Showing posts with label dagupan city. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dagupan city. Show all posts

Monday, January 1, 2018

WELCOME YEAR 2018!!

New year, new me?

Nope, still the same.

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We've all been there before right? Making New Year's resolutions and forgetting them before we knew it. SO, instead of posting about what's and what not's, I'm writing about my expectations this year. 

For starter, I expect everyone to be watching vlogs on Youtube rather than reading blogs on the different blogging platforms available online. I expect that more people are going to travel this year after a surge in the number of travel vloggers and travel agencies out there. I expect to see more makeup gurus online and more makeup brands reaching out to every market segment. I expect a crowd at the gym after the holiday food binge, and I expect that I will be one of them. 

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How about you? What are your expectations this year? Comment below! Photos by JD Tomagan
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Friday, September 29, 2017

FUN SHOOT WITH JD TOMAGAN

It's been a while since I last did a fun shoot with a photographer friend, so when JD Tomagan asked me a few days ago I didn't think twice. I knew him from way back in 2012, when we worked together for a small fashion shoot for this local boutique called The Glam Zone PH. We've been friends on Facebook since then and I've seen him consistently harnessing his talent and skills in photography and videography.

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Meanwhile, I stopped modeling because I don't know.. maybe I stopped trying? Hmm. I seriously missed posing in front of the camera though. So, during this shoot, I felt really awkward and super conscious about how I look. It took me a while before I got my old groove back again. 

As for the preparation, I can say I had minimal prep for this shoot because it's supposed to be casual and fun. No pressure, no hassle. JD Tomagan is really professional, he knows what he's doing and he's really improved a lot. He knows where my best angles are and is always open for suggestions. 

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If you liked this blog entry, don't forget to comment and share the link to your friends. Thank y'all for visiting my blog. P.S. For those of you here in Pangasinan and nearby provinces, I'll leave JD's contact details below for booking inquires: 

Contact No. +639957842865
E-mail: athanboo08@gmail.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Where To Eat in Dagupan: Gino's Sisig

What is all these buzz about Gino’s Sisig Dagupan? Is it the Lechon de Cebu? The affordable price? Location? Or - all of the above? Find out here as I get to have a one-on-one interview with the man behind this successful food business!

Lechon De Cebu. It was March 2009 when the then 22-year old Gino Largo first came to Dagupan City from Cebu. His job as a sales representative of one of the industry’s most respected milk brands already brought him to many places in the country. He did well during his first few months stay here in Dagupan, but like everyone who’s been away from home for too long, he was already getting homesick. To ease the pain, he searched for restaurants that serve Cebu Lechon. He tried and searched again, but to his dismay, nothing seemed to satisfy his authentic taste. That’s when the idea to put up his own lechon business was conceived, and on December 2009  “Grill Hauz” was introduced to all Dagupenos.

Gino's Sisig logo - Home of the first lechon belly de cebu in Northern Luzon.
According to him, #GinosLechon recipe came from his father  - Mr. Rodney Largo. However, it never crossed his mind that he will someday be successful in the same line of business.

“When I was in college, my dad had a lechon business in Cebu. I was never interested in it, but I know all the ingredients and the prep procedures because I watch the workers do it every single day.” He added. 
But what makes their Lechon De Cebu authentic? 

“There are ingredients that only come from Cebu City, sent via courier or I, myself, bring from there.” He answered. “And we are very proud to be the first authentic Lechon Belly De Cebu in North Luzon.”

Photo by idol Jojo Tamayo during the grand opening of Tramo Food Hub.
I also learned that even the head cooks are imports from Cebu and are pure Cebuanos themselves. Today, Gino’s Sisig has two branches in Dagupan City alone. One at Perez Boulevard in front of Victory Liner bus terminal and the other is doing an outstanding sales performance at Tramo Food Hub. During the next years to come we will see Gino’s Sisig branches inside malls in Northern Luzon, and very soon in Quezon City.

Dealing with Business Competition. When Gino had stayed long enough in Luzon, he said he realized that clearly - not everyone can afford to have lechon on their dinner tables.  Saved for special occasions only, lechon is rare to many Filipino households.
A closer look! Check out their Facebook page here. 
 “This is why I decided to make our meals more affordable to everyone. [Because ] I want them to try the best-tasting cebu lechon without having to buy more than what they can consume and afford.” Gino stated. “Now, there is no need for a special occasion to enjoy lechon!”

