#ZeroThreeTwoConversations- The Truth About “Influencers” With Issa Please

It is very often that I actually get to sit down and have real conversations with people whose presence I truly enjoy. I know that sounds really hypocritical, considering I deal with a handful of people on a daily basis, but it’s not every day you get to be around a person, more alone people, who you can really have great conversations with.

I have always looked up to the guys behind ZeroThreeTwo because of the community they’ve built and how they make Cebu and being a Cebuano something we can be proud of. When I decided to actually forego my podcast, I reached out to Carlo Villarica first because I knew that he was one of the pioneers of podcasts in the city and he was not shorthanded in the advice he offered.

So when I was asked to be on his collection of audibles with creatives in the city, I was humbled to even be a part of the roster. You can imagine my surprise. With a dime a dozen bloggers and vloggers out there these days, you don’t expect to be picked out of the many so thanks, Carlo! To even be considered a creative is a huge compliment.

Catch the full episode here.
We talk about my humble beginnings as a blogger, why/ how I started making money through my content, life updates and the likes.

It’s fun, I swear!

All Sorts Of Blocks & A Quick Life Update

There has been very little activity from me in the online world lately and while I do leave remnants of myself in bits and pieces on my Instagram stories and Facebook posts, they are mostly videos of me being a clingy fiance or just random bitching about Grab drivers these days. I sort of took a step back without warning anyone, right when the podcast was doing great & The Rich Girl series was just taking off. I stopped going to events as much as I could and now I am left asking myself, “do people still even know me?” and then I end up gagging in spit because honestly, I don’t fucking care.

I questioned whether or not I owed the world an explanation, which I still believe the answer to is no, but heck, I am a “creative”, I am a “writer” and nothing seems real or as official as writing something down- so that is what I am going to do. My blog has always been a reflection of myself and my thoughts and my life anyways so, this is really for myself more than anything or anyone else so in an attempt to get over my slumps, today I am actually going to write something.


I’ve mentioned it in bits and pieces but never as a whole but this year, I formally launched H & S Clothing. No, it’s not a new business or a content creator move, but it is something I am extremely proud of.

I was raised surrounded by fashion. My parents owned a manufacturing business were I would spend summers packing & folding uniforms and the like. My aunt’s were either huge retail brand owners or fashion designers and I spent most of my childhood watching them from the corners, impatiently waiting to one day be like them.

I never started Issaplease because I wanted to be a famous personality. I started this blog because I so desperately wanted to live out my love for fashion despite having to take up nursing in college. I knew that I wanted to take over our family business but first, by showing that I had the fire, the veracity, the passion- which I mirrored on to Issaplease.

5 years later, I am finally at that point where I have been entrusted with the very business that not just put food on our table, clothes on our backs, a roof over our heads but also allowed me and my siblings to live a very privileged life. It may not have been a constant privilege, what with the economic crises, but we soldiered through.

Taking on a 19 year old business is really no laughing matter. I envision that H&S clothing will allow me to provide for my families needs one day the way it did for me and having said that, I needed to and still need to put 100% in it. 101%. So if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been attending events, filming and editing videos, doing the live sessions, blogging and the like; it’s because I’ve decided that right now at least, I need to choose where to put my energy in: the business & my family.


In exactly a month from now, my family will be leaving me once again and this time for good, to fulfill the lifelong plan of one day returning to the mother ship, the land of obesity & gun violence- the big U S A. Although there is a promise of coming back every year, we all know very well that it starts off with one missed summer/ holiday and the next thing you know, it’s been 2 years and many balikbayan boxes later to make up for the absence.

I don’t have a lot of friends and I’m sure no one is surprised by this. I like to spend my days working, with Paolo or with my family and that is all by choice. I would rather walk around the mall with my siblings and/ or mom the entire afternoon rather than brunch & gossip with friends. I love my family and so you can imagine the great deal of sadness I am overcome with just by the thought of my brother no longer asking me if he can come over after class to raid my pantry or just to hang out. Or my mom picking me up from work to have lunch and just vent. Or my sister helping me with outfits (for 4 months, at least). It is all just so sad and I don’t know how I am going to handle it.


On top of running a business, dealing with separation anxiety, my weight gain and nicotine withdrawals; I am extremely stuck in terms of content- I can’t even begin to tell you!!!

