Achieving Health and Wellness, the Cost-effective Way

DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed here are all my own based on my experience.

Taking care of one’s health and wellness is very important. When we feel good and look good, we radiate beauty and a happy outlook in life. That’s why a lot of people nowadays are investing in health, wellness, and beauty products and services.

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People are now putting more premium on health, wellness, and beauty. Photo from www.pexels.com.

But sometimes, getting these services can take a toll on the budget. Some health products, wellness services, and beauty treatments come at a pretty steep price point. And there are those that you should get or undergo multiple times to achieve the best results.

This is where coupon sites come into play. Online places like Groupon are helpful to those who are looking for the best deals for their needs. For your fitness, health, and beauty regimen, there are Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons that offer the product, service, or treatment that you need at a much lower cost. What’s more, the deals offered there are tailored to the place where you live, so you also save on travel time just to take advantage of these deals.

With more and more people putting a premium on their health, wellness, and beauty, it’s a must that they find the product or service that they need, where and when they need it, and at a price that’s easy on the budget. Thanks to Groupon, this can be achieved.

Enjoy premium tea experience with Starbucks Teavana

Starbucks as a brand has always been known for its coffee, and the flavors and experiences that come with it. This time, you’ll get to know Starbucks as a company that offers a modern and premium tea experience — tea reimagined — with the launch of the Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets.

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Take note, the Starbucks Teavana is a core offering of Starbucks not only in the Philippines but across the China and Asia Pacific Region. Yes, more than 6,000 stores are bringing unique tea experiences that boast premium tea ingredients and bold, layered flavors.

Look at the tea sachets and concoctions that will surely become your new favorites, all available starting today, September 14:

Starbucks Teavana Emperor's Cloud and Mist

Emperor’s Cloud and Mist, a green tea with rich body and naturally sweet flavor (and a name like a Chinese warrior, haha!)

Starbucks Teavana Hibiscus

Caffeine-free Hibiscus, with a combination of hibiscus flowers, papaya, mango, and citrus lemongrass

Starbucks Teavana English Breakfast

English Breakfast, featuring a handcrafted blend of Indian Assam, Sri Lankan Ceylon, and Chinese black tea

Starbucks Teavana Youthberry

Youthberry, premium white tea combined with acai fruit, pineapple and mango flavors, rosehips, and tart green apple (my personal favorite)

Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages

Teavana Handcrafted Beverages: Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls, Iced Shaken Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey, and Matcha & Espresso Fusion

There are two other Teavana Teas that are available only in stores: Chamomile and Mint Blend. These and the four Full Leaf Tea Sachets above are priced starting at PHP 110 for a Tall-sized drink. But you can take home the Emperor’s Cloud and Mist, Hibiscus, English Breakfast, and Youthberry as a 12-sachet box pegged at PHP 525.

The Iced Shaken Handcrafted Beverages are priced from PHP 130 (Tall) while the Matcha & Espresso Fusion starts at PHP 155 (Tall).

Coinciding with the launch of Starbucks Teavana is the release of new Starbucks merchandise and card designs.

Starbucks Teavana Teaware

New Starbucks merchandise: the two-toned ceramic and double-walled glass tea ware

Starbucks Mid-Autumn Festival Card 2016

Starbucks Mid-Autumn Festival Card, available for an initial consumable load of PHP 300

Starbucks Autumn Leaf Card 2016

Starbucks Autumn Leaf Cards, available for an initial consumable load of PHP 500 per card

It’s time to reimagine the way you take your tea. Head to a Starbucks store near you to savor Starbucks Teavana and its other new offerings.

NBI Clearance Online Application: My personal experience

Truth be told, it’s been years since I last applied for an NBI Clearance. Heck, it must have been almost a decade. But because circumstances — which is to say a movement in employment — led me to this, I went ahead and applied for an updated clearance.

My sister told me that the process is now done online. Actually, most of it. You still have to make a personal appearance to have your photo and biometric fingerprint taken. But I believe with this new process, the steps are now expedited.

Whereas before you have to spend half or even the whole day for processing, it’s now easier thanks to the NBI Clearance Online Services.

So how is it done now? Here are the steps to undertake:

1. Go to https://www.nbi-clearance.com/ to sign up. If, like me, you haven’t applied for a clearance for the last 2 years, click NEW. If you have recently applied and want to renew, click RENEW.

NBI Clearance Online Services

2. Since I’ve not renewed my NBI Clearance since 2008 and I need the new one to reflect my married name, I chose NEW. An online form will appear, which you need to accomplish.

