Monday, July 30, 2018

BDJ Rendezvous: Declutter Your Life - 4 Empowering People with a clutter-free lifestyle

“No matter how cluttered it looks, don’t pause, don’t stop, and don’t quit. It’s all for you and for your family.” ~Renelyn Tan, Decluttering Like A Guru 

I had such an engaging time with other Bella's during the BDJ Rendezvous Declutter Your Life event last July 28, 2018, at SM Light Mall, Ground Floor, Activity Area. Not only that I get to learn on decluttering but I also get to relax while decluttering which I never thought is possible.

I got to listened and got inspired by the different experts during the event as they talk about different ways on how we can start decluttering our home and our mind. 

The BDJ Rendezvous: Declutter Your Life aims to educate and inspire the community by giving them a new perspective on the practice of decluttering, both material and mind.

Empowering People with a clutter-free lifestyle

Miqo Dionisio
Clear it all out
Sound Healer and Owner of I Am Healing Space
“Plan your life out of love... I am worthy of all the good things in life.” ~Mr. Miqo Dionisio
Mr. Miqo Dionisio, Sound Healer and Owner of I Am Healing Space
Taking care of your inner peace is also a key to a cluttered-free lifestyle. 

Phoebe Blas
Make the Switch
Minimalist advocate and founder of Mean Living PH
Ms. Phoebe BlasMinimalist advocate and founder of Mean Living PH
She shared about making the switch to a cluttered-free lifestyle that being minimalist and zero-waste is generally own few things and strive to live smaller, simpler lives (fewer things = more joy!). 

Patricia Tancongco
Make the Switch
Organizing consultant and founder of Aliwalas PH
“Imagine your own before-and-after; how will Decluttering change your life?” ~Ms. Patricia Tancongco, Founder of Aliwalas PH
Ms. Patricia Tancongco, Founder of Aliwalas PH
During the event, I learned the Simple Act of choosing what to keep and what to discard in the easiest way. That would bring peace, harmony and enjoy a home filled with stuff I LOVE. Decluttering your work area and your home are great ways to start reducing the clutter and stress in your life.

  • Do not Buy things that you don't really need.

Keep what makes you happy and healthy; discard what no longer adds value to your life. Complete declutter is decluttering your whole house, going through all your things not overlooking a single corner/drawer/box/closet/etc. Staying committed and motivated in the midst of decluttering our lives is to: The steps on how to declutter effectively:

  1. Know yourself better
  2. Visualize the result
  3. Express your why
Complete decluttering helps you: know exactly what and how much you own, get rid of the stress of “hidden clutter”, prevent build up of future clutter, improve your discernment, and enjoy a home filled with stuff you love.

Renelyn Tan-Castillejos
Declutter like a Guru
A KonMari-in-Training Consultant, our speaker for Declutter Like a Guru
Operations Manager at Batanes Travel & Tours
Business Talk Show and Events Host
“No matter how cluttered it looks, don’t pause, don’t stop, and don’t quit. It’s all for you and for your family. Why even bother to notify? Because we all deserve a life that sparks Joy.” ~Ms. Renelyn Tan, Decluttering Like A Guru 
Ms. Renelyn Tan, Decluttering Like A Guru
I learned about the KonMari method delivered, the 5 categories and the reason why we need to follow the order of these categories.

The two skills you need for KonMari:

  1. The ability to keep what sparks joy and discard the rest.
  2. The ability to decide where to keep each thing and put it back in place. 

Six rules of tidying:

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle 
  3. Finish discarding first 
  4. Tidy by category, not by location (5 categories: clothes, books, papers, komono or miscellaneous items, sentimental items)
  5. Follow the right order
  6. Ask yourself it is sparks joy — Talk 2: “Declutter Like a Pro: The KonMari Way” by Renelyn Tan-Castillejos (KonMari Consultant)

Ms. Yani Manapil
Event Host

Other than the inspiring, empowering and helpful tips for decluttering session Bella also gets to enjoy some workshops, games, and activities:

Ms. Lai Legaspi
Workshop Activity ~ DIY Eco bag! 

