Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrate Christmas with SM! #SMLoveYourFamily

Christmas is only a a few days away! This year, The SM Store in Makati, Aura and Megamall celebrates the holidays with the #SMLoveYourFamily campaign.
For marketing executive Rafa Alunan and his wife bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan,Christmas is that time of the year to be together, create fun memories and be creative with their three children Lucas, Helena, and Diego.  It’s also a time for wonderful family get-together with Rafa’s Dad Raffy, Mom Elizabeth, and the rest of the Alunan and Aranaz families.

As a designer, Amina loves to decorate not only bags but their home as well.  Every Holiday season, Amina will think of a color theme for their home - and depending on the color, she’ll start to source out pieces from different place to complete the holiday theme she thought of.  The SM Store is a part of her décor shopping as she considers SM as an all-in-one store.

Instead of the usual gifts, Rafa and Amina splurge on trips with their kids.  The memories they get to create as a family are truly priceless, something they would remember for the rest of their lives.

Just like them, celebrate the holiday with your family at The SM Store. For gift ideas, please download The SM Store Gift Guide for well thought gifting options at: Follow @TheSMStore on Twitter and Instagram and visit to shop for gifts online.

Monday, December 19, 2016


I was sent to Singapore by RTL CBS Entertainment for the 21st Asian TV Awards recently and the timing couldn't be more perfect to review the FLYTPACK. What exactly is the Flytpack?
"FLYTPACK Travel WiFi is a personal wireless modem that connects any WiFi-enabled devices to the internet with a secure network connection. Think of the WiFi you have at home, just smaller, in a pocket size version.
You can connect your laptop, tablet and (or) mobile phone to the internet while you are travelling overseas, anytime, anywhere. It saves you from costly data roaming, WiFi hunting and loads of prepaid SIM card credits.
FLYTPACK Travel WiFi is pre-configured and does not require any complex installation."
I picked up the device at their office [at Level 11 KMC Solutions, SM Aura Office Tower, McKinley Parkway, BGC, Taguig 1634] right before my trip and got the complete kit. Here's what the kit looked like:

I literally did not have to do any complicated installing whatsoever prior to using. Once I landed at Changi Airport, I turned on the Flytpack device, connected it to my phone (passcode will appear on the Flytpack screen) and voila, I am instantly connected!
I vlogged about my experience with the Flytpack from DAY 1 of my SG trip, and I kid you not when I say the internet connection ran smoothly without any problems for the first three days. I totally depended on Google Maps to navigate my way around the city (I was alone) and the Flytpack helped me stay connected and prevented me from getting lost!!! I raved about this device in all the FB live sessions I uploaded on my FB (and even the vlogs).
At the end of day 1, I was really surprised because only 3/4 of the battery was lost! I had the device on for the entire day starting early in the morning, and ending at around past midnight. This device can be used as a powerbank as well, but I had a separate powerbank so I did not have to use it as such--if you do use it as a powerbank, expect that more battery juice will [obviously] be used up!
I had smooth internet connection all day with no slow downs - I kept uploading Instagram photos, tweeting, taking IG stories, etc. And I was able to freely use the Flytpack without worrying if I exceeded the daily cap limit or not. It actually *felt* unlimited to me! They do have the Fair Usage Policy here. So make sure you read up on that! Up to 8 devices can connect to the Flytpack device! Here are the rental prices per country - click me!

One thing you have to note is that there are areas with weak signal causing the Flytpack to not work. This happened to me when I went to Chinatown in Singapore. It took a while for it to finally work (after a lot of walking) I think it was a dead spot where I was.
Overall, I am totally satisfied with the Flytpack and will totally be renting it again for my next out of the country trip soon! I highly recommend it! Enjoy watching the vlogs!
*Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post but rest assured that all thoughts and views are 100% true and honest.* 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Morning Coffee Reads | Mornings are So Beautiful

I finished work at 4AM. I couldn't sleep, so I decided to watch the night turn into day. Early mornings are so beautiful. I've been up for a good 30 minutes just staring at the skies. Sobrang ganda. You can expect time lapses in today's vlog! My cameras are rolling as I compose a brand new MCR (Morning Coffee Reads - something I used to do in my other blog,

I'm listening to this morning meditation by Louise Hay- All about positivity as you get up in the morning. Really soothing, try to listen to it!

