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Eco bricks: How to Turn Plastic Pollution into a Plastic Solution

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image from DENR Agos‘ Facebook Page

Our restaurant produces a lot of waste from our everyday operations, especially when we have catering services that require packed lunches, snacks, and drinks that often include plastic straws, utensils, even the food comes packed in a styrofoam box. Plastic from iced tea sachets, Z-ice, seasonings, milk, sugar, salt, straws, and the like fill our trash bins throughout the day.

My husband and I had an epiphany when weeks ago the city garbage collection crew forgot to collect our trash for almost two weeks due to a shift change. The uncollected trash piled higher and higher as the days went by.  You can call that our “Earth Day” moment. While perusing over the huge pile of trash, I thought, “This is the amount of trash we were producing in a week? How bad! There has to be a way for us to reduce plastic waste.”

Do you know you can repurpose plastic bottles and other loose plastic/single use plastic? Rather than throw them in the trash bin and add it to heaps of garbage at your local landfill, why not repurpose them into something useful? I discovered two Facebook pages with content dedicated to upcycling plastic: Green Antz Builders and The Plastic Solution.   Both have ingenious ways on how to reuse plastic but The Plastic Solution’s method of making ecobricks is cheaper, easier, and can be done by people of all ages. Green Antz Builder’s need special machinery – a plastic shredder bike and various molders, so it requires a lot of capital.

We applied The Plastic Solution’s ecobricking practices here in Bukidnon Breeze to lessen the plastic waste we contribute to our local landfill and repurpose it for landscaping, making poultry and livestock pens, as well as build perimeter walls for our farm.

We made a contest out of making ecobricks for our staff to make it fun. They were divided into two groups and whoever makes the most correctly stuffed ecobricks will win prizes every quarter.

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One of our service crew, Ann, stuffing plastic inside an empty mineral water bottle using a discarded fly swat handle
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Our service crew, Shiela, Renejoy, Joy, Junrey, and Ann with their ecobricks 

So how do you make an ecobrick? Here’s how:

To make profit without producing non-biodegradable waste is an unachievable goal at the moment as most restaurant supplies come in plastic containers and bags. All we can do is think of methods on how to upcycle and recycle our non-biodegradable waste. In the near future we will be banning the use of plastic straws in our restaurant.

Thankfully there is a growing community of people in social media who are promoting zero-waste methods to make our everyday lives more and more sustainable and to veer us bit by bit from patronizing products with plastic. Online tips about how to deal with the problem are accessible at the touch of your fingertips so there’s really no excuse not to reduce plastic waste. All we need is DISCIPLINE and sheer WILL to adjust and change for our environment’s sake.

There is no such thing as “away”. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere. – Annie Leonard

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What’s NEW in Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant

Hello! Have you been to our restaurant lately? If not, then that’s too bad because we have new choices that are definitely a must-try:

Boodle Feasts (boodle fight):

If you’re not familiar with the term, boodle fight is a Philippine Military Academy (PMA) tradition where cadets would gather around a long table full of food and rice is spread over banana leaves and eaten with bare hands. It’s a free for all as cadets attack the food (hence the term, fight) until it’s all gone. [1]The Urban dictionary humorously defines boodle fight as “Philippine fine dining” in which everyone has to eat fast and can have his fill. [2] Nowadays boodle fight style of eating is not limited to the military, it’s quite common during company/family outings as it’s easier to prepare and put away after eating. Restaurants also adopted the idea and started serving varying boodle fight menus.

Bukidnon Breeze now offers 4 boodle feasts. By the way we replaced “fight” with “feast” because eating here is accompanied either by my custom-made song playlists or live music during Fridays and Saturdays. The two large boodle feasts, Mt. Dulang-Dulang and Mt. Kitanglad are named after the two highest peaks in Bukidnon whereas the lesser ones, Musuan Peak and Mt. Capistrano are named after the two smaller popular mountains here.

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  • Inclusions: Chicken barbeque, grilled tuna belly, pancit guisado, kinilaw na malasugue, fried boneless bangus, crocodile tapa, oriental salad, chao fan fried rice, unlimited juice
  • Good for 5-7 persons
  • Price: Php 1,435.00

Mt Kitanglad Boodle copy

  • Inclusions: Pork barbeque, calamares, kinilaw na malasugue, guso salad, sweet and sour lapu-lapu, garlic rice, unlimited juice
  • Good for 5-7 persons
  • Price: Php 1,250.00

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  • Inclusions: Crispy kangkong, calamares, tempura, grilled tuna belly, guso salad, grilled pineapple/watermelon slices, fried rice, iced tea/ pineapple juice
  • Good for 4 persons
  • Price: Php 820.00

Mt Capistrano Boodle copy

  • Inclusions: Adobong kangkong, grilled kitong, lumpia special, pork barbeque, fish fillet w/ tartar sauce, cucumber salad, garlic rice, iced tea/pineapple juice
  • Good for 4 persons
  • Price: Php 920.00

Other new menu items:

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  • Try our filling clubhouse sandwiches served with crispy prawn crackers for you and your friends to enjoy!
  • Price: Php 180.00

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  • Tired of ordering the usual fried treats? Opt for a healthier alternative and go for our crispy kangkong! It stays crisp longer than French fries so you won’t have to worry about it getting soggy right away. Great for snacking during a hearty conversation with your loved ones or your comrades.
  • Price: Php 90.00

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  • This new dish is one of my personal favorites. I love the sweetness of the pineapple sauce while relishing the juicy steamed chicken breast. It’s a delight!
  • Price: Php 230.00

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  • The “Punisher” spicy beefsteak is inspired by our current President Duterte’s fiery take on corruption, terrorism, and drugs. It’s so deliciously hot 🔥🔥🔥, mapapamura ka sa sarap! Nakakaadik pero di ka matotokhang kaya order na! 😜 (©Atty. Marianne Ga. Thanks sa tagline hehehe.)

Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant is open Mondays-Saturdays, from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm (last order at 9:30 pm). See you! 😊

 

 

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

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.)

IMG_0686This 4 piece set comes with a free silver cosmetic pouch.

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

IMG_0689Calgon Body Mist in Red Velvet and Cotton Candy

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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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