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950 Pesos for an Overnight Stay in a Hotel: Malate Pensionne Review

Yes! You've read the title right. I had an overnight stay in a hotel for only 950 Pesos! :)


As what I have said in one of my blog entries, I always needed a place to stay whenever our call time from work is too early or too late since it is not advisable for me to travel from Cavite to Manila, vice versa. Because of that, it has been a tradition of mine to blog the hotels or inns I had been to. :) Here is the compilation of my travel escapades in case you would want to read: Travel Goals



The hotel that I will be reviewing today is actually a last minute booking for I thought, our department team building wouldn't be pushed through because of the Habagat. Luckily, when it was announced that we will still be going to Bataan the next day, I was still able to find a hotel that can accommodate me that night. To my surprise, it was actually cheaper than what I had expected. We all know that prices are much higher if you will only book on the day of your check-in compared to days/s before. 

Oh! I used Traveloka app for this booking (not sponsored). :)


MALATE PENSIONNE

I always been seeing this hotel back when my friends and I used to hang-out at Coffee Bean right next to it. It is accessible to public transportation and in heart of the busy street in Malate. Food establishments, malls, groceries, salons, everything you need is nearby! :) It is also a grab away from my work that's why I didn't hesitate to try a night here. :)



Experience:


Upon entering the hotel, I have already felt a Hispanic vibe of this pensione. The staff are accommodating, one even accompanied me to my room.


It was quite creepy that the place reminded me of a museum rather than an ancestral house. HAHAHAHA. 


It was creepier that you can hear a squeaking sound every time you walk on their wooden floor.


One thing I look forward each time I stay in a hotel is their signature scent. It's disappointing that the hallway of this hotel including the room smells floor polish/wax. It was actually too strong. Tsk.


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Birthday Pictorial: Cosmetics Used Revealed! :)

It's my Birthday! :) I will be sharing the preparation I had before the pictorial for my Portfolio. :) I didn't hire make-up artist since this is just a simple photo shoot. :)




1. Prepare Skin

Here's the article I have written on how I prepare my skin: Morning Skincare Routine

On normal days, after moisturizing my skin with serum, I just usually put concealer, powder, lip balm and I'm good to go. 

2. Make-up

2.1 Foundation


Since I had good sleep, I didn't use primer. :) Every time I have pictorial, I make sure to cover everything with Revlon Colorstay Shade #150. This is one of my favorite foundations! :) Perfectly covers blemishes with natural finish. :)

2.2 Concealer




I cover my dark circles with Fashion 21's SPF50 Perfect Stick. :) I don't usually put concealers on pimples. My skin feels irritated. :)

2.3 Bake


I pat loose powder on the areas I know have the tendency to oil up after few hours. I'll leave it for around 5-10 minutes then wipe using a brush. I am using the famous, Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder.

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I Have Discovered EDSA Shangri-la Hotel's Signature Scent!

Though my age is not yet qualified to be a Tito of Manila, I am already considering myself one since signs are evidently showing. Uh-oh! :) One manifestation I have noticed is instead of going out with friends, I prefer staying in my room, watching Netflix or Youtube videos, drinking a cup of my favorite milk tea. So Tito! HAHAHAHA.



Since 75% of my time is spent inside my room (if I don't have work or event for blog), I make sure that it would LOOK and SMELL like a hotel room. HAHA. By the way, this is not yet a room tour. We'll have a separate post for that. :) 


Before the popularity of the Oilbularyos, fragrance oils have already a special place in my heart. :) I remember that during 2014, there were no cheap oils available. I have to spend thousands of Pesos and travel in Manila to visit few stores offering it. :) Four years after, you could see oils used for humidifier, air purifier, diffuser, touch lamp oil warmer, candle oil burner, ANYWHERE. Some are also using oils such as roll-on oils for preventing and curing illnesses! For 70 pesos, you could now have a 15 ml bottle of fragrance oil! How time flies and things change! :) 



And if you would ask me, I HAVE ALL OF THOSE MENTIONED, INSIDE MY ROOM. HAHAHAHA.

I thought I would be contented with these, but not. Every time I visit hotels, there are scents I know not coming from a humidifier or purifier. I could compare the scent to a perfume, but not that strong.

