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24 September 2016

How Does It Feel To Be Part Of Outrage Magazine?


Since I was in college and part of University Publication, I already looked up this online magazine named OutrageMag.   Headquartered in Makati City, Outrage Magazine was launched in April 2007 to highlight LGBT-related stories in the Philippines or those affecting LGBT Filipinos; with most articles written by LGBT Filipinos, as well as LGBT allies. I always read their articles while hoping that someday in the near future I’ll be working in this rigid LGBT webzine.

Indeed, I also love the writing approach of the said Magazine – concrete, honest, fair and daring – attributes of a media company that I admired.  The proponent of Outrage is one of my idols. Outrage Magazine was founded by Michael David C. Tan, a graduate of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, who now serves as its editor on the loose. Tan won the 2006 Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Investigative Report.

Upon graduating college and leaving my friends inside the University newsroom, I entered in a corporate world for a living and everything has changed. I worked and focused on earning money for my future. Yet my passion in writing is still deep within myself that every time I am reading newspapers, it always reminds me that once upon in my past ,  I used to be part of this media kind  .

I messaged the editor in chief and told him how I love his craft. Luckily, he replied and we set up a meeting. I said to him that I am interested in joining their publication.  Everything happened so fast and smooth. I just saw myself weaving words and publishing it to the said Magazine.

(Black) William "Princess" Pombo - aspiring writer (white0 Jonathan Orbuda, blogger - during Manila Pride Parade 2016, Rizal Park Manila

Because of Outrage, I learned to intertwine words from various angles, I learned to write stories that are worth writing for and share it to the world. I became cautious of gender equality and rights. And the most important, Outrage taught me to be who I am and embraced my real me. To be part of Outrage is empowering – using words to influence readers in a good way possible.

Please do read my articles in Outrage Magazine. Click HERE.

Outrage Magazine is also available on prints. 

15 September 2016

Proof - Lazada Philippines is Selling The Returned Item All Over Again.

Disappointment is somehow a feeling that can’t be avoided. We feel it uncosicouly especially if we are expecting that much on a specific matter. Yes, It can’t be avoided specially we have our own standards depending on our upbringing and our values.  Sometimes money is not the issue but the satisfaction that we can obtain in the returns of the money that we exhausted matters the most.

I’ve been a frequent buyer of this online store LAZADA Philippines; indeed it is one of the leading online shopping portals in Ph.  Maybe, I already had three or more transactions that are successfully fulfilled by this onlinestore and most of the prices range from PHP150-PHP PHP500. I ordered VR box twice and I ordered Tripod and mono pad for my Phone so that I can easily record my VLOG. All were delivered on time via COD. And the products we’re truly good.

Watch The Video until the end.

Recently, I ordered MXIII WiFi Amlogic S802 Quad Core XBMC Cortex A9 TV Box (Black) With Wallet Style Power Bank 20000mAh (Black) which is amounting to PHP2, 899. The MXIII WiFi Amlogic S802 Quad Core XBMC Cortex A9 TV Box is the embodiment of modern day technology. It enables your television to access stored files and video streams by running the Android 4.4 software. It features a 2.0GHz Quad core, Octa-Core Mali-450 GPU processing core which allows it to steadily deliver the shows that I've been craving for.  This will be my first time to spend to this online store with the denomination of thousands - since LAZADA already got my trust.

The order process was perfectly smooth from placing my order, to shipping it, until I received the product.  I was very excited to unbox the product and have it tested to my analogue TV. Surprisingly, the most important item that can only run the Android box which is the remote control is missing. I doubled check the order to make sure but it was really not really there. When I also turned on the item, it was not working AT ALL. I tried to use any adaptor and I also use a different power source outlet – but the android box was really defective.

Later on, I noticed that there were two orders slips in the same box that I received. One is the delivery that came from Paranaque and the other one was from Cebu. Meaning the product that they sold to me is a returned product and they still kept on selling the same product.  I feel like I was” mukang malas  ang mga makabili ng product na binabalik ko.” I am pretty sure they will do it all over again.

I already sent back the product via LBC (with the return authorization number) and asking for an Item replacement. And let us just wait the update. I am pretty sure that they will keep in touch to me soon.

I am very disappointed. At first with the missing item and the defective product issues are both acceptable to me but when I discovered that they kept on selling the defective product all over again after they relieved at the warehouse – well that is no longer acceptable – meaning they really don’t check the product before sending.

13 September 2016

Pop Group 5thGen's Tuloy Parin Influences Me To Do My Own Cover.


What’s goin’ on you guys?

