Pros and Cons Summary of My First Semester in STI Munoz-EDSA in Collaboration with Mr. Solis

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STI Munoz-EDSA is not really big compared to other branches, but I feel like the students are mute and the school is not only blind, but deaf despite of its size. Not a school in this world is perfect, but every school can improve and innovate their system and services for the sake of education. On the other hand, we, the students should also cooperate in making our stay not only beneficial to us, but also to the school that has served, and has been home for unforgettable memories for several years of our life.

My first semester in college has ended and I wasn’t able to post this before the first day of second semester starts because I was a little bit busy prioritizing something else. Now, before you jump on the lines below, I’d like to acknowledge that my batch mate, Mr. Dennis Reid Solis contributed on some of the pros and cons that he had also observed and personally experienced in his first semester in STI Munoz EDSA. We put our hearts and sincere thoughts in this blog and we hope that this can help open new ideas to our STI family for the betterment of the coming years.

SECURITY

The first thing that I have noticed on my first month in STI is that our bags are not being checked by the guards before we enter the school. Basically, we can carry anything inside the school, because no authority is blocking us into bringing just about anything in school.

Almost all the students, new and old were wearing civilian in the first few months, both senior high school and college. Imagine the number of people coming in and out of the school. How would the guards know who are students and who are not.

There was also an incident where a student got robbed right in front of the gate of the school. I don’t know if the guard reported that incident, but it did happen on his watch. When the guard on duty was asked regarding the incident, he mentioned that he is very much aware that things like that happen in STI. So what did they do to assess that?

RULES AND REGULATIONS

I don’t know what happened, but the huge “No-Smoking” warning sign tarpaulin that was initially posted in front of the gates of STI for several months were suddenly moved inside. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a school has the right to prohibit and remove vendors from selling cigarettes in front of the establishment, right? The Clean Air Act and CHED Memorandum Circular 96 states that 10 meters within the school perimeter is considered a Non-Smoking Area.

I’m just really curious on why did they move the warning sign inside, when it was perfectly positioned outside. Is it because they couldn’t stop the students from smoking in that area even with the humungous warning sign that can even be seen even when you’re walking at the overpass? Is that the best solution of STI, to change what is right because they didn’t get to think of a more effective way to control the situation? Aren’t they aware that it creates a long term bad image for the school when commuters and passerby saw STI students, wearing their complete uniform while smoking just right in front of the school gates?

TUITION FEE

I’m not a very good critique when it comes to tuition fees and everyone has their own take when it comes to finances, but like other schools, STI is considerate enough when it comes to payment of tuition fees. If you’re from Quezon City, specifically from District-1 you may request a 20% discount letter from the Quezon City Hall in Councilor Jun Ferrer’s office and submit it to STI every semester before the enrollment closes to help minimize the cost of your tuition fee. Being on the Dean’s List will also allow you to get an additional discount provided that you reach a GWA of 1.50. Another option is to be a working student in the school.

UNIFORM

I don’t know if it has been a long time since I became a student again, but the price of our uniform is way too expensive. When asked about the price of the uniforms, they always use the word “set” and give out a small piece of paper that shows 1 full set of uniforms and it looks so cheap when you see the amount written on the paper, but if you will calculate how much a daily pair of top and bottom uniform cost, you’ll think twice if you’ll just wash your uniform every after use or purchase an additional to suit the school days.

Another thing about school shirts, we suggested to have our own course T-shirt to show off in school events and competitions, where we can be proud of our chosen course… but they said that STI has their own branding and wants all branches to look uniform. So, too bad for our batch who are hoping to wear our own course shirt inside the school. We were told that if they aren’t stopping us from creating our own shirts, but it must only be worn outside the school, and our initial reaction goes like this, “What is the essence of wearing it outside when it’s more appropriate to wear and brag about it in school?”

My take on this topic is that STI should create a T-shirt and logo design that will represent the different courses we enrolled in, so that they have full control of the branding. Then mass produce it and include it in the uniform set. If the course shirt looks awesome, it would encourage more enrollees considering that school uniform is also one of the factors that affect a student’s decision in choosing a school. Another idea is to hold a contest wherein students can submit logo entries and the winning logo will be printed on the T-shirts. This can be by branch or the official courses shirt of STI.