Each Bellas bring with them 2 to 3 pieces of old shirts and gave a new life with upcycling workshop.

Mystery Game by Mystery Manila

Charades Game with Bella's in 3 groups
Group 1 Wins!

Group 1

 Group 2

Group 3

Just like what I learned from decluttering it is also inevitable to declutter some people who succumb the positivity in you and messin' out with bringing negativity in your life. So choose also the group of friends who bring out the best in you in everything that you do and inspire you to be the best that you can be.

It is good to live positively and have happy thoughts. Do not let negativity consume the best in you. The talk from Miqo Dionisio was so helpful, it made me learn the power of sound, music, and perceiving things that I want. BDJ indeed has always been an advocate of positivity, happy life, and love!

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Supporting in preserving the beauty of Mother Nature by donating old bras. Most women have an unwanted bra or two lurking in the back of a drawer. From the pretty impulse buy that turned out ot be uncomfortable or impractical, to that unsuitable gift or just when you really need to replace your bra - reuse, recycle or upcycle them. When you are ready to ban a certain bra from your wardorbe, don't burn it. Just put your old bras into Wacoal's Bra Recycle Bags and drop it off to their stores. All Bra Recycle Bags delivered will not be unsealed, and will be directly processed into Fluff Fuel. This fuel substitutes for fossil fuel like coal used at cement companies.

Participation Method:

  1. Find your old bras
  2. Put your bras into recycle bags. Seal the bags by using the sticker at the top. (Each recycle bag can contain 4 bras).
  3. Bring the bags to Wacoal stores and give the bags to their staff.

Signs that you need to replace your bra:
  1. It looks worn out.
  2. Cups are wrinkled and deformed.
  3. Straps slid off even when you adjust it.
  4. The fabric loses its elasticity.
  5. The wire is deformed or is poking against your skin.

Wacoal encourages you to do your part for Mother Nature. As women, we should look after our environment much like the care we put into keeping our figures beautiful. Check out last BDJ's event in collaboration with Wacoal Ph


  1. Clutter - Non-beneficial thoughts to your goal.
  2. Always ask "Is this thought beneficial to my goal?"
  3. Awareness is enough to eradicate clutter.
  4. Plan your life out of love, not out of fear.
  5. "Is this situation worth my peace?"

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Taiwan Excellence 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge and Products Showcase

“Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp is an exemplary showcase of excellence from both countries: the fighting spirit of the Filipinos further empowered by the products of Taiwan.” ~Alfred Wang, Director of the Economic Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)
(L-R) PBA Player JC Intal, Taiwan Trade Center Manila Director Clement Chen, PBA Player Doug Kramer

A partnership between Taiwan Excellence and legendary PBA star Coach Eric Altamirano, the two-day Camp aimed to promote sportsmanship as it brought together some of the Metro’s most promising basketball players while highlighting the incredible products awarded with the Taiwan Excellence Seal.

(L-R) PBA Player JC Intal, Taiwan Trade Center Manila Director Clement Chen, PBA Player Doug Kramer
Boasting participation of 192 amateur Pinoy ballers, the Camp put their skills to the test in a rigorous 3-on-3 match while 3 PBA stars are on the sidelines showing support. Combining the Filipino passion for basketball and the Taiwanese drive for innovation, the first-ever Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp recently filled the Mall of Asia Music Hall with an intense 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge, top-notch innovations from Taiwan Excellence, and PBA stars.

Alongside Coach E of Alaska Aces, local court heroes JC Intal and Doug Kramer of Phoenix Fuel Masters also gave their support to the budding ballers. The two celebrity players look forward to using the products themselves. 

“I am really excited about the bikes from Tern. They make biking and going around the city a much more fun experience.”  ~JC Intal, PBA Player

As for Kramer, he has his sights on the Paper Shoot, compact digital cameras with cases made out of eco-friendly paper. 

