Batangas, Beach, Beauty, Food, Food Trip, Independence day, Infinity pool, Laiya, Lifestyle, Long weekend, Philippines, Tour, Tourist, Travel

Buracai de Laiya


Hello loves,

Today I wanted to provide a brief review on one of the newest resorts in Laiya, Batangas. 

Philippines celebrated Independence Day last June 12th. That means, happy long weekend for us employees. We spent two nights and three days to a resort called Buracai de Laiya.

It took us around 3-4 hours to get there from Manila. We left the house at 10AM and arrived at around 2PM. Maybe without traffic, it could be around 2-3 hours. 

We used the mobile application waze to make sure that we get to the destination as the resort is a bit located at the farthest part of Laiya. Although there will be tour guides when you reach Laiya, I still recommend to check it with Waze. However, there would be areas without internet connection so I suggest for you to save your map first. 

Buracai de Laiya is situated right after the more known resorts such as Aquatico and Aqua Verde which are both fully booked that time.

When we arrived at our destination, a person in the front desk asked how many people will be staying in one room, because the room that we got could only accommodate 3 adults and 1 child. We need to pay 1,500 php for every additional person beyond the allowed number of persons per room4. They also have mandatory payment of 1000php per head on top of the 7,500 room rate which we think is very unreasonable.

The 1,000php covers breakfast and dinner buffet. As per their management, it is a policy for weekend guests. 


Our room is really small but the good part is it has balcony and a sea view. From there we could easily check their swimming pool and beach area.

We had our  merienda in their restaurant. They serve good food although it is a bit pricey for their serving. We do not have a choice by the way because there is no nearby restaurants or even supermarket within the area.


However, when we had our dinner buffet, we are not satisfied with their food choices as well as the food itself. We thought that we will never come back to add to our frustration that there is no mobile signal in their resort! 

We survived three days without communicating to anyone though. 

We love their infinity pool although it could be very crowded because they also accommodate day tours. But we did not like the beach. There were sharp stones and shells so definitely I do not encourage you to walk barefoot on the shore.


Overall, I think the price for this resort is too high given their ammenities and service. Although it could be a very good opportunity for families and friends to bond because there are less distractions. It feels like you are isolated in an island, away from social media and other stuff. You can just spend time over food, swim, or even try some beach activities. They offer snorkling, scuba diving, banana boat, flying fish, kayak, parasailing, and a lot more!

Thanks for reading! 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

❤️

Van

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Courtesy lane, DFA Aseana, Manila, Passport Renewal, Philippines, Procedure, Travel

DFA Aseana renewal of passport

 

We have already booked our tickets for our trip to Seoul next month. This is unexpected so we were not able to renew our passports earlier. 
Although we have already confirmed appointment on June 23rd, I don’t think our passports will be available before July. I have a multiple entry Korean visa but my daughter doesn’t have yet so we need to accomplish everything to ensure that everything is settled before our upcoming trip.

Good thing DFA has this courtesy lane for government employees and their beneficiaries, children under 7 years old, pwd, pregnant, and senior citizens. We called DFA Aseana to confirm if I can also avail when I’m with my 7 year old daughter and they said ‘yes’.

Come weekend, we made sure that our documents are complete as we try our luck on Monday.

So today is the day and currently still waiting in line to be accommodated. We went to the second floor of DFA Aseana to submit our accomplished forms, person from the front desk advised us to wait until they call our names. We waited for atleast 20minutes then they gave us numbers and asked us to wait outside.

 

It has been three hours already since we arrived and everyone is already frustrated. We are still waiting for 15 more people before our number be called. Our line is only for its first step which is processing.. imagine how many hours more do we need to endure! 


In the processing window, they asked the following documents:

  1. Photo copy of the front page of old passport
  2. Photocopy of NSO birth certificate
  3. Old Passport if you are for renewal
  4. Filled application form 

Payment is a bit fast as we were able to settle in just 5 minutes. We paid 1,200 each to expedite the release of our passport and opted for pick up. 
Then we waited an hour or more for the last step which is data processing and capturing of photo.

They will get the receipts and will ask for your right and left index and thumbmark as well as signature. We look already so exhausted when they took our photo so I will remember this nightmare for 5 years since our passports’ validity is 5 years. 

They asked me to review and ensure that all our data is correct and asked me to sign as an agreement that I would need to shoulder any additional expenses if there are errors in our passports. Then finally they gave back our old passports, receipts and told us to claim our passports June 15th! 

We left DFA Aseana at 4pm! 7 loooong hours to renew our passports! But I am still happy that we are more certain that we will make it to Korea 😉

Although I still do hope that they do something about this. No one would like to spend the entire day renewing their passports! 