A single meal order of lechon belly with rice costs Php89 only. Can you believe it? Plus you get to experience eating kamayan style! It’s what makes the eating experience more fun in Gino’s Sisig Tramo. Gino affirms that this definitely is not just a marketing strategy and it doesn’t apply within a promo period.

"The best Lechon de Cebu I've tasted so far." -Mayor Belen Fernandez, Mayor of Dagupan City.
According to Gino: "Competition is only tough when your vision is unclear and if you’re only working for yourself."
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Part 2 of this interview will be up next.
Cheers!

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!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Day With Team What's Up Dagupan

Hashtag squad goals!

We always hear this phrase whenever we see group of friends accomplishing something rad, or anything worth the envy. Like traveling outside the country together, finishing college together, or just basically doing things you all enjoy with just one goal in mind. For me and my team, FOOD IS LIFE!! And photography, and coffee, and social media too! We are the team behind What’s Up Dagupan, spearheaded by Simon Vistro. What’s Up Dagupan chronicles what’s hip and hot in Dagupan City. It is a compendium of the news, events, culture, food, arts, language and music of Region 1’s “Pandaragupan” or gathering place, the Longest Grill World Record Beaker and the Bangus Capital of the World – Dagupan City!

So what does it feel like going out with the team?

From left to right: Mike Fernandez, Simon Vistro, Grey, Jec Mabasa. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo.

Last Saturday, we were invited to attend the soft opening of Gloria Maris Restaurant here in Dagupan City. The restaurant had a major revamp and it’s worth the five-month wait. Love the interiors especially the lighting, perfect for taking a selfie. They also added new dishes to their menu and we tried them all. Did you know that they now have pumpkin soup for appetizer? Okay, I admit that I didn’t want to try it at first as I’m not a big fan of the veggie. But to my surprise, the pumpkin soup even tasted better than the usual corn and mushroom. The tiny bits of seafood in it added a twist!

Spinach Tofu. Photo by Mike Fernandez

Then they served Spinach Tofu, which became an instant favorite of the group. Then came the super tender Shanghai Beef, Sweet Fire Chicken and Yang Chow Rice. But what excited me the most? The delectable Salted Egg Prawns! We see and hear salted eggs mixed with almost everything and turned into almost anything. Like Irvin’s salted egg potato chips and Fryday’s chicken wings with salted egg. But the Salted Egg Prawns by Gloria Maris Dagupan still tops my list. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water and my tummy growl. We took lots of photos of course, we want to be the first ones to share it with our friends. I took videos though, for my new baby VLOG on Youtube.

The new Gloria Maris Restaurant Dagupan City. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo

After our lunch, the boys had a relaxing spa session at Luxus Spa while I do some errands. We met again for dinner at Papi’s Grill – the first eat-all-you-can grill in Dagupan.

UnliKalot at Papi's Grill

So wait there’s more! After our dinner, Mamu and Papu invited us to join them at the newly-opened Bo’sCoffee located along Jose De Venecia road C5 extension. Yes, the Bo’s Coffee of Manila is now in Pangasinan! Sir Simon and I tried Artisanal Choco drink, it’s made from pure cacao and it’s so tasty. We also had carrot cakes and s’mores brownie. I can’t wait for you to watch the whole video on my vlog!

Thank you Mamu and Papu for the coffee and cakes! (Bo's Coffee)

A day with #TeamWhatsUp is a day to remember! We did everything we loved doing, it was a care-free, stress-free kind of day. Follow our adventures on Facebook and Instagram! I can’t wait for our next trip, so lucky to be a part of this group promoting the city and the entire province one post at a time!
P.S. We miss you Senyorita Myx!
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Where To Eat In Dagupan City: Tramo Food Hub

Where to eat in Dagupan City?

Welcome to the Bangus Capital of the world! While there is no doubt about how good and fresh the bangus are here, one still tends to ask, ‘Where to eat in Dagupan?’ This city’s gastronomic tourism has improved over the years and innovation is the only way up! There are lots of local restaurants where you can find yourself salivating and wow-ing on food taste and presentation. But if you haven’t quite decided yet, I suggest you drop by the new Tramo Food Hub just in front of Pantranco bus terminal along M.H. Del Pilar Street, Dagupan City. 

Inspired by Baguio’s Ketchup Food Community, Tramo Food Hub offers wide variety of food and drinks to choose from. They have 16 food stalls in total, each serving up unique dishes. You can add twists but never the same dish, that’s number one rule!

