Divisoria Shopping Failed

Failed shopping in Divisoria.

Today, I decided to head to one of the so-called shopping haven in Metro Manila which is Divisoria. And behold, a lot of cheap make-up tools are being sold.

I took home a set of make-up brushes with super soft bristles (I haven't used it on my face yet. I need to clean them first before trying on my face), and a make-up sponge.

 

But after I purchased the make-up brush, that's the time when I realized that my successful haul was failed. 😦 Head on to my youtube channel to find out why – Click here to find out why.

 

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Misadventure in Bali – SCAM

*Faces of my bf and his sister was blurred out or was cut out of the pictures. Pictures are mine, unless stated otherwise.*

Who would've thought that we'll got scammed at our first day in Bali, Indonesia? Continue reading below to know how we got scammed, and what we did to resolve it.

It was a fine great morning to visit Bali. The weather was super great, blue skies with no sights of clouds. The hot sun was striking up. And cool wind was felt.

It was our first time to visit the beautiful island (yes, still beautiful despite of what had happened, but I have a trauma in coming back to Bali *sad* ).

We called an Uber (oops) to send us to our hotel. While inside the uber, we saw establishments, restaurants, resorts and MONEY CHANGERS (YEAH).

When we got in our hotel, we were 5 hours early for our check-in. So we decided to check the vicinity around. While strolling, walking down along the busy streets of Bali, we saw the prices, thousands, millions, and a lot of zeroes, then suddenly, it came to our mind that we need to look for a money changer to enjoy the beauty of Bali.

We remembered the prices we saw along our way to our hotel. And we tried to go back to the highest price offered. Little did we know, that we were about to be scammed by the money changer.

We gave the USD to be exchanged. The money changer (MC) man got the money and started to count rupiah. While counting, he then laid down the money in his table and group it into 500,000. Then he was like counting 500,000, 1,000,000 and so on. After the amount has been completed, he got the money in his hands and recounted while we have our eyes on his hands. After that, he let us count the money to check if it was complete and asked to get the money again as he will recount it again. Then suddenly, he asked if we have a smaller bill as he needed a change. Okay, at this part, we were so confused to the point that, upto this date, I cannot understand fully why he asked for a change if the money was completed.

SUMMARY: To sum it up, the money changer will try to confuse you and will recount the money over and over again until you got confused. And once he's done doing his magic, he'll ask you not to recount the money, and just to keep it because there's a lot of money snatchers in the streets of Bali. 

When we got home, that's the time when we noticed that 1m++ was missing from the money changer.

I googled up and saw a lot of entries regarding Bali's money changer scam. Some of them said that you cannot do anything, that no one will help you once you got scammed in Bali. But no, they're wrong.

WHAT WE DID: Here's what we did. We look for tourist police (Tourist Polisi) – the one near art market. Then we told the police that we've got scammed in the money changer. The police let us ride on their motors and went where we got scammed. The money changer gave back the 1m++ rupiah. The police asked when, how much, where. The police also asked for our names, our hotel name, and hotel room number. They also gave us tips on where to find an authorized money changer around Bali. 

Lessons Learned:

1. Google first before traveling.

Kudos to Bali Tourist Police! A great help for tourist!

Pictures below:

Scammer

 

The two police in the tourist police post.

A lot of police came. They were around 6-7 police in total. The scene below was when they were asking for our names and hotel details.

Here's the money changer board outside of money changer scammer.

The police said to look for a money changer with "P.T Authorized Money Changer" or "P.T Money Changer" as they are the real authorized once and won't scam the tourist.

[REVIEW] Maybelline Strobing Stick

Im not really a fan of make-up, but I think this will become the reason why I’ll start checking for cosmetics. 

Maybelline Philippines is currently holding it’s sale, and I found this cute strobing stick. It’s currently being sold for 399 or around 8$. 

I noticed that the box has japanese characters on it, and indicated that it’s by facestudio. 


I wanted to purchase nyx illuminator, but it’s pricey compared to Maybelline, however, when I both swatch it, they both have the same shimmer. (I wasnt able to take a photo of the comparison swatch). Anyway, here’s how my skin looks like without the product. (Raw photo)

And here’s how it looks like (2 swipes) – (Raw photo)


Here’s a short video to show the shimmer in front of the light. Im sorry for the noise, it’s the raw video 🙂


​And here’s how it looks like when I blended out the product 🙂 — another raw video. 

I’ll let you decide. Tell me your thoughts 🙂 ❤️

Singapore is Wonderfully Perfect

The Lion city, or known as Singapore, is one of may favorite country to visit to. As a lady, I feel secured and safe walking along the streets of Singapore even at midnight. The city is so clean and the people are disciplined. One thing I noticed about the people, they are fast, like really fast, I almost fell off the escalator. Anyway, the whole visit was so worth it. Sharing you some of my favorite shots from the city.

*all photos are raw, and yet, the city is wonderfully perfect :)*


I would appreciate if my pictures would be credited. Thanks! ❤️ 

[GIVEAWAY] Trendsetter’s Bazaar

The much awaited bazaar is currently giving away free entrance ticket for Bazaar Summer Sale for May 12-14 of 2017.

Detailed have been posted in their Instagram account. Go checkout Trendsetter’s Bazaar Instagram.

Hurry! Free tickets will be given to first 1000 account who will repost the picture below. But you have to check their Instagram to know how to join.

 

See yah! 🙂

My Favorite Philippine Streetfood

I’m a sucker for street foods, who doesn’t? Either inside or outside the Philippines, I love trying out street foods, except the cockroach on a stick. I’m going to put aside the skincare review posts first and would want to share some of my favorite Philippine street food.

For those who are planning to visit the Philippines, your visit won’t be complete if you will not spend a time to try the foods below:

Disclaimer: Photos have been downloaded from google search engine.

