Swak na Swak Rebrands to Reach A More Diverse Audience


Nearly 12 years ago, a show was launched showcasing business success stories with the aim of inspiring its viewers to get into entrepreneurship and teaching them the ropes of managing an emerging business. Kabuhayang Swak na Swak has become a success and in order to offer more to its loyal viewers, the business-focused show has re-launched itself as a full-fledged lifestyle show with multiple segments discussing several topics.


The show brought in more hosts, each with their specific segments which are aimed to different viewers. For all your kikay needs, look no further than the Sheology segment. Here, Aly Sevilla, the daughter of singer Selina Sevilla talks about the latest trends in fashion and beauty. From wellness clinics, to face and skin care, to the latest releases and collections from clothing brands, expect a celebration of beauty and female style.


Meanwhile, Chinoy Hottie Louie Ngo gets up close and personal with business heirs and successors. With several companies being family run-enterprises, most company heirs were trained at a young age about the ins and outs of managing the family business to keep it running and prosperous. The Chinoypreneur segment gives viewers an intimate look at these young businesspeople as they share the lessons they learned from the best teachers – their own families and years of practical experience.


The definition of success is not merely defined as financial and Success Enthusiast 
Ahmir Sinsuat is out to prove that point. His segment, Idol, is a platform to acknowledge the work done by individuals and institutions show set out to make the world a better place for everyone. It could be that one individual who has become an inspiration in the community, or a group whose members come together for a lofty and laudable advocacy. By commending these people, Ahmir also aims to inspire viewers, showing them that they too can change the world for the better through their own actions.


Filipinos put a premium on interpersonal relationships and this is most apparent in the Filipino family. Join the Momshie ng Bayan Shah Sinsuat as she sits down with experts in discussing how to raise a happy and loving family. Lighthearted yet informative, Parenting 101 segment is a must-view for newly-established families and expectant mothers everywhere. A mother herself, Shah serves as the perfect spokesperson for mothers out there as she and her guest experts discuss the ins and outs of family life while sharing tips, and tricks.


The Wanderer Ethan Salvador and Travel Buddy Shawn Kyler have been bitten by the travel bug. Viewers are enjoined to accompany them as they travel all around the Philippines. The #TravelGoals segment veers away from the usual spots. Instead, expect to find some hidden gems tucked away from the normal paths. For those looking for something or somewhere new for their next trip, let Ethan and Shawn lead the way and be pleasantly surprised at the places they find in their quest to sate their wanderlust.

Student life is also showcased in Swak na Swak. In the segment Campus Trip, Campus Crush Markus Paterson fetes the campus achievers and campus icons in schools everywhere. Watch as he gets to know the school valedictorians, sports champions, contest winners, and campus leaders. Campus Trip puts the highlight on what it means to be today’s student, from daily school life to grand events such as school fairs and other celebrations.




Of course, Swak na Swak would be remiss if it did not include a business and entrepreneurial segment. Long-time Swak na Swak hosts Bobby Yan and Dimples Romana take center stage with their 2 segments, Usapang CEO and Big Boss. Usapang CEO focuses on the history of today’s successful Pinoy entrepreneurs. The segment sheds light on their humble beginnings and their success through sheer grit, determination, and perseverance. 



Meanwhile, Big Boss picks the minds of business bigwigs as they share the lessons they learned when building their business. The 2 segments continue the spirit of Swak na Swak’s first incarnation as an inspirational and informative business show and long-time viewers can rest assured that the spirit of Kabuhayang Swak na Swak still remains.


With the rebranding and relaunch of Swak na Swak, Bayan Productions, the team behind the show hopes to extend the good vibes the original show has to a more diverse audience. Operating under the motto of Pinoy Dream, Pinoy Hope, Pinoy Pride, Swak na Swak is a celebration of the success of Filipinos, not just in business, but in all aspects of life as well.

Like their official Page: Swak na Swak Site

Breakout at Breakout Philippines' Newest Branch at Greenbelt 5!


If your barkada is getting tired of doing the usual activities like watching a movie or eating out then Breakout is the perfect out-of-the-box bonding experience that you are looking for!

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Fresh from our Breakout experience at SM City North EDSA a few months ago, we headed to Breakout's newest branch at Greenbelt 5 to check out and try their newest rooms. Located at the 3rd level of Greenbelt 5, Breakout's newest location still features the familiar black box type lobby with wood accents and features 4 exciting new rooms for your team to try.


In case you're not familiar with Breakout and how the game works, Breakout Philippines lets you live in different scenarios with well-crafted storylines full of unexpected twists and turns that you have to solve in order to escape. Immerse yourself in an interactive game where you need to find clues and solve logic puzzles based on various storylines and themed rooms. 