Tramo from the word 'tram' - a rail vehicle. The location used to be one of the train stops of PNR (Philippine National Railway) back in 1970s.
For first time visitors, I personally suggest that you guys try Gino’s Sisig. For 79 pesos, you can have chicken / pork sisig, chicken inasal, lechon belly, and lechon manok – with two cups of rice each meal! Yep, sulit! And did I mention that you get to experience to eat using your hands? Filipino-Cebuano style!

I would also like to recommend Res.to J One’s best seller – Sinigang na Kalabaw! That’s sour soup with carabeef in English, ain’t it? Or nah? Haha! Anyway, you should try it for 200 pesos - good for sharing. Res.to J One also added a twist on the classic Pigar-pigar of Mangaldan and Dagupan. I am guessing they sprinkled a bit of cumin powder in it? Ahhh, must-try!

Early bird! Haha
Speaking of classics, Beats by Kuya Max offers bangus sisig and bistek max for 90 pesos each meal. Plus batchoy and lugaw (porridge)!

Kanto Boy is where you’ll find classic Filipino street foods: isaw, hotdog, pork barbeque, tenga ng baboy, kwek-kwek etc. at a price range of 8-30 pesos only!

If you’re seeking for new taste and healthier options, you won’t be disappointed with Opa! Greek Taverna. One of my absolute favorite from their menu is Chicken Souvlaki! Oh, I keep craving for it! Also try Roka Salad, see photo below.

Roka Salad by Opa! Greek Taverna
So from Greece, let’s go to Korea! Try Ajusshi Korean Shack‘s beef bulgogi, gimbap and kimchi! Annyeong-haseyo!!

The food industry is now crazy over salted eggs, so head on to Fryday’s food stall and order chicken wings with salted egg for the ultimate tasty treat!

Now aren’t you a little thirsty? Let The Hungry Panda conquer your thirst like how it conquered Tramo Food Hub. Almost everyone is lining up for its freshly-squeezed lemonade and mixed berry yogurt smoothie! But wait there’s more, The Hungry Panda offers fruit shakes, mixed fruit lemonades and fruit cups. Plus the Vietnamese sandwich Bahn Mi and Pizza bread! Watch my The Hungry Panda vlog here :) 

The best lemonade in the city from The Hungry Panda
For manginginoms like me (haha) who likes to chill at Tramo Food Hub and listen to live acoustic music, Sides Grill and Raw Bar offers ice-cold local and imported beers! Last Christmas I was kinda sad because I miss my family and friends back in Singapore, so to cheer me up a bit I ordered Tiger Beer. It’s like Singapore’s national beer, so yeah, it kept me sane for a while. Anyway! Other alcoholic drinks available there include Asahi Beer, Evan Williams Bourbon, Brew Kettle Beer, Jack Daniels, and many more. Cheers! 

The other Sides haha! Imported beers available here
To get updates and see more photos, head on to Tramo Food Hub’s Facebook page now! P.S. to other stalls I’ve not mentioned in this post, it only means I haven’t tried your food yet haha! Will update this na lang when I get to try yours na so don’t worry.

Tramo Food Hub is open every day from 3PM-11PM! I heard they’re plannning to open from nine in the morning na SOOOOOOON! 

So guys.. thanks for reading, my Tramo Vlog will be up on my Youtube Channel next month!
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Disclaimer: This is not a paid post.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Mansamit Show 3

The annual year-end art exhibit of Biskeg Pangasinan was held last December 22-23 in cooperation with Panaderia de Antonio - Locale at JDV Calasiao Pangasinan and it's everything we needed to get on the pre-holiday vibe! The event featured the biggest mural in town, food market, bazaar, vintage car display, live music and poetry from professional and budding local artists. 

I went there with my hommies Ate Mica of Senyorita.net, Sir Simon of What's Up Dagupan and Sir Mike F. of Pixelhub Creative. We started off by munching on whichever looks good, food stalls there offered crepes, halo-halo, lechon belly, barbecues, paella, pizzas and many more. But nothing tastes better compared to free food, so I'd like to make a shout out to my friend, artist, Jai Hernandez for the free snacks as starter. Haha! 

Early bird haha!
Ate Mica and I walked around to document the affair for our mini video blog while also drinking mojitos baby. We talked to old friends and met new ones. Shout out to Lou Austria for dragging me up the stage for the "Bring Me" game where Mr. Pochacho (emcee & artist) asked to bring him the sexiest girl in the audience for the grand prize of [wait for it].. a face towel! Hahaha, charot! But what a way to break the ice, nice to meet y'all especially to Direk Noubikko Ray wooh!

