Friday, January 6, 2017

Boracay 2016 and my little secret


Let me tell you a secret. This is actually my first time to step foot in Boracay. Yup, Ive lived in the Philippines for 26 years in my life and I have never been to Boracay. To be honest, my first opinion of Boracay was OVERRATED. What with Bantayan Island all within my reach. But It all changed when I actually went there. Let me bore you with the story as to why I was there in the first place. It started with Cebu Pacific and their Seat Sales. It was very random, me choosing Boracay was also very random. We went there around November of last year and i heard that, that season was actually the most perfect time to visit Boracay because its off peak season which means there are less people (but for me it wasnt even less), hotel and activity rates are also very much affordable. Getting there was a nightmare though all thanks to Cebu Pacific. Our flight was supposedly at 1PM but it got delayed and eventually got cancelled and we were re-booked to 8PM and re routed to Kalibo so we had to travel to Caticlan, one day got wasted because of the damn airline. You get what you pay for and WORST. We got to Boracay Island around 1am and we were pretty darn exhausted! But amidst the flight fiasco what greeted us the next day was beyond worth it.



 On our first morning in Boracay, we already pre-arranged activities that we can do. There are TONS of things you can do in Boracay but we chose Parasailing and Helmet Diving because duh I can always paddle board and Kayak in Cebu? We went Parasailing first and MAAAANNNN it was UNREAL! Im not even sure how many ft up high we went. It was very SURREAL. It felt like one of my dreams. You can see the WHOLE island up there. I would definitely do it ALL over again. After the activity we were supposedly scheduled for helmet diving but I opted to have it the next day since I got seasick from the speedboat.




 What a first timer gotta do? Explore the island! Which I did and I was blown away by how Boracay is. It is like a little city on an island. Rows and rows of souvenir shops, restaurants of all kinds, convenience shops, starbucks, you name it Boracay prolly has it. I was amazed by the fact that I get to wear a bikini inside McDonalds! The island girl and the city girl in me approves! I finally understood why even though Boracay has become a top destination for travelers all over the world. Although I really must point out that the TAXES are OVERPRICED and RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. Not to mention the 5 min boat ride to the Island from Caticlan Port, 100php? EXPENSIVE!




 But it was so damn worth it. Every cent. You get an experience no amount of money can ever take pay. Just look at that gorgeous sunset.



 On our first night on the island, I wanted to experience the night life. The next morning I got me some morning taho fix. I swear every morning I was there, I bought taho since it was just right outside our Hotel. Speaking of Hotel, I highly recommend Alice Boracay Hotel. We booked through Agoda. Its very affordable considering you are several steps away from the beach, it is in front of a police station which makes you feel safe as a tourist and it's surrounded by restaurants and convenience stores like 7/11 and the local ones. I would definitely book there again the next time I come back.




 On our second day we went Helmet Diving and I swear you would want to try Diving after the experience. It was MAGICAL. I would also highly recommend this activity provider as he has the cheapest offers there in Boracay, but you can also haggle if you opt to arrange activities there. I forgot his name but this is his number 09087647670. 








For our last night in Boracay we went all out seafood for our dinner. Explored some more. Hit the beach. Eat. Ahhh I relish those moments. Boracay, I have underestimated you and for that you have my word that I will always be coming back for you. I must admit, I missed portions of my life judging this amazing island!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A-Line


Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a great holiday! Here goes my first post of the year!

I have always despised A-Line skirts. I felt like I dont look good in them but I still try them on anyways. To my surprise I now have one A-line skirt in my closet and its from Forever21. When I tried it on I knew I had to have it. The color is burgundy red which is one of the colors I like when picking out clothes. I also love the fact that its cloth is (not sure what the term is) its kind of suede ish.


Paired with my Maroon Top which I bought for work. I just wanted to pop on something around the same shades.