Honestly, I couldn't sleep because I'm really hungry. All I can think about right now is Jollibee's Longganisa with rice. Hehehe.

What am I thankful for today?

  • God's grace and mercy--once you figure out how great His love for you is, girl, you'll forever be thankful, ng bonggang bongga. 
  • being alive, and being given another day on this Earth!
  • having Jessica (wifey) in my life! She reminded me to pray before I went to "sleep" at 4am. :) 
  • generous, big-hearted people. I started a fundraising campaign for a blockmate of mine undergoing chemotherapy, and I am just beyond grateful for those who've already donated/shared the post. 
What do you want to accomplish today? Share in the comments below! 

Love and light, my dearest readers. Have an amazing day. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tokyo Tokyo’s Mt. Katsu Sumo Meal!!!

Christmas is just around the corner and I know some, if not most, of you guys have already started shopping for gifts! Shopping can get SUPER tiring, and we all need to recharge before doing more rounds of purchasing! What better way to recharge than to EAT?!  Tokyo Tokyo, the country’s #1 Japanese restaurant chain is mounting an exciting treat for everyone this Christmas season.

Experience a festive yet affordable dining experience with Tokyo Tokyo’s Mt. Katsu Sumo Meal. It is the best option to take for mall goers planning to hang-out solo, in a pair or a group.

Tokyo Tokyo’s Mt. Katsu, a heap of the Big Chicken Katsu topped with teriyaki sauce, onion rings and Japanese mayo, is the newest well-loved meal in Tokyo Tokyo’s menu. The Mt. Katsu Sumo Meal comes with the new Mt. Katsu, people's all time favorite--prawn tempura, two bowls of unlimited steaming rice and two glasses of red iced tea for only P375. Mall goers going solo can also enjoy Mt. Katsu ala carte with rice for only P189. You may also opt to upgrade your meal to a complete Bento meal with drinks and sides for only P244.

Sobrang sarap ng Mt. Katsu, guys. I vlogged about it here – you’ll see how thick the katsu is. Super sulit!

“Our Mt. Katsu Meal is Tokyo Tokyo’s value offering this holiday. It is surely an irresistible Japanese food adventure this Christmas season!,” said Mardi Dator, Tokyo Tokyo’s Product Manager. The Mt. Katsu Sumo Meal, is meant to be a meal for two, but this meal is so abundant that it can actually serve three people. And this Christmas season, Tokyo Tokyo is making Mt. Katsu even generously served to give consumers more value for their money.

Here I am with Rhea Bue, we stuffed ourselves silly! And we totally enjoyed the Mt. Katsu!!! We’re definitely going back for more! Try it and let me know what you think, guys! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

NEW! Olay Whitening Body Wash (MY INSTANT FAVORITE)

If you're an avid viewer of my videos, you might have already seen this vlog (see below). 
Olay partnered with a couple of b/vloggers and gave us an unforgettable experience with the NEW Olay Whitening Body Wash. Watch the vlog here to see all the action! 

Everything was sooooo pink at the event! I loved how all the floors were covered in white faux fur. Not to mention, super bango, the entire venue.

While waiting for the program to start, we had our nails done by Posh Nails! Annnd got back massages, too! Talk about pampering!

THE Sara Black took headshots of everyone with adorable flower crowns. Just like the ones you see in Snapchat!

They also had a mashmallow buffet!! Watch the vlog to see what they had on the table. Lotsa yumminess, I tell you.

We learned all about the newest Olay Whitening Body Wash, and I couldn't wait to go back to my hotel room to try it out. It penetrates the skin up to 10 layers deep, giving you that moisturization that you need. Moisturized, plump skin tend to reflect more light, hence getting that RADIANT, BRIGHTER SKIN TONE!  

Other whitening products tend to leave your skin dry and itchy, but with the Olay Whitening Body Wash, girl, believe me, you skin will feel SOFT AND SMOOTH ALL OVER. And my favorite has got to be the SCENT of this product. I can't get enough of it.

