Banana Cream Pie Recipe

This is the latest recipe we tried to get our hands on and since it was a bit of a failure the first time around (filling is a bit runny than desired), we decided to keep baking it until we achieve the desired consistency of the filling. During the second attempt, the filling was ok since we altered the recipe a bit but we had trouble with our dough because it keeps on tearing. We blamed it on the flour we used since we have been using the same pie crust recipe and never had problems until then.

This is our third attempt when I documented how the recipe is done.

For the crust, we used the same recipe when we made our Peach Mango Pie.

For the filling, we copied the recipe here.

Underarm Waxing Experience at Belle la Peau

Underarm waxing is one of the rituals I need to do regularly, once a month at the very least but preferably every two weeks, because I think my body thinks that I’m one of the boys. LOL! For years, I’ve been doing it at home using sugar wax from Nanny Rose’s Sticks and Pulls however, this method can get tedious at times especially since it involves a great deal of effort particularly cleaning after and washing the cloth strips after the procedure is done. I find this inconvenient at times especially when I am short of time, hence I decided to buy an epilator from Amazon.

I had high hopes with the use of epilator but over time, I don’t find the result ideal either. My hair grows back in a matter of days and it hasn’t improve the appearance of chicken skin which the product is claiming to do.

One time, I decided to try having the procedure done at a professional waxing salon. I’ve been eyeing Belle la Peau for some time already, not only because of the girly interior of the salon but also because they look legit.


As what I have said, the salon has girly interior which makes it more appealing to ladies who love everything beautiful. One thing I like about this salon is the area where the procedure is actually done. Waxing is done in small rooms, not like other salons wherein underarm waxing is done in areas separated by curtains only. To me this is very important! I also love that the room is clean however, I doubt if they replace the towels after every customer. It’s not a big deal to me since underarm waxing does not really require the use of these towels but it’s another story when it comes to brazilian waxing and others.

Every room is also equipped with its own waxing paraphernalia so the aesthetician don’t have to go in and out of the room to get the stuff she needs.

Make Over

Nothing lasts forever, they say. LOL!

I’ve been thinking of changing the look of my blog for the longest time but I am too busy to do so thus the same look even if others have already reached the moon. :D Additionally, choosing a theme and color scheme can be challenging and I’m not yet ready to face the challenge. However, after a short talk with my husband, I realized that my blog really needs a new layout and design to cater the trend and the ever changing technology.

So in the coming days, if you see a broken link, misplaced widget or any eye sore, please understand that my blog is undergoing a renovation. Hoping that it will be over before the year ends.

Minus One, Plus One

God really has a way of helping me lessen the sadness after the death of a loved one. In 2010 after the sudden death of my only sibling, He blessed us with an adorable nephew (my cousin’s son whom I’m fond of even until now) the month after. Less than half a year after my nephew’s birth, I started a relationship with a guy who eventually became my husband. Having them in my life made me feel less sad for I have other things to focus my thoughts and energy on.

Just this year, my beloved mother lost her battle against cancer and like any other mama’s girl who considers her mom as her bestfriend, it affected me so much that I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night crying. Despite the presence of my family who has always been there since day one, the void she left in my heart is so big I am sure nothing can ever fill it in. But then again, God intervened. Three months after her death, we found out that I am carrying my husband and mine’s  one-month old little bundle of joy. Yes, our little one is growing inside my womb and getting complete and stronger each day. I have surpassed the first trimester without so much drama and I pray that this pregnancy will be uneventful until I give birth second quarter next year.

So you see, God is so great! He knows what and when to give. He knows the desires of our hearts and what we really need to get through the day. We just have to trust Him and let Him lead us to where He want us to be. Our hearts, mine especially, are overflowing with joy and gratitude for the blessing and opportunity to carry a human being into this world, although it (the world) can be harsh sometimes.

Naturally, this blog will be more varied for you will soon see posts about a new topic - motherhood. However, I’m kinda doubtful if I can post regularly like before because I’m pretty sure I will be very busy in the coming months especially when the little one comes. But then as usual, I will never stop trying to come up with something worthy to share, albeit scarce. :D

Review: Urban Inn Iloilo

To prepare for the Milo Marathon held last September, my husband and I decided to check in near the venue as we no longer live in the city. Traveling from home on the day of the race can be inconvenient for us since it would be at least 45-minute commute. It would require us to wake up earlier and would probably make us feel tired even before the race started. Additionally, we also aim for staycations now as we are on traveling hiatus for the next couple of years or so. So staying in a hotel, or at least a budget inn, for this event is a great idea.

We chose Urban Inn, located across St. Clements Church in La Paz, as it is just walking distance from the starting line which is the West Visayas State University and finish line at Iloilo Sports Complex. We didn't place any reservation as the husband is confident that there will be room for us since it is not peak season but I was somehow doubtful thinking that other race participants will be checking in too.

