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[FASHION] Trendy Summer Korean Swimwear Pieces from Korean Rose Shop

4/20/2017 09:00:00 PM Chai Chen 6 Comments

It's officially summer time! Vacation time! I ain't really the "beach person" type. I rarely go to swimming activities, either with just swimming pools or big, beautiful beaches. One thing I always think of is ... what am I supposed to wear? The fashionista in me thinks that every time we'll go to an outing, I need to have a new outfit. Hahah! Do you guys think the same? But then again, that'll be too expensive! The travel expenses + all the different swimwear to wear, right? Thankfully, there are online shops now that really offer great quality and affordable pricing for swimsuits! And my pick this time is My Korean Rose shop, where I got these fashionably cute swimwear!

My Korean Rose - Korean Swimwear

I have a few swimsuits but they're not as fashionable as these ones I got from Korean Rose shop. Plus the fact that these are in Korean fashion style, I know I can swim in style! I love Korean beauty products and Korean trends / fashion / clothing! Combine them in these swimwear pieces, and voila! I guess we'll look like kpop stars then! LOL. Click after the cut to read more ...



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[TRAVEL] 12 Beautiful Churches in Manila for Visita Iglesia & Translacion Holy Week Philippines 2017

4/16/2017 01:53:00 AM Chai Chen 18 Comments

The Philippines is very rich in culture and tradition, and one of the reasons why is because of the many different countries that tried to make us as their colony in the past. There was for a time, the Chinese barter trade, the Japanese colonial plot, the American regime, among others ... the longest of which is the Spanish era where we mostly inherited our language (i.e. most Spanish terms have been embedded in the Filipino language, ex. "lamesa" for "the table"), dressing, beliefs, religion, and many others that have been passed on to us from generation to generation. Aside from the beautiful natural wonders and magnificent beaches that our country has, one of the things we can say we take pride upon is the centuries-old set of churches we have across the country. Each of which is rich in history. And we need not look farther as we have quite a number already here in the city, Metro Manila.

Manila Cathedral at Night - Chai Chen 2017

For millions of us in the Catholic faith, the Lenten Season won't be complete without the traditional Visita Iglesia that is primarily set to happen on a Maundy Thursday. It's an annual tradition for me and my family to go and visit at least 14 Churches for Visita Iglesia but in the recent years, since my parents are already old, they weren't able to join in the long walks anymore. Last year, it was only my dad and my sister who did it and this year, I did it solo. On a Good Friday, we normally light up candles for a traditional procession in our parish church. Let me take you down history lane and share this common practice, that can be enjoyed in this post despite religious affiliations and beliefs that we all have! Let's appreciate the beauty and history of these beautiful churches that I've compiled and maybe, you too can take this route every Holy Week. Click after the cut to read more ...



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[FOOD] Ultimate Taste Test: Super Scoops Premium Vegan Ice Cream VLOG

4/10/2017 06:00:00 PM Chai Chen 31 Comments

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I am such a fan of desserts. No wonder my weight has been experiencing a yo-yo effect! I go hard on the gym for my workouts but then I experience more cheat days haha! And ice cream is one of my weaknesses. I easily give in to tubs of yogurt ice creams and the gelato types thinking that it's also a lesser evil than regular ice creams! Still, this kind of diet won't let me achieve that bikini body that I've dreamed about lah~ Oh well! The love of food wins! But I've recently discovered this ice cream brand that promises to be all fun and less of the guilt. A game-changing alternative to the dessertporn goodness! It's a local brand called Super Scoops Premium Vegan Ice Cream.


Me and my Sister @lizhongtan
With our Super Scoops Premium Vegan Ice Cream
Me and my sister decided to put it to the "Ultimate Taste Test." Well, sorta! Meaning, we just really wanted to devour it right then and there haha! We recorded a vlog as a reaction video to how these flavors will taste. It's the first time we're getting a taste of vegan ice cream types. I initially had doubts as to how it will taste like - I felt that they might not be too-sweet nor won't taste like ice cream at all. They might lack that flavorful taste. But since it's a vegan ice cream and that in itself connotes that it's a healthy option, I was already "ok" with it all along. There aren't much lactose free ice cream brands or non dairy ice cream brands around (or so I thought ... I was just probably not searching haha!) and this is actually the first I heard of those vegan ice cream brands so I gave it a shot. What can this brand offer and what other benefits does it have? Click after the cut to find out ...



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[LIFESTYLE] Can You Ditch Shampoo? #TakeAShowerWithUs with Hairstory's New Wash

4/05/2017 05:57:00 PM Chai Chen 27 Comments

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How to achieve hair goals? I also always wondered how. Our crowning glory ... the hair! Bow! It's one of the most high-maintenance part of our body, I believe. Hair care is the first thing to consider. Well, that's because for me, I have such a heavily damaged hair already given all the past treatments I had and some, probably wrong decisions I made like those radical colors, among others. With that, I tried using different types of shampoos, conditioners, hair masques, etc. just to maintain my hair or even improve it. I tried venturing into using sulfate free shampoos as I've read they are better for dyed hairstyles; and also hair care products with argan oil. However, I can't avoid styling my hair when I attend events and I need to be always ready for shoots as well so my hair gets a lot of stress too from the ironing and blowdrying and all other treatments at salons. At times, I just want a simple product that help me care for my hair at home without damaging it further. Thankfully, I received this new product and I'm excited to try it out!

