[VLOG] What’s In My Make Up Kit?

Find out what kind of make up I use on a daily basis as I show you a fun and in depth look of the contents of my makeup kit! 馃檪

For those who are curious about where I purchased my Korean make up from, check out my favorite make up hub, Caffe Dara.

I plan on doing a video of how I do my make up on a daily basis next so let me know if that’s something you look forward to seeing or let me know what kind of videos you want to see in the comments below!

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Personalize Your Day with Noteraph.com

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Add a personal touch to your gifts, card or notes with these lovely stationaries from Noteraph.聽With multiple designs to choose from, you’ll be sure to have your personalized tags to rescue you for any and every occasion!

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As someone who enjoys personalized knick knacks, these note cards are by far my favorite personalized items in my collection. Their multiple designs allow me to hoard lots of them to use for my multiple personalities.

Check out my stash! 馃檪

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For you own set of note cards, pads and other items check out Noteraphor @noteraph on Instagram.

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Happy Writing,

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Eat All You Can Sessions for P288.00 @ Chik Chow Food Express

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It has become apparent in the recent years聽that the Cebuano’s strong love for food has gotten stronger and stronger. With restaurants popping up from left to right and food bazaars every weekend that聽we eagerly聽flock聽to to sample whatever is new in the city, there’s no denying that nothing brings our proud culture聽closer together like food does.

With all the fancy new restaurants with their modernized and chic interiors or bunk type cafes that we’ve all聽spent countless afternoons in, sometimes it’s nice to return to our roots and spend our favorite times of the day somewhere cozy that reminds us of home.

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Chik Chow Food Express is a humble and promising establishment聽that is located along聽316 – C Mango Avenue. What was recently the owner’s residence has now been transformed into this cozy restaurant that offers a Filipino- Chinese selection of food in an eat-all-you-can style.

My first impression upon walking into Chik Chow聽was that it fondly reminded me of Saturday afternoons spent聽at a聽friend’s house making projects,聽homework or just hanging out. Of course, that friend always had the best food聽which truthfully聽was always one of the main reasons why everyone loved going there in the first place. The ambiance was so homey and unpretentious that I could not wait to bring my family there to share stories, laugh and just enjoy each others company over great food. My apologies聽for going on and on about how much I loved the coziness聽but it’s simple things like this that make me notice a restaurant right off the bat but to address your curiosity- yes, the food was amazing.

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With its wide spaces, Chick Chow can easily accommodate around 50 or more people making it perfect for private functions. They also have a very generous and guarded parking space leaving no problems when it comes to leaving your cars or finding a place to park it. And whether you decide to enjoy your meal indoors or outdoors, both scenarios should not be a problem with their well ventilated areas that is sure to聽give you the full聽dining experience.聽 2016_0217_08214300

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聽聽As mentioned earlier, Chik Chow offers their food in an eat-all-you-can style with most of their dishes being either Filipino or Chinese with a high chance of a menu change聽every once in a while to spice things up. During my visit there I was able to sample everything except聽their聽dugo- dugo聽(for personal reasons) and although their meals look simple, most of them really did blow me away. Their lengua, meatballs in cream sauce, grilled chicken, seafood, Chinese lumpia and every聽dish聽that came with potato wedges were a few of my personal favorites.

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Chik Chow聽is open on Tuesdays- Sundays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for lunch at P 288.00 and聽6:00 pm – 10:00 pm for dinner at P 388.00. Aside from unlimited meals, they also have an unlimited flow of iced tea and lemonade to quench your thirst and a few Cebuano delicacies and items from their menu such as their lengua, roast pork, chicken feet, meatballs, panga and dinuguan that can be purchased to take home.

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Needless to say, I ended up leaving聽Chik Chow eating more than I had initially planned but it was a hearty kind of stuffed which was not only from the delicious meals but from conversations with old friends and familiar faces- the best kind by far.

I can’t wait to go back and I hope to run into a few of you there!

For reservations you can contact them at聽(032) 255 9959 or contact them through Facebook.

Til our next gastronomical adventure,

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A Tribute To Photographers feat. Nick Santos Photography

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Sharing my second set of photos, this time with photographer Nick Santos.

