Thursday, July 30, 2015

Why Travel While You Are Young and Single

Dress: from Bangkok | Shoes: Payless | Bag: Furla (from mom)
Earrings: Egg | Watch: Anne Klein | Lips: Nyx Femme

We are young, wild, and free. We are adventurous and up for any challenge. We are thrill-seekers and enjoy the unknown. We are young and single and we are capable of traveling and seeing the world.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blogger Problem #3: Money

Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Dress: Jellybean | Shoes: Topshop
Bag: The Sak | Watch: Swatch

People say blogging should not be expensive. But I beg to disagree. Blogging is an expensive hobby/passion.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Travelogue: Bangkok, Thailand (Street Shots)


Though I went to Bangkok for work, management gave us our evenings free to do whatever we want. Aside from my half day tour of Wat Pho and Wat Arun, I had 3 evenings to roam around Bangkok and do more shopping (of course, what I was most excited about). Just walking around Bangkok was already a delight with all the sights that I saw and all the sounds that I heard. Here are just a few street shots of Bangkok taken with my Samsung Galaxy s5. I am still surprised with the quality of pictures this phone produces. I think it is even better than what my Canon Ixus 115HS produces. Yes, I use a digital camera for my blog photos. I am not really keen on getting a SLR mostly because of the weight. Also because it has too many functions that I will not be able to understand anyway. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heirloom


My mom has always taught me to invest my money on jewelry. Clothes and shoes will wear and tear easily but jewelry will stand the test of time. Gold and silver are both elements that increase in value over time. They are not like clothes and shoes that will be worthless after a few wears. If you are looking to give a really nice and meaningful vintage jewelry to someone special but don't know where you can find one, I suggest going to Invaluable. This is an online store that auctions vintage, rare, and hard to find items such as jewelry and art pieces. They have a wide range of products you can choose from up for bidding which you can fine on their jewelry page. Invaluable is a great online store to check out if you want to give a someone something meaningful and valuable that you won't find in malls/stores. If you have a pieces that you want to sell or appraise, you can contact them to find out how. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Travelogue: Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Arun)


There are so many places such as temples and museums I wasn't able to visit during my very short trip to Bangkok. I wish I had more time to look around as it has been more than a decade since I first visited. But nonetheless I was able to visit two temples: Wat Pho and Wat Arun. The latter is also known as the temple of dawn and looking at pictures on Google, it looks best when viewed at dawn/sunset. The colors that reflect are just gorgeous and it made the temple look golden. But when I got there, I was disappointed it was under renovation/construction/maintenance. I am not really sure what they are doing with the temple because I didn't see any signage and tourists are still allowed to tour inside the temple premises. I don't want to stay too late as the area is quite far from the hotel I was staying at. And as a first time solo traveler, I have to be very careful. Sunset in Bangkok is also later than what I am used to in the Philippines which is why I can no longer wait to see how the temple looks like during sunset. It was already 7PM and there is still light. I have to get going at 6PM so I can reach my hotel before dark. Though my visit to Wat Arun was very brief, I enjoyed looking around. The temple is filled with so much attention and intricate details. The temple is also quite small compared to Wat Pho so it took me half the time to look around and take pictures than in Wat Pho.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer to Autumn Dresslink Wishlist


I've been shopping a lot lately and I really mean a lot! I have three closets full in what little space I have I call as my bedroom but I just can't stop it. Shopping is an addiction I allow myself to fall into and I don't think I will ever stop. I go shopping in malls, abroad, and of course, online. Who can ever resist shopping online when it is so convenient and best of all, cheap? Dresslink is one website that I always visit because of the wide selection of clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories they offer and at the same time because of the price. The designs are very trendy and you get them for a fraction of the cost than buying in stores. I spend hours on this website simply ogling at all the nice and cheap dresses that they have. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Product Review: Laneige White Plus Renew Eye Cream


I was born with dark under eye circles. Yes, I am one of the unfortunate people who will never be able to get rid of their dark circles. I am like a panda who has really pale skin but deep and dark eyes. I still have hopes though that my dark circles will lighten even just a few shades. I have tried various eye creams before that I am hoping will help battle my dark circles.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

2 out of 30: 10 Tips for Traveling Alone

Top: from Korea | Necklace, Skirt, Bag: Forever 21 | Shoes: Payless

If you still remember my bucket list (which you can read on this post), traveling alone is one of them. I have always admired people who travel alone. I admire their liberty. I admire their independence. I admire their experience. I have talked to my parents about it but they refuse to let me travel on my own. Let's just say that my mom is a bit of a paranoid. She thinks the movie Taken will happen in real life. And my dad simply replied that he is no Liam Neeson and he won't be able to save me in case that happens. They do have a point. Even when you travel in groups, Taken can still happen. But my rebuttal would always be that I am not stupid and I can take care of myself. I will be at the hotel by 6PM and they have my word for it. But parents will always be parents and they can't help but worry about their children even if they are already adults and don't need looking after. So when my boss approved my training in Bangkok, Thailand I was over and beyond the moon excited. This is my chance to travel alone. My parents won't be able to say no because this is work-related and the trip will be sponsored by my employer. Now I have crossed out 2 in my bucket list. I still have 28 more to go and I am really crossing my finger I will accomplish it in 3 years and 2 months as I am turning 27 soon.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Travelogue: Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho)


Among South East Asian countries, Thailand is the most appealing to me. I did enjoy and love Vietnam when my friends and I went there last year and I am keen to go back to Singapore but Bangkok exudes a different aura. It has that eccentric vibe that magnetizes me. It is filled with so much culture (traditional and modern) that keeps you interested and drawn. Aside from shopping, I love Thailand for its food. It is also probably because among all the other South East Asian countries, this is where I feel most at home as it is very similar to the Philippines in many ways: 1.) the weather/climate is similar; 2.) exchange rate/cost of living is similar; and, 3.) they think I am one of them. It is a bit odd that I am often mistaken to be Thai. I don't think I look Thai though but whenever I would go to a store or restaurant, they assume I am Thai and would talk to me in their language. It is only when I reply that I don't understand them will they realize that I am not Thai. Even when we were in Vietnam the locals there think I am Thai. We do have a lot of similarities in terms of features but I don't think I look Thai. I mean most South East Asians look similar: Thai, Malaysians, Indonesians, Filipinos, etc. But to single out and assume I was Thai is quite odd. Do you think I do?