Me taking on the challenge #TakeAShowerWithUs 
Hairstory's New Wash 

I must say this is really a bold and challenging way to change my hair care routine. Hairstory New Wash is a detergent-free, non-toxic, and one-for-all hair cleansing alternative! It's so challenging that will really make me ditch my traditional hair story and the products I currently use and just replace it with this. Can I really ditch shampoo and conditioner and all those products I'm used to with just using this? What's in this product anyway and how can I benefit from it? Read on ...



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[TECH] OPPO F1s: Summer #OOTD

3/28/2017 09:00:00 PM Chai Chen 22 Comments

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You might be wondering why I categorized this blog as under "Tech" but there's a "Summer OOTD" alongside that title as well ... well my friends, I'd love to share a few outfit ideas best suited for summer indeed, yes, but it's also best to capture them with a gadget that's best-suited to take photos this season. And you probably guessed it right ... I want to talk about capturing the best summer outfits with this chic gadget namely, Oppo F1s that'll definitely make it easy for us to snap & save our OOTDs!

Me and my Bestie Randolf @randolf_0903
Summer Getaway at Bolinao Falls
Who doesn't like to take selfies nowadays anyway, at least once every season? Who's not in any social media platforms? The millennial population overcrowds the social media stream among many forms! Oh ... and I'm still included there! HAHA! So hop on and click after the cut to read more as to how we can savor this summer heat with trendy outfits that match our style; and have the best selfies that show our quirky personalities, captured by one of the best tech gadgets we can find in town ... the Selfie Expert ... Oppo F1s ...



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[BEAUTY] My Cosplay & Non-Cosplay Looks with Sleek Makeup Matte Me Lippies (Review)

3/25/2017 02:25:00 AM Chai Chen 24 Comments

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I must admit; I've been a cosplayer since 2008 and yet I don't own a huge collection of makeup! I only have the basics - 1 eye palette with just 5-6 colors that I got from a train station; 2 shades of blush on in a compact; about 5 different shades of lipstick only; 2-3 brushes for all purpose (blush, eyes, and another one). All these I survived since then ... not until in 2013 when I started getting a few more addition to my makeup kit - from gifts. And last year, I started adding more. I started receiving makeup as gifts mostly, which increased my collection overall. Then I got this set of matte lipsticks from this line that I now definitely love!

Chai Chen's Collection of Matte Lippies!
Sleek Makeup: Matte Me

I don't have all the colors yet from their sets but I definitely love their collections. So far, I got these few pieces from Sleek Makeup "Matte Me" series and Detail Makeover "Matte in Detail" series. In this post, I'll be reviewing Sleek Makeup's Matte Me collection (at least for the 6 pieces I have). I'll reserve my review for the other set in another post. Check after the cut to see how it looks for each color and why I love it! Hop on the next lines for my Sleek Makeup Matte Me Lip Cream Review with different looks ... cosplay, and non-cosplay, daily makeup looks!



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[COSPLAY] With Angel Locsin Out, Who Will Be The Next Darna?

3/22/2017 04:28:00 PM Chai Chen 8 Comments

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One of the most coveted roles in the Philippines' Entertainment Industry is our local version of the super heroine widely known as "Wonder Woman;" and ours is more commonly known as Darna. While it is inevitably argued that the two characters are not comparable, their similarities are quite uncanny. After all, our local folklore, arts, and comics genre are inspired by Western creations. Darna's a fictional comics character too and to read more about her, check it out here.

Chai Chen (me) cosplaying as Darna

Now going back to the topic ... so Darna has been portrayed by several local actresses in either a TV series or movies. One of the most popular ones is Angel Locsin, a well-renowned actress for her portrayal of Darna in a TV series. She's said to be reprising this role in a big, anticipated movie this year, currently dubbed as "Darna 2017" however, due to her health conditions; which has been ongoing since last year (i.e. it was initially broadcasted as "Darna 2016"), she has officially announced now that she's out of the project. There was also an official announcement from ABS-CBN Management about this, given her spinal problems. And with Angel out of the picture, who will play this role now?



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[FOOD] Experience Hogwarts Universe in this Harry Potter "The Nook Cafe" + Giveaway Promo

3/10/2017 12:54:00 AM Chai Chen 5 Comments

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It's been years since the last Harry Potter flick was shown. Who else doesn't know Hogwarts at this point? I guess most of us in this era now has grown up with the Harry Potter Universe in mind. We've tried to chant the spells, memorize the names and houses, compared the books versus the movies, had love-hate relationship with the author J.K. Rowling when our favorite characters are not favored, we dressed up in similar fashion, adopted the British accent; and many more! We've lived the life mirroring how it's life to be walking down Diagon Alley and be one of the wizards .. or even the muggles! I sure did the same!

