Memet

It's already the 20th of the month. I can't believe January's almost over and we'll soon be two months into the year.

What. Happened.

In case you noticed (it's fine if you didn't), I wasn't able to blog in the last few weeks of December. And yeah, this is my first blog post this year - and the first month of the year's almost over! Gah!

What happened is this: life happened.

December's a month for parties and reunions. Those happened. Then we also had our Year-End Thanksgiving at church - 2 weeks' worth of preparations. Oh, and The Memet and I went on our obligatory December 24 overnight trip, plus our annual trip to my grandma's place on January 1st. All that in between work and house chores and visitors.

The clincher? Our house help left on the evening of January 1st and never came back. She didn't do laundry for 2 weeks, plus the house was a mess from the holidays. So yes, on the first week of January 2016, my life was a catastrophe.

And then just last week, big changes happened in the company that I work for, so I just got a boat load of responsibilities dumped on me. Not complaining there, because more work means more hours. And I'm being paid on an hourly basis. You get what I mean. Hehe!

But guess what? All this has a silver lining - yes, there's more aside from the perks of more hours at work.

5 Reasons Why My 2016 is Going to be Awesome


1. Our new house help started last week. And she's awesome! She cleans way better than the last one and is infinitely more responsible. She has initiative! And that's rare in house helps these days. And because of her? I'm able to handle this additional work load better.

2. I got myself a year-long subscription to Iflix.com (Thanks to my dear friend Donna of honeys-haven.blogspot.com). I already finished watching all the seasons of Two Broke Girls (laugh fest!) and I'm 5 seasons into Vampire Diaries. Life is good.

3. A few close friends are getting married this year!

4. It's our 7th wedding anniversary this week. It's my understanding that 7 years is quite a milestone in marriages, so yey! The seven year itch that everyone's talking about comes to mind. Some say that for some marriages, couples are no longer happy after being married for around 7 years. Well, we're still definitely happy. So again, yey!

5. You all know that we've made a tradition of traveling to new places on our wedding anniversary. Well, it's not happening this year. Well, we're going to Tagaytay, but we've been there too many times to count. But it's fine, because we're not traveling far this year for a reason. Before you wonder, no, I'm not pregnant. But something totally awesome is going to happen in the next few weeks. I can't tell anyone about it yet because it's a surprise, but no one can stop me from blogging about it once it's here.

I can go on, and on, and on about why my 2016 is going to be awesome, but I'll end it at 5. I'm interested in your year so far. How's your 2016 going? I hope your year's proving to be a great one so far.

Oh, and in case you get antsy while waiting for my next blog post, why don't you visit me on Instagram? I try posting pretty photos there every so often.

P.S. I have yet to replace my profile photo on Instagram. Haha! Peace.

@MemetDiaries



Yesterday, December 16th, SM Cinema opened 4 brand spanking new theaters in SM Center Angono.

SM Cinema Opens 55th Branch in Angono


I wasn't able to make it to the much awaited opening ceremony yesterday because of um, work (yeah, I know, I know). But I was able to find out some deets for y'all anyway (Thank you, angel friends from SM!) because this is a big event for my friends here in the East, especially in Angono.

SM Cinema
L-R: Mr. Edgar Tejerero (President, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.), Prof. Ligaya Rubin (Wife of Vice Mayor Antonio Rubin), Hon. Mayor Gerardo Calderon of Angono, Rizal, Mr. Joaquin San Agustin (Sr. VP of Marketing, Shopping Center Management Corporation), Mr. Edwin Nava (VP of Operations, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.)
The 4 new fully digitized cinemas boast crisp digital surround-sound system and crystal clear images. Each theater can accommodate 200 movie goers at a time in stadium-like seats - this means you get to enjoy the movie from whatever seat you choose. Also, as a standard in all SM Cinemas, SM Cinema has an area dedicated to PWDs.

SM Cinema

Of course, where there's an SM Cinema, there's also Snack Time, their official snack and merchandise provider. Snack Time serves poporn, drinks, and other snacks, along with the latest movie merchandise that fans love to collect.

SM Cinema

The 4 new theaters in SM Center Angono means that there are now 306 SM Cinema screens across the entire country. In Rizal, there is an SM Cinema in SM Taytay, SM Masinag, and SM San Mateo. SM Cinema is the Philippines' largest cinema and exhibition brand with 60% of the country's total market share.

For more information on SM Cinema, visit www.smcinema.com or call [02] 470.2222.



