Showing posts with label blogger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogger. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer 2017

What's up guys? It is my favorite time of the year again! And to make this summer blog post different from the others, I am going to answer random questions asked by my friends and followers on Instagram and Twitter. While some of you might say summer is over, welp, I live in Asia where it is sunny almost all year round. So "weather" you like it or not, here we go!

Your favorite summer travel destination/s?
Bali, Indonesia! Because I had the best summer there back in 2013. Read my travel diary here. In my country, I would say the best ones I've been to is in Bolinao, Pangasinan and San Juan, La Union. I have never seen such clear waters like the one we have in Bolinao beach, and that really makes me proud to be from the province of Pangasinan. For my San Juan, La Union surfing experience read here.

The mountains or the beaches?
Beaches! Because I can't imagine myself, ever, hiking. I know there are a lot of health benefits in hiking and trekking, but also in sun-bathing and swimming. Isn't it? So yeah, I choose the beach. 

LVLYGREY
Instagram @lvlygrey 
One-piece swimsuit or Bikini?
One-piece swimsuit, unless I stay and swim in a private pool villa like the ones we see in all those Maldives advertisements - then I would wear a bikini. But I am just not confident enough in a bikini and unfit for it, so one-piece swimsuit would do. There are actually a lot of designs you can choose from, my favorites are from Boom Sasoon swimsuit collection. Not so boring at all!

Give 3 summer must-haves.
Banana Boat Sport sunscreen lotion, the spray is less effective. Sunnies shades. Proper swimwear. Additional: A book to read, I suggest China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan. Fresh coconut juice or any drinks for you to re-hydrate. A selfie stick or a partner, for solo travelers. Haha!

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Feature: Swiss Club Hotel
What is your summer anthem?
It's a bit outdated but I still like this song. "If I lose Myself - (Alesso remix) One Republic" in reference to my Summer 2015 experience, read more here. It is still my favorite summer jam. Okay, now I feel a bit nostalgic.

What is the best summer color/s?
Blue! 

Blog or vlog? 
Well if I were at the beach, it'd be a lot easier to just record clips for a vlog than bring my laptop there and write. But I like both and I've been posting vlogs on my Youtube channel once in a while. But, who knows, I might be a full time vlogger in the future!

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Photo by me using a handy monopod | Instagram @lvlygrey
Watch out for my new blog post next week! 
And if you have more time, you can read last summer's entry here.
x

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jack Of All Trades

Yes it's true, we all have hidden talents! And sometimes, some circumstances in life make us reveal them to the world -one at a time or all at once. Join me in this journey as I enter the ever competitive world of beauty and makeup with these chosen primary weapons. *blows imaginary gun*

Real Techniques Base Brushes. This is my first set of brushes ever! Real Techniques is owned by Sam and Nic Chapman -they are sisters, professional makeup artists, and the duo behind a top Youtube channel. The function of this set is for complete coverage of base makeup. The core collection of the coverage essentials include:

From top to bottom | Photo by  © www.lvlygrey.com
(1) Buffing brush - UltraPlush bristles ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.
(2) Detailer brush - precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long lasting shape and definition.
(3) Pointed foundation brush - unique cut for use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.
(4) Contour brush - delicately applies highlighter to the cheekbones for sheer, soft-focus contour.

I am so loving #RealTechniques brushes at the moment, and I can't wait to get my hands on the two other sets for the eyes and for finish. Real Techniques brushes have a reasonable price that is perfect for budding makeup artists like me.

NYX soft matte lip cream minis | Instagram @lvlygrey
NYX soft matte lip cream minis. These lippies may be little and cute but they are also sure to give you a nice soft matte finish when applied to your lips. The shades from the photo above include (1) Moscow; (2) Copenhagen; (3) Vancouver; (4) Nyx liquid suede - Foul Mouth; (5)Nyx liquid suede - Oh, Put It OnAll dark shades, suits me! Shelf lifeNyx liquid suede - six monthsNyx soft matte lip cream - eighteen months.

