Attention, Makeup Lovers: Sephora is in Town!

Sephora's Philippine online store
Sephora’s Philippine online store, Sephora.ph

Sephora, the well-known make-up and cosmetics chain of stores is finally in the Philippines. They have recently launched their website Sephora.ph which showcases an array of brands, including their own line. Some brands (like Nars, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever) are not available though, but since the store is still at its early stages, we can expect to see a lot of changes and addition to their current line of products (*crosses fingers*).

The brand’s presence in the country is currently limited to the online space as there’s no physical store as of yet. The items, once ordered, will be shipped from Sephora’s Singapore warehouse (the contact number on the site is a Singaporean number, so maybe they don’t have a local office yet?). All orders amounting to P1,300 and above are eligible for free shipping! Yay!

Have you checked out their website yet?

What I think about the Logitech K480

I work from home, and it can get quite boring at times, so I travel a lot too. This brings up a need to always update my gear to make transit as painless as possible. I own a 15-inch laptop and lugging it around isn’t always the best option.

I had been interested about bluetooth keyboards for quite a while as I thought working from my iPad mini is much more convenient for travel. I was shopping with my friend in Megamall when I stumbled upon the Logitech K480 in Octagon. So, I had one of the guys there test it out on my iPhone, and needless to say, I walked out of the store carrying the thing.

The Logitech K480
The Logitech K480

Features I like

  1. It allows for three device connections and it’s easy to switch from one device to another. This is especially convenient for when I’m working and Viber-ing at the same time. I can switch from my iPad to my iPhone and type out a reply without having to pick it up.
  2. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android.
  3. It is lighter than my laptop.
  4. It fits in my purse.
  5. It is relatively easy to use.

Downsides

  1. It uses AAA batteries which last for about 8 hours if used continuously. So that’s about 2 AAA batteries daily if I were to use it for a day’s work. Your next best option is to invest on rechargeable batteries which is expensive. Plus, most of the chargers come with 4 AA batteries, so you have to buy your AAA batteries separately.
  2. Lag time.I find that there’s a bit of delay when I’m typing and it could get really frustrating especially if you’re on a deadline. And the back key is ultra sensitive that it goes back two steps instead of just one when pressed. I have to really be careful not to make spelling mistakes to avoid hitting the back key. It’s that or I have to hit it really gently.
  3. The keys are noisy. I don’t mind it, really. In fact, I hadn’t even noticed until one day when I was working with my friend and she said she couldn’t concentrate because my typing was too loud.
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“And the back key is ultra sensitive that it goes back two steps instead of just one when pressed.”

4. It doesn’t have a trackpad. It’s annoying to have to constantly touch the screen if I want to go somewhere on my document, or my iPad. I think it kind of takes away a major chunk from the usefulness of this product. But I’m still getting the hang of all the shortcuts. Maybe it just takes a little getting used to.

Conclusion

I feel that I have not used it to its fullest to make a sound conclusion. So far though, I think it’s useful enough to use for short trips or for working in coffee shops. For longer travel though, I still need to bring a laptop as some of my work requires stuff that only an actual computer can do (which is more of a limitation on the iPad and not the keyboard).

To know more about its specifications, click here.

I Miss Gami!

In October of last year, while I was in Melbourne, my friend who lives in Sydney swung by for a really short visit. I asked my sister where’s the best place to get dinner that’s not overly expensive, but has good food and she recommended Gami.

gamiGami is a Korean-style fried chicken and beer restaurant (sort of like Kyochon, but a million times yummier, IMHO). Their fried chicken comes in 4 flavor variations: Original, Sweet Chilli (my personal favorite!), Soy Garlic, and Spicy (second favorite!). You can order half & half flavors, but they tend to just put the sauce in dipping containers instead of directly onto the chicken. TIP: If you want more sauce, I suggest getting just one flavor so you can get your chicken swimming in yummy, saucy, goodness.

The restaurant also offers other food such as Tteok Bok Ki, Kimchi Pancake, Corn Cheese, Potato Heaven, and more! Here are pictures of my personal favorites!

