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Occassional blogger, photography enthusiast, apparel designer, engineer and a big believer of God. In my spare time I love to create DIY projects or chase the bliss of solitude, sipping a cup of nicely brewed coffee, munching some yummy cookies while reading a good book in a new place with a great view.

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Aug 27, 2013



Samsung Chromebook Giveaway 8/26 - 9/16



Hosted by: One Punky Mama



Co-Hosted by: Ceva de umplut timpul, Joans 5 Star Reviews, Oh My Heartsie Girl, A Little Bit of Everything



One lucky winner will win (1) 11.6" Samsung Chromebook with WiFi
Details: - US Only - Ages 18+ - Date August 26 12:01am to September 16 11:59pm - All entries are optional

Disclosure: Shie Went To Town is not responsible for the prize. If you have any question please send an email to nicole@onepunkymama.com. All entries are optional, if you do any of the tasks you can collect the entries, but if the winner task is a task you did not complete, a second winner will be chosen.

Aug 9, 2013


Organized by One Punky Mama

Prize:  Samsung Chromebook

Event dates: 8/26 - 09/16

Free & Paid Options Available

Please let her know Shie's Asylum sent you! Thanks


 
Not s blogger? Come back here on Aug 26th and ENTER To WIN!

Jul 11, 2013



THE PHILIPPINE SME BUSINESS EXPO – “Your SME Business Gateway”, the country’s premier business expo to be held at the SMX Convention Center Taguig, located at the 3rd floor of SM Aura Premier, on July 12 to 14, lays down a roster of prominent personality to speak during the three-day event.

On this three-day expo, participants and visitors will get the latest industry insights through the country’s leading business experts and leaders. Visitors will also be able to enjoy exciting discounts and raffle prizes which include gift certificates, an iPad and a brand new car.

and Twitter: http://twitter.com/PhilSMEexpo via #EmpoweringSME.


July 12, 2013 (Friday):

2:30-3:30pm - "THE IMPACT OF THE TAX SYSTEM ON SMEs" with Mr. Mon Abrea,                           President, CSR Philippines and Chief Strategy Officer, Abrea Consulting                                Group
4:00-5:00pm - "SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AND ECO-FRIENDLY CONCEPTS" with Ms.                                     Charlene Tan of Good Food Community, Ms. Reese Fernandez, President of                   Rags2Riches & Ms. Noreen Bautista of Jacinto and Lirio.
5:00-6:00pm - "HEALTH, BEAUTY AND WELLNESS ENTERPRISES with Ms. Cory                             Quirino, Health and Wellness Guru and Coach Rio de la Cruz, Running                                Coach and Event Organizer.
6:00-7:00pm - "COMPANY BRANDING & DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIES" with Mr.Ralph Wunsch, President, MetroDeal Manila.

July 13, 2013 (Saturday):

2:00-2:45pm - "4 SITUATIONAL MODES OF MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP FOR SMEs" with Mr. Rowen Untivero, Partner, Senior Consultant & Head of Sales Practice, Mansmith and Fielders, Inc.
4:00-4:45pm - "DIGITAL ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET" with Ms. Janette C. Toral, E-                             commerce Specialists, DigitalFilipino.com
4:45-5:30pm - "SECRETS OF TYCOONS SMEs CAN LEARN FROM" with Mr. Wilson Lee Flores, Palanca Award Winner and Philippine Star Columnist.
6:00-7:00pm - "WHY VALUES MATTER IN BUSINESS" with Mr. Judah Paolo, President, Lead Out Coaching & Consultancy, Inc

July 14, 2013 (Sunday):

11:00am-12:00nn - "UNLOCK THE SECRETS TO SUCCESS" with Mr. CHINKEE TAN, Motivational Speaker & Wealth Coach.
3:00-3:45pm - "A TALK ON PERSONAL FINANCE" with Mr. Randell Tiongson, Director of Registered Financial Planner Institute of the Philippines.
3:45-4:30pm - "CRISIS MARKETING MANAGEMENT" with Mr. Alex Flores, Philippine Marketing Association.