It’s been a long time that I got crazy towards a music since I am very keen on choosing songs to listen. Recently, I am stumbled upon in this video of a newly rising singing group named – 5th Gen.  I discovered their video on my facebook feed and I did watch with my headset. The moment that the music started to play , It seemed that I was hypnotized and unconsciously I was dancing on its beat.

5thGen is a pop group headed by Ralph Salazar (I knew you are familiar with him) with members : Reymond Sajor (who is also known for his stint on Philippine Idol in 2006), RJ Buenagua, Marielle Corpuz and Lady Diana – all of them came from World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA)  - medalists and winners. No wonder, this group captures my attention and I’m starting to love them. I extremely admire on how they manage to blend their voices despite of each distinctiveness. Nakaka-inlove pakinggan.

Watch the video below, courtesy of WISH 107.5 .

Their rendition of “Tuloy Parin” by Neo Colours  is perfection. The version is very timely since it is RNB in which new generation can relate.  Ralph Salazar sang the first stanza and the execution  of  “kulot” or simply voice gymnastic is very clean. Indeed, Reymond Sajor and RJ Buenagua both good looking  guys are  also talented. Their voices are angelic and penetrating my soul ( I ‘m serious). Not only those, they also have Marielle Corpuz and Lady Diana who can easily play and  shift their power voice into falsetto with smooth transition. They sang as a group and they didn’t overpower their group mates.

Watch the video below as Eddien and I will do a reaction VLOG.

5fth Gen really inspired me a lot and they made me feel in love. In fact, their video in  WISH107.5 Youtube Channel motivates me to do my own version. On the same day, right after I watched their video, I quickly grabbed the microphone , opened my camera, and searched for “Tuloy parin” karaoke; unfortunately, RNB version is not yet available online .There are acoustic version but, I chose the original one by NEO Colours.

Watch the video as I attempt to ruin this timeless song, LOL!

Music is really innate on us and it is associated of being a Filipino.  As an individual who admires a lot to this 5th Gen, I must admit that they really influenced me to create also my own cover – it is not that perfect but I did sing from my heart. “Na inspire lang po sa kanila”.

11 September 2016

Estero Food Alley In Binondo, Manila - Sounds Not Clean But Must Visit and Try.

What to expect when you arrived? PhotobyTheresa Lim

“I Love Tansyong Best Bite” goes to Estero Food Alley. It is located in along Ongpin Street, Binondo, situated itself along the ESTERO - a tidal channel used as a drainage canal in populated district of Manila. It sounds not enticing when we heard the word estero since it is associated with untidy stuff. But it is a huge mistake – ESTERO Food Alley aka Estero Fast Food is a place wherein you will find a wide array of various restos that you can choose from.

Photo by OJ Digest's Blog

PLACE 8/10
Prior on visiting this place for food trip, I assumed that place is not ventilated. But I was wrong; they have air-conditioned dining rooms if you're squeamish with the smell of the nearby river. Undeniably, there is really a bad smell coming from the estero and going inside their air-conditioned dining area is the remedy. The ambiance is pretty cool. They can cater numbers of foodtripper – from solo to barkada occupying guest.

  FOODS 9/10

Most of the foods that they served are Chinese cuisine but there are also available Filipino dishes. The foods here are quite delicious and affordable hence it is located in a “not so fancy place” –Canal. But I am sure that the foods are clean because it is served freshly cooked. “Syempre , ayaw ko din magkasakit” but so far, I never felt any reaction from food contaminations. Though cheap and somewhat tasty, flavours are really same if you compare it with other Chinese restaurants around Binondo.

Foods that we (with friends) ordered were – Tufo, Veggies, Fried Rice and the very interesting Crispy fried frog. It was my first time to eat a fried frog and it taste like a real fried chicken.

If you are looking for a great place for your  Barkada’s eat out. Then why not take a visit ESTERO Food Alley and experience the adventure of eating foods along ESTERO. It is a must try restaurants – affordable yet it did not sacrifice the taste. 

08 September 2016

Finding Joey’s Burgers and Sausages - Bumatay Branch Mandaluyong City.


Hiding within the large and congested City of Mandaluyong - is this Burger and Sausage house that started to penetrates the market of Burger lovers.  It is just newly opened franchise burger restaurant named Joey’s Burgers and Sausages.  It is a local restaurant serving an exciting and creative recipes made from fresh ingredients prepared daily. They offered lots of Burgers and sausages within your budget, among others.

Location wise, this branch is really difficult to find. It would be better if you will take tricycle from Boni Avenue going to Bumatay St.  It is situated to be specific in No.51-C Sgt. Bumatay St., Brgy. Plainview and behind Ayala Homes Subdivision.

