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I grew up in a country where our only mode of transportation is our own car. It was not safe for us to ride the cab or the bus. So when I moved to Philippines, I had to know how commuting works, At the beginning, I was very afraid. I always go with my cousins or our neighbors when riding the jeepney. I was very shy to say bayad po and para po. But eventually, I got used to it. And after a few months time, I was confident enough to travel to anywhere in the Philippines.
My parents never missed a chance to warn me of the hassle and the risks of commuting in Manila. But as a hard headed daughter, I still tried going to Manila on my own. I just really wanted to explore the city because I never really got the chance to live in one.
Gone are the days when we have to buy extra batteries to bring with us when we go on long trips. Or the hassle of finding power outlets in cafes and other establishments. Thanks to the brilliant minds who came up with power banks! There's so many of them in the market but we always buy from CD-R King. Read on to know why.
The hashtag walang forever became a hit in the Philippines last year. You'd see people using the hashtag on a daily basis - may it be in a conversation, prints on shirts, text stickers on cars, wallpaper on phones and other gadgets, a story or title of a book, and mostly, as a joke or a tease (or weirdly, a comfort) to give a friend who just got his or her heart broken. So it's no surprise that film producers would also come up with a movie about it. What's surprising is that... this was actually a good movie!
We don't have a big family but we don't often get the chance to be together because usually, me, my parents and my uncle are always in Papua New Guinea. But last year, December 2015, we finally had the chance to be complete. And though we were missing our Inay Belen, my grandmother, we know she was looking down on us and smiling.
"How is it being the only child?" or "Do you get whatever you want?" are just a few of the common things other people ask me when they find out I'm the only child. True though, I have been blessed with a generous grandmas and parents who provides me with whatever I want. But I wouldn't call myself a spoiled brat as I don't always get what I want, contrary to what many believes.
Before selfie sticks were created, tripods were the photographer's or simply a vain person's best friend when it comes to self-portraits. Easy it may sound but portrait, for me, is the hardest shot to take. Why? Because humans have different facial expressions. There would be cases where the client would not be so happy at how her photograph turned out because her eyes looks dull, or her smile was fake or her lips were too pressed. Don't you notice it on yourself too? When you take photos of yourself, you try to assess if its already your best shot or if you still need to take some more.
My mom and I are not into make up but are so into lipsticks. We usually just do face powder, lipstick and sometimes, eyeshadows. We're not the kikay kind.
One day, my mom asked me to look for a crayon lipstick and it was quite hard to find one in my area. It was honestly my first time to hear about the crayon lipstick though I have seen it in some online posts. I just didn't know it was called as such. I was able to find one from Revlon however, it was not a lipstick, but a colored lip balm instead.
S&R offers a variety of imported products in large sizes. It could be a little overwhelming especially for small families like us. The large sized products isn't so ideal for us but we keep coming back for certain products like Starbucks Mocha pack, my dad keeps going back for his Tsingtao beer while my mom loves the Natur-a Organic Soy Beverage.
One day, during our visit, I saw this Tostitos pack. Along side it were the dips available. I'm not a fan of nachos but I really enjoyed the nachos my mom and I ate during my Uncle Mac's surprise party held at the Center Stage Family Ktv And Resto Bar. I was kind of craving for it so I decided to purchase the two dips and a pack of tortilla chips.
Dear Future Boyfriend,
My family has always been looking for you. They keep asking me where you are and when I will introduce you to them. I always joke around saying, "Naliligaw pa ata." (I think he's lost.)
Come to think of it, I wonder if we have met before? I wonder if you're that cute guy ordering an espresso macchiato to go over the Starbucks counter. Or that smart guy in glasses that sat next to me in the bus on my ride to Manila. I also wonder if you're that random guy that bumped me in the mall while I was busy refreshing my Facebook newsfeed on my phone or that guy that smiled at me in a buffet restaurant I love visiting. And I do wonder too if you're a good friend of mine, still denying to yourself that I actually matter to you. Hahaha! Assumera.