As of now, Siargao is officially my favourite place in the Philippines. I spent an incredible 5 days there this August with a bunch of my friends, and decided chronicle this trip in my first travel ‘vlog’. Like most of the creative projects I embark on, editing the video was an interesting process with loads of highs and lows. I’d go on a 3 day editing binge where I’d be so immersed and excited to edit, then hit a proverbial wall where I’d lose all interest and completely dry up creatively. I always knew that putting this video together was going to be a challenge – as with anything you try for the first time! Whilst it’s not perfect, it was great to learn something new, and I think I managed to capture the essence of my trip the way I intended….
Do go chasing waterfalls
This year I told myself that I would travel more, both abroad and within the Philippines, and I’m happy to say that in the last 11 months, I have met and even exceeded my expectations on the quest to discover more corners of this world. What I didn’t expect was to find this much beauty so close to the madness of Manila. Usually when I want to get away from the city I’ll take a short trip to Tagaytay or Batangas, and until now I hadn’t really given Laguna a chance. Well, turns out that I was missing somewhere special!
Here are a few photos from the adventure that my Fujifilm family and I embarked on last week, where we trekked through Jurrasic Park-esque rainforests to swim in crystal clear waters.
A 4AM start in Makati...
On the 15th of June last year,
around 10 in the evening, an email popped up in my inbox. It was another work inquiry. This time from a social entrepreneur based in San Fransisco, who was looking for someone to be the face of her jewellery and accessory start up. Hmm. Sounds interesting, I thought. Little did I know, how significant this email would be in shaping the next year of my life….
It’s been a while since I posted a recipe! I was actually on hiatus from getting messy in the kitchen since I took my food intolerance test. Having to avoid certain food items hindered my creative process, and I’ll admit that for a while, I was a little uninspired. However, I’ve seen progress since I took the test last year, and now, being less being sensitive to many ingredients, I’m back in the kitchen! Very happy to say I’ve been working on a few exciting food related projects which will be coming your way soon!…
Hey girls (and boys),
I’ve been wanting to post about my latest find in the beauty department! Just before I left Manila for the holidays, I was invited to the launch of the Sleek Make Up counter at SM Makati. I hadn’t heard of the brand but it turns out that it had already developed a cult following here in the Philippines. This make up brand from the UK is known for its quality products (think MAC standard) but reasonable prices. With this sort of accolade I was eager to test the products out and check for myself.
There were three products which stood out to me in particular. Let’s start with the eye shadow palette (Au Naturel 601). The colours are very me (loads of browns & neutrals), with 8 in matte and 4 with shimmer. They were surprisingly well pigmented with not too much fall out. Apart from the make up it self I really like the packaging – the palette is really thin and light. Perfect for sliding in your bag. Its best feature however, is the huge mirror! So handy to have around. Last time I checked this goes for 731 pesos on luxola.com.
I also really liked the highlighting palette (Precious Metals). There’s 4 different colours (3 cream and one powder/gel), and they feel beautiful and silky on the skin. Apply the tops of your cheekbones, arches of the eyebrows, essential use as your regular highlighter but also works well for the body (collar bones and shoulders).
My favourite product comes last: the Sleek Lip creams and glosses. As you can see, the lip creams (Matte Me) become completely matte – I mean it literally doesn’t budge – after a couple of minutes. I also find it really easily to apply as it has the consistency of a gloss at the beginning, so it glides on easier than a regular lipstick. My favourite shade is Birthday Suit (photo above).
So there you go. Overall I would recommend the products, particularly at their price point (have a look at luxola or visit the SM Makati counter for pricing). I also think my mum is stealing my Matte me so I’ll have to go pick up another one!
Merry Christmas everyone! I’m back in Sydney spending the holidays with my family, and enjoying all the fresh, amazing produce Australia has to offer. You may remember my Broccoli Christmas Tree Salad from last year. This year (once again with the help of my enthusiastically creative mother) we’ve made a Christmas Wreath Salad. It’s a simple, decorative way to add some greens to the dinner table. Enjoy and wishing you all a wonderful holiday!…
Afraid of using coloured eyeshadow? I was too! Here’s another beauty tutorial for those who have brown eyes like me. In this video, my friend Xeng shows us how to apply an emerald colour on our lids. Check out Calyxta for more tutorials and for all things make up!
I’m often asked when and where I discovered my passion for food and healthy eating. I’ve never specifically written about it, but it actually began a few years ago when I was dealing with bloating, stomach pains, hormonal issues, as well as skin and digestive problems. Sounds like a lot, right? I saw a few doctors and ran a couple of tests, but nothing was conclusive and I was left undiagnosed. On my quest to solve what was going on with my body, I did what most people do, and I googled my symptoms. Never a good idea. Can turn the most rational humans into hypochondriacs. Jokes aside, when you’re desperate and the doctors can’t even tell you what’s wrong, you can’t help but resort to searching for answers yourself….
I have 3 words to describe this dish – simple, fresh and colourful! These bundles of rainbow veggies are so easy to make, and have a wonderful crunch – as you would expect from fresh raw vegetables! You can also add some fruit (as I added mango) to add a different texture and a touch of sweetness. I love how basil and mint give it an extra kick of freshness and flavour, but of course you substitute these for other herbs that you like. Cilantro or shiso (Japanese basil) are both great options! Here’s to eating colourfully….
I am warning you right now – when you make this, your kitchen is going to smell so incredible that previously unknown neighbours will be lining up and knocking at your door! I think it’s the charred, candied macadamias that do it for me. They go so well with the sweetness of the maple, warmth from the cinnamon and that spicy kick of cayenne pepper! I made this as a savoury dish but honestly, I could eat this for dessert, it tastes that indulgent!…