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Since its launched last October 2023 in the Philippines, Y.O.U Radiance Glow Series has been receiving positive feedback and reviews from consumers both online and offline. By understanding and formulating products suited for the unique requirements of Asian skin Y.O.U Beauty created this skincare series for those with oily, combination, and sensitive skin. Developed together with R&D expert Tadahiro Shimada, a former R&D Director of Shiseido Global, we continue to expand this series by adding Radiance Glow Advanced Eye Serum to the set and a limited edition Sakura packaging for your all-time favorite Radiance Glow Illuminating Serum. 


Kim Soo Hyun for YOU Beauty

How Airlines Respond to In-Flight Medical Emergencies

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Flying is often associated with the excitement of exploring new destinations, reuniting with loved ones, or embarking on adventures. However, amidst the joys of air travel, unforeseen challenges can arise, including in-flight medical emergencies. While such incidents are relatively rare, they can be significantly more challenging to manage due to the aircraft’s confined space and limited resources on board. Fortunately, many airlines have various safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure that they’re prepared for any medical crises.



From K-Drama Concerts to Webtoon Exhibits: Discover KCC’s Summer Lineup

Monday, June 10, 2024

It's a weekly affair at the KCC!  


The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) is excited to announce a series of vibrant K-culture events lined up for June and July. From traditional performances and webtoon exhibits to K-drama concerts and K-pop festivities, there’s something for every K-culture enthusiast. Here’s a detailed look at what’s in store:


Korea Festival in Cebu  


Join us for the Cebu leg of the "K-Culture Next Door: 2024 Korean Festival" on June 15 and 16. The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony at 2 PM at the Sky Hall, with festivities running from 10 AM to 8 PM at the Mountain Wing Atrium. Immerse yourself in a blend of traditional and contemporary Korean experiences and performances—all for free! 




Cebu Pacific, Singapore Tourism Board Sign MOU, Promote ‘Fly, Stay, Cruise’

Friday, June 07, 2024

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading airline, has strengthened its partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to create more opportunities for travelers to the Lion City.


One of my Singapore trips with friends! That time, we stayed in different backpackers inn, watched a concert, and tried so many of Singapore's vibrant local cafes

Amaia Steps Pasig nears completion with topping off ceremony of Clara Building

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Amaia Steps Pasig recently held the topping off ceremony of the Clara Building, its fourth residential mid-rise in the complex, bringing the contemporary development closer to aspiring condo dwellers looking to settle down in the heart of Pasig City.


Amaia VIPs attend Amaia Steps Pasig Clara Building topping off ceremony. (L-R Jemelyn Manongsong, CSG GEO Head; Jasmin Espiritu, MetroSouth Inhs GEO Head; Jeanette Saturnino, MRT Head; Ramon Quiaoit, MDC Operations Head; Deedin Benig-Alulod, North Manila Project Development Manager)

Last weekend, I went to Tagaytay with other content creators to join the Let’s Go Renewable 101 event and learn more about solar-powered, sustainable energy in the Philippines. 


This event brought together key stakeholders, experts, and advocates at the Containers by Eco Hotel to discuss the vital role of solar energy in achieving an affordable, locally available, and clean energy-powered future for Filipinos


With the growing urgency to address climate change and the need for energy independence, the gathering served as a crucial platform to inspire and encourage Filipinos to explore the benefits and possibilities of solar energy and to foster a greener, more equitable, and resilient energy sector. 


The two-day event featured engaging presentations and discussions that showcased the practical advantages and transformative potential of solar power for homes and businesses. 


With fellow workshop attendees and our commitment board, to showcase our commitment to advocating for a more sustainable future for Filipinos:


Your Korean Dream Team: W Express & KVAC – Say Goodbye to Visa Hassles! 

Backed by W Express’ nationwide network of over 100 branches, experience a simplified Korean Tourist Visa (C 3-9) processing, from application to delivery 


(L-R) W Express Executive Vice President Emelita Alcid, W Express Chairman and President Dawn Feliciano, KVAC Managing Director Ahn Kyu Suk, KVAC General Manager Choi Yong Won

Your Guide To Summer-Ready Skin: Protect and Repair To Achieve That Summer Glow!