My favorite saba and coconut milk halo-halo.
 On the second day of The Mansamit Show 3, me and my high school classmates decided to have an all-girl mini reunion. Six of us chatted over food and Red Horse beer while listening to the eargasmic,acoustic voice of Ruth Anna and the Ulap band. We've watched intense emotional outburst from local poets and eventually parted later on with lots of selfies and group photos. 

I joined the group of Patrick, the Biskeg Pangasinan artists, then. Free booze everywhere! It was fun until Pochacho reminded of the promise I made the day before. And so, I went on stage and sang with Ulap band. It was already late anyway, everyone's packing up and it were just us. I dedicated a song for Pochacho since I owed him that promise, no other shizzz intended. Hahaha. It was funny and scary, you guys didn't know I could sing noh? Char! Plus the booze really helped and I saw Direk Noubikko at the back todo suporta rin, encouraging me. So thank you again!

Full pack!
But guys!! The main highlight of this event is the art exhibit by our local artists. More than the Instagram-worthy pictures taken posing in front of the paintings -it is our support that is most appreciated. So make noise, buy their art, be inspired and become an inspiration. 

For more info about the art exhibit, the artists and their works - go check out their Facebook page: Biskeg Pangasinan. It's 2017 and I am already looking forward for The Mansamit Show 4! Hope to meet new people and see more works there, plus international media coverage! Push!

Mansamit 3 Art Exhibit
P.S. for the next Locale - The Mansamit Show don't forget to bring with you fan and handkerchief, mukha lang tayong nasa ibang bansa but we're still in the Philippines guys. Mainit, haha! Plus power bank or charger for your phone and camera, trust me when I say every corner is so Instagrammable! 
See you
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More photos below and on my IG account @lvlygrey:
Mike F., Grey and Bryan
Yummy pizza
Patrick and Grey
The best BBQ!
Simon Vistro, Micamyx, Grey
Selfie!

Isn't she pretty? Biggest mural in town!

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

Monday, August 29, 2016

Life Hack: How To Adult



How to be adult bes???
Kids look at us like we’re tanders (old people) who knows exactly what we’re doing in life. But do we really?? I’m twenty-something and still find crossing the street a struggle, what more dealing with other things? Gone are the days when we have free meals at home - three times a day. No more milk and cereals, and desserts from grandma. As much as we wanted to stay fit and healthy, vegetables like kale, lettuce, asparagus and even a piece of lemon would already cost us a fortune. Enrolling to a female-friendly gym is an actual luxury too! So where to start?

Here are some life hacks that you can actually use to survive this challenging adulthood transition. Soon, we’ll be out of our cocoons and become a beautiful butterfly. Char!

Disclaimer: These life hacks worked for me, these are based from true experiences and I learned them the hard way. I know we have different situations in life and some may not work for you but I’ll try to keep the list as generalized as possible.

#1 Keep your standards high but also be realistic.
We all dream of staying at a cozy apartment in the city.. okay, a posh one. But if you can’t afford it now, don’t be super disappointed about it. Think of this, you only need a clean and safe place to go home to after a tiring day. Besides, you’ll only be able to stay in your apartment during the weekends. So the practical thing to do is to look for a cheaper apartment, find a roommate whom you trust and split the payment for the rent. Now if you’re really short of budget, get a bed space or stay with your relatives near the area. I know it can get super awkward and uncomfortable, but hello? As long as you are safe, there shouldn’t be a problem. Tiis tiis lang te, someday you’ll have your own place!

#2 Get a job, a regular-paying one that is! 
You are not your parents’ little prince or princess anymore, they send you out in the real world to work and learn the meaning of true sacrifice. This is your training before you take over as king or queen of your kingdom, so you have to deserve it. You must bring with you courage, perseverance, determination and a good heart. But seriously if you’re employed, a part of your SSS, Phil health and PAGIBIG benefits will be shouldered by your company. You’ll also be able to pay your taxes, your monthly phone bill, apartment rent, electricity, fare and food. This is it, you’re starting to become independent!

