Having a podcast was something I’ve always wanted to do mainly for the reason that I love to talk as much as I love to write. I enjoy conversing with people, particularly getting to know them and their cause. I often feel like most of the time we enjoy talking about ourselves rather than listening to others but when we do, it’s surprising what kind of things we eventually find out.
After a couple of years of researching about what it entails to have a podcast, I felt like the investment and skills required to start your own show was just too hard and sadly, I let that dream go. But I always told myself that if I ever had the money and the time to learn, I definitely would.
Surprisingly, a year ago, Facebook came out with a LIVE feature and I had a eureka moment! What if I could use Facebook as a platform to start my own show? On August 16, 2016, I decided to start with a Youtube-esqe “First Impressions” video and it made around 700+ views which was a complete shock. I then followed that with a Q&A video addressing my constantly changing hair color which was trending at the time and a few months later, after doing all the necessary research (which as still hard), I just decided to shotgun it and start my own “podcast”.
First Impressions: Benefit's Operation Pore- Proof
Closely nearing 30 episodes in, a ga- jillion problems we are currently facing, a new studio and with guests getting more and more interesting every Sunday (10:00 UTC +08:00)- we’ve been asked to join the roster of award willing, hall of fame and well established podcasters from all around the world this September 30, 2017 for International Podcast Day!
International Podcast Day™ celebration is a great opportunity to connect with fellow podcasters, podcast listeners, podcast enthusiasts, and leaders in the podcasting industry. Just as the podcasting industry has evolved over the past 13 years, International Podcast Day has done the same. In 2014, National Podcast Day was celebrated with 6 hours of live broadcasting. After quickly realizing the power of podcasts internationally, we rebranded into what we are today – International Podcast Day. In 2015 and 2016, we broadcasted around the globe for nearly 70 hours inviting podcasters and industry leaders from 40 different countries to share their podcast journeys, personal stories, and expertise with the podcast community. It is important to recognize the history but move forward celebrating the movement and power of podcasts.
I’ve been given the 1:00 AM- 2:00 AM PST time slot which is 4:00 PM Saturday, in Philippines and I will be talking about how I started my own podcast through Facebook live.
If you want to sign up for the event and get updates so you can join the festivities, make sure to follow me on Facebookso I can keep you updated!
I would really like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the support you’ve given me all this time. I’ve always accounted my being passionate as my biggest strength and weakness at the same time but the fire you’ve sparked in feels extremely worth it!
Also, Paolo deserves a huge amount of credit for the success of this show. What it has become now would be nothing would it not have been for his research of the software, equipment, the set up ivolved to improve the show. But more importantly, the emotional support he’s provided has been everything that I needed. I found myself asking myself “is this really worth it?” and “what am I doing?” a lot in the last 7 months that I’ve been doing this but he has always assured me of the best and that has what’s kept my head above the water.
So thank you all and I’ll see you on the 30th. I am extremely humbled and honored to be representing the Philippines and I hope that you all can join me on this wonderful day!
Welcome! If you came here from this post, then thank you! If you haven’t read this post yet and would like to know HOW we got to Dumaguete via landtrip, then please head on over there. But if you’ve already got that bit down and just need some suggestions of what to do while you’re visiting Dumaguete, then WELCOME!
Paolo and I arrived at Dumaguete around 8:00- 9:00 pm and were scheduled to drive to Bacolod the next day at around 1:00- 2:00 pm if wanted to reach our destination in time for dinner. We booked our hotel via Agoda atU Pensionbecause it’s right smack in the middle of everything we wanted to do and well, it was pretty affordable. It was fairly decent and yes, extremely near everything so if you aren’t planning to bring a car and would like to explore the city on foot, you might want to consider U Pension.
Everyone will tell you that if you go to Dumaguete, you HAVE to go to the boulevard and well, since we were already there, we did. We were under the assumption that there was street food there but chuckled to find out that they actually only served fish ball, tempura and balot so for the sake of being there, we ate. If you want the complete truth, there’s really nothing to do there except admire the view and Paolo and I placed it under the “mao na ni? unsa pa’y laing mabuhat diri” (is this is? what’s there to do here?) categories of tourist spots. Sorry if that offends anyone but you can literally just go there, eat the street food, look at it and you’re done.
