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12 Things I Didn’t Know (But Now Do!) About Davao, Philippines

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It’s funny the reactions I get when I tell people I love outdoorsy adventures. It seems I come across as so, but I’m really not that girly. Well, I do have an obsession with makeup and all things beauty-related, but I wouldn’t hesitate going on new adventures, jumping into rivers, zipping across lush greenery on a rope, cycling 60 feet above ground.

Some things on my Bucket List: swimming with sharks, skydiving, and hang gliding. I hope I get to accomplish these in this lifetime.

So of course I said YES when presented the chance to go on an adventure-oriented trip to Davao, Philippines!

This trip opened my eyes to the incredible sights and sounds of Davao City and here I share 12 things I didn’t know (but now do!) about Davao, Philippines.

1. That It Exists

When people think of the Philippines, they think of Manila, Cebu or the popular beach capital that is Boracay. When I first got wind that I was going on a trip to Davao, my response was “Huh? Where?” and so were all the responses when I told my family and friends where I was going. Haha.

It’s okie if you’ve never heard of Davao before either because it was, and still remains, a well-kept secret to mass tourism. That’s why they have plenty of unspoiled white sandy beaches and marine-rich waters filled with underwater creatures still unacquainted with humans.

Davao city is located in Southeastern Mindanao and is approximately 946 km southeast of Manila over land, and 971 km by sea.

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2. Be Close To Nature

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Being close to nature and embracing Mother Nature’s beauty is a great respite for city dwellers (ME) who are cooped up in a cocoon of concrete walls. We didn’t get lighting fast internet connection all the time, but that forced us to put our phones aside and simply take in the glory of what this Earth has to offer instead of living through our screens.

The government has been actively developing and promoting an eco-tourism program to exhibit the diversity of the country and the activities it has to offer.

At Eden Nature Park’s Butterfly Garden, thousands of butterflies fluttered around us, pollinating flowers, mating, and basically just going about their daily business, while we screamed in silence when a butterfly gently landed on us. LOL.

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Korean Style Mashed Potato Salad (Gamja-Salad)

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My favorite side dish at Korean restaurants has got to be the sweet, creamy, mashed potato with a hint of crunch. I never get enough of it and even though most restaurants allow refills, it’s too embarrassing to ask for multiple refills, no? =P Heh heh. I don’t know why, but one day I decided to make my own Gamja-Salad. According to Maangchi, Korean style mashed potato salad is kind of a new term, hence the name which incorporates a mix of Korean (gamja = potato) and English (salad).

The ingredients are basic and can be found in most homes. So why not try making it yourself! It’s super easy and requires absolutely no skill. Heehee.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized potatoes, around 400g
  • 3 eggs – hard boiled, yolks and white separated
  • 1 carrot – chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • dash of white ground pepper
  • salt to taste

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Top 5 Causes Of Dry Skin & How To Fix Them: NIVEA Body Milk

The best way to assess the practicality of a body moisturizer in Singapore’s hot and humid weather is to apply it before bed, wake up the next day, don’t shower, then go about your business for the day. If your skin still feels soft and hydrated hours later, despite the relentless heat and running in and out of air-conditioned enclosures, then you’ll know you’ve found the right one!

I appreciate that NIVEA, despite being a household brand that has served generations of children, continues to reinvent itself and puts research into producing more products to suit the current market needs. One thing that doesn’t change though – and which I hope will never change – is its signature NIVEA smell. Everyone knows a NIVEA when they smell one. :)

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I was already a fan of the NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk before NIVEA sent the 250ml bottle to me. I previously picked up the 75ml  at Watsons coz it looked cute and portable. I’ve been using it since, so how timely that I’ve been given the chance to share my fondness of their #1 Body Milk!

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Skin & Life After Facial Incident: What You’ve Always Wanted To Know – Part 2

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And HELLO again! :)  In Part 1 of Skin & Life After Facial Incident: What You’ve Always Wanted To Know, I answered questions on reasons why I cannot disclose its identity, the legal implications, some skin updates, and my thoughts on makeup.

In Part 2, I shall answer more questions pertaining to my skin, doctors I’ve been to, why I’ve stopped going to some, and more.