NBI Clearance Online Services

Remember to fill out all fields correctly and supply a working email address. Click “I Accept Terms of Service” then “Sign In”.

Note that the email field says that confirmation is required. Based on my experience, I did not receive any confirmation email but was able to sign in to the website even without it.

3. Once logged in, you can continue editing your profile to fill out the other necessary information like Place of Birth, Nationality, and Parent’s Names.

NBI Clearance Online Services

You can still edit what you’ve entered by clicking the “Edit Information” button on the top left. If everything is good and you now want to apply for your NBI Clearance, just tick “Apply For Clearance”.

4. Upon applying for clearance, you will be taken to a page with a calendar and a drop-down list of NBI branches where you can process your clearance. Just choose a date convenient to you; they have morning and afternoon schedules.

NBI Clearance Online Services

On the left side, you will see “Purpose” (local or abroad) and “Purpose Detail” (where will you use the clearance for). I entered “Local” for Purpose and “Local Employment” for Purpose Detail.

There’s a fee of PHP 115 for the clearance. Additional fees are incurred depending on the payment option you use. The ones available are Banks Over the Counter, Banks Online, Mobile Banking, and Bayad Center.

They said you can pay personally at the NBI branch, but it’s weird that that option isn’t here. Hmm…

Anyway, the site will give you a list of banks and Bayad Centers where you can pay the fee. As for Mobile Banking, I believe it’s only through GCash.

For my application, I chose “Banks Over the Counter” and picked Unionbank as my choice. It was the nearest bank from where I was. There’s an additional fee of PHP 25, so all in all I paid PHP 140. Payments are coursed through DragonPay. Just follow the instructions there, and take note of the 10-digit Bank Reference Number as well as the alpha-numeric Reference Number. As per my experience in Unionbank, they asked me to put the 10-digit Bank Reference Number in the Bills Payment Slip.

5. You can check the status of your payment on your NBI Clearance Online account by clicking “Transactions” found at the right-side menu. It will initially appear as “Pending”, which means that DragonPay hasn’t sent the payment yet (they process payments end of day). When the NBI site has received your payment, the status will change to “Paid” and you can print out the details of your transaction.

NBI Clearance Online Services

Again, take note of your reference number because, according to NBI, you have to present that when you go to the branch on your scheduled date and time. And that’s the next step.

So how was my experience with the NBI Clearance Online Services? It was pretty quick and easy. Now the only thing I would have to watch out for is how the process of picture-taking and fingerprint scanning would be. From the sites that I’ve checked out, some was not satisfied because they had some issues with the waiting time despite having applied online and presenting their reference numbers.

Oh well, that remains to be seen. I’ll let you know once I’m done with it.

I guess I still have to come to the NBI branch early.

But as far as the online application went, I must say it was pretty convenient for me.

Have you used the NBI Clearance Online Services? Share your experience!

UPDATE:

So I went to the NBI branch I chose during my application. Remember I said that the website allowed users to choose from a morning and afternoon schedule? Well, in the branch at Robinsons Galleria, you’ll still be given a number. The NBI representative said that it was due to the many applications they receive each day. Not sure about the other branches, though, but this is how it goes at the NBI in Galleria.

NBI Clearance Online

Contestant, erm, Applicant #31. And I arrived at 7:30 AM.

Apparently, there is a way that you can pay over the counter on the day of your scheduled appearance, but I don’t know how that goes. I would recommend, though, to pay online way before your chosen schedule so that you’re sure your payment has gone through. Plus, when you’ve already paid online, the only thing to be done is to have your headshot, signature, and fingerprints taken.

And… I HAVE A HIT! #huhubels I didn’t have a hit during my last application, when I was still single. I guess having a common surname (that of my husband’s) and an even more common first name yields unfortunate results. I have to come back next week to claim my NBI clearance. But if you’re clear, you’ll get yours instantly. The capture-and-print process is so fast, you’ll spend more time waiting in line than getting your NBI Clearance. Really.

Will update you again when I’ve claimed my NBI Clearance.🙂

UPDATE #2

I got my NBI Clearance, woot! But I won’t show it to you because I don’t look good on my picture, LOL! Anyhoo, if you’re coming back to the branch because you had a hit like me, you need not fall in line with the other applicants. Just proceed to the Releasing area and show them your reference number. Yep, that’s all you need to bring. They’ll instantly print out the clearance and that’s it! You can go ahead with your agenda for the day.

Hope I helped you out with how to get your NBI Clearance!

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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.🙂