Wednesday, November 22, 2017

[REVIEW] INDRA MAYA POOL VILLA at NIRWANA GARDENS, BINTAN INDONESIA | HOME AWAY FROM HOME




The first pool villa experience we had was in Bali Indonesia way back in 2013 and since then, we’ve been hooked to pool villas. Now, one of the things I really like about living here in Singapore is its proximity to Indonesia. It’s so easy to plan a weekend getaway in Indonesia because it’s just an hour away from Singapore. And I don’t know anymore how much I’ve mentioned this in my blog but as I have also stated in my previous post, it’s been our habit to go to Bintan Resorts, specifically Nirwana Gardens at least once a year. So today I’m very happy to share with you our love affair with Indra Maya Pool Villa at Nirwana Gardens.

Monday, November 13, 2017

[REVIEW] NIRWANA RESORT HOTEL (NIRWANA DELUXE) at NIRWANA GARDENS, BINTAN INDONESIA

 

 
Whenever we want a quick fix for our itchy feet, Bintan Resorts have always been our go-to. Whether it is just for me and my hubby or for our friends and relatives visiting us here in Singapore, we find Bintan Resorts the perfect destination to satisfy our beach and outdoor cravings.

Since our stay in Nirwana Resort Hotel in 2011, which I talked to you about in this post, we never failed to visit Nirwana Gardens every year. Yes, every year. No exaggerations. Sometimes, even twice a year. We just love the fact that it's so easy to get there. The accommodations are fine and the customer service is great!

Monday, November 6, 2017

OCTOBER 2017 RUNDOWN



I can't believe October flew in and out just like that! I was excitedly anticipating everything that will happen in October and here I am now, shaking my head coz “wow, the month is already over. Lemme give you a rundown of my last month.

Monday, October 30, 2017

MAKEUP TRANSFORMATION: FROM DULL TO SOFT GLAM MAKEUP (PHILIPPINES)


My husband and I are still in Ashburn, Virginia but we will be flying back to San Francisco tomorrow. He worked the whole night last night and he will work again tonight so he is currently sleeping while I’m typing away my thoughts. I planned to film a video while he’s sleeping but I really don’t want to wake him up with my movements or noise so I decided to just blog. While I already have a lot of travel posts typed on my phone, I can’t put them up just yet because I haven’t prepped the photos to go with them. Post-processing photos is one of the hardest part (for me) when creating travel entries for this blog, but don’t get me wrong, it’s all fun!


photo taken using CANON G7X MARK II + RING LIGHT


So I thought, I’d just share with you today the very first video I filmed using the ring light my sister bought for my birthday. It’s still kind of experimental as I wasn’t sure yet how to really work it and what proper camera settings I should use with it. I was happy with the end result though, but it definitely got lots of room for improvement. Anyway, I posted it on my YouTube channel in the beginning of this month and here it is!



PRODUCTS USED:

PRIMER: 
 The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
CORRECTOR:
 
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Conceal/Corrector (Ivory)
FOUNDATION:
 
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation (120)
CONCEALER:  
Ever Bilena Liquid Concealer (Light)
SETTING POWDER:  
Nichido Final Powder (Creamy Glow)
CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT:  
Too Faced Cocoa Contour (Light to Medium)
EYEBROWS:
- DAISO clear mascara
- NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder (Black/Gray)
BLUSH:  
Tarte 12Hr Amazonian Clay (Unstoppable)
LIPS:
- Elizabeth Arden Lip Pencil (Taupe)
- BYS Velvet Lips Liquid Lipstick (Creme Brulee)

photo taken using IPHONE 7PLUS front camera + RING LIGHT

Call me crazy but I plan to make more makeup videos for my YouTube channel because of this ring light haha. What do you think? 


Sunday, October 29, 2017

13 Years…




This entry may not mean anything to anyone but my husband (well, hopefully). I just want to casually drop by today to let the world know how happy I am that I get to spend this day with my husband. We’ve been celebrating his birthday together since 2005 and it’s just amazing to think that “wow, it’s been 13 years…”

Saturday, October 28, 2017

THE CANOPI RESORT, BINTAN INDONESIA: BIRTHDAY VLOG


If you haven’t seen my review of The Canopi Resort in Bintan Indonesia, you can go ahead and check it here now, especially if you’re planning to go somewhere new and and want to experience something different. While we’re there, I also vlogged our stay and here are Days 1 and 2 of our stay there.





UNIQLO and H&M TRY-ON HAUL


NOTE: This entry was written on 24th October, Tuesday, at 4:50AM in Denver Colorado and it was 33 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) outside at that time. Brrr...

