Chemworld Fragrance Factory opens flagship branch in SM Megamall

Chemworld Fragrance Factory, the country’s premier one-stop shop for perfumery supplies, recently opened their flagship store in SM Megamall. This latest branch is their 17th and biggest store so far.

Chemworld Fragrance Factory Megamall

Chemworld’s biggest branch yet, and their 17th overall.

Chemworld Fragrance Factory Megamall

The opening and blessing was graced by Mr. Fred C. Reyes and wife Carlene; 2008 Bb. Pilipinas-International Patricia Fernandez; and Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil of the 2nd District of Pangasinan

Chemworld started as a personal business venture of chemist Fred C. Reyes and his wife, Carlene. Their inspiring story had its beginnings in 1985, when the Philippines was at a turning point that culminated in the EDSA Revolution. That time, the Reyes couple was thinking of going back to the country from the US. It was in this time of crisis that the opportunity of perfume making and selling was conceived, which they started in their own garage.

During the Asian Crisis of 1997, Fred and Carlene thought of redefining the business model and extended it into an entrepreneurship program that helped improve the lives of fellow Filipinos. With the couple’s efforts, Chemworld became a way for many others to be equipped with the right training and materials to open their own home businesses.

Fast forward to today, Chemworld inaugurated their 17th and biggest branch at the 5th Level, Building A of SM Megamall. This signifies the desire of the Reyes couple (and family) to reach out more Filipinos who also want to become perfume entrepreneurs themselves.

Chemworld Fragrance Factory Megamall

Some samples of their fragrances at the front of the store

 

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They have a Graphic Design station for those who want to have their own labels designed and printed in the store

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Chemworld also offers seminars and training to those who want to venture into perfume-making

And not only are they helping improve the lives of Filipino perfume entrepreneurs. Chemworld’s “Project Ylang-Ylang” provides livelihood opportunities for ylang-ylang tree growers in Pangasinan. Do you know that the demand for ylang-ylang is growing because it’s becoming a trendy ingredient in many popular fragrances of international perfumeries? “Project Ylang-Ylang,” spearheaded by Mr. Reyes and with the help of Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil of the 2nd district of Pangasinan, aims to put the country in the map as the #1 supplier of the in-demand ylang-ylang oil.

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Mr. Fred C. Reyes, Gerard Cedric Reyes, and Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil discussing about Chemworld and Project Ylang Ylang

My friend Ria of Wordsmith-Not and I had the privilege to be invited to the branch’s opening and blessing. Not only did we see the product offerings of Chemworld; we also had the opportunity to join a short seminar on perfume-making.

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Fellow bloggers and media partners had the opportunity to attend a short perfume-making session

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The materials, including the bottles and fragrance oils, were provided by Chemworld

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My friend Ria making her own Guess-inspired perfume

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My bottles of perfume inspired by Omnia Amethyste by Bvlgari

Their actual seminars, I was told, last only for a day. And that already includes the perfume-making process and pricing/selling strategy. Chemworld also has starter packages that can help jumpstart your perfume business. The Econo-Kit C is the most affordable, and already includes some materials that you can already repack and sell. Kits A and B already include a free seminar along with the perfume-making materials.

From our experience, the whole process of making perfume (using the fragrance oils) is pretty easy, you just have to know the right measurements and be careful with the handling. And you can extend your venture into lotions, soaps, and hand sanitizers. Chemworld makes it easy for everyone to have their own perfume business, and with just a small capital. Indeed, with Chemworld, the Filipino entrepreneur can look forward to a blossoming and sweet-smelling future.

Visit Chemworld’s flagship store at the 5th Floor, Building A of SM Megamall. For more information, visit Chemworld Fragrance Factory’s Facebook Page.

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Nutri10Plus Syrup: A good supplement to my child’s diet

As a mom, I always want the best for my children. And besides the essentials like food, clothing, and education, one thing that I consider of great importance is their health. That’s why besides giving my daughters good food, I also give them vitamin supplements.

My 7-year-old is a very active kid. Whether in school or at home or outside on a weekend break, she’s always has her lively and bubbly side on. I love seeing her this way; I don’t like it when she’s feeling sluggish or sick.

Nutri10Plus Syrup

Zee, my first-born, is such a ball of energy, and I like always seeing her this way.

That’s why I’m glad to try out Nutri10Plus Syrup for children. Promoting good health in kids for a lifestyle that’s “Aktibo’t Malakas,” I believe Nutri10Plus Syrup is a good supplement to my daughter’s diet.

