EDM Sunburn Music Festival and Cool Rave Outfits to Try

Going to an EDM Party at the beach is totally one of the highlighted items on my bucket list. Especially because I realized lately that I haven't been enjoying life as much, I figured I needed to party a lot more this year. Now, I'm not about #AllOutYOLO but only a little bit of that just to ease the tension from work and the daily stresses of life. I yearn to go somewhere unfamiliar, meet new people and capture memories. 

25 Things My Birthday Made Me Realize

Etno series photographed by Ula Koska

Last June 12, as my nation celebrated its Independence Day, I celebrated my 25th year in existence. Now, I don't want to sound cocky about the whole "25 years in existence" because as an adult, that's how birthdays make me feel--not old but acknowledged. 

Although I kind of spent my birthday at work (hey, double pay, right?), got my buddies pizza, chicken and oreo chewies, it still overwhelmed me that people, even those I haven't spoke with in years, would go out of their way to send me a greeting thru Facebook. It's cool to have your birthday on your profile because it reminds people that you ought to be acknowledged for surviving another year. It may only take a tenth of a minute to send someone a Happy Birthday greeting, but it's always sure to warm the celebrant's heart, no matter how half-assed it may have been worded (HBD, may be the laziest greeting but hey, they bothered to send you a greeting nevertheless.)

I actually don't get it when people try to "test" their friends by removing their birthdate on their profiles, and calling on them for forgetting. In a busy world that we live in, in this day and age, as much as birthdays are important dates to remember, people still ought to be reminded. Honestly, dates are the hardest things to memorize, and without Facebook reminders, I would most likely forget even my family's birth dates.

Running through such a long list of people who greeted me yesterday was what made me feel extra awesome. Seriously, I almost cried! That's how emotional I can get for being acknowledged. It's simply one of the best feelings in the world. Apart from the flowers and gifts I received from my loved ones, of course.

Chemworld Fragrance Factory Opens its 16th Branch at BGC Stopover

Last week, together with the grand opening of SkinStationChemworld Fragrance Factory, a sister company, also held its so-called back to back grand opening at the 3rd Level, BGC Stopover, Taguig City. CFF celebrates their 11th year in business with the opening of its flagship store in Taguig alongside its 14th and 15th branches at Fairview Terraces and SM North Edsa.

This is exciting news for DIYers and raketeras in BGC! The perfect do-it-yourself store for fragrances is now in town! Chemworld Fragrances has a wide array of ingredients, scents, and bottles used for perfume-making. Whether you're into concocting your own unique scent, or you're planning to have a part-time business, this is the store to check out.

Skin Station Opens their 30th Branch at BGC Stopover

For a girl who came from the province, where I had only one go-to skin clinic, finding a reputable dermatology clinic in the busy streets of Manila can be quite a handful. There are a ton of skin clinics everywhere and you never know if they're certified, how their services are and if they're going to upsell you on a bunch of expensive add ons that will never work. For 5 years I never had any facial, and my vanity's screaming for one right now. That's why I'm glad to have found Skin Station!

I remember trudging through the crazy laser tag game at Skin Station's booth last Blogapalooza 2016. I won a bunch of freebies and a 1500 worth of Diode Laser treatment (which I really NEEDED).

I was fortunate to have received a text message from Ms. Abi immediately after the event. She invited me to the grand opening of their 30th branch at BGC Stopover Pavillion last Tuesday May 31st. It's a back to back opening with Chemworld Fragrances, which is a sister company. Although I only had an hour's worth of time to check it out (I get off at 2, and my office is just a block away), I really felt as if I was meant to go here. You know me, I'm such a coincidence believer. And probably, it's about time I give me some good ol' pampering.

Things to Avoid during Mercury Retrograde

via fashiongonerogue

Have you experienced having that one day (that sometimes stretches to a week) where everything that can turn shitty, TURNS shitty? Like your phone starts messing up right when the Uber driver's arriving at your location, the internet suddenly disappears in the middle of your game, your laptop gets this untimely shutdown and restart before you can save the file you've been working on for hours. Then the days of horror continue. Your appointments get rescheduled, flights get cancelled, nobody seems to understand you and your Game of Thrones Season 6 torrent stops downloading at 99%.

