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The uses for custom stickers are almost endless. Parents, teachers, business owners, students, children, artists and more all can use custom stickers in a variety of fun ways. Here are just a few of the ways you can use stickers from a company like Custom Sticker Maker. 


Motivate Children 

In school, day cares, churches and other institutions, stickers can be a great way to motivate children. Their progress at learning or completing various tasks can be tracked using stickers, or children can be given stickers as a reward. Parents can use stickers in the same way. 

Track Your Progress 

Kids aren't the only ones who are motivated by stickers. As adults, it's surprising how much seeing that little gold star can still get us going. With a custom sticker manufacturer, you can choose whatever design would be most likely to make you smile when you accomplish that workout, reach that next weight loss goal or avoid a bad habit. 

Support Your Team 

If you like sports, you can have custom stickers made up to show the love you have for your team. Plaster them on your car, your laptop and even on yourself for game day. 


Whether you play in a band, write books or run a small business, custom stickers can be a great way to promote your work. Depending on what and how you are trying to promote, you can plaster them guerrilla-style all over your town or hand them out as swag. 

Broadcast Your Passions 

Do you love a certain band, a TV show or a film franchise? Stickers can broadcast your fandom to others. From political causes to your favorite quotes and more, use stickers to express yourself. 


Party Favors 

For kids' parties, weddings, showers and more, custom stickers can be a fun addition to the other favors that you give out. 


Stickers aren't just for fun and games. Stickers can also be made that convey important information from warnings to rules to information about how to use a piece of equipment. There is no limit to how stickers can be used for your own individual purposes. Turn photos of your pets into stickers; hand out stickers of beloved family photos at reunions. With some creative thinking, you will be surprised at how many fun and practical uses you find for custom stickers.

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Be-ing Suites Davao’s homey, eco-friendly, comfortable and well-ventilated atmosphere is just what every weary traveler need for a restful stay. 

Nestled in a quiet community in the northern side of Davao City is a little known traveller’s haven named Be-ing Suites Davao. 

In 2014, Hideki Ota who owns Hair Corporation, a salon and spa chain in Saga Japan came to Davao to look for Davaoenos he can coach and educate about Japanese Hair styling techniques and that eventually he can employ then with his growing salon business in Japan.

Be-ing Suites Davao Reception Hall
Be-ing Suites Davao Reception area

This Japanese-inspired hotel was supposed to be an academy which will facilitate partnership and culture exchange of the art of Japanese hair styling techniques and methods among Japanese and Filipino stylists.

But along the course of the construction of the building, Mr. Ota saw its economic potential; they then decided to open its doors to business travellers and tourists.

Today, Be-ing Suites Davao has 16 well-kept Japanese-inspired rooms in standard and deluxe. Japanese way of hospitality can be felt around especially among their smiling and very accommodating staff.

Be-ing Suites Davao
Spacious, well-ventilated hall

Be-ing Suites Davao
Modern Asian minimalist architectural concept made this place so carefree and comfy.
The Swimming pool is open to walk-in guests at P100/person with free refreshment.

Be-ing Suites Davao
Care to have coffee here in the moonlight? Ahhh... with company or not, would love to!

Be-ing Suites Davao
Standard Room with matrimonial queen size bed (as of May 2016 P2,280.00 net/day)

Standard Room Amenities:

Intercom to Office Desk
LED Lighting
Toilet with Bidet
Hot and Cold Shower
Air-conditioned unit
Flat screen TV with cable

Be-ing Suites Davao
Clean, toilet seat with bidet 

Be-ing Suites Davao
Deluxe Room with matrimonial bed. Comes with personal ref 
and lotsa food items on the counter sink. (as of May 2016 P2,664.00 net/day)

Deluxe Room Amenities:

Intercom to Office Desk
LED Lighting
Toilet with Bidet
Hot and Cold Shower
Air-conditioned unit
Flat screen TV with cable
Mini Refrigerator
Kitchen Counter with sink

Be-ing Suites Davao
Mr. Hideke Ota at the hotel's coffee shop. He proudly briefed us about his employee motivational concept of One Smile, One Peso. In a sense, he's encouraging and motivating his employees to smile and to deliver the best customer service all the time as this will nurture customer loyalty that in effect will yield positive business outcome.