May 23, 2013

School Days is now coming! and because Goods.Ph loves you they just started a very awesome giveaway that will surely makes your eyes wide. Yes because they are now giving away ONE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 for the lucky a winner of this contest. All you need is to use your real facebook account and register on Goods.Ph using your email and that’s it you’ll now have a chance to win this super awesome Samsung galaxy s4. Just follow the instruction below.



Help us get 15,000 likes on our Facebook page, and get a chance to win the ultimate life companion: a Samsung Galaxy S4! READ CAREFULLY and FOLLOW the instructions below :

1. Like us on Facebook! (By like we mean the Goods.Ph page.) visit this link :
https://www.facebook.com/Goods.ph

2. Share this photo advertisement for the promo on your timeline. 
Then you must tag at least five of your friends to the photo.

3. Please note that you have to BOTH LIKE OUR PAGE AND SHARE THE PROMO PHOTO to your timeline. Once shared, please do not delete the post from your timeline so that your entry may remain valid. Also, should your account be picked as the winner, the promo photo in the timeline should still have at least five friends tagged to it.

4. Go to 
http://goods.ph/customer/register.html and REGISTER TO BECOME A MEMBER. Please do this and register with your REAL NAME AND DETAILS. Winning Facebook accounts that aren’t registered with Goods.Ph are disqualified.

5. Your Facebook account’s name must be under YOUR REAL NAME, and match with your Goods.Ph member account details. Accounts with pseudonyms and fake names will be disqualified.

6. The promo will end once the Goods.Ph page gets 15,000 likes. All entries after that is reached will not be included.

7. The winner will be determined via electronic raffle, and then announced on our Facebook page after we reach the 15,000 likes.

8. Those who have liked our page previously will still get a chance to win as long as they share the photo on their page and follow other promo requirements.

9. The winning account must be at least 6 months old and have at least 50 friends. If a winning account does not meet the specifications the prize is waived and we will pick another winner.

We don’t need to tell you how awesome the Galaxy S4 is, so join now!

*** Disclosure : This giveaway is from Goods.Ph the newest and awesome Philippines Online Shopping Site. Shie's Asylum is not paid for this post and not responsible for the sponsor prize fulfillment. 

May 4, 2013


Montana Gluten Free is a new company that has great Gluten Free Products!

All of their products are gluten free, no dairy, no eggs, no nuts and no GMO in their package.
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I made the Gluten Free Toasted Oat Bread Mix and you can see the recipe and my review of this fabulous bread here.

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So for those of you who are Gluten Free, have you missed eating cream of wheat? Boy I have! Cream of wheat was a winter favorite of mine and now I have found something that feels just as creamy and smooth as it but tastes even better! Montana Gluten Free also makes a Cream of Oats which rivals or surpasses cream of wheat. Below you will see a picture of my Cream of Oats with brown sugar and soy milk that I ate this week.
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I had their Pumpkin Pastry Mix made into Pumpkin Bread at the Expo and it was fantastic! So all I have left to make is their Dark Bread Mix, which I am told is fabulous with some rye flavoring!

The Montana Gluten Free Giveaway

Montana Gluten Free is a new company and they are working on getting their products into stores. Until this happens you can purchase their products online here!
Montana Gluten Free is offering to one of my readers the same gift pack of 4 Mixes I have pictured above! Thank You Montana Gluten Free!
This Giveaway is hosted by MyVeganGlutenFreeLife.
This Giveaway is open to the US and ends May 31 at 12:00 AM EST.
Just enter on the Rafflecopter Below for your chance to win:
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Apr 18, 2013

