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Red Tape

As I went inside (insert government office name here) I waited patiently for one of the government employees to attend to me. I’m already a familiar face there, since I’ve been following up on payment for catering services for almost 4 months already. I waited for a VERY LONG time, and the employees are acting as if I’m not there at all. They’re just chatting to each other with gossip, etc.My patience at its limit,  I bellowed: “IS THERE ANY ONE WHO CAN ACTUALLY TALK TO ME HERE?!”. Only then did they notice I was there and one by one they approached me nervously to ask what’s my business there. 

And then I WOKE UP. Panaginip lang pala. haha! 😆 

I repeat, it’s just a dream. 😴
Most of the facts in my dream are fictional except for one, the part where I am making a follow up for payment for catering services for almost 4 months already. 

For almost 4 months our money got stuck, uncollected due to very lengthy processing of documents. They did not even give us a partial payment so we can at least recover our capital (Php 100k+) for the catering services rendered. How insensitive of them. By the way is this considered red tape? We do have an Anti Red Tape Law, right? 

Every time I see my husband’s unfinished project here at the restaurant I keep thinking: “If we didn’t accept that proposal this could’ve been constructed already”. Well, we’ll charged this to experience and next time we’ll set a capped capital for government contracts. Wala eh first timer pa kami sa mga ganitong bagay. 

Sadly there are more proprietors like us who suffer the same fate, or worse. Horror stories of how they are penalized 5-digit amounts at lightning speed for small mishaps but when it comes to procurement for important documents from the same office it would take months before releasing. See the injustice here? 

We businessmen do not deserve this kind of treatment. Our businesses provide job opportunities for a lot of people and our taxes form a large part of the government’s funds. So why the apathetic treatment?

Our present administration’s slogan is “Change is Coming”. Honestly I’m feeling hopeful because our present president is sympathetic to all, regardless of economic status. Hopefully we will someday experience the change we are looking for here in the business sector. 

Update (July 28, 2016)

We were paid fully today. Thank you Lord!    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. – Albert Einstein 

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? – Saint Augustine

Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant & Events Venue (design☀)

If you happen to be in Malaybalay City please do drop by at one of the new restaurants in town: Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant & Events Venue. My husband and I established it last May 8, 2015 at Brgy. Sumpong, Malaybalay City, near Villa Mercedes Inns.

The opportunity to open a restaurant was presented to my ex-boyfriend Arnel and I (coz he’s my husband now, haha! We got married on July 2015 👰) last October 2014 when my mom’s lessee opted not to renew their contract for 2015. That leaves my mom’s building vacant for 2015 so Arnel and I decided to open a restaurant. He loves to cook, we’re great foodies, (our vital statistics says it all, ha! 😂) and it would complement my mom’s cottages and pads plus we can cater at our existing events hall. Life Essential Spa is nearby too. That would make our area an all-in-one place.

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We decided to name our restaurant Bukidnon Breeze because it’s cool here most of the time. Lower estates surround the lot so we can feel the uninterrupted cool Bukidnon mountain breeze.

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Since our trade name bears the name of the province Bukidnon we opted to showcase bits of Bukidnon culture around.

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Do the photos on the wall look familiar? They’re from my Kaamulan Street Dancing 2013 photo shoot. I had them printed on canvas at J-Tech Printing Services. Our original idea was to purchase paintings but they cost an arm and a leg. It’s art after all. But for a starting out restaurant we thought that it’s not so smart to invest in those yet so I searched for an alternative and this is what I came up with. And it turned out well.

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Gawang Kamay Foundation made the wooden bicycle above from San Fernando, Bukidnon. They make lamps and other handicrafts out of bamboo.

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See those decorative bamboo dividers? My mom ordered it in bulk last year from the municipality of Lantapan and had them made into movable dividers.

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Since Bukidnon is known for its vast forests we added some wood designs like what we did on our counter (this is not the final look yet). If you look outside (please refer to first photo) we had our concrete veranda shaped like lumber in keeping with the wood theme.

