Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Product Review: Vouchers Haul via Deal Grocer



Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.



Have you heard of Gift VouchersI was browsing the internet when I saw this awesome deal and bought it. However, the delivery is within Metro Manila only and it will took 2-3 business days to get it delivered. Don't forget to present your valid ID upon claiming through their courier.





» What's about this deal ? «

(Description was taken from Deal Grocer)
  • Take a well-deserved breather out of town at Taal Vista Hotel. Take in gorgeous panoramic views of the Taal Lake Volcano with P500 Worth of Food & Drinks to enjoy at the Lobby Lounge.
  • Perched right on Tagaytay’s windy ridge and with a beautifully landscaped garden, this elegant space is perfect for catch-ups over coffee, casual lunches with friends, and business meetings.
  • By day, the elegant Lobby Lounge—designed in Tudor-style architecture—is gloriously lit by sunlight streaming through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which overlook sprawling gardens and the spectacular Taal Lake.
  • At night, it exudes a warm cozy ambiance perfect for relaxing beside the stone fireplace as you listen to live performances and savor bestselling dishes from a specially-curated menu selection paired with signature drinks.
  • Sample delicacies like Crispy Taal Lake Tawilis, small freshwater fish native to the area that are lightly breaded, deep-fried to a crisp, and served with a special dipping sauce and crispy kangkong; or crowd-favorite comfort food like Thin Crust Pizza.
  • For the sweet tooth, the Volcano Eruption—an oven-baked, dark chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with ice cream—will have you raving over its decadence.
  • Boasting of first-class amenities, delicious food offerings, impeccable service, and an unrivaled panorama of one of the country’s most breathtaking sights right in your backyard, this timeless destination promises the ultimate Tagaytay experience for that quick escape you’ve been dreaming of. Best of all, it's only a couple hours away from the metro.
  • A trip to Tagaytay is never complete without a stopover at this sought-after destination. Go on, take that road trip breather and redeem this steal as early as this week! This offer is valid 'til February 2018.

» How Did I Buy this Voucher(s)? «

There are many ways to pay the deals here. You can pay via Deal Grocer credits, credit card, online banking, or over-the-counter. I bought vouchers via BDO online banking and it was a smooth transaction.

» The Vouchers «

Here were the 7 vouchers that I bought:




I love the voucher's design: simple and elegant! It's perfect as a gift for your loved ones, right?

I will update and post here my experience once I availed their service.  :)


How about you? Have you purchased vouchers from DealGrocer? How was your experience?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for 2017

Christmas is around the corner. They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It's the time when people take time to decorate their homes with Christmas decorations. Others are busy preparing for family gatherings, parties as well as gift shopping. 

Most of us wholeheartedly choose the best gifts for our loved ones, right? I would love to share some gift ideas that may help you on choosing what to buy this Christmas season. 

➤ Watch - Who wouldn't love to receive a watch? Whether it's analog, digital, smartwatch or fitness watch, everybody needs a watch. 




Personalized Passport Holder - Not only a personalized passport holder can look so fashionable, it will also protect your passport.


➤ Leather Cord Roll - This item is perfect for music lovers. It's very classy without ruining your style.



➤ Leather Jacket - It is an elegant and versatile material, which is perfect for every latest fashion and style.



➤ Personalized Leather Bag - Leather bags are a great investment due to their strength and durability. Have a personalized bag with the embroidered initials of your loved one really makes for a thoughtful gift with a personal touch. Check out MAHI Leather for their personalized bags!

What I love about most is $1.50 from every bag sold is donated to FRANK Water Charity, a charity which provides safe water and sanitation to the communities of Nepal and India. #SafeWaterSaveLives
**Get 5% off when you purchase and use code WATER5 to avail the discount.

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Happy Holidays! 🎄 Happy Shopping! 🛍️

This is a sponsored post.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Batangas: A Trip to Caleruega Church

Caleruega Church is one of the popular tourist destination hailed as Top 1 Things To Do in Nasugbu, Batangas by Tripadvisor. It is also very popular for pre-nuptial shoots, wedding, special Sunday mass as well as retreat activities.