The goal is to ESCAPE THE ROOM IN 45 MINUTES. Players are encouraged to PLAN as a team, SOLVE puzzles collaboratively in order to ESCAPE before time expires. 

Get locked-up in these rooms...


There are a total of 4 new rooms that will be available at Breakout's newest branch in Makati although only 3 are available as of this writing. Here's a quick look at the backstories of each room so you can plan ahead and pick which rooms are you going to try first.

PARANOIA


News has been going around that a ward in a particular asylum bears witness to a series of inexplicable deaths of the patients admitted there. To put an end to the mystery, the asylum was temporarily closed down so authorities can conduct further investigation.


Now, you and your team of journalists were tasked to write a story about the case, so you joined the probe and went to the asylum to do some research and see for yourselves. But upon entering, you smell the faint but unmistakable scent of the asylum… and then you hear the door lock itself shut behind you. 


Will you be able to shed light on the case and help put a stop to the horrifying events? You have 45 minutes to do so, or you will be trapped forever in a perpetual state of Paranoia

CORPSE BRIDE


In your neighborhood, there was a popular dress shop owned by a newlywed couple. They ran their business with passion, and their love for each other was reflected on each and every dress they created. 


However, not even a year into their wedding, the wife got extremely ill and died. Her husband, wilting in his grief, became so uninspired with his craft that the once bright and welcoming shop soon turned gloomy and desolate. Because of this, people eventually stopped visiting the shop and he lost his business. The once loyal patrons started wondering though, why was there no funeral for the wife? What if she is still alive? Where was the husband now? 


Will your curiosity get you in trouble or will it shed light to the town’s unanswered questions? You have 45 minutes to unveil the secrets behind this shop, and Breakout.

ACCIDENTAL AGENT


You had a sleepover with your brother and cousins and played Truth or Dare. After intense rounds of Dares, your brother opted to be different and tried Truth. After much prodding, he ended up sharing “confidential information” that he was actually a spy for a secret organization.


Of course this was a wild claim and nobody believed him… until the next day. You wake up and notice that your brother is missing. More than that, the room is bolted from the outside and you can’t get out. You find a note by the printer, it seems to be a list of to do's. What's going on? 


You have 45 minutes. Can you complete the list and breakout or will you be trapped forever?

Lastly, as mentioned earlier, there's an upcoming fourth room that will open soon and before it even open, here's a quick look on what you can expect from the fourth room. You should expect this to open really soon!

THE ISLAND


Thousands of feet above the pure blue ocean, you and your friends are in a plane, headed to your long-awaited vacation. Minutes away from paradise, the plane begins to experience extreme turbulence. As the turbulence continues... 

Black. You realize that you are on a sandy beach in the middle of nowhere. You see your friends, the plane wreckage, and nothing else. You and your friends seem to be the only survivors. What happened? Where are the other passengers and cabin crew? Will you be rescued? What is this place? Where are you? 

You have 45 minutes. Will you survive or will you be trapped on the Island forever? 

The Experience: #TrappedForever


We tried a couple of the rooms on our visit, first was Paranoia. The experience was surreal and really immersive, it will really need the heads of everyone in order to progress into the game. Unfortunately, time got the best of us and we didn't came out victorious in this room.


The second room we tried is Corpse Bride, the backstory itself is quite interesting while the gameplay also immersed us deeply into the story. What's great about this room is that you're slowly uncovering layer after layer of the story about the couple. But just like the first room we tried, time got the best of us and we didn't come our successful BUT we reached 70% progress which is not bad.

If you're excited to give their rooms a try, make sure to reserve your rooms right away by heading to their website www.breakout.com.ph.

Breakout - Greenbelt 5
3rd Level, Greenbelt 5, Makati City, Philippines
Open during mall hours

Secret Lives: Breakout Experience That Comes To YOU!


If the 45 minutes experience isn't enough for you then you'll be glad to know that you can experience something that can last up to a month and it's called Secret Lives.


Secret Lives is Breakout's most immersive concept to date and the goal is to complete your mission within 30 days. It might sound easy but it'll keep you busy throughout the length of your mission.

You'll receive packages filled with objects, clues, and puzzles that draw you into an interactive experience. Get ready for maps, encoded letters, encrypted flash drives, forensic evidence, photographs, and much more. The package is delivered to the location of your choice. That means you will be able to solve our puzzles in your own SPACE and PACE!


I just started my mission and just received my first set of clues. I'm not going to reveal any further details from this but I just have to say that I'm just a few days into my mission and it already got me hooked. My friends even help out so I can decipher the clues and message left by the characters.

