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Tutuban Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


“Do you ever just smell an old parfum, or hear an old song, or pass an old hangout spot and kinda break inside for couple of minutes?”
– Unknown

That’s how I feel whenever I get to pass by Tutuban. A true 90’s kid knows the “Manila Christmas Shopping Capital” way before 168, 999, Lucky Chinatown Mall and other malls sprouted in the heart of Chinatown. Can not relate?? Hehe you must be a millenial kid then.

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Tutuban Center Christmas Rush

Well just to share before all the other malls came into the picture “Tutuban Center” was the go to place for quality yet best buy deals. And as a student within Masangkay and Benavidez, Tutuban Center’s National Bookstore was one of bookstores that catered to our school supply needs (other options were NBS Avenida and Rob Place branch).  Tutuban Center holds a number of my precious childhood memories and some college memories too. I remember the countless of time I walked down Tutuban’s pasilyos with my bestie in search of the perfect graduation dress. And I’m glad that despite of the growing competion Tutuban is here to stay.

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On that note, you can imagine how ecstatic I was to be invited to Tutuban Center’s Christmas Lighting Tradition last weekend (November 14, 2015). If it’s not obvious yet I was Supeeeer Jumping in Joy Ecstatic!!

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Pre-Christmas Lighting

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Shameless Selfie with Manila's Tallest Christmas Tree.. It's sooo tall it didn't fit in the frame

Now on their 9th year of traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Tutuban Center, Manila’s Christmas Shopping Capital, carried the theme “Paskong Sulit sa Tutuban Center.” (Sulit naman talaga kasi ;))  The theme was meant to uphold the image of Tutuban Center as the place where Filipino families and friends can spend their Christmas shopping time and make it super sulit sa saya at sa oras for family bonding.

Prior to the lighting ceremony we were seranaded and entertained by this superb
group.

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Christmas and Song Medley

MyPhone endorsers Devon Seron and Kyle Vergara also graced the momentus event.

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Tutuban Management with MyPhone Endorsers

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Tutuban Management, Devon and Kyle up close

Missed out on this, no worries beapots caught the lighting ceremony on video. Enjoy the fireworks and confetti!

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Colorbursting Fireworks

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It's raining confetti... ^_^

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Sooo pretty...

Tutuban Center has more festivities lined up so follow them on their media accounts and stay tuned for more details on their upcoming events. I’ve heard their Christnas Wonderland is already open and entrance fee is free. So make to check it out soon!

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Yey!! It's sooo extravagant when lighted. Anganda!!

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My favorite photo of the night, it's feeling a lot like Christmas.

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Love yahh! Mwah2x!!

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Twitter: @TutubanCenter
Instagram: @TutubanCenter

Beaucoup D’amor,
Beapots

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#VPartySeries Presents Midnight Mysteries: A Night of Ghouls


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(c) BreakOutPh

Back Story:
Months ago, my dear friend and I were looking for a party venue. In our search, we happen to pass by Victoria Court Malate. Our convo shifted to how we secretly desire to party in one of their themed rooms and experience sleeping on a spacious round bed. Even, just once will do. 😉

Little did we know that our secret desire will shortly become a reality, all thanks to the VIP Pass I won at the Blogapalooza. Yipeee yey!!!

The Invites:
Blogapalooza 2015 was overflowing with freebies but among them, I was most ecstatic with the VIP pass to the Victoria Court #VPartySeries Midnight Mysteries I won. Not only would I finally cross out 2 items from my bucketlist (1. Victoria Court Theme Room; 2. Breakout Philippines), I also get to share the fun experience with my dear bellas.

On top of the VIP tix (for 6pax), I also got additional 3 complimentary pass to the event for posting Breakout Philippine’s press release on my blog. Yey!! More friends to invite!! ^_^

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The VIP Ticket I won at Blogapalooza 2015

Organizing my small group was not easy.. Sooo kudos and hats off to all those spear-heading a PR campaign. But things dont go as you’ve originally planned, there were constant changes and last minute cancellations but I’m still happy with our final line up:

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Victoria Court Batcave (c) Victoria Court

Wave 1 – Complimentary Pass
Batcave @ 6PM
– Beapots, Adaski and Che2x Nina

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Victoria Court Casino Royale (007) (c) Victoria Court

Wave 2 – VIP Ticket
Casino Royale @ 8PM
– Beapots, King2x, Arjay Justin Joy2x, Adaski Mommy Rissa, Che2x Nina and Lou

The Puzzle:
I got to run the course twice. First I went “To The Batcave!” at 6PM and on to Casino Royale (007) by 8PM.