Luckily, there are a lot of posh dining spots right across the boulevard where we could soothe our hungry stomachs and when in Dumaguete, you’ve gotta drop by San Rival Bistro, right? Yes, I know, we have it in Cebu but why pass off the opportunity to eat at the original one?
Sans Rival Bistro is famous for their desserts but their entrees are also something you shouldn’t miss out on. They are insanely affordable and the taste does not disappoint. I was too hungry to remember to take a photo of their menu but to give you an idea, the spaghetti cost P90.00 (whaaaat?).
3. Get Cultured at the Siliman Anthropology Museum
We weren’t in the drinking mood that night so we decided to call it a night and wake up early in the morning so we could tick off some things on our list. However, if YOU want to drink or check out the night life there, here’s a quick Google searchfor you to go through but everything is basically along the road.
The next morning, we got up, grabbed some Mickey D’s for breakfast then headed out to the Siliman Anthropology Museum which is a cultural center that displays a lot of artifacts about our Filipino culture. I always make it a point to visit a museum during my travels and I’m always glad that I do.
The anthropology center is located at the Hibbard Hall (where you can find the church & outdoor auditorium) and requires an entrance fee and does not allow you to take photos but trust me, it’s one of those places you’d want to check out if you’re fascinated by facts, history and culture.
My papa joked and asked if Paolo and I were on an educational tour rather than on a vacation because we basically packed our morning schedule at museums. But honestly, Dumaguete is blessed with one of the finest schools of the country and of course I wanted to indulge in every moment I could of it!
The Siliman Marine Museum is comprised of about 3 parts: the marine mammal bone museum, the coral farm and the crocodile sanctuary. It costs less than P50.00 to get in and explore the area and though it’s no Disneyland, it’s still a pretty neat place to go to and explore. Let’s be honest, there aren’t a ba-jillion things to do in Dumaguete so we tried our best with the little time we had!
5. Grab Lunch at Kri Before Heading Out
Kri will always have a special place in my heart because their burgers are superb! They are in the mid range price but I swear, it’s worth it. I first visited there in 2013 during my very first visit there and I was so happy to return 4 years later to the same, if not better, taste of their juicy angus burgers and other dishes. It’s weird that I would eat burgers in Dumaguete but just trust me on this one!
My favorite features about Kri is that it’s also a semi- art gallery which means they often change the artwork that beautifully plasters its walls. I wasn’t able to ask whose artworks were displayed during my visit there but they were beautiful, nonetheless.
Not quite the itinerary you’re looking for? Here are other places where you can stay at, eat and do while you’re in Dumaguete!
A couple of weeks ago, Paolo and I had to make a trip to Bacolod to have his passport renewed. We didn’t have a whole lot of time before our upcoming Taipei trip and it was almost impossible to get a schedule at our DFA so having it done elsewhere just fel like the best thing.
We decided to turn it into a pre- Taipei trip and drop by Dumaguete and then Bacolod then back to Cebu since we had business in the South anyways and we’ve never been there together before. After much discussion, our best option was… a road trip!
We decided to drive to Maayo Shipping Lines’ port (Santander) which is roughly around 3:30- 4:00 hours away from the main city. Getting our vehicle on the boat/ RORO cost us around P1,300.00 for a back and forth trip* from the Port of Santander to the Sibulan Port (Negros). It was a quick 30 minute float to the port and from there we drove to Dumaguete which was a 20 minute or so drive. We relied heavily on Waze which did not disappoint and took up very little of my data, in case you’re concerned about that. Seriously guys, it’s 2017, if you don’t know how to use Waze/ Google maps then you’re seriously missing out!
* Paolo forgot that we would drive from Cebu- Santander – Dumaguete- Bacolod – Toledo- Cebu so now we have an extra ticket from Dumaguete back to Santander.
