Today I had the opportunity to watch my very first Tagalog movie in the movie theater. I've seen a couple Tagalog movies before but never in a theater setting. It was truly a magical moment of getting back to my roots and witnessing the corny yet heartstring-pulling moments we all love and hate in Asian dramas. I won't talk much about the story because it's truly one you should see and experience for yourself. The adorable Sarah Geronimo, the sexy Ruffa Gutierrez, former Miss Philippines, and the studly Coco Martin come together to create an epic love triangle. The story starts out extremely corny and so cliche that it just seems like a Hollywood love story, but then circumstances drive them apart and the story switches up and eases into a more comfortable storyline letting you know love can't be that perfect so easily and simply. The story not only focuses on their love triangle, but also upon family values and friendship as well. The comic relief comes predominantly from Tonio (Coco Martin)'s gay housekeeper who is so flamboyant and witty I couldn't help but break down in laughter every time he spoke. From the minute he met Steph (Sarah Geronimo), he knew she had a thing for Tonio and teased the two of them about it. Steph's friends prove as an added comic relief as well as they naggingly teased her about her past with Tonio. As a huge Sarah Geronimo fan, I'm obviously a little biased but the theme song, "Maybe This Time", is simply amazing. Her true vocal talent is really expressed well in this song and went along perfectly with the movie. The song is entirely in English but regardless of language it is a truly beautiful song. You can listen to it in the video above which is the music video for the song as well. The best part of it was that there were English subtitles for us folk who are not quite so fluent in Tagalog. Overall, I would really recommend this to people of all ages. I loved it, and I watched this with my mom and she loved it as well. If you'd like to watch a Tagalog movie full of cheesy romance, a love triangle, and, of course, tear-jerking scenes, then give 'Maybe This Time' a try!
"A wash-off mask with a delightful jelly-like texture, making it easy to spread all over face. Packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, Amazon Acai Berry intensely hydrates skin from deep within to combat premature skin aging and its accompanying symptoms. Apply a generous amount of Acai Berry Mask on cleansed skin, leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Recommended for dry and normal skin types" (Skinfood).
Leaves skin feeling supple and bouncy
Shrank my pores
Quick 5-minute mask
Exfoliating bits mixed into mask
Evened out my complexion
Rating : 10/10
I truly love this mask. I couldn't even think of any cons for it because I was so happy with the results. My skin has still been facing the aftereffects of my sleepless finals week, but after using this mask, it left my skin looking smooth and bright and much more awake. My skin has also been facing dry patches and just a general lack of moisture in general which this mask helped to fix as well. The consistency is somewhat of a thicker gel with little exfoliating bits that I wasn't quite expecting because it didn't explicitly describe in the product description. It takes a thorough wash with lukewarm water to really get the mask off but it's truly worth it. I would definitely recommend this to people with sensitive, dry skin who tend to get enlarged pores and skin that loses its brightness very easily. And the best part about it is that it only takes about 5 minutes and then voila!
This outfit is perfect for a stylish summer day out. Ever wanted to wear a turtleneck while it was hot out? Well, me neither, but this American Apparel crop turtleneck in burgundy is one of my favorite summer pieces! It provides a sophisticated silhouette while exposing the shoulders for a more summer-y feel. Because this top is cropped, it provides a quaint contrast between the covered up neck region and the slightly exposed stomach. I paired this with cream lace tiered shorts as well as a gold statement necklace and my favorite Michael Kors watch. When putting the colors burgundy and gold together, it gives off a very regal effect on the outfit, which is really what I was striving for since I wore this outfit while walking around all the famous places in Hollywood. This outfit is great if you want to look polished on a hot summer day without sacrificing comfort!
While I was on vacation in Hawaii a couple months ago, I randomly stumbled upon a Tony Moly store that was right outside the restaurant that I was eating at. I was so eager to go since there was no Tony Moly store near where I live. I picked up an smokey eye eyeshadow trio, but, of course, no Korean skincare store visit is complete without some free samples! For some reason, my skin has been feeling so dry and lifeless lately, so the store assistant gave me their Cottony Essence Mask in Wine to try out.
The description of the mask says it is an
"Irritation-free sheet mask made of 100% pure cotton that locks in essential nutrients on your face for a lasting hydration effect. Containing Wine extract that boosts elasticity and vitality on fatigued skin." (Tony Moly).
Here's a list of the pros and cons I found upon wearing the mask :
Leaves skin feeling rejuvenated and more elastic
100% pure cotton sheet feels gentle on skin and really soaked up and contained a lot of the product
The mask definitely emits a strong wine smell
There's a slight sting upon wearing it
Not very moisturizing/doesn't have that "lasting hydration effect"
Rating : 6/10
Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this mask if you're on the hunt for a total moisturizing sheet mask. My skin tends to be highly sensitive so if you have sensitive skin be careful, but my skin didn't get irritated by this mask so it's probably okay for the most part. The only benefit I really noticed after taking it off was that my skin felt and looked more awake, so if your skin needs some rejuvenation and you can handle a little sting on your face then this mask might benefit you more!
Went on a spontaneous date to downtown Kirkland with my boyfriend for an "end-of-quarter" destressing! It was a cloudy Spring day that was mildly warm with a cool breeze so I decided to wear this lightweight faux leather-sleeve utility jacket from Nordstrom's. We walked along the quaint, little street filled with small boutiques, bakeries, and cafes, and, of course, as a dessert connoisseur I had to check out this dessert shop called Sweet Cakes! They had so many delicious cakes and pastries from cake pops to mini cheesecakes like this red velvet one we decided to pick up. It was so moist and had just the perfect amount of sweetness. I definitely recommend checking this place out if you're ever in Kirkland!
Afterwards, we went on a long, cliche romantic walk by the "beach"! I say "beach" in quotations because this beach was nothing compared to the beaches back home as in instead of sand there was just a vast bunches of pebbles strewn along the shore.
Ah, spring. Love is in the air! Just like these lovely baby ducklings we found wading and body-surfing by the water. They were so adorable!
She said, "Take your time,
Things will be just fine.
Don't bite the hand that feeds,
'Cause nothing is ever mine.
And just wait your turn,
And always try to learn
To love the ones that don't show love in return."
We're just trying to find some color in this
Black and white world.
Lately, I've been having a huge resurgence in my pop punk music phase from those tweenage angst days. What I love about this genre of music is that the songs usually emit a plethora of emotions--happy, sad, melancholic, optimistic, you name it. This song, "Color" from The Maine's 2010 album, Black & White, speaks so much to me because it truly preaches a sanguine approach to life and whatever may come. John O'Callaghan sings about how all people feel like life may be unfair to them at some point in their lives or how all people feel like others don't show perfect kindness to them. Because everyone feels in this way or has felt this way, it can affect how they treat others and how open we are with each other. And thus, society ends up in a chain reaction cycle of people treating each other indifferently because they feel like they're being treated indifferently. Hailey Williams from Paramore sings in "Playing God", "You don't deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you". We must look at the bigger picture and think not just of ourselves but of other people and their feelings as well. As John Oh said, "we're all just trying to find some color in this world", so let's take that crucial step forward and bring that color back into people's lives so our world doesn't have to be so black and white. Whether it be giving a friendly smile to that person you almost ran into on the street to reaching out to that one person you somehow lost touch with. Just go out there and let someone know that they're cared about. And most of all, be happy!