Travel Blog | Philippines Spring 2019

Dear Reader,

DANGGG. I’ve been beyond busy, and this post has been sitting in my drafts and getting dusty for a long time. Whoops. Here’s my belated travel blog, sorry guys!

So, I finally traveled outside of the USA, for the first time in 8 years! Of course, aside from Mexico, I’ve only been to the Philippines, which is my mother’s home country (I’m half Filipina and half white). I also lived there when I was a child, and attended my first year of high school there.

I went with my mom, because my dad was already there. My parents still live there in the winter time, but my mom travels back to the US for work. It can’t really give details on that, because it’s their privacy. Anyway, I was there for three weeks, and it was so nice to visit my family and friends 😭

The jungle behind my house.

We went to Palawan first, which is where our house is. I was busy everyday, from visiting my family, to hitting the beach. We didn’t do many tourist-y things, because my parent’s really aren’t about that life (they’re old). I was okay with that though, because I was busy getting caught up with people, and checking out how much the city (Puerto Princesa) had changed since 2011.

One of my dad’s prized pineapple plants lol

So, I shopped a lot. Now that I’m looking at all these pics, I realized what a crap job I did at collecting pictures of my trip. I took a lot of food pics. Like, a lot of food pics; an embarrassing amount. Sooooo, I’ll share what I can and spare you. I promise to do better next time, okey?

The boats we rode when we went island hoping in Honda Bay, Palawan.

Travelling with my parents was kind of boring, they never want to do cool tourist stuff with me, we only went island hoping together. Also, my cousins were working and couldn’t play with me, so it was super lonesome. Except when we went to Bacolod City, my seven year old cousin hung out with me a lot, but mostly because I bought him basketball stuff and pokemon cards.

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Also, as I was saying the only touristy thing we did was island hoping, and omg tourists are so annoying. Like, not just foreigners were there, but other filipinos from other islands, and everyone that day was really getting on my nerves with how cranky they were. Like this one lady, she was upset because her tour company brought her to the docks an hour early, and the rest of the tour didn’t get there until later. She legit went on a rant to our tour guide about how she was a f*cking queen and didn’t deserve to wait like that. Well, maybe if she had actually read the right arrival time she wouldn’t have had to wait. It still makes me mad after all these months.

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So, after we left Palawan, we went to Negros Occidental from where my family originates. I mostly hungout in my room, and did a lot of shopping and a lot of eating. I feel like if I had actually sit down and wrote this right after I got back it would have been more exciting. Not just for you guys, but also for myself?

my mother’s awesome photography skillz and me being a nerd (u right I am wearing a slip so I don’t burn to death in the sun)

I was there for three weeks, you’d think I’d have more interting things to say and show, but honestly it was kind of like I had resumed my daily life since the last time I was there minus school. I also caught up with friends who were home at the same time too, and enjoyed the sun.

Thanks for reading, and look forward to next next blog where I update you on my summer, and share some exciting news. Also, I need to work on some more skincare reviews, so look forwards to that as well.

Love,

Rin

My Travel Essentials 2019

This post is NOT sponsored.

Dear Reader,

So, I’m finally back from the Philippines! I wanted to get this out before I left, but I got busy and it didn’t happen… However, it’s here now! This is a lifestyle blog, so I figured I would share my travel essentials, and travel blogs/vlogs are my fave to watch/read. 💖

Pictured above is the bag I brought on the plane, where I put most of my stuff. It was Christmas gift from my sister, and the thing I like most about it is that it’s theft proof, so the zipper is in the back instead of in the front. Link: Amazon.

Inside, I have my lotion, wet wipes, earphones, and passport in the front. I bring disinfecting wipes with me on the plane, and on vacation, because the tray tables are sooooo dirty. I have an extremely susceptible immune system, so I like to be on the safe side. I also like to keep my passport in a cover to keep it clean and dry. One time my dad ruined his when he put it in his backpack with a bottle of open water. Yikes. I really like this cover because I love Pusheen!