“I really feel that the whole family will fall in love with it. It is so simple and sophisticated, I know my kids will love using Paper Shoot.” ~Doug KramerPBA Player

Combining the Filipino passion for basketball and the Taiwanese drive for innovation, the first-ever Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp recently filled the Mall of Asia Music Hall with an intense 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge, top-notch innovations from Taiwan Excellence, and PBA stars.

With its aim of promoting the leading products, Taiwan Excellence shares with the world a variety of truly innovative brands. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is continuously recognized by 102 countries.

Mr. Clement Chen, Taiwan Trade Center Manila Director

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence, according to Wang, honors Taiwan’s most innovative products “that provide tremendous value to users worldwide.” Each product has been selected for a specific Taiwan Excellence Award based on their excellence in the following categories: design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing.

Boasting participation of 192 amateur Pinoy ballers, the Camp put their skills to the test in a rigorous 3-on-3 match while 3 PBA stars are on the sidelines showing support.

The 192 players of the Taiwan Excellence 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge pose for the official group photograph at the SM Mall of Asia Entertainment Music Hall, Pasay City last July 21, 2018. Headed by Taiwan Excellence and Coach Eric Altamirano, this is a 2-day event that celebrates Filipinos love for basketball.
Also integral to the whole Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp set up is the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone which exhibits the top-of-the-line products of Taiwan.

Taiwan showcased their different products

With products from tech giant Asus, fitness company Johnson, and bike manufacturer Tern, among others, the Taiwan Excellence Zone got everyone up close and personal with impressive products championed by Taiwan.
“They did a great job in showcasing the best products that Taiwan can offer. The quality can go head to head with other global brands.” ~Christian Ramos, one of the players for the Camp

Wang hopes these superior products from Taiwan will boost the way of life and strengthen the love of Filipinos for basketball and sports in general.

For updates about Taiwan Excellence, visit their website and follow their Facebook page at

Happy Brows a Brow Bar that guarantees a Happy Brows!

"Happy Brows began the Speak With It campaign to put a lot of focus on just how important our brows are. Brows are the ultimate truth-tellers and it can speak volumes about who you are, what you're thinking and how you feel. Hinging off that, we're introducing the concept of Browmoticons to visually illustrate the true language of brows." ~Mr. Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head

Where do you entrust your brows the one that carries and uplift your beauty the most because as the saying goes "Kilay is Life."

Brow shaping will and always be primarily defined by factors such as your face shape and lifestyle. But regardless of shape, your brows will indeed say a lot about you. Choose one from Happy Brows Browmoticons and let your brows do the talking.

  • Confident, bold, and simple. Brow-o-wow is about owning what you've got. It's defined by a natural shape accentuated only be a subtle arch that creates that perfect balance between cute and assertive.
  • Brows with a little more sex appeal feature a distinctive arch and are a little closer to each other. Define your arch for a sassy vibe and be sure to create a gentle fade as it moves outward to ensure that your brows don't look too severe.
  • Relaxed and neutral brows communicate ease and happiness. Brows ride naturally over the eyes with a defined arch to communicate a more cheerful vibe. Fuller brows also illustrate youthfulness that makes them look more natural.

For a lot of women, brow grooming is more than just a tedious chore. Only a few recognize the value of expertly shaped, well-maintained brows and how it can make or break any look. Their standards are defined not just by how well technicians are able to create to create that distinctive, face-flattering arch, but by the kind of experience they get to enjoy as they do.

For some women shopping is one of their stress relievers but nowadays other than getting pampered is making sure that their brows are well groomed. Just like going to the salon for a hair makeover our brows needs that too more than ever.

So where do you go and entrust your brows for a makeover when you need to elevate your brows of course at the newest brow grooming salon Happy Brows!

