Back with Another (Long Overdue) Life Update

I’m back!!!

I can’t believe it was almost a year since I wrote something and I mean, how on earth did I let that happen when I told myself that I wouldn’t let life get in the way of doing this? This was supposed to be my outlet but yep, it just goes to show how I often let life eat me.

Let me see.. it was August of 2017 when I awkwardly left things off that there’s no way to bounce back from that lol. So pardon me if I would just dive right back in with random but pretty significant life updates.

JM and I continued travelling as much as we could.

Here are some photos from our Vietnam trip. I think this was from November of last year.

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I love food but I’m mostly into oily, fried and salty food so the fresh, minty and food full of veggies from Vietnam surprised me. Not really a big coffee drinker but maaaan, I think I drank atleast 5 cups of coffee when we were there.

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We, of course, did some touristy things such as visiting churches, temples, museums and good food spots. We even hung out on the streets and at the park, ate street food, drank beer at the local bars and just did some people-watching.

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We also went to La Union… and discovered that I could love a place so much, that for some time, I was really considering moving there. No joke.

My sister, Yna, always talked so much about La Union. We were dying to see what the hype was all about so in a spur of the moment, we packed our bags and just went. We were SO obsessed with the easy and carefree vibe that place offered. Did not expect to like surfing, too! I remember thinking and really ASKING the locals how much and what would it cost to really learn how to surf. Did you know that you have to train everyday if you really want to be a pro and that also means you have to relocate in La Union for atleast a month or two. Someday, La Union, someday!

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For our 1st wedding anniversary / JM’s birthday, we thought of going to Baler. We stayed at L’Sirene Boutique Resort ( a lot of my friends have been asking me about this because the place was sooooo IG-worthy) plus it was new, pretty and clean. Three things that I look for in a place. 😊

Though we pretty much did nothing but lay around, eat, drink and soak up some sun, I remember having the time of my life. It really is a damn dream to find someone you can do nothing with (especially for a lazy girl like me lol).

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Aside from seeing places, I think this is the most significant of all updates (so far!). Remember this post? No? Well, I expected that :p

Screen Shot 2018-06-23 at 7.25.36 PM.png I FINALLY DID IT!!! I had lasik surgery!

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From an eye grade of -6.75 (R) and -7.50 (L), my eyes are now both 25/25 (when I had it checked a month ago)! I am due for another check-up tomorrow and I have a good feeling it’s already 20/20 na because my eyesight has dramatically improved, like so much!!! I can even read those tiny letters at the bottom of billboards when I drive. IT WAS LIFE-CHANGING.

I. SIMPLY. HAVE. NO. WORDS.

Anyway, I’ll do another detailed blog post for that to answer all the questions I got from my IG story! 🙂

On a more personal note, in a span of a year since I started out this blog…

  • No babies yet!!! Though JM and I are more than thrilled to move on to the next chapter of our married life, we’re trying to take things little by little by laying a good foundation for our future family life. It sounds so cheesy but I guess we just want the best future possible. I might appear expressionless when people ask me when we’re having a baby (or babies, really praying for twins!), but you don’t know how kilig I am when you ask me and I’m dreaming of the day when I get a mini JM and mini Yves. Lol.
  • I got into sales (I know right?? From HR to tutoring kids to writing and working from home… I don’t know, I think I’m in that phase where I just want to explore) and I’m glad I did because it really taught myself a lot of things. I mean, growing up and by simply living, you think you’re this person but life really surprises you and you’ll be amazed on how your own self will surprise you more. I did things I thought I couldn’t do, I accomplished things that I thought were too challenging and of course, broke down numerous times! (That part wasn’t new but anyway), all I’m saying is keep working on yourself and trust the process. I used to be so anxious about things, I still am, but I guess, I am more positive this time around and it is SOOOO liberating. To just live life with a positive mind. So I hope if you’re reading this, I hope in your own way, try to embrace life’s flaws and just spread happiness, love and good vibes. Just what this world needs more of.

I guess that’s it! I know it’s not much but I believe that life has so much to offer and I just cannot wait to keep moving forward!

I know you all have better plans than reading this blog on a Saturday night but I hope somehow, I gave you all a bit of love and positivity 🙂

Wishing you all brighter and beautiful days ahead!

 

All my love! ♥

KKOT Lip Balm Review

I’m a sucker for cute things. Buying anything cute is a guilty pleasure of mine so when I get my hands on something adorable plus it works, I’m sold.

I have been seeing transparent lip balms all over social media but really didn’t know where to get them. I think the lip fairies heard me cause a few days ago, Beauty N Seoul, an online shop in Instagram reached out to me and sent me one to review!

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Say hello to the KKOT tinted lip balm! I honestly haven’t heard of this brand but knowing that it’s from Korea somehow made my doubts go away. I love Korean makeup, especially their skin care products!

Now let’s talk about what I think about this famous lip balm.

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The packaging is pretty straight-forward as it’s clear and made out of plastic. I like how they look coordinated because everything is transparent! I think they made it this way to highlight the star of the show which is the dried flower inside. Yep, there’s a flower inside the lip balm!!! Soooooo cool. I think this is the first lip product that I have seen with a real flower inside so plus points for that! Plus, don’t you think that if Belle in Beauty and the Beast had a lip balm, this would be exactly it?

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According to the box that my lip balm came with, this product is said to be a nutrient-filled lip balm which contains squalene, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and tocopherol. I have done some digging and the Korean brand KKOT Essence Lip Tint Balm claims to use Japanese formulation for the products. It smells and tastes like the strawberry-flavored Lipps candy too (super yum! Not that you can eat your lip balms lol)!

IMG_7736.JPGThis is me with bare lips. My main concern with my lips is that they’re pretty dry and super pale so aside from K-Palette’s 2-way eyebrow pens, lip balms and lip tints are my go-to makeup products!

IMG_7734.JPGTa-da!!! After applying the lip balm, my lips instantly felt moisturized and has a subtle tint to it which I looooove. I’m all up for anything that makes my dry and pale lips feel and look better!

One thing that I noticed is that the moisture doesn’t seem to last that long. Not really a red flag for me. Some people would even prefer that cause no one really wants their lips to look like they just had a plateful of lechon or anything oily for the rest of the day, right? 😛

With its cute packaging, moisturizing properties and subtle tint; I’m pretty sure this lip balm wouldn’t leave my bag starting today!

 

WHERE TO GET THEM:

Beauty n Seoul (@beautynstyleinseoul)

+639568057878

bsinseoul@gmail.com

PRICE: PHP550

Life Update

I don’t know about you guys but aren’t you all freaking out that half of 2017 is *poof* gone already?! And wasn’t it just yesterday when I was soooo freaked out when 2017 came cause I was about to have the biggest moment of my life?!

It doesn’t seem like it but I feel like a lot has happened already and at the same time, they’re still the same old things. I know I don’t make sense but I do hope you get me! Let’s consider this as my 6-month review as I fill you all in and reflect on the first half of the year and how good (or bad) 2017 has treated me so far. I will try to inject a little bit of learnings in each update so maybe you can pick up a thing or two!

I HAVE GOTTEN A BIIIIIIT STRONGER. MENTALLY.

I hope I could start on a more positive note but life is not always full of sunshine and daisies. It may not seem like it but the last few months of 2016 had been the hardest for me and I carried that sadness, anxiety and frustrations over to 2017. You didn’t know, did you? Well, social media is a very good concealer. Despite all the smiles in my selfies, giddy wedding preps updates and funny random posts; a lot was happening to me and they all kept me up at night. I felt helpless, angry, betrayed and exhausted. I let my bed and emotions eat me every single day. I went to work feeling empty and went home feeling empty.  For someone who is very weak, you can just imagine how it got the best of me. I withdrew from all those closest to me, exchanged going out for sleeping, cried myself to sleep and cried again whenever I woke up. I just didn’t know how to deal. In turn, I became a monster. I get cranky at the littlest things, I pushed people away and my skin never felt that dry along with bad puffy eyes. Hahaha! But kidding aside, I was at my worst. And while at some point, I got over crying; I had become very vulnerable to every single thing and so I was also an easy target of self-hate. As if what I was going through wasn’t enough, I made it harder for myself to love myself. I hated my face, hated my weight, hated my hair. I hated everything. I tried to hide everything but I guess one way or another, you’ll succumb to the pain eventually. Only those in the office get to see me as a wreck everyday and they encouraged me to get help from a professional. I was desperate to get out of the rut and so I did, reluctantly at first. I am a Psychology graduate so it was a shame that I felt that seeking help means I am sick. I mean, of all people, how could I, the good daughter, loving bride-to-be and a friend to all, not be okay? I also felt that talking about it with someone is like giving them the key to a box I tucked in secret and exposing all the bad things I tried to hide. Opening this box will make me vulnerable again and I just don’t want my emotions to be all over the place. But I found the courage to seek help and thank God I did. One by one, with help, I tried to piece myself back together. We talked about each feeling that I have and ways on how I can rise above them. I can’t say that I’m all glued up now but I’m getting there not only because I acknowledged what I went through and every single thing I felt but most importantly, because of all the love, care and understanding those close to me have been showering me with.

The main reason why I shared this is not merely because it was a key point in my life but because I want to reach out to all those who are going through bad days that do not seem to end. Please do not be afraid to ask for help like I was because the moment that I accepted help was the moment which turned it all around. Talk to someone, a loved one, a friend, or a counselor.  I hope that if you knew how a very optimistic, very warm and cheerful person like me could go all the depression, anxiety and self-hate… anyone can too. But I also want you to know that if a dependent, weak and sensitive person like me could surpass it… you definitely got this!

And as for everyone else, I hope we can all be kind and willing to lend an ear. You’ll never know what impact you can leave someone who is having a hard time. Please do not dismiss someone’s feelings and think it’s mababaw. We all have different personalities and capabilities of handling things. Something that might seem so trivial to you might mean the whole world to another person. As my favorite mantra goes, “Always be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. 😊

Moving on to the next!!!

I MARRIED MY BESTFRIEND!

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Yep! Here comes the good, nope, scratch that, the best part of my 2017. I swear there is nothing like having the wedding of your dreams but marrying the kindest, most patient and most understanding man I know definitely is the cherry on top. God loves me enough to give me the best person out there. Scroll down to see some photos from our special day!

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_MG_0485.jpgI couldn’t walk down the aisle without something that will make me feel that Papa is beside me so I printed out my favorite photo of us and tied it in my bouquet 🙂

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DSCF3875.JPGMy sister saying something funny again. As usual!

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DSCF4336.jpg        While JM was crying, I was crying too! But I didn’t know if it was because I was overwhelmed or because my walking down the aisle song that JM picked for me (which is Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran, btw) did not play loud enough lol

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_MG_2128.jpg   Our lovely reception venue

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I have learned a lot of things during our wedding preps but I’d save that for another blog post! From picking a theme, researching about suppliers down to setting a budget, these may be too overwhelming but as long as you and your fiancé work on all those TOGETHER, wedding preps are actually fun! Aside from the wedding preps, I am constantly learning a thing or two about married life. I learned how to drop my ego, not always put myself first and basically just try to be a better person because it’s been such a long time that JM has been dealing with such a crappy girlfriend so now, I’m trying to be the best wife I can be. *cross fingers!*

I have just been married for almost 6 months so I’m sure I’ll be learning a lot more. For now, here are three things I have learned.

  1. Seek first to understand, then be understood. We all love being right. I know I do. It feels great when you make the other half apologize and admit that they are wrong but too much of always wanting to be right ruins everything. Learn to meet halfway. Two different people in a relationship is bound to disagree at some point but as long as you respect each other and try to acknowledge how you both feel, you can avoid things to get messy.
  2. See the best in your partner and the relationship. JM and I have been together for 8 years and it’s amazing how we are still constantly finding out new things about each other. I recently learned that JM isn’t just too organized for my life but he actually enjoys catering to people. All this time, when I see him packing things for me, cleaning our room, down to organizing my laptop files, I thought he was just plain OC. Yun pala, he just really finds it fulfilling when he helps people out in any way he can. I see JM now in a much better light, not that I haven’t before, but seeing how genuine of a person he is day by day makes me wake up everyday feeling #blessed.
  3. Don’t forget to make time and do fun things together! When we were boyfriend and girlfriend, we never tried traveling with just the two of us. It might be because getting out of work and life in general is just too hard and we’d rather rest during weekends. After getting married, we made sure to travel as much as we can and we love it! Being in new places gives us a high while learning new things about each other. We enjoyed the nature in our recent trip to Cebu, the culture and people of Japan and of course, their food! We will be going to Bohol next month and Vietnam on November and we could not just wait to do all sort of new and fun things together. 🙂 Tip: As airfare prices could get steep, what we do is book when there are airline promotions. Your travel budget could be cut down in half. Committing to travel dates might be tricky especially when you have a job but as I said, you just have to make time. Take your vacation leaves, guys!

Speaking of job..

I HAVE A NEW JOB!

JM actually pushed me to take a break after everything I was dealing with which I think was a good decision because I was able to focus on myself and just reflect. I was working in HR and after I graduated, I had big dreams. I said to myself that I will push myself to grow in the HR field no matter how small I start and so I worked and worked and worked until I do not know what I want anymore. I tried applying for jobs that are waaaaay too far from my career just because I want to and even if most of them seem promising, they still don’t feel right for me. If I pushed thru being a flight attendant, for example, would it really be good at this time when JM and I are still trying to adjust in our married life? JM was very supportive but I was half-hearted so I just took more of my sweet time. It’s amazing how true that things will always fall into place, you just have to have faith in that. From working in HR, I currently am a web researcher. I basically research and rewrite detailed legal contents in the comforts of our home. No dealing with getting up early, rummaging through my closet to look for something to wear and no dealing with traffic? Count me in. Again, #blessed.

So for all of you who seem to be feeling lost in terms of your career… I know we have to lay a good foundation in our professional lives but don’t be too hard on yourself! We don’t need to have everything figured out right now.

And lastly…

WE HAVE A NEW HOME!

This explains why I wasn’t that much active in the cyber world. We have been SO BUSY (and exhausted!) from all the packing, furniture shopping and moving in that I barely have the time to check my phone. Thank God we’re finally settled! We actually decided to move out of Eastwood as we used to live on the 17th floor so imagine the horror during those times when earthquakes were happening almost everyday! We now live in a 2-bedroom townhouse which I love just because it’s so cozy and new! Designing our new home is definitely on my list.

Tip when moving out? Don’t hesitate to declutter. I have always been a very sentimental person so when we were moving out, I found things way back from High School! Letters, pictures, academic papers that I was proud of and even tags of my clothes *rolls eyes* and though it was quite hard for me to throw things away, I realized that we can’t always hold on to things of the past, no matter how beautiful they were. At some point, we just have to let go and make space for new memories. Just like in life! *wink

So that’s it, folks! My little life update. We still have half of 2017 to try and sort things out so let’s all make it count! How about you? What are your little life updates and what did you learn from them? 😊

 

All my love ♥

 

 

 

Aero Tavern: Come and Taste the World!

I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Aero Tavern, a new restaurant in Clark. I was very giddy to dine (and drink!) as I only know a few good diners in Pampanga.

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Aero Tavern is located at the 2nd floor. You couldn’t easily see it at first unless you ask some of the guards in the area which is actually a plus point for me because I like places that are tucked in secret. 😉 As my good friends and I came up, I was honestly not expecting too much of it but boy, oh, boy.. I have never been so wrong. The moment I walked in, it felt like I was walking inside Pinterest. The interior design was so on point. Think: concrete walls, yellow lights hanging, fully-stocked bar with a variety of choices with wooden tables and chairs. At night, the interior has a warm, homey glow to it. It’s very understated and effortlessly classy, if you ask me.

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Owners Jenikka and Vince

Aero Tavern has a nice ring to it, especially when you know that there is a super cute story behind it! Jenikka is currently a Cabin Crew in Qatar Airways and this beautiful woman loves seeing the world. Vince, on the other hand, was born and raised in Canada and just enjoys a good old chat over good food and drinks. They combined two of the things they love and made Aero Tavern happen. Their restaurant aims to serve a variety of good food from around the world in one location and put a fusion twist to it.

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We came in with full tummies so we decided to get some appetizers and a few drinks. They just recently opened last July 7 and I was amazed at how organized and clean their menus are!

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Scroll down to see what we had! Please take note that everything is homemade which makes the taste soooo unique. You won’t taste anything like this, which is kind of amazing (and makes the drive to Clark so worth it!)

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20264867_10213621190792866_7738697634080152923_n.jpgLechon Kawali Tacos (P270)

An order of these babies consists of corn tortillas, mango salsa, coleslaw and pork belly. I loved the coleslaw as it neutralizes the sweetness of the pork belly and mango salsa. Even the corn tortillas are made perfectly, so soft and tastes just right! I’ll let you in a little secret: I loved this dish so much that I had to take another order to-go. JM and I actually had a fight over the last piece when I came home. Lol.

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20374389_10213621188512809_9111626979095970515_n.jpgSpam Musubi (P215)

This is marinated spam and sushi rice rolled in nori (seaweed paper). This is one of their bestsellers as well and is said to be a local favorite in Hawaii. Who would’ve thought wasabi would taste so good with spam?

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20264684_10213621188952820_2970454187781568877_n.jpgPoutine (P245)

This dish is made with fresh-cut fries, gravy, mozzarella and bacon. It is a Quebecois dish popular across Canada so it’s no wonder why Vince just had to include this in their menu! Plus point? The dish is drizzled with gravy BUT they serve you some more gravy on the side just in case you want more because… why not? 😛

20429583_10213621191712889_7020654542691506228_n.jpgNachos (P300)

This crowd-favorite consists of fried corn tortilla chips, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno with a serving of mango salsa. My favorite nachos are the ones from Silantro but this comes close! I love my cheese and I love how they put generous servings of it! You can opt to have additional pulled pork on top for P70. Not bad considering how generous they are with their serving. This dish is actually the first one we finished, it is SO GOOD with a bottle of beer!

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Now if you want something hard, get their Top Gun Shot (price to be updated). I felt my face burning right after downing one! Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. I panicked when they lit a fire on my drink lol.

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LOVE THIS. I don’t really enjoy taking shots as I’m more of a wine type of girl but I’ll make an exemption for this beauty! It’s made out of Bailey’s and lime cordial which compliments each other’s unique taste. Bailey’s is very creamy and nutty while the lime cordial has a citrus-y and refreshing taste. Jennika also taught us how to properly take this shot and maximize it’s one of a kind taste. You have to visit Aero Tavern to find out!

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20431610_10213621194232952_667356515014217021_n.jpgScreaming Orgasm (price to be updated). A bit strong but love how the end of the shot is sweet which makes it all up for the strong taste!

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So after all the drinking, we decided to end our night with a sweet treat. My shot did not do this yummy dessert any justice. I love my sweets and this goes straight to the top of my list! I have to ask Vince and Jenikka how they make this because it was a fiesta in my mouth. The texture of the banana and jackfruit melting with the crispiness of the wrap and the creaminess of the ice cream is just to die for. If you come by and don’t enjoy this, go ahead and sue me. Haha!

Overall, we had an amazing experience at Aero Tavern so whenever I’m in Clark, you know where you’ll find me! The place is great, the food and drinks are worth every peso and the service is just amazing. Kuya Will, you are the bomb!!!

Remember, good food and good company always does the trick! So whether you are missing food from your hometown, looking for a place to catch up with loved ones or want to try something new then this is definitely the place for you. The drive from Manila to Clark, Pampanga was never this worth it.

  • Aero Tavern
  • Jose Abad Santos Ave. and E. Quirino St.
    Clark Freeport, Angeles, Pampanga
  • Operating hours: Monday-Sunday, 11am – 1am

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All my love ♥