Be-ing Suites Davao
Thank you for having us Be-ing Suites Davao.
(left to right) Ces Noblefranca, Chiqui Aportadera, Woman-ElanVital, Pal Raine, Vanessa Mabini.
(seate) Cheryl and Mr. Ota

Be-ing Suites Davao
Selfwe with Pal Raine!

Be-ing Suites Davao’s homey, eco-friendly, comfortable and well-ventilated atmosphere is just what every weary traveller need for a restful stay.

Being Suited Davao also hosts Being Salon, the only authentic Japanese styling salon in the city. Read more about my experience on this blogpost, BE-ING SALON: MY JAPANESE BEAUTY EXPERIENCE IN DAVAO.

3rd Street, Lot 16
Guadalupe Village, Lanang, Davao City, Philippines.

For bookings and inquiries, call;
(082) 234 9088

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are mine.

Mother's Day

Mother’s day is fast approaching; second Sunday of May is not that far, before we know it we are all in panic mode looking for something special to give to our mothers. Not that mama’s really demand, I can’t remember an occasion my mom insisted on something she wanted, just a time with her over dinner table would do. But often we do not just settle with just that, don’t we? We always find and give something out of the ordinary to honour our mothers for what she has done for us.

All too often too, we are caught up with tight resources and time to go shopping, you'd know that when you are working and you still have to attend to the kids. But in today’s time and space, this thing isn’t really a problem. There are online entities that could give us a good hand in buying some good things at a good cost.

Groupon is one site that shares thousands of Groupon Coupons  we can use to buy thousand trusted brands at a rock bottom cost we've never imagined. Five of my favourite brands where you can get coupons as much as 62% Off include;

Personal Creations
TRIA Beauty

With the savings that we can avail at Groupon’s, we cannot just buy one for our moms. But we can add in gifts for our mother-in-laws, our aunts, our cousins, our friends who are extra-ordinary mothers themselves too.

So fret not about how much you are going to spend this Mother’s Day, Groupon coupon can help you all the way in that department. After all, mother’s day happens only once each year. Let's give our moms the best.

Happy Shopping and hugs to your mom!

For more of Groupon updates, check out their;

To make your own Havaianas in Davao, check out MYOH at the 2nd level of SM Lanang Premier (beside Starbucks) from April 22 to May 1, 2016.

Hello dear friends in Davao!

'Make You Own Havaianas 2016' opened lanes yesterday with Karlo and Marga Nograles cutting the ribbon. Have your pair customized today!

This year’s Make Your Own Havaianas goes back to its roots.  We all know that our favorite flip flop brand was born in Brazil in 1962 but what most people do not know is that the very first flip flop was inspired by the Zori – flat, thonged Japanese Sandals made of fabric straps and rice straw soles. Havaianas flip-flops as we know now still show marks of these iconic rice patterns!—which truly makes it a child of eastern Zen and western joy.

Karlo and Marga Nograles together with friends cut the ribbon

Your first stop at customizing your pair. Choose your sole;

Choose a strap;

Then choose your pins, so many lovely Japanese-themed studs to choose from. 
I love the sakura.

Have it assembled;


Paying's a breeze :)

And voila! My MYOH 2016 commemorative Japanese-themed pair. 

Are your teeth looking a bit worse for wear? Unfortunately, even people who make sure to brush and floss their teeth each day can be subject to staining of tooth enamel from foods, drinks and bad habits such as smoking. Depending on your diet and your habits, you could be more susceptible to staining than others, even if you have a good oral care routine. Tooth whitening procedures might seem like an attractive option, but what if you can’t really afford to get it done right now? Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do in the meantime to help whiten your teeth naturally whilst you’re saving up for a professional procedure.