 Another thing I like about NYX lippies is the fact that it doesn't make your lips feel like a desert, because of its cream base. You might just have to re-apply after every meal or after every heavy smooch! 

L.A. Colors - 5 Color Matte Eyeshadow | Freebie from @classy.colours
L.A. Colors Matte Eyeshadow. I got this as a freebie from one of my trusted online shops, go check them out on Facebook and Instagram. I would have to rate L.A. Colors Matte Eyeshadow's pigment a 2.5/5. Because of the need to apply more product to see it's true color or shade. Hence this, I use this palette for a natural-looking "no-makeup" makeup look. Sabi nga nila, "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." So once or twice or even thrice in a makeup artist's career, he will use products that will challenge his skills and strategy. Wow! I'm imagining a reality show similar to Master Chef but with a twist, and I will call it Master Makeup Artist or Makeup Diva! Hahaha!

Time for swatch-ing! Love these shades so much!
I got excited swatch-ing these lippies! Here are some of my looks using NYX lippies: Vancouver, Copenhagen and Oh, Put It On. You can visit my Instagram for more photos. Follow me at @lvlygrey! My dream is to try to swatch more lippies in the future and collect limited edition items. I am currently in love with MAC matte lipsticks and Kylie liquid lipsticks. I also like combining shades for a more fierce or a more toned-down look. Maybe soon I'll try lip liners for achieving the perfect lip shapes!

Start of a growing collection | Photo by www.lvlygrey.com
My mission is to help those who can't afford expensive hair and makeup services. Nothing in life is free of course, I have to earn a living. But I also want to be the fairy godmother (with budget-friendly hair and makeup services) like the one from Cinderella. It is prom season here in the Philippines and I want to make some young girl's dream to attend the ball all dolled up, full of confidence, positive vibes and encouragement. I also don't mean to compete with any of my favorite makeup artists here, they are all super talented! Like my friends and idols, #CJCuisonGlamTeam - Ms CJ, Mommy Ryan and Ms Carlos! I've been their client too and they are the best here. Let us make this world a beautiful place by loving and supporting each other. I have yet to learn a lot and I'm not even sure if I'd pursue makeup artistry as my main bread and butter, I'm a jack of all trades and my attention span is short. So who knows? I'm just happy to add this to the list of skills that I can confidently say I can do.
So thank you for reading this post and remember,
JUST DREAM BIG!
x

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Barista In The Making

Candid shot by my friend Adams
There is no such thing as too many coffee photos on Instagram, not even until one becomes a barista. We love coffee because coffee works magic! It helps us cope from last night's hangover, a jet lag or just another bad day.

I believe drinking coffee gives us a sense of pride (kind of).. For being adult, for facing life's ups and downs, for being independent? Or at least, it makes us feel and look like it. Fake it til you make it, that's how we roll nowadays.

Here's a simple analogy: You drink alcohol to lose yourself. Meanwhile, you drink coffee to keep your shit together. Ha!
Hearts everywhere, my original latte art design haha

Being able to make happiness in a cup has been one of my secret dreams. (Lovely Grey and her many secret lives! ) I can say that the last forty-five days as a barista felt like working at Willy Wonka's Factory, except for the musical part. And except for the fact that I actually work for a local coffee shop named Caffè Angelito.
I love discovering new flavors and making use of my taste buds' full potential. Although I haven't had enough time getting detailed info about the world's greatest, I can share with you that we're using neatly-packed coffee beans from Italy made of 60% Arabica and 40% Robusta. Crisp, black brown beans ground to perfection, a fair comparison to the world's best ocean sands. You know it's good to go when the crema starts to appear and dominates the top layer of an espresso shot. Oh, the lingering aroma of coffee!