I’ve tried to sit down and come up with video ideas, I have backlogs up to my butt but somehow, nothing has been coming out of my noggin lately. It’s been about a month and even posting a photo is painful. My time offline has gratified my hate of Instagram because of how superficial it is and how hard people work to get likes on a photo. It’s not even a real thing. It’s intangible. It’s a joke. But because of the nature of my job, I need to do it. Hey, everyone has their battles.

I know this is a pretty senseless post but I figured, if I wrote about the things that were weighing me down, maybe I could free myself and finally get back into the right groove. Maybe I can finally stop feeling sorry for myself and actually do what needs to be done- watch what I ate, exercised, posed for a photo, write a story/ script and basically just start feeling like my normal self again. It shouldn’t be that hard, should it?

Well, it’s taken me about an hour to write this and it was an hour that I needed so let’s leave it at that and call it an accomplishment. Small victories.

We’ll see what happens from here.

 

Signages in Cebu- Neon Signs & etc.- 3W Outdoor Advertising

In the spirit of growing up, I have finally accepted my fate of taking over the family business. I’ve been a bit on the down low in terms of social media and blogging because I’ve just been trying to find the right balance between being a business owner and a blogger which honestly, has been quite a bit of a challenge for me but don’t fret, we’ll get there! Who knows, I might actually start blogging about business one day, too? We’ll never really know. It’s been a long time coming and it’s definitely took a lot of thought, preparation, crippling fear & anxiety but definitely lots of learning and fun in between!

One of the first things I did when I decided to take on this new responsibility was name my business. I wanted something that reflected my personality, was witty and definitely catchy. With the help of my friends, we eventually landed with Hilo & Stitch Clothing (H&S Clothing).

Many months later, I am an inches away from completing all my requirements and functioning as a legitimate business but of course, not without a signage to seal the deal! I did my research and was pleased to find a signage maker that I can entrust my money in- 3W Outdoor Advertising.

With many respectable clients under their belt, I am 100% confident in their capabilities and am excited to say that not only will Hilo & Stitch be getting a new signage this year but my dreams of having a neon signage for our upcoming wedding will actually come true!

If you are a business owner or aspiring to open your own business one day or simply want something made for kicks, feel free to send 3W Outdoor Advertising Services a private message on their Facebook page or contact them through the following channels:

Landline: 032 326 2560

Mobile: 0925 490 7585

Email: 3woutdoorads@gmail.com

Prices range depending on size, materials and other factors so make sure to specify what you’re looking for upon inquiry! 🙂

THIS AN ACTUAL SIGNAGE. I COULD CRY!

xx,

Issa P.

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Win A Trip To Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan or HK with SMAC & Watsons

I used to hate the idea of sunscreen because I thought the main purpose of it was to prevent you from getting a tan. I’ve always embraced my morena genes but as I got older, I was faced with the haunting reality that sun screen wasn’t made to keep you from getting a tan but actually to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun.

Now that I’m in my late twenties (omg, this is the first time I’ve EVER said that!), I’m a little bit more conscious of how I take care of my body and what I put on my face. Needless to say, sunscreen has become an essential process of my skin care routine.

With all this being said, it is important to choose the best protection that suits your skin. Luckily, Watsons has a wonderful line up of items to select from not just this summer, but all year round and all these products allow you to #LoveTheSun as you please!

 

With local and international brands to choose from such as Nivea, Belo, Banana Boat, Sunplay, Biore, Dermplus, Kojie San, Neutrogena, Solstice, Beach Hut, Hawaiian Tropic, Cetaphil, Olay, Pond’s, Snow, Celeteque, Thiocell, Shiro, Gluta-C, L’oreal, Vaseline, Creamsilk, Pantene, Vitress, Veet, Lactacyd, Dentiste, Chic Bobbie and Body Fantasies- there is definitely something out there to suit your needs and budget!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

If you are sn SM Advatage Card (SMAC) holder, you can get a chance to win a trip for 4 to any of the following destinations: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Every P500.00 single- receipt purchase of participating products is equivalent to 1 e-raffle entry to join the promo.

IF you’r enot a SMAC member, it’s super easy to apply for and their newest program entitles members to earn more than ever before!

Enjoy your summer!

Issa P.