The Awesome Things

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Let's Travel to Tuscany | Eurotrip







 Pisa is often known to people as the home of the architectural project that has gone terribly wrong. The soft subsoil caused the tower to lean until it was stabilized in the 1990s. The Tuscan region is so beautiful with it's rolling landscapes and rich cultural history.

From the cruise port of Livorno, it will only take 20 minutes going to the Leaning tower of Pisa by car. Florence on the other hand is 2 hours away by car.

We chose to go to Pisa as it was nearer of course. Normally, it would cost a roundtrip taxi fare 180 Euros. Good thing we were able to coax the driver and we only paid 80 Euros!! There were 4 of us sharing the taxi. Lady luck seemed to be smiling at us that day. 

When we arrived at Pisa, the area was packed with tourists as well as local vendors. People of different nationalities were busy taking selfies and doing quirky poses with the tower. We were also among those people by the way. I noticed that there was a boy who was lying on the ground with his feet against the tower as though he's trying to stop it from leaning any further. That was quite amusing. We weren't able to go up to the tower though as there was a long line and they only take a number of people at a time to minimize additional weight on the tilting tower.



In front of the Piazza dei Miracolli 





There's not really a whole lot of activities going on around the area but their landscapes and architectures are really picture worthy. 

They have some really good food at the local stalls. I tried their burger and it was so good. They use fresh Italian tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese to give that Italian taste to it. It was so good for a 5 Euro burger. So so so good. They use very fresh ingredients. I really loved it. 

After exploring the area and taking a quick bite, me and my Indonesian trio started looking for manong taxi driver. Yes, he really waited for us to finish our tour so he can take us back to the port. We decided to just pay him when we get back as we were scared maybe he will leave us. As you know, we can never be too trusty with people especially when we  don't know anything about the local people and to add up to the trouble, we're not even from there. Just a tip on traveling to non-English speaking countries: a few acting and sign language skills will definitely come in handy. 

I really wish we had the opportunity to go to Florence though. It's such a lovely town. A favorite setting for movie makers and it's one of the world's great artistic centre that dates back to the Renaissance period. Italy has such lovely provinces. Among all the countries I've visited in Europe. Italy is by far the loveliest of them all and worthy of every Euro spent, but that is just my own limited opinion.










Monday, November 28, 2016

Take me to Santorini















Santorini is an island in Greece where it has 2 principal towns Oia and Fira. This beautiful island is famed for its perfect sunsets and is a favorite destination for weddings and honeymoons. I for one, would want to come back here again for my own honeymoon. This island also has some remains left from the ordeal of the 16th century volcanic eruption having small islands with black and red lava pebbles.

I have seen dozens of wedding photoshoots captured in Santorini with its pink skies and picturesque sunsets. It made me gush over it like crazy and I can never keep it off my mind. The idea of just going there amd seing all that beauty in person was definitely on my bucketliat. When I saw in another website Xiaxu's photoshoots wearing a white gown while riding a horse in its beaches. It was simply breathtaking and my mouth just dropped open on how beautiful it was. Everything just looked perfectly matched with Santorini's gorgeous caldera. We truly have such an artistic maker from above.

It also came as a blessing that I was given the opportunity to actually go to Santorini for a brief stay 
during the cruise. It was unfortunate though that the cruiseship left at 5pm and so left us no chance to catch the sunset. But it was enough that I was able to go there for free. 

From the cruise port, we had to go up the island using either a cable car or a donkey. The donkey ride was more expensive, smelly and it will take forever to get up there so we took the cable car which only costs 1 Euro. After 5 mins, we arrived and immediately saw the beautifully white painted houses with zen designs. I think the reason why they painted the houses white was so that the pink skies would reflect on it making the colors blend and complement one another. One of the thing that I hated that time was the heat and humidity. I think it's better  to visit during cooler months so you won't  feel dehydrated from walking around. 

