, giving the user a vivid visual enjoyment without the need to increase the size of the phone. It features a high-resolution 2160 x 1080 dpi screen with 18:9 aspect ratio

– Oppo F5 follows OPPO’s streamlined design philosophy – the sleek unibody offers a visually slim appearance without any cut-offs, with a gracefully curved body that fits well in the palm, expressing a simple and elegant look. A user’s palm will not feel tired even after using the phone for a long time, either from playing games or chatting. The 0.4mm laser string is carved onto the phone – a delicate linear finish that adds detail to the phone body

– Oppo F5’s Facial Unlock is the new face recognition technology that recognizes its user and unlocks the phone. This feature is perfect for people who are constantly on the go, a quick and much easier way to accessing your phone.

The OPPO F5 was officially launched led by OPPO’s brand ambassadors Sarah Geronimo and Alden Richards together with OPPO influencers Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, Toni Gonzaga, Gabbi Garcia, Janella Salvador, Apple David, and Carla Lizardo.

WATCH: Oppo F5 #CaptureTheRealYou Launch (Recorded Live) + Product Features

I Tried the Oppo F5 Selfie with AI Beauty Recognition

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I got to try the Oppo F5 for a short time during the launch. Here’s a sample selfie I took with the Oppo F5’s beauty recognition technology. The bokeh effect is present in almost all the selfies I took and every selfie had an HD quality to it.

What do you think of this sample selfie? In photo is my husband who was also present during the Oppo F5 launch. I did notice how easy it was to handle the Oppo F5 and comfortably fits the palm when taking selfies. It’s also so much lighter.

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At P15,990 and with this photo quality I think the price is worth it. My current phone cost about P13,990 and doesn’t have the bokeh effect. Although I don’t want my background blurred all the time, I’m sure the Oppo F5 has customization settings that users can adjust to their preference.

Another thing I’d love to know is how well it takes food photos which we all love sharing on Instagram. Is the Oppo F5 a good upgrade phone for 2018? Let me know what you think!


Happy selfies!

How to Collect Stickers for Starbucks 2018 Planners + Giveaway!

These are fast facts on the Starbucks 2018 Planner mechanics. Please read this carefully to make sure you earn stickers to redeem the 2018 Starbucks Planner.

Starbucks fans can start collecting stickers to get Starbucks 2018 Planners. Ask for a Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card for FREE starting today, November 2 until January 8, 2018 only. The promo card is where you’ll collect your stickers which can be earned with each purchase of Starbucks handcrafted holiday beverages.

How many stickers to collect for a Starbucks 2018 Planner? A total of eighteen (18) stickers is required to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner. This consists of 9 featured beverage + 9 core beverage.

Which beverages should you buy to earn the 9 featured beverage stickers?  Stickers can only be earned by ordering any of the three holiday featured beverages. These are the following:

1. Christmas Tree Peppermint Dark Mocha – Decadent dark mocha is topped with green tea whipped cream and finished with glittering sprinkles of green and red candies, just like a Christmas tree when lit up.

2. Vanilla Nougat Latte – Inspired by the classic nougat confection, this beverage is delicious with the rich taste of French vanilla (custard-like and slightly floral) and nougat notes.

3. Toffee Nut Crunch Latte – Toffee nut syrup is combined with velvety steamed milk, espresso shots and topped with whipped cream and
crunchy toffee nut crunch toppings.

What are the menu prices of the featured holiday beverage? All three share the same price: Short – ₱160, Tall – ₱ 170, Grande ₱185, Venti– ₱200

IMPORTANT NOTE: Should all three (3) holiday featured beverage not be available, only then can customers substitute with any espresso-based or Frappuccino® blended beverage of their choice! This means you can’t just order any drink, it really has to be the holiday featured beverage to complete the 9 featured beverage stickers. Luckily, all three of them taste great and look so festive!

Which are core beverages to earn the 9 core beverage stickers? You can choose any drink from Starbucks’ Espresso Beverages, Frappuccino® Blended Coffee Beverages, Brewed Coffee, Frappuccino® Blended Cream Beverages, Hot Chocolate Beverages, Bottled Drinks, and Tea Lattes. In short, almost any other beverage in the Starbucks menu. Core beverage stickers are the easiest to earn by enjoying your favorite Starbucks drinks.

How many stickers can you get for each Starbucks drink? You get 1 sticker for each Starbucks drink.

What’s the fastest way to get a Starbucks 2018 Planner? Buy Starbucks food and other retail items worth at least P7,000 to get one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner! This should be a single-receipt transaction. Combination of receipts is not allowed.

How to claim your planner once you completed all 18 stickers? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018, at Starbucks stores. Just submit your completed Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card.

