Sunday, March 18, 2018

WHERE TO EAT IN CALASIAO : Javeritas


Inspired by my WHERE TO EAT IN DAGUPAN Blog Series, I bring you WHERE TO EAT IN CALASIAO! Dagupan City and the municipality of Calasiao has been Pangasinan's main food hub centers for years. So there's no doubt that more people are visiting these place each year to dine or to open a food business of their own. 


I've been invited by the owners through my Facebook page to visit their humble cafe located at San Miguel Rd, Calasiao. It's almost on the exact opposite side of Robinsons Place Pangasinan so it's easier to find. I like the vibe as I enter the cafe, for me, it looked like a bachelor pad with a feminine touch here and there. It's simple with an exposed concrete wall inside and bricked wall on the outside. 


I ordered beef lasagna and a coffee-based frappe on my first visit. Lasagna was good! I also love the fact that they have a window huge enough to give someone who loves taking a selfie a good natural lighting. They have a wide space for parking and may I say a small yet nice comfort room as well.


I recommend this cafe for everyone who wants to chill without hassle. It's relatively a small cafe but it's a worth a try. I also recommend their cakes and tuna pesto, I wasn't able to take a photo of those. If you want to see more from this cafe, just follow @javeritas on Instagram and Facebook!

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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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Monday, November 13, 2017

JAMES REID, NADINE LUSTRE LIVE IN DAGUPAN!!

YES! You read that right..

 Last night, we got to party with James, Lauren, Brent and Nadine during the Emperador Hot Shot Brandy Party in Dagupan City. It was jam-packed with JaDine fans from all over the province, but minors were not allowed to get inside. No brandy for you JaDine babies!

James Reid performed his latest single, he even sang a duet with Nadine Lustre and that made the crowd roar even more. The rest of the gang were giving out brandy shots, taking pictures and dancing the night away. 




You can see how James was so protective of Nadine in one of the clips, can't help but swoon over this power couple. Watch the rest of the video here and tell me what you think! 
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THANK YOU WHAT'S UP DAGUPAN

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

HALLOWEEN MAKEUP IDEAS

The last quarter of the year is always my favorite because I get to celebrate my birthdays in October, dress up on Halloween in November, and enjoy the festivities in December. 

I've been really into making different makeup looks these past few months and today I decided to share with you guys the three halloween makeup looks that I did. 

This was supposed to be inspired by a Mobile Legends character name Estes. I used whatever is available in my makeup kit and immediately  wished I have prepared enough for this, like maybe, I should've bought some face paint or something. But yeah, I still enjoyed doing this very easy and very simple makeup look. I used a brown masking tape for my ear to make it look like elf ears. You can watch some tutorials on Youtube. 

Estes-inspired
Halloween is not supposed to be all dark and scary, so I chose to dress up and honor one of the most talented female artist in the history - Frida Kahlo. Since I didn't have a floral head dress, I just edited one on a phone app called Photo Grid. Watch my Frida Kahlo makeup tutorial on Youtube by clicking on the link here. 

"I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling." - FK

For this look, I used BYS Philippines Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette and it worked like magic! I may need to iron some details the next time I try to recreate this, but overall, I loved the finish product. This is my favorite halloween look so far and this is inspired by Archie Comics and Riverdale. Watch my makeup video tutorial here. 

Straight outta comic book.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope to see you guys again soon. If you liked this post, don't forget to comment below and share this to your friends. 
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Summer in October??

Summer is everyone's favourite season, even in the Philippines where it is sunny almost all year round. We especially reserve that 'summer vibe' for the months of March, April and May. And our main activities? Food trips and going to the beach with family and friends. 

Now we don't have to wait for those months to come, because there's a new cafe in town that will give you a taste of summer even in the month of October. By The Beach Cafe is located on the shore of Nibalew beach in San Fabian, Pangasinan and the nearest land mark is the Coast Guard Sub-station. 