Baking Soda

Baking soda has long been known and respected as a natural tooth whitener. By adding baking soda to your toothpaste or even making your own DIY toothpaste from baking soda and other products, you can gently scrub stains from the surface of your teeth and naturally return them to a gleaming state of pearly white. Making a toothpaste from baking soda and lemon juice is one of the most common uses of this product in dental hygiene as it is not only easy but also very effective. Simply add enough baking soda to some natural lemon juice to make a paste and use it to brush your teeth after your regular toothpaste.

Electric Toothbrush

Switching to an electric toothbrush can help to keep your teeth white, as well. Electric toothbrushes are much more effective than manual toothbrushes in many cases and are recommended by professionals such as Dr. Mark Washburn DDS at his Salinas Dentist, especially as they are designed to put just the right amount of pressure on your teeth and get into all the hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth and gums. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when brushing with a manual toothbrush is to brush too hard. Although this might seem sensible to remove plaque and food, it can also remove your tooth enamel, exposing the yellow-colored dentin underneath – not a good look!

Don’t Brush Straight Away

You might have been brought up to always brush your teeth after eating, but did you know that brushing immediately after eating some foods can actually do your teeth more harm than good? If you have consumed any food or drink that has high levels of acidity, brushing too soon afterwards could actually remove your tooth enamel, which is what makes your teeth white. Instead, wait a while to allow saliva production to re-balance the PH levels in your mouth before brushing. You could also chew sugar-free dental gum to speed this process up.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut Oil

It seems that coconut oil is great for just about anything, and whiter teeth is no exception. Coconut oil pulling – basically swishing coconut oil around your mouth and teeth for a few minutes at a time -has recently gained a lot of popularity as a method of whitening teeth. Or, simply add a few drops of coconut oil to your toothpaste, or rub it directly onto your teeth for a natural whitening effect.
Add your own teeth whitening tips to the comments!

The thing with the woman that I am, is that, I don’t really get myself tied up with just one particular hairstylist or salon with my hair grooming routine. My logic dictates that whenever someone gets into this kind of business, they got skilled people on board to do my hair, manis|pedis and other salon jobs I'd want. So all too often, I find myself trying one salon to another trying out their services and skills. 

So when I got invited to try out this new Japanese Salon which will be opening in May here in Davao, I said yes without a second thought.

Be-ing Salon is conveniently located at the ground level of Be-ing Suites Davao. It’s a spacious and spotless place all decked with Japanese-inspired dressers and state-of-the-art salon equipment. 

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Be-ing Salon interior

More than the aesthetics of this place is the humbling story how this business started. 

Hideki Ota, who is the owner and stylist for 44 years, started his chain of salon and spa, Hair Corporation in Saga, Japan. Knowing that Japan’s ageing population will eventually affect his manpower,  he began searching for right people and solution to address this setback so that there will be continuity and possibility to further his business expansion.

In 2002, Hideki Ota came to Manila to research Philippines’ salon businesses. He later found out that most local salons use cold water in hair treatment resulting to hair damage.

This awareness has encouraged him to introduce to the Philippines an authentic Japanese Salon experience using warm water and specialised hair care using Tan san sen shampoo to achieve a fuller and healthy looking hair for Filipinos.

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Hideki and Cheryl

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Mr. Ota showed us his high-precision hair cutting shears. 
The price on this one got my eyes popping, so dang expensive!

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Be-ing Salon will be fully operational by May 2016. Their all-Filipino staff is on rigid training 
under Hideki Ota and a visiting Japanese hairstylist, KaChang-San. 

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Be-ing Salon Automatic Shampoo Machine. These are designed to provide ultimate comfort 
to customers, especially the pregnant and the senior clients.  

Most of the salons I've been to here in the city had this stationary-type washing chair, it would hurt my neck so bad looking upwards just to give the stylist a good grip of my hair. This modern equipment let's you sit first and then your stylist would step on a button to recline it so you would be lying straight with your head into the sink. How awesome!

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Be-ing Salon Shampoo sink

The salon shampoo sink has this rubber headrest, it doesn't hurt at all. They use warm water and 'Tan san sen' formulated shampoo that can make hair look fuller and healthier. Mac-Mac, my stylist had my face covered with a towel and spent a good time massaging my head. God, that kind of relaxing feeling you just want to stay that way for so long and sleep, so good!

