Thursday, October 23, 2014

An affirmation that flowers are good expense

Back as a kid, I would love to pick a handful of wildflowers and putting them on empty jar. It’s just one of the random things I love doing other than swimming all afternoon and picking up seashells at the beach.

Today, as an adult living in the fast paced city life. I realized, I have become one of those who love buying and taking pictures of flowers. (not the expensive arrangement from a flower store that cost an arm and a leg).

 A habit I’m trying to continue each week. It’s nice to buy things that simply make you smile. 

If only I had the photography chops and a perfect natural light coming from an open window. My photo's would be divine. Which a factor that I should consider if I plan to look for a new apartment. but for now, I just need to change the paint to white and a good wall lighting will do the trick.

I would buy flowers during Sunday at Legaspi flea market and Wednesday at the right side entrance of Baclaran church, they are fresh and pocket friendly than flower shops.

Now let me count the ways in the most sensible and acceptable manner why you need to buy yourself a flower:

Because arranging them in a vase or your precious mason jar might scratch a creative itch.

Because it’s a relatively small gesture that will supply you with pleasure for days to come.

Because having beautiful surroundings help you to be the best you can be.

Because your favorite flowers don’t get the appreciation they deserve — except from you.

Because otherwise you might try to care for yourself through an unsupportive habit.

You’re a grownup, who have work and you can.

Nobody’s ever bought you flowers- the worst case.

Because looking at them stirs up emotions.

Or maybe you’ll inspire someone to do the same for them self.

• And it's worth a try.

Life is good!



Saturday, October 18, 2014

H&M Philippines


You might be one of those who had been eager to have a peek, shop and saved moola since first hearing the widespread humor that H&M(  Hennes & Maruitz store) was opening in Manila. People asking: is it true? When?

Whichever category you were in, face the truth you have been made aware, consciously or not. How could you not? There was infinite surge of H&M model clad bigger than life billboards in Edsa, flooding instagram photos, twitter and in facebook.

The campaign was quite massive. Let’s admit it!


So yesterday it finally happened. The Swedish fashion brand opened its door in the Philippines at SM Megamall’s Mega Fashion Hall.

Hardcore fashion lovers and goers lined up as early as Thursday afternoon thou a private party for VIP shoppers got a preview before the day it was opened to public which charmed countless Filipinos because of unending updates of their social media accounts.

I did not of course, manage to be among the first few shoppers of the store, for the unreceding length of the queue was enough to kill off my inborn appetite for shopping…lol the truth is I have work that day which is a good excuse for this money trap:)

However, I’m still on the verge of curiosity and I know one of this days. I will find myself inside the store roaming and wondering around or if patience strikes me. I'll wait for the SM Makati branch to open which is way more accessible and most likely the hype already dissipate at that time.

I just wish that collections they collaborated with international designers likeAlexanderWang, Isabel Marant, Versace and Lanvin are available on the rocks and armed with a plentiful array of undergarments, accessories and bags.

Most of all, I do hope that H&M Philippines will hold to its brand know to be a wallet friendly fashion house than its foreign counterparts.

happy shopping! 

Life is good!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Coastal Cleanup Day

The ICC (International Coastal Cleanup) is the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean’s health and to bring awareness and combat the issue of marine debris. A dedicated day to improve, beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas throughout the world.It has operated for over 26 years.

Last September 27 2014, together with my colleague and through the effort of our CSR Department, we were able to participate and give back to the nature.

The experience was both inspiring and sad. Sad because with gloves and a trash bag, I found our stretch of coast thoroughly inundated by waste of all kinds. Inspiring, because of many volunteers surrounding me who were committed to keeping the ocean clean and healthy.

Ocean trash is truly a global problem that affects human health. Endangers marine wildlife and cost states and nations millions in wasted resources and lost revenue. At its core, however, ocean trash is not an ocean problem: it is a people problem- perpetuated by our wrong choices, unwitting practices which we have adopted overtime.

Every second breath you take comes from the ocean, No matter where you live; your life depends on the ocean. 
Beyond the breaths you take, the ocean plays a critical role in regulating our weather and climate.
10 Things you can do for trash free seas:


The Ocean is a vital part of our life. We should fight to save it. There is after all no planet B. 
The ocean need our help to keep millions of pounds of trash away from it.
 Our everyday choice can help keep it clean.

just remember that we all love beach summer escapades:)

Life is good!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nacpan Beach El Nido Palawan

It’s been two months that rain keep on saying Hi and hello! So lagi tayong ito ako! basang basa sa ulan! at baha-mas island!