Luckily, there is one room left when we inquired - deluxe room but twin bed. Good thing, the twin bed can be converted into queen so we went for it. And even if it wasn't convertible, we will still probably stay since the husband is insisting for a place near the venue and besides, we are cuddly sleepers so space is definitely not an issue.


Urban Inn offers various room types depending on your needs and preferences. Aside from deluxe room that we got, there are also fan rooms and dorm type rooms ideal for backpackers or group travelers. Since I only had access to deluxe room, that is what I will be describing in this review. The room is big, with hot and cold shower, cable tv, and closet. The bed, which is actually two twin beds converted into one, is okay although I think it is somehow uneven. Maybe because of the comforter they placed on top of the joined bed. The room comes with two pillows which are a bit thin for my liking. Even the husband who prefers thin ones is not quite satisfied with the pillow. The toilet/bath is a bit narrow but it's okay. It is clean, the hot and cold shower is working great and there is a provision of toilet paper, soap and shampoo with conditioner.

Two twin beds converted into matrimonial
When considering this inn, make sure to manage your expectations when it comes to the view you will be seeing when you look out of the window. First, the window - at least the room we got - has very small window and outside of it are pipes, electric wires and other nuisance of the hotel. When you look out of it, there is no breathtaking view but just the La Paz Market teeming with vendors and customers alike.

Sugar Art in Iloilo

I rarely go to the mall specifically to witness a store opening so it’s a pleasant surprise to pass by Sugar Art’s pop up store while they’re having their soft opening (that was in August). The area is surrounded by people and like any curious cat, I peeked to find out what the fuss is about.

In the “kitchen”, I found the “candy chef” kneading, shaping and cutting colored sugars. It is entertaining to watch them do their thing and witness how those colorful goodies were made.

Here are the finished products.

Sugar Art pop up store is located in the upper ground level near the food court area.

Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Once again I have proven that I'm best at disappearing acts. My last post was almost a month ago and it took me a great deal of willpower to post this. :D Well, I have been feeling lazy for weeks already due to my condition (which I will be blogging about in the near future) and all I wanna do is sleep and play. Actually, this recipe has been drafted weeks ago but I was too lazy to edit the pictures to go with it. But I'm just glad that this is now live and this blog is updated.

Anyway, who doesn’t love moist chocolate cake?

I know I shouldn’t have asked that question since everyone loves chocolate cake especially the moist one. Many weeks ago, I discovered this chocolate cake recipe after my husband asked me that we bake a chocolate cake. Actually, we have tried baking a different recipe before but I wanted to try something new (and easier) so my search led me to this.

Review: Sunkiller Super Lasting Base

Summer is long over and blogging about a sunscreen seems untimely but since protecting the skin against the harmful rays of the sun should be done on a daily basis regardless of  the season, I think this post is still ok. :D Today, I am talking about the last sunscreen I have tried, the Sunkiller Super Lasting Base. This product is from a Japanese company called Isehan. And since Japan is known for its great sun protection products, does this one live up to people’s, or at least to mine’s, expectations? Find out...

Product Description

A lightweight sun lotion combines the coverage of a BB cream with the healthy color of a tinted moisturizer, to conceal pores, blemishes and other skin imperfections, while giving complexion a radiant glow. Long-wearing waterproof and sweat proof formula keeps skin looking fresh and radiant all day and night long.

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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

The baking bug is still on! We’ve been trying some recipes almost every weekend and though baking is tiring and can be expensive, I love the satisfaction I get each time something “edible” comes out of the oven. It is even more rewarding when picky eaters such as my nephews get to appreciate what I baked.

The other weekend, I decided to bake oatmeal cookies since it is easier. Actually, this is already my second time making this cookie. With the first time, I don’t quite like the outcome so I looked for a different recipe and thankfully, the result is better than the first recipe I tried.
Brown sugar and butter mixture.
Brown sugar and butter mixture with flour.

Review: St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer

When you visit beauty forums frequently. you are more likely to discover all sorts of beauty products with corresponding reviews or comments from users. Some are great for budget-savvy like me while some are so high-end I just can’t stomach to buy although sometimes I am tempted to click the buy button. :D This St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer is one of the products I discovered thru such forum. Actually, before reading about the product, I sometimes see this when I’m in the toiletries section but never thought of buying since the tub is big and I’m not sure if it’ll work for me. But then, it’s been getting rave reviews so I got curious and finally cave in.

So how this moisturizer fares? Is this a good buy?

Product Description

This moisturizer, with collagen elastin proteins, hydrates for visibly softer, smoother skin.

Product  Benefits

  • With collagen and elastin proteins
  • Dermatologist Tested 


Packaging and Appeal. St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer comes in a big white tub. There are two things I do not really like about its packaging. One, it is prone to contamination since you need to dip your finger into the tub to get the product. The hands, therefore, must be clean. But then, you do not touch your face with your unclean hands so this shouldn’t be a problem. Two, the tub is not sealed. Nivea Creme and Glysolid Cream are secured with a tin foil aside from the lid so the product remains unopened until someone buys it. But this one doesn’t have that. It isn’t even sealed from the outside.

