Yes, I Watched ‘How To Be Single’ Just Now

I saw the trailer last year, heard ‘Worth It’ by Fifth Harmony, and I knew immediately it is my type of movie! It’s just that I just was too absorbed in being in a relationship in 2016. Lol

Shame on me for seeing it just now!!

I love Rebel Wilson. I love Anastasia Steele… I mean, Dakota Johnson. They make the perfect bestfriends! Rebel is crazy and fly, while Dakota looks like a serious, deep, hopeless romantic. They played their roles well – one character to teach the other how to be single.


It was funny. The kind of funny that would make you replay some scenes to laugh at it again and again. The acting was superb. The script was smart and real.. also a bit deep, surprisingly. You wouldn’t know the movie would leave you with some realizations as it ends.

I don’t remember seeing any GOOD coming-of-age movie after ‘Love, Rosie’ until this. It tackled the chaos of being a 20-something struggling to have a good life, love life, and career without being corny.

Well, I know my life right now couldn’t be as wild as those living in New York, but still, I did relate to the characters – that’s why I liked it so much!!

But, did it teach me how to be single? Hmmm. I think it made me realize how I want to be single.

I recommend it to women my age. To the single.. and not so single! Even… I mean, ESPECIALLY to those who want to be single!!

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Beauty Product Review | It’s Skin 2 PM SPF 50 Sunblock

RIP, my loyal sunblock. You’ve served me well. Thanks for protecting me from the harmful rays of the sun for almost 5 months.

So… I’ve bought this It’s Skin goodie from Myeongdong, Korea in November. It costs 7,000 KRW, equivalent to P 296.35. I believe you can buy it here in the Philippines for around P 400 or more.

I was actually supposed to get a Banana Republic sunblock, if not for my sister. She told me It’s Skin is a premier brand in Singapore and we should take advantage that its sunblock is on sale in Korea. So there, I got one for myself – should’ve gotten 3 if only I knew how good it is!

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It’s milky, but not sticky


You’ll get a 50 ml tube for the said price. I like the classy, gold packaging. For the texture, it’s milky and non-sticky. Very light on your face.

I would attest to the truthfulness of this sunblock’s ‘wrinkle care’ and ‘whitening’ promises. Not much wrinkle in my forehead anymore. I also like how it lasted for almost 5 months – great value for money.

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12 hours after application

There’s a little shine in my forehead, but overall, my face isn’t oily after 12 hours. Amazing, right? It is for this reason I’m thinking twice about trying out another sunblock.

I’ll give this sunblock 5 stars! Nothing bad to say about it, except that I wish there are more It’s Skin outlets in the country. There is one in SM North EDSA if you wonder where to buy it.

I definitely recommend it. I love you, It’s Skin! But for now, let me try Biore UV Perfect Milk.

Travel + Adventure | First-ever Hike Experience at Mt. Pulag

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that mountain.” -Alexander Sattler

I have always turned down all invitation to hike. I never cared how high is the mountain or that the feeling of reaching the summit would be life-changing. Whenever I hear “hike” I instantly imagine myself directly taking in the heat and burns of the sun, gasping for breath, and it’s just unbearable! The thought never enticed me.

Until, my bestfriend Jorzell asked me for the 3rd time if I want to join her Mt. Pulag trip, started tagging me in sea of clouds photos, and said, “I know if I get to the top I’d tell myself, I wish Carla was with me.” And because the girl knows she can get me with beautiful words (hay), I finally said yes.

But, it’s not just about achieving the perfect profile photo with the sea of clouds in the view. I promised myself to say yes to a lot of first-times this year! Also, I agree that the best way to move on from the past is to create new memories, right?

BEGIN

Our team was composed of me, my bestfriend Jorzell, her boyfriend Jie, workmate Sherl, and Jie’s 3 workmates. As you see, most of us would be meeting for the first time. We got Trail Adventours (TA) as our hike agency for P4,500. They asked us to assemble, along with the other teams, in the Victory liner bus stop to get to Baguio that 9 PM of March 3.

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After some stop overs, chopped sleeps, and a lot of tosses and turns, we arrived in Baguio at 3 AM. We stayed there for a bit and waited for the jeepney that would bring us to Benguet before sunrise.

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We finally arrived in Benguet for breakfast at 5 AM in a carinderia serving hot soups such as Bulalo and Papaitan. With rice, all orders cost P100.


After that, the Trail Adventours team brought us to some of the tourist spots in Benguet: Ambuklao Dam and Sulfur Spring. Time to check in and take snaps for IG!

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At around 11 AM, we reached DENR to have the mandatory orientation before hiking Mt. Pulag. Other hikers c/o different hike agencies were also there.

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These guys said our chosen trail, Ambangeg, is the easiest. I believed them.

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After the orientation, TA brought us again to a carinderia for lunch and we had Battered Chicken. We then proceeded to our inn. Finally, we can take a bath and wash our faces! I’ve been feeling so much dirt in my pores after those long jeepney rides.

