2 weeks in Pakistan


I’ve been mistaken to be Indian one too many times (including in Pakistan the last time I visited).So, please pray that there will be no hostility when I stay there in the upcoming weeks, now more than ever, with the two countries’ on going feud.

In other news, Magnum has a Pink Pomegranate flavor! 

#Pakistan #MsIndiaLookAlikeKasi #MagnumPinkPomegranate

How to score designer, luxury bags for a lower price


I have a thing for bags. Nice bags. A bit expensive, designer, luxury bags. Some people like gadgets or shoes or miniature things. I like bags. I could wear a simple, all black outfit while toting a really nice bag for the rest of my life.

But here’s the thing: I don’t think I could ever spend more than P40,000 for any bag. I can’t imagine carrying a bag that’s too expensive (unless given as a present. Hihi). I guess I’m still practical like that. So how was I able to buy the bags that I have right now? Below are four ways to score designer, luxury bags for a lower price, which can also be applied to any other item:

1. Buy the item at the country where it is originally made. This is a no brainer that any product bought in the original country it came from would be cheaper. Not only because there’s no shipping cost, but also more often than not, taxes are deducted for tourists. This is the case for my very first Louis Vuitton bag bought in Europe.

2. Buy at outlet stores. When I say outlet stores, these are the legitimate ones that you should ensure have original and authentic items. The reason why they are sold in outlet stores is because they are from the previous or old season. If you don’t like following the crowd and being ‘on trend,’ like me, then this is the best option for you. You get the same quality of items but for a much lower price. Tip: Choose classic looking bags that would look great any season! Scored Prada bags in an outlet store when we went to Florence, Italy.

3. Buy at Duty Free shops, particularly in airports. There’s a reason why airports have a lot of designer shops in them. Not only are they conveniently located in terminals, they also have no taxes. Bonus points if you get lucky enough to get a coveted bag on sale, just like my Longchamp Cuir in yellow. Tip: If you really like a certain bag, ask the saleslady personally because sometimes, the item is on sale, even though there’s no sign.

4. Buy pre-loved items. This is definitely one of the best ways to score some designer bags. If you browse the net, one of the most known, well-respected and safest places to buy pre-loved bags is Japan’s Komehyo. Japan is known to be very strict and careful in selling bags, plus the fact that fake items are illegal in their country, so you know you’re getting the real deal. Not to mention, the quality the bags are in are so amazing! They look close to brand new, as if it wasn’t used, which makes it great value for money. The Japanese are known to want the latest designs and so when one bag is already out of season, they instantly sell it even if it’s still in good condition. Take note though that depending on the item, sometimes the original box or dust bag won’t be included. Tip: Invest in leather bags as this will last you forever if you take care of it.


Now, if you’re a snob, you’re probably thinking eww, pre-loved. Well, it doesn’t bother me and it doesn’t matter to me. Generally, I wouldn’t buy a preloved designer bag from online sellers simply because I fear they might be fake but Komehyo is the real shiz. If preloved is good enough for celebrities, socialites and even my millionaire friend, then it’s great enough for me.

Make sure to care for your bags by not letting them get wet, keeping humidifiers in the closets where you place them, having it professionally cleaned and using bag stuffers to keep their shape.

Hope these options give you hope that we need not shell out all of our savings or max out our credit cards just to meet our desires and wants. Friendly reminder though: make sure to balance your expenses and still have savings left. Because what’s the point of having a great bag if in the future, you’ll just end up in the streets with nothing?

My new favorite susyal travel accessory: Saje Road To Discovery


My sister-in-law just got back from Canada and she knows me well enough that she bought me a travel-essential accessory: the Saje Road To Discovery kit ($33).

The kit includes an acute injury ointment (15ml), peppermint halo headache remedy (6ml) and the pain release analgesic remedy (6ml). As the names imply, the ointment is used for minor injuries like sprains while the peppermint oil is for headaches and the pain release is for tense muscles. I’ve tried both the peppermint oil and pain release oil and both smelled so good and felt so refreshing on my head and neck. I must say, the effect is not immediate but the ‘aromatherapy’ and coolness of it on my skin did help to ease the pain.

What I love about the kit, aside from the awesome smell and effect, are the packaging & the fact that it’s so handy. The pouch is carefully and so beautifully designed and even includes labels for the oils. Instructions are also included. The tubes of the oils actually have two openings on each end: a roll on tube type and a drop type. So you get to choose if you’d like to roll on the product or if you need much more, then drop the oil on your palm or directly on the body part. The tubes are made of glass and copper so you know it’s made of good quality. Once you finish it, you could easily just refill it with your own choice of oil.      

I’m definitely going to add this to my must bring travel essentials from now on. Thanks D! 



Kikay alert & TMI! 

Just give me this. Pagbigyan na.

I had a sudden overnight stay at Shangrila with my mom & aunt and since I’m a girlscout who didn’t want to spend too much on unexpected things, I was able to prepare for it by bringing my gym clothes & using it as pantulog plus a shirt & cardigan for the next day which I kept in my drawer (good thing I was wearing jeans).

But how about the undies? Now, I don’t believe in Side A, Side B so I washed it & figured I’d use a hair drier to dry it. Manually holding the drier, it was taking so long & I really wanted to lounge on the bed & watch cartoons. So I improvised & found a way to dry my undie without standing & holding it. Presenting:

Pag gusto,may paraaan. Haha!  Just made sure to check it once in a while, lest I burn the restroom! Haha! 