Believe it or not, this is all because of Mercury Retrograde, and maybe a few minor factors that you simply won't admit to yourself (yeah, I get it. It's never your fault). 

Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon that happens when Mercury pauses and slightly rotates the other way around before it approaches the earth's orbit. Astrologically speaking, Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology so when it's on retrograde, havoc's gonna happen to these aspects in your life. And this is likely to occur 3-4 times a year. Yikes!

Disney in Hogwarts by Isaiah Stephens

Created by Isaiah Stephens for Cosmopolitan, this has got to be the coolest mash up fan art series ever. Imagine your favorite Disney characters trying out sorcery in Hogwarts. Pretty fascinating, isn't it? The final one will totally knock you off your nerdy seats.

WhateverBabe Files: February 2016

Mono no Aware, photography by Carine Thevenau

I feel as if I've manifested a year's worth of blessings for February. Up to now I still feel overwhelmed. I have a friggin' awesome new job that is more fun than work--something I feel like I can do for a long time, which is an ultimately rare occurrence especially for such a fickle girl like me. 

And I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm loving my new city, Bonifacio Global. Kind of weird but I suddenly feel like that girl who moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan in search of her dreams. Those stories of finding yourself in a new place with a new job were indeed as real and spiritually provoking as the feeling you get while watching or reading about them. PS: I only read one book of the I Heart New York series, but I watched The Carrie Diaries and followed Dan Humphrey's quest to take over the Upper East side. 

I guess I was a little obsessed with having a transformative journey myself, that's why life manifested like it did.

I'm excited. Smitten. Really, really, really grateful.

And a little more excited of what's to come.

How this woman increased her blog traffic by 1000% in 3 months, may have been a lot of work but woah. I'm amazed.

The women in India are fighting for the right to pee.

Apparently there are seven types of boobs.

The power of planning your life ahead is so profound. Take it from Michael Hyatt.
This one really cracked me up. Childhood myths. Things people believed in when they were kids.
Kids Copy Paste their Parents
via boredpanda

Kukula's Enigmatic Doll Paintings
via kukulaland

Organic Blush Wedding Inspiration
via ruffledblog

This is the Ultimate #Relationshipgoals
via mashable

Animals X Crystals by Kirby Rosanes
via theultralinx

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou

Pinoy Highlights: Mark Jeffrey Santos, Pop Surrealist

In a world made of floating pizza and edible terrain, lived these vivid creatures who delighted in chasing sushi townsfolk and smoking cigars.

Yes, this is the kind of art that excites you. Makes you curious. And hurts your head as you desperately try to make sense of it all.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing to everyone Mark Jeffrey Santos. Aside from being a Filipino pop surrealist, he's also the creator of this yummy universe and the father of the psychedelic sasquatches--these cute colorful beasts I'm sure you'd want on your shirts or up your walls.

What inspired you to be an artist? Describe your early beginnings as an aspiring artist 
"I was a freelance multimedia artist before I started painting, at the same time I was employed as a booth designer and a  powerpoint presentation designer in an Ad Agency. doing stock Icons, infographics and illustrations for corporate clients was really good and it was really paying me a lot financially. But I realized that I'm not going to be happy doing it for the rest of my life. Yes, it paid my bills but the lack of fulfillment in it didn't stop me from leaving my job. Being exposed to Art was one thing that brought me to this path (thanks to my friends and Mr. Zuckerberg) but There are these aspirational people that I look up to made me believe that I can do it."

Kindly describe your style of art. (Medium, Process, Inspirations)
"I like to get the feeling of being in a bizzare place. The feeling of being in a place you've never seen before for the first time. I like to combine weird things and come up with something. It intimidates me to try a different medium so I just use acrylics for my paintings. I dont have any specific way of how I make my paintings, sometimes it just comes out of me naturally, or a memory pops into mind." 

