What to Do If Your Voting Receipt is NOT the Same as Your Ballot

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 ANO ANG DAPAT GAWIN KUNG HINDI TUGMA ANG RESIBO SA BALOTA?

1. Upon receipt of your BALLOT, copy (and write on your hand) your  BALLOT ID NUMBER located at the upper right portion of your ballot.  Don't write on your BALLOT. 
(1. Pag natanggap na ang balota, kopyahin ang BALLOT ID number na matatagpuan sa pinakataas at kanang bahagi ng balota. Isulat ang BALLOT ID number sa inyong kamay o sa isang maliit na piraso ng papel. Iwasang sulatan ang gilid ng balota.)

*If you see light pink color line on your ballot form, pls ask BEI to change that because that is already Mar - Leni even if you vote other presidentiable/vp candidates.

 2. Clearly mark the circle of your candidate.  Upon completion, head to the VCM scanner and PERSONALLY insert your BALLOT and wait for your VOTING RECEIPT.   If unsure how to insert, ask for assistance BUT still PERSONALLY INSERT YOUR BALLOT. (Upon insertion, your VOTE will already count)
(2. Markahan ng maigi ang loob ng bilog na tugma sa ibobotong kandidato. Kapag kumpleto na ang balota, magtungo sa VCM scanner. Ipasok ang balota sa VCM scanner at maghintay hanggang lumabas ang resibo. Kung hindi tayo sigurado paano ipasok ang balota sa VCM scanner, magpatulong po tayo ngunit HUWAG hayaang iba ang gumawa nito para sa iyo. Ikaw mismo dapat ang magpasok ng balota sa scanner.)

3. Upon receipt of your VOTING RECEIPT, compare with your BALLOT:
IF CORRECT: drop your BALLOT to the BALLOT BOX (REMEMBER: You can't take it home or bring it out of the precinct.
IF WRONG: 
a. Write your BALLOT ID at the back of the VOTING RECEIPT and sign on it.  (So it can be cross referenced and this will be the basis of your complaint to invalidate your wrong vote)
b. Look for the BEI Chairman of your precinct.
c. Have your incident be reported in the logbook.  Check if the report is correct BEFORE giving your VOTING RECEIPT to the BEI Chairman. 

(3. Kapag natanggap na ang resibo, umalis sa harapan ng scanner para magbigay daan sa ibang botante. Suriing mabuti ang resibo. Kung tugma ito sa balota mo, ihulog ang resibo sa nakaabang na kahon. Tandaan, hindi maaaring iuwi o ilabas ng presinto ang resibo.
PAANO KUNG HINDI TUGMA ANG RESIBO SA BALOTA MO?
Kung hindi ayon ang boto mo sa lumabas na resibo, maaring may blangko o ibang pangalan ang lumabas. Ito ang mga dapat gawin:
a. Isulat ang BALLOT ID number sa LIKOD ng resibo at pirmahan ito.
b. Lumapit sa BEI Chairman ng presinto. Sabihin ang reklamo.
c. Tungkulin ng BEI na gumawa ng report ukol sa iyong reklamo. Isusulat ang detalye ng iyong reklamo sa logbook. Siguraduhing tama ang report. Ibigay ang iyong resibo sa BEI para maisama sa logbook.
IMPORTANTE pong mai-REPORT ang mga REKLAMO at nakasaad ang BALLOT ID number sa likod ng resibo. Ito po ay magsisilbing katibayan ng reklamo. Sa ganitong paraan, mas madaling i-tugma ang iyong balota sa resibo upang wala ng magamit na katwiran ang COMELEC na hindi pansinin o i-dismiss ang ating mga REKLAMO.)



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Vaseline Petroleum Jelly: Tested to Heal and Now in Vaseline Lotion

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No doubt, I've encountered petroleum jelly but have never used it.  When I saw the billboard in C5 (see it here bit.ly/vaselineleafbillboard) where Vaseline took the ultimate test to show to the world about the healing powers of its Petroleum Jelly, I was amazed! 

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For the first time ever, I asked our household who uses Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.  I was surpised to fine out that my siblings have been using Vaseline Petroleum Jelly every night before going to sleep to keep their lips hydrated.

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In 1859, New York-based chemist Robert A. Chesebrough invented a wonder jelly later on labelled as Petroleum Jelly.  The Petroleum Jelly is filled with minerals that grants it healing properties.  It became a staple household item as it can heal burns, rashes, chapped skin, cuts, bruises and more.  And, now the new Vaseline Lotions has micro-droplets of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly to heal and moisturize dry skin.


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Witness the healing effects of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly with the dried leaves on the left for those without Vaseline and in comparison the one with the Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on the right.


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Against the intense heat of our radiant summer sun, no doubt our skin can dry just like these leaves.

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As much as possible, we should try to take of it so it can be like this right?

So there you have it.  Try it out and see for yourself.  To know the condition of your skin, take the Dry Skin Test on http://www.vaseline.ph/skin-index-test. 

