How to Plan a Sunday Chill Day that Makes the Week Easier

You deal with so much stress during the weekdays that when the weekend comes around, you just want to forget about work altogether. You deserve the downtime and if you can get a break, you should. However, when you get back to work on Monday, it’s back to the same old stressful routine.

Instead of just using your Sunday to get those final dregs of freedom, use it to improve the upcoming week. Here’s how to do it:


Abstract Artist Nadine Ibay Launches Her Very Own NMI Art Gallery

Artist Nadine Ibay at the NMI Art Gallery

Artist Nadine Ibay

Alongside some media friends, I recently attended the launch of NMI Art Gallery, named after the abstract artist herself, Nadine M. Ibay. 

NMI Art Gallery by Nadine Ibay
NMI Art Gallery by Nadine M. Ibay

21-year-old abstract artist Nadine loves traveling, and indulges in her various interests as she continuously develops her craft. This young artist recently held her first solo exhibit, which was a huge success, at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati City last 2017.

An adherent to the principles of Eclecticism, Nadine admires the principles of Gustav Klimt and Banksy, two contrasting artists from different eras known for their private life and highly personal styles of art. In the antithesis of elements found in her painting amidst the vivid array of colors on her canvas, Nadine strives to develop her own style of art born from her own principles as inspired by the great masters before her.

Title: Love It If We Made It (Arylic Mixed Media)

She has an unrelenting thirst for inspiration and finds creative influence in the splendor of nature, and the complexity found in the lyrics and melody of a song. This young artist is the embodiment of her own art—from the jewelry she wears to the antique pieces and crystals she collects,Nadine transforms the numinous realms of meditation and dreams into the reality of her paintings.

NMI Art Gallery


NMI Art Gallery houses contemporary modern artworks. Freshly established in 2018 and run by the artist herself—Nadine Ibay has broken the odds of putting up her own gallery, showing an art independence remarkable for her youth. Nadine’s paintings are filled with bold identity and vivid imagery that stimulate its audiences and move them to pleasant and positive moods—showcasing a combination of enchanting colors molded from the artistry of the mystical world. Within the enveloping white walls, her art is a collection of dimensions and a mixture of forms where each painting is a mirror of emotions showing the authenticity of every art piece; an invitation to an experimental adventure to a lifestyle of flowing passion, spontaneous connection, and pure excitement.


As an artist, Nadine seeks balance in the duality of the world through the abstraction of color, of the form, of art’s own meaning. Finding inspiration from the natural world and the mystical realms, Nadine translates into visual incarnation the artistry of vision unique to her own developing style of art.

The dichotomy of her old soul is the quintessence of her art. The materials she uses—acrylic paints, spray paints, mineral pigments,gold leafs, and textured canvasses bring to life a variety of art that is only given meaning by the eyes that appreciate it. Because of her ability to translate the metaphysical into reality, her paintings are more than a splash of color, they are the personification of emotion. Nadine’s abstract art extends beyond the boundaries of her canvas and captures the attention of all who gaze upon it.

Aside from paintings, Nadine also collects crystals and antique pieces which gives a lot of people an impression that hers is an old soul that seeking for satisfaction in the current reality.

While today’s young generation is good at expressing themselves through more accessible platforms such as social media, individuals like Nadine Ibay are born in order to break the norm. It is young talents like her that provides depth and meaning to a generation that’s sometimes carried away by the superficial. Her effort to open this new gallery is in itself a great trend-twist.

The exhibit would not have been possible without the generous help of the following sponsors:

E.M Cuerpo, Davies, Columbus, Digee, R.R Encabo, GEO, DVF, Hillmarc, Bostik and 5599 Marketing. Nadine feels so grateful for all the support these sponsors have given her.

