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.

The docks feat. my mother’s back

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.

random sandbar

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