How did you come to choose a furry fictional creature as the central theme of your artworks
"It's actually an accident. Me and my friends were trying to put up a clothing business and we want it to be character based designs. so every single day I tried to come up with atleast 1 character. I was aiming for something simple and flexible until I came up with an ape looking cactus and decided that its a sasquatch later on."

What's the one unforgettable moment you had that involved art?
"When I told a buyer the colors will not fade even if you put the painting in an area exposed to the sun."

What do you think are three things that hinder creatives from exploring their talents?
Lack of observation.

Is there a personal/social advocacy that you wish to portray through your artworks?
"To be honest my art is very personal, I've actually never thought about any advocacies."

Name 3 artists you look up to and why they inspire you.
"I admit I'm a fan of Jeff Soto, my art style was actually inspired by his works. I also like Dulk's work, I'm fascinated by how he distorts his characters. And lastly, Jared Nickerson, he was one of the artists I look up to that pushed me to make art."

As an artist, what would be your grandest aspiration?
"To be a full time artist that can support my family and make art until I can't."

3 pieces of advice for creatives going through a creative block.
Draw whatever's on your mind.
Listen to music.

Mark Jeffrey R. Santos is a Pop Surrealist painter residing in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. He studied BS Multimedia Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Mapua Institute of Technology where he began his ventures in the creative industry. He studied traditional to digital art, photography, graphic design, and specialized in the field of Film and Video not knowing that these are just stepping stones to become an aspiring artist/painter. As of now, his art focuses mainly on his own experiences and fantasies. He usually exhibits scenes of his own real life episodes translated into his own vivid world full of bizarre creatures.

Valentines Day Treats 2016

Happy Valentines' Day everyone! I'm wishing everyone all the love and everything peachy this day of love. No bitterness, no grief, no jealousy, only love, love and more love. Valentines' Day is not all about couples anyway. It's about Love per se. Whether platonic or romantic, Valentines' Day is the perfect day to celebrate relationships--with yourself first, and with the people who matter the most to you. This will be the first Valentines' Day, after a long time, that I'll be celebrating with my mom (for a change). I feel extra grateful because I don't really get a lot of opportunities to treat her out. It's always been Mico and I. The universe has given me this golden opportunity to shower my mom with love outside the typical Mothers' Day, and I'm really, really grateful.

To kickstart my I Love My Mom Day, I decided to get myself on Pinterest and collect the best Valentines Day Treats that's not only sweet but well thought of. I think this is the second time I've shared food inspirations in my blog and I really hope I become consistent on this. LOL

Whoever you may be spending this day with, even if you're part of the larger statistic of people who'd rather spend Valentines' Day alone, it's always an amazing gift to yourself to stop stressing out and have a little fun for once.

It's time to get bitten by the love bug and get bakin'!

Red Velvet Oreo Trifles in a Jar
via lifeloveandsugar

Red Velvet Chocolate-Swirled Brownie Bars
via averiecooks

Shot Through The Heart Cake Pops
via hellolittlehome

Smores Lava Cakes
via lecremedelacrumb

Fluffer Nutter Stuffed Oreos
via thedomesticrebel

Valentine's Day Cutest Chocolate Covered Pretzels
via thepaperpinata

Mini Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes
via garnishandglaze

Mini Coconut Raspberry Valentine’s Day “Naked” Rosette Cakes
via minibaker

Valentines Day Marshmallow Wands
via twosisterscrafting

Valentines Heart Macarons
via livforcake

5 Romantic Anime Series to Watch over the Weekend

I’ve been bingewatching romantic comedy anime for the past months and it has come to a point that I can no longer find any other series at par with these ones I’m about to recommend. I’m a recovering anime addict and I’m a little obsessed with how anime brings out that nostalgic high school feel of falling in love for the first time. The confusion. The intimidation. The feels. I know Naruto and Attack on Titan are taking forever to come up with new episodes.

In the meantime, why don’t we indulge in a kilig sesh with these RomCom anime series over the weekend?


Nana is a story about two girls with the same name, both bound for Tokyo, but with different personalities and goals in life. One dreams of being a rock star and the other dreams of finding love. Nana is a tale of love despite betrayals, friendship despite differences and hope despite difficulty.