To learn more about Secret Lives, go to www.breakout.com.ph/secretlives

Seamless Experience with the Improved Shipping Cart


My most popular blog posts here at AlexBam in 3D are my review posts and that’s no wonder because it’s already 2017 where we tend to search for reviews online first before diving into a new service or product. 

One of my most read post is my review of ShippingCart.com and to continue what I started last 2015 (click here to read) and 2016 (click here to read), now here is my 2017 review of Shipping Cart!


When Shipping Cart started out a few years ago, they were fairly new and the first & the second time I tried them I experienced a few minor hiccups but overall good, last 2016’s experience wasn’t as smooth as the first two as I experienced delays because of their system upgrade. This year, I gave Shipping Cart a try again to see if their ‘system improvements’ really improved the way they handle shipments.

The Packages and Surprising Change!


As always, I list down the packages involved in this review and how long before they showed up in my Shipping Cart account. Below are the items, date they were delivered, and date when they showed up in my account.


Funko Dorbz Ridez Collector Corps Star-Lord with the Milano
Delivered to Shipping Cart Warehouse: June 12, 2017
Date showed up in Shipping Cart Account: June 12, 2017

Leather Bag
Delivered to Shipping Cart Warehouse: June 14, 2017
Date showed up in Shipping Cart Account: June 15, 2017

Funko Home Star-Lord Collector Corps Mug
Delivered to Shipping Cart Warehouse: June 19, 2017
Date showed up in Shipping Cart Account: June 19, 2017

Funko Pop Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Star Lord
Delivered to Shipping Cart Warehouse: July 6, 2017
Date showed up in Shipping Cart Account: July 7, 2017

Funko Pop Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Ego
Delivered to Shipping Cart Warehouse: July 8, 2017
Date showed up in Shipping Cart Account: July 9, 2017

Notice something surprising with the items above? No, not that majority of the items are Guardians of the Galaxy related products, it’s that all of them showed up in my cart within 24 hours after getting delivered in their warehouse and I was actually surprised plus at the same time impressed on how they handle incoming shipments now. 

If you checked my past reviews, it showed up after a few days which sometimes can reach a week, this is one of the effects of their recent upgrade. No more worrying where your packages are in the warehouse, I’m happy to report that Shipping Cart drastically improved here.

Improved Customer Service Experience


One of my main comments on my 2016 review is how it’s really REALLY hard to contact Shipping Cart, especially if you have concerns about your packages. Thank goodness they did something about it, well sort of.

During the process of the doing this review, I was curious to know if Shipping Cart ships Minoxidil (it’s a tonic used by people to grow hair, I use it to grow a beard) and since it’s liquid, I asked first on their social media if this is allowed since their website doesn’t go into details about prohibited items. I didn’t get an immediate reply but instead received a link where I can send my inquiry.


The link (https://goo.gl/l1CEPJ) will lead you to a Google form where you can address your concern, note that you will need a Shipping Cart account to proceed with your inquiry as they require your account number in the form. They promise to reply back within 3 business days after submission.


After submitting my inquiry, I honestly expected them to respond way past the 3-day promise but I was wrong because the following day, I already got a response from one of their customer representatives who answered the inquiry I submitted. 


I was seriously amazed what a year can do; Shipping Cart really improved their system and made it more convenient to reach out to them for inquiries regarding their service.

I actually got to try their customer service again recently as I have a second shipment as of this writing. They mistakenly measured the items I ordered from Amazon inside the box and you know how massive Amazon boxes are. I asked it to be measured again and even sent links to what their actual size is. After a couple of days, customer service got back to me and informed me they measured and updated the computed weight in my cart from 4.95 down to 2.5. Now that’s the customer service I was talking about!


Back To My Shipment


After all the items showed up in my cart, I immediately checked how much the shipping fees are for both Air Cargo and Sea Cargo. As mentioned in my past reviews, Air Cargo will reach you within 13 days while 45 days for Sea Cargo, Shipping Cart just updated it and Air Cargo will now reach you within 10 days – more about this after the jump.

Here’s a quick comparison of the prices of my shipment, Air Cargo versus Sea Cargo;

Air Cargo Computation

Sea Cargo Computation

I like to receive mine fast so I opt for Air Cargo like I always do. Make sure to subscribe to Shipping Cart’s newsletter as they normally send out discount promo codes for participating banks and even flash discount code for special events.

I was talking about their updated 10 days delivery promise for Air Cargo, this is because Shipping Cart also did an upgrade on how regular they ship out packages from the US to the Philippines. Their Air Cargo shipments now fly from the US to the Philippines 7 days a week, which means shipments arrive faster!

