A flying carpet. An evil sorcerer. A magic lamp. A diamond in the rough. And a quest to win the heart of a princess. All of these sound exciting.

This is the reason why I think Aladdin is one of the best Disney movies of all time. And I was so excited when I heard the news that Disney is doing a live-version of the film. 

I didn’t let the chance pass when Globe invited me, my husband and my daughter Zeeka to watch it. The movie didn’t disappoint. 

Stepping Into A Wondrous Experience with Disney and Globe 

Zeeka and I got to experience what it was like on Agrabah through “A Wondrous Place” at the premiere of Disney’s Aladdin last May 25th at the SM Aura. 

We got to walk in an Agrabah-themed marketplace and enjoyed magical activities together. There was a magic carpet you can ride and take pictures on.. You can also win gold coins in fun games and activities that you can exchange for movie tickets. 

Zeeka had fun playing kinetic sand and making her own crystal necklace. 

I also had awesome freebies from Globe. I got my own Abu shirt and a purple blanket to keep me warm while watching. 

Rediscovering Aladdin’s Magical World 

I knew Disney was preparing something special for Aladdin fans. And I was pleasantly surprised with the twists they added to the movie’s live-version. 

Check out this side-by-side comparison of the trailers. 

First of all, the casting was on point! Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott were perfect for the roles. One would think Mena was the inspiration for the drawing of Disney’s Aladdin. And Naomi had the beauty and elegance fit for royalty. 

But it was Will Smith’s Genie that made it extraordinary. 

There was some criticism about him playing the Genie at first, but watching the film made absolute sense. 

Of course, Robin William’s Genie still tops the bill. But Will gave the Genie a much-needed glow-up and he made it his own. 

He was fun and hilarious, and you can tell that he knew how to work the crowd. See for yourself here: 

I also love that Jasmine wasn’t portrayed as a weak and helpless princess who cries at the smallest inconvenience. She was strong, opinionated, and she knew what she was capable of. 

Jasmine was bound by the words of people around her. Her overprotective father kept her hidden behind the walls of the palace. Jafar emphasized her lack of experience and her being a woman, which meant that she was just an eyepiece. 

In the end, she proved that she didn’t need anyone to save her. 

Aladdin was also funny, awkward, and charming at the same time. Zeeka had so much fun watching him and the Genie dance inside the cave. And the jam scene was also hilarious.

Mena’s parkour skills upped the ante, and it made Aladdin stand out even more. Mena was able to show Aladdin’s vulnerability, especially when he was conflicted about setting the Genie free or fulfilling his lifelong wish. 

The movie was everything I imagined it would be, and I’m really glad I got to see it happen in my lifetime. 

3 Life Lessons We Learned from Disney’s Aladdin 

Let me share with you three life lessons we learned while watching Aladdin. Here are some of the quotes that stood out to me while watching the film. 

You’ve got to be confident about what you have to offer

Genie

Throughout the film, you can see how Jasmine and Aladdin had doubts about themselves and what they can do. 

Aladdin wasn’t a prince but he definitely had the wits and the heart of one. And although she was a princess, Jasmine was limited because of who she was.  

The rules of the land dictated that she needed to marry a prince for the good of the kingdom. On the other hand, Aladdin was always told that he amounted to nothing.

But you know what made these two click? Both of them decided to believe in themselves and what they had to offer. Because of that, they got to take control of their lives and change the lives of others too. 

Sometimes we fall into this trap and we think that we are not enough. 

We’re not good enough as parents. We’re not expert enough to land that deal we’ve always wanted. We’re not ready to take on that huge project. 

We get scared of failure when in fact it’s a part of the process. We think too much of what others would think about us. We talk harshly about ourselves and forget the things we’ve already achieved. 

Truth is, we all have the potential to be great. The problem is, we often get in our heads too much. 

Mindset is everything. That’s why we need to change our scripts when we talk to ourselves. 

We need to be more encouraging, more patient, and kinder to ourselves. We need to be more grateful for what we have. 

And yes, we need to be more confident with what we have to offer. 

Sometimes you just have to take a risk

Aladdin

There are two kinds of people in the world. 

