EASY THRIFTS - MY PHP88 WATCH IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN MY POLO AND PANTS COMBINED

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Even before I became a personal style and fashion blogger, for those people who know me personally, they would tell you that I am an expert in Ukay-ukay. Well, who wouldn’t be when you grew up going to Carbon to thrift shop with your mother, right? I can still vividly remember when I would still go to the ukay-ukay with only Php100 in my pocket. I would save up money from my baon in school so I can go thrift shopping. Anyway, fast forward to present - now my mother scolds me for buying so much stuff in the ukay-ukay. Hahaha Mom, you should blame yourself for introducing me to ukay-ukay. 

BOHOL'S LITTLE NEW ZEALAND

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More than the white beaches in Panglao Island, the shy but equally lovable tarsiers, the spine tingling adventure rides in Danao, the tourist friendly island hopping in Tubigon, and the historical visit to century old churches, Bohol has hidden treasures that are still waiting to be discovered by the traveloving you. Luckily, I had the opportunity to explore more of Bohol last summer. 

THE HEALING HILLS OF UBAY, BOHOL


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"I have just found out that my partner cheated on me. A week after the break up, there were still times when I couldn’t help myself but to break into tears. I wanted to get away. I was feeling suffocated and helpless. I wanted a change of scenery. And I wanted to forget about my life in the city even for just a day. I got so beaten down that the only way that could keep me sane that time was to travel."

I ABANDON FRIENDS WHEN I AM IN LOVE

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Most of us make a mistake in abandoning our friends when we are in a relationship. Would you agree?

THE HARDEST BREAK UP I HAD TO MAKE

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NO BREAK UP IS EASY. Whether it be with a lover or a friend. It’s more than the sleepless nights, the lack of appetite, the tears in your pillow, the hugot playlists, and the “don’t- disturb-me” sign on your door. Because one can never be prepared to break up with someone you adored, treasured and loved. Breaking up with friends isn’t the easiest commitment to make. But oddly enough, when you grow much older you tend to make your circle small. You choose the people you invite into your life - whether they are good or bad for you. In doing so, you should remember that you have the power to choose who you let go and who you choose to stay. 

CAKECHELLA AT 10 DOVE STREET SM SEASIDE CEBU

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I HAVE JUST ATTENDED COACHELLA! WELL, I ALMOST DID! HAHAHA 
But please can I call myself a coachellite now? A Coachellite is someone who attends to Coachella. Okay, I won’t pretend to be such but I can definitely say, with confidence and integrity, I AM A CAKECHELLITE! Hahaha you must be really confused now! Well, on my defense, 10 Dove Street at SM Seaside opened with a Coachella Festival inspired event they called “CAKECHELLA”. And since I was there to cake party, I am a certified Cakechellite. :) 

A LIFE LESSON LEARNED IN LANDERS

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Forrest Gump said “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” But one wise lady once told me that “Life is like a supermarket. You are given a lot of choices. It’s up to you to choose what’s good for you.” In this case, it’s a Superstore. Landers Superstore has finally opened its doors to the Queen City of the South, Cebu. When I attended the VIP Preview last May 7, 2017, I can’t help but be reminded by what the wise lady shared. What did she really mean by those simple yet meaningful words?

TYPES OF BLOGGERS YOU WILL MEET - THE GOOD AND THE BAD (PART TWO)

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HEY GUYS! Well I have received a lot of messages about part one of this post. And surprisingly, I haven’t received any hate mail, yet!  Hehehe Some of my blogger friends in Cebu shared a thing or two about their observations as well. Since this might be the last part of this insider report, hahaha, this is going to be UNCENSORED! NO HOLDS BARRED!

TYPES OF BLOGGERS YOU WILL MEET : THE GOOD AND THE BAD (PART ONE)

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This is a two part special of a project that I have been working on for the past few days. I may lose friends because of this post but this is what blogging is all about. I have only been active to blogging for a year now and in that span of time, I think I have fairly observed the different types of people in the world of blogging - the GOOD and the BAD! So here is part one,

DAYDREAMING IN COSTABELLA TROPICAL BEACH HOTEL

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I was first on the bus to Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel. The organizers were already asking who “the man who can’t be named” was. It took me a while to realize that my crush was going with us. I instantly had butterflies in my stomach. I thought what a bad time for him to see me very dark. ( like I’m already dark-skinned in the first place, but I was baked from my recent trip to Boracay!) But what else can I do? Anyway, while I was talking to my friend, a familiar face entered the bus. And there he was, with his beautiful eyes and charming smile. My crush has arrived. I fixed myself and asked my friend if I looked okay. Being the friend that she is, she just said “You are totally fine.” Hahaha

FIVE INSTAGRAM WORTHY SPOTS IN BORACAY


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Hey there! How's summer treating you so far? As for me, I have been travelling quite a lot lately. Thus, this late post. (wink) Anyway, last year I went to Boracay with two of my best friends since high school. It was my first time to the island paradise. I did not set any expectations at all because I did not want to be disappointed. People were telling me that going to Boracay would just be a waste of time and money. That I should rather travel to other hidden island treasures in the country instead. After all, the Philippines has more than 7000 islands. 

