Thursday, August 27, 2015

Philippine Airlines Ultimate Seat Sale: August 28-30

Missed out on the yearly Travel Expo last February? Then fret not because Philippine Airlines will be holding their own online seat sale on August 28-30. 

From domestic to international flights with travel period towards the end of the year til 2016, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to score great seats at awesome prices. Personally I'm looking at heading to Singapore, Japan, and Korea in 2015. Won't you go with me?

Click here to get redirected:

Domestic: http://goo.gl/1HbT8d
International (Economy Class): http://goo.gl/pwGWqL
International (Business Class): http://goo.gl/nkehWn

For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/flyPAL

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grab it now: BYS Makeup Pro Glamourbox

Imagine this: Australian makeup brand BYS collaborating with Glamourbox and cooking up a makeup pro beauty box filled with trendy palettes, contour powder, brow and lip products...why, I'm not even too involved in makeup and I'm already curious about the contents. Is there a bronzer, a waterproof mascara, or a steely eyeliner pehaps? The excitement is enough to make any true makeup aficionado weep. 

The box value, I am told, is nearly Php3,000 yet you can nab this limited edition release for only Php1,100. You all know it, good things come to those who wait and we all know Glamourbox has been MIA for a long while but a beauty box comprised of 100% makeup is always something worth waiting for. Don't go procrastinating now because boxes are available in limited quantities and you just might regret not getting yourself one!

So head on over to Glamourbox and reserve yourself a box (only 1 box allowed per Glambabe), boxes will be shipped out on September 15 ;)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The social media black hole

I was reading this when it dawned on me -- social media has betrayed me so many times! I log on to nonchalantly check my Instagram feed during lull moments or while waiting for my ride, and before I know it I've been sucked in endlessly scrolling or bouncing off from article to article, online shop to online shop. And then 40 minutes later I am still immersed!

Feedly is love
How many times has this happened to you: you wake up when your alarm goes off, still a little woozy you decide to just sleep in for another 5 minutes - but wait! - let me check my IG, FB, Twitter first and then it all snowballs from there. I sometimes catch my sister underneath the covers, with only a beam of light from her iPhone screen. Is social media consuming us or what?!

We're all guilty, I'm sure. Here's a rundown of my fave apps (in order of importance) that I check every waking moment (I exaggerate):

1. Instagram

Of course, I get my good vibes from Instagram. From positive quotes to kickstart my day, bikins for sale, animal photos from NatGeo, and even photos of people on holiday get me in a good mood. These things always make me look forward to my next out of town trip. I don't follow a lot of fashion stuff because I'd rather look at beautiful photos of the ocean or of cute baby animals than see what everyone's wearing.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ilog Maria Honey Propolis Throat Spray: Relief for Cough & Sore Throat

Okay folks, I almost have my voice back. Before I went to Baler two weeks ago, I caught a bug and have been coughing ever since. Common sense will tell you not to exert too much effort speaking when your voice is raspy and all, but lookie Kira went on overdrive and starting talking to everyone nonstop. So when I travelled back to Manila, my throat really hurt and I had lost my voice. I was also on antibiotics, thankyouverymuch, and stayed home the week after to recuperate. 

It's a little funny that when my cough was winding down, I discovered that I had the Ilog Maria Honey Propolis Throat Spray in the fridge. I had "hoarded" a couple of bottles from...I don't even remember when. 

Breath Freshener & Bacteriostatic Throat & Mouth Spray
Made from ILOG MARIA Virgin Honey, Propolis Gold & Peppermint / Spearmint Oils. Prevents colds and coughs, even fever/flu, if taken immediately after an "itchy throat" is felt. Spray twice on tonsils at first sign of a cough or cold. Soothes sore throat and smoker´s cough. Excellent for cold sores or "singaw". Clears itchy throat & hoarse voice fast. 
Price: Php 88/30ml (resellers charge more)
Where to buy: www.ilogmaria.com 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review: Daylong Spray Lotion SPF 30 PA+++

I am a sucker for sunscreen! Every time I go to the beach I bring a different brand in order to test its efficacy. Sun protection is one of the things that my parents inculcated early on, I think I've been using one since I was twelve years old. 

The most recent sunscreen product I received as a gift from Jessa is the Cetaphil Daylong Liposomal Lotion for Face & Body SPF 30 PA+++. I've been very curious about Daylong mainly because I've been a user of Cetaphil for years, though I've honestly never thought about purchasing because I was hesitant to pay a hefty price, plus I've always relied on my trusted sunscreen from VMV

So anyway, I brought the Daylong Spray Lotion SPF 30 PA+++ to my recent trip to Baler and I'll cut to the chase: I loved the texture bigtime but the protection is something they need to work on.

Daylong Spray Lotion SPF 30 is a liposomal sunscreen spray suitable for sun-sensitive skin. It is water-resistant, and offers reliable skin protection for both face and body against solar radiation thanks to UVA, UVB and IR protection. 
  • High protection (SPF 30)
  • Very water-resistant 
  • Non-greasy with great skin feeling
  • Cares for skin with aloe vera and vitamin E
  • No perfumes, PEG emulsifiers or additional preservatives
  • Dermatologically tested
Price: Php 1,290

Friday, August 21, 2015

Baler Photodiary: Of Motorbikes and Fish Tacos

When Cesar of Eat, Climb, Travel got in touch with me last May about his backpacking plans to SEA, I immediately told him, "Let's surf in Baler!" Being the eager beaver, I am always more than willing to introduce anyone to surfing, plus I have this [nasty] habit of bringing new friends (boys included) to Baler just to see how they'd fare in a simple, no-frills environment (prissy boys beware).

Of course Cesar was special as he was a family friend (our parents are friends), he's never been to the PH, and I wanted him to experience the best of what our beaches had to offer. And the best thing I can offer is the experience of surfing in Baler.

So we scheduled our departure via Joy Bus on August 13 with Yuri in tow (check out my adventures with Yuri here) and looked forward to the amazing weekend that was laid out in front of us. We had no distinct plan except to surf, eat, and well, go around Baler. Our lodging of choice was of course The Circle Hostel, it was the most comfy and affordable and I was pretty sure Cesar would love the artsy vibe.


On the first day, there weren't any waves so we decided to rent a motorbike at Aliya (Php 400/12 hours) and bike around town. I mentioned that I haven't been to Diguisit Beach which was supposedly part of the blogger tour the next day (Circle was sponsoring a bloggers weekend which Cesar and I were a part of) when Cesar had this brilliant idea: "Let's ditch the tour and just drive to Diguisit today!" Without batting an eyelash I said yes!

Happy fiesta, Baler!
We first passed by the town plaza where we discovered that Baler was set to celebrate their fiesta on August 19, too bad we missed it but nevertheless the city was beautifully decorated with buntings.