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Monday, October 31, 2011


Cagayan de Oro City, small as it may be, are always filled with new stores and for us ladies boutiques. We may have minimal number of designer stores in the city compared that of Manila and Cebu however these boutiques can suffice our fashion cravings.

One boutique that is worth visiting is StyleCandy. They are conveniently located in Dr 1, Tomasaco cor 6th st., Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. Common landmarks that would help you are Loreto's Grill and beside Hosana Church.

There are many things you can look forward in this store. They have the most extensive array of fashion finds that do not only cater to women but also men and even kids! They also have bags, shoes, accessories and more. Aside from that you would surely love the notion that this is a one stop fashion store for everyone. Ladies would surely love their dresses and their unique shirts. Men on the other hand would love their games inspired shirts.

Here are some photo outtakes. Enjoy~

Nice backdrop and fashion inspiration wall

Lovely accessories of all sorts, love those feather earrings

Authentic Long Champ bags and shoes

See that SALE sign? *spazing*

Goodness how I wish my closet would contain ALL these~

The boyfriend checking out some men's wear.

And here's what I got for myself:

StyleCandy also accepts custom made shirts that would be perfect for school and for work. Much more if you do not have the time to shop on their store, you can always view their catalog and place your order in their Facebook page. You can also contact them at 09264461507.

With that said, enjoy shopping~

Saturday, October 29, 2011


As Sonja Henie would put it, "Jewelry takes people mind's off your wrinkles". True enough jewelries captivate our senses and when we saw one we tend to fixate our eyes on it. Apart from that, these gems are good investments in the future. You could hand these down to your kids retaining its value and beauty. Or in worst case, you can have this exchange for cash in your local pawnshop stores in times of need.

I know for a fact that ladies love jewelries. And who wouldn't? This can accentuate not only our wardrobe but also our beauty. I bet you not only own one. Should you want to add your jewelry collection at relatively cost effective prices, perhaps you may want to attend this:

This is a good venue for you to see well crafted jewelries, diamonds and even more. Plus you need not worry on the cost since it will be relatively worth every penny. Aside from that, you can also be able to purchase luxury bags and wallets. Some brands you might be interested are Hermes Paris, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and more!

In case you are interested make sure you contact a good friend of mine Dennis Corbita for your EXCLUSIVE invitation. Strictly no invitation, no entry. You can also refer your friends who would be interested in such event. Simply refer 10 prospect clients and you will get a chance to earn. Yes you heard that right. You can in fact earn in the process. Simply contact Dennis for your possible commission.

For ladies who would want to add a new investment to their closet or men who would like to please their special someone, this is one great event you surely would not want to miss out. In that case, dial the numbers or contact Dennis today!

Friday, October 28, 2011


He is indeed totally jazzy not only in music but also in looks, totally jocund as evident by his friends and multitude of fans and totally jorgeous. Say what?! Forget the last part. I am talking about TJ Monterde.

TJ has been a household name in Cagayan de Oro because of his hosting stints every Sunday in Mag TV. Much more he also can be seen in other hosting events within or outside his mother company. Aside from that, he is also one sought after model in the city. Much more he is also inclined with music as he can sing and plays. Mr. Perfect after all is not a far-fetch dream ladies since TJ is definitely one.

I am pretty certain many misses his handsome face in TV every Sunday since he is somewhere North pursuing  something big. However, ladies and fans need not miss him for the meantime as he was kind enough to answer Etallasa's 10 questions. Get to know TJ in here.

1. What do you do?

I DJ on the radio, I host, I sing, I play the guitar, I write; I do things that make me happy.

2. Describe yourself in three words.

Sincere / Happy / Corny!

3. What is one thing you can't live/ leave without today?

Mushy it may seem but I can’t live without prayer, it’s what sustains me.

4. What do you value most in your life right now?

The people I love! They’re my inspiration

5. What do you see as your greatest achievement?

Honestly, one thing is being able to be a part of MagTV, I always see that as a very great achievement. But, generally, the person I am right now, determined and passionate!

6. What is the greatest regret of your life so far?

Cliché it may be, but nothing actually; no regrets, learn from them.

7. What are the things you would still want to achieve?

A lot! Get a real job, drive my own car, be a VJ, produce my own album, travel the world, and the list goes on.. and on.. and on.

8. What makes you different?

Ive been staring at this question for 20 minutes now, I don’t really know. Haha!

9. How do you see yourself five years from now?

Living my dreams! Boom baby!

10. What advice can you give to yourself and to others?

Never ever give up on any situation; Look up! He has Plan B, He’ll back you up!
“be a prisoner of hope” - Joel Osteen

More than a host seen in our TV screens, more than the man behind the mic, it is clearly seen that TJ has indeed more to offer. A man with great faith, great face and great future, he would surely go places!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Like These!