#GETGLOWING with the new Olay Whitening Body Wash! Try it now through an exclusive pre-sale on Zalora starting November 4. Visit today!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Huawei P9 Review (Vlogging, Selfies, etc...)

Hey everyone, today I give you a review on the Huawei P9. I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now, and a lot of you have been asking my opinion about it.

HUAWEI P9 is co-engineered with Leica, blending superior hardware and software with Leica dual lenses, the Huawei P9 enables you to capture high quality pictures without compromising on the handset’s sleek and compact style.

The Huawei P9’s overall look is definitely very classy. I personally like the color HAZE GOLD! I love how it feels on my hands while I use it, I love how big the screen is—totally perfect for watching YouTube videos!

I started tinkering with the phone; it’s a whole new world for me, navigating through the apps and everything, as I am an iPhone user for the longest time. I didn’t expect I’d love Android just as much.

I love the fingerprint passcode feature of the Huawei P9, it has a sensor at the back, and all you need to do is tap on it to unlock the phone. Fingerprints may be registered on the phone, and I believe it’s an amazing security feature.

Being a vlogger, the first thing I tried out was the MOVIE MODE. Here I have a full vlog using the video of the Huawei P9, you can watch it here:

I must say I was surprised with ALL the features on the Huawei P9 camera. They have the BEAUTY VIDEO MODE which allows you to smoothen your face *even while recording! I showed this feature in the vlog, don’t forget to watch that!

Other modes you may use on the phone is PHOTO, MONOCHROME, BEAUTY, VIDEO, HDR, BEAUTY VIDEO, PANORAMA, NIGHT SHOT, LIGHT PAINTING, TIME LAPSE, SLOW MO, WATERMARK, AUDIO NOTE, DOCUMENT SCAN. You may also use different filters (Sentimental, Impact, ND, Valencia, Original, Blue, Halo, Nostalgia, Dawn)

One more awesome thing you can do is capture photos with a shallow depth of field (blurred background)—also another great feature of the phone!

Look at these selfies that I took using the Huawei P9 -

You are free to choose the beauty level (smoothening intensity) from 1-10. These photos are at level 5, yet still look natural! I would definitely recommend this as a SELFIE CAMERA. It’s really awesome! The back camera takes CRISP and CLEAR photos, too!

Watching videos on the Huawei P9 is such a treat – stunning 5.2" FHD display with 96% colour saturation and high contrast.

You can learn more about this phone at

If you wanna see more photos I took using the Huawei P9, follow me on Instagram and search the #HuaweiP9.

Get yourself your own HUAWEI P9 now!!! I swear, you won't regret it. ;) Can't wait to see your selfies!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

L'Oreal French Browns (The French Girl Hair is IN!)

I got to be a L'Oreal Pro Insider at the HOTTEST French-inspired live hair show with L'Oreal Professionel's International Portfolio Artist Berni Ottjes with an exclusive fashion collection from renowned Filipino designer, Francis Libiran.

I vlogged every thing just for you guys--from the day before the show where I got my hair colored into one of the beautiful new shades of Majirel French Browns to the live hair show itself! I even got to vlog Berni and Francis! They are amazing, and I enjoyed the show very much.

In between Berni cutting and styling models' French Browns-colored locks, Francis Libiran sent throngs of bespoke pieces on the runway--all designed to compliment the #FrenchBrowns collection!
"They call it Je ne sais quoi—that inexplainable yet striking charm only seemingly innate to French girls. The French have always been one to sport an effortlessly stunning face, and even more so, nonchalantly gorgeous hair. L’Oréal Professionnel gathered the best browns of Majirel, its biggest hair color collection, to come up with a definitive selection collectively known as #FrenchBrowns."
"And yes, French Girl hair can finally be achieved by Filipinas, with the local launch of #FrenchBrowns. This latest hair color collection from L’Oréal Professionnel takes from the extensive Majirel portfolio, taking its 10 most significant brown shades and infusing its original formula with subtler reflects, to come up with a more subdued hue. The result of each of these 10 hues on the hair is a distinct brown shade with just the right amount of tame luster, nailing the irreverently subtle, effortless and elegant hair look that French girls possess."

