Thursday, June 25, 2015

Travelogue: Subic Beach, Zambales 4 (Guide)

When I hear Subic, I don't immediately think of the beach. I know for a fact that Subic has beaches to offer but I am familiar only with the Freeport zone which means shopping, big hotels, and lots of dining options. I don't see Subic as a place for a quick respite. It is my first last Independence Day to go one of the beaches of Subic. I did not expect much because it isn't really famous for anything. There were lots of foreigners mainly because there is an American Navy Base here. But if I have the option this would not be my first choice. Though, as I mentioned, if you are looking for a quick respite, on a tight budget, and don't have enough time, Subic will probably your best option. It is only 2-3 hours away from Manila, hotels are not expensive, and food is also not expensive (and served in huge portions). It may not be the most beautiful beach the Philippines has to offer but is definitely a place worth visiting - even just once in your life.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blogger Problems #2: Photo-bombers

Dress: Walk Trendy | Clutch and Socks: Forever 21 | Oxfords: Ichigo

Continuing the series of blogger problems I am sure most of us have experienced are the so-called photo-bombers. I don't know where, what and how this term started but is used to describe a person who is not supposed to be in the picture but is there. The most famous photo-bomber is Jennifer Lawrence as seen on the pictures below. This girl just loves to be in pictures. If it is Jennifer Lawrence doing it or some other famous personality, people find it cute, funny and charming. But when ordinary people do it, we find it annoying, irritating and infuriating (talk about discrimination). But I guess it is human nature to always make a distinction between famous and ordinary people; between the rich and poor; between the attractive and destructive.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Travelogue: Subic Beach, Zambales 3

Hat: Peaches on Top | Polka Dots Maillot: Debenham's | Sunglasses: Jellybean

I always try to get a nice tan each time I go to the beach. However, my nose is the only thing I see that had a change of color; and it's not even tan - it's red! My nose is always burnt to a crisp but when you look at my entire body nothing has changed. I can get very faint tan lines at the back but it's hardly noticeable. My nose is the only proof I have that I went to the beach. I do love my pale skin tone because I feel like tan or darker skin looks good on me but sometimes I wish my skin will get even just a little bit darker as proof that I do go to the beach and I do know how to swim..

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Travelogue: Subic Beach, Zambales 2

Sunglasses: Aldo | Top: Stradivarius | Shorts: SM Department Store | Sandals: Asos

I used to detest going to the beach. I have professed my love and fascination for mountains before and I always say I like mountains and forests more than sand and seas. But lately, I am having a change of heart. I don't why but I am starting to prefer going to the beach than going uplands. I still prefer the cold weather though more than hot and humid but there is just something about the beach that is alluring. The limitless horizon and fierce sunsets - these are just among the few things that captivated my heart. I love going to the beach and I am thankful the country where I live has a multitude of beaches to offer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Travelogue: Subic Beach, Zambales

Hat: Peaches on Top | Gingham Maillot: Cesa | Sandals: Asos  
Watch: Swatch | Sunglasses: Aldo

I really thought I won't have a chance to go to the beach this year. Most of my scheduled trips are city tours and outside the country. Though I am excited to see other countries for the first or second time this year, I was a bit sad that I won't get to see the beach and swim. I am not the best swimmer and I am scared of going deeper than 5 feet but I do enjoy swimming and seeing what is down there. Luckily, my aunt wanted to go to the beach to unwind so my boyfriend and I gladly accompanied her. We initially wanted to go surfing in La Union but the hotels/resorts we were considering are all fully booked already. We ended up going to Subic beach in Zambales. We went outside the freeport zone. It is not the best beach - filled with trash on the shore and black rocky sand that I went home with so many cuts on my feet and  hands - but it is okay for a quick respite. We are also lucky that the resort we stayed in is located on the cleaner and more beautiful part of Baloy Long Beach in Subic. I don't know if I will ever have another beach trip this year but crossing my fingers that I will.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Milky & Sunny

I am always on the hunt for good breakfast places. I love breakfast food and I can live with just that - no kidding. I am attracted to the sweet smell of bread, pancakes and waffles and the mouthwatering saltiness of eggs and bacon. Imagine my delight when I happened to pass by Milky&Sunny one day. I was having a bad day because a security guard pissed me off and it was too darn humid. My friend and I were looking for a bubble tea place to cool off. As we were walking I saw a cute and quirky signage that says Milky&Sunny. We looked at the pastries on display and we were sold. We couldn't leave anymore. We were only supposed to drink bubble tea but we ended up having a full meal. We said we wouldn't spend money on food anymore because we've been eating too much but we still ended up buying a few choices from their menu. I may have felt guilty after for spending but if my stomach and taste buds are happy, I could forget about the guilt.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Job Interview: What HR Managers Look For

Top and Necklace: Forever 21 | Bag and Trousers: Mango | Pumps: Payless
Watch: Swatch: Lips: Nyx Femme

I am not part of the human resources department but the nature of my job closely works with the HR manager. I've received a handful of applications for the past month for a certain position in the government institution that I work for. Applications fell under than what we expected but there were still very few qualified ones nonetheless. Applying for the job is only the first step. What comes next is determined by the HR Manager. You may think that your resume is already good enough but HR Managers will see your resume in a different perspective. I am not claiming to be an expert in job applications and I've had my share of rejections in the past. But working closely with our HR Manager, there were a few things I've learned and discovered as to what they are looking for and how they see a resume. If you are one of the millions who recently graduated or simply want a new career path, I hope this short article can provide value on how you can improve your resume and ace your interview.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Blogger Problem #1: Finding the Right Location

Top, Skirt, Detachable Collar, and Bag: Forever 21 | Sneakers: from Korea 

I've been blogging for 4 years now and I don't have any plans on stopping. Though I know I have those moments when I took respite because I had to sort my personal life out and just stopped blogging for a good amount of time, but I came back. I enjoy blogging and I don't see myself stopping any time soon. I may not be the most followed blogger out there but I enjoy what I do and I am happy with where my blog is going. As a "blogger" for 4 years now, I have encountered so many "blogger problems" just like many of you do. So I decided to make a series called "blogger problem" and share the lessons I learned from these problems.