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I’m fond of discovering new products. I was very happy to find the perfect place of meeting them at the Belle De Jour Box Beauty Social: Tres Chic. It was held last March 23 at Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Taguig.

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Let me be your tour guide inside the awesome booths and their wonderful items!

First stop: Print Social Photobooth

Every Bellas loved this booth! More selfie!

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Next stop: PAC/Biokos

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Not my hand though!

The most creative eye make-up could win a prize! Pick a prize in the magi fishing bowl, mine was a free skin consultation!

Third booth: Too Cool for School

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The great marketing team of TCFS, came up with a superb game again! Vending machines that instantly give you sample packs! Just don’t be surprised with the ‘human hand’!

 

Next booth: Cure

One of the best brands when it comes to exfoliating! I was so glad to see them again for the 2nd time!

5th stop: Real Techniques (KALM Cosmetics)

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Photo from Real Technique FB Page

Brushes plus a free make-over in this booth!

On the other side: Covergirl

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Bring your current non-Covergirl mascara and they will exchange it with a LashBlast Fusion Mascara!

Next booth: Ellana Minerals

I’ve been reading of marvelous reviews of this cosmetic and it was awesome to finally check them out!

7th booth: Bifesta

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Another must-have brand on your kikay kit! Wiping away your make-up is just as easy as one-two and three!

Near the audience seats: Canon

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Too bad, I was late for another fabulous shot.

At the center: Benefit Cosmetics

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Be a beauty agent for a short time, post your photos and you can win instant products!

9th stop: My Amazing Blowdry Secret

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The best new found brand! No need to use blow dry! The free hair blow dry was a winner!

Next booth: Revlon

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A free knock-out with your nails and exclusive make-up class was up for grabs!

At the side corner: Godiva

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Pamper yourself with a free facial massage!

Right turn: Max Factor

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Be a Junior Make-up Artist! Lucky girls!

13th booth: Canmake Tokyo

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I was not able to avail the free make-over but I won a Cream Cheek!

Next stop: Yves Rocher

They introduced a new slimming product!

Last but not the least: Moschino Fragrance

My favorite booth! I can’t wait to try their scent this summer!

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My first win!

The Freebies that I got!

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Inside the loot bag!

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Samples!

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Prizes!

September is still far away and yet I’m now preparing for the next BDJ Box Beauty Social Event!


I’m always excited when March comes; it is time for Belle De Jour Box Beauty Social! The theme for the event was Tres Chic and it was held last March 23 at Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Taguig.

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Invite!

I was so happy with the BDJ Beauty Social that I’m going to do two blogs about it! Yay! Let’s start with the talks that I attended. I was fortunate to attend three talks out of the five line-ups.

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My passport!

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Beyond Beauty Basics with the BDJBox Beauty Ministry

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Picture Perfect with Sara Black, Canon Crusader of Light

The first talk was UP CLOSE & FLAWLESS with Max Factor! I was very thrilled to listen to Bobby Carlos. I was not able to register with his talk last time and when I received an invite from BDJ, I jumped with joy!

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Bobby Carlos and the fashionable host, Jasmine Mendoza

Bobby Carlos together with her very lovely model, Alyssa Yu introduced the perfect summer look: Blue Infusion.

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The perfect model!

Here are some important tips for your summer make-up from the renowned Max Factor National Artist.

* You do not need to apply blush-on.

* Highlight the top of your cheeks for a natural flush.

*For lips, make it nude while on your eyelashes it should have more volume and use waterproof mascara.

* A very good foundation with SPF and primer is a must-have! A liquid foundation is advisable especially of you are heading to the beach.

*Try to skip putting face powder!

*If you have make-up, no need to re-apply. Just bring a spray-on sun block.

 

Before Bobby Carlos ended his talk, he reminded everyone that don’t over do your make-up because it is made for us to be comfortable. The best tool in applying make-up is your finger. It creates heat and let your make-up stay longer.

We were so happy because we received a surprise present from Max Factor!