We stayed in Dumaguete for half a day, checking off some typical touristy things off our list (which I will share in separate blog posts) before heading North (Bacolod). It was an excruciating 5 hour trip for someone with as short of an attention span as I do, but you know, a good Spotify playlist is always the solution to anything!
Plus, the view was AMAZING!
Again, I will be sharing the accounts of what we did in Bacolod in another blog post but we basically stayed there for a good 3 days covering famous food destinations, an island and meeting up with old friends.
Then we made our way across the island to the Port of San Carlos (enter, Waze) and although we cannot remember which shipping line it was, we got on the earliest roro that could get us and our car back to Toledo city where we drove back to the motherland.
I wanted to make this blog entry for you guys just in case you were planning a quick trip and didn’t quite know how to do so.
Here are other ways for you to get around on land:
Urgello is surprisingly popping up with great, quaint little shops around the area that caters to students, residents and the adventurous foodies in Cebu, Fry High being one of them.
We’re always looking for new places to eat near our place (because let’s be honest, there aren’t too many of them in the South) so when I got the invitation to check out the place, I couldn’t pass it off!
To paint you a pretty picture, Fry High is located along the busy roads of J. Urgello street or along Sacred Heart Hospital. It’s a small shop at the side of the road and you have to keep an open eye out for it or you could possibly miss it. Be extra attentive because once you spot interiors that are beautifully plastered with black and white murals, you’ve found the right place! Unfortunately, there is no parking in front of the store but you can park at a walking distance from it.
As I scanned the menu, I was delighted at how affordable each meal was. With meals ranging from P20.00- P99.00, I then asked myself if the food, at those prices, could possibly be any good. I mean, something that costs this cheap can’t be THAT good, right? Wrong, again.
I was able to gather that Fry High isn’t just an affordable place to dine after class or after a drunken night out, it’s a product of love. The owner of this establishment loves to cook and has an amazing way of putting a twist on already interesting pieces which are evident in dishes such as: maling sticks, dynamite, corndoggy, burger high, canton toppings, chicken proven, tuna high flakes, cheesedog balls and a lot more!
Paolo and I made a visit during dinner time and here are the photos:
As you already know, I cannot stand spicy food so I kept a nice distance from the dynamite and sisig but curiosity got the best of me and I tried it out anyways. I enjoyed both until the spice kicked in then, I was downing glasses of water until I couldn’t anymore. Paolo, on the other hand, went to town with them and ended up finishing my left overs.
We truly enjoyed our experience there and came home with full stomachs and hearts. My favorites were the ginabot, chicken and calamares but I can’t wait to go back and try out their corndoggy, burger high, batchoy, pancit canton toppings, proven and cheesedog balls. Now, that’s obviously a lot of food I want to try which means, I’ll have to make multiple trips which I completely do not mind. The ambiance there is super chill and they even have board games for you to enjoy while waiting or after enjoying your meal.
I don’t understand this season’s obsession with crotches and long arm holes- I FUCKING HATE IT! And yet I was dumb enough to try the trend out anyways. I really am a schmuck. But curiosity got the best of me and I succumbed to the trend for the heck of it. So ladies and gents, if you’ve never seen it (in which you haven’t), here is my crotch in all it’s glory. I don’t know why anyone would possibly want to see it but I’m showing it to you anyways! ?
So my family and I took a trip to Costabella and then Cebu Yacht club for dinner which was when I decided to take my scandalous one piece suit out. Now, I don’t know if it’s a body issue thing or a personal space issue, but wearing this particular piece made me feel more naked than actually being naked so it’s a no go for me.
Here are some reasons why I disliked- hated this piece:
1. It showed off my nipples – there was sufficient amount of blurring of certain areas because this suit came with no paddings. Don’t get me wrong, the fabric was a beautiful corduroy-esque stretchy material but god, if I wanted people to see my nipples, I would never have bothered to invest in padded bras.
2. It covered very little of my frontal area – well obviously, as it is a crotchless bathing suit, but that’s the risk I took when I bought the damn thing.