Each one of us would like to help and even change the world. We want to be superheroes, have special powers, bring world peace and even more. However, with our human limitation and scarcity, such is truly impossible. However, you need not fret. Because in your own little ways you can be a hero. With a simple click of a mouse, you can help others. And with a little like in Facebook who knows? You might even change the world.

Support Earth Travel Journals by voting for them in the "I Am a Changemaker Most Popular Video Competition". For those who don't want to search they are the 19th among the 20 others. In order to persuade you to vote for them, here are a few facts:

By choosing EARTH Travel Journals you help protect the forest, home of 1,196 endemic species and stop the rapid deforestation in the Philippines. ETJ are treefree paper. It is made of a mixture of grass, fruit peelings and abaca fiber ethically sourced from Higaonon and small-scale farming women. Such value-adding results to economic activities that may help lessen rebel insurgencies in the area.

By choosing EARTH Travel Journals, you help the 4,677,305 Filipino families who live on less than USD2 a day, come out of dire poverty. ETJ focuses on wealth creation for indigenous, small-scale women farmers and urban poor women. Women and their families will be able to have a chance to enjoy life, from participating in ETJ chain as entrepreneurs and producers.

By choosing EARTH Travel Journals, Filipino children in underserved public schools will have high quality education through its Learning for All fund raising project. ETJ believes that education is the key to eliminate poverty. It will dedicate every Php5 earned from each travel journal to fund for language instructional materials for rural pre-schools in the Philippines. With that, our Filipino children will be fully equipped and become learners all throughout life and not just inside the school walls.

With Earth Travel Journals, you can have this very nice notebook, help save the forest, provide livelihood, help others and be a catalyst for change. Geez, you will surely be more than a superhero with this! Be one by voting for them here.

Support by voting DVSkwela-Xavier University as an entry to the Colgate Fresh U Project. DVSkwela is geared towards helping street children in Divisoria by providing free tutorials and meals. As a teacher myself this is something very close to my heart. Hence, if you have a heart as well support this cause by voting for it here.

Your vote can help them win as much as 50,000 which in turn could aid in financing their noble project and provide more supplies for their teaching.

With these great projects, the least we can do would be to like and vote for them. Rather than waste our time on the Internet doing nothing, a mere one minute could change someone's life and the world in general. What are you waiting for? Be a little hero today.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

AVA Feature

An AVA newsletter always surprises me. Simply because of the notion that you could be able to have a sneak preview on their upcoming sales and other worth checking details. This will also give you an overview of their ongoing sales and other items to watch out for the week.

However this newsletter is something different. Simply because my Shanghai post was featured in their community. More than the surprise I was both happy and overwhelmed. I cannot believe it that a simple post about that pair of shoes would be worth posting in their newsletter and also shared to many. Thank you AVA for the feature!

Aside from that, allow me to share the exciting contents of their newsletter today!

Long Champ Sale is back at 40% off. Sale starts on October 26, 2011!

Suelas Pre-orders at 30% off. You can reserve a pair today!

BGBG Maxazria, Skagen Germany, and ODM. Sale starts on October 28!

Jeffrey Campbell and Report Footwear. Sale starts on October 28!

With these affordable and genuine fashion finds what more can you ask? Sign up for AVA today before these items would be out of grasp.


He is totally hot, totally talented, totally handsome and the total package. What more is there to seek with this man! I am pretty sure many missed him already. In that case, you would surely not miss out the date October 28 as he answers ten Etallasa questions. Get to know him more with it. Don't you dare miss this.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trick or Treat

Halloween is just around the corner. For some this spells parties while others this is a good time to do some tricks or treats. Although trick or treat in the Philippines is not that lavish compared to other countries, the thought of giving out candies and food items to others is still something innate to us Filipinos. And why not indulge yourself and others with these Missy Bon Bon treats!

Missy Bon Bon is known for their oh-so-sweet-and-delicious gelatos. Aside from that they are also popular with their baked goods and pastries. And now since Halloween is dawning near, they sure revamp some of their delicacies to cater to this once a year event. Check out what they have to offer.

Disclaimer: Sugar level will rise hence beware and be aware~

Spider Cookie 28.00

RIP Cupcake 28.00

Mummy Cupcake 28.00

Eye Ball Cupcake 28.00

I swear I can finish these! Any kind sponsors?