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The newest product from Max Factor that will be out in April! Php 895

The second talk was PRIMED AND READY with Benefit Cosmetics! The bubbly Miaka Lim talked about CTM (Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing) using the products of Benefits Cosmetics.

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She announced that a new product will be release on April 1st! Nice!

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The last talk that completed my BDJ Box Beauty Social experience was COLORS OF SUMMER by Shiseido Maquillage! Jessica Villapando together with one of their make-up artists taught us that for a great summer look, one should have a flawless natural look yet you should intense your lips! Mascara is one of my favorite cosmetics and I was so glad to learn that in applying it, I should start from base thru a zigzag motion.

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I had a great time learning new things about make-up, skin and hair care! I can’t wait to post my other blog about the newest brands in the cosmetic world!


Day 2:  Loveless Valentines

Early bird caught the big worms! It was time to see the whole city on a Valentines Day! 

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Ride in?

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Tram anyone?

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First? Second?

No flowers or chocolates for me but I had a great time with my ‘two handsome companions’: Sir Raymond of Gatorade and MJ, one of the winners of the trip.

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The boys are excited! 🙂

We explored New Orleans from the plaza of the church till the platform where the Mississippi River Delta is flowing going to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Here the wonderful places that we went to and I had an excellent time taken photos!

***Plaza near the Church***

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The city is just near.

***St. Louis Cathedral (the 3rd oldest church in USA)***

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Stunningly beautiful!

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The ceiling!

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***The Park in front of the Church***

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Pay it with credit card?! Wow!

***Riverside view***

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***Musicians***

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🙂

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***Beignet***

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Hungry!

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Delicious but a little bit messy to eat!

It was a nice day with us that I could think was to sit down and appreciate the beauty in front of me

Yet I was not able to do it because the first NBA game is tonight! Yipee!

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NBA freebies! 🙂

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My Golden tickets!

BBVA Compass Rising Star Challenge is for the rookie and sophomore players. I was a bit excited to watch the game because I’m not familiar with most of the new players.

The game took place at the huge New Orleans Arena, eight in the evening.

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With the lovely Mr. and Mrs. Aguirre!

It was a battle of Team Hill versus Team Webber. Our seats were located on the last row at the highest part of the arena! It was quite scary area but I had great time watching it because I could see all the whole action on the court!

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Ready, get set, catch!

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So who won the challenge? It was Team Hill! They ended the game with the whopping 142 score against the136 mark of Team Webber! Yahoo! I was rooting for Damian Lillard for the best player of the night but Andre Drummond was the hailed MVP Player.  I guessed he deserved it with his amazing 30 points and 25 rebounds!

Still the best moment for the audience was the blooper during the awarding ceremony! Who won’t forget the broken trophy? Andre Drummond would forever remember it!

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Photo from http://www.sportingnews.com

Here is the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkSo-MxGxns

 


First thing that popped out from my mind when I heard about Need for Speed: Fast and the Furious. It is because of the car racing theme. I’m not going to compare about the two films because honestly I haven’t watched the Fast and the Furious franchise completely.

I won block screening tickets of the Need for Speed which was held last March 12 at Robinson’s Galleria Cinema World Cinema 10.

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I was very excited to see the film after watching the trailer!

 

Here are the FIVE REASONS why I’m crazy with the movie!

 

1. AARON PAUL is extremely hot!

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Photo from screencrush.com

I don’t know him. I’m not familiar with Breaking Bad. Yet when I was watching him, I could not keep my eyes off him. I just loved his blue eyes, his husky voice and awesome acting!

He portrayed Tobey Marshall, a blue-collar mechanic who owned a struggling garage. In order to save it, he agreed to make a partnership with an arrogant ex-NASCAR driver who is Dino Brewster. Together with his crew, they skillfully built a Ford Mustang. The car was sold out with a savvy car dealer and just as he thought that his business will be saved, Dino framed him up for manslaughter. He was sent to the prison for a crime he did not commit for two years and when he went out, he decided to take down Dino by joining the cross country race named De Leon.