As for our specialties, we are the only restaurant in Malaybalay City that serves authentic crocodile dishes directly from Palawan. My next post will be reviews about our food so stay tuned. 😉

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Please use this map as reference if you want to drop by at Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant & Events Venue and are unsure how to get here. We are looking forward to serving you. 😊

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xoxo,

-iamprincesssalvia

Our PLDT Home DSL Nightmare

It all started on that fateful day, Dec. 3, 2015. We noticed that the internet connection was slower than usual. Thinking that it is just a temporary occurrence, we just ignored it. Then things started going for the worst…

Our internet service vanished in thin air the next day, Dec. 4, 2015 and continued on until Dec. 6, 2015. We called their PLDT Broadband Home Repair at their hotline 172 during the weekend and the agents we talked to promised they will send a technician as soon as possible (they never did come). They further stated that Visayas and Mindanao is under network connection downtime and that the inconvenience will pass after 5-7 days.

Since Dec. 7, 2015 is a Monday we decided to call PLDT-PHILCOM’s local office here in Brgy. Sumpong, Malaybalay City to report the problem. The linemen came and inspected our phone and DSL connection and stated we may need to change our current modem since it’s old. Okaaay. So we shelled out money for the new modem that has built in wi-fi (goodbye, Netgear router) and had it installed. So did it solve the problem? NOT REALLY. We’ll have internet for like 2 minutes and then it will be gone for another 1 hour and it will come back for 2 minutes and the ycle went on and on till the end of the day.

Things started going for the worst the next day, Dec. 8, 2015. The telephone started having these weird static background noise followed by a crackling sound. As for the internet connection, well, still the same – NO INTERNET.

Last Dec. 12, 2015 I decided to conduct a speed test using one of my iPhone apps and these are the results:

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Using my old SMART 3G pocket Wi-Fi I decided to browse the internet to scout for similar situations and I found this one among many others. I decided to upload this one because this pretty much expresses my opinion about our current situation.

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Fed up with calling their local office and landline and getting no solutions, I decided to fill up a disconnection form at the PLDT local office today to terminate our subscription. We have our Globe Business plan and SMART pocket Wi-Fi anyway so we’ll stay connected.

A steady, fast internet connection is imperative for our business because we have customers looking for it. Prior to PLDT-Philcom Inc.’s failure we have a steady group of corporate customers enjoying the fast internet connection. We notice them corresponding thru Yahoo! mail and making video calls via Skype with their bosses or clients. Some of them even check in at our cottages or pads so they can finish their projects or presentations and submit them on time. Our business is affected by our loss of internet connection because some of them look for another place instead.

So for now we’re scouting for another company to provide Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant & Events Venue internet service, hopefully we’ll find a reliable one.

For our clients, sorry for the inconvenience. Please bear with us for awhile, we’re just looking for another internet provider.

I uploaded this article using my SMART 3G pocket Wi-fi.

Color Block

Color blocking isn’t my style…until now.

Something Borrowed Collection is one of the brands I often browse for on ZALORA Philippines aside from Plains & Prints, Celine, and Chloe Edit. Their styles are simple and trendy, which I like, just like my color block maxi dress. It’s really long so I have to wear high-heeled wedges to pull off this look. Besides, I’m short so I need the extra inches. Now I look tall, even if it’s just an illusion. Nice. (.^_^.)

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Dress – Something Borrowed Collection Color Block Maxi Dress, available at ZALORA Philippines

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Earrings – Imono Jewelry, available at ZALORA Philippines

The maxi dress is still available at ZALORA Philippines. Buy it now until supplies last! Available in sizes XS, S, M, and L. Want a 15% discount off the price? Use my 15% off voucher code ZBAP17K upon checkout.

Thanks for viewing my post! Till next time! (.^_^.)