Imagine if we could indeed live it more, once again, thru amusement parks set here in the Philippines? I know that there are lots of theme parks already in other countries where peeps can enjoy rides named after famous Harry Potter places as well but here in our country, we're kinda late to adapt the concepts. However, another thing that we surely want to have here is ... you probably guessed it right by just the blog post title ... yup, you're right. A Harry Potter-inspired dining place! And whoooaalaaaa! There is something existing already! Wooohoo!

Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Slytherin Represent! Missing Hufflepuff!

It's called The Nook Cafe located at Maginhawa in Quezon City. This isn't the first time I visited the place though; and it's surely not a new cafe now. They've been operating for more than a year or maybe about two (2) years now but it's just recently when I decided to do a VLOG and write about it. That place is addicting! Click after the cut to find out more about it!



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[TRAVEL] Intramuros, Manila Educational Tour with our Aussie Friends - VLOG

3/08/2017 02:00:00 AM Chai Chen 8 Comments

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It's not like I was the one who travelled haha! But I was with the team as ... well, a tour guide. Part of my job is to take care of our clients whenever they are here in the Philippines.

Chai, Sheryll, Ryan, Jing, Todd, Jeff, and Kayci taking the photo at Fort Santiago
As we normally tackle business affairs most of the time, it's best to sometimes, unwind as well and pay a visit to the cultural heritage that our country, The Philippines, has. And since our workplace is in Makati, the Business District; the nearest place where we could go is ... Intramuros, Manila; known also as "The Walled City."

Outside the hustle-and-bustle of the city, we knew we could go to popular tourist destinations here like Boracay (the most popular beach for tourists); among others. However, it's best we kept it within the hours that my clients could spare and did not go elsewhere anymore. After all, we have work to get back to lah~

I wasn't alone though, in terms of touring our clients, Todd & Ryan around. Good thing, our Sales Leadership Team went with us. And given that Kayci, my partner in crime in all the office activities, has been a student in one of the universities in here; he knew a lot about the ins-and-outs. Pronto ... he was our tour guide as well, hehe.

Click after the cut to view more of our activities and view our video blog ...



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[BEAUTY] How to Transform to a 1950's Barbie Doll Look? Cosplay Makeup Transformation VLOG

3/06/2017 11:44:00 AM Chai Chen 11 Comments

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I recently had a film shoot where the theme was to look like in the 1950s era. I was sent a few photo references of the 1950s fashion for costume purposes but I had another idea in mind. Guess what? Well yeah, you probably guessed it right ... 1950s Barbie Doll! I researched a little bit more about the 50's fashion so I can match the look. It was only 2 days before the actual shoot so I didn't have much time to prep as well. It's not like I have a major role in the film though. But I love cosplay makeup transformations so I just wanted to make sure I look the part.

Here's what I did ...

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Click after the cut to view more of the shoot snaps and watch the video ...



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[YOUTUBE] I'm on the Weird Part of the Internet ... Who's Poppy? A new Internet Icon Sensation!

2/26/2017 11:56:00 PM Chai Chen 1 Comments

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As I try to grow my Youtube Channel, I came to this side of the internet where I found a lot of weird stuff ... and characters! My Channel has been existing for quite some time but I just mostly upload random videos. My subscribers were primarily friends and contacts from my Google account since 2005 hehehe. That time, there's still that export option or something, if I'm not mistaken. I had the chance to have my Google contacts subscribe to me and my friends get notified when I upload a new video ... they mostly comment a lot. Fast forward now, a lot has changed in Youtube algorithm as well and getting views and subscribers get more challenging hehe. But anyway, I've been on hiatus for quite some time I guess. I only started getting back to my channel some time late 2015 and started creating content just in 2016, last year. Hope you guys subscribe to my channel as well!

Ok back to topic ... so as I try to venture into more Youtube research and videos related to my content ... I found this weird girl popping out everywhere. I found That Poppy or also commonly known now by her self introduction, "I'm Poppy." That ageless, seemingly young but sexually attractive girl with platinum blonde hair and cutesy-sounding yet monotone voice. I encountered this video by FBE wherein she reacted to some kids reacting to her video called as such as well. And that's really weird ... POPPY REACTS TO KIDS REACT TO POPPY ...


Click after the cut for more details ... So who's Poppy?



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[BEAUTY] My 1st Youtube VLOG: Unboxing Althea Korea Beauty Box Review 2017

2/12/2017 11:11:00 AM Chai Chen 0 Comments

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I haven't blogged in ages! I always said I will go back to this and re-edit my layout and all that but I haven't lah~ But given all the opportunities that come my way this time around ... I guess I will be more active posting here again. I really missed writing and of course, you guys! My blogger friends and readers!

My layout still looks a bit tad-old and not organized but I'll get there! For now, I leave you with my very first VLOG Episode! Yep! I'm try'na do this too hehehe! I've been in Youtube since 2005 but I haven't really put much effort in my contents. But now, I'm really hooked to get better at my content so here goes ...

My Althea Korea VLOG Unboxing Experience

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