In terms of expertise, you can rest easy knowing that each technician is expertly trained to trim, tweeze, and shape your brows anchored on your bone structure, eye and face shape, even hairstyle. The result is a pair of fabulously groomed brows that's only ever possible when you're in the hands of someone who understands that kilay is life. Brows are more than just aesthetics, you can Speak With It without uttering any words at all and Happy Brows understands that. And they deliver their services anchored on the idea that brows speak volumes about who you are, what you're thinking, and how you feel.

Go on take your beshie at Happy Brows and flaunt that Kily with different Browticons that best suit your facial moods and exprecions.

Happy Brows is assuring that the full Happy Brows experience doesn't end with brows that you're actually happy with. It extends towards interiors that reflect the luxurious philosophy of the brand. And to that end, it becomes a destination that you'll want to keep coming back to.

Visit Gateway Mall, Araneta Center Branch and indulge in the Happy Brows experience yourself or have a day of pampering at Vivere Salon, Nailaholics, and Hey Sugar.

There's more to that brow shape that you think. Look in the mirror and check out what your brows are saying today and be sure to entrust your brows to the hands of an expert Happy Brows!

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Should You Tutor Your Own Child?

Maybe the question has popped up more than once for you. Should your child get tutoring session? He seems to be struggling with math. Or not, but, you want him to be ahead of other children. Or maybe his other friends are getting math tutoring, and you don’t want your child to lag behind the others.

After you decide that yes, your child needs tutoring, another question pops: who will tutor your child? A tutor, definitely. For many people, hiring a professional tutor means giving their child the education they need. A professional tutor will help your child learn a material on his or her own pace, ensuring they understand their lesson before moving on to the next. Tutoring also helps to ensure children to fulfil their study time quota, and may even help them develop good study habit. Also, hiring a tutor means parents can give their child all of these advantages without losing their own time.

However, for some parents, hiring tutor isn’t easy. One, there is an economic factor for it. Private tutor rate is relatively expensive. Second, some parents doubt a tutor can help their child that much. All they do is repeat the lesson at school, surely a parent can do the same, assuming the parent has the time to do it. But, is it really so?

Do you understand what your child is learning?
To tutor someone, you should have the basic qualification to do it. Do you understand the material well? Remember that you must understand the material completely. Then you must explain this material in the easiest way your child can understand. You should also familiar with solving a problem regarding the material.

Being a tutor for your child who is in grade school usually is easy enough, because you can still learn the material on your own. However, starting middle school, lessons get more advanced, especially math and science. If you’re confident about your ability, however, you can go ahead to answer the next question.

Do you have the ability to teach?
Understanding the material is the easy part. The next part is harder: do you have the ability to teach? That means, do you have the ability to retell what you’ve learned to other people, in the simplest way possible?

Because you are a parent, I believe you know how to teach your kids thing. After all, you’ve taught them a more important task: how to talk and behave politely, how to feed and bathe themselves, even how to keep themselves safe in public places. However, teaching in a classroom is quite different from teaching outside it.

Sometimes, you need to create a different persona to tutor your child, so your child knows how to be focused and serious during a lesson. They can’t whine that they’re feeling too hungry or too sleepy to study like they might be if they are taught by their mother or father. Some book recommends you to role-play the session. You can make a deal with your child: during the session, your child should call you Mrs. or Mr. Einstein, or maybe Professor Lupin, or maybe Doctor Strange, whoever you and your child wants. Can you separate your ‘parent side’ to your ‘tutor side’?

Are you ready to see your child for who he or she is?
We know our child intimately, inside out, whether it’s their personality or behaviour. We know their worst temper tantrum and their sweetest kindness. But how they do at school? We’ll never know until you tutor your own children, that is.

Parents often see their children with rose-colored glasses, in term of talent. They believe their children are the prodigy, or at least the smart ones. In reality, however, your children will be good at some things and completely helpless in other things. What you will tutor your children, is the things where your children aren’t at their best.