To my surprise, working on milk with my newly-found amazing device, attached to the glorious coffee machine, called the 'steaming wand' - has been and will always be a true pleasure! The hiss and whistling sounds are music to my ears!
Latte art I did for Halloween

Its frothiness almost always / comes up as a gentle surprise

Eye-candy latte art / has its price
Writing this post surprisingly gives off a Lang Leav kinda vibe because it's close to my heart and, err, stomach.


There is no too much/ only a match
Made in heaven / made to last
Coffee and me / Me and coffee
Latte art with the help of chocolate syrup
I originally intended to include serious notes here, financial and career thingy. But what the heck, let's not ruin the mood here. I composed two freaking poems on the spot. Let's make this a coffee appreciation blog entry and make the poet in me happy!

I have yet to learn a lot on the latte art area, maybe just a matter of getting use to free-pouring and wiggling (only funky baristas will get this. wink*) But I'll get there. A hundred more cups of cafe au lait, a thousand cafe mochas, salted caramel and pumpkin spice lattes. Haha char! But yeah, I will get there. Someday I will make flawless free-hand pour rosettas!
Cafe uniform day
So they say you'll get to kiss a hundred frogs before you kiss a prince. Kiss a cup of coffee, get your shit together, pray and live a happy life kiddo. Thank me after I make your coffee, find me at Caffè Angelito Coffee & Juice Bar, Mondays-Saturdays closing shift around 3PM to 11PM.
Cheers
x

Friday, November 25, 2016

Basic Makeup Essentials for Beginners

Since I like talking about things no one actually cares about or wants to know either, here's a list of basic makeup essentials you working girls should already have. A yuppie like you and me should always look good and unruffled, even though deep inside we are falling apart. Hugot! 

I'm not suggesting that you put on makeup everyday, just whenever you feel like it or when something calls for a glamorous version of yourself. You can never go wrong with these affordable drugstore beauty products, these will save you from looking puyat and hagardo versosa.. tried and tested by yours truly! 


Cover Girl + Olay Eye rehab is a 2-in-1 brightening concealer with Olay hydrating serum. I use the shade 33 - light pale. It's supposed to instantly conceal dark circles to brighten the eye area and even your skin tone, reducing the look of discolorations, fine lines, and wrinkles, while the Serum hydrates skin over time.

While I've always had the fear of putting concealer because I've seen people wearing it the wrong way, I've learned that it really depends on the application -you got to have the right shade and proper blending. So far I am happy with this product and maybe soon, when I'm more bad-ass and have the money to spare, I'll try other products too. Oh, the things we'll do to hide our panda eyes!

Price: Php400

L'oreal Paris Infallible Pro-matte Powder is a matte finish powder foundation. I chose it because matte is life! I'm morena and through the years I've seen how matte beauty products magically brings out the best makeup look on me. You can wear L'oreal Paris infallible pro-matte powder up to 16 hours, but I'm not a big makeup person so I might not wear one that long. Texture is air-fine, with shine control/anti-luisance. It says it's "Never Cakey. Never Flat." -so yeah, it's a good thing. Anyway, I'm using the shade 300 nude beige. Choosing the shade is the most tricky part here, so make sure you ask a pro. I'd like to make a shout-out to Carlos Casiguran of #CJCuisonGlamTeam helping me choose these beauty products and brands. 

Price: Php600

L'oreal Paris Smoky Beige Trench E1 Eye Shadow is actually for starters, or those people like me who wouldn't want to spend a couple of extra time putting eye shadow - unless it's a-must. This eye shadow compact comes with a guide at the back, so you know which shade should be the base and so on. It says that this product lasts up to 24 months upon opening. I appreciate beauty brands that are honest with their shelf life! 

Rimmel London blendable powder blush and highlighter in shade 008 spring flower. It's one of my thrift buys, I haven't really put enough thought when I bought it. It's not so long lasting though, but it's a blush and a highlighter in one. It says it'll last up to 30 months upon opening, which is cool. But I'll try to find a better powder blush on my next drugstore trip. 

