Food is perhaps the only thing that can bring people together. You’ll find that almost everything can be solved with a hearty bite. Yummy delicacies never fail to brighten everyone’s day. We mean, just take a look at these food photos taken by the foodies of the Clozette Community. If these mouthwatering snaps of savoury meals don’t do the trick, then we don’t know what else will.
Thanksgiving may not be celebrated in our region, but some of its traditions have since seeped through our practices. Gift-giving even prior to December holidays, greeting our friends from across the globe who enjoy the tradition, and maybe munching on some turkey and pumpkin pie when given the chance. But our favourite? Black Friday. Scheduled right after Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. which is celebrated during the fourth Thursday of November, this year, it's going to be celebrated on the 28th. Ready to take part in the fun? We lined up the best shopping promos that you should not miss.
15 per cent off on Sephora beauty picks
Year-end beauty shopping has never been this sweet! Sephora jumps in on the Black Friday hype this year with 15 per cent off on majority of their products from 28 to 29 November, both online and in-store. If you're a Beauty Pass member, you'll also get early bird access, meaning more chances to snag great deals before they get sold out.
Robinsons' blackout blowout
Last but certainly not least, more spectacular deals are up ahead as Robinsons' promise Black Friday treats that are "worth queueing overnight for". We're talking beauty selections, discounts on new fashion collections, a variety of gifts-with-purchase, and of course, never before budget blowouts that will have you leaving with a massive haul. Early birds will also get a sweet treat in the form of a 'survival kit', so make you're within the first 300 to catch this amazing affair.
Exciting beauty and fashion deals at ION Orchard
Is ION Orchard your go-to when thinking of retail therapy? Well, you're in luck because they're having a major sale on some of their biggest brands this coming Black Friday. Flash their post from Facebook or Instagram on the participating stores like Pandora, Giorgio Armani Beauty, FILA, YSL, and more, and get up to 60 per cent off on your beauty and fashion purchases. This officially starts today and will end on 2 December.
Shopaholics unite at SocietyA's storewide sale
Since we're all about completing your holiday wardrobe (or just encouraging some rewards after a hectic November), we're also keeping an eye out on SocietyA's big storewide sale this coming Black Friday. From 29 November to 2 December, shop 'til you drop both in-store and online with discounts of up to 40 per cent off.
Fall in love with discounts from FOREO
Upgrade your beauty routine with 15 per cent off on FOREO's devices this coming 28 and 29 November. And yes, in case you're wondering, it covers renowned skincare gadget faves like the FOREO Luna cleansing device and the UFO smart masking gadget. Awesome, right?
Shopee's mega blowout
A culmination of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, 12.12 sales, and of course, their birthday bash, Shopee also joins in the retail therapy fun in the best way possible. Their waves of discounts are coming this week, with vouchers, cashback, free shipping and a bunch of flash sales from 29 November up to 12 December. We're talking beauty products, gadgets, and many more lifestyle picks you'll surely want to add to cart.
Explore more with Expedia
Launch your holiday planning in full gear this weekend as Expedia is also putting our Black Friday deals to fill your wanderlust. Catch up to 60 per cent off on hotel bookings, enjoy discounts on over 160 destinations, and find the best travel deals to suit your budget, all on 29 November.
Fun shopping with Funan
From 29 November to 2 December, you can also score great finds at Funan. Catch the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) Black Friday sale to get exclusive discounts on gadgets, home appliances, and more. Talk about perfect for the techie in you or whoever is on your holiday wishlist.
An array of finds from Rustan's
One of PH's go-to destinations for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle, Rustan's is also pitching its share for Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a ton of deals. Take your pick from brands like Clinique, Stila, Natori, FitBit and more and score up to 95 per cent off on your purchases. Because what better way to greet December than with a massive — and festive — shopping spree?
Get new pairs from SPUR's at 40 per cent off
Looking for new kicks to take you all the way to the new year? Snag SPUR Urban Mine shoes for up to 40 per cent off on regular-priced items from 28 November to 2 December 2019. Plus, if you're a special pass member, you can also enjoy the discount one day early (27 November). Now, we don't know about you, but we're already listing our top picks from their selections.