Nutri10Plus Syrup contains the following:

Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) – helps kids reach their full height potential

Taurine – good for the brain, heart, and eyes

Lysine – promotes better appetite

Zinc – for stronger immune system

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Nutri10Plus Syrup, helping kids become “Aktibo’t Malakas”

I gave my eldest Nutri10Plus once a day every day. It’s been more than two weeks and I’ve noticed an increase in her appetite. Before, she would come home from school with her lunch untouched. Now, she’s able to finish her lunch food (as well as her snacks) and arrive at home still looking for food, LOL! (At first glance, you won’t be able to see the effect since she’s pretty thin — takes after her dad — but she eats 5 to 6 times a day now!)

I’m so glad I was given Nutri10Plus Syrup, thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Wert Philippines. I will continue to include this in her diet, as supplement to her food, and hope to see more improvements in her.:)

Dell PH launches new Inspiron 2-in-1 Lineup

First thoughts: What’s a mom blogger like me doing in a tech event like this? I’m not even a techie, LOL! Seriously, I’m in the midst of tech bloggers and tech writers from established media, and I’m just, you know, an ordinary blogger…

But because it’s an invite from Dell (and the PR group handling it) and it’s a launch of its latest line that targets students and young professionals, I decided to check it out.

Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Launch

My first-ever tech-related event, haha! The launch happened in A-Space in Chino Roces.

Last week, Dell Philippines launched their new Inspiron 2-in-1 Lineup that offers powerful and stylish computing at affordable prices. Geared towards students and on-the-go professionals, Dell’s latest products combine fast performance for work and play with sleek and sexy looks.

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 is designed for the student’s and family use. It features an Intel Pentium Processor N3710 that provides speedy performance whether for creating documents, editing videos, surfing the net, or doing web chats.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1

The Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 is a laptop…

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1

… that you can flip like this…

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1

… or like this…

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1

… or lay flat like a tablet, like this.

It has a 1366×768 high-resolution display for clear viewing, 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, USB 3.0 port and micro SD media card reader for connectivity and additional storage, and 8-hour battery life. And that’s all packaged in a vibrant and colorful body. Truly suited for the younger generation who wants to be hip and connected all the time.

Meanwhile, the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 boasts a more polished design and a wide-angle FHD resolution display. It comes with the 6th Generation Intel Core Processor, up to 16GB of dual channel DDR4 memory for better multitasking, 1 TB 5400 rpm hard drive, and an infrared camera that is compatible with the Windows Hello facial recognition. All these features are packed in a light body — at least 1.62 kg — for easy handling.

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The Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 is as versatile.

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You can flip it this way if you’re watching movies with this laptop.

The great thing about the 2-in-1 Lineup is not only the powerful features inside its body, but also their versatility — they’re so convertible that you can use it either as a conventional laptop or like a tablet. Pretty cool, if I may say so.

During the event, the mettle of the Inspiron 2-in-1 was tested with a visual display from multimedia artist Archie Geotina.

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Multimedia artist Archie Geotina addressing the media.

Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Launch

Prior to that, a visual display using projection mapping, done using the new Inspiron 2-in-1 (sorry for the crappy image resolution; too dark for my phone cam).

He said that he liked the 2-in-1’s flexibility and performance. Using Resolume Arena and Adobe After Effects to create his projection mapping display, Archie said that he did not experience any lags and that heavy .mov files ran smoothly with the Inspiron.

With the launch of the Inspiron 2-in-1 lineup also came the announcement for the Dell Premium Support Service. Powered by its award-winning SupportAssist Technology, Dell can now assist customers with ease, and on a nationwide scale. Customers can access this service through its hotline at +632-663-2000 (Metro Manila) or 1-800-1601-0061 (for other locations).

There’s also the #DreamWithDell promotion, wherein Dell asks you to share your dreams. You stand a chance to win a Dell Dream Starter Kit: a new Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 with Windows 10. Check out more details at http://www.dwdphil.com. Contest ends August 19, 2016.

Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Launch

With Dell Philippines’ Charlz Adano, Marketing Manager for Consumer; Michelle Rocha Umali, Brand Manager – Notebooks; Christopher Papa, Country Manager; and Alvin Habana, Brand Manager – Desktops.

Whew! A lot of things were covered that day. Anyway, if you’re searching for a new laptop or upgrading your machine, check out Dell Inspiron 2-in-1. They’re going to be available in the market starting this month.:)

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Get a closer look at the new Starbucks Cards for 2016

It’s been three years since Starbucks Philippines has launched the Starbucks Cards. And to celebrate its anniversary, this famous coffee company is unveiling not one, not two, but THREE new card designs that you’ll surely want to collect.

Starting August 8, Starbucks will offer three new core cards: Manila, Cebu, and the special edition Siren card.

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The Manila Starbucks Card, Cebu Starbucks Card, and the Special Edition Siren Starbucks Card.

