Bucketlist # 31 : Experience wearing two piece

The following photos has been kept  for more than 2 years already. It’s part of my bucketlist but I know it’s not nice to look at but for the record, please let me do so 🙂

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This time, I got the courage to post this because I’m so bitter to think that even though I don’t look good the time I wore it but I am so hopeful I can bring back the body I had in the photos. #chubbyproblems #gettingbigger

Style : Bandeau bra

Location : Boracay, Philippines

P.S. : I am encouraging every chubby girls to experience wearing their swim wears as well. This was my first and hopefully not the last. 🙂

Bucketlist #71 : Blue Green Hair Dye

Hi guys! let me first start this with the why before the how.

Well basically, it’s a part of my bucketlist. It’s what I wanted to try to. I choose blue-green simply because it’s my kind of shades (e.g. teal blue, turquoise, mint green and the like).  It was a major decision when I dye my hair considering that I’m a full-time corporate staff. Although it’s not stated in our company policy but I am well aware that it’s kind of informal. Thus, it took me months before finally deciding to cross this bucketlist . Also, I did a lot of research first on how and what brand to use since I am sure that when I am finally decided to go for it, I’ll be doing it at home. Yes! This is a DIY project! Included in my discernment was how to hide it in the office! Haha!

Pls. be informed that I am not a hair color expert or professional. This is purely just risk! I actually prepared myself having a short hair if in case the dye won’t end up good.

Products used :

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> Monea Hair Bleach Powder & 9% Monea Oxidizer (for bleaching) – bought this at NCCC Mall Davao Cosmetics Dept.

> Green A+ FCVA Propaganda Marketing Direto & 9% Bremod Developer (1st coat) – bought this at DCLA Plaza Davao

> Atomic Turquoise Manic Panic N.Y.C. (2nd coat) – bought this online through Rainbow Head

 

Step 1 : Layering

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Layered hair helps in having an illusion of length and volume by cutting the tips of the top layer shorter. Your hair color will also be emphasized when you got a layered hair. I know I have a bad hair. That’s why I decided to dye it in an ombre style so by the time I want to change my hair color, I can keep the roots and just cut the lower part which I think is really dry already.

Step 2 : Bleaching

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Mix the Monea Hair Bleach Powder & 9% Monea Oxidize. Apply it to the lower section of your hair and wait until the desired lightness is achieved. Mine was for 45 minutes and I opted to bleach just the half of the length of my hair. Once done, wash your hair and let it to dry for the next step.

Step 3 : First coating

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Mix the Green A+ FCVA Propaganda Marketing Direto & 9% Bremod Developer. When applying, do not include all the bleached part. In my case, I leave at least 2 inches of the bleached section in the center part to have a color transition effect.

The first coating lasted for just 15 minutes then I washed my hair and let it dry. Then voila! I got this green hair.

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The product I used has no reviews online (Green A+ FCVA Propaganda Marketing Direto) so if you can find other brand of green hair color, I suggest you better try others. This product has a very bad smell. That’s why it only lasted for 15 minutes because it was too hot when I tried to touch the mixture.  Seems it can burn your hair.

Step 4 : Second coating

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This is highly recommended guys! Manic Panic N.Y.C. is an international renowned hair color. It makes your hair healthier, the smell is not strong and is really effective.

Put it to the lower part of your hair and wait until desired hair color is achieved. Mine was for 2 hours and below is the result.

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I’m really happy with the result! I did this last August 2015 and up until now I am enjoying its fashion impact every night and rest days only.

During weekdays, I go to work in a formal hair bun plus hair net to cover the color. I don’t complain waking up early to blow dry my hair since this is what I want. I only remove the bun when I’m at home or after work but I make sure that I am not wearing my company uniform and ID.

Thanks everyone for reading!

PS :

I’m a super-duper fan of. Ms. Yeng Constantino Asuncion and did you know that after 3 days of dyeing my hair, she posted this on her instagram account and I was like, owww! Are we soul sisters? yeyy!

That thing called coincidence :

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Bucketlist #22: Order through drive through

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So thankful that I got these supportive friends:) We did plan for this experience:) Believe it or not at the age of 21 it was my first time to experience buying a food through a drive through counter:) Maybe because we don’t have a car or I don’t usually ride a taxi:) Hehe. This happened last year 2013 on our way to Davao Airport, we dropped by at Jollibee Matina Town Square to crossed out this Bucketlist:) yeyy! happy me:)

Bucketlist #51: Ride an Airplane

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I was 21 years old when I experience riding a plane and it was a trip going to Kalibo Aklan last August 2013:) Thank you God that we were safe and for the chance to be all the way up closer to You:) The set up wasn’t that new to me since its almost like a bus and I am used to riding a bus going home in province. It’s the feeling when going up that ’til now I can recall:) Thanks also to my travel buddies for allowing me to stay beside the window 🙂 They knew its my first time and they’re just giving me a chance to enjoy the view:) So I didn’t sleep the whole travel haha:) Thank you Cebu Pacific!

Bucketlist #4: Visit Boracay (Day 3 and 4 )

DAY 3:
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Our third day started out with a continental breakfast at Luna Rossa which is just a walking distance from where we stayed and who was own by a kababayan of mine:) Inclusive of the food are the umbrellas and benches fronting the beach. I guess this was my favorite part of our trip- The Beach Life:)

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Like what I usually tell to my friends, I am not afraid of getting tanned because I always love playing or spending outdoor activities under the heat of the sun.

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More of our random photos during beach time 🙂
I am just truly thankful to these people. Each moment spent during the trip was all worth it. Look how confident we are in our swim wears this time 🙂 I guess the ambiance and the people around you in Boracay helps out in building your self-confidence because you know that they won’t talk behind your back. Its just about wearing what’s should be, embracing the beauty of the place and just enjoy everything:)

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What I also love when travelling is when I got to meet strangers:) Nice strangers:) Like these korean girls who were also game in having groupies with us:) They were just walking along the beach and friendly enough in accepting our request to have photo with them:) Nice!

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After the whole morning of spending in the beach, we took our lunch at Golden Cowrie:) special thanks to Ate Sarah for the treat:) and just a trivia: Golden Cowrie is a sister company of Hukad restaurant and this was my first time to try their Chicken Pandan which became one of my new favorite food since then:) I highly recommend you to try it.

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After the late lunch, was the Souvenir and pasalubong shopping time:) I got a cute sleevless from Island Souvenir and some goodies from Hugod:) It was quite exhausting finding out cheap souvenirs but we did it and I personally enjoyed wandering around. I just noticed that there are more foreigners than Filipinos especially Koreans:) but this next photo is not a Korean but an American who’s one of those I mentioned “Nice” strangers. We had this photo while waiting for our Milk Tea to be served. Thanks man!

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It was around 4 in the afternoon when we finished the souvenir hunting and since this was our last day, it could not happen without a groupie in the beach wearing our lovely dresses plus Ate jikay’s comfy OOTD:)

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Then its time for us to say Goodbye for now Boracay. After the packing up sessions, one of the staff to where we stayed was so nice to assist us from Boracay Station 2 to Boracay port up to Caticlan port:)

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He also suggested that we stay in Airport Line since its the nearest inn from Aklan Airport:) We arrived around 7:00pm and took our dinner at McDonald’s Aklan:)
Below is the room rate of Airport Line in case you’re planning a trip going to Aklan and Boracay:

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DAY 4:
It’s the final count down!!!!!
Our flight was at 9:00AM so we made sure to arrive at 7:00AM in the airport:) and since we are all backpackers we did everything just by riding a tricycle:) from the inn to Mcdonald’s for the take out of food to the airport:) Thanks to the nice people we’ve met:)

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HAPPY ME, HAPPY US, HAPPY TRIP:)

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Day 3 and 4 random thoughts:
So far I consider this as the most major trip I have ever experienced and I have always been overwhelmed when I get to visit new places, tastes new food and try new experiences. I guess all of us are like that:) I’m just truly thankful to my sisters in the office who made this bucketlist possible:) Never did I thought of visiting this tourist spot but its true that when you want to make things happen, you can do it esp. when you have supportive people around you. I would also like to thank my cousins Ate che, ate Jas and Pinky for giving me extra money for the expenses:) See how sweet they are:) such a supportive family I got:) Most of all, I thank God that we are able to experienced the beauty of His creations, in a not so expensive way and safely:) Felt so blessed as well that we’re able to have nice people along the way, the drivers the tour guides and all the crew for the assistance:)
Boracay was naturally beautiful. I love everything, the sand, the water, adventures, the nice people, the food and the adventures. But honestly, it’s already too commercialized. I know its part of the improvemens of the place. I don’t say this to mean negatively because to those people who have enough budget and love to have a city life in the beach or beachlife in the city, Boracay is the best spot for you:) I just wish the local government unit of Caticlan would be able to regularized the fast development of the place and preserved it:)

Day 3 expenses:
breakfast at Luna Rosa – 100 each (inclusive of the bench and umbrella)
Lunch at Golden Cowrie- 120 each
Pasalubong- 200 php each
Souvenier shirt: 150php
Share tea- 50 php
Tricycle from station 2 to boracay port – 20php each
Van to kalibo airport line inn- 100php each
Airport line room- 210php each
airport line inn to mcdo for dinner via tricycle – 10php each
dinner at mcdo kalibo – 80php each
mcdo kalibo back to airport line inn – 10 php each
Total: 1050 each

Day 4 expenses:
tricycle from airport line to mcdo for breakfast- 10 php each
breakfast at mcdo- 50php each
mcdo to airport kalibo- 10 php each
kalibo terminal fee-100php
Total: 170php each

Another Bucketlist has been crossed out! Thanks God🙏❤️

P.S.: check out my previous posts from Day 1-4 of our trip so you’ll have an idea about our expenses esp. if you have plans going to Boracay:) You can find it at the last part of each post. Enjoy!

BUCKETLIST # 4: Visit Boracay (DAY 2)

Our second day started out early coz we wanted our trip to be worth it every single day and we don’t wanna miss out any happening in the heart of Bora. It was around 6:00am when we experience the beach of Bora in its quite and peaceful ambiance. You must really try this! Swear it was so relaxing and I did appreciate even more how God created such gift in Aklan. The morning view was too lovely, free from noise and less crowded sea side and so we can’t get enough taking group pictures.
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Ofcourse I had my me time and was able to play with sands like I usually do when in the beach until I got dirty  hehe.
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We continued to walk along the long shore of the beach then took our breakfast at McDonald’s.
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Before our assembly time with our adventure tour guide, we’re trying to find the right timing and spot to capture us in our swim wear outfit and right timing and spot means zero presence of others haha. You know it isn’t possible. So it’s all about confidence and the photo says it all 😉
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It was round 8:00AM when we meet up with our official tour guide Kuya Gil for the adventures that day.
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1st adventure is ride of All-terrain Vehicle
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Everyone of us were first timers. Before the ride, you will undergo a brief orientation about the location of the ride, how to operate the vehicle and the do’s and don’ts of it. It was a 30 minute ride going up and down in a bumpy and busy road going to Mt. Luho. It was also the most fulfilling in all the rides we have experienced because you aren’t riding in an exclusive ATV road only but rather a main road. So you are with big trucks and you have to follow the traffic enforcers instruction along the way. As soon as you reach the top, an overwhelming feeling that you we’re able to finish half of the adventure is really an achievement. My arm muscles were really exhausted but everything paid off when we reach the top of Mt. Luho.
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From their, everything for us were unexpected. We thought it will all just be about ATV ride but you will also have an overlooking and wider view of Boracay which was really beautiful.
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After Mt. Luho, we then ride again the ATV going back to their main site for the next adventure. But before that, I guess the ATV Crew / Kuya Gil’s company deserves a shout out for a nice service to us:)
On our way to Parasailing adventure…
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This one is really cool and literally breathtaking. We needed to ride a speed boat going to parasailers area which was quite in deep blue see already.
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It was so much exciting and fun especially when you are already at the top. The cloud 9 feeling and refreshing breath is there while swinging with the air. Such an unforgettable experience!
The heat is on and yet we’re still that hyper and excited for the next  adventure and we needed again to ride another speed boat, going to the 3rd one.
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3rd and last adventure for the day is Helmet Diving
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So the excitement was turned into fear and hesitation after the orientation. We were taught about the non verbal cues practiced by scuba divers when under the sea. This one was a bit challenging to us, since mostly  are not swimmers. But one thing to bear in mind in this adventure is never ever panic. Most of us, experienced the pain in our ears while going 17 feet under the sea and it caused us panicked. However, we we’re already aware during the orientation with that, so the key was to listen carefully so you’ll able to save your self. Under the sea, you’ll see different types of fishes and try feeding them. You’ll also enjoy some sort of entertainment by the diver plus a CD of pictures and video of the adventure also is included in the packaged.
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Almost 1:00PM already when we finished and we ended up our first half of the day with an unlimited rice for lunch at Mang Inasal.
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Then the body pain and tiring mode attacks, so the whole afternoon was spent i n bed. We woke up and get out of our room around 6:30PM already for a another round of walk and dinner. That was Day 2!
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Day 2 random thoughts:
The me time in front of the beach during the morning was an answered request. It did completed my stay in Boracay plus the confidence in wearing a two piece also did a big impact personally. I feel good and happy with what I did so I think there’s nothing to be ashamed of. haha.
The adventures, could be my once in a lifetime experience. I am just so thankful and proud that I was able to face my fears, shout out loud and enjoy every single moment I had. But more than the experience, it was Kuya Gil that has a big impact to me. He’s so passionate and nice. I was just expecting for a fun adventure but he gave us more than that. The packaged was full of surprises and every little thing matters a lot.

Day 2 expenses:
Breakfast @ Mcdo – 80php each
Adventure Package -1,500php each
(inclusive of: Multicab ride from and to the adventures, ATV ride, Mt. Luho, Speed boat ride from and to water adventures, Parasailing, Helmet diving with CD)
Tip for tour guide  – 100php each
Tip for ATV crew – 40php each
Tip for Parasailing crew – 20php each
Tip for Helmet diving crew – 20php each
Tricycle from last adventure to Mang Inasal – 20php each
Lunch @ Mang Inasal – 100php each
Dinner @ Panay Andoks – 120php each
TOTAL – 2,000php>

BUCKETLIST # 4 : Visit Boracay (DAY 1)

Who would have thought that I’d be able to visit this place?
I sound that way since when you say Boracay, it’s about beach life and expenses and that’s true especially to travellers from outside Visayas but I hope our itinerary could help you in budget matter if you’re planning a trip to this island.
Anyway, this is really a very late post since it happened last August of 2013. For some reasons, I wasn’t able to post it as soon as it happened because I feel too overwhelmed and out of words with the experience and was too ideal on how my post should be until I got other priorities and ended up less active in blogging. (feeling bad)
3 months ahead we have already booked our flight to Kalibo, Aklan and avail the promo through Cebu Pacific Airline. I don’t have any idea of the regular fare to Kalibo from Davao but ours cost 1800php (4 days and 3 nights) for a round trip. I was supposed to be with my 7 sisters/officemates namely Ate Jikay, Ate Sarah, Ate Lyn, Ate Bev, Ate Niña, Ate Yessa and Ate April but due to some unexpected happenings, 3 of them were not able to make it to the trip 😦

DAY 1 – AUGUST 15, 2013

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With flight #5J 986, we departed from Davao City International Airport at 12:25n and arrived at Kalibo International Airport at around 1:45pm.

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From there, you will be welcomed with people offering tour packages to the island of Caticlan Boracay but we preferred with our DIY itinerary and decided to commute. Thanks to those friends of one of my travel buddies who were also with the same flight with us for suggesting this because it costs lesser than we expected.