#3 Make extra cash by side hustling. 
I am proud to be a raketera! Why? Because having a sideline that actually pays me extra money outside of my regular job keeps me from having an empty pocket. But more than that, for me it is a fulfilment to know that I’m making use of my extra talents and extra time doing something that is worth it. When there’s a mini art fair in the city, I participate by selling my paintings and original postcards. I did modelling for local fashion boutique shops back in college, I was even vocalist of a local acoustic band before, and now I still do article writing as a side hustle. You see, this may or may not help me become rich but it’s a start. Don’t we all want to be financially safe in the future? Plus, I get to meet a lot of people and become friends with them and ask them to like my page and read my blog. Hahaha! Charot!

#4 Be humble now that you’re financially safe for a while. 
Lower your pride especially when you’re doing your part-time job. Don’t get easily offended when people tend to look down on you just because they don’t realize yet what a hard-working person you truly are. You do not have to compete with anyone anyway. Keep in mind that you want to survive, and surviving doesn’t mean you have to be above anyone else. Suppress materialism as much as you can, this is very common nowadays especially in a world full of Yeezys and Kylies. I’m not saying I’m guilt-free here, of course I want a Kylie lip kit! But since it’s not practical for me to buy one at the moment, I opted a cheaper alternative through The Glam Zone PH. And for the record, I really need a lipstick to look more presentable at work so it’s 99% under NEEDS category. LOL!

#5 Needs over wants
This is a golden rule for y’all adults. We have to learn to prioritize especially when buying things. Ever walked down the grocery aisle and compulsively grab everything that excites your eyes?? Well, abort mission! You don’t need those fancy packaging, get the local ground pepper instead of that McCormick! *rolls eyes* 

#6 Save. 
Now that you opted to be more practical, what you should do to your extra money is to put it in a bank. As adults, we should try to have an emergency budget all the time. I used to be a fool myself. So now I always keep in mind the saying:“Even if you can (buy stuff), doesn’t mean you should.”

#7 Don’t have utang.
This is also why we should have emergency money all the time. It’s so stressful carrying the thought all the time that you have borrowed money from someone. Miss Universe 1969, Ms. Gloria Diaz, even said in an interview with Phil Star back in 2012 that her number one beauty secret is to not have utang. So if you have one right now, save and pay for it na. Go, raket pa more!

#8 Learn to cook your own food
Some of us were super sheltered when we were young that our parents wouldn’t let us cook so we won’t get hurt. Some parents won’t let us do heavy chores so we could concentrate on our studies. We can’t blame them, you know. Our parents love us so much! But since we’re adult na and we’ll all become parents soon, we have to learn to cook our own food. Watch YouTube tutorials or ask your parents and friends how, just the simple ones. Cook from home and bring lunch at work, leftovers are okay as long as they’re still safe to eat. Back in February when I was my poorest, I had eggs and rice for lunch and dinner most of the time. My favorite side dish was diced tomato and onion drizzled with powdered pepper and salt. I'm still lucky because I still can say I enjoyed my food, and eggs are still healthier than packed noodles and canned goods. Bear in mind, you're on your own. No more yaya's to cook and wash your clothes, this you must accept and absorb as time goes by. Lol

#9 Walk more
So going back to being healthy, the cheapest and easiest work out is walking - plus it's also supposed to clear our heads from negative thoughts and calm us down. I always walk to the bus terminal every day after work, saves me ten-peso fare and it’s good for my legs. If I feel extra motivated, I do squats at home. Why? Because a part of being an adult is staying healthy! At early twenties our energy’s supposed to be at its peak, so be good to your body.

#10 Give back to the poor
now that you know their struggles. 
When you adult, you become more aware of everything. We should all focus on what we can do to help, we can always be a blessing to someone if we choose to. Give back to your parents and relatives, help your friends undergoing the same situation. Don’t worry about your detractors, just kill ‘em with kindness!

#11 Don't forget to say sorry and thank you.
We all make mistakes, that is a big part of growing up. So before I end this post, I would like to say sorry to the people I hurt in the past. And thank you to my friends who were there during my struggles and are still continuously helping me to grow and guiding me to become a better version of myself. Thank you for the free meals, the job recommendations, gigs, free coffee, for being my company. Mga tunay na bes: Ate Mica, Ate Maire, (mare) Charmaine Ronario, (fren) Daryl Angeles, Sir Simon Vistro, Sir Mike Fernandez, boss Josh Uy, (luvz) Cristina Alejo, (pare) Budo.. and many more!! Special shout out to my Mama, Pops, Louise! 
And to my inspiration - Johnny Depp. Hahaha! THANK YOU!


And to you my readers: 
Bes, don’t give up. You’re not alone! Fight! You'll get there.
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