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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My Weekend in Taipei: 10 Things to Do in the City

Just like Palawan, an unexpected trip was sent my way when I qualified for AXA's incentive trip to Taipei. Featuring AXA's top 120 agents nationwide (I lucked out!), I was so happy that I was given a chance to explore another popular Asian destination that, admittedly, wasn't on my list for 2016.


All aboard EVA Air, travel time was approximately 2  hours and 10 minutes. Some delegates were on board Philippine Airlines, I heard they got a warmer welcome there with customized head rests and all.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Shopping at BeautyMNL + a new sunscreen discovery

When Beauty MNL got in touch with me regarding a blog post, I was more than excited. You see, I have this funny habit of going through online shops, putting stuff in my cart, and then abandoning them in the end because I tell myself I don't really need them. It's a good exercise in decisiveness though, because I'd rather spend on things that I can take with me when I travel -- and god knows I've spent so much money on bikinis already, LOL. It's time to go back to my beauty roots and discover something new.


So anyway, as the team gave me credits for shopping I spent a fair amount of time going through the website. I initially settled on a new tattoo brow kit but since it was sold out (and the staff was uncertain when it would be back in stock), I clicked on the "Organic" section and checked their offerings. You see that's one of the nice things about BeautyMNL, their products are categorized with beauty enthusiasts in mind and we all love an organic/all natural buy every now and then.

I then settled for sunscreen -- so predictable of me, I know. But you can never get enough sunscreen in your life, plus I am always open to a product that says "cooling" on the label. In my mind, I was pretty sure it wouldn't make it in time for my Siquijor trip since I ordered on a Friday.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Newbie's Guide to Siquijor Island

While most people would immediately think of Panglao Island or Palawan for their beach escapes, I would highly recommend Siquijor for its laid-back atmosphere and hidden beaches. Over time, I've leaned towards places that are more secluded and provincial. My last adventure was in Tablas Island, Romblon where I drove a scooter up and down the mountain (still the highlight of my 2016), and now two months later I was itching to drive and explore again.

I distinctly remember Cendy (I had met her previously in Tablas) inviting me over to Siquijor, and so I felt this was as good a time as any to come visit. Plus, I always feel comfortable in places that speak Cebuano.

How to get there


There are no straight commercial flights to Siquijor, but there are several jump off points. I chose to take the Philippine Airlines flight from Manila to Dumaguete, a flight that would last an hour and 10 minutes. Make sure to get the 8:40am flight (there are only 2 options) because you'd like to catch the ferry to Siquijor which leaves at 12nn. You can check the ferry schedules here. When you get to Sibulan Airport in Dumaguete, ask the tricycle driver to drop you off at Dumaguete Port.

buy your Jaylan tickets here

Tip: Tricycle rates at the airport are from Php 80-125. You can walk and hail a tricycle outside to save money, or hangyo from the driver to lower the rate. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sleek Matte Me Swatches: Birthday Suit, Bittersweet, Velvet Slipper, Old Hollywood

Praised for its highly pigmented and matte formula, the Sleek Matte Me line is taking over purses and kikay kits the world over. I have always heard so many nice things about the cult-favorite shade "Birthday Suit" (a flattering pink nude), and I'm so touched the Sleek Makeup team kindly sent extra shades for me to try. When asked what I wanted, I answered, "Any shade that would complement my tan," and send over 4 gorgeous shades they did.

What they are


Matte Me are ultra-smooth relatively long-wearing lip creams with a matte finish. There is no need for a second coat as just one swipe delivers a blanket of rich color.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

After a two-year hiatus, I'm finally back to Barre3

It's a little TMI but when my personal life went disarray last month, I decided that the only way I'd distract myself and feel better was to workout. I was getting bored of just using Youtube as my exercise guru (my yoga mat at home was not very inspiring), and the treadmill was boring the hell out of me, so the obvious choice was to go back to Barre3 which I've tried 2 years prior

What is Barre3?



The short answer is: it's a fitness program that combines ballet, yoga, and Pilates. Barre3 makes use of pulses or isometric movements to wake the muscles and fire them up. I'll be upfront, it's not particularly easy especially if you've been sedentary like me. But the graceful "ballet" part of it attracted me the most, as I was a frustrated ballet dancer growing up.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

For Sale: New Bikinis

I have some extra pairs and I've decided to let them go. All these bikinis just arrived and are brand new.


Crossover Bandeau in Mint & Lavender (set)
Brand: Xhilaration
Size: XS
Price: Php 1,600