How is your experience in renewing your passports? I hope it is not as bad as what I experienced. Please feel free to write below, I’d be happy to know your thoughts! 

❤️

Van

Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyebrow embroidery, Fashion, Health, Hype, Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery, Lifestyle, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent Makeup, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Procedure, Tattoo

Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya

Welcome back guys!

Sorry I’ve been very busy these past few days but I wanted to share to you what I have done yesterday to make my eyebrows more defined.

I went to Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya and had Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery which is something that is very known today! 

I have always wanted to have a nice and defined eyebrows because I used to have spares brows and I look really weird without doing my brows. I need to draw and fill in the gaps so that I have more confidence in facing the world. Like what I have said, kilay is life! 

So after a week of contemplating, I have finally decided to try their lash lift with semi permanent mascara which I have blogged several days ago. 


I love how it turned out and since Pauline’s assistant Vicky is very nice she informed me that someone has cancelled and I can be accommodated June 2nd. 

I secured my payment to keep my appointment via paypal. 

I have also tried to read several blogs first prior to my appointment to set any expectations and the procedure itself.

As per my preparation, I made sure that my skin is well hydrated and clean because after the procedure, I need to wait for 3-5 days before I can wash the area. I also took long bath that day as I know it would be difficult to wash my hair because I would need to be extra careful not to wet any area near my brows.

Come June 2nd, I woke up early for my appointment with Ms. Pauline since she personally do these procedures and mentioned from other blogs that she only does three procedures per day. 

Before leaving my place, I made sure to take a photo of myself first as the tattoo will stay for at least a year. I wanted to see a before and after photo of course:


I was scheduled at 3pm but I arrived 15 minutes late. I had to take grab to go there but my driver is unfamilair of the place and did not follow waze. So we got lost in Sucat and had to ask around where is the west service road. So my advice to anyone going there, check their map first and make sure you show the map to your driver prior to going to the area.

When I arrived in their clinic, there is still one customer inside and Pauline is still doing her brows. Vicky – her assistant asked me to fill out several pages of terms and conditions as well as personal data. While I fill out these documents, Vicky told me that she will already apply the numbing cream while I wait for my turn. This will help for me not to feel anything or at least just a little pain when we start with the procedure.


It took around an hour before the first customer left the clinic. Ms. Pauline introduced herself but told me to wait a little more while we wait for the numbing cream to take effect. I think that is the purpose why they suggest their clients to come early so that while you wait, they can already apply the numbing cream.

After an hour, Pauline went back to me and asked me to sign a waiver stating that the color might fade faster due to the medicine I had to take for my thyroid. I was expecting her to briefly explain the procedure but she just asked me to lie down so we can start. I left my bag on one of the tables and asked her how painful will it be so I am ready. She asked my tolerance level to pain and honestly I told her that it is pretty low. She mentioned that it might feel like as if you someone is threading your eyebrows.

Pauline took a photo of my eyebrows prior to the procedure then she started measuring my brows and asked me to face the mirror so she could assess better.


She provided me two options on how I wanted my brows to look like. On the left side, she drew a more straight full brows based from the natural shape of my brows. It is easier to maintain since we just have to follow my brows and just filling any parts with no hair or defining the edges. On my right, she showed a shape with a higher arch which she thinks is more appropriate to my face shape. She noted that the one with higher arc will help emphasize my cheekbone better and will make my face slimmer compared to the straighter brows which makes my face round.

Although the one with arch will be more difficult to maintain since I needed to pluck any hair around the area, I am still happy to look slimmer with my new brows and it would be easier for me to change brows shape since I would just need to fill in the arch to go to a straighter and fuller brows.


After deciding, microblading is next!


Pauline asked me if I feel anything and I honestly said no. Although I am hearing a buzzing sound, it felt nothing in most parts. Actually plucking or threading your brows is more painful that having this. I am really surprised. Although, I can feel that she is cutting my skin multiple times it did not hurt much. Then she applied another numbing cream mixed with the hair dye. We had to wait for 5 minutes at least.


Then she wiped off the hair dye with numbing cream then it felt sore! But who am I to compalin? I am seeing pretty brows in the making already. We had three rounds for this as she is very meticulous to ensure that you will leave happy and contented!

After three rounds, here is the finished product! This is right after the procedure:

Tadaaa..


I am so happy with the result! 

Pauline mentioned that it may look darker on the night of the procedure and will even go darker on the next days. Then will go lighter around 50% but I just need to wait til 1 month to finally see the final result of my hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery!

These are photos 
taken an hour after the procedure:


Vicky handed me an after kit care and receipt:


She told me to apply the ointment thrice a day from my third to seventh day.

After a day, so far my brows are indeed darker and shinier! I can see the cuts starting to heal though. It looks kinda weird but will see what it looks like after a week.

