Monday, December 5, 2016

Yeomiji Botanical Garden, Jeju Island

Since my main agenda for this trip was to catch any signs of what's left from Autumn, I decided to go to a garden first thing in the morning during my first (and only) full day in Jeju Island. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I Left My Heart In JejuAir

Post-traveling leaves too much stories in my heart. 

And although life lately consists of events and Bloggers United duties (sadly, setting aside my @simpleMNL business for the meantime, huhuhu), it's so hard to just let go of these stories. Time is crucial.

Anyway, during my day 2 in Korea, I felt that I wasted - well - a lot of time. I feel that I made poor decisions, booking a flight to Jeju Island in the afternoon, leaving me again with a day spent more inside a transportation or the airport, and less time to go about "exploring". Again, time is crucial.

Friday, December 2, 2016

FLYTPACK: Affordable and Reliable Travel Pocket Internet

During my solo travel, I realized one thing: You have to be fully equipped because generally you can only rely on yourself. Before leaving Manila, I already have coats, thick socks, gloves, and even masks and ear muffs ready in case the temperature in Korea is too cold to bear.

Aside from these, I have my passport, and all my tickets and itinerary printed and stashed in a water resistant envelope (with 2 pens, to be sure!). I have set my budget, exchanged my Peso into Won 2 days before departure.

And of course, I decided to rent out a pocket internet that I can use for this travel. I've seen this in almost all my traveling blog friends, and now after experiencing it first hand, I must say, THANK GOD FOR FLYTPACK!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

One Night in Seoul

I'd say, this Korean Autumn Trip will remain very memorable to me for a long, long time. I got my plane tickets from winning as the blogger partner during the AirAsia Travel Photographer contest. I'd like to think that I used my prize wisely.

Last year in October, I was dreaming and hoping to experience autumn in Korea. I even created a Pinterest album with photos of Korea during fall just to "attract" this. Long story short, I was back in the land of kimchi and K-Dramas to experience Korea during the season I've been dreaming of for over a year.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A K-Drama Tour + VIU K-Drama App Now in the PH!

I recently caught the K-Drama craze, and I can't seem to stop watching different series ever since! I'm on my fifth series now (Descendants of the Sun), and it has only been a month! :D 

No wonder when I went to Korea a few days ago, it became a K-Drama ish tour. I can't help but associate a place or person that I see to scenes and characters in my K-Dramas. And although I've been to Korea last Spring, it was extra nakakakilig to be there now that I have a whole new level of appreciation for their pop culture, showbiz, and even history.

At the Incheon Airport, you can try Korean costumes for FREE. I asked if I can wear this headgear ala Ra-On of Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, haha!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bloggers United 12 on December 10!

It is almost the end of 2016 AND the 6th year of Bloggers United, and we are celebrating it through another exciting gathering of your favourite style bloggers, online influencers & vloggers!  This yearly holiday tradition involves a fun bazaar with bloggers & influencers as sellers where you can buy items for as low as P50, and an intimate meet-and-greet with their beloved readers.   #BU12xWorldBazaarFestival will be held at the World Trade Center-Tent on December 10, from 10am onwards. Expect loads of activities and exciting contests from our sponsors!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with TrueTea and Green Stevia!

I am currently watching my weight, which is so-so much harder now that I am 30. 

I realized that although I am very much into body love now more than when I was a teenager, I can't just YOLO on my weight because of health reasons. I realized this just a week ago when my mom gave me the talk. I am not a kid anymore, so this is serious!

Anyway, just this week I decided to cut down the snacks aka chips and sweets (huhu). One night I was craving for something to satisfy the sweet tooth, I decided to drink a glass of TrueTea. Aside from getting the sweetness I wanted, it's also guilt-free!

More on this product and the brand's recent event in Tagaytay:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Get that Korean Skin with Beauty Lab Whitening by Suaviss + Promo Code

After two La Union trips last month, I decided to try the new Beauty Lab Whitening by Suaviss, located at the Bonifacio Stopover, Taguig. My goal is simple: to get back to my original skin tone post beach trips. What caught my attention is that BeautyLab Whitening's treatment facility is perfected in Seoul South Korea, and we all know how Koreans have the most perfect skin - as if they have no pores!

