It’s been a week since the Blogapalooza event and here I am, just about to blog about the event. :P
I saw Blogapalooza somewhere online and got interested what the event was all about. I browsed their site and got more information about it but for some reason, I cannot fully grasp the idea. I only got excited about it because I heard and read that there will be a lot of freebies to be given away. Hee hee hee!
I actually almost didn’t go to the event due to several factors: 1) I almost had to report for work last Saturday, 2) I hesitated to push through because I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t have someone to tag along since I don’t know anyone there, 3) I didn’t prepare my calling cards (I heard you need to bring them) and 4) I needed to get home to the mountain city so I can bring my son back to the big metro for the next two weeks.
Well, guess what, I decided to attend and see what Blogapalooza was all about. Good thing that our Saturday work schedule was cancelled.
I arrived at SM Aura a few minutes before 10AM. I was planning to hang out at Starbucks for a while unfortunately, they open during mall hours, too. (Unlike other branches that open earlier than 10AM). Also, the MBP invite was to meet at Starbucks at 10AM, too. I thought I saw Jhanis of The Vanilla Housewife but I wasn’t too sure and I hesitated to approach her (besides the fact that I haven’t had breakfast yet and I am so in need of a shot of caffeine and sugar in my system). She, together with May Palacpac of Fully Housewifed and Nhessie of Rolled Into One Mom dropped by Starbucks where I decided to hang out for a bit before going to the convention center. Well, I kinda forgot to take a photo of the group, though . :D
How was it, you may ask. I was in for a surprise, actually. I was expecting something similar to wedding expos where businesses put out their products and services and will just give you tons of flyers and for others, give you a little sample of their products. (I used to go to a lot of wedding expos but that’s going to be a topic for another day). Little did I know that for almost every booth you visit, apart from being entertained when you ask questions about their products and services, you also get a loot bag from them. And for the others, if you participate in their mini games, you can even win additional prizes. And it doesn’t stop there. Each brand get to have a few minutes on stage to discuss about what they offer and bloggers get another chance to win their raffle. Cool, isn’t it? That’s the use of those calling cards. They use that for the raffle (well, apart from the obvious use, I mean).
As I really didn’t have the luxury of time to stay until the end of the event, I declined the offer of some of the bloggers to join the food tasting scheduled by Niu by Vikings (something that I kinda regret after seeing all the photos of food posted in IG :( ) as I was getting a bit worried about the traffic going home. And also, the clouds were getting dark and I was seeing signs of heavy rain.
Anyway, I really enjoyed going around the booths even if I didn’t participate in a lot of their mini games. I still got to bring home with me quite a lot of loots from the event. Here’s a few of those loots (I already gave the others away to my sis and my mom).
some of the loots
I also got a few pens, supplements, keychain, free food and other what-nots. :) Just as what some of the other bloggers mentioned, it’s OK not to bring food but do bring your own drinks. A lot of food is offered at the event but no drinks. :)
And I also got a photo with Jhanis and May courtesy of The Walking Photobooth. I grabbed the copy of the photo from their fanpage:
And while roaming around, a lady from Canon offered to take my photo and have it printed out using their Canon Selphy printer:
a photo of the printed photo :P
I was not able to get a lot of photos from the event because of 2 main reasons: 1) I was too busy roaming around checking out the booths and their products, and 2) I am not used to having my photo taken alone in front of a lot of strangers. LOL! I’m serious. I might have had taken lots of photos had I been able to convince a friend to come with me. :D
Here’s a few photos taken of the event:
Blogapalooza back drop
Do you see Mommy Bloggers Philippines’ logo ? :D
I am not really familiar with Flawless’ products but since their game was darts (or rather, popping a “zit” in a form of a pink balloon), I lined up to pop a few balloons. :D It was the closest to playing darts again that I got after a long, long time. And their dart pin got a pink flight. So girly! :D
Loved their darts game :D
I was offered to have my feet assessed when I visited Dr. Kong’s booth. I found out that I am severely flat footed and should not be wearing flats. Boo hoo! And I cannot wear stilettos, too. Only wedges or shoes with at least half an inch heels. :(
Dr. Kong’s foot assessment
What’s the name of Max’s mascot?
There were a whole lot more booths that I never got to take a photo of. But here’s my take away from the event for the next time:
- Be prepared. Bring calling cards, big eco bags (to accommodate all the loot bags to make it easier to carry everything), power banks (your gadgets will surely get drained within the first half of the day). Also make sure that you have your own wifi connection (either bring your own pocket wifi or make sure your data plan is properly working) because you will have to share a lot of things using your social media accounts as part of the activities. the faster you can post, the better. :P
- Do not hesitate to join all the mini-games. The more you play, the more loots you get. :)
- It is better to go to the event with a companion so it wouldn’t be so awkward if you are asked to have your photo taken to be able to join a contest. And it will be more fun to share the experience with someone as well. :D
- Clear out your schedule to be able to stay for the duration of the event. There are still a lot of contests towards the end of the day and you don’t want to miss out on the bigger prizes, too.
I am so looking forward to next year’s Blogapalooza. :D