 

2. Move… DOMINIC COOPER is coming!

Another unfamiliar actor for me but he perfectly fit as the antagonist in the film. He is the wealthy business associate, Dino Brewster who made a deal with Tobey Marshal. He was the one who killed Pete, one of Tobey’s friends. His jealousy and anger were really felt through out the film. Two thumbs up for Dominic Cooper who is a very effective adversary.

 

3. The SUPPORTING CHARACTERS take the spotlight.

The four friends of Tobey: Benny (Scott Mescudi), the funny pilot who got in jail at the end of the film and who started twerking with the other prisoners, Joe Peck (Ramon Rodriguez) the serious guy who goes out with the name Beast, Pete (Harrison Gilbertson) is the youngest man in the team but the one who is closest with Tobey and my other favorite character Finn (Rami Melek), the small but proud mechanic whose ‘naked scene’ made the audience laugh.

Michael Keaton as Monarch, the erratic host was a bit confusing character for me especially at the beginning of the movie and his acting was quite exaggerated.

Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) and Anita (Dakota Johnson) are the love interest of Tobey Marshal.

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Photo from screenrant.com

Julia Maddon looks like a strong British car broker but actually she is afraid of heights. I must say that Imogen and Aaron have a good chemistry. Anita is Tobey’s ex-girlfriend who went to the city and who was married to Dino. She is also the sister of Pete. I think Anita is the least visible character that I almost want her out of the story. Sorry Dakota!

 

4. Unstoppable ACTION!

Flying cars in the highway and the cops who keep on following Tobey made my heart stop that I could not even move on my seat. There was no dull moment and the hair raising ‘cat-mouse’ chase at Grand Canyon was superb!

 

5. A show-down of SUPER CARS!

I’m not updated with the latest style of cars but while seeing the film, I could not help but dream of owning a McLaren F-1! It was used by one of the racers during the De Leon, the Super Bowl of underground racing. Other noted European super cars that is present on the screen are a Swedish Koenigsegg Agera R, a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, a Spano GTA, a Bugatti Veyron, Saleen S-7 and the Ford Mustang.

 

This pay day Friday and weekend, head to the nearest cinemahouse and don’t miss this action movie flick!


Day 1:  A long, long trip to New Orleans

No sleep. It was not because I was excited; I was scared of being LATE. I’ve been left by a plane last 2012 and I did not want to experience it again especially I was taking an international flight. It was my first USA trip. I was so glad I was the first one to arrive among the winners who were going to fly for an ALL EXPENSE FREE TRIP for the NBA All Star Weekend Game.

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Photo taken by SWIMBIKERUN.ph

How did I win? It all started from twitter.com. When Gatorade Philippines posted a question about #WinfromWithin, I did not hesitate to join. They invited three winners from the contest to be part of their G launch, April 15.2013. I thought we only watched some kind of program, I did not expect that my cousin and I would be part of the mini activity that Gatorade prepared. Every guests/participants were given a ‘sheet card’ where you need to do a little bit of cycling, basketball, football, jumping and some exercise for you to be able to be part of the raffle. They draw lance names to win bags, shirts, GC’s and even mountain bike.

Unfortunately my cousin won some prizes while I had nothing.  I wanted to go home at the time but she insisted that we stayed until the end of the show because of a FREE SHIRT! She really wanted the shirt for a souvenir and so we linger for awhile. It was 10 in the evening, it was nearing the end and Gatorade had a surprised for their guests, they would send TWO WINNERS to watch the NBA All Star Weekend Game on February 2014. They got the winners via the papers inside the fish bowl and luckily my number 188 was the first to be picked out.

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My winning ticket!

And now, I’m just 18 hours away from New Orleans. Yay! It was a long trip with two stop-overs. I said hello to Tokyo and Detroit before heading to Louisiana.

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Tokyo-Narita Terminal

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Photo courtesy of MJ Pineda

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Outside the Detroit International Terminal

It was five in the afternoon when we arrived to the city and we went straight to our hotel: Astoria Crowne Plaza located at the heart of New Orleans.  It was near the Bourbon Street and in front of Foot locker. I actually loved the location of the hotel because it is adjacent to every accessible place like Walgreens, Forever 21 and CVS Pharmacy.