One are those who would stay in the balcony and sleep the whole night. The other would be those who’d hop on a magic carpet ride. 

The first ones would probably think of how dangerous the ride would be. No helmets, no seatbelts, and the chances of falling to your death is more than 95%. But the second ones are those who would be like, hey, you don’t see a magic carpet all the time right? 

Sure, you can choose to be comfortable and safe. But wouldn’t it be lifechanging to see the world from a different perspective? 

Everything in life is uncertain, and sometimes even the best-laid plans fail. But that’s the fun of it all. Your biggest mistakes can also be your best blessing. It’s all a matter of perspective. 

Sometimes the best things in life lie just beyond the safety line. And all you need to do is take a leap of faith to get it. 

I made you look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the inside. Prince Ali got you to the door, but Aladdin has to open it.

Genie

Most of us go out of our way to impress other people. And most of the time we end up becoming more miserable because of this. 

Just like Aladdin, we often think we need to be rich or powerful to be accepted. But in the end, it was his true self that made the princess fall for him.

So the biggest lesson here is to be yourself. The right people will love and accept you for who you are. And your truth will always be enough to them. 

Disney did a great job of bringing this classic tale up to date. The actors were great, the execution was spectacular, and the magic was kept alive. 

Even if I’ve already watched Aladdin a hundred times, Disney was still able to pull a lot of surprises. It was still as magical as ever, and I’m glad I got to share the experience with my little girl. 

Did you get to watch it? How was your experience? Share it with us below. 

Remember when we only had one remote at home?

Back in the day, most houses only had one TV in the living room. Where ever the TV was actually, was the heart of the home. This is where family members would gather especially on Sundays and family days.

I remember my grandparents having everyone over especially during big events like boxing matches or NBA games. We would also rent movies from Video City and watch them with my parents, aunts and uncles during the weekend.

While it was fun to have family over, it’s somewhat irritating to lose control over what you wanted to watch.

I can’t recall how many battle royales started with who can get the remote. Sometimes we used diplomacy and discussed which channel to watch. At other times, it would end with petty fights or wrestling matches.

In the end, my grandmother would get irritated and just turn the TV off. And no one can turn it on unless she said so.

Television has had a strong impact on me growing up. My schedule as a child mainly revolved on what was on.

I remember rushing at home after school to watch Princess Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa. My sister and I would take turns playing Sarah and Becky. We would also tease each other about who looks like Miss Minchin.

You would know it’s 4:30 PM when ANG TV came on the screen. Who could ever forget their catchy opening scene?

Saturday mornings meant Looney Toons while having breakfast. And then there’s Captain Planet, She-Ra, Mr. Bogus, Denver the Last Dinosaur, and Gumby.

In the afternoon, there was Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, Dragon Ball, Ghost Fighter, and X-Men.

Sailor Moon is a personal favorite. I loved the transformation and the girl power that it represented. And it was so awesome that we girls get to choose different characters based on our personalities.

We also had specials to look forward to every year. One of which is a horror special that every 90’s kid loved watching: Magandang Gabi Bayan.

I still remember getting chills watching Noli de Castro talk about people and their encounters with the supernatural.

Oh man, getting to the bathroom was really a challenge back then.

As a 90’s kid, our generation was the first to experience digital cable TV.

This gave us access to international shows like MTV and HBO. It also introduced us to US shows like Charmed, Seventh Heaven, and Gilmore Girls.

It also changed the way we viewed the world and the people living in it.

Discovery and National Geographic enticed us to go out, travel, and experience cultures all around the globe. The Food Channel made us curious about the tastes and textures of different destinations.

Looking back, I’d like to think that it helped boost my imagination. It also fired up my courage to be more experimental with my adventures. It became like a window that showed me what it was like beyond our borders.
That’s why I’m so excited about Globe’s newest product, Globe StreamWatch Xtreme.

The first of its kind in the world, Globe StreamWatch Extreme provides Filipino homes access to a new digital home entertainment experience.

