Fujifilm Ph and Sample Room’s Content Creation Workshop

IMG_5296readyLast weekend, I got to try the X-A5 mirrorless camera at the Sample Room & Fujifilm Content Creation workshop held at Space 1851 Manila along with other content creators and bloggers. The Fujifilm X-A5 is an entry-level mirrorless camera which is packed with features that allow users to take beautifully composed shots that are immediately ready for upload and sharing.

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Angelique Manto, a sports reporter, host, Fujifilm ambassador and my fellow Thomasian (Go USTe!) shared some tips and tricks on Instagram curation, how she takes photos and why she loves using the X-A5 on the go.

 


After the workshop, we were tasked to take different photos using the X-A5’s Bright Mode, Portrait Enhancer and the Night+ Mode. These automatic modes are supposed to make it easy to just snap and share for people on the go.

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Bright Mode ON

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The Bright Mode is great for flatlays!

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The Fujifilm X-A5’s Portrait Enhancer has 5 levels that make selfies and portraits look flawless but natural. Don’t worry, it’s nothing overboard like FaceTune or Camera360.   1 – Level 5 | 2 – Level 1 | 3 – Level 2 | 4 – Level 3 | 5 – Level 4 | 6 – Level 5

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Fun in the dark room! Shot this using the Night+ Mode which still keeps the details sharp even in low light conditions. 

I wish I had time to try out it’s video capabilities but let’s save that for another day. I devoted my time to planning out and capturing my shots since they only had a limited number of units for us to borrow. If we’re talking social media photography, I think this is a good camera to start with because it’s easy to use, lightweight and has preset modes that don’t need much filters and lighting fixes. Of course, if you have a signature look for your photos, by all means, edit away! The camera retails at P29,990 and is bundled with an XC15-45mm lens. For a list of other available XC lenses, you can visit the Fujifilm PH website.

Naturals by Watsons

My husband and I received these products from Watsons via Sample Room. We said we’d try it for a week and give our feedback.

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The Olive Deep Moisturizing Shampoo (P209, 490ml)
I love the clear formulation. With just three pumps it lathered well on my hair and rinsed off easily. My husband on the other hand (who has thicker hair and uses wax), had to do a second round of shampooing just to get the grime off.

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Naturals_Argan-Conditioner_490ml_front-600x600The Argan Oil Revitalizing Conditioner (P239, 490ml)
The conditioner didn’t have that heavy, creamy feel. Formulation is light yet moisturizing. My husband absolutely loved touching his hair after using this. He doesn’t use conditioner daily but he observed that his hair was still soft & smooth a few days after. It also worked well on my long, colored hair and gave it volume even without blow-drying.

Naturals_Rice-Bran_Cream-Bath_490ml_front_0-600x600The Rice Bran Brightening Cream Bath (P199, 490ml)
We were expecting this to be a little thicker (since it’s supposed to be a cream bath) but it was as light as the conditioner. It took 3-5 pumps on a nylon puff for it to bubble. The smell is pleasant, not overpowering. After showering and drying up, it’s necessary to follow up with your usual body lotion to lock moisture in.

Naturals-Aloe-Hair-and-Scalp-Tonic-front-600x600The Aloe Vera Strengthening Hair and Scalp Tonic (P229, 120ml)
I am so addicted to the smell of this. I wish I could just spray it on whenever my hair needs a lift but this has salicylic acid, which is intended to prevent dandruff and regulate sebum. I fear that if I over-do it, my scalp may react differently. This has organic aloe vera juice and aloe extract that helps moisturize hair.
UPDATE: My scalp did react after using this for another week. I felt tightness in my scalp and flakes started to form. I decided not stop using it for a while and see if my scalp condition improves. I understand that for others, this formulation can work really well but for my scalp, it may have been a little harsh.

Will we consider purchasing these in the future? We’d definitely get the Olive Shampoo and Argan Oil Conditioner because these worked well for our different hair types. We also love when we find products that we both can share since it’s more practical that way.

What do we like most about these products?

-They use certified organic oils and extracts

-Light, pleasant scent

-Moisturizing capabilities of the Argan Oil Conditioner

-Packaging = 5 stars

-Prices are reasonable, given that they use imported organic products

WARDROBE BASICS: The Black Uniqlo AIRism Tank Top in Black

I’ve done another mid-year closet purge and have gotten rid of a lot of items I haven’t worn in the last six months. These past few months, I’ve really been working on simplifying everything in my wardrobe. While it’s been great trying to keep up with trends without breaking the bank, I feel like I’ve gotten to that point in my life wherein I just want to stick with the classics. Why?

