Events, Sponsored 4 COMMENTS

Olay: Moisture That Lasts Event + Product Review

A few weeks ago in another Olay blog post, I talked about the summer heat affecting our skin, and how taking refuge in our air conditioned homes doesn’t necessarily help the condition of our skin either – it dries out our skin! I actually learned this fact the day I wrote about the new Olay Body Wash and have since then noticed how true it was. I’ve experienced dry skin in cold weather when I travelled to colder climate countries years ago, but it never occurred to me that the AC unit could have the same effect on my skin. No wonder my skin was always so dry! It didn’t help that most of the soaps I would use when I’d bathe contributed to the dry skin I would experience.

Last March 28, I attended the Olay Moisture That Lasts press event and consumer swap at Robinsons Place Manila. The event was graced with press, bloggers and the ever so beautiful and flawless Olay Ambassador, Bea Alonzo, who I got to meet when I participated in the consumer swap… Which was my favourite part of the event!
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Bea Alonzo greeting me, and me too shy to make eye contact? Haha Continue Reading

Adventures, South Korea 10 COMMENTS

Jeju Island, South Korea – Day One

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As I sit to write this blog post on days one and two of my Jeju Island, South Korea trip, I’ve allowed myself to transport back through time. I’m pretending I’m back in my quiet hotel room with the TV on a Korean channel neither I nor my roommate can understand, and outside my window sits a foggy view of Jeju City. I miss it there, despite only spending 4 days in the cold, slightly gloomy, yet beautiful city.

But this isn’t where my trip begins, it starts back home here in sunny hot Philippines on April 5th Easter Sunday at 8 AM in the morning. I’m on the way to the airport with Gab in the driver’s seat, his eyes still groggy despite sleeping earlier than I did the night before. Continue Reading

Currently 7 COMMENTS

The Sunday Currently: Vol. 11

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R E A D I N G
Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing — I just started reading this and it’s a pretty great guide book, even though I don’t plan on pursuing travel writing (yet?), I’m learning a lot when it comes to just writing about places in general. I’m hoping it’ll be useful for upcoming travel posts while still writing it the way I would normally write about travel.

W R I T I N G
Typical drafts for clients about new products in the market that I like and the brands would want to introduce to you!

L I S T E N I N G
Jazz music. <3 Normally, I wouldn’t mind the usual noise at a cafe, but today three guys are sitting in a corner table talking loudly about a game they’re playing on their game devices and I just had to block them out with music on Spotify.

T H I N K I N G
This week’s work schedule, going home for a few days and Wanderland Music Fest on Saturday!!!

S M E L L I N G
Something sweet, something garlic-y, something caffeinated. Press Cafe has all kinds of smells.

W I S H I N G
My taxes withheld by clients weren’t so damn huge. I’d imagine my taxes for 2015 will hit negative again and the government would owe me even bigger. I’m also wishing my bank account would stop looking so darn empty despite all the work I’ve done/am getting. Getting paid can be a bitch when working freelance.

H O P I N G
My three visa applications in the next 3 months will go by smoothly and successfully.

W E A R I N G
High waist denims, a dark blue shirt that says je t’aime (so cliche) and my high cut chucks.

L O V I N G
My Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 which I’ve been using for 3 weeks straight now, it’s so convenient to bring around and do work on.

W A N T I N G
A lap desk, scented candles and a new chalkboard. And to finally buy a MacBook Pro. I want it so bad it hurts.

N E E D I N G
An out of town trip somewhere new, somewhere cool, somewhere where the summer heat is bearable.

F E E L I N G
Anxious about the upcoming visa interviews I need to go through.

C L I C K I N G
Setting up my email accounts and other useful apps on my tablet

Happy end of the week, you guys! I can’t believe we’re more than halfway through April. This year is going by so darn fast it’s really freaking me out? I mean I know this is something that’s said every year but this year you really feel it. I need a pause button. I feel like I’ll wake up tomorrow and it’ll be July and I haven’t set up my visa interviews because I don’t have any of my documents ready and then I’ll wake up the day after that and it’s the end of October and my Eurotrip is over in a snap — I may or may not just have unearthed a new fear of mine: the fear of time. Oy vey.