Are you ready to take off that rose-tinted glasses and see your child struggling to grasp the concept of a lesson even after you explain to them twice? Can you promise yourself you won’t lose your patience when this happens? If you are ready to see your children objectively, talent-wise, then you are ready to tutor your own child.

Are you ready to keep learning?
Tutoring is not a one-time job. It needs consistency to see the improvement in your kid’s grade and, more importantly, his or her understanding of a subject. And once your kid understands a sub-lesson, he or she will move to the next lesson, probably with higher difficulty, and as a tutor, it’s your job to not just follow their learning journey, but to be ahead of it.

And, it’s not just about the subject. The session itself will be a learning material for you. You will make mistake, and so will your child. You may yell at your kid unintentionally for failing to understand a concept you think is so simple. Your kid may intentionally challenge your authority during the session by refusing to do what you ask. It will happen, sooner or later.

What’s important is how both of you will react to this. Are you ready to accept and own your mistake, and are you ready to forgive your child if he made the same mistake? Are you ready to resume and continue tutoring, even if one session somehow fail?

If you are ready for those, then you will be a good tutor for your child. However, if you aren’t there’s no shame in that either. Yes, all parents are a teacher, but probably not in a classroom setting. Your child needs you to teach them more important life lesson: like how to be a decent person and how to face life, not merely how to solve trigonometry.

Tutoring your own child is a very rewarding experience because you get to see the side of your child you may not get to see otherwise. But, not everyone can do it. Not everyone can understand the subject material inside out and not everyone has enough time to do it – with constant re-learning, as well as trial and error during the session. Providing professional tutor that you have screened and selected carefully is the same gesture of affection you can give to your child, even if you can’t tutor them by yourself.

Friday, July 20, 2018

J. Cat’s New Turn Up The Volume and Be Bolder!

“Forget that makeup is meant to disguise flaws, instead start looking at makeup as a way to highlight your unique personality and creativity. Why stay stuck in your comfort zone when you can turn up the volume and enter a whole new world of color and self-expression?” ~Bwelle Madera, President of Bwelle Store Enterprise, Inc., the official distributor of J. Cat in the Philippines
(L-R) Teena Arche, Hanna Pechon, Jherome Ramos, Katchie Mejias, Min Ortiz, and Bwelle Madera

Last July 19, 2018, at Poblacion’s Dulo MNL, five of the biggest and most innovative MUAs came together to amp up the volume to show how to break makeup rules and, instead, make your own!

J. Cat’s newest campaign underscores the uniqueness within us all and encourages users to let out their inner J. Cat kitten the undeniable club chic life-of-the-party who isn’t afraid to explore the different volumes of bold beauty that J. Cat beauty can take them to.

Mr. Bwelle Madera, President of Bwelle Store Enterprise, Inc., the official distributor of J. Cat in the Philippines

Makeup has always been a form of self-expression. With everything that makeup can offer—why not dial up the boldness of your look and turn up the volume? Whether you use makeup for your profession, as a hobby, or even as therapy, makeup lets you show off your personality and uniqueness in a way that nothing else truly can.

(L-R) Teena Arche, Hanna Pechon, Jherome Ramos, Katchie Mejias, and Min Ortiz

Feel Good, Look Good, and Break the Rules
Since its founding in 2012, J. Cat has bewitched beauty enthusiasts worldwide with its rich color pay-off, fun products, and vegan and cruelty-free lines that encourage both newbies and pros to break the mold and create their own fearless looks.

All of J. Cat’s products are free of phthalates, sulfates, GMO’s, Triclosan (a preservative) and other toxic chemicals. Its nail polishes are also free from formaldehyde and toluene, while also being cruelty-free and budget friendly.

Influencers and celebrities from all over the world have continued to rave about J. Cat and its inventive campaigns. Online stars like:
  • Desi Perkins
  • Michelle Phan
  • Tati Westbrook
  • Arci Munoz
J. Cat has finally found the perfect way to give high-quality product without breaking the bank. Filipino beauty enthusiasts have been privy to a massive slew of products that cater to every look from the Rock Maiden to the Rainbow Reign.