This is the view outside our 2-storey inn that fit all of us 19 hikers of TA:

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We had the time to rest while waiting for dinner at 7 PM. Some of us didn’t sleep tho, as we have to sleep again after dinner and wake up at 12 AM. Our hike should start at 1 AM to catch the sunrise at the summit!

During dinner, we 19 hikers got to introduce ourselves, socialize, and receive our name tags and TA shirts. Our hike hosts Kim (alumnae of Marikina Science High School) and JP (very very funny guy!) also took the time to discuss the rules and share some facts about Mt. Pulag.

I think I slept for an hour or two. Next thing I knew, we were dressed up to hike!

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From this moment on, I won’t be sharing a lot of photos because when we reached the Ranger station (entrance to Mt. Pulag), things happened so fast and all I could think of is catching… my… breath… for 5 more hours – excluding the time to go down!

When we began walking, I was confidently carrying my handbag (yes, an Anna Sui handbag!!) in one hand, and the flashlight at the other. My reason for not bringing a backpack other than I only have Jansport is that I want to be able to get things fast. I also have scoliosis. BUT despite all these excuses, please, don’t be stupid like me! Borrow a backpack if you may and buy a headlight instead even if it costs P500+ and my flashlight is only P60+. I seriously believe it could’ve been easy for me had I not been stubborn.

Let me narrate my feelings by schedule:

Ranger Station to Station 1 (1 hour):

I was already gasping for breath after the first 10 minutes. I was thinking, “I should have cardio-exercised! Why am I tired already? Maybe because I didn’t have complete sleep.. and rice for breakfast! Why did the team give us only Lucky Me noodles and egg? I badly need Gatorade right now! *gasps for breath* What did I get myself into??!”

Yes. I already wanted to turn back in the first hour. I sat to rest and they asked me “Kaya pa?” But I figured I wasn’t the only one. We all struggled. Thankfully, we were able to rest a bit (15 min?) when we reached station 1, drink water, and eat chocolate for sugar rush! My motivation was that I paid P4,500 and I AM NOT THAT WEAK!

Station 1 to Station 2 (1.5 hours):

This time, I suddenly remembered how to breathe properly. Seriously. You have to make sure that you exhale with every step that requires effort. Stop shortly if you must to catch your breath. During this phase, my thoughts are torn between how to narrate this experience in my blog and making the perfect step in the stones and not in the deep mud. It was already raining and I didn’t know where my bonnet has gone. I keep covering my head with my hoodie but it’s so hot. I was sweating already.

Me to Jorzell: “Ilang minutes pa? Malayo pa ba?!” x 75

We reached Station 2 and again, the team allowed us to rest for I think, 20 minutes this time. We can pee at the not-so-toilet toilet (it was just a smelly enclosure with a hole), but I didn’t want to. I ate the apple because Sherl told me it gives more energy than a banana. That time, if she told me a rock could give me energy to get to the top, I’d probably eat it also!!!

Kidding aside tho, I was proud of myself already for being able to endure 2.5 hours of straight walking. I figured it’s too late to turn my back now and I don’t want to be like the one girl that didn’t make it. #pride #ego #NeverSayNeverbyBieber

Station 2 to Mt. Pulag Summit (2.5 hours):

They told us it would only take 45 minutes to get there. IT WAS A LIE! Yet, I think it was an effective motivator to get us going. The steps were not as steep. But we were starting to feel really tired this time. The trail was starting to get super muddy. We had to stop once in a while, until we came to accept that the 45 minutes promise wasn’t really true.

Out of exhaustion, I blurted out these words, “Uy tawag na tayo GrabHeli, please.” “Sa pagod ko naka-move on na ko, guys. Hindi ko na maalala pangalan niya!” Then we walked again, and walked, and walked, and walked.

That point, I was imagining myself at the office. Working hard in front of my laptop and thought it was a better situation than where I was. LOL. I was starting to run out of energy and the sun was slowly revealing itself.

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To be honest, I was being bratty already. I began having negative thoughts to what we were doing. I hated the mud, I hated that I’m already wet all over (even my feet), and I hated the dress-like thermal jacket I bought in the ukay-ukay. I have never been so uncomfortable in my life.

Yet, I continued walking.

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I, however, decided to not take much time in the summit since there is no sea of clouds anyway. I was only thinking of how to go down from up there. I need to pee, I need to po*p, I need to sleep… I need to go down now!! So, I left my TA team and went together with the Vegetable Guy (looks like Carrot Man) in slippers who came out of nowhere. I didn’t know why I trusted him so easily. I thought he was an angel God sent to help me go down safely from the summit.

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Mt. Pulag Summit to Station 2 (2.5 hours):

Going down from the Summit to Station 2 was THE GREATEST DIFFICULTY I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED IN MY 25 YEARS OF EXISTENCE. No sh*t. I thought I was going to die. I wanted to kill Jorzell. I regret my decision. There was a rainbow like 2 meters away from me, yet I didn’t care. I couldn’t bring my hands to get my iPhone and snap it for IG. I am not myself anymore. Maybe I died.

