Expert Says: Taking Selfies Brings Out The Best In You

Selfie Mode on whether it’s an trying to be Posh shot...
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An Arty-Arty-han Pic...
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or even a  Nagpapacute face pic...
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Taking selfie is a way of celebrating different aspects of being “who you are.”

Various studies have linked the selfie with self-obsession. But Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, pointed out in her column for Psychology Today that:

“in spite of the wealth of negative headlines, there are several reasons for selfies that have nothing to do with narcissism.”
“Selfies offer the opportunities to show facets of yourself, such as the artsy side, the silly side, or the glamorous side,” -Rutledge 
“By offering different aspects through images, we are sharing more of ourselves, becoming more authentic and transparent—things encouraged by digital connectivity,” she added.
Instagram has over 260 million #selfies to date. An average millennial spends more than an hour each week to snap selfies and may take up to around 25,700 selfies during their lifetime, a 2015 study by Frames Direct and Now Sourcing, showed.

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OPPO Philippines recently conducted an online survey among 6,000 Filipinos and found that 48 percent take two to five selfies a day.  Makati City, the country’s business hub, has been dubbed by  Time magazine as the “selfie capital of the world.”

‘Exploration and Identity Experimentation’

“Camera-focused phones like the F1 and F1 Plus have made it easier to take great photos of oneself. Gone are the days when you need to go to a studio to have your self-portrait taken by a professional photographer.” 
-Stephen Cheng, OPPO Philippines’ Brand Marketing Manager.
Rutledge said new technology has made “selfie-ing easy.  All you need is a camera phone and a Facebook page or Instagram app.”
“This makes [the selfie] ripe for exploration and identity experimentation, particularly among ages where identity formation and emancipation are key developmental milestones as well as for those who are just interested in looking at themselves,”
"Defining one’s identity is a human pursuit. Since the Ancient Greeks, people have been observing themselves to gain a sense of self," -she added.

Dr. Mariann Hardey, a lecturer in marketing at Durham University, said in an article in The Guardian, "The selfie is revolutionizing how we gather autobiographical information about ourselves and our friends."
"It's about continuously rewriting yourself. It's an extension of our natural construction of self. It's about presenting yourself in the best way … [like] when women put on makeup or men who bodybuild to look a certain way: it's an aspect of performance that's about knowing yourself and being vulnerable," -Hardey added.
Pride and Selfie
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According to a 2014 survey conducted by and the TODAY Show, social media, especially for teen girls, was a tool to “put themselves in the best light.”

The study found that 65 percent of teen girls and 41 percent of adult women “feel more confident” when they see selfies and other flattering photos of themselves.

Posting selfies on social media allow users to gauge others' perceptions through comments and likes. Rutledge said, “One of the most effective ways to know yourself is to see yourself as others see you.” 

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Selfie, however, is not all about presenting one’s “best self” but also one’s quirks and flaws.
“Even with ‘ugly selfies,’ you’re exhibiting pride in your sense of humor…It’s not that different from showing yourself in a new bikini. You’re still sharing something you’re proud of.” said in a previous article by Wendy Wick Reaves, curator of prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery in London, 

Cheng said,
“OPPO sees the value of selfie.  We have developed photo-centric smartphones  such as the F1 and F1 Plus that enables people to be build their sense of self and empower themselves through high-quality selfies.”
“OPPO has established itself as the ‘selfie expert’ and a leader in smartphone photography. Research indicates a strong consumer recognition that ‘OPPO shoots great,"
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Silka Celebrates 15 Amazing Years + Launched 2 New Products #TheSkinYouLove

Silka guarantees to give #TheSkinYouLove as they launched two new products. From being the most recognized and trusted skincare brands in the country. Silka celebrates their 15 amazing years of making you love your skin more having a soft, healthy and beautiful skin to Pinay's. 
In line with the product launch is the introduction of #TheSkinYouLove Campaign intended to inspire every Filipina to be more confident with themselves. And with every use of Silka's whitening soaps and moisturizing lotions, Filipinas come close to having the skin they love.
*Silka's new soaps and lotions new variants are available in all major stores and supermarkets near you.

A brand that is true to their words for being effective and affordable whitening product line. The arrival of the new amazing products from Silka to look forward too. Introducing the Silka Premium Moisturizing lotion with SPF23 and Silka Moisturizing Soap with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein also the Silka Whitening Soap with Shea Butter to complete the pairing with the Silka Whitening Lotion with SPF23 with Shea Butter that was introduced earlier in 2013.