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Forever Obsession: Cocktail Dresses

Being the only girl in the family as a kid, my folks would usually let me wear dresses in various styles, length and color. They find joy in seeing me wear frilly clothes in soft pink, blue, white and other light colors. I remember having to beg them to buy me a pair of denim jeans when I was a bit older since all I had were dresses and skirts. I may have gotten what I wanted but still, dresses remain a staple. Amidst the girly stuff they got me acquainted to, what stuck the most are short dresses, those which hemlines fall just above the knee. Even until now, I’m still obsessed with short dresses, aptly called cocktail dresses in adult terms. :D

For every occasion that doesn’t call for long gowns or dresses, I rely on my ever favorite cocktail dresses for many reasons. One, I think a short dress/skirts it enhances the legs. Two, I can move easily. For me, the cocktail dress is the perfect fit when you intend  to dance the night away or if you expect lots of moving around to mingle with guests. Third, you can “show a bit of skin yet remain decent” in it. Fourth, it gives my shoes equal exposure.

Now convinced that you need a cocktail dress in your life? Why not head over to Jecicadress? The site is loaded with dresses to match one’s body, color preferences and other requirements. Below are some of my favorite from this cocktail dresses gallery.

Tulle A-line Scoop Neck Short/Mini Beading Prom Dresses

Tulle A-line Scoop Neck Short/Mini Appliques Lace Prom Dresses

Party Dresses Online: Why Not?

When you receive invitation to a party, where do you turn to for your dress? Designer labels and expensive couture? Have you ever thought that you can get equally beautiful party dresses online? Yes, you read it right! You do not even need to go to a store to get that lovely dress for your friend’s wedding day. You can just let your fingers do the shopping and have your dress delivered right on your doorstep. Very easy, right?

With today’s boom in online shopping, almost everything can be ‘taken off the internet” including apparel of any type, color and size. If you are on the hunt for a classy party dress, is here for you. While their store location is in Ireland, they cater to worldwide orders as well, thanks to technology particularly the internet. It makes transaction easy wherever you are in the world.

The store offers a wide selection of dresses, be it formal, cocktail or prom dresses. Simply put, they have something beautiful for you for every occasion. Still not convinced? Here are some of my favorites...

Sweep Me Off My Feet

My two favorite things - lace and chiffon. Dresses with chiffon sweep train are flowy yet comfortable. With it, I do not feel like my movement is limited. Perhaps I can even run and not trip at all. The appliques lace, on the other hand, adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. With these two elements for my dress, my mood to socialize and party is definitely on alert mode.

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Fresh From Japan: 360 Deodorant Hotate Spray

I am not be a clean-freak and in fact, I can’t be bothered if I haven’t done some cleaning in a week. Anyway, what can a dusty television do to you if you are not even using it? :D However, the smell of the house is a different story. Unpleasant smell annoys me, so much that I can drop whatever I am doing to deal with the cause of the smell. So when the people from 360 Deodorant emailed me asking if I can try their product, I thought for a while and knowing that this is a good opportunity, I replied with a yes.

360 Deodorant hotate spray is a natural shell deodorizer made in Japan. Hotate is the Japanese word for scallop shell so in other words, this deodorant is made from scallop shell which known to have strong deodorant effect.

The first time I used this product was when our room kinda smelled off after one rainy week. Our unpainted concrete outer walls must have absorbed the moisture from the outside thus causing the smell. I immediately got up of bed and sprayed this deodorant near the wall and to my surprise, the smell is gone within minutes. And since it is rainy season here in the Philippines, some of our air-dried clothes can smell a bit off too (despite the fabric conditioner) and the smell aggravated when these clothes are placed inside the closet. So I also sprayed our closet with this and like the first time, the smell disappeared within minutes.

360 Deodorant is potent in neutralizing the smell but it is equally health-friendly. In fact, it doesn’t give off any smell upon spraying. All it ever does is neutralize the smell of the area.

So if you are into household products made with natural ingredients, you may want to consider this one.

For more information about this product, visit their site here.

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Peach Mango Pie Recipe

Hey hey hey! I’m back! It’s been awhile since my last post and I must say, I really miss blogging. But I was busy with so many things and one of those is baking. Yes, my husband and I are like in baking craze recently especially after we discovered this peach-mango pie recipe. The pie turned out so good that we have been making a plate (or two) three weekends (going on four) in a row already.

I got the crust recipe and filling recipe off different sources (pie crust recipe here and peach mango pie filling here) but I’m glad I didn’t encounter any major issue while baking. The crust can also be used for other fillings.

Review: Human Heart Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know how much I suffered from pimples last year. It was the most terrible pimple-attack for me ever and I dreaded going out of the house as my self-confidence dropped to negative 100. LOL! But I am so glad that I am over it now. The experience is something I do not want to happen again so I am doing everything I can to prevent a repeat.