I will update again after a week! I hope to get best result!

Thanks for reading! Let me know on the comments section if you have any questions or comments. Thank you ❤️

Much love,

Van

Army Navy, Food, Food Trip, Lifestyle, Philippines, Travel

Army Navy’s Bacon Breakfast 

Hello Bacon lovers!

Today I would like to announce to you that Army Navy recently had some changes in terms of their food choices. They no longer have Tocino in their menu which makes me the saddest person in the entire world. 😭

They also used to have this Bacon with longanisa on the side, sunny side up egg and garlic rice, but now they opted to remove the Longanisa. But you have now the option to choose between your favorite BACON or their special Longanisa.

Well, It is actually a win-win situation for me especially that I am never a fan of Longanisa because I had some traumatic experience before which I’m not sure if it is appropriate to share here in my food post. To cut the story short, their new Bacon breakfast meal which consists of more bacon is something in favor of me!

I think the price is almost the same with their previous Bacon with Longanisa meal. The last time I checked, Bacon is 185php per meal without drinks. I also just want to add that I prefer their new garlic rice! More garlic like the ones you have at home.

I usually eat at Army Navy’s after my shift so my officemates or anyone close to me would know how many times I go to Army Navy a week.

Here is something that I will leave here:


Happy eating!!

❤️

Van

Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyelash lift, Eyelash perm, Fashion, Lifestyle, Manila, Mascara, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Travel

Eyelash lift and Semi-permanent Mascara

Hello everyone!

Last Sunday I’ve had a procedure called Eyelash Lift with Semi-permanent Mascara at Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya.

I have been so amazed with how they turn short lashes to gorgeous ones based from their client reviews! I first learned about Permanent Makeup Manila when a Filipino youtuber Michelle Dy posted a review or vlog on her Youtube chanel about the procedure as well as what she’ve done with her eyebrows.

I literally couldn’t sleep and wanted to try both the Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery as well as their lash lift with mascara. Unfortunately, since Pauline is personally the one who will do your brows, they have limited slots to accommodate clients which hopefully they can increase. But I understand how Pauline wanted to take more time with her clients to ensure that she will provide perfect looking brows because “kilay is life!”

I had my eyelashes instead. I tried to call their office/clinic and good thing Vicky her gorgeous and very kind assistant was able to schedule me that Sunday. 

Here is a before photo before the procedure:


You can barely see my lashes. That is how short they are! The procedure took around 1 hour and a half to finish everything.

At first, I had to fill up an information sheet/waiver then Vicky politely asked me to move to their ‘grooming’ area where procedures are usually done. 


We started at exactly 6pm. I was in a comfy seat with lights on top of my face but it is something not bothering. Then she wipped off any makeup from my eyes and around the area to ensure that I will achieve perfectly curled eyelashes. Then put white sticky patches on top of my lower lashes.


I took some photos first before I closed my eyes. During the entire procedure, I had to close my eyes so any lotion that she would need to apply on my lashes will not enter my eyes. She put a small silicone just the size of my eyes then tried to roll my eyelashes on it. I think this will serve as the rod for curling.


We waited for 7 minutes after applying the first layer of lotion then another 7 minutes after the second one. I felt like Vicky is removing carefully my lashes from the silicone a few minutes after applying the curling lotion.

After it is time to put some mascara!! Vicky said that it really depends on someone’s lash cycle up to when the lash lift and mascara will last. But on an average it would be between 4-6 weeks. Long enough though! Few weeks that you will be eye make-up free!! 

When I checked myself on the mirror, I cannot believe how gorgeous it turned out. Although it is more curled that what I have expected, I know that the lift will not be the same few days from now. I also requested Vicky to put some mascara as well on my lower lashes but it is a bit painful to the eyes, especially on the left side. I am totally not sure why but according to Vicky, all her clients felt the same. But still, I really love how it turned out. I imagine how many minutes I could save by not curling my eyelashes and appying mascara everyday to look presentable. Also, no more racoon or panda eyes for me! This is indeed perfect for summer. 

Here is my photo after the session:


Thank you so much, Permanent Makeup Manila for accommodating me and making me beautiful! I cannot wait to have them fix my eyebows as well.

I had my photo taken with Vicky and my daughter Mikhaila who paitenly waited for me and filming me. She is ever supportive of my vanity! 

You can still book on their website or call Vicky thru the details below:

https://permanentmakeupmanilabookings.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

You can also send your questions below on the comment box. 

Thank you! 😘

❤️

Van

Election coverage, Internship, Journalism, Lifestyle, News, News Writing, Philippines, Rappler, Summer Internship

Better version of myself

Here is my exit blog I have written in 2013 for my internship at Rappler.
Time flies so fast. I may not be a Journalist or even close to this profession but I still live by the things I’ve learned from my Summer Internship.
Let me share this with you for now:

“Wow, Rappler?! Ibang level ka na talaga ha.” (Rappler? You’ve outdone yourself!) I get that a lot whenever I mention my internship.

