Monday, October 16, 2017

Can Cinnamon Powder Help Get Rid of Acne?
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Living in busy Metropolitan Manila can be very stressful. With hectic schedules, endless traffic, and pervasive air pollution, it’s not uncommon for many of us to suffer from acne breakouts and bumpy skin. The combination of dust and dirt, as well as some hormonal issues, can make acne persistent, painful, and extremely uncomfortable.

If you’re like me and have tried almost every anti-acne soap, cream, and treatment available on store shelves, what’s left is to explore other less conventional methods for treatment, one of them being cinnamon.

The basics

First let’s discuss what cinnamon is. Although not quite as common here in the Philippines, there’s still a good number of delicacies that uses the spice, most notably cinnamon rolls. Plus, considering the country is at the top spot in terms of social media usage, you’ve probably heard or seen some of those Cinnamon Challenge videos, which went viral in recent years.

Often found in stick, powder, or dried flower form, cinnamon is made from the inner bark of several tree species belonging to the genus Cinnamomum. The spice has largely been used as a versatile and powerful ingredient for both savory and sweet dishes.

What’s less known, however, is that it was even used in odd ways, such as a perfuming agent for the dead. In the post 'What Happens When You Eat Cinnamon' by Foxy Bingo it revealed that ancient Egyptians applied the spice in their embalming process. Fortunately, such practices have long died out as well, and cinnamon is now exclusively used for the living.


The good

The best thing about cinnamon is that it has many health benefits. A recent survey of medical literature by BioMed Central explores all the ways of how it has been utilized to treat a wide variety of digestive, respiratory, and gynecological conditions.

Cinnamon has been known to have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-oxidant properties in other animals. It can also aid in lowering blood glucose, blood pressure, as well as serum cholesterol, and has wound-healing attributes.

Because of the many health benefits of cinnamon – most notably the first two mentioned above – it’s not surprising that people have developed a number of home remedies against acne using cinnamon as a main ingredient. It can be used in tandem with honey, lemon, nutmeg, or aloe vera to make masks, or prepared as an organic additive to tea. Michelle Phan shared a simple guide on making a cinnamon and honey mask.


The not so good

Although there are established home remedies using cinnamon to combat acne, there hasn’t been much clinical research to prove and document its effectiveness against the skin condition. MedicalNewsToday still recommends seeing a dermatologist for acne problems and checking first for any risks or allergies before attempting to use a cinnamon mask.

If you’re looking to try out a cinnamon mask soon, it’s important to always test your mixture on a small patch on your hand for any bad reactions at least a day before applying it on your face. This is because cinnamon can cause redness and irritation on the skin, as well as more severe problems like difficulty swallowing, hives, or shortness of breath for those who are allergic to it.

Now back to the question: Can cinnamon powder help get rid of acne? Maybe. Maybe not. But one thing's for sure: It has the potential because of its benefits. While researchers have yet to give us a definitive conclusion, there are some who have already tried it. If you’re one of them, be sure to tell us how it went!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Trying KKW Creme Liquid Lipstick Collection
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It seems to me that vlogging and editing videos are easier than writing blogs. So here you go, new vlog up! Trying out KKW Creme Liquid Lipstick Collection. It's a Kylie x Kim mash-up.

My favorite is the Kimberly shade and Kimi. These colors vary depending on your skin and preference. It's just fun having these shades!



Me, before I start streaming games. 
I look 10 years younger, yes? Love the nude shades :)



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Movie Club App - Stream Filipino Movies for Free!
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[Press Release]

Reminiscing about your favorite movies, past and present? No time to go to the theater or sit at home and watch TV? Want to support local studios and independent filmmakers?

Whether you're stuck in traffic, waiting in a long line or looking to cure the boredom blues, MovieClub is now available in the Philippines for your entertainment needs! MovieClub is a digital video-on-demand platform, streaming local and foreign content for FREE. No more monthly subscriptions, rentals, downloading or borrowing required.

The Philippines is emerging as a mobile-first country with more affordable options for smart devices and data plans as well as its on-the-go lifestyle. As smartphone penetration outpaces traditional computers and television, smartphones become the primary (sometimes only) source for information and media.

MovieClub was built bearing this in mind, not only to service viewers but also to enable the various contributors which support the media industry as well. Made by Filipinos, for Filipinos... you're already a member of the Club!

It is hard to produce local content because of the difficulties related to local movie releases, lack of DVD purchases or rentals and diminishing cable/TV rights. MovieClub aims to provide new revenue streams and marketing opportunities to monetize, promote and protect local content industry.

MovieClub can serve as a vault for Filipino content including classics (which we will revive/restore and digitize to showcase the history of the industry which paved the way for today's content creators), studio libraries, film festivals, local and foreign award winners and independent films.