Friday, May 17, 2024

Sunnier days are upon us, which means summer season is here, and for Filipinos it is one of the best times to tick off their travel bucket list or simply spend quality time with their loved ones. The Philippines is gifted with thousand of islands—a variety of spots to cool down during the dry season. Thanks to its geographical features, our country can enjoy stretches of pristine white sand beaches surrounded by crystal-clear waters, caves and other rock formations, unspoiled mountain ranges, and many more sites that both locals and foreigners can enjoy. 


While you may think that flip flops, sunglasses and hats will be the main character of your go-to summer bag, don’t forget to save some room for your sunscreen to keep you protected from the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure, which can cause visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. 


Despite the fact that sunscreen is probably on top your list for outdoor activities, it’s actually a good practice to use it year-round and make it part of your daily skincare routine. Y.O.U Beauty’s commitment to improve one’s skin health goes beyond the surface level, the transformation it brings gives you confidence and ultimately achieve that long-lasting beauty from within.



Make Your Own Skincare in Seoul

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Instead of buying skincare in Olive Young, I decided to make my own during my short visit in Seoul. It's the perfect activity while in this city that loves beauty!


Sun Smart: SPF Essentials to Keep Your Skin Protected and Radiant

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Summer trips are here, and even in the city, I can feel the intense heat of the season. It's time to arm ourselves with the essential defense against its rays.



FWEE Korean Makeup Pop-Up Store Visit in Seongsu, Seoul

Monday, May 13, 2024

Have you heard of the trending Korean makeup brand FWEE? I chanced upon it while in Seongsu, waiting for my slot for the J-Hope Pop-Up. 


Fwee's cute pop-up in Seongsu, Seoul, South Korea


Have you been looking for a tool that will help you boost your confidence and enhance your silhouette? Have you had the opportunity to try shapewear? These garments will provide firm support while smoothing out the curves of your body. 



Thanks to wholesale shapewear you will be able to find many options that are there to cater to different outfit choices and of course body types. To make your more informed decision we want to share some of the most popular styles that keep continuing to dominate the shapewear market. 






I joined a perfume-making class in Seoul!

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Another class I joined while in Seoul was Perfume-Making.


Actually, there are a lot of studios offering this kind of class, but I chose the one easily booked through Klook called the GN Perfume in Seocho. I later found out that GN stood for GOOD NOSE!


→ Seoul Self Perfume-Making Activity in Seoul by GN Perfume Studio


What's your favorite scent?

I Joined a Korean Full-Course Meal Cooking Class at a Local Home in Seoul!

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

I joined a Korean Full-Course Meal Cooking Class at a Local Home during my recent Seoul trip! 


 Just keep running, man! 


The most-watched reality game show on Philippine TV in 2022, "Running Man Philippines," is back on GMA Network for a more hilarious, entertaining, and fun-filled season. 


Photo from GMA Running Man PH

Oatside launches Pocket Packs in PH via fun-filled Oatside Pocket Festival!

Sunday, May 05, 2024

Oatside, the irresistibly tasty plant-based milk brand, launched its adorable Pocket Pack Series in the Philippines with the fun and colorful Oatside Pocket Festival.


Dani Barretto

Traveling for a Kpop Concert on the Same Day!

Friday, May 03, 2024

During the HUGE Taylor Swift craze due to her Singapore concert, I watched my peers' adventures on social media as they traveled to SG to watch her in her one and only Southeast Asian stop. 


My Day 0 for the Korea trip:


One interesting experience for me was of Kim Chiu's (the actress) which she posted on her Youtube. She showed how she traveled, changed her clothes, went to the concert, and then went back to the airport all in a day to watch her fave live. She even shopped for makeup in between!! Kim had no luggages with her, just a backpack, her concert outfit, and a few hours to get to the venue on time = The perfect recipe for an adventure. It looked so much fun and exciting! BUT I also thought that it's something that I will never ever do! Iba ang rush and stress! It was nice though to live vicariously and just experience it second hand through her vlog.