It’s the kind of anime that doesn’t have to try so much to catch attention with plot twists and stuff. Its relatability is what sets it apart from other romance anime. The trouble of finding love: falling for someone you can never have, getting cheated on and being sexually taken advantage of, all seem like the ton of shit younger vulnerable women go through.

Leaving the province to look for a better opportunity in a city is a real situation a lot of people have been in. A lot of artists have made it big through this risky leap of faith of taking their passions to a larger audience in a city. It’s the so-called American Dream that pushes everyone to keep going. All these goals and dreams coupled with reality and a dose of serendipity all make for an intense bingewatching action. The emotions in every story, predictable as some may seem, still haunts me to this day. I still cry to A Little Pain by Trapnest.

Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke revolves around a girl named Sawako who, all her life has subjected herself to be that anonymous person in class that everyone is scared to be around with. Her extremely awkward personality has garnered her a reputation that of Sadako, that long black haired poltergeist from the popular horror film, The Ring. All it took was for Kazehaya to see her kind and gentle nature, beyond that ridiculously creepy behavior.

This is a really cute high school romance story that can drag on for so long. It’s the spring of young love that’s smothered in awkwardness and incapability to openly express one’s feelings toward the other person that it took two seasons before they finally admit each others’ feelings to each other.

Yes, the romance part was that painfully long. And Sawako’s naivete annoyed me at times. Despite that I still love this anime series simply because it reminded me so much of the social issues I’ve been in back in high school. Yes there were girls obsessed with popularity and boys who delighted in others’ social mishaps, and also there’s the whole class that delights over someone sharing his/her assignments to everyone. Some were bullied for being different, and some were victims of rumors. But through all that, there’s always the good part where you find your real friends, and if you’re lucky, that guy you like. And that’s the best thing about high school.

Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Wolf Girl and Black Prince is such a quirky romcom story about a girl who was that desperate to show off to her friends. One day all her friends were talking about their boyfriends so she decides to lie about having a boyfriend as well. She gets further within her lies when she unknowingly took a photo of a guy she randomly saw. Unfortunately, he was also studying in the same school as her. She had no choice but to further cover her lies by entering a contract with Sata. Little did she know that Sata has this evil side to him that no one else in the school has any idea about. A pathetic lier and an evil opportunist. Makes for a real troublesome romantic story that’s entirely fun, at least for us viewers.

This series has no dull moments. Kyoya is a real hottie and I guess Erika was meant to create the lies she spread about her and Sata. Although it was totally annoying to be in her situation, eventually she ends up discovering another side to Kyoya, and truly falls for him. Sorry for the spoiler. Bottomline: If you think you’ll find the love of your life with lies, go for it. The odds are limitless.

Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is a romantic comedy series that seeks to kill the notion that boys should be taller than girls in order for a relationship to not look ridiculous. This truly was a huge dilemma during high school. Risa Koizumi is 14cm taller than Otani Atsushi. They’re known to be the notorious Hanshin Kyojin of the class, taking after a popular comedy duo of the height differences as them. They’re also the best of friends despite relentlessly teasing each other. I guess it’s inevitable for this kind of friendship to develop into romance.

Confessing to your best buddy’s a real nerve racking feat. This is considering that for most part of your friendship, you haven’t really seen each other as anything like a romantic partner. Add the height difference to that demise.

Lovely Complex is a ridiculously funny series that will tug into your heart strings, especially if you’ve ever had a friend you almost fell for (not that I’m implying anything personal). So many things that play on this type of situation. That kind where you have to choose between saving your friendship and taking a leap of faith and not knowing whether he will reciprocate or not. And don’t get me started with the awkwardness of it all.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Most anime plots are all about an insignificant girl falling for a popular guy. Kaichou wa maid sama is not that type. You’ll be so delighted to watch a non-stereotype kind of romance for a change. Misaki, an uptight president of a former all boys school ends up falling for Usui Takumi, your average high school Mr. Perfect. Misaki is a dreamer and a hard worker. Usui is laidback and, well for the lack of a better word, perfect. This is why he doesn’t try so hard at anything, and why he annoys Misaki.