I made the decision late last year to open up my schedule more to different photographers who are interested in doing photo shoots with me. It was a risky decision for me to make but as much as I love having my photos taken by friends and my helper, I also had the desire to try different forms of art not only involving fashion. So far, I feel like I made the right choice as I’ve not only been able to expand my network, I have also been able to express a more creative side of me which I’ve been suppressing for so long. I’ve been able to try out different shoots and concepts and at the same time,聽learn about photography and pick through photographer’s brains to understand their works and what to them is art.

One thing I think it is important for me to mention is that, it is important to me that each person I work with feels entitled to their own work and not like they are working for me. I have worked with a few photographers who have the perception that bloggers are diva’s or elitists and will treat you like they own you and although I’ve never met a blogger that actually acts that way, I cannot say that they do not exist. However, as someone who appreciates not only the gestures of having your photos taken but more importantly the art, I will tell you that I understand that that’s not the way things go. When I work with other artists, I make sure they are comfortable and they are able to express themselves creatively and appropriately. 聽They have full control of their photos and may edit them as they want to and are free to post them on their portfolios- I also allow them to direct me and share ideas of how to make a photo come to life. Basically, I try to learn from them and hopefully, we learn from each other.

I consider myself as an artist with fashion and my body as my tools of choice. Photography backdrops and lately, film聽have both inspired me a lot and have also kept me extremely busy and although I don’t really know where these passions will take me in the future, I understand the hard work put into it which is why I respect it.

I have been so blessed to work with quite a handful of reputable photographers in my city- some who are still here and others who are spreading their work around the world and I cannot wait to work with more. I might not say this that often but if it weren’t for you guys, this blog would have never come to life!

聽So thank you, thank you, thank you to every single person who’s shot me and helped me grow in this industry.

If you’re starting a new hobby- have enough passion to fuel your soul and you will go places. Never allow anyone to take you for granted and never lose the drive to do something you love. You’ll go far!

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Respectfully and Gratefully Yours,

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Contact me via iamissaperez@gmail.com for shoots, etc.

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Feel Like A Princess at Caf茅 C贸modo

Tired of being stuck in the Mandaue traffic with little choices of getting a quick coffee fix or a good meal while waiting for the roads to clear out? At聽Caf茅 C贸modo聽not only will they soothe your hunger pangs,聽you can also expect nothing less than a royal treatment.聽
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Located at the North Atrium building along Briones street in Mandaue,聽Caf茅 C贸modo offers a lot more than just a good meal and refreshing cold drinks. For P 300.00/ person, their resident photographer will take 10 photos of you while printing your best shot as a souvenir. You can even choose 1 out of their large selection of dresses, shoes and accessories imported from Korea to complete your look making it the perfect package for those who are hoping for a cheaper alternative to your pre- nuptial, debut or OOTD shots.

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For those who want to rent their gowns for their special day, you may also do so at various prices ranging from P 2,000.00 above.

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And when you’re done playing dress up, treat yourselves to their delicious meals and drinks that are not only delicious but well worth the price. To be completely honest with you, I was really impressed with their generosity in servings in consideration to their prices. Each meal is equally filling, their flavors are unique and new to the palate which makes it even more worthwhile. Among all the dishes that I was able to try, it was the Chicken Mayo and the Cream Cheese Halo- halo dishes that really stood out for me.聽It’s a perfect place for neighboring students to spend their study sessions at or professionals to hold quick meetings.聽 With the growing number of Korean based restaurants and cafes, I think that Caf茅 C贸modo聽stands out with their unique concept, designs and product offerings which in a way makes up for the traffic that you might have to endure on the way there. But parking spaces are widely and easily accessible in the area which makes up for it, in a way. Here’s a quick run through of what I had there:2016_0216_03565800

Tuna Kimbap w/ mashed potato sidings @ P 170.00

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聽 Korean spaghetti @ P 99.00 聽

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Chicken Mayo @ P 149.00

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Cream Cheese Halo- halo @ P 150.00

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Cafe Americano @ P 100.00

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White Choco frappe @ P100.00

For more details and upcoming events that will be held at聽Caf茅 C贸modo, follow them on Facebook