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Our ticket to entering the Mystery Room.. Hihi Oil Spill Alert!!

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We're Blue la-la-la-di-dum..

The puzzles for each room has the same theme (7 Cardinal Sin with each Ghoul representing 1 Sin) and clues but differs on the way and sequence they present you the clues.

Everything starts off with your team going in a  dark and cold room blindfolded and suddenly, you realize you guys are not alone.. A ghastly and modulated voice out of no where directing you to keep silent while removing your blindfolds.. Once you do, you’ll find a scare actor or two standing in front of you..

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Bella Groufie right before entering Casino Royale (007) Room

Timer starts soon as they retell you their story.. How he/they’ve been entrapped in the room for six years now, how Mr. Morning Star is delighted to have you as guests at Hotel Saligia and promised to help to get you out in hopes that you won’t suffer the same fate as they did. And with that the 1st ghoul will leave with a lasting thought that there are clues lying around the room and it’s your task to solve the locked room mystery.

You scammer around the room trying to piece in bits and piece of the clues you can find.. And 5-10mins in you’ll realized you’ve scoured the room but still not enough clues were found.. In comes another ghoul with a clue and a challenge at hand.

And expect a series of challenge from each ghouls (Lux/Lust, Envie/Envy, Ava/Greed, Gul/Gluttony, Paris/Wrath, Ace/Sloth). They would let you point out the strongest and weakess link of the group and kidnap the strongest contender for a while, as one to eat a cup of cold soggy intestine like noodles, lay beside a flesh-hungry ghoul, fish out an item or two in a pool of blood, watch a scary video, and even scare your own team member.

As if that’s not enough, you all also have to navigate the dark room with just a small flashlight and worst at times one nasty ghoul would also take your source of light away leaving you in total darkness.

But with every task completed you get one step closer into solving the mystery. Until at last you meet 6th and final ghoul presenting a large locked box with a 4 digit combi padlock.

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The Box, The Lock and The Source of Light (c) Victoria Court

The Clues:
Here are some of the clues I can remember on top of my head:
– To solve the puzzle do NOT let Pride sink in
– It is best to keep the 2 guides together
– Remember that everything has more than 1 purpose
– 1st digit can be found in 5ecrets
– 2nd digit is in Pr3tend
– and the last 2 digits can be guided

Decoding the Clues:
We collected all the clues in the Batcave but missed one in Casino Royale. What’s funny is we guessed the code in Casino Royale which we failed to do in the Batcave.

On the 3rd or 4th you’ll begin to piece in that each ghoul represents one of the Cardinal Sins. With their constant reminder that there’s only six of them, you’ll piece in they’re missing 1 ghoul Pride/Orgueil.

What’s the code you ask? It was 5-3-2-4 (5 from 5ecrets, 3 from Pr3tend, 2 from 2 guides together and I have no idea where 4 came from but my teammate said it was the fork we fished out from the tub).

Inside the box, you’ll find the key out of the room, but the door still wont budge when tried to unlock the door. After several tries we finally broke out of the room (in Casino Royale).

Living Legends or Trapped Forever:
In the Batcave our team failed to unlock the box and so we felt we lost the game since there was no briefing after. But apparently my fellow blogger said they failed to decode the clues but won the game as they did not let pride sink in.

