Monday, July 23, 2012

My Great Northern Sale Experience: Shoppers Gone Wild

I still remember my GNS experience like it was yesterday. It was Friday the 13th.

I was in a hurry. I insisted my hubby to go with me for a quick shopping trip. Just because I believe that behind every strong woman is a man who would carry her bags from all the shopping. Unfortunately, like most men, he found shopping boring and preferred to stay at home.

So I went shopping alone and snuck off to the Great Northern Sale at SM North Edsa. For me, it sounded like the great Northern Star, the prominent star that lies closest in the sky to the north celestial pole. I was lookin' at it just like a star, only shinier.. and I was determined to get it.

I imagined myself going on a massive shopping spree, galavanting around the SM Department Store with hundreds of shopping bags slung over my arms and shoulder, overly excited and giddy with excitement at the sight of Sale items and more. Shoes? Dress? Bra? Bag? Pants? Ahh, the SM Department Store was my oyster. I was excited because that was my first ever Great Northern Sale. Big deal, my friend. Huge.

GNS was packed!
Except my dream deflated and it suddenly dawned at me as I walked down the shopping aisle. I went there extra early but there were already a sea of people aka a huge crowd rubbing elbows, anxiously doing a shopping marathon.

Shoppers gone wild!
The mall was packed! If I could add a sport to the Olympics, that'd be shopping. Perhaps some competitive shopping?

Guess so.

Then I thought, "So this is how wild things can get at SM North Edsa's Great Northern Sale. Shoppers gone wild and major discounts everywhere you look! There were way too many people in a shopping mall that size, and I've never seen shoppers so crazy. Oh well, who doesn't love a good sale?

I was also a bit overwhelmed with all the signs "50-70% OFF". I guess SM North Edsa is designed to overwhelm you with brightness and sensory overstimulation so you may spend mindlessly. All because it's a SALE day! Sure the birth of my daughter was special but I'd rate the day the Great Northern Sale started pretty high up there too (and I knew that it was going to be the death of me!) It's by far, one of the busiest, if not the busiest shopping day of the year. How I wish the Great Northern Sale has never ever ended. Or better yet, I wish I could have unlimited money for shopping.

Then I went up to the 3rd floor at Kid's section and I was like, wanting everything in sight. I browsed for a few more hours and I finished a whole set of K-pop inspired outfit for my little girl and a running shorts for my hubby. Sweet!

Glad to say that "I came, I saw, I conquered." :)

Here's a peek of my shopping haul and all the goodies I scored from the GNS:
Loving my daughter's K-pop outfitey from SM Kids' K-Pop Collection. So havey! I might even get her to  join the  SM Kids' Search for Toon Fest K-Pop Rising Star! Yay! 

My most favorite part of  my GNS shopping experience was the moment I saw an orange polka dot top and tried the piece on..  and it was the perfect size. Whoever said Friday the 13th is unlucky clearly  wasn't a smart shopper and didn't know how to shop for sale. That being said, I'm proud to say that I'm officially a frugal sale shopper and I save money that way. 

On the other hand, the least favorite part of shopping for me is the payment part and the post-shopping calculation ( I seriously hate Math). The best part though was when I took advantage of the 50-70% off  on sale items and I was able to save over 50% in total. Wow. Just wow. I have to say it felt pretty darn good. 

After a few hours of shopping, I used my Gourmet Card  where anyone can have an ultimate dining privilege and get lots of freebies and discounts from participating restaurants. I loved it!

So here's a tip, for those guys who want to know how to satisfy a woman:

The G spot is located at the end of the word shopping, and at the first word of the phrase "Great Northern Sale". So don't dare miss out the great opportunity to shop for the next Great Northern Sale at SM next year where you can get up to 70% off on selected brands.

Happy shopping!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Online Shopping at its Best with Niscenssa's Glam Online Store

This dark cloud hovering over Metro Manila right now is so intense. And that, my friend, makes it a perfect weather for online shopping. I seriously hate shopping in stores, so I always choose the easy way.. online.   Although, we can't always blame the bad/bed weather for our online shopping addiction. Am I right?

As for me, I'll prolly choose to do shopping online rather than walk around at the mall for hours. It's easy and less time consuming. No temptations to steal, no ghastly queues, no sore feet, and when my package comes it's like yey! "A package? For MEEH?!" :)

Somehow my online work like blogging, as well as editing photos and videos, always turns into some serious online shopping. I love it because I can always do it in my pajamas and it's  the only thing I can wait 3-5 business days for. For some, it gives them a reason to live for another 3-5 business days.