The definitive sample of the effortless, natural, subtle French Girl is the Paris-born Eva Green, who is the face of the L'Oreal Professionnel Majirel #FrenchBrown collection.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NO ACNE IN 3 DAYS? (#PondsAcneClearChallenge) + Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I uploaded a NEW video wherein I took the #PondsAcneClearChallenge! For 3 days, I used the newest Ponds Acne Clear Facial Foam + Clearing Gel and see if it makes a difference! 

Watch my video here!

We got to meet the beautiful Barretto sisters during the launch of the products and they, too, attested to the effectiveness of the product.

Pond’s, the number 1 face care brand in the Philippines, formulated an innovative combination of Thymol and Terpineol (Thymo-T), for the New Pond’s Acne Clear product range. Imbued with revolutionary Lock + Clear technology, the new Pond’s Acne Clear is the first in the world to lock powerful acne-fighting Active Thymo-T Essence, which penetrates deep inside bacteria cells to clear acne from the root. This breakthrough helps acne-prone women have clearer, smoother skin in as fast as three days. 

After my 3 day challenge, I saw a significant change in size and redness of my acne. Albeit not TOTALLY gone (it varies from person to person), don't forget to check out the video to see the before and after shots!


1.Post a video of yourself doing the 2-step regimen on IG, Twitter, and/or FB with the hashtag #PondsAcneClear and #PondsAcneClearChallenge and use the hashtag #SAYPondsGiveaway **DONT FORGET THIS HASHTAG**
2.Entries can be posted until August 28, 2016.
3.PondsPH will choose the best videos among all who participated, and winners will get an exclusive #PondsAcneClear selfie kit
4.Winners will be announced on August 29, 2016. PondsPH announce the winners and will send a private message to all winners on how they can claim their prizes.


The new #PondsAcneClear Facial Foam and Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel are now available at all leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores in the Philippines. 

Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam is available in 2 tube sizes: 50g – P 85; 100g – P 155, as well as 2 sachet sizes: 10g – P 15; 4g – P 6, while Pond’s Acne Clear Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel is available in 20g – P 180.

Learn more about how Pond’s Acne Clear’s Lock + Clear Technology helps you achieve acne-free skin in just three days at

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Having supple,soft, and youthful skin is a sign that you are on top of your skincare game. Whether it be skin on the face or the body, I have personal favorite products that I would like to share with you guys today!

Let's start off with the body...

I've been using the Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion--this is clinically proven to hydrate and protect dry skin for 24 hours! It is also non-greasy, fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
I've been using this lotion for quite a while now, and it still remains to be one of my top favorites [lotion for the body] I've already featured this in a couple of my other blog posts along with a skin care video:

**P.S. I also use this on my legs down to my feet! It totally helps with dry feet! 

Next we have moisturizers for the face...
If you are a  regular watcher of my vlogs, you would totally be familiar with these products. I am such a fan of face masks. The particular brand I use is LEADERS. You can find these at Lucky Chinatown Mall. Not only are these LEADERS FACE MASKS EXCELLENT for moisturizing your skin, they also bring about a LOT of skin benefits like brightening, anti-aging, anti-acne, whitening, anti-dryness, sebum control...and many many more! Choose among endless selections of face masks and MAKE IT A DAILY HABIT! I use face maks EVERY SINGLE DAY, and this prevents my skin from getting irritations! 

Another favorite of mine is the Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel. I use this before I put on makeup. This is PERFECT for people with oily/combo skin as it has a water-light texture, and is easily absorbed by the skin. I've been introduced to this products YEARS BACK, still using it to this day, and I am 100% sure you will love it too! See my old post about this here - DEC 2012 (4 years back!)

Hydration for the eyes? YES PLEASE! Also one of my favorites from LEADERS, is the HYDROGEL EYE THERAPY PATCH. Admit it, we all sleep late sometimes. I edit videos every single night and there are times when my eyes get so stressed that it shows on my undereye area. No bueno, especially if you have early appointments the next day! These eye patches are my heroes. They give high elasticity improvement, moisture and nutrition to the eyes, and they have a cooling and soothing effect! It also dramatically reduces wrinkles with continued use! I *love* how my eyes look so de-puffed and brightened after using this! (I use it at night)

So those are my recommendations, guys! I hope you enjoyed, and till the next post! Love love!