In the Casino Royale we broke out of the room and lost the game. By wanting to break out of the room and get our bragging rights we turned into Pride, joining Mr. Morning Star/Satan and his league of Cardinal Sin. We did get a simple souvenir for turning into Pride. 😉

Batcave, Status: Trapped Forever
Casino Royale, Status: Trapped Forever

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Batcave Players (L-R): Orlee, Tere, Nina, Adaski and Beapots

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Batcave: Trapped Forever

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Casino Royale Players (L-R): Mommy Rissa, Lou, Nina, Beapots, King2x and Joy2x

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Casino Royale: Trapped Forever

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We got out but alas we let Pride sink in and lost the game.. (Our Souvenir)

After Thoughts:
In the end we resolved that the course is the antithesis of BreakOut Philippines. To be Living Legends you must solve the mystery, unlock the box, get the keys but stay in the room.

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How we wish to be Living Legends

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Postfacto media posting and discussion

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Stolen Shots

The scare actors weren’t scary at all but they were effective. We really felt we were trapped in with no hopes of getting out, especially in the Casino Royale room. We wouldn’t dare let go of each other’s hands at first. Two thumbs up to the Lux and Envie tandem.

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Casino Royale Bellas with Scare Actors: Envie and Ace. (postmystery)

I also had fun hiding under the gambling deck/table with my bellas as directed by Ava/Greed to irk the next ghoul Paris/Wrath.

I know it sounds bad but I still laugh at the thought of Nina eating a piece of tissue on the floor just coz Gul/Glutton accused her of throwing away the cold soggy intestine-like noodles. Gosh!! Gul was soo terrifying.

I wished I became a sacrifice/volunteer a lot more than I did.. Did I mention the scare actors were absolute hunks?? As my group said “Grabe, walang patapon angwa-gwapo!” (Ohh My, they’re all so handsome, no scraps!!) I’m claustrophobic, but I didn’t mind having an alone time with Lux/Lust in a small enclosed toilet room. Since he’s embodying lust he had no sense of personal space. I lost count on how many times he trail his index finger on my nose down to my lips saying.. “I reaaaally loooove your lips” (all thanks to my Covergirl Lipstick in Divine my lips were absolutely irrisistible, but hmmm it made me think if Lux was gay).. I could feel I was blushing while we were face to face.. Ooohh he smelled good too (I wonder what’s his parfum??), well until I caught a whiff of cigarette breath, a total turn off in my book. Lolz

We didn’t win but we still felt like winners in our hearts coz we combined our wits and broke out of the room. And we definitely had fun.

If the puzzle, hunky scare actors and organizers we’re not enough to make your night.. I think the horror movie marathon, overflowing food, drinks and buzz will.. Still not enough?? Hmm, well that leaves Troy Montero to fill you up. Lolz

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Habang mailap si Alden si Troy Montero muna. 😉 ✌

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1st Horror Movie, Sinister.

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Doll Suicide Hanging Tree

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Picture Sesh at the Complimentary Room with the Event Toilet. Lolz

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After thought discussion on such a comfy bed

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Bella Family Photo

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Shameless Mirror Selfie ❤ #BatmanOOTD

For more event updates, you can follow Breakout Philippines and Victoria Court on their respective Social Media Accounts:

Breakout Philippines:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakoutphilippines
Instagram: @BreakoutPH

Victoria Court:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaCourtPH
Instagram: @victoriacourtVC

Beaucoup D’amor,
Beapots

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Bloggys 2015 Gala Night in SMX, SM Aura


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Guess who just made it into the guest list of the Bloggys 2015 Gala Night?! You’ve got it right!! Beapots did! Who would have thought that the blog I initially started to join contests would turn into this? Not me for sure.. but I would still have to work on getting more of my write ups here.. 🙂

sooo What is Bloggy??
Bloggys is a prestigious nationwide blog awarding event in the Philippines to recognize the most relevant and engaging blogs owned and written by Real Filipinos from different parts of Luzon to Mindanao.

The Organizer??
Essays.ph a content outsourcing company in Makati. They have the largest network of online content creators in the Philippines. The company organized Bloggys 2015 to further advance their wicked plans to help support and contribute to the development of the blogging industry in the Philippines.