You can watch this Kim Chiu Taylor Swift Vlog here:


Even during the AgustD's DDAY tour, we really planned everything to the T, making sure we have AT LEAST TWO DAYS allowance before concert day in case something comes up. True enough, we had boo-boos during our hotel check-in which made us even more decided that we will never ever book a trip on the same day of a concert we're going to. It's super risky!


One of my ultimate fan girling core memory: Suga's DDAY Tour!


But as you might have known by now from my IG or Tiktok posts, I ate everything I said for the recent Seventeen Follow Again Tour in Incheon. 


I was all set for my spring trip, making sure it will not fall during Holy Week since my family goes to recollections during those dates, when Seventeen suddenly announced their concert dates and it was during Black Saturday and Easter Sunday! I said to myself, if maka bili ako ng ticket for their second day, which is same day as my flight to Korea, i-go ko tong concert nato. Bahala na. True enough, I was able to buy a ticket!! And so off we go to Korea for a same-day con!


 One of my favorite views <3


It was a 2:40am to 7:55am flight, so I was hoping I get some sleep!


Lights were switched off for most of the flight, and I had the row to myself. But I was twisting and turning the whole time. I think I only had a MAX of an hour of straight sleep!


Anyway, looking back, it was my very own Kim Chiu moment, haha! I flew early morning from Manila to Incheon. Prayed there will be no delays and mistakes coz I couldn't afford it with my time constraints. 


After the usual immigration and claiming of checked in luggage, I went to my usual airport errands for my travel essentials. Sharing some tips here in case you will also find yourself in a same-day flight and concert situation someday!


1) Everything's on the same floor, so don't forget these Korea travel essentials:


πŸ’° Withdraw some cash (Or have your money exchanged if you prefer it that way). Cards are generally accepted everywhere, but in case of emergency it's best to still have on hand cash. There are international banks and ATM machines everywhere at the Arrival. I prefer just withdrawing KRW coz it's convenient, and charge is only about PHP 200. I use my BDO Debit Mastercard and it works every time.


πŸš† There's a CU right across the money changers and ATM where you can buy your transportation card. It can be T-Money or Cashbee. You can reload your card at the train station. 



πŸ“± And lastly, before the trip, make sure to pre-purchase a local sim card via Klook so you will have internet connection while traveling in Korea (use my promo code KLOOKANAGON for discounts!). I have yet to try the E-SIM which I am sure is more convenient since no need to claim it, but I used to have a locked sim card phone with SMART. I only got a new phone now, but as usual, even my physical sim card experience in Korea was hassle-free.



2) Prepare for Battle! Grab something to eat. Freshen up and change into clothes you'll wear to the concert while you have the time and logistics to do so.


I had my lunch in Starbucks that I passed by heading for the SPA ON AIR or the airport jjimjilbang. There are other food choices in that area, but in case your flight is red eye and most of the shops are closed, there is always CU convenience store (where you can also buy your T-Money or Cashbee card)


Had a quick bath at the airport jjimjilbang. Felt so nice to take a hot bath and change into clean clothes!! The space is perfect for quick freshening up, and I only paid PHP 500.


Had to EAT for more ener-energy, lol:



Not much pics since it's a public bath house! But you can read more on my past SPA ON AIR EXPERIENCE!


Updated price list for Spa On Air, 2024



3) Decide on Logistics. Where will you leave your bags? Will you still have time for check-in?


I took the airport train to get to my first hotel for this trip. Very convenient, since the hotel I picked is just 2 stops from the airport. You can also take a cab.


Super convenient train system since it's their airport railway, there are a lot of elevators and escalators.


Ang tagal ko din pinag isipan to during planning: 

Should I just book for a night at the airport (iwan muna bags sa luggage storage services), 

➡ Do I risk and book a hotel na agad in Seoul? (Kaso ang layo pa ng Seoul, e nasa Incheon nadin ako)

➡ I also almost booked an Airbnb very near the concert venue (since there were no walking distance hotels so bnb nalang). 


