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It’s not the “-ber” months yet, but we can already feel the cold breeze. It only means one thing, enter: Rainy Season. It’s the time when we say goodbye to bright summery colors of the surroundings and the warm heat of the sun, and say hello to dull dark skies and wet (more often than not) streets. The skies and the surroundings might turn grey, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe should, too! Rainy season gives us quite a hard and heavy feeling so why not brighten it up a bit with your outfit? Here are four closet staples that will keep you warm and fashionable at the same time.

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When in Baguio

It maybe the rainy season already, but it’s never too late to share with you our fun stay and experience at the Summer Capital of the Philippines ^_^

Here are the activities you should not miss when you get the chance to go up North and be part of the Pangbenga festival (Flower festival).

  • Go on a side trip to the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

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Summer Special: Tanay, Rizal

I got a chance to join another team’s excursion, and I could say that I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It was very exciting and adventure was indeed guaranteed. We went to Tanay, Rizal.

Hadouken shot taken at Calinawan Cave Entrance. We awesome like that.

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The first part of our “Great Tanay Adventure” was the Tanay Grotto. Here we saw Mama Mary and her awesome shrine.

Yeah. Jumpshot. I thought it was still levitation.

This shot is below Mama Mary’s Grotto.

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The second part of our trip was going to the Calinawan Cave. Yikes! Bats? No! This is one awesome cave. Below are our shots all throughout our cave adventure.

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TL Icee and Moi

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The third part of our trip was the famed Daranak Falls. Sadly, I don’t have much space and filters to get great shots. There were tons of humans! Humans I tell you! Kidding aside, we enjoyed ourselves immensely because we found this! We discovered this teeny weeny spot where we can relax and enjoy the sunlight without being burned all over.

Is that what I think it is? LOL! Beach bod!

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Loving the awesome color!

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The fourth part of our trip was the Tanay Parola or Lighthouse. I was quite disappointed with this one since we can’t go up because the gate is locked (due to security reasons maybe?)

Can’t quite get a decent photo of the whole parola since I’m using 50mm.

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The fifth and last part of our adventure is the Tanay Cathedral or Church. It was really big and has a long aisle. I feel the wedding vibes all throughout our stay there. It’s not too late for a wedding! Hahaha!

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Did I say I wanna walk this aisle with my man waiting on the other end? Daydreaming!

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Daranak Falls.

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Connecting Bridge to Calinawan Cave and Daranak Falls.

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These are some of the things that you need to bring:

Clothes - Just in case you need to change due to perspiration or when you opt to swim!

Insect Repellant - My companion said he had insect bites, so better be prepared!

Slippers/Slip-ons - Swimming dearies!

Trekking shoes - this is for the climb.

Food - food can be quite pricey there, so I suggest that you guys buy some in advance.

Water - even though the cave trip is short enough, it’s good to stay hydrated.

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Your family and your friends decided to go on a road trip to a beach in Subic. You’re all excited and couldn’t wait for it! The night before the day of your departure, you couldn’t sleep like everyone else. You’ve finished packing your things for the said trip or so you thought you were. You arrived at the beach feeling all excited and ready to hit the waves, but when you opened your bag, it’s half full yet it’s totally empty. You’ve packed almost everything in your closet, but the most important things were left at home. What a bummer, right?

Summer is the time for planned and even unplanned activities. Yes, it’s normal to be all giddy and excited for these kinds of spontaneous trips, but we should always make sure to pack smart. Always make sure to have a checklist of things to bring to make sure you wouldn’t forget anything. Here are our 12 summer essentials you shouldn’t forget, so you can have that fuss free and fun filled trip to the beach or pool, whatever floats your boat!   

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Summer Special: Minalungao, Nueva Ecija

Date: 03.30.13-03.31.13

Location: Minalungao, Nueva Ecija

Okay. After the Anawangin, Zambales trip, my family decided to go to another wonderful spot here in the Philippines. Minalungao, Nueva Ecija. This time our motto was “The more, the merrier.” Cousins, aunts, uncles, are all around us. Teehee~ such a lovely vacation. Anyhoo~ We managed to fill in three cars, and had a convoy (Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, and Toyota Avanza.) We traveled from Capas, Tarlac to Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija for 2 ½ hours. Then from there we spent 1 ½ hours on the road to Minalungao, Nueva Ecija. Minalungao is quite crowded like Anawangin (I think it’s because their Mayoral candidate announced that a concert was to be held there.) We were able to set up a “tolda” (picnic tent.) This place is perfect if you are an adventurer and daredevil. Why? You can rock climb, cliff dive, and swim to unknown places. LOL. The place is also good for cutie patootie picnics. Why? Mother Nature is at its best here. The place is serene (uhmm, maybe if there were fewer people.) You can also rent a floating cottage which you can maneuver to any place within the river. Anyhoo, I would like to share few photos from our trip here:

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Yes, rock climbing in style. LOL. 