Late last March, my face started to itch like before and a few pimples came popping around my face. I was in panic mode especially after learning that I ran out of Epiduo gel, one of the most effective pimple treatment products I have used. Since the pimples aren’t as big and worse as before, I decided to try something less harsh and more affordable, this Human Heart Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel. It’s price, in addition to good reviews online made me go for it hoping that it will be effective for me too.

Product Description

100% Natural | Clinically-tested

Nix your skin troubles the natural way – without the collateral damage. A potent blend of tea tree oil and pimple-fighting actives penetrate the skin to help fight pimple-causing bacteria without drying and peeling.

Safe and non-irritating, Human Nature’s Acne Defense Solution Gel helps crack down on breakouts, dry out blemishes, and give you clearer-looking skin without the harmful side effects of chemical treatments – so you can face the world flawlessly.

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Quarter Finds

Yeah I know! My monthly finds became quarter finds since I got so busy with something more important called life. :D Anyway, here they are:
  1. Garnier Light Complete Multi-Action Brightening Scrub. I got this when I noticed that my face started to get better and exfoliating will no longer aggravate it. I use this only when necessary (aka when I remember) , once a week at most.
  2. St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer. I have ready good things about this in a beauty forum and I’m hoping that it will give me positive result like it does to other girls. Initially, I used this every night only and avoided this during daytime since my sunblock was making my face oily enough. However, the new sunblock I got is formulated for people with oily skin and somehow it makes my skin dry so I started applying this in the morning as well.
  3. St. Ives 24 Hr Deep Restoring Body Lotion. Since last year, I have been trying out different variants of this lotion. Aside from being a great product from the brand I trust, it is also affordable.I got more for what I paid for.
  4. Sunkiller Superlasting Base SPF50 PA+++. This is the new sunblock I mentioned above. Apart from its sun-protection features, it is also serves as makeup base ideal for oily skin. My favorite beauty bloggers are raving about it so I got one for myself.
There goes my finds of the quarter. Nothing much I know but if you read my previous post, you will surely understand. :)

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New Normal

Time is a physician that heals every grief.  -Diphilus

It’s been a month since the death of my mother and after family members who came home for her funeral left again to go back to their usual lives, I would like to say that everything is back to normal… except it’s not. Things will never be the same again without her.

Apart from being the one I call Nanay, she was my first bestfriend, first teacher, forever fan, laugh trip buddy… my go-to-person for everything in my life. Losing her is just like losing all those people at the same time. It’s like having a bomb blast off from where I am, causing irreversible damage to my most important body parts. 

True, she prepared me for this to come given her health diagnosis and I made myself believe that her death won’t affect me so much since I prepared for it but I was wrong. During the first two weeks when we were all busy with her wake and funeral arrangements, the sadness is bearable since there are lots of people coming over to condole, to sympathize. But now that our life is back to normal, or should I say new normal, the depth of sadness and grief is deeper than what I imagined. Everyday I think of her and wonder where she is at the moment, how she’s feeling, if she can see me from where she is and if she has companions since she is in a new place now (during her last few years, I rarely let her alone when she is going to a new place). Is she scared? I cannot bear the thought of her being alone and wandering in a strange place.

What if I forced her to proceed with the surgery the first time the doctor said that it is necessary? What if I encouraged her to undergo chemotherapy and radiation after her surgery? Will she be alive today? Sometimes I want to strangle myself for letting her decide, for not taking the matters into my own hands and most of all for being too… complacent? That maybe she will be rewarded with longer life and free from pain because she deserved it after all the sacrifices she went through for me and my brother. I feel guilty for not being so aggressive with her treatment. I feel guilty for being busy with other things. I feel guilty for not stopping cancer from taking away the most important person in my life.

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Review: Glysolid Glycerin Cream

To someone who has family or friends working in the Middle East, this Glysolid Glycerin cream is a common item often found in balikbayan boxes (but this product originated from Germany). My cousin would always send a couple or so big tin tubs for my uncle (his father) who is diabetic and whose dry skin, calluses, scars and other skin problem should be treated early early to prevent wounds that could lead to amputation. Since one big tub would last a very long time and he still has unopened tubs left, my aunt gave one to me.

I have been using this on my problematic skin for two or three months already so I am sharing to you my review of Glysolid Glycerin Cream.

Product Description

GLYSOLID works as a skin softener, keeping your skin supple and flexible. It forms a light "Shield" on your skin that protects from dehydration, and calms and soothes irritated skin. More than that, it effectively stimulates cell regeneration. Its ingredients promote the healing of small injuries, nicks and cuts.


Packaging and Appeal. The product comes in a red tin tub similar to the blue one of Nivea creme. The cream doesn’t look like cream at all but more like a combination of cream and jelly. I find this a bit of a challenge to apply and spread on the skin since it is too thick. And since it is too thick, a little goes a long way. You just have to rub it really well for even application.

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Review: Daylong SPF 50+

It’s summer in the Philippines once again! Those who are in the tourism industry especially beach resorts are definitely seeing a surge in the number of guests coming over. But before you frolic in the beach in your colorful bikinis, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, remember to always protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreens are a hit during this time of the year but in a tropical country like ours, it should be a hit the whole year. Yes, the use of sunscreen is not for summer or outdoors only. Everyday use is recommended even if you will be out in the sun for just a few minutes.