Not every kid is fortunate enough to have education. Some had to work their asses off both in their academics and their part time jobs after school. Misaki is one of those students. She balances her time being the president of her school and being a kawaii maid server at a Maid Cafe. Aside from that, she also works hard at keeping this job from her subordinates because it would totally ruin her reputation at school. This is my favorite out of all romcom animes so far. Not entirely because of Usui’s incredibly hot and all around perfection (although it was the one thing that got me into watching this), but because despite their clash of personalities, Usui’s damn persuasive. This totally gives off the kind of poetic justice powerful women are clamoring for. Not all men fear powerful women. And not all powerful women prefer being single.

I think I’ve watched more than 15 romance series already LOL These 5 I think are the best so far. What’s your favorite romantic anime? Let me know because I’m running out of series to binge watch during my free time. 🙂

I Love Me February Loop Giveaway

After creating an Instagram challenge for everyone who's into a little sprinkle of self love this February, I also decided to host a giveaway that will further inspire loving one's self this month of Love through to Women's Day come 1st week of March. I know, trying to hit two birds with one stone has never been this sweet.

 'Tis not the month to give in to the pressures of dating and finding Mr. Right. I mean come on. He'll come when it's time. Right now, while we're all still enjoying our Me Time to the fullest extent possible, why not use this valuable moment to be yourself, tap into your inner goddess, and figure out a hundred reasons why you're worth la dolce vita.

Dramatic Backless Wedding Gowns by Cocomelody

While this month-long unpaid "Love" holiday may be the spring of prom and first dates, it may also be the perfect time to collect your balls and ovaries and finally seal the deal with that ultra special someone. February will always be that one month in the whole year when Love is remembered and celebrated. What more clever way to avoid forgetting your anniversary in your 50's, right?

 More than a thousand couples get married every single day this February and while some brides may have everything figured out, others are still batshit confused looking for that perfect gown, or in rare cases, the perfect seamstress. If you're one of those brides who are still cramming for your wedding dress and can't find a decent seamstress who gets your style, then February is also the best time to get your hands on these fabulous backless wedding dresses by Cocomelody

 Wedding gowns are now created with stylish and elegant cuts that make for a sexy bride. Classy and sassy at the same time, baring a little skin on the red carpet to forever is the current style trend of modern brides. Whether you're the type of bride that's into lace or satin, having an open back wedding dress could definitely add the "Elegant on the front, flirty on the back" kind of flavor to your most memorable day. 

"Once upon a perfect night, unclouded and still, there came the face of a pale and beautiful lady. The tresses of her hair reached out to make the constellations, and the dewy vapours of her gown fell soft upon the land."
-Kit Williams

 Cocomelody is currently giving out discounts up to 70% on back interest gowns. Imagine that, the perfect dress at a perfect price. And no monthly fitting schedules. Your dream backless gown on a click of a button. Hurry up and grab the sexiest backless wedding dress you've been eyeing on now.

5 Etiquette Tips for Bloggers

via Zhang Jingna Art

In my 5 years of blogging, it was only last year that I was exposed to bloggers' Facebook groups. Despite being a little antisocial, I discovered a new world where proactive bloggers are out on the go and advertisers and event coordinators are actually fishing for online influencers. It was a fun experience signing up for events, meeting new people and receiving freebies but it was also this time when my eyes were opened to a few injustices both bloggers and advertisers have to put up with. 

If you're a newbie blogger, you have to really suck up to the coordinators, shelling out your own money for transport, etc., for a loot bag that's sometimes not even worth the endeavor. If you're a blogger with an established readership, advertisers would really suck up to you and sometimes, in a realm of opportunities and options, you tend to develop a sort of diva complex.

I also just realized how advertisers had to kill the extra time searching for the right bloggers in a pool of spam commenters in Facebook threads and how they have to deal with no shows and freeloaders.

Naive as I was, I allowed myself to be sucked into such a messy system, forgetting my initial purpose as to why I'm blogging. I recently realized this so I opted to write about how I wanted to change my behavior towards advertisers, and hopefully create a ripple of change in a quite unruly community of bloggers in this generation.

