Friday, 12 June 2015

BESTIES Book Review | #bestiesbookclub



Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson recently released BESTIES and I am highly impressed with the book's content. I could say that it's already included in my top favorites when I first read it. I was also quite surprised that it's cheaper compared to the other books with the same genre. It's only P195 and available at all National Bookstore nationwide!

The book gives us a sneak peak to their life by the collection of their photos growing up. It also made me realize that 'IT' girls like Sos and George have their own share of shitty things all girls experience like bad hair hair and tough break ups. I also love the topic on how they tackle topics like self-confidence, finance and friendship. It's not a book where it tells you 'this-what-you-have-to-do-and-how-to-lead-your-life'. It give you a simple guidance on how you do certain things based on the authors' perspective. 

The book brims with with photos- I think 80% of it. Photos like their  travel, food, make-up must have and simple tutorials and of course who will miss the black-and-white photos of Sos and George it black swimmies. I could guarantee that you'll enjoy reading the book as much as I do. 

However here are my favorite pages:

Let's start!!!
Step-by-step guide to perfect that smokey eye.
Proving that even IT girls like Sos and George have the same girl problems like everyone else.
Make-up 101 and tutorials!!!
Guiding you on how to choose sunglasses based on your face shape.
Rules about travel! My favorite topic!
Guest author Erwan giving us simple recipes. 
Goofing around.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your own copy from National Bookstore near you.



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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Baguio City Succulents!

Hello there! I could definitely say that Baguio is my current favorite city. There's a 90% chance that I'll have my suitcase packed and live there for good in the near future. Aside from the weather, what I love about Baguio is its closeness and ability to connect with nature. So if youre living in Manila, here's your chance to get closer to nature without leaving your home.  You can find one of the succulents/herb heaven in Mines View Park. There's actually a lot to choose from. I wasn't able to ask about the prices but I think it's worth every penny. So don't forget to bring one home. Unfortunately I wasn't able to buy one due to lack of time. =(

I actually want to include these pictures in my first Baguio post but I think these babies deserve a separate post. So here are the photos I've taken. Enjoy!!!
 
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Baguio City, Cactus, Bonsai, Goodluck Plant, Sunflower, Everlasting,

Baguio City, Cactus, Bonsai, Goodluck Plant, Sunflower, Everlasting,

Baguio City, Cactus, Bonsai, Goodluck Plant, Sunflower, Everlasting,

Baguio City, Cactus, Bonsai, Goodluck Plant, Sunflower, Everlasting,

Baguio City, Cactus, Bonsai, Goodluck Plant, Sunflower, Everlasting,

Baguio City, Cactus, Bonsai, Goodluck Plant, Sunflower, Everlasting,



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Thursday, 9 April 2015

My Unexpected Trip To Baguio City

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Last Sunday (March 29), I was able to do something which I consider another 'milestone' in my entire existence. I went to Baguio City without any reservations or planning whatsoever. I've been there numerous times but this is my first unplanned travel. It is so impulsive and definitely beyond my comfort zone. I will never go to places farther than Manila without planning ahead of time. It is totally insane and out of the blue.The day before (Saturday afternoon to be exact), me and my workmates were talking about how good Baguio is especially this summer.It gave me an idea to go to Baguio at that very moment. I even told one of my colleague that I'll be leaving later that evening and she didn't believe me.

My adventure started at 12:30 am (it's already Sunday). Every bus was fully booked both the regular and first class since it's the Lenten Week. Almost everyone from the Metro wants to go to the province. I was told by the ticketing lady that the next available trip will be at 7am and that's six hours of waiting time. I was about to accept my defeat when I the guard assisting the passengers for 1am trip said that I can wait in the chance passengers queue since not all who booked on their scheduled trip was  able to make it on time or they were able to ride the earlier trip as chance passengers as well. Needless to say, I was able to take the 2am trip.

I arrived at about 8am and the first thing I did was to secure my trip back to Manila. I learnt my lesson! Luckily I was easily able to get a place to stay. Here's the picture of the lobby where I stayed. I wasn't able to get a decent picture of my room since I was too tired.

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The first place I visited was Burnham Park. For me, it's family friendly. There's a man-made lake where you can rent one of these fancy boats for about P150 for thirty minutes. You can also hire someone to row it for you.

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Aside from boating, you can also rent a bike (P40/hr) or a pedicab (P50/hr). There's also a lot of street vendors where you can buy strawberry ice cream, green mangoes with spicy salt and crispy pork skin in case you're hungry.
 
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Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

The next day, I woke up late. I took a quick shower and head on to my next destination: Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad which is approximately 6km away from Baguio according to Google Maps. You can take the jeepneys near Rizal Park and it only costs P11.

It's quite sunny and windy when I arrived. I can say that Strawberry Farm is your pasalubong  mecca. There's actually a lot to choose from: peanut brittle, lengua de gato, crinkles, key chains..the list go on. I bought fresh strawberries and a bottle of strawberry preserve. You can also  experience strawberry picking for only P400.

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

Next, I headed to Mines View Park.  I took a taxi this time and it's  worth it. I praise Baguio taxi cab drivers for being honest. They always return even the last centavo of your change. 

Mines View Park is an observation deck where you can view the mining town of Itogon. What I actually love is the vast selection of bonsai plants they sell in the park. I was actually tempted to buy one. The grilled dried squid and corn cobs were heaven!  

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

Baguio City, Travel, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farm, La Presa, Strawberry, Pine Tree, Philippines

This unexpected trip is a liberating experience for me. It started out as a blank slate with a bit of impulsiveness on the side. It also opens my mind to the world of travelling. I already listed the places that I want to visit and I am beginning to save up for it. This trip made me realize that life really starts at the end of your comfort zone and I am missing out a lot of things. Impulsive decisions aren't bad after all. Just say YES! 





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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

What's In My Make Up Bag?

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In my previous post, I mentioned that I'll be posting the things I have inside my emergency pouch. I don't want to call this a 'make up bag' because it's really not a make up bag..actually it's more of a utility/emergency bag. But you can call it 'make up bag' if you want. I recently downsized what I put inside my bag and it goes the same with this tote. I only put what I really need. It used to include three lippies, another set of mattifying powder and tons of hair ties! I got this bag from a weekend bazaar. I think it costs only P50.

So what's inside? Let get diggin'...

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  • Pressed Powder- I don't like having an oily face. This one is from TheFaceShop. I like how it keeps the oil at bay. It also helps blur my pores. I love this!
  • Oil Blotting Film - The pressed powder's BFF. Sometimes there's no need for me to use the powder at all! 
  • Lip/Cheek Tint- The ultimate lifesaver. It's also from TheFaceShop. I love its cherrry-like scent and how it gives my face that uulzang vibe. It's the only thing that adds color to my face. I don't really wear full make in everyday basis so this is a spot on!
  • Lip Balm - This one's from Maybelline. I like how it saves my lips my being chapped. 
  • Hand Sanitizer -I'm a bit of a germaphobe. I like its fresh scent. I got this from Watson's. It's on Buy1Take1 deal so who am I to refuse?
  • Pain Reliever - I was on my  first day of period during the time of filming. Girls, you know what  it feels like during that time of the month!!!
How about you? What's on your make up bag?


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