PROFESSORS

It’s normal that as a student like me critique my professors, because they were assigned to be the mentors of my chosen field. We’re going to be together for a semester and that’s not a joke considering their roles has a very high influence and impact to us. But the thing with being very observant students, we didn’t just critique our subject professors, but also other professors that might probably handle us on the coming years, if they are still in STI.

Let’s start with this professor who didn’t follow the handouts and weren’t giving us any handouts at all, but tried to do the best to show and make the students experience and learn the main essence of the subject. This professor had a difficult time in trying to connect the subject to our course, but we did learn a lot.

A professor who just entered the classroom, went straight into teaching the lesson after recapping the past topic and introducing the new topic, without much of an interaction with the students may seem like this person doesn’t really care if the students learn or not. But the truth is, this professor cares so much to the point that sharing words of wisdom to students became a habit to motivate us. You won’t believe it, but there’s something that this professor told the class that made me realize my own potential and corrected my study habits.

Then here’s a professor that I personally saw and heard asking another professor in the faculty to just give the students an activity, leave and just take the day somewhere. This happened when I still don’t know any professor at all, because I’m a new student. Is this the meaning of self-study for this professor? Too bad for your students… and their parents who paid you and believed that you’re doing your job. So how many times in a month, or let’s say in a week do you do that? If this is your habit, please don’t encourage other professors to do the same.

Want more? There’s this professor who I seriously hate a lot for being so damn unprofessional. This professor isn’t one of my subject mentors, but gets into my nerves, all the time. The way this person unreasonably and unacceptably talks to students makes me want to stand up and return the actions. I can’t say that this person is being strict just like how other professors fit the description, because the way this person treats the students and the words used when talking to students, makes me want to ask how this person qualified for the title to teach. Thank God you don’t exist in our branch anymore this second semester.

If there are professors who aren’t that dedicated to teaching, there will always be those who will professionally and wholeheartedly take their job seriously. There are these professors who would sleep late just to finish checking submitted works and won’t leave the school until there is an unfinished business with a student. These professors have all our respect and praises. They literally deserve it for their dedication and performance. It feels so good to have unforgettable mentors that you can look up to when you’re feeling down on your chosen field. You guys are the treasure of STI Munoz EDSA. Keep up the good work because you’re influencing not only lives, but futures of the future.

Sorry for the redundancy of the words, but I did it on purpose to avoid the pronouns, because it might create inappropriate rumors amongst the group of professors. Let’s just keep this as mysterious as possible. Don’t even try to message and ask us who exactly those professors are, because I won’t be giving away anything, they are still professors. But the main point here is that STI should screen their professors properly before hiring them.

EDUCATION

The excitement and stress of a subject doesn’t only depend on the student’s capacity to understand a certain lesson, but it also depends on the way it has been taught and when it was taught. So what am I saying here? It depends on the professor and the class schedule. If you have a professor who is capable of making a difficult lesson appear easy while maintaining the essentials, then consider yourself lucky. And yeah, we have those kind of professors in our branch, but I can’t name them here.

Next is your class schedule, whether you’re irregular or regular. Like for example, if you have a number of 4 to 5 classes a day without enough rest time, well, you better check if your butt is still in tack after sitting from one class to another, straight. Yeah, its student life, but you should also balance your time and give your mind a break in a reasonable manner even if your class schedule is stressful. But don’t be furious if you’re given a bad schedule (for regulars) and for not being able to fit your subjects the way you want it (for irregulars), because there are also many reasons to consider before a school is able to lay our class schedules. Meaning to say, you just have to learn your own ninja moves in making your life in school less of a pressure and more effective.

We are all familiar with ELMS right? Professors use and follow handouts provided by the school in lecturing and that’s fine, only if all the professors are uploading the files in ELMS so we can do advance studies, but sadly that doesn’t always happen. So be grateful if your professors are uploading handouts timely or advance, because you get to browse and study in advance. I’ve also noticed that the majority of the students relies on ELMS when studying for a lecture and especially when reviewing for exam week. If students aren’t provided with handouts and only provided with the topics, they tend to feel more pressured and stressed to study for that certain subject. Without handouts that students expect to receive, they end up relying with their own notes, but what if they also don’t have complete notes because they are really expecting for handouts?

I know that as a student we should all be responsible, but when students know that they are supposed to be receiving something from the school for what they paid for, but ended up not having it, feelings of resistance to study and just make uncountable reasons not to study would be their last resort. I don’t have any complain whether a subject gives out handouts or not because I have my own way of being updated and keeping track of lessons. Stuffs that I’ve been writing here are just purely based on what I have observed.