Then, I have my sunglasses (this is a brand new pair because I crushed my other ones l o l). I also have my makeup pouch and a coin purse. I’m not sure where the makeup pouch is from because I got it for Christmas from a friend. And my fave Sanrio character is currently Aggretsuko (Link: Sanrio Store)! She’s so cute, and relatable~ ⭐

Inside my makeup pouch, I have a mirror, eyebrow duo kit, my fave lipstick from ysl, a travel size bottle of my fave perfume, the Kiss Me Heroine Smooth Liquid Eyeliner in Brown, the Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara Advanced Film, and the I’M MEME I’m Tic Toc Lip Tint Cashmere. Which are my makeup basics! I usually use the Em Cosmetics felt tip eyeliner, but recently I’m been using the Kiss Me Heroine eyeliner and mascara because they sponsored Blackpink, and who am I, if it has Blackpink’s face, I’ll buy it. And honestly, I really like them!

And in a ziplock bag, I brought my skincare! I used the Chia Seed Hydrating Emulsion, Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner, and the Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask, on the plane, because the air is soooooo drying. I know some people like to use sheet masks, but that only lasts for 20 minutes, and after a few hours your skin is dry again. I’m not a fan.

I also the brought my klairs vitamin c serum, and a limited edition of some Suncut UV Sunscreen (here’s the closest thing I could find of it), for when I got off the plane. Sunscreen is super important because it protects your face from damaging UV rays, so I brought some SPF 50!

And in the back, I have some playing cards, and a sleeping mask. I didn’t really watch movies on the plane, and I just wanted to sleep. I also forgot to include this in the pictures, but I brought a BB cushion with me. I used the Moonshot Face Perfection Balm Cushion, and my shade is in 201. I like taking BB cushions on trips because they have the foundation and puff in one case, so it’s super travel friendly.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little blog post, I tried to provide links to everything I could, from the exact stores I bought them from. One more thing, none of these products were sponsored, I’m not a big enough blog for that 🙂

If you wanted to know more about a product I mentioned, feel free to DM me on instagram! Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later!

Love,

Rin

September Favorites 2018

Dear reader,

So, I’m trying to get back into lifestyle blogging, and I wasn’t really sure what to post? But someone on Instagram suggested I start doing monthly favorites! Which is definitely doable, as I’m always trying new stuff. So, without further ado, here’s what I loved during the month of September!

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Beauty:

I did go on vacation in September for a week in Las Vegas, and it was so hot! I honestly didn’t’ wear tons of makeup, but I wouldn’t have been able to live without my sunscreen. I used the Skin&Lab Dr. Vita Clinic Fre C Sun Lotion, which is a Korean brand of sun screen. What I person liked about it was how light weight is was, and it didn’t leave a white cast nor was it greasy. Major A++ in my book. Even my mom liked it!

On that note, I seemed to like a lot of Vitamin C products this month because I also loved the Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drops. It’s a very light serum that brightens your complexion and leaves you skin feeling super soft!

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As for makeup, I really liked the Labiotte Wine Lip Tint in CR01. which is a pretty coral color. I would basically wear eyeliner and lip tint everyday and call it good. But when I wanted to be extra, I really enjoyed using a tiny eye shadow quad from Canmake. I used the Perfect Stylist Eyes 14, which was just some purple and pink and a glitter shade.

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I’m honestly sooo basic. I watch so many makeup videos, and I own a lot of eye shadow palletes, but I end up using like the same three colors over and over again (usually copper, taupe, or brown).

This month I forced myself to do use different colors, and the results were okay (lol). But my go-to colors are still brown and copper.

This is why I’m not a beauty guru lol.

 

Anyway, moving on from beauty stuff.

Fashion:

Lol, I’m not the most fashionable person, because I live in Alaska and I don’t really care (there’s no one to impress here). But I am a handbag person, so for my birthday I bought myself some bags!

My favorite was this cute Michael Kors bag, that’s shaped like a backpack (but it’s a crossbody)!

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I’m super obsessed with it, and I use it everyday. It came in several colors, but I bought it in black for everyday use. 10/10 would recommend.

Books/Music/Media:

So, while I received manga for my birthday, I didn’t really read any. I was so busy in September (and a bit sick), I didn’t have that much time.

But I did read the The Governness Game: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare, and tbh it was so good I read it in two hours. Tessa Dare is such a great writer that all of her stuff is an automatic download for me.

Meanwhile, for TV shows, I was OBSESSED with the Chinese drama Ashes of Love! Deng Lun is honestly so attractive I was drooling the entire time.