So for the avid online shoppers out there, I have good news for ya!

Niscenssa Direct Sales, the direct selling arm of Nisce Skin ‘n Face,  has announced the launch of a new online store. It's the easiest way to shop for Niscenssa products and it's a good thing that Niscenssa stays current with tech trends.

Held at Secret Recipe in SM Megamall, the Kapuso star and Niscenssa's new brand ambassador, Miss Bela Padilla, graced the event. Indeed, her skin looks so smooth and flawless. That moment when you look at a woman and you can tell without even touching that she has the softest skin imaginable. Now, that's exactly what I mean. 
Oh my goddess! Check out that flawless skin!
Miss Bella Padilla,  Niscenssa's new brand ambassador 
“As we want to bring beauty within everyone’s reach, we are inspired to break into e-business by opening an online store. Through this, we aim to reach areas where Nisce skin clinics are not available, as well as areas where we do not have enough direct sellers,” said Atty. Blaise Nisce, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nisce Skin ‘n Face.
The store, located at, is the company's first and official online store which features the full range of quality Niscenssa Direct skin care products allowing customers to buy at their convenience. Niscenssa products are dermatologist tested and approved and are formulated by Nisce’s world-class research and development team to suit every skin type.

Up to the launch of the new online store and before having an online store for the Niscenssa Direct products, a direct selling arm for their skincare products was established, called Niscenssa Direct Sales. The direct selling arm aims to provide an income-generating opportunity for loyal customers and to bring the glamour of effective skincare products within everyone’s reach.

They have 17 branches nationwide where you can enjoy effective skin care, beauty and spa services at affordable prices. Their signature services are Nova 3R, Dr. Roller Micro Needle System, Diamond Peel Skin Resurfacing and IPL treatment which is one of Bella's favorite.

Niscenssa Direct products range from skincare for men and women, makeup, and insect repellent and are divided into four brand categories:
  • Blaise -The Blaise brand is a unique skincare line specially formulated for men. It has a wide array of products from shaving cream to facial scrub. 
  • Dr.Skin -Dr. Skin product line is formulated for whitening, acne treatment and prevention, and age defying; products under this category range from deodorants to facial creams and lotions.
  • Nisce - Soap products of Niscenssa Direct are under the Nisce brand, with different types –whitening, exfoliating, and organic soap. Aside from the soap, Nisce also has sunblock lotion with SPF 80. 
  • Niscenssa - Their makeup products are under Niscenssa; available products under this brand are face powders and foundations. The insect repellent product that provides up to eight hours of protection against mosquitoes is also under this category.

Anyhoo, here's another good news (for me at least), my skin is starting to look amazing. Thanks to Niscenssa products! :) So ladies, treat your face and skin with these products. Highly recommended! And hey, it's free shipping on all orders! 

For more deets about the Niscenssa products, visit the Niscenssa online store at www.niscenssa.comDon't forget to follow them on for updates: Twitter:  and like them on Facebook:

Okay, so next time you walk into your room and the iPad and a credit card is sitting on your bed, you should know that this is a test to your online shopping addiction... and to fight the urge to buy some Niscenssa products at their online store. Oh well.. Just go get your shopping fix, dear. You deserve it!

Happy online shopping!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Once you K-Pop, You Can't Stop with SM Kids' Search for Toon Fest K-Pop Rising Star

Do you love K-POP? Or better yet, do your kids love K-pop?

Come on!! Who doesn't love K-Pop? The K-Pop fever is spreading all over the world. From Korean candies and ice cream (Melona, anyone?) to K-dramas or Korean telenovelas (I have to admit, I'm crazy over Boys Over Flowers), Korean pop culture, as well as Korean fashion and hairstyles, seem to peak at us at every turn. I guess this is quite ineveitable, if not desirable. Oh well, I guess once you K-Pop, you can't stop!

Well, if you love K-Pop, (like me and my tot) or if you're one step closer to K-Pop lovin', I have good news for you.

Aja! Aja!

Today, as yet another sign of K-Pop going global, SM Department Store, the country's leading department store, introduces K-Pop style into this season's toon fashion collection. SM brings the wonderful world of  K-Pop fashion into its character apparel. Held at Makati Shangri-la Hotel, cute girls and boys walked the runway K-pop style, channelling the dynamic spirit of K-pop on its fashion line.