Posh Nails: New Lemongrass and Ginger Manicure and Pedicure (SM Mall of Asia North Wing)

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A few weeks ago, I met one of my childhood guy friends who I haven't seen for about a decade.  He told me I looked better than ever.  And I think it's probably because as I age, I began to have the wisdom of adapting through life.  In life, there are times where we strive really hard.  But, there should be times when we can relax and pamper too.  So after a  series of busy weeks, my friend Berylle and I decided to pamper ourselves at Posh Nails SM Mall of Asia.

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Posh Nails SM Mall of Asia (North Wing) is one of their newer branches. 

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The interiors here really stands out from the other branches I've visited. 

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 In addition to their usual services...

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Posh Nails has the new Lemongrass and Ginger Manicure and Pedicure that we availed of.

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The manicure procedure is pretty much the same from my previous experience at Posh Nails.

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I chose a bright summer color to match the season.

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The Lemongrass Ginger pampering procedure is done before the pedicure. 

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My feet has a quick bubble bath.

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And then, it was treated with their special  paraben-free Lemongrass Ginger Sugar Scrub to exfoliate my skin.  I found this step quite cool and refreshing.  After the cleansing, my legs were covered with their Lemongrass Ginger Moisture Mask to soften the skin.  The last step was the application of the Lemongrass Ginger Luxury Lotion to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin.

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There is a quick massage before the pedicure. 

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My friend Berylle and I had a great time! 

Mother's Day Giveaway 
Because I had a great pampering time, I want you and your mom to experience it too!   1 Winner will win:

  • 2 Movie Passes to Mother's Day Movie (comedy movie starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson) at SM Megamall on May 3, 2016 (Tuesday) 7 PM.
  • 2 Special Lemongrass and Ginger Pampering Package (Worth 1,500 php)
Winner will be announce here on my blog.  I will also message the winner through the social media platform where he/she liked or followed. Price must be claimed during the movie showing.  Good luck!

Ball Pit Manila: My Top 10 Tips to Maximize Your Experience

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I've previously shared about Ball Pit Manila,  a pop out installation adult ball pit play park that just opened in Urban Avenue in Makati

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If you just want to be like a kid and purely play, these tips are not for you.   If you want to do more than that, then read on.

10. Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time
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There's a paid parking at the back of Campos Rueda Building itself.  But, Ball Pit Manila is located on the second floor so you will need some time to take the plight of stairs.  And, you will also need some time to settle in for removing your shoes, wearing socks and organizing your things by your table space.  They don't have lockers by the way so stuffs are just left out like that. 

9. Bring fresh socks - meaning worn only when you get to the venue
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"Bring fresh socks - meaning worn only when you get to the venue" is a reminder on bold that you'll receive on your booking request.  Sometimes, we're too excited that we forget this.  Just like in the case of my family, I gave everyone a notice of this in advance.  When we got to Ball Pit Manila, I was surprised that everyone forgot about this and wore the socks upon leaving the house.  So too bad for our cute socks, they had to buy the plain black socks from Ball Pint Manila for 50 php.  My big brother had a feet size of 12 so the socks didn't fit for him.

8. Book wisely!
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The Ball Pit has a maximum capacity of 20 persons.  But if you want to jump around, dive and take awesome photographs without butts popping out on the background, you want to have as less people in the same pit as possible.  Therefore, when you book through their website, pick the slot with more available slots (less people).   Better if you book near your intended date so less people will add in.  Although they allow walk-ins, slots aren't ensured especially since sometimes they are fully booked for an event.

7. Visit During Day Time
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If you want to take great photos and videos especially with action shots, go on a day time because natural light will radiate from the window just by the ball pit.  There are open as early as 10 am.  Moreover, the after-work hours of 5 pm to 10 pm are the time when the pit is busy.

6. Bring a Camera
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Bring your own camera because for sure you want to take tons of photographs and videos.  At night, phones are not as recommendable especially if you're picky with graininess like me.  Go pros with monopod stick are allowed inside the ball pit. 

5. Come in groups
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Ball Fight!
As they say, the more the merrier.  It's best to come in groups.  The bigger the better.  During our visit, we were a family of 6.  The another group of 10 and 5.  If possible, be in a group of 20 and occupy the pit.  That way it's fun and you have the luxury of comfort.  You can play any game you want without being worried if you're hitting the wrong person or invading a photograph space of another group.  Moreover, it's a different experience for a different group so it's a great idea to visit with a variety of people.

4. Be creative
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For the first half of your hour, you have enough time to play around.  If you want to take good photos then use the rest of your time to be creative.

3.  Wear contrasting colors
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As the balls are white, wearing contrasting colored clothes will make you stand out more.
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It's not a good idea to wear white and light gray.  Go for red and dark shades like black and blue. 

2. Allocate more than an hour
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Not only does your payment comes with a free choice of coffee or iced tea, they also have card games available.  They also offer unlimited coffee or iced tea for only 60 php.

1. Enjoy and have fun!
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The experience wouldn't be so wholesome if you didn't act like a kid and play around silly.  It's so much fun to just lay there and let the balls massage you.  Try it and you'll be amazed at how it can de-stress you.