Hey girls!

In my last two hair videos, I shared with you the secret to my silky straight hair! Up to this day, I still can’t help but do the hagod on my hair all thanks to Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner!

Watch the video here!! 

Now it’s YOUR time to shine, loves!! Share your hagod stories online by posting your own hair hagod (watch the video above to see how it’s done) on Instagram! Don’t forget to tag @PalmolivePH and the hashtag #SayTioco.

Start posting those beautiful hair hagods! Can’t wait to see all of them!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Top 5 Skin Essentials

I can't stress how important it is to attend to your skin care. Being a vlogger, I'm 'on cam' almost everyday--filming vlogs, makeup tutorials, and so much more. I appear with and without makeup, too! It is really important to have a skin care regimen to keep skin problems at bay. Today I am sharing with you my TOP 5 Skin Essentials.

#1 Makeup  Remover
It is imperative that you use makeup remover to thoroughly remove every single bit of makeup off your face. I know other people who only use water or goes straight to their face cleanser--and I firmly believe that this is not the way to go. I love oil based makeup removers especially for removing waterproof makeup.

#2 Gentle Skin Cleanser (i.e. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser)

Cleansing your skin is a MUST. This process helps remove oil and dirt build-up throughout the day. There are thousands of cleansers out in the market, but the gentlest one I've tried is the one from Cetaphil. I love how it thoroughly cleanses my skin without being too drying. I've been using this since time immemorial and it still remains to be one of my favorite cleansers ever! 

#3 Moisturize (i.e. Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion)
Bring back moisture on your skin! Not only does moisturizers prevent premature aging, it also makes your skin plump! Moisturizing, even if you have oily skin type, is a must! I have combination skin, and I love using the Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion on my face and my body! I just use a pea-size amount on my face as a little goes a long way! 

#4 Eye Cream

When you hit 20 y/o, you gotta start investing on eye cream. You will thank yourself in 50 years!!! Eye cream is my MUST-NOT-SKIP skin care favorite. Dab this baby underneath your eyes and even on the lids every single night without fail and you won't be saying hello to premature wrinkles any time soon.

#5 Protect (i.e. DayLong Gel with SPF50+)
One of the most important steps--sun protection. Harmful UVA and UVB rays can and will damage your skin without the proper armor. The sun AGES and BURNS the skin. I see to it that I use sunscreen on my face and my body before I go out on a hot sunny day (and even on fair days!) The Daylong Gel with SPF50+ is perfect to use before makeup because it is not too heavy on the skin. The skin is able to drink it up right away, and you'll be left with nothing but protected skin! 

That's it for my post for today, loves. Let me know in the comments if you do all this skin care steps! Thanks so much for dropping by! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Do you wonder what ingredient is best for lightening the skin? It is important to look for products that are made from NATURAL sources.

Kojie San products contain Kojic Acid--a chemical compound made from organic materials that form complexes with substrates and metal ions. Kojic Acid can also be extracted as a by-product of fermentation when making Japanese rice wine and sake. How natural is that?

Kojiesan has been consistently producing their Kojic Acid soap blending high-grade Kojic Acid & virgin coconut oil with effective lightening ingredients that keeps dark pigmentation from forming and inhibits the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme that produces melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for the skin’s darker color.

With regular use, Kojiesan can slow down melanin production and prevent darkening of the skin. It is best for treatment to even out skin tone, erase dark spots and other forms of skin pigmentations. It also corrects skin discoloration and of course lightens skin. Kojiesan products do not contain any hydroquinone, mercury or steroid that may cause further skin irritation like blisters, swelling and severe allergy.

Rejuvenate with Kojiesan Cleanser + Toner, equipped with Ginseng Extract and Rosehip Oil to revive tired skin, ridding the skin of excessive oils while repairing skin damage; brighten with Kojiesan Face Lightening Cream, a combination of natural extracts and high-grade Kojic Acid to lighten as it nourishes, restoring skin suppleness for a healthy, rosy look; and lighten with Kojiesan Body Lightening Lotion with advanced formula of Kojic Acid and Rosehip Oil - to whiten skin as it heals - and Collagen + Vitamin E to increase youthfulness and improve skin health.

