Thursday, December 24, 2015

My VMVery Favorite Things

Fitting my life into one backpack felt daunting in the beginning. But over time I've managed to trim down my skin care essentials with the help of these tiny pint-sized products. This Christmas edition skin care set is the perfect gift for any travel enthusiast or skin care fanatic. 

Remember: When you fly and wish to bring only a backpack with you, you can place liquids in your carry-on as long as each container's capacity is 100ml or less.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

My first snorkeling experience

I am surrounded by divers at the AXA office. Every time I ask them to come surf with me they'd always say that life underwater is much more exciting, and then they'd invite me to come join them. I'd always decline though because I never really thought of diving or snorkeling -- visions of sharks circling me always occupied my mind. Plus diving is an expensive hobby compared to committing to surfing where your main expense would only be a Php 25,000 surfboard. 

Now after my first snorkeling experience in Puerto Princesa, I'm realizing I am missing out on a lot! I must rectify this next year and get certified! A more long-term plan is to learn to free dive, I've seen Lillian of Wanderlass do it when we snorkeled together and I got so envious.  

So anyway, I  mentioned that I went snorkeling as part of a tour last November and this is a more extensive post on that. 


An hour away from the city proper, Honda Bay Wharf is a good area to test-drive your snorkeling skills. We rented our masks, snorkels, Aqua shoes, and fins at Panz Mask & Snorkeling Shop while waiting. You need permits to snorkel so make sure you process those beforehand or tell your tour guide.

Tip: Bring your own dry bag to protect your gadgets from saltwater. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Burt's Bees Soothing Lip Balm with Eucalyptus and Menthol

I've  been searching for this particular variant of the Burt's Bees lip balm which seem to be sold out in all Beauty Bar branches, and was also MIA for some time on their website (it's available now, btw). The curiosity stemmed from my good experience with the original incredibly minty Beeswax Lip Balm, and I wanted to know if this Soothing variant can surpass the minty kick.

Thank god Jessa gave me hers, I was so giddy and tried it out the moment I got home. In fact, I was so excited that I tore open the seal and didn't even bother to take photos first. #beautybloggingfail

Give your chapped lips some love and care with our Soothing Lip Balm. Let the cooling combination of Menthol and Eucalyptus Oil soothe seriously dry lips while Shea Butter helps moisturize them. 100% natural, this balm leaves your lips looking healthy, feeling happy and hopelessly hydrated. 
Price: Php 225

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

67th Heaven: A hidden holiday resort in Puerto Princesa

I woke up with the sun shining on my face, the rays piercing through the jalousie windows. In the distance, I heard the waves crashing on the shore. I wondered for a second where I was. I stretched out my arms and remembered I was shacked up in a nipa hut-inspired room in Bgy. Concepcion, along the Northeastern part of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. While most of the tourists would prefer to stay within city limits, I chose to spend the next 3 days in this quiet shelter devoid of cellular signal.

67th Heaven Resort Hotel is a two-star hotel neatly tucked on the outskirts of Puerto Prinsesa -- a good 2 hours away from the city. Named after the 67km marker placed directly in front of the resort, it's a place for those who want to disconnect, reflect, and leave the busy world behind.

Owner and Manager, Lydia Varala, was once a salon owner-slash-waitstaff in Bahrain where she had been working for many years to fund her children’s education back in the Philippines. Later on she met Gunner and soon married, with her gung-ho attitude they set up this quaint resort hotel in Palawan where they enjoy the beachfront view and the company of tourists and backpackers every day. Lydia solely manages the hotel in all aspects, as such you'll expect hands-on service every time.

Here are 6 reasons why you should stay at 67th Heaven:

1. The beach

Think of Palawan and most likely the white sandy beaches of El Nido or Coron would come to mind. 67th Heaven, on the other hand, boasts of unspoilt beachfront real estate with grey sand and blue gurgling waves (up to 2 feet!). It being so far away from other tourist destinations, you can sunbathe in peace while reading a good book or two.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Idea: Kala Milk Soaps Special Holiday Blends

I haven't started with my Christmas shopping (have you?) but I am done with my travel list for the next quarter #priorities. Anyway, a great gift idea every year is to choose locally made and all-natural products. Not only are you helping them promote their small scale businesses, but you also help our farmers and local workers in the process. And get this: in your own little way you are also helping change the mindset, paving the way for friends and family to switch to all-natural alternatives. It's hitting three birds with one stone. 

So here's a stocking stuffer for ya: the Kala Milk Soaps Special Holiday Blends. From my previous introductory post, Kala Milk Soaps are the first in the PH to use Carabao Milk as its base ingredient. What's so good about carabao milk? Aside from it being so yummy it contains the highest content of good butter fat which is known to be a good skin moisturizer, as well as lactic acid (naturally occurring in milk) considered a mild exfoliant that helps improve skin's texture and battle fine lines.