This is just one part of the hotel's lobby where we stayed at while in Denver

We arrived at our hotel in Denver a couple of hours ago and my hubby is still busy working as of this very hour. We haven’t had a decent sleep yet but he’s gotta work. I don’t but I am currently transferring all the footage of my vlogs from the past days. I’ve been vlogging since day 1 of our trip to the US and I can’t wait for you to see them. It’s in my mother language, though.

Anyway, we did a bit of shopping before flying to the US because we didn’t have any clothing that’s okay for the colder weather so here’s the clothing haul I uploaded on my YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago. 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017 RUNDOWN




If you’ve been following this humble page of mine for the past couple of months, you’d easily notice that I missed posting a To-Do list last month. Well... I actually didn’t miss it. I did make one but thought of keeping it to myself for last month and decided to just share with you how the month of September went via this monthly rundown post.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DAISO EYEBROW POWDER – First Impression Demo & Review



One of my makeup staples is a good eyebrow powder and since I bought my NYX eyebrow cake powder years ago, I haven’t invested again in another eyebrow powder. I mentioned it in this post how that particular eyebrow powder became the game changer for my brows. So now that I’m about to run out of my NYX brow powder, it’s time to either repurchase the same trusty product or buy a whole new different brow powder.

And this is where DAISO comes in. The best thing about DAISO, aside from the fact that every item costs S$2.00 only, their makeup products are mostly (if not all) dependable and some are even amazingly awesome! I’m still happily using the majority of the makeup products I bought from DAISO last year.


Going back to my eyebrow powder situation, I remember picking up an eyebrow powder from DAISO the last time I went shopping there but totally forgot about it until very recently that’s why I decided to film a First Impression Review on the said item.




After trying it out for the first time and wearing it on my brows for 7 hours, I’m very happy to tell you that it’s definitely a good buy! I had a decent eyebrow makeup for the entire time that I was testing it out even when I did not even set it with a brow mascara. The pigmentation is really okay and and very workable. The only thing I think I would do the next time I use it would be to wet my angled brush before dipping it into the powder to intensify the pigment and then set it with a brow mascara, but other than that, it’s really great!

If it’s your first time to try to an eyebrow powder and you’re not really comfortable spending your moolah on it, simply drop by at the nearest DAISO store and pick out one from there. *wink wink*

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE FLAWLESS BB CREAM (O1) – First Impression Demo & Review


 
I tried The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream for the first time and decided, why not film a First Impression Review on it as well. 




According to The Body Shop’s website, this BB cream is intended to “perfect complexion and fight the look of blemishes.” I thought at first, “Great! Exactly what I need because I have acne-prone skin.” It even claims to give flawless coverage while tackling the appearance of blemishes. It also says on the website that its lightweight formula will give a shine-free complexion and that they offer 3 shades which blend seamlessly into all skin tones  for natural-looking coverage.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

SERENITY SUNDAY: BE A BLESSING TODAY! (17-Sep-2017)





Oftentimes when I pray, I pray about the things that matter to me. I pray that God will help me with this and that. I pray for happiness, for healing, for good health, for safety and protection. I pray for a lot of things. And I think it’s just normal, right? I mean, don’t we all pray for these same things? Don’t you also pray for God to continue to bless you and the people you care about? If you ask me, I pray about these things a lot everyday. I pray for what I need and what I want.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHAT'S IN MY BAG 2017 | PHILIPPINES


I’m someone who doesn’t care for tags and labels so much. I don’t really care if the clothes or others stuff I own are branded or not. So long as they serve the purpose well, I’m good with that. And when it comes to bags/purses, my motto has always been “the bigger, the better” because I always bring a lot of stuff. Whether I bring a small or a big bag, it’d be always filled with stuff. I seriously don’t know why but I’m like that. I see space and I fill it in. LOL.

On this note, I’d like to share my latest video with y’all. I mentioned in the video that I don’t actually know what the bag is called. All I’m sure of is that we bought it from Victoria Secret and that I’ve never used it without filling it to its full capacity, hehe.

I’m normally not a nosy person but hey! What’s in your bag? *wink wink*

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thoughts Tuesday #2: NEVER STOP PRAYING


Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Today on Thoughts Tuesday, I just want to write a reminder post, a note to self. I want myself to remember to never cease praying.

I pray. I pray everyday but when there’s a specific something that I’m praying for, I pray even harder. That’s good, right? Yeah, that’s good. What’s not good is when the intensity of my prayer suddenly goes downhill after receiving the answers to my prayers. Are you also like this sometimes? Or is it just me?

So today, I’m writing this to constantly remind myself to never stop praying. I should never ever stop praying after an answered-prayer the same way I don’t ever stop saying “I love you” to my husband even after getting an “I love you, too” back. Never stop praying and drawing close to God because it’s thru prayers and reading the Word of God that we will become stronger spiritually and grow deeper in our relationship with Him.