Available at: All leading supermarkets, drug stores, and sari-sari stores nationwide

Friday, July 1, 2016

Choose Simple Skin Commitments! #CetaphilWorks

How much do you care for your skin? Tons of skincare products are out there in the market--do you know what suits your skin type the best? I've been using different brands for over 6 years now, and I made a video for you guys sharing my top recommendations for SIMPLE SKIN COMMITMENTS.

Caring for my skin is my top priority because I know beauty is SKIN DEEP. It is imperative for me to thoroughly CLEANSE my skin, free it from makeup, dirt, and bacteria after a long day! This comes after using makeup remover, of course! I love using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser--it's the GENTLEST skin cleanser in my opinion! It remains to be one of my favorite cleansers throughout the years.

Always remember to MOISTURIZE after cleansing your skin. I use the Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion. After a recent beach trip, my skin started peeling and feeling dry all over. This lotion was my go-to. It definitely relieved me of itchy skin caused by the peeling; and made my skin feel soft, plump, and smothe all over.

It only takes approximately 3 minutes before water evaporates from one's skin after bath? 

Moisturizing has anti-aging benefits. It revitalizes your skin and slows down its aging process. No one wants premature wrinkles!

The most important is PROTECTING. Yup, this means sun block you guys. I know it can feel so nakakatamad at times. But sun block MUST be used on the face and the body before sun exposure. The sun rays can burn and age your skin! I've been loving the DayLong Gel with SPF50+, I actually brought it to Boracay and my sister and I loveddd its lightweight texture. Perfect to use on the face even before makeup application! It is non-sticky and non-greasy, too!

There you go guys, SIMPLE SKIN COMMITMENTS!!! Your skin will thank you in the future :)

Learn more about the Choose Simple Skin Commitments campaign through this video: 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Use THIS for Silky, Straight Hair! (Palmolive Cream Conditioner)

Hey girls!

It’s been a short while since my last hair video and I still CANNOT help but do the hagod on my hair and this is all because of the Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner!  I talked about this product in my previous video; if you haven’t watched it, here’s the link: *click me*

I shared this awesome conditioner to my sisters and I caught their reactions! Watch this video to see!

I’m so glad they love my recommendation and are now switching to using the Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner! It’s definitely worth it! You guys should try it too, and I assure you—you will LOVE it.

Until the next time guys!

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Hi everyone!

Today I am going to answer one of the top questions of many guys— ‘’Is your hair rebonded?’’
My answer to that is NO! My hair is naturally straight and I see to it that I use the right products to keep it looking beautiful and straight for as long as possible!

One of my top hair secrets is using PALMOLIVE NATURALS CREAM CONDITIONER.
I’ve been a long time user of Palmolive. And it’s definitely still my favorite after all these years.Even with its FRESH NEW LOOK, it still comes with the same Palmolive Cream Conditioner formula that helps give silky straight hair*.

I use this cream conditioner every day and the results are so bongga that I cannot help but hagod my hair over and over again!

Don’t forget to look for the new Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner in stores so that you too can have the silky straight hair* that you love to hagod!

Until next time!

Friday, June 10, 2016


Hey girls! 

I am so excited to share something new from my personal favorite shampoo brand—Palmolive! They now have the Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture (with its new Advanced Shampoo Formula vs. the previous formulation)!

I’ve been a long time user of Palmolive. And it’s definitely still my favorite after all these years.
I’ve tried the new Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture (with its new Advanced Shampoo Formula)  for a couple of weeks now, and it’s been leaving my hair SO MAGAAN SOFT that makes me want to flip my hair over and over!  Sobrang bango pa!

Living in the Philippines, we know how humid the weather can get. And don’t forget the pollution! All this can make our hair stinky, sticky, and dry throughout the day.

Good thing the new Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture has Coco Cream and Milk Protein Extracts adding instant essential hydration to hair for long lasting softness, and irresistible fragrance throughout the day.

More and more girls are experiencing magaan soft hair because of Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture - look how gorgeous they all are:

Don’t forget to share your #HowDoesItFeel experience on FB with the hashtag #PalmoliveMagaanSoftHair.