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
All of their products are supplied by Milbon, Co. LTD., the no. 1 distributor of hair care products 
for salon in Japan.

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
They also use top-of-the-line European hair treatment products

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Be-ing Salon also carries authentic Japanese beauty products at a very affordable price.

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
It follows that all of their salon paraphernalia are also of Japanese brands. This is the instruction book on how to execute hair coloring right. I went browsing this magazine and thank God for the pictures. #LifeGoal Learn Nippongo!

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Hideki Ota and a visiting Japanese hairstylist, KaChang san convening on what best hair style suits Chiqui. In the end, they decided she gets a bangs and the result is just awesome! You can visit her FB page to see,

Be-ing Salon also offers Red Light Collagen Therapy. This technology was first developed by NASA to improve wound healing and tissue growth in space. This also helps tired astronauts rejuvenate upon their return to Earth. The Red Light Therapy is photo bio stimulation by exposure to lights in the red and infrared wavelength.

This technology is now widely used across beauty industry for full-body deep skin rejuvenation treatment. This has been proven to increase collagen in the skin, thereby improving elasticity giving radiant, firm and youthful glowing skin.

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
The NASA-grade Red Light Collagen Machine at Be-ing Salon and I'm told this is the 
first of its kind in Davao.

There’s a long list of benefits what a 20-minute session inside this Red Light Collagen Machine can do to achieving a young and beautiful you, so book your session today. 

These Red Light Collagen sessions are practically safe and harmless, it non-invasive/non-surgical and are suitable for all types of skin. Restrictions only apply to pregnant and lactating women, people with low blood pressure and those who suffer epilepsy. Also people with peeling skin after too much exposure to sun.

You can call the number at the end of this blogpost for price inquiries and schedule of availability.

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
Woman Elan Vital tried and tested - very satisfied! 

Got my hair colored a shade lighter. It took the coloring procedure a little longer since a lot of my gray hairs are happily showing, lol. 

Be-ing Salon, Japanese Salon in Davao City
The new improved me! 
Thanks a bunch Be-ing Salon for my Japanese hairstyling experience. 

Ground Level,
3rd Street, Lot 16
Guadalupe Village, Lanang, Davao City, Philippines.

For bookings and inquiries, call;
(082) 234 9088

To make your own Havaianas in Davao, check out MYOH at the 2nd level of SM Lanang Premier (beside Starbucks) from April 22 to May 1, 2016.

There are many things to look forward to in April. Sure, it may be one of the hottest months of the year but it is when summer activities are in full swing. In Japan, cherry blossoms are in bloom, and this year, it is when the biggest flip-flops customization event in the country, Make Your Own Havaianas, will happen. 

This year’s Make Your Own Havaianas goes back to its roots.  We all know that our favorite flip flop brand was born in Brazil in 1962 but what most people do not know is that the very first flip flop was inspired by the Zori – flat, thonged Japanese Sandals made of fabric straps and rice straw soles. Havaianas flip-flops as we know now still show marks of these iconic rice patterns!—which truly makes it a child of eastern Zen and western joy.

Now on its 11th year, MYOH goes Japanese with an experience that will take Havaianaticos to the land of the rising sun as they customize their own flip-flops by mixing and matching colorful soles, straps and pins.  To make your own Havaianas in Davao, check out MYOH at the 2nd level of SM Lanang Premier (beside Starbucks) from April 22 to May 1.

Shibori-inspired limited edition commemorative Havaianas

Here is a first look at this year's Shibori-inspired limited edition commemorative pair available in top and slim soles. Shibori is a Japanese-inspired fabric-dyeing technique. The design goes perfectly with a selection of kawaii pins - zori, empress, ramen and more!

To further add more “cool” to the summer season, we at Havaianas are thrilled to announce our partnership with Starbucks SM Lanang Premier.  For every purchase of any of the Starbucks 2016 Summer drinks, customers will be given a voucher which will entitle them to a FREE Limited Edition pin as they customize their pair during MYOH. 