For the fashion goers, it’s perfect for layering and scarf-a-day-ootd.

Thou, I can only enjoy this kind of weather during bed time and rest day. Which I cocoon myself all day, sleep and enjoy a cup of joe then back to bed without worrying my electricity bill for the next month. Kasi malamig na:)

Yes, sleep is a luxury for me. With the kind of work I have. So pardon me.

I’m done with all those night out booze and doing nothing until wee hours…I’m a retired bitch or should I say I’m giving myself a favor or it comes with age..lol

With this gloomy weather, let me bring you sunshine by sharing my Nacpan beach El Nido Palawan adventure with my brother! I know, we all wish for a sunny weather these days. So I have a reason to post it:)

So if you’re wedging your own island for your next summer ganap adventure count in the Philippines 7100+ archipelagic challenge, there’s one tiny spot down north that promise of a pure nature bliss and perfect instagramic view.

Situated in Sitio Calitang, approximately 17 kilimoters north of El Nido Town. The twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang are prime attraction of the mainland.

You have two options to get here; you can sign up for an inland tour or rent a motorcycle.

The rent for the motorcycle is 700Php for whole day. We both know how to drive, but I’m the lazy one, so brother does the job.

Other than the famous Elnido island hopping activity, you can also beach bum and enjoy the glory of summer.

Never mind the bumpy ride from the town proper; what awaits you is a pristine white sand and clear water that can rival boracay.

The best part: It is completely secluded, no thickening swarms and   loudening buzz of its neighbors. So get here now, and it’s all yours.

 
Cream sand beach decorated with coconut Trees.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


We laze around all day, blissfully satisfied to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life:)

Life is Good!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Try : Colbie Caillat



The video was first posted to you tube on July 8 and it struck a chord with viewers. It has been viewed  21, 21,269.942 billion and had generated lots of passionate debate.

The song has a powerful message about appearance, acceptance and society expectations of beauty.

I love Colbie Cailat music since her first debut album Coco released in 2007. What I love about her is that she wrote and sings about simple, everyday things in an unassuming manner.  Every song has a soulful swing and sunny tunes which is hard to compare to other artist.

In her new single Try, from the album Gypsy Heart,  She stance against so-called perfection, encouraging women of all ages to embrace what they already have as they strip off the layers of make-up for the camera.

The clip features woman in diverse ages, races and boy type are shown singing along to such poignant lyrics as “When you’re all alone by yourself, do you like you?

One woman also removes a wig to reveal a bald head, and Caillat herself removes hair extensions and fake eyelashes.

The song finishes: "Take your make-up off/Let your hair down/Take a breath/Look into the mirror, at yourself/Don't you like you?/Cause I like you."

The song is a self-empowerment, urging every one of us to look deeper than the surface when it comes to ourselves.

You don't have to try so hard, You don't have to give it all away, You just have to get up, get up, get up; You don't have to change a single thing!

This is such a perfect song for the real world today’s society. We are pressured to live up to other’s expectations.

Ladies and gents, you are amazing and beautiful and should take a moment to watch this video:)

No Photoshop in this world that will make you a better person and tones of make-up. You just have to accept who you are and that you're beautiful and unique in your own way :)

Life is good!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Rainy days get me down!

And just like that, summer dream is over. Hello rainy days and hello month of August.

For some reason, I feel better and enjoy my life more when it’s raining just enough to make me cover up with my favorite white crisp blanket. I can relax at night nor day time. I can grab more sleep with what my body need.

With the rainy season, part of me loves it. It’s all about cocooning but I also get nervous during heavy rains falls and strong winds.

I’m worried with the flooding, brownout and most especially my family back home. My home town is always hit by the storm. 

For now, I'm happily embracing the rainy season it brings with some of my favorite things to do:)




Body Oil


I switch body moisturizer creams to body oil. I love using Neutrogena body oil. It’s so sheer that it vanishes into shower damp skin leaving it soft and silky. It glides easily to the skin. The formula is so light and sheer.