ORGANIZATIONS

Internal organizations are not recognized due to lack of advertisements and projects. If you go around the campus most of the bulletin boards only remind us of upcoming exams, instead of providing a general information about activities or about the existing student organizations that will allow freshmen to explore more about STI.

We were about to create a general bulletin board as our project in NSTP-I that will post general information about the current school events and will be updated by the elected Student Council, thus still be supervised by STI. But it has been rejected because they said that updates are all available in the Facebook page without considering that there are also students who doesn’t often have internet access to log in.

The election of the Student Council was a surprise to everyone including the professors. The dissemination of the news and the election week wasn’t something that got the campus talking. The running parties weren’t able to show their agendas in a very convincing way and we don’t have any idea who they are or how many parties are running for the year. A Student Council is a powerful and helpful organization, only if they will be handled properly.

STAFFS

Let’s be real, not everyone is always in a good mood when at work. There are days that people just aren’t like themselves because of exhaustion and stress. But seriously, there are staffs that will literally get into your nerves. We’re not sure, but I feel like the departments are only having their own meetings and not a general meeting where all the departments are seated in one room to talk about student concerns. We didn’t get a chance to ask if they are doing that, but didn’t waste asking because we can obviously see that they are not doing that based on the way they answer our questions.

Then, here comes the exam week where a boatload of students will be paying for their tuition fees, while only cashier counter is open although there are 3 windows to accommodate transactions. So what’s the consequence? Students don’t get to take their exam on time because they were waiting for their permits. If the system is down, can’t they seriously go manual for the sake of making things a little less stressful for the students in exam weeks? You know, for them to be able to catch up on their exams on time. I never experienced having to get my permit on the same day of the exam, but seeing the struggles of my schoolmates, I think it deserves a paragraph in this post.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES

All the rooms in our school is fully air conditioned and every room has its own projector which I’m really glad to brag about. We have computer laboratories and an internet laboratory for the students to use so they won’t have to pay in computer shops. Our library also has a separate room where students can use for academic purposes. Students can also register one gadget and get a free Wi-Fi access inside the school for one semester.

The Cozy Room is a good idea for students to lounge in, where we can rest, read books and take a nap in our free time, but seriously, I don’t know if they are ventilating and dehumidifying the room. The floor is carpeted, students are asked to remove their shoes before entering, so yeah, as you’ve guessed, it smells like sock party inside the room. How are you supposed to relax and feel cozy when your nose couldn’t take the smell? Ventilating, and dehumidifying an air conditioned room is important to avoid the production of airborne contaminants, dust and molds on the furniture that may lead to health and comfort problems.

Let’s move on to the canteen area… I think that the tables, chairs and the area allotted for the canteen is not sufficient for the number of students who wants to eat at the canteen. Maybe it was enough when tertiary were the only students, but now that STI has senior high school students, I believe it is not enough. Dennis thinks that the garden area should be removed and be placed somewhere else, and extend the canteen area to be more useful for everyone. We always eat lunch at the canteen so I agree with his suggestion.

Now, let’s move on to the locker rental of the school. Before being able to get a locker, you are going to be oriented about the policy. We all know that we are reliable for our lockers and the school is not liable for any lost items. But when the policy stated that we should hand over a duplicate key to GSSO so that they can open the locker in case of emergency, such as random checking of prohibited materials without the owner’s presence. My take on is, both the school and I can open my locker, what if something got lost while the school states that they are not reliable for anything? Where should I put myself then? Isn’t it that they should call the attention of the locker owner first and let them open it before anything else?

MAINTENANCE

I appreciate the improvement in the cleanliness of the comfort rooms compared to my first month in school where I seriously had to look and observe in what building are comfort rooms are acceptable enough to use.  I think the maintenance cleans up several times a day now and not just only when school is about to close for the day. Nowadays, I often see them holding their cleaning materials, sweeping the floor, wiping the windows and mopping the stairs. There were also times when I couldn’t use the comfort room because they are doing a quick cleaning, which is totally alright for me. Good job for the maintenance department.