Review: Apricot OTG


For a non-techy person like me, I am all praise for my newest tiny discovery: The Apricot OTG. I realized I desperately needed extra storage when one night in Bangkok, I wanted to take a photo of the scrumptious barbeque that I tried in the streets. I even bought two so I would have some time to snap the photo. But then, my dreaded 16GB iphone suddenly alerted me: No More Space Available. 

That’s the exact moment I knew I needed some sort of device that would give me extra storage but would be convenient and handy to use and not to mention, affordable. Buying a new iphone with a bigger storage was not an option. So aside from doing this weird but effective tip to free up more storage, here enters the Apricot OTG, which has been circulating in social media. Bought mine from Kimstore at Php1299 for the 32GB. They also have the 16GB option for Php999 but since the price difference was minimal, decided to get the bigger storage, especially since I’ll be having a big trip on December. To compare, I went to CDR King and their version of the device, simply called iConnect, was twice the price at Php2300! So definitely Apricot OTG was the clear choice for me. Besides, Kimstore is a respected techy dealer so I knew I’d get a great product.


The Apricot OTG comes in a box, which upon payment, Kimstore staff will demo on how to use it. If that’s not enough, there’s also a PDF manual saved in the USB. But it’s pretty easy to use, even for a non-techy like me. Kimstore also has 6 months warranty for the device. Tip: Save on shipping fee by choosing their meet-up option so you just pay the cost of the item. No other extra fees.


As long as your phone has a lightning port, you’re good to go. It also worked with my iOS 9, since I don’t really like upgrading my phone’s system. You might be thinking that it’s an unnecessary expense since we could easily just transfer the photos via cable to the laptop then delete the photos in the phone to free up some space. The great thing about this Apricot OTG is that it’s just plug-and-play. This means, after downloading the free iUSB app, you simply plug the device, access iUSB, copy your photos to the USB then immediately delete photos in your phone, instantly freeing up your phone’s space. Then later on, you could just transfer your photos from the USB to your laptop. No need to use your messy cables and bring your heavy laptop every single time. You can use it anywhere, anytime. So great, noh? Plus factors are that you can also save, listen and watch movies and music in it and create folders and even subfolders within the device for easy reference.

I love its sleek, tiny design. Such a small device which packs a lot of wow. Highly recommended for those who need extra storage for their phones, without wanting to upgrade to a new one or shell out too much.

My US Visa Application Experience


With all the countries I’ve been to and with all the visa applications I’ve gone through, this I must admit is the first time I ever got nervous. Sure, there was an interview for my Europe visa but I wasn’t really nervous then. It’s not necessarily because of the country itself but simply because this trip to the US is one of the most important trips I would ever make – it’s for my sister’s wedding celebration! How could I miss this once in a life time event? I couldn’t! So imagine my nerves during the days nearing my interview. Not to mention, I don’t find myself a ‘safe bet’ because I am single and don’t exactly have a lot of ‘assets.’

I got ready for The Day – prayed, prayed and prayed some more (and asked all my prayer warriors to pray with and for me!) and prepared all my needed documents, paid the fee and scheduled my interview. I chose the 7:15am Monday schedule. Fair warning: be there 15minutes before your scheduled time and not a moment earlier because they don’t have a waiting area. Some vendors actually set up some plastic chairs near the entrance but they have a fee of P30! Haha! Just go to the entrance and you’ll see signs regarding the current appointments being processed.

Tip: don’t bring any electronics including USBs because you’ll be forced to leave it with one of the vendors, who claim to be “authorized vendors” and “I have been working here for 20 years now so you should trust us vendors” so if you don’t want to leave your valuable phone with them, leave it at home.

Another tip: Some “authorized” vendors sell ballpens, saying that sign pens won’t be accepted inside. Don’t fall for that. You don’t need a pen inside. There are some food stalls inside, just in case you get hungry or thirsty. I actually brought my own sandwich and it was allowed, though I wasn’t able to eat it because once inside, you just keep on moving through the stations. Sis advised me to wear something corporate so I wore slacks, a blouse and blazer though it’s not a requirement. Best to look ‘presentable.’

Process is simple enough. Just follow the staff’s instructions plus each “stage” has a number. Please read the signs scattered all over the place in order to move in a timely manner. The woman I was following took such a long time during biometrics simply because she didn’t read the instructions on how to do it correctly (and she wasn’t listening to the staff as well).

The consul asked me the usual questions:

· Why am I applying for a visa?

· Who am I visiting?

· Where am I working?

· What’s my job position?

· How long have I been working there?

· What other countries have I been to?

· How long will I stay in the US?

· Do I have immediate family there? 

No additional documents – like bank certificates, itinerary etc – were asked of me. Afterwards, he said “OK, you’re all set. You’ll get your passport next week.” And that was that. The whole process including waiting time outside took only an hour.

I was caught off guard when Thursday came and my passport was delivered! That was just 3 days after the interview. Didn’t prepare an authorization letter with valid ID so my passport was received at home the next day.

Thank You Lord for this! Prayed super hard for favor and this was actually one of the items in my prayer requests during Victory’s Mid-Year Prayer and Fasting so praise God talaga! Can’t wait to visit the US and my sister and family for the next 10 years!