Puerto Princesa: Sheridan

27.9.16


"We write to taste life twice."
- Anais Nin

I am currently resting in my hotel bed here in Ipoh, Malaysia, and thought of catching up with my backlogs. I really brought my laptop with me since I've been away for almost 2 weeks already. I can't help but feel pressured with the piling things to write from the past months!

No regrets, though, everything's been eventful and exciting. I am overdosing on Enervon just to make sure I am in good health day in and out (2 times a day, one in the morning and another before bed). Anyway, throwback to the last weekend of August when my high school friend and I experienced the beauty of Palawan through Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa.



#MakeConfidenceHappen


I've been a painfully shy girl, but if there's one thing that I discovered that I can do to express myself well.. It's through writing.



Manchester Travel Guide for First Timers on a Budget (or Not)

25.9.16

Manchester is a city straight out of Renaissance fantasy mixed with a contemporary vibe and eclectic lifestyle. It’s an ideal place for the solo traveller, family holiday trippers, lovers, or friends looking for that one-of-a-kind experience. 

PLETHORA Is The Greenwich #UltimateBandkada

19.9.16


It’s official: PLETHORA is this year’s Greenwich Ultimate Bandkada.

 


Win A Southeast Asian Trip, GoPro, and more with #PiattosTime

17.9.16


One of my favorites since childhood, Piattos entices everyone to level up your #PiattosTime for a chance to win GADGETS and a SOUTHEAST ASIAN TRIP with the #PiattosTime Video Challenge!



AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 Finals Night


Although I am not a contestant, I've been a follower of the happenings during AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016. The moment they assigned me as a blogger partner for one of the finalists, I knew it's something that I'd like to invest my time and efforts in. I like seeing people reach for their dreams, it is inspiring and tugs those tiny strings in my heart, haha!

Anyway, months passed since the pre-selection, and finally we we're down to the finals night! And guess what, my partner contestant made it!



CBTL Solar Saturdays


A great number of Filipinos struggle without a permanent roof under their heads to call their home, or do have a home yet is lacking in the basic amenities that would provide them an adequate standard of living, such as electricity. 

Puerto Princesa: Underground River

16.9.16


After our successful Day 1 in Puerto Princesa, Marj and I woke up early for the Underground River tour. We booked this along with last night's Iwahig Firefly Watching (story HERE), so I felt kampante that we're in good hands even with a rather plan-less trip.



CBTL Honey Apple Chai Tea Latte


"Like apple pie in a glass". 
Check out Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's newest Tea Latte!

A Corner in My Room + Life Updates

15.9.16


I will be rushing blog posts starting today because next week I'll be going to La Union for seven days.

 Ruth: Sure ka? Ako kasi pang out of country na ang ganun!
Me: Actually di din ako sure!

I realized that this will be the looongest local trip that I will be engaging in. It's actually a three-part blog event, and although there are no pressures and I can just say no, I wanted to challenge myself. The introvert in me is making me anxious now, but I am excited for what this trip will bring to me in the coming days. 

But before that, here's a little life update! I decided to (finally) dispose my Jurassic Personal Computer to create space for my craft materials:

Funny Face Yoga with SnowCaps

14.9.16


As I grow older and hopefully wiser, I realized that loving yourself doesn't mean you have to stop at that. Life is all about movement, with change as the only thing constant.

Snow Caps supports women in their quest to find better versions of themselves. Not in a dissatisfied way, but to love ones self by still seeking growth and improvement. 

In line with that, Snowcaps held a #BetterMe event last September 13 at the Makati Shangrila Hotel's Sage Bar. 

Oats-Caldo with Quaker Oats


Can I share a little secret? My dad and I LOVE our "oats-caldo" for breakfast and merienda! Haha.
It's a simple, healthy recipe we do with Quaker Oats.

Dream Space with MoodBoard Manila


Yesterday, I caught myself going around stores to "visualize" my dream space for Simple House. I know this is a long shot from where the business is standing now, but I can't help it! It keeps me going whenever I am surrounded with inspiration. 

Just this morning, I learned about MoodBoard Manila, a space planning and design consultancy firm.