Upon hearing the word Rappler, I get a surprised look—similar to my own reaction when I first learned that I got accepted.

Best April fools
The word “Congratulations!” written in bold letters greeted me in the afternoon of April 1. I wasn’t so sure if the email I received from Rappler was legit or just some sort of April fool’s day prank. I shrugged the idea off after I recovered from shock. Before I knew it, I was already jumping around my little apartment shouting the words, “I got in!”
That’s when the real story began.
Perfect timing
Days before my internship started, I managed to read a few blog entries written by previous Rappler interns. As I read their stories, I got really excited. Even if I just experienced half of what they went through, that would make me happy.
What I didn’t know was that Rappler had a lot more to offer this time.
Since the 2013 election was weeks away, I knew I was lucky to do my internship at this moment in time.
The events that followed my first day on the job whizzed by. Just a day after we were oriented, we were thrown into the middle of Rappler’s Senatorial Debate. I helped control hundreds of ecstatic audience members assembled at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
I was also sent out to the field to cover events, conduct interviews, and write articles. I was even asked to research data on local politics for weeks.
Rappler forced me to step out of my comfort zone and experience real-life situations.

Ups and downs
For many of us, if not all of us, Rappler’s election coverage was indeed the highlight of our internship.
When I first entered Rappler’s war room, I was overwhelmed with two emotions. One was happiness and the other one was fear. I felt happy and honored to be working with the best people in this field. I felt like I was also a professional journalist like them. However, I knew the work ahead wouldn’t be easy. I doubted myself if I could really perform my duties well or at least keep my head above the water.
I know we can’t always make things go our way. My experience was not the smooth sailing I had hoped for; nonetheless, I was thankful I got to be a part of this event.
Instead of feeling discouraged by the mishaps, it served as a challenge for me to become better and to make up for my shortcomings. I became more focused with my work. I was able to push myself beyond my limits.
As a result of my hard work, and thanks to my supervisors, two of my articles were published which made me the happiest person in the war room that night.

Character building
At Rappler, I never felt that I was less important just because I was an intern. They made me feel needed and my outputs were equally valued.
This internship tested the strength of my character while under pressure. I discovered that I had greater potential than I thought existed. More importantly, it made me a more mature and responsible student, which I will take with me when I go back to school this June.

Rappler did not only help in honing my skills in writing, it also helped in molding my character.

As I leave, I know I will miss everything about Rappler—working alongside Maria Ressa, the Rappler staff (especially the MovePH team), and my co-interns who made my stay more colorful, including the elevator rides and long bus trips I had to endure every day.
I can’t believe my time with Rappler is over. Those 222 hours I spent with Rappler were the best.

A better self

Definitely, I would want to be a better journalist someday. With all the things I’ve learned in school and in Rappler combined, I have no doubt I can reach my dreams.

I stepped inside the Rappler office a month ago empty-handed, with determination as my only weapon; but, along the way, I’ve picked up a lot of life-long values and lessons that I now carry with me.


As I write this exit blog, I am confident to tell the world that, through Rappler, I am more equipped to face the battles ahead. Without fear, I will start that ripple of change. – Rappler.com
You could check this article published on Rappler’s website:
http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/30131-better-version-myself
I hope you like it!

❤️

Van

Bazaar, Erin by Etsy, Fashion, Hype, Solaire, Tassle earrings, Travel

Tassel earrings is love


I got these two lovely tassel earrings from ERIN by ETSY during last Trendestter’s Bazaar in WTC. 

What a fan of bazaars I really am! 

I’ve been looking for tassel earrings long enough and just right on time, this online shop named ERIN by etsy happened to be selling these fab earrings and they are participating the bazaar. 

I honestly prefer to check it myself that buy online although shopping online is really convenient nowadays. 

I got these not on sale because they said it is not included in bazaar’s promo of slashing 100php off if I regram their photo. Anyway, it costs around 180php each. For me, it is quite expensive knowing that there are several other shops selling those earrings as well but I opted to buy from ERIN because I’ve been buying shoes from them for several years now and they have so much colors to choose from. I personally like the one in Salmon but after few seconds, I learned to appreciate the one in Marsala as well. Since I cannot decide, I bought two! 

I’ve been using the one in Marsala more because I find it easier to mix and match with my outfit. Since we are going to the beach this long weekend, I have more chances in showing off my tassel earrings in Salmon! Watch out!

Wohoo!! Do you also like it? Buy yours now! 😘


Tassel earrings with love,

Van