In this post, I will be reviewing the sunscreen I am using daily - the Daylong SPF50+. I have been using this for four months already so I think it’s about time that I review this product.

Product Description

Suitable even for sun-sensitive skin or oily skin that is prone to breakouts. This formulation is oil-free,  easy to apply, absorbs quickly, and nurtures skin with vitamin E. Photostable UV filters offer very high and effective UVA, UVB and IR protection. Without additional preservatives, emulsifiers, or perfumes.

March Finds

The first quarter of 2015 is already over and it’s now time for my monthly finds post. This month has been particularly hectic for me, with my mother being sick, our plans to move back home to be with her and our trip to Dumaguete - Siquijor, my life, or at least my schedule is in chaos. Everything seems to pass by me quickly it’s overwhelming. In fact, I thought I won’t be able to post my finds for March since I rarely have time to check out and try new stuff but during the last few days of the month, I managed to snatch some items while shopping for the things I use regularly.

Nichido Eyebrow Pencil. If there is one part of my face I paid little to no attention to, it’s my brows. I can go out of the house without grooming them and I won’t care. But for some reason, I recently found myself obsessing about neat and precisely-shaped brows. So, I plucked the “out-of-place” brows gradually and eventually shaped them for the first time. They’re nowhere perfect but at least close to what I want them to look like. So I bought this“tool” I bought for my practice.

Nichido Brow Gel.  Despite shaping them, my brows tend to have a mind of their own and taming them can be rather difficult. I knew I needed something to keep them in place and I found this for practice purposes also.

Human Heart Nature Acne Defense. Pimple has always been my enemy. Everyday, there is always one or two somewhere in my face and I panicked when they are increasing or not getting better because of the depressing pimple-situation I went through last year. Since I ran out of my trusted anti-pimple gel (Epiduo), I decided to try this from Human Heart Nature. They are way less expensive, natural and many users claim it to be effective. I am hoping that this somehow works so that I’d be able to save money (1 Epiduo = 6 HHN Acne Defense).

Review: Check Inn Pension Arcade-Dumaguete

Any Siquijor trip is not complete without dropping by Dumaguete City since this is the doorway to that awesome island of fire. During our trip, we planned to spend a night in this small city to enable us to rest since traveling from Iloilo takes not less than six hours by ferry and bus. With this, an overnight stay in the city is very much needed to enable us to rejuvenate for the next days’ island escapade.

Given the volume of tourists (especially foreigners) flocking the city, finding a place to stay is less likely a problem since affordable hotels are almost everywhere. One of the those hotels is Check Inn Dumaguete. During a trip to Bacolod City, we have stayed in their Bacolod Branch (near SM Bacolod) and so far, we are satisfied with the hotel that the husband to book this. He initially booked a family suite room which is good for five persons but unfortunately, one of our companions backed out at the last minute thus we negotiated with the front desk if we can switch to a smaller room to save. Thankfully, they agreed without drama… or additional fee, cancellation fee or whatsoever.

Photo credit: Check Inn Pension


The room we got is special deluxe good for three persons. It has one single bed and one double size, toilet and bath as well as cable TV. Wide enough for three persons, the room is on the 3rd (or was it 4th?) floor located near the elevator and reception area, where the router is probably located, hence we have internet access even inside the room. Oh yeah real time updates!

The toilet and bath is clean although the control of shower can be a bit challenging at first (to open/close the shower, you have to use the knob of the heater, not the knob of shower itself).

Overnight stay costs Php 1000 which became Php 333 when divided to three. Not bad, right?

Siquijor Tourists Spots in One Day

(All photos belong to Michael Sabido, unless otherwise stated.)

It’s been two weeks since our Dumaguete - Siquijor rendezvous and the “high” I usually get when traveling is already waning. So before I forget the details about our trip, I am making this entry now not just for future travelers looking for information but also for myself, to remind me what took place and the beautiful spots we’ve been to in this island.

The day after we arrived in the island is our scheduled tour or what the local drivers call coastal tour. The tour involves going around the island in just one day. We circled Siquijor in just one day, like we did in Camiguin. Well, the island isn’t that big thus made it possible for everyone to visit the tourists spot in just one day even if they are scattered throughout the island. From the resort where we are staying in Solangon, San Juan, below is the list of the places we visited.

Capilay Spring Park

This was our first stop shortly after we left Coral Cay Resort. There is nothing spectacular about this resort except the water filling the huge pool comes from the spring somewhere in this pool. Since it was a weekday, there’s no other tourist aside from us. Our driver said that it is okay to swim in the pool but we opted not to as the water is not that inviting although we know that they’re clean since they’re flowing, not stagnant. Besides, it is kinda awkward (at least for me) to swim in an outdoor pool located in the heart of the town. It is not even enclosed in a fence to provide swimmers a little bit of privacy, away from the eyes of motorists. This one is a public place so entrance is free of charge.

