Remember me fresh out a black and white movie

First of a series of photos I took, accompanied with a song that’s been stuck in my head for weeks. Flowers in the neighborhood are blooming because it’s Spring.

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*Photos taken by me, with my Sony A6000.

Delft, Den Haag, Leiden & Woerden

The wonderful thing about the Netherlands as a country is that everything is close by. You can go end to end of the Netherlands within a day; hours even! Which is why I jumped to the chance to explore a couple of places with Alex, my closest friend here in Amsterdam. We met Friday night to discuss what our game plan should be then woke up extra early the next day and set off on our adventure.

We were able to travel to a number of places because I had purchased discounted tickets from the Albert Heijn (a local grocery chain) which gave us unlimited train travel for only 15 euros! So the main goal of the whole day was to make the most of these tickets, not necessarily experience everything each town had to offer. I’ll save that for another trip. 🙂

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Our first stop was at Delft, a cute city populated by cobblestone streets and amazing doors. I took the most photos here because everywhere we went was picturesque. Delft is known for blue porcelain, Johanne Vermeer and being one of William of Orange’s residences.

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Crystal Beach, Zambales

One fine Saturday morning, we piled into the car and headed north to Zambales for some much needed sun exposure. It was my first time driving that far and my first time that far North. Crystal beach is actually just 4 hours from Manila (more or less); I just never got around to exploring (Luzon in general) so this was a real treat. Mini-adventure with Kate and Timmy, my best friends from those DLSU days.

We arrived at the town of San Narciso around 12pm. After checking into our room and resting for a few minutes, we went straight to the beach.

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Tagaytay Photo Diary

Let’s paint the scene. It was the end of 2016, I was single, grieving, working at a job I really wasn’t happy with and wallowing in self pity. I had spent the last two months of the year on an emotional roller coaster. Things weren’t exactly ideal. So when Annie said that she was game to go on a short getaway trip with me to recharge and clear my head, I began my search for the perfect Airbnb in Tagaytay.

Tagaytay City, the place everybody runs away too when they want to escape the noise and pollution of Manila. Because I wanted to get away as soon as possible, I chose to go to Tagaytay on the first weekend of the year. Never mind the fact that I had never actually explored Tagaytay (past trips were done with Ralf and we only ever went to one place and for work) before, I just wanted to find a cozy spot, far far away from all the places that reminded me of 2016.

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After searching high and low on Airbnb for an affordable and quiet stay, we decided to spend out one-night stay at Moon Garden Bed and Breakfast. I was intrigued by their photos (of course) and the description written by Ian (the owner). I messaged him about our plan and interest to stay at Moon Garden and he happily obliged. Communicating with him was very easy, something that you should always look for when you’re choosing accommodations via Airbnb. You can check out their listing here.

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My Glossier Obsession (Confession + Favorites + Review): Part 1

Some background: Glossier was created by a group of beauty editors that have (literally) tried everything out there and know what works.

“Beauty products for real life”

I discovered Glossier through a Snapchat story by Refinery 29. Glossier had just came out with the flavored Balm Dotcoms and R29 predicted that they were going to break the internet. And since I’m such a curious cat, I researched on the brand and found their website and youtube page.

What convinced me to try the Balm Dotcoms were the youtube videos Glossier put out. The videos were of girls, cool girls if I might add, showing what their daily beauty regimen was like. It was Glossier in action and I ate up every second of it. My initial thought after exploring the youtube and website was “I WANT TO BE A GLOSSIER GIRL” and needless to say, the rest was history.

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What I love about the brand is the “skin first, make up second.” philosophy. I admit that I didn’t start a real skincare regimen up until a couple of years ago only. To this day, my routine is imperfect (I still dislike using toner and sunscreen) and honestly, it can be intimidating because skincare is far from cheap. Though there are affordable products in the market, if you really want to give your skin the best fighting chance, it is better to invest in products that will give you long-lasting results.

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