Price: Php150


Revlon Brow Fantasy by Colorstay is an ultimate go-to kit for my everyday eyebrow fix. I use the dark brown shade because I have jet black hair, so the secret here is to make your brows look natural. It's a pencil and gel combo, so use the pen to trace and shape your eyebrows. While the gel is for keeping the hair in place or if you want your eyebrows to look bushy to achieve the Cara Delevingne eyebrow look, you can do that too. This product will last up to 6 months upon opening. 

Price is Php575 at Watsons.

L'oreal Paris False Lash Wings Mascara is also another favorite of mine! I have nothing against water-proof mascara users, but I find water-proof mascaras too challenging to remove especially if I'm dead tired coming home from an awesome party or whatever. L'oreal Paris False Lash Wings Mascara is a wonder maker! The structure of the end of the mascara wand -with its "butterfly" fibers - truly spreads my natural eyelashes effectively, making it look longer and more dramatic. I use the shade Noir/Black, it lasts up to 6 months upon opening and it's super easy to remove at the end of the day!

L'oreal Paris Color Riche LeKhol eyeliner is quite okay, it doesn't smudge that much compared to your regular brand of eyeliner. I use the shade 101 Midnight Black and it lasts up to 24 months upon opening.

Top to bottom: Colourpop Ultra Matte Notion, Ultra Satin Hutch, Ultra Matte Beeper
Colourpop liquid lipsticks are cruelty-free lippies that come in matte finish, satin finish and gloss. My current favorite shades are the following: 


Colourpop Ultra Matte Notion which is a rich red violet shade. Wear this shade whenever you feel pretty and flirty. 
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Hutch which is a deep blackened violet. Wear this if you feel a little extra baddie or gothic for the day. Love the satin finish (semi-matte finish) because my lips do not feel too dry with it.
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone. 

Colourpop Ultra Matte Beeper which is a warm mid-tone taupe. Wear this to conservative parties or events, this is the nearest nude shade that will surely suit both morenas and mestizas alike. I use this as my everyday lip shade with no regrets! 
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone.

Feeling pretty and flirty! Hahaha charot!
Know a beauty product that works magic? Send me a message or comment below for suggestions! 
xxx,

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Foolproof Party Survival Tips for Beginners

Since I've not been going out a lot these days, I spend my precious hours at home writing and reading whatever article that interests me. If I'm lucky and my WIFI connection's not that crappy, I like watching video blogs on Youtube. I've discovered Wil Dasovich's channel last year, he is famously known as the Fil-Am Youtuber who speaks beki language like a pro. Today I watched this two-part video blog of him attending a house party event for Sunnies specs in Manila, in which he is seen "sosyalan crashing" with the bloggers, the rich and famous.

I really had fun watching the videos as I see myself in him (maybe the beki side, but he is straight daw ha - fyi), and also kinda reminds me of the awkward moments I've had in the past at parties like that. This ain't a review or something, I just feel like sharing with you guys MY stories and some foolproof party survival tips that you can use in the future, char! So!

Survival tip #1! Before going to parties make sure you have eaten something, you'll never know when there's food or nah. This will save you from looking like a patay gutom, like Wil Dasovich in the videos (his words, not mine) haha! Yah know, I'm sure we've all heard some of our friends and relatives say, "Aaah I won't eat lunch or merienda, I will save it for tonight. There's food there right?" Hashtag gutom.

Now, while that seemed practical, puh-lease don't deprive your body of its right to be nourished. Unless you are really full or super ecstatic that you've lost appetite, E-A-T. You'll be stomach growl-proof & bad-breath-proof. And if you really don't have time to, you can always bring with you chewing gum packs or menthol candies, OR a snack - like?? Leche flan!! See example: Madame Senator Nancy Binay during President Duterte's first SONA. Hahaha! Joke <3 Heart, heart Sen. Nancy! 