But later on I CANCELLED it when I realized that Airbnbs have late check-ins, and have no concierge that can help me with bags storage in case I don't want to wait for check-in time. May napala din ang pagiging over-thinker!!


My first whiff of Korean air for this trip while on my way to my first hotel:


With these factors, I realized that a TRANSIT HOTEL is the best option for me. One that is either near the airport or near the concert venue, or saktong asa gitna lang nila. Must be near a train station too, para iwas taxi and long walks while still carrying all my luggages.


I stayed in Incheon Airport Hotel Zeumes. Booked a room via Agoda for PHP 3,124.49 / one night. It's a bit pricey compared to my usual hotel room budget, but sulit talaga for the convenience and the hotel room itself--very spacious and comfortable.



Clean toilet and bath, and super spacious din for a Korean accommodation:


Great location, 2 stations away from Incheon Airport, and just across and a block away from the Unseo subway station. Travel time from airport to the hotel according to Google Maps is only about 13 minutes.


Anyway, the transit hotel I picked was perfect. I can go anytime to leave my luggage at the concierge. They have 24/7 staff in front so I can check in anytime at night after the concert. It was super hassle free and highly recommended!


More tips from my personal experience that might be useful for you someday!!


πŸ’₯ Bring an EXTRA POWERBANK. Since I've been traveling since the night before (check-in was around 11pm, flight was at around 2:40am) I didn't realize that I have been consuming my powerbank the whole time that few hours before the concert, palowbatt na phone ko and wala nading power yung powerbank ko! My friend came to the rescue with her extra powerbank, but imagine going to a concert with just 35% battery waaa!


πŸ• BUY FOOD on your way to the venue. In case. Yung nanyari sa akin, wala na palang food halls near the venue, which is a long walk pa from the train station. It was my first time there, so hindi ako familiar sa area. I was starving but also lazy to walk back to the train station, but I met up with a friend who had an extra powerbank AND samgak kimbap in her bag! Ahhh thanks T!


My lifesaver, T! Hahaha! I can't imagine, in all my "strong independent female solo traveler" facade, that I will face these minor travel boo-boos hahaha. So thank God for FRIENDS! :)


How I bought my Kpop concert ticket: 

I always get this question on my Insta! So here are some tips.


General tip: Stay updated with your favorite Kpop groups' activities by following and joining Facebook and Twitter groups that post anything and everything going on about your idols. I also have a Weverse account with my notifications ON so I am on top of everything. 


Another important thing I did was getting an Official Membership for Seventeen, also available on Weverse via the Weverse Shop tab. You will really get higher chances to buy a ticket during their official fan club members pre-selling vs when selling is already open to all.


Set an alarm for everything so it won't slip your mind. Make reading a habit, and plot everything on your calendar. From registering your membership to the site (They sold the tickets on Interpark, announcements were made via Weverse), to actual ticket purchasing. Be online an hour before the schedule para naka open na yung tabs.


Be DECIDED nadin on what ticket tier you're getting (and your plan B, C, D in case soldout na your first choice...) hindi pwedeng doon palang mag iisip. Walang time for that na talaga. Ready your online payment options, I used my BDO Mastercard for this, but I have a Maya card as back up.


Pray, and good luck!!!


Ending this post with this photo, my first cherry blossoms (?) or cherry blossoms ish sighting for this spring trip! A sign of the great week I'll be having back in my second home. ♥




Watch my vlog here:



Potato Corner, the beloved provider of flavorful fries, is delighted to introduce Poco, the vibrant and playful new mascot poised to capture hearts around the globe. After over 30 years of spreading joy through its iconic snacks, Potato Corner is embarking on an exciting new chapter with the introduction of Poco.



PHILIPPINES, 30 April 2024 – K-Pop icon SEVENTEEN is back with a bang as they mark their ninth anniversary with the drop of their highly anticipated Best Album, “[17 IS RIGHT HERE]”. 