– iamprincesssalvia

ZALORA Brand Ambassador: iamprincesssalvia

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Hey folks! Yep, you read the title right, I am now a ZALORA Brand Ambassador. Since I am now one of their brand ambassadors expect some review posts of ZALORA Philippines products soon to be posted to this site. Of course I’m only gonna post reviews of stuff I actually bought (no false advertising here). Expect outfit posts – a lot of them.  🎽👗👠👖

Now that I’m a ZALORA brand ambassador, I can now give new customers a 15% discount using my own voucher code. Here it is: ZBAP17K. Don’t forget to use it!

Majority of my accessories and clothes are bought from ZALORA Philippines. You see, living here in Malaybalay City means no malls (If you consider Gaisano Malaybalay as one then okay, one mall. 😜 ). I could go shopping in Cagayan de Oro and shop at Lim Ket Kai Mall, SM, and Centrio Ayala Mall but the 2-3 hour bus drive doesn’t float my boat, and the zigzag road at Mangima makes me turn green and blow chunks. 😰Get the picture? Haha! Not to mention being a manager, perfume store entrepreneur and a law student really anchors me here in Malaybalay City.

So what’s a woman like me gotta do to buy clothes? Resort to online shopping!  Shopping online is a definite go-to solution for busy people and those who don’t have easy access to malls like me.

I’m so glad that ZALORA came here to the Philippines.  Now I don’t have to endure turning green on the bus just to buy apparel from Plains & Prints, Bayo, Celine, Reebok, Nike, Sperry Top-Siders, etc. I can save on bus fare because the shipping fee is cheaper, or if my order exceeded Php 2,500 (Php 1,000 in other areas) then I’m entitled to free shipping. Awesome, huh? 👍

Is shopping at ZALORA Ph easy? Of course it is! Here are steps on how to shop:

  1. First, you have to create an account on their site.
  2. Once you already created your ZALORA Ph account, log in.
  3. Start shopping! Select the items you want to buy and add them to cart (or wish list if you want to save your desired items for future purchases).
  4. Go to checkout. You can redeem your voucher code here so you can get discounts.
  5. Select your preferred mode of payment. ZALORA Ph accepts payments via bank deposit, Globe gcash, credit card, PayPal, and COD (available in selected areas only).
  6. And you’re done! Your Order number will appear on screen and you’ll receive instructions on how to pay depending on what mode of payment you chose. The same will also be sent to your email address.

Now all you have to do is wait for your item to arrive at your doorstep. Got the wrong size? No worries,  just keep the item in its original packaging and fill out the return slip attached with the items and ship it back to ZALORA free of charge via LBC. Once the items passed their quality control inspection they’ll either send you a replacement or give you store credit, which you can use for future purchases.

Here’s how my recent ZALORA purchase arrived:

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You see, I bought new Scarlet beige pumps, aren’t they gorgeous?

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 You’ll see me wearing the other outfits I bought from ZALORA in the upcoming outfit posts. 

What are you waiting for? Shop now at ZALORA Philippines! Don’t forget to use my code: ZBAP17K

Watch out for outfit posts soon!  😎

– iamprincesssalvia

Kaamulan Festival Street Dancing 2013

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Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would venture into photography….ever.

But then it’s Kaamulan season here in Bukidnon and letting a colorful and culture-rich event like the Kaamulan Festival pass is definitely a no-no.

So I prepared my Nikon D5100 and 2 lenses the night before March 2, 2013 with the hopes of getting beautiful snapshots. I didn’t get much sleep that night because I was so darn excited to watch the Kaamulan Street Dancing for the first time!  Yes folks, I’ve here in Malaybalay since April 2007 and I wasn’t able to watch the street dancing since. The reason: work. Unthinkable, I know.😦

It’s a good thing folks with DSLRs are allowed to roam in the street where the dancers are. Otherwise I would never have the chance to watch the street dancing up close and take these pictures:

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(Following info gathered from the Official Website of the Province of Bukidnon www.bukidnon.gov.ph)

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“Kaamulan” is from the Binukid word “amul” which means “to gather”. It is a gathering of Bukidnon tribespeople for a purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together.