EVENTS

We all enjoyed the Academic Week even if everyone was exhausted including the professors. But I felt like the schedule of exam week and Acad Week has been flatly sandwiched. Then, the dissemination of important details was way too late to even give an average event preparation. I don’t know how it went last year, because I can only comment on what I have experienced. Although we all did well, I believe that there’s more to show only if everyone was given enough or reasonable time to prepare for the activities and contests.

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In the recently aired TV commercial of STI the school looks inviting, fun and accommodating, but it doesn’t really materialize in real life. The advertisement was great and convincing, but how will they sugar coat what is actually happening, and how will they convince the students who are currently wearing STI uniforms to do the same?

We, the students, are the walking endorsers of the school, how will students be proud of their own alma mater if we don’t see and feel any improvement that we can brag and be proud of? How will we be confident in sharing our STI experiences with other people? STI Munoz EDSA can improve their system and image, if they will put their students’ concern on top of their priority list. This branch can create many excellent students if the people running it every day will be more open to suggestions and in working on it.

It’s just 5 months and I know that every school is currently adjusting their system and services because of the K-12 curriculum, but I’m hoping that on my 2nd year in college I’d see more improvement. STI Munoz-EDSA should also consider the school’s capacity in accepting students to avoid classes in the library.

If you’re also an STI student, from any branch, please do comment down below and share your own experiences and thoughts. Tell us what you’re experiencing and what can you be proud of? We’d love to hear from you! We hope that you enjoyed this blog even if it’s lengthy… Click HERE to direct you to the Facebook post and to be able to comment without having to create an account here.

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The Best Blogapalooza 2016 Experience

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It’s my third time to attend Blogapalooza and I’d say that this is one of the best they have organized! It was held at Novotel Manila Araneta Center on November 05, 2016 – Saturday, from 10am – 8pm. I thought it wasn’t going to be fun because the exact area where the program was held was at the 6th floor Versailles Garden which was an open area but with several tents to shelter us from the sun. This is also the hotel where the iconic 90s female R&B group – SWV (Sisters with Voices) stayed before visiting Pinoy Big Brother’s House. I actually saw them in person wearing the same attire when they went live on PBB House, but didn’t get the chance to snap a picture with them because I felt like they were in a rush.

There aren’t as many brands and booths this time compared to the past, but me and my fellow bloggers did enjoy the activities with the different brands who were present that day, because we felt that they seriously prepared for it. It wasn’t just an exchange of contact information, but we got to interact with them through games. Krispy Kreme, San Mig Food Ave, Taisho Ramen & Teppanyaki House, VitaminBoost and other food and beverage brands were also very generous to serve us with food and drinks for the day.

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Click to visit their blogs: Marj | Erin | Me | Peng

I noticed that the sponsors’ booths weren’t as crowded as they were, maybe because the booths and the conference was held in two separate area, unlike having both packed in one place before. Now everyone who are finished visiting the booths in the garden can now sit and listen to the speakers inside the conference hall. It’s like a system that everyone can easily understand…

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Then, it got me thinking why the event was promoting to use the #UnitePh beside the usual hash tags, then I realized, it was because of the bloggers coming from the rural areas of the Philippines! Blogapalooza gathered as many groups from different parts of the country such as those coming from North Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao! Yeah, you got that right! Blogger society from Metro Manila got to meet and greet their co-bloggers from the province! I am seriously surprised that they even existed and that they have been in the blogging world since 2007! Thanks to Blogapalooza, we are now well informed of their presence! I can’t say anything on their efforts just to make it to the event with us!

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Let’s be real, talks get a little bit boring sometimes when you’ve been siting and listening from one speaker to another for hours. You then start to just focus on your social media accounts and talk about a different topic with your friends. But the 30 minutes comedy segment with The 4th Player Improv got me laughing till my jaws started hurting! I noticed that after their stage, the audience were more lively and active throughout the end of the program.

ATC Health Care Corporation who once sponsored me to write about them was also present, and boy, they are heavily armed with activities, prizes, giveaways and freebies. I also noticed that their marketing campaign is competitive this year. I often see bloggers posting about them here and there…

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Correct me if I’m wrong but Chemworld Fragrance Factory never missed out a Blogapalooza event and they are very consistent with their booth’s activity for 3 consecutive event. This time, I received a full size perfume instead of vials, so yeah, it was worth it to play Pick-Up-Sticks and remember my childhood days.

