13 Jul

Travel Bucket Wish List

We all have a “list”. Whether it is written or embedded in the mind, I’m pretty sure everybody has one. I have several - food to eat and restaurants to go to, long term goals, things to do before I die (bucketlist), and this one you’re reading right now. My travel bucket wish list!

I recently came across Airbnb, a website that lets you book private spaces, villas, apartments, and even castles, for less! I have a few credits that I would definitely use for future travel. I might choose a local destination to use it for, but for now, let this girl dream!

Presenting, my Travel Bucket Wish List:

Maldives

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I love the comfort and good vibes that being in the beach gives me. Maldives tops my list of “the most wonderful beaches I wish I had the money to go to”. Why? I say, why not? The Maldives has pristine white sand beaches and exemplary marine life. Don’t even get me started on the breath-taking view! It’s definitely the perfect venue for some (luxurious) rest and relaxation.

Macau

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Most tourists go to Macau to gamble. It’s one of the top gambling destinations in the world. I, on the other hand, have no interest in gambling. I just want to go to The Venetian and go on a Gondola ride.

Spain

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Spain is a dream that shall never die. Even if I lost the chance to go to Spain for free once, I’m still not giving up!

Amsterdam

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By now you may have noticed that I have a thing for beautiful places with bodies of water, including canals. I don’t know why but I feel that they would satisfy my old soul. Okay, let me be honest. The Fault In Our Stars is also one of the reasons why I want to go to Amsterdam. *winks* I want to visit the world-class museums, including the Anne Frank House!

Paris

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Food, wine, fashion, and the Eiffel Tower. I’m in love with French pastries and wine. I couldn’t imagine the foodgasm I would have to experience when I get to taste the authentic ones. My mouth is starting to water even with just talking about it. God. I also happen to be very fascinated with the Eiffel Tower. I mean, who doesn’t?

London

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Way back in high school, London was my obsession. Hours of watching Mr. Bean probably creeped up to me then. From the red telephone booths, huge buses, black cabs, the stiff Queen’s guards, the Big Ben, the London Bridge, to the London Eye - everything fascinated me.

Italy

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, I prefer archaic cities (and countries) than the modernized ones. I would love to bask in the history of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Verona.

Greece

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So, I was writing an article (freelance work, don’t ask) a few days ago and I came across some facts about Greece. Did you know that Greece was found to be the horniest country in the world? HAHAHA. FYI, that’s not the reason why I want to go there. Just by looking at the photo above, it already takes my breath away. I wonder what would happen to me if I get to step on Greek soil. I would probably hyperventilate or something. You can find other reason to love Greece here.

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xo


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12 Jul

Coco Made Me Do It

Made me do what? I don’t know! Anyway, hi! *waves hand at your face*

How are you? :)

Oversized tees are so comfortable! I first had second thoughts about it since I’m so small and it would probably make me look like a clothes hanger but I got it anyway because… uhm, Coco made me do it? *cricket sounds*

As I’m getting older (nooooo!), I get lazier with dressing up. I’m now forever choosing comfort over fashion. A lot of things have also changed, even the little things that I complain about. Instead of complaining about pimples, I’m now complaining about how expensive gas is. Instead of complaining about how I can’t buy the things that I want, I am now much more concerned about how I can help out with house bills and all. As much as I would like to stay young and irresponsible, I can’t help the fact that as I’m getting older, my responsibilities are also getting bigger. Do I sound stressed? Lol

WAGW oversized teeRomwe sling bag

P.S.

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Pretty please? Just click it and you can exit the tab right away. Many thanks if you did! :)

  

xo


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01 Jul

Net-A-Porter X Sugar For Spike giveaway

What’s your daily make-up routine? I’ve been so lazy with doing my make-up for these past few months that my routine has been toned down to BB cream + eyebrows + lip balm. For all the makeup-loving ladies out there, here’s a giveaway that you’ll be excited about!

Get a chance to be one of the five winners of Urban Decay vouchers worth $100! Now that’s a good haul! Click the photo below to sign up:

Another good news for you is that Sugar For Spike is pleased to announce the release of its debut collection editorial lookbook.

The inspiration behind the lookbook comes from two friends, looking for an escape from the perfectionism and commercialism of their city, where they stumble into a “secret” underground hangout to have a little carefree fun. 