» How to get there? «

There are few options on how to get there: via private car or via bus (commute). 
Screenshot from Google Maps
  • Via private car - If you will bring a car and you are are coming from Manila, take the Tagaytay - Nasugbu Highway route. Then, turn left to KC Hillcrest Hotel and Country Club. Just follow the signage going to Caleruega Church.
  • Via bus (commute) - Ride a bus either BSC, San Agustin or DLTB with a signage of Nasugbu Batangas. Tell the conductor to drop you at KC Hillcrest Hotel and Country Club or if he's not familiar, tell him that you're going to Caleruga. Once you take off the bus, ride a tricycle going to Caleruega Church. The fare is only Php 20 / head.

Note: The terminal of BSC and San Agustin is located in Pasay City (near MRT Taft Station and opposite of Metro Point Mall). The terminal of DLTB is located in Gil Puyat (beside Jam Bus Terminal). 


This place will serve as your landmark going to Caleruega. You will see this signage on the left side after you pass by the "Welcome to Batangas City" arch.

Once you reached Caleruega, there's a big tarpaulin on the entrance, which welcomes the visitors of the place. The opening hours, office hours as well as the Sunday mass schedules are indicated there.


» Is it free or not? «

There's a maintenance fee of Php 30.00 per visitor but entrance fee will be waived for those people who will attend a Sunday mass from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.

» What to see there? «

  • Admin Building - You will see this building upon entering the gate. If you will go to Caleruega's Transfiguration Chapel, you need to enter this building. 

Note: Please prepare for a long, uphill walk going to the chapel. We felt very exhausted going uphill (maybe because of the hot weather). But once you reached the chapel, everything will be worth it.


  • Lobby - Upon you enter the building, you will see this beautiful lobby with a staircase. Christmas is coming so there are few decorations around the staircase.


  • Retreat House - After you pass by at the lobby (Admin Building), you will see a retreat house surrounded with beautiful flowers, plants and trees. 


  • Caleruega's Transfiguration Church - After walking uphill, you will see this beautiful and sacred church.


When I entered the church, I was amazed on how beautiful inside. I had a moment silence and prayed and thankful for all the blessings I currently receive and will receive in the future.


Back to the topic, so what's special about this place for me? Caleruega is a great place for family bonding because you are close to God as well as the nature.


How about you? Have you been to this place? Share your experience.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Painless DIODE LASER Hair Removal at Skin Station : 2nd session

On my last post, I had my first service and it was a great experience. After the session (6 weeks), the hair grew but it's thinner than I expected. I was amazed that the hair was falling off (same as others). I didn't pluck it and just let it be. 

Today, November 7, 2017, I continued the Diode Laser Hair Removal service. Same as my first session, it's really painless (on my personal opinion). Seriously, I was expecting that it will be painful but it wasn't. Maybe because I was accustomed of the pain that I encountered from monthly waxing. 

For the first time, I will share to you the photo of the procedure. 😉


The procedure took about 30 minutes. It's really relaxing and I was happy that I'm now hair-free.

P.S. Although I have completed the Buy 1 Take 1 sessions, I will still continue the procedure until I reached my 8th session. I will coming back on December.

How about you? Have you tried this service? Share your experience.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ESGS 2017 – E-Sport and Gaming Summit Philippines

ESGS (E-Sport and Gaming Summit) is a yearly event and also one of the biggest gaming events in South-east Asia.




For this year's event (2017), it happened last October 27-29 at SMX Convention Center (Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines). The tickets were available on-site as well as online through SMTickets.com. The ticket prices differ on the first day and the last 2 days: October 27 (Php 170), October 28 (Php 210) and October 29 (Php 210).

Here's the program for this year's event:


I wasn't able to go on the first two days but I was glad that I went to the last day of the event. It was actually my first time to attend such event because I'm not a game enthusiast. 😅   My boyfriend invited me to go because they have a designated booth.

Here's the floorplan of the event:


This is me! Excited to see what's inside... 


Are you ready? Here's the glimpse of the event:





For more info, visit their website: http://www.esgs.ph/


How about you? Have you attended this event? Share your experience?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Product Review: L'Oreal Paris Excellence Fashion Brown Light 6.13 Golden Nude Brown

My hair color was pure black since I was born. I decided to color my hair when I reached 21 years old (2014). I started to embrace this changes and been obsessed to hair color since then. I really want to try ombre hair color but due to my work, I didn't give it a try. I just sticked to brown color.

I always go to salon whenever I have to put or retouch my hair color. I tried different hues of brown and loving it! Honestly, I felt a bit itchy from the hair color that the salon(s) offered to me. Sorry, I won't name drop here just to give respect to them. Maybe I just have a sensitive scalp skin.


