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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thank You 2011

We are closing yet another year and about to welcome a new one. As I look back my 2011, it was indeed a great year for me. I do not know the things I have done to deserve such however I am forever grateful of the many positive things that the year has given me along with the wonderful people who will be forever part of it. As such, let me end my year by saying thanks to them. Thank you for making my 2011 great. Thank you for making my year memorable. Thank you for letting me reach my dreams this year. I am forever grateful and my endless gratitude.

Thank you for the support, the guidance and the unconditional love you have given me in my 25 years of existence. Most importantly thank you for being with me.

He has been with me for almost three years and I am thankful for every waking day knowing that someone as great as he is loves me. Thank you for the love and the companionship. 

My apologies I do not have a picture of all my officemates, I do hope this will suffice for now. They were my mentors in college and now we are in the same office, how great is that! Thank you for the knowledge and the guidance they have shared with me all this time. It made me a better teacher and it made me love and appreciate the teaching profession.

Friends will always be there however great friends are rare. And they are some of the many great ones I have all this time. Thank you for the company, the laughter and the stories.

More than the games that we shared online, it is the friendship that I treasure the most that I know I can rely on.

MBA Family and Friends
More than being defense partners and groupmates, you have been instruments in making my MBA years truly worthwhile and fun. I could not ask for better ones because you made my journey definitely one for the books.

Kili Elites
Thank you for being friends outside the realm of Trivia Night. I didn't know just how amazing and intelligent these people are.

Teaching is made more fulfilling with great students around. Thank you for teaching me. Your influence definitely made a mark.

Those are not my real bosses yet I do not know what their faces are since they are situated overseas. Thank you for the opportunity of being your employee and for keeping me all these years. I do have my bosses here which is our college dean of course and my Business Week editor. Thank you for the trust.

My Blogger Inspiration
They are the fabulous people I followed for months already and the reasons as well why I blog. Allow me to insert names as well whose pictures are not included above. This includes Lissa Kahayon and Vern Enciso.

For less than two months, I am surprised with the kind of trust that varied and great store owners have showered in my humble blog. Allow me to thank you from the bottom of my heart. IWearSin, Club Couture,   Fine Living, Fine Kagaku, Accessoreias, Mauve, Vantan Manila, N. T Shop, Jules Store, RKKR Stuff, Punk X Pretty, Obsession Without Limits, Yen's Butingthings, Beatus Amore, Simplizity Clothing, StyleCandy, Impulse Co, Paradise Treats, SugarKissed, Pinkest Blue, BeckyVintage Dress, Sapatos and Dress Diaries

We shall be starting 2012 full of giveaways from the other sponsors above. So watch out for it.

You are the fuel that inspired me to write blogs every single day. You are the fire that warmed me to pursue this. And even more you are the reason why I will continue Etallasa for the next years to come. With that said, thank you for the love and the support. 

For old friends and new friends, personal friends and online friends, near friends and far friends, thank you for being one. Your presence made this year super special. And you made my life better than the usual.

To all of you, Happy Happy New Year! Let us make 2012 our year. May you still be with me not only in 2011 but in the more years to come. 

Thank you so much from,

Friday, December 30, 2011


Her blog is a breath of fresh air. Her personality is larger than life. And by far, one of the most accomplished lady I know in the world of blogging by putting it up from the ground up. She is no less than the pretty and the classy Vern Enciso.

I must say I have been an avid follower of her blog for months already. Little did I know that she already setup her blog a year ago. Where was I all this time? There are many things you can absolutely love about Vern. For one, her blog is not only dedicated to fashion and events. She shares her life be it personal or not in this outlet. Only a few bloggers tend to do that nowadays. Secondly, her fashion style screams sexy yet classy. There is something about her that makes every ensemble truly Vern-ish. It is no wonder that she has been chosen by various product brands to represent them. Her style is never boring and even more overboard.

Another thing to love about Vern is her great personality. In spite of her current status in the blogging world, she has to be one of the most approachable blogger I know. I bet many others can attest to her kindness. And we are glad to feature this great lady as she answers Etallasa's 10. To Vern, my gratitude!

1. What do you do?

I’m a full time European studies student and a part time fashion blogger J

2. Describe yourself in three words.

Can I give 4? :P More than your average  J  haha

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

Something material would be my laptop! I can’t live without it now because its always been a part of my day to blog, check emails, messages, etc  J  My course also requires me to do a lot of papers and I don’t have time to write it by hand now! :P my laptop makes things easier for me J

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

My family, friends and boyfriend  J  I would've said my blog because it has given me so much but without them, I wouldn’t be as successful (in my own way) as I am now J

5. What do you see as your greatest achievement?

I was never really an achiever in school or with sports so finding my own forte-which is blogging and dressing up, without anyone’s help is far by my greatest achievement.

