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My Day as Pennywise The Clown

I spent one whole day as Pennywise the Clown for work (technically) and, of course, for Halloween. I’ve always been a sucker for dressing up. I didn’t get to experience this when I was a child so I guess, I’m making up for lost time. And yeah, I’ve always wanted to be an actor so it’s nice to get into different roles every once in a while.

Pennywise Costume
“You’ll float too.”

Two years ago, I was one of the Ghostbusters. Last year, I was Fred from Scooby Doo. Early this year, Gintoki Sakata. This year, we got “It” as our theme so naturally, I had to fill in the role as Pennywise the clown. The killer clown. I mean, who else would be willing do it?

Gintama
Roles over the years.
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Taiwan Excellence starts the Christmas season with Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2

It was a busy weekend with the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2 last September 29 – October 1, fittingly kicking off the holiday season. The interactive event was held at the SM Mall of Asia, and showcased Taiwan’s best brands with the esteemed Taiwan Excellence seal.

Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) implements the Taiwan Excellence campaign to promote innovative and superior-quality products, and encourage Taiwan innovators to continue transforming current technologies.

The opening of the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone with guest PBA player Doug Kramer
Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Executive Director Mr. Raymond Chen, TAITRA President and CEO Mr. Walter M. S. Yeh, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) Mr. James Shi Chu, TAITRA Chairman Mr. James C. F. Huang, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and CEO Mr. Angelito Banayo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) Chairman Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., and PBA player Mr. Doug Kramer graced the opening in the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone

Taiwan Excellence highlighted its sports and leisure products in this area. On its first day, TAITRA executives and PBA’s Phoenix Fuel Masters player Doug Kramer came for the opening ceremony, a fashion show, and a booth tour.

Selfie and signed basketball from PBA player Doug Kramer
Lucky fan got not just a selfie but also an autograph from Doug Kramer

The first 50 registrants got to win a Meet & Greet and a signed basketball from Kramer. (Oh and BTW, I won one too! 😅) Afterwards, there was an awarding for online contest winners, in which participants got a chance to win the following: 2 roundtrip tickets to Taiwan, a Paper Shoot Hinoki digital camera, a Tatung Fusion Cooker, a Saeko Marlin K9 swimming goggles, a Tern Verge X10 foldable bicycle, and signed basketballs from Kramer.


Beyond the booths and presentations, the 3-day event thrilled the crowd with activities, performances, fashion shows, games, and raffle draws. The Gosiengfiao Sisters made an appearance on the last day. And mall-goers got to enjoy performances from Angeline Quinto (September 29), 4th Impact (September 30), Inigo Pascual (October 1), and the Judy’s Harmonica Ensemble.

Excited visitors got a first-hand experience of products that maximize active lifestyles, such as the Johnson S3+ Spinner Bike, which parallels the rigors of a spinning workout, while at home. Meanwhile, a Revolution Tri-Max Fabric is a sport suit made from special super-stretch fiber to support muscle, boost performance and reduce body soreness after exercise.

There was also a plethora of options for the ride you and your loved ones have been looking for — the Verge X10, with its ultra-light wheels getting you places in style, the Strida LT making riding, carrying and storing your bike superbly convenient, as it folds in 5 seconds tops, or a Kymco Xciting 400 motorcycle, which makes riders feel completely safe, while enjoying the pleasures of driving.


I enjoyed exploring and learning about the various innovative products from Taiwan. I can see people using them in the future. Some are a bit unique and quirky too! It’s nice to have an event like this that help showcase and share Taiwan’s products to the Philippine market. Way to go Asia!

Get more info about the innovations of Taiwan’s leading brands and the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2 at www.taiwanexcellence.ph and TaiwanExcellence.ph on Facebook.

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Make Gift-Giving Hassle-Free with GC Regalo!

Ber months na! 😝 Wait, I’ll just play my Jose Mari Chan cassette my mom bought me back in grade one. 🎧 Yep, it’s almost Christmas time and if you’re like me who makes gift-giving a “career“, I know you’re already planning your Christmas presents to family, friends, your special “friend”, office crush and to Kuya guard who doesn’t forget to greet you “Good morning po 🌞!” every freakin’ day!

Surprise
My gifts will rock your world! (Via Mashable)

Gift-giving is our way of saying thank you for sticking with me despite of my craziness, I love you kahit di mo naman ako nakikita, charot! and please boss, i-promote niyo na po ako. Double-charot!!😉

Game of Thrones
Your presence is not always a gift. 😛 (Via eBaum’s World)

Regardless of the reason, here are a few of my fool-proof gift giving ideas for the coming Christmas season. (And for all occasions!)

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ASUS Launches New Zenfone 4 Series

ASUS Philippines launched its new Zenfone 4 series last August 19 at the SMX Convention Center. Usually, phone companies just launch one model at a time but ASUS released a whole line of different phones for the inner photographer in you.

ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie
But first, let me take a selfie…

We Love Photo, Asus Zenfone 4 Series Product Launch at the SMX Convention Center

We Love Photo 💗

Basically, ASUS’ market (for now) are millennials (and non-millennials) that value experience or rather documenting experience. If it ain’t documented, it didn’t happen. Those who love taking pictures of travels or any memorable moment.