Lucky Manzano for Shakey's

13.9.16


Shakey's decided to find a special someone who will best represent what they stand for and the special connection they have with their guests. And that special someone is a self-confessed Shakey’s fan himself.... Luis Manzano! 

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 in Macau!

12.9.16


I am so invested in the Air Asia Travel Photographer 2016 contest now, feeling ko I am part of the whole contest! Haha! I loved seeing the entries of my dear friend and pambato Dave Poblete during their final leg in Macau, no less! I suppose they change the location so visa won't be an issue? Anyway, back to the contest! Sharing Dave's shots, along with my final blog interview with him.

Landscape:

Japan In Manila: TICKLES

10.9.16


With no intentions to do so, we're having more regular gatherings for Japan in Manila. Aside from spotting places to shop and eat that reminds us of our Japan trips, we also settle in a restaurant or cafe for an hour or so just to create art journal pages (Japan "Hobonichi" inspired) and trade stickers, washi tapes, and what-nots. Every meeting is inspiring and feel-good, no wonder it's turning out to be a constant thing for me and my friends lately!

Yesterday, Ava and I met up early in SM Megamall to check out the new Tickles flagship store:


Puerto Princesa: GoHotels + Iwahig Firefly Watching

8.9.16


The timing was perfect. One of my childhood friends needed to go to Puerto Princesa to swiftly renew her passport for incoming travels (sadly, I learned that this is much easier than waiting for a slot here in Metro Manila). Without going much into details, my friend stumbled upon the right people prior our flight, so our trip ended up to be just pure vacation!

Before I knew it, the long weekend came and I was ready to fly back to paradise (sorry for the lack of better term, paradise sounds so cheesy but oh well! Haha!).

Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day

7.9.16


Recently I conveniently bought this red Fuji XA2 case via Shopee. I like that they offer Cash On Delivery, which I availed of course. I super love camera's new look!

Anyway, a bit too late on the news BUT at least this means more shopping.. Mark the date, September 9, as Shopee holds the 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day! This will be your chance to avail discounts and free shipping on this shopping mobile app!

Wicked Manila 2017

5.9.16


In 2012, my sister and I planned a Singapore trip just to catch Wicked. It's one of my long-time favorite musicals, and it still has the same effect to me every time I see it. Months back, they came to Manila but I wasn't able to catch them. Good news to everyone, though, WICKED IS COMING BACK NEXT YEAR!!!

All smiles and excited to go to the Emerald City! This was during Wicked 2017's press launch:


OOTDs with Huawei P9

2.9.16


It's been a while since I last made a blog post on my OOTDs. My blog friends and I talked about this a few weeks ago (hi Pax, Trice, and Ava!), and I realized that although nawawalan ako ng sasabin every time I post my outfit on my blog hehehe -- I actually suddenly missed it! This is "old school" fashion blogging, back during the time when people still exchange links and multiple comments on each other's blogs. There was no Instagram yet!

Anyway, a month ago I received the new Huawei P9 - dubbed as the ULTIMATE camera phone because of its collaboration with Leica. I like the convenience of having everything in one gadget! It's hard for me to juggle too many things, I sometimes tend to leave one of them or minsan nahuhulog ko pa, huhu! 

The moment I received my P9, I immediately unboxed it so I can put its camera to test! My first #NoFilter post on Instagram:


Sharing some of my other shots (OOTDs, food, selfies, and more!) below. All photo with just minor brightness / contrast / sharpen editing, and no filter!

Strong Phenomenal Women

1.9.16


These past days I've been working on a new project, a brand called SIMPLE, or my big comeback in the whole online selling community. I am super nervous, but I also missed this! There are different people to thank, more so, people to give credit to for inspiring me to continue what I love doing.

I'd say, achieving one's GOALS is not gender-based, nor does it rely on one's weight or age. These are just external factors, you've got to work hard for it! These are just some of the women that inspire me with their burning passion in their own fields: The Strong, Phenomenal Women!


Find Your Beautiful Escape With Avon


And the ball keeps on rolling for Avon's year-long 130th anniversary celebration! Presenting: Beautiful Escape, a collection of three vibrant and exhilarating fragrance mists that will inspire you to live life to the fullest, and tick of adventures on your bucket list!

Anagon