Face moisturizer

I been loyal to this brand. From my crazy college days, until now I’m still using it. Especially now that I’m not getting younger and yes my numbers are counting, a situation I’m afraid off. I have to religiously use moisturizer before I hit the sack. I guess everyone knows how it works and the magic it can do.

Face Mask

I do this once a week during my rest day.  What I love about this product is that it offers a wide range of skin care benefits in one easy application. It clarifies, moisturize, cleanse or lighten the skin.

It comes in different variety depending on your skin type and skin issues.  You can check Watson’s it’s always on sale and often its buy one take one.Good deal:)

Hair Mask

After my one week Palawan escapade which I haven’t share all the stories here in my blog. Sorry:) the memories were awesome. It was a great breather from the hassle and bustle of city life but the prize I paid: dry hair!

My hair has been a big issue or should I say an existing problem since birth. Other people with curly hair struggle with too much volume and I’m having the opposite problem. Fine curly hair is one of the most challenging hair types to manage. Caring for this type of hair is so delicate to balance. Too much product or products that are too sticky or heavy can weight it down so most of the time I tie my hair.

So when it comes to my hair the only treatment I do is a hair mask. A do it to myself. I do this every once a month. If I’m not lazy. Hahaha.


A cup of Joe + blanket and a book.
via


Massive rains can take out electricity and internet connections and you will be left with only your books and magazines for entertainment. So time to rekindle with your dusty books.

I love cold, rainy weather.
Sunnytoast_Kebler
 How about you what are you favorite things to do if it's rainy season?
life is good!

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Post Card from El Nido

Finally! I was able to visit our very own “The Last Frontier” the island of Palawan. 

It has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world. It is wrapped in a mantel of rainforests, outstanding dive sites, majestic mountains, primeval caves, and pristine beaches. It is surrounded by a coral shelf that abounds with varied and colorful marine life. 

El Nido, Palawan waters are among the best in the world, not only for diving but also for fishing. A diver's paradise, it has miles of sub-surface coral and rainbow reef walls which surround the coasts and coves teeming with rich marine life.

Words can’t do justice to how awesome the experience was. I traveled with my little bro to discover the paradise.

Puerto Princesa to El Nido


You have two options you may choose to take the bus or van (shuttle). San Jose Terminal is where buses and shuttles in Puerto Princesa leave from. To get here from the airport, it take a 15-minute trike ride fare is Php120.

But if you have the time, you may also take a trike to junction (Php8.00) and then ride a multi-cab to San Jose terminal (Php12.00). This is good if you are backpacker.

Van cost Php700 while bus aircon Php380 (cherry or Roro bus). The Van (shuttle) can pick you from your hotel so its less hassle.
source: google map

Travel time to El Nido is six hours. So mapapakanta ka ng The long and winding road by beatles so dapat memorize mo yan teh!

I’m one of those travelers who don’t follow a tight itinerary. so we decided to take the last trip schedule 10 pm and arrived exactly in El Nido 3:30 am in the morning. Viola!  so chika lang ang 6 hours..lol but really it depends on the bus driver.what happens to the almost 6 hours travel time?....zzsss….. Sleep…hahaha..special talent ko itey ang mag burlog:)

But if you have the moolah why not charter a plane:) it cost around 7K to 15K.

Arriving in El Nido

I did not book a hotel prior to our arrival. I asked help with the trike driver to bring us to a decent and cheapest room since will be out most of the time exploring the island. Trike from terminal cost Php50. There's a lot of hotels, backpackers lodge, bed and breakfast available. So no need to worry.

We stayed in D' Strong Tower Inn where most of the guests are backpackers. We rented a room for Php500 a day. Good for two or three persons it has its own bathroom. It was good deal after all, we were out most of the time exploring the island. 

Hindi ito keep calm and nganga moment sa hotel. Ano teh staycation! 

Island Hopping


To experience the best of El Nido you have to do the famous Island Hopping activity. There are 4 island hopping tour in El Nido, tour A, B, C and D. The most famous tour is A and C.

A lot of small shops scattered in every corner of the little town offer island and inland tour. The rate of the island hopping tours is standard. Tour A costs P700/pax and tour C costs P900/Pax. So kung bet nyo ang lahat prepare  gastos! Hahaha! A bigger budget.

Rates are per person but no minimum number of guests. The tour operator will be the one to look for joiners to fill in the required maximum number. Combination tours are also available but a bit expensive. 