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Me, with that magnificent rock formation as background. Epic spot, eh? Ah! I’m wearing my cutie petootie chibi drawing of me. Hahahahaha… Want some? PM us to know how to make one :) (Credits to: gen8 of devART)

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Instragram-ish photo again. Sareeeeh :D

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My cousins and I. Spot me.

Summer Special: Anawangin Trip

Date: 03.28.13-03.29.13

Location: Anawangin, Zambales 

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Yes, Instagram-ish photos are inevitable. That’s me. Me. All me. LOL. Sandy beach, background island name, bangka photo, souvenir-buying photo. Yes. 

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Me buying stuffs for people whom I care about. LOL. These pretty cutie patooties are worth 30 Php +

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Impromptu shot of my uncle of me and my cousin. Sleeping beauties? Nah. Tent life is awesome.

*Yay to my first blog entry here!*

My family and I decided to go to a place where people are less likely to be. Yes, we’ve decided on the wrong place and the wrong season of the year. Yes, Anawangin is crowded BUT I still totes loves the place. Teehee~ *Super random writing here* From Valenzuela, we traveled for 2 hours, all the way to Capas, Tarlac, to meet up with my relatives. We started our 3-hour trip (from Capas, Tarlac) to Pundaquit, Zambales. I think that is the maximum travel time we spent in spite of the road bangers because of the Lenten season (Yeah, the irony.) Anyhoo~ we’ve arrived at Pundaquit at around 2 PM *inserts early sunburn here* and managed to rent a “bangka” (boat) to Anawangin Cove. Anawangin Cove is 30 minutes away from Pundaquit Beach (your entryway to Anawangin and other coves within the area.) So, all in all we spent 5 ½ hours on the road to reach this awesome place they call Anawangin Island.

Here is where the magic beg- oh no. As soon as I stepped my right foot on Anawangin shore, my cousin shouted “Wala palang kuryente dito!” (“There is no electricity here!”) After hearing that, I nearly fainted. How am I supposed to take numerous photos, record videos, and charge my batteries (if ever they run out) if there is no electricity here? There, there. I was not properly informed of this trip, considering I came home from work at around 3:30 AM (I work from 2 PM – 11 PM) and started the journey at 6 AM. Yes, no time for listening to instructions. What made my baggage heavier are my gadgets (my Canon EOS 7D, 18-55mm and 50mm lenses, PSP, and their respective chargers.) I am not aware that bringing those stuffs to that island is useless. Teehee~ Yes, quite stupid of me. Anyhoo~ my stay there is still awesome. Despite me being night blind (yes, I am LOL) I used the power of our almighty emergency light to see!

I’ve listed stuffs you need to bring just in case you want to experience an awesome adventure at Anawangin Island. For hygiene stuffs, that’ll be automatic, since all of us take baths, right?

Tent – Yes, you’ll live a great life and sleep well if you have this baby. You can also rent a tent, which costs 200 Php for a two-person tent, and 500 Php for a four-person tent.

Flashlight – As I have said, this will definitely save your life. You definitely won’t expect electricity even when taking a bath at 6 PM. So, yes. You. Need. This.

Canned goods – If you are lazy to cook food, you may want to buy some canned goods (quantity depends on how long your stay will be.)

Butane Stove – We have this to cook our meals, and re-heat our food. Butane stove is incredible since it’s not that heavy and can serve as your stove during outdoor trips.

Cooler or Ice box – To store food and drinks. Obviously.

Blanket – It is quite hot during the day, but when night comes BEWARE. LOL.

I know my list isn’t complete, but what I’ve written here are the important stuffs that we shouldn’t forget during outdoor trips. Again, hygiene and personal things are automatic to bring. Bikinis too!

6 Easy Summer Looks

Summer is just around the corner, and we’re pretty sure that you’ve booked all your weekends to every summer getaway you can think of. May it be the usual getaway of going to the beach or pool; or traveling all the way up north to be part of this year’s Panagbenga; or a different one, by going around the metro – visiting museums, tumambay at parks; Dressing up will still be part of every girl’s agenda (or boy’s!) this summer vacation, wherever the destination is.

To help you with your little dilemma we’ve come up with six easy looks you can totally pull-off with the clothes you already have in your closet. But if you really can’t resist the urge of shopping for your summer looks, check yours, your mom’s, your dad’s, your grandma’s or even your brother’s closet first! You might just find the perfect summer look and you won’t even spend a single penny.

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Theme: Floral + Summer
Model: Elize Asinas
MUA: Jayzel Firmeza

Theme: Floral + Summer

Model: Elize Asinas

MUA: Jayzel Firmeza

Theme: Summer and Floral

Theme: Summer and Floral

Theme: Summer

Theme: Summer

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