Century-old Balete Tree

Our next stop was the famed century-old balete tree. While researching online about the tourists spots in the island, I was kinda hesitant to visit this particular area because I thought it is located deep in the forest that would require us to hike a creepy path but that is not that case. The site is conveniently located along the highway and it is actually far from creepy. The tree is indeed huge and the dipping pool is filled with fishes where you can avail their “fish spa”.  Like the Capilay Spring Park, there is no spectacular view or activity here but since it is popular (and probably a Siquijor trip is not complete without this), might as well drop by for a few minutes and enjoy the moment with the fishes. This is located in the town of Lazi.

Lazi Church and Convent

Also known as San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, the church with its huge convent is made with coral stones and hardwood. It is also part of the National Cultural Treasure and is also nominated for UNESCO World Heritage. The upper portion of the convent houses the Siquijor Heritage Museum and the ground floor serves as school for local children.

Cambugahay Falls

From the highway, getting to the falls probably took us 10 minutes, or less. I love it here! The falls aren’t too high like the other waterfalls I have seen but they are wider and the water is more beautiful. There are lots of shallow area also so a non-swimmer like me can enjoy.

Review: Coral Cay Resort

(All photos in this post belong to Michael Sabido.)

My summer officially kicked-off a few weeks ago with a big trip to the Isla del Fuego (Island of Fire), popularly known as Siquijor. I already posted my travel itinerary as well as the details of my expenses last week. Now, it is time for the review of the resort where we stayed for three nights - the Coral Cay Resort.

The resort is located in the town of San Juan, where many other resorts are located. Before booking this resort, we read a few reviews and we (especially my husband) were kinda apprehensive about this resort due to the mixed reviews online. Some love the resort while some simply don’t like the beach, the ambiance and one tourist even said that the resort’s bar/restaurant is not ideal for family dinners since it is "full of loud and drunk American sex tourists with their Filipino girlfriends hanging on their arms".

Well, different strokes for different folks. As for me, here is my opinion about the resort:


We stayed at Layo during the whole duration of our trip. Layo is a fan room (no air conditioner), with two double beds good for four people but can accommodate extra person for an additional charge. It also has a private toilet and bath with hot and cold shower. It also has a veranda where you can see the beach (although not facing it) and the swimming pool area. One night stay costs Php 1700 and Php 350 for extra person with beddings.

The room is spacious enough for four or even five people. The toilet/bath is okay as well except for the door which was kinda difficult to lock. I think changing the door knob will do the trick. The beds are okay too - not too soft and not hard either, however, the pillows are too thin and soft for my liking. The beds come with mosquito nets too. When we arrived at the resort, the mosquito net is already set up and everyday when we come back from our tours/activities, they are made up again along with the bed and used towels are replaced with new ones. The toilet/bath is cleaned everyday too.

Beach front cottages
Only one bedside table (placed in between two beds), is provided in this room. There is also one closet (with local version of safety deposit box at the bottom of the closet) and one shelf for everyone in the room to use. For its price, I really have nothing against this room except for one thing, the existence of rat/s. I haven’t actually seen one while we were there but our food supply can attest to it. On our first night, our leftover bread we placed in the shelf was attacked. During the second night, its the tablea (cacao) I bought from the souvenir shop. The tablea is placed in the plastic bag in the floor along with the souvenir shirts we bought. I am just thankful that they didn’t chew the shirts.

Amenities and Services

The resort boosts of restaurant and bar, swimming pool and air conditioned and fan rooms. They also have gym as well as recreation area both for adult and kids, all free of charge for resort guests. The use of their kayak equipment is free too. They have a standby generator (power outage happens often in Siquijor, they say, but we didn’t experience any when we were there) and they offer transportation (van or jeepney) for a fee. If you’ve been traveling and need something to soothe your tired body, there is a massage parlor within the resort.

Dumaguete - Siquijor Travel Itinerary and Expenses

Another trip has just concluded so a post about itinerary and expenses is in order. This trip is a bit complicated for we traveled through all modes of transportation - ferry, bus, multicab/tricycle and plane, since there is no direct flight from Iloilo to these places. But then, we survived the trip, albeit tired.

Without further ado, I am sharing to you our travel itinerary and expenses:
Time   Destination/Activity Expense Cost Cost/pax
6:15 - 7:00 AM Iloilo to Bacolod via fast craft Ocean Jet

7:00 - 7:15 AM Bacolod Port to South Terminal via tricycle Tricycle 100
08:10 AM - 2:30 PM South Terminal (Bacolod) to Dumaguete City via bus (stop over at Mabinay and Ceres Terminal in Kabankalan where we had lunch)

4:30 PM onwards Explored Dumaguete City (Boulevard, Silliman University)
Dinner at Sta. Teresa Resto

Check Inn Hotel
Expenses for Day 1
08:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast at Check Inn and prepare for one more look of the city

9:00 - 10:30 AM Explored Dumaguete City (Church, bell tower and plaza)