My Story: I attended a cricket game after-party last year hosted by a certain sports association composed mainly of Indian members, because we all know Cricket is like the national sport of India. At these parties, you'll be amazed at how they never fail to serve curry, because it's like their national dish or something, and because Indian spices are super healthy. So I knew at some point they're gonna offer me food (and I can't decline), but I also have to go around and network.  Since I have low-tolerance on spicy foods and I tend to be so conscious about the aftertaste (and smell) of curry, I made sure I wasn't starving to death when I got there and that I had a box of Tictacs in my pocket. Unless you can afford the trouble of bringing your own toothpaste and tooth brush, it's tolly up to you. So because I was prepared, my confidence was restored and the night ended well for me and the rest. 

With my friend Robbie who taught me how to do the shuffle
Survival tip #2! Before you go to the club, let yourself enjoy a beer or two at home or some place other. YESSSS. If you want to stretch your budget for the month while also allowing yourself the privilege to have a night life, then this is the most practical thing to do -err next to not going out at all, netflix & chill (duh?).

My story: I'm used to going out alone back when I was still working and living in Singapore, and my go-to place is at 1Altimate/1Altitude Bar. I am lucky to have made friends with the Filipino staff there and also a number of Singaporeans (special shout out to their operations manager Aziz!) A cocktail will cost you S$12-15, beer S$12, a shot of tequila S$20-25 depending on the brand. Going there solo I can afford, but with a group? Like when I was with my cousins and it's all on me? Whew! But I still wanted us to enjoy the night without me ever restricting on anything, so I bought a six-pack Tiger beer, some chips and stayed at Clark Quay bridge. It's one of those places where you're allowed to just drink and chill. Eventually we went to our destination, danced and partied, and I still managed to save a few bucks for a cab after. Hashtag sulit!

At CSI Fresh Raw with my Ate Mica of www.senyorita.net & photos by Kristian Enriquez
Survival Tip #3! Talk to the event organizers, DJs, service crew and security staff. Get to know them too!

My story: So how did I get to know Kuya Ryan and the staff of 1Altitude Bar? I went there alone on my 22nd birthday and they asked me why, we had a few chit chats then. After a while, they asked the band to sing me the happy birthday song. To my surprise, one of the staff came in holding a slice of cake *take note* with a candle and a cute message. I'm telling ya, they're the sweetest! Since then, I got to know them better, which province they came from, how long have they been there, etc. I bring them small tokens of appreciation like chocolates whenever, I also bring my clients, family and friends there. They are very professional and warm to everyone, you'll see how dedicated they truly are. 

In 71Gramercy, the same goes. I met Neil Bengzon who took this cool photo of me in the iconic red curtain style. I also met Dj Philly there who pumped up the night with awesome music. 

Just talk to the bouncers, smile back, thank them, greet them.
Photo by Neil Bengzon of 71Gramercy

Survival Tip #4!
Give yourself a favor, try to enjoy the party. If not, go home and try not to ruin it for everyone. Adult tantrums are disastrous! 

My story: Me and my friends went to the first Up North Music Festival in Dagupan City and we had a few drinks there. When Dj Ron Poe started playing I was my vivacious self and people around thought I was super drunk, they try to stop me from dancing. My gaaaaaaad! When it's Dj Tom Taus' turn, I decided to go. I was just dancing like everyone else, but I understand.. because normally I wouldn't allow people here to see me lose my self. Maybe I looked idiotic, haha! But to hell with that, I felt happy and alive. Sad I had to leave early.

So there you have it! Four foolproof party survival tips for beginners from your Tita Lovely Grey!! Don't forget to leave a comment and share. Pusuan mo!!

x

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mulan in Baguio

Why "Mulan in Baguio? Kasi "look at me, you may think you see who I really am.. But you'll never know me." Hahaha, charot!"Who is that girl I see staring straight back at me? Why is my.." Wait for it..  "reflection someone I don't know?" Hahaha. There you go, the magic word is reflection. Hahaha. Daming paandar, yun lang pala! Aminin, kinanta mo rin. Haha. 