Note: This post was updated on 11 June 2016

Q: Why did you stop going to Dr Joyce Lim clinic/Clifford clinic/any other clinic? 

A: Dr Joyce Lim played a huge part in my recovery from the allergic reaction. She made the correct diagnosis, gave the right meds and by the next day my skin had stop flaring. No more new barnacles, and old pustules were starting to dry up. I continued to see Dr Joyce for a year and did microdermabrasion and chemical peeling for my wedding. I had such great skin during that period.

Then somehow the products stopped taking effect and I started to have some acne again. I guess my skin didn’t take to her products anymore.

I didn’t see any doctor for a period of 6 months until I got to know Dr Gerard Ee from Clifford Clinic. I was with the clinic from January to June 2015 and wrote a detailed documentation of my journey during the period. Then suddenly my skin decided it didn’t like the drugs and products prescribed anymore too. Sheesh, such fickle-mindedness.

I don’t think any skin doctor is superior or inferior to another, it’s just a matter of finding the right one at the right time.

Skin changes, and so should our choices. :)

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10 New Rules For A Clean & Healthy V

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I really only started paying attention to feminine hygiene for the intimate area after I got introduced to Lactacyd last year. From then on, I could feel the difference and improvements having used Lactacyd Feminine Wash every time I showered.

Because I received all 5 bottles previously as well, I shared them with my mum and sister coz good things must share, right? 😀 They like it too! I kept for my own use White Intimate and Soft & Silky. I am unable to judge whether there’s a significant lightening of the area after using White Intimate lol, but I do feel that both provide moisturization, with Soft & Silky slightly more because it has 10% extra milk moisture.

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It matters less which of the Lactacyd Feminine Wash variants you use, what’s important is that you use a dedicated feminine wash to keep the delicate environment of the vaginal area in check. I wrote about the other variants in my previous post, do have a look! :) Lactacyd is the Number 1 Feminine Hygiene wash brand in Singapore that is highly prescribed by doctors and trusted by women for over 25 years.

For many, washing our V with our favorite shower gel or soap is a regular part of our daily routine. Washing with soap can cause problems that can go on without the knowledge of the cause. Regardless of how good cleaning with soap may make you feel, it still remains bad for vaginal health; an unnecessary act which is often seen as a necessity.

Of course, besides using a feminine wash that helps maintain the natural pH of your intimate area and protect it from odor and irritation, maintaining overall feminine hygiene is important to overall health. No use doing your best only during cleaning but neglecting other essential habits, right?

Here are my personal tips on how to keep your girl bits clean, sweet & healthy! 😀

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Best Les Miserables Dream Cast In A Perfect World

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The musical that has been seen by an audience of over 70 million worldwide in 42 countries, sweeping over 125 major awards internationally, and which I have watched various versions repeatedly is coming to our sunny shores! The hit musical, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, has returned to Singapore for the first time in TWENTY years.

AND I AM GOING TO WATCH IT!! 😀 OMGOMG I’m such a huge fan of Les Miserables you cannot imagine. It’s such a dream come true to be able to watch the musical LIVE.

Update: I watched the musical and thoroughly enjoyed it! 😀 Here’s my review >> Les Mis Singapore 2016

It’s not fair to pit actors from the movie against singers from the musicals because they’re inherently differently mediums performed for different audiences. So here’s my idea of a Les Miserables dream cast in my perfect world for a musical, where one possesses the voice and presence to sing for a 5-digit audience size, not just in front of a camera.

Before that, a little history here first. Many people think Les Miserables is about the French Revolution of 1789-99. Truth is, Les Miserables is actually set 26 years after this Revolution, and concerns a rebellion that occurred in Paris in June 1832 against the rule of King Louis-Philippe. I only understood this after watching the movie.

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(screenshots from Les Miserables 2012)

My Les Miserables addiction began after watching the movie twice. I then watched the 10th anniversary (original broadway 1985) and 25th anniversary (2010) on YT. The full videos have since been taken down due to copyright issues, but if you know the way of the Internet, it isn’t that hard to look. Heh.

The movie was fantastic for it provided a visual framework for all that story-singing to happen. If I had watched the broadway musicals before the movie, I wouldn’t have understood half of it. The movie helped me understand the little details so that I can further appreciate the musicals.

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