3. It covered very little of my back area – “Do you want to see the moon? Well, you’re gonna!”
4. You need to get a wax before wearing this piece.
I can easily see how this piece could be an empowering article of clothing that every woman could need in their life and I’m all about that… just not on me.Maybe I’m a little old fashioned and I like keeping whatever ought to be hidden, hidden and well, if I wanted to be naked, I should have just done it right away.
So why did I buy this suit anyways if I knew I was gonna hate it? Because you can’t fully wear a suit at the dressing room of Forever 21 and I REALLY wanted to know what I looked like in it.
About a year ago, I shared with you a short video and a poorly thought of itinerary of a few things that you can do in the South of Cebu. Since I released that video, I’ve made it my life’s mission to improve that entry and give you guys a better list of things you can do while vacationing in the beautiful Queen City of the South. I’ve definitely made an effort to try out new things while traveling, to be more observant and to think of things that you guys will enjoy on your own!
But before anything else, I might need to give you a little backstory- if you’ve never been to Cebu, us locals like to section it out into 4 parts:
Metro Cebu – the center of Cebu where the general consensus is. This area includes a lot of man-made tourist destinations which may or may not have any historical value on our city but they’re nice to look at and the food is pretty awesome!
North of Cebu – the north of Cebu basically consist of towns such as Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Danao, Carmen, Catmon, Sogod, Borbon, Tabogon & Bogo. While I don’t have much input about that area (for now), I’ll definitely work on them if you guys want me to!
South of Cebu –the south of Cebu is made up of a bunch of towns namely Talisay, Minganilla, Naga, San Fernando, Carcar, Sibonga, Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Bourbon, Oslob, Sanatander, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Badian, Moal Boal, Alcantara Ronda, Dumanjug & Barili. It’s huge and if you look at the map (below) it is completely possible for you to pass through each town and end up where you started- this makes travelling super effective and allows you to pass through it without going back and forth.
4. The Mountains of Cebu – Cebu is extremely blessed to be minutes away from the beaches, city and even the mountains. There are lots of things to see and explore in this area and I will most definitely make another list for you guys in the future so we can bring this whole exploring Cebu gig into a full circle.
In this post, we will be discovering the South of Cebu because 1. I have almost mastered the place and 2. I can never get enough of it! I am completely drawn to this provincial area of Cebu as it filled with activities and it is super underrated. Whether you want to climb mountains, go swimming with sea creatures, jump off of waterfalls or simply look at them (but why?)- there is definitely something that you and your friends/ guests can enjoy here so, without further ado, enjoy!
BY CAR. I would highly suggest that you get a car and drive it on your own, if you can. Driving in the south is literally a straight line and with technology, you can Waze your way through anything and anywhere so try Googling the best car rental service for you since you might be on the road for a while (depending on what activities you’re actually considering doing).
BY BUS. Getting around by bus is also pretty simple and does not cost a lot. The problem with using public transportation though is probably having to pattern your trips according to bus schedules but this does not mean it’s impossible. If you’re into that kind of thing, you can check out Ceres’ bus schedules here. Only ride Ceres buses. You’ll understand why when you see it.
First stop: CAR- CAR
I love Car- car. Paolo’s businesses are in Car- car and I spent two years of my life learning to live on my own there. I learned how to cook through a rice cooker, I learned the value of money there and I learned so much about myself in this wonderful land of shoes and chicharon. Honestly, you’re only going to spend a couple of hours there since it’s basically a transient road but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! So here’s a quick list of things you can while passing through:
Car-car is known to have made the world’s largest shoe at one point and I am guessing, this town has made a huge profit out of manufacturing shoes for local sellers and retailers. If you’re into shoes and sandals, I highly suggest dropping by the Car- car shoe expo which is an array of shoe stalls in a small compound along the main road. Shoes ranging from P150.00 up and their designs are up to date and pretty sturdy for their price.
My most favorite place in the world to shop is Gaisano Car-car because it’s cheap, the locals hardly shop there (which means I always have dibs on the fashionable items) and IT’S CHEAP! If you’re an avid reader of my blog and vlog, you’ll know I talk about Gaisano Car-car more than I actually should.