I'm waiting for my blogging mojo to come back. I can feel it coming back to me bit by bit every day. Haha!

So, while we're waiting for that to bake, here's a sneak peek at my next blog post. Can you guess where this photo was taken?


Hi, everyone! If you're following me on Facebook, you've probably seen some of my latest coloring book projects (I'm still not done with the last one...). I also blogged about my coloring "past time" a few months ago.

Now, Louise of louisechelleblog.com is holding a coloring book giveaway on her blog. She contacted me along with a few other bloggers who are into adult coloring books and so we're collaborating on this giveaway!

Adult Coloring Book

Did you notice how most of the adult coloring books out there are mostly about gardens and mandalas? Well this one is something that Pinoys can be proud of.

Adult Coloring Book

Adult Coloring Book

Adult Coloring Book

Kulay Pinoy is a coloring book illustrated by our very own Vermailene "Ver" Barrios. She actually really works as a market researcher, so it's really cool that she's come out with her own illustrations! Check out Louise's post about the book launch HERE.

The book retails for P200 and you can order it on Ver's Facebook Page. Or you can join our giveaway and get one for FREE!

Kulay Pinoy Giveaway

Here are the Terms & Conditions:

  • Any Philippine resident can join.
  • This giveaway will run from the 20th of November until the 15th of December.
  • Winner must reply within 24 hours and confirm necessary details. Failure to do so, Louise (as the host) will choose another winner without prior notice.
  • Winner will be formally announced as soon as Louise has finished verifying the entries and as soon as the winner confirms the necessary details needed.
  • Shipping fee will be handled by the giveaway host.
  • The item will be shipped as soon as the winner confirms delivery address.
  • Tracking number will be provided to the winner so he/she can track the parcel.
  • Winner is required to take a selfie with the prize. The photo must be sent to the giveaway host via email. The host will be sharing the photo on her blog and social media accounts.
  • Posting in social media and tagging the giveaway host is optional but highly encouraged.
Kindly wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load for the mechanics. Good luck! :)





Blogger

In this day and age, the blogging world seems to be chock-full of issues, politics, and drama. Sometimes, I can't help but compare it to the mind-numbing world of celebrities. Blogging nowadays seems to be a popularity contest - most likely brought about by the need to get more views, shares, etc. to satisfy brands who are constantly on the lookout for blogger endorsers.

Gone are the days when a blog was more like an online journal for most people.

For someone like me who's been blogging since Live Journal and Xanga - geez, early 2000's - and didn't fully transition to the concept of commercial blogging (full-time blogging or professional blogging), this modern world of blogging has sort of left me bewildered.

How many times did I just mention the word "blogging" in the paragraphs above? LOL.

The thing is, I'm not popular. I'm probably only popular among the people I know. But then again, aren't we all, in one way or another?

I'm not pretty, so I never could ride the fashion or beauty blogger bandwagon. I'm photogenic, but only sometimes. My photos are mostly awkward or wacky. I'm short, slightly fair (not "artista" white), and I'm not skinny. I rarely take selfies (My IG feed is proof: @MemetDiaries), because I hardly ever know what to do with my face. I don't have perfect, flawless skin. I have imperfections and insecurities, but don't get me wrong. I'm (somewhat) comfortable in my own skin. Comfortable enough to admit to myself that I'll never be a fashion or beauty blogger. Haha!

Over the past couple of years, I've somewhat transitioned to posting more about travel and food. I can't fully claim I'm a travel and food blogger though, because I don't travel as much as a legit travel blogger does. Hello, limited funds. I don't eat out a lot either. Hello, diet - and yeah, limited funds. Haha!

I have decent writing skills. My grammar's okay. But no, I don't think I can make the cut as an enthralling story-teller. (Makes me wonder how many of you are still reading up to this point. LOL!)

Okay, I got distracted by the tree outside my window... What was I getting at?

Hmmm.

I guess to cut the long story short, I never did take off, or there was never a lift-off for me as a blogger. At least I don't feel like I ever did. Unlike other blogs, mine only gets an average of 250 views per day. Yes, I'm putting the figure out there even though marketers would probably frown on the measly 250 views that I get. (Note: 250 is an average. So yes, sometimes it's way lower than that).

So. Memet Diaries, why do you still blog?