It gives users clear access to free local TV channels. It also serves as an Internet TV with a million different shows, videos, and movies. And it gives you faster and stronger internet with twice the coverage of your ordinary pocket wi-fi device.

So why should you get one for your home?

As we know, the internet has changed the way we viewed entertainment. And with mobile devices, it gave us more options that suited our preferences.

We no longer need to fight over who gets the remote. We don’t need to wait for specific TV shows. With Youtube, Netflix, and other platforms, we can choose to watch any show whenever, wherever.

Unfortunately, not everyone has access to fast internet service providers. It can also be expensive and time-consuming to apply for higher speed rates.

Not to mention the monthly bills or contracts that bind you for 36 months.

Globe At Home provides an easier and more affordable solution that lets you and your family stay connected.

For an introductory price of PHP 2,999, you can get your own Globe StreamWatch Xtreme Prepaid anytime. Globe slashed off PHP 2000 off from the standard retail price as part of its commitment to providing Filipinos access to the best of what the world offers.

What do get with this?

  • Fast home internet, stronger signal, and a wider coverage powered by Globe LTE.
  • Free clear local TV channels that let you watch your favorite teleseryes and TV shows without eating up your data or load
  • Access to over 1 Million shows, videos, series, and movies anytime you want
  • Up to six devices connected to your Wifi all at the same time
  • A USB-ready port for playing media files from your USB
  • A videoke-ready device with two built-in microphone outlets as a bonus feature

Setting up Globe StreamWatch Xtreme is super easy. Check out this video below:

The best part? No monthly fees. No overdue bills. Just a whole new fun experience for the whole family and more.

Loading is also super easy. You can purchase load promos using your GCash account, Globe At Home APP, or through AUTOLOADMAX.

It can also serve as a good backup especially for freelancers who need to stay connected all of the time.

So how do you get yours today? That’s easy.

All you have to do is visit your nearest Globe store and ask about it. You can also visit Globe’s website and learn more about it here.

With Globe, it’s so much easier to #PlayItRight and stream the best entertainment for you and your family.

For more about Globe Telecom, visit www.globe.com.ph.


Get the best deals from September 15 to 17, 2018!

It’s so cool that Globe started a 917 day! It just makes me proud that I’m a Globe member. It’s so cool how a number can stand for cool things, great events and amazing deals!

So 917 day is obviously, September 17! haha! But to extend this amazing day, as early as September 15, Globe already has a lot of things and deals available to us. Some of these deals are fruits of Globe’s partnership with Puregold! Puregold Price Club Inc. also celebrates this month their 20th year delivering the best in value and service to Filipino families.

This partnership has “panalo” deals for us to give us the best 917 Day yet!

For mobile customers, get FREE P17 load when you buy any Globe or TM SIM from 9:17 A.M. to 9:17 P.M. on September 17, 2018.

For broadband customers, enjoy FREE P200 load and tumbler for every purchase of a Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi from September 15 to 17, 2018 in participating Puregold branches. This second one was actually what I got! It was such an amazing deal — I couldn’t resist!

Globe and Puregold have been supporting Puregold’s Aling Puring members attain savings and achieve their dreams of having their own businesses. In 2013, Globe and Puregold launched the Aling Puring Super Suki SIM, a multi-function SIM card with exclusive deals that also enables members to sell prepaid loads as an additional source of income.

Currently, there are 159,000 Active Super Suki SIM sari-sari store owners and micro-entrepreneurs who have benefitted from the perks of the card. Besides the Aling Puring Super Suki Sim, Puregold shoppers also enjoy other convenient Globe services like Cash in/out, Remittances, Bills Payment, just to name a few.

So this 917 Day, head on to a PureGold branch and purchase a Globe at Home Prepaid Wifi unit!

Have a happy 917 Day, peeps! 🙂

Reset. I think I need to do this this weekend. I’ve been feeling a bit lost lately. My husband told me, over Bingsu, last night that I just need to rest. He just thinks I’m super tired. So today, I’m at a coffee shop this morning, writing this blog. Writing calms me down, and helps me regain focus again. My husband gave me my ME time this morning to relax and do things that I enjoy. Actually, he gave me the whole day to relax.