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An interview with the young icon
It's no secret that Millie Bobby Brown is on a roll. After her breakthrough role on Stranger Things, for which she got two Emmy nominations, the young actress went on to debut on the big screen with Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But aside from hitting big career milestones, she's also making strides in humanitarian work.
Millie Bobby Brown at the Pandora Me Charm Academy event in New York
As the youngest appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, she has leveraged her influence to empower young people and shed light on important issues. Notably, she has hosted World Children's Day two times in a row and became the face of the collaboration between UNICEF and Pandora. She's also the ambassador of Pandora Me, a global campaign by the jewellery brand that celebrates self-expression and the true identity of yourself.
Called "Charms for Change", Pandora will release a special collection featuring the My Girl Pride dangle charm (symbolises female empowerment) and the My Smile dangle charm (symbolising happiness and a brighter future for the next generation). Proceeds will go to contributing funds for UNICEF child survival, education and protection programmes, and life skills training with a focus on programmes that support female empowerment — advocacies that are all close to Millie's heart.
Ahead, she shares more about her experience as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, what it's like to grow up in the public eye, the best advice she's been given and more.
What is it like to grow up in the public eye?
"It can be difficult to be a young girl in the industry. Sometimes, people don't like to listen to what you have to say or dismiss you purely because you're young. But things are looking up, each day I am growing stronger and learning more."
Share with us the most memorable experience that you have as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.
"Ever since I hosted my first World Children’s Day, UNICEF really opened my eyes to the world that we are living in. The fact that young girls aren’t given the same opportunities — like going to school — is heart-breaking because receiving an education is so important. Once I saw how much work UNICEF does for children, I wanted to help. What surprised me is how hands-on they are. The trip to Germany really opened my eyes to the hundreds of people every day who pack boxes with their bare hands to get children the supplies they need. It was really inspiring and emotional for me.
To be a UNICEF Ambassador is one of the biggest things in my life, I feel so privileged and honoured. The reason why I love UNICEF is that they demand rights for children and every child deserves to have human rights."
What's the best life advice you've been given?
"The best advice that's been given to me is 'find out who you are, even if it takes time.' It inspires me to be willing to discover who I am and try new things because I know that once I do, I can be unstoppable."
What makes you feel empowered?
"I feel empowered when I am surrounded by strong women who empower me and when I am doing things that I love and allow me to just be myself."
At this point in your life, what are your most significant passions outside of acting?
"Fashion and music — both allow me to express my individuality. I also love doing really fun and different styles with my hair and makeup. I am 15 so I am still discovering myself. It is so important to express your individuality and find who you truly are so that you can embrace it and pursue your dreams."
Tell us more about Pandora Me. How do you think can it help express self-identity and individuality?
Millie Bobby Brown wearing Pandora Me pieces
"With this new collection, and Pandora in general, everyone can tell a story, and each symbol can represent your individuality. I love being able to accessorize all my outfits with fun jewellery, but it becomes even more meaningful when a certain piece of jewellery holds a special memory or significance. The Pandora Me collection creates a different story for every person, with each charm and symbol representing its own unique meaning, such as our cherished memories and milestone moments."
What are your favourite charms from the collection and why?
"First is the My Moon Dangle Charm. The first blue moon in 2004 was on February 19th, which is the day I was born, so I really love this one. Next is the My Magical Unicorn Dangle Charm. The unicorn reminds me of my baby sister, she loves unicorns at the moment. Finally, I love the My Music Note Dangle Charm. Music has a huge place in my heart. I’m the kind of girl who knows every line to every song."
If you were to give a piece from the collection to your bestie, what would it be? Why do you choose this piece?
"I would gift my best friend Rachel My Girl Pride Dangle Charm because she’s a really important woman in my life. One of my favourite things about being a girl is how strong we are, how powerful we are and how beautiful we are as human beings."
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Check out the Pandora Me pieces here.