As for music, I really like Deja Vu by Wengie, the MV was super colorful, and the aesthetics were on point. I also liked Puzzle Moon by GWSN, which is a super cute song from a recently debuted kpop girl group.

 

Anyway~ those were my favorites from September! As always, the products listed were not sponsored (I mean I wish they were), and also, leave me a comment down below about your favorites from the month of September!

Thanks for reading my word vomit, and I’ll catch you later!

Love,

Rin

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Links:

Skin&Lab Fre C Sun Lotion

Labiotte Wine Tint

Klairs Vitamin C Drop

Canmake Eyeshadow

Ashes of Love

The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke

 

 

Travel Blog: Florida 2018 Highlights

Dear Reader,

So, it’s been a minute! I was planning on posting this much earlier in the year, but as soon as I got home, I got very ill (with strep throat, mono, and then bronchitis *sobs*). Anyway, here are my highlights from my Florida trip!

On the night of Christmas Eve, my friend and I flew from Anchorage to Fort Myers. It was a super uncomfortable trip (remind me to never fly with American Airlines again), but we arrived on Christmas Day.

Her family brought us donuts, and they we drove from Fort Myers to their home about 30 minutes away. It was really nice to go from snowy Alaska, to sunny Florida! The condo they live in has a pool, so be basically went swimming everyday!

Over the next couple of days, we went just chilled out, and went to the beach a lot! We also went shopping, and the mall we went to had duck pond! Something you would never see in Alaska because our malls are mostly inside.

I had a really relaxing time in Florida, everyday was filled with good food and adventure. The beach was really fun, and I also got a slight tan. Although, I will say that the state was having a bit of a cold spell while we were visiting. Which was okay, because basically anything above 65 degrees F is warm in my book.

One day, it was in the 80s, and we went to the beach (pictured above). I thought it was great, so I dived right in, and my friend even went into the deeper water, but we were the only people swimming. Many people came to sun tan, but no one else was in the water. Which was chill with me, but we got a kick out of it anyway.

Sadly, New Years Eve was upon us. We went and got our nails done, ate pizza, and watched all the fireworks! It was really fun, but I was sad when 2018 came because my trip was halfway over.

I was NOT looking forward to going home. Even if my hair hated the humidity, I personally hate the cold.

Anyway.

After New Years, we went to the manatee park! We had gone the year before on a warm day, but sadly we didn’t see anything. This year we went on a cold day, and we saw a lot of cute sea cows! I would share a picture, but all I got were videos… Which I have no idea how to upload onto this site, but whatever.

After a few more days rolled around, we made plans to go to Orlando, where I was catching my flight back to Alaska. Wah, wah, wah.

But here is where the highlight of my trip takes place. WE WENT TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO GUYS.

I went to Harry Potter World TT_TT It was beautiful. We waited in line for the Harry Potter ride for like an hour, and it was rough. It was the first ride we went on, and we got there when the gates opened. All of the rides had super long lines. I mean super.

But I’m pretty happy. I had a ton of fun, and I made lots of memories with my friend and her family who is also like my own. I was sad to leave.

Anyway, that was my Florida trip! I was in Florida from 12/24/17-1/6/18, and it went by wayyyy to fast. I’m sad, but also happy I went. Even if I did get sick for two months after I got home.

Well guys, thanks for reading! In you want real time updates, go follow my personal IG @insta_rinnn. I also have a mangagram account @love_rinnn. Until next time!

Love,

Rin

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My Favorite K-Pop Christmas Songs!

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Dear Reader,

I know quite a few people who follow me on social media really like kpop, but I wonder how many kpop Christmas songs you know? Here are ten of my personal favorite, which I am forever grateful for, because it’s a break from all the American songs I’ve heard ten million times.

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So, let’s go!

The Cube Family Christmas Song! It’s a little old, we got B2ST, Apink, 4Minute, and even G.na! among others lol, but to me this will always be OG Cube Family TT_TT

Starship Planet – Snow Candy! This is my favorite Starship Christmas song! God, I miss Boyfriend. And we got K.Will too, and so many other talented artists!

EXO (M) – Miracles in December. I’m crying, I miss OT12. You have no idea, Lulu, Kris, Tao. This song is so beautiful, and I miss them so much. Excuse me while I go cry in my corner…

TTS – Dear Santsa. Not gonna lie, I didn’t realize there was an English version of this. I’ve been listening to the Korean version, I was kind of shook when I searched it to add to this playlist.