To experience her work, you may visit NMI Art Gallery on Facebook or

Twinings Phils. CoolLuxe Design Competition Awarding & Tea Appreciation Event

Twinings Grand Prize

Twinings Philippines, the original British tea maker which originated at the heart of sophisticated culture in London, recently concluded the “TWININGS #COOLLUXE DESIGN COMPETITION” held at one of the hottest casual dining bars in the metro – BROTZEIT, located at the EDSA Shangri-la Plaza, Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City in an intimate ‘tea party” event. This capped the successful series of university tour campaigns in selected top 6 UNIVERSITIES namely, UP College CAFA department, Far Eastern University Manila- CAFAD; University of Sto. Tomas-CFAD; St. Paul University Q.C.; Miriam College Q.C. and The University of the Asia and the Pacific.

The goal to reach out to the younger generation and introduce them to the world of Twinings Tea in a different approach – with the London “Cool Luxe”  theme, via a Design competition proved very effective. “Cool Luxe,” is a term coined to define the up and coming Londoner who aspires for the finer things in life but with a modern, sophisticated and individualistic style to showcase to the world.     With this campaign, Twinings Philippines was able to connect with the younger segment. All the winning enries ( the top 5; top vote; runners up and the grand prize)  are not only being featured in Twinings SOCIAL MEDIA pages such as, INSTAGRAM @twiningsph; FB@twiningsphilippines and the official contest website, their designs will also have the chance to be used in the next Twinings premium gift items in the coming months.

Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith; Michael B. Fajardo, Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, FEU Staff of Student Development representative, Ian Margarette Maclang; Grand Prize Winner, JAYVIC VALDEPENA (ORGANOLEPTIC TEA FANTASY) from FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, and TwiningsBrand Manager, Ms. Rose Gulapa.

The guests were officially welcomed by Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Rose Gulapa. Everyone experienced what it was like to have an actual afternoon tea, as the Brotzeit team served a variety of tasty sandwiches, cakes and pastries, paired with a delectable hot cup of Twinings tea. While enjoying their afternoon tea, the guests were also serenaded by some of the schools’ homegrown talents. An exclusive short tea appreciation talk was conducted by the Twinings Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia, Charles Smith, wherein he briefly shared the Twinings heritage and the history of Earl Grey, the types of tea, and how to make the perfect cup of tea.

Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith; Michael B. Fajardo, Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, representative of Patricia Ann Tan, University of Sto Tomas Advertising, Mr. Mikhail Philippe Lee and  Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Ms. Rose Gulapa.

Winners of the design competition were awarded by Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, Michael B. Fajardo; Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith and Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Rose Gulapa. The event was hosted by the seasoned event DJ/event host and Marketing Executive of VIVA live Entertainment, Lee Viloria.








TOP VOTE AWARD – PATRICIA ANN TAN-  (ENGLISH DREAMER –DESIGN)  from UST who won PHP 10, 000 cash + certificate and a gift bag from Twinings.

Second runner-up – DANICA MARIE NOLASCO  – (A SPLASH OF LONDON) from UNIVERSITY OF STO. TOMAS –CFAD ADVERTISING. She won a SPECIAL DESIGN TWININGS TROPHY and a cash prize of PHP 10,000 PESOS, plus a gift bag from TWININGS.  The University also received a cash prize of PHP 5,000 PESOS.

First-runner up -WARREN LADION (Crazy Love) – from University of Sto. Tomas Advertising Arts, who received a cash prize of Php 30,000.00 and the faculty /University also received 10,000.00 cash.

Grand Prize – JAYVIC VALDEPENA (ORGANOLEPTIC TEA FANTASY) from FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, who received 50,000.00 cash.  The faculty received PHP 20,000 PESOS.

My Thoughts on Pawning

Cebuana Lhuillier

When it comes to pawning, it is the one thing I grew up having a negative connotation over. You wouldn’t catch me red-handed, to be anywhere near a pawnshop, for sure! But now that I’m grown, I have come to realize that pawning is nothing different than getting a loan with your personal property as a collateral.