What are the available designs to choose from? The Starbucks 2018 Planner has two designs. Choose from the blue and green hues planner or the warm pigments orange planner.  All planners are encased in leather sleeves. Planners are available in regular and mini sizes.

What are other surprises/freebies inside the Starbucks 2018 Planner? Each planner comes with a Starbucks card (not yet activated), Starbucks stencil ruler and a cleverly-designed Starbucks calendar for your desk!

When is the deadline for redeeming Starbucks 2018 Planner? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018 only.

Starbucks 2018 Planner Giveaway from Mommy Lace

Here’s another way to beat other Starbucks fans in getting the Starbucks 2018 Planner! One (1) Lucky reader will win a Starbucks 2018 Planner from Mommy Lace. Entries will be drawn electronically and prize will be shipped to your address. I’ll also draw a runner-up to win a special Starbucks treat!

1. Answer this question: What’s your personal tip in collecting Starbucks stickers? Post your answer via comments below!

2. Make sure you are already following Mommy Lace on Facebook and Mommy Lace on Instagram.

Contest ends November 10, winners will be announced via Facebook.

 

Merry Christmas everybody!

Rackshack: Fun Barbecue Experience at SM Aura

Rackshack answers modern barbecue cravings with their innovative barbecue concept. Rackshack is located at Level 5, The Sky Park of SM Aura Premier. It is the newest place to enjoy authentic and high quality barbecue and comforting side dishes with friends or family.

Created with millenials in mind, Rackshack offers an exciting, comfortable place for barbecue lovers to enjoy. It’s not just about their signature barbecue pork ribs which actually stems from Rackshacks’ more established brother, Racks’. Rackshack keeps in mind the low attention span we all have these days and provides fun card and board games like Uno, Pie Face showdown (which I recommend you play with their signature Smores!), foosball, and beer pong.

Rackshack’s vibe is an energizing one in that upon entering, you know you’ll have a good time here without ever sacrificing food quality. Let’s face it, there are plenty of themed restaurants out there targeting millenials. They offer the same concept of board games, maybe costumes, or hobby inspired food but there’s also a lot of feedback about food quality and taste being the least of these restaurants’ priorities. Rackshack has an advantage with the many years of established food service experience behind its back.

Rackshack’s Exciting Menu Includes Signature Pork Ribs and Tastefully Curated Appetizers, Sides

Rackshack’s menu offers a variety of globally influenced dishes that can easily become your new favorites. These include Rackshack’s Street Corn Salad, Carnitas Plate, Harajuku Potato Salad, Creole Garlic Shrimp, Fish and Chips.

What to Order at Rackshack PH:

Ridiculous Nachos and Fries P365

As for me, their Ridiculous Nachos and Fries was a super memorable appetizer. It’s a bowl of comfort that’s great to start your Rackshack experience with. The bowl is good to share and has nachos, fries, sausages, jalapenos and crispy onion rings all drizzled in special white and cheesy dip.

Double Signature Pork Ribs P515

Make sure to go on your cheat day so you can enjoy this double signature pork ribs. Actually, cheat day or not – everyone needs their protein and you’ve got to make it worth it. Rackshack’s signature pork ribs are the real deal. The meat is so flavorful and tender, I can’t even remember if they’re boneless or not. All I know is I savored every bite of their glorious barbecue and was too busy mixing and matching each bites with Rackshack’s wide range of house sauces. Also, barbecue sauce in Rackshack is UNLIMITED.

Solo Rib Version served with two sides

Choose from the famous Mother Sauce which is Rackshack’s signature house blend, Spicy Mother Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Carolina Gold, and Kansas Sauce.

I highly recommend getting a small plate where you can put all your sauces in, it’s highly useful in your quest to discover your favorite Rackshack sauce. Mine would be a combination of Mother Sauce and Spicy Mother Sauce.

Brownie S’mores P195

Rackshack’s got you covered from appetizers to desserts. Just like their Brownie S’more that’s not just Instagram #foodgoals but taste equally delicious. The slightly toasted / burnt marshmallow will bring you back to younger days. It can make you forget problems like your diet! Still, Rackshack’s dessert item is worth it and is even big enough to share – just like the traditional campfire s’mores that gets better when shared.

Rackshack SM Aura Menu

It’s easy to over indulge and spend more time at Rackshack. Food items compliment each other and the dining ambiance, setup, and service all hit the right notes at a fair price suitable for the younger barbecue lovers. At Rackshack, barbecue is a unique social and interactive experience that has no boundaries. No rules, no pretensions, just honest to goodness great place and awesome barbecue.