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Showcasing the unique indigenous culture of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan is held annually in the province, particularly in Malaybalay City, the provincial capital, from the second half of February to March 10, which latter date marks the anniversary of the creation of Bukidnon as a province in 1917.

 

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As an ethnic festival, the Kaamulan celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the Bukidnon region, namely, the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon. Several tribal folks representing these seven hill tribes of Bukidnon gather in unity with the local dwellers in town, wearing their intricately woven costumes studded with trinkets, anklets, earrings, necklaces, leglets, headdresses and amulets. They dance together, chant, perform ancient rituals, and compete in indigenous sports.

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Graced by cultural groups whose ways have remained unchanged throughout the centuries, the Kaamulan is characterized by the authentic rituals with real indigenous peoples. There is the Pangampo (general worship), the Tagulambong hu Datu (ritual for the installation of a Chieftain), the Panumanod (a spiriting ceremony), the Panlisig (rite to drive away evil spirits), and the Pamalas (sin atonement ritual) among others.

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More snapshots from the event:

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Watching the street dancing event up close is simply breathtaking. I was having such a good time taking these photos that I didn’t even feel tired. It is simply Bukidnon’s ethnic culture at it’s best.

I hope you enjoyed my photos. They’re taken by a first-timer but I gotta say, not bad. (.^_^.)

Please join us next year so you can witness the Kaamulan Festival yourself. It’s worth the travel and effort.

– iamprincesssalvia

Little Black Tee (Part 5 of Organized-Me Series)

Hello readers! I missed all of you! I hope you all had a great start for 2013.🙂

Anyway, this is the last part of my Organized-Me Series. And since this is the last of the series, I decided to post about how I store things which are staple items in our wardrobe and what we women usually collect a lot…accessories!

Since I was seven years old I used to store my earrings, rings, and necklaces on music and jewelry boxes. It looks cute on my dresser, however, jewelry boxes kept taking more and more space on my dresser as my accessories piled up.

That’s the way I used to keep my accessories until I browsed Zalora last December and saw this Umbra Little Black Tee.

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Product details from Zalora Philippines website:

Say Goodbye to chunky and tacky jewelry cases that take up too much space and say hello to this stylish Little Black Tee Jewelry holder and organizer from Umbra. Keep your jewelry stowed and clearly visible in your closet while you pick out your look for the day.

The women’s Little Black Tee Jewelry holder and organizer from Umbra is made of black polyester and vinyl blend in a provocative corset shape. It features 19 hook and loop tabs, and 28 clear pockets for organizing jewelry. Product dimensions are 44.5 x 31.5 x 1.75 cm.

Let me just say, the creators of jewelry organizers like this are geniuses! My jewelry is organized and the Little Black Tee presents my accessories in a decorative way. (.^_^.)

As you can see I put my earrings, small necklaces, and rings in the clear pockets…

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and used the hook and loop tabs at the back to store bracelets, watches, and other necklaces.

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By the way, most of these accessories are bought from ZALORA Philippines.

Looks cute right?

If you want to have your own Umbra Little Black Tee, just visit the Zalora Philippines website and order one. Price is Php 900.00 (not including shipping fee). There are other designs available like Little Black Dress (Php 1,600.00) and Little Black Corset (Php 900.00).

 How about you? How do you store your jewelry?

Thanks for reading my post! (.^_^.)

Remember:

Good order is the foundation of all things.– Edmund Burke

Don’t agonize. Organize.– Florence Kennedy

-iamprincesssalvia

Blog Giveaway: Calgon 4-piece Confections Set

Welcome to my first blog giveaway post. (”,) I’m gonna make this short though, because I’m swamped with work nowadays and we have to start preparations for celebrating New Year. And I know you are busy too.