Through time, I discover that these hotels are using SPRAYS. So why are they using sprays over oils like most of our homes have? First, it is cost efficient. If they have 100 rooms, they would be purchasing 100 units of humidifiers that would consume electricity, have to clean the units and refill water and oil after 12 hours. Imagine how stressful that would be to maintenance personnel? Second, sprays could immediately be smelled while oils would take few minutes before the particles would be released in air. Lastly, it would be easier for them to overwhelm their customers. I remember the time when we were about to check out at Sofitel. The hallway smelled so good. Though it always was during our stay. I remember seeing a room attendant walking around. During that time, I had no idea. But come to think of it, he "might" have sprayed their signature scent because the hotel knew that customers would be checking out. They have to leave best impressions. :) Good marketing strategy, isn't it? :)

Since room is life (LOL), I tried finding home or room sprays. :) These are few of my favorites, with essential oils. :)


Why do I have different scents? My scent of the day depends on my mood. HAHA. Though, most of the time, I have good sleep with Aromaex Coffee beans scent. :) I pair it with vanilla candle in my Touch-lamp oil warmer. :) So relaxing! It transports me to a coffee shop. Perfect while writing a blog entry, script for shoot or reading books. :)


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Skinplicity's Body Wrap: Workout Replacement?

Have you ever tried jacuzzi or sauna? How about Infrared Sauna? Could this be a workout replacement?


Infrared Sauna or Body Wrap is the newest aesthetic treatment offer of Skinplicity. :)

SLIMplicity Body Wrap is a healthy, non-invasive therapeutic treatment that helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and it is effective in aiding with inch & pound loss, including heat therapy benefits. 



It is believed to burn up to 600 calories in a single session while MELTING BODY FAT & CELLULITE.

Benefits:

Burns calories
Detoxifies & burns fat
Quickens lipolysis (the breakdown/splitting of fats)remove untoward fats in your tummy , waist, hips
Diminishes inflammations & aids in post pregnancy recovery
Tones Skin
Improves Immune System
Increase circulation & blood flow

Procedure:




The client will be laying down inside an infrared sauna bed. Heat of 15-40 degrees Celsius will then be produced inside the unit. Each session will take up to 30 minutes.


Mr. Pogi says:


I so love it! :) Every time I do workout, I can't wait to see sweat coming out my glands, and it usually takes time. This is the first time, I am conveniently laying down while perspiring A LOT. I could compare the amount of sweat I had to my usual Insanity workout routine. Unlike other spas, I didn't feel the heat much which is good. I was able to relax and felt that this soothe my tense muscles. :)

Workout Replacement?

Researchers say that it is best if you would still do cardio or workout routine since this keeps your heart healthy, raises metabolic rate and builds endurance. But according to studies, heat therapy or jacuzzi could be a good addition! :)



SKINPLICITY


Address: 141, Evangelista St., Daan Bukid, (Upper Level of 711 Across Mini Stop), Bacoor, Cavite
Contact Number: 0933-861-7331


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Water Reminder App: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED? :)

How are you all? Today I will be sharing my newest mobile app discovery that is perfect for people who don't usually drink or forget to drink 8 glasses of water everyday. . . . .WATER REMINDER! :)


People say, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" but don't say the most important thing, "Drink Water Regularly". Most of us miss this healthy habit.  I definitely love water. I don't have issues with it. But due to work and busy schedule, I normally tend to forget to drink water. That's why last year,  I developed Urinary Tract Infection (U.T.I.). Gladly, I was able to get rid of it and now conscious of my water intake.


Water Reminder is one of the best apps to remind you every time your body needs water.

Available on IOS :)

The app promises to give these results after using this app for a couple of weeks:

1. Increase Energy and Relieves Fatigue
2. Promotes Weight Loss
3. Flushes out Toxins
4. Improves Skin Complexion
5. Maintains Regularity
6. Boosts Immune System
7. Natural Headache Remedy
8. Prevents Cramps and Sprains
9. Puts You in a Good Mood
10. Save Money

Water Reminder is user-friendly. Once it is installed, you just have to fill-out your profile information (Name, Gender, Height, Weight, Workout) and it will automatically calculate the number of glasses you need in a day.


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Bro Wipes: Wipes for the Grown Ups

Imagine a world where everything is manly. Beer from the faucet. Self cleaning clothes. Bowl which auto-refill nachos. Manly wet wipes. Okay, the last one may not be part of your usual fantasy. But a Philippine company made it a reality anyway. Everyone, introducing. . . . .BRO WIPES!