1. Don't be a comment spammer
I've had a personal encounter with these comment spammers. 

Even when the promotional post is requiring them to sign up on Google Forms or to message the person directly, still they would plop their email addresses and blog URLs on the comments section. Some don't even bother reading the promotional post. If an advertiser is looking specifically for beauty bloggers, even if that's outside their niche still they would enter their details, making it harder for advertisers to sort everything out. 

I know how comment spamming works for some bloggers. Believe me, I've been a professional spammer in a past freelance job. It's a way to get people to open their website. They don't care if their blogs have any relevance to the job description posted. They just want their blogs to be seen. It's an addition to their page views, regardless whether the visitor was pleased or pissed after viewing. This is a desperate, not to mention annoying, marketing strategy.

If you want to be invited to events, receive product samples and gain the trust of people who are looking to build their business with bloggers, please be responsible and professional with your social media etiquette. Read first. Decide whether the promotional is relevant to your blog or niche. Understand the fine print of the post. It would be really hard to look stupid when the advertiser contacts you and you have no idea what you signed up for. 

Finally, treat the comments section as a way to market yourself as a professional blogger. Some advertisers blacklist, you know. Even if you've somehow established your own brand, to some of these advertisers you'll still be that blogger who knew nothing, and was too desperate. BURN.

2. Schedule upcoming projects and events before signing up
To the previous advertisers I dissed in the past months, I am deeply sorry. That was totally irresponsible of me. I never thought it'd be so frustrating to have 100 people sign up for your event and have only 10 attend. And what's more irritating is that they have another event for an excuse.

In Facebook, not everyone who clicks "Attending" will actually attend, and not everyone who plops their email and blog url on the comments section (as per Tip#1) have the slightest idea what's going on. Some delight in signing up for every event they come across while browsing blogger groups, without any commitment in mind. Well, most of the time we couldn't blame them either because they just had to take a chance and wait for the advertiser to consider them over everyone else who signed up. And sometimes the ads don't contain event dates. "Just an upcoming thing", as most of you might have read over and over, like revealing the name/date/time of the event will kill anyone.

Sometimes, you just can't help but be tied up between two big events in a day because of these little miscommunications. The least we can do is to use a planner or calendar to note the events we're already planning to attend so that just in case a promotion contains a specific date that may coincide with another event, we would know better than to sign up for that anymore. This is also to save you from being a no show.

3. Be a polite communicator
Okay, so just in case you're caught in the previous situations, the one thing you can do, for the sake of common decency and world peace, is to be a polite communicator. This means replying in a professional manner to emails and/or personal messages that are sent to you by the advertisers. Whether you're interested or not, let them know. Whether the proposal is relevant to your niche or not, let them know. Whether you'll be late or won't be able to attend due to whatever excuse you may have, let them know. I've elaborated on this in "How to Reject People without the Unnecessary Guilt".

Also if you have questions and clarifications, ask politely. You can't blame people for things you didn't have the balls to ask about. Even if they were the ones who invited you, still it's your responsibility to know the answers to the things you are unsure of. Ignorance is never a good excuse.

I know, I too am guilty of seenzoning people in Facebook over the years, especially when I'm not interested or I'm too embarrassed to say No. I would usually be contented with the thought of "Silence means No", and that people will get that but I wouldn't have realized I were this ill-mannered until I experienced being seenzoned myself. It sucks. I never thought it would be as annoying to have to present what's going on and be left with nothing. Not even a rejection. Just plain dead air. Imagine the effort it took to market something plus that one piece of precious internet time wasted. 

For this I would really like to commend our dear advertisers and event coordinators. I don't have the friggin' patience to deal with this shit. This is the ultimate thing that got me really fired up pissed over some undisciplined bloggers of today. I even ranted about this with a friend and she's like "That's really how it is." Unruly and disrespectful bloggers are like the majority nowadays. It's just frustrating.

Please be a polite communicator. You don't need to be the god of grammar to be able to communicate properly and in a way that you're letting your real thoughts come across without being rude.