The town that we went to was called Fira, Oia is just 30 minutes away by car and I'm told that they have even more romantic Sunset views. I wish the next time I visit Santorini it would be with my Prince Charming riding a white horse. Kidding. 







Thursday, October 20, 2016

Applying for a Korean Tourist Visa for Filipinos




I think it's every Korean drama fanatic's dream to go to South Korea. The land of K-pop, girls generation, and bibimbap!! South Korea has a very rich culture and even their language sounds so cute and amusing. I've been dreaming to go to Korea for 2 years now, I even studied hangul by myself through the internet so I won't have a hard time traveling around Korea. I've also had some free Korean lesson from www.talktomeinkorean.com. I've had all the requirements I needed, had sufficient amount for travel and all that. Although there was a minor glitch in my application as I left one question blank which is the part on which hotel I'm planning to stay in Korea. I haven't booked my plane tickets and hotel room yet because I Was afraid of getting denied and wasting all my money. The process to apply for the visa was easy, it was fast and efficient. Getting to the embassy from Malate was the challenge as it took me 2 hrs and a half to get there because of the traffic. 

My application was received by a frowning consul, in window no 2. She was pretty but she doesn't have life and she seems so bland and rude. I guess that's a bad sign. I thought I would go to window 3 for people with previous visas from Europe and America apparently they directed  me in window 2 which is weird.

They said they would release my passport after a week. After all those tedious and exhausting travel going to the embassy. Much to my dismay that my visa was denied. Maybe because the consul was just such a meany and not in the mood since a lot of people got denied as well. I don't know what I did wrong. Was it because I haven't booked my hotel and plane tickets yet? It was such a tiring and frustrating experience. I felt so dismayed because of the turnabout. I guess no Korea for now. *sad*





Climbing Mt. Hibok Hibok | defying limits















It was my very first Mountain Climb. Mt. Hibok Hibok is an active stratovolcano in the island of Camiguin, Philippines. It stands an elevation of 1,300 meters above sea level. We traveled from Cagayan de Oro City at dawn 5am, we rode a shuttle for 45 mins that took us to Balingoan Port. From there, we took the barge going to Camiguin. The barge was super slow, it took us an hour to get there even though it's really close by.

We literally began the climb at 8:30 am, had a brief warm up and off we go to the mountains. It was my first climb mind you, and I was really having a hard time catching my breath. I felt like my lungs were going to explode. Thank God we had a pit stop after every two hours. It  was really a challenge since my bag was so heavy and it's not really the right bag for mountaineering. Plus, I was carrying 2 liters of water on my back. Boy was that hard.

I guess one thing you will learn in mountaineering is to persevere and have the stamina to finish the climb no matter how hard it may take. Just like in life. 

We reached our campsite at around 4 pm. Pitched our tent and started to cook sinigang for dinner. Real food and I thought we were going to eat canned foods like evacuees. Our campsite was right at the mouth of the crater which exploded years ago. The crater was covered in grass now and some guava trees. Even though there are no signs that the volcano will erupt anytime soon, it's still really creepy to think that there are some lavas deep beneath the earth that you're sleeping.

We climbed the two summits the morning after and then we headed down the foot of the mountain. Going down was just as hard as going up. My toes and knees hurt so much that I can't feel it anymore. I woke up the next day with sore legs and had trouble walking. It was a really fun and challenging experience, not having to take a bath for 36 hours. You have no choice but to accept it and just enjoy the whole experience. My girl scouts skills were really put to use. Wlang arte. Chill lang.




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to get Driver's License in LTO Philippines




Requirements for Non-Professional License:

Medical (200 pesos just beside LTO )
Student Permit
Processing Fee


An expired student permit + another expiring student permit later, I finally mustered enough courage to get a driver's license. I decided that I have to conquer my fear of driving once and for all. I didn't want to learn to drive a few years back out of the fear of bumping other cars or people. God forbid. And I'm so scared of car accidents, so even if most of my batchmates have acquired their licenses, I didn't even bother, I said to myself that my father will drive for us anyway and there will always be tons of taxis but then again, driving is also an important skill. 