Until next time!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PUERTO PRINCESA 2016 (Pocket Money, Budget, Hotel, Tours)

Planning a trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan soon? Let me share with you our recent trip there including all information about pocket money, budget, hotel, tours, and many more!

We were booked a flight May 6th-May 10th. Airfare varies different times of the year, and you know the drill - the earlier you book, the cheaper the price.

For the hotel and the tours, we got the It's All In Package from Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa. What this includes?

-4 days and 3 nights stay
-4 tours 
-full board meals (all meals covered)
-this package is inclusive of the hotel rate

The rate depends on WHICH type of room you'll be getting. Mark and I had the Water Villa during our stay and here are the following rates:

WATER VILLA RATE PER NIGHT (included in It's All In Package) - Php 34,900.00 net per person
WATER VILLA RATE PER NIGHT (without It's All In Package) - Php 27,000.00/night
WATER VILLA TOTAL RATE FOR 4 DAYS (included in It's All In Package) - Php 34,900.00 net per person X 2 = Php 69,800.00

Here's a room tour of the villa, perfect for honeymooners!

I loveeeeee our villa so much and I miss it!!! We were greeted with a fruit platter upon our arrival. The villa comes with a desk, flat screen TV, the most comfortable bed everrr, ceiling fan, *airconditioned*, closet, bathroom (I love the mirror!! And the his and hers sink), rain shower, and outside JACUZZI overlooking the sea, a hammock, and a tanning bed. Grabe, it was all so perfect!

Beneath the water villa is also the water!!! Our view was breathtaking--especially in the morning when the sun rises. I had a reason to wake up early every day because of that! We also had a view of the sandbar (walking distance from our villa)

Here are the other rates of the IT'S ALL IN PACKAGE (different room types):
PRINCESA CLASSIC - Php 15,800.00 net per person
SUITE ROOMS          - Php   16,600.00 net per person
PREMIER POOL        - pHP 20,200.00 net per person
WATER VILLA           - Php 34,900.00 net per person
You may view these rooms at the website:

***DAY ONE: 
Travel from Manila to Puerto Princesa (took over 1 hour)

Arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport. We were picked up by the Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Van. The resort is only 5 minutes away from the airport--so conveniently located!

Welcome drinks will be served upon arrival.
Everyone was so nice at the hotel! Filipino hospitality at its finest!

After settling down, Mark and I decided to hit the beach (sandbar) before the City Tour! You'll see in the video how the water was still so high (HIGH TIDE), the water usually goes down around 3-4pm and you'll get to see the sandbar in full view!

First tour included in the It's All In Package - CITY TOUR!!!
We went to the Crocodile Farm, Palawan Wildlife and Rescue Conservation Center, Rancho Mitra, Baker's Hill, Butterfly Garden and Tribal Village, Plaza Cuartel. We also stopped over at a pasalubong place - where you can buy lotsa stuff (they have a LOT of cashew nut varieties available!!)

Extra expenses: crocodile sisig PHP190.00 (no rice), refreshments (water/shakes/halo halo), entrance fee at the Butterfly Garden (I forgot if it was 50/head or 100/head)

After the city tour, we had our WELCOME DINNER (included in the package) at Rice. Yummy food, we stuffed ourselves silly! They had a grill night that night--ang sarap talaga!

Mark and I capped off our night in the jacuzzi! It was so relaxing!

DAY ONE - You can watch the vlog here: 

***DAY TWO (Underground River Tour) 
Beautiful sunrise, look at this guys...

We had to wake up early because of our tour. Mark and I had breakfast (included in the package) at Rice *let me just say that Rice's breakfast buffet is one of the BEST I've tried. They have everythingggg available. And being the Filipinos that we proudly are, Mark and I again, stuffed ourselves preparing for the long day ahead!!

We were picked up by the tour guide by 7AM. We passed by different hotel too, picking up other guests included in the tour. :)

It was a long, bumpy road to the port.

Stop over at Buenavista View Deck (CR Break, refreshments *buko 30php)


We got to the Subterranean River National Park, waited a while for our turn for the boat ride.
Boat ride took more or less 15 minutes to the Underground River.