The city cards’ designs are made to evoke a sense of pride about the rich history and culture of the Philippines. The Manila Starbucks Card is inspired by a summer’s night in the capital, focusing on the iconic commuter jeepney traveling the busy city at night. The Cebu Starbucks Card, on the other hand, features the scenery of Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mactan Mandaue Bridge as if viewed from the hilltops, and decked with Sinulog flowers.

Meanwhile, the Special Edition Siren Card highlights Starbucks’ rich coffee heritage and represents the brand’s loyalty to its roots.

All these cards are available for an initial consumable load of PHP 300. Take note, though, that the Manila Starbucks Card is available only in Metro Manila stores, while the Cebu Starbucks Card is available only in Cebu. The Special Edition Siren Card can be had at any Starbucks store nationwide.

But wait, that’s not all that’s new at Starbucks, because the Manila and Cebu cards also come with a matching tumbler, each available in their respective stores.

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The matching tumblers of the Manila and Cebu Starbucks cards, priced at PHP 795 each

With the release of the new cards also comes an anniversary treat: customers who activate any of the featured qualified Starbucks Cards with at least PHP 1,500 from August 8 to 10 will receive a complimentary Starbucks mini green apron card carrier or a Grande handcrafted beverage of your choice. Qualified cards are the Manila Card in Metro Manila, Cebu Card in Cebu, and the Special Edition Siren Card in all non-Manila and non-Cebu stores.

Starbucks Mini Green Apron Card Carrier

Get this Starbucks mini green apron card carrier when you load any of the featured Starbucks Cards with at least PHP 1,500 from August 8 to 10

I’m telling you, these cards are sure worth getting (and collecting, if you’re into it). So make it a point to visit a Starbucks store near you starting August 8 to get your hands on the new Starbucks Cards for 2016.

On SONA 2016

Did you get a chance to watch or listen to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte?

To be honest, I was excited to watch it because it was his first SONA. It’s where he tells the Philippines of his plans for a better country in many fronts: national economy, security, agriculture, war on drugs, and so on.

There’s already a full video on it on YouTube if you want to watch it again. PhilStar.com lists down the highlights of yesterday’s speech.

My off-the-bat comments from President Duterte’ SONA 2016:

Top of my mind: it’s so refreshing to see a president full of candor and honesty. At some points in the SONA, he digressed from the prepared speech and addressed a lot of things spontaneously.

The first part of his speech was a sort-of nudge to his predecessor. Let’s face it, former president Aquino did blame persons and events to rationalize certain situations during his time. In his first SONA, President Duterte made it clear that he won’t do that. Which is, I think, the higher road to take.

I’m also happy that he addressed bureaucracy and red tape in government agencies. I remember when I applied for a replacement for my SSS ID because I want it to reflect my married name. It took me the whole day to process it in the SSS main office (the 5-hour waiting-in-line time included) and SEVEN MONTHS to receive it. Wow. I hope with his mandate, processing of government-related IDs and documents will be done faster.

Internet in public areas — yes! But he has to also talk to the service providers to give the people decent connectivity. I mean if there is access but the connection is lousy, then it’ still all for naught.

Tax reform — a big YES! The middle class — yes, that’s US — bear a heavy weight when it comes to taxes. Our salaries get cut and there’s not much left to take home because of taxes. Ugh. Hopefully, Duterte and his government will find a way to ease the burden of the taxpayers.

On the war on drugs, I believe that it’s doing okay but I feel that it would make room for vigilantism. I just hope that the bad guys are given due justice and that the innocents are spared.

On that note, I also want to agree on his comment about how the media portray these drug-related killings. It really irritates me to see dead bodies on TV, you know, just to make a point. Or make it controversial. Heck, there was one time, in the morning news, wherein the reporter did the news with the dead body behind her — ON LIVE TV. So much for my appetite. You know, the US media doesn’t show dead bodies like that on the news. Maybe a bit of decency, please?

Unilateral ceasefire. I sure hope it will be respected by all parties concerned.

On China and the disputed islands, which the Philippines was given favor, I know we all want “Chexit” and President Duterte’s response to it was not exactly what every Filipino wanted, but I think he had the country’s welfare in mind with that. Let’s face it, China’s army is much stronger than ours and they won’t think twice about going into war if we force “Chexit.” If a dialogue can be done, then there’s a chance for peace… right?

I just noticed that he didn’t touch upon education. K-12 is still an issue to many parents and schools. And the lack of classrooms. Also about contractualization. During his campaign, he said he wanted to remove ENDO. Didn’t hear about it yesterday.

So far I’m quite satisfied with his SONA. I sure hope that he and his administration will push through with their good plans.

And hopefully next SONA, Brillante Mendoza can limit zooming into the president’s hand and using the “laylayan” (worm’s eye-view) camera angle.:)