4. Write about the product you received or event you were invited in as soon as possible.

Okay, another thing I'm guilty about for the past year. Sometimes I just attend an event for the heck of it without any intent on blogging about it later. I know, I hate myself too for that.

Guess I didn't know how much money and effort it took to organize events and promote products until I remembered marketing my own product to a few bloggers. I'm making and selling Pocket Nursing Guides, and in 2014 I decided to have bloggers from a medical niche to write about it in exchange for a free sample. I thought that bloggers who own high ranking blogs would be more professional about this but this one especially annoying blogger fucked with me. She's a great communicator on email, mind you. She showed real interest in my product so I decided to send her a free one. After that was blah. No post. No email reply. Ziltch. And she's still currently updating her site. I'm not sure blabbing about this person will achieve anything but just to ignite your curiosity, her blog has the initials N and G in them. If you have any nursing related business, never deal with this person.

Don't be a blogger that's all about tokens and loot bags. There's a responsibility behind all that. These people are sucking up to us with payments in cash and in kind, the least we can do is help them with their marketing campaign. Who knows, one day they'll come up with blogger contracts and sue the crap out of you if you fail to write about their product.

With that said, I hope we'll be more considerate of how advertisers and event coordinators put up with no shows and freeloaders. Brands are paying them to market their products. For us bloggers, as part of the online media, not blogging about an event or product will cost advertising companies their clients. That's a lot of money and manpower lost for being too lazy to post about their product. And you'll never hear from them again. Notice the way I couldn't forget that person who scammed me, advertisers too will remember those lazy freeloading ones.

5. Never display an attitude of arrogance
Being an arrogant a-hole is like the holy grail of people nobody would ever want to work with. Reality is, not all events that bloggers are invited in will be giving out cash or loot bags. And not every event that promises those will give them out on time. I'm talking about irresponsibility on the end of some advertisers: overselling something and cheaping out on the pay. That's a given. In this day and age, there will always be those freelancing scammers taking in pay from brands, hiring bloggers, and running away with the pay.

Despite that, some high and mighty bloggers, who have their heads up in the air and their asses in their faces, have the audacity to complain and throw a world class fit in front of everybody simply because the event or the pay didn't meet his/her expectations.

Expectations versus reality, right?

I couldn't emphasize more that for us bloggers, Image is Everything. Nobody likes an arrogant and demanding brand ambassador. Even bloggers roll their eyes at these types of people. Self-entitlement is a trait that may offend others. I'm all for equal opportunities so these people who feel they're entitled to better things in life get in my nerves.

It's true that sometimes some of us have to put up with those kinds of advertisers. Especially newbies who are trying to establish ties with brands. But there are also these circumstances when someone just happen to have the balls to speak out and complain against an abusive or suspicious organizer. It's possible that he/she may look like an a-hole to the rest of the bloggers who are willing to lick these petty scamming advertisers' butts for loot bags (#sorrynotsorry), but I believe there's a peaceful way of calling out someone's crap without arrogance. 

I think this is the perfect time to quietly walk away and save yourself or talk to the person directly and air your sentiments. Who knows, they may not be scammers after all. It's also possible that delays are on the end of the brands. Consider every possibility and weigh the situation before deciding on a politically sound action. You could either be the hero that stood for your fellow bloggers or you could also be the self-entitled a-hole.

I Love Me February Instagram Prompts

From the day Instagram was invented, I've always been telling myself "You can upload photos on Facebook anyway, why Instagram?" I never understood the purpose of Instagram until last year when I actually tried it. Instagram is an app that documents your life in photos. It's not just invented for vanity or for business but for sharing your world with others through photos. And it's a good medium to spread good vibes.

I've seen and joined a couple of Instagram prompts online especially from Gala Darling and a few from Pinterest, and I figured, what better month to open an Instagram challenge but on February? Not only is this month about dating and relationships, it's also about you and falling in love with yourself!

I admit I felt so much better trying out an Instagram challenge. I didn't post on the regular but the process of thinking about what I'm going to put up sends me into a quick meditative mood. Thinking about the prompt helps me look within as to Who I Am, and how I want the world to know ME through the photos I'm uploading. Images have a powerful way of influencing how you feel, and so this month I would like to welcome y'all to partake in this little Instagram party I call "I Love Me February". There are only three rules to this fun gimmick.