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Panelists:

Ruby Caberte of CDO Bloggers Society

Vanj Padilla of Pangasinan Bloggers Society

Sinjin Pineda of Cebu Bloggers Society

Ria Jose of Davao Bloggers Society

The last segment of the program where the panelist for the discussion were the founders of the blogger groups from Davao, CDO, Pangasinan and Cebu was I think one of the best decision that Blogapalooza team has ever made for this year’s event. I felt the truth, sincerity and wisdom from their answers even when they are thrown with an intimidating question from the audience. Compared to the past discussion panelist, these people weren’t sugar coating their answers and weren’t playing safe. You will see it from the way they look and the way they choose their words. I felt the struggles that they’ve surpassed and how they really deserve where they are right now.

“Let people be what they want to be.” – Ria Jose of Davao Bloggers Society

“Blogging is a passion, you cannot micro manage it.” Vanj Padilla of Pangasinan Bloggers

“Give bloggers a good and worth blogging experience.” – Ria Jose

“We don’t ask. We also don’t refuse.” – Vanj Padilla

“Your passion for blogging will answer your own question.” – Ria Jose

“Blogging is a personal enterprise.” – Ria Jose

Now that all the blogging society has been united, and the program was about to end, it was the perfect timing for the big revelation that had everyone been waiting for!

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Blogapalooza heard us, so they created a platform where bloggers and businesses can easily collaborate with each other. BUZZIN, a new and trusted marketing partner, where bloggers can join as many campaigns as they want, provided that brands still gets to select which bloggers they will be hiring. The best part here is, we get paid for collaborating with them! We don’t need to worry on how to reach brands anymore, and we get paid. Let’s Buzzin!

Bloggers don’t forget to Buzzin!!! See you guys on the next Blogapalooza!!!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

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My sister suddenly handed me over 2 ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick while we were in the car to go shopping at the mall. My initial reaction was, yeah, as you expected, I tried it on while waiting for her go from one bank to another to check on their accounts. That was my first time to try on a liquid lipstick and I hilariously over did it. Don’t expect for a picture, I didn’t take one because of how messed up it looked and I don’t want to embarrass my gorgeous being all over the internet.

A special note to my younger sister: “Thank you for the lipsticks girl!”

First of all, I love the colors that she gave me. It made me look fun and brighter after all the sleepless nights in college. These are the perfect colors for me because it complemented my skin tone. But if you’re going to go for these lippies, you need to seriously exfoliate and moisturize your lips ladies. You know why, because I literally felt like my lips went on a dessert trip after using it. And also, it’s very difficult to take it off even with a lip makeup remover, it’s extremely stubborn.

Matte liquid lipsticks are supposed to be transfer proof, but these lippies aren’t that transfer proof. It also cracks after few hours but not really that visible. After eating, you need to retouch because parts of the lipstick will surely be wiped off, or better yet, eat first before applying the lipstick. I hope you don’t go hungry outside when you’re wearing these. *Insert sarcasm here*

My recommendation when applying Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick is not to apply a large volume on your lips but rather light ones. Wipe the tip of the applicator on the lid of the tube before applying it to your lips so it won’t look over done when retouched. Keep in mind that retouching will create a second layer on top of your first so be careful. I suggest removing and starting with a clean slate if you’re not used to liquid lipsticks. You can use makeup wipes that come out in small packages so you can slid it inside your bag and bring it with you whenever you decide to wear these lippies. One last thing, don’t forget to use lip liner if you want to have that perfect looking lips all day.

ColourPop’s official website only accepts US credit cards so if you want to purchase you need to go over to trusted online shops in the Philippines. I asked my sister if she still remembers how much it cost her for the lippies but she already forgot. Hopefully, next time she remembers the prices of the beauty products that she’ll be giving me. =)

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MaXfactor Pan Stik and Maybelline White Super Fresh Powder Foundation Review

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I have been using MaXfactor Pan Stik in True Beige and Maybelline White Super Fresh Two-Way Cake Foundation in Nude Beige ever since I started college. The Pan Stick was recommended to me by my auntie who loved it for years before she could afford MAC cosmetics. So, because I wanted to try a new foundation, I went on and listened to her advice to try MaXfactor Pan Stik. Then I tried Maybelline White Super Fresh after seeing beauty gurus/youtuber Saytioco Artillero and Anne Clutz make a review about the product and how much it prevents oiliness the whole day.

