Wednesday, August 31, 2016

tips when dating a Kdrama addict

So everyone knows that a woman can be fickleminded and that in wooing a woman, there is almost no hard and fast rule. However, if you are dating a woman who also happens to be a Kdrama addict, it is guaranteed that the following would set her heart racing.

1. Do not rush her. She is a Kdrama addict which means that courtship appeals to her and dating. Woo her and take your time doing so.

2. When you want to show her you really like her after you've been dating, hug her. Trust me, it would make her heart melt if she likes you as well.

3. If her hair falls on her face, put it back behind her ear. Do not linger though. You are not a creep. You are trying to be sweet.

4. Be a gentleman. Open doors, pull out chairs, carry her things but not her bag. I said be a gentleman, not a pushover unless her bag is really heavy then carry it.

5. Pay for the date. This is still the Philippines and it still means something when guys can foot the bill.

6. Ask her to be your girlfriend when the time is right and you really want her to be yours. When you do so, make sure that you mean it. This means you see her a potential life partner.

7. Be respectful of the fact that she may not want to sleep with you. If you think you should have a free pass at that just because you are the boyfriend now, please go kill yourself. You are a loser.

8. Most important, get to know each other before getting into anything. When a Kdrama addict falls, she falls for good. If you're not there to catch her and hold her for life, please, don't even start. Kdrama addicts are hopeless romantics and deserve someone who loves them just as much as they love their Kdrama.

PS. Learn to never bother her if she's watching a Kdrama or better yet, join her but be quiet. 

PPS: Back hugs are really AWESOME!

we don't talk anymore ...

I happened upon this photo on Facebook.

We don't talk anymore. I once loved you and yet, we don't talk anymore. I wonder why and then I remembered ... 

... you told me you fell in love with your first love again and broke my heart. 

... we were too scared to cross the line between friends and lovers so we stopped talking. 

... you fell in love with my best friend and lied about it. 

... you were too much of a coward to fight for us. 

... you saw me dead and I saw myself alive. 

... you fell in love with your idea of me and not the real me. 

... you were not worthy of my efforts and I have come to realize my value. 

To friends I don't speak to, I remembered ... 

... you were just pretending to be a friend. 

... you used me. 

... you slept with the guy I was dating. 

... you and I have strong opinions about the same thing and we just can't deal with it. 

And so, we don't talk anymore and I hope we never do again. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Crazy Over Creamy Mattes with Maybelline

Lipsticks are one of the most basic things when it comes to make up. If you have great skin, sometimes all you need is a great shade of lipstick and you're set for the day. Lately, the rage has been all about matte lippies but the downside of matte is that it can instantly dry your lips and who wants dry lips? What's really great about the Maybelline Creamy Mattes is that it does not dry your lips. We road tested it for a week and we can definitely say that wearing it for 7 days has not dried our lips at all. If this does not convince you, here are 5 more reasons why you will go #CrazyOverCreamyMattes
  1. It's easy to wear. Matte lippies go with almost anything unlike the glossy ones that are too shiny for corporate or the metal ones that are just appropriate for parties.
  2. They look natural. Admit it ladies, it feels good when people think you have nothing on and you are just flawlessly beautiful with kissable lips. Maybelline Creamy Mattes gives you that feel.
  3. They give off a classy vibe and makes you feel instantly glamorous.
  4. They don't transfer easily compared to their other counterpart.
  5. They adapt to anything. When you have matte lipstick on, you can easily turn it into gloss, metal, or something shinier and it wouldn't be a problem. After all, it is matte which also makes it a great base.

We tried on 3 different colors from the Crazy Over Creamy Matte line of Maybelline and here are the end results.

As you can see, they all look really smooth and my lips do not look dry. It's moisturized but at the same time, it gives off a natural look especially the last 2 shades. If you're crazy over matte lippies or just want to try the trend, the Maybelline Crazy over Creamy Matte lipsticks are definitely worth your hard earned money. Maybelline cosmetics are available in all leading department stores and Watsons nationwide.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Confessions of a new Kdrama addict

It has been 23 days since I watched a Kdrama and fell in love with it. 2010 was the first time I watched one and though I did like it, I just didn't get hooked. This time though it was different. It was like a calling, a siren singing in the ocean and just like any sailor, I couldn't resist and I fell for it, hook.line.sinker.

