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Pixi Multi-Balm in Wild Rose

I’m writing this in sweltering Manila, eating my Chia Pudding (that I made myself, thankyouverymuch), and thinking about our upcoming wake boarding activity this weekend. As someone who’s a fan of the sun (I use copious amounts of sunscreen, don’t worry), my beauty routine has been whittled down to just the essentials. Not that I have an array of makeup products at my disposal in the first place. But I really can’t imagine being all dolled up at the beach with full-on contour and foundation (check Instagram, people do that) — that.is.just.wrong. It’s too hot and sweaty to have to pile on anything else save for sun protection.

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But I get it, we still have to look decent at the beach. So, in the pursuit of looking at least glow-y poolside or at your next surf destination, I’ve turned to multi-purpose and skin-friendly brands and products. Less stuff in my carry-on, less stuff to fuss about.

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My Experience at Brigada Eskwela 2017

My family (Father’s side) are educators, born and raised in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte. Brigada Eskwela has been a joint effort of the government and community for 12 years running. I first heard about it in 2016 when I was on vacation in my hometown and promised I’d be back next year to help.

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A few weeks before the scheduled 2017 Brigada, I got a message from my cousin that it was slated for May 15-20 — a month earlier than last year AND the same weekend I was supposed to set off for Apo Reef and swim with the sharks.

But, a promise is a promise, I booked a ticket and flew home. The sharks can wait.

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Healthy Snacking with Honest Junk

Okay, confession: I never got the gummy bear trend. I am painfully conscious of all these sugary sweet snacks filled with so much sucrose that I’ve only tried it when Honest Junk came along. And even at first I was skeptical.

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Honest Junk aims to make snacking more fun with their tasty and healthy offerings. I’ve tried their gummy bears and homemade cookies and so far I am loving the flavors and the sweet prices (read: cheap!).

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Ilocos: Tourist Spots, Where to Eat, What to Buy

It was 9:00 pm and I was still a bit sleepy from my 2-hour bus ride from Laoag City to Vigan. I waited anxiously at the Partas bus terminal amidst the flurry of passengers and conductors. I had arrived earlier this morning from Manila and the idea that I am finally in Ilocos was still simmering.

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For years I have planned to go to Vigan as many people have been urging me to visit this heritage town once inhabited by the affluent Chinese-Ilocano mestizos. A town that is unparalleled in its preservation of Spanish colonial towns. After meeting Edmar Guquib (blogger and author of Explore Ilocos) during a previous fam trip in Puerto Princesa, my resolve to visit was stronger and we finally made time to plan a visit on April.

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Black is Back: Ella Naturals Active Charcoal Mud Mask

With all the layers of makeup, skin care, and gunk that bombards our face every day, we need to spike up our skin care routine regularly. Aside from the usual cleanse-tone-moisturize and bi-monthly facials, another good way to improve, detox, or boost moisture in skin is to use a mask.

I’ve favored detox masks more than anything, especially since my complexion is more on the combination type with somewhat oily T-zone. I am currently enjoying Ella Naturals’ Active Charcoal Mask made by fellow blogger, Gellie Abogado.

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If you’re my Instagram contact (if not, go ahead and follow me at @kirasworld), no doubt you’ve seen my IG stories applying the mask and making fun of myself once to twice a week. Lovely playlist courtesy of my Spotify, of course.

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Let’s go on a Bambike Ecotour!

Temperatures are rising and I bet the lot of you are planning either a beach escape or flying to somewhere cooler. If you prefer to stay within city limits, there’s actually a couple of fun things you can do — and going on a Bambike tour is one of them.

What is a Bambike tour?

It’s basically a tour around the ancient walled city of Manila (Intramuros) on a bamboo bike. Depending on how much time you’d like to allot, you can choose from a full 2-hour tour (Php 1200 per pax), Express Tour (Php 600 per pax), or you can just rent the bike and go exploring on your own (Php 200/per hour).

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I’ve always wanted to do this but you know, life would always get in the way. With Pepe Gaka visiting Manila, we finally had the chance to experience this popular attraction and a way for me to showcase the oldest district and historic core of Manila.

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