You know what I love about the pan stik? It gives you full coverage and you won’t even need a concealer to hide your blemishes. It doesn’t feel that heavy on my face, but it doesn’t do the work on covering up dark circles. So you need an eye concealer dedicated to dark under eye circles if you really want that bright and fresh look. But I’m not that kind of woman who likes hiding her dark circles when she’s just in school, because girl, it is seriously way too dark to conceal after sleepless nights just to study. Let’s be proud of the bags than hide it!

The Pan Stik was created in 1948 and was only used by Hollywood makeup artists and was only dedicated for celebrities. It was then innovated to suit the everyday makeup need of women and has been in the market for decades. Even my auntie was surprised that it was still selling. But it wasn’t a surprise to me because it does the job on me just like how it did on Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and many other beautiful celebrity years ago.

Before I forget, the pan stik is cream base and it suit all skin types. I use True Beige because it matches my skin and hides imperfections effortlessly. I just use sponge applicator after dabbing some product on my face and doubling it on parts that I want to conceal. I also love that it’s very handy and because it is full coverage, it’s thrifty to use. Mine last for about 3 months and I use it on a daily basis.

Let’s move on to White Super Fresh Powder Foundation… I received so many positive comments from other people both men and women about this product. They would say how fresh I look even if it’s sunny and women would ask what I am using. I think I only really do a serious retouch twice a day since I started using this powder foundation. I recommended this to my classmates and they loved it as well. But keep in mind that oil control foundation doesn’t look absolutely gorgeous on camera shots. I remember Pony (Korean makeup guru) saying that on one of her Youtube makeup video tutorial and had experienced it myself just last day in a group picture. I look fine but my face obviously doesn’t have any natural highlights. This product lasted me longer than the pan stik for about a week or two.

Now, I am on my second MaXfactor Pan Stik and refilled my Maybelline White Super Fresh Powder Foundation to get me ready for my second semester in college. You can purchase both brand in Watsons and inside SM Department Stores.

 

Prices:

MaXfactor Pan Stik at Php 475.00 (has 9 shades)

Maybelline White Super Fresh at Php 249.00 (was on sale)

White Super Fresh Refill at Php 169.00 (was on sale)

Althea Birthday Celebration Experience

Althea Turns 1Hey there everyone! It’s been a while since I last blogged, because as you know from my previous blog, I am quite busy in college and other agendas. My pimples are actually saying hello to me because I’ve been sleeping late for several consecutive weeks now.

Last month, Althea Philippines celebrated their 1st birthday that started on July 20, 2016 and extended to August 15, 2016. Contests, discounts and giveaways were carried out for all the fabulous Altheans. I got my gift package within just 5 days from Korea.

Here is the list of products that they sent me to be able to join the pink celebration:

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I will be making a blog about these Korean products as I have already used some of them since the day I got them. Yeah, I was way too excited!

So how was the celebration if you’re going to ask? Crazy! I get to celebrate online with other bloggers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and here in the Philippines! That’s not all! Althea held a contest on Instagram and everyone went all in by posting their best photos using the birthday kits included in their pink boxes! I myself had fun not by sharing my photos, but by seeing different pink photo compositions of hundreds of women on Instagram. You can check out how the celebration went by using the hashtag #AltheaTurns1 when searching on your social media accounts.

This is the reason why I love Althea, they organize successful online events where their community can participate and feel as if they are an actual store inviting and hosting events. As you can see, they really want to show how active they are to have bonding moments with their online community and loyal consumers. This is something that may not always see from the  other Korean online shop. I also appreciate how much they value their group of bloggers by giving us all this huge privilege.

Before I forget, one of my future blog posts will be about the latest updates from Althea, what were the changes and improvements for their curious first time clients, so please follow me on my social media accounts to get instant updates when I post a new blog.

Thank you very much to Althea and to my readers, may your eyebrows always look dashing! Oh, don’t forget to leave your comments! See you on my next blog!

STI Diaries 03: First Month of College Life and The Impact of K-12 on Students

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,

not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

– Socrates –

The memorandum released by the Commission on Higher Education states that students who graduated high school before the implementation of K-12 are given a chance to ONLY enroll in college within the year 2016 – 2017 and 2017 – 2018, failure to enroll from then on for all future enrollees will automatically be in Senior High School. (Click here for the complete Memorandum.)