Upon arriving, more waiting time. Peak season = a lot of people!

We were each given an audio device before entering the cave. (Noise is not allowed inside the cave)

The underground river tour was really awesome--it was worth the wait! And definitely a great thing to experience.

We had lunch at a nearby eatery (lunch included in the package) after the tour.

Mark and I went to the sandbar (LOWTIDE) and we saw lotsa starfish!

Dinner at Tomato Basil Restaurant - ugh, sobrang saraaaap the food!!! This is probably our favorite restaurant inside the resort. Again, this dinner is included in the It's All In Package!

Mark and I capped the day off with night swimming!!! :)

DAY TWO - Watch the video here:

***DAY 3 (Island Hopping!)
It was raining in the morning!!!
Breakfast at 6AM (included in the It's All In Package) at Rice.
Tour guide picked us up by 7AM!

EXTRA EXPENSES: Aquatic Gear 150/pair of shoes; 150/snorkeling device (I suggest you bring your own) these are for RENT, if you lose it, you'll pay for it. Also, 15php for the bread (fish feeding food)

First Island - Starfish Island! We went snorkeling! Not much footage because we forgot the waterproof cam.
Second Island - Luli Island (Lulubog Lilitaw) BE CAREFUL OF JELLYFISH, one of the guests got stung! Mark and I enjoyed strolling around, instead :)
Third Island - Cowrie Island *We had lunch here! Included in the It's All In Package, buffet meal too! Mark and I enjoyed buko by the beach although kinda pricey 50php per buko. We also went kayaking 200.00php per hour!

Back in the hotel, Mark and I had dinner at Sala Lobby Lounge, one of the restaurants at the resort. We enjoyed the food! Dinner is included in the It's All In Package! :)

Mark and I felt so sleepy afterwards that we fell asleep!!! Too tired from today's activities!

DAY 3 - Watch the vlog here:

***DAY 4 (Last Day - FREE TIME + Firefly Watching)
No need to wake up early because the tour today wasn't until nighttime :)

Breakfast included in the It's All In Package (at Rice Restaurant)
Lunch at Rice included in the It's All In Package (at Rice Restaurant) *you can actually choose which restaurant you want to dine in at for the meals! Either Rice, Tomato Basil, Sala Lobby Lounge, or Golden Elephant*

I love the sampaguita plant right outside our villa, sobrang bango everytime we pass by!

Mark and I went kayaking (complimentary use for the water villa guests) It was so fun!
We also spent hours at the sandbar, where the water was so clear, the sand was fully out, lots of star fishies around. It was perfection!

Tour for the day - Iwahig Firefly Watching!!!

We had dinner first (included in the It's All In Package) at Kain Nato. Yummy Filipino food!

It was around 30-40 minutes from the hotel to the restaurant/iwahig firefly watching area. Make sure you wear mosquito repellent!

I especially LOVED this tour because of the phyto luminescent stuff in the waters - it was the water light up! Mark and I road 1 bangka with a tour guide. It was so relaxing, quiet all over, starry skies above. And we were lucky enough to spot a few trees with fireflies!!! (Pag mainit, there's not too much of them)

DAY 4 - Watch the vlog here:

***DAY 5 (LAST DAY - Flight Back to Manila)
Breakfast at Rice Restaurant (included in the It's All In Package * last meal included!)

Mark and I walked around the resort to check out the other facilities like the gym, giant chess, game area (darts, billiards), biking station, kiddie pool, function halls, ballroom hall, and the church/chapel.

This was also the day Mark and I went swimming! We had the pool to ourselves! The pool at the resort is heated at night, and nice and cool in the morning--one of my favorite things about this resort.

We also had one last outdoor Jacuzzi session before finally packing and leaving for the airport!

Lunch at RICE! We had the best meal before leaving, just look at this spread:

12nn check out at the resort.

EXTRA EXPENSES: Terminal Fee of 200.00 pesos per head upon leaving Palawan airport.

DAY 5 - Watch the vlog here:

It was one heck of a trip! We enjoyed it so much! Special thanks to Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa for the invite! Here's a special treat for you guys: 

Go book those trips and enjoy as much as we did!