Dancing and twirling throughout the night, and forgetting whom they are and what the world deems as appropriate behaviour, they end up discovering that the liberation from the night out will be one of the memories they will treasure about their youth. 

The collection is slated to release at select retailers and online at sugarforspike.com on 7th August 2014. The line is also available for pre-order now, with free international shipping. Closing date for pre-orders is 10th July 2014.


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30 Jun

Zalora Voucher Giveaway

I just had the worst day ever! But don’t worry I am not going to bring you down with me. I am here to give you a free voucher code for Zalora Philippines! Yay!

Zalora is my ultimate go-to when I need to shop but I don’t have time to walk around the mall or when I’m just being lazy which is pretty much… all the time. There’s so much to love at Zalora and they’ve always delivered my orders on time! Shop at Zalora PH today and get 15% off your first purchase using y unique voucher code below:

Happy shopping! xo


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29 Jun

Back To Basics

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While growing up, you tend to lose your old self in the process. I mean, I’m glad I got rid of my old emotionally wrecked self but sometimes I ask myself if some of the things that I changed are worthy to get back, just like my sartorial choices in the past. I used to love dressing comfortably in t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers as opposed to going with the trends. I do love the trends but I do miss dressing for comfort. Should I go back?

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This is how I used to dress up back in my early years in college: t-shirt + sneakers. It’s such a comfortable get-up that I want to slowly revert back to my old self and start stocking up on tees and sneakers again.

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I’m going back to basics but surely my love for colors will never wither. I found this cute pair of sneakers from Zalora where I got it for only P199! Lol 

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WAGW shirt & skirt, Zalora snakers, Forever21 necklace

Looking back at your old self may help you re-evaluate what you have become now. I don’t know if there’s anyone out there who feels the same way that I do, but what’s important is that you should not lose yourself in the process. Yes, we may change as we grow older, but make sure there is still a part of you that remains the same. :)

   

xo


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12 Jun

Throwback Thursday: Food Trips

Aaaaand I’m back! I was cleaning up my phone earlier and I found these photos from past and recent food trips. If ever you find yourself around whichever of these places, go try the food and see if you liked it as much as I did. 

Tomo Cafe

There’s finally a cute cafe near where I live! It’s not your usual cafe since the servers wear maid and butler costumes. How cute is that? A new cosplayers’ haven is coming your way! Although the place is not quite fully developed yet, the cafe is now open and serving not only Japanese food but many other choices as well. It’s a good place to just chill and you can even choose what movie you would like to watch!

Location: Nasipit, Talamban

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Gentlemen Cafe

Korean cafes are sprouting like mushrooms here in Cebu, don’t you think? They all have one thing in common, a very cute interior! Most cafes like this usually get crowded in the afternoon so I usually go during the morning when the place is still empty and quiet. And as usual, they have huge stuffed toys that can be your buddy when you’re out there by yourself. Lol. The drinks in Gentlemen cafe are waaaay cheaper than the others too, so that’s a plus!

Location: RainTree Mall (first branch: across USC main)

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Ulli’s Streets of Asia

If you want your dose of delicious street food but don’t wanna be out on the streets because it’s usually hot out, Ulli’s is the place to go. Although the food serving is quite small for the price, I still dound myself satisfied with the taste.

Location: Ayala Center Cebu (roof deck)

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Todam Korean Restaurant

This was where we spent Valentines Day with our friends. #ThrowbackThursay. LOL! It’s a nice and cozy place to hang out in. It’s a bit pricey but what we ordered had unlimited side dishes and all so I didn’t bother complaining. I honestly forgot what we ordered because I didn’t understand the menu in the first place. Haha. Overall, the food was great and we all went home with satisfied stomachs.

Location: F. Cabahug St. Kasambagan

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Euro Hub Cafe & Bar

A slightly new pub has invaded the stale streets of Talamban. It’s the perfect place for sports fans to hang out. They have televisions switched to sports channels, pool tables, a wide variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and of course food. I actually had waffles in a bar. How kiddy am I? But waffles are waffles. I can’t resist them! #SorryNotSorry

I also heard that they’re having a World Cup kick off party tomorrow (June 13, 2014)!

Location: Piazza Elesia, Talamban

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And that’s a wrap. Looking forward to more food trips soon!

  

xo


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27 May

Cafe Caw

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Be crazy, be stupid, be silly, be weird. Be whatever because life is too short to be anything but happy. 