Summer vibes
Water Bikes and Teepees
Blue Lemonade
On top of the beautiful location, By The Beach San Fabian Cafe offers affordable rice meals, snacks and drinks. Here's a menu guide for you under their 'Comfort Food' category:
3 Cheese Pizza - Php90

Pica-pica Sampler - Php200
Salsa & Cheese-Jalapeno Nachos -Php120
Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings - Php175
Chicken Fingers - Php150
Sausage & Chips - Php80
Potato Fritters - Php150
Beefy Dynamites - Php120

Summertime madness
 'Charred Favorites'
Grilled Liempo - Php150
Pork Barbeque - Php150
Chicken Teriyaki - Php150
'All-Day Breakfast'
Bacon, Egg, Rice - Php120
Pork Tocino, Egg, Rice - Php120
Pork Longanisa, Egg, Rice - Php120

Perfect for friends and family
 'Cocktails'
Cuba Libre - Php100
Vodka Lime - Php100
Bubbly Daiquiri - Php100
Whiskey Ginger - Php100
SMB Pale Pilsen - Php75
SMB Light - Php75

Beach + Sunset = Love
 BTB San Fabian Cafe is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 5PM to 11PM. Make sure to bring a camera and charge your phone batteries for photo ops! Watch out for By The Beach Cafe's new offerings and take part in their Halloween Masquerade Party on October 28, 2017, Saturday at 8PM! Don't forget to wear your local spooky mask or head dress to get a chance to win a prize. 

That's all for now folks! So check out my Youtube channel, I also made a short vlog last month. Watch here: 


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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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Friday, August 25, 2017

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

Back in college, I used to watch Michelle Phan videos all night! Before ZoellaBretman Rock and Michelle Dy - there is Michelle Phan. Like you, I patiently waited for her videos to be uploaded every week. What can I say? I'm just a young girl trying to find a  fun, creative outlet and I found makeup! 

However, as much as I loved watching these makeup tutorials online, I didn't really have the guts to create and film one myself. But hey, it's never too late to do what you love right? Just this week, I've uploaded two makeup videos on my Youtube Channel: HOW I DO MY OFFICE MAKEUP and NO EYESHADOW MAKEUP LOOK. I use natural day light and my phone to record my videos, while our messy receiving area can be seen as the background. It's just a simple setting, really, nothing fancy! 

VSCO + Afterlight Light Leaks Filter
I believe that more than the makeup brands and makeup techniques, viewers want to see TRANSFORMATION. And that's what I am trying to give my audience. It's okay to look human, with flaws and everything. After all, what you are bare-faced is still what you are after a full coverage makeup - only a little more fabulous! I still am very conscious of how I look first thing in the morning, since I don't have the 'WOKE UP LIKE THIS' look that I can brag about. But I realized that what people see when they really look at you is not all the physical aspect. When people look at you, they are reminded of what you help bring in their life. So try to be good to everyone, but most importantly, to yourself.

VSCO + Afterlight Dusty Filter
In this blog entry, as promised, I will also share with you how I edit my Instagram photos. The two photo-editing apps that I use are: Vsco and Afterlight. It's not that easy but it takes time to master it all. Good thing VSCO hacks are all over the internet today! You just have to Google it according to the theme that you want to achieve. Type these sample keywords in Google search bar: "Vsco filter for selfies," "Vsco filter 2017," "Vsco filter themes," "Vsco filter clean," and just follow the specifications for each filter. Voila! // On the other hand, I use Afterlight mostly for vintage-themed photos, frames and photo layers. Check out Light Leaks and Dusty filters! Like VSCO, you can purchase more Afterlight add-ons in the App Store. 

Afterlight Dusty filter (x2)
Maintaining a good Instagram feed is not that simple, sometimes you have to sacrifice photos that are close to your heart because they don't fit your theme. I say, break the rules! Try to up your Instagram game one photo at a time, by making each photo count. As long as you love your photo, a hundred more likes from your followers is just an added bonus. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, just enjoy the process and you will eventually master your craft!


Hope this post inspires you to never stop doing what you love and remind you that it's never too late to start a new hobby or interest. Right now, I'm just genuinely enjoying what I create and I'm filled with so much joy and happiness that I'm able to do this again. 
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