Showing posts with label lvly grey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lvly grey. 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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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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Sunday, December 25, 2016

A New Tattoo

My parents are probably gonna kill me for getting a tattoo (haha) but I've been wanting to do this for the longest time. I finally found the courage to do so a day before Christmas.. because courage is the only thing left in me, keeping me alive, and that's enough. For me, this is not about bragging rights and keeping up with trends. They say pain makes people change, truth is, pain only reveals the real you.

So enough of the melodrama and let's get down to business! Let me answer frequently asked questions when getting tattooed for the first time.


Does it hurt? Unless I'm a robot then no. Haha! The answer is yes there is pain, but it's tolerable like all other pains in the world. The pain you get from getting inked is rewarding and therapeutic in a way. The pain won't traumatized you, in fact it will do otherwise.

Are you not afraid of people judging you? I used to, but respect is only gained. Plus, people only judge you from afar, you're most likely not close friends to start with.


What does one do while getting a tattoo? In my case, I was obviously documenting the whole process. Holding my phone up and keeping a straight face. If not, I might just stay still and contemplate on things and cry. Haha kidding! But I'm surprised at how calming it is to just sit there and let someone inflict pain on your body. Haha! Calling Mr. Christian Grey, fifty shades of f*cked up. Yeah, so if I were not recording, I will probably sleep.

How much trust do you have to give your artist? Trust is so fragile, you've got to give it all or nothing. I've known Kuya Bhong (my artist) for a couple of months before I finally decided to entrust him to do this permanent body art. He was introduced to me by my then boyfriend whom I used to love and trust so much, hugot. Hahaha! So yeah, it took us more than a few meet-ups. You have to know your artist as a person as well, you have to ask around for testimonials, check his previous works, make sure he is using safe/sterile working materials and together agree with a good design. 


Will it help you move on from a failed relationship? NOPE, even if you fill your body with tattoos. It's a way of healing for some, but the cure for heart ache cannot be bought.

Will you be getting another tattoo? Yes. This is my life and although I make decisions based on emotions -these are MY emotions and they are made of me. One-hundred percent authentic! I may regret it but I may also love it even more in the long run.


Who is Louise? Louise is the most important person in my life. My first tattoo goes to her. She is my number one.

Why did you place your tattoo there? Because it's the closest to my heart. I don't want (yet) to get a tattoo on my chest. But I already have a design ready for my back and abdomen.


Here's a nicer look at my first tattoo: @lvlygrey
Follow me on Instagram, Facebook and check out my Youtube Channel for my vlogs. Thanks for reading!
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.
x

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Summer To-Do List in Dagupan City

And just like that, summer season officially starts in the Philippines. We can feel the heat here in Dagupan City! You wake up soaked in sweat and you're already feeling like getting in the shower, but you just got there. Haha! Bikini body or not; Dad Bod or abs of steel.. you don't fucking care anymore. You take that shirt off anyway and wear that panty-shorts of yours. Everybody lookin' but they not hatin'. Ang init sa Pinas eh!!

But ALL IS WELL, sabi nga ni Pochacho. And because I think I'm obliged to talk about things and share this to-do list with you guys, I hope you still bear in mind.. kanya-kanya tayo ng trip. You might find some boring or total childish bullshit, like the sago-straw fight kids used to do during my time, like decades ago. Charot! Wherein you buy a five-peso 'sago palamig' or in English 'sweet tapioca pearl summer drink.' Charrr! Packaged in a special palamig plastic with, probably, recycled plastic straws. You sip and leave a few pearls in the straw as your ammo, you be alert and be ready to blow any time -the equivalent of pulling a gun's trigger. Every breath counts, so take this very seriously, don't laugh and breathe with your mouth if you don't want to choke on it. Head shot is okay, but ear shot is way better. It gets your enemy every time, but parental guidance is advised. Takes a lot of training, you know. 

Hi Mr. Pochaho! Idol/Crush, you had me at papatas. Charrr!
On a more serious note, there's another reason you should all go to Bonuan Tondaligan Beach. But first, shout out to those college students who have endless drinking sessions in the cottages there, and to the vendors who give special student discounts. Hahaha. As long as you guys do it after class and you finish college sober. Hmm. I'm being too honest here, rated PG na naman. Haha!

So yeah, as I was saying.. you should guys check out mural paintings by the Biskeg Pangasinan artists. You drive to Bonuan Tondaligan and ask where the spot is, and everyone knows. The spot is an abandoned office space, there used to be just walls standing there and beach grass. But they've cleaned up the area and voila, instant location for Instagram worthy photos. Take extra care though, as there are shards of glasses and beer bottles everywhere. Please take note, dear city government officials - OPLAN walang bubog na daan. Charot!


