Friday, October 21, 2016

My Experience at the 2016 BDJ Fair's Rise ABove the Waves


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Last October 16, 2016, I woke up around 4 in the morning, it's raining hard non-stop. I immediately checked my phone to see if there's a message from BDJ Team. There was none. I also checked the BDJ's FB page to see if they cancelled the fair (just like last year), and thank God there's none, too. It only means one thing, the BDJ Fair 2016 will happen as planned! Oh yeah!! Praise the Lord!

I arrived at the SM MOA Music Hall at about 9:15 am. There are quite a few Bellas that was at the venue already. It was then announced that instead of 10 AM, registration will probably start at 11 because they're still not done with the set-up. 

The VIP pass costs P 200 which include 2 talks, special access to Special Activities and planner customization. Grace to be Born (The maternity home and Nursery that provides shelters to unwed pregnant mothers) and Magbasa Kita Foundation, Inc.(The LIPAD project of MKFI and USAID to empower non-literates in Muslim community), are the beneficiaries of this year's fair.

After getting my VIP pass and my free washis (given to the first 100 pre-registered bellas to claim the VIP pass), I went to pick-up my planners. And then, I checked the booths and tried my luck in winning some of the games. I'm lucky indeed as I won lots of prizes.

Goldilocks - I got a pack of Coffee Crumble polvoron because I was able to hit their giant Cake Pinata.

Ace Water Spa - We have to take a selfie, post it on IG, used a certain hashtag and show it to them. I chose the eco bag as my prize because I forgot to bring one. 

Flawless - We have to spin the roulette and do the challenge to win a prize. Good thing mine stopped at "WIN A PRIZE" so I didn't do any challenge. Got a soap ans a voucher. 

Lynelle - You have to put 7 hair extensions and make sure the pins are not visible in 3 minutes. Was able to finished it on time and I won a hair clamp. 

Subic Grand Seas - I am given 5 rings to toss and I need at least 3 to toss successfully in order for me to win a prize. None of my toss was successful. hahahaha.. 

SM Parisian - Like their page and spin a roulette (in their laptop) and win a prize. Got a Jadine's postcard.

Wacoal - We have to match 5 under wears in 30 seconds. Got a mug as a prize because I was able to do it in 15 seconds. :)

ETC - strike a post in their booth, post it on IG and use a certain hashtag, wait to be printed, and pick a prize. I won a canvass bag. 

Serenitea - Register, Spin a wheel and win a prize. I won Erin Stuff Toy Key Chain. 

Jergens - get 10 Jergens Soap inside the ball pit in 30 seconds (not so sure about the time limit). I chose their mini notebook as my prize (blame it to my stationery addiction). 

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Mrs. Fields - won a 10% discount.

Red Mango - we have to shoot at least 3 toppings into a hole. Got P100 voucher.

I wasn't able to visit Keds, Celeteque and Chef Tony's booth. I tried the games at Vedette and Skin Station's booth but didn't win anything. 



VIP Pass holders can try bungee jumping, surf boarding, tarot reading and interactive photo booth. I skipped the first three and just got my photo taken and printed at the photo booth. Love the magnetic photo print that I got. :)

There's also a Freedom Wall where you can write anything.

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I pre-registered for the first 2 talks.

Pushing Yourself Further by Katrina Gumabao. 

She talked about working out, being fit and changing / improving ourselves.

The very important lesson learned from her
  • Being fit is not about being better than someone else, but being better than you used to be. 
  • Make a change because you love your body, not because you hate it. 
  • When you feel like quitting, think about why you started. 
  • Love yourself even when you reached your goal.
  • Ignore the haters.
  • YOU are worth more than you realise.
Empowering Yourself to Succeed by Elmie Cadungog.

She talked about the effects of Low self esteem and how to overcome it.

Ways to overcome Low Self Esteem
  • Surround yourself with Positive People.
  • Invest on your personal growth. 
  • Don't compare yourself to others. 
  • Don't criticize yourself and others as well.
  • Look Good, Feel Good.
After purchasing a Quest Journal (as requested by my friend), I decided to go go home since I'm a bit tired already. By the way, every VIP bellas went home with a loot bag. 

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I enjoyed this fair more tha I enjoyed the last one. And I will definitely be there again next year.

Thank you for reading this post. Love Love.. :)

Until here.
See you soon folks!

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