KAYU KITCHEN + BAR IS PASSION ON THE PLATE

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“KAYU” is from the Visayan term “kalayu” which means fire. For Chef Francis Sy, KAYU Kitchen + Bar executive chef, fire means passion. And his passion is cooking fusion cuisines and entertaining people through his love for food. Thus, the creation of Cebu’s newest fine dining destination 
KAYU Kitchen + Bar.

IT IS AN AFFAIR - CEBU MARRIOTT HOTEL X ALMOST a BLOGGER

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I have something special for you. No cheating. Hahaha 
But before the reveal, I have a question. Who doesn’t like “all you can eat” buffets? Especially in a luxury hotel in Cebu? Hmmm Aside from fashion and travel, food is also one of my weaknesses. For every one who knows me personally, they will tell you that my appetite is good for two to three people. Yes, believe it or not. I have a huge appetite. And since I love my readers and followers, I have teamed up with Cebu Marriott Hotel’s the Garden Cafe to give you the best dining experience at a very affordable rate. 

UNWIND RELAX EXPERIENCE LACIAVILLE RESORT AND HOTEL

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My friends and I were invited for a staycation in Laciaville Resort and Hotel in Mactan Island, Cebu last weekend. I was on a morning shift that day so I was pretty much excited to relax and to unwind with my friends after my shift. We met at Ayala Center where Laciaville Staff picked us up. Our first stop was in Greenwich Mabolo for some pizza while traveling to Mactan - because we all know that gridlock is very challenging going to Mactan. (wink) But to my surprise, traffic was actually moving well that day. It was already past 5PM. 

FIVE SIMPLE RULES TO FOLLOW ON HOW TO WEAR CAMO

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Cebu Men's Fashion Guide - Hey Guys! I just recently had a fashion collaboration with the men behind Litol John Photography. They are a team of gentlemen who obviously loves photography. Since I knew I'll be working with male photographers in Cebu, I got inspired to wear something that I believe every gentleman can pull off. Hmmm But of course with some simple rules to follow. A fashion or personal style blogger aims to inspire and influence other people through what they are wearing. So guys, I hope this helps you get out of your comfort zone and try something new and a little stylish than your usual OOTD.

A UNIQUE AND FUN WAY TO TAKE COUPLE DRESSING TO THE NTH

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BREAKING NEWS! We are making it official! After months of talking and planning, Cebu fashion and personal style bloggers Miss Thali and ALMOSTaBLOGGER have finally collaborated and took power twinning to the nth around Cebu City.

HE DOES NOT LOVE YOU. HE IS JUST LONELY.

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SHOULDA, WOULDA, COULDA. 
The problem with almost relationships is that if it’s meant to be, it should have happened already. 

NORBERTO CARATING SHOWS ABSTRACT PAINTINGS AT THE RADISSON BLU CEBU

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The night is young and the moon is bright. It is the perfect set up for renowned abstract artist Norberto Carating’s one-man exhibit at the Radisson Blu Cebu. 

10 DOVE STREET CONFECTIONERY OPENS IN VIBO PLACE WITH NEW TREATS


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Cebu's homegrown cake and pastry shop 10 Dove Street Confectionery opens its latest branch in Axis Entertainment Avenue, Vibo Place Escario St. Cebu City. From the most decadent cakes and delicious pastries, 10 D.C. adds new treats to its already sumptuous menu. Loyal patrons and customers can now enjoy hearty sandwiches, savoury tarts, and rice meals before getting a slice or two of their favorite desserts.

WOODEN SCULPTURES BY JAMES DORAN-WEBB MAKE ANOTHER INSTAGRAM WORTHY ATTRACTION IN CEBU


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Cebu has yet added another Instagram-Worthy attraction. Get a glimpse of world-renowned driftwood sculptor James Doran-Webb’s amazing wooden creations before they are presented to the Chelsea Flower Show in the United Kingdom.

