Last September 15, I was invited to the grand opening of Korea’s #1 beauty brand, The Face Shop, in SM Megamall. With over 3,000 stores in 34 different countries, this newly re-opened branch stands among the 75 others in the Philippines, this time, being the first to carry the different collections of their partner brands.
Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to spend 4 weeks in America with the ladies of my family, as we visited my Tita Ana and Tito Jim’s family who hosted us in their beautiful home in Katy. Through this experience, we were able to embark on a cross-country road trip around the USA that gave us a great taste of what their states had to offer.
For this post, I want to share with you all the wonderful things I discovered in our first stop—Texas. We spent our first few days and our last week here, so we got a pretty comprehensive tour of some of the area’s best landmarks and hidden secrets.
Want a locals-approved guide of the countryside? Read on ahead.
It goes without saying that for an avid fashion enthusiast like myself, the best part about traveling is definitely the shopping. The way I see it, shopping in itself is a whole other cultural experience. A brand’s collections and styles vary per country in order to cater to the interests of the locals, so it’s always amazing getting to see what each area offers.
I’m not going to lie to you; March was terrible for me and my shameful lack of content on the blog shows that there was absolutely no denying it.
February was a tough month for me, and admittedly, I wasn’t sure if this post would ever make it to the light of day.
In my junior year of highschool, I was sitting in my Social Studies class, half-listening to my professor when he said a word that piqued my interest: “microcosm”. A microcosm, in its simplest form, is situation that acts like a mini version of something bigger. I never quite understood why that word struck me the way it did, but as I write this on the 30th of January, I have finally found my answer.
As someone that was born and raised in Manila, I never had the concept of “going back home for the holidays”. Home was here in the city– home was where I experienced daily life and celebrated the big events. But this year, my family decided to take a trip to my dad’s province, Bukidnon, for a week in December. My last visit there was 2 whole years ago, so I was equal parts excited and nervous to return. What if we didn’t fit in? What if I didn’t enjoy? Had I outgrown the allure of provincial life that I was so enamored by before?
All my questions were to be answered in a span of 6 days.
Every New Year’s Eve, I always watch as my social media feeds blow up with people jokingly calling to the heavens for one last plot twist. In fact, not too long ago, you would have found me posting about the same thing too. After all, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of standing in a sea of hopefuls, all wishing for a surprise ending to an otherwise underwhelming 12 months.
Last July 27, my family decided to embark on a last minute trip to Taiwan to culminate the end of a peaceful summer. We had previously visited Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau in the earlier years, so getting to explore the Republic of China was another exciting way to immerse ourselves in the East Asian culture.
June was a busy time for me.