Freshmen college enrollees who graduated high school before K-12 are extremely diverse. The majority had work experiences, many continued to be working students, some already have children and others gave way to their younger siblings to study first before them. Everyone has their own interesting stories to tell.

If we are going to base on the old tertiary curriculum, the standard age of freshmen college students would be around 16-years old, but the memorandum from the Commission on Higher Education forced everyone to enroll in college, pulling all high school graduates over a decade to complete their undergraduate degrees because of the restriction given to them.

You might be wondering how old the freshmen students I’m with right now… Well, most of them are in their 20s, ranging from 23 – 27 years old, only a few are in their teenage years because the last batch of 4th year high school students is now attending Grade 11. I also have a classmate in his 30s and another in her 40s if I’m not mistaken. This is just an estimate in the course I’ve taken, what more in other courses.

Everyone came in different walks of life that doesn’t only carry high school experiences with them, but also got deeply involved with the outside world. They know the meaning of hustle, pressure and had the taste of what life really means when you’re not carrying the title of a student. How life is when you don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree and how companies evaluate you as a person including your salary range.

I then had this observation and understanding that the meaning, importance, eagerness and seriousness of education depend on a person’s life experience. How much they value education comes from their lifestyle, the people around them, their environment, the hardship they went through in life and how much they want to make a change.

I am not saying that people who doesn’t suffer in life treat education with insignificance, I am only pointing out that the extent of willingness to learn, absorb knowledge and value of the tuition fee is quite far from people who ventured early in life with a rough road and are forced to be in situations that they aren’t supposed to be in base on what I have observed.

So what’s the catch between the students who thinks that they should be in college (Senior High School) and the batch of freshmen college of school year 2016 -2017 (High School graduates before K-12) together with on-going college students?

SHS students are not aware that the latest batch of Freshmen College is not within their age bracket, and has a different perception and set of experiences in life and education. Both sides need to understand and respect each other to completely avoid clashes that are happening recently.

The only way to instill harmony is if secondary levels respect the seniority of tertiary students, like how we respect the authority of our professors even if our age is not very far from them, and also, if tertiary students will respect the innocence, curiosity, intelligence and playfulness of the youngsters. Focus on the good side of everyone, stop dwelling on their negative side, because each group gave a positive advantage to each other. We just have to look deeper.

There is a high chance that what is happening in my school as of this curriculum transition moment is also happening in almost all college campuses nationwide that opened for senior high school. Keep in mind that you’re in the same school, roaming around the same campus, seeing the same faces every day and will be carrying the school’s name in your transcripts in the future.

Unless you understand and cooperate with one another, waking up, going to school and being excited to learn won’t be easy for you. The school will always be a strange place for you and it will have a negative effect on the way you learn. Start by appreciating the strength of everyone around you that can help you achieve your aspirations.

My final thoughts, if you think that the world is cruel to you or your parents because of the expenses and debts you had in years of studying, think about how life is to people who didn’t receive the proper education. If you’re having a problem with school expenses right now, don’t stop struggling, because you are suffering for a good amount of your future.

For more updates about college life, stay updated on my STI Diaries blog category!

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#LetInTheGoodness with Arla & Fly to Denmark!

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Indulging in Natural Goodness is made easy and tasty with Arla

With more and more Filipinos now leaning towards food choices that are safe, natural, and reliable, it’s understandable that we’re all getting increasingly conscious of our gastronomic choices. This mission towards a better lifestyle is precisely what Arla Foods, the world’s largest multinational farmer-owned organic dairy company, aims to support by offering a wide array of natural dairy options.

With its diverse range of offerings made from 100% real milk and minimal ingredients, Arla takes pride in bringing the natural goodness from Denmark to the Filipino household. What began as small-scale dairy farmers cooperative in Europe during the 1880s is now known as the world’s number one farmer- owned organic dairy company, with a passion for harnessing the many benefits of milk and a heart for ensuring that its dairy products are made with care, sustainability, and highest standards.

In less than a year, Arla has already won over countless fans that include celebrities across a wide range of advocates. From family-oriented celebrities such as Rica Peralejo–Bonifacio and Danica Sotto- Pingris, to the biggest names in the local culinary scene like chefs China Cojuangco–Gonzalez and Gino Gonzalez, and the most dedicated wellness enthusiasts Chris Everingham and Tonette Nicolas, Arla is able to enrich and complement their multi-faceted lifestyles with the natural goodness of its products.