So! Some people might say that it's so jologs na to stay in SM Baguio, like ugh, first time mo sa SM? But hey, the view here is worth all the nega comments. Alam namin conyo kayo koya, ate. Haha. Char! So, when I was there, syempre (1) photo op; (2) tulala mode; (3) emote; and (4) reflect. I was lost in the beauty of what's in front of me. I love watching the sunset eh. Sometimes I wish someone would look at me the way I look at the sky - mesmerized and feeling at ease. Charrrrr. 

I haven't gotten off this emotional roller coaster ride, that's why my previous posts are puro hugot lines and all. I kinda just amuse myself most of the time to keep sane, ang jejemon ko kasi. Haha. But anyway, to make this post worth the read, I've compiled some of my current favorite quotes. Got them from the Facebook pages I assume you also follow, see: The Artidote & Berlin-artparasites. 

(continuation..sing with me) "Must there be a secret me I'm forced to hide? Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time.. When will my reflection show who I am inside?"
(c) lvlygrey
“You can ask the universe for all the signs you want, but ultimately, we see what we want to see when we’re ready to see it.” -How I Met Your Mother
Say it before you run out of time. Say it before it’s too late. Say what you’re feeling. Waiting is a mistake. - The Artidote 


"You think you’ve seen her naked because she took her clothes off? Tell me about her dreams. Tell me what breaks her heart. What is she passionate about, and what makes her cry? Tell me about her childhood. Better yet, tell me one story about her that you’re not in. You’ve seen her skin, and you’ve touched her body. But you still know as much about her as a book you once found, but never got around to opening." —Dominic Matthew Jackson


"Make damn sure what you’re waiting for is worth the fucking wait." —William Chapman


"Sometimes, I sit alone under the stars
and think of the galaxies inside my
heart, and truly wonder if anyone will
ever want to make sense of all that
I am." —Christopher Poindexter 


(c) lvlygrey
"The thing I’m most afraid of is me. Of not knowing what I’m going to do. Of not knowing what I’m doing right now." —Haruki Murakami
"It’s easy to love someone when they’re happy. What’s hard is loving someone when they’re crying on the bathroom floor at 2am because everything came crashing down at once." —Emma Stewart
"Do you ever just smell an old perfume, or hear an old song, or pass an old hangout spot and kinda break inside for a couple minutes?" —Unknown
"People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this." —Stacey Jean Speer
"Life is too sweet and too short to express our affection with just our thumbs. Touch is meant for more than a keyboard."― Kristin Armstrong
"Maybe one day we’ll find that place, where you and I could be together. And we’ll catch our dreams within the waves of change. So smile for me one last time, and believe that we'll meet again. Until then, I'll be missing you." -R.M. Drake 


All my love
x

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Where to eat in Baguio City: Ketchup Food Community

I will be honest guys, when we were in Baguio, all I could think was "where to eat now?" and "where to eat next?"I was already thinking of a few good restaurants and fast food chains inside SM Baguio. Lame, I know. Haha! Let's say I'm not particularly adventurous when it comes to trying out new food, unless it's free then it's okay, because I wouldn't have to risk spending a single penny on a food I may not like. (Kuripot logic! Haha) But I would gladly take note of any highly-recommended places and cuisines, like what we have here. If it weren't for Ate Mica of Senyorita.net, I would have probably dined in at Jollibee or Mcdonald's, it's a no-brainer. But since she's been talking about this amazing baby back ribs she had back in 2012 here in Baguio, I was more than willing to try it myself. So, off we went to the low-key yet famous Ketchup Food Community.

Free taste! That's what I'm talking about.

We has laksa for starters.
We've figured any time is a good time to dine in here, but, so as everyone else. That's why even though we were there to have lunch at 2PM, finding a table for two still proves to be a challenge.
TIP: You can cross order from other restaurants just like what we did. We ordered laksa, perfect for the cold weather, then cross ordered from Canto Restaurant.