Surplus Shop Top
A-line skirt -F21
Bag-Charles and Keith

Friday, December 30, 2016

Make Up Collection (High End) x November Haul

So, I have a new obsession. And duh you prolly got it by now based on the title. So yeah, I am obsessed with makeup and everything in the beauty corner. It started when I was very bored and you know, I watch youtube tutorials and binge watch youtube tutorials. Oh did I say watching youtube tutorials? Ya. At first my collection consisted of pure drugstore products because I thought to myself, why the hell would I pay thousands of pesos for make up. But i started practicing more and more and more. Until, the boyfriend bought me my first high end makeup (I own MAC lippies and they dont count, thats just me) and from then on I started buying high end make ups. I remember few months back I was telling my friend Jamie that I wasnt ready to purchase high ends just yet but damn here we are. So this is my first batch (yes first batch) of high end makeup collection.

lets begin!
My very first Urban Decay Palette, my very first Naked palette and my very first high end makeup! This product is where it all began. Ive been lusting over these since like ever. But I'm frugal so I really didnt bother because I was contented with the ones I have. So thankful my partner gave me a headstart! HAHAH
Next up: Too Faced Love Palette. My very First Too Faced makeup. I loooove this palette and Idk why there isnt much buzz about this palette in the vlogosphere. Although it lacks matte colors the pigmentation is sooo great! And it comes with a full sized Too Faced eyeliner.
Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector Set. My very first Tarte makeup which I super duper duper love!!Ive seen many bad reviews about its pigmentation and I would really like to agree. The pigmentation isnt very Tarte but considering for its price its still worth it! Nothing that cant be solved with a little MAC fix plus! It comes with a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter that I absolutely love! The highlighter is just ahhh idk. For me personally its amazing! Also comes with a tarteist lip paint that I really like because its glossy and Ive always wanted to try the glossier side of lippies. A Tarteist Mascara which is a basic mascara but Tarte and a Tarteist pen eyeliner which I adore! All hearts for this set.
The Tarte Tartelette in Bloom. The second installment of the Tartelette palettes! It smells sooo soo good. I swear! And the pigmentation is really really good. It made me love matte shadows. I was more of a shimmer shadow kinda girl but this changed everything. Ugh. Love this!

Lastly, this aint high end but its part of the makeup haul! Also, a discovery. BeautyMNL. Thats where I got my City Color palette and my Bohktoh Lashes. Love these lashes btw. And they dont cost that much. Also, this WetnWild highlighter is 5 out of 10 because I just dont know how to work with it yet. And its too shimmery.

Lastly, I just wanted to remind you that F21 sales are Krazy with a K. Got both pairs for 575PhP only! Yup you read that right!

Naked 2 from Sephora SG
Tartelette in Bloom from Sephora MY
Tarte Set from Sephora US via @laxchange
Too Faced Love Palette from @usmadefashion

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Vikings Cebu Review

 For my partner's birthday, we spent his celebratory dinner at Vikings since they are already in Cebu. When Vikings first opened the lines were crazy and I'm really not patient when it comes to long queues. So I waited for the frenzy to die down haha.
Tip : Always call to make reservations. And if you do have special request like seating arrangement always have them note down so you can be seated at your desired table/seat (i.e near the pastries/italian corner/japanese corner and etc)

Ive been to Yakimix Cebu, Buffet 101 Cebu, Tokyo Table and now Vikings. My verdict: Buffet 101 wins when it comes to Buffet/Eat All You Can. (Review on that soon!)




 The first thing that I noticed with Vikings is their interior. Its actually nice. They were really able to utilize the space. I'd give the interior a 10.


 The Halo Halo station which obviously lacked ingredients!




 Can someone explain why the fruit platter always consists of Watermelon and Pineapple? Haha

 They also have doughnuts that can pass off as J.Co's or Krispy Kremes haha Something I havent seen from other buffet restaurants.


 Compared to other buffet giants that I have visited and tried, Buffet 101 has a huge selection of desserts and pastries. Although I didnt fancy the selection except for the Taho! Its very traditional. Its the usual, the basic taho.

 Oh and they have lechon which is a plus! Something the other buffet giants dont have.




 Steak corner where the steak isnt really well done when youve asked them to have it well done. its just WELL not DONE. HARHAR

 Oh and they also have a chicharon corner too! Although I didnt fancy the other Filipino dishes that they served.

We took advantage of the "On the day Birthday" promo, where you can eat for free with at least one paying guest on the day of your birthday. They also have Eat for free on your birth month with at least four paying guests. Basically Vikings has something the others dont have but I'm going with Buffet 101 just because their food tastes better than Vikings, but that's just me.

What do you think?

XO
Coleen
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