Calatagan 2014 - A Photo Diary (Part 2)

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To see the sea the moment you wake up is probably one of the best things in life; just taking in the fresh air and lovely scent of the salty water. I could not ask for better things to wake up to. Okay, so maybe there are better ways, but for now I’d put this on the top of my great-ways/things-to-wake-up-to list. 

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Good morning day three!

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This has definitely been one of the most relaxing and vacations I’ve had with my family! I really hope we get to have one more trip before summer ends! :) I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have a  great summer ahead!

Click here for Part 1!

P.S.

Pineapples are lovely just because. :)

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Calatagan 2014 - A Photo Diary (Part 1)

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Hola everyone! I’m back from my beach trip to Stilts Resort, Calatagan,  Batangas. To sum things up, I had a blast! It was a whole new experience since the house we rented were, well, on stilts in the sea. Sleeping and waking to the sound and smell of sea water was divine! The resort was so peaceful and quiet and the view was fantastic! 

Before hitting the resort, we dropped by a few places in Tagaytay: the Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast and Paradizoo.

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Home to the record-breaking puzzle collection of Gina Lacuna, the Puzzle Mansion is one of the most inspiring places I’ve been to. And yes, we left the place with a 1000-piece puzzle. 

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The 32,000 piece puzzle she made all on her own.

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Luckily, we even got to meet the Guinness World Record holder for Jigsaw Puzzles, Gina Lacuna.

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Next stop: Paradizoo! Also another place I’ve been to for the first time. There was nothing really crazy about his place, although I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy my time spent there because I did. Especially when I got to feed the camel aaand got to take a selfie with it. A pretty big achievement for me right there. Lol.

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Oh yeah, he’s enjoying the moment!

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After strolling around the area, my brothers decided to get a ‘fish spa.’ It’s pretty similar to the one present in Manila Ocean Park where you simply dip your feet in the water and little fish nibble of the dead skin of your feet. The result wasn’t as expected since they kept fidgeting because it was pretty ticklish. Too ticklish in fact, my mom and sister had to hold Miguel’s legs down. image

Soon after, we headed over to Stilts Resorts and had lunch before checking in.

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The whole ambiance of the resort was really chill, a great escape from reality. The food was pretty good too and was not pricey as we expected it to be. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of it since hunger got the best of me.

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We stayed over in the ‘Peace’ cottage which was the outermost left of all the stilts. It had 3 bedrooms, 2 showers, 2 toilets, a dining room and a living room. 

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The best part, a doorway to the sea.

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We then headed over to the beach to appreciate Calatagan’s beauty even more. My only concern would be how the irresponsible a few of the vacationers are with regards to throwing trash properly and how the beach isn’t taken care of as well as it should be by the employees of the resort. Nevertheless, I’d give it a 7/10 since it’s a pretty rocky beach too.

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Heading back to the cottage now!

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Then back to the beach again..

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End of day one! Click here for Part 2!

Visita Iglesia 2014

Visita Iglesia, also known as Seven Churches Visitation is a devoted Roman Catholic Lenten tradition wherein you attempt to visit seven churches or religious sites done every Maundy Thursday or Good Firday. In the Philippines, Visita Iglesia is practically the same but for the stations of the cross are recited in one church. At most time, devoted Catholics would visit fourteen churches and, again, they recite the stations of the cross in each church they go to. Others simply visit one church or a handful. Others attempt to do the Alay Lakad where they do a pilgrimage to a religious site. The most common would be the pilgrimage to the Antipolo Cathedral to visit Our Lady of Peace and Voyage.

This year, my parents decided to do Visita Iglesia in Manila. We visited seven churches namely: Abbey of Our Lady Montserrat (San Beda College Chapel), St. Jude Church, Basilica of San Sebastian, San Agustin Church, San Vicente de Paul Parish (San Marcelino church) Ermita Church, and Malate Church.

Below is a photo diary from today’s adventure in Manila! :)

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Abbey of Our Lady Montserrat (San Beda College Chapel)imageimageimageimage

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St. Jude Church

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Basilica of San Sebastian (my fave!)imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

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San Agustin Churchimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

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San Vicente de Paul Parish (San Marcelino church) imageimageimageimageimageimage