Now for the cute and savvy K-Pop fashion-philes!

 Aegyo, which means, showing cuteness. Yep,  this is cuteness overload!

Crushing hard on these cute little K-Pop boys! :)

Glitzy, glam, funky and spunky! Their looks highlighted by bright colors and bold patterns showcase the new collections, giving favorites like Garfield, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy and Barbie newfound sartorial energy. This season's SM Toon Fest exclusive lines combine all-original licensed character apparel with Korean style dynamics to elevate kids' fashion choices, while keeping things colorful and fun!
This has got to be my peg for my little girl! :)
 But wait, there's more! :)

After the kids' catwalk, showcasing the new K-pop collections, SM Toon Fest has announced a search for its K-Pop Rising Star. The song, dance, and lip-synch competition invites boys, girls and groups aged 2-14 to let their inner superstars out for a shot at the spotlight and the whooping and K-poppin' Php100,000 grand prize! Dress up your little K-Pop idol with the participating character brands of any SM Dept. Store and style him/her in K-pop fashion! Then record your video using the pre-selected K-Pop songs and upload it via the SM Toon Fest website. Check out the contest mechanics here or check out the video!

 "Kids today are a lot more conscious of what's ‘in’ and get fashion ideas from their idols", states Ms. Jo Dy Juanco, VP for Children's Fashion, "These days, they draw inspiration from K-Pop stars and want to dress just like them." 

 Needless to say, expect waves of awesome glitz and glamour with everything K-pop at SM department stores because it's going to take the world by storm. Available in stores nationwide, SM Toon Fest carries trendy apparel emblazoned with the familiar faces and logos of favorite characters. Hello Kitty, Robby Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and Marvel Superheroes like Spider-Man are just a few of the licensed characters represented by the line. Old favorites like the Disney Princesses, Disney Fairies, and the Sesame Street gang also have their own quirky-yet-stylish collections.

Girls will enjoy SM Toon Fest’s wide range of choices, from Winnie the Pooh’s colorful 70’s disco party girl polka dots and stripes, to Betty Boop’s posh, classic pieces with modern tweaks. Boys, on the other hand, can dazzle with a combination of preppy and urban street clothing elements from Garfield, Cars, and Snoopy. Kids are going to have a blast mixing and matching ensemble pieces to create their own signature K-Pop-inspired looks with the help of their favorite toons!

Catch the K-pop fever and bring out the star that is waiting to burst out of your kids because it's their time to shine. :)

Join the SM Toon Fest K-Pop Rising Star and get a chance to win P100,000 grand prize! For more deets on the contest, kids and parents can visit and


Monday, July 16, 2012

Uniqlo: Putting On “AIRism” with Promo Price from July 13 up to July 19

After its successful grand opening where huge crowds of avid shoppers wanted to get inside the very first UNIQLO store in the Philippines, UNIQLO offers new conventional wisdom to Filipinos regarding what to wear when it’s hot, and it’s not “Remove clothes” but it’s actually about “Putting on AIRism”. For Filipinos, UNIQLO today announces its most recent promo offer for its “AIRism” inner wear line.

From July 13 up to July 19, 2012 only, UNIQLO products like the AIRism V-Neck Shirt for Men (Regular Price P590) and the AIRism Camisole for Women (Regular Price P590) can be purchased at a really affordable price of P490.

“AIRism” is a brand of the functional inner and outer garment line by UNIQLO. Made of breathable “cupro fibers” from Japanese manufacturers Asahi Kasei and micro nylon by Toray Industries, these fiber types possess the unique ability to release heat and to remove moisture and perspiration. AIRism also provides the wearer with utmost comfort despite the heat and humidity, and a soft, soothing feeling that’s light as air. It’s as if you’re wearing nothingand yet look and feel great.

The AIRism V-Neck T-Shirt for Men is UNIQLO’s popular line of light, cool and comfortable innerwear. It is very light and has ultra-fine fibers that feel soft and smooth on the skin. The special fabric also stretches to fit snugly to the body and quickly absorbs perspiration and neutralizes body odors, so you feel dry and refreshed throughout the day.

The AIRism Camisole for Women also has ultra-fine fibers that are soft, smooth and cool on the skin. It is made of stretchable materials for that body-hugging fit and has air-conditioning and heat-release properties, where each fiber -removes moisture (perspiration) and heat from the body to keep the body dry and feel comfortable.