10:30 - 11:00 AM Grocery for food supplies

11:00 - 11:15 AM Checked out and travelled to Dumaguete Port Tricycle

Lunch (Dumaguete Port)

12:50 - 1:30 PM Dumaguete to Siquijor via fast craft Ocean Jet

1:40 - 1:55 PM Dumaguete Port to Coral Cay Resort via tricycle Tricycle

Checked in and relaxed at the resort

Dinner (Dagsa Restobar)

Coral Cay Resort
Expenses for Day 2
9:00 AM - 12:00 NN Breakfast (Uptoyou Bar & Restaurant at Coral Cay)

Coastal tour Multicab

- Capilay Spring Park

- Century Old Balete Tree Entrance

- San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent (town of Lazi)

- Cambugahay Falls Parking

Life guard

Lunch(Maria Public Market food court)

1:00 PM onwards Continuation of coastal tour

- Sta. Maria Church (town of Maria)

- Salagdoong Beach Entrance


- Church of Saint Francis de Assisi (town of Siquijor)

- Guiwanon Spring Park Entrance

- Souvenir Shops

Dinner (D' Barkads Restaurant)

Coral Cay Resort
Expenses for Day 3 817
Breakfast (D' Barkads Restaurant)
AM Beach bumming

11:00 AM - 12:00 NN Lunch (Uptoyou Bar & Restaurant Coral Cay)

12:00 NN - 03:30 PM Paliton Beach Tricycle
03:30 PM onwards Coral Cay (kayak, swimming pool)

Dinner (Uptoyou Bar & Restaurant Coral Cay)

Coral Cay Resort
2500** 410
Expenses for Day 4
04:30 - 04:45 AM Checked out and travelled to Siquijor Port Tricycle
04:45 - 05:30 AM Waited for the the ticket booth to open

05:30 - 06:15 AM Waited for boarding

06:15 - 07:45 AM Siquijor to Dumaguete Port via ferry GL Lines

07:45 - 09:30 AM Breakfast (Chowking) and relaxed at Sans Rival

09:45 - 10:00 AM Sibulan Airport via tricycle Tricycle

10:00 - 11:30 AM Checked in baggage and waited for boarding

11:30 AM - 12:05 PM Dumaguete to Cebu via Cebu Pacific Plane
12:05 - 1:30 PM Checked in baggage and waited for boarding

1:30 - 2:00 PM Cebu to Iloilo via Cebu Pacific Plane

Iloilo airport to SM City Shuttle terminal Shuttle
Expenses for Day 5
* Divided among three persons
** Divided among five persons
*** Divided among eight persons

App Review: Period Calendar for Android

For someone like me who’s monthly period is out of whack, using a period tracker can be very helpful. It helps you keep track of your period in an efficient way, predicts when the next period will be as well as ovulation, which is really helpful when you are trying to conceive.

But with so many applications available, both for Android and Apple users, choosing which one to download and use can be confusing. As for me, I am using the Period Calendar/Tracker by Abishkking. I have been using it for three years already and I couldn't be more contented with it. It does more than just track your period and ovulation. The app has a lot of added features that you will never have to use many other apps. With this app, you can input or record your mood for the day, symptoms you feel (can be helpful when something happens to you days after), your weight and even dates you had sexual intercourse.
Photo credit: Abishkking

Discovery: Salonpas Makeover

While doing household chores many nights ago, one wrong move triggered my lower back pain that prevented me from moving freely without the pain. The pain lasted until the next day and a co-worker suggested that I apply Salonpas to it. I felt silly because I haven’t thought of Salonpas while thinking of what to apply to my back to alleviate the pain.
So after work, I went to Watsons (SM Delgado branch) to buy a packet of Salonpas. After taking a shower when I arrived home, I opened the packet expecting to see the old white patch I used to see on my grandmother’s back and sometimes apply on my mother’s back as well. But alas! I was surprised to see the skintone and more stretchable patch. So when did they start creating this?

For some reason, this discovery made me happy that I decided to blog about it. LOL! (shallow, I know). And I’m even happier that it is indeed effective for my back is already pain-free just after one application. Overnight remedy! Now, I just have to incorporate exercise back to my regimen to prevent more back (or any other body parts) pain.

Review: Ellana Minerals Lip Scrub

It’s been over a month since my last review and that is not because I have nothing to review anymore. In fact, there are a few products calling out my name to give them time and attention but I wasn’t motivated enough to sit down in front of my computer and finish even just one paragraph. Well, maybe one reason for this lack of motivation is spending my free time playing a Facebook game which my husband and I are currently addicted to. LOL!

Anyways, here I am now, trying to get back to blogging with zest and motivation life before… I hope! :D This time, I will be reviewing Ellana Minerals Lip Scrub which I got early this year.