This year, though, J. Cat invites a bigger and more fearless approach to makeup with its newest campaign called Turn Up the Volume. While their staple products still enable you to nail every and any look that fits your fancy, J. Cat wants you to make 2018 the year you start your new makeup adventure as they give you the tools and inspiration to take charge and have the choice to be as bold as you want.

Turn Up the Volume invites makeup lovers from all walks of life to take a step out of their comfort zone by making their everyday bolder. Whether that’s a new addition of a pop of color on your neutral-shaded lids, a full-blown rainbow lip for your evening out, or a versatile look that will easily transform and take you from day to night with just a few strokes and dabs of daring hues—J. Cat can elevate your go-to looks and dial up the boldness.

Take Risks and Turn Up
It’s a multi-sensory experience that showcases various areas, each with its own distinct look and persona that’ll transport you into J. Cat’s loud and proud world.

J. Cat’s Turn Up the Volume campaign launch was an immersive activity at every corner that just begs to be Instagrammed. This retro club-esque event was filled with holo, neon lights, plush chill-out spots, specially-curated food and cocktails, pumped-up music, addictive games, exclusive giveaways, and of course, tons of makeup, that’ll turn up the volume from timid and tame to audacious and unapologetic.

Turn Up the Dial with Five Volumes of Beauty
Each of our five MUAs has their own stations. Within these five stations, you’ll get millions of colors, and countless makeup inspirations as a live model get the full treatment with each makeup artist. 
Volume 1
Pop of Color

At Teena Arches’ station see how you can control the dial on your everyday makeup by learning how to play with those colors that you might normally intimidate you. This look can take you from day to night and will make brown and hazel eyes pop!

Volume 2
Dare to Sparkle

The 2nd featured MUA, Hanna Pechon demonstrate how to incorporate glitter into your go-to look. With inspo coming straight from cats with eyes of different hues, this will give the windows to your soul a whole new spirit.

Volume 3
Color Me Bold

With Jherome Ramos showcase a look based on the J.Cat girls’ essence: the fearless, loud, and bustling life of the party. A play on the some of J.Cat’s greatest hits; a medley of smoky burgundy colors and deep lip shades that’ll be perfect for every night out on the town and out of your comfort zone.

Volume 4

Katchie Mejias will be dedicated to all things holo! As a nod to the early 70s, this look combines the past with a futuristic twist that is also partly inspired by the multi-dimensional iridescence of the sea.

Volume 5
Full On Club Chic

Last but not the least, Min Ortiz, see how to nab that mermaid-inspired look that’s been all over the Net, with edgy holographic accents and dark seductive lips that will have you looking beat to the gods!

Enter the J.Cat Experience
Each station placed the spotlight on how to use some of J. Cat’s most popular products like;
  • Lipfinity Matte Lipsticks
  • Eyeshadow Palettes
  • Liquid Highlighters
  • Flash Metal
  • Holo Toppers
  • Rock Glitz Eyeliners

For more information about J. Cat Beauty PH follow their social media accounts at J. Cat Website,  Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and Twitter Account

J. Cat knows that real beauty comes from within, but what sets J. Cat apart is its ability to help make up junkies and newbies transform and express all their many facets.

About J.Cat Beauty 
Born in Los Angeles, California, J. Cat is the cool new kid on the block that’s sharing its loud and proud personality to your vanities with cool campaigns and even cooler products. Vegan, cruelty-free, made without harmful chemicals and at an affordable, J.Cat was launched in the Philippines in 2017 as a new brand for makeup aficionados who want to enter the exciting new realm of color and confidence. J. Cat Beauty stores can be found in Gateway Mall, Uptown Bonifacio, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Alabang Town Center & Ayala Malls the 30th. Visit their website to know more. 

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