Havaianaticos can also get a chance to Make their Own Starbucks beverage! For every purchase of the Havaianas Commemorative Shibori sole at MYOH, customers are given a “Make Your Own Frappucino” voucher which will allow them to two (2) free add-ons of their choice on their drink.  

This promo will run from APRIL 22 to MAY 1, 2016 only.

Don’t miss out out as we celebrate Japan with Havaianas this year.  Only at SM Lanang Premiere.

For more details, check out Havaianas Philippines on Facebook and @Havaianasphils on Instagram and Twitter. Use the hashtag #MYOH2016 to join the fun!

"Every Kid is one caring adult away
from being a success story"!

This series of unfortunate brownouts is getting us up in the arms. But we can’t just let this be a reason to ruin our summer. We can do other worthwhile activities than just brooding around this awful summer heat.

The Indigent Children’s Educational Assistance, Inc. in cooperation with ICEA Performing Arts and Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville will stage a Musical Concert, ‘A Night in Broadway’ featuring the 25th Anniversary Concert of ‘Les Miserables’ this April 30 and May 1, 2016 . This will be staged at CAP Auditorium along Anda St., Davao City.

Indigent Children’s Educational Assistance, Inc. headed by their President, Conchita P. Suarez started this fund-raising project for the indigent children in 2007. The group is composed of parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Maa and mostly members of CWL. To date, ICEA has already helped hundreds of children with their non-tuition school needs and some have graduated high school successfully.

Chit Suarez, Les Miserables Musical Concert, Davao City
Conchita P. Suarez, President, Indigent Children’s Educational Assistance, Inc. 

‘We initiated this project to support the indigent children of Magtuud, Maa, Waan, New Carmen, etc.. We know that there are a lot of families who cannot send their children to school because they cannot afford to buy uniform, shoes, school supplies and other projects,’ said ICEA President, Chit Suarez.

This year’s beneficiary will be the 100 indigent children of the Women Inmates of BJMP in Maa City Jail. The proceeds of this musical concert will be used to purchase non-tuition school needs of these children – school uniforms, shoes, school supplies, PTS Fees, Girls and Boys Scout Uniforms, PE Uniforms and other miscellaneous fees.

The ICEA Performing Arts home-grown artists will showcase their talents on these evenings to entertain you with their amazing performance.

The Musical Concert will run;
April 30, 2016 – Matinee Show, 4PM. Gala Show, 7PM.
May 1, 2016 – Matinee Show, 4PM. Gala Show, 7PM.

There will also be a Gala Dinner on April 30 and May 1 that will be hosted by the formidable, Chef Claude at Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville at Rizal St., Davao City.

Guests will have Gourmandise Platter for appetizer, Beef Consome for Potage, The Famous Duck Breast A L’orange for main course or Australian Beef Tenderloin for meat lovers. Iced SoufflĂ© for dessert and a glass of excellent Chardonnay will be served as a compliment.

Les Miserables Musical Concert, Davao City
Cristopher Lacno, Show Director/Choreographer, Conchita P. Suarez, Theresa Le Neindre, Chef Claude Le Neindre (in red) and the artists of ICEA Performing Arts

Les Miserables Musical Concert, Davao City
(L-R) Marion Velilla, Pia Montano, Kristita Lee Patricio, Lizel Zepe, Mary Clare Mosqueda, Daniel Rege Pramall, David Roland Tuazon and Benjamin Bautista (not in photo)

I know Davaoenos have a soft heart at helping those who are less fortunate, especially the children. If you want to help more, you can be a special benefactor for only P10,000 – this comes with 4 complimentary show tickets and 4 dinner stubs. Benefactors for only P5,000.00 with 2 complimentary show tickets and 2 dinner stubs. Sponsors will just have to shell out P2,500 with 1 complimentary ticket and 1 dinner stub. Donors for only P2,000 with 1 complimentary show ticket.