MovieClub’s efforts will lead to the creation of a more sustainable local ecosystem which will allow our media industry to mature and target foreign audiences as well. MovieClub aims to make local content easily accessible and appreciated by all. This is what makes it a viable substitute for traditional media and advertising.

While MovieClub launched with a library primarily consisting of movies, we are beginning to add local TV series, music videos, news and sports as more media becomes available. The content is 100% legal and licensed from the rightful owners so it's a win-win situation for all.
The next time you find some free time on your hands, pick up your phone and watch a video on us. You'll get your entertainment fix and support local content creators at the same time!

ABOUT MOVIECLUB

MovieClub is currently available as an Android app, with the iOS and Web versions in the development pipeline. Look for the app preinstalled on your smartphone or tablet, or download MovieClub from the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.movieclubplus.android).

You may login using your Facebook account (one-click process) or register for a MovieClub account using your email address (be sure to click on the account activation link when you receive the confirmation email). You may browse through our collection, watch as much as you want and add selections to your "Movie Bucket" to easily keep track of content you want to watch later. As with all digital media, please ensure you have a stable data connection in order not to disrupt your viewing pleasure. We would love to hear your feedback or answer any questions you may have so we can continually improve our service.

Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/MovieClubPH
Email - support@movieclub.ph

Friday, November 4, 2016

NAIA 1 Manila Airport Speedtest WiFi and LTE for Globe and Smart
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New video up: NAIA 1 Manila Airport Speedtest WiFi and LTE for Globe and Smart



Speedtests for:



  • GlobeFreeWIFI@NAIA
  • #SmartWIFI@NAIA1
  • @NAIA_GoWiFi
  • Globe LTE (sim)
  • Smart LTE (sim)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

It's my Birthday! - Flair VLOG
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There are so many things to be thankful for :) I'm sort of jobless right now, but happy to be able to focus my time in creating content again. Life is always fun when you help inspire other people to follow their own passion and dreams.



We can do this!



Love,

FlairCandy xoxo

Thursday, September 15, 2016

#PiattosTime Video Challenge
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It's a snack you're very familiar with! Level up your Piattos Time and win exciting prizes!

Jack 'n Jill Piattos entices you to level up your #PiattosTime for a chance to win gadgets and a Southeast Asian trip with the #PiattosTime Video challenge.

The #PiattosTime Video Challenge encourages individuals to go beyond their usual habits and make their personal time more creative and enjoyable, all while enjoying their favorite Piattos flavors like Cheese, Sour Cream & Onion, Roadhouse BBQ, Nacho Pizza, and Roast Beef. These flavors are not your ordinary flavor for chips and I personally love the Roast Beef variant.




To join, participants must create a short video entry (15-30 seconds) showing how they level up their Piattos Time. The entry should be uploaded on the participant's personal social media account (Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter) with the official hashtag #PiattosTime and a short caption describing his/her leveled up Piattos Time. They should also tag at least three friends in the post. Participants can upload as many videos as they want in their social media accounts, but a maximum of two (2) videos shall serve as their official entries. These should be registered in the official microsite, www.piattostime.com.

The 18 contestants with the most creative and fun #PiattosTime video entry will win GoPro kits. Among these semifinalists, the three (3) with the best entries will each win a Southeast Asian trip for two to either Bali, Hong Kong, or Bangkok. The grand prize winning entries will also be included in the #PiattosTime digital commercial by the end of the promo.

Those who are interested to join may also visit the Piattos Facebook fan page, facebook.com/piattostime, or the #PiattosTime Video Challenge microsite, www.piattostime.com.

Deadline of submission of entries is on November 16, 2016.

Monday, September 12, 2016

What Am I Doing?
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As I type this now, I am watching a super light movie - a chick flick. Just so I can distract myself from my own thoughts. Well, it didn't work, because now I have this urge to write. I don't even know what to write about, I just know that it's one of those days where I just feel heavily emotional. Yes, today, there is just much "feels" in my atmosphere. Is it because of Mercury Retrograde? I don't really believe it but I do believe in energies and magnetic field.

I am going to confess what I'm watching. It's a Hilary Duff movie "The Perfect Man". They were talking about flowers and how it always works for women. Some "practical" girls would say they don't want flowers because they'll just wither and stuff. But if you ask me, it' not even the flower alone, it's the gesture of finding something perfect and beautiful, such as a flower, to a woman who deserves them well.

It always works for me, I always get excited <3

What else gets me excited? Things change as I become wiser (I mean older lol). True, I have already achieved a ton of my dreams but when a dream gets accomplished, another one flourishes. Right at this very moment, I have mixed emotions. I know I'm not where I'm supposed to be. I am merely putting the pieces of the puzzle here. Some aspects of my life are already in place, there are just a few pieces that need to be arranged.

I think I finally know where all these anxiousness came from. I need to be in a better place, and I need the people who have ben always there for me and support me in times I have to make another life changing decision.




