Growing up, Joanna Joseph struggled with her image and self-worth because bullies made her feel that she was ugly. At the time, Joanna was obese, wears glasses, and didn’t know how to dress up in nice clothes like other girls in her school.
She loves to eat – and it was something that her loving family supported, especially because she’s the only child. Her parents would give her anything she liked to eat.
It was no surprise, then, that she was the fattest child in class. At age just 7 years old, she already weighed over 60kg – that’s the average weight of an adult woman! But her parents didn’t think there was something wrong with her being overweight; they continued to feed her with as much as she wanted.
Amazingly, she could eat 5 plates of rice in just one meal, she told Elite Readers. By 13, she weighed 104 kg. The bullying intensified in high school. It was so bad since she didn’t even have any friends to help her out; even her teachers joined in mocking her!
It was only when Joanna was 15 that she decided to take control of her life and do something to stop these bullies from laughing at her. She drew inspiration from her celebrity crush, Justin Bieber.
While many people hate Biebs, he was actually instrumental in making this young lady transform from her ‘ugly duckling’ stage to a beautiful swan.
Admittedly, Joanna cut back on the unhealthy food she loved to eat. Instead of meat and junk food, she ate fruits and vegetables. She also exercised and began trying out fashionable items.
And her transformation was so incredible that Joanna has since become a beauty queen! She was among the finalists for Miss Malaysia Earth 2016, representing Selangor.
Who would have thought that a girl bullied for being ‘ugly’ would become a beauty queen someday, eh?
Xian Gaza Fulfills Bucket List to Walk around Shibuya with Sibuyas (Onions)
Xian Gaza fulfills bucket list of walking around Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan, with sibuyas (onions) – and it’s hilarious (if you get the joke, that is).
Would you dare do this, too?
Xian Gaza Fulfills Bucket List in Shibuya
If you’re a fan of anime (hand-drawn or computer-generated animation that originates from Japan), then you might be familiar with Shibuya.
Also called Shibuya City, is a special ward of Tokyo, Japan, and is known for being the heart of the country’s modern culture.
It has one of the world’s busiest railway stations – and there are lots and lots of busy people walking in the streets and crossing the intersections.
It isn’t surprising that the place is a favorite setting in anime.
But while Shibuya literally means “harsh valley” in Japanese, it spells so closely to “sibuyas” (onions) if you’re a Filipino.
Knowing that Pinoys can be witty and so hilarious, some might joke about getting a “sibuyas” from Shibuya or something to that effect.
Still, even if some Pinoys might joke about it, it’s just something “mababaw” (shallow) that might not even make other people laugh.
For Xian Gaza, however, he just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fulfill his “bucket list” when he visited the place.
He shared a video of how he bought the pack of “sibuyas” from a store and walked around Shibuya while holding it out on his hand.
He captioned the video, “BUCKETLIST: Itawid Ang Sibuyas Sa Shibuya☑” – that’s with a check mark to show that he was able to tick it off his list.
“The goal is to become the first ever Filipino citizen na nagtawid ng sibuyas sa Shibuya with proper documentation. Congrats sa akin,” jokingly adding that he’s congratulating himself for the achievement.
Here’s the video:
What’s a Bucket List?
It’s a list of achievements or experiences that a person hopes to accomplish or have during their lifetime, before their “kick the bucket” (an idiomatic expression about passing on).
Seller Goes Viral for “Angry” Reviews to Prove Products’ Durability
A seller goes viral for “angry” reviews to prove his products’ durability – and customers love it! He’s also gaining fame as a content creator in the process because of his unique content. Win-win situation, yes?
Seller Goes Viral for Unique Marketing Strategy
When you’re buying something online, you want to make sure that it’s exactly the way it is described and that it’s durable. After all, there are so many unscrupulous sellers out there who post pics or vids of great products but send you something that totally different from what they advertised.
But you’d have to buy the products being endorsed by Jomar Yee, a TikToker who’s making a name for himself with “angry” reviews that prove these products’ durability.
In his product reviews, Jomar is known to smack on the item, slam it on the floor, smash it on the wall, or even stomp on it repeatedly.
While reviewing a bag product, he “angrily” pulls the zipper back and forth.
To prove that a basin is durable, he even stomped on it several times, pushed it back to its original shape, then stomped on it again.
OH BAKA HINDI PADIN KAYO MANIWALA!? WAG NYO KO GIGILIN JAN!
Reviewing an umbrella meant shaking it back and forth, reminiscent of the strong stormy winds that you might encounter – and the product survived that without breaking.
Many of his videos are now making waves on social media, with lots of netizens praising the product reviews (and the products themselves).
ANO PANG REVIEW GUSTO NYO NANG MATIGIL KAYO JAN!! GO!
While many netizens are saying that they’re enjoying his videos, some have also bought the products.
Although some were also skeptical and said that these are likely fake reviews and he’d send less quality products just like other online sellers, some of those who actually bought the products commented that these were, indeed, as durable as Jomar had reviewed.
Replying to @JOC Thrifts OH WAG NYO KONG ANUHIN JAN MAGSIBILE KAYO! GO!
Which of his product reviews did you like best?
There are many different wants to market your products – and being unique is something that can truly make you stand out from the competition. That’s exactly what Jomar was able to achieve.
While there are already so many sellers using TikTok as a platform to expand their customer base, it seems that he’s the first to conduct reviews in this manner.
Funny Photos: Congratulations to the New RSCs (Registered SIM Card Users)
Funny photos are making rounds on social media with the same theme: congratulations to the new RSCs (registered SIM card users)! LOL
Have you joined the RSCs?
Funny Photos of New RSCs Go Viral
As the SIM card registration law in the Philippines took effect on December 27, 2022, millions of Filipinos scrambled to register their SIM cards on the day, fearing that they might lose their numbers if they don’t do so.
It wasn’t surprising that the first day was marred with glitches – and so many users complained that they were unable to register their SIM cards no matter how many times they tried.
The telcos were forced to announce that they were having technical glitches, urging their subscribers to be patient as they try their best to improve their systems to accommodate the registrations.
With so many people experiencing difficulties in registering their SIM cards on the first day, those who managed to do so quickly took to social media to announce their success – and many found creative ways to do.
Soon enough, social media became flooded with posts of photo cards and faux tarpaulins announcing a similar theme: congratulations to the new RSCs (registered SIM card) users!
Others had different ways to announce their successful registration, but most followed a similar format to that of supportive family members or friends supposedly congratulating them for their success.
It’s reminiscent of tarpaulins for board exam passers – but most of those who posted these photo cards and pseudo tarpaulins created it themselves. LOL.
At least, the board passer whose mom made her create her own tarpaulin won’t feel too bad because others are also doing it (but for completely hilarious reasons).
So, have you posted your own version to congratulate yourself for successfully registering your SIM card?
How to Register Your SIM Card in the Philippines?
Here’s a handy guide on how to register your SIM card for free from Business News Philippines.