So this is my plan, I’ll spend the next two hours writing and reading. Then I’ll go home for lunch and binge watch shows on Netflix. In this post, I’d like to share with you shows that I loved or love (since I’m still watching them) on Netflix. By the way, for those of you who don’t know, you can get Netflix with Globe through the following:

– BROADBAND: Get a free 6-month subscription to Netflix with Plan 1299 and up.
– POSTPAID: Subscribe to Netflix using your Postpaid plan and register to GoWATCH 399 to get more data for watching popular series and films.
– PREPAID: Subscribe to Netflix by availing of GoWATCH for as low as 99 with 2GB of data to watch Netflix .

These are great deals from Globe! Just wanted to let you know since I didn’t want you to miss out on these deals. So going back to the shows that I highly recommend.

Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events

SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Starring Emmy- and Tony-winning performer Neil Patrick Harris and backed by an outstanding ensemble cast, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is executive produced by acclaimed filmmaker and Emmy® Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld (the Men in Black films, Pushing Daisies, The Addams Family ), who directs four of the episodes.

I love this series because of the superb script, witty lines and fantastic actors! This is a must watch for the whole family.

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet Season 2

SANTA CLARITA DIET

In the single­camera series, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, J ustified ) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended ) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.

Apart from being a Drew Barrymore fan, what I love about this series is that it’s very REAL (well, except for the flesh-eating-wife part). The relationship between Joel and Sheila represents what couples go through. This series is very relatable and charming!

SOMETHING IN THE RAIN

I’m a sucker for romantic comedies and korean drama. So the first time I saw Something in the Rain (English title) or Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food (literal title), I was drawn to it. This romcom reminds us that love knows no age. Love is a decision; you have the right to choose a person and love him/her. Super kilig lang when watching this series!

ALI WONG: BABY COBRA

She’s my favorite stand up comedian! She usually talks about being a mom, pregnancy, feminism, her sexual adventures (so this is for grown-ups only) and other topics. Watch her first show on Netflix called Baby Cobra then watch Hard Knock Wife next. You will surely fall off your seat laughing!

Every month, I will share with you new shows that I have discovered! Follow me on Instagram @gingerarboleda and follow my Instagram stories! I’ll share a guide on a weekly basis!

Do you have other shows on Netflix that you want to recommend? Please share with me on the comments section below! 🙂

Being a marketing advocate, I have embraced that marketing is an integral part of starting a business. People often mistake marketing with selling. These are two different things. Marketing focuses on a deeper understanding of the market, where your possible paying customers will come from.

With technology, everything has become easier for businesses to understand the market, or so it seems. I still encounter businesses that find marketing complicated and still implement the wrong strategies. We mostly get our information about targeting the right market online. We think that if something worked for Uber, Amazon, etc., it will probably work for our businesses. But this is not the way it works. There is not a one-size fits all strategy that we could use for our business.

What we business owners and startup owners can do is listen to different strategies and figure out which will work for us. Deploy a strategy that looks at validating customers’ responses and looking also at metrics and results. I am now studying Quant-based marketing that for me makes a lot of sense. I’ll write about it as soon as I fully understand and after I try to implement it.

I am particularly excited about attending DigPH, the country’s largest digital and mobile marketing summit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which will be on July 13, 2016 at Crowne Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. DigPH was born out of the collaboration between Globe myBusiness and Globe Digital Advertising (AdSpark) after seeing an opportunity from the desire of SMEs to expand their businesses through a strategy that is cost-efficient and effective.

See you at DigPH!

See you at DigPH!

DogPH will feature case studies, digital business tools, and practical tips for becoming digitally ready. Topics include the following: Learn how to maximize social media, venture into e-commerce, be present in digital moments that matter, optimize backend processes for your growing business.

I think these will be interesting topics that will help a lot of business owners. Entrepreneurs who want to push their businesses to the next level may register until July 11 (TODAY) to redeem the Early Bird Promo for P1,000. After the said date, registration fee for DigPH will be P1,500 which comes with a packed lunch, access to all sessions, and tokens. For more details of the event, you may visit www.dig.ph.