After the Gangnam Style craze, now comes another South Korean dance moves called Gwiyomi. According to Wikipedia, "Gwiyomi" or "Kiyomi" is Korean slang used to refer to a cute person. The lyrics of the song can be interpreted as "1 + 1 = Cutie, 2 + 2 = Cutie", etc.
Gwiyomi (귀요미) is based on the adjective "gwiyo-un" (귀여운), which means cuteGwiyo captures the meaning of cuteness, and "-un"is a form of conjugation to be altered for each intended usage. Ending an adjective with "-mi" (-미) has the effect of personifying the adjective, thereby turning the word into a noun. Thus "gwiyomi" means a cute person.
The Gwiyomi Song is a K-pop single by South Korean singer Hari and was released on February 18, 2013. It was inspired by a gesture from K-pop idol rapper Jung Il Hoon called Gwiyomi Player, which became an Internet meme in October 2012 following its appearance on the variety show, BToB MTV DiaryMany.
If you haven't yet joined the craze, maybe this Gwiyomi dance guide will inspire you to try it out but these steps are easier to pull off if you're already cute so proceed with caution otherwise be ready to become the subject of ridicule if you're not, hehehe ..... just kidding! ;-)
Here's my 5yr old niece, KODY to teach you the basic moves ...
Gwiyomi Dance Guide by Kody



View here how these siblings, my 10yr old nephew and 5yr old niece pulled off the GWIYOMI moves.




Apr 6, 2013

This week was truly an epic week for TV viewing. My two favorite tv series was on for a showdown, Walking Dead Season 3 aired its final episode while Game of Thrones Season 3 is making its premiere. 



I have to watch ahead of the Philippine airing and as always had to source it online as soon as its up. 

My thoughts after watching :
  • There were many kills and one sad goodbye in TWD finale but none that broke my heart. Can't wait for  Season 4 and lets see if the governor is still capable of retaliation.
  • While walkers' massacre took place in TWD, white walkers are getting ready to inhabit GOT.
  • GOT is a visual feast of medieval proportion, what's not to love, just hearing the names Lanister, Daenerys, Starks etc. already gets me excited, so bring on the GAME.

The Walking Dead Finale will air this Saturday here, 8:30 at Fox Channel while Game of Thrones Season 3 will premiere this April 2013 at HBO.


Mar 28, 2013

What's a BDJ Box, you might ask?


BDJ means Belle De Jour, a box containing beauty products which you will receive once you become a subscriber. Subscription comes with a fee and you can choose among the many affordable packages they offer. The nice thing about BDJ is that they have a 1 month subscription which I picked since I just wanted to try the service, unlike the other beauty boxes on the market which normally require a minimum of 3 months subscription. Here, you have totally no idea what the contents of your box gonna are and that's what makes it more exciting.

Well, let's check out what's on the inside of the March BDJ Box. Was my 480 pesos worth it? Let's see...

BDJ Box
contents of March BDJ Box

Actually, if you sum up the cost of each item, the total amount would be around 1,500 pesos. 
But the question now is, do I find anything that I might actually find useful?

Well, one product that I'm really happy about is the L'oreal UV Perfect Sun protection because I just run out of face sun block which is a staple skin care for me and this came just right in time. It's perfect that its SPF 50 and blends well with my skin tone.

Loreal UV Perfect Longlasting UV Protector (PhP 545)


The next items worth trying are the Anti Hair Fall L'oreal Shampoo and Conditioner. I actually had to cut my long curly locks because I'm getting more hair falls than the usual. I'm alternating this with my regular shampoo and conditioner.

Loreal Anti Hair Fall Conditioner and Shampoo (PhP119/ PhP110)
I'm now having less hair fall but I'm not sure if it's because of  this L'oreal products or because my hair is now a little shorter and straighter. Well, I'll have to figure this out later. 


Shine Caresse, Chic Rouge 6ml (PhP 595)
This is Shine Caresse in Chic Rouge shade, a lip stain that has a glossy finish, quite unique in that manner. Its not as long lasting as the other brands I tried but the plus point is that it's not sticky and doesn't make your lips look dry. I use it once in a while because I'm not used to wearing orange colored lipstick.

Loreal UV Perfect BB Max / Youth Code Pre Essence



These are the only two items of sample size, the rest are all full size. I'm not really a fan of BB creams so I'm giving this to my sister and the other tube which is an anti aging skin care product called Youth Code Pre Essence is something worth trying. Let's see if what it's claiming is really true.

Color Riche Les Nail Art (PhP 395)


This item is interesting in the sense that now I have a chance to do nail art for my low maintenance nails. My fingernails are really soft, bends easily when it's longer than my fingertips that's why I always trim them to the tips. Putting this on is a challenge but it's actually very easy and no fuss. Well, I think this nail art gave my nails a bit of a character instead of the usual boring look. It definitely will look better on longer nails but I'm liking it.