The negative connotation on pawning may come from those that make pawning a habit. It is of course, always wiser to have the interest work for you. But in the event that you find yourself strapped for cash, and in urgent need to pay something off, is it not a good thing to have something of value that you can use as collateral to settle the bill?  It boils down to discipline, and the fact that it is not a perfect world. Makes sense, right? I know, it took me a while to embrace that.

appraised bangle at Cebuana Lhuillier

More than stuff that depreciate, I learned a long time ago (thanks Mom!) that investing on jewelry is way wiser since it becomes an asset, as opposed to buying say, a car, that depreciates over time. 🙂  (more…)

Choosing a suitable venue for a special event

wedding venue

If this is the first time you are planning for an event such as a party for a birthday, farewell, wedding, or anniversary, it could be overwhelming. Deciding on a venue, the date of the event, the number of invited guests, catering options, and etc. Among the first things to decide on is the date of the event and the venue to hold the event. Here are some basic tips to help you get started:

Looking for a venue

The earlier you start your search for a venue the better. But first, you will need to know your budget, the estimated size of the event, and the required space needed. (more…)

3 Places to Hide Your Taser Safely

A taser gun and a stun gun are the type of  weapon and they are the most powerful weapons and the most effective self-defense weapons if used properly. It is a weapon that helps you to temporarily disable the attacker to attack you without harming him bodily. It helps you to put a person on the ground until the help arrives at you or you run out from there with a good speed and in full charged battery power. Here are some ways to safely use this type of taser and stun guns when you are in a problem.

  1. You must know the maximum shooting distance-


Clothing Tips for Motorcycle Riders

A lot of first-time motorcycle owners assume that the moment they have their motorcycle, they do not have to worry about anything anymore. There are still a lot more that people have to think about. Whether the place where you live has strict rules about wearing motorcycle helmets, you should still wear it unless you would not want to have extra protection while you are on the road.

It is not only the helmet that you have to worry about. You also have to think abut your motorcycle clothing because how can you protect yourself from the rain, the sun, the wind, and the snow just in case you are out riding? You do not want to be prone to getting sick simply because you did not want to protect yourself.

Some people do not want to purchase motorcycle accessories because they feel that it is going to be expensive. Do not worry because there are discount alpinestars jackets that can be found online in actual stores. All you have to do is to choose the style that will be right for you. Once you find the right style however, that is still not enough. You still have to know if the fit is good. If the jacket does not fit well or the other pieces of clothing do not fit you well, you will not get any protection at all.

Some people are too focused on the style of the motorcycle accessories that they are purchasing that they forget about the primary important thing: safety. You need to stay safe while you are riding your motorcycle. If you get into an accident, you will have no protection against the pavement, the road, the concrete barriers, and the other hard objects that you may encounter.

Improving Your Motorcycle’s Own Parts

Let us say that you do not want to focus simply on your motorcycle gear, you still want to improve your motorcycle in general. There are Honda ATV OEM parts that are available online and even in some stores. You will be able to find parts that will improve the looks and performance of your motorcycle or your ATV.

The flamboyance of gold to enhance the beauty of your buildings- Artificial Yellow Fall Aspens

If you are willing to improve the aesthetic appeal of your commercial area, you cannot achieve it simply by adding a few natural plants here and there. This way it could signify something quite contrary, especially with those plants that drop off their blossoms frequently. Also, you would have to water your plants on a regular basis, and it may add up to a few gallons of water in a year. Even then, your responsibilities wouldn’t come to an end. There is also a cost of lighting the plants, trimming them at regular intervals and also replacing the plant when it dies out. You cannot take a chance with the appeal of your commercial space, and as a result, you will have to bear all these expenses to keep the impression intact.

Fake plants serve as a one-stop solution

When you think deep on all these aspects, you would understand the efficacy of fake plants to decorate the interiors and exteriors of your commercial premise. These artificial plants can replicate their natural counterparts from all aspects but spare you from the cost and efforts of the daily maintenance requirements. Many commercial premises all over the world including the spas, hospitals, casinos, hotels, theme parks, water parks, shopping malls and even the corporate sectors are using these lifelike plants to improve the curb appeal of the place. These plants can give you much convenience with minimal maintenance and investments, and as a result, many property owners are turning to these fake delicate beauties. (more…)