  1. They don’t go out of style
  2. It’s easier to maintain and accessorize
  3. Lesser wardrobe purging–you get to use everything on rotation and it’s fun to mix and match!

One of the wardrobe basics I realized I didn’t have was a black tank top. My old one went missing when we moved houses 9 years ago. Through my Sample Room membership, I availed of a Uniqlo AIRism voucher that allowed me to get my free sample of the Uniqlo Seamless Tank Top.

The Airism material as you can see in the video, is lightweight and thin. It’s perfectly comfortable when worn as innerwear–it doesn’t make you feel stuffy, allows your skin to breathe and it does not feel sticky even in sweaty situations. The black tank can be used as a top just because it’s a more solid, dark color, while the nude and white versions are best used as inner wear due to the thin material.

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The Uniqlo AIRism Seamless Sleeveless Tank (black) worn as a top with the Uniqlo EZY Jeans

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The P590 price point isn’t bad for the quality of the material and the multiple times it can be worn. Aside from the basic colors, the tank is also available in pastel hues and striped versions. IMG_2641-001 copy

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The Uniqlo AIRism Seamless Sleeveless Tank (black) tucked into waist-high slim-cut pants looks like a sleek, black jumpsuit.

 

 

VLOG SHORTS: At Greens Vegetarian Cafe w/ Yeng Constantino!


Uy! Familiar face! Le boyfriend and I were hungry and decided to try Greens Vegetarian Restaurant & Cafe at Tomas Morato. Pag pasok namin, Yeng was there and she was so happy to see us. :p She stayed a little bit to talk about life so far (behind the scenes), her husband, their vegan lifestyle, ministry opportunities and challenges and even gave us marriage advice! Thank you Yeng. Nakakabusog lahat ng kwento mo. 😀

This is not a full food review by the way! We will come back and try the other dishes. I had the Vegetarian Barbecue with Brown Rice (P115) while Dave had the Sweet and Sour “Fish” with Brown Rice (P140). I haven’t had regular barbecue since 2017 and I’m happy that the vegetarian barbecue did not disappoint–flavor and texture-wise. Prices are affordable. You can order a lot with a P500-P1000 peso budget.

Street parking is limited, although they have a designated empty lot where diners can park. I highly encourage you to not leave valuables in your car as there are no CCTV cameras and only a single guard roving the parking area. The restaurant has a very homey feel and the menu is straightforward. I find their servings a bit small though. The dishes are tasty but tend to give you that “bitin” factor. I like that they also sell vegan and vegetarian-friendly products in the store.

TRYING OUT ERICH GONZALES’ SLIMMING SECRET

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Ever had those times when you just want to eat all the food in the world without having to worry about gaining weight and growing those love handles? Even if I’m huge on vegetable smoothies and salads,  I have to admit that I get tempted when I’m faced with sweet desserts, pasta, crispy pata, bagnet and tender ribs. I have to battle with that inner voice that says “Come on. Just once.” But I know full well that that “Just once.” can lead to me using that as an excuse every single time I’m at a buffet spread. It takes discipline, doesn’t it?

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Greens, Juice Bar and Meatless Options at Hillside Cafe

Adding this to my list of happy, vegan-friendly restaurants that I must frequent! Since I went on a lifestyle and diet adjustment in August of this year, one of the challenges (aside from strictly preparing my own meals) was finding easily-accessible restaurants that served plant-based, organic food.

Go Salads is good but my tastebuds started looking for something different, specially now that I’ve tried almost everything on their menu. To be fair to Go Salads though, I’d say it’s my new “fast food” now because when you walk into their store or stall, they get to prepare your salad, sandwich or green smoothie in less than 15 minutes.

Back to Hillside Cafe and Juice Bar.

The only branch they have presently is at Mo. Ignacia, which is surprisingly just near the seminary I go to. I like that the place isn’t so huge. It’s very quaint, perfect for meetings, dates and catch-up sessions. Their salad servings are huge, good enough for two, I would say but if you’re a vegetable monster like me, I’m sure you can consume the entire plate by yourself. I ordered the Superfood Salad (which has kale, mixed greens, quinoa, beets, carrots, malunggay flakes and a vinaigrette dressing) and the Hillside Greens Smoothie (which has spinach, moringa, mango, banana, chia seeds, coconut meat and coconut water). Sophie and Kath ordered the Aglio Olio Pasta and the Tropical Smoothie. Watch the video below and do visit Hillside Cafe! 😀