Why did I decide to have a blog giveaway? It’s because yesterday was my PocketScents’ store anniversary (yey!). I know, I know, I should’ve posted this yesterday. For those of you who are not familiar with my store, click here.

Here’s the prize…a Calgon 4 piece Sweet Confections Set.

IMG_0685(Trivia: putting/spraying on sweet scents actually curbs cravings for sweets.)

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The Calgon Sweet Confections Set includes 4 different body mists. I gotta say, they smell so yummy! This is one guilt-free sweet treat!

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Each body mist contains 59 ml of sweet perfume, and you can have the chance to make it  yours for free!

Here’s how:

  1. like my PocketScents page on Facebook
  2. like this blog post “Blog Giveaway: Calgon 4-piece Confections Set” either on WordPress or Facebook
  3. type your name and address in this blog’s comment section on WordPress or PocketScents’ Facebook page with this statement: “I want to win this Calgon set on iamprincesssalvia.com.”

Note:

  • This is available to Philippine residents only and those who can pick it up at my shop
  • Sorry I don’t ship liquid items.
  • Sending of entries is up to January 1, 2013
  • Winner will be announced on January 2, 2013 via my Facebook page. I will sent a private message to the winner for the prize claiming schedule.

See? Joining is easy as 1-2-3! Send in your entries now! Good luck! (.^_^.)

-iamprincesssalvia

How Do I Budget Thee? (Part 4 of Organized-Me Series)

Hi everyone! Sorry I wasn’t able to blog for a long time. I got preoccupied with a lot of stuff. Man, I missed blogging so much!

My previous blog featured the finance apps I use to track my budget. Haven’t read it yet? It’s right here. This blog is kinda like a sequel to it because it’s about finance management too. If the last blog showed what finance apps I use to track my cash flow, this time I’ll be featuring the items I use to organize the actual cash and receipts.

I saw this item as I was browsing thru the October 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan PH (the magazine features articles about good buys and women empowerment, nice!). Thank goodness I found these!  I was really looking for something to organize my cash so it’s good timing when I read this:

Now I organize my money/monthly budget using Beabi Receipt Organizers.

I highly recommend these if you’re looking for something to organize your monthly budget. The Beabi Receipt Organizer is available in two sizes, small and large, and available in different colors. As you can see I have both, 1 small in pink and 1 large in red.

I use the small one to organize my monthly budget. To make it more neat and easy to sort, I printed some tags to label my expenses and had them laminated (so the paper tags won’t tear) and placed one inside each designated budget and money intended for it, see below pic:

The large receipt organizer, on the other hand, is used to store important receipts, like from gadget purchases with existing warranty, deposit slips, and the like. If you don’t like to fold your bills you can also use the large receipt organizer to store your money, like the one shown in the magazine page.

If you want your own Beabi Receipt Organizer just visit their website and order. I got my mine by ordering there and paying it by credit card. No credit card? No problem! They have other payment modes like paying via gcash or bank deposit. The staff is very accommodating and they sure ship fast! Visit their site too so you can browse over a lot of items that may help you organize your stuff, like TSA cases, bag organizers, smart wallets, and many, many more!

Not only do I organize my money and budget, I also keep my receipts so I can keep track of my spending. I store my receipts here:

I bought this at our local Gaisano Mall, in the school supplies section at less than Php 50.00. Not bad. What I love about it is that it has 12 sections so I can organize my receipts by month.

(P.S. Those are not my hands, that’s my boyfriend’s. Thanks for helping me teddy bear! ^_^)

Using these items with my finance apps featured from my previous blog made my finance management really effective. It’s an awesome combination with the finance apps I use!  (.^_^.)

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post. It really feels good when your money is in order, right? How about you? How do you organize your cash/budget? I’m interested to know.

Remember:

Good order is the foundation of all things.– Edmund Burke

Don’t agonize. Organize.– Florence Kennedy

 -iamprincesssalvia

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