2. Taste Car- car’s Famous Lechon.
You cannot simply come to Cebu and not taste our lechon- it’s like a mortal sin. And while I love the vegans/ vegetarians of the world, I still think it’s a mighty shame to miss out of this city’s pride and joy. If you’ve already had lechon in Cebu, Car-car’s lechon is slightly different as it comes with… wait for it… sauce.
Shopping for lechon is an amazing experience in itself as the public market where the lechon can be bought is always filled with colorful personalities and faces. There are no proper places to eat there though so I suggest that you buy the lechon at the public market (near the rotunda), take it across the street to the 711 building, climb to the 3rd floor (Cafe Terraza) and eat your lechon there. All you need to do is order drinks and you’re set!
Second stop: SIBONGA
1. Appreciate the splendor of Simala Shrine
The Philippines is a heavily Christian country which means we are full of beautiful churches and influences. Simala is the biggest and grandest of them all, specifically in Cebu. Now, I’m not particularly religious nor Catholic but I’ve been there a couple of times and you don’t need to be a specific something to appreciate some majestic piece of work!
Third stop: DALAGUETE
1. Climb Cebu’s Highest Peak at Osmeña Peak
Climbing Osmeña peak is probably one of the major things you’d want to accomplish on your trip to the south and there are a lot of things that you should know about it. I’ll be making a separate blog entry about this so make sure to subscribe to this website for more updates!
Fourth stop: OSLOB
1. Whale Shark Watching
I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Honestly, I don’t completely support it so you’re gonna have to hop on over to another blog for more information about this.
2. Check out Tumalog Falls
Fifth stop: SAMBOAN
1. Climb 7 levels of waterfalls at Aguinid Falls
Aguinid falls is a beautiful cluster of waterfalls located in Samboan, Cebu. The drive is far but the fruits of your labor are unlike any other.
Entrance to Aguinid falls is P40.00 but more importantly, your tour guide fee is up to you- note: you will require 2 to guide you through all 7 levels (7 different falls) and they will also assist in carrying your things, ensuring your safety and even taking your photos. I talked to our guide and was disheartened to find out that oftentimes they don’t even get paid by tourists which is literally the ONLY way they make money. I understand our desires to save even when travelling but don’t skimp out where it matters the most, guys.
Next. As I said, there are 7 levels/ falls in the area, each more beautiful than the last. The first 4 levels are ground level whilst the last 3 require you to climb up a chiseled rock wall with a rope as a guide leading up to not only falls but even small pools that you can relax, jump into and climb.
You also need to go between walls & climb boulders all covered with running fresh water which really is an adventure of its own.
Once you’re done, you can help yourself to some local snacks and delicacies offered by the friendly locals who have set up stalls along the area.
2. Cook Yourself Alive
Samboan has the only Kawa Hot Bath in Cebu and I made a separate blog entry about it for you to check out here.
Sixth stop: BADIAN
1. Go Canyoneering
Canyoneering has been around for a while in Cebu with their own certain struggles and controversies over the past years. Whatever you’ve heard, I’ve heard and discussed about on my podcast, Issa Talks. If you want to try it out for yourself, my biggest suggestion would be to get a tour guide- it might cost a little bit more but it’s a small fee to pay for your optimum safety. You can find out more information about my experience there on this blog entry.
2. End up in Kawasan Falls
Prior to my previous entry, canyoneering will take you all the way to the 2nd falls of Kawasan, Cebu’s most popular falls. However, I’ve previously learned that guests are no longer allowed to jump off the 2nd falls so if you want to skip the whole canyoneering experience and go straight to Kawasan, it would be a great place for you and family guests to lounge and perhaps get a massage waterfalls.
Seventh stop: MOAL BOAL
1. Swim with the fishes.
Moal Boal is one of the most beautiful places for diving, aquatic adventures and beautiful sights. I love going back to that place and whenever I need a break from the city or a place to vacation, I instantly bring our guests here. Here are a few things you can do here:
And that’s basically it! There’s probably more to do in the south and I promise to come back and edit this periodically if anything new comes up.