What is a BRO WIPES?

BRO wipes is handy and travel pack wet wipes for men. It can combine with toilet paper and use as butt wipes. It's also flushable.



What makes it DIFFERENT?


The product is made of high quality material that is manufactured in Singapore. It is specially designed for men with a macho look. It's unscented so it will not interfere with your existing cologne.The packaging doesn't have any rainbows, flowers or feminine designs.


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Liver Function Test Kit: What's the Result?


Do you have any of these symptoms?

1. Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. This condition is called jaundice.
2. Pain in the right upper abdomen accompanied by pain in the back.
3. Abdominal swelling.
4. Weakness and loss of muscle mass.
5. Light color of stool and/or dark color of urine.

The above symptoms are the first signs of a liver problem. The liver is the largest glandular organ of the body. It weighs about 1.35kg. It is reddish brown in color and lies on the right side of abdomen below the diaphragm.

Jaundice is considered the most significant among the usual symptoms. Jaundice is caused by when an excess amount of compound called bilirubin dissolves in fat layer under the skin.

In the intestine, bilirubin can be converted to a compound called urobilinogen by the act of intestinal bacteria. A small percentage of this compound can be reabsorbed into the blood stream. Increased levels of urobilinogen and/or bilirubin in blood will lead to its appearance in urine.

The BIOTEST Liver Function Test Kit contains to dip-and-read test strips and its main use is to check the bilirubin and uro-bilinogen in urine specimens as an aid in the diagnosis of liver and gall bladder problems.


I have discovered this test kit when I was buying my supplement at Watsons counter. I told myself, in my 20+ years of existence, I may already been abusing my liver and why not try the test. It is only sold for 100 Pesos.

HOW TO USE


Use the provided collection cup to collect the urine. Test the urine as soon as possible after collection. This procedure MUST BE FOLLOWED EXACTLY t achieve reliable test results.

1. Prepare the urine specimen.
2. Remove the strip from the pouch. Familiarize yourself with the position of the reaction area of bilirubin and uro-bilinogen. The beige reaction area is for bilirubin and the yellow is for urobilinogen. Also, familiarize yourself with the color chart on the box.


3. Dip the the test strip in the urine until the reaction areas are completely immersed for no more than 1 second.
4. Remove the dipstick from the urine and tap the strip on the rim of the cup to remove excess urine and place it horizontally with he reaction areas facing up.


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5 Reasons Why Filipinos Shop From US Online Stores

For many Filipinos, the cure to acute boredom usually comes in the form of shopping – purchasing online or going to brick and mortar stores to shop. But now that online shopping is booming and Filipinos are choosing to click “Add to Cart” to save their time and energy instead of going out, their options have greatly increased. And where do they look for trendy, quirky, and cheap items? To online stores in the U.S, of course.

U.S. brands have long held the love of Filipinos. Aside from the bragging rights that come with shopping from the U.S., here are five more reasons why Filipinos just can’t get enough of shopping from online stores in the U.S.

1. GET ITEMS EXCLUSIVE TO THE U.S.

Sometimes product distribution is unfair, and we just have to live with that. But thanks to the magic of international shipping, items that would not have reached Philippine shores can now be used by Filipinos in the country. We can now get our own personal Google assistant in Google Mini or reinvent our daily snaps with Snapchat’s Spectacles(You can’t deny Spectacles looks cute!)


2. VARIETY AND WIDER SELECTIONS

People in the U.S. have it good with the unbelievable range of products available to them. For beauty junkies here, it was a milestone when Sephora.ph was launched more than two years ago, but a physical store is yet to come. Popular make-up brands Tarte and Urban Decay are not available here either. Choosing the perfect shade of lipstick and foundation is a guesswork, but we always come through because a person can never have too many lipsticks.

3. PRODUCTS ARE RELATIVELY CHEAPER

Why buy imported goods here for thousands of pesos when you can get one in the U.S. brand’s online store that’s cheaper by a mile? An online store in the U.S. will almost always have a sale running, just keep your eyes open. Take the Nike LeBron Soldier XI SFG Basketball shoes for example. It retails for Php7,195 in the Philippines, but you can buy it for Php4,386 (USD83.97) at Nike’s U.S. online store. That’s almost Php3,000 in savings!