The Sunday Currently is a blog link-up by siddathornton.

Life Lately 5 COMMENTS

Life Lately

Life lately has been all about…

Getting over my Jeju, South Korea travel hangover
Rushing to meet deadlines for clients
Catching up on some house chores like my laundry & cleaning my room/work space
Attending events, scheduling shoots
Reading a new book on travel writing
Getting more acquainted with my new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (I finished typing up a review!)
Snapchatting my days
Attempting to edit my Jeju trip photos without getting distracted
Experimenting on making the perfect iced coffee drink
Brewing up a new blog giveaway
Testing out new products for possible blog reviews

I don’t remember the last time I did a Life Lately post but I felt it was time to update the blog with a new one seeing as I haven’t posted anything in more than a week! After I got back from Jeju Island, I was so exhausted due to the nonstop touring, and then the work I had to continually keep doing DURING the trip and when I got back. It was definitely a work vacation, and not that I mind. I still had the time of my life :) When I did find some down time, I spent it on myself just reading and relaxing, so I decided to put my blog in the backseat for a few days. My mini break is over, though!

Hoping everyone is having a good week so far, the weekend is almost here <3

Noteworthy, Sponsored 6 COMMENTS

5 Ideas for a Great Summer Vacation

Five Ideas for a Great Summer VacationIf you’re anything like me, the summer season can get a little boring, especially when you’ve binge watched the movies and have read the books in your “must see/read” list. After a while, your summer might be spent mostly in bed, AC on blast, refusing to move an inch because it’s just too darn hot to do anything – but that’s not healthy at all. You’ve got to get up and do something with your life and make the most of your summer days, especially if you’re a student. Savor it now! It won’t last forever. The real world has no vacations.

I’ve listed down 5 ideas you can do to keep your summer fun, productive and interesting:

  1. Tick things off your bucketlist. No more excuses. Summer is here, you’ve got more free time on your hands, especially if you’re a student! Ever wanted to climb a mountain? Go climb Mt. Pinatubo! Want to get a kickass tattoo? Visit Whang Od, the oldest Kalinga Tattoo artist in Buscalan. Is visiting all of 7,107 islands in the Philippines in your bucketlist? Your bucketlist doesn’t need to sit in the corner gathering dust. Tick it off one weekend at a time if you have to. Remember that if there’s a will, there’s a way.
  1. Get a summer job or internship. If there’s anything I wish I did while I was still in college, it’s getting a summer job or internship. Not only is it good for the resume, it also teaches and prepares you for the work environment you’ll eventually get into when you graduate, especially when you’re in your junior/senior year in college.InKompass offers a paid internship program (an allowance of Php 26,000 per month!) specifically for college students. If you’re competitive, driven and think you have what it takes to pursue a successful career (and I’m sure you do!), then InKompass might actually give you the break you’re looking for! You can check out the program at www.inkompass.global
  1. Declutter your closet and donate it or hold a garage sale. Trust me, there will be clothes in there you haven’t worn in ages and could let go of. My personal rule is: if I haven’t worn it in 6 months, it’s time to give it up and let it go. Ask your friends and family to do the same, and you can either donate your unused clothes to charity or hold a garage sale if you need the extra cash!
  1. Take up a class for something you’ve been meaning to learn, be it cooking, learning a new language, graphic design, calligraphy; whatever under the sun, there’s definitely a class for it somewhere! If you don’t have cash for it, that’s where getting an internship or holding a garage sale comes into play ;)
  1. Throw a backyard BBQ with your friends. The best way to beat the summer heat is to take advantage of it! Download a summer playlist on Spotify, put your bikinis on (don’t forget the sunscreen!), lay out in your backyard to get that summer tan, grill some corn on the cob and barbecues, and if you’ve got a pool then all the better to beat the summer heat!

I hope these fives ideas can give you more ideas on what you can do this summer. I’m personally doing 4/5 of these ideas on the list, save for the summer job/internship because unfortunately, I’m no longer eligible *sadface* I highly recommend the internship! I think it’s the best way to really be productive in the summer, to earn some money and also have something to help build your impressive resume.

I hope everyone has a great summer despite the crazy heat!

 

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by InKompass. The ideas, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.