10 Travel Packing Tips for Solo Female Travellers

Monday, July 31, 2017

Travelling is the best thing in the world. Unfortunately, it involves one of the least favourite things in the world: packing. There’s nothing worse than booking your dream holiday and not having enough room for your best evening dress or the most comfortable hiking boots.

So, how do you travel when you are going for a solo trip as a female? Here are the ten travel packing tips for solo female travellers.

I have two brand highlights for this post: Lipault and Plains & Prints. Both brands cater to women, both I currently rave because they fit my style. I turn to Lipault for my not-the-usual everyday bag. I love that it can keep up with my lifestyle--imagine I just dump my stuff in my purse whenever I'm in a hurry! Very sturdy. Meanwhile, Plains & Prints surprises us with another Vania Romoff capsule collection. The pieces are all very unique, a reminder of not so distant summer days. I lust to own one to two before it runs out!

Read more below to see what I'm talking about! ❤

South News: Oishi Snacktacular Alabang + Landmark Opens in Festival Mall

Saturday, July 29, 2017

South peeps! My weekend mall Festival Mall has two exciting happenings over the weekend! 
Read on to find out more!

Landmark Finally Opens in Festival Mall Alabang!

I grew up going to Makati every Saturdays to join mom in her grocery shopping at the Landmark. We eat our breakfast first in Mcdo or Jollibee, then I will join her inside the grocery while waiting for the department store to open at 10. So many mundane but happy family memories!

Imagine my excitement when they announced that Landmark will finally open in the south, and in Festival Mall at that! We always go to this mall every weekend, so for sure we will pass by the groceries for our weekly supplies. I love the Landmark because they always have complete stocks and unique offers. During the Alabang branch launch, I saw that they have my favorites: Quorn vegetarian nuggets, Melona Korean ice cream, Korean ramyeun, affordable fruits and vegetables, and toiletries in bundles!

Some of the people I look up to are the ones who've been in their industry for a long time. To name a few, there's Coldplay, Drew Barrymore, the Olsen Twins, and so much more. I noticed that they all have one thing in common other than their staying power, and that is their ability to reinvent themselves. 

Coldplay band, though still in the music industry, plays around with different sounds and other types of music such as EDM. It is risky, but because of that they continue to excite me for every new song or album release. Drew Barrymore has been trying out different roles as an actress, and now I admire her as the CEO of a makeup company and a mother of two. Meanwhile, the Olsen Twins started as young actresses, style icons, and now they have their hands on fashion designing. I am a big fan of their brands Elizabeth and James and The Row!

Speaking of keeping up with the times, a local brand comes to mind. I went to New World Hotel a few days ago for the launch of Vida Nutriscience's newest and very innovative product that I've been using for over a month already: the Snow Crystal White Tomato. They also introduced the endorser that fits very well with their brand.

Korean Lipstick Hacks

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I realized that I am not much of a lipstick person. Whenever I encounter "situation questions" where I have to choose only one between kilay or lipstick, I always go for the former. It's just that lipstick becomes so high maintenance for me lately, it needs reapplying that I get so lazy to maintain it throughout the day. But there's no denying that a lipstick changes your whole look with just one swipe! My favorite dark violet-brown makes me feel edgier, while a red shade makes my face instantly brighter! Hay, now I actually miss wearing lippies!

Nude lips for everyday wear:

Finds During the First Korean Product Festival in the Philippines

Monday, July 24, 2017

Annyeong, Chingus!

Two weekends ago, my Korea In Manila friends and I were invited to check out the first ever Korean Product Festival in the Philippines. The event was held for three days at the SM Aura SMX Convention Center, and we were there on its second day. It was already a packed Saturday for us as we already planned to check the Japanese film festival in Shang prior the invite, but basta all things Korean, we're super game! Anyway, sharing some of my finds at the fair's beauty section.

Recommended: Travel Bags and Other Cute Stuff!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sharing some of my favorite finds from recent events and store visits! 

Japan In Manila: Shangri-La Plaza Mall Holds Month-Long Japanese Festival

Monday, July 17, 2017

So many things had happened since I last went to Japan. During the first 2 months of "Japan separation anxiety", my friends and I created the @japaninmanila Instagram account to post our food, fashion, and other Japan related sightings while here in the Metro. On the 5th month, I started binge watching Terrace House, Good Morning Call, Atelier, and other Japanese shows and dramas on Netflix! By the 6th month, I've already moved on to Korea and Kdramas.