Ermita Church

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Malate Church

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HAVE A BLESSED HOLY WEEK EVERYONE! :)

xx,

Isabel

DIY Salt Water/Hair Lightener Spray

You know it’s summer in the Philippines when you start sweating right at the moment you get out of your cold shower in the morning. Yes folks from other countries, that’s how we roll here. Haha! Anyhow, for the second summer in a row, I’m taking up summer class to advance a few subject to graduate in time. And because of the limited time I have to go on vacations, take a trip to the beach or whatnot (except for this 3-day vacation from the 20th-22nd), achieving a complete summer look seems a little impossible. It’s a good thing I found the perfect solution! I’ve constructed a salt water/hair lightener spray that’ll help me get that perfect sun-kissed, beach-wave look!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt (if you don’t have sea salt, use 1 tablespoon of regular salt, like I did) - the salt will help you achieve that dehydrated kind of look to your hair
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil (I literally got mine from a coconut. Okay I know that sounds pretty dumb, but our helper made it for me literally from the coconut. It was really cool how she did it. Of course, you could get extra virgin coconut oil from local grocery stores but the less preservatives the better) - the coconut oil will help keep your hair moisturized while the salt takes the nutrients away from your hair
  • 1/2 tablespoon hair gel - the gel will act as a hold
  • lemon juice from hal of a lemon (I suggest you use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than the one from a can or bottle) - the lemon juice will act as a natural lightener
  • spray bottle
  • whisk
  • bowl
  • measuring cups

WHAT TO DO:

1. In a mixing bowl, first add 1 cup of hot water.

2. Next, you’ll be adding your salt. Remember to whisk well to thoroughly dilute the salt.

3. You’ll be doing the same for the extra virgin coconut oil, hair gel, and lemon juice. Again, whisk well!

5. After you’ve mixed them all together for about a minute and a half, pour them into your spray bottle. Yes, it’s as simple as that! 

HOW TO USE:

1. Apply on damp hair.

2. Part your hair into four equal parts. Upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right.

3. You are then to make sub-parts on the four major parts (I hope you got that). Start twisting the sub-parts of your hair away from your face and spray from root to tip. The sub-parts can be as big or as small as you want, it really all depends on you.

4. Once you’ve got everything cover, let it air dry.

The formula of your salt water/hair lightener spray  can actually be customized to your liking. Simply be guided by the information below

  • the salt sucks out the moisture from your hair which is what makes it dry in a fab way 
  • the coconut oil acts as a barrier to the salt so it does not suck out all the moisture your hair needs. 
  • remember: you want your hair to look dry and frizzy in a fab way, as if it just got a little sun. You DO NOT want to steal away all the moisture and nutrients it needs.
  • the gel controls the hold of the hair. the more gel you put, the more the beach hair effect and twisted curls will hold
  • the lemon juice is the natural lightener, so the more lemon juice you put, the lighter you hair will get when sunlight is shed on it. Think of it this way, you get summer highlights for free!

I hope all that info helped you guys out! I’ll be posting a hair mask treatment made from natural ingredients after my 3-day beach trip I mentioned earlier. Anyhow, wishing you all a great summer and a blessed Holy Week!

xx,

Isabel

A Remedy For A Bad Cold

Is it me or has everyone just been having a bad cold or fever? Because I have and it just sucks! Especially since medications have not been taking any effect on me and I have no idea why. I thinks it’s because of the bipolar weather Manila has been having. Luckily, my grandmother knows a lot of natural remedies for stuff like this.

This drink is made out of honey, kalamansi and cinnamon. This is also a great drink to have before you sleep (or so I’ve heard).

What you’ll need:

  • honey
  • kalamansi
  • cinnamon
  • measuring spoons
  • hot water
  • a mug of your choice

Step #1:

Start slicing the kalamansi. I sliced through three of them and then you’ll be squeezing the juice out of it into your mug.

Step #2:

Pour 2 1/2 teaspoons full of honey into the mug.

Step #3:

Add a dash of cinnamon, pour some hot water and mix away.

This remedy is so yummy and helpful and tastes a lot like lemonade but a sweeter version. Plus it really works!! A super big thank you to my grandma, Tata, who made this for me! I love you! :*

To those who are sick, I hope you guys feel better soon! <3

Hey guys! I know it’s pretty late to be posting stuff about the holidays and all but it was only a few days ago that i got the chance to complete a video of how my Christmas Eve went. For those who don’t know, I spent the Christmas holidays in Subic with my entire family. It was truly a getaway from all the stress I’ve been receiving from school and work. 

Anyway, here’s the video I made! The editing is pretty raw, just the way I like it. I hope you guys enjoy it and don’t forget to play it on HD! :)

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Hola readers! HAPPY 2014! Finally, a time for new beginnings, new scars and a chance to get rid of baggage from the past. I’m not going to go on about resolutions as I think that they are unnecessary. If you want to change something, change it right then and there. I hope you all had a great new year’s eve, and cheers to a better year!

Also, in request to the anon who tagged me with the “about the blogger” tag, here you go. I find this tag to be somewhat helpful for readers and quite entertaining too. And because I’ve been tagged, I’ll be tagging a few of my close friends who blog as well! The list of names is at the bottom of this post! Lol. But yes, I swear, I answered truthfully. It’s the truth and nothing but the truth. I might get in trouble for this but I guess I’ll be straightening things out after. I swear, no hating please. I am shaking as I click on the post button. :( Haha

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