Anyway, I went there on a weekday with no expectations, and here's how the experience went:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Purchase Online, Pay Bills with Your Smart x PayMaya MasterCard

With the holiday rush, I'd prefer to accomplish half of my tasks from home and not risk getting stuck in traffic.

For someone who is not used to credit cards, I am glad that we now have #SmartPayMaya. You can now spend your existing money on online purchases that only accepts MasterCard mode of payment!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Join Pioneer #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition and Win Php 100,000!

 Pioneer, one of the top life and non-life insurance companies in the country, is inviting aspiring songwriters and musicians to join the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

Participants can submit their entries at until November 15, 2016 for a chance to win a cash prize of up to PHP 100,000 plus PHP 100,000 worth of insurance coverage from Pioneer, as well as the opportunity to have their songs recorded and performed by musicians of their choice.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Get the iPhone 7 at the Midnight Launch by Beyond the Box TONIGHT!

Apple Premium Reseller Beyond The Box is making it easier for you to get your hands on Apple’s latest devices. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Japanese Eyewear Brand OWNDAYS Now In Manila!

Largest optical chain from Japan Own Days launched another store at the Estancia Mall earlier. I've seen some of their branches around the Metro (Glorietta, Landmark, and Festival Mall), and finally got to know more about the brand during the event.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Urban Ready with Urbanize

For a commuter, everyday is an adventure. It's one thing that I commute during my travels, but count in my daily bus-jeep-tric-train-grab hopping and call me the epitome of an Urbanite.

Now here's a brand that I recently just learned about that speaks right through me. URBANIZE gears us up to be #UrbanReady and #UrbanBrave by equipping us with products with FASHION AND FUNCTION.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Instax and Crafts: Journaling

Although my third time to hold a workshop for Fujifilm Instax Philippines, I was still as ecstatic about it as if it's my first time. Every time I get an email invite to teach for an Instax & Crafts event, I try my very best to free up that date so I can make it!

Just to share, pre-event process involves LOTS of back-and-forth emails. Team Instax will ask me for at least 2 project proposals, and I try to pitch in art projects that I myself would love to work on, things that excite me as of the moment. During the last workshop before this, I taught Instax Travel Board. For this year, I was surprised that although the theme was Christmas, Team Instax approved my current passion when it comes to art: JOURNALING!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Belmont Hotel Manila Experience

Some call it "staycation", while others "workation". I'd like to maximize a hotel stay by being able to do both of these: To accomplish so many work-related things, and at the same time, still have the time to relax and enjoy the comforts of a hotel.

I think that's what I was able to experience at the Belmont Hotel Manila during my overnight stay last October 22-23. The 4-star hotel located conveniently near Resorts World Manila and the NAIA Terminal 3 was the perfect host as I prepared for my next-day art workshop gig.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Daniel Wellington Classic Black Collection

If you like Daniel Wellington's classic, flat, white-faced watches, then you will LOVE their new pieces from the Classic Black Collection:

Monday, October 31, 2016

Speak the Language of Love with San Remo

San Remo Philippines encourage everyone, young and old, to "Speak the Language of Love" by sharing your favorite pasta to people who have shaped you in one way or another.

To kick-off the campaign, they held a one-day event at the Landmark Trinoma last October 25, 2016. For a weekday morning, it's amusing to see the place packed with shoppers who flocked their installation to try out the different FREE pasta dishes San Remo Philippines prepared for everyone.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

UK Face Care Brand SIMPLE Now in Manila

I was easily drawn by the brand name when I first got the event invite to SIMPLE's Philippine launch. Aside from having the same name with my new clothing line, it is direct to the point to its purpose: A gentle, skin-loving, but highly effective products that champions not only how the skin looks from the outside, but how it feels. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Thoughts from the Former "Fashionista Commuter"

My former blog name was Fashionista Commuter. I used to commute a lot and I mean, walks, buses and trains level instead of taxi. Grab and Uber were then non-existent, so I was afraid of cabs because of one-too-many jumping meter experiences. Changing from one transportation to another was tiring, but in a way, it developed skills and personality. I became more street smart and I say this because I used to be in an all-girls school with sundo-hatid school bus.