But hey! When I tried this product L'Oréal Paris Excellence Fashion Brown Light 6.13 Golden Nude Brown, I didn't feel any itches at all (except when my mom accidentally dropped a small portion of hair color on my outer left ear). 

Note: This is not a sponsored post. But I will be glad if L'Oréal Paris will invite me to be a model of their product. Just kidding. 😁

Without further ado, I chose this shade because it's the best shade according to other blog reviews. I also want to achieve of what so called "Parisian-Inspired Looks".


How to use this?

Note: Before the hair coloring process, make sure to cover your shoulders and your clothing. What I did was we cut a big clear plastic bag and covered my body. I saw others used a raincoat to protect their clothes.


Step 1: After opening the package, look for this product and apply it on your dry hair from the roots to the tip. This product is a pre-color treatment for your hair. Leave this for 20 minutes.




Step 2: After 20 minutes, mix the hair colorant into the developer bottle and shake it vigorously. 




Step 3: Replace the developer bottle's cap with this comb-like cap. Then, apply and massage the hair coloring to your hair. Leave it for 30 minutes.




Oops! Don't forget to use this clear gloves to protect your hands from hair color.



Step 4: Rinse the hair color with warm water and massage gently. Rinse your hair thoroughly. Then, spread this conditioner all over your hair and leave it for 2 minutes. Lastly, rinse your hair thoroughly. Use this conditioner weekly up to 6 weeks for more favorable results.



Congrats! I saved a few bucks just by doing this DIY. This product only costs Php 399.00. How cheap, right? 



How about you? Have you tried this product? Share your experience.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Product Review: Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel by Nature Republic



While I was browsing the best seller products on Althea Korea, I bumped on this product, which has 5 stars and 800+ reviews. I checked the reviews online and decided to buy this product. Because I really want to try the product right away, I just bought it in Nature Republic store in Alabang Town Center instead. I will try to buy online next time (in bulk order).

Without further ado, what's interesting on this product? The product is made from 92% of Aloe Vera gel. Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-aging qualities. 

Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel can be used for dry skin, which acts as a moisturizer. It can also help clear out break outs! Aloe vera contains salicylic acid to kill off the bacteria that cause acne. 

Below are the list on where and how will you use this product, which is based on Nature Republic's website



Below are the images of the product that I bought. It's an original one because I bought it from the actual Nature Republic store.
The back portion of the product.
This is what it looks like when opened.

How about you? Have you tried this product?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pink Run 2017 in Alabang, Muntinlupa City


The Pink Run 2017 is a run for a cause event, which aims to raise funds and awareness against breast cancer. The race was happened last October 15 in Festival Mall, Alabang and was organized by RG Events.

The event distances were 1K ( Php 400 ), 3K ( Php 500 ), 5K ( Php 600 ), and 10K ( Php 750 ). The registration includes a singlet, bib, pink run keychain or bracelet and loot bag.


There's more! 

They also offered free breast examination and also free mammogram test (40 years old and above).




How about you? Have you joined any run races before? How was your experience?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

25 Things I've Done Before I Turned 25

I was inspired to post this entry when I read it (same title) from the blog of Clarisa. So what happened to me for the past 25 years? What did I achieve for the past 25 years?

Photo taken last January 2017

One.

I graduated a Bachelor's degree at the age 19 with no failed grades. But I was not a Cum Laude, either. I whole-heartedly dedicated this to my parents for their never ending love and care for me. Thank you so much! 😉

Two and Three.

I got my first job when I was 19, too. Although, I got regularized when I was 20 years old. 

Four.

Travelled alone (without my parents) but I was with my relatives: aunt, cousins and nephews when I was 21 years old. We went to SG and Malaysia for 1 week last February-March 2014. This countries were the first 2 countries I travelled using my own money.

Five and Six.

Driver's License - Got my student permit when I was 21 years old, too. After 3 months, I applied for a non-professional license, which makes me feel happy that I can now drive legally.

Seven.

Own a car - When my family bought a car, they transferred it under my name so I can say it's my own car (even though I didn't buy it). I make it a habit to register it on time and to have a yearly maintenance.

Eight and Nine.

Travelled with my sister (without our parents) to South Korea for 1 whole week! It was our first time to do it and I was a bit afraid at first. Good thing, we were able to manage it and we survived!

We had a chance to experience skiing in Pyeongchang province in South Korea. Alpensia Ski Resort will be one of the venues of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. I was very glad that me and my sister went there before the said event.

Ten.