Syempre, let's not leave the beach behind. I can say that Bonuan Tondaligan beach is now cleaner compared to before, and if you don't want to go for a swim you can just yah know.. take pictures and tampisaw.. in English - Instagram & Chill. Hahaha. Or Instagram & Tempe-saw. Charr. Alam ko ingles nun noh, ginoogle ko. Tampisaw is to wade in the water. O ha, GMT (Google Mo Tanga!) Joke!

The best time to go to the beach is in the morning at 6AM - 9AM, you need fresh air lalo mga sakitin. And then, of course, in the afternoon at 4PM to 6PM to watch the sunset. Because sometimes guys, sometimes all we need is Vitamin Sea yah know? 

Thank you #SocialMediaMan Simon Vistro for this photo haha #WhatsUpDagupanMan
What else can you do here? Ahh! Since you're in Bonuan, there is the famous Matutina's restaurant that all balikbayans and local tourist go to, to eat fresh Bangus and other seafood. Dagupan is famous for our milk fish or Bangus. And speaking of the devil, Dagupan Bangus Festival is fast approaching! Click here to see the schedule of events. There are a lot of activities to do here this summer, especially because of the festival. Plus, I am so looking forward to the first ever Up North Music Festival on April 23! Watch out for LVLYGREY x UNMFDagupan - make sure to get updates on these Facebook pages: LVLY GREY, UNMFDagupan, Pixelhub Creative, Senyorita and What's Up Dagupan.


Special shout out rin to everyone, please stay hydrated. We're always thirsty pag summer, or at least I am. Always. As a matter of fact, I'm writing this here at Yellow Tree Cafe. YTC is still the best place to be when you're craving for milk tea. My favorite is Hazelnut milk tea with Oreo sinker. So don't expect me to have bikini body this year, I love good food and drinks too much. Try again next year. Hahaha! Shout out to boss Chester. Haha. Share mo to ah. Charot!


Madami, madami pa. This post does not include other things like: ligo sa batcha this summer, outing with friends na hindi natutuloy, reunion with high school classmates pero walang budget, palamig sa mall kasi aircon, start your own iced candy/iced water business, barbeque business, get drunk, summer flings, new hairstyle new me this summer, hugot and more. 

Okay, so, gora na ako.. I have to cross out other things on my To-Do List rin. Char! 
Take time to rest, pray, repent and reflect this coming Holy Week.
x



Friday, March 4, 2016

Surfing Tips for Beginners.. with Feelings

My trip to San Juan, La Union will not be complete without actually learning how to surf.. and if there's anywhere else I'd still choose here. Why? Because #LoveLocal duh?! So let me begin with a statement that I'm sure some people would definitely agree to: 

Ang surfing ay parang pag-ibig. 

Here are surfing tips for beginners like me, but with feelings para damang-dama mo! 

Take time to learn beginner's lessons. Don't rush things that needed to grow. Char! Hindi lahat ng bagay minamadali. Hahaha! Joke's on me bruh. Hi Mom! Haha. On a serious note, learn to practice on the ground first. Your instructor will demonstrate how to paddle and get up and etc. Listen carefully to what your instructor is saying, especially the Do's and Don'ts. Huwag assume ng assume. Try to remember everything that he says, learn only from the experts.

Don't be afraid of looking super awkward.

Summon all your courage. Hmm. So you're in the water, what now? Don't just back out, you paid for this shit. If you're not a good swimmer, ask your instructor to not go farther down. Never surf anywhere you aren't comfortable swimming on your own. Be honest and you will earn people's trust. Kung alam mong summer fling lang kayo, huwag kang paasa pa more. Kala mo ang lalim, mababaw lang pala. How deep is your love Koya? Charot!


Tightening my shorts here, since I'm not wearing a wet suit, therefore, risking myself to be seen naked. 

Put your body and mind into it. Relax. Focus. By now, your instructor is checking your leash and giving you additional advice, warnings, and words of encouragement. This is your time to go over what you're about do next. Dahil lahat ng bagay ay pinag-iisipan. Hindi pwedeng sugod ng sugod. Tularan si Ate. Haha!


All smiles when Kuya Piolo shouted words of encouragement with feelings.
"Ang love parang surfing yan, sa umpisa talaga sesemplang ka!" 
-Lemon Surfstar, Flotsam Movie

Enough said! Be prepared to wipe out. Hmm. I found it very difficult to stand because I'm heavy and, unconsciously, kept holding on to the board. I always end up riding the wave on my knees. Minsan kasi kailangan talaga mag-let go. Kailangan maging matibay para matuto tayong bumangon na mag-isa. Stop holding on to something/someone who keeps you from growing. Girl, hindi ka forever young!