UNIQLO is a global apparel brand known for its “MADE FOR ALL” philosophy where people express themselves through its unique, yet high quality and fully functional clothing line.

The first UNIQLO store in the Philippines, located at the 2nd Floor, Main Mall of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, opened last June 15, 2012. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Check out my other posts about Uniqlo products and how much I love 'em HERE! :) Supports Emerging Filipino Online Talents

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Friday, July 13, 2012

AOC Launches 2 New Monitors; Partners with Ice Age 4 Continental Drift

AOC, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of LCD, LED monitors and HDTVs in the world today, has announced the launch of two models of their 23-inch LED monitors yesterday. Held at the posh and swanky restaurant in Greenbelt, Nuvo,  AOC Philippines has once again expanded its line of monitors and has unveiled its latest monitors for the Philippine market. 

Now this could be your next must have for your desktop, huh?

In addition to the coolest 3D experience, AOC partners with the leader of the global entertainment industry,  Twentieth Century Fox International.  After the huge successes of the earlier screenings such as X-Men: First Class and Alvin & the Chipmunks 3, the brand, once again, bring customers into a new era of high tech movie watching,  as AOC joined hands with Twentieth Century Fox International to bring  you  one of the most anticipated movie franchises of the year and the much anticipated movie, Ice Age 4.

Oh well, aside from me and my kid, who else is excited to watch Ice Age 4? Hmm.. Don't judge me, guys, but I'd love to watch it. Really. I guess the first three movies just didn't give me the closure I needed so the fourth installment sounds like fun. :) Besides, that'd be 90 minutes worth of  my kiddo being excited and amused enough to goofy faces like Sid's. And that, my friend, is priceless. :)

So let's go back to these two monitors because, quite frankly,  it's just all sorts of awesome!

The first model is the AOC D2357Ph 3D Monitor, which features AOC Cinema 3D technology.  Specification wise,  it has a wide viewing  angle of professional IPS panels (D2757PH only), it delivers cinematic  quality pictures that make watching movies, playing games and editing photos  an extraordinary experience for the eyes. Hence, being called the new generation of "borderless" 3D monitors,  transforming games and movies to simulated 3D, giving you a larger-than-life  experience. 

 The ultra-narrow bezel around the screen (5.8mm on the 23" model, and a  mere 2mm on the 27" model) is barely visible, creating a seemingly  borderless display which suits ideally for a dual monitor or multiple monitor  setup, with almost seamless expansion of the computer desktop. Connecting multiple PC monitors is rewarding since there is less switching between multiple applications, thereby improving productivity and comfort, with extra display space for working and entertainment.


The second model is AOC i2353Ph IPS Monitor, which has a  brushed-metallic surface texture, a super slim display body measuring  just 9.2mm thin and a slim, transparent crystal stand to further enhance its  futuristic styling. It can tilt to transform into a sleek wall mount (VESA standard), allowing the panel to seemingly float in space. 

Additionally, the base has illuminated soft-touch controls and with its cool features and design, the i2353Ph won the "IT design award China 2010." How cool is that? :) 

For more deets and info about AOC and its products, please visit


Sunday, July 8, 2012

See How Wild Things Can Get at SM North Edsa's Great Northern Sale

Hooray! The Great Northern Sale is back! 

Get the hottest and most exclusive deals on all brands, stores and dining places only at the upcoming and much awaited Great Northern Sale in SM North EDSA that is scheduled this July 13-15, 2012. 

Major discounts everywhere you look! Treat yourself and your loved ones to great buys and enjoy 3 days of nonstop fabulous shopping, and get more for less on just about everything, everywhere – from fashion to watches, electronics, toys and more. 

Catch the Great Northern Sale Fashion Show this July 13, 2012 at 6pm at The Block Atrium. Or you can simply strike a pose and join the Strike a Pose photo contest

Check out GNS TVC in Youtube:

Ladies and gents, you will not want to miss out this great opportunity to shop because you can get up to 70% off on selected brands! See how wild things can get at  The Great Northern Sale! :) Yay!

So schedule a shopping trip with your friends and head down to Sm North this weekend. Oh and keep on checking my blog for more deets 'cause  I will definitely share some of my great finds and my Great Northern Sale shopping experience soon! :) 

See you there! Happy shopping!

Visit SM North's Facebook, Twitter and website for more updates
Go and tweet about it using the hashtag #GreatNorthernSale