  1. Adidas


    People typically know this as a famous shoe brand. But here in the Philippines, it’s one of the most delicious sought after grilled chicken feet. My family include this dish during birthday and even Christmas celebration. At times, when we feel like having one, we’ll just boil and make an adobo until the skin melts in every bite, while the bones are easily detached when sipped.

     

    2. Isaw


    Chicken Intestine


    Pig intestine

    This is made of chicken intestines. There’s also another version from pig intestines. Both of which are delicious, but make sure that it’s well cleaned. If the taste is a little bit bitter, it only means that it was not cleansed well. Usually, it is grilled, and in orange colored and best paired with a cup of buck juice (coconut juice) and vinegar (with lots of cucumber, onion, garlic, a little bit of salt and chili).

     

    3. Balut


    Our famous exotic egg. Crack a small hole, and sip the soup. Add a little bit of salt and vinegar, then sip again and open the egg until you see the embryo, and eat the baby duck. It’s good I swear. It’s been known to strengthen the knees — as what the elders have been telling us. But wait, watch the number of eggs, it’s also known as a source of cholesterol.

     

    4. Street Ice Cream or dirty Ice Cream


    When you hear the bells, that’s the ice cream. It usually started to pass by in front of everyone’s  houses by lunch. The flavors depends on the demand fruits. There’s cheese, mango, chocolate, vanilla, avocado, strawberries. It’s scooped in the plastic cup or in an ice cream cone, you’ll get to choose. Sometimes, you can ask to put it inside the bread – Instant snacks. I recommend to ask to put it in the bread.

     

    5. Taho


    Wake-up early to be able to try the taho. They usually passes by around 6am – 8am in the morning. It’s a yummy tofu, with sweetened sugar syrup plus the yummy tapioca balls. It’s healthy and yummy and It’s served hot in a cup. You can choose to lessen the syrup and to request for an additional tapioca Balls. Best if you have your own mug, I swear.

    In other parts of the Philippines, like for instance in Baguio, the Taho is being sold with a strawberry syrup instead of the original sugar syrup.

     

    6. Halo-Halo


    Crushed ice, with mixed beans, tapioca balls, jelly, sweetened coconut strips, topped with ube yam and leech flan (sweetened milky cream custard) and served with milk. Best dessert especially during summer.


    There’s also another known halo-halo here which has different style. Simple yet yummy. So far, this is my favorite. Finely crushed ice, served with milk and yummy toppings.

     

    7. Ice Scramble


    Cold pink crushed ice, served with chocolate syrup and powdered milk. It’s one of the food I grew up with. I always eat this together with number 8 right after school.

    It’s not too sweet. The chocolate and milk complements the pink scramble. Plus very perfect in a tropical country like the Philippines. I swear, it’s heavenly good and cheap.

    TIP: Ask kuya to add additional powdered milk, and spoon to better enjoy your cup.

     

    8. Kwek-Kwek or Tokneneng


    Kwek-kwek for the big egg coated with orange flour, and tokneneng for the quail eggs coated with orange flour. Some of the stores have different colors like green, violet, pink and yellow.

    It’s very good together with vinegar. You’ll find this very common in the streets, and also in the jeep, train stations near the mall establishments. Look for a cold buck juice (coconut juice) or the gulaman (sugary sweet with black jelly).

     

    9. Fish balls, squid balls, Kikiam and Chicken balls


    Very very common. The street food which never gets expensive. When I was in my grade school days, fishballs were sold at .50 php cents. After more than 10 yrs, it’s still .50php cents per piece. All of them are best paired with the sweetened sauce + little bit of vinegar.

    TIP: Ask kuya to toast the balls. And again, best paired with buck juice or gulaman.

    National Museum (Part 1)

    Before my vacation week ends, I decided to visit the Philippine National Museum. I suggest that it is better to go to the museum during weekdays to avoid the crowd during the weekends. But if you are unlucky enough, there’s a possibility that you’ll be touring with some students because of their field trip. I recommend to call the Museum first to know what kind of crowd to expect.

    Picture below shows how the National Museum looks like. I really wanted to get the whole place, but the main door is in front of the highway. The guards inside are all friendly. You may ask them questions should you have any concerns. And another good news? The entrance is free. And I’m telling you, the place is well-kept, the place is clean and cool (Air-condition is pretty working well.)

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    When you enter the front door, a statue of a past president will welcome you. Then you will go to the right side to register your name and leave your bags. You can only bring your phone, money and all your important belongings. And of course, you are not allowed to bring any foods / drink while you’re inside the museum.

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    What to expect? 

    In this building, you will see pure galleries involving the people who completed the history of the Philippines. You will see some works of renowned painters (Juan Luna, Felix Hidalgo.. etc) and famous paintings:

    The Assassination of the Governor Bustamante:

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    The famous Spolarivm

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    Some works of the renowned painters in the Philippines:

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    There’s also a room gallery for the sketches / drafts made by the painters. — These are pretty amazing 😀

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    There’s also a room for sculptures:

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    Touring in the National Museum is pretty amazing. If ever you’ll be in Manila, give time to visit the museum. 2-4 hours is enough to tour the National Museum. If you appreciate arts, if you enjoy looking through paintings, then this is a perfect place for you to check out.

     

    There are plenty of ways for you to reach National Museum.

    1. You can take the LRT and go down to UN avenue, then you make take sidecar or tricycle and ask kuya to send you National Museum.
    2. (Easier way) – Book an Uber to National Museum.

    For more information regarding the museum, you may refer to the picture below. I have also toured Museum of the Filipino People, it will be posted separately.0-02-06-6e23618fd4b862d0823484692cdf9f86997c33d39c389ba3e89c5cbfaa888f89_full.jpg