First time to sponsor our family trip at Puerto Princesa, Palawan. My family really enjoyed this and they are looking forward for our next year's travel to HK and Macau. Yey!



Eleven.

Bought myself life insurance policies. This thing is a must. We need to secure our future for our loved ones.

Twelve.

I have watched more than 20 K-dramas for the past 3 years. I posted it on my blog. 

Thirteen.

Enrolled myself in a 40-hour Mandarin class at Makati. Currently, I'm studying French, Spanish and Japanese using Duolingo app. I posted this on my blog.

Fourteen.

Had a chance to watch Super Junior concert in SM MOA Arena last 2013. Super Junior was my favorite K-pop band when I was 4th year high school. It was a great experience.

Fifteen.

Climbed in a mountain, Mt. Pico de Loro. It was a nice experience that we were able to try it but sorry, I won't do it again. It's very risky and really exhausting. Maybe sometime in the future I will try it again.

Sixteen and Seventeen.

Attended IT events in the country: DevCon Summit 2013: #MobileDevNBeyond and GDG DevFest Philippines 2016. I have attended also code camps before but currently, I'm not active on attending such events.

Eighteen, Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty-one.

Visited the famous amusement parks in Asia: HK Disneyland (2010), HK Ocean Park (2010), Universal Studios SG (2014) and Lotte World (2016).

Twenty-two.

I'm continually share my blessings to my family. I really don't want to enumerate all of this because they already know what I usually do. I can say that they are proud of me. Thank you.

Twenty-three and Twenty-Four.

Opened up a blog in 2013 and bought a domain name last year (2016). I didn't establish a blog to brag about the things that I achieved. Hence, I want to show the world, to the universe rather that there's life beyond about me. Me: a nerd, skinny, studious, quiet, home-school-home, home-work-home person. That's why the name of the blog is I AM ULYSSA ELAINE. 😉

Twenty-five.

As of the moment, I never applied for a credit card. How did I book my online tickets? Using BDO debit card. How did I book my accommodation? Using BPI e-Prepaid card. It works like a credit card but the difference is you have to load it. I was able to manage my finances a lot because of this. That's the power of technology. 😉

How about you? Share your thoughts and experiences.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Painless DIODE LASER Hair Removal at Skin Station : 1st session

Today, September 25, 2017, I purchased a Buy 1 Take 1 promo of DIODE LASER hair removal at Skin Station / Dermax Station Festival Supermall Alabang.

From Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/skinstationph/

I've known Skin Station clinic since 2014 (when I was still working in Makati City). The main branch in Gil Puyat is just a walking distance from my former office. I was very hesitant to try it before because I was afraid at that time. So I usually go to a waxing clinic to do my errands. The downside of waxing is you have to wait for your hair to grow before you do another waxing session. So it’s like an endless cycle and there’s no huge difference. I guess it's not worth your money even though it's cheap.

Back to the topic, diode laser hair removal became the new trend instead of cold waxing. I have bumped into many blogs about Skin Station's diode laser hair removal so I decided to give a chance to try it, why not? 

What is Diode Laser hair removal? 

Diode Laser features a longer wavelength compared to IPL treatments. It provides safer and deeper penetration into skin layer. The Diode laser is the best overall laser for all skin types based on long term use.


Inside the cubicle of Dermax Festival Mall Alabang

How it works?

First, the therapist will clean the area and shave your hair. Then, she will put a cold treatment gel on your underarm. Next, the laser device will be applied to remove your unwanted hair. It will take 30 minutes or more for the procedure. Then, the gel will be wiped off and will clean the surface.

After the Procedure

The therapist recommended a Post-Laser cream to be applied on your underarm twice a day for three days. It costs Php 220.

Does it hurt?

No! If you’re like me, who regularly goes to a waxing salon, it doesn’t hurt. I laughed when the laser hit on my skin at first. Luckily, I never felt any discomfort during my 1st session. The therapist shared to me that most of her patients experienced discomfortness because it’s their first time. 

How often should you go?

Every 6 - 8 weeks but my therapist suggested to take another session on my 6th week for better results.

How many sessions to take?

8 sessions or more is enough. But after your 8th session / first year, you must take their booster to prevent hair regrowth. 

Is it worth it? 

YES!!! I'm very satisfied on my first session. There's a huge difference even though it's just my first one. My next session will be on the 1st week of November.




Note: This is not a sponsored post. I availed their service using my own money.



How about you? Have you tried their service? Share your experience.