But even though I've been posting more Korean content now, there's a special place in my heart for Japan. Every memory from this travel still gives me the feeling of longing and chills. I miss it! Imagine my excitement when I saw photos of the orange torii gates on display at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall! It's like being in Kyoto all over again!

I never ask for directions whenever I travel in Korea. 

I knew, since the first few times I tried, that I will either get 1) a brisk wave of the hand the moment I utter “Excuse me…”, an embarrassing turn down even before I get to ask my question; or 2) the person I asked for help will voluntarily WALK me to my desired destination no matter how far or out-of-the-way it is for him, just to avoid any conversations. One funny incident was when an ahjussi (a middle-aged man in Korea) walked with me through several streets, all the while just leading me to the nearest taxi stand!!

Mossimo x Planet of the Apes

Friday, July 14, 2017

A few days ago, my sisters and I were able to watch the War for the Planet of the Apes in advance at the Rockwell Cinema. The movie screening is courtesy of streetwear brand Mossimo, which is also a cool way to introduce their Planet of the Apes capsule collection for Fall 2017

Korea In Manila #001

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The past months, I am constantly on the look out for anything Korean here in the country. Something accessible, since I cannot always go to Seoul whenever I miss it (I wish lang diba!). It's not only because my blog is recently turning into a klog (Korean themed blog), but these things really interest me as of the moment. I am the type who, once I get into something, I go all-out. That's the reason why never ako nag attempt to start mag Everwing because I just know kakainin din ako ng sistema once I do! 😂

Anyway, if you're also an enthusiast for all things Korean, here are some "Korea In Manila" discoveries by yours truly or with my friends. Some are blog invites, but most are just stuff we tried on our own. If I encounter more K stuff here in the Philippines, I'll be making more posts like this in the future and hopefully turn this into a series. You can also follow our group on Instagram @KoreaInManila for our random, day-to-day finds and happenings. Kamsahamnida!

My 2017 Manila Concerts Playlist

Friday, July 07, 2017

After making all our concert bucket list happen for the past years, Smart Music Live has MORE for us for the second half of 2017!

Double Cleansing?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

If there's only one thing you need to pick up from the glorious 10-step skincare made known by Koreans, it's the first step: Double Cleansing.

Creating Keepsakes With My New Canon Pixma Printer!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I just created some Kdrama stickers with my new Canon Pixma E470 printer!

The Little Prince + #Adulting

One of the books that you read and understand differently the second or third time around is The Little Prince.
I remember reading it as a children's novel on baobabs, stars and a talking fox back when I was in grade school, and then suddenly perceiving it as a deeply emotional book on relationships and attachments when I re-read it in high school! These different interpretations of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince made it such a classic story that stood time!

A Day at the Newport Mall

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Sharing happenings during my hangout at the re-opened Newport Mall in Pasay last week!

I can't believe that it's already mid 2017!! 😅

Although I am feeling just a bit anxious with how fast time flies, I also feel fulfilment from all the things I was able to accomplish during the first part of the year. First, I was able to catch TWO of my most favorite bands (Coldplay and Goo Goo Dolls) live in concert. And second, I was able to travel out of the country three times in just 6 months (Singapore, Korea Spring, Korea Summer)! Hoping and praying for more to come!

With all these wonderful moments, I am just glad that I am BIG in documenting everything that happens in my life. Before, I just write down all my feels on a diary. But in this day and age of technology, I have my blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram Live to immortalize everything!

My "Cirque Du Soleil: TORUK" Experience

Where do I get inspiration? Other than in traveling, I love catching a good show whether it's a concert or theater. I love seeing performers giving their all, and an all-out production serving magic through beautiful set designs, costumes, lights, and sounds. Who will not be inspired to see live art in front of them??!

Last June 23, I was able to watch the Manila leg of Cirque du Soleil's Toruk: The First Flight at the Mall of Asia Arena. I had zero expectations, but I knew I was in for a treat! If it's the international group Cirque du Soleil, it just means you're watching something world-class!