Well, it looked a bit rough but since it's my first time putting this on, maybe you can tolerate this for now ;-) . Another thing, the nail stickers lasted for almost a week which is a good thing afterwards they started peeling off, but I'm really glad I don't have to use acetone to remove them :-). I'm actually considering buying other designs, something to put on for special occasions.

Was my 480 pesos worth it? YES, definitely!!!

What are you waiting for? Go check BDJ Box here.

Mar 12, 2013

The list of winners have already been revealed and I'm glad I've seen most of them and if I have to make my own list of winners on my own standards of a good movie, hmmm I'm no PRO not even a little but I love watching movies that inspire, make me laugh, and those that provide intense feelings that puts me at the edge of my seat, that's why I'd like to share my choices and my primary criteria are as follows:

                                     -  it must be compelling
                                     -  there must be a sense of redemption at the end
                                     -  a triumphant feeling that can move me to tears




Having said that, rounding it to 4, my nominees for Best Picture would be :

1. ARGO
2. LIFE OF PI
3. LINCOLN
4. ZERO DARK THIRTY

With ARGO taking home the Shie's Asylum Award. Yes, I'm in 100% agreement with the OSCARS. You will really root for ARGO once you've seen it.

My Best Actor award, hands down goes to Daniel Day Lewis as LINCOLN. I can't even name someone as second close or a distant second. While watching the movie, I didn't see Mr Lewis only Abraham LINCOLN, He's really that excellent. I adore this actor.

While Jennifer Lawrence has got that acting spunk and is very likable, for Best Actress, I'm leaning towards Jessica Chastain for the movie Zero Dark Thirty and Naomi Watts for The Impossible as second close. Silver Linings is a fun movie to watch and I love the actors that excellently played their parts but I don't feel that it is of the same level as the other nominated films.

For Best Supporting Actor, Christopher Waltz (Django Unchained)  highly deserves the award and Alan Arkin (Argo) as distant second. 

I think Anne Hathaway gave a very compelling performance as Fantine for the movie Les Miserables and deserves the Best Supporting Actress award but I've yet to see Amy Adams in The Master.

For Best Director, its a toss between Ang Lee of Life of Pi and Ben Affleck for Argo. Well, its Ang Lee who won, I think he deserves it. Although,I wonder why they didn't include Ben Affleck among the nominees, in my book he could've won too!

There it goes, my short list ..........I suggest catch them if you have time ;-)




Jan 10, 2013

Taking pictures is one hobby I won't get tired doing and as such had me accumulated tons of photos that mostly were just stored in my usb, hard drive, memory cards, etc. Gone are the days when we have our film printed by our favorite film developer to be able to appreciate our photos. Everything now is digital and we can view them, share them and print them with just one click.

Well, I found a best way to make use of  some of those photos I've taken, while being inspired by the current photo sharing craze INSTAGRAM .... I made an Instagram wall in my room :-)

Instagram Wall
My Instagram Wall



The materials I used can be found in all school and office supplies shops.

Instagram wall
Materials I used

A foam board to mount your photos (I use kelly's art) , a sharp cutter, a ruler and an adhesive photo paper. It is best to look for acid free materials.

Of course you need a colored printer, mine is a Canon MP258 and it runs in Continuous Ink System so I can print a lot of photos at the least cost.

You can choose the square size you prefer for your photos, I cut mine at 5 in x 5 in.

Instagram wall
5 square inches photo boards
Please use a new blade for your cutter for a more precised cutting, replaced it when its no longer gliding easily when cutting. Layout your photos on an A4 size adhesive photo paper, 2 photos with a fixed size of  5 square inches can  fit in one A4 size sheet. Print your photos, cut your boards and photos accordingly then remove the backing of the adhesive photo paper and smooth them out thoroughly to the foam boards. Once done, lay it out on your desired wall.

I use a double adhesive tape to mount these photo boards on my wall.

That's it, an Instagram wall in my room! :-)