The restaurant is quite small that can only cater 10-15 tables. But since it is just newly established on May 12, 2016 - we can notice that everything is new, from the wooden table and chairs into various paintings and artworks hanged on the wall.

The food is served freshly-cooked with appetizing preparation. The oozing cheese sauce is visually inviting and saying “Common man! Eat me”. And also the bread is soft and full of Sesame seeds. The patty is juicy -which is one of my requirements on giving a perfect score in every review that I made.

Indeed, if you are in a tight budget and craving for burger and sausage, then try Joey’s Burgers and Sausages Restaurant. With its mouth-watering foods and refreshing drinks, it will pretty sure meet your expectation both taste wise and financial aspect.

Taking The #PerfectOOTD with OPPO F1s. (How To Avoid Okray Of The Day?)


Location : Science Hub Tower 4 Mckinley Hill, Taguig City.

“I am perfect due to my imperfections” I uttered...
This was my statement when I had an intense conversation with one of my friends. That topic arose as we were talking about my (worst) attitude – being a perfectionist. Yeah, I admit that I am very keen towards any small details that I enclosed –proper time management, following my schedules and among others. Moreover, when it comes to choosing what to wear, I am very particular also about it. I always make sure that it should be in a balance combination both comfortability and style. I don’t wanna look like “trying hard” to wear a high fashioned outfits yet I am no longer relaxed to move freely. I am very certain on how do I look in every single day, and so checking in front of the mirror is not my thing  and I need  my “outfit of the day” to be documented by taking pictures.

Taking pictures of your “outfit of the day” is logical because you will be able to see the progress of yourself in opting the appropriate get up in proportion to your activity on that day. Certainly, posting your OOTD on your social media will also help you interact your followers; let them give you some advice and unconsciously, you learn how listen and embrace constructive criticism.

Location: U.P. Ayala Land Technohub,Commonwealth Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila
Honestly, I am a perfectionist type of person. I want to be visually pleasant whenever I go to work. It boosts my confident and it will end up my day with a productive, vibrant and happy perspective. Deep within, I knew that I am not impeccable but the possibility of getting perfection is attainable - it depends on how you live on it.

Location: Marikina Sports Complex,Sumulong Highway corner Shoe Avenue, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila
Furthermore, I am very rational on my OOTD or simply “OUTFIT of THE DAY”; but I am also extremely afraid of the same abbreviation “OOTD” or simply “OKRAY OF THE DAY”. Especially that I am using social media as a platform of getting feedbacks from my followers, as much as possible, I need to be more fervent in selecting what to wear and what to post on that day, to avoid destructive comments that will later affect me in growing. But again, like I’ve said - embrace constructive criticism and ignore unhelpful denunciation.

Bluer than Blue Outfit of the day - Click Here To READ.

Perfect outfit? Check! Perfect backdrop? Check! Perfect Motif? Check!  Everything is now ready to take a shot for your Instagram’s OOTD. But there is one thing missing, is your camera’s performance is enough to produce quality pictures? Well, that is also a huge factor that I consider – to have a quality picture for your social media is a must”. Your perfect “outfit of the day” is a waste if your pictures are not quality enough and as a perfectionist, everything should be perfect, no room for flaws.

Gym OOTD Saucony Shoes and Bench Fitness Short @Countryside Subdivision, Barangka Ibaba, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

 In a fast pacing lifestyle, not all social media influencer like me will bring a DSLR Camera for candid shots. And choosing a camera phone as a replacement for DSLR is the best remedy. Just make sure that you are going to select a handy phone camera without sacrificing the quality of your pictures.  With the height of 154.5 mm, width of 76 mm, thickness of 7.38 mm and weight of 160g - OPPO F1s is perfect for you. Despite of its handy and slim features, it can still provide a quality photos since it has 13-megapixel rear sensor, 16-megapixel front sensor and aperture of f/2.2(rear) & f/2.0(front) – all are my requisite in choosing camera phone. In addition to that, it has 32GB built-in memory which is expandable to 128gb. I am pretty sure that it can store tons of OOTD photos. The battery juice is 3075 mAh which beneficial for you who loves taking pictures and previewing it afterwards before posting on your social media .Then  OPPO F1s has all of it. CLICK HERE

Video from Unbox.PH

Undeniably, no one is perfect but if you are giving your 100% best on what you are doing, therefore, getting perfection is pretty easy. Just like me, from choosing a simple but stylist “OutFit of the Day”, dramatic backdrop and quality phone camera like OPPO 1s – I am confident that Taking The #PerfectOOTD is in my hand.