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

Not developing good study habits. I’ve always been the average student and I’ve always wondered how my life will be if I were to get awards and 96-100%s in school :P

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

A lot of course. I’m just 18! I believe that my blog is just a stepping stone to what I’ll really be doing in the future. I also plan to try, emphasis on the word try, law after college. I would want a career that would make me provide my own needs and wants and of course my future family’s. A family in the future would be nice too! But that’s going too far in the future :P With blogging though, I still have A LOT trust me. I’m one to dream a lot and I’m glad that I’m finally doing something about those dreams J

8. What makes you different?

I share some parts of my daily life on my blog and this kinda makes it a style storybook instead of just a fashion blog. Girls and halfgirls always love a good story (that’s why teleseyres and sitcoms are made everywhere and will always be a hit) and I believe that’s what makes my blog different from the others J

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

I’d be… 23 years old… so I’ll be living on my own, working for a big brand as either their brand manager or their head marketing, still close to my family and friends and traveling my heart out J OR if my heart and mind actually does pursue law, I’d be inside a coffee shop or a library in a nice dress and heels studying for the bar exam :P haha

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

Be yourself and never be afraid to try new things everyday no matter how small they are try new colors, new height of heels, smile at a stranger, actually study for a test, cut class, anything! As long as its something new, it will keep your life interesting and you’ll be happier that way J A routine’s boring and boring’s bad :P

For a lady of this caliber, achieving such dreams would be relatively easy-peasy. There is no doubt that she will be more than she is in the near future. I personally would love to see her as a brand manager though.

Get to know the pretty Vern Enciso through the following:


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Holiday Giveaway 12: StyleCandy With Etallasa

My apologies for the giveaway hiatus. Considering what had transpired over the weeks and days I was so busy to post one and even more it was still inappropriate. However, since some of my giveaways are ending in a few days, it is but right to brew something new. And this time, StyleCandy made it possible for us.

But before we jump into the giveaway proper and the prices at stake, allow me to share some good news straight from StyleCandy. They are currently having their holiday sale which will end on December 30, 2011. Get fabulous items and year-ender pieces at relatively low prices. For individuals situated in Cagayan de Oro, simply visit their store at Dr 1, Tomasaco cor 6th st., Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. For my online readers, you can always check out their collection and order through their Facebook page.

Plus, they have new items from their November to December collection that spans from classic dresses to animal prints. A few of which I already featured here while there are still unique pieces just waiting to be bought and used. Here are some:

Now let us jump to the giveaway proper shall we? But before anything else, here are the items you can win!

You can win this girly top and gamer girl top! Simply follow these easy mechanics with more chances of winning:

Required Steps:
1. Add StyleCandy in Facebook. (1 point)
2. Like Etallasa's Page. (1 point)

Optional Ones:
3. Share this giveaway in your Facebook Wall tagging @StyleCandy and @Etallasa. Make sure to make this public so we can view and verify it. (3 points)
4. Add me via Google Friend Connect (Found at the right side of this blog). (1 point)
5. Follow me on Twitter. (1 point)
6. Share this giveaway in Twitter tagging @jurinsthea and making the post public. (3 points)
7. Add me on Lookbook, click Fan. (1 point)
8. Blog about this giveaway. (4 points)

A total of 15 points or 15 entries. You can do only one however you can only get a few points or a point. Follow all the mechanics and you will get 15.

After which, fill up this form:

  • This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only.
  • This giveaway will be only until January 20, 2012 at 11:00pm.
  • Winner will be chosen via
  • The winner will be announced on January 21, 2012 and will be notified via Email, FB message and Twitter post.

I still have other ongoing giveaways of which you can easily access at the side. Who knows you might win one and even more! That would surely be a great way to start 2012 right? Thank you StyleCandy for these items. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fine Living's Nano Set

We all desire healthy and glowing skin. Who wouldn't? No wonder we are keen in taking care of our skin in every possible way we can. And my beauty partner Fine Living can deliver just that! Simply purchase and use their very own Nano Fine Set.

Last week,  Fine Living sent me their Nano Fine Trial Set and boy was I excited. I have heard great reviews about this and I cannot wait to try it. However, before I devour its contents here are some of the items you can duly expect should you have this:

The Nano Fine Trial Pack contains the Nano Fine Skin Lotion, Nano Fine Nano Milk Lotion, Nano Fine, Nano Fine Clear Soap and the Emollient Cream. 

This is the regimen to follow should you have this as your main beauty ritual. 

Nano Skin Lotion:

Revitalizes and stimulates the renewal of skin. Natural active ingredients such as nano-capsule Coenzyme Q10, nano capsule vitamin E, nano-capsule ceramide, and job’s tears extract moisture and nourish skin. 

Active Ingredients
Nano Capsule Vitamin E, Nano Capsule Ceramide. Nano Capsule Coenzyme Q10, Coix Lacryma- Jobi (Job’s Tears) Seed Extract.

After cleansing the skin, apply a few drops of Skin Lotion to your hand or a cotton wool pad and smooth over face and neck.

Nano Milk Lotion

The ingredients penetrate quickly into skin and moisture skin. This lotion is smooth, spreads well and leaves skin feeling refreshed. The encapsulated ingredients keep skin gentle all day long. 