I have watched a total of 12 series now and have developed serious love for Korean language and the desire to visit Korea is maddening. Also, I have learned the value of this meme. It is so true. You just cannot watch one episode. It is just not done. 

Kdramas has changed me in so many ways. I now value my skin and even bought an entire skin care regimen as well as 40 facial masks coz I plan to use it 3x a week because it was mentioned in Descendants of the Sun that you need to do facial masks 3x a week for maximum effect. 

I also am doing my best to cut down on food intake so I can slim down because they are just all so into being physically fit. I am inspired by them. Another effect they have is that my standards in men have become quite high. I mean, come on! Look at this! And they say Asian men are feminine. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Feminine my butt. 

I also get all of my kilig now from watching Kdrama. They don't even do more than a kiss and yet, the way they stare at the girl, the back hugs, the simple gestures, the leaning on a girl's shoulders, it elicits a shriek coupled with goosebumps and the fantasy that I am the girl in the scene. EGAD! 

They make you yearn for the couple to kiss. They leave you wanting them to kiss because it has been so long and it feels right. They don't rush things at all and it feels good because to be honest, I think most women would still prefer to be cherished and courted. It is such a romantic and awesome feeling when guys don't rush you and instead show you that you are not just something to mess with. You are someone to be respected and loved. 

I think that Kdrama restores the feeling of romance that American series has broken. You can't imagine how thrilling it is when finally, the guy hugs the girl or grabs her hand or when they finally, truly hold hands. It is such an awesome kick and you find yourself giggling along and just being soooo happy for the pair. 

Of course when you are passionate about something, people who do not know any better tend to look down and say things. 

Another is when you start to use Korean words that have become familiar and people look at you funny. Seriously? This little country of ours has over 50 dialects and we have so many Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, and other races living amongst us and you look at me funny coz I said "gomuwo" instead of "thank you" or "anyeonghaseyo" instead of "hello" or "saranghe oppa" everytime I see Song Joong Ki? SERIOUSLY???? 

However, what really breaks my heart is when this happens.

Also when the second lead guy is just so awesome ... I VOLUNTEER! 

So there. 23 days later, 12 series and counting ... I can honestly say that I am so thankful that South Korea exists and that soon, I will be visiting. Saranghae Oppa! Gomuwo!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Izakaya Sensu: Japan feels

One of the things that I look forward to when eating at a Japanese restaurant is the freshness of the sushi and sashimi. After all, it's one of the things they are known for right? So when I headed to Netpark in BGC to try out Izakaya Sensu, my expectations were quite high on these two dishes. I was praying that I wouldn't be disappointed. Of course there were other dishes that we also had to try so let me give you a run down of what we had.

This Uni Yaki-Onigiri  was very different. This grilled rice ball with sea urchin and special miso. Maybe it's the sauce on top but it was definitely something that I have never tried before. I liked that you can eat this all by yourself or paired with soda. Yes, I think this is best paired with soda coz you need that extra push to burn this heavy sticky rice.

The Asari Butter Clams which was sauteed in butter, sake, and soy sauce is perfect to be paired with plain rice because the sauce is tasty enough. You don't need to add anything and if you love clams, this is absolutely perfect.

The Hirame Sugate-Age is deep-fried flatfish nuggets on a noodle basket with Ponzi Dip. It is basically breaded fish which is something every person who loves fish would go for. When dipped in it's special sauce, it bursts into so many different flavors. I'm not a fan but I don't regret getting this. It's different from your ordinary breaded fish.

Now the salmon was fresh and cooked just right. One dish is enough to fill you up so be careful if you plan to eat a lot because you might end up finishing this and then you won't have space for other things anymore.

Omakase 3 which contains Bluefin Tuna, Norwegian Salmon, and Squid. Everything is extremely fish that you would think it was just taken off the actual fish. I loved this platter and if memory serves me right, I ate everything in here by myself. This definitely did not disappoint in any way or form.

The maki and rolls were so many and so good. An entire order is more than enough to stuff you but make sure you also leave room for the Yakitori. You can choose your own Yakitori. I mostly picked the chicken yakitori because it is what I liked. My friends chose the bacon but as you all know, I am not a fan of bacon.

To end a wonderful lunch, we had the Miso Chocolate Cake and I have to admit that this one was the perfect way to end things. It's light, not overly sweet, and quite filling for such a seeminly small piece.

Izakaya Sensu is located at the Ground Floor of Netpark BGC. I plan to bring my family there soon since we all like Japanese food. I'm pretty sure that they would enjoy this just as much as I did.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Descendants of the Sun and what LOVE truly means

Descendants of the Sun is all the craze right now and since I have found myself becoming a new convert to Koreanovelas, I found myself watching this. Guess what? I finished it in just 2 days despite my heavy workload. It was that good.

Descendants of the Sun is not just a love story. It is not just about falling in love and winning someone over. It is about meeting the one but realizing that there were challenges and initially, they both fail to pursue each other but fate has something else in mind.

It seems that when two people are fated to be together, fate will intervene. I loved this series because you could feel the emotions. I felt the pain when they turned their back on love. I felt the struggle. I felt the desires that needed to be kept in check. I felt the love. I felt the frustration.

I felt my own pains, frustrations, and longing. It may have been years ago but apparently, it's still there, easy to tap and feel. I watched this clip and I felt her pain. I felt her longing, not knowing if she would ever see him, if it's really over. I guess that since I feel the kilig watching these shows, I also am reminded of the pains of former heartaches, specifically that not so funny guy.

Watching Descendants of the Sun, I question God. Do men and women like them still exist? Is there really someone out there who can love someone and just that one person? I know I'm like that but I feel that it's just me now. Other people have all adapted and they can easily fall in love, break up, then toss aside someone and hit repeat.

I wish I meet my own Captain Yoo Si-Jin. I wish I meet and fall in love with a guy like him. He may be infuriating but he loves with so much passion and loyalty. I wish that God is just preparing me so that when he and I met, I am more than ready and he is ready for me too.

I wish.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Oli Natural Beauty Soap

Going natural is all the rage nowadays and one of the things that people look into the most is skin care. Is this good for my skin? Will this make me look younger? Going natural helps women and even men go natural and be new everyday. Newest product in the market named Oli Natura Beauty Soap seems to have dibs on all of these.

“Oli Natural soaps are what we call ‘real’ soaps.  We can confidently say this because our soaps are not just for keeping the skin clean.  We produce soaps in a traditional way called cold processing so that the active properties of its natural ingredients remain intact and benefit those who will use the product. Unlike other brands that leave your skin dry and stripped of its natural oils, Oli Natural moisturizes and conditions your skin to bring out a new you,” said Chief Executive Officer, Sesmundo of Activo Global, Inc., the company behind Oli Natural soaps. More importantly, cold processed soaps bring more value to your money because they are carefully formulated and hand-made  by batches while hot processed soaps are mass produced and made in a very economical manner, compromising its value and quality. To date, Oli Natural soap has five variants: Gluta Papaya for excellent moisturizing; Green Barley, anti-aging, and helps in  achieving an odor-free day; Activated Charcoal for deep cleansing and detox; Intense White for extra strength whitening; and soon to be available, Komenuka for natural booster of healthy skin.

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 The Gluta Papaya has primarily coconut oil, glutathione, papaine enzymes, and carrot extract.  This variant improves the texture, whitens, moisturizes and protects the skin from pollution. Green Barley, rich in anti-oxidant, is mainly made up of coconut oil, shea butter, kojic acid, vitamin C, and green barley extract.  The Green Barley soap nourishes and repairs the skin as well as while cures skin problems such as itchiness, blemishes and acne.

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Bamboo wood charcoal is the main ingredient of Activated Charcoal variant added with lactic acid, Vitamin C, and a combination of extracts. It cleanses, exfoliates, and removes the harmful substances for a clearer and healthier skin. The Intense White soap has rice bran oil, arbutin, cucumber extract, salicylic acid, among others. This variant lightens, removes dead skin cells, and prevents the appearance of freckles and age spots, and hyper-pigmentation.

Oli Natural is primarily made up of  coconut oil, known for its high moisture content and rich lather.  “We are confident in saying that each of our soap is made from  coconut oil. As its base ingredient, the cold processed coconut oil is best suited to deliver the beneficial properties of natural ingredients that are combined and formulated for the overall improvement of one’s skin.
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Kristine Sablan is a model and budding actress from Star Magic, the talent management arm of ABS-CBN. Her first regular TV appearance was in the top rating teleserye, “Pangako Sa ‘Yo.”  Raven Molina is a basketball enthusiast turned model who dreams of becoming an actor someday.  So far, he has appeared in several TV commercials, print ads, and runway shows.


 “We chose Kristine and Raven because of their youthful image. They belong to the fresh crop of talents.  Just like Oli Natural, they are new in the business but have a lot of potential of making it big.  I believe they are best suited to be the personalities that will introduce Oli Natural to the Filipino consumers,” said Sesmundo. “Filipinos have grown to be smart buyers. They still want affordability, but now they look for quality, value for their money, as well.  And that is what we guarantee with Oli Natural: a whitening beauty soap that brings out the new you every day,” added Sesmundo.

Monday, August 1, 2016


Last week met me with surprising news.  Not only was I chosen as a Spotify Influencer but I was also chosen as the face of a new aesthetic clinic. To say that it bowled me over would be an understatement. I mentioned this not to brag but because one of those surprises led me to #August2PaRinKita.

Spotify is rolling off with a new campaign that will last one day and its aptly named #August2PaRinKita (I still want you; its a play on August 2 since if you speak it in Tagalog, it means I still want you. - - for my English speaking readers.) Anyway, I never realized that perhaps  I do still want someone someone even after all this time until I started watching this Korean drama and all the feelings came back.

Perhaps its just the Kdrama or maybe, its the feelings I've hidden and buried that is just coming back to life. I just find it so ironic that a campaign that I am helping Spotify with would hit so close to home. I mean, I've moved on, that I am sure of but I've also realized that even when you moved on, it doesn't mean that you no longer have feelings for that person. It just means that you have accepted the situation and have come to terms with it. You are at peace with what happened which was something that I couldn't accept before.

I hesitated writing about it. Perhaps I got used to him reading everything I write but I realized, I don't even know if he still does and if he does, do I really care? I think we've both moved on. Last I know, he was happily in a relationship with someone and as for me, I've accepted my lot in life.

It's been a year since I have been out with anyone. It's been a year since I have even met anyone. I've been doing really well with just focusing on my work, my family, my friends, and myself. When a guy even attempts to talk to me or say hi and I know that there's even a small interest, I just completely block the person. I just can't do it anymore. I don't want to do it because I don't know if it will lead to something good or bad and I can't ... I just can't risk it anymore.

I used to have so much love to give ... and now, I no longer do. I no longer want to. I can't. The thought of it alone makes me curl up in fear of the pain that I could go through again. Sometimes I wonder to myself, what would I do if he and I bump into each other and I find myself praying like crazy that it never happen.

He used to tell me about serendipity and that we never know what's in store for us and I used to want that to happen to us. I used to wonder what if 5 years from now, he and I get a second chance? Wouldn't it be amazing? Now, I pray that he's madly in love with that girl and that he and I would never ever cross paths again.

#August2PaRinKita but I also know that you are not good for my heart and right now, I matter more than my feelings for you. I'm glad that you finally let me go and that our last conversation was you wishing me Happy Birthday and that the last time we saw each other, you treated me really badly emotionally. You made me feel like I was something you used then discarded. It finally broke the rose colored glasses I had for 2 years after we broke up. When you discarded me like trash, I realized that to you I may be worthless but to me, to my family, to my son, to the people who still love me and accept me, I am priceless.

#August2PaRinKita but I know better now and I know that I deserve someone who would also tell me and make me feel #August2PaRinNyaAko.