Silka Premium Moisturizing Lotion with SPF23 and Silka Moisturizing Soap with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein is especially formulated with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk. Aside from providing smoother, fairer skin, the lotion comes with  SPF23 that protects our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Double skin protection in bottles that comes in 50ml, 100ml up to 200ml. 

Completing the Silka Shea Butter set is the arrival of the new Silka Whitening Soap with Shea Butter that nourishes and moisturizes the skin. The rich creamy lather of this new  soap that comes in a luscious mild buttery scent is soooo perfect to pair for your Silka Whitening Lotion with SPF23 with Shea butter. 

Behind The Scenes at the Silkamazing@15 Event atTrinoma Activity Center
Morning sesh is exclusive for bloggers as Silka launched two new products. 
Hosted by the ever lovely Ms. Joyce Pring. 
  Silka Marketing Manager Ms. Jane Co

We at Silka are honored that our consumers nationwide has continuously made our soaps and lotions their preferred partner when it comes to whiter, more beautiful skin. With the launch of our new product variants, we are introducing our users to the next level when it comes to skin care; more than fairer skin, you will love your skin even more as it gets more nourished and moisturized after every use. 
-Ms Jane Co, Silka Marketing Manager
Feel free to snap a pic with Silka Endorsers Mr. Piolo Pascual and Ms. Iya Villania standees at the Silkamazing Photo booth.

Performances in line to entertain the crowd.
Kai Honasan 
*Afternoon sesh is open to the public so everyone is free to join the Silkamazing fun!
 Rogue Band *photo from Silka Skincare
Tippy Dos *photo from Silka Skincare
Christian Bautista *photo from Silka Skincare
Karylle *photo from Silka Skincare
and Silka Girl Ms. Iya Villania *photo from Silka Skincare
Afternoon sesh hosted by Mikael Daez and Bianca Valero
+ Beauty Talks by Ms. Bianca Valero 

   Check this out! My Silkamazing Pass
Each stamp corresponds a task done pretty well (^.^,)

Silkamazing Booths:
The Makeover Booth - for Makeovers
The Shower Room with The Singing Bae Game
Silkamazing Quizbee
Silkamazing Photo Booth with Piolo and Iya
No Sweat Zone -Dance Away
Silka Lotion Scent Guessing Game

After completion, a Silka gift pack awaits. 

  Cheers to 15 Silkamazing Years!!!
Thanks for having me (^.^,) 

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BayCruise Dinner + Firefly Watching and Stargazing @Siksikan River

Have you tried Firefly watching? or  Have you ever saw a firefly for real? Lucky Me!, I do. 
We all know change is coming, hahaha not just because Duterte has arrived. It's simple because global warming is happening. If all the people living on Earth won't get their act together, sooner or later, the things we now see,  will soon be gone forever. 

When I was small, back in my Pappi's hometown in Romblon. Fireflies were the only reason why we ever enjoyed night time. We were so amazed and we wonder how this bug managed to have a light on its butt. Oh well, those were the good old childhood days. That I wish I can experience once more.
Back to my story, when we visited Palawan, Puerto Princesa to be exact. Firefly watching is one of the main attraction in Puerto Princesa during night time. Ever heard about it? The Iwahig Firefly watching is the first to offer this kind of attraction in Puerto Princesa. Now there's another location to go to for firefly watching and it's at the Siksikan river. 

Siksikan River is not far from the Baybay or Baywalk. The first step is meeting up at the Baybay where boat1 will take us to the floating restaurant and we will have our dinner first before firefly watching then after dinner boat2, that is specially design for the firefly watching cruise will fetch us and head on to siksikan river.
So first things first, Dinner at The Floating Restaurant
The Floating Restaurant

Honestly, there's nothing fancy about this floating restaurant. It looks like a simple eatery that floats. Maybe because I'm biased and I enjoyed my Loboc River Cruise in a floating restaurant too. I  hope they will  look into this and prettified the place and  make some improvements so that tourist will surely enjoy the experience. 