Orange Caramel & Nu’est- Dashing Through the Snow in Highheels. Yeah, if you know me at all you, you know I stan Nu’est, ergo, enjoy this masterpiece!

JYP Nation – This Christmas. Yeah, OG JYP, must I say more??

Taeyeon – This Christmas. This song came out a few days ago, but I’m adding it to my library anyway! I really like the calming melody, and Taeyeon’s voice is majestic!

Starship Planet – Christmas Day. This years Starship christmas song! It’s really good! The best one they’ve had since 2013~

f(x) – 12시 25분 (Wish List). Hello, I stan f(x), and you should too! Jk(but not really), in all seriousness this is a dreamy song, and I’m still screaming over it years later~

SHINee – Winter Wonderland. This is a Japanese song, and it’s so good! SHINee are true kings.

TEEN TOP – Snow Kiss. I love Teen Top, they are so goofy and silly. This song is the cutest!

So there you have it, my top kpop christmas songs! I feel like this playlist made me look like the biggest SM Entertainment stan, but I’m really not 😂 I hope you liked it~ Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays everyone!!

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Love,

Rin

 

Diary Entry: Mochi Festival

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12/3/2017

Dear Reader,

Today, my friend Sam and I went to a rice cake pounding festival! We had delicious mochi, and had a lot of fun. It was held by the Japan Alaska Association, we learned a bit about rice pounding, and the traditions of it.

Then, we got to taste it! I kind of preferred this fresh mochi over the kind that you buy in the store. Usually it’s super sweet, but this mochi was plain, but was flavored by the fillings or soup. We tried one with red bean paste, which was super delish!

We also had some kind of mochi and vegetables in a fish broth soup, which was also really yummy! And plain mochi dipped in some starch that tasted like peanut butter.  Sam was not a fan of either of these two dishes, but I quite enjoyed them.

Anyway, it was really interesting, and I had fun! After we ate mochi, we decided to have sushi for dinner. I would have taken pictures of that, but the lighting was awful. . . Anyway, this was just a quick post to share our food adventure!

Have a great week guys, and good luck to any students who are about to face finals! As always, thanks for reading~ bye~

Love,

Rin

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Diary Entry: I Chopped My Hair Off

Dear Reader,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, not much has been going on, and I’ve been busy with the semester ending. I was actually in Wasilla for an eye-doctor appointment, and I had time before work, so I went in and got a hair cut.

I decided to cut my hair for several reasons. 1) it was so dry and damaged from the split ends, I thought I would lose my mind 2) my job requires me to wear my hair up, and I hate that, and 3) I just needed a change!

So now all my hair is gone!

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I got kind a slight A-line, where it’s shorter in the back and longer in the front. With long layers, and a face framing instead of bangs.

My hair is slightly curly, so I’ll have to do a little more upkeep, but I’m enjoying it so far.

My sister thinks I look like a soccer mom, but that’s okay. It matches my old lady aesthetic. I think I look like a 30-year-old office worker, like in the manga Idol Dreams, but you know.

I’m thinking about making a dedicated food blog post, but I’m not sure how I would go about doing that. Maybe a blog about good places to eat in Anchorage, Alaska? Or a, “What I ate in a Month” blog post? I won’t do it this month though, because I’m going on vacation at the end of the month, and I’m going to do a separate post about that.

Here is some pho I yesterday, it was really delicious! I also had some coffee and a apple tart from the Starbucks in Barnes and Noble. It was pretty satisfying! It was great. I usually post food pictures on my IG stories, so if you want to see more food stuffs follow my instagram!

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Also, happy december! Wooo, I can’t believe it’s already here! This blows my mind, honestly.

It’s been snowing quite a bit, but also warm at the same time, so it’s resulted in a lot of slush. I also put up our Christmas tree! I bought it when my sister and I lived in a tiny apartment, so it’s really small too. But I still like it, so there’s no need to waste money and buy a bigger tree.

So yeah! That’s what I’ve been up to as of late. Tomorrow, my friend Sam and I are going to a Japanese mochi festival, so I’ll take pics and share my adventures there.

As always, thanks for reading!

Love,

Rin

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