Sunday, January 22, 2017

SELCA 셀카: How To Take Good Selfies

Taking selfies is a "normal" thing these days, "selfie" was even included in the Oxford dictionary as an official word in 2013. Taking selfies is a way to either keep memories or just because ang ganda ng makeup ko today (lol). In Korea, they call selfies "selca" 셀카 for Self + Camera. 

Trying to take a selfie by the photo wall during Vivo's event last January 21 at the Mall of Asia-Atrium. Hi Kuya! Haha! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

M&Ms Fun First Move Project

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day has an impact to us Pinoys. This coming love month, are you adventurous enough to make the first move and surprise your loved one to show how special he or she is? Or are you finally ready to reveal yourself to your long time crush? 

In whatever relationship you are in right now, M&Ms is here with an exciting Fun First Move Project!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MRT Improvements + Common Station

The past months entailed lots of train rides for me to get to my destinations on time. I had a slight trauma using the MRT-LRT for the past years because of maintenance issues and sobrang siksikan lang talaga. Honestly though, I noticed that my more recent train experiences were better. 

For my bazaar weekend, I decided to meet up with some of my old suppliers around Manila. Of course, I can ride Grab as usual but taking the train is faster and cheaper. Here are some of my positive observations with our train system. Hopefully, this is the start of more improvements for Metro Manila's (and the whole country's!) mode of transportation.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Things to Do in Cebu

A few years ago, my friends and I took part in Cebu's Sinulog Festival. It was also my birthday week, very timely for this trip and the nightly parties. Those were the days!

This year, from January 13-15, Smart will be part of the two biggest parties in Sinulog: LifeDance and Invasion. As always, if it's a #SmartSinulog party, I'm sure it will be a epic! Aside from the partying, here are other things you can do since you're already in Cebu:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Travel Goals + Singapore Airlines' Travel Fair 2017

This post is a few weeks late, but after seeing fellow bloggers who also posted theirs, it inspired me to make mine as well (The Verns and Ashley). I thought to myself that this may also attract my goals, and who knows, I might be able to tick everything from this list if I just put them down and not just randomly think of them! 

Here goes:

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cafes in Korea

One of the best things about South Korea is that they also love their coffee! ☕

You'll see this in their K-Dramas where most date scenes and meet-ups are held in cafes. I am listing Descendants of the Sun's Dal.Komm Coffee, Cheese In The Trap's Coffee Bay, and The Heirs' Mango Six as my next coffee destinations when I go back to Seoul this May. You can even create a cafe-hopping itinerary when you go to Korea!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Finalists for Pioneer Insurance x #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition (Vote for your Favorite)

After a rigorous selection process, ten talented student songwriters have been chosen as the finalists of Pioneer Insurance’s #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

Pioneer Insurance Marketing FVP Len Pozon, Pioneer Retail Organization Head Lorenzo Chan, Jr., FILSCAP President Rico Blanco and FILSCAP Chairman Arturo Lui Pio at the launch of the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition last September 2016.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

As Usual, A Year-Ender (2016)

In 2016, my dominating word was BRAVE. I don't know how this surfaced, but it aptly summarized my year. It was also the word I held on to during anxiety-driven circumstances. My favorite phrases? "Kaya ko to!", "Aja!", at dahil kinain nako ng k-drama, "Fighting!". 😂 Pretty soon I was, not necessarily winning, but winging every challenge along the way.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My Korea Travel Expenses

Sharing my expenses from my Seoul-Jeju trip last Autumn. In a way, this will also be my personal record that I can conveniently look back on that day that I decide to go back to Korea. I actually checked my Korea Spring Budget before this second trip so I can gauge how much money I needed to bring!

Photos from Incheon Airport while waiting for my flight back to MNL.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Passion and Precision Cooking with Rinnai, No. 1 Appliance Brand in Japan

To me, the holiday season is the best time to showcase your home-cooked meal expertise. Filipinos spend time preparing their Noche Buena and Media Noche to show their loved ones only the best that they deserve. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Oh, Hongdae!

When the plane landed at the Incheon International Airport, I heard gasps from a few people around me. I looked out from the window next to me and saw it ... The first snow of the year in Korea.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Parties + My New Commuting Lifesaver (aka P2P Bus)

Counting the days till Christmas day! Along with the holiday rush comes parties with family and friends, and of course, the unavoidable heavy traffic! Few weeks ago, I had to walk from Magallanes flyover to the MRT just to reach my event in Megamall before the show ends! Buti nalang may Beep Card nako. 😅

Anyway, the things we do for the things (and people!) that we love!

Commuting to Makati via P2P! No traffic, huhu what a relief! More about this experience later.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

MBC World: A K-Drama Tour in Seoul

My flight back to Seoul was rather uneventful compared to my flight to Jeju. It also felt fast, but time in Korea (or when traveling in general) is also running, I arrived in my Hongdae box room and it was past lunch already! After leaving my luggage, I ran outside to (once again!) maximize the rest of the day.

The game plan? To visit South Korea's broadcasting capital: Digital Media City.

Autumn sighting during my walk to MBC--one of Korea's largest TV network!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Driving Around Jeju

After Yeomiji Botanical Garden and checking out the popular museums in Jeju Island, I still had a few hours of sun before calling it a day. Sunsets were noticeably early in the island when I was there, and most of the establishments with entrance fees were already closed by 5pm. 

Going to Hello Kitty Island, I decided to hail a cab. Kuya Driver, albeit our language barrier, suggested on more things that we can go to before I head back to my dormitory. He laughed when I relayed that I don't have any plans anymore. The only reason why I hailed a cab was because I don't know where the bus stop was anymore, and Hello Kitty Island is not walking distance from Jungnum Resort. I was lucky, he became my instant tour guide AND photographer for the rest of the afternoon! 

Taken by kuya cab driver, photog skills level 100! ;p

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

AirAsia Bloggers Contest: Win 2 International Round Trip Tickets + Php 20,000!

May 2017 be a big travel year for everyone! Join AirAsia's #ThankYou blog writing contest where you get a chance to win TWO International Round Trip Tickets + Php 20,000! 

Full mechanics below.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Holiday Looks with Unarosa

Just want to share, all three of us were wearing pieces from Unarosa last BU12! A few days before the event, I was able to drop by their updated store in Megamall to check out Unarosa's newest collection. I like that they have pieces that you can easily style for the season because they are basics but updated! Requested for photos because I don't have my camera during that store visit. 

Posted Unarosa's inspiring and well-styled lookbook below!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Museums in Jeju Island, Korea

Here's what I realized about Jeju Island: It takes an hour or so to get to places. You have to plot your schedule well, or make your visit longer (3-5 days). Since I am still learning from experience, I had to maximize just one full day in Jeju. The night before that one full day, I researched and created a game plan. It's hard to go to all these top TridAdvisor places, so I just went to the ones that were highly recommended and near each other. Most of them are museums.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Van Gogh Inside Exhibit, Jeju Island

It was my first night in a ladies dormitory in Jeju Korea. Lights were already off except for a few bedside orange lamps, as I was scheming my next day's game plan, researching on things to do to maximize my one and only full day in the island. That was when I chanced upon the Van Gogh exhibit.