Oooh I think I found myself two cheerleaders. HAHA!

Be patient. Waiting for the right wave to come is not easy. Given the time I went to surf (at around 2PM), I felt like a grilled bangus. I was thirsty and exhausted. But I didn't stop until I get what I came here for. Madami man ang dumaan na sa buhay mo, mayron at mayron paring tamang tao para sa iyo. Chillax ka lang, darating ang tamang alon.


Love ain't always picture perfect

Don't give up. Once I got it, a wave of relief came across Kuya Piolo's face.. and I was the happiest living creature in San Juan waters. Haha! Don't give up on love. Kahit na ilang beses ka ng sumemplang, nasaktan, at kahit pagod na pagod kana. Don't give up on love, just because someone has taken you for granted, just because someone decided he doesn't want to love you anymore. Walang forever.. hindi ka forever #TeamSawi.


Ngiting tagumpay

At the end of the day, we will always learn a thing or two from our experiences in life. Whether be it in surfing or other sports, in love and life. Minsan magiging bitter ka, pero dapat minsan lang yun. 
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 !
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Baguio City Day 1: Inn Rocio & La Parilla

I can't remember the last time I went to Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines. I've always been afraid to take the bus to Baguio. So if you ask me to join you and you don't have a private car and I know you're not a good driver, I wouldn't take the risk. Haha! But this time it's different, because I'm actually on a trip with a legit travel blogger. Everyone meet one of my closest friends, one of the women I look up to, my Ate Mica of Senyorita.net. All we needed was a legit reason to be in Baguio (Hi Mom! Hi Sam!), the rest of our stay is history. Haha!

Senyorita and Miss Grey
Pumo-photography haha
 So on our first day in Baguio, we stayed at Inn Rocio. It is located at Kisad Road and a walking distance to Spade Bar, we realized this on our way to the next hotel na we stayed at. Haha, sayang! So after our agenda that day, we went to sleep muna and then had dinner at Inn Rocio's restaurant - La Parilla. 

In fairness, the outdoor seats are romantic to look at, it's like one of those places where you'd want to propose to your girlfriend. But we were confused on our way there, we didn't know which step/path to take and almost crashed a couple's supposed intimate dinner. Haha! We opted to dine inside the restaurant since we were from a more humid city and it's just been declared that Baguio hit it's lowest temperature in years. It's 10 degrees celsius lang naman when we were there. I had two sweaters on plus scarf, layering at its best, because the only cold thing I can handle is an ice-cold beer. Haha! 

"Make it look like a candid shot"
We ordered two of La Parilla's bestsellers: Lomi Bagnet (Php90) and Binagoongan Bagnet (Php145)

We were so full and after a few, we decided to just go back to our room to get our laptops and stay in the lobby for the rest of the night. That didn't go as planned though because - brownout! YES!! It was my worst nightmare, okay nag-iinarte, but still -the horror of no WIFI connection! I was so into the mood for writing pa naman, chos! Truth is, I was such a scared-y cat. The moment it went dark, I let out a shriek and kept on saying "Oh my God, Oh my God Ate, Ate Mica!" Hahaha. I know, annoying! 

We looked outside and half of Baguio was in total darkness. We waited for a few minutes but the electricity was still down. I took it upon myself to update my social media status and let people know it's odd na walang ilaw sa Baguio, since I have cellular data pa naman. I planned to take a photo of the lobby so I opened grabbed my phone. I went nuts when I saw a face! Took me a moment to realize it was my front camera that I opened instead.. and I was looking at my hideous face. Hahaha! Ate Mica and I had a good laugh after.

Inn Rocio Lobby & Breakfast Area 
After two excruciating hours of waiting, the electricity was back on. We were sleepy anyway, so we just spent a few minutes online while Rihanna's newly released album was playing on Ate Mica's laptop, and slept soundly.

Inn Rocio Front Desk
Inn Rocio's still cheaper than hotels but I do not wish to experience the same thing. Although I really appreciate Kuya guard-on-duty for bringing me four candles to light up our room while brownout, I strongly suggest the management to put emergency lights in each room.

My stay there was still by far the most exciting during our Baguio trip. It may not be so, for ghost-hunters-wanna-be or those who's purpose of going to Baguio was to seek pleasure in uncovering paranormal activities. But hey, kanya-kanyang trip to! Haha!
 Part two will be posted soonest. 
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