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4.18.2014

Swimming with the Royal Dolphins.

With school out and long days to fill, summer is the perfect time to engage kids in fun, educational activities. And because I don't want my son to spend the entire school break playing video games and watching the telly, I signed him up to several workshops that will keep him busy and active all summer long.

First on the agenda is the Learn to Swim program. Facilitated by the Lake City Swimming Club (also known as the Royal Dolphins), this 10-day program is divided into three classes - Toddler, for kids age 6 and under; Basic for kids age 7 and above; and Advance for kids age 7 and above. The fee for all three classes cost Php 1,700 each.
Warming up before the swim.
Eager beaver!
Take the plunge, and see more of our swim class photos! :)

4.17.2014

A Weekend in Paradise.

Whenever Mum comes home for her annual vacation, we make it a point to spend a day or two at the beach. You see, we're a family of beach bums, and my Mum, who spent most of her childhood and teenage years in Subic, practically grew up by the sea.

For this particular beach trip (which happened about two weeks ago), we decided to go somewhere close by since my grandmother will be travelling with us. That means Subic, Bataan, and most definitely Pagudpud were out of the picture. And so we ended up choosing Sariaya, which is about an hour and a half away from where we live. My sister, who acts as the family's travel planner, chose Paraiso Beach Resort for our weekend getaway.
Welcome to Paradise!
'Paraiso', by the way, is the Filipino word for 'paradise'. And I guess there's no better word to describe a scenery such as this.
Ahhh, the beach! :)
More of Paraiso after the jump! :)

4.16.2014

Wordless Wednesday #80 | Bruce Lee, baby!

Bruce Lee UFC shirt, check.
(Bruce Lee) Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi shoes, check.
I'm a happy fangirl. :)



4.15.2014

CC Cream Chronicles | The Saem Gem Miracle Black Pearl O2 CC Cream.

Ever since I saw this video clip on YouTube, I've always wanted to try The Saem's products. But I must admit, my curiosity for the brand was piqued mostly entirely by its male endorser, G-Dragon - who happens to be the leader of Korean super group Big Bang, and also one of Hallyu's most popular fashion icon.

Thanks to Ms. Magy of Kimchi Jib, I finally get to try something from The Saem. And one of their best-selling CC Creams, at that.
Move over, Jack Sparrow! :)
This, my friends, is the Gem Miracle Black Pearl O2 CC Cream. It's an 'all-in-one, color control, oxygen aura cream' that functions both as a makeup and skincare product.
Gem Miracle Black Pearl O2 CC Cream.
It's not just a makeup base. It also moisturizes, nourishes, and whitens the skin, conceals wrinkles and skin imperfections, corrects and evens out the skin tone, and protects the skin from harmful UV rays.

This CC Cream is made with the famous Tahitian Black Pearl - a rare gem that contains a powerful natural moisturizer, and proteins that strengthen and rebuild the skin. Also in this product are the Tiare flower (Tahiti's representative flower known for its beauty and fragrance), monoi oil (a 'sacred oil' in Tahiti that's loaded with protective antioxidants like vitamin E), and noni extract (a popular anti-wrinkle agent that increases the skin's production of collagen).
From Tahiti!
And I had to research all these things on the web, because as luck would have it, most of the literature in this product is written in Hangul.
This is the that side of the box where English text can be found.
Everything, everywhere else is in Hangul.
Hangul here, Hangul there...
Hangul everywhere! :)
Now here's a closer look at the product. I believe this comes in just one size, and that's 30 mL.
The jar is pretty quirky as it dispenses the product out of that black dot in the middle.
Quirky dispense mechanism.
Push it down, and the cream squirts out. Try not to push it down too hard or too abrupt, as it tends to dispense a lot of product that way. That's what happened to me on my first try, and boy, I sure got a lot of CC Cream.
Out goes the product!
As for the CC Cream itself, this is how it looks like. Unlike Tony Moly's and Etude House's CC Cream, this one doesn't have color capsules. It's just good ol' cream with a bit of pigment.
Gem Miracle Black Pearl O2 CC Cream swatched.
And despite its creamy texture, it's very easy to blend, and is easily absorbed by the skin.
Blend, blend, blend.
When blended, it gives a nice, semi-matte finish. Not too dewy, but not matte either. But just the same, it makes the skin look healthy and glowing.
Left without CC Cream, right with CC Cream.
This is the third CC Cream that I've tried, and so far, this one gives me the best coverage. Plus, it stays on for about 8-10 hours, with very minimal touch-ups.
My fresh-from-the-shower, no makeup face.
Wearing The Saem Gem Miracle Black Pearl O2 CC Cream,
plus the usual eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lip color.
What I love:
- The classy packaging, and quirky pump.
- Mild, floral scent.
- Lightweight formula.
- Easy to blend.
- Semi-matte finish.
- Adjusts to my skin tone nicely.
- SPF 50 / PA+++!!!
- Stays on for about 8-10 hours.
- No breakouts, no allergies, safe for sensitive skin.
- Made with natural ingredients.
- Paraben-free and mineral oil-free.
- Price is still within the affordable range (around 19000 Korean Won or $19), although this costs a teeny bit more than the other CC Creams I've tried.

What you might not like:
- Pretty reflective with flash photography, but that's expected since this product has a high SPF.
- Not available locally.

But the good news is, you can purchase this product online via the Kimchi Jib website. They're sold at a very reasonable price of Php 980 each, exclusive of shipping fee.
Make sure to like the Kimchi Jib Facebook page to get updates on ongoing sale events and promos! :)

Summer Fun at the 2014 Globe Adventure!

Heading to Boracay for the Holy Week? Then be sure to check out Globe's fun summer activities while you're there!

This week, Globe Telecom will be launching the 2014 Globe Adventure on Boracay Island. This exciting and fun-filled race-like activity happens on April 17 until April 20, and will start from 11:00 AM until  9:00 PM. In this event, participants can secure stamps from finishing tasks in each of the stations around the island, with a chance to take home Globe freebies upon completion of the activities.

The Globe Store in Boracay.

Participants who complete the stamps will automatically get exclusive VIP passes to the Globe Wave Party. on April 17 and 19 at the Wave Bar. The passes include free drinks, plus a chance to win handsets from partner brands.

On top of the wonderful summer adventure, Globe subscribers are also entitled to a free multi-cab ride from Cagban Port to Budget Mart. Non-Globe subscribers can still take advantage of the free boat ride by purchasing a Globe prepaid SIM or activating a new Globe postpaid line.

Apart from a more intensified network complete with Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage, Globe also presents the Globe Store located at D-Mall in Station 2. Opened last March 2013, the store offers live demo units of the latest and top-of-the-line gadgets and accessories, as well as superior customer service and after-sales support.

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