QUEEN CITY STATE OF MIND

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Cebu City, Philippines - The Queen City of the South has been my home for 29 years. And I have witnessed the ever changing landscape of the city that I love. From her small beginnings to greater heights, Cebu City has become a very industrialized urban jungle. With her fast growing and high towering buildings, she has continued to remain on top of her game. She has added layers of estate developments and growing traditions year after year. She is in undoubtedly the Queen City of the South. 

THE PERFECT VALENTINE DATE

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Hey there! How did you spend your Valentine’s day? Did you go on a date? Singles’ Night out perhaps? Or did you just stay at home and watched movies until the break of dawn? Hmmm No matter how you spent the day of hearts, what’s important is you still believe in the power of love. Love has many forms and this post is about the purest form of love.

WHITE YOU SHOULD GOTOTOPS

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Hello Cebu! Do you already have plans this weekend? Are you heading South of Cebu to marvel at the beauty of Oslob’s gentle giants? Or are you planning to sky dive in Northern Cebu’s Bantayan Island? Hmmmm I suggest you save  yourself from long trips and enjoy a cool afternoon in Cebu’s version of Mount Olympus - The Temple of Leah and Tops Busay.

GOLD BEAN COFFEE COMES UP WITH CEREAL PEAK

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Gold Bean Coffee has added yet another treat for Cafe goers in Cebu. It is a unique take on our favorite breakfast meal - CEREALS. It is served with crushed ice in three different awesome flavors - chocolate, corn flakes, and the colorful fruit loops. 

BLOGGER’S PICK - JBL E45BT HEADPHONES


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A warm cup of coffee mocha, my laptop and great sounding music keeps me up all the time when I am writing a blog. And as a men's fashion blogger, it is important for me to have gadgets that are stylish and functional such as the JBL E45BT headphones. 

I AM NOT CHINESE, BUT I JUST CELEBRATED CHINESE NEW YEAR

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Have you heard that song by Sting? “I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien. I’m an Englishman in New York.” Yes that song you are humming right now. That was totally the feeling I got when I was invited to welcome the Year of the Rooster at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug. So in my case, that would be “I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien. I’m a Filipino man in China…” Hahaha

HOW DO YOU FOLD YOUR PANTS

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CEBU FASHION - You can thank me later! (wink) A lot of my friends have been asking me how do I roll my pants. So, this is how I do it. There are two ways how you can fold your pants. You have the CLASSIC CUFF and the PIN ROLL. Cuffing is used  when you want to shorten the length of your pants while maintaining its fit. On the other hand, Pin Rolling shortens your pants and tapers it as well. The Pin Roll is perfect for your chinos. For the modern stylish gentleman, it is essential that you know how to do a pin roll or a classic cuff because there’s a fine line between looking dapper and looking jejemon. 

THIS YEAR, FALL IN LOVE

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Stop it! - Stop thinking that you are not good enough. Stop telling yourself that you are not worthy to be loved. Stop blaming yourself for failed relationships. Stop letting your insecurities eat you up. Stop chasing people who tore you apart. Stop hoping for people to come back. Stop waiting for his text messages. Stop inviting toxic people into your life. Stop dreaming of you and him. Stop pulling away from people who give you butterflies and stop pretending to be happy when you are not.

IT'S A COLORFUL SINULOG 2017 WITH ETC PAINTENSITY

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Pit Senyor! I am painting the town in neons and the best part is, it is for free! Yes, you read it right! ADMISSION IS FREE!
A Bolder, Bigger, and Brighter ETC Paintensity is back in Cebu to celebrate Sinulog 2017! And we all know that with ETC, there is always more to come!

SIX THINGS YOU GET FOR FREE IN SINULOG

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Cebu, Philippines - On January 15, 2017, people across the world will come to the Philippines for its grandest and biggest festival, the SINULOG FESTIVAL. It has been a tradition for Cebuanos to celebrate the feast of the Holy Child Jesus Christ ( Sr. Sto. Niño ) on the 3rd Sunday of January. It is not just a religious affair but a grand celebration for the blessings received by Sto. Nino’s devoted pilgrims. On the day of the festival, after receiving blessing and hearing mass, the streets of Cebu City will be covered by a sea of people dancing to the Sinulog beat. You will feel your heart raise in every beat of the drum. You will be amazed by the dedication and hardwork of every performer. Your eyes will be delighted by the colorful floats and costumes. You will get to enjoy free things during the mardi gras parade. And as they say, when it’s free, it’s always better! Hahaha