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We took the tricycle ride going to Van terminal which was just few minutes away from Kalibo Airport. From there, we spent 2 hours of travel via Van before reaching Caticlan Port. (Here’s Kuya Noel contact number 09092895372- our van driver). We reach Caticlan Port at around 3:30pm. This time, you will ride a boat to reach the Island of Boracay but before that you need to pay for the Environmental Fee (for non Aklanons only) and a Terminal Fee. It took around 10minutes of travel before reaching the island of Boracay and ofcourse I was expecting to see the white sand and the beach then but no we still need to take one last means of transportation which is the tricycle again going to Boracay Station 2 where we stay. I think its almost 5 minutes of travel from the port.

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Finally we reach the place at around 4:00pm already and St Vincent is the name:) and I highy recommend their place. For 3 days and 2 nights in Boracay it costs 4000php only but the care taker discounted it to 3500php so each of us cost 600php. It’s airconditioned, good for 6 persons, has 3 beds, you have your own rest room, flat screen tv, refrigerator, wifi (just on the lobby) and what’s even more nice is it’s just walking distance from the heart of Boracay beach and very near to the Police Station plus Kuya Jun and his staff has good customer service. (Here’s Kuya Jun’s contact number 09086323210 in case you are interested to stay in St. Vincent). We started to arrange our things, did some budgetting and were all excited to explore Boracay for the rest of the night.

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Almost 6:00pm when we went out of our room and experience the Boracay life. When I reach the beach proper, I wasn’t that overwhelmed. Yes! thats for me and please I don’t wanna sound harsh I mean I appreciate everything there but the view was not that really new to me since I grew up in a province surrounded by white sand and all other type of sand beaches. The big difference is the busy people shopping, roaming around, not to mention their beach outfits, eating in expensive restaurants, hotels, singers in bars, in short the city life in front of the beach and that’s again the big difference which is the one new to me and which I enjoyed so much. We were able to witness one of the most awaited scene in Boracay beach, the sunset.

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After the pictorial session and a short walk, we had our dinner at Mesa. Spent the rest of the night at Starbucks, more window shopping, walk and laughters.

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For the adventures you wan’t to experience , you don’t need to worry where to inquire because along your walk in the busy sea side of Bora, many individuals will be offering adventure packages and lucky us to find our official tour guide, Kuya Gil:) We encounter different people offering the adventure package with just the same amount of what Kuya Gil did offer but he seemed to be the one destined to us. (haha what a term) Yes he is amazing seriously! I’ll discuss on my next post why. (Here’s Kuya Gil’s contact number 09392127015). So before the nights ends, we settle with short negotiation with Kuya Gil for our planned adventure the following day:)

Day 1 random thoughts:
One of the most amazing part when you travel especially in a place you’ve never been to is that you know you are experiencing something not your first time but everything seems new to you, you are seeing strangers in which you do almost everyday, you see buildings and establishments, you eat food you have tried already but since it’s your firs time in that place there’s something within you that’s causing you with overwhelming feeling of happiness and appreciation. I feel so much blessed because even if it’s our first time to travel to Boracay, everything went so smooth and I think the people we met including the drivers of the diffrent source of transportation we had, our co passengers/travellers, the weather and everything else made this day extra special. We thank God for providing us good people along the way:)

Day 1 Expenses:
Round Trip Airfare – 1800php each
Davao Airport Terminal Fee – 200php each
Snacks/Lunch at the plane – 100php
Tricycle ride from Kalibo Airport to Kalibo Van Terminal – 10php each
Kalibo Van Terminal ride to Caticlan Port – 100php each
Caticlan Port Environmental Fee – 75php each
Caticlan Port Terminal Fee – 100php each
Tricycle ride from Boracay Port to Boracay Station 2 – 20php each
Room (3days and 2nights) – 600php each
Dinner at Mesa – 215php each
Coffee at Starbucks – 170php each
Grocerry -50php
TOTAL – 3440php

Hours travelled:
Davao Airport to Kalibo Airport – 1hr. and 20mins. (Airplane)
Kalibo Airport to Kalibo Van Terminal – 5mins. (Tricycle)
Kalibo Van Terminal to Caticlan Port – 2hrs. (Van)
Caticlan Port to Boracay Port – 10mins. (Boat)
Boracay Port to Boracay Station 2 – 5mins. (Tricycle)
TOTAL – 3hrs and 40mins.