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Memory of Scent
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That scent that triggers your brain to recall a certain memory. That when these scent particles pass by your nose, it collects theae memories and retrieves the feelings you have at that moment as well. That scent that lingers in your nostrils even days after you meet. The brain works in amazing ways and how events, scent and feelings trigger all these. Beautiful 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Chuwi Vi8 Unboxing Video and Review
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This is a tablet that can morph from Windows OS to Android! It can fit in my purse and can act as my second work station. Something I can bring with my anytime, anywhere, just in case I have important work, or I am inspired to write a blog! Fascinating!




Here's what I love about the Chuwi Vi8.

1. It can from Windows 8 to Android Kit Kat and vice versa.
2. Windows 8 is upgradeable to Windows 10. Although I don't recommend this because I did try to update but it did not work smoothly. The touch screen was not responsive when I updated and I had to use a mouse to maneuver the tablet to restore it to factory settings.
3. Light and compact, with the tablet weighing only 310 grams or 0.68 lbs. With packaging, it weighs 1.097 kb.
4. It's only about 8" x 4" and can fit in my usual bags. It's like an iPad mini but way lighter.
5. Expandable memory (via TF/micro SD card) of up to 64 GB, but I tried my 128 GB, and it seems to be working.
6. Decent battery time time.


Here are some things the Chuwi Vi8 can improve on.

1.  Bigger internal memory (ROM) for more fun apps to install. It has a big potential to do so many things because it is Windows, it is just limited by the internal memory. I am able to survive with what I have by uninstalling apps I don't need and use just chrome browser for most things. With Chrome browser, you can use Google docs.
2. Better camera. I was not expecting the best, but the camera was something I would not bother using.
3. New version with Windows 10!




Other specs you should know about Chuwi Vi8.

  • RAM: 2GB 
  • ROM: 32GB 
  • Gravity Sensing System/WiFi/Bluetooth Supported
  • OS: Windows 8.1, Android 4.4 
  • CPU Brand: Intel 
  • CPU: Z3735F 
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) 
  • Core: 1.8GHz, Quad Core
  • External memory: TF card up to 64GB (not included)
  • Has WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Screen type: Capacitive 
  • Screen size: 8 inch 
  • IPS: Yes 
  • Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
  • Camera type: Dual cameras (one front at 0.3 MP and one back at 2.0MP) 
  • Back camera: 2.0MP 
  • Ports: Micro USB and Mirco HDMI
  • Audio: 3.5mm Headphone Jack and speaker capability, has Mic
  • Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
  • Battery / Run Time (up to): 5 hours video playing time 
  • G-sensor: Supported, Gravity Sensing System
  • Product size: 20.7 x 12.2 x 0.8 cm / 8.14 x 4.79 x 0.31 inches 
  • Package size: 24 x 15 x 4 cm / 9.43 x 5.90 x 1.57 inches 
  • Package weight: 1.097 kg
  • Included in the box: OTG Cable, Charger, USB Cable

It is highly suggested to not tinker on the app software, or hack it. Download apps via Google Play and Market. This is designed only to work with the current Android and Windows OS. Upgrades might make the tablet unstable.

The stated ROM amount shows the maximum available ROM with nothing installed. However, the Android/Windows OS and pre-installed software from the manufacturer will occupy some of this ROM. The available ROM on the device will therefore be slightly less than the ROM listed.



Buy the Chuwi Vi8 on Amazon and Lazada.

*This is not a sponsored post.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fitbit Flex Unboxing Video and Review
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I was deeply involved in a conversation with friends when I realized that I am lucky I was able to live the prime years of my life in this century. This is the time when technology and creativity meet to fit my wants and needs in my lifestyle. I am a licensed CPA and I do obsess with numbers and analytics. I am also a Pole Fitness instructor and just a general health and fitness buff.  Science and numbers fascinate me, and a few years back I struggled to measure my progress and my goals because I did not have the means to do so. All I could do before is count my steps manually (as in, in my head) because when I was younger I did not have even a pedometer with me.

It's such a great time because now, there are lots of gadgets that I could use to track, analyze and be better to achieve my personal goals.

I have received a Fitbit Flex for me to review and here are the things logged down after using it for 1 week!

What's in the box?

If you have seen my unboxing video, you will notice that I struggled a little in opening the box. At least you know that when you buy it, it should be sealed tightly as so. Here are the things you can find inside the Fitbit Flex box

  • Removable Fitbit Flex™ tracker
  • 2 wristbands (small and large) - I use the small wristband
  • Charging cable
  • Wireless sync dongle
Photos (scroll left and right by tapping the left and right edges of the photo)
Fitbit Flex

What is the Fitbit Flex wristband made of?

