With the success of the first public event of Bicol Bloggers, the #BIGFest2015, we extended our online reach to my hometown - Albay. Last November 14, the #AlbayOnlineFest2015 was held at Albay Astrodome. This event was made possible together with Team Albay Youth Organizations. Online users of different ages and interests gathered and enjoyed the bloggers talk and live performances. Young entrepreneurs from Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon and other parts of the Bicol Region also showcased their latest offerings on their respective booths at the bazaar. There were mini games and hell of a lot of prizes that everyone was excited about.

Below are some of the photos during the event:

The event was hosted by Mr. Joel O, who's a very talented stand up comedian at Klownz and Zirkoh.A photography talk was also given by Mr. Mark Alvic Esplana - an Albayano whose photos have been on the front pages of Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Our special guest for the event was Ms. Dani Barretto who shared her tips on how to start a blog. She was accompanied by Mikyle (which made the girls go gaga) and Alora.

There were also different booths during the event. Participants enjoyed the ring toss game on our booth and they won prizes from Pinoy Tech Blog.

O+ USA, courtesy of P. Aldana Cellphones, were given as raffle prizes during the event. Lucky winners indeed!
Muy Bien Creatives had their funky booth too! I bet a lot enjoyed having their pictures taken on that artsy background. They offer interior design services, product and furniture design, visual merchandising and home/fashion/event styling. You can visit Ben's headquarters at Rizal St. Legazpi, Albay.
Of course we have Bigg's Diner, Havaianas, and Que Pasa Naga as part of our major sponsors. We are forever grateful for the usual support!

And yes, a lot of selfies, camera clicks and quirky poses were made at the event.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our partners:
PLDT Home, Pinoy Tech BlogGraceland, O+ USA, P. Aldana Cellphones, AMA Computer College, Casa Blanca Suites, Small Talk Cafe, Balay Cena UnaMuy Bien Creatives, Searchlight Productions, and Bicol Shirts City.  

A big thank you as well for the online sellers:
Totie Shoppe, Camote Creations, Chocolate House, House of B, Iheart Paperdolls, Witty Wears, CaLee Shoppe, Ibeauty, and Syala Collections.

For more photos, visit our Bicol Bloggers' Facebook Page. Thank you for everyone who participated! We will see each other soon for other #BicolBloggers event!
Photography by Nagayon.
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Sharing with you some of the photos Nick took during our staycation at Avenue Plaza Hotel. I had always wanted to have this "shadow-play" shoot and I love how these photos turned out - very dramatic. Haha! These were taken a month back and the length of my hair would be the proof. I recently cut my hair short and I would share with you the new look soon. But if you're on my social accounts already, I bet you've seen it; you'll be seeing more of it on the blog (I just need to work on my backlogs now.)
What do you think guys? Comment down below!
Photography by Nick Pahati.
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My daily routine would start by having coffee for breakfast (which would probably take three hours because I also check my social media accounts, coffee all cooled down) and then finally preparing for work. Once at the office, I answer emails and do the usual recruitment tasks until 7 or 8 pm. I'd go home and seldom take my dinner coz I'm too lazy to be out alone. I would be in bed watching my current favorite series or just goof off online until I pass out. That's my life lately - social media, work, and social media again.
Why am I telling you this? I can bet my bottom dollar your routine is similar to mine in one way or another. Perhaps 50% (or more) of it is spent browsing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, whatnot.

The online world is such a powerful place - you can speak your mind, pretend to be someone else, or even influence others (either good or bad) whether or not you intend to do so. Recently, I shared a post on Facebook about the move made by Essena O'Neill. If you're not familiar with this, Essena is an online celebrity who deleted all of her IG photos and edited some of the captions showing the true story behind each post. She claimed that social media is a lie.
We can't truly say that what we post online are 100% true much as we can't say that they're all lies. One thing's for sure, our view and the way we harness social media are purely dependent on our own will. Allowing oneself to be pressured by the standards of social media is your own choice; living a life of false realities is something you will to happen. As I have said, it all boils down to how deeply you know yourself.
Finding one's self is a constant journey - you can't google that and have it overnight. ALWAYS have a bright perspective in life and you'll be surprised at how things will subsequently fall into place.
Since we're talking about the online world, I would like to invite you for our upcoming event in Albay. Join us in the #AlbayOnlineFest2015 as we talk about the proper use of social media this November 14. You may register here!

What I'm wearing: romper, Falsina; denim cover-up, thrifted; cap, Forever 21; sneaks, H&M
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