Hello, blogosphere! I have missed you. Here’s one yummy post for my awesome readers, for those who don’t really read but just scroll down for the photos, and also for those who just happen to see this post in their dashboard.

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Cafe Caw first opened across Bright Academy in Banilad (which is now closed) and soon moved to a bigger space in Lahug. Now, they have a new branch that actually has a wider array of food selection! Yay! They are still currently in their soft opening though. I’m sure the Cebuano foodies will love this happy place!

So, here’s a run-down on what we devoured during our visit.

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Red Velvet Cake P165/slice

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Rainbow Cake P120/slice *heavy breathing*

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I am definitely going to try the two cakes beside the Rainbow Cake next time.

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Eggs Benedict P215

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Americano P95 + White Cotton P25

Mint Chocolate Chip Blast P135

The white cotton’s purpose, aside from making the drink picture-perfect, is to sweeten the espresso. Such a cute idea, right?

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  Have you been to the new Cafe Caw yet?

Got any food recommendations for me? :)

  

aaxo


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12 May

Sweet Escape

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I almost didn’t go on this trip but thank God I did! This place has brought in heaps of good vibes and I’ve never felt so relaxed in two days. But you know, nothing lasts forever! Now that I’m back in the city, I’m back to reality. Boohoo.

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I found out about this place from a friend but she doesn’t want me to tell anyone where this is. So, if you know where this is, hush hush. If you don’t, do your own research! Haha.

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Romwe bandeau bikini, WAGW cardigan

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If only I could wake up to this view everyday. If only I lived in a place where I could wake up to the sound of the waves and smell the refreshing sea breeze at six in the morning, I would never leave (unless if I have to go to the mall mehe).

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What’s better than free wifi? Free food (and drinks), of course! I’d love to go back if they’d offer me complimentary food for each visit. Lol!

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It was by far the most relaxing weekend ever. With no cable tv, very limited wifi access, and being far away from the busy streets of the city, it was the perfect definition of a getaway.

  

xo


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11 May

Sunrise Silhouettes

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It’s been a while since I last wrote something up here. The past few weeks have been tough for me since there are some problems at home and I got caught up with stress from, well, basically everything. But I’m holding on because I know everything’s gonna be okay in time.

When faced with problems, I escape. Think. Go home. And then try to fix whatever problem there is when I’m ready. 

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As the sun rises, it brings a new hope for those of us who are going through tough times. A new day means another chance to make things right. Break down if you must, but make sure you get up and be the tough cookie that you are!

  

xo


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27 Apr

No Regrets

So here’s a story about a girlwho joined a contest (Unexpected Casting by Alcatel) because she was bored and she was so sure that she wouldn’t stand a chance at winning since it was an international contest. A few weeks ago, she came across this online selfie contest and decided to join because (see previous sentence). And then last week, she suddenly got a call from Paris, France and it turned out to be from Unexpected Casting, telling her that she was one of the winners to fly off to Barcelona, Spain to be one of the new faces of Alcatel. She was supposed to get her passport processed last March but because she thought she wouldn’t use it anytime soon anyway, she decided to delay it. So, she won the contest but the problem is, SHE DOESN’T HAVE A FREAKING PASSPORT, nor does she have time to get it processed. The Visa was another problem too. There was so little time considering the schedule for the filming is going to be on May 11 - 18. So, she had no choice but to refuse and bid goodbye to what has been the biggest opportunity in her life so far. This girl who thought she will be living a life of regret is unfortunately, me.

Lesson learned: Always expect the unexpected.

Now I’m trying to get my mind off this thing by doing things that I love, like eating and beach trips.

I’ll try my best to look at the brighter side, like my summer being extended until September! I’m going to this very popular island in the Philippines but I’m not gonna tell you yet. And on August, I’ll try my best to go to Bazooka Rocks 3 since the line up is super awesome! I went to BR2 last year and I think I’m gonna do it every year. Some of the bands that will be there this year are You Me At Six, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, The Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, and Senses Fail. More will be announced next week! I am crying happy tears. This means I’m going to save up, like seriously save up. No more taxi rides to work and food trips for me. I would need a vast amount of self control for this one.

We have to close some doors to have others open. I’m choosing to live my life without regrets from now on. Cheers to a happy life!

  

xo


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