Low necklines + high slits = risqu茅 afternoons 聽 A photo posted by Issa Perez (@issaplease) on

See you there,

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[VLOG] Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu

Package: P 1, 500.00

Inclusions: Helmet

Rash guard

Leggings

Shoes

Life Jacket

30 L waterproof bag

Snacks and lunch

Go Pro camera with extra battery (provide your own micro SD card)

Meet up point: Entrance of Kawasan falls, Badian (est. 3 hours from the city)

For more information contact:

Albert Apacio

0935 925 4769

Happy Summer,

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Roadsides and Coffee Breaks with Griffith Salomon

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Been sporting a lot of black lately in different kinds of fabric, textures and designs. I’m not going to lie, it makes me feel skinnier and it saves me a lot of time from having to decide what color goes well with which.

For this shoot, I got to play with my feminine and naturally sports side while enjoying a good ol cuppa Joe in between. Many will argue that you cannot be feminine in an all black ensemble but I disagree- you can be anything you want to be with the right mix of clothing and of course, the right attitude.

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Dress: Forever 21| Heels: Thrifted

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Coat: H&M| Sports Bra: Nike| Skirt: Giordano| Heels: Zalora

Location: Gaslamp

Photographer: Griffith Salomon

Black is Beautiful (no matter what they saaaay),

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SUTUKIL @ Isla Sugbu Seafood City

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SUTUKIL which is an abbreviation of 3 Cebuano terms:聽sugba (to cook by grilling),聽tuwa (to stew) and聽kilaw聽(to cook raw with vinegar) has always been a local favorite of locals and foreign guests. With the Philippines being blessed with an abundant source of sea life, Cebuano’s have put their resourcefulness and creativity to good use creating wonderful and hearty dishes that perfectly represent our culture.
As an addition to Grand Convention’s already impressive dinning options, Isla Sugbu Seafood City is now offering their customers with even better options for customers to enjoy the city’s local cuisine. Their new options offers diners an authentic sutukil experience that is a notch higher with their fresh selections of sea food, a wharf-like ambiance, authentic flavors plus clean dishes. 聽
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I was able to attend this prestigious establishments launching of their new selection which was graced by other prominent media and people from all over the Philippines and even entertainment personalities Jericho Rosales and Mylene Dizon. It was a funfilled evening which was highlighted by a celebrity cook off where both celebrities and their respective teams showed off their kitchen skills to impress the guests.聽 In the end, Team Mylene prevaled with their sutukil dishes that they wereable to complete under the allotted time.聽 Sutukil

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Isla Sugbu Seafood City is located at the ground floor of Grand Convention Center聽 Archbishop Reyes Ave, Cebu City, Cebu. They are open from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Sutukil packages are at P 1,600.00 with various choices of fish, shrimps and squid.聽 For reservations contact聽032-260-8000 or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more details and promotions.

See you there,

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Swimming, Drowning, Surviving Feat. Chan Tan Photography

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I am no Gabriella Montez so I do not soar nor do I fly and the stars are not always within my reach.聽Instead, I swim through life often to find myself drowning in my own sea of fears and troubles and I try to come out of it alive. I do not emerge from the waves, I crawl gasping for life.

That is probably not something you want to hear from someone who look up to or someone or from someone you adore but in the least, I try to look good. Working term: try.

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It’s true, I have my troubles and I swim with them, against them and when I face them- I try my best not to let them consume me and shallow me whole. And I think that’s the OK part about it all, that I acknowledge them. Acknowledge that they might never go away, but at least I know they exist and I am working on my strokes.

I’m a guppy, swimming with the big fish but I’ve got a hear of a Great White and maybe one day, I will be one. But until then, I am going to enjoy the current whether I choose to swim with it or against it. Of course, I will attempt to swim against it, that’s what I do- I test my limits.

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There is a great big ocean in front of me and I am certainly not going to spend my time floating around in the same place, doing the same things in shallow waters. That’s not where the most mysterious, adventurous, majestic and beautiful creatures thrive.

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Photography by: Christian Chan| Underwater photography by: Bo Mancao| Location: Mandarin Hotel

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Keep swimming,

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