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#LetInTheGoodness Easy with All-natural Dairy

Since the launch of the Natural Goodness range, it has become easy for Filipinos to make the best choices when it comes to their dairy needs. Made from 100% natural milk straight from the happy and healthy cows cared for by Arla farmers, these products are free from stabilizers, preservatives, additives, colorants, or any artificial flavours.

Aside from the whole Full Cream UHT Milk 3.5%, Low Fat UHT Milk 1.5%, and Skimmed UHT Milk 0.3%, there’s also the Organic Full Cream UHT Milk 3.5%,the first organic full cream cow’s milk to be introduced in the country. Also available is the Lactose Free Full Cream UHT Milk 3.5%, Arla’s answerto lactose intolerance that keeps Filipinos from enjoying true lactose-free dairy.

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Arla Natural Cheese Slices are also becoming a hit in the Filipino kitchen since the variants– Gouda, Mozzarella, Havarti, and Emmental – make it easy for everyone to add a touch of gourmet natural goodness to their favorite cheesy dishes and sandwiches.Perfect for healthy meals, snacks, and cheesy treats for any occasion!

Then, there’s also Arla’s Natural Cream Cheese line for foodies who want to be more adventurous with their creamy and cheesy favorites: Natural Cream Cheese, Herbs and Spices Cream Cheese, Natural Light Cream Cheese, Pineapple Cream Cheese, and Lacto-Free Cream Cheese. Whatever the dish, sandwich, or dessert, there’s an Arla Natural Cream Cheese fit for it!


Get Real with Arla Cheesy Spread

The latest to join Arla’s roster of dairy goodness is Arla Cheesy Spread, a genuine cheese spread that finally lets us indulge in the real goodness of milk.

Launched for the first time in Asia through the Philippines just last April, Arla Cheesy Spread now lets us enjoy the deliciously rich, mild, and creamy flavour of cheese, while also imparting Vitamins and Minerals in each serving thanks to the almost 90% cow’s milk in each bottle.

From first glance, the purity and authenticity of Arla Cheesy Spread is apparent. Its delicately salty taste and untainted white color shows the lack of coloring agents and artificial flavourings that are usually the norm in most cheese spreads. Nutritious, easy-to-use, and versatile, Arla Cheesy Spread helps Filipinos #GetReal anywhere and anytime.

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Fly to Denmark with Arla and see where the goodness begins

Because Arla is all about transparency and sticking true to their Danish roots, Arla will be taking two lucky customers to experience first-hand how its dairy farmers harness the goodness of dairy.

Keeping the mechanics as simple as the ingredients in each Arla product, joining the contest only requires three easy steps.

1) Purchase Php 500 worth of Arla, Apetina, Castello, and/or Lurpak products. That means a wide range of cheese, milk, cream, and butter to choose from! Each Php 500 worth is equivalent to one entry.

2) Take a photo of your receipt—make sure it’s clear!

3) Send it in a private message to the official Facebook page of Arla Philippines. Include your name, address, telephone/mobile number, and e-mail address.

The winner of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, will receive a five days/four nights all-expense paid trip for two (2) from August 20-24, during which they will get the chance to meet the dairy farmers and pampered cows behind Arla Foods. The highlight is a visit to the headquarters in Viby, and touring the Arla factory to see how Arla Cheesy Spread and the Natural Goodness range is produced. They will also have one free day to see the sights around Denmark.

Behind the Natural Goodness

What’s the secret to Arla’s natural goodness?

It’s the belief that quality begins with world-class, hormone-free milk, reinforced by the brand’s quality assurance method called Arlagaarden (pronounced as Arla-Gon, with gaarden meaning ―farm‖). Through this program, Arla farmers make sure that their milk stays fresh and has a perfectly balanced composition.

Also, with food safety in mind, production involves the highest possible level of hygiene and quality standards. Knowing that great milk comes from happy and healthy cows, they are also committed to improving animal welfare and housing their cows in animal-friendly conditions. With its commitment to caring for the environment, Arla has also taken on a cow to consumer perspective that focuses on a number of environmental aspects such as sustainable farming.

With Arla’s wide range of all-natural dairy products now available in major groceries and supermarkets across the Philippines, it’s now easy to take charge of our nutrition and enrich it with the natural goodness of milk.

What about you, how are you going to #LetInTheGoodness and #GetReal today?