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Reception counter

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the grand stairs

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In-house restaurant

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Menu

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the elevators

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The hallway going to my room!

Much to my excitement to rest my tired body from a long trip, the hotel room that assigned to me was not good.

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Welcome!

First, my room key card was not functioning.

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I had to go down to the reception area with my two luggages just to get my duplicate card.

Second, the shower and faucet in the bathroom could not be open.

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Why? Oh Why?

I was not able to take a bath that day. I requested for the hotel staff to fix it and they only did it on my 3rd day. 

Lastly, I had difficulty using their phone though it has instructions. I was not able to make even a local call.

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Good thing the room’s interior was pleasing, comfortable and spacious.

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Time to relax!

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Need something to say?

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Who wants some drinks?

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Even the bathroom is inviting!

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Hotel freebies!

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View outside my room (right)

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View outside my room (left)

I was still looking forward for our second day, hoping for a much exciting day on a non-sleeping city.

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Here I come bed! 🙂


When about Tagaytay, three things cross my mind: cold breeze, People’s Palace in the Sky and bulalo. Now I can add one more thing that I would forever remember about Tagaytay, Taal Vista Hotel.

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I was fortunate to won a gift certificate of an overnight stay at Taal Vista!

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The invitation!

 

It was an early gift because I was planning to celebrate my birthday at a hotel. Yay!

I wanted to avail the free stay exactly the day of my birthday but when I called up at their reservations hotline; I was informed that the date I wanted was already fully booked. I inquired for another date and when the customer service representative suggested that there was an available slot but a date earlier, I immediately grabbed the opportunity.

I always checked the internet for directions however I had difficulty finding it . Together with our bags, my friend and I tried our luck in going to the hotel.

It was mid-afternoon when we went to DLTBCo bus terminal at Makati. We searched for a bus that would bring us to Nasugbu. Unluckily, there were a long line of passengers waiting and we were able to ride with the next bus.

We had a long trip. We left Manila by three in the afternoon and we arrived at Olivarez (the usual dropped off) around seven in the evening. We took a jeepney that would pass to Nasugbu Highway and we asked the driver to drop us in front of the hotel. Good thing Taal Vista is just a few blocks away from famous Skyranch.

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I check-in on the counter upon entering the place and presented the gift certificate to the courteous receptionist who gave our key card and the complimentary breakfast for two.

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Honestly, I’ve never been to a lot of hotels and I was impressed with the room that was given to us. A huge wooden closet welcomed us where two white long robes hanged, two white fluffy slippers and a small safety box for jewelries.

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I fell in love with this settee! (I wish to have one like this at home!)

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It is the perfect spot for fixing one’s self because there is a big mirror in front of it.

It was freaking cold and the bathroom made me want to stay their forever!

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The sink!

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The shower area!

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Relaxation at its best because there is a large television with an amazing cable signals, a DVD player and a mini-refrigerator for some refreshments.

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The contents are not FREE so please think before you get one. 🙂

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If you have questions, it is just a dial away!

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From the manager!

The beds are perfectly suit to our taste and I enjoyed every bit of the time sitting at this comfortable chair beside the window.

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Time to rest!

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View from our room.

 

I expected our free meal like the usual servings we were quite surprised that we would have a ‘buffet type’ of breakfast overlooking the breathtaking Taal Volcano.

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The buffet area

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My breakfast: Pancakes with strawberry syrup, bacon, beef tapa and coffee!

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Photo peg before eating our meal! Smile friend!

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View from our seat!

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and the awesome view below the hotel!

After our breakfast, we decided to explore the areas in the hotel.

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I couldn’t help but eat your carrot nose, Mr. Snowman.

My friend and I totally enjoyed our stay at Taal Vista Hotel. We were planning to go back to stay longer and will definitely bring our family so that they can also experience a world class hotel service.

Taal Vista Hotel

Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines

Telephone No: +63 (2) 917-8225 | +63 (46) 413-1000
Mobile No: +63 (917) 809-1254