Here’s their menu for your Rackshack visit:

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What do you think? My mouth is watering just writing this blog post and can’t wait to visit Rackshack again this week! This time, I’d like to bring my son who I know will enjoy the food, games, and family-friendly ambiance at Rackshack SM Aura.

Enjoy your barbecue Mommy, Daddy, and Kids!

#IAmDifferent: Anti-Bullying Shirts by Penshoppe

Everyone can be a victim of bullying. In the digital age, bullying is made easier with anonymous accounts, “except” settings on Facebook, groups, and private messages. Talking about bullying and making a stand against it isn’t easy when doing so makes you the next viable target for bullies.

Anti-Bullying Shirts by Penshoppe

Penshoppe, the top Filipino fashion brand makes it easier to make a stand with wearable #IAmDifferent statement tees. Research shows that it is when you are perceived to be different that people start bullying you. Example, you are either too quiet or too loud, too thin or too fat, too smart or too slow.

With the help of international brand ambassadors Bella Hadid, Lucky Blue Smith, Kaia Gerber, and Sandara Park among many other big names, Penshoppe brings its focus to the widespread issue of bullying plaguing the Filipino youth. According to Penshoppe, this campaign presents a timely opportunity for everyone to start talking about the pressing issue of bullying in the country. A study reports that 1 out 2 Filipino students have experienced or witnessed bullying in their schools. It has also taken a new form especially with the advent of social media as it provides a more convenient avenue to spread hate and thrive on people’s insecurities.

#IAmDifferent Penshoppe Shirts

The anti-bullying shirts are now available at Penshoppe stores nationwide. It comes in white and black, size options, and with different variations of the statement designs: I Am Different and Different is Good.

“I Am Different” Penshoppe shirts are horizontally printed.

“Different Is Good” Penshoppe shirts are vertically printed.

Proceeds from the #IAmDifferent collection will benefit development of a module that discourages bullying and encourages acceptance in public school children, in partnership with Teach For The Philippines.

This is a good cause and opportunity to talk about bullying. Kudos to Penshoppe for helping people taking a stand at the risk of making themselves a victim of fake news and ironically – online bullying. Check out Penshoppe’s Facebook Page to learn more about this campaign and how it’s now received substantial support from Penshoppe fans nationwide.

I got my own anti-bullying shirt too, I prefer the white version but it wasn’t available! I’ll buy it next time. My top tip on how to survive bullying? Keep quiet, ignore, and if you must tell someone (if it gets real bad), tell those in power i.e. authorities, principal, police, lawyer etc. to formally lodge a complaint because talking back to bullies is just a waste of time. Also think before posting anything online because it’s very easy to be a bully without knowing it or make yourself vulnerable to attacks. I agree with Penshoppe that education is key, and as they say – think before you click.

Stay safe and embrace your difference as well as others ;)

Fitness Tips That Will Save You Money

2017 is about to end, but before that Pasko na naman and that means working extra hard to keep in shape despite all the parties and free flowing food! How did you fare with your fitness goals for 2017? Congratulations if you’re on track. If you’re not and have stumbled upon some roadblocks such as finding a healthy lifestyle expensive, then this post is written with you in mind. Para sa’yo ito girl!

Many of us faced fitness challenges this year, lalo na with the rising cost of living plus the demands of modern lifestyle. Sometimes, not only money is scarce but also time. Here are tips that I tried this year which helped me stay on the fitness track:

 1. Say good-bye to the gym and workout from home – when people ask me where I workout this year, at first I was embarrassed to answer and wished I can say fancy gym names. But now, I proudly answer “sa bahay lang!“. Moving my workout purely at home made me more creative, saved me lots of money because working out at home is FREE, and gave me even more time to spare for work and family.

I only had to invest in a few items like a workout bench and brought out my old dumbbells. Here’s a photo of me and my son working out together, salingkit lang sha but I like how I can spend time with him working out at home.

How much you’ll save: Up to P2,500 monthly and a lot of time!

2. Join FREE community workouts – I’m not just talking about your baranggay’s free zumba class but I recently discovered that Sun Life Philippines hosts several workouts (almost every month) and for FREE! It doesn’t even matter if you’re a Sun Life client or not. All you have to do is join their GoWell community.

So far, I’ve attended  about 2 GoWell workouts – one at Shangri-la Fort BGC (wow) and another one in SMX SM Mall of Asia. These special workouts are normally just for gym members or you have to pay a special fee to join. Here’s one of my GoWell experiences where you can also get tips on how to join.

How much you’ll save: P1,500 + earn Instagram worthy photos that won’t break your budget! #Fitspiration #workout #fitnessgoal #fitness

3. Invest in financial products with Health & Fitness benefits – speaking of Sun Life, they have a product called Sun Fit & Well. This product has preemptive wellness benefits that allow you to proactively maintain your health. You can enjoy special access and privileges to various wellness activities that will help you stay fit and healthy – all while helping you save and invest for your own financial goals.