Hence if you are planning some trick or treats this coming Halloween or perhaps you would want to treat yourself and your friends with these goodies, rush to Missy Bon Bon today!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I am pretty sure sometime in your life you crave to own a pair of Havaianas' flip flops and more. Some may even own more than a pair. If you would want to own one, you need not spend much for such. In fact you may want to check out this:

Here are some discounts you might want to seize:

Customers who purchase any (1) pair can avail of a 20% discount.
Customers who purchase two (2) or more pairs (any style) can avail of a 40% discount.
Customers who purchase any Havaianas accessory can avail of a 10% discount.
Promo runs from October 24 up to November 30, 2011.
Per DTI permit no. 7075, series of 2011.

You can be able to experience such if you visit the following Cagayan de Oro stores:

All Flip-Flops SM City Cagayan de Oro
Ban Sabai Traditional Thai Massage
Gazebo Home Store
Mallberry Suites Business Hotel

Hurry and get a pair or two today at discounted prices before your favorite pair would be out of stock. Check your nearest Havaianas stores today!

Kryz and WAGW

Last Saturday I had one rare privilege of seeing and even talking to Kryz Uy, Creative Director of WAGW. In my previous post here, I have been an avid fan of this girl since God knows when. I am a follower of her blog, her twitter and her FB page. So much for being a stalker eh? Her setting foot in the city is an opportunity I cannot let go hence I took the courage to visit WAGW and approach her as she was busy fixing some of the display.

My apologies for stammering being the talkative that I am. I'm just simply overwhelmed with your lovely presence and more so for being so kind to talk with me and agreeing for some pictures. Her sister was also very kind to accommodate me in the counter and told me to accumulate purchases in WAGW in order to get something special when X amount of purchases is done. They also provided me with their new Magazine which showcases their Primal Rock Therapy Collection and their new collection All About Eve.

Kryz also told me that Camille Co, another blogger who I have been following will also visit CDO soon. Will definitely be looking forward to that day.

Thank you Kryz and thank you WAGW!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Everyone experienced being single. Somewhere in our lives there were occasions when love and relationships were nowhere to be found. And I for one was also involve and a member of the singles club. I must say that during these times, I was frustrated, depressed and sad for not having that special someone. But in spite of that lacking aspect in my adult life, how did I survive all these?

Credit: Flickr

Being single is not a curse for one to carry. It is even a privilege and an opportunity. In this phase, one can improve one’s self in preparation for the relationship. Years ago I had read the book entitled “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris. It was an interesting book to begin with. The title itself is catchy and its contents are amazing. Reading this book was my eye opener on how to make the most of my singleness.

So let me share to you a little portion of the book’s lesson and how exactly did I applied it.

• The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing. I want to do things as fast as I can. So when I tend to see couples before being oh so sweet, I tend to hastily join a romantic chat room and chat with a guy hoping he would be my next boyfriend. And guess what, every time, it failed and I end up being more depressed. The book inculcated the virtue of delaying gratification. The world might deliver us instant results even in the course of relationships but it can’t guarantee results. I am a girl who believes in happy ever after even if it might seem vague and impossible. And I know for sure, that making such hasty decisions can also pave the way of a hasty ending relationship. Thus I was driven to wait until the right man comes at the right time.

• Any season of singleness is a gift. This is very true. It is in this phase where I did maximize my freedom. Thoughts of being single mostly occupied my mind but doing stuffs that you can while in this state and putting it in action can swipe the thoughts away. I tend to do different things. I enrolled myself in music lessons particularly the violin and the arts. I was inculcating the thought that it would be wonderful to add a skill or two so when the one comes, he would see more.

• Making the most of your singleness. As I had indicated in the previous bullet, I learned totally new lessons to insert on my free times. And I was also a professional working then. Being in a relationship means loving someone new. Being single means loving someone old. So I tend to spend more time with my family. I immediately rush home after school and bond with my brother and parents when they get back from work. I tend to spend weekends with my closest college friends and hang out. It was like the moment of bonding for individuals who were already dear to me.

See? Being single after all is a fun time for you and for your family and friends. I know keeping yourself busy can also be a big help to suffice your single time. Just make sure that when you keep yourself busy, you are enjoying yourself in the process. A simple note, you don’t need that special someone to make you smile. If you can’t make yourself happy then how can you be assured when the right man comes, you can also make him happy?

As an add-on note, love yourself. It’s the best thing you can give and do for the meantime. Stay positive and good luck in finding the man of your dreams.

Friday, October 21, 2011


If Snow White is real and walking with us today, she would be one perfect epitome of this lovely Disney princess. Minus the hair, the gown and the evil stepmother, she has almost the exact resemblance of her. From the white glowing skin tone, pretty eyes and red lips, one could clearly say that such an individual existed. And this is for real! She is Essa Santos.