The Veggie Guy was so nice to stop and wait for me. He also offered to carry my handbag, yet I refused because I would only add to the weight he’s carrying. Awww. “I’d give this guy P100 when we get to Station 2,” I told myself. But, he disappeared when we did! He was really an angel!! God is with me huhuhu!!!

Station 2 to Station 1 (1.5 hours):

I started slipping a lot in the mud. I took the toilet and it had this smell that got through my soul. I still wanted to kill Jorzell and doubting our friendship. I am mad.

I went along these group of nice people and I discovered they’re a group from Victory Ortigas. “How funny,” I told myself. I think my ex attends that church! More importantly, it cemented my belief that God is walking with me to make me cross paths with those church people. HUHU. It gave me the strength to go on.

After a while though, I gave up walking with them and decided to sit down on a big rock for a while. I badly needed to rest. I couldn’t feel my feet anymore. My Anna Sui handbag is muddy already. I ate the remaining chocolates I have until another alone woman sat with me. I told her it’s my first time, I only had Lucky Me for breakfast, and I hated my friends. LOL. Then, I saw Jie (Jorzell’s boyfriend) running and he couldn’t wait for me because he need to catch the motorcycle at Station 1. YES THERE IS A MOTORCYCLE AT STATION 1 AND I WANTED TO CRY!!!

I continued to walk and finally, I reached Station 1. But, the locals told me I still have to walk for 20 minutes to get to the road. WHAT??!

So okay, I walked for another 20 minutes and it was the longest 20 minutes of my life. I ran when I saw the motorcycle line-up.

It costs P150, yet I didn’t mind. I would pay them P500 to bring me to our inn! I got there at 12 PM.

For the record, I walked for 11 hours (1 AM to 12 PM).

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Key Learning:

1) Indeed, a journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step.

2) One step to the wrong direction can cost your life.

3) Don’t forget to breathe. Rest if you must, but do not quit.

4) If the ground is too muddy, step on the grasses.

5) Wet wipes is life.

6) Do a lot of cardio exercise prior to your hike! (I should’ve!)

7) Buy lotsa Gatorade!

8) Invest in a good pair of shoes – one that’s water/mudproof like Merrell.

9) Mt. Pulag – the tallest mountain in Luzon – is not advisable for the not-so athletic, first-time hiker like me.

10) Make sure that it wouldn’t rain on your hike. But, how can you?

Sure, I felt like a walking dead after our hike, but the exchange of stories afterwards was priceless! It was a memorable experience, like I’m Katniss in Hunger Games, and something I would proudly narrate to my kids. I don’t regret it after all. Jorzell, Sherl, Jie and I restored ourselves in Baguio afterwards.

We had breakfast in Cafe By The Ruins, went for a Swedish massage in Nuat Thai, and shopped in the night market.

This Pulag experience deserves 5 stars! As for Trail Adventours, I really loved our moderators, Kim and JP, but I’m disappointed with almost all the meals we had. Can we not get a Gatorade instead of a name tag? Also, the sidetrips were unnecessary, for me personally. Better if we rested in the inn instead and get a full sleep.

Still, a BIG THANK YOU to you, guys!

Review | Envy Me Salon @ Robinsons Galleria

My hair was so dry, I had to do something.

After inquiring at a number of salons around my work area, I ended up at Envy Me Salon, Robinsons Galleria. The lady told me they have a promo for the Brazilian treatment every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

They also told me they accept credit card (although I paid in cash), which is one good thing for women like me who like paying by schedule. Lols.

I went there after office. Here are some photos to show you how big and nice the salon is for one that offers affordable services:

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After examining my hair, they recommended the Brazilian BlowStraight treatment (P1,499, but P2,499 every Thursday to Sunday).

They – 2 women had to work on my big hair – started off by washing my hair.

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Then, they applied the chemical. It stings a bit when the hair touches the area around your eyes.

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Took a shot of the pricelist for you, guys.

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Did I forget showing the wash area?

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They had to wait for some time for my hair to absorb the chemical before ironing it. Again, two ladies had to do it.

After that, they washed my hair again and spread the treatment all over it. The lady asked me, “Ma’am, are you comfortable? We need to wait for 5 minutes before washing off the treatment.”

The time passed and my hair was once again ready for rinsing. After that, they blowdried it.

The next photo will be the greatest before-and-after photo you’ll see this week:

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I was satisfied and happy with the result that I gave the two Ate’s  a tip that made them smile!

Envy Me Salon’s Brazilian BlowStraight treatment is good for 2 months, they said. It will straight thick curly hair like mine, but it isn’t permanent like Rebond – perfect for those who don’t like to be among the mainstream rebonded heads, hehe.

What I also like about this treatment is that you can have your hair colored before the process. If only I arrived early, I’d have my hair blondied again.

I recommend this salon and give it 4.5 stars! The place is spacious and neat, and they have nice staff who aren’t noisy & do not cross-sell that hard. You’ll feel they want to deliver good results and not just to finish the job.

I left the salon at exactly 8 PM after coming in at 6:15 PM. The procedure was that quick.

Let’s see how long the ‘good hair days’ are gonna last!