You have other food options here.
Hi Ate Mica!
Baby back ribs from Canto - AMAZEBALLS!!
 Let me start off by pointing out how superb the salad from this meal was. It's not your ordinary side, like, I would order this solo salad meal any time. I say, any time! Because where else can you find salad with peanut brittle in it?! I KNOWWWWWW.  
TIP: Nutritionists advice eating your fruits and vegetables first before the rest of the meal. The benefits include ease in digestion and feeling full early, helping you to refrain from overeating.

Okay back to this melt-in-your-mouth baby back ribs! The overall taste and tenderness of the meat depends on which part of the pork it came from. I know that in this case it's obviously the ribs, duh?! But still, based on experience, there's the mas maganda, mas masarap na part. To help make your life easier, it doesn't hurt to just remind them to give you the tenderest and the yummiest part na lang. Oh ayan, okay na? Haha!

Ketchup Food Community where you'll find Canto Restaurant
Let the hunger games begin haha
It was a very satisfying meal! We were so full and decided to skip dinner after. So yep! When in Baguio, check out Ketchup Food Community.. pwede niyo rin kami ayain, chos!
x

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Baguio City Day 2: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

On our second day in Baguio, we were more than awake and ready to meet friends and discover new places. Good thing we're near all the good spots in the City. We stayed in Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. I fell in love the moment I stepped out of the cab and saw how aesthetically pleasing it was! We were welcomed by equally pleasing staff and was directed to our room without hassle. Boy was I so thrilled to see the comfy beds and the thick layer of comforters! I wanted to curl up in bed and master the art of "staycation." It was so cold in Baguio that time!

Miss Grey & Senyorita
Guests' testimonials display
We loved looking at the framed drawings and handwritten testimonials of the previous hotel guests. You know you're staying in a good hotel when you see how they highly value customer experience and feedback. We were supposed to leave our handwritten notes and my drawing as well, but I forgot! Ulyanin!

Unli coffee - coffee station for the caffeine-deprived haha
I find this coffee station super cute! I'm not usually a big fan of wooden kitchen utensil but, hey, look! So much Baguio feels. You can make your own coffee any time and stay in the lobby where there's excellent WiFi connection. Microtel Baguio is currently upgrading some rooms for more pleasurable stay, literally taking in the saying "there's always room for improvement." Haha! *Taps my back for this corny joke*

Comfy beds
During the day, we went to SM Baguio, duh?! For ultimate Baguio experience hahaha! Nah, but on a serious note, the popular mall is a walking distance from Microtel. It's so convenient for tourists like me and for seniors. In fact, Victory Liner Bus Terminal is also just a stone's throw away from Microtel. I say, they already win with their location! I also highly recommend Microtel Baguio for family trips especially when you have small children with you. I'm sure they'll enjoy the buffet breakfast with cereal selection, which I also had because I'm still a kid by heart, chos! Haha! But no seriously, Ate Mica and I were so looking forward to the breakfast buffet served at the connecting restaurant - Te Quiero Tapas Bar & Restaurant. Now you know we're all in for food haha! I specially loved the salad bar (feeling vegetarian) and the egg station with a chef preparing fresh eggs to your liking.

Nilalamig si Tita! Hahaha
And did I mention how pretty Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baguio looked not only from the inside? I'm so digging it, perfect for photo ops, which we had anyway. Haha! Check out my Facebook Page and Instagram for more photos and videos. You can also watch my short virtual tour below: 


Thank you for the sulit stay, #MicrotelPH #MicrotelBaguio !
x

Monday, April 6, 2015

Dreams

It has always been a dream of mine to put my artworks on display in a gallery somewhere uptown for people to see and appreciate. But I've always doubted myself, I think that I've always been inadequately talented in everything I do. Until I realized that no one's responsible for my failures nor the fulfillment of my dreams other than myself alone. I am the master of my life and I'm turning my goals into reality one step at a time. 




Watch me.
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