To celebrate this milestone release and honor their fans’ unwavering dedication over the years, SEVENTEEN has teamed up with Spotify - the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, to let listeners in on the fun with an exclusive array of bonus content. 


Having touched the hearts and lives of CARATs (SEVENTEEN fans) from across the globe, the group’s streaming numbers have soared since joining Spotify in 2016, tracking an average year-on-year growth of over 95%. Today, the group’s top markets on Spotify span the US, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Canada, Taiwan, Singapore and Mexico - a testament to the power of their music in transcending regional boundaries, languages and cultures. 





Find Out 'Your K-Pop Persona' with Spotify!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

I don't even dance, but I said YES to a dance class yesterday at the 808 Studio in The Podium Mall for Spotify's 'Your K-Pop Persona' event! Anything K-Pop, I'm in!


Still a frustrated dancer! Where to learn at my age, hoho!

DIY Keychain In Seoul: Wappen Shop Ikseondong

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

While waiting for my friend, I spotted a wappen store in Ikseondong that wasn't as crowded as the ones in Myeongdong. It's a trendy activity for foreigners and even locals that I've been seeing a lot on TikTok.   


Although I thought it was a bit expensive, since I had nothing else to do and Ms. Dinna had also asked me to make two for her, I decided to go for it.  


The Wappen House is a nice place to go around, and the people manning the store are nice too!

TREALVA at Midlands West: Eco-centric living weaves breathable spaces in harmony with nature

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Residential property developers are acknowledging the need to integrate  eco-centric living in their masterplan, a concept that is emerging as a non-  negotiable lifestyle principle for a growing number of individuals aspiring for  a healthier relationship with the world around them.


(Artist’s perspective of the community) In a world transformed in countless ways, individuals seek out unspoiled destinations to reconnect with their origins. Trealva, nestled in Midlands West, serves as a shining example of this pursuit for tranquility and serenity.

Boracay Food Trip 2024

All the food we had for this very short trip! There were so many vegetarian options, and we loved being able to try out numerous local restaurants during our stay! 


Sometimes, I tell myself that I go to Boracay for the eats, lol. I used to diet (huhu) prior to a Boracay trip back in my youth, because our agenda was to take pics and party. Gone were those days! I am actually looking forward to the Boracay trip to actually swim and fill up my belly, haha!  


Here's our food list for the 3-day trip; it may seem simple, but the Ginataang Gulay from Two Seasons was actually my (and dad’s) favorite. πŸ˜…πŸ«ΆπŸΌ We had a free breakfast buffet in our hotel, so that's minus one meal to think about in a day. Yet, my sister and I agreed that we haven't eaten this much in our day-to-day lives! It's like we're having five meals a day during this vacation, haha!


Los Indios Bravos

@losindiosbravosboracay 

samosas and chicken goujon


First stop in the island! I like the food, but the service made this visit worthwhile. Servers were friendly, we chatted with them and asked them about what's new in Boracay. Resto has an air conditioned / indoor area perfect for my senior parents. Mom said the chicken fingers were good. Also enjoyed the falafel (not in photo) with refillable hummus.


Mango Mama

@mangomamaboracay 

mixed mango-coco & black rice


The fam LOVED this! It's mango sticky rice with a twist. Perfect for the hot weather, but we wished they have comfortable dining area so we can enjoy the dessert more.


Two Seasons 

@twoseasonsphilippines 

four cheese pizza, oyster sisig, lechon kawali, ginataang gulay



The classic! THE OG when you visit Boracay! We were supposed to eat here when we arrived, but as always, the resto was jam-packed. We arrived early for dinner at around 6pm, and were seated right away. WORTH IT. Hindi padin nag bago the taste, super sarap padin. I also ordered ginataang gulay for a change, and it was also so so good!


Sunny Side Boracay

@thesunnysideboracay 

vegan chori burger, champorado



My Ate's fave! That's why we made sure to dine here during this trip. We had drinks and champorado first, then chilled and ordered lunch nadin. As always, food is GREAT! View is also beautiful. This is at their new Station 1 branch.


