THE GOOD AND BAD SIDES OF LASER SKIN TIGHTENING


Many people think of laser skin tightening procedures as being quick, permanent fixes for annoying wrinkles and sagging skin. However, not all of the assumptions made about the procedures are true. Not only that, but like any medical procedure, laser treatments have their good and bad sides.

The Results of Laser Treatments Are Not Always Quick or Permanent 
First of all, laser procedures don't always produce fast results. Some of them do, like laser skin resurfacing, but laser skin tightening is a little different. Sometimes a tightening procedure might  not show any immediate difference, but you might see improvement a week or two later, after your body has a chance to start producing more collagen and repairing your skin cells. If you have ever used laser machines to treat your skin before then you know another bad side, which is that one appointment won't do. You will probably need a series of 5 or more treatments at first. Later on, you might decide to have even more.


Lasers Are Relatively Easy Treatment Methods 
A good thing about going in for a laser appointment is that they are relatively easy. The appointments aren't generally painful, and most of the time they take less than an hour. You might experience a little temporary heat, discomfort, bruising, or swelling, but it isn't as painful as some other treatments, nor is there a lot of recovery time involved. That said, there are a few things you will need to do to prepare for your treatment, such as wear sunblock or stay totally out of the sun for a couple weeks both before and after your treatment. You also can't wear lotions, creams, perfumes, or other products on your appointment day because the heat from the lasers can react with those products and burn your skin.


Laser Treatment After Care is Also Fairly Easy 
After you go in for a laser appointment, you might be wondering what you have to do to protect your skin during the healing process. Well, your skincare clinic should provide you with a medicated cream to use and remind you to keep your skin clean. It's also important to use a good moisturizer daily to help your skin heal.


Some People Shouldn't Have Laser Treatments 
Even though laser treatments are relatively easy, that doesn't mean that everyone should run right out and have one. Certain people are simply not meant to be treated by lasers. For instance, those with oily skin should generally seek other treatment methods. People on tight budgets may also want to avoid laser treatments, since they are usually out-of-pocket, as opposed to being covered by medical insurance. Also, multiple treatments are required. Therefore, the costs can add up quickly.


Researching Laser Treatment Clinics in Your Area 
If you do want to have a laser treatment and your doctor or dermatologist concurs with your decision, your next step will be to choose a laser clinic. You will first have to find one that has the type of machine and procedure you want, but don't assume that means that the clinicians know what they are doing. You also need to research the clinic itself thoroughly, make sure the employees are fully certified, ask questions, and check references. Then you can make sure that you are choosing a clinic you can trust. 

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Photos are not mine.

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CREAM & NAVY


Oh, I looove long weekends. Well, who doesn't even? Cebu just had a 4-day weekend last September 9 to 12. To make the days count, my workmates and I spent the long weekend at Bantayan for three days and two nights. Initial plan was just only for 2 days and a night but we found it hard to resist Bantayan and it was a long weekend anyway, so we opted for an extension. I'm planning to make a blog post plus a video about our trip so you better keep posted!


Since our trip didn't actually eat up the whole weekend, I decided to spend the last day chillin' at a coffee shop (you obviously know where it was haha!) with a good friend. It was one fine drizzly afternoon, just perfect to end the long weekend.


Thank you so much to Sammy Dress for my trendy high-waisted slimming blue jeans. They literally make you look slim..or slimmer. Ha!


These portrait shots are my favorite! I like how the suburbs in the background complete and give more substance to the whole picture. Shoutout to Gino for the amazing shots and bringing out your hidden photography skills! 


If you noticed, this is another non-black'n'white outfit post. Horray! Enough of that now, I'm going back to where my heart truly belongs and you prolly know what these colors are. Haha! I only took a little time out from what I was used to and I think it's about time to bring it back again.

Turtle neck top - Murashop Clothing | High-waisted jeans - SammyDress.com | Flats - SM Dept. | Sunnies - Sunnies

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BASIC DENIM


Gotta love bazaars with stores that sell lots'a cool stuff and food, and where you also get to meet amazing people, co-bloggers, and even social media friends that you still haven't seen in person. Last September 3 to 4 was Pop District Bazaars first anniversary. I only got the chance to go on the first day but I still definitely had a good time. I was also able to finally meet a good and ever beautiful blogger friend, Elish! Even though it was kinda brief (because I needed to go home by sunset), we still managed to hangout and take photos of each other and we talked and laughed.


For my outfit, I would like to thank Shein for providing me this awesome denim jacket during PDB! It's amazing how denim jackets are flexible. You can wear them with any colored top, or even pair it a another pair of denim jeans. You can even wear a denim jacket with a dress or with a button down. They tend to keep the snug and casual vibe to an outfit. If you want to avail your own denim jacket just like mine, you can go to shein.com and shop your desired style. They so much for you to choose from!


Wearing Shein's Dual Flap Pocket Stone Wash Blue Denim Jacket in XS.



Denim Jacket - Shein.com | Sneakers - Pull & Bear

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TRAVELOGUE: MY SOLO TRIP TO EL NIDO, PALAWAN


Have you ever considered yourself traveling alone?

That was one of the questions I kept asking myself before I learned to finally pursue it. I was always afraid of being alone and I didn't really like the thought of having no company at all. But our preferences change as we mature and learn more about life. I have never been more excited, inspired, and challenged of the thought of traveling alone and El Nido, Palawan was a pretty great start for my first ever solo trip.

A little backstory, this trip wasn't really planned to be spent alone. There were originally four of us, including my ex-lover but the other two declined to go on with the trip but I decided not to and pursued it even if it meant traveling alone. My ex did the same. The thing is, I went to El Nido and he just went to Puerto Princesa so technically, we just met during our flights since our tickets were booked together.

My travel dates were from August 11 - August 14 only. Yes, what a short time to travel El Nido. Some of my friends said that it will not be enough and I must expect that there would be delays during my trip and I might miss out the tour/s that I'll be booking in El Nido and everything that I've planned will be ruined. Despite all those things that were likely to happen, I still went on because I really wanted and needed to go to El Nido. I challenged myself and anticipated for the best and hopefully not regret anything at all. Well, I guess I made the right choice. 


GETTING THERE

Air Transportation

Air Asia had a Piso-fare promo when we booked our tickets but unfortunately, there were no more flights from Cebu directly to Palawan so we needed to book connecting flights from Cebu to Manila to Palawan and vice versa. Our estimated time of arrival in Palawan was around 7-8PM assuming no delays.

Land Transportation

Upon arrival at the PPS airport, you will encounter a lot of tricycle drivers outside offering you a tricycle ride from there to San Jose terminal where you can ride a bus or a van to your destination. In my case, I got really lucky because there weren't major delays during my flight and I arrived in Palawan just around 8PM. I was even nauseating and had a terrible headache since my flight from Cebu, however, I managed to make it through until I arrive in El Nido.

- Tricycle from PPS Airport > San Jose Terminal - Php 50.00 - Php 60.00
- Bus from San Jose Terminal > El Nido - Php 450.00
- Tricycle from El Nido Terminal > Nido Bay Inn (the place that I stayed in) - Php 50.00

Buses from San Jose Terminal operate until 10PM while the vans are only up until 6-7PM. Most, if not all, hotels in El Nido offer van transfer services from the airport to El Nido and it costs at around Php 500.00 - Php 600.00 on one-way trip. In my case, I didn't avail a van transfer since there will be no more vans to accommodate me because I already arrived past 6PM. You will also not get bored during your tricycle trip because I noticed, tricycle drivers were really accommodating and they really talk to their passengers to entertain them.

Seven Commandos Beach

Simizu/Shimizu Island

Big Lagoon

Inside Big Lagoon


ACCOMMODATION

Nido Bay Inn

If you are planning on travelling solo, I'm sure you'll get overwhelmed of all the preparations that you are going to make. One of the biggest questions will be, "Where will I stay?". There are loooots of places that you can actually stay in El Nido, from the cheapest lodges and inns to the grandest hotels and resorts. I researched and researched until I decided to stay at a place where I can overlook the ocean so I looked for a beachfront hotel/inn. I found out about Nido Bay Inn and looked up its reviews and I got interested because it's a budget inn. I even got lucky (again!) because they offered me their only available seaview room for 1-2 persons.

- The room costs Php 1,500.00 per night, so I paid Php 3000.00 in total for two nights. which already includes breakfast. The room was cozy, with air conditioning unit, small tv, and a hot shower.

Tips in finding your hotel accommodation:

- Decide first where you want to be situated at. In my case, I wanted to overlook the ocean, hence, I looked for a beachfront hotel/inn. There are lots of beachfront hotels in El Nido and there are even mountain-side hotels as well. There are also a few other hotels at the back of the beachfront ones which are only a few steps to the seashore. 

- Make a list of all the possible hotels that you might be staying. Look for each of their reviews (in TripAdvisor, Agoda, etc.) Compare and contrast these hotels.

- Look for a blog post or article about these hotels to know other people's personal experiences.

- If these hotels have contact numbers, text or call them for faster transaction. Emailing them will take time. To make sure that they will get and attend to your inquiries, email them as well and use a keyword such as "Urgent" in your email subject.

You can refer to the links below for more accommodation choices:



Small Lagoon

Inside Small Lagoon


TOUR

Tour A

You never go to El Nido without available at least one of their tour packages. Since I only stayed in El Nido for two days, I only availed one tour because I might run out of time if I force to have another tour the next day. The local government of El Nido has already standardized the tour operations in the town which means that all tour choices with their respective destinations are already given with a fixed prize, whatever resort or travel agency you are going to avail them. Tour A destinations include:

- Seven Commandos Beach
- Simizu or Shimizu Island
- Big Lagoon
- Small Lagoon
- Secret Lagoon

- Tour A costs Php 1,200.00 per head plus Php 200.00 environmental fee.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to go the Secret Lagoon because of the big waves. Another backstory here, I could literally say that I was the luckiest solo traveler when I got to El Nido because during the last five days before I arrived there, all the tours were cancelled and every other tourist and traveler were stranded. Some of them didn't even get the chance to have their tours because they already needed to fly back home. The day I got in El Nido was the day that all tours were resumed. Say what?! I even got the feeling of having my tour to get cancelled that day but it was pursued instead, despite a still-not-so-fine weather. I was totally relieved. Imagine traveling alone for two days in El Nido only to find out that the only thing you are looking forward to will be cancelled? Thank goodness, the odds were in my favor, and definitely the universe was with me.

Baker's Hill

Entrance to Baker's Hill

I met fellow Bisayas as well during the tour and they're from Davao. I would really like to thank them, Kuya Wilson and his daughter Mel, for the fun conversations and also for intentionally giving me a mini-itinerary for my another Palawan trip in Coron, soon! They were really friendly and supportive of my endeavors. Kuya Wilson even shared to me his past travel experiences in Palawan three years ago when it's still not a well-known tourist destination, and also a few of his knowledge about its history. Guess I wasn't really alone all along. Haha!

- Fare from San Jose Terminal > Baker's Hill > PPS Airport - Php 400.00 - Php 500.00


I wasn't really ready to leave El Nido, not that soon. I guess I needed to believe that even the sun sets in paradise. Haha. It was already time to fly back and for all the lucky experiences that I had during my El Nido trip, I thought it will all end to a very bad godsend luck when I arrived at the PPS airport at around 6PM. I even rushed in buying pasalubong from Baker's Hill because I needed to catch my 7:45PM flight. "The flight is postponed until tomorrow morning, 6AM, due to aircraft situation and bad weather", said an Air Asia staff. So I thought this is it, this is my bad luck. What would I do? Where would I sleep? Good thing I still haven't booked a room in Manila. And then they told us, "But we will shoulder your accommodation for tonight with dinner." Okay, that's great. Air Asia brought us (all the postponed flight passengers) by group in a van to the hotel. In awe, I was shocked that we were staying at Sunlight Guest Hotel in a Deluxe Room. It was too big for me but I didn't complain because I liked it the moment I stepped into the room. The room was all mine. The bathtub was all mine! Haha. My money that was supposed to be for my hotel accommodation in Manila was left for me to save because everything was already shouldered by Air Asia. I had small plans in Manila that time. I wanted to go Bonifacio Global City in Taguig because I wanted to visit their incredible artsy murals and take Instagram-worthy photos but it was all cancelled, which was fine and I was already over it. There's always a next time, anyway. Having our flight postponed that night wasn't a bad luck after all but a blessing in disguise.

All in all, you are likely to prepare an approximately Php 10,000 to Php 15,000 budget excluding the airfare. Budget includes the figures I posted above plus the pasalubong and miscellaneous expenses.

Other Info:
- Travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido
   - Via Van is around 4-5 hours
   - Via Bus is around 5-6 hours
- There will be pit stops (2) during the travel so you don't need to worry if nature is calling you or if you are hungry. These pit stops have restrooms and stores that sell food.
- You might also need to bring the following:
  - Aqua socks to protect your feet from rocks or sharp coral reefs (http://goo.gl/7QdRVW)
  - Waterproof bag because the whole tour will involve a lot of water splashes that might not like your gadgets to get in contact with. There are also lots of stores in El Nido that sells waterproof bags if you forget to bring one. (http://goo.gl/41tcvo)


Congratulations for making it down here! Make sure to watch my travel diary in El Nido above and don't forget to like it and/or subscribe to my YouTube channel! In the video, you'll see the room that I stayed in and the beachfront as well. Watch in HD for a better experience. Thank you so much for reading and I hope this post inspired you to travel alone or helped you in your upcoming solo trip! For more inquiries, you can contact me through my email or through my social media accounts.

I really encourage everyone to go beyond your comfort zone by traveling alone at least once in your life. Have a soul searching and take time to contemplate life on your own. I can't even wait to travel alone again! It was genuinely a wonderful experience and you are going to feel great right after. Well, I kind of also felt sepanx (separation anxiety). Haha! I think everyone who left El Nido did.

I am hoping for your safe and wonderful (and lucky?) solo trip, just like mine. If you already experienced traveling alone, you can share it to us by commenting down below! :)

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MUST-HAVE TOPS AND DRESSES TO TRANSITION FROM SUMMER TO FALL

Summer is coming to a close, but now we have that awkward stage of transitioning into cooler weather. Whether you’re going back to school or just trying to savor what’s left of summer, here are some stylish ‘fits that will help you make the transition seamless

The monochromatic look is all over your Instagram feed--and for good reason. Neutral tones are super versatile for any season, so you can consider this one a staple in your closet. Not into patterns? This eye-catching color block design will make you want to get out of your comfort zone and step out in a bold way. Understated and bold are the words that come to mind when you pair this top with solid black or white bottoms for a cool monochromatic edge.


Sometimes when we transition into fall, we are conflicted with piling on thick layers to brave the cold, or leaving them off to beat the heat. For those days when you’re just as indecisive as the weather, opt for a loose knit lightsweater that can be easily layered or paired with short bottoms. A light loose knit can make any outfit a little cozier, but feel free to pair it with a bralette for some added comfort (you’ll probably end up lounging in it too).


It’s finally Friday and you’ve got a girls’ night out planned! We got you. Having a clean skort romper in your arsenal is the way to go. The details are literally all in the fabric with this one. Simple one-piece items like this Diem SkortRomper with an asymmetric skort detail can really take it up a notch. It’s an effortless way to make your monochromatic wardrobe not-so-basic. Dress this one up with strappy black heels for a night on the town!


Buying dresses can be stressful when we’re between seasons. We suggest finding light fabrics to keep you cool on a warmer day. Finding a unique piece and being attentive to details is key when shopping for the perfect transitional pieces. This cami dress gives off a retro vibe with its ring detail and draped midi fit. We love that this dress can be played up for occasions like outdoor weddings, date night, or dinner parties! This muted orange is the perfect pop of color for any daytime event or dressed up night out in summer or fall! 


Disclosure: This is a guest post. Photos are not mine.

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