Shipping Out and Delivery Of Items


I picked Air Cargo and proceed with the normal checkout process, if you’re not familiar with how it works or didn’t read my past reviews, it’s fairly simple. Once you picked the items you’re going to ship out and the way it’ll be shipped, you’ll be directed to a checkout page where you need to pay for your shipment. Shipping Cart has different options for you to pay like Credit Card and Paypal -- please note that Over-the-Counter Payment will soon be delisted as a payment method.


I shipped and paid via Paypal on July 12, 2017 with an estimated delivery date of July 24. I was hoping it will really get delivered on the estimated delivery date but I was wrong, IT ACTUALLY ARRIVED WAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!


I tracked the package via LBC’s website, Shipping Cart's partner courier and by July 17, it actually arrived in the Philippines already and scheduled for delivery within 2 days. True enough, July 18 my shipment arrived at home, that’s 6 days after I shipped out!


#ShipYourFinds: What’s in my Shipping Cart Box


Shipping Cart’s campaign this year is #ShipYourFinds where they encourage Shipping Cart users to highlight their shopping hauls featuring various kinds of finds. So I guess it’s just the perfect time for me to show my readers what I bought from the US for this review.


I’m big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but Guardians of the Galaxy stood out for me. What I like about the movie is that it features a human (well actually, half human) like us but fighting intergalactic beings outside of his home planet, I’m talking about Star-Lord. Most of my finds are from the movie and most are acquired through eBay bidding.


First on my shopping haul is the Dorbz Ridez Star-Lord with the Milano. It’s a limited edition, Collector Corps item that I watched on eBay for a few days, I luckily snagged the item under $15. This was followed by the Funko Home Star-Lord collectible mug which is also part of the Marvel Collector Corps, I snagged this under $10 which is a steal!


Next on my haul are a couple of Funko Pop Figures, also both from the Guardians of the Galaxy Movie. A Star-Lord Vinyl Figure and an Ego Vinyl Figure. If you’re not familiar with the second movie, Ego is Star-Lord’s father who happens to be a God, but then things get a little downhill from there. I decided to start off my Guardians of the Galaxy collection with this Father & Son duo.


Lastly, for my non-Guardians of the Galaxy haul, I was looking for a new leather mini bag for quite some time. I found some on a Hong Kong based site but I wasn’t sure about the quality, so off the Ebay US I go. Sure enough, I found a better-looking leather bag for only $12 + shipping. I immediately bought it and had it shipped to my Shipping Cart address.


How did Shipping Cart Perform on this Review?

I’m so glad to report that Shipping Cart’s upgrade improved a lot of things from their warehouse, customer service, to delivery. Compared to my past couple reviews, they did a fantastic job of taking notes of the customer reviews and building a better Shipping Cart in return.

Shipping Cart is the service that Pinoys has been longing to have. It's the service that connects Filipinos with the US by giving them the freedom to find and buy items that is not available locally without the worry of figuring out how to ship it to the Philippines or if it will even arrive!

I’ll definitely continue using their service for my online shopping finds in the coming years and I can’t wait on next shopping haul from the US. Have you tried Shipping Cart recently? Share your experience in the comments below!

Color Crazy at Boysen Color Play


Pinoys are really an artistic bunch, not only on the performing arts but also in visual arts. This is why Boysen recently introduced a new and fun activity that can help us bring out our artistic side through colorful works of art.


Boysen Color Play is an art installation that Boysen Paints Philippines roams around in different parts of the country to let people experience creating their own masterpiece. I recently went to SM City North EDSA where they set-up the Color Play booth and tried what it is all about.


First thing that they told me to do is pick my own little colorful wooden blocks and put them in my tray. They have tons of options, all using Boysen’s wide variety of paints in different colors and shades, did you know that they have tons of pastel colors as well? I didn’t know that until I found some while picking my mini blocks.


Once done, the maze-like walkway will lead you into the painting area where you can paint the blocks you picked whatever color or design you liked. I’m really not an artistic person when it comes to painting but I did my best artsy design I could do.


After finishing my own Boysen Color Play creation, I gave them to the staff for them to dry the paints while they led me to the VR room where I checked out how Boysen paints can turn a boring room into a lively and colorful one. 


I was then assisted to the photo room section where I can take photos, upload them to Instagram with the hashtag #BOYSENcolorplay and they will automatically print it out!


As a parting gift, I received a copy of their Color Trend book where I can check out room inspirations and the paints they used, plus a product guide so I can easily pick the colors I want – really perfect since I’m moving solo to a new place soon!


Remember when I mentioned that I went into their VR area? They actually gave me my own Boysen Pocket VR that I can use with the BoysenVR App which you can download at www.boysenvr.com. The best thing about this experience is that it’s all FREE for everyone to try.



Want to experience Boysen Color Play? Make sure to like & follow Boysen Paints Philippines on Facebook and Instagram to be updated on where Boysen Colorplay is heading next!
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