The McRib has arrived in Philippine shores and I was one of the lucky few to hear all about it first, and eat it too! I, along with other bloggers and media folks, were invited to McDonald’s Eton Centris for the press con for the unveiling of the new product McDonald’s wants us to experience. The place was decked out in awesome decorations and props that suggested a barbecue themed gathering, but never in our minds did we think they were introducing the McRib! We got to taste the McRib, enjoyed it with McDonald’s World Famous Fries, and engaged in great conversations while Birdforms played music for us in the background. It really felt like we were at a barbecue! I’d say McDonald’s and their team did a great job keeping us guessing and excited, and it was definitely worth the wait.
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!
Bea Alonzo greeting me, and me too shy to make eye contact? Haha
We woke up on our second day at Jeju Island to a very foggy, drizzly and you guessed it, cold morning. I had stayed up with my roommate until three in the morning just talking about life and our current work, and we still managed to get up at 6:30 AM and at the breakfast buffet of our hotel by 8 AM, way ahead of everyone else in our tour group.
Sunny, our tour guide, decided that since the weather forecast would be extremely gloomy and rainy the entire day we would do all our indoor tours. I’ll be pretty frank with you and admit that this day was my least favorite of all, mostly because when I travel, I prefer to visit places with great significance to the country’s history and culture. I did ask Rakso Travel if I could explore Jeju City on my own (and my own expense), but unfortunately they didn’t allow things like that. I’m assuming it would be because of safety reasons, like if anything happened to me, they would be liable — so it’s totally understandable.
On our itinerary for this day was: Alive Museum, Teddy Bear Museum, Hello Kitty Island, Love Land and Halla Art Hall to watch The Painters. Despite none of these being in any relevance to my interests, I still had fun! Spoiler alert: my favorite part the entire day was watching live art by The Painters. It was so entertaining.
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.
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.