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Tteok Bok Ki! Spicy but soooo good!
Yummy fried chicken! (I think this one was the spicy variation)
Yummy fried chicken! (I think this one was the spicy variation)
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Corn Cheese! A delicious combination of sweet corn kernels and gooey cheese!
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Corn Cheese and Potato Heaven, which is really heaven, by the way.

 

Gami is my most visited restaurant in Melbourne. I’m definitely going back when I visit my sister again. If you want to know what other things are in their menu and where their locations are, head on over to their site at www.gamichicken.com.au. (Menus vary by location).

My 2015 in Pictures

If I would describe 2015 in a few words, I’d have to say it is my Art and Travel Year. Here’s how my 2015 went  in pictures. (Thanks to Windows’ Photos app for organizing them by date!)

January

January
I was just starting in my calligraphy journey and I wanted to try painting watercolor flowers as well. 

 

February

February
I bought my very first pen holder and set of nibs.

 

March

March
I asked my former student Bella to model for me on a personal shoot. I hadn’t taken any new pictures so I thought I should update my portfolio.

 

April 

April
I went to El Nido, Palawan with my best friend Ellen to celebrate her birthday. I got to meet a lot of cool new friends.

 

May

May
My friend Reena and I went to Boracay for the summer. It was not a vacation because we still had to work, but it was still fun because we got to join in the Pub Crawl and met a lot of people!

 

June

This was the time I started sketching faces. And it was also the time I was marathoning all seasons of Orange is the New Black and had developed a crush on Ruby Rose, because who hasn't?
This was the time I started sketching faces. And it was also the time I was marathoning all seasons of Orange is the New Black and had developed a crush on Ruby Rose, because who hasn’t?

 

July

Still drawing faces, and it was Cara Delevingne this time. I saw a tutorial that had her as a model, so I thought I should try drawing her too.
Still drawing faces, and it was Cara Delevingne this time. I saw a tutorial that had her as a model, so I thought I should try drawing her too.

 

My friends Ellen and Ring, and I went to Baguio for a short trip.
My friends Ellen and Ring, and I went to Baguio for a short trip.

 

September

September
September was my busiest month (and most expensive too TT_TT). I went to Singapore for a few days, and then to Bintan, Indonesia to celebrate my brother’s and sister’s birthdays. (I would later fly to Australia too for a 3-month trip)

 

October

My birthday is technically on November 1, but we celebrated a day early. We went to Point Lonsdale in Victoria for a picnic.
My birthday is technically on November 1, but we celebrated a day early. We went to Point Lonsdale in Victoria for a picnic.

 

November

We went to the Victoria State Rose Garden which can easily be one of my favorite places on earth because, duh, flowers!
We went to the Victoria State Rose Garden which can easily be one of my favorite places on earth because, duh, flowers!

 

December

December
In December, at our Christmas Party, I got to be Marge Simpson!

 

A lot of things happened last year and to sum them all up in 12 pictures is totally an understatement. I really should get better at blogging about stuff that are happening in my life. I have been to a lot of places in 2015, and yet have only blogged about a few. TT_TT. My next post is definitely going to be about resolutions.

Happy new year, you guys! I’m so excited for 2016, how about you?

xoxo,

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Spending Summer 2015 in Boracay

Boracay, Aklan
Boracay, Aklan

 

I had a couple of beach trips last summer. One in Palawan, and another one in Boracay.

Last year, I, together with my friends Kat and Reena, went to Boracay (I didn’t blog about it, but I posted our parasailing video). And after a year, Reena and I went back. It wasn’t a vacation really, because we didn’t take leaves from work. It was a 7-day trip of working from the island (can’t complain). We didn’t do any activities, except the Pub Crawl (which I’m gonna blog about separately).

Here are some of the pictures I took during the trip. There aren’t many as I didn’t bring a camera. All pictures were taken using my iPhone.

Boracay Airport
Boracay Airport

 

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Food! I loved the gizzard and this Crispy Bulalo at Smoke.

 

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1. A stray cat. 2. Wanted to buy calamansi muffins, but they ran out!

 

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Boracay Sunset

 

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Restaurant interior

 

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Trying out the panorama trick shot on Reena

 

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Selfie and a sunset picture

 

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And another sunset picture

 

xoxo,

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PS
This post is mainly just a photo dump to document my trip. Will update with more meaningful posts soon.