So there I was, sitting at the LTO Cdo processing my license. I got there at around 12nn. No noon breaks for them so it's ok. I waited for my name to be called to have my picture taken and to pay for my exam. Then the waiting game began... Before the exam, they gave us a reviewer. We waited for another 2 hours because their machine was heating up and we can't pass the validate our test results without that machine because that's the standard and they can't manually check it. After the exam, we then proceeded with the test drive. I rented out a car for 250 pesos while a motorcycle tental is at 100 pesos. Seems like they are really following the protocol now since they had a change of management under the Duterte administration. After waiting for 6 hours, I tasted sweet success. I finally have a license and I only spent around 800 pesos total. Now I can take my friends for a joy ride. Oh yeah.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ceragem








My aunt kept telling me good reviews about Ceragem telling me about their state of the art hot beds and how many of her friends have been healed of gallbladder or kidney stone problems. I don't really have any of these diseases yet but I just wanted to try it anyway as it was FREE. Anyone can try their  healing beds which cost around 100,000 pesos at least. 

Plenty of lolas and lolos were there waiting for their tirn to try their beds, they actually go there almost everyday. Waiting for around an hour to 2 hours just to lay on the beds. Their technology is similar to that of nugabest. Also made in Korea, invented by a scientist whose intention at first was to heal her mother. Their beds had built in massage which radiates heat from jade gems. I guess this kind of technology is suitable for people who are in their 40s and up as plenty of diseases usually be revealed during that age range. You can give their massage beds a try at any Ceragem center.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eyelash extensions voucher from Metrodeal


Guess what, As I was browsing around some promos at Metrodeal.com, I 
Stumbled upon Must have body and suites eyelash extension. Each voucher costs P150.
I though that I only need one voucher for this transaction, but I actually missed what it said 
On the fine print. It says that I need 2 vouchers for this. So, basically the whole eyelash
Extensions costs P300 total. It's unlimited lashes for each eye. Their salon is only P50 more 
Expensive than the other salons and it was unlimited lashes so the price was ok.

I look like I'm having a plastic surgery here, which I'm not.

The attendant probably took 45 minutes to stick the fake lashes and to my eyes as I was seated comfortably. I really like the results after as it made my eyes look a bit bigger and it looks like I'm wearing eyeliner and mascara even though I'm not. The lash extensions can really make your eyes have that doll-like image. Although, tge fake lashes feel a bit itchy and everything just fell off after 2 weeks. Too bad. My P300 pesos can only last for so long. Oh well. I'll probably just stick to my Maybelline Falsies mascara for now.












Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MedAsia Aesthetic Center IPL Hair Removal


I've been want to try IPL [Intensed Pulse Light] Hair removal for quite some time now.
But it's really too expensive. I just want to get rid these naaty unwanted hairs in my body. Good thing there's a cheaper alternative- Metrodeal.com!!! This site is really my best friend if I'm wanting to try something per se Ocean Park Entrance Fee, Spa, Massage, Salon Services and more. So, I was browsing their site and saw that MedAsia's IPL Hair Removal for 6 blasts at only 149 Pesos. 

After buying, I scheduled an appointment at MedAsia and I was just so curious at how IPL works. Apparently, they use a very small machine with a small razor like figure where the light comes off. The attendant started zapping off my hairs. 1,2,3 ... Zap! 1,2,3... Zap! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see results until 6 months of continuous use. I think that whole process is just too painstaking because I on the other hand want to see automatic results. The laser doesn't hurt though, butvthe red light made my eyes blury. I shouldn't have watched it. Laser light is bad for your eyes. Like duh!my hairs didn't come off after the laser, because as she said, it requires painstakingly 6 months for the desired results. I can't wait that long. I'm not that patient. What if there woukd be no results? What if it will only burn my hair? Then all the money I invested would be put to waste! 