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When and Where??
Location: SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig
Date and Time: November 21, 2015 at 5:00PM

What’s in store??
As a blogger and a guest, we’ll get to enjoy:
1. An awards show of the finest bloggers in the Philippines
2. Witnessing a key event in Philippine history
3. Networking with businesses who have freebies and perks for bloggers
4. Building relationship with niche influencers, trend setters and buzz ambasaddors

Yipeee!! I’m already itching to attend the Bloggys 2015 Gala Night, an invite-only red carpet reception for active bloggers. I can’t wait to meet my fellow budding bloggers and if I’m lucky I may even meet some of the bloggers I look up to. **fangirl mode on**

Wanna join the Gala Night? Then go ahead and reserve your ticket before they get sold out.

To reserve tickets:    http://bloggys.ph/reserve-tickets/
To nominate Blogs: http://bloggys.ph/nomination-process
To join the Twitter converasation: use the  hashtag #bloggys2015

Hope to see you there!

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BDJ Fair 2014: #LiveItUp Dance to the Beat of your Dreams


How are you going to live it up this 2015? Start living it up by going to the 6th BDJ Fair on October 19 at SM Mall of Asia, Music Hall!

Live it up and dance your way through life by making new goals, planning ahead and supporting a new advocacy!

Head to the BDJ Fair 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia, Music Hall on Sunday, October 19, from 10AM-10PM and dance to the beat of your dreams by attending inspiring talks, trying out different booths, activities and workshops from the BDJ Team.

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This year, the BDJ Fair is entitled: # Live It Up! Dance to the Beat of Your Dreams! The BDJ Fair is a fun-filled event where they will launch their 9th edition of the BDJ Power Planner and raise funds for the advocacies they support. This year, they will support the students of Sulong Kabataang Romblomanon, Inc. (Romblon scholars), and MoveMNL. It’s also where BDJ Girls all come together to learn, experience and have fun through our various talks, booth, activities and workshops. It’s where they get to interact with their fellow BDJ Girls and gain new friends and learn from each other! Enjoy a fun-filled event of learning and being empowered and get first dibs to the BDJ 2015 Planner for only 500 pesos at the fair.

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To pre-register for any of the talks, simply visit belledejourpowerplanner.com and choose your top 3 picks from the talk line up.

Talk Line Up:
1:05-1:40 – From GRIT to GREAT with Jonathan Yabut
2:00-2:40 – Life is Your Playground with Ann Jacobe of Project Hardcore Sisterhood
3:00-3:40 – Create Your Own #BeautifulStory with Tricia Gosingtian for Pond’s
4:00-4:40 – From Zero to Financial Hero with Edric Mendoza of ANC
5:20-6:00 – The Fullness of Life with Andi Manzano of GSK
6:20-7:00 – Seasons of Style with Isha Andaya-Valles of Preview Magazine
The event is open to everyone but only pre-registered girls will be allowed to participate in the talks, get a loot bag, and get to try out exciting activities such as zipline and wall climbing!  Slots will be given on a first come, first served basis.
Save the date for the sixth BDJ Fair! Put on your dancing shoes and dance to the beat of your dreams!
Stay tuned for more details regarding the BDJ Fair! For more information on the Belle de Jour Power Planner, other products and events, log on to belledejourpowerplanner.com or join their Facebook Fan Page, or follow @BDJBuzz on Twitter and Instagram.
See you there Bellas!
Loads of Love,
Beapots
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BDJ Box Beauty Social: Camp Gorgeous Piandre


I still can’t get over the BDJ Box Beauty Social event from last September 14, 2014, so I’m writing this post to highlight xtallicious & beapot’s Piandre beauty transformation experience. **better late than never, right?** ^_^

It’s a habit mine to look out for BDJ Power Planner and BDJ Box’s announcements on their upcoming events. The moment they posted the steps on how to pre-register to this year’s BDJ Box Beauty Social: Camp Gorgeous, I made it a point to pre-register the very same day. you know the feeling, when you know something reaaaal juicy and you can’t simply keep it a secret? I felt exactly that! So it’s only second nature to me to share the info to my Bella friends. And we were all so ecstatic to secure 2 beauty talks each. In case you’re curious, mine were: Beauty Prep with the BDJ Box Beauty MinistryMake Up Essentials with Bobby Carlos of Max Factor.