Essa is no stranger in the catwalk and in front of the camera. With many events she attended and the countless photo shoots under her belt, you will really have no excuse that you haven't seen this lady. And with that Snow White-ish face of hers, she is absolutely one head turner. With such credentials, Etallasa is honored to feature a lady who is gorgeous and beautiful inside and out. Get to know her more as Essa answers the 10.

1. What do you do?

right now, i'm a senior student at Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan taking up Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy. i also do modeling and hosting jobs

2. Describe yourself in three words.

OUTGOING - haha! i've never been the shy type and i looove making new friends!

ENIGMATIC - i would like to believe that i'm not the kind of girl that can be boxed up into one category/stereotype. i even find it hard to figure out myself! getting to know how i am is a lifelong journey.

TOUGH - some of my closest friends think that this is one of my negs. i can come off to be quite insensitive and indifferent. but i'm totally not! yes, i've never been very emotional, but that doesn't mean i don't care.

3. What is one thing you can't leave/live without today?

i can't leave the house without my phone! haha i have paranoid thoughts that fall along the lines of "what if i get stuck in the school's elevator and the emergency bell doesn't work and i don't have a phone?? how will they know i'm here??" haha

i can't live without exercising! i swear i'm addicted to it. haha most of my friends think it's because i'm obsessed about getting thin, but that's not completely the case. i love the feeling i get when i push myself during workout. plus, the endorphin rush i get after is addicting

4. What do you value most in your life right now?

i value the relationships i have built with the people in my life. they make everything better and i feel so blessed to have met them.

5. What do you see as your greatest achievement?

my greatest achievement so far would have to be my attitude towards life. bragging aside, i'm really happy that i have become more hardworking, stronger, and more resilient; i work hard to reach my goals, i stand up for what i think is right, and i constantly work on improving myself.

Credit as tagged: JM Tagarda

6. What is the greatest regret of your life so far?

i don't have any! regrets won't do you any good. so i deal with my mistakes by learning from them and doing better the next time

7. What are the things you would still want to achieve?

i want to graduate on time (this march, hopefully!), i want to be independent, find a stable job, and support myself. these are the things i'm concentrating on for now. i have so many on my list of goals, but all the others will have to wait.

8. What makes you different?

woah. this is a tough one. i would say i'm different in so many levels but i think what sets me apart the most is how i think. i tend to over-analyze and worry too much. haha! but on the positive note, all the adversities and struggles (plus philosophy) i've been through has helped me achieve a broader perspective of things.

9. How do you see yourself five years from now?

well, i'm hoping that 5years from now, i'll have a stable job that has good compensation. i hope i get to buy my own car by then too!! hahaha but yeah, basically i see myself financially stable and a whole lot richer experience-wise

10. What advice can you give to yourself and to others?

i've always believed that everything happens for one reason; and that is for us to have opportunities to grow and become better. let us not dwell on problems as dead ends and reasons to give up. instead, let us regard them as chances to improve ourselves. we can never make our lives perfect, but who says we can't make one helluva good run for it

With such words, Essa is surely not only a beauty but a lady with convictions and a strong purpose in her life. I am sure you would want to know her more. In that case you can visit her Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

TacoBistro's Menu

I recently posted about the new Taco Bistro's Free Delivery service. You surely can't resist the taste of their unique nachos, tacos, burritos and all. Plus they have latest addition to their menus that will surely be your all new snack favorite.

Good news Kagay-anons! You need not go to their Limketkai, Robinsons and Gaisano branches just to have a taste of their delectable offerings. They can now deliver right in your doorstep for FREE! Simply dial 309-5234. Aside from their usual favorites, they have more to offer perfect for any gatherings. You may want to look at their delivery menu.

Reasonable prices, free delivery and delicious offerings, what more can you ask for? Contact Taco Bistro today!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


She is one head turner in the city. You surely cannot neglect looking at her angelic face if you bump into her. And you would surely know about her more if you visit on October 21, 2011 as she answers ten Etallasa questions.


Got one big surprise yesterday. My AVA purchase has arrived! Aside from getting a new pair of shoes at 30% off, it was also one convenient shopping experience. Simply imagine ordering items online and have it delivered right in front of your doorsteps. Thank God for the Internet and creative sites like AVA.

The package was packed in one big LBC box. Forgive me if I did not bother to get a picture simply because I was too excited to open it. Feels like Christmas~

Here are the contents of the package.

The package comes with a little thank you note from AVA

It also contains a sling bag to easily carry your purchase around.

Finally, the box!

Anddddd~ my new Shanghai flats from Anthology!

Thank you so much AVA. This purchase may not be possible without you. If you would like to have this kind of shopping convenience at relatively low prices, be part of the country's first invitation only online shopping community AVA!