I don’t want hassle and I made my own check list to what island to visit. So we rented our own boat. 

Combo Tour A and C


A week before, I contacted 4 island tour services and the best package deal I got is from Northern Hope Tours. Ate Neriza was really helpful, 3 people accompanied us, one tour guide, a boatman and assistance.  Akala ni ate foreigner akey hahahaha more English pa c ate sakin at hanapan ba ako ng passport..kalowka! sabi ko teh tagalog nalang tayo nose bleed akey!
Hello! El Nido:)

Helicopter Island

A beautiful and uniquely shaped island in Bacuit Bay. 
The waves were too high and the shore had deep trenches so it wasn't the swimming kind of beach.  It's good to relax and sunbathe:)
El Nido a promise of perfect gateway ( Helicopter Island).


front view of hidden beach...castle like rock formation
Hidden beach
On our way to Matinloc Shrine
View from the top of a limestone cliff at Matinloc Shrine

It's a good stopover for a glimpse of an "aerial" view of the bay. A 15 min climb up a ragged cliff (sad to say for adventurers: there's stairs). There's an abandoned nunnery for exploring. 

Urban legends say that this island holds a lot of mystery and were never proven. I would say it adds to the charm.  Dragon rock formations + a small chapel + awesome view at the top makes this stop worthwhile.
pag bigyan nyo ako..perfect for instagram post ito:)
ayan ayaw pa awat!...blog ko to noh..haller...lol
 #jumpshot with lil bro #Matinloc shrine
 we stop on this island to have our lunch. 
Lined with palm trees and  a perfect view.
  while waiting for the lunch..ayan instagram moment na at 
dapat na ka pose! take note mga teh!
 lunch on the boat. They served fresh grilled fish, 
squid, shirmp, cucumber salad and fruits. 
This is included on the package.

After some rest, we proceed with our tour around 1:00 pm..first stop
The Secret beach.
You need to pass through like a small tunnel of limestone 
but it was easy for us since anak kami ng dagat! lol   
We didn't wear the life jacket...warning!kung di ka MuroAmi!
We didn't wear the life jacket since we both 
know how to swim and it would be a hassle:)
little bro..under the sea:)
Be careful..alot of jellyfish...kong bet nyo maging
 Anne Curtis cge mga teh!
 dedmahin mo sila goodluck syo!
This is the entrance to the Secret Beach!
The Secret Beach photo via
The big lagoon
Iconic  karst rocks and blue water.
It was low tide and our boat cannot enter the lagoon. Good thing we have kayak:)
entrance to big lagoon
We were able to kayak around the lagoon without a hitch.
 Tip here is to arrive early to enjoy the tranquility of the place. 
entrance to The Small Lagoon
It has a green, blue green water.
perfect to swim in, kayak or just to chill:)
      At 4:50 pm we decided to stop at Papaya beach  
to relax and enjoy the beauty of El Nido.

As we go to one island to another island, it was serene. I loved how the summer heat envelope me, the sounds of waves, the smell of the salty air and clear skies. How I wish I could live like this forever:) 

 powdery sand of papaya beach

       With my best travel buddy. My little brother:)

Our Island hopping tour ended at 6:00pm so it was a full day. Both of us feeling absolutely famished and good thing a lot of  resto available fronting the beach. 

We had our dinner at  Trattoria Altrove who serve the best pizza in town but you have to leave your slippers at the entrance and enter barefoot. hahahaha! The floor and the wall are made of dark hardwood. The ceiling is lighter and high with ceiling fans ventilating the entire area. Ito ang perfect sa keep calm and more nganga mode! lol

 
their  pizza is to die for with amazing sunset view:)
 
so many pictures have been posted on the internet, books & magazine, blogs of the beauty of El Nido but the best thing to  experience is to visit and see it with your naked eye. #itsmorefuninthePhilippines.

El Nido is definitely a place to visit in the Philippines. A paradise, indeed.
 
Cheers to the best summer:)

Life is Good!


Note: without food and Kayak is for the whole day tour.

Northern Hope Tour
E-mail: northernhopetours@gmail.com
Mobile Numbers
    (+63) 939-902-2216 (Smart)
    (+63) 927-735-3221 (Globe)
    (+63) 942-375-2441 (Sun) 


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