Ice Flakes Boracay

@iceflakes_boracay 

Mango Coconut, most recommended on my IG story survey


The most recommended food when I asked for recommendations on my Instagram Story! True enough, this bingsoo is goood! A bit on the pricey side, but worth it naman ang lasa.


True Home Bistro

@truehomehotelandbistro 

perfect ambiance for dad’s birthday


After having really good food the past meals, food here is just okay. Nothing mind-blowing. Love the ambiance though, it was quiet and homey. Perfect place to unwind for our last night, also dad' birthday dinner.


Nonie's

@noniesrestaurants 

tempeh kare-kare, vegan sisig, beetroot strawberry smoothie (sarap), fresh buko tart



Hours before our transportation for the airport arrived, we took the e-tric to Station X. Dined here because they have so much healthy options. The Tempeh Kare-Kare is an interesting and healthy alternative to the usual that we know. They even served it with vegetarian bagoong. We also had vegan sisig, which is made of mushrooms and tofu. Also yummy, and super bagay with the black rice. Their smoothies are must-try, too!


The perfect solution for acne-prone skin

Monday, April 15, 2024

 

Hyaloo Pore Repair Collection is Your Acne-Prone Savior 


Having an acne-prone skin can have an impact on our confidence and self-esteem. But thankfully, there have been many advances in skincare to offer solutions for whatever skin issues we might have. One of them is Hyaloo which offers the new Pore Repair Collection, the latest innovation from the Korean skincare brand, that’s rich in Hyaluronic Acid (HA). 



HA is a naturally occurring humectant found in the skin, with an impressive ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. This means it plumps up skin, leaving it feeling more supple and hydrated, while simultaneously creating a barrier that prevents moisture loss. But the benefits of HA don't stop there! Studies have shown it can also reduce inflammation, a key factor in acne breakouts.



However, for truly acne-conquering results, we need something more. Enter Hyaloo's Pore Repair Collection, the latest innovation from the Korean skincare brand known for its gentle yet effective dermatologist-tested formulas. 



This collection harnesses the power of Hydra-BHA technology, a unique blend of:

  • 4x Hyaluronic Acid: Delivers intense hydration and plumps skin.
  • Salicylic Acid: A beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that gently exfoliates, unclogs pores, and fights acne-causing bacteria.
  • Ceramides: Strengthens the skin's barrier, preventing moisture loss and irritation.



Here's how the 3 products in the collection work together to transform your acne-prone skin:



Hyaloo Pore Repair Foam Wash

This pH-balanced cleanser gently removes excess oil, dirt, and impurities, leaving skin feeling refreshed and calm. Its exfoliating properties unclog pores, visibly reducing acne and redness.



Hyaloo Pore Repair Deep Hydrating Gel

This lightweight, oil-free gel moisturizer is perfect for oily skin. It absorbs quickly, providing intense hydration without clogging pores. It's even gentle enough for use on both face and body!



Hyaloo Pore Repair Matte-Finish Water Cream SPF 50+ PA+++

This non-comedogenic water cream provides broad-spectrum sun protection without leaving a greasy residue. It's perfect for daily use, even on sensitive skin, and leaves your complexion looking matte and shine-free.



Hydration is an essential to any acne-prone skin type’s skincare routine and Hyaloo is here to be your “hya-mazing” best friend. Hyaloo paves the way for clear pores by promoting balanced, clear, and healthy skin through deep hydration. Hyaloo’s Pore Repair collection treats your skin with the gentle care it deserves, while providing potent ingredients to combat acne. All products in the Hyaloo Pore Repair range is vegan, cruelty-free, and fragrance-free.



Ready to say goodbye to acne and hello to hydrated, balanced skin? Shop Hyaloo's Pore Repair Collection exclusively at a Watsons and SM Department Store near you, or online at Hyaloo’s official Tiktok, SHOPEE and Lazada flagship stores. 


Follow Hyaloo on social media by checking the hashtag #HyalooPoreRepair and the handle @hyalooph on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram.