5 Things I Learned in Cebu

So this was supposed to be a “5 Things That Made Me Enjoy Cebu” blog but that would be such a cliché! Everyone knows the to-dos when in Cebu (btw, that’s exactly what we did: Kawasan canyoneering, Whale Shark watching in Oslob, swam in Sumilon Island, visited Magellan’s Cross, said a prayer at Basilica del Santo Niño, ate at Larsian, had some drinks at La Vie Parisienne, etc). So instead, I’m gonna write about the realizations I had while doing all the tourist-y things in Cebu! 😉

1. Putting down your phone does not equate to boredom.

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JM and I got to Cebu City around 8pm and after having dinner at Zubuchon (Yes, we actually came to an agreement to try every lechon we could), we came across this pinterest-worthy coffee shop in Escario (Café Talk Library). We wanted to kill time so we got ourselves some coffee and played Scrabble. I think this was the only time that I wasn’t constantly checking my phone and wow, it’s been a while since JM and I laughed so hard at each other, like genuinely I-understood-what-you-said-I-did-not-just-nod-or-mumble-something-to-make-it-seem-like-I-was-listening. I know it’s super hard to just be in the moment especially at times when we are so obsessed with social media and the online world seems to be far more interesting than what’s in our faces but I highly suggest that once in a while we just live in the moment. Easier said than done but right now, JM and I practice our “time outs” where we just put our phones down and actually talk to each other. I think it’s a good practice!

2. If you can’t jump… swing.

I am quite sheltered (I’ve never hiked, gone up a mountain, went surfing or scuba diving, etc.), the cozy indoors was my comfort zone so when JM told me that we’re doing canyoneering in Cebu, I swear I spent all day researching about it. What to wear, how long will it take and most importantly…

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True story.

Trekking was easy. I loved it. But jumping at such great heights was so hard for me! I can handle the heights but you know that feeling you get when you ride rollercoasters? That funny feeling in your tummy? Ugh. That, I can’t handle. JM was a natural. He jumped like the 35 ft. fall was nothing! I actually got so frustrated when I froze for an hour with legs that won’t budge. So a little tip guys, the more time you spend at the jumping point, the more chance that fear will conquer you. So just jump!

Or in my case, swing. Hahaha! I mean, realistically speaking, I guess in life you can’t always wing everything so in turn; you make adjustments, or find another way to get you a step closer in facing your fears.

And speaking of fears…

3. You can actually acquire “new fears”.

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I used to ride rollercoasters, enjoy fast bus rides, be able to swim without overthinking what’s down under. Imagine the horror when I started feeling queasy about things like this! I was not able to do cliff jumping in Kawasan. On our way to Oslob, the roads were zigzagged and I swear I felt like we’re gonna fall over to the other end! I thought I’d be brave enough to enjoy watching the whale sharks but in my head, their size was too overwhelming and I know they’re gentle giants but no one can guarantee that they won’t do anything harmful! (People who have watched Blackfish will get me). On top of our various encounters with nature, I got the worst rashes which turned out to be irritant contact dermatitis aka hypersensitivity/allergic reaction to the wilderness so I have to be extra careful when going outdoors.

It’s still a mystery why I suddenly got so paranoid about things… or why I got so physically and mentally sensitive all of a sudden. That definitely goes to my “things-to-think-about” list.

4. Rico’s is the best lechon in Cebu. No one can argue with me on this.

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But if for some reason, Rico’s balat ng lechon + CNT’s  lechon meat + Zubuchon’s spicy filling somehow magically happens, then we’ll talk. 😛

5. The Pyramid is a hidden gem.

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I have read about this restaurant but a friend of mine made sure that we paid a visit. It looks so fancy but their food is actually wallet-friendly! Meals range from P200-P600 per person. The interior, food and service were so on point, we were like “how is it cheap in this place???” Every angle is instagram-worthy!

The Pyramid is located in Central Bloc, Cebu I.T. Park in Lahug and is open from 10 am – 3 am (Sunday-Thursday) and 10am – 4am (Friday-Saturday).

Okay, so I may not have been able to write about the “5 Things That Made Me Enjoy Cebu” but it made me realize what ultimately did… exploring new places with the love of my life (and him not getting tired of my whiny ass)!

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PS: To make up for not sharing much about the things we did, JM made a little video of our Cebu trip! Enjoy!!!

 

All my love ♥

Glow Up: 1 Brand, 5 Easy Steps!

Guilty pleasure: I love taking selfies. And snaps. And being on IG stories.

It may be an interesting or a “meh” day but if you follow me, you”ll be seeing a lot of my face (huhu sorry!) in my social media accounts and I have been asked a lot of times what I put on my face or make-up I use.

Confession #1: I know little about makeup. I love buying them but I only get the products that I actually know how to use. I cannot, for the life of me, learn how to put eyeshadow. Or contour. Or do those perfect winged eyeliners. I can only do basic everyday makeup which is okay because I may not be confident in a lot of things but when it comes to my skin, I think I got this. Heehee.

A little flashback. My mama and Tita actually encouraged me to start using face moisturizers when I was in high school. I loved using them because I have pretty dry skin back then. I used Myra-E, Garnier, Ponds… brands that a teenager with a 250-peso allowance could afford lol. I was pretty contented with just washing my face with water and just using moisturizers.

Luckily, I am not prone to breakouts. In a year, I can count in my one hand the times that an annoying pimple shows up. It’s so uncommon for me, that when I did have the worst pimple of my life, it left a big post-acne red mark on my face (months before my wedding *gasp*). I was so scared because it had been months but it just.did.not.go.away! I actually went to a dermatologist out of panic and she just laughed, telling me that all I needed was a good peel. I eventually learned that if I just left it alone, it would probably have went away on it’s own. I may not be prone to breakouts but I do have combination skin (oily T-zone, the rest is dry) and also an uneven skin tone (especially on the area of my left cheek). This actually annoys me the most because… who wants uneven skin tone???

I read somewhere that beautiful skin is a lifelong process, the choices we make today will affect the skin we’ll have years from now when we do not have that youthful glow anymore. As I got older (and wiser), I started to research more and experiment more and do more for my skin. Self-care is self-love!

So without further yapping, here is the skincare routine (and brand) that I swear by!

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The Body Shop Drops Of Light Range (L-R: brightening serum, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen and foam wash)

I have been using the Vitamin E range and LOVED it before I discovered this line. I swore I won’t try any other product anymore but it was months before our wedding and as the Vitamin E line made my skin so soft and supple and healthy and everything lovely, I thought I needed something to make me glow, radiate and basically be the star on my wedding day.  😛 I think this is perfect for those who need brightening, luminosity, and dark spot correction. According to The Body Shop, this range is infused with Red Algae extract which helps in brightening the skin and Vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant.

Anyway, I do not want to bore you with the science behind this as I know so little about that so here’s my easy peasy 5-step skincare routine!

Drops of Light Pure Clarifying Foam Wash (P895, 125 ml)

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I love how this smells! It is not too strong but it’s fresh and crisp so it’s a good pick-me-upper! It also has a pretty thick consistency so I think it’s best to mix it with water once you squeeze a pea-size amount on your hands. Another thing that I love about this is that it does not make my skin feel dry after washing it unlike the usual facial wash that I have tried. I don’t wash my face with this in the morning though. I use this at night because that’s when I feel like I need a thorough cleansing after being out all day. So in the morning, I just wash my face with plain water and move on to the next step.

Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion (P1,295, 160 ml)

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I know… all those fancy words but it basically is just a toner. This has a very cooling gel-to-water texture. When you squeeze it in your hand, it seems kinda thick but once you put it all over your face it turns watery. After washing your face, you can squeeze a tiny amount of this on a cotton pad or just your hand, apply on clean skin and just allow it to sink in. I honestly had no idea about toners and why we need them but I read somewhere that it also boosts hydration and activates skin for the next step. So think of it as a primer.

Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum (P1,895, 30 ml)

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Aside from toners, serums were a puzzle to me. I was perfectly happy with my cleanse-tone-moisturize regimen but after reading so much about how serums are a big deal, I decided to give it a try. From what I understand, serums are kinda like moisturizers but they penetrate deeper to our skin so they can deliver the potent or active ingredients that they have. As I’ve said, I have combination skin and this serum makes my skin feel more hydrated and healthy.  This is very lightweight, fast‑absorbing and non‑sticky.  Perfect for Manila weather! After using this for 6 months, I noticed that my yellowness have been reduced and my skin looks brighter and more translucent. At night, I end my regimen with this.

Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream (P1,095, 50 ml)

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Ahhhh moisturizers. My first love. I swear I could not go on my day without them! For those days that I actually feel the need to use some foundation, this pretty thing right here actually makes applying my foundation a lot easier. Plus, it literally makes your skin glow! It has a tiiiny bit of shimmer so if you don’t want that, I recommend my other favorite: The Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream.

Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++ (P1,095, 40 ml)

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If there’s one thing I wish I’ve done sooner, it’s this: learning the value of putting on sunscreen. I have just incorporated this to my routine and I have never felt more confident braving the sun. This bad ass seems to have it all; it’s a moisturizer, anti-oxidant and sunscreen all rolled into one amazing tube. If I feel extra lazy or my t-zone seems to be extra oily, I skip the moisturizer and just go ahead with this one.

So there, I think that’s pretty much it!

OH AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER!! Lots and lots and lots of it! I cannot stress this enough. All of the things we put on our faces is for nothing if we do not hydrate ourselves from the inside.

This range might be pricey but I hands-down swear they’re worth it. I purchased them early January of this year and I still haven’t bought a new set (Thank God!). With good skin, I am able to go out with just my eyebrows and cheek tint on so whoever said that kilay is life, really does not know how skincare is lifer lol. And hey, good skin means you can finally say you just “woke up like this”, right? 😉

 

All my love! ♥

 

Here we go.

Oh wow.

I’m finally here!

After months of overthinking if I should go start blogging, I finally went ahead and did it! A short backstory: This actually isn’t my first rodeo if we count that time where Multiply was where I poured my heart out, posted cringe-worthy photos (I mean what was I thinking?), and tweaked my site with those audio players which automatically played my jam when you visit and who could ever forget those glittery banners?? (now that was pretty cool back then)! Anyway, aside from all that, I remember how I felt solace whenever I turn my desktop on, hear that beeping sound from our then dial-up internet connection and just… write. Or type.

So that brings us to this.

That 16 year-old girl is now 26, just got married and has a fresh pair of eyes. Not literally, although I am still praying for the day when I can finally get some Lasik eye surgery lol.

If you’re my friend or if we follow each other on social media, you might notice how I often have looooong captions on everything or I may seem to just have a lot to share! My lengthy Instagram captions and Facebook posts just don’t cut it for me anymore. I wanted to share more, to show more. You know that feeling when you have an itch at your back that you just can’t seem to scratch? That feeling actually led me to the idea of building my own platform where I can appropriately overshare. Haha! But then again, if you know me, I’m not one to just dive in so it was really a long process for me. It was months of battling with my brain. What if it’s just an itch that will eventually go away? What if no one reads what I have to say? What if I get judged for something that I wrote?. I fear judgments, criticisms, etc. and when I go online, I understand that I’m running to my fears, probably with flailing arms wide open. I had some pretty late nights and just a few nights ago, I finally made a deal with my nagging brain. I will write to my heart’s delight and not for anyone else. Don’t get me wrong. Blogging is all about sharing experiences and thoughts so that defeats the purpose of what I just said. What I mean is that by putting up this blog, I will try to not always please anyone by staying true to myself, to what I believe in and probably practice the art of IDGAF, as well (God knows how much I struggle with that lol). Win-win. Aside from that, I’m also thinking that this could be my little passion project where I can happily share things that I think would be of help or interest and at the same time, be that girl again who finds solace whenever she turns her laptop on, see that strong WiFi connection, and just… write. Or type.

So expect more posts from me! It may be a funny thing that happened, a special event, a life lesson that I just learned, a restaurant that I’m obsessed with, our recent travel escapade, my holy grail in skincare/makeup, or a precious discovery that I just made! Anything goes, really. And as The Corrs would sing, I promise that with every post, “I”ll give all the love in the world”!

My hugs and kisses to all those lovely people who gave me the nudge to do this. I actually went on Twitter and asked if I should go for it and I honestly did not expect that much people to take time to reply so thank you!

All my love! ♥