Active Ingredients
Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis( Jojoba ) Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Placental Protein, Coix Lacryma – Jobi(Job’s Tears) Seed Extract, Nano Encapsulated Ceramide, Nano Encapsulated Vitamin E, Nano Encapsulated Coenzyme Q10, Collagen, Natural Extract Rose Water.

After lotion or essence, apply desired amount to hand and smooth over face and neck.


Contains an abundance of nano-capsulated placenta and rose extract. Hydrates and improves the natural transparency of skin. Skin becomes moist and radiant. 

Active Ingredients
Placental Protien, Low-molecular-weight Hyaluronic acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Micro Ceramide, Polyglutamic Acid, Royal Jelly, Coix Lacryma-Jobi(Job’s Tears) Seed Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Ceramide, Natural Extract Rose Water. 

Apply desired amount (2-3 pushes) to the face and neck after cleansing and toning the skin. Smooth over face and neck using your finger tips.

Nano Fine Clear Soap

This is a new type of a facial soap. Through a process called 枠練石鹸 "Wakuneri", it is made slowly and carefully over the course of two months.
Active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Placental Protein, water-soluble collagen, and job's tears extract revitalize the skin and make it look more luminous and clear. Cleanse your skin by creating soft and silky smooth bubbles. Also good for body.

Active Ingredients
Hyaluronic Acid, Placental Protein, Soluble Collagen, Coix Lacryma-Jobi(Job's Tears) Seed Extract, Sorbitol

Wet the whole hands and face(body) with clean water. Make a lather with the soap well on the wet palms. Massage over the face(body) with the lather using light circular motions. Rinse off with clean lukewarm water.

Emollient Cream

Night care is very important because the skin's cellular reform process is most active at night. Nano Fine Emollient Cream is designed to help skin recover and restore.
Contains active ingredients with anti-aging and moisturizing effects.
The skin becomes smoother and firmer, resulting in an overall younger, fresher appearance.

Active Ingredients
Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Elastin, Placental Protein, Coix Lacryma-Jobi(Job's Tears) Seed Extract, Vitamin C Derivative, Nano Capsule Ceramide, Nano Capsule Vitamin E, Nano Capsule Coenzyme Q10, Nano Capsule Horse Fat, Collagen, Natural Extract Rose Water

This is the last step of daily skin-care. Apply an desired amount and smooth over the face and neck.

Beautiful skin after all is just within reach. Provided that you have the right products to back you up, such can indeed be achievable. What are you waiting for? Order the Nano Fine Trial Set from  Fine Living today!

Tipok CDO

I SO love forums. Every now and then I tend to join myself in especially to interesting ones or forums that I can relate to. Instances of such are anime related forums and technology based ones. Of course I am also drawn with community based forums wherein such caters to locales and more importantly welcomes the ones situated in Cagayan de Oro. There is no denying that such can indeed expand your connections and even increase your friends list as well. A neophyte of such forum that I am currently a member in is Tipok CDO.

Tipok CDO is a new community forum that caters to individuals currently residing in Cagayan de Oro, other individuals who are from the said city however not physically located within and definitely others who would just want to know anything and everything about CDO. This was just released days ago and I must say it has all the right key points in gathering fellow Kagay-anons here. You can share stuffs that involves everything about Cagayan de Oro such as the latest news and happenings around the city. There's also a niche for movie and music lovers. And of course you can also share some hobbies and basically anything under the sun.

What is even great with this new online community is that it also caters to buying, selling and classifieds. Hence should you be a business owner in CDO and you would want to expand your specialized market and get your product known,  Tipok CDO would be the best choice there is. Or if you have items you would want to conveniently sell, then by all means the said forum can do just that. You can even post jobs and other related classifieds.

Today is the right day for you to join Tipok CDO. Do not be left out on CDO related news, happenings and being a part of the newest tambayan in the city. Work those mouse and keyboard to register now!

Wear Mauve giveaway is ending in two days! Hence submit your entries today. I still have other ongoing giveaways hence do not dare to miss it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


A new store has opened in the heart of the city and I am sure fashionistas out there would love this one. This is Mosaic situated in the 2nd floor of Divisoria Arcade in Cagayan de Oro City. What is great about this is that this store does not only cater to women. In fact you can also find men's clothing here, clothes for the kids, gift items and even household pieces.
If you are eyeing on new items to wear come New Year's Eve that are unique and more so friendly on your pockets, then Mosaic is one store you should not miss going. Plus the mere fact that they have sales from time to time can really make a huge difference in your money's worth. Furthermore, you cannot only shop for your items alone but also for your loved ones as well regardless of age and gender. Here are some photos to give you a sneak preview of what you can expect from them.

See these? You can absolutely find almost anything in here. From shirts to dresses, from shoes to accessories, this can be indeed your one stop store!

Hence, if you are simply thinking as to where you could possibly spend your money wisely, then by all means Mosaic will never fail you. What are you waiting for? Visit them at the 2nd floor of Divisoria Arcade today.

Thank you to those who joined the Jules Giveaway and congratulations to the winner. More giveaways on the side hence submit your entries now.

P.S. Comments are more than welcome in my blog right now. Leave me some and I'm sure I'll get back to you <3