I encouraged my husband to get this product for himself (with the help of our financial adviser), in fact he’s not into fitness at all. So don’t think that this product is just for the fitness enthusiasts, everyone needs to be healthy and prepared for times of illness.

Read more about Sun Life Fit & Well

How much you’ll save: Up to 100,000 in case you get critically ill + wellness program (typically worth P25,000/month) + death benefit + earnings + so much more!

4. Local superfoods – Eating healthy may sound expensive, especially when you hear foods like chia seeds, kale, spinach, organic this and that. Superfoods are great but I have an alternative to kale and spinach that’s a lot cheaper and you can buy from your sari-sari store. These are saluyot and kangkong. You can use them for smoothies just like any “super greens”.

For other supplies like chia seeds, organic snacks, and food which I treat as “treats” for my body, I get them from local stores like Ultra Super Green. They are cheaper than health stores found in the mall and they also showcase locally sourced and produced whole foods.

How much you’ll save: Up to P2,000 monthly by choosing local!

5. Keep it up! – Leading a healthy and fit lifestyle can be hard especially we have other real-life responsibilities to fulfill. Get back up when you fall through the cracks and don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout or enjoyed the buffet. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Being healthy is all about having a balanced life – physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Remember that when we exercise, we actually become more productive and have better clarity. In my experience, working out helps me excel better in my family and work life.

Not working out on the other hand may demotivate you from eating healthy, make you more sedentary, and increase your risk of falling sick or ill.

How much you’ll save: Lots of money from preventing sickness and living a brighter, active life for you and your family.

Remember, being healthy shouldn’t break your budget. Get inspiration from the things around you and your fitness level shouldn’t depend on how fancy your gym membership is. Hard work and determination are what it takes, enjoy every step of your fitness journey and don’t forget to think about your financial fitness too!

Do you have your own tips to share? Please share them below and good luck to all of us and our fitness and money goals!

GOBLIN RUN 2017: SOFITEL’S HALLOWEEN FAIR

Embark on a thrilling Halloween madness as Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents Goblin Run 2017: Sofitel’s Halloween Fair on the 29th of October 2017. In collaboration with one of the country’s leading running event organizers, Thinksportsph, the Goblin Run takes off from Sofitel’s Harbor Garden Tent and is held for the benefit of the children of Virlanie Foundation.

“Last year, the success of the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon was able to raise fund for Virlanie Foundation. We are pleased that meaningful endeavors like these promote camaraderie and help enable the young, less fortunate children of Manila. This year, we encourage families and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the Goblin Run to continue supporting the children of Virlanie and give back the smile to the street children,” shares Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s General Manager, Adam Laker.

The Goblin Run will feature 2 categories at 3K and 5K with start and end points at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Gunstart is at 5:00pm for 5K category and 5:10pm for 3K category. The fun commences with a Halloween-themed foam cannon as the run takes participants through a panoramic view of metropolitan Manila of the CCP Complex. Exciting obstacle courses like inflatables, water cannon and net under crawl await runners in this thrilling Halloween fair.

The excitement continues at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Harbor Garden Tent where fun treats, goblin-mansion themed photobooth, face painting activities and special games are in store for kids and kids-at-heart. Come dressed in your most elaborate Halloween costume and win a special prize.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and Thinksportsph invite you to participate in this enchanting and exhilarating Halloween fair perfect for families and wellness enthusiasts. Online registration starts on the 28th of September until the 22nd of October while in-store registration starts on the 6th until the 28th of October 2017 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and GNC branches at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Trinoma, SM Aura, SM Manila, and Glorietta 4.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are at Php600 for 3K category and Php700 for 5K category. All participants shall receive event race bibs, T-shirt, finisher’s medal and loot bag and will have an access to the Halloween Fair. An assortment of exciting raffle prizes is in store for some of our top running enthusiasts.

Halloween Staycation Package

On Halloween weekend, escape to a tropical oasis with your family and loved ones without leaving the city. Featured room rates start at Php8,800nett per night on check-in date of October 29-30, 2017. Package includes breakfast for two (2) adults and two (2) children (11 years old and below) at Spiral, complimentary in-room family movies and three (3) complimentary tickets to the Goblin Run for the 3K category.

For more information, please call Thinksportsph at 09206806618 / 09168508523/ 3349722 or visit www.sofitelmanilagoblinrun.com / Sofitel Manila Goblin Run 2017 Facebook Page and Sofitel Manila Facebook page.