I am quite sensitive to a lot of things, metal, dirt, dust, and so many other things that wearing a watch is kind of tricky for me. I was worried that when I start to sweat with the Flex wristband, that I would start to itch, but I didn't! I wear it with me all the time when I take a stroll in the mall, when I go to the gym and when I warm-up my pole class.

The Flex wristband is made of flexible, durable elastomer material. Most sports watches usually use this material. It has a surgical-grade stainless steel clasp to secure the band to your wrist.

I'm glad that the designers thought about this so I can wear it for longer periods of time. Sometimes I forget that it's there and I can sleep through without it bugging me.


Functions and specs

  • 3-axis accelerometer to monitor daily activity
  • Vibration motor to monitor sleep
  • Discreet LED display with 4 white indicator lights
  • Tap twice to see progress against the goal you set in your dashboard
  • Tap rapidly for 1 to 2 seconds to start or stop sleep tracking. I don't even do this but it still tracks my sleeping activity.
  • Water resistance. Fitbit Flex has been tested up to 1 ATM. This means it is sweat, rain and splash proof. This device is however not meant to be taken with to the shower or for a dive or swim.
  • Radio transceiver is a Bluetooth 4.0
  • Operating temperature is 4° to 113°F
  • Maximum operating altitude is 30,000 feet
  • Flex tracks data for 7 days of detailed motion data, minute by minute
  • Tracks daily totals for the past 30 days.
  • During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned.
  • At night, it tracks sleep quantity and you can set it to wake you up silently in the morning. It works when you sleep with another person and you don't want to use the sound alarm to disturb them.
  • You can encode your personal stats and set goals, and the app will do all the tracking work for you.
  • Set goals, log food, see progress, analyze trends and earn achievement badges through your mobile and online dashboard.
  • Share and compete with friends and family on the leaderboard and in NEW Fitbit challenges.



Battery

The battery used is a Lithium-polymer. Charging time is 1 to 2 hours only and the battery life can last for 5 days. (In my case, it was able to hold charge for 7 days.

Syncing

Fitbit Flex syncs automatically and wirelessly to smartphones, tablets and computers. It can work with Android, Windows and iOS mobile phones using wireless technology.
  • Syncing range: 20 feet
  • Syncing to computers requires Internet connection and USB port
  • Syncing to mobile devices requires Bluetooth and Internet connection
  • Syncs with Windows Vista and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen and later, and leading Android and Windows devices

Caring for Fitbit Band and Helpful Tips

  • Keep the band dry and clean.
  • If the band gets weat, remove completely and dry before putting it back on. Moisture breeds bacteria and germs.
  • Clean the wrist band with a mild soap-free solution like Cetaphil or Aquanil, rinse throughly and again, let dry
  • Rest your wrist by taking off the band once in a while. 
  • Charge accordingly. Unlike other wearable watches, the Fitbit Flex can be used for 5 days on full charge. That's what was said on their official website, but I was able to use it for 7 days, because I forgot the charging wire and I was out of town.
Pros and Cons

Packaging is good and well-sealed. However, it was little bit hard to open. On the good side, you will know that the band is really secure and you should not worry about it slipping off your wrist and lose it. As for the wrist band, it was hard for me to snap the wristband to my wrist upon initial use. I guess the rubber needs to be warmed up. Suggestion, warm up the wrist lock by locking and unlocking it a few times before using it.

What I love about Fitbit Flex is that it is stylish enough to be worn with my other accessories. Unlike the other fit bands that I use, the design is sleek, simple and not as attention-grabbing as its other sibling models that have a huge screen or watch.

It fits perfectly and I love wearing it!


Where to Buy Fitbit Flex in the Philippines?

Fitbit Flex is now available at Beyond the Box and Digital Walker.


Beyond the Box
www.beyondthebox.ph
Facebook: facebook.com/beyondthebox.ph
Twitter: @beyondtheboxPH
Instagram: @beyondtheboxPH

List of Beyond the Box branches:
Ayala Fairview Terraces | Century City Mall | Eton Centris Walk | Forbes Town | Lucky Chinatown | Market! Market! | Resorts World Manila | One Rockwell | Robinsons Galleria | Robinsons Place Manila | Veranza Mall | VMall | Vista Place (Formerly Wil Tower)


Digital Walker
Facebook: facebook.com/digitalwalkerstore
Twitter: @digitalwalkerPH
Instagram: @digitalwalkerPH

List of Digital Walker branches:
Glorietta 2 | Eastwood | Robinsons Magnolia | SM Aura | Alabang Town Center | Harbour Point Subic | Vmall Greenhills | Trinoma | Robinsons Place Manila | Shangri-La | Rockwell | Greenbelt 5 | SM MoA | Robinson Place Pioneer | SM City Cebu | Ayala Center Cebu | UP Town Center | Abreeza Mall | Centrio Mall I Century City Mall I
Estancia Mall