Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lunas by Nanny Rose Giveaway: Win the Feel Good Cooling Cream & Hand Balm

I'm so happy with my newest discovery that I just had to share the excitement with my readers. One of my favorite brands, Lunas by Nanny Rose, has generously sponsored a giveaway that includes two of their best-selling products. I've been using them continuously for more than a month (even packed both with me to Japan), you could say these are my tried and tested favorites. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Pixi Skintreats Launch

Finally, Pixi by Petra brings in the full 17-product Skintreats line to the Philippines! I've always been a fan of the brand -- from its fresh mint green bottles down to the skin-friendly ingredients. If you've ever been a fan of the cult-fave Pixi Glow Tonic (which is almost always sold out, btw), then you'll also fall in love with these clean, treat, and glow products. If you haven't tried Pixi then you're sorely missing out, my friend.

The skintimate launch

Last week's intimate launch was a welcome escape from the heat and traffic of Manila, and we were all very happy to be pampered during the unveiling. Here's a quick peek at the new Pixi products, full line exclusively available at www.glamourbox.ph and select stockists. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The car accident and my supposed intimacy issues

Part 2 of my brainfarts. You can read the first one here, enjoy! 

1. I am proud to announce that I have signed up for Spotify premium. Early adopter I am not. Finally no ads -- but being ad-free has been making me more indecisive than ever. I hit shuffle, then skip, skip...I can skip endlessly because why not?! No one's stopping me, and I damn well pay for this premium service. I've been staying up til the wee hours fixing my playlists and collecting all my favorite indie songs (with my old Soundcloud as my guide). So yeah, thanks Spotify for making me lose sleep and helping me with my indecisiveness -- I cannot stick it out with one song for more than 30 seconds.

2. Have you ever been so fond of someone you'd be willing to fly across continents anytime? When I say "fond of," I mean it in a platonic kind of way. No hand holding, no ulterior motives, nothing sexual. I am genuinely curious about this person and I'd like to find out more. Is this how guys feel towards girls somehow? I wish someone would also exert this same effort to get to know me.

3. Which brings me to another concern: someone told me I have intimacy issues. I think I do, but only because I feel that connections with people nowadays are so superficial. Everyone's online, and yet I've never felt so disconnected with someone I'm out on a date with who's constantly on their phone. I can only let out an exasperated sigh while I stare at my silken tofu submerged in dashi broth. At least my tofu will keep me company: it will listen unconditionally, it won't talk back or argue, and it won't even dare judge my life choices. This whole dating thing is making me sad.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pepe Gaka takes us around Kyoto

I woke up to the hum of the air-conditioner, I looked at my watch and it read 7:00 am. I gave out a light groan, I wanted to get some more shut-eye but we were scheduled to go around Kyoto today with our friend, Pepe Gaka, at 9:00 am. With the impressive efficiency of Japanese trains, I was sure we'd arrive there in no time. Time to wake up the parents, I thought, as I climbed down the ladder to their futon.

Who is Pepe Gaka?

My sister and I spotted Giuseppe "Pepe" Gaka while walking along Auckland's Princes Wharf last January. We were rushing to get some bus tickets for our city tour when I spotted a street artist and got curious. I told my sister we should go and say hi, but since we were on a tight schedule she dismissed it and said we should get on our way.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Things to do in Tablas Island, Romblon

Tablas Island piqued my interest when Philippine Airlines launched their flights to this relatively unknown island last year. There must be more to this place than just the infamous Romblon marbles. So I booked a trip a couple of weeks back and explored this beautiful island for 5 days. 

Romblon has three major islands: Sibuyan, Romblon, and Tablas. Tablas features sloping lands, sometimes even rough to rugged terrain. I was able to explore their municipalities via scooter, which I shall show you later on. 

Where I stayed:

Wanting to book somewhere secluded and cheap, I found Aglicay Beach Resort where a room for 2 went for roughly Php 524  per night. Located in Alcantara the resort is behind a mountain and is approximately 40 minutes away via tricycle from Tugdan Airport. 

with Kuya Louie

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Make perfect summer happen with Maybelline New York

It definitely is summer in this part of the world which means lightweight skin-enhancing makeup and playful lips. After all, summer calls for lots of color! And long-wearing-slash-waterproof color at that. 

This box from Maybelline arrived while I was in Tablas Island, now let me reveal the contents to you.