So, I'm still not sure if IPL hair removal is recommended. I'll just go back to waxing for now.






Let's Face It Manila Body Bleaching with Scrub



Allow me to give my review on Let's Face It Salon's Body Bleaching with scrub service.
Frankly speaking, I was not impressed with the results or for the lack of it. It was definitely not worth the money that I paid. It cost aroung 1100 Pesos but the previous salon that I used to have bleaching sessions gave me better results and that salon has relatively cheap prices. 

At first, the attendant showed me to a room where I can change take off my pants and gave me a disposable thong then we went to their restroom to have the scrubing. After that, she was spreading the bleach on my legs and I had to wait in that small cubicle for an hour. Since she left me on my own, and it seemed like there was still a heap of extra bleach. I then started to spread it on my arms as well. Atleast man lang hindi ma sayang ung pera ko noh. After an hour she came back and told me that I can start rinsing the bleach off then she gave me a moisturizer. P.S. I already rinsed off the bleach off my arms before she came back as though nothing happened. Haha.

Honestly, I don't want to go back. It didn't take off the tan lines on my legs from the golden tan that I got under America's sun. Matindi din ung init dun ha ang bilis maka itim and tagal pa mawala. When I got back to the Philippines, I was so dark. Parang hindi ako pumunta sa America. Haha.. Kaya bleaching time. Pero medyo na cleansed naman din ung legs ko after the bleach but it didn't lighten considerably.









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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tationil Glutathione Injections Review

So here it, I’m going to share to you guys my own experience of having Glutathione Injections. It has always been a fad in most Asian countries that the whiter skin you have the more attractive you are. I admit that when I see people with fair complexions in the mall, it’s a total head-turner and it’s hard not to take a glance at them because as for some, having lighter skin can mean having a higher social status and it just looks cleaner and more pleasant to the eyes. Rather in contrast to the westerners perspective, for them tan is beautiful but for Asians, fair means beautiful. Different strokes for different folks I guess.


Tationil glutathione from Roche Italy




As for me, I am morena and I badly want to have a lighter, more glowing and rosy complexion. So I started to try having glutathione injections. I bought a box of Tationil Glutathione from Roche Italy at a store just beside Ching Palace in Lahug, Cebu at a price of P3500. It includes 10 glutathione powder at 600 mg each vial, it also comes with vials with vitamin C and 10 vials of 4 ml sterile water.
After buying the Glutathione Injections, I looked online for a nurse who can do the IV injections for me and I found Jeni who also happens to be in Lahug, so I bought the butterfly injections that I needed and went to see her once a week to have my injections her price was P150 per injection. Much to my dismay after 5 sessions, I don’t happen to see any results from my glutathione injections, it did made my skin glow but not whiter. After finishing 10 sessions for 10 weeks. Nothing still. There must be something wrong because I’m pretty sure that the glutathione injections that I bought was authentic so I realized that maybe I’m doing the dosage wrong.
Then I read online that the Dosage should be:
For skin whitening sessions should be twice a week or every 3 days. For faster whitening result, 1200mg per session.

What a wasted of time, I didn’t know that there is actually a proper dosage for it. Inject lng ako ng pa inject. The thing that happened to me was that I had my injection of 600mg once a week only. That’s probably where I went wrong. kaya hindi nag work. That’s why next time I’m going to Cebu I’m going to buy another box or two of Tationil Glutathione and follow the right dosage of glutathione.  Dosage means everything! What good is it if you have the right product when you don’t know how to use it. Hindi kase nakalagay sa instructions nya kaya hindi ko alam. *slaps face*. As for buying the Tationil Glutathione online, I\m kind of wary of that because I’m scared I might get the fake ones and there will be no turning back na once I order it and it doesn’t come cheap after all!
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