05 September 2016

Vlog Episode #10 - Visiting The Longest Running Gay Disco Bar To Celebrate My Birthday.


Right after our simple birthday dinner in my house, we quickly dressed up and rode a cab going to the infamous gay capital of the Philippines – Malate Manila.


Make sure to check for the meter before you get in and that the meter has been activated prior to proceeding as some would try to make you pay more than what you should be paying for. Cabs are affordable and almost all are now air-conditioned and use a meter for the fare. Some drivers may take advantage of tourists but closer regulation by authorities and even the mall operators is curbing this practice slowly. Many taxis are in a poor state of repair and the driving erratic.

When hiring a taxi, make sure the meter starts at 40 Pesos. The LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) has now instituted hotline numbers to report errant drivers, just take note of the cab name and number. Mall operators also closely monitor the operations of taxis that utilise their taxi ranks by ensuring that cab drivers do not choose only those passengers bound for nearby destinations.

In our case, we paid much more than the normal fare because the driver rerouted us just to cause delay and so the fare will go high.

Che’lu is  located in Maria Orosa Ave (corner Nakpil St.), Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila. It is popular gay oriented bar, grill and late-night dance club in the Malate area. Indeed, it is also the longest running Gay Disco Bar. Some gay disco bars were closed but this establishment remains standing despite of fluctuation of income and Malate became pale in the previous years.


Che’lu is a club/bar right in the heart of where the action used to be in Malate. When I first visited this place few years ago, it used to occupy a smaller place – but with the expansion of Malate, it saw fit to buy the space beside it, to enlarge the area and can occupy more party people. Even now, it keeps the big space.

The music was mixed perfectly by the Disc Jackie’s to left up the crowd. Music choices were also appropriate to the average age of the visitors. Moreover, the sound system is audible but not painfully noise in our ears. The beat is great.

The lights are better than I first visited the place. They have now the laser lights, front lights, black lights, disco balls and etcetera.

Since it was Saturday night, they had a show for a span of 30 minutes. A group of girls entertained the crowd by dancing “Las Vegas Type of Dance”, Michael Jackson Dance, Hip-hop Dance, Modern Jazz dance, Twerk Dance.  They also had a group of boys dancing “Interpretative dance”, Hip Hop dance and etc. What I love about the production number was the showdown segment of the girls as they exhibit their own moves-tots of splits, rolling, tumbling, and grinding.


But because it’s emblematic may be why you should think about checking it out. This is mainly since – when you are in Malate – there aren’t any other typical gay places to go to anymore aside from Hosto Bars. With Che’lu as the last one footing, you really have no other choice.

With the affordable amount of PHP300 entrance fee with three bottles of local beers, this is so far the best we can opt. Intact, when you are inside – the smell is good even a lots of guest were smoking. I can also afford staying inside in the long span of time because it the air condition is truly freezing cold.

Truly, Che’lu is the longest standing Gay Disco Bar in Metro Manila. They didn’t even change their name nor transfer location for a better target market. Che’lu as a whole, they elevate their service – fast service by the waiter and bartender, the cold ambiance and the rave music and lights. Indeed, I opted to celebrate my 29th years of existence and Che’lu meets my expectation.

31 August 2016

Shopback Philippines; To Change The Conventional Manner Of Online Shopping.

Due to fast pacing lifestyle nowadays, Filipinos are opting the alternative scheme of making life more convenience as possible. By maximizing the full potential of the technologies that are obtainable today – mobile, computer and internet – both selling and buying goods and services has also change.

 Marketplace became electronically connected to the world of no boundaries the so called E-commerce. Unsurprisingly, tons of online stores were established to cater this dramatic change of Filipinos’ needs. We have online food store like Foodpanda, online hotel reservation like Agoda, online fashion store like Zalora , travel booking like Expedia,  and the famous online variety store Lazada , among others. Filipinos can shop at the comfort of their home in just a single click regardless of economic status .In fact, in a short span of time, E-commerce is no longer new to us and we kept on using it as a medium of selling and purchasing; meaning – seemed that online store today is just like a conventional store along the streets wherein we spent cash for a change of goods and services.

Recently, a new company broke the pale way of online shopping and made it more exciting to all online shopaholic. By offering cashback for online shopping, ShopBack Philippines is hoping to help Filipinos save more money while shopping online. The said company already established their name in Singapore (Shopback Singapore) and Malaysia (Shopback Malaysia) as reliable and responsive cashback website.  Providing rebates to consumers when they shop is famous in western countries, but not in Southeast Asia. And so, adaptation of this approach was brought to ASIA by Shopback. It became a breakthrough, not just for the people behind Shopback but also the stakeholders – buyers (users) and sellers (partnered merchant).