I have always been vocal about my love for lipstick since I ain’t that good when it comes to eye makeup, contouring and such. I would just wear lipstick, sometimes bold and bright, to compensate for that. With this, it is very important that my lips stays well-moisturized and free of cracks and the likes. I learned about this product from other bloggers and from beauty forums some time ago but I wasn’t that eager to get one for myself since I’m okay with my natural lip scrub, white sugar. But considering the good reviews of this scrub, I finally gave in and got one from Zalora.

Product Description

For a perfectly polished pout, use our sweet-smelling Strawberry Vanilla Lip Scrub to regularly exfoliate your lips!

Ask for Her Hand Now with Zoey!

Love is one of the most beautiful things a woman can experience even if loving someone doesn't mean lying in the bed of roses all the time for the ups and downs make a relationship stronger. Every time you survive a rocky path, there is nothing but fulfilment and stronger love for each other, and love is more beautiful when it comes with commitment.

Committing a lifetime of love to that special woman in your life? Why not seal the deal with an engagement ring? While some women are okay without it as long as you remain loyal to her until eternity, it will definitely make a difference if she has something to show it for. There are so many engagement rings available in the market and you never even have to break the bank to get one for her. is the answer to all your engagement ring woes! They have a good selection of engagement rings and even wedding rings, all at reasonable prices. This titanium engagement ring with swarovski crystal on my finger is the proof to it.

Tarsier Conservation Area or Tarsier Sanctuary: Which is Which?

A trip to Bohol is not complete without visiting the tarsiers, one of the world’s smallest primates. During my first visit with friends, I have already seen these tarsiers in real life but since I am with my husband who hasn’t seen the creature yet, I included this in the itinerary. Additionally, I just learned that there are two attractions in which tarsier-viewing is possible and I have been to one site only so I got curious as to their difference especially after reading reviews online comparing the two sites - the Tarsier Conservation Area and Tarsier Sanctuary.

During my first visit to Bohol, we went to Tarsier Sanctuary in Loboc to see the tarsiers. I wasn’t aware that there is another site for tarsier viewing so I didn’t insist on going there as well.

While planning our itinerary for my second trip to Bohol, I learned about Tarsier Conservation Area in Corella and based on reviews and travel blogs, this one is better than the first site I visited since tarsiers in this site are in their natural habitat. Our driver recommended this place too and I’m glad that he took us here because Tarsier Conservation Area is indeed way better than Tarsier Sanctuary.
First, the tarsiers are indeed in their natural habitat. They are allowed to wander freely in the five square-kilometer protected area. They can also freely wander outside the protected area.

Second, we have a guide that gives information about the tarsiers. From him, I learned that tarsiers are territorial and the ratio of tarsier to land area should be one per one square kilometer territory. Since the protected area is five square kilometers, the guide informed us that the maximum number of tarsiers living in the area is only five. That’s not the same with Tarsier Sanctuary in Loboc wherein tarsiers are placed inside a huge cage that is just a few square-meter wide.

January Finds

It's the middle of February already but I am only posting this now because I have been busy with so many things. And since I'm busy, I only got these last month.
  • Hortaleza Professional Coco Milk Hot Oil Treatment. While I am no longer having problems with my hair when it comes to dryness, frizziness, etc, I got this for testing purposes. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to use this yet so I may not post the review any time soon.
  • Hortaleza Professional Hair Spa Treatment. Like the other variant, I haven't tried this yet but hopefully I will remember using this soon.

Panglao Island Hopping

The first time I went to Bohol, we failed to go on island hopping as we were short of time. So when I returned together with the husband, I made sure to include this to our itinerary as the underwater life in Balicasag Island is divine, they say. Additionally, the husband is also a beach monster (he is practically happy when he’s in the beach, swimming and exploring marine life) so this activity is a MUST.

Unlike our hotels which I booked months prior to our trip, we arranged this activity right there in Bohol, the night before our planned visit. I think it is okay to not book this in advance as there are many operators offering this tour when you are in the vicinity. We met ours when we were having dinner by the sea during our first night. A guy approached us carrying their leaflet but the husband told him that we will entertain him after our meal so probably he never took his eyes away from us because when we were done eating and my husband moved away from our table to take pictures of the fire dancers, he approached me again and offer his goods. :D

I was sold by his sales talking so we closed the deal and agreed where to meet up the next day. I also gave him down payment (to buy gasoline, he said) at the same time praying that he is not a scam. He promised to fetch us at 5:45 am from our hotel as meet up time with the boatman (his cousin) is at 6am. True enough, he was at the front desk before 5:45. We walked to Alona beach (passing inside Alona Tropical) and waited for the boatman. After we settled our fees and everything, we leave the beach at exactly 6am.

Red and Hearts

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. While it isn’t that big of a deal for me and my husband (since every day is Valentine’s Day to us :P), I’m pretty sure there are people who are excited for this day to come especially those who are expecting a date. Be it with your significant other, family or friends, going out on the 14th will surely be worthwhile you and your loved ones can look back to in the years to come.

Dressing up for the occasion can make the day more fun! Of course red is not required but this lovely red dress with heart prints is just perfect for the occasion.
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Below are some ideas on what to pair it with based on your personality and style.