My Confirmed Beauty Talks

My Confirmed Beauty Talks

Here’s the line up of the beauty talks along with the event booths layout:

Beauty Talk Line Up & Event Map

Beauty Talk Line Up & Event Map

I have already had my mind set to arrive at the venue early so I can roam freely around the booths.. but things didn’t go as I’ve initially planned. Out of the blue we were asked to be at the branch for a routinary system testing in lieu with the recent system upgrades. My Plan B was to come early for work, so I can go home early too.. and yet again luck wasn’t on my side, among all the PCs mine was the least responsive with the system upgrades. On the verge of crying, I even cracked a joke saying my PC’s an oldie by heart and isn’t big on changes. (Makaluma PC ko, ayaw nya ng pagbabago) Lolz

Gratefully I got to leave the office by 12 noon, however with all the fiasco I ended up missing my first talk. Huhubels for missing my chance to see my fave BDJ Beauty Minister Barbi Chan. 😦 Still despite a quite heavy heart, I went on my way to SM North Edsa with my preggy friend King2x (xtallicious).

We arrive a lil’ early for our second talk so we decided to pass time by going thru the event booths and bumped into our fellow bella looking so fierce and fab with her make over. She highly recommended getting a make over at the Piandre booth so we made it a point to sign up on their queue before we lined up for the Make Up Essentials with Bobby Carlos of Max Factor.

As always, Bobby Carlos’ beauty talk is never dull and is jump-packed with interesting trivia, tips and tricks. My Favorite tip from him is how to gauge if you are indeed acidic. According to Bobby, you are acidic if  the fancy jewelries your wear easily discolors. In that case, I’m supeeeeer acidic coz’ my sweat can tarnish fancy jewelries in a matter of 3 days.

After the talk we went around the booths sampling what they can offer and learning more about the event brand partners. I asked xtallicious if we could stay the end of the event coz’ I’m hoping to win the L’oreal Pureology set which she happily obliged. While waiting for the end of the beauty talks we tried our luck and asked if we can still avail the Piandre Make Over. Luckily Piandre was more than happy to accommodate us.

While waiting for our turn we were happily chatting away cupcake goddess Aci Girl and was oblivious that my name was already called out as a raffle winner. Thankfully, my fellow #illbethere bella Nina heard Karen Bordador (Monster Radio RX93.1) call out my name and called out my attention to go up stage. It turns out I just won a GlamGlow YouthMud.

My fellow #illbethere bella Janina and my GlamGlow YouthMud Loot

My fellow #illbethere bella Janina and my GlamGlow YouthMud Loot

Finally, a slot opened at the Piandre booth and I offered it xtallacious so I could document her beauty transformation and my oh my she turned into blushing bride in matter of minutes.

We are Camp Piandre Gorgeous

We are Camp Piandre Gorgeous

 

During her make up transformation Karen Bordador started calling out the IG account names of the HOTD or Hair-Of-The-Day contest winners. And yipee for me coz’ I’m one of the lucky winners.

My winning HOTD post won we this L'oreal Pureology Set

My winning HOTD post won we this L’oreal Pureology Set

I’m so glad I didn’t let start of my day deter me from attending this event. We left the event a happier and gorgeous bella and our beauty make over was really amazing. Kudos to their make up artists for withstanding a long queue of BDJ Bellas waiting for their turn to get beautified during the BDJ Box Beauty Social: Camp Gorgeous that day. Their works of art are as strong as them. Would you believe our make up survived the wind & gust of Typhoon Luis? Amazing! Right? Haha my own HOTD didn’t fair as well though so pardon the messy hair.

Still gorgeous even after braving the rainy & gusty weather brought by Typhoon Luis.

Still gorgeous even after braving the rainy & gusty weather brought by Typhoon Luis.

Don’t fret if you missed out on this beauty-filled event, as of this moment Belle De Jour is already cooking up the upcoming BDJ Fair 2014. They even settled on theme Live it Up: Dance to the Beat of your Dreams! You can pre-register your top 3 talks at http://belledejourpowerplanner.com/events/bdj-fair-2014-live-it-up/. So make sure to save the date and block out October 19, 2014 on your calendars. Check my next post for the complete details.

See yah around Bellas! 🙂

Loads of Love,
Beapots

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