For show ticket inquiries; please contact the following;
Chit P. Suarez – 244.1381 | 0925.555.0588
Clarita – 298.4751 | 0910.719.6315
Lelet – 221.7681 | 0925.700.0606

Tickets are also available at
Claude's Le Cafe de Ville
Rizal St., Davao City
Tel. # (082) 222.4287

Let’s get some culture this summer, tell your friends and bring the whole family and watch Les Miserables. We’ll not only be entertained, we are also helping indigent children go to school :)

See you there!

Sleep plays a very important role in achieving good health and well-being throughout our life. 

Studies show that getting enough quality sleep at the right time and with a right a sleeping aid can help protect our mental health, our physical health and over-all quality of our life. But with the changing landscape of work hours and lifestyle, sleep has become an expensive commodity that it’s now hard to achieve that quality slumber without sacrificing our normal routine. 

“Sleep is an essential part of our well-being. It allows our bodies to recover from daily activities and more importantly, it leaves our minds refreshed to gather and process information. It also affects our emotional stability and decision making.” Says Cherry Tan, the Marketing Director of Uratex Philippines. 

A recent study showed that the Philippines have been ranked as one of the countries in Southeast Asia with poor sleeping habits. More than half of the Filipinos are sleeping less than six hours a day. This is attributed to factors like; unbearable traffic, constant access to the internet, busy work schedules and uncomfortable sleeping environments. 

There are a number of ways how to achieve superior sleep but at the end of it all, it’ll boil down to finding the most comfortable bed there is.

Here are some tips on how to achieve better sleep;

For 48 years, Uratex is one brand that has been on a mission to promote better sleep. Uratex has been recognized as the country’s leader in making quality foams and mattresses. They’ve employed latest technologies and Science-based designs that support our body’s shape and contour to aid in achieving better sleep.
Uratex FiberSoft Pillow
 Thanks a bunch Uratex for my comfy Fibersoft and Airlite Pillows. 
Both are heaven on Earth, love it!

Uratex Logo

Uratex airlite pillow

Uratex offers different technologies that cater to a person’s sleeping needs. As summer is fast approaching, there is a need to maintain an ideal sheep temperature that can reduce tossing and turning during the night. Uratex ‘s latest collection include the Uratex Airlite Foam Mattress which combines 3D spacer fabric and open cell technology to allow air to flow freely in the mattress , for a cool sleep . For a more luxurious comfort feel, Uratex Premium Mattress presents the Senso Memory Ultima Mattress. Formulated with Hydragel technology, its premium memory foam is infused with gel beads which absorbs heat and provide optimal airflow. It has been proven to lower body temperature by up 2 Celsius than those of traditional memory foam, helping you to fall asleep faster. As an added feature, Sanitized treatment is applied to safeguard against growth of bacteria, odour, mildew, and dust mites. 

Dr. Duane Salud
Dr. Duane Salud sharing to us a very
enlightening talk on the
importance of sleep
Aside from its product offerings, Uratex partners with different organizations in its interest to achieving better sleep. The Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine (PSSM) along with Uratex has embarked on a campaign ‘Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream’.  The said symposium has discussed about the important elements of sleep. 

Recently, Uratex invited a mix group of trad media and bloggers to also share to us the importance of good sleep. We had a chance to listen and ask questions to Dr. Duane Salud, a sleep doctor based in Davao City. The talk was very enlightening and informative. 

Davao Bloggers with Dr. Duane Salud and  Ms. Marvey E. Alcantara, Uratex Consumer Marketing Manager.
Davao Bloggers with Dr. Duane Salud and 
Ms. Marvey E. Alcantara, Uratex Consumer Marketing Manager. 
Thank you for having us, Uratex.
(Photo Credits: Ms. Yasmin Fabricante)

And my learnings from the talk tells me it’s time I’ll log off and go get a better sleep so I can have better mornings.

To find out more about how Uratex can help achieve Better Sleep, Better mornings;

Visit their Davao City Showroom at;

KM 8, Brgy. Pampanga, Sasa,
Davao City, Philippines
Or call Uratex Hotline (Domestic Toll Free) 1800 10 888-6800