My Top 5 Everyday but Low-Key Lippies For Less Than Php 500

Almost every girl and fashion/beauty magazines are raving about nude lipstick shades – and for good reason. Nude shades can enhance any look without necessarily making you look too made-up (or too flashy).

However, this blog post is not necessarily about nude lipsticks (although most of them are). This is merely a list of lippies that I alternately use everyday before going to work and school. Continue reading

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How Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Made Me Realize that the War on Drugs is Unwinnable

Now first and foremost, this is intended as a reaction to the popular Netflix show, “Narcos,” and not some political pop culture-propaganda (yes, I made that term up) conjured to get attention or money from any group or whatnot.

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So in other words, I watched “Narcos” and it made me realize a few things about the current war on drugs, because to be honest, you could really see a lot of similarities between what happened in 1980s Colombia and modern-day Philippines. Just not with narco-terrorism because Colombia really had it bad, but more on the issue about extra-judicial killings, American/DEA involvement, and corruption from the higher-ups. Continue reading

A Life Changing Moment: Riding On the Beauty Regimen Bandwagon

Since I was in high school, I don’t really pay much attention to facial and skin care. Even though I do get pimples from time to time (because I have really oily face), it was not much of a big deal to me.

Just recently though, I noticed that my blackheads were not going away. Before, the Pond’s Deep Cleansing Foam actually does the job for me, but since my blackheads are still staying (probably because of age), I finally decided to do something more serious about it.

Like most people, I searched for a good solution to my blackhead problem on the internet. Sure enough, I came across several masks that can take off these nuisances after a good peel, but I also quickly became engrossed in many beauty blogs that feature step by step facial skin care.

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The most common nowadays (and what the girls are all raging about) is the Korean Beauty Regimen which features a routine that consists of 7 to 10 steps (depending on which blog you look at) that can help you get that soft, youthful dewy glow that most Kdrama actresses and actors have. Continue reading

After an Unhappy Pedi Session: Home Relief for Ingrown

For the entire summer, my parents wanted me to stay at our family home in Cagayan de Oro because they miss the kiddo so much. And since I don’t have classes anymore and now that I already work from home, I agreed (since I can save moolaaah too HAHAHA).

So anyway, on April 21, I treated my brothers to a movie date since they wanted to watch “Fast and Furious 8.” After the movie, we waited for our parents to come get us at the mall so while waiting, I decided to get a pedicure at the Salon de Rose branch in Centrio Ayala Mall.

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Me and my two younger bros while waiting for the movie (and before I got a pedi session from hell).

In Cebu, I usually go to the Salon de Rose in either their JMall or SM Cebu branch to get a pedicure because I like how they handle the service. A good, careful, safe and painless clean – each and every time! Continue reading

Not A Dire Review for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Being a working-law student (and a single mother) does not give me much time to keep up with all the new movies and TV shows that the entertainment industry keeps producing year after year.

However, that did not exactly stop me from watching shows that I AM REALLY INTERESTED IN. To which I mean, Netflix’s recent adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is one of the exceptions to that general rule.

I said “one of the exceptions” because I also keep up with “Game of Thrones” and “Narcos.” Yup. I will talk about that in a different post, but that is, if I actually get the time to do so. Continue reading

Cebu Crafts: Calligraphy for a Fee

Calligraphy or Brush Art had been a thing since last year. I bet you have come across some of these works in your Instagram or Pinterest feed (if you have one).

I don’t have a talent for this kind of thing, but I do like to use them for decorating, and you know what they say, “if you can’t do it, you pay someone else to do it.” 😀

These little brush art notes were made for Php 50 each.
These little brush art notes were made for Php 50 each.

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Hear Me Roar: Meeting Tigers in Mantianak Zoo

During the Holidays, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with my family back in my hometown in Cagayan de Oro. As a family tradition, we also travel back to my mom’s province in Misamis Oriental to attend family reunions. While we were returning towards the city proper, we decided to stop by Sugbongcogon and visit the Mantianak Botanical Garden and Zoological Park.

Picnic and rest area in Mantianak Zoo.
Picnic and rest area in Mantianak Zoo.

This is the second time that we have been here. The main reason why we went back is because when we first got here, my son was just an infant and very unaware of the surroundings. Now that he is a toddler, we wanted to let him experience the place again. Continue reading