Hope these tips will help you!  Enjoy Ball Pit Manila! =)

Pet Express Doggie Run 2016: Chinese Sharpeis on the Run (SM Mall of Asia)

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It's been 5 years since our first Pet Express Run (shared it way back in 2011).  I'm quite glad that I have an entry of our first one because time really flies by so fast and I didn't realize it was 5 years already.  Joining Pet Express Run 2016 was actually the family's idea.

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Starting Line
I was kind of surprised that they initiated it because my family does not run at all.  They don't even wake up early.  But since they wanted to, of course I'm all in for it.  We registered 3 dog Kits and 2 extra human kits.

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Moral Support?
At home, we have more dogs than humans.  Too bad we couldn't bring all 7 Chinese Sharpeis.  We brought Kiwi (running 1.5k with me), Mochi (running 3k with my brother) and Siopao (running 1.5k with my sister).   My mom was also registered at 1.5k.  And, my other sister who was registered just to take our photo ran 3k. 

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Kiwi taking a U-Turn
I guess each of our dogs chose the masters and Kiwi and I are super close.  She's 8 years old and she's been obedient and loyal towards me since we got her.  She's very smart.  She can do tons of tricks: shake hands, wave, high five, down, crawl, come, stay, lay down,  play dead, roll over, come in, go home, dance, and wiggle.

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Kiwi is almost 8 years old but she's still very active.  Since Kiwi is a very good girl, she always watched my pace and never go ahead of me.  But, today was very special because I told her to go and run as freely and happily as she wanted.  She was so competitive!  Since the idea of the family was spontaneous,  I was the one who isn't fit and can't keep up. =(

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Kiwi wondering what's the hold up
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At the U-Turn slot, there's a water station but the water distribution couldn't keep up with the number of dog owners.  It took awhile before I got a cup of water for Kiwi.

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But turns out, she wasn't thirsty.  She just wanted to go and keep up with all the other dogs.

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I think I was way ahead of the family.  A lot of people weren't there to run but to leisurely stroll along with their dogs and the family was among them. 

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As we were near the finish line, we spotted the family.

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After we passed the finish line, there were already so many dog owners there.

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We couldn't resist taking a quick snap.

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A lot of people where getting their selfies.  But there's a Marshall there to clear the way.

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We almost missed the medal because of the crowd.  And, Kiwi got her very first finisher medal.  Yey!  I bet she'd want to show it off to Lychee because she was smelling Lychee's medal way back in 2011.   

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She got some pat too. 

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Glad they thought of including a shower.  They didn't have that before.  I didn't let Kiwi shower because I thought the family car might get wet.  Then I found out Mochi had a shower.

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Got some water for Kiwi but she didn't want them again.  So I got her 1.5k loot bag and my human treats given in plastic bags.  When we got home, I compared all our loot bags and noticed that the 3k loot bag has a bonus small sack of dog food and dog frame.  

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A lot of people were lining for freebies so we lined up to see what they're getting.  Frontline gave some umbrella at first but ran out and became calendars.  Bayer gave some magic towel and fan.   At first, holistic recipe gave ecobags which ran out and became caps. The ecobags were really useful because the loot bag and human treats were given only in plastic bags. 

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We opted not to line up for the rest.  Our bibs also had a tab for souvenir photo but there were only 2 booths for all the runners.  The queue was so long. 

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Kiwi lining up for us

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Kiwi wanted to ride the stroller too
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Kiwi getting acquainted
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The family with Mochi, Kiwi and Siopao (censored for privacy)
The family didn't have the patience to line up for the freebies.  They were still sleepy so we were about to go after our dogs  got enough rest.  We didn't intend to wait for the raffle when suddenly my little sister got called as she won an Aquazorb from Frontline.

What Improved
In comparison to the Pet Express 2011 (their very first run), they've implemented a lot of improvements.
1. Better singlet and bandana - The material and design is better and didn't increase the registration price.
2. Doggie shower - Dogs loved this!
3. More sponsors and booths - There is noticeably more sponsors and booths now.
4. Human treats - Cool that humans have treats too!

What Could to Be Improved
1. Parking - The parking slots near the starting line were all reserved only for the event organizers.  There was no sign or designation on where participants should park.  We were actually late finding a parking slot and walking our dogs from the parking slot to the starting point.
2. Loot bags - I'd prefer it like in the 2011 where all the loots are already placed in an ecobag so you don't need to claim an ecobag and then transfer your loot there.
3. Raffle needs to speed up - By the time the raffle was called out, the crowd has already dispersed.  I guess the raffle was quick before because they only had 1 big raffle prize (we won a PS3 before). Now there were multiple prizes from the sponsors like a Christmas raffle, it took longer so they could speed it up a bit as many already got home.
4. Lack of Photographers - With a lot of runners both humans and dogs, Strider-My Run Time could have allocated more photographers.  As I've checked, they only had a total of 546 shots.  With some runners having two shots...

Overall, the Pet Express Doggie Run 2016 is a huge success because surely there's non other like it.  It's always fun to run with a companion and as they say, a dog is a man's best friend.  The family had so much fun!  They want to join again!