If you find all this information a little bit overwhelming and would like someone to walk you through this, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or you can email me at email@example.com. Pick out what specific activities you’d like to do, how many days you have, your budget (if any) and what you need help with and I’ll help you out! I can help you with your accommodations, transpo and general enjoyment.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps you out in anyway. I truly enjoyed this post and I’m looking forward to filling out the missing entries to help you put everything into place.
Come to Cebu, you will REALLY enjoy it here! I can’t wait to see you!
I’m a little late (as I always am) when it comes to make up trends but the KJM Cosmetics Lip & Cheek tint was something I honestly paid very little attention to since its first appearance in Cebu early this year. Sure, I saw it on racks on racks on racks whenever I went shopping but I never really bothered to ask what the big deal was nor did I care to try it out. In my head I thought to myself that, “it was just another lip and cheek tint” and that tints were sooo high school (and college) but I was surprisingly wrong. Lip and cheek tints are very much real, my friends!
What is KJM Cosmetics Lip & Cheek tint?
I tried researching it but their official website doesn’t really answer any real questions like, “why are they so famous?” and “what are they made of?” but Kimpossibly Gorgeous’ raves that it’s a Filipino brand and continues on her own review with an ecstatic yey for Pinoy Pride. Yey from me too!
My supplier and the beloved sponsor of this post, Let’s Stylize, did mention though that the products are organic and therefore are safe to consume (if you like to consume lip tint?).
As requested, I pulled out 5/ 10 shades that Let’s Stylize has to offer and this week, I have made it my sole purpose to try out, test and share my sentiments with my wonderful readers about what I think about the KJM Cosmetics Lip & Cheek tint.
Chrcking out KJM cheek Lip Vibe (Let's Stylize) at Emporium
If you haven’t gotten around to watching the vlog, here’s a run through of the video:
What makes a good lip and cheek tint? I thought long and hard (lol, jk, I used common sense) and thought about what comprised a good/ decent tint and came to the conclusion that it takes the factors: consistency, longevity and price point.
Consistency. The tint is light weight but much to my dismay, is oil based. Unfortunately for me, I hate oil and I quickly found out in the video that oil tends to spill on to your teeth if you’re not careful and will tint your teeth, as well. Although, I wouldn’t really think of this as a bad thing because you can always allow the tint to dry or dab the tint in portions before smacking your lips together. Either route, the oil dries up and you’re not left in this predicament for too long.
Longevity. You obviously want your tint to last long because who likes constantly reapplying make up anyways? I certainly don’t! Reviews say that this products lasts up from 3- 6 hours, depending on how often you wet your lips and I definitely wanted to put this to the test or… tests, rather!
EXPERIMENT NO. 1: The wet wipe test
EXPERIMENT NO. 2: The water test
EXPERIMENT NO. 3: The food test
EXPERIMENT NO. 4: The kissing test
EXPERIMENT NO. 5: The drop test (not a part of longevity but let’s throw it in there anyways!)
If you want to see the results… please watch the video. And while you’re at it, like, SUBSCRIBE & leave some love in the comments section below 😀
Price Point. A bottle of this tint will cost you about P150.00 and is said to last you a looong time (according to Youtube reviews). I’d say, it’s a pretty penny to pay and I definitely think it hits the sweet spot, price-wise.
Here are some swatches:
Bittersweet Magenta (on cheeks only)
Bittersweet Magenta (on cheeks & lips)
See what I meant by it going on your teeth!
Conclusion. Although I really did have an issue with it being oil based, it’s pretty forgivable and since shooting this video, I have incorporated the tint in my daily make up routine.
I could tell you all about it, really. But I’d rather you watch the video so please, do me the honors!! <3
That’s all that I have for today, dear friends and beloved readers!
If you want to get your own KJM Lip & Cheek Tints, feel free to message Let’s Stylize or drop by your nearestEmporium concept store.
Let me know if you enjoyed my beauty review and if there’s anything you’d fancy I try out and experiment on again.