Focusing on the different aspects of mobile photography (i.e., aperture, battery and beautification feature), ASUS came up with a line of powerful and affordable smartphones ready to compete with its predecessors.

Lenny Lim
Hi Lenny Lin ! <3
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Amiciness Goes on a VL: Cebu + A1 Fangirling Experience

Last year, I impulsively booked tickets to Cebu just because I saw an A1 concert poster on Twitter. I also got my VIP concert ticket that same night. I used my GetGo points! Work got me really depressed that day so… don’t judge. This also happened way, way before I booked my Kim Bok Joo Korea trip, which I also happened because I was depressed so really, don’t judge.😝

Mark Read, Ben Adams, and Christian Ingebrigtsen are A1
Formerly a quartet, A1 is now a trio composed of Mark Read, Ben Adams and Christian Ingebrigtsen (Via AsiaOne News)

The next day, the Manila leg poster popped up on my timeline. I should have waited but that would just be another concert in Araneta. When life hands me lemons, I make lemonade so I turned this impulsive decision into a one of a kind A1 Fangirling experience turned to an Amiciness Goes on a VL episode.

2 VLs were filed for this trip #NoRegrets. (Via Tenor)

Watch the latest episode of Amiciness Goes on a VL at the bottom of this post (so you will be forced to read the whole post, silly)! Enjoy!

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As Told by Amiciness Vol. 1

Short, funny and personal stories as told by moi, Amiciness. It’s also my first time to try making comic strips for the blog. I figured I liked telling stories, drawing, photoshopping and writing. So why not do all of them? Emmerayt? Enjoy!


1. How to Eat inside the Classroom

I was in the first grade when I first felt the need to eat during class. To not wait for recess and just eat my pandesal filled with bacon and sugar, prepared by my grandmother. Of course, this wasn’t allowed. So I put my head inside my stroller bag and took a bite of my awesome blissful sandwich. Et voila, my very own 1st grade hack!

 

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That’s why my bag is always big…
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Likes and Other Forms of Validation

Have you ever counted the number of likes your Facebook and Instagram posts get? I do but I count only those that matter.

Call it petty and shallow, or a non-existent first world millennial problem. Whatever. The number of likes matters to me. Likes of people that matter to me that is.

As a blogger, getting likes is important but whether I get ’em or not, I still need to do what I need to do. It’s good to have likers that aren’t people I know. I feel that they’re more objective and aren’t just liking because they know me or I told them so.

I may not get more than 10 likes in all the posts in my newsfeed combined but when certain friends do take literally a second give me a thumbs up, I am at peace. I get the energy to blog again. It makes me feel I have an army of supporters rallying behind. Then again, these likes come rarely.

I’m not gonna lie. I do feel sad when I don’t find their likes in my posts especially those that seemed to have “trended”. A part of me expects but I only find myself…well, disappointed. But yeah, I do what I gotta do.

In a world where interaction can be done with just a click or tap of a finger, friends don’t necessarily see each other physically anymore. And with the traffic, need I say more. The only means of letting your friends know that “yeah, I’m still your friend and I hear you.” (without messaging) is liking their posts.

Giving likes is the same as giving small compliments. Nice dress! Got a new haircut? I can’t wait for your next work.

Always be generous ’cause you’ll never know who needs ’em.

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My Greatest Achievement

I remember when I told my mom that I was accelerated from grade 6 to first year high school. I whispered the news as we are about to shut our garage gates. I saw her face and how it lit up. I knew she was proud and happy. Everybody was. And I also was. Genuinely happy. Secretly, of course. We didn’t have Facebook then.

I miss feeling proud of what my hard work can actually achieve. I miss the feeling of making people proud without the need to try too hard.  When I didn’t need to calculate and validate my every move. I miss crying tears of joy, being overwhelmed by happiness that you need to express it in the most ironic way possible.

My greatest achievement was when I was accelerated from grade 6 to first year high school, and it all went downhill from there. After that, everything became a competition.

My greatest achievement happened in grade 6 and it’s okay. It’s okay to hold on to that. That place in my heart and memories where I was proud and genuinely happy.

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Little Acts of Discrimination Hurt

Little acts of discrimination hurt. Yeah. They actually do. Especially if they come from people you care about the most. Not necessarily people who you least expect. But people you consider friends, family or maybe, something in between.

Little acts of discrimination is not exactly fatal but they are toxic in their own way. Toxic as in it slowly kills you nonetheless. It burns out that little faith you have left. Faith that keeps you believing that if you are at least nice and kind, people will treat you the same. Not differently.

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Fujifilm X-A3: To buy or not to buy?

Have you ever had that lingering itch to buy something? For the last three weeks, I have. I was looking at the Apple Watch Series 2 but I decided it wasn’t really my style. I just got the super cheap Xiaomi Band 2. Now, I’ve been looking for a camera that will suit my needs as a blogger. The candidate: the Fujifilm X-A3.

See sample pics taken using Fujifilm X-A3 after the jump!