1. It's an Instagram challenge so try to post on the regular as much as possible but in the event that you miss a few, it's okay to keep up by typing in the caption for what day of the I Love Me February Instagram prompt is the image for.
2. Get creative. And maybe put some humor to it. I'm sure not every prompt applies to everybody but just for fun, try uploading your own version or interpretation. 
3. Don't forget to use the #hashtag #ILoveMeFebruary so I can see and like your photos.

At the end of the month I'll be putting up a montage of all your beautiful photos in my blog so I'm really excited for this. I hope you are too. Let's get started!

Of course, we all love a good selfie and since this month is all about you, let's start with your gorgeous selfie. Get dolled up. Experiment with a new palette. Smize, girl!

Nail arts are LOVE. What nail art are you currently crushing on? What's on your nails right now?

Would you like to dye your hair? Try a side shave perhaps? And if you're lovin' your new do, this is the perfect time to flaunt it.

They say never be ashamed of your past. Post your geekiest, most unstylish and awkward selfie from ages and be proud of it.

Think about getting stranded on an island ALONE. What's the one thing you can't imagine living without?

Puns are horrible but cute love puns are an exception, especially when they're in an adorable illustration. Tickle me.

When we all have our own different preferences when it comes to celebrity crushes, I guess we can all agree that Zayn Malik is forever.

Are you a collector of anything? Showcase your not-so-secret stash of your favorite stuff. Food is a great example.

Looking back at how you were in your early teens, what would you have advised yourself?

A piece of wisdom to inspire positive thinking and good vibes.

Remember that band you have been obsessing with? Or a tv character you really looked up to? Be it real people or fictional ones, as long as they made a huge impact in your childhood self, post it!

Get a little artsy fartsy! Feature your personal artwork or an art of your favorite artist.

Either something that makes you really happy in your moments of solitude or something you really like that nobody knows about.

Why don't we dedicate Valentines' day to Chocolate? Chocolate will always be sweet, a little bitter sometimes but it will never cheat on you.

Day 15: "[NAME], I LOVE YOU"
If you were to say I Love You to anyone, who would that be? It doesn't always have to involve romance, you know.

Your ultimate travel wishlist. A place you've always dreamed of visiting. Fictional places are welcome.

Day 17: MY BFF
While we may not have a lot of friends, there will always be that someone who has been there with you through thick and thin. Show him/her some love.

A singer/ band whose album and Spotify playlist you've been looping the whole day. You may not be obsessed with them but you know their music gets you.

Could be your meal of the day, a dish you're currently craving or an entree that warms you up on the inside. Get everyone drooling.

What is that one piece of wardrobe you bought just for yourself and not for anyone else to see? Something you made? Or something your crazy aunt gave you on Christmas day? I'm curious!

Try and draw yourself. Cartoonize a photo of yourself. Not all of us are gifted with a good hand for drawing but this is just for fun. Enjoy!

Day 22: THANK YOU...
If you have to be thankful about anything or anyone in particular, this is the right time to show it.

Part of loving yourself is getting fit and healthy. You can either post your favorite yoga position, your workout outfit or a good before and after photo you've worked on for some time.

Day 24: I SUPPORT...
What's a particular advocacy that you like to show your support? In order to enable change we must spread awareness.

Write a short love letter to yourself ten years from now. Remind him/her of the things you are fighting for at this moment and the things you hope she already achieved by that time. Show her some love and support.

After a previous tearjerking post, let's lighten up the mood with something that made you laugh today. Part of being happy is making others happy. Spread the happy virus.

Aside from shielding us from any nightmare, Dream catchers are believed to be ethereal symbols of a peaceful mind and of beauty from within. Best of all, they're really pretty.

One of the most famous methods of coping with stress is shopping. What's on top of your wishlist? What's the one thing you want to have as soon as possible? Let's manifest this on Instagram.

You can post here your favorite #ootd photo, or a style inspiration or basically anything that ignites the fashionista in you.