Shopback Company’s head quarter is located at 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-18 Singapore 139951. Proudly saying the Philippines will be included in their success as they branch out the country. Their office in Ph is located at 6th Floor, OPL Building, 100 Don Carlos Palanca, Legaspi Village, Makati City, 1229 Metro Manila.

Dynamic People Behind Shopback Philippines (photo by Shopback)

Starting your Shopback account is very easy; I love to share the comprehensive instruction for you to have one.

  1. Go to Shopback.Ph using your favourite browser.

2.Sign up. There are two ways (a).using your email address (b) and using your facebook account. You will be given automatically PHP100 to your account upon signing up and making your first purchase.

3.And finally, verify your email address by checking the verification notice in your email.

Since you already set your account. You can now start to purchase to any partnered merchant. Please be advised , for you to get the cashback, you need  to buy the item or service right in Shopback and not directly to the website/online store of your choose merchant. The merchant will give the commission to Shopback; and Shopback will give it to you.

The cash will be credited back to your shop account which is redeemable via paypal or through the partnered bank – BDO, BPI, sounds great right? After a long day of stressful work , you can now spend your hard-earned money , indulge the purchase items/service and get paid for it. Seemingly, sounds extremely good to be true and looks like there’s a “catch” behind it. BUT ah ah. this is for real....if you’ve been using a credit card and you kept receiving  miles, points and rebates –it is all the same with  Shopback. Frequent shoppers deserve to have it.

Shopback is also available in mobile with a forecasted 100,000 downloads in the next six months. Just download the application in google playstore for android users and appstore for IOS users. This beneficial for you because you can now shop and earn simultaneously, right at the comfort of your own secured zone.

Undeniably, I was amazed by this newly online store platform. It is like a one-stop online shop wherein the list of my favourite online stores is available from A to Z. Last month, I just bought my VR box directly to LAZADA website since I wasn’t aware that Shopback’s operation is already available in Philippines. I felt regret about this because upon learning this, I realised I could get 10% cashback for my Lazada purchase as well as have access to exclusive online voucher codes.

Well.. well ..well. moving forward, I’ll be using now this portal. This has the potential to help me save the most if I book travel-related services online. Shopback gives up to P400 cashback on Agoda bookings and 8% cashback for Expedia ones.. 

If you’re not convinced yet, from 1-8 September, they will be having a build-up sale! Featuring upsized cashback up to 19% and items marked down to P99 and below, this is something you wouldn’t want to miss out. They will also host contests and giveaways including foot peelers, Xiaomi bluetooth speaker, ZALORA gift certificate and Althea beauty box. One lucky spender per day will also be rewarded with a P99 J.CO Donuts & Coffee gift certificate. Sign up now so you won’t miss the chance to save more!

As an online influencer, blogger and youtuber – I need to be tactful in spending my money, and considering Shopback is a SMART decision

29 August 2016

Hospital Vlog 4: Fast Recovery In The Hospital, Good NEWS!


At the back of your throat, two masses of tissue called tonsils act as filters, trapping germs that could otherwise enter your airways and cause infection. They also produce antibodies to fight infection. But sometimes the tonsils themselves become infected. Overwhelmed by bacteria or viruses, they swell and become inflamed, a condition known as tonsillitis.

From the day that I rushed myself in to the Emergency Room of St. Luke’s Medical Centre, got admitted and underwent a heavy antibiotic – I noticed a rapid improvement of my condition. I didn’t experience high fever anymore, I was able to swallow soft foods and my appetite bounced back.
They extracted some blood to do a culture test to get the specific bacteria and have it cure with specific anti-biotic. While waiting for the result, they injected me an anti-biotic and it the result was truly amazing; and so, they didn’t use anymore the result because they were able to threat my tonsillitis using general anti-biotic.

Watch the video below as the resident Doctor roves and visits my room to see my condition.

28 August 2016

Vlog Episode 8 - Impromptu TV Infomercial Show Challenge.

In celebration of Allan Aban's Birthday, I challenged his visitors and friends of mine for a game – O Shopping Challenge- wherein they will be given a product impromptu and they have to sell it in front of the camera like they are hosting in a home shopping TV. O-shopping is a TV infomercial program aired in ABS-CBN late night.

They were divided into two teams – Orange Company and Kukuro Team. Each team will only be given 0ne minute to conceptualize their show as soon as they received the product.  Indeed, they need to sell their product maximum of 2 Minutes.

Are You Ready?

Watch this Video and Laugh out Loud.

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