I noticed their in-house singer is kind of  running out of words in her songs and she sometimes dont sing at all and let that disturbing beat of videoke be heard or she move on to another song and do it all again. For a music geek in me it's unacceptable. :P They can just play a playlist with relaxing and comfy songs instead. There's no need for live performances if the performer's heart is not in it. Or maybe she's not just her 100% self that day. *Sigh  

The food is OK, and it's buffet set up with a few menu choices. Good thing their food is likeable. There's fish, pork and chicken and even shrimps. I love their eggplant dish and I super enjoyed it that I kept coming back for more. Even our group likes it very much, and so is the green mango with bangoong.  
 Grilled Pork Liempo
 Garclic Buttered Shrimp
 Chicken Adobo
  Stir Fry EggPlantFried Bangus
 Fruit OptionsLato
After having our dinner in the floating restaurant. We hang out for a bit and sing along through the old songs playing. Medyo Blast from the past ang genre :P
And of we go to Siksikan River: As we cruise the bay heading to the said river, Our very friendly tour facilitator Edision, kept us entertained giving fun facts about the fireflies with Stargazing on the side. The night sky were filled with bright stars that we did'nt even see a glim
pse of when we were in Manila. But here, the sky is sooooo clear and we enjoyed stargazing with planet spotting. Meaning it's less to zero pollution that's why the stars were so visible. As if that was the most numbers of star I've seen in my entire life.  Oh how I love Palawan talaga :) 
Okay, Pasensya nya sa photos huh... For me to be able to capture the stars and fireflies, I need to be super steady close to being a human tripod. But too bad we were contantly moving and no stopping. So there, That's all I've got :P And No, I didn't capture any fireflies on my slr not even camera phone. :( I was sooooo frustrated not having them in gazillion shots I took and later on gave up and realized that I will just enjoy the trip and seeing it just right before my eyes.
To describe the experience, there were about 4-5 mangrove trees with fireflies sightings. Actually at the back of my mind I was in doubt :P I was like Hmp, we never really got close to the tree so it can be a rice lights plugged in :P Silly me!!! I hope we could got a little bit closer though kahit 1 meter away :P But anyways baka mastress pa ang mga firefly sa presensya ko :P and mas ikaikli pa ng kanilang almost 2months na buhay. 
Meet Edison Dalanon
Can you keep a secret? Edison Dalanon is a Jedi... 
Oist sinabing wag maingay eh, oo nga he's a Jedi. Wanna know why? Find out for yourselves and go book that Firefly watching activity soon! But for those who just can't wait to know I'll make a short kwento, pilitin nyo muna ako (^.^,) just kidding.

During our Siksikan river cruising to the fireflies natural habitat, Edison turned into a Jedi as he threw in some flashy tricks and astronomy fun facts to the cruising crowd. It was a jawdropping fun filled awesomeness! 
^Photo from Dolphin and Whales Travel and Tours by: Pedrito Enosomo
For updates and Schedule,  Please do visit Dolphin and Whales Travel and Tours Facebook Page

My Puerto Princesa Adventures...
Underground River | Firefly Watching + Floating Restaurant
Nagtabon Beach | Isla Felomina
Kota Spa | Casa Nieves | Let The River Rest Campaign | PanjaResort | Palawan Heritage
Arnold's Seafood Square | Firefly Watching + Floating Restaurant
La Terrasse | Viet Ville Restaurant | Tiya Ising's Filipino Restaurant
Microtel by Wyndham Puerto Princesa | Asturias Hotel

Check us out regularly for more updates soon...
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Surprises Are Coming Your Way As Althea Turns 1 Today!

Good news dearies! 
Our most loved everything Korean beauty essentials online shop from Korea, Althea is celebrating their 1st birthday with amazing deals, surprises, and giveaways. YAY!!!
But first, this is my way of greeting Althea Korea on their Big Day! (^.^,)
Happy 1st Birthday Althea Korea!!!  
Cheers to an amazing year of  online shopping of Korean beauty products in its best and affordable prices delivered straight from Korea at home in a Cutesy Pink Althea Box. Wishing you more success, and more years of Althea happiness in a pink box. Congrats and Keep it up!!!

Now here's the fun part I've been telling you about...
Althea's Birthday Celebration 20th - 31st July 2016

Super like the Althea Birthday box? Get yours while supplies last.
Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit
For orders placed on 20/7 onwards. While stocks last.

Plus, Free Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers
Full-size beauty products. While stocks last. 

And here's a Birthday Giveaway treat,
Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% REBATE!
Rebates will be credited to your account. 

and last, but definitely not the least: ContestAlert!!! 
#AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest
- After purchasing your Althea box in Birthday Kit edition. 
Wish Althea a happy birthday with the hashtag #altheaturns1 
and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as: 
Macbook Air, 
Ipad Air 2, 
iPhone 6S, 
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Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, 
Althea credits and beauty hampers from Althea! 

- Prizes total worth KRW10,000,000 to be won.
- Contest starts from 20th July - 15th August 2016.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to and Althea Facebook for more information. 

Amazing right?
What are you waiting for? Visit Althea Korea, shop now and join!