I thought that question through while I was playing Candy Crush earlier (yes, I still play Candy Crush), and here, folks, are my 2 reasons:

Reason # 1. My blog is my little corner in cyberspace. Yes, times have changed, but I refuse to give up this little corner that I call mine. My blog posts are a reflection of myself. I like knowing that I can always go back and read what I wrote years and years before, and that I can always laugh at myself for being silly over what seemed like a big deal to me before, but was actually nothing but nonsense. (Double negative? Haha!)

Reason # 2. So I'm not popular. I don't get thousands or hundreds of thousands of views per day. But 250 views? That sounds significant enough to little ol' me. Sure, I don't get frequent comments from anyone, but it's enough to know that somehow, people are reading what I post. Yeah, sometimes I post insignificant things or random thoughts like this one, but I like to think that some of my posts were able to serve as inspiration to some people, or that some of them were useful one way or another.

I could only think of two reasons, but to me, that's enough to justify to myself that I shouldn't pull the plug on my blog - yes, the thought has crossed my mind.

So I just rambled on about why I still blog. What about you, dear reader? Why do you still come here and read what I write? While we're at it, what kind of posts would you like me to write about more?

Seriously looking forward to hearing from people. Folks, seriously. Help me out here. :p
November 6, 2015, Angono, Rizal: The Krispy Kreme doughnut frenzy swept over Manila and Rizal with the opening of Krispy Kreme's newest stores in SM Makati and SM Center Angono. Being a proud RizaleƱo, I was there to witness Krispy Kreme's grand opening in SM Center Angono.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme

As soon as the doors were opened to the public, delighted Krispy Kreme fans queued up at Krispy Kreme's SM Makati and SM Angono stores on their grand opening day to purchase dozens of Krispy Kreme's mouthwatering Joy in a Box. As a sweet surprise, customers received half a dozen of yummy Original Glazed doughnuts (my personal favourite!) - all for free!

Krispy Kreme

"Krispy Kreme is pushing the boundaries of delighting Filipinos with every Joy in a Box that comes out of our stores. It's an experience that begins with love for Krispy Kreme's yummy treats and the passion to share this joyful experience with our friends," said Ariane Valinton, Marketing Manager for Krispy Kreme Philippines.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme

Did you know that you can also enjoy Krispy Kreme's wide range of fresh and premium doughnuts, savory treats and beverages with your friends and loved ones by ordering through the Krispy Kreme mobile app? More on that in my next blog post.

In the mean time, you can learn more about the latest delectable treats from Krispy Kreme by visiting www.krispykreme.com.ph. Get in the loop and check out Krispy Kreme on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: (KrispyKremePH). Share and experience your own #JoyInABox with Krispy Kreme!


Thanks again for having us, Krispy Kreme! We had a blast!





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Krispy Kreme
Upper Ground Floor, SM Center Angono
www.krispykreme.com.ph
Instagram: @KrispyKremePH
Our home is nowhere near being filled, but through my short journey to date, I have enjoyed shopping for essentials both online and in different malls.

Sometimes I stop and wonder how I could be spending nearly half my meager salary each month on stuff for the house, and yet, our home still looks empty. Haha! But then I realized that it's because most of what we've gotten for our home so far are thoughtfully and lovingly picked. We go for functionality as well as quality, so we're in no rush to just buy whatever's available.

One of the major players in helping me furnish our home (slowly) is Domesticity.

Domesticity

Domesticity was founded by Mariel San Agustin. She used to work for a furniture store in Manila, but since her love for the industry had grown so much, she decided to train the people from her family's farm in Negros Occidental. And Domesticity was born.

Over the months, I have grown to love what Domesticity has to offer and here, I'll enumerate some of the reasons why.

Three Reasons to Love Domesticity


1. It is all things Filipino. I love that it's made locally and by Filipinos. It gives our fellow countrymen job opportunities and a chance for growth. Domesticity also uses materials that are indigenous to the Philippines.

Domesticity

2. Each product is made with love. As proof of this, all things Domesticity are painstakingly made with only the best quality in mind. A lot of their designs are unique and can easily lend an air of class and effortless style to any space.


3. Domesticity gives back. All of their workers are beneficiaries of the Gawad Kalinga Village in Negros Occidental. Domesticity products are not cheap, but when you buy a beautiful piece, part of the proceeds are actually used to help build houses for families in the community. Believe it or not, through Domesticity's partnership with Gawad Kalinga, they were able to build a clinic, a reception area, and fund several activities for the GK San Agustin Legacy Village.


Now if that's not a business with a conscience, I don't know what is.

Domesticity products are available online (website link below) and through their retail partners:


  • National Bookstore (Quezon Ave., Trinoma, MegaMall, and Shangri-La Edsa Mall)
  • Crossings Department Store (Quezon Ave.)
  • Make Room (Bonifacio High Street and Eastwood Mall)
  • Bungalow 300 (No. 7 Buencamino St., Alabang, Muntinlupa. Open MWF, 11am-5pm)
  • Tesoro's Branches (Arnaiz Ave., Makati; Ermita Store, Mabini St.; Terminal 1&3 NAIA; Golden Bamboo, D'Mall, Boracay)
  • The Negros Showroom (9 corner Lacson St. Bacolod City; Central City Walk, Robinson's Place)
  • GKnomics {Gawad Kalinga} Showroom in Taguig are for corporate giveaway display only





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Domesticity
www.mydomesticity.com
www.facebook.com/MyDomesticityPH
Instagram & Twitter: @MyDomesticityPH


That title sounds a bit odd, doesn't it. Haha! But yes, Breakfast at Antonio's serves all-day breakfast, so you can have breakfast for lunch or dinner. I personally love breakfast food, so I was thrilled when I finally got to try Breakfast at Antonio's.

I can't believe it's already been two months since my friends and I went to Tagaytay (see blog post HERE). It's been a hectic few months for me (Wait, when has my life ever been completely chill anyway?), so I have a lot of pending posts.

Let's get started with this one, shall we?

Breakfast at Antonio's | Tagaytay | Review

It was was a work day when we went to Breakfast at Antonio's in Tagaytay - a Monday, no less. There was no traffic and the establishments were all wonderfully roomy. After having breakfast at Bag of Beans and hanging out at Sky Ranch, we merrily drove along E. Aguinaldo Highway (Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway). Since it was a Monday, parking at Breakfast at Antonio's was a breeze.

As soon as we stepped in, we were asked to have a seat as our table was being prepared. We were a bit tired (we all got up really early), so we pretty much just did as we were told. While we sat, we stared at all the yummy baked goods that was available alongside their reception area.

Breakfast at Antonio's

I'd like to say that we wasted no time in ordering our lunch fare when we were finally seated, but it wasn't what happened. We carefully pored over their menu and we just couldn't decide, so we called on one of the waiters to assist us and he happily complied.

We ended up ordering the following:

Breakfast at Antonio's

Breakfast at Antonio's

Breakfast at Antonio's

Breakfast at Antonio's

Breakfast at Antonio's

Here's what I noticed. Compared to the restaurant where we had breakfast that morning, the food at Breakfast at Antonio's was a notch or two better. Or maybe 5 notches better. Their bacon was really crispy and just drool-worthy!

The service? Stellar. The waiters were always visible. Sometimes they chatted amongst themselves, but they never failed to look available to assist. Whenever we called on one of them - be it for another glass of cold water, or hot water, or whatever, they always came over and assisted us with a smile. They gave me the impression that they'd do just about whatever they can to provide excellent customer service - and that's something that I appreciate a lot in establishments.

Their food's price range isn't what normal people like me would call wallet-friendly. It's quite expensive, really, but I think it's justified because of the service and the quality of the food.

Breakfast at Antonio's

Overall, I'd say Breakfast at Antonio's is definitely worth a visit. God knows I'll be back - I have yet to bring The Memet there, and I just love visiting Tagaytay on days that aren't holidays. Traffic's horrible during holidays in Tagaytay.

You can check out their menu and the prices on their website: http://antoniosrestaurant.ph/antonios/

Breakfast at Antonio's is open daily from 7:00am to 9:00pm. Dress code is casual.




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Breakfast at Antonio's
E. Aguinaldo Highway
Brgy. Bagong Tubig, Tagaytay City
10.10.2015, Saturday. The Memet dropped me off at SM Masinag so I could check out the grand opening of one of the newest spas in the mall.


Ladybelle Nail & Body Spa

The week before Ladybelle's grand opening, I was actually neck deep in work - assessing calls, creating a training module from scratch - and so my stress level was steadily climbing. I was in terrible need of some me time and I badly wanted a pedicure and a massage. So imagine my surprise when I received an invite to attend Ladybelle Nail & Body Spa's grand opening. The timing couldn't have been more impeccable!

On the day of the event, we were given a quick tour of the place by Ms. Marigold, Ladybelle Masinag's branch manager. They had a special room for just about every type of treatment.


I asked. No, it doesn't explode. LOL!

After the quick tour, we were then asked to choose a room for our free treatments. Yey! I chose the "torture chamber". 


Yup. Waxing, to me, is like torture. Haha! Well, not if done on the legs and armpits. Those I can take. But bikini / Brazilian wax? Major ouchy. Haha!

So yes, I chose the torture chamber, but I wasn't tortured - thank God. We were all treated to a facial and some ear candling.

The Facial

Classic Facial - P250

Ladybelle's Classic Facial is more like a massage for the face using different kinds of creams. Goodbye, makeup! Well, it was just BB cream, face powder, some blush, and brows, so it was fine (Oh, but the brows though... Haha!) 

Absolutely no pain was involved. If you're not into pricking or all that painful facial stuff, and just looking to relax, the Classic Facial is a must try. It's also quite affordable at only P250.

Note: I love the sunblock they applied on my face after the facial. With my face powder gone, I was worried my face would be an oil slick for the rest of the day. Much to my surprise, my face remained grease-free even after The Memet and I watched a movie that afternoon. I still had to blot with an oil control film once or twice, but that was it. Must remember to ask them what kind of sunblock they used on my face. Haha!

The Ear Candling

Ear Candling - P250

It's not my first time being "candled" (doesn't sound quite right, lol) so I was looking forward to the experience.

To those who have never done it, don't be afraid of it. Ear candling is actually quite relaxing. Like the Classic Facial, there was absolutely no pain involved. I can't imagine how ear candling can inflict pain on anyone. Hehe!

They simply put a lit candle in your ear. The base of it (the one that's in your ear) is sort of like a filter, and that's where all the excess ear wax gets sucked into. The entire procedure lasts around 15-20 minutes. Once you're done, they'll show you all the wax that got sucked up. It's kinda gross, but you'll be amazed. Hehe!

Interested in visiting Ladybelle in SM Masinag? Here's the list of their services along with the prices:

IPL (Laser Hair Removal) - P20 / shot
Warts Removal - P500 / area
Detox Foot Spa - P300
Body Massage / Ventosa - P400
Eyelash Extension - P500

Facial Services - P250 - P750
Waxing Services - P120 - P2500
Bleaching Services - P350 - P800
Nail Bar - P120 - P200
Spa Services - P250 - P500

As you can see, it's all pretty affordable. The thing that I'm most interested in is their IPL. I mean, P20 per shot? Who wouldn't be interested! I might go back to have that done on my legs. My underarms are already hair free, thanks to IPL. Hehe!

To cap off this post, I would like to thank the wonderful people over at Ladybelle who pampered (and fed) me when I needed it the most. Hehe! Thank you so much for having us and for the free treatments! Definitely looking forward to going back soon. :)

The owner, Ms. Milady Caceres with her very supportive husband.

2 of the staff with Ms. Marigold Arguelles, branch manager, and Ms. Milady Caceres, owner





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Ladybelle Nail & Body Spa
2nd Floor, Beside T&J Salon
SM Masinag, Antipolo City
Phone #: 503-4990
E-Mail Address: ladybellenailandbodyspa@gmail.com

Minced Manila

It was after church on one unassuming Sunday morning that The Memet and I found ourselves on our way to Antipolo, looking for a new breakfast haunt.

I happened to look at the commercial building across from Unciano Medical Center, and although most of the restaurants were still closed (it was 8:30 in the morning), I spotted one that looked like it was open. The Memet immediately drove into their parking area and upon closer inspection, we saw that it was indeed open. So we parked our car and up we went.

Minced Manila

When we got to the second floor, we noticed that there were no diners at Minced Manila yet. I love those instances because I get to take pictures without having to worry about the other diners giving me weird looks. Haha!

Minced Manila has already been open for a few months, but everything inside the place still looked brand spanking new. I love how the tables were set up. Lots of IG opportunities!

Minced Manila

Not long after we were seated, a waitress approached us and gave us two menus. One was their regular menu and the other was their breakfast menu.

I took a picture of both the menus, but the regular has too many menu items (lots of food options!), so posting it here would be useless. You won't be able to read all the tiny texts. Haha! Here's a photo of their breakfast menu though:

Minced Manila

I ordered Longganisa Lucban while The Memet ordered Arroz ala Cubana.

Minced Manila
Longganisa Lucban - P200
The Longganisa Lucban was well-received by my taste buds. It was tasty. Everything on my plate was tasty! There were three small longganisa patties, but because it was so flavorful, even just two small patties would've sufficed. I'm not complaining though. Haha!

I'd also like to add that I don't usually like atsara (definition HERE), but the one that was on my plate was absolutely divine.  To say that I loved my meal would probably be an understatement. My plate was CLEAN.

Minced Manila
Arroz ala Cubana - P195
The Memet, on the other hand, didn't clean out his plate. He's on diet, you see. LOL! I asked him how his Arroz ala Cubana was, and he said it was too sweet. I tasted it (3x. Haha!), and my taste buds liked it. It wasn't too sweet. To me, it was just right. The Memet's just not used to his viand being even remotely sweet.

Our meals each came with a cup of brewed coffee.

Minced Manila

Minced Manila

Aside from the two breakfast meals that we ordered, The Memet also a bowl of Chicken Binakol from their regular menu. He wanted some soup (note the word "some), but what we got was a huge bowl of Chicken Binakol. Haha!

The photo below is quite deceiving, actually. It's bigger than it looks.

Minced Manila
Chicken Binakol - P290
It was the first time I had Chicken Binakol, so the first spoonful was quite an experience for me. After the first sip, I actually had to close my eyes.  It was really good. We couldn't finish the entire bowl though, so we had half of it to go.

Minced Manila

If you have an account with Zomato, you can review Minced Manila right then and there. When you're done with your review, just show it to your waiter and they'll give you a Maja Blanca Panna Cotta!

My app was acting weird that morning, but I didn't give up. I had to re-type my review 3x! Haha! It was well worth it though, because the free panna cotta was yummy!

Minced Manila

Overall, I'd say Minced Manila is a gem that Antipolo City should be proud of. They serve absolutely delish modern Filipino food. Their waiters and waitresses were very warm and attentive, and the place is a breath of fresh air - figuratively speaking.

If you find yourself in Antipolo, Minced Manila is definitely worth a visit.

Minced Manila




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Minced Manila
EM Gems Bldg., L. Sumulong
Circumferential Rd., Antipolo City
FB: www.facebook.com/MincedMNL
IG: @MincedMNL

Minced Manila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
After a successful Day 1, Dems and I made our way back to the SMX Convention Center to witness Day 2. (We didn't have to travel far because we stayed the night at a nearby Microtel. Will blog about that soon.)

We slept in and loaded up on breakfast, so we arrived at the venue just as the opening talks at the plenary hall were wrapping up. That was a bit disappointing, but I was glad we chose to join the e-commerce track for the day because the talks were rather exciting!

Here are the topics that we got to attend plus the speakers' details:

  • Blended Transactions: Cash on Delivery - Jiten Lalwani, Co-Founder, Four Eyes
  • Scaling Up Your E-Commerce Business - Subir Lohani, Managing Director, Carmudi Philippines
  • Building a Sustainable Mobile Business in the Philippines - Arthur Policarpio, CEO, Mobext Philippines & Margot Torres, VP Marketing, McDonalds Philippines

Since Day 1, I loved how passionate the speakers were about the topics that they talked about. For someone with no solid background on e-commerce, I was easily able to relate. There was no room for boredom during the talks and I'm sure the attendees got quite a bang for their bucks.

Jiten Lalwani, Co-Founder, Four Eyes

Subir Lohani, Managing Director, Carmudi Philippines

Arthur Policarpio, CEO, Mobext Philippines

Margot Torres, VP Marketing, McDonalds Philippines

Just like the VIPs from Day 1, the speakers that we encountered during Day 2 were all very approachable. Here's another piece of proof:

Me, Ms. Margot Torres of McDonalds Philippines, and Dems

I'm a McDo girl so I was beyond thrilled when Ms. Torres agreed to pose with me and Dems. She was game! Haha! Our McDo photo is easily one of my favorites from the entire event - well, next to my photo with Zalora's CEO, Mr. Paulo Campos. Hahaha!

After the 3 talks, Dems and I wandered out on the floor and sat in on some of the on-floor seminars. The on-floor seminars are free for everyone, so it was no wonder that it was well-attended.


I was pretty amazed at how mobile devices went up every time the speakers changed the slides. Well, taking photos of the slides is definitely easier than writing everything down - I do it too! LOL!

I would say that wraps up my recap of one of the biggest Cards & Payments and E-Commerce Conventions in the Philippines for the year. I'm